Basketball stars LeBron James and Maverick Carter could be set for a big part to play in the future of Liverpool, according to Reds chairman Tom Werner.
A massive £543m investment into the club by RedBird Capital Partners was recently agreed with Fenway Sports Group, which both LeBron and Carter have recently become partners of.
It means that both the legendary figures are now part of the Liverpool majority ownership group, and therefore will be able to have a say in how the club is run.
And speaking to The Athletic, Werner said he would expect to see both men getting involved as much as possible.
“I will be surprised actually if they don’t weigh in (on management decisions of either team), I would welcome their thoughts,” Werner said.
“I think that the relationship that the consumer has with a sporting team is an emotional one. I consider Maverick to be one of my closest friends, and I’ve spent hours with him talking about strategy, coaching, the lessons that I’ve learned from (Liverpool manager) Jurgen Klopp, and the lessons that he’s learned as an astute observer of basketball.
“We have a very collaborative relationship, so I would actually say that their wisdom and their experience is going to be hugely helpful to us going forward.”
Werner also thinks LeBron will be heavily involved in “products that are made by Nike for Liverpool”, with the Los Angeles Lakers player one of the sporting giants’ most recognisable faces.
And he suggested that Carter in particular has a close friendship with Liverpool talisman Virgil Van Dijk, adding: “I know Maverick has a very good relationship with, just to be specific, Virgil van Dijk.
“I wouldn’t be surprised that there’s a lot of texting going back (and forth) that I’m not aware of.”
It is certainly set to be an intriguing new chapter in the history of Liverpool, and the extra cash should see them pushing through with plans to expand Anfield and perhaps bring in a marquee signing this summer, such as PSG forward Kylian Mbappe.