LONDON: Liverpool are preparing to launch a new youth academy in India next year, the Premier League giants announced yesterday.
The five-time European champions will work with Indian club DSK Shivajians to set up the facility, which will open in January and will be known as The LFC International Football Academy DSK.
Accommodating players up to the age of 18, it will feature a residential complex, full-size pitches, practice areas, classrooms, changing rooms, a gym, a canteen, a lecture theatre and medical facilities.
Liverpool have also committed to providing coaches to help run the project.
“At the academy in Liverpool we aim to develop outstanding players and good human beings,” Liverpool academy director Frank McParland told the club website.
“The results speak for themselves, as last season seven academy players made their first-team debuts.
“Education and community work is key to the development of our young players and we look forward to taking our knowledge and experience of developing young footballers to India.”
DSK are based in Pune, 150 kilometres (95 miles) from Mumbai in western Maharashtra state, which is also the base of Indian poultry firm Venky’s, the owners of English second-tier side Blackburn Rovers.
English clubs view India as a potential source of playing talent and teams including Chelsea and Queens Park Rangers have run coaching classes there in recent years.AFP