With Liverpool set to leave Melwood in the future, Jürgen Klopp spoke of needing to change and move in order to be competitive. It is the part of truly competing at the top level with an expanded stadium and superior training facilities. Whatever fond memories of Melwood people have, the future cannot be restricted by them.
The Premier League era has gradually made greater demands of clubs that wish to consistently compete at the top end, and for Liverpool, there needs to be a concerted effort in multiple areas to fulfil this goal.
“I really love Melwood but football changes,” Klopp said. “We cannot avoid this. We can’t stay like we always were and hope we can cope with the other clubs. Sometimes you have to set standards. It’s really good that our owners give us the opportunity to make this big step in the future.
“Twenty five years ago Melwood set the level. In those 25 years a lot of things happened. It’s fantastic but we have no space for anything. If we want to have one more office, we don’t know where to go. That’s the situation.
“Bringing the Academy and the first team together is one point but it’s also about improving a lot of things that we can’t improve here. It will only be good for the future of the club. I really believe that infrastructure keeps responsibility up.
“Staying here for the next 25 years wouldn’t be good for the club. In this moment we have the idea and the opportunity to do something so we have to wait to see when we can say ‘yes, take the next step and start’.”
This could be an important aspect of Klopp’s legacy at Anfield and produce tangible benefits for years to come.