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Will

Auf wiedersehen twice
1965 - We faced 1. FC Köln in a European Cup Third Round replay in Rotterdam after two goalless draws. This third game ended 2-2 after extra time, with Ian St. John and Roger Hunt on target. That meant that the tie was decided on a coin toss. Skipper Ron Yeats called tails but the first attempt landed upright in the mud, although the Germans claimed it was leaning towards heads! Fortunately, it came down the right way at the second attempt so we went through.
1971 - We drew 1-1 at Bayern München in the second leg of our Fairs Cup Fourth Round tie, with Ian Ross on target, taking us through to face Leeds United in the Semi-final 4-1 on aggregate.

Not such a Saint
1962 - Ian St. John scored and was later sent off as we beat Preston North End 4-1 at Anfield on our way to the Second Division title. Roger Hunt bagged a brace in his hundredth League games for the reds, with Jimmy Melia also on the scoresheet.
1906 - We also won 2-1 at Deepdale in a top-flight encounter, with Tom Chorlton and Joe Hewitt grabbing our goals while Herbert Danson struck the first of his four goals against the reds.

A sterling debut
2012 – Winger Raheem Sterling made his reds bow from the bench as we lost 2-1 at home to Wigan Athletic. Shaun Maloney scored from the spot, with Luis Suárez equalising before Gary Caldwell netted the winner as the Latics won at Anfield for the first time in their history.

A vladdy good win
2002 - A last-gasp Vladimír Šmicer goal from Emile Heskey’s cross handed us all three points at home to Chelsea, to keep us in the title hunt.
1913 - We also entertained the Blues in the top-flight when Billy Lacey netted as we lost 2-1. However, the reds were later accused of throwing the match, with Football League official H.G. Norris saying, “Never in their career have they given a worse exhibition.” Outside-right Arthur Goddard made his 400th reds outing in this game.

East Anglian half centuries at Anfield
We have twice beaten Ipswich Town 2-0 on this day over the years.
1970 - Ian Callaghan netted his fiftieth reds strike with Tommy Smith also converting a penalty.
1979 - Kenny Dalglish bagged his fiftieth reds goal, and sixth past the Blues’ Paul Cooper in five meetings, with David Johnson also on target in windy conditions. This game was Emlyn Hughes’ 474th and final League appearance for the reds.

1973 - We also beat Norwich City 3-1 at Anfield with our goals coming from Chris Lawler, Emlyn Hughes and Brian Hall. Neil Mellor’s dad Ian scored for the visitors.

Lawro the boss
1988 - Mark Lawrenson took over as Manager of Oxford United. He was only in charge for seven months, being sacked by Chairman Kevin Maxwell after he objected to the sale of Dean Saunders to Derby County, whose then Chairman was Kevin’s dad Robert Maxwell!

Gerard for once
1894 - We beat Crewe Alexandra 2-0 at Anfield on our way to the Second Division title. Outside-right Douglas Dick struck his second goal in his eleventh and final reds game with Hugh McQueen also netting. Forward Gerard Dewhurst made his only reds appearance, guesting with the reds from Corinthians.

Derby joy
1945 - Billy Liddell grabbed the only goal of the game as we beat Everton at Anfield in a Wartime League game that also counted towards the Wartime League Cup.

Inter-war tonkings
1928 - We were thumped 4-0 at Hillsborough by The Wednesday. Mark Hooper struck the first of his eight goals past us, with Ellis Rimmer netting the first of his five, as Jimmy Seed and Jimmy Trotter also scored.
1934 - We went down 5-1 at Leeds United, with Gordon Hodgson netting in his fourth consecutive League game, in which time he had scored nine times, in what was his 300th League game for the reds. Centre-forward Harold Barton was playing his 109th and final reds game. Harry Duggan bagged the last two of his five goals against the reds, with Jack Mahon netting one of his four and Joe Firth also scoring twice.

On the move
1994 - Mark Walters joined First Division Stoke City on loan. He netted twice in nine games for the Potters.
1958 – Left-back Phil Ferns signed as a professional, having arrived as an amateur the previous September. He struck once in 28 reds games, making enough appearances in 1963/64 to claim a League title medal but moved on to Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic in August 1965.
2014 – Ex-reds left-winger Albert Riera signed a pre-contract agreement with Udinese, although he was sacked after just four months in Italy after allegedly attending a poker tournament rather than playing in a match!

2011 – Dani Pacheco joined Norwich City on loan, while keeper Brad Jones moved to Derby County on a temporary basis. Pacheco struck twice in six outings as they were promoted to the top flight, while Jones turned out on seven occasions for the Rams. On the same day, Pacheco played for Spain Under-21’s for the first time in their 3-2 friendly defeat to France in Reims. Meanwhile, Jordan Henderson was on target while winning his sixth and last cap at this level as a Sunderland player, as Chelsea’s Daniel Sturridge was on target. England thumped Denmark 4-0 in Viborg. Future red Christian Benteke featured for Belgium’s Under-21’s on the same day, with future red Samed Yeşil netting for Germany Under-17’s in their 2-0 European Championships qualifying defeat of Turkey.

Happy birthday Jordan
1997 – Midfielder Jordan Rossiter was born in Liverpool. He signed pro terms on his seventeenth birthday, netting on his senior bow as we entertained Middlesbrough in a League Cup Third Round tie in September 2014, making five first-team appearances in total before moving on to Rangers in July 2016 after his contract with the reds expired.

Down the Banks
1961 - Inside-forward Alan Banks bagged his sixth and final reds goal as we were held to a 1-1 draw at Anfield by Plymouth Argyle in our Second Division encounter.

English reds galore
1976 - Ray Kennedy, Phil Neal and Phil Thompson all debuted in England’s 2-1 defeat of Wales in Wrexham, with Kennedy netting. Kevin Keegan was captain for the first time, and Ray Clemence and Joey Jones also played.
2001 - Anfield hosted England’s 2-1 World Cup win over Finland. Six reds featured, with Michael Owen netting. Robbie Fowler, Steven Gerrard, Emile Heskey and ex-red Steve McManaman all featured for England, with Sami Hyypiä and Jari Litmanen turning out for the Finns. Jari broke his wrist, which ruled him out of the rest of the season.
2008 – Future red Jonjo Shelvey converted his spot-kick as England Under-16’s beat France 5-4 on penalties after a goalless match in the Final of the Montaigu Tournament.

1998 - Jamie Carragher, Dominic Matteo, Jamie Redknapp and future reds Nick Barmby and Emile Heskey all played in a 2-0 Under-21’s friendly defeat in Switzerland, with future red Alex Manninger also in action at this level.
1992 - Michael Thomas and future red Julian Dicks played for England B as they won 1-0 in Czechoslovakia.
2002 - Matteo had switched countries by the time he played for the senior Scotland side as they drew 2-2 with Belgium in a World Cup qualifier at Hampden Park. Fellow ex-red Don Hutchison also featured.
2005 - Future reds reserve Michael Nardiello bagged his first Under-16’s goal while winning his third cap, as England drew 3-3 with Portugal in the Montaigu Tournament in France. Future red Daniel Sturridge also netted for the first time at this level.

International debutants
2018 – Young reds forward Liam Millar made his senior bow for Canada as they beat New Zealand 1-0 in a friendly in Spain. Trent Alexander-Arnold won his third and final cap for England Under-21’s on the same day, with Ovie Ejaria making his debut.
2016 – Keeper Danny Ward came off the bench to make his senior Wales bow in their 1-1 friendly draw with Northern Ireland in Cardiff, with Joe Allen also featuring. Sheyi Ojo, future red Andy Robertson and ex-reds Daniel Agger and Mikel San José also represented their countries that day.
1993 - Erik Meijer won his only senior cap as the Netherlands thumped San Marino 6-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Utrecht. On the same day, Patrik Berger made his senior debut for the Republic of Czechs & Slovaks, as a substitute in their 1-1 World Cup qualifying draw in Cyprus. Meanwhile, Karlheinz Riedle netted the only goal of Germany’s friendly defeat of Scotland at Hampden Park.

2019 - Caoimhín Kelleher made his debut for the Republic of Ireland Under-21’s as they beat Luxembourg 3-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Dublin. Curtis Jones scored as England Under-18’s beat Mexico 3-2 in the UAE Sports Chain Cup in Dubai, with Bobby Duncan, Dejan Lovren, Andy Robertson, Virgil van Dijk, Gini Wijnaldum, Harry Wilson and ex-reds Joe Allen and Ryan Babel also in international action.
2001 - Robbie Keane won his first cap while on loan at Leeds United from Internazionale as the Republic of Ireland won a World Cup qualifier 4-0 in Cyprus, with ex-red Jason McAteer also featuring. Dietmar Hamann, Stéphane Henchoz, Vladimír Šmicer, ex-reds Don Hutchison, Jim Magilton, Dominic Matteo and Dean Saunders, and future reds Craig Bellamy, Jerzy Dudek, Paul Jones and Bolo Zenden all also featured in qualifiers.

In Euro action
2007 - A host of reds appeared in Euro 2008 qualifiers. Ex-reds Nicolas Anelka, Milan Baroš, Fernando Morientes and future reds Sotirios Kyrgiakos and Martin Škrtel all scored for their countries, with Milan’s goal being his first as an Olympique Lyonnais player, and Nando opening his account while with Valencia. Craig Bellamy and Steve Finnan faced each other in the first football match staged at Croke Park as Steve Staunton’s Republic of Ireland beat Wales 1-0, while Daniel Agger, Xabi Alonso, Jamie Carragher, Djibril Cissé, Steve Finnan, Steven Gerrard, John Arne Riise and future reds Ryan Babel, Yossi Benayoun, Stewart Downing, Robbie Keane, James Milner, Christian Poulsen and Andriy Voronin all also featured, with Mark González and ex-red Rigobert Song also in international action.

Youngsters on target
2008 - Future reds reserves forward Nikola Sarić scored while winning his thirteenth and final Under-17’s cap as Denmark were beaten 5-2 by Belgium in a European Championships qualifier in Croatia.
2017 – Trent Alexander-Arnold bagged a brace, including one from the spot, as England Under-19’s beat Spain 3-0 in a qualifier in Burton. These were his last goals at this level.

Glasgow joy
1986 – Kenny Dalglish was made a Freeman of Glasgow by the Lord Provost in a ceremony in his native city.
1902 - Future reds forward Ronald Orr netted the only goal of the game as an Anglo Scots side beat a Home Scots eleven in a game in Glasgow.

Dioufy at the double
2001 - Future red El-Hadji Diouf bagged a brace as Senegal beat Uganda 3-0 in an African Cup of Nations qualifier in Dakar. Salif Diao also played.

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