Liverpool chairman Tom Werner has offered a tentative update on the potential further expansion of Anfield in the coming years, insisting the club are still undergoing an analysis to make sure whatever is done is the right thing.
Anfield’s capacity at the moment is nowhere near big enough even after the Main Stand was expanded by 8500 seats – just ask anyone who was trying to buy tickets in the recent membership sales.
Werner, though, has not committed to anything yet – far from it.
Speaking to LiverpoolFC.com in an exclusive interview, he said: “We are still analysing the opportunity to build on Anfield Road. I think we are trying to figure [it] out.
“When we went forward with the Main Stand expansion, which I’m very proud about, we obviously wanted to do it right so we were very quiet about it. In a perfect world, we’ll be able to figure this out.”
There should be no debate about whether this can be figured out or not – it simply has to be done. The Reds could easily fill a 100,000 seater stadium almost every week.
Those comments don’t sound too good but Werner might be playing it safe so as not to promise anything that isn’t ultimately possible. Previous owners have done that, and that situation is far worse.
The sooner a decision can be made, the better, but it doesn’t sound like anything is imminent at this stage. Long-term, though, it’s an absolute necessity.