Young Reds settle for draw


May 2, 1970
Liverpool did all but destroy Anderlecht in this morning’s firs game of the Ajax international youth tournament, As Rangers manager, Willie Waddell, said: “Anderlecht went up once – and scored. Liverpool did all the work.”

Despite the Reds all-aout aggression, Anderlecht sneaked into the lead with a smartly booked shot from left winger Woumans, after 19 minutes.

This setback spurred Liverpool to further efforts, and in the 29th minutes centre-forward John McKenna got the equaliser that had to come, when he headed in a cross from John McLaughlin, who could figure strongly in Liverpool’s first-team plans next season.

Though rarely under pressure, Liverpool’s defence looked assured with left back Eddie Flood outstanding. Late in the game – played in pouring rain – John Waddington, Liverpool’s latest recruit, began to worry the Anderlecht defence by his powerful runs and long throw-ins.

Several shots rebounded off the limbs off startled Anderlecht defenders as Liverpool pressed for the winner, but it just couldn’t come.
(Liverpool Echo: May 2, 1970)

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