By Nathan Explosion
Club record signing
2018 – Dutch centre-half Virgil van Dijk signed from Southampton for a club record £75m. He has so far struck thirteen times in 130 reds games, helping us to keep 53 clean sheets while claiming the Premier League title, UEFA Champions League, FIFA Club World Cup and UEFA Super Cup. On the same day, Estonian centre-half Ragnar Klavan headed in his second and last goal for the club to secure a last-minute 2-1 victory at Burnley. Sadio Mané opened the scoring after an hour before Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson equalised late on.
2020 – Japanese forward Takumi Minamino signed from Red Bull Salzburg for £7.25m, so far netting four times in 29 games, claiming a Premier League title winner’s medal in his first season.
2012 - Gary Ablett died, aged just 46. He signed on at Anfield as a professional in November 1983, going on to make 147 reds appearances, scoring just once – in only his second game. He helped us to two League titles, FA Cup and FA Charity Shield before being sold to Everton by Graeme Souness for £750,000 in January 1992, with whom he won a second FA Cup. He returned to the club in the summer of 2006 to take over as Reserve Team Manager, leading them to the national title in his second season, although he left at the end of the following campaign.
1992 - Ablett played his 147th and final reds game as goals from Ray Houghton and Dean Saunders resulted in a 2-1 League defeat of Sheffield United at Anfield, after Brian Deane had struck one of his eight goals against the reds.
1983 - Ian Rush bagged a treble as we beat Notts County 5-1 at Anfield, with Kenny Dalglish netting a brace and Phil Neal missing a penalty. John Fashanu struck the first of his six goals past us.
1994 - Rushie was on target as we won 2-1 at Ipswich Town, completing his record of scoring for us in each of the six New Year’s Day matches in which he played. Neil Ruddock nabbed the other goal to complete our first away League win since August.
1993 - Right-back Jon Flanagan was born in Liverpool. He struck once in 51 senior reds games since making his debut in a 3-0 home victory over Manchester City in April 2011. He joined Rangers in June 2018 after being released by the reds earlier that month.
1955 – Chief Executive Officer Peter Moore was born in Liverpool, taking on the role in June 2017.
2001 – Left-back Yasser Larouci was born in El Oued in Algeria. He arrived from Le Havre in July 2017 as a winger, so far playing two senior reds games. On the same day, midfielder Elijah Dixon-Bonner was born in Harlow. He made his only appearance to date in our FA Cup Fourth Round replay against Shrewsbury Town in February 2020.
More red trebles galore
1909 - Joe Hewitt bagged a treble against his former club as we won 4-1 at Sunderland with Arthur Goddard also scoring. Billy Hogg struck one of his five goals against the reds, with Sam Hardy also saving one of his spot-kicks.
We have also twice beaten the Wearsiders 2-0 on New Year’s Day.
1949 - Billy Liddell converted from the spot at Roker Park to add to a Fred Hall own goal.
1977 - Ray Kennedy and Phil Thompson both headed in goals at Anfield as Emlyn Hughes played his 400th League game for the reds. On the same day, Glenn Hysén played for Sweden Under-18’s in their 2-1 friendly defeat by Romania in Israel.
1910 - Jack Parkinson scored three, including a penalty, as we thumped Woolwich Arsenal 5-1 at Anfield, with Sam Bowyer adding a brace. David Neave netted the last of his four goals past us.
1894 - We also beat the Gunners at home in our first ever New Year’s Day fixture, with Jim McBride and Malcolm McVean netting in our 2-0 win.
1940 - Berry Nieuwenhuys scored a hat-trick as we thumped Crewe Alexandra 7-3 in a Wartime League game at Anfield. Billy Liddell struck in his first competitive game for the reds with G. Leadbetter, Matt Busby and Len Carney also on target that day.
1917 - Thomas Bennett bagged a treble as we beat Leeds City 4-0 in a testimonial for Mrs. Cameron at Elland Road, with Harry Lewis grabbing the other goal.
Debuting between the sticks
1913 - Elisha Scott became our youngest ever goalkeeper at just eighteen years 131 days, keeping a clean sheet as we emerged from Newcastle United with honours even.
1896 - Harry Storer made his reds bow as we beat Manchester City 3-1 at Anfield. Jimmy Ross bagged a brace, with Malcolm McVean also on target.
Luis up to a score scores
2014 - Luis Suárez became the quickest player ever to reach twenty Premier League goals in a season, taking just fifteen games to do so as he converted a second-half free-kick. We beat Hull City 2-0 at Anfield with Daniel Agger heading in from a corner before the break.
1927 - Right-back Bob Done and left-winger George Pither both debuted as we lost 2-1 at Bolton Wanderers, with Dick Edmed nabbing our consolation and Fred Baron playing his twentieth and final reds game. John Smith netted two of his seven goals against the reds.
1920 - Right-half Jock McNab made his reds bow as Manchester United held us to a goalless draw at Anfield.
We have faced the Mancs on two further occasions on New Year’s Day
1966 – We won 2-1 at Anfield with Tommy Smith and Gordon Milne netting, after Denis Law had given the visitors an early lead with one of his six strikes past us.
1989 - John Barnes struck our consolation as we lost 3-1 at Old Trafford. Mark Hughes bagged one of his nine strikes past us, with Brian McClair and Russell Beardsmore also on target.
Twice against the Foxes
2015 – Steven Gerrard converted two first-half penalties, with the first wrongly awarded and the second being the reds’ hundredth successful conversion in the Premier League, as we became the first club to reach this milestone. However, David Nugent and Jeff Schlupp both struck after the break as the game ended 2-2.
1974 – We were held to a 1-1 draw at Anfield by Leicester City. Peter Cormack struck with Keith Weller nabbing one of his six goals past us.
Up against the Trotters
2011 – We secured a last-minute 2-1 victory over Bolton Wanderers in front of 35,400, the lowest League attendance at Anfield since Portsmouth visited on a Tuesday evening in December 2004. Kevin Davies headed the visitors in front with the last of his four goals against us, but Fernando Torres equalised early in the second half, with Joe Cole grabbing a dramatic late winner.
2007 - We won 3-0 at Anfield, thanks to a fantastic scissor-kick volley from Peter Crouch and strikes from Steven Gerrard and Dirk Kuyt, with all the goals coming in the second half. Dirk’s goal was our 900th in the Premier League.
We have faced Bolton twice more on this day in history.
1907 - We lost 3-0 at Burnden Park.
2002 - We were held to a draw at Anfield with scouser Kevin Nolan cancelling out Steven Gerrard’s opener, which was our 150th goal in League encounters with Bolton.
Up against the Blues
We have entertained Chelsea three times on this day in history.
2005 - They completed their second League double over the reds, and first since 1919, when another deflected Joe Cole goal handed them victory at Anfield.
1924 - Danny Shone, Jimmy Walsh and Joe Keetley struck as we won 3-1. This was Keetley’s second and final reds goal.
1938 - John Shafto and Willie Fagan netted as we drew 2-2. Harry Burgess struck one of his nine goals against the reds, with Wilf Chitty also scoring.
1997 - We also visited Stamford Bridge, with Roberto Di Matteo grabbing the only goal of the game.
1906 - We beat Stoke 3-1 at Anfield, having to start the match with just ten men as left-back Billy Dunlop arrived late. The team played in white as the visitors had turned up in red jerseys.
Not a ‘sir’ just yet
2000 - ‘Sir’ Roger Hunt was finally awarded an MBE for his services in the 1966 World Cup, one of the final five World Cup winners to receive this honour.
1983 - Ex-reds centre-forward John Toshack received the same honour.
1975 – Reds legend Ian Callaghan was also awarded an MBE.
Double treble trouble
1934 - Jimmy Richardson and Sam Weaver both scored hat-tricks for Newcastle United as they thumped us 9-2 at St. James’ Park. The score was 2-2 at half-time, with Harold Taylor netting for the reds, to add to an Alec Betton own goal. Tommy Lang struck the last of his four goals past us, with Jimmy Boyd and Ron Williams also scoring for the home side.
2003 - A Laurent Robert free-kick deflected off Milan Baroš past Chris Kirkland as the Geordies won 1-0 on a sodden pitch. Salif Diao was sent off shortly after an hour for a wild challenge, while Grégory Vignal made his twentieth and final reds appearance as a late substitute.
A rare defeat
1972 - Leeds United beat us 2-0, one of just eleven home League defeats we suffered during the whole of the 1970’s. Allan Clarke and Mick Jones each bagged one of their seven strikes past us.
1955 - Assistant Chief Scout Mike McGlynn was born in Liverpool. He was a senior coach with the FA for 20 years before becoming northern scout for West Ham United. He was initially in a part-time role for the reds before joining full time in 2007.
1883 – Welsh international half-back George Latham was born in Newtown. He joined the reds as an amateur in December 1902, signing on professionally the following year. He played nineteen reds games without scoring.
1870 - Forward James Stott was born in Middlesbrough. He was only at Anfield for one season after signing from his hometown club in August 1893, netting fourteen times in seventeen games as we won the Second Division title in our first League season.
1986 - Ian Rush ended a barren spell of eight games without a goal to draw us level at Sheffield Wednesday, before Martin Hodge saved a Jan Mølby spot-kick. Paul Walsh scored with his first touch from off the bench, but we were eventually held 2-2.
Beating the Blues
We have twice won wartime derby matches on this day in history.
1918 - Forward Thomas Bennett scored in his third consecutive game as we won 4-1 at Anfield, with Harry Lewis netting a brace and Jack Waine also on target.
1919 - We won 2-1 at Goodison Park thanks to goals from Harry Lewis and Arthur Metcalf.
In and out
1949 – Half-back Jack Heydon signed on a free transfer from Everton, playing 67 times before moving to Millwall in May 1953.
2006 - John Welsh signed for Hull City in a swap deal for winger Paul Anderson. Welsh had played ten senior games for the reds, while Anderson made it onto the first-team bench just twice, both in Champions League matches. He signed for League One Nottingham Forest in June 2009, having spent the previous campaign on loan with them.
2011 – Reserves keeper Charles Itandje officially signed for Greek Super League side P.A.E. A.P.S. Atromitos Athens after dramatically falling out of favour at Anfield.
2013 – Ex-reserves forward Jon Newby was sacked as Manager of Colwyn Bay, having been in charge since November 2011.
2014 - Djibril Cissé signed for Bastia, scoring twice in eleven outings during the rest of his first campaign in Corsica.
2015 – Forward Jack Dunn, centre-half Lloyd Jones and midfielder Kevin Stewart all joined Cheltenham Town on loan, making a total of fifteen appearances between them.
2008 - Club Secretary Sheila Walsh died of cancer. Those who paid tribute to her included boss Rafael Benítez, who said, “Sheila worked as a Secretary to seven different managers at Liverpool Football Club during her 26 years with us. I was privileged to work with her during these last four years. During my time as the manager here I found Sheila to be professional, committed, warm, friendly and above all courageous in the face of her suffering.”
1901 – Romany right-half Rab Howell played his 67th and last reds game in our 3-1 home victory over Stoke. Jack Cox, Andy McGuigan and Tommy Robertson all netted, with Robertson also missing a penalty.
Uncle Joe’s debut
1946 - Joe Fagan made his debut for Manchester City in a 4-0 defeat of Fulham at Maine Road. He made 168 appearances for them over the next four years, skippering the side for the last three seasons.
Happy birthday Gini
1990 – Dutch midfielder Gini Wijnaldum was born in Rotterdam. He moved to Anfield for an initial £23m in July 2016, so far notching nineteen times in 199 games and helping us to claim the Premier League, UEFA Champions League and UEFA Super Cup. Future red Jari Litmanen played for Finland on the same day as they won a friendly 2-1 in Tunisia.
In comes Tosh
1970 - John Toshack signed from his hometown club Cardiff City for a club record £110,000. He scored 96 goals in 247 reds appearances, helping us to three League titles, two UEFA Cups, the FA Cup and FA Charity Shield before returning to Wales to join Swansea City as Player/Manager in February 1978.
1905 - Forward Joe Hewitt scored his first of his five reds hat-tricks as we won 5-1 at Middlesbrough, our biggest ever win on Teesside. Inside-forward John Carlin added a brace. Joe’s brother Charlie, who later joined the reds, struck for the home side.
Double century for Kenny
1980 – Kenny Dalglish played his 200th reds game as we beat Coventry City 2-1 in a League fixture at Anfield, thanks to a David Johnson brace.
SteG still a red
2003 - Steven Gerrard signed a new contract to keep him at Anfield until 2007. He remained a red, until May 2015, scoring 186 times in total in 710 outings and helping us to claim the European Cup, UEFA Cup, two FA Cups, two UEFA Super Cups and three League Cups as well as winning the PFA and Football Writers’ Player of the Year awards once apiece.
2012 – We drew 1-1 at Chelsea, with John Terry nodding the home side in front in the first half, before Luis Suárez equalised after the break.
2018 – We beat Fulham 2-0 at Anfield with Mohamed Salah and Xherdan Shaqiri netting either side of half time.
England reds on target
1987 - John Barnes and Peter Beardsley both scored in England’s 4-1 European Championships qualifying win in Yugoslavia. Gary Gillespie, Steve Nicol, future reds coach Steve Clarke and ex-red Ian Rush all also featured in qualifiers on the same day.
Mixed fortunes against Rangers
We have twice faced Queens Park Rangers in First Division matches at Loftus Road on this day in history.
1978 - We won 3-1 thanks to Steve Heighway’s 76th and last reds strike, his fiftieth in the League, and goals from Ray Kennedy and David Johnson after Peter Eastoe had put the home side in front with one of his four goals past us.
1989 - We lost 3-2 with John Barnes netting a brace for the reds, including one from the spot. Paul Wright struck twice, including one from the spot, with Mark Falco also on target for the R’s.
Birth and death
1955 - Winger Jack Cox died of a heart attack in Walton-on-Thames in Surrey. He signed from Blackpool for £150 in December 1897 and struck eighty times in 361 reds games, helping us to two League titles and the Second Division championship in his nine years at Anfield. He returned to the Seasiders to take over as Player/Manager in May 1909.
1996 – Winger Ryan Kent was born in Oldham. He made just one senior reds appearance, in our FA Cup Third Round trip to Exeter City in January 2016. He was sold to Rangers for £7m last September after a successful season on loan.
Disappointment against the Cockerels
We twice played Tottenham Hotspur in the top flight on this day in the early part of the last century, without scoring a goal.
1911 - We were beaten 2-0 at White Hart Lane, with keeper Sam Hardy playing his 200th League game for the reds. Billy Minter netted one of his five goals against the reds, with Bert Middlemiss also scoring.
1922 - We were held to a goalless draw at Anfield.
Mixed fortunes against the Mancs
We have twice lost to Manchester United on this day in history.
1967 - We went down 2-1 at Anfield with Roger Hunt grabbing our consolation. George Best struck two of his seven goals past us.
1972 - We lost another top-flight meeting 2-0 at Old Trafford, with Wyn Davies and ex-red Ted MacDougall on target.
1944 - However, future reds boss Don Welsh scored a hat-trick as we beat United 5-2 in a Wartime League game at Maine Road, with Willie Fagan and Billy Liddell also netting.
Quasi on the move
1998 - Peter Beardsley signed for Fulham from Bolton Wanderers on a free transfer, following two loan spells at Craven Cottage that year. He racked up a total of 28 appearances for them, scoring seven times.
Brucie in charge
2004 - Bruce Grobbelaar was appointed Manager of South African side Umtata Bush Bucks. He only spent four months there before resigning.
Beating the Irish
1895 - The reds thumped an Irish Internationals side 5-1 at Anfield. Frank Becton bagged a brace with Thomas ‘Tiny’ Bradshaw, Fred Geary and Jimmy Ross all also on the scoresheet.
First and last caps
1970 – Future red Peter Cormack won his first cap as a Nottingham Forest player as Scotland beat Denmark 1-0 in a European Championships qualifier at Hampden Park. Ray Clemence and Larry Lloyd both played for England Under-23’s on the same day in their 2-0 friendly defeat of Sweden in Hull.
1997 - Dean Saunders won his last cap as a Nottingham Forest player, his 61st in total, as Wales lost 3-0 to Brazil in a friendly in Brasilia. Future reds loanee keeper Paul Jones also featured.
1999 – Future reds keeper Pepe Reina debuted for Spain Under-17’s as they drew 1-1 with Ghana in the World Championship Finals in New Zealand.
2001 - Nicolas Anelka won his 27th cap, coming off the bench in France’s 1-1 draw with Australia in Melbourne, his final appearance while with Paris St. Germain. Meanwhile, future reds Glen Johnson and Gary O’Neil both played for England Under-19’s as they beat Hungary 3-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Barnsley.
2011 – Harry Kewell played for Australia for the first time while with Melbourne Victory, skippering them as they lost a World Cup qualifier 1-0 in Oman, with Alberto Aquilani winning his last cap while on loan at AC Milan as Italy beat Poland 2-0 in Wroclaw, with future red Mario Balotelli notching his first senior international goal. On the same day, Krisztián Németh won his only cap as a MTK Hungária player as Hungary thumped Liechtenstein 5-0 in a friendly in Budapest, while Ryan Babel played his first international while with TSG 1899 Hoffenheim as the Netherlands were held to a goalless draw in a friendly in Amsterdam. Daniel Agger, Dirk Kuyt, future reds Ádám Bogdán and Xherdan Shaqiri, and ex-reds Alou Diarra, Javier Mascherano, Raul Meireles and Christian Poulsen all also featured in internationals that day.
2017 – Elijah Dixon-Bonner debuted for England Under-17’s as Curtis Jones captained them in a 2-1 friendly defeat of Russia in Burton, with Bobby Duncan also featuring. Future red Thiago and ex-reds Luis Alberto and Iago Aspas also played for their countries, with Alberto making his senior international bow as Spain thumped Costa Rica 5-0 in Málaga.
1986 – Future red Nigel Clough played for England Under-21’s in their 1-1 European Championships qualifying draw with Yugoslavia in Peterborough.
1992 – Ronnie Rosenthal featured as Israel lost a World Cup qualifier 3-1 to Sweden in Tel-Aviv.
2009 – Chris Mavinga played as France Under-19’s beat Poland 1-0 in the Limoges Tournament.
Internationals on target
2016 – Adam Lallana and Daniel Sturridge both netted as England beat Scotland 3-0 in a World Cup qualifier at Wembley, with ex-red Martin Škrtel scoring while captaining Slovakia to a 4-0 defeat of Lithuania in Trnava. Jordan Henderson and ex-red Raheem Sterling both also played that day.
2011 – Luis Suárez bagged all four goals as Uruguay beat Chile 4-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Montevideo. On the same day, ex-red Robbie Keane netted a brace, including one from the spot, as the Republic of Ireland thumped Estonia 4-0 in a European Championships qualifying play-off in Tallinn, with future red Ragnar Klavan on the losing side.
2015 – Klavan skippered Estonia as they beat Georgia 3-0 in a friendly in Tallinn.
2005 - Anthony Le Tallec scored for France Under-21’s past Scott Carson in a 1-1 draw with England in the first leg of their European Championships play-off at White Hart Lane, with future red James Milner also featuring. A crowd of 34,494 were at the game, a then record for an England international at this level.
Steven on the move
2005 - Former reserves forward Steven Gillespie rejoined Cheltenham Town on loan from Bristol City. He eventually signed for them permanently in January 2006 and grabbed 28 goals in 83 games for them before moving on to Colchester United in July 2008 for £400,000.
2016 – Academy Manager Alex Inglethorpe signed a new contract, having been in that role since moving up from Reserve Team Head Coach in 2014.
Transfer deadline day drama
2011 – We broke our record transfer twice in the same day, first when Luis Suárez arrived from Ajax for a fee of £22.8m. We then signed Andy Carroll for a British record £35m, with Fernando Torres then joining Chelsea for £50m, another British record.
On the same day, left-back Paul Konchesky joined Nottingham Forest on loan while young midfielder Conor Thomas arrived from Coventry City on a temporary basis, although the move was not made permanent. Meanwhile, El-Hadji Diouf joined Rangers on loan from Blackburn Rovers and Daniel Sturridge joined Bolton Wanderers from Chelsea until the end of the season.
In comes Al
2007 - Álvaro Arbeloa signed from Real Club Deportivo de La Coruña for £2.64m. He struck twice in 98 senior outings, playing right across the back four and impressing with his solid performances before moving to Real Madrid for £3.5m in July 2009. Meanwhile, Javier Mascherano signed on loan from West Ham United in a deal that was still to be approved by the Premier League. He netted twice in 139 outings in total, signing on permanently for £18.6m in February 2008. He left for Barcelona in a €22m in August 2010.
Also on the same day, young Spanish midfielder Francis Durán signed from Málaga for a compensation fee, while Uruguayan centre-back Ronald Huth arrived from Tacuary. Neither made the break-through at Anfield and have since moved on.
1976 - John Toshack bagged a genuine hat-trick of right-foot and left-foot shots and then a header as we thumped West Ham United 4-0 at Upton Park. Kevin Keegan netted our other goal late on.
2015 – We beat the Hammers 2-0 at Anfield, thanks to second-half strikes by Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge.
1959 - Terry Bleasdale scored an amazing eighteen goals as Liverpool Youth beat Pilkington Amateurs 19-0 in the Liverpool County F.A. Minor Cup 1st Round at Melwood.
2017 – Centre-half Dejan Lovren reached a century of reds games as we were held to a 1-1 draw at Anfield by Chelsea, with Simon Mignolet saving a Diego Costa penalty. David Luiz gave the visitors the lead with an opportunistic free-kick, with Gini Wijnaldum heading in after the break.
We have twice won 2-0 at Aston Villa on this day over the years.
1988 - The first occasion was in a live televised Fourth Round FA Cup tie on our way to the Final when John Barnes and Peter Beardsley scored, with Bruce Grobbelaar recalled in goal following an injury that had seen Mike Hooper fill in for the previous four fixtures, as we secured a club record ninth consecutive clean sheet.
1996 - Stan Collymore and Robbie Fowler gave us a Premiership victory in a game postponed from Boxing Day.
Death of Sir John
1995 - Former Chairman Sir John Smith died of cancer in Gayton. He had overseen eleven League titles and four European Cups amongst our many honours during his seventeen years in charge of the club.
No change of ownership
2007 - DIC abandoned their proposed £450m takeover of the club, after David Moores decided to reconsider his options in the light of a revised bid from George Gillett.
2012 - Craig Bellamy bagged his eighteenth and final reds goal after Andy Carroll had given us the lead at Wolverhampton Wanderers. Dirk Kuyt then scored his fiftieth Premiership goal, our 500th League goal under Kenny Dalglish’s management to complete a 3-0 victory.
2002 - Abel Xavier made the short trip across Stanley Park for £800,000. He netted twice in 21 reds games, of which we only lost three, including on his debut in a 6-0 thumping of Ipswich Town at Portman Road.
2012 – Midfielder João Teixeira signed from Sporting Clube de Portugal for £830,000. He netted once in eight senior outings before moving on to Porto in July 2016.
2004 - A very entertaining Anfield derby somehow ended goalless with Jerzy Dudek and especially Nigel Martyn pulling off a string of fine stops.
Clem’s League start
1970 - Ray Clemence made the first of his 470 League appearances for the reds as we lost 1-0 at Nottingham Forest.
Off on loan
2006 - Florent Sinama-Pongolle joined Blackburn Rovers on loan, bagging just one goal in ten outings. He had only netted nine times in 66 reds games, although two thirds of these appearances came from off the bench. On the same day, reserves defender David Raven moved to Tranmere Rovers until the end of the season, after having only made four senior appearances for the reds.
2013 - Dani Pacheco joined S.D. Huesca on loan, netting five times in nineteen games. On the same day, ex-reds midfielder Alou Diarra joined Stade Rennais from West Ham United on a temporary basis, playing twelve times.
2014 – Reserves forward Michael Ngoo moved to Walsall on loan, netting once in fourteen outings.
2017 – Forward Jack Dunn joined Tranmere Rovers on loan, while ex-reds winger Sergi Canós left Norwich City to sign for Brentford and forward Jerome Sinclair joined Birmingham City on loan from Watford.
2019 – Canadian forward Liam Millar joined Kilmarnock on loan for the first time, netting once in fourteen outings. On the same day, midfielder Matty Virtue was sold to Blackpool, nabbing three goals in thirteen games before the end of the season. Ex-red Peter Crouch joined Burnley from Stoke City in a swap deal with Sam Vokes, failing to score in six appearances before retiring in the summer. Meanwhile, forward Jerome Sinclair joined Oxford United on loan from Watford, midfielder Jordan Rossiter made a temporary switch from Bury to Rangers, while centre-half Lloyd Jones re-joined Plymouth Argyle on loan from Luton Town.
2005 - Craig Bellamy joined Celtic from Newcastle United on a temporary basis, after 43 goals in 128 outings for the Geordies. He struck nine goals in fifteen games for the Bhoys, helping them to claim the Scottish FA Cup. On the same day, Jermaine Pennant joined Birmingham City on loan from Arsenal. He played twelve times in this spell before signing permanently the following July.
1997 - Lee Jones joined Wrexham for a third loan spell, making six first-team appearances this time around.
1981 - Leicester City won 2-1 at Anfield, becoming the first side to complete a League double over us for six seasons, with our score coming from an Alan Young own goal. This was our first home defeat for three years, after 85 games without being beaten.
A good cup day
We have won all five of our FA Cup ties on this day over the years, conceding just once.
1990 - The most recent game saw us beat Norwich City 3-1 in a Fourth Round replay at Anfield. Steve Nicol and John Barnes scored, with Peter Beardsley adding a penalty. We made it as far as the Semi-final that season before losing out to Crystal Palace.
Up against ten
1993 - Nigel Winterburn was sent off for Arsenal as we won 1-0 at Highbury, the first dismissal for an opposing team against us in the newly renamed Premier League. John Barnes converted a penalty, while David James saved a Paul Merson spot-kick.
On our way to Wembley
1914 - We defeated non-League Gillingham 2-0 at Anfield, with centre-half Bob Ferguson bagging his second and final reds goal. Billy Lacey also struck as we reached the FA Cup Third Round. We made it to the Final for the first time that year, but sadly lost out to Burnley.
1934 – Winger Joe Dickson was born in Liverpool. He bagged four goals in six reds games after signing pro terms in June 1952.
2000 - Tranmere Rovers boss John Aldridge was named the Liverpool Echo’s Sports Personality Of The Year.
2002 - El-Hadji Diouf was named BBC African Player Of The Year, voted for by visitors to BBC Sport Online and listeners to the World Service’s Fast Track programme.
2013 – Second choice keeper Alexander Doni joined Botafogo on a free transfer, having not even made it to the bench that season after four first-team outings and 46 stints as an unused substitute in the previous campaign, having arrived on a free transfer from Roma in July 2011. He had to retire seven months later due to heart problems. On the same day, winger Victor Moses joined Wigan Athletic from Crystal Palace for £2.5m after the Eagles went into administration. He had struck eleven times in 69 games in south London. Also on the move that day was Stephen Warnock, who left Aston Villa for Leeds United on a free transfer after four goals in 104 matches for the Villains. Meanwhile, Mario Balotelli joined AC Milan from Manchester City for an initial £19m after thirty goals in eighty games for the Sky Blues.
2006 - Danny Murphy joined Tottenham Hotspur from Charlton Athletic for a fee of up to £2m, having struck ten times in 64 games for the Addicks. On the same day, former reserves forward Steven Gillespie left Bristol City for Cheltenham Town on a free transfer, after two previous loan spells with the Gloucestershire outfit. He had netted just once in seventeen run-outs for City.
2007 - David Thompson joined Bolton Wanderers from Portsmouth for an undisclosed fee. He had played just fifteen times for Pompey since arriving the previous July, but made just eight appearances for the Trotters before being released at the end of the season.
2008 - Jari Litmanen joined Fulham on transfer deadline day, but failed to make a first-team appearance for them. Lee Peltier joined Yeovil Town permanently, after a successful loan spell, while Besian Idrizaj joined Wacker Innsbruck on loan. Paul Dalglish signed for Hibernian from Livingston, with keeper Tony Warner moving to Barnsley on loan from Fulham.
2012 - Djibril Cissé joined Queens Park Rangers from S.S. Lazio for £4m, after five goals in 27 outings. On the same day, reserves keeper Martin Hansen left Anfield for Viborg on a free transfer. Meanwhile, Sotirios Kyrgiakos joined Sunderland on loan from VfL Wolfsburg.
2014 – Centre-half Jack Hobbs signed for Nottingham Forest from Hull City after a successful loan spell. Ex-reserves defender Gareth Roberts signed for Notts County having been released by Bury two weeks before. Tom Ince joined Crystal Palace on loan from Hull City, netting once in eight outings.
2018 – Centre-half Lloyd Jones left the club to sign for Luton Town, with midfielder Ovie Ejaria joining Sunderland on loan.
2020 - Lloyd Jones was on the move again, this time to Northampton Town from the Hatters on a temporary basis.
2000 - AS Monaco’s John Arne Riise made his international debut as he played in Norway’s goalless Nordic Cup draw in Iceland. Rigobert Song played in the Africa Cup of Nations Finals on the same day as Cameroon lost a group game 1-0 to Togo in Ghana.
2017 – Future red Ki-Jana Hoever won his first cap for the Dutch Under-15’s in their 5-1 friendly defeat of the Republic of Ireland.
1998 – Future red Titi Camara played for Guinea as they lost a friendly 4-1 in Tunisia.
2002 – Future reds Salif Diao and El-Hadji Diouf both featured in Senegal’s goalless Africa Cup of Nations group encounter with Tunisia in Mali.
2006 – Ex-red Diouf played in a 2-1 defeat by Nigeria in another group game in Egypt.
Former strikers break out their passports
2005 - Nicolas Anelka joined Fenerbahçe SK from Manchester City for £7m. He struck fourteen times in 39 games for them before returning to England to join Bolton Wanderers in August 2006. Also on the move was ex-red Titi Camara who joined Ligue 2 side Amiens after two years in the Middle East. He bagged six goals in thirteen League games in his first season back in France.
Wright in the wrong
2006 - Mark Wright was sacked as Manager of Peterborough United for gross misconduct, after failing to appear before the board. It is alleged that he made a racist comment to one of his staff, although he always denied the charge.
Youngsters in action
2009 – Emiliano Insúa skippered Argentina as they drew 1-1 with Ronald Huth’s Paraguay in the final phase of the Sudamericano Sub-20 “Juventud de América” tournament in Venezuela, with both players being cautioned.
By Nathan Explosion
2007 - We thumped Portsmouth 4-1 in a Premiership fixture at Anfield to end their six-game winning streak away from home. We took the lead through Yossi Benayoun and a Sylvain Distain own goal before Benjani pulled one back shortly after the break, one of his four goals past us. Fernando Torres then added a brace to make the points safe. This was our 300th home Premier League game, and Pompey’s 500th top-flight defeat.
2012 – We beat Fulham 4-0 in L4 as Stewart Downing finally provided his first League goal and assist for the reds. Martin Škrtel and Steven Gerrard netted in the first half, with Downing and Luis Suárez on target after the break.
2017 – We shared six goals with Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium. Philippe Coutinho headed the reds into a half-time lead, with Mohamed Salah extending this after the break as we dominated the match. However, Alexis Sánchez, Granit Xhaka and Mesut Özil all struck in a five-minute spell to put the Gunners in front. Roberto Firmino then scored to secure a share of the spoils.
2002 - We were held to a goalless draw in the Anfield derby to end a run of four consecutive League defeats. The Blues’ pre-match boasts that “Rooney’s gonna get ya” did not bear fruit, while Steven Gerrard was lucky to escape a red card for his two-footed challenge on Gary Naysmith. Sami Hyypiä skippered the reds for the 88th time in the Premiership, a new club record.
1926 - Full-back Steve Parr was born in Preston. He made twenty appearances without notching after signing on a free transfer from Farrington Villa in May 1948. Seven years later, he joined Exeter City, and ended his playing career with Rochdale.
1975 – Midfielder Ian Frodsham was born in Liverpool. He joined as an Under-11, turning professional when he was seventeen but died from a spinal tumour in January 1995, aged just nineteen. An indoor arena at the Academy in Kirkby was named in his honour, as well as an award for the young player of the year.
A few empty seats
1983 - We played in front of the lowest Anfield crowd of the season of just 11,638 as we beat Birmingham City 3-0 in a League Cup Fourth Round replay, on our way to retaining the trophy yet again. Steve Nicol put us ahead, before Ian Rush bagged a second-half brace, including his first reds penalty. The players then rushed off and got changed into fancy dress on the team bus to go to their Christmas party at Tommy Smith’s club!
Seeing off the Mancs
1973 - We beat Manchester United 2-0 at Anfield thanks to a penalty from Kevin Keegan and then a goal from Steve Heighway.
1928 - We beat their neighbours City 3-2 at Maine Road, courtesy of a brace from Gordon Hodgson and a Henry Race strike. Tommy Johnson bagged one of his eight goals against the reds, with Arthur Bacon also on target.
1970 - We beat Hibernian 2-0 at Anfield in the second leg of our Fairs Cup Third Round tie, to progress to a Quarter Final meeting with Bayern München 3-0 on aggregate. Steve Heighway and Phil Boersma netted the goals.
Apart from at Maine Road, we have won two other away games on this day in history.
1934 - Vic Wright struck a brace as we beat Sunderland at Roker Park, with Alf Hanson also on target as we came back from 2-1 down at half time to win 3-2. Pat Gallacher struck one of his six goals against the reds, with James Connor netting the last of his five past us.
1979 - We beat Derby County 3-1 at the Baseball Ground, with our opening score coming from a Roger Davies own goal before Terry McDermott converted a spot-kick, with David Johnson completing the scoring. Davies had struck the opener for the home side with a first-minute penalty, the first of his five goals against the reds.
More Anfield wins
We have won three more home games on this day.
1956 - Billy Liddell, with a penalty, and Jimmy Melia netted as we beat Bury 2-0 in our Second Division encounter.
1962 - Kevin Lewis, Ian St. John and Ronnie Moran all struck as Blackburn Rovers lost 3-1 as we secured a seventh straight top-flight victory for the first time in more than half a century.
1990 - Ronnie Rosenthal nabbed a brace with Ray Houghton also on target while making his hundredth League appearance for the reds as we beat Southampton 3-2. Ex-red Jimmy Case and future red Neil Ruddock both featured for the visitors, for whom Rod Wallace struck the final two of his five goals against us.
Scandinavians off on loan
1995 - Jan Mølby joined Norwich City on loan. He played five times for the Canaries, netting once.
1999 - Frode Kippe signed temporarily for Stoke City. He played twenty times in four months at the Britannia Stadium, and returned the following year for a further loan spell.
1923 - Joe Keetley made the first of his nine senior reds appearances as we lost 2-0 at Cardiff City, exactly seven days after we had been beaten by the same score at Anfield. This was our third straight defeat, and eighth consecutive match without a victory. Len Davies struck two of his seven goals past us.
Death of a red
1999 - Ex-reds left-back Jack MacDonald, who became a 1950’s legend at Tranmere Rovers, died at 78 years of age. He had never made a senior appearance for us.
1981 - We took part in a Special Challenge Match against Rangers to mark the opening of the new Govan Stand at their Ibrox Stadium. Kenny Dalglish and Ronnie Whelan got on the scoresheet to hand us a 2-0 win.
2008 - Steve Staunton was sacked as Assistant Manager of Leeds United, a day after his boss Gary McAllister.
2014 - Sami Hyypiä resigned as Manager of Brighton & Hove Albion, having only led them to six victories in 26 games in charge.
In international action
1993 – Future red Christian Ziege played as Germany shared a goalless friendly in Mexico.
Another derby victory
2008 – A Fernando Torres brace after an hour of our trip to Goodison Park resulted in a 2-0 win, with a third goal harshly ruled out for an alleged foul by Dirk Kuyt. Tim Cahill was sent off late on for a challenge on Xabi Alonso.
2014 – We were held to a 1-1 draw at Anfield as Steven Gerrard scored in the League for the sixteenth consecutive season, a new club record. Phil Jagielka equalised for the visitors with a wonder strike from distance in stoppage time.
Three off in the derby
1999 - Sander Westerveld, Steven Gerrard and Everton’s Francis Jeffers were all sent off in our 1-0 derby defeat at Anfield. Steve Staunton went in goal for the final minutes, keeping a clean sheet and saving from future red Abel Xavier. Kevin Campbell netted the only goal of the game in the fourth minute, one of his four goals against us.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
1920 – A benefit game was staged for inside-right Thomas 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.
God the father again
2002 - Robbie Fowler’s wife Kerrie gave birth to their third daughter, Mackenzie.