As the second phase of public consultation is ongoing, planning application should be filed in several weeks. This could mean first works on expansion before end of 2020.
Last week the second phase of public consultation on Anfield's further expansion was launched. First phase, carried out in December of last year, delivered over 800 responses, 93% of which were positive.
Now further comments are welcome until midnight on February 28. Both phases of public consultation consider the north end of the stadium, Anfield Road Stand. It's expected to grow by 7,000 seats compared to its current size.
What some fans might not be happy about is the fact that 1,800 of those seats will be premium/hospitality, which means only 5,200 more seats for regular season ticket holders would be available.
Based on the first phase of consultation Liverpool FC changed plans for the actual Anfield Road, which initially was supposed to end at the stand. Now it's most likely to be realigned around the new stand's outline, still making it possible to drive along Stanley Park.
Should this phase of consultation end with overwhelming support as well, and without major issues raised by the public, planning application should be filed several weeks after the process ends, this spring. It would enable groundbreaking as soon as late 2020, which in turn means the £60-million project should be ready in 2022.