Liverpool have won planning permission from the city council to extend Anfield into a 53,000-seater stadium.

Phase one of the redevelopment will see an increase of around 8,000 seats to the main stand, while phase two of work on the Anfield Road end has potential for the stadium to rise to as many as 58,000 seats.

Plans to extend the Merseyside venue have been in the making for a number of years, but now look to have been given the green light following a unanimous backing.

Anfield currently holds around 45,000 people, but approval of the redevelopment could see it become one of the biggest stadiums in the Premier League.

The project is set to cost Liverpool up to £75million, with the club having already knocked down housing in the area to begin the expansion.

Following the decision, a Liverpool spokesman said: "This is as much about grounding the stadium in the community as it is making it work on match days."


Posted on 23/09/2014