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Matt Beard at the end of the season at Leicester, England call-up Kearns and Roman Haug

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 the King Power Stadium.

We end our season this weekend knowing we need a point to finish in the top 4 in the WSL. That would be an absolutely fantastic achievement.

The mood is good, we 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’re in a good place right now.

We still have a big game to play and we want to try to finish it with a win to consolidate fourth place.

Leicester are a very good side. Jenny Foster has changed the way they play a bit, they are a tough team to play against, they have a good squad and they have had a very good season to reach the semi-final of the Adobe Women’s FA Cup. Jenny has done a fantastic job since Willie Kirk left and it will be a tough match.

From our point of view, I think we have a fantastic team, we deserve to be where we are in the league. If we could finish more unbeaten and get a fourth win in a row, what an end to the season that would be.

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

We have two world-class pitches that we can use, we have the nutrition, the recovery, everything we need.

He’s made such a difference in everything we do and I think you can see that with some of the football we’ve played this year.

On that side of things, it made a huge difference and 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 feel that amongst the players as it’s like a family.

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

What you have to remember with Sophie is the injury she picked up earlier in the year so she wasn’t fully fit. On top of that, I also signed it late in the window and it takes time to fully resolve.

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

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

Missy Bo Kearns was named in standby for senior England squadher first call-up at that level, which is an absolute honor for Bo and our football club.

Bo has made great strides in the WSL and is maturing into a consistent performer. From an eight-year-old girl who joined this club, her journey has been fantastic to watch. She has a lot of potential that we are working on with her and it’s nice to see her hard work pay off.

As for Saturday’s game, Bo will be available again but unfortunately Niamh Fahey will miss out. We look forward to it and will give it everything we have to get the result we need.

Thank you for your continued support.

YNWA,

Matta

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