Women's football: Liverpool Ladies defender Martha Harris eager to face Notts County
Martha Harris hopes she can step up her return to competitive action when Liverpool face her old club this weekend
By Dev Trehan
Last Updated: 16/05/14 3:14pm
The PFA Women's Young Player of the Year played under manager Rick Passmoor for Lincoln Ladies last season who have since rebranded as Notts County Ladies.
County are early leaders in the WSL as they try and wrestle the crown away from reigning champions Liverpool and Harris expects them to be in title contention come the end of the season.
"I know a lot of the girls who are at Notts and I grew up with a few of them," Harris told Sky Sports. "I picked up a small hamstring injury but I'm back training now and hopefully I will be back for that (game).
"To play against them and my old manager Rick is something which I'm looking forward to. It will be an interesting match and they've obviously strengthened the squad by bringing in a number of world class players so it should be a good one.
"I think Chelsea and Notts County (are the teams most likely to challenge Liverpool this season), having played against both sides in the league and in pre-season.
"They're both very, very strong teams and I think everyone expects it to be a hard season and a close season.
"There are a number of new clubs like Manchester City for example and a number of new players who have come in. Every team has strengthened so I expect it to be the hardest Super League season yet."
Natasha Dowie's sixth goal of the season was not enough to prevent Liverpool slipping to a 2-1 defeat at Manchester City in the Continental Cup on Wednesday.
It was only the second game this season where Matt Beard's side have conceded, after keeping clean sheets in five of their opening seven matches in all competitions.
And Harris, who came on as a substitute in the defeat at City, hopes Liverpool can build on their defensive stability by adding goals to their game in their forthcoming matches..
"As a team we have defended really well right from the front," she said. "We've been doing a lot of work on defending and attacking but perhaps we just need to be a little more clinical in front of goal.
"We're very focused on the league especially after losing to Everton in the FA Cup. We're a confident group and we have really good morale.
"All the staff are very helpful and everyone gets on with everyone else. Liverpool is just a really good place to be at the moment."
Sunday's other league fixtures see Arsenal host Manchester City, Chelsea travelling to Birmingham and Everton entertaining Bristol Academy.