Liverpool release new images of stadium development as Anfield Road stand roof removed… with Jurgen Klopp’s Reds set to play away as work WILL NOT be completed by start of season season
Liverpool’s off-season development of the Anfield Road stand has taken another step after the club released footage showing the 282-tonne roof being lifted.
The Reds released new drone video on Friday showing work on the stand directly opposite the Kop, and say the process took a week with 75 skilled engineers working day and night.
Two large cranes have been brought to the Anfield grounds to do the heavy lifting during the operation, but Jurgen Klopp needn’t worry. The pitch went through rigorous testing to ensure it could withstand the machinery.
In the same way that they developed the main stand at Anfield, construction workers erected the new roof behind the existing structure and it is now clearly visible.
New upper level seating is also seen following the major move.
Liverpool have released new drone footage of the development at the Anfield Road stand
Four cranes helped remove the old roof from the stand, with the new one now overhanging it
The new top tier is also now visible to supporters, with the old version to be removed next
The works are the latest stage in a process to increase Anfield’s capacity to 61,000, which began in September 2021 and will be completed by the start of the 2023-24 season.
Work will therefore continue through the summer in preparation for the start of the new Premier League season, which is due to begin on the weekend of August 12.
Liverpool said the removal of the old roof was an extremely difficult part of the construction and involved two large cranes which had to be erected on the land.
Two cranes – weighing 600 and 500 tons – were supported by two additional cranes of 300 tons and 700 tons of ballast.
The club were quick to allay any concerns about the pitch, confirming it had undergone “rigorous” testing to ensure it could contain vehicles and would recover in time to be able to play again.
The removal of the roof – described as “historic by the club – also means that the new upper tier seats of the stand are now on display alongside the new roof.
The old upper level is still on display, but it is the next part of the stand that will be removed as development continues.
Liverpool’s last game at Anfield came on May 20, when they drew 1-1 with Aston Villa and all but said goodbye to their hopes of qualifying for next season’s Champions League.
The Reds have won 13 of their 19 Premier League home games in 2022-23, drawing five and only one game, which was at Leeds in October.
Liverpool’s last home game was on May 20 when they drew 1-1 with Aston Villa in the league
Fieldwork should be completed before the start of the 2023-24 campaign