March 2, 1945
Liverpool may be expected to record their third win of the season over Souhport when they visit Haig Avenue tomorrow, although Manager George Kay is still doubtful about the constitution of his team.
Liverpool beat the ‘Port 12-1 at Anfield in the North Cup, and followed it up by winning 4-1 at Southport, where Billy Liddell went centre forward with such success. Maybe Liddell, who is a certain starter, will again lead the forwards, for no words has yet been received that Willie Fagan can make a 12 hour journey, and Don Welsh plays for Charlton.
Southport have been having a pretty lean time since the turn of the year, but the fact that they could fight back to equality after being three goals down to Everton last week is proof positive of their fighting spirit.
Southport will make a keen duel of it, but if Liddell is “on song” I look to the Reds for a win in the first “leg” of a double tie.
Liverpool (from): Alf Hobson, Jim Harley, Jack Westby, Jeff Gulliver, Harry Kaye, Laurie Hughes, Jack Blood, Jack Pilling, Jack Campbell, Berry Nieuwenhuys, Billy Liddell, Phil Taylor, Horace Cumner.
(Evening Express: March 2, 1945)