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Beating the Geordies
2007 - Steven Gerrard, Dirk Kuyt and Ryan Babel were all on target as we won 3-0 at Newcastle United, with the visiting fans taunting troubled Toon boss Sam Allardyce, whose days were numbered at the club. Fernando Torres missed a host of golden chances, with boss Rafael Benítez further riling the club’s American owners by choosing to wear a track-suit, following on from his repeated statements in a pre-match press conference that “as always I am focused on training and coaching my team”. On the same day, future reds striker Milan Jovanović played for Serbia in a 1-0 Euro 2008 qualifying defeat of Kazakhstan in Belgrade.
1900 - Jack Cox was on target as we held the Geordies to a 1-1 draw at St. James’ Park.
Biting the hand that fed
1984 - A John Wark brace gave us a 2-0 win over his old club Ipswich Town at Anfield.
Mixed European fortunes
2009 – We beat Debreceni VSC at the Stadion Puskás Ferenc in Budapest. David N’Gog bagged the only goal of the game inside the first five minutes as we failed to reach the knock-out stages of the Champions League due to the other result in our group.
1998 - We were on our way out of the UEFA Cup as we lost 3-1 at Celta de Vigo in our Third Round first leg tie, after Michael Owen had opened the scoring. We were unable to turn things round in the second leg, which we also lost, 1-0. Current reds forward Iago Aspas was apparently a ball-boy in the away leg.
1947 – Former First-team coach Jacques Crevoisier was born in Delle, France. He worked under Gérard Houllier for two years after the departure of Patrice Bergues.
Four against the Hornets
1987 - We beat Watford 4-0 at Anfield to return to the top of the table, with Steve McMahon, Ray Houghton, John Aldridge and John Barnes all on the scoresheet.
1979 – Kenny Dalglish played his hundredth League game for the reds as we held Arsenal to a goalless draw at Highbury.
1956 – Centre-half Laurie Hughes played his 300th reds game as we drew 1-1 with Swansea Town in a Second Division meeting at Vetch Field. Alan Arnell struck our goal.
Mixed fortunes against the Villains
1906 - Robert Robinson struck a brace with Arthur Goddard, Alex Raisbeck, from the spot, and Sam Raybould also on the scoresheet as we beat Aston Villa 5-2 at Anfield, with Tom Chorlton having a penalty saved. Joe Walters netted the first of his five goals against the reds, with Albert Hall also scoring.
1923 - Villa left L4 with a 1-0 win in another top-flight fixture, with Len Capewell bagging the first of his six strikes against the reds.
Stalemates with Mancs
1951 - We were held to a goalless top-flight draw by Manchester United at Anfield.
1990 - Manchester City also left L4 with a point when Ian Rush and Ronnie Rosenthal netted late on as we drew 2-2. Mark Ward opened the scoring after an hour, with Niall Quinn netting a last-minute equaliser.
Losing to the Owls
1928 - We lost 3-2 at Hillsborough with Jimmy McDougall and Tom Bromilow on target against The Wednesday. Jack Allen bagged the first two of his five goals against the reds, with Ellis Rimmer netting one of his five past us.
1945 - Sheffield Wednesday won our Wartime League match 2-0 at Anfield.
Lawler at last
1973 - Chris Lawler played in his 102nd consecutive reds League game, but was taken off for Phil Boersma after suffering a cartilage injury as we were held to a 2-2 draw at Queens Park Rangers. He missed our next top-flight match a week later, when we entertained West Ham United. Larry Lloyd and John Toshack scored our goals. Stan Bowles and Frank McLintock struck for the visitors.
1917 - We thumped Blackburn Rovers 7-0 in a Wartime League game at Anfield. Harry Lewis and Jack Waine both struck twice, with Thomas Bennett, Arthur Metcalf and Donald Mackinlay all also on target.
1994 - John Toshack was sacked as Manager of Real Sociedad for the second time after three years with the club.
2008 - Brendan Rodgers was appointed Manager of Watford, leaving his coaching role at Chelsea. He led them to thirteen victories in his 32 games in charge, before moving to Reading the following June.
Transfer scoop foiled
1999 - The reds laughed off claims that we were about to sign AS Monaco defender Didier Baptiste. The News Of The World stated that “Houllier faces stiff opposition from Arsène Wenger who wants a long-term replacement for Nigel Winterburn”, and the story was picked up by many sources including the reds’ own Club Call service. However, it was soon revealed that Baptiste was merely a fictional character in Sky One’s “Dream Team” programme!
Young England reds
1965 - Chris Lawler and Tommy Smith both appeared for England Under-23’s as they beat Yugoslavia 2-1 in a friendly at The Dell.
Out on loan
2010 – Keeper Chris Kirkland joined Leicester City on loan from Wigan Athletic, playing just three times for the Foxes. On the same day, Tony Warner was released by Sc***horpe United after making just two first-team appearances.
2005 - Second string centre-back Zak Whitbread moved to Millwall on loan. He played 27 times before signing permanently seven months later. On the same day, ex-red Don Hutchison left The New Den to sign temporarily for Coventry City.
1995 - Ex-reds reserves defender Alan Harper joined Cardiff City on loan from Burnley. He played five games for the Bluebirds.