Behind the scenes at Liverpool’s new training centre

As the Reds prepare to leave Melwood we get a closer look at the club’s new state-of-the-art training base at Kirkby…

The move to merge the first-team and youth academy is a major part of Jurgen Klopp and FSG’s long-term vision for the club and will take place during the November international break.

It spans 24 hectares (19 more than Melwood) and features seven grass pitches and three GrassMaster hybrid pitches, plus two goalkeeper areas, two indoor artificial pitches, paddle tennis and head tennis areas, swimming pool, a large indoor gym and TV facilities.

“As much as we love Melwood, it is probably ultimately not what you need,” former Liverpool chief Peter Moore told the Echo. “Particularly when you want to bring through your Academy players into the first team.

“And the success we are having with the Academy and players coming through, that makes it even more critical. The fact that they were a good 20 minutes drive from each other wasn’t ideal.

“Most of the clubs we compete against at the top level, that isn’t the case, so that is what we needed to do.”