Welcome again to Then and Now, where each week we compare images of Merseyside streets, landmarks and buildings from bygone days with how they look today.

Our main image this week shows new Liverpool signing Fred Morris meeting his team-mates and manager Phil Taylor for the first time at Anfield. That date is May 1958.

There was no hint of a European Super League when right winger Morris was signed from Mansfield Town for a transfer fee of £7,000 to bolster the Reds’ attack.

Liverpool were languishing in the Second Division at the time, having missed out on the top two promotion places by finishing fourth.

Lining up with Morris and Taylor in our photo are, from left, Bobby Murdoch, Barry Wilkinson, Johnny Wheeler, Louis Bimpson, Geoff Twentyman, Bobby Campbell and John Molyneux.

Liverpool new signing Fred Morris
New Centenary stand at Anfield May 2016
After starting his footballing career with Oswestry Town, Morris joined Walsall in May 1950. He moved to Mansfield for a transfer fee of £1,500 in March 1957.

Liverpool finished fourth again in the 1958-9 season, hastening the arrival of new manager Bill Shankly in December 1959.

Morris found himself out of favour with the fiery Scot and spent the 1960-61 season with Crewe Alexandra and Gillingham.

He left Liverpool for Chester in July 1961 having played 47 league matches for the Reds and scoring 14 goals.

Our modern image from May 2016 shows the Main Stand towering over the pitch on a sunny day before the Premier League encounter with Watford. The Reds won 2-0.

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