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Liverpool’s Anfield expansion plans go to second-stage consultation

Liverpool’s Anfield expansion plans go to second-stage consultation”

Liverpool FC have provided more details about how they plan to expand their Anfield Road stand and the design and configuration of the proposed expansion.

Plans are now almost in place for a similar process with the Anfield Road end, which the Reds are keen to redevelop in advance of the 2022-23 season.

A second consultation stage has now begun and a series of drop-in events are planned, alongside information made available at the club's home fixture with West Ham on 24 February.

Local residents, representatives, businesses and supporters have been invited to review the club's updated plans, which have been reshaped based on the feedback received in the initial stage of public consultation held in December a year ago.

Liverpool are on course to raise Anfield's capacity to 61,000 in time for the start of the 2022/23 season. After that, the club hope to submit an official planning application, and have tentatively drawn up a timeframe which would see construction work on the new stand begin by the end of the year, and be completed in time for the 2022-23 season.

The plan is to keep the stand open for the entirety of the project to avoid any loss of matchday revenue.

The club have also progressed discussions on the design and configuration of the proposed refurbished stand. Some 5,200 of the extra seats will be general admission with the other 1,800 offering lounge and sports bar hospitality.

Manchester United, meanwhile, are way out in front on £110m, with Spurs - who would be one of just two clubs with a higher number of seats than at Anfield - at a lesser £71m.

"The feedback of our local residents has been essential to the planning process of this proposed expansion", Liverpool's chief operating officer Andy Hughes told their official website. The World and European champions launched a first-stage consultation in December and plans for a second in January. "Planning is a really big hurdle for us and we'll be working really heavily on that through the next four, five, six months".

"And ultimately, the finances need to make sense in terms of the build cost when we finally understand that and the schedule".

"Our plan is to go into a planning process in March through April and expect a planning determination in late summer".



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