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Ayre: Liverpool are on the right financial path following £50m loss

Liverpool made a near-£50million loss in their last financial year but managing director Ian Ayre insists the club are heading in the right direction with reduced debts and record turnover.

Figures released for trading up to the end of May 2013 show the Reds made a loss after tax of £49.8m.

The previous year the deficit was £40.5m, but that was for a 10-month period as the club re-aligned their accounting period with the football season.

But with turnover increasing by nine per cent to £206.1m and external debt down by 29 per cent to £45.1m - courtesy of an interest-free, inter-company loan from owners Fenway Sports Group - Ayre is upbeat about their future performance.

This year's finances will be boosted by a huge new television deal while the club, second in the Barclays Premier League table and six points clear of fifth-placed Tottenham, are on course to qualify for the Champions League - participation in which brings in an estimated £20m minimum.

"These results demonstrate that the financial health of the club continues to make good progress as we continue our journey to transform the club on and off the pitch," Ayre told the Liverpool Echo.

"Over the past four or five years revenue has been consistently increasing from around £170m in 2009 to over £200m today - and external debt has decreased significantly to less than £50m.

"With a hugely supportive ownership group, we have taken a measured approach to bring back financial stability to this great club by ensuring it is properly structured on and off the pitch."

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