Liverpool to begin expansion of Anfield on Monday

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Five-time European champions Liverpool will start the first phase of work to expand their iconic Anfield stadium from 45,500 to 59,000-capacity, reports BBC.

The Merseyside club, who have recently resolved planning issues will begin the £100million project on Monday, with a new third tier being added on to the Main Stand which will consist of approximately 8,300 seats. A further 4,800 seats are set to be added to the Anfield Road Stand.

The revamp of Anfield will also include added conference and banqueting facilities, a new club shop and more car parking for both fans and staff alike.

Anfield's refurbishment is due to be completed in time for the start of the 2016/17 season, which will help the club massively in terms of revenue.

Added opportunities 

Liverpool County Council, who approved the application have said that the stadium, after its re-development will have the capabilities to host European finals along with a host of international fixtures. 

They were previously exempt from UEFA who said that Anfield doesn't meet the requirements to host major European fixtures. A 50,000 capacity stadium is the minimum requirement along with other factors such as corporate accommodation.

Long Struggle 

The Reds have been looking to move to a larger stadium for a hill now due to the high demand they get for tickets. such rumours such as when Liverpool reportedly were planning a move to Stanley Park (The field that divides Everton and Liverpool) and stadium plans for a 75,000 seater stadium in Speke.

If the plan for the stadium expansion goes ahead without any further complications, then Anfield will be third highest for capacity in the Premier League - only behind Old Trafford and the Emirates Stadium. 

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