Liverpool will play their first game at Anfield this season on Saturday. With the new Main Stand’s construction still in progress as the 2016/17 Premier League season kicked off, all opening matches were scheduled at away grounds. But the new Main Stand was just unveiled today and amidst all the fanfare and the gazing at architecture, Jürgen Klopp reminds us that the most important part of the football club is still the football. And during Klopp’s time on the mic during the unveiling ceremony, he made a point of urging supporters to harness their collective glee for Anfield’s new look and project that onto the pitch on Saturday as the team work to dismantle Leicester City.
“Show your best performance,” Klopp implored, “and I’ll try to convince the players to bring their best performance. Then we could be a real force.”
The new Main Stand adds 8,500 new seats to the stadium, bringing Anfield’s total capacity to 54,000 butts. Klopp has already witnessed the electric atmosphere at Anfield but believes the influence of the sheer volume of 8,500 additional voices can lift the club and begin a new era of Anfield dominance, starting with taking down the reigning Premier League champions.
“We want to be closer to each other,” said the manager. “Being the best team is the firs step to being the strongest team.
“We want to inspire our supporters with our play against the current champions. We have seen the quality of the players and with the power of our supporters it can work.
“Let’s make the first step in our future in these wonderful surroundings.”
Klopp has already brought the players into Anfield to train this week. He wanted them to experience the finished stadium, to get their ‘ohs and ahs’ out before the weekend. Because, while the lads have seen some of the progess, the completed project is impressive and, as Klopp is hopeful of, the rewards will be noise, noise, noise.
“The stand is better than before,” Klopp said, “and we have to fill the stadium with life, starting tomorrow. Everyone who comes tomorrow be as loud as you can.”