Liverpool striker Leanne Kiernan has been sidelined for months with an ankle injury

Liverpool striker Leanne Kiernan will be on the sidelines for months with the ankle injury sustained in the club’s shock win over Chelsea on Sunday.

The Reds came back from a 1-0 deficit to defeat the defending Women’s Super League champions 2-1 in a game where all goals came from penalties. Kiernan was substituted off in the second half after a tackle from the Blues’ Kadeisha Buchanan.

“It’s obviously very disappointing for Leanne and the rest of the squad because she’s had a great pre-season and has been in great form,” said Liverpool manager Matt Beard.

“But these things happen in football, we have a squad to deal with these things and excellent medical staff to get Leanne back to top form when she is ready.”

And the Republic of Ireland international, who may need surgery, added: “Thank you to all the fans who have reached out to me, your support means a lot. I look forward to getting back out there as soon as possible. See you soon.”

Newly promoted Liverpool shocked Chelsea but Blues manager Emma Hayes was realistic about her side’s poor performance after the game.

She told Sky: “First congratulations to Liverpool. They did their game plan well. We knew Campbell’s long throw. We should better defend the second penalty. I thought we weren’t good enough for the future. Nothing went where it belonged. We’re disappointed but we’re going.

“They play a 5-4-1 and they don’t come out. You have maximized the possibilities. We couldn’t hit a barn door today.

“We cross it off and go again. I say it all the time what it’s like to worry about losing a football game.”

Chelsea play Manchester City this weekend while Liverpool take on Everton. Liverpool striker Leanne Kiernan has been sidelined for months with an ankle injury

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