Liverpool FC Chairman Tom Werner: Ground Share With Everton a ‘Dead Issue’


October 4, 2011

Liverpool FC Chairman Tom Werner has repeated that the proposal of a ground share with Merseyside neighbors Everton is a "dead issue."

Liverpool ownership, Fenway Sports Group, has yet to make a decision regarding the club's stadium conundrum, as the club looks to increase its match-day attendance and revenue by either expanding Anfield or building a brand new facility.

Both renovation and construction present unique roadblocks, and with the club still mulling over its options, some political voices, notably MP Andy Burnham, have voiced support for a stadium to be shared by Liverpool and Everton.

"I have come round over time to the idea of a shared stadium. I never thought I would say that. But I could accept it now," Burnham told the Liverpool Echo.

"The onus has to be on the clubs -? they both have to want it. If the will was there, you've got an alignment of people in political positions who would want to make it a reality."

However, supporters have voiced their opposition to the idea of sharing a home with the club's arch rivals, a sentiment acknowledged by ownership.

"We knew it would be complicated when we took over the club, but we are still optimistic of finding the right solution," Werner told The Daily Telegraph.

"Everyone knows the two options we are examining ?- staying at Anfield or a new build on the park ?- and although we have been pressured for a timetable, we have not responded to that pressure because we do not want our fans to be disappointed.

"We have been told countless times by our supporters that they have no desire for us to share a stadium and we have listened to that. Our supporters are not for it, therefore it is a dead issue.

"I have said before, you can never say it will never be raised again, but although there are obstacles on Anfield redevelopment and on the issue of naming rights, I believe they are surmountable," Werner continued. 

"People can say whatever they want about how long a decision takes, but as far as we are concerned, the situation is exactly as we knew it would be when we purchased the club.

"It is our intention to not only enhance the playing environment around Liverpool Football Club, but also the neighborhood. We appreciate the surrounding area is not Mayfair. We want to be the catalyst for employment and to look after those in the vicinity, assisting the local economy."

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