Man City Women travel to Prenton Park, home of Tranmere Rovers and now Liverpool FC Women for the next three seasons.
The Merseyside team made the move to the Wirral Peninsula at the start of the season, both the and Everton Ladies moving away from the Select Security Stadium, Liverpool in a bid to be closer to the city of the same name.
Liverpool started the season with Neil Redfearn at the helm and the former Doncaster Rovers Belles manager brought in plenty of signings to replenish the team after manager Scott Rodgers departed and players left for new pastures.
Redfearn signed goalkeepers Anke Preuss from Sunderland AFC Ladies and Fran Kitching, who originally signed with Championship side Sheffield United Women com Chelsea. Sophie Bradley-Auckland, Rhiannon Roberts and Leandra Little followed Neil to Liverpool from Doncaster while Satara Murray returned from university in America and Niamh Fahey came back from Bordeaux.
Jasmine Matthews, Yana Däniels, Leighanne Robe and Kirsty Linnett travelled up north from Bristol City Women, Millwall Lionesses and Reading FC Women respectively, where as Christie Murray travelled south from Glasgow City; Courtney Sweetmann-Kirk then switching Merseyside alliances when she joined from Everton Ladies.
The only remainders from the previous squad were Ashley Hodson, Jess Clarke, Laura Coombs and youngsters Niamh Charles and Amy Rodgers; Ellie Fletcher joining Sheffield United for the season.
Liverpool had a nerdy start to the season, losing to Casey Stoney’s Manchester United Women in the Continental Cup and then Arsenal in the WSL before coming from behind to beat Durham on penalties; again in the Conti Cup.
Redfearn then departed the club in early September, leaving Vicky Jepson in charge for their trip to Brighton and Hove Albion, Rinsola Babajide scoring to help the Reds secure a WSL win in Crawley, losing 1-0 to Reading and picking up a 1-0 win over Yeovil Town Ladies before losing but the same score line to Chelsea last weekend.
Jepson was appointed the new team manager before the team’s game at Kingsmeadow, having been at the club since 2009, Chris Kirkland appointed her assistant while continuing his role as GK coach.
Upon her announcement, the new manager had this to say: “I’m absolutely delighted to and humbled by the news. It has been a long journey at the club and I’ve seen several different managers from Robbie Johnson to Matt Beard and Scott Rodgers, and I’ve watched us evolve as a women’s section”.
“I’ve been a part of this for a long time and I’m just delighted to be named the manager, so I’m looking forward to keeping on going with the work we have been doing. Nothing will change in the terms of me as a person. I just want to keep making sure we strive forward as a group”.
Man City are going into the game off the back of a 1-1 draw with Reading and Nick Cushing had this to say following the game: “I thought the team was playing well. I think we have players at the minute who are in form. Georgia and Nikita have goals in them and I thought we were getting the ball forward and creating moments”.
“I didn’t think we needed to improve the performance, we just didn’t make that decision in the final third that would have got us a second goal”.
On Stanway and the WSL: “She’s playing well, she scored and she played well against Reading, I think she’ll be disappointed that we didn’t get three points through. She’s a real team player”.
“I think Arsenal are obviously the favourites, they’ve got the advantage, but we had an advantage last year and we didn’t win it, so we’ll just keep fighting and we take every game as it comes. The one good thing about the WSL this year is its very competitive and any team can take points off any team”.
City will no doubt be without Karen Bardsley, Pauline Bremer and Megan Campbell on Sunday while Demi Stokes, Mie Jans and Mel Lawley have been back in training; Jans and Lawley unused subs against Reading. Lauren Hemp has also been in training but it’s unlikely she will be fit for the match.
Kick off at Prenton Park is at 2pm with tickets available on the day from £6 and if you can’t make it, the game is being streamed on the FA WSL Facebook page.