Updates from Wednesday, April 23
Liverpool passed along more images of the planned redevelopment via the club's Twitter account:
PHOTO: An artist's impression of Liverpool FC's proposed stadium expansion pic.twitter.com/gLRnBGgpy8— Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 23, 2014
According to Alex Miller of the Daily Mail, Liverpool are set to unveil a £150 million expansion of Anfield after official images detailing plans were supposedly leaked.
The revamp of Anfield’s main stand would see the capacity of Liverpool’s iconic home increase from 45,000 to roughly 58,500, allowing the club to generate a level of match-day income comparable to that of Manchester United and Arsenal.
101 Great Goals shared an artist's impression of how Anfield could look in 2018, when the redevelopment is reportedly set to be completed:
The leaked images are not final designs but are expected to be updated and officially released prior to Liverpool’s huge title clash with Chelsea on Sunday.
Miller’s piece suggests the club are set to apply for planning permission to Liverpool City Council before the end of this season.
The extension would mean a host of the houses that back on to the main stand would have to be demolished, but the local council have already struck deals for the sale of 67 of the 71 homes that would be potentially affected by the stadium renovation.
The main stand at Anfield is the most dated of the four that surround the hallowed turf, and it’s easy to see why the Reds’ owners are keen to develop that particular area of the ground.
Whilst the pillars, rafters and wooden seats do stir a sense of nostalgia amongst the Liverpool faithful, the club must move with the times if they are to compete at the very top level both on and off the pitch.
A new section would increase their revenue and provide a more comfortable, quality experience for the Liverpool supporters.
The news that the club are looking to redevelop Anfield as opposed to moving away from the site completely will come as great comfort to the Liverpool supporters.
The fervent, stirring atmosphere that the venue produces has been key to Liverpool’s marvellous performances in the Premier League this season, which sees them within touch of a first domestic title in 24 years.