Meikayla Moore’s Liverpool team have clinched promotion to women’s football’s top English competition, the Women’s Super League.
The Football Fern’s side made sure of winning the English Championship with two games to spare, beating second-placed Bristol City 4-2.
Winning the title earned praise from Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp who said:
“I’m really happy for the girls and for (manager) Matt (Beard), it is a big, big thing.
“Obviously, Liverpool was in the last years not famous for treating or dealing with the women’s football outstandingly well. They didn’t go down to the Championship for no reason.”
Liverpool’s owners have been criticised for a lack of investment in the women’s team and for having them train at a different venue to the men’s squad.
“I met a lot of the girls in the last two or three months for different reasons, we did wonderful things together with Meikayla (Moore) for LGBT, which was really great, and then I spoke to others, and it’s really nice,” Klopp said.
“It is a wonderful team, great coach and I’m really happy for them to get promoted.”
Moore: ‘Our fans are amazing … they are our 12th woman’
Christchurch-born Moore (25) has been vocal this season about Liverpool’s strong form, saying their fans have made a huge difference.
“Our fans are amazing,” she told Liverpool’s official site.
“They are constantly behind us and we can’t thank them enough. They are our 12th woman.
“They really are amazing. We always hear them and they are never silent.
“We absolutely love them.”
Main photo: Moore (right) celebrating after the win at Bristol.
How Moore helped Klopp win recognition for an award
Klopp’s work with Moore earned him a nomination for an award recognising his efforts to spread awareness and positivity for the LGBT+ community.
Watch how Moore and her Liverpool teammates celebrate their title win: