Premier League Liverpool FC are reconsidering plans to expand the Anfield Road End capacity by 6,000 seats at their home ground, according to club chief executive Peter Moore.
The development would see the Premier League side’s historic Anfield home grow to a capacity of more than 60,000.
Liverpool have just 11 months – until next September – to submit a detailed blueprint for the next stage of the expansion, but Moore suggested that the club are still reviewing options and debating whether the plans need to be reworked.
“We are looking at a range of options to ensure we have considered all aspects before making any decision,” Moore told the Liverpool Echo. “These include working up design, feasibility, cost, capacity and economic viability options.
“After that work is completed, and if there is a smarter design option that does not fit with the current outline planning permission, then we would submit another planning application.
“Only once we have completed this comprehensive process and come to a conclusion will it be the right time to move forward.”
Liverpool redeveloped Anfield’s Main Stand two years ago to bring the stadium’s capacity up to 54,074. That project was funded with a £110 million loan from Liverpool’s parent company Fenway Sports Group, and earned the club an extra £12 million in matchday income during its first year in operation.
The club was recently granted a two-year license to host non-soccer events at Anfield outside of the English domestic season as part of another attempt to drive additional revenues. The plans are likely to see the stadium cater for up to 50,000 fans for concerts, although other events such as boxing could be granted a capacity as high as 60,000, which may yet rise if the latest redevelopment plans go ahead.