Date: 28th April 2020 at 9:45am
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Liverpool FC announced yesterday on its official website that construction works on the expansion of the Anfield Road stand would be delayed by at least one year due to the impact of coronavirus.

The club stated that the project is on hold due to delays relating to the UK’s lockdown amid the COVID-19 pandemic and, with it being a “complex build” for which construction can only occur in off-season periods, the project consequently faces a minimum 12-month delay. The projected earliest target for completion of the works has now been pushed back to summer 2023. [via liverpoolfc.com]

As noted on Twitter by The Times’ northern football correspondent Paul Joyce (@_pauljoyce), the rebuilt Anfield Road stand will accommodate an extra 7,000 fans, taking the stadium’s overall capacity to 61,000.

Andy Hughes, Liverpool FC’s chief operating officer, told the club’s website that a decision was made to pause the Anfield Road expansion owing to “a number of delays” resulting directly from the COVID-19 lockdown, citing the “challenges” faced by the construction industry at this time.

These Liverpool fans on Twitter were philosophical about the delays to the construction project given the current circumstances, with one Kopite believing it is a “good decision” and another calling it a “wise move” by the club’s owners FSG:

Liverpool fans, what are your thoughts on the club’s decision to defer construction work on the Anfield Road stand expansion? Let us know in the comments section below!