Beth Mead scored twice as Arsenal moved top of the Women’s Super League with a resounding victory at Liverpool.

Kim Little guided in Katie McCabe’s low cross and Mead added a second for Arsenal when her strike squeezed past Anke Preuss and was eventually given.

The visitors led 3-0 when Mead’s mishit cross floated in at the far post, with Dominique Bloodworth heading a fourth.

Courtney Sweetman-Kirk’s penalty gave Liverpool a consolation before Vivianne Miedema netted late on for the Gunners.

Joe Montemurro’s Arsenal are a point clear with a game in hand on title rivals Manchester City, who they face on the final day of the season.

Liverpool keeper Preuss will be disappointed with each of Arsenal’s first two goals, Little’s finish bobbling over her outstretched hand and England striker Mead beating her at her near post from an angle.

Mead’s first was not initially awarded by the assistant, but was given by the referee once it was established the ball had gone the right side of the post.

Her second was similar to the goal she scored for England against Brazil in the SheBelieves Cup last month, though on this occasion Mead was trying to find a team-mate in the box.

Arsenal need nine points from their final four matches for their first WSL title since 2012, meaning they will be champions by the time they play City on 12 May if they win their next three games.

Line-ups

Liverpool Women

  • 1Preuss
  • 3Robe
  • 6Bradley
  • 20BabajideSubstituted forHodsonat 66′minutes
  • 23Purfield
  • 19Rodgers
  • 24LinnettBooked at 78minsSubstituted forKearnsat 86′minutes
  • 11DanielsSubstituted forBlanchardat 83′minutes
  • 8Coombs
  • 9Sweetman-Kirk
  • 10Murray

Substitutes

  • 5Fahey
  • 18Kitching
  • 21Kearns
  • 27Blanchard
  • 36Hodson

Arsenal Women

  • 18Peyraud-Magnin
  • 2Veje
  • 6WilliamsonSubstituted forSchnaderbeckat 83′minutes
  • 16Quinn
  • 10Little
  • 20Bloodworth
  • 7van de Donk
  • 17EvansSubstituted forSamuelssonat 74′minutes
  • 15McCabe
  • 11Miedema
  • 23MeadSubstituted forCarterat 69′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1van Veenendaal
  • 4Arnth Jensen
  • 9Carter
  • 12Samuelsson
  • 22Schnaderbeck
Referee:
Rebecca Welch
Attendance:
506

Match Stats

Home TeamLiverpool WomenAway TeamArsenal Women
Possession
Home28%
Away72%
Shots
Home1
Away10
Shots on Target
Home1
Away5
Corners
Home0
Away1
Fouls
Home6
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, Liverpool Women 1, Arsenal Women 5.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Liverpool Women 1, Arsenal Women 5.

Corner, Arsenal Women. Conceded by Sophie Bradley.

Substitution

Substitution, Liverpool Women. Missy Bo Kearns replaces Kirsty Linnett.

Goal!

Goal! Liverpool Women 1, Arsenal Women 5. Vivianne Miedema (Arsenal Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Katie McCabe.

Substitution

Substitution, Liverpool Women. Annabel Blanchard replaces Yana Daniels.

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal Women. Viktoria Schnaderbeck replaces Leah Williamson.

Attempt blocked. Katie McCabe (Arsenal Women) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Kirsty Linnett (Liverpool Women) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Daniëlle van de Donk (Arsenal Women) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kirsty Linnett (Liverpool Women).

Goal!

Goal! Liverpool Women 1, Arsenal Women 4. Courtney Sweetman-Kirk (Liverpool Women) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top left corner.

Penalty conceded by Katrine Veje (Arsenal Women) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Liverpool Women. Yana Daniels draws a foul in the penalty area.

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal Women. Jessica Samuelsson replaces Lisa Evans.

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal Women. Danielle Carter replaces Beth Mead.

Goal!

Own Goal by Sophie Bradley, Liverpool Women. Liverpool Women 0, Arsenal Women 4.

Substitution

Substitution, Liverpool Women. Ashley Hodson replaces Rinsola Babajide.

Goal!

Goal! Liverpool Women 0, Arsenal Women 3. Beth Mead (Arsenal Women) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Vivianne Miedema.

Katie McCabe (Arsenal Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Yana Daniels (Liverpool Women).

Delay in match (Arsenal Women).

Attempt missed. Beth Mead (Arsenal Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Katie McCabe (Arsenal Women) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jemma Purfield (Liverpool Women).

Foul by Louise Quinn (Arsenal Women).

Christie Murray (Liverpool Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Vivianne Miedema (Arsenal Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Katrine Veje (Arsenal Women) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Yana Daniels (Liverpool Women).

Attempt missed. Daniëlle van de Donk (Arsenal Women) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Second Half

Second Half begins Liverpool Women 0, Arsenal Women 2.

Half Time

First Half ends, Liverpool Women 0, Arsenal Women 2.

Louise Quinn (Arsenal Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Rinsola Babajide (Liverpool Women).

Foul by Daniëlle van de Donk (Arsenal Women).

Kirsty Linnett (Liverpool Women) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Daniëlle van de Donk (Arsenal Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Leighanne Robe (Liverpool Women).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

goal

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