On this day in 1946 Liverpool legend Billy Liddell made his debut for the Reds.
Liddell featured for the first time for Liverpool in a 2-0 win over Chester in the FA Cup 3rd round 1st leg, a match in which he also scored, starting his Liverpool career as he meant to go on. 8 of the starting 11 made their Liverpool debut that day including Bob Paisley who was 26-years-old at the time. Paisley assumed greatness with Liverpool as a manager, but regarding playing careers no one from that era comes close to Liddell and all that he did for the Reds as a player. Signing for Liverpool as a teenager in 1938 from Lochgelly Violet F.C, Liddell’s career at Anfield would span across four decades, lasting until 1961 when he eventually retired at 39-years-old.
Throughout his time in red he managed to help guide Liverpool to a league title in the 1946-47 season, their first in 24 years after their last triumph in 1922/23. Although Liddell only claimed one piece of silverware during his time at Anfield, his contributions as a player are what elevates him to legendary status at the club. Playing primarily on the left wing, although versatile enough to be utilised as a striker, Liddell was a very direct and physically imposing player, hard in the tackle and willing to run through a brick wall for his side. His dedication to Liverpool and popularity amongst fans was so great that the club was assigned the contemporary nickname “Liddellpool” and such dedication was only cemented upon the Scotsman’s decision to remain with the Reds upon their relegation to the second tier of English football following the 1953/54 campaign.
Throughout his time at Liverpool, Billy Liddell made 534 appearances for the Reds, scoring 228 goals in all competitions, surpassing Irish goalkeeper Elisha Scott’s appearance record at Anfield. To this day, Liddell ranks 12th on the list of most appearances for Liverpool players and was voted 8th on a 2013 poll of ‘100 players who shook The Kop’ cementing himself as an all-time great at the club.