Liverpool City Council have denied reports that Liverpool FC have chosen to redevelop Anfield, rather than build a new stadium on Stanley Park.
UPDATE: The Liverpool ECHO this morning report that the Council have given LFC until the end of the month to decide whether to relocate or redevelop, they state “No decision has yet been made by Liverpool Football Club about their stadium plans. The city council continues to work closely with the club, but the club will determine which option is best for them.
“The city council plans to demolish and refurbish properties in the surrounding streets to Anfield stadium are about driving forward much needed housing renewal in the area.”
The council used Twitter to describe a report from The Guardian as “unhelpful”, and that the plans to remove houses surrounding the stadium is “not indicative” of a final decision on the club’s stadium plans.
It has been widely reported previously that owners FSG favour remaining at Anfield, and The Guardian claim that LFC’s plan is “understood to involve adding an extra tier, plus corporate facilities, to the Anfield Road and main stands”.
Previously, managing director Ian Ayre has explained that the club were exploring both the redevelopment of Anfield, and naming rights for a possible new stadium.
Supporters will be hoping that a decision is made sooner, rather than later.
A redeveloped Anfield would see the capacity increasing to around 60,000.