Liverpool to start Anfield expansion on Monday

Liverpool have confirmed the club are set to start construction work at Anfield as they expend the Stadium’s capacity to almost 60,000, the BBC is reporting.

Work will mean that by the 2016/17 season their beloved stadium will boast an impressive capacity of 59,000 from the original 45,500 seats the ground already holds.

The £100m project finally got the go ahead after the last house that was left to be purchased, as it would need to be demolished, was acquired and now the expansion can begin.

The first phase of the project will be carried out on the Main Stand that will now have an all new third tier – an extra 8,300 seats.

Next on the list will be the Anfield Road Stand that will be expanded to include a further 4,800 seats for fans.

The construction will also include brand new banqueting and conference facilities, along with much improved car parking in the area.

The project is part of a wider £260m regeneration of the Anfield area of the city.

It is said that revenue will be significantly boosted by the work and once the construction is finished, Anfield would be able to host international games and European finals should it be chosen to.

Liverpool chief executive Ian Ayre was thrilled with the final go ahead after revealing the club did not want to leave their historic ground.

He said: “It’s great news for the football club, we’ve been trying to find a solution to stay at Anfield.

“In many ways it was the hardest solution. If you build somewhere else, you move there when it’s finished and there’s no disruption.

“But this solution was one that the owners and everybody felt was the right one. Staying at the historical home of Liverpool Football Club and finding a solution that was economically viable was at the heart of that.”

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