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Northern Ireland international signs for Liverpool and targets immediate league lift

Northern Ireland international Rachel Furness is welcomed to Liverpool by manager Vicky Jepson.
Northern Ireland international Rachel Furness is welcomed to Liverpool by manager Vicky Jepson.

By Josh Bunting

Liverpool Women have completed the signing of Northern Ireland International Rachel Furness on a permanent transfer from Reading.

Furness, who was on loan at Tottenham Hotspur Women for the first half of the Women's Super League season, knows she has a job on her hands to help her new team avoid relegation from the top flight.

They're above Bristol City only on goal difference after picking up just three points from 10 games and with two teams set to go down, they'll have to reel in fellow strugglers Brighton or Birmingham City.

The size of the task at hand, however, is not putting off Furness: “I’m really excited to have signed for Liverpool, it’s such a massive club and I can’t wait to get going.

“There’s such a talented squad here. The league position at the moment isn’t what they’d like but I can see the talent in the squad and I’m hoping to add to that and help the Reds move up the table.

“I can’t wait to get started, I just want to hit the ground running and bounce into that first game on January 5.”

The midfielder qualifies to play for Northern Ireland through her mother and has picked more than 60 international caps, scoring 17 goals as she has became one of the more experienced stars in Kenny Shiels side.

Reds manager Vicky Jepson said: “This is a player who we’ve been keen on for quite a while and I’m delighted to welcome her to the club.

“The second half of this season is going to be a very important one for us and her experience and leadership qualities in the middle of the park will be valuable assets.”

Furness has previously played for Newcastle United, Icelandic side Grindavik and has had two spells with Sunderland.

Liverpool could see their new signing in action for the first time when the Reds travel to Brighton next Sunday, January 5.

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