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Double debutants
1987 - John Barnes and new record signing Peter Beardsley both made their official reds debuts as we beat Arsenal 2-1 at Highbury, thanks to goals from John Aldridge and Steve Nicol, who scored an extraordinary header from the edge of the penalty box. This was Kenny Dalglish’s fiftieth League win as reds boss, coming in his 85th game - still the best record of any reds boss.

Happy birthday Ox
1993 – Midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was born in Portsmouth. He signed from Arsenal for £35m in August 2017, netting thirteen times in 87 appearances as well as suffering a serious injury. He made it back to sit on the bench as we claimed the UEFA Champions League in Madrid in June 2019 and helping us to claim the Premier League, FIFA Club World Cup and UEFA Super Cup.

Clem departs
1981 – Ray Clemence was sold to Tottenham Hotspur for £300,000. He had arrived from Sc***horpe United for £18,000 in June 1967, usurping Tommy Lawrence as first choice number one after two years. He went on to make 665 reds appearances, winning five League titles, an FA Cup, three European Cups, two UEFA Cups, League Cup, UEFA Super Cup and four FA Charity Shields in his fourteen years at Anfield.
1976 – Kevin Keegan confirmed that the upcoming season would be his final one at Anfield. He struck twenty times in 57 outings in this campaign, helping us to claim the European Cup and League title, and reach the FA Cup Final.

Double dismissals
2010 – Joe Cole was sent off for a challenge on Laurent Koscielny just before half-time in our Anfield meeting with Arsenal. David N’Gog put us in front immediately after the break, with the lead lasting until the last minute when Marouane Chamakh diverted a cross against the post and Pepe Reina spilled the rebound into his own net. Koscielny was then sent off for a second bookable offence in injury-time. This turned out to be Javier Mascherano’s 139th and final reds game.

Other birthdays
1988 – Moroccan winger Oussama Assaidi was born in Beni-Boughafar. He signed from Dutch side SC Heerenveen for £2.4m in August 2012, failing to score in twelve appearances before spending a season and a half on loan at Stoke City. He was sold to UAE Arabian Gulf League side Al Ahli for a reported £4.7m in January 2015.
1905 - Centre-forward Tom Reid was born in Motherwell. He signed from Clydebank for £1,000 in April 1926 and bagged an impressive thirty goals in 55 games before moving to Manchester United in February 1929.

Off the mark
2017 – Trent Alexander-Arnold scored his first senior goal as we won 2-1 at TSG 1899 Hoffenheim in the first leg of our UEFA Champions League qualifier. Simon Mignolet saved a penalty, with forward Dominic Solanke making his reds bow as we benefited when Havard Nordtveit inadvertently diverted a James Milner cross into his own net.
2007 - Yossi Benayoun made his reds debut as Andriy Voronin’s first reds strike proved to be the only goal of the first leg of our Champions League qualifier in Toulouse, who became our hundredth different opponents in European competition.

Happy birthday Boudewijn
1976 - Bolo Zenden was born in Maastricht in the Netherlands. He signed on a free transfer in July 2005 after his one-year contract with Middlesbrough had expired. He notched twice in 47 senior reds games, as injury hampered his career at Anfield. He helped us to claim the UEFA Super Cup and FA Community Shield, as well as reach the Champions League Final in his brief time with the reds. Bolo left the club in July 2007 to join Olympique de Marseille.

Charity at first
1964 - We played in our first FA Charity Shield, only drawing 2-2 with West Ham United at Anfield. Gordon Wallace and Gerry Byrne twice gave us the lead, with John Byrne and Geoff Hurst both netting equalisers, with the latter being one of his nine strikes against the reds. The trophy was shared between the two clubs, as this was in the days before extra-time and penalty shoot-outs. Phil Chisnall made his reds bow in this game when he became the first ever substitute in senior English football, replacing Alf Arrowsmith after just a quarter of an hour, who had suffered a serious knee injury.

Red defenders on the way out
1991 - Gary Gillespie was sold to his boyhood heroes Celtic for £925,000. He had been Joe Fagan’s first signing, helping us to three League titles in his eight injury-ravaged years at Anfield, scoring sixteen times in 214 appearances.
2002 - Young full-back Stephen Wright joined Sunderland for £3m, after just 21 reds games. He netted twice in 105 games for them, with injuries blighting his time there, and was released in May 2008.

Double capture
2005 - Liverpool confirmed the signings of young centre-backs Godwin Antwi from Real Zaragoza and Miki Roqué from U.E. Lleida. Both featured in our victorious FA Youth Cup winning campaign in 2006, but only made one senior appearance between them, when Roque made a late cameo at Galatasaray in December 2006.

1970’s League wins
We twice played League games on this day in the 1970’s, winning them both.
1970 - We won 2-1 at Burnley, with Alun Evans and Emlyn Hughes on target.
1972 - We beat Manchester United 2-0 at Anfield, thanks to strikes from John Toshack and Steve Heighway.

Ex-reds on the move
1997 - Ian Rush signed for Newcastle United on a free transfer from Leeds United. He only made fourteen appearances for the Magpies, scoring twice, including one that made him the all-time top scorer in the FA Cup, with 44 goals in the competition.
1985 - Gary McAllister joined Leicester City from Motherwell along with clubmate Ally Mauchlen for a combined £250,000. He struck 52 times in 225 appearances for the Foxes, before joining Leeds United for £1m in July 1990.
2003 - Steve Staunton joined Coventry City on a free transfer from Aston Villa. He notched four times in 75 games for the Sky Blues before joining Walsall two years later.
2011 – Robbie Keane joined LA Galaxy from Tottenham Hotspur for £3.5m, so far bagging 97 goals in 145 outings for the American outfit and becoming their captain.

Losing finalists
1982 - We lost the Final of the Málaga Tournament to the home side. We drew 1-1 after extra time, with our goal coming from Alan Kennedy, but lost the penalty shoot-out 4-2. The game started so late that the action did not come to an end until around 1:15am. Terry McDermott and Phil Neal converted their spot-kicks, with David Hodgson’s being saved and Howard Gayle sending his over the crossbar

New boss
2005 - Roy Hodgson was appointed Manager of Finland. He narrowly failed to take them to the European Championships Finals in 2008, as they fell just one goal short of reaching their first ever major tournament. He chose not to renew his contract when it expired in November 2007, taking over at Fulham the following month.

Reds in Ireland
1994 - We beat Dundalk 2-1 in a friendly at Oriel Park, with Robbie Fowler and Michael Thomas on the scoresheet.

International friendly firsts and lasts
2012 – Charlie Adam won his last cap as a reds player as Scotland beat Australia 3-1 at Easter Road, while Nuri Şahin made his final appearance for Turkey before joining the reds on loan as Turkey lost 2-0 to Austria in Vienna. Joe Allen represented Wales for the first time since moving to Anfield as they lost 2-0 to Bosnia-Herzegovina in Llanelli, with Craig Bellamy playing his first international in his second spell as a Cardiff City player. Meanwhile, Raúl Meireles won his last cap as a Chelsea player in Portugal’s 2-0 victory over Panama in Faro, while Christian Benteke scored his first senior goal for Belgium, and only one as a Koninklijke Racing Club Genk player, in their 4-2 friendly defeat of the Netherlands in Brussels.

On the same day, ex-red Alexander Kačaniklić made his senior bow in Sweden’s 3-0 defeat by Brazil in Solna, while Alberto Aquilani won his first cap as a Fiorentina player as Italy lost 2-1 to Roy Hodgson’s England in Bern. Xherdan Shaqiri won his last cap as a Basel player in Switzerland’s 4-2 win in Croatia, while Fulham’s John Arne Riise struck in Norway’s 3-2 loss to Greece in Oslo, with Krisztián Németh playing for Hungary for the first time while with Roda JC Kerkrade in their 1-1 draw with Israel in Budapest. Also in international action that day were Andy Carroll, Pepe Reina, Martin Škrtel, future reds Mario Balotelli, Lazar Marković, James Milner, Mamadou Sakho and Virgil van Dijk, and ex-reds Xabi Alonso, Álvaro Arbeloa, Javier Mascherano, Daniel Sjölund, Fernando Torres.

More reds in international action
2001 - A host of reds featured in international friendlies. Patrik Berger won his 44th and final cap in the Czech Republic’s 5-0 thumping of South Korea, with future red Milan Baroš also playing. Meanwhile, Jerzy Dudek won his last cap as a Feyenoord player in Poland’s 1-1 draw in Iceland.

John Arne Riise won his first cap as a reds player as Norway drew 1-1 with Turkey in Oslo. Two reds also appeared for Finland in their 4-1 defeat of Belgium in Helsinki. Sami Hyypiä won his fortieth cap, while Jari Litmanen scored a penalty. Nick Barmby, Jamie Carragher, Robbie Fowler and Michael Owen all played in England’s 2-0 defeat by the Netherlands at White Hart Lane, with ex-red David James winning his first cap as a West Ham United player. Future red Bolo Zenden won his first cap while with Chelsea for the winning side, his 31st to date.

Dietmar Hamann played in Germany’s 5-2 win in Hungary, with Christian Ziege winning his first cap as a Tottenham Hotspur player, his sixtieth international. Igor Bišcan was a substitute in Croatia’s 2-2 draw with the Republic of Ireland in Dublin. Mark Kennedy played his first international as a Wolverhampton Wanderers player, with future reds Steve Finnan and Robbie Keane, and ex-reds Jason McAteer and Steve Staunton also featuring. Future red Yossi Benayoun also represented his country that day.

Most recently for their countries
2006 - Craig Bellamy won his first cap as a reds player as John Toshack’s Wales were held to a goalless friendly draw by Bulgaria in Swansea, with ex-reds loanee Paul Jones also playing. Meanwhile, future red Yossi Benayoun was on target while winning his fiftieth cap as Israel drew 1-1 in Slovenia. Another future red, Andriy Voronin, struck in the Ukraine’s 6-0 trouncing of Azerbaijan in Kiev, with another future red Martin Škrtel also representing his country. Also in international action that day were Pepe Reina, Luis García and future red Fernando Torres, who played as Raúl won his hundredth cap for Spain in their goalless draw in Iceland.

Scott Carson won his first Under-21’s cap while on loan at Charlton Athletic as England were held to a 2-2 draw in a European Championships qualifier at Portman Road, while Florent Sinama-Pongolle also played for his country’s junior side.

Olympian Raúl
2004 - Raúl Meireles played for Portugal in the Olympics Finals, featuring as they beat Morocco 2-1 in Heraklion.

Also on the move
2014 – Portuguese midfielder João Teixeira joined Brighton & Hove Albion on loan, being voted their Young Player of the Year after six strikes in 35 games, despite breaking his leg towards the end of the campaign. On the same day, forward Michael Ngoo left the club to sign for Kilmarnock, failing to score in seven outings in his first season at Rugby Park.

2013 – Forward Steven Gillespie re-joined Cheltenham Town on loan from Fleetwood Town, netting twice in five games in this fourth spell with the Robins.
2011 - Future reds forward Danny Ings moved to Burnley from Bournemouth for £1m, going on to bag 43 goals in 130 run-outs before moving to Anfield in July 2015.


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      1931 - We lost 2-0 in another First Division meeting when Jimmy Easson netted two of his eight goals past us.
      Thumping the Black Cats
      1936 - Alf Hanson struck twice as we beat Sunderland 4-0 at Anfield, with Berry Nieuwenhuys and Jack Balmer also on the scoresheet.
      The cup in December
      1999 - We played our earliest FA Cup tie since 1892 when the Third Round was staged in December. Dominic Matteo netted his second and final reds goal as we won 2-0 at Huddersfield Town after Titi Camara had opened the scoring.
      Djimi signs on
      2000 - Djimi Traoré signed a new four-year contract. He struck once in 141 reds appearances before joining Charlton Athletic for £2m in August 2006, having helped us to claim the Champions League in 2005.
      On the move
      1979 - 1950’s wing-half Bobby Campbell was sacked as Manager of Bristol Rovers. He had led them to just eleven wins in 46 games in charge, as they struggled in the old Second Division.
      1997 - Mike Marsh was released by Southend United after just over two years at Roots Hall. He had struck thirteen times in 97 games for the Shrimpers.
      2011 - Nicolas Anelka signed for Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua, netting three times in 23 outings before joining West Bromwich Albion on a free transfer in July 2013.
      2017 – Former reds First Team Coach Paco Herrera was sacked as Manager of Real Sporting de Gijón after just six months in charge.
      A saintly century
      1977 - We played St. Mirren at Love Street to commemorate their centenary. The game ended 1-1, with Kenny Dalglish on target for the reds, before we won a penalty shoot-out 5-4. Phil Neal, Emlyn Hughes, Terry McDermott, Ray Kennedy and David Johnson converted spot-kicks with Ray Clemence saving from future red Frank McGarvey.
      Nice one Cyril
      1942 - Cyril Done bagged a treble as we trounced Burnley 9-2 in a Wartime League fixture at Anfield. Dicky Dorsett and Willie Fagan both netted braces, with Michael Hulligan and Fred Haycock also on target.
      Newell for England
      1989 - Ex-reds reserves striker Mike Newell, then playing across the park, netted for England B as they beat Yugoslavia 2-0 at The Den.
      1995 – Steve McManaman, ex-red Peter Beardsley and future red Nick Barmby all played in England’s 1-1 friendly draw with Portugal at Wembley.
      2002 – Future reds Glen Johnson, Andy Lonergan and Gary O’Neil all featured as England Under-20’s lost 2-0 to Switzerland at Upton Park.
      Mixed fortunes for the youngsters
      2003 - Zak Whitbread faced future red Javier Mascherano as Argentina Under-20’s beat the USA 2-1 on a golden goal in the Quarter-finals of the World Championship Finals in the United Arab Emirates, with Mascherano grabbing the injury time equaliser.
      Daniele’s debut
      2006 - Future reds loanee keeper Daniele Padelli won his first cap for Italy Under-21’s as they beat Luxembourg 2-0 in Vibo Valentia. He was then on loan at Crotone from Sampdoria.
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      Happy birthday Chico
      1961 - Steve Nicol was born in Irvine. The versatile Scot signed from Ayr United for £300,000 in October 1981 and played 468 reds games, scoring 46 times. He helped us to four League titles, three FA Cups, European Cup and an FA Charity Shield, and was named the Football Writers’ Player of the Year in 1989.
      Worst ever defeat
      1954 - Birmingham City trounced us 9-1 at St. Andrews in a Second Division fixture to condemn us to our worst ever defeat, with Eddie Brown netting the first three of his four goals past us. Billy Liddell grabbed our consolation. Peter Murphy and Gordon Astall each struck twice for the Blues, with Jackie Lane and Alexander Govan also getting on the scoresheet.
      Another record for Stevie
      2007 - Steven Gerrard converted the rebound from his own saved penalty at Olympique de Marseille to become the club’s all-time top European scorer on 23, as he struck in his seventh consecutive game. We became the first English team to win in the Stade Vélodrome as we triumphed 4-0, in the decisive final game in the group. Stevie’s goal was followed by strikes from Fernando Torres, Dirk Kuyt and Ryan Babel.
      Other red birthdays
      1969 - Stig Inge Bjørnebye was born in Elverum. The Norwegian left-back spent six and a half years at Anfield, scoring four times in 184 appearances and helping us to claim the Coca-Cola Cup in 1995 after signing from Rosenborg BK for £600,000 in December 1992.
      1942 - Centre-forward Alf Arrowsmith was born in Manchester. He signed from Ashton United for £1,250 in August 1960 and netted 24 goals in just 56 games in his eight years with the reds, helping us to claim the League title in 1964, before injury blighted his reds career. He moved on to Bury in December 1968.
      1986 - Lee Peltier was born in Aigburth. He made his senior debut in our Carling Cup Third Round defeat of Reading in October 2006, but made just four first-team appearances in total before moving to Yeovil Town in January 2008 after a successful loan spell.
      1977 - Former youth winger Stuart Quinn was born in Whiston. He failed to make a senior reds appearance, although he featured in our victorious FA Youth Cup campaign in 1996, and similarly failed to make the grade at Altrincham and Southport.
      1985 - Former reserves winger Ryan Wilkie was born in Glasgow. He was most recently seen playing for Scottish Third Division side East Stirlingshire.
      Anfield trebles
      1991 - Dean Saunders bagged a treble in our 4-0 UEFA Cup Third Round win over Austrians Swarovski Tirol, with Barry Venison also on the scoresheet with a twenty-yard scorcher on a frosty night as we progressed 6-0 on aggregate. This was Deano’s second hat-trick of a European campaign that ended against Genoa at the next hurdle.
      1971 - Jack Whitham nabbed a hat-trick as we beat Derby County 3-2 in a First Division fixture, with John O’Hare netting two of his six strikes against the reds.
      Most recently
      2016 – We were held to a 2-2 draw at Anfield by West Ham United. Adam Lallana put us ahead early on, but we fell behind to a Dimitri Payet free-kick and Michail Antonio strike, one of his five past us to date, with Divock Origi drawing us level after the break.
      2018 – Mohamed Salah netted the only goal of our final UEFA Champions League group game at home to SSC Napoli, his former club, with keeper Alisson Becker making a fine injury-time save against his former club to guarantee our progress. Of course, we went on to claim the trophy in Madrid for the sixth time at the end of that season.
      Sami’s milestone
      2004 - Sami Hyypiä played his 200th League game as we lost 1-0 at Everton, to a Lee Carsley goal.
      Derby honours even
      1988 - The Anfield derby ended 1-1. Ray Houghton’s early goal was cancelled out by a Wayne Clarke penalty, who also had a header unfairly chalked off. However, Neville Southall was in fine form to deny the reds another goal. On the same day, future red István Kozma played as Hungary drew a World Cup qualifier 2-2 in Malta.
      Zico at the double
      1982 - Phil Neal converted two penalties after Ian Rush had struck our first goal as we beat Watford 3-1 in our first League encounter, with all our goals coming in the first half. Phil Thompson was injured in this game, being ruled out for the next two and a half months.
      Carroll on song
      2010 – Dirk Kuyt bagged our consolation as we lost 3-1 at Newcastle United, with Andy Carroll capping his fine performance with the late third. Scousers Kevin Nolan and Joey Barton scored the other goals for the home side.
      Reds on the way out
      2000 - Mad Dutch striker Erik Meijer signed for Hamburger SV on a free transfer after seventeen months at Anfield, in which time he had only made 27 senior appearances, netting just twice.
      1996 - Centre-half John Scales was sold to Tottenham Hotspur for £2.6m. He had struck four times in 94 appearances after being signed by Roy Evans from Wimbledon for £3.5m in September 1994, before his career was affected by injury.
      1998 - Former youth keeper Roy Naylor signed for Clydebank, for whom he made just one first-team appearance. He never even made our first-team squad, although he featured in both legs of our victorious FA Youth Cup Final in 1996. On the same day, second string winger John Jeffers was sold to Port Vale for £30,000. He spent seven years at Vale Park, playing more than two hundred games.
      Beating the Gunners
      1965 - Peter Thompson, Ian St. John, ex-Gunner Geoff Strong and Roger Hunt all netted as we beat Arsenal 4-2 at Anfield. John Radford bagged the first of his seven goals against the reds, with Tommy Baldwin also scoring.
      Number one strikers
      2008 – Fernando Torres came out on top in a survey of 32,000 fans carried out by Barclays to find the Premiership’s most popular player. He polled 38 per cent of the votes, to beat his club skipper Steven Gerrard and Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo.
      2017 – Mohamed Salah was named BBC African Footballer of the Year.
      B’s for England
      1990 - Gary Ablett, David Burrows and future reds Nigel Clough and Michael Thomas all played as England B held Algeria to a goalless draw in a friendly in Algiers.
      Disappointment against the Clarets
      We have twice faced Burnley on this day in history, without tasting victory.
      1920 - We lost a top-flight meeting at Turf Moor 1-0.
      1943 – We were held to a 1-1 draw in a Wartime League fixture at Anfield. Andy Beattie was on target for the reds that day.
      The best site
      2006 - The club’s official website, liverpoolfc.tv, was named as best sports site in the UK’s Website of the Year awards.
      Prudhoe twice on the move
      Future reds loanee keeper Mark Prudhoe changed clubs on this day in consecutive years.
      1986 - He joined Doncaster Rovers on loan from Walsall, making five appearances.
      1987 - He then switched permanently from the Saddlers to Carlisle United on a free transfer, for whom he played 34 times.
      Digger reaches another final
      2008 – John Barnes managed Jamaica to victory as they reached the Final of the Digicel Caribbean Championships by beating Guadeloupe 2-0 in Kingston.
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