Blues strong side for Anfield derby


Wednesday, May 27 – 1942
What’s lost on the swings comes back on the roundabouts, and from Merseyside’s point of view the Liverpool-Everton “Derby” which we are to now have on Saturday is the most attractive finals to the season we could wish for.

The match not only carried League status, put will also be for the Liverpool Senior Cup so there is plenty of competition interest about it and it ought to provide as good a game as previous meetings this season between the sides maybe better, for Everton today are a more effective and aggressive side than they were when they beat Liverpool on the aggregate in the two League cup games.

The match takes place at Anfield, by mutual arrangement and if the weather is good there should be another crowd round about the 30,000 mark. Out of the four meeting between the sides this season each had won two on this will be the decider.

Each club will make special efforts to turn out their strongest possible side and in the case of Everton they hope to have Lawton at centre forward and Soo once more as partner to Stevenson. Soo’s inclusion in the games against Manchester City and Bolton transformed the Everton front line, and if he can play in the Anfield game the Reds defence is in for a hectic time. His brilliant left-wing partnership with Stevenson revives memories of the old Coulter-Stevenson due and this present day pairing is as full of tricks as the old one was.

Everton are not likely to have the services of Tommy Jones who will be leading the Welsh side against the Western Command to the big charity game at Rhyl. His place will probably be taken by Harry Jones, who hasn’t played recently through illness, but is now fit again in other respects the side is unchanged from that which defeated Bolton so decisively on Monday.
Team. –  George Burnett, Billy Cook, Jack Jones, Joe Mercer, Tommy Jones, or Harry Jones, Eric Keen, Anderson, Stan Bentham, Tommy Lawton, Frank Soo, Alex Stevenson.
(Liverpool Echo, 27-05-1942)

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