London, Jan 31: Liverpool supporters, who have been growing more and more disgruntled with the tension at Anfield over the last few months, will take action today when they unveil a plan to buy out the club.
A group called Share Liverpool FC aims to create a "member-share" scheme at Anfield whereby 100,000 people invest £5,000. The £500m raised will then go towards ousting co-owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett, and build a new stadium. It is time to answer the concerns that football fans have about the patterns of ownership developing at our major football clubs," said Rogan Taylor, a Kop season ticket holder and spokesman for Share Liverpool. "Thousands of Liverpool fans have already demonstrated their dissatisfaction with the current state of affairs.
"Large amounts of debt is often laden on to newly-bought clubs and the fans know that in the end, it will be them who will have to pay it off through increased ticket prices and other schemes. In such a case, why not simply buy the club yourselves?"
Share Liverpool hope to follow the lead of Barcelona, which is owned by 150,000 of its fans. "What many don't realise is that there are other ways of financing and taking ownership of big clubs," said Taylor. "In Germany and Spain, most top-level football clubs are simply not for sale.
They are owned by many thousands of 'member fans'. The Champions League has been won on six occasions in the last 15 years by clubs owned and run in such a way."