At last something tangible when it comes to Anfield, do owners deserve praise?

Liverpool Anfield Road Paisley Gateway

It's not just the football club they'll be improving, but the area around it.

After around 15 years of talking about it, it seems as though there is actually some tangible progress with the future of Liverpool Football Club’s home.

Images circulated the internet yesterday showing that houses behind the main stand being demolished as the club prepares to expand the ground having submitted their latest plans to the city’s council.

From a footballing and commercial point of view, it’s great news for the club as they will be in a better place to compete with the likes of Arsenal and Manchester United on that particular front – whilst some will be glad to see more opportunities potentially opened up for the latest generation of Liverpool fans to have the opportunity to see their side play on a more regular basis.

But there is now an end to the uncertainty for a part of Liverpool that has been run down over the years, the uncertainty hasn’t helped as very little work has been able to get underway in regeneration that part of the city, as Liverpool’s stadium was always earmarked as the centre-piece.

Some have doubted whether it would actually happen, especially given the previous owners' promise of a spade in the ground within 60 days when Tom Hicks and George Gillett arrived at the club in February 2007, as they outlined plans for a new stadium in Stanley Park. 

Not a lot has been said by the current owners, only when they have had something to say. There has been very little promise from those at Fenway Sports Group but there appears to be some tangible progress.

Of course, it isn't just the football club involved here, but those living in the area surrounding Anfield, as work to improve their surroundings has been halted. One would hope that following recent developments, that some progress can really get underway following it. 

It may be late but some praise must be given to the current owners. Some won't believe it until the work is finished and a tangible result is there before them. Tom Werner said it would be their legacy for the football club, but more importantly it is their legacy for the area. That's one thing that surely must be followed through. 

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