Liddell's two goal comeback

The 1959-60 season proved to be Billy's swansong for the Reds. Liddell started the season with a bang by scoring two goals in the second game of the season on 26th of August 1959. Here is Liverpool Daily Post's report from the game:

Billy Liddell, the Indian rubber man, who makes a habit of bouncing back to stardom from the recurring threat of a quiet termination in the reserve team to a wonderful career, scored two goals in Liverpool's 4-2 victory over Bristol City at Anfield, and was the unluckiest man on the field not to be credited with a hat-trick.

On two other occasions he had the ball in the net to be deprived of goals by infringements split seconds earlier.

When Liverpool were awarded a penalty the crowd roared for Liddell, the "penalty king" to take the shot. Instead Melia converted it into a goal.

Liddell hit the post, fired wide of each upright, had a shot kicked off the line and several times put the ball over the bar. And for all the frustration brought about by the third goal which perversely refused to come, the spectators revelled in the high speed target practice that made Liverpool look a very good side.

Copyright - Liverpool Daily Post

King Billy quote

"Given the history of the club for much of the second half of the twentieth century it is hard to understand that for so much of an era one man carried the hopes of the fans. But as I've said before these were the LIDDELL days and we were proud at the time to call our team LIDDELLPOOL. You see as the club slid from the level of Championship Winners to Championship contenders and Cup Finalists to having what many fans believe was our worst ever team there was only one ray of hope and that was Billy Liddell. Once the rot had set in the decline was swift and as the press reports of the time would tell you only Billy Liddell kept the team afloat. Yes I know you've heard it all before, but you're going to hear it again and again until my fingers bleed. There was a time when one man did make a team and when one man was bigger than the club. When the inevitable relegation came there wasn't any transfer demand from Billy Liddell, there was just a determination to restore pride and status to a fallen club and Billy was determined to play his part.

Wooltonian

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