No Anfield surprises – but how good is the squad?


August 18, 1954
For their opening game of the season on Saturday, when Doncaster Rovers provide the opposition at Anfield, Liverpool will field the same eleven as that which played in the public practice match last week and so decisively defeated the reserve string.

Tony Rowley, who made  two senior appearances last season, thus gets another chance to make the inside right berth his own, while Bimpson, after being in and out of the relegated side, is again first choice for centre forward.

Liverpool’s followers will watch the side’s performance in this inaugural Second Division match with eager anticipation. While a good start will encourage hopes that the Reds may make a bid for promotion, it is going to be a hard and long struggle.

I should feel happier about the prospects if the staff was stronger numerically. There seems too little margin, to cover injuries and emergencies as it stands now.

This point has engaged the attention of the board, and feelers have been put out in several directions during the last few weeks. These are still continuing.

Liverpool. – Dave Underwood; Tom McNulty, Frank Lock; Barry Wilkinson, Laurie Hughes, Geoff Twentyman; Brian Jackson, Tony Rowley, Louis Bimpson, John Evans, Billy Liddell.

Compared with the eleven which played in the concluding two games of last season, the line up against Doncaster shows three changes. Wilkinson, who was not available at the end of the last campaign, returns in place of Roy Saunders. Hughes is at centre half, and Evans take over form Sammy Smyth, who has given up football in favour of a commission agent’s business in Belfast.
(Liverpool Echo: August 18, 1954)

Liverpool 1954-1955, from http://www.lfchistory.net.
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