Liverpool football club have announced plans to expand their Kirkby training ground.
Talks were held between the club and Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council last month after previously saying that they were leaving their historic Melwood facilities.
The £50-million-pound vision is to allow the first team and the academy to all train on one site in a bid to rival the newly developed training grounds of stalwarts Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United.
The expansion will involve the construction of a new combined training center, the redevelopment of the existing facilities, a new for stand for spectators and the proposition to convert the main pitch into a first-class covered full-size pitch.
The new training centre would include a pool and hydrotherapy complex, gymnasium and specialist sports rehabilitation suites.
Liverpool hope work on the project could start early next year and be completed by the summer of 2019 with the Reds’ first-team squad making the switch to Kirkby for pre-season training ahead of the 2019/20 season.
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By Rowan Newman The first image of the planned training centre in Kirkby