LFC Women'This team can push forward even more now'
Taylor Hinds is excited by the possibilities for Liverpool FC Women as they prepare to kick off the 2023-24 season this weekend.
The Reds secured a seventh-placed finish on their return to the Barclays Women’s Super League last term – and are now seeking to use that as a springboard to move further up the rankings in the division.
With seven new recruits added to the group this summer, Matt Beard’s side get the campaign under way by facing Arsenal Women at Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
“We definitely want to be in the top half this year,” said vice-captain Hinds on LFCTV’s WSL Preview Show, which can be watched in full below.
“I think this team can push forward even more and with the quality that we’ve got in the team and the way our pre-season has gone as well with our performances, you can really see that and start to see it how we’re performing as well.
“We’ve set those foundations as a team. And going through those conversations with Beardy as well with where we want to be and how we want to succeed this year. Everyone is on the same page, so it’s really nice to see. I’m excited.”
On how well the new members of the team have been settling in since signing, the No.12 added: “Yeah, definitely. We’re quite a tight group anyway, so whoever is coming in we try to welcome them as soon as possible.
“It’s like they’ve been here for ages already, even though it’s been a few weeks. You can really see the progression, on the pitch as well.
“For the way we want to play they are really fitting in with it and off the pitch as well it’s a great group of girls. Like I said, it feels like they’ve been here for ages.”
LFC Women are now permanently based at an iconic location in club history, with the AXA Melwood Training Centre an elite facility they can call their home.
“It’s great,” said Hinds of the move to West Derby. “I didn’t know what to expect.
“The fact that this is a training facility for us and they’ve provided this for us, I think it just shows where the women’s league is going and where the women’s game is going, and for Liverpool itself. It’s great.
“The quality about everything: the pitches, the changing room, we’ve got a sauna. Recovery, we have ice baths. The gym is amazing as well. I think little things like that really add into the game and into your daily routines as well.
“Even the food, for example. It’s exactly what we need to fuel us and prepare us for these games and for the season.”