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22nd April


Will

Mo the best
2018 - Mohamed Salah was named the PFA Player of the Year, after his first campaign with the reds that eventually yielded 44 goals in 52 games in all competitions as he helped us to reach the UEFA Champions League Final in Kiev.

To Cardiff once more
2006 - We beat Chelsea 2-1 at Old Trafford in the FA Cup Semi-final. John Arne Riise’s free-kick opened the scoring before Luis García extended our lead early in the second half with a sublime volley. Didier Drogba’s header, one of his eleven goals past us, ensured a nervous last twenty minutes, but future red Joe Cole blazed over with the Blues’ only real chance of note as we hung on to reach our thirteenth FA Cup Final.

En route to gay Paree
1981 - Howard Gayle came on as a substitute for the injured Kenny Dalglish after just nine minutes and ran the Bayern München defence ragged, before later himself being substituted by Jimmy Case. We held the German champions to a 1-1 draw in the Olympic Stadium, with Ray Kennedy putting us in front with just seven minutes left before Karl-Heinz Rummenigge equalised, to make it through to our third European Cup Final in five years, on away goals after a goalless first meeting. Boss Bob Paisley had called this “our biggest test since Rome”, prior to the game.

A first treble
1905 - Forward Sam Raybould became the first reds player to score a hat-trick against Manchester United as we beat them 4-0 at Anfield in a Second Division fixture. Jack Cox netted the other goal as this victory secured our promotion, with reds’ fans carrying the players on their shoulders after the final whistle in celebration.
1916 - Fred Pagnam also struck three times as we thumped United 7-1 in a Wartime League match at Anfield. Ernie Pinkney and Walter Wadsworth were also on target with Dave Watson netting twice.

Held by the Blues
2008 – We took the lead in the first leg of our Champions League Semi-final against Chelsea shortly before half-time through Dirk Kuyt, before failing to take a number of other good chances. We suffered a sucker punch in the final seconds of time added on when John Arne Riise headed into his own net. This was the first time we had faced the same team in European competition in four consecutive seasons.
2010 – We also suffered European disappointment, losing 1-0 in the first leg of our UEFA Europa League Semi-final at Club Atlético de Madrid, with the reds having to make the long journey to Spain by train following volcanic eruptions over Iceland causing all flights to be grounded. Diego Forlán gave the home side an early lead with one of his four strikes past the reds, with Yossi Benayoun having an equaliser wrongly ruled out for offside.

Reds farewells
1950 - Winger William Watkinson made his 24th and final reds appearance in our 2-1 defeat at Portsmouth, with Albert Stubbins bagging our consolation. Duggie Reid bagged one of his six goals past us, with Jack Froggatt also on target.
1939 - Scottish forward Bill Kinghorn bagged his fourth goal in his nineteenth and final reds game as we were held by Sunderland to a 1-1 draw at Anfield, with the legendary Raich Carter netting one of his six goals against the reds.
1899 - George Allan struck his 56th and final goal as we beat Blackburn Rovers 2-0 in a top-flight match at Anfield, with Tom Robertson nabbing the other.

Baggies bouncing
1967 – West Bromwich Albion won 1-0 at Anfield, thanks to one of Jeff Astle’s seven goals past the reds.
2012 – Peter Odemwingie struck the only goal of the game as the Baggies won at Anfield for the first time in exactly 45 years, under the management of ex-reds boss Roy Hodgson. Jordan Henderson and Dirk Kuyt both struck the woodwork before we fell behind.

Under twelve thousand
1959 - We hosted our lowest post-war League crowd of only 11,976 as we beat Sc***horpe United 3-0 in the Second Division. Alan Arnell netted his 35th and final reds goal, with Billy Liddell and Fred Morris also on the scoresheet.

Happy birthday to the reserves
1956 - Left-back Brian Kettle was born in Prescot. He signed for the reds in May 1973 but only made four senior appearances as his route to the first-team was blocked first by Alec Lindsay, then Joey Jones and Alan Kennedy, and he moved to Wigan Athletic in August 1980.
1983 – Former Finnish reserves striker Daniel Sjölund was born in Marieham. He never made the first team after arriving Anfield from West Ham United in November 2000 as part of the deal that took Rigobert Song in the opposite direction, moving on to Swedish side Djurgårdens IF in January 2004.
1993 - Midfielder Craig Roddan was born in Fazakerley. He joined the Academy from Wigan Athletic in 2007, but was released in the summer of 2014.
2001 – Left-back Morgan Boyes was born in Chester. He put through his own net while making his senior debut in the 5-0 EFL Cup loss at Aston Villa in December 2019, also featuring in the FA Cup win over Shrewsbury Town at Anfield two months later.

An eventful friendly for Don
1925 - Scottish left-back Donald Mackinlay scored and then replaced Elisha Scott in goal after he was injured at Anfield against Aberdeen. The game ended 1-1.

Beating the Blues
1944 - Cyril Done netted a treble, including a penalty, as we beat Everton 4-2 in a Wartime League match at Anfield, with Stan Polk also on target.
1893 - We also beat the Blues in the Liverpool Senior Cup Final at Goodison Park, with Tom Wyllie bagging the only goal of the game in front of just 10,000 at Bootle’s ground on Hawthorne Road. This was the first ever meeting between the two sides. Some things never change as Everton were denied a penalty and protested a number of decisions made by referee Herbie Arthur, with the ceremony to award the trophy and winners’ medals minted by Bovril having to be abandoned.

Mixed fortunes against the other Blues
We have twice faced Birmingham City in First Division matches on this day in history.
1933 - Gordon Hodgson grabbed the only goal of the game in L4, with centre–forward Harold Barton playing his hundredth reds game.
1964 - Roger Hunt was on target in a 3-1 defeat at St. Andrews.

Three-ton Laurie
1957 – Centre-half Laurie Hughes played his 300th League game for the reds in our goalless Second Division trip to Bristol Rovers.

Stevie again
2007 - Steven Gerrard was named in the PFA Team of the Year for the fifth of eight times, a record in the Premier League era.

Joy against the Potters
We have also twice met Stoke City on this day in history.
1935 - Our top-flight meeting at the Victoria Ground ended in a draw, with Berry Nieuwenhuys on the scoresheet and Tommy Sale netting one of his five goals past us.
1961 - We won 3-0 in a Second Division fixture at Anfield. Roger Hunt and Kevin Lewis were on target, with Dave Hickson bagging his 38th and last goal for the club.

Tony for the only time
1959 - Ex-reds inside-right Tony Rowley won his only senior cap for Wales. Their 4-1 defeat by Northern Ireland in Belfast was enough to hand the Ulster side a share of the British International Championships with England that season. This cap was even more special in that Rowley was a Tranmere Rovers player at the time, then in the Third Division.

Welsh Englishman
2001 - John Welsh scored for England Under-16’s as they lost 3-1 to Italy in the European Championships at Bramall Lane, with future red Alberto Aquilani on the winning side. On the same day, future red Fernando Torres scored for Spain Under-21’s in their 3-0 defeat of Romania in the European Championships Finals in Durham.
2002 - Welsh starred for England Under-19’s as they qualified for the European Championship Finals by beating Lithuania 2-1 at Nottingham Forest’s City Ground. Jon Otsemobor was an unused substitute that day. Aquilani featured for his country again, playing for the Under-18’s as they beat Poland 2-0.

Stan the Irish Villain
1998 - Steve Staunton won his 74th cap, and final one in his first spell as an Aston Villa player, as the Republic of Ireland lost 2-0 to Argentina in a friendly at Lansdowne Road. Phil Babb and future red Robbie Keane also played. On the same day, Abel Xavier won his final cap as an SL Benfica player, and fifth in total, as Portugal lost 3-0 to England in a friendly at Wembley. Paul Ince and Michael Owen both featured.

Meanwhile, future red Nicolas Anelka made his senior international debut in France’s goalless draw in Sweden and Vladimír Šmicer netted as the Czech Republic won 3-1 in Slovenia. Also representing their countries that day were Stig Inge Bjørnebye, Øyvind Leonhardsen and future reds Markus Babbel, Dietmar Hamann, Sami Hyypiä and Jari Litmanen.

Richard devalued
2008 – Ex-reserves defender Richard Money resigned as Manager of Walsall having failed to receive assurances over transfer funds. He had led them to 44 victories in his 103 games as they won the League Two title in his first full season in charge. He joined Newcastle United as Academy Director two months later.

First caps
1995 - Brad Friedel won his first cap as a Brøndby IF player, and 28th in total as the USA lost 1-0 to Belgium in a friendly in Molenbeek.
2008 – Future reds reserves forward Nikola Sarić played for Denmark Under-18’s as they beat Estonia 1-0 in Tallinn.

2019 – Bobby Duncan and Curtis Jones both featured as England Under-18’s lost 1-0 to the Czech Republic in a friendly in Dubai.

A record for Jameo
2007 - Ex-red David James broke the all-time Premiership clean sheets record with his 143rd shut-out as Portsmouth held Aston Villa to a goalless draw in the Midlands.

Harper signs on
1978 - Reserves defender Alan Harper signed as a professional. However, he never played a senior reds game, later enjoying greater success across the park.

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