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Liverpool abandons plan to move out of Anfield

Premier League football club Liverpool FC has decided to abandon plans to build a new stadium in nearby Stanley Park and instead focus on redeveloping its existing home Anfield, club officials announced yesterday.

The redevelopment will see Anfield’s capacity rise from 45,000 today to 60,000 along with between £30M to £35M spent on housing regeneration. As part of the redevelopment Liverpool FC is partnering with Liverpool City Council and social housing provider Your Housing.

“Today represents a huge step forward for the Anfield area,” said Liverpool FC managing director Ian Ayre, although no timescales have been given on when the expansion will be completed.

Liverpool’s plan to redevelop Anfield follows ten years of indecision about plans to either rebuild Anfield or move into a new stadium. The club’s indecision attracted criticism last year from the then housing minister Grant Shapps for holding up local regeneration.

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