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6th February


Dirk strikes again
2010 - Dirk Kuyt headed in his fiftieth reds goal from a corner, in his 181st game for the club, to secure a 1-0 derby victory at Anfield. Centre-half Sotirios Kyrgiakos was sent off for a two-footed challenge on Marouane Fellaini, despite taking the ball, with both Fellaini and Stephen Pienaar lucky to avoid red cards in the first half. Pienaar was eventually dismissed in stoppage time.

American issues
2007 - Liverpool FC announced that the Board had agreed the terms of an offer from George Gillett Jr. and Tom Hicks to buy the club. The takeover subsequently went through when shareholders agreed to the deal near unanimously, although the honeymoon period rapidly came to an end, and they finally left the club in October 2010.
2016 – A mass walkout was staged in the 77th minute of our home game against Sunderland in protest at planned ticket price increases, of up to £77, with a new pricing structure rapidly introduced afterwards. After a goalless first half, Roberto Firmino and Adam Lallana put us two goals ahead before the crowd thinned out. However, Adam Johnson and Jermain Defoe, with his fourth of six strikes past us to date, ensured the game ended level, with boss Jürgen Klopp missing the game due to a recent appendectomy.

Biting the hand that would feed
2011 - Future Blue Raúl Meireles bagged the only goal at Stamford Bridge, as Fernando Torres’ Chelsea debut ended in anonymous disappointment.

Many happy returns
1916 - Legendary forward Jack Balmer was born in West Derby, Liverpool. He quit Everton where he had been an amateur for Anfield in May 1935, signing on professionally three months later. He bagged 110 goals in 309 reds games, including trebles in three consecutive matches on our way to the League title in 1947. He also played in the FA Cup Final three years later and coached the reds after retiring from playing in May 1952.
1908 - Right-back Willie Steel was born in Blantyre, Lanarkshire. He failed to score in 128 reds games after signing from St. Johnstone in September 1931, before being sold to Birmingham City for £5,000 in March 1935.

1903 – Forward James Clark was born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. He signed from his hometown club for £3,000 in January 1928 and bagged eleven goals in 42 games, before moving joining Nottingham Forest in July 1931.
1978 - Ex-reserves defender Gareth Roberts was born in Wrexham. He left Anfield in August 1999 for Panionios in Greece.

Yet another shut out
1988 - We secured a club record tenth consecutive clean sheet as we were held to a draw at home by West Ham United. Manager Kenny Dalglish was presented with his third Bell’s Manager of the Month award prior to kick-off.
2012 – We were held to a goalless draw by Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield as Luis Suárez returned from a nine-match ban.

Dom off
1999 - We beat Middlesbrough 3-1 in a League game at Anfield, with Michael Owen, Vegard Heggem and Paul Ince netting. Dominic Matteo was sent off for a professional foul. Boro’s late goal from Phil Stamp was the first we had conceded on this day since 1956.
1956 – We won 2-1 at Sc***horpe United in an FA Cup Fourth Round replay, when Billy Liddell and Alan Arnell grabbed our goals as we won through in extra time. Keeper Dave Underwood saved a penalty from Jack Brownsword.

Getting thumped
We have lost four of our fourteen matches on this day in history.
1937 - The most recent of these was a 5-0 thumping at Birmingham City in the top flight. Fred Harris struck one of his five goals against the reds, with Seymour Morris, Jack Beattie, Dennis Jennings and Frank White all also on target.
1932 - We also lost 5-1 at Grimsby Town, with full-back Bob Done netting our consolation. Tim Coleman bagged a treble for the Mariners, who were relegated from the First Division at the end of that season, three of his nine strikes past the reds. Jock Priestley and Teddy Buck also scored.

Cup humiliation
1909 - We lost 3-2 to Norwich City at Anfield in the Second Round of the FA Cup, with Jack Cox grabbing his eightieth and final reds goal and Robert Robinson also on target. This was the second time we had been knocked out of the competition by non-League opposition. Ex-red Hugh McQueen returned to Anfield as the Canaries’ trainer, receiving a standing ovation.

Red trebles
1963 - Ian St. John netted a hat-trick as we beat Drumcondra 5-1 in a friendly at Tolka Park in Dublin. Kevin Lewis was also on the scoresheet, with our other strike coming from an own goal.
1943 - Willie Fagan struck three times, including once from the spot, as we thumped Tranmere Rovers 5-1 in a Wartime League fixture at Prenton Park. Cyril Done added a brace.

Derby Dick again
1926 - Dick Forshaw netted twice, including his hundredth reds goal, as we drew 3-3 at Goodison, adding to the treble he had bagged in our previous meeting that season across Stanley Park. Cyril Oxley had bagged our first goal with his sixth and final reds strike. Dixie Dean netted the first of his nineteen derby goals, with Bobby Irvine and Sam Chedgzoy also on the scoresheet.
1915 - We also took the short trip across the park when Jackie Sheldon, Jimmy Nicholl and Fred Pagnam were on the scoresheet as we beat the eventual League champions 3-1, with Joe Clennell netting one of his seven goals past us.

Thumpings
1982 - Terry McDermott, Ian Rush, Kenny Dalglish and Ronnie Whelan all netted as we beat Ipswich Town 4-0 at Anfield as we moved towards our thirteenth League title.
1897 – We suffered a 6-1 trouncing at the hands of Stoke in our First Division encounter at the Victoria Ground. George Allan netted our consolation in what was our biggest defeat so far. Joe Schofield and Jimmy Hill each netted twice, with Alan Maxwell and Jim Hingerty also on target.

A beginning and an end
1954 - Forward Eric Anderson struck the first of his 22 goals as we drew 1-1 at Burnley in a top-flight fixture.
1904 – Inside-forward Edgar Chadwick played his 45th and final reds game as we lost 3-1 at Blackburn Rovers in an FA Cup First Round tie. Sam Raybould bagged our consolation, with reds keeper Peter Platt saving a Bob Crompton spot-kick. Jack Dewhurst scored two of his five goals past us, with Lionel Watson also on the scoresheet.

Award-winning reds
2006 - Rafael Benítez was awarded the Liverpool Echo’s Merseyside Sports Personality of the Year, while skipper Steven Gerrard was presented with the Bill Shankly Memorial Award at the same event.

Keegan’s brace
1980 - Skipper Kevin Keegan, then with Hamburger SV, netted both goals in England’s 2-0 defeat of the Republic of Ireland in a European Championships qualifier at Wembley. Ray Clemence, Steve Heighway, David Johnson, Terry McDermott, Phil Thompson and future red Mark Lawrenson all also played. This was David Johnson’s first cap as a red.

International debuts
2008 - Martin Škrtel won his first cap as a red as Slovakia drew 1-1 in a friendly in Hungary, while Jari Litmanen played for Finland for the first time while with Fulham as they lost 2-1 in Greece, with future red Sotirios Kyrgiakos on the winning side. Milan Baroš represented the Czech Republic for the first time while on loan at Portsmouth in their 2-0 defeat by Poland in another friendly, while Nicolas Anelka won his first cap as a Chelsea player in France’s 1-0 defeat by Spain in Málaga, with Xabi Alonso, Fernando Torres and future red Albert Riera also featuring. Future red Luis Suárez netted in Uruguay’s 2-2 friendly draw with Colombia in Montevideo.

Meanwhile, Steven Gerrard skippered England in Fabio Capello’s first match in charge as they beat Switzerland 2-1 in a friendly at Wembley Stadium, with Peter Crouch, future red Joe Cole and ex-red David James also in action. Ryan Babel, Yossi Benayoun, Lucas Leiva, John Arne Riise, future reds Joe Allen, Milan Jovanović, Robbie Keane and Christian Poulsen and ex-reds Frode Kippe and Darren Potter all also played for their countries.

2007 - Robbie Threlfall made his only England Under-19’s appearance with his clubmate Adam Hammill on target as they thumped Poland 4-1 in a friendly in front of a record crowd of 10,375 at the Fitness First Stadium in Bournemouth. Meanwhile, Craig Bellamy, Scott Carson and future reds Sotirios Kyrgiakos, James Milner and Christian Poulsen also played for their countries, with John Toshack taking charge of Wales.

Also in international action
2013 – Daniel Agger, Steven Gerrard and Martin Škrtel all captained their countries in friendlies, while Mario Balotelli won his first cap as an AC Milan player, with Danny Ward making his debut for Wales Under-21’s. Future red Mohamed Salah netted as Egypt lost a friendly 2-1 to Chile in Madrid. Joe Allen, Glen Johnson, Luis Suárez, future reds Dejan Lovren, James Milner and Mamadou Sakho, and ex-reds Charlie Adam, Craig Bellamy, Alex Kačaniklić, Dirk Kuyt, Javier Mascherano, Raúl Meireles and John Arne Riise all also played, with Roy Hodgson taking charge of England. Meanwhile, ex-red Momo Sissoko played as Mali were beaten 4-1 by future reds loanee Victor Moses’ Nigeria in the Africa Cup of Nations Semi-final in South Africa.
2009 – Emiliano Insúa and Ronald Huth both featured in the final phase of the Sudamericano Sub-20 “Juventud de América” in Venezuela. Argentina were held to a 1-1 draw by the host nation, while Paraguay drew 2-2 with Uruguay, as Huth was cautioned.

On the move
2014 – Steven Gillespie signed for Bristol Rovers, having been released by Fleetwood Town. He struck once in ten games before moving on to Altrincham five months later.



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