Liverpool FC have submitted plans to extend their home grounds capacity to above 61,000 after the original planning application had been suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The £60 million extension plans have been submitted to Liverpool City council and are set to increase the capacity of the stadium from 53,300 by over 7,000 new seats. The extension would give Liverpool the third largest stadium in the English top flight, behind only Tottenham Hotspur (62,000) and Manchester United (74,000).
Liverpool are also hoping that as part of the submission, they will be granted permission to hold concerts and major events at Anfield.
Managing director, Andy Hughes said: “The last nine months without fans in our stadium has driven home our commitment to making Anfield accessible to more fans than ever before”
“While a high level of uncertainty remains around COVID-19, we would like to be in a position to move ahead with the proposed redevelopment as soon as the time is right, which is why we've decided to move forward with submitting the planning application.”
Only recently have the club completed major changes to the Main Stand at Anfield, after 8,500 seats were added in a multi-million-pound project. These changes were completed for the start of the 2016/17 season.
If the plans are accepted, the earliest the improvements could be completed by is the summer of 2023. The modifications had originally been expected to have been finished by 2022 but the coronavirus pandemic delayed has since caused delays.
Liverpool have enjoyed a wealth of success in recent years, reaching back-to-back Champions League finals in 2018 and 2019, winning the 2019 final. The Reds also won their first league title in 30 years last season, with Jurgen Klopp’s men finishing on 99 points, with their closest league rivals Manchester City finishing 18 points behind them.
Author: Fred Dobberson