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A legend departs
1978 - Ian Callaghan signed for Swansea City on a free transfer. He had helped us to five League titles, two FA Cups, one European Cup, two UEFA Cups, UEFA Super Cup and three FA Charity Shields, as well as winning the Football Writers’ Player of the Year award in 1973/74. He remains the player with the record number of reds appearances, with an amazing 857 outings, during which time he bagged 68 goals.

Into Europe
1964 - Bobby Graham struck on his reds debut in the first European game at Anfield, as we beat Iceland’s Knattspyrnufélag Reykjavíkur 6-1 in our European Cup preliminary round encounter, to progress 11-1 on aggregate. Ian St. John netted a brace with Gerry Byrne, Roger Hunt and Willie Stevenson scoring the other goals, while Alan A’Court was playing his 381st and final reds game. Shanks apparently told Ron Yeats to let the visiting side score once we had gone 7-0 up on aggregate! Gunnar Felixson was the visitors’ goalscorer.

Yet another win
2019 – The reds won a club record fourteenth League game in a row when we beat Newcastle United 3-1 at Anfield. Jetro Willems put the visitors in front early on, but Sadio Mané’s brace gave us a half-time lead. Mohamed Salah completed the scoring after the break.

Other goalscoring debuts
2002 - Milan Baroš netted his first two reds goals on his League debut as we won 3-2 at Bolton Wanderers. Emile Heskey grabbed a late winner to prevent us falling to our fourth consecutive 2-2 draw after Ivan Campo’s late equaliser. Ricardo Gardner had also struck for the home side as we secured our first victory at the Reebok.
1946 - Albert Stubbins scored on his reds bow as we won 3-1, again at Bolton. Berry Nieuwenhuys and Jack Balmer scored the others.
1901 - George Bowen and Bill White made their reds debuts in our 2-2 derby draw at Anfield, with White scoring his only reds goal after just two minutes. Sam Raybould was also on target that day, with Jimmy Settle netting one of his eleven goals against the reds and Jack Sharp also scoring for the Blues.

Anfield trebles
1895 - Inside-right Jimmy Ross scored a hat-trick as we thumped Newcastle United 5-1 in a Second Division encounter. Centre-forward George Allan and defender John Holmes both made their reds debuts, while Frank Becton and Harry Bradshaw added our other goals.
1935 - Centre-forward Fred Howe bagged a treble in our 7-2 top-flight trouncing of Grimsby Town. Gordon Hodgson added a brace with Lance Carr also on the scoresheet for the reds and forward Tosh Johnson bagging his eighth and last reds goal.

Happy birthday Dom
1997 – Forward Dominic Solanke was born in Basingstoke. He signed from Chelsea in July for an undisclosed fee that was later agreed without going to a tribunal, netting just once in six starts and 21 substitute appearances before moving to Bournemouth for £19m in January 2019.

New deal
2009 – The club announced a lucrative new shirt sponsorship deal with Standard Chartered for four years, beginning the following July.

Recent debutants
1985 - Steve McMahon made his reds bow in a 2-2 draw at Oxford United. John Aldridge gave Oxford the lead, before goals from Ian Rush and Craig Johnston put us ahead. However, a last-minute own goal from Alan Kennedy, playing his 359th and final reds game, handed a point to the U’s.

1999 - Djimi Traoré made his reds debut in our 5-1 League Cup Second Round win at Hull City. Erik Meijer netted a brace, his only senior goals while at Anfield, with Danny Murphy nabbing his first two reds goals. Steve Staunton grabbed the other a minute from time.
2000 - Bernard Diomède made his first reds appearance in our first match of that season’s triumphant UEFA Cup campaign, as Nick Barmby bagged his first reds strike, the only goal of the game at Rapid Bucureşti. Christian Ziege made his first start for the club.

Other European adventures
We have three times won other European Cup opening matches on this day.
1976 - Phil Neal converted a dubiously-awarded penalty, with John Toshack also on target as we beat Northern Irish side Crusaders 2-0 at Anfield, our first game of that victorious continental campaign.
1982 - Ronnie Whelan struck a brace as we won 4-1 at Dundalk, with Ian Rush and David Hodgson also netting. The loudest roar of the night came when Leo Flanagan converted a free-kick for the home side after Bruce Grobbelaar was penalised for taking too many steps with the ball. Dundalk were managed by Jim McLaughlin, who was also the reds Irish scout, who had recommended Whelan to Bob Paisley.
1983 - Kenny Dalglish grabbed the only goal of the game in Denmark against OB Odense.

Lauri’s day
1991 – Former reserves forward Lauri Dalla Valle was born in Kontiolahti, Finland. He arrived from Joensuun Iloiset Peli-Pojat for a reported £600,000 in November 2007, signing professional terms with the reds in September 2008. He moved to Fulham in August 2010 after just one brief substitute appearance, as part of the deal that brought left-back Paul Konchesky to Anfield.

A new scout
1999 - It was announced that Alex Miller, then Scotland’s Assistant Manager, had joined the club as a scout, to work alongside Ron Yeats. He later became First Team Coach under Rafael Benítez, but left to manage JEF United Ichihara Chiba in Japan, although he lost his job there in July 2009.

Mixed fortunes
We have twice entertained Blackburn Rovers on this day in history.
1907 - Arthur Goddard nabbed a brace as we won a First Division fixture 2-0.
1940 - Berry Nieuwenhuys was on the scoresheet in a 1-1 Wartime League draw.

We have also twice hosted West Ham United in the top-flight.
1929 - Dick Edmed grabbed a brace and John Lindsay netted his third and final reds goal in a 3-1 victory, with Vic Watson bagging one of his nine goals past us.
1963 - Martin Peters struck the first of his fourteen goals against the reds, with fellow England hero-to-be Geoff Hurst scoring the first of his nine before Ronnie Moran had a penalty saved and then Roger Hunt bagged our consolation. This was the Irons’ most recent Anfield victory, and our third consecutive 2-1 reverse in the League at home, although we went on to claim the title for the first time under Bill Shankly that season.

1938 - We beat Middlesbrough 3-1 at Anfield in a First Division meeting, thanks to a Willie Fagan brace and a goal from Berry Nieuwenhuys. Micky Fenton struck one of his nine goals past us.
1957 - Jimmy Melia and Tony Rowley netted as we drew 2-2 in a Second Division match at Ayresome Park.

Sinama on target
2001 - Future red Florent Sinama-Pongolle scored in France Under-17’s 2-1 defeat by Nigeria in the World Championships in the Dwight Yorke Stadium in Tobago, while Anthony Le Tallec also played. The French won their final two group games to progress, eventually going on to claim the title.

A first for Rushie
1988 - Ian Rush won his first cap in his second spell as a reds player as Wales lost 1-0 in a World Cup qualifier in the Netherlands. Future reds strike partner Dean Saunders also played. John Aldridge, Peter Beardsley, Gary Gillespie, Ray Houghton, Jan Mølby, Steve Nicol, Ronnie Whelan and ex-red Kevin Sheedy all also represented their countries that day.

Fabs at the Olympics
2000 - Future red Fábio Aurélio scored in Brazil’s 3-1 defeat of Slovakia at the Sydney Olympics.

Sometime reds on the move
1995 - Paul Walsh re-joined Portsmouth from Manchester City for £500,000. He scored five times in 22 appearances in his second spell with Pompey.
1997 - Bruce Grobbelaar signed for Oxford United, although he only remained there just over a week.
1989 - Future red Paul Ince joined Manchester United for £1m from West Ham United after twelve goals in 95 outings for the Irons.


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      1933 – Sam English bagged a treble as we defeated the Austrian national side 4-2 at Anfield, with Berry Nieuwenhuys also netting. They were a very fine side at the time, finishing fourth in the World Cup Finals in Italy the following summer.
      Also in international action
      1950 – Billy Liddell played for Scotland as they lost a friendly 1-0 to Austria at Hampden Park.
      1983 – Graeme Souness captained his country with ex-red Frank McGarvey also playing in Scotland’s 2-0 British International Championships win in Northern Ireland.
      1989 – Steve McMahon and future red Michael Thomas played as England beat Yugoslavia 2-1 in a friendly at Wembley.
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      Happy birthdays
      1984 – Danish centre-back Daniel Agger was born in Hvidovre. He joined the reds from Brøndby IF for £5.8m in January 2006, notching fourteen times in 232 games before returning to his old club in Denmark in August 2014 for a reported £3m, having helped us to claim the League Cup in 2012.
      1981 - Stephen Warnock was born in Ormskirk. He played 67 reds games, notching once, before moving to Blackburn Rovers in January 2007 for £1.5m, although he moved on to Aston Villa in August 2009.
      1990 – Winger Victor Moses was born in Lagos, Nigeria. He signed on loan from Chelsea in September 2013, netting twice in 22 outings before returning to his parent club at the end of the season.
      Team of the year
      1978 - We were voted the best team in the world at the International Sports Writers’ Association awards ceremony, with the trophy being presented to Vice Chairman Sidney Reakes. We also pipped the Davis Cup team to the British Team of the Year award at the Cunard Hotel in London.
      Another European win
      2002 - Michael Owen nabbed the only goal of the game at Anfield as we progressed past Vitesse Arnhem in the UEFA Cup Third Round by 2-0 on aggregate.
      Welsh despair
      1925 - Cardiff City won for the third consecutive League season at Anfield, this time by 2-0. Len Davies netted one of his seven strikes against the reds, with Hugh Ferguson also on target.
      Mixed fortunes against Bury
      1896 - We beat Bury 3-1 at Anfield thanks to a George Allan brace and a goal from Malcolm McVean.
      1908 - Joe Hewitt netted as we lost 2-1 at Gigg Lane, with Billy Hibbert scoring two of his thirteen goals against the reds.
      Pompey despair
      We have twice lost at Portsmouth on this day in history.
      1953 - Sammy Smyth grabbed our consolation as we were thumped 5-1. Peter Harris struck a hat-trick, the last of his eight goals against the reds, with Charlie Vaughan bagging the final goal of his four past us and Johnny Gordon also netting.
      1931 - We lost 2-0 in another First Division meeting when Jimmy Easson netted two of his eight goals past us.
      Thumping the Black Cats
      1936 - Alf Hanson struck twice as we beat Sunderland 4-0 at Anfield, with Berry Nieuwenhuys and Jack Balmer also on the scoresheet.
      The cup in December
      1999 - We played our earliest FA Cup tie since 1892 when the Third Round was staged in December. Dominic Matteo netted his second and final reds goal as we won 2-0 at Huddersfield Town after Titi Camara had opened the scoring.
      Djimi signs on
      2000 - Djimi Traoré signed a new four-year contract. He struck once in 141 reds appearances before joining Charlton Athletic for £2m in August 2006, having helped us to claim the Champions League in 2005.
      On the move
      1979 - 1950’s wing-half Bobby Campbell was sacked as Manager of Bristol Rovers. He had led them to just eleven wins in 46 games in charge, as they struggled in the old Second Division.
      1997 - Mike Marsh was released by Southend United after just over two years at Roots Hall. He had struck thirteen times in 97 games for the Shrimpers.
      2011 - Nicolas Anelka signed for Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua, netting three times in 23 outings before joining West Bromwich Albion on a free transfer in July 2013.
      2017 – Former reds First Team Coach Paco Herrera was sacked as Manager of Real Sporting de Gijón after just six months in charge.
      A saintly century
      1977 - We played St. Mirren at Love Street to commemorate their centenary. The game ended 1-1, with Kenny Dalglish on target for the reds, before we won a penalty shoot-out 5-4. Phil Neal, Emlyn Hughes, Terry McDermott, Ray Kennedy and David Johnson converted spot-kicks with Ray Clemence saving from future red Frank McGarvey.
      Nice one Cyril
      1942 - Cyril Done bagged a treble as we trounced Burnley 9-2 in a Wartime League fixture at Anfield. Dicky Dorsett and Willie Fagan both netted braces, with Michael Hulligan and Fred Haycock also on target.
      Newell for England
      1989 - Ex-reds reserves striker Mike Newell, then playing across the park, netted for England B as they beat Yugoslavia 2-0 at The Den.
      1995 – Steve McManaman, ex-red Peter Beardsley and future red Nick Barmby all played in England’s 1-1 friendly draw with Portugal at Wembley.
      2002 – Future reds Glen Johnson, Andy Lonergan and Gary O’Neil all featured as England Under-20’s lost 2-0 to Switzerland at Upton Park.
      Mixed fortunes for the youngsters
      2003 - Zak Whitbread faced future red Javier Mascherano as Argentina Under-20’s beat the USA 2-1 on a golden goal in the Quarter-finals of the World Championship Finals in the United Arab Emirates, with Mascherano grabbing the injury time equaliser.
      Daniele’s debut
      2006 - Future reds loanee keeper Daniele Padelli won his first cap for Italy Under-21’s as they beat Luxembourg 2-0 in Vibo Valentia. He was then on loan at Crotone from Sampdoria.
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