In comes Mo
2017 – Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah signed from Roma for an initial €42m, proving to be a bargain signing even at that price. He has scored a stunning 186 goals in 305 games across his first six campaigns, helping us to claim the Premier League title, UEFA Champions League, FA Cup, League Cup, FIFA Club World Cup, UEFA Super Cup and FA Community Shield.
2022 - He signed a new contract, tying him to the club for another three years.
2021 – Centre-half Ibrahima Konaté signed from RasenBallsport Leipzig e.V. for £36m, netting three times in 53 outings across his first two campaigns as he helped us to claim the FA Cup and League Cup. On the same day, ex-reds centre-half Ragnar Klavan signed for Paide Linnameeskond back in his native Estonia, scoring three times in 22 games across his first year.
Other recent captures
2015 – James Milner arrived on a free transfer from Manchester City. He netted 26 times in 332 outings before moving on to Brighton & Hove Albion this summer, as well as regularly skippering the side in the absence of Jordan Henderson and helping us to claim the Premier League title, UEFA Champions League, FIFA Club World Cup, FA Cup, League Cup, UEFA Super Cup and FA Community Shield. On the same day, right-back Nathaniel Clyne signed from Southampton for £12.5m, while keeper Ádám Bogdán arrived from Bolton Wanderers. Clyne bagged two goals in 103 outings before joining Crystal Palace in October 2020, while Bogdán made six largely uninspiring appearances before being released at the end of the 2018/19 season. On the same day, Uruguayan centre-half Sebastián Coates was sold to Sunderland for £4m after a successful loan spell, while future red Wataru Endō captained Japan Under-22’s as they beat Costa Rica Under-23’s 2-0 in Sendai City.
2018 – Brazilian midfielder Fabinho signed from AS Monaco for an initial £39m, having agreed to the deal the previous May. He scored eleven times in 219 outings across his first five seasons, helping us to claim the Premier League title, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, League Cup and FA Community Shield.
2016 – Centre-half Joël Matip signed from Schalke 04 on a free transfer, bagging eleven goals in 187 games in his first seven campaigns for the reds, so far helping us to claim the Premier League title, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, FA Cup, League Cup and FA Community Shield.
2014 - Adam Lallana signed from Southampton for an initial £23m, becoming our second most expensive signing to date. He struck 22 times in 178 reds games, coming off the bench as we claimed the FIFA Club World Cup, while also being in the matchday squads as we claimed the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Super Cup, and playing an important role as we claimed our nineteenth League title in 2019/20. He signed for Brighton & Hove Albion in July 2020 once his contract with the reds had expired.
2022 – Young winger Ben Doak signed from Celtic for £600,000, while Fábio Carvalho arrived from Fulham for an initial £5m. Doak made five appearances from the bench in his first season at Anfield, while Carvalho scored three times in 21 games. On the same day, ex-reds reserves keeper Dan Atherton signed for The New Saints from Warrington Town on a free transfer, while second string custodian Marcelo Pitaluga joined Macclesfield on loan.
Rushie’s immediate return
1986 - Ian Rush officially re-signed for the reds on loan from Juventus, having signed for the Old Lady a month earlier. He stayed at Anfield for another season, bagging forty goals in 57 games, before finally moving to Turin. Fortunately, he returned to the reds after just one season in Italy.
1983 - Joe Fagan officially took over as Manager, the only Scouser to hold this position on a permanent basis to date. 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 wins in 131 games.
2010 - Roy Hodgson was appointed. He struggled to make a major impact at Anfield, leading us to just thirteen victories in his 31 matches in charge before leaving by ‘mutual consent’ in January 2011. On the same day, Standard Chartered took over as the club’s main sponsors.
In comes Finn
2003 - Right-back Steve Finnan officially signed from Fulham for £3.5m after playing in their promotion seasons from the Second Division up into the Premiership. He struck just once in 217 reds appearances, helping us to claim the Champions League, FA Cup, UEFA Super Cup and FA Community Shield before joining R.C.D. Espanyol in September 2008.
On the same day, French duo Anthony Le Tallec and Florent Sinama-Pongolle joined the reds from Le Havre for a combined £6m. Le Tallec made just 32 senior reds appearances and scored only once, signing for Le Mans UC 72 in June 2008, having been sent out on loan from Anfield four times. Sinama-Pongolle netted nine times in 66 reds games, joining Real Club Recreativo de Huelva for €4m in May 2007 after a loan spell.
1976 - Rigobert Song was born in Nkenglicock. He was the first ever red from Cameroon, signing from Italian side Salernitana for £2.6m in January 1999. He made 38 appearances before joining West Ham United for £2.5m in November 2000, having become a fans’ favourite with his marauding runs from defence.
2001 - He appeared for his country on his 25th birthday, in a 2-0 defeat of Togo 2-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Yaoundé, one of his 137 caps in total for the Indomitable Lions.
1904 - Outside-left Gordon Gunson was born in Chester. He signed from Sunderland in March 1930 and made 87 appearances, scoring an impressive 26 times in his injury-affected time at Anfield. He moved on to Swindon Town in June 1934.
1957 – Short-lived Assistant Manager Sean O’Driscoll was born in Wolverhampton. He was appointed in July 2015, leaving following the sacking of Brendan Rodgers just three months later.
2012 - Ex-reds Xabi Alonso, Álvaro Arbeloa and Fernando Torres all featured as Spain thumped Italy 4-0 in the Final of Euro 2012 in Kyiv, with Torres coming off the bench to score the third goal. Future red Mario Balotelli featured for the losing side.
2016 – Joe Allen featured for Wales as they beat Belgium 3-1 in Villeneuve-d’Ascq to reach the European Championships Semi-final.
Enter his Lordship
2004 - Djibril Cissé officially arrived from Auxerre in a club record £14m deal. He bagged 24 goals in 79 reds games, including goals to help us to claim three trophies in his time at Anfield, moving on to Olympique de Marseille for £6.3m three years later.
2001 - He played for France Under-20’s as they lost 3-1 to Argentina in a World Championships Quarter-final in Buenos Aires, with Grégory Vignal and future red Maxi Rodríguez also in action.
2006 - Jamie Carragher’s retaken spot kick and Steven Gerrard’s effort were both saved as England crashed out to Portugal in their World Cup Quarter-final in Gelsenkirchen 3-1 on penalties after the game had ended goalless. Peter Crouch and future red Joe Cole also featured, with former Blue Wayne Rooney being sent off.
2004 - Milan Baroš and Vladimír Šmicer both played in the Euro 2004 Semi-final as the Czech Republic lost 1-0 to Greece in Porto, thanks to a ‘silver goal’.
1999 - This was a busy day in the transfer market as Vladimír Šmicer arrived from Racing Club de Lens for £4.2m, while we also gained and lost a player on the Bosman ruling. Erik Meijer signed from Bayer 04 Leverkusen, with Steve McManaman officially joining Real Madrid on the same day.
2019 – Forward Danny Ings joined Southampton for an initial £18m following a successful season on loan, so far bagging 29 goals in 61 outings for the Saints. On the same day, midfielder Marko Grujić re-joined Hertha BSC Berlin on loan for a second successive campaign, so far scoring nine times in 54 games. Also arriving that day was young Polish keeper Jakub Ojrzyński who signed from Legia Warszawa.
Other recent ins and outs
2009 – Winger Sebastián Leto was sold to Panathinaikos for a fee reported to be around £3m. He helped his new club to the domestic double in his first season, scoring the only goal in the Cup Final, and netting 27 times in 91 outings before leaving the club in January 2013.
2018 - Naby Keïta officially signed from RasenBallsport Leipzig e.V. for £52.75m, having agreed to join us the previous August.
2016 – Keeper Lawrence Vigouroux left the reds to sign for Swindon Town, so far playing 130 times, including a previous loan spell. On the same day, midfielder Jordan Rossiter joined Rangers, having signed a pre-contract agreement two months earlier.
2002 - Reserves keeper Jørgen Nielsen left for Farum in Denmark, after five years at Anfield without a first team appearance.
2000 - We signed up Pegguy Arphexad, Markus Babbel and Gary McAllister, all on free transfers. Pegguy arrived from Leicester City, one of Gary Mac’s former clubs. On the same day, future red Nicolas Anelka re-signed for Paris Saint-Germain from Real Madrid for £22m.
Luis on target
2007 – Future red Luis Suárez scored for Uruguay Under-20’s against ex-red Antonio Barragán’s Spain as their World Championship Finals group game ended 2-2 in Canada. On the same day, Mark González faced future red Alexander Doni as Brazil beat Chile 3-0 in a Copa América group game in Venezuela.
2019 – Sadio Mané bagged a brace, including a penalty, as Senegal beat Kenya 3-0 in an Africa Cup of Nations Finals group game in Egypt. He also saw another spot-kick saved.
1972 - Emlyn Hughes married Barbara. They remained happily married until Emlyn’s sad death in November 2004, with two children called Emma and Emlyn.
2005 - Jamie Carragher married his fiancée Nicola Holt at Weston Park, while on the same day Harry Kewell settled his libel case against Gary Lineker out of court. Meanwhile, Sammy Lee was appointed Assistant Manager of Bolton Wanderers.
Mighty Mouse on the way back
1980 - Kevin Keegan returned to England, joining Southampton for £400,000 in a move that had been announced five months earlier. He had struck 32 goals in ninety Bundesliga games, helping them to a League and Cup double in 1979, as well as twice claiming the European Footballer of the Year award while in Germany.
Other new managers
1981 - Emlyn Hughes was appointed Player/Manager of Rotherham United. He was in charge for nearly two years, but was sacked as they headed towards the old Third Division.
2000 – Karl-Heinz Riedle was replaced as Manager of Fulham by Jean Tigana, having been in temporary charge for three months.
1995 - John Toshack took over as Deportivo La Coruña boss, having been appointed four months previously. He remained in charge for nineteen months before resigning.
World Cup progress
1990 - John Barnes started England’s dramatic 3-2 extra-time defeat of Cameroon in the World Cup Quarter-final in Naples. He was replaced at half-time by fellow red Peter Beardsley, while his future clubmate Mark Wright played the full two hours. On the same day, future red Karl-Heinz Riedle featured in West Germany’s 1-0 win over Czechoslovakia in Milan, to set up their Semi-final clash with England.
2018 – Dejan Lovren played as Croatia knocked Denmark out on penalties to reach the Quarter-finals in Russia. Ex-red Iago Aspas also featured as Spain beat the host nation after a shoot-out at the same stage.
2014 – Future red Divock Origi featured in Belgium’s 2-1 defeat of the USA in Salvador, while ex-red Javier Mascherano played as Argentina needed extra time to see off future red Xherdan Shaqiri’s Switzerland 1-0 in São Paulo to reach the Quarter-finals.
2011 – Mascherano played for his country again as host nation Argentina drew 1-1 with Bolivia in a Copa América group game in La Plata.
1985 - Future reds keeper Mike Hooper signed for Wrexham from Bristol City on a free transfer.
1995 - Dean Saunders joined Galatasaray from Aston Villa for a £2.35m fee.
1996 - Gary Ablett joined Birmingham City from Everton for £390,000.
1997 - Future red Paul Jones moved to Southampton from Stockport County for £900,000 while ex-red Paul Stewart signed for Stoke City on a free transfer from Sunderland.
2005 - Jermaine Pennant joined Birmingham City from Arsenal for £3m.
2010 – Defender Gareth Roberts joined Derby County, while Jon Otsemobor signed for Sheffield Wednesday.
2011 – Scott Carson left West Bromwich Albion for Turkish side Bursaspor in a £2.1m deal. On the same day, reserves centre-back Stephen Sama signed a new contract with the reds. He moved on to VfB Stuttgart in September 2014 without making a senior first-team appearance.
2013 – Goalie Adrián signed for West Ham United, playing 150 times before joining the reds for free in August 2019.
2015 – Keeper Péter Gulácsi joined RasenBallsport Leipzig e.V. from Red Bull Salzburg for £3m after helping them to claim consecutive Austrian League and Cup doubles.
2017 – Centre-half Ozan Kabak signed as a professional for Galatasaray, playing eighteen times without scoring before moving to VfB Stuttgart in January 2019. Keeper Daniele Padelli signed for Internazionale, only making nine senior appearances in four seasons at the San Siro.
2020 – Keeper Ádám Bogdán signed for reigning champions Ferencváros, featuring seven times in his first campaign back in his native Hungary.
2011 – Reds boss Kenny Dalglish was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Science by the University of Ulster.