Liverpool have signed FC Zurich midfielder Marie Hobinger, the club have confirmed.
The Austrian, who has been capped 15 times by her country, says she is delighted to be given the chance of playing in the Women’s Super League:
“I’m so happy to be here, I love English football, men’s and women’s, so I always wanted to play in the WSL. I probably never even imagined playing for Liverpool.”
Hobinger is coming off the back of an excellent season in the Swiss Women’s Super League, having scored 9 times in only 15 appearances for FC Zurich.
The 22-year-old’s performances even led to her being nominated for the League’s Player of the Season, and her progress was clearly being tracked by manager Matt Beard and managing director Russ Fraser.
Hobinger will bring some much needed creativity to Liverpool’s midfield
The Reds scored just 24 goals in 22 WSL matches last campaign; that was 42 fewer than title winners Chelsea and it was an area that badly needed to be addressed in the transfer market.
In addition to scoring goals from midfield, Hobinger is creative and athletic, capable of making lung-busting runs from penalty box to penalty box. It will, though, be a test to see whether she can make the step up to playing in a bigger league.
The Reds have now signed six players this summer
In addition to Hobinger, the Merseyside club have made five other additions to the first-team squad over the last month or so.
Natasha Flint was brought in from Leicester City at the start of July. Jenna Clark then arrived from Glasgow City, quickly followed by the addition of Sheffield United youngster Mia Enderby.
Australian international Teagan Micah from Rosengard has also been recruited in the last couple of weeks, while centre-back Grace Fisk has been signed from West Ham as well.