Liverpool have delayed their £60m Anfield expansion due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Reds have pushed back their plans by 12 months. Liverpool were planning to expand their Anfield Raid stand, with work scheduled to begin in December.
The Reds hoped the new stand would be ready to open for the 2022-23 season, which would see Anfield’s capacity rise to over 61,000.
However, the coronavirus pandemic has forced Liverpool to push back their plans to expand Anfield by 12 months.
Liverpool’s chief operating officer Andy Hughes said: “We have experienced a number of delays to the planned project as a direct result of the COVID-19 lockdown.
“Given the challenges that many sectors are facing right now, including the construction, procurement and public sectors, we are taking a responsible approach to pause the project for at least 12 months.
“The complex build programme for Anfield Road is an 18 month process and needs two clear summer closed season windows in order for it to be successful.
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“This is why we are pausing on the project for at least 12 months so the earliest we could complete the programme is summer 2023 rather than summer 2022 as originally planned.
“Given the planning application is no longer time critical, it is our intention to submit our planning application at some stage during the next 12 months.
“We will use this period to review and consider options.
“When the football calendar and the wider delays to the construction and supply chain industries begin to plateau, we will provide further updates.”
Liverpool are currently waiting on the return of Premier League football after the coronavirus outbreak.
The Reds are 25 points clear at the top of the table as Liverpool close in on their first Premier League title.
However, there is no return date for Premier League fixtures. There are also worries about the season being declared null and void, which would see Liverpool miss out on the title.
It’s understood Premier League clubs have asked their players to target a full training return on June 1 with the season potentially restarting.
Managers and their coaching staff are aiming to be back working with their players by that date at the very latest.