August 14, 1897
Liverpool were somewhat heavily hit by defections at the close of last season, George Allan, Robert Neill, and Willie Michael going to Scotland, and Jimmy Ross and Malcolm McVean joining Burnley, but they are now as strong as ever, if not actually stronger, because at least three of the men who have gone were bad to manage.
Their list comprises Storer and Donnelly, goal; Goldie, Wilkie, Dunlop, and McQueen, backs; McCartney, McQue, Gray (Partick Thistle), Cleghorn, and Holmes, half backs; and Marshall and Walker (Leith Athletic), Finnerhan (Manchester City, whose transfer is said to have cost £150), Cunliffe (Oldham County), Becton, Bradshaw, Geary, and McCowie, forwards. There should be no dearth of men in either of the Liverpool teams.
(Source: Manchester Courier: August 14, 1897)