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27 min: Laws does really well to pressure Kerr to not take a one-on-one shot and Liverpool clear the ball.

25 min: Liverpool try to build but they run it out of play, the hosts are yet to find their feet. They just need sustained possession but Chelsea are all over them at the moment. But here they come and Musovic is caught out of position. Kiernan gets the ball in the back of the net but she’s offside!

23 min: Chelsea are coming again, Kirby finds Charles but her resulting shot goes to nothing. The ball comes to Cuthbert and she hits it from far out but it sails over the bar. The next goal for the Blues feels as though it’s coming but the final touch just isn’t coming off for them.

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21 min: Buchanan is pushed and she earns a free kick. There’s a perfect through ball and Kerr gets the ball in the net but she’s ruled offside. That was marginal but with no VAR the officials call stands.

19 min: Chelsea have a free kick after Holland puts in a challenge on Cuthbert and she earns herself a yellow card. They build from the back but Liverpool are defending well. Kerr is ruled offside to alleviate some pressure.

17 min: Ingle tries to feed Reiten but it has too much on it. Charles’ backpass is almost pounced upon, a nervous moment for the Blues.

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15 min: Cuthbert was almost through but Laws blocks well. James gets a good ball in but Liverpool deal with it again. This could be a long evening of defending for the newly promoted side. Chelsea are coming through again but James’ attempt is wide, another goal feels imminent …

13 min: Bright closes down another opportunity for Liverpool, the hosts are definitely building in this one.

11 min: Here come Chelsea again but Liverpool do well to shut them down and they counter. Liverpool have a free kick too after a foul but Chelsea deal with it well.

9 min: Kiernan makes a great run, whose shot is blocked by Musovic. Koivisto has a chance ont he rebound as the keeper can’t control it but it sails over the bar, much better from the hosts. Chelsea has a chance but they can’t control it in the box.

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7 min: James does well to nab the ball as Liverpool looked to make their mark on this game. They run the ball back upfield and Reiten is almost through for their second.

5 min: Horror show for Flaherty but she’ll have to dust herself down and concentrate now. Liverpool win a free kick with Ingle putting in a risky challenge. Possession exchanges hands from the set piece but it is Liverpool who come away with it.

PENALTY! Liverpool 0-1 Chelsea (Kirby, 3)

That was so easy for Fran Kirby, sending Laws the wrong way. Flaherty conceded that penalty on her debut for Liverpool.

Fran Kirby scores.
Fran Kirby scores. Photograph: Paul Greenwood/REX/Shutterstock

2 min: Chelsea are firmly in control in the opening stages with Reiten taking a shot and then the Norway international goes down in the box and earns her side a penalty!

Kick-off! Liverpool 0-0 Chelsea

Here we go!

Ahead of this game getting underway have a read of this report from this cracking match this afternoon:

Kick-off will be coming at 5pm but there will a tribute to The Queen ahead of kick-off in the form of a period of silence following the national anthem.

There has been a late change to Chelsea’s starting line-up this evening with Ingle replacing Harder. The club haven’t disclosed why the change has happened.

Darren has got in touch via Twitter and said: “Yesterday was the anniversary of my first time watching United women. Cracking first half, shame we couldn’t match the goal output in the second half. Very much hoping we can end this issue of not being able to end games as well as we start them during this season.” How long have you been going to United games? A strong performance from United yesterday but they definitely could have had more goals.

Have you listened to our latest episode of our podcast? In the newest edition a host of guests discuss whether anyone can stop Chelsea this season, have a listen here:

Leicester have pulled one back against Tottenham, it has been ruled as an own goal by Drew Spence! Today has seen the fight of a comeback through Manchester City who couldn’t quite clinch it against Aston Villa, can Leicester pull back a point or three?

I would love to hear from you! Be it about the matches that have already happened, the ones currently playing, Liverpool v Chelsea or even your plans today.

You can catch me on Twitter, @rendellx, or via email.

Ahead of the match Liverpool boss Matt Beard said of facing defending champions Chelsea: “We want to play against the best players and I want to go up against the best coaches. It will be a great test for us. We want to win the game but we understand we’re playing one of the best teams in not only Europe, but the world in club football.”

Chelsea boss Emma Hayes has reflected on all how positive the summer break has been for her, saying: “I had an off-season taking in life and enjoying anything from a walk to a drink. It’s no surprise this is the freshest I’ve felt. I always find a way to read, to study, to be interested. But this summer my study was life. I’ve also reached a point in my career where I’m really enjoying it. I’ve had years where I didn’t but, now, I love the work. There’s a coming together of a football model I’ve been working on my whole career. All the jigsaw pieces are in sync and there’s a lovely energy to the team where it’s a given that we’ll keep competing.”

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There are two WSL games currently playing, with West Ham 1-0 up against Everton and Tottenham 2-0 up against Leicester. Both games have just got their second 45’s underway. The best goal of round one has happened in the Spurs game with Ashleigh Neville scoring a worldie, take a look:

Both teams for this match have revealed their starting XI’s.

Matt Beard has named for Liverpool: Laws, Koivisto, Flaherty, Fahey, Matthews, Hinds, Kearns, Holland, Lawley, Kiernan, Stengel.

While Emma Hayes has gone with: Musovic, Bright, James, Reiten, Kirby, Eriksson, Kerr, Charles, Cuthbert, Harder, Buchanan.

Preamble

Welcome back to our Women’s Super League coverage and to finish off the first round defending champions Chelsea will take on newly promoted Liverpool at Prenton Park.

Chelsea have lost some stars who were instrumental in their three consecutive WSL title wins at the end of last season with Ji, Jonna Andersson and Drew Spence all departing. But they have had a good transfer window, bringing in the likes of Eve Perisset and Kadeisha Buchanan.

Liverpool have also had a good summer of business, bringing in six players after winning the Championship last season. Among the stars in their ranks is former West Ham captain Gilly Flaherty and ex-Wolfsburg star Shanice van de Sanden.

Many will be predicting a Chelsea win this afternoon but with the results we have seen already in round one it could go either way. Team news to come ahead of the 5pm kick-off.



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