Jamie Carragher upset with Liverpool’s furlough scheme, Newcastle & Wolves stars praise Jordan Henderson

Liverpool furlough around 200 employees

Liverpool are the fifth Premier League club to furlough workers.

On Saturday, Liverpool announced measures which are set to affect 200 employees at the club.

In a statement released by the Reds, supporters were told:

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 percent of their salaries to ensure no member of staff is financially disadvantaged.

So what does this actually mean in practice?

80% of the salaries of the workers placed on the furlough scheme will now be paid by the government.

Liverpool has confirmed that they’ll pay their employees the remaining 20% of their wages, so workers continue to receive their entire pay packet.

Jamie Carragher is upset with Liverpool’s furlough scheme

However, while Liverpool’s workers may still be receiving their full pay in practice, the fact that Liverpool are forcing the government to pay 80% of those wages has received plenty of criticism.

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher reacted on social media:

Jurgen Klopp showed compassion for all at the start of this pandemic, senior players heavily involved in Premier League players taking wage cuts. Then all that respect & goodwill is lost – poor this, LFC.

Carragher isn’t the only former Liverpool player that’s upset with Liverpool’s decision.

Stan Collymore has also vented at his former employers:

I don’t know of any Liverpool fan of any standing that won’t be anything other than disgusted at the club for furloughing staff. Fellow football fans, furlough is for small business staff to keep those small businesses from going bump.

Every Premier League owner has serious cash, and make money from skyrocketing values of clubs, so what aren’t you getting about your owners dipping into their pocket?

Danny Murphy has labelled Liverpool’s furlough decision as “grotesque” in his weekly column in the Mail on Sunday.

I’m particularly disappointed with the decision coming from Liverpool yesterday (Saturday) because it runs against the togetherness and unity the club has always been renowned for, particularly over the last 30 years since Hillsborough.

I think there will be a backlash and while the club’s business people might think it will save them some money in the short-term, it will cause reputational damage.


Newcastle & Wolves stars praise Jordan Henderson for trying to set up a fund

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson is leading efforts amongst Premier League footballers to raise significant funds to help those affected by the Covid-19 crisis.

Over the weekend, Danny Rose, who is on loan at Newcastle from Tottenham, talked about Henderson’s attempt to set up a fund:

Conversations were being had before people outside of football were commenting.

I’ve been on the phone to [Liverpool captain] Jordan Henderson and he’s working so hard to come up with something.

It was just not needed for people who are not involved in football to tell footballers what they should do with their money. I found that so bizarre.

Wolves captain Conor Coady also confirmed that he’s spoken to the Reds captain on the same topic.


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This article was edited by Ben Green.