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Published: 15:33 | 12/10/16

Ayre casts doubt on Anfield expansion

Liverpool chief executive Ian Ayre has warned that the planned expansion of the Anfield Road end is 'not a smart investment for the business'.

The club was granted planning permission in September 2014 to redevelop the stadium and the surrounding area and the redeveloped Main Stand was opened last month, raising capacity to 54,074.

The expansion of Anfield Road would increase capacity by a further 4,800, but Ayre is not convinced it is the right thing for the club, believing the costs would outweigh the benefits.

"A stand behind a goal doesn’t have the benefit of hospitality that would go a long way to meet the redevelopment costs,” Ayre told Liverpool Supporters’ Committee (LSC).

"If you consider the redevelopment of Anfield Road from a purely general admission perspective, building, say, 6,000 extra seats to take the capacity up to 60,000 would cost somewhere between £60m and £70m.

"At £12,000 to £13,000 per seat, it would take approximately 15 years to pay back, which is not a smart investment for the business. Therefore the club needs to find a rounded solution that’s in the best interests of the football club."

Club owner John Henry has previously cast doubt over the project because ticket prices would need to be increased in order to fund the build.

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