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Michael’s golden ball
2002 - We beat Derby County 2-0 at Anfield, with double goalscorer Michael Owen being presented with the Ballon d’Or trophy for European Football of the Year before the match. A minute’s silence was also observed before kick-off, in memory of the bereaved and survivors of the Hillsborough disaster. Steven Gerrard made his hundredth League appearance in this game.

On the same day, young reserves forward John Miles left for Stoke City on a free transfer. He only made one senior appearance for the Potters before moving on to Crewe Alexandra after being released at the end of that season.

On the way to Rome
1977 - We reached our first European Cup Final after beating Zürich 3-0 at Anfield in the second leg of our Semi-final, with Jimmy Case netting a brace and Kevin Keegan grabbing the other, to go through 6-1 on aggregate. Keegan said afterwards, “The only reason I have stayed here is to get to the European Cup Final, and now I’ve done that.”

Trouncing the Toffees
2016 – Daniel Sturridge reached a half century of reds goals as we thumped Everton 4-0 at Anfield. Divock Origi and Mamadou Sakho, in his final reds game, both headed in shortly before the break before Ramiro Funes Mori was dismissed and then Sturridge struck. The scoring was rounded out by Philippe Coutinho.
1974 - We were held to a goalless draw in the Anfield derby.

We go again
2014 – We secured a joint club record eleventh consecutive League win when we won 3-2 at Norwich City, also a joint club record sixth straight away League victory. This was also a joint club record 25th consecutive top-flight League game in which we had netted. Raheem Sterling and Luis Suárez struck early on as the Uruguayan became the first red to score thirty League goals in a season since Ian Rush in 1987, with Gary Hooper pulling a goal back after the break. Sterling netted again with Robert Snodgrass heading in as we hung on for victory. This left the reds needing just seven points from the last three games to claim the title.

Happy birthday Ernie
1902 - Left-back Ernie Blenkinsop was born in Cudworth, Yorkshire. He played 71 reds games without scoring, having won 26 England caps by the time he arrived from Sheffield Wednesday for £6,500 in March 1934. He moved on to Cardiff City in November 1937.

Milan’s century
2005 - Milan Baroš played his hundredth reds game as we won 2-1 at Portsmouth in a League match, with Fernando Morientes scoring before Diomansy Kamara equalised, with Luis García bagging the winner.

A new boss
1991 - Graeme Souness got off to a good start as Manager as we beat Norwich City 3-0 at Anfield in his first match in charge. The goals came from John Barnes, Ray Houghton and Ian Rush.
1988 - We also faced the Canaries, holding them to a goalless draw at Carrow Road as they became the first team against whom we had twice drawn a blank in the League that season, so holding off our League title celebrations for another three days.

Reds debutants
1910 - Left-back Donald Mackinlay made the first of his 434 reds appearances in a top-flight fixture with Nottingham Forest at Anfield, with Jack Parkinson scoring four goals in our stunning 7-3 win. Sam Bowyer added a brace, with James Stewart also on target. John Derrick struck twice for the visitors, with Tom Marrison also on target.
1957 - We also entertained Forest, winning our Second Division meeting 3-1, thanks to goals from Alan A’Court, Billy Liddell and Tony Rowley. James Barratt bagged the last of his four goals past us.
1968 - Doug Livermore, who became the club’s Assistant Manager under Roy Evans, made his reds bow in a 1-0 League defeat at West Ham United, with Martin Peters netting one of his fourteen strikes against the reds. Livermore only played eighteen games for us during his five-year spell as a player at Anfield.

Racing to a hat-trick
1929 - Harry Race netted three goals in our 5-2 home League win over Sunderland. Gordon Hodgson bagged our other two goals, with Dave Halliday netting two of his thirteen goals against the reds. Adam Allan was dismissed for the visitors.
1931 – Gordon Hodgson grabbed a treble as we thumped Norwich City 6-0 in a Monday night Hospital Charity Cup encounter at their old ground, The Nest. Gordon Gunson bagged a brace with Dave Wright also on target.

George returns
1898 - Centre-forward George Allan re-signed for the club from Celtic for £50. He had originally joined from Leith Athletic for £100 in June 1895 and was the first red to be capped by Scotland, top scoring as we claimed the Second Division title in 1896, and again the following season. He returned north of the border in May 1897 for just a season, bagging a total of 56 goals in 96 reds games before sadly dying of tuberculosis in October 1899 aged just 24.

Beginning and end
1985 – Gary Gillespie grabbed the first of his sixteen reds goals as we beat Newcastle United 3-1 at Anfield, with John Wark and Paul Walsh also on the scoresheet.
1963 – Full-back Allan Jones played his fifth and last reds game as we drew 0-0 at Fulham, with inside-forward Jimmy Melia making his 105th consecutive appearance for the reds.

Bruce gets the elbow
1987 - Bruce Grobbelaar broke his elbow as we lost 1-0 at Manchester United, with Peter Davenport bagging the late winner.
1953 - We also visited Old Trafford for a First Division match, with Sammy Smyth on target as we lost 3-1. Forward Arthur Rowley played his eleventh and final reds game as Stan Pearson scored one of his eleven goals against the reds, with Jack Rowley netting one of his six past us and Johnny Berry also on target.

Clean sheets against the Shakers and Blues
We have twice beaten Chelsea in First Division meetings on this day in history, without conceding.
1908 - Tom Chorlton and Bill McPherson netted in the last ten minutes of our first ever trip to Stamford Bridge, with left-half Jim Bradley playing his hundredth League game for us. This was McPherson’s seventeenth and final reds goal in his 55th and last match for the club.
1935 - Fred Howe and Lance Carr struck in L4, to add to braces from Vic Wright and Berry Nieuwenhuys. Centre-half Tom ‘Tiny’ Bradshaw was making his 200th League appearance for the club, while left-half John Browning made his senior bow.

We have also twice kept clean sheets against Bury in the top-flight.
1899 - John Walker netted the only goal of the game at Anfield.
1901 - We shared a goalless ninety minutes at Gigg Lane.

Sadio honoured
2017 – Forward Sadio Mané was named in the PFA Team of the Year after a fine first campaign in L4.

For Bill
1932 – Gordon Hodgson struck twice as we beat a Shelbourne Select side in a testimonial match for forward Billy Lacey at Dalymount Park in Dublin.

Jari on the move
2011 - Jari Litmanen re-signed for HJK Helsinki, helping them to secure a League and Cup double later that year.

Duncan’s farewell
1895 – Left-back Duncan McLean made his 82nd and final reds appearance in our 5-2 Anfield defeat by Preston North End. Harry Bradshaw struck both our goals, with Jackie Pierce nabbing a brace for the visitors. Adam Henderson, Tom Smith and John Cunningham also struck for the Lilywhites.

A young Saint no more
1960 - Future red Ian St. John won his second and final Scotland Under-23’s cap in a 1-1 draw with Belgium in Ghent.

Green again
1918 – Thomas Green scored in his fifth consecutive game as we beat Stockport County 4-2 in a Wartime League match at Anfield, our last match of the season. Harry Lewis struck twice, including once from the spot, with Arthur Goddard also on the scoresheet.

Bruce the champion
1981 – Bruce Grobbelaar kept a clean sheet as Zimbabwe beat Malawi 4-0 in the Final of the Independence Cup in Harare.

Also in international action
1994 – Ex-red Jim Magilton played as Northern Ireland beat Liechtenstein 4-1 in a European Championships qualifier at Windsor Park. Meanwhile, Ian Rush, Ronnie Whelan future reds Gary McAllister, Phil Babb, Øyvind Leonhardsen, Jason McAteer and ex-red Steve Staunton all played in friendlies, with Roy Hodgson taking charge of Switzerland.
2005 – Future red Ragnar Klavan represented Estonia as they lost a friendly 2-1 to Norway in Tallinn.
2011 – Future red Mohamed Salah featured for Egypt Under-20’s in their 1-0 defeat to Mali in an African Championship Finals group game in South Africa.
2019 – Bobby Duncan and Curtis Jones both played for England Under-18’s as they thumped Japan 4-1 in a friendly in Dubai.


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      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. Arsenal’s Kolo Touré played for Ivory Coast as they thumped Botswana 4-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Abidjan on the same day.
      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
      1926 – Outside-right Archie Rawlings left the reds to join Walsall, having struck ten times in 67 reds games since signing from Preston North End in March 1924, where he had won one England cap.
      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
      2019 – Roberto Firmino scored as Brazil thumped Peru 5-0 in a Copa América group game in São Paulo. Alisson Becker, Kamil Grabara, Naby Keïta and ex-red Philippe Coutinho all also played in internationals that day.
      2005 - Ryan Babel scored for Netherlands Under-20’s as they beat Chile 3-0 to reach the Quarter-finals of the World Championships Finals in his homeland. Meanwhile, fellow future red Gabriel Paletta appeared as Argentina beat Colombia 2-1 at the same stage.
      2003 - 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. Meanwhile, future red Kolo Touré played for the Ivory Coast in their 2-1 defeat in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in South Africa.
      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.
      2011 – Future red Thiago Alcântara played for Spain Under-21’s in their 2-1 extra time defeat of Belarus in a European Championships Finals group game in Denmark.
      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.
      Also in international action
      1997 – Future red Rigobert Song played for Cameroon as they drew 2-2 with Gabon in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Yaoundé.
      1993 – Future red Brad Friedel featured in the USA’s 3-3 draw with Venezuela in a Copa América group game in Ecuador.
    • By Will
      Happy birthday Deano
      1964 - Dean Saunders was born in Swansea. He scored 25 times in 61 first-team appearances while at Anfield, following his British record £2.9m signing from Derby County in July 1991. He was sold by Graeme Souness after only fourteen months at the club, moving on to Aston Villa for £2.3m, grabbing a brace against the reds on his home debut.
      Back in action
      2020 – We returned to action after the COVID-19 lockdown with a drab goalless draw at Goodison as we headed inexorably towards the League title. Dejan Lovren played for the reds for the 185th and final time.
      Making the right mark
      1990 - Future red Mark Wright netted his first England goal as they beat Egypt 1-0 in a World Cup group game in Cagliari. John Barnes, Peter Beardsley and Steve McMahon all also played. On the same day, Ray Houghton, Steve Staunton, Ronnie Whelan and ex-reds John Aldridge and Kevin Sheedy all featured as the Republic of Ireland held the Netherlands 1-1 in Palermo. These two results were enough to take both England and the Republic through to the Second Round.
      Ton for Masch
      2014 – Ex-red Javier Mascherano won his hundredth cap for Argentina in their 1-0 defeat of Iran in a World Cup group game in Belo Horizonte.
      Also at the World Cup
      2006 – Ryan Babel and Dirk Kuyt faced fellow future reds Javier Mascherano and Maxi Rodríguez in a group game in Frankfurt, as the Netherlands and Argentina shared a goalless draw.
      2002 - Michael Owen scored as England lost 2-1 to Brazil in the Quarter-final in Shizuoka. His strike partner Emile Heskey also started. Meanwhile, clubmate Dietmar Hamann had a happier day, winning his 44th cap as Germany beat the USA 1-0 to progress to the Semi-final. Ex-reds Christian Ziege and Brad Friedel also featured in this game.
      1998 - Future reds Hamann and Ziege both played as Germany were held 2-2 by Yugoslavia in Lens. Both teams went on to progress to the Second Round.
      1995 - Ziege also played for his country, alongside fellow future red Markus Babbel in Germany’s 2-0 defeat of Italy in the SFV Centenary Tournament in Zurich.
      2018 – Ex-red Javier Mascherano faced Dejan Lovren as Croatia beat Argentina 3-0 in a group game in Russia.
      2010 - Raul Meireles bagged his final goal as a Porto player as Portugal thumped South Korea 7-0 in Cape Town. Meanwhile, ex-red Mark González grabbed the only goal of Chile’s meeting with Switzerland in Port Elizabeth.  Fernando Torres and ex-reds Xabi Alonso and Álvaro Arbeloa played in Spain’s 2-0 defeat of Honduras in Johannesburg.
      2013 – Future reds Javier Manquillo and Suso played for Spain Under-20’s as they thumped the USA 4-1 in a World Championship Finals group game in Istanbul.
      Reds at Euro 2000
      2000 - Vladimír Šmicer bagged his first strikes as a reds player, netting both goals in the Czech Republic’s 2-0 defeat of Denmark in Liège. Patrik Berger won his fortieth cap in the same game. Meanwhile, Stig Inge Bjørnebye won his last cap as a reds player, and 73rd in total, as Norway were held to a goalless draw by Slovenia in Arnhem. On the same day, Sander Westerveld won his fourth full international cap as the Netherlands beat France 3-2 in Amsterdam in their final group game to progress with a 100% record. Nicolas Anelka featured for the French while fellow future red Bolo Zenden bagged his final goal as a Barcelona player.
      2008 – Dirk Kuyt featured as the Netherlands lost 3-1 to Russia after extra time in the Quarter-final of Euro 2008 in Basel.
      2016 – Future red Thiago Alcântara played for Spain as they lost 2-1 to Croatia in a group game in Bordeaux.
      Another record for St. Michael
      2004 - Michael Owen equalled the current record for most England caps earned by a reds player, held by Emlyn Hughes, as he won his 59th cap in England’s 4-2 defeat of Croatia in a Euro 2004 group game in Lisbon, although this has since been broken by Steven Gerrard. Gerrard and ex-red David James also played as England qualified for the knock-out phase. Meanwhile, Stéphane Henchoz played as Switzerland lost 3-1 to France in Coimbra.
      KHR at the double
      1992 - Future red Karl-Heinz Riedle netted a brace as Germany beat host nation Sweden 3-2 in Solna to reach the Final of Euro ’92.
      Nabil twice
      2008 – Nabil El Zhar scored as Morocco beat Rwanda 2-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Casablanca.
      2005 - He played for the Under-20’s in the World Championships Finals as Morocco beat Japan 1-0 in Enschede to reach the Quarter-final.
      Also on target
      2001 - Future red Djibril Cissé struck as France Under-20’s drew 2-2 with Paraguay in the World Championship Finals in Argentina. Grégory Vignal also played.
      2008 – Ex-red El-Hadji Diouf netted as Senegal beat Liberia 3-1 in a World Cup qualifier in Dakar. On the same day, Rigobert Song won his final cap as a Galatasaray player as they beat Tanzania 2-1 in another qualifier in Yaoundé.
      2015 – Future red Roberto Firmino scored for Brazil as they beat Venezuela 2-1 in a Copa América group game in Chile, with Philippe Coutinho also featuring. Meanwhile, Tiago Ilori and future red Danny Ings both represented their countries at Under-21’s level in the European Championships Finals in the Czech Republic.
      Heading off
      2018 – Midfielder Emre Can signed for Juventus on a free transfer, having struck fourteen times in 167 games since arriving from Bayer 04 Leverkusen for £9.75m in July 2014. On the same day, right-back Jon Flanagan joined Rangers for free, after one goal in 51 outings for the reds. Meanwhile, ex-reds right-back Stephen Darby married Steph Houghton.
      2007 - Reserves midfielder Danny Guthrie agreed to join Bolton Wanderers on loan. He had a successful season at the Reebok Stadium, making 35 first-team appearances before being sold to Newcastle United for £2.25m in July 2008.
      Taki’s debut
      2011 – Future red Takumi Minamino played for Japan Under-17’s as they drew 1-1 in a World Championships Finals group game in Mexico.
      Bad last caps
      2012 – Milan Baroš played his 93rd and final senior game for the Czech Republic as they lost 1-0 to ex-red Raul Meireles’ Portugal in the European Championships Finals Quarter-final in Warsaw.
      2009 – Andrea Dossena won his final cap while a reds player, putting through his own net as Italy lost a Confederations Cup group game 3-0 to Brazil in Pretoria.
      Off to the Olympics
      2007 – Future red Alberto Aquilani won his nineteenth and final cap for Italy Under-21’s in a goalless draw with Portugal in the European Championships Finals in Nijmegen that acted as a play-off to reach the Olympics Finals. The Italians triumphed 4-3 on penalties after playing the final quarter of an hour and all of extra time with only ten men after Manchester United’s Giuseppe Rossi was dismissed.
      Paul the cockerel
      1988 - Paul Stewart joined Tottenham Hotspur from Manchester City for £1.7m. He netted 38 times in 173 games for Spurs, before moving to Anfield for £2.3m in July 1992.
      New management
      2000 - Paul Jewell was named Manager of Sheffield Wednesday. He was in charge for just eight months, as the Owls struggled in the First Division.
      2001 - Roy Hodgson was appointed Manager of Udinese. He was fired after just four months having allegedly stated that he regretted taking the job.
      Parry honoured
      2003 - Chief Executive Rick Parry was named Business Person of the Year at the Liverpool Daily Post Regional Business Awards.
      On the move
      2005 - Swiss centre-back Arnaud Bühler, who never actually appeared for the reds, signed for Sochaux-Montbéliard from Aarau.
      2012 – Ex-reserves defender Alan Navarro signed for Swindon Town, having been released by Brighton & Hove Albion two months earlier. He struck twice in twenty outings for the Robins before being released at the end of the season.
      2013 – Ex-reserves midfielder Jim Magilton was appointed Elite Performance Director for the Irish Football Association.
      2013 – Centre-half Virgil van Dijk joined Celtic from Groningen for £2.6m, after seven goals in 66 games for the Dutch side.
      Also in international action
      2019 – Mohamed Salah played in Egypt’s 1-0 defeat of Zimbabwe in an Africa Cup of Nations Finals group game in Cairo. Future red Ibrahima Konaté played for France Under-21’s on the same day as they beat Croatia 1-0 in a European Championships Finals group game in San Marino.
      2003 – Ex-red Rigobert Song played for Cameroon as they beat Turkey 1-0 in a Confederations Cup group game in Paris.
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