Liverpool Women v Everton Women: Anfield to host Merseyside derby for first time

By Emma SandersBBC Sport
'No pressure' on Liverpool women playing at Anfield - Jepson
Women's Super League: Liverpool v Everton
Venue: Anfield Date: Sunday, 17 November Kick-off: 15:00 GMT
Coverage: Full commentary on BBC Radio Merseyside, plus video highlights and text updates on the BBC Sport website and app.

Liverpool Women are "moving in the right direction," says manager Vicky Jepson, as Anfield hosts a Women's Super League match for the first time.

Jepson's side will play Everton during Women's Football Weekend, which has been scheduled for the next men's international break.

Tottenham host Arsenal at their new 62,000-capacity stadium the same day.

"It's important that if you support Liverpool you get down and support the women's team," Jepson told BBC Sport.

It will be the first time Liverpool Women have played at the 54,074-capacity ground since an FA Cup semi-final defeat by Arsenal in 2013.

"It should be exciting for the fans given we have a big Liverpool family," Jepson said.

"There is still a long way to go just like any women's team but we are certainly moving in the right direction.

"We are being backed and moving towards where we need to be."

Liverpool are the latest club to play a fixture at their men's ground after a record crowd of 31,213 watched the first WSL derby between Manchester City and rivals Manchester United at Etihad Stadium in September.

Bristol City's Ashton Gate, Chelsea's Stamford Bridge and West Ham's London Stadium have also hosted WSL fixtures this season, while Reading welcome Bristol City to the Madejski Stadium, also on Sunday, 17 November.

Liverpool usually play their home games at Tranmere Rovers' Prenton Park, which has a capacity of 16,587.

This summer, the women's team joined Jurgen Klopp's men's European champions on a pre-season tour of the US for the first time.

Liverpool won the previous meeting 3-1 at Prenton Park in May.

"These derbies are win at all costs - there's no added pressure, just excitement," Jepson added.

"There is a mutual respect but at the end of the day it is a derby. We are going to make sure we are giving it everything we can."

Liverpool chief executive Peter Moore said: "This is a historic moment for women's football on Merseyside. We're incredibly proud to have our women's team play their first league game at Anfield and for it to be a Merseyside derby against Everton makes it extra special."

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