After having made 13 wartime appearances and scored eight goals in the 1918/19 season Matthews made his official first-team debut for Liverpool as a centre-half in a 3-0 win over Derby County on 3 April 1920. "Big, burly and boisterous" Billy played as a forward in his other eight appearances for the Reds. Matthews revealed to a reporter at the Derby Daily Telegraph: “Liverpool think I will make a centre-half, but I know I never shall. It is not in my bones to play there!" Matthews scored three goals in two games at the…
"I think Rushie would be the first to admit that in training he just looked like an ordinary player. He didn't have the explosive pace, but all of a sudden, as soon as he got in the first team, he caught fire. He surprised everybody. He gained three or four yards of pace, his touch was great. His record speaks for itself, what a great player to be replaced by. I feel good about it. I would have felt worse if somebody had replaced me not as good. He wasn't the best of trainers, but a great, great, great player for Liverpool. A class act."
Stadion Salzburg | Tuesday 10 Dec 2019
Seven players who were then on the books at Liverpool were selected for the last World Cup, but (injuries permitting) there are set to be even more Kop idols appearing at the Euro 2020 finals next summer.
As always, the Premier League is turning out to be quite the nail-biter. However, we are lucky to have Liverpool stand strong and tall at the top of the leader’s board.
Signed by Bill Shankly’s Liverpool as the most expensive teenager in British football history for £100,000 two weeks before his nineteenth birthday. At 26 he was at Walsall in the third division.