June 13, 1909
There has been something akin to an upheavel at Anfield-road. In every respect last season was a disastrous one, although Liverpool profited by the misfortune of other clubs and just managed to remain in the First League.
John Cox, Alex Raisbeck, Alf West, Maurice Parry, George Latham, Percy Saul, James Hughes, Harry Grantham, the two Smiths, Messina Allman, and William Hunter, together with the amateur Arthur Berry, have all gone.
The newcomers number something like a dozen. It will be seen that there will be changes in all departments, and assuredly Liverpool needed alterations both fore and alt.
John Dunlop, the new left back secured by Liverpool, is a brother of Billy Dunlop, who has rendered the Anfielders such good service in the past. A new half back is John McConnell, of the Airdrieonians, and at Anfield-road much is thought of Ernest Peake, the Welsh International centre half.
New forwards are Herbert Macpherson, inside right, of Partick Thistle; John Macdonald, and outside right from Glasgow Rangers; James Stewart, a rather small, but clever, inside left from Motherwell; James Lawson, an inside man from Southport Central; and William Morris, a centre-forward from Lincoln City.
(Lloyds Weekly News: June 13, 1909)