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It’s been a terrible start to the season for the Reds.

It’s been an incredibly frustrating few games for Liverpool Women, and this weekend’s Continental League Cup match against Sheffield United was no different. The Reds took the lead twice at Prenton Park but allowed Sheffield to equalise twice and then net a last gasp winner seconds before the game went to penalties.

Liverpool’s first goal came from Hodson after an excellent first half of football from both sides. Liverpool nearly scored a second when Rinsola Babajide’s effort was blocked by Sheffield United’s (and Former Red) Becky Flaherty. Liverpool ended the first half on a high that was very quickly squashed by The Blades when a header from Katie Wilkinson crossed the line.

Liverpool were able to regain the lead when Purfield sent a cross to Niamh Charles who netted a goal within minutes of coming on the field.

Of course, this season being what it is, Sheffield United equalised just as the game was winding down and the Reds’ first victory this season seemed likely. Minutes after Cusack’s goal, the Reds went down to ten players when Jade Bailey picked up her second yellow.

And then, because everything is bad, Sheffield United managed to net a third goal in the 94th minute.

The Reds need something to go their way before they meet Man United next weekend, or this is going to be a truly miserable season.