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Anfield to host first WSL game

A historic year for women’s football will continue as Liverpool FC announced that next month’s Merseyside derby will see the club play its first ever league game at Anfield.

The match takes place during the next men’s international break, on Sunday November 17 at 3pm an comes of the back off WSL games at the Etihad Stadium and Stamford Bridge.

Club CEO Peter Moore described it as ‘a historic moment for women’s football on Merseyside’.

He added: “We’re incredibly proud to have our women’s team play their first league game at Anfield and for it to be a Merseyside derby against Everton makes it extra special.

“Our fans now have the opportunity to watch our women’s team at our spiritual home and I’m sure it will be a memorable occasion.

“We look forward to extending the warmest of welcomes to Everton’s players, staff and supporters.”

Further strengthening the club’s commitment to the women’s game, adult tickets for the game will cost £5 with up to three accompanying children (under 16) for free, whilst Anfield season ticket holders and Official Members will continue to be allowed free access to women’s games for this fixture.

Vicky Jepson, manager of LFC Women, emphasised: “Myself, the staff and the players are all thrilled to have the opportunity to play a game at Anfield.

“It is always special to represent a club like Liverpool but to do so at our home stadium is a fantastic prospect.

“It’s a great chance for us to introduce our women’s team to a whole new group of Reds supporters and, quite simply, we can’t wait.”

The two league games between the clubs were shared last season, with Everton winning their home fixture 2-1 and Liverpool securing a 3-1 victory in the return meeting at their usual home of Prenton Park in May.

Willie Kirk, Everton manager, added: “Everyone at Everton is looking forward to the game at Anfield. Any Merseyside derby means so much to fans of both clubs and this will be a big occasion for the teams.

“Hopefully we can build on the growing popularity of women’s football, shown by some fantastic attendances at the Etihad, Stamford Bridge and the London Stadium, and put on a show.

“We hope for a packed-out crowd and to have as many Evertonians as possible cheering us on.”

Insider Insight: This game rounds off what has been a hugely historic year for women’s football. Following the success of the World Cup, the English game has shown a deepened to desire to grow the game, with heightened media engagement and greater matchday attendances. 

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