December 12, 1941
Those who think that results mean nothing to football these days would alter their opinion of they knew the behind-the-scenes keenness with which Liverpool officials latterly have been estimating their championship prospects.
The Anfield lads have still an outside chance providing they can take maximum points from their three remaining games. For that reason they will be particularly anxious to turn last week’s Prenton win into a “double” when Tranmere make the return visit tomorrow, and, on paper at any rate, it seems a reasonably certain assumption.
Tranmere away are not the side they are at home. The meagre return so far from seven away engagements is a solitary point, and I cannot see them adding to that against Liverpool, whose only point dropped at Anfield was to Manchester United.
Though Mr. George Kay will not know his side definitely until just before the match, the fact that Fagan and Carney have intimated their certain attendance means that the forward line will be stronger than last week, and if Whittaker is available, the halves will be likewise improved. Tranmere also have made strengthening moves, notably by including McPeake.
There is also a change in the half-back line where Gibbons and Ferguson return to the flanks.
Teams from: –
Liverpool. – Alf Hobson, Roy Guttridge, Ray Lambert, Charlie Fazackerley, Bill Whittaker, Dennis Cooke, Harry Kaye, Billy Liddell, Len Carney, Willie Fagan, Dick Dorsett, Stan Palk, and Jimmy McIntosh.
Tranmere. – Percy Lovett, Alan Wishart, Arthur Owen, Bill Gibbons, Walter Price, Ferguson, Llew Ashcroft, Abe Rosenthal, Ronnie Hodgson, Matt McPeake, and Benny Jones.
(Liverpool Echo: December 12, 1941)