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Our view: Anfield Road expansion shows club are on right course

Last week Liverpool announced ambitious new plans to expand the Anfield Road end. The works would take the capacity of Anfield above 60,000, potentially outstripping Celtic Park, The Emirates and the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. The plans show that the club are heading in the right direction.

The decision by FSG to expand the Anfield Road end shows that Liverpool are moving in the right direction. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

A consultation process is now underway, with meetings planned between the 29th of November and the 4th of December. Residents and locals have been invited to head to the Kop Bar to take part in the process and offer their feedback as the Reds board look to press on with the works.

In the last decade or so there has been a debate surrounding the future of Anfield. With teams like Manchester City and Tottenham hotspur relocating into new stadiums, there were questions about whether or not the Reds would move home.

Instead, FSG have taken the right tact by improving the current capacity. In 2016 work finished on the Main Stand which took max attendance at the ground to just over 54,000. When Liverpool expand the Anfield Road end the capacity will top 60,000.

One of the keys to the success of the club is the intimidation factor of Anfield. By choosing to expand the ground instead of moving to a new home, we can retain the magic that terrifies opposition. Visiting players wilt in the cauldron that is Anfield, the fans are on top of you, the atmosphere is inescapable. FSG have clearly recognised that sacrificing this advantage would be foolish.

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Aside from the benefit of retaining the menace of the ground, the decision to expand the Anfield Road end will also increase matchday revenue. Financially, FSG have proven to be shrewd operators – the Boston based group have completely transformed the fortunes of the club. Maximising matchday revenue by packing more people in will serve the club well in the long run. We’re moving in the right direction, we are retaining our identity and building for long term success.

 

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