After more than 70 years at Melwood, Liverpool are set to move to a brand new £50m training facility in Kirkby next month.
Featuring a shed load of impressive features, more information about the site has been published recently.
As per the club’s official website, the facility will be known as the AXA Training Centre – further strengthening the company’s ties with the club.
Here is everything we know about the Reds’ new home so far.
The Reds were scheduled to begin training at the facility in June. However, that date was pushed back indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Fortunately, following a relaxation of government rules in the summer, work started up again and Liverpool are now set to move in during mid to late November.
The facilities will not only house the first team, but also the club’s various youth sides.
As you might expect from a club as big as Liverpool, no expense has been spared at the AXA Training Centre.
The new 9,200sqm facility boasts three full-size pitches as well as separate goalkeeping and warm up areas. There are also a shed load of indoor amenities, including: two gyms, a sports hall, pool, hydrotherapy complex and specialist sports rehabilitation suites.
Meanwhile, Jurgen Klopp will be moving into a swanky new manager’s office. It looks very spacious and also possesses a balcony overlooking all three pitches.
We wouldn’t be a very good football website if we didn’t mention the state of the art media facilities as well.
Architects KSS are the brains behind the project but key figures at Liverpool were also consulted about the facility’s design.
Red Bull Salzburg’s training centre is said to have been an inspiration. Also, according to the Liverpool Echo, Klopp has insisted that youth team players have a separate entrance to the first team so as not to blunt their motivation.
Thomas Buberl, chief executive officer of AXA, said: “We are extremely excited and proud by this landmark step in our partnership with Liverpool Football Club.
“The AXA Training Centre is a world-class facility that will forge a pathway of improvement, progress and success throughout the club’s first team and development squads. This culture and belief truly complement our values of helping people to go further through our tagline: ‘Know You Can’.”
The Reds’ CEO Billy Hogan echoed these sentiments, stating: “The expansion of AXA’s partnership to include the naming rights of the club’s new Training Centre makes perfect sense.”
“We have already seen their emphasis on driving health, wellbeing, confidence and self-belief, and so deepening their relationship in the field of training makes this partnership a great fit.
“We’re pleased to have AXA on board as we start this new chapter at the club and are proud to expand our relationship with a brand that shares our common values and aspirations both on and off the pitch.”