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On Saturday, 10 February, Liverpool played Burnley in a Premier League match at Anfield. The Reds ran out as 3-1 winners in a result that saw them return to the top of the league table. There was further cause for celebration, too, as the game saw an Anfield record attendance for a Premier League match, with 59,896 fans coming through the turnstiles.
The Anfield Road stand, the two-tiered end opposite the Kop, has been under renovation for some time now and although the project isn't fully complete, the sight of a near-full end will please the powers that be at the club.
Anfield record attendance: Partial re-opening of stand brings expansion project close to completion
Since the expansion of the Anfield Road Stand was greenlit in 2021, the project has faced several setbacks, so the partial re-opening of the stand against Man Utd was met with a huge sigh of relief back in December after the stand passed emergency and safety checks in the week leading up to the game.
With the stand opening further this past weekend against Burnley, there is renewed hope that the entire stand can be re-opened at some point before the current Premier League season ends, with the home game against Manchester City next month pencilled in as a potential date. If all goes to plan, then the Reds will walk out in front of 61,000 fans, making Anfield the fifth-largest stadium in England.
Anfield record attendances: Where match against Burnley ranks
Record attendance – 61,905
Anfield's largest-ever attendance came in an FA Cup fourth-round match against Wolves in 1952. Bob Paisley scored the winner, but the Reds were knocked out in the next round by Burnley.
Once the new Anfield Road Stand is complete, this record will still be safe as Anfield's new maximum capacity will be 61,000. However, it would be surprising if the club didn't look to expand the stadium further in the coming years, putting this 71-year record in jeopardy.
Record league attendance – 59,896
The 59,896 supporters that came through the gates at Anfield for the match against Burnley on Saturday, 10 February broke Liverpool's all-time league record, surpassing the previous record of 58,757 from a match against Chelsea in 1949. The Reds' previous Premier League record was 57,148 attendance for the 0-0 draw with Manchester United in December 2023.
Record European attendance – 55,104
Anfield is most famous for historic European nights but the club's record attendance in European competition is dwarfed by its domestic records, largely due to the more stringent safety measures imposed by UEFA. Liverpool's largest attendance in a European match came in a UEFA Cup match with Barcelona in 1976.
This record is expected to be broken when Liverpool play in the Europa League knockout stages in March 2024.