The Reds did make an encouraging start with Van De Sanden first seeing her cross deflected away from goal, the Dutch winger getting back on the ball, looking for the run of Coombs only for the Bristol defence to clear.
Reds boss Scott Rogers had named an unchanged eleven to the side that beat Birmingham at St. Andrews, with new signing from Notts County Amy Turner not yet listed amongst the match day squad.
It was Greenwood playing high up the pitch and getting in amongst the Sunderland defence that was causing problems in the early stages of the game – Weir spotting the run of the left-back parallel to the 18-yard box and looking to slip her through.
On this occasion Greenwood was stopped at the edge of the area, yet a cross put in two minutes later bounced around the box before Jess Clarke caught the ball on the volley and her shot sailed over the crossbar.
A lovely touch on the outside of her boot allowed Weir to evade a crowd of Sunderland players and find Charles. The young forward carried the ball up the pitch, picking out the run of Coombs from midfield. Coombs’ shot rebounded to Clarke and Black Cats goalkeeper Anke Preuss saved.
Sunderland were hardly getting s sniff of the ball when Weir opened the scoring, picking the ball up on the half way line, racing forward and taking one look up before curling the likely goal of the season past Preuss with her left foot.
The Black Cats looked for an immediate reaction however were spurned at every turn, Siobhan Chamberlain punching away Beverly Leon’s shot and Ashley Hodson preventing Abbey Joice connecting with a through ball.
Instead it looked Liverpool most likely to score the second; Weir deftly flicking Harding’s cross towards Clarke, Greenwood seeing a cross land in the arms of Preuss, and also watching a stinging effort rebound off the ‘keeper to the feet of Clarke. Pruess recovering well to deny Clarke at point blank range.
Just over ten minutes later and the Reds had the ball back in the net, a sixth assist of the season for Greenwood who slipped through Harding. Harding in turn slotting the ball low under Preuss to register her sixth goal of the campaign.
The confidence in this Liverpool side has never been more apparent than the following 20-minutes that led up to half-time. The passing, the runs, the staunch back line. Looking dangerous every time they headed forward, Sunderland were barely able to get a handle on the game.
Clarke went looking for her second in a red shirt, first with a curling effort and then rising to meet Hodson’s impressive cross from deep.
While Clarke was gunning for her second, Casey Stoney was unlucky not to have her first. Her header from a Greenwood corner an inch over the crossbar.
A lightning fast run from Harding on the left wing led the forward to the byline, from where she attempted to cut the ball back to Charles only for Victoria Williams to beat her to the ball.
Then Weir weaved her way past a couple of Sunderland shirts before hitting a second strike from outside the area – Preuss wise to this effort and collecting the ball.
At the end of the first half it was Liverpool that came under pressure at the back – shortly after Gemma Bonner went close to scoring at the other end – the Reds captain led her back line as they pushed everything away. Chamberlain producing a strong punch, allowing Liverpool to get out of their half and the referee to blow the whistle for the break.
The Black Cats made one change at the break, Stephanie Roche on for Joice – a substitution that seemed to give the visitors a bit more threat going forwards. In the beginning of the second half, Madelaine Hill seen a shot bounce off the outside of the past and Chamberlain pushed former Red Lucy Staniforth’s effort out for a corner.
Still though it looked like Liverpool would be more likely to extend their lead rather than concede.
Weir’s fierce hit landed to the wrong side of the post after the number ten was teed up by Charles and a quick Reds counter – after Chamberlain had again denied Staniforth – seen Clarke denied at the near post.
Ten minutes into the second half Rogers made his first substitution as Ali Johnson came on for Charles. The change immediately producing a goal as Johnson hooked Bonner’s looping cross into the path of Weir who made no mistake from 6-yards out.
Liverpool were 3-0 up and cruising, able to take their foot off the pedal a little while still showing attacking threat – a great save from Preuss stopping Bonner from scoring her fourth goal in five games and Johnson turning in the middle to play through Greenwood, her shot-cross over the bar.
The Reds made two further changes in the second half, Kate Longhurst on for goal scorer Harding and Ellie Fletcher making her first team debut in place of Weir.
Fletcher has had an impressive first year with the Reds Development Squad, captaining the side as they close in on the league title – needing just a point against Durham on Sunday to confirm the honours.
There was time for one more goal as the game entered it’s final stages – four the apparent lucky number for the Reds who have now scored four in four of their five Spring Series games – Stoney tapping home a Greenwood corner (seven assists!) at the far post.
Liverpool did almost made it five for the first time when Ingle’s header was met with an impressive save from Preuss, the Reds Player of the Year denied and the game ending 4-0.
LIVERPOOL LADIES: Chamberlain, Hodson, Bonner ©, Stoney (Zelem), Greenwood, Ingle, Coombs, Weir, Van De Sanden (Longhurst), Charles (Clarke), Harding