Double reds debutants
1974 - Reds legends Terry McDermott and Phil Neal both made their reds debuts as we held Everton to a goalless draw at Goodison Park.
Four for Jack
1946 - Jack Balmer bagged all four goals in our 4-1 win at Derby County. This was the second of his three hat-tricks in consecutive games. His third goal was his fiftieth reds strike, while Raich Carter’s late consolation was the last of his six strikes against the reds.
1957 – Billy Liddell played his 431st League game for the reds as we lost a Second Division encounter 3-1 at Ipswich Town, a new club record. He went on to make 492 League appearances for the club in total. Johnny Wheeler struck for the reds, with Ted Phillips bagging the first two of his five goals past us and Tommy Garneys also netting.
Against the Owls
We have twice faced Sheffield Wednesday in First Division encounters on this day in history, without being beaten.
1968 - We won 2-1 at Hillsborough with Chris Lawler and Ian Callaghan on target.
1986 - Ian Rush netted a minute after Lee Chapman bagged one of his six strikes against the reds as we were held to a 1-1 draw at Anfield.
In comes Kevin
1984 – Scottish midfielder Kevin MacDonald signed from Leicester City for £400,000. He played 64 reds games, scoring five times, helping us to the League and FA Cup double in 1986, with skipper Alan Hansen calling him “far and away our most influential player.” He moved to Coventry City in June 1989 after a number of loan spells away from Anfield while recovering from a broken leg.
2007 - Scott Carson won his first senior cap, with Peter Crouch bagging the only goal of England’s friendly against future red Alex Manninger in Austria. Steven Gerrard, future red Joe Cole and ex-red Michael Owen all also played. Future red James Milner converted a penalty past Nikolay Mihaylov for England Under-21’s on the same day.
2003 – Future red Glen Johnson made his senior international bow as Danny Murphy won his ninth and last cap, with David James winning his final cap as a West Ham United player, and his 21st in total, in England’s 3-2 friendly defeat by Denmark at Old Trafford. Joe Cole bagged his first international goal as a Chelsea player, with Emile Heskey also featuring, while Jerzy Dudek also played in a friendly that day.
2002 – Future red Jermaine Pennant made his debut for England Under-18’s in their 3-2 friendly defeat of Belgium in Bradford.
2010 – Future red Steven Caulker made his debut for England Under-21’s in their 2-0 defeat to Germany in Wiesbaden, with Martin Kelly also in action.
1994 - Steve McManaman and Neil Ruddock both played their first senior internationals as England beat Nigeria 1-0 at Wembley. It was to be Ruddock’s only full cap, while McManaman went on to win 37. John Barnes, Rob Jones and ex-red Peter Beardsley all also played.
1988 - Future red Michael Thomas made his England debut as they were held to a 1-1 friendly draw in Saudi Arabia. Peter Beardsley also played. John Aldridge, Ray Houghton and Steve Staunton all featured as the Republic of Ireland lost a World Cup qualifier 2-0 in Spain on the same day.
1935 – South African forward Lance Carr bagged his eighth and final reds goal in our 3-1 top-flight defeat at Wolverhampton Wanderers. Tom Smalley bagged a brace, with Billy Wrigglesworth also on target for the home side.
1929 – Bill Murray struck his only reds goal as we won 3-2 at Aston Villa. Jim Smith also netted with Tommy Mort putting through his own net for us. George Brown netted one of his nine goals against the reds, with Joe Beresford scoring one of his four past us.
1949 – Future red Sammy Smyth scored his last goal for Ireland as they were thumped 9-2 by England at Maine Road in a British International Championships game that also counted as a World Cup qualifier.
Up against Rushie
1996 - We won 2-0 at Leeds United thanks to goals from Neil Ruddock and Steve McManaman. We kept our first clean sheet in two months, while Ian Rush suffered his fourteenth game in a Leeds shirt without finding the net and was booked to boot.
In and out
1960 – We lost for the first time in the new Football League Cup, in our third fixture, being beaten 2-1 at home by Southampton in the Third Round thanks to two of Terry Paine’s four goals past us, with Roger Hunt grabbing our consolation.
2012 - Corporate Relations and Communications Director Jen Chang left the club by mutual consent, following a controversial, bizarre encounter with a fan online and in person.
2018 – Ex-red First Team Coach Paco Herrera was re-appointed as Manager of Unión Deportiva Las Palmas, but only stayed in charge for four months before being sacked again.
Thumping the Baggies
1985 – Transfer-listed Paul Walsh set up Steve Nicol, Jan Mølby and Mark Lawrenson to score before himself netting as we beat West Bromwich Albion 4-1 in a top-flight fixture, after Garth Crooks had headed the Baggies in front, their most recent Anfield goal prior to April 2012, one of his four goals against the reds. Ex-red Graeme Souness was in the crowd for this game.
2019 – Half-back and reds skipper Johnny Wheeler died. He joined his cousin Ronnie Moran at Anfield when he signed from Bolton Wanderers for £9,000 in September 1956 and made 177 appearances, bagging 23 goals. One of his greatest games came in November 1956, when he netted a four-minute hat-trick against Port Vale. He was appointed player-manager of New Brighton in May 1963, but did not take up the post, becoming Assistant Trainer at Bury instead, where he stayed until 1969.
2008 - Billy Liddell and Ian St. John were both inducted into Scotland’s Hall of Fame. Liddell had bagged eight goals in 29 outings for his country, while the Saint netted nine times while winning 21 caps.
Jari at the double
1994 - Ajax’s Jari Litmanen grabbed a brace in Finland’s 5-0 European Championships qualifying thumping of the Faroe Islands in Helsinki. On the same day, Stig Inge Bjørnebye won his fortieth cap for Norway as they won 4-0 in Belarus in another qualifier, with Øyvind Leonhardsen winning his 35th cap, and first as a Wimbledon player and ex-red István Kozma also in action.
Also on target in Euro ‘96 qualifiers that day were ex-reds John Aldridge and Ronnie Rosenthal. Aldo struck as the Republic of Ireland won in Northern Ireland for the first time, 4-0 at the fourth attempt. Phil Babb, future red Jason McAteer and ex-reds Jim Magilton and Steve Staunton all also featured. Ronnie grabbed his first goal as a Tottenham Hotspur player in Israel’s 2-0 defeat of Azerbaijan in Turkey. Ian Rush, future reds Patrik Berger, Stéphane Henchoz, Gary McAllister and ex-reds István Kozma and Dean Saunders all also played in qualifiers that day, with Roy Hodgson taking charge of Switzerland.
1986 – Future reds centre-half Glenn Hysén scored for Sweden as they won a European Championships qualifier 5-0 in Malta.
2013 – Victor Moses converted a penalty and was booked as Nigeria beat Ethiopia 2-0 in the second leg of their World Cup Play-off in Calabar to reach the Finals in Brazil. Kolo Touré won his first cap as a reds player as Ivory Coast drew 1-1 with future red Sadio Mané’s Senegal in Casablanca. Also in international action that day were Joe Allen, Lucas, Pepe Reina, ex-red Xabi Alonso and future red Alberto Moreno.
2014 – Joe Allen faced Divock Origi and future red Christian Benteke in a goalless Euro 2016 qualifying draw between Belgium and Wales in Brussels, with future red Gini Wijnaldum also playing for his country that day.
2018 – Mohamed Salah scored in his eighth consecutive game for Egypt as they beat Tunisia 3-2 in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Alexandria. On the same day, Gini Wijnaldum netted for the Netherlands as they beat France 2-0 in a UEFA Nations League group game in Rotterdam. Future red Diogo Jota scored while captaining Portugal Under-21’s in their 1-0 European Championships Play-off win in Poland, with future red Kostas Tsimikas winning his seventeenth and last cap for Greece Under-21’s as they lost a Play-off 1-0 to Austria in Thessaloniki. Alisson Becker, Roberto Firmino, Kamil Grabara, Virgil van Dijk, Harry Wilson, future red Takumi Minamino and ex-reds Joe Allen, Ryan Babel and Luis Suárez all also played for their countries that day.
1983 - Ex-red Ray Clemence played his 61st and final international game in England’s 4-0 European Championships qualifying win in Luxembourg. Sammy Lee and future red John Barnes both also played.
1977 - John Toshack won his final cap as a reds player, and 34th to date, as Wales won 1-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Czechoslovakia. Joey Jones was also in the side.
2007 - Nicolas Anelka played his final game for France while with Bolton Wanderers as France were held 2-2 by Morocco in a friendly.
1997 - Brad Friedel won his 53rd cap for the USA, his final one while with Columbus Crew, as they beat El Salvador 5-2 in a World Cup qualifier in Foxboro.
1999 – Future red Pepe Reina played for Spain Under-17’s for the second and last time in their 1-0 defeat by Mexico in the World Championship Finals in New Zealand.
2004 - Scott Carson won his eighth and final England Under-21’s cap as a Leeds United player as they lost a friendly 1-0 in Spain, with future red Glen Johnson dismissed while skippering the side and fellow future reds Stewart Downing and James Milner also in action. On the same day, future red Robbie Keane was on the scoresheet as the Republic of Ireland beat Croatia 1-0 in a friendly, with Steve Finnan also playing. Meanwhile, Harry Kewell faced John Arne Riise in a friendly at Craven Cottage and future red Alberto Aquilani featured as Italy Under-21’s beat Bulgaria 2-0 in Sofiua.
2019 – Harry Wilson scored as Wales won a European Championships qualifier 2-0 in Azerbaijan. Virgil van Dijk and ex-red Ryan Babel both played as the Netherlands drew a qualifier 0-0 in Northern Ireland, with Steve Clarke leading Scotland to a 2-1 defeat in Cyprus.
Emile at the double
1995 - Leicester City’s Emile Heskey grabbed both goals as England Under-18’s beat Latvia 2-0 in a European Championships qualifier at Wycombe’s Causeway Stadium.
Off the mark
1983 - Mark Lawrenson nabbed a brace, his first international goals as a reds player, as the Republic of Ireland thrashed Malta 8-0 in a European Championships qualifier at Dalymount Park. Ex-red Kevin Sheedy netted his first Irish goal in the same game. Kenny Dalglish, Ian Rush, future red John Wark and ex-reds Frank McGarvey and Joey Jones also played in qualifiers on the same day.
1977 - Kevin Keegan grabbed his first goal following his switch to Hamburger SV. England beat Italy 2-0 in a World Cup qualifier at Wembley, with Emlyn Hughes captaining a side that also included Ray Clemence and Phil Neal.
1938 – We were held to a 2-2 draw by Everton in a Lancashire Senior Cup Second Round tie at Anfield, with E. Patterson netting as we also benefited from an own goal.
Harry off to Germany
2005 - Harry Kewell played in Australia’s 1-0 defeat of Uruguay in Sydney, the second leg of their World Cup Play-off. With the scores level on aggregate, the Aussies won through 4-2 on penalties, with Kewell converting his spot-kick. Ex-reds Milan Baroš and Vladimír Šmicer were also smiling as the Czech Republic beat Norway 1-0 in Prague to qualify 2-0 on aggregate. John Arne Riise won his fiftieth cap for the losing side. Xabi Alonso, Arnaud Bühler, Fernando Morientes and future reds Philipp Degen, Raul Meireles, Martin Škrtel and Fernando Torres also played in play-offs that day, while Jerzy Dudek and future reds Sotirios Kyrgiakos and Kolo Touré were in friendly action. Meanwhile, Craig Bellamy won his first cap as a Blackburn Rovers player as Wales lost a friendly 1-0 in Cyprus under the guidance of John Toshack.
Young international debutants
2010 – Conor Coady skippered England Under-18’s while winning his first cap at this level as they beat Poland 3-0 in a friendly in Wycombe, with Jack Robinson and future red Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also making their Under-18’s bows. On the same day, Danny Wilson netted on his senior international debut as Scotland beat the Faroe Islands 3-0 in a friendly at Pittodrie. David N’Gog and future red Charlie Adam were also in international action that day.
Milestones in reserve
1981 - Former second-string forward Ian Armstrong was born in Fazakerley. He never made our first team and spent four years with Port Vale whom he joined from us in June 2001.
1996 - Winger John Jeffers joined Stockport County from Port Vale on a free transfer. He had also failed to make the break-through at Anfield.
More internationals in action
1932 – Future red Ernie Blenkinsop played for England in their goalless British International Championships meeting with Wales in Wrexham.
1966 – Roger Hunt appeared in England’s 5-1 European Championships qualifying thumping of Wales at Wembley.
1982 – Future reds John Barnes, Steve McMahon, Barry Venison and Paul Walsh all featured for England Under-21’s in their 1-0 defeat in Greece in a European Championships qualifier.
2015 – Future red Dominic Solanke played as England Under-21’s beat Switzerland 3-1 in Brighton.