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 defender signs contract extension

Liverpool left-back Leighanne Robe will be pulling on the famous red shirt once again next season with the player having agreed a new two-year contract according to reports on the club’s official website.

Robe joined the Merseyside club from Millwall Lionesses in 2018 and she has so far been involved in over 30 matches for Liverpool boss Vicki Jepson.

Liverpool’s status as a top-tier club ended when the Barclays FA Women’s Super League season was brought to a premature end, the club being relegated on a points per game basis. Next season, Robe and her teammates will be plying their trade in the FA Women’s Championship so the retention of players such as herself will be crucial if the club are to bounce back at the first attempt. As such, having somebody with Robe’s tenacity and combativeness on your books could prove vital during a potential promotion battle next season.

After signing her new deal, Robe expressed both her optimism and joy at representing The Reds for two more years. She told the club’s official media sources “I love it in Liverpool, the club’s amazing and the fans always make you feel welcome and a big part of the club, so I’m looking forward to staying.

“Liverpool’s a huge club so I’m delighted to still be a part of it, fighting to get us back to where we should be in the top league.

“We have a very close-knit group and we’re sticking together. There’s not many changes in the team and we want to fight for each other and fight for the club.”

There has been much criticism about the lack of support and general backing given to the women’s side from the Premier League champions-elect and it is still up in the air whether relegation will be a wake-up call or not. One thing is for certain, how Liverpool approach the summer transfer window will be a huge indicator of how serious they are on a top flight return. Having key players agreeing new deals is certainly a step in the right direction.

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