Liverpool Football Club (LFC) has selected British construction group Carillion as the preferred bidder for the expansion of Anfield stadium.

The expansion programme, which is likely to cost £75m, will add 8,300 seats to to the main stand, increasing its capacity to 54,000.

The stadium is located in Liverpool, England, and is currently the seventh largest stadium in the country.

Following the expansion, Anfield stadium will be the third largest ground in England after Old Trafford which has a capacity of 75,731 and Emirates Stadium with more than 60,000 seats.

The project will also include improvements to the surrounding public realms but they will not affect the statue of Liverpool’s Scottish manager Bill Shankly.

"Improvements to the surrounding public realms…will not affect the statue of Liverpool’s Scottish manager Bill Shankly."

Carillion was quoted by Express & Star as saying that it will involve an innovative programme to reduce the impact of the construction work, by keeping as much as possible of the existing main stand in use throughout the process.

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Carillion CEO Richard Howson said that being selected for this prestigious project reflects Carillion’s reputation for high standards of quality, health and safety and sustainability.

"We look forward to working closely with Liverpool Football Club to create new world-class facilities at its famous Anfield Stadium," Howson said.

The project, which is awaiting planning permission, is likely to start this year and take approximately 20 months to complete.

Image: Anfield football stadium in Liverpool, England. Photo: courtesy of Ivan PC / BaldBoris.