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John Barnes: 'Liverpool well within their rights to furlough staff'

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Liverpool legend John Barnes hits back at criticism of his former side for their initial decision to furlough non-playing staff.

Liverpool legend John Barnes has hit back at criticism of his former side for their initial decision to furlough non-playing staff.

The Reds had originally placed 200 of their staff on furlough amid the coronavirus pandemic before reversing the decision two days later after facing heavy criticism.

Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur have also taken advantage of the government initiative, and Barnes believes that clubs are within their rights to apply for the scheme.

Speaking to Bonus Code Bets, Barnes said: "We can all talk about principles and morality, but the government have offered this scheme, and it doesn't take away from anyone else that wants to partake.

"There isn't a set quota, so Liverpool are well within their rights to take furlough. I don't feel the club are wrong to be looking into this as an option as we don't know how long this situation is going to go on for.

"Football clubs are going to have to let staff go permanently, maybe furloughing staff now means that three or four months down the line is more sensible than having to sack staff later on.

"We don't know who's wrong or right currently. I'm not going to judge Tottenham or anybody else that does furlough staff as they're not taking money out of anyone else's pocket."

Liverpool had forged a 25-point lead at the top of the Premier League table prior to the postponement. body check tags ::

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Premier League Table
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool29271166214582
2Manchester CityMan City28183768313757
3Leicester CityLeicester29165858283053
4Chelsea29146951391248
5Manchester UnitedMan Utd29129844301445
6Wolverhampton WanderersWolves29101364134743
7Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd28111073025543
8Tottenham HotspurSpurs29118104740741
9Arsenal2891364036440
10Burnley29116123440-639
11Crystal Palace29109102632-639
12Everton29107123746-937
13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2998122541-1635
14Southampton29104153552-1734
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton29611123240-829
16West Ham UnitedWest Ham2976163550-1527
17Watford2969142744-1727
18Bournemouth2976162947-1827
19Aston Villa2874173456-2225
20Norwich CityNorwich2956182552-2721
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Premier League Table
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool29271166214582
2Manchester CityMan City28183768313757
3Leicester CityLeicester29165858283053
4Chelsea29146951391248
5Manchester UnitedMan Utd29129844301445
6Wolverhampton WanderersWolves29101364134743
7Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd28111073025543
8Tottenham HotspurSpurs29118104740741
9Arsenal2891364036440
10Burnley29116123440-639
11Crystal Palace29109102632-639
12Everton29107123746-937
13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2998122541-1635
14Southampton29104153552-1734
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton29611123240-829
16West Ham UnitedWest Ham2976163550-1527
17Watford2969142744-1727
18Bournemouth2976162947-1827
19Aston Villa2874173456-2225
20Norwich CityNorwich2956182552-2721
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