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Disappointment Again As Liverpool Women Fall To Birmingham

Raise your hand if you’re surprised!


Here we are again. Another Sunday, another loss for the Liverpool Women. Another loss against by all rights a beatable team. We knew this was going to get worse before it got better, right? Maybe? Was it unrealistic to want maybe more than a couple wins this season? Where, and how does this team get better? With a shortened season and barely stacked squad, where does it get better? Is this season just a wash?

As it stands currently, Liverpool Women sit in 8th place out of 11 teams in the FA Women's Super League, having just lost to Birmingham City on Sunday at their home stadium of Prenton Park. Surely the Red Women went into the match with all the intent of making some kind of positive impact on their season, especially at home and after their narrow defeat to Bristol last weekend.

Birmingham, of course, had other plans, and scored within the first five minutes. Emma Follis of the visitors put one past Anke Preuss to put the visitors ahead and set the tone for the rest of the match.

From there it was an uphill battle and to their credit, the Reds reacted well. Pressure mounted against Birmingham, with Laura Coombs and Christie Murray truly testing Birmingham’s keeper Hannah Hampton but unable to get around her for an equalizer.

40 minutes on is when the second goal for Birmingham would come, as Connie Scofield broke through the Liverpool defenses and sent a curler home to make it two. Sisyphos would feel bad for this team, surely.

Courtney Sweetman-Kirk had the best chance in the second half around the 60 minute mark, as Leighanne Robe went storming ahead and sent a gorgeous cross to Sweetman-Kirk who was able to get a head on it. The header just barely went wide and added to the Reds’ frustration for the day.

To her credit, Preuss was able to keep the visitors from doubling their lead by saving two shots from Follis and Lucy Staniforth in quick succession, and the game settled a bit from there. Yana Daniels came closest for the Reds towards the end after picking up a low cross from Jess Clarke but her effort was saved off the line by Hampton.

Birmingham were able to keep a hold of their lead from 40 minutes on, despite all of Liverpool’s best efforts and that was commendable. Despite the possession being split pretty evenly, Birmingham is the team that walked away with the three points, and not Liverpool.

You get to a point as a writer where sometimes you lose words. How many times can I say I’m disappointed by unsurprised by this team? How many times will you read it as a reader? When will it change?

That I don't know but I’ll always try to figure it out, especially for next weekend when it’s the Merseyside Derby for our women, away at Southport FC’s stadium at 12pm BST. If you’re able, I encourage you to go (especially since tickets to the men’s derby will be five times as hard to get). At least Everton are lower than us on the table.

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