By Daniel Hunter
Liverpool Football Club is expected to begin work on the expansion of Anfield today (Monday).
The club is able to go ahead with the £100m project to expand the stadium from 45,000 to 59,000 after it completed the purchase of the final house it needed to clear.
The Main Stand will see a new third tier added with 8,300 seats. And the Anfield Road Stand will be expanded to accommodate an extra 4,800 seats.
The work is expected to be completed by the start of the 2016-17 season and is aimed at significantly boosting the club's match day revenue.
New conference & banqueting facilities, a new club shop and more stadium parking will also be added.
The expansion will also allow Liverpool to host international matches and bid to host European finals, adding an extra source of revenue.
Liverpool chief executive Ian Ayre, said: "It's great news for the football club. "We've been trying to find a solution to stay at Anfield.
"In many ways it was the hardest solution. If you build somewhere else, you move there when it's finished and there's no disruption.
"But this solution was one that the owners and everybody felt was the right one. Staying at the historical home of Liverpool Football Club and finding a solution that was economically viable was at the heart of that."
It is estimated the plans will bring in an extra £25m worth of revenue a year.
Liverpool's expansion plans are part of a wider £260m regeneration project in the Anfield area. But some businesses in the area are concerned that it could harm their businesses.
John Page, whose barber shop will be knocked down to make way for the expansion, said: "I want to see this go ahead and the area come up again because it's gone down, down, down in the last 20 years. But the shop will go. My business has gone."
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