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23rd November


A treble treble
1946 - Jack Balmer scored a hat-trick in our 4-2 First Division defeat of Arsenal at Anfield, including a penalty, as we came from 2-1 down to cement our place at the top of the table. This was his third treble in consecutive games, becoming the third player in top-flight history to achieve this. Albert Stubbins netted our other goal, with Reg Lewis bagging the first of his five goals against the reds, with Jimmy Logie also on target.
1988 - We also beat Arsenal 2-1 in the second replay of our League Cup Third Round tie at Villa Park, with Steve McMahon and John Aldridge both netting after Paul Merson put the Gunners ahead, the first of his seven strikes past us. However, we went out to West Ham United at the next hurdle.

3,500 up
1991 - We played our 3,500th League game, returning from Selhurst Park with a goalless draw against Wimbledon.
1996 - We faced the Dons again, being held to a 1-1 draw at Anfield, with future red Øyvind Leonhardsen netting for the visitors. Stan Collymore struck the fastest goal of the Premiership season after only 33 seconds. Steve McManaman was absent from the team sheet, missing out after appearing in 106 consecutive reds games.

A reds first
1992 - We secured our first away win in the newly-formed Premier League, at the eighth attempt, as a last-minute Ronnie Rosenthal goal handed us a 1-0 win at Queens Park Rangers in a Monday night game live on Sky. John Barnes played his 200th reds game that night.

Stan’s farewell
2000 - Steve Staunton played his 148th and final reds game, having been recalled from his loan spell with Crystal Palace. It came as we returned from a UEFA Cup Third Round first leg match at Greek champions Olympiacos with a 2-2 draw, having led for much of the game through goals from Nick Barmby and Steven Gerrard. Alekos Alexandris bagged a brace for the home side.

A derby thriller
2013 – We were held to a 3-3 draw at Goodison Park, despite twice leading. Philippe Coutinho opened the scoring inside five minutes before Kevin Mirallas levelled for the Blues. Luis Suárez restored our lead with a free kick, but Joe Allen missed a golden opportunity to extend our lead before Romelu Lukaku struck two of his five goals past us to date to leave us on the verge of defeat. However, Daniel Sturridge came off the bench to nod in a late equaliser.

1986 – Our visit to Goodison Park ended goalless.
1908 – Bertram Goode bagged a brace as we won a Lancashire Senior Cup game 2-0 across the park.
1938 – We drew 2-2 in a Lancashire Senior Cup Second Round replay at Everton, with Cyril Done bagging a brace as even extra time could not separate the sides.

Stumbling towards Istanbul
2004 - We lost at AS Monaco in the group stage of the Champions League, despite Javier Saviola handling before scoring the only goal of the game. Even worse news was the injuries to Luis García and Josemi, who came on as a substitute and was later himself replaced after suffering a horrific-looking head injury. This result left us needing a two-goal victory over Olympiacos in our final group game at Anfield.
2005 - We were held to a goalless draw at home by Real Betis Balompié in another group fixture. However, this was enough to ensure that we reached the knock-out phase. Darren Potter made his seventeenth and final reds outing in this match.

Bob made free
1983 - Bob Paisley was made a Freeman of the city of Liverpool, five months after stepping down as reds boss.

Rickie off the mark
2014 – Rickie Lambert opened the scoring with his first reds goal, but we succumbed 3-1 at Crystal Palace. Dwight Gayle equalised with the most recent of his four goals against us, with Joe Ledley and Mile Jedinak both on target late on to secure victory.

Archie’s bow
1929 - Inside-left Archie McPherson made his reds debut as a Jim Smith goal in the first minute was enough to hand us victory over Leeds United in a First Division match at Anfield. Bill Murray played his fourth and final reds game.

Mixed fortunes against the Mancs
1963 - Ron Yeats netted the only goal of the game at Old Trafford as we beat Manchester United.
1912 – Donald Mackinlay nabbed our consolation in a 3-1 away defeat in another top-flight encounter, with Arthur Goddard missing a late penalty. George Anderson struck the first two of his four goals past us, with George Wall bagging one of his ten goals against the reds.
1940 - We were held to a 2-2 draw in our Wartime League meeting in L4, with George Hunt and Willie Fagan netting.

Defeat at Loftus Road
2002 - We lost 3-2 to Fulham at Loftus Road. We went in at half-time 2-0 down before a Didi Hamann pile-driver brought us back into the game. Alain Goma’s late dismissal could not prevent us losing, with Milan Baroš netting a second consolation. Facundo Sava bagged a brace for the Cottagers, with Sean Davis nabbing the first of his three goals against the reds.

Happy birthdays
1937 - Jim Furnell was born in Clitheroe. He signed from Burnley for £18,000 in February 1962, taking over in goal during that promotion season. However, he broke his finger early the following campaign, losing his place to Tommy Lawrence. He made just 28 first-team appearances in total before moving to Arsenal in November 1963, being fondly remembered as Plymouth Argyle’s greatest ever custodian.
1998 – Irish keeper Caoimhin Kelleher was born in Cork. He has so far played two senior games, in this season’s League Cup, having signed a new contract in August 2018. On the same day, midfielder Herbie Kane was born in Bristol. He made his senior debut on the same day as Kelleher, at Milton Keynes Dons last September.

Michael Owen comes second
2001 - Michael Owen was named runner-up to Zinedine Zidane in French monthly magazine Onze Mondial’s annual award for the best player in the world.

Bennett again
1918 - Forward Thomas Bennett scored in his third consecutive game as we beat Manchester City 2-0 in a Wartime League game at Anfield. Harold Wadsworth netted the other.
1927 – We lost a Lancashire Senior Cup Semi-final 3-2 at Maine Road, with Gordon Hodgson and Bill Devlin on target for the reds.

Wright wrong
2001 - Mark Wright was suspended as Oxford United Manager following allegations that he racially abused a referee. He resigned a week later.

Markus in charge
2008 – Markus Babbel was appointed Manager of VfB Stuttgart, having previously been in the Assistant’s role. He led them to third in the table in his first season, and into the following campaign’s group stages of the Champions League, although he parted company with them in December 2009.

Out on loan
2006 - Young midfielder David Mannix joined Accrington Stanley on loan. However, a knee injury forced his early return after just one run-out. On the same day, Patrik Berger moved to Stoke City from Aston Villa on a temporary basis. He played seven times in the Potteries, returning to re-join the first team picture at Villa Park.

Watson on the move
1994 - Ex-reserves defender Alex Watson joined Torquay United from Bournemouth for £50,000. He made more than two hundred appearances for the Gulls before moving on to Exeter City.



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