When the Premier League returns this month, Liverpool’s men’s team will almost certainly march on to secure its first league title in 30 years.
Meanwhile, its women’s side has been doomed to relegation from the Women’s Super League after the Football Association called a halt to the season.
The great shame for the footballing powerhouse is not just the relegation itself but the manner in which it allowed the team to wither on the vine.
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Remarkably, despite Liverpool enjoying a record-breaking financial year in 2018-19, raking in £42m in profits, it only had 10 full-time employees on its list for the 2019-20 season.
Those 10 full-time employees covered five “players, managers and coaches” and five “administration, commercial and other,” according to The Guardian.
The publication reports the club pays its female players as part-time workers under the rationale that “full-time employees are those employed for more than 20 hours per week. The 19 members of the playing squad are semi-professional and as such are classed as part-time staff.”
No wonder the players have begun to leave on mass, with the words of exiting goalkeeper Fran Kitching saying plenty.
“I can’t wait to be enjoying the game I love again and being truly happy,” Kitching posted on Twitter. “I am excited to start my next chapter and also enjoy an environment which tests both players and people in the right way and allows them to thrive.”
Scotland international Christie Murray did not miss either.
“I’m looking forward to the next step in my career and the opportunity to be in an environment that challenges me, both as a person and as a footballer, and most importantly, to be able to enjoy what I love again.”
It’s not the first time players have left the club on mass either.
Two seasons ago Casey Stoner left mid-season to join England’s coaching staff before becoming Manchester United manager.
Aware of how things were being run at her old club she lured across seven players from Liverpool — Siobhan Chamberlain, Alex Greenwood, Martha Harris, Naomi Hartley, Emily Ramsey, Lucy Roberts and Amy Turner.
Liverpool’s negligence of its women’s team has finally come back to bite it and unsurprisingly the club is copping it on social media.
What remains to be seen from here is if US owners FSG will respond to relegation by pumping funds into the team or allow it to deteriorate even further.