Another treble for Gordon
1934 - Our best ever win on this day came when Gordon Hodgson netted a hat-trick in a 6-2 home League win over Middlesbrough, the fourteenth of his seventeen for the club. Sam English grabbed a brace, with Harold Taylor also on target and forward Tosh Johnson making his reds bow on the day he signed. Benny Yorston struck two of his five goals against the reds.
1973 - Emlyn Hughes struck a brace in the final eight minutes to hand us a 2-0 win at Goodison Park. This helped give us the momentum to claim the League title that season, our first for seven years, as we came out of a slump of just one win in our previous five games.
Mo yet again
2018 – Mohamed Salah netted in his seventh consecutive game to open the scoring against Newcastle United at Anfield. Sadio Mané netted after half time to secure a 2-0 victory.
2007 - We lost to a last-minute John O’Shea goal, despite Paul Scholes being sent off late on for the visitors, as Manchester United secured a third straight clean League sheet at Anfield, the first time they had ever achieved this. Steve Finnan was making his 400th career League appearance as we lost a League game at home for the first time in seventeen months.
2012 – Arsenal won 2-1 at Anfield, despite the reds going ahead through a Laurent Koscielny own goal after Dirk Kuyt had seen a penalty saved. Robin van Persie headed in an equaliser before half time and then struck a cruel stoppage-time winner, two of his seven goals to date past us. This was only the third time in nine years we had lost a home League game after taking the lead, with Arsenal the victors on each occasion.
2020 – We lost 2-0 at Chelsea in the FA Cup Fifth Round, having made seven changes from our preceding game, which was our first League defeat of the season. Adrián fumbled Willian’s shot for the opener, one of his four goals past us, with ex-Toffee Ross Barkley adding the second.
1979 – We held Chelsea to a goalless draw, with Yugoslav keeper Petar Borota making his debut for the home side in blustery conditions.
Half a century for Le Boss
2004 - We beat Levski Sofia 4-2 in Bulgaria to reach the Fourth Round of the UEFA Cup 6-2 on aggregate, in what was our fiftieth European match since Gérard Houllier took sole charge. Sami Hyypiä played his 250th reds game, scoring our final goal. Steven Gerrard, Michael Owen and Dietmar Hamann struck the others.
More European memories
1976 - Ray Clemence saved a penalty from Peter Kotte as we held Dynamo Dresden to a goalless UEFA Cup Fourth Round draw at their Rudolf Harbig Stadion, with Phil Thompson hitting the bar late on. We won the return leg 2-1 at Anfield, on our way to winning the trophy for the second time.
1982 - Sammy Lee played his hundredth reds game as we beat CSKA Sofia 1-0 at Anfield in the European Cup Third Round, with Ronnie Whelan netting, although we lost 2-0 in Bulgaria in the return.
Bobby off the bench
1969 - Bobby Graham became our first ever FA Cup substitute, coming on for Roger Hunt in a 1-0 home defeat to Leicester City in a Fifth Round replay, with the striker throwing his shirt to the floor in a rare display of dissent. Tommy Smith had a penalty saved by Peter Shilton in that match after a John Sjoberg handball, while Andy Lochhead scored the last of his four goals past us.
2001 - We also lost at Leicester, going down 2-0 in our first game since winning the Worthington Cup in Cardiff. Ade Akinbayi and Muzzy Izzet struck the goals.
Most recent win
2009 – David N’Gog and Yossi Benayoun both struck in the second half as we beat Sunderland 2-0 in a Premiership fixture at Anfield. On the same day, it was announced that we had become the number one-ranked club in European football according to UEFA’s coefficient system, following the previous week’s victory at Real Madrid. This was the first time we had been ranked Europe’s best since 1985.
A new boss
1951 – Don Welsh was sent a letter following a telephone conversation to confirm his appointment as Manager. His contract awarded him £1,500 per year, with an additional annual £500 for expenses. He took charge of 232 reds games, winning just 81, and has the indignity of being our only boss to get the sack, after presiding over our relegation from the top flight in 1954, and failing to lead us back to the promised land. On the same day, future reds boss Bob Paisley netted in our 1-1 League draw with West Bromwich Albion at Anfield as full-back Ray Lambert played his 200th reds game.
Reds off the mark at Anfield
1923 - Outside-left Fred Hopkin scored his first reds goal in a 3-0 League win over Bolton Wanderers. This was immediately followed by a fire in the Anfield Road end! Dick Forshaw and Dick Johnson netted the other goals.
1928 - We beat Wanderers at Anfield again, with Tommy Reid bagging a brace and Gordon Hodgson and Dick Edmed also on target in a 4-2 victory. David Jack nabbed one of his nine goals against the reds, with George Gibson scoring the first of his five past us.
1894 - Forward Albert Worgan scored twice on his reds bow in a 3-1 Second Division win over Burton Swifts, with Duncan McLean netting from the spot.
1962 - Keeper Jim Furnell made his reds bow in a 1-1 Second Division draw at Walsall. He remained first choice as we were promoted that season. Alan A’Court grabbed our goal that day.
1956 - Winger Joe Dickson bagged his first reds goal in our 4-2 defeat of Bury at Anfield in another Second Division match, a last-minute strike that was originally credited to Billy Liddell. Johnny Evans struck twice, including a penalty, with Liddell also on the scoresheet proper.
1984 - We drew the Goodison derby 1-1 with Ian Rush bagging our goal. Alan Kennedy conceded a penalty against Andy Gray, having already done so earlier in the season when Gray was still at Wolverhampton Wanderers. However, Bruce Grobbelaar saved from Graeme Sharp. Ex-reds reserve Alan Harper grabbed the Blues’ late equaliser.
2019 – We were held to a goalless draw at Goodison Park to ensure Manchester City remained on top of the table by a single point, an advantage they held until the end of the campaign.
1990 - Peter Beardsley missed a penalty in the third minute, but Gary Gillespie netted late on as we beat Millwall 1-0 at Anfield.
Mixed fortunes against City
We twice entertained Manchester City in the First Division at the start of last century.
1900 – We triumphed 5-2, with Sam Raybould striking twice, including a penalty, and Johnny Walker, Charles Satterthwaite and Jack Cox also grabbing goals. Billy Gillespie struck one of his six goals against the reds, with Billy Meredith also netting.
1906 - We lost 1-0.
Into the Semi
1897 - George Allan netted the only goal of the game at Nottingham Forest as we reached the FA Cup Semi-final for the first time in our history.
1991 - Paul Merson netted one of his seven goals past us, the only strike of the game for fellow title challengers Arsenal as we lost at home for the first time in 35 games, with the run stretching back to November 1989. This was also our third consecutive defeat since Kenny Dalglish’s resignation, the first such run since April 1987.
Off to a flyer
1996 - Steve McManaman struck a brace before Robbie Fowler wrapped up a 3-0 defeat of Aston Villa at Anfield in just the eighth minute. This took our unbeaten run to sixteen games, with Robbie having bagged sixteen goals in his last fifteen outings.
Morris for Wales
Richard Morris won two caps for Wales in the British International Championships on this day, either side of his Anfield spell.
1902 - He won his second cap, and first as a Druids Ruabon player, in their goalless draw with England in Wrexham, alongside reds right-half Maurice Parry.
1906 - He won his ninth cap, and only one as a Leeds City player, as Scotland lost 2-0 in Edinburgh. George Latham also played for the Welsh.
On the move
2007 - Reserves midfielder Danny Guthrie joined Southampton on loan, after seven senior reds games. He turned out twelve times for the Saints, joining Newcastle United for £2.25m in July 2008 after a season-long loan with Bolton Wanderers.
2017 – Former Director of Academy and Player Development Frank McParland was appointed Director of Football at Nottingham Forest.
Internationals on target
2010 – Dirk Kuyt converted a penalty as the Netherlands beat the USA 2-1 in a friendly in Amsterdam, with ex-red Peter Crouch bagging a brace in England’s 3-1 defeat of Egypt at Wembley, the country’s 500th win in history. Yossi Benayoun scored while winning his last cap as a reds player as Israel won 2-0 in Romania, with future red Luis Suárez on target in Uruguay’s 3-1 win in Switzerland, with future red Xherdan Shaqiri debuting for the home side.
Future red Joël Matip debuted for Cameroon as they held Italy to a goalless draw in a friendly in Monaco. Andy Carroll won his fifth and final Under-21’s cap as England lost 2-1 to Greece in Doncaster. On the same day, Dejan Lovren won his first cap as an Olympique Lyonnais player as Croatia beat Belgium 1-0 in a friendly in Brussels.
Djibril Cissé won his first cap as a Panathinaikos player as Spain beat France 2-0 at the Stade de France. Ryan Babel, Steven Gerrard, Sotirios Kyrgiakos, Javier Mascherano, Fernando Torres, future reds Charlie Adam, Christian Benteke, Raul Meireles, Simon Mignolet, James Milner, Nuri Şahin, Daniel Sturridge and Gini Wijnaldum, and ex-reds Xabi Alonso, Nicolas Anelka, Álvaro Arbeloa, Jari Litmanen, John Arne Riise and John Toshack all also featured in international action that day.
Other reds games
1970 – We won 3-2 at Coventry City with Emlyn Hughes on target in the first half and Alun Evans bagging a second-half brace.
1955 – We won a Second Division trip to Notts County 3-0, thanks to goals from Alan Arnell, Alan A’Court and Tony Rowley.
2008 – Steve McMahon’s brother John was appointed Caretaker Manager of Shrewsbury Town. The Shrews drew both of the games he took charge of.
1998 - We played in a testimonial for Rangers boss Walter Smith, losing 1-0. Icelandic striker Haukur Ingi Gudnason played his first reds game. On the same day, future red Milan Baroš played for the Czech Republic Under-16’s as they trounced Andorra 10-0 in a European Championships qualifier.
2021 – Forward Harvey Blair signed pro terms with the reds. He had arrived from Manchester United in 2015, making his senior bow as a substitute in our League Cup win at Preston North End in October 2021.
1986 - Future reds centre-back Neil Ruddock signed as a professional for Millwall. He only made four senior appearances in his first spell at The Den, before moving to Tottenham Hotspur.
Also in international action
1993 – Future reds keeper Brad Friedel played for the USA as they drew 2-2 with Canada in a friendly in California.