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August 1, 1971
Liverpool set off to-day for Germany and Holland where manager Bill Shankly will plan his bid to go one better than last season and win the Football League. With a 14-strong party, Liverpool left for a two match tour in which they will play Bochum, a German Bundesliga team from near Dusseldorf tomorrow and Utrecht, a Dutch First Division side on Saturday.

The party includes the team which came within one point of lifting the title last season plus new signings Peter Cormack and Trevor Storton and young full-back John Webb.

Pre-season tours have become traditional build-up for Liverpool before recent seasons. Invariably they pick on either Dutch or German opposition and, believes Mr. Shankly, facing top teams on the Continent brings the team to peak match fitness to add the finishing touch to the hours of work put in on the training ground.

The tour will provide the first big pointer as to how Mr. Shankly sees the role at Anfield of Cormack, signed during the close season from Nottingham Forest for £115,000. There are three places in the team for which Cormack presents a real challenge, and his presence will certainly be a spur to the players whose position he threatens, Brian Hall, Steve Heighway and John Toshack.
(Source: Liverpool Echo: August 1, 1971; via © 2018 Findmypast Newspaper Archive Limited

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