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Yanks in
2007 - Liverpool FC announced that George Gillett Jr. and Tom Hicks now owned 98.6% of the club’s shares and intended to compulsorily acquire the remaining shares. Chief Executive Rick Parry said, “The incredibly high level of acceptance of the offer shows shareholders have faith in the vision outlined for the club by George Gillett and Tom Hicks.” The two Americans remained in control until October 2010.

We’re all on our way to Wembley
1965 - We beat Chelsea 2-0 in a Villa Park Semi-final en route to our first ever FA Cup triumph. John Mortimore had a goal disallowed for the Blues before Peter Thompson netted, with Willie Stevenson adding a penalty, the first he had ever taken.
1971 - We beat Everton 2-1 at Old Trafford, before losing to Arsenal in the Final. Alun Evans and Brian Hall were on target this time after Alan Ball had given the Blues the lead, one of his eleven strikes past us, with Hall netting his first reds goal.

1899 - Our other Semi-final on this day, a second replay against Sheffield United at Fallowfield in Manchester, was postponed due to crowd congestion, with the reds leading 1-0 at the time thanks to a George Allan goal. We lost the rearranged game 1-0 three days later.

For Crazy Horse
1979 - A testimonial match was played at Anfield for long-serving skipper Emlyn Hughes. Borussia Mönchengladbach won 1-0 in front of a crowd of 25,290, raising gate receipts of £39,500.

Trebles
1964 - ‘Sir’ Roger Hunt scored a hat-trick in our 3-1 win at Tottenham Hotspur before 57,022 spectators, the highest ever for this fixture.
1909 - Less happily, Middlesbrough beat us 2-1, their third successive League win over us at home, with centre-half Jimmy Harrop grabbing our consolation, the first of his four reds goals. Alf Common struck the last of his four goals against the reds, with Steve Bloomer bagging one of his fourteen past us.

A flood of generosity
2005 - A charity match was staged at Anfield, billed as the Tsunami Football Testimonial. A Legends side beat a Celebs team 6-2, with the Legends’ goals including a brace from Jason McAteer, a Patrick McGuinness own goal, and strikes by Ian Rush, David Johnson and John Aldridge. The event raised an estimated half a million pounds to support those who suffered in the Asian tsunami tragedy that happened the previous Boxing Day.

Royal approval
1920 - King George V was presented to both captains, including our own Ephraim Longworth, before our League game with Manchester City at Hyde Road, the day after having attended the Grand National at Aintree. We lost the game 2-1, with Harry Chambers netting from the spot and Horace Barnes bagging two of his nine goals against us.

Debuting at Anfield against the Mancs
1937 - South African keeper Dirk Kemp played the first of his thirty reds games as we beat Manchester United 2-0 at Anfield, with Alf Hanson netting before Fred Howe added the second in the final minute.

Derby joy
1982 - Ronnie Whelan struck with Graeme Sharp equalising inside the first three minutes as we won 3-1 at Goodison Park. Graeme Souness and Craig Johnston netted in the second half. Keeper Bruce Grobbelaar was handed a cardboard clown’s face by a Blues fan before the game, which he took in good spirits, placing it in the back of his goal!

Other milestones
1948 – Left-back Eddie Spicer netted his second and final reds goal as we won a top-flight match 2-0 at Grimsby Town, after Jack Balmer had opened the scoring.
1967 – Roger Hunt played his 300th League game for the reds in our goalless Anfield meeting with Arsenal.

God for England
1996 - Robbie Fowler made his senior England debut at Wembley as a substitute in a 1-0 friendly defeat of Bulgaria. Steve McManaman also played, while Paul Ince won his first cap as an Internazionale player, following his move from Old Trafford. Mark Kennedy, Jason McAteer, ex-reds John Aldridge and Steve Staunton, and future reds Markus Babbel, Gary McAllister and Christian Ziege all also featured in international friendlies on the same day.
2002 - Robbie scored in England’s 2-1 defeat by Italy at Elland Road, while winning his first cap as a Leeds United player, as well as skippering the side for forty minutes after David Beckham was substituted. Emile Heskey, Danny Murphy, Michael Owen, future red Joe Cole and ex-red David James all also featured.

2015 - Raheem Sterling netted his first England goal as Roy Hodgson’s side thumped Lithuania 4-0 at Wembley. Jordan Henderson and future red Nathaniel Clyne both also featured. Xherdan Shaqiri won his first cap as an Internazionale player as Switzerland beat Estonia 3-0 in Lucerne as future red Ragnar Klavan reached a century of caps. Meanwhile, future red Danny Ings played for England Under-21’s as they beat the Czech Republic in a friendly in Prague.
2009 – Tom Ince and future red Jonjo Shelvey both featured as England Under-17’s beat Serbia 2-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Hungary. Also in international action that day were David N’Gog and future reds Joe Allen, Dejan Lovren and James Milner.

Mixed fortunes against the Clarets
We have twice entertained Burnley in the top-flight on this day in history.
1976 - Substitute David Fairclough netted a brace as we won 2-0, our last League meeting for more than thirty years.
1897 - Robert Neill grabbed our consolation in a 2-1 defeat.
1946 – We also faced the Clarets, losing a Lancashire Senior Cup Third Round tie 3-2 at Turf Moor after extra time. Cyril Done and Willie Fagan struck for the reds.

Martin the best
2009 - Martin Škrtel was named Slovakia’s Player of the Year for 2008. This was the first of four times he has claimed this award to date.
2015 - He played for his country as they beat Luxembourg 3-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Zilina.

International reds in friendly action
2002 - Jari Litmanen became Finland’s joint all-time top scorer on 21 goals with a brace in a 4-1 win in Portugal, with Sami Hyypiä also playing. Meanwhile, Dietmar Hamann played in Germany’s 4-2 win over the USA in Rostock, with ex-red Christian Ziege on target with his final international goal. Future red Andriy Voronin made his senior bow as the Ukraine lost 4-1 in Romania. Leeds United’s Robbie Keane netted as the Republic of Ireland beat future red Christian Poulsen’s Denmark 3-0, with ex-reds Jason McAteer and Steve Staunton also in action. Jerzy Dudek needed treatment after being hit by a missile during Poland’s surprise 2-0 defeat by Japan in Łódź. Vladimír Šmicer and future reds Salif Diao, El-Hadji Diouf, Sotirios Kyrgiakos, Alex Manninger and Fernando Morientes also played for their countries that day. Meanwhile, ex-red Dominic Matteo won his sixth and final cap for Scotland as they were thumped 5-0 by France in Paris.
2011 – Danny Wilson and future red Charlie Adam faced Lucas Leiva as Brazil beat Scotland 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium. Meanwhile, future red Oussama Assaidi and ex-red Carl Medjani both featured in Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

In action many times
Stéphane Henchoz has played for Switzerland three times on this day in history, each time away from home.
1996 - The Swiss lost 1-0 in Austria in a friendly.
1999 - They won their Euro 2000 qualifier in Belarus 1-0
2002 – Switzerland held Sweden to a 1-1 draw in a friendly.

Rigobert Song has also represented his country on three occasions on this day over the years.
2002 - Cameroon drew 2-2 with Argentina in a friendly in Switzerland.
2003 - They beat Madagascar 2-0 in the Semi-final of the Tunis Tournament.
2005 - He played in their 2-1 World Cup qualifying defeat of Sudan in Yaoundé.

More international reds on target
2017 – Sadio Mané converted a penalty as Senegal drew 1-1 with Ivory Coast in Paris, although the match was abandoned after 88 minutes due to crowd trouble. Trent Alexander-Arnold won his tenth and last cap for England Under-19’s in their 5-1 European Championships qualifying defeat of Belarus at St. George’s Park, with Joe Gomez and future red Kostas Tsimikas also in international action that day.
1974 - Celtic’s Kenny Dalglish netted as Scotland beat West Germany 2-1 in a friendly in Frankfurt.
1985 - Ian Rush bagged the only goal as Wales beat Scotland in a World Cup qualifier at Hampden Park. Kenny Dalglish, Alan Hansen, Steve Nicol and ex-reds Joey Jones and Graeme Souness also played.

1991 - Dean Saunders, playing alongside Ian Rush, was on target as Wales drew 1-1 in Belgium in a European Championships qualifier. This was his final goal as a Derby County player. On the same day, John Barnes, Peter Beardsley and future red Mark Wright lined up against Ray Houghton, Steve Staunton and ex-reds John Aldridge and Kevin Sheedy as England and the Republic of Ireland drew their qualifier 1-1 at Wembley.
1999 - Future red Dietmar Hamann netted in Germany’s 3-0 Euro 2000 qualifying win in Northern Ireland, although the goal is sometimes credited as a Steve Morrow own goal. Fellow future red Markus Babbel also featured, while also in action that day were Patrik Berger, Vegard Heggem and future reds Nicolas Anelka and Vladimír Šmicer.

International bosses
1999 - Ex-red Kevin Keegan took charge of England for the first time as they beat Poland 3-1 in a Euro 2000 qualifier at Wembley. He selected Steve McManaman and Jamie Redknapp.
1993 - Future reds boss Gérard Houllier managed France as they won a World Cup qualifier 1-0 in Austria thanks to a Jean-Pierre Papin goal.

Jim’s farewell
2002 - Ex-reserves midfielder Jim Magilton won his 52nd and final cap for Northern Ireland as they were held to a goalless draw in a friendly in Liechtenstein.
1996 - He also turned out for his country, facing Stig Inge Bjørnebye and future red Øyvind Leonhardsen as Norway won a friendly 2-0 at Windsor Park. Future red Vladimír Šmicer also played for his country that day.
1991 - His first international appearance on this day came as his side lost a Euro ’92 qualifier 4-1 in Yugoslavia.

Final caps
2016 – Trent Alexander-Arnold won his second and final cap for England Under-18’s in their 4-1 friendly defeat of the Republic of Ireland at St. George’s Park, with Herbie Kane also featuring.
2005 - Momo Sissoko won his twelfth and final cap as a Valencia player as Mali lost 2-1 to Togo in a World Cup qualifier in Bamako, with future red Kolo Touré featuring as Ivory Coast beat Benin 3-0 in a qualifier in Abidjan.
1988 - Ex-reds defender Avi Cohen was booked while winning his last international cap at any level as Israel won 1-0 in an Olympics qualifying game in New Zealand. Future red Ronnie Rosenthal also played.
1897 - Ex-reds left-back Duncan McLean won his second and final cap for Scotland as they thumped Ireland 5-1 at Ibrox in the British International Championships.

Ex-reds on the move
2014 – Left-winger Albert Riera signed for Watford having recently had his contract with Galatasaray terminated. He netted once in eight games for the Hornets. On the same day, Lee Peltier joined Nottingham Forest on loan from Leeds United, playing seven times.
2013 - Toni Silva joined Dagenham & Redbridge on loan from Barnsley, turning out for them four times in League Two.
2009 – John Welsh moved to Bury on loan from Hull City, playing six times for the League Two outfit.
2003 - John Miles joined Third Division Macclesfield Town on loan from Crewe Alexandra. He netted four goals in eight games, signing permanently two months later.

1997 - Ex-reserves defender Ashley Neal signed for Peterborough United from Huddersfield Town on non-contract terms, going on to play for the Posh just nine times. On the same day, forward Lee Jones joined Tranmere Rovers on loan, for whom he struck five times in eight games before signing permanently two months later.

Youngsters on target again
2018 – Dominic Solanke scored as England Under-21’s beat Ukraine 2-1 in a European Championships qualifier at Bramall Lane. Ex-red Iago Aspas scored for Spain as they thumped Argentina 6-1 in a friendly in Madrid, with ex-red Javier Mascherano skippering his country and Thiago scoring his last goal as a Bayern München player. Ragnar Klavan captained Estonia while winning his last cap as a reds player as they lost 2-0 in Georgia, while Sadio Mané won his fiftieth cap as Senegal shared a goalless draw with Bosnia-Herzegovina in Dakar. Kamil Grabara, Marko Grujić, Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana, Simon Mignolet, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Corey Whelan, future reds Alisson Becker and Kostas Tsimikas, and ex-reds Philippe Coutinho, Brad Jones, Carl Medjani, Victor Moses and Raheem Sterling all also represented their countries. Krisztián Németh won his last cap as a New England Revolution player as Hungary lost 1-0 to Scotland in Budapest, with ex-red Péter Gulácsi and Andy Robertson also featuring.

2007 – Future reds forward Daniel Sturridge netted twice while winning his only cap for England Under-18’s in their 4-1 victory over the Netherlands in Yeovil.
2001 - Milan Baroš netted a brace in the Czech Republic Under-21’s 3-0 European Championships qualifying defeat of fellow future red Christian Poulsen’s Denmark in Teplice. This was the fifth consecutive international in which he had scored.
1997 – Future red Haukur Ingi Guðnason struck his sixth and last goal for Iceland Under-19’s as they beat Romania 2-0 in the Italy Tournament.

Behind the scenes moves
2009 – Assistant Manager Sammy Lee, first-team coach Mauricio Pellegrino, goalkeeping coach Xavi Valero, joint chief scout Eduardo Macía and fitness coach Paco de Miguel all extended their contracts with the reds. Meanwhile, Frank McParland was appointed to undertake a strategic review of the Academy.

Big money Crouch
2002 - Future reds centre-forward Peter Crouch joined Aston Villa from Portsmouth for £5m after a successful spell at Fratton Park. His time in the Midlands was less noteworthy, as he netted just six times in 43 games for the Villains, as well as spending three months on loan with Norwich City.

Also in international action
1994 – Titi Camara featured for Guinea as they lost an Africa Cup of Nations Finals group game 1-0 to Ghana in Tunisia.
1990 – Ex-reds Jim Beglin and Ken DeMange faced future red Nigel Clough as the Republic of Ireland beat England 4-1 in a B international in Cork, with future red Gary McAllister playing for Scotland B on the same day.
1905 – John Hughes and George Latham both played for Wales as they lost 3-1 to England in the British International Championships at Anfield.

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      Losing the European Cup
      1978 - We lost our grip on the European Cup, being held to a goalless draw at Anfield by League champions Nottingham Forest, with ex-red Larry Lloyd dominant in the visitors’ defence. That was enough to take them through, as they had won the first leg 2-0 at the City Ground. Forest went on to claim the trophy that season, and then retain it the following year.
      1924 - We also faced them in a First Division fixture at Anfield. Archie Rawlings struck his first two reds goals as we won 3-0, with Danny Shone also on the scoresheet.
      Another Istanbul comeback
      2006 - We raced into a 3-0 lead against Galatasaray in our Champions League group game at Anfield, thanks to a goal from Luis García surrounded by a stunning Peter Crouch brace that included an overhead bicycle kick. However, Ümit Karan struck two goals after the break, although we held on to triumph 3-2.
      Other derby encounters
      We have travelled across the park on three other occasions on this day in history.
      1975 – We held the Blues to a goalless draw.
      1947 - We won 3-0 with Jack Balmer, Albert Stubbins and Willie Fagan grabbing our goals.
      1902 - We lost 3-1, with Sam Raybould netting our consolation from the spot. Sandy Young netted one of his twelve derby goals, with John Brearley and Walter Abbott also scoring for the Blues.
      Three past Chelsea
      1930 - Gordon Hodgson scored one of his seventeen reds hat-tricks as we beat Chelsea 3-1 at Anfield.
      Larry’s start
      1969 - Centre-half Larry Lloyd made his reds bow as we drew 2-2 at West Bromwich Albion. Bobby Graham scored in the first half, with ‘Sir’ Roger Hunt netting a late equaliser after the Baggies had taken the lead through one of Jeff Astle’s seven strikes past the reds, and Danny Hegan.
      We have faced the Baggies in the First Division on two other occasions on this day in history, without hitting the target.
      1913 - We were held to a goalless draw at Anfield, with half-back Ralph Holden playing his second and final reds game.
      1952 - We lost 3-0 at The Hawthorns. Frank Griffin bagged two of his six strikes against the reds, with Ronnie Allen also on the scoresheet with one of his five goals past us.
      Nice one Cyril
      1941 - Cyril Done grabbed four goals as we thumped New Brighton 7-2 in a Wartime League game at Anfield. Willie Fagan netted a brace, with Billy Liddell completing the scoring.
      The gems make the final
      2001 - Anthony Le Tallec scored for the French Under-17’s in their 2-1 defeat of Argentina in the World Championships Semi-final in Trinidad. Club-mate Florent Sinama-Pongolle also played, the only game of this tournament in which he failed to hit the target. Future red Javier Mascherano was on the losing side.
      2018 - Ki-Jana Hoever nabbed a brace, his first goals for the Dutch Under-17’s, as they trounced Liechtenstein 10-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Sweden.
      2014 – Keeper Caoimhin Kelleher debuted for the Irish under-17’s in their goalless draw with Scotland in another qualifier in Longford.
      Births and death
      1999 – Canadian forward Liam Millar was born in Toronto. He left Fulham to join the reds in July 2016 and is currently in his second loan spell with Kilmarnock. On the same day, Colombian defender Anderson Arroyo was born in Quibdó. He joined the reds in February 2018, so far spending all of his time out on loan.
      1987 – Hungarian keeper Ádám Bogdán was born in Budapest. He arrived on a free transfer from Bolton Wanderers in July 2015, making six senior appearances but spending much of his time out on loan, finally being released at the end of last season.
      1918 - Left-half Joe Dines died in First World War action in France. He won Olympic Gold in 1912 before giving up his teaching job and signing on at Anfield. However, he only made one senior reds appearance before the war intervened.
      In comes Tom
      1899 – Defender Thomas Hunter signed from Scottish side Beith. He only made four senior appearances for the club, moving on to Preston North End in May 1902.
      Lawro on the receiving end
      1980 - Mark Lawrenson and Michael Robinson both featured for the visitors as we saw off a stubborn Brighton & Hove Albion at Anfield. Graeme Souness bagged a brace as we eventually won 4-1, with Terry McDermott and David Fairclough also netting, and Brian Horton on target for the Seagulls.
      1986 – Lawrenson played his 200th League game for the reds as Aston Villa held us to a 3-3 draw at Anfield. Steve Hodge scored one of his goals against us early on, before John Wark equalised from the spot. Garry Thompson restored the visitors’ lead after a Bruce Grobbelaar fumble, but Wark drew us level again before the break. Allan Evans converted a penalty to again put the Villains in front, but former Villa player Steve McMahon struck our third leveller.
      Rushie off the mark in Italy
      1987 - Ex-red Ian Rush scored his first two official goals for Juventus as they beat Pescara 3-1 at the Stadio Comunale.
      Ken’s century
      1919 - Scottish keeper Ken Campbell played his hundredth League game for the reds as we were held to a 1-1 draw at Anfield by Newcastle United. Fred Pagnam struck our goal.
      Harkness on the move
      2000 - Steve Harkness left Blackburn Rovers for Sheffield Wednesday for £200,000. He went on to make 32 appearances in two seasons with the Owls before signing for Conference side Chester City on a free transfer.
      World stars
      2009 – Keeper Dean Bouzanis played for Australia Under-20’s in the World Championship Finals in Egypt as they lost 2-1 to the Czech Republic. Meanwhile, Péter Gulácsi, Krisztián Nemeth and András Simon all featured in Hungary’s 3-0 defeat by Honduras in the same competition.
      A friendly trip to Sweden
      1977 - We played IFK Göteborg in a friendly with David Fairclough adding a brace to a strike from Jimmy Case in our 3-2 win.
      For Tom
      1920 – A benefit game was staged for inside-right Tom Bennett against an International XI at Anfield. He had struck 77 times in seventy wartime games, but only made one first-class appearance before ill health forced his early retirement. He sadly died from tuberculosis in January 1923, aged just 31.
      God the father again
      2002 - Robbie Fowler’s wife Kerrie gave birth to their third daughter, Mackenzie.
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      In comes Ronnie
      1979 - Ronnie Whelan arrived from Irish side Home Farm on a free transfer. He went on to make 493 reds appearances, scoring 73 times and winning six League titles, one European Cup, two FA Cups, three League Cups and three FA Charity Shields before joining Southend United on a free transfer in September 1994.
      Happy birthdays
      1937 - Utility player Geoff Strong was born in Kirkheaton, Northumberland. He made 201 reds appearances after moving from Arsenal in November 1964 for a club record £40,000, netting 33 times and winning a League title medal and the FA Charity Shield the year after helping us to our first ever FA Cup triumph. He left the reds to join Coventry City for £29,500 in August 1970. Sadly, he died in June 2013 after suffering with Alzheimer’s disease.
      1940 - Winger Kevin Lewis was born in Ellesmere Port. He played 82 games in his three years at Anfield after signing from Sheffield United for a club record £13,000 in June 1960 as Bill Shankly’s second capture, helping us to the Second Division title and scoring an impressive 44 times. He returned to Yorkshire in August 1963 to join Huddersfield Town.
      1929 - Forward Tony Rowley was born in Porthcawl. He bagged a treble on his debut after signing from Birmingham City in October 1953, going on to net 38 times in 61 reds games. He moved to Third Division Tranmere Rovers in March 1958, continuing to score at a rate of one goal every other game.
      For Cally
      1977 - A testimonial match for Ian Callaghan was staged at Anfield against Bill Shankly’s Lancashire XI. Cally scored in the reds’ 4-2 defeat, with our other score coming from an own goal.
      1955 – A benefit match for left-back Eddie Spicer was held in front of 41,266 at Anfield, with a ‘Liverton’ side facing a Lancashire XI that included Bert Trautmann, Stanley Matthews and Don Revie. He was decorated for bravery whilst serving with the Royal Marines in the Second World War, going on to score twice in 168 reds games, helping us to the first post-war League title as well as playing in the 1950 FA Cup Final. Unfortunately, a second broken leg had ended his career in December 1953.
      Hat-tricks
      2010 – Dimitar Berbatov grabbed three of his five goals to date past us as we lost 3-2 at Manchester United. Steven Gerrard struck both our goals as we came from two goals behind, a free-kick and then one from the spot, but the home side struck a late winner.
      1925 - Dick Forshaw bagged a treble in our 5-0 thumping of Manchester United at Anfield, with Harry ‘Smiler’ Chambers and Archie Rawlings also on the scoresheet. He struck eight reds hat-tricks in all, including one against Everton a week later, and another against United eleven months later.
      1931 - Legendary blue Dixie Dean bagged a treble as Everton beat the reds 3-1, three of his nineteen derby strikes, with centre-forward Dave Wright netting our consolation.
      1953 - Louis Bimpson grabbed all four goals of our game against Burnley at Anfield to record our hundredth competitive hat-trick. Right-back Bert Childs played the first of just two reds games while Billy Liddell reached 300 outings for the club.
      European records
      1967 - We played our first ever game in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, winning 2-0 at Swedes Malmö FF, thanks to a brace of headers from Tony Hateley.
      1973 - Only 7,000 turned up for the opening game of our European Cup campaign at the Stade de la Frontière, the lowest attendance of any reds game in Europe, home or away, with some sources stating the gate to be as low as 5,000. Brian Hall opened the scoring, but we could only draw 1-1 with Luxembourg’s Jeunesse D’Esch with Gilbert Dussier nabbing a late equaliser.
      Last outings
      2017 – Right-back Jon Flanagan and keeper Danny Ward both played their last reds games as we lost 2-0 at Leicester City in the Third Round of the League Cup, thanks to second-hald goals from Shinji Okazaki and Islam Slimani.
      Defensive debutants
      1910 - Legendary full-back Ephraim Longworth made his reds bow in our 2-0 defeat at Sheffield United, with Joe Kitchen bagging two of his eight goals against the reds, including one from the spot. It was the first of his 370 reds appearances. Jack Parkinson suffered concussion when heading the ball, leaving the reds down to ten men.
      1903 – Half-back John ‘Geezer’ Hughes and full-back James McLean both debuted as we lost 2-1 at Sunderland, with Jimmy Gemmell bagging a brace before Billy Dunlop nabbed our consolation.
      1992 - Torben Piechnik made his reds debut as we lost 4-2 at Aston Villa, when Mark Walters and Ronnie Rosenthal were on target. However, the game is probably most widely remembered for Rosenthal’s shocking miss, as he hit the bar from a few yards out of an open goal. Ex-red Dean Saunders bagged a brace, two of his four strikes past the reds, with Dalian Atkinson scoring one of his four goals against us and Garry Parker also on target.
      1981 - We also faced the Villains, being held to a goalless draw at Anfield with visiting keeper Jimmy Rimmer giving a virtuoso display.
      Tony off
      1968 – Tony Hateley was sold to Coventry City after 28 strikes in 56 outings. He had arrived from Chelsea for a then club record £96,000 fee in June 1967.
      Dirk again
      2009 - Dirk Kuyt scored in his third consecutive reds game as we won a League game 3-2 at West Ham United. Fernando Torres bagged a brace as we twice saw a lead cancelled out, by Alesssandro Diamanti and then Carlton Cole, before he finally secured victory by heading home from a cross by substitute Ryan Babel.
      Sub at the double
      1972 - Phil Boersma struck twice in our 5-1 thumping of Carlisle United at Anfield in a League Cup Second Round replay, so becoming our first goalscoring substitute in the competition, having replaced John Toshack with the game still scoreless. Kevin Keegan, Chris Lawler and Steve Heighway also netted, with Tommy Smith having a penalty saved.
      Another record for the Kop
      1989 - The Kop was recorded for use on “Kenny D, The Pride Of Liverpool” by the Liverpool FC 1989 Squad featuring Peter Howitt as we thumped struggling Third Division outfit Wigan Athletic 5-2 in a League Cup tie. Glenn Hysén headed us in front before a thunderous Bryan Griffiths free-kick levelled the match. David Thompson then sensationally put the visitors ahead on 55 minutes before Ian Rush grabbed a brace, with Peter Beardsley and John Barnes also netting, although he also had a penalty saved by keeper Nigel Adkins. This was Digger’s hundredth reds game.
      More derby disappointment
      We have faced our neighbours from across the park on four more occasions on this day in history, without securing a victory.
      1936 - We lost 2-0 away, thanks to an Alex Stevenson goal and the last of Dixie Dean nineteen derby strikes.
      1964 – We were thumped 4-0 at home in another top-flight meeting, with ex-red Johnny Morrissey, Derek Temple, Fred Pickering and Colin Harvey on target. Roger Hunt played his 200th League game for the reds that day.
      1942 - Cyril Done and Billy Liddell on target as we drew 4-4 in a Wartime League game at Goodison, with Dickie Dorsett scoring twice.
      1945 – Jack Balmer bagged a brace, including a penalty, as we were held to a 3-3 draw in a Lancashire Senior Cup First Round tie across the park, with Les Shannon also netting.
      A century for Louis
      1959 - Louis Bimpson played his hundredth reds game in our 2-1 Second Division win at Derby County, thanks to goals from Alan A’Court and Roger Hunt.
      A youthful hat-trick
      2001 - Future red Florent Sinama-Pongolle bagged a treble for France in their 5-1 defeat of Japan at the Under-17 World Championships in Tobago, with club-mate Anthony Le Tallec also in the team. The French therefore qualified for the knock-out phase, going on to win the tournament.
      2007 – Future reds reserves forward Nikola Sarić was on target for Denmark Under-17’s as they beat the Ukraine 2-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Galway, with future reds centre-back Danny Wilson playing for Scotland as they were thumped 4-0 by Slovakia in another qualifier in Kirkcaldy.
      Also in Europe
      We have played three more games in Europe’s top competition on this day in history.
      2001 - We played out a dour goalless draw at Ballspielverein Borussia 09 e.V. Dortmund in the first group stage of the Champions League.
      1984 - John Wark volleyed the only goal of our match with Lech Poznań in Poland.
      1979 - David Johnson and Jimmy Case were on the scoresheet as we beat Dinamo Tbilisi 2-1 at Anfield.
      Mixed fortunes at Gigg Lane
      We have twice visited Bury in the top flight on this day in history.
      1896 - Malcolm McVean and George Allan struck as we won 2-1
      1927 - Willie Devlin added to a Laurie Crown own goal as we lost 5-2. Norman Bullock and Jack Ball bagged a brace each, with Wally Amos also netting.
      Olympian reds
      2000 - Brad Friedel played in the USA’s 3-1 defeat of Kuwait in the Olympics in Melbourne. Meanwhile, future red Milan Baroš appeared for the Czech Republic in their 1-1 draw with Cameroon in Brisbane in the same group.
      St. Michael’s first treble
      1987 - Ex-red Michael Owen scored his first ever hat-trick, for Mold Alexandra against Caergwrle in the Clwyd Junior League.
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      Happy birthdays
      1958 - John Aldridge was born in Liverpool. He signed from Oxford United for £750,000 in January 1987 and struck 63 times in 104 reds appearances, including one in the 1989 FA Cup Final. He also won a League title and FA Charity Shield in his time at Anfield, before moving on to Real Sociedad for £1.1m in September 1989.
      1987 – French left-back Aly Cissokho was born in Blois. He arrived on loan from Valencia in August 2013 for a season, making nineteen appearances.
      1917 - Phil Taylor was born in Bristol. He signed from Bristol Rovers in March 1936 in exchange for outside-right Billy Hartill plus £5,000. He made 345 appearances at right-half before and after the war, scoring 34 times and winning one League title and captaining the side. He joined the coaching staff when he retired from playing in July 1954, and became Manager in May 1956, staying in the job for three years, but has the unhappy distinction of being the only reds boss never to manage the side in the top flight.
      A derby record
      1948 - The record attendance at a Merseyside derby was set as 78,299 witnessed a 1-1 draw. Willie Fagan grabbed our goal before Jock Dodds converted a penalty for the Blues after a Bill Shepherd handball, the first spot-kick they had ever been awarded in a derby. This remains the biggest crowd for any League match at Goodison.
      Four for Deano
      1991 - Dean Saunders scored four goals in our 6-1 thumping of Finnish side Kuusysi Lahti in the opening game of our UEFA Cup campaign. Ray Houghton scored the other two in our first game back in Europe after the ban following the Heysel disaster.
      Red trebles
      1909 - Jack Parkinson bagged a hat-trick as we won 4-1 at Nottingham Forest, with ‘Wee’ Ronald Orr also on the scoresheet and Enoch West grabbing one of his eight goals against the reds.
      1954 - Billy Liddell scored three times, including two penalties, in our 4-1 Second Division defeat of Fulham at Anfield. John Evans netted the other, with future England boss Bobby Robson on target for the visitors. Liddell’s goal from open play was struck so hard that it rebounded off the stanchion and flew back out onto the pitch, while his second, late spot-kick was his hundredth League goal for the reds.
      400 for Chris
      1971 – Full-back Chris Lawler played his 400th reds game in our 1-0 defeat at Leeds United thanks to a Peter Lorimer goal.
      Off, off, off!
      2011 - Sebastián Coates made his reds bow as a first-half replacement for the injured Daniel Agger just before Charlie Adam was sent off after two cautions with the reds 1-0 down at Tottenham Hotspur thanks to a Luka Modrić strike. We eventually crashed to a 4-0 defeat, Kenny Dalglish’s worst ever as reds boss, as Martin Škrtel was also dismissed for a second yellow card, shortly before Jermain Defoe doubled Spurs’ lead, one of his six strikes against us to date. Emmanuel Adebayor then added a late brace, the most recent of his five goals past us.
      2007 - Jermaine Pennant was dismissed, the first red card of his club career, as we held Porto to a 1-1 draw in their Estádio do Dragão, with Dirk Kuyt heading our goal after we had gone behind to a Lucho González penalty.
      1999 - David Thompson and Leicester City’s Frank Sinclair were both sent off as we drew 2-2 at Filbert Street, with both our goals coming from Michael Owen, including one from the spot. Tony Cottee had opened the scoring early on with one of his eight goals against us, with Muzzy Izzet bagging a late equaliser for the Foxes.
      Up against the Mancs
      2005 - We were held to a fairly uneventful goalless draw at Anfield by Manchester United.
      Also in Europe
      2018 – Brazilian midfielder Fabinho made his reds bow as we beat Paris Saint-Germain 3-2 in our opening UEFA Champions League group game at Anfield as we started on the road to winning the cup for the sixth time. His compatriot Roberto Firmino bagged the winner in injury time, scoring in his third consecutive reds game. Daniel Sturridge headed us in front, with James Milner doubling the lead from the spot before Thomas Meunier pulled a goal back before the break. Kylian Mbappé bagged a late equaliser, but Bobby gave the reds the last laugh.
      1968 - We lost 2-1 at Athletic Bilbao in the first game of our Fairs Cup campaign, with Roger Hunt grabbing our consolation. We eventually went out at this opening stage, on a coin toss!
      1982 - Ian Rush struck a brace with Craig Johnston also on target as we beat Swansea City 3-0 at the Vetch Field in a First Division fixture, with Kenny Dalglish playing his 300th reds game.
      Dicks starts out
      1993 - Full-back Julian Dicks made his reds bow in our 2-0 defeat at Everton, the most recent red to make his debut in a derby. Bruce Grobbelaar, playing his 600th reds game, and Steve McManaman came to blows in this game, with ex-red Gary Ablett skippering the Blues for the only time in a derby. Mark Ward and Tony Cottee struck for the Toffees.
      Czech mates on target
      1996 - Euro ‘96 runners-up Czech Republic thumped Malta 6-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Teplice. Patrik Berger grabbed a brace while winning his first cap as a red. Future clubmate Vladimír Šmicer was also on the scoresheet, while making his first appearance as a Racing Club de Lens player.
      Sami on the mark
      1991 - Future red Sami Hyypiä scored as Finland Under-18’s won 2-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Austria.
      Mixed fortunes against the Potters and Spurs
      1915 - We drew 2-2 with Stoke at the Victoria Ground in a Wartime League match, with Ephraim Longworth and Fred Pagnam on the scoresheet.
      1935 - Gordon Hodgson netted twice as we beat Stoke City 2-0 in a top-flight match at Anfield.
      1965 - Geoff Strong nabbed our late consolation as we lost 2-1 at White Hart Lane. Alan Gilzean and Eddie Clayton netted for the home side.
      1976 - David Johnson and Steve Heighway were on target as we beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 at Anfield in another top-flight meeting. Ray Clemence saved a Keith Osgood penalty to maintain his clean sheet.
      Emlyn honoured
      2008 – Reds hero Emlyn Hughes was inducted into the National Football Museum’s Hall of Fame in a ceremony at the Millennium Mayfair Hotel in London.
      Other moves
      2018 – Ex-reds right-back Stephen Darby announced his retirement from football at the age of 29 after being diagnosed with motor neurone disease.
      2015 – Centre-half Mamadou Sakho signed a new five-year contract. He notched three times in eighty reds outings before falling out with boss Jürgen Klopp, moving on to Crystal Palace in August 2017 after a successful loan spell.
      2010 - Gary McAllister was appointed Assistant Manager of Aston Villa under Gérard Houllier. He took charge of three games at the end of the season after Houllier’s illness, but left the club in June 2011.
      1995 - Ex-reserves forward Paul Jewell re-joined Grimsby Town on loan from Bradford City. He struck once in his three games in this second spell at Blundell Park.
      1992 - Future loanee keeper Alec Chamberlain joined Chelsea on loan from Luton Town, although he did not play for their first team in his time at Stamford Bridge.
      Bruce blessed
      1983 - Bruce Grobbelaar’s marriage to Debbie was blessed in Ubley, near Bristol. In typical Brucie fashion, both the happy couple had worn tracksuits on their actual wedding day!
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