Rhiannon Roberts: Liverpool ready to prove Women's Super League staying power in 'tasty' Merseyside derby

Rhiannon Roberts: Liverpool ready to prove Women's Super League staying power in 'tasty' Merseyside derby

"They’ve just maximised the situations," Chelsea boss Emma Hayes said when summarising her side's opening weekend defeat to resurgent Liverpool. Sounds simple, doesn't it?

But nothing about beating reigning Women's Super League champions Chelsea is simple. Far from it.

Two penalty kicks ultimately decided the outcome, with Katie Stengel displaying nerves of steel to confidently dispatch both, cancelling out Fran Kirby's opener.

Liverpool's much-anticipated WSL return was a head-turner, not least because Matt Beard's side had failed to get the better of Chelsea since 2014. Not only that, but the Blues had cruised to victory in each of their last nine league outings - the joint-longest ongoing run in the competition.

But legacy stats, often compelling to onlookers and media folk, don't faze defender Rhiannon Roberts, affectionately known on Merseyside as 'Razza'.

She wants to focus on the here and now. Only then can you block out the surrounding noise and concentrate on the "job at hand". Only then can you become just the second newly-promoted team to win their opening match of a WSL campaign.

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