Liverpool have earmarked November's international break as the time to move into their new training facility in Kirkby.

The Reds were initially slated to make the switch from the iconic Melwood base in July, with last season supposed to be the final campaign at the site that has been their home since the 1950s.

However, construction on the new £50million ground was halted because of the coronavirus pandemic shortly after the suspension of football earlier this year.

Contractors McLaughlin and Harvey ceased work at the end of March as a result of COVID-19 but dispatched smaller workforces to the base in May when Government guidelines declared it safe to do so.

McLaughlin and Harvey consulted with the Construction Leadership Council and outlined a safe way of working that was then communicated to its subcontractors on sites across the country.

Liverpool have been in no rush to leave their current base after the agreement with the Torus Housing Trust, who purchased Melwood for £10m last year, gave them a 12-month period to remain on their current site.

As a result, the move has been at the discretion of Klopp once the work was complete and it is understood that next month has been pencilled in for the switch.

Liverpool are yet to confirm the date but the ECHO understands staff at the club are preparing to move when the players are out on international duty from the middle of November.

Klopp has always been keen to unite the first team with the club's age groups and Liverpool's owners Fenway Sports Group backed their manager by beginning work next to their Academy grounds in 2017.

Liverpool insiders believe the "world-class" facility will rival any other in European football and the long-awaited move is now just weeks away.

"They have invested their capital in things like the new mega store, the new Main Stand, the Kirkby training centre, which is absolutely world class and the team will be moving into that soon," former CEO Peter Moore told the ECHO earlier this month.

"As much as we love Melwood, it is probably ultimately not what you need. Particularly when you want to bring through your Academy players into the first team.

"And the success we are having with the Academy and players coming through, that makes it even more critical. The fact that they were a good 20 minutes drive from each other wasn't ideal.

"Most of the clubs we compete against at the top level, that isn't the case, so that is what we needed to do."

The new base is a 9,200 square metre centre facility that will house both first-team stars and the club's Academy talent.

The state-of the art facilities will comprise of two gyms, a full-size sports hall, pool, a hydrotherapy complex as well as specialist sports rehabilitation suites for injured players to use when aiming to regain fitness.

Open-plan rooms have been designed for the gyms to allow players recovering from injury to see the training pitches in front of them as a source of motivation in their recovery process.

Back in 2018, Billy Hogan, who now holds the title of Liverpool's CEO, admitted the club would consider naming rights once the facility was completed.

He said: “For the right partner, if it makes sense, then that's something we'll certainly look at.

“There are wider opportunities around the new training ground which we'll look at.

"If it's not a headline naming rights then more subtle relationships could make more sense within a training ground environment.”

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Both Klopp and first-team players have been consulted on key decisions as the club close in on completion of what they believe will be one of the finest training complexes on the continent.

"It will look and feel exactly how you'd expect an elite facility for Liverpool Football Club to be," said chief operating officer, Andy Hughes, in 2018.

“This is a critical component of a successful football club. Liverpool Football Club was going to have to make this development.”

Liverpool purchased 14 acres of land at Simonswood Playing Fields at the rear of the Academy to expand the size of the current site to around 60 acres.

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The plans were drawn up by London-based architects KSS, who designed Anfield’s new Main Stand, with the company's chairman, David Keirle, overseeing much of the work.

Mr Kierle said last year: "Our designs for this training facility reflect the identity and ambition of Liverpool FC.

"They provide a clear, aspirational pathway to the first team, whilst retaining the requirement for each player to earn the right to progress to every level.

"The extensive use of natural light, together with a cool, restrained material palette will deliver a relaxed but motivational interior, which will be unmistakably Liverpool."