Liverpool FC Women will continue their tough run of games this weekend. Second-place Manchester City will travel to Prenton Park to play out Sunday’s 2pm fixture.
After a narrow 1-0 defeat to Chelsea, Liverpool will hope to return to winning ways on home soil.
The tide doesn’t run in their favour, though. The Reds will have to beat one of the league’s top sides – who also claimed two of Liverpool’s biggest names during the summer.
Ex-captain Gemma Bonner and prolific forward Caroline Weir both moved to the Manchester team in the summer transfer window. Vicky Jepson’s side will meet the former Reds for the first time since the move.
Jepson’s first game in charge of the Reds didn’t pan out the way she might have hoped. Despite the loss, Liverpool certainly had positives to take from their last game.
Chelsea dominated the 90 minutes but Liverpool’s defence was something to be admired. The home-team struggled on many occasions to penetrate the Reds’ back-line. The back four are becoming more and more established as the weeks go on.
A true show-stopping strike was the only goal of the game. Magdalena Ericsson fired a spectacular left-footed overhead kick past Fran Kitching.
The downfall for the Reds was the attacking aspect of their game. They were unable to create substantial chances, which meant they were vulnerable and much more likely to lose points.
This will be something Jepson will be sure to focus on in preparations for very attacking-minded Manchester City.
Manchester City will be disappointed coming into this game. Many will feel they should have taken more than a point away from game against Reading.
The Blues were strong throughout, but Reading put in a solid display to cancel out Georgia Stanway’s opening goal.
The result means that City are level on points with leaders Arsenal, but goal-difference ensures they sit in second place. This will give the visitors plenty of ammunition to take all three points from the Reds.
Liverpool must be mindful of City’s attacking threat. With players such as Nadia Nadim and Nikita Parris able to terrorise any defence, Liverpool’s solidarity must be better than ever.
England captain Steph Houghton is also in fine form. Her diagonal passes against Reading caused the opposition plenty of problems, so Liverpool must be wary.
Liverpool are not far off the pace as they sit in 5th place in the table. Jepson will surely be desperate to put her mark on a winning performance, meaning Liverpool will be willing to put everything on the line.
This – combined with Man City’s motivation to be league leaders – means it will be a battle from start to finish.