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Jamie Carragher slams Liverpool after club put staff on furlough leave

Jamie Carragher slams Liverpool after club announced they will put some members of staff on the government’s furlough leave scheme.

The Premier League leaders released a statement on Saturday which read: ” Liverpool FC has placed some staff who are impacted by the Premier League suspension on furlough.

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“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 been hugely criticised for the controversial decision, and have even been accused of taking advantage of a scheme which is suppose to be designed for businesses in trouble, yet they’ve 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,” Carragher said.

“Then all that respect & goodwill is lost, poor this @LFC.”

Other figures have slammed Liverpool, one anonymous member of staff 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 stuff have said that they are “disappointed, especially after Everton said they were not doing it”.

Tottenham and Newcastle are also using the furlough scheme, though it’s yet to be seen how many others choose to do so, with football still not looking likely to return for a while yet.

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