The next step towards redeveloping Liverpool’s Anfield home is expected to be completed in the coming months, according to the club’s managing director Ian Ayre.

The English Premier League outfit announced in October, after contemplating building a new stadium on Stanley Park, that they will be staying at their current home but with the ambition of improving it and increasing the capacity to around 60,000.

The Reds have been working to buy up properties in the streets bordering Anfield but it hasn’t been straight forward, however. Some remaining residents have expressed being neglected during the planning period and also feel they have not been offered an appropriate price for their homes.

Planning permission cannot be submitted until the club own the relevant land but Ayre is confident the initial stages of the plan can be completed in this summer.

The former Huddersfield Town chairman 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.”

Posted on 07/06/2013