Leaders Liverpool are the latest Premier League club to place some non-playing staff on temporary leave.

Staff affected will receive 80% of their salary through the government’s job retention scheme and the club will make up the difference.

The decision has been criticised by former Liverpool players Jamie Carragher and Stan Collymore.

Newcastle, Tottenham, Bournemouth and Norwich have already announced they will furlough some non-playing staff.

The league is suspended indefinitely because of the coronavirus pandemic.

A Liverpool statement read: “Even prior to the decision on staff furloughing, there was a collective commitment at senior levels of the club – on and off the pitch – with everyone working towards a solution that secures jobs for employees of the club during this unprecedented crisis.

“There is ongoing active engagement about the topic of salary deductions during the period matches are not being played to schedule. These discussions are complex and as a result the process is ongoing.”