Jurgen Klopp stands by FSG as Liverpool owners commit to £60m investment

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Jurgen Klopp has accepted that Liverpool’s owners often come under scrutiny – but he insists their plan to spend £60million on increasing capacity in Anfield should be celebrated. The Reds confirmed earlier this week that an expansion plan for the Anfield Road Stand was in place.

An official ceremony has been planned for next week for work to start on the redevelopment.

Planning permission was commissioned by Liverpool City Council earlier in the summer, with 7,000 more seats to be added to the stand.

Anfield’s capacity will be increased to 61,000 by the time work is finished, which will make it the third-biggest stadium in the Premier League.

The overall cost of the expansion comes in at a whopping £60million, following the £100m cost to increase capacity in the Main Stand.

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FSG have also pumped in millions of pounds into the creation of the AXA Training Centre in Kirkby.

The Liverpool owners came under fire recently following their involvement in the failed European Super League breakaway plans.

And Klopp acknowledges that FSG aren’t always popular among supporters, but he believes their expansion plans for Anfield should be celebrated.

“From time to time our owners get some criticism for this or that, but we should really not forget that they gave us more space already and now another 7,000,” Klopp said.

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“That is great news for the club for the future. Giving 7,000 more people the opportunity to watch this wonderful team playing football is great.

“And it will look good as well, how we saw with the last stand we built. It’s good, it’s really good, very exciting.

“Have to wait for it – difficult – but now I know it will happen so I want to have it tomorrow actually.”

Liverpool turn their focus back on to the Premier League this weekend when they face Brentford on Saturday (5.30pm).

Klopp’s side are joint-leaders in the Premier League alongside Chelsea and Manchester United having only dropped two points through five games.

Chelsea though face a tough home match against defending Premier League champions Manchester City earlier in the day.

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