|First Name: Taylor|
Last Name: Hinds
DOB: April 25, 1999
Birthplace: England, UK
A former 2018 U20 World Cup semi finalist for England, Taylor Hinds is arguably Liverpool’s best player this season.
Born in 1999, Hinds football journey began when she was ten years old, at Northampton Town Football Club. A local gym teacher in the city of Northampton was also a talent scout for the Arsenal women’s team. Having heard about Hinds, he got her a trial with the Gunners, allowing the young Hinds to transfer to their youth academy.
Her professional debut came in 2017 while at Arsenal. She came on as a substitute in a Women’s Super League Cup match against the London Bees, which Arsenal went on to win 7-0.
Her time at Arsenal was short however, and in 2018, during the January transfer window she made the switch to the city of Liverpool. Signing with Everton Football Club, she quickly established herself in the blue half of Merseyside.
A defender who can also play in the midfield, Hinds is gifted with the ability to play with both feet. Following Liverpool’s shock relegation in 2020, former Liverpool gaffer Vicky Jepson identified Hinds as an essential signing in Liverpool’s fight for redemption. Then in July of 2020, in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, Liverpool announced the signing of Taylor Hinds.
Jepsen said of the arriving star: “Taylor will certainly add many qualities to our backline, being able to play off both feet and her pace on the flanks going forward will certainly contribute to building and creating attacks.”
Arriving at the age of 21, Hinds had spent her career representing not only Arsenal and Everton, but also England. Having been a member of the English U17, U19 and U20 Women’s teams, she made her World Cup debut in 2016 during the U17 World Cup in Jordan. England managed to qualify for the knockout rounds, only to fall to Japan 3-0.
Two years later, however, her luck would be better. Hinds was a member of the England Lionesses team that finished third in the 2018 U20 World Cup.
Young, versatile and experienced, Hinds has taken Liverpool by storm since her signing, becoming one of the first names on the lady Reds’ team sheet. Her performances thus far give hope not only to Liverpool fans, but England fans as well. If she can help Liverpool return to the WSL, I would not be surprised to find her being called up for the senior England women’s team.