Liverpool expect to avoid FFP sanctions

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Liverpool expect to avoid FFP sanctions

Uefa has announced that Liverpool are one of seven clubs who did not play in European competition last season who are under investigation for potential FFP breaches.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said the club were “comfortable” with Uefa’s action and it is understood the 2013-14 figures will show a profit when they are formally announced in the spring.

That is a significant turnaround given that Liverpool made a loss of £49.8m (€63.7m) for the 2012-13 season, and £40.5m (€51.8m) for the 10-month period before that.

Uefa’s FFP rules dictate that losses must be restricted to £35.4m (€45.2m) over a two-year window so ending the 2013-14 season in the black — thanks to a combination of the bumper new Premier League TV deal, commercial income increases and cost-cutting — will be a huge boost to efforts to avoid sanctions.

The Merseyside club will also aim to write off a big chunk of losses as allowable stadium expenditure — the 2011-12 accounts reported that £49.6m (€63.4m) was associated with Liverpool’s stadium costs, £35m (€44.7m) coming from former co-owner Tom Hick’s aborted plan to build a new stadium on Stanley Park which current owners Fenway Sports Group had to scrap.

Rodgers said: “It’s obviously something that will be dealt with by the directors. It’s something we’re comfortable with because we’re great advocates of financial fair play.”

Uefa will not withhold any Champions League or Europa League money from those clubs, but prize money has been held back from five clubs — Bursaspor, CFR Cluj, Astra Giurgiu, Buducnost Podgorica and Ekranas — as a result of “over-due payables” — non-payments to other clubs, players and/or tax authortities.

Rodgers, meanwhile, has not given up hope of Daniel Sturridge playing some part in the Merseyside derby.

The England striker has been sorely missed by the Reds since sustaining a thigh injury on international duty earlier this month but is inching ever closer to a comeback.

In his absence Rodgers’ side have lost to Aston Villa and West Ham, snuck a last-gasp win over Ludogorets in the Champions League and required penalties to see off Middlesbrough in the Capital One Cup.

They would dearly love to unleash the 25-year-old against their neighbours at Anfield tomorrow but although Rodgers was upbeat about his recovery, an appearance this weekend appears to be based on hope as much as expectation.

“We’ll be very happy to have him back and we hope that can be this weekend,” Rodgers said.

“We’ve got a number of injuries that we’re going to give every chance to.

“He (Sturridge) is a player who’s out on the field working. Him and a number of others we’ll just assess nearer the time. But if he doesn’t make it he won’t be far off after that.

“He’s someone that responds well to treatment. Obviously it’s gone well but there are still a couple of days to go before the game.”

Meanwhile, Roberto Martinez has insisted the Republic of Ireland management has his full support to select Darron Gibson for the final squad to play in next month’s Euro 2016 qualifiers against Gibraltar and Germany. Gibson, who has recently returned to action after an 11 month lay-off, has been selected in the provisional 37-man squad for the games and Martinez has insisted the decision has his full backing.

He told the Irish Examiner: “Of course (they have my blessing to select Darron). We have got a good relationship with the Republic of Ireland staff and the federation.”

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