Anfield Road Stand will not be fully operational for Premier League clash vs Chelsea

The expanded Anfield Road Stand was planned to be fully operational by late January, a target now missed by the club.

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The Anfield Road Stand has certainly hit lots of speedbumps and roadblocks along the way in its construction.

As a result of the original building contractors, Buckingham Group, succumbing to administration there has been various delays in the construction.

Although Liverpool were able to hire Rayner Rowen Construction Group to finish off the job, the administration meant that the construction was stalled heavily

The expanded upper tier was partially opened during December’s 0-0 draw with Manchester United.

An additional 7,000 fans were present to watch the Northwest derby, taking Anfield’s capacity to 57,000.

However, a further 4,000 seats have remained unused since then.

David Lynch for This is Anfield has reported that the section’s initial, optimistic goal of launching in late January is expected to be missed.

It is believed that the plans for the stand were dependent on how Liverpool fared in the domestic cups this season.

Fulham and Norwich were two additions to Anfield’s 2023/24 season itinerary, with The Canaries set to face the Reds this weekend in the FA Cup.

Because of these games, construction has had to temporarily halt, which has delayed the opening of the additional 4,000 seats.

When could the Anfield Road Stand be fully operational?

Burnley in the Premier League on February 10 could be when Anfield finally reaches its max capacity.

However, it remains to be seen whether the stand will be fully operational by then.

Senior Anfield officials maintain their reluctance to confirm a new opening date, stating that things are still “fluid”, according to Lynch.

Liverpool previously hosted a trial event at Anfield on December 11.

This was to ensure that the club was able receive the licences from the Liverpool City Council by demonstrating they can accommodate the increased number of supporters in a safe manner.

The trial event involved more than 3000 fans being invited for a free Q & A with manager Jurgen Klopp and was a success.

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