'Poor this from Liverpool' - Carragher slams Reds over furlough announcement
Liverpool have placed a number of staff impacted by the Premier League suspension on furlough, the club announced on Saturday, with Jamie Carragher having been left unimpressed by the decision.
Members of the workforce that are affected can claim 80 per cent of their wages - up to ?2,500 a month - from the United Kingdom government, though Liverpool will top up any shortfall in their pay.
And that is what appears to have irked Carragher, and other observers, with many suggesting that the Reds should not be relying on government assistance to help pay their staff.
The club's former centre-back 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 Liverpool."
A statement from the league leaders read: "Liverpool FC has placed some staff who are impacted by the Premier League suspension on furlough.
"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.
"Even prior to the decision on staff furloughing, there was a collective commitment at senior levels of the club - on and off the pitch - with everyone working towards a solution that secures jobs for employees of the club during this unprecedented crisis.
"There is ongoing active engagement about the topic of salary deductions during the period matches are not being played to schedule. These discussions are complex and as a result the process is ongoing."
There has been public pressure on Premier League footballers to commit to pay cuts, with clubs agreeing in a meeting on Friday they would discuss 30 per cent wage reductions with players.
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson is spearheading an attempt from Premier League stars to raise funds for the National Health Service, with Goal reporting on Saturday that Arsenal skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been part of the discussions.
Source : goal.com
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