ESPN WSL Preview

 Tuesday nights ESPN WSL Preview featured interviews with Liverpool Ladies manager Matt Beard and new signings from our rivals Everton, Fara Williams and Natasha Dowie. For those who were unable to watch the show I have transcribed the interviews below!

Matt Beard “My job was to assess the current squad when I took over and look at replacing and starting all over again. We felt we needed that blend of domestic players as well as 1 or 2 internationals from abroad to give us that balance and I think we’ve managed to do that.”

Matt on aspirations for the season “To be in the top half of the table – that’s the minimum target we’ve got. I think we’ve got a squad that can beat anyone on its day but top half finish is a target to start off with and then anything above that will be a bonus.”

Natasha Dowie “We had some great years at Everton, I was there for 4 years and won a lot of trophies with them. I felt like I needed a fresh lease of life and I’ve worked with Matt Beard before at Charlton. I heard of what he was planning on doing here at Liverpool and when I saw the talented players he was going to bring in from other clubs in the WSL and overseas I thought it was a team that was looking to achieve great things.”

Natasha on team bonding “It just feels natural, we’ve been training every day it’s been such a buzz and the girls have gelled so well. It’s really exciting and we’re all having such a great time here.”

Natasha on aspirations for the season “I think deep down we’ve got the quality in this team, this squad to maybe make history here at Liverpool and I believe there can be special things this season for Liverpool Ladies.”

Fara Williams “We’ve got players with international experience so they bring that kind of confidence that English players don’t have. We have to hide what we want and what’s wrong with putting it out there and saying we’re going to go for it – that’s what some of the foreign players have bought.”

Match Preview: SWFC

FA Cup Quarter Final, KO 2PM 

 Who are we playing? Sunderland Women’s Football Club
 Where? Away, SWFC usually play their home games at Hetton Centre however due to this being unavailable this tie will be played at The Academy Of Light. Due to this change there will be no admission to the game on the day.
 Injuries? Sunderland have 2 players out, midfielder Rachel Furness and striker Natalie Gutteridge.

 Sunderland currently play in the Women’s Premier League which is a division below LLFC, however they are one of the teams hoping for a place in the revamped Women’s Super League from next season.  Sunderland have won the Premier League the last two seasons, also winning the League Cup during this time. This season they sit 5 points clear at the top again having won 9 and drawn 3 of their 12 games. Both team progressed to the quarter finals with big wins, Liverpool won 5-0 away at Aston Villa while Sunderland beat Manchester City 4-0.

 Random fact: Liverpool defender Lucy Bronze came through the academy at Sunderland and played for their senior team from 2007-2010.

Hi, welcome to my new blog!

 This blog is aimed at bringing you the latest from Liverpool Ladies. As a huge supporter of the ladies team I have set up a twitter, which you can follow here & I want to bring you the latest news from a fans point of view.

 In the coming weeks I hope to bring you player profiles, match previews & reports and more!

 All opinions are my own and I am not affiliated with Liverpool Ladies in any way.