Republic of Ireland international Niamh Fahey has signed for Liverpool from Bordeaux. 

The defensive midfielder previously played for Arsenal and Chelsea before joining French Division 1 Feminine side. She helped Arsenal Women on the way to winning a domestic treble in 2009 and also played an influential role for Chelsea when they won a domestic treble in 2015.

The Galway native was a key player for Ireland during their World Cup qualification campaign.

Speaking to the club website after signing for Liverpool, a delighted Fahey said:

"I am absolutely delighted to be returning to the WSL and playing for a club as big as Liverpool Ladies," she said.

"I am a huge Liverpool FC fan so I cannot wait to pull on the red shirt for the first time.

"I really enjoyed my time in France with Bordeaux but felt as though the time had come to return to the WSL and experience a new challenge. Having spoken to Neil [Redfearn] and listened to the club's ambitions, I am really confident that we will have a successful season."

Ladies manager Neil Redfearn added:

"This is a really important signing for the club as Niamh is a top-class footballer.

"She has won a number of trophies during her spells with Arsenal Women and Chelsea Women so her experience will be vital for us this season.

"A number of other clubs tried to sign Niamh so we are delighted that she has decided that Liverpool Ladies would be the right club and I am really looking forward to working alongside her."