1989 - John Aldridge left for Real Sociedad for £1.1m after 63 goals in 104 reds games, to become their first non-Basque player. He was signed by ex-red John Toshack and struck 33 times in 63 games in two years before returning to Merseyside with Tranmere Rovers.
Beating the Mancs
2008 – Albert Riera made his reds bow as we came from behind to beat Manchester United 2-1 at Anfield. Carlos Tévez opened the scoring for the visitors after just three minutes, with one of his four goals past us to date, with a Wes Brown own goal drawing us level before half an hour had elapsed. This was the 400th goal we had scored under Rafael Benítez. Substitute Ryan Babel handed us victory before Nemanja Vidić was sent off in stoppage time, a fate that was also to befall him in the reverse fixture later that season. This was the fiftieth time a substitute had netted in Benítez’s reign.
1969 - We lost 1-0 at Old Trafford, thanks to a Willie Morgan strike.
Joy and despair at Ewood
2003 - Michael Owen netted a brace, including a penalty, as we came from behind to win 3-1 at Blackburn Rovers, with Harry Kewell also on target after Matt Jansen had scored for the home side. Anthony Le Tallec made his senior debut, while Jerzy Dudek played his hundredth reds game. However, the game was badly marred, firstly by Milan Baroš breaking his ankle in an accidental collision with the on-loan Markus Babbel. This was followed later in the first half by Lucas Neill breaking Jamie Carragher’s leg, for which he was sent off.
2005 - We won 2-1 in the Estadio Manuel Ruiz de Lopera to see off Real Betis Balompié in our Champions League group game. Florent Sinama-Pongolle opened the scoring with Luis García also on target. Arzu struck a second-half consolation for the Spanish side.
2017 – Joe Gomez was sent off late on as we were held to a 2-2 draw at Anfield by Sevilla in our UEFA Champions League group game. We reached a double century of goals in Europe’s premier club competition as Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah both scored, with the former also missing a penalty.
1944 - Left-back Peter Wall was born in Westbury. ‘Max’ signed for his local club Shrewsbury Town on his eighteenth birthday, arriving at Anfield from Wrexham in a deal that cost us £35,000 for him and full-back Stuart Mason in October 1966. He failed to score in 42 first-team appearances in three and a half years at Anfield, but had greater success with his next club, Crystal Palace, whom he joined in May 1970 for £30,000. He spent eight seasons at Selhurst Park, playing over 200 times for them with one of his rare goals coming at Anfield in January 1972, although we still won 4-1.
1962 - Former Assistant Physiotherapist Mark Browes was born in Colchester. The ex-Colchester United centre-forward was Dave Galley’s number two, before working with physio Víctor Salinas. He switched to Melwood in 2002 after spells on the backroom staff for Aylesbury United and Queens Park Rangers but left the reds after seven years.
1968 – Keeper Carl Muggleton was born in Leicester. He joined the reds on loan from his hometown club in 1990 but never even made the first-team bench.
Losing our grip
1978 - We lost 2-0 at Nottingham Forest in the first leg of our European Cup First Round encounter, our hundredth game in Europe, as we began to lose our grip on the trophy that we had won for the previous two seasons. Garry Birtles and Colin Barrett grabbed the goals. We could only secure a goalless draw in the Anfield return, as Forest went on to claim the cup for the first of two consecutive seasons.
A goalscoring debut
1894 – Inside-right Jimmy Ross scored on his reds bow, but it was not enough to prevent us losing 2-1 at home to Bolton Wanderers. The Scotsman had signed from Preston North End for a then-record £75 earlier that year. Outside-right Neil Kerr also debuted in this game.
Other reds debutants
2014 – Adam Lallana debuted as Aston Villa won 1-0 at Anfield thanks to an early Gabriel Agbonlahor strike, with Philippe Coutinho hitting a post late on.
1919 - Left-half Jack Bamber and full-back Tommy Lucas both made their official reds bows as we beat Aston Villa 2-1 at Anfield, thanks to goals from Fred Pagnam and Donald Mackinlay, in the final minute.
1980 - Richard Money made his reds debut as a substitute for Alan Hansen in our 4-0 defeat of West Bromwich Albion at Anfield. Terry McDermott netted from the spot, while David Fairclough bagged a brace with Graeme Souness also scoring. Money only made seventeen first-team appearances during his two years in L4, leaving for Luton Town in April 1982.
1997 – Ex-reds reserves midfielder Jim Magilton made his debut for Sheffield Wednesday as they lost 2-1 in the League at Anfield, with reds legend Steve Nicol also in the visiting side. Paul Ince and Michael Thomas were on target for the reds in the second half before Wayne Collins headed in a late consolation.
Back in the League Cup
1967 – We played our first game in the Football League Cup for nearly seven years, with Peter Thompson netting against his future employers Bolton Wanderers as we were held to a 1-1 draw in a Second Round tie at Anfield, with Franny Lee scoring the first of his six goals against the reds. Unfortunately, we crashed out in the replay two weeks later.
2013 – Brendan Rodgers was named Barclays Manager of the Month for August, with forward Daniel Sturridge announced as Player of the Month. We had won both League games that month 1-0, with Sturridge on target in both.
The doc again
1975 – David Johnson struck the last of his four goals past us as we lost 2-0 at Ipswich Town, with Terry Austin also on the scoresheet.
2004 - Graeme Souness was appointed Manager of Newcastle United, a week after resigning as boss of Blackburn Rovers. He led them to fourteenth in the League in his first season in charge, and then spent a large sum of money on a host of new players including ex-reds hero Michael Owen, before being sacked in February 2006.
1974 - Ian St. John was appointed Portsmouth boss. He managed them for three seasons, although his record was poor, leading them to just 31 victories in 124 games in charge as Pompey were relegated into the old Third Division, and then narrowly escaped a further descent to the League basement.
An eight-goal thriller against City
1924 - We beat Manchester City 5-3 at Anfield, with three of our goals coming in the last ten minutes. Danny Shone netted twice with Dick Johnson bagging his thirtieth and last reds goal and Donald Mackinlay and Dick Forshaw also on the scoresheet. Frank Roberts struck the first two of his six goals past us, with Horace Barnes bagging one of his nine.
1941 - We also defeated City when Dickie Dorsett and Billy Liddell struck in a 4-3 Wartime League victory at Maine Road, with Cyril Done nabbing a brace.
1933 – Gordon Hodgson struck a hat-trick as we trounced Southport 8-0 in a Lancashire Senior Cup First Round tie at Anfield. Sam English and Alf Hanson each netted twice, with Dave Wright also on target.
Disappointment at opposite ends of the country
We have played both Portsmouth and Sunderland twice in the top flight on this day in history, without securing a single win.
1902 - Sam Raybould was on target from the spot as we lost 2-1 at Roker Park. Jimmy Millar netted the last of his four strikes past us, with Dicky Jackson also scoring.
1913 - Tommy Gracie netted our consolation against the Wearside outfit at Anfield as we lost 3-1 with Billy Lacey missing a penalty. Inside-forward Arthur Metcalf was badly injured in this game, missing the next five months. James Richardson struck two of his five goals against us, with Charlie Buchan scoring one of his 21.
1947 - We lost 1-0 at Fratton Park as Duggie Reid scored one of his six goals past us.
1952 - Bryan Williams was on target as we were held to a 1-1 draw at Anfield by Portsmouth.
Future reds on the way up
1985 - Ray Houghton signed for Oxford United from Fulham for £147,000. He struck fourteen times in 105 appearances, before moving on to Anfield two years later for £825,000.
1980 - John Barnes made his competitive debut for Sudbury Court as a substitute in a Middlesex League game that ended 3-3.
2000 – Future First Team Coach Kevin Keen joined Macclesfield Town on a free transfer from Stoke City, netting three goals in seventy outings for the Silkmen.
2001 – Current Chief Scout Barry Hunter joined Rushden & Diamonds from Reading on a free transfer after six goals in exactly a hundred outings for the Royals.
1988 – Future red Stig Inge Bjørnebye made his debut for Norway Under-21’s in their 1-1 draw with Scotland in a European Championships qualifier in Drammen.
2000 - Brad Friedel and future red Milan Baroš faced each other in an Olympics group match in Canberra. The game ended 2-2.
Harper leaves Merseyside
1993 - Ex-reserves defender Alan Harper joined Luton Town on a free transfer from Everton. He made 48 appearances for the Hatters before moving to Sheffield Wednesday the following August.
Also in international action
2006 – Future reds loanee keeper Daniele Padelli featured for Italy Under-20’s in their 1-0 defeat of
God off the mark
1993 - Robbie Fowler scored on his reds debut as we beat Fulham 3-1 at Craven Cottage in our League Cup Second Round first leg match. Ian Rush and Nigel Clough had put us two ahead at the break, with Sean Farrell pulling a goal back before God struck.
Happy birthday Harry
1978 - Harry Kewell was born in Smithfield in Australia. He signed from Leeds United for £5m in July 2003, but his time at Anfield was somewhat disappointing due to a series of niggling injuries, as he bagged sixteen goals in 139 reds games before moving to Galatasaray as his contract expired in July 2008. He helped us to claim the Champions League and FA Cup in his reds career, although he limped out of both finals.
1927 - Defender George Whitworth was born in Eckington, Derbyshire. He signed from Stanton Ironworks in February 1950, but only made nine appearances in his three years at Anfield, standing in for Phil Taylor.
1911 - Forward John McFarlane was born in Shettleston, Glasgow. He signed from Aberdeen in November 1928 and became our youngest ever player when he debuted as we lost 2-1 at home to Everton in the League three months later, aged just seventeen years and 47 days. However, he only played one more senior game, moving on to Halifax Town in July 1930.
Seven in a row
2018 – We secured a club record seventh consecutive win from the start of a season when we beat Southampton 3-0 at Anfield, with all the goals coming in the first half. We took the lead when Xherdan Shaqiri's shot took two deflections, eventually going down as a Wesley Hoedt own goal. Joël Matip headed in with Mohamed Salah netting in first-half stoppage time. Unfortunately, we lost our next game, an EFL Cup Third Round tie at home to Chelsea.
2019 – We won 2-1 at Chelsea with Trent Alexander-Arnold opening the scoring with a fabulous free-kick, with the home side having a goal ruled out for offside by VAR before Roberto Firmino doubled our lead after half an hour. N’Golo Kanté pulled a goal back after the break, but we held on to secure maximum points from our opening six League games.
Graduating to the first team
1970 - The reds included two university graduates in their ranks for the first time, as Brian Hall and Steve Heighway both featured against Third Division Mansfield Town in a League Cup Second Round replay at Anfield. Joe Fagan’s son, right-back Kit, made his reds debut as a late substitute for Heighway. However, he only ever made one more senior appearance. Jimmy Sutton gave the visitors a shock lead from thirty yards inside two minutes. Emlyn Hughes equalised before John Stenson headed the visitors back in front. Tommy Smith netted a penalty to take the match into extra time, with Alun Evans grabbing the winner as we won 3-2. Unfortunately, we were knocked out at Swindon Town at the next hurdle.
A lucky escape
1992 - We came back from 3-0 and 4-2 down to Third Division Chesterfield to draw our League Cup Second Round first leg 4-4, as we conceded four times at Anfield for the first time since December 1969. Mark Wright netted a brace, with Ronnie Rosenthal also on target and Don Hutchison bagging his first reds goal. However, we won the second leg 4-1 to progress to the next round. This game saw young midfielder Phil Charnock’s first reds start, and second and final appearance in all. Steve Norris and Dave Lancaster struck twice each for the Spireites.
Undefeated at Goodison
We have not lost any of our three trips to Goodison on this day in history.
1990 - We won 3-2, with Peter Beardsley adding a brace to a John Barnes spot-kick to put us three goals ahead, before Andy Hinchcliffe and then Stuart McCall, from a free-kick that bounced off the bar onto Glenn Hysén and in, struck for the home side.
1962 - A last-minute Roger Hunt goal handed us a share of the spoils in the first League derby for eleven years, with Kevin Lewis also scoring in a 2-2 draw, although the Blues had two further goals disallowed. Roy Vernon opened the scoring from the spot for the home side, one of his six strikes against us, with ex-red Johnny Morrissey putting them in front.
1900 - Sam Raybould equalised immediately after the break as the game ended 1-1, getting on the scoresheet for the fourth game in a row.
2010 – We were knocked out of the Carling Cup by the ‘formidable challenge’ of Northampton Town, 4-2 on penalties after the game had ended 1-1 in normal time and then 2-2 after extra time. This was our first ever League Cup defeat to basement opposition. Milan Jovanović opened the scoring with his first reds goal as Sotirios Kyrgiakos skippered the reds for the only time, with David N’Gog heading in our extra-time equaliser. Keeper Brad Jones, centre-half Danny Wilson and midfielders Tom Ince and Jonjo Shelvey all made their reds bows. Shelvey and Daniel Agger both converted in the shoot-out, with N’Gog and Nathan Eccleston both missing.
2000 - Left-back Grégory Vignal signed from Montpelier for £500,000. He only made fourteen starts and twenty appearances in total, and moved permanently to Portsmouth in July 2006, following four loan spells away from Anfield.
Disappointment against the Blues
We have twice faced Birmingham City on this day in history, without securing a victory.
2007 - We were held to a frustrating goalless draw at Anfield, with media attention focused on the fact that Fernando Torres was rested for the opening hour.
1906 - We lost 2-1 at Muntz Street. Jack Cox grabbed our consolation, while full-back Percy Saul made his reds bow. Arthur Mounteney bagged one of his five goals against us, with Bill Jones also netting.
Five thousand points
2001 - Jari Litmanen’s goal at Anfield to defeat Tottenham Hotspur took us past 5,000 points in League football. Michael Owen came on as a substitute, but suffered a hamstring pull after just a quarter of an hour on the pitch.
A Dane in Yorkshire
1995 - Jan Mølby joined Barnsley on loan, for whom he only made five appearances. He then moved to Norwich City on loan, in the twilight of his Anfield career.
1976 - Future red Avi Cohen won his first senior cap as Israel won a friendly 1-0 in Greece.
1993 - Future red Rigobert Song won his first senior international cap in Cameroon’s 1-0 friendly defeat by Mexico in Los Angeles. Stig Inge Bjørnebye and future reds Karl-Heinz Riedle and Christian Ziege also played for their countries that day.
Rushie on target again
1982 - Ian Rush scored in the third of five consecutive internationals as Wales beat Norway 1-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Swansea. Ex-red Joey Jones also played, winning his final cap while with Wrexham. Mark Lawrenson and future red Michael Robinson both featured as the Republic of Ireland lost 2-1 to the Netherlands in Rotterdam on the same day, while Phil Neal won his fortieth England cap as they drew 2-2 in Denmark in another qualifier.
1987 – Future red Stig Inge Bjørnebye won his seventh and last Under-19's cap as Norway beat Poland 3-1 in Aberdeen.
1997 – Future red John Arne Riise won his only cap at Under-17’s level as Norway lost 3-2 to Italy.
Mixed fortunes against the Villains
1997 - Robbie Fowler converted a spot-kick in front of the live TV cameras, with first-time skipper Steve McManaman and Karl-Heinz Riedle also on target as we beat Aston Villa 3-0 at Anfield.
1951 - We lost 2-0 at Villa Park in another top-flight encounter back.
A double treble
1917 - Thomas Bennett and Harry Lewis both bagged hat-tricks as we thumped Bolton Wanderers 6-0 in a Wartime League game at Anfield.
Rovers and Leeds again and again
1945 - Jack Balmer and Willie Fagan both grabbed braces as we thumped Blackburn Rovers 5-0 in a Wartime League match at Ewood Park, with Bill Jones also scoring.
1894 - Malcolm McVean and Hugh McQueen netted as we were held to a 2-2 draw at Anfield in a First Division meeting, the first time we had ever hosted Rovers.
1928 - Jimmy McDougall was on the scoresheet as Leeds United held us to a 1-1 draw, with Russell Wainscott scoring one of his five goals against the reds.
1934 - Alf Hanson netted twice as we won another top-flight encounter 3-0 at Elland Road, with future Leeds player Gordon Hodgson grabbing his 200th League goal for the reds.
2009 – David N’Gog bagged the only goal of our League Cup Third Round tie at Leeds as midfielder Jay Spearing made his first start for the reds.
For the League
1971 - Emlyn Hughes and Chris Lawler both played for a Football League representative side that beat a League of Ireland team 2-1 in Dublin.
Brucie on the move again
1997 - Bruce Grobbelaar signed for Sheffield Wednesday from Oxford United for a nominal fee. He did not make a first-team appearance for the Owls.
Michael in international action
1999 – Michael Foley-Sheridan played for the Irish Under-16’s as they shared a goalless draw with Belgium in Dublin.
2003 – He featured for the Under-19’s as they beat Lithuania 2-1 in a European Championships qualifier in San Marino.
1891 - Reds boss George Kay was born in Manchester. He arrived at Anfield in August 1936 and led us to our first League title in 24 years in 1947, and the FA Cup Final three years later. He was forced to retire due to illness in February 1951, and sadly died just three years later. Amongst the players who joined the club during his tenure were the great Billy Liddell and Bob Paisley. He had led us to a total of 140 victories in 354 matches in charge.
1987 – Left-winger Peter Kippax died. He left his hometown club Burnley to join the reds as an amateur in 1948, having helped Great Britain to fourth place in the Olympics football competition that summer. He made one League outing, against Birmingham City in March 1949, having already netted in a Wartime League fixture for the reds against Bolton Wanderers in August 1945, before moving on to Preston North End in 1950.
For King Billy
1960 - A testimonial match for Billy Liddell was staged. The reds beat an International XI 4-2 at Anfield. Liddell appeared for both sides, scoring for the Internationals. Dave Hickson netted a brace for the reds, with Jim Harrop and Alan A’Court also on target. Other stars in action for the international side included Jimmy Armfield, Tom Finney, Nat Lofthouse, Stanley Matthews, Don Revie and Bert Trautmann.
1929 - Forward Jimmy Smith netted a brace on his reds bow, to hand us a 2-1 win at Manchester United. Joe Spence struck the last of his five goals against the reds.
1968 - New record signing Alun Evans scored on his debut in our 4-0 win at home to Leicester City, with all four goals coming in the opening twelve minutes, courtesy also of Ron Yeats, a Tommy Smith penalty and Ian Callaghan.
1999 - Young midfielder Layton Maxwell scored on his only senior reds appearance as we beat Hull City 4-2 in the second leg of our Worthington Cup Second Round tie, with Karl-Heinz Riedle netting a brace, and Danny Murphy also on the scoresheet. Stéphane Henchoz, Frode Kippe and Jon Newby all also made their senior bows, with keeper Lee Bracey sent off in the first half with the score 1-0 to the reds. Hull fought back from two goals to draw level through a John Eyre penalty and Colin Alcide before the reds restored order to proceedings.
Bells toll again
2011 – Craig Bellamy struck the first goal in his second spell at Anfield as we won 2-1 at Brighton & Hove Albion in the Third Round of the League Cup, also smashing the crossbar with a 35-yard free-kick. A new record attendance of 21,897 at the American Express Community Stadium was set. Dirk Kuyt added a second goal late on, before Ashley Barnes converted a last-minute spot-kick for the home side. Ex-reds reserve Alan Navarro featured for the Seagulls.
1935 - Forward Jack Balmer made his first reds appearance as we lost 1-0 at Leeds United.
1901 - Left-half George Fleming made his reds bow as we drew 1-1 at Sunderland, with Jack Cox on target. George Bowen made his second and final reds appearance in this game.
First and last strikes
1895 - Centre-forward George Allan bagged the first of his 56 reds goals as we won 4-2 at Loughborough Town in a Second Division fixture. Davy Hannah bagged a brace with Jimmy Ross also on target.
1974 - Phil Boersma netted his thirtieth and final goal for the reds in our 3-0 top-flight defeat of Stoke City at Anfield. Steve Heighway rounded off the scoring, with the ball having been set rolling by a John Ritchie own goal.
Macca off the mark
1985 - Kenny Dalglish scored at Goodison inside twenty seconds, to become the only ever Player/Manager to net in this fixture. Ian Rush equalled Harry Chambers’ club record for derby strikes with his eighth against the Blues before Steve McMahon nabbed his first reds goal from 25 yards, as we raced into a three-goal half-time lead. Graeme Sharp struck one of his seven derby goals after the break before Gary Lineker scored one of his six goals against us late on, but we hung on to win 3-2 with Lineker also rattling the crossbar. Phil Neal came on as a substitute, and so equalled Ian Callaghan’s record of 29 consecutive derby appearances.
1946 - Our other derby match on this day ended in a goalless draw at Anfield.
Future reds on target
1991 - Gary McAllister scored the only goal of the game as we lost 1-0 at Leeds United.
2013 – Centre-back Dejan Lovren headed in as Southampton won 1-0 at Anfield, with fellow future reds Nathaniel Clyne, Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert also featuring.
Kenny at Hampden
Kenny Dalglish twice turned out for the Scots at Hampden Park on this day.
1977 - He scored in their 3-1 World Cup qualifying defeat of Czechoslovakia.
1983 - He played alongside captain Graeme Souness, and ex-red Frank McGarvey and John Wark, as Scotland beat Uruguay 2-0 in a friendly.
Robbo for Ireland
1983 - Michael Robinson won his first cap as a reds player, netting his final goal for the Republic of Ireland in their 3-0 European Championships qualifying win in Iceland. Clubmate Mark Lawrenson also played. Future red Glenn Hysén played for Sweden as the beat Czechoslovakia 1-0 in another qualifier in Solna the same day.
Reserve keepers loaned out
1990 - Mike Hooper joined Leicester City on loan. He played fifteen times for them, before returning to our second string.
1985 - Bob Bolder moved to Sunderland on a temporary basis, going on to join them permanently for £100,000 the following month.
English reds beaten at home
1983 - Phil Neal won his fiftieth and final cap in England’s 1-0 European Championships qualifying defeat by Denmark at Wembley, which meant they missed out on the Finals in France. Sammy Lee and future red John Barnes also played, while Ajax’s Jan Mølby came off the bench for the Danes. On the same day, Ian Rush and ex-red Joey Jones both played as Wales held Norway to a goalless draw in their qualifier in Oslo.
Young England reds
1982 - Future reds John Barnes, Barry Venison and Paul Walsh all made their debuts for England Under-21’s as they won 4-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Denmark, with fellow future red Steve McMahon also playing. On the same day, another England Under-21’s side was winning the first leg of their European Championships Final 3-1 at Bramall Lane. Sammy Lee and future red David Hodgson both played against West Germany. England eventually won 5-4 on aggregate.
Also on the move
1991 - Ex-red John Wark signed for Ipswich Town for the third time, this time on a free transfer from Middlesbrough. He spent another six seasons at Portman Road, helping them back into the top flight in 1992 and taking his total appearances for the Blues to 678.
2012 - Stephen Warnock joined Bolton Wanderers on loan from Aston Villa, playing fifteen times for the Trotters.
1907 – Forward Joe Hewitt nabbed a brace as we won 4-0 at Bolton Wanderers with James Bradley and Robbie Robinson also on the scoresheet.
1996 - Patrik Berger netted twice to add to strikes from John Barnes and Robbie Fowler and an Andy Myers own goal, when he knelt down to head back towards his keeper as we beat Chelsea 5-1 at Anfield. Frank Leboeuf struck the visitors’ late consolation. This game was the 129th consecutive reds game Robbie had played in, but he sat out the next one, our return meeting with Finnish side Myllykosken Pallo-47 in the European Cup Winners’ Cup.
1918 - Thomas Bennett grabbed a hat-trick as we trounced Preston North End 8-0 in a Wartime League game at Anfield. Donald Mackinlay nabbed a brace, while Arthur Metcalf, Harry Lewis and Harold Wadsworth all also scored.
1940 - We also met the Lilywhites in a wartime fixture, this time losing 5-0 at Deepdale.
Also in international action
1969 – Future red Peter Cormack played for Scotland as they drew a friendly with the Republic of Ireland 1-1 in Dublin.
1988 – Future red István Kozma featured for Hungary in their 3-0 friendly win in Iceland.
1993 – Future red Bjørn Tore Kvarme played for Norway Under-21’s as they beat Poland 3-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Stavanger.
2007 – Future red Danny Wilson represented Scotland Under-17’s as they thrashed Liechtenstein 8-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Livingston.
2011 – Future reds keeper Danny Ward played for Wales Under-19’s in their 3-0 defeat by Belgium in a European Championships qualifier in Slovenia.
2016 – Rafael Camacho featured for Portugal Under-17’s in their 1-0 defeat by Scotland in a European Championships qualifier.