Crossing the divide
By her own admission, Courtney Sweetman-Kirk was nervous about crossing the Merseyside divide, swapping the blue of Everton for the red of Liverpool after just one season.
The striker was Everton’s top-scorer last campaign, netting nine times in all competitions before making the move to rivals Liverpool this summer.
But despite initial trepidation, the 27-year-old has settled in very quickly, scoring a late equaliser in a 3-3 thriller against Durham in the FA Women’s Continental Tyres League Cup in September.
And Sweetman-Kirk hopes that being made to feel welcome by her new teammates will go hand-in-hand with regularly finding the back of the net.
She said: “I’ve not had far to move – just across the Mersey.
“I must admit, I was a bit nervous but I left Everton on really good terms and it was just something I had to do personally for me.
“Now I’m at Liverpool, I’m really enjoying my football and I’m playing with a lot of players I’ve played with before, and it made that transition easier to settle in and I’m really excited.
“As a striker, you’ve got to have confidence and everywhere I’ve been, I’ve done that, so that’s been positive.
“When looking at the squad we’ve got – the likes of Christie Murray and Laura Coombs in midfield, then working with Jess Clarke and Kirsty Linnett – that’s exciting for me to know that I’ve got that service and there’s goals coming from all over the pitch.”
Goals have been Sweetman-Kirk’s currency since a fine spell at Doncaster Rovers Belles – she netted 20 in 20 games as she fired the Belles to promotion to the top tier in 2015.
It’s just three points from three games for her latest employers in the FA Women’s Super League so far.
But Sweetman-Kirk, whose Liverpool side return to action against Yeovil Town at Prenton Park this Sunday, remains upbeat and is confident of stepping up and proving her worth in the famous red jersey.
She said: “Last season, I came in and scored goals at Everton at this level and put in good performances as well.
“I didn’t really see it as a step up. I knew it was something I was capable and then coming to Liverpool, I know I’ve got some fantastic players around me and I know I’ll be scoring goals.
“We look at the players we’ve got and we’re very excited. There’s a fantastic team spirit in the club that I haven’t seen in a very long time and it’s exciting.
“We’re very good technically but we will pull together for each other. We aim to finish as high as possible and have good runs in the cups."
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