Liverpool have officially opened the doors to their brand new training complex in Kirkby – and it’s fair to say that supporters are absolutely loving the latest footage released by the club.
The newly-named AXA Training Centre has been 722 days in the works and is now in full function for Jurgen Klopp and his players as the Liverpool manager prepares to welcome the bulk of his Premier League-winning squad to the new venue after the international break.
The club had originally planned to move into the £50 million state-of-the-art complex during pre-season before construction was halted for a few months as a result of the ongoing global pandemic.
Last week, Liverpool officially waved goodbye to the iconic Melwood base -which had been the club’s official home for the best part of 70 years – as Klopp and his club staff enjoyed one final farewell last Tuesday.
A number of the manager’s first team stars such as James Milner and Fabinho have remained on Merseyside for the international break and both posted footage of their visits to the new ground last week.
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The new 9,200sqm training base is the first Liverpool training complex to collectively combine the first team, under-23’s and the academy age groups all in the same area.
Both Klopp and first team stars such as Jordan Henderson and Milner were consulted on key decisions during the building process and the plans were drawn up by architects KSS, who oversaw the designs for the Anfield Main Stand which was built by construction firm McLaughlin and Harvey.
The AXA Centre is able to boast three full-size pitches, warm-up areas and indoor facilities that include two gyms, a full-size sports hall, pool, hydrotherapy complex and specialist sports rehabilitation suites.
Designs for the gyms specifically included open plan rooms to enable players in the rehabilitation phase to have the pitches in full view as an added source of motivation in their recovery process.
Kirkby has also dedicated spaces for TV studios, press conference facilities and office accommodation. Klopp himself has been given his own personal office that pays homage to himself and other legendary club figures such as Bill Shankly and Bob Paisley.
A time capsule containing various items from across Liverpool’s history, including a pair of the manager’s very own glasses, will also be placed underground at Kirkby before being dug up again 50 years later in 2070.
Liverpool’s official website released some special footage of the new facility in all it’s glory and a number of supporters have taken to social media to showcase their delight at how the club’s new training centre finally came to fruition.