Liverpool put £60MILLION expansion of Anfield Road End on hold because of coronavirus crisis – The Sun

LIVERPOOL have put the £60million expansion of the Anfield Road End on hold due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The earliest completion for the project that was supposed to add a further 7,000 seats will now not BE until the summer of 2023 – 12 months behind schedule.

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The red light comes after work stopped last month on finishing off the club’s new £50m training complex at Kirkby.

Boss Jurgen Klopp and his players may well now spend a further season working out every day at Melwood.

The re-designed Anfield Road stand will take the ground’s capacity up to over 61,000 and planning permission was scheduled for November 0f this year.

But a club statement said delay was due to the uncertainty in the construction industry.

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Liverpool’s chief operating officer, Andy Hughes, added: “The complex build programme for Anfield Road is an 18-month process and needs two clear summer closed season windows to be successful.”

Meanwhile, the Premier League are targeting a June 8 resumption of matches.

And the hope is to finish late in July t so that Uefa can conclude the Champions League and Europa League the following month.

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All this will be discussed when Prem clubs have their latest video conference call on Friday, with May 18 likely for a wide-scale return to training.

Every game will be behind closed doors but league bosses are expected to want some games on free-to-air TV.

But details to work out include a list of “approved stadiums”.This could even mean neutral venues being used.

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