Liverpool unveil plan to redevelop Anfield

The Merseyside club continue to explore the possibility of expanding their existing stadium as part of a £260 million regeneration of the city fronted by the council
Liverpool are hopeful of moving ahead with plans to redevelop Anfield as part of a £260 million regeneration of the city.

A consortium backed by the club and fronted by the city council has asked local residents and businesses for their views on the plans, which outline the Merseyside outfit's preference to expand on their existing stadium.

Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre is pleased progress is being made, but insisted the club would only push for expansion with the backing of the local area and after a series of feasibility studies.

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"We are looking forward to working with the partnership and playing a part in the development of the regeneration vision and we strongly encourage local residents, businesses and community groups to get involved in the process and have their say," Ayre told the club's official website.

"This is also an important milestone as we seek to investigate the feasibility of expanding our stadium. We will continue this work, which is just one part of the wider Anfield vision, and there is a great deal of work still to be done to bring those plans to fruition.

"We have always said that any stadium expansion will be subject to detailed economic and social feasibility studies and the community and home owners' support, which includes our ability to purchase the land for the proposed expansion.

"Any expansion is also subject to the club being able to navigate the planning landscape and we are pleased to say that very positive progress is being made."

Meanwhile, the landlord of two houses situated behind the main stand at Anfield has insisted he will not sell his properties for a proposed redevelopment unless handed significant compensation.

Graham Jones also believes Liverpool are guilty of leaving surrounding properties to decay in a build to make the area less appealing for potential tenants.

"Anfield was your average working-class area until Liverpool began buying houses and leaving them empty because they wanted the streets knocked down," Jones told The Guardian. "It was dereliction by design, and the council allowed it. We've said we're not interested in their offer and we want our day in court.

Council leader, Joe Anderson, sympathised with Jones and his partner but feels the stance must not prevent the redevelopment of Anfield.

He added: "It is worth noting that the only owners with whom we have not reached agreement on acquisition are private landlords who do not live in the area and whose interests are purely financial. We will not allow a handful of private landlords to stand in the way of plans which will benefit everyone."