LONDON, ENGLAND - Saturday, November 18, 2023: Liverpool's Sophie Roman Haug during the FA Women’s Super League game between Chelsea FC Women and Liverpool FC Women at Stamford Bridge. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

2 assists & 1 goal for Liverpool striker as Women claim first win in 5 games

Liverpool Women snapped out of a four-game run without a win in captivating fashion, with summer signing Sophie Roman Haug providing two assists and a goal in a 4-0 win.

Liverpool Women 4-0 Brighton Women

Goals: Bonner 27′, Van de Sanden 43′, Holland 63′, Haug 90+3′

Matt Beard’s side had hit a slump after losing three and drawing one of their last four games, with the aggregate score reading 11-5 in favour of the opposition.

Therefore, the visit of ninth-placed Brighton was a welcome one, with the Reds enjoying their start at Prenton Park this season.

It was fitting that the women’s record appearance holder, Gemma Bonner, scored the opening goal after 27 minutes, having been presented a special framed shirt by fellow record holder Ian Callaghan prior to kickoff.

A delightful header, flicked on from a corner, found the back of the net to provide the goal that the Reds’ early pressure had been searching for.

Forward Shanice van de Sanden then scored her first goal of the season, in the same week that her and her partner welcomed their daughter, with Haug delivering the assist with a well-timed pass through the defence.

Half time: Liverpool Women 2-0 Brighton

Backup goalkeeper Teagan Micah, on her WSL debut, stood up well to the few questions asked of her and kept a clean sheet as the Reds scored two more unanswered goals in the second half.

LONDON, ENGLAND - Saturday, November 18, 2023: Liverpool players form a pre-match team huddle before the FA Women’s Super League game between Chelsea FC Women and Liverpool FC Women at Stamford Bridge. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

LFC Women had to wait until the 63rd minute for their third of the match, with Ceri Holland heading home Haug’s dinked ball after she refused to give up on the play on the byline.

And for all her effort in setting up two of her team-mates, record signing Haug got her first home league goal in stoppage time when Liverpool moved the ball from the ‘keeper to the back of the net in just 14 seconds.

The victory is Liverpool’s first in five games across all competitions, a needed boost that also saw captain Niamh Fahey return for the final few minutes – her second appearance in as many games after a long-term injury.

Liverpool’s win puts them in the top four, at least temporarily, after eight games, just one point behind Man United in third and five behind second-placed Arsenal.

Liverpool Women: Michah; Kovisto (Parry 82′), Clark (Fahey 87′), Bonner, Fisk, Hinds; Nagano, Hobinger (Kearns 86′), Holland (Lundgaard 86′); Roman Haug, Van de Sanden (Kiernan 72′)

Subs not used: Laws, Flint, Lawley, Enderby

Next match: Bristol City (H) – WSL – Sunday, December 10, 2pm (GMT)