December 19, 1941
Liverpool play their last home game in this half-season’s Regional programme tomorrow, when Stoke City, are the visitors to Anfield. Tomorrow week sees the start of the League Cup matches.
Stoke will be no walk-over for the Reds. They have won their last six matches outright, and though the opposition may not have been of the strongest, the Potters today are a well-balanced team. Like Liverpool, they have had to build up their side mainly from former A teamers, and, again like Liverpool, they have welded the resultant mixture of youth and experience into a very satisfactory combination. The average age of the side is under 20, and six of tomorrow’s eleven have graduated through Manager Bob McGrory’s “nursery.”
Mr. George Kay, for the first time for weeks, has been able to get his probables down to eleven fairly early in the week, and though these days there is no guarantee, he hopes the side will play as announced. The match ought to be a good one. Stoke, remember, beat Everton heavily, and though they lost the return they put up a grand show at Goodison.
Liverpool: Alf Hobson, Roy Guttridge, Ray Lambert, Len Carney, Tom Bush, Harry Kaye, Billy Liddell, George Ainsley, Dick Dorsett, Stan Palk, Jimmy McIntosh.
Stoke: Dennis Herod, Harry Brigham, Stanley Glover, Lol Hamlett, Neil Franklin, Jock Kirton, Bobby Liddle, Frank Bowyer, Tommy Sale, Frank Mountford, Fred Basnett.
(Liverpool Echo: December 19, 1941)