"Yeah, Del Boy, I've kept this same mop for 20 years. It's only had 17 new heads and 5 new handles".
1992 - Centenary Stand Constructed
1994 - Spion Kop Replaced
1998 - Anny Road Redeveloped
"Well, how can it be the same mop then, Trigger?"
Anfield is not the Anfield of the 70s or the 80s.
Don't get me wrong. I have been a Liverpool supporter for 30 years, have laughed and cried with the ups and downs of the club, and have paid homage to the greats that have played on the 700m2 piece of land we call Anfield.
But those self same greats have also played elsewhere. Rome, Barcelona and Madrid have all been great stages for the likes of Keegan, Dalglish, Rush and Owen. Why then are we horrified about a brand new, purpose built stadium 300 metres away from our current home.
When the Millennium Stadium opended in Cardiff, I was overawed by its size, its facilities, and most of all (as a civil engineer) by the innovation that meant an acoustic engineer had as much say in the design as the architects. It is a fantasic stage with a brilliant atmosphere. Imagine that as home, and imagine our opponents fear walking out into it.
I have as many memories at Anfield as anyone else and will cry with the rest when the stands are finally demolished. But we will still have the same 700m2 as somewhere quiet. Somewhere where we can relive those memories.
Where we have the new stadium is irrelevant. Be it on the current patch of land, or on Stanley Park. Anfield is not the same mop of the 70s or 80s.
The new stadium will still be Anfield. It will still be home.