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In comes Phil
2013 – Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho arrived from Internazionale for a £8.5m fee, having notched five times in fifty games for the Italian side since being signed by Rafael Benítez in July 2010. He netted 54 times in 201 reds games before moving on to Barcelona for a mammoth initial £105m fee in January 2018.
2012 - He joined R.C.D. Espanyol on loan from Internazionale, nabbing five goals in sixteen games.

Happy birthday Peter
1981 - Peter Crouch was born in Macclesfield. He arrived at Anfield for £7m in July 2005 after a successful season with Southampton, when he had bagged sixteen goals in 33 games as the Saints were relegated. He struck 42 times in 134 reds games, despite not notching in his first nineteen outings, helping us to claim the FA Cup and FA Community Shield, but was sold to Portsmouth for a fee of up to £11m in July 2008.
2001 – Midfielder Curtis Jones was born in Liverpool, making his senior debut in our FA Cup Third Round defeat at Wolverhampton Wanderers in January 2019, netting his first reds goal to secure a derby win at Anfield at the same stage a year later. He has now struck six times in 35 reds games, helping us to claim the Premier League title last season.

Speeding in
1991 - David Speedie was signed from Coventry City by Kenny Dalglish for £700,000. He netted eight times in fourteen reds games before moving to Blackburn Rovers seven months later.
2002 - Abel Xavier made the short trip across Stanley Park for £800,000. He netted twice in 21 reds games, of which we only lost three, including on his debut in a 6-0 thumping of Ipswich Town at Portman Road. He moved on to Hannover 96 in February 2004, having been released by the reds.

Double debutants
Two reds defenders have made their debuts on this day over the years.
1999 - Rigobert Song made his reds bow in a 2-1 defeat at Coventry City, with Steve McManaman nabbing our late consolation.

1946 - Left-back Eddie Spicer debuted in a 2-0 FA Cup Fourth Round win at home to Bolton Wanderers, although we went out 5-2 on aggregate. Jack Balmer and Berry Nieuwenhuys were on target for the reds.
1929 - We also went out of the FA Cup to Bolton, losing a Fourth Round replay 5-2 at Burnden Park after extra time. John Lindsay grabbed the first of his three reds goals with Gordon Hodgson also on target. Harold Blackmore netted two of his five goals past us, with George Gibson also bagging one of his five against the reds and Jim McClelland and Billy Butler also scoring.

Fifty for Terry
1982 – Terry McDermott’s second goal was his fiftieth in the League for the reds as we won 3-0 at Aston Villa. Ian Rush had opened the scoring in the third minute.

Luis again
2013 - Luis Suárez scored in his third consecutive game as we drew 2-2 at Arsenal. He opened the scoring early on, with Jordan Henderson giving us a two-goal lead after an hour. However, Olivier Giroud headed in a free-kick, the first of his eight goals against us to date, before Theo Walcott struck three minutes later to level the match.
1971 – We beat Arsenal 2-0 at Anfield, thanks to goals from John Toshack and Tommy Smith.

Other reds birthdays
1992 – Former reserves midfielder Tom Ince was born in Stockport. He made just one senior reds appearance, as a substitute in our humiliating Carling Cup defeat by Northampton Town, moving on to Blackpool in August 2011.
1911 – Forward Jimmy Collins was born in London. He signed from Walsall in January 1936, but failed to score in seven reds games before joining Cardiff City the following May, for whom he bagged forty goals in 75 League outings.

Heading off
1951 – George Kay stepped down as Manager due to illness, and sadly died just three years later. He had led us to our first League title in 24 years in 1946, and the FA Cup Final four years later as we won just 142 of his 357 games in charge. Amongst the players who joined the club during his tenure were the great Billy Liddell and Bob Paisley.
1930 – Scottish outside-left John Lindsay left the reds to join Swansea Town. He had struck three times in sixteen outings since signing from Rhyl Athletic in April 1928.

Only strike
1897 – Half-back Tom Cleghorn bagged his only reds goal in our 4-3 defeat of Burton Swifts in an FA Cup First Round tie at Anfield. Inside-left Davy Hannah headed us ahead somewhat against the run of play with his twelfth and final reds goal. George Allan restored our lead after Joseph Dewey had equalised, although James Wyllie levelled the scores again. B. Evans gave the visitors the lead after half-time before Cleghorn pounced. Jimmy Ross struck the late winner.

Most recently
2018 – We won 3-0 at Huddersfield Town, with Emre Can and Roberto Firmino on target before the break. Mohamed Salah added a late penalty.
2016 – We were held to a goalless draw at Anfield by West Ham United in our FA Cup Fourth Round tie with left-back José Enrique playing his 99th and last reds game, with forward Jerome Sinclair making his fifth and last appearance.
2010 – Pepe Reina played his hundredth consecutive League game as we beat Bolton Wanderers 2-0 at Anfield. Dirk Kuyt opened the scoring before we doubled our lead through an Emiliano Insúa strike that deflected in off Kevin Davies for an own goal.

2007 - Peter Crouch was on target on his 26th birthday as we won 2-1 at West Ham United, netting the club’s 6,000th goal in top-flight football, after Dirk Kuyt had opened the scoring straight after the break. The board members had met before the game to reconsider DIC’s offer for the club in the light of a potential new bid from George Gillett.
2008 - We also faced the Hammers, losing 1-0 at Upton Park to a last-minute Mark Noble penalty after Jamie Carragher had brought down Freddie Ljungberg in the box.

Emlyn at the wrong end
1968 - Tony Hateley, Peter Thompson, Roger Hunt and Chris Lawler all netted before Emlyn Hughes put through his own net as we beat Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic 4-1 in an FA Cup Third Round replay at Anfield. We eventually bowed out to West Bromwich Albion in the Sixth Round that season.

Ex-red strikers on the move again
2011 - Robbie Keane joined West Ham United on loan from Tottenham Hotspur. He netted just twice in ten outings for the Irons.
2001 - Stan Collymore joined Real Oviedo from Bradford City on a free transfer. He only lasted a little over two months in Spain before sensationally quitting the game.
2003 - Robbie Fowler was sold to Manchester City from Leeds United for £6m, after just fourteen months at Elland Road, in which time he had netted fourteen times in 33 games.

2007 - Sean Dundee signed for Stuttgarter Kickers from Kickers Offenbach. He netted once in five League games before returning to South Africa to sign for AmaZulu.
2009 - El-Hadji Diouf joined Blackburn Rovers from Sunderland for £2.5m, after failing to score in sixteen games for the Black Cats.
2014 – Steven Gillespie was released by Fleetwood Town after four goals in 25 games.

Twice apiece against our bitterest rivals
Both Everton and Manchester United have been our opponents twice on this day in history.
1902 - The first time came when we won 2-0 at Goodison in an FA Cup First Round replay, with goals from Alex Raisbeck and John ‘Sailor’ Hunter’s twelfth and last reds strike, our first Cup defeat of our neighbours. Unfortunately, we were knocked out at Southampton at the next hurdle.
1932 - We returned to Goodison, but this time lost 2-1 in a League game, with Dave Wright nabbing our consolation. Tommy White struck one of his four goals past us, with Ted Critchley also scoring for the home side.

1909 - We beat Manchester United 3-1 at Anfield in the League, thanks to strikes from Arthur Goddard and Joe Hewitt, and a Tom Chorlton penalty. Sandy Turnbull netted one of his six goals against the reds.
1960 - We lost by the same score in an FA Cup Fourth Round tie at Anfield, with Johnny Wheeler grabbing our goal. Bobby Charlton bagged the first two of his four goals against the reds, with Warren Bradley also scoring for United.

Stumbling towards Wembley
1965 - We were held 1-1 at Anfield by Stockport County in an FA Cup Fourth Round tie, who were then bottom of the Fourth Division. Bill Shankly missed the game to scout our next European opponents, so confident was he of victory. The game was played in front of 51,851 despite clashing with Sir Winston Churchill’s funeral on TV. County took a shock lead through Len White after just eighteen minutes, with Gordon Milne equalising early in the second half. We won the replay 2-0, en route to our first ever cup triumph.

Hosting the Foxes
2019 – We were held to a 1-1 draw as we extended our lead at the top of the table to five points in our ultimately foiled attempt to claim the League title for the first time since 1990. Sadio Mané struck early on, with Harry Maguire bagging a first-half stoppage-time equaliser. We were denied a seemingly clear-cut penalty in the second half for a foul on Naby Keïta.
2002 – Emile Heskey bagged the only goal of the game against his former club.

A Savage end
1964 - Right-half Ted Savage died. He played 105 reds games after signing from Lincoln City in May 1931. He made his debut as a forward, netting his only two goals for the club in a 4-0 defeat of Grimsby Town at Anfield that September. He moved on to Manchester United in January 1938.
2018 – The funeral for 1960’s keeper Tommy Lawrence was held at St Elphin’s Parish Church in Warrington.

A win on the south coast
1991 - Steve McMahon put us in front at Brighton & Hove Albion in our FA Cup Fourth Round replay. However, Mike Small equalised to send the tie into extra time, with John Byrne putting the home side ahead. Ian Rush levelled the match before McMahon bagged his second with five minutes to go as we won 3-2. We were knocked out by Everton in the next round, after three meetings.

African action
2004 - Future red Momo Sissoko played in Mali’s 3-1 defeat of Burkina Faso in the Africa Cup of Nations Finals in Tunisia. Salif Diao and El-Hadji Diouf both played as Senegal beat Kenya 3-0 in another group game that day.
2008 - Ex-red Rigobert Song featured in the same competition as Cameroon beat Sudan 3-0 in Ghana.
2012 – Future red Kolo Touré played for the Ivory Coast in their 2-0 defeat of Angola in a group game in Equatorial Guinea.
2013 – Touré also played in a 2-2 draw with Algeria in South Africa.

1979 – Future red Avi Cohen played for Israel as they lost a friendly 1-0 to Austria in Jaffa.
2015 – Future red Ozan Kabak debuted for Turkey Under-15’s in their 5-1 friendly thumping of the Czech Republic in Side.

Also on the move
2001 - Ian Rush joined Barnsley as striking coach, being employed by former reds team-mate Nigel Spackman, who had recently taken over at Oakwell.
2012 – Reserves keeper Danny Ward signed from Wrexham for an initial £100,000. On the same day, former second-string left-winger Alex Kačaniklić joined Watford on loan from Fulham, netting once in twelve outings.
2013 – Ex-reds reserves centre-half Carl Medjani joined AS Monaco from AJ Ajaccio after seven strikes in 149 League outings for the Corsican team.

2014 - Momo Sissoko signed for Levante U.D., playing ten times for them until the end of the season.
2015 – Jay Spearing joined Blackburn Rovers on loan from Bolton Wanderers, scoring once in fifteen games. On the same day, ex-reserves centre-half Rafael Páez joined S.D. Eibar on loan, although he was unable to play due to an administrative error.
2018 – Future red Diogo Jota’s transfer to Wolverhampton Wanderers from Club Atlético de Madrid for a reported €14m was announced for the following July.
2020 – Left-back Brad Smith joined Cardiff City on loan from Bournemouth, but only played three times for the Bluebirds.

Alex for the Scots
1897 - Reds centre-half Alex Raisbeck played for the Scottish League as they beat an Irish League side 2-0.


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      1983 – We edged closer to the championship despite losing 2-0 at home to Norwich City, as they became the first side to take all six points off us after the introduction of three points for a win. Mark Lawrenson put through his own net before Martin O’Neill doubled the visitors’ lead from distance. Bob Paisley had received his 21st Bell’s managerial award prior to kick-off.
      Robbie signs on
      1992 - Robbie Fowler signed as a professional. The ‘Toxteth terror’ went on to bag 171 goals in 330 reds games in his first spell with the club, gaining UEFA Cup, FA Cup and two League Cup winners’ medals during his reds career, and struck a further twelve times in 39 games second time around to become our fifth top all-time goalscorer, before moving on to Cardiff City in July 2007.
      2019 – He was appointed Head Coach of Brisbane Roar, leading them to eleven wins in 24 games before stepping down during the COVID-19 pandemic.
      Stevie honoured
      2006 - Steven Gerrard was named PFA Player of the Year after a successful season that culminated in FA Cup glory and included a total of 23 goals in 53 games for the club. He was also named in the Team of the Year for the fourth of eight times, a record in the Premier League era, alongside Jamie Carragher. Meanwhile, we learnt that our opponents in the FA Cup Final would be West Ham United, who saw off Middlesbrough at Villa Park.
      Maxi’s treble
      2011 – Maxi Rodríguez bagged a treble as we thumped Birmingham City 5-0 at Anfield, with Dirk Kuyt netting for the seventh time in nine games and Joe Cole adding a late fifth.
      1927 – We lost a top-flight fixture 3-0 at Birmingham City, with George Briggs netting one of his ten goals against the reds, John Bradford scoring one of his fifteen and Benny Bond also on target.
      Happy birthday Bobby
      1937 - Wing-half Bobby Campbell was born in Liverpool. He struck twice in 25 first-team appearances for the reds after signing on as a professional in May 1954, before joining Portsmouth in 1961. He later had a successful managerial career with Fulham, Portsmouth and Chelsea.
      Inching towards Wembley
      1977 - We drew 2-2 with Everton in our FA Cup Semi-final encounter at Maine Road, with Terry McDermott and Jimmy Case twice putting us in front, before levellers from Duncan McKenzie and Bruce Rioch. Terry Mac’s goal was later named as the BBC’s Goal of the Season, while Evertonians still protest over Clive Thomas disallowing Bryan Hamilton’s last-gasp ‘winner’. We won the replay at the same venue four days later, although we lost the Final at Wembley to Manchester United.
      Inching towards the title
      1973 – Our 2-0 Anfield defeat of Leeds United on Easter Monday combined with Arsenal dropping a point at Southampton meant that only a series of freak results could prevent the reds from claiming the title with just one of our League games remaining, although other sides had games in hand. Peter Lorimer missed an open goal in the first half, but Peter Cormack and Kevin Keegan netted after the break. The Leeds players lined up at full time to applaud Shankly’s side from the pitch.
      Mixed fortunes against Palace
      1991 - We beat Crystal Palace 3-0 at Anfield. Ian Rush scored his 300th competitive club goal in 532 games for Chester, Juventus and Liverpool, while John Barnes also struck before a late own goal from Eddie McGoldrick.
      2005 - John Welsh played his tenth and final reds game as we suffered yet another away League defeat, 1-0 at Selhurst Park, courtesy of an Andy Johnson strike.
      2017 - Crystal Palace won at Anfield for the third consecutive season, despite Phillipe Coutinho giving us the lead. Ex-red Christian Benteke bagged a brace, the most recent of his seven goals past us to date.
      Brothers in arms
      1938 - Our home League game with Bolton Wanderers brought the unusual sight of the two teams being captained by brothers - the reds by forward Alf Hanson, and Bolton by goalkeeper Stan. Jack Balmer and Phil Taylor netted as we won 2-1.
      1921 - We faced the Trotters in another top-flight match, losing 1-0 at Burnden Park with Joe Smith bagging one of his twelve goals past us. This game also counted towards the Lancashire Senior Cup.
      2008 - Reserves defender Alex Watson’s more famous brother Dave, who also featured for our second string, joined Wigan Athletic as Youth Team Coach, remaining in this role until moving to Newcastle United’s Academy in November 2011.
      Start and end
      1932 - Inside-left Syd Roberts made his reds bow as Portsmouth beat us 3-1 at Anfield. Roberts went on to bag thirteen goals in 62 reds games. Daniel McRorie netted our goal, while wing-half Alastair Henderson played his fifth and final game for us. Jack Weddle struck two of his five goals past us, with Fred Worrall scoring the first of his four against the reds.
      1904 – Half-back John ‘Geezer’ Hughes played his 32nd and last reds game as we won 3-2 at Blackburn Rovers. Sam Raybould, Jack Cox and Arthur Goddard bagged our goals. Jack Dewhurst nabbed the last of his five goals against the reds, with Bob Crompton also netting.
      Centre-halves incoming
      1969 – Larry Lloyd joined from hometown club Bristol Rovers for a fee of £50,000. He is one of a rare breed to leave Anfield in his prime, and go on to better things – helping Nottingham Forest to two European Cups, one League title, League Cup and FA Charity Shield. He had won League and UEFA Cup medals, appearing 218 times and notching five times. He was sold to Coventry City for £240,000 in August 1974.
      1912 - Centre-half Walter Wadsworth signed from Ormskirk as an amateur. He went on to net eight times in 242 reds games, being joined by his brother, outside-right Harold, after the First World War. Together they helped us to back-to-back League titles in the early 1920’s. Walter joined Bristol City in May 1926 when aged 36, but skippered them to the Third Division South title.
      Potters fired twice
      We have twice beaten Stoke City in League matches on this day over the years.
      1962 - We won 2-1 at Anfield in our promotion season, thanks to a Ronnie Moran penalty and a late Jimmy Melia winner. That night, the match takings of around £4,000 were stolen in a burglary at Anfield, although the club’s allocation of FA Cup Final tickets were left behind!
      1980 - We met at the Victoria Ground in a First Division fixture postponed from New Year’s Day, with the two David’s, Johnson and Fairclough, handing us a 2-0 win.
      Held by the Geordies
      We have twice drawn with Newcastle United in top-flight encounters at Anfield.
      2016 – Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana struck inside half an hour, but we were pegged back after the break by Papiss Cissé and Jack Colback to draw 2-2 with Rafael Benítez’s side.
      1949 - Bobby Mitchell grabbed the first of his eight goals past us in this top-flight meeting. Kevin Baron scored for the reds.
      Boro twice
      We have also played Middlesbrough twice on this day over the years.
      1910 - We drew 2-2 at Ayresome Park, with our goals coming from Jack Parkinson and Arthur Goddard. George Elliott netted the first of his eight goals against us, with Tim Williamson also on target.
      1955 - Tony Rowley and Billy Liddell struck as we won 2-1 at the same venue.

      International bows
      1996 - Future red Harry Kewell made his senior international debut as Australia lost a friendly 3-0 in Chile.
      2000 – Stade Rennais’ El-Hadji Diouf won his first senior cap as Senegal beat Benin 1-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Dakar on their way to the Finals in the Far East. Rigobert Song appeared for Cameroon on the same day as they beat Somalia 3-0 in a qualifier in Yaoundé.
      Les gems on target
      2011 – Future red Florent Sinama-Pongolle bagged a brace, with Anthony Le Tallec also on target as France Under-16’s beat Scotland 3-0 in a European Championships Finals group game in Barnsley.
      Scot coming back from Italy
      1986 - Graeme Souness won his final cap as a Sampdoria player, and 52nd in total, as Scotland beat England 2-1 in a Rous Cup game at Wembley. He struck from the spot, with Steve Nicol also in the away side. Future reds John Aldridge and Ray Houghton both played for the Republic of Ireland on the same day as they drew a friendly 1-1 with Uruguay at Lansdowne Road.
      Seven and out for A’Court
      1958 - Alan A’Court won his seventh and final England Under-23’s cap as they lost 2-1 to Wales in Wrexham.
      Jordan signs on
      2015 - Vice-captain Jordan Henderson signed a new contract until 2020. He has so far notched 28 times in 359 reds games, as well as helping us to claim the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup and League Cup.
      Also in international action
      1986 – England Under-21’s were held to a 1-1 draw in the second leg of their European Championships Semi-final in Swindon to crash out 3-1 to Italy on aggregate, with future red Mark Walters and ex-red Mike Newell both in action.
      1995 – Future red Fernando Morientes played for Spain Under-20’s as they thumped Russia 4-1 in their World Championships Quarter-final in Qatar.
      2002 – Future red Alberto Aquilani featured as Italy Under-18’s drew a friendly 1-1 in Czechoslovakia.
      2011 – Future red Mohamed Salah played as Egypt Under-20’s beat the host nation South Africa 1-0 in an African Championships Finals group game.
    • By Will
      Uncle Joe emerges
      1921 - Joe Fagan was born in Walton Hospital, Liverpool. He joined the Anfield coaching staff in 1958, becoming Assistant Manager to Bob Paisley in 1974, before moving into the hot seat himself nine years later. In his first season as boss, he led the club to a unique treble of League, European Cup and League Cup, retiring just a year later after 71 victories in 131 games in all competitions.
      Welcome to Brucie
      1981 - Bruce Grobbelaar signed for £250,000 from Vancouver Whitecaps. Our eccentric keeper played 628 times for the reds, helping us to six League titles, one European Cup, three FA Cups, three League Cups, three FA Charity Shields and Screen Sport Super Cup.
      Other reds birthdays
      1902 – Scottish centre-forward Jimmy Smith was born in Old Kilpatrick. He still holds the British seasonal scoring record, netting 66 for Ayr United in 1927/28. He signed for the reds for £5,500 in September 1929, going on to bag 38 goals in 62 reds games including two on his debut against Manchester United. He moved into amateur football with Tunbridge Wells Rangers after three seasons at Anfield.
      1897 - John Miller was born in Motherwell. He only played eight times while at Anfield before moving on to Aberdeen in June 1921. He was Tom’s brother, who was caught up in the 1915 match fixing scandal.
      1922 – Full-back Frank Lock was born in London. He signed from Charlton Athletic for £7,500 on Christmas Day 1953, playing 42 times before moving on to Watford in June 1955.
      1926 – Centre-forward Les Shannon was born in Liverpool. He signed professional terms in November 1944, but had to wait until April 1948 to make his reds bow. He bagged just one goal in eleven games, as well as six in fifteen wartime appearances, moving on to Burnley in November 1949. He is the father of recent Under-16’s coach Dave Shannon.
      1931 - Inside-forward Eric Anderson was born in Manchester. He signed pro terms in December 1951 and netted 22 times in 76 games before joining Barnsley in July 1957.
      Most recently
      2017 - We beat Burnley 2-1, with Ashley Barnes putting the visitors in front before goals from Gini Wijnaldum and Emre Can.
      Double capture
      1930 - Outside-left Gordon Gunson and forward Dave Wright both signed from Sunderland. Gunson made 87 appearances, scoring an impressive 26 times in his injury-affected time at Anfield before moving on to Swindon Town in June 1934. Wright bagged 35 goals in exactly a century of reds games, remaining at Anfield until July 1934, when he joined Hull City for £1,000.
      Farewell to Highbury
      2006 - Xabi Alonso was laughably sent off as we lost our 84th and final competitive game at Highbury, going down 2-1 in a League meeting with Arsenal. Luis García equalised before Steven Gerrard gifted the ball to Thierry Henry who struck his second goal of the game to secure victory, two of his nine past us.
      Other farewells
      1949 - Scottish international centre-half Alex Raisbeck died in Liverpool. He scored nineteen goals in 341 games after signing from Hibernian for £350 in May 1898. He was our first skipper to lift the League championship in 1901 and won a further League title five years later, as well as a Second Division championship before returning to Scotland in August 1909 to sign for Partick Thistle. He later had a spell as a scout for the reds.
      1954 – Left-half Jim Bradley died. He had signed from Stoke in September 1905, helping us to claim the League title at the end of his first campaign. He struck eight times in 186 reds games, including one in goal, moving on to Reading in June 1911.
      1924 - Forward Billy Lacey played his 260th and last reds game as we lost 4-1 at Bolton Wanderers with Jimmy Walsh nabbing our consolation. Joe Smith scored two of his twelve goals past us, with David Jack netting one of his nine and John Smith one of his seven.
      1892 - Reds club founder John Houlding was voted off the Everton board, paving the way for him to form Liverpool Football Club.
      Four for Evans
      1955 - Striker John Evans scored all four reds goals in our 4-3 Second Division win over Bury at Gigg Lane. Keeper Charlie Ashcroft played his 89th and last reds game in this match, while centre-half Fred Tomley made his reds bow. Stan Pearson netted the last two of his eleven goals against the reds, with Doug Fletcher also on target.
      More reds debutants
      1898 - Outside-left Jack Cox scored on his reds debut in our 2-0 defeat of Notts County at Anfield, our first ever game on this day in history. Frank Becton grabbed the other goal.
      1949 - Utility player Bryan Williams made his reds bow as we beat Birmingham City 1-0 at Anfield, with Cyril Done netting. Williams became renowned for his long throws.
      Red centuries
      1910 – Defender Tom Chorlton played his hundredth League game for the reds as we lost 1-0 to Bristol City in a top-flight fixture. Future red Sam Gilligan struck the last of his five goals past us
      1983 – Mark Lawrenson reached a century of reds games as we beat West Ham United 3-0 at Anfield. Sammy Lee and Ian Rush netted after Geoff Pike put through his own net after the break.
      Knocking out the holders
      1968 - We beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 in an Anfield FA Cup Fifth Round replay, with Tommy Smith netting the winner from the spot at the second attempt, after Spurs had twelve men on the pitch for his first try, which was saved by Pat Jennings. Roger Hunt was also on target, while Cliff Jones netted his fifth and final goal past us.
      1966 - We also beat Spurs in L4, when Ted Clayton put through his own net in this top-flight encounter.
      Twice against the Blades and Boro
      We have twice beaten Sheffield United at Anfield in First Division matches on this day in history.
      1904 – Joe Hewitt struck the first of his 74 reds goals as we won 3-0, with Arthur Goddard and Robbie Robinson also netting, while full-back Joseph Hoare played his seventh and last reds game.
      1932 - Gordon Hodgson converted a penalty with Gordon Gunson also on target in a 2-1 win as Fred Tunstall bagged the last of his eight goals past us.
      We have also twice faced Middlesbrough in the top-flight on this day.
      1977 - Emlyn Hughes netted the only goal of the game at Ayresome Park.
      1921 - Our Anfield meeting ended goalless, with William Cunningham playing the first of his three reds games.
      Thumping the Wearsiders
      1938 - Jack Balmer bagged a brace with Berry Nieuwenhuys and Phil Taylor also on the scoresheet as we trounced Sunderland 4-0 at Anfield in a top-flight meeting.
      Young reds strikers for England
      1986 - Future red Nigel Clough and ex-red Mike Newell both made their England Under-21’s debuts in a 1-0 European Championships Quarter-final win in Denmark. Future red Barry Venison also featured.
      Red against red
      1904 - Ex-reds inside-right John Walker won his first cap as a Rangers player, and fourth in total, as Scotland drew 1-1 with Wales in the British International Championships in Dundee. Reds inside-left Richard Morris played for the Welsh.
      1956 - Reds reserves keeper Doug Rudham appeared for an Anglo-South African XI as they lost 2-1 to Scotland at Ibrox in an unofficial international in aid of the British Olympic Games Appeal Fund. Future red Tommy Younger played in goal for the Scots.
      Jones comes to Anfield
      1992 - Forward Lee Jones signed from Wrexham for £300,000. He only played four senior games before joining Tranmere Rovers in May 1997.
      Also on the move
      1987 - Two future reds were transferred. Dean Saunders joined Oxford United from Brighton & Hove Albion for £60,000. He struck 23 times in 73 games, before moving to Derby County in October 1988. Jimmy Carter signed for Millwall from Queens Park Rangers for £15,000 on the same day. He played 130 times in his first spell at The Den, moving to Anfield in October 1991.
      2010 – Reserves keeper David Martin joined Derby County on loan. He only played twice for the Rams and left Anfield to re-join MK Dons permanently in July 2010.
      2015 – Centre-half Lloyd Jones joined Accrington Stanley on loan, netting once in eleven games.
      2017 – Momo Sissoko terminated his contract with Italian club Ternana, after just 25 days with the club.
      2018 – Ex-reds centre-half and coach Mauricio Pellegrino was sacked as Southampton boss after just eight wins in 34 games in charge since taking over in June 2017.
      Also in international action
      1910 – Sam Hardy kept goal for England as they drew 1-1 with Ireland in the British International Championships in Belfast.
      1975 – Ray Clemence and Kevin Keegan both featured as England beat West Germany 2-0 in a friendly at Wembley.
      1994 – Future red Brad Friedel played as the USA drew 1-1 with South Korea in California.
      1997 – Future red Vladimír Šmicer played for the Czech Republic in their 2-1 defeat of Poland in Ostrava, with ex-red Ronnie Rosenthal in action for Israel as they lost 1-0 to Sweden in Tel-Aviv.
      2017 - Rafael Camacho scored his last two Under-17's goals as Portugal drew 3-3 with Poland in a European Championships qualifier.
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