The new Liverpool training ground is officially open and the state-of-the-art £50m AXA training center housed its first session.
The Reds had earlier commemorated the inauguration of the world-class facility at Kirkby and Jurgen Klopp was on hand to watch his team train at the center for the first time.
H e gave a brief speech before getting into action, although he had to oversee just a fraction of his squad, as majority of his players are still away on international duty.
Key players who partook in the session included vice-captain James Milner, goalkeeper Adrian, Divock Origi, and Joel Matip, while youngsters like Luis Longstaff were also afforded an opportunity to train with the first team.
Klopp was in constant communication with his coaching staff and he could be seen placing an emphasis on the training of his available defenders, considering the current injury crisis in the Liverpool defence.
A key feature of the new Liverpool training ground is that unlike its predecessor, it will house both the senior and Under-23 sides in the same facility, giving Klopp a bird’s eye view of the youngsters training, while it would also afford the youth players a chance of seeing their more established colleagues in action.
The Premier League champions had initially trained at the Melwood Training Ground and this served as Liverpool’s base for almost 50 years until the move to the new facility.
The new Liverpool training ground comes with better features, spread around a 9200 sqm area and brings along a combined training facility for the first team and the U23s. Besides, it boasts three full-scale football pitches with attached warm-up and goalkeeping zones.
The indoor facilities of the training center comes along with two gyms, a full-size sports hall, a swimming pool, a hydrotherapy complex, and dedicated sports rehabilitation suites. Along with these facilities, the players and support staff will get treated with dedicated TV studios, office space, and press conference facilities.
Speaking on the move to the new center, Liverpool’s assistant manager Pep Ljinders said:
”Icons, family, history… it all came together at Melwood.
“It was an impressive place because of its history. There, new teams were born, new strategies devised and youth transformed into icons.
“I have to say, it gives me great satisfaction that we are leaving Melwood with this current team with the league title and the Champions League won in the last two seasons, with advanced players and with a squad that has more passion and ambition than any other.
“We are ready for this step, we are ready for the future.
“For me, people make the place, so we take Melwood with us, it’s in us. Every new Liverpool generation represents the past, wherever we are; the thoughts and the extreme will to be successful.
Liverpool have been on an upward trajectory in recent years, culminating in their Premier League title triumph and this move serves as the latest indication that the club is headed in the right direction.
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