Continuing discussions between Liverpool and the city council over the club's stadium plans are encouraging, according to mayor Joe Anderson.

The Reds have still to make a decision on whether to press ahead with the £300million-plus proposal to build a new ground in Stanley Park or redevelop Anfield. Choosing the former option is dependent on a multi-million pound naming rights deal being in place while the latter plan requires a number of planning obstacles to be overcome.

A July deadline for a decision has been allowed to slip as talks continue but Anderson is optimistic a decision acceptable to all parties can be reached, and told the Liverpool Echo: "We are pushing for a speedy resolution to the issue of whether the club stays at Anfield or goes to Stanley Park but we are encouraged by the discussions."

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