Following Liverpool Women’s 1-0 defeat in the Merseyside derby this afternoon, the position of manager Vicky Jepson is in doubt. This was Liverpool’s seventh loss of the season.
Lucy Graham scored the only goal of the game after a howler from goalkeeper Anke Preuss.
A source close to the club has told LFC Transfer Room that frustration is mounting. The Reds have won just one game in all competitions this season, and only seven since Jepson took over in October 2018.
The source also revealed that Everton manager Willie Kirk has been close to becoming Liverpool manager on two occasions.
Ironically, Kirk’s success today could be the final nail in the coffin.
Kirk was in the running to become boss after Matt Beard left in 2015, only for Scott Rogers to be chosen over him. Then again in 2018 before Neil Redfearn was handed the job (which Redfearn subsequently walked away from weeks later).
It’s believed that a ‘lack of structure’ at the club was one of the main reasons behind Redfearn’s decision. He left after just one game in charge.
Jepson was Redfearn’s assistant manager before she was handed the full-time role.
The scenario which Liverpool find themselves in echoes the end of the Brendan Rodgers era. His sacking, of course, followed a disappointing result in the Merseyside derby. The same may happen here.
Perhaps Liverpool have been holding off to get the derby – and Women’s Football Weekend – out of the way before bringing in a new manager.
If this is the case, it won’t get any easier for the new incumbent.
Liverpool play Blackburn Rovers in the Continental Cup on Thursday and Arsenal – one of the best women’s football teams in world football – next Sunday.
Liverpool’s main ambition this term will be to avoid relegation. However, history doesn’t bode well for the Reds.
The last time Liverpool Women lost four out of their first five games was back in 2012. That team finished rock bottom.