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in that subsequent loss to West Ham at Rush Green, benefiting
from the expert delivery of another international midfielder, Christie
The Scot has had her injury problems to contend with this season
but Jepson admits it will be a real bonus to be able to call upon her
no10 during the run-in.
“I think Christie is our set-piece master,” says the manager.
“There’s nobody in our team that can deliver a dead-ball with the
accuracy and quality that she can so consistently.
“Jade Bailey has been taking a lot of them for us and she’s done
well but it’s been her first season taking set-plays. Christie is
excellent with them and she regularly stays behind after training to
practise them. We scored twice against West Ham from her quality
into the box.
“She won three more caps as Scotland won the Pinatar Cup in
Spain last month and it’s great to see her getting back to full fitness
In the Reds’ final session together before the coronavirus outbreak
led to the campaign being halted, the squad welcomed back their
international contingent.
Jepson and her staff showed the squad an international highlights
package which included attacker Niamh Charles scoring for
England Under-21s in a 2-0 win over France at St George’s Park and
vice-captain Niamh Fahey taking her cap-count for the Republic
of Ireland to 90 in a 3-0 win away to Montenegro in a Euro 2021
One thing that can never be questioned about this Reds squad
is the positive spirit they have engendered throughout the tough

times they have faced this season. Vicky has led from the front
in that respect and has always maintained a cheery outlook even
when results have gone against her side.
“Whatever we have faced this season the girls have been very
good and I’ve always tried to be positive myself. If I was negative
and knocking them down, I don’t think it would be of any use to
“The only time I’ve really lost my temper and had a go at them
was at half-time of the West Ham game because the performance
wasn’t what we expect it to be but that’s rare. The team knew that
as full-time athletes and competitors that wasn’t the standard we
expect. But throughout the season there haven’t been any cracks
and the squad have always been focused and positive.
“That’s what I stand for and it’s in our DNA as the LFC football
family and we’re proud to represent that as LFC Women.
“Myself, the backroom staff and a number of the senior players
have had to help one or two through this as they’ve never been in
this kind of situation before where they are fighting to stay in the
“So we have always tried to make sure that we keep the
environment positive and when we get the chance to resume we
will be fighting to get the points we need to win this relegation
“The team, staff and myself look forward to seeing all our fans
again as soon as it is possible to do so. In the meantime, please look
after yourselves and your families, follow the expert advice as much
as you can, and reduce the risks to yourself and everyone around

Niamh Charles scored for England U21s v
France at St George’s Park last month

Recent signing Rachel Furness has been a
prolific scorer since signing in the winter
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