Liverpool Women's Super League relegation 'painfully ironic', says shadow sports minister Alison McGovern

Two-time WSL winners demoted to Championship on Friday

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Shadow sports minister Alison McGovern has criticised Liverpool's lack of investment in their women's team

Liverpool's relegation from the Women's Super League (WSL) is "painfully ironic", according to shadow sports minister Alison McGovern.

Two-time WSL winners Liverpool were demoted to the Championship on Friday after the Football Association board reached a majority decision to decide final positions on a basic points-per-game basis, with promotion and relegation determined on sporting merit.

Boss Vicky Jepson described relegation from the WSL as a "difficult pill to swallow" while former forward Courtney Sweetman-Kirk said the club have suffered from a "slow but definite decline" in investment.

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Their fate is in stark contrast to the men's team, who lead the Premier League pack by 25 points and look destined to land their first top-flight trophy in 30 years when the season resumes on June 17.

The finalised Women's Super League table based on points-per-game
Image: The finalised Women's Super League table based on points-per-game

"The painful irony isn't lost on me that Liverpool's men are 25 points clear while Liverpool's women have been relegated," Shadow sports minister McGovern told Sky Sports News.

"As a Liverpool supporter, I don't think that's where we should be, I don't think that's where our aspiration should be."

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Liverpool Women have shared League One Tranmere's Prenton Park pitch as their home since 2018, while they also train away from their male counterparts at Melwood.

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Jepson's team won one of their 14 matches in the WSL this season and are not set to be accommodated at the club's new multi-million facility in Kirkby, which is due to open later this summer.

"The team tried incredibly hard," McGovern added. "I've been to watch them. But they need stronger investment and I think that Liverpool should do more. I'm not embarrassed to say that I don't think it's good enough."

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