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Happy birthdays
1973 - Dietmar Hamann was born in Waldasson in Bavaria. He made a total of 283 appearances for the reds, scoring eleven times as he helped us to claim the Champions League, UEFA Cup, two FA Cups, two UEFA Super Cups, two League Cups and the FA Charity Shield after signing from Newcastle United for £8m in July 1999. He moved on to both Bolton Wanderers and Manchester City in a bizarre transfer saga in July 2006 to bring his Anfield career to a close.

1971 - Steve Harkness was born in Carlisle. He made his reds debut on his twentieth birthday, in our 1-0 League win over Queens Park Rangers at Anfield, when Dean Saunders struck his first reds goal. He went on to net three times in 139 games during nearly ten years at Anfield, before teaming up with Graeme Souness again at SL Benfica.
1986 – Forward Nabil El Zhar was born in Alès, France. He joined the reds in October 2006, striking just once in 32 outings before joining Spanish side Levante U.D. in August 2011.

Thumping the Gunners
2017 – We beat Arsenal 4-0 at Anfield, with Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mané on target before the break. Mohamed Salah and Daniel Sturridge completed the scoring.

Off the mark
2011 - Jordan Henderson and Charlie Adam both struck their first reds goals either side of a Martin Škrtel header as we beat Bolton Wanderers 3-1 at Anfield, with Ivan Klasnić bagging the visitors’ late consolation.

Debutants galore
1984 - Paul Walsh scored just fourteen seconds into his Anfield debut as we kicked off our season against West Ham United. John Wark bagged a late brace to complete a 3-0 win.
1938 - Scottish forward Bill Kinghorn debuted as we beat Chelsea 2-1 at Anfield in another season opener. Phil Taylor struck both our goals that day.

1921 - Centre-forward Danny Shone and outside-left Fred Hopkin both made their reds bows in our 3-0 defeat at Sunderland in a season starter, with the reds missing a last-minute penalty. Charlie Buchan bagged a brace, two of his 21 strikes in 27 games against us, with Harry Martin also on target.
1932 - Ted Crawford bagged a brace on his debut as we thumped Wolverhampton Wanderers 5-1, with Gordon Hodgson bagging his 150th League goal, and Dave Wright and Gordon Gunson also on the scoresheet in our opening game of the season. Centre-half Tom ‘Tiny’ Bradshaw played his hundredth reds game that day.

A new boss
1983 - Joe Fagan took charge of his first League game as we drew 1-1 at Wolverhampton Wanderers, with Ian Rush on the scoresheet. Alan Kennedy conceded a very early penalty against Andy Gray, converted by Geoffrey Palmer, and did the same later in the season after he had moved to Everton.
1974 - We also faced Wolves, with Steve Heighway and John Toshack on target in our 2-0 win at Anfield. Alec Lindsay missed a penalty just three days after converting two in a 2-1 home defeat of Leicester City.

Treble for Aldo
1988 - John Aldridge bagged a hat-trick as we beat Charlton Athletic 3-0 at Selhurst Park.

Reds centuries
2008 – Dirk Kuyt bagged the only goal late on in his hundredth reds game as we beat Standard de Liège after extra time in the second leg of our Champions League qualifier at Anfield to reach the group stages. This was the hundredth goal we had struck in Europe under Rafael Benítez, while future red Milan Jovanović featured as a late substitute for the visitors.

Off on loan
2003 - Right-back Markus Babbel joined Blackburn Rovers on loan, scoring three goals in 28 games. He had played 73 times for the reds, netting six times, and helping us to claim five trophies in 2001.
2013 – Moroccan winger Oussama Assaidi moved to Stoke City for the season, nabbing five goals in 25 outings. He had arrived at Anfield from SC Heerenveen for £2.4m a year earlier, failing to net in twelve reds games.
2015 – Mario Balotelli re-joined AC Milan on loan after just four goals in 28 outings in his debut season with the reds, although half of these appearances came from the bench.

Derby disappointment
We have failed to win any of our three encounters with Everton on this day over the years, all of which have been top-flight matches played at Goodison.
1949 - The game ended goalless.
1968 – Another goalless encounter, with Ian Callaghan making his 400th reds appearance.
1966 - We lost 3-1, with Tommy Smith nabbing our consolation. Sandy Brown bagged one of the Blues’ goals, becoming the first substitute to score in a derby. Alan Ball scored the first two of his eleven goals against the reds.

Bye bye Sander
2001 - Sander Westerveld made his 103rd and final reds appearance as we lost 2-1 to Bolton Wanderers at the Reebok Stadium. He gifted Dean Holdsworth’s winner to the Trotters, the last of his four goals past us, after Emile Heskey had got us back into the game with an equaliser after Michael Ricketts had put the home side in front.
2011 – Left-back Emiliano Insúa signed for Sporting Clube de Portugal after one goal in 62 reds games, having spent the previous season on loan with Galatasaray.

Most recently
2016 – We drew 1-1 at Tottenham Hotspur as James Milner handed us the lead from the spot just before the break, with Danny Rose equalising.
2003 – We were held to a goalless draw at Anfield by Tottenham Hotspur with Michael Owen having a goal disallowed.

The king dethroned
1998 - Kenny Dalglish was sacked as Manager of Newcastle United. He had led the Toon to thirteenth place in his one full season in charge, being sacked just two unbeaten games into the following season.
1980 - He did not play in our 1-0 defeat at Bradford City in a League Cup Second Round first leg encounter after 180 consecutive appearances ever since his arrival from Celtic, before returning for our 4-1 League defeat of Norwich City at Anfield three days later. However, he struck twice as we won the return 4-0 as we set off towards the Final.

Luis starts out
2013 – Young Spanish forward Luis Alberto made his reds bow as we beat Notts County 4-2 after extra time in our League Cup Second Round tie at Anfield. Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge put us into a two-goal lead within half an hour, but County fought back in the second half. Sturridge netted a second before substitute Jordan Henderson made the game safe. Unfortunately, we fell at the next hurdle, losing 1-0 at Manchester United.

Youngsters in action
2010 – Raheem Sterling netted his first goal for England Under-17’s as they beat Australia 4-0 in The FA International U17 Tournament at Blundell Park, with Adam Morgan and Matty Regan also featuring.

Stalemate to start
1927 - We started the season with a 1-1 draw at Sheffield United with Willie Devlin bagging our goal and Harry Johnson netting the last of his seven strikes past us.

On the move
1987 - Mark Wright joined Derby County from Southampton for a club record receipt of £760,000. He struck ten times in 171 appearances for the Rams before coming to Anfield for £2.2m in July 1991.
2009 - Stephen Warnock joined Aston Villa from Blackburn Rovers, netting four times in 104 games for the Villains before joining Leeds United in January 2013.
2014 – Swedish reserves winger Kristoffer Peterson was sold to Utrecht, netting twice in twenty games in his first season in the Netherlands. He had arrived at the Academy from Sävedalens IF in January 2011, scoring twice in pre-season for the first team in July 2014. On the same day, ex-red Xabi Alonso announced his retirement from international football after 114 caps for Spain.
2017 – Future reds keeper Andy Lonergan re-signed for Leeds United from Wolverhampton Wanderers on a free transfer, playing nine times in this second spell at Elland Road before moving on at the end of the campaign.


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      Bobby’s first strike
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      Champagne Charlie
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      1933 - Sheffield Wednesday lost at Anfield, centre-half Tom ‘Tiny’ Bradshaw put through his own net with Gordon Hodgson and Dave Wright both striking twice, as we finished the season in thirteenth position.
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      1966 – Future red Kenny Dalglish made his first international appearance, bagging a brace as the Under-15’s won 4-3 in Northern Ireland.
      New ground approved
      2008 – The revised design for the club’s new stadium in Stanley Park was granted planning permission by Liverpool City Council. However, work never fully got underway and these plans have now been scrapped.
      Management ins and outs
      1999 - Jan Mølby was appointed Manager of Kidderminster Harriers. He led them to the Conference title in his first season, and then mid-table Third Division safety in the next two years.
      2004 - Steve McMahon resigned as Blackpool boss, with fellow ex-red Mark Seagraves dismissed as Assistant Manager on the same day. McMahon had guided the Seasiders to 102 wins in his 350 games in charge, leading them back out of the basement in his first full season, and mid-table security in his following three seasons.
      Reds on target
      2003 – Future red Alberto Aquilani struck for Italy Under-19’s as they beat Northern Ireland 2-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Andria.
      2009 – Christopher Buchtmann scored as Germany Under-17’s beat Turkey 3-1 in a European Championships Finals match in Erfurt, while future red Jonjo Shelvey featured as England drew 1-1 with the Netherlands in Gera.
      2011 – Samed Yeşil netted as Germany Under-17’s drew 1-1 with the Czech Republic in a European Championships Finals game in Serbia, with future red Emre Can also playing. Adam Morgan, Brad Smith and Raheem Sterling all featured as England lost 2-0 to Denmark in the same competition that day.
      2017 – Future red Ozan Kabak netted for Turkey Under-17’s as they beat Croatia 4-1 in a European Championships finals group game in Rijeka.
      Signing on
      2017 – Scottish centre-back George Johnston signed professional terms with the reds. He is currently playing for the Under-23’s.
      2011 – Midfielder Jay Spearing signed a new contract. He played 55 senior reds games without notching, moving on to Bolton Wanderers in August 2013 after a season-long loan there.
      1992 - Future reds winger Mark Kennedy signed as a professional for Millwall. He went on to net twelve times in 54 games for the Lions, before moving to Anfield three years later.
      For John
      1975 - We played in a testimonial match for Plymouth Argyle legend John Hore, with Brian Hall, Emlyn Hughes and Terry McDermott netting as we won 4-3 at Home Park, and Ray Clemence converting a penalty!
      Also in international action
      1944 – Ray Lambert and future red Cyril Sidlow played for Wales as they lost 2-0 to England in a Wartime International at Ninian Park.
      1964 – Gordon Milne featured in England’s 2-1 friendly defeat of Uruguay at Wembley.
      1976 – Joey Jones played for Wales as they lost 3-1 to Scotland in the British International Championships in Glasgow.
      2001 – Future reds Salif Diao and El-Hadji Diouf both featured for Senegal as they lost a World Cup qualifier 1-0 in Egypt.
      2019 – Ki-Jana Hoever played for the Dutch Under-17’s as they beat England 5-2 in a European Championships Finals group game in Dublin.
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      A treble for Ron, Ron, Ron
      1990 - Ronnie Rosenthal scored a hat-trick in his second reds appearance, and his first start, as we beat Charlton Athletic 4-0 in a League encounter at Selhurst Park. Future Addick John Barnes nabbed the other late on.
      Feliz cumpleaños
      1991 – Spanish midfielder Thiago Alcantara was born in San Pietro Vernotico, Italy. He signed from Bayern München for an initial £20m last September, appearing 22 times up to his thirtieth birthday.
      Andy off the mark
      2011 – We beat Manchester City 3-0 at Anfield, with right-back Jon Flanagan making his reds bow. Andy Carroll struck his first two reds goals, with Dirk Kuyt also netting before the break.
      1952 – We won 2-1 at Maine Road in a First Division fixture, thanks to goals from inside-forward Kevin Baron and winger Jimmy Payne.
      Beginnings and ends
      1908 - Ned Doig played his 53rd and final reds game in our 3-1 defeat at Newcastle United. He was aged 41 years 166 days, our oldest ever goalkeeper. Forward Arthur Berry debuted in the same game, with Ronald Orr on target. George Wilson struck one of his five goals against the reds, with George Jobey and Jimmy Howie also netting.
      1898 - Winger Tommy Robertson scored on his reds bow in our 4-0 top-flight win over The Wednesday at Anfield, while inside-right John Walker also made his debut. Frank Becton netted a brace, with Hugh Morgan also on target.
      1936 – John Shield played his only reds game when he deputised for regular left-half Jimmy McDougall as we lost 3-1 at Preston North End. Berry Nieuwenhuys struck our consolation with Bud Maxwell bagging one of his seven goals past us. Jimmy Dougal and Les Vernon also scored for the home side, while forward Tosh Johnson made his 38th and last reds appearance before moving on to Darwen four months later.
      1955 - Wing-half Keith Burkinshaw made his only reds appearance in our 1-1 Second Division draw with Port Vale at Anfield, with Brian Jackson netting. He later found greater fame as the Manager of Tottenham Hotspur, becoming the only ex-red to lead a side out against us in a cup final. Ex-red Cyril Done struck the last of his five goals against us.
      Two-ton Pepe
      2009 – Keeper Pepe Reina played his 200th reds game, keeping his 102nd clean sheet as we thumped Blackburn Rovers 4-0. Ex-red Stephen Warnock laid a floral tribute in front of the Kop before kick-off, as the game was played four days before the twentieth anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster. Fernando Torres bagged a first-half brace, with his first being a stunning strike. Daniel Agger added a spectacular long-range effort before David N’Gog completed the scoring late on.
      2010 – He kept another clean sheet as Roy Hodgson’s Fulham held us to a goalless draw at Anfield in the League, the first home game we had failed to score in for eleven months.
      For Sir Roger
      1972 - Anfield hosted a testimonial match for Roger Hunt, with the man himself netting a hat-trick, including a penalty, in the 1965 FA Cup winning team’s 8-6 victory over an England XI that included Kevin Keegan. The 55,214 crowd remains the largest ever for a benefit game at Anfield. Keeper Tommy Lawrence also converted a spot-kick, with Tommy Smith, Ian St. John and Peter Thompson also amongst the goalscorers and Martin Peters scoring an own goal in the reds’ favour.
      Reaching yet another European semi
      2007 - Peter Crouch bagged the only goal from two yards out against PSV Eindhoven at Anfield as we reached the Champions League Semi-final 4-0 on aggregate. This was Crouch’s sixth European strike of the campaign, while teenager Dirk Marcellis was somewhat unfortunately dismissed for the visitors on his debut.
      Sammy puts us ahead
      1984 - We kept our fourth Anfield clean sheet in that season’s European Cup, with Sammy Lee heading the only goal of our Semi-final first leg encounter with Romanian champions Dinamo Bucureşti from an Alan Kennedy free-kick, his final goal for the club. We escaped when Ionel Augustin raced clear of the defence and rounded Bruce Grobbelaar, but could only strike the post. Graeme Souness incurred the wrath of the visiting side when Lica Movilă broke his jaw in an off-the-ball challenge by the fiery Scot.
      Bamber born
      1895 - Left-half Jack Bamber was born in Peasley Cross, St. Helens. He netted twice in eighty official reds games after signing on in December 1915, as well as scoring another eight goals in 118 Wartime outings for the reds. He left for Leicester City in February 1924.
      Three times against the Villains
      We have faced Aston Villa three times in the top-flight on this day over the years.
      1992 - We lost 1-0 at Villa Park with Tony Daley on target, the first time we had been beaten by the Villains for more than eleven years.
      1914 - We also lost 1-0 at home, with Joe Bache bagging the eighth of his nine goals against the reds.
      1903 - Arthur Goddard and Sam Raybould netted as we won 2-1 at home.
      Up for awards
      2008 - Steven Gerrard was nominated for the PFA Player of the Year for the fifth consecutive season, with Fernando Torres being put forward for that and the Young Player of the Year award in his first season in England. Ex-red David James was also on the shortlist for the main trophy. The titles were eventually taken by Cristiano Ronaldo and Cesc Fabregas.
      2014 - Steven Gerrard and Luis Suárez were named joint Barclays Players of the Month for the previous month, with Brendan Rodgers named as Manager of the Month after leading us to five straight wins in March.
      Disappointment against the Wearsiders
      We have twice faced Sunderland in First Division matches on this day in history, winning on neither occasion.
      1966 - We drew 2-2 at Roker Park as Chris Lawler bagged a brace, with his first goal coming after just twenty seconds. Neil Martin scored the first of his four goals past us, with Martin Harvey also on target.
      1931 - Archie McPherson was on the scoresheet as we were beaten 4-2 at home, with Gordon Hodgson converting a spot-kick in his 200th reds game. Bobby Gurney struck two his sixteen goals against the reds, adding to the hat-trick he had already scored against us in the reverse fixture that season. James Connor bagged one of his five goals past us, with Jimmy Leonard also on the scoresheet.
      Derby disappointment
      1942 - We lost 2-0 to Everton at Anfield in a Wartime League match that also counted for the War League Cup.
      Canaries chirping
      1987 – Ian Rush put us in front at Norwich City, but we then lost a League game for the first time in which he had scored as Trevor Putney and Kevin Drinkell struck in the second half to help ensure Everton took a three-point lead in the title race.
      Yet another win
      1989 - We won 2-1 at Millwall to secure our eleventh straight victory, and ninth in the League, with John Barnes and John Aldridge both on target in the first half after Denis Salman had opened the scoring in our last game before the Hillsborough tragedy.
      Morris bows out
      1908 - Ex-reds inside-left Richard Morris won his eleventh and final Welsh cap, his only one as a Plymouth Argyle player. Reds right-half Maurice Parry also played as Wales lost 1-0 to Ireland in the British International Championships in Aberdare.
      Representative honours
      1910 - Winger Arthur Goddard played for the Football League in a 2-2 draw with a Southern League representative side at Stamford Bridge. On the same day, Ernest Peake’s Wales faced future red Billy Lacey’s Ireland in the British International Championships in Wrexham, with the home side triumphing 4-1.
      Beattie in charge again
      1959 - Andy Beattie managed Scotland for the first time in his second spell as they lost 1-0 to England at Wembley in the British International Championships. Beattie had guested with the reds during the war, and later joined the backroom staff at Anfield after a successful management career.
      International firsts
      1981 - Bruce Grobbelaar won his first cap for Zimbabwe since his arrival at Anfield. Unfortunately, they lost the first leg of their African Cup on Nations qualifier 1-0 at home to Zambia.
      1989 - Reserves midfielder Jim Magilton became the first reds player to win an Under-23’s cap for Northern Ireland as they lost 3-0 to the Republic of Ireland in Dublin. Ex-reserve Ken DeMange won his first cap at this level for the home side.
      Up against the Clarets
      We twice faced Burnley on this day in the space of three years, failing to win on either occasion.
      1894 – We lost a Palatine League game 2-0 at Anfield, our first home defeat for 26 fixtures, which had included 24 wins and one draw.
      1896 – Davy Hannah, Malcolm McVean and Clarke netted as we drew a friendly 3-3 at Turf Moor.
      Dirk the dad again
      2008 - Dirk Kuyt became a father for the second time, with his wife Gertrude giving birth to a boy called Roan.
      Also in international action
      1964 – Roger Hunt and Gordon Milne both featured as England lost 1-0 to Scotland in the British International Championships at Hampden Park.
      1984 – Future red Jan Mølby played as Denmark lost a friendly 2-1 to Spain in Valencia.
      1990 – Glenn Hysén featured for Sweden in their 1-1 friendly draw in Algeria.
      1999 – Rigobert Song played as Cameroon thumped Mozambique 6-1 in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Maputo.
      2009 – Conor Coady featured for England Under-16’s as they beat Ivory Coast 3-0 in the Montaigu Tournament.
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