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Happy birthday Mr. Kennedy
1954 - Alan Kennedy was born in Sunderland. 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 after moving from Newcastle United for £330,000 in August 1978, making 359 appearances and notching twenty times before joining his hometown club for £100,000 in September 1985.

1911 - Frank O’Donnell was born in Buckhaven, Fife. He struck once in two Wartime appearances for the reds. He gained six Scotland caps as well as scoring for Preston North End in every round of the FA Cup in 1937, including the Final.
1990 – Scottish reserves midfielder Gary Mackay-Steven was born in Thurso. He joined the reds in 2007 but failed to break through before being released two years later.

Happy birthday Pepe
1982 - Keeper Pepe Reina was born in Madrid. He arrived from Villarreal for £6m in July 2005, keeping a remarkable 177 clean sheets in his 394 games and helping us to claim the FA Cup, League Cup, UEFA Super Cup and FA Charity Shield before moving to Bayern München for £2m in August 2014 after spending the previous campaign on loan at SSC Napoli.

Farewell to a legend
1960 - Billy Liddell played his 534th and final reds game as we lost 1-0 to Southampton in a Second Division fixture at Anfield. Right-half Gordon Milne made his reds debut in the same game.
1994 - We also faced Southampton, winning 2-0 with John Barnes and Robbie Fowler on target at The Dell. Bruce Grobbelaar and former reds reserve Jim Magilton both featured for the home side.
1968 – Tony Hateley played his 56th and last reds game in our 1-0 defeat at Leeds United, with Mick Jones netting one of his seven goals past us.

Keepers on the move
2002 - We signed two goalkeepers on transfer deadline day as Gérard Houllier lost faith with incumbent Sander Westerveld. Jerzy Dudek signed from Feyenoord for £4.85m, while Chris Kirkland arrived from Coventry City for £6m. Dudek played 186 reds games, with Kirkland making 45 appearances. On the same day, defender Djimi Traoré joined French side Racing Club de Lens on loan for the rest of the season.

2004 - Sander Westerveld joined Real Club Deportivo Mallorca on loan from Real Sociedad. He played six League games for the island side.
2009 - Charles Itandje joined Greek side A.O. Kavala on loan, where he played nineteen League games that season.

In comes the Ox
2017 – Midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain signed from Arsenal for £35m, so far scoring thirteen times in 87 games 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 then helped us to claim the Premier League, FIFA Club World Cup and UEFA Super Cup.. On the same day, forward Divock Origi joined VfL Wolfsburg on loan, for whom he struck six times in 34 outings. Meanwhile, centre-half Mamadou Sakho was sold to Crystal Palace for an initial £24m after a successful loan spell, and Brazilian midfielder Allan Rodrigues de Souza joined Apollon Limassol on loan.

David’s debut
2008 - David N’Gog made his reds bow as a substitute for the injured Fernando Torres as we held Aston Villa to a goalless draw in our Premiership meeting in the Midlands, with Robbie Keane again drawing a blank.

Bobby’s half ton
2019 – Roberto Firmino scored his fiftieth League goal late on as we won 3-0 at Burnley. Chris Wood put through his own net with Sadio Mané also on target before the break. Mané had a much-hyped, short-lived argument with Mohamed Salah as he was substituted.

Other recent deadline day moves
2016 – Mario Balotelli joined Nice on a free transfer after a season on loan back at AC Milan. He had signed from the rossoneri for £16m two years earlier, scoring just four times in 28 reds games. On the same day, defender Andre Wisdom joined Red Bull Salzburg on loan, with winger Lazar Marković moving to Sporting Clube de Portugal on a temporary basis. Luis Alberto was sold to S.S. Lazio for €4m after just twelve senior reds appearances since arriving from Sevilla for £6.8m in June 2013. Meanwhile, defender Álvaro Arbeloa joined West Ham United from Real Madrid on a free transfer and forward Rickie Lambert left West Bromwich Albion to sign for Cardiff City.

2015 – Fabio Borini was sold to Sunderland for £8m after a previous loan spell, having bagged three goals in 38 reds games since his £10.4m arrival from Roma in July 2012. On the same day, winger Sergi Canós joined Brentford on loan, while forward Samed Yeşil moved to Luzern on a temporary basis. Nigerian forward Taiwo Awoniyi signed from Imperial Academy for £400,000 and joined Fußballsportverein Frankfurt 1899 e.V. on loan on the same day.
2012 – Winger Sadio Mané joined Red Bull Salzburg from Metz for a reported €4m, going on to net 45 times in 87 games for the Austrian side to secure a £11.8m move to Southampton in September 2014.

2011 – This day brought a whole host of deadline day transfers. Raúl Meireles left Anfield to sign for Chelsea for £12m, after five goals in 44 reds appearances since arriving from Porto for £11.5m a year earlier. Craig Bellamy signed on a free transfer from Manchester City, netting nine times in 37 games in this second spell and helping us to claim the Carling Cup. David N’Gog was sold to Bolton Wanderers for £4m after nineteen strikes in 94 reds games since signing from Paris St. Germain for £1.5m in July 2008. Meanwhile, Christian Poulsen joined French side Évian Thonon Gaillard having played 21 times for the reds, while Joe Cole signed for Lille OSC Métropole on loan, for whom he netted nine goals in 42 outings.

On the same day, Yossi Benayoun joined Arsenal on loan from Chelsea, while future red Fabio Borini signed for Roma on a temporary basis from Parma. Peter Crouch joined Stoke City from Tottenham Hotspur for a club record £10m after bagging 24 goals in 94 games for Spurs. Meanwhile, El-Hadji Diouf’s contract with Blackburn Rovers was terminated by mutual consent, with the same happening to Philipp Degen at Anfield.

2010 – Left-back Paul Konchesky signed from Fulham in exchange for £3.5m, Finnish forward Lauri Dalla Valle and Swedish left-winger Alex Kačaniklić. Konchesky only played eighteen reds games before being sold to Leicester City in July 2011, after a previous loan spell at Nottingham Forest. Left-back Emiliano Insúa joined Galatasaray on loan, while Moroccan forward Nabil El Zhar moved to PAOK in Greece on a temporary basis. Meanwhile, Dutch midfielder Vincent Weijl left Anfield to join Spanish side S.D. Eibar, with midfielder Ádám Hajdú arriving on loan from MTK Hungária. On the same day, ex-reds midfielder Jermaine Pennant joined Stoke City on loan from Real Zaragoza, making the move permanent four months later.

Damien in and out
2007 - Young French midfielder Damien Plessis signed from Olympique Lyonnais. He made eight senior appearances, netting once. On the same day, Danny Murphy joined Fulham from Tottenham Hotspur. He struck 28 goals in 210 games for the Cottagers before moving to Blackburn Rovers in June 2012.
2010 – Plessis left Anfield for Panathinaikos, for whom he played nine times before joining French side Athlétic Club Arles-Avignon in July 2012. On the same day, ex-red Luis García also joined the Greek side, on a free transfer from Real Racing Club de Santander. He netted twice in 20 games in Greece before moving to Mexico to sign for Puebla in July 2011.

Other deadline day moves
2006 - Florent Sinama-Pongolle joined Real Club Recreativo de Huelva on loan. He struck twelve times in 34 League outings in his first season, subsequently signing for them permanently in a £2.7m deal. On the same day, Jan Kromkamp returned to his native Netherlands to join PSV Eindhoven after just eighteen reds appearances following his January 2006 swap arrival from Villarreal, although he left Anfield with an FA Cup winners’ medal. Meanwhile, Paul Ince signed for Swindon Town and Javier Mascherano joined West Ham United from Corinthians Paulista for an undisclosed fee. Ince only turned out three times for the Robins, with Mascherano only doing marginally better, with just seven appearances for the Hammers.
2018 – Defender Corey Whelan joined Crewe Alexandra on loan, scoring once in eighteen games for the Alex.

Four for William
1927 - Centre-forward Willie Devlin scored four goals as we thumped Bury 5-1 at Anfield, with Gordon Hodgson netting the other.

Derby joy
1991 - David Burrows struck a screamer inside the first minute after Blues skipper Dave Watson forced the reds to attack the Kop end in the first half, the first of his three reds strikes. Dean Saunders and Ray Houghton also netted as we beat Everton 3-1, our fifth straight derby victory. Ex-reds reserves striker Mike Newell struck the consolation while Peter Beardsley made the short return across the park to be greeted with chants of “what a waste of talent.”

Scoring starts
1974 - Ray Kennedy was on the scoresheet on his reds debut as we won 3-0 at Chelsea. A Phil Boersma brace completed the scoring.
1935 - We also visited Stamford Bridge, with Berry Nieuwenhuys on target twice in a 2-2 draw in our first game of the season. Joe Bambrick bagged the first two of his four goals past the reds.
1921 – Forward Billy Matthews struck his first two reds goals as we beat Manchester City 3-2 at Anfield, with Dick Forshaw also on target. Horace Barnes netted one of his nine goals against us, with Billy Murphy also scoring.

Ton up for Brendan
2014 – Brendan Rodgers led us to a 56th win in his hundredth game as reds boss as we won 3-0 at Tottenham Hotspur. Raheem Sterling opened the scoring before Steven Gerrard converted a new club record 43rd penalty. Left-back Alberto Moreno bagged his first goal for the club, with Mario Balotelli making his reds bow.
2018 – Harry Kewell took over as Manager of Notts County, but only lasted three months before being sacked. On the same day, former reds Managing Director Christian Purslow was appointed as CEO of Aston Villa, ex-reds loanee Nuri Şahin joined SV Werder Bremen on a free transfer from Ballspielverein Borussia 09 e.V. Dortmund and keeper Dean Bouzanis joined PEC Zwolle on loan from Melbourne City.

Debutants galore
1946 - Len Carney, making his debut, scored our first post-war goal in the final minute, the only strike of our opening First Division fixture at Sheffield United, and his solitary senior reds goal. Keeper Cyril Sidlow and Bill Jones both also made their reds bows. The reds had caused a stir by coming out onto the pitch ten minutes before kick-off to warm up, largely unheard of at the time.
1982 - Steve Nicol made his first reds appearance in our goalless draw at Birmingham City.

A reds legend starts out
1968 - Phil Neal made his debut for Fourth Division Northampton Town in their 1-0 defeat of Walsall. He spent six years at the County Ground before arriving at Anfield for £66,000 in October 1974.

More recent moves
2014 - Fernando Torres joined AC Milan on loan from Chelsea, netting once in ten games before returning to his first club Atlético de Madrid the following January.
2012 – Jay Spearing joined Bolton Wanderers on loan, where he struck twice in 39 outings before signing on permanently a year later. On the same day, Charlie Adam moved to Stoke City for a reported £4m after two goals in 37 reds games since his arrival from Blackpool for an initial £6.75m in July 2011. Meanwhile, reserves forward Nathan Eccleston was sold to Blackpool, having made nine senior reds appearances. Yossi Benayoun rejoined West Ham United on loan from Chelsea, winger Adam Hammill moved to Huddersfield Town from Wolverhampton Wanderers on a temporary basis, while Ryan Babel re-signed for Ajax. On the same day, Christian Benteke left Koninklijke Racing Club Genk to join Aston Villa for a reported £7m.

2007 – Right-back Glen Johnson joined Portsmouth from Chelsea for £4m, having spent the previous season on loan at Fratton Park. He bagged four goals in exactly a century of games for Pompey in total. On the same day, future Under-23’s Assistant Coach Gary O’Neil joined to Middlesbrough from Portsmouth for a reported £5m, going on to net twelve times in 120 games before moving on to West Ham United in January 2011.
2006 - Rickie Lambert joined Bristol Rovers from League Two side Rochdale for £200,000 after 28 goals in 68 games for the Dale.
2004 – Centre-half Ragnar Klavan joined Vålerenga on loan from Flora Tallinn, playing just four times while in Norway.
2002 - Robbie Keane joined Tottenham Hotspur from Leeds United for £7m. He notched 107 times in 254 outings in his first spell with Spurs before moving to Anfield for £19.3m in July 2008.

2005 - Michael Owen joined Newcastle United from Real Madrid for £17m after a proposed move back to Anfield failed to materialise. He bagged thirty goals in 79 games for the Toon as serious injuries interrupted his time in the north east. On the same day, Salif Diao joined Portsmouth on loan. He only managed to make thirteen appearances for Pompey and was not taken on permanently. Meanwhile, Darren Potter signed a new three-year contract at Anfield and ex-red Abel Xavier signed for Middlesbrough. He played twenty times for Boro while also being found guilty of breaching UEFA’s anti-doping regulations. Meanwhile, James Milner joined Aston Villa on loan from Newcastle United on loan, netting three times in 33 games.

An opening day thumping
1929 - We were well beaten as we lost 5-0 at Middlesbrough in our opening fixture of the season. Forward Alan Scott played the first of his four senior reds games. Bobby Bruce struck the first two of his five goals against us, with Jackie Carr bagging the last of his five, George Camsell the first of his nine past the reds and Owen Williams also on target.

Called off
1997 – Our Premiership encounter with Newcastle United at Anfield was called off following the death of Diana, Princess of Wales in Paris earlier that day.

International bows
1988 - Karl-Heinz Riedle netted on his senior international debut, coming on as a substitute in West Germany’s 4-0 World Cup qualifying win in Finland. Meanwhile, fellow future red István Kozma featured for Hungary in their goalless friendly in Austria, with Fiorentina’s Glenn Hysen in action as Sweden lost 2-1 to Denmark in a friendly in Solna.
2005 – Michael Nardiello debuted for England Under-17’s in their 3-1 defeat of Portugal in the Pepsi International Tournament at Ashton Gate.

2000 - Stephen Wright won his first cap for England Under-21’s as a substitute in their 6-1 friendly mauling of Georgia at the Riverside Stadium, with future red Joe Cole scoring his first goal at this level.
2001 – They both also featured at the same level in a 2-1 European Championships qualifying win in Germany, with Cole again on target. Meanwhile, Pepe Reina played for Spain Under-21’s as they beat Austria 2-0 in Burriana, and fellow future red Christian Poulsen featured in Denmark’s 2-0 defeat of Northern Ireland in another qualifier in Odense.

Final caps
2017 – Philippe Coutinho struck has last goal for Brazil while a reds player as they beat Ecuador 2-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Porto Alegre, with future red Alisson Becker also in action. Future red Naby Keïta scored as Guinea beat Libya 3-2 in a qualifier in Conakry. On the same day, Mohamed Salah won his first cap as a red in Egypt’s 1-0 qualifying defeat in Uganda. Ragnar Klavan, Gini Wijnaldum, ex-reds Péter Gulácsi and Brad Smith, and future red Xherdan Shaqiri also featured in qualifiers that day.
2016 – Ex-red Robbie Keane won his 146th and last cap for the Republic of Ireland, netting in their 4-0 thumping of Oman in a friendly in Dublin.

Internationals on target
1996 - Ex-red Dean Saunders netted twice while winning his first cap as a Nottingham Forest player, and 53rd in total, as Wales thumped San Marino 6-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Cardiff. Other ex-reds in international action on the same day were Ray Houghton, Jim Magilton and Steve Staunton, with future red Stéphane Henchoz also playing for his country.
2007 – Future reds reserves forward Nikola Sarić bagged his first Under-17’s goal as Denmark thumped Norway 4-0 in a Syrenka Cup game in Poland.
2012 – Jerome Sinclair scored for England Under-17’s as they beat Turkey 4-1 in a friendly in Northampton, with Sheyi Ojo also featuring.

Captain Gary Mac
1996 - Leeds United’s Gary McAllister captained Scotland as he won his 45th international cap, in their goalless World Cup qualifier in Austria.

Also in international action
1993 – Future red Brad Friedel played for the USA as they won a friendly 1-0 in Iceland.


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      Hunt’s farewell
      1969 - Roger Hunt won his 34th and final cap for England as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Romania in a friendly at Wembley Stadium.
      1958 – Alan A’Court played for England Under-23’s as they beat Scotland 3-1 at Goodison Park.
      Macca out and then back in
      2004 - Steve McMahon resigned as Manager of Blackpool and then withdrew his resignation on the same day. He remained in the job until May of the same year.
      Young Jack
      2005 - Future reds centre-back Jack Hobbs became Lincoln City’s youngest-ever player, aged sixteen years and 149 days, appearing in their 1-1 League Two draw with Bristol Rovers at Sincil Bank.
      Other reds games
      1972 – We won 3-0 at Second Division side Oxford United in the FA Cup Third Round, with Kevin Keegan scoring twice and Alec Lindsay also on target.
      1949 – We triumphed 4-0 over Nottingham Forest in a replay at the same stage at Anfield. Jimmy Payne and Albert Stubbins scored, with Jack Balmer adding a brace.
      1921 – Sunderland held us to a goalless draw in L4.
      1914 – Keeper Ken Campbell was credited with an own goal, the only score as we lost our FA Cup First Round replay at Barnsley.
      On target
      2017 – Sadio Mané scored from the spot as Senegal beat Tunisia 2-0 in an African Cup of Nations group game in Gabon. This was his first goal for his country since moving to Anfield.
      More internationals in action
      1994 – Future red Øyvind Leonhardsen played as Norway lost 2-1 to the USA in Phoenix.
      2000 – Future red Fábio Aurélio played in an unofficial international as Brazil beat Costa Rica 4-1 in Maringá.
      2007 - Future red Lucas Leiva was booked as Brazil Under-20’s held the host nation Paraguay to a 1-1 draw in a Sudamericano Sub-20 “Juventud de América” group game.
      2010 – Manchester city’s Kolo Touré played as the Ivory Coast beat Ghana 3-1 in an Africa Cup of Nations group game in Angola.
      2015 – Now a reds player, Touré featured in a 2-0 friendly defeat to Sweden in Abu Dhabi.
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      Souey’s debut
      1978 - Graeme Souness made his reds bow as a David Johnson goal gave us victory at West Bromwich Albion.
      1933 - We also travelled to the Baggies, losing 2-0 in our FA Cup Third Round tie. Billy Richardson bagged one of his nine goals against the reds, with Stan Wood netting the first of his five past us.
      Heading to Wembley
      1981 – Ray Kennedy netted the only goal of the first leg of our League Cup Semi-final after a contested free-kick late on at a wet and windy Maine Road, with Manchester City’s Kevin Reeves earlier having a strike ruled out for an apparent handball. We drew the return to reach our second Final in the competition.
      In comes Redders
      1991 - Jamie Redknapp signed from Bournemouth for £350,000, going on to strike 41 times in 308 first-team appearances. Although he only won one winners’ medal in his time at Anfield, the Coca Cola Cup in 1995, he was a popular member of the squad, and was club captain during the historic treble season eight years ago, going up to lift the FA Cup at the Millennium Stadium with Robbie Fowler. He moved on to Tottenham Hotspur in a free transfer in April 2002, retiring from football in the summer of 2005 after a brief spell at Southampton.
      Beating Spurs
      2006 - Harry Kewell volleyed the only goal of the game as Tottenham Hotspur left Anfield with their customary defeat. Paul Stalteri was sent off for the visitors, while Stephen Warnock was completing his half century of reds games. The crowd of 44,983 was the largest to date since Anfield became an all-seater stadium.
      Another debutant
      1967 - Ian Ross debuted as a substitute for the injured Ian Callaghan in our 1-0 win at Sheffield Wednesday, after Peter Thompson had scored the only goal of the game.
      1989 - We also visited Hillsborough, coming from 2-0 down to draw, with Steve Nicol and John Aldridge getting on the scoresheet within a minute of each other.
      Hatters fail to show
      1987 - Our FA Cup Third Round replay with Luton Town at Anfield was postponed after the Hatters failed to turn up on time! Although the country was suffering with bad weather, the Anfield pitch was deemed playable and Luton were informed that the match was definitely going ahead. However, they did not allow enough time to make the journey and so the game had to be called off, despite many of their fans managing to arrive. Things got even worse for Mark Lawrenson, who crashed his car driving home from Anfield after skidding on black ice. The game was eventually staged two weeks later, ending goalless after a full two hours, but we lost the second replay 3-0 at Kenilworth Road.
      Ton up in the cup
      1911 – Sam Bowyer’s second goal was our hundredth in the FA Cup as we beat Gainsborough Trinity 3-2 in a First Round tie at Anfield. Arthur Goddard added our third but, unfortunately, we were knocked out at Everton at the next hurdle.
      Most recently
      2018 – We beat Manchester City in a seven-goal thriller at Anfield, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain handing us an early lead. Leroy Sané equalised before the break with one of his four goals past us to date, but Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mané and Mohamed Salah all struck during the second half as we led 4-1 with less than ten minutes remaining. Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gündogan then netted to ensure a nervy finish as we inflicted City’s first League defeat of the season on them.
      2012 – We were held to a goalless draw at Anfield by Stoke City.
      Dick dies
      1933 – Centre-forward Dick Johnson died. He joined the reds in January 1920, striking thirty times in 82 outings, including two hat-tricks, helping us to the League title in 1923 before leaving for Stoke in February 1925. He was noted for his overhead bicycle kicks.
      Management moves
      1969 – Former reds skipper Sir Matt Busby announced that he would resign as Manchester United boss at the end of the season, which he did in June of that year after leading our deadly rivals to the European Cup, five League titles, two FA Cups and three FA Charity Shields.
      1998 - Kenny Dalglish was appointed Manager of Newcastle United. He led the Toon to thirteenth place in his one full season in charge but was sacked just two unbeaten games into the following season.
      2004 - Roy Hodgson was sacked as Manager of United Arab Emirates, having been in charge since April 2002.
      2013 – Short-lived Assistant Manager Sean O’Driscoll was appointed Bristol City boss. He was sacked ten months later, having failed to keep them in the Championship followed by a poor start to the following campaign.
      Five different competitions
      We have played first-class fixtures in five different competitions on this day over the years.
      1893 - Our first game came when we held West Manchester to a goalless draw in the Lancashire League.
      We have also won three FA Cup games and one League Cup match on this day, and played eleven League matches, although we have only won four of these.
      1986 - A brace from Ian Rush and a Mark Lawrenson goal handed us a 3-0 win at Tottenham Hotspur in the Screen Sport Super Cup. Kevin MacDonald broke his arm in a collision with Spurs’ Steve Perryman. However, he was back in action inside six weeks. Veteran keeper Pat Jennings played his final game for Spurs.
      Alan’s last
      1961 - Alan Arnell played his 75th and final reds game as we lost 3-1 at Brighton & Hove Albion in a Second Division encounter, with Alan A’Court grabbing our consolation.
      Smiling again
      1922 - Forward Harry ‘Smiler’ Chambers struck his fiftieth reds goal as we beat Bradford City 2-1 at Anfield on our way to our third League title. Dick Forshaw added our second as Dickie Bond struck the last of his four goals against the reds, while forward Billy Lacey was playing his 200th game for the club.
      1928 – Chambers bagged his 151st and final reds strike, the only goal of our FA Cup Third Round meeting with Third Division North side Darlington at Anfield.
      Rushie in red again
      2003 - Ian Rush stepped out in Liverpool training gear for the first time in eight years, having been appointed as a part-time specialist striking coach. He said, “I will get as much satisfaction watching these lads score as I did when I was scoring myself.” However, he did not get the opportunity to do so for very long.
      Old gold disappointment
      We have twice played Wolverhampton Wanderers on this day in history, without winning.
      1984 - Wolves won 1-0 despite being bottom of the table, thanks to an early Carl Mardenborough header, his only ever goal for the club, to secure victory at Anfield for the first time in 33 years.
      1899 - We held them to a goalless draw at Molineux.
      Beaten by the Trotters
      We have twice faced Bolton Wanderers at Burnden Park on this day in history, losing on each occasion.
      1931 - We went down 2-0 when George Gibson and Harold Blackmore each struck one of their five goals against us.
      1950 - Billy Liddell and Willie Fagan struck within a minute of each other as we were beaten 3-2.
      On the move
      2004 - David James joined Manchester City from West Ham United for £2m. He kept goal for them on a century of occasions before joining Portsmouth in August 2006.
      2010 – Defender Jon Otsemobor joined Southampton on a free transfer from Norwich City, after two goals in 104 games for the Canaries. On the same day, ex-red Momo Sissoko played for Mali as they lost an Africa Cup of Nations Finals group game 1-0 to Algeria in Angola.
      2014 - Luis García retired from playing, although he returned to the game six months later with Indian Super League side Atlético de Kolkata.
      Jordan the best
      2020 – Jordan Henderson was named as the 2019 BT England Men’s Player of the Year. On the same day, ex-reds midfielder Momo Sissoko announced his retirement from playing. He had signed from Valencia for £5.6m in July 2005 and helped us to claim the FA Cup, UEFA Super Cup and FA Community Shield, playing 87 times and scoring just once before moving on to Juventus for £8.2m in January 2008.
      Other reds games
      1995 – Adam Tanner struck the only goal of Ipswich Town’s visit to Anfield
      1939 – We came from behind to win 3-1 at Charlton Athletic with Jack Balmer bagging a brace and Harry Eastham also on target.
      1920 – Harry Lewis and Jackie Sheldon netted as we beat South Shields 2-0 in an FA Cup First Round replay in L4.
      Foy on target
      2002 - Robbie Foy struck for Scotland Under-17’s as they won a friendly 2-0 in Malta.
      Toni’s first
      2017 – Toni Silva won his first cap as a Levadiakos player, as Guinea-Bissau drew 1-1 with Gabon in an African Cup of Nations Finals group game.
      2013 – Future red Kolo Touré played for the Ivory Coast as they beat Egypt 4-2 in a friendly in Abu Dhabi.
      2011 – Ex-red Harry Kewell played as Australia drew 1-1 with South Korea in an AFC Asian Cup Finals group game in Qatar.
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      Sam’s bow
      1900 - Forward Sam Raybould made his reds debut as a Hugh Morgan brace condemned West Bromwich Albion to a 2-0 defeat at Anfield. He went on to net 130 times in 226 reds games, becoming the first player to bag a hundred League goals for the club.
      Arrivals from Spain
      2010 – Winger Maxi Rodríguez signed for free from Club Atlético de Madrid. He bagged seventeen goals in 73 reds outings before returning to Club Atlético Newell’s Old Boys in Argentina in July 2012.
      2005 - Fernando Morientes signed from Real Madrid for £6.3m. He netted just twelve goals in 61 reds games, helping us to claim the FA Cup and UEFA Super Cup before moving on to Valencia in July 2006, where he regained his scoring touch.
      Birth and death
      1984 - Tommy Younger died. He made 127 appearances in our goal after signing from Hibernian for £9,000 in June 1956, as well as winning 24 caps for Scotland. He returned north of the border after three years at Anfield to join Falkirk, later becoming the President of the Scottish FA.
      1876 – Half-back Barney Battles was born in Springburn, Glasgow. He won the title two years running in Scotland, for Hearts in 1895 and then Celtic, joining the reds for six weeks on loan at the end of the 1895/96 season where he featured in two Second Division games and three of the four Test matches as we secured promotion, for which he received a special gold medal and a cheque for a “handsome sum”. He re-signed from Dundee in March 1898 for £20 but only played one more game before joining Celtic for a third spell seven months later.
      The legend returns
      2003 - Ian Rush returned to Liverpool as a part-time specialist striking coach, a role he only occupied for around a year. His club record 346 strikes in 660 games had helped us to five League titles, the European Cup, three FA Cups, five League Cups, two FA Charity Shields and the Screen Sport Super Cup.
      Ablett across the park
      1992 - Gary Ablett was sold to Everton for £750,000 after one goal in 147 games for the reds. He had helped us to two League titles, FA Cup and FA Charity Shield and later won a second FA Cup during his time at Goodison.
      Two-ton Martin
      2013 – Slovakian centre-half Martin Škrtel played his 200th reds game as we lost 2-1 at Manchester United. Robin van Persie scored one of his seven goals past us before Nemanja Vidić deflected in a Patrice Evra header from a free-kick, with substitute Daniel Sturridge nabbing our consolation.
      Steven’s bow
      2016 - Centre-half Steven Caulker made his reds bow in our 3-3 draw with Arsenal at Anfield. Roberto Firmino and Olivier Giroud each bagged a brace, with the latter grabbing two of his eight past us to date, with Aaron Ramsey also on target. Joe Allen struck a stoppage time equaliser.
      Cup despair
      1993 - Second Division Bolton Wanderers knocked us out of the FA Cup at Anfield, winning our Third Round replay 2-0. John McGinlay nodded the visitors in front inside three minutes, with Andy Walker scoring the second with his head late on. Robbie Fowler made the bench for the first time, while Michael Thomas was ruled out for the rest of the season after snapping an Achilles tendon.
      2010 – We were dumped out of the Cup in another replay at the same stage, as Reading won 2-1 at Anfield. A Ryan Bertrand own goal put us in front on the stroke of half time, but the Championship strugglers equalised at the death after Yossi Benayoun gave away a penalty converted by Gylfi Sigurðsson, the first of his four goals against us to date, with both Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard having to be withdrawn early due to injuries. Unfortunately, the visitors gained a deserved victory when Shane Long headed the extra time winner, one of his four strikes against the reds.
      Cup milestones
      1912 - Outside-right Arthur Goddard appeared in his 23rd consecutive FA Cup match for the reds as a Jack Parkinson goal gave us a First Round home win over Leyton. Unfortunately, we went out at Fulham at the next hurdle.
      1926 – We played our hundredth FA Cup match, when a Dick Forshaw goal was enough to hand us victory over Southampton in a Third Round replay at Anfield. Unfortunately, we were knocked out at the next hurdle at Fulham.
      Seeing off the Villa
      2001 - A brace from Danny Murphy and an unstoppable shot past ex-red David James from Steven Gerrard condemned Aston Villa to a 3-0 defeat at Villa Park, with their new signing Juan Pablo Angel watching from the stands. Jari Litmanen made his first reds start in this game.
      Spot-kick failures
      1906 – Alf West had a penalty saved in each half as we beat Leicester Fosse 2-1 in an FA Cup First Round tie at Anfield. Sam Raybould and Arthur Goddard netted for the reds, with Billy Bannister also failing to convert a spot-kick for the visitors.
      Debuting
      1951 – Forward Don Woan played the first of just two reds games as we won 2-1 at Derby County in a top-flight encounter. Inside-forward Jack Haigh bagged his first reds goal with Billy Liddell also on target as we completed our first League double over the Rams since April 1929.
      Rescuing a point at Highbury
      2002 - John Arne Riise latched onto a sensational long pass from Steven Gerrard to strike past Stuart Taylor in front of the North Bank to hand us a 1-1 draw, after Freddie Ljungberg had opened the scoring for Arsenal.
      1923 - We also drew with the Gunners, being held to a goalless draw at Anfield in the First Round of the FA Cup. We won the replay, but went out in the Third Round at home to Sheffield United.
      Hitting five
      1962 - We saw off Norwich City at Anfield by the odd goal in nine on our way to the Second Division championship. Alan A’Court netted in addition to braces from both Jimmy Melia and Roger Hunt. Terry Allcock bagged a treble for the Canaries, the most recent player to score a hat-trick at Anfield and still end up on the losing side, with Jimmy Conway also on target.
      1894 - We trounced Rotherham Town 5-1 at Anfield in a Second Division fixture at Anfield, having won 4-1 in the reverse fixture the previous week. David Henderson and Harry Bradshaw both netted braces, with Hugh McQueen also on target.
      Reds in charge
      2006 - Steve Staunton was appointed Manager of the Republic of Ireland. He led them to just six victories in his seventeen games in charge. Fellow ex-red Kevin MacDonald was appointed as one of his coaches at the same time.
      Personal awards
      2006 - Rafael Benítez was named Barclays Manager of the Month for the second month running, after four League wins out of four in December.
      2010 – Standard de Liège forward Milan Jovanović was named Jupiler League Player of the Year in Belgium.
      On the move
      2006 - Don Hutchison joined Coventry City on a free transfer from Millwall after a successful loan spell. He had struck twice in fourteen games for the Lions and grabbed four goals in forty outings for the Sky Blues before being struck down by serious injury.
      2011 – Reserves forward Nathan Eccleston joined Charlton Athletic on loan. He netted three times in 21 outings for the Addicks.
      2015 – Ex-reds reserves forward Paul Jewell resigned as Joint Assistant Manager of West Bromwich Albion, just seven days after being appointed, having already been asked to take a pay cut.
      2017 – Left-back Joe Maguire moved on to Fleetwood Town, so far making nine senior appearances for the Cod Army.
      2020 – Centre-half Nathaniel Phillips re-joined VfB Stuttgart on loan after making one senior appearance and two outings on the bench in between spells in Germany. On the same day, ex-reds keeper Pepe Reina moved to Aston Villa until the end of the season.
      Tweet tweet
      2011 - Ryan Babel admitted an FA charge for improper conduct relating to tweeting about referee Howard Webb after the recent FA Cup defeat at Manchester United.
      Other reds games
      2007 – We won 3-0 at Watford, with all the goals coming from substitutes. Peter Crouch netted twice with Craig Bellamy also on target.
      1996 – We were held to a 1-1 draw at Sheffield Wednesday, with Ian Rush grabbing a late leveller from off the bench.
      1990 – Luton Town left Anfield with a share of the spoils as the game ended 2-2, with John Barnes opening the scoring with a direct free-kick. Goals from Kingsley Black and Kurt Nogan put the Hatters in front momentarily, before Steve Nicol headed in an equaliser.
      1973 – We shared a goalless draw with Burnley in our FA Cup Third Round encounter at Turf Moor. We won at the second attempt, but fell to Manchester City at the next hurdle.
      1934 – Gordon Hodgson netted as Fulham drew 1-1 at Anfield in another Third Round tie, with Jack Lambert equalising with the last of his seven goals against the reds. We won the replay, but went out to Bolton Wanderers in the Fifth Round.
      For continents
      1996 - Future red Rigobert Song played as Cameroon lost 3-0 to host nation South Africa in an Africa Cup of Nations group game in Johannesburg.
      2000 - Song played in a goalless friendly draw in Senegal.
      2010 – Now having left the reds, he featured again in a 1-0 defeat to Gabon in a Finals game in Angola.
      2012 – Future red Kolo Touré represented the Ivory Coast as they beat Tunisia 2-0 in a friendly in Abu Dhabi.
      2007 - Future red Lucas Leiva captained Brazil Under-20’s as they beat Bolivia 3-0 in a Sudamericano Sub-20 “Juventud de América” group game in Paraguay, despite having a man sent off.
      2019 – Future red Takumi Minamino played for Japan as they beat Oman 1-0 in an AFC Asian Cup group game in Abu Dhabi.
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      Alles Gute zum Geburtstag
      1994 – German midfielder Emre Can was born in Frankfurt. He signed from Bayer 04 Leverkusen for £9.75m in July 2014, netting fourteen times in 167 reds games before moving on to Juventus on a free transfer in June 2018.
      1887 – Forward Jimmy Nicholl was born in Port Glasgow. He signed from Middlesbrough in January 1914, bagging fourteen goals in 59 outings before moving on to Wishaw Thistle in 1915. He had featured in our FA Cup Final defeat to Burnley in April 1914.
      Dan the man
      2006 - Daniel Agger signed from Brøndby IF for £5.8m. He played 232 games, notching fourteen times, helping us to claim the FA Community Shield and League Cup before returning to his former club in Denmark in August 2014.
      On the same day, reserves keeper David Martin signed from MK Dons for £250,000. He returned there permanently in May 2010 after failing to make a senior appearance, although he sat on the reds bench on nineteen occasions.
      Red centurions
      2019 – Sadio Mané reached a century for the reds as Mohamed Salah bagged the only goal of the game at Brighton & Hove Albion from the spot, with the home side failing to register a shot on target.
      2008 - Xabi Alonso played his hundredth League game for the reds as we were held to a 1-1 draw at Middlesbrough. He came on for Yossi Benayoun after an hour when we were a goal down courtesy of George Boateng before Fernando Torres rescued a point with a long-range strike.
      1980 – Ray Kennedy played his 200th League game for the reds as we were held to a 1-1 draw at Anfield by Southampton, with Terry McDermott scoring from the spot.
      1929 – Right-back Jimmy ‘Parson’ Jackson reached a century of reds appearances in our 2-0 FA Cup Third Round win at Bristol City. Bill Salisbury and Gordon Hodgson netted in the second half.
      A treble to make anyone smile
      1927 - Harry ‘Smiler’ Chambers bagged a hat-trick as we beat Third Division South side Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic 4-1 in an FA Cup Third Round replay at Anfield. Outside-left Fred Hopkin netted the other goal. We went out to Arsenal in the Fifth Round that season.
      Happy Cup memories
      We have won all eleven of our FA Cup ties on this day.
      1935 - We beat non-League Yeovil & Petters United 6-2 in front of a record crowd of 11,830 at Huish Park, despite scouser Tommy McNeil giving Yeovil the lead inside five minutes, and the score being level at the break, through a deflected Berry Nieuwenhuys strike. Gordon Hodgson and Syd Roberts both netted twice for the reds, to add to a goal from Dave Wright. Yeovil’s McNeil also ended the game with a brace. Hodgson’s first strike was our 200th in the competition. Unfortunately, we went out to Blackburn Rovers at the next hurdle.
      1921 - We won 2-1 at Manchester United in a First Round replay when Billy Lacey and Harry Chambers were on target as we came from behind while wearing a rare blue and white kit. However, we lost to Newcastle United in the next round.
      South for the first time
      1955 - Centre-back Alex South made the first of his seven reds appearances as we won our FA Cup Third Round replay against Lincoln City at Anfield in extra time. John Evans bagged the only goal, having scored in the first game as well as being sent off. We made it to the Fifth Round before being knocked out by Huddersfield Town at Anfield.
      1991 – Winger Jimmy Carter made his reds bow as a substitute for Ronnie Rosenthal in our goalless draw at Aston Villa.
      Beating the Potters
      1988 - Peter Beardsley netted the only goal of our FA Cup Third Round replay against Stoke City from just outside the area.
      2014 – We triumphed 5-3 at the Britannia Stadium, our first League win there. Ryan Shawcross diverted an Aly Cissokho shot into his own net before Luis Suárez doubled our lead after half an hour. However, ex-reds Peter Crouch and Charlie Adam levelled the scores before the break, with the former netting one of his four strikes against the reds. Steven Gerrard converted a penalty with Suárez adding his second before Jon Walters bagged one of his seven goals past us. Daniel Sturridge came off the bench to complete the scoring late on.
      Beaten by the seaside
      2011 – We lost 2-1 at Blackpool in our first trip there since August 1970. Fernando Torres gave us an early lead before Gary Taylor-Fletcher and DJ Campbell both struck for the home side.
      Beating the Blues
      We have twice defeated Birmingham City at Anfield on this day in history.
      1974 - Kevin Keegan netted a brace as we won a First Division encounter 3-2 with Phil Thompson also on target. Bob Latchford bagged one of his five goals against the reds, with Bob Hatton grabbing one of his four.
      1907 - Sam Raybould struck twice as we won an FA Cup First Round tie 2-1 as we progressed to the Fourth Round that season.
      Heading off
      1963 – Left-half Tommy Leishman left the reds to join Hibernian. He had arrived from St. Mirren for £10,000 in November 1949, helping us back to the First Division in 1962, bagging a total of seven goals in 118 reds games, including our first ever League Cup strike.
      1966 - Inside-forward John ‘Sailor’ Hunter died. The Scottish international bagged twelve goals in 45 reds games after signing from Abercorn in 1899.
      1985 – South African half-back Hugh Gerhardi committed suicide by shooting himself in the head. He signed from Johannesburg-based Thistle in August 1952 but only played six senior games before returning to his homeland after just one season.
      Gary Mac steps down
      2004 - Gary McAllister resigned as Manager of Coventry City to care for his seriously ill wife Denise. He had been on compassionate leave after she suffered a setback in her battle against cancer, but then decided to quit permanently. Sadly, she passed away soon after.
      A new keeper
      2007 - Daniele Padelli signed on loan from Sampdoria. He made one senior appearance, as we were held to a 2-2 draw in our final League game of the season at home to Charlton Athletic in May 2007, but was not kept on.
      Alf off target
      1938 - Outside-left Alf Hanson missed a penalty in the first half as we beat Third Division South outfit Crystal Palace 3-1 after extra time in our FA Cup Third Round replay at Anfield. Ernie Waldron gave the visitors the lead, before John Shafto sent the tie into extra time. The Eagles’ Nick Collins scored an own goal, before Willie Fagan converted a late penalty. Unfortunately, the reds were later forced to apologise by the FA after making some disparaging comments about Palace in the programme. We only made it as far as the Fifth Round that season, being knocked out by Huddersfield Town at Anfield, who went all the way to the Final.
      Stevie’s new deal
      2012 – Steven Gerrard signed a new contract, tying him to the club until 2014.
      On the move
      2016 – Centre-half Steven Caulker signed on loan from Queens Park Rangers, having his temporary spell at Southampton cut short to accommodate the move. He made just four reds appearances. On the same day, Jonjo Shelvey left Swansea City after ten goals in 96 outings to sign for Newcastle United for £12m.
      2015 – Moroccan winger Oussama Assaidi was sold to Al Ahli in Dubai for a reported £4.7m. He had arrived from SC Heerenveen for £2.4m in August 2012, failing to score in twelve reds games.
      2012 - Robbie Keane signed for Aston Villa on a temporary basis from LA Galaxy, notching three times in seven outings.
      1999 - Ex-reds reserve Jim Magilton joined Ipswich Town on loan from Sheffield Wednesday. He made eleven appearances for the Blues before the move was made permanent two months later.
      2018 – Winger Ryan Kent joined Bristol City on loan, turning out on eleven occasions for the Robins.
      Other reds games
      1982 – We were held to a goalless draw at Anfield by Bradford City in a League Cup Fifth Round tie. We won the replay, eventually lifting the trophy again that season.
      1971 – Manchester City held us to a goalless draw in a League encounter in L4
      1970 – We beat Coventry City 3-0 in an FA Cup Third Round replay at home, with Ian Ross heading in the opener, added to by Peter Thompson and Bobby Graham strikes.
      1957 – Alan Arnell and Geoff Twentyman struck as we beat Doncaster Rovers 2-1 in a Second Division fixture, despite falling behind to one of Bert Tindill’s five goals against us. Billy Liddell had to leave the pitch with the reds still trailing, having been knocked unconscious.
      1952 – Jimmy Payne netted the only goal of our FA Cup Third Round meeting with Workington from the Third Division at Anfield
      1924 – We came from behind to beat Bradford City 2-1 in L4 in a FA Cup First Round meeting, thanks to two goals from Harry Chambers.
      1895 – We thumped Nottingham Forest 5-0 at home with Malcolm McVean on target twice. Jimmy Ross, Joe McQue and Davy Hannah also got on the scoresheet.
      In international action
      2013 – Oussama Assaidi played for Morocco in their 2-1 friendly defeat of Namibia in Johannesburg. On the same day, ex-red Carl Medjani skippered Algeria as they held South Africa to a goalless draw in Rustenburg.
      2008 – Ex-red El-Hadji Diouf featured as Senegal beat Namibia 3-1, with future red Kolo Touré playing as Ivory Coast won 2-0 in Kuwait.
      2002 – Touré also played in a 1-1 friendly draw with Nigeria in Bouaké.
      2000 – Fábio Aurélio played for a Brazil side as they thrashed Trinidad & Tobago 7-0 in Florianópolis.
      1997 – Future red Rigobert Song played as Cameroon were held to a goalless draw by Angola in Yaoundé.
      1993 - Gérard Houllier managed France A as they beat Senegal 3-1 in Dakar.
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