Liverpool FC's long-awaited plan to build a new ground has been extended for a little while after the club stated that a decision has yet to be made over the proposals.
The Premier League side has been assessing its options on whether to move away from its historic Anfield home to a larger stadium on nearby Stanley Park. The relocation is designed to allow Liverpool compete with the likes of Manchester United, Arsenal and European sides like Barcelona and Real Madrid in terms of revenue generated through the turnstiles. The city's council had given the club a deadline of July to finalise plans and decide whether they wanted to move or redevelop Anfield but a decision is still to be made.
Despite the continued stagnation on plans, the mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson said that he was "encouraged" by the recent talks but stressed that he would like a decision to be reached soon as to end years of uncertainty for local residents living in the Anfield area. It is believed that the club's owner John W Henry would prefer the side to remain at its current ground with the possibility of an expansion but has not ruled out a move to the Stanley Park project.
Mr Anderson said: "We are in regular meetings with Liverpool FC and we are working with the club. It's frustrating for the local residents, and they are my main concern. We are pushing for a speedy resolution to the issue of whether the club stays at Anfield or goes to Stanley Park, but we are encouraged by the discussions."
The topic of Liverpool's stadium has been a long-running issue with numerous proposals being floated such as a possible ground share with neighbours Everton.
With the club recently sacking previous manager Kenny Dalglish and replacing him with former Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers Liverpool looking to improve on their disappointing campaign last season where they finished eighth, 37 points behind eventual winners Manchester City.
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