Liverpool have started the expansion of their Anfield Stadium roof with 650-tonne of roofing sheets to be spread over roof their new main stand, Reds CEO Ian Ayre confirmed on Friday.

Work is due to be completed in time for the 2016/2017 season.

The roof truss will be raised onto two 28m high towers at either side of the Main Stand and the procedure was scheduled to take a full day to complete following months of detailed planning.

The overall expansion work when completed will add around 8,500 seats to Anfield, taking the three-tier Main Stand capacity to over 20,000 and increasing the overall capacity of the iconic Stadium to around 54,000.

“This is an historic milestone in Anfield’s history as the stadium transformation continues to take shape,” Ayre said.

“We embarked on this significant expansion project just seven months ago and today we are lifting the main stand’s new truss and marking another incredible chapter in the club’s history.

“We are proud to be able to call Anfield our spiritual home and this is a redevelopment that gives us a fantastic opportunity to ensure that all the rich history and traditions that make this stadium so special can continue for many years to come.”

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