Liverpool will not owe Southampton any additional bonus payments if they win the Champions League, contrary to claims from The Sun.
Liverpool face Real Madrid in the Champions League final on May 26, with Virgil van Dijk, Dejan Lovren and Sadio Mane all likely to start. Fellow Southampton alumni Nathaniel Clyne and Adam Lallana could also feature.
It was claimed in a Sun exclusive on May 4 that Liverpool would owe Southampton “a £10million payout” if they lifted their sixth European Cup in Kiev.
According to the story, the deals for the aforementioned quintet ‘all contain a bonus-payment clause’ that will be activated if they beat Real.
But the well-connected Paul Joyce of The Times has refuted the claims little under three weeks later.
Joyce states in no uncertain terms that ‘Southampton will not receive any additional bonus payments’ if Liverpool lift the trophy.
The only clauses inserted into the five deals pertain to appearance-related bonuses and Champions League qualification, not for winning the competition itself.
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