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On this day in Liverpool history - 23rd December
Monday, 23rd December 2013

God’s treble

1995 - Robbie Fowler bagged a hat-trick as we came from behind to beat Arsenal 3-1 at Anfield, in what was boss Roy Evans’ hundredth game in charge. Ian Wright had put the visitors ahead from the spot with one of his seven strikes against the reds.

2000 - We again faced the Gunners at home, with strikes from Steven Gerrard, Michael Owen, Nick Barmby and substitute Fowler giving us a comprehensive 4-0 win.

           

A Milanese arrival

2001 - Milan Baroš officially completed his signing from Baník Ostrava for £3.2m. He grabbed a total of 27 goals in 108 reds games, helping us to claim the Worthington Cup in 2003 and the Champions League two years later before joining Aston Villa for £6.5m in August 2005.

           

On the same day, Giovanni van Bronckhorst was sent off as Arsenal won 2-1 at Anfield. The Gunners went ahead through a Thierry Henry penalty, one of his nine strikes against us, and Freddie Ljungberg before Jari Litmanen pulled one back for the reds. Meanwhile, Harry Kewell signed for Leeds United. He went on to net 63 times in 242 games for the Yorkshire side before his switch to Anfield in July 2003.

           

Most recently

2006 - We beat Watford 2-0 at Anfield thanks to goals from Craig Bellamy and Xabi Alonso in a dominant display.

           

Nottingham wins

1905 - Joe Hewitt and Robbie Robinson were on the scoresheet as we beat Notts County 2-0 at Anfield.

1922 - Dick Forshaw struck a brace to give us a 3-1 win at their near-neighbours Nottingham Forest, with Dick Johnson also netting and Bobby Parker bagging the last of his eight goals past us. This was the first of three wins in four days as we went on to claim the title for the fourth time.

           

More trebles

1899 – Inside-forward John ‘Sailor’ Hunter scored a treble as we beat Glossop 5-2 at Anfield, with Charles Satterthwaite scoring both our other goals and Lorenzo Evans netting twice for the visitors. This was our hundredth home League match.

1893 - Malcolm McVean bagged a hat-trick as we won a friendly 6-2 at Ardwick, who later became Manchester City. James Stott nabbed a brace with James McBride also on the scoresheet.

           

No joy against the Geordies

We have failed to win any of our three meetings with Newcastle United on this day in history.

1933 - Berry Nieuwenhuys bagged our consolation as we lost 2-1 at Anfield. Jimmy Richardson struck the first of his eight goals against the reds, with Ron Williams also on the scoresheet.

           

The other two games both ended in 1-1 draws at St. James’ Park.

1967 - Ian St. John netted.

1996 - Robbie Fowler was on target to ensure we stayed top of the table over Christmas. Alan Shearer had put the home side in front with one of his eight goals past us.

           

Anfield wartime foursomes

1939 - Cyril Done scored four times as we beat New Brighton 6-2 in a Wartime League game, with Len Carney and Harry Eastham nabbing the others.

1916 - Thomas Bennett also netted four as we thumped Port Vale 5-1, with John Bamber also on target.

           

Other home wins

We have won two other First Division matches on this day in history.

1911 - Sam Gilligan bagged the only goal of our meeting with Oldham Athletic.

1972 - John Toshack struck twice without reply as we entertained Coventry City.

           

1944 - We also won a Wartime League meeting with Tranmere Rovers in L4, with Phil Taylor grabbing a brace and Cecil Baines also on the scoresheet in a 3-0 victory.

           

Goalless

1989 - Manchester United held us to a goalless draw at Anfield, the last time we failed to score at home that season. Ray Houghton reached a century of reds appearances that day.

           

Red departures

1979 - 1920’s forward Peter McKinney died. He only made three reds appearances, scoring once, and later emigrated to the USA to join New York Giants.

2009 – Ex-reserves centre-back Godwin Antwi signed for Danish side Vejle Boldklub, having been released by the reds back six months earlier.

           

Off on loan

2004 - Ex-reds loanee keeper Paul Jones signed for Watford on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers. He played eleven times for the Hornets, including both legs of our Carling Cup Semi-final encounter in January 2005.

1994 - Ex-reds winger Jimmy Carter re-joined Second Division Oxford United on loan from Arsenal. He made four appearances in this spell.

1999 - Reserves striker Jon Newby joined Carlisle United on a temporary basis. He subsequently had further loan spells with Crewe Alexandra, Sheffield United and Bury as he failed to make the break-through at Anfield.

           

Rafa dismissed

2010 – Ex-reds boss Rafael Benítez was sacked as Manager of Internazionale. He had led them to the Italian Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup, but only twelve wins in his 25 games in charge overall.

           

Pepe the best

2007 - Pepe Reina was presented with the 2006/07 Player of the Year award from the Merseyside branch of the Official Liverpool Supporters Club. Dirk Kuyt finished in second place in the voting, with Peter Crouch in third.

           

Fernando’s happy day

1999 - Fernando Morientes married Vitoria in the San Juan de Los Reyes cathedral in Toledo.



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