Tom Hicks laments failed new Liverpool stadium that would have been ‘best in the world’

Former co-owner Tom Hicks has bemoaned Liverpool’s failure to move into a new stadium.

The Reds spent much of the early 2000s attempting to move out of Anfield and into a brand new ground.

They were given planing permission in 2004 to erected a stadium 300 yards away from Anfield in Stanley Park, with the club granted a 999-year lease of the land by Liverpool

City Council two years later.

In 2007, Americans Hicks and George Gillett bought the Reds and proposed a redesign to the plans – which was accepted by the council.

The Stanley Park Stadium, as it was due to be known, remained on the horizon throughout Hicks and Gillett’s tenure but the economic crisis and recession forced delays, before the club suffered their own financial woes.

A computer generated artist impression of the new Liverpool Stadium
(Image: PA)

John Henry and his Fenway Sport Group purchased the club from their fellow Americans and decided to redevelop Anfield instead – after the baseball guru experienced the famous Kop atmosphere.

Liverpool have since spent around £260million on improving Anfield, increasing the capacity in the Main Stand, boosting the club superstore and match day experience enhancements – with the Anfield Road End next on the list.

But Hicks has revealed that he is disappointed the new owners didn’t end up building the new stadium

Tom Hicks wanted to move out of Anfield
(Image: PA)

“No, I don’t blame them [FSG], I blame RBS,” Hicks told Sky Sports.

“They haven’t built the stadium, I know they’ve added to the capacity at Anfield but I still feel there was a great opportunity to build a stadium but as I said before it’s all about winning and over the last two years people have to be very happy with them.”

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Hicks added about Henry: “Lucky John Henry! He finally got a good manager, and I don’t care if it’s football, hockey or anything else, you’ve got to have good leadership.

“Obviously Klopp is a great manager, the last two years especially Liverpool have been impressive. I know they had some poor managers before Klopp, the fans loved Rafa Benitez when we bought the club, they turned on Rafa later when he wasn’t winning because it’s all about winning.”

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