June 29, 1970
Liverpool’s pre-season German tour is facing cancellation. Difficulties have arisen in their plans to play F.C. Hertha and they are likely to rob Liverpool of their chance to face top-class Continental opposition before the start of next season.
Although there are still six or seven weeks to go before the start of the season, it is now almost too late for Liverpool to fix any alternative opposition. Manager Bill Shankly has always been keen on bringing his players to their peak by lining them up against the best the Continent can offer.
This time, he hoped to play two games in Germany, the last one against the crack Hertha outfit. Alternative German opposition can’t be found because the Germans are playing their FA Cup competition pre-season. Most other top European clubs have already fixed up pre-season matches. One pre-season match is already definite however – their match at Dalymount Park, Dublin, on July 31 (20:00), against the League of Ireland.
(Source: Liverpool Echo: June 29, 1970; via http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) © 2018 Findmypast Newspaper Archive Limited