Former captain Tommy Smith believes Liverpool can attract 75,000 fans to Anfield
Last Updated: October 15, 2012 12:51pm
Anfield: Liverpool have announced plans to redevelop their existing ground, rather than move to a new stadium
Former Liverpool captain Tommy Smith believes the Premier League club could attract up to 75,000 supporters after announcing plans to redevelop Anfield.
The Reds have shelved their scheme to move away from their home for the past 120 years to a new purpose-built stadium and will instead focus on improving their current ground.
Smith, who made over 450 appearances for the Merseyside outfit in the 60s and 70s, has welcomed the club's decision to stay at their spiritual home.
And he believes that there is the potential to attract even higher numbers than the anticipated increase in capacity of 60,000.
"Anfield is something that nobody else in this world has got."
Smith told Sky Sports News Radio: "Anfield is something that nobody else in this world has got.
"Any person that I have played with, or any person I know, says that it is not a good idea building another ground elsewhere.
"Anfield is a place that as soon as you get there it is about football.
"I honestly think that they could get to 75,000. Don't forget that it is Liverpool. If you look at playing at Anfield against big teams in Europe it is crowded to the last person.
"I'm absolutely made up that they are going to have 60 or perhaps 70,000."
Listen to this interview on the Sky Sports News Radio player at www.skysports.com/radio