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Soccer-Liverpool announce plans to leave Melwood for Kirkby
February 22, 2017 / 9:28 AM / 8 months ago

Soccer-Liverpool announce plans to leave Melwood for Kirkby

Feb 22 (Reuters) - English Premier League side Liverpool announced plans on Wednesday that will see the first team leave their long-time training base in Melwood and move to a redeveloped site in Kirkby, where the current academy is located.

According to the club website (liverpoolfc.com), Liverpool plan to construct a 50 million pound ($62.35 million) combined training centre, redevelop the existing facilities at the academy and convert the main pitch into an indoor one.

The club added that a public consultation would be held on March 8 for local residents and businesses to discuss the proposed plans in more detail.

Legendary manager Bill Shankly transformed Melwood into a top class training facility in 1959 but current boss Juergen Klopp has been a keen advocate of having a larger facility able to accommodate the first team and the academy.

$1 = 0.8020 pounds Writing by John O'Brien; Editing by Amlan Chakraborty

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