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22nd January


Happy birthdays
1971 - Former striker Stan Collymore was born in Stone. He netted 35 times in 81 reds games after signing from Nottingham Forest for a British record £8.5m fee in July 1995. He was offloaded to Aston Villa in February 2000 for £7m, where he again failed to fulfil his potential.

1985 - Momo Sissoko was born in Mont Saint Agnain, France. He signed from Valencia for £5.6m in July 2005 and helped us to claim the FA Cup, UEFA Super Cup and FA Community Shield, playing 87 times and scoring just once. He had previously been signed by Rafael Benítez while he was in Spain, from Auxerre, and was sold to Juventus for £8.2m in January 2008.

1986 – Ex-reserves custodian David Martin was born in Romford. The son of West Ham United centre-back Alvin signed from MK Dons for £250,000 in January 2006 and sat on the bench nineteen times without making a senior appearance, returning to Stadium:mk in May 2010.
1980 – First-team physiotherapist Matt Konopinski was born in Leeds. He joined the club in February 2009 from Barnsley.

In comes Thommo
1971 - Phil Thompson signed for the club from Kirkby Schools, the day after his seventeenth birthday. He notched thirteen times in 477 games for the reds, many as skipper, as we won two European Cups, seven League titles, the UEFA Cup, FA Cup, UEFA Super Cup, two League Cups and five FA Charity Shields. He later had two separate spells on the backroom staff, under Kenny Dalglish, Graeme Souness and Gérard Houllier, and is now working in the media.
2015 – Midfielder Jordan Williams signed a new contract until 2017. He made his only senior appearance in a League Cup tie against Middlesbrough in September 2014, moving on to Rochdale in June 2018.

Fernando’s farewell
2011 – Fernando Torres struck his last two reds goals as we won 3-0 at Wolverhampton Wanderers, with Raúl Meireles’ stunning volley coming between his strikes. We opened the scoring by breaking Wolves’ offside trap, with Richard Keys and Andy Gray’s disparaging remarks about the female assistant referee on Sky leading to their eventual departure. Ex-reds reserve Adam Hammill made his debut for the home side as a substitute.

Warnock walks
2007 - Stephen Warnock was sold to Blackburn Rovers for a fee believed to be £1.5m. He had played 67 reds games, netting just once, and turned out 109 times for Rovers, striking six times, before joining Aston Villa in August 2009. On the same day, Milan Baroš joined Olympique Lyonnais from Aston Villa in a swap deal for John Carew, after fourteen goals in 51 games for Villa.

A record crowd
2006 - The then biggest crowd to watch the reds in the Premier League, of 67,874, witnessed a 1-0 defeat at Manchester United when we succumbed to a late Rio Ferdinand goal.
2002 - The previous record was just 275 supporters fewer, set when Danny Murphy grabbed a late winner as we won at Old Trafford for the second season in a row.

Yet another treble
1927 - Gordon Hodgson scored one of his seventeen reds hat-tricks as we beat Derby County 3-2 at Anfield. Harry Bedford struck one of his nine goals against the reds, with Jack Whitehouse also on target.

We’ve only got one Song
1999 - Rigobert Song signed from Italian club Salernitana for £2.6m. Rigo made 38 reds appearances without scoring, before joining West Ham United as part of a joint deal with Titi Camara in November 2000.
2008 - He played for his country, winning his 113th cap as Cameroon lost 4-2 to Egypt in a MTN Africa Cup of Nations group game in Ghana.

Cally’s milestone
1972 - Ian Callaghan played his 400th League game in our goalless draw at Wolverhampton Wanderers, while forward Alun Evans made his 111th and final reds appearance.

Southern despair
2018 – We were beaten 1-0 at Swansea City, with centre-back Alfie Mawson on target before the break. Roberto Firmino struck a post with a late header, but the Swans held on to win.
2005 - We lost 2-0 at Southampton, with David Prutton on target and future red Peter Crouch bagging the first of his four goals past us to date. Ex-red Jamie Redknapp also featured for the home side.

Other birthdays
1878 - Left-half Bill Goldie was born in Hurlford, Ayrshire. He joined his brother Archie at Anfield in November 1897 from Clyde, and bagged six goals in 174 reds appearances, helping us to our first ever League title in 1901, moving to Fulham in January 1904.
1962 - Former reserves keeper Stephen Pears was born in Brandon in County Durham. He left Middlesbrough with the reputation as perhaps their best-ever custodian, but was merely back-up to David James at Anfield, sitting on the bench just five times.
1985 - Ex-reserves full-back Stephen Vaughan was born in Liverpool. He was released in 2004, going on to play 85 times for Chester City.

Wearside woe
We have played at Sunderland in First Division matches twice on this day in history.
1898 - We lost 1-0.
1921 - Harry Chambers struck as we left Roker Park having lost 2-1, with Charlie Buchan bagging two of his 21 strikes against us.

Joy against Rovers
We have twice faced Blackburn Rovers on this day in history, without losing.
1910 - We drew 1-1 at Ewood Park in a top-flight meeting with James Stewart netting.
1955 - Billy Liddell and John Evans both nabbed braces as we beat them 4-1 at Anfield in a Second Division encounter, with one of Liddell’s goals coming when he converted the rebound after his penalty was saved.

McAteer on the way up
1992 - Jason McAteer joined Bolton Wanderers from Marine on a free transfer. He bagged fifteen goals in 145 outings for the Trotters, including lining up against the reds in the Coca-Cola Cup Final in 1995, before moving to Anfield five months later.

Derby despair
1944 - Willie Fagan netted as we were thumped 4-1 at Anfield by Everton in a Wartime League match.

On the move
2000 - Young keeper Ian Dunbavin joined Third Division Shrewsbury Town on a free transfer. His finest moment at Anfield was helping us win our first FA Youth Cup in 1996.
2009 – Reserves forward Jordy Brouwer joined RKC Waalwijk on loan, playing five League games for them before returning to our reserves.
2013 – Ex-reds winger Sebastián Leto was released by Panathinaikos. He had helped them to the Greek domestic double in his first season, scoring the only goal in the Cup Final, and netting 27 times in 91 outings since signing from the reds for a reported £3m in July 2009.
2016 – Keeper Ryan Fulton joined Portsmouth on loan, playing thirteen times for Pompey. On the same day, left-winger Albert Riera had his contract with Slovenian side Zavrč terminated by mutual consent after just four months with the club.

Ex-reds off to warmer climes
2003 - Aboubakar ‘Titi’ Camara joined Saudi Arabian side Al-Ittihad on loan from West Ham United.
2004 - Paul Dalglish signed a three-month contract with Serie A side Modena.

Harry on target
2011 – Ex-red Harry Kewell netted the only goal of Australia’s AFC Asian Cup Finals Quarter-final defeat of Iraq in Qatar.

Brad in action twice
Future red Brad Friedel twice represented his country on this day in history.
1994 - The USA drew 1-1 with Roy Hodgson’s Switzerland in a friendly in Fullerton.
1997 - They lost 4-1 to a Denmark League XI in the US Cup in Pasadena.

Finn stands down
2008 - Steve Finnan announced his retirement from international football, after fifty caps. However, he reversed his decision following the appointment of Giovanni Trapattoni a month later, going on to play twice more for his country.



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