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Liverpool Football Club Melwood Training Ground

Melwood, in West Derby, Liverpool, is home to Liverpool FC's training ground. It is not attached to The Academy, which is in Kirkby.

It is based in the West Derby area of Liverpool and has been their home since the fifties. The ground previously belonged to St Francis Xavier, a local school. The area was used as a playing field for the school and Father Melling and Father Woodlock who taught at the school spent hours helping the young boys play football. As a way of remembering the two priests' hard work the ground was named using the first syllables of the names of their names.

Melwood was in a terrible state in 1959, and was transformed into a top class training facility by Bill Shankly. He introduced the five-a-side games that defined his Pass and move, keep it simple, philosophy. Players would meet and change for training at Anfield and then board the team bus for the short trip to Melwood. After training, they would bus back to Anfield to shower and change and get a bite to eat. Shankly thus ensured all his players had warmed down correctly and he would keep his players free from injury. Indeed, in the 1965-66 season, Liverpool finished as champions using just 14 players and two of those only played a handful of games.

In January 2001 Liverpool started work on the Millennium Pavilion, a modern facility for players and coaches, designed in part and heavily influenced by then manager GĂ©rard Houllier. There is a small covered area for invited spectators. Training starts early in the morning with players arriving around 9 a.m. The players go through a morning session and are also required to turn in an evening session.


Facilities available

Press and meeting room

This room is where the manager holds his press conferences. The room is also used by the staff and players when they have team meetings to prepare for games.

Dressing rooms

Rehabilitation pool

Treatment room

There's a scanning machine available to look at injuries after games or training sessions.

Synthetic surface pitches

Training pitches

There are several full size pitches at Melwood and one that can be used in all weathers.

Gymnasium

Swimming Pool

Each player has his own key card that stores personal information. There is a hypoxic chamber used mainly for the rehabilitation because it helps the players to make a quicker recovery by simulating training at altitude.

Recreational facilities

Restaurant area

Signing area

Coaches and tactics room