December 24, 1941
Chief interest locally centres on whether Everton or Liverpool will finish highest in the table. At the moment the Reds are two points ahead, but Everton have slightly the better goal average – 1,7 against 1,57.
While Liverpool are engaged in a difficult task at the Victoria grounds against Stoke City tomorrow, the Blues will be entertaining the bottom club in the league, Stockport County, at Goodison Park. Form points to Everton winning, and so the Reds will have to avoid defeat if they are to win the Merseyside honour.
Tommy Lawton is a certain starter for Everton, and there will be plenty of other internationals in the side.
Lawton will play in the unusual position of inside right. This is because 18-year-old Bob Kinsell, from Dunfermline Athletic, will be making his debut for the club. Bentham goes to outside right.
There is a doubt about Stevenson, but if he cannot play Lyon will deputise. Anderson will be seen in his real position, outside left, for the first time with the Blues. Harry Jones goes back to centre half in an attractive team capable of giving us soccer delights to help with the Christmas cheer.
Berry Nieuwenhuys and Ted Spicer, home on leave, are certain starters for Liverpool at Stoke, and Mr. Kay is taking along a number of his ‘A’ team lads because some of his usual players cannot get away.
Everton (from): George Burnett, Billy Cook, Norman Greenhalgh, Joe Mercer, Harry Jones, Eric Keen, Stan Bentham, Tommy Lawton, Bob Kinnell, Alex Stevenson, Jack Lyon, Alf Anderson.
Liverpool (from): Alf Hobson, Roy Guttridge, Albert Young, Ray Lambert, Jack Macdonald, Harry Kaye, Dennis Cooke, Eddie Spicer, Billy Liddell, Len Carney, Berry Nieuwenhuys, Billy Hall, Arthur Shepherd, Stan Palk, Jimmy McIntosh.
(Evening Express: December 24, 1941)