Liverpool’s Anfield stadium welcomes highest league attendance

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Anfield welcomed its highest-ever attendance in a league fixture on Saturday, as Liverpool hosted fellow Premier League club Burnley. 

Some 59,896 supporters watched Liverpool win 3-1 following the phased opening of the expanded Anfield Road Stand.

Liverpool was originally given the green light to expand the capacity of Anfield to more than 61,000 back in 2021.

The club hit trouble with the stand redevelopment last year after the company leading the works, Buckingham Group Contracting, entered into administration.

As a result, the top tier remained closed for slightly longer than planned. In October, the club was forced to cancel tickets for the Merseyside derby against Everton due to the delay in the redevelopment.

Tickets had been sold for the fixture with the expectation that the upper tier would at least be partially open.

In December, Liverpool welcomed a crowd of more than 57,000 for the home match against Manchester United after receiving the green light to open a section of the upper tier of the Anfield Road Stand for the first time.

In a statement published over the weekend, Liverpool said that “excellent progress continues to be made on the development of the Anfield Road Stand as the club progresses towards reaching a full stadium capacity of around 61,000”.

Saturday’s attendance beat the club’s previous largest home league attendance of 58,757, which was set in December 1949 against Chelsea. However, it still falls shy of Anfield’s all-time record of 61,905 set in the FA Cup in February 1952 against Wolverhampton Wanderers.