Everton take on Liverpool at Anfield for WSL’s Women’s Football Weekend and there will be lots of fun events taking place before the game at Goodison Fan Zone, including an interview with Blues striker and goal magician Chloe Kelly.
The reason Kelly is available for that interview, though, is because she will unfortunately not be available to play in the match on Sunday due to receiving two yellow cards in the Continental Cup game against Manchester United which ended in a 3-0 loss for the Blues.
This is a huge loss for the Toffees considering that Kelly has scored 4 goals in their first 5 game but Manager Willie Kirk told BBC.com that while this is a “big miss” it will give “somebody else a big opportunity. They will be over the moon to have their chance to shine.” Who that somebody else will be is yet to be seen but our best guess is midfielder Lucy Graham (who has one goal off of a penalty kick) or Simone Magill (who scored twice against Liverpool last season). Everton are currently in 5th place with three wins.
Liverpool has had a miserable start to the season and are currently in last place with only one goal scored, by Melissa Lawley. Kirk told BBC.com that he is not expecting this to be an easy win:
“They have five or six players that can take up any of the four front positions and they are all talented and can give you headaches.”
A Red that enjoys being a nuisance on the pitch is former Everton striker Courtney Sweetman-Kirk. If she gets into her zone, she could help carry her team out of the relegation zone.
The Guardian reported that Liverpool are estimating Sunday’s crowd to be about 15,000 - 20,000 fans. That’s going to be quite a new experience for Everton considering that they typically play in front of a crowd of 383 people. Liverpool fares a bit better with an average attendance rate of 1,180 at Prenton Park. Everton had the lowest attendance rates in the WSL last season and although they have experienced a post-World Cup bump, they continue to suffer from low turnout, partly due to stadium issues. They were scheduled to change from their rather far away and inconvenient stadium in Blowick to a small stadium close to Goodison in October, but that has been pushed back to December at the earliest.
Everton has an away allocation of 2,384 tickets at Anfield, but the club didn’t advertise it until six days after the match was announced by the Reds and many fans had already bought tickets from Liverpool during that time. Tickets are no longer available to purchase online or through Everton, but they can still be purchased until 3pm GMT on Saturday at Liverpool’s ticket office.
Tickets will not be available to purchase the day of the match due to license restrictions and no facility to pay at the gate. A handy visitor guide can be found here.
While the club has mostly stayed silent about their low attendance rates, manager Kirk recently addressed the issue on Evertonfc.com:
“We’re eager to use the game as a springboard to help boost our home attendances. Everton is a huge club and we accept we have a responsibility to try to grow our following.
Hopefully, we’ll have 2,500 Evertonians leaving Anfield with three points and a big smile on their faces. That feeling will hopefully encourage those supporters to keep backing us throughout the season and help us achieve further success.”
Post by Everton News. on Nov 15, 2019 23:54:13 GMT
“I have played in a few derbies, like Roma v Lazio, but this one is the biggest. Win it for us!”
Lucas Digne’s message to Everton Women’s ace Maéva Clemaron is clear ahead of Sunday’s Merseyside derby clash at Anfield!
The France internationals sat down at USM Finch Farm recently to preview the game and talk about a range of other topics – and you can watch the pair’s animated discussion in the video above!
Both Digne and Clemaron were only five years old when France won their first World Cup in 1998 but the pair reminisce about the jubilant scenes in the country when Zinedine Zidane et al lifted the trophy.
Liverpool 0-1 Everton Lucy Graham turns Merseyside blue with first-half winner to claim bragging rights
Lucy Graham’s first-half strike ensured Everton picked up back-to-back Barclays FA WSL wins with a battling 1-0 Merseyside derby victory, in front of an impressive Anfield crowd of 23,500.
Graham's long-range effort snuck in on the stroke of half time, and that proved to be the difference in this historic clash, as Willie Kirk's side move up to third in the table.
However, Liverpool's miserable start to the 2019-20 campaign continues, as they remain bottom of the WSL, without a league win this season.
Liverpool had the better chances in the opening 45 minutes, with Niamh Charles causing problems for the Everton defence right from kick off.
The Reds’ best opportunity of first half fell to Kirsty Linnett, as Tinja Korpela produced a fine reflex save to tip her header past the post on 17 minutes. With Liverpool dominating possession before the break, Rhiannon Roberts also tested Korpela with a long-range drive on 41 minutes.
Despite Liverpool enjoying the better chances, Everton edged themselves in front on the stroke of half time, as Graham's 25-yard effort was fumbled into the net by Anke Preuss.
Boosted by Graham's goal, the visitors started the second half on the front foot, with substitute Hannah Cain firing just wide.
Vicky Jepson's side battled hard to find a way back into the game in the final half hour, with Everton defender Danielle Turner making a superb block to deny Charles on 66 minutes.
The hosts continued to press for an equaliser in the closing stages, with Charles heading a great chance just wide with four minutes to go.
GOAL OF THE MATCH
Anke Preuss had been a spectator for much of the first half, but when called upon just before the interval she fluffed her lines.
Graham’s strike should have been kept out but the ball squirmed clear and over the line for what proved to be the game’s only goal.
WHAT THEY SAID
Everton boss Willie Kirk: "A win means a lot to Everton football club, as it has been a while since an Everton team has won at Anfield.
"It is so important for everyone involved with club, including the players and the fans. "It is always good to get a win when you are not at your best, and I don't think we were at our best in terms of keeping the ball.
"But in the second half we showed real character and defended really well.
"It was daunting in the second half, with 11 Liverpool players and the power of the Kop coming at you, but we held on.
"The atmosphere here was great, and it actually felt closer to 50,00 in the crowd towards the end.
"To get a crowd of 23,500 here is excellent and I think it moves the game in the right direction."
Liverpool boss Vicky Jepson: "It hurts to lose this game because we were the better team, and there is no doubt about that.
"However, we gifted them a goal just before half time, which Anke is obviously devastated about.
"Everton were not going to score against us, unless we gave it to them, and that is that has happened.
"I thought the girls worked very hard. We showed intensity on and off the ball, and executed our game plan brilliantly.
"However, the big thing is that we got over 23,000 people here at Anfield, to watch a women's football game.
"That is the big celebration from this. Despite the result I am really proud of the players and performances like that will earn us more and more fans to come and watch again.
"I could not fault our players at all, every single one of them was outstanding."
Liverpool (4-3-3): Anke Preuss; Becky Jane, Niamh Fahey, Sophie Bradley-Auckland, Leighanne Robe; Jade Bailey, Rhiannon Roberts, Niamh Charles; Amy Rodgers, Kirsty Linnett, Courtney Sweetman-Kirk
Substitutes: Rinsola Babjide for Sweetman-Kirk 59, Ashley Hodson for Linnett on 76
Substitutes not used: Fran Kitching, Ashley Hodson, Missy Bo Kearns, Christie Murray