LIVERPOOL UNVEIL ANFIELD EXPANSION PLANS

Liverpool have unveiled plans to increase Anfield's capacity by just over 13,000 within the next couple of years.

The Main Stand will be expanded to a three-tier stand with an additional 8,500 seats while outline proposals for the Anfield Road Stand suggest an increased capacity of 4,800.

If both developments go ahead, Anfield will increase from 45,500 to 58,800, making it the third-largest Premier League ground.

The work would incorporate an area for the Hillsborough Memorial to be moved into the Main Stand.

In October 2012, Liverpool announced its intention to redevelop their current home rather than move to a newly-built venue on Stanley Park.

Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre said: "Good progress has been made so far and we are proud to be able to unveil our plans. 

"In order to move forward with our expansion plans we need to secure the support of the community, local home owners, businesses and other key stakeholders."

The club is aiming to submit a planning application to Liverpool City Council during the summer, with the intention that construction work could begin early next year and be completed in time for the 2016/17 season.

Posted on 24/04/2014