Birmingham looks set to become the government's preferred option to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games over Liverpool.
However, Liverpool's failure to land the Games won't effect Everton's proposed new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock which was to be at the centre of the city's bid, with the inclusion in the plans of a temporary running track to accommodate athletics events.
Both Liverpool City Council and Everton insist that today's news has no bearing on the outcome of the planning phase for the new stadium or the likelihood of the proposal proceeding.
"Everton is proud to have been part of the city's bid t host the Commonwealth Games," a statement from the club reads. "Well one to Mayor Anderson and the bid team for such a bold and entrepreneurial submission – showing once again that the city is ambitious and progressive.
"Our plans for Bramley Moore Dock continue, plans which will support the regeneration of north Liverpool and the city region."