Liverpool may yet remain at Anfield

The news over the last 24 hours that Liverpool Football Club are all set to go ahead with plans from 2003 for a new 60,000 seater stadium are not set in stone, and the club’s owners may still choose to redevelop the current stadium.

FSG decide on new stadium – report

New owners Fenway Sports Group have put design commissioned by former owner Tom Hicks in the bin in favour of some previously made designs by Manchester-based architects AFL. Planning permission for these designs was granted by Liverpool City Council in 2004.

The Reds are thought to be still in search of a financial partner for the stadium in terms of a naming-rights sponsorship deal in hope to raise at least £150million of the £300million needed to build the stadium.

However, Liverpool may still opt to stay at Anfield and continue to explore options for expansion at Anfield, although a new stadium would bring much-needed new structure to the surrounding area of the city.

What do you think? See the designs for the new stadium here, and let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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  • http://twitter.com/followdonz don js

    a new stadium for 300 mil seating 60 000 is sheer stupidity !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • tripleb

      Don,
      I like all would like a 90,000 seater stadium for multi use too but the truth of the matter is its out of the clubs hands.  The council have stated any more seats would cause grid lock around the anfield community and wont allow a bigger stadium……cheers Liverpool county council

      • Blessed

        Then why did they give planning permission to HG to build that 73k seater stadium – with room to expand by 10k seats?? Stanley park can take the stadium – even a 90k seater. Quite frankly if they want to regenerate the area it seems that club would press the point.

  • keano

    the 2003 design is an awful looking stadia, 2008 plans look good. Would be very disappointed if we go with the 2003 design. i hope they realise there is no kop in it and the design will kill the atmosphere

  • timetoact

    This is a bit like watching LFC at home – mega borring

  • Philipedwards81

    The old stadium plan looks outdated and boring its a bowl and has nothing unique about it I’d be very disappointed if this was true.

    The 2008 stadium had the fans in mind.

  • Nicky-lfc-1892

    With Anfield being in the run down area it is,there should be enuff scope to redevelop it and maybe transform the surrounding area at a fraction of the cost.

  • Arnie Oliver

    I’d prefer to stay at Anfield, if it can be expanded to give fans the kind of amenities they deserve and provide the revenue the club needs to compete for the PL championship on a regular basis.

  • cdub cdub

    kill the atmosphere ? dont make me laugh ! its exactly soulless empty bowls like this filled with so called fans that turn up in big fancy cars that tell me the atmosphere is long dead any way, when you have the famous spion kop, celtic arsenal and man utd fans all asking their clubs and devoting websites or part of at least to trying to improve match day atmosphere you sort of know where you are, we cant fill this stadium and the genuine fans of this club dont want this stadium, anfeild is our home, anfeild is its name , we happily tell chelsea fans they aint got no history and sit voting to put our own in the dustbin ! ! ! seven thousand more seats is easily acheivable and is more than enough if coupled with twenty capable players desperate to play for us and win things is more than enough to make this club great again .

    • Bill&Bob

      I totally agree with your last bit, when Oldham fans are chanting to US “wheres your famous atmosphere” on a dismal cold wet night with an equally 11 man dismal performance in the first half the fans need something to be hopeful about.  The scoreline was flattering but i was still not happy about the way we went about our business on the pitch.  Atmospheres turn into frustration we need a winning mentality, attack and no prisoners, total destruction and annihilation of teams, forward movement, get them on the back foot all the time thats what the fans want. Give them nothing but take from them EVERYTHING !!!.

  • Andy Dearing

    If the Telegraph report is true then I will be disappointed HKS designs have not been favoured. If the 2003 design with a capacity of 60 000 has been chose I will be devastated.

    How a big player architects can create that for Liverpool footbal club is beyond me. One word. Kop. Where is it? How can you design a Liverpool stadium without a kop? No kop. No atmosphere.

    As Ian Ayre has stated, £300 million for an extra 15000 seats doesnt make financial sense. Assuming a naming rights partner can be found for £150 million that is still £150 million for 15000 extra seats.

    I believe Man Utd have permission to upgrade to 90 000 and whilst Liverpool wouldn’t fill that now if they do reclaim number one status they will then. I would suggest that 75000 upwards is the figure FSG have in mind.

    Whichever way the stadium HAS to have a Kop!

  • sideshow_bob

    Building a new stadium might be bigger disaster than signing Andy Carroll. People seem to think that the football bubble will go on forever and that fans will be able to keep pace with rising ticket costs. At some point reality is going to come calling and the Television sponsorship is going to hit a ceiling. When that happens it won’t be clubs paying off massive debts incurred building their new stadium they can’t fill that will be best placed to take advantage. What we should be doing instead is looking to redevelop Anfield while at the same time leading a revolution in the game that returns football back to the fans. We should follow the German model and look to bring in safe standing areas etc. 

    • DaveIndieRed

      I agree on your first point concerning the unsustainability of clubs relying on television revenues. At some point, that bubble will burst, and several clubs will be in serious trouble. What I don’t understand is your point concerning safe standing areas. For one, it would be completely disrespectful to the families of those who lost their lives at Hillsborough. Safe standing areas won’t automatically return football back to the fans. Lower ticket prices at a club level, and wage caps imposed across the game are far more sensible, and sustainable alternatives to what we have at the moment.   

  • skrtel37

    Stay at Anfield but improve it. There’s so much history there and there is so much more to come. It would be better than trying to build a whole new stadium with risk of more problems

  • Cdub c dub

    why do so many want the big flash fancy dan type stadium ? people seem to think huge revenue will buy all the best players and therefore win all the biggest trophies,no it wont , itll buy box loads of big time charlies that dont give a toss about you or your club or your city or your history, the greatest club sides ever to grace the game played at anfeild and wore a liverbird on their chests but how many times did we ever really truly have the very best player in the world in everysingle position ? never not ever , we had a handful of genuine world class players in every team supported by good solid players that were well managed well versed in the liverpool way proud to play for this club and desperate to win things for themselves and the people of liverpool, man utd have got worse year on year since developing old trafford and have a laughable record against europes finest and arsenal well lets not even bother going there, kenny needs a top striker and he will find him,he needs to put his foot up a couple of arses and he will do so in private but we are doing o k, trust me, we are doing o k,  now keep anfeild and keep the faith .

  • Cdub c dub

    why do so many want the big flash fancy dan type stadium ? people seem to think huge revenue will buy all the best players and therefore win all the biggest trophies,no it wont , itll buy box loads of big time charlies that dont give a toss about you or your club or your city or your history, the greatest club sides ever to grace the game played at anfeild and wore a liverbird on their chests but how many times did we ever really truly have the very best player in the world in everysingle position ? never not ever , we had a handful of genuine world class players in every team supported by good solid players that were well managed well versed in the liverpool way proud to play for this club and desperate to win things for themselves and the people of liverpool, man utd have got worse year on year since developing old trafford and have a laughable record against europes finest and arsenal well lets not even bother going there, kenny needs a top striker and he will find him,he needs to put his foot up a couple of arses and he will do so in private but we are doing o k, trust me, we are doing o k,  now keep anfeild and keep the faith .

    • DaveIndieRed

      Brilliant. Hit the nail right on the head.  

  • buck russell

    If we can’t develop Anfield, then we’ll HAVE to move to a new stadium, just to compete with the other teams in our division who are fighting for the top 4. I am hoping and praying that we can stay at Anfield tho, it’s our home of over a century and despite what people say, and the atmosphere diminishing since it went all-seated – due to the history of events that have taken place there, the atmosphere literally seaps from the bricks, mortar & iron that make it up. that just can’t be re-produced, it’s a natural course of events of match day.

    In an ideal world, I’d love to see the main stand and anfield road knocked down – the main stand replaced with a stand that mirrors the centenury stand, then the Anfield road end replaced with a 2 tier stand that conects to each side stand, allowing the corners to be filled with seats. Leave the KOP as it is. Logistically – I’ve no idea if this is actually realistic or not !!!!

  • Joeavella

    Go for the new stadium….but big enough to accomodate at least 70,000 otherwise it may not be feasible….

  • Tommygun

    Good, I really hope a solution is found & that the club remains in Anfield.  Liverpool is a club which prides itself on it’s history & rightly so.  And Anfield is a massive part of that history and heritage.  When I walk into modern stadia they look very nice cosmetically, but that’s it.  There is no vibe about them.  When you walk into Anfield the history of the place, the vibe, the atmosphere, is so tangible you could almost reach out and touch it.  Anfield is the home of Liverpool FC, it’s name is synonymous with the club.  When people hear the words Liverpool football club they automatically think of Anfield & vice versa.  Anfield isn’t just a collection of bricks and mortar, it’s part of the fabric of our great club.  It has been the site of so many great moments in the clubs history, it has also been the site of more poignant memories such as the role it played in the immediate aftermath of Hillsborough & the memorial services held each year since then.  Anfield is wrapped up in the fabric of so many people’s lives & of so many memories.

    If we built a new stadium how long would it be before it held that same sense of tangible history?  How many decades until it really began to feel like our home?  Would it ever feel that way to our many supporters who have been lucky enough to experience that grand old ground?  Would it ever recapture that sense of history, tradition, and atmosphere within our lifetimes?  I’m not sure it would.  This is a vital decision to make, as I said before, Anfield is so much more than bricks and mortar & saying goodbye to Anfield is saying goodbye to a massive piece of the history, memories, and folklore of Liverpool FC.

    That’s why everything that can possibly be done to remain at Anfield, should be done.  A redevelopment of the ground is by far the best option in my opinion & I know many fellow supporters who share that view.  It’s the best of both worlds, we keep all that Anfield is, we keep everything I have mentioned above & we increase the capacity and therefore the revenue which the ground can generate.

  • LovinGerrard

    No new stadium can replace Anfield ever !! Ok the area is run down so why not redevelop Anfield and in conjunction with the Liverpool City Council help redevelop the area , as for gridlock i am sure there must be a way around that problem if the council looked at what could be a positive solution for the area instead of only pointing out the negative points !! We owe it to all the people who have lived and died supporting Liverpool football club to retain our history our pride our Kop our Anfield !!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UMCQWZWNEUKMIYCHW2QKLWA7KA Gazza

    I like Anfield and would be happy to stay put – but I tend to embrace the idea of having a new stadium, given the long term financial benefits it’s gonna bring. I don’t think that will do any harm to the famous atmosphere, to our club’s heritage and history. 
    Our famous home fans at Anfield will continue to sing loud and cheer our team, in any stadium, no matter how “hollow” a stadium’s design is – and we proved it in Istanbul on that special night. Scousers are born to rock any place that LFC plays. 

    Old glory days at Anfield – great memory and pride, but made me wondering if we are living too much in our past glories. The team and the fans wears the badge with pride of our previous glory, but at the same time should play and support the team not thinking about what is already in our trophy cabinet… yes? 

  • anditsliverpool

    Anfield is home! I’d hate to move to a new stadium with all the history Anfield holds. The Kop is unrivaled and I think a little bit of me would die if we were moved! STAY PUT