Match reportLiverpool FC Women suffer defeat away at Leicester City in WSL
Liverpool FC Women suffered a 4-0 defeat away at Leicester City in the Barclays Women's Super League on Saturday afternoon.
Deflected goals from Josie Green and Carrie Jones at King Power Stadium gave the Foxes a two-goal lead at half-time.
Ashleigh Plumptre and Missy Goodwin then completed the scoring in the second half to bring an end to the Reds' four-game unbeaten run.
The hosts made a strong start in the encounter, no doubt motivated by the chance to leap out of the relegation spot, and found themselves 2-0 up after 21 minutes.
They would open the scoring courtesy of a well-worked corner routine that ended with Green striking at goal. Her effort was diverted by a touch from Missy Bo Kearns that ended up completely wrong-footing Rachael Laws in the Liverpool goal.
Their lead was doubled via another deflected effort, when Jones' shot from the edge of the area clipped Jasmine Matthews and looped over Laws.
Leicester pushed hard to make it 3-0 prior to the break and came close on two occasions.
Laws palmed Remy Siemsen's reactionary finish onto the post following a scramble in the box, before Matthews headed away a strike from Aileen Whelan that looked to be heading in.
Matt Beard opted to make a trio of substitutions and formation switch at half-time, but the Foxes would net their third just moments after the restart.
It came from another corner as Plumptre rose highest to flick in an in-swinging delivery from the right.
Liverpool came closest to getting on the scoresheet seven minutes from time when Rhiannon Roberts' header from a corner was tipped onto the crossbar by Janina Leitzig.
Leitzig then pulled off another good save to deny Emma Koivisto, as the day got even worse for the Reds deep into injury time.
Courtney Nevin curled a cross into the box and the ball was thumped into the back of the net by the head of Goodwin in what was the game's final piece of action.
Liverpool FC Women: Laws, Koivisto, Robe (Bonner, 46), Matthews, Hinds, Nagano, Kearns (Humphrey, 85), Holland (Lundgaard, 46), Van de Sanden (Roberts, 46), Stengel, Dowie (Taylor, 80).
Unused subs: Cumings, Kirby.