Reds will commute on match days

February 28, 1970
Next season, Liverpool players will only see Anfield on match days. Their weekly headquarters where they report for their daily work-out will be Melwood, their modernised training ground in West Derby.

At present they report in the mornings at Anfield, and, after changing into their training strip travel to Melwood by coach. Then they return to Anfield for lunch – and if necessary go back again to Melwood in the afternoon.

But when the extensions and modernisations to the main stand at Anfield are under way next season, facilities at Anfield will be subject to so many changes and alterations that it will be impractical for the players to use it as a mid-week base.

Then, the Liverpool system will be similar to that used by Everton, whose players only see Goodison Park on match days. All week, they train, eat and relax at their Bellefield training ground.

Once the stand is completed for the start of the 1971-72 season, Liverpool are likely to return to their present routine, but with some pleasant changes. For Anfield will be equipped with brand new dressing rooms, a luxury lounge for the players to relax, a treatment room resembling a mini-hospital, and a new restaurant.
(Source: Liverpool Echo: February 28, 1970)


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