Bill Gates, The Richest Man In The World, Was Close To Buying Liverpool

Don't cry, Kop fans

As far as big money takeovers go, the Fenway Sports Group's purchase of Liverpool FC hasn't gone too badly.

But Kop supporters will still be left wondering what might have been now details have emerged that Microsoft founder Bill Gates was close to purchasing the club back in 2010.

Imagine it: the camera pans to Bill Gates, sitting in the Anfield big seat, rocking out to his Zune as the Merseyside Galacticos wrap up the title without a single slip.

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Alas, it wasn't to be. Court documents pertaining to the sale of the club show that Gates was approached to take over the club, but he passed on their offer.

The deposition provided by former Liverpool chairman Sir Martin Broughton during the sales process revealed that many of the world's most wealthy individuals were approached before made the decision to buy.

Details also emerged that Meriton, a company owned by Peter Lim, put in two failed bids. Lim went on to buy Valencia, and considering the failure that's beset the Spanish club since then, that might have been a lucky escape for the Merseyside giants.