Barcelona delegation jet to Liverpool for talks, one topic on the agenda - report

By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens

Barcelona officials have twice visited Anfield to gain insight into how to redevelop a football ground while continuing to play in it, according to a report.

Liverpool are expanding their Main Stand with an extra 8.500 seats while matches have continued to be played at the stadium.

According to the Liverpool Echo, Barcelona are hoping to replicate this with their own planned rebuild, which is scheduled to start in 2017-18 and will bring the Nou Camp to a capacity of 105,000 with all the seats covered.

Officials from the Catalan giants are said to have jetted to Anfield twice in recent times for face-to-face discussions.

At Anfield around 550 workers from construction partner Carillion are in week 74 of an 88-week build phase which will lead to the first handover point to the club.

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The concrete floors for the highest seats in the new stand have been evident for a few weeks and the first red seats were put into place on Tuesday.

For now the new seats look down on the roof of the current Main Stand but there are just three more games before demolition begins shortly after Liverpool’s final home match of the season against Chelsea on Wednesday, May 11.

All the new seats are expected to be available for the first competitive Anfield game of next season, although Liverpool have already applied to the Premier League for the first game of the season to be played away so as to maximise the time available for work to be completed.

The stand will be the biggest in the country once finished and will take Anfield’s overall capacity to 54,000.