The 1951 Liverpool FC match report you must read
BY ANDY KELLY
Liverpool’s win at Stamford Bridge on Saturday felt important.
Jurgen Klopp’s first Premier League win delivered in a come-from-behind fashion against a key rival in the battle for the Top Four.
It felt like more than three points. And it was.
For Liverpool’s 3-1 win was also rather historic.
The match report intro from the Daily Post on August 25, 1951 when Liverpool came from behind in the league to beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. It was not repeated until 2015.
The combined efforts of LFC statistician Ged Rea and the ECHO archives (via chief researcher Dave Prentice!) have unearthed a rather astonishing fact about Saturday’s win.
You have to go back to August 25, 1951 – yes, that’s 64 years – to find the last time Liverpool came from behind to beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in a league game.
The winning team that day included Bob Paisley, playing with an injured ankle on the left wing, while the winning goals came from Albert Stubbins (50) and Billy Liddell (63).
The Liverpool Daily Post’s report on the game the next day also carried an intro that feels strangely like one that could have been written in 2015!
See what you think :
Chelsea 1-3 Liverpool (August 25, 1951)
Liverpool had to hit back against a Chelsea goal at Stamford Bridge and did it with such confidence that when the equalising goal arrived, the game was as good as won, for Chelsea collapsed and became a team of shreds and patches and Liverpool went from strength to strength.
Stamford Bridge is not a happy one so far as Merseyside clubs are concerned, but I was never unduly worried about the result, not even when Chelsea were in the lead.
One has to have spirit in football, not only when on the winning trail. To let slip this vital factor is to hand the initiative to the opposition. This is what Chelsea did.
Liverpool were not world-beaters but they produced the better moves, were calmer under stress and played with a confidence lacking in Chelsea.
The decision of playing Stubbins at centre forward was highly successful. His goal apart he did things which produced football of better quality than we have seen from Liverpool this season. The pass that gave Liddell his goal was perfect. He made many others which were not taken up. The line moved more smoothly without being dynamic.
The longer the game went the better Liverpool became and the more Chelsea slumped. I have never seen a team so spiritless after that (Kevin) Baron goal.
Liverpool gained complete mastery and further goals were added by Stubbins and Liddell. Chelsea did try to pull out something in the last ten minutes, but by that time the Liverpool defence held the master cards, and that with Paisley on the left wing with a twisted ankle.
This is not a eulogy on Liverpool greatness, for there are still weaknesses in the attack, but they could do no more than win and two points from an away ground are not to be sniffed at no matter what the opposition.
Laurie Hughes was at his best and completely held down the middle of the field. Chelsea made the vital mistake of slinging the ball down the middle, the worst place imaginable to bring them any success.
Stubbins was a little slow, but he made up for that with astute moves that had the debutant Hughes (from Southport) on the wrong track.
Liverpool’s defence had an easy passage and Ashcroft’s work was considerably eased by his cover. He had a few saves to make, one with his foot that was a shade lucky, but the game for three parts was too one-sided to be interesting.
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