Liverpool Football Club’s stadium expansion plans have been given planning permission by the city council.
The club want to extend two sides of Anfield, to increase capacity to over 58,000.
The council today approved expansion of the main stand and outline proposals to rebuild the Anfield Road Stand.
Carillion was named preferred bidder for the £75M main stand contract in July.
The proposals are part of a wider regeneration plan for the Anfield area.
The redevelopment of the main stand could add an additional 8,500 seats, taking its capacity to nearly 21,000, while the expanded Anfield Road stand would add around 4,800 seats.
Construction work on the proposed main stand is now expected to begin early next year and be complete in time for the 2016-17 season. Matches will continue to be played at Anfield during the construction work.
The mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, said: “This is a very important milestone in our ambitions to transform the Anfield area, bringing new jobs, investment and housing.
“The overall regeneration will see £260M invested in Anfield. Liverpool Football Club’s proposals for the stadium are a key part of this.”
The main stand’s exterior elevation will include a two-storey podium and a new home for the Hillsborough Memorial.
Liverpool Football Club’s chief executive officer, Ian Ayre, said: “Today’s approval is another step on our journey which we embarked on nearly two years ago.
“We received very positive support for our proposals during a public consultation exercise earlier this year and whilst we are delighted about the progress made today, there are still some steps that we need to navigate through in order to give us the certainty that we need to proceed with our expansion plans.”