Kieran Maguire: Liverpool fans will be personally hit by 'unexpected' £20m news
Liverpool may be forced to turn down season ticket applications because of the Anfield Road Stand’s spiralling redevelopment costs.
That is the view of finance guru Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the plans to boost capacity at Anfield to 61,000.
Work officially began on the redevelopment on 30 September as manager Jurgen Klopp took part in the official ground-breaking ceremony.
The Athletic reported two days later that development costs have risen by £20m to £80m following late changes to the design.
Maguire claims that the “unexpected” additional costs mean that Liverpool may prioritise day-trippers ahead of season ticket holders.
He told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “Clearly the powers that be want to give more people the opportunity to access matches.
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“But it will be interesting to see how many of the new seats go to season ticket holders and how many go to individual matchday tickets.
“It may be that they now have to sell more of the latter because matchday tickets ensure a higher take per match. That will be factored in, no doubt.
“FSG love a spreadsheet and the unexpected additional costs they’ve incurred are going to have to be recovered somehow.
“They can’t charge premium prices because of the location. You are also looking into the sun in that stand, which has an effect.
“All of these factors mean it is difficult to extract premium revenues from those sitting there.”