PHOTOS: Liverpool reveal ambitious Anfield expansion plans

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On the verge of winning their first-ever Premier League title and already qualified for next season’s UEFA Champions League, the good news just keeps rolling in for fans of Liverpool Football Club.

Things could be getting even better at their Anfield home, too.

Liverpool have released stunning images of their proposed expansion of Anfield, which has been in planned for many years but held back for a number of reasons, and is now extremely close to becoming a reality. In a statement released by the club, along with a bevvy of beautiful photos which you can drool over below, the Merseyside outfit laid out the timeline and details of their proposed initial expansion of their home since 1892. For anyone who has been to Anfield, the terraced houses lining up around it are the biggest stumbling block in the redevelopment but the club has been working tirelessly to acquire those houses left in order to kick on with their plans.

The club has now unveiled its stadium expansion plans, which will see the capacity increased in both the Main Stand and the Anfield Road end. If permission is granted to go ahead with the project, Anfield’s capacity for the start of the 2016-17 season would be 58,500.

Here are more details on the plans, as

“Liverpool Football Club has unveiled its stadium expansion plans with detailed proposals for the expansion of its Main Stand and outline proposals for expansion of its Anfield Road Stand. Public consultation and exhibitions on the proposals are scheduled for this week and LFC is asking for residents, fans and local businesses to give their views as part of its planning application which the Club expects to submit in the summer. The exhibition shows the detailed design proposals for the redevelopment of the Main Stand which could add an additional 8,500 seats taking the Main Stand capacity to nearly 21,000 and overall Anfield capacity to around 54,000. Incorporating the iconic Club Crest into the proposed Main Stand’s exterior elevation, the scheme will also include a two-storey podium and a carefully designed cloister which will become the new home for the Hillsborough Memorial. The Main Stand will open onto a wide public concourse which will link the Stadium into the wider Anfield area.”

Liverpool will be working alongside the City Council to regenerate the entire Anfield area with new housing and other local amenities linked to the redevelopment of Anfield. Ian Ayre, Managing Director, Liverpool Football Club is excited for the prospect of a redeveloped Anfield, as a public consultation process will take place this week as the local residents will get their say on the new plans.

While the Mayor of Liverpol, Joe Anderson, had the following to say:

“This is another important step in our ambitions to transform the Anfield area, bringing new jobs, investment and housing. The overall regeneration of Anfield will see £260m invested in the local community and will deliver hundreds of jobs – Liverpool Football Club’s proposals for the stadium are a key part of this. We are all committed to delivering a brighter future for Anfield and the Club’s exhibition is a clear signal that real progress is being made with all our plans.”

The future regeneration of Anfield even has its own website, which you can visit here to find out all the latest news.

Here are more impressive photos of the proposed redevelopment of Anfield, as the aura and prestige of the famous venue will be kept intact.

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What the outside of the newly developed Main Stand will look like. Source: Liverpool Football Club.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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An aerial shot of how Anfield will look. Source: Liverpool Football Club

 

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Another look at the stunning plans for the Main Stand expansion. Source: Liverpool Football Club

Report: Newcastle activates $12m release clause of ex-Arsenal youth

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Reports out of Turkey say Newcastle United have finally struck the transfer market for a new No. 10.

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Aksam reports that Rafa Benitez got the Magpies hierarchy to activate a near $12 million release clause for Besiktas midfielder Oguzhan Ozyakup.

The 25-year-old was part of Arsenal’s youth set-up until 2012, making two League Cup appearances in 2011-12 before moving to Besiktas.

Dutch-born Ozyakup is 35-times capped with a goal for Turkey, twice captaining the Crescent-Stars.

Ozyakup lost playing time to Talisca this season, and registered just four assists in 24 appearances. In 219 appearances for Besiktas, he’s posted 27 goals with 50 assists.

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Lukaku pens inspiring post on hard-scrabble upbringing

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Manchester United and Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku has an inspiring and emotional post in The Players’ Tribune which tugs at the heart strings and explains his competitive fire.

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Lukaku talks about how his family’s poverty caused him to become a fierce competitor in the hopes of meeting his dreams head-on and providing for his family.

The Belgian, 25, scored twice in his side’s 3-0 World Cup-opening win over Panama earlier this week, and is now far removed from his youth, but he tells his story as if it lives fresh in his mind.

From The Players’ Tribune:

There were even times when my mum had to “borrow” bread from the bakery down the street. The bakers knew me and my little brother, so they’d let her take a loaf of bread on Monday and pay them back on Friday.

Lukaku also talks about racism in football, his debut for Anderlecht, and that aforementioned competitive drive. It’s 100 percent worth the read.

West Ham signs club record center back from Toulouse

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West Ham has reportedly set a club record with its latest signing under new manager Manuel Pellegrini.

Issa Diop is the player, the 21-year-old Toulouse captain and center back costing the Irons around $29 million.

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Diop scored three goals with an assist and eight yellow cards in 31 Ligue 1 matches this season, giving the young defender 95 apps, six goals, three assists, and 23 yellows since debuting with the senior team at 18.

Capped by France at every level below the senior team, Diop’s 2.2 interceptions per game ranked sixth in Ligue 1.

Toulose finished 18th in Ligue 1, but won its promotion/relegation playoff to stay in the French top flight.

From WHUFC.com:

“I am very happy to sign for such a historic, English club, and I hope to show my best here. I am a very ambitious player and West Ham is a very ambitious club, as we’ve seen with the appointment of the new coach. I hope to help the team win lots of games and make the fans happy.”

Layla’s Occasionally Unbiased Football Show: Episode 3

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In the third episode of Layla’s Occasionally Unbiased Football Show, England pulls out a massive win while VAR finds its way into the World Cup spotlight.

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There will be plenty more to come over the next few weeks, with the show coming via the Men In Blazers.

Click play on the video above to watch the first episode in full.