Things are good for Liverpool Women at the moment. They currently sit in fifth place, just two points off of second, in the Women’s Super League.
A big part of their successful run so far has been the addition of Sophie Roman Haug, the Nowegian signed over the summer. Even after suffering a broken nose in the start of the season, forcing her to play with a protective mask, her skill and energy have been a welcome part of the squad.
Haug even scored her first goal for Liverpool last weekend, putting herself in the right place to head in a cross from Yana Daniels against Tottenham Hotspur to secure a draw against the southern side.
“It was a really great feeling for me to see the ball go in the back of the net,” Haug told the club website recently. “It was a really nice cross from Yana, how I like it, and I had a few chances in the game before it and in the previous game, so it was just nice to see it finally go in.
“I spoke to my family after the game back in Norway. They were so happy when they saw me score and it made me happy too. It was a really nice moment and hopefully there is more to come.”
Of course, the forward is well practiced in scoring headers (her receiving a nose injury is somehow not unsurprising), so it seemed only natural for her first goal to come from that skill. Haug is confident though that now that she has opened her account she’ll be able to keep the momentum going - especially while being fed by players like Yana Daniels.
“I like to head it so when a cross comes in as good as that was from Yana then it suits me well,” continued Haug.
“We have a lot of quality in this really good squad. We just have to keep working hard and keep going and hopefully there are more goals to come.”
Haug was also happy to speak about the support she has received since arriving on Merseyside, not just from manager Matt Beard and the squad, but the fans as well. Liverpool is only her second club outside of Norway, so an adjustment like that is never easy, but Haug is making the most of it, even with a protective mask.
“It really has meant a lot to me,” the forward said. “This is a great group and the girls are amazing so it was a really fun experience to share it with them.
“I’m also really grateful for the support the manager has given me, it’s great working here under Matt.
“It was not really the start that I wanted here [picking up the facial injury] and of course you never want to pick up an injury like that, but I’m happy to be back now and contribute.
“It wasn’t ideal wearing that mask but I’m glad I’m done with that now and luckily for me it wasn’t that long I had to wear it for.”
Now eyes are looking towards the Women’s match against Chelsea on the weekend, with the Reds traveling down to meet future USWNT manager Emma Hayes’ side at Stamford Bridge. The match will be broadcast live on BBC in England, and Haug insists the Red Women are ready for it.
“Tottenham was a tough game away from home, but it was an important point for us to take,” Haug added. “Of course, we wanted to get the three points but to come back like we did, it was good to be able to come back and take a point home.
“It’s been a good start to the season. We work every day to improve and to get as many points as we can, so we will keep working hard.
“We have done well so far this season and we are really looking forward to this game at Chelsea. It will be a nice occasion to play at Stamford Bridge and hopefully we can do well on Saturday and continue our good start to the season.”