High-flying Liverpool Ladies have further strengthened their squad ahead of the restart of the FA Women's Super League on August 4.

After finishing the first half of the campaign at the top of the table, the Reds have moved to add four new players during the summer transfer window.

Sarah Gregorius (below), Ellie Stewart, Katie Zelem and Kate Longhurst have all signed up, as the team prepares to maintain their title challenge over the coming months.

Gregorius has arrived from German side Bad Neuenahr, and she adds international experience to the team, having represented New Zealand at the FIFA Women's World Cup and 2012 Olympics.

She is an exciting, attacking player, with an impressive goal-scoring record, having notched nine goals during last season for her club and 17 international goals in 41 caps.

Stewart and Zelem are both exciting England U19 internationals, who join from Everton and Manchester United respectively. Stewart will further strengthen the Reds' defence while Zelem will provide attacking creativity to the midfield.

Longhurst has signed from Chelsea and is a hard-working centre forward and a great finisher.

In addition to the four new recruits, goalkeeper Rachael Laws has signed a new contract until the end of the season.

Ladies manager, Matt Beard, said: "After a good start to the season, I felt it was important to improve our squad and competition for places. 

"We now have options in every position, so the players have to be performing to the best of their ability to maintain their place. I now feel we have a good blend of experience and youth and everyone can learn from each other.

"The most important thing is that we don't get complacent and that we focus on having a successful second half of the season."

The ladies have a busy first week back, starting with a home game against Arsenal on Saturday, August 3 at Halton Stadium - kick-off is 7pm.