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Tue 14 Oct 2008 01:37 AM

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Liverpool dismiss reports of scrapped stadium plan

Move from Anfield to new 70,000 stadium is delayed, not binned, says club.

Liverpool on Monday rubbished reports which claim they have scrapped plans to move to a new stadium and want to expand Anfield instead.

The Premier League club's recent admission that the worldwide credit crunch has forced them to delay construction of a new stadium on Stanley Park fuelled speculation that the project might be binned entirely.

Reds owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett are said to be struggling to raise the funds to finance a new ground, but a statement from the club on Liverpool's website insisted there was no change to their long-term goal.

"The story is completely wrong," a club spokesman said. "No-one has been asked to look at increasing the capacity of Anfield with a view to us staying at the present ground.

"Global market conditions may have delayed the project, but the club remains committed to building a new world class LFC stadium on the site in Stanley Park. Those plans have not changed."

Anfield's all-seater capacity is 45,362 while the new stadium is expected to hold around 25,000 more people.

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