Dan the man
1989 – Forward Daniel Sturridge was born in Birmingham. He signed from Chelsea for £12m in January 2013, netting an impressive 67 times in 160 reds games before being released in June 2019.
2013 – He scored the only goal of David Moyes’ Manchester United’s League visit to Anfield in just the fourth minute.
1993 – Ex-reds left-back Jack Robinson was born in Warrington. He became the club’s then youngest ever player when he debuted at Hull City in May 2010 aged just sixteen years and 250 days. He was sold to Queens Park Rangers in August 2014, scoring twice in 39 outings before moving on to Nottingham Forest in June 2018.
The very beginning
1892 - We played our first ever game, beating reigning Midland League champions Rotherham Town 7-1 in a friendly that kicked off at Anfield at 5.30pm on a Thursday evening.
1894 - We played our first ever First Division game, drawing 1-1 at Blackburn Rovers, with Harry Bradshaw putting the reds in front before Coombe Hall equalised for the home side. Unfortunately, we were relegated at the end of the season. Outside-left John Drummond played the first of eighteen senior reds games, with keeper William McCann making the first of his seventeen outings.
Rams hit for six
2007 - Ryan Babel scored his first reds goal as we thumped Derby County 6-0 at Anfield to go into the international break on top of the table for the first time in five seasons. Xabi Alonso and Fernando Torres each bagged a brace, with Andriy Voronin also on target.
Birth of the Kop
1906 - Joe Hewitt bagged the only goal of our game against Stoke at Anfield as the Kop stand was used for the first time, in scorching temperatures, although it was not yet known by that name. After the previous season’s title success, the board had decided to demolish what was known as the Oakfield Road Embankment, or Walton Breck Road End, and replace it with a huge bank of rubble and cinders.
Germany 1 Liverpool 5
2001 - All of England's goals in their sensational 5-1 win over Germany in Munich were scored by reds. Michael Owen grabbed a hat-trick, with Steven Gerrard nabbing his first international goal and Emile Heskey also on target. Dietmar Hamann was on the losing side, while Nick Barmby, Jamie Carragher and ex-red Steve McManaman all also appeared. Meanwhile, future reds forward Fernando Morientes bagged a brace as Spain beat Austria 4-0 in their qualifying encounter in Valencia.
2007 – Future red Mamadou Sakho scored in the penalty shoot-out as France Under-17’s lost 5-4 to Spain in their World Championship Finals Quarter-final after the game itself ended 1-1.
1904 - Ned Doig became our oldest ever debutant, aged 37 years and 307 days, when he played in our 2-0 opening day home defeat of Burton United in the Second Division, thanks to a Robbie Robinson brace. Half-back Jimmy Hughes played the first of his fifteen reds games.
1912 - Elisha Scott signed for the reds. He played 468 times in eighteen seasons at Anfield, winning two League titles before joining Belfast Celtic as Player/Manager in June 1934.
Crossing the park
1962 - Winger Johnny Morrissey was sold to Everton for £10,000. He had signed on as a professional in April 1957, netting six times in 37 reds games. He scored fifty goals in 314 appearances for the Blues, helping them to two League titles.
Facing the Foxes
2018 – New keeper Alisson Becker was robbed while trying to play out from the back leading to Rachid Ghezzal’s consolation as we won 2-1 at Leicester City. Sadio Mané and Roberto Firmino had both struck before the break to give us a two-goal lead.
1973 – We drew a top-flight encounter 1-1 at Filbert Street. John Toshack headed us into the lead after the break, but Alan Birchenall equalised with the last of his four goals against us.
1996 - Patrik Berger signed from Ballspielverein Borussia 09 e.V. Dortmund for £3.25m, following an impressive Euro ’96. He scored 35 times in 196 reds games, before joining Portsmouth in June 2003.
1994 - Phil Babb signed from Coventry City for a club record £3.6m, also a British record fee for a defender. He struck once in 170 reds appearances in his six years at Anfield, before being released on a free transfer to Sporting Clube de Portugal.
1997 - Reserves winger Nicky Rizzo signed as a professional at Anfield. He never made our first team, and is currently back in his homeland, running a soccer school.
2008 - Left-winger Albert Riera signed from R.C.D. Espanyol on transfer deadline day for an initial £5.5m. He made 56 appearances, netting five times before joining Olympiacos in July 2010. Right-back Steve Finnan moved in the opposite direction, after one goal in 217 appearances since signing from Fulham for £3.5m in July 2003. On the same day, second string keeper Péter Gulácsi signed permanently from MTK Hungária, having spent the previous season on loan at Anfield. Meanwhile, Andriy Voronin joined Hertha BSC Berlin on loan for the season, while young Brazilian forward Vitor Flora arrived from Botafogo on a free transfer.
Deadline day moves
2014 – Centre-half Sebastián Coates joined Sunderland on loan, having failed to break through to the first team. On the same day, winger Oussama Assaidi returned to Stoke City on a temporary basis, while Hungarian forward Krisztián Adorján left Anfield to sign for Italian Serie C side Novara Calcio. Meanwhile, forward Nathan Eccleston signed for Partick Thistle, having been released by Blackpool, John Arne Riise joined APOEL in Cyprus, Swedish left-winger Alexander Kačaniklić joined F.C. København on loan from Fulham, and forward David N’Gog returned to France on loan from Bolton Wanderers with Stade de Reims. On the same day, winger Sadio Mané joined Southampton from Red Bull Salzburg for £11.8m after 45 goals in 87 games.
2015 – Centre-half Tiago Ilori joined Aston Villa on loan, failing to make a senior appearance before being recalled four months later. On the same day, winger Victor Moses made a temporary switch to West Ham United from Chelsea, netting twice in 26 outings in east London.
1966 – Forward Harry Welfare died in Angra dos Reis, Brazil. He joined the reds from Northern Nomads in 1912, notching once in four outings before signing for Wrexham the following year. He later had a very successful career in Brazil, helping Fluminense to claim the title three times in succession while bagging 163 goals in just 166 games.
Starting and ending
1900 - Right-back Tom Robertson made his reds bow as we beat Blackburn Rovers 3-0 at Anfield in another season opener. Tommy Robertson, Charlie Satterthwaite and Sam Raybould struck the goals.
1937 – Forward Ted Harston scored his final two reds goals in our 3-2 home defeat of Portsmouth. Berry Nieuwenhuys also struck for the reds, with Jock Anderson bagging the first two of his four goals past us.
1951 – Inside-forward Willie Fagan played his 182nd and final reds game as we beat Huddersfield Town 2-1 in a First Division fixture at Anfield. Billy Liddell and Kevin Baron struck our goals, while Vic Metcalfe netted one of his six strikes against the reds.
Centre-backs off the mark against the Saints
1979 - Colin Irwin scored his first senior reds goal, although it was not enough to prevent us going down to a 3-2 League defeat at The Dell, with David Johnson grabbing our other goal. Charlie George scored the last of his five goals past us, with Phil Boyer and Trevor Hebberd also on target for the home side.
1992 - Mark Wright struck his first reds goal, in a 1-1 draw at home to his former club Southampton after Kerry Dixon had put the visitors in front with his seventh and final goal against the reds. UEFA President Lennart Johansson officially opened the Centenary Stand prior to the game.
1993 - Phil Babb scored his first Coventry City goal in their 1-0 defeat of the reds at Highfield Road, as Rob Jones was sent off for receiving two yellow cards in the space of three minutes. David Burrows played his 193rd and final reds game, against one of his future employers.
We conceded three hat-tricks on this day in the 1930’s.
1930 - Vic Watson netted the last four of his nine goals past us as we were crushed 7-0 at West Ham United in a game that kicked off at 6pm. Stan Earle grabbed the final two of his four strikes against the reds, with Wilfred James also scoring.
1934 - Ted Drake and Ray Bowden both grabbed trebles as we were humbled 8-1 at Arsenal who were on their way to a third consecutive League title, with outside-left Alf Hanson grabbing our consolation and Drake having another effort ruled out for a push. Cliff Bastin scored the final goal of his four against us, with Jack Crayston also netting.
1919 - We also faced the Gunners, when Harry Chambers and Fred Pagnam scored in a 3-2 home defeat. Bert White bagged a brace, with Billy Blyth also netting for the visitors.
Alou and goodbye
2003 - Alou Diarra joined Bastia on loan. He eventually left Anfield permanently to join Racing Club de Lens for £2m in June 2005, without ever playing a first-class reds game.
2016 - Diarra had his contract with Charlton Athletic terminated by mutual consent after one goal in 45 outings, signing for AS Nancy-Lorraine on the same day.
In Midlands action
We have faced Aston Villa three times on this day in history.
1908 - We kicked off the season by beating the Villains 3-2 at Anfield, thanks to goals from Robbie Robinson and Joe Hewitt and a Tom Chorlton penalty.
1990 - Peter Beardsley and John Barnes netted in our 2-1 home victory, with David Platt on target for the visitors.
1928 – Left-half Jimmy McDougall scored his first reds goal as we lost 3-1 at Villa Park. Joe Beresford struck the first of his four goals against the reds, with Len Capewell scoring the last of his six past us and Dicky York also on target.
Both of our meetings with West Bromwich Albion on this day have ended all square.
1920 - Tom Miller struck at The Hawthorns.
1923 - Another top-flight encounter ended goalless at Anfield.
Up against the Blades
We twice faced Sheffield United on this day in the 1960’s, without conceding a goal.
1962 - Ian Callaghan and Ian St. John struck as we won 2-0 at Anfield.
1965 - We left Bramall Lane with a goalless draw.
More season openers
We have started our top-flight seasons on two more occasions on this day in history.
1896 - George Allan struck twice as we won 2-1 at The Wednesday in Tom Watson’s first game as Manager, and first game in a new kit of red shirts and white shorts.
1913 - Tom Miller was on target following a fine dribble to open the scoring in our 1-1 draw at Derby County, with half-back Tommy Fairfoul making his reds bow. Horace Barnes struck one of his nine goals past us.
Happy birthday Michael
1974 – Former reserves keeper Michael Stensgaard was born in Copenhagen. The Dane was signed by Roy Evans but never played a first team game for the reds, despite being named on the bench 28 times.
1897 - We benefited from a Peter Meecham own goal as our Goodison Park friendly ended 1-1.
First and last caps
2017 – Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain played for England for the first time since moving to Anfield, in their 4-0 World Cup qualifying win in Malta. Meanwhile, Andy Robertson won his first cap as a reds player, scoring in Scotland’s 3-0 win in Lithuania, with Dominic Solanke playing for England Under-21’s for the first time since moving to Anfield. Ex-reds loanee Victor Moses scored as Nigeria thumped Cameroon 4-0 in Uyo, while Emre Can, Joe Gomez, Jordan Henderson, future red Kostas Tsimikas, and ex-reds Raheem Sterling and Luis Suárez were also in international action that day.
2006 - Daniel Agger won his first cap as a red in Denmark’s 4-2 friendly win over Portugal in Copenhagen, with Christian Poulsen playing for his country for the first time since joining Sevilla. On the same day, Florent Sinama-Pongolle made his first appearance for France Under-21’s while on loan at Real Club Recreativo de Huelva, as they beat Scotland 3-1 in a European Championships qualifier at Pittodrie, with future red Charlie Adam winning his third and final cap at this level. Future red Alberto Aquilani played for Italy Under-21’s on the same day, in a 1-0 qualifying victory in Iceland, with a player being sent off for each side.
1982 – Jan Mølby won his second cap, and first one as an Ajax player, as Denmark lost 1-0 to Romania in a friendly in Bucharest.
2016 – Trent Alexander-Arnold debuted for England Under-19’s in their 1-1 friendly draw with the Netherlands in Wellington, Shropshire. Philippe Coutinho, Divock Origi and ex-reds Javier Mascherano and Luis Suárez all featured for their countries, with keeper Alisson Becker winning his first cap as a Roma player. Meanwhile, Gini Wijnaldum scored in his third consecutive international, while winning his first cap as a red, as the Netherlands lost 2-1 to Greece in a friendly in Eindhoven. Kamil Grabara made his debut for Poland Under-18’s in their 1-1 friendly draw with Norway Under-17’s in Sweden.
2011 – Jordan Henderson captained England Under-21’s for the first time, scoring as they thumped Azerbaijan 6-0 in a European Championships qualifier at Vicarage Road, with Jon Flanagan and Jonjo Shelvey both debuting at this level and future red Steven Caulker also featuring while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain won his first cap as an Arsenal player. Future red Christian Benteke scored as Belgium Under-21’s lost a qualifier 2-1 in Iceland. On the same day, Péter Gulácsi skippered Hungary Under-21’s as they lost another qualifier 2-1 in the Republic of Ireland.
1999 - Mark Kennedy won his first cap as a Manchester City player, with Robbie Keane making his first appearance while with Coventry City. Both netted as the Republic of Ireland beat Yugoslavia 2-1 in a European Championships qualifier at Lansdowne Road. Steve Staunton also played.
1996 - Nick Barmby won his final cap while with Middlesbrough, scoring as England won a World Cup qualifier 3-0 in Moldova. Stig Inge Bjørnebye, future reds Sami Hyypiä, Paul Ince and Øyvind Leonhardsen and ex-red Ronnie Rosenthal also represented their countries that day.
Other international reds
2001 - Don Hutchison won his first cap as a West Ham United player as Scotland were held to a goalless draw by Croatia at Hampden Park. Igor Bišcan won his fifteenth and final cap in this game with ex-red Dominic Matteo also featuring. Jerzy Dudek won his first cap as a red in Poland’s 3-0 defeat of Norway in Chorzów, with Everton’s Thomas Myhre at the opposite end, the first time two Merseyside keepers had been in international opposition since May 1979. John Arne Riise and ex-red Øyvind Leonhardsen both also played.
Meanwhile, Jason McAteer netted the only goal of the Republic of Ireland’s World Cup qualifying defeat of the Netherlands at Lansdowne Road. He was winning his last cap as a Blackburn Rovers player, and 43rd in total. Future reds Steve Finnan, Robbie Keane and Bolo Zenden, and ex-red Steve Staunton also featured. Craig Bellamy won his first cap while with Newcastle United, his thirteenth to date, as Wales were held to a goalless draw by Armenia in Cardiff. Also in international action that day were Sami Hyypiä, Jari Litmanen, Jim Magilton, future reds Milan Baroš and Paul Jones and ex-red Brad Friedel.
2013 – Future red Dominic Solanke came off the bench as England Under-17’s lost 2-1 to Italy in Burton.
2005 - Anthony Le Tallec struck as France Under-21’s beat FYR Macedonia 3-1 in a friendly in Epernay.
On the move
2005 - Bjørn Tore Kvarme re-signed for Rosenborg BK, having left Bastia earlier in the year. He retired from the game in June 2008.
2017 – Keeper David Martin signed for Millwall, only making one senior appearance in his first campaign with the Lions.
Milan the dad
2009 – Ex-reds striker Milan Baroš became a father to Patrick.