Tuesday September 23rd, 2014

Liverpool has been granted planning permission by the City Council's Planning Committee for a proposed expansion of Anfield stadium, the club announced Tuesday.

The current proposal, which was announced in 2012, calls for nearly 10,000 seats to be added to increase the stadium's capacity to around 54,000 during phase one. The second phase will add an additional 4,000 seats.

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The construction is expected to begin early next year and be complete in time for the 2016-2017 season. Games will continue to be played at the stadium during construction.

Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson said the project will be valuable to the entire city.

"This is a very important milestone in our ambitions to transform the Anfield area, bringing new jobs, investment and housing."

"The overall regeneration will see £260m invested in Anfield. Liverpool Football Club's proposals for the stadium are a key part of this. The club is a major employer in the area and its stadium is a major draw for tourists and visitors."

Liverpool has opened the Premier League season 2-0-3 and is tied for 11th with Hull City. They host Everton on Saturday.

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