Liverpool injuries may cook their goose


Wednesday, December 23 – 1953
With the Christmas Football rush only forty-eight hours away, Liverpool, floundering at the bottom of Division One, have three more players on their already heavy casualty list including Dave Underwood, the goalkeeper signed for £7,000 only last week.
Underwood came out of his first match against Manchester United on Saturday with a groin injury and a grazed thigh.
Manager Don Welsh has little hope that he will be available for the Christmas Day and Boxing Day matches against West Bromwich Albion.
This, plus injuries to ace winger Billy Liddell, who took over at left back at Old Trafford after Eddie Spicer had broken a leg, and Jimmy Payne aggravated a leg injury in training, means a black Christmas at Anfield.
With all these injury worries facing him at such a vital time, it’s no wonder that manager Welsh was overjoyed at the cheering news that skipper Bill Jones has made a quick recovery from injury.
That is one problem solved, for play-anywhere Jones is expected to turn out at full back in place of Spicer.
(Daily Mirror, 23-12-1953)

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