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Liverpool plan training ground move

Liverpool are planning to move their training ground as part of a £50m project to redevelop the academy site.

The club are proposing to sell Melwood training ground in West Derby which has been the first team's training base since the 1950s. The project is a joint enterprise between the club and Knowsley Council will see the club move their training facilities to the site in Kirkby.

If the redeve­lopment plans are approved then the work could be completed by 2019.

Andy Hughes, Liverpool's chief operating officer said, bringing the first team and young players together in one location was a "really exciting proposition".

The plans also involve creation of new pitches which would bring "substantial improvements" for the local community and support local amateur football teams, such as Kirkby AFC.

"We recognise that Melwood has played a significant role in the club's success and forms an important part of our history," he said. "However, [it is] limited in space and is unable to accommodate our longer term ambitions, which is why we are exploring options on the academy site."

For the proposals to go ahead the club would need to purchase additional land around the site.

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