Liverpool FC Women have kicked off their summer transfer window with two new signings. Manager Vicky Jepson gears up for her first full season at the hilt.
Jepson has already laid the foundations for a promising 2019/20 season. Here’s a look at her first signings for the club.
Becky Jane – Full-back
At 27-years old, Becky Jane represents a real coup for Liverpool, joining from Kelly Chambers’ talented Reading side.
Jane featured more than 100 times for the Royals over an eight year period. A real stalwart for her former club.
She assisted their 2015 Championship title win and subsequent promotion to the Women’s Super League.
The Reds’ first summer signing will wear the No.22 shirt. She prepares to take up a regular birth bombing up and down the flanks. The veteran will be a thorn in the side for the opposition with her raw pace and direct style.
Liverpool conceded 38 goals last season and will need to be much more watertight this time round. However, a player of Jane’s calibre will add an improvement in organisation on the pitch.
The full-back brings leadership and graft to her defensive duties which will sit well with her new colleagues.
The 27-year-old came through the ranks at Chelsea before joining Reading in 2011 and becoming a fan favourite.
Jane started as a forward before finely tuning her game and becoming a buccaneering full-back with an eye for goal.Embed from Getty Images
It seems the pull of Liverpool FC was enough to move from her beloved Reading. Jane spoke fondly about the Reds following her move:
“From playing against Liverpool for the past couple of seasons, they’ve got a good work ethic and a good team togetherness.” Said Jane.
“Having spoken to Vicky, she’s what I need in a manager at the moment, she’s very player focused and gives confidence to the players.”
Melissa Lawley – Midfielder
Liverpool moved quickly to acquire the services of former Manchester City and Birmingham midfielder Melissa Lawley when she became available this summer.
The 25-year-old has twice been an FA Cup winner with City. She has also clocked up over 50 appearances at the Academy Stadium.
The new No.11 is a fully fledged England international under Phil Neville. Lawley is known for her quality with the ball at her feet, solid distribution and cool composure.
The likes of Courtney Sweetman-Kirk, Rinsola Babajide and Jess Clarke will all look to benefit from the pockets of space she creates and her excellent final ball.
With Jepson focusing on creative possession football, Lawley looks a natural fit for this evolving team.
Lawley’s composure on the ball is perhaps her best attribute, appearing an unflustered and unselfish figure on the pitch.
She is capable of springing an attack on the counter with clever, well-weighted passes to split a defence.
Lawley will want to forge her name in Jepson’s side next season as the Reds look to push on from the progress made in 2018/19.Embed from Getty Images
Signing a player with international pedigree represents a statement of confidence for Liverpool as they look to kick onto the next level.
“Watching Liverpool at the end of last season, they finished on a high and I believe this squad has something special that I can add to and hopefully get Liverpool back to where we should be.” Said Lawley.
“I’m ready to attack pre-season now and show everybody what I’m capable of and with Vicky’s help, I believe I’ll be playing my best football at this football club.”
With two exciting signings already in the bag, the squad is taking shape for the coming season. What can we expect from the Reds this upcoming campaign?