1987 - Brazilian central midfielder Lucas Leiva was born in Dourados, Mato Grosso do Sul. He made 346 senior appearances after signing from Grêmio for a reported £5m in May 2007, notching just seven times before moving on to S.S. Lazio for £5m in July 2017. He bagged a brace for Brazil in the Sudamericano Sub-20 “Juventud de América” on his twentieth birthday, as they beat Peru 2-1 in a group match in Paraguay.
Other births and deaths
1962 - Ray Houghton was born in Gl
1987 - Brazilian central midfielder Lucas Leiva was born in Dourados, Mato Grosso do Sul
The return of the king
2011 – Roy Hodgson left as Manager “by mutual consent”, with Kenny Dalglish resuming the hot seat on a caretaker basis. Hodgson had led us to just thirteen wins in 31 games, with the King restoring the club’s pride and ethos, although he was sacked in May 2012.
Carra makes his debut
1997 - Jamie Carragher made his reds bow as a substitute for Rob Jones in our 2-1 defeat at Middlesbrough in a Coca-Cola Cup Fifth Round tie. Steve McManaman grabbed our consolation, w
2011 – Roy Hodgson left as Manager “by mutual consent”, with Kenny Dalglish resuming the hot seat on a caretaker basis
Xabi from his own half
2006 - Jan Kromkamp made his reds bow in a thrilling FA Cup Third Round tie at Luton Town. We took the lead through Steven Gerrard before falling 3-1 behind with Djibril Cissé having a penalty saved with the score at 2-1. Florent Sinama-Pongolle bagged a brace with his first goal being our thirteenth from a substitute that season, a new club record, while his second was his ninth and last for the club. Xabi Alonso also struck twice, with our final goal being an outrageou
2006 - Jan Kromkamp made his reds bow in a thrilling FA Cup Third Round tie at Luton Town
1996 - Stan Collymore scored a treble as we thumped Third Division Rochdale 7-0 at Anfield in our Third Round meeting, our only senior encounter to date. Substitute Ian Rush scored his 39th and final FA Cup goal for the reds, breaking Denis Law’s record with his 42nd in total. Jason McAteer grabbed his first reds goal with Robbie Fowler also getting on the scoresheet, to add to a Peter Valentine own goal as we progressed to the Final that year.
2007 - We lost
1996 - Stan Collymore scored a treble as we thumped Third Division Rochdale 7-0 at Anfield in our Third Round meeting, our only senior encounter to date
Off the mark
2018 – Dutch centre-half Virgil van Dijk scored on his reds bow as we beat Everton 2-1 in the FA Cup Third Round at Anfield. James Milner opened the scoring from the spot after a foul on Adam Lallana, with Gylfi Sigurdsson netting the most recent of his four goals past us to level the scores. Our new record signing nodded in the winner late on to send the crowd into raptures.
1957 - David Fairclough was born in Liverpool. He signed pro terms in January 1974,
2018 – Dutch centre-half Virgil van Dijk scored on his reds bow as we beat Everton 2-1 in the FA Cup Third Round at Anfield
In comes Jari
2001 - Jari Litmanen finally signed from Barcelona on a free transfer, having turned us down prior to his move to the Catalan giants. He bagged nine goals in 43 reds games in his nineteen months on Merseyside before returning to his spiritual home at Ajax in August 2002.
1999 - Norwegian defender Frode Kippe signed from Lillestrøm for £700,000. He remained at Anfield for three years, making just two first-team appearances.
1900 – Forward Sam Raybould signed from New Brighton
2001 - Jari Litmanen finally signed from Barcelona on a free transfer
Yet another win
1981 - We registered our 85th consecutive home match without defeat as we beat Alliance Premier League side Altrincham 4-1 in the FA Cup Third Round at Anfield, thanks to goals from Terry McDermott, Ray Kennedy and a Kenny Dalglish brace, with shipping clerk Graham Heathcote converting a penalty for the visitors in front of the Kop. Future Academy Manager John Owens and Zak Whitbread’s dad Barry were both on the losing side while reds legend Bill Shankly bizarrely travelled to
1981 - We registered our 85th consecutive home match without defeat as we beat Alliance Premier League side Altrincham 4-1 in the FA Cup Third Round at Anfield
Transfer deadline day drama
2011 – We broke our record transfer twice in the same day, first when Luis Suárez arrived from Ajax for a fee of £22.8m. We then signed Andy Carroll for a British record £35m, with Fernando Torres then joining Chelsea for £50m, another British record.
On the same day, left-back Paul Konchesky joined Nottingham Forest on loan while young midfielder Conor Thomas arrived from Coventry City on a temporary basis, although the move was not made permanent. Meanwhile,
2011 – We broke our record transfer twice in the same day, first when Luis Suárez arrived from Ajax for a fee of £22.8m
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.
2022 - Luis Díaz signed from Porto for an initial £37.5m,
2013 – Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho arrived from Internazionale for a £8.5m fee
Dan the man
2013 - Daniel Sturridge signed from Chelsea for £12m. He scored an impressive 67 times in 160 reds games, although most of these came from off the bench in later years. He moved on to Trabzonspor in August 2019.
Souey the skipper
1982 - Graeme Souness captained Liverpool for the first time, leading us to an impressive 4-0 win at John Toshack’s Swansea City in the Third Round of the FA Cup. Phil Thompson had been stripped of the captaincy following our Boxing Day defeat to Ma
2013 - Daniel Sturridge signed from Chelsea for £12m
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
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
Happy birthday Carra
1978 - Jamie Carragher was born in Bootle. The tough defender bagged five goals in 737 reds appearances before retiring in the summer of 2013, leaving him second in the list for the club’s all-time appearance holders. He helped us to claim the European Cup, UEFA Cup, FA Cup, two UEFA Super Cups, two League Cups and two FA Charity/Community Shields.
Souness steps down
1994 – Graeme Souness resigned as Manager, having been in charge since April 1991. He led us to the
Striking legends arrive
1987 - John Aldridge signed from Oxford United for £750,000. He helped us to win the League title in 1988 and the FA Cup the following season, bagging 63 goals in 104 games before moving to Spain to join Real Sociedad for £1.1m in September 1989, becoming their first non-Basque player.
2006 - Robbie Fowler re-signed on a free transfer from Manchester City after three years with the Blues. He grabbed twelve goals in 39 outings in this second spell, but was released aft
1987 - John Aldridge signed from Oxford United for £750,000
Yossi at the treble
2008 - Yossi Benayoun scored a hat-trick as we twice came from behind to beat non-League Havant & Waterlooville 5-2 in the FA Cup Fourth Round at Anfield. We first went behind through Richard Pacquette, before Lucas Leiva became the first Brazilian to score for the club. A Martin Škrtel own goal put the Blue Square South side ahead again before the Israeli’s treble. Peter Crouch added a gloss to proceedings with a last-minute strike.
Brendan’s big day
1973 – Ex-r
2008 - Yossi Benayoun scored a hat-trick as we twice came from behind to beat non-League Havant & Waterlooville 5-2 in the FA Cup Fourth Round at Anfield
Souey on his way out
1994 - Graeme Souness took charge of his final game as Manager as we were humbled at home by First Division Bristol City, who won an FA Cup Third Round replay 1-0 thanks to Brian Tinnion’s second-half goal.
Heading to finals
2005 - Steven Gerrard grabbed the only goal of our Carling Cup Semi-final second leg at Watford, with Igor Bišcan playing his hundredth reds game. Florent Sinama-Pongolle came on as a substitute for Milan Baroš and was later himself substituted
1994 - Graeme Souness took charge of his final game as Manager as we were humbled at home by First Division Bristol City
1987 – Uruguayan forward Luis Suárez was born in Salto. He signed from Ajax for a club record fee of up to €26.5m in January 2011 and bagged an impressive 82 goals in 133 dazzling reds outings. He helped us to claim the League Cup before joining Barcelona for a club record £75m in July 2014.
We have faced our nearest neighbours twice on this day in history, without tasting victory.
1995 - We were held to a goalless draw at Anfield in the Premiership, wi
1987 – Uruguayan forward Luis Suárez was born in Salto
Birth of a reds great
1919 - Bob Paisley was born in Hetton-le-Hole in County Durham. He made 277 reds appearances, netting twelve times and helping us to the League title in 1947 before joining the coaching staff in 1954. He took over as Manager twenty years later and remains the most successful English boss of all time, leading us to three European Cups, six League titles, the UEFA Cup, UEFA Super Cup, four League Cups and five FA Charity Shields.
1986 – Spanish left-b
1919 - Bob Paisley was born in Hetton-le-Hole in County Durham
1971 - Former striker Stan Collymore was born in Stone. He netted 35 times in 81 reds games after signing from Nottingham Forest for a British record £8.5m fee in July 1995. He was offloaded to Aston Villa in February 2000 for £7m, where he again failed to fulfil his potential.
1985 - Momo Sissoko was born in Mont Saint Agnain, France. He signed from Valencia for £5.6m in July 2005 and helped us to claim the FA Cup, UEFA Super Cup and FA Community Shield, playing 87 times
1971 - Former striker Stan Collymore was born in Stone
Happy birthday Thommo
1954 - Phil Thompson was born in Kensington, Liverpool. He notched thirteen times in 477 games for the reds, many as skipper, as we won two European Cups, seven League titles, the UEFA Cup, FA Cup, UEFA Super Cup, two League Cups and five FA Charity Shields. He later had two separate spells on the backroom staff, under Kenny Dalglish, Graeme Souness and Gérard Houllier, and is now working in the media.
1906 - Forward Harry Barkas was born in Wardley Colliery. He only
Another Rushie treble
1984 - Ian Rush scored a hat-trick past the young Nigel Spink on a frozen Villa Park pitch, as we came from behind to win 3-1 in a live Friday night BBC game, in front of 19,566 hardy fans. Scouser Dennis Mortimer struck the Villains’ consolation.
1934 - We also visited Villa Park, when right-back Bob Done bagged his thirteenth and final reds goal with Syd Roberts also on target as we lost 3-2. Tom Waring struck two of his six goals against the reds, with Ronnie Dix nab
1984 - Ian Rush scored a hat-trick past the young Nigel Spink on a frozen Villa Park pitch, as we came from behind to win 3-1 in a live Friday night BBC game
Club record signing
2018 – Dutch centre-half Virgil van Dijk signed from Southampton for a club record £75m. He struck sixteen times in 181 reds games across his first five seasons, helping us to keep 82 clean sheets while claiming the Premier League title, UEFA Champions League, FIFA Club World Cup, UEFA Super Cup, FA Cup and League Cup.On the same day, Estonian centre-half Ragnar Klavan headed in his second and last goal for the club to secure a last-minute 2-1 victory at Burnley. Sadio Mané
2018 – Dutch centre-half Virgil van Dijk signed from Southampton for a club record £75m
1930 - Left-half Geoff Twentyman was born in Brampton. He netted nineteen times in 184 reds games after signing for £10,000 from his hometown club Carlisle United in December 1953. He returned to Anfield as Chief Scout in 1967, a post he held for nineteen years, helping to bring players such as Ray Clemence, Alan Hansen, Steve Heighway, Phil Neal and Ian Rush to the club. He died aged 74 in February 2004.
1969 - Steve Staunton was born in Drogheda. He arrived from Dundalk
1930 - Left-half Geoff Twentyman was born in Brampton
Happy birthday Quasi
1961 - Peter Beardsley was born in Newcastle. He arrived at Anfield from Newcastle United for a British record £1.9m fee in July 1987, winning two League titles, an FA Cup and two FA Charity Shields, scoring 59 times in 175 games. He was controversially sold by Graeme Souness to Everton for £1m in August 1991.
2002 – Dutch defender Ki-Jana Hoever was born in Amsterdam. He joined from Ajax in the summer of 2018, signing his first professional contract in July 2019. He
A treble for the King
1978 - Kenny Dalglish scored a hat-trick as we won 3-1 at Wrexham in a Fifth Round League Cup tie. We went all the way to the Final that season, for the first time, where we lost to Nottingham Forest after a replay. Phil Thompson debuted his dodgy perm in this game!
Happy birthday Al
1983 - Álvaro Arbeloa was born in Salamanca. He signed from Real Club Deportivo de La Coruña for £2.64m in January 2007, and featured 98 times across the defence, as well as notching t
1978 - Kenny Dalglish scored a hat-trick as we won 3-1 at Wrexham in a Fifth Round League Cup tie
1999 - Robbie Fowler bagged a treble as we secured our record Premiership win, thrashing Southampton 7-1 at Anfield, with future loanee Paul Jones in the Saints’ goal. Dominic Matteo grabbed his first reds goal while Michael Owen, David Thompson and even Jamie Carragher were also on target. Robbie’s second goal was his hundredth League strike, with Egil Ostenstad nabbing the visitors’ consolation.
1909 - Inside-left Ronald Orr netted three as we beat Lincoln City 5-1 in an FA Cup
1999 - Robbie Fowler bagged a treble as we secured our best ever Premiership win, thrashing Southampton 7-1 at Anfield, with future loanee Paul Jones in the Saints’ goal
God off the mark
1993 - Robbie Fowler scored on his reds debut as we beat Fulham 3-1 at Craven Cottage in our League Cup Second Round first leg match. Ian Rush and Nigel Clough had put us two ahead at the break, with Sean Farrell pulling a goal back before God struck.
Happy birthday Harry
1978 - Harry Kewell was born in Smithfield in Australia. He signed from Leeds United for £5m in July 2003, but his time at Anfield was somewhat disappointing due to a series of niggling injuries, as he