City of Liverpool face ‘tough decisions’ ahead of Northern Premier League campaign

City of Liverpool manager Michael Ellison after their win over FC United.

City of Liverpool manager Michael Ellison says he is excited for the upcoming campaign.

The Purps return to their former home, Vesty Road, after striking an agreement with Bootle. City of Liverpool enjoyed their time at Bootle winning a treble in their first season before securing promotion to the Northern Premier League West prior to the COVID hit seasons.

Their first full campaign back was far from ideal as they were rocked by injuries throughout the campaign.

But for this season, Ellison is excited for what the next few months hold for City of Liverpool as they look to move quickly past the midtale finish of last year.

“Really excited, things have gone better than they did last year so looking forward to getting into it,” he told Off The Park.

“We’ve brought some quality in, we made some good additions in various parts of the pitch. We’ve strengthened, brought some strikers in, we think we needed to improve on goals – that was clear – we didn’t score enough goals.

“We’ve strengthened all over the pitch just takes time for the lads to gel. Pre-season friendlies have been okay, we had the Northwich Vics game cancelled because of the heatwave which wasn’t ideal, we had a really good game against Merthyr – we found out a lot about the squad, it was a real tough game against a really good squad then the games now are really tough. We’ll have a better idea after those games now. 

“We just want to take each game as it comes, we want to be competitive, we feel we will be if we can keep everyone fit and if we do that and keep people fit, we’ll beat anyone on their day.

“We’ve almost wrapped lads up in bubble wrap, we had a couple of lads who has knocks (last season) and any sign we just pulled lads out, we just can’t have what we had last year.

“We have a decent sized squad – something we didn’t have last year. Over the next couple of weeks I’m going to have a tough decision because 22 into 16 doesn’t go. 

“I can’t wait to be honest. I seen the pitch the other week, it looks fantastic. I can’t wait, fans back through the door, bouncing, and hopefully we can give them something to sing about.”

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