Liverpool announced yesterday that they will use the government’s job retention scheme to place their non-playing staff on furlough and the decision has come under fire from Piers Morgan. With Premier League football suspended indefinitely because of the coronavirus pandemic Liverpool will use a grant from the UK government to pay their staff.
On the furlough scheme, employees will be paid 80 per cent of their usual monthly pre-tax wages, up to a maximum of £2,500.
The Reds have agreed to top their staff’s salaries up to their usual amount to ensure they are not “financially disadvantaged”.
However Liverpool’s owners, Fenway Sports Group, have a net worth of £2.2billion and many feel they should not need to call on the UK government for financial help, especially in these difficult times.
And Morgan vented his anger at the Merseyside club for using up the UK’s funds when they would be needed in more vital areas, such as the NHS.nal Health Service.
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The Good Morning Britain host also questioned whether manager Jurgen Klopp would have given the move the green light.
Morgan tweeted: “Shameful. You’re owned by American billionaires @LFC – you should not be using British taxpayer money like this.
“Has Jurgen Klopp agreed to this?”
Moreover, Liverpool made a pre-tax profit of £42m last year so have the financial stability to pay their staff.
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson is rallying his fellow Premier League skippers into creating a coronavirus fund to help the NHS.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock called on footballers to “play their part” during a press conference earlier this week.
And Henderson is calling on his fellow professions to take a 35 per cent pay cut so that millions of pounds can be donated to help the National Health Service.