In comes Johnno
2009 – Right-back Glen Johnson signed from Portsmouth for £17.5m. He bagged nine goals in 200 outings before leaving the club to join Stoke City in July 2015, helping us to claim the League Cup in 2012 as well as consolidating his position as an England regular. On the same day, Djibril Cissé joined Panathinaikos from Olympique de Marseille for €8m, helping them to claim the domestic double in his first season, their first trophies in six years.
A European champion
1992 - Future red Torben Piechnik won a European Championship winners’ medal as Denmark beat Germany 2-0 in the Final in Gothenburg. Fellow future red Karl-Heinz Riedle also played. This was Piechnik’s final cap as a Boldklubben 1903 player.
Heading to Euro glory
2008 – Xabi Alonso and Fernando Torres both featured as Spain thumped Russia 3-0 to reach the Final of the European Championships in Vienna.
2009 – Future red James Milner played as England Under-21’s beat Sweden on penalties after their European Championships Semi-final ended 3-3 in Gothenburg, having let a three-goal lead slip. Milner missed his spot-kick in the shoot-out. However, they were thumped 4-0 by Germany in the Final three days later. Meanwhile, future red Mario Balotelli featured as Italy lost their Semi-final 1-0 to Germany in Helsingborg.
2000 - Norwegian left-back Stig Inge Bjørnebye was sold to Blackburn Rovers for £300,000, having struck four times in 184 appearances after signing from Rosenborg BK for £600,000 in December 1992. Stig said, “It’s great to be here and to team up again with Graeme Souness.” He only managed 67 games for Rovers before having to retire following a serious eye injury.
2014 – Spanish forward Luis Alberto joined Málaga on loan after making just twelve appearances since signing from Sevilla for £6.8m in June 2013. He netted twice in twenty outings for Los Boquerones.
2015 – Reserves keeper Danny Ward joined Aberdeen on loan, where he impressed in 29 first-team appearances before returning to Anfield.
2014 – Luis Suárez was given a worldwide ban from all football-related activities for four months after being found guilty of biting Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini in a World Cup group game in Brazil two days earlier. He was also banned for nine international matches and fined £66,000.
Cally for England
1966 - Reds stalwart Ian Callaghan won the first of his four full England caps in their 3-0 friendly win in Finland, just prior to the World Cup Finals. Clubmate Roger Hunt netted one of the goals.
At Euro ‘96
1996 – Future reds Patrik Berger and Vladimír Šmicer both featured as the Czech Republic beat France 6-5 on penalties after a goalless two hours at Old Trafford to reach the Final. Berger was amongst those who successfully converted in the shoot-out. That same day, Steve McManaman and future reds Markus Babbel, Paul Ince and Christian Ziege all featured as Germany knocked England out at Wembley to join the Czechs in the Final. The game ended 1-1 after extra time, with Ziege amongst the scorers in the shoot-out.
2016 – Martin Škrtel skippered Slovakia as they lost 3-0 to Germany in their European Championships Round of 16 tie in Villeneuve-d’Ascq.
2021 – Harry Wilson was sent off while winning his last cap as a reds player as Wales were thumped 4-0 by Denmark in a Round of 16 meeting in Amsterdam, with Neco Williams and ex-reds Joe Allen and Danny Ward also featuring.
Internationals on target
1997 - Jamie Carragher netted for England Under-20’s as they lost 2-1 to Argentina in the Quarter-final of the World Championships Finals in Malaysia.
2019 – Mohamed Salah netted as Egypt beat DR Congo 2-0 in an Africa Cup of Nations Finals group game in Cairo. Meanwhile, Naby Keïta played as Guinea lost 1-0 to Nigeria in Alexandria.
A sad day at the Confederations Cup
2003 – Cameroon’s Marc-Vivien Foe died during Cameroon’s 1-0 defeat of Colombia in their Confederations Cup Semi-final in Lyon. Ex-red Rigobert Song played in this game. Meanwhile, future red Djibril Cissé appeared as France beat Turkey 3-2 at the Stade de France to also reach the Final.
2005 – Future red Maxi Rodríguez featured in the same competition as Argentina beat Tunisia 2-1 in Cologne.
2013 – Luis Suárez was on the losing side to host nation Brazil as they bowed out of the tournament 2-1 at the Semi-final stage in Belo Horizonte. On the same day, Conor Coady skippered England Under-20’s in their 1-1 draw with Chile in a World Championship Finals group game in Turkey.
Off to Vale
2001 - Reds reserves striker Ian Armstrong joined Second Division Port Vale on a one-year contract. He netted seventeen times in 101 games for the Valiants, before being released in May 2005.
Future reds in the World Cup
2010 – Luis Suárez nabbed a brace as Uruguay beat South Korea 2-1 in Port Elizabeth to reach the Quarter-final.
2014 – Divock Origi played in Belgium’s 1-0 defeat of South Korea in São Paulo, with ex-reed Carl Medjani winning his last cap as an AS Monaco player in Algeria’s 1-1 draw with Russia in Curitiba.
2018 – Ex-reds loanee Victor Moses converted a penalty as Nigeria lost 2-1 to Argentina in Saint Petersburg as ex-red Javier Mascherano’s side progressed to the next round. Meanwhile, Dejan Lovren featured as Croatia’s 2-1 defeat of Iceland saw them top the same group.
2011 – Emre Can and Samed Yeşil featured for Germany Under-17’s as they beat Panama 2-0 in a World Championships Finals group game in Mexico.
2006 - Andriy Voronin played as the Ukraine beat Philipp Degen’s Switzerland on penalties after a goalless World Cup Second Round match in Cologne.
1994 – Roy Hodgson took charge of Switzerland as they lost 2-0 to Colombia in a group game in Palo Alto, California.
Ex-reds on the move
2019 – Full-back Calum Woods joined Tranmere Rovers on a free transfer from Bradford City, after just six outings in six months with the Bantams.
2017 - Stephen Warnock joined Burton Albion from Wigan Athletic on a free transfer, so far netting once in fifteen games.
2008 – Reserves winger Paul Anderson joined Nottingham Forest on loan. He bagged two goals in 28 games as they avoided relegation from the Championship.
1998 - Winger Jimmy Carter re-joined Millwall from Portsmouth on a free transfer. He only made nineteen first-team appearances in this second spell before retiring the following year.
1995 - Mike Marsh signed for Graeme Souness’s Galatasaray from Coventry City for £500,000. He only made three League appearances before he returned to England to join Southend United ten weeks later.
1933 – Forward Harry Race left Nottingham Forest for Manchester City, spending three seasons at the City Ground. He had joined the reds from Raby United in February 1928, scoring eighteen times in 43 games before being sold to Manchester City in August 1930 for £3,000.
Terry Mac’s new job
2012 - Terry McDermott was appointed Assistant Manager of Birmingham City, under Lee Clark, whom he had previously worked with at Huddersfield Town.
1920 - Ephraim Longworth played for England as they beat South Africa 3-0 in an FA Tour game in Johannesburg.
1998 – Paul Ince, Steve McManaman and Michael Owen all played as England beat Colombia 2-0 in Lens, to qualify for the Second Round of the World Cup Finals.
2015 – Ex-red Javier Mascherano played as Argentina beat Colombia 5-4 on penalties after their Copa América Quarter-final had ended goalless in Chile.