Jurgen Klopp has backed Liverpool’s American owners Fenway Sports Group after it was announced that they were investing a fresh £60million into the club, in the latest instalment of their long-term plan
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has defended the club’s owners Fenway Sports Group as plans were announced for a further £60million injection to expand Anfield.
FSG came under some criticism over the summer as Liverpool spent considerably less than their expected title competitors, with Ibrahima Konate being the only signing made by the German.
However, Liverpool are preparing for the long-term, and their summer business solely focused on new deals for current stars as players such as Trent Alexander-Arnold, Jordan Henderson, Alisson, Fabinho, Andy Robertson and Virgil van Dijk all commited their futures to the club.
This long-term goal has been echoed with news that their Anfield Road stand will be expanded, and Klopp is excited for the future of Liverpool.
It was announced on Wednesday that Liverpool will be expanding their Anfield Road stand to cater for 7,000 more spectators, which will take the stadium’s overall capacity to 61,000 – the third-highest in the Premier League behind Manchester United and Tottenham.
The construction will cost FSG £60m and is the latest injection into their long-term future with the club after already expanding Anfield’s Main Road stand, before creating a whole new training complex, ending their stay at Melwood.
Klopp revealed his excitement about the news and defended FSG as he said: “From time to time our owners get some criticism for this or that, but we should really not forget that they gave us more space already and now another 7,000.
“That is great news for the club for the future. Giving 7,000 more people the opportunity to watch this wonderful team playing football is great and it will look good as well, how we saw with the last stand we built. It’s good, it’s really good, very exciting.”
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The expanded Anfield Road stand should be completed ready to begin the 2023/24 season, and the extra 7,000 seats will mean that Liverpool’s owners would have increased the iconic stadium’s capacity by 15,000 over the course of their tenure.
News that the stadium should be ready for just two seasons time has excited Klopp even more, and he revealed to LiverpoolFC.com : “I am [excited] and I really hope they will finish it in time. What did they say? 2023-24? I really will kick their butts that they will be ready for that moment.
“Next we have a nice event – the ground breaking. I will be there, that’s a nice moment but a much nicer moment is when it’s then finished.
“There’s some work to do in between but what I really like about the club is that we really work on the future, these kind of things.”
There has been speculation that Klopp could step down from the Liverpool job at some point in the near future, but fans will be hoping that the German’s recent comments are a good sign that he isn’t planning on leaving a revamped Anfield anytime soon.
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