Liverpool departed Melwood this week, leaving behind their long-time training base for a shiny new £50M facility meant to better integrate the first and youth teams, and along with the move they’ve decided to install a time capsule.
Intended to be dug up in 50 years, it commemorates the current edition of the Reds—the ones doing the moving, and perhaps more importantly to whoever digs it up the ones who won the 2019 Champions League and 2019-20 Premier League.
Some of the included items will be a home shirt signed by all the players, a matchday programme from the match last season against Chelsea where they were awarded the Premier League trophy, Virgil van Dijk’s boots, Alisson’s gloves, and Jürgen Klopp’s glasses.
There will also be messages from current players and staff, some digital and some on paper, a tribute to the victims of Hillsborough, and the names of all club staff. Additionally, there will be items included in the time capsule included by and representing the current Liverpool FC Women team.
Hopefully, by the time the time capsule is dug up in 50 years’ time, they will have actually joined the men’s team at the new AXA Training Centre. For now, though, the focus is on the first team saying goodbye to Melwood—and looking to the future.
“It must be said that the decision to leave our historic home of Melwood was not taken lightly, and it is with a heavy heart that we do so,” read a letter from chairman Tom Werner. “We cannot deny the significance and importance of Melwood.
“From its fruition in the 1950s to now, Melwood has witnessed some of the club’s greatest managers and players grace its pitches and go on to conquer Europe and the world of football. Those memories will be cherished.
“However, as custodians of this great club, our role is to always look towards and build for the future and we look forward to continuing our incredible journey as Premier League champions while remembering and celebrating our historic past.
“We hope that by installing this time capsule, we are capturing a small snapshot of that excitement and preserving this next step in our journey for future generations. We hope you enjoy reading and watching some of our club memories and that some of the seeds we planted 50 years ago have come to fruition.”