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Liverpool fans react as club confirm move to Kirkby training complex

According to reports from club officials, Liverpool have earmarked November’s international break as the time the Reds will move into their new state-of-the-art training facility in Kirkby which has been confirmed as the AXA Training Centre.

A renewed agreement will see AXA expand its original training kit sponsorship to one focused more holistically on training as a whole with the finishing touches being finalised ahead of the move next month.

The Premier League champions were originally pencilled in to make the switch from their Melwood base in July as Liverpool look to move training sites for the first time since the 1950s.

However, construction on Liverpool’s new £50 million home were halted as a result of the ongoing pandemic shortly after the suspension of football was confirmed announced back in March.

The ECHO report that contractors McLaughlin and Harvey were forced to put their work on halt as a result of the virus until it was deemed safe enough for a smaller workforce to return to construction once Government guidelines declared it safe to do so.

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Liverpool were given a 12-month period to remain at Melwood, which has been bought by Torus Housing Trust last year in a deal worth £10 million.

With that said, Liverpool had maintained discretion until the work is officially complete and it is now understood that next month will see the Reds finally make the switch.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 15: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Jurgen Klopp manager of Liverpool during a training session at Melwood Training Ground on October 15, 2020 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Liverpool are yet to confirm a date although The ECHO report that the move is likely to take place while first-team players are away on international duty during mid-November.

Klopp has maintained a desire to link-up the first team and academy set-up together to enable the boss to oversee all aspects of the club without having to travel in between separate training complexes.

The new base is reported to be 9,200 square meter facility that will house both first-team star’s as well as the club’s up-and-coming breakout Academy talents.

The state-of-the-art facilities will comprise of boasts three full-size pitches, goalkeeping and warm-up areas, and indoor facilities including two gyms, a full-size sports hall, pool, hydrotherapy complex and specialist sports rehabilitation suites for injured players to use when looking to return to fitness as quickly as possible.

Open-plan rooms have also been designed and incorporated for the gyms to allow players recovering from injury to see the training pitches in front of them as a source of motivation to speed up their recovery process.

The plans were drawn up by London-based architects KSS, who innovated the designs for Anfield’s new Main Stand, with the company’s chairman, David Keirle, in charge of the major of work.

Reaction 

It’s fair to say that Liverpool’s new training complex has got supporters excited. Here is a look at some of the reaction on social media…

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