1998 marked the opening of a new state-of-the-art Youth Academy in Kirkby, Liverpool.
Overseen by Frank McParland, this academy features four full-size grass pitches and one polytan surface. Combined with seven smaller pitches and an indoor arena the grounds cover an impressive 56 acres.
On the walls of the indoor centre hang the key words 'Technique', 'Attitude', 'Balance' and 'Speed'. These qualities, known as 'TABS' are the key footballing attributes preached at The Academy.
Previous players to emerge from Liverpool’s youth development system have been England stars such as Steven Gerrard, Michael Owen and Jamie Carragher. Gerrard became involved with the club aged just 8, though at this age players simply attend after-school training sessions. As the players reach their mid-teens, if deemed talented enough, the academy takes over their academic needs, and as such has a lecture theatre and a computer equipped classroom.
Liverpool have recently recruited Brendan Rogers -former manager of Swansea City who is looking to take the club forward this comming season.
Rogers needs no introduction to fans of football; while Jose Segura, the Academy's technical manager, has a great reputation for helping develop future stars of the calibre of Andres Iniesta, Cesc Fabregas, Mikel Arteta and Gerard Pique making him a hugely valuable addition to their staff.