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On this day in Liverpool history - 8th August
Thursday, 8th August 2013

Into the Champions League

2001 - We played our first ever game in the new format of the UEFA Champions League, registering our record equal away win in Europe as we thumped Finnish side Haka 5-0, thanks to a hat-trick from Michael Owen, our first away from home in Europe, and strikes from Emile Heskey and Sami Hyypiä.

           

Djimi off

2006 - Djimi Traoré was sold to Charlton Athletic for £2m after one goal in 141 reds games, in which he helped us to claim the Champions League in 2005. He appeared just thirteen times for the Addicks before moving on to Portsmouth in January 2006.

           

On the same day, reserves centre-back Danny O’Donnell joined Crewe Alexandra on loan. He played 31 times for the Alex that season, and made the switch permanent in June 2007.

           

Bruce makes his bow

1981 - Bruce Grobbelaar made his first reds appearance in our 3-0 win at Zürich. Kenny Dalglish, Phil Neal and Ray Kennedy were all on the scoresheet.

           

Happy birthday Julian

1968 - Former left-back Julian Dicks was born in Bristol. He signed from West Ham United for £1.5m in September 1993 and has the honour of being the last red to score in front of the standing Kop, before he returned to West Ham United in May 1994 after three goals in 28 reds games.

           

Farewell Nessie

2002 - Agnes ‘Nessie’ Shankly’s funeral was held in Liverpool. She had been Bill Shankly’s wife throughout his career, and was well-loved by many of the players and staff at Anfield.

           

Wembley disappointment

1992 - Paul Stewart made his first-class debut for the reds as we lost 4-3 to Leeds United in the FA Charity Shield at Wembley, thanks to an Eric Cantona hat-trick. Ian Rush and Dean Saunders netted, as we also benefited from a late Gordon Strachan own goal.

           

Pepe wins again

2007 - Pepe Reina was awarded the Barclays Golden Glove Award for most clean sheets for the second successive season. He has so far claimed it four times in his eight campaigns in England.

           

Bonjour and au revoir

2003 - Young French centre-back Carl Medjani signed from Saint-Étienne on a free transfer. He never made the reds first team, moving back to his native land to join Lorient in July 2006 after a previous loan spell.

2005 - He signed for Metz on loan, making 25 senior appearances.

           

2010 – Right-back Philipp Degen joined VfB Stuttgart on loan, but he could only make eight first-team appearances as he once again suffered with injuries.

1941 – Defender Fred Finney signed on as an amateur in August 1941, but played just two senior reds games, both in the space of a week against Chester in January 1946.

           

Barmby on the move

Nick Barmby has twice changed clubs on this day over the years.

1995 - He joined Middlesbrough from Tottenham Hotspur for £5.25m.

2002 - He left Anfield for Leeds United in a £2.75m deal after eight goals in 58 reds games.

           

Jock remembered

1998 - We played Celtic in a friendly to commemorate the opening of their Jock Stein Stand. Øyvind Leonhardsen grabbed the only goal of the game.

           

German friendlies

We have twice played at Hamburger SV’s Volksparkstadion on this day over the years.

1967 - Ian St. John grabbed a brace as we drew 2-2.

1986 - We lost 1-0.

1978 - We drew 1-1 at Bayern München, with David Fairclough on the scoresheet.

           

Reds in Scandinavia

1988 - John Aldridge and Ronnie Whelan were on target as we drew 2-2 at Norwegian side Tromsø.

1990 - John Barnes struck the only goal of the game against a Stockholm Alliance XI in Solna.

           

Other friendlies

2009 - We lost 2-1 at Anfield to Club Atlético de Madrid in our final pre-season friendly, with Lucas notching for the reds after we went in two goals down at the break, also suffering an injury to Jamie Carragher. Ex-red Florent Sinama-Pongolle came off the bench for the visitors to a warm reception during the second half.

2008 – Andriy Voronin bagged the only goal of the game in the final minute as we entertained S.S. Lazio at Anfield in our final pre-season friendly.

           

1984 - Alan Kennedy struck to hand us victory over Swiss side BSC Young Boys in the first round of the Phillips Trophy at their Wankdorf Stadion in Bern, which we went on to win two days later.

1982 - Phil Neal netted from the spot, with Ian Rush on target twice as we won 3-0 at Third Division Portsmouth.

1975 - Jimmy Case scored in our last pre-season friendly as we drew 1-1 at Dutch side Roda JC.

           

Adam on target

2010 – Adam Morgan netted for England Under-17’s as they beat Sweden 2-1 in the Final of the Nordic Tournament in Finland.

           

More beer

2002 - A new three-year sponsorship deal with Carlsberg, worth up to £15m, was announced.

           

Clem honoured

2001 - It was announced that Ray Clemence had won a prestigious UEFA award to mark his achievement of playing more than a century of UEFA club competition games.

           

On the move

2008 – Ex-reds defender Stephen Wright signed for Coventry City after spending much of the previous season at Stoke City. On the same day, Jari Litmanen re-signed for Lahti in his native Finland. He netted four goals in fourteen League outings before signing a one-year deal in April 2009.

2001 - Reserves defender Alan Navarro joined Crewe Alexandra for his second loan spell at Gresty Road. He made nine appearances to add to the eight he had made there at the end of the previous season.

2012 – Young forward Henoc Mukendi joined Northampton Town on loan, netting once in thirteen outings, although ten of these were from the bench.

           

A century of the League

1987 - Peter Beardsley and ex-red Steve Ogrizovic both played as a Football League side beat a Rest of the World eleven that included future red Glenn Hysén 3-0 in the Football League Centenary Classic at Wembley Stadium.




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