For Liverpool’s fans who made the journey to watch the Reds play Newcastle in April, you will have noticed a number of changes in the area. More specifically, the club’s major stadium redevelopment is now well under way, with the Main Stand currently undergoing significant refurbishment in a bid to extend capacity to an estimated 54,000. This is fitting for a club of Liverpool’s stature, especially with the ground of staunch Northern rivals Manchester United holding 76,000 and Arsenal’s Emirates stadium boasting a capacity of 60,000.
Developing on and Off-field: How will the Move Rebuild help Liverpool?
With the steel foundations for the new Main Stand now taller than those underpinning the original structure, the rebuild is beginning to take shape. This is the start of an important period for Liverpool, with its ambitious American owners keen to develop the club and enhance its performance both on and off the field. To begin with, the increased capacity will enable the club to generate more annual income, as Liverpool look to increase its wage infrastructure and compete in the transfer market with leading rivals.
It is also a general signal of intent, however, with the club determined to put a disappointing previous season firmly behind them. After coming within two points of winning a first league title in 24 years (while also playing a swashbuckling brand of football), Liverpool lost the talismanic Luis Suarez in the summer and struggled to spend their bounty in the transfer market. The result of this was a lack of fire-power, a trophy-less campaign and a disappointing sixth place finish that has heralded a return to Europa League football.
A New Dawn for Liverpool
The positivity around the stadium rebuild seems to have influenced the board and manager Brendan Rodgers, who has shrugged off the disappointment of Raheem Sterling’s impending departure and busied himself with proactive transfer market activity. With Hoffenheim’s talented German forward Roberto Firmino joining for a cool £27 million, Nathaniel Clyne set to join from Southampton and young Belgian forward Divock Origi being recalled from his loan to Lille, Rodgers has quickly set about rejuvenating his squad in time for the pre-season. This augers well for the Reds, who have a unique opportunity to create a new and exciting squad to christen their newly revamped home in the 2015-2016 season. If you fancy all of these changes to have an impact on the pitch, you may wish to take advantage of some of the offers from Bethut’s list of recommended new bookies.