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Sturridge Excited to Play in Front of New Stand

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Saturday will see the largest Anfield crowd since standing sections were discontinued. Daniel Sturridge, for one, is excited about the prospects.

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Anfield, for all its glory, has remained relatively quaint compared to the larger footballing venues in England and throughout Europe. FSG have attempted to rectify this situation by renovating the Main Stand, expanding attendance to over 54,000 seats.

This means that when Liverpool kickoff their first home game of the season against Leicester on Saturday, the Mighty Reds will play in front of the largest Anfield crowd since the legendary stadium was converted to an all-seater in 1994.

“As players we will see the difference,” Daniel Sturridge told the official Liverpool website. “Week in, week out we need the fans as much as possible. They turn up and it’s always a sell-out at Anfield.

“We understand the importance of the fans and we’re grateful for everything they have done for us in helping us and pushing us on the football field. We’ll look to repay them with results.”

Gee, I can’t wait to see how the media will spin that into the Daniel Sturridge is selfish and lazy narrative.

ANYWAY, more Liverpool fans cheering on the Reds can only be a good thing. 54,000 is still a far cry from the days when 60,000+ would regularly pack the stands back when the Kop was standing room only, and it’s still a far cry from other, larger English stadiums that will not be named, but it’s an improvement nonetheless.

Hopefully the new, larger crowds can give Liverpool even more of a home field advantage than before.