It’s been a good day, so let’s end it with a bit of potential #banter. According to the Times of London (£), Liverpool are currently in negotiations to potentially host one of their 2019-20 preseason matches, a July 28 match against Napoli, at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Chortle chortle chortle, guffaw guffaw guffaw.
Why would they do that when they have a perfectly acceptable, if used, Anfield back in Merseyside? Well, according to the Times Anfield is being used for a couple of concerts right around the time that they’re supposed to host Napoli. Afterwards, they are planning to relay the pitch.
Ordinarily, Liverpool would want to play the game at Anfield. However, a number of pop concerts by Take That, Bon Jovi and Pink will take place at the ground in June, after which the playing surface will be relaid before the 2019-20 campaign.
— Times of London
This isn’t exactly an unusual proposition. Recall that Spurs played one match at MK Dons’ stadium this past season after one of their numerous stadium delays, and the outcry from fans was minimal (apart from those who had difficulty traveling to the ground). However, MK Dons isn’t one of Spurs’ top rivals, nor do they play in the same division as Tottenham, so it’s not quite the same thing, is it?
The Times does note that Liverpool is well aware of the potential xBanter and that they’d be essentially helping Spurs pay off their own stadium, and that other venues are being mooted including various locations in Scotland. So it’s not exactly a done deal, and we don’t quite know if we’ll get to smugly watch as Reds file into Spurs’ stadium for an ostensibly “home” match.
But if it comes down to it, Spurs will be more than willing to take Liverpool’s money and let them sit in a real kop just this once. We’ve got you, fam. YNWA.