'Brilliant' - Exclusive: Kevin Phillips reacts to James Pearce's Liverpool reveal
Kevin Phillips was blown away by the commitment of Liverpool to its matchday staff as they announced they would continue to pay wages despite the suspension of fixtures.
The former Sunderland and Southampton striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, stressed that Premier League clubs also need to help the football league in these troubling times.
In a joint statement the Premier League, EFL and FA announced all fixtures are to be suspended until April 30 – at the earliest- due to the outbreak of COVID-19 in the UK.
Credit to #LFC vowing to pay Anfield's matchday casual workers for the postponed home games up to the end of April. Will cost the club around £250,000 per match.
— James Pearce (@JamesPearceLFC) March 19, 2020
In addition, the Athletic correspondent and Merseyside expert James Pearce has revealed the Reds have vowed to pay all of their matchday staff, permanent or casual the real living wage for the games that were scheduled prior to the postponement.
Phillips applauded the decision but suggested it was but the tip of the iceberg with Football League clubs on the brink of collapse.
“It is brilliant,” Phillips told Football Insider.
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“It shows you how much money these big clubs have earned and the worth to be able to do that. Look at what the owner of Chelsea is doing – paying for the Millennium Hotel for two months for the NHS to use. These Premier League clubs look after their own.
“We are hoping the football world and the Premier League in particular dish out what needs to be dished out to help the lower leagues. Something needs to be done to keep our football clubs in business.
“It would be a disaster even if we lost one club. But listening to lower league chairmen we are in danger of losing many. I am hoping we can find a solution.”
Chelsea’s Roman Abramovich will pay for NHS staff to stay at his Stamford Bridge hotel – Millennium Hotel – for the next two months to help fight the coronavirus.
Lower league clubs are financially reliant on gate receipts. With fixtures suspended and the prospect of behind-closed-door fixtures, there is a growing concern within the Football League.