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Liverpool to open football academy in India

English Premier League (EPL) club Liverpool has partnered with Indian I-League second division football club DSK Shivajians to launch an academy in its Pune region next year.

Set to open in January for footballers under 18-years-old, the academy will include pitches, practice areas, classrooms, a gym, lecture theatre and medical facilities.

Academy director Frank McParland said: "Education and community work is key to the development of our young players. At the academy in Liverpool we aim to develop outstanding players and good human beings.

“The results speak for themselves, as last season seven academy players made their first-team debuts. We look forward to taking our knowledge and experience of developing young footballers to India."