Liverpool's attempts to increase the capacity of Anfield are being batted away by conservation trust officials, reports the Metro.
The Reds dabbled with the idea of a new stadium, but have recently planned to redevelop their current home, expanding the capacity to an impressive 60,000.
However, bats have been seen frequently flying around the Liverpool stadium, delaying any potential plans of redevelopment.
Liverpool's plans had involved an overall capacity increase, as well as the main stand and the Anfield Road end receiving major improvement.
The potential development hinged on acceptance from the Liverpool City Council, although since finding out about the presence of bats, conservation groups have spoken out against anything that would harm the protected species:
As quoted in the Metro, a spokesman for the Bats Conservation Trust said: "[Liverpool] must not harm bats' conservation status.
"If it's believed bats are or are likely to be present at Anfield, an ecologist will have to establish how bats use the site and find out which species are present before undertaking building works.
"And any works will have to take any bats present into account to ensure they are not adversely affected."
Anfield currently seats just over 45,000 and Liverpool want to increase the capacity to compete with Manchester United and Arsenal in terms of match-day revenue.
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