Liverpool have the third-highest wage bill in England, and the ninth-highest in world football, but are European, world and soon-to-be Premier League champions.
The Reds have found as much success in retaining players as they have signing them in recent years, with the work of Michael Edwards ending a history of rewarding undeserving talent with high wages.
This feeds into a culture of quality on Merseyside, and now Liverpool are 22 points clear at the top of the Premier League after 25 games, as champions-elect.
Having won the Champions League in June and the Club World Cup in December, they are also champions of Europe and the world, which jars with their ranking in football’s wages list.
According to Sporting Intelligence’s Global Sports Salaries Survey for 2019, Liverpool pay the ninth-most on average per week of any football club, and the third-most in the English top flight.
Premier League Average Weekly Wage, 2019
- 1. Man City – £134,375
- 2. Man United – £117,800
- 3. Liverpool – £106,492
- 4. Arsenal – £92,120
- 5. Chelsea – £91,808
- 6. Everton – £78,880
- 7. Tottenham – £76,174
- 8. Leicester – £64,480
- 9. West Ham – £58,120
- 10. Crystal Palace – £55,529
- 11. Southampton – £44,220
- 12. Wolves – £42,261
- 13. Newcastle – £40,120
- 14. Watford – £38,944
- 15. Aston Villa – £37,800
- 16. Bournemouth – £36,880
- 17. Burnley – £36,833
- 18. Brighton – £34,717
- 19. Norwich – £19,058
- 20. Sheffield United – £14,000
Beyond the disparity between Liverpool’s 22-point lead over City and their £30,000-a-week deficit in terms of wages, it is most notable how Sheffield United are paying the least on average, but sit fifth in the table.
Liverpool are one of only three clubs to average over £100,000-a-week wages per first-team player, which is understandable as they are now in the top three for revenue according to Deloitte.
Across Europe, there are eight clubs that pay more on average per week than the Reds, including their next Champions League opponents, Atletico Madrid.
World Football Average Weekly Wage, 2019
There are few surprises in this list, as though Atletico arguably stand out they did win LaLiga in 2013/14, finished runners up in the last two seasons and reached the Champions League final in both 2014 and 2016.
The caveat here is that, Sheffield United included, these wages should never be considered low, as in the Premier League the Blades and Norwich are the only clubs to pay below the UK’s average annual income on a weekly basis.
But given Liverpool’s success in football, and the likelihood this will be sustained, it is impressive they are doing so without paying the most.