Liverpool have expressed their desire to remain at Anfield rather than build a new stadium at Stanley Park.
The club have had plans to build a new stadium on neighbouring Stanley Park since 2000 but principal owner John W Henry wants Liverpool to remain at Anfield, claiming the Reds do not need a new ground to help their financial prospects.
The 18-time English champions started working on a new $800-million venue in nearby Stanley Park before owner John Henry’s takeover two years ago, but it was abandoned due to financial problems. Henry has decided that a new stadium still doesn’t make financial sense, instead pursuing 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 – 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, he added.