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Liverpool complete first session at new £50m state-of-the-art training complex

Liverpool have completed their first session at their new state-of-the-art training base in Kirkby after moving from their old Melwood home.

The Reds moved into the AXA Training Centre on Tuesday, a few months later than planned due to delays in its construction, ensued as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Jurgen Klopp was finally able to access the £50m complex with his team as he put them through a session under the floodlights to toast their arrival.

Many of Klopp's squad are still away on international duty, but Sadio Mane was present to get a good look round the new HQ following his goalscoring exploits for Senegal in the past week.

Divock Origi, Joel Matip and James Milner were among a skeleton group to be put through their paces out on the grass.

Meanwhile, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was continuing his recovery from injury in one of the two new gyms inside.

The impressive facility also boasts an indoor sports hall, a swimming pool and an extensive hydrotherapy complex, as well as a specialist sports rehabilitation zone, medical suites and dining areas.

Speaking about the move, Klopp said: "Today is a really special day for the team – it has been a long time coming.

"There has been a lot of steps, meetings with architects, designers, everybody! The facility is great and whoever has the chance to visit will be impressed.

"It is a wonderful building – you have everything you need now and for the future. It's pretty much perfect!"

Liverpool's managing director Andy Hughes added: "We started this project over two years ago, marking a significant milestone in the history of this great football club.

"After saying a fond farewell to Melwood last week, we are excited to be starting a new era at the club, bringing our First Team and Academy operations and facilities together on one site for the first time in history."

Klopp will welcome the rest of his players back later this week ahead of Sunday evening's Premier League meeting against Leicester.

Sadly for the Reds' boss he will be without defender Joe Gomez, who faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines after suffering injury in the England camp.

He is also sweating over the fitness of captain Jordan Henderson, who has been ruled out of England's match against Iceland on Wednesday with a minor injury problem.

Mohamed Salah is also a doubt for the weekend fixture at Anfield after contracting Covid-19.

The Egyptian forward is currently self-isolating in his homeland and will not be allowed to return to the UK until he returns a negative test.

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He is set to undergo a third test on Thursday, after which he may be able to catch a flight back to Merseyside.

However Salah may still not be available for selection in Liverpool's squad for the meeting with the current league leaders due to Premier League protocol.

Guidelines state that any player testing positive for Covid-19 must quarantine for a period of 10 days, and Salah only began isolating on Friday.

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