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Liverpool legend Barnes praises club for furlough decision

Liverpool legend John Barnes has praised the club for reversing its decision to put its non-playing staff on furlough leave.

The Reds announced they had come to the 'wrong conclusion' after enormous backlash from supporters and ex-players.

"Obviously everybody at this time is looking to see what's right for their business. I remember also when Liverpool put their ticket prices up and everyone was up in arms about that and then they changed their mind because they realized that this was not the right thing to do," Barnes told the BBC.

"But in these unprecedented times, businesses are going to see what the best thing to do is and look at worst-case scenarios but the good thing about it is that they listen to the fans and look at what people think in that area. It's quite a socialist city as you know, and they changed their minds.

"These are quite unprecedented times as you know and it's quick for everybody to judge when people are looking after their own and taking care of their businesses. I'm not going to judge Bournemouth or Newcastle or anybody else who feels that's what they have to do. Liverpool have now decided, because of the fans outrage, that they're not going to do it.

"There are similar issues with players and taking wage cuts or whether they have to give to the NHS. All these issues are issues that you may or may not agree with, but in these unprecedented times, I don't think anybody is necessarily trying to be greedy. They're just looking at what they think is the right thing to do for their own business."

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