Liverpool F.C. 2018 Squad Numbers

02.07.18 Liverpool Ladies Signing 02
1 – Anke Preuss (GK)
2 – Jasmine Matthews
3 – Leighanne Robe
4 – Razza Roberts
5 – Niamh Fahey
6 – Sophie Bradley-Auckland (VC)
7 – Jess Clarke
8 – Laura Coombs
9 – Courtney Sweetman-Kirk
10 – Christie Murray
11 – Yana Daniels
12 – Leandra Little (C)
15 – Cassia Pike
17 – Niamh Charles
18 – Fran Kitching (GK)
19 – Amy Rodgers
20 – Rinsola Babajide
21 – Missy Bo Kearns
24 – Kirsty Linnett
25 – Paige Cole
26 – Ellie Fletcher*
27 – Annabel Blanchard
36 – Ashley Hodson
44 – Satara Murray
Lizzie Earle

*on loan at Sheffield United 2018/19


Reds secure more experience with capture of Sophie Bradley-Auckland

Neil Redfearn’s ninth signing of the summer arrived on Merseyside this week, Sophie Bradley-Auckland following the new manager from Doncaster Belles with a wealth of experience under her belt.

The Reds defender having previously played for Leeds, Lincoln and Notts County and been involved in the Women’s Super League since it’s inception in 2011.

Sophie has also been capped multiple times for England, playing in the World Cup and at the London Olympics in 2012 for Team GB.

I wasn’t short of finding a fan to talk to about Sophie, at all her previous clubs and internationally she has impressed.

Ex-Notts County supporter Jess Cully has watched Sophie play for club and country and says she is “a strong, reliable centre back” who plays “with grit and iron determination and is a leader on the pitch.”

On the field Liverpool supporters can look forward to her “strength, courage and leadership” says Jess, while off it Sophie “loves her fans” and is “very warm and friendly.”

Jess also cites her title winning campaign at Doncaster last season as one of her highlights, the season marking an impressive comeback from injury setbacks the previous year – “that triumph was so richly deserved.”

A role model on and off the pitch, working part time as well as being a mother, Sophie is an important addition to this Liverpool side.

Reds capture Scot international Christie Murray

The second of Liverpool four signings today is goal scoring midfielder and new Reds number 10 Christie Murray.

Christie, like Niamh and the other two arrivals, brings with her bags of experience. A Scotland international who featured at last summer’s European Championship and a proven goalscorer in both the English and Scotland leagues.

Before leaving Doncaster in December, Christie had scored eight goals in ten games and picked up the league’s Player of the Month award for December.

Speaking to one of Doncaster’s loyal supporters Laura Thornton about Christie (the Belles “pocket rocket”) has confirmed the midfielder is yet another exceptional addition to this Liverpool squad.

Laura tells me Christie is “an excellent striker of the ball” who “can also drop deep and add creativity to play.”

With the Liverpool team for next season beginning to take shape and packed to the brim with hard working players, Laura says we can also expect that from Christie who is “a hard working player who won’t give up.”

Off the pitch Christie is “very friendly, easy to talk to” and without a doubt “become a fans favourite.”

Laura’s memorable moment involving Christie came during last summer’s Euros when, after Scotland had been beaten by England, she made the time to go and see the Belles supporters who had travelled.

Christie’s friendliness is something I can personally endorse having met her last week at Anfield, she took the time to ask everyone’s name and made it her aim to learn them all throughout the day.

Another super signing for the Reds, and another international super Scot to get behind.

Welcome to Liverpool, Christie!

A return to the WSL for Niamh Fahey

Liverpool added another international star to their ranks earlier today with the signing of Republic of Ireland player Niamh Fahey.

Niamh is comfortable playing in defence or midfield and spent last season playing for Bordeaux in the French league. Prior to her time in France Niamh played for both Arsenal (six years) and Chelsea (three years).

In her own words Niamh describes herself as an “intelligent player” who “reads the game well”, “I like a good tackle, strong, committed, like to play with the ball – a bit of everything really.”

Our new signing is also a massive Liverpool fan who says she cannot wait to pull on the red shirt for the first time.

Signing a player with the experience of Niamh, a proven winner with multiple medals to her name, will do wonders for the new-look Reds.

Excited to find out more I contacted Sophie Downey – one half of the excellent and long-time friends of this blog Girls on the Ball – to get the scoop on our number five.

Sophie supports Arsenal and has watched Niamh play many times over the years, first with the Gunners during her six-year spell in North London and then with Chelsea from 2014, and started by telling me “you’ve definitely got yourselves a good one there.”

Niamh is “extremely solid, versatile (seen her play centre back, left back and in midfield) and a strong passer of the ball.

“The experience she brings will do wonders for Liverpool on and off the pitch – she’s won everything there is to win domestically several times.”

Sophie added that Niamh is a lovely person who will be great with the younger players at the Reds, super smart having worked in biomedical science in the past and told me she would have her back at Arsenal “in an instant.”

As for a memorable moment, back in April 2013 Niamh suffered an injury to her ACL and made her comeback in 2014 to feature towards the end of the Gunners FA Cup run – picking up the trophy in only her second game back.

Every player the Reds have signed so far this summer brings something different to the side, yet in many ways display similar attributes – hard working and genuine people.

It’s going to be a good year, welcome to Liverpool, Niamh!

Razza Roberts checks in with the Reds

Today Liverpool announced the signing of Razza Roberts, a defender from Chester who began her playing career at Blackburn before moving to Doncaster in 2013.

Razza has played for the Belles since, impressing Wales head coach Jayne Ludlow to earn an international call up. At the time of her first call up Doncaster skipper (and new Reds centre half) Leandra Little said of our new number four;

“You know what you are going to get, week in, week out and she puts her body on the line for the team.

“She’s very strong in the tackle but also has the ability to spread the ball around the pitch.”

In Razza the Reds are getting a player with a big personality, popular with team mates and supporters alike. Former Liverpool forward Tash Harding commenting earlier: “You’ve got a great one there!”

Having spent plenty of time with Donny Belles supporters over the years, I messaged Sarah Maye earlier to find out what Reds fans can expect from Razza on and off the pitch.

Sarah is a long-time Belles supporter and member of Belles Noisy Fans (yes the ones with the bells) and has told me the Reds have signed an absolute gem in Razza.

When I asked what kind of player Liverpool supporters can expect, Sarah said “Uncompromising! Razza will put her entire being into every game, every challenge. Blood, sweat and tears for the cause but all with a big grin on her face.”

Razza is capable of “pinging diagonal passes half the length of the pitch, throwing her body on the line to block shots and maybe coming up with a headed goal or two.”

Doncaster players famously have a reputation across the league for the strong bond between team and  supporters and Sarah tells me, “off the pitch we talk about the Belles family a lot and Razza is the sort of player that epitomises that. If you’ve got her back, she’ll have yours, she’s a gem.

Sarah finished by telling me of a memorable moment involving Razza and her love for gravy, not going into much detail but that there was a time – at the Select Security Stadium no less – that our new signing mistook sweet and sour sauce for gravy!

Since I spoke to Sarah news broke that Doncaster have had to pull out of the FA Women’s Championship and drop down to the National League. I am genuinely gutted for all the fans I’ve gotten to know over the years and everyone connected with the club, and would like to use this to say to all Doncaster, Sheffield and Notts County fans that you’re all welcome at Liverpool matches.

Leandra Little makes the move to Merseyside

Doncaster Belles captain Leandra Little became Liverpool’s fifth signing of the summer today, joining the Reds after spending seven years with the South Yorkshire side.

Leandra comes with a wealth of experience in the Women’s Super League, also spending time at Lincoln prior to her time at Doncaster.

To say Leandra bolsters our defence would be selling it short, the centre half is a colossus at the back and a towering presence.

One of two players (the second being familiar face Kirsty Hanson) to play each and every one of Doncaster’s games last season as the Belles won the WSL2 title and Leandra is a past winner of Fan’s Player of the Season, Players’ Player and Player.

For those who follow the women’s game in England, Leandra probably needs no introduction however I spoke to Doncaster Belles supporter Kyle Thornton who travels up and down the country in support of the team.

Kyle told me that Leandra has been the Belles “rock in defence, allowing us to play three at the back at times and a more attacking style of football.

“She’s not afraid to go in to any challenge. You’re getting a player that’s one of the most hard working and one of the most underrated centre backs around. To sum her up in one word – solid.”

While at set pieces “in the box at the other end she’ll definitely get you a goal or two.”

When I asked Kyle if he had any memorable moments, whether personal or not, he said “after my mum passed away Leandra not only took the time to personally message me her condolences, but also arranged for the whole first team to send me a card. Which was only a small gesture but obviously meant so much.

“She’s not only a quality football player but an even better person.”

In Leandra the Reds are gaining a top professional with bags of experience, as manager Neil Redfearn says “this is a really important signing for the club… Leandra will be a massive influence in the dressing room this season as we begin a new era for the club.

“Leandra will play a key role in helping us to create a positive environment on and off the pitch so I am delighted to have signed.”

Since the signing was announced, Leandra posted an image of herself as a child in a Liverpool shirt alongside one of the pictures on her first day with the caption: “For all of the young girls and boys out there playing football – work hard and keep dreaming because they really can come true.”

I for one can’t wait to see her play for the Reds next season.

Reds Weekly Round-Up

Welcome to a new section on @LFCladiesfans wherein – believe it not – all the weekly news from the Reds will be rounded up.

Liverpool returned for pre-season training this week, so now seemed as good a time as ever to get this off the ground. 

New Arrivals

This week started with a bang with not one, but two new signings. 

First to be announced was Bristol centre half Jasmine Matthews, joining the Reds after spending her entire career so far at the South West outfit. 

Jasmine is a highly rated defender; voted the Vixens Players’ Player of the Season 17/18, part of the side that battled Liverpool for the WSL title in 2013 (picking up Young Player of the Season the same year) and comes with experience in the Champions League after reaching the quarter-finals with Bristol in 2014.

Off the pitch Jasmine is just as lauded. Since she signed on Monday @LFCladiesfans has received messages and tweets from numerous Bristol supporters saying how much time Jasmine has for fans and the defender was also awarded a PFA Community Award earlier this year.

The day after Jasmine was unveiled as a Red, her Bristol team mate Yana Daniels was also revealed as the latest player to commit to Liverpool.

Yana joins the club after making an impressive comeback from a potentially career-ending injury last year to represent Belgium at the European Championships and is also a Liverpool supporter, making this move all the more sweeter for the winger.

The Reds new number 11 is an exciting attacker, a direct player with an eye for goal. Bristol Development Squad player Ellie Strippel told me that Yana is a “proper team player, a good person to have around the team” who “always looks out for her team mates and is a great person to look up to for younger players.”

Fans Forum

Liverpool held their inaugural forum meeting on Tuesday 12 June with seven supporters selected to represent the fanbase from online applications.

Many topics were discussed as revealed on the official website this week, I’ve picked out a few bits to share here but you can read the full article here: Reds host inaugural forum meeting with fans
  • Paul (Metheringham, General Manager), was keen to highlight how supporters feedback is key to improving two-way communication between the club and its supporters in order for the relationship to be as collaborative as possible
  • The club are currently working on a three year strategy for the women’s team
  • There will be an announcement in the next couple of weeks regarding where Liverpool will be playing home games next season
  • Several ideas were suggested from the fans forum members regarding improving with interaction with players; more school and club visits, more opportunities for Q+A with the Manager & players and open training sessions

As mentioned, Liverpool returned to pre-season training at the beginning of this week. With new signings Leighanne Robe, Jasmine and Yana joined by familiar faces including Laura Coombs, Satara Murray, Jess Clarke, Ellie Fletcher, Amy Rodgers, Annabel Blanchard, Cassia Pike and Paige Cole.

Several players were away on England youth international training camps and have joined the squad later in the week.

Ashley Hodson was also on the training gallery as the forward begins her rehab following an operation on her knee.

There’ll be opportunities to watch the Reds soon as the pre-season fixtures have been announced, as far as I’m aware so far the only one to be played behind-closed-doors will be the first game against Manchester United on the 15th. Keep an eye on the official @LFCLadies twitter page and on @LFCladiesfans for any updates.

Sunday 15 July. Manchester United Women (A)

Tuesday 24 July. Everton Ladies (A)

Wednesday 1 August. SGS Essen (A)

Sunday 5 August. Bayern Munich (A)

Sunday 12 August. Durham Women (A)

Yana Daniels latest to sign up with new-look Reds

Liverpool announced their third signing of the summer on Wednesday afternoon as Belgium winger Yana Daniëls joined Neil Redfearn’s new-look Reds.

The lifelong Liverpool supporter spoke about having butterflies as she walked around Anfield on her signing day, explaining to LFCTVGO that growing up in Belgium “the English teams are quite big and I always liked Liverpool”
When Yana first heard of the Reds interest in her she thought “it can’t be true that I can play there. I didn’t think about it for a long time… it felt right to just go for it.”
Yana has spent the last season at Bristol City, joining the Vixens after representing Belgium in last summer’s UEFA European Championships and has played for her country at every age level – scoring six in 16 games in youth internationals.
Prior to joining Bristol, Yana had recently got back into playing football with Anderlecht having suffered a potentially career-ending injury and spending two years on the sidelines.
The Reds new attacker told Vavel;
It was complicated, I tore my LCL three times and when I tore it again it wasn’t possible to just make it again because it was already torn so they did a different kind of surgery. So they broke my leg to put it in another position and take the pressure away and I needed three surgeries in a year. It took me two years and three months to get back and I’m so happy I’m back.
Because of the breaking thing… it’s complicated because the position of your whole body is different, and they usually do it with old people so it’s not quite something they do with younger people especially not sports people, so they said the chance that you can play sport again is really low – especially at the high level. They said just focus on rehab and walking straight again, just normal things in life. That’s what I did so I didn’t think I was going to play again but I was on the team staff for two years – as a video analyst – so that was really cool, I thought that was how my passion for football would be in the future. But I missed playing so I tried again… it’s hard to let it go if you love it.
I spoke to Bristol City Development Squad player Ellie Strippel to find out what Liverpool supporters can expect from Yana during this upcoming season.
Ellie says Yana is skilful, quick, direct and shows great positional sense – “can always count on her to be in the right place to score.”
Having played alongside Yana, Ellie also said that you “can always rely on her to give 100% if she’s in the first team or the development side.”
A “proper team player, a good person to have around the team” who “always looks out for her team mates and is a great person to look up to for younger players.
These are sentiments echoed by Bristol match day volunteer Martin Radford who says “Yana will give 100% in every game. She’s got goals in her and scored a couple of very good ones last season.”
Of Yana and Jasmine (Matthews, who also joined this week from Bristol), Martin said “what you will get off the field are two very nice, very approachable players. Great with the fans and generally two lovely people.”

Signing new players is always exciting and when that new player happens to support your club, I believe it makes it that little bit more special.

To read the full Vavel article on Yana’s comeback click here.

Reds revolution continues with arrival of Jasmine Matthews

Liverpool’s revolution continued earlier today with the arrival of Bristol City defender Jasmine Matthews.

At the end of the 2017/18 campaign Jasmine picked up the Vixens Players’ Player of the Season award and joins the Reds having spent her entire career at the South West club.

With a reputation across the Women’s Super League as a steady, solid and reliable centre half, Jasmine is a past recipient of Bristol’s Young Player of the Season. This honour notably coming in 2013 after a superb Bristol side battled Liverpool for the league title until the final game of the season.

Jasmine also starred in Bristol’s exciting run in the 2014/15 Champions League campaign, which included a brilliant victory over Barcelona on aggregate.

Across football, and without liking to generalise, supporters appreciate players that come across well as much off the pitch as on it and Jasmine leaves Bristol with plenty of goodwill from Vixens fans and players.

A quick glance across the replies on her thank you note to supporters show the words ‘legend’ and ‘inspiring’ show up on several occasions along with multiple variations on ‘always gave everything’. 

Exciting signs that are matched upon further delving into social media, Jasmine a prominent member of the local Bristol community in youth football and at food banks – so much so that our new number two was awarded the PFA Community Player of the Season earlier this year.

Unlike Leighanne last week, I have seen Jasmine play a fair few times. However since that blog went down a treat I’ve once again spoken to someone who has seen her play a lot more than me, my friend and massive Bristol fan Keila.

Keila says that Jasmine is “a hard working and determined defender who isn’t shy of a hard challenge, very reliable at the back but also a strong leader with a lot of experience behind her despite still being quite young. 

Liverpool fans can expect a fully committed and hard working player with Jaz who gives her all in to each game but is also a lovely person on and off the pitch.”

All in all, and forgive me if this sounds like I am getting ahead of myself, this genuinely feels like a fresh start for the club and with more new signings imminent I’m excited and you should be too. 

Liverpool’s rebuild begins with Leighanne Robe

Since the end of the 2017/18 Women’s Super League season no fewer than nine first team players have departed Liverpool along with manager Scott Rogers.

For supporters of the Reds each departure was a blow. Following a brief respite, as Neil Redfern was announced as Scott’s replacement and news trickled through of a positive fan panel, came the knock out – long serving captain Gemma Bonner had also left.

Social media over the last few weeks has been a minefield, with disappointed supporters at every turn. From loyal fans of the club there was nothing but well wishes for those moving on, bittersweet though it may have been.

Today however marks the start of a new era at Liverpool. The first signing of Neil’s reign announced as Millwall captain Leighanne Robe, an experienced 24-year old centre half who has also spent time at Arsenal and Watford.

Having not seen much of Leighanne on the pitch, my first thought and port of call was Millwall supporter Dion Farnes, who has seen the majority of their games over the last few years, to get the low down on our number three and all the important stats – such as her first goal for Millwall coming against none other than Everton! You can watch and enjoy that header here – Leighanne goal against Everton.

For the Lionesses Leighanne made 42 appearances, scoring twice. She started each of those games without being subbed off and only missed two games during her time in London.

With the Reds needing clear reinforcements across the field, supporters will be happy to hear that Leighanne is “a solid, reliable and consistent player” who “reads the game very well”, “loves a tackle and physically strong, rarely injured and has great stamina”.

Dion says that the centre half is usually the first name on the team sheet, a dead ball specialist and a player that stands out on the pitch. 

Added to Neil’s comments that Leighanne is comfortable in any position along the back line and a real leader on the pitch, Liverpool are certainly moving in the right direction and look to have bagged a real coup.

Welcome to Liverpool, Leighanne! Up the Reds.