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New bosses
1959 - Bill Shankly was appointed reds boss, with the intention that he would take over in the New Year. However, he was in place just thirteen days later. He had led Huddersfield Town to 49 wins in 129 League games in charge, but could not get them out of the Second Division. The great man achieved his aim of turning the reds into a ‘bastion of invincibility’ as he led us out of the Second Division and then to three League titles, two FA Cups, the UEFA Cup and FA Charity Shield, before shocking the football world with his resignation in July 1974.

2010 - Tom Werner took over as Chairman of the club, following Martin Broughton’s departure. The New York-born businessman co-founded Fenway Sports Group and is also Chairman of the Boston Red Sox.

King Billy’s treble
1951 - Billy Liddell scored a hat-trick, including a penalty, as we won 3-2 at Tottenham Hotspur. Sonny Walters bagged one of his four goals against the reds, with Les Bennett also on target.

Great evening for the kids
2004 - We drew 1-1 at Tottenham Hotspur in the Fifth Round of the Carling Cup, with Florent Sinama-Pongolle converting a late penalty to equalise Jermain Defoe’s goal at the end of extra time, one of his six past us to date. The reds won the penalty shoot-out 4-3 as the away end rocked to the brand new ‘La Bamba’ song in honour of new boss Rafael Benítez. Stéphane Henchoz was making his 205th and final reds appearance, while David Raven and Mark Smyth both made their senior bows.

Jerzy’s nightmare
2002 - A Diego Forlán brace handed Manchester United a two-goal lead at Anfield, greatly assisted by Jerzy Dudek. A late Sami Hyypiä strike gave us hope, and Dietmar Hamann’s fierce drive hit the woodwork, but we lost 2-1. These were the first of Forlán’s four goals past us.

Reds farewells
2012 - Phil Taylor died aged 95. He signed from his hometown club Bristol Rovers in March 1936 in exchange for outside-right Billy Hartill plus £5,000. He made 345 appearances at right-half before and after the war, scoring 34 times and winning one League title and captaining the side. He joined the coaching staff when he retired from playing in July 1954, and became Manager in May 1956, staying in the job for three years, but has the unhappy distinction of being the only reds boss never to manage the side in the top flight.

1962 - Left-winger Alan A'Court scored his 63rd and final reds goal as we beat Fulham 2-1 at Anfield in our first season back in the top flight. Roger Hunt also struck with Ronnie Moran missing a penalty.

Mølby off the mark
1984 - Jan Mølby bagged his first reds goal, although it was merely a consolation in our 3-1 defeat at Chelsea. Future red David Speedie and Joe McLaughlin netted, with Kerry Dixon scoring the first of his seven goals against the reds.

Mauled by Tigers
2013 – We lost 3-1 at Hull City, the first time we had lost to the Tigers in seventeen meetings. They opened the scoring when a Jake Livermore strike was deflected off Martin Škrtel, before Steven Gerrard equalised with a free kick. David Meyler put the home side ahead before Škrtel diverted a shot from Tom Huddlestone into his own net for an own goal.

2012 - Daniel Agger headed in the only goal of the game as we hosted Southampton in a Premiership fixture.
2008 – We were held to a goalless Premiership draw at Anfield by West Ham United as we went to the top of the table. A Kop mosaic in support of Michael Shields was held up prior to kick off.

Diego born
1982 – Sub keeper Diego Cavalieri was born in São Paulo. He signed from Palmeiras in his native Brazil for £3.5m in July 2008, making just ten senior appearances, all in cup competitions, although he sat on the bench on a further 103 occasions. He moved on to Italian side Cesena for £1.2m in August 2010.

A winning debut
1973 - Forward Alan Waddle made his League bow in our defeat of West Ham United at Anfield, with Peter Cormack bagging the only goal of the game. Chris Lawler missed this game through injury, having played in all of our previous 102 League games.

Razor off
1981 - Ray Kennedy was sent off for two bookable offences in the first half of our goalless League Cup Fourth Round tie at Arsenal. Fortunately, we won the replay the following week, en route to retaining the trophy.

Beating the Rams again and again
We have beaten Derby County three times on this day in history without conceding a goal.
2001 - Michael Owen’s poached effort gave us a win at Pride Park, although the reds had to thank Jerzy Dudek for a string of top-class saves, including one from a late Fabrizio Ravanelli penalty, to keep us top of the League.
1906 - Joe Hewitt nabbed the only goal of the game at the Baseball Ground.
1928 - Gordon Hodgson, Jimmy McDougall and James Clark struck as we won 3-0 at Anfield.

A European win
1965 - We beat Belgians Standard de Liège 3-1 at Anfield in our first game of a European Cup Winners’ Cup campaign that saw us reach the Final in only our second season in continental competition. Chris Lawler struck a brace that night, with Peter Thompson also netting in a very bad-tempered game.

Mixed fortunes against the Blades
We have faced Sheffield United three times over the years, winning just once.
1956 - Our most recent meeting was at Anfield, when Johnny Wheeler, Billy Liddell, Jimmy Melia, Alan A’Court and Alan Arnell were all on target in a 5-1 Second Division victory. Jimmy Hagan’s consolation was one of his four strikes against the reds.
1923 - Harry Chambers grabbed our goal as we drew a top-flight meeting at Bramall Lane, with Fred Tunstall nabbing one of his eight goals past us.
1900 - Charles Satterthwaite was on target in a 2-1 home defeat, also in the First Division.

Big wins
1979 - We beat Middlesbrough 4-0 at Anfield, with the goals coming from Terry McDermott, Alan Hansen, David Johnson and Ray Kennedy. Ray Clemence was presented with a specially inscribed carriage clock before the game to honour his achievement of only conceding sixteen goals in the 42 games of the last League campaign.
1917 - We trounced Blackburn Rovers 6-1 at Ewood Park in a Wartime League fixture, with Thomas Bennett bagging a brace and Harry Lewis, Arthur Metcalf, Jack Waine and Donald Mackinlay all netting.
1945 - We won another Wartime League match, beating Huddersfield Town 4-1 at Anfield thanks to a Billy Liddell brace and goals from Willie Fagan and Jack Balmer.

Peter’s final cap
1971 – Future red Peter Cormack won his ninth and final cap for Scotland in their 2-1 friendly victory over the Netherlands in Amsterdam, with Celtic’s Kenny Dalglish also in action.
2009 – Future red Suso played for Spain Under-17’s as they beat Portugal 3-0 in a friendly.

 

In and out
2004 - Former reserves midfielder Leyton Maxwell signed for Mansfield Town. He only played one game for the Stags before moving to Rhyl the following year.
1997 - Icelandic forward Haukur Ingi Guðnason arrived at Anfield from Keflavík for £150,000. Unfortunately, he never broke into the reds first-team, returning to his old club three years later.
1993 - Jimmy Case joined Sittingbourne from Darlington on a free transfer. He only remained there a month before rejoining Brighton & Hove Albion.

On the move again
1997 - Bruce Grobbelaar was released from Sheffield Wednesday, having been with the Owls for just over two months, without making a senior appearance.
2012 – Ex-reds centre-half and first-team coach Mauricio Pellegrino was sacked as Manager of Valencia.
2017 - Sammy Lee was appointed Assistant Manager of Everton, continuing his long association with Sam Allardyce who had just taken over as the Blues’ boss. He stayed in the role until the following May.

Also in international action
1971 – Emlyn Hughes played for England as they won a European Championships qualifier 2-0 in Greece.
1996 – Future red Brad Friedel kept goal as the USA lost a World Cup qualifier 2-1 in Costa Rica.
2003 – Future red Javier Mascherano featured for Argentina Under-20’s as they beat Uzbekistan 2-1 in a World Championships Finals game in the United Arab Emirates.
2004 – Future red Jari Litmanen captained Finland in their 2-1 defeat of the host nation in the Semi-final of the Bahrain Prime Minister’s Cup.


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      Loan moves
      1998 - Steve Nicol joined First Division West Bromwich Albion on loan from Sheffield Wednesday. He made ten appearances while at The Hawthorns.
      2010 – Reserves right-back Stephen Darby joined Swindon Town until the end of the season. He played fifteen times as they reached the League One Play-off Final.
      2014 – Academy defender Jakub Sokolík joined Southend United on loan, playing twelve times in this first spell at Roots Hall.
      Also in international action
      1912 – Ernest Peake played for Wales as they lost 2-0 to England in the British International Championships in Wrexham.
      1975 – Steve Heighway featured as the Republic of Ireland beat a West Germany B team 1-0 in Dublin.
      1998 – Future red Steve Finnan played for the Irish B team as they lost 1-0 to Northern Ireland in Dublin.
      2006 – Future red Shane O’Connor played for the Republic of Ireland Under-16’s in their friendly encounter with Northern Ireland in Dundalk.
      2009 – Future red Fabio Borini played for Italy Under-19’s as they beat Norway 1-0 in a friendly in Udine.
      2015 – Future red Bobby Adekanye featured for the Dutch Under-16’s as they lost 1-0 to the Czech Republic.
    • By Will
      The glory of Istanbul
      2005 - We claimed the European Cup for the fifth time as we came from 3-0 down against the mighty AC Milan in Istanbul to triumph after a penalty shoot-out. Paolo Maldini scored before Hernan Crespo bagged a brace, with the reds having a strong penalty claim for handball turned down as well as losing Harry Kewell to injury half-way through the first period. The fans and team inspired each other in the second half as we began our comeback through skipper Steven Gerrard, whose goal was the only header of that season’s victorious European campaign. Vladimír Šmicer then struck his nineteenth reds goal in his 184th and final game for the club, before Xabi Alonso saw his penalty saved but tucked away the rebound, just six minutes after Gerrard’s goal.
      We hung on to the 3-3 scoreline through the rest of normal and extra time, with Jerzy Dudek making an incredible double save from Andriy Shevchenko. An amazing night was completed as we won the penalty shoot-out 3-2, with Dietmar Hamann, Djibril Cissé and Šmicer converting their spot-kicks and Dudek dancing on the goal-line.
      The glory that was Rome
      1977 – This day brought one of only a couple of other days that can vie with Istanbul as the most glorious day in our history, as we claimed the European Cup for the first time. Our opponents were Borussia Mönchengladbach, who we had beaten in the UEFA Cup Final four years earlier. Rainer Bonhof hit the post for the Germans before Terry McDermott opened the scoring after half an hour, although Alan Simonsen equalised shortly after half-time, capitalising on a loose Jimmy Case back-pass.
      After sustaining heavy German pressure, we regained the lead when Tommy Smith rose to head in magnificently from a corner, in his 600th reds game, which was then assumed to be his final outing. Seven minutes from time, Kevin Keegan, playing in his 323rd and last reds match, was felled by Berti Vogts in the area, and Phil Neal stepped up to convert from the spot. Then the party could really start. This game remains our only other first-class game on this day in history.
      Nando off
      2006 - Fernando Morientes was sold to Valencia for a reported £3m after twelve goals in 61 reds games. He had joined for £6.3m from Real Madrid in January 2005, but failed to fully convince in a reds shirt. However, he did help us to claim the FA Cup and UEFA Super Cup in his time at Anfield.
      Mighty Mouse starts out
      1971 - Kevin Keegan played his first reds game as we lost 3-2 at Danish side AGF Århus, with Bobby Graham and Jack Whitham netting our goals.
      Alles Gute zum Geburtstag
      1994 – Reserves forward Samed Yeşil was born in Dusseldorf. He signed for £1m from Bayer 04 Leverkusen last August, so far making two senior appearances.
      1974 – Former sub keeper Robbie Holcroft was born in Skelmersdale. He sat on our bench five times in the early 1990’s.
      Thumped in Blackpool
      1942 - We were trounced 8-2 at Blackpool in a Wartime League game. Billy Liddell converted a penalty, with Cyril Done also netting.
      Friendly scorers
      2001 - Robbie Fowler was on target in England’s 4-0 friendly defeat of Mexico at Pride Park as future red Joe Cole won his first cap. Jamie Carragher, Steven Gerrard, Emile Heskey and Michael Owen all also featured, while David James made his last appearance as an Aston Villa player. Future red Djibril Cissé and ex-red Rigobert Song also played for their countries that day.
      2008 – Future red Luis Suárez bagged a brace, including a penalty, as Uruguay beat Turkey 3-2 in a friendly in Germany.
      2016 - Marko Grujić won his first senior cap for Serbia as they beat Cyprus 2-1 in a friendly in Užice. On the same day, future red Takumi Minamino netted for Japan Under-23’s as they beat Guinea 2-1 in a friendly in France.
      Digger for England
      John Barnes twice played for his country on this day in history.
      1985 – England lost 1-0 to Scotland in the Rous Cup at Hampden Park, while he was still a Watford player. Ex-red Graeme Souness captained the victors.
      1991 - He played alongside future reds Nigel Clough and Mark Wright in a 2-2 friendly draw with Argentina at Wembley.
      Defensive signings
      1979 - Centre-back Dave Watson signed as an apprentice. Unlike his brother Alex, he never played a senior reds game, and found greater success across the park.
      1894 - Full-back Abel Hughes signed for the reds. He too never made a first-team appearance.
      1903 – Full-back Joseph Hoare arrived from Southampton for £75, playing just seven times before returning to the Saints a year later.
      Flo on target
      2006 - Florent Sinama-Pongolle netted for France Under-21’s in their 3-0 defeat of Germany in a European Championships Finals group game in Portugal. Also in international action that day were Jamie Carragher, Scott Carson, Peter Crouch, future reds Joe Cole and Raul Meireles, and ex-reds David James, Jari Litmanen and Michael Owen, with Roy Hodgson taking charge of Finland.
      2007 - Carson and ex-red Owen both featured for England B in their 3-1 defeat of Albania at Turf Moor.
      A Hungarian double
      2007 - It was announced that forwards Krisztián Németh and András Simon would both sign from MTK Hungária for around £1m. Both left the club in 2010 without having made the first team.
      On the move
      2007 - Gérard Houllier resigned as Manager of Olympique Lyonnais after two years in charge, in which time he had led them to their fifth and sixth consecutive Ligue 1 titles as well as the knock-out stages of the Champions League. On the same day, future reds goalkeeping coach John Achterberg was released by Tranmere Rovers, although he was then given a further two-year contract as a player and coach.
      The kids done well
      1963 – Tommy Smith captained the reds as they lost the second leg of our first ever FA Youth Cup Final 5-2 at West Ham United. We had won the first leg 3-1 and led 2-1 on the night in East London with Bobby Graham amongst the scorers. However, reds keeper Rodney Swindlehurst was bundled over the line by the Hammers centre-forward to equalise, getting injured in the process. The Irons then did enough to take the tie into extra time and go on to claim the prize. We had to wait another 33 years to clinch the trophy for the first time.
      Euro despair
      2013 – Ex-reds loanee Nuri Şahin played in the UEFA Champions League Final for Ballspielverein Borussia 09 e.V. Dortmund, managed by Jürgen Klopp, as they lost 2-1 to Bayern München at Wembley.
      Frank’s day
      1890 – Scottish keeper Frank Mitchell was born in Elgin, Morayshire. He signed from Everton for £1,250 in February 1921, playing eighteen times before joining Tranmere Rovers in June 1923 after failing to permanently displace the great Elisha Scott.
      Ex-Ger
      2006 – Sotirios Kyrgiakos won his final cap for Greece while a Rangers player as they lost 1-0 to Australia in a friendly in Melbourne.
      2010 – He also played for his country, as they drew 2-2 with North Korea in Austria. Future red Joël Matip and ex-reds Robbie Keane and Rigobert Song also featured in international friendlies that day.
      Magilton for his country
      Ex-reds reserves midfielder Jim Magilton twice represented Northern Ireland on this day in the 1990’s.
      1993 - He won his fourteenth cap in a 1-0 World Cup qualifying win in Lithuania.
      1995 - He made his 28th appearance as they lost 2-1 to Chile in a Canada Cup game in Edmonton.
      International firsts and last
      2012 – Future red Sadio Mané debuted for Senegal in their 1-0 win in Morocco. Meanwhile, Christian Benteke won his first cap as a Koninklijke Racing Club Genk player, his fourth to date, as Belgium were held to a 2-2 friendly draw in Brussels by Montenegro. Future red Emre Can won his first cap for Germany Under-19’s in their 2-2 draw in Serbia. Luis Suárez netted for Uruguay as they drew a friendly 1-1 in Russia. Also in international action were Krisztián Adorján, Jack Robinson, ex-red Ádám Hajdú and future reds Ragnar Klavan, Suso and Gini Wijnaldum.
      2014 - Nuri Şahin won his first cap in his second spell as a Ballspielverein Borussia 09 e.V. Dortmund player, captaining Turkey as they beat the Republic of Ireland 2-1 in a friendly in Dublin. Meanwhile, Sadio Mané played for the final time while with Red Bull Salzburg as Senegal beat Kosovo 3-1 in Switzerland.
      2018 - Diogo Jota won his last Under-21’s cap as a Club Atlético de Madrid player, bagging a brace and captaining Portugal as they beat Italy 3-2 in a friendly in Estoril.
      Also in international action
      1952 – Billy Liddell played for Scotland in their 2-1 friendly defeat in Denmark.
      1954 – Andy Beattie took charge of Scotland as they won a friendly 2-1 in Finland. He had guested with the reds during the war, and later joined the backroom staff at Anfield after a successful management career.
      1965 – Tommy Smith played for England Under-23’s in their 1-0 defeat in West Germany.
      1969 – Alun Evans and Emlyn Hughes both appeared for England Under-12’s as they beat a Belgium B team 1-0 in Ostend.
      1979 – Ex-reds Joey Jones and John Toshack both featured for Wales as they drew 1-1 with Northern Ireland in the British International Championships in Belfast.
      1982 – Terry McDermott, Phil Neal and Phil Thompson all played for England as they beat the Netherlands 2-0 in a friendly at Wembley.
      1986 – Future reds John Aldridge and Ray Houghton both appeared for the Republic of Ireland as they beat host nation 2-1 in a tournament game in Iceland.
      1994 – Future red Jean-Michael Ferri featured as France beat Australia 1-0 in Japan.
      2000 – Richie Partridge played for the Irish Under-21’s as they lost 1-0 to Colombia in the Toulon Tournament.
      2002 - Milan Baroš was on the winning side as the Czech Republic Under-21’s beat Italy 3-2 in Switzerland to reach the European Championships Final. Meanwhile, ex-reds Jason McAteer and Steve Staunton played for the senior Republic of Ireland team that beat Japanese club side Sanfrecce Hiroshima 2-1, with Abel Xavier also in international action.
      2004 – Michael Foley-Sheridan and Darren Potter both featured for the Irish Under-21’s as they beat Scotland 3-1 in a friendly in Galway.
      2011 – Future red Charlie Adam played as Scotland beat Wales 3-1 in a Carling Nations Cup game in Dublin.
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