The Reds management relies on the state’s commitment to pay 80% of their salaries to people released from work during this crisis period up to a maximum of £2,500. The step of [team 8] has however received some negative response by former LFC players such as Didi Harmann, member of the [league 2] winning team from the 2004/2005 season.
Astonished by the news that @lfc takes advantage of the furlough scheme to claim 80 % of non playing staffs wages back of the government. That’s not what the scheme was designed for. Contrary to the morals and values of the club i got to know
— Didi Hamann (@DietmarHamann) April 4, 2020
Similar statements posted Jamie Carrragher or Stan Collymore.
“At the same time, we confirm that we will reimburse our employees one hundred percent of their salary at a later date so that they are not financially disadvantaged,
“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.” confirmed the statement of Liverpool.
Many football authorities and fans are not considering the steps taken by Liverpool as immoral or unfair. In this situation it is rather considered a rational behavior.
Liverpool leads the English [league 8] table nine rounds before the end by unbeatable 25 points. The Premier League is suspended indefinitely and the management of the competition is negotiating the reduction of salaries.