Liverpool owner enquired about Rangers takeover amid Steven Gerrard rumours

Liverpool owner John Henry, part of Fenway Sports Group, is said to have approached multi-millionaire Jim McColl previously about an attempt to takeover Rangers. McColl has previously made an attempt to buy Rangers from liquidators BDO back in 2012.

Both Rangers and Liverpool have seemingly formed close ties over the past two years due to Anfield legend Steven Gerrard taking over as manager at Ibrox.

It has been suggested Gerrard is being lined up to replace Jurgen Klopp when the German coach’s tenure at Liverpool ends.

But it appears that link could have happened even sooner had Fenway Sports Group followed up their supposed interest in the Scottish club.

McColl, who has an estimated fortune of £1.1billion, has previously been heavily invested in taking over at Rangers.

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The business entrepreneur is an avid Rangers fan and he explains that Liverpool owner Henry made an approach about the prospect of a takeover bid.

The Clyde Blowers chairman stated the Fenway Sports Group had contacted him about using Moneyball techniques to resurrect the club.

“At no time in my mind was I going to buy it (in 2012),” McColl said on Rob Moore’s YouTube channel.

“Although, although, I might think differently now because I was learning about this technique that was used in ‘Moneyball’.

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“Do you know that’s what’s happening in Liverpool?

“It’s the same technique they’re using and you see 22 points ahead over everyone else.

“Using this technique, so that’s a thought.

“And in fact we were approached recently to say if we were interested in looking at it again, the people who have invested in Liverpool would be interested in looking at it with us and applying the same techniques.

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“Not that I’ll ever do it but it’s nice to think about them being 22 points ahead of Celtic.”

Henry is said to have become fascinated by Michael Lewis’ book ‘Moneyball’ which documented Oakland Athletics baseball team’s general manager Billie Beane’s method of using analytics and statistics to buy players.

The Fenway Sports Group founder was so inspired by Beane that he made an offer for the manager to join the Boston Red Sox.

But it’s clear he has adopted a similar approach at Liverpool where the club have helped develop players into valuable assets of the future.

Andy Robertson was signed for just £8million from Hull for example with the left-back now regarded as one of the best in the world in his position.

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