City council approves Liverpool stadium move

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LONDON, Nov 7 (Reuters) Liverpool's plans to leave Anfield and move to a new 60,000-seat stadium were given the green light by city authorities a council spokesman said.

He said Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Hazel Blears now had to give final approval, with the Premier League club then having three years to build the 6.2 million dollars Stanley Park stadium.

The plans include retaining the Premier League club's landmark steeply-banked Kop end as an integral part of the design.

Moving from the club's spiritual Anfield home is an emotive subject for fans of the five-times European champions, but chief executive Rick Parry has said yesterday the new Kop end would become the ''heartbeat'' of the four-sided stadium.

Liverpool's current Anfield capacity of 45,000 puts them at a disadvantage to the likes of Manchester United (76,000) and Arsenal (60,000).

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