Jurgen Klopp calls for better treatment of Liverpool women after WSL promotion


Jurgen Klopp has congratulated Liverpool Women after securing promotion to the Women’s Super League over the weekend.

The Reds won the league title in style after beating Bristol City 4-2 with two games remaining.

They will return to the English top flight for the 2022/23 season after a two-year exile.

Speaking at a press conference ahead of the men’s clash with Benfica tonight, Klopp hailed Matt Beard and his team’s dominant campaign.

“Congratulations – I messaged yesterday I was really happy I was following it [the Championship] all the time, I was still looking at the results.

“After the result last week it was clear that with a draw against Bristol they could do it, and they won. I’m really happy for the girls and for Matt, it’s a big, big thing .

The German was visibly excited by the news and gave a celebratory thumbs up after popping the question.

Klopp also encouraged the club to support the women’s team and try to right some wrongs from previous years.

Following the Reds’ relegation to the league under Vicky Jepson in 2020, the club faced a lot of criticism over their treatment of the women’s team.

A severe lack of community feeling played a part in the team’s collapse, and Liverpool owners have come under fire after their £50m investment in upgrading the AXA men’s training facility failed left no room for women to benefit as well.

“Obviously Liverpool in recent years were not famous for treating or managing women’s football exceptionally well,” Klopp continued. “They [Liverpool Women] didn’t go down in the Championship for no reason, but now they’re back and now we have to make sure we use the situation.

“It’s a great team. [a] great coach, and I’m really happy for them to be promoted.

Last year there were talks about moving the Liverpool women out of Prenton Park from Tranmere Rovers, to a new permanent home. Manager Beard is looking forward to these plans being put into place as his team continues to progress.

Beard joined the Reds last May after leading them to back-to-back WSL titles in 2013 and 2014.

After earning promotion in front of a Championship record crowd of 5,752, Liverpool are eyeing their next return to the WSL and aiming to re-establish themselves as a top-flight side.

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