Liverpool’s principal American owner John Henry hinted today that he might choose to redevelop Anfield instead of build a new stadium for the club.
After purchasing the club last autumn, Henry then told how he would be weighing up both options in front of him. However, the fervent atmosphere found at Liverpool’s current home every time the Reds go out appears to have been important in swaying his thinking.
In a press conference, Henry pointed out that the fans in the Kop is unrivalled anywhere in sports, let alone football. He admitted that he was surprised to hear about the pressing need to build a new stadium after attending matches and soaking up the atmosphere.
As is well known, Liverpool have been looking into building a new 60,000-seater stadium adjacent to their 45,000-capacity Anfield. However, work has yet to start and was halted as a result of funding problems under the previous reign Tom Hicks and his partner George Gillett.
When he took over baseball’s Boston Red Sox nine years ago, Henry faced a similar dilemma and eventually opted to refurbish Fenway Park, the team’s famous and historical stadium.
After being asked why he had sold star player Fernando Torres, Henry explained that he let the Spaniard go as any squad members that are unhappy and not focused on seeing Liverpool return to its former heights should be allowed to walk.
To replace Torres, Luis Suarez and England striker Andy Carroll have been brought in with the former having already managed a goal on his debut.