Former Reds slam Liverpool over decision to furlough non-playing staff

Marco Green
April 6, 2020

So the Red Devils are looking at ways in which their staff can help the UK's effort against coronavirus.

Liverpool's announcement has been widely criticised, particularly after they announced pre-tax profits of £42 million for the 2018-19 season.

Liverpool, whose owners are worth well over £2billion, have come under intense fire for using the grant scheme to pay their employees.

"We can confirm, following a decision by the chairman and board last week, that Manchester City will not be utilising the UK Government's Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme".

In the United Kingdom, the Government is offering to pay 80 per cent of a furloughed employee's wages, up to £2,500 per month, until they are able to resume their job full time.

Mike Ashley was the first Premier League club owner to disgracefully abuse the government's furlough scheme, the billionaire businessman passing responsibility for financially supporting the club's lowest paid staff to the taxpayer.

Morgan believes the evident extent of Liverpool's wealth clearly shows that the Reds have exploited the scheme.

The Glazers have stuck to paying the playing and non-playing staff their regular wages without the help of the Government furlough scheme, while club Captain Harry Maguire, organised the Manchester United players to donate 30% of their salaries to NHS hospitals and medical centres in Manchester.

A tentative agreement is close to being sketched out after the meeting of the 20 Premier League clubs on Friday, and that will have a massive knock-on effect for the Football League.

The North-West outfit joins Tottenham, Norwich, Newcastle, and Bournemouth as another team to take advantage of the scheme, much to the dismay of footballing and non-footballing fans alike.

Hamann's former Liverpool team-mate Jamie Carragher slammed the club, claiming the move will have lost them "respect and goodwill", and now the German has hit out.

Liverpool had previously received praise for Jurgen Klopp's displays of compassion at the start of the pandemic, while Jordan Henderson is reportedly spearheading an attempt from Premier League players to raise funds for the National Health Service.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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