- Liverpool have today announced plans for a proposed redevelopment of the club’s Academy site in Kirkby. EXCL: Iborra respectful of 'champions' Leicester The £50 million proposal from the Reds, and Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council (KMBC), includes the construction of a new ...Liverpool have today announced plans for a proposed redevelopment of the club’s Academy site in Kirkby. EXCL: Iborra respectful of 'champions' Leicester The £50 million proposal from the Reds, and Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council (KMBC), includes the construction of a new combined training centre, the redevelopment of the existing facilities at the Academy and designs to convert the main pitch into an indoor pitch, with the aim of bringing the first-team and Academy operations and facilities together on one site. The plans also include improvements for local residents and the community playing fields at Simonswood Lane. KMBC will lead on proposals to provide new and improved football pitches and sports facilities to the area, working closely with local football teams, including Kirkby AFC, providing them with new changing facilities and car park. Mike Pugh, secretary of Kirkby AFC, said: “Kirkby AFC supports and welcomes the proposals for the enhanced sports facilities at Simonswood Lane.” Why you must embrace Pep's Man City The surrounding area will also see improvements which include new dog-walking and cycling paths, new lighting and improved security with a CCTV system. Liverpool are also proposing a redevelopment of the club’s existing first-team training ground at Melwood. This proposed development could provide around 160 family homes in West Derby and newsletters have been posted to local residents to seek their feedback on the proposals. Andy Hughes, chief operating officer at Liverpool FC, said: “Our proposed plans to bring the first team and young players together in one location is a really exciting proposition. The scheme includes state-of-the-art facilities which will be used to support the development of our players and provides all-weather training options. “We are also working closely with Knowsley Council on plans to make substantial improvements for the local community. These include new and improved football pitches and sports facilities to support grass roots and amateur football teams, and developments to the surrounding areas for local residents. “We recognise that Melwood has played a significant role in the club’s success and forms an important part of our history. However, the Melwood site is limited in space and is unable to accommodate our longer-term ambitions which is why we are exploring options on the Academy site. “We are encouraging our neighbours and local residents in Kirkby to attend to the public consultation to see the proposals first hand.” Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development, Cllr Graham Morgan, added: “We have been working closely with Liverpool Football Club and the local community to develop these plans for the site on Simonswood Lane in Kirkby. RUMOURS: Rooney to quit Man Utd “As well as developing the LFC Academy site, the plans include proposals to provide new and improved football pitches and sports facilities for local teams and the community. “I would encourage local residents and businesses to come along to the public consultation event to find out more and give their opinions. That feedback will then be used as part of the planning process in due course.” To enable the proposals to go ahead, LFC will need to purchase additional land immediately adjacent to the Academy site and close part of Moss Lane between Simonswood Lane and Arbour Lane. A public consultation will be held on Wednesday March 8 at Northwood Community Centre and will be open to local residents and the wider community. Residents will have the opportunity to view the proposed plans, speak with members of the project team and leave their feedback.
- Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has warned his team that they could be the first to face the "new" Leicester City in the Premier League. Claudio Ranieri's men, last season's champions, have yet to score a league goal in 2017 and sit just a point above the relegation zone. But K...Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has warned his team that they could be the first to face the "new" Leicester City in the Premier League. Claudio Ranieri's men, last season's champions, have yet to score a league goal in 2017 and sit just a point above the relegation zone. But Klopp is wary of the team his side will face at King Power Stadium on February 27, even though Leicester have a Champions League meeting with Sevilla before then. "Of course, Leicester, it's a difficult situation for them," the German told the club's website. "They're fighting for the league 100 per cent now and maybe this is the moment they recognise there's really nothing else to do in this season other than to stay in the league and be really concentrated so we, if you want, could be the first team to face this 'new' Leicester. But it's possible [to win]. "And then Arsenal is coming [to Anfield on March 4] and we all know how good they are, so it's difficult yes, but it's possible [to win] and that's what I always say - as long as it's possible, let's try to do it, let's really try to do it. For this we need everybody in the best mood." A dismal January led to Liverpool being eliminated from the EFL and FA Cups and slipping out of Premier League title contention. Klopp's side won just one of 10 matches in all competitions at the start of the year, but the former Borussia Dortmund coach believes some perspective was required. "January was nothing we needed, but we had it. It was kind of an experience, kind of a reminder," he said.
- Jurgen Klopp insists he does not miss Champions League football, but admits Europe’s premier club competition is the place to be and that Liverpool are determined to rejoin the ranks. The Reds have been without continental action this season after enduring a tough ending to thei...Jurgen Klopp insists he does not miss Champions League football, but admits Europe’s premier club competition is the place to be and that Liverpool are determined to rejoin the ranks. The Reds have been without continental action this season after enduring a tough ending to their 2015-16 campaign. Klopp confirms Liverpool transfer talks They finished eighth in the Premier League, while suffering defeat to Sevilla in the Europa League final. A lack of midweek fixtures has aided their cause in the current campaign, with a title push pieced together before the turn of the year. Liverpool have slipped off the pace somewhat in that particular race, but a top-four finish remains there to be shot at for a star-studded squad and a manager who graced the Champions League final during his time in charge of Borussia Dortmund. Klopp told the Liverpool Echo on his efforts to bring European nights back to Anfield: “Things that I don’t have, I don’t miss. VIDEO: Klopp's influence in stats “But of course I enjoyed being in that competition a lot and that’s where we want to be. “To achieve that we need to qualify. We didn’t qualify this season. We are working to go there as soon as possible. “We saw this week again what a strong competition the Europa League is too. Strong teams, intense games. “We enjoyed it last season, well we did until the last match day! We had some wonderful games in that competition. 'Liverpool better than Utd & Arsenal' “But of course the Champions League is THE competition. We want to be part of it. To get there we have to win a few games.” Liverpool are currently taking in a warm weather training camp in La Manga, with their early exit from the FA Cup meaning that they are not back in Premier League action until February 27.
- Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that Liverpool are currently in talks regarding potential new additions to his squad, but conceded that qualification for the Champions League will "have an influence" on any business they conduct. Ozil just a scapegoat for Arsenal crisis Having been ...Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that Liverpool are currently in talks regarding potential new additions to his squad, but conceded that qualification for the Champions League will "have an influence" on any business they conduct. Ozil just a scapegoat for Arsenal crisis Having been eliminated from the FA Cup, the Merseyside outfit are currently in La Manga for a mid-season training camp, as they attempt to ensure that they improve upon a disappointing run of form that has seen them drop out of the top four. Klopp's side brought an end to their winless streak - which had stretched to five games - with a 2-0 win over Tottenham last week and they must continue to pick up the points if they are to qualify for next season's Champions League. Philippe Coutinho signed a new long-term contract in January and Adam Lallana is another player who is expected to ink a new deal, but Klopp is also eyeing new additions. "We are in talks with different people - players, agents, all that stuff," Klopp told the Liverpool Echo. "Not a lot of decisions have been already made at this point. Why should they at this stage? "But we are on the way. At the end I'm sure we will have a really good squad. "We already have a good squad and a few more good players will make it even better. There's a good base." Following their win over Spurs last week, Liverpool are in fifth place, one point off Arsenal in fourth, as the race for Champions League qualification heats up. Klopp suggested that not qualifying for Europe's premier club competition should not necessarily have an affect on whether a player sees Anfield as an enticing destination, but conceded that it would be a boost if they are participating in the tournament. WATCH: Ronaldinho's new single "I actually don't think so but we will see," the former Borussia Dortmund boss said when asked if Champions League football is a necessity to lure players. "We don't have to talk about the Champions League now because we are not even qualified. "But of course if we are in the Champions League then it would have an influence. We would need a deeper squad and you have to be prepared for that. No question. "Even with the league this season, we could have needed a deeper squad with the injuries we had. But we're through that now. “We will adapt our plans to the number of tournaments we play next year."
- Liverpool are better than Manchester United and Arsenal and should consider a top-four finish to be a positive, according to Jan Molby. The former Reds midfielder has seen Jurgen Klopp’s side slip out of title contention in 2017, with 11 points now separating them from table-top...Liverpool are better than Manchester United and Arsenal and should consider a top-four finish to be a positive, according to Jan Molby. The former Reds midfielder has seen Jurgen Klopp’s side slip out of title contention in 2017, with 11 points now separating them from table-topping Chelsea. Sturridge leaves Liverpool camp They have also been edged out of the Champions League spots, although they are sat just one point behind Arsenal. Securing a return to Europe’s premier club competition remains the top priority at Anfield and Molby sees no reason why they cannot achieve that aim with a squad that he considers to be superior to many of their direct rivals. He wrote in a column for the Liverpool Echo: “Some people will say that because Liverpool were top of the league in November, the consolation prize of finishing in the top four would be a disappointment. “Let me tell you, it wouldn't. “At the start of this season, qualifying for the Champions League was the only target, and achieving that would represent a good season. Klopp: Lovren close to Reds return “It's going to be difficult, we all know that. You have Chelsea out there on their own, but after that, five teams fighting for three spots. Anyone can finish second, anyone can finish sixth. It's that tight. “That said, I would be disappointed if we didn't end the season in the top four. We are better than Manchester United, we are better than Arsenal. “Despite last weekend's result, I'm not sure there's much between us and Tottenham. Manchester City have some good players, very good players, but their form has been up-and-down. “So I reckon not managing to finish in the top four with Spurs, City and Chelsea would be a real kicker. Gerrard to make Liverpool comeback “With the fixtures we have left, we can do it. It's all about continuing that momentum from the Spurs game.” Liverpool saw off Tottenham in their most recent outing courtesy of a brace from Sadio Mane. With no FA Cup football to occupy them this weekend, the Reds are currently taking in some warm weather training in La Manga before returning to Premier League action against Leicester on February 27.