November 3, 1944
There will be plenty of stars on parade at Anfield tomorrow when a revived Liverpool face Manchester United. No doubt the Reds will miss Jack Smith, who led the attack so well against Everton, and who this time will be playing for the United, but they have versatile Don Welsh, guest from Charlton.
Welsh is so good in the position that he actually was selected there for England. With Jack Balmer at inside left – hopes of Cumner, Welsh international from Arsenal as his partner – and Phil Taylor linking up with skipper Nieuwenhuys on the right this attack should be good enough to outwit United’s experienced defence.
Mr. Walter Crickmer, of the United, is having his team worries, but will persist in the further development of such fine youngsters as Albert Mycock, Joe Walton and Henry Cockburn, while Briggs may remain at centre half. The United are to be feared, for they always do well on Merseyside and on the opening day of the season won at Goodison Park.
If Liverpool will make sure to cut out the inherent United move of persistent inter-passing between their half-backs as a mode of progress, however, they will do much t break down the Manchester victory plan. This should be a grand struggle and my fancy is for the Reds in a game starting at three o’clock.
Liverpool (from): Alf Hobson, Jim Harley, Roy Guttridge, Jimmy McInnes, Laurie Hughes, Jack Pilling, Berry Nieuwenhuys, Phil Taylor, Don Welsh, Jack Balmer, Horace Cumner, George Paterson.
(Evening Express, 03-11-1944)