BIG MATCH PREVIEW: Liverpool (A)

It’s been seven months since Durham Women last took to the field in a competitive action – but that wait comes to an end this weekend.

The Wildcats are back and kick-off their 2020/21 season away at title favourites Liverpool in what is sure to be a tantalising tie.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the fixture:

THE OPPOSITION

A regular in the FA Women’s Super League since its inception, Liverpool have won the top tier twice – in 2014 and 2015 – but were relegated last season.

However, the Reds have enjoyed a fruitful summer under manager Vicky Jepson and have a strong squad at their disposal.

A number of key players – including Jess Clarke, Rachel Furness, Rhiannon Roberts, Mel Lawley and Kirsty Linnett, have been retained with extra quality added.

Former Wildcat Rachael Laws has joined between the sticks while ex-Everton defender Taylor Hinds adds some quality at the back.

WE’VE MET BEFORE

We met Liverpool in the Continental Tyres Cup last season, losing 3-1 at Prenton Park. Molly Sharpe got the goal for Durham.

Prior to that, we last met Liverpool in the same competition during the 2018/20 season, playing out an entertaining 3-3 draw at New Ferens Park.

Emily Roberts bagged a brace with Abi Cottam also on the scoresheet, with Liverpool then claiming the bonus point on penalties.

PRE-MATCH COMMENTS

“I think the best thing to do is just to prepare as best we can and play our game,” said Emily Roberts.

“We’ll give them a good game on Sunday.”

A full interview with Emily Roberts will be available in the coming days.

MATCH INFORMATION

The match will be played at Prenton Park, Prenton Road West, Birkenhead, CH42 9PY.

Kick-off is at 2pm on Sunday, September 6.

STREAMING INFORMATION

The game will be played behind closed doors based upon current government guidance – but can be live-streamed for free via the FA Player.

FIND OUT MORE AND SIGN-UP FOR THE FA PLAYER HERE

FOLLOW THE GAME

Our official Twitter account (@DurhamWFC) will be providing updates on the match. You can follow the updates and get involved in the match day discussion by using the hashtag #LIVvDUR.

We’ll also be posting behind the scenes content on our official Instagram account (DurhamWFC) and on our Facebook Page.

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