Jurgen Klopp's future, Jude Bellingham transfer pursuit & what FSG staying could mean for Liverpool

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John Henry has dropped a bombshell by revealing Fenway Sports Group (FSG) has no plans to sell Liverpool, so what does that mean for the Reds?

Liverpool owner John Henry had been thought to be willing to sell the Reds but has now announced that it's investment he's after, rather than a sale.

FSG claimed in November 2022 it would "consider new shareholders", which had prompted speculation there could be a takeover at Anfield.

Yet a sale is now very much off the table, so what does it mean for the club, manager Jurgen Klopp, potential transfer targets and the future? GOAL takes a look...

  1. Will FSG be willing to fund Bellingham deal?
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    Will FSG be willing to fund Bellingham deal?

    Borussia Dortmund starlet Jude Bellingham is expected to have his pick of top sides this summer after becoming a vital player for club and country at the grand old age of 19.

    Liverpool are set to battle the likes of Manchester City and Real Madrid for Bellingham's signature and have already made the midfielder their top summer target.

    Yet the Reds will be well aware that Bellingham will not come cheap. Liverpool will likely have to break their transfer record and make the midfielder their highest-paid player if they are to bring him to Anfield.

    The money will obviously be an issue, particularly if investment is not forthcoming, and the big questions fans will be asking is whether FSG are willing to fund a big-money move for Bellingham in the summer.

    Liverpool are also in the midst of a difficult campaign both at home and abroad. Failure to qualify for next season's Champions League will impact the club financially and on a sporting level.

  2. Fans frustration to continue
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    Fans frustration to continue

    The news that FSG are not selling up will be met with frustration by some sections of the Liverpool support.

    Fans have been angered during FSG's reign by hikes in ticket prices, a failed attempt to trademark the name 'Liverpool' and the decision to furlough non-playing staff during the Covid-19 pandemic. That decision came just six weeks after Liverpool announced pre-tax profits of £42 million and was very swiftly reversed.

    There was also the European Super League fiasco which brought another U-turn from Liverpool after players and supporters made it clear they were completely against the idea.

    There's no doubting that FSG have done a lot for the Merseysiders, but the team is struggling on the pitch which will leave many fans wanting serious investment in the summer to strengthen the squad.

  3. FSG to complete Anfield redevelopment

    FSG to complete Anfield redevelopment

    FSG have long wanted to redevelop Anfiled and are not far off seeing their plans realised.

    Work on the new Anfield Road End Stand began in 2021 and remains on track to be completed in time for the new 2023-24 season.

    FSG's redevelopment plan will see the famous old ground's capacity rise by 7,000 to 61,000 spectators, making it the fifth-biggest stadium in England and the third largest in the Premier League.

    Liverpool's owners have made mistakes during their tenure but their work to redevelop the ground certainly shows plenty of ambition.

    It will also have attracted jealous glances from neighbours Manchester United who are eager to see their dilapidated Old Trafford redeveloped.

  4. Big-name departures?
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    Big-name departures?

    Given FSG are still rooting around for fresh investment in the club, it won't fill people associated with Liverpool with confidence that their will be funds available to keep everyone happy.

    If the Reds don't show ambition in the summer, or simply aren't able to because their hands are tied by financial constraints, that could provoke an exodus - especially if they fail to qualify for the Champions League.

    Although he signed a new contract last summer, Mohamed Salah's future is still fairly uncertain, while other such as Luis Diaz and Ibrahima Konate could be tempted away by big-money offers from elsewhere.

  5. What now for Klopp?

    What now for Klopp?

    Jurgen Klopp's future at Liverpool is, of course, secure with the manager having signed a new contract in 2022 that runs until 2026.

    The Reds boss has recently opened up on his decision to stay and made it clear he wants to oversee a rebuilding process at Anfield.

    Part of the process will involve finding a new sporting director to replace Julian Ward, who announced in November he would be stepping down at the end of the season, much to the surprise of the club.

    Klopp will obviously need help rebuilding the squad but it's not clear yet who will replace Edwards and who will choose the next sporting director. Will Klopp have the final say or will FSG make the appointment?

  6. Watch out for Man Utd

    Watch out for Man Utd

    Liverpool may not be up for sale but bitter rivals Manchester United have been the subject of takeover bids in a move which could see the Glazer family depart Old Trafford.

    The Reds have enjoyed great success under FSG, winning the Premier League, FA Cup, Champions League and Club World Cup, while the Red Devils are without a major trophy since 2017 and haven't been crowned champions of England for almost a decade.

    Yet any takeover at Old Trafford could bring fresh investment in a bid to see United restored to the top of English football once more.

    Liverpool certainly won't enjoy seeing the Red Devils enjoying life at the top of the table once again and will be well aware that manager Erik ten Hag already has the team moving in the right direction on the pitch.

    The Reds managed to beat United to Cody Gakpo in the January window but may need significant investment to compete with their fierce rivals if new owners are installed at Old Trafford.