Liverpool legends slam club for placing non-playing staff in furlough

A series of former players, including Jamie Carragher, Danny Murphy and Dietmar Hamann have questioned the call.

Several English top-flight clubs, such as Tottenham Hotspur, Bournemouth and Newcastle United, have already put non-playing staff on furlough, with football's return in England contingent on medical guidance and government support.

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Former Liverpool players have criticised the Premier League club for furloughing some of their non-playing staff as a cost-cutting measure during the coronavirus pandemic.

"Then all that respect & goodwill is lost, poor this Liverpool".

Spirit of Shankly, who work closely with club on a host of issues including ticketing, diversity and fan safety, issued a statement on Saturday evening in which they denied reports in one national newspaper that they had "refused to criticise" Liverpool's decision.

In a statement released by the club on Saturday afternoon, Liverpool's hierarchy explained that their furloughed staff would remain paid throughout the uncertainty.

"The proposed 30% salary deduction over a 12-month period equates to over £500m in wage reductions and a loss in tax contributions of over £200m to the government. These discussions are complex and as a result the process is ongoing".

"Jurgen Klopp showed compassion for all at the start of this pandemic, senior players heavily involved in Premier League players taking wage cuts". He added that West Brom may still have to consider furloughing staff. "Conversations were being had before people outside of football were commenting".

"I've been on the phone to [Liverpool captain] Jordan Henderson and he's working so hard to come up with something".

In addition, if the season is cancelled altogether, the club will miss out on 45 million pounds in "broadcasting revenue and other items", Burnley said in a statement on their website. "Every Premier League owner has serious cash, and make money from skyrocketing values of clubs, so what aren't you getting about YOUR owners dipping into THEIR pocket?"

"That's why we are very, very determined that when it's safe to do so we really do want to finish this season".