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The new 50 milions training center of Liverpool F.C.

It has padel pitches and a hidden stair

The new 50 milions training center of Liverpool F.C. It has padel pitches and a hidden stair

On Tuesday, Liverpool F.C. opened the new AXA Training Centre in Kirkby, about half an hour from the city of Liverpool, leaving the historic Melwood ground where the Reds had been training for seventy years. As many British media point out, the new training center has cost 50 million euros and offers to Reds teams - from the first to the youths - an amount of comfort and technology over 9200 square meters. The AXA Training Centre was built in 772 days and Liverpool F.C. have chosen to move to this break for the National teams, when the schedule is less busy. A time capsule - Signals from the future's style - was deposited at the entrance with some items such as Klopp's glasses, a pair of Van Dijk shoes, video messages and some pre-match brochures. The box will open in fifty years. 

For the first team alone there are three pitches and a goalkeeper area, plus separate facilities for Klopp's team and the under-23s. In fact, every Liverpool division will have its own refreshment area, changing rooms, entrances and gyms - there are in fact two, very large ones. Compared to Melwood, the gym area is three times larger and the pool area twice as large: one of the problems with the old facility - says Academy director Alex Inglethorpe - is that there were no more spaces and a new centre had become a priority. The property offers all the technologies (hydrotherapy, swimming pools, 40° humidity building, a hidden staircase to pass upcoming recruits) and comfort (relaxation areas, games room, video area, a convention center) that have other modern training centers such as Manchester City's Eithad one, but one thing that makes the AXA Training Center special is the design. Liverpool F.C.'s dirigence asked the London architectural studio KSS Architects to create something inspired by the city of Liverpool, and the studio focused on giving references to the club and the city in the spaces of the training center, using a lot of the red color and materials such as wood.

Both Klopp and current sporting director Michael Edwards participated in the design of the sports centre indicating the main needs of the teams. For Klopp, one of them was the presence of areas for relaxation and other sports, such as sand courts for beach volley or foot volley, but above all, two fields for playing padel, a sport that the German manager regularly practices with his staff. Engineers have also named Liverpool F.C.'s first-team dressing room door "The James Milner Door"