Rachael Laws isn’t any stranger to the Reds – she helped the ladies win again to again league titles again in 2013 and 2014 and has been an vital a part of this 12 months’s march in the direction of promotion.
Now the Women are ten factors clear on the high of the desk with promotion inside their grasp and the plan is to simply take every match one by one.
“We are nonetheless taking it recreation by recreation and we aren’t getting carried away pondering we will win this title earlier than the tip of the season,” Laws informed the membership web site in a current interview.
“We are taking it recreation by recreation and that’s credit score to the workers who’ve drilled that into us. We are a extremely shut group, we all know what we wish to obtain and now we have numerous high quality on this workforce.
“A couple of years in the past I might say, wanting again, it was all about expertise being the principle factor, however I feel being on this workforce this 12 months we’ve acquired a extremely good mixture of youth and expertise and people two blended collectively make it a extremely good components for fulfillment. I’ve been there, numerous the ladies have been on this place for his or her nation in addition to the membership having performed in finals, semi-finals and large events.
“I do assume now we have sufficient expertise on this workforce to get us over the road however we type of want that youth coming by way of, which now we have the freshness of it. We have a look at them as a lot as they have a look at us.
“Because they’re younger they don’t really feel the stress, the place in case you are somewhat bit older you do take into consideration issues that little bit extra and also you consider eventualities in your head. Yes, I’ve been right here earlier than with Liverpool FC Women and we’ve acquired it over the road, however we aren’t getting carried away and hopefully that basically good mixture of expertise and youth can get us over the road.”
Liverpool have solely misplaced one match within the league thus far, and that was on opening day towards London City – fairly the turnaround from earlier seasons when losses outnumbered wins and landed them within the Championship. Their technique for the season has paid off, although, as they go into the house stretch.
“We stated in the beginning of the season we’re going to take one recreation at a time, which now we have continued to do,” Laws continued.
“In our first recreation we misplaced and from then now we have solely misplaced as soon as to Tottenham Hotspur within the Continental Women’s League Cup.
“After each recreation within the huddle Matt at all times says to us we hold our toes on the bottom, we keep humble, it’s the enterprise finish of the season and now we have to win video games however we will’t assume too far forward, and that’s precisely what we’re doing.
“Game by recreation it appears to be working in the meanwhile and no matter who we’re enjoying or how effectively we’re doing, we put together all week like we do for anyone.”
Now the subsequent recreation forward is Arsenal within the FA Cup at Prenton Park – an enormous check for the Women however an actual probability to additionally present they belong again within the Super League. Their greatest benefit although? Laws says the followers.
“It’s a little bit of a free hit, they aren’t simply top-of-the-line groups in England however are top-of-the-line groups in Europe,” stated Laws.
“Going up towards Arsenal within the FA Cup, I’m glad it’s a house draw and we’ll have our followers behind us who’re actually vital. They have come of their numbers this season and they’ve us over the road in some video games. It’s good we will repay them with an enormous cup recreation and it’s a free hit as a result of we don’t lose factors.
“We do wish to progress as a lot as anyone else and it provides us a very good gauge of the place we’re as a workforce. We wish to be a WSL workforce and we wish to be difficult with groups like Arsenal week in, week out and we really feel with the workforce and squad now we have we’re capable of compete.
“When that whistle blows hopefully we will compete and what higher match to check ourselves in? We are going to provide it a very good go and hopefully come out on high.”
And that file? Oh proper, it was her personal file with the membership for clear sheets in a season. Laws’ earlier file was 9 clear sheets, and the current match towards Sunderland put her over her personal bar – a file she didn’t even understand she was near breaking regardless of conceding solely as soon as in 2022.
“I spoke to Will Hughes who does the matchday programme and he informed me I used to be near beating it, and to be trustworthy I didn’t even know I had a file!” Laws stated.
“It’s good. Clean sheets are nice but it surely’s not only a clear sheet beneath my identify, it’s in regards to the workforce. I’m so fast to cross the buck and say the ladies in entrance of me work simply as arduous. I needed to work somewhat bit more durable towards Sunderland for that clear sheet however I’m glad to play my half.
“Is it good to interrupt information? Absolutely, however these three factors are all that issues and even when we had received 3-1 or 3-2 I wouldn’t have minded. It’s all about successful the sport.
“Hopefully I can hold just a few extra clear sheets earlier than the tip of the season and improve on that No.10. It was truly a pleasant shock after I acquired it as a result of I didn’t give it some thought earlier than and throughout the Sunderland recreation. It was solely when Matt got here as much as me after the sport and stated it that I realised it truly was and that’s when it clicked!
“I’ll work as arduous as I can for this workforce till the cows come house but it surely’s not simply me, it’s the workforce and we’re all on this collectively.”
Laws’ dedication to the squad and the season has been extra vital than ever, and with silverware and one other potential league title forward? Things are wanting fairly good for our primary.