Liverpool ‘disappointed’ as they are relegated to the Championship
Liverpool have been relegated from the Women’s Super League after the final placings were announced by the Football Association.
A tweet from the club after today’s announcement, said: “Liverpool FC is disappointed by today's decision on how the 2019/20 Women's Super League season has been concluded, which will see the Reds relegated to the Championship.”
The WSL was cancelled on May 25 as a result of the coronavirus with the Reds holding up the table.
Liverpool had six points and were just one point behind Birmingham City, though City had one game in hand.
The final table was decided by the FA on a points per game system (ppg) which calculated that Liverpool finished on a 0.43 ppg average, just 0.11 less than City.
The club released the following statement: "The Covid-19 pandemic has presented huge, ongoing challenges around the world, the majority far more important than football.
"The focus of our women’s team and staff since the beginning of the crisis was to be ready to return to WSL play when it was safe and proper to do so.
"We believe we would have been able to meet all operational requirements but a return to play was deemed impractical.
"As proud founder members of the WSL, our fans greatly value our position within the league and we hoped for the opportunity to secure our status on the pitch.
“We enjoyed several notable firsts as a women’s team this season – including a first WSL game at Anfield – and we are committed to continuing to grow the women’s game in this country with our fellow teams. We wish all the WSL teams well and look forward to seeing them again soon.”
The Reds had only won one game out of the 14 they played this season, when they beat Bristol City 1-0 in January thanks to a goal from Rachel Furness.
Aston Villa will take Liverpool’s place in the top flight of women’s football after remaining unbeaten in the Championship this season.
The WSL’s next season will begin on September 27.