By Noel Whelan

25th Sep, 2021 | 12:00pm

Pundit makes 'best in the world' claim after 'brilliant' news from Liverpool

Liverpool are set to cement Anfield as “one of the best stadiums in the world” after announcing plans to expand the capacity to over 61,000.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Premier League striker insisted the “brilliant” development would be “fantastic” for supporters.

Liverpool confirmed on Wednesday (22nd September) they plan to expand the Anfield Road Stand by over 7,000 seats by the start of the 2023/24 campaign.

Work will begin next week with an official ground breaking ceremony.

The stadium, which underwent development between 2014 and 2016, currently holds 53,394 fans.

Whelan insisted the expansion would reflect the “huge” history of the club.

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However, he suggested they would still not be able to meet the demands of the fans.

Whelan told Football Insider deputy editor Russell Edge: “It’s brilliant news. A great start to the season for Liverpool, we know how big they are worldwide, not just in England.

“Their history and tradition has been well known for such a long time. Ever since the Kevin Keegan era, before that the Bill Shankly era.

“The history around the club is huge. They know they could probably put another 20,000 in there, quite frankly. They’re that much of a huge club.

“With superstar players, demand for tickets, like every club in the Premier League, is high. It’s just fantastic that more people are going to get that opportunity to watch those stars and their team play.

“It puts them right up there with one of the best stadiums in the world.”

The developments will make Anfield the fourth largest club football ground in England.

Old Trafford, the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, the Emirates Stadium, the London Stadium and the Etihad stadium currently hold more.

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