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Match Preview: Liverpool Women kick off double derby day

It’s a double derby for the Merseyside rivals as both the men and women’s teams battle it out for three important points.

Liverpool Women will kick off the derby afternoon at the Merseyrail Community Stadium, where they will take on Everton Ladies. The Women’s derby will kick off at 12 o’clock, with what promises to be a feisty display of football.

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Everton currently sit at the bottom of the WSL — meaning a win is essential. With a new manager announced, the Toffees will be desperate to get some much-needed points on the table.

Liverpool are now 8th, following a poor run of form. The Reds have won just one out of their last five games.

This fixture ensures that emotions will be running high. Both teams will be eager to come out on top. With, of course, the added pressure of a Merseyside derby.

Liverpool’s Sophie Bradley-Auckland said: “Everyone loves a derby game. Every game we come out, we come out to win.

“We’re not complacent. No game we go into do we think we’re going to win and it’s going to be a walkover, it’s going to be easy.

“It doesn’t matter where you are in the table, especially in this league. Anyone can beat anyone and it will be a good game. Two good sides battling for those three points, because it will mean six points on the day.”

Team talk

The Reds come into the game following a 2-0 defeat to a very much in-form Birmingham side, who are excelling up in third position.

Birmingham went ahead inside the third minute at Prenton Park. It was Emma Follis who got her side off to a dream start. Follis has now scored in all of her last three matches.

The early opener was followed by a stunning Connie Scofield strike in the 40th minute. The second goal set the dynamic for the remaining 50 minutes and pretty much put the match to bed.

Liverpool had a few chances, but they weren’t clinical enough to cause a problem for the Midland side, who dominated most the game.

With Hannah Hampton making her first league start for Birmingham, the 18-year-old must have surely expected a tough game. The Reds, however, struggled to truly test her, resulting in a comfortable clean sheet debut.

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Liverpool are keen to put this streak of defeats behind them and look forward to their game against Everton.

They need these derby day points to not only make up ground in the table, but to also regain their confidence that they seem to have lost in recent weeks.

Many Liverpool fans will hope this will be the perfect opportunity to do just that. There’s no dispute that there is no better feeling than winning a Merseyside derby!

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