Liverpool Women are looking to do enough this season to guarantee a promotion back to the Premier League, and they’ll be looking to do so under new captain Niamh Fahey. Fahey will be replacing former captain Sophie Bradley-Auckland who has taken a break during the COVID pandemic to support her family-run care home as a key worker.
“It’s a very unselfish decision from Sophie to put the care home and the vulnerable people there first. That’s the type of person she is,” Fahey told the club’s official website when the decision was announced. “We’re going to miss her massively but we know, respect and are proud of her decision.”
Fahey, who plays in both centre-half and as a defensive midfielder, is incredibly excited to lead the team this season.
“It’s an amazing feeling. It’s something I never thought would happen,” she said about the new appointment. “For me as a supporter, now being captain is beyond my wildest dreams and I’m going to embody the spirit of the club through my captaincy and bring out the values of a Liverpool player.
“It’s been a really enjoyable pre-season and we’re working really hard to get back up to the Women’s Super League, where we feel we belong.
“We’re under no illusions that we need to be at the top of our game in every game. We have to be up for the fight but also show our qualities.”
Rachel Furness will take over the position of vice-captain. You can watch Fahey, Furness, and Jepson talk about their new roles and the upcoming season here.