1986 - Ian Rush signed for Juventus for £3.2m, but was shortly loaned back to the reds, before finally joining the ‘Old Lady’ the following summer. He started off brightly, netting six times in ten pre-season friendlies. He struck eight times in 29 Serie A matches in his one season there, as well as a further six goals for Juventus in other competitions. He was never on the losing side once he had scored, helping the Turin outfit to qualify for the UEFA Cup after a difficult season.
2003 - Patrik Berger joined Portsmouth on a free transfer. He had netted 35 times in 196 reds games, helping us to claim the UEFA Cup, FA Cup and FA Charity Shield in 2001, setting up Michael Owen for his second goal in Cardiff.
1928 - We received a club record £7,500 fee from Chelsea for outside-left Alf Hanson in June 1938. He had stuck 52 times in 177 outings since arriving from Everton in November 1931, as well as three in sixteen Wartime games, and he netted nine times in 46 games for the Blues.
In the World Cup
2002 - Future reds El-Hadji Diouf and Salif Diao both played for Senegal in their 1-1 World Cup draw with Christian Poulsen’s Denmark in Daegu. Diao had an eventful game – first conceding a penalty, then rounding off a fantastic team goal, his last strike while with Sedan, before finally being sent off for a rash challenge. Meanwhile, ex-red Rigobert Song skippered Cameroon as they beat Saudi Arabia 1-0 in Saitama. Future red Djibril Cissé came on as a substitute as France were held to a goalless draw by Uruguay in Busan, to leave their chances of qualification for the knock-out phase hanging by a thread.
Birth and death
1907 - Forward Malcolm McVean died in Bonhill, Dumbartonshire. He had scored our first ever League goal, and bagged 43 in total in 126 reds games, helping us to the Lancashire League title and two Second Division championships.
1900 – Scottish right-back Tom Robertson was born in Newton Mearns. He signed from Stoke for £400 and played 47 times without notching, helping us to claim our first League title in 1901 before joining Southampton in May 1902, with whom he won the Southern League in two successive years.
Sami the Frenchman
1998 - Future red Sami Hyypiä played for France, wearing Marcel Desailly’s shirt, as they were a man short for their friendly encounter with HJK Helsinki, just prior to their victorious World Cup campaign. Future red Craig Bellamy and ex-red Dean Saunders both represented the right country on the same day, as Wales were thumped 4-0 in a friendly in Tunisia.
2014 - Sami was appointed Manager of Brighton & Hove Albion. He resigned just six months later after leading them to just six victories in 26 games in charge.
D-Day all over again
1964 - Alf Arrowsmith netted as we drew 1-1 in a friendly encounter with German side Meidericher Spielverein at the Empire Stadium in Vancouver on our North American tour. This game was played on the twentieth anniversary of D-Day, and Ian St. John was sent off, alongside a German player.
Newly in reserve
2009 – John McMahon, Steve’s brother, was appointed as our new Reserve Team Manager. He led them to third place in the League in his first campaign in charge, but he left the club in March 2011.
1998 - Reserves forward Haukur Ingi Gudnason made his senior international debut as Iceland drew 1-1 with South Africa in a friendly in Germany. On the same day, reserves winger Nicky Rizzo won his only senior cap as Australia were thumped 7-0 in Croatia.
1984 – Future reds Assistant Manager Colin Pascoe won the first of his ten senior caps as Wales lost a friendly 1-0 in Norway, with ex-red Joey Jones also in the side. Future red Glenn Hysén was also in international action that day.
2017 - Carl Medjani won his first cap in his second spell as a Trabzonspor player as Algeria beat Guinea 2-1 in a friendly in Blida, with future red Naby Keïta on the losing side. Emre Can also played for his country that day.
Three times for Stéph
1998 - Stéphane Henchoz played in three internationals on this day, firstly in a 1-1 friendly draw with FR Yugoslavia in Basel.
2001 – He featured as they lost a World Cup qualifier 1-0 to Slovenia at the same venue.
2004 - He also appeared in a 1-0 friendly defeat of Liechtenstein in Zurich.
1939 - We lost 5-2 to Elfsborg in Sweden, with Willie Fagan bagging a brace
1942 - We were beaten 3-2 at Anfield by a Liverpool Services side, with John Wharton and Fred Haycock on target.
Czechs on target
1995 - Future red Vladimír Šmicer netted while winning his second cap for Czech Republic Under-21’s as they trounced Luxembourg 7-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Dudelange.
2001 – Future red Milan Baroš was on target as the Czech Republic beat Northern Ireland 3-1 in a World Cup qualifier in Teplice. Patrik Berger also played.
2004 - Baroš also bagged a brace, playing alongside Šmicer and against future red Ragnar Klavan in a 2-0 friendly defeat of Estonia at the same venue. Dietmar Hamann and future reds Javier Mascherano, Momo Sissoko and Kolo Touré also played for their countries that day, while Rigobert Song netted his only goal for Cameroon as a Racing Club de Lens player in their 2-1 World Cup qualifying defeat of Benin in Yaoundé. On the same day, future red Mark González won his first cap in a home game, and ninth to date, as Chile drew 1-1 with Brazil in a World Cup qualifier in Santiago. This was also his final cap as a Club Deportivo Universidad Católica player.
Crouchie on target
2007 - Peter Crouch, future red Joe Cole and ex-red Michael Owen all struck in England’s 3-0 Euro 2008 qualifying win in Estonia, with Steven Gerrard and future reds Stewart Downing and Ragnar Klavan also featuring. Meanwhile, Yossi Benayoun won his final cap as a West Ham United player in Israel’s 2-0 win in Andorra. Djibril Cissé won his last cap as a reds player as a substitute in France’s 1-0 defeat of Georgia in another qualifier in Auxerre, with ex-red Nicolas Anelka also appearing.
Ádám Bogdán won his last cap as a Vasas player for Hungary Under-21’s as they beat Latvia 1-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Budapest. Meanwhile, Daniel Agger, Xabi Alonso, Dirk Kuyt, Javier Mascherano, Pepe Reina, John Arne Riise and future reds Sotirios Kyrgiakos, Dejan Lovren and Martin Škrtel all also played for their countries, with Roy Hodgson taking charge of Finland.
Other international reds on target
1999 - Rigobert Song netted his only goal as a reds player as Cameroon beat Eritrea 1-0 in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Yaoundé.
1993 - Dean Saunders bagged his first goal for Wales as an Aston Villa player, on his fortieth appearance overall, as they won 3-0 in a World Cup qualifier in the Faroe Islands. Ian Rush was also on the scoresheet, while winning his sixtieth cap.
1974 - Celtic’s Kenny Dalglish, on as a substitute, scored the winner four minutes from time in Scotland’s 2-1 win in Norway, in a warm-up game just before the World Cup in West Germany.
2013 – Future red Gini Wijnaldum scored for the Dutch Under-21’s in their 3-2 European Championship Finals defeat of Germany in Israel, with ex-red Krisztián Németh and future reds Thiago Alcântara, Ádám Bogdán and Alberto Moreno also in international action.
2009 – Ex-red Emile Heskey struck in England’s 4-0 World Cup qualifying win in Kazakhstan. Daniel Agger, Ryan Babel, Andrea Dossena, Steven Gerrard, Sami Hyypiä, Dirk Kuyt, Javier Mascherano, future reds Glen Johnson, Milan Jovanović, Ragnar Klavan, Raul Meireles, Christian Poulsen and Luis Suárez and ex-reds Mark González, Robbie Keane, Harry Kewell, Jari Litmanen and John Arne Riise all also featured in qualifiers, with John Toshack taking charge of Wales. Meanwhile, Péter Gulácsi, Krisztián Németh, David N’Gog and future red Gini Wijnaldum all played in junior internationals.
2000 - Future red Nicolas Anelka scored as France thumped host nation Morocco 5-1 in the Final of the Hassan II Tournament. Phil Babb, Brad Friedel and ex-reds Mark Kennedy and Jason McAteer also played for their countries that day.
2019 – Ex-red Raheem Sterling skippered England while reaching a half century of caps as they lost 3-1 after extra time to the Netherlands in their UEFA Nations League Semi-final in Portugal, with Virgil van Dijk captaining the winning side. Jordan Henderson, Gini Wijnaldum and ex-red Ryan Babel all also featured. Caoimhín Kelleher, future red Arthur Melo and ex-red Philippe Coutinho also represented their countries that day.
Final reds caps
1981 - Ray Clemence won his 56th and final cap as a Liverpool player as England beat Hungary 3-1 in a World Cup qualifier in Budapest. Ex-red Kevin Keegan captained the side and netted from the spot, while Terry McDermott, Phil Neal and Phil Thompson all also played.
1979 - All bar McDermott had also played for England as they won a European Championships qualifier 3-0 in Bulgaria.
2016 – Jordan Rossiter skippered England Under-19’s as they lost a friendly 1-0 to Mexico, with Sheyi Ojo and future red Dominic Solanke also in action.
2001 - Christian Ziege won his final cap as a red, and 59th in total, as Germany won a World Cup qualifier 2-0 in Albania. Meanwhile, future red John Arne Riise scored while playing for Norway Under-21’s for the seventeenth and last time in their 5-1 thrashing of Belarus in a European Championships qualifier in Drammen. Robbie Fowler, Steven Gerrard, Emile Heskey, Michael Owen, future reds Yossi Benayoun, Jerzy Dudek and Paul Jones and ex-reds Øyvind Leonhardsen and Steve McManaman also all played in qualifiers that day.
2007 – Charlie Adam won his last cap as a Rangers player as Scotland won a European Championships qualifier 2-0 in the Faroe Islands.
2008 - Alexander Doni won his final cap as a Roma player in Brazil’s 2-0 defeat by Venezuela in a friendly in the USA.
2014 - Lazar Marković won his last cap as an SL Benfica player as they lost 1-0 to Brazil in São Paulo. Future red Dejan Lovren also featured in friendly action that day.
2015 - Ex-reds Javier Mascherano and Luis Suárez both played as Barcelona beat Juventus 3-1 in the UEFA Champions League Final in Berlin.
On the move
2022 – James Milner signed a new one-year contract. He struck 26 times in 332 reds games after signing for free in July 2015 from Manchester City. He moved on at the end of the 2022/23 campaign, having helped 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, as well as skippering the side on many occasions.
2018 – The appointment of Philipp Jacobsen as the club’s new Medical Rehabilitation & Performance Manager was announced.
2015 - Forward Danny Ings agreed to sign from Burnley on 1st July for a fee eventually set at an initial £6.5m. He only struck four times in 25 games as he suffered two serious injuries, spending a season on loan at Southampton before making the move permanent for £18m in July 2020.
2014 – Yossi Benayoun re-signed for Israeli side Maccabi Haifa from Queens Park Rangers, where he had first risen to prominence.
1995 - Former reserves centre-back Mark Seagraves signed for Swindon Town from Bolton Wanderers for £100,000. He went on to make 79 appearances in three years with the Robins.
1966 – Forward John Sealey was sold to Chester. He signed for £25 as an amateur from Warrington Town in September 1963, scoring as he played his only reds game when the full first team was rested before the 1965 FA Cup Final.
1955 – Keeper Charlie Ashcroft moved on to Ipswich Town after just fifteen first-team games since debuting in September 1946.
Also in international action
1964 – Gordon Milne and Peter Thompson both appeared in England’s 1-0 defeat to Argentina in the Copa de las Naciones in Brazil.
1973 - Emlyn Hughes featured in England’s 2-0 defeat in a World Cup qualifier in Poland.
1985 – Future reds John Barnes and Mark Wright both played as England lost 2-1 to Italy in a friendly in Mexico City.
1991 – Future red Stig Inge Bjørnebye featured for Norway Under-21’s as they thrashed Italy 6-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Stvanager.
2003 – Daniel Sjölund and future reds Albert Riera and Fernando Torres all played in European Championships qualifiers for their countries’ Under-21’s, with Spain beating Greece 2-0 but Finland losing 2-1 to Serbia & Montenegro. Jerzy Dudek was also in international action that day.
2005 – John Welsh featured as England Under-20’s beat South Korea 3-0 in the Toulon Tournament.
2011 – Future reds Mamadou Sakho and Andriy Voronin faced each other as France won a friendly 4-1 in the Ukraine.
2015 – Future red Marko Grujić appeared as Serbia Under-20’s defeated Mexico 2-0 in a World Championships Finals group game in New Zealand.
2018 – Ex-reds Péter Gulácsi and Victor Moses both featured in friendlies.
2021 – Jordan Henderson had a penalty saved as England beat Romania 1-0 at the Riverside Stadium, captaining the side for part of the match. Andy Robertson captained Steve Clarke’s Scotland in their 1-0 win in Luxembourg, with Kostas Tsimikas and Gini Wijnaldum also in international action.
2022 – Takumi Minamino and future red Wataru Endō faced Alisson Becker and Fabinho as Brazil beat Japan 1-0 in a friendly in Tokyo.