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NEW HOME WATCH: Liverpool get to work at their new training ground as John Aldridge says farewell to Melwood


Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. Photo: Getty Images

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. Photo: Getty Images

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. Photo: Getty Images

Liverpool have staged their first training sessions at their new AXA Training Centre, with manager Jurgen Klopp doing his best to piece together a side to play Leicester on Sunday.

The plush surrounds of Liverpool's new training base as Kirkby offer some a much-needed distraction for Klopp after an international break that has seen his already injury-hit squad torn apart once more.

Defender Joe Gomez picked up what could be a season-ending injury while training with England last Wednesday and it has now been confirmed that Mohamed Salah will remain in Egypt after a second positive Covid test on Wednesday.

Liverpool have released images of Klopp training with his first team stars, as they get used to a new training base after the club's historic Melwood training base was handed over to developers last week.

Sunday World columnist John Aldridge has given us his reflections on the move, as he recalled how he felt when he walked into Melwood for the first time and the imprint left on the training base by legendary Liverpool manager Bill Shankly.

"Times move on and the new training base looks incredible, but it is sad to see Liverpool leave Melwood because it was such a special place," Aldridge told us.

"I remember when I walked into Melwood for the first time. The place had an aura. You could feel the presence of all the legends who had been through that place down the years and it was inspiring to try and follow them.

"My first time there was for trails when I was a kid and I the pitches were magnificent. It was ahead of it's time and the great Bill Shankly had had his fingerprints all over it.

"I remember there was an 'A' pitch that was rarely used. It was in incredible condition, but Shankly did not want anyone to damage it so we never went on it.

"Then, when the ice and snow came in in the winter, he got his players training on that pitch as it has less lumps and bumps. It was a stroke of genius and it was carried on by the Liverpool managers who followed him.

"They will probably have a training pitch to train in every day now as the modern game has moved on in so many areas and it can only help Klopp and his staff.

"I certainly hope the medical facilities are good at the new training ground and they will need that facility given the state of the first team squad right now."

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