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Liverpool Mark The Opening Of New Training Centre With Time Capsule

Liverpool’s brand new AXA Training Centre at Kirkby officially opened today, and to mark the occasion a time capsule was buried at the visitors' entrance.

Premier League champions Liverpool marked a new era in their history after they officially left their historic Melwood base last week after more than 70 years, before moving to a state-of-the-art facility in Kirkby. And to mark the opening of the new AXA Training Centre, the club buried a steel time capsule containing artefacts related to Liverpool's rich history. The capsule was placed outside of the visitors’ entrance to the facility and is marked by a special plaque set in granite paving, and it will be opened in 50 years from today to teach future generations about what the club is like in the present day.

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Contained within the time capsule are the following items:

A letter to future Liverpool FC fans, colleagues and the Kirkby community from our owners Fenway Sports Group

A pair of Jurgen 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

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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

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2 x LFC branded USB sticks containing video content including:

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

The club’s 125th anniversary commemorative video

LFC’s ‘This Means More’ campaign video

Footage of Liverpool FC being crowned 2019/20 Premier League Champions

‘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

Capsule's obviously bigger than it looks...

Daniel Jones

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