They say good things come to those who wait.

But it's not just the Liverpool fans, those largely locked out since March 2020, who have been asked to stand by of late.

The club themselves have also been made to bide their own time over Anfield's next significant step.

And by the time the Shankly Gates re-open permanently, the famous old ground will look a little bit different to how it did when 54,000 were last entertained inside it.

Tuesday was an important day for the club in their efforts to keep one of the most iconic settings in football at the cutting edge of it.

Make no mistake, Fenway Sports Group's challenge of keeping Liverpool as competitive as ever through use of a stadium that is entrenched, both figuratively and literally, in the heart of the Anfield community has been a sizable one.

The plan to move to an area that would offer more scope for stadium development has never really been allowed on the FSG agenda.

Uprooting is not an option when Liverpool are in possession of a worldwide support that has been raised on dewy-eyed tales of Anfield's mythical powers for decades.

To even contemplate new home would be sacrilege.

So expansion, rather than relocation, has always been at the forefront of FSG 's Anfield model.

A model that has already plundered £110m into its infrastructure and a further £50m at the all-new AXA Training Centre.

Buoyed by the success of the 2016 Main Stand opening, FSG have been exploring the option of further increasing the capacity for years.

The Anfield Road expansion has been in the pipeline for some time.

Three key areas were established by the club as boxes that needed ticking before they could proceed further towards their goal of a further 7,000 seats in the Anfield Road end.

Agreements from local residents, businesses and community groups were sought as Liverpool explored the various financial and economic models available to them.

At a cost of £60m, during a period when t he AXA Centre still under construction, Liverpool wanted to ensure their blueprint would not be at the mercy of too many variables outside of their control.

The club also needed to convince themselves that they would be able to execute a plan to bring the ambitious proposals to fruition.

The coronavirus pandemic, however, was an unforeseen issue that forced decisive, early action as far as Anfield Road hopes went.

As football across the continent was suspended and the world went into lockdown, Liverpool wasted little time.

A step backwards would need to be taken before two could go forward once more.

The project was placed on a 12-month pause on April 27 as the world continued to adapt and adjust to the new COVID-19 reality.

As a result of the decision to halt the operation, the earliest target date for completion was the summer of 2023, a year later than was first hoped when Liverpool officials told of their quiet confidence of a construction start date in December 2020.

Six months on from when it was initially hoped that a spade would be placed in the ground, Liverpool took a big stride forward.

The news that the club have been granted planning permission by a Liverpool Council committee has been viewed as massive inside Anfield.

Managing director, Andy Hughes, labelled it "a huge milestone" on Tuesday.

“This is a huge milestone in our journey towards bringing more supporters into Anfield," said Mr Hughes.

"We underwent a rigorous two-stage public consultation period during the planning process for this project and I would like to thank everyone who has offered a contribution to that.

“We have been clear from the beginning that this expansion would be based on our ability to successfully navigate the complex planning landscape; our ability to gain cooperation of local residents and the community; and our ability to ensure the project is financially viable.

“In what has been a very unpredictable year, we are seeking certainty in order to progress with this project and there are still some steps we need to take to get there.”

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The building process is an 18-month one, but while the grand expansion plans are far from an overnight project, Anfield will still look different the next time its doors are open to fans.

The news that Liverpool are one of five Premier League clubs to be given a 12-month trial of rail seating is seen as another progressive step forward by many.

A total of 7,800 seats will be installed with safety rails, with around 1,800 being positioned at the back of the Kop.

The remaining 6,000 will be in the lower tier of Anfield Road and comes following a recommendation from the Sports Grounds Safety Authority (SGSA).

The new-look rail seats will be in place in time for the new Premier League season when it is hoped supporters will be able to attend in greater numbers than at any time since March 2020.

On what was a significant day for Liverpool and their home ground, the additional news of the rail seating was merely the exclamation mark on the club's commitment towards the ongoing evolution of a true football cathedral.

The development project will take FSG spending on bricks and mortar on Merseyside to around the £220m mark and as far as Anfield's next stage goes, Tuesday was proof that good things are coming.

Now, the wait.