‘I loved the place’ – What nine Liverpool legends have said about Melwood

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Liverpool have officially left Melwood for good, moving into their new training facility, named the AXA Training Centre.

The Reds decided to move so the youth squads could be at the same facility as the first-team, making it easier for youngsters to make the step up.

While this has been done in the name of progress, it is still emotional for the club, especially for those who have trained and coached there. We’ve collected nine comments from players and managers about Melwood.

Luis Suarez

The Uruguay international was at Liverpool from 2011 to 2014 posted on his Instagram story: “Unique and unforgettable memories with amazing people at Melwood training ground which I will always remember.”

Jurgen Klopp

“I think my most vivid memory of Melwood is the first day when I came here,” Klopp told Liverpool’s official website. “It was completely new to me, this kind of training ground. In Germany it’s like that only the players, coaches, grounds people, kit men are at the training ground – at least at Dortmund it was like this and at Mainz we didn’t really have something like that at all.

“For me, it was completely new having all these people around. Coming in and saying hello to so many people who are here on a daily basis was very, very exciting and impressive.

“I knew from the first moment that I love this kind of environment and was really desperate to know more about all the people working here and how the days will be together with them. I enjoyed every second.”

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Lucas Leiva

The 33-year-old played for Liverpool between 2007 and 2017, becoming a popular figure among both fans and fellow players. He tweeted:

Steven Gerrard

Melwood will always be a special place to Liverpool, especially for me, given I spent so many years there,” Gerrard told the club’s official website.

“I grew up 20 minutes from Melwood and every day that I entered, I knew it was a privilege and an honour to be there.”

Pepe Reina

Reina had some highly enjoyable moments at Liverpool, winning an FA Cup, League Cup and Super Cup. It turns out he had plenty of fun at Melwood too:

Fernando Torres

The Spaniard was dearly loved for his performances in a Liverpool shirt between 2007 and 2011, and he tweeted:

Gerard Houllier

“It’s a page of history which is being turned,” Houllier told the club’s official website. “I would say we made the new Melwood but it kept going on very well.

“Sometimes some things don’t get old very well but regarding Melwood, when I went the last time I could notice that they really looked after it and kept it in good shape and good condition.”

READ: Comparing the Liverpool team Houllier inherited to the one he passed to Rafa

Jordan Henderson

The last Liverpool captain at Melwood posted a tweet to say goodbye:

Jamie Carragher

“I’ve been going there since I was probably eight or nine really. I loved the place, a lot of memories there,” Carragher told the club website.

“People talk about playing at Anfield – and maybe I played at Anfield 400 times or something in my career – but you were at Melwood virtually 250, 300 days a year.

“That’s where a lot of the stuff around your relationships were built, Anne on reception, Paula who used to do the dinners when we started, Kenny on the gate, all the different people. It’s definitely changed.”

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