Liverpool’s stock has never been higher, both on the field and off it as well. On Wednesday afternoon, the club announced that they have started the second stage of their public consultation regarding the proposed expansion of Anfield according to the ECHO.
With a lucrative new kit deal with Nike due to commence next season coupled with the likely prospect of Liverpool beginning the 2020/21 campaign as the champions of England, Fenway Sports Group have chosen to bring up the overall capacity at the home of the European champions.
The report states that the extra 7,000 seats built – of which around 5,200 will go to general admission – will move Liverpool’s stadium into the top three in the Premier League behind only Manchester United’s Old Trafford and the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium which opened in 2019.
Plans are in place to accelerate construction by the end of the year, with the Reds confident that proceedings will have concluded by the end of the 2022 season.
Architects KSS have been chosen to oversee the innovation of the Anfield Road section following their exploits regarding the building of the recently constructed Main Stand and the club’s’ brand new Kirkby training complex.
The cost of the Anfield redevelopment is roughly estimated at around £60m alongside the added expense of the £50m training facility that the senior players and Liverpool’s U23s will move into next season.
Jurgen Klopp had the training ground designed at his own request, meaning that the youngsters in the development squad will not automatically have access to the designated first-team areas.
The FIFA Coach of the Year wants academy prospects to earn the right to be allowed into that side of the building which typifies the manager’s decision to extend his stay on Merseyside and oversee the transitional period of integrating the academy into the first team.
Klopp recently penned a new contract until 2024 meaning the new training complex will be part of his legacy. The Champions League-winning boss cut adrift the neat seven-year symmetry he previously enjoyed as manager of both Mainz and Borussia Dortmund making Liverpool his longest stint at any club during his time in management.
Whilst the team are excelling on the field, Klopp and FSG continue in their drive for perfection off the pitch to ensure the club’s surroundings keep up with the Reds’ increasing reputation amongst the world of football.