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The emergence of homegrown Reds talent Missy Bo-Kearns

Making her senior debut against Chelsea Women in the FA WSL, forward Missy Bo-Kearns has started making waves. The 17-year-old has been with Liverpool FC since she was just eight-years-old. Here’s what you need to know about the Reds’ up-and-coming homegrown talent: 

A new home-grown talent emerges

As fans started to arrive at Prenton Park on an especially cold and damp evening to watch an in-form Liverpool Women’s squad, excitement built. The Reds’ task was to take on the ever-present Chelsea in the latest Women’s Super League fixture.

The main buzz around fans however, was a new name on the team sheet. This would be the League’s introduction to local girl, Missy Bo-Kearns.

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Bo-Kearns wasn’t named in the official match day programme apart from the squad list on the back page. So to see her name published on the official team sheet minutes later as a substitute definitely turned a few heads.

We managed to grab a few private words with injured duo Niamh Charles and Jess Clarke in the build-up to the match. Clarke described the teen as a ‘pacey little player’ who is ‘very versatile’. A very promising analysis from one of Liverpool’s most senior players.

An early crowd favourite

As the Reds battled against the sheer will and talent of Chelsea, Laura Coombs made way for Bo-Kearns on the 83rd minute. The crowd were supportive as ever and gave the debutant an extra loud cheer as she stood alongside manager Vicky Jepson, waiting to make her mark.

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Missy has been with the Liverpool development teams since just eight years of age. This undoubtedly was a proud moment for her and the Bo-Kearns household.

The boss’ verdict

Jepson stated after the unfortunate 4-0 defeat: “It was good to see a 17-year-old step up in that midfield, with the players she was up against and actually make a difference.” She later added on Twitter “eight years-old we signed this little rascal”.

Bo-Kearns will surely continue to develop and establish herself as a senior player. The youngster was also an unused substitute during the SSE Women’s FA Cup loss to Manchester City Women on Sunday.

Many fans will be hoping she can end up ever-present in a future Liverpool side. The same way Sophie Bradley-Auckland, Laura Coombs and Christie Murray have done this season.

The Reds come up against Arsenal Women next. The WSL fixture is to be held at Prenton Park on Saturday 23 March. Tickets can be purchased here and start at as little as £2.50 and are free for any LFC members.

Drew Diamond
Avid runner, writer and devils advocate. Born & raised in the wirral and eloped to travel Europe. Liverpool F.C. enthusiast and lifelong fan. Y.N.W.A.

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