LIVERPOOL DIRECTLY TO EUROPA LEAGUE GROUP STAGES, THANKS TO ARSENAL
Arsenal’s FA Cup final thrashing of Aston Villa, ensured that Liverpool’s season certainly won’t be starting in July. While the Reds finished the league in sixth, the team were at a risk of having to play the qualifiers for Europe’s second tier tournament.
Expansion Plans Unaffected
The early start to the season would have also affected Liverpool’s Anfield stadium expansion plans. Yet, all this has been avoided after Aston Villa failed to win against Arsenal.
The result also meant that Southampton would now be playing in the tournament, rather than the defeated FA Cup finalists. Meanwhile, West Ham were also on the benefiting side as the team were awarded a qualifying spot in the tournament as they topped the UEFA Fair Play League.
Anfield’s 1st phase of expansion is set to be complete by the start of the 2016/17 season, which will see the total capacity grow to 54,000. The directors have also planned for a second phase of expansion, which is set to further increase the capacity to 59,000. The new expansion will also see the addition of new VIP seating facilities and an overall upgrade, which is projected to boost the match-day revenue of the team.
The Reds are currently on a break, with the team returning to action only around mid-July. Officially, Liverpool’s new Premier League campaign will begin in the second week of August.