The games impacted by latest update in Anfield Road expansion delay

Liverpool are set to play out clashes against Everton, Arsenal and Manchester United in front of a reduced capacity Anfield, it has been confirmed.

On Thursday, CEO Billy Hogan announced the 'frustrating' news that delays to the Anfield Road project mean that the stand's upper tier will stay closed for home games throughout the remainder of 2023.

Estimates have suggested the Reds are losing out on around £750,000 per match due to the redevelopment work forcing the Reds to play in front of a reduced capacity crowd.

When finished the expansion will take Anfield's overall capacity to 61,000 – among the largest in the Premier League. However, while the project was originally supposed to be finished for the start of the 2023/24 campaign, delays brought on by original contractors, the Buckingham Group, filing for administration have meant that Liverpool have only had attendance figures of around 50,000 in their home fixtures so far this season.

That level of attendance is set to continue for the coming months, with some key fixtures on the horizon, but which games will be impacted by the news?

Liverpool's remaining fixtures in 2023

Here are the nine fixtures currently scheduled to be played at Anfield before the end of 2023:

  • Everton, October 21 (Premier League)
  • Toulouse, October 26 (Europa League)
  • Nottingham Forest, October 29 (Premier League)
  • Brentford, November 12 (Premier League)
  • LASK, November 30 (Europa League)
  • Fulham, December 2 (Premier League)
  • Manchester United, December 16 (Premier League)
  • Arsenal, December 23 (Premier League)
  • Newcastle, December 30 (Premier League)

It should be noted that should Liverpool progress past Bournemouth in the Carabao Cup on November 1, they could have more fixtures added to that list, with the quarter finals of the competition scheduled for the week commencing December 18.

In addition, CEO Hogan refused to commit to a specific target date for when the upper tier of the Anfield Road stand would finally be re-opened, meaning there could well be games in 2024 affected as well.

Hogan said: “Rayner Rowen [the new contractors] really needs the time to complete the information gathering before we commit to any new project timeline.

“There’s a lot of different, various factors that are going into this discussion and into this review, so many pieces of the jigsaw that we need to pull together so it’s just not possible at this point to put a new timeline in place. And, frankly, we don’t want to set the wrong expectation.

“So, we are continuing to work closely with all of those different stakeholders but ultimately we need to give them the time to gather all that information and come up with what is a realistic project completion programme. And we are certainly committed to keeping supporters up to date as much as we possibly can.”

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