"You're supposed to help people that need a bit."
- Oct 26, 2009
I was very happy when FSG bought the club because just like they are doing with their Baseball team, they are not looking for a quick turn around. I believe what made LFC so appealing to them ( beyond the opportunity to buy it for close to nothing ) it's the brand name. If you remember, the first actions they did was to work on the global marketing side, raise the awareness of the club globally. Some of the actions were ridiculous ( the TV Show, the mascot ), but for a club who couldn't reach the champions league they secured a great sponsorship deal.I must say that I've had my fair share of scepticism regarding their ownership over the years. Especially after their mistakes in the first years of their tenure, and when it became obvious that they hadn't the slightest idea about football initially. The only thing which made me optimistic was JW Henry saying that their aim was the long term, and that they were never thinking in terms of short term. That set them instantly apart from destructive owners like g+h. They looked like they had a honest intent to improve us, but some reservations about how they handled the club initially were legitimate in my opinion, as they looked out of their depth on several occasions.
With hindsight though, they have proven to be excellent club owners, maybe even the best we could have wished for given the situation when they came in. One by one, they addressed the problems which were so obvious since such a long time, but apparently so hard to settle. It took them a long time to get some problematic issues right, but they learnt from their mistakes, never repeated them, and finally addressed them in time. Bringing in Klopp was a masterpiece of course, but even Klopp couldn't have addressed the major problems this club has had to contend with since decades, thanks to the idiots previously owning our club who had left us hopelessly behind, in terms of competitiveness when compared with the top clubs. Klopp is no doubt the major piece in the puzzle, but he can count on a very efficient and competent array of people around him, thanks to FSG's work previously to appointing him, and then to them backing him entirely since he's been here.
We have now a very well organised decisional system at the club with a top CEO managing things at the upper level. We have a top top manager at the helm, a top coaching and medical team, a top scouting system, top revenues (with a lot of potential for more), Anfield has been expanded with a magnificent new main stand, and the perennial Kirkby-Melwood problem is about to be resolved by building a new state-of-the-art training complex.
And the best is that all this has been accomplished by using the club's own financial potential. We aren't in a state of being entirely dependent from the largesses of an oil-sheikh like other big clubs. FSG have merely improved the situation by developing the club's own economic potential, and are reaping the rewards now.
Of course, this brilliant situation can be destroyed within the blink of an eye, for instance if they decide to sell the club to the wrong person/group of people. But given that they have proven to be very prudent and diligent in the way they do things, it's not out of the question that they might get their succession-planning right too. For the time being, I don't think that they will want to sell anyway. Their development work isn't finished yet by any means, nor is Klopp's, and if they continue to back him like they have done, they could have some really enjoyable years in front of them, alongside us all!
Btw, I enjoyed seeing the little scene when Hendo lifted the trophy after the game: JW Henry stood a bit apart from the squad, all other officials had left the podium. He was looking at them all, enjoying their joy, and then his arms went automatically up at the same time as Hendo's when he lifted Big Ears into the air. It was his moment too, and deservedly so.
So, as a bottom-line: thank you FSG for your dedicated, diligent and professional work over the years, and please, continue your path with us, in the same spirit, for many years to come! :cheers:
I think with a few exceptions, they always tried to back the manager, as long as he produced results. BR was the only one who did not get along with FSG and the famous transfer committee. At the time we accused them of playing "MoneyBall", I think in hindsight that was not the case. As far as i know, the committee is still in place, working with Klopp and his scouts. Not to mention that with results - there is more money to spend.
The club as a whole is working like a weel oiled machine, FSG are enjoying the fruits of owning LFC, and we are enjoying their management and support.