Liverpool haven’t made a lot of moves during this January transfer window, it’s true. Of course, a lot of us expected it, so any time a new signing is announced it’s a little more exciting. The Women’s side didn’t disappoint when on Friday they announced the signing of Jemma Purfield from Arizona State University and being eligible for the NWSL Draft. Purfield just graduated from Arizona State but is English, having grown up in Cottingham and getting her start through Doncaster Rovers Belles.
“I’m excited to have Jemma as part of our squad here at Liverpool FC Women. She will add to the depth of our player roster,” said manager Vicky Jepson.
“She’s got international experience already and has youth very much on her side. She’s been training with us recently and has fitted in brilliantly with the rest of our squad.
“I’m excited to work with her and see what she can bring to the Liverpool FC Women family. Her international call-ups mean she has played against some of the best teams in the world and now she will have the opportunity to face players of that quality in the WSL.
“It will be good for her development as a player and our development as a team.”
A versatile player with experience all over the park, Purfield will primarily play for the Reds as an attacking full-back or winger going forward.
“I’m delighted and excited to be part of such a prestigious club and can’t wait to get started,” said Purfield.
“It’s a massive club, it’s known worldwide and has always had a fantastic reputation, so I think it’s a big opportunity for me to develop.
“There are some great, experienced players in the squad and there are some youth players coming through the ranks, so it’s a great place for me to learn and take my career to the next level.
“I think WSL has moved on so much in the last four years and I’m going to be challenged on a daily basis.”
She sounds like she’ll be a great addition to the team, even with her allegiance to Everton.