Liverpool to resurrect Anfield stadium plans with 7,000-seat expansion

Liverpool are ready to resurrect plans to expand Anfield to a 61,000 capacity.

It is understood that the club will submit an application in the next few weeks to increase the size of their Anfield Road stand by around 7,000 seats.

The application was originally raised at the end of last year, with a two-stage consultation with local residents launched in November.

But the planning was paused in March at the onset of the first coronavirus lockdown, following a series of delays related to the pandemic.

Now plans are back underway, which the club hopes will see an 18-month build process.

If building were to begin at the end of the next year, allowing two summers for construction work, that would give a potential opening for the 2023-24 season, though with such tight deadlines, the following summer would be a more conservative target.

Speaking back in April, then chief operating officer Andy Hughes (now managing director) explained the delay, when he said: "The complex build programme for Anfield Road is an 18 month process and needs two clear summer closed season windows in order for it to be successful.

“This is why we are pausing on the project for at least 12 months so the earliest we could complete the programme is summer 2023 rather than summer 2022 as originally planned.

“Given the planning application is no longer time critical, it is our intention to submit our planning application at some stage during the next 12 months."

That application is now likely to be submitted to Liverpool City Council before the end of the year and could see construction started in a year’s time, if the plans progress smoothly without objection.

The increase in capacity has widely been called for by fans groups, with such pressure on demand for tickets caused by the club’s success in recent years.

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