Victories on home soil could be key in Liverpool’s bid for FA Women’s Super League survival, wherever ‘home’ may be.
The Reds usually play their home fixtures at Prenton Park, home of Tranmere Rovers FC, however, their recent home fixture against Arsenal was switched to Chester’s Deva Stadium following a string of postponements at their nominated home ground.
With Prenton Park awaiting summer restoration work on it’s severely damaged playing surface, it remains to be seen whether Liverpool will opt to stage any remaining home fixtures at the venue or whether they will make alternative arrangements. The decision which they make could be hugely important with Vicky Jepson’s side propping up the FA Women’s Super League table once again.
A 1-0 victory at Bristol City in January saw Liverpool climb off the bottom of the FA Women’s Super League table but a 4-2 defeat at West Ham United yesterday, combined with Bristol City’s 1-0 victory at Birmingham City, has seen The Reds return to the basement.
Liverpool now have just eight games to save their top flight status and with five of those matches coming at ‘home’, Jepson’s side must look to profit from the games played closest to their home city.
The Reds are scheduled to host title-chasing Manchester City next month before home fixtures against Tottenham Hotspur and Brighton & Hove Albion in April. Manchester United are yet to be pencilled in for a trip to Merseyside while there is a huge relegation six-pointer with Birmingham City to reschedule.
The remaining away fixtures look difficult for Liverpool with The Reds having to travel to top half of the table sides Chelsea and Reading along with Merseyside rivals Everton.
These are tough times for Liverpool and you get the feeling that home advantage really must mean home advantage between now and the end of the season if disaster is to be avoided in one of the most fascinating dramas in women’s football.