By Harvey Byrne

Liverpool are paying £19million more in wages than Saturday’s Champions League finalist Juventus, according to a report.

The Daily Mail has released a table showing the biggest wage bills in football and the Reds are placed in ninth with a £200million total.

European giants Barcelona top the pile with £279million, while Premier League big spenders Manchester United and Chelsea occupy second and third spot respectively with Juventus’ fellow finalists Real Madrid in fourth.

Now, despite the Merseyside giants paying more than the Italian giants, to put the totals into further perspective, Liverpool are paying out just the fifth highest wages in the Premier League.

The English top-flight is notoriously known in Europe for being a cash machine with the TV revenue falling to clubs and 15 English clubs feature in the top 25 list.

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Astonishingly, each of West Ham, Southampton, Stoke, Swansea, Leicester and even Sunderland all pay more than Atletico Madrid, who won the La Liga crown as recently as 2014 and finished in third place in the most recent campaign.

The wage bills aren’t expected to get any lower either and with Premier League prize money rising each year it won’t be too surprising to see Liverpool one day sit higher than Barcelona.

In other Liverpool news, the Reds have made contact with a Premier League club over 20-year-old attacker.

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