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Will

Winning trophies
We have twice won major honours on this day in our history.
1974 - We ‘undressed’ Newcastle United 3-0 at Wembley to win our second FA Cup, thanks to a brace from Kevin Keegan and a Steve Heighway goal. Future reds Alan Kennedy and Terry McDermott both played for United.

1976 - We clinched our ninth League title, Bob Paisley’s first as Manager, as we won 3-1 at Wolverhampton Wanderers. We only needed a point, while Wolves had to win to stay up. Kevin Keegan, John Toshack and Ray Kennedy all scored in the last quarter of an hour after Steve Kindon had put Wolves ahead.
1988 – The PFA announced that the reds were the winners of the inaugural Fair Play trophy.

European disappointment
1965 - We played in our first European Semi-final, defeating European Cup holders Internazionale 3-1 in the first leg at Anfield, with the recently-won FA Cup being paraded around the ground prior to kick off. Roger Hunt, Ian Callaghan and Ian St. John all scored, with a Chris Lawler strike ruled off for a debatable offside. The crowd crowed “Oh Inter 1-2-3, go back to Italy!” Unfortunately, Inter’s away goal, scored by Alessandro Mazzola, would eventually prove crucial, as would the referee’s intervention in the San Siro.

Yet another win
2019 – We won 3-2 at Rafael Benítez’s Newcastle United with Divock Origi’s late header ensuring the title race with Manchester City went down to the last day of the campaign. Virgil van Dijk opened the scoring, with Christian Atsu equalising before Mohamed Salah put us back in front before half an hour had elapsed. Salomón Rondón drew the home side level again after the break, with Salah having to be taken off with an injury that ensured he missed the upcoming critical UEFA Champions League Semi-final second leg meeting with Barcelona.

Nando again
2008 - Fernando Torres scored in his eighth consecutive home League game, equalling Roger Hunt’s club record as we beat Manchester City 1-0. This was his 32nd goal of the season.
1929 - We also hosted Manchester City, with Gordon Hodgson netting in a 1-1 draw, our final game of a season in which we finished fifth, his thirtieth League strike of the season. Tommy Johnson netted one of his eight goals against the reds.

Sami off
2009 – Centre-back Sami Hyypiä agreed to sign for Bayer 04 Leverkusen when his contract expired at the end of the season. The mighty Finn played 464 reds games, netting 35 times and helping us to claim the European Cup, UEFA Cup, two FA Cups, two League Cups and two UEFA Super Cups following his £2.5m bargain capture from Dutch side Willem II in May 1999. He later took over as Team Manager at the BayArena for two years.

Happy birthday Igor
1978 - Igor Bišcan was born in Zagreb. The big Croat played 118 reds games, netting three times as he helped us to the Worthington Cup, UEFA Super Cup and Charity Shield in 2001, and the Worthington Cup again two years later, as well as playing a key role on the road to Istanbul, moving on to Panathinaikos in July 2005. On the same day, eventual champions Nottingham Forest held us to a goalless draw at Anfield.

Facing the Blues
1991 - We came from two goals down to level but eventually lost 4-2 at Chelsea. Young winger Jimmy Carter came off the bench and was later himself substituted by Ronnie Rosenthal. David Speedie and Rosenthal got on the scoresheet, while Gary Gillespie played his 214th and last reds game. Kerry Dixon netted two of his seven strikes past us, with Dennis Wise converting a penalty, one of his four goals against the reds, and Gordon Durie also on target with the last of his five. Ex-red Bobby Campbell resigned as Blues boss three days later.
1985 - We also faced the Blues in the First Division, this time winning at Anfield by the odd goal in seven. Steve Nicol nabbed a brace while Ronnie Whelan and Ian Rush also struck. Future red Nigel Spackman scored from the spot for the visitors, with Kerry Dixon and Gordon Davies also on target.

Youngest ever
2019 – Future red Harvey Elliott became the youngest ever player in the Premier League in Fulham’s 1-0 defeat at Wolverhampton Wanderers, aged just sixteen years and thirty days.

Managerial comings and goings
1977 - Ian St. John was sacked as Manager of Portsmouth. He had been in charge for three seasons, leading them to just 31 victories in 124 games in charge as they were relegated into the old Third Division, and then narrowly escaped a further descent to the League basement.
2001 - Ex-reds reserve Dave Watson became Tranmere Rovers Manager. He won 22 of his 55 games as they steadied in the Second Division.
2018 - Steven Gerrard was appointed as Manager of Rangers, taking over the following month.

The end of the road for Liddell
1940 - Billy Liddell’s first professional contract that he had signed the previous April expired. He went on to strike 228 times in 534 games. His only club honour was the League title in 1947, although he also played in the FA Cup Final three years later.

Farewell to the lower reaches
1962 - We played our last ever Second Division game, going down 4-2 at Swansea Town in a game postponed from a month earlier due to a smallpox outbreak in South Wales. Ian St. John and Roger Hunt grabbed our goals. Colin Webster bagged a brace for the Swans, with Brayley Reynolds netting the last of his seven strikes past us and Mel Nurse also on target.

King Kenny starts and ends
1967 - Kenny Dalglish signed as an amateur for Celtic, turning professional the following year. He helped them to claim four League titles, four Scottish Cups and the Scottish League Cup, striking 167 times in 269 games.
1986 – His testimonial match took place at Hampden Park. Tommy Docherty’s side of Anglos beat Alex Ferguson’s home-based Scots 5-2 with Kenny on target for both sides!

European joy
1999 - Pepe Reina played for Spain Under-16’s as they reached the Final of the European Championships in the Czech Republic by seeing off Germany 4-0 in their Semi-final encounter in Drnovice.

Comeback
1968 - Bobby Graham came on for Tony Hateley as we were 1-0 down at Leeds United to one of Mick Jones’s seven goals past us. Chris Lawler drew us level with six minutes remaining, with Graham bagging the winner a minute later. This result helped us to finish the season in third, one place above Leeds.

Wins in Bristol
We twice played Bristol Rovers at their Memorial Ground in consecutive years in the 1930’s, for the Bristol Hospitals Lord Mayor’s Cup.
1936 - The game ended 5-5 with Phil Taylor bagging a brace to add to goals from Syd Roberts, Fred Howe and Alf Hanson, with the trophy being shared.
1937 - We won 2-1, with Berry Nieuwenhuys on target twice.

Rushie the skipper
1987 - Ian Rush captained the reds in his last home game before he moved to Juventus. He struck the only goal of the game against Watford.

Sweet!
1992 – Ahead of the FA Cup Final, Candy was announced as the club’s first ever permanent match sponsor, for the 1992/93 season.

Wrong shaped ball
1997 - A Super League match between St. Helens and Castleford Tigers was staged at Anfield, with Saints winning 42-16 in front of 12,329.

Scots on target in friendlies
1960 - Future red Ian St. John netted his first goal for Scotland while winning his fifth cap, as they lost 3-2 at home to Poland. The Scots were managed by Andy Beattie, who had guested with the reds during the war, and later joined the backroom staff at Anfield after a successful management career.
1955 - Billy Liddell struck while winning his 25th cap as Portugal lost 3-0 at Hampden Park. Future reds keeper Tommy Younger won his first cap in the same game.

More final caps
1986 - Ronnie Rosenthal won his last cap as a Maccabi Haifa player, his eleventh in total, as Israel were thumped 7-2 by Argentina in a friendly in Tel-Aviv. Ex-red Avi Cohen also played.
2017 – Future red Ki-Jana Hoever won his fourth and last Under-15’s cap as the Netherlands beat Germany 2-1 in a friendly in Wezen.

Kozma twice
1988 – Future red István Kozma played for Hungary as they beat Iceland 3-0 in a friendly in Budapest.
1994 – Kozma won his first cap in his second spell as an Újpest player as they lost a friendly 3-2 in Poland.

On the move
2016 – Ex-reds midfielder Joe Cole signed for Tampa Bay Rowdies, netting nine times in 26 outings in his first campaign.
2007 - Real Club Recreativo de Huelva announced that they would sign Florent Sinama-Pongolle for €4m, whom he had joined on loan the previous August. He struck 22 times in 69 outings for the Andalusian side before moving to Club Atlético de Madrid in July 2008.
2002 - Former reserves winger Nicky Rizzo signed for Serie A side Lecce from Ternana on a free transfer.

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