A project to build a train station to service Anfield may not be finished until the 2022/23 season as a “best case scenario”, according to James Pearce.
Liverpool have recently been linked with a potential move to increase the capacity of their historic ground beyond 60,000, but as detailed in an article for the Athletic, Pearce believes that any such renovations will take some time to complete.
He does, however, acknowledge that those plans could be helped by the arrival of a rail service to the stadium, and gave a more concrete idea of when that may become a reality.
Pearce said: “It promises to be a laborious process.
“Anfield officials won’t commit to timescales, but having it completed for the 2022-23 season is understood to be the best case scenario.”
However long it takes for these plans to be completed, the message is clear: Liverpool are fully committed to pushing on and making their ground one of the best facilitated and most imposing in England. Certainly, a club of their size, arguably the biggest in the country right now, deserves a home that matches their status, and while Anfield definitely boasts the history, it could still do with a bit of glow up in other areas. As far as getting the capacity increased, it’s an absolute no-brainer. Last time the Reds did such a thing, bumping up their stands by 8,500, it subsequently saw match-day revenues jump from £62 million to £81 million per season since it was completed, as per the Athletic. There will always be enough demand to justify a larger capacity, and if that means more money is being brought in too, it’s a win-win.