Fran Kitching of Liverpool Women preparese to distribute the ball Liverpool Women v Chelsea Women, WSL football match, Prenton Park Stadium, Birkenhead, UK - 15 Dec 2019 Photo: Jon Super for The FA

Liverpool announce departure of second goalkeeper

Liverpool have announced that goalkeeper Fran Kitching has left the club according to reports on the club’s official website.

The 22-year-old Maltby-born stopper has spent the last two years on Merseyside but has departed after coming to the end of her contract at Prenton Park.

Kitching is the second goalkeeper to have left Liverpool over the course of the last week. The club’s first choice goalkeeper Anke Preuss announced her departure on Thursday with the German also becoming a free agent.

Liverpool signed youngster Kitching from Sheffield United in summer 2018. The player has made 10 appearances for The Reds in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League in which she has kept one clean sheet, that shut-out coming as Liverpool won 1-0 at West Ham United in October 2018. Kitching missed a significant chunk of this season after suffering a horrific facial injury whilst in training.

Kitching started her senior career with Chelsea where she struggled for game time before excelling during a loan spell with then-second tier club Watford. The player returned to Sheffield United, the club which she served as an apprentice, for a short spell before quickly being snapped up by Liverpool.

Liverpool’s list of summer departures now stands at four with Kitching, Preuss, Christie Murray and Courtney Sweetman-Kirk having left the club.

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