Liverpool headed into their match against Aston Villa in desperate need of a win after 4 consecutive League defeats, but it was another day to forget for The Reds, who were beaten 1-0 by Villa in a scrappy affair.

The hosts looked solid in defence but were poor in possession and failed to create any significant chances. Liverpool gave away a penalty on 56 minutes which was tucked away by Rachael Daly.

The result means Matt Beard’s side have now lost five games on the bounce and currently sit tenth in the Women’s Super League table.

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Player Ratings

Rachael Laws- 6

The goalkeeper had very little to do in the first half but made an impressive save one-on-one with Alisha Lehmann. The Reds keeper was unable to deal with the same scenario again when she took out Kirsty Hanson to give away a penalty in the 57th minute but wasn’t helped at all by her defence.

Emma Koivisto- 6

The wingback had a slow start but became more involved up front in towards the end of the first half. She came close with a sliced effort and made some good driving runs up the pitch.

Gilly Flaherty- 5

The back three looked solid for the most part but Flaherty allowed Hanson to get in behind her, which resulted in the converted penalty.

Megan Campbell- 6

Dispossessed far too easily on the edge of her box in the first ten minutes, which led to a shaky moment for the team. Recovered fairly well after the mistake though and was dependable in a defensive sense.

Niamh Fahey- 7

Put in the strongest performance out of the back three, made several important blocks and challenges, also looked composed on the ball in possession. An impressive outing from the captain.

Taylor Hinds- 6

The 23-year-old was assured in possession and performed her defensive duties well. Did very little wrong all afternoon. A solid performance.

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Jasmine Matthews- 4

The midfielder was unable to retain possession which allowed Villa to dominate and pen The Reds into their own half. Not the strongest showing.

Rachael Furness- 5

Created the chance that should have been scored by Fahey. The veteran midfielder looked more composed in possession than her partner but was unable to stop Villa’s dominance.

Yana Daniels- 4

The winger was less involved than her counterpart on the opposite flank and was unable to really influence the game. Did very little when she had the ball.

Katie Stengel- 5

Cut an isolated figure due to the lack of service from her teammates, but still showcased her impressive holdup abilities. The striker only really had half chances at best.

Melissa Lawley- 5

Showed some moments of quality taking on opposition defenders successfully in the first half but faded after the break.