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30th May


Glory in Rome again
1984 - We clinched the European Cup for a fourth time, becoming the first English side to complete a treble, having already claimed the title and League Cup that season. Phil Neal put us ahead after a quarter of an hour with a scrappy goal, but Roberto Pruzzo headed an equaliser for Roma before half-time. The game ended 1-1 after extra-time, and so the cup was to be decided with a penalty shoot-out. Steve Nicol missed our first kick, but his failure was matched by two Italians before Bruce Grobbelaar’s wobbly legs helped put off a third kicker, Ciccio Graziani. Alan Kennedy stepped up to take the decisive spot kick, as we won the big cup right in the heart of the lions’ den. Phil Neal, Graeme Souness, in his 359th and final reds appearance, and Ian Rush had been our other successful penalty takers. This remains our only first-class game on this day in history.

Happy birthday SteG
1980 - Skipper Steven Gerrard was born in Whiston. 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.

1915 – Len Carney was born in Liverpool. He joined the reds from Collegiate Old Boys in 1939, only netting once in six senior games after the war.
1989 – Former reserves centre-half Mikel San José was born in Pamplona, Spain. He featured on the bench once, and joined Athletic de Bilbao in May 2010 after a loan spell.

Kenny the boss
1985 - Kenny Dalglish was appointed Player/Manager, following Joe Fagan’s resignation after the Heysel tragedy the night before. That same day, the Belgian FA announced a ban on all British clubs appearing in the country, a precursor to the wider UEFA ban on all English clubs.

Shanks for the reds
1942 - Future boss Bill Shankly guested for the reds in a Wartime League game, the only time he played for us. We beat Everton 4-1 at Anfield, with Cyril Done netting a brace, and Len Carney and John Wharton also on target.

Half a century for Rushie
1991 - Ian Rush won his fiftieth cap for Wales in their goalless draw with Poland in Radam, playing alongside future red Dean Saunders. He went on to win a total of 73 caps, scoring 28 times, a Welsh record.

A birthday goal
2006 - Steven Gerrard struck for England on his 26th birthday in their 3-1 friendly defeat of Hungary at Old Trafford. Peter Crouch was also on target with Jamie Carragher, future red Joe Cole and ex-red Michael Owen also featuring, along with Theo Walcott, who became England’s youngest ever international, aged just seventeen years and 75 days. Future red Javier Mascherano also played for his country that day.

Welcome aboard
1902 - Inside-right George Livingstone was signed from Celtic, a week after being on the losing side in the Scottish Cup Final. He notched four times in 32 games before moving on to Manchester City in May 1903, with whom he won an FA Cup winners’ medal in 1904.
2017 – Forward Dominic Solanke agreed to sign from Chelsea on 1st July, finally netting his first senior goal in his 27th outing as we thumped Brighton & Hove Albion 4-0 at Anfield earlier this month.

Five for Albert
1948 - Albert Stubbins grabbed five goals as we thumped an American League Select side 9-2 in a friendly in the Triborough Stadium, New York City. Billy Liddell added a brace, with Willie Fagan and Jack Balmer also on the scoresheet.

First and last caps
2007 – Future red Charlie Adam made his full international debut as Scotland beat Austria 1-0 in a friendly in Vienna.
1999 - Øyvind Leonhardsen won his final cap as a reds player as Norway beat Georgia 1-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Oslo. Vegard Heggem also played.
1997 - Øyvind also represented his country in Oslo, as Norway beat Brazil 4-2 in a friendly.

2000 - Don Hutchison scored as he won his final cap as an Evertonian, with Scotland beating the Republic of Ireland 2-1 in a friendly at Lansdowne Road. Ex-red Mark Kennedy struck the Irish goal, with Phil Babb, ex-red Jason McAteer and future reds Steve Finnan and Robbie Keane all also featuring.
2008 – Philipp Degen won his last cap as a Ballspielverein Borussia 09 e.V. Dortmund player, and thirtieth to date, as Switzerland beat Liechtenstein 3-0 in a friendly in St. Gallen. Roma’s Alberto Aquilani was also in friendly action that day.

Champion youngsters
2010 – Conor Coady captained England Under-17’s to victory in the European Championships, beating Spain 2-1 in the Final in Liechtenstein. Andre Wisdom put through his own net and then scored at the right end.

Other reds on target for their countries
2014 – Daniel Sturridge netted as Roy Hodgson’s England beat Peru 3-0 at Wembley, with Steven Gerrard captaining a side that also included Jordan Henderson, Glen Johnson, Raheem Sterling and future reds Adam Lallana and James Milner. On the same day, Alberto Moreno won his third and last cap as a Sevilla player as Spain beat Bolivia 2-0, with ex-red Fernando Torres converting a penalty and Pepe Reina also featuring.
2004 - Vladimír Šmicer scored for the Czech Republic in their 6-0 thumping of a Tirol Amateur XI in Austria, with clubmate Milan Baroš also playing. On the same day, future reds Craig Bellamy and Christian Poulsen both featured in friendlies.
1981 - Terry McDermott was on target as a substitute in England’s 2-1 World Cup qualifying defeat in Switzerland. Ray Clemence also played, while ex-red Kevin Keegan skippered the side, with ex-red Joey Jones playing for Wales on the same day.
1952 - Billy Liddell netted for Scotland while winning his twentieth cap as they beat Sweden 3-1 in a friendly in Solna.

2001 - Future red Nicolas Anelka scored as France thumped South Korea 5-0 in a Confederations Cup group game in Daegu. On the same day, Djibril Cissé netted for France Under-20’s as they beat Poland 3-1 in the Toulon Tournament, with Grégory Vignal also in the side.
2010 – Anelka and Cissé also played for France as they drew 1-1 with Tunisia in a friendly in Radès. Jamie Carragher, Steven Gerrard, Glen Johnson, future red Joe Cole and ex-reds Mark González, Emile Heskey and David James were all also in international action that day.
2012 – Ex-reds Xabi Alonso, from the spot, and Fernando Torres both netted for Spain as they beat South Korea 4-1 in a friendly in Switzerland. Pepe Reina and ex-red Álvaro Arbeloa also featured, with Dirk Kuyt also in international action that day.

1997 - Future red Emile Heskey netted for England Under-21’s as they drew 1-1 with Poland in a European Championships qualifier in Katowice.
1978 - Future red Alan Kennedy struck in a B international as England drew 1-1 with Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur. Future reds goalkeeping coach Joe Corrigan also played.

Reserve forwards coming and going
2012 – Congolese youngster Henoc Mukendi signed as a professional. He was released two years later having spent much of his time out on loan.
1997 - Lee Jones was sold to Tranmere Rovers for £100,000, the day after his 24th birthday, after five reds appearances.

2016 – Midfielder Stephen Warnock signed for Wigan Athletic, after a successful loan spell. He failed to score in 59 outings in total for the Latics.

Larry the champion
1979 - Ex-red Larry Lloyd played in the European Cup Final as Nottingham Forest beat Malmö FF 1-0 in Munich.



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