Echo previews derby

Liverpool Echo - Friday 20 November 1970
By Chris James

LIVERPOOL go into to-morrow's derby with a triple purpose—and an unchanged team. For apart from being a First Division match that Liverpool are aiming to win, and the first of the biannual battles for Merseyside supremacy, Liverpool have also got a score to settle. Everton have the edge in derby results since the series began before the turn of the century. Of the 102 League derbies played to date, Everton have won 42, Liverpool 32 and the rest drawn. But Everton have also won more derbies at Anfield than Liverpool and the Reds are out to put that record straight to-morrow. For of the 51 derbies at Anfield, 14 have been drawn, Liverpool have won 18 and Everton have won 19. Although it would take several years at least, for Liverpool to put the overall record straight, they are anxious at least to square the score on their own pitch.

Derby debuts

Manager Bill Shankly will set about it with the team that drew 0-0 with Coventry at Anfield last week. He has not officially named the same side but with no injury problem apart from Callaghan, Graham and Evans he named 13 players including that side for to-morrow's game. The other two named are Phil Boersma and Ian Ross. There seems no reason for him to change his side and I think he will therefore give derby debuts to six players Alec Lindsay, Larry Lloyd, Brian Hall, John McLaughlin, Steve Heighway and John Toshack. For Toshack it is only his second game in a Liverpool shirt and a lot will depend on him tomorrow and his personal duel with Brian Labone. And, in turn, Toshack will depend on the service he gets from the men on the wings, particularly Peter Thompson and Brian Hall. “We have got a plan. There are jobs for everyone to do " said Shankly as he put the final touches to Liverpool's preparations Liverpool: Clemente: Lawler, Lindsay; Smith, Lloyd, Hughes; Hall, McLaughlin, Heighway, Toshack, Thompson. Sub.: Boersma or Ross. Three players with experience of 50 full scale derby games between them, line up for Liverpool in the mini-derby at Goodson Park to-morrow. Leading this experienced trio is Ron Yeats with 18 League and Cup derbies behind him, followed by Ian St. John and Tommy Lawrence who have both played in 16. Liverpool Reserves: Lawrence: Flood, Evans (R): Arnold, Yeats, Waddington: (from) Whitham, St. John, Fagan, Livermore, McAuley, Marshall.

Liverpool Echo - Friday 20 November 1970
By Chris James

Two 21-year-olds can come of age to-morrow to save the 103rd Liverpool- Everton derby from ignominy and stalemate. For with both attacks short of goals recently, the odds very much favour a low-scoring game, if a goal is scored at all. For Joe Royle, the Everton centre forward, called up this week into the full England squad, and John Toshack, the Liverpool new boy and Welsh international striker, are the two men on whom Merseyside hopes are resting tomorrow. Royle has had something of a lean season so far, having scored only five goals In the League. Yet his ability in the air and also on the ground is, perhaps, the greatest danger to Liverpool. At the other end, John Toshack, signed by Liverpool just ten days ago to pep up their injury-ravaged and flagging attack, is the man he can cause Everton most anxiety. These individual battles between Royle and Larry Lloyd and Toshack and Brian Labone are the two key points of this derby. The Liverpool defence, with Lloyd and Tommy Smith in superlative form, has conceded only two goals at Anfield in the League this season and only seven in 16 League matches overall. The Everton defence is not as strong, bit neither is the Liverpool attack as strong as Everton’s. 

The Everton attack has been scoring an average of a goal a game recently while the Liverpool forwards have dipped well below that average. Thus the pointers are to a goalless draw-unless Royle and Toshack step in. Ironically Royle and Lloyd are great pals but there will be no friendships in tomorrow's match. Royle will go out with a sense of one-upmanship, having scored against Lloyd on the only other occasion they met when Lloyd was at Bristol Rovers whom Everton played in an F.A. Cup tie at Goodison Park 18 months ago. Yet it was Lloyd's performance in that match that prompted Liverpool to spend £30,000 on him. Lloyd's asset is his ability in the air—but so, too, is Joe Royle's. It seems stalemate here, for although Lloyd rates Royle among the top four centre forwards in the country, Lloyd has already proved himself capable of stopping the best, including Davies, Chivers and Dougan.

Yet if Royle can win only a few balls in the air he might at least lay off chalices for men like Alan Whittle, who is invariably on hand to seize half chances. It is Lloyd's task to stop him while at the other end the same applies to Brian Labone, the most experienced man in derby affairs in both teams to-morrow. Labone will be there because of illness to Roger Kenyon, but his vast experience may be what the Everton defence needs to stabilize it in the tension of a derby. Toshack has only played in one game in a Liverpool shirt and how he will react to the atmosphere of a derby remains to be seen. To expect him to be the immediate answer to Liverpool's prayer for goals might be heaping too much of a burden on him, for he has got to be given the chance to adjust to the greater pace of the First Division. With Liverpool's defence so secure, I can't see Everton scoring. The question is—can the Liverpool attack shake off its goals famine?

Liverpool Echo - Friday 20 November 1970
By Mike Charters

Experience could be Everton's trump card in to-morrow's derby. One or both of the seasoned Newtons will be their only new boys to the special atmosphere and tension of this all-Merseyside clash. Liverpool have six derby newcomers -youngsters who not only face Everton for the first time in the league but are still new to the First Division as well. Mind you, Liverpool's results show how quickly these lads are settling down to the demands of football at the top, but these derby games produce a strain beyond the normal League fixture. I regard this as the critical issue.

In essence, the game is between a Liverpool team with the best defence in the country, but with a poor scoring record, against an Everton side which has lost the flair and drive which won them the championship last season. Stalemate in his comments In the Echo yesterday that if they had got a few breaks near goal, they would have picked up a lot more points. But Everton will have to play with a lot more penetration and thrust to crack a great Liverpool defence. In this, the Royle-Lloyd duel could be decisive. These two young men, who must surely both play for England's senior team this season, will have a rare struggle for supremacy. Their confrontation could do much to boost their experience and international hopes equally, the clash between Labone and Toshack at the other end will have special significance. Labone, the most experienced player on the field, with 17 appearances against Liverpool in his career, faces the newest of all the derby debutante in the £110,000 Welsh centre-forward. There were signs towards the end of the match at Stoke last Saturday, that Labone and Hurst were regaining their collective touch in partnership. They will have to be in form to rope with the pace - of Heighway and the heading ability of Toshack. 

One good feature for Everton's prospects is that Ball is feeling much happier about the groin strain which has been troubling him. He showed that with his second half display at Stoke, where he maintained his pace and effort as he had when unable to do in previous matches. He told me that he was feeling much better physically than he had done for some lure, so another week's training and freedom from competitive games will have helped him even more.

If he can control the midfield spaces with the aid of the in-form Kendall, he could provide the opening for Royle, Morrissey and Whittle. There must be immense respect for a Liverpool set-up which has only conceded seven goal in 16 games this wall of impressive strength in depth -- they look likely to keep Everton out. But whether the Reds attack has the finishing power to open an Everton defence which has made a lot of errors this season, is doubtful. For me, therefore, it looks like a draw, probably goal-less, perhaps 1-1. As ever, in derby games, the anticipation could be greater than the realization… but the fans can't wait to see it.

Liverpool Echo - Saturday 21 November 1970

TO-DAY is Derby-day No. 103 - and Liverpool have a score to settle. For although Everton have many more Derby victories to their credit throughout the history of the series, Liverpool need to win to-day to level the score at Anfield. Of the 102 Derbies so far, Everton have won 42, Liverpool 32 with 28 drawn. The goal average Is Everton 151, Liverpool 140. But Everton have won 19 of the Derbies at Anfield, Liverpool 15 with 14 drawn. At Goodison Everton have won 22, Liverpool 13 with, again, 14 draws. The goal counts are: At Anfield—Liverpool 80, Everton 73; At Goodison –Everton 78, Liverpool 60. Since the present series of Derbies began when Liverpool were promoted in 1962, the record reads; Played 16, Everton wins 6, Liverpool wins 4, draws 6; Goals-Everton 19, Liverpool 17. 

In those eight years, Liverpool have won three of the games at Anfield with Everton's, winning two and three draws. Goals-- Liverpool 9, Everton 8. At Goodison Everton have won four, Liverpool one, with three drawn. Goals-Everton 11, Liverpool 8. Not taken into consideration are the 1966 Charity Shield match at Goodison Park which Liverpool won 1-0 and the 1967 F.A Cup fifth round tie, also at Goodison which Everton won 1-0.

Liverpool Echo - Saturday 21 November 1970

Rarely before can so main players have lined-up for a Derby match with no previous experience of this intensely personal and deeply patriotic Merseyside battle. Liverpool will have no less than six players who are new to the Derby atmosphere, while Everton will probably have one. In recent years. Liverpool's team has very much picked itself with only the odd new signing as a Derby debutant every year. This time, Larry Lloyd, Alec Lindsay, John McLaughlin, Brian Hall, Steve Heighway and John Toshack will all be facing Everton for the first time. And for Toshack and Lloyd at least there are vital roles to be played. Lloyd, who has made such an impact on the First Division scene since his introduction to the Liverpool first team at the end of last season, has the task of subduing Joe Royle, Everton's big and powerful young centre forward -and Lloyd's under-23 colleague. Off the field and in Under-23 squads, Lloyd and Royle are great friends, but that will mean nothing when they meet in open confrontation to-day—it's every man for himself.

Key Factor
And for Toshack the role is reversed for he has the job of scoring against the man, who out of both teams, is the most experienced in Derby affairs, Everton’s Brian Labone. How he fares will be a key factor in the battle. Steve Heighway, who will be running up front too will be playing in his first Derby after only coming with the injury to Bobby Graham. Heighway has made spectacular progress since joining Liverpool from amteurs Skelmersdale United also won three international caps for Eire. But he has taken to league football like a duck takes to water and his speed could well upset the Everton defence. Brian Hall, Liverpool’s other university gradulate has been around the Anfield scene a lot longer and knows better, perhaps, the local prestige to be won from a derby victory. Since he took over from Ian Callaghan some weeks ago, Hall has emerged as a challenger for Callaghan's position on a more permanent basis, as he has shown all the skill and cleverness that put him on the fringe of the first team for so long. And while Hall’s runs down the right are such an essential part of Liverpool’s pattern so, too, are Alex Lindsay’s raid down the left. Lindsay, with his cool temperament, will be affected, perhaps least of all by the big occasion. Like the rest of Liverpool’s youngsters, he has come into the side and matured into a First Division player in a very short time.

The last of the deps on the Liverpool side is John McLaughlin, the 18-years-old Kirkby youngster who has done so well for Liverpool in midfield this season since he came in for Ian St. John. McLaughlin showed little reaction to being pitched into the First Division at such an early age at the start of the season and is equally likely to take his first Derby appearance in his stride. At Everton the only newcomer will be one of the Newton’s either Keith or Henry. Neither has faced Liverpool since his arrival on the Merseyside scene. Keith last season from Blackburn Rovers, and Henry a few weeks ago from Nottingham Forest/. Both, however, are very experienced players and should not be affected as much as the Liverpool youngsters.


Liverpool Echo - Saturday 21 November 1970

Joe Fagan
TODAY'S match is like all Derby games, there is a lot of tension. You're happiest when the players are out on the field and the pre-match talk and speculation is over. During the week you're longing for Saturday to come round and I'll be happy when we run out with a representative team. We were riddled with Lindsay injuries but now those have cleared up and although we will be without Alun Evans, Bobby Graham and Ian Callaghan. I feel we will be representative. 

Harry Catterick
We have prepared for the game the same way as any other League match. People say that we have more experience in our team than Liverpool have, but players like Lindsay, Lloyd, Clemence and Toshack have all got a lot of experience with other clubs. I know that they haven’t played in a Merseyside Derby game before but I wouldn’t call them inexperienced. My thoughts this week have been on getting our injured men fit. I know there is especial tension before these Derby games, but I encourage my boys to regard it as just another League match.

Liverpool Echo - Saturday 21 November 1970
By Mike Charters

On current form, Everton are not playing well enough to crack the best defence in the Football league at Anfield this afternoon. But they have the priceless asset of experience on their side and it's this what I think will play a major part in them not losing to Liverpool. One, or both, of the Newtons will be tasting Derby day tension in a Blues shirt for the first time—Liverpool will have six on their side. This is critical because these games are above and beyond the weekly pressures of League competition. There is club pride and a demand from the fans for success which can either lift a player to great heights or make him so nervous that he loses temporary touch with his form. The leveler in this case can be experience. A player who has sampled it all before can react to the nervous strain more equably than a new boy. And Liverpool's newcomers are also new to the First Division, whereas Newtons, for Everton, are mature players not likely to be affected. 

Liverpool's defensive record is so outstanding that it will take a much improved display of finishing from the Everton attack if the Blues are to win as convincingly as they did at Anfield last season. Lloyd and Smith have established such a dominating link in the middle, with Lawler and Lindsay assured and polished on the defensive flanks, that Royle. Morrissey and Whittle could find themselves up against an Immovable wall. The Royle-Lloyd duel can be a decisive factor. They have got to know each other quite well from their two games in the England Under-23 team this season. They have a mutual respect, and their man-to-man confrontation to-day could do much for their experience and international hopes. Royle's outfield play has been brilliant, but his finishing has been off target recently. If he can break clear of the attentions of Llody and company, I think he could win the game for Everton. But he may find the powerful Lloyd on top today. In essence, this is a Derby duel between an Everton sides which has lost much of its flair and attacking drive of lasts season against a Liverpool team which has done marvels to do so well with a re-shaped combination after the crippling injury blows to Callaghan, Evans and Graham. It looks so much like a dour struggle, with defences on top, that a draw seems inevitable. But the Reds and Blues have a habit of making a monkey out of predications. It could happened again today.

Liverpool Echo - Saturday 21 November 1970
By Chris James

DERBY games are notorious for their inconsistency. Form counts for little or nothing—and that could be the saving grace to-day as Liverpool and Everton line up once again to do battle at Anfield. For if form were a true guide to to-day's happenings it would possibly, be the biggest non-event of the season. 4 Liverpool's defence is unrivalled. Having conceded only seven goals in 16 games this season, and only two of them at Anfield, that defence should, on paper, be more than a match for an Everton attack that has scored only seven times in the last seven games. At the other end too, a Liverpool attack that has scored only five goals in eight games, does not seem to pose sufficient threat to worry a far less secure Everton rearguard that has let in 13 goals in seven games. A goalless draw would, then be a logical way to sum up this afternoon's battle. Forecasting Derby results is to say the least hazardous; there are too many intangibles. For instance, how will John Toshack, the Liverpool new boy, react to the atmosphere of a Merseyside Derby after only one previous game in a Liverpool shirt and a history that has rarely taken him away from,. Rugby-minded South Wales? A Derby game could be the tonic that will bring him his first goal. 

Everton win by a mile when it comes to experience, but Liverpool have a good start when it comes to youth and they have ground advantage. The onus is going to be on Liverpool to set the pace. Everton look likely to try to, contain Liverpool conceding aggression to caution. . In this respect much would depend on who takes the firmer footing in midfield. If Everton can take a grit here, they can, at least ease the pressure on what is likely to be a busy afternoon for their defence. And in Alan Ball, Howard Kendall and Colin Harvey they have one of the finest midfield trios in the land on their day. Yet rarely, if ever, this season have all been on their best form together. If they all hit form today, then Everton will have the footing they need and a good basis for gaining a point. How the Everton defence, wobbly at times this season, will cope with a Liverpool attack that is finding goal scoring a major problem, is an intriguing question the clue to which could be the battle between Toshack and Labone. At the other end the Liverpool defence with smith in magnificent form this season, Lloyd dominant in the air and Clemence emerging as one of the best ‘keepers in the country, should cope with the off-color Everton’s attack. I can’t see Everton scoring. The question is; Can Liverpool?

Liverpool Echo - Saturday 21 November 1970

BRIAN LABONE, Everton's longest serving player, their captain for six years up to the start of this season, and England's World Cup centre half this summer, steps out for his 16th League Derby this afternoon as the most experienced player on either side. Yet he must have thought, up to a few weeks ago that his chances of another Derby duel were remote because manager Harry Catterick preferred the 21-years-old Roger Kenyon. But Kenyon's attack of shingles has thrust Labone into the battle once more and his personal task will be to shackle the power of Live "I's new boy, the £110,000 Welsh international John Toshack. Labone has faced Liverpool 18 times in all; because he adds a charity Shield and a F.A. Cup-tie to his League tally. He will be especially anxious to prove that he is in touch with his best form and that his first team days are far from over. After playing in the first three games this season, Labone was axed to allow Kenyon to come in. He returned for the game against Forest and Stoke and in the closing stages of last Saturday’s match at stoke, he was showing signs of the old Labone coolness and compose once more. He was hardly tested against Forest, struggled somewhat in the early stages at stoke, but he and John Hurst combined much better in the second half. It is this partnership with is co-centre half Hurst which is so vital. Individual form is important, of course, but if the link with his colleague shows sign of rustiness, then here is indecision in the middle of the defensive line. Toshack will be trying extra hard today to pay back some of that six-figure fee. And the way he can do it- and why he has been bought- is to get in the scoring act. Labone will use his-vast experience not only in the League but in these games particularly to cope with the eager Toshack. Defences are likely to dominate today, and with Labone always eager to do well at Anfield, I think he will keep Toshack quiet.

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