LONDON: Premier League leaders Liverpool have furloughed some of their non-playing staff due to the Covid-19 pandemic and are holding talks about the prospect of salary deductions for players and senior staff, the club said yesterday.
Liverpool added on their website that the furloughed staff would continue to receive 100 per cent of their salaries.
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.
“Liverpool FC has placed some staff who are impacted by the Premier League suspension on furlough,” the European champions said in a statement. “The club has confirmed those staff will be paid 100pc of their salaries to ensure no member of staff is financially disadvantaged.”
The decision has been criticised by former Liverpool players Jamie Carragher and Stan Collymore.
Newcastle, Tottenham, Bournemouth and Norwich have already announced they will furlough some non-playing staff.
Carragher tweeted, “Jurgen Klopp showed compassion for all at the start of this pandemic, senior players heavily involved in Premier League players taking wage cuts. Then all that respect and goodwill is lost - poor this, LFC.”
Former Liverpool forward Collymore, meanwhile, wrote on social media: “I don’t know of any Liverpool fan of any standing that won’t be anything other than disgusted at the club for furloughing staff. It’s just plain wrong.
Furloughed British workers can claim 80pc of their wages up to £2,500 ($3,065) per month as part of the government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, which means Liverpool will top up the remaining 20pc of salaries for its furloughed staff.
The Premier League said on Friday its clubs would consult with their players over a proposed 30pc reduction in wages.
Liverpool said salary deductions were being discussed and there was “a collective commitment at senior levels of the club” to secure jobs for employees.
“These discussions are complex and as a result the process is ongoing,” the club added.