Liverpool FC began a new era this past weekend, leaving its long-time training ground Melwood to a new state-of-the-art facility in Kirkby. It’s all for the best, as the move will facilitate greater cohesion between the first-team and youth squads. That hasn’t stopped fans, players, and ex-LFC pros all taking a moment to be in our feelings a little bit.
It began with a series of images of our gaffer, Jürgen Klopp, in his office for the last time.
"Melwood was really good, it was important – an important place in my life, so I will miss it." https://t.co/pJsxVrgSZH— James Carroll (@James_Carroll84) November 9, 2020
Skipper Jordan Henderson and vice-captain James Milner marked the occasion.
Left Melwood for the last time today, thank you for the memories #Melwood #YNWA pic.twitter.com/Q1r1ssEZD7— James Milner (@JamesMilner) November 9, 2020
Club legend and best manager in Scotland right now Steven Gerrard shared a treasure trove of pictures through the years. I wonder what Rafa was saying was saying to the lads?
Luis Suarez heard the news and shared a sweet story. (Yeah... sweet memories, Luis. Remember when Arsenal bid for yo-)
Another ace striker, Fernando Torres, shared a Melwood Lean.
Old friends Lucas Leiva and Dejan Lovren took time to celebrate the many women and men who spent years working at Melwood.
I spent 10 years at Melwood!The quality of the people there was incredible.— Lucas Leiva (@LucasLeiva87) November 10, 2020
The security guards,Carol and Caroline ❤️ from the kitchen,players Liaison,Press Office and my teammates.
I am sure the new training ground will be like home just like Melwood was for me.
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I have met countless good people who I know have been working there for over 30 years and the thing what comes straight to my mind is great positivity and incredible energy from every corner of that historical building. The name of the camp will go away, but the good spirit follows it into a new adventure. You will be missed Melwood.❤️ Thank you for everything.
LFC’s Director of News, James Carroll shared a LFCTV clip chronicling the changes Melwood has seen through the years.
Brilliant video, this. pic.twitter.com/ohifGxpo4j— James Carroll (@James_Carroll84) November 10, 2020
For all of us, Melwood represents many a thing. Foremost, it’s the place where Bill Shankly laid out his vision for the club, and the place that honed many a legendary career - from Bob Paisley, Joe Fagan and the rest of the boot room crew to Rush, Fowler, Carragher and so on. For the yutes and millions of fans worldwide, it’s a place we’ve grown oddly familiar with whilst we watched our players and staff conduct training and goof off through videos on the club’s channels. Maybe you were even lucky enough to have made the pilgrimage to Melwood and stood on a trash can to sneak a peek of training. But change inevitably comes for us all, and Liverpool FC needs a new home that’ll be able to progress with it. Goodbye and thank you Melwood, you’ve served us beautifully.
Made my last ever visit to Melwood this afternoon.— James Carroll (@James_Carroll84) November 10, 2020
Just happened to be in the right place at the right time to take this photo... pic.twitter.com/nVr502Y9Xm