Former Red Graeme Souness has suggested that Manchester City’s Abu Dhabi family owners were interested in purchasing Liverpool Football Club.

This was before they purchased Manchester City. Souness has stated that he had a conversation with a businesswoman named Amanda Staveley when he was in Dubai over a decade ago.

Staveley told Souness that she was involved in helping the Abu Dhabi family purchase Manchester City in 2008, but she also told the former Red that she was a Liverpool supporter.

Souness asked Staveley why she did not take the Abu Dhabi family to Liverpool instead of Manchester City.

She claimed that she “tried”, but Liverpool’s owners at the time, Tom Hicks and George Gillett, were “difficult to deal with”.

In the end, Fenway Sports Group purchased Liverpool in 2010.

“I went to Dubai, 12, 13 years ago. Stayed in Atlantis Hotel, arrived early afternoon,” Souness told Sky Sports’ Football Show, as quoted by the Mirror.

“Walked round the hotel with my wife and my son and went to the Nobu restaurant which was empty just after lunch.

“On the way out someone came over and introduced themselves, then a lady came over, she introduced herself as Amanda. ‘I’m a Liverpool supporter,’ she said.

“During the conversation she said ‘I’m responsible for taking the Abu Dhabi family to Man City’ and I said, ‘but five minutes ago you said you were a Liverpool supporter – why did you not take them to Liverpool?’

“She said: ‘I tried and I tried but Gillett and Hicks were so difficult to deal with, they just walked away in the end.’”

“You should be thanking your lucky stars that dosh didn’t end up in Liverpool,” he told Gary Neville to finish.

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ANFIELD WATCH VERDICT

Things could have been very different had the Abu Dhabi family purchased Liverpool.

Since the Abu Dhabi family have purchased Manchester City, the club have won four Premier League titles in 12 years. Liverpool are yet to win the Premier League title.

However, Manchester City have still not won the Champions League under the Abu Dhabi family. The Reds found a way to claim that particular trophy last year, which does show that the club are now going in the right direction.

It is quite strange how Souness is bringing all of this up now. Liverpool are coming off a season where they won the European Cup and they are currently top of the Premier League table.

That does suggest that FSG are now doing a good job. With that being the case, it does not bother me that the Abu Dhabi family never purchased Liverpool.

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