Anfield’s £115m main stand to take centre stage… but Liverpool must deliver on the pitch

It used to be on the first floor of the Main Stand, silverware lining cabinet after cabinet, but has been sacrificed in the pursuit of progress during Anfield’s £115m rebuild.

Instead, a concourse for supporters now runs through where the spoils from yesteryear were on display with much of the contents having been rehoused in the boardroom.

For those dignitaries invited into the inner-sanctum – although perhaps not Leicester City officials given the Premier League trophy is back at the King Power – those souvenirs will serve as a reminder of the Merseyside club’s status.

Liverpool, on the other hand, will see them as a sign their remains work still to do. There will be pomp and ceremony tomorrow when Fenway Sports Group principal owner John W Henry, chairman Tom Werner and president Mike Gordon attend the official opening of the new stand, which has added 8,500 additional seats to Anfield to create a capacity now in excess of 54,000.

It is a magnificent structure, one which dominates the Merseyside skyline, and the all-seater stand will be one of the biggest in Europe, housing 20,500 supporters. When Claudio Ranieri’s side arrive on Saturday, they will play in front of Anfield’s biggest crowd since the final day of the 1976-77 season when just over 55,500 watched Liverpool secure the First Division title with a goalless stalemate against West Ham.

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