Liverpool employee expresses disappointment after the club decide to put staff on furlough


Liverpool caused huge controversy on Saturday afternoon when they announced some of their staff were going on furlough.

Staff affected will receive 80% of their salary through the government's job retention scheme and the club will make up the difference.

Their statement 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."

That decision has caused backlash from across England.

Many feel as if Liverpool are taking advantage of the government scheme. They are the seventh richest club in the world and their owner, John Henry, has a net value of $2.6 billion.

The Reds have more than enough to pay their staff without having to resort to furlough.

But what do the staff themselves think? Well, it appears they aren't very happy at all.

That's because a Liverpool employee, who has said that he wants to remain anonymous, has slammed the club.

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"The club call their staff their family - I'm not feeling like a family member," he told the BBC.

"Why is a club that turns over [millions of pounds] 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 stuff added that they were "disappointed, especially after Everton said they were not doing it".

It's clear that the decision to put staff on furlough has angered those within the club, as well as those outside of it.

Jamie Carragher has criticised Liverpool after the furlough announcement

And Jamie Carragher, a Liverpool legend, has also criticised Liverpool.

"Jurgen Klopp showed compassion for all at the start of this pandemic, senior players heavily involved in @premierleague players taking wage cuts," he wrote. "Then all that respect & goodwill is lost, poor this @LFC."

It will be interesting to see how Liverpool respond. Given the amount of backlash, it wouldn't be surprising if they reversed their decision.

Besides, they have more than enough money to do just that.

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