English Premiership

Liverpool made a mistake by furloughing staff

Anfield gates (Getty Images)
Anfield gates (Getty Images)

Liverpool chairman Tom Werner has explained that he felt the Premier League club made an error of judgement in deciding to furlough non-playing staff.

The Reds invited opprobrium by furloughing some non-playing staff last month in reaction to the global pandemic.

The Reds were 'shocked' by the reaction and believed their Premier League rivals 'leaked' the news.

But they reversed the decision under massive fan pressure, declaring that they "came to the wrong conclusion" and were "truly sorry for that".

Werner has reiterated that sentiment.

"It's better to admit a mistake than to dig your heels in," Werner told the Daily Mail.

"Hopefully people will know that all we really care about is trying to support the fans and support our players and our club in a way that is sustainable.

"It's a terrible situation we're all in. Someday, hopefully, there will be a vaccine and we can return to the joy of being in a stadium and watching the elegant play of great football players.

"The most important thing is safety and the Premier League are working on protocols. But there’s a hole in so many people’s lives. Football is central to their dreams and their hopes.

"Certainly, as regards to Liverpool, we are playing magnificent football and we are just a couple of matches away from winning the trophy. But I do put it in perspective."

- TEAMtalk media

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