As Amber Whiteley‘s Liverpool side host Coventry United at Prenton Park on Sunday afternoon, the newly appointed Liverpool boss will be happy with her side’s performances despite not quite turning those performances into results since Vicky Jessop’s departure.
With back-to-back defeats to Durham and Leicester City, followed by a hard-fought draw at Charlton last weekend, Sunday’s match is a perfect time to put out a professional display against a side that are really struggling in terms of grinding out results.
Jay Bradford’s side are on a ten-match winless run, but have shown signs of improvement over the past five games, suffering a hammer blow in last weekend’s injury-time defeat to Lewes.
In the build-up to Sunday’s game, Bradford admits that her players are not overawed by the occassion and will be going all out for the win.
“It’s a good opportunity for us to get out there and practise what we’ve been doing in the week and try to put right our performance against Lewes. We were very good last weekend. A little bit of detail in the final couple of minutes has let us down.
“We have to make sure that we eradicate those moments if we’re to get points. I’m confident that we can do that and the performance alone, was really positive, and the players should be really pleased with it.”
As far as previous meetings go, Liverpool ran out 2-1 winners just a few months ago, just edging it 2-1 as Lawley and Threstrup were on-target in a controlled performance. In their other previous meeting, the Merseyside-based club produced an emphatic display, in a comfortable 5-1 win.
Liverpool enter this one as strong favourites, but I expect a dogged display from the visitors. The opening 20-25 minutes will be crucial. I expect Liverpool to start very brightly and if they can find the net in the early stages, it could be a long afternoon for Jay Bradford’s side.
As far as team news goes, I expect the two sides to remain unchanged from last weekend’s matches with Charlton and Lewes, respectively. Want-away Liverpool forward, Rinsola Babajide is highly unlikely to feature for the hosts.
Liverpool predicted XI: Laws, Robe, Roberts, Fahey, Hinds, Clarke, Rodgers, Furness, Parry, Kearns, Thestrup.
Coventry United predicted XI: Wood, Crackle, Miles, Wilcox, Brown, Toussaint, Orthodoxou, Anderson, Hughes, Stevens, Merrick.