Liverpool must improve

September 21, 1956
Liverpool, away to Middlesbrough, will have to do better than last week to ensure a point, even though Ayresome Park has been one of their happy hunting grounds in post-war football.

This does not mean anything in relation to to-morrow’s game. Past results do not bring in present day points. Liverpool must fight for all they get.

Middlesbrough are so far undefeated on their own ground, having drawn against their two opening matches against Stoke City and Bury and won against Bristol Rovers and Grimsby Town.

The Middlesbrough side shows little change from that of last season, but in 20-years-old centre forward Brian Clough they seem to have made a very useful discovery.

Brian Clough.

If Clough can keep up his recent goal-scoring average Middlesbrough will soon be in the closer reach of the Second Division leaders than they are at he moment. So far they have averaged a point a game, which is equal to Liverpool’s record though the Ayresome Park side has played one game more.

Not promotion form.
A point a game, however, is not promotion form, and though there is time yet, if Liverpool are to make a real bid to return to the higher sphere they must show a better return.

They are only four points behind the leaders now, but that margin will soon widen if they do not produce something akin to the performances their supporters desire.

Last week was the first time the forward line had failed to score at home for 12 months.

If the incoming of Anderson in place of John Evans puts better balance into the attack they may shape better at Ayresome Park.

The return of Hughes will undoubtedly strengthen the defence, while Bimpson, still the second highest scorer despite playing on a “foreign” wing, should also help the forward line.

Owing to Geoff Twentyman and Johnny Wheeler not having made the recovery anticipated from injuries, Liverpool will have to make changes in both half-back and forward lines. The team will be chosen from the following twelve:

Liverpool: Tommy Younger, John Molyneux, Ronnie Moran, Dick White, Barry Wilkinson, Laurie Hughes, Roy Saunders, Louis Bimpson, Jimmy Melia, Billy Liddell, Eric Anderson, Alan A’Court.

Middlesbrough: Peter Taylor, Ray Barnard, Ray Bilcliff, Bill Harris, Dicky Robinson, Ronnie Dicks, Billy Day, Joe Scott, Brian Clough, Derek McLean, Lindy Delapenha.
(Source: Liverpool Echo: September 21, 1956; via © 2018 Findmypast Newspaper Archive Limited

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