In her first column of 2015, Liverpool Ladies captain Gemma Bonner previews tonight's Women's Super League encounter with Birmingham City and speaks about the return to fitness of Lucy Staniforth.
It's fair to say we haven't made the start we would have hoped for with two defeats but it's still early days and I have enough confidence in this team to know we will soon be back to winning ways - hopefully starting tonight against Birmingham.
We are a team that isn't used to losing, so it's a difficult period but we have had some good training sessions since our last game with Sunderland and reviewed the two games we have played so far. We realise it's still early on in the season, we've got a lot of young players in this squad and it will take us a little bit of time to gel.
Winning back-to-back titles has made Liverpool the team to beat. We've got to expect that being the champions, but it's up to us to raise our game to ensure we get back to winning ways. We've only played one league game and we know we have got a strong group of players as well as a strong mentality in the squad to help us. If you look at the other results from the first weekend in the league, teams are taking points off each other already. It's early days.
Birmingham beat us 3-1 in the first game of the season, but this is at our home ground and we know what we need to do to get the right result. Playing at home is always a big advantage for us with our brilliant crowd and hopefully we can play good football and get the three points.
We go into the international break after this game, so it's important for us to get our first win and get the points on the board. We've got a big few games after the break with matches against Chelsea and Manchester City, but we can't think too far ahead and the priority now is the Birmingham game.
While it was frustrating to lose to Sunderland, we did take some positives from the game. Nicole Rolser played the full 90 minutes and she is going to be a big player for us this season. Nici missed most of last season through injury and also picked up a knock in pre-season, so it's brilliant to get her back. It's just a case of Nici getting that match sharpness now.
It was also fantastic to see Lucy [Staniforth] make her debut last week after also returning from a bad injury. She will get stronger now as each week goes on. We all know how hard she has worked and her mental toughness is unbelievable so to have her back for us was a brilliant boost for both herself and us as a club.
I have got a new central defensive partner at the heart of our defence this season, playing alongside Satara Murray who is a very talented young player with great potential. She has come over from America and has settled in really well. It's always difficult for a young player, not just moving to a new team, but to come to a different country with a new way of living. She's got the pedigree to become a great player and I have really enjoyed playing alongside her. She has got plenty of pace and power and is used to winning so will definitely be a great addition to the side.