According to a new report to be published by www.sportingintelligence.com, Liverpool’s player salaries are the tenth highest across global football’s most lucrative leagues, and the fifth highest when compared solely against Premier League clubs. The report indicates that Liverpool’s first team players earn an average of £3.01 million per year, or approximately £57,000 per week.
Interestingly, these figures represent a decrease in absolute terms when compared against data for last year, when Liverpool’s first team players were reported to have earned an average of approximately £67,486 per week. According to the Echo, the heavy hitters on the club’s wage bill include Daniel Sturridge (at around around £150,000 per week) as well as captain Jordan Henderson and Swiss Army man James Milner (at over £100,000 a week).
Unsurprisingly given their recent transfer activity, the top spot in global football’s wage table has been seized by Liverpool’s friends down the road, Manchester United, who pay an average annual salary of £5.77 million, or approximately £110,000 per week. United’s neighbors at the Etihad were good for third spot in the global top ten (at £5.42 million annually, approximately £104,000 per week), sandwiched between Barcelona (No. 2) and Real Madrid (No. 4). As for other Premier League clubs, Chelsea (fifth) and Arsenal (ninth) were among the global top ten, while Tottenham and defending champions Leicester City appeared at twelfth and seventeenth respectively.
On an individual basis, none of Liverpool’s players is among the world’s top ten highest paid footballers. That list is still dominated by usual suspects Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Gareth Bale. Perhaps as a sign of things to come, that top ten list now includes three players plying their trade in the Chinese Super League: Hulk, Graziano Pelle, and Ezequiel Lavezzi. Manchester United alone has three players in the top ten in Paul Pogba, Wayne Rooney and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
The survey considers the pay of almost 10,000 players at 333 teams in 7 sports across 17 leagues.