Liverpool FC to leave Melwood?


Liverpool Football Club could leave their Melwood training ground complex to merge their first team facilities with the academy set-up in Kirkby.

Reds’ boss Jürgen Klopp believes a merger, which wouldn’t be possible at Melwood due to restricted space, would benefit the club. He would then be able to cast his eye over the club’s youngsters more frequently and be able to liaise with the academy coaches much more easily.

Discussions are ongoing but it would appear that a decision on something that has been mooted for years, could finally be announced in the near future.

Melwood previously belonged to St Francis Xavier school. Father Melling and Father Woodlock, who taught at the school, used to coach young boys on the playing fields.

Bill Shankly had the dilapidated facilities overhauled in 1959 while Gerard Houllier transformed things once again in 2001.

“It was a sorry wilderness,” wrote Shankly in his autobiography. “One pitch looked as if a couple of bombs had been dropped on it. ‘The Germans were over here, were they?’ I asked.

“Tom Bush, the old Liverpool centre-half, took my wife Ness and me round to look at houses for the players and we called to see the training ground at Melwood.

“It was just a wilderness, but I said to Ness: ‘Well, it’s big and it can be developed. At least there is space here’.”