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Liverpool FC — Matt Beard on West Ham clash, goals, fitness update and more

Scoring seven goals in the last three games was a step in the right direction…

Definitely. Shanice van de Sanden is back fit and she obviously gives us another dimension going forward, especially with her pace. Melissa Lawley’s form was absolutely fantastic. When we give her the ball, she creates chances for us and I think she is playing her best football for a long time. We were very pleased with how she progressed last season and she has even improved this season as well. It will probably have something to do with our form.

I know Katie Stengel can score goals. She is one of the best finishers I have ever worked with in women’s soccer. When she was with me at Boston Breakers, I saw firsthand how she could finish, all different types of finishes, not just tap-ins. We also have Yana Daniels, who has also been outstanding for us and it’s great for me to see us shoot and also a huge selection headache for me.

On the pre-season 5-0 win away to West Ham and whether it gives him confidence ahead of Sunday’s game…

It was a good win for us but West Ham were missing a lot of players that day. They were without Lisa Evans and a couple of players out as well and they’ve also had a bit of a turnover in personnel since then. Paul Konchesky has done a fantastic job since taking over in the summer. This is his first job as a manager and if I look at their achievements, they have done very well. This is going to be a difficult game for us on Sunday.

Whether he feels his team is now starting to settle back into top football…

I think we’ve always had a handle on it. We couldn’t play Reading in the first game and it was postponed and then we came up against five teams who all finished in that top five, top six last season. It was always a tough start for us and we did well. I think the biggest difference in this division is if you don’t take your chances and do the opposition, then you’re going to be punished. That was probably our biggest learning curve.

I think we were competitive in the games. We created, but we just didn’t take the chances, but I think in the last few weeks we started to do that. This will give everyone confidence. I’m happy with where we are. We have two big league games coming up, both at home. We have to keep creating chances and if we keep doing that I’m confident we’ll win football games.

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