Staniforth eager to attack Liverpool "from the get go"

Lucy Staniforth wants Blues to build on becoming “a different team” after Sunday’s FA Cup breakthrough by attacking Liverpool "from the get go". 

Blues head to Prenton Park on Sunday (12pm kick-off) for a crunch battle with a Reds side that climbed off the bottom of the table with a 1-0 victory at Bristol City during the last round of Barclays FA Women’s Super League (WSL) fixtures.

The Reds first league win of the season was followed up by an 8-1 win over Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup, meanwhile England international Staniforth was helping Blues to overcome Championship promotion chasers Sheffield United 3-0. 

And having ended a run of three matches without a goal in 2020, Staniforth felt a tangible change among her teammates. 

“Once the first goal went in you saw a different team, a controlled and confident team that was exciting going forward” said Staniforth.

“That has been missing and we are definitely aiming to take that approach into the next run of fixtures starting with Liverpool, we will be looking to get at them from the get go.

“We know it will be tough, they have signed Rachel Furness who I know well from my time at Sunderland and I think she will make a big difference to them.

“They will be hard to beat, they have had some narrow defeats through not scoring, much like us.

“It is one of those games where you hope we have the quality to push us over the line on the day.

Staniforth set up the opener and fired in the second against Sheffield United, catching the eye during a rare opportunity to play in front of loved ones near to her native York.

“I am very happy,” she added.

“We knew Sheffield United had been doing well in their league and we were very respectful of that, but knew if we performed we would end up more than happy with the result so it was a good job done.

“For the first time this season we did ourselves justice with the ball, especially in the second half when we really controlled the game.

“It was great to see and I hope the football we put on was good for the fans.

“Before the game I knew I wanted to make a difference, I was allowed to play higher up which gave me that freedom and I wanted to be the person on the pitch that got us going.

“I was glad to get the goal and assist, plus my friends and family got to come and watch which doesn’t always happen – there are no excuses when it is just around the corner – it always feels good to play in front of them.”

Watch Blues' crunch clash with Liverpool live on the FA Player app this Sunday 2 February (12pm kick-off).