In comes Martin
2008 - Centre-back Martin Škrtel signed from Zenit St. Petersburg for £6.5m to become our most expensive defender to date. The tough Slovakian notched eighteen goals in 320 games in total, including one in our Carling Cup win at Wembley in February 2012, moving on to Fenerbahçe SK for £5.5m in July 2016. Unfortunately, he also put through his own net a joint club record eight times. On the same day, ex-red Nicolas Anelka joined Chelsea from Bolton Wanderers for £15m, netting 59 times in 185 appearances before signing for Shanghai Shenhua in December 2001.
Happy birthday Emile
1978 - Emile Heskey was born in Leicester. He arrived from Leicester City for a then club record £10.5m in March 2000, and struck sixty goals in 223 reds games, helping us to claim the UEFA Cup, FA Cup, two League Cups, UEFA Super Cup and FA Charity Shield in his four years at Anfield. He moved to Birmingham City for £6.25m in May 2004.
1972 – Former Under-13’s Coach Mike Sheron was born in Liverpool. He was at Kirkby between July 2011 and August 2013.
1923 – Inside-right Tom Bennett died from tuberculosis, aged just 31. He only managed one senior appearance, a 1-0 defeat at Chelsea in October 1919 after arriving from South Liverpool in 1916, although he had struck an amazing 77 times in seventy wartime games.
Heading towards Wembley
2012 – We secured a club record fifth consecutive away win in the League Cup when an early Steven Gerrard penalty gave us a 1-0 victory in the first leg of our Semi-final at Manchester City.
Carra’s League bow
1997 - Jamie Carragher made his League debut in a goalless draw with West Ham United at Anfield.
1958 – Inside-forward Jimmy Harrower made his reds bow as we beat Fulham 2-1 in a Second Division fixture in L4. Outside-right Tony McNamara struck his third and last reds goal with Louis Bimpson also scoring and Tosh Chamberlain bagging the last of his four past us.
800 for Cally
1977 - Ian Callaghan made his 800th reds appearance as we beat Crystal Palace 3-2 at Selhurst Park in an FA Cup Third Round replay, on our way to Wembley that season. Paul Hinshelwood gave the visitors the lead from distance before Kevin Keegan equalised, with Steve Heighway then bagging a brace, and George Graham adding a late second for Palace, the final one of his four strikes past us. Cally played a club-record 857 games in total.
2007 - Young Argentine left-back Emiliano Insúa signed on loan from Boca Juniors, making the move permanent in August 2007. He made 62 senior appearances, netting his only goal in our Carling Cup defeat at Arsenal in October 2009. He joined Galatasaray on loan in August 2010, leaving permanently for Sporting Clube de Portugal a year later. On the same day, Swedish attacking midfielder Astrit Ajdarević reportedly signed from Falkenbergs FF. He failed to make the first-team squad, moving on to Leicester City in June 2009.
Meanwhile, Djimi Traoré joined Portsmouth from Charlton Athletic for £1m, after just five months with the Addicks. He turned out fifteen times for Pompey, after just thirteen outings in south London.
A Cup record
1922 - We thrashed Sunderland 5-0 in an FA Cup First Round replay, our record win in the competition against top-flight opposition. Dick Forshaw and Harry Chambers both bagged braces, with Walter Wadsworth also on target. Chambers struck the ball so hard for one of his goals that the ball ended up deflated in the back of the net! This was David Ashworth’s hundredth game in charge of the reds.
2020 – We won 1-0 at Tottenham Hotspur’s new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, thanks to a Roberto Firmino strike. This left us with a sixteen-point lead at the top of the table, with a game in hand to boot.
More League Cup wins
2005 - Steven Gerrard bagged the only goal of the game as we beat First Division Watford 1-0 in the first leg of our Carling Cup Semi-final at Anfield. We won the return by the same score to reach our tenth League Cup Final.
2017 – We lost 1-0 in the first leg of our EFL Cup Semi-final at Southampton, with Nathan Redmond on target. Sadly, we lost the Anfield return by the same score to fall at the final hurdle. Sadio Mané missed the game as he was playing for Senegal in their 2-0 friendly defeat of Congo DR in Brazzaville ahead of the African Cup of Nations.
1995 - An Ian Rush strike handed us a 1-0 Coca-Cola Cup win over Arsenal at Anfield. We went on to claim the trophy that season.
1896 - We also beat Woolwich Arsenal at Anfield with Jimmy Ross netting twice in our 3-0 victory and Joe McQue also striking while reaching a century of reds games.
Between the sticks only once
1902 - Keeper Bill Marshall played his only reds game as we were thumped 4-0 by Everton at Goodison Park, a then record derby score. Jimmy Settle struck two of his eleven goals against us, with Sandy Young scoring the first of his twelve and Jack Bell also scoring.
2003 - Michael Owen scored our 400th goal at Anfield in the Premiership as we were held to a 1-1 draw by Aston Villa. Dion Dublin equalised with the last of his seven strikes past us.
1950 – Inside-forward Willie Fagan bagged his fiftieth reds strike in our 2-1 FA Cup Third Round replay defeat of Blackburn Rovers, with Jimmy Payne also netting.
2010 – Young forward Nathan Eccleston signed a new contract until June 2013. 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 moving to Blackpool in August 2012.
2011 - French reserves left-back Chris Mavinga joined Belgian side Koninklijke Racing Club Genk on loan. He played nine times before being sold to Stade Rennais for £1m in July 2011.
Up against the Hatters
We have twice faced Luton Town on this day in recent years.
1987 - We were held to a goalless draw in blizzard conditions on the plastic pitch at Kenilworth Road in the FA Cup Third Round. We were eventually knocked out in a second replay after another goalless meeting.
1992 - We won 2-1 in a League game at Anfield, with Steve McManaman and Dean Saunders on the scoresheet inside the final five minutes. Luton’s score came from a terrible Nicky Tanner own goal in front of the Kop.
Mixed fortunes against the Rams
1908 - We beat Derby County 4-2 in an FA Cup First Round tie at Anfield, with centre-half James Gorman netting his only reds goal. Jack Cox, James Bradley and Jack Parkinson were also on target. Alf Bentley bagged the first of his four goals against the reds from the spot, with Fred Bevan also scoring. Unfortunately, we lost to Newcastle United two rounds later.
1975 - We lost 2-0 at the Baseball Ground in a First Division encounter. Franny Lee struck one of his six goals past us, with Henry Newton also netting.
Harry yet again
1919 - Inside-forward Harry Lewis scored in his third consecutive game as we beat Southport Vulcan 3-0 at Anfield in a Wartime League match. Thomas Page added both the others.
1941 - We were thumped 4-1 at Goodison Park in a game that counted for both the Wartime League and the Lancashire Senior Cup. John Shafto netted our consolation.
On the move
2020 – Ryan Babel re-joined Ajax on loan from Galatasaray, scoring one in nine outings in this third spell in Amsterdam.
2019 – Reserves forward Taiwo Awoniyi re-joined Royal Excelsior Mouscron on loan, netting seven times in nine League outings.
2018 – Midfielder Cameron Brannagan was sold to Oxford United after nine first-team appearances. On the same day, midfielder Matty Virtue joined Notts County on loan, turning out fifteen times for the Magpies.
2013 – Midfielder Nuri Şahin ended his loan spell at Anfield and re-joined Ballspielverein Borussia 09 e.V. Dortmund on a temporary basis from Real Madrid, coming off the bench in the final seconds as they claimed the UEFA Champions League at Wembley at the end of the season.
2005 - Ex-reserves forward Steven Gillespie joined League Two Cheltenham Town on loan from Bristol City. He signed on permanently a year later, but moved to Colchester United for £400,000 in July 2008 after a total of 33 goals in 95 games for the Robins.
2003 - Grégory Vignal joined French side Bastia on loan for the rest of the season.
1999 - Reserves keeper Jørgen Nielsen joined Wolverhampton Wanderers on loan, failing to make it into the first team. He also never played a senior reds game, but he did sit on the bench 55 times following his £400,000 capture from Hvidovre in August 1997.
1934 – Ex-reds outside-right Danny McRorie had his contract with Morton cancelled when he moved back to Liverpool to work in insurance.
Other reds games
1969 – Peter Thompson grabbed the only goal of our Anfield encounter with West Bromwich Albion
1964 – We beat Chelsea 2-1 in L4, with Roger Hunt and Alf Arrowsmith scoring in the second half after Barry Bridges had given the visitors an early lead.
1947 – We won an FA Cup Third Round tie 5-2 at Walsall, with Fred Kelly handing the home side an early lead before we levelled through a Reg Foulkes own goal. Dennis Wilshaw put the Saddlers back in front with the first of his seven goals past us, but Cyril Done and Billy Liddell ensure we led at the break. Jack Balmer then bagged a second-half brace.
1936 – Vic Wright netted the only goal of the Third Round visit from Swansea Town. Unfortunately, Arsenal knocked us out at the next stage.
1930 – Archie McPherson scored as we lost 2-1 at home to Cardiff City in another Third Round fixture as Len Davies scored the last two of his seven goals against us.
2011 - Glen Johnson became a father for the second time, this time to a son.
In international action
2015 – Ex-red Carl Medjani played as Algeria drew a friendly 1-1 in Tunisia.
2010 – Future red Kolo Touré featured for the Ivory Coast in their goalless draw with Burkina Faso in an Africa Cup of Nations group game in Angola.
2004 – Roy Hodgson took charge of the United Arab Emirates for their 3-0 Gulf Cup of Nations defeat of Yemen in Kuwait.
2002 – Ex-red Rigobert Song played for Cameroon in their 1-0 friendly win in Tunisia.
2000 – Song played as Cameroon drew a friendly 2-2 in Burkina Faso.