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Will

A treble from Ronnie
1986 - Ronnie Whelan helped keep us on course for our sixteenth League title by netting a hat-trick in our 5-0 mauling of Coventry City at Anfield, with Jan Mølby and Ian Rush also on the scoresheet.
1983 - We played out a goalless draw at Highfield Road.

1963 - We also struck five, coming from two goals down to beat Tottenham Hotspur 5-2 at Anfield in a top-flight match. Willie Stevenson, Ian St. John and Kevin Lewis were all on target that Good Friday, to add to a brace from Jimmy Melia. Gerry Byrne made his 117th consecutive appearance, before he missed the next four games, having not missed a game since October 1960. Cliff Jones struck the first of his five goals against the reds, with Terry Dyson also on target.

On our way to Wembley
1978 - We won through to the European Cup Final for the second successive season, beating Borussia Mönchengladbach 3-0 at Anfield, to progress 4-2 on aggregate. Ray Kennedy, Kenny Dalglish and Jimmy Case netted on the night.

Anfield Iron no more
2019 – Legendary red Tommy Smith died in Waterloo. He had signed on as a professional on his seventeenth birthday in April 1962, going on to win four League titles, two FA Cups, two UEFA Cups, European Cup, UEFA Super Cup and two FA Charity Shields in his time with Liverpool, netting 48 times in 638 games.

Not on our way to Wembley
1980 - We held Arsenal to a goalless draw at Hillsborough in the first of our four FA Cup Semi-final ties, before eventually succumbing three weeks later at Highfield Road.
1995 - We also faced the Gunners when Robbie Fowler bagged the only goal of our Premiership meeting at Highbury in the final minute.

1947 - Burnley beat us 1-0 at Maine Road in an FA Cup Semi-final replay, with inside-forward Willie Fagan reaching a century of reds appearances. However, the Clarets went on to lose the final to Charlton Athletic.

Double departure
2012 – Director of Football Damien Comolli left the club “by mutual consent”, with the summer departure of Dr. Peter Brukner as Head of Sports Medicine & Sports Science also announced.

All wrong for Wright
1930 - Forward Dave Wright made his reds bow as we were thumped 4-1 at Burnley in a top-flight fixture. Jim Smith nabbed our consolation with Louis Page netting the last two of his seven goals past us and Billy Stage also bagging a brace.

Good and bad days for St. Michael
2003 - Michael Owen scored in his hundredth different reds game as we beat Fulham 2-0 at Anfield. It was his 134th reds goals in a total of 254 games. Emile Heskey nabbed our other goal in Jean Tigana’s final game in charge of Fulham.
1999 - He ruptured his hamstring in our goalless draw at Leeds United, the start of several years’ problems with that muscle. Patrik Berger played his hundredth reds game that day.

Rushie’s treble
1988 - Ex-red Ian Rush scored a hat-trick against Everton playing for Leeds United alongside Kenny Dalglish, in a testimonial match for John Charles and Bobby Collins.
1894 – Jimmy Haydock struck four times for Blackburn Rovers as they thumped us 5-0 in a Palatine League game at Ewood Park.

Managerial comings and goings
1996 - John Aldridge was named Manager of Tranmere Rovers. He was in charge for nearly five years, keeping them in mid-table in the First Division until his final season, as well as leading them to the Worthington Cup Final in 2000 and the FA Cup Quarter-finals in the season he was sacked.
1938 - Ex-reds centre-half Alex Raisbeck left as Manager of Chester City. He had been in the post for two years, and later took charge at Bath City before returning to Anfield as a scout. He had skippered us to two League titles and the Second Division championship.

Reds births and death
2005 - Post-war keeper Cyril Sidlow died. He played 165 reds games after signing from Wolverhampton Wanderers in February 1946, helping us claim the League title in 1947, and also played in the 1950 FA Cup Final.

1950 – Chairman Tom Werner was born in New York City. He took on this role in November 2010 after the club was taken over by New England Sports Ventures.
1886 - Left-half Joe Dines was born in King’s Lynn. He won Olympic Gold in 1912 before giving up his teaching job and signing for the reds from Ilford later that year. However, he only made one senior reds appearance, and was killed in action in September 1918.

Derby disappointment
1965 - Willie Stevenson bagged our consolation from the spot as we lost 2-1 at Everton. Ex-red Johnny Morrissey netted, with Derek Temple also on target for the Blues.

Mixed fortunes against the Wearsiders and Blades
We entertained Sunderland twice on this day in the First Division shortly before the First World War.
1909 - Ronald Orr converted a penalty while Alex Raisbeck and Jack Parkinson also netted as we won 3-0, with Parkinson’s opener being our thousandth in League football.
1913 - Arthur Metcalf struck a very late brace as we were beaten 5-2, with Charlie Buchan bagging a hat-trick, three of the 21 strikes he registered against the reds. He had already struck five times in the reverse fixture that season. James Richardson netted the first two of his five goals past us.

We have hosted Sheffield United three times on this day in history.
1915 - We won 2-1 thanks to a Jackie Sheldon penalty and a goal from Fred Pagnam, with half-back Tommy Fairfoul playing his 71st and final reds game and Sheldon missing another spot kick. Joe Kitchen netted the last of his eight goals against us.
1968 - Our other First Division meeting with the Blades ended in a 2-1 defeat, with Roger Hunt grabbing our consolation.
1958 - Billy Liddell netted the only goal of our Second Division fixture.

Stalemates at Maine Road
We have twice left Manchester City with 1-1 draws on this day in top-flight meetings.
1974 - Peter Cormack nabbed our goal, with Franny Lee on target for the Sky Blues, one of his six past us.
1993 - Ian Rush netted our equaliser after Garry Flitcroft had put the home side ahead.

Stevie named
2006 - Steven Gerrard was nominated for the PFA Player of the Year award, along with Chelsea’s Joe Cole, Frank Lampard and John Terry, Thierry Henry and Wayne Rooney. Our skipper went on to claim the prize.

Conor’s cap
2011 - Conor Thomas made his debut for England Under-18’s, winning his only cap while on loan with the reds, in their 1-1 draw with Italy in Capri. Conor Coady skippered the side.

Dicks on the up
1986 - Julian Dicks signed as a professional for Birmingham City. He netted once in 102 games for the Blues before moving to West Ham United for £300,000 in March 1988.

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