Liverpool assistant manager can’t wait for The Reds to settle in at new training ground

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Pep Lijnders says it gives him “great satisfaction” to move to the club’s new AXA Training Centre with the current squad.

Liverpool’s departure from Melwood – their training home for 70 years – has been well-documented in recent weeks. Now, however, Lijnders is only looking forward and to the progress he hopes the club can make at their new training ground in Kirkby.

Speaking to Liverpoolfc.com about Melwood and the move to Kirkby, Lijnders said:

“Icons, family, history… it all came together at Melwood.

“It was an impressive place because of its history. There, new teams were born, new strategies devised and youth transformed into icons.

“I have to say, it gives me great satisfaction that we are leaving Melwood with this current team with the league title and the Champions League won in the last two seasons, with advanced players and with a squad that has more passion and ambition than any other.

“We are ready for this step, we are ready for the future.”

Lijnders went on to highlight that the club is bringing the best part of Melwood with it to the AXA Training Centre – the people.

“For me, people make the place, so we take Melwood with us, it’s in us. Every new Liverpool generation represents the past, wherever we are; the thoughts and the extreme will to be successful.

“One of the reasons we have performed so consistently was the atmosphere of Melwood, the people. It was the place where we were the most after our own homes.

“I have been fortunate to have been able to work on complexes such as De Hergang, on Olival on the Douro with Porto and now we go from Melwood to our new, modern training complex, that I helped shape along with many others in a collaborative process.

“I’m really excited to get going at our new facility and continuing to build on what this team has achieved in a world-class setting.”

The Reds enjoyed their first training session at the Kirkby complex on Tuesday afternoon as those who are not away on international duty began preparations for the visit of Leicester City to Anfield this Sunday evening.

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