Liverpool have announced the opening of their new £50million training ground in Kirkby – and Jurgen Klopp could not be happier.
The facility includes three full-size pitches, two gyms, a full-size sports hall, pool and specialist sports rehabilitation suites.
The venue, which will bring the first and under-23 teams together, earned praise from Reds boss Klopp.
“It’s essential, it’s absolutely important,” Klopp told the club’s official website.
“Look, I’m the kind of coach who wants to be really connected with these boys. I want to know about them and I want to see them. I also want to give the other coaches the opportunity to watch our training.
“It’s not a problem at all. We don’t have secrets in the club so whoever wants to watch a session of the first team can do that.
“That’s one thing. The other thing is that we can watch sessions as well because we are eight, nine, 10, 11 hours a day at Melwood. Or now at Kirkby.
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“There’s a lot of things to do but there is of course spare time as well. And in this time I would love to watch a session of the U12s, 13s, 14s, 15s, stuff like this. Just to know more about these boys. Hopefully some of them I will meet them in first-team training and all these things.
“It will help the process, it will improve the process, massively. The relationship with the Academy, it will be as close as ever and that’s really good.”
Liverpool time capsule
A time capsule has been buried outside the visitors’ entrance to the new facility, and is intended to be opened in 50 years’ time.
The capsule includes shirts, programmes, a special tribute to the victims of the Hillsborough disaster, and a pair of Klopp’s glasses.
Liverpool managing director Andy Hughes said: “We started this project over two years ago, marking a significant milestone in the history of this great football club.
“After saying a fond farewell to Melwood last week, we are excited to be start a new era at the club. This brings our first team and academy operations and facilities together on one site for the first time in history.”