New stadium delayed a year?

Plans for Liverpool’s new stadium look to have been moved back a year, rather than a few weeks as was first thought when new owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett took over and announced a review of the current plans.

In an interview with lfc.tv following the signing of his new contract, Jamie Carragher said – in response to the question “The contract takes you through to 2011 and, hopefully, Liverpool will be playing in a new stadium by then’¦”

Carragher: “That would be nice, yeah. I think it’s been put back a year and hopefully the new plans will make it even better. I’m a bit older than Stevie so my aim is to still be in the team by the time we get to the new stadium. I think it’s going to be brilliant for everyone – the players, the club and the supporters. My aim, as I said, is to still be a regular for Liverpool by the time we get to a new stadium.”

Work was initially scheduled to begin in March, and indeed work began on testing of soil, but in late March it was announced a review of the 60,00 seater stadium plans would take place and that work would commence in May. Of course, it is now June and no word on construction has been officially announced.

Other reports though suggested work would begin in July this year, and be finished by summer 2009.

If the new stadium has indeed been pushed back another year, it will surely be 2010 at the very earliest when it opens.

Co-owner Tom Hicks has today said the new plans are to be presented on June 18th and that ”The Kop will be the symphony stage that plays to the rest of the symphony hall”

Hicks has also taken a swipe at UEFA’s William Gaillard, calling him a clown, and intimated we should expect a big name signing within the week… Here’s hoping!