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.

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King Billy quote

"The trouble was not cleared and Liverpool advanced again. Payne had gone flying down the wing and only Liddell had kept up with the pace of this speedy winger. As the ball came across, Liddell had switched inside to the centre forward position and his diving header crashed against the bar, only to be picked up close to the half way line by Paisley. This time Baron made a cute pass to Smith who, with outstretched leg, directed the ball against the upright. The ball came out and LIDDELL soon had it in the net at the 10th minute. I swear one day when Liddell fires the ball in from this range it will either burst the net or will seriously injure a goalkeeper."

From Liverpool Echo's match report on Tottenham – Liverpool on 1st December 1951

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