Friday, May 14 – 1943
Ninety minutes of the football Liverpool showed in the second half at Goodison Park on Wednesday will be sufficient to enable the Reds to land that “treble” of successes. The League championship and the Liverpool Cup are already “on the sideboard,” and while Liverpool face a two goals’ deficit at Maine-road, I have a feeling that they will turn the tables on the United.
Of course taking a line through last Saturday’s game between the clubs at Anfield, one can hardly visualise a Liverpool recovery, but Liverpool’s form of a week ago was too poor to be true. It was their most ineffective exhibition of the season, and while the United may not again play as well, I know Liverpool are certain to be a vastly-improved side.
For once in a while Secretary-Manager Mr. George Kay has no team worries. As a matter Mr. Kay has almost too many players, but there might be calls of before the match starts. Alex Stevenson and George Jackson, of Everton have volunteered their services to this effort to bring further honours to Merseyside, and they may go along just in case.
Ray Lambert, the Reds’ latest international will be available, and Murphy, Wednesday’s two-goal-scorer, another Welsh international, are available, and Pilling returns to left-half. Whether Jack Balmer plays at Maine-road or at Chester rests with the Army authorities.
The United again expect to have Eastwood and Walsh, of the City, and Radcliffe, of Oldham, and the quality of their football last week emphasises what a task faces the Reds. However, I am taking the Reds to wipe out that deficit and go through to their third triumph.
Liverpool (from): Alf Hobson, Jack Westby, Ray Lambert, Harry Kaye, Frank Rist, Jack Pilling, Jack Campbell, Jack Balmer, Willie Fagan, Cyril Done, George Murphy, Michael Hulligan.
Manchester United: Mark Radcliffe, Jack Griffiths, William Roughton, Billy Walsh, Eric Eastwood, Herb Whalley, William Bryant, Johnny Morris, Jack Rowley, Stan Pearson, Alf Bellis.
(Evening Express, 14-05-1943)