Before the Reds returned to Premier League action last month, Jurgen Klopp dubbed his new-look side ‘Liverpool FC reloaded’. The German was of course alluding to the significant summer rebuild that had seen his midfield completely revamped in preparation for the 2023/24 campaign.
But that pithily coined maxim for Klopp’s men could equally be applied to the women’s team, with Matt Beard’s side having also enjoyed a pretty extensive overhaul in recent months.
The Reds secured a respectable seventh-place finish on their return to the Women’s Super League (WSL) last term and used the summer transfer window as an opportunity to assemble a squad capable of closing the gap on the top flight’s established elite.
There were nine senior departures and seven new arrivals at Prenton Park, with the biggest surprise of the window coming when talismanic striker Katie Stengel made a permanent switch to National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) side NJ/NY Gotham FC. Stengel - who finished last season as Liverpool’s top scorer with 10 goals in 27 appearances - had initially joined the American outfit on a short-term loan over the summer.
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However, following the acquisition of the highly-rated Sophie Roman Haug from AS Roma, Liverpool moved to facilitate Stengel’s desired return to her native USA. Haug's credentials are impressive and the Norwegian arrives on Merseyside off the back of a stellar Women's World Cup campaign in Australia and New Zealand.
The 24-year-old joined the Reds for an undisclosed fee - believed to be in the region of a club-record £100,000 - and has nettedRead on liverpoolecho.co.uk