Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre has discussed the development of Anfield, predicting an announcement for this summer.
Ayre was speaking to well known American magazine Sports Illustrated in New York this week, explaining:
“In order to extend Anfield, we need to acquire a bunch of privately owned property around the stadium. We’re making really good progress with that. We have a meeting coming up in the next few weeks with the city council and ourselves and stakeholders. We said some months back it would take several months to improve that property acquisition situation. We’re definitely on target so far. The No. 1 priority is to stay at Anfield, but there are two or three hoops to go through. The first is property acquisition. The second will be planning. And the third will be to build the thing. I would guess our next announcement on it will come sometime in May or June.”
Liverpool revealed their intention to remain at Anfield in October, with reports suggesting that redevelopment of the Main Stand and Anfield Road End will take the capacity to nearer 60,000.
In the interview, Ayre also discussed the communication channels at the club, the ‘Moneyball’ approach and John Henry’s desire to “to be the best he can be”.
Ayre was also asked about Luis Suarez’s future, saying “The last thing in our mind is selling Luis Suárez. He’s not for sale. It’s not something we’re interested in.”