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So from worst to first, the mission has been completed. Triumphantly.
Liverpool Ladies claimed a 2-0 victory over Bristol Academy Women to secure the FA Women's Super League crown in their final match of a memorable season on Sunday afternoon.
Manager Matt Beard's team went into the game knowing that just a point against their opponents would be enough to win the title for the very first time.
Bristol needed all three points to deny the home side and ensure the silverware would be going back to the West Country.
Liverpool's players spoke in the week of wanting the Anfield Kop to be transported to Halton's Select Security Stadium.
And they weren't disappointed as the Reds' fans in attendance gave a terrific rendition of You'll Never Walk Alone prior to kick-off.
Liverpool settled first and were inches away from taking an eighth-minute lead through Louise Fors.
She latched onto a through ball inside the box and fired a left-footed effort that just went past Bristol keeper Siobhan Chamberlain's left upright.
Lively Nicole Rolser was causing most of the problems for Bristol's rearguard, showing neat skill as well as having an eye for goal.
So it was no surprise when she was at the heart of the breakthrough goal for Liverpool nine minutes before the interval.
Her trickery just inside the penalty area drew a foul from Alex Windell and a penalty was awarded.
Up stepped Fors to drill a perfect spot-kick left-footed into the bottom left-hand corner of Chamberlain's net.
Bristol nearly found themselves back in the game shortly after conceding when Laura de Rio saw her lobbed effort go over Liverpool keeper Rachael Laws but miss the target, much to the home side's relief.
Trailing at the break, Bristol knew they had score twice to win the title.
But Liverpool's defence stood up well to the visitors' attacks and keeper Laws was rarely called into action. American-born midfielder Amanda Da Costa could have settled things 20 minutes from time but she headed wide when well placed deep inside the penalty area.
The spurned opportunity, however, was not to prove costly.
Twelve minutes from time Liverpool tacked on an insurance goal when England striker Natasha Dowie cleverly set up Icelandic star Katrin Omarsdottir who cut inside the penalty area before firing an unstoppable shot past Chamberlain to the huge delight of the Reds' players on the pitch and the management team and fans off it.
From that point, Liverpool eased their way home before the celebrations really began in style at the final whistle.
First goalscorer Fors described the team's success as "an amazing feeling".
Teammate, Da Costa, said: "It is an amazing group of girls. They are my friends and my family."
Thrilled Liverpool boss Beard said: "They have worked hard all year. They really deserve the title.
"The penalty took the pressure off us a little bit because we had one or two chances before then that maybe we should have scored and it was important to get that first goal.
"I'm delighted, I'm chuffed for the players because all season they've been fantastic.
"They deserve that, unbelievable, great performance today. I felt we thoroughly deserved the three points.
"We've a completely new squad that we've built together and they just deserve the utmost respect and credit for what they've achieved this year.
"It just shows that if you get the right characters in and you've got that mindset and work hard, you can achieve anything."
And an overjoyed Dowie added: "It has been a fairytale. This is the best moment of my football career.
"I honestly believe we deserve to be champions. We want to be like Arsenal and dominate. It is a dream come true to win the title."
Bristol coach Mark Sampson was full of praise for his defeated side but conceded Liverpool deserved their win.
He said: "We've achieved an incredible amount this year. We've got to a cup final and we've pushed Liverpool, the eventual champions and worthy champions, right the way to the wire, and I think myself, all directors and all supporters are really proud of the players' efforts.
"They're a good group and if they stick together they can achieve a lot."