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Liverpool FC Women complete signing of Olivia Smith

Liverpool FC Women are delighted to confirm the signing of Canada international Olivia Smith from Sporting CP, subject to international clearance.


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Photo: LFC
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The 19-year-old, who can play in midfield and attack, put pen to paper on her Reds contract at the AXA Melwood Training Centre on Tuesday after the transfer was finalised.

Smith told Liverpoolfc.com: ďNow that Iím finally here in the facility, I got to see a little bit of Liverpool, I absolutely love it and Iím super-excited.

ĒItís definitely a prestigious club as a whole and also for my dad itís very important for him Ė this is the club heís been watching and following since he was younger. So, itís very cool to actually be a part of this thing and get this opportunity.

ďI think itís super-exciting because we have such a young team and [last] season they were amazing. Iím excited to be a part of a squad like this.

ĒI definitely feel like I can contribute to the players and the team and the staff itself Ė just as a person but also as a player, pushing for that Champions League spot for next year.ď

Smith arrives at Liverpool after a sensational first season as a professional in Portugal with Sporting, where she was named Best Young Player of the Campeonato Nacional Feminino.

She produced 13 goals and nine assists from her 18 league appearances as her side secured Womenís Champions League qualification by finishing runners-up to Benfica.

For Canada, Smith became her countryís youngest-ever player when she debuted aged 15 years and 94 days back in November 2019 and to date has 10 senior caps to her name.

She featured at the 2023 Womenís World Cup and received the Young Player of the Tournament prize at the Concacaf W Gold Cup earlier this year.

Smith played for North Toronto Nitros in her homeland and then at Penn State University before making the switch to Sporting in July 2023.

She continued: ĒI think the biggest thing for me is, íWhere can I grow?í And that comes down to the coach and the staff, and I think Matt [Beard] has proved that heís definitely someone who can help me grow and this is one of the best leagues in the world.

ďHaving come here after my first pro season is unbelievable and Iím very excited to learn and grow and become the best that I can be.Ē

Smith will wear the No.11 shirt for Beardís side in 2024-25.




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