Liverpool to build 'privacy screen' at Melwood training ground to stop fans leaking team selection

The building work is close to completion at the club's training ground

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Liverpool are about to complete work on a privacy screen around their training ground Melwood, which will be designed to stop members of the public from spying on sessions and leaking tactical details.

Team selections have been known to appear on social media networks in the days leading up to the club's key fixtures, exposing manager Brendan Rodgers' tactical plans.

According to the Liverpool Echo, the club believes that the leaks are made by supporters peering over the walls which surround the club's training base, so keen to see their idols that they at times even film the team's sessions. Fans regularly use bins, cars, discarded roadwork barriers or ladder to look over the wall and catch of glimpse of the players.

One fan's novel way of watching a Liverpool training session

Rodgers is currently under severe pressure to find results at Anfield following a disappointing start to the season. His side are without a win in six games across all competitions and have only picked up maximum points twice so far this term, in unconvincing displays against Stoke City and Bournemouth.

The Northern Irishman believes his tactical preparations must be protected if he is to have any hope of turning the club's form around.

In January, Liverpool City Council erected a 4.5 metre high screen around one of the pitches as temporary measure. The council then granted planning permission for the club's own privacy screen in April. 

Work on the installation is set to be completed in the next fortnight, with only the 'privacy curtain' left to be put in. The club will only use the curtain for certain training sessions after consulting with and making guarantees to local residents in the Kirkby area.