September 18, 1942
Everton will be favourites tomorrow, and that is an occasion when I think the favourites will turn up. There was no disputing the fact that Liverpool deserved to win last week’s game, but the Blues will have cut a more representative side tomorrow, and that may make all the difference.
For 25 minutes at Anfield, Everton gave a refreshing display, but then they faded so completely one of the picture that they never looked like retrieving the position, I expect more concentrated effort this time.
While form indicates Liverpool’s second ‘double’ of the season, I side with Everton, to the knowledge that their attack will be a much more potent factor. Alex Stevenson will be back on duty and this means that George Mutch will not have to shoulder the entire burden of creator in the attack. There will be more players with creative artistry and with just a little more readiness to have a go” in front of goal the Blues should turn the table.
Another big factor is that Tom Bush will not be playing for Liverpool. On the other hand, Tom Lawton may be released to play for Everton seeing that he is not playing for the Army. If Lawton play then I think Everton’s chance are outstanding.
We should see another thrill-packed game contested. I hope, without much of that severity, which marked the Anfield clash. Just a little more skill and less ‘dash” will please us all. Once again I urge spectators to get to the Park early so as to assist the stewards, whose numbers are limited these days, and I want to emphasize that the kick-off will be at 3.15 p.m. instead of the usual three o’clock.
Everton (from) – George Burnett, Billy Cook, Jack Jones, George Jackson, Norman Greenhalgh, Stan Bentham, Tommy Jones, Gordon Watson, Walis Boyes, George Mutch, Tommy Lawton, Harry Jones, Alex Stevenson, Alf Anderson.
Liverpool (from); Alf Hobson, Jack Westby, Roy Guttridge, Harry Kaye, Eric Keen, Jack Pilling, Billy Liddell, Dick Dorsett, George Mills, Cyril Done, Stan Palk, Michael Hulligan.
(Evening Express: September 18, 1942; via http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) © 2018 Findmypast Newspaper Archive Limited