Liverpool FC held a special ‘breaking ground’ ceremony at the academy in Kirkby on Thursday, to mark the beginning of work on the Reds’ new training complex.
Jurgen Klopp and academy director Alex Inglethorpe were present to mark the start of the £50 million project, which is due to be completed in spring 2020, with the first-team moving across from Melwood ahead of the 2020/21 season.
The state-of-the-art redevelopment of the existing academy site will see the Reds’ first team and youth football operations come together at a combined training facility for the first time in the club’s history.
Andy Hughes, Chief Operating Officer at LFC, said: “Today marks another significant milestone in the Club’s history.
“This development will not only provide first-class amenities for our players and staff – in which a clear pathway through to the first team will be created – but it will vastly improve sports facilities for the community of Kirkby.
“We’re extremely pleased to be investing in the Knowsley area and look forward to building relationships with our neighbours as the project progresses.”
The new 9,200sqm training complex will provide an elite performance centre for the first team and a state-of-the-art training area for the Club’s development squads, alongside new pitches, two gyms, a full-size sports hall, pool, hydrotherapy complex and specialist sports rehabilitation suites.
There will also be dedicated TV studios, press conference facilities and office accommodation.
Building work on the community playing fields will complete later this year and, following a period for the grass to establish, the new pitches will be ready for use around August 2019.