May 27, 1940
The Liverpool v Manchester City clash at Anfield was one in which both teams showed no quarter and added speed and craft to their bid for superiority.
There was more sting in the Liverpool attack, and it never slackened off. If it had not been for the brilliant goalkeeping of Frank Swift there is little doubt that the margin of Liverpool’s victory would have been greater.
A new “guest” player in the Liverpool side played a prominent part in the victory. He was George Murphy, of Bradford City. He happens to be in the same Army camp as Berry Nieuwenhuys, who invited him to play. His goal, with a terrific shot into the top of net, was the best of the match. Billy Liddell, too, had a good day, and his display of initiative and dash on one occasion brought him a pat on the back from Swift.
While Liverpool’s defence did not sparkle like the forward work, it was sound. The City’s forwards, too, were their strongest link, and in a lively and clever line Peter Doherty strived hard.
(Evening Express: May 27, 1940)