Liverpool Football Club has announced it will not rush into any decision regarding a potential move away from their stadium.
There is a growing uncertainty about the future of Anfield following increased on field investment by the club’s new owners. The club is looking at ways to increase capacity from 45,000 to 60,000 in order to better compete with the matchday revenues of the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal.
"What's important to us has been finding the right solution and that's always been the case, certainly in the last nine months,” said managing director Ian Ayre. “We've looked at both options. One is a refurbishment of Anfield, the other is a new stadium in Stanley Park."
Redevelopment of the stadium would probably sit easier with a large proportion of fans as the stadium as been home to the Reds for 119 years. But a brand new 60,000-seater could prove a more financially sound move depending on feasibility.
"No amount of pressure will force Liverpool Football Club to make a decision quickly for the wrong reasons,” Ayre added. “ We've all seen and felt and discovered how the wheels can come off if you make the wrong decisions at a football club, particularly this one.
“So we'll make the right decision at the right time, whatever that is and whenever that is. It has to be in the long-term interests of Liverpool Football Club. That's what everybody here is focused on.”
Liverpool City Council is keen for a decision to be reached soon as any stadium development will figure central to the regeneration of the local area.
Posted on 12/07/2011