Liverpool chairman Tom Werner believes that the expansion work that FSG will oversee at Anfield will be their legacy at the club.
As we explained last week, demolition work has begun on the houses immediately behind Anfield’s Main Stand in readiness for the expansion works which will eventually see the stadium capacity at 58,000.
With planning permission now submitted, the expansion of the Main Stand will add 8,000 seats to the capacity, before the Anfield Road End is undertaken to add a further 5,000.
Liverpool’s stadium future is something that has been uncertain since the nineties, with several failed projects for a new stadium having been drawn up under previous owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett, and previously under David Moores.
“This will be our legacy at Liverpool, resolving the stadium issue,” said Werner in an interview with The Telegraph.
“I am as proud of protecting and preserving Fenway Park in Boston as I am the three World Series we have won and will feel exactly the same way about repeating this at Anfield. It will be the most exciting day at Anfield in 2016 when we can welcome the additional supporters to the stadium.”
Liverpool hope to have the Main Stand work complete for the start of the 2016/17 season, building the new stand behind and above the current one so that current capacity is not affected.
“I think this will change the future of the club. What has been hanging over the club’s head is we simply could not accept the status quo. We did not want to make any promises that could not be delivered so we wanted a solution, but a solution was not as simple because of cost and time issues.
“We could have built a new stadium but we always felt the fans have an emotional attachment to Anfield, just like the Boston Red Sox with Fenway Park.”