In an otherwise underwhelming season for Liverpool Women, who only managed to land in third place in the FA Women’s Championship, a bright spot was the emergence of Missy Bo Kearns.
Kearns made 19 appearances for the Reds this season, and her form in midfield in the latter half of the season aided Liverpool on their eight game unbeaten run to end the season.
Kearns, who was named the Standard Chartered Liverpool Player of the Month for May, has picked up the Player of the Season award as well. It’s no surprise that the young Scouser was voted into the top spot by the fans.
No surprise, that is, except to Kearns, who says she was shocked when she heard the news.
“Thank you,” she said. “I think it’s a proud moment. I wasn’t expecting it; I was in the car with my dad and was tagged in it on Instagram – we were just both in shock,” she said.
“Personally, I think it’s the best season I’ve had. It’s my breakthrough season where I’ve had my best run of games, which I haven’t had in the past. It’s a good start to my breakthrough season.
“To get this award just shows that now I’ve got to kick on and keep pushing.”
The next hurdle that Kearns and her teammates, along with new manager Matt Beard, will have to jump is getting back into the WSL. Only one team a season gets promoted up from the Championship, so third place just won’t cut it. With a year of experience under their belts at playing in the more aggressive second-tier of English football, hopefully the Reds can start up again next season where they left off last season and add to that eight game unbeaten streak.