Educators considered dropping the sport despite its popularity on campuses, and United States president Theodore Roosevelt, an ardent advocate of strenuous sports, declared that the game must be made safer.

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There will be pomp and ceremony tomorrow when Fenway Sports Group principal owner John W Henry, chairman Tom Werner and president Mike Gordon attend the official opening of the new stand, which has added 8,500 additional seats to Anfield to create a capacity now in excess of 54,000.

It is a magnificent structure, one which dominates the Merseyside skyline, and the all-seater stand will be one of the biggest in Europe, housing 20,500 supporters.

Classical literature contains detailed accounts of the game, including its rougher elements, such as ferocious tackling.

Most modern versions of football originated in England, where a form of the game was known in the 12th century.

For those dignitaries invited into the inner-sanctum - although perhaps not Leicester City officials given the Premier League trophy is back at the King Power - those souvenirs will serve as a reminder of the Merseyside club's status.

Liverpool, on the other hand, will see them as a sign their remains work still to do.

FSG and Klopp, whose squad trained at Anfield this evening so they would not be 'wasting energy' on Saturday becoming accustomed to their new surroundings, must continue pushing."The day before yesterday was my first day in Anfield since the Chelsea game (last season) and it is really, really impressive what they did there," said Klopp, who saw the 'This Is Anfield' sign pride of place in the new tunnel. I have no idea how somebody could do something like this but, when you stand in front of it, it really is amazing."This is a good place, a good opponent, the champions are coming, but it is another season.

"It is our first home game and with 8,000 more supporters in the stadium.

One of the reasons David Moores sold the club to the American duo in the first place was because redeveloping Anfield was not an option and funding a new ground himself represented too big a commitment.

Liverpool City Council would not countenance compulsory purchase orders on the nearby houses, the acquisition of which were needed for the scheme to go ahead.

In 1880 Yale coach Walter Camp set the number at 11 players.