March 6, 1894
A Liverpool paper says: – Remembering the fatal experiences of Small Heath in 1893, the Liverpool officials have left no stone unturned to ensure success in the all-important test match next month. The country has been scoured in quest of first class talent, and during the past few days no fewer than nine players of the highest reputation have signed League registration forms for Liverpool.
One or two of these are Southern amateurs, who are glad of an opportunity to give a helping hand to a club with so unique a record, but the majority hail from Scotland, the happy hunting ground of English football managers.
A number of these players have been permanently secured, but the remainder can only assist the Liverpool club in the critical matches of this season. These rather elaborate preparations have been rendered absolutely necessary by the serious illness of one or two of the Liverpool players, and the executive are to be congratulated upon the prompt measures they have taken to strengthen any possible weak spots in their team.
(Source: Manchester Courier: March 6, 1894)