A Real thumping
2009 - We thrashed Real Madrid 4-0 at Anfield to reach the Quarter-finals of the Champions League 5-0 on aggregate. Steven Gerrard played his hundredth game in Europe, while Xabi Alonso was making his 200th reds appearance. Fernando Torres opened the scoring before Gerrard converted a penalty prior to the break. The skipper added his second before the night was rounded off by Andrea Dossena bagging the first of his two, equally memorable reds strikes. Pepe Reina played his fiftieth game in Europe for the club.
In comes Emile
2000 - Emile Heskey joined the reds from Leicester City for a then club record transfer fee of £10.5 million. The big front man scored sixty goals in 223 reds appearances, helping us to claim the UEFA Cup, FA Cup, UEFA Super Cup, two League Cups and FA Charity Shield before moving to Birmingham City in May 2004 for a fee of up to £6.25m. On the same day, Michael Foley played for the Republic of Ireland Under-16’s as they lost 2-1 to Yugoslavia in a Belgium Tournament game.
1938 – Forward Ron Jones signed from Wrexham, scoring once in five outings before the war intervened. He returned to Wrexham in peacetime.
1904 – Forward James Garside signed from Accrington Stanley, but only played five times without scoring before returning to Stanley in May 1906.
Wark walks in
1984 - John Wark signed from Ipswich Town for £450,000 He struck an impressive 42 times in his 108 games for the reds. He left Anfield in January 1988 for £100,000 to return to Portman Road.
2013 – Jamie Carragher played his 500th League game as we beat Tottenham Hotspur 3-2 at Anfield. Luis Suárez opened the scoring with his fiftieth reds strike, before centre-back Jan Vertonghen bagged a brace to put the visitors in front. Stewart Downing netted his seventh and last reds goal following a wayward back-pass before Steven Gerrard converted a spot-kick awarded after Suárez was fouled.
1984 – We beat Spurs 3-1 at Anfield, with Kenny Dalglish and Ronnie Whelan both netting just before half time. Sammy Lee added the third late on as left-back Alan Kennedy reached 200 League games with the reds.
1951 – Billy Liddell played his 200th reds game as we drew 1-1 at Middlesbrough, bagging our late equaliser.
1920 – Left-back Donald Mackinlay reached a century of League games for the reds as we beat The Wednesday 1-0 at Anfield thanks to a goal from Harry Chambers.
1997 - We secured our second successive 4-3 League win over Newcastle United at Anfield, with Robbie Fowler nabbing his second in the last minute, after we had led 3-0 going into the final twenty minutes before Keith Gillespie, Faustino Asprilla and Warren Barton drew the Geordies level. Steve McManaman and Patrik Berger also scored for the reds. Jamie Redknapp remembers this game as his favourite from his reds career.
United in Europe
2016 – We beat Manchester United 2-0 in the first leg of our UEFA Europa League Round of 16 tie at Anfield. Daniel Sturridge converted a penalty after Nathaniel Clyne was brought down in the box, with Roberto Firmino also on target. We went on to reach the Final in Basel that season.
1973 – The present-day Main Stand was officially opened by the Duke of Kent, prior to our 3-2 top-flight defeat of Southampton. Future Saint Kevin Keegan bagged a brace after Larry Lloyd had opened the scoring. Mick Channon bagged one of his seven goals against the reds, with Paul Gilchrist also on target.
1986 - Centre-half Danny O’Donnell was born in Rainford, St. Helens. He moved up to Melwood from the Academy full-time in the summer of 2005, having skippered the Under-18’s during 2004/05. He joined Crewe Alexandra in June 2007 after a season-long loan.
1985 - Former reserves defender and England Under-19’s skipper David Raven was born in Birkenhead. He made four first-team appearances but left Anfield to sign for Carlisle United in July 2006.
1926 - Right-winger Jimmy Payne was born in Bootle. He notched 43 times in 243 appearances for the reds, including the 1950 FA Cup Final, before moving across Stanley Park in April 1956, where he was dogged by injury before retiring to become a newsagent.
1924 – Defender Fred Finney was born in Prescot. He signed on as an amateur in August 1941, but played just two senior reds games, both in the space of a week against Chester in January 1946.
1899 – Forward Jack Sambrook was born in Wednesfield. He played just twice after signing from Wolverhampton Wanderers in April 1922, moving on to Stockport County in May 1923.
1897 – Welsh centre-half Billy Matthews was born in Plas Bennion. After eight goals in thirteen Wartime reds games, he signed on from Colwyn Bay in 1918, netting four times in nine senior outings before joining Bristol City in March 1922.
Reds hat-tricks galore
We have scored three hat-tricks on this day.
1985 - Ian Rush netted a treble in an FA Cup Sixth Round tie at Barnsley, taking him to seven goals in that season’s competition. Ronnie Whelan also scored in a 4-0 win. Unfortunately, we lost out to eventual winners Manchester United in the Semi-final that year.
1971 - Alun Evans bagged a hat-trick, our first in Europe, in his first full match after a cartilage operation as we beat Bayern München 3-0 in our Fairs Cup Fourth Round first leg tie.
1906 - Sam Raybould scored our first cup treble as we beat Southampton 3-0 in the FA Cup Fourth Round. We were then knocked out by Everton in the Semi-final, who went on to claim the cup.
Gordon off the mark
1926 – Legendary forward Gordon Hodgson struck the first two of his 241 reds goals as we drew 3-3 at Manchester United. Dick Forshaw also netted, with Elisha Scott saving a penalty from Charlie Rennox, who also scored. Joseph Spence struck the first of his five goals past us, with Jim Hanson also on target.
2018 – We lost 2-1 at Old Trafford as Marcus Rashford bagged an early brace, the first of his four goals past us to date. We pulled a goal back after the break when Eric Bailly turned a Sadio Mané cross past his own keep.
Another memorable trip to Oakwell
1956 - Oakwell was also the setting for centre-half Dick White’s reds debut as we trounced Barnsley 5-0 in a Second Division game, our biggest ever defeat of the Tykes. Eric Anderson and Billy Liddell both bagged braces, with Liddell reaching 150 League goals for the reds. Joe Dickson was also on target.
A treble against
1913 - Johnny Orr netted the last three of his five strikes past us as Blackburn Rovers thumped us 5-1 at Ewood Park, with Donald Mackinlay grabbing our consolation. Danny Shea struck the first two of his ten goals against the reds.
We have lost twice more in First Division fixtures at Ewood Park on this day in history.
1928 - Dick Edmed converted a spot-kick as we lost 2-1. Tommy McLean and Jack Roscamp were on target for the home side with half-back Neil McBain debuting for the reds.
1934 - Gordon Hodgson netted as we were beaten 3-1. Ted Harper and Tommy McLean each netted the last of their five goals past us with Thomas Brennan also on the scoresheet as left-half Jimmy McDougall played his 200th League game for the reds.
2011 – Christian Poulsen made his 21st and final reds appearance as we lost our UEFA Europa League Round of 16 first leg 1-0 at Sporting Clube de Braga, with Sotirios Kyrgiakos conceding a penalty that was converted by Alan. Skipper Jamie Carragher played his 138th European game, passing Ryan Giggs’ British record of 137 games. Substitute Andy Carroll had to wear the number 29 shirt as Fernando Torres had previously worn nine in the competition.
On our way to Wembley
1965 - Roger Hunt struck the only goal of our FA Cup Sixth Round replay against Leicester City at Anfield.
1996 - We held Leeds United to a goalless draw at Elland Road in another Sixth Round tie.
Knocking out the holders
1979 - We beat FA Cup holders Ipswich Town in the Sixth Round, with Kenny Dalglish grabbing the only goal of the game. We reached the Semi-final that season, only to lose out to Manchester United after a replay.
2019 - Sadio Mané scored his fiftieth reds goal as we came from behind early on to beat Burnley 4-2 at Anfield. Roberto Firmino bagged a brace, with Mané’s second goal coming in stoppage time to complete his half century in the wind and hail. This result left us a point behind Manchester City with eight League games remaining, as we ended the season on a mammoth 97 points.
2012 – Nicklas Bendtner bagged the only goal of the game at Sunderland after Fraizer Campbell’s shot from distance had rebounded off a post, Pepe Reina’s head and then the post again.
Mixed fortunes against the Gunners
We have twice played Arsenal at Highbury in the top-flight on this day, exactly fifty years apart.
1937 - We lost 1-0 there with Alf Kirchen netting one of his four goals against the reds.
1987 - Ian Rush grabbed the only goal of the game.
1993 – Mike Marsh had a penalty saved by Queens Park Rangers keeper Tony Roberts before Ian Rush headed the only goal of our Premier League game at Anfield. John Barnes then struck a second spot-kick wide. On the same day, future reds keeper Brad Friedel played for the USA as they held Hungary to a goalless draw in a Kirin Cup game in Japan.
A treble for Dioufy
2001 - Future red El-Hadji Diouf netted a hat-trick for Senegal as they thumped Namibia 4-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Dakar, with fellow future red Salif Diao also in the side. On the same day, future reds Alberto Aquilani and Kolo Touré also played for their countries.
First and last caps
1976 - Phil Thompson and future red David Johnson both won their final caps for England Under-23’s as they lost 3-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Hungary. Newcastle United’s Alan Kennedy also played.
1888 – Future reds right-back Andrew Hannah won his only Scotland cap as they thumped Wales 5-1 in the British International Championships at Easter Road.
1948 – Future red Sammy Smyth faced Cyril Sidlow as Wales beat Ireland 2-0 in the British International Championships in Wrexham.
Gillespie heads south
1978 - Future reds defender Gary Gillespie signed for Coventry City from Falkirk for £75,000. He stayed at Highfield Road until his move to Anfield in July 1983, making over 200 appearances for the Sky Blues.
In and out of City
2005 - Kevin Keegan resigned as Manager of Manchester City after nearly four years in charge during which he led them to the First Division title and top-flight safety.
1994 - Paul Walsh joined the Sky Blues from Portsmouth for £750,000. He netted nineteen times in 62 games before returning to Fratton Park for £500,000 in September 1995.
Other reds games
1962 – We thumped Derby County 4-1 at Anfield in a Second Division fixture with Roger Hunt and Jimmy Melia both scoring twice.
1915 – We lost 3-2 at Bradford City with Arthur Metcalf and Fred Pagnam on target. Jimmy Marshall stuck the first of his five goals against us, with Oscar Fox and Jimmy McIlvenny also scoring.
1900 – We won 2-1 at Sheffield United thanks to goals from Sam Raybould and Charlie Satterthwaite.
Keepers on the move
2006 - Scott Carson joined Sheffield Wednesday on loan. He played nine times for the Owls, keeping five clean sheets as he helped them to stay up in the Championship.
2004 - Ex-reds keeper Pegguy Arphexad joined Second Division Notts County on loan from Coventry City, making three appearances for the Magpies.
Also in international action
1977 – Future red Avi Cohen played for Israel in their 2-0 defeat of Japan in a World Cup qualifier in Tel-Aviv.
1990 – Future red Jari Litmanen played for Finland as they lost a friendly 2-1 to the USA in Tampa.
2016 – Future red Ozan Kabak netted his fifth and final goal for Turkey Under-16’s as they won a friendly 3-1 in Croatia.
2017 – Rafael Camacho scored for Portugal Under-17’s as they beat Greece 4-0 in a European Championships qualifier.