Liverpool slam Women’s Super League points per game call that means relegation

Liverpool's Women have said they would've been in a position to host games despite the Women's Super League ending the season and relegating the Reds.

Vicky Jepson's side were bottom of the table having won one of their 14 games.

They were one point adrift of Birmingham City Women but will not get a chance to battle for their top flight status.

An FA statement read: "Our Board has reached a majority decision to decide the 2019-20 Barclays FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship on a basic point-per-game [PPG] basis, with promotion and relegation determined on sporting merit."

The decision could set a precedent with the men's game currently discussing whether to implement the same system should the Premier League be curtailed for a second time.

But Liverpool have issued a statement claiming they "had hoped for an opportunity" to secure their place in the league.

A statement read : "The COVID-19 pandemic has presented huge, ongoing challenges around the world, the majority far more important than football.

"The focus of our women’s team and staff since the beginning of the crisis was to be ready to return to WSL play when it was safe and proper to do so.

"We believe we would have been able to meet all operational requirements but a return to play was deemed impractical.

"As proud founder members of the WSL, our fans greatly value our position within the league and we hoped for the opportunity to secure our status on the pitch.

"We enjoyed several notable firsts as a women’s team this season – including a first WSL game at Anfield – and we are committed to continuing to grow the women’s game in this country with our fellow teams.

"We wish all the WSL teams well and look forward to seeing them again soon.

"As a club we will continue to respond to the ongoing humanitarian needs caused by the pandemic and especially in providing support to various NHS initiatives and those experiencing food poverty and social isolation."

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