Missy Bo Kearns voted Liverpool FC Women's Player of the Month
Missy Bo Kearns has been named Liverpool FC Women’s Standard Chartered Player of the Month for February.
Supporters voted the midfielder as the outstanding performer for Matt Beard’s side in a month where they secured an important Barclays Women’s Super League victory against Reading Women at Prenton Park.
Fuka Nagano finished second in the poll, with Ceri Holland third.
Scouser Kearns grabbed the vital opening goal in the 2-0 win over Reading as she continued a fine run of form which also saw her score for England U23s when they played at Prenton Park last month.
The 21-year-old was presented with the Standard Chartered trophy at The Campus and expressed her delight at the vote of confidence from the fans.
Kearns said: “Liverpool FC is known for its fans and for them to recognise me and vote for this award is massive and I’m privileged.”
The arrival of fellow midfielder Nagano in January has allowed Kearns to operate in a more attacking midfield role and it is one she is relishing.
She added: “It suits me a lot more, gives me the chance to express myself and get in positions that I like to play in - in between the lines - getting in the box and scoring goals.
“I think it’s showing in the games. Scoring comes from practice and hard work, if you don’t shoot you don’t score is what I’ve been telling myself. I probably could have scored a few more.”
A midfield trio of Kearns, Nagano and Holland has been manager Matt Beard’s preferred line-up in recent weeks and the combination is one the Academy graduate feels is working well.
Kearns stated: “I think we complement each other very well. We all offer different things but we all want to play football. Fuka will thread it through the lines to Ceri and myself to go and express ourselves but we both know we’ll work very hard to recover in. It’s great that we have that balance and we’re all enjoying it at the minute.”
Next up for Kearns and her teammates is the little matter of a Merseyside derby at Goodison Park on Friday night and perhaps the chance to make up for a disappointing team performance at Anfield in the reverse fixture earlier in the season.
“We’re improving every single game and we’re settled into this league a lot more now. I think the last game at Anfield came after we’d beaten Chelsea in the opening game and a big fuss was made of it,” Kearns said.
“Now we’ve proved ourselves in this league and everyone knows what we’re about. It’s just about putting a performance in and getting a result, that’s what we want.
“On a personal note I want to just keep improving for the rest of the season and as a team we’re in a good position to keep pushing on, try to get as many points in the last eight games and see where we end up.”