Liverpool has produced some fantastic talents at the academy down the years. From Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher to the current day icon that is Trent Alexander-Arnold, we’ve had plenty of home grown heroes to celebrate. However, Ben Woodburn heading out this season is evidence of how important the new training centre is.
AXA Training Centre
Last November the Reds moved into the brand spanking new AXA Training Centre.
The facility was built on the site of the old academy at Kirkby.
Costing £50m, it was built and designed with input from Jürgen Klopp as well as Jordan Henderson.
The move to the centre brought the academy, reserves and first team all onto the same site.
Ben Woodburn exit
This summer will likely see Ben Woodburn join Hearts on loan.
The Athletic has reported that a deal is close to conclusion with the Welshman joining the Scottish side until January.
This move comes despite Pep Lijnders allegedly fighting the 21-year-old’s corner, pleading with the club to keep Woodburn around.
Apparently the youngster won the hearts of Liverpool coaches in recent months with his impressive and determined performances on the training ground.
New training centre importance
In 2016 Ben Woodburn became the youngest scorer in Liverpool’s history.
Fast forward five years and he is leaving on loan in the final year of his contract.
Woodburn has obvious potential and is an example of why the new training centre is so important.
One of the key features of the move to the Kirkby location is the bringing together of all of the men’s sides.
Youngsters are able to flit between the academy and first team training, Klopp can keep a closer eye on the brightest talents.
We will hopefully see more youngsters being brought through to the first team as a result with Ben Woodburn an unfortunate reminder of how potential can be wasted when the academy is so separate from the senior side.
Fingers crossed Kaide Gordon will show us where we went wrong with Woodburn.