Billionaire owner John Henry is running a “passive sales process”, a source told the NY Post.
That means Henry, who also owns the Boston Red Sox, is privately entertaining offers outside of an official auction — and is looking for a price well north of £1.5bn, the source added.
The source added: “It’s for sale if he can get the right price,”
Two other contacts also said Liverpool is essentially for sale.
Reps for Henry, who bought Liverpool for £365million in 2010, did not respond to calls for comment.
The Red Sox lost money this season despite a World Series victory, according to sources with direct knowledge of the team’s finances.
It wasn't immediately clear whether there was a direct connection between selling Liverpool and funding Red Sox losses.
Red Sox President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski told The Post earlier Thursday: “We will never complain about finances. We have generous owners.”
Liverpool was recently given a £1.5bn valuation by Forbes.
Sheik Khaled Bin Zayed Al Nahayan, whose cousin owns Man City, made an unsuccessful approach to buy the Reds with a Chinese partner in August.
That bid, which a source said fell apart because the Chinese bidders could not cobble together sufficient financing, was said to be worth £1.9bn, according to the report.
Henry’s holding company Reps for Fenway Sports Group, which owns the Red Sox and Liverpool FC, as well as 80 per cent of the New England Sports Network and 50 per cent of Roush Fenway Racing — denied in August that Liverpool was for sale.
Liverpool said in a statement at the time: "FSG have been clear and consistent: the club is not for sale.
"But what the ownership has said, again clearly and consistently, is that under the right terms and conditions we would consider taking on a minority investor, if such a partnership was to further our commercial interests in specific market places and in line with the continued development and growth of the club and the team."
But that’s clearly not the case now, said sources briefed on the situation.
a London sports investment banker following the situation said the report was "not fake news” although he added that he doubts a sale will happen soon.
Fenway Sports Group did not comment.
A version of this story originally appeared on NYPost.
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