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MOVING DAY Liverpool leave their Melwood training base as club legends share memories

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An aerial view of Liverpool's state-of-the-art training facility PIC: Twitter/@LFC

An aerial view of Liverpool's state-of-the-art training facility PIC: Twitter/@LFC

An aerial view of Liverpool's state-of-the-art training facility PIC: Twitter/@LFC

Liverpool have left their Melwood training base for the last time, with the memories left behind shared by club legends across several generations.

A housing developer has taken control of the site that has been the training base for Liverpool's players over the last 70 years, with Jurgen Klopp and his players set to move to a new multi-million pound training base at Kirkby.

"Mixed emotions, really mixed emotions. I am happy about going to Kirkby and very sad about leaving Melwood, to be honest," said Klopp.

"So, it’s strange; I didn’t think properly about it so far, but my PA is obviously already moving all my stuff out of my office so I realised step-by-step that the place already looks different.

"I will miss it, but that’s how it should be. Melwood was really good, it was important – an important place in my life, so I will miss it. But Kirkby will be great."

On the handover of the facility, Andy Hughes, managing director of Liverpool FC, said: “When the famous sliding gate closes for the last time, it will mark the ending of an era for the club.

"It’s been over two years since we started this journey and we’d like to thank everyone who has been involved, particularly local residents in West Derby for their patience during this process.

"It is with heavy heart that we bid a fond farewell to Melwood, our training base for the last 70 years. However, it will always be ingrained in the rich tapestry of the club.

"For many it will be strange not to use this familiar word when referring to the first-team base, but the new AXA Training Centre is world-class and will soon start to create many more chapters of success."

Liverpool released images of Klopp in his final few moments in his Melwood office, while club legends posted messages on Twitter reflecting on their memories of their time at the base.

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