RedBird Capital Partners agrees 'significant investment' in Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group

NBA star LeBron James and his business partners will become part of FSG's ownership group; RedBird understood to hold 10 per cent minority holding in Fenway Sports Group; investment set to allow funding for Liverpool to sign new players

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James signals to a teammate during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Charlotte Hornets on Thursday, March 18, 2021, in Los Angeles. (
Image: NBA star Lebron James will become part of FSG's ownership group along with RedBird

RedBird Capital Partners has agreed a "significant investment" into Liverpool's owners, Fenway Sports Group, which will see NBA star LeBron James become part of the Premier League club's ownership group.

Liverpool are understood to be hopeful the new deal will bring some much-needed financial stability after the Premier League champions suffered an estimated £120m loss in revenues during the coronavirus pandemic.

The new investment, which is believed to be a 10 per cent minority holding, will ease the burden on FSG, and it is expected that it will remove the risk of Liverpool's plans to redevelop the Anfield Road Stand.

It is also set to allow for funding to sign new players in the summer transfer window and beyond.

NBA star James and his business partners Maverick Carter and Paul Wachter will become part of FSG's ownership group along with RedBird.

Liverpool owner John Henry and club chairman Tom Werner say the investment is the next step in FSG's evolution
Image: Liverpool owner John Henry and club chairman Tom Werner say the investment is the next step in FSG's evolution

FSG's principal owner John W Henry, chairman Tom Werner and president Mike Gordon said in a statement: "Our strategic partnership with Gerry [Cardinale - founder and managing partner of RedBird], and the entire team will enhance our ability to pursue future growth opportunities in a more accelerated way but with the same selectiveness that has served us so well.

"We are also pleased to welcome to our ownership group LeBron, Maverick and Paul, with whom we have enjoyed a successful collaboration for well over a decade. Their addition is an important milestone for FSG and expands and deepens a long-time friendship and relationship that began in 2010.

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"To our fans and supporters: Winning continues to be the driving force for all of us. The growth of FSG as an organisation allows us to further strengthen our resources and commitment to the communities we serve, and we look forward to having these talented new partners join us in the next chapter of FSG's evolution."

FSG, who also own the Boston Red Sox, took complete control of Liverpool in 2010.

The Reds ended a 30-year wait to be crowned top-flight champions last year, but they currently sit seventh in the Premier League, 23 points behind leaders Manchester City.

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