Everton’s planning application for a new 52,888-capacity stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock has been unanimously approved by Liverpool City Council, the Premier League club said on Tuesday.

The Merseyside club has played at Goodison Park since 1892, but with a capacity of only 40,000, the team has struggled to compete with the match-day income of its rivals.

Everton formally agreed on a 200-year land lease at the dock site in 2017 and announced plans to build a waterfront stadium that can help bridge the gap to the leading top-flight teams.

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“Whilst today is just one more step in our long journey, it’s a very important one,” Everton Chairman Bill Kenwright said in a statement.

“We are also enormously grateful to the many organisations and tens of thousands of individuals across the city region who have given us their…

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