'We focus on ourselves and want to make the fans proud on the final day'

LFC Women'We focus on ourselves and want to make the fans proud on the final day'

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Niamh Fahey insists Liverpool FC Women's only focus is to end the season strongly and make their fans proud when Manchester United Women visit Prenton Park in the final game of 2022-23 on Saturday.

It is all set for a dramatic ending to the Barclays Women's Super League campaign, with both Chelsea Women and United eyeing the title.

Chelsea, who are two points clear of second-placed United, travel to Reading Women, while Marc Skinner's team must win to stand any chance of pipping the Londoners to the crown.

United beat Liverpool back in January but the Reds have since responded superbly and secured their place in the WSL for next term - and captain Fahey is delighted to be back in action following a lengthy spell on the sidelines through injury.

Read on as the No.5 previews Saturday's finale with Liverpoolfc.com, while also discussing her World Cup ambitions and delivering a message for the Reds' supporters...

On this being the final match of 2022-23 and the challenge United will pose...

It has gone so quick this season, especially after Christmas. The last couple of months have flown by. We are looking forward to our last home game of the season at Prenton Park and it's a good game in prospect. Obviously United are going for the title so there's a lot on the line there, but for us it's always a big fixture. Liverpool against Manchester United has its history so it's a good one to end on in front of our home support. This will be a good game.

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On manager Matt Beard telling the team to go out and play their normal game…

It's all about us, it's not about anybody else. I think the focus in the last couple of games has been more on us, which is fantastic. We have to believe in ourselves more because when we do we've seen the results that we can get - like we did against Manchester City.

On aiming to put things right after the disappointing display against United in January, which ended in a 6-0 defeat…

That was our worst performance, without doubt, this season. Especially because it was against United, we let the fans down and we let ourselves down big time that day. We are looking for a response and we want to do that on Saturday.

On ending the season strongly with some excellent performances…

We have grown a lot after Christmas, particularly after that bad day against United. We sat down with each other, we looked at ourselves and wanted to put those things right, and I feel we have progressed as a team and we have definitely seen that with the results like our win here against City. The team is growing and we are in a good moment and hoping to finish strong.

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On getting back fit and returning for the final two games of the season after a frustrating spell out through injury…

It has been tough. It's hard being injured at any time but I had a little complication with the injury so it wasn't as straightforward. But I'm so happy to be back. The same for Leanne Kiernan as well, I was with her the last couple of months in rehab so the two of us had each other there for a bit. I'm delighted she is back as well and it's great we are both back fit now.

On hoping to be in the Republic of Ireland squad for the World Cup…

We've got a big summer ahead of us, myself, Leanne and Megan [Campbell] with the World Cup in Australia, so we are all hoping to make the squad for that. It's important that we are back on the pitch now and we proved our fitness last weekend, so it's about building up that momentum with minutes. Fair play to the gaffer because he is giving us minutes so we can have this opportunity. We are very grateful to him for that because we've been out for a while.

On the Reds' loyal supporters, who have followed the team up and down the country once again this season…

Our fans are fantastic, they are the best supporters around. They have supported us once again so much this season and we appreciate them so much. We want to make them proud on Saturday and we will be giving it everything that we have got to try to get the three points.

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