Liverpool FC Women manager Vicky Jepson has penned the following message to supporters.

I just wanted to speak direct to you, our supporters, on what has been a tough couple of days for us all.

The players, the backroom staff and everyone at LFC Women are of course hurting right now after the FA decision that we should be relegated. We know you are too.

All we hoped for was the chance to finish the season on the pitch once it was safe to do so. We were confident we could produce the performances to get ourselves out of trouble and secure our position in the Women’s Super League (WSL).

Unfortunately we did not get the opportunity to fight for that place on the grass and it’s a difficult pill to swallow. I’m very disappointed in the FA’s decision, taken with eight games of our season left. 

We want to play our football in the WSL and now we must make it our mission to get back there as soon as possible.

Video: Vicky Jepson's message to LFC fans

Our attention is already turning to next season, to the hard work ahead and to bouncing back at the earliest opportunity.

That won’t be easy – there will be plenty of hurdles along the way – and it will only happen with your support. 

Luckily we know that is something that we have always been able to depend on from both our match-going Reds and our supporters all around the globe.

We need you now more than ever but together we will return our Women’s section to more successful times.

Finally, I’d like to reflect on the last few months, which we know have been very difficult for you all.

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on sport pales into insignificance compared to the effect it has had on so many families both here in the UK and around the world.

We hope most of all that you and your family are safe and well, and we look forward so much to the time when we can all come together around the game we love once again.