Young keeper Becky Flaherty reflects on her first-team debut
Teenage goalkeeper Becky Flaherty was delighted to be handed her senior debut in the Reds' game against Aston Villa at the Select Security Stadium.
The 19-year-old Scot kept goal as Liverpool produced a polished performance which saw them defeat Aston Villa 5-1 in a Continental Cup tie.
Becky was promoted to the club's second choice keeper following Danielle Gibbons' summer switch to Sheffield and was pleased to be handed her opportunity.
“I've been working hard in training so I was just really happy that Scott gave me the chance to play,” she says. “It was a good win that was comfortable in the end and we scored a few really good goals as well so it was a good day for me overall. We worked hard as a team and it was a very professional performance from us that saw us reach our target of progressing from the group.”
The Scotland Under-19s keeper made a couple of saves but was disappointed to conceded when Villa scored through Chloe Jones who turned in an effort from fellow defender Jade Richards.
“It was relatively quiet night for me,” she recalls. “I was mostly just passing the ball out to the defenders and so on but I'll take a 5-1 win. We showed what we can do and how we can play so it was a good night in that respect toot.
“It was obviously disappointing to concede a goal as a keeper but I've got to lean from it, and we have to group together as a team and go on to the next game.”
Becky believes she has already learnt a lot since moving to Liverpool from Hibernian, working with England keeper and Reds' n01 Siobhan Chamberlain and goalkeeping coach Joe Potts.
“It's been really good. Siobhan's a really experienced keeper and she helps me a lot in training and Pottsy helps me a lot too. I feel like I've progressed a lot since coming in with the first-team squad so I can only thank them for what they've done to help me develop.”
Becky helped Liverpool Ladies' youngsters win the Development Squad Northern League title last season and recently agreed a new deal with the Reds.
Manager Scott Rogers said: “Becky has been brilliant since joining the club and she can only learn by training with experienced players such as Siobhan Chamberlain. I am sure that Becky will have learnt a lot already from Siobhan and her aim will now be to push Siobhan in order to get more first-team opportunities.”
She says: “I was delighted to sign a contract with the club and now I need to keep working hard and see what happens.
“It's a long way from home in Scotland but I feel very settled here. I'm really enjoying it and loving my football down here. I couldn't ask for anything more.”