Liverpool to merge first team and academy facilities

​Liverpool are set to merge their first team and youth academy training facilities. This would see the club leave Melwood and move to Kirby. News has emerged that while things are in their early stages, plans have already been drawn up to join the two sites.

Melwood is six miles away from the youth academy in Kirby, and even though Jurgen Klopp shares a strong relationship with academy director Alex Inglethorpe, the distance and separation is an obvious issue.

Kirby is big enough and looks the best option, as space restrictions prevent the accommodation at Melwood being further renovated.

Benefit to watch the youngsters train

Klopp is said to believe that being under one roof will benefit the club immensely. At present, he doesn’t get to see the youngsters train himself, and that could be a hindrance to their progress.

Trent Alexander-Arnold and Ovie Ejaria, both 18, made full debuts in the ELF Cup match against Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday. Liverpool won 2-1.
These two players are now training with the first team, but the rest of Liverpool’s youth are not exposed to the senior coaching staff. And it is for this very reason that said decision has been taken.

The club bought Melwood from the governors of St Francis Xavier College 66 years ago, and upgraded the facilities in 2001 while Gerard Houllier was in charge.

The future really is looking positive. YNWA

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