Republic of Ireland international Niamh Fahey has been named as captain of Liverpool FC Women. 

The versatile Fahey, who can play as a defensive midfielder or in the heart of defence, joined Liverpool after a season with Bordeaux in 2018. 

The 32-year-old began her career with Salthill Devon before moving to Galway, where she played an integral role in helping the club claim the 2007 FAI Women's Cup. 

The Galway native moved to Arsenal in 2008, spending six years at the club before spending two seasons with rivals Chelsea. 

Last season may have been a memorable one for the men's team after ending a 30-year wait to be crowned English champions, but it was one to forget for Fahey and her team-mates, who were relegated from the Women's Super League for the first time since the league's formation in 2010. 

Fahey's opportunity came about due to the absence of Sophie Bradley-Auckland, who has opted out of action due to her job as the manager of a care home.  

Reacting to the news, the Galway woman told Liverpool's official website: "For me as a supporter, now being captain is beyond my wildest dreams, and I’m going to embody the spirit of the club through my captaincy and bring out the values it is to be a Liverpool player on the pitch.

"It's a very unselfish decision for Sophie to put her care home first and the vulnerable people that are there. But that's the type of person she is."

Turning her attention to the season ahead Fahey added: "It’s been a really enjoyable pre-season and we’re working really hard to get back up to the Women’s Super League, where we feel we belong.

"We’re under no illusions that we need to be at the top of our game in every game. We have to be up for the fight but also show our qualities."

Liverpool face Durham in their league opener at Prenton Park on 6 September.