When Liverpool owners FSG invested £50m in a brand new training complex for the Reds, they made their intentions very clear.
Jurgen Klopp’s side relocated from Melwood to Kirkby, where they would move into the new AXA Training Complex right next door to the club’s Academy.
Indeed, Klopp and his staff were now able to get a closer look at Liverpool’s exciting crop of talent and work alongside Academy Director Alex Inglethorpe to ensure the pathway remained clear for youngsters to progress.
It’s a strategy Liverpool have made no secret of and specialist coach Vitor Matos was hired as the bridge between the Academy and first team for that very reason.
Seeing Liverpool produce their own talent is key for Liverpool owners FSG, who can ensure that the Reds can compete with their rivals for major transfers by saving money elsewhere in the market.
Liverpool chairman Tom Werner explained why the investment was so crucial in a letter buried in a time capsule on-site at the new complex.
He said: “The redevelopment of the club’s Academy site and its new Training Centre underlines our unwavering commitment to the club.
“This major investment not only mirrors our success both on and off the pitch but is also a vital step in the club’s continued growth, delivering state-of-the-art facilities and amenities that you would expect for a club of our stature.
“It will also provide an aspirational and inspirational pathway for our young players at the Academy to senior level where we hope they will one day make their debut for Liverpool FC.”
And so who could save Liverpool millions in the transfer market in the windows to come?
Harvey Elliott is an obvious place to start.
The 17-year-old is one of the most talented young players in the country and has made a big impression out on loan at Blackburn Rovers this season.
The Reds have big plans for him in the future.
Sepp van den Berg was brought in from PEC Zwolle in summer 2019 and is currently enjoying a quietly impressive season with Preston, he too is somebody Liverpool will hope continues to progress.
Teenage goalkeeper Marcelo Pitaluga currently trains with Liverpool’s first team and has been capped at youth level for Brazil. Ahead of him is Caoimhin Kelleher, who has enjoyed a breakout season, establishing himself as Klopp’s number two.
Both men could have bright futures at Anfield.