August 1, 1977
When Liverpool announce the composition of their party for the pre-season matches in Germany and Holland, the first clues will be visible for those wanting to guess at manager Bob Paisley’s intentions for the new season.
So far, Liverpool have got on with their training quietly, winding up last week’s programme with a full-scale work-out against Southport. To-morrow they depart for the Continent, where they will meet European Cup Winners’ Cup champions Hamburg on Wednesday, and then move on to Amsterdam to take part in a four-club tournament involving Ajax and Barcelona, both of whom they know from European competition, and one of the rising Dutch clubs, Alkmaar.
Mr. Paisley had indicated that the party may well be limited to 13 players, which means that two or three of the men who sat on the bench at the European Cup final in Rome will be left behind.
But with Steve Heighway and Ian Callaghan under treatment for knocks received in training, Mr. Paisley delayed finalising the squad.
Liverpool fans will be interested to see if the name of Alan Hansen appears on the list of those to travel. Since his arrival for £100,000 from Partick Thistle towards the end of last season, Hansen has been out of the public eye. His inclusion or otherwise in the tour party will be an indication as to how close he is to making a challenge for a place in the senior side.
While a lot of prestige is at stake in the clash with Hamburg, Kevin Keegan and all. Liverpool’s primary aim is to take the next step on the road to peak fitness, with the target date August 20, the date of the first League match.
Prior to that Liverpool have their Charity Shield date at Wembley against Manchester United. So far the have sold 18,000 of their 35,000 tickets, but while they have agreed to return a proportion of the remainder for sale at Wembley, there will still be plenty available at Anfield for their own supporters.
(Source: Liverpool Echo: August 1, 1977; via http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) © 2018 Findmypast Newspaper Archive Limited