Liverpool owner John Henry hasn’t taken long to settle into English football, and has hinted that Liverpool may well stay at Anfield, rather than build a new ground in adjacent Stanley Park.
Having now witnessed the unique atmosphere Liverpool fans can conjure up Henry said, “The Kop is unrivalled. The atmosphere, I was really surprised because we’ve heard so much about needing a new stadium.”
Liverpool had planned to build a new 60,000 seater stadium on the park next door to their existing ground, but with so many famous nights and memories in the old ground, and it’s intimidating atmosphere, Henry is rethinking the original proposals.
When he took over the Boston Red Sox, he also faced a similar situation, as Fenway Park was dated but a stadium of history and tradition.
In that instance he redeveloped the ground, rather than moving, and the team has won two World Series since.
Liverpool fans will be hoping a similar move would bring similar success.
“We were surprised at how beautiful Anfield was both viewing it as an empty stadium and then with the first game, added Henry.
“It would be hard to replicate that feeling anywhere else.”
Henry also explained the decision behind selling star player Fernando Torres for £50million, and buying both Carroll and Suarez for £57million.
“One of things that we talked about from the very beginning was how important it was that everyone was on the same page. No player is bigger than the club,” pointed out the American owner.
“We expect players to want to be here. If they don’t want to be part of Liverpool Football Club then we should do everything we can to facilitate them going elsewhere.”