Liverpool chief rules out ground share with Everton
Published 22:20 03/10/11 By David Maddock
Liverpool chairman Tom Werner has killed off any hope of a shared stadium on Merseyside.
The American owner of the club yesterday halted the growing political momentum behind a joint ground venture with Everton, by insisting the fans will never allow it to happen.
“Our supporters are not for it, therefore it is a dead issue. We have been told countless times they have no desire for us to share a stadium and we have listened to that,” Werner explained.
“Everyone knows the two options we are examining – staying at Anfield or a new build on Stanley Park – and we do not want our fans to be disappointed.”
Politicians have been pushing for a shared stadium as the only viable economic option, with local MPs saying there was a political will within the city to get it built.
And that has led to pressure on Liverpool to make a final decision over which option they will be pursuing to greatly increase ground capacity.
The council have offered another deadline over planning rights, but if that is not met, there is a real threat to the project.
Werner though, insisted he will not be rushed into making a decision. He added: “People can say what they want about how long a decision takes but we’re still optimistic of finding the right solution.”