Football club hires former Olympics project manager and submits plans for Anfield extension

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Liverpool Football Club has hired former London 2012 Olympics project manager Tom Doyle to oversee the £150m expansion of its Anfield stadium home.

Liverpool confirmed the hire as it submitted plans to Liverpool City Council to extend Anfield by 13,300 seats to 58,800.

The plans, designed by architect KSS, include a first phase adding 8,500 seats to the main stand to bring Anfield’s total capacity to 54,000; a two storey podium containing the club’s memorial to the people that died in the Hillsborough disaster; and a wide public concourse linking the stadium to the local area.

Under the second phase of the scheme, the Anfield Road stand would be expanded by 4,800 seats, taking the total capacity to 58,800.

If planning consent is granted, construction work on the proposed Main Stand could begin early next year and it could be complete in time for the 2016-17 season.