Champion team home to Manchester United

Friday, January 19 – 1917
We had a sample of Manchester United last week. To-morrow there is a further view of Cottonopolis sport, the United being visitors to Anfield, the home of the season’s champions.

Liverpool, I learn, played great football in the first half of last week’s game at Burnley – in fact, ‘tis said they have never shown better form throughout the season.

Afterwards, General Boyle settled on a number of varied combinations, changing and interchanging, and this somewhat upset Liverpool’s plans. However, the solid defenders held out, and Liverpool gained full points.

They hope to do likewise to-morrow against Chris Buckley and company, and they’ll find Buckley, Anderson, Mew, and Woodcock men of mettle.

The home side is without Metcalf, but Gee, the clever Oldham dribbler and shot, will make his bow in new colours. Likewise Butler, the big goalkeeper, will make his first appearance for Liverpool at Anfield.

I expect a big crowd and a capital exhibition when these teams line up:

LFC v MUFC Jan 1917

Butler; Longworth, Lucas; Bamber, Wadsworth, Mackinlay; Goddard, Gee, Bennett, Lewis, Cunliffe.
Mew; Barlow, Silcock; Hilditch, Buckley, Forster; Leigh, Woodcock, Anderson, Barnett, Ellis.
(Liverpool Echo, 19-01-1917)

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