Should New England Sports Ventures, the company bidding to take over Liverpool, buy control of the club, it is thought that they will seriously consider redeveloping Anfield to a desired capacity of 60,000 plus. This comes on the back of their success in redeveloping Fenway Park, the ground of Boston Red Sox.
Liverpool council would remain opposed to the move. Part of the reason they were so enticed by a potential move across Stanley Park to build a 60,000 all-seater stadium was the proposed development of Anfield Plaza, a development which could potentially create 1000 jobs in one of the region’s poorest wards.
Speaking to The Guardian, Councillor Joe Anderson said: “It has been suggested to me that NESV would be willing to meet at the earliest possible opportunity in the event of the takeover and I would urge them to do that to give me the opportunity to find out exactly what their intentions are, because the stadium is a key part of our plans to regenerate north Liverpool.”
Hodgson delight at takeover.
Roy Hodgson has expressed his relief at the news that Liverpool’s ownership problems are coming closer to reaching a conclusion. “It’s very positive and of course I’m delighted,” he told the Daily Mail. “It’s been going on a long time and I know how hard the Board have worked to set things up.”
He will be particularly pleased by the assurances emanating from New England Sports Ventures that the change in ownership would not see an enforced exodus of players. With the board promising stability, Hodgson used the opportunity to request more patience from the fans: “What I ask of the fans is their patience, their trust and their belief, because we will get it right.”
Reds set to spend in January.
Should New England Sports Ventures complete their takeover of Liverpool in spite of fierce opposition by the club’s current owners, Roy Hodgson is confident that he would be given money to spend in the January transfer window. “We know what we must do,” he admitted to skysports.com. “We need new players and investment and know we’re weak in certain areas.” Whilst Hodgson’s quotes suggest the club’s future does not bode well should the proposed sale collapse, he is remaining optimistic. “A couple of good performances and good wins will put us in a decent position for the season ahead,” he reassured.