Former Liverpool defender Stephane Henchoz has warned the Reds that failure to match the wages being paid by the clubs will see them lose their star players, he told talkSPORT.
Liverpool are currently locked in negotiations with Raheem Sterling and Jordan Henderson with both players reportedly turning down contracts (via Daily Star), – the former admitted so publicly in the now infamous interview with BBC Sport.
Owners FSG (Fenway Sports Group) have preferred to spend on relatively young players and there is a clear wage structure at Anfield, but Henchoz believes his former team bust break that or risk falling behind their rivals.
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“Henderson and Sterling possibly going in the summer is a big problem,” Henchoz said
“Do they have the money to keep these players though?
“Maybe Liverpool these days are not playing in the same league as Chelsea, Man City, or even Manchester United.
“If you can’t offer the same wages that other clubs can, then it’s very difficult to keep your best players.”
Champions League football is crucial to the club’s development and the inevitable failure of reaching next year’s competition will certainly affect the finances at Anfield.
It seems as though Liverpool are currently in the position Arsenal found themselves a few years ago, where a stadium move hindered their financial progress. Still, Liverpool fans will hope that the current prudent model at board level bears fruit in the near future.