December 7, 1955
Liverpool’s continued freedom from injuries combined with their recent improved form, is making the task of team selection almost an automatic business, and for the home fixture with Barnsley on Saturday the side is again unchanged.
Although this is only the third successive occasion on which the present eleven has been unaltered, the forward line has retained its constitution – apart from the switching of Arnell and Evans – for the last eight matches, while the intermediate line as not once been disturbed since the season started.
Even in the palmy days when the half-back line read Taylor – Hughes – Paisley it never went 20 games without a change, mainly due to the incidence of injuries.
The present trip has been particularly fortunate in escaping mishaps this season, and Hughes seems finally to have laid the old hoodoo which dogged him so long – touch wood.
The Anfielders are lying in a handy position to make a challenge to the leading clubs in the Second Division. They are five points behind Bristol City and three behind Sheffield Wednesday and Swansea, with a fixture in hand over the two last named.
An alluring prospect.
After Saturday’s game with Barnsley, which looks reasonably certain to provide them with both points they are home to Nottingham Forest – whom they have already beaten at Nottingham – and away to bottom-of-the-table Hull City.
The folly of counting ones football “chickens” before they are hatched has been so frequently demonstrated that I am not attempting forecast the points gain which may accrue to Liverpool from these three impending fixtures.
You can make your own assessment, optimistically or otherwise, but it could and might work out that on Christmas Eve the Anfielders will be within much closer striking distance of the leaders than is the case at the moment. Here’s hoping.
The team to meet Barnsley reads:
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 7, 1955; via http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) © 2018 Findmypast Newspaper Archive Limited