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Talks are back on for both clubs to share in the cost of building one stadium for both clubs. Talks broke down as Liverpool wanted to go it alone on their project in Stanley park But as cost skyrocket now up eo 100 mill Liverpool are ready to shelve the whole program. Yet others want to talk about both clubs building 2 ground for both clubs.

Liverpool and Everton discuss ground-sharing
Fri 26 Nov, 2:52 PM

LONDON (Reuters) - Liverpool and Everton are to meet with British government officials to discuss the controversial subject of sharing a ground, the BBC has reported.

It quoted a spokesman as saying that sports minister Richard Caborn would meet representatives of both clubs on Wednesday.

"He is more than willing to talk through the issues," the spokesman said on Friday.

"He is generally behind the concept of ground sharing and has supported the recent agreement between Leicester City and Leicester Tigers (rugby club)."

Liverpool's Anfield home and Everton's Goodison Park are less than a mile apart on either side of Stanley Park.

Liverpool have plans for a new 60,000-allseater stadium with initial costs once estimated at 80 million pounds now rising to above 100 million pounds.

But Liverpool have said they would suspend the plan if costs continued to rise, possibly remaining at Anfield, or ground sharing.

Everton have shelved plans for their own new ground due to high costs and appear prepared to listen to proposals to either ground share or stay at Goodison.

"We will be attending with an open mind to listen to any ideas that are put forward," Everton chief executive Keith Wyness was quoted as saying about Wednesday's meeting.

The two clubs have enjoyed an unusually friendly rivalry ever since Liverpool were founded in 1892 and moved into Anfield after Everton moved out.

Everton, founded 14 years earlier, quit Anfield and re-located to Goodison Park after the landlord raised their rent.

Rather than be left with an empty stadium he formed a new team to play in it which is how Liverpool FC came into existence.
 

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Hmm...the idea of leaving Goodison sounds more shocking than sharing a ground with the Reds...but after all I'm no Merseysider, so I can't really judge it.
 

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Hmm...the idea of leaving Goodison sounds more shocking than sharing a ground with the Reds...but after all I'm no Merseysider, so I can't really judge it.
Yah it would be hard to leave but we have to do something for our financial security. They cant expand Goodison enough to make much diference.
 

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Fans unite against Liverpool-Everton groundshare
Mon 29 Nov, 3:36 PM

LIVERPOOL (Reuters) - "Can you imagine walking into the new Anfield and seeing blue seats everywhere? How could we consider it our home?"

To Liverpool supporter Andy Neymen, the idea of his beloved Reds sharing their ground with city rivals Everton is football heresy.

"This is meant to be our new home in place of a ground that is a legend in football," he told Reuters. "We can't be sharing it with Blue noses."

On Wednesday Sports Minister Richard Caborn is to meet officials from both Premier League clubs to discuss the idea of a ground-share.

He is keen for Everton to take part in Liverpool's project for a 60,000-capacity stadium in Liverpool's Stanley Park.

Everton are against the proposal and supporters in the pubs of Liverpool believe both clubs would suffer if they were forced into a shared venture.

Everton have shelved a project planned for Liverpool's Kings Dock due to the cost and still play in the antiquated Goodison Park stadium situated at the opposite end of Stanley Park to Liverpool's Anfield ground, a distance of 400 metres.

"There's no way I want to piggy back what Liverpool are doing just to have a new ground," Everton supporter Neil Sleeman said.

"It will always feel like it was Liverpool's ground now and there is no way I want to be calling the new Anfield the home of Everton."

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has already spoken out against the idea of sharing, saying the pitch would suffer through over-use and supporters would not like the idea.

The groundshare idea has resurfaced because the costs of building the new stadium have soared from an estimated 80 million pounds to 110 million pounds.

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Everton appear to have most to gain from the deal as they are currently in debt and may not be able to raise the capital needed to build a new home.

"We have been talking about leaving Goodison Park for ages and to be honest the ground is starting to show its age," Richard Parker said.

"But I think our fans would only be happy moving to a new purpose-built stadium for Everton.

"Whatever they say about sharing, that would never be the case. We would always be told we were just tenants by that lot.

"That's something Everton fans are just not going to put up with."

Generally fans of both clubs enjoy a friendly rivalry. Unlike in other cities that boast two clubs, supporters of either team are not situated in different areas of Liverpool.

Many live next door to each other and it is common for a family to be split between the two teams.

Ironically Everton started out playing at Anfield before moving to Goodison Park in 1892 when the landlord John Houlding doubled the rent.

Liverpool were founded by Houlding to ensure he still had a team to play on his land.

"I know people are saying it makes financial sense to share with Everton as they would pay towards the building and upkeep," Liverpool fan Phil Symes said.

"But this isn't about money. It's about our football club and I want to keep the traditions we have here, not sell them out.

"Can you imagine Manchester United letting Manchester City share with them? It would never happen and it won't happen here."
 

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I've heard if you did groundshare. Liverpool want Everton to rent the ground??? Whats all this about?? Can someone clarify it to me plz.

How can you expect Everton to pay rent to Liverpool?? It should be 50-50 not 100% to Liverpool and then Everton have to pay rent. It wont be fair on Everton.
 

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The Firsy yalks way back when the Kings dock idea fell through and ground share was first introduced Liverpool wanted no part in the share of a ground. Everton were looking at rebuilding Goodison Park and Liverpool were going to allow Everton to play at thier ground by paying rent.
Liverpool at forst didnt need Everon's money to build a ground and didn't want it. But now with the cost spiraling to build the new stadium they may shelve the plan for Stanley Park. Thoughts of a joint project have surfaced again since Liverpools thoughts of staying at anfield.
 
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