Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre says the club have secured 90% of the properties required for the redevelopment of Anfield.
Ayre was speaking at the Sports Industry breakfast in London, when he explained the progress of the plans:
“Our ambition is to stay at Anfield, and we’re about 90% down the road in securing proprieties affected by redevelopment. I’m reasonably confident, the first phase will be closer to 60,000 capacity.”
Ayre discussed the club’s financial figures and assured that stadium development is “easily manageable”:
“The business is in excellent health and moving towards a profitable position. The stadium’s redevelopment is easily manageable.”
Ayre also discussed the Luis Suarez saga, explaining that the club have worked with him since the Ivanovic incident:
“We’ve worked a lot with him since the Ivanovic incident and he’s back to what he’s best at – terrorising defenders.
“We all move on together. Hard work and lessons have been learnt post-Evra and we now have a process in place for any crisis. Not a Suarez crisis, just any one.”
Ayre admitted that the incident was “damaging to the brand”.
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