Liverpool v Man United: The women's era begins

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There is arguably no bigger rivalry in English football than Liverpool v Manchester United, and that looks to be no different in the women's game.

Liverpool and Manchester have 120 years worth of history between from the opening of the Ship Canal, to the prolific music scenes and two of the most established and successful clubs in world football. 

While Liverpool is a giant in the women's game, all eyes will be on the newly established Manchester United side, including the familiar faces of seven former Liverpool players.

Siobhan Chamberlain, Amy Turner, Martha Harris, Lucy Roberts and captain Alex Greenwood all swapped the Merseyside Red for the Manchester Red this summer when they signed for United. Naomi Hartley and Emily Ramsey also rejoined United from Liverpool as former United Academy graduates.

Despite United focusing their efforts on promotion to the top tier league come the end of the season, the Continental Cup tie v Liverpool is the ideal icebreaker for Stoney's youthful squad and the perfect way to announce themselves on the big stage.

Branded as 'pioneers' of the women's game, Liverpool has undergone a major squad rebuild over the summer as the majority of players and even their (now ex) manager left the club at the end of last season.

New Liverpool manager Redfearn will be familiar with United duo Jess Sigsworth and Kirsty Hanson who was part of Redfearn's the Doncaster Belles squad he led to Championship glory last season. But Redfearn will also be aware that in the same season, Sigsworth finished as the Championship's top goal scorer and together with Hanson, the two can be a handful for even the most experienced of defenders.

With the average age of United's squad falling around 21, it's clear Stoney is not only building for the future but equally isn't afraid to put her trust and confidence in the youngsters, married with the guidance of seasoned professionals. Despite both clubs going through a (re)building process, the experience of Liverpool v the youth of United will surely set the stage for one of the most intense footballing rivalries the women's game has ever seen.

United's squad of 21 will become history makers when they step onto the Prenton Park field, but when the curtain falls on their season opener, it's how they leave that will really count.

Liverpool v Manchester United's Continental Cup opening group game will be shown live on BT Sport 2, with build up starting from 1.45pm and kick-off at 2pm.

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