Reds hit back

Liverpool Echo - Saturday 21 November 1970
By Stan Liversledge

Line-Up;- Liverpool; Clemence; Lawler, Lindsay; Smith, Lloyd, Hughes; Hall, McLaughlin, Heighway, Tostack, Ross. Sub Boersma. Everton; Rankin; Wright, Newton (H.); Kendall, Labone, Harvey; Whittle, Ball, Royle, Hurst, Morrissey, Sub Newton (K.). Referee; Mr. R Matthewson (Worsley). 

Two second half goals by Everton in the 103rd derby at Anfield set the stage for a pulsating finale as Liverpool fought back to try to retrieve a seemingly lost cause. The goals by Whittle and Royle had apparently clinched victory for Everton, but Heighway pulled one back for the Reds and from then on Everton had a renewed fight on their hands. The man who put Liverpool level was their £110,000 signing John Toshack. In the dying minutes Liverpool did the impossible when Lawler slammed home the winner. England team manager, Sir Alf Ramsey, arrived at Anfield this afternoon to learn that Liverpool winger Peter Thompson had pulled out of the derby game through injury, and must be ruled out of the England squad for Wednesday's Wembley international against East Germany. Liverpool began with Ian Ross who has previously had the job of marking Alan Ball -wearing the No. 11 jersey. Everton had Henry Newton at left back, with Keith Newton substitute. Within minutes of the start Heighway was operating on the left wing and Ross was playing inside, keeping a careful eye on Ball. From a free kick taken for a foul on Royle the ball bobbed dangerously about Liverpool's goalmouth, and Royle got in a swerving header which Clemence just tipped over for a corner.

Everton pressed Liverpool back in their own half during the first 10 minutes and the first sign of danger to Everton's goal came when Smith pumped a long high ball into the penalty area but Rankin got to it before Toshack. The most dangerous move of the game came when Liverpool swept down to win a corner. As Hall crossed the ball, Toshack rose to send a powerful long distance header just over the bar. Ball was laid out cold for a few seconds when he was sandwiched between Hughes and Ross as the three of them went up to win the ball, but he soon recovered. At this stage there were plenty of hard tackles. On one occasion when Lloyd missed an attempted clearance Royle was quick to slip past him and send a shot curling in, but the ball went way over the bar.

Toshack was too often having to fend for himself and he was getting little change out of the Everton defence. As the minutes ticked away towards the end of the first half the game became littered with infringements. In fairly quick succession Royle was brought down, penalized himself for a foul and then Lindsay was the victim of another foul. The first half had been one of tremendous effort by all the players, but as a football classic it left quite a lot to be desired. For both teams there seemed to be too much at stake for them to take any chances. Liverpool survived another moment of anxiety when -not for the first time Royle won the ball in the air from Lloyd and flicked it goalwards. Hughes was there to boot the ball clear. Then Royle glided another header just over the bar. 

Half -time.—Liverpool 0, Everton 0. Within a minute of the restart Liverpool were awarded a free kick when Ball fouled Ross. Toshack got in a glancing header which gave Ranking little trouble. Liverpool seemed to be on their mettle now and for the first time in the game they began to pin Everton in their own half. When Heighway broke down the left, Hurst managed to clear the ball but back came Liverpool, and this time Heighway sent the ball across only to see Rankin take it safely. With nine minutes of the second half gone Everton suddenly forced a goal from the blue. Morrissey won the ball from Smith in midfield, and Whittle took it on the right and lofted the ball over. As Clemence came out the ball soared above him and dropped into the net. The goal was the signal for Liverpool to redouble their efforts. Everton replied by taking off Howard Kendall and bringing on Keith Newton. Seven minutes after Whittle had scored, the Everton fans behind Clemence's goal were really cheering their heads off when an Everton attack ended with Royle whipping in an unstoppable header. Morrissey had paved the way for the goal by sending over a cross to the far post and Royle snapped up the chance without hesitation. 

Liverpool still did not give up. They went down again in search of a goal and when Lindsay crossed the ball over McLaughlin stabbed a shot goalwards but it lacked power and was wide of the target. After 69 minutes Liverpool managed to pull one back. Smith took the ball through almost to the half way line and sent it way out to the left wing. Heighway took it in his stride, evaded a tackle, swept in on goal and crashed the ball home from the narrowest of angles. Suddenly Liverpool supporters realised like their team that all was not lost and as they roared the Reds on they got their reward with 10 minutes to go when Toshack put Liverpool level. In this final spell of sustained fury Everton's penalty area was suddenly full of red shirts and even as Lindsay lay injured on the ground centre half Lloyd, all thoughts of defence forgotten, was hammering a shot for goal. The ball went for a corner. Five minutes from time Liverpool won a free kick on the left. Lindsay sent the ball goalwards. Toshack headed the ball on and Lawler was there to crash a right foot shot past the helpless Rankin. Final: Liverpool 3, Everton 2- Attendance: 53,777

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