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Liverpool forced to delay Anfield expansion due to coronavirus

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Liverpool have postponed their plans to expand Anfield for at least a year due to complications caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Liverpool’s plan to expand Anfield will have to wait for a further 12 months, with the coronavirus pandemic coming in the way of already scheduled plans.

The iconic stadium currently has a 54,000 capacity and there were already laid out plans to expand by a further 7,000, making a capacity of 61,000.

Liverpool were to submit the Anfield expansion plans this spring, with much of the initial paper-work already sorted last November.

All the works on Anfield were to take 18 months and with a postponement of one year at least, it would mean the earliest time of completion now looks like the summer of 2023.

Andy Hughes, Liverpool’s chief operating officer, said in a statement on the club’s website: “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. 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.