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Liverpool City Council defend their part in Everton's search for new stadium

The leader of Liverpool City Council, Warren Bradley, has denied suggestions the council have been slow in offering financial support to Everton in their search for a new stadium. Speaking to Sky Sports News, Bradley said: "It's not up to the local authority anywhere in England to support a commercial business.

We will do what we can for Everton, like we have with Liverpool, so they will be in the best position to bring forth a plan [of a stadium build] that will receive permission to go ahead."

He added: "Being an Evertonian it's been very very difficult during this period, but we are where we are. We have resolved very little," said Bradley.

"There must be trust built between the council and the club, once that is established we will be able to push forward a lot quicker."

On how many stadiums he would like Liverpool to be able to parade should England's bid to stage the 2018 World Cup prove successful, Bradley added: "I hope there will be two stadiums in Liverpool. [But] It's not a question for the leader of the city council, it is a question for FIFA and the FA."

Regarding the speculation that Liverpool and Everton may unite their proposals and share the same ground, Bradley remained on the fence.

"I'm not going to go there, it's up to the clubs to lead those discussions."

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