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.
2007 - Javier Mascherano signed on loan from West Ham United in a deal that was still to be approved by the Premier League. He netted twice in 139 outings in total, signing on permanently for £18.6m in February 2008. He left for Barcelona in a €22m in August 2010.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.