Liverpool Women prepare for their final game of the WSL season against Everton Ladies. Looking to conclude their business in style – there’s bragging rights at stake in the Merseyside derby.
Vicky Jepson’s side will be looking to start their summer preparations as they mean to continue, with a statement win to end the season on a high.
The Reds face an Everton side with just two wins from their previous 10 outings in all competitions. However Willie Kirk’s Blues will need no added motivation for this end of season grudge match.
Prenton Park prepped for finale
Liverpool will play host to their biggest rivals on Saturday lunch time following their most recent success in Birkenhead.
A resounding 5-2 win over Bristol City gave the Reds their sixth league victory of the campaign. They will be looking for one more on Sunday to round off the season.
While their opponents may have avoided relegation, Everton Ladies have still endured a patchy season.
However they do have a chance to leapfrog Brighton in the table and finish in 10th place. With this in mind, Everton will be looking to build on their recent 3-2 win over Reading.
Jepson’s girls will need no reminding that they lost the reverse fixture against Everton 2-1 back in December.
After her Player of the Match display in the 2-0 defeat to Birmingham, Fran Kitching could be retained between the sticks for the derby. The 21-year-old produced a string of fine saves and Jepson could well be keen to start her once more.Embed from Getty Images
Niamh Charles looks set to continue her recovery from long-term injury. A cameo appearance at Prenton Park would be massive morale boost for the young prospect.
However all eyes will be fixed on Courtney Sweetman-Kirk. As if a Merseyside Derby needed any more spice adding to it, the Everton defence will be hoping that they are not stung by one of their former players.
Sweetman-Kirk has been in outstanding form for the Reds – netting nine times in 17 games. She will need no added motivation for this one to grab her 10th goal.
In a recent interview with LFC Transfer Room, Sweetman-Kirk said: “It’ll be close but either way all we’re focusing on is the win and if I can score then even better!”Embed from Getty Images
Jepson will be keen to see the forward move onto double figures for the season and deliver her side all three points in the process.
Liverpool’s defence must be wary of the threat carried by Everton’s Chantelle Boye-Hlorkah going into this game.
The No.7 looked especially sharp during the Toffees’ victory over Reading at home. Boye-Hlorkah created an excellent solo goal and caused the Royals’ defence a flurry of problems with her direct running and quick feet.
Inessa Kaagman will also be buoyed by her top class chip in her previous outing. The Reds’ defence could be in for a tricky afternoon but it will definitely be an exciting match to watch.Embed from Getty Images
What promises to be an exciting finale to the season kicks off at Prenton Park at 12.30pm GMT on May 11th.
Written by Anthony Kelly [@footieblog14]
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