Some numbers have emerged showing the full list of wages being paid out by Premier League clubs this season, raising a lot of eyebrows and questions in the process.
Numbers from the two biggest clubs in the league are very interesting seeing the differences between the wages of Liverpool and Manchester United’s players.
All of that takes another dimension when we remember how bad United is doing and how well Liverpool are right now. The Reds have done some good moves without paying a lot of money in recent times, while their archrivals have gotten used to splash out a lot of money to sign players that haven’t delivered as expected.
As shown in this graphic from Spotrac, Man Utd really are paying some silly money for players who are doing nothing for the club at this moment.
David de Gea is their top earner by some distance despite not having the best form, racking in as much as £375,000 a week, while the perpetually injured and generally underwhelming Paul Pogba is in second place with wages of £290,000 a week.
Behind these two we can find some surprises such as Luke Shaw, who’s taking home as much as £150,000 a week. That's shocking, especially when you compare it with wages for Liverpool’s full-backs.
Liverpool numbers show that one of the club’s finest performers of recent times, Trent Alexander-Arnold, only earns £40,000 a week. That’s less than a third of what Shaw makes. Meanwhile, Andrew Robertson, surely a much better left-back than Shaw, is only earning £50,000 a week.
Combined Robertson and Alexander-Arnold make a total of £90,000 every week. These are two of the best wing-backs in football and their earnings are just mind-blowing. If you compare that to Ashley Young, he makes £120,000 a week, while watching the games from the bench.
Other numbers make you wonder what happened here. For instance, Nemanja Matic is taking home £120,000 a week, more than players like Sadio Mane and Georginio Wijnaldum. A tremendous shock.