Former Liverpool winger John Barnes believes Anfield officials will make the right decision for the fans when considering a takeover bid for the club.
Dubai International Capital (DIC), a firm owned by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai, have been given exclusive rights to launch a bid.
A takeover could lead to a move away from Anfield to a new stadium, and Barnes is confident chief executive Rick Parry and Liverpool officials will be looking after the club’s best interests.
“I’m very confident Liverpool are making the right decisions on who to hand the reins over to and who the investors will be,” said Barnes, who starred for Liverpool in the 1980s and 1990s.
“I think why they like the investors from Dubai is because they will have a hands-off approach and let the people in charge take care of the business of running the club and maintaining the relationship with the area and the fans.
“Financially others may have more clout and be a more attractive proposition but the people in charge will make the right decisions for the fans.”
The offer is expected to be for a total of £450m (€667.4m): £170m (€252.1m) for a controlling stake in the club, £80m (€118.6m) to cover existing debts and £200m (€296.6m) to go towards a new stadium in Stanley Park.
The takeover would see Liverpool become the sixth Barclays Premiership club in foreign hands.
“Investment in football clubs is very important now,” said 43-year-old Barnes.
“Particularly, the new stadium is important. That is what they want and this will give them the opportunity to do that.
“Secondly, the funds to buy knew players is vital as we’re living in an age where finance is very important.
“But we can’t lose sight of the most important aspect of football, which is winning matches.”
Barnes was coaching amateur side Team VXR in London as the club bid to become semi-professional.
“Amateur football is as strong in this country as it is anywhere else in the world,” he said.