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Indian billionaire Mukesh Ambani has entered the race to bid for the much-anticipated takeover of world-famous English football club Liverpool FC, reported a leading English daily.

The English Premier League giants have been put up for sale by their current owners, the Fenway Sports Group (FSG), who bought the Merseyside club back in October 2010 for 300 million British pounds. The owners have reportedly appointed Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley to assist them in selling the club.

According to 'The Mirror', the FSG are willing to sell the club for 4 billion British pound. Ambani, chairman and managing director of Reliance Industries and rated as the eighth richest person in the world by Forbes, has renewed his interest to buy the 6-time European cup winning club, the English daily reported.

Despite serious media reports regarding the significant development, few associated with the Mumbai-headquartered Indian multinational conglomerate, however, could not confirm the development.

Recently a statement from FSG read: "There have been a number of recent changes of ownership and rumours of changes in ownership at EPL clubs and inevitably, we are asked regularly .. about Fenway Sports Group's ownership in Liverpool.

"FSG has frequently received expressions of interest from third parties seeking to become shareholders in Liverpool. FSG has said before that under the right terms and conditions, we would consider new shareholders if it was in the best interests of Liverpool as a club," the Club owners said in the statement.

The Anfied outfit has enjoyed immense success under the FSG regime and tutelage of German manager Jurgen Klopp. The side won its first ever Premier League title in 30 years in 2020 and also tasted immense success in winning a Champions League, FA Cup, Carabao Cup, European Super Cup and World Club Championship among other titles over the past few years.

Notably, some parties from the Gulf and the USA including LA Clippers owner Steve Ballmer are said to have expressed their interest in buying the club.

Ambani who is estimated to have net worth around Rs 90 billion dollar owns Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket side Mumbai Indians. He played a big part in creating the Indian Super League football event besides being the commercial partners of the All India Football Federation (AIFF).

What has happened?

Despite recent success on and off the pitch, while the motive of the FSG cannot be questioned, fans have often pointed fingers at their 'sell to buy' policy in running the club. The situation has come to bite them in a glaring manner recently with the club languishing at 6th position in the English Premier League after a stuttering start to the season with just 6 wins from 14 matches.

And most of the blame have gone on to the heads of the owners with Pundits and fans alike demanding more money to be pumped into the club to enable it to fight for silverware.   

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