It was nine years ago this week that one of the most turbulent periods in Liverpool FC history drew to a close.
After a series of court hearings in London and in Texas, Fenway Sports Group (then known as New England Sports Ventures) finally prized the club away from the clutches of despised owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett to complete a £ 300million takeover.
It brought to an end a long period of speculation as to who would end up owning Liverpool Football Club, with interest being shown by a number of other parties most notably Dubai International Capital (DIC), who entered into talks with then-chairman David Moores and chief executive Rick Parry, and a few years earlier in 2007, Thai businessman and politician Thaksin Shinawatra who went to briefly own Manchester City before being ousted from power in Thailand and later being found guilty of corruption.
One of those who came closest to owning LFC was Singapore businessman Peter Lim, who has gone on to have some involvement in English football since his failed bid to take control at Anfield.
Self-made billionaire Lim, the son of a fishmonger worth $ 1.5bn according to Forbes Magazine, reportedly made two offers for the club – of £ 300m and then £ 320m – but withdrew during the week of the FSG takoever in October 2010 when it became clear to him Liverpool's board and the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) preferred to pursue the deal on the table from John Henry and partners.
Lim had put himself through college by working as a waiter and taxi driver and then becoming a stockbroker before in 1996 giving up managing other people’s money to become a full-time investor.
Back in 2010, it was reported Lim's $ 10m gamble on palm oil producer Wilmar was now said to be worth $ 1.4bn and formed the bulk of his wealth but also owned stakes in fashion retailer FJ Benjamin, investment firm Rowsley Ltd, and brewery restaurant Brewerkz.
His interest in Liverpool was believed to have been stirred by his ownership of several Manchester United-themed bars in Asia which persuaded him of the global money-making potential in the Premier League.
When withdrawing his bid to buy Liverpool, Lim said: "I have tried to engage constructively with the Board and RBS based on an Offer, funded from my existing resources, providing greater value for Liverpool Football Club, more cash for players, full repayment of all bank debts and a long term personal commitment to build a better future for the Club and its supporters.
"The board and RBS have chosen not to respond or to discuss my Offer with me. My representatives were even offered to meet the Board last night. This was ignored, although NESV was invited to attend that meeting.
"It has become clear to me that the board is intent on selling the Club to NESV to the exclusion of all other parties, regardless of the merits of their bids. In these circumstances, I am not able to proceed with my intention to acquire the Club
"If current events cause the circumstances to change, my interest in acquiring the club remains.
"I would however extend my very best wishes to Liverpool Football Club, the staff and players, and the fans, who really deserve better than this. I hope the Club now moves towards realizing its potential and achieving success on the pitch."
Lim managed to get involved in English football four years later however when he bought a 50% stake in then-Premier League Division North side Salford City.
In March 2014, news broke of a potential takeover of 'The Ammies' by a consortium including former Manchester United players Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville, Phil Neville, Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt and, once completed, the ownership team announced they had agreed to sell a half-share in the club to Lim, who five years later sold a 10% stake to David Beckham.
Salford City won the National League play-off final at Wembley earlier this year to reach the Football League for the first time in the club's 79-year history, their four promotions since 2014/15.
Also in 2014, Lim became the new majority owner of the Spanish Spanish debt-ridden club after buying 70.4 percent of the shares owned by the club’s foundation.
In December 2015, Lim appointed former Manchester United captain Gary Neville as Valencia manager, despite Neville's lack of club coaching experience and fluent Spanish, but sacked him four months later with the club only six points clear of the relegation zone having won only three of their 16 league games under Neville's stewardship.
Last month, Valencia fans protested against the ownership of Lim and president Anil Murthy with banners and placards after popular manager Marcelino was sacked.