Among the most famous grounds in the world, Anfield is not to be missed.
This ground is most well known for it’s atmosphere and the famous « Kop » which holds more than 12 000 « Scousers » (the name given to the people of Liverpool). Gérard Houiller, ex manager of Liverpool states: « Anfield is fantastic and the supporters are the best in the world! They love their team, but more than anything beautiful football … ». A feeling that is shared by Grégoire Margotton, journalist at Canal+, « The stadium in itself isn’t very impressive, but very human. When you get inside you can feel that something will happen and that there is history … And when the singing starts, it’s incredible! »
Outside of the ground, the references to the past are numerous. Apart from the memorial to the 96 victims of the Hillsborough tragedy, a huge gate called « Shankly Gates » pays homage to one of the clubs greatest managers, Bill Shankly. The inscription and club motto « You ‘ll never walk alone » can be seen above the gates.
But, soon Anfield will make way for a new ground: the Stanley Park Stadium. Even if the project has been delayed, it could be finalised by 2012. More than 70 000 places are planned, only a few metres away from Anfield…