Connect with us


Liverpool report £46 million pre-tax loss

London (AFP) – Liverpool reported a £46 million ($63 million) pre-tax loss for the financial year ending May 2020, figures that suggest why the club’s owners were prepared to join the failed European Super League plan.

Just a week after Liverpool were forced to pull out of the controversial Super League following a furious public backlash, the reigning Premier League champions’ revealed the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

The loss of significant media revenue and match-day income at Anfield in the final quarter of the results amid the lockdown contributed to a £88 million negative swing in just over 12 months.

Liverpool reportedly estimate they will have suffered a financial hit of around £120 million by the time supporters are allowed back into matches.

In March 2020, Liverpool announced a profit of £42 million, but that surplus was wiped out after last season was suspended in March and then restarted behind closed doors.

The pandemic fall-out convinced Liverpool’s owners Fenway Sports Group to sell a 10 per cent share in the club last month for £543 million to private investment firm RedBird Capital.

Also included in their income for the year was about £3.4 million for winning the 2019 Champions League final as it fell just outside the previous financial reporting period.

Eight new partnerships were announced during this period while Carlsberg renewed their long-term association.

Commercial revenue rose by £29 million to £217 million, but that could not compensate for media revenue dropping by £59 million to £202 million and matchday revenue was down £13 million to £71 million. 

Wages across the club also rose to £325 million from £310 million.

“This financial reporting period was up to May 2020 so approaching a year ago now,” Liverpool managing director Andy Hughes said.

“It does, however, begin to demonstrate the initial financial impact of the pandemic and the significant reductions in key revenue streams.

“We were in a solid financial position prior to the pandemic and since this reporting period we have continued to manage our costs effectively and navigate our way through such an unprecedented period.

“We can now look ahead to the conclusion of this season and hopefully a more normal start to next season.”

200+ Channels With Sports & News
  • Starting price: $33/mo. for fubo Latino Package
  • Watch Premier League, World Cup, Euro 2024 & more
  • Includes NBC, USA, FOX, ESPN, CBSSN & more
Live & On Demand TV Streaming
  • Price: $69.99/mo. for Entertainment package
  • Watch World Cup, Euro 2024 & MLS
  • Includes ESPN, ESPN2, FS1 + local channels
Many Sports & ESPN Originals
  • Price: $6.99/mo. (or get ESPN+, Hulu & Disney+ for $13.99/mo.)
  • Features Bundesliga, LaLiga, Championship, & more
  • Also includes daily ESPN FC news & highlights show
2,000+ soccer games per year
  • Price: $4.99/mo
  • Features Champions League, Serie A, Europa League & NWSL
  • Includes CBS, Star Trek & CBS Sports HQ
175 Premier League Games & PL TV
  • Starting price: $4.99/mo. for Peacock Premium
  • Watch 175 exclusive EPL games per season
  • Includes Premier League TV channel plus movies, TV shows & more
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

More in Liverpool

Translate »