By Alex Taylor
Liverpool owner John Henry has suggested that fan protests over ticket prices has put further Anfield expansion at risk – and fans have reacted with anger to the news on Twitter.
The club’s American owners Fenway Sports Group recently invested £114million into the development of the new main stand at Anfield, raising its capacity to 54,000.
Despite the heavy investment Reds chief Henry seemed to suggest that any further development works would require a raise in ticket pricing.
“I don’t know if there is a next step because ticket prices are an issue in England,” Henry told the Daily Express. “That may foreclose further expansion. We’ll have to see.”
Supporters on social media were frustrated with the news with some fans thinking FSG may now be looking to sell the club.
Here is a selection of the messages on Twitter:
The worst kept secret in football is out. FSG won’t be redeveloping the Anfield road end.
— Kloppite (@PeteKopite) September 29, 2016
Regardless, they'd be fools to not expand the Anfield Road End before the planning permission runs out. They'll find the cash from somewhere
— LFC Analytics (@LFCAnalytics) September 29, 2016
FSG wants us to pay for the extention of Anfield Road. We aren't the owners though are we?
— Leo (@LeeoLFC) September 29, 2016
— SIMPLE MAN (@CotteeTom) September 29, 2016
@CotteeTom They paid the cheapest possible price to resolve a purchase contract obligation…. no intention of ever doing anfield road
— RedPool (@no1confused) September 29, 2016
Recent comments on the possibility of extending the Anfield Road sums up John W Henry perfectly Imo. Look at Germany John. Fans over money!
— Ian Hill (@TheHillsman) September 29, 2016
Prices at Liverpool were recently frozen for two years after supporters staged protests in February at a planned increase.
Reds fans were originally incensed after being forced to pay £77 for a match ticket, up from £59, and the club announced season ticket prices rising to £1,000 for the 2016/17 campaign.
The development to the Anfield Road was the second step in a two-stage plan to redevelop sections of the Red’s home stadium.
The first stage of the plan, redeveloping the Main Stand, was completed earlier this season but it now appears step-two will not take place.