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Liverpool May Break Strict Wage Structure Under One Condition

Alfie Culshaw

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Liverpool May Break Strict Wage Structure Under One Condition

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Liverpool will only break their wage structure if a new signing arrives and is ‘one of the best in the world in their position’, according to David Lynch of The National News

Lynch believes that the Merseyside club will refuse to dish out the highest wages unless the player in question is of the absolute highest calibre. 

He references Thiago Alcantara as the prime example of this principle, highlighting the Spaniard as being an exception to the general rule when recruiting new additions to the squad. 

Thiago arrived in the summer of 2020 and was offered a lucrative contract, which involved a weekly wage of £200,000, trumped only by Virgil Van Dijk at the club.

At the time, the playmaker was generally considered one of the best central midfielders on the planet.

However, this sort of contract offer is rare at Liverpool and Lynch cites it as a factor in the decision to pull out of the race for players such as Aurelien Tchouameni and Jadon Sancho, both of whom had significant salary demands.

New signing Darwin Nunez may have arrived for a substantial fee of around £85 million if specific performance related add-ons are met, but he has been placed on a more moderate wage of £140,000 a week.

This puts him on a similar income level to the likes of James Milner and Jordan Henderson, both of whom are considered very good players, but perhaps not of the absolute elite level.

This sort of stringent wage structure is another indicator of a well run club that has been able to achieve levels of success beyond their financial mite.

Fenway Sports Group may be very wealthy owners, but comparatively to the likes of Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea under Roman Abramovich, Liverpool aren’t on the same level economically. 

This policy is likely to continue into the future, and could be a reason behind the ongoing contract negotiations with Mohamed Salah, which appear to be stalling. 

The Egyptian is supposedly demanding in excess of £400,000 a week, which would make significantly the highest earner at Liverpool. 

Topics: Liverpool, Football

Alfie Culshaw
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