Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates was reportedly contacted about buying Liverpool, but he did not respond to the club.
The American businessman, thought to be worth close to £70billion, was one of many people approached by the Merseyside outfit as they attempted to oust owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett.
The pair eventually agreed to sell in 2010, and Fenway Sports Group – headed by John W Henry – took over Liverpool and have been running it ever since.
It seems that things could have been very different for the Premier League club as Gates was considered as a potential buyer.
According to Sky Sports News, legal papers relating to a court battle between Mill Financial, the Royal Bank of Scotland and Gillett have revealed that Gates and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft were among many approached.
In a deposition, Liverpool’s former chairman Sir Martin Broughton said, “Correct,” when asked if “there was at least an attempt to contact Bill Gates and Bob Kraft in the US.”
After hearing the news, Liverpool fans have given their reaction on Twitter, with some wondering what direction the club would be going in with Gates at the helm.
— Amy Moffatt (@AmyStyles4ever) February 8, 2017
So Bill Gates was offered #LFC
— Sat Amin (@Indiasno1) February 8, 2017
— Andy Forbes (@Forbesy602) February 8, 2017
Let alone Bill Gates I'd take Gareth Gates over FSG #LFC
— Pip£R (@SirLeonP) February 8, 2017
This Bill Gates and #LFC news popping out is like " Jale pe Namak Chhidakana"
Rubbing Salt on one's wound.????
— Laali (@sejal_modi) February 8, 2017
— Stuart Martin (@stmart76) February 8, 2017
— Derek Fallon (@Derekfallon) February 7, 2017