It has been a long time coming, but it looks as though they're getting somewhere when it comes to Liverpool's home.
There have been many false dawns it seems when it comes to a new or redeveloped stadium for Liverpool. Ever since the turn of the Millennium it has been talked about successive owners and hierarchies at the club. Something needed to change as the 45,000 seats that Anfield currently holds has been deemed inadequate.
The plans released earlier in the week are the first images that we have seen under the ownership of Fenway Sports Group. When they came in, they promised to do things rather than say things, and during that time they have been purchasing properties behind the Main Stand of the ground.
In the past 15 years or so we have two designs for a new stadium on Stanley Park. One which seemed to resemble the soulless bowl, and the other under the previous ownership of Tom Hicks and George Gillett which seemed to resemble a spaceship.
There were several broken promises on the latter, and is now only famous for being a painting in the background of an interview when Hicks was claiming an ‘epic swindle’ when FSG had purchased the club.
But this seems different. The pictures that were released two days ago of a new Main Stand within Anfield seems in keeping with the rest of the ground.
Some argue that the newer grounds in football don’t have the soul of the old. Though the stand is bigger, it fits in well with the rest of the ground. It’s important to the sentiment of Liverpool supporters that Anfield keeps its character.
For many years, the people that live in the area surrounding the ground have been left neglected as a stadium has been the centre of any proposed regeneration in the area. Whilst fans can be impressed with the designs, and hopeful that this time something tangible surrounding the Reds’ home will be seen within the next year or so, the area and the people who live there will finally see the improvement needed.
Whilst it’s good to see Liverpool with a plan to compete well off the field as well, it’s surrounding areas getting a boost is an important factor.
After years of let downs over the stadium, this time it feels a little different.