Liverpool FC, UK

Liverpool FC, UK
Liverpool FC, UK
Liverpool FC, UK
Liverpool FC, UK

“We couldn't get the pitch stable. (…) We visited a number of stadiums that have Desso GrassMaster pitches and all of them had a very stable grass pitch.”
Jud Poynton, Stadium Manager Liverpool FC

20 million artificial grass fibres for Anfield Stadium of Liverpool FC

During the season 1997-1998, Liverpool FC experienced a lot of problems with its pitch at Anfield Stadium. Jud Poynton, Stadium Manager at Liverpool FC says: "We couldn't get the pitch stable. There were large clumps of grass coming up and the pitch was deteriorating fast. The root zone was not going deep enough to give the grass the necessary strength."

Stands are getting bigger and bigger

Liverpool reconstructed its pitch in 1998 and put in a new drainage and irrigation system. However, the new natural grass pitch did not live up to expectations. Before the 1999-2000 season the pitch was renewed again, but to no avail.

"We can get grass to grow in England", Poynton says. "Obviously there is enough moisture and rain, knowing the kind of weather and in normal circumstances there is enough light. The problem is that the stands have got bigger and bigger which reduces daylight and gives more shade in certain areas. It also reduces ventilation. These factors have contributed to the pitch's struggle to grow grass and get an effective root zone.”

Stability throughout the entire pitch

"When it failed in the winter of 1999-2000 I, together with the Chief Executive, decided we had to look at the Desso GrassMaster system", says Poynton. "We visited a number of stadiums that have Desso GrassMaster pitches and all of them had a very stable grass pitch. This is the main reason we went for it and I have to say it has proven successful so far."

The system consists of 20 million artificial grass fibres, injected about 20 cm deep into the natural grass pitch by a special machine. During the growing process, the natural grass roots intertwine with the artificial fibres. The 3 % artificial grass fibres anchor the total pitch. Poynton: "We injected more fibres down the wings and it has proven very beneficial at this moment in time."

One of the best pitches in Premier League

The Anfield pitch is now considered one of the best pitches in the English Football League. Poynton: “Quite a few clubs have visited us to look at the pitch and were very enthusiastic." And what was the reaction of the players? Poynton: "The players showed no adverse reaction and I can assure you that if there is anything wrong with a playing surface, the players and football management would let us know immediately."

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