The corner flag is seen before the game Liverpool Women v Chelsea Women, WSL football match, Prenton Park Stadium, Birkenhead, UK - 15 Dec 2019 Photo: Jon Super for The FA

Liverpool at threat of being in Everton’s shadow for years without investment

Liverpool are in danger of being in city rivals Everton’s shadow for many years to come unless the club’s heirarchy opt to finally invest a significant amount of money in the women’s side of the club.

The Reds are currently rock bottom of the FA Women’s Super League table after winning just one of their 14 league fixtures so far this season while Vicky Jepson’s side have averaged well under a goal per game.

The club have been on a real wobble for a couple of years and while manager Jepson has provided some stability following a huge change in personal, the Liverpool boss seems starved of the financial resources which have been made to many of her rival bosses in the FA Women’s Super League.

The FA Women’s Super League table doesn’t lie. Those clubs who have invested heavily in the women’s game in the last two years are challenging in the top half of the table whilst those who have invested much less are battling against relegation.

Despite their troubles, Liverpool continue to be backed by a loyal set of supporters. Those fans will no doubt feel some jealousy towards the project which is being built a short way across the city at Everton. The Blue Girls have enjoyed two very successful transfer windows in which manager Willie Kirk has been able to bring in nine international players and the club’s commitment towards investing in the women’s game is already proving dividends with Everton having significantly improved their league position on last year. The club have taken 13 points more than Liverpool in the 14 matches which have been played in 2019/2020.

Furthermore, Everton have recently moved into a purpose-built stadium at Walton Hall Park while last summer saw them drop the ‘Women’ tag to simply become ‘Everton’, adopting a one club mentality.

Liverpool’s women’s side continue to train away from the rest of the club and there is no end in sight of the divide between the men’s and women’s teams. CEO Peter Moore can do worse than to look a mile across Stanley Park to see how a women’s team can be financially backed to help bring success.

With Everton having recently announced a club restructure which will only help the growth and long-term success of the women’s team further, Liverpool are at threat of living in The Blue Girls’ shadow for many years to come. Every trophy lifted by a football club should be hailed as a big success, whether that be the English Premier League, the FA Women’s Super League or any piece of silverware won by one of the many academy teams. Liverpool CEO Moore has a duty to give Jepson and her side some further financial support to help them compete against many of their big rivals and to regularly challenge for trophies like the other teams which fall under the Liverpool FC badge.

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