Liverpool And Everton To Groundshare?

…but would the stadium be in Anfield red or Goodison Park blue?

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Liverpool owner John W Henry would be wise to give a groundshare careful consideration.

Former Liverpool chairman Martin Broughton believes a groundshare with near-neighbours Everton should be seriously considered.

The British Airways chairman left his role at Anfield at the beginning of this month having completed his task of selling the club to New England Sports Ventures.

NESV are now looking at all options, from building a new stadium in Stanley Park to redeveloping Anfield, but Chelsea fan Broughton has raised the thorny issue of a groundshare.

‘If (a new stadium) is not possible, then in my personal opinion, groundsharing should be seriously considered,’ he told an audience of business leaders.

‘Fans are understandably emotional about this issue, but this has to be addressed. It’s not the case of being red or blue. You can be red one week, and blue the next.

‘It’s up to people like Kenny Dalglish to communicate the business sense of all this. It would mean open minds on all sides.’ (Daily Mail)

It might make the most sense financially, and given that both clubs are situated in close proximity either side of Stanley Park neither would have far to move, but understandably both Liverpool and Everton fans are likely to want their own space.

However, there is proof that groundshares between arch rivals can work.

Inter Milan and city rivals AC Milan both use the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza at San Siro, while also in Italy AS Roma and SS Lazio both occupy the Stadio Olimpico in the nation’s capital.

In Germany, Bayern Munich share the Allianz Arena with TSV 1860 Munchen, and there are similar examples across many sports throughout the world.

Here in England though, there are few examples – especially with both teams in the same sport.

Wigan Athletic share the DW stadium with Wigan Warriors rugby league team, and have often paid the price with a torn up pitch. Welsh sides Swansea and Cardiff City also allow their grounds to be used by rugby union sides.

It is certainly something for John W Henry and Bill Kenwright to consider, but would Everton and Liverpool fans accept a groundshare if it meant they would receive a new stadium?

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