Liverpool deserved their victory


August 21, 1944
The Lord Mayor of Liverpool ‘s war fund will benefit by £1,150 from the pre-season game between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park, won 5-2 by Liverpool. They deserved their victory, for they were a yard quicker to the ball every time, produced three shots to every one of Everton’s and were sounder in defence.

In contrast to Liverpool’s direct methods, Everton frequently nullified their attack by over-doing the short passing game. Too often a bout of combination meandered aimlessly until it finished up almost where it had started, and too often moves which promised well broken down became an Everton man passed the ball tamely to an opponent.

The home attack never got going sweetly as a combined force, and though Joe Mercer tried hard to point the way to goal, the half-back line missed the commanding presence of Tommy Jones.

Alex Stevenson scored the first and last goals of the day, sandwiched between being two from Cyril Done, and one from Albert Malam in the first half, and two from Done in the second. Done, a quick moving and strong shooting opportunist was well supported by his co-forwards while Liverpool’s half-back line was a potent force in the victory.

Harry Kaye showed no sign of his eight months absence, and played a grand game. Laurie Hughes was brilliant at centre-half.
(Liverpool Daily Post: August 21, 1944)

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