Liverpool making stadium progress

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Liverpool are still actively seeking a resolution regarding the prospect of either leaving Anfield or redeveloping the stadium, according to the club's managing director Ian Ayre.

It was revealed earlier this month that Reds owners Fenway Sports Group had written off £35 million of debts incurred by Tom Hicks and George Gillett as they pursued the idea of moving to a new stadium.

This, however, says Ayre, does not mean the club are not exploring the possibility of building a new ground on Stanley Park, but they are also giving more thought to the idea of extending Anfield than the previous ownership.

Fans had raised concerns about FSG's apparent disregard for extending extending the club's current home, but Ayre has moved to allay worries that stadium expansion is far down on the owner's agenda.

In fact, he explains, Liverpool are continuing to make progress as they edge closer to making a decision regarding Anfield and Stanley Park.

"There is progress and we are still in dialogue on both fronts," Ayre told the club's official website.

"We have got more dialogue going with the Anfield residents than we ever have, as with other stakeholders in and around Anfield.

"We want to explore both options to a solution and I think it's fair to say if we continue making progress in that area, it might move faster than we originally anticipated.

"I think it's also fair to say that we are already fairly well down the line with a couple of major brands who have shown significant interest in naming rights for a new stadium.

"Part of the problem is that people assume that because we don't make a major announcement, because we can't show any spade in the ground, that nothing's gone on and no progress has been made."

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