Jamie Carragher has questioned Liverpool’s ‘poor’ decision to furlough a number of their staff amid the ongoing coronavirus crisis.
The Premier League leaders announced on Saturday afternoon that ‘some staff’ would be placed onto the government’s furlough scheme, the UK government is willing to pay 80 per cent of workers salaries, with Liverpool paying the additional 20 per cent to ensure out-of-work staff receive a full wage.
“Liverpool FC has placed some staff who are impacted by the Premier League suspension on furlough,” a statement reads. “The club has confirmed those staff will be paid 100 per cent of their salaries to ensure no member of staff is financially disadvantaged. Last month the club also confirmed that it would pay its matchday and non-matchday staff while the Premier League is suspended.”
The Anfield outfit are not the first to utilise the scheme – Tottenham, Newcastle, Norwich and Bournemouth having all faced criticism for allowing the taxpayer to pay staff wages, despite the vast wealth of the majority of top-flight clubs owners.
News emerged on Friday that Reds skipper Jordan Henderson is attempting to organise a ‘crisis fund’ in which players can donate a percentage of their wages, while Jurgen Klopp delivered a classy message to supporters last month, saying he would accept the season being totally cancelled if it meant it helped ‘just one’ person.
However, former defender Carragher believes that today’s announcement will have cost the club some ‘respect and goodwill’.
Jurgen Klopp showed compassion for all at the start of this pandemic, senior players heavily involved in @premierleague players taking wage cuts. Then all that respect & goodwill is lost, poor this @LFC https://t.co/9bE8Rw1veE
— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) April 4, 2020
The Premier League conceded on Friday that the 2019/20 campaign ‘will not resume at the beginning of May’ as was originally planned – Liverpool still requiring six points to seal their first league title in 30 years.