A small section of the Liverpool squad were put through their paces on Tuesday evening in Kirkby as the club’s brand new AXA Training Centre finally officially opened its doors.
With the bulk of Jurgen Klopp’s Premier League-winning squad away on international duty, it handed opportunities for the likes of Joel Matip, James Milner, Divock Origi, Nat Phillips and Adrian to get an early look of the club’s newly renovated £50 million home.
There was no sign, however, of either Thiago Alcantara or Fabinho, both of whom are thought to be nearing fitness after injury lay-offs according to The ECHO.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp had previously indicated before the international break that he was hopeful both his midfield generals would soon be back in contention as the Reds prepare to host Premier League leaders Leicester City at Anfield on Sunday.
They were not among the previously aforementioned names which indicates they are not yet ready to return to full-training as of yet although this could still change in the build-up to the weekend.
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Despite both Thiago and Fabinho seemingly absent from Tuesday’s training session, yesterday was an historic day for the club with the new AXA Training Centre finally opening 722 days after construction first began.
There originally had been plans that Liverpool’s transition from Melwood to Kirkby would take place back in July although such notions became impossible after construction was halted for a couple of months as a result of the ongoing global pandemic.
The new 9200sqm training base is the club’s first training ground which houses together the first-team alongside all of the club’s age groups in the same area.