Roy in charge
1994 - Roy Evans had his first game in charge following the departure of Graeme Souness as Manager. He did not get off to an auspicious start, as we needed an Ian Culverhouse own goal to help secure a point at Norwich City, with John Barnes bagging our late leveller as we drew 2-2. City keeper Bryan Gunn was sent off for handling outside the area in the final minute, with Chris Sutton nabbing the first two of his seven goals against us. Despite admitting that Bruce Grobbelaar had not been at fault for either goal, a certain tabloid rag later alleged that he had failed to throw the game as planned, by making an ‘accidental’ save.
2006 - Pepe Reina was sent off at Chelsea after clashing with Arjen Robben as we were beaten 2-0. Luis García came on as a substitute and was later himself substituted. Reds boss Benítez commented after that game, “I'm in a hurry and I must go to the hospital to see how Robben is, he could be in hospital for a week,” following his theatrics. William Gallas and Hernán Crespo struck for the home side.
Happy birthday Pako
1963 - Former Assistant Manager Pako Ayestarán was born in Spain. He had also served in that role under Rafael Benítez at Valencia, as well as working as their fitness coach. He is now Assistant Head Coach of Aston Villa.
1884 – Centre-half Jimmy Harrop was born in Heeley, Sheffield. He joined the reds for £250 from Rotherham Town in January 1908, notching four goals in 139 games before joining Aston Villa for £600 in June 1912, with whom he won the FA Cup the following year.
2002 – Forward Fidel O’Rourke was born in Liverpool. He joined the reds at Under-14’s level, staying on the bench as we won the FA Youth Cup in 2019.
1987 - Ex-Academy full-back Calum Woods was born in Liverpool. He moved on to Dunfermline Athletic in July 2006 after failing to make the break-through at Anfield.
1871 - Keeper Bill McCann was born in Glasgow. He signed from Abercorn in May 1894, playing seventeen times before moving on the following March.
Didi off the mark
2000 - Dietmar Hamann bagged his first reds goal as we beat Leeds United 3-1 at Anfield. Patrik Berger and substitute Danny Murphy were also on target, with Lee Bowyer scoring for the visitors.
1972 - We also entertained Leeds, being held to a goalless draw in our FA Cup Fourth Round tie. Unfortunately, we lost the replay at Elland Road four days later.
Ton up for Brucie
1983 - Bruce Grobbelaar played his hundredth reds game as we won 3-1 at Luton Town, with Brian Stein bagging one of his four goals against us. Ian Rush, Alan Kennedy and Graeme Souness all scored for the reds.
Beating the Cottagers
2005 - We beat Fulham 3-1 at Anfield, with Fernando Morientes heading in the opening goal before Andy Cole equalised to become the first player to score against Liverpool for four different Premiership teams, the last of his eleven goals against us. Sami Hyypiä and Milan Baroš were on target in the second half to secure the victory. Rafael Benítez had named an unchanged side from four days previously, something he was not to repeat for another hundred games.
1955 - We also faced Fulham with Tony Rowley and John Evans on target as we won a Second Division encounter 2-1 at Craven Cottage.
On the way to more finals
1986 - Kenny Dalglish was on target as we drew 1-1 at Norwich City in the first leg of our Screen Sport Super Cup Semi-final. We won the second leg 3-1 to progress to a two-legged Final against Everton.
1992 - Dean Saunders was on target as we could only draw 1-1 at Second Division Bristol Rovers in the Fourth Round of the FA Cup. We won the replay 2-1 as we headed towards Wembley glory that season.
2017 – Future red Mohamed Salah was on the losing side as Cameroon beat Egypt 2-1 in the Africa Cup of Nations Final in Gabon. On the same day, midfielder Allan and future red Luis Díaz both played in South American Championships final stage games in Ecuador, with Brazil Under-20’s beating Venezuela 1-0 and Colombia losing 3-0 to Uruguay.
Dumped out of the cup
2003 - First Division Crystal Palace knocked us out of the FA Cup in a Fourth Round replay at Anfield. We failed to convert any of the many chances we created before Palace eventually triumphed 2-0, despite being reduced to ten men during the second half after Dougie Freedman’s dismissal. Julian Gray scored for the Eagles before Stéphane Henchoz put through his own net.
1992 - Kevin Keegan was appointed Manager of Newcastle United for the first time. He was in charge for nearly five years, guiding them to the First Division title in his first full season in charge, and then to within a whisker of the Premiership in 1996.
Thommo steps back
1974 – Phil Thompson moved from midfield to centre-half in the place of Larry Lloyd as we beat Coventry City 2-1 at Anfield in a Tuesday afternoon game, played during the three-day week. Alan Waddle hit both the bar and post, with our goals coming from an Alec Lindsay penalty and Kevin Keegan.
Just like yesterday, this day has proven to be a day of draws in our history, with seven of our nineteen first-class matches ending in stalemate, including three of the last seven games. These draws include ones against our greatest rivals.
1921 - Harry Chambers struck as we drew 1-1 at Manchester United, with winger Chris Harrington playing the first of his four reds games.
1949 - The Anfield derby ended goalless.
Four goals galore
1898 - Our only defeat on this day came in our first fixture, a thumping 4-0 League loss at home to Sheffield United. Neil Logan nabbed a brace, with John Cunningham and Harry Johnson also scoring. Left-back Billy Dunlop was unable to return for the second half because of injury, leaving the reds down to ten men.
However, we have had two 4-1 League wins on this day.
1966 - Ian St. John bagged a brace as we won at Blackburn Rovers, with Chris Lawler and Roger Hunt also on the scoresheet.
1977 - John Toshack netted twice in our home win over Birmingham City, with Phil Neal, from the spot, and Steve Heighway also on target after we had fallen behind to an early Kenny Burns goal as Kevin Keegan reached 300 reds games.
Recently in and out
2021 – Kaide Gordon arrived from Derby County for a reported initial £1m. He made his senior bow in a League Cup Third Round tie at Norwich City in September 2021, so far netting once in six outings.
2020 – Midfielder Tom Hill signed as a professional. He made his senior debut in our 5-0 League Cup Quarter-final defeat at Aston Villa in December 2019.
2010 – Bulgarian keeper Nikolay Mihaylov was sold to Twente for €1.8m. He had joined the reds from PFC Levski Sofia in July 2007, but work permit problems helped ensure he never played for the first team as he joined Twente on loan just two months after arriving at Anfield.
1938 – Right-back Tommy Cooper played his hundredth League game for the reds as we drew 1-1 at home to Leeds United, with Berry Nieuwenhuys on target. Ex-red Gordon Hodgson netted one of his three goals against the reds.
Zico for England
1966 - Future reds legend Phil Neal played in his first trial game for the English Schools FA in Ilford. He went on to win fifty senior caps for his country.
2003 - The club announced that its kit contract with Reebok had been extended until 2010, in a deal worth up to £100m. However, this deal was ended early.
Internationals on target
1991 - Ex-reds reserves midfielder Jim Magilton netted from the spot on his senior debut for Northern Ireland as they beat Poland 3-1 in a friendly at Windsor Park. Peter Beardsley, David Burrows and future red Michael Thomas all played for England B as they beat Wales 1-0 in Swansea.
2008 – Future red James Milner struck as England Under-21’s beat the Republic of Ireland in a European Championships qualifier in Southampton. Meanwhile, Dejan Lovren skippered Croatia Under-19’s as they lost 2-0 to England in Swindon, with fellow future red Andy Carroll and ex-reds Milan Baroš and Djibril Cissé also in international action.
2013 – Future red Virgil van Dijk won his third and last cap for the Under-21’s and Luis Alberto his only one at this level. On the same day, ex-red Tom Ince struck twice with Jonjo Shelvey also scoring as England Under-21’s beat their Swedish counterparts 4-0 in a friendly in Walsall. Jordan Henderson skippered a side that also included Jack Robinson and Andre Wisdom, with Suso also playing for Spain at this level. Future red Sadio Mané also played for his country that day.
Also in international action
1964 – Peter Thompson and future red Dave Wilson played for England Under-23’s in their 3-2 defeat of Scotland at St. James’ Park.
1975 – Celtic’s Kenny Dalglish played in Scotland’s 1-1 European Championships qualifying draw in Spain.
1985 – Jim Beglin, Mark Lawrenson, Ronnie Whelan and ex-red Kevin Sheedy all featured as the Republic of Ireland lost a friendly 2-1 to Italy in Dublin.
2016 – Ex-reds Academy Manager Steve Cooper took charge of England Under-16’s as they drew 1-1 with host nation Portugal in the Algarve Tournament.
Other reds games
1927 – We beat Arsenal 3-0 at Anfield with Harry Chambers and Tommy Reid netting before Horace Cope put through his own net.
1908 – We won 3-0 at Brighton & Hove Albion in our FA Cup Second Round replay. James Bradley bagged a brace with Jack Cox also on target. We lost at Newcastle United at the next stage.
Paco in charge
2009 – Former reds First Team Coach Paco Herrera was appointed Manager of Club Deportivo Castellón, although he did not manage to see out the year in charge.
Mason no more
2006 - Legendary Wrexham full-back Stuart Mason died aged 57 in Wrexham. He joined the reds in a joint £26,000 deal along with Peter Wall in October 1966, but failed to break into our first team, returning to the Racecourse Ground after two years.