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22nd June


The birth of the Kop
1906 - Work was begun on what became the most famous football terrace in the world, shortly after our second League title win. The Kop started life as a tinder bank, with Liverpool Echo journalist Ernest Edwards being responsible for comparing it to the Spion Kop, site of a famous battle in the Boer War. The name stuck!

Keeping birthdays
1993 – Keeper Loris Karius was born in Biberach an der Riss. He signed for £4.7m from 1. FSV Mainz 05 in July 2016, taking over the number one shirt. He has made 49 first-team appearances to date, keeping 22 clean sheets but making several high-profile errors.
1993 – Current third-choice keeper Danny Ward was born in Wrexham. He signed from his hometown club for an initial £100,000 in January 2012, making three senior appearances as well as sitting on the first-team bench on 53 occasions before moving to Leicester City for £12.5m in July 2018.

Mo on his way in
2017 – Forward Mohamed Salah agreed to sign from Roma for an initial €42m. He has so far scored a stunning 71 goals in 104 games, helping us to claim the UEFA Champions League in Madrid earlier this month, after Final disappointment the previous year in Kiev.

Bellers on his way
2006 - Craig Bellamy signed from Blackburn Rovers for £6m. His one season in his first spell in L4 was only a partial success, as he grabbed nine goals in 42 games, with his finest moment coming in the Camp Nou as he scored a crucial goal in our 2-1 victory to help us progress towards Athens. He moved on to West Ham United for £7.5m in July 2007, the Hammers’ record fee paid. However, he rejoined the reds in a free transfer from Manchester City in August 2011 for another season.

2013 – Luis Alberto signed from Sevilla for £6.8m, for whom he had only played nine first-team games, although he had spent the previous campaign on loan with Barcelona B. He only played twelve times in his first season, with only two of these appearances being from the start, as he struggled to break through to the first team. He spent two seasons on loan back in Spain, before joining S.S. Lazio for €4m in August 2016.
1898 – Keeper Willie Donnelly re-signed for Clyde, having played just eight senior reds games since arriving from the same club in May 1896.

World Cup strikes
1998 - Michael Owen scored his first World Cup goal to draw England level against Romania in Toulouse. He later hit a post after England had gone behind again, but could not prevent them losing 2-1. Fellow red Paul Ince also played.
2014 – Future red Divock Origi scored his first senior goal in Belgium’s 1-0 defeat of Russia in a group game in Rio de Janeiro. Ex-reds Raúl Meireles and Carl Medjani were also in World Cup action that day.
2018 – Future red Xherdan Shaqiri netted as Switzerland beat Serbia 2-1 in a group game in Russia. On the same day, ex-red Philippe Coutinho scored in his third consecutive international as Brazil bet Costa Rica 2-0. Roberto Firmino, future red Alisson Becker and ex-red Victor Moses also featured in the World Cup that day.

Scotch heartbreak
1982 - Scotland were eliminated from the World Cup Finals in Spain after failing to win their last group game in Málaga, despite leading for 45 minutes. Skipper Graeme Souness scored a late equaliser in their 2-2 draw with the USSR. Alan Hansen and future red John Wark also featured.
1974 - Future red Kenny Dalglish played in Scotland’s 1-1 draw with Yugoslavia in Frankfurt as they were eliminated on goal difference.
1973 - He also appeared for his country as they beat Switzerland 1-0 in a friendly in Berne.

Le capitaine
2010 – Ex-red Alou Diarra captained France for the first time as they lost 2-1 to host nation South Africa in their final game at the World Cup Finals, with fellow ex-red Djibril Cissé winning his last cap while with Panathinaikos. Future red Luis Suárez netted the only goal of Uruguay’s meeting with Mexico in Rustenburg, while Sotirios Kyrgiakos skippered Greece for part of their 2-0 defeat by Argentina in Polokwane, with his clubmate Maxi Rodríguez lining up against him.

Also at the World Cup
2002 - Salif Diao and El-Hadji Diouf were disappointed as Senegal lost 1-0 to Turkey in their World Cup Quarter-final in Osaka thanks to a golden goal. These were their final caps before joining the reds. Meanwhile, Dietmar Hamann missed training after damaging knee ligaments during Germany’s Quarter-final win over the USA two days earlier. He was now the reds’ sole representative at the World Cup, although future red Fernando Morientes featured in Spain’s penalty shoot-out defeat by South Korea, after the match ended goalless.

1986 - Future reds John Barnes and Peter Beardsley both appeared in England’s 2-1 defeat by Argentina in the World Cup Quarter-final at the Azteca Stadium in Mexico City, a game famous for Diego Maradona’s ‘hand of God’.
1994 – Roy Hodgson took charge of Switzerland as they beat Romania 4-1 in a group game in Detroit.

2006 - Harry Kewell netted a crucial goal as Australia held Croatia to a 2-2 draw in Stuttgart to reach the Second Round. This game saw referee Graham Poll give three yellow cards to Croatia’s Josip Šimunić, while two other players were dismissed. Milan Baroš played on the same day as the Czech Republic lost 2-0 to Italy in Hamburg, as they too had a player sent off.
2008 – Kewell skippered Australia while winning his final cap as a reds player as they lost 1-0 to China in a World Cup qualifier in Sydney.

Reds progressing on penalties
1992 - Torben Piechnik was in the Denmark side that reached the Euro ’92 Final by beating the Netherlands 5-4 in a penalty shoot-out after the game in Gothenburg ended 2-2.
1996 - Robbie Fowler, Steve McManaman and future red Nick Barmby all played as England were held to a goalless draw by Spain at Wembley, before reaching the Semi-final 4-2 on penalties.

2008 – Fernando Torres and future red Alberto Aquilani played as Spain beat Italy 4-2 in a penalty shoot-out after their European Championship Finals Quarter-final ended goalless in Vienna.
2013 – Ex-red Aquilani represented his country again as they lost 4-2 to host nation Brazil in a Confederations Cup group game, with future red Mario Balotelli also in action.
2017 – Emre Can featured as Germany were held to a 1-1 draw by Chile in the Confederations Cup in Russia.

On the move
1984 - Steve Ogrizovic left Shrewsbury Town for Coventry City for £72,500. He went on to play over six hundred times for the Sky Blues, making his final appearance at the grand old age of 42.
2011 – Midfielder Lee Peltier signed for Leicester City from Huddersfield Town, after three strikes in 103 outings for the Terriers.
2015 – Centre-half Danny Wilson re-joined Rangers from Heart Of Midlothian on a free transfer.

Off to foreign climes
1995 - Future red Paul Ince signed for Internazionale from Manchester United for £7m after six seasons at Old Trafford. He bagged thirteen goals in 73 games in his two seasons at the San Siro, helping them to win the UEFA Cup in 1997.
2002 - Ex-red Rigobert Song joined Racing Club de Lens from West Ham United for £1m. He had only played 27 times for the Hammers since moving from Anfield in November 2000.

Ince in charge
2008 - Paul Ince was appointed Manager of Blackburn Rovers. He led them to just six victories in his 21 fixtures before being sacked the following December.

Other international goalscorers
2005 - Future red Ryan Babel scored for Netherlands Under-20’s as they beat Chile 3-0 to reach the Quarter-finals of the World Championship Finals in his homeland. Meanwhile, future red Gabriel Paletta appeared as Argentina beat Colombia 2-1 at the same stage.
2003 - Future red Djibril Cissé netted in France’s 5-0 thumping of New Zealand in the Confederations Cup at the Stade de France. This was his third and final international goal as an Auxerre player.
1983 – Future reds centre-half Glenn Hysén scored as Sweden drew 3-3 with Brazil in Gothenburg.

Anfield in action
1996 - Anfield hosted a Euro ’96 Quarter-final, with France and the Netherlands playing out a sterile goalless draw before the Dutch crashed out 5-4 on penalties, with Clarence Seedorf missing the decisive kick.

Also in Euro action
2016 – Christian Benteke won his last cap as a reds player, with Divock Origi also featuring as Belgium beat Sweden 1-0 in Nice, with ex-red Krisztián Németh playing in Hungary’s 3-3 draw with Portugal in Décines.
2004 – Future red Christian Poulsen played in Denmark’s 2-2 draw with Sweden in Porto.

Bowing out
2012 – Ex-red Milan Baroš announced his retirement from international football after winning his 93rd cap the night before as the Czech Republic were knocked out of the European Championship Finals at the Quarter-final stage.



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