The new training complex in Kirkby is nearing its final stages. Liverpool are expected to be using the facility before the start of next season and the message from the club on Wednesday was that construction is going to plan.
Jürgen Klopp will be training his squad in one of Europe’s most state-of-the-art locations by next summer. And the Academy and the first team will finally be united under one roof. The two groups will maintain separate working areas but having a clear connection between the two outfits is a key component of the entire project.
Liverpool chief operating officer Andy Hughes was full of praise for the club’s ongoing success in Kirkby. Hughes describes the efforts Liverpool have make in the local community, an exciting finished product, and a timeline that’s well on course.
“We are really pleased with the progress that has been made and once the new training ground and its associated buildings are complete, the project will provide first-class amenities for our players and staff,” said Hughes.
“It has always been our aspiration to provide a clear pathway for progression for our youngsters from the club’s Academy to the first team, and the two facilities are now intrinsically linked.
“We are also extremely proud to be investing in the Knowsley area to provide improved sports facilities for the community of Kirkby with the redevelopment of the Eddie McArdle Community Pitches. Earlier this month we were pleased to officially hand over the facilities to Knowsley Council to own, operate and maintain moving forward.
“Work at the training ground is on track for completion in summer 2020 when we will see the first team and youth football operations come together on one site for the first time in the club’s history.”