Soccer-Liverpool report 46 million pound pretax loss for 2019-20 amid pandemic

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(Reuters) - Liverpool announced a pretax loss of 46 million pounds for the year that ended last May, with the COVID-19 crisis hitting clubs hard in the final quarter in particular, the defending Premier League champions said on Tuesday.

The latest financial results, including a drop in revenue of 43 million pounds to 490 million pounds, follow a pretax profit of 42 million pounds the previous year.

Media revenue dropped 59 million pounds to 202 million pounds due to the Premier League season extending outside of the reporting period, but that was partially offset by a 29 million-pound increase in commercial revenue.

Matchday revenue went down by 13 million pounds as a result of four fewer Premier League home games, the club said in a statement

"It does ... begin to demonstrate the initial financial impact of the pandemic and the significant reductions in key revenue streams," Liverpool managing director Andy Hughes said in a statement.

"We were in a solid financial position prior to the pandemic and since this reporting period we have continued to manage our costs effectively and navigate our way through such an unprecedented period."

The club said eight new partnerships announced in the reporting period and an increase in kit sales after their Premier League success resulted in an increase in commercial revenue.

"We can now look ahead to the conclusion of this season and hopefully a more normal start to next season," Hughes said.

"It's no secret that supporters have been greatly missed at Anfield over the past year and we look forward to having them back."

(Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Hugh Lawson)

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