February 11, 1975
Liverpool have named an unchanged side to face Newcastle United at St. James’s Park to-morrow. This means that the goal-hungry line-up that beat Ipswich 5-2 at Anfield on Saturday will be available to hunt the points that can put Liverpool on top of the League.
Liverpool’s goal rush was the more impressive as in two previous meetings with Ipswich this season they had found it impossible to break through the East Anglians’ defence. And Saturday was the first time this season that Ipswich had conceded more than three goals.
Newcastle have had ample warning – and a 1-0 win for Liverpool will be enough to put them on top, on goal average. They would then lead Everton by 0,04 of a goal.
John Toshack has recovered from the thigh injury he received on Saturday, which means that former Newcastle player Terry McDermott is unlikely to get any further than the substitute’s bench on his return to St. James’s Park.
These are anxious days for Newcastle, struggling to hit consistent form, and unsettled by constant speculation as to the future of manager Joe Harvey. But they are still a formidable side on their own ground, and apart from their recent aberration in losing 5-2 to Tottenham have only lost once at home all season – to Leicester in October.
And Liverpool, for all their rediscovered power on Saturday, have not been convincing away from home recently. If they win tomorrow it will be their first away victory since they beat Queens Park Rangers 1-0 at Loftus Road on October 19.
Since then, they have drawn three games and lost five – including all their last four away matches.
Newcastle will have striker John Tudor and defender Pat Howard back after injury.
Meanwhile young defender Joe James has turned down a move on loan to Scottish First Division club Morton, preferring to continue at Anfield. Liverpool recently loaned reserve midfield man Ian McDonald to Third Division Colchester United.
Liverpool: Ray Clemence, Phil Neal, Phil Thompson, Emlyn Hughes, Alec Lindsay, Brian Hall, Peter Cormack, Ian Callaghan, Kevin Keegan, John Toshack, Steve Heighway. Substitutes (from): Terry McDermott, Phil Boersma, Chris Lawler.
(Source: Liverpool Echo: February 11, 1975)