If you’ve been following Liverpool Women this season, you’ve probably become very familiar with the series of frustrations that the squad, the staff, and the fans have had to deal with while also savouring some excellent performances and a single victory (so far). Still, there’s nothing quite like a Merseyside derby to get everyone excited. The Liverpool Women’s coach, Vicky Jepson, penned a preview column for Liverpoolfc.com ahead of this Sunday’s game.
“We can’t wait for Sunday and the opportunity to play at Goodison Park in a Merseyside derby. It’s incredible and another opportunity for our girls to play at a Premier League stadium,” she wrote.
The fact that both legs of this season’s Merseyside derby have taken place in Premier League stadiums is wonderful, but it has also highlighted how woeful the Reds’ regular pitch at Prenton Park is. Liverpool have had two matches postponed this season due to poor playing conditions at Prenton Park, the most recent of which slowed down momentum after the Reds’ first win of the season.
The opportunity to beat Everton at home after suffering a loss at Anfield is on everyone’s minds, and Jepson believes the team has what it takes to make this happen.
“When we lost 1-0 at Anfield back in November that really hurt because we didn’t deserve to lose that game,” she added. “We played some fantastic football and had some great chances. I still can’t believe even now none of them went in but that’s football sometimes. It was a bad moment for our goalkeeper Anke Preuss with the goal Everton scored but, to be fair to her, she has bounced back really well and made a brilliant penalty save at Bristol City to win us the game. As a group it was a tough pill to swallow because of how well we actually played.
“We know what we need to do on Sunday, everyone has had a taste of the big stage before and we are really looking forward to the game. We know the qualities Everton have and it will be a brilliant occasion, so hopefully we can make our own luck this time around.”
Everton vs. Liverpool will kick-off at 2 PM GMT tomorrow. The game will be streamed live on the FA player.