Off goes Rowdy
1971 - Ron Yeats signed for Tranmere Rovers. The giant Scottish centre-half had netted sixteen goals in 454 outings for the reds, captaining us to two League titles, our first FA Cup, Second Division title and FA Charity Shield. He was one of Bill Shankly’s first and most inspired signings, arriving for just £22,000 from Dundee United in July 1961.
A new home record
1972 - We registered our 21st consecutive home League win as a Peter Cormack goal handed us a 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace. This was a club record, and a record in the top-flight until we reached 24 in July 2020. However, we were held to a 1-1 draw by Derby County in our next League match at Anfield.
1990 - We travelled to Selhurst Park, losing 1-0 with Mark Bright netting.
Michael and Sami – best in the world
2001 - Michael Owen and Sami Hyypiä were named in L’Équipe’s World Team of the Year, after a highly successful year that resulted in the reds claiming five trophies.
A record gate
2007 - We were held to a goalless draw at Manchester City, with the reds spurning several good chances. The game took place in front of the then record attendance at the City of Manchester Stadium of 47,321.
2017 - Philippe Coutinho played his final reds game as we beat Leicester City 2-1 at Anfield. Jamie Vardy opened the scoring early on with the most recent of his seven strikes past us, becoming the first Foxes player to net in five consecutive games against the reds. Mohamed Salah bagged a brace after the break to secure the victory.
1873 - Centre-half Jim McBride was born in Renton, Dumbartonshire. He struck seven times in 56 games, helping us to the Second Division title in 1894 after signing from Renton in June 1892. He moved on to Ardwick in December 1894, sadly dying at the age of just 25.
1929 - Full-back Tom McNulty was born in Salford. He signed from Manchester United for £7,000 in February 1954 and played 36 times for the reds without scoring. He moved on to Hyde United in 1958.
Winning in the north east
2011 - We went behind to Newcastle United at Anfield to a Daniel Agger own goal before Steven Gerrard came off the bench to inspire a comeback. Ex-Toon star Craig Bellamy bagged a brace, with Gerrard himself also on target. Andy Carroll headed against the bar, the seventeenth time we had hit the woodwork so far that season as we won 3-1.
2015 – Christian Benteke bagged the only goal of our trip to Sunderland immediately after the break.
Luis at last
2006 - Luis García grabbed the only goal of the game at Tottenham Hotspur, his thirtieth and final reds strike. This completed our twelfth League double over the North London outfit. On the same day, it was announced that Steven Gerrard was to be awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list.
Beating the Gunners
We twice beat Woolwich Arsenal at Anfield in the early years of last century.
1905 - Arthur Goddard, Sam Raybould and Alex Raisbeck netted as we won 3-0.
1911 - Jack Parkinson and John Bovill both struck twice in a 4-1 win.
A huge win
1944 - Don Welsh scored six goals, a hat-trick in each half, as we obliterated Southport 12-1 at Anfield in a Wartime League game. Billy Liddell was on target twice, so scoring in his third consecutive game, with Jackie Campbell and Michael Hulligan also adding braces.
1989 - Ian Rush had a penalty saved by ex-red Bob Bolder as a John Barnes goal was enough to hand us victory at home to Charlton Athletic.
In comes Harry
1930 - Harry Barkas signed from Gateshead for £1,500, for whom he had struck seven times in nineteen outings. He failed to score in five reds games, returning to Gateshead in 1932.
1933 - Wing-half Tom Bush debuted as we were held to a 1-1 draw at Anfield by Wolverhampton Wanderers, with Alf Hanson grabbing our goal.
Stalemate at the Bridge
We have twice drawn at Chelsea on this day over the years.
1995 - We held the Blues 2-2 at Stamford Bridge, with Steve McManaman and John Spencer each nabbing a brace.
1922 - The game ended goalless.
We have only played twelve first-class games on this day in history, winning seven times.
1967 - Ian Callaghan netted the only goal as we entertained Coventry City.
1893 - Harry Bradshaw and David Henderson struck as we beat Grimsby Town 2-0 in a Second Division encounter, our first ever meeting with the Mariners.
1990 – Forward Nathan Eccleston was born in Manchester. He made his reds bow in our Carling Cup defeat at Arsenal in October 2009, making nine senior appearances without finding the back of the net before being sold to Blackpool in August 2012.
Michael on loan
1986 - Future red Michael Thomas joined Second Division Portsmouth on loan from Arsenal. He played three games for Pompey as they edged towards promotion.
2008 - Steven Gerrard was charged with assault and affray following an incident at a Southport bar two days earlier. He was later acquitted of all charges.
Back to the coast
1993 - Jimmy Case re-joined Brighton & Hove Albion from Sittingbourne on a free transfer. He made 34 appearances in his second spell at the Goldstone Ground, before retiring from the game five years later.
Roys in action
1963 - Roy Evans played for Lancashire Schools as they lost 3-2 to their Yorkshire counterparts at Bramall Lane.
2007 - Roy Hodgson took over as Manager of Fulham, having been appointed two days earlier with the side in the relegation zone. He led them to just nine points from his first thirteen games in charge. However, twelve points from the last five games kept them in the Premiership. They finished seventh in his first full campaign, their best-ever League finish. Last season he took them to the UEFA Europa League Final, where they lost out to Club Atlético de Madrid, finishing twelfth in the League. He was subsequently named LMA Manager of the Year by a record margin.
Marsh in the Midlands
1994 - Mike Marsh signed for Coventry City from West Ham United for £450,000. He struck twice in nineteen games before rejoining Graeme Souness at Galatasaray the following summer.
2010 – Chief Scout Eduardo Macía left the reds by mutual consent. He had arrived at Anfield in June 2006 and is now working for Leicester City.
In international action
1976 - Glenn Hysén played for Sweden Under-18’s as they lost 2-1 to Denmark in a tournament game in Israel.
2001 – Future reds Salif Diao and El-Hadji Diouf played for Senegal as they beat Algeria 1-0 in a friendly in Dakar.