March 27, 1945
Not for weeks has Manager Mr. George Kay of Liverpool, been so emphatic in his team announcement as he was when I tackled him about his prospects for Saturday’s return North Cup “Derby” with Everton at Goodison Park. In a flash Mr. Kay replied. “They’ll all be there.”
This is good news for the Anfield followers who cross the park with a goal in the bag. In addition to the 11 players who secured that slender lead, Mr. Kay will have Jack Westby and Jack Campbell on hand in case of emergency, so for once in a while there are no worries at Anfield – provided all the players turn up.
Pleasing point is that Billy Liddell’s leg injury is nothing serious and he is certain to be all right. Billy welcomed home his brother – wounded on the Continent – during the week-end.
It is too early yet to even forecast Liverpool’s team for the Easter Monday clash with the Blues at Anfield for the Liverpool Senior Cup, but hope springs eternal. Restrictions on travel may produce difficulties.
Liverpool have written to see if Matt Busby can play, but as there is extreme doubt, his name is not included among the probables.
Joe Mercer, the England captain will play centre half for Everton against Liverpool at Goodison Park on Saturday when Everton will select from 14 players. Either Ted Sagar or George Burnett will be in goal and seven forwards are named (including Tommy Lawton).
Liverpool (from): Alf Hobson, Jim Harley, Jack Westby, Jeff Gulliver, Harry Kaye, Laurie Hughes, Jack Pilling, Berry Nieuwenhuys, Jack Campbell, Phil Taylor, Billy Liddell, Don Welsh, Horace Cumner.
Everton (from): Ted Sagar, George Burnett, George Jackson, Norman Greenhalgh, Jack Grant, Joe Mercer, Gordon Watson, Harry Catterick, Cec Wyles, Eddie Wainwright, Stan Bentham, Tommy Lawton, Alex Stevenson, Jimmy McIntosh.
(Evening Express: March 27, 1945)