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Barney Rubble signs on
1978 – Left-back Alan Kennedy signed from Newcastle United for £330,000. He is best remembered for his winning strikes in two European Cup Finals, but also won five League titles, four League Cups and three FA Charity Shields, making 359 appearances and notching twenty times before joining his hometown club Sunderland for £100,000 in September 1985.

Fourteen not out
2006 - We won our fourteenth consecutive match, a club record, as we beat a poorly-supported Chelsea 2-1 at Cardiff to claim the FA Community Shield for the tenth time outright. John Arne Riise opened the scoring having run almost the full length of the pitch with the ball, with Peter Crouch heading in the winner from a Craig Bellamy cross after Andriy Shevchenko had equalised. Fábio Aurélio made his reds bow as a second-half substitute. Unfortunately, we drew our next game, 1-1 at Sheffield United.

Charity begins away from home
1966 - We claimed our first outright FA Charity Shield, defeating Everton 1-0 at Goodison Park thanks to a 25-yard strike from Roger Hunt. Hunt and Everton’s Ray Wilson had paraded the World Cup trophy round the pitch before the match.
1977 - Kenny Dalglish made his reds debut as we played out a goalless draw with Manchester United at Wembley. The trophy was shared between the two clubs.

Debutants galore
2011 – Charlie Adam, Stewart Downing, José Enrique and Jordan Henderson all made their reds bows as we were held to a 1-1 draw at Anfield by Sunderland in our season opener. Luis Suárez missed a penalty before then heading in, with Stewart Downing rattling the crossbar before the break. However, Sebastian Larsson equalised in the second half.

Wingers in and out
1991 - Mark Walters officially signed from Rangers for a £1.25m fee, going on to score nineteen times in 124 reds appearances. He had been a big success in Scotland, but could not reproduce that at Anfield, and eventually moved to Southampton in January 1996.
1997 - John Barnes left Anfield for Newcastle United on a free transfer. He won two League titles, an FA Cup, League Cup and two FA Charity Shields in his ten years with the reds, but went on to play just 41 times for the Toon, netting seven times, before moving on again to Charlton Athletic.

2013 - Stewart Downing was sold to West Ham United for £6m after seven goals in 91 outings since arriving from Aston Villa for £18.5m in July 2011. His finest hour came as we claimed the Carling Cup at Wembley in February 2012, scoring in the shoot-out.
1900 – Welsh international right-half Maurice Parry signed from Brighton United, scoring four times in 221 reds games, moving on to Partick Thistle in May 1909, later spending time coaching back at Anfield.

Double debutants
2008 – We held Standard de Liège to a goalless Champions League qualifying draw in their Stade Maurice Dufrasne, with Pepe Reina saving a penalty as we struggled in our first game of the season. Left-back Andrea Dossena and forward Robbie Keane both made their reds bows as future Blue Marouane Fellaini struck the inside of a post before Reina clawed it away.

Starting out
2005 - We kicked off our League campaign with a goalless draw at Middlesbrough. Ugo Ehiogu was sent off for the home side, the first of fifteen opposition players to be dismissed against the reds that season.

Parma pummelled
2000 - We thumped Italian side Parma 5-0 in a pre-season friendly at Anfield. Michael Owen grabbed a brace, including a penalty, with Dietmar Hamann, Nick Barmby and Gary McAllister also netting.

A poor start
1997 - We lost 2-1 to Leicester City at Anfield with Paul Ince grabbing a late consolation, his first reds goal. This meant that we had only secured one point from our first two League fixtures of the season.
2002 - We were beaten 1-0 at Chester City in a humiliating reverse just before the start of the new season. Salif Diao made his first reds appearance in a game played to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Deva Stadium, against a Chester side managed by ex-red Mark Wright, and featuring Steve Harkness.

Billy for Britain
1955 - Billy Liddell played for a Great Britain side as they lost 4-1 to a Rest of Europe eleven at Windsor Park in a game staged to celebrate the Irish FA’s 75th anniversary.

Signing on
2009 - Fernando Torres signed a new improved contract to keep him at Anfield until 2013. He notched an impressive 81 goals in 142 reds games after signing from Club Atlético de Madrid for a club record £20.2m in July 2007, moving on to Chelsea for £50m in January 2011.
2014 – Reserve Team Head Coach Alex Inglethorpe was announced as the club’s new Academy Manager, a role he still holds.

Olympian reds
2008 – Javier Mascherano skippered Argentina as they beat Serbia 2-0 in an Olympics Finals group game in Beijing. Meanwhile, Lucas Leiva featured as Brazil beat China 3-0 in Qinhuangdao and Ryan Babel played for the Netherlands in their 1-0 defeat of Japan in Shenyang.

Happy birthdays
1991 – Left-winger Alexander Kačaniklić was born in Sweden. He signed from Helsingborgs IF in the summer of 2007 and scored in the FA Youth Cup Final in 2009, establishing himself as a regular in the reserves before moving to Fulham in August 2010 as part of the Paul Konchesky deal.
1914 – Bob Glassey was born in Chester-le-Street. He signed from Horden Colliery Welfare in March 1934 and netted four goals in nine outings before moving to Stoke City in November 1936.
1890 - Jimmy Dawson was born in Edinburgh. He was snapped up from junior football for the 1912/13 season and struck three goals in fourteen reds games, as well as a further two strikes in eleven wartime fixtures. He moved to amateur club Edinburgh Emmett back in his hometown in 1916.

On the move
1999 - Former reserves defender Gareth Roberts returned to Merseyside, joining Tranmere Rovers on loan from Panionos. He made fifteen appearances in his loan spell before signing on permanently later that year.
2001 - Barry Jones left York City to join non-League Southport on a free transfer, for whom he struck three times in 81 senior matches.
2009 – Ex-reds left-back Grégory Vignal signed for Birmingham City, having been released by Racing Club de Lens. He appeared just nine times for the Blues and was not kept on at the end of the season.
2012 - John Toshack left as Manager of FYR Macedonia, having refused to relocate to the country.

Youngsters off the mark
2013 – Jonjo Shelvey scored while winning his first cap for England Under-21’s as a Swansea City player as Roy Hodgson took charge of a side that was skippered by Andre Wisdom. Jack Robinson played for the first time while on loan at Blackpool, with Raheem Sterling also finding the back of the net in a 6-0 thumping of Scotland at Bramall Lane. On the same day, future red Emre Can captained Germany Under-21’s in their goalless draw with France in a friendly in Freiburg.

International farewells
2010 – Greek centre-half Sotirios Kyrgiakos announced his retirement from international football, having won sixty caps for his country.
1998 – Future red John Arne Riise won his third and final cap for Norway Under-18’s in their 3-1 defeat by Sweden in a friendly in Dokka.

Swiss reds
1981 - We held Neuchâtel Xamax to a goalless draw at their La Maladière stadium in a pre-season friendly.

Also in international action
2009 – Alexander Kačaniklić played for Sweden Under-19’s on his eighteenth birthday as they lost a friendly 1-0 to Finland.


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    • By Will
      Liddell’s last
      1960 - Billy Liddell scored his 228th and final reds goal, becoming our oldest post-war goalscorer, aged 38 years 55 days. We beat Stoke City 5-1 in the Second Division at Anfield, with Jimmy Harrower adding a brace, and Roger Hunt and Dave Hickson also netting. Hickson was in fact on target for the fourth consecutive match, in which time he had struck six times in total.
      A new boss
      1951 – Don Welsh was officially appointed Manager. His contract awarded him £1,500 per year, with an additional annual £500 for expenses. He took charge of 232 reds games, winning just 81, and has the indignity of being our first boss to get the sack, after presiding over our relegation from the top flight in 1954, and failing to lead us back to the promised land.
      Fernando’s treble
      2008 - Fernando Torres scored a hat-trick as we thumped West Ham United 4-0 at Anfield, with Steven Gerrard completing the scoring. This was his second successive home treble.
      Crazy Horse OBE
      1980 - Emlyn Hughes was presented with the OBE by Her Majesty the Queen. ‘Crazy Horse’ played 665 times in his twelve years at Anfield, netting 49 times and winning two European Cups, four League titles, two UEFA Cups, FA Cup, UEFA Super Cup and two FA Charity Shields. His greatest season was probably 1976/77 when he captained the side to within a whisker of the treble, as well as being voted the Football Writers’ Player of the Year. Sadly, he died in November 2004.
      More goal feasts against the Potters
      1983 - We beat Stoke City 5-1 at Anfield again. Kenny Dalglish scored twice, with the other goals coming from Phil Neal, Craig Johnston and Graeme Souness. Kenny reached 300 senior club goals that day, with future Toffee Paul Bracewell on target for the visitors.
      1955 - A Johnny Evans brace was not enough as we lost 4-2. This was our first home defeat to the Potters after nineteen previous wins and seven draws. Johnny King netted the first two of his five goals past us, with Harry Oscroft nabbing one of his six and Jack Malkin also on target.
      Mixed fortunes against the Hoops
      We faced Queens Park Rangers twice on this day in the 1980’s.
      1986 - We were held 2-2 at Anfield in the second leg of our League Cup Semi-final, despite twice taking the lead on the night. Steve McMahon and Craig Johnston netted our goals, but Jan Mølby missed a penalty and Gary Gillespie and Ronnie Whelan both scored own goals. This put us out of the competition, as we had lost the first game 1-0 away from home. Bruce Grobbelaar was playing his 300th reds game.
      1988 - We won at Loftus Road in the League, with John Barnes scoring the only goal of the game. This was our last outing on their controversial plastic playing surface. Alex Watson made the first of his nine senior appearances in this game.
      Happy birthdays
      1988 - Damien Plessis was born in Neuville-aux-Bois, France. He signed in August 2007 from Olympique Lyonnais on a free transfer, making an impressive debut at Arsenal in the following April. He struck once in eight senior appearances, before being sold to Panathinaikos in August 2010.
      1896 - Centre-half David Pratt was born in Lochore, Fife. He played 84 times for the reds after signing from Bradford City in January 1923, scoring just once and being known for his long throw-ins. He left Anfield to sign for Bury in November 1927.
      1955 – Reserves keeper Bob Wardle was born in Halifax. He joined from Shrewsbury Town in a straight swap for Steve Ogrizovic in August 1982, but never made our first-team, and was forced to retire through injury inside a year.
      1986 - Former reserves keeper Paul Willis was born in Northern Ireland. He was released in the summer of 2006 after failing to break through to the first team, later playing for AFC Liverpool.
      1955 – Scottish keeper Bill McCann died. He signed from Abercorn in May 1894, playing seventeen times before moving on the following March.
      Scott’s bow
      2005 - Scott Carson made his reds debut as we lost 1-0 at Newcastle United thanks to a goal from Laurent Robert. This was Graeme Souness’ first win over the reds as opposing Manager, at the eleventh attempt.
      1977 - We also faced the Geordies when Steve Heighway grabbed the only goal of the game at Anfield. Phil Neal had a spot-kick saved by keeper Mike Mahoney.
      International goalscorers
      1923 - Ephraim Longworth netted his only goal for England as they drew 2-2 with Wales in the British International Championships in Cardiff, playing alongside clubmate Harry Chambers. Ex-red Robert Matthews won his second Welsh cap in this game, the only one he won while a Bristol City player. Reds right-half Maurice Parry also played for Wales.
      2014 – Daniel Sturridge scored the only goal of Roy Hodgson’s England’s friendly meeting with Denmark at Wembley. Mohamed Salah struck while winning his first cap as a Chelsea player in Egypt’s 2-0 friendly defeat of Bosnia-Herzegovina in Austria. Ex-red Raul Meireles netted as Portugal thumped Cameroon 5-1 in Leiria, while Gabriel Paletta made his senior debut for Italy as they lost 1-0 to Spain in Madrid. Sadio Mané struck his last goal as a Red Bull Salzburg player as Senegal drew 1-1 with Mali in a friendly in Dakar.
      Future red Andy Robertson also won his first cap in Scotland’s 1-0 win in Poland. Tom Ince won his first cap while on loan at Crystal Palace as England Under-21’s beat Wales 1-0 in a European Championships qualifier, with Nuri Şahin playing for Turkey for the final time as a Real Madrid player as Turkey beat Sweden 2-1 in Ankara.
      Daniel Agger, Joe Allen, Cameron Brannagan, Steven Gerrard, Jordan Henderson, Glen Johnson, Brad Jones, Jack Robinson, Martin Škrtel, Raheem Sterling, Luis Suárez, Kolo Touré, future reds Thiago Alcântara, Christian Benteke, Ádám Bogdán, Danny Ings, Ragnar Klavan, Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren, Lazar Marković, Joël Matip, James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Xherdan Shaqiri, and ex-reds Charlie Adam, Xabi Alonso, Nabil El Zhar, Charles Itandje, Alexander Kačaniklić, Javier Mascherano and Maxi Rodríguez all also featured for their countries that day.
      Mixed fortunes against the Owls
      We have twice faced The Wednesday in top-flight encounters on this day in history, with the home side winning 3-0 on each occasion.
      1910 - We lost at Owlerton as Tom Brittleton netted twice, with Billy Lloyd also on target. On the same day, Ernest Peake played for Wales as they lost 1-0 in the British International Championships in Scotland.
      1927 - Harry Chambers struck twice as we won in L4, with Donald Mackinlay adding the third, his 35th and last reds goal.
      Other wins
      1921 - We won 2-1 at Huddersfield Town to complete a League double over the Terriers inside a week, with Harry Chambers and Dick Johnson finding the net.
      1958 - Billy Liddell and Bobby Murdoch struck as we beat Derby County 2-0 at Anfield in a Second Division fixture.
      Buying the site
      2008 - The club announced that it had completed the purchase of 100% of the official club website, liverpoolfc.tv.
      Other reds games
      1994 – We lost 2-0 at Blackburn Rovers. Jason Wilcox bagged one of his four goals against us before Tim Sherwood struck.
      1963 – We drew 2-2 at Ipswich Town. Kevin Lewis scored before Ted Phillips scored the last of his five past us. Ian St. John gave us a half-time lead, but Royston Stephenson netted the final of his four goals against the reds.
      1949 – We lost 2-1 at Chelsea despite going in at the break ahead through Jimmy Payne. Roy Bentley scored the first of his five past us with Ken Armstrong nabbing the winner.
      1938 – We drew 2-2 at Leicester City with Alf Hanson netting both our goals.
      1932 – We drew 2-2 at Blackpool. Jimmy Hampson scored one of his six goals against us before Dave Wright and Gordon Hodgson struck. Phil Watson struck one of his five past us in the final minute.
      Nando again
      2009 - Fernando Torres was named the PFA Fans’ Player of the Month for February of that year, so becoming the third consecutive reds winner after two straight wins by Steven Gerrard. Nando had notched three times in three League outings during the previous month.
      International beginning and end
      1989 - Ronnie Rosenthal netted his first goal for Israel as a Standard de Liège player, the only goal of their World Cup qualifier against New Zealand in Tel-Aviv.
      2013 – Jordon Ibe won his second and last cap for England Under-18’s in their 1-0 friendly defeat in Belgium.
      On the move
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      2015 – Former reds left-winger Albert Riera re-signed for his first club Real Club Deportivo Mallorca, having been sacked by Udinese four months earlier. He played just six times in this second spell.
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      Happy birthday King Kenny
      1951 - Kenny Dalglish was born in Dalmarnack, Glasgow. He signed from Celtic for £440,000 in August 1977 and bagged 172 goals in 515 games, helping us to countless honours, both as a player for which he is fêted by many as the finest ever on the pitch, and later in two spells as Manager. His greatest moments as a player include scoring the goals that clinched the European Cup at Wembley in 1978, and the first half of a League and FA Cup double at Stamford Bridge eight years later, while his efforts in the aftermath of the Hillsborough disaster ensure he retains an even more special place in our hearts.
      Other birthdays
      1955 - Joey Jones was born in Bangor. He signed from Wrexham for £110,000 in July 1975 and made exactly a century of reds appearances, bagging three goals and helping us to win a European Cup, two League titles and the FA Charity Shield in his time at Anfield. He rejoined Wrexham for £210,000 in October 1978.
      1984 - Our former American reserves centre-back Zak Whitbread was born in Houston, Texas. He made just seven senior appearances in the cups, and was sold to Millwall for £200,000 in June 2006 after a season-long loan spell at The New Den.
      Crazy Horse out of the traps
      1967 - New record signing Emlyn Hughes made his reds debut in a 2-1 home League win over Stoke City, when Chris Lawler and Roger Hunt netted, while Peter Dobing bagged one of his eight goals past us. ‘Crazy Horse’ went on to make 665 reds appearances in total.
      1953 – Centre-half Joe Maloney debuted as Bolton Wanderers held us to a goalless draw at Anfield.
      1922 – Winger Cyril Gilhespy made his reds bow as we drew 0-0 at Blackburn Rovers.
      Setting club records
      1978 - Ray Clemence set a club record for a goalkeeper by making his 336th consecutive appearance in a 3-1 defeat at Chelsea, with Steve Ogrizovic stepping in to make his debut in the next match. Phil Neal opened the scoring from the spot, our 5,000th League goal to date. Steve Finnieston struck the last two of his four goals against the reds, with Tommy Langley also on the scoresheet.
      2000 - Liverpool fielded nine non-British born players for the first time, with Jamie Carragher and Dominic Matteo being the only home-grown talents who started our 1-1 Premiership draw at Old Trafford, when Patrik Berger netted a trademark free-kick before Ole Gunnar Solskjær equalised.
      Red trebles at Anfield
      1905 - Jack Parkinson netted three in a 5-0 Second Division victory over Blackpool, with Robert Robinson and Arthur Goddard also scoring.
      1950 - We also beat the Seasiders, with Willie Fagan and Billy Liddell on target in our 2-1 FA Cup Sixth Round win, as we headed towards our second Final. The legendary Stan Mortensen bagging one of his eleven strikes against the reds.
      1981 - Graeme Souness grabbed a hat-trick to become the first and so far only reds player to bag two European trebles in the same season, in our 5-1 trouncing of CSKA Sofia in the European Cup Third Round first leg, en route to lifting the trophy for the third time. Sammy Lee and Terry McDermott were also on target. The Bulgarians actually made a number of good chances but either missed them, or saw Ray Clemence repel their efforts.
      Derby joy
      1972 - We thumped Everton 4-0 at Anfield with our first two strikes being own goals, from keeper Tommy Wright and John McLaughlin, with Wright also putting through his own net in his next game! Chris Lawler and Emlyn Hughes completed the scoring, the latter while playing his 200th League game for the reds.
      Most recently
      2015 – We beat Burnley 2-0 at Anfield, thanks to a Jordan Henderson strike and header from Daniel Sturridge.
      2017 – We beat Arsenal 3-1 at Anfield, with Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mané netting before the break. Danny Welbeck pulled a goal back, but Gini Wijnaldum struck late on.
      1933 – Gordon Hodgson struck the only goal of the game as we beat Arsenal 1-0 at Highbury in a top-flight encounter.
      John’s last
      1939 - Left-half John Browning played his nineteenth and final reds game in our 1-1 home draw with Leicester City, with Phil Taylor bagging our late goal.
      Beating the Geordies
      We have twice defeated Newcastle United on this day in history.
      1995 - Robbie Fowler and Ian Rush struck as we beat them 2-0 in a Premiership match at Anfield.
      1899 - We won a friendly at St. James’ Park 3-1, with George Allan bagging a treble.
      Thumping Oldham
      1944 - Jack Balmer scored four goals as we trounced Oldham Athletic 8-1 at Anfield, in a game that counted for the Wartime League Cup as well as the League. Phil Taylor and Cyril Done both added braces.
      1916 - We also beat them in another Wartime League match. Dave Watson and Arthur Metcalf were on target in our 4-1 victory, with Fred Pagnam netting twice.
      European disappointment
      1992 - We lost 2-0 at Genoa in the first leg of our UEFA Cup Fourth Round encounter. Unfortunately, we also lost the Anfield return to crash out 4-1 on aggregate.
      R.I.P. Tom
      1959 - Left-half Tom Bromilow died on a train while returning from a scouting mission for Leicester City. He signed professional terms at Anfield in 1919, having asked for a trial straight from the army. He went on to make 375 appearances, scoring eleven times while helping us to claim two League titles in successive seasons in the 1920’s, as well as earning full international honours with England.
      1964 – Forward Vic Wright died. He struck 33 times in 85 reds games after signing from Rotherham United in March 1934. He moved on to Plymouth Argyle in June 1937.
      For Scotland
      1922 - Left-back Donald Mackinlay won his second and final cap for Scotland in a 2-1 victory over Northern Ireland at Celtic Park. Partick Thistle’s ex-reds keeper Ken Campbell also featured for Scotland, while Billy Lacey was playing his final game as a reds player for the away side.
      1911 - Centre-half Alex Raisbeck played for the Scottish League against a Football League side.
      1907 - Ex-reds inside-right George Livingstone won his second and final cap, and only one as a Rangers player, as the Scots lost 1-0 in Wales, also in the British International Championships. Reds defender George Latham was on the winning side.
      Future reds in opposition
      2014 – Alberto Moreno faced Emre Can in an Under-21’s friendly in Palencia, with Spain beating Germany 2-0, with this being Can’s last cap at this level while playing for Bayer 04 Leverkusen.
      Beating the rest
      1931 – Gordon Hodgson and future reds Ernie Blenkinsop and Tosh Johnson all featured as England beat The Rest 3-2 in a trial match at Highbury, with Dixie Dean bagging a treble.
      Tosh leaves the Vetch
      1984 - John Toshack was sacked as Manager of Swansea City, after just two wins in eleven games in this second spell in charge.
      Other reds games
      2006 – Charlton Athletic held us to a goalless draw at Anfield.
      1964 – We came from two goals down to draw 2-2 at Sheffield Wednesday. Ian St. John and Willie Stevenson were on the scoresheet.
      1961 – We drew 2-2 in a Second Division match at Portsmouth with Alan Banks and Johnny Morrissey scoring our goals.
      1911 – We lost 1-0 at Tottenham Hotspur as Billy Minter grabbed one of his five goals past us, with Sam Hardy saving a Bobby Steel penalty.
      1897 – We beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-0 in L4 thanks to goals from Frank Becton, Harry Bradshaw and George Allan.
      1893 – We beat Nelson 3-0 in a Lancashire League meeting at Anfield. Matt McQueen struck twice, with his brother Hugh also on target.
      Keepers on the move
      1995 - Sander Westerveld joined Vitesse Arnhem from Twente. He played 101 League games for them before moving to Anfield four years later.
      2004 - Former reserves custodian Ian Dunbavin joined Morecambe on loan from fellow Conference side Shrewsbury Town on loan, making three appearances.
      Also on the move
      1996 - Paul Stewart joined Sunderland on a free transfer following a loan period. He netted five times in 37 games, before being offloaded to Stoke City.
      2011 – Ex-reserves forward Lauri Dalla Valle joined Bournemouth on loan from Fulham, netting twice in eight outings for the Cherries.
      2019 – Former reds coach Paco Herrera was sacked as Manager of Unión Deportiva Las Palmas for the second time, having led them to only three victories in fourteen League matches.
      Also in international action
      2010 – Chris Mavinga played for France Under-19’s in their 2-1 friendly defeat of Ukraine in Saint-Denis.
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      Another treble for Gordon
      1934 - Our best ever win on this day came when Gordon Hodgson netted a hat-trick in a 6-2 home League win over Middlesbrough, the fourteenth of his seventeen for the club. Sam English grabbed a brace, with Harold Taylor also on target and forward Tosh Johnson making his reds bow on the day he signed. Benny Yorston struck two of his five goals against the reds.
      Derby joy
      1973 - Emlyn Hughes struck a brace in the final eight minutes to hand us a 2-0 win at Goodison Park. This helped give us the momentum to claim the League title that season, our first for seven years, as we came out of a slump of just one win in our previous five games.
      Mo yet again
      2018 – Mohamed Salah netted in his seventh consecutive game to open the scoring against Newcastle United at Anfield. Sadio Mané netted after half time to secure a 2-0 victory.
      Recent defeats
      2007 - We lost to a last-minute John O’Shea goal, despite Paul Scholes being sent off late on for the visitors, as Manchester United secured a third straight clean League sheet at Anfield, the first time they had ever achieved this. Steve Finnan was making his 400th career League appearance as we lost a League game at home for the first time in seventeen months.
      2012 – Arsenal won 2-1 at Anfield, despite the reds going ahead through a Laurent Koscielny own goal after Dirk Kuyt had seen a penalty saved. Robin van Persie headed in an equaliser before half time and then struck a cruel stoppage-time winner, two of his seven goals to date past us. This was only the third time in nine years we had lost a home League game after taking the lead, with Arsenal the victors on each occasion.
      2020 – We lost 2-0 at Chelsea in the FA Cup Fifth Round, having made seven changes from our preceding game, which was our first League defeat of the season. Adrián fumbled Willian’s shot for the opener, with ex-Toffee Ross Barkley adding the second.
      1979 – We held Chelsea to a goalless draw, with Yugoslav keeper Petar Borota making his debut for the home side in blustery conditions.
      Half a century for Le Boss
      2004 - We beat Levski Sofia 4-2 in Bulgaria to reach the Fourth Round of the UEFA Cup 6-2 on aggregate, in what was our fiftieth European match since Gérard Houllier took sole charge. Sami Hyypiä played his 250th reds game, scoring our final goal. Steven Gerrard, Michael Owen and Dietmar Hamann struck the others.
      More European memories
      1976 - Ray Clemence saved a penalty from Peter Kotte as we held Dynamo Dresden to a goalless UEFA Cup Fourth Round draw at their Rudolf Harbig Stadion, with Phil Thompson hitting the bar late on. We won the return leg 2-1 at Anfield, on our way to winning the trophy for the second time.
      1982 - Sammy Lee played his hundredth reds game as we beat CSKA Sofia 1-0 at Anfield in the European Cup Third Round, with Ronnie Whelan netting, although we lost 2-0 in Bulgaria in the return.
      Bobby off the bench
      1969 - Bobby Graham became our first ever FA Cup substitute, coming on for Roger Hunt in a 1-0 home defeat to Leicester City in a Fifth Round replay, with the striker throwing his shirt to the floor in a rare display of dissent. Tommy Smith had a penalty saved by Peter Shilton in that match after a John Sjoberg handball, while Andy Lochhead scored the last of his four goals past us.
      2001 - We also lost at Leicester, going down 2-0 in our first game since winning the Worthington Cup in Cardiff. Ade Akinbayi and Muzzy Izzet struck the goals.
      Most recent win
      2009 – David N’Gog and Yossi Benayoun both struck in the second half as we beat Sunderland 2-0 in a Premiership fixture at Anfield. On the same day, it was announced that we had become the number one-ranked club in European football according to UEFA’s coefficient system, following the previous week’s victory at Real Madrid. This was the first time we had been ranked Europe’s best since 1985.
      A new boss
      1951 – Don Welsh was sent a letter following a telephone conversation to confirm his appointment as Manager. His contract awarded him £1,500 per year, with an additional annual £500 for expenses. He took charge of 232 reds games, winning just 81, and has the indignity of being our only boss to get the sack, after presiding over our relegation from the top flight in 1954, and failing to lead us back to the promised land. On the same day, future reds boss Bob Paisley netted in our 1-1 League draw with West Bromwich Albion at Anfield as full-back Ray Lambert played his 200th reds game.
      Reds off the mark at Anfield
      1923 - Outside-left Fred Hopkin scored his first reds goal in a 3-0 League win over Bolton Wanderers. This was immediately followed by a fire in the Anfield Road end! Dick Forshaw and Dick Johnson netted the other goals.
      1928 - We beat Wanderers at Anfield again, with Tom Reid bagging a brace and Gordon Hodgson and Dick Edmed also on target in a 4-2 victory. David Jack nabbed one of his nine goals against the reds, with George Gibson scoring the first of his five past us.
      1894 - Arthur Worgan scored twice on his reds bow in a 3-1 Second Division win over Burton Swifts, with Duncan McLean netting from the spot.
      Reds debutants
      1962 - Keeper Jim Furnell made his reds bow in a 1-1 Second Division draw at Walsall. He remained first choice as we were promoted that season. Alan A’Court grabbed our goal that day.
      1956 - Winger Joe Dickson bagged his first reds goal in our 4-2 defeat of Bury at Anfield in another Second Division match, a last-minute strike that was originally credited to Billy Liddell. Johnny Evans struck twice, including a penalty, with Liddell also on the scoresheet proper.
      Derby stalemates
      1984 - We drew the Goodison derby 1-1 with Ian Rush bagging our goal. Alan Kennedy conceded a penalty against Andy Gray, having already done so earlier in the season when Gray was still at Wolverhampton Wanderers. However, Bruce Grobbelaar saved from Graeme Sharp. Ex-reds reserve Alan Harper grabbed the Blues’ late equaliser.
      2019 – We were held to a goalless draw at Goodison Park to ensure Manchester City remained on top of the table by a single point, an advantage they held until the end of the campaign.
      Quasi fails
      1990 - Peter Beardsley missed a penalty in the third minute, but Gary Gillespie netted late on as we beat Millwall 1-0 at Anfield.
      Mixed fortunes against City
      We twice entertained Manchester City in the First Division at the start of last century.
      1900 – We triumphed 5-2, with Sam Raybould striking twice, including a penalty, and John Walker, Charles Satterthwaite and Jack Cox also grabbing goals. Billy Gillespie struck one of his six goals against the reds, with Billy Meredith also netting.
      1906 - We lost 1-0.
      Into the Semi
      1897 - George Allan netted the only goal of the game at Nottingham Forest as we reached the FA Cup Semi-final for the first time in our history.
      Rare defeat
      1991 - Paul Merson netted one of his seven goals past us, the only strike of the game for fellow title challengers Arsenal as we lost at home for the first time in 35 games, with the run stretching back to November 1989. This was also our third consecutive defeat since Kenny Dalglish’s resignation, the first such run since April 1987.
      Off to a flyer
      1996 - Steve McManaman struck a brace before Robbie Fowler wrapped up a 3-0 defeat of Aston Villa at Anfield in just the eighth minute. This took our unbeaten run to sixteen games, with Robbie having bagged sixteen goals in his last fifteen outings.
      Morris for Wales
      Richard Morris won two caps for Wales in the British International Championships on this day, either side of his Anfield spell.
      1902 - He won his second cap, and first as a Druids Ruabon player, in their goalless draw with England in Wrexham, alongside reds right-half Maurice Parry.
      1906 - He won his ninth cap, and only one as a Leeds City player, as Scotland lost 2-0 in Edinburgh. George Latham also played for the Welsh.
      On the move
      2007 - Reserves midfielder Danny Guthrie joined Southampton on loan, after seven senior reds games. He turned out twelve times for the Saints, joining Newcastle United for £2.25m in July 2008 after a season-long loan with Bolton Wanderers.
      2017 – Former Director of Academy and Player Development Frank McParland was appointed Director of Football at Nottingham Forest.
      Internationals on target
      2010 – Dirk Kuyt converted a penalty as the Netherlands beat the USA 2-1 in a friendly in Amsterdam, with ex-red Peter Crouch bagging a brace in England’s 3-1 defeat of Egypt at Wembley, the country’s 500th win in history. Yossi Benayoun scored while winning his last cap as a reds player as Israel won 2-0 in Romania, with future red Luis Suárez on target in Uruguay’s 3-1 win in Switzerland, with future red Xherdan Shaqiri debuting for the home side.
      Future red Joël Matip debuted for Cameroon as they held Italy to a goalless draw in a friendly in Monaco. Andy Carroll won his fifth and final Under-21’s cap as England lost 2-1 to Greece in Doncaster. On the same day, Dejan Lovren won his first cap as an Olympique Lyonnais player as Croatia beat Belgium 1-0 in a friendly in Brussels.
      Djibril Cissé won his first cap as a Panathinaikos player as Spain beat France 2-0 at the Stade de France. Ryan Babel, Steven Gerrard, Sotirios Kyrgiakos, Javier Mascherano, Fernando Torres, future reds Charlie Adam, Christian Benteke, Raul Meireles, Simon Mignolet, James Milner, Nuri Şahin, Daniel Sturridge and Gini Wijnaldum, and ex-reds Xabi Alonso, Nicolas Anelka, Álvaro Arbeloa, Jari Litmanen, John Arne Riise and John Toshack all also featured in international action that day.
      Other reds games
      1970 – We won 3-2 at Coventry City with Emlyn Hughes on target in the first half and Alun Evans bagging a second-half brace.
      1955 – We won a Second Division trip to Notts County 3-0, thanks to goals from Alan Arnell, Alan A’Court and Tony Rowley.
      Management moves
      2008 – Steve McMahon’s brother John was appointed Caretaker Manager of Shrewsbury Town. The Shrews drew both of the games he took charge of.
      1998 - We played in a testimonial for Rangers boss Walter Smith, losing 1-0. Icelandic striker Haukur Ingi Gudnason played his first reds game. On the same day, future red Milan Baroš played for the Czech Republic Under-16’s as they trounced Andorra 10-0 in a European Championships qualifier.
      Razor unsheathed
      1986 - Future reds centre-back Neil Ruddock signed as a professional for Millwall. He only made four senior appearances in his first spell at The Den, before moving to Tottenham Hotspur.
      Also in international action
      1993 – Future reds keeper Brad Friedel played for the USA as they drew 2-2 with Canada in a friendly in California.
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