Liverpool chairman accepts mistake in making the furlough decision

Liverpool chairman accepts that the club made a mistake when they announced plans to use the government’s furlough scheme. The Premier League leaders faced huge criticism in early April when owners Fenway Sports Group revealed they planned to take advantage of the coronavirus job retention scheme, which would see the United Kingdom government cover 80% of the wages up to £2,500 per month.

The biggest reason for the backlash was that the club had announced pre-tax profits of £42 million just a few weeks earlier, leading them to reverse their decision and issue an apology through chief executive Peter Moore.

Tom Werner, the Reds chairman while talking to the Daily Mail said, “It’s better to admit a mistake than to dig your heels in. 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.”

Premier League matches are set to resume from June but the dates are yet to be confirmed. Liverpool fans would have celebrated the time of their lives as plans for a victory parade were all set after their 30-year wait to win the top-flight trophy. However, the coronavirus pandemic ruined everything and the dream of turning the city Red will be carried forward for the future.

Werner though still feels that the triumph will be celebrated with the fans when it is safe to and after last season’s Champions League success, Werner tried hard but couldn’t control his emotions. He said, “The 4-0 win over Barcelona was the single greatest sporting event I’ve ever seen. The reaction our supporters had in the stadium that day and around the world is something I’ll remember for the rest of my life.”

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