December 7, 1917
Liverpool F.C. were unbeaten for fifteen games last season. They then went to Rochdale and lost. To-morrow Rochdale visit Anfield. It is strange that Liverpool have played fifteen games without defeat and now received Rochdale.
Liverpool at full strength should beat Rochdale. It is good to learn that the Anfield side will have the help of Campbell, for, save at one link in defence, the team will be at fullest possible strength.
Rochdale are tough merchants. They are not great footballers but they play a dogged game, and refuse to let the supposedly superior sides settle to their average game. Therefore Liverpool will be on their mettle. Still, Liverpool should win, as they are playing well within themselves. In view of their unbeaten record, Bennett’s goal-making masterpiece (a goal a match for so long a period is unknown in football history), and the type of opponent, there will be a splendid attendance when these teams line up: –
Liverpool. – Sergeant Kenneth Campbell, Ephraim Longworth, Sam Speakman, John Bamber, Walter Wadsworth, Donald Mackinlay, Robert Waine, Arthur Metcalf, Tommy Bennett, Harry Lewis, George Schofield.
Rochdale. – A. Lee, Vincent Hayes, Danny Crossan, Wilfred Bunting, Pat O’Connell, Tweedale Rigg, A. Jones, Jim Tully, J.W. Roberts, Billy Halligan, Albert Smith.
(Liverpool Echo, 07-12-1917)