Liverpool ready to start work on expanding Anfield’s capacity to 61,000

Liverpool will formally start work next week on a project to increase Anfield’s capacity to more than 61,000. The expansion, which was granted planning permission in June and has been undergoing enabling works throughout the off-season, is due to add 7,000 seats to the Anfield Road stand and is expected to be completed for the 2023-24 campaign.

The club said on Wednesday that work “will begin in earnest with an official ground-breaking ceremony planned for next week”.

Liverpool will continue to play at the stadium while the building work, which will involve a reroute of Anfield Road, takes place.

The club’s managing director, Andy Hughes, told Liverpool’s website: “We have been clear from the beginning that in order for this expansion to go ahead we needed the cooperation of local residents and the community, to successfully navigate the complex planning landscape, and to ensure the project is financially viable.

“We needed certainty for this project to progress and are now in a position to be able to move forward. We began this journey in 2014 and are grateful to everyone for the contributions they have made to bring the project to this stage.”

The Anfield Road stand design will retain and refurbish the lower tier and include a new upper tier, and feature improved concourses and sports-bar lounge hospitality facilities.

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