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  • Writer's pictureAmy Kate - The Red Way

It's looking like Liverpool Football Club Buying back the iconic Melwood Training Facility.

Updated: Jun 1, 2023

Any diehard Red knows that Melwood Training Facility in West Derby was the home to Liverpool Football Club for nearly 70 years.

Back in November 2020, the club vacated Melwood for the newly renovated training facility in Kirkby that cost £50m and sold the 12 l-acre property to Torus Group for £10m.

There was a lot of talk about what should happen to Melwood. Back in 2019, a campaign was started called “Save Melwood”.

I know I wasn't the only who thought it would be the perfect site for Liverpool FC Women to takeover as their training ground. I was quite disappointed to learn the new plans for renovating the facility in Kirby, did not include the Liverpool Women’s team. Anyone who knows me knew, I had a lot to say about that.

When I had an opportunity to speak with a club representative about the very topic, I was told the club were looking for a facility for the women at that time Melwood was already sold and until now, I hadn't heard of any new plans.

So today it was music to my ears when I read reports that #LFC are in the process of securing a deal to buy back Melwood for the new training facility for Liverpool FC Women. I guess better late than never, right?

The women’s team currently train at Tranmere Rovers’ Solar Campus and play all their home game at Prenton Park just across the Mersey which is home to EFL League Two team, Tranmere Rovers.

Torus Group spokesperson stated, “We can confirm that Torus is in negotiations with LFC to reacquire the Melwood site.

“As negotiations are ongoing it would be inappropriate to comment any further at this time. When we are able, we will provide an update.”

Jamie Carragher’s 23 Foundation and the Fowler Education & Football Academy (FEFA) moved to Melwood in September of 2022.

It's been reported the youth academy and Liverpool Women will share both the indoor and outdoor facilities.

After winning the Barclays Women’s Championship in 2022 they returned to the Women’s Super League finishing in 7th place overall.

When I was over in Liverpool in early May, I had an opportunity to watch our Lady Reds play at Prenton Park against Manchester City. It was it was a great day out watching our Reds beat City 2-1 and a pleasant surprise to see all the fans that came to support our women. It's a huge step forward for women's football. I'm really looking forward to seeing another women's match the next time I'm back in Liverpool and keeping a close eye on the announcement of Liverpool purchasing back the iconic Melwood Training Facility.

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