As part of a new partnership between LFC and John Moores University, two post-graduate students have been seconded to Melwood to assist with injury prevention and opposition analysis. We popped down to West Derby to meet them.
First up is Alec Scott, who works under our head of technical analysis Andy Scoulding:
Tell us what you do at Melwood...
We prepare pre- and post-match game information. Pre-match we pull together information that comes from scouts ahead of games, and we try to put this into document or video form for the players. Post-match we summarise and evaluate how we played to establish what our strengths were and what our weaknesses were.
How might what you do affect what happens on the pitch?
For example, before West Ham we compiled information on team line ups, how they play, what their strategies are, which players do what. We also look at set-pieces - what the targets are and what their strengths and weaknesses are.
You often sit in the press box at Anfield. When an opposition player does something that you've documented - that must be a nice feeling?
It's more the other way round. I'm thinking, 'Please don't let anything happen that I haven't picked up on.' The reward comes when the team does well.
Are you a Liverpool fan?
I'm slowly becoming one, though I'm originally from Bristol. I don't think you can be part of a club like this and go to games and not feel connected.
How does it feel as an intern coming to work at one of the world's biggest clubs every day?
It's amazing to come through the door and see the Shankly wall quote and the Champions League trophy at Melwood. It takes a long time to sink in and realise where you are.
Next in the hotseat is James Malone, who has a more front-line role making sure the backroom team gets as much information as possible about how much work the players are doing:
What's your role here?
My main role is to set up the GPS and heart-rate systems that the players wear during training, and then we collect this data on a daily basis.
How important is that?
It's an important part of what we do. The more information we can gather on a player, the more of a physiological profile we have. That enables us to see if people are on the brink of injuries. It's crucial that we get this information.
So your work helps to prevent injuries?
We work closely with the medical team. If a certain player gets injured we can look through the archives to see what they've done in the last couple of weeks. Then we will know if it's because of the workload that's been placed upon a player or if an injury has just occurred due to contact.
Is this the first time you've worked at a football club?
Last year during my Masters I worked at Everton on a part-time basis doing a similar role to what I'm doing here.
But are you a Liverpool fan?
I used to be a season ticket holder and I've been in the Kop many times over the years. It's a dream come true to be working at the club. The people who work here are great people so I'm learning a lot each day.
Stay logged on to Liverpoolfc.tv on Wednesday for a fascinating interview with the man who advises the players what to eat. Plus, find out what happened when Liverpoolfc.tv went along to JMU to take some of the tests the players have to go through in pre-season.