Liverpool will make a comeback to the Women’s Super League following earning the second division title with a 4-2 victory over Bristol City on Sunday.
Strikes from Niamh Fahey, Jas Matthews, Katie Stengel and Missy Bo Kearns booked the result for Liverpool in front of 5,752 spectators at Ashton Gate, a record attendance for the division.
Bristol City were Liverpool’s chief challengers for the Women’s Championship title, spotting 11 points behind them going into the match, but the result lengthens the gap to an invincible 14.
They lifted the trophy with two matches left to play, with City having 3 remaining fixtures.
The team’s current manager, Matt Beard, was in-charge when they triumphed the WSL in 2013 and 2014 and becomes the first coach to secure titles in both of the country’s top two women’s football leagues.
“If you look at this division, everyone thought Liverpool being relegated would go right back up. Nobody’s got a divine right to be anywhere and we’ve earned that right for sure,” Beard notified.
“We’ve worked incredibly hard to get back (to the WSL). It’s a tough division. I do think we’ve got a great group of people here and our aim and ambition will be to be sensible, consolidate ourselves and then progress year-on-year.”
Liverpool FC, whose men’s team currently sit second in the Premier League, finished with the top flight when they were downgraded on a points-per-game basis when the 2019/20 campaign was cut down because of the COVID-19 pandemic.