December 2, 1955
On the basis of their sparkling and devastating display against Fulham, Liverpool will be full of confidence when they tackle Port Vale at Burslem, despite the fact that the Vale’s rearguard is likely to be a much tougher proportion than that of Fulham.
While it would be taking far too optimistic a view to expect the Reds to weigh in with another display comparable with that of last week, for the ball rarely runs so well for any side as it did for them on that occasion.
The Anfielders do “have a go” whenever they stand a reasonable hope, and when Evans regains his best form there will be strong shooting power in every forward position, plus a bit for extra measure from Twentyman.
A’Court is back to his most dazzling displays after a rather indifferent period, Liddell and Arnell are popping them in with steady regularity – which is better than alternating periods of success and non-success – and though Payne has so far only a couple to his name in ten outings since his return to the side, he is likely to “break out” any time, for he can hit them hard and true.
Port Vale’s defence, almost impregnable, has had only six goals against in nine home fixtures, but Hull City won there a fortnight ago and Liverpool’s supporters will doubtless argue, what lowly Hull could do should not be beyond for seven-goal conquerors of promotion-seeking Fulham.
As we know too well, results do not always work out like that.
Port Vale: Ray King, Reg Potts, Basil Hayward, Albert Leake, Tom Cheadle, Roy Sproson, (from) Colin Askey, Tom Conway, Len Stephenson, Ken Griffiths, Pat Willdig, Jack Cunliffe.
Liverpool: Dave Underwood, John Molyneux, Ronnie Moran, Roy Saunders, Laurie Hughes, Geoff Twentyman, Jimmy Payne, Alan Arnell, Billy Liddell, John Evans, Alan A’Court.
(Source: Liverpool Echo: December 2, 1955; via http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) © 2018 Findmypast Newspaper Archive Limited