Liverpool fans defend FSG after negative reaction to placing staff on furlough

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Some Liverpool fans have continued to give their backing to the club’s owners FSG following the much-maligned decision on Saturday to place some non-playing staff on furlough.

As noted by BBC, some Liverpool FC employees have been put on temporary leave under the government’s job retention scheme, through which they will receive 80% of their salary, with the club footing the remainder. The Anfield club have joined Newcastle, Tottenham, Bournemouth and Norwich in furloughing some non-playing staff as clubs seek to stem cash flow deficits amid the cessation of football due to the coronavirus pandemic. [via BBC]

Since taking the reins at Liverpool in 2010, FSG have helped the club to climb from mid-table drudgery to being champions of Europe and on the brink of a first league title in 30 years, bankrolling major signings such as £75m for Virgil van Dijk (as per BBC) and £66.9m for Alisson (as per The Guardian). However, the weekend’s decision to furlough some employees was castigated by many Reds supporters as well as ex-player Jamie Carragher.

On Twitter, @AnfieldEdition asked Liverpool fans if their perception of FSG had been discoloured by Saturday’s contentious move. These Kopites responded to insist that they still firmly back the club’s owners despite the furlough, with one saying that it was a “sensible” decision:

Liverpool fans, have your views on FSG changed after the furloughing of some non-playing staff at the club? Join in the discussion by commenting below!

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