Reds say goodbye to Melwood for the final time

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Liverpool finally brought the curtain down on the club’s time at Melwood over the weekend. The Reds leave their famous training ground after 70 years.

When Jürgen Klopp’s squad returns after the current international break, they will begin training at Liverpool’s new state-of-the-art AXA training centre in Kirkby.

LFC published a well-composed page with club staff, players and managers from past and present sharing their thoughts and memories on time spent at Melwood over the years. It’s certainly worth checking out with quotes from Steven Gerrard, Jamie Carragher, Ian Callaghan, Jordan Henderson, Roy Evans, Jan Molby, Klopp and many more.

One of the most moving recollections is from Karen Gill, Bill Shankly’s granddaughter:

“I don’t know if you’ve seen this quote from my grandad: “Melwood means more to me than any other part of Liverpool. It was where Liverpool was made. The first time I saw the place, an overgrown, neglected place it was too, I said to Ness, ‘I’m going to see Melwood reborn, cultivated.’ I did. Every inch of it. If someone took Melwood away from me…” and then he just stopped. I think it was the place where he felt most at home. It’s the place where I associate my grandad with – maybe sometimes even more than Anfield because all the photos I absolutely love of him were all there, just with his tracksuit on and training with the team.

“I know how much it meant to him. He would’ve probably lived there in an old shed if they’d let him! It’s about a five-minute walk from Bellefield – and that’s why he wanted to live at Bellefield. Apparently, when he came he wanted a house that was as close as possible to Melwood and then he never moved, even after he retired. Melwood was the place where they forged his Liverpool team. That’s where I picture him when I picture him, to be honest.”

Here are some of the goodbyes shared on social media…

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