The strange tactics of Liverpool F.C.


November 13, 1909
Liverpool repeated their last year’s result with Bury precisely, though they came perilously near losing their first game in November. We cannot understand the tactics adopted by the Anfield forwards in their last two matches at home; these were patent in the game with Sheffield Wednesday, but a week ago they were even more pronounced.

There are five forwards on the field, each of them whom should be warded his fair share of attack. The weak spot in the Bury defence was Jimmy Lindsay; the most effective forward in the Liverpool front rank – when he did receive the ball – was John Macdonald, who had to face the Bury defender we have mentioned.

It does not require the exercise of much intelligence to note where the Anfielders should have concentrated their energies. What they really did was to leave the outside left severely alone, to such an extent that even the spectators cheered when Macdonald managed to get the ball.

There may be methods in this, but truth to tell if there be it is so hidden fathom it. This part of the team will have to be strengthened in the near future, unless some improvement is forthcoming. It may be that half back is the key to the situation, and indeed we should like to see more aggressiveness on the part of the left winger in the intermediate line. With outside men like Macdonald and Arthur Goddard and the dashing Jack Parkinson in the centre, the Anfield foragers must swing the ball about, and leave tip-tapping in midfield for others to adopt.
(Joint Everton and Liverpool Programme: November 13, 1909)

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