PICTURE: Is this why Liverpool are so popular with neutrals?

Liverpool are nowhere to be seen as the latest figures for global sports salaries have been released.

The teams and clubs with the highest salaries have been released and Liverpool are nowhere to be seen.

The Global Sports Salary Survey for 2014 shows that Manchester City have a higher wage bill than any other club in the world with Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal also appearing in the top 12.

Outside of England Spain is represented with Real Madrid and Barcelona on the list while it won’t surprise many to see German and European champions Bayern Munich in the top ten.

The list is further proof of why Brendan Rodgers’ side are so popular with the majority of neutral fans across the country, as they stand a great chance of winning the Premier League without effectively spending their way to the trophy.

In a contemporary world of football where there are numerous examples of sides who enjoy vast resources in their pursuit of success, Liverpool have done it the hard way through a strong work ethic and belief from their manager in using younger players.

Liverpool did improve Luis Suarez’ contract earlier this season, worth a reported £200,000 per week but it was a decision designed to protect their most valuable asset.

Generally Liverpool have a very socialist wage structure which is based around equality, with more performance related bonuses bumping up pay packets as opposed to direct increases in wages.

It’s refreshing for any side to see that progress and success can be achieved without having to spend vast quantities in the process. It’s just a shame that Liverpool will have to spend more this summer ahead of their involvement in the Champions League next season.

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