A dismal season is ending on dismal note as the expected mass exodus from the Liverpool Women’s side has begun. After a paltry one win and three draws in fourteen games, there is not much hope to be found around a team likely to be relegated as the rest of the season has been cancelled. The lack of investment and poor training and playing conditions has been well documented. The team has struggled, and seemingly not made much of an effort, to retain their best players from year to year. This summer seems to be no exception.
A week ago, Courney Sweetman-Kirk announced she would leave the club at the end of her contract this summer for greener pastures. Over the last few days, two more players have said they will be leaving. Anke Preuss and Christie Murray have both stated they will also be departing from the club after a two year tenure.
The German keeper, Anke Preuss, put in valiant efforts between the sticks in what was often a shooting gallery as the Reds number 1. She usually managed to keep Liverpool in games, despite their anemic offense.
Murray was one of the few creative players on the field for Liverpool. The Scottish number 10 posted a message on twitter to thank the Liverpool fans for their support.
As my two years at Liverpool come to an end, I just want to thank my team mates and the fans for their incredible support over both seasons. I’m looking forward to the next step in my career and the opportunity to be in an environment that challenges me, both as a person and as a footballer, and most importantly, to be able to enjoy what I love again.
Murray’s felling of needing to move on to find and environment where she can be challenged and enjoy playing again echoes the sentiments of Sweetman-Kirk. It’s an indictment of the sad state of affairs at a once proud club. There have been no signals from the Liverpool hierarchy that this trend of dwindling investment and support will be ending any time soon. If anything, we can expect an even smaller investment with the club likely dropping into the Championship.
To Anke Pruess and Christie Murray, all we can say is thank you, and we hope you can find a club that values and appreciates you.