January 12, 1945
Liverpool should complete a double “double” over Stockport County, who will be without Harry Catterick, their star forward, who has been recalled by Everton. Liverpool won the league game at the ground 2-0 and won the two away matches 3-2.
The County are no “easy meat” for they have a stout defence and a fighting quality which has enabled them to surprise more than a few clubs. Liverpool expect to have Phil Taylor back and Laurie Hughes will return to centre half following injury, so that Jack Blood, the latest guest player, will go to right back his real position.
Billy Liddell cannot play, and so Bill Kinghorn resumes at outside left following injury. The man to watch in the Stockport side is Billy McCulloch, the left half whom I am certain is going to be a star of the future. With Welsh, Nieuwenhuys, and Taylor ready to participate in the goal-scoring business I fancy Liverpool will prevail provided they do not take the County too easily or attempt to rest on their laurels if they take the lead.
The kick-off is at three o’clock.
Liverpool: Alf Hobson, Jack Blood, Jeff Gulliver, Harry Kaye, Laurie Hughes, Jack Pilling, Jack Campbell, Berry Nieuwenhuys, Don Welsh, Phil Taylor, Bill Kinghorn.
(Evening Express: January 12, 1945)