Liverpool to play couple of home games away from Anfield due to Main Stand construction

Aakarsh / 01 April 2016

The iconic Anfield stadium, as everyone knows is undergoing an extension over the last few months and the re-development works may see the club play home games away from the city at the start of the next season.

The construction and expansion of the New Main Stand at Anfield that has cost the club £120million is going as planned and the Reds will not be able to play on the ground till the middle or the end of August later this year.

The new Main Stand will increase Anfield’s capacity to around 54,000 and Liverpool remain confident that the redeveloped ground will be ready as expected in August.


Liverpool are currently 9th in the Premier League table with 8 matches to go this season 7 points away from a top 4 spot.

A finish in the top-4 places, which looks close to impossible or a lifting the Europa League title, which looks even tougher will see the club qualify for the Champions League next season.

If they are able to qualify, they will not have an early start to their European campaign leaving them with no games before their stadium is completely ready.

A 5th place finish will also see them go into the Europe League with minimal fuzz but if they finish this season in the 6th or the 7th place, they will have to start their European campaign as early as in July.

They will enter the third stage of the qualifying rounds and the first legs of this game is scheduled on July 28 with the second leg on August 4.

If Manchester City who have won the Capital One Cup already finish in the top 4, a sixth placed finish will be enough for the Reds for a place in Europe.

If Manchester United or West Ham win the FA Cup and finish in the top-6, Liverpool can play in Europe even with a 7th place finish this season.

As a result of the works on the Main Stand, Liverpool  have already submitted a request to the Premier League to play their opening two league games of the 2016/17 campaign on their travels.

The home leg of the European tie to be played in late July or early August will also have to be moved away from Anfield and Liverpool already shortlisted the grounds that might host the Reds.

With no chance of the club playing at Goodison Park across the street, Liverpool have identified possible venues with Bolton’s Macron Stadium and Wigan’s DW Stadium the most likely options.

Hosting the Red will also give financial incentives for the Championship clubs rescuing the Reds from opening the stadium at half capacity.

A European qualifier also gives Liverpool more trouble as it coincides with their pre-season tour in the US.

They will face Chelsea in Pasadena on July 27 before taking on AC Milan in Santa Clara three days later in their practice games. They are expected to play a third game in the continent before moving on to Europe to face Barcelona in the same competition.

And the manager has already revealed that he plans to fly his team to the country if they are to face a European qualifier on July 28th, less than 24 hours after the game against Chelsea.

Anfield will be one busy place this summer and with a lot happening at the club, it will be interesting to see if the squad can better their performances from the current season.



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