In a replay of last season’s title decider, tomorrow Liverpool Ladies will take on Bristol Academy in the final league game of the Women’s Super League season.
Liverpool go into the game having made a winning start to life in the Champions League midweek – beating Swedish outfit Linkopings FC 2-1 in the first leg of the Round of 32.
Lucy Bronze was on form, as she has been all season, at the centre of both Liverpool goals on the night. Gemma Davison opened the scoring after Bronze’s blocked shot came back out to her and Natasha Dowie netted the winner after brilliant work from the reds right-back in the 18-yard box.
Another player who was a stand out on the night was Liverpool’s no.1 Libby Stout, who pulled off a string of impressive saves in a commanding performance at the back – giving Liverpool a fighting chance going into the away leg next week. Post-match Matt Beard said Stout is amongst the best goalkeepers in the world, a statement hard to argue with given just how quick she has settled in the English league.
Bristol Academy were also in Champions League action on Thursday evening, beating Irish side Raheny United 4-0 away from home, with a brace from Welsh international Natasha Harding and Spanish striker Natalia also on the score sheet.
Despite not challenging at the top of the league this year, Bristol still boast some of the top WSL players in Harding, Jemma Rose and keeper Mary Earps – who arrived during pre-season following the departure of Siobhan Chamberlain.
Going into the final league game of the season, Liverpool are finally almost injury-free. On Wednesday night being able to bring title winners Nicole Rolser, Katrin Omarsdottir and Kate Longhurst off the bench was a fantastic sight for supporters of Liverpool. Rolser and Longhurst particularly making an immediate impact, with the former hitting the crossbar and the latter almost extending the reds lead.
With Lucy Staniforth still to return, next season if Liverpool can keep this team together they genuinely have one of – if not the – best squads in the league. You only have to look at how the team has coped with having so many key first team players out at different stages throughout the campaign. Full credit for remaining in the battle for the title until the end must go to those remaining players, the coaching staff and the youth players who comfortably made the step up to plug the gaps.
Retaining the title tomorrow is out of Liverpool’s hands, beating Bristol and winning 3 points will give them the best possible chance of placing in the top 2 spots should either Chelsea or Birmingham slip up in their final day ties. Stranger things in football have happened, as supporters of Liverpool Football Club are well aware.
To be there as the day unfolds, tickets at Select Stadium, Widnes are just £1 – one pound!! 2pm kick off, hope to see you there!
If you are unable to be at the game, you can follow all the action on twitter – @LFCladiesfans – or on BT Sport, watch out for the links which I will tweet tomorrow!
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