Liverpool great Kenny Dalglish “will be disgusted” by the club’s decision to use the government’s furlough scheme for some of their staff, claims Reds hero Danny Murphy. Liverpool announced on Saturday the club had placed some staff impacted by the Premier League suspension on furlough but that they would still receive 100 per cent of their wage.
Liverpool’s decision has received a lot of criticism, with fellow Premier League clubs Tottenham, Newcastle and Norwich also choosing to use the government scheme.
Murphy cannot understand why a club as wealthy as Liverpool felt it was the right decision to make and reckons legendary player and manager Dalglish will be completely against it.
“It’s hard to imagine how they’ve come up with this,” Murphy told talkSPORT.
“Even if the profits haven’t been as good as they have been with Liverpool’s recent success… the reputation Liverpool has gained over the years by dealing with adversity and the togetherness with the supporters – this stinks.
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“It’s grotesque. It’s a quick, silly decision based on trying to save a few quid.
“It’s totally against what Liverpool Football Club is, what it’s become, and what it’s built since Bill Shankly – and I say that with knowledge of what it means to be part of that football club.
“I can’t think there will be any supporters who will agree with this decision.
“Kenny will be disgusted. Kenny did so much during Hillsborough and that took him apart.
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“He was a perfect example, he epitomised what Liverpool Football Club is about.
“I think a lot of people within the club will be having words about this to the hierarchy.
“Well done to Manchester City, to be the first ones to say they aren’t going to do it. I know you could say, ‘well they’ve got billions’, but Liverpool have got billions.”
Murphy says no Premier League club should furlough staff and reckons Liverpool should reverse their decision.
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“I hope Liverpool change their mind on it and backtrack, because I think they’ve underestimated the impact of this decision,” he added.
“Any football club in the Premier League who decide to use this scheme is wrong. I’d be shocked if it wasn’t reversed
“You’re talking a maximum £750,000 a month, and even if it was for six months or even 12 months, it’s not a problem for Liverpool to pay that money.
“Why should the government pay when football can pay it and look after itself? That government money could be used elsewhere.”
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