After putting Anfield expansion plans on hold over the summer amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and financial uncertainty, Liverpool Football Club are again pushing ahead with plans to expand capacity of the club’s historic stadium to 61,000.
Having today submitted a planning application with Liverpool’s city council, it is being reported that a decision—fully expected to be confirmatory with consultation having been completed before the pandemic—will arrive in spring.
Work could then begin on expanding the Anfield Road end in the summer, and based on previous reporting and the main stand expansion, the expanded stand would be built behind the existing stand to minimise matchday disruption.
The original intention had been for work to get under way on the 7,000 seat Anfield Road expansion in the summer of 2020 and for it to take 18 months to complete. A year’s delay would mean an expected completion date early in 2023.
The expansion is expected to cost £60M and follows the £110M main stand expansion and a new £50M training centre that couldn’t find room for the women’s team, who continue to play and train at League Two side Tranmere’s facilities.