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Monday 15 October 2012

In brief: Liverpool confirm plans to expand Anfield

Managing director Ian Ayre says the club's 120-year-old home will be redeveloped

  • Liverpool have been based at Anfield for 120 years

Liverpool have announced that they plan to expand the capacity of Anfield, their home for 120 years, rather than build a new stadium.

The club had planned to build a new stadium in nearby Stanley Park before owner John Henry's takeover two years ago, but it was abandoned. Henry has decided instead to pursue plans to expand Anfield's capacity from 45,000 to an expected 60,000 seats.

"There is no doubt Anfield is the spiritual home of the club"
Ian Ayre

"There is no doubt Anfield is the spiritual home of the club - our preference was always to remain at Anfield," Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre told liverpoolfc.com. "This is a major step forward for the football club but more importantly the residents. This is step one as there is land to acquire, plans to be approved etc., but this is a significant moment."

“We've had some of the greatest triumphs in our history here, so it makes sense if there's a right solution that this is the place we should continue to play our football."

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Key Points

  • Liverpool have confirmed plans to redevelop Anfield
  • The club will not build a new stadium in Stanley Park as originally planned
  • Instead the club will look to expand the 45,000-seat stadium
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