We’re three games into Women’s Super League and Chelsea (unfortunately) look unstoppable. The Blues are sitting comfortably at the top of the league, having won every single game and netted 13 goals so far. In three games. In three games. So it should be something of a solace that Liverpool have put up the strongest obstacle to Chelsea’s bulldozing their way to another title.
The Blues dominated the game right from the start, with Maren Mjelde netting a 14th minute goal from 15 yards out. Liverpool barely saw any chances to equalize through the game — the one real chance was easily saved by Becky Spencer — but their dogged defensive work kept Chelsea from leaving with a much higher goal difference. Reds’ keeper, Siobhan Chamberlain, in particular pulled off save after save to deny the home team. Given Liverpool’s recent track record against Chelsea, the strength of the defensive performance was particularly welcome.
“We’re disappointed with the result, but I’m proud of them for that performance,” Manager Scott Rogers said, following the loss. “We worked all week and part of the game plan was to take our opportunities when they came.”
After last week’s disappointing 3-0 loss at home to Reading, the Reds put up a much better performance against a, frankly, much better side.
“We did have one or two opportunities and I felt we limited Chelsea to playing a lot in front of us,” Rogers added. “They’re always going to get moments because they’ve got world-class players, so overall it’s a good base to move forward from.”
Liverpool will next meet Sheffield on 11th October at the Select Security Stadium.