Liverpool followers saw for themselves on Saturday that they have a new star in the making, and how they loved the experience for, in these days when the above ordinary players are so rare, a club is happy indeed to find themselves as fortune's favoured.
It was not only Roger Hunt's goal, cracked home with the punch of a champion from over twenty yards range, that created the happiest of impressions, but how he used the ball and how he fought for possession and so often won, that stamped his as a youngster extraordinary.
When one considers that he has scarcely rubbed the mud of the junior playing fields off his boots, his entry into first team football compels admiration. Three times he has scored in four games, but more important still he is so obviously profiting and learning from each match. Compare his display against Plymouth for example, with his so recent debut against Scunthorpe and the difference is too remarkable to require emphasising.
Few players outside Liddell have earned the roar of approval which greeted Hunt's goal and the excitement continued until the game was restarted. When he left the field at the end to warm and generous applause, it was the crowd's way of saying: "You'll do lad. Keep it up."
Not so cheering
Four goals for Liverpool make a cheering sight. The obvious reaction from the score line is that all's well with the forwards at last. Yet, such an impression could scarcely be further from the truth. Forward problems are very much with Liverpool.
Bimpson could point to the laying on of a beautiful pass from which A'Court collected Liverpool's second goal and bad luck when a shot struck Barnsley and bounded over the bar, but with all the goodwill in the world, this was not one of Louis' best days. The fact that Jenkins was no better for Plymouth is scant consolation to Liverpool, but an even greater point of discussion was provoked by the showing by Melia.
Let there be no mistake about it. In the language of the Kop Melia had a 'stinker'. Scarcely anything went right for him and indeed, it might have been surprising had it been otherwise. I warn the Anfield crowd here and now that they are running the most serious and apparently calculated risk of ruining one of the brightest possessions on the Liverpool playing staff.
When things are not running well, the crowd's sympathy and understanding are the best possible help to a player, and unless the crowd become more sympathetic they will have only themselves to blame if Melia's best displays are reserved for away grounds.
Morrissey is not seizing the opportunity presented by Morris' absence as enthusiastically as I had expected.
A'Court has never tried harder and the results are beginning to flow. It is all very well to say his goal was a gift. Maybe it was, but the fact that he scored it is a decisive step in the right direction. It is because Liverpool have been missing goals of the gift variety that so may points have been lost.
Without completely dominating, the half-back line was sound to the point of being able to terminate much of Plymouth's clever approach play without penalty, although White was the luckiest on the ground not to concede a goal when he tried to head back to Rudham and merely presented Jenkins with an offering which should not have been neglected.
Molyneux and Moran found wingers in Govan and Anderson, who caused them no end of concern from time to time but, with help in time of need, they weathered the storm.
What a difference there was in Rudham. Gone was the hesitant fumbling of the previous week and there was a 22 carat ring about everything he did, especially that double save at point blank range from Govan. This was more like the real Rudham, a sheet anchor in defence.
There was not enough bite about Waldock's display to raise misgivings that he might have strengthened the Liverpool line, but I developed a proud admiration for the way in which J.S.Williams performed his half back duties.
He laid on the pass which gave Jenkins a direct invitation to score Plymouth's only goal.
Liverpool's first goal came in 12 minutes when a Morrissey-Hunt link-up left Melia with the comfortable task of hitting the ball home and after the Jenkins equaliser, A'Court restored the lead two minutes before the interval from Bimpson's offering.
Hunt's score came in 56 minutes with a superb shot that gave the goalkeeper plenty of sight of the ball but little chance of keeping it out of the net.
Moran's goal was scored from a direct free-kick when Barnsley was caught out of the area with the ball, and the shot roared home so completely unmolested that it was obvious the protesting Argyle players were of the opinion that the award had been an indirect free kick.
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