Yahya Kirdi, one of several parties trying to buy Liverpool, insists he will not pay any more for the club than it is worth and has warned any takeover would take “at least two months”.
A number of groups have expressed interest in taking over Liverpool, and Kirdi issued a statement earlier this week saying he was “in advanced negotiations with Thomas Hicks and George Gillett, co-owners of Liverpool Football Club, to purchase 100% of the club”.
Kirdi, though, has said the current owners have turned down two of his bids since they put Liverpool up for sale in April and warned he would not pay over the odds for the club.
“I can’t pay one pound more than value of Liverpool,” Kirdi told Bloomberg. “I’m not crazy.”
“I want at least two months, two months to see everything. After that, if everything is okay, it’s a deal. If not, thank you very much.”
He added: “I trust (Liverpool chairman) Martin Broughton and he’ll decide who’s good for Liverpool.”
Aware of criticism levelled at Hicks and Gillett by the club’s supporters, Kirdi has said he is not “a cancer who takes money out of Liverpool”.
“I’ve liked them since I was young,” he said. “It’s not important for me that I’m the owner of Liverpool. Whoever takes Liverpool must do good for the club.”
Kirdi also said he felt new manager Roy Hodgson would be far better for the club than the his predecessor, Rafael Benitez.
“Rafael didn’t do anything good for Liverpool,” Kirdi said. “Hodgson is very good for Liverpool because he’s not some kind of dictator.”