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Liverpool release new images of Anfield with ground to become third biggest in Prem



Liverpool release new images of Anfield with ground to become third biggest in Prem

Liverpool have released new images of Anfield showcasing the ground’s £80million expansion.

The Reds will play at the Premier League’s third-highest capacity stadium next season. Work to increase the iconic ground’s capacity started in September 2021, taking place behind the scenes without impacting the current season.

An additional 7,000 seats will be added to the upper tier of the Anfield Road Stand. That takes the total capacity to 61,000, putting Anfield just below Tottenham Hotspur Stadium (62,062) and Old Trafford (75,0653).

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Construction work has gathered pace in recent months, with Liverpool insisting they are on target both financially and operationally.

An intense final phase is set to begin after Jurgen Klopp’s men play their final home game of the season against Aston Villa on May 20 as cranes move in to replace the Anfield Road Stand roof.

The new images show improvements to the Lower Anfield Road Stand, which appears to have much larger concourses and improved facilities. Fans have likewise been treated to upgrades to the interior details of paintwork and tiling, exterior details of glazing and brickwork.

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7,000 seats will be added to the Upper Anfield Road Stand

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The lower stand boasts a bigger concourse

(Image: Liverpool FC)

Photos also captured the view from the new Upper Anfield Road Stand at present – before the existing roof’s removal – as well as the external views overseeing Stanley Park.

Vice-president of stadium operations Paul Cuttill said: “With just one home game left to play this season, it will be a huge moment for the club to say goodbye to the old Anfield Road Stand.

“From September 2021 until the last game of this season, we will have held 50 men’s games, one women’s game, three LFC Foundation legends matches and three concerts – all in the middle of a working building site.

The project cost £80million

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“It’s taken a lot of hard work and has been logistically challenging but we have managed to keep capacity, so fans haven’t lost seats during the build. We are on track to be ready for the 2023-24 season and looking forward to 7,000 more fans being able to experience this incredible stadium.”

The club have sought the Premier League’s permission to play their first match next season away from home in order to give an additional week of preparation.

The project will be completed in time for next season

(Image: Liverpool FC)

Liverpool played their first three games of the 1987/88 season away from home following the collapse of a sewer in the Kop. They also kicked off the 2016/17 campaign with fixtures at Arsenal, Burnley, Burton Albion and Tottenham before the Main Stand was opened to fans.

It is claimed the project will created 400 additional jobs at the stadium.


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Manchester United must use fixture list quirk to their advantage to hold off Liverpool

Manchester United’s face a pivotal weekend in their bid to ensure their faltering bid for the top four doesn’t develop into a season-defining disaster.

The Reds have lost their last two games – 1-0 at both Brighton and West Ham – to see their advantage over fifth-placed Liverpool cut to one point. The Anfield outfit have emerged as the biggest challengers to Erik ten Hag’s side and have hit form with six straight Premier League wins.

United’s destiny remains in their own hands given they have played a game fewer than Jurgen Klopp’s men but they cannot afford many more, if any, slip-ups in their final four fixtures.

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The Reds welcome Wolves to Old Trafford on Saturday and have the chance to put the pressure on Liverpool thanks to the fixture list. For much of the campaign United have played on Sundays while their progress to the final of both domestic cups has seen them behind the curve in terms of league fixtures.

But with European commitments no longer on the agenda for Ten Hag and co they will enjoy a rare free midweek and a 3pm Saturday afternoon kick-off against Wolves. And with Liverpool not playing until Monday night when they travel to relegation-threatened Leicester City, it gives United the chance to strike first.

A win over Wolves would open up a four-point cushion to Liverpool and put the pressure on Jurgen Klopp’s side to respond against a Foxes side in desperate need of results. And between now and the end of the season, Liverpool will not kick off ahead of United.

The final two weekend fixtures get see the rivals get underway simultaneously while United play their game in hand against Chelsea on a Thursday, three days before the campaign comes to a close. It means United can place themselves as front runners in the top-four race by getting points on the board, with nine the maximum needed to secure Champions League football next term.


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