It’s 12 months to the day since Jurgen Klopp officially started work on Liverpool’s Anfield Road development project.
It’s 12 months to the day since Jurgen Klopp officially started work on Liverpool’s Anfield Road development plan.
On a wet and windy afternoon outside one of the most vaunted venues in world football on September 30 last year, Klopp, complete with a hard hat and spade, kicked off the project that will cost the club in the region of £80m.
It was symbolic moment of an elite manager breaking new ground at Anfield. This time, quite literally.
“Having 53,000 there is not bad already to be honest, it felt like 100,000 so I can’t imagine how 60,000 will feel,” he said at the time in an address to those at the event that included the ECHO. “But now it will be over 60,000 and I absolutely love the idea.”
Since that day, the 7,000-seat expansion plans have progressed with impressive speed under the watchful eye of contractors the Buckingham Group. Barely a week has passed without supporters getting a glimpse at further advances when walking alongside the pathway between the stadium itself and Stanley Park.
It all remains on course to open before the start of next season as Anfield gets set for its biggest attendance of the Premier League era next August.
It’s believed a staff of 750 have worked over a quarter of a million hours onsite to make huge progress in the construction to date. Four months into the build, the innovative Y-shaped columns were erected to form a safety zone which has allowed for safe operation of the stand and access for spectators on matchdays, while construction work has continued above.
Back in July another significant milestone was reached when the 300-tonne roof truss was carefully lifted into place.Liverpool’s Anfield Road development project remains ongoing
“Preparatory work for the truss started in May by building two huge steel towers and then two 60ft haunches were lifted into place ready to sit either side of the truss,” say Liverpool. “It took 30 skilled engineers around 12 hours, during record breaking temperatures, to install the truss using two 600-tonne crawler cranes to take the heavy lifting.
When it was all aligned, the cranes held it in position until it could be bolted in place. The towers, haunches and truss are connected by a total of 25,000 bolts.”
Now a year into the building work and almost two thirds of the main steel frame have been installed on the new stand, while the level two concourse and terracing in the upper end have also been completed.
It’s estimated that a total of 3,7000 tonnes of steel will have been used to complete the project which will make Anfield a 61,000-seat stadium and the third biggest in the Premier League.
Paul Cuttill, VP of Stadium Operations at Liverpool FC, said: “It’s been a very busy 12 months, and it’s impressive to look back at what has been achieved during the year. When the project started, we had the additional challenge of working with Covid restrictions still in place, and the stadium was still in use as a vaccination centre.Liverpool’s Anfield Road development project remains ongoing
“It’s exciting to see how it’s grown and seeing the plans brought to life. It’s been a huge achievement to carry on the build around a very busy football and concerts schedule. We’re in the final 10 months of the build and it will really start to come to life from this point forward.”
The completion of the work will take spending on infrastructure at the club during the ownership of Fenway Sports Group to £240m following the £110m Main Stand and £50m AXA Training Centre projects in 2016 and 2020, respectively.
“I know that there are some moments where there is some criticism when we don’t invest, but this club has always invested, just slightly differently,” Klopp said 12 months ago.
“Since I’ve been here and not because I am here, but since I am here, a lot of things have happened and with all the great history of this club. Everybody is really about building the future of this club.”