Earlier than their conflict at Chelsea within the Ladies’s Tremendous League, Liverpool had been hailed as “probably the most improved staff within the league,” however they got a harsh lesson.
Chelsea Ladies 5-1 Liverpool Ladies
Ladies’s Tremendous League, Stamford Bridge
Saturday, November 18
Objectives: James 11′ 56′ 64′, Beever-Jones 24′, Nusken 78′; Carter OG 13′
“4 video games unbeaten however the best way they play, their physicality, their press makes it tough so that you can buildup.”
Hayes, who’s main Chelsea in her last season earlier than taking up the USA nationwide staff, insisted her aspect had been “below no illusions” about their guests.
However in entrance of 12,802 followers at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, the distinction between the champions and the league’s rising pressure was laid clear.
Liverpool had been made to pay for pricey errors, not least within the buildup to the opener, when Jenna Clark stepped out of defence solely to play a weird infield go which led to a Chelsea counter.
Lauren James made mild work of her end, however was then cancelled out two minutes later as Shanice van de Sanden pressured an personal aim from Jess Carter.
From there, it was an onslaught from Chelsea, with James scoring twice extra together with targets from Aggie Beever-Jones and Sjoeke Nusken to make sure a 5-1 win for the hosts.
It was not with out controversy, with the Reds denied what may have been a penalty when Ceri Holland was introduced down on the sting of the field.
Sophie Roman Haug additionally seemed to have headed the ball in, however after initially suggesting a aim, the referee judged it to not have crossed the road earlier than being cleared away.
Liverpool had not performed poorly, however had been outclassed by a Chelsea aspect who usually are not solely reigning champions, but in addition high the desk this season.
Defeat leaves Matt Beard’s aspect fifth, although they might drop to sixth on Sunday relying on the results of the Manchester derby.
Victory over Chelsea would have meant going as much as second, a minimum of briefly, having taken 11 factors from their first six league video games.
LFC Ladies: Legal guidelines; Fisk, Bonner, Clark; Koivisto (Parry 74′), Hobinger (Kearns 46′), Nagano, Holland, Hinds; Roman Haug (Lawley 86′), Van de Sanden (Kiernan 74′)
Subs not used: Micah, Taylor, Lundgaard, Flint, Enderby
Subsequent match: Man United (H) – WSL Cup – Wednesday, November 22, 7pm (GMT)