It's been four months since Liverpool's last Women's Super League (WSL) outing but, if the Reds were hoping to ease themselves back into top flight action this weekend, the fixture gods did not get the memo.
Matt Beard's side will begin their 2023/24 campaign at the Emirates Stadium, where they'll take on title hopefuls Arsenal on Sunday. More than 47,000 tickets have already been sold for the clash and the Gunners will be looking to start the season with a statement win to unnerve rivals and perennial champions, Chelsea.
Arsenal finished third last term, four places and 24 points above Liverpool. Since their shock defeat to Aston Villa on the final day of the season, Jonas Eidevall's side have bolstered their ranks with the addition on England forward Alessia Russo, World Cup stars Amanda Ilestedt, Laia Codina and Kyra Cooney-Cross, and Canada international Cloe Lacasse.
The Gunners will still be reeling from their stupefying Champions League exit at the hands of Paris FC and keen to ensure their domestic campaign gets off on a very different footing. But, perhaps the most glaring obstacle Liverpool will need to overcome if they are to emerge from Sunday's contest with three points is their own away form.
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The Reds failed to win a single game on the road last term, losing six and drawing five. Across those 11 games, Liverpool scored 12 goals and conceded 27.
Those statistics make for stark reading and, while an injury-ravaged squad can provide mitigation for some of those results, Beard's side have to ensure they fare better on their travels this season if they hold anyRead on liverpoolecho.co.uk