Natasha Harding and Niamh Charles struck second half goal to condemn Everton Ladies to defeat on their return to WSL 1.
The Blue Girls competed well with their more established top flight rivals but were undone when Harding lashed home from close range following a goalmouth scramble, and Charles poked in late on.
Head Coach Andy Spence handed debuts to five of his seven new faces – Lizzie Durack took her place in goal, Siri Worm and Marthe Munsterman formed the Toffees’ left flank, while Jodie Brett and Courtney Sweetman-Kirk were also handed starts.
The first meaningful save of the contest was made by Everton’s Durack. Caroline Weir was sent clear and opted for power with a left-footed effort the Blues keeper did well to tip over the bar.
At the other end, Claudia Walker outpaced Gemma Bonner and lofted the ball over the head of Siobhan Chamberlain, only to see the ball hacked off the line by Casey Stoney.
The two sides continued to trade chances – Weir fizzed a free-kick narrowly over the bar, while Gabby George guided a 20-yard effort narrowly off target.
On 36 minutes, Liverpool came within a whisker of opening the scoring. Weir sent over a scintillating free-kick and Jess Clarke nodded the ball onto the bar, with Beth England’s rebound lacked any real power and Durack could palm it away to safety.
The interval did little to halt the pendulum swings in momentum – Bonner drew a good save out of Durack before Walker was only denied a shot on goal by the recovering Laura Coombs after a quick break from Sweetman-Kirk.
But it was the visitors who finally forced the breakthrough on 70 minutes. A goalmouth scramble saw the ball pinball around the Everton box before Harding fired home from close range.
The Reds almost doubled their lead seconds later as substitute Charles was only denied a second by another excellent save from Durack.
Spence introduced attacking duo Simone Magill and Chloe Kelly for Sweetman-Kirk and Brett but try as they might, the Blue Girls just couldn’t find a way through the Liverpool rearguard.
To rub salt into the wounds, Durack saved well from Hodson, only to watch helplessly as Charles tucked in the rebound to put the result beyond doubt.