Following the city's landmark 2002 games, Manchester will support its old rival with cricket and cycling venues

Manchester has joined forces with its old rivals in Merseyside to support Liverpool's bid for the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

The bid - which faces competition from Birmingham to be England's official bid city - will centre around Everton FC's proposed £300m stadium, the Bramley Moore dock arena, which will host athletic events.

Manchester - which hosted a triumphant games in 2002 - will provide use of the Velodrome in SportsCity for cycling, as well as Old Trafford Cricket Ground.

Everton's Goodison Park would host boxing events, while Anfield will host the rugby. Plans also include the construction of a 50m floating pool on Liverpool's Albert Dock, with seating for 5000 spectators, plus triple/long jump and pole vault facilities on nearby Mann Island.

Old Trafford Cricket
Old Trafford Cricket Ground

Manchester City Council Leader, Sir Richard Leese, said: “Manchester is delighted to be supporting Liverpool’s bid to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

"With the hugely successful Games our city held in 2002, and given the elite sporting venues we currently have in Manchester, we are pleased to be able to assist Liverpool in its quest to deliver an inclusive, innovative and inspiring Games for the Commonwealth.” 

READ: How Manchester avoided London's mistake following games

Estimates put the potential cost of the games at around £672 million, with £547 million expected to come from the public sector. Manchester's 2002 games cost roughly £300m - around £565m in today's money.

Canada, Australia and Malaysia are also expected to put forward bids, after Durban was stripped of the games in March.