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Liverpool offering new players smaller salaries
Liverpool will give new players performance-related contracts, signalling the end of stars coming into Anfield on huge wages.
The club will instead offer lower basic salaries with more bonuses based on their on-field displays. This latest approach could be seen as an admission of defeat or a lack of ambition, suggesting they have given up trying to compete with top clubs for talent.
It is a potential worry for Liverpool fans, especially as rivals Manchester United are 24 points ahead of them at the top of the Barclays Premier League.
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Managing director Ian Ayre told the Liverpool Echo: ‘From the football club’s perspective, our view has to be that people are rewarded for contributing towards what we achieve. As long as contracts are structured in that way then everyone wins.
‘If a player performs then he will be rewarded. That’s the philosophy of the contracts we are offering and signing.
‘The attitude I’m trying to put forward when we’re negotiating with agents is that we want to do a contract which is fair for both sides.
‘Fair often means the right amount of reward for a player who delivers. Everyone we bring through the door we expect to perform and do the best they can. As long as any player does that they should be rewarded for it.’
He added: ‘I’m not one of those who subscribes to the idea that players are necessarily overpaid. I think they make a huge contribution to the biggest league in the world.’
Liverpool have had their fair share of highly-paid flops over the past five years. Alberto Aquilani, Joe Cole and Charlie Adam all earned sizeable wages but made minimal impact in the first team.
Meanwhile, Ayre is still convinced that Liverpool have full backing from their owner John Henry even though the American is yet to visit Anfield this season.
Source Daily Mail