Liverpool to Begin Next Stage of Anfield Redevelopment in Summer

By iSportconnect | June 7, 2013

Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre believes the next stage of redevelopment at Anfield will be able to take place over the summer.

The club began buying up houses in the area when they decided to redevelop their current ground rather than build a new stadium in Stanley Park.

Liverpool cannot submit planning application to extend the Main Stand and Anfield Road until all the necessary houses have been purchased, for sale something that has proved difficult with some residents claiming to have been neglected and some alleged to have not been offered the market value.

However Ayre believes the remaining properties will be purchased in the next few months.

He said: “We are in an interesting period in terms of our aspirations around the stadium.

“Our goal is to extend Anfield but we need certainty and that comes with the acquisition of properties.

“Real progress has been made in acquiring them. Once they have all been acquired we will go through the planning process.

“We would expect to be in a position to make that a certainty this summer. Once planning has been achieved then we can start construction.”

Anfield will be upgraded to a 60, and 000 capacity stadium which would make it the third largest stadium in the Premier League, behind Manchester United’s Old Trafford (76,000) and Arsenal’s home, the Emirates (60,432).