Kenny steps down
1991 - Kenny Dalglish announced his resignation as reds boss in a press conference at Anfield. He had been in charge for nearly six years, leading us to the double in his first season, and a further two League titles, FA Cup, two FA Charity Shields and Screen Sport Super Cup. The pressures of management, and his role in counselling players, supporters and the city of Liverpool in the aftermath of the Hillsborough disaster led to him stepping down.
Heading towards Istanbul
2005 - We beat Bayer 04 Leverkusen 3-1 at Anfield in the first leg of our Champions League round of sixteen tie. Luis García and John Arne Riise netted before Dietmar Hamann put us in a seemingly unassailable lead in stoppage time, with his eleventh and last reds goal. Anthony Le Tallec came off the bench to make his first senior appearance under Rafael Benítez. However, a Jerzy Dudek fumble handed Franca the chance to grab an away goal, which many commentators at the time felt might prove crucial. They were wrong.
Spanish help against the Italians
2001 – We played an amazing UEFA Cup Fourth Round match against Roma at Anfield that we lost 1-0, although we still progressed to the Quarter-finals in a cauldron of noise. Michael Owen failed to convert his fifth penalty in eleven attempts as it was saved, and who could forget the penalty/corner incident when the ball struck Markus Babbel in the area? Fortunately, Spanish referee Jose Maria Garcia Aranda made the right decision! Uruguayan left-winger Gianni Guigou bagged the only goal of the game, with midfielder Damiano Tomassi sent off late on. On the same day, future red Ragnar Klavan played for Estonia Under-17’s.
2004 - Michael Owen also had a penalty saved as we lost our FA Cup Fifth Round replay 1-0 at Portsmouth, with Richard Hughes on target. This was his eighth miss from 21 spot kicks.
1958 - Billy Liddell scored all our goals with a classic hat-trick of right- and left-foot strikes and a header in a Second Division match at Blackburn Rovers that ended 3-3. The game was goalless at half time, with four of the goals coming in a four-minute spell immediately after the break! Royston Stephenson netted one of his four goals past us, with Peter Dobing scoring the first of his eight and Bryan Douglas also on the scoresheet.
1997 - We also drew with Rovers, with our Anfield meeting ending goalless as Dominic Matteo’s late header came back off the bar.
1956 - More cruelly, the referee blew for full-time as Billy Liddell’s shot was on its way into the net, condemning us to a 2-1 home defeat against Manchester City in an FA Cup Fifth Round replay. Alan Arnell had opened the scoring, with the eventual winner coming in the 89th minute. The groundsman had to paint the lines blue before kick-off due to the pitch being covered with snow. Both sides were wearing black armbands in honour of reds Chairman Will Harrop who had died suddenly the day before.
2009 – We were held to a 1-1 League draw at Anfield by Manchester City. Dirk Kuyt bagged the equaliser after ex-red Craig Bellamy’s strike took a wicked deflection off Álvaro Arbeloa for an own goal.
2000 - Jamie Carragher set a new record by winning his 23rd cap for England Under-21’s as they beat Argentina 1-0 in a friendly at Craven Cottage, with future red Joe Cole making his debut at this level. He went on to play 27 times in total, which remained a record until Scott Carson reached 28 in June 2007, although James Milner later reached 46. On the same day, future red Milan Baroš netted as the Czech Republic Under-21’s beat a Republic of Ireland side that included Richie Partridge 2-1 in Dublin.
Jan the Welshman
1996 - Jan Mølby joined Swansea City as Player/Manager on a free transfer after nearly twelve years at Anfield. He had struck 61 times in 291 reds appearances, including a remarkable forty of his 42 attempted spot-kicks, helping us to three League titles, two FA Cups and the Screen Sport Super Cup. He had also become the first foreigner to play for one English club for a whole decade.
Another record for Cally
1969 - Ian Callaghan became our youngest post-War player to reach 300 League appearances, aged 26 years and 318 days. We drew 1-1 at West Ham United, with Roger Hunt on target as the Hammers opened their new 8,500-seater East Stand. Chris Lawler played his 200th League game for the reds.
2015 – We won 2-0 at Southampton, with Philippe Coutinho and Raheem Sterling on target, with the home side claiming a series of spot kicks that were not given by the referee.
Red beginning and ends
1904 – Right-half Bobby Robinson bagged the first of his 65 reds goals, the only strike of our Anfield meeting with Middlesbrough in the top flight.
1930 – Half-back Tommy Gardner played his fifth and last reds game in our 2-2 draw with Derby County at Anfield. Gordon Hodgson bagged both our goals while Sammy Crooks struck the first of his six against the reds, with Bobby Barclay bagging the first of his five.
1986 – Centre-half Tom ‘Tiny’ Bradshaw died. He struck four times in 291 appearances after signing from Bury for £8,000 in January 1930. He returned to his native land in September 1938, joining Third Lanark.
1992 – Swedish centre-half Glenn Hysén played his 93rd and last reds game as we lost 3-0 at Norwich City. Robert Fleck bagged a brace with Colin Woodthorpe also on target.
1914 - Wing-half Tom Bush was born in Hodnet in Shropshire. He struck once in 69 reds appearances either side of the Second World War after signing from Shrewsbury Town in March 1933. He then moved behind the scenes, helping to bring youth players to the club and dealing with administration.
1872 – Half-back Bill Keech was born in Irthlingborough. He played just six Second Division games in late 1895, having signed from Barnsley St. Peter’s that October, helping us to claim the title that season. He later played as a forward for Leicester Fosse, before returning to the half-back line with Queens Park Rangers’ first professional team in the Southern League.
1946 – ‘Voice of Anfield’, George Sephton was born in Liverpool. He has been playing music and reading out team news at Anfield since August 1971.
A rare defeat
1986 - We suffered our only home League defeat of the season as Bruce Grobbelaar let a long-range Kevin Ratcliffe effort squirm through his grasp, with Gary Lineker also netting one of his six strikes past us to give reigning champions Everton a 2-0 win at Anfield, leaving the Blues eight points ahead of the reds. Jan Mølby played the first half as a make-shift striker in the absence through injury of both Kenny Dalglish and Paul Walsh. Dalglish was presented with the Manager of the Month award prior to kick off.
1975 - We also entertained the Blues, with this game ending goalless. This ensured it became the only season to date in which both League derbies have finished without score.
International beginnings and ends
1995 - Future red Markus Babbel made his full international debut in Germany’s goalless friendly draw in Spain.
1902 - Future red Richard Morris made his Welsh bow as they lost 3-0 to Ireland in Cardiff in the British International Championships. Reds right-half Maurice Parry also turned out for Wales.
1989 - Stig Inge Bjørnebye and Øyvind Leonhardsen both won their last Under-20’s caps as Norway beat Spain 4-2 in a World Championships Finals group game in Saudi Arabia.
Disappointment against the Trotters
We have twice faced Bolton Wanderers in top-flight encounters on this day in history, without winning.
1902 - We lost 1-0 at Burnden Park.
1936 - Jack Balmer netted early on as we drew 1-1 at Anfield, with outside-right Billy Harthill playing his fourth and last reds game.
We did not show them how to win the FA Cup
We have twice endured FA Cup Third Round frustration at the hands of Newcastle United on this day in history.
1908 - We lost 3-1 at St. James’ Park, with Percy Saul bagging our goal. Jock Rutherford netted one of his six goals past us, with Bill Appleyard and Finlay Speedie also scoring.
1913 - Billy Lacey netted as we were held to a 1-1 draw at home, with Arthur Goddard having a penalty saved by Magpies keeper Jim Lawrence as George Wilson netted the last of his six goals against the reds. The Liverpool Echo said, “Liverpool’s attendance was far from a record, but the receipts were a record for an Anfield match wherein Liverpool were playing, £1,924.”
On the move
2002 - Frode Kippe left Anfield to rejoin Norwegian side Lillestrøm on a free transfer. He had only made two senior appearances for the reds, both from off the bench in the League Cup.
2010 – Reserves left-back Robbie Threlfall joined Bradford City on loan. He netted twice in seventeen outings, going on to join the Bantams permanently three months later.
1997 - Nicolas Anelka joined Arsenal from Paris Saint-Germain for £500,000. He bagged 28 goals in 91 games for the Gunners, before being sold for £23m to Real Madrid.
2008 - Ex-reds reserves forward Paul Dalglish signed for Kilmarnock. He only played six times before retiring at the end of the season, having failed to find the back of the net.
2017 - Adam Lallana signed a new three-year contract, notching 22 times in 178 reds games since arriving from Southampton for £23m in July 2014 before moving on to Brighton & Hove Albion in July 2020 having helped the reds to claim the Premier League title and FIFA Club World Cup.
2011 - Christian Poulsen became a father to Hugo, while ex-reds forward Paul Dalglish became a dad for the first time, to twins called Rocco and Coco.
Roy on trial
1964 - Future red Roy Evans played for the North against the South in an England Schools trial in Staffordshire.
Also in international action
1978 – Ray Clemence, Kenny Dalglish, Emlyn Hughes, Phil Neal, Graeme Souness, ex-red Kevin Keegan and future red Avi Cohen all played in friendlies.
1989 – Jan Mølby featured as Denmark lost 1-0 to Italy in a friendly in Pisa.
1998 – Future red Dietmar Hamann featured in Germany’s 3-0 win in Saudi Arabia.
2006 – Future reds keeper Daniele Padelli played for Italy Under-20’s in their 2-2 draw with Germany.
2009 – Tom Ince featured for England Under-17’s in their 2-0 defeat by France in the Algarve Tournament.