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Barcelona chiefs visit Liverpool twice to ask for stadium advice

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It’s not often Barcelona have to ask other clubs for advice.

However, officials from the Catalan club have had to visit Liverpool on two separate occasions asking for help.

But, unsurprisingly, it’s not help on the football pitch - the Spanish club are on course to complete a domestic double while Liverpool are languishing in eighth in the Premier League.

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In fact, the Liverpool Echo are reporting that the visits are to inspect Liverpool’s Main Stand development.

The expansion of Anfield has taken place throughout the season with an extra 8,500 seats being installed whilst the club continuing to play at the stadium.

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Playing while the expansion is ongoing is fairly unique and Barcelona are hoping to take inspiration from it.

The Catalan club are planning to begin work on Camp Nou at the start of the 2017/18 campaign and aim to finish in 2022. The transformation will turn the iconic stadium into an incredible modern arena and they hope that Luis Enrique's side will continue to play their home games there during the redevelopment.

The ‘Nou Camp Nou’ will have a massive capacity of 105,000 with every seat being covered with a huge modern roof.

While the redeveloped Anfield isn’t going to look quite as spectacular as Camp Nou, the club are making good progress.

The work is currently in its 74th week of an initial 88-week schedule, with the club taking control at the start of the season. Liverpool play their final home match of the season against Chelsea next Wednesday before work can properly start to expanding the Main Stand.

After the Chelsea match, work will begin to destruct the old roof as it currently obscures the view of the pitch at the top levels of the new stand. While the spectator seating is likely to be finished ahead of the start of next season, many aspects of the building work won’t be.

The club have already applied for their opening fixture to be played away in order to maximise the time available. Also, both home and away teams will have temporary dressing rooms in the new underground car park for the first few months of the campaign while the current ones get refurbished.

Once finished, the new stand will be the biggest in the country stretching 40 metres into the air - almost twice the height of the existing stand.

Maybe one day, Barcelona will be traveling to Liverpool to get advice on footballing issues, rather than construction work.

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