Trip To Turf Moor

Liverpool will not be facing Burnley at Anfield on Saturday afternoon as the original fixture list dictated, instead the Reds are off to Turf Moor after a deal was agreed to switch the home and away ties due to the stadium redevelopment.

Images via
If, like me you haven't been keeping completely up to speed with the redevelopment, here's a quick run down.

The expansion of the Main Stand began in May 2016 and the project has seen an extra 8,500 seats added taking Anfield's total capacity up to approximately 54,000. The movement or expansion of Anfield has been a long time in the making, partly thanks to our disingenuous previous owners Hicks and Gillett with their "spade in the ground" nonsense but also thanks to a tough process of brokering a deal with the local council and homeowners.

In the end, it was agreed the expansion would go ahead. I don't get up to Liverpool and/or Anfield anywhere near as much as I would like as many of you know but I was up there in February doing surveys for my dissertation. Approaching the ground from Kirkdale was a powerful sight, the new structure looms over the rest of L4 and is a fitting addition to the famous ground.

See the video below for a brilliant aerial view of the new development.

The Hillsborough Memorial was also spotted being reinstalled this week and the club has announced that the public spaces outside the Main Stand will now be called 96 Avenue and Paisley Square.

What about Turf Moor?

Well, Anfield is an old ground as we all know, built and opened in 1884 but Burnley's home tops that having been opened in 1883. Like Liverpool, Burnley have remained at their ground ever since.

With a capacity of just over 21,000 Turf Moor seats considerably less than Anfield but the noise levels could fool many. The pitch at Anfield is one of the smallest in the league measuring 110 yards by 74 yards. Burnley's pitch is four yards longer but two yards narrower.

Brief Preview

If you follow me on Twitter you'll know by now that I'm trying to shake things up on the blog slightly. With two jobs held down now I can't always guarantee an in depth match preview or even a post at all so touching upon whats "in the news" at LFC may become a bit of a thing.

Injury news for this fixture though sees Daniel Sturridge and James Milner potentially return to action. There is some bad news though as Sadio Mane remains doubtful after going to hospital for treatment on a shoulder injury that he picked up in training, he is doubtful to start Saturday's game.

For Burnley, they cannot field Jon Flanagan against his parent club and Ashley Barnes has a hamstring injury. New signing Steven Defour is expected to make his debut.

I've put us down for a 3-1 in the work's predictor league and I'm feeling pretty confident after a strong performance against Arsenal despite conceding three.

Enjoy the match folks, wherever you are watching!