News From Liverpool: 12 people or groups linked with buying Liverpool FC

Two months after news emerged that FSG were exploring a sale, were no closer to finding out whats next for Liverpool FC.

Reports in December suggested that John Henry was leaning towards a minority partner rather than a full sale, but were yet to learn of any serious negotiations on either front.

There have, however, been a number of people and consortiums touted as possible buyers. Here, we look at 12 groups who have been linked with the purchase of LFC.

When it was first revealed that FSG were putting Liverpool up for sale, the Ricketts family, who own the Chicago Cubs baseball team, were one of the first groups to be linked as possible buyers.

The Times Matt Lawton reported that there could be interest from the family, who were leading contenders to buy Chelsea last year, and have also explored bidding for Tottenham in the past.

According to Forbes, the Ricketts family is worth an estimated $4.6 billion, with family patriarch Joe Ricketts founding the brokerage firm TD Ameritrade in 1975.

However, back in November, The Telegraphs Matt Law said that despite being one of the shortlisted bidders to buy Chelsea last year, the Ricketts family will not be making an offer to buy the Reds from FSG.

There have been reports that a consortium led by former temporary Liverpool chairman Martin Broughton could also look to take over from FSG.

Broughton was also involved in the bidding process for Chelsea, supported by investment banker Michael Klein, Creative Artists Agency and Evolution Media Capital among others.

These links are particularly interesting given Broughtons previous ties to Liverpool, having overseen the sale of the club from Tom Hicks and George Gillett to FSG back in 2010. He spent six months in the position before being succeeded by FSG chairman Tom Werner.

Nothing more than tentative links at this stage.

There have been suggestions that Broughton, a Chelsea fan, could lead a consortium alongside Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment, who currently own an 18 percent share in Crystal Palace and are said to have a combined fortune of around 7 billion.

But there is the possibility that HBSE could make an independent offer, with CBS Sports Ben Jacobs naming them as a genuine suitor in November.

Aside from their involvement at Palace, HBSE also own Philadelphia 76ers of the NBA.

According to the Echo, sources close to the group doubt that any possible interest in acquiring Liverpool will result in a formal offer.