The 2018/2019 season comes to an end for the WSL on Saturday, and it will end in a Merseyside derby once again for the Blues. Last season, the Blues and the Reds ended their season with a 1-1 draw.
July preseason game: 0-0
December 2nd league game: 2-1 win for the Blues. Inessa Kaagman & Simone Magill scored in Willie Kirk’s first game as Everton Ladies manager. Kaagman has a habit of scoring beauties like this:
December 16th Continental Cup game: 3-1 win for the Blues where Chaney Boye-Hlorkah, Simone Magill, Elise Hughes scored. Despite the result, neither the Blues nor Reds moved on to the quarterfinals.
Magill has the distinction of scoring in two derbies and when asked what that was like by Royal Blue Mersey earlier this year, she told us:
“It was amazing, especially the first one because it was a draw at the time and then to get the winner...in a game like that and because it was the first win, it was a really really nice feeling, and a feeling that I had waited a really long time to have.”
Liverpool Women have a former Blue on their squad, Courtney Sweetman-Kirk, who left her two-year contract with Everton early for their Merseyside rivals over the summer. She is Liverpool’s top goalscorer and the 8th-top goalscorer in the WSL with 9 league goals.
Liverpool’s manager Vicky Jepsen told Liverpool.com about the disappointment in losing to Everton twice already:
“That’s unacceptable for us but we had a lot of injuries and were missing some key players. We will give it everything we have got on Saturday to get the result on derby day.”
Liverpool will be without Jess Clarke, Niamh Charles and Jasmine Matthews.
In their absence, an up-and-coming U21 English player has been able to shine for the Reds — Rinsola Babajide, who signed for Liverpool in January 2018 from Watford FC Ladies. The striker scored a hat-trick against Bristol City in April.
Everton players Chloe Kelly, Gabby George, Taylor Hinds, and Georgia Brougham have all been out due to injury as well.
Both teams have one win and four losses out of their last five games, with the following overall results:
Everton: 3 Wins, 3 Draws, 13 Losses, 14 Goals scored
Liverpool: 6 Wins, 1 Draw, 12 Losses, 18 Goals scored
Everton are only one point behind Brighton & Hove Albion, so a win against Liverpool would move the Blues up the table to 9th place if Brighton loses to West Ham United. That would give the Toffees a finish one place higher than last season.
Manager Willie Kirk told Everton.com that the Blues have a lot to gain from winning their last game of the season:
“Liverpool will be competing in the same market as us this summer, but if we can show we are developing something significant here, that might help us with recruitment.”
Up the Toffees!
When: 12:30pm BST Saturday 11 May
Where: Prenton Park, CH42 9PY