Liverpool welcome Burnley to Anfield this Saturday, with the Reds looking to get back to winning ways after their recent defeat to Arsenal. Away from the match, Liverpool executives will be hoping to reach another milestone in the Anfield Road expansion, with another section of the updated stand ready to open to the public.
The last major milestone came on December 17th, when part of the upper tier was opened to fans for the first time. That led to a record crowd of 57,000, with all subsequent home games seeing similar crowd figures.
This weekend, however, another section of the stand - housing the hospitality at the front of the upper tier - will be open, meaning a crowd of 60,000 plus is expected. Further work remains to finish the final rows at the back of the upper tier, as well as the new away section, which will take Anfield's overall capacity to 61,000.
For now, however, officials are confident the club will set a new league attendance record, though we will have to wait until official figures are released after the match.
League Record to be re-written...
The current record attendance for a league match at Anfield is 58,757, which was set in December 1949, when Chelsea were the visitors.
Liverpool have been inching closer to this record over the last few weeks, but this weekend should see the record broken.
The current record attendance for any competition was set in February 1952, when 61,905 people crowded into Anfield, for an FA Cup Fifth Round match against Wolverhampton Wanderers. That record is likely to stand for a few years yet, with the completion of the £100million Anfield Road expansion, signaling the end of the current phase of infrastructure work at Anfield.
There has been talk of further updates to the stadium, including enlarging The Kop at some point in the future, but for now, fans will just be happy to see the stadium work finished.
Check back with LFC - Back On Our Perch on Saturday to see if the record is broken.
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