By Amir Mir
Liverpool will look to re-join the European elite – off the pitch at least – when they officially open their newly expanded £115 million Main Stand at Anfield on Friday.
As reported by the Telegraph, Anfield’s capacity has been extended by 8,500 to 54,000 in the new revamp.
Premier League champions Leicester City will be the first team to visit the new and improved Anfield on Saturday evening, in the 5.30pm kick-off.
The club’s old Main Stand used to seat 12,000 supporters, but will now hold over 20,000 fans, eclipsing the iconic Kop.
The Reds have played three consecutive away fixtures this term as Anfield was being redeveloped, and the Merseyside club produced mixed results, with one win, one loss and one draw.
It is said manager Jurgen Klopp and the club’s principle owner John W Henry will be in attendance for the official unveiling on Friday, among a host of Anfield legends.
Liverpool now have the fifth highest capacity in English football with their expansion to 54, 000, with rivals Manchester United still boasting the highest capacity of 76,100.
Klopp’s side only won eight games at home last season, and he’ll be looking to make Anfield a fortress again as they push for the opportunity to match their rivals across Europe on the pitch too.
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