City has highest rate of hidden unemployment in the OECD/Centre for Cities study

Gerrard Shields watches with a wry smile when Liverpool stars such as Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino pass his home to reach the club’s Melwood training ground. A team paid more than £2m a week between them, gathering in Lamborghini and Bentley sports cars in one of the most deprived places in the country, is an irony not lost on the unemployed 55-year-old.

“These players are on millions, coming and going in their flash cars. I’m on £158 a fortnight,” he says, wearing a bright-red cycling jacket and black tracksuit bottoms at a jobs club run by his housing association up the road in West Derby. He pedalled to this CV training session, on a bike with a “Stop universal credit” sticker slapped to the frame.

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