Premier League leaders Liverpool on Wednesday published plans for the redevelopment of their Anfield home that would raise the stadium’s capacity from 45,000 to around 54,000.
The club plan to add 8500 seats to the arena’s Main Stand, which would also become the new home of the memorial to the 96 Liverpool fans killed in the 1989 Hillsborough stadium disaster.
Liverpool have also presented separate “outline proposals” to expand the Anfield Road stand by adding around 4800 extra seats.
“As part of our proposed Stadium redevelopment project, we have unveiled the detail of our ambitious plans for an expanded Main Stand and Anfield Road stand and are embarking on a consultation process which will shape and inform our planning application,” said managing director Ian Ayre.
“We started this journey just over 18 months ago and a lot of work has already been done. There is still an incredible amount to do, but good progress has been made so far and we are proud to be able to unveil our plans.”
The club expect to submit a planning application to Liverpool City Council at the end of the current season, with a view to starting construction work on the Main Stand in early 2015.
In its current state, Anfield is dwarfed by the stadiums of some of Liverpool’s main rivals, such as Manchester United’s Old Trafford (75,731 capacity) and Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium (60,338).
As a result, whereas United brought in STG99 million ($A179 million) in match-day revenue during the 2011-12 season, Liverpool’s equivalent income was STG42 million ($A76 million), according to figures published by The Guardian newspaper last year.
Liverpool have played at Anfield since their foundation in 1892.