John Henry: We’re excited by Anfield expansion plans

Liverpool’s principal owner John W. Henry has spoke of the excitement over the plans for an expanded Anfield stadium, with drawings set to be released next week.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, January 18, 2014: Liverpool's owner John W. Henry and wife Linda Pizzuti before the Premiership match against Aston Villa at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)
John W. Henry and wife Linda Pizzuti. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Speaking on BBC One’s Football Focus, Henry said:

“We’ll be releasing some drawings in the next few weeks. We’re excited about what we’ve seen and the design that we have.

“We’re committed to doing what it takes to get Anfield to where it needs to be over the next 20, 30, 40, 50 years.

“If you’re moving from 45,000 seats to 60,000 seats you’ve got to rebuild the first 45,000 seats, so it’s incredibly expensive.

“It’s challenging but it’s also rewarding and we’ll get it done.”

Liverpool are set to announce plans to expand the Main Stand to a 20,000 seater, three-tier stand, taking the capacity to 54,000, which will be phase one of the project. Phase two will see the Anfield Road End being expanded to create a capacity of 58,800.

Plans will include a full refurbishment of the Main Stand and work will not affect capacity during the season.

Speaking of the club’s season, Henry admitted that the title challenge and form of Brendan Rodgers’ side has been ahead of the planned schedule:

“We had our sights set on a top-four finish because we’re building.

“It’s a challenge with the way the league is structured, so if we were fortunate enough to win this year, I would say we’re ahead of schedule.”

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