Liverpool owner Fenway Sports Group marked its two-year anniversary of buying Liverpool FC by announcing their plans to remain at a refurbished, 60,000-capacity Anfield costing around £150m.
Director Ian Ayre admits the planned redevelopment will save a lot of money and will help to enhance the club’s spending power within the transfer market.
Moving to a new stadium at Stanley Park would have cost £400m for FSG whereas redeveloping Anfield with the same 60,000 seat capacity will cost a significant less money of £150 million.
“FC celebrated its 120th year in 2012 at Anfield and there is no doubt Anfield is the spiritual home of the club – our preference was always to remain at Anfield,” said managing director Ian Ayre. “This is step one as there is land to acquire, plans to be approved etc., but this is a significant moment.
“Added to that is the fact that I’d say it was very much the preference for our fans, the majority of our fans, and certainly for all of us. I think this is the spiritual home of Liverpool Football Club.
Steven Gerrard welcomed the decision to redevelop Anfield. “I’m really pleased,” the captain said. “I’ve had some special occasions at Anfield and so have the club.
“If they are going to spend all that money on Anfield and improve it then fantastic. A lot of history and important things have happened at Anfield and I think it is fantastic Liverpool are staying there.”
Personally I think this is the right decision for the club as Anfield is our home. What does everyone else think?