Liverpool slammed by club employee after placing staff on furlough leave

Liverpool have been bombarded with criticism after putting some of their staff on furlough.

The reigning Champions League winners have been slammed for taking advantage of the government scheme after posting a pre-tax profit of £42m in February and increased turnover to £533m in 2018/19.

Liverpool have followed Tottenham and Newcastle in furloughing some non-playing staff – and the Anfield club has come under heavy fire.

Twitter was alive with negative response to Liverpool's action and a member of staff who works at Liverpool, and did not wish to be named, 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 added that they were "disappointed, especially after Everton said they were not doing it".

Liverpool said they were aiming "to protect the best interests of the club and our staff in both the short term and the long term, with all such actions being undertaken following various internal discussions".

Their statement read: “Liverpool FC has placed some staff who are impacted by the Premier League suspension on furlough.

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