Liverpool’s annual player wage bill soared above Manchester United as the Premier League Big Six’s salaries were revealed.
The English top flight is known for being one of the biggest spending leagues in the world when it comes to wages.
Even the likes of Crystal Palace and Leicester City made it into the top 20 clubs in Europe in 2020, with both clubs registering wage bills well in excess of £100m.
During the 2019/20 season, among the so-called ‘Big Six’ of the Premier League there was some interesting movements as wages continued to rise, despite the effects of the pandemic.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Manchester City topped the table, not for the first time, with a startling overall wage bill of £351m.
Then came Liverpool, who have jumped ahead of Manchester United by a whopping £50m, and are shelling out £325m to pay their players.
United are in third on £284, while Chelsea closely trail them by £1m with a figure standing at Chelsea £283m.
The two north London clubs round off the top six, with Arsenal ’s wage bill for last season sitting at £225m.
While bitter rivals Tottenham are still only paying nearly half of City’s overall salary contributions at £181m.
One of the most alarming things about Liverpool’s wage surge is that their only arrival in that time was Takumi Minamino, while Joel Matip, James Milner and Divock Origi were the only players to seal contract extensions.
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Given the fact that the Reds did indeed win the Premier League, all the signs point to the huge hike being mostly in the form of bonus payments as a reward for the first league title in 30 years.
It will be interesting to see, though, what the figure will stand at for the current season when Diogo Jota and Thiago’s wages are added.
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