Liverpool Women’s FA Cup tie against Arsenal has been rearranged to avoid clashing with the Carabao Cup final between Liverpool and Chelsea.
Liverpool, who won 6-0 against Lincoln City on Sunday, will face Women’s Super League side Arsenal at home in the fifth round of the FA Cup.
Defender Leighanne Robe bagged her first goal and a hat-trick for Liverpool in the win over Lincoln with Katie Stengel, Meikayla Moore and Charlotte Wardlaw also finding the net.
The tie with Arsenal was originally set to be played on Sunday February 27 at 2pm.
But Liverpool, currently top of the Women’s Championship, requested a change as it clashes with the men’s Carabao Cup final between Liverpool and Chelsea.
Arsenal agreed to the request and the game has now been brought forward to 12pm on the same day leaving fans of the club with mixed reactions.
“We are glad to see that the club are thinking of the fans first and foremost”, said Liverpool Women’s Supporters Club on their Facebook page.
Due to an international break the week before and Arsenal scheduled to play again three days later, this led to difficulty finding an alternate date.
— Liverpool FC Women (@LiverpoolFCW) February 2, 2022
Liverpool’s men’s and women’s teams both played at the exact same time in recent weeks.
While the ladies beat Watford 1-0 in the Women’s Championship at Prenton Park on January 16, the men were cruising to a 3-0 victory over Brentford at Anfield, just under 20 minutes away.
A week later the same scenario unfolded, the men travelled to Selhurst Park where they beat Crystal Palace 3-1, while the Ladies also travelled to Palace and won 4-0 with both kicking off at 2pm.
Liverpool play Coventry United at home this Sunday at 2pm with the men playing Cardiff in the FA Cup shortly beforehand at 12pm just across the Mersey.
“Some season ticket holders for the men and it’s really sad that they have to choose between the two games”, said Jo Goodall, founder of Liverpool Women’s Supporters Club.
Liverpool women average 900-1,200 supporters at every home game this season and when both teams are playing at home at the same time these numbers fall.
Liverpool are trying to encourage more fans to attend games and are constantly in discussions to hold a women’s game at Anfield at some point this season.
(Image by Katie Chan under CCL)