Liverpool ready to make £150m Anfield commitment
Fenway Sports Group has revealed that as soon as they finalise property acquisitions, the planning process and other issues the money to fund the redevelopment of Anfield will be there, according to the Liverpool Echo.
Reds owner John W Henry has pledged to put his money where his mouth is on the £150million redevelopment to any doubters who question the group’s commitment to the project.
The doubters and non-believers are well within their rights to their views after a decade of false dawns and failed plans from previous regimes.
And the one false dawn that all Kopites won’t get out of their system until any redevelopment is completed is that of George Gillett and Tom Hicks.
The notorious American duo famously promised Liverpool fans to have a “spade in the ground in 60 days,” after they bought the club in 2007 but in the end their words turned out to be more lies.
But Henry says when “certainty with partners and process is achieved” the funds are there waiting and there will be no false dawns at Anfield this time.
A major redevelopment plan for the whole Anfield area has been underway for some time now with Liverpool FC working with Liverpool City Council and the Your Housing Group on the run down area.
At the ground it’s the Main Stand and Anfield Road Stand that are to receive the majority of the overhaul, which will increase the capacity to 60,000, giving the ground a new look and adding a vital 15,000 seats more than the current capacity.
And it’s not the first time FSG have taken this route, having successfully employed this strategy to redevelop Fenway Park, the home of the Boston Red Sox.
Speaking to reporters Henry said, as reported by the newspaper: “We are making good progress.
“There are a lot of different groups working very well together and that’s the key to a big project like this happening, when everybody is on the same page.
“When everybody is on the same page, we move forward.
“I think we were clear at one point that what made financial sense was going in this direction – and this is the direction that makes financial sense for the club for a long time.
“Obstacles are being overcome.”