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Liverpool City Council has reaffirmed its commitment to working with Everton in relation to the club's plans for a new stadium, but also stressed it is not in a position to fund the project and that any investment it makes will go into a "wider regeneration scheme".
Last year the Toffees revealed they were exploring locations for a new home in collaboration with the council.
– Liverpool City Council statement
As with all large-scale regeneration projects with the potential to create jobs and investment in Liverpool, the city council will look at ways it can support the wider regeneration scheme, but no firm options have been developed in terms of how or where this will take shape.
This work is ongoing and we will announce the details of the location and support we will be offering once this has been further developed.
However, we must stress that the city council is clearly not in a position to fund the costs of a new stadium.
Everton boss Roberto Martinez refuses to believe his side's hopes of qualifying for the Champions League are over following a 2-0 defeat at Southampton.
– Everton manager Roberto Martinez speaking to BT Sport
Not at all, from our point of view it doesn't change at all. We have had eight wins in 10 games, that's a phenomenal return and allows us to go into the next two games trying to get maximum points.
We are working towards the biggest points tally that we can get and at the end of the season, we will see where that takes us.
You cannot underestimate the good run that the team has been in. Today was a real setback, but we'll learn from this. We're still a very young group, the amount of changes we had to make made it extra difficult today, but we'll be ready for next Saturday.
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