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Dec 17, 2007

Liverpool rethink Stanley Park stadium plans

LONDON, Dec 17 (Reuters) - Liverpool's new stadium in Stanley Park will not be 'as dramatic' as first planned, the Premier League club said on Monday.

The five-times European champions unveiled plans in July for a futuristic 70,000-seater home, complete with an 18,000 single-tier Kop to replicate the famous end at their existing Anfield stadium.

Chief executive Rick Parry said two new schemes were now being considered but told fans it would still be a 70,000-seater arena and that the Kop would be retained.

"The new stadium will be a significant improvement on the original plans," Parry said on the club's website.

"It will be a massive improvement on where we were 12 months ago, if not quite as dramatic as the plans unveiled in the summer.

"The single-tier Kop remains fundamental to the design and we are not expecting any delays, it should be on schedule for 2011."

Liverpool were given the green light for a revised version of the original 300 million pounds ($603.5 million) plan by city authorities in November, with work scheduled to start early next year.

Stanley Park is a few hundred metres from Anfield.

Liverpool's Anfield capacity of 45,000 puts them at a disadvantage to the likes of Manchester United (76,000) and Arsenal (60,000).