Thumping the blues
1955 - Perhaps our most memorable game on this day came when we triumphed 4-0 at Goodison Park in the FA Cup Fourth Round, at a time when we were a division below the Blues, having been relegated the previous season. The goals came from Billy Liddell, Alan A’Court and a John Evans brace. Unfortunately, Huddersfield Town knocked us out at Anfield in the following round.
1944 - We also won there in a Wartime League fixture, with Berry Nieuwenhuys and Jack Balmer on target as we beat Everton 3-2, with Don Welsh netting from the spot.
1947 - We lost a top-flight encounter 1-0 there.
On the road to Cardiff once more
2006 - We won our FA Cup Fourth Round tie at Portsmouth 2-1 in a Sunday night fixture screened live on the BBC. Steven Gerrard opened the scoring from the spot following a Dejan Stefanović handball before a John Arne Riise rocket handed us a two-goal half-time lead. Sean Davis headed Pompey back into the game, but we held on for the win. Jan Kromkamp made his first start in this match, with Harry Kewell playing his hundredth reds game.
Heading to the Midlands
2004 - On-loan keeper Paul Jones left Anfield to sign for his former club Wolverhampton Wanderers, in a £250,000 deal from Southampton. He had played just twice for the reds.
2018 – Daniel Sturridge joined West Bromwich Albion on loan, but injury restricted him to six appearances without scoring. On the same day, ex-reds centre-half Danny Wilson joined Colorado Rapids from Rangers.
Hosting the Gunners
2003 - Arsenal scored a breakaway goal through Robert Pires after nearly ten minutes of constant reds pressure at the start of our League meeting at Anfield, the first of his four strikes past us. The Gunners dominated the rest of the first half, before John Arne Riise equalised in the second period. Dennis Bergkamp put the North London side ahead again, with the aid of a deflection, but Emile Heskey’s late header earned us a share of the points.
1992 - We beat the Gunners 2-0 at Anfield, when they were reigning champions, thanks to a Jan Mølby penalty and a goal from Ray Houghton.
Simply the reds against Hucknall
1898 - Our first ever first-class match on this day came against the quaintly-named Hucknall St. John’s, in an FA Cup First Round match at Anfield. The game ended in a 2-0 victory, with Frank Becton on target and centre-half Joe McQue grabbing his fourteenth and final reds goal. This was unsurprisingly the only time we have ever faced the Nottinghamshire side. We went out to Derby County in the Third Round that season.
2020 – We won 2-0 at West Ham United’s London Stadium with Mohamed Salah converting a first-half penalty, with an Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain strike sending the reds nineteen points clear at the top of the table.
Beating the Cumbrians twice
We have twice seen off Carlisle United in FA Cup encounters on this day over the years, on our way to Wembley in both seasons.
1974 - We won a Fourth Round replay 2-0 at Brunton Park, thanks to goals from Phil Boersma and John Toshack. The game kicked off at 2pm on a Tuesday due to the three-day working week.
1977 - Kevin Keegan, John Toshack and Steve Heighway were all on target as we beat United 3-0 in a Fourth Round match at Anfield, with Heighway’s strike being our 400th in the competition.
Scoring at last
1972 - We beat Crystal Palace 4-1 at Anfield after failing to score in each of our previous five League fixtures. Chris Lawler netted a brace, with Ian Callaghan and Kevin Keegan also on target on a day that began a run of 21 consecutive League wins at Anfield, which remains a top-flight record. Ex-red Peter Wall struck for the Eagles.
On our way to Wembley
1989 - We faced Millwall in the FA Cup Fourth Round. Front pair John Aldridge and Ian Rush both struck in front of the TV cameras as we won our first ever game at The Den 2-0. Alex Watson impressed at the back in a rare start, while future red Jimmy Carter appeared for Millwall.
Gary Mac in charge
2008 - Gary McAllister was appointed Manager of Leeds United. He led them to the Play-off Final that season, but they lost out to Doncaster Rovers. He was sacked in December of that year after a poor string of results, including an FA Cup Second Round defeat to non-League Histon.
1986 - Peter Beardsley, then with Newcastle United, won his first cap in England’s 4-0 friendly defeat of Egypt in Cairo. Fellow future red Mark Wright also played.
1892 – William Barclay tendered his resignation as Vice Chairman of Everton after John Houlding had asked the Blues to quit Anfield. It was accepted four days later, and he later worked as a Secretary-c**-Manager for the first four years of the reds’ existence.
Half ton Mo
2017 – Future red Mohamed Salah won his fiftieth cap for Egypt as they beat Morocco 1-0 in their Africa Cup of Nations Quarter-final in Gabon.
2013 – Future reds loanee Victor Moses converted two spot-kicks as Nigeria beat Ethiopia 2-0 in a group stage game in South Africa.
On the move
2021 – Academy keeper Ben Winterbottom left the reds to sign for Brentford. On the same day, ex-reds midfielder Isaac Christie-Davies joined FC DAC 1904 Dunajská Streda on loan from Barnsley, playing ten times while in Slovakia.
2009 – Future red Jordan Henderson joined Coventry City on loan from Sunderland. He struck once in thirteen outings for the Sky Blues.
2007 - Former reserves midfielder David Mannix signed for Norwegian side Ham-Kam. He made thirteen League appearances as they were promoted back into the top flight, re-joining Accrington Stanley in January 2008.
2013 - Keeper Charles Itandje signed for PAOK, playing ten times in his first campaign there.
2016 – Hungarian forward Krisztián Németh joined Qatari side Al-Gharafa from Sporting Kansas City.
2019 – Centre-half Tiago Ilori left Reading to sign for Sporting Clube de Portugal back in his homeland, after scoring once in 64 games for the Royals since arriving from the reds for a reported £3.75m in January 2017.
Birth and death
1991 – Argentine midfielder Gerardo Bruna was born in Ciudad de Mendoza. He signed from Real Madrid in the summer of 2007 but failed to break through to our first team, moving on to Blackpool in July 2011.
2009 - Right-half Roy Saunders died. He signed from Hull City in May 1948 and netted once in 146 reds appearances before joining Swansea Town in March 1959 in part-exchange for forward Des Palmer, who never featured for our first team. He was also the father of 1990’s reds striker Dean.
On Song thrice
Ex-red Rigobert Song has played for Cameroon in Africa Cup of Nations Finals matches three times on this day in history.
2002 - They defeated Togo 3-0 in Mali with Song the skipper. On the same day, Kolo Touré won his last cap as an ASEC Mimosas player as the Ivory Coast lost 3-1 to DR Congo in the same tournament.
2004 – He captained them to a 5-3 victory over Zimbabwe in Tunisia.
2006 - He won his 102nd cap as they beat Congo-Kinshasa 2-0 in Cairo. Ex-red Frode Kippe also played for his country on that day.
Youngsters in Egypt
2003 - Future red Arnaud Bühler took part in an amazing UEFA-CAF Meridian Cup match in Egypt which was abandoned after 83 minutes with the score at 1-1. Burkina Faso had four players sent off against Switzerland’s Under-17’s, and then another player got injured but they had used both their permitted substitutions. On the same day, David Raven played in England’s 1-0 defeat of host nation Egypt, while future reds centre-back Carl Medjani skippered France as they beat Mali 2-1. Also in action that day was future red Sotirios Kyrgiakos as the Greek senior team beat Cyprus 2-1 in a friendly in Larnaka.
1990 – Future red Øyvind Leonhardsen played for Norway Under-21’s in their 1-1 draw with Iraq in Baghdad.
Other reds games
1984 – We lost 2-0 at Brighton & Hove Albion in the FA Cup Fourth Round as the Seagulls became the second band to knock us out in consecutive seasons, after Everton in 1906. This was the first time an English club outside of the top flight had featured on live TV, excluding FA Cup Finals.
1983 – We beat Stoke City 2-0 at the same stage at Anfield, thanks to goals from Kenny Dalglish and Ian Rush. We then lost at home to Brighton in the following round.
1966 – Chris Lawler nabbed the only goal of Leicester City’s League visit to L4
1949 – Billy Liddell was on target as we beat Notts County 1-0 in a Fourth Round tie at Anfield. We were knocked out at Wolverhampton Wanderers at the next hurdle.
1938 – We shared a goalless draw with Grimsby Town at Blundell Park.
1927 – We beat Southport 3-1 in the FA Cup Fourth Round in L4 with Gordon Hodgson, Harry Chambers and Dick Edmed scoring before Tommy White grabbed the first of his four goals past us late on. Unfortunately, we lost at home to Arsenal at the next stage.
1921 – We lost 1-0 at Newcastle United in a Second Round tie.
Future reds in international action
2001 – Alberto Aquilani won the second of his two caps for Italy Under-17’s in their 3-0 victory over Mali.
2005 – Daniel Agger played as Denmark Under-21’s lost 3-2 to Guatemala in an unofficial international in Fort Lauderdale.
2019 – Darwin Núñez featured for Uruguay Under-20’s as they drew 1-1 with Venezuela in a South American Championships group game in Chile.
2011 – Harry Kewell played for Australia as they lost 1-0 to Japan in the AFC Asian Cup Final in Qatar.