Date: 8th April 2020 at 8:00am
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Match of the Day pundit Gary Lineker has said that Liverpool’s U-turn on their stance to furlough staff is “something to applaud”.

The Reds reversed their decision to furlough staff onto the Government’s job retention scheme yesterday after receiving intense scrutiny from supporters and pundits after making the initial announcement to do so on Saturday.

Although we weren’t the only club to make this decision. Tottenham Hotspur, Newcastle United and Norwich City went down this route first but because of our club values, many were shocked that we followed suit.

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However, the club’s majority shareholder John Henry and chief executive Peter Moore agreed with the Kop faithful and decided to pull the plug on the idea, stating that they came to the “wrong conclusion” and will look to other ways in supporting the staff during these unprecedented times.

Lineker agreed and took to social media to voice his views on Liverpool’s stance.

He posted on Twitter in response to an article by the Independent. “Disagree”, he said. “Everyone makes the odd bad decision. Recognising a mistake and putting it right is something to applaud”.

Granted, it is nice to see that we have eventually made the right decision in going back on this. Regardless, this sort of move goes against our values as a football club.

I’m sure people like Bill Shankly and Bob Paisley would not have allowed such an appalling board room decision to be made.