Liverpool believe a rival Premier League club leaked their plans to furlough staff

Liverpool owner John W Henry believes plans were leaked.

Liverpool Football Club suffered huge backlash this weekend after they announced their plans to furlough staff.

The government allows businesses to furlough staff at the moment, covering up to 80% of their wages.

The fact that Liverpool were planning to use it, though, left a bad taste in a lot of people's mouths.

This is a club that posted immense profit just last month, for one thing, while it's also a giant business from a traditionally socialist city.

"When we speak about business questions, we ask ourselves: 'what would Shankly have done? what would Bill have said in this situation?'," club CEO Peter Moore said back in October.

"He was a true socialist who believed that football consisted of working together."

It's very unlikely that Shankly would have had a club owned by billionaires turn to tax money to cover their staff's wages, in all honesty.

Despite this, the Athletic reports that the club's owners were "shocked" at the backlash they faced, with it coming from fans of Liverpool, fans of other clubs, ex-players and media figures.

Liverpool CEO Peter Moore reversed the club's decision.

That backlash forced them to reverse the decision on Monday, saying they "came to the wrong conclusion".

But that Athletic report also claims that the club didn't actually want to announce the plan at the weekend.

They say that another Premier League club leaked the plan after confidential meetings between clubs.

That forced Liverpool to quickly announce things so the affected staff would get letters before rumours.

So all in all, a very badly handled situation all-round.

Liverpool haven't come out of this well as despite the U-turn, it doesn't reflect well that they did it in the first place.

And it's not a good sign that another club was content to breach trust at a time when all clubs really need to be on the same page.

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