Henry: Liverpool stadium move may be inevitable

Liverpool’s principal owner has acknowledged that the English

Premier League club may have to leave Anfield for a new

stadium.

John Henry’s Fenway Sports Group has been considering stadium

options since buying the club in October.

Responding to a fan urging him to keep Liverpool at its home of

119 years, Henry said on Twitter that a move may be inevitable.

Henry wrote: ”Anfield would certainly be our first choice. But

realities may dictate otherwise. So many obstacles.”

Situated in a working-class neighborhood, Anfield is hemmed in

by terraced residential housing, making any expansion extremely

difficult and costly. The alternative is to build a new ground in

nearby Stanley Park, which separates Anfield from Everton’s

Goodison Park stadium.

Anfield has a maximum capacity of 45,000 meaning that Manchester

United and Arsenal raise far more revenue from tickets and other

match-day revenue from their bigger stadiums. That in turn gives

them greater financial muscle to attract top players on high

salaries.

At 76,000, United’s Old Trafford is the largest stadium in the

Premier League. Arsenal moved to its 60,000-seat Emirates Stadium

in 2006.

United and Arsenal have won 16 English championships between

them since Liverpool’s last title in 1990.