Matt Beard goes into Sunday’s Merseyside derby full of confidence after Liverpool’s flying start to the season.

The Reds have had a strong start, beating title hopefuls Arsenal 1-0 at the Emirates on the first day and then beating Aston Villa 2-0 at Prenton Park.

New signings Marie-Therese Hobinger and Natasha Flint made an instant impact on Beard’s side as they were both on the score sheet against Villa which sees the Reds sitting in second place in the WSL table, level on points with league leaders Leicester City.

Beard’s team is the only side in the top tier to have kept clean sheets in both of its first two games, culminating in their best start to a WSL season since 2017. This is all the more impressive considering club-record signing Sophie Roman Haug has not played after suffering fractures to the nose and face while away on international duty with Norway.

Whilst the form table is in favour of Liverpool in this fixture, it isn’t so much for rivals Everton as they have registered back-to-back defeats in the WSL against Brighton & Hove Albion and Leicester City. Everton suffered further defeat in the FA Women’s League Cup to Manchester City whilst the Reds lost to Leicester City on Wednesday night.

Beard’s team will be looking for revenge after last season’s 3-0 defeat to the Blues in front of a club-record 27,000 fans at Anfield.

And if you need any more encouragement to visit Anfield this weekend, look no further than Jurgen Klopp who has urged fans to turn up and support Liverpool Women on Sunday. He said: “I believe it is time to spread love. Give the love to the women too!”

The match will take place at Anfield on Sunday 15th of October at 4:30