Tomorrow Liverpool Ladies face Arsenal Ladies in their penultimate league game of the 2014 season However despite having just the 2 league games left, Matt Beard’s side face a busy couple of weeks with their Champions League début on Wednesday and a trip to Sweden 4 days after the end of the WSL.
In his recent column on LFC.com the reds manager announced that German winger Nicole Rolser has returned to full training. Despite saying the Arsenal game could come just too soon for her return, we could well see her feature in the midweek Champions League game, Rolser has been sorely missed this year – her importance to the team becoming all the more defined in her absence.
Arsenal Ladies endured a tough opening to their campaign, drawing their opening game before losing 3 in a row. Since then Arsenal have won 5 out of 8, including a 1-0 victory over Liverpool at the end of June.
On the day Liverpool were far from full-strength, with Katrin Omarsdottir and Libby Stout both missing through injury and Kate Longhurst and Katie Zelem both making their first start since overcoming injury that had seen the pair miss games during the first half of the season.
Liverpool were also unlucky to concede, Casey Stoney somehow bundling the corner over the line to spoil the brilliant Danielle Gibbons‘ clean sheet and score the only goal of the game.
Stoney has been amongst the goalscorers for Arsenal throughout the season, with 5 to her name. Kelly Smith leads the gunners goal scoring charts with 12 strikes, including an impressive hat-trick in a stunning 4-3 comeback win at Bristol Academy in their last outing.
Fara Williams was Liverpool’s heroine in their last game away at Birmingham City. The reds midfielder scoring an excellent winning goal for the reds from the halfway line just minutes after the blues had drew level late on.
This is a must-win game for Liverpool as they continue to pursue a top 2 place, currently the reds sit 1 point behind Chelsea in 1st and 1 point ahead of Birmingham in 3rd. Defeat to Arsenal and a Chelsea win would see the title being taken out of Liverpool’s hands.
Kick-off is at 2pm, Borehamwood FC. Tickets are priced £5 for adults and £2.50 concessions.
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