Matt Beard on season finale at Leicester, Kearns' England call and Roman Haug

ColumnMatt Beard on season finale at Leicester, Kearns' England call and Roman Haug

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In his latest column, Liverpool FC Women manager Matt Beard looks ahead to Saturday’s Barclays Women’s Super League season finale against Leicester City at King Power Stadium.

We finish our season this weekend knowing we need a point to get a top-four finish in the WSL. That would be an absolutely fantastic achievement.

The mood is good, we have had a good week of training and we are looking forward to this game. After the two results against Chelsea and Manchester United, there is a good feeling around the place. We are in a good place at the moment.

We’ve got one more big game to play and we want to try to finish it off with a win to cement that fourth spot.

Leicester are a very good side. Jenny Foster has changed the way they play a little bit, they are a tough team to play against, they’ve got a good squad and they have had a really good season in getting to the semi-final of the Adobe Women’s FA Cup. Jenny has done a fantastic job since Willie Kirk departed and it’s going to be a tough game.

From our point of view, I think we’ve got a fantastic squad, we are where we are in the league on merit. If we could finish May unbeaten and get a fourth win in a row, what an end to the season it would be.

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We started the season by making the move to our new permanent home at the AXA Melwood Training Centre and I can’t explain enough just what a difference that has made to us as a group.

We’ve got two world-class pitches we can utilise, we have the nutrition, the recovery, everything we need.

It has made such a big difference to everything that we do and I think you can see that with some of the football that we have played this year.

From that side of things it has made a massive difference and it has also brought the group closer together. It shows the support of the club, first and foremost, and it’s our home and you can definitely sense that amongst the players as it’s like a family.

We chose to go young with our recruitment last summer and we brought in Sophie Roman Haug, who certainly gives us lots of options going forward.

What you’ve got to remember with Sophie is the injury that she had held her back at the start of the year, so she wasn’t fully fit. On top of that, we also signed her late in the window and it does take time to fully settle.

This season, in terms of striker partnerships, she has played alongside Melissa Lawley, Leanne Kiernan and Mia Enderby, so it’s great for us to have those different combinations.

Sophie has been fantastic but so has everyone else. Everyone has played a part this year, even the players that have been injured but are still coming in every day for sometimes double or triple sessions in the gym. Everyone has played a major part in the season and they deserve a lot of credit for that.

Missy Bo Kearns has been named on standby for the England senior squad, her first call-up at that level, which is an absolute honour for Bo and for our football club.

Bo has made great strides in the WSL and is maturing into a consistent performer. From a young girl at the age of eight joining this club, it has been fantastic to see her journey. She has a lot of potential that we are working on with her and it’s nice to see her hard work rewarded.

In terms of Saturday’s game, Bo will be available again but unfortunately Niamh Fahey will miss out. We are looking forward to it and we will give it everything we have got to get the result we need.

Thank you for your continued support.

YNWA,

Matt

Matt Beard was speaking to Liverpoolfc.com's Steve Hunter

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