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Liverpool: Man City owner Sheik Mansour’s cousin failed with £2bn takeover bid

A Liverpool source said the offer did not reach major shareholders John Henry (centre) and Mike Gordon (left)

A cousin of Manchester City owner Sheik Mansour failed with a record £2bn takeover bid for Liverpool this year.

A Liverpool source told BBC Sport the club was not for sale and there were no ongoing discussions with any group.

They said club owners Fenway Sports Group (FSG) regularly receive “proposals of interest”, and this approach had not reached them directly.

Instead the interest was dealt with by a financial services company acting as a “filter and sounding board”.

Regarding the £2bn valuation, a Liverpool source said that “would not be something FSG or any individual owner will have set”.

They added: “Any discussion of figures and valuations should be seen in the context that it was at a vetting process to weigh up credibility of the proposed investor and nothing more.”

However, Liverpool’s owners have said they would “under the right terms and conditions consider taking on a minority investor, if such a partnership was to further our commercial interests in specific market places, in line with the continued development and growth of the club”.

A Daily Mail report on Thursday