Andy Spence insisted Everton are taking steps in the right direction despite marking their return to WSL 1 with defeat to Liverpool.
Second half goals from Natasha Harding and Niamh Charles earned the Toffees’ Merseyside rivals the win at the Select Security Stadium.
However it was a tough result to take for Everton, who more than matched their more established top-flight neighbours, with a team that saw all seven of their summer arrivals make their debuts.
“I told the girls after the game that I was disappointed for them not with them,” said Spence. “We have shown in the game that we are not a million miles off by any means. There were chances for both teams and the difference was them taking there’s and we haven’t.
“Lizzie has made some fantastic saves for us and I am appreciative that it could have been a higher scoring game for both sides. But we have certainly competed and the fact that the girls are so disappointed shows that we have got a group of winners. We will get better.
“We have come away learning a lot from tonight. The players that we have brought in have contributed well in the game and I know they are only going to get better alongside a really good group of girls.
“We are disappointed with the result – but I know the direction we are going in and this loss doesn’t change my mind of that, we are going to be a really good team this year.”
Next up for the Blue Girls is the trip to Birmingham City on 1 October.