While Jurgen Klopp and his Liverpool side are charging ahead towards a Premier League title, construction on the state-of-the-art training facility at Kirkby is also nearing the finish line. Construction began a year and a half ago, and is expected to be completed in time for the 2020/20201 preseason.
Liverpool have provided some details of what is included in the massive new facility. It will have three full-sized fields, as well as dedicated goalkeeping and warm up areas. The fields have been built to as closely resemble to pitch at Anfield as possible, comprising of 97 per cent of natural grass and three percent of artificial turf.
In addition to the regular training fields, there is also an artificial grass training area for bad weather and head tennis courts. For the players’ down time, there is also an actual tennis court and a beach volleyball court as well.
While much of the design has focused on the needs of the players and training staff, the club have also put some thought into the maintenance aspects of the facility, particularly when it comes to water usage. The irrigation for the facility will tap directly into the groundwater. Liverpool have also included biological vehicle wash system that will allow the waste water to be captured and cleaned for reuse. It’s nice to see some sustainable practices included into the designs of the facility.
Take a look at the progress of the construction in the video below.
The new training facility will be world class, and will have all the bells and whistles needed for the first team and the academy. Having world class facilities will likely provide a boost in player recruitment as well. Unfortunately, the Liverpool Women have been left out of the plans. Whereas Manchester City and Chelsea have incorporated the women’s teams into the training facilities, Liverpool have decided that “Two Teams One Club” is in name only rather than in practice.