Liverpool Football Club today announced that they would be extending Anfield and expanding capacity at the hallowed ground into a 60,000 all seater stadium. This is a decision that has been over 20 years in the making and represents a breakthrough that could, in time, save the club a fortune.
When previous Anfield owner David Moores made his decision to sell the club, back in 2005, it followed years of deliberation about the best way to maximise game revenue and the capacity at Anfield. At the time it was considered neither practical, nor possible, to extend Anfield with the ground sandwiched in the middle of a housing conurbation and congested residential area. The only option looked like being an entirely new Stadium, meaning Liverpool leaving behind over 100 years of Anfield memories.
Liverpool News: Honeymoon Over for Liverpool Players as Brendan Rodgers Lays Down the Law after Udinese Defeat
As Brendan Rodgers assessed his team’s loss to Udinese in the Europa League at Anfield last night, it was not difficult to see that he was hurting. This was a game that, up until half time, Liverpool never looked like losing. They were in control, bossing possession and creating the best chances. Rodgers made significant changes from the team that had faced Norwich five days earlier and the trust he had placed in those given a chance to impress against Udinese was being paid back. The story at full time was very different though and Rodgers clearly felt his trust was not returned when he referred to his players as being ‘lazy’ and ‘sloppy’ during the disastrous third quarter of the match.
Liverpool News: Is Brendan Rodgers Getting The Blend of Youth and Experience Right at Liverpool Football Club?
Former LFC legend Alan Hansen famously once said “you’ll never win anything with kids.” This prompted Manchester United to go on and win the title that season with a team that contained a youthful David Beckham, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and the Neville brothers, amongst others. Liverpool now has a team that is arguably built on the very similar foundations of fearless young players. Hansen was proven wrong last time and winning silverware with this Liverpool team may just be possible if Brendan Rodgers can get the blend of youth and experience right.
Liverpool News: Has Brendan Rodgers Got Another Golden Generation of Liverpool Youngsters On His Hands?
If you can remember that far back, take your mind back to 1997. Ask yourself if any of these names stand out prior that era in Liverpool FC history – Michael Owen, Jamie Carragher, Steve Mcmanaman, Robbie Fowler, Steven Gerrard. In 1997, Roy Evans was the reds manager, with the majority of these boys either just making their way into the first team or starting to show some progress in the reserves, as they were called it in those days. Had these boys not being given their chance, allowed to make mistakes and progressed under the tutorledge of Roy Evans and Gerard Houllier, Liverpool might just not have won their fifth European Cup in 2005.
Liverpool News: Referee Halsey Gifts Manchester United A Precious Anfield win As He Damages A Global Spectacle With Dubious Decisions
In 2001, referees in English football became professional for the first time. This was a huge overhaul of the management, training and development of match officials. Unfortunately for Liverpool, there was nothing resembling an improvement in refereeing standards at Anfield today, as Mark Halsey made three disastrous decisions that unjustly gifted all of the points to a poor Manchester United side.
As Anfield remembered the 96 fans that lost their lives in the Hillsborough disaster, Liverpool played with the kind of passion, verve, commitment and desire that the occasion demanded. In Halsey though, there was a referee who seemed to want to see anything but passion on show in this encounter. In 2001, we were promised an increase in consistency from officials as they would ‘sit down together and watch videos of incidence which have caused controversy.’ If they are to sit and watch a video of the controversial referring moments in this match then their meeting may last quite some time.