September 1, 1971
Key note: “They say there is a rotten apple in every barrel nd as such every team, no matter how good, will now and again have a bad game. That was the fate that befell Liverpool last night. They lost 1-0 to Manchester City at Maine Road in a game which rarely lived up to its billing as one of the matches of the season. It was a tight enthralling struggle but there were few signs that either side would recapture the goal-scoring flair that has made them among the highest scoring in the so far.” (Liverpool Echo: September 2, 1970)
Match: Football League, First Division, at Maine Road, kick-off: 19:30.
Manchester City – Liverpool 1-0 (0-0).
Referee: Mr. K.H. Burns.
Manchester City: Joe Corrigan, Tony Book, Dave Connor, Mike Doyle, Tommy Booth, Colin Bell, Mike Summerbee, George Heslop, Wyn Davies, Franny Lee, Ian Mellor.
Substitute: Derek Jeffries for Connor after 26 min.
Liverpool: Ray Clemence, Chris Lawler, Alec Lindsay, Tommy Smith, Larry Lloyd, Emlyn Hughes, Kevin Keegan, Peter Thompson, Steve Heighway, John Toshack, Ian Callaghan.
Substitute: Bobby Graham (not used).
The goal: 1-0 Mellor (49 min.).
** The match was Chris Lawler’s 300 League game for Liverpool.