Main Stand Unveiling

Special blog: Anfield's new Main Stand unveiled

Friday September 9 saw the official launch of the new, expanded Main Stand at Anfield ahead of the first home game of the season.

Scroll down to see the best photos, videos, quotes, social media posts and more as the redevelopment - which adds 8,500 more seats - was celebrated.

Key stories of the day

How Steven Gerard helped build the new Main Stand

No, that's not a typo.

This is a story you have to read - click the picture now.

The video below is well worth a few minutes of your time - two years, 8,500 extra seats and one majestic Main Stand...

Line of legends #mainstand #Anfield #lfclegends #lfc

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This is Anfield

The iconic sign is back in place at Anfield... Click here for photos and info.

Below are some great photos from today's unveiling. To view a full gallery, click here

Watch Tom Werner's full speech at today's event...

Infographic: The new Main Stand in numbers

Impressive, eh?

Click to enlarge...

Proud day- Opening of the new Main Stand #mainstand #lfc #anfield

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The view of my season ticket on the top level of the new Main Stand!

Ian Ayre, Linda Pizzuti, John W Henry, Jürgen Klopp, Tom Werner and Mike Gordon stand in front of the new Main Stand at Anfield as it is officially opened this morning.

The manager’s message to fans attending the game tomorrow?

“Be as loud as you can!”

LFC chairman Tom Werner...

“As we stand here in the shadow of this phenomenal new structure, it is easy to take in the scale of what has been achieved. For John, Linda, Mike and me, this project has been about understanding Liverpool Football Club to its core. Staying here at Anfield is critical to maintaining the special feeling that separates our club from equally illustrious rivals.”

Chief executive officer Ian Ayre is now addressing those in attendance at the stadium. He begins by thanking all of the key parties who have made the 'vision' of the Main Stand expansion a 'reality'.

“I’m really impressed. The result is absolutely fantastic. Stunning is the word.” – Roy Evans

Special guests are now arriving at Anfield for today’s event – including the likes of Sami Hyypia, Gary McAllister, Robbie Fowler, Margaret Aspinall, Jamie Carragher, Ian Rush and Kenny Dalglish.

Klopp's verdict…

“The first time I saw the new stand, I thought ‘Wow!’ I couldn’t imagine it would look like this after the Chelsea game [in May]. It’s really great and a big step for the club. Everybody who is there on Saturday can really look forward to it. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a stand like this. With the roof, I’m sure it’s good for the atmosphere.”

The manager and the owners have just been out on the pitch for a walk around, with principal owner John Henry and chairman Tom Werner soaking up the altered sights of the stadium.

We'll be hearing from them shortly.

Where it all started...

Here's a timely finding from the photo archive - a sketch of how the Main Stand looked in the late 19th century!

"It's amazing," says former Liverpool defender Phil Babb as our live show gets underway from Anfield. "I can't imagine what the noise is going to be like."

The transformation in pictures

Before taking a look at the stunning new stand, refresh your memory of how the work has progressed during the past two years with our chronological gallery here.

Tune in to Anfield

Watch a live show from Anfield today on LFCTV and LFCTV GO, with coverage beginning at 11am BST.

You can also tune in free on our official Facebook page - www.facebook.com/LiverpoolFC

Heading to #Anfield for main stand opening this morning!! @LFC @LFCTV 👏
At the corner of 96 Avenue and Paisley Square. @LFC #Anfield

The day began with official confirmation of the new Anfield capacity: 54,074

The wait is over...

Good morning and welcome to a very special Liverpoolfc.com blog as we bring you live updates from the official unveiling of the new, expanded Main Stand at Anfield.

Jürgen Klopp and the club's owners will be at the stadium today to take in the revamped surroundings, and we're there too to provide live footage, videos, photos, reaction and more.

Don't move a muscle.