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Will

Debutants galore
1975 - Jimmy Case made his reds bow in our 3-1 home League win over Queens Park Rangers, when John Toshack netted a brace to add to a Kevin Keegan penalty, with Gerry Francis on target for the visitors. This was our final game of the season, as we ended up in second place behind Derby County.

1965 - Bill Shankly fielded a team of eleven reserves in our League match at Wolverhampton Wanderers, which came only five days before the FA Cup Final. John Sealey scored in his only reds appearance, with Geoff Strong and Alf Arrowsmith also on target as we won 3-1. Full-backs Alan Hignett and Tom Lowry and keeper Billy Molyneux also played their only senior reds games, while left-back Phil Ferns made his 28th and last appearance for the club.

1947 - Winger Billy Watkinson scored on his Liverpool debut as we came from behind to win 2-1 at Aston Villa, with Willie Fagan nabbing the other.
1992 - Sami Hyypiä played his first game in the Finnish Premier League, as Myllykosken Pallo-47 won 2-0 at Jazz.
2008 - Jonjo Shelvey became Charlton Athletic’s youngest ever player, aged sixteen years and 59 days. He played the full ninety minutes in their 3-0 Championship defeat at Barnsley.

Ton up for Mo
2019 – Mohamed Salah played his hundredth reds game as we thumped Huddersfield Town 5-0 at Anfield, reaching a club record 69 goals in an opening century of outings. Naby Keïta scored our fastest ever Premiership goal after just fourteen seconds, with Sadio Mané and Salah each bagging a brace.

Youngsters win again
2007 - We retained the FA Youth Cup, to claim it for the third time. Centre-back Robbie Threlfall, who had scored an own goal in the first leg, bagged the only goal of the game at Old Trafford, to wipe out Manchester United’s 2-1 first leg victory. We went on to secure the trophy by winning a penalty shoot-out 4-3, with keeper David Roberts saving one of United’s spot-kicks.

Red endings
2008 - Peter Crouch grabbed his 42nd and final reds goal as we were held to a 2-2 draw at Birmingham City. We had fallen two goals behind to Mikael Forssell and Sebastian Larsson strikes before Crouch and then Yossi Benayoun netted to ensure we qualified for the next season’s Champions League.
1952 – Inside-forward Jack Haigh played his eleventh and last reds game as we ended the season with a 4-0 top-flight thumping at Preston North End. The legendary Tom Finney scored one of his five goals past us, with Charlie Wayman bagging two of his six against us and Angus Morrison netting one of his four.

Double dismissal
2006 - Luis García and West Ham United’s Hayden Mullins were both sent off at Upton Park, with Mullins becoming the fifteenth opposition player sent off against us that season. Both therefore had to sit out the FA Cup Final two weeks later as a result. Djibril Cissé bagged a brace either side of a Nigel Reo-Coker goal as we won 2-1. The game was preceded by a perfectly observed minute’s silence for former Hammers manager John Lyall, who died the week before.

Four for St. Michael
2003 - Michael Owen bagged four goals, including his hundredth League goal, as we trounced West Bromwich Albion 6-0 at The Hawthorns, our record win over the Baggies. Michael’s fourth goal, our fifth, was our 700th in the Premiership. Milan Baroš added a brace.

Gary’s treble
1986 - Defender Gary Gillespie scored a second-half hat-trick past David Seaman, including a penalty, as we thumped already relegated Birmingham City 5-0 at Anfield. Ian Rush opened the scoring, with Jan Mølby also on target from the spot. Future red Julian Dicks was on the losing side that day. This win kept us on course for our sixteenth League title.

Mark Walters wins the title for Leeds
1992 - Mark Walters scored the decisive second goal that handed the League title to Leeds United, as we beat Manchester United 2-0 at Anfield despite both Nicky Tanner and Ian Rush having to be substituted inside the first half hour. Ian Rush had scored the first, his first ever goal against the Mancs. The Kop crowed “now you’re gonna believe us, you’ll never win the League”, while Ray Houghton played his 200th game for the club.
2002 - Walters joined Bristol Rovers from Swindon Town on a free transfer. He went on to play nearly a hundred times for the Pirates, netting fourteen times.

1941 - We also entertained United, with Cyril Done and Billy Liddell on target in a 2-1 Wartime League victory.

Honoured
2009 - Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres were both voted in the PFA Team of the Year, with ex-red Nicolas Anelka and future red Glen Johnson also included. Ex-red Jack Hobbs was named in the League One equivalent.
2015 - Philippe Coutinho was named in the PFA Team of the Year.

Beginning and ending
1971 - Joe Fagan’s son Kit made his second and final senior appearance as we drew 2-2 at Manchester City in the League. Bobby Graham netted both our goals while midfielder Steve Arnold played his second and last reds game. Ian Ross put through his own net, with Steve Carter also on target for the home side. The reds were fined £7,500 for fielding a weakened team, with the match only two days after a League match at Nottingham Forest and just two days before the second leg of our Fairs Cup Semi-final at Leeds United.

Derby joy
1943 - We thumped Everton 4-1 at Anfield with Willie Fagan, Jack Balmer, Cyril Done and Berry Nieuwenhuys netting in this Wartime League fixture.

A happy day
1973 - Roy Evans married Mary at Liverpool’s Catholic Metropolitan Cathedral.
2010 – Ex-red Álvaro Arbeloa’s wife Carlota gave birth to a daughter, Alba.

A double for Quasi
1989 - Peter Beardsley played his first competitive game following the Hillsborough disaster, bagging a brace as England thumped Albania 5-0 in a World Cup qualifier at Wembley Stadium. On the same day, future red Karlheinz Riedle netted in West Germany’s 1-1 draw with the Netherlands in Feyenoord. The two players would meet in the World Cup Semi-final the following year. István Kozma won his first cap in his first spell as an Újpest player as Hungary lost a friendly 4-0 in Italy. Also playing in internationals that day were Ray Houghton, Steve Staunton, Ronnie Whelan, future red Dean Saunders and ex-red Kevin Sheedy.
1995 – Kozma represented his country again, as Hungary beat Sweden 1-0 in a Euro 96 qualifier in Budapest.

Finn for the first time
2000 - Future red Steve Finnan won his first senior cap in the Republic of Ireland’s 1-0 friendly defeat by Greece at Lansdowne Road. Steve Staunton and future red Robbie Keane also played. Dietmar Hamann, future reds Markus Babbel, Igor Bišcan, Jari Litmanen, John Arne Riise, Abel Xavier and Christian Ziege all also featured in friendly action that day.

International goals galore
1995 - Ex-red Steve Staunton netted the only goal of the Republic of Ireland’s European Championships qualifier against Portugal at Lansdowne Road. Phil Babb and ex-red John Aldridge also played, while Ray Houghton won his 63rd cap, and first one as a Crystal Palace player. On the same day, ex-red Dean Saunders was on target as Wales drew 1-1 in Germany as they tried to qualify for Euro ’96. Ian Rush and future reds Markus Babbel and Christian Ziege also played. Future red Patrik Berger scored in his third consecutive game for the Czech Republic as they beat the Netherlands 3-1 in Prague. Also representing their countries in qualifiers that day were future reds Sami Hyypiä, Øyvind Leonhardsen, Jari Litmanen and Gary McAllister, while Roy Hodgson took charge of Switzerland.
2001 – Future red Glen Johnson scored as England Under-16’s beat Hungary 1-0 in a European Championships Finals group game in Huddersfield.

Rushie the ambassador
2010 – Legendary reds striker Ian Rush was appointed as our Soccer Schools Ambassador.

Walsh and Welsh for England
1941 - Future reds boss Don Welsh scored all of England’s goals as they thumped Wales 4-1 in a Wartime international at the City Ground in Nottingham. Fellow future red Cyril Sidlow was on the losing side.
1983 - Luton Town’s Paul Walsh bagged his first goal for England Under-21’s on his fourth appearance as they beat Hungary 1-0 in a European Championships qualifier at St. James’ Park. Fellow future reds John Barnes and Mark Wright both also played.

Youngsters in action
2001 – Alberto Aquilani played for Italy Under-16’s as they drew 1-1 with Switzerland in the European Championships Finals in Leeds.
2002 – He won his sixth and final Under-18’s cap in a 1-0 defeat of Sweden.

1998 - Milan Baroš made his debut for the Czech Republic Under-17’s as they thumped Austria 5-0 in a tournament in Slovenia.

On the move
2002 - Rickie Lambert joined Stockport County from Macclesfield Town for £300,000 after ten strikes in 49 games, still the record fee the Silkmen have received.
2016 – Ex-reds First Team Coach Kevin Keen left as Manager of Colchester United by mutual consent, having failed to save them from the drop to League Two.

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