Liverpool fans have expressed their anger towards club owners Fenway Sports Group (FSG) and called for their departure, while also showing their support for manager Jurgen Klopp. The fans believe that FSG has not backed Klopp properly, despite the team winning two trophies last season and finishing runners-up in both the Premier League and Champions League.
The fans’ frustration with FSG increased in January when the American conglomerate appeared to change their mind about selling the club, deciding instead to offload only a small minority share. This decision has not gone down well with the fans, who flew a banner from a plane above Anfield on Sunday afternoon reading “FSG out – Klopp In – Enough is Enough.”
Despite the fans’ anger towards FSG, Klopp remains a popular figure among Liverpool supporters. The German manager has been credited with transforming the team’s fortunes since his arrival in 2015, leading them to their first Premier League title in 30 years last season. However, this season has been a different story, with Liverpool struggling to finish in the top four.
Klopp’s recent big-money signings have been Darwin Nunez for £85 million in the summer and Gakpo for £37 million in January. In contrast, Manchester United and champions Manchester City have spent heavily on new players. Even Arsenal, who are currently leading the Premier League, spent well in the close season with the arrivals of Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko from City.
Just two months ago, Liverpool was expected to be sold for around £4 billion following talk of a buy-out last November. However, Boston-based FSG reportedly failed to attract any suitable proposals and denied claims of interest from Qatar.
Despite the fans’ frustrations with FSG, Liverpool’s 7-0 victory over Manchester United on Sunday would have lifted the mood at Anfield. The team’s performance was outstanding, and they will be hoping to build on this result as they look to climb up the Premier League table.