What's inside time capsule at new Liverpool training ground
Klopp’s glasses, Van Dijk’s boots and Alisson’s gloves, plus video messages from club legends and a tribute to the 96 among dozens of items buried in time capsule to be opened in 2070 at Liverpool new £50m training ground
- Liverpool have moved into their state-of-the-art AXA Training Centre in Kirkby
- A time capsule, to be opened in 2070, has been buried outside visitors’ entrance
- It contains dozens of items to reflect the club’s rich history and its present
- Items include manager Jurgen Klopp’s spectacles and Virgil van Dijk’s boots
- Signed shirts marking Premier League and Champions League wins are included
- There are video recording to future fans made by Klopp and club legends
A pair of Jurgen Klopp’s glasses, Virgil van Dijk’s match-worn boots and video messages from club legends have been included in a time capsule buried at Liverpool’s new training ground.
The steel capsule, which contains dozens of different items and is located outside the visitors’ entrance to the AXA Training Centre, will be opened in 2070.
Liverpool have aimed to capture the spirit of the club’s past and present so that future generations may gain a sense of their success.
A steel time capsule, to be opened in 2070, has been buried at Liverpool’s new training ground
The container contains dozens of pieces of memorabilia and several video messages
The time capsule is buried just outside the visitors’ entrance at the £50m AXA Training Centre
Klopp led Liverpool to their first league title in 30 years last season having won the Champions League the year before.
The state-of-the-art £50million training facility in Kirkby opened its doors this week after the club moved from its base of some 70 years at Melwood.
The time capsule contains a pair of Klopp’s iconic spectacles, worn during a match, a pair of boots donated by defender Van Dijk and a signed pair of goalkeeping gloves from Alisson Becker.
To commemorate Liverpool’s sixth European Cup success in 2019, there is a shirt and programme signed by the players involved in the 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur in Madrid.
A pair of Jurgen Klopp’s trademark glasses has been buried in Liverpool’s time capsule
Defender Virgil van Dijk has autographed a pair of his boots to go in the steel capsule
There are dozens of items in all designed to reflect the past and present of the club
There is a matchday programme from the home fixture against Chelsea in which Liverpool sealed their first league title of the Premier League era on July 22 this year.
Squad photographs of every age group team within the academy are included as well as a combined squad photo featuring the men’s and women’s first teams.
Owners Fenway Sports Group have penned a letter to future Liverpool fans, while there is a ‘Melwood Through Time’ book featuring a collection of photographs of the old training ground from the late 1950s to the present day.
Klopp, captain Jordan Henderson and club legends Ian Rush, Kenny Dalglish and John Aldridge, plus women’s team manager Vicky Jepson, have all recorded video messages to future fans.
Club legends John Aldridge (left), Kenny Dalglish (centre) and Ian Rush have videoed messages to future Liverpool supporters
There is also a signed photograph of Sir Kenny Dalglish among the items of memorabilia
Liverpool’s Champions League win last year is marked with a signed shirt and programme
There is a special tribute to the 96 Liverpool fans who lost their lives at the 1989 Hillsborough Disaster – a reprint of the 30th anniversary match programme cover.
A 12′ vinyl record of the 1969 Kop Choir recording, as well as a silk scarf and pin badges pays homage to the club’s fans. Also included is a roll of honour of all club employees.
At their new headquarters, Liverpool have gone beyond football by building a training base that has everything.
The new 9,200sqm base consists of courts for beach soccer, beach volleyball, tennis and paddle tennis – which Jurgen Klopp plays every day with his assistant Pep Lijnders.
The 96 Liverpool supporters who lost their lives in the Hillsborough Disaster are not forgotten
A 12″ vinyl record from 1969 of the ‘Kop Choir’ in full voice has been included in the capsule
There is a list of every Liverpool club employee on a scroll inside the metal container
Meanwhile, their new gym is three times the size as the one they have left behind at Melwood, and the medical area is twice the size. There is also far more space outdoors.
There are three Anfield-sized training pitches for the first team, as well as a separate goalkeeping area for Alisson and Co to get down to work.
Inside, Liverpool have built a huge changing room where the players can unwind, placing a large sofa in the middle so they can lounge about before and after training.
Liverpool have officially moved into their new £50million state-of-the-art Kirkby training base
The entrance Liverpool’s players will see when they arrive for training every day
Centre back Virgil van Dijk has a bollard named after him (left) outside the entrance
First-team training pitches – there are three Anfield sized pitches plus a goalkeeping area
The Reds have also built an altitude chamber, in which the players can train in 40 degree heat, 90% humidity and low oxygen levels.
The reigning champions have also paid tribute to Van Dijk by naming a bollard in his name outside the entrance.
Klopp’s office, meanwhile, has a balcony that overlooks the training pitches allowing the Reds boss to keep an eye on the action whenever he wants.
The project began 722 days ago and was delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Everything inside LFC time capsule
• A letter to future Liverpool FC fans, colleagues and the Kirkby community from our owners Fenway Sports Group
• A pair of Jürgen Klopp’s iconic glasses
• A signed pair of boots donated by Virgil van Dijk
• A signed pair of goal keeping gloves donated by Alisson Becker
• ‘Our story so far’ – 125th year commemorative book
• A special edition 125th Anniversary coin
• ‘Melwood Through Time’ – a specially commissioned book to celebrate the First Team’s previous historic home of Melwood, including a collection of photographs from the late 1950s to present day
• 2019 Champions League final home shirt signed by the playing squad
• 2019 Champions League final programme signed by the playing squad
• A 2020/21 season Nike Home Shirt featuring the Reds’ Principal Partner, Expedia on the sleeve
• A 2020/21 season AXA training shirt with a special message on behalf of the club’s Official Training Partner printed on to the shirt. It also includes a second message on the reverse of the shirt from one lucky fan about their love for Liverpool FC.
• A matchday programme from the Liverpool FC vs Chelsea game on Wednesday, July 22, 2020, when the club was crowned 2019/20 Premier League Champions
• A letter from Vicky Jepson, Liverpool FC Women’s manager to future Liverpool FC Women’s fans
• A copy of the matchday programme and team sheet from Liverpool FC Women’s first WSL game held at Anfield – Liverpool FC Women vs. Everton on Sunday, November 17, 2019
• A combined squad photo featuring Liverpool FC Men and Women’s teams
• A collection of squad photos of every playing squad at the club’s Academy
• A signed picture of Sir Kenny Dalglish with a special tribute to Melwood Training Ground
• A special tribute to those who tragically lost their lives during the Hillsborough Disaster on the 15th April 1989 – a reprint of 30th Anniversary matchday programme front cover
• An original 1969 12′ vinyl record – THE KOP CHOIR
• An LFC Foundation pennant
• A small boxed limited-edition pin badge from Mighty Red, the club’s official Mascot
• 2 x LFC branded USB sticks containing video content including:
o Messages from First Team Manager – Jurgen Klopp, Club Captain – Jordan Henderson, Liverpool FC Women’s Manager – Vicky Jepson, Academy Director – Alex Inglethorpe, LFC Sporting Director – Michael Edwards, Non-Executive Director – Sir Kenny Dalglish, LFC Ambassador – Ian Rush, Chair of Forever Reds – John Aldridge to future Reds fans
o The club’s 125th anniversary commemorative video
o LFC’s ‘This Means More’ campaign video
o Footage of Liverpool FC being crowned 2019/20 Premier League Champions
o ‘This Was Melwood’ mini feature film on Melwood’s history
• A special community thumb print tree created with local schools in the Kirkby Area as part of our Community programme Red Neighbours
• A special print of the ‘We are Liverpool. You Are Our Champions’ community murals located in Anfield and Kirkby. The murals were specially designed by local schoolchildren and care home residents following the club’s Premier League title success
• A pair of pin badges from Spirit of Shankly, Liverpool FC Supporters Union, and a set
of stickers, and silk scarf from Spion Kop 1906 which represent our fans
• A staff roll of honour including the name and department of all LFC employees as of January 1, 2020.
• A colleague gift to celebrate our 2019/20 Premier League win featuring 967 staff
• A copy of the plans of the new training ground signed by KSS Architect, David Kierle
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