Moyes open to Mersey groundshare

The prospect of the Merseyside giants sharing a new stadium has

never been seriously looked into due to their deep-rooted rivalry.

But the subject continues to crop up as both clubs have struggled

to initiate individual stadium projects and Moyes feels it is at

least worth assessing its feasibility. The Scot told talkSPORT’s

Drivetime programme: “It’s probably something that if you ask

people up here no-one would really want it. Who really wants to

share a ground with their neighbours? “But from our point of view

we need something new to get some more investment in. “There is a

limit to what we can get at Goodison. It can only take in a certain

amount of money. “We’ve got very few boxes so we’ve got very little

corporate, so I wouldn’t say we would be definitely for it but, in

the same breath, we’d be very interested if we got an opportunity

to do it. “I don’t know if that’s how Liverpool would view it.”

Everton and Liverpool both recognise the need to move from their

traditional homes to compete with the likes of Manchester United

and Arsenal in the Premier League. Everton’s plans to build a

50,000-seater stadium at Kirby had to be scrapped last year after

the government rejected the proposal. Liverpool have been planning

to build a 60,000-capacity arena adjacent to Anfield on Stanley

Park for several years but a lack of funding has prevented work

commencing. It remains to be seen whether the club’s new owners New

England Sports Ventures can kickstart the project. The idea of both

clubs pooling resources would be welcomed by the city council but

considerable opposition from supporters and certain elements within

the clubs would need to be overcome. The argument was last heard

when Everton’s Kirkby plans collapsed and sources suggested the

Toffees might be receptive to a groundshare, but Liverpool quickly

insisted it was not on the agenda. Everton are now looking for

alternative sites but in the meantime have announced plans to build

a new retail and administrative block outside Goodison Park.