There is no doubt that so far this season the fans on the red side of Liverpool have had to endure a difficult campaign to this point. A surprising exit from the Carling Cup at the hands of Northampton Town and a disappoining start to the league, which has seen the Reds collecting 6 points from their opening 6 games, lying merely 2 places off the relegation zone.
However, while the club seemingly have enough talent at their disposal to turn this dilemma on the field around post-haste, more in depth problems lie behind the scenes in the form of the current ownership and the possible suggestion of a ground sharing plan with local rivals Everton, as a way to ensure both parties would get a new stadium in the near future.
Liverpool legend and club ambassador, Kenny Dalglish, has opened up the possibility of a ground share in a recent column published in The Mail on Sunday. While he admits that the possible ground share is not an ideal solution, the 59 year old goes on state that he believes it is an idea which most definitely should be discussed in the near future:
“They owe it to the fans to look at every possibility to help their respective clubs. Whoever is in a position of responsibility at Liverpool and Everton are only custodians for the next generation of supporters.”
With financial difficulties at the respective clubs in relation to their financial statuses in previous years, some fans of both red and blue origin, welcome the possibility of a ground sharing opportunity between both clubs at Stanley Park, as long as a possible third party could be found to build the stadium.
Commercially from a media and promotions perspective, as well as the generating of funds for both clubs, the possible ground sharing scheme does seem to make financial sense. It would allow both Liverpool and Everton to generate some much needed income without having to put in the hundreds of millions which clubs like Arsenal placed into their new stadium, money which at the moment both clubs just don’t have.
However, while commercial activities do play a large part in football, they are not the be all and end all of decision making, and there are many fans who no matter how much potential revenue this idea could bring, will not share a stadium with their local rivals as it would seem to show disrespect for their club and everything which they believe in.
While the obvious rivalry and at times hatred between both sets of fans is something that will always be on going, an amicable decision to coincide and share a stadium could be the right decision in, not only helping to improve the city of Liverpool as a whole, but also ensuring that their respective clubs are able to prosper and grow in the long term, momentarily putting aside their animosity in favour of the club which is dearest to their heart.
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