Credit crunch delays new Liverpool stadium

Liverpool chief executive Rick Parry today insisted the club's new stadium will still be built - but only after the current financial turmoil stabilises.

Parry also made it clear that the club's opposition to ground sharing with Everton has not changed.

He went on to reveal that attempts to buy the club have "gone very quiet".

Work on the Stanley Park project has come to a halt following a decision to delay the building, maybe for a year, because of the credit squeeze.

Parry told BBC Five Live's 'Sportsweek': "Ground share is not being considered. With the financial markets in the turmoil as they are, any major construction project at this time is difficult, it is risky.

"It is a case of a delay while things settle down, it is still a very, very good long term project. The economics of it still make underlying sense.

"I do not see any change in direction or any change in plans, and ground share is not back on the agenda.

"The point is, at this moment it is not the most sensible time to be borrowing huge amounts of money with the markets in turmoil. That will settle down and availability of money will increase.

"The project makes long term sense, it is the supply of money that is an issue, that will correct itself in time."

The ownership of the club is also unlikely to change at present, said Parry.

He said: "It has gone quiet and everyone is delighted. The focus at Liverpool should only ever be on football.

"All is relatively stable, I am not aware of anything that is happening regarding the sale of the club at this moment. My focus is on day-to-day things and making sure we deliver.

"I am not sure of anything going on, it is a question best directed to the owners. As far as I am concerned we are focusing on things that we can control.

"We are trying to do the very best to produce a team that performs on the pitch."

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