Liverpool chairman Tom Werner has reiterated his stance that the club will not be sold any time soon – and has also discussed the Financial Fair Play trap Manchester City may have failed to adhere to.
The Reds go head to head with Tottenham in Madrid on Saturday night for the right to be crowned champions of Europe – you can read our comprehensive guide to the Champions League final right here.
Liverpool’s progress to the Champions League final has certainly impressed Werner, who has named the three players to have caught his eye this season, and having also given Jurgen Klopp a promise over his Anfield future.
But their progress on and off the field has led to ongoing rumours that Liverpool could be subjected to a takeover bid from overseas, with reports first circulating in October 2017 and continuing to rear their head at various intervals since.
And the Liverpool Echo could not resist the chance to ask Werner about the possibility of FSG cashing in their chips considering how the value of the club has rocketed.
“Every time those rumours come up we bat them down,” Werner said firmly.
“I hope people now know that we are focused on continuing the progress of this club.
“We have no intention of selling. We have reached a position where I think the club is in the best shape it’s been for a very long time.
“We have always said that our desire is to win silverware and we’re hungry to touch that trophy in Madrid.”
Werner was at Anfield on the final day of the Premier League season when the Reds beat Wolves but fell agonisingly short in their pursuit of title glory.
Ninety-seven points, the third highest total ever accumulated in England’s top-flight, wasn’t enough as Manchester City were crowned champions by a solitary point. The scenes after the final whistle resonated with Werner.
“There is such unity between the fans and this team and that’s special to see,” he said.
“The fans wanted to acknowledge the extraordinary season that we had all experienced, all the great play and all the beautiful moments along the way. The response was one of pride and defiance. That speaks for the knowledge and the loyalty of our fans.
“If I’d said to you at the beginning of the season ‘We’re only going to lose one match this whole year’, you would have thought I was crazy!
“Even though we didn’t win the title, we still had this huge match to look forward to on June 1.
“We could only do what we could do. We were in a very competitive title race. By the way I want to compliment Manchester City because they were just a tick better than we were. They deserved to win.”
Werner on Man City FFP probe
But was it a level playing field? City are currently under investigation by UEFA, FIFA, the FA and the Premier League regarding their conduct off the field.
The champions stand accused of breaking Financial Fair Play rules and if found guilty could be banned from playing in the Champions League.
“One of the reasons why we were pleased to become involved with Liverpool was that we believed in the importance of Financial Fair Play rules,” Werner said.
“I don’t know very much about what’s going on with the investigations but all I can say is that we are strong advocates of the rules.
“We expect all the clubs in the league and all the clubs in Europe to comply. If they don’t comply then there should be punishments.”
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