|First Name: Melissa|
Last Name: Lawley
DOB: April 28, 1994
Birthplace: Kidderminster, England
Position: MF / FW
When Liverpool fans think of the number 11, happy thoughts of Mohammed Salah dominate. The speedy Egyptian has cemented himself in Liverpool’s history as one of the greatest attackers that Merseyside has ever seen. Fortunately for Reds fans, the Liverpool Women also offer an exciting number 11 in the form of crafty midfielder Melissa Lawley.
Born in Kidderminster, a small town in Central England outside of Birmingham, her footballing idol growing up was Ryan Giggs. Despite Giggs being one of our rivals Manchester United’s best players of all time, he is a good footballing role model for the creative midfielder.
Lawley began her footballing career at Aston Villa, before transferring over to London giants Arsenal. It would be at Arsenal where Lawley would make her professional debut in 2011.
Between her debut and her signing for Liverpool in 2019, Lawley played for four different clubs; Arsenal, Bristol Academy, Birmingham City and Manchester City. Her most prolific time came when she was playing at Birmingham City, where she had more appearances and goals for them than for any other club to date.
In 2016, Lawley transferred to Manchester City, where she would spend three seasons and win arguably her biggest trophy thus far: the 2017 FA Women’s Cup. Lawley and Manchester City would go on to beat her former club, Birmingham City, 4-1 in front of a then-record crowd of 35,271.
In 2019, Lawley moved to Anfield, a move that was hailed by Liverpool Women’s gaffer Vicky Jepson. Jepson spoke highly of the forward: “She’s a proven, quality Women’s Super League player, she’s exciting in the final third, a 25-year-old international player who has lots to bring to our club.”
Lawley is an exciting part of the Liverpool rebuild, as we make our push for promotion once again. The Reds’ number 11 is an England international, having represented the Three Lionesses since 2010. Look for the Liverpool Women’s 11 to be a key contributor this season, as our Liverpool women continue the fight to return to the first division.