Lucy Graham of Everton Women second right celebrates with teammates after scoring Liverpool Women vs Everton Ladies, WSL football match, Anfield Stadium, Liverpool, UK - 17 Nov 2019 Photo: Jon Super for The FA

Merseyside derby postponed on safety grounds

This afternoon’s Merseyside derby between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park has been postponed on safety grounds.

The two clubs were set to meet in-front of over 20,000 fans but safety officials deemed the conditions too dangerous and the game has therefore been postponed.

Everton won the opening Merseyside derby of the season on Women’s Football Weekend in November with Lucy Graham netting the only goal of the game in-front of 23,500 at Anfield following an error from home keeper Anke Preuss.

With Storm Ciara currently battering the United Kingdom, there was a mixed opinion amongst fans at to whether the game should be played but after monitoring the conditions, the decision has been made to call the game off to protect the safety of fans and players.

The storm arrived on our shores around 5am this morning with the Liverpool being one of the first cities to feel the force of the gales and heavy rain. The strength of the winds were set to exceed 60 mph ahead of this afternoon’s Merseyside derby.

A new date for fixture will be announced in due course. At this stage, it is unknown whether the rearranged fixture will be held at Goodison Park. The Blue Girls will announce further information in the coming days.

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