Liverpool have recently announced four new signings to bolster their squad after a third place finish in the FA Women’s Championship.
The side hopes to challenge for promotion to the Women’s Super League this season. The latest additions include two defenders as well as two attacking players.
Irish eyes are smiling in Liverpool
The first player recruited was Republic of Ireland international Leanne Kiernan. After spending three seasons at West Ham United in the WSL, Cavan born Kiernan has made the switch to Merseyside.
The 22-year-old was brought to East London by Matt Beard, who has since been appointed head coach of the championship side. Kiernan can bring a real attacking threat up front for Liverpool due to her ability to play multiple positions. According to her manager, the Reds’ new number 9 has an incredible work-rate. Beard believes this quality of Kiernan’s is key in the Women’s Championship.
A duo returns
Belgian international Yana Daniels is Liverpool’s second signing during the summer transfer window. The 29-year-old winger is one of two players who has re-signed for the Reds. She spent a brief spell with the club during their 2018/19 WSL campaign. Daniels makes the journey up to the North West after spending two seasons in the WSL with Bristol City.
Beard worked with Daniels whilst he was in charge of Bristol City last season prior to relegation. The manager had only positive words to say about the newest signing. “Yana’s a great player, first and foremost. She’s a little bit different to the players we have in the front positions at the moment.”
Another player who will be returning to Liverpool alongside Daniels is her club-mate Jasmine Matthews. Matthews also spent the 2018/19 WSL season in Liverpool red before departing for Bristol City. Matthews played for the Vixens for the next two seasons. Her move back to Liverpool comes after Bristol City failed to survive relegation during the 2020/21 campaign.
The 28-year-old will reunite with her former boss Beard. He took interim charge of Bristol City whilst Tanya Oxtoby took maternity leave.
Matthews spoke to Liverpool FC and expressed her happiness after signing for the club. “I’m delighted to be back. When I knew Matt was coming to Liverpool it was always on the radar to come back. I loved playing in front of the fans here, they build up a great atmosphere.”
The versatile defender will wear the number 6 shirt ahead of the new Women’s Championship season.
A further touch of Irish magic
The fourth signing Liverpool have made is Kiernan’s fellow Republic of Ireland international Megan Campbell. Campbell joins the club after spending five years with Manchester City. With the Citizens, she won numerous trophies, including the domestic treble.
Campbell had a quiet season with City after being struck with injuries, but her experience is valuable for a team looking to be promoted. The left-back will be relishing the chance to provide a bit of magic with her expertly taken long throw ins. Her skill at the in-bounds play has proven to create goal-scoring opportunities.
“She’s a fantastic footballer,” said Beard. “Meg offers a bit of versatility as she can play centre-back or left-back.”
Liverpool will play in the FA Women’s Championship next season. The squad hopes the new signings can lead to promotion.