Liverpool Council's planning committee has approved Liverpool's plans to extend Anfield. The proposal will see the ground go from 54,000 capacity to 61,000 with an extra 7,000 seats being added to the Anfield Road stand.
The project will cost around £60million and it could be done as early as summer 2023, but Liverpool are set to start work immediately on the expansion.
This takes the total investment in the clubs infrastructure by Liverpool's owners, Fenway Sports Group, to around 220million. This breaks down into 100million for the Main Stand expansion and the new state of the art training facility in Kirkby which cost £50million.
The planning committee voted six to two in favour of the expansion and it is expected that the build time will be 18 months long.
However, like the main stand, this won't affect the capacity of the stadium during the season. Work will be carried out on the rear of the stadium while the season is going on but the large part of the work will be done in the summer when the stadium is not in use.
Liverpool are also planning for up to six non-sporting events a year at Anfield. This will mainly consist of concerts. Take That, Pink and Bon Jovi all performed in the stadium in 2019.
Not everyone is happy with the expansion though. The leader of the Liverpool Green Party Tom Crone, Liberal Party leader Steve Radford and the Friends of Stanley Park are all opposed to the expansion over concerns that the construction work will disturb the nearby Stanley Park.
Anfield will also play host to a number of other sports when the ground isn't being used for Liverpool fixtures. The plan said that American and Gaelic Football could be played at the ground within two to three years.
This is another good step in the right direction by FSG. We are finally starting to get close to the biggest club grounds in the world with our capacity, and hopefully is in the future, The Kop and the Kenny Dalglish stand can be optimised to fit even more fans in our historic ground.