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Reds reveal Anfield plans

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LONDON – Liverpool reckon plans to transform Anfield will help tempt the big names back to the club.

Kop chiefs revealed proposals to remain at their historic home and turn it into a venue for 60 000 supporters at a cost of £150 million.

Kop managing director Ian Ayre believes the hike in match-day income will finally help them peg back their rivals when it comes to signing the top dogs.

He said: “Manchester United, Arsenal and teams with a greater capacity have greater match-day revenue. We’ve fallen behind because of capacity.”

Anfield currently holds 45 000 fans and will jump from the sixth largest in the Premier League to third after redevelopment.

A partnership was announced with Liverpool City Council and a housing association on the second anniversary of John W Henry’s takeover.

Council chiefs will consider planning permission when the designs are put forward and the idea is to begin work in 12 months — once they can buy the houses around the ground.

The plans rest on locals agreeing to sell or being compelled to by Compulsory Purchase Orders.

Monday’s move Knocks Out a switch to a new Headquarters on Stanley Park as drawn up by previous owners George Gillett and Tom Hicks. Skipper Steven Gerrard said: “It’s fantastic we are staying at Anfield.” -The Sun

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