England: Liverpool to lose millions due to delays at Anfield Road End

source: This is Anfield; author: Mateusz Osmola

England: Liverpool to lose millions due to delays at Anfield Road End The slippage picked up by the redevelopment of the stand at Liverpool's home ground means that significantly fewer fans could attend the Reds' matches. With the enlargement of the stand on the Anfield Road side, the stadium's capacity is due to exceed 60,000 spectators. Meanwhile, it is currently significantly reduced and Liverpool is losing money.


The expanded Anfield was already expected to host 61,000 fans at the start of the current Premier League campaign. However, Liverpool's two home games so far, against Bournemouth and Aston Villa, have attracted around 50,000 fans. All indications are that this figure will not increase any time soon.

This is because the initial delays in the redevelopment have been compounded by the general contractor, Buckingham Group, filing for administration. As a result, work on the new stand has been put on hold. The next step will be to see what action the administrators take, with Liverpool potentially having to find new contractors to complete the work.

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While this process is ongoing, the club is losing money. According to This is Anfield, Kieran Maguire of the University of Liverpool in a Price of Football podcast estimated that the Reds are losing around £750,000 per game at their current arena capacity.

Given that the work is not due to be completed until the end of October at the earliest, it is reasonable to assume that Liverpool will lose at least £6m in matchday revenue. This is an optimistic completion date and does not even take into account the cost of employing new contractors, which will cost the club extra. It will therefore be some time before Liverpool can play at Anfield at a capacity of more than 60,000 spectators.

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