US Billionaire Talks Down Liverpool Takeover

Kraft Has Fears Over Lack Of Salary Cap

American billionaire Robert Kraft has talked down the prospect of taking over Premier League side Liverpool.

The 76-year-old owner of MLS side New England Revolution and NFL club New England Patriots was in talks over a takeover at Anfield in 2005 before the arrival of Tom Hicks and George Gillette. But in an interview with the BBC he suggested that the absence of any salary cap within the Premier League could be an impediment to doing a deal.

“I like to win at whatever I do,” Kraft said. “But without a salary cap I’m concerned that we might be at a disadvantage.

“We helped found MLS in America. Our league here is starting to really develop, and with our soccer team we’ve gone to the championship game five times in 21 years.

“I’m just concerned in the Premier League that we might not, with all the different ways of operating, we’re not as familiar with all of them

“Let’s say people from all over the world come in and buy teams and maybe they have different reasons for doing it and managing it. And you have to compete with that and I’m not sure. But I’m still intrigued.”

Reports last weekend suggested the Merseyside club have had a £1billion price tag put on them. Financier Amanda Staveley, who has close financial ties with groups in the United Arab Emirates and China, was recently spotted at Liverpool’s game with Newcastle United at St James’s Park. That has led to speculation that the club’s present owners Fenway Sports Group are ready to sell up.

Staveley tried to broker a deal last year with a Chinese firm only for FSG to inform her and her clients that the club was not for sale. It is believed she used the trip to Newcastle to sound out the Americans once again. However, there is no clarification as to whether or not she is working with Kraft on a potential deal.