Here’s a fun fact: the first thing that came up when I searched for an image to accompany this story (I typed in “Liverpool Women”) was an image of a woman walking past the recently updated Liverpool Wall of Champions. I’m not saying it’s a metaphor for the glories of the men’s team as the women’s team suffers yet more losses while no one talks about them, but it feels a bit too on the nose.
Anyway, this week has some ups and downs for Liverpool Women. Yet another player, this time defender Jemma Purfield, has opted not to renew her contract with the club. You might remember Purfield for this goal (scored on her debut).
“I want to say a massive thank you to the players, staff and supporters for all they’ve done,” Purfield said. “It’s been an honour to play for a club as big as Liverpool. I wish everyone involved with the club nothing but the best for the future!”
While Purfield leaving is definitely a loss for the team, teammate Amy Rodgers has extended her contract and is looking forward to her return from injury.
“It means so much,” Rodgers said about her time with the club. “Obviously it’s such a great club and I’m just really happy to extend it for another year and just keep going.
“This is a massive club with such a big fanbase. It’s a special club and it’s a great place to be and I’m really happy to be here. We want to get back into the WSL as quickly as possible and get us back up to where we feel we belong.”
Young players staying on and signing contract extensions with the club is probably a sign that maybe not everything is rotten to the core. Hopefully their faith in the club isn’t misplaced.