Jürgen Klopp will remain the most famous German currently at Anfield, but the stadium just received a fresh transfer from the Black Forest: trees that will decorate the main stand’s plaza.
The plaza in front of Anfield’s new west stand is transforming on a daily basis as most of the planned 70+ trees are already in place. Workers are using specialist structural soil to ensure that the trees can settle into their new home during the season.
Many of the trees were flown from German’s Schwarzwald area into a British nursery, where they acclimatized to local weather conditions. Why the hustle? Some of the selected trees don’t grow naturally in Britain, like the large oaks. Interestingly, the plaza will include acers which will become bright red in fall, taking on LFC’s colours and likely becoming an attraction for visitors.
Holly hedges and red flowers will also be incorporated into the tree-lined public space, which aims to reconnect the stadium to nearby Stanley Park. As the west stand’s construction is nearing completion, landscapers are attending the vegetation every day to make sure it’s in the right condition.
Of course the main grandstand has structurally complete for some time, proven by the main roof truss’s first birthday celebrated by LFC last week. Work is in full swing inside the stand to make it operable for September and Liverpool already confirmed the 2016/17 capacity of Anfield at 54,167 seats. First game is the Sept 10 fixture against Leicester City.