Friday, August 24 – 1945
There is quite a pre-war touch about the Liverpool team journeying to Turf Moor to face Burnley and I expect the Reds to open with a victory. Burnley’s will be rather a young side as compared with Liverpool’s, whose attack looks as dangerous as any in the country.
Nieuwenhys, who will captain the side, will have Balmer, Taylor and Fagan of the 1939 line operating alongside him, and Billy Liddell, the young winger who has come to the front during the war to prove one of the finest discoveries of all, will be there, with Harry Eastham standing by in case of any travel upset.
Liverpool include only one guest player – Jeff Gulliver, of Reading – and the defence will centre around Laurie Hughes, the local boy who bids fair to reach international status.
Liverpool (from): Dirk Kemp, Jack Westby, Jeff Gulliver, Harry Kaye, Laurie Hughes, Jimmy McInnes, Jack Pilling, Berry Nieuwenhuys, Phil Taylor, Willie Fagan, Jack Balmer, Billy Liddell, Harry Eastham.
(Evening Express, 24-08-1945)