Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group will look to Manchester City for inspiration as they build a global network of football clubs.
That is according to finance guru and Football Insider columnist Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively with RedBird Capital Partners set to invest £530million in FSG as part of a 10 per cent share purchase (Sportico).
FSG are understood to be looking to add another European club to their network in a similar fashion to City Football Group’s approach, the holding company which owns Man City.
City Football Group own 10 clubs across five continents and posted revenues of £631m in their last set of reports.
Maguire explains that Liverpool may look to emulate City in cultivating a footballing DNA across teams in their mooted multi-club empire.
He told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “The advantage of having a football group is that it helps the development of the mothership.
“Manchester City are the mothership of the City Football Group. It works in the sense that you might have players who are promising who you want to play the City way.
“All of the clubs in CFG effectively follow the Guardiola model of how to play football. Therefore, it means if they are good enough to come to Manchester City, they already familiar with what’s expected of them.
“They wouldn’t want a club that is competing in Europe because that causes competitive issues. We’ve seen RB Leipzig and Red Bull Salzburg have issues there.
“So you’d be looking at a second-tier club to potentially minimise the chances of a European mix-up down the line.”
FSG are no strangers to juggling responsibilities, with the Major League Baseball teams the Boston Red Sox also part of their blockbuster portfolio.
Besides Manchester City, CFG has invested in Melbourne City, Montevideo City Torque, Lommel S.K, New York City, Mumbai City, Girona, Sichuan Jiunju, Yokohama and Troyes AC.