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2nd January


Dan the man
2013 - Daniel Sturridge signed from Chelsea for £12m. He has so far scored an impressive 67 times in his first 149 reds games, although most of these have come from off the bench in recent years.

Souey the skipper
1982 - Graeme Souness captained Liverpool for the first time, leading us to an impressive 4-0 win at John Toshack’s Swansea City in the Third Round of the FA Cup. Phil Thompson had been stripped of the captaincy following our Boxing Day defeat to Manchester City that left the reds twelfth in the table. Alan Hansen scored in his 200th reds game with Ian Rush bagging a brace and Mark Lawrenson also on target. On the same day, ex-red Ian Callaghan played in his 88th FA Cup game as Crewe Alexandra lost 3-1 at home to Sc***horpe United, with 79 of these games played while with Liverpool.

Stevie on his way out
2015 - Steven Gerrard announced he would be leaving the club at the end of the season. He made 710 appearances for the reds in total, notching 186 goals, helping us to claim the European Cup, UEFA Cup, two FA Cups, two UEFA Super Cups and three League Cups as well as winning the PFA and Football Writers’ Player of the Year awards once apiece.
2018 – Pep Lijnders left the coaching staff to take over as Manager of N.E.C. in the Netherlands. He was sacked four months later, returning to Melwood in June 2018.

Running down the wing
1981 – Argentine winger Maxi Rodríguez was born in Rosario, Santa Fe. He bagged seventeen goals in 73 reds outings after signing for free from Club Atlético de Madrid in January 2010, returning to his native land to re-join Club Atlético Newell’s Old Boys in July 2012.

Also in the Cup
1971 - We beat Aldershot 1-0 in the FA Cup Third Round at Anfield, who were then 92nd in the League and managed by ex-red Jimmy Melia, with John McLaughlin grabbing the only goal. Emlyn Hughes played his 200th reds game that day.

Most recently
2017 – We drew 2-2 at Sunderland as we took the lead twice through Daniel Sturridge and Sadio Mané, but Jermain Defoe levelled twice from the spot, the most recent of his six strikes past us to date.
2016 – We lost 2-0 at West Ham United, thanks to headed goals from Michail Antonio and ex-red Andy Carroll.
2008 - We succumbed to a late Titus Bramble strike as Wigan Athletic scored their first ever League goal against us to secure their first point against any of the ‘big four’ in 21 attempts, cancelling out a Fernando Torres effort, his sixteenth goal of the season. This was the sixth time that Steve Bruce had led a side against us in the Premier League, and he had yet to taste defeat in these fixtures.
1995 - We thumped Norwich City 4-0 at home to bring us to a maximum twelve points over the festive period, thanks to goals from Ian Rush, John Scales and a Robbie Fowler brace.

2006 - We drew 2-2 with Bolton Wanderers at the Reebok Stadium, failing to equal a club record eleven consecutive League victories. Steven Gerrard converted a penalty with Luis García grabbing our second equaliser, with Radhi Jaidi and ex-red El-Hadji Diouf on target for the home side.
1954 - We also faced the Trotters with John Evans netting the first of his 53 reds goals in the second minute as we lost 2-1 in a First Division fixture at Anfield, their most recent League victory in L4. Willie Moir bagged one of his five goals past us, with Dennis Stevens also scoring.

Kelley’s moment in the spotlight
1978 - Local forward Kevin Kewley made his one and only appearance in the reds first team when he came on as a substitute for Terry McDermott in our 2-0 defeat of Middlesbrough. Goals from David Johnson and Steve Heighway secured the points for the reds. Kewley’s senior Anfield career must rank as one of the shortest ever, as he left the club the following month to join Dallas Tornado in the USA.
1939 - We also faced Boro, going down 3-0 at Ayresome Park with left-back Keith Peters playing his only reds game. Micky Fenton netted two of his nine goals against the reds, with Jackie Milne also on target.

Kenny in the wars
1984 - Kenny Dalglish had his jaw broken by Kevin Moran’s support brace on his hand as we drew 1-1 with Manchester United at Old Trafford with Craig Johnston nabbing our goal, followed by a late equaliser from Norman Whiteside, one of his four goals past us. Kenny later signed Moran when he was Manager at Blackburn Rovers.

Shanks’ first
1960 - Jimmy Melia nabbed the only goal of our Second Division fixture at Hull City to secure Bill Shankly’s first away win as Manager.

Cameron’s last
1893 – Forward Jonathan Cameron scored his fifth and final reds goal in our 4-1 win at Fairfield in the Lancashire League. Hugh McQueen, John Miller and Tom Wyllie were all also on target.

Mixed fortunes against the Mackems
2013 – We beat Sunderland 3-0 at Anfield, with Luis Suárez setting up Raheem Sterling who lobbed Simon Mignolet to open the scoring before the Uruguayan bagged himself a brace.
1911 – We were thumped 4-0 at Roker Park, with Jackie Mordue netting one of his six goals against the reds, Tim Coleman nabbing one of his nine past us and George Holley and John Cowell also on the scoresheet.

McNab passes on
1949 - Right-half Jock McNab died. He helped us to two League titles in the 1920’s, netting six times in 222 reds games, having signed from Bellshill Athletic in November 1919.

Twice against the Geordies and Blades
1922 - We drew 1-1 at Newcastle United, with Dick Forshaw on the scoresheet early on.
1932 - Harold Barton struck twice as we won 4-2 in L4, with Gordon’s Gunson and Hodgson also on target.
1899 - We won 2-0 at Bramall Lane thanks to goals from John Walker and Jack Cox.
1897 - Sheffield United held us to a goalless draw at Anfield, just twenty four hours after we had won 4-1 at Bolton Wanderers.

No longer the boss
1954 - Bill Shankly resigned as Manager of Grimsby Town. They had finished second in the Third Division North in his first season in charge, but he could not match that in either of the subsequent two campaigns, leading them to victory in 62 of his 118 League games.
2001 - John Toshack resigned as Manager of Saint-Étienne to take over at Real Sociedad for the third time. He had been in charge at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard for just two months.

On the move
2007 - Young defender James Smith joined Ross County on loan. He only made one senior appearance for the reds, in our Carling Cup win over Reading at Anfield in October 2006.
2009 – Left-back Robbie Threlfall joined League One Stockport County on loan. He only played twice before returning to Anfield.
2014 – Ex-youth team keeper Ian Dunbavin joined Chesterfield on loan from Accrington Stanley.
2017 – Ex-reds forward Ryan Babel signed for Turkish side Beşiktaş JK.

Fallen idols
2001 - Robbie Fowler was attacked while out on the town for the evening. The club said, “Although the player’s injuries are not serious, Robbie is obviously upset and shocked.”
1904 – We hosted Nottingham Forest in a top-flight fixture that ended goalless. Forward Sam Raybould played his first game after a seven-month ban for agreeing a move to Southern League side Portsmouth that was deemed illegal by the Football League.



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