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Bomb specialists investigate an explosion in Anfield

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Roads in the Anfield area of Liverpool have been cordoned off by Police this morning after a minor explosion caused a car to catch fire.

Emergency services were called to the incident at around 3.45 am but the fire had extinguished itself by the time they reached the scene.

No-one was injured during the incident and no major damage was caused but explosives experts are at the scene to ensure the area is safe.

A full investigation into the incident is underway to establish the cause of this minor explosion.

Police expect the area to be closed for the next couple of hours.

Liverpool City Council agrees Anfield expansion plans

Liverpool City Council has approved plans to expand Anfield Stadium's capacity to around 54,000.

An artist's impression of the plans for Anfield Credit: LFC

The plans, which are still subject to conditions and legal agreement, would see 8,500 seats added to the Main Stand, and an extra 4,000 to the Anfield Road stand.

How the new Anfield would look inside Credit: LFC

Construction could begin on the main stand soon, and be completed by the 2016/17 season.

Liverpool FC’s Chief Executive Officer, Ian Ayre, said: “Today’s approval by the Planning Committee is another step on our journey which we embarked on nearly two years ago.

“We’ve received very positive support for our proposals during a public consultation exercise earlier this year and whilst we are delighted about the progress made today, there are still some steps that we need to navigate through in order to give us the certainty that we need to proceed with our expansion plans.”

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Liverpool's plan to increase Anfield ground

Liverpool's Anfield ground Credit: PA

Liverpool football club has submited a planning application to redevelop their stadium.

The Anfield main stand and Anfield Road stand will be enlarged.

It would boost the total capacity to 58 thousand.

The club expect the plan to go before the planning committee later this year.

The club crest would be on the front of the main stand and a carefully designed cloister would become the new home for the Hillsborough Memorial.

There would also be a wide public space to link the stadium and park which could be used by the local community, particularly on non-match days.

Construction could begin early next year and be completed for the 2016/17 season.

Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said: 'This is a hugely important part of our vision for Anfield – to create a thriving community in which people want to live, work and visit.

Hillsborough charity match ends 2-2

The Hillsborough charity match at Anfield has ended 2-2, after a last minute Robbie Fowler penalty levelled up the scores.

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Teams confirmed for Hillsborough charity match

The teams have been confirmed for the Hillsborough charity match at Anfield today, as a team of Liverpool local legends take on Reds legends from overseas.

Both sets of teams will wear the number '96' on their shirts.

Kop legends looking forward to Hillsborough charity game

Liverpool legends including Kenny Dalglish and Alan Kennedy say they're looking forward to pulling on the famous red shirt again, in memory of those who died at Hillsborough.

The Kop legends will take on a team of Liverpool's overseas players at Anfield.

Kenny Dalglish will manage the side which will feature the likes of Ronnie Whelan, Alan Kennedy, Jason McAteer and Roy Evans.

Margaret Aspinall, "we wanted to celebrate the 96"

Margaret Aspinall, chair of the HFSG Credit: PA

A cast of Liverpool legends are preparing to step out at Anfield once for in aid of the Hillsborough victims.

The 'Celebration of the 96' event, which has been planned by the Hillsborough Family Support Group (HFSG), with support from Liverpool FC, will include a 90-minute match between local Reds legends and international legends

Margaret Aspinall, chair of the HFSG, said: "We wanted to host an event to celebrate the lives of the 96 and give people the opportunity to come to Anfield for a fun afternoon.

We've decided to split the proceeds with LFC's Foundation, so it will not only support the families, but also support future generations within the Liverpool community.

It's great to see the current and former Liverpool players showing their support in numbers and I hope a lot of people will come along to join us on the day."

Kenny Dalglish who will lead the Liverpool side added:

"This is a great opportunity for the families and fans to come together at Anfield for a celebration in honour of the 96. Everyone here at Liverpool Football Club is behind this event and it is also great to see so many former players travelling in to make this a special day."

Legends step out at Anfield for Hillsborough victims

Kenny Dalglish to lead Reds legends Credit: PA

A special charity event involving players past and present will take place at Anfield on Easter Monday to celebrate the lives of the 96 Liverpool fans who died at Hillsborough.

The list of legends who will be playing for the Liverpool local team includes names like David James, Jamie Carragher, Gary McAllister, Ray Houghton, Ian Rush, Robbie Fowler, Steve McManaman, Peter Beardsley and John Barnes. They will be managed by Kenny Dalglish.

The Liverpool international team, which will be managed by Gerard Houllier, will include the likes of Luis Garcia, Markus Babbel, Jan Molby, Stephane Henchoz, Stig Inge Bjornebye, Dietmar Hamann and Vladimir Smicer.

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