Anfield legend Robbie Fowler shares POEM he wrote about Melwood as Liverpool bid farewell to historic training ground ahead of move to AXA Training Centre in Kirkby
- Robbie Fowler has paid tribute to Liverpool’s historic training ground, Melwood
- Fowler took to Instagram to share a poem about Liverpool’s ‘fabulous home’
- He recalls ‘late nights’ at Melwood facilities and says it is where it all began
Robbie Fowler has paid tribute to Liverpool‘s historic training ground as the Reds finally bid farewell to Melwood.
Fowler took to Instagram to share a touching poem ahead of the club’s move to the brand new AXA Training Centre in Kirkby next week.
Fowler recalled the ‘many memories’ he made at the ‘fabulous home he called Melwood’ during his eight years at Liverpool.
Robbie Fowler (above) has paid tribute to Liverpool’s historic training ground, Melwood
He took to Instagram to share a series of photographs from his training days at Melwood.
The photos were accompanied with a touching poem that read:
‘It began as a kid so many late nights,
‘just off the bus to see the delights,
‘From Highway to Macca and Rush through to Yeats,
‘So many legends have shone through those gates.
‘I was there I’m so proud to say,
‘Forever in debt I did get to play
‘So many memories of where it began,
‘Dalglish, Evans, the great Ronnie Moran
‘Pristine conditions of what once was mud
‘The fabulous home we called Melwood.
Melwood has been synonymous with Liverpool since the 1950s, providing the place where legends such as Ian St John, Kevin Keegan, Steven Gerrard and current captain Jordan Henderson have honed their talents.
Fowler was one of the most natural goalscorers to ever grace the training pitch at Melwood.
The Liverpool legend scored on his debut in a League Cup match against Fulham before asserting his dominance by scoring all five in the return leg at Anfield.
Fowler ended the season as Liverpool’s top scorer with 18 and went on on to become the seventh-highest goalscorer in the history of the Premier League having scored 183 goals.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp made the most of his final hours in the office in a new picture set
Klopp’s office, which he said was being cleared by his PA, allowed him to gaze out at the grass
Fowler is not the only emotional one to be leaving Melwood. Jurgen Klopp spoke of his fondness for his former office while predicting that Liverpool’s new state-of-the-art facility in Kirkby would be ‘great’.
He told Liverpoolfc.com: ‘Mixed emotions, really mixed emotions. I am happy about going to Kirkby and very sad about leaving Melwood, to be honest.
‘So, it’s strange; I didn’t think properly about it so far, but my PA is obviously already moving all my stuff out of my office so I realised step-by-step that the place already looks different.
‘I will miss it, but that’s how it should be. Melwood was really good, it was important – an important place in my life, so I will miss it.
‘But Kirkby will be great.’
Klopp knows that he has followed a long line of managerial greats – from Bill Shankly to Rafael Benitez – in working towards some of the greatest days in the club’s history at the complex.
The likes of Mohamed Salah (second from left) have refined their skills across the complex turf