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The Liverpool squad is very optimistic about its chances in the National Division this season, following their narrow opening day 4-3 defeat against Bristol Academy.
That is the verdict of twin sisters Kelly and Vicky Jones who were a part of the side which won the Northern Division last season and is aiming to prosper at the highest level. On Sunday they came from three goals behind to level the scores before going down to a late winner.
"It was a good game," Vicky told Women's Soccer Scene. "We didn't start very well and it took us 45 minutes to get into the game. At 3-0 down, heads were down but people were picking us up by saying 'get back to 3-1 by half time and we can get back into the game'. We got back to 3-3 but they scored a late goal - things can happen like that and we have just got to keep our heads up."
"We can definitely score goals at this level," added Kelly. "We have a lot of forwards in the squad who can score and they proved that last year.
"Bristol Academy finished in the top four last season and they're going to be strong again this year but we can compete and we showed that - that's what we've got to do and we believe that now."
Three years ago, Liverpool were relegated in their first season after winning promotion and Vicky admits that her side are determined that there will be no repeat this time. "The main has got to be to stay up but we're not looking at that," she says. "We want to be in the middle of the table and not near the bottom. Obviously, survival is our first aim but we're looking at mid-table and once we have picked up a few wins, we'll be well on our way."
"Everybody wants to be playing in the top league and it's different completely from the Northern Division," says Kelly. "It's tough and it's physical, but it's great to be playing in this league.
"It's going to be a strange league, not having a lot of teams playing, but hopefully teams will pick up points and get off the bottom a lot earlier. Once you've got points on the board, that is a lot easier than playing catch up all season as we did last year, so hopefully we can pick up a few points and move away from the bottom of the table before the big teams come back."
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