Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has hit out at the club after they announced they would be using the government’s furlough scheme for some members of staff.
The Reds released a statement on Saturday which 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.”
Liverpool have widely been criticised for the decision, and have been accused of taking advantage of a scheme which was designed for businesses in trouble, especially after they posted a pre-tax profit of £42m in February and increased turnover to £533m in 2018/19.
And Carragher has also expressed his dismay with the club’s decision, and took to Twitter to air his disapproval.
Jurgen Klopp showed compassion for all at the start of this pandemic, senior players heavily involved in @premierleague players taking wage cuts. Then all that respect & goodwill is lost, poor this @LFC https://t.co/9bE8Rw1veE
— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) April 4, 2020
“Then all that respect & goodwill is lost, poor this @LFC.”
A number of other figures have slammed Liverpool, including one anonymous member of staff, who told the BBC: “The club call their staff their family – I’m not feeling like a family member.
“Why is a club that turns over £100m using a government scheme for its staff when other businesses are more in need of it?
“I feel disappointed and I’m feeling that this government scheme could be used by businesses in trouble.”
The member of staff added that they were “disappointed, especially after Everton said they were not doing it”.
Liverpool join the likes of Tottenham and Newcastle in using the furlough scheme, and it remains to be seen how many other Premier League clubs follow in their footsteps, with football looking not set to return for the foreseeable future.