Jonathan Morgan

Liverpool Will Be Different This Time Around, Says Morgan

Fitness news, Amber Whiteley's Liverpool Women and the Club's ambitions were all on the agenda as LCFC Women manager Jonathan Morgan addressed the media this week.
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- LCFC Women host Liverpool Women at Farley Way Stadium on Sunday (2pm kick-off)
- The fourth round tie in the Vitality Women's FA Cup sees the Reds visit Quorn
- Manager Jonathan Morgan says the Foxes are prepared for the challenge
- He also discusses the Club's desire to continue writing new history

The Foxes entertain Liverpool at Farley Way Stadium in the fourth round of the Vitality Women's FA Cup on Sunday (2pm kick-off) a fortnight after beating London City Lionesses to wrap up the FA Women's Championship title with two games to spare.

Ahead of that tie against the Reds, Morgan spoke to the media from Belvoir Drive on Thursday, first providing an update on the fitness of the City squad, which will be without Paige Bailey-Gayle with a ruptured medial collateral ligament.

"Demi Lambourne is now back in full contact training, which is great," he explained. "Sophie Howard has come back from a hamstring injury which kept her out against London City unfortunately. The only possible doubt is Charlotte Fleming because she's got a cricked neck, but it's nothing too major.

"She may be available, though, we've just got to get that neck back to normal."

All we’re going to do is just play our game. We’ve done some tactical tweaks, we’ve looked at areas where we can exploit Liverpool and we’ve focused on that quite heavily this week, so hopefully our way of playing will beat their way of playing.

Jonathan Morgan

Leicester have overcome Liverpool twice in the Championship this term, but with Whiteley now deploying her tactical ideas after taking charge in early 2021, Morgan expects a stern test from the former Women's Super League outfit in Quorn this weekend.

"We’ve looked at Liverpool like we have done for the previous two games and we expect them to be well organised and disciplined," he added. "We understand the way they want to play this season and what they want to do against us on Sunday.

"All we’re going to do is just play our game. We’ve done some tactical tweaks, we’ve looked at areas where we can exploit Liverpool and we’ve focused on that quite heavily this week, so hopefully our way of playing will beat their way of playing.

"Amber and I did our A-License together, so we know each other quite well. We obviously spent quite a lot of time together from that point of view. She's a fantastic coach and I think she's been brilliant since she's gone into Liverpool.

"She very much deserved the Manager of the Month for March. I'm just really pleased to see that she got the opportunity and she's settled in so well. Obviously, we were her first game, when she took over in January, and you could see she was trying to change things subtly.

"We do expect it to be different, but we have started to see her style come through now over their previous games and it's a very good style. It's a very expansive style. She likes to make sure her team plays on the front foot. We expect them to be disciplined and organised as well."

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Goals: Liverpool Women 1 LCFC Women 2

Enjoy the goals from an impressive victory over Liverpool for LCFC Women at Prenton Park on Sunday.

With a campaign in the top tier of women's football to look forward to, for the first time in LCFC Women's history, Morgan underlined the sense of ambition which now exists at the Club as they look to advance in the FA Cup this weekend.

"Without ambition, you’re never going to push yourself to the next level," Morgan continued. "You’ve got to have ambition to push yourself outside of your comfort zone, I’m a big believer in that.

"We’ve not allowed the girls to stay in their comfort zone this year. That’s fantastic because they’ve all risen to the challenge. If you look at Leicester, it’s a really ambitious club.

"If you look at our training ground, it’s the only elite training facility dedicated to women and girls’ football. It’s a brilliant training centre and I think that shows the ambition that the owners and the Club are putting into us and that’s got to be matched on the pitch.

"That’s my job, to make sure that we realise that ambition for the Club. We’re not here to make up numbers, we’re here to compete and hopefully be the best one day."

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