Given that Liverpool are arguably the best team in the world right now – they are the Club World Cup champions after all – you would expect them to have a stadium to match their on-field exploits.
However, although Anfield has been rightly hailed by managers like Pep Guardiola for its atmosphere, it still lags behind in terms of capacity. With a possible highest attendance of 54,074, that only puts them fifth on the list of grounds in England (sixth if you include Wembley), whilst it is only 38th in the whole of the continent.
That will change by the 2022/23 season, though. It has been reported that the planned expansion will be finished by then, with an extra 7,038 seats to be added. That will take the capacity to over 61,000.
Dave O’Connell shared the news on his Twitter page, as you can see below.
— DaveOCKOP (@DaveOCKOP) February 11, 2020
This has got the fans reacting in their droves, and a couple seemed delighted by the update.
A fortress getting bigger and bigger.. 👏💪😎
— Ma7amed | ⵎⵓⵃⴰⵎⴰⴷ 🇱🇾 (@libscouser) February 11, 2020
This will take us right up there accommodating an even greater capacity for the best fans in the world of modern football creating an even greater atmosphere within Fortress Anfield. Come on you Reds \o/ !!! #YNWA
— ME – David R Johnstone (@MEDRPaulJohnst1) February 11, 2020
This is exactly what the Merseyside outfit need to take them to the next level – a stadium to rival some of the biggest and best in terms of capacity.
Not everyone is that positive, though. There are some who believe the increase in seats is not enough.
I think it’s another amazing development but it’s still not enough. The FSG/Liverpool train doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon so our stadium needs to be well over the 70k mark and even that probably still won’t satisfy demand. Imagine that many reds, ohh the noise ❤️
— Wayne Ryalls (@ryallzey) February 12, 2020
Only 7,038? What’s the point in that 🙄 need at least 10,000 plus.
— Jessamine (@JessamineH10) February 11, 2020
25k short of what it needs to be really.
— Ramon G (MA) (@ramoncym) February 11, 2020
Sadly this is not enough need an 80000 stadium we have the fans
— anwar shah (@anwarshah121) February 11, 2020
Slowly but surely, Liverpool fans. This is a step in the right direction, but it is almost impossible to add an extra 20,000-30,000 seats in one go. These things take time.
Others don’t believe this will make it any easier to get tickets.
Probably still won’t be able to get tickets.
— Adil (@Adil_Certi) February 11, 2020
And we will still struggle for tickets 😑
— Paul Collett 🇬🇧 (@coycollett7) February 11, 2020
It’s no wonder it is so difficult to see Liverpool live at Anfield – it is probably one of the hottest tickets in world football right now.