Liverpool’s plans to build a new all-seater stadium have moved a step closer after the club secured European funding for the project.
The European Union Objective One grant of £9m will be spent on regenerating the area around the Stanley Park site where Liverpool hope to build a new 60,000 capacity stadium.
Liverpool were given the money after guaranteeing that the funding for the project is in place.
They can now claim £5m from Liverpool City Council and £8.9m from the Northwest Regional Development Agency.
Planning permission for the new ground was agreed provided Liverpool made made improvements to the area.
Liverpool chief executive Rick Parry said: “It’s another significant step forward in our plans for the building of a new stadium, which we have always seen as a catalyst for the regeneration of the whole area.”
Councillor Flo Clucas, chairman of the Objective One project selection sub-committee, added: “This is a major step forward for the people of Anfield.
“It will underpin substantial investment by other partners, whose commitment will help transform the neighbourhood.”