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Liverpool co-owner Hicks insists stadium plans on-track

Liverpool co-owner Tom Hicks insists the club's boardroom rift won't delay new stadium plans.

Hicks has promised work on the club's new 60,000- seat stadium at Stanley Park will start in September and be open for matches in 2011.

He made his vow after Liverpool City Council last week granted planning permission for the new ground.

There are fears among Liverpool fans that the current impasse at board level between co-owners Hicks and George Gillett will cause a delay in the stadium being built.

But Hicks allayed those worries by saying: "Site work will start in September and actual construction in late October/early November, with completion in time for the season starting in August 2011."

Manager Rafa Benitez believes a new stadium is essential to Liverpool staying in the Big Four in the long term.

"I am concentrating on my team right now but it's clear it will be a massive help to Liverpool to have a bigger stadium," said the Spaniard. "To get larger crowds will help bring in money to sign top players."

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