Asisat Oshoala scored her first goal in English football to help defending Women’s Super League One champions Liverpool overcome Birmingham City.
The Nigeria striker Oshoala was lively before meeting a Gemma Bonner cross to volley home just before the break.
Oshoala cut the ball back for Fara Williams to make it 2-0 before Aoife Mannion gave Birmingham late hope.
Liverpool’s first win of 2015 was overshadowed as Kate Longhurst went off on a stretcher with concussion.
The forward received lengthy treatment on the pitch following a clash of heads with Remi Allen.
Defeat for Birmingham leaves them winless in the league, although they have already ended Liverpool’s FA Cup hopes with a 3-1 fifth-round win at Damson Park, reports the BBC.
Speaking after the game, Oshoala said: “I feel very happy and excited about the goal and the victory for the team.
“It’s very nice for me hearing them singing my name. It’s a crazy atmosphere. I have never seen supporters like this and I have been playing football for quite a long time now. The supporters here are awesome, they are great people.
“It’s been a difficult start to the season but I believed we would bounce back. We showed the spirit here is very high, and we are really giving everything.”