Wednesday, February 22 – 1939
Liverpool are making big efforts to solve their outside-left problem by making an interesting, if bold, experiment for Saturday’s Football League game at Anfield against Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Ever since Herman Van den Berg underwent an operation for cartilage trouble, the position has caused concern. Bill Kinghorn, George Paterson and Harry Eastham have been tried there, but the results have not come up to expectations.
Now Jack Balmer, the inside left, takes over the role for the first time this season. I think Balmer will do well, and I like the experiment because Balmer can swing those centres over to the far wing. It is such centres on which Berry Nieuwenhuys thrives. The South African will, I think, be brought back into the game – and into the goal-scoring business.
Willie Fagan has been selected for inside-left – for the first time this season – and John Shafto comes in at centre-forward to make his third appearance of the season.
A further change is at left back, where Jim Harley displaces Bernard Ramsden to resume his partnership with Tommy Cooper.
Liverpool. – Arthur Riley, Tommy Cooper, Jim Harley, Matt Busby, Tom Bush, Jimmy McInnes, Berry Nieuwenhuys, Phil Taylor, John Shafto, Willie Fagan, Jack Balmer.
(Evening Express, 22-02-1939)