Finally the new Main Stand has been completed. And what a stand it is. At Liverpool’s request, the Premier League allowed Liverpool to begin their 2013/14 campaign with three consecutive away games. This was so that the new stand could be satisfactorily completed.
I can well remember the opening of the new Centenary Stand (the old Kemlyn Road Stand) in 1992 and not being overly excited by the occasion. To me, stand is a stand. Nothing to get excited about really. So when the news gathered pace about the opening of the new Main Stand, there was still the recollection of the underwhelming feelings of the Centenary Stand grand baptism.
However, when Saturday 10th September 2016 arrived, quite rightly the main thoughts were focused on the visit of the surprise reigning Champions – Leicester City. But once arriving at the ground you could suddenly see what all the fuss was about.
The steps you can see in the photo above was modelled on the new Wembley apparently. The new structure certainly gave the whole area an uplift. It’s modern, stylish appearance is a welcoming feature when approaching the ground via Walton Breck Road.
An added attraction is the inclusion of Paisley Square. Immediately to the right of this photograph there is now a stage area where you can listen to live music and watch a giant screen video. Also, as expected there are plenty of fast food kiosks selling a variety of hot food. Adjacent to the food kiosks is the LFC TV studio. This is a strange looking building. In truth it looks like an old shipyard container with windows……
Liverpool 4, Leicester 1
As you can see from the scoreline, Liverpool did the new stand opening proud with a thumping 4-1 victory against the 2015/16 Champions. Liverpool dominated the game and scored some good goals. The game however will be just as well remembered though for Leicester’s goal. Goalkeeper Loris Karius took a short goal kick to Lucas Leiva to the left of the penalty area. Inexplicably, Lucas got himself into a tangle and while his legs were all over the place, he simply rolled the ball back across the face of the Liverpool goal, straight to Jamie Vardy. Vardy won’t score a simpler goal. To be fair it was the only sniff Leicester got, but at the time the goal made the score 2-1. So things may have got a bit more nervy, but thankfully Liverpool were so dominant it did not have a huge impact.
You can see highlights of Liverpool’s victory below. The new Main Stand was well and truly christened.