February 13, 1893
Inconsistent Liverpool! Such contrariety of form is incompatible and incomprehensible. To have such a fall as at Bury on Saturday after the recent clever exhibitions is, at the least, annoying to both their supporters and committee.
The conclusion everyone must arrive at is that the team cannot face the ordeal meted out to them by Lancashire clubs. When Liverpool have had an opportunity of opposing League clubs it is an absolute fact that the players seem more at home, and play an infinitely superior game than when fighting against clubs like Blackpool and Bury.
The game at was fast and exciting during the first half, and when the visitors turned round and had the assistance of wind, sun, and incline, with only one point to wipe off, it was imagined that Liverpool had a glorious chance of securing the League championship, but the conjecture was speedily upset. Bury again became masters of the game, the lamentable show of the Anfielders in the second half being hardly credited, and certainly could not be so unless witnessed.
The forwards had been poor during the first half, and then, strange to say, having everything in their favour, they became worse than useless in the second half. This threw more work upon the defence, and they in turn, after the severe strain of the first portion of the game, held out signals of distress, the only players who did themselves justice being Sydney Ross and Duncan McLean.
For a wonder none of the half-backs were up to their usual standard, and this fact, coupled with the supinenss of the forwards, allowed Bury to have matters entirely their own way.
The home team deserve the eulogistic terms in which they are spoken of. They are well balanced, and cannot be excelled for the manner they have of placing and utilising corner kicks, a remarkable incident being that all three goals scored were the outcome of corners. Holt and Warburton were very safe, but the key of the team is the halves, who never hesitate to meet an opponent or give a pass.
(Source: Liverpool Mercury: February 13, 1893)