Liverpool could cut back on their planned expansion of Anfield over fears the 55,000 capacity once phase one is complete will not sell out if the club misses out on Champions League football.
The club believes the expansion of the Main Stand, which features extended corporate facilities, is the most important aspect of the Anfield redevelopment and it will wait to extend the Anfield Road stand because it is unsure if it will sell out with the expanded capacity.
With building work close to beginning on the Main Stand that will take the Anfield capacity to 55,000, thoughts will soon start to turn to the expansion of the Anfield Road end, but the building of this stand is by no means 100% certain.
The owners will look to see whether there are compelling financial benefits to carrying out this build. The second phase of work is not dependant on the club remaining in the Champions League every season, but on whether or not the club sells out a 55,000 stadium once the Main Stand is completed.
The move would make financial sense for the club, which is also reportedly considering moving the tunnel to the halfway line and will ask the Premier League to play the first game of the 2015/16 season away from home to allow work to be completed.
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