2018 – Brazilian keeper Alisson Becker signed for an initial £56m from Roma, a fee that was the world record for a goalkeeper until Chelsea paid almost £72m for Kepa Arrizabalaga just three weeks later. He won the Premier League Golden Glove award in his first campaign, going on to help us to claim the UEFA Champions League, Premier League title, FIFA Club World Cup and UEFA Super Cup so far. He has kept 57 clean sheets in 130 outings across his first three seasons, as well as heading in a crucial winner at West Bromwich Albion in May 2021.
In comes Deano
1991 - Dean Saunders signed from Derby County for a British record £2.9m fee as a replacement for Peter Beardsley. He scored 25 goals in 61 appearances as the reds won the FA Cup, before being moved on to Aston Villa in September 1992.
In comes Joe
2010 – Midfielder Joe Cole signed on a free transfer after his contract at Chelsea had expired. He had an underwhelming first campaign on Merseyside, being sent off on his debut against Arsenal, and notching three times in 32 outings. He spent the next season on loan in France with Lille OSC Métropole, leaving Anfield in January 2013 for West Ham United for free after five strikes in 42 games.
We always win in Wales
2005 - We beat Total Network Solutions 3-0 at Wrexham’s Racecourse Ground in the second leg of our Champions League qualifier, to reach the second qualifying round 6-0 on aggregate. Dietmar Hamann had a penalty saved, with Steven Gerrard coming off the bench to add a late brace to Djibril Cissé’s first-half goal. Anthony Le Tallec made his 32nd and final reds appearance in this game.
2019 - Sadio Mané was on the losing side as Algeria beat Senegal 1-0 in the Africa Cup of Nations Final in Cairo. On the same day, the reds lost a friendly 3-2 to Ballspielverein Borussia 09 e.V. Dortmund in the USA, with Harry Wilson scoring and Rhian Brewster converting a penalty.
1926 - Inside-forward Kevin Baron was born in Preston. The Anfield favourite arrived from his hometown side as an amateur in September 1944, signing pro terms in August 1945. He made 153 reds appearances, including the 1950 FA Cup Final, nabbing 32 goals. He moved on to Southend United in May 1954.
1981 - Grégory Vignal was born in Montpellier. The young French left-back failed to establish himself at Anfield, spending much of his time out on loan at Bastia, Stade Rennais and R.C.D. Espanyol. He signed for Portsmouth in July 2005 after being released from Anfield following just fourteen starts and six substitute appearances.
Luis at the double
2011 – Luis Suárez struck a brace as Uruguay beat Peru 2-0 in their Copa América Semi-final in Argentina, with future red Sebastian Coates also in action.
2014 – Emre Can and Rickie Lambert both made their reds bows as we beat Preston North End 2-1 at Deepdale to claim the Shankly Shield. Suso and Kristoffer Peterson scored our goals.
2017 – Forward Dominic Solanke bagged his first reds goal as we beat Crystal Palace 2-0 in the Semi-final of the Premier League Asia Trophy in Hong Kong. Divock Origi was also on target.
2018 – Keeper Caoimhín Kelleher played his first reds game as we won 2-0 at Blackburn Rovers. James Milner had an early penalty saved, but Lazar Marković and Daniel Sturridge were on target after the break.
2008 – Andrea Dossena played his first reds game as we drew 1-1 with Wisla Kraków in Fribourg in Switzerland. Andriy Voronin bagged our goal.
2003 - Anthony Le Tallec and Florent Sinama-Pongolle both played their first reds games as we drew 1-1 with Crewe Alexandra at Gresty Road, with Michael Owen on target. The game was a testimonial match for Crewe’s Steve Macauley and Shaun Smith, held over from the season before.
2002 - We won 1-0 at Le Havre AC as we kicked off our pre-season schedule. Debutant Alou Diarra, who was soon to join the home side on loan, enjoyed the rare distinction of returning to the pitch after having been substituted, as a replacement for Vegard Heggem, so making his only reds appearance. New signings Bruno Cheyrou and El-Hadji Diouf both appeared in a red shirt for the first time, while future reds Anthony Le Tallec and Florent Sinama-Pongolle both featured for the French side.
2009 – We lost a friendly 1-0 to SK Rapid Wien in the Ernst-Happel Stadion in Vienna.
In the far east
2001 - We beat the Thailand national side 3-1 in Bangkok to claim the Coca-Cola Super Cup in the Rajamangala National Stadium. Michael Owen struck twice, with Nick Barmby netting the other.
1976 - Future red Avi Cohen played his first senior game for his country as Israel were held to a goalless draw by Guatemala in the Olympics in Toronto.
2003 – Future red Daniel Agger made his debut for Denmark Under-20’s, netting his only goal at this level as they beat Wales 2-0 in a NI Milk Cup game in Northern Ireland.
Yossi to England
2005 - Yossi Benayoun signed for West Ham United from Real Racing Club de Santander for £2.5m. He struck eight times in 72 games for the Hammers before joining the reds for £5m in July 2007, featuring for the losing side in the 2006 FA Cup Final.
1928 - Forward Tom Devlin was sold to Swindon Town for £250, having failed to make our first team. His brother, centre-forward Willie, was at Anfield at the same time as him.
1956 – Keeper Dave Underwood left for Watford after playing fifty reds games since arriving from Vicarage Road for £7,000 in December 1953.
2006 - Reserves full-back Calum Woods signed for Dunfermline Athletic, having failed to make the break-through at Anfield. He struck eleven goals in 153 games for the Pars, often at centre-back, before joining Huddersfield Town in June 2011.
2013 – Reserves forward Henoc Mukendi joined Partick Thistle on loan, making just one first-team appearance in six months at Firhill.
2011 – Two reserves left the club. Left-back Chris Mavinga was sold to Stade Rennais for £1m, while keeper Péter Gulácsi joined Hull City on loan. Mavinga signed from Paris St. Germain in July 2009, joining Belgian side Koninklijke Racing Club Genk on loan in January 2011. Gulácsi played fifteen times for the Tigers before returning to our second string.
Trigger on the move again
2004 - Ex-red Jason McAteer signed for Tranmere Rovers. He bagged five goals in ninety games for the Prenton Park outfit, as well as taking on coaching duties.
1999 - Richie Partridge starred for the Republic of Ireland Under-18’s in their 1-0 defeat of Spain in a European Championship Finals group game in Sweden, winning the penalty from which the Irish scored.
1998 – He was on target in the same competition in Ireland’s 5-2 defeat of Croatia in Ayia Napia.
Emiliano on the world stage
2007 - Emiliano Insúa played for Argentina Under-20’s in Toronto as they beat Chile 3-0 to reach the Final of the World Championships.
Grég sees red
2000 - Grégory Vignal was sent off as France Under-18’s beat a Czech Republic side that included future red Milan Baroš 1-0 in a European Championship Finals group game in Bavaria.
1999 - Stan Collymore joined Fulham on loan from Aston Villa. He scored just once in nine appearances for the Cottagers before returning to Villa Park. He was then moved on to Leicester City on a free transfer a few months later, at a loss to Villa of £7m.
2000 - Ex-reserves winger Nicky Rizzo signed for Italian side Ternana from Crystal Palace for j£100,000. He stayed there for two seasons before moving on to Lecce.
2012 – Right-back Nathaniel Clyne joined Southampton from Crystal Palace after one goal in 139 games for the Eagles. Future Assistant Manager Sean O'Driscoll was named Nottingham Forest boss on the same day. He was sacked just five months later after only leading them to ten wins in 26 games in charge.
2013 – Future reds midfielder Fabinho joined AS Monaco on loan from Rio Ave, eventually making the move permanent in May 2015. He struck 31 times in 233 games for the French side before joining the reds for an initial £39m in July 2018. On the same day, centre-half Ben Davies joined York City on loan from Preston North End, playing 47 times for the Minstermen.
2014 – Forward Steven Gillespie signed for newly promoted Conference Premier side Altrincham. He netted once in 22 outings before moving on to Warrington Town.