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The stage was set for a riveting Merseyside derby as Liverpool Women ventured into Goodison Park seeking redemption after their previous defeat at Anfield against arch-rivals Everton. With both teams locked in a battle for supremacy in the Barclays Women’s Super League (WSL), the anticipation surrounding the match was palpable. Despite dominating possession, Matt Beard’s side faced a resilient Everton defense that proved to be a tough nut to crack. The result, a goalless draw, saw Liverpool climb to fourth place in the WSL standings, edging past Manchester United by a solitary point. In this comprehensive match report, we delve into the key moments, tactical insights, and individual performances that shaped this fiercely contested Merseyside derby.

First Half: A Battle of Attrition

The opening whistle signaled the commencement of a fiercely contested encounter, with both teams eager to seize the initiative early on. Liverpool Women started brightly, with Missy Bo Kearns leading the charge with an early effort that was blocked by Everton’s resolute defense. However, the flow of the game was disrupted by a series of injuries, notably to Everton goalkeeper Courtney Brosnan and Reds midfielder Ceri Holland.

Despite the setbacks, Liverpool continued to press forward, with Leanne Kiernan and Sophie Roman Haug probing for openings. However, clear-cut chances were at a premium in the first half, with both teams struggling to carve out meaningful opportunities. Everton came closest to breaking the deadlock, but Emma Bissell’s wayward shot spared Liverpool’s blushes as the half ended in a stalemate.

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Second Half: Stalemate Continues

The second half resumed with both teams locked in a tactical battle, midfield dominance dictating the tempo of the game. Matt Beard’s strategic substitutions, introducing Mia Enderby and Marie Höbinger, injected fresh impetus into Liverpool’s attacking play. However, Everton’s defense remained resolute, thwarting Liverpool’s attempts to find a breakthrough. The tension mounted as the clock ticked towards full-time, with both teams pushing for a decisive goal. Everton threatened with Hanna Bennison’s thunderous strike rattling the crossbar, while Liverpool’s Melissa Lawley injected energy into the proceedings. Despite their best efforts, stout defensive displays, including crucial interventions from Jenna Clark, ensured that neither side could alter the scoreline.

Determined Defenses and Near Misses

As the game entered its final stages, both teams showcased their defensive resilience, denying each other’s attacking forays. Liverpool’s defensive unit, marshaled by stalwarts Lucy Parry and Jenna Clark, stood tall against Everton’s probing attacks. Despite injuries to key players like Ceri Holland and Jasmine Matthews, Liverpool remained resolute, epitomizing their unwavering spirit. Moments of brilliance from Sophie Roman Haug and near misses from both teams kept spectators on the edge of their seats. With seven minutes of stoppage time, the tension reached its zenith, but neither side could find the elusive winning goal.

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Team Performance and Substitutions

Liverpool’s lineup exhibited a blend of experience and youth, with standout performances from Lucy Parry, Jenna Clark, and Sophie Roman Haug. Manager Matt Beard’s astute tactical changes, including the introduction of Marie Höbinger and Melissa Lawley, reflected Liverpool’s intent to secure victory. Despite setbacks, Liverpool displayed cohesion and resilience, showcasing the depth of their squad. The spirited performances of players like Mia Enderby and Marie Höbinger highlighted Liverpool’s strength in depth and their ability to adapt to different game situations.

Next Up: Liverpool Women vs. Manchester City

Liverpool Women’s attention now turns to their next challenge: a tantalizing clash against title-chasing Manchester City at Prenton Park. The upcoming fixture promises to be a thrilling encounter, with both teams eager to secure vital points in the fiercely contested WSL title race. Liverpool will look to harness the momentum gained from their Merseyside derby performance as they prepare to face formidable opposition in Manchester City. With their sights set on further success, Liverpool Women remain steadfast in their pursuit of glory, fueled by the unwavering support of their loyal fans.


While the Merseyside derby ended in a stalemate, Liverpool Women’s performance exemplified their resilience and determination. The goalless draw propelled them to fourth place in the WSL standings, marking a significant milestone in their season. As they prepare to face Manchester City in their next fixture, Liverpool Women will draw inspiration from their spirited display against Everton. With the unwavering support of their fans and the determination of their squad, Liverpool Women are poised to continue their ascent in the Barclays Women’s Super League, ready to overcome whatever challenges lie ahead.

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By Abdulkadir Salim

Abdulkadir Salim Is content writer for Liverpool FC Times

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