Liverpool chief executive Ian Ayre has explained Jurgen Klopp‘s involvement in the design of the new “world-class” facilities at Anfield.
Work continues at Anfield despite the opening of the new Main Stand in September, with internal areas such as changing rooms and media facilities yet to be completed.
Klopp and his players are using a temporary dressing room on matchdays, and the media areas are also makeshift until the January.
Ayre has discussed the progress of the new facilities, explaining how Klopp has got heavily involved with the behind-the-scenes decisions.
“The players’ facilities will be world class when they are finished,” said Ayre.
“Jurgen and some of the key players have had a key part in developing that.
“We have sat with them and with the architects and designers and they have all made their input into what the dressing room will look like, what the media space will look like, what the tunnel will look like.
“So lots more to come there, still some exciting stuff to add.”
Interesting there is “what the tunnel will look like” – with some supporters not that impressed by the placement of the famous ‘This Is Anfield’ sign at the Main Stand’s unveiling prior to the Leicester game.
What’s clear though is that the internal areas are very temporary, as shown in the recent tunnel cams the club have published.
Initially, Liverpool had said that the new tunnel would have a slope, to somewhat recreate the old Anfield tunnel and the touching of the sign. Whether that comes to fruition will be interesting to see.
We understand that Klopp made some alterations to plans which former manager Brendan Rodgers had initial input into when the internal areas for players and coaching staff were originally planned.
This is further proof of the impact Klopp has made at Liverpool both on and off the pitch since becoming manager last October.
The boss is keen to leave a legacy at Anfield, evidenced by other involvement in plans to merge the academy and first-team training base, and the appointment of Michael Edwards as sporting director.
Meanwhile, Anfield’s facelift will continue this winter with the new club shop beginning to be built this month – located on Walton Breck Road next to the Albert pub.