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Anfield extension benefits Liverpool and brings hope for residents

By Ian Herbert

Published 09/09/2016

Applause: Jurgen Klopp has hailed the work to add 8,000 extra seats
Applause: Jurgen Klopp has hailed the work to add 8,000 extra seats
For Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, today's official opening of a £115m extended Anfield Main Stand with 8,000 new seats represents "more power" for his team, though for those whose homes neighbour the stadium it offers the hope of a modern district at last

For Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, today's official opening of a £115m extended Anfield Main Stand with 8,000 new seats represents "more power" for his team, though for those whose homes neighbour the stadium it offers the hope of a modern district at last.

The area north of Anfield has been in a desperate state for years, with many houses boarded up - a consequence of community disintegration on a huge scale, in a city where unemployment has bitten hard. The approach to Anfield has been an embarrassment in recent years, as urban decay has been juxtaposed with the vaulting wealth of the Premier League.

General view during the opening event of the Anfield Home of Liverpool Main Stand, at Anfield on September 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Barrington Coombs/Getty Images)
General view during the opening event of the Anfield Home of Liverpool Main Stand, at Anfield on September 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Barrington Coombs/Getty Images)
General view during the opening event of the Anfield Home of Liverpool Main Stand, at Anfield on September 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Barrington Coombs/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: General view during the opening event of the Anfield Home of Liverpool Main Stand, at Anfield on September 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Barrington Coombs/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: General view during the opening event of the Anfield Home of Liverpool Main Stand, at Anfield on September 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Barrington Coombs/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: General view during the opening event of the Anfield Home of Liverpool Main Stand, at Anfield on September 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Barrington Coombs/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: General view during the opening event of the Anfield Home of Liverpool Main Stand, at Anfield on September 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Barrington Coombs/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: General view during the opening event of the Anfield Home of Liverpool Main Stand, at Anfield on September 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Barrington Coombs/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: General view during the opening event of the Anfield Home of Liverpool Main Stand, at Anfield on September 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Barrington Coombs/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: General view during the opening event of the Anfield Home of Liverpool Main Stand, at Anfield on September 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Barrington Coombs/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: General view during the opening event of the Anfield Home of Liverpool Main Stand, at Anfield on September 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Barrington Coombs/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: General view during the opening event of the Anfield Home of Liverpool Main Stand, at Anfield on September 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Barrington Coombs/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: General view during the opening event of the Anfield Home of Liverpool Main Stand, at Anfield on September 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Barrington Coombs/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: General view during the opening event of the Anfield Home of Liverpool Main Stand, at Anfield on September 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Barrington Coombs/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: General view during the opening event of the Anfield Home of Liverpool Main Stand, at Anfield on September 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Barrington Coombs/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: General view during the opening event of the Anfield Home of Liverpool Main Stand, at Anfield on September 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Barrington Coombs/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: General view during the opening event of the Anfield Home of Liverpool Main Stand, at Anfield on September 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Barrington Coombs/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: General view during the opening event of the Anfield Home of Liverpool Main Stand, at Anfield on September 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Barrington Coombs/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: General view during the opening event of the Anfield Home of Liverpool Main Stand, at Anfield on September 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Barrington Coombs/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp during the opening of the new stand and facilities at Anfield on September 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Barrington Coombs/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: General view during the opening event of the Anfield Home of Liverpool Main Stand, at Anfield on September 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Barrington Coombs/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: General view during the opening event of the Anfield Home of Liverpool Main Stand, at Anfield on September 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Barrington Coombs/Getty Images)
Liverpool Football Club's new main stand is pictured from accross the pitch, during a media tour at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, north-west England, on September 9, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: General view during the opening event of the Anfield Home of Liverpool Main Stand, at Anfield on September 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Barrington Coombs/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: General view during the opening event of the Anfield Home of Liverpool Main Stand, at Anfield on September 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Barrington Coombs/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: General view during the opening event of the Anfield Home of Liverpool Main Stand, at Anfield on September 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Barrington Coombs/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: General view during the opening event of the Anfield Home of Liverpool Main Stand, at Anfield on September 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Barrington Coombs/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: General view during the opening event of the Anfield Home of Liverpool Main Stand, at Anfield on September 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Barrington Coombs/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: General view during the opening event of the Anfield Home of Liverpool Main Stand, at Anfield on September 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Barrington Coombs/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: General view during the opening event of the Anfield Home of Liverpool Main Stand, at Anfield on September 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Barrington Coombs/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: General view during the opening event of the Anfield Home of Liverpool Main Stand, at Anfield on September 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Barrington Coombs/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: General view during the opening event of the Anfield Home of Liverpool Main Stand, at Anfield on September 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Barrington Coombs/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: General view during the opening event of the Anfield Home of Liverpool Main Stand, at Anfield on September 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Barrington Coombs/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: General view during the opening event of the Anfield Home of Liverpool Main Stand, at Anfield on September 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Barrington Coombs/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: General view during the opening event of the Anfield Home of Liverpool Main Stand, at Anfield on September 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Barrington Coombs/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: General view during the opening event of the Anfield Home of Liverpool Main Stand, at Anfield on September 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Barrington Coombs/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: General view during the opening event of the Anfield Home of Liverpool Main Stand, at Anfield on September 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Barrington Coombs/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: General view during the opening event of the Anfield Home of Liverpool Main Stand, at Anfield on September 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Barrington Coombs/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: General view during the opening event of the Anfield Home of Liverpool Main Stand, at Anfield on September 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Barrington Coombs/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: General view during the opening event of the Anfield Home of Liverpool Main Stand, at Anfield on September 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Barrington Coombs/Getty Images)
A general view of Anfield following the opening of the new Main Stand, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday September 9, 2016. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
A general view of Anfield following the opening of the new Main Stand, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday September 9, 2016. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: General view during the opening event of the Anfield Home of Liverpool Main Stand, at Anfield on September 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Barrington Coombs/Getty Images)
tA general view of Anfield following the opening of the new Main Stand, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday September 9, 2016. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: General view during the opening event of the Anfield Home of Liverpool Main Stand, at Anfield on September 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Barrington Coombs/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: General view during the opening event of the Anfield Home of Liverpool Main Stand, at Anfield on September 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Barrington Coombs/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: General view during the opening event of the Anfield Home of Liverpool Main Stand, at Anfield on September 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Barrington Coombs/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: General view during the opening event of the Anfield Home of Liverpool Main Stand, at Anfield on September 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Barrington Coombs/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: General view during the opening event of the Anfield Home of Liverpool Main Stand, at Anfield on September 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Barrington Coombs/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: General view during the opening event of the Anfield Home of Liverpool Main Stand, at Anfield on September 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Barrington Coombs/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: General view during the opening event of the Anfield Home of Liverpool Main Stand, at Anfield on September 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Barrington Coombs/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: General images of the new stand and facilities during the opening event of the Anfield Home of Liverpool Main Stand, at Anfield on September 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Barrington Coombs/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: General images of the new stand and facilities during the opening event of the Anfield Home of Liverpool Main Stand, at Anfield on September 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Barrington Coombs/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: General images of the new stand and facilities during the opening event of the Anfield Home of Liverpool Main Stand, at Anfield on September 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Barrington Coombs/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: General images of the new stand and facilities during the opening event of the Anfield Home of Liverpool Main Stand, at Anfield on September 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Barrington Coombs/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: General images of the new stand and facilities during the opening event of the Anfield Home of Liverpool Main Stand, at Anfield on September 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Barrington Coombs/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: General images of the new stand and facilities during the opening event of the Anfield Home of Liverpool Main Stand, at Anfield on September 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Barrington Coombs/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: General images of the new stand and facilities during the opening event of the Anfield Home of Liverpool Main Stand, at Anfield on September 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Barrington Coombs/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: General images of the new stand and facilities during the opening event of the Anfield Home of Liverpool Main Stand, at Anfield on September 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Barrington Coombs/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: General images of the new stand and facilities during the opening event of the Anfield Home of Liverpool Main Stand, at Anfield on September 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Barrington Coombs/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: General images of the new stand and facilities during the opening event of the Anfield Home of Liverpool Main Stand, at Anfield on September 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Barrington Coombs/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: General images of the new stand and facilities during the opening event of the Anfield Home of Liverpool Main Stand, at Anfield on September 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Barrington Coombs/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: General images of the new stand and facilities during the opening event of the Anfield Home of Liverpool Main Stand, at Anfield on September 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Barrington Coombs/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: General images of the new stand and facilities during the opening event of the Anfield Home of Liverpool Main Stand, at Anfield on September 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Barrington Coombs/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: General images of the new stand and facilities during the opening event of the Anfield Home of Liverpool Main Stand, at Anfield on September 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Barrington Coombs/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: General images of the new stand and facilities during the opening event of the Anfield Home of Liverpool Main Stand, at Anfield on September 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Barrington Coombs/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: General images of the new stand and facilities during the opening event of the Anfield Home of Liverpool Main Stand, at Anfield on September 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Barrington Coombs/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: General images of the new stand and facilities during the opening event of the Anfield Home of Liverpool Main Stand, at Anfield on September 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Barrington Coombs/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: General images of the new stand and facilities during the opening event of the Anfield Home of Liverpool Main Stand, at Anfield on September 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Barrington Coombs/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: General images of the new stand and facilities during the opening event of the Anfield Home of Liverpool Main Stand, at Anfield on September 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Barrington Coombs/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: General images of the new stand and facilities during the opening event of the Anfield Home of Liverpool Main Stand, at Anfield on September 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Barrington Coombs/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: General images of the new stand and facilities during the opening event of the Anfield Home of Liverpool Main Stand, at Anfield on September 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Barrington Coombs/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: General images of the new stand and facilities during the opening event of the Anfield Home of Liverpool Main Stand, at Anfield on September 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Barrington Coombs/Getty Images)
A man takes a picture of the relocated Hillsborough memorial, outside of Liverpool Football Clubs' new main stand at Anfield in Liverpool, north-west England, on September 9, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
The pitch is pictured from Liverpool Football Club's new main stand, during a media tour at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, north-west England, on September 9, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Posters are pictured on the wall inside the Anfield Beat Cafe, part of Liverpool Football Club's new main stand, during a media tour at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, north-west England, on September 9, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
A tour guide walks inside Anfield football stadium, during a media tour of Liverpool Football Club's new main stand, at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, north-west England, on September 9, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Everton's Goodison Park football stadium is seen on the horizon beyond rows of terraced houses, during a media tour of Liverpool Football Club's new main stand, at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, north-west England, on September 9, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Rows of terraced houses are pictured from Liverpool Football Club's new main stand, during a media tour at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, north-west England, on September 9, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Curator of the Anfield football stadium museum, Stephen Done, gestures as he takes members of the media on a tour inside Liverpool Football Club's new main stand, at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, north-west England, on September 9, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
A plaque is pictured on a wall inside Anfield football stadium, during a media of Liverpool Football Club's new main stand, at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, north-west England, on September 9, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
The pitch is pictured from Liverpool Football Club's new main stand, during a media tour at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, north-west England, on September 9, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Linda Pizzuti wife of Liverpool owner John W Henry (left) with Tom Werner (right) ahead of the opening of the Anfield Main Stand, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday September 9, 2016. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp with owner John Henry ahead of the opening of the Anfield Main Stand, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday September 9, 2016. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp with owner John Henry ahead of the opening of the Anfield Main Stand, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday September 9, 2016. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
Linda Pizzuti wife of Liverpool owner John W Henry (left) with Tom Werner ahead of the opening of the Anfield Main Stand, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday September 9, 2016. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp with owner John Henry ahead of the opening of the Anfield Main Stand, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday September 9, 2016. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
A general view of 96 Avenue, Liverpool. The avenue has been specially designed to reconnect the stadium to the wider community and Stanley Park. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday September 9, 2016. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
A general view of the New Main Stand taken from outside Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday September 9, 2016. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
A general view of the New Main Stand taken from outside Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday September 9, 2016. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
A general view of 96 Avenue, Liverpool. The avenue has been specially designed to reconnect the stadium to the wider community and Stanley Park. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday September 9, 2016. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
A general view of the New Main Stand taken from outside Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday September 9, 2016. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
A general view of the New Main Stand taken from outside Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday September 9, 2016. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
A general view of the New Main Stand taken from outside Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday September 9, 2016. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
A general view of 96 Avenue, Liverpool. The avenue has been specially designed to reconnect the stadium to the wider community and Stanley Park. PA
A general view of 96 Avenue, Liverpool. The avenue has been specially designed to reconnect the stadium to the wider community and Stanley Park. PA
A general view of the New Main Stand taken from outside Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday September 9, 2016. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
A general view taken from within the new Main Stand, Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday September 9, 2016. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
A general view taken from within the new Main Stand, Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday September 9, 2016. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
A general of a refreshment area following the opening of the new Main Stand, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday September 9, 2016. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
Goodison Park, home of Everton FC can be seen from Anfield Stadium, home of Liverpool FC following the opening of the new Main Stand, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday September 9, 2016. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
A general of a refreshment area following the opening of the new Main Stand, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday September 9, 2016. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
Goodison Park, home of Everton FC can be seen from Anfield Stadium, home of Liverpool FC following the opening of the new Main Stand, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday September 9, 2016. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
A general view of the Kop End at Anfield following the opening of the new Main Stand, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday September 9, 2016. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
A general view of new Main Stand, Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday September 9, 2016. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
A general view of Anfield following the opening of the new Main Stand, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday September 9, 2016. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
A general view of the new Anfield Main Stand where two public areas have today been confirmed as 96 Avenue (left) and Paisley Square (right). PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday September 9, 2016. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
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Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp (L) speaks during the ceremonial opening of Liverpool Football Club's new main stand, at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, north-west England, on September 9, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's chief executive Ian Ayre speaks during the ceremonial opening of Liverpool Football Club's new main stand, at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, north-west England, on September 9, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's Chairman Tom Werner speaks during the ceremonial opening of Liverpool Football Club's new main stand, at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, north-west England, on September 9, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp (L) speaks during the ceremonial opening of Liverpool Football Club's new main stand, at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, north-west England, on September 9, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
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Liverpool's Chairman Tom Werner speaks during the ceremonial opening of Liverpool Football Club's new main stand, at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, north-west England, on September 9, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool Chairman Tom Werner (L), Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp (C) and Liverpool chief executive Ian Ayre react as they arrive for the ceremonial opening of Liverpool Football Club's new main stand, at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, north-west England, on September 9, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Linda Pizzuti with her husband Liverpool owner John W Henry during the opening of the Anfield Main Stand, Liverpool. PA
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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Kenny Dalglish and Ian Rush during the opening of the new stand and facilities at Anfield on September 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Barrington Coombs/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Liverpool's CEO Ian Ayre during the opening of the new stand and facilities at Anfield on September 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Barrington Coombs/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Liverpool's CEO Ian Ayre during the opening of the new stand and facilities at Anfield on September 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Barrington Coombs/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Kenny Dalglish and Ian Rush during the opening of the new stand and facilities at Anfield on September 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Barrington Coombs/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Liverpool's Tom Werner during the opening of the new stand and facilities at Anfield on September 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Barrington Coombs/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Liverpool club owner John W Henry and his wife Linda Pizzuti during the opening of the new stand and facilities at Anfield on September 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Barrington Coombs/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Liverpool club owner John W Henry during the opening of the new stand and facilities at Anfield on September 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Barrington Coombs/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Kenny Dalglish during the opening of the new stand and facilities at Anfield on September 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Barrington Coombs/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Liverpool's Tom Werner during the opening of the new stand and facilities at Anfield on September 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Barrington Coombs/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Liverpool club owner John W Henry and his wife Linda Pizzuti during the opening of the new stand and facilities at Anfield on September 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Barrington Coombs/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Liverpool's Tom Werner during the opening of the new stand and facilities at Anfield on September 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Barrington Coombs/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp during the opening of the new stand and facilities at Anfield on September 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Barrington Coombs/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Liverpool club owner John W Henry during the opening of the new stand and facilities at Anfield on September 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Barrington Coombs/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp during the opening of the new stand and facilities at Anfield on September 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Barrington Coombs/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Liverpool's manager Jurgen Klopp and club owner John W Henry with his wife Linda Pizzuti and Tom Werner during the opening of the new stand and facilities at Anfield on September 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Barrington Coombs/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp during the opening of the new stand and facilities at Anfield on September 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Barrington Coombs/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Liverpool's manager Jurgen Klopp and club owner John W Henry during the opening of the new stand and facilities at Anfield on September 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Barrington Coombs/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Liverpool's manager Jurgen Klopp and club owner John W Henry during the opening of the new stand and facilities at Anfield on September 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Barrington Coombs/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Liverpool's manager Jurgen Klopp and club owner John W Henry during the opening of the new stand and facilities at Anfield on September 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Barrington Coombs/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Liverpool's manager Jurgen Klopp and club owner John W Henry during the opening of the new stand and facilities at Anfield on September 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Barrington Coombs/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp during the opening of the new stand and facilities at Anfield on September 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Barrington Coombs/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp during the opening of the new stand and facilities at Anfield on September 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Barrington Coombs/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp during the opening of the new stand and facilities at Anfield on September 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Barrington Coombs/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp during the opening of the new stand and facilities at Anfield on September 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Barrington Coombs/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp during the opening of the new stand and facilities at Anfield on September 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Barrington Coombs/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp during the opening of the new stand and facilities at Anfield on September 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Barrington Coombs/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp during the opening of the new stand and facilities at Anfield on September 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Barrington Coombs/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp during the opening of the new stand and facilities at Anfield on September 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Barrington Coombs/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp during the opening of the new stand and facilities at Anfield on September 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Barrington Coombs/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp during the opening of the new stand and facilities at Anfield on September 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Barrington Coombs/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 09: Liverpool's manager Jurgen Klopp and club owner John W Henry during the opening of the new stand and facilities at Anfield on September 9, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Barrington Coombs/Getty Images)

Over time, it has been the misfortune of the residents of Walton Breck Road, Back Rockfield Road and others to be neighbours of Liverpool, as the club and the council have waited for each other to make the first move in either expanding the stadium or building a new one.

Under the ownership of Fenway Sports Group, the two have finally started working together and ahead of the long-awaited launch of the stadium, plans were this week presented to Liverpool City Council which show how the high street next to Anfield could be transformed with shops, commercial units, homes and apartments.

Business units won't fill themselves and private investment will be needed. But if, as likely, the district can be transformed, it will be a rare example of the football machine having a direct economic benefit on a place where the game has been followed for years.

"Hopefully it can be a catalyst," Jay McKenna of the Spirit of Shankly organisation said.

"The residents have had to put up with decades of wondering whether something will or will not happen. It is to the club's credit and the council's that in the end they reached an understanding and worked together."

Though the stadium expansion will have a huge visual impact, it remains to be seen how it will affect the atmosphere within Anfield.

Though the capacity is extended to 54,000 for tomorrow's visit of champions Leicester City - an increase of 8,500 - fewer than half the new seats are part of general admission. There will be 14 new executive boxes, allied to substantially improved banquet and conference facilities.

Liverpool need the additional matchday revenue - an extra £20m-£30m a season as they hope to get closer to Arsenal and Manchester United's £100m and £90m per season respectively. Theirs has lagged at £59m.

Boss Klopp said: "It's really, really impressive, what they have done there. It's an outstanding job.

"I have no idea how somebody could do something like this but when you stand in front of it, it's really amazing.

"This is a good place and a good opponent (on Saturday). The champions (Leicester are) coming, we celebrate them all. It's another season.

"It's our first home game with 8,000 more in the stadium. That's more power and we should use this and start now with our first home game. It's a wonderful opportunity."

The people of Anfield hope that applies to them, too

Belfast Telegraph

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