See how Liverpool's Anfield stadium will look after expansion

Liverpool's Italian forward Mario Balotelli (left) takes a free kick during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Everton at Anfield in Liverpool, north-west England on Sept 27, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
Liverpool's Italian forward Mario Balotelli (left) takes a free kick during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Everton at Anfield in Liverpool, north-west England on Sept 27, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

Liverpool Football Club confirmed the expansion of its Main Stand at Anfield Stadium on Thursday. Construction will begin early next year and be completed during the 2016/17 season. It will add around an additional 8,500 seats, taking its capacity to over 20,000 and overall Anfield capacity to around 54,000.

The expansion is just one element of Liverpool City Council's major regeneration plan, which was announced by the City Council in October 2012, to transform the Anfield area and make it a better place to live, work and visit.

Tom Werner, Liverpool club chairman, said: “We were committed to explore in depth all options for the future of Anfield Stadium. We listened to fans, the community, partners, the Supporters’ Committee and key stakeholders involved in the Club. It was just over two years ago that we said our preference was to stay at Anfield and here we are today announcing that the expansion is going ahead."

The expanded Main Stand, which will become one of the largest all-seater stands in Europe’s top divisions, will comprise three tiers with the existing lower tier re-profiled to accommodate a widened player tunnel, new team benches, media platform and wheelchair viewing positions. The scheme will also include a two-storey podium which will become the new home for the Hillsborough Memorial. The iconic Shankly Gates will also be repositioned as part of the new designs.