Liverpool stars earn £37k-a-week less than title rivals

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Liverpool take on Manchester City at Anfield
Liverpool take on Manchester City at Anfield.

Liverpool and Manchester City go head-to-head on Sunday in a game that many believe could decide the destination of this year's Premier League title.

But, according to the Daily Mail, there's quite a substantial difference between the two teams in terms of pay. Of course, you expected there to be to a certain extent.

Manchester City are one of the world's richest clubs, but the scale of the gap between the two is staggering. Because the report claims Manchester City's stars earn, on average, £2m-a-year more than the Anfield starting eleven.

Since City's takeover, Sheikh Mansour has invested heavily in the playing staff, management, training ground and stadium to make City one of the most attractive teams to play for in Europe.

And the size of that investment is evident in the financial gulf in wage packets between the two clubs. Yaya Toure is one of City's highest earners - the Ivorian international is reportedly on a deal somewhere in the region of £200,000-a-week.

David Silva, Sergio Aguero and Vincent Kompany are other similarly big earners at the Etihad Stadium, and the Daily Mail has calculated that the average weekly wage for a player in the first-team at City is £102,653-a-week.

In contrast, the average weekly pay packet for a first-team Liverpool player is £65,457-a-week. So even despite the pay disparity, Liverpool are still challenging City at the top of the Premier League table.

We'll see on Sunday whether that massive wage difference is reflected in performance on the pitch.

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