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1961 - Steve McMahon was born in Liverpool. He signed from Aston Villa for £350,000 in September 1985 and struck fifty times in 277 reds appearances in his six years at Anfield, during which time he won three League titles, the FA Cup and two FA Charity Shields. He left the reds to sign for Manchester City for £900,000 in December 1991.

1895 – Inside-left Dick Forshaw was born in Preston. He joined the reds in July 1919, winning two League titles while with the reds, scoring an impressive 124 times in 288 games. He has the unique honour of being the only player ever to claim League championship medals with both Merseyside clubs, helping the Blues to one in 1928 after he had crossed Stanley Park for £3,750 in March 1927.
1888 – Forward Harry Welfare was born in Liverpool. He signed from Northern Nomads in 1912, notching once in four outings before moving to Wrexham the following year. He later had a very successful career in Brazil, helping Fluminense to claim the title three times in succession while bagging 163 goals in just 166 games.

Double hola
2004 - We signed a pair of Spaniards. Xabi Alonso arrived from Real Sociedad for £10.7m, with Luis García signing from Barcelona for a £6m fee. Xabi netted nineteen times, showing his silky passing skills in 210 reds games before moving to Real Madrid for £30m in August 2009. García struck thirty times, including five in our glorious Champions League campaign in 2005, in 121 games, before returning to his homeland to join Club Atlético de Madrid in July 2007.
2012 – Slovakian centre-half Martin Škrtel signed a new contract. He arrived from Zenit St. Petersburg for £6.5m to become our most expensive defender to date, notching eighteen goals in 320 games in total, including one in our Carling Cup win at Wembley in February 2012, moving on to Fenerbahçe SK for £5.5m in July 2016.

Goalscoring debuts
1977 - Kenny Dalglish scored on his League debut as we drew 1-1 at Middlesbrough, with David Armstrong bagging the first of his four goals past us.
1960 - Winger and new £13,000 record signing Kevin Lewis scored on his debut as we beat Leeds United 2-0 at Anfield in another season opener, with the other goal coming from former blue Dave Hickson.
2016 – Marko Grujić made his senior reds bow as we dominated but lost 2-0 at Burnley, with Sam Vokes and Andre Gray both on target before the break.

Royal victories
2018 - Sadio Mané scored in his third consecutive reds game as we won 2-0 at Crystal Palace, with James Milner handing us the lead from the spot at the very end of the first half. Aaron Wan-Bissaka was sent off for the home side before Mané struck in injury time. Daniel Sturridge played his hundredth League game for the reds.
1994 - We thumped Palace 6-1 at Selhurst Park to get the season off to a great start. Steve McManaman and Ian Rush scored twice apiece, with Jan Mølby and Robbie Fowler also on the scoresheet. Chris Armstrong bagged the home side’s consolation.

Lefties on the way in
2013 – Left-back Aly Cissokho signed on loan from Valencia. The Frenchman played nineteen reds games without scoring.
1894 – Outside-left John Drummond joined from Sheffield United, scoring once in eighteen outings before moving on to Barnsley St. Peter’s the following year.

Mixed fortunes at Wembley
1983 - Joe Fagan’s first game in charge came in the FA Charity Shield, when we lost 2-0 to Manchester United. Michael Robinson made his first-class reds debut in this match. Bryan Robson bagged both United’s goals, two of his seven strikes against us.
1988 - We gained some revenge on Wimbledon for our FA Cup Final defeat earlier that year, coming from behind to beat them 2-1 thanks to a John Aldridge brace, to claim the Shield for the seventh time outright. Charlie Boyd and Jim Magilton both sat on our bench for the first of just two occasions, while John Fashanu netted one of his six goals against us.

Beating the Gunners
2011 – We beat Arsenal 2-0 in our first ever win at the Emirates Stadium. Emmanuel Frimpong was sent off before Ignasi Miquel’s clearance rebounded off Aaron Ramsey’s chest for an own goal. Luis Suárez then added a second in stoppage time.

The king at Anfield
1966 - A fifteen-year old Kenny Dalglish wore the number eight shirt playing for Liverpool B as they beat Southport 1-0 in a Lancashire League match, five years before he signed professional terms with Celtic. However, he was not taken on by Bill Shankly, returning to Anfield as our record signing eleven years later.

Milan’s farewell
2005 - Milan Baroš played his 108th and final reds game, with Luis García making his fiftieth reds appearance, as Xabi Alonso nabbed the only goal of our Anfield encounter with Sunderland, who had Andy Welsh sent off, the second of fifteen dismissals against the reds that season.
1949 - We also entertained the Mackems, winning 4-2 in a season opener, with Bob Paisley, Jack Balmer, Kevin Baron and Albert Stubbins all on target, with Billy Liddell missing a penalty. Dickie Davis struck one of his seven goals against us, with Ivor Broadis also on target. We went on to finish eighth that season.

The mancs at home at Anfield
1971 - An unusual situation occurred as Manchester United played a home fixture at Anfield. Old Trafford was closed for two weeks due to hooliganism, and so United entertained Arsenal at Anfield. The ‘home’ side won 3-1. Frank McLintock sent the Gunners in ahead at half time, but goals from George Best, Bobby Charlton and Brian Kidd secured United’s victory.

Jan’s debut
1984 - Jan Mølby scored in his first reds game, two days before he officially signed, as we beat Home Farm 3-0 in a friendly held at Tolka Park in Dublin. Ronnie Whelan added a brace, while Ian Rush sustained cartilage damage that kept him out of the first team for two months. The game had been arranged as part of the transfer deal that brought Ken DeMange and Brian Mooney to Anfield.

Cally’s milestone
1974 – Ian Callaghan played his 500th League game for the reds in our goalless game at Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Another season opener
1955 - We began our season with a 3-1 Second Division win at Nottingham Forest, with Alan A’Court nabbing a brace and John Evans also netting, as full-back Ray Lambert played his 300th League game for the club. Unfortunately, we ended the season in third, missing out on promotion again.

Phil the champion
2011 – Future red Philippe Coutinho won his seventh and final cap for Brazil Under-20’s as they beat Portugal 3-2 after extra time in the World Championship Final in Colombia.

Fifty years for the League
1938 - We lost a friendly 2-1 at Everton. Jack Balmer netted in a game staged to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the Football League.

International reds on target
2008 – Xabi Alonso struck twice as Spain beat Daniel Agger’s Denmark 3-0 in a friendly in Copenhagen, with Pepe Reina and Fernando Torres also featuring and Christian Poulsen winning his first cap while with Juventus. Milan Baroš scored while winning his first cap as a Galatasaray player as the Czech Republic drew 2-2 with an England side that included Steven Gerrard, future red Stewart Downing and ex-reds Emile Heskey and David James at Wembley, with future red Joe Cole netting. Also in international action were Dirk Kuyt, future reds Nuri Şahin and Luis Suárez, and ex-reds Salif Diao, Alou Diarra and John Toshack.

2003 - Michael Owen scored for England as they beat Croatia 3-1 in a friendly at Portman Road. Steven Gerrard, Emile Heskey, Danny Murphy and ex-red David James all also played, with Joe Cole winning his first cap as a Chelsea player. On the same day, Jerzy Dudek, Stéphane Henchoz, ex-red Don Hutchison and future reds Craig Bellamy, Yossi Benayoun, Djibril Cissé, Mark González, Paul Jones, Christian Poulsen and Bolo Zenden all also featured for their countries.

International beginnings and ends
2008 – Andrea Dossena won his first cap as a reds player, only his second to date, as Italy drew 2-2 with Austria in a friendly in Nice, with future red Alberto Aquilani also featuring. Meanwhile, Robbie Keane netted while making his first appearance for the Republic of Ireland since moving to Anfield as they drew 1-1 with Norway in Oslo. Steve Finnan won his last cap before leaving the reds, while John Arne Riise played his first international since joining Roma. On the same day, Jari Litmanen won his first cap in his second spell as a Lahti player, playing alongside Sami Hyypiä as Finland beat Yossi Benayoun’s Israel 2-0 in Tampere. Sotirios Kyrgiakos won his first cap while with A.E.K Athens in Greece’s 2-0 friendly win against Martin Škrtel’s Slovakia in Bratislava.

1997 - Ex-red Lee Jones won his second and final cap, and only one as a Tranmere Rovers player, as Wales lost a World Cup qualifier 6-4 in Turkey. Keeper Paul Jones won his first cap as a Southampton player, while ex-red Dean Saunders netted his last goal while with Nottingham Forest, as he won his 59th cap. On the same day, Christian Ziege won his first cap as an AC Milan player, and Jim Magilton made his last appearance while at Southampton as Germany beat Northern Ireland 3-1 in another qualifier at Windsor Park. Ray Houghton won his seventieth cap, and final one as a Crystal Palace player, as the Republic of Ireland were held to a goalless draw in their World Cup qualifier against Lithuania at Lansdowne Road. Mark Kennedy and ex-red Steve Staunton also featured. Also in action that day were Stig Inge Bjørnebye and future reds Markus Babbel, Stéphane Henchoz and Vladimír Šmicer.

2002 - Pepe Reina won his first Under-21’s cap as a Villarreal player in Spain’s 1-0 friendly win in Hungary, with fellow future red Xabi Alonso also featuring.
2003 - Andriy Voronin won his last senior cap while with 1. FSV Mainz 05, and twelfth to date, as the Ukraine lost a friendly 2-0 to Romania in Kiev.

Les gems in action
2003 - Alou Diarra, Anthony Le Tallec, Florent Sinama-Pongolle and future red Charles Itandje all featured as France Under-21’s drew 1-1 in a friendly in Switzerland.
2007 – Future red Christian Benteke featured for Belgium Under-17’s in the World Championships Finals as they lost 4-2 to Tunisia in South Korea.

On the move again
2015 – Former Assistant Manager Pako Ayestarán was appointed Club Santos Laguna boss in Mexico, but only remained in charge for three months before his contract was terminated “by mutual consent”.
2011 – Harry Kewell signed for Melbourne Victory, while Nabil El Zhar joined Spanish side Levante U.D. Kewell struck eight times in 25 outings in his one season in southern Australia, while El Zhar played 22 times during his first campaign.
2010 - Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain signed as a professional for Southampton, going on to score ten goals in 43 outings before moving on to Arsenal in August 2011 for an initial £12m.
2005 - Albert Riera signed for R.C.D. Espanyol from Girondins de Bordeaux, having struck four times in 53 League games for the French side.

1993 – Current Chief Scout Barry Hunter joined Wrexham from Crusaders for £50,000, scoring six goals in 120 games before moving on to Reading in July 1996 for £400,000.
2003 - Future red Jermaine Pennant joined Leeds United on loan from Arsenal. He struck twice in 36 games as the Whites were relegated.
2004 - Ex-reserves defender Alan Navarro joined Chester City on loan from Tranmere Rovers. He played four times for the Blues, and then had another loan spell later in the season, this time with fellow League Two side Macclesfield Town.
2019 – Ex-reds midfielder Kevin MacDonald left Aston Villa’s coaching staff for a second time, this time having been suspended for eight months following allegations of bullying.


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      2018 – Xherdan Shaqiri netted as Switzerland beat Serbia 2-1 in a group game in Russia, his last goal for his country before joining the reds. On the same day, ex-red Philippe Coutinho scored in his third consecutive international as Brazil bet Costa Rica 2-0. Roberto Firmino, future red Alisson Becker and ex-red Victor Moses also featured in the World Cup that day, with future red Ozan Kabak playing for Turkey Under-18’s.
      Scotch heartbreak
      1982 - Scotland were eliminated from the World Cup Finals in Spain after failing to win their last group game in Malaga, despite leading for 45 minutes. Skipper Graeme Souness scored a late equaliser in their 2-2 draw with the USSR. Alan Hansen and future red John Wark also featured.
      1974 - Future red Kenny Dalglish played in Scotland’s 1-1 draw with Yugoslavia in Frankfurt as they were eliminated on goal difference.
      1973 - He also appeared for his country as they beat Switzerland 1-0 in a friendly in Berne.
      Le capitaine
      2010 – Ex-red Alou Diarra captained France for the first time as they lost 2-1 to host nation South Africa in their final game at the World Cup Finals, with fellow ex-red Djibril Cissé winning his last cap while with Panathinaikos. Future red Luis Suárez netted the only goal of Uruguay’s meeting with Mexico in Rustenburg, while Sotirios Kyrgiakos skippered Greece for part of their 2-0 defeat by Argentina in Polokwane, with his clubmate Maxi Rodríguez lining up against him.
      Also at the World Cup
      2002 - Salif Diao and El-Hadji Diouf were disappointed as Senegal lost 1-0 to Turkey in their World Cup Quarter-final in Osaka thanks to a golden goal. These were their final caps before joining the reds. Meanwhile, Dietmar Hamann missed training after damaging knee ligaments during Germany’s Quarter-final win over the USA two days earlier. He was now the reds’ sole representative at the World Cup, although future red Fernando Morientes featured in Spain’s penalty shoot-out defeat by South Korea, after the match ended goalless.
      1986 - Future reds John Barnes and Peter Beardsley both appeared in England’s 2-1 defeat by Argentina in the World Cup Quarter-final at the Azteca Stadium in Mexico City, a game famous for Diego Maradona’s ‘hand of God’.
      1994 – Roy Hodgson took charge of Switzerland as they beat Romania 4-1 in a group game in Detroit.
      1997 - Gérard Houllier and Christian Damiano took charge of France Under-20’s as they beat South Africa 4-2 in a World Championships Finals group game in Malaysia.
      2006 - Harry Kewell netted a crucial goal as Australia held Croatia to a 2-2 draw in Stuttgart to reach the Second Round. This game saw referee Graham Poll give three yellow cards to Croatia’s Josip Šimunić, while two other players were dismissed. Milan Baroš played on the same day as the Czech Republic lost 2-0 to Italy in Hamburg, as they too had a player sent off.
      2008 – Kewell skippered Australia while winning his final cap as a reds player as they lost 1-0 to China in a World Cup qualifier in Sydney.
      Reds progressing on penalties
      1992 – Future red Torben Piechnik was in the Denmark side that reached the Euro ’92 Final by beating the Netherlands 5-4 in a penalty shoot-out after the game in Gothenburg ended 2-2.
      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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