New players in before local derby?

Wednesday, February 5 – 1941
It is rather a pity that the meeting of Liverpool and Everton at Anfield on Saturday should clash with the England v. Scotland international at Newcastle, for it means the clubs will be without some of their star performers. Everton will be minus Tommy Lawton and Joe Mercer and Liverpool probably without Sam Bartram.
In the latter’s case there is a doubtful the moment whether he will be able to get away to make the long journey North, if he can’t, he will be available, for Liverpool; otherwise Eric Holmes Mansley will deputise. Liverpool have chosen fourteen probables as follows:-

Liverpool: – Sam Bartram; or Eric Holmes Mansley; Robert Stuart, Ray Lambert; Norman Kirby, Bert Turner, Eddie Spicer; Bob Paisley, Berry Nieuwenhuys, John Search, Cyril Done, Stan Palk, Billy Liddell, Bobby Finan.

Norman Kirby is a former Dundee full back now in the Air Force at a North Western station, and Bobby Finan is the ex-Blackpool centre-forward or outside left also in the R.A.F. since joining Blackpool some six years or so ago he has totted up a respectable total of goals, and providing he can get leave to play should be a useful acquisition to Liverpool. This will be the first Regional meeting between Liverpool and Everton this season, although they have already met two in the Lancashire Cup, honours on this going to Everton. Unless they come together in the League Cup the draw for which is being made at Newcastle, this week-end there will be only four Liverpool games this season, compared with eight a year ago. So Saturday’s pairing at Anfield ought to be at least a bigger crowd than usual.
(Liverpool Echo, 05-02-1941)

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