Satara Murray to leave Liverpool Women

Satara Murray of Liverpool signs autographs for fans. (Photo: Paul Greenwood for FA)

Liverpool FC Women will this weekend say farewell to Satara Murray after four years with the club.

The popular defender has decided to return to America to be closer to her family.

The fifth round SSE Women’s FA Cup clash with Millwall Lionesses on Sunday at Prenton Park will mark the 25-year-old’s final game with the Reds.

Murray originally joined Liverpool in January 2015 from college football in the States and has gone on to make 68 appearances, scoring two goals.

She has played both at both centre-back and right-back, becoming a fan favourite for her whole-hearted, athletic displays.

Satara Murray (right) and Manchester United’s Kirsty Hanson battle for the ball.

Murray said: “This decision is not easy, Liverpool is like home. Having to leave is the hardest decision in the world.

“But my family and friends have always been really supportive of me and they’re ready for me to go home.

“These four years have been a joy, this club is one of a kind and it will always have a special place in my heart.”

The number 44 spoke fondly of the teammates and fans she is leaving behind.

“This team is going to have a great future. There is so much passion and heart in it. And from the bottom of my heart I’d like to thank the fans for everything. Thank you for genuinely believing in me as a player because there were times when I didn’t believe in myself.”

Liverpool FC Women manager Vicky Jepson paid tribute to Murray’s impact at the club.

Jepson said: “Satara Murray has been an integral part of our team over the last four years. Not only on the pitch but off the pitch with her infectious personality.

“Nothing is ever a problem for Satara, she oozes positivity and we have seen her act as a role model for our younger players and at community events across the LFC family.”