Community consultation began in Kirkby for Liverpool’s £50m plan to remodel the academy, update the facilities, and incorporate the first team’s training there. Hopes for the ambitious project are that it will be finished by the summer of 2019 so that the first-team squad can move there permanently before beginning pre-season training for 2019-2020.
The club intends to purchase 14 acres of land adjacent to the current facilities to give them extra room for all the proposed upgrades. The renovations and additions, according to the ECHO, are set to include a new combined training center and viewing stand that will hold a baffling 499 spectators. Come on, just throw another chair on the end, guys, or this is always going to bother me.
The new, state-of-the-art training center will include “a pool and hydrotherapy complex, gymnasium and specialist sports rehabilitation suites.”
The club also plan to provide five new football pitches for the local teams to utilize. They will also improve the areas around the facility, including creating new dog-walking and cycling paths and upgraded security. While this undertaking is certainly less intrusive than the Main Stand renovations at Anfield, the club are understandably still keen to have the community behind them as they attempt to move forward on this project within their anticipated time frame.
Having a unified first time and Academy is of particular interest to Klopp. It will be interesting to see how such a set-up will affect the young players training at the Academy in years to come.