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Liverpool owner John Henry denies rumour of Chinese takeover

Liverpool's principal owner John W. Henry has used his personal Twitter account to hit back at reports that the club will soon be sold.

Henry responded to a tweet from talkSPORT's Ian Abrahams, who had claimed that the Merseyside outfit would be taken over by a Chinese consortium before Christmas or possibly by the end of the week.

However, Henry dismissed any suggestions that Liverpool would be sold anytime soon by replying to Abrahams' initial tweet with: "Good that your sources will be debunked so soon. Usually it takes a long time!"

Sources told ESPN FC in June that Liverpool's owners Fenway Sports Group (FSG) had ignored a takeover bid from Chinese consortium The Sinofortone Group back in February.

Reds chairman Tom Werner insisted in August that the club was not for sale but did say that FSG would be open to idea of selling a small share in the club.

"We've said it before and I'd like to say it again: this club is not for sale," Werner told the Liverpool Echo. "At the same time we've been clear that we actively pursue commercial opportunities which in turn helps us invest in the squad and win football matches.

"These commercial discussions can be complex and we've said in the past, under the right conditions and absolutely with the right partner, we could look at some small investment stake in the club.

"But only in the framework of doing what would be in the club's long-term best interests. I want to reiterate that the club is not for sale."

Glenn is ESPN FC's Liverpool correspondent. You can follow him on Twitter: @GlennPrice94.

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