A Paisley vote of confidence

February 7, 1975
Liverpool manager Bob Paisley to-day settled on an unchanged team for to-morrow’s top of the table clash with Ipswich at Anfield and boldly said: “I still think we have got the best team in the League.”

And he added: “We all know what we have got to do. We are not going to wait for the breaks to happened – we are going to make them.”

Mr. Paisley has added Terry McDermott and Tommy Tynan to last week’s team – they were beaten 2-0 at Arsenal – and McDermott, who has not made a senior appearance since the December defeat at Birmingham, is likely to fill the substitute role.

Phil Boersma, substitute for the last five games, plays in the reserve team as does Ray Kennedy, now recovered from tonsillitis and a neck injury. The reserves are at Blackpool.

So that naming of an unchanged team has ended speculation that full-back Alec Lindsay, who played in the reserves at Bolton in mid-week, might be left out. Instead, Mr. Paisley keeps faith with the same men and it will be the seventh game in succession that the Reds have fielded an unchanged team.

Ipswich manager Bobby Robson has also decided on the same line-up following last week’s home win over Wolves. Ipswich flew home from Sweden to-day after winning a six-a-side tournament in Gothenburg and there were no injury problems.

Kevin Beattie was the only doubt, but he has shaken off the effects of an ankle injury and ex-Everton centre-forward David Johnson, who trained with his former team-mates yesterday, will lead the attack.

Ipswich, who have beaten Liverpool twice at Portman Road this season, are in second place in the table, a point behind Everton. Liverpool are four points behind – and have a game in hand over Everton.

Liverpool: Ray Clemence, Phil Neal, Alec Lindsay, Phil Thompson, Peter Cormack, Emlyn Hughes, Kevin Keegan, Brian Hall, Steve Heighway, John Toshack, Ian Callaghan. Subs: Terry McDermott or Tommy Tynan.
Ipswich Town: Lawrence Sivell, George Burley, Mick Mills, Brian Talbot, Allan Hunter, Kevin Beattie, Ian Collard, Colin Viljoen, David Johnson, Trevor Whymark, Mick Lambert. Sub,; Clive Woods.
(Source: Liverpool Echo: February 7, 1975)

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