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Construction of new Anfield to begin in the spring

The construction of Liverpool Football Club's new home will begin in the spring after the city council approved revised plans for a 60,000 stadium.
The new Anfield, which won't be completed until 2011, will have the potential to hold significantly more than 60,000 and another planning application is likely to be submitted once building work gets underway. Extra seats would be added by lowering the pitch 8m, apeing the way the capacity was increased at the City of Manchester stadium after the Commonwealth Games.

Chief executive Rick Parry: "This is very good news and we're obviously very happy. We got unanimous approval from the planning committee which is very gratifying.

"Building work will now begin in the spring. I don't want to be any more specific than that.

"This gives us the ability to build a structure, and that structure would be capable of taking significantly more than 60,000.

"There will be a follow up application for whatever we decide the capacity could be."

The club now has to wait four months for any legal challenges or intervention from the secretary of state.

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