It's the place where
Rafael Benitez and his dedicated backroom team are developing their vision of taking the
Reds back to the top of English football.
Melwood, the Reds' state of the art training complex in West Derby, is home to the
club's array of stars as they practise their skills and perfect their tactics under the
watchful eye of their Spanish boss.
Melwood has been Liverpool's training base since the days of Shankly and over
recent years the complex has undergone dramatic transformation. The Reds' board of
directors funded a multi-million pound renovation to give a world class set of players the
world class facilities they require to help take them back to the pinnacle of the English
game. To take a virtual tour of Melwood
Press and meeting room
This room is where Rafa.holds his press conferences. He'll do the TV press
conference here first. Depending on the game, you can have up to 10 TV crews here. After
speaking to the TV he'll speak to the radio and then the written press.
This room is also used by the staff and players when they have team meetings to
prepare for games.
The changing rooms for the players are very, very spacious. All the players have
got their own gowns for when they have to go in the pool and they have the swimming shorts
as well. Are the lads pampered? Yes, but why not - we're Liverpool Football Club and we
want to look after our players.
When the new Melwood was built it was felt to be important that the players had
everything they wanted to ensure an enjoyable working environment. The club didn't want
the players to be eager to get away from the training ground once the work on the pitches
was over. We have a Jacuzzi which all the players enjoy using from time to time.
The players will come here after training if necessary. You certainly won't see
Peter Kaye doing one of his bombs into this pool! There are no bombs allowed, but now and
again for enjoyment we might get the ball out and have a bit of a laugh.
We have a top class medical staff who keep the players, as much as possible, on the
playing field. The medical lads and technical lads work together as a unit for the good of
It's very high-tech. There's a scanning machine which is our own so if the lads
have an injury after a training session, they can come in here and the Doc can scan them
straight away. He can determine how long the players are going to be out of action. It's
state of the art and it cost quite a lot of money. It's also mobile so it can travel to
Synthetic surface pitches
This has been a fantastic addition to the footballing side of things at Melwood.
It's called our indoor/outdoor area for obvious reasons, but the quality of this Astroturf
People will remember the Astroturf at Luton Town when the ball was bouncing
everywhere. What we have now is called field turf, which is just like grass and in between
are all these little balls of rubber which give it a bounce like normal grass.
The ground staff at Melwood have worked extremely hard and over the years the
pitches have got better and better. The board of directors must be congratulated for
giving us this building, but they've helped us to have the best training pitches in the
country and if you've got the best players then you need the best training pitches to play
It's cut and watered every day so the lads get great enjoyment out of being able to
pass the ball as well as they can. It's all floodlit because we don't just train here of a
morning time. In the winter it gets dark early so the lights will be used then.
The gym is very large and is five times bigger than the one we had at the old
Melwood. More players are using it either before or after training nowadays, they'll do a
little bit of work on the bikes, runners and the weights and they'll be in here again
We also have a hypoxic chamber. It's used mainly for the rehabilitation because in
there it's like training at altitude and it helps the players to make a quicker recovery.
They can be working in there on one of the machines for 20 minutes and, because the air is
a lot thinner, it can feel as though they've been working in there for about 40 minutes.
The club are keen for the players to spend as much time as possible together. We've
got a lot of foreign players at Melwood and the staff are keen for them and the English
players to mix together.
There's a table tennis table as well along with a pool table so the lads have ways
of enjoying themselves once training is over.
Anne and Paula produce the food for the players every day. As you can imagine,
pasta is very high on the list and the players will have that almost every day. There will
also be soup and vegetables on offer as well as plenty of yoghurt and fruit.
We also have our lounge area and a large screen television, which the lads enjoy as you
Sky Sports News is on most of the time in here as well as a little bit of rap
In the signing area we have shirts and balls and because we're Liverpool Football
Club, people want things signed all the time. The PR department will come in here
Coaches and tactics room
This is where all the staff will meet and talk about tactics with the manager.
Melwood in 1950