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  1. Will

    6th August

    Happy birthdays 1960 - David Hodgson was born in Gateshead. He joined the reds from Middlesbrough for £450,000 in August 1982 but never fully established himself in his two years at Anfield, scoring ten times in 49 appearances, although he did claim a League championship medal and helped us to clinch the FA Charity Shield on his reds bow before he left for Sunderland for £125,000. 1876 - Forward Ronald ‘Wee’ Orr was born in Bartonholm, Ayrshire. He netted 39 times in 112 reds games after signing from Newcastle United for £350 in April 1908. He returned to Scotland in January 1912, signing for Raith Rovers. 2006 – South African winger Harman van den Berg died. He signed from Peninsular in his homeland in October 1937, but only managed to score three times in nineteen games before injuries and the Second World War intervened. New manager 1936 – George Kay was appointed Manager, replacing George Patterson. He led us to our first League title in 24 years in 1946, and the FA Cup Final four years later. He was forced to retire due to illness in January 1951, and sadly died just three years later. Amongst the players who joined the club during his tenure were the great Billy Liddell and Bob Paisley. In 2014 – Spanish right-back Javier Manquillo joined on a two-year loan from Club Atlético de Madrid, although he returned to his parent club in July 2015 after nineteen reds games. 2002 - Salif Diao signed from Sedan for £4.7m. He made 61 reds appearances, scoring three times, and moved to Stoke City in January 2007 after a successful loan spell there. 1982 - Reserves keeper Steve Ogrizovic joined Shrewsbury Town in a straight swap for Bob Wardle. Oggy had only made five first-team appearances for the reds, going on to play nearly a hundred times for the Shrews in his two years at Gay Meadow, before joining Coventry City. Wardle never made our first team and was forced to retire through injury inside a year. Out 1999 - Øyvind Leonhardsen left for Tottenham Hotspur for £3m, after seven goals in 49 reds games. He said, “Things have been going pretty well in Liverpool, so it will be a bit sad to leave this club”. He struck eleven times in 72 games for Spurs, before moving on again to Aston Villa in August 2002. 2007 - Reserves centre-back Miki Roqué joined Xerez Club Deportivo SAD on loan. However, he only turned out once for them in the League and spent the following season with Cartagena, being released by the reds in June 2009. He sadly died in June 2012 aged just 23. 2014 – Midfielder Conor Coady was sold to Huddersfield Town for £375,000. He had only made two senior appearances, netting three times in 48 games for the Terriers before joining Wolverhampton Wanderers for a reported £2m in July 2015. 2015 - Spanish centre-half Rafael Páez signed for AD Alcorcón, having failed to break through at Anfield. 2016 – Centre-half Lloyd Jones signed a new two-year contract with the reds and joined Swindon Town on loan on the same day. He struck twice in 29 outings in his one season with the Robins, leaving the reds in January 2018 to sign for Luton Town. The start of a legend 1974 - Legendary reds boss Bob Paisley took charge of the reds for the first time, in a friendly against 1. FC Kaiserslautern at their Betzenbergstadion. Kevin Keegan was sent off in what the club claimed was a case of mistaken identity although we were still able to win 3-1, with Ray Kennedy, Peter Cormack and Phil Boersma on the scoresheet. We led 2-0 after thirty minutes before new signing Kennedy was scythed down by Dietmar Schwager, who was then pushed by Keegan. However, the club claimed that the referee had mistaken him for Peter Cormack, although Keegan admitted years later it had actually been him who had thrown a punch. Aldo bags a treble 1987 - John Aldridge netted a hat-trick, including a penalty, in our 4-1 friendly defeat of Norwegian side Vålerenga. Paul Walsh grabbed the other goal as we came from behind to win. 1986 - We were also in Scandinavia, drawing 1-1 with Danish side Kolding at the Mosevej Sportsplads, with Steve McMahon on target. Three Danish internationals, Allan Hansen, Allan Simonsen and Kent Nielsen, guested for the home side Belgian celebrations 1984 - We took part in a match to commemorate the eightieth anniversary of Belgian side Sporting de Charleroi. Unfortunately, we somewhat spoiled the party by thumping the home side 6-0, thanks to goals from Ian Rush, Michael Robinson, Gary Gillespie, John Wark, Steve Nicol and Ronnie Whelan. Other friendlies 1978 - We trounced Basel 6-0 at their St. Jakob-Park, with Kenny Dalglish, Jimmy Case and Emlyn Hughes all netting to add to a Robert Baldinger own goal and a brace from Ray Kennedy. 1996 - We were held to a goalless draw by Millwall at The Den. 2011 – We beat Valencia 2-0 at Anfield, thanks to goals from Andy Carroll and Sotirios Kyrgiakos. On the same day, Dani Pacheco featured as Spain thumped Australia 5-1 in a World Championship Finals group game in Colombia, with R.C.D. Espanyol’s Álvaro Vázquez scoring a hat-trick. 2016 - Sadio Mané scored his first reds goal as thumped Barcelona 4-0 in an International Champions Cup game at Wembley. We benefited from a Javier Mascherano own goal before Divock Origi and Marko Grujić completed the scoring. Not the Wright boss 2004 - Mark Wright resigned as Manager of Chester City. The Board of Directors issued a statement saying that, “Wright persistently flouted his managerial position with regard to the size and budget of the first-team squad. When he departed, Mr. Wright failed even to have the decency to enter the dressing room and address his players, choosing instead to simply drive away.” However, he subsequently had a third spell at the Deva Stadium. Personal honours 2000 - Reds defender Rigobert Song was named in a FIFA all-star squad to take on France in a charity match later in the month. The only other English-based player was Manchester City’s George Weah. 2001 - It was announced that Jerzy Dudek and Sami Hyypiä had both been nominated for UEFA awards, based on their performances in the previous season’s European competitions. A first cap 1997 - Stéphane Henchoz won his first cap as a Blackburn Rovers player, and 24th in total, as Switzerland lost 1-0 in a friendly in Slovakia. 1996 – Future red John Arne Riise nabbed a brace, his first goals for Norway Under-15’s as they thumped Finland 7-1 in a friendly in Øyer. On the move 2002 - Ex-red Paul Ince signed for Wolverhampton Wanderers, a month after being released by Middlesbrough. He played 131 times for the Molineux outfit, but left in August 2006 after being overlooked for the Manager’s job. 2003 - Joe Cole joined Chelsea from West Ham United for £6.6m, after thirteen strikes in 150 outings for the Irons. 2007 – Left-back José Enrique moved to Newcastle United from Villarreal for £6.3m, after 25 games for El Submarino Amarillo. 2015 – Future reds winger Mohamed Salah joined Roma on loan from Chelsea, netting fifteen times in 42 games before making the move permanent for a reported €15m a year later. On the same day, Academy keeper Jamie Stephens signed for Barnet, so far playing 65 senior games for the Bees. 2018 – Hungarian forward Krisztián Németh joined Sporting Kansas City from New England Revolution for $350,000 in allocation money and a first-round pick in the 2020 MLS SuperDraft. 2019 – Winger Harry Wilson joined Bournemouth on loan, going on to score seven goals in 35 games as the Cherries were relegated. On the same day, forward Taiwo Awoniyi moved to 1. FSV Mainz 05 for the season, netting once in twelve outings. Meanwhile, Canadian forward Liam Miller returned to Kilmarnock on loan, only scoring once in 22 games in his second campaign at Rugby Park. Young Nuri 2005 – Future reds loanee Nuri Şahin became the youngest ever Bundesliga player, aged 16 years 334 days, starting Ballspielverein Borussia 09 e.V. Dortmund’s 2-2 draw at VfL Wolfsburg. He was also cautioned. Also in international action 1986 – Future red Glenn Hysén played for Sweden in their 2-1 defeat of Finland in Helsinki. 1994 – Future red Haukur Ingi Guðnason featured as Denmark Under-17’s beat 2-1. 2010 – Adam Morgan appeared as England Under-17’s beat Iceland 2-1 in a Nordic Tournament game in Finland. 2011 – Dani Pacheco featured as Spain Under-20’s thrashed Australia 5-1 in a World Championship Finals group game in Colombia.
  2. Will

    21st August

    Another charitable win 1982 - We beat Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 at Wembley to claim the FA Charity Shield outright for the sixth time, thanks to an extra-time strike from Ian Rush. David Hodgson made his first-class reds debut in this game. A sponsored run-out 1979 - We became the first English club to wear sponsored shirts when Hitachi was emblazoned on the red kit for the first time during a goalless draw with Bolton Wanderers at Anfield. New men in charge 1991 - David Moores became Chairman of the club. He showed patience towards the Managers he employed to lead the reds, while largely staying out of the limelight favoured by some club chairmen. He sold his stake in the club to George Gillett Jr. and Tom Hicks in February 2007, becoming Honorary Life President, although he resigned from the Board in June 2009 after this had proven to be a terrible mistake. 2015 – Ex-reds centre-half Sami Hyypiä was appointed Manager of Zürich, being sacked nine months later as they were on their way to relegation. In comes Soto 2009 – Greek centre-half Sotirios Kyrgiakos signed from A.E.K Athens for £2m, following the summer departure of Sami Hyypiä. Soto bagged three goals in 49 largely solid performances at the back, becoming something of a cult figure for his no-nonsense style before moving to VfL Wolfsburg on a free transfer two years later. On the same day, reserves left-back Robbie Threlfall joined Northampton Town on loan. He turned out five times in his one month with the Cobblers. Trebles at either end 1954 - Forward Tony Rowley scored a hat-trick on his reds debut as we beat Doncaster Rovers 3-2 in our season opener at Anfield. Kit Lawlor bagged a brace for the visitors. 1971 - We were on the receiving end at St. James’ Park as Malcolm MacDonald bagged a treble for Newcastle United who beat us 3-2, the first of his seven goals past us, with Emlyn Hughes and future Magpie Kevin Keegan striking our goals. New reds 1987 - Mike Marsh signed on at Anfield, joining on a free transfer from Kirkby Town. He netted six times in 101 first-team games for the reds, before moving to West Ham United in September 1993 as part of the deal that brought Julian Dicks to Anfield. He is now a First Team Coach back at Anfield. 1941 – Centre-forward Arthur Shepherd signed for the reds. He was on the Anfield books at the same time as his brothers Joseph and full-back Bill. He struck twelve times in eleven wartime games, but never appeared for the reds in peacetime. 1874 – Forward Joe Lumsden was born in Tanfield. He signed from Burton Wanderers in June 1897, scoring twice in just eight senior outings before moving on to Glossop North End in May 1898. Seeing red for City 2004 - Richard Dunne was sent off for Manchester City as they lost 2-1 at Anfield in our first home game under Rafael Benítez, with our goals coming from Milan Baroš and Steven Gerrard. This was the first time in over five years that we had triumphed in a League game after trailing at half-time, to a Nicolas Anelka strike, one of his five goals past us. The wrong kind of treble 2000 - Dietmar Hamann, Gary McAllister and Arsenal’s Patrick Vieira were all sent off as we lost 2-0 at Highbury. Hamann’s red card was later rescinded. Thierry Henry netted the first of his nine goals past us, after Lauren had opened the scoring. Macca off the mark 1991 - Steve McManaman scored his first official reds goal as we lost 2-1 at Manchester City, with Dean Saunders missing a penalty. Mark Wright was injured in this game, and subsequently missed the next 21 games. David White bagged a brace for City, the first two of his five strikes past us, a feat he repeated in the reverse fixture later that season. A striking debut 1976 - New £200,000 record signing David Johnson made his reds bow as we beat Norwich City 1-0 at Anfield, thanks to a Steve Heighway goal. Bob Paisley was presented with the Manager of the Year award from the previous season before the match. Into the Champions League 2001 - We thumped Haka 4-1 at Anfield to progress to the group stages of the new Champions League for the first time, 9-1 on aggregate. Robbie Fowler scored on his return to the first team after his spat with Phil Thompson, while French midfielder Bernard Diomède played his fifth and final reds game. Our other goals came from Jamie Redknapp, Emile Heskey and an own goal from ex-Manchester United player Mark Wilson. Cyril’s century 1951 – Forward Cyril Done reached a century of reds senior games in our goalless top-flight draw with Burnley at Turf Moor. 2021 – We beat Burnley 2-0 at Anfield, in front of a sell-out crowd for the first time since March 2020, due to previous COVID restrictions. Diogo Jota headed us in front, before both sies had goals ruled out for offside. Sadio Mané secured the victory after the break. On the same day, midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain became a father for the first time, a son. Meanwhile, ex-reds reserves centre-half Conor Masterson joined Cambridge United on loan from Queens Park Rangers, scoring once in 21 outings for the U’s. Kicking off 1948 - We started the season with a defeat, losing 2-1 at Aston Villa in a season when we finished twelfth in the table. Jack Balmer nabbed our consolation with Trevor Ford netting two of his seven goals against us, while Cyril Sidlow saved a Dickie Dorsett spot-kick. Quadruple debutants 2002 - Alou Diarra, Anthony Le Tallec, Florent Sinama-Pongolle and Grégory Vignal all made their debuts for the French Under-21’s. The French beat Iceland 2-1 in a friendly held at the Stade André Pestourie in Brive-la-Gaillarde. Future red Alex Manninger won his 1st cap for Austria as a R.C.D. Espanyol player as they lost 3-2 to Stéphane Henchoz’s Switzerland in a friendly in Basel. 2007 – Future red Joe Allen scored on his debut for Wales Under-21’s as they won a friendly 4-3 in Sweden. On the same day, future reds loanee Victor Moses nabbed a brace as England Under-17’s thumped New Zealand 5-0 in a World Championship Finals group game in South Korea, with future red James Milner playing for England Under-21’s. Three for the boss 1943 - Future reds boss Don Welsh bagged a treble as we beat Everton 5-2 in a wartime friendly at Goodison Park. Billy Liddell and Jack Balmer added our others. Robbie again 2002 - Robbie Keane netted in his fourth consecutive international, winning his final cap as a Leeds United player as the Republic of Ireland won a friendly in Finland 3-0. Sami Hyypiä, Jari Litmanen and ex-red Jason McAteer all also featured, with the latter captaining the side as he won his fiftieth cap, although some counts place this as his 49th due to a disputed game against a Mexico XI in 2000. Bruno l’international 2002 - Bruno Cheyrou made his senior international debut for France, as a late substitute for Lilian Thuram in their 1-1 draw with Tunisia in Rades. Future red Djibril Cissé also featured. On the same day, Øyvind Leonhardsen won his final cap as a Tottenham Hotspur player, and 79th in total, as Norway lost 1-0 to the Netherlands in a friendly in Oslo. John Arne Riise and future red Bolo Zenden also played. Christian Poulsen won his first cap while with Schalke 04 as Denmark beat Scotland 1-0 at Hampden Park. Also in international action were Milan Baroš, Vladimír Šmicer, and future reds Paul Jones, Sotirios Kyrgiakos, Fernando Morientes and Andriy Voronin. Red Olympians 2004 - Momo Sissoko played for Mali as they lost 1-0 to Italy in the Quarter-final at the Olympic Games in Athens. More happily, future red Javier Mascherano featured in Argentina’s 4-0 thumping of Costa Rica in Patras at the same stage of the tournament. Diouf on target 2007 - Ex-red El-Hadji Diouf struck as Senegal drew 1-1 in a friendly with Ghana at The New Den in south London. Ex-reds Djibril Cissé and Alou Diarra both featured for France in a B international defeat in Slovakia, with Nikolay Mihaylov featuring for Bulgaria Under-21’s. Strikers on the move 2019 – Daniel Sturridge signed for Trabzonspor after netting an impressive 67 times in 160 reds games since arriving from Chelsea for £12m in January 2013. He was released the following March after scoring seven times in sixteen outings. 2008 – Djibril Cissé joined Sunderland on loan from Olympique de Marseille. He bagged eleven goals in 38 games for the Mackems that season. 2001 - King Kenny’s son Paul Dalglish re-joined Wigan Athletic on loan from Norwich City. He stayed for the whole season, scoring twice in thirty appearances. 1914 – Forward Jack Parkinson moved on to Bury after 128 goals in 219 reds games. Other reds games 1999 – We lost 1-0 at Middlesbrough with Brian Deane nabbing the last of his eight goals against the reds. 1995 – Tony Yeboah netted a wonder strike, the only goal of our visit to Leeds United. 1985 – We were held to a 2-2 draw at Aston Villa. Gary Shaw scored for the Villains with Ian Rush equalising before the break. Future red Mark Walters netted before Jan Mølby’s late leveller. However, there was still time for Nigel Spink to save a Rush spot-kick. 1965 – We won 3-1 at Leicester City with Geoff Strong adding to a Roger Hunt brace. For Shanks 1974 – An informal dinner party in honour of the retired Bill Shankly was staged at St. George’s Hotel. The event was sponsored by the reds players and labelled ‘Thank You Boss’. The menu included Cured Kop Cod and Clear Mersey Soup, with one of the accompanying wines being from “a Shankley [sic] vintage year” of 1972, curiously a year in which he failed to lead us to silverware. Also in international action 1990 – Future red Øyvind Leonhardsen played for Norway Under-21’s as they beat Sweden 2-0 in a friendly in Tromsø. 1999 – Future red Igor Bišcan featured for Croatia in their 2-1 defeat of Malta in a European Championships qualifier in Zagreb.
  3. Will

    11th August

    Triple debutants 2007 - Ryan Babel, Fernando Torres and Andriy Voronin all made their first-class reds bows as a late Steven Gerrard free-kick secured a 2-1 win at Aston Villa in our opening League fixture. This ensured that we became the fourth team to pass a thousand points in the Premier League, reaching 1,002, and was the first ever live Premiership match shown on Setanta Sports. We had taken the lead through a Martin Laursen own goal before Jamie Carragher gave away a penalty that Gareth Barry converted, one of his four goals past us. Keepers on the move 1994 - Bruce Grobbelaar left Anfield for Southampton on a free transfer. He had played 628 reds games and won six League titles, one European Cup, three FA Cups, three League Cups and three FA Charity Shields in his thirteen years at Anfield. He turned out forty times in his two seasons at The Dell, before moving on to Plymouth Argyle. 2005 - Former reds reserves keeper Tony Warner joined Fulham on loan from Cardiff City, before signing permanently the following January. He made a total of 26 senior appearances for the Cottagers, before moving on to Hull City in July 2008. 2006 - David James joined Portsmouth from Manchester City for a £1.2m fee, after exactly a century of appearances for the Blues. He turned out 158 times for Pompey before moving to Bristol City in July 2010, helping them to claim the FA Cup in 2008. On the same day, Paul Harrison signed for Southport. He made nineteen outings in the Conference as they were relegated. Charity and Community with the Gunners We have twice met Arsenal in the traditional curtain-raiser to the season. 1979 - We put on a sparkling show to beat the Gunners 3-1 at Wembley to claim the FA Charity Shield outright for the fourth time. Our goals came from Kenny Dalglish and a Terry McDermott brace as Alan Sunderland bagged the first of his six goals past us. 2002 - Arsenal’s new Brazilian signing Gilberto Silva scored the only goal of the game to hand them the newly-rechristened FA Community Shield at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Bruno Cheyrou and El-Hadji Diouf both made their first-class reds bows in this game, while future red Kolo Touré made his debut for the winning side. Beglin’s bonus 1992 - A testimonial match for former reds left-back Jim Beglin took place as we beat Leeds United 4-1 at Elland Road. Ian Rush bagged a brace, with our other goals being scored by Jamie Redknapp and Dean Saunders. Spanish moves 2009 – Forward Dani Pacheco signed a new contract to keep him at Anfield until 2012, later extended by a further two years. He broke through to the first team during 2009/10, making seventeen senior appearances before being sold to AD Alcorcón in September 2013. On the same day, Luis García joined Real Racing Club de Santander from Club Atlético de Madrid, after just three strikes in 55 games, including playing in both Champions League group games against the reds. 2008 – Reserves centre-half Miki Roqué joined Cartagena on loan. He bagged three goals in thirty League appearances as they won the Segunda División B and was released by the reds in June 2009. Happy birthdays 1995 – Centre-half Ben Davies was born in Barrow-in-Furness. He signed from Preston North End for £500,000 in February 2021 but did not manage a senior appearance before being sold to Rangers for a reported initial £3m last July. 1913 - Andy Beattie was born in Kintore, Aberdeenshire. He guested for the reds at full-back during the Second World War, and later spent some time on our backroom staff. He managed a host of clubs as well as the Scotland national side, working with Bill Shankly at Huddersfield Town, having played alongside him at Preston North End. 1899 - Bert Shelley was born in Romsey. He played 448 times for Southampton, a club record until the 1960’s. After retiring from playing, he joined George Kay’s coaching staff, following him to Anfield in August 1936. He stayed on as Trainer after Kay’s departure, working under Don Welsh and Phil Taylor until 1959 when he joined the general staff, with his duties including looking after the treatment room. He was still working for the club when he died in December 1971. 1886 – Inside-left Bert Goode was born in Chester. He struck once in seven reds outings after signing from his hometown club in May 1908, moving on to Wrexham in June 1910. Reds in Europe 1960 - We beat French side Nantes Atlantique 2-0 in the first leg of the Friendship Cup, with Roger Hunt and Kevin Lewis on the scoresheet. 1978 - Our first win in Austria came when Steve Heighway netted the only goal of our friendly encounter with Austria Wien. 1981 - Terry McDermott struck as we lost 2-1 at Servette FC Genève in Switzerland, with Jimmy Case playing his final game for the club before joining Brighton & Hove Albion. Sami signs on 2005 - Sami Hyypiä signed a new contract that tied him to the club until 2008, although he subsequently extended this for a further year. He played 464 reds games following his £2.5m capture from Willem II in May 1999, netting 35 times and helping us to claim the European Cup, UEFA Cup, two FA Cups, two League Cups, two UEFA Super Cups and an FA Charity Shield, before joining Bayer 04 Leverkusen on a free transfer in June 2009. On the world stage 2004 - Momo Sissoko played for Mali as they were held to a goalless draw in their Olympics Finals group game by Mexico in Greece. On the same day, fellow future red Javier Mascherano featured for Argentina as they thumped Serbia & Montenegro 6-0. 2011 – Future red Philippe Coutinho played for Brazil Under-20’s in their 3-0 World Championship Finals Round of 16 defeat of Ecuador in Colombia. Harper heads south 1994 - Former reserves defender Alan Harper joined Burnley on a free transfer from Luton Town. He played 42 times in his two seasons at Turf Moor, as they were relegated into the Second Division. Also moving on 2006 - Jon Newby signed for Wrexham. He failed to net in thirteen outings and moved on to Southport in January 2007. 2009 – Reserves forward Craig Lindfield was released. He struck in a pre-season friendly at Crewe Alexandra in July 2006 on his first appearance for the senior side but failed to make a first-class appearance for the reds. 2015 – Future red Xherdan Shaqiri joined Stoke City for a then club record £12m from Internazionale, grabbing fifteen goals in 92 games for the Potters. He moved on to Anfield for £13m in July 2018. International goalscorers 2010 - Steven Gerrard bagged a brace to reach nineteen goals for his country, a joint record for a reds player, as he eventually struck 21 times. He skippered a side that also included Glen Johnson as they beat Hungary 2-1 in a friendly at Wembley, with James Milner winning his last cap as an Aston Villa player. Meanwhile, Manchester City’s Craig Bellamy netted as John Toshack’s Wales thumped Luxembourg 5-1 in a friendly in Llanelli. Future red Dejan Lovren scored his first two goals for Croatia Under-21’s as they beat Norway 4-1 in a European Championships qualifier, while Krisztián Nemeth netted while playing for Hungary Under-21’s for the last time as a red as they beat Bosnia-Herzegovina 3-0 in a qualifier in Zenica. On the same day, ex-red Robbie Keane reached a century of caps for the Republic of Ireland as Argentina won 1-0 in the first international to be staged at the new Aviva Stadium in Dublin, with Emiliano Insúa winning his second senior cap for the victors and Javier Mascherano winning his last cap as a red. Also in international action that day were Daniel Agger, Nabil El Zhar, Martin Škrtel, future reds Charlie Adam, Christian Benteke, Fabio Borini, Ragnar Klavan, Joël Matip, Nuri Şahin and Xherdan Shaqiri, and ex-reds Xabi Alonso, Álvaro Arbeloa, Jari Litmanen, Nikolay Mihaylov, John Arne Riise, Mikel San José and Daniel Sjölund. International firsts 2010 – Danny Wilson made his debut for Scotland Under-21’s as they were held to a 1-1 friendly draw by Sweden at St. Mirren Park. David N’Gog captained France for the first time at the same level as they lost 1-0 to Belgium in a friendly in Vannes. Ex-red Carl Medjani made his senior bow for Algeria as they lost 2-1 to Gabon in a friendly in Algiers. Milan Jovanović won his first cap as a reds player as Serbia lost 1-0 to Greece in Belgrade, with Sotirios Kyrgiakos on the winning side as he made his sixtieth and final appearance for his country before retiring from international football. Andriy Voronin made his first appearance while with Dinamo Moskva as Ukraine were held to a 1-1 draw by the Netherlands in another friendly in Donetsk. Meanwhile, future red Aly Cissokho won his only senior cap to date as France lost a friendly 2-1 in Norway. 2009 – Martin Kelly won his first cap for England Under-20’s in their 5-0 thrashing of Montenegro at The Hawthorns, with future red Jordan Henderson playing his only game at this level. On the same day, future reds Andy Carroll and Daniel Sturridge both made their first appearances for the Under-21’s in their goalless friendly with the Netherlands in Groningen, with Alexander Kačaniklić in action for Sweden Under-19’s. Also in international action 1998 – Future red John Arne Riise played as Norway Under-18’s beat Sweden 2-1 in a friendly in Kapp. 1993 - Øyvind Leonhardsen won his 24th full cap for Norway as they ran out 7-0 winners in a friendly in the Faroe Islands. He was then still a Rosenborg BK player. Future reds boss Roy Hodgson took charge of Switzerland’s 2-1 friendly win in Sweden on the same day. 1982 – Future red Glenn Hysén featured for Sweden as they lost 1-0 to host nation Norway in the Nordic Championships.
  4. Will

    8th August

    Happy birthday Joël 1991 – Centre-half Joël Matip was born in Bochum, Germany. He signed on a free transfer from Schalke 04 in July 2016, bagging nine goals in 166 games for the reds across his first six season, so far helping us to claim the Premier League title, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, FA Cup and League Cup. Into the Champions League 2001 - We played our first ever game in the new format of the UEFA Champions League, registering our record equal away win in Europe to date as we thumped Finnish side Haka 5-0, thanks to a hat-trick from Michael Owen, our first away from home in Europe, and strikes from Emile Heskey and Sami Hyypiä. Stevie the best 2013 - Steven Gerrard came first in the club’s second ‘100 Players Who Shook The Kop’ poll, beating Kenny Dalglish, who had taken the honour the first time around in October 2006. Djimi off 2006 - Djimi Traoré was sold to Charlton Athletic for £2m after one goal in 141 reds games, in which he helped us to claim the Champions League in 2005. He appeared just thirteen times for the Addicks before moving on to Portsmouth in January 2006. On the same day, reserves centre-back Danny O’Donnell joined Crewe Alexandra on loan. He played 31 times for the Alex that season, making the switch permanent in June 2007. Happy birthday Julian 1968 - Former left-back Julian Dicks was born in Bristol. He signed from West Ham United for £1.5m in September 1993 and has the honour of being the last red to score in front of the standing Kop, before he returned to West Ham United in May 1994 after three goals in 28 reds games. Farewell Nessie 2002 - Agnes ‘Nessie’ Shankly’s funeral was held in Liverpool. She had been Bill Shankly’s wife throughout his career and was well-loved by many of the players and staff at Anfield. Wembley disappointment 1992 - Paul Stewart made his first-class debut for the reds as we lost 4-3 to Leeds United in the FA Charity Shield at Wembley, thanks to an Eric Cantona hat-trick, the first of his five goals past us, with Tony Dorigo also on target. Ian Rush and Dean Saunders netted, as we also benefited from a late Gordon Strachan own goal. Pepe wins again 2007 - Pepe Reina was awarded the Barclays Golden Glove Award for most clean sheets for the second successive season. He went on to claimed it twice more during his time in England. 2014 – He was sold to Bayern München for £2m after 177 clean sheets in 394 reds games since signing from Villarreal for £6m in July 2005. He had helped us to claim the FA Cup, League Cup, UEFA Super Cup and FA Charity Shield. Bonjour and au revoir 2003 - Young French centre-back Carl Medjani signed from Saint-Étienne on a free transfer. He never made the reds first team, moving back to his native land to join Lorient in July 2006 after a previous loan spell. 2005 - He signed for Metz on loan, making 25 senior appearances. 2014 – Left-back Aly Cissokho signed for Aston Villa, having spent the previous season on loan from Valencia at Anfield. On the same day, Spanish midfielder Gerardo Bruna signed for Tranmere Rovers, while centre-forward Adam Morgan joined St. Johnstone on loan from Yeovil Town. 2010 – Right-back Philipp Degen joined VfB Stuttgart on loan, but he could only make eight first-team appearances as he once again suffered with injuries. 1941 – Defender Fred Finney signed on as an amateur in August 1941, but played just two senior reds games, both in the space of a week against Chester in January 1946. Barmby on the move Nick Barmby twice changed clubs on this day over the years. 1995 - He joined Middlesbrough from Tottenham Hotspur for £5.25m. 2002 - He left Anfield for Leeds United in a £2.75m deal after eight goals in 58 reds games. Jock remembered 1998 - We played Celtic in a friendly to commemorate the opening of their Jock Stein Stand. Øyvind Leonhardsen grabbed the only goal of the game. German friendlies We have twice played at Hamburger SV’s Volksparkstadion on this day over the years. 1967 - Ian St. John grabbed a brace as we drew 2-2. 1986 - We lost 1-0. 1978 - We drew 1-1 at Bayern München, with David Fairclough on the scoresheet. Reds in Scandinavia 1988 - John Aldridge and Ronnie Whelan were on target as we drew 2-2 at Norwegian side Tromsø. 1990 - John Barnes struck the only goal of the game against a Stockholm Alliance XI in Solna. Other friendlies 2021 – Diogo Jota struck as we drew 1-1 with Athletic Bilbao in an Anfield friendly in front of a 75% capacity crowd, post-COVID. 2009 - We lost 2-1 at Anfield to Club Atlético de Madrid in our final pre-season friendly, with Lucas notching for the reds after we went in two goals down at the break, also suffering an injury to Jamie Carragher. Ex-red Florent Sinama-Pongolle came off the bench for the visitors to a warm reception during the second half. 2008 – Andriy Voronin bagged the only goal of the game in the final minute as we entertained S.S. Lazio at Anfield in our final pre-season friendly. 1984 - Alan Kennedy struck to hand us victory over Swiss side BSC Young Boys in the first round of the Phillips Trophy at their w***dorf Stadion in Bern, which we went on to win two days later. 1982 - Phil Neal netted from the spot, with Ian Rush on target twice as we won 3-0 at Third Division Portsmouth. 1975 - Jimmy Case scored in our last pre-season friendly as we drew 1-1 at Dutch side Roda JC in a game that marked the official switching on of the new floodlights at the Gemeentelijk Sportpark Kaalheide. Adam on target 2010 – Adam Morgan netted for England Under-17’s as they beat Sweden 2-1 in the Final of the Nordic Tournament in Finland. More beer 2002 - A new three-year sponsorship deal with Carlsberg, worth up to £15m, was announced. Clem honoured 2001 - It was announced that Ray Clemence had won a prestigious UEFA award to mark his achievement of playing more than a century of UEFA club competition games. On the move 2008 – Ex-reds defender Stephen Wright signed for Coventry City after spending much of the previous season at Stoke City. On the same day, Jari Litmanen re-signed for Lahti in his native Finland. He netted four goals in fourteen League outings before signing a one-year deal in April 2009. 2001 - Reserves defender Alan Navarro joined Crewe Alexandra for his second loan spell at Gresty Road. He made nine appearances to add to the eight he had made there at the end of the previous season. On the same day, midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain joined Arsenal from Southampton for a reported £12m, going on to bag twenty goals in 198 games for the Gunners before moving to Anfield for £35m in August 2017. 2012 – Young forward Henoc Mukendi joined Northampton Town on loan, netting once in thirteen outings, although ten of these were from the bench. 2016 – Full-back Ryan McLaughlin signed for Oldham Athletic, having been released by the reds at the end of the previous campaign. He scored twice in 43 outings in his first season with the Latics. 2018 – Ex-reds left-back Brad Smith joined Seattle Sounders on loan from Bournemouth. 2019 – Ovie Ejaria returned to Reading for a second loan spell, netting three times in 39 outings as the Royals finished in mid-table in the Championship. On the same day, keeper Scott Carson joined Manchester City on loan from Derby County, but never made a first-team appearance. Meanwhile, Andy Carroll re-signed for Newcastle United, failing to notch in 21 games in his first campaign back on Tyneside. A century of the League 1987 - Peter Beardsley and ex-red Steve Ogrizovic both played as a Football League side beat a Rest of the World eleven that included future red Glenn Hysén 3-0 in the Football League Centenary Classic at Wembley Stadium. Rickie the dad again 2013 – Future reds forward Rickie Lambert became a father for the third time, to Bella Rose. Also in international action 1991 – Future red Øyvind Leonhardsen played for Norway in their 2-1 friendly defeat by Sweden in Oslo. 1984 – Jim Beglin featured in the Republic of Ireland’s goalless draw with Mexico in Dublin.
  5. Will

    19th February

    Brucie’s farewell 1994 - Bruce Grobbelaar played his final reds game in a 2-0 League defeat at Leeds United, with David Wetherall and future red Gary McAllister on target, the latter via a deflection off Mark Wright. Our eccentric keeper had played 628 times in total, helping us to six League titles, one European Cup, three FA Cups, three League Cups and three FA Charity Shields. David James replaced him for the final minute, so beginning a run of 213 consecutive reds appearances. 1997 - We faced Leeds again, with Stan Collymore bagging a brace as we won 4-0 at Anfield, as Jamie Redknapp and Robbie Fowler also got on the scoresheet. Stan’s first goal was our 300th in the Premier League. Double centurions 1980 – Terry McDermott netted while playing his 200th reds game, with Alan Hansen completing his century, as we beat Nottingham Forest 2-0 at Anfield, with Ray Kennedy also on target. 1964 – Roger Hunt reached 200 appearances for the club, scoring in our 2-2 draw at Aston Villa. Alf Arrowsmith also netted. 1958 – Billy Liddell reached 200 goals for the reds in our 1-1 Second Division draw at Doncaster Rovers as right-back John Molyneux played his hundredth League game for us. Go back to Italy 2008 - Late goals from Dirk Kuyt and Steven Gerrard handed us a 2-0 victory over Internazionale in the first leg of our Champions League Round of sixteen tie at Anfield. Ex-Blue Marco Materazzi was sent off for the visitors, while Gerrard’s goal meant that he had scored in his fifth consecutive game in Europe, a joint club record and a new record in a single season. 2015 – We beat Beşiktaş JK 1-0 at Anfield in the first leg of our UEFA Europa League Round of 32 tie, with Mario Balotelli converting a late spot kick, his fourth and last reds goal, having fought off skipper Jordan Henderson for the right to take it. Unfortunately, we lost the return fixture by the same score, crashing out on penalties. Signing on 1990 - Steve McManaman signed as a professional for the reds. Shaggy struck 66 times in 364 reds games, helping us to the FA Cup in 1992 and the Coca-Cola Cup three years later. 1943 – Centre-half Laurie Hughes signed from Tranmere Rovers. He made 326 reds appearances, netting just once. He helped us to the first post-war League title in 1947 and the FA Cup Final three years later, becoming the first red to appear in the World Cup Finals later that year. Heading towards Wembley 2012 – We beat Brighton & Hove Albion 6-1 in an FA Cup Fifth Round tie at Anfield, as we benefited from three own goals for the first time in our history, although one of these is also often credited to Steven Gerrard. Martin Škrtel headed in the opener, with Andy Carroll and Luis Suárz also netting, with the Uruguayan also having a penalty saved. Ex-red Alan Navarro featured for the Seagulls. Last strike 1977 - Joey Jones netted his third and last goal for the reds as we beat Derby County 3-1 at Anfield. Kevin Hector scored his fourth and final past us, with John Toshack and Kevin Keegan both also on target. First time at Old Trafford 1910 - We played in the first ever match at Manchester United’s new ground, Old Trafford, spoiling the party by running out 4-3 winners to secure our first ever away victory against them. United’s Sandy Turnbull struck one of his five goals against the reds with Tom Homer also on target for the home side before the break. Arthur Goddard pulled a goal back after half-time before George Wall restored United’s two-goal cushion with one of his ten strikes past us. Goddard struck again, his fiftieth League goal for the reds, before a brace from James Stewart handed us victory. Dick departs 1925 – Centre-forward Dick Johnson was sold to Stoke after thirty goals in 82 outings, including two hat-tricks, since arriving in January 1920. He helped us to the League title in 1923 and was noted for his overhead bicycle kicks. Trigger at Wembley 1992 - Rob Jones made his full England debut in a 2-0 victory over France at Wembley, winning the first of his eight international caps. Mark Wright also played, winning his first cap as a red, with future red Nigel Clough also in the line-up. On the same day, Dean Saunders and ex-reds John Aldridge and Kevin Sheedy all played in the only full international ever played at the Royal Dublin Society, as Wales beat the Republic of Ireland 1-0. This was Sheedy’s 42nd cap, and final one as an Evertonian. Meanwhile, ex-red Jim Magilton and future red Gary McAllister were in opposition as Scotland beat Northern Ireland 1-0 in a friendly at Hampden Park. Held by the Germans 2019 – We were held to a goalless draw at Anfield in the first leg of our UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie by Bayern München, en route to glory in Madrid at the end of that campaign. FA Cup memories Of our four other FA Cup ties on this day over the years, we have only won one, although this was a handsome victory. 1968 - Striker Tony Hateley grabbed four goals in our 5-2 Fourth Round replay win over Walsall at Anfield, with Geoff Strong also on the scoresheet and Tommy Watson nabbing a brace for the visitors. It was such a foggy evening that the Kop had to chant for those in the Anny Road to tell them who had scored down that end! We went on to reach the Sixth Round that year, before succumbing to eventual winners West Bromwich Albion after a second replay. 1995 - Robbie Fowler netted his first goal in the competition, equalising in our 1-1 Anfield draw with Wimbledon in a Fifth Round tie, with Robbie Earle hitting the post with just two minutes remaining. We went on to win the replay 2-0 at Selhurst Park, but were knocked out at home by Tottenham Hotspur in the next round. The king honoured 1985 – Kenny Dalglish received his MBE for services to football from The Queen at Buckingham Palace. Bill at the treble again 1938 - Billy ‘Ginger’ Richardson struck a hat-trick for West Bromwich Albion as we were thumped 5-1 at The Hawthorns, having already done so against the reds two years earlier, taking his tally against us to nine. Jack Balmer bagged our consolation as Ike Clarke netted the first of his four goals against the reds, with Joe Johnson also on target. Ned for Scotland 1887 - Future reds keeper Ned Doig won the first of his five Scotland caps as they beat Northern Ireland 4-1 in the British International Championships at Hampden Park. Happy birthdays 2003 – Polish keeper Jakub Ojrzyński was born in Warsaw. He arrived at the Academy in the summer of 2019, turning professional in July 2020. 1973 – Former first-team fitness coach Paco de Miguel was born in Madrid. He left Valencia to move to Anfield in 2007, continuing to work with Rafael Benítez at future clubs. 1870 – Scottish winger Patrick Gordon was born in Renton, West Dunbartonshire. He signed from Everton in June 1893, netting eight times in thirty reds games as he helped us to the Second Division title before joining Blackburn Rovers in October 1894. Trouncing the Blues 1901 - We thumped Manchester City 8-0 at their old Hyde Road ground in a benefit match for Reid. John Hunter bagged a treble, with John Davies netting a brace and Bill Goldie, Andy McGuigan and Charles Satterthwaite also scoring. Brad bows out 2000 - Brad Friedel’s USA lost at the Quarter-final stage of the Gold Cup in Miami. Their game against Colombia ended 2-2, but the Americans lost a penalty shoot-out 2-1, despite Friedel saving one of the Colombian kicks. Derby despair 1898 - We lost 2-0 to Everton in a friendly at Anfield. Down from the seaside We have twice entertained Blackpool in First Division matches on this day in history. 1949 - We were held to a 1-1 draw when Jack Balmer grabbed our goal. The legendary Stanley Matthews and Stan Mortenson were both in the visitors’ side, for whom future Blue Jimmy McIntosh struck one of his six goals past us. 1966 - Roger Hunt bagged a brace with Alf Arrowsmith and Gordon Milne also on the scoresheet as we triumphed 4-1. Other reds games 1975 – We shared a goalless draw with West Ham United in muddy conditions in East London. 1972 – We beat Sheffield United 2-0 at Anfield with John Toshack on target twice. 1955 – We lost 2-0 to Huddersfield Town in an FA Cup Fifth Round meeting in L4 with Jimmy Glazzard nabbing the last of his five goals past us after Albert Hobson had given the Terriers the lead. 1927 – We lost 2-0 at Arsenal in another Fifth Round tie, with Jimmy Brain netting one of his eight goals against the reds and Charlie Buchan scoring one of his 21 past us. 1921 – We drew 0-0 at Bradford City. Danny on the move 2004 - Ex-reserves midfielder Danny Williams joined Chester City on loan from Kidderminster Harriers. He played five times for the Third Division outfit before moving into Welsh football. Also in international action 1944 – Matt Busby captained England as they thumped Scotland 6-2 in a Wartime International at Wembley. 1989 – Future reds Stig Inge Bjørnebye and Øyvind Leonhardsen both featured as Norway Under-20’s lost a World Championships Finals group game 2-0 to Argentina in Saudi Arabia. 2018 – Future red Fábio Carvalho played for England Under-16’s as they beat Scotland 2-0 at St. George’s Park.
  6. Will

    28th July

    Happy birthday Mr Kennedy 1951 - Ray Kennedy was born in Seaton Delavel. After five successful years as a forward with Arsenal, Bob Paisley converted him into a left-sided midfielder following his club record £180,000 arrival as Bill Shankly’s last signing in July 1974. He won six League titles, three European Cups, the UEFA Cup, UEFA Super Cup, League Cup and three FA Charity Shields before joining John Toshack’s Swansea City in January 1982, striking 72 times in 393 reds games. He is now battling against Parkinson’s disease. Robbie arrives 2008 - Robbie Keane signed from Tottenham Hotspur for £19.3m. He struck seven times in 28 reds outings before returning to north London for an initial £15m fee the following February. He grabbed fifteen goals in 52 games in his second spell with Spurs before moving on to LA Galaxy for £3.5m in August 2011, while also being loaned out to Celtic and West Ham United. On the same day, ex-red El-Hadji Diouf joined Sunderland from Bolton Wanderers for £2.5m, after a total of 24 goals in 136 games for the Trotters. Razor sheathed 1992 - Ray Houghton was sold to Aston Villa for £900,000 as Graeme Souness tried to reduce the number of non-Englishmen in the squad, to comply with UEFA regulations for European competition. He had netted 38 times in 202 reds games, helping us to claim two League titles, two FA Cups and the FA Charity Shield. In comes Harvey 2019 – Winger Harvey Elliott signed from Fulham for a fee eventually set at an initial £1.2m, having become the youngest ever to play in both the Premier League and League Cup while with the Cottagers. He made his senior bow on the same day as we lost 3-0 to SSC Napoli at Murrayfield in Edinburgh. He netted once in twenty senior appearances across his first three years with the reds, as well as suffering a serious ankle injury. 2020 – Northern Irish youngster Conor Bradley signed for the reds as a professional. He has so far made five senior reds appearances and is spending the 2022/23 season on loan at Bolton Wanderers. Rafa’s first capture 2004 - Josemi signed from Málaga for £2m, becoming new boss Rafael Benítez’s first signing. He made just 35 reds appearances at right-back before joining Villarreal in exchange for Jan Kromkamp in January 2006. Shaq off the mark 2018 – Xherdan Shaqiri scored in his first reds game as we thumped Manchester United 4-1 in an International Champions Cup game in Michigan, with Sadio Mané and Sheyi Ojo both scoring from the spot and Daniel Sturridge also on target. Four for Fagan 1945 - Willie Fagan scored four times, including two penalties, as we thumped an RAF XI 7-0 in Germany shortly after the end of hostilities. Legendary forward Billy Liddell bagged a brace, with Jack Balmer completing the scoring. Fernando the champion 2002 - Future red Fernando Torres bagged the only goal of the Final of the European Championships for Spain Under-19’s as they beat their German counterparts in Oslo. This was the third consecutive Under-19’s game in which he had scored. Reds firsts 2012 – Fabio Borini played his first reds game in a dour goalless draw with Tottenham Hotspur in Baltimore on our North American tour. 2014 – Herbie Kane skippered England Under-17’s while making his debut at this level as they thumped Iceland 5-1 in a Nordic Tournament group game in Denmark, with Trent Alexander-Arnold also featuring. On the same day, future red Marko Grujić played for Serbia Under-19’s in their goalless draw with Portugal in their European Championships Semi-final, with Portugal going through to the Final after a penalty shoot-out. New boys off the mark 1997 - New signing Øyvind Leonhardsen and young winger Mark Kennedy both scored their first reds goals in a 6-0 rout of Shelbourne in Dublin, each netting twice. Danny Murphy also struck his first reds goal, with Steve McManaman adding the other. Red deaths 1967 – Scottish centre-half David Pratt died. He played 84 times for the reds after signing from Bradford City in January 1923, scoring just once and being known for his long throw-ins. He left Anfield to sign for Bury in November 1927. 1960 – Scottish inside-right Jimmy Stewart died. He arrived from Motherwell in April 1909, bagging 26 goals in 63 outings before joining Hamilton Academical in January 1914. Starting out 1996 - We were held to a goalless draw at Goodison Park in the third-place play-off of a friendly tournament also featuring Borussia Mönchengladbach and Porto, to celebrate the centenary of the birth of Sir John Moores CBE. Jamie Carragher made his first reds appearance, playing at right wing-back in place of the injured Jason McAteer. 2013 – Future reds midfielder Naby Keïta won his first senior cap as Guinea beat Mali 1-0 in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Conakry. 2016 – Winger Harry Wilson signed a new contract. He made his reds bow in January 2017 in our FA Cup Third Round replay win at Plymouth Argyle, but only made one further first-team appearance. He was sold to Fulham for a reported £12m in July 2021 after a successful loan spell. Scandinavian reds 1987 - Steve Nicol was on target as we drew 1-1 with Danish side Brønshøj at the Ringsted Stadion. Play was stopped briefly during the second half when a rabbit ran onto the pitch! 1991 - We were held to a goalless draw at Sirius in Sweden. Cleaned out by Ajax 2001 - We lost our closing fixture in the pre-season Amsterdam Tournament, going down 3-1 to Ajax. Jari Litmanen featured against his old side, while Robbie Fowler was on the scoresheet. Other pre-season games 1971 - Chris Lawler netted from long range as we beat Wrexham 1-0 in a testimonial game for Arfon Griffiths at the Racecourse Ground. 1993 - Ian Rush scored as we drew 1-1 at Birmingham City in the T.N.T. Inter-City Challenge Cup. We lost the resulting penalty shoot-out 4-3. 2007 - A Liverpool XI was held to a 1-1 friendly draw at Colchester United, with Miki Roqué volleying our goal. 2011 – We lost 3-0 at Galatasaray. 2013 – We beat the Thailand national side 3-0 in Bangkok, with Philippe Coutinho, Iago Aspas and Steven Gerrard on target. South coast moves 2009 - Peter Crouch joined Tottenham Hotspur from Portsmouth. He had struck sixteen times in 49 outings in this second spell with Pompey. 2006 - David Thompson moved to Fratton Park, having been released by Wigan Athletic at the end of the previous season. He featured just fifteen times for Pompey before moving to Bolton Wanderers the following January. Tosh for Charlie 1969 - Future red John Toshack played for Wales as they lost 1-0 to a Rest Of UK side at Ninian Park, in a game played to mark the investiture of the Prince of Wales, and raise funds for the Aberfan Disaster Fund. Youngsters in action 2009 – Conor Coady and future red Conor Thomas made their debuts for England Under-17’s as they drew 1-1 with Denmark in the Nordic Tournament in Trondheim, with Andre Wisdom also featuring. 2002 - Michael Foley-Sheridan appeared for the Republic of Ireland Under-19’s in the European Championship Finals third place play-off, which they lost 2-1 to Slovakia in Oslo. 1997 – Future red Haukur Ingi Gudnason won his seventeenth and last Under-19’s cap as Iceland drew 2-2 with Hungary in a European Championships group game. Ged in charge 1993 - Future reds boss Gérard Houllier led France to a 3-1 friendly win over Russia in Caen. Frank Sauzée, Eric Cantona and Jean-Pierre Papin netted for Les Bleus. Lucas at last 2008 – Lucas Leiva featured for a Brazil Olympic XI in their 3-0 defeat of a Singapore Select XI in the Stadium of Singapore, in what was the last match before the stadium was demolished later that year. On the move again 1987 - Future reds loanee keeper Alec Chamberlain joined Everton from Ipswich Town for £80,000, although he never made the first team before moving on to Luton Town for £150,000 a year later. 2005 - Ex-reserves midfielder Neil Prince signed for Conference North outfit Stalybridge Celtic three years ago, after impressing on a trial. He left in May 2007 after seventeen strikes in 84 appearances. 2010 – Ex-reds winger Mark Kennedy joined Ipswich Town for £75,000 from Cardiff City. He had failed to find the net in 79 outings for the Bluebirds. 2011 – Midfielder Momo Sissoko joined Paris Saint-Germain from Juventus for an initial €7m, netting twice in 35 outings, before having his contract terminated in September 2013. 2015 - Spanish forward Dani Pacheco joined Deportivo Alavés on loan from Real Betis Balompié, netting three times in 38 outings as they claimed the Segunda División title. 2017 – Midfielder Adam Phillips signed for Norwich City, having his contract cancelled in February 2019 having failed to make a senior appearance. On the same day, right-back Connor Randall joined Heart Of Midlothian on loan, turning out 27 times for the Jam Tarts.
  7. Will

    15th October

    An epic swindle 2010 – The sale of the club to New England Sports Ventures under the leadership of John W. Henry was completed, after a chaotic few days of court cases. On the same day, Jamie Carragher signed a contract extension tying him to the club until 2013, while future reds Emre Can and Samed Yeşil both played as Germany Under-17’s won a European Championships qualifier 5-0 in Estonia. Michael at the treble 1983 - Michael Robinson netted a hat-trick, his first League goals for the reds, as we won 3-1 at West Ham United, despite Craig Johnston being sent off just after the hour mark. Billy Bonds made his 700th West Ham appearance in this game, as we closed the gap on the second-placed Hammers to two points. Alan Devonshire was on target for the home side with a late consolation. 1955 - We also faced them when Alan A’Court, Jimmy Payne and Billy Liddell all struck as we won a Second Division meeting 3-1 at Anfield. 1906 – Robert Blanthorne bagged a treble as we thumped Rossendale United 6-0 in a Lancashire Senior Cup game at Anfield. Bill McPherson added a brace, with John Carlin also netting. Luis in trouble 2011 - We were held to a 1-1 draw by Manchester United when Steven Gerrard put us ahead with a free-kick before Javier Hernández headed in a late equaliser. However, the game will be best remembered for the run-in between Luis Suárez and United skipper Patrice Evra. More reds trebles 2000 - Michael Owen left the pitch with a nasty head wound, with Emile Heskey responding by bagging a classic treble of header, right-foot and left-foot strikes as we won 4-0 at Derby County, with Vegard Heggem playing his 65th and final reds game. Patrik Berger rounded off a fantastic team move for the other goal. 1932 - Gordon Hodgson scored a twenty-minute second-half hat-trick as we beat Portsmouth 4-3 in a top-flight match at Anfield, after Dave Wright had opened the scoring. Jimmy Easson struck one of his eight goals past us, with Jack Smith and James Nichol also on target. 1960 - We also hosted Pompey in a Second Division fixture, when Dave Hickson bagged a brace in a 3-3 draw, with Roger Hunt also on target as we came from 1-0 and 3-1 down. Jimmy White bagged a brace for the visitors, with Sammy Chapman also netting. Cup first-timers 1892 - We played our first ever FA Cup match, winning 4-0 at Nantwich in the First Qualifying Round, with John Miller netting a hat-trick. Tom Wyllie grabbed the other goal while right-half John McCartney made his reds bow. Ben born 1999 – Forward Ben Woodburn was born in Tattenhall, near Chester. He made his reds bow in November 2016, so far scoring just once in eleven first-team outings, as well as becoming a regular part of the Wales senior squad. Cup winners 1962 – We claimed the Liverpool Senior Cup by beating Tranmere Rovers 2-1 at Anfield, with Roger Hunt and Gordon Wallace on target. Dirk’s bow 1913 – South African keeper Dirk Kemp was born in Cape Town. He signed from Transvaal in December 1936 but played just thirty senior and ten Wartime games for the reds. New skipper 2003 - It was announced that Steven Gerrard had replaced Sami Hyypiä as club captain, prior to our game at home to Slovenian side Olimpija Ljubljana. Florent Sinama-Pongolle made his reds bow as we reached the Second Round of the UEFA Cup 4-1 on aggregate, in our 150th game in this competition. Anthony Le Tallec scored his only reds goal, with Emile Heskey grabbing his fiftieth, and Harry Kewell also netting in our 3-0 win, with El-Hadji Diouf missing a late penalty. Leo’s reds bow 1997 - Øyvind Leonhardsen made his reds debut as a half-time substitute for Jamie Carragher after missing the opening eleven games of the season through injury, as we won 2-0 at West Bromwich Albion in a League Cup Third Round tie. Patrik Berger and Robbie Fowler were on target. 1904 - We also faced the Baggies when Jack Parkinson struck a brace in our 3-2 Second Division win at Anfield, with Bobby Robinson also on the scoresheet. Cally’s double century 1966 – Ian Callaghan played his 200th League game as Roger Hunt struck in our 1-1 top-flight draw at Nottingham Forest, with Joe Baker netting one of his four goals against us. This was our fourth straight stalemate at the City Ground. Mixed fortunes against the Villains 1938 - We beat Aston Villa 3-0 at home with Harman van den Berg, Jack Balmer and Willie Fagan all on target, with Fagan’s goal being the club’s 3,000th in all competitions. Left-half Jimmy McDougall was presented with a £650 cheque for “his loyalty and fine service as a player” after the game, nine months after his 356th and final reds game. This was George Kay’s hundredth game in charge of the reds. 1898 - We also played them in the First Division at Anfield, going down to a 3-0 defeat. Jack Devey scored one of his seven goals against the reds, with Fred Wheldon netting one of his four and George Johnson also on the scoresheet. Sidlow’s farewell 1949 - Keeper Cyril Sidlow won his seventh and final cap for Wales as they lost 4-1 in Cardiff to England in the British International Championships. Mixed fortunes against Rovers 2005 - Djibril Cissé grabbed the only goal against Blackburn Rovers at Anfield from a free-kick, with the visitors having Zurab Khizanishvili dismissed, although his red card was later rescinded. 1994 - We lost 3-2 at Ewood Park in another Premiership game, when Robbie Fowler and John Barnes netted for the reds. Chris Sutton nabbed two of his seven goals against us, with Mark Atkins also on target. 1924 - We also met Rovers, being held to a goalless draw in our top-flight meeting at Anfield. Derby stalemate 1927 - We held Everton to a 1-1 draw at Goodison Park with Dick Edmed netting our goal as left-back Donald McKinlay played his 400th game for the reds. Four-goal wins We have twice won top-flight fixtures 4-0 at home on this day in history. 1910 - Jack Parkinson struck a brace as we beat Bristol City, with Joseph Brough and Jimmy Harrop also on the scoresheet. 1921 – Tommy Lucas nabbed his first of his three reds goals as Harry Chambers and Dick Forshaw also scored against Preston North End, with Harry Beadles converting a penalty. First and last caps 2013 - Harry Wilson became Wales’ youngest ever player and the reds’ youngest ever senior international, aged 16 years 208 days, coming off the bench as they drew a World Cup qualifier 1-1 in Belgium, with ex-red Craig Bellamy winning his 78th and final cap. Steven Gerrard scored his 21st and last goal for his country as Roy Hodgson’s England beat Poland 2-0 at Wembley. Future red Alberto Moreno made his senior international bow as Spain beat Georgia 2-0 in Albacete. Luis Suárez scored from the spot with ex-red Maxi Rodríguez netting twice as Uruguay beat Argentina 3-2, while future red Mario Balotelli struck as Italy were held to a 2-2 draw by Armenia in Naples. Daniel Agger bagged a brace as Denmark thumped Malta 6-0 in Copenhagen, while ex-red Robbie Keane converted a penalty in the Republic of Ireland’s 3-1 defeat of Kazakhstan in Dublin. Ex-red Alexander Kačaniklić scored his last goal for Sweden as they lost 5-3 to Germany in Solna with Krisztián Németh winning his last cap as a Roda JC Kerkrade player. Also in international action were Tiago Ilori, Lucas, Jack Robinson, Daniel Sturridge, future reds Emre Can, Ragnar Klavan, Dejan Lovren and James Milner, and ex-reds Alberto Aquilani, Tom Ince and Dirk Kuyt. 2008 - Peter Crouch won his first cap as a Portsmouth player with Emile Heskey making his final appearance while with Wigan Athletic as Steven Gerrard netted in England’s 3-1 World Cup qualifying win in Belarus. Alberto Aquilani netted his only two goals as a Roma player as Italy beat Montenegro 2-1 in Lecce, while Yossi Benayoun was on target in Israel’s 1-1 draw in Latvia. Robbie Keane bagged his last goal as a red in the Republic of Ireland’s 1-0 victory over Cyprus at Croke Park. Future red Milan Jovanović netted in Serbia’s 3-1 win in Austria, with future red Mario Balotelli nabbing a brace as Italy Under-21’s won 3-1 in Israel and Ragnar Klavan winning his last cap as a Heracles Almelo player as they drew 0-0 with Turkey in Tallinn. Xabi Alonso, Ryan Babel, Andrea Dossena, Sami Hyypiä, Dirk Kuyt, Javier Mascherano, Fernando Torres, future reds Sotirios Kyrgiakos, Alex Manninger, Raul Meireles and Nuri Şahin, and ex-reds Milan Baroš, Craig Bellamy, Mark González, David James, Jari Litmanen, John Arne Riise, Daniel Sjölund and John Toshack all also featured in qualifiers that day. Other reds games 1977 – We won 2-1 at Leeds United with Jimmy Case bagging a brace. 1968 – Chris Lawler was on target as we lost a League Cup Fourth Round tie at Arsenal. Peter Simpson gave the Gunners the lead, with John Radford scoring one of his seven goals against the reds late on. 1949 – We were held to a goalless draw at Blackpool. On the move 2020 – Ex-reds loanee Victor Moses joined Spartak Moscow on loan from Chelsea, scoring four times in twenty games before making the move permanent in July 2021. Internationals on target 2019 – Future red Takumi Minamino struck twice as Japan won a World Cup qualifier 3-0 in Tajikistan while Rafael Camacho won his sixth and last cap for Portugal Under-20’s as they lost 4-3 to Italy in the Under 20 Elite League in Guarda. Rhian Brewster, Kamil Grabara, ex-red Brad Smith and future reds Luis Díaz and Thiago also represented their countries that day, while Jakub Ojrzyński debuted for Poland Under-17’s in their 2-2 European Championships qualifying draw with Belgium in Włocławek. 2018 - Ex-red Raheem Sterling bagged a brace as England beat Spain 3-2 in a UEFA Nations League group game in Seville, with Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez, future red Thiago and ex-red Iago Aspas also featuring. Also in action that day were Curtis Jones, Dejan Lovren, Xherdan Shaqiri, future red Kostas Tsimikas and ex-red Péter Gulácsi. 2014 – Future red Mohamed Salah netted as Egypt beat Botswana 2-0 in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Cairo, with future reds Naby Keïta and Sadio Mané also playing in qualifiers that day while future red Marko Grujić featured for Serbia Under-19’s. 2013 – Salah also played for country as they lost a World Cup qualifier 6-1 in Ghana. 2012 – Ryan McLaughlin scored for Northern Ireland Under-19’s as they trounced Moldova 8-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Portadown. Meanwhile, future red Gini Wijnaldum struck as the Dutch Under-21’s beat Slovakia 2-0 in a European Championships qualifying play-off. 2002 - A trio of reds youngsters scored in European Under-21 Championships qualifiers. Daniel Sjölund struck as Finland drew 3-3 with Serbia & Montenegro in Smederevo. Meanwhile, Anthony Le Tallec and Florent Sinama-Pongolle were both in target in France’s 3-0 win in Malta. This was Le Tallec’s first goal at this level, while Flo was netting in his third consecutive Under-21’s appearance. Alou Diarra also played, as all three won their fourth caps at this level. Also in Under-21’s action that day were Chris Kirkland and future reds Joe Cole, Peter Crouch, Ragnar Klavan, Paul Konchesky and Pepe Reina.
  8. Will

    9th September

    A great start for the knight 1959 - ‘Sir’ Roger Hunt scored on his reds debut as we beat Sc***horpe United 2-0 at Anfield, with Jimmy Melia bagging the other. Roger went on to notch 285 times in 492 reds games, a club record until the arrival of Ian Rush. 1961 - We also beat The Iron 2-1 in another Second Division meeting at Anfield thanks to a Derek Hemstead own goal and an Alan A’Court strike. This was our sixth straight win from the start of the season as we went on to clinch the title. A red stalwart moves on 1994 - Ronnie Whelan left Anfield for Southend United on a free transfer. He had signed from Home Farm for £35,000 in September 1979 and played 493 reds games, netting 73 times and winning six League titles, one European Cup, two FA Cups, three League Cups and three FA Charity Shields. He turned out 35 times for the Shrimpers, netting once, and became Player/Manager the following summer. On the same day, Mark Walters joined Wolverhampton Wanderers on loan. He struck three times in eleven appearances for Wolves before returning to Anfield. Michael walks free 2009 - Michael Shields was finally released with a royal pardon after four years behind bars for a crime he did not commit in Bulgaria in the aftermath of the Champions League Final in Istanbul. A day of firsts and lasts 2000 - Christian Ziege made his reds bow as a substitute in our 3-2 defeat of Manchester City at Anfield. Jamie Carragher skippered the side for the first time, while Michael Owen netted in his hundredth League game. Mad Dutchman Erik Meijer made his 27th and final appearance for the reds, as Dietmar Hamann scored a very rare brace as City fought back from two goals down before Hamann’s late winner. Ex-World Player of the Year George Weah scored his only League goal for City, with Kevin Horlock converting a spot-kick. 1893 – Winger Patrick Gordon bagged the first of his eight reds goals as we beat Lincoln City 4-0 in a Second Division fixture at Anfield. Left-half James McBride netted a brace with Malcolm McVean also on target. 1944 - Cyril Done was on target in his fourth consecutive reds game as we drew 2-2 with Manchester City at Anfield in a Wartime League match, with Berry Nieuwenhuys also on the scoresheet. 1911 - We were held by the same score in L4, with Jack Parkinson and Ronald Orr both on target. Tommy Kelso struck twice from the spot for the Sky Blues. Debuting on the left 1912 - Left-half Joe Dines played his only reds game as we won 2-1 at Chelsea thanks to goals from Arthur Goddard and Tommy Gracie. He was killed on the Western Front in 1918. 1967 - We beat the Blues again, this time 3-1 at Anfield with Tommy Smith converting a penalty and Tony Hateley on the scoresheet twice. Keeper Tommy Lawrence played his 200th League game for the reds. 1933 - Left-back Jack Tennant made his reds bow as we went down 4-2 at Aston Villa, with Gordon Hodgson and Sam English on target. Eric Houghton struck two of his six goals past us for the home side, with Dai Astley bagging the first of his six and Alec Talbot also on target for the Villains. Triple centurion 1905 – Tom Watson took charge of his 300th reds League game as Blackburn Rovers won 3-1 at Anfield. Play was halted after 25 minutes due to torrential rain. Jack Cox put us in front, but an Adam Bowman brace gave the visitors a half-time lead. Bill Davies struck late on. Clem in charge 1978 – Ray Clemence skippered the reds in the absence of Emlyn Hughes as we won 3-0 at Birmingham City thanks to a brace from Graeme Souness and Alan Kennedy’s first reds strike, so apparently becoming the first red to captain the side from between the sticks. Garry Pendrey was sent off for the Blues after half an hour for a second bookable offence. Birth and death 1913 - Keeper Alf Hobson was born in County Durham. He signed from Shildon Colliery in April 1936 and made 28 reds appearances either side of the Second World War, as well as playing 171 wartime games. 2011 – Centre-half Laurie Hughes died. He signed from Tranmere Rovers in February 1943 and made 326 reds appearances, netting just once. He helped us to the first post-war League title and the FA Cup Final three years later and was the first red to appear in the World Cup Finals later that year. Derby despair 2006 - We lost 3-0 at Everton, our biggest derby defeat since September 1964, with Pepe Reina suffering a rare aberration. Tim Cahill opened the scoring with one of his five strikes past us before Andy Johnson added a brace. Heysel shame 1987 - 24 people were charged with involuntary manslaughter relating to the Heysel tragedy and extradited to Belgium. Fourteen people were eventually convicted. In comes Arnold 1970 - Midfielder Steve Arnold signed from Crewe Alexandra for £10,000, but only ever made one first-team appearance before moving to Rochdale in June 1973. His career never really took off, and he retired from the game aged 23. International starts 1980 - Boro’s future reds pairing David Hodgson and Craig Johnston both made their debuts for England Under-21’s as they beat Norway 3-1 in a friendly at The Dell. On the same day, Steve Nicol and future red Glenn Hysén faced each other at the same level in a European Championships qualifier in Degerfors. 1987 - John Barnes and Peter Beardsley both won their first England caps as reds players in a 3-1 friendly defeat to West Germany in Dusseldorf. Digger was winning his 32nd cap overall, while Quasi won his sixteenth. Future reds coach Steve Clarke won his first cap for Scotland in their 2-0 friendly win over Hungary at Hampden Park, with Steve Nicol also featuring. Ronnie Whelan and future red Ray Houghton also both played that fay as the Republic of Ireland beat Luxembourg 2-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Dublin. 1986 – István Kozma made his senior debut for Hungary in their goalless friendly draw in Norway, with fellow future red Nigel Clough featuring for England Under-21’s in a 1-1 friendly draw in Sweden. 1997 – Forde Kippe made his bow for Norway Under-21’s as they beat Switzerland 4-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Drammen, with fellow future red Vegard Heggem also in action. 1992 - Future red Paul Ince made his senior England debut in a 1-0 friendly defeat in Spain. Mark Wright and future red Nigel Clough also played. On the same day, Ronnie Rosenthal netted while winning his first cap as a reds player, and 26th to date, as Israel drew 1-1 in a World Cup qualifier in Poland. Also in qualifying action that day were future reds Øyvind Leonhardsen and Jari Litmanen, while Gérard Houllier took charge of France’s 2-0 defeat in Bulgaria and Roy Hodgson led Switzerland to a 3-1 defeat of a Scotland side that included future red Gary McAllister in Bern. 2009 – Sotirios Kyrgiakos won his first cap as a red, and 51st to date for Greece, in their 1-1 World Cup qualifier in Moldova. On the same day, Andriy Voronin won his last cap while at Anfield in Ukraine’s goalless qualifier in Belarus. 2018 - Naby Keïta won his first cap as a reds player, skippering Guinea in their 1-0 defeat of the Central African Republic in an African Cup of Nations qualifier in Conakry. On the same day, ex-red Ryan Babel scored as the Netherlands lost a UEFA Nations League group game 2-1 in France, with Virgil van Dijk captaining a side that also included Gini Wijnaldum, who was reaching a half century of caps. Meanwhile, Curtis Jones played for England Under-18’s as they beat France 2-1 to win the Limoges Tournament and Tom Clayton debuted for Scotland Under-19’s as they lost a friendly 4-3 in Poland. Also in international action were Sadio Mané, Liam Millar, Ben Woodburn, future red Fábio Carvalho and ex-reds Joe Allen and Martin Škrtel, while Glen McAuley faced Morgan Boyes and Neco Williams as Wales Under-19’s beat Ireland 1-0 in a friendly in Longford. Off! 2017 - Sadio Mané was sent off at Manchester City with the score at 1-0 as we eventually succumbed 5-0. Sergio Agüero opened the scoring with the most recent of his six goals past us to date before Mané saw red for a high challenge on keeper Ederson. Gabriel Jesus struck twice, either side of half time, with Leroy Sané adding a late brace. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain made his reds bow as a half-time replacement for Mohamed Salah. 1997 - Skipper Michael Owen was dismissed in England Under-18’s goalless European Championships qualifier with FR Yugoslavia at Millmoor. On the same day, Jamie Carragher and Danny Murphy appeared for the Under-21’s, who beat Moldova 1-0 in a qualifier in Wycombe, with future red Alex Manninger playing for Austria in another qualifier. 2013 – Andre Wisdom skippered England Under-21’s as they drew 1-1 with Finland in a European Championships qualifier in Tampere, but was also sent off. Meanwhile, future red Alberto Moreno played for a Spain in another qualifier at this level, as they beat Albania 4-0 in Logroño. 2008 – Nikolay Mihaylov and future reds Joe Allen and Mario Balotelli all played in European Championships qualifiers at Under-21’s level. Beating the Rams and Wolves We have twice beaten both Derby County and Wolverhampton Wanderers in the top flight on this day in history. 1950 - Cyril Done grabbed the only goal of the game late on against Derby at Anfield. 1989 - Ian Rush and Peter Beardsley struck as we won 3-0 at the Baseball Ground, with John Barnes notching from the spot. 1963 - Roger Hunt bagged a brace with Jimmy Melia also on the scoresheet as we won 3-1 at Molineux with Ronnie Moran playing his 300th League game for the club. 1972 - Peter Cormack grabbed his first reds goal as we beat Wolves 4-2 at Anfield. Emlyn Hughes and Kevin Keegan also struck, with Tommy Smith converting a penalty. This was the first of 336 consecutive games that Ray Clemence played in, until March 1978. John Richards bagged the first of his five goals against the reds, with Steve Kindon also on target. Quasi the Manc 1982 - Peter Beardsley signed for Manchester United from Vancouver Whitecaps for £300,000. He only made one appearance, in the League Cup, before returning to Canada six months later. Mixed fortunes against the Wearsiders 1899 - We lost 2-0 at home to Sunderland in a First Division fixture. 1969 - Geoff Strong and Tommy Smith netted as we won by the same score in a Tuesday night game at Anfield. Reds aiming for Spain 1981 - Terry McDermott, Phil Neal and Phil Thompson all played in England’s famous 2-1 World Cup qualifying defeat in Oslo, alongside ex-reds Ray Clemence and skipper Kevin Keegan. This was Clem’s first cap as a Tottenham Hotspur player. On the same day, Mark Lawrenson won his last cap as a Brighton & Hove Albion player in their 1-1 World Cup draw in the Netherlands. Future red Michael Robinson struck their goal, with Ronnie Whelan also featuring. Kenny Dalglish, Alan Hansen, future reds Glenn Hysén and John Wark, and ex-red Joey Jones all also played in qualifiers that day. Reds on target for their countries 1992 - Ian Rush bagged a treble as Wales thumped the Faroe Islands 6-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Cardiff. Dean Saunders also netted, while winning his final cap as a reds player. On the same day, future red Karl-Heinz Riedle struck in Germany’s 2-1 friendly win in Denmark, for whom Torben Piechnik won his final cap while playing for F.C. København, in a game played to inaugurate the new Parken stadium in the Danish capital. Also that day, John Aldridge netted a hat-trick, including a penalty, in the Republic of Ireland’s 4-0 defeat of Latvia at Lansdowne Road in a World Cup qualifier. These were the first of his eight goals against them in four encounters. Ex-red Kevin Sheedy also scored, with Ronnie Whelan and ex-red Steve Staunton also playing. Ex-reds reserve Jim Magilton was on the scoresheet as Northern Ireland beat Albania 3-0 in another qualifier at Windsor Park. 2019 – Gini Wijnaldum netted as the Netherlands beat an Estonia side captained by Ragnar Klavan 4-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Tallinn who was winning his last cap as a Cagliari player, with ex-red Ryan Babel bagging a brace and Virgil van Dijk skippering the Dutch. Andy Robertson captained the Steve Clarke’s Scots as they lost 4-0 to Belgium at Hampden Park, while also in international action that day were Rhian Brewster, Rafael Camacho, Ki-Jana Hoever, Curtis Jones, Dejan Lovren, Harry Wilson, future red Ibrahima Konaté and ex-reds Joe Allen, Emre Can and Péter Gulácsi. 2009 – Steven Gerrard bagged a brace as England thumped Croatia 5-1 in a World Cup qualifier at Wembley, with Glen Johnson, future red James Milner and ex-red Emile Heskey also featuring. Ex-red Jari Litmanen netted as Finland drew a qualifier 1-1 in Liechtenstein, with fellow ex-red Sami Hyypiä skippering the side. Ex-red Milan Baroš struck four times as the Czech Republic thumped San Marino 7-0, while ex-red John Arne Riise scored as Norway beat FYR Macedonia 2-1. Future red Luis Suárez netted as Uruguay beat Colombia 3-1 in Montevideo. Also in World Cup action that day were Yossi Benayoun, Dirk Kuyt, Javier Mascherano, Martin Škrtel, Fernando Torres, future reds Milan Jovanović, Ragnar Klavan, Raul Meireles and Christian Poulsen, and ex-reds Nicolas Anelka, Craig Bellamy, Alou Diarra, Rigobert Song, with John Toshack taking charge of Wales. 2007 – Rigobert Song again represented his country, as did future reds keeper Alexander Doni. On the move again 1997 - Ex-reserves midfielder Jim Magilton joined Sheffield Wednesday from Southampton for £1.6m. He only managed thirty senior appearances in two seasons at Hillsborough, scoring once, before moving to Ipswich Town in March 1999. 2005 - Former reserves defender Alan Navarro joined Accrington Stanley on a free transfer from Tranmere Rovers. He played three times in the Conference before moving on to Macclesfield Town. 2010 - John Toshack left as Manager of Wales by mutual consent, having been in charge since November 2004. 2016 – Ex-reds winger Toni Silva signed for Greek Super League side Levadiakos, netting six times in 34 games before moving on to Astra Giurgiu in Romania in July 2019. Final caps 2003 – Future red Charles Itandje won his sixth and final cap for France Under-21’s, playing alongside Alou Diarra and Florent Sinama-Pongolle in their goalless European Championships qualifier in Slovenia. Also in international action that day were Steve Finnan, Daniel Sjölund and future reds Glen Johnson, Paul Konchesky and Albert Riera. 2014 – Danny Ward won his sixth and last cap for Wales Under-21’s in their 1-1 draw with Lithuania in a European Championships qualifier in Alytus. Joe Allen, Philippe Coutinho, Dejan Lovren and future reds Emre Can, Danny Ings and Gini Wijnaldum were also in international action that day. Other reds games 1998 – Patrik Berger and Jamie Redknapp netted as we beat Coventry City 2-0 at Anfield. 1995 – We lost 1-0 to Wimbledon at Selhurst Park as Mick Harford struck the last of his seven goals against the reds, with Vinny Jones sent off late on. 1964 – We went down 2-0 at Leicester City. 1936 – Portsmouth held us to a goalless draw in L4. 1931 – We lost 4-1 at Middlesbrough. Bobby Bruce bagged two of his five goals past us, with Jack Jennings and Freddie Warren also on target for the home side. Dave Wright netted our goal. 1922 – We won 3-1 at Preston North End, with Walter Wadsworth, Dick Johnson and Harry Chambers all on the scoresheet. Also in international action 2012 – Ex-red Carl Medjani played for Algeria as they won an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier 1-0 in Libya.
  9. Will

    10th February

    On our way to Wembley 1981 - We reached our second League Cup Final as a Kenny Dalglish goal was enough to secure a 1-1 draw with Manchester City at Anfield despite an equaliser from Kevin Reeves, one of his four goals past us, to ensure we progressed 2-1 on aggregate. Many happy returns 1964 - Mike Hooper was born in Bristol. He signed from Wrexham for £40,000 in October 1985 but spent most of his Anfield career as understudy to first Bruce Grobbelaar and then David James, although he managed to make 73 first-team appearances. 1977 - Salif Diao was born in Kedogou Tallie, Senegal. He arrived at Anfield for £4.7m from Sedan in August 2002, and bagged three goals in 61 reds games, nearly half of them from the bench, and joined Stoke City permanently in January 2007 after spending most of that season on loan at the Britannia Stadium. 1910 - Inside-left Archie McPherson was born in Alva, Clackmannanshire. He signed from Rangers in November 1929 and bagged nineteen goals in 133 reds games as we endured a barren spell. He moved on to Sheffield United in December 1934, appearing for the Blades in the FA Cup Final as they lost to Arsenal at Wembley in 1936. 1995 – Midfielder Naby Keïta was born in Conakry in Guinea. In August 2017 he agreed to sign from RasenBallsport Leipzig e.V. the following July after the reds agreed to meet his £48m release fee, plus an undisclosed premium. He has so far notched seven times in 71 games, helping us to claim the League title and FIFA Club World Cup as well as suffering from a succession of injuries. Last strikes 1951 - Jack Balmer struck his 111th and final reds goal in our 2-1 win at home to the reigning League champions Portsmouth, with Bill Jones also on the scoresheet. Peter Harris struck one of his eight goals against the reds. 1894 – David Henderson bagged his last two reds goals as we beat Preston North End 3-2 in an FA Cup Second Round tie at Anfield, with Malcolm McVean also on target. Future reds Frank Becton and Jimmy Ross scored for the visitors as we entertained a five-figure crowd for the first time as 18,000 attended this game. Sir Roger’s treble We have won only four of our fifteen games on this day over the years. 1962 - Our most recent victory on this day came when Roger Hunt netted all our goals in a 3-0 Second Division win at Bury, Bill Shankly’s hundredth game in charge. This was his fourth treble of the season as Jimmy Melia played his 200th game for the club. 1917 - We also thumped the Shakers in a Wartime League meeting, with Thomas Bennett nabbing a brace and James Bradley and Harry Lewis also on target in a 4-0 victory at Anfield. Most recently 2015 – We beat Tottenham Hotspur 3-2 at Anfield, with Lazar Marković opening the scoring with his third and last goal for the club before Harry Kane equalised with the first of his seven goals past us to date. Steven Gerrard converted a penalty after the break, then Moussa Dembélé struck for the visitors, with substitute Mario Balotelli bagging the winner, his only League goal for the reds. Al’s bow 2007 - Álvaro Arbeloa made his reds debut as we lost 2-1 at Newcastle United, despite ex-Magpie Craig Bellamy putting us in front after just six minutes. Momo Sissoko made his first appearance since dislocating his shoulder against Birmingham City in November, while Danny Guthrie played his seventh and final reds game. Nobby Solano’s fourth and final goal past us came from the spot to secure the victory, with Obafemi Martins having struck the equaliser. Goalless against Chelsea 1993 - We held Chelsea to a goalless draw at Stamford Bridge as the Blues extended their winless run to eleven matches. On the same day, future red Øyvind Leonhardsen played for Norway as they drew a friendly 1-1 with Portugal in Faro. 2008 - We suffered a similar scoreless stalemate in West London. Yellow letter day for Jari 2001 - We drew 1-1 at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light in a League match. It was a notable day for Jari Litmanen, who scored his first reds goal, from the spot, and received the only booking of his brief reds career! Ex-red Don Hutchison had opened the scoring for the home side. Ton up for Quasi 1990 - Peter Beardsley played his hundredth League game for the reds as we were held to a goalless draw at Norwich City. Mixed African fortunes 2013 – Future reds loanee Victor Moses was on the winning side as Nigeria beat Burkina Faso 1-0 in the African Cup of Nations Final in Johannesburg. Future red Joe Gomez featured for England Under-17’s on the same day. 2006 – Future red Kolo Touré converted for the Ivory Coast as they lost a penalty shoot-out to Egypt in the Final in Cairo after the game ended goalless. 2002 - Future red Salif Diao played in the African Cup of Nations Final for Senegal on his 25th birthday alongside fellow future red El-Hadji Diouf. Ex-red Rigobert Song’s Cameroon won a penalty shoot-out that followed the goalless two hours of normal play in Bamako, with Diouf and Song both failing to convert their kicks. 2000 - Song also featured in the competition, helping his country to a 3-0 win over Tunisia in Ghana in the Semi-final. 2008 - Song skippered his country in the same tournament as they lost the Final 1-0 to Egypt in Accra. King Kenny replaces Digger 2000 - Kenny Dalglish was appointed Caretaker Manager of Celtic, with John Barnes and Chief Scout Terry McDermott both dismissed. King Kenny led them to ten wins in his eighteen games in charge, as they finished 21 points adrift of Rangers, although they won the League Cup under his stewardship. Martin O’Neill was appointed that June. European stalemate 1965 - We faced West German champions 1. FC Köln at their Müngersdorfer Stadion in the Second Round of the European Cup. The game ended without score, although they had a goal disallowed for offside. The tie was eventually decided on a coin toss in our favour after three drawn matches. Derby joy 1945 - We beat Everton 3-1 in a Wartime League match at Anfield, with Horace Cumner netting a brace and Berry Nieuwenhuys also on the scoresheet. 1934 - We held them to a goalless draw across the park in a top-flight meeting. Debuting between the sticks 1912 - Keeper Ken Campbell made his reds debut in a 1-0 defeat at Blackburn Rovers. He donned the gloves 142 times, before his place was taken by Elisha Scott. A rare reverse 1973 - Arsenal’s 2-0 win was our only home League defeat of the season, as we went on to claim our eighth League title. It was also one of just eleven League defeats at Anfield during the whole of the 1970’s, although three of these came at the hands of the Gunners. Alec Lindsay conceded a penalty that was converted by ex-Blue Alan Ball, one of his eleven goals past us, with John Radford netting one of his seven strikes against the reds as we were knocked off the top of the table by our visitors. 2010 – We lost 1-0 at Arsenal, with Jamie Carragher’s injury helping the Gunners to find the space to score through Abou Diaby’s header. We were then denied a very late penalty when Cesc Fàbregas handled a Steven Gerrard free-kick inside the area. On the move 1928 – Forward Harry Race signed from Raby United, scoring eighteen times in 43 games before being sold to Manchester City in August 1930 for £3,000. 1904 - Joe Hewitt arrived from Sunderland for £150, becoming top scorer as we won the title for the second time in 1906, netting a total of 74 goals in 164 reds games. He moved to Bolton Wanderers in August 1910 but returned to Anfield to serve the reds as a coach, handyman and finally press box attendant over more than sixty years’ service. 1980 - Lawrie McMenemy announced that Kevin Keegan would sign for Southampton in the summer, after three years in Germany with Hamburger SV. Bob Paisley revealed that the reds had had first option on Keegan, but had let him pursue a new challenge instead. 1989 - Reserves forward John Durnin joined Oxford United for £225,000. He had made just two first-team appearances in three years at Anfield, going on to bag 47 goals in 180 games for Oxford. 2009 - Djimi Traoré joined Birmingham City on loan from Portsmouth. He only featured three times in his time at St. Andrews. First and last caps 2009 – Alberto Aquilani won his final cap as a Roma player, and eleventh to date, coming off the bench as Italy lost 2-0 to Brazil at the Emirates Stadium, with Andrea Dossena also featuring as a substitute. Martin Kelly won his first cap for England Under-19’s as they lost 3-0 to Spain in a friendly in Bournemouth. Meanwhile, future red Milan Jovanović netted in Serbia’s 2-0 defeat of Cyprus in the Semi-final of the Cyprus Tournament in Nicosia, while Martin Škrtel also represented his country in the same competition that day. 1912 - Keeper Sam Hardy won his fourteenth and final cap as a reds player as England thumped Ireland 6-1 in the British International Championships in Dublin, with future red Billy Lacey winning his tenth and last cap as an Everton player. 1999 - Future red Bolo Zenden won his first cap as a Barcelona player, and eleventh in all, as the Netherlands shared a goalless friendly with Portugal in Paris. 2019 – Fulham’s Fábio Carvalho won his eighth and last cap for England Under-17’s were held to goalless draw by Hungary in Spain, with clubmate Harvey Elliott also featuring. On the same day, future red Darwin Núñez played for Uruguay Under-20’s as they drew 0-0 with Colombia in a South American Championships final stage game in Chile. 2020 - Jakub Ojrzyński won his third and last cap for Poland Under-17’s as they thumped Croatia 4-0 in Spain. Jarell Quansah featured for England Under-17’s as they beat Ukraine 4-0 in Marbella on the same day. Strikers on target 1988 - Ronnie Rosenthal bagged his first goal on his final international appearance as a Club Brugge player as Israel lost 3-1 to Poland in a friendly in Tel Aviv. 1998 - Future red Emile Heskey netted for England B as they lost 2-1 to their counterparts from Chile at The Hawthorns. Jamie Carragher and Dominic Matteo both also featured. 2002 - Fernando Morientes scored five goals for Real Madrid, and had a penalty saved, as they beat Las Palmas 7-0. 2010 – Future red Samed Yeşil netted a brace as Germany Under-16’s thumped Cyprus 6-0 in a friendly. International reds in friendly action 1999 - Paul Ince, Michael Owen and Jamie Redknapp all played as England lost 2-0 at Wembley to World champions France, with both goals coming from future red Nicolas Anelka. Meanwhile, Vegard Heggem played for Norway as they held Italy to a goalless draw in Pisa. Future red Sami Hyypiä featured in Finland’s 1-1 draw with Poland in Malta. On the same day, Jason McAteer won his first cap as a Blackburn Rovers player as the Republic of Ireland beat Paraguay 2-0 at Lansdowne Road. Phil Babb and future red Robbie Keane also featured. Also on the move 2000 - Stan Collymore joined Leicester City from Aston Villa on a free transfer, less than three years after he had arrived from Anfield for £7m. He only stayed eight months at Filbert Street, netting five times in twelve games. 2012 - Markus Babbel was appointed Manager of TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, but was sacked after ten months in charge. On the same day, former reserves midfielder Victor Pálsson signed for New York Red Bulls, playing sixteen times before joining N.E.C. in the Netherlands. Other reds games 1923 – We shared a goalless draw at The Hawthorns with West Bromwich Albion. 1913 – Arthur Metcalf netted a late consolation as we lost 3-1 at Oldham Athletic, in a rearranged game after it had been called off due to pitch conditions two months earlier. 1906 – We won 3-0 at Derby County, with Joe Hewitt, Sam Raybould and Bobby Robinson all on target inside the opening twenty minutes. Olympian Zak 2004 - Zak Whitbread won his first official cap for the USA Under-23’s as they were thumped 4-0 by Mexico in an Olympics qualifier in Guadalajara. Also in international action 1994 – Future red Brad Friedel played for the USA as they lost a penalty shoot-out to Denmark in their Carlsberg Cup game in Hong Kong. 2005 – Future red Ragnar Klavan featured in Estonia’s 3-0 friendly defeat in Venezuela. 2015 – Future red Ozan Kabak played for Turkey Under-15’s in their 1-1 friendly draw with Austria. 2017 – Keeper Caoimhín Kelleher played as the Republic of Ireland Under-19’s lost 2-1 to Norway in a friendly in Spain.
  10. Will

    16th October

    Igor Bišcan wrapped it up 2004 - We won a game of two halves at Craven Cottage. The reds were dismal in a first half that saw a Luis Boa Morte brace put Fulham 2-0 up. We drew level after the break thanks to a Zat Knight own goal and a close-range Milan Baroš strike, before Josemi was sent off following a second caution. Xabi Alonso, who had replaced the hapless Salif Diao at half time, then bagged his first reds goal, with the 4-2 win completed by Igor Bišcan’s glorious strike, his first League goal. All together now, “2-0 down, 4-2 up, Igor Bišcan wrapped it up.” First win in the Ukraine 2001 - With Gérard Houllier recovering from heart surgery, the reds became the first English side to win in Kyiv, beating Dynamo Kyiv 2-1 on their own turf thanks to goals from Danny Murphy and Steven Gerrard, with the home side having a goal disallowed in the final minute. Stéphane Henchoz reached a century of reds appearances in this game. The blues see red 1999 - We beat Chelsea 1-0 at Anfield with David Thompson on target shortly after half-time. The Blues had both Marcel Desailly and Dennis Wise sent off. Souey’s century 1993 – Graeme Souness took charge of his hundredth League game as Manager as we came from behind after Darren Beckford struck to beat Oldham Athletic 2-1, with both our goals coming in the final three minutes, from Robbie Fowler and an Andy Barlow own goal. Savage no more 1937 - Right-half Ted Savage played his 105th and final reds game as we lost 2-0 to Wolverhampton Wanderers in a First Division fixture at Molineux, while forward Alexander Smith played for the only time. Dennis Westcott nabbed a brace, the first two of his nine goals in just eight games against the reds. Beating the Blues 1976 - Steve Heighway and John Toshack struck as we won the Anfield derby, with Phil Neal on target from the spot, having missed one in the most recent derby six months earlier, as we led 3-0 at the break. Martin Dobson’s consolation after the break was the Blues’ first derby goal in five years. Blues boss Billy Bingham missed the game as he was recovering from an operation in hospital. 1943 - We thumped Everton 5-2 in a Wartime League game at Anfield, with Jack Balmer netting a brace, and Jim Harley, Cyril Done and Berry Nieuwenhuys also on the scoresheet. 1897 - We lost 3-0 at Goodison, with William Williams on target twice and Jack Bell also scoring. Birth and death 1899 - 24-year-old centre-forward George Allan died from tuberculosis in Earlsbury in Fife, while still on our books. He had struck 56 times in 96 reds games, during two spells at Anfield and was the first red to be capped by Scotland. 2003 – Polish left-winger Mateusz Musiałowski was born in Katowice. He joined the reds from UKS SMS Łódź in August 2020, netting ten times in his first season with the Under-18’s. In and out 1925 – Right-half David McMullan signed from Distillery. He failed to score in 35 senior games before moving to New York Giants in July 1928. 2020 – Ben Woodburn joined Blackpool on loan, playing thirteen times without notching. On the same day, Harry Wilson made a temporary move to Cardiff City, for whom he struck seven times in 38 games. Meanwhile, Harvey Elliott joined Blackburn Rovers for the season, bagging seven goals in 42 appearances, while midfielder Herbie Kane was sold to Barnsley for £1.25m, having played two senior games since arriving from Bristol City in 2013, so far appearing 28 times without getting on the scoresheet. Reds looking towards Portugal 2002 - Steven Gerrard scored in England’s 2-2 Euro 2004 qualifying draw with FYR Macedonia in Southampton, with Michael Owen also in the team. John Arne Riise scored a trademark free-kick as Norway beat Bosnia-Herzegovina 2-0 in Oslo, with ex-red Øyvind Leonhardsen also in the side. Milan Baroš was also on target as the Czech Republic beat Belarus 2-0 in Teplice, with future red Craig Bellamy netting as Wales beat Italy 2-1 in Cardiff. Dietmar Hamann featured in Germany’s 2-1 win over the Faroe Islands in Hannover, while Sami Hyypiä was on the losing side with ex-clubmate Jari Litmanen, as Finland lost 2-0 in Yugoslavia. Alex Manninger won his last cap for Austria as an R.C.D. Espanyol player, while future reds Paul Jones, Robbie Keane, Fernando Morientes, Andriy Voronin and Bolo Zenden all also played in qualifiers, with future red Alberto Aquilani turning out for Italy Under-19’s. Heading to Wearside 1985 - Bob Bolder joined Sunderland for £100,000, following a successful loan spell. He had never made our first team after signing from Sheffield Wednesday for £125,000 in 1983, but sat on the bench at the 1984 European Cup Final in Rome, one of seventeen times he did so in Europe’s premier club competition, also doing so four more times in other competitions. 2009 – Bolo Zenden also signed for the Black Cats, having been released by Olympique de Marseille. He scored four goals in fifty outings, although only thirteen of those were starts. On the same day, reserves keeper David Martin joined Tranmere Rovers on loan. He turned out three times for them. 2015 – Midfielder Joe Cole joined Coventry City on loan from Aston Villa, making the move permanent three months later. However, he left at the end of the season after two goals in 22 outings. On the same day, centre-half Zak Whitbread signed for Shrewsbury Town. He netted once in 27 games before being released at the end of the campaign. International reds 1991 - Steve Staunton won his last cap in his first spell as a reds player as the Republic of Ireland drew 3-3 in a European Championships qualifier in Poland. Ex-red Kevin Sheedy also played. Meanwhile, future red Karlheinz Riedle netted in Germany’s 4-1 qualifying defeat of Wales in Nuremberg. Dean Saunders was sent off, with Ian Rush also playing. Ex-red Jim Magilton was also in action that day, as Northern Ireland beat Austria 2-1 at Windsor Park. 2007 - Javier Mascherano played in Argentina’s 2-0 World Cup qualifying win in Venezuela, while future red Martin Škrtel featured in Slovakia’s 3-0 friendly defeat in Croatia. Future red James Milner scored for England Under-21’s as they beat the Republic of Ireland 3-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Cork, with future red Ádám Bogdán also playing at this level. 2012 – Luis Suárez scored for Uruguay as they lost a World Cup qualifier 4-1 in Bolivia, with Mario Balotelli notching his last goal for Italy as a Manchester City player in their 3-1 qualifying defeat of Denmark in Milan, while Samed Yeşil was on target for Germany Under-19’s in their 2-2 European Championships qualifying draw with the Republic of Ireland in Luxembourg, scoring in his fifth consecutive game at this level. Future red Christian Benteke also scored as Belgium beat Scotland 2-0 in Brussels, Also in international action were Daniel Agger, Joe Allen, Jordan Henderson, Nuri Şahin, Martin Škrtel, Raheem Sterling, future reds Ádám Bogdán, Steven Caulker, Ragnar Klavan, Dejan Lovren, Lazar Marković, Mamadou Sakho and Xherdan Shaqiri, and ex-reds Xabi Alonso, Álvaro Arbeloa, Mark González, Tom Ince, Alexander Kačaniklić, Robbie Keane, Javier Mascherano, Nikolay Mihaylov, John Arne Riise and Fernando Torres. 2018 – Harry Wilson scored the only goal as Wales faced the Republic of Ireland in a UEFA Nations League group game in Dublin, while Simon Mignolet won his last cap as a reds player as Belgium drew a friendly 1-1 with the Netherlands in Brussels. Future red Takumi Minamino scored in his third consecutive game for Japan as they beat Uruguay 4-3 in Saitama. Corey Whelan played for the Irish Under-21’s for the last time before leaving the reds in their 2-0 European Championships qualifying defeat in Germany. Alisson Becker, Rafael Camacho, Fabinho, Roberto Firmino, Kamil Grabara, Naby Keïta, Simon Mignolet, Liam Millar, Dominic Solanke, future reds Fábio Carvalho, Harvey Elliott and Diogo Jota, and ex-reds Joe Allen, Sebastián Coates, Philippe Coutinho and Martin Škrtel all also played for their countries that day. Three for Suso 2009 – Future red Suso bagged a treble as Spain Under-17’s thrashed the Faroe Islands 6-0 in a friendly in Romania. Péter Gulácsi, Krisztián Németh and András Simon all played as Hungary lost 3-2 to Ghana in the World Championships Semi-final in Cairo. 2008 – Future reds keeper Loris Karius played for Germany Under-16’s as they won a friendly 1-0 in Finland Other reds games 1982 – League leaders Manchester United held us to a goalless draw at Anfield. 1974 – We thumped Bristol City 4-0 in a League Cup Third Round replay in L4 with Steve Heighway and Ray Kennedy each netting twice. 1971 – We won 3-2 at Nottingham Forest with Ian Storey-Moore twice equalising with the last two of his five goals against the reds. Emlyn Hughes and Steve Heighway struck before Tommy Smith converted a spot-kick. 1965 – Roger Hunt and Ian Callaghan netted as Newcastle United went home on the wrong end of a 2-0 scoreline. 1954 – We lost a Second Division trip 2-0 at Stoke City with Harry Oscroft netting one of his six strikes past us and Joe Hutton also on target. 1948 – Cyril Done bagged the only goal of our visit to Birmingham City. 1920 – Harry Chambers struck as we won 1-0 at Sheffield United. 1909 – We won 2-1 at Bradford City as Sam Bowyer and Jimmy Stewart struck inside the opening ten minutes. First and last caps 1973 - Future red Ray Kennedy won his sixth and final England Under-23’s cap as they were held to a goalless draw by Poland in Plymouth. Ipswich Town’s David Johnson also played. 2019 - Darwin Núñez debuted for Uruguay while winning his only cap as a Unión Deportiva Almería player. He netted in their 1-1 friendly draw with Peru in Lima. On the same day, Fulham’s Fábio Carvalho won his sixth and last cap for England Under-18’s as they won 3-2 in Austria. An Anfield bout 1947 – Stan Hawthorne took on Billy Thompson for the Lightweight Championships of Great Britain and British Empire at Anfield, one of many boxing fights staged at Anfield over the years.
  11. Will

    20th July

    Happy birthdays 1938 - Legendary centre-forward ‘Sir’ Roger Hunt was born in Golborne, Lancashire. He netted 285 times in 492 reds games. His 245 League goals remain a club record, and he has the distinction of being the first red to win the World Cup while at Anfield. His club medal haul includes two League championships, FA Cup, Second Division title and FA Charity Shield. 1966 - Hunt bagged both goals as England beat France 2-0 in a World Cup Finals group game at Wembley, on his 28th birthday. Clubmate Ian Callaghan also played, winning only his second cap. 1948 - Reserves keeper Frank Lane was born in Wallasey. He signed from Tranmere Rovers for £15,000 in September 1971, but only made two first-team appearances, deputising for Ray Clemence. Unfortunately, he distinguished himself for all the wrong reasons on his debut in September 1972 by safely catching a deep cross from Derby County’s Alan Hinton and then stepping backwards over his own goal-line, to help us on our way to a 2-1 defeat. New signings 2005 - Peter Crouch signed from Southampton for £7m on a four-year contract. He failed to score in his first nineteen reds games, but went on to bag thirteen goals in his final thirty games of his first season, helping us to claim the FA Cup in May. He went on to score 42 times in 134 outings in total before being sold to Portsmouth for a fee of up to £11m in July 2008. 2016 – Estonian centre-half Ragnar Klavan signed from Augsburg for £4.2m. He struck twice in 53 outings before moving on to Cagliari for £2m in August 2018. On the same day, keeper Ádám Bogdán joined Wigan Athletic on loan, playing seventeen times as the Latics were relegated to League One. Keeping no more 2007 - Jerzy Dudek signed for Real Madrid after 186 reds appearances, helping us to glory in Istanbul, as well as the Worthington Cup in 2003. He turned out just twelve times for the Spanish giants before retiring in May 2011. 2018 - Danny Ward was sold to Leicester City for £12.5m after just three senior reds games. He has so only played fourteen times in cup competitions for the Foxes across his first four campaigns. Auf wiedersehen 2001 - Christian Ziege was sold to Tottenham Hotspur for £4m, only a year after his acrimonious transfer from Middlesbrough. He had notched twice in 32 appearances whilst at Anfield, including coming off the bench in Cardiff for the first leg of the treble. 2021 – Serbian midfielder Marko Grujić was sold to Porto for £10.5m after a successful loan spell. He had signed from Crvena Zvezda for £5.1m in January 2016, immediately being loaned back for the rest of the season. He struck once in sixteen senior reds appearances. On the same day, Nigerian forward moved on to Union Berlin for £6.5m. He had arrived from Imperial Academy for £400,000 in August 2015, spending most of his time out on loan. 1900 - Inside-right David Wilson left the reds after just two senior appearances since arriving from East Bontas in May 1899. Billy hitched 1946 – Billy Liddell married Phyllis at Island Road Methodist Church in Garston, just three days after Bob Paisley had got wed. Debuting in goal 2007 - Bulgarian keeper Nikolay Mihaylov made his first reds appearance in our 2-0 defeat of Auxerre in Switzerland. Our goals came from Steven Gerrard and Daniel Agger. Other recent friendlies 2016 – Keeper Shamal George made his first senior appearance, coming off the bench as an outfield player in our 2-0 win at Huddersfield Town. Philippe Coutinho had a penalty saved, with Marko Grujić on target and Alberto Moreno converting a second late spot-kick. 2015 – Danny Ings bagged his first reds goal as we beat Adelaide United 2-0 at the Adelaide Oval, with James Milner also on target. 2013 – We beat an Indonesia XI 2-0 in Jakarta to claim the Standard Chartered Trophy, with Philippe Coutinho and Raheem Sterling on target. 1997 - John Barnes was on the scoresheet as we drew 1-1 with Danish side Brøndby IF, with new goalkeeping signing Jørgen Nielsen playing his first reds game. 1999 - We beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0 at Molineux, thanks to goals from Robbie Fowler and Karl-Heinz Riedle. Double trouble 2021 – We played two thirty-minute pre-season games in Salzburg, first drawing 1-1 with Wacker Innsbruck as left-back Owen Beck, centre-half Ben Davies and midfielders Kaide Gordon and Tyler Morton all appeared in the first team for the first time as Divock Origi scored from the spot. We then drew 1-1 with VfB Stuttgart as right-back Conor Bradley and centre-half Ibrahima Konaté played their first reds games, with Sadio Mané on target. Back amongst the big boys 2001 - We were drawn to play either Haka of Finland or Israeli side Maccabi Haifa in a two-legged Champions League qualifier, which would be our first ever games in the new format of the European Cup. Youngsters on target 2008 – András Simon scored as Hungary Under-19’s lost 2-1 to Germany in a European Championship Finals group game in the Czech Republic. On the same day, future red Daniel Sturridge scored his only Under-19’s goal while winning his third and last cap at this level, as England beat Greece 3-0 in the same competition, with future reds loanee Victor Moses also featuring. 1993 - Robbie Fowler struck as England Under-18’s beat the Netherlands 4-1 in a European Championship Finals group game in Walsall 1992 - Future red Nick Barmby was on the scoresheet as England thumped Poland 6-1 in Germany in the Quarter-final of the same competition. First and last caps 2003 - John Welsh won his fifteenth and last cap for England Under-19’s as they lost 3-0 to the Czech Republic in a European Championship Finals group game in Liechtenstein. Future red Alberto Aquilani played in Italy’s 5-1 thumping of the host nation in the same competition in Balzers to qualify for the Semi-finals. 1997 - Øyvind Leonhardsen won his first senior cap as a reds player as Norway won a friendly 1-0 in Iceland, with Stig Inge Bjørnebye also featuring. On the same day, future red Vegard Heggem played for Norway Under-21’s as they lost 2-0 in Iceland. Other internationals 2012 – Craig Bellamy and future reds Joe Allen and Steven Caulker all featured as the Great Britain Olympic XI lost 2-0 to the Brazil Olympic XI in a friendly at the Riverside Stadium. 1995 - Future red Brad Friedel played as the USA lost their Copa América Semi-final with Brazil 1-0 in Uruguay. 2004 – Future red Javier Mascherano was on the winning side as Argentina reached the Final of Copa América in Peru by beating Colombia 3-0. 2005 - Paul Willis played for host nation Northern Ireland Under-19’s as they lost 1-0 to Serbia & Montenegro in a European Championships Finals group game, with future red David Martin featuring as England drew 1-1 with Armenia in the same competition. 2006 - Antonio Barragán featured in the same tournament as Spain thumped Scotland 4-0 in a group game in Poland. Signing on 1995 - Young forward Paul Dalglish signed for Celtic Juniors. This was the first club for King Kenny’s son. He came to Anfield a year later, but only lasted just over a year, before moving to Newcastle United on a free transfer. 2020 – Forward Layton Stewart signed a new contract with the reds. The Liverpool-born lad had been at the Academy since the age of seven, making it onto the first-team bench for the first time in our League Cup Quarter-final at Aston Villa in December 2019.
  12. Will

    29th March

    Happy birthdays 1937 - Right-half Gordon Milne was born in Preston. He played 282 times for us after signing for a club record £16,000 from Preston North End in August 1960, netting eighteen times and winning the League title twice, as well as the Second Division championship before joining Blackpool in May 1967. He also won fourteen England caps, and later successfully managed Coventry City and Leicester City. 1991 – Italian forward Fabio Borini was born in Bentivoglio. He arrived from Roma for £10.4m in July 2012 to become new boss Brendan Rodgers’ first capture. He struck only three times in 38 reds games, moving to Sunderland for an initial £8m in August 2015 after a successful loan spell on Wearside. 1907 – Forward Ted Hancock was born in Rotherham. He signed from Gainsborough Trinity in January 1931, scoring twice in ten reds games before joining Burnley in February 1933. 1925 - South African winger Bob Priday was born in Cape Town. His chances were limited to forty reds games after he made the switch from Cape Town City in December 1945, as he was behind Billy Liddell in the pecking order. He notched seven times while at Anfield, before moving on to Blackburn Rovers in March 1949. Semi-finals 1978 - We lost 2-1 at Borussia Mönchengladbach in the European Cup, with Wilfried Hannes putting the home side ahead. David Johnson netted a late equaliser before Rainer Bonhof’s free-kick put the home side ahead after a rare Ray Clemence error a minute later. Ian Callaghan made his 857th and final reds appearance. Fortunately, we won through to the Final in the Anfield second leg. 1947 - We shared a goalless two hours with Burnley in the FA Cup at Ewood Park, but lost the replay at Maine Road two weeks later. Another for Gordon 1932 - Gordon Hodgson’s first of two strikes in our 4-3 top-flight defeat at Huddersfield Town was his 150th reds goal. Dave Wright also scored, with Dave Mangnall bagging the first three of his seven goals past us and Wilf Bott grabbing one of his five against the reds. Keepers debuting in friendlies 1997 - David James made his England bow in a 2-0 defeat of Mexico at Wembley, his only appearance while a red. Robbie Fowler struck his first senior goal for his country, with Steve McManaman and Jamie Redknapp also playing and future red Paul Ince captaining the side. Stig Inge Bjørnebye, ex-reds Jim Magilton and Dean Saunders, and future reds Gary McAllister and Øyvind Leonhardsen all also turned out for their countries that day. 2000 - Sander Westerveld won his second cap, and first as a red, as the Netherlands drew 2-2 in Belgium. Ex-red Gareth Roberts made his senior debut for Wales in the opening match at the Millennium Stadium as they lost 2-1 to Finland, with future red Jari Litmanen netting the first goal at the new ground. Meanwhile, Jamie Carragher, Steven Gerrard, Dietmar Hamann, Emile Heskey, Sami Hyypiä, ex-reds Don Hutchison and Dean Saunders, and future reds Milan Baroš, Abel Xavier and Christian Ziege all also won international caps that day. Beating the Tractor boys We have twice beaten Ipswich Town at Anfield on this day in history. 1958 - We won 3-1 in a Second Division match, with Jimmy Harrower netting his first reds goal and Jimmy Melia and Alan A’Court also on the scoresheet. 1971 - Alun Evans and Bobby Graham were on target as we won 2-1 in a top-flight meeting. Derby disappointment 1918 - Harry Lewis and Thomas Green struck as we lost 3-2 at Everton in a Wartime League fixture. 1907 - Our other derby on this day in history was a top-flight match at Goodison that ended goalless. Harry’s farewell 1913 - Forward Harry Welfare played his fourth and final reds game in our 2-0 defeat by Manchester United at Anfield, with ex-reds forward William Hunter making the first of his three appearances for the visitors. George Wall struck one of his ten goals against the reds, with Enoch West bagging one of his eight past us. First and last caps 1890 – Future red Tom Wyllie won his only cap for Scotland in their 4-1 thumping of Ireland in the British International Championships in Belfast. 1897 - Frank Becton won his second and final England cap, and only one as a reds player. The home side thumped Wales 4-0 in a British International Championships encounter at Bramall Lane. Two-ton Bill 1952 – Bill Jones played his 200th League game for the reds as we drew 1-1 at Bolton Wanderers. Billy Liddell opened the scoring, but future red Johnny Wheeler equalised after the break. International reds at the double 1995 - Future red Patrik Berger bagged a brace as the Czech Republic beat Belarus 4-2 in a European Championships qualifier. This was the second of three consecutive internationals in which he scored. On the same day, ex-red Dean Saunders netted as Wales lost 3-1 in a qualifier in Bulgaria. Phil Babb, Stig Inge Bjørnebye, future reds Markus Babbel, Gary McAllister, Jason McAteer and Øyvind Leonhardsen and ex-reds Jim Magilton, Ronnie Rosenthal and Steve Staunton all also represented their countries. Meanwhile, future red Jari Litmanen struck as Finland won 2-0 in a Euro ‘96 qualifier in San Marino, with future red Sami Hyypiä also playing. 2003 - Sami also played for Finland, skippering them in their 2-0 Euro 2004 qualifying defeat in Italy. Future red Andriy Voronin was on target in a 2-2 qualifying draw with Spain in Kyiv. 2021 – Mohamed Salah struck twice as Egypt thumped Comoros 4-0 in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Cairo, with Liam Millar featuring for Canada as they trounced the Cayman Islands 11-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Florida. Meanwhile, James Balagizi and Jarell Quansah both played as England Under-18’s beat Wales 2-0 in a friendly in Cardiff. Thumping the Shakers 1941 - We trounced Bury 5-1 in a Wartime League match at Gigg Lane. Dicky Dorsett grabbed a brace, with Stanley Pickstock, Cyril Done and Billy Liddell also netting. Dismissed 1939 – George Paterson was sent off as Preston North End won a Lancashire Senior Cup Third Round tie 1-0 at Anfield. Mixed fortunes against Spurs and City We have twice faced both Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur on this day in history in top-flight matches, winning one and losing one against each side. 1924 - Harry Chambers grabbed the only goal of the game in the second minute against Spurs at Anfield. 1980 - We lost 2-0 at White Hart Lane, with John Pratt netting and Glenn Hoddle converting a penalty, the first of his four goals against the reds. 1937 - We were thumped 5-1 at Maine Road with Fred Howe nabbing our consolation. Eric Brook scored the last of his nine goals against us, having bagged a treble in the reverse fixture just three days earlier. Alex Herd bagged two of his eight goals past us, with Fred Tilson netting the last of his six goals against us and Richard Neilson also on target. 1950 - Billy Liddell and Jimmy Payne struck at the same venue as we won 2-1. International reds no more 1995 - Rob Jones and future red Barry Venison won their final caps for England as Uruguay held them to a goalless draw at Wembley. Future red Nick Barmby made his senior debut in this game as a substitute, while John Barnes, ex-red Peter Beardsley and Steve McManaman all also featured. Jan no longer the man 2002 - Jan Mølby resigned as Kidderminster Harriers’ boss, fuelling speculation that he was about to take over at Hull City, which he did five days later. Dudek & Henchoz twice Stéphane Henchoz has twice represented his country on this day in history. 1995 - He was a substitute in their 2-2 European Championships qualifying draw in Hungary, with Roy Hodgson in charge of the Swiss and ex-red István Kozma featuring for the home side. 2000 - They drew a friendly with Norway by the same score in Lugano. Jerzy Dudek twice won international caps in goalless draws against Hungary. 2000 - He won his fourth cap, while still a Feyenoord player, in a friendly in Debrecen. 2003 - He won his 27th cap in a European Championships qualifier in Chorzów. A rare strike for Eph 1919 - Ephraim Longworth scored one of his two only recorded goals as we beat Stockport County 3-0 in a Wartime League match at Anfield. Harry Lewis added a brace. Other reds games 1989 – John Barnes grabbed the only goal of Derby County’s visit to L4 after just two minutes. 1969 – We won 2-1 at Queens Park Rangers with Tommy Smith converting a penalty and Roger Hunt also on the scoresheet. 1930 – Jimmy Smith was on target late on as we drew 1-1 at Leeds United after Russell Wainscott struck one of his five goals past us after just a minute. 1929 – Gordon Hodgson netted twice as we beat Cardiff City 2-0 at Anfield. 1915 – Newcastle United held us to a 2-2 draw at home. We fell two goals behind before Tom Hill and Fred Pagnam levelled the scores late on. 1902 – George Fleming struck late on, the only goal of our trip to Aston Villa. Doctor in the house 2010 – The appointment of Dr. Peter Brukner as Head of Sports Medicine & Sports Science was announced. On the move 1986 - John Durnin signed on a free from Waterloo Docks. On the same day we were held to a goalless draw at Sheffield Wednesday, the only points we dropped in the final twelve games of that season. 1985 - Dean Saunders joined Cardiff City on loan from Swansea City, failing to net in four games for the Bluebirds. 1960 – Left-half Geoff Twentyman left for Ballymena United. He had netted nineteen times in 184 reds games after signing for £10,000 from his hometown club Carlisle United in December 1953. He returned to Anfield as Chief Scout in 1967, a post he held for nineteen years, helping to bring players such as Ray Clemence, Alan Hansen, Steve Heighway, Phil Neal and Ian Rush to the club. He died aged 74 in February 2004. 2002 - Second string striker John Miles moved to Stoke City on loan until the end of the season in a move that became permanent a month later. 1996 – Future Assistant Manager Colin Pascoe joined Blackpool from Swansea City on a free transfer. However, he only made one senior appearance before retiring from playing in May 1998. Also on target 1994 – Titi Camara netted for Guinea in their 2-1 defeat to Senegal in an Africa Cup of Nations Finals group game in Tunisia. 2003 - Future red Craig Bellamy struck as Wales beat Azerbaijan 4-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Cardiff, with fellow future red Paul Jones also playing. Also in international action that day were Milan Baroš, Steven Gerrard, Dietmar Hamann, Emile Heskey, Danny Murphy, Michael Owen and Vladimír Šmicer, future reds Yossi Benayoun, Christian Poulsen and Bolo Zenden and ex-reds Don Hutchison and David James. 2015 - Future red Roberto Firmino scored the only goal as Brazil beat Chile in a friendly at the Emirates Stadium, with Philippe Coutinho also featuring. Meanwhile, Lazar Marković, future red Andy Robertson and ex-red Robbie Keane all played in European Championships qualifiers. 2011 – Andy Carroll netted his first goal for his country while winning his first cap as a reds player in England’s 1-1 friendly draw with Ghana at Wembley. Dirk Kuyt bagged a brace, scoring in his third consecutive international as the Netherlands beat Hungary 5-3 in a Euro 2012 qualifier in Amsterdam. Ex-red Milan Baroš was on target as the Czech Republic beat Liechtenstein 2-0 in another qualifier, while Harry Kewell won his last cap as a Galatasaray player in Australia’s 2-1 friendly win in Germany. Nuri Şahin won his last cap in his first spell as a Ballspielverein Borussia 09 e.V. Dortmund player as Turkey beat Austria 2-0 in a qualifier in Istanbul. Future red Samed Yeşil scored for Germany Under-17’s as they beat Switzerland 2-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Dusseldorf, with future red Fabio Borini netting his fist Italy Under-21’s goal in their 2-2 friendly draw in Germany. Alberto Aquilani, Tom Ince, Glen Johnson, Raul Meireles, Martin Škrtel, Andrew Wisdom, future reds Stewart Downing, Ragnar Klavan, Dejan Lovren, Simon Mignolet, James Milner and Mamadou Sakho and ex-reds Xabi Alonso, Álvaro Arbeloa, Yossi Benayoun, Alou Diarra, Javier Mascherano and Daniel Sjölund all also featured in internationals that day. 2016 – Sakho won his last cap as a reds plater as France beat Russia 4-2 in a friendly in Paris. Emre Can, Nathaniel Clyne, Adam Lallana, James Milner, Martin Škrtel, Brad Smith, Daniel Sturridge, future reds Alisson Becker, Sadio Mané, Mohamed Salah and Gini Wijnaldum, and ex-reds Daniel Agger, Sebastián Coates, Javier Mascherano, Carl Medjani, Victor Moses, Nuri Şahin and Luis Suárez all also featured for their countries, with Roy Hodgson taking charge of England. International youngsters 1983 - Southampton’s Mark Wright made his England Under-21’s debut as they beat Greece 2-1 at Fratton Park in a European Championships qualifier. Steve McMahon won his final cap as a Blue in the same game, with fellow future red Paul Walsh also featuring. 2005 - John Welsh struck his first goal for England Under-21’s as he started his first game at this level, although this was his fourth cap. Scott Carson and future red James Milner also played as Azerbaijan were beaten 2-0 at the Riverside Stadium in a European Championships qualifier. Future red Daniel Agger netted his third and final goal for Denmark at this level as they won 1-0 in the Ukraine in another qualifier. On the same day, Ramon Calliste won his final Under-21’s cap as a Manchester United player, with Wales losing a qualifier 2-0 in Austria with future red Robbie Keane also in international action. Also in international action 2009 – Nineteen people were killed in a stampede before Ivory Coast thrashed Malawi 5-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Abidjan, with future red Kolo Touré in action. Ex-red Mark González also featured in a qualifier that day. 2017 – Ex-red Luis Suárez played as Uruguay lost a World Cup qualifier 2-1 in Peru. 2018 – Future red Fábio Carvalho played for England Under-16’s in their 2-0 friendly defeat of Cameroon in France.
  13. Will

    28th June

    In comes Sadio 2016 – Forward Sadio Mané signed from Southampton for an initial £30m. He proved a big success at Anfield, notching 120 times in 269 outings across his six campaigns, including netting in the UEFA Champions League Final in Kyiv as well as helping us to claim the Premier League title, UEFA Champions League, FIFA Club World Cup, UEFA Super Cup, FA Cup and League Cup. He moved on to Bayern München for an initial €32m earlier this month. Abel in hot water 2000 - Abel Xavier won his fifteenth full international cap as Portugal lost 2-1 to France in their Euro 2000 Semi-final in Brussels. The winning golden goal was a hotly disputed penalty awarded against Abel, and he protested so vehemently that he was subsequently banned from European football for nine months by UEFA. As he was then an Everton player, this punishment did not affect him too badly! Nicolas Anelka won his final cap as a Real Madrid player in the same game. Stan reaches fifty 1994 - Ex-red Steve Staunton won his fiftieth cap for the Republic of Ireland in their goalless World Cup encounter with Norway at the Giants Stadium in New Jersey, which secured their place in the Second Round. Stig Inge Bjørnebye and Ronnie Whelan also played, as did ex-reds John Aldridge and Ray Houghton, along with future reds Phil Babb, Øyvind Leonhardsen and Jason McAteer. This was Whelan’s last cap as a reds player. SteG stays put 2004 - Steven Gerrard gave a press conference to announce that he would not be leaving Anfield to join Chelsea, as had been much touted during the Euro 2004 tournament. “The last three or four weeks have been really confusing and for the first time in my career I thought about moving on. But I have gone with the decision that is in my heart and that is to stay with Liverpool. I love the club," he said. Bruno departs 2005 - Bruno Cheyrou joined Girondins de Bordeaux on loan, having struck five times in 48 reds games since signing from Lille OSC Métropole for £3.7m three years earlier. He helped them to finish second in Ligue 1 in his first season back in France, striking once in 26 outings. 1951 – Scottish left-winger Tommy McLeod signed for Chesterfield. He had joined the reds from the Army in October 1945, but only made seven senior appearances. Vlad’s shotgun wedding 1996 - Future red Vladimír Šmicer got married. He flew back to the Czech Republic from Euro ‘96, postponing his wedding night and honeymoon to return in time to feature in the Final at Wembley two days later. To the final 2012 – Future red Mario Balotelli bagged a brace as Italy beat Germany 2-1 in their Euro 2012 Semi-final in Poland. 2005 - Future red Gabriel Paletta played for Argentina Under-20’s as they beat Brazil 2-1 in the Semi-final of the World Championship Finals in Utrecht. On the same day, Nabil El Zhar was on the losing side as Nigeria beat Morocco 3-0 in Kerkrade to ensure they would face Argentina in the Final. Ambassador Jones 2002 - Ex-red Joey Jones was made an ambassador of Wrexham Football Club. In addition to his existing role as reserve team coach, he was also appointed Head of Youth Development. Wrexham boss Denis Smith said, “It would not be Wrexham Football Club without Joey around and so it was important that he stayed with us.” Keetley born 1897 - Joe Keetley was born in Derby, going on to play League football like eight of his ten brothers. He signed from Accrington Stanley in November 1923 for £1,200 and struck twice in nine reds games before moving to Wolverhampton Wanderers in May 1925. 1988 – Bulgarian keeper Nikolay Mihaylov was born in Sofia. He signed from Levski Sofia in July 2007, but work permit problems meant that he spent his reds career on loan with Twente in the Netherlands before joining them permanently for €1.8m in February 2010. Momo signs on 2007 - Momo Sissoko signed a new contract until 2011. However, he was sold to Juventus for £8.2m in January 2008, after one goal in 87 reds games. Bernie’s final cap 1998 - Future red Bernard Diomède won his eighth and final cap in France’s 1-0 defeat of Paraguay in Lens to reach the World Cup Quarter-finals. 2010 – Dirk Kuyt’s Netherlands beat Martin Škrtel’s Slovakia 2-1 in Durban to reach the World Cup Quarter-finals, while ex-red Mark González featured as Chile lost 3-0 to Brazil in Johannesburg. 2018 – Trent Alexander-Arnold played as England lost 1-0 to Belgium in Kaliningrad, but still progressed to the next stage of the World Cup. Meanwhile, Sadio Mané played in Senegal’s 1-0 defeat to Colombia that ensured they failed to get out of their group. On the move 2000 - David Burrows signed for Birmingham City from Coventry City on a free transfer. He only played thirty times for the Blues, moving on again to Sheffield Wednesday in March 2002. 2010 - Anthony Le Tallec joined Auxerre from Le Mans UC 72 for €3m. He struck twenty times in 102 outings for the side from Burgundy, moving on to Auxerre in June 2010 after they were relegated. 2012 – Ex-reserves defender David Raven signed for Inverness Caledonian Thistle, having been released by Tranmere Rovers at the end of the previous campaign. 2013 - Djibril Cissé was released by Queens Park Rangers, moving on to Russian side Kuban Krasnodar the following month. 2016 - The appointment of the reds’ former Head of Fitness & Conditioning Ryland Morgans as Performance Director of Cardiff City was announced. 2019 – Ryan Babel signed for Galatasaray, scoring five times in twenty outings before rejoining Ajax on loan. On the same day, Darren Potter joined Tranmere Rovers from Rotherham United on a free transfer. Dioufy in all-star team 2002 - New signing El-Hadji Diouf was named in FIFA’s sixteen-strong all-star World Cup team. Other internationals in action 2007 - Javier Mascherano played for Argentina in their 4-1 defeat of the USA in a Copa América group game in Venezuela. 2009 – Xabi Alonso was on target while winning his final cap as a reds player in Spain’s 3-2 extra-time victory over South Africa in the Confederations Cup Third-place play-off in Rustenburg. Álvaro Arbeloa also won his last cap while on our books, with Albert Riera and Fernando Torres both also featuring. 2019 - Future red Luis Díaz played as Colombia lost a penalty shoot-out to Chile in São Paulo after their Copa América Quarter-final ended goalless. 2021 – Xherdan Shaqiri featured as Switzerland beat France on penalties after their European Championships Finals Round of 16 tie ended 3-3 in Bucharest. Meanwhile, ex-reds Sebastián Coates and Luis Suárez both played as Uruguay beat Paraguay 1-0 in a Copa América group game in Rio de Janeiro. Marsh in charge 2003 - Mike Marsh was appointed Manager of Unibond League side Burscough. He only stayed in the job for just over three months before stepping down.
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    9th June

    In comes Jordan 2011 – Midfielder Jordan Henderson signed from Sunderland for £16m. He has notched 33 times in 449 reds games by the end of the 2021/22 season, becoming club captain and then helping us to claim the Premier League title, UEFA Champions League, FIFA Club World Cup, UEFA Super Cup, FA Cup and two League Cups. Happy birthdays 1954 - Forward Alan Waddle was born in Wallsend. He signed from Halifax Town for £40,000 in June 1973 but only made 22 appearances in his four years at Anfield, netting just once, at Goodison Park in December 1973, as his route to the first team was usually blocked by Kevin Keegan and John Toshack, although he was on the bench for the European Cup Final in 1977. He moved on to Leicester City that September. His cousin Chris went on to great things with Newcastle United, Tottenham Hotspur, Olympique de Marseille and England. 1979 - Late-1990’s reserves winger Nicky Rizzo was born in Sydney. He never made a senior reds appearance, and moved on to Crystal Palace and then lower League football in Italy, but is now back in his homeland running his own soccer school. Ged honoured 2003 - Gérard Houllier was awarded an Honorary OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. On the same day, agreement was reached to sign Steve Finnan from Fulham for £3.5m. He officially completed his move to Anfield three weeks later. On the move 2009 - John Achterberg was appointed goalkeeping coach, leaving his position at Tranmere Rovers. On the same day, ex-reds full-back Julian Dicks left his role as Manager of Wivenhoe Town by mutual consent. Meanwhile, ex-red Titi Camara was appointed Head Coach of Guinea, in addition to his role as National Technical Director. He remained in the top job for just over three months. 2012 - Kevin MacDonald left Aston Villa’s coaching staff after seventeen years with the Villains. 2014 - Former Academy full-back Calum Woods signed for Preston North End, having been released by Huddersfield Town at the end of the previous campaign. He played 82 times before joining Bradford City on a free transfer last January. 2001 - Mike Marsh signed for Boston United from Southport for £15,000. He netted once in seven games for the Pilgrims as they clinched the Conference title. 2017 – Ex-reserves forward Jack Dunn signed for Tranmere Rovers, so far making sixteen senior appearances without notching. 2016 – Future keeper Andy Lonergan joined Wolverhampton Wanderers from Fulham, playing fourteen times before returning to former club Leeds United in August 2017. On the same day , future reds coach Gary O'Neil signed for Bristol City. He scored once in 36 games before moving on to Bolton Wanderers in August 2018 after being released by the Robins. Tommy for Scotland 1963 - Tommy Lawrence won the first of his three Scotland caps as they lost a friendly 1-0 to the Republic of Ireland at Dalymount Park in Dublin. Fellow red Ian St. John also played. Winning a trophy 1984 - Ian Rush netted in the final minute as we drew 1-1 with Tottenham Hotspur in Swaziland to win the Royal Swazi Sun Soccer Challenge 6-3 on aggregate. On tour We have won US tour games three times on this day over the years. 1946 - We beat Kearny Celtic Scots 3-1, with Cyril Done grabbing a brace and Willie Fagan also netting. 1948 - A New York All Stars lost 5-2 at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn. Billy Liddell and Albert Stubbins struck twice each, with Willie Fagan also on the scoresheet. 1953 - Inside-right Sammy Smyth bagged a treble when we thumped St. Louis All Stars 5-1, with Billy Liddell adding a brace. Final caps 1996 - Future red Torben Piechnik won his fifteenth and final cap as a substitute in Denmark’s 1-1 Euro ’96 draw with Portugal at Hillsborough. 1999 - Vladimír Šmicer won his last cap as a Racing Club de Lens player, and 38th in total, as the Czech Republic beat Scotland 3-2 in a Euro 2000 qualifier in Prague, alongside future clubmate Patrik Berger. Meanwhile, Mark Kennedy won his last cap while with Wimbledon, and 22nd to date, as the Republic of Ireland beat FYR Macedonia 1-0 in Dublin, with Robbie Keane playing his ninth and final game while with Wolverhampton Wanderers. On the same day, Nicolas Anelka made his ninth appearance for France, and final one as an Arsenal player, as they won 1-0 in Andorra in another qualifier. Meanwhile, Dean Saunders won his final cap as an SL Benfica player, and 69th in all, as Wales were beaten 2-0 by Denmark at Anfield, a result that kept the Danes on course for a play-off spot. Future reds Craig Bellamy and Paul Jones also played. Robbie Fowler, Haukur Ingi Gudnason, Sami Hyypiä, Jamie Redknapp and future red Emile Heskey all also played in qualifiers that day, with Kevin Keegan taking charge of England. 2013 - Mamadou Sakho won his final cap for France as a Paris Saint-Germain player in their 3-0 defeat by Brazil in Porto Alegre. 2011 – Alou Diarra won his last cap as a Girondins de Bordeaux player, his 34th to date, as France beat Poland 1-0 in a friendly in Warsaw. 2008 – Dirk Kuyt played as the Netherlands beat Italy 3-0 in Berne, while ex-red Anelka featured as France were held to a goalless draw by Romania in Zurich. 2000 – Alberto Aquilani won his eighth and final cap for Italy Under-15’s as they lost 2-1 to France. Dirk’s first 2012 - Dirk Kuyt won his first cap as a Fenerbahçe Spor Kulübü player as the Netherlands lost 1-0 to a Denmark side captained by Daniel Agger in a European Championships Finals game in Kharkiv. Ex-red Raúl Meireles also featured in the competition that day, with Kolo Touré bagging his last goal as a Manchester City player as Ivory Coast drew 2-2 in a World Cup qualifier in Morocco. Meanwhile, ex-red Javier Mascherano was in friendly action as future red Sadio Mané and Victor Moses played in World Cup qualifiers. The Guv’nor in charge 1993 - Future red Paul Ince captained his country for the first time, becoming the first black player ever to skipper England, as they lost 2-0 to the USA in Boston. John Barnes and future red Nigel Clough also played. Meanwhile, Stig Inge Bjørnebye and future red Øyvind Leonhardsen featured in Norway’s goalless World Cup qualifying draw in the Netherlands. On target 1993 - Ex-red John Aldridge scored the fourth of his eight goals in four games against Latvia as the Republic of Ireland won their World Cup qualifier in Riga 2-0. Ex-reds Ray Houghton and Steve Staunton both also played. 2009 – Albert Riera and Fernando Torres both struck as Spain thumped Azerbaijan 6-0 in a friendly in Baku, with David Villa bagging a treble. Xabi Alonso, Álvaro Arbeloa and Pepe Reina all also featured. 1996 - Future red Christian Ziege netted in Germany’s 2-0 defeat of the Czech Republic in their Euro ’96 group encounter at Old Trafford. Fellow future reds Markus Babbel and Patrik Berger both also featured. On the same day, Mark Kennedy faced future red Brad Friedel in the US Nike Cup as the USA beat the Republic of Ireland 2-1 in Boston, while future red Mario Balotelli netted for Italy Under-21’s in their 4-0 friendly win in Denmark. 2019 – Roberto Firmino scored with ex-red Philippe Coutinho converting a spot-kick as Brazil thumped Honduras 7-0 in a friendly in Porto Alegre. Ryan Babel won his last cap as a Fulham player, with Virgil van Dijk captaining a side that also included Gini Wijnaldum as Portugal beat the Netherlands 1-0 in the UEFA Nations League Final in Porto. Trent Alexander-Arnold, Alisson Becker, Joe Gomez, Caoimhín Kelleher, ex-red Raheem Sterling and future reds Luis Díaz and Takumi Minamino also played for their countries that day. 2018 – Ex-red Iago Aspas scored as Spain beat Tunisia a friendly 1-0 in Russia, while future red Ozan Kabak netted as Turkey Under-18’s beat Sweden 3-2. Marko Grujić, future red Thiago Alcântara and ex-reds Péter Gulácsi and Brad Jones also played for their countries that day. 2017 – Philippe Coutinho played in Brazil’s 1-0 friendly defeat by Argentina in Melbourne, with Gini Wijnaldum on target as the Netherlands beat Luxembourg 5-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Rotterdam. Nikolay Mihaylov won his last cap for Bulgaria as a Mersin İdmanyurdu player as they lost a qualifier 2-1 in Belarus. Ragnar Klavan, future reds Xherdan Shaqiri and Kostas Tsimikas and ex-red Péter Gulácsi also played for their countries that day. 2013 – Future red Wijnaldum scored in his fourth consecutive game for the Dutch Under-21’s as they thumped Russia 5-1 in a European Championships Finals group game in Jerusalem. Meanwhile, future red Mohamed Salah bagged a treble as Egypt won a World Cup qualifier 4-2 in Zimbabwe, with future red Joël Matip and ex-reds Charles Itandje and Carl Medjani also playing in qualifiers. On the same day, Emre Can won his last Under-21’s cap as a Bayern München player as Germany lost 1-0 to Spain in a European Championships Finals group game in Israel with Thiago Alcântara captaining a side that also included fellow future red Alberto Moreno. In Toulon Future red Nigel Clough appeared in the Toulon Tournament in consecutive years for England Under-21’s. 1987 - They were held by the USSR to a goalless draw. 1988 – England beat Morocco 1-0. Fellow future reds Julian Dicks and Michael Thomas both also featured. 1989 – Future red Neil Ruddock featured in a goalless match with Republic of Ireland in the same competition. 1993 – Jamie Redknapp played in a 1-1 draw with Czech Republic, when future reds Academy coach Mike Sheron struck his fourth and final goal at this level. God married 2001 - Robbie Fowler married Kerrie at Duns Castle in Scotland. They already had two young daughters, Madison and Jaya, with a third following a year later, and have since added a son to their brood. Still the masters 2002 - The Liverpool Legends team won the Irish Masters in Belfast, with former reserves regular John Durnin grabbing both goals in their 2-0 Final victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers. Barclay elected 1890 – William Barclay was elected Vice Chairman of Everton. He later worked as a Secretary-c**-Manager for the first four years of the reds’ existence. Also in international action 1983 – Glenn Hysén played for Sweden as they lost a European Championships qualifier 1-0 to Romania in Solna. 1985 – Future red John Barnes appeared as England lost a friendly 1-0 in Mexico. 2015 – Future red Ragnar Klavan captained Estonia as they won a friendly 2-0 in Finland. 2021 – Diogo Jota played as Portugal beat Israel 4-0 in a friendly in Lisbon.
  15. Will

    8th June

    Happy birthday Javier 1984 - Javier Mascherano was born in San Lorenzo in Argentina. He signed for the reds on loan from West Ham United in January 2007, joining permanently thirteen months later. He turned out on 139 occasions, finding the back of the net just twice before moving to Barcelona for €22m in August 2010. 2005 - He appeared for his country on his 21st birthday, winning his fourteenth cap, and final one as a River Plate player, as they beat Brazil 3-1 in a World Cup qualifier in Buenos Aires. 2008 – He was sent off late on while captaining Argentina in their goalless friendly draw with the USA in the Giants Stadium in New Jersey, with future red Maxi Rodríguez also featuring. Meanwhile, future red Kolo Touré and ex-reds El-Hadji Diouf and Rigobert Song both featured in World Cup qualifiers. Ins and out 2000 - World Cup winner Bernard Diomède signed from Auxerre for £3m. He only made five reds appearances, before moving to AC Ajaccio, firstly on loan in January 2003 then permanently that summer. 2015 - Forward Danny Ings agreed to sign from Burnley on 1st July. He only struck four times in 25 games as he suffered two serious injuries, spending the next season on loan at Southampton before joining them permanently in July 2019. 1921 - John Miller joined Aberdeen for their club record fee, after just eight reds games since signing from Hamilton Academical in 1918. He struck 27 times in 42 outings in his first season before breaking his leg. International debutants 2021 - Caoimhín Kelleher debuted for the Republic of Ireland as they were held to a goalless friendly draw in Hungary, with ex-red Ádám Bogdán winning his first cap as a Ferencváros player. On the same day, Roberto Firmino played for Brazil for the fiftieth time in their 2-0 World Cup qualifying win in Paraguay. Sadio Mané scored from the spot as Senegal beat Cape Verde 2-0 in a friendly in Thiès. Future red Luis Díaz and ex-reds Péter Gulácsi and Luis Suárez also played for their countries that day. 2003 – R.C.D. Espanyol’s Maxi Rodríguez struck on his debut for Argentina as they beat Japan 4-1 in a Kirin Cup game in Osaka. Another future reds winger Mark González made his senior international bow for Chile as a substitute in their 1-0 friendly defeat in Costa Rica on the same day, with future red Kolo Touré featuring in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier. 1999 - Sander Westerveld made his full international debut for the Netherlands, winning his only cap as a Vitesse Arnhem player as the Dutch lost 3-1 to Brazil in a friendly in Goiania, with future Bolo Zenden also in action and Jamie Carragher playing for England Under-21’s. 1977 - Kevin Keegan won his first cap as a Hamburger SV player, skippering England as they shared a goalless draw with Brazil in a friendly in Rio de Janeiro. Ray Clemence, Emlyn Hughes, Ray Kennedy and Phil Neal all also featured. In the World Cup 1958 – Keeper Tommy Younger captained Scotland as they drew 1-1 with Yugoslavia in a group game in Sweden. 1986 - Ex-red Graeme Souness won his 54th and final Scotland cap as skipper in their 2-1 defeat by West Germany in the Mexico World Cup Finals. Steve Nicol also featured, while Jan Mølby also appeared in the competition that day in Denmark’s 6-1 thrashing of Uruguay. 2017 – Future red Dominic Solanke scored his last two goals for England Under-20’s as they beat Italy 3-1 in their World Cup Semi-final in South Korea, with Sheyi Ojo also in action. Ex-red Brad Smith played for Australia as they beat Saudi Arabia 3-2 in a World Cup qualifier in Sydney on the same day. 2015 – Ojo played for England Under-18’s in their 2-0 friendly win in Russia. Last internationals 2005 - Vladimír Šmicer won his last cap as a reds player, and 74th to date, as the Czech Republic trounced Macedonia 6-1 in a World Cup qualifier in Teplice, with Milan Baroš grabbing his final goal as a red. Meanwhile, Jari Litmanen was playing his final international while with Hansa Rostock as Finland lost a qualifier 4-0 to the Netherlands in Helsinki, with Sami Hyypiä also in the side and future red Dirk Kuyt amongst the scorers. Ragnar Klavan made his last appearance for Estonia while with Flora in their 1-0 defeat by Portugal in a World Cup qualifier in Tallinn. John Arne Riise skippered his country as they won a friendly 3-2 in Sweden, with Xabi Alonso, Carl Medjani, John Welsh and future reds James Milner, Christian Poulsen, Fernando Torres and Andriy Voronin also turning out for their countries. 2013 – Torres again played for Spain, alongside former clubmate Pepe Reina in their 2-1 friendly defeat of Haiti in Miami. On the same day, Jordan Henderson captained England Under-21’s as they lost 3-1 to Norway in a European Championships Finals group game in Israel, with Jonjo Shelvey, Andre Wisdom and ex-red Tom Ince also featuring as future red Steven Caulker won his tenth and final cap at this level. Future reds Sadio Mané and Xherdan Shaqiri also played for their countries that day. 1997 - Ex-red Ronnie Rosenthal won his 55th and final cap as Israel lost 2-0 to Russia in a World Cup qualifier in Moscow. Meanwhile, Øyvind Leonhardsen won his last cap as a Wimbledon player, and 52nd in total, alongside future clubmate Stig Inge Bjørnebye, as Norway drew 1-1 in Hungary in another World Cup qualifier. 1995 - Nick Barmby won his second full England cap, and last while with Tottenham Hotspur, as they drew 3-3 with Sweden in a friendly at Elland Road. John Barnes, John Scales and ex-red Peter Beardsley all also played. 1960 - Andy Beattie managed Scotland for the last of seventeen times as they lost 4-2 to Turkey in a friendly in Ankara. Beattie had guested with the reds during the war, and later joined the backroom staff at Anfield after a successful management career. Sir Kenny 2018 - Kenny Dalglish was awarded a knighthood in the Queen's Birthday Honours. Ex-reds on the move 2003 - Ex-reds striker Sean Dundee joined Austria Wien on a free transfer from VfB Stuttgart after 25 goals in 77 Bundesliga outings. 2004 - Christian Ziege also moved for free, joining Borussia Mönchengladbach from Tottenham Hotspur. 2010 – It was announced that ex-reds defender Jon Otsemobor would sign for Sheffield Wednesday from Southampton on 1st July of that year. 2011 – Former Academy full-back Calum Woods joined Huddersfield Town on a free transfer from Dunfermline Athletic. 2012 - Steve Clarke was appointed Manager of West Bromwich Albion, guiding them to an eighth-place top-flight finish in his first season in charge, but was sacked in December 2013. On the same day, future reds midfielder Fabinho signed for Portuguese side Rio Ave. 2021 – Centre-half Lloyd Jones signed for Cambridge United, turning out 28 times for them in his first campaign. Phil’s treble 2016 – Philippe Coutinho scored a hat-trick as Brazil thumped Haiti 7-1 in a Copa América Centenario group game in Orlando, with future red Alisson Becker also in action. Meanwhile, Ragnar Klavan skippered Estonia while winning his last cap as an Augsburg player in their 7-0 friendly trouncing in Lisbon. Also on target for their countries 1997 - Captain Gary McAllister netted the only goal of the game as Scotland beat Belarus in a World Cup qualifier in Minsk. On the same day, Jari Litmanen was on target in Finland’s 3-0 qualifying defeat of Azerbaijan in Helsinki. Future reds Sami Hyypiä, Vladimír Šmicer and Rigobert Song also featured in qualifiers that day. 1998 - Christian Ziege was on target as Germany thrashed Luxembourg 7-0 in a friendly in Mannheim. Fellow future reds Markus Babbel and Dietmar Hamann both also featured. 2006 - Bayer 04 Leverkusen’s Andriy Voronin struck in the Ukraine’s 3-0 friendly win in Luxembourg. 2010 – Fernando Torres struck as Spain thumped Poland 6-0 in a friendly in Murcia. Ex-reds Xabi Alonso and Álvaro Arbeloa both also played, with future red Raul Meireles also playing for his country. 2011 – Dirk Kuyt was on target as the Netherlands drew 1-1 with Luis Suárez’s Uruguay in a friendly tournament game in Montevideo, with the home side winning 4-3 on penalties. 2018 – Ex-red Suárez converted a penalty as Uruguay beat Uzbekistan 3-0 in Montevideo. Future red Xherdan Shaqiri played for Switzerland in their 2-0 friendly defeat of Japan in Lugano, while Sadio Mané captained Senegal as they lost 2-1 to Dejan Lovren’s Croatia in Osijek. 2013 – Shaqiri featured again, while still at Bayern München, as they beat Cyprus 1-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Geneva. On the same day, Dejan Lovren faced Sadio Mané in a friendly, with Croatia beating Senegal 2-1 in Osijek. 2019 – Andy Robertson struck for Scotland while skippering them in their 2-1 European Championships qualifying defeat of Cyprus at Hampden Park as they were managed for the first time by ex-reds coach Steve Clarke. Meanwhile, ex-red Luis Suárez scored in Uruguay’s 3-0 friendly defeat of Panama, with Dejan Lovren, Harry Wilson and ex-reds Joe Allen, Péter Gulácsi and Krisztián Németh also in international action. In the European Championships 1996 - Future red Stéphane Henchoz faced an England side at Wembley that included Steve McManaman and future reds Nick Barmby and Paul Ince. This tournament opener ended 1-1. 1968 - Roger Hunt appeared as England clinched third place by beating the USSR 2-0 in Rome. 2012 – Ex-red Milan Baroš featured as the Czech Republic were thumped 4-1 by Russia in Poland. Heading to the Final 2004 – Anthony Le Tallec and Florent Sinama-Pongolle both featured as France Under-21’s beat Brazil 2-1 in the Semi-final of the Toulon Tournament. Future red Raul Meireles played for Portugal at the same level that day as they beat Sweden 3-2 after extra time to claim third place in the European Championships Finals in Germany. Into India 2009 – The club launched the Ahbijit Kadam Football Development Centre in Pune, India in association with Kickworldwide. Also in international action 2014 – Mamadou Sakho played as France thrashed Jamaica 8-0 in Villeneuve d'Ascq. 1994 – Future red Karl-Heinz Riedle featured as Germany beat Canada 2-0 in Toronto. 1991 – Future red Mark Wright appeared as England won 2-0 in New Zealand.
  16. Will

    3rd June

    The birth of LFC 1892 - Club founder John Houlding signed the Certificate of Change of Name to alter the name of the club residing at Anfield from Everton Football Club and Athletic Grounds Company Limited to Liverpool Football Club and Athletic Grounds Company Limited. We started out in the Lancashire League that September, soon rising through the divisions and heading towards glory. Hola y adiós Rafa 2010 - Rafael Benítez left the club as boss by mutual consent. He had been in charge for six years, leading us to the European Cup, FA Cup, UEFA Super Cup and FA Community Shield during his six seasons in charge as we won 194 of his 350 games as Manager. 2015 - He was appointed Manager of Real Madrid, leading them to seventeen wins in 25 victories but remaining in charge for only seven months. Auf wiedersehen Kev 1977 - Kevin Keegan joined German side Hamburger SV for £500,000, a record fee for a British footballer and the most expensive player to that date in the Bundesliga. He had played 323 reds games and bagged exactly a hundred goals, helping us to claim the European Cup, three League titles, two UEFA Cups, FA Cup and two FA Charity Shields. In comes Stéph 1999 - Stéphane Henchoz signed from relegated Blackburn Rovers for £3.5m, two weeks after his future partner Sami Hyypiä arrived from Dutch side Willem II. Stéph failed to score in his 205 reds appearances, but was a defensive rock, helping us to claim the UEFA Cup, FA Cup, UEFA Super Cup, FA Charity Shield and two League Cups before joining Celtic in January 2005. Farewell Dirk 2012 – Dutch forward Dirk Kuyt was sold to Fenerbahçe Spor Kulübü for €1m. He had arrived from Feyenoord for £9m in August 2006, with then Chairman David Moores having to lend the club the money for the transfer. He proved a willing worker, notching 71 times in 285 outings, including our consolation in the Champions League Final in Athens in 2007 and five derby strikes. He helped the club to claim the Carling Cup and reach the FA Cup Final in his final season in England. Fourteen without reply 1964 - We trounced a San Franciscan Select 14-0 on our North American tour, our record ever victory in any fixture, shortly after clinching our sixth League title. Alf Arrowsmith and Ian St. John scored four apiece at the Kezar Stadium, with our other goals coming from Alan A’Court, Ian Callaghan, Phil Chisnall, Bobby Graham, Ronnie Moran and Gordon Wallace. Trevor Roberts was in goal after Tommy Lawrence suffered a foot injury in training. Meanwhile, Chairman TV Williams was presented with the League title in London. 1948 - We were also in North America, when Billy Liddell, Jack Balmer, Bob Priday and Les Shannon struck as we beat the Montreal All Stars 4-2 at the Delorimier Stadium. Crouchie’s treble 2006 - Peter Crouch struck three times for England and also missed a penalty in their 6-0 friendly defeat of Jamaica at Old Trafford. This was the third consecutive international in which he had scored, while ex-red Michael Owen was also on target. Jamie Carragher, Steven Gerrard, future reds Joe Cole and Stewart Downing and ex-red David James also featured, with the latter winning his final cap while with Manchester City. Xabi Alonso, Luis García, future reds Philipp Degen and Fernando Torres and ex-red Milan Baroš also turned out in international friendlies that day. 2010 – Alonso also played for Spain as they beat South Korea 1-0 in a friendly in Austria, alongside Pepe Reina. 2012 – Alonso also played alongside fellow ex-reds Álvaro Arbeloa and Fernando Torres in a 1-0 defeat of China in Seville. Meanwhile, Daniel Sjölund featured as Finland lost the Baltic Cup Final to Latvia on penalties in Estonia, while future red Victor Moses was in World Cup qualifying action for Nigeria. Three reds skippers in one day 2003 - Steven Gerrard and future red Joe Cole scored as England beat Serbia & Montenegro 2-1 in a friendly at the Walkers Stadium, with this being Cole’s only goal for his country and last cap as a West Ham United player. Michael Owen, Emile Heskey and Jamie Carragher all captained the side at some point during the game, as did Manchester United’s Phil Neville, with ex-red David James also playing. International debutants 1995 - John Scales and future red Stan Collymore both made their England debuts as they beat Japan 2-1 at Wembley. They both only won a further two caps apiece. Steve McManaman and ex-red Peter Beardsley also played that day. 1991 - Future reds winger Mark Walters won his only full international cap for England as they beat New Zealand 1-0 in a friendly in Auckland. 1984 - Jim Beglin made his Republic of Ireland bow in their 1-0 defeat of China in Sapporo, Japan. He went on to win fifteen full caps before injury curtailed his career. 2011 - Krisztián Németh won his first cap as an Olympiacos player, and second to date, as Hungary won a friendly 1-0 in Luxembourg as keeper Ádám Bogdán made his senior international bow. Alberto Aquilani, future reds Fabio Borini, Ragnar Klavan, Simon Mignolet and Mamadou Sakho and ex-reds Alou Diarra and Daniel Sjölund all featured in Euro 2012 qualifiers that day. In the World Cup 1978 - Kenny Dalglish played for Scotland as they lost 3-1 to Peru in Argentina. 1986 - Future red Peter Beardsley appeared in England’s 1-0 defeat by Portugal in Mexico. Reds internationals on target 2000 - Emile Heskey netted in England’s 2-1 friendly win in Malta. Ex-red Paul Ince won his fiftieth cap, while Robbie Fowler, future red Nick Barmby and ex-red Steve McManaman all also featured for Kevin Keegan’s side. Meanwhile, Patrik Berger was on target as the Czech Republic lost 3-2 to Germany in a friendly in Nuremberg. Dietmar Hamann, Vladimír Šmicer and future reds Markus Babbel and Christian Ziege all also played. Stig Inge Bjørnebye, Titi Camara, Vegard Heggem, Sami Hyypiä and future reds John Arne Riise and Jari Litmanen all also played for their countries that day. 2021 – Future red Luis Díaz struck as Colombia 3-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Peru. On the same day, Ozan Kabak won his last cap while on loan with the reds in Turkey’s 2-0 friendly defeat of Moldova in Germany. Xherdan Shaqiri, Kostas Tsimikas and ex-reds Simon Mignolet and Luis Suárez all also played to their countries. 1987 - Jan Mølby netted his second and final international goal as Denmark were held 1-1 at home by Czechoslovakia in a European Championships qualifier, with Glenn Hysén also featuring in a qualifier that day. 1989 - John Barnes got on the scoresheet as England beat Poland 3-0 in a World Cup qualifier at Wembley. Peter Beardsley also featured. 2005 - Carl Medjani struck as he captained France Under-20’s to a 2-1 defeat of Japan in the Toulon tournament in Hyères. Darren Potter was also in action that day, for the Irish Under-21’s. 2013 – Ex-red Alexander Kačaniklić scored the only goal of Sweden’s friendly against FYR Macedonia in Malmo. 2014 – Future red Xherdan Shaqiri netted as Switzerland beat Peru 2-0 in Lucerne, with ex-reds loanee Victor Moses also in international action. 2016 – Shaqiri played for his country again, as the Swiss beat Moldova 2-1 in a friendly in Lugano. 2018 – Roberto Firmino was on target as Brazil beat Croatia 2-0 in a friendly at Anfield, with Dejan Lovren, future red Alisson Becker and ex-red Philippe Coutinho all also in action. On the same day, ex-red Iago Aspas and future red Thiago Alcântara faced future red Xherdan Shaqiri as Spain drew 1-1 with Switzerland in Villarreal, with Liam Millar also playing for his country. Management moves 1986 - 1960’s right-half Gordon Milne stepped down as Manager of Leicester City to become General Manager. He had been in charge for four years, leading them into the top flight in his first season, where they remained during his tenure. 2009 - Jim Magilton was appointed Manager of Queens Park Rangers. He only remained in charge for six months before being suspended after an alleged clash with a player after a game at Watford, following which he left by mutual consent. International first and lasts in friendlies 1982 - Southampton’s Kevin Keegan captained England for the 31st and last time while winning his 62nd cap as they thumped Finland 4-1 in Helsinki. Phil Thompson and ex-red Ray Clemence also played. 1995 - Jason McAteer won his last cap as a Bolton Wanderers player, with skipper Ronnie Whelan winning his first cap while at Southend United, as the Republic of Ireland were held to a goalless draw in a European Championships qualifier in Liechtenstein. Phil Babb and ex-reds John Aldridge and Steve Staunton all also played. 1998 - Dean Saunders won his first cap as a Sheffield United player, and 62nd in total, as Wales won 3-0 in Malta 3-0 with future red Craig Bellamy netting his first goal for his country. Future red Paul Jones also played. On the same day, ex-reserves midfielder Jim Magilton won his last cap as a Sheffield Wednesday player, and 39th in total, as Northern Ireland lost 4-1 in Spain, with future red Fernando Morientes bagging a brace. 1992 - Saunders had also played for Wales as they lost 1-0 to Argentina in Japan. John Barnes, Mark Wright and future reds and Stig Inge Bjørnebye, Øyvind Leonhardsen, Jari Litmanen, Gary McAllister and Torben Piechnik also represented their countries on that day. 2019 – Keeper Caoimhín Kelleher played for the Republic of Ireland Under-21’s as they beat China Under-22’s 4-1 in a friendly in France. Future red Ibrahima Konaté played for France at the same level that day, as they beat Belgium 3-0 in Le Mans, while Porto’s Luis Díaz featured as Colombia beat Panama 3-0 in a friendly in Bogota and Club Atlético Peñarol’s Darwin Núñez played for Uruguay Under-20’s in their 3-1 defeat by Ecuador in the World Championship Finals in Poland. Friendly victory 1984 - We beat Tottenham Hotspur 5-2 in the first leg of the Royal Swazi Sun Soccer Challenge at the Somhlolu Stadium in Swaziland. Ian Rush and South African-born Craig Johnston both netted braces, with Paul Walsh also grabbing a goal. Jameo the champion 1991 - Future reds keeper David James played as England Under-21’s beat hosts France in the Final of the Toulon Tournament. On the move 1992 - Ex-reds forward Paul Walsh joined Portsmouth from Tottenham Hotspur for £400,000. He had netted 21 times in 156 games for Spurs. 2011 – Brad Friedel signed for Tottenham Hotspur on a free transfer from Aston Villa, having played 131 times for the Villains. 2013 – Left-back Andy Robertson joined Dundee United from Third Division Queens Park, after two goals in 43 outings. 2019 – Keeper David Martin joined West Ham United from Millwall on a free transfer. Also in international action 2015 – Future red Marko Grujić played for Serbia Under-20’s in their 2-0 defeat of Mali in a World Championships Finals group game in New Zealand. 2008 – Ex-red Nicolas Anelka appeared in France’s 1-0 friendly defeat of Colombia at the Stade de France. 2007 – Ex-red Rigobert Song played for Cameroon in their 2-1 win in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Liberia. 2005 – Arsenal’s Kolo Touré featured as Ivory Coast shared a goalless World Cup qualifier with Libya in Tripoli. 2004 – Anthony Le Tallec and Florent Sinama-Pongolle both featured as France Under-21’s were held to a goalless draw by China in the Toulon Tournament. 2001 – Future red Nicolas Anelka played in France’s 4-0 thumping of Mexico in a Confederations Cup group game in South Korea. Future red Kolo Touré played for Ivory Coast on the same day in their 1-0 Africa Cup in Nations qualifying win in Libya. 1994 – Roy Hodgson managed Switzerland as they lost a friendly 1-0 to Italy in Rome. 1981 – Glenn Hysén played for Sweden in their 1-0 World Cup qualifying defeat of Northern Ireland in Solna. 1977 – Joey Jones appeared for Wales as they held Northern Ireland to a 1-1 draw in the British International Championships in Belfast. 1959 – Andy Beattie took charge of Scotland as they lost a friendly 1-0 in Portugal. He guested for the reds at full-back during the Second World War, and later spent some time on our backroom staff.
  17. Will

    30th May

    Glory in Rome again 1984 - We clinched the European Cup for a fourth time, becoming the first English side to complete a treble, having already claimed the title and League Cup that season. Phil Neal put us ahead after a quarter of an hour with a scrappy goal, but Roberto Pruzzo headed an equaliser for Roma before half-time. The game ended 1-1 after extra-time, and so the cup was to be decided with a penalty shoot-out. Steve Nicol missed our first kick, but his failure was matched by two Italians before Bruce Grobbelaar’s wobbly legs helped put off a third kicker, Ciccio Graziani. Alan Kennedy stepped up to take the decisive spot kick, as we won the big cup right in the heart of the lions’ den. Phil Neal, Graeme Souness, in his 359th and final reds appearance, and Ian Rush had been our other successful penalty takers. This remains our only first-class game on this day in history. Happy birthday SteG 1980 - Skipper Steven Gerrard was born in Whiston. He made 710 appearances for the reds in total, notching 186 goals, helping us to claim the UEFA Champions League, 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. 1915 – Len Carney was born in Liverpool. He joined the reds from Collegiate Old Boys in 1939, only netting once in six senior games after the war. 1989 – Former reserves centre-half Mikel San José was born in Pamplona, Spain. He featured on the bench once, joining Athletic de Bilbao in May 2010 after a loan spell. Kenny the boss 1985 - Kenny Dalglish was appointed Player/Manager, following Joe Fagan’s resignation after the Heysel tragedy the night before. That same day, the Belgian FA announced a ban on all British clubs appearing in the country, a precursor to the wider UEFA ban on all English clubs. Shanks for the reds 1942 - Future boss Bill Shankly guested for the reds in a Wartime League game, the only time he played for us. We beat Everton 4-1 at Anfield, with Cyril Done netting a brace, and Len Carney and John Wharton also on target. Half a century for Rushie 1991 - Ian Rush won his fiftieth cap for Wales in their goalless draw with Poland in Radom, playing alongside future red Dean Saunders. He went on to win a total of 73 caps, scoring 28 times, a Welsh record. 1992 – Saunders, by now a red, played for his country again, as Wales were thumped 4-0 by the Netherlands in a friendly in Utrecht. Ray Houghton and ex-red Steve Staunton played as the Republic of Ireland lost 3-1 to the host nation in the US Cup in Washington DC on the same day. A birthday goal 2006 - Steven Gerrard struck for England on his 26th birthday in their 3-1 friendly defeat of Hungary at Old Trafford. Peter Crouch was also on target with Jamie Carragher, future red Joe Cole and ex-red Michael Owen also featuring, along with Theo Walcott, who became England’s youngest ever international, aged just seventeen years and 75 days. Future reds Javier Mascherano and Kolo Touré also played for their countries that day, while John Barnes took charge of Jamaica. Welcome aboard 2017 – Forward Dominic Solanke agreed to sign from Chelsea on 1st July, finally netting his first senior goal in his 27th and last outing as we thumped Brighton & Hove Albion 4-0 at Anfield in May 2018, moving on to Bournemouth for £19m in January 2019. Five for Albert 1948 - Albert Stubbins grabbed five goals as we thumped an American League Select side 9-2 in a friendly in the Triborough Stadium, New York City. Billy Liddell added a brace, with Willie Fagan and Jack Balmer also on the scoresheet. First and last caps 2021 – Conor Bradley came off the bench to win his first senior cap for Northern Ireland in their 3-0 friendly defeat of Malta in Austria. On the same day, Xherdan Shaqiri won his ninetieth cap as Switzerland beat the USA 2-1 in St. Gallen. 2007 – Future red Charlie Adam made his full international debut as Scotland beat Austria 1-0 in a friendly in Vienna. 1999 - Øyvind Leonhardsen won his final cap as a reds player as Norway beat Georgia 1-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Oslo. Vegard Heggem also played. On the same day, future red Frode Kippe played for Norway Under-21’s as they were held to a goalless draw by their Georgian counterparts. 1997 - Øyvind also represented his country in Oslo, as Norway beat Brazil 4-2 in a friendly. 2000 - Don Hutchison scored as he won his final cap as an Evertonian, with Scotland beating the Republic of Ireland 2-1 in a friendly at Lansdowne Road. Ex-red Mark Kennedy struck the Irish goal, with Phil Babb, ex-red Jason McAteer and future reds Steve Finnan and Robbie Keane all also featuring. 2008 – Philipp Degen won his last cap as a Ballspielverein Borussia 09 e.V. Dortmund player, and thirtieth to date, as Switzerland beat Liechtenstein 3-0 in a friendly in St. Gallen. Roma’s Alberto Aquilani was also in friendly action that day, while Alex Manninger won his last cap as a Robur Siena player in Austria’s 5-1 defeat of Malta in Graz. 2016 – Future red Fabinho won his fourth and last senior cap as an AS Monaco player, as Brazil beat Panama 2-0 in a friendly in the USA. Philippe Coutinho and future red Alisson Becker also featured. 1982 – Future reds Assistant Manager Sean O’Driscoll won his third and last cap for the Republic of Ireland in their 2-1 defeat at Trinidad & Tobago. Champion youngsters 2010 – Conor Coady captained England Under-17’s to victory in the European Championships, as they beat Spain 2-1 in the Final in Liechtenstein. Andre Wisdom put through his own net and then scored at the right end. Other reds on target for their countries 2014 – Daniel Sturridge netted as Roy Hodgson’s England beat Peru 3-0 at Wembley, with Steven Gerrard captaining a side that also included Jordan Henderson, Glen Johnson, Raheem Sterling and future reds Adam Lallana and James Milner. On the same day, Alberto Moreno won his third and last cap as a Sevilla player as Spain beat Bolivia 2-0, with ex-red Fernando Torres converting a penalty and Pepe Reina also featuring. Future red Mohamed Salah netted in Egypt’s 3-2 friendly defeat in Chile, with fellow future red Xherdan Shaqiri also playing for his country that day. 2004 - Vladimír Šmicer scored for the Czech Republic in their 6-0 thumping of a Tirol Amateur XI in Austria, with clubmate Milan Baroš also playing. Meanwhile, future red Raul Meireles played for Portugal Under-21’s as they drew 2-2 with Switzerland in a European Championships Finals group game in Germany. On the same day, future reds Craig Bellamy, Ragnar Klavan and Christian Poulsen both featured in senior friendlies. 1981 - Terry McDermott was on target as a substitute in England’s 2-1 World Cup qualifying defeat in Switzerland. Ray Clemence also played, while ex-red Kevin Keegan skippered the side, with ex-red Joey Jones playing for Wales on the same day. 1952 - Billy Liddell netted for Scotland while winning his twentieth cap as they beat Sweden 3-1 in a friendly in Solna. 2001 - Future red Nicolas Anelka scored as France thumped South Korea 5-0 in a Confederations Cup group game in Daegu. On the same day, Djibril Cissé netted for France Under-20’s as they beat Poland 3-1 in the Toulon Tournament, with Grégory Vignal also in the side. 2010 – Ex-reds Anelka and Cissé also played for France as they drew 1-1 with Tunisia in a friendly in Radès. Jamie Carragher, Steven Gerrard, Glen Johnson, future reds Joe Cole and Kolo Touré, and ex-reds Mark González, Emile Heskey and David James were all also in international action that day. 2012 – Ex-reds Xabi Alonso, from the spot, and Fernando Torres both netted for Spain as they beat South Korea 4-1 in a friendly in Switzerland. Pepe Reina and ex-red Álvaro Arbeloa also featured, while Krisztián Adorján captained Hungary Under-19’s while winning his fourth and last cap at this level in their 3-0 friendly defeat by Germany in Serbia, with ex-red Ádám Hajdú also featuring. Jack Dunn and Dirk Kuyt were also in international action that day. 2019 – Future red Darwin Núñez scored for Uruguay Under-20’s in their 2-0 defeat of New Zealand in a World Championship Finals group game in Poland. 1997 - Future red Emile Heskey netted for England Under-21’s as they drew 1-1 with Poland in a European Championships qualifier in Katowice. 1978 - Future red Alan Kennedy struck in a B international as England drew 1-1 with Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur. Future reds goalkeeping coach Joe Corrigan also played. Billy’s death 1969 – Irish forward Billy Lacey died. He signed from Everton alongside centre-forward Tommy Gracie in a swap deal for £300 and winger Harold Uren in February 1912, going on to play 259 times for the reds, including the FA Cup Final in 1914. He helped us to two League titles in the 1920’s, netting 29 times before crossing the Mersey to join New Brighton in June 1924. Reserve forwards coming and going 2012 – Congolese youngster Henoc Mukendi signed as a professional. He was released two years later having spent much of his time out on loan. 1997 - Lee Jones was sold to Tranmere Rovers for £100,000, the day after his 24th birthday, after five reds appearances. 2015 – Future red Diogo Jota signed a new contract with Paços de Ferreira. He struck fifteen times in 45 games before moving to Club Atlético de Madrid in July 2016. 2016 – Midfielder Stephen Warnock signed for Wigan Athletic, after a successful loan spell. He failed to score in 59 outings in total for the Latics. Larry the champion 1979 - Ex-red Larry Lloyd played in the European Cup Final as Nottingham Forest beat Malmö FF 1-0 in Munich. Also in international action 1957 – Alan A’Court played for England Under-23’s in their 2-0 win in Czechoslovakia. 1964 – Gordon Milne and Peter Thompson featured as England were thumped 5-1 in a Copa de las Naciones game in Rio de Janeiro. 1971 – Steve Heighway played for the Republic of Ireland as they lost 4-1 to Austria in a European Championships qualifier in Dublin in what was Mick Meagan’s last game as boss. 1989 – Gary Gillespie featured for Scotland in their 2-0 Rous Cup defeat of Chile at Hampden Park, with future red Øyvind Leonhardsen featuring for Norway Under-21’s in a 1-0 defeat of Austria in Molde. 1990 – Future red Karl-Heinz Riedle played as West Germany beat Denmark 1-0 in a friendly in Gelsenkirchen. 1996 – Future reds Steve Finnan and Vegard Heggem faces each other as Norway Under-21’s drew 1-1 with their Irish counterparts in Drogheda. 1998 – Future reds Dietmar Hamann and Christian Ziege both played for Germany as they beat Colombia 3-1 in Frankfurt. 2018 – Future red Ozan Kabak featured for Turkey Under-18’s as they beat North Macedonia 2-1.
  18. Will

    23rd May

    Our first European triumph 1973 - We lost 2-0 at Borussia Mönchengladbach with Jupp Heynckes getting both goals inside ten first-half minutes. However, that was enough to secure the UEFA Cup for the first time, as we had won the first leg 3-0 at Anfield two weeks before. We therefore became the first English side to claim the League title and a European trophy in the same season. Athens despair 2007 - We lost 2-1 to AC Milan in the Champions League Final in Athens thanks to a Pippo Inzaghi brace, with Bolo Zenden playing his 47th and final reds game. Dirk Kuyt headed our late consolation, his first goal in Europe for us. Keeping on track for a title showdown 1989 - Ray Houghton netted a brace, with John Aldridge, Ian Rush and John Barnes also on target as we beat West Ham United 5-1 at Anfield, our 24th consecutive game without defeat, just three days after our emotional FA Cup Final win, to keep us on course for our second double in four years. The FA Cup was on display on a table on the pitch before the game. However, the League was to be cruelly snatched from our grasp by Arsenal in the very last kick of the season. 1985 - Our only other first-class game on this day saw John Wark miss a penalty as we lost at Everton. Paul Wilkinson bagged the only goal of the game. Uncle Joe announced 1983 – The appointment of Joe Fagan as Bob Paisley’s replacement as Manager was announced, although he did not take over until 1st July. In his first season as boss, he led the club to a unique treble of League, European Cup and League Cup, retiring just a year later. He remains the only Scouser to date to hold the position on a permanent basis. Happy birthdays 1997 - Centre-half Joe Gomez was born in Catford, south-east London. He signed from Charlton Athletic for £3.5m in June 2015, making 142 senior appearances up to his 25th birthday, without scoring. On the same day, Spanish midfielder Pedro Chirivella was born in Valencia. He signed from his hometown club in July 2013, playing eleven first-team games before moving on to Nantes in July 2020, captaining the side in our League Cup thumping at Aston Villa in December 2019. 1996 - Keeper Ryan Fulton was born in Burnley. He signed pro terms in the summer of 2013, making his first senior appearance in our friendly at Swindon Town in August 2015, moving on to Hamilton Academical in July 2017. Gini’s farewell 2021 – Midfielder Gini Wijnaldum played his 237th and last reds game as we beat Crystal Palace 2-0 at Anfield in front of just 10,000 fans due to COVID restrictions. Sadio Mané scored in his eighth consecutive League game against the Eagles, nabbing both our goals. We finished the season in third place, while ex-reds boss Roy Hodgson took charge of Palace for the final time. An obscure international 1987 - Young reds midfielder Ken de Mange made his senior international debut as a substitute for the Republic of Ireland alongside clubmates John Aldridge and Ronnie Whelan, as they beat Brazil 1-0 in a Rous Cup game at Lansdowne Road. He never made a first team appearance in his two seasons with the reds, before moving on to Leeds United. On the same day, Peter Beardsley and Mark Wright both played as England were held to a goalless draw by Scotland in the same competition at Hampden Park. It was Beardsley’s last cap as a Newcastle United player, and Wright’s final one while with Southampton. A treble for Albert 1948 - Albert Stubbins bagged a hat-trick as we beat a Philadelphia Select side 5-2 in a friendly on our post-season tour. Jack Balmer and Billy Liddell also netted. Rush for his country for the last time 1994 - Ian Rush grabbed his final goal for Wales as they won 2-1 in a friendly in Estonia. He netted 28 goals in his 73 internationals, a Welsh record. 1980 - He also represented his country in their 1-0 British International Championships defeat by Northern Ireland in Cardiff, alongside ex-red Joey Jones. Nigel’s debut 1989 - Future red Nigel Clough won his first full international cap as England were held to a goalless draw by Chile in a Rous Cup game at Wembley. 2001 – Future reds keeper Brad Jones won his only cap at Under-20’s level as Australia thumped Guam 6-0 in the East Asian Games in Japan. Larry for England 1972 - Larry Lloyd won his third and final England cap as a red, and his last for his country for eight years. Emlyn Hughes also played as Northern Ireland won 1-0 at Wembley in the British International Championships. Barmby’s brace 1996 - Future red Nick Barmby bagged a brace as England beat China 3-0 in a friendly in Beijing. Ex-red Peter Beardsley won his 59th and final cap in this game, while Robbie Fowler, Steve McManaman and Jamie Redknapp all also featured. A French triumph 1956 - We thumped French outfit Racing Club Franc-Comtois 8-1 in Besançon. Billy Liddell bagged a brace, with Alan A’Court, Louis Bimpson, John Evans, Brian Jackson and Jimmy Melia all adding to an own goal. The kids done well 1963 – Tommy Smith captained the reds to a 3-1 victory in the first leg of our first ever FA Youth Cup Final at Anfield. Unfortunately, we crashed 5-2 in controversial circumstances in the return match two days later. Drawing at sea 1935 – We drew 2-2 with Victoria on Gran Canaria, with Vic Wright and Fred Howe netting. The reds were introduced to Miss Spain before the match! On the way out 2005 - It was announced that Paul Harrison, Patrice Luzi, Jon Otsemobor, Richie Partridge and Mark Smyth would all be leaving the club. They had only managed eleven first-team outings between them. 1997 - Roy Hodgson resigned as Manager of Internazionale, with two games remaining of the Serie A campaign and the club sitting in third place. This came two days after their UEFA Cup Final defeat to Schalke 04 on penalties, when he was pelted with coins and cigarette lighters by fans at the San Siro. 2011 – Ex-reds defender David Raven was released by Shrewsbury Town after 28 games for the Shrews. 2012 – Emile Heskey was released by Aston Villa after fifteen strikes in 111 outings. On the same day, keeper Chris Kirkland signed for Sheffield Wednesday. 2014 – Forward Michael Ngoo was released by the reds, having not made the breakthrough. On the same day, John Arne Riise was let go by Fulham after failing to score in exactly a century of games for the Cottagers. 1928 – Future reds outside-right Danny McRorie joined Morton after just three months with Alloa Athletic. He struck 51 times in 76 League games before moving to Anfield for £1,500 in November 1930. In charge 2006 - Nigel Spackman was appointed Manager of Millwall. He only remained in the post for four months before being sacked. 2009 – John Barnes led Jamaica to a 2-2 draw with Haiti in a friendly in Fort Lauderdale. Future red Thiago Alcântara scored for Spain Under-19’s on the same day as they won a friendly 3-0 in Estonia. 2010 – John Toshack took charge of Wales as they lost a friendly 2-0 in Croatia, with future red Dejan Lovren on the winning side. Future red Fabio Borini featured for Italy Under-19’s on the same day, as they beat Northern Ireland 3-2 in a friendly in Udine. Penalty shoot-out despair 1996 - Future red Jari Litmanen scored for Ajax in the UEFA Champions League Final as their match with Juventus ended 1-1 in the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. The Dutch outfit lost the penalty shoot-out 4-2, with Jari again on target from the spot. 2001 - Fellow future red Mauricio Pellegrino saw his decisive penalty saved by Oliver Kahn to hand Bayern München the UEFA Champions League as Valencia lost their shoot-out 5-4 in Milan, after the match had ended 1-1. Irish beginnings and end 2007 - Ex-red Darren Potter made his senior debut for the Republic of Ireland, with Steve Staunton leading his side to a 1-1 friendly draw with Ecuador in the Giants Stadium in New Jersey. 1998 - Mark Kennedy won his first cap as a Wimbledon player, and eighteenth in total, as the Irish were held to a goalless draw at Lansdowne Road by Mexico. Phil Babb and future red Robbie Keane also played. 1939 – Ex-reds reserves centre-half Matt O’Mahoney won his sixth and final Irish cap as they held Germany to a 1-1 draw in a friendly in Bremen. 2014 - Tiago Ilori scored his only goal for Portugal Under-21’s, the only goal of their European Championships qualifier in North Macedonia. Harry in charge 2008 – Harry Kewell captained Australia in their 1-0 friendly defeat of Ghana in Sydney. 2017 - He was appointed Manager of Crawley Town, leading them to mid-table safety in League Two in his first campaign in charge. Also in international action 1961 – Alan A’Court played for England as they beat a Combined Chinese XI 3-0 in an FA Tour game in Hong Kong. 1976 – Ray Clemence, Kevin Keegan and Phil Thompson all featured as England lost 1-0 to Brazil in the US Bicentenary Tournament in Los Angeles. 1977 – Future red Glenn Hysén played for Sweden Under-18’s in their 1-0 defeat of Italy in a European Championships Finals group game in Belgium. 1979 – Emlyn Hughes captained England as they were held to a goalless draw by Wales in the British International Championships at Wembley. Terry McDermott, future reds coach Joe Corrigan and ex-reds Kevin Keegan, Joey Jones and John Toshack all also played. 1981 – Corrigan played again as England lost 1-0 to Scotland in the same competition at Wembley. 1984 – Future red Glenn Hysén played for Sweden as they thumped Malta 4-0 in a World Cup qualifier. 1991 – Øyvind Leonhardsen featured for Norway in their 1-0 friendly defeat of Romania in Oslo, with fellow future red Stig Inge Bjørnebye appearing for the Under-21’s as they drew 1-1 with the same country on the same day. 1993 – Future red Brad Friedel played for the USA in their goalless friendly encounter with Bolivia in California. 2000 – Future red Craig Bellamy and ex-reds Gareth Roberts and Dean Saunders all played as EWales lost 3-0 to Brazil in Cardiff. 2002 – Future reds Salif Diao and El-Hadji Diouf both represented Senegal as they beat Ecuador 1-0 in a friendly in Japan. 2003 - John Welsh faced future red Arnaud Bühler as England Under-19’s beat Switzerland 1-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Ireland. 2006 – Florent Sinama-Pongolle faced future red Raul Meireles as France Under-21’s beat host nation Portugal 1-0 in a European Championships Finals group game. 2016 – Future red Takumi Minamino featured for Japan Under-23’s as they lost 1-0 to Portugal in France. 2017 – Sheyi Ojo and future red Dominic Solanke both played for England Under-20’s as they drew 1-1 with Guinea in a World Championship Finals group game in South Korea.
  19. Will

    16th May

    Completing another treble 2001 - We clinched the third leg of our cup treble, beating Deportivo Alavés 5-4 after a pulsating match in Dortmund. Markus Babbel and Steven Gerrard put us 2-0 up after a quarter of an hour, with the German grabbing his sixth and final reds goal. Ivan Alonso pulled one back before a Gary McAllister penalty restored our two-goal cushion before half-time. After the break, two goals from Javi Moreno levelled the match, before Robbie Fowler scored his fiftieth cup goal to regain the lead. Jordi Cruyff sent the Final into extra-time, before a golden own-goal from Delfi Geli, from a Gary Mac free-kick, finally won us the UEFA Cup for the third time. Ali on target 2021 – Alisson Becker headed in a stoppage-time winner at West Bromwich Albion to become the first goalkeeper to ever score for the reds as Roberto Firmino skippered the side for the first time. Hal Robson-Kanu gave the Baggies an early lead with Mohamed Salah equalising before half time. Xherdan Shaqiri came off the bench to make his 63rd and last reds appearance as we won 2-1. Other games on this day We have only played three other first-class games on this day, winning two of them. 1977 - We lost 2-1 at Bristol City, with David Johnson netting our consolation in our final League game of the season. Chris Garland struck twice for the home side as left-back Alec Lindsay made his 248th and final reds outing. 1989 - John Aldridge and Ronnie Whelan scored as we beat Queens Park Rangers 2-0 at Anfield. 1999 – Karl-Heinz Riedle, Patrik Berger and Paul Ince were all on target as Wimbledon left L4 after our last game of the season on the wrong end of a 3-0 scoreline. Phil Babb made his 170th and final reds appearance in this game, with Ince playing for the 81st and last time, Steve McManaman appearing for the 364th and final time and Øyvind Leonhardsen turning out for the 49th and last time. Anfield testimonials for reds legends 2000 – The reds beat Celtic 4-1 in a testimonial for Ronnie Moran. He had struck seventeen times in 379 games for us before joining the coaching staff. The game was also special in that Erik Meijer grabbed a rare brace, with the other goals coming from Titi Camara and David Thompson. 1988 - The reds beat an England XI 3-2 to win the Fosters Challenge Cup, in a testimonial match for Alan Hansen at Anfield. Mick Harford’s header put England in front, before Ronnie Whelan and Ian Rush put the reds ahead. Chris Waddle equalised and then Rush added his second. Long before the end the Kop were chanting “Ian Rush come back home”, a wish that was granted just three months later. Farewell to heroes 1959 - Elisha Scott died. He had played 468 games in goal across his 21 years with us, winning two League championship medals in his time at Anfield. 2012 – Kenny Dalglish was sacked as Manager, despite having won the League Cup and reached the FA Cup Final in his one full season back in charge. However, he paid the price for a disappointing League campaign. Also recently 2015 - Steven Gerrard bid an emotional farewell to Anfield as we tamely lost 3-1 to Crystal Palace. Glen Johnson played his 200th and last reds game, with Raheem Sterling also making his final appearance for the club. Adam Lallana opened the scoring against his former club, but Jason Puncheon equalised just before half time. Wilfred Zaha’s free-kick put the Eagles ahead before Glenn Murray converted the rebound after his penalty was initially saved by Simon Mignolet. On the same day, future red Sadio Mané broke the record for the fastest Premier League hat-trick when he netted three times in two minutes and 56 seconds for Southampton against Aston Villa. Meanwhile, Herbie Kane played for England Under-17’s as they lost 1-0 to Russia in a European Championships Finals group game in Bulgaria. International arrivals 2009 - Pep Segura was appointed Academy Technical Manager having led Olympiacos to the League and Cup double. He had previously spent many years working with Barcelona’s youth players. 2002 - Bruno Cheyrou signed from Lille OSC Métropole for £3.7m, although he had to wait two months for his international clearance. He struck five times in 48 reds games before joining Stade Rennais in June 2006 after two previous loan spells back in his native land. International recognition 1931 - Left-half Jimmy McDougall made his Scotland debut at centre-half as they lost 5-0 to Austria in a friendly in Vienna. Meanwhile, future reds defender Ernie Blenkinsop featured in England’s 4-1 friendly win in Belgium. 1934 - Ex-reds defender Tom Gardner won the first of his two England caps as they lost 2-1 to Czechoslovakia in a friendly in Prague. Future reds right-back Tom Cooper captained the English. Unlucky break 1951 – Left-back Eddie Spicer broke his leg in our 4-1 friendly defeat of Malmö FF in Solna. Cyril Done nabbed a brace, with Billy Liddell and Kevin Baron also scoring. On the move 1992 - Ex-reds midfielder Jimmy Case joined Conference side Halifax Town from Bournemouth on a free transfer. He played 23 times for The Shaymen, netting twice. 1933 - Left-back Jack Tennant arrived at Anfield from Torquay United. He went on to appear 42 times for the reds before joining Bolton Wanderers in January 1936. 2010 - Markus Babbel was appointed Manager of Hertha BSC Berlin, leading them back into the top flight in his first campaign in charge, but was sacked last December. 2011 - Kevin Keen was re-appointed Caretaker Manager of West Ham United, following the sacking of Avram Grant. 2018 – Sammy Lee left as Assistant Manager of Everton, at the same time as his boss Sam Allardyce moved on. God signs on again 2006 - Robbie Fowler signed a new one-year contract, having impressed with five strikes in sixteen matches since his return. He went on to net seven times in 23 outings in his second season, moving on to Cardiff City in July 2007. 2008 – Second string keeper David Martin signed a new contract until June 2010, though he returned to MK Dons in May 2010, having spent much of his time away from Anfield on loan. 1902 – Defender Thomas Hunter was sold to Preston North End after appearing just four times since arriving from Scottish side Beith in September 1899. 2017 – Winger Paul Anderson signed for Mansfield Town from Northampton Town on a free transfer, having struck seven times in 39 outings for the Cobblers since signing from Bradford City in August 2016. Reds on target against Northern Ireland 1978 - Phil Neal netted his first England strike, the only goal of a British International Championships fixture at Wembley. Emlyn Hughes captained his country, with fellow clubmate Ray Clemence also playing. 1973 - Future red Kenny Dalglish was on target as Scotland lost 2-1 in the same tournament at Hampden. 1980 - He also turned out for his country, alongside clubmate Graeme Souness, as the Scots beat the same opposition 1-0 at Windsor Park. On the same day, Steve Heighway featured as the Republic of Ireland lost 1-0 to Argentina at Lansdowne Road. 1983 – Dalglish controversially played for the reds, scoring as we lost a friendly 4-3 to the Israeli national side in Tel-Aviv, despite having withdrawn from the Scottish squad for the upcoming British International Championships earlier that day. Beni Tabak scored all four for the home side, with centre-half John McGregor scoring our other two goals. Jan the Dane 1984 - Jan Mølby won his final cap as an Ajax player, and his eighth in total, as a substitute in Denmark’s 1-0 defeat by Czechoslovakia in a friendly in Prague. 1986 - He won his twentieth cap in a 1-0 friendly win over Poland in Copenhagen. More international marksmen 1991 - Future red Jari Litmanen scored as Finland beat Malta 2-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Helsinki. 1990 - He also played for his country as they drew 1-1 with the Republic of Ireland in a friendly in Dublin. The Irish goal was scored by ex-reds reserve Kevin Sheedy, while Ray Houghton, Steve Staunton and ex-red John Aldridge all also featured. On the same day, Gary Gillespie won his ninth cap in Scotland’s 3-1 friendly defeat by Egypt at Pittodrie. 2007 - Future red Krisztián Németh netted his last goal as an MTK Hungaria player for Hungary Under-19’s as they drew 1-1 with Bulgaria in a European Championships qualifier in Dublin. 2008 – Future red Thiago Alcântara scored for Spain Under-17’s as they thumped France 4-0 in the European Championships Final in Turkey. For the university 1995 - We took part in a friendly in celebration of University College Dublin’s centenary season in 1994-95, winning 3-1 at Lansdowne Road. Robbie Fowler struck twice, with Jamie Redknapp also on target. Also in international action 1981 – Ex-red Joey Jones played for Wales as they beat Scotland 2-0 in the British International Championships in Swansea. 1989 – Future red Paul Stewart turned out for England B as they beat their Swiss counterparts 2-0 in Winterthur. 2002 – Future reds Steve Finnan and Robbie Keane, and ex-reds Jason McAteer and Steve Staunton all featured as the Republic of Ireland lost a friendly 2-1 to Nigeria at Lansdowne Road. Meanwhile, Milan Baroš played as the Czech Republic Under-21’s lost 2-0 to France in the European Championships Finals in Switzerland. 2006 – Carl Medjani captained France Under-20’s in their 1-1 draw with Mexico in the Toulon Tournament. 2017 – Future red Ozan Kabak played for Turkey Under-17’s as they lost 2-1 to England in their European Championships Semi-final in Croatia. 2019 – Ki-Jana Hoever featured as the Dutch Under-17’s beat Spain 1-0 in their European Championships Semi-final in Dublin.
  20. Will

    13th May

    Cardiff glory once more 2006 - We claimed the FA Cup for the seventh time, in a game dubbed the ‘Gerrard Final’ after Steven Gerrard struck two stupendous shots. We went 2-0 down to West Ham United through a Jamie Carragher own goal followed by a Pepe Reina fumble that Dean Ashton profited from. Djibril Cissé gave us hope before half-time with Gerrard equalising after the break, his 24th goal in his 79th and final reds outing. Future red Paul Konchesky then struck a long-range fluke, our hundredth goal against under Rafael Benítez, with Stevie G scoring a stunning long-range effort as the game moved into injury time, a goal that was later voted as the BBC’s Goal of the Season. Extra time saw no further score, with the reds triumphing 3-1 in the penalty shoot-out thanks to Pepe Reina’s three saves and successful strikes from Didi Hamann, playing his 283rd and last reds game, Gerrard and John Arne Riise. Fernando Morientes made his 61st and final reds appearance in this game, coming on for Harry Kewell who limped out of his third successive major final. Stevie the best 2009 - Steven Gerrard was named the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year, following a season in which he had notched 24 times in 44 reds outings. Kenny’s second farewell 2012 - Kenny Dalglish took charge of his last game as Manager as we lost 1-0 at Brendan Rodgers’ Swansea City, with Danny Graham bagging the only goal of the game late on as we finished the season in a disappointing eighth spot. Craig Bellamy, Alexander Doni, Dirk Kuyt and Maxi Rodríguez all played their final games for the club. Future reds Joe Allen and Steven Caulker were on the winning side. Two-ton Mo 2021 – Mohamed Salah played his 200th reds game as we won 4-2 at Manchester United behind closed doors. We fell behind to a deflected Bruno Fernandes strike with Diogo Jota levelling the scores. Roberto Firmino netted either side of the break. Marcus Rashford reduced the arrears before Salah completed the scoring with his 124th reds goal in the final minute. More red departures 1997 - Stan Collymore was sold to Aston Villa for £7m. He had bagged 35 goals in 81 reds games after his British record £8.5m signing from Nottingham Forest in July 1995. He went on to net fifteen times in 61 games for the Villains before joining Leicester City on a free transfer in February 2000. 1967 - We lost our final game of the season 3-1 at home to Blackpool, who nonetheless finished bottom of the table. Peter Thompson bagged our consolation. Outside-right David Wilson debuted in this game as we ended the season in fifth, while right-half Gordon Milne made his 282nd and final reds outing, moving on to Blackpool later that same day after eighteen goals in 282 reds outings. Ray Charnley struck the last of his eight goals against us, with Graham Oates and Jimmy Robson also scoring. Dom at last 2018 – We thumped Brighton & Hove Albion 4-0 at Anfield to secure fourth place in the League and a place in the following season’s UEFA Champions League, with Adam Lallana reaching a century of League appearances for the reds. Mohamed Salah scored his 32nd League goal of the season, a record in a 38-game Premier League campaign for any club. Dejan Lovren also headed in before the break, with Dominic Solanke finally bagging his first reds goal in his 27th and last game for the club. Andy Robertson completed the scoring late on with his first for the reds, with Danny Ings making his 25th and final Liverpool appearance and Ben Woodburn appearing for the eleventh and last time. Gary Mac departs 2002 - Gary McAllister officially returned to Coventry City on a free transfer, having been appointed their player/manager three weeks previously. Robbie’s second farewell 2007 - Robbie Fowler played the 39th and final game of his second spell with the reds, to take him to 369 appearances in total. Italian keeper Daniele Padelli played his only reds game as already-relegated Charlton Athletic held us to a 2-2 draw at Anfield. Xabi Alonso was on target before Harry Kewell converted a penalty awarded just moments after Robbie had been withdrawn to an emotional standing ovation, his sixteenth and final reds strike. Darren Bent struck one of his five goals past the reds, with Matt Holland also on target. Happy birthday Bill 1921 - Utility player Bill Jones was born in Whaley Bridge, Derby. He signed from Hayfield St. Matthews in September 1938 and scored seventeen times in 277 games for us, with his appearances including the 1950 FA Cup Final when he was preferred to Bob Paisley. Bill won two significant medals in the 1940’s - first he was awarded a Military Medal for his part in the crossing of the Rhine in the Second World War, and then he won a League title medal in 1947 on his return to Anfield. He later scouted for the reds while his grandson Rob represented the club in defence on 243 occasions in the 1990’s. Cally for England 1966 - Ian Callaghan played for England in their 1-1 draw with a ‘Young England’ side, as part of the preparations for the World Cup. Cally made one appearance in the Finals, against France. Other games on this day We had only played three first-class games on this day in history prior to the 2006 FA Cup Final, all in the First Division. 1963 - We lost 1-0 at Bolton Wanderers, who narrowly escaped relegation, in a game originally postponed from three months earlier. 1989 - We beat Wimbledon 2-1 at Plough Lane, with John Aldridge and John Barnes scoring. We went behind to an Alan Hansen own goal in the first half, playing his 400th League game for the club. We had already conceded an own goal in the reverse fixture that season courtesy of Steve Nicol, when Kenny Dalglish had experimented with a sweeper system. The second half saw Ian Rush come on for the rarely-used Alex Watson, and we stormed to victory. Hansen also put through his own net in the Anfield meeting the following season! In aid of the man mountain 1974 - A testimonial match for Ron Yeats was staged as we lost 4-1 to Celtic at Anfield. Tranmere Rovers’ Bobby Tynan grabbed our goal, while Bobby Charlton was amongst the scorers for the visitors. Roker’s final roar 1997 - The last ever match at Roker Park was played, as we lost to Sunderland in a friendly with John Mullin grabbing the only goal of the game. Another trophy 1933 – We beat Bolton Wanderers 2-1 at Anfield to claim the Lancashire Senior Cup for the fifth time. Alf Hanson and Dave Wright were on target. 1944 - We also faced Wanderers in the second leg of the Final in the same competition, winning 3-2 at Burnden Park thanks to a Don Welsh brace and a goal from Cyril Done to claim the trophy 6-3 on aggregate. Scoring against the World Champions 1980 - David Johnson bagged a brace, with ex-red Kevin Keegan nabbing the other, as England beat Argentina 3-1 in a friendly at Wembley. Ray Clemence, Ray Kennedy, Phil Neal and Phil Thompson all also played. These were Johnson’s last international goals, and only ones as a reds player. 2018 – Bobby Duncan scored for England Under-17’s as they beat Norway 2-0 in their European Championships Quarter-final in Burton-on-Trent. New signings 1919 - Outside-right Harold Wadsworth signed from Tranmere Rovers. He struck three times in 55 reds games, many alongside his brother, centre-half Walter. 1914 – Forward Wilf Bartrop arrived from Barnsley for £900, playing three games before joining the Royal Field Artillery in 1915. He was killed in wartime action in November 1918. Three for Billy 1914 - Forward Billy Lacey scored a hat-trick as we won 6-2 in a friendly at Swedish side Djurgårdens IF. William Banks and Thomas Fairfoul also netted, while keeper Elisha Scott played outside-left that day! More reds farewells 1974 - Short-lived half-back Neil McBain died in Ayr. He signed from St. Johnstone in March 1928, playing twelve times before joining Watford eight months later, whom he later twice managed. His greatest claim to fame came in 1947 when he played in goal for New Brighton in an emergency, to become the oldest ever Football League player, aged 51 years and 120 days. 2015 – Future reds keeper Caoimhín Kelleher won his eighth and last Under-17’s cap as the Republic of Ireland lost 1-0 to England in a European Championships Finals group game in Bulgaria, with Herbie Kane on the winning side. Kenny for the Scots Kenny Dalglish twice played for his country on this day in history. 1975 - He featured alongside ex-red Ted MacDougall as they beat Portugal 1-0 in a friendly at Hampden Park. 1978 - Scotland drew 1-1 with Northern Ireland in the British International Championships at the same venue, with Joey Jones playing for Wales in their 3-1 defeat by England in Cardiff on the same day. More moves 2010 – Former youth team defender Gareth Roberts agreed to sign for Derby County on 1st July of that year. He netted once in 104 games for the Rams before moving on to Bury in June 2013. 2012 – Director of Communications Ian Cotton left the club by mutual consent. 2015 - Dean Saunders was appointed Manager of Chesterfield, only remaining in charge for six months before being sacked. 2016 – Midfielder Jordan Rossiter was sold to Rangers after one goal in five senior reds games. On the same day, keeper Shamal George signed professional terms with the reds. Falling at the final hurdle 2007 – Future reds loanee Victor Moses played as England Under-17’s lost 1-0 to Spain in the European Championships Final in Belgium. Future red Damien Plessis featured for France Under-19’s on the same day as they beat Israel 3-1 in a European Championships qualifier. 2008 – Future red Thiago Alcântara appeared for Spain Under-17’s as they beat the Netherlands 2-1 after extra time to reach the European Championships Final in Turkey. Also in international action 1916 – Keeper Ken Campbell played for Scotland as they lost a Military International 4-3 to England at Goodison Park. 1961 – Alan A’Court featured for England as they beat Malaya 4-2 in an FA Tour game in Kuala Lumpur. 1964 – Future red Dave Wilson played for England Under-23’s in their 2-1 friendly defeat in Hungary. 1972 – Emlyn Hughes played as England drew a European Championships qualifier 0-0 with West Germany in Berlin. 1986 – Jan Mølby featured as Denmark lost a friendly 1-0 to Norway in Oslo. 1992 – Future reds Stig Inge Bjørnebye and Øyvind Leonhardsen both played as Norway beat Faroe Islands 2-0 in a friendly in Oslo. 1993 – Future red Jari Litmanen featured in Finland’s 3-1 World Cup qualifying defeat of Austria in Turku. 1997 – Michael Owen played for England Under-18’s in their 3-0 defeat to Portugal in a European Championships qualifier.
  21. Will

    2nd May

    Strikers on the move 1961 - Ian St. John signed from Motherwell for a club record £37,500. He went on to bag 118 goals in 425 reds games, helping us to two League titles, our first ever FA Cup, Second Division championship and FA Charity Shield before joining South African side Hellenic in February 1971. 1897 – Scottish inside-forward William Walker arrived from Leith Athletic. He struck three times in twelve reds games in his one year with the reds. 1938 – Bill Kinghorn joined the reds from Queen’s Park. He netted four times in nineteen reds games, and another three times in eleven wartime matches. 1979 - Future red John Aldridge signed for Newport County from South Liverpool for £3,500. He netted 83 times in 198 games for County. Cally honoured 1974 - Ian Callaghan was named as the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year, surprisingly becoming the first red ever to win this honour since its launch in 1948. 2008 - Fernando Torres was voted runner-up in the same awards, with ex-red David James in third. Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo was the winner. Happy birthdays 1981 - Chris Kirkland was born in Leicester. He only appeared 45 times between our sticks after signing from Coventry City for £6m in August 2001, while suffering from a succession of injuries, and moved to Wigan Athletic in October 2006 for a reported £3.5m after a successful loan spell. 1904 - Outside-right Cyril Oxley was born in Worksop. He signed from Chesterfield for £2,000 in October 1925 and bagged six goals in 34 games before moving to Southend United in September 1928. 1997 – Midfielder Matty Virtue was born in Epsom. He was Under-23’s skipper, moving on to Blackpool in January 2019. Red farewells 2018 – Ragnar Klavan featured in his 53rd and last reds game as we lost the second leg of our UEFA Champions League Semi-final 4-2 at Roma, our first defeat in the competition that season, to progress 7-6 on aggregate. Sadio Mané and Gini Wijnaldum both scored inside the first half hour, either side of an unfortunate James Milner own goal. Edin Džeko gave the home side hope with the latest of his five goals past us before Radja Nainggolan added two late strikes, including a stoppage-time penalty. 2010 – Yossi Benayoun played his 134th and final reds game prior to joining the visitors as we meekly surrendered 2-0 to Chelsea at Anfield, thus helping to ensure they won the League title ahead of Manchester United and that we could not qualify for the following season’s Champions League. Didier Drogba pounced on a stray Steven Gerrard back-pass to open the scoring with one of his eleven goals past us, with Frank Lampard also on target with last of his eight. Daniel Ayala also made his final senior appearance, his fifth. 2004 - Danny Murphy scored his 44th and last reds goal, converting a spot-kick in a 2-0 defeat of Middlesbrough at Anfield, to continue his hundred per cent record at penalties for us, with his eighth successful conversion. Emile Heskey grabbed the other goal. 1956 – Don Welsh took charge of the reds for the last time as we lost our final game of the season 2-0 at Lincoln City to finish the season in third in the Second Division. 1925 – Full-back Ted Parry made his thirteenth and final reds appearance as we drew 1-1 at League champions Huddersfield Town, benefiting from a Tommy Wilson own goal as we finished the season in fourth. Five against the Hammers 1998 - We thumped West Ham United 5-0 at home in the Premiership. Michael Owen, Jason McAteer, with a brace that included his final reds goal, and Øyvind Leonhardsen all scored before the break, with ex-Hammer Paul Ince wrapping up the scoring in the second half to ensure our place in the UEFA Cup for the next season. 1931 - We also played the Hammers as Gordon Hodgson struck twice in our final game of the season to hand us a 2-0 win at Anfield, as we finished ninth in the top flight. This was the sixth consecutive game in which he had netted. The worst season ever 1955 - We finished the season with a 6-1 thumping at Rotherham United, ending up in our worst ever final League position, eleventh in the Second Division. The great Billy Liddell bagged our consolation with Ian Wilson netting four goals, with Jack Grainger and Dennis Pell also on target for the Millers. Champions! 1988 - We were presented with the League Championship trophy, along with the new Barclays trophy, before our 1-1 Bank Holiday Monday home draw with Southampton. John Aldridge put us in front just before half-time, with Rod Wallace equalising with the first of his five strikes against the reds. Also recently 2015 - Philippe Coutinho gave us a first-half lead over Queens Park Rangers before Leroy Fer equalised after the break. Nedum Onuoha was sent off for the visitors and Steven Gerrard had a penalty saved by Robert Green, although he went on to head in a late goal as we won 2-1 with Lazar Marković making his 34th and last reds appearance. 2021 – Our League visit to Manchester United, due to be played behind closed doors due to COVID restrictions, was called off before kick-off due to protests by the home fans against their owners. Colin for the only time 1981 - Forward Colin Russell played his only reds game as Sunderland won 1-0 at Anfield, thanks to a Stan Cummins goal. Future Bolton Wanderers boss Sam Allardyce played his final game for the visitors. A Tiny mistake 1936 - We lost 2-1 in our final game of the season as we finished nineteenth with Stoke City securing their joint highest ever League placing, ending up fourth in the top flight. Fred Howe netted for the reds with centre-half Tom ‘Tiny’ Bradshaw putting through his own net and Jim Westland also on target for the home side. This was George Patterson’s last game in his second spell in charge of the reds. Injured 1992 – John Barnes had to limp off during our goalless draw at Sheffield Wednesday with an injury that ruled him out of the FA Cup Final the following weekend. Danny stays 2009 – Centre-half Daniel Agger agreed a new contract until 2014, later further extended. He struck fourteen times in 232 reds games since signing from Brøndby IF for £5.8m in January 2006, before returning there for a reported £3m in August 2014. Reds against reds 1984 - Alan Kennedy and Sammy Lee faced Ian Rush in a British International Championships game at the Racecourse Ground. It was Barney’s second and final cap. Future red Mark Wright made his England debut, while his future clubmate Paul Walsh won his fifth and last cap. Ex-red Joey Jones also played as the home side won 1-0 thanks to a Mark Hughes goal. Future red Glenn Hysén and ex-red Dave Watson both also featured in internationals that day. First and last caps 1979 - John Toshack won his first cap as a Swansea City player, and 35th overall, in Wrexham, coming on as a substitute in their 2-0 defeat by West Germany in a European Championships qualifier. Fellow ex-red Joey Jones also played. 1989 – Øyvind Leonhardsen debuted for Norway Under-21’s as they lost 2-1 to Poland, with fellow future red Stig Inge Bjørnebye also in action. 2004 - David Raven won his sixth and last cap for England Under-19's as they drew a European Championships qualifier with Ukraine 1-1 in Slovenia. Ins and out 2011 – Sami Hyypiä announced his retirement from playing, having bagged three goals in 61 outings for Bayer 04 Leverkusen after leaving Anfield two years earlier. On the same day, it was announced that Club Secretary Ian Silvester was to leave by mutual consent, having been in that role for two years. 1980 – Defender Richard Money arrived from Fulham for a £50,000 fee. However, he was unable to displace either Alan Kennedy or Phil Neal at full-back, making only seventeen first-team appearances before joining Luton Town in April 1982. 1908 – Scottish keeper Don Sloan signed from Everton for £300, failing to keep a clean sheet in six reds games before becoming Player/Manager of his old club Distillery in Belfast in July 1909. More disappointments on this day 1995 – We shared a goalless draw with Wimbledon at Selhurst Park. 1987 – We lost 1-0 at Coventry City, with Nick Pickering scoring shortly after the break. 1983 – Peter Davenport bagged the only goal of our trip to Nottingham Forest as we fell to our fourth consecutive defeat, with the League title already in the bag. 1963 – Ian St. John scored as we lost 2-1 at Leyton Orient, although the O’s were still relegated after just one season in the top flight. 1921 – We shared a goalless draw with Arsenal at Highbury. Young uncle Roy on target 1964 - Roy Evans netted for England Schoolboys as they beat their Scottish counterparts 4-2 in Dundee. Also in international action 1956 – Future reds keeper Tommy Younger played for Scotland in their 1-1 friendly draw with Austria at Hampden Park. 1962 – Ian St. John featured as Scotland lost 3-2 to Uruguay at the same venue. 1978 – Future reds coach Joe Corrigan played for England Under-21’s as they drew the second leg of their European Championships Semi-final 1-1 with Yugoslavia at Maine Road, losing out 3-2 on aggregate. 2002 – Carl Medjani captained France Under-17’s as they lost 2-1 to fellow future red Arnaud Bühler’s Switzerland in a European Championships Finals group game in Denmark. 2006 – Jerzy Dudek played for Poland as they lost a friendly 1-0 to Lithuania in Bełchatów. 2007 – Future reds Victor Moses and Mamadou Sakho both played in European Championships Finals group games in Belgium. 2019 – Luke Chambers and Isaac Mabaya played for England Under-15’s as they lost a penalty shoot-out after their friendly meeting with the USA ended 1-1.
  22. Will

    1st May

    Wembley glory at last 1965 – This day finally brought the FA Cup to Anfield for the first time in our history. The game against Leeds United was goalless after ninety minutes, with full-back Gerry Byrne playing most of the match with a broken collar-bone. Roger Hunt opened the scoring in extra time, before Billy Bremner equalised for the Yorkshire side with one of his five goals past us. With five minutes remaining, “up popped the head of Ian St. John” to win the cup. 1980 - We played in the only FA Cup Semi-final to go to a third replay, which we unfortunately lost to Arsenal courtesy of a Brian Talbot goal at Highfield Road, one of his six strikes against the reds, who went on to lose the Final to Second Division West Ham United. 1996 - We also faced the Gunners, holding them to a goalless Premiership draw at Highbury. This was the first time since three substitutes were permitted for League games four years previously that we did not name a keeper on the bench, with Mark Kennedy, Ian Rush and Michael Thomas getting the nod. Luis and Mo the best 2014 - Luis Suárez was named as the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year for a season in which he struck 31 times in total in 37 reds outings as we came close to claiming the League title. 2018 - Mohamed Salah won the same award, towards the end of a season in which he notched 44 times in 52 games, helping us to reach the UEFA Champions League Final in Kyiv. On our way to Athens 2007 - Jamie Carragher played his ninetieth European game in our Champions League Semi-final second leg with Chelsea at Anfield, breaking Ian Callaghan’s club record. Daniel Agger converted a cleverly-worked free-kick to take the tie into extra time, following our single goal defeat in the first meeting. Dirk Kuyt had an effort ruled out for offside, and also hit the woodwork before Pepe Reina was the hero in a penalty shoot-out that we won 4-1, saving from both Geremi and Arjen Robben. Kuyt struck our decisive fourth spot-kick. This was the first time we had faced the same team in European competition in three consecutive seasons, as well as being the third round in a row in which Bolo Zenden had come up against a former employer, following ties with Barcelona and PSV Eindhoven. Striking legends in and out 1980 - Ian Rush arrived from Chester for a fee of £300,000, which remains their record sale. 1990 - Kenny Dalglish made his 515th and final appearance in our 1-0 home defeat of Derby County, thanks to a goal from Gary Gillespie, as we were awarded our eighteenth, and most recent, League title. He was aged 39 years 58 days, a post-war club record. This game had been postponed from February. 1972 - We also faced the Rams, losing a First Division fixture 1-0 at the Baseball Ground thanks to a goal from John McGovern. 1958 – Outside-right Fred Morris joined from Mansfield Town for a £7,000 fee. He bagged fourteen goals in 48 reds games, moving on to Crewe Alexandra for £4,000 in June 1960. 1899 – Peter Kyle arrived from Clyde for £100, failing to score in five first-team games before moving on to Leicester Fosse in May 1900. On the same day, Scottish inside-right Andrew McCowie moved on to Woolwich Arsenal after netting eleven times in 35 games since signing from Cambuslang Hibernian in October 1896. Other arrivals 1973 - Jimmy Case signed from South Liverpool for £500. He went on to net 46 times in 269 reds games, helping us to three European Cups, four League titles, UEFA Cup, UEFA Super Cup, League Cup and three FA Charity Shields. 1902 – Keeper Peter Platt arrived from Blackburn Rovers, playing 44 times before moving on to Luton Town in 1904. He sadly died aged just 39 in a mini-flu epidemic in Nuneaton in January 1922. 1897 – Right-winger Bobby Marshall signed from Leith Athletic. He scored twice in 21 reds games, moving on to Portsmouth in 1899. Crashing out? 2019 – We lost 3-0 at Barcelona in the first leg of our UEFA Champions League Semi-final to leave our chances of reaching the Final in Madrid hanging by a thread, despite a decent performance. Ex-red Luis Suárez opened the scoring before Lionel Messi added a late brace. Gary Mac yet again 2001 - Gary McAllister scored for the fifth straight game in our 2-0 win at Bradford City as we headed towards the Champions League. Michael Owen nabbed the other goal in a game that was originally postponed the previous December. Also recently 2017 – Emre Can struck a spectacular goal, the only one of our trip to Watford. 2016 - We lost 3-1 at Swansea City, with left-back Brad Smith seeing red. André Ayew struck twice for the home side, with Jack Cork also on target, as Christian Benteke scored for the reds. 2012 – Brazilian left-back Fábio Aurélio played his 134th and last reds game as Fulham won for the first time at Anfield, so completing their first ever League double over us. A presentation was made to Brian Hall before the game, marking his retirement as Public Relations Manager, a post he had held since 1991. Martin Škrtel put through his own net as ex-reds reserve Alex Kačaniklić attempted to convert John Arne Riise’s cross for the only goal. 2011 - We beat Newcastle United 3-0 at Anfield. Maxi Rodríguez opened the scoring before Dirk Kuyt converted a penalty and Luis Suárez struck, with ex-Toon star Andy Carroll making a late cameo from the bench. Replay 86 2006 - The Replay 86 game was played at Anfield in front of 32,947 in aid of the Marina Dalglish Appeal. The two sides were representing the 1986 FA Cup Final teams, and the only goal came in the final minute, through former reds reserves striker John Durnin. Also against the Blues 1937 - Jack Balmer was on target as we were held to a 1-1 draw by Chelsea at Anfield in the final game of a League campaign that saw us finish in a disappointing eighteenth, just three points clear of relegation. Dickie Spence netted one of his six goals against the reds. On the same day, Bill Shankly was on the losing side at Wembley, as Preston North End lost 3-1 to Sunderland in the first FA Cup Final to be played in the month of May. Goals galore 1978 - King Kenny grabbed a hat-trick in our 4-0 defeat of Manchester City at Anfield, with Phil Neal adding a penalty. 1926 - Forward Tommy Reid scored both goals on his reds debut in our 2-2 home draw with Sheffield United, with outside-right Cyril Oxley playing his 34th and final reds game as we finished the season in sixth place. Harry Johnson scored two of his seven goals past us. 1999 - Less happily, Jamie Carragher scored an own goal as we came from 2-0 behind at half time to beat Tottenham Hotspur 3-2 at Anfield in the League, having already scored an own goal in the reverse fixture that season! Paul Ince struck with Steve McManaman netting his 66th and final reds goal after Jamie Redknapp’s spot-kick. Spurs’ Mauricio Taricco was sent off just before the break while Stig Inge Bjørnebye and Bjørn Tore Kvarme both played their final reds games, with the young Steven Gerrard instrumental in our comeback after coming off the bench at half time. Steffen Iversen had netted the other goal for the visitors. 1943 - Cyril Done struck for the fourth consecutive game, grabbing a brace as we beat Bolton Wanderers 4-0 in our Lancashire Cup Second Round second leg at Anfield, with Thomas Pearson and Jackie Campbell also on target. This game also counted towards the Wartime League. 1979 - We also faced the Trotters in a game originally postponed from three months earlier, when Ray Kennedy netted twice and David Johnson and Kenny Dalglish were also on the scoresheet in a 4-1 win in wintry conditions at Burnden Park, with the home side’s score coming from a Graeme Souness own goal. Bolton keeper Jim McDonagh said afterwards, “Liverpool are perfection. This team would have been good enough to win the 1978 World Cup!” Eleven in a row 1982 - We won 2-0 at home to Nottingham Forest, our eleventh successive League win - a joint club record with 2013/14, and tenth straight win in all competitions, a then club record. Craig Johnston bagged both goals. Bob off the mark 1948 – Left-half Bob Paisley struck the first of his twelve reds goals as ended the season in tenth by beating Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1 at Anfield, with Jack Balmer also on target. Another trophy 1946 - We beat Everton 3-1 at Anfield to claim the Liverpool Senior Cup. Bill Jones and Harry Eastham netted for the reds, with the Blues’ Purvis putting through his own net. Jameo off 1993 - David James was dismissed at Norwich City on the hour mark with David Phillips netting the only goal of the game past Mike Hooper from the subsequent spot-kick, as he became the first substitute keeper to take the field for the reds in the Premier League, in his 73rd and final senior reds appearance. This was a vital result as we finished in sixth, three places and three points behind City who reached the UEFA Cup, which we failed to do. English reds 1964 - Roger Hunt scored in England’s 3-0 victory over ‘Young England’. 1997 - Michael Owen netted a brace for the Under-16’s as they beat Turkey 2-1 in a European Championships group game in Austria. 2012 – Ex-reds boss Roy Hodgson was appointed Manager of the senior England side. An English treble 1935 - Sam English scored a hat-trick as we beat Exeter City 3-1 in a testimonial match for former reds full-back Jimmy Gray at St. James Park. Scottish-born South African international Gray had only ever played one senior reds game, but turned out 221 times for the Grecians, helping them to finish runners up in the Third Division South in 1933. First and last caps 1985 - Michael Robinson won his first cap as a Queens Park Rangers player, and nineteenth in all, as Norway held the Republic of Ireland to a goalless draw in a World Cup qualifier in Dublin. His former clubmates Jim Beglin, Mark Lawrenson and Ronnie Whelan all also featured. Ex-red Avi Cohen and future reds John Barnes and Mark Wright all also won international caps that day. 1991 - Poland’s European Championships qualifying visit to Lansdowne Road also ended goalless. This was the twentieth meeting between the countries, with John Aldridge winning his final cap as a Real Sociedad player, and 39th in total. Ray Houghton, Steve Staunton and ex-reds reserve Kevin Sheedy also played. John Barnes, Steve Nicol, ex-red Jim Magilton and future reds Stig Inge Bjørnebye, Istvan Kozma, Øyvind Leonhardsen, Gary McAllister, Colin Pascoe, Karl-Heinz Riedle and Dean Saunders all also represented their countries on the same day. Moving on 1992 – Future reds centre-half Glenn Hysén signed for GAIS, having been released by the reds after three goals in 93 outings since signing from Fiorentina for £600,000 in June 1989. He helped us to our most recent title win in 1990, as well as the FA Charity Shield on his debut. Other games on this day 1971 – We beat Southampton 1-0 at Anfield, thanks to an Emlyn Hughes goal as we finished the League season in fourth, ahead of the FA Cup Final. 1957 – Tony Rowley and Billy Liddell netted as we beat Bristol City 2-1 in a Second Division encounter in L4, to finish the season in third place, just missing out on promotion again. 1920 – Harry Chambers nabbed the only goal of our visit to Sunderland as our season ended with a fifth-place finish, just behind the hosts. St. Michael the Dad 2003 - Michael Owen became a father when his future bride Louise Bonsall gave birth to their daughter, Gemma Rose. Other internationals 1975 – John Toshack played for Wales as they won a European Championships qualifier 3-1 in Luxembourg. 1993 – Roy Hodgson took charge of Switzerland as they beat Italy 1-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Bern. 1994 – Future red Rigobert Song played for Cameroon as they drew a friendly 2-2 in South Korea.
  23. Will

    16th August

    New double act 1998 - The first official reds game under the joint command of Roy Evans and Gérard Houllier took place. We won 2-1 at Southampton, thanks to goals from Karlheinz Riedle and Michael Owen. Their first signing as joint bosses, Norwegian right-back Vegard Heggem, made his debut in this game. Egil Ostenstad had opened the scoring for the home side. Losing League starts 1975 - Joey Jones made his reds debut as we went down 2-0 in our season opener at Queens Park Rangers, who ended the season in second place, just one point behind the mighty reds. Gerry Francis scored a goal at the end of a slick passing move that was later named as the BBC’s Goal of the Season, with substitute Mick Leach adding the second. 1992 - David James made his debut in our 1-0 defeat at Nottingham Forest, our first game in the newly-formed Premiership. This was also the first Premiership game to be screened live on Sky with Teddy Sheringham netting one of his seven goals against us. Birth and death 1964 - Barry Venison was born in Consett. He signed from Sunderland for £200,000 in July 1986 and made 158 appearances for the reds, scoring three times and helping us to claim two League titles, the FA Cup and two FA Charity Shields in his time at Anfield. He moved on to Newcastle United for £250,000 in July 1992. 1999 – Scottish left-winger Tommy McLeod died. He joined the reds from the Army in October 1945, but only made seven senior appearances before joining Chesterfield in June 1951. Mersey Charity 1986 - Three months after beating the Toffees at Wembley to complete our first ever League and Cup double, the two sides met again there for the FA Charity Shield. Ian Rush equalised in our 1-1 draw after Adrian Heath had scored with just ten minutes remaining, with the trophy being shared by the two clubs. Bruce Grobbelaar was replaced by substitute Mike Hooper just before the hour mark, who was making his debut, so ending Bruce’s run of 310 consecutive reds games. New signing Barry Venison also made his first-class reds bow in this match, on his 22nd birthday, while Craig Johnston played his 200th game for the club. In comes Alberto 2014 – Left-back Alberto Moreno signed from his hometown club Sevilla for £12m. He struck three times in 141 outings before being released in June 2019. Most recently 2009 – Centre-half Daniel Ayala and right-back Glen Johnson both debuted as we lost 2-1 at Tottenham Hotspur in our season opener. Ayala came off the bench when Martin Škrtel had to go off following a clash of heads with Jamie Carragher. Steven Gerrard bagged our goal from the spot. 2008 – Fernando Torres struck the only goal of the game late on as we won at Sunderland in our opening League game of the season. Back up north 1909 - Stalwart centre-half Alex Raisbeck was sold to Partick Thistle for £500. He netted nineteen times in 341 games in eleven years, becoming our first skipper to lift the League title in 1901. He went on to win a further League title five years later, as well as a Second Division championship. He returned to Anfield in 1939 as a scout, staying in that role until his death ten years later. 1939 – Left-half John Browning moved on to Southern League side Gillingham. He had signed from Dunoon Athletic in March 1934, making just nineteen appearances. 1962 – Right-back John Molyneux was sold back to Chester, having signed from there for £5,500 in June 1955. He bagged three goals in 249 games, but did not survive Bill Shankly’s early clear-out. Ephraim on the mark 1924 - Legendary full-back Ephraim Longworth scored one of his four only recorded goals in a public practice game for Stripes vs. Reds. He signed in June 1910 from Leyton Orient, playing 370 times between then and 1928, and becoming the first red to captain England. He then served as Reserve team trainer, before joining the ground staff. Kennedy double 1980 - Both Alan and Ray Kennedy scored in our 3-0 defeat of Crystal Palace at Anfield after Kenny Dalglish had opened the scoring. 1969 - We also won in the top-flight, with Emlyn Hughes and Chris Lawler on target in our 2-0 victory at Tottenham Hotspur. Beating the Imps 2006 - A Liverpool XI won 2-1 at Lincoln City, a game arranged as part of the Jack Hobbs transfer a year earlier. Mark González and Besian Idrizaj scored for the reds. Personal honours 2001 - Reds trio Sami Hyypiä, Gary McAllister and Michael Owen were all honoured by legendary French sports paper L’Équipe for the role they played in the club’s unprecedented treble success, being named in their star-studded team of the season. World star Rigo 2000 - Rigobert Song was in action for a FIFA World Stars XI as they were handed a 5-1 beating by France in Marseille. Future red Nicolas Anelka scored while winning his first cap as a Paris Saint-Germain player, with David Trezeguet bagging a hat-trick. Final caps 2000 - Finland beat Norway 3-1 with future red Jari Litmanen bagging a brace. Stig Inge Bjørnebye was sent off as he won his 74th cap, his first as a Blackburn Rovers player following his departure from Anfield two months earlier, while John Arne Riise was winning his final cap as an AS Monaco player. The game was staged to officially open the new FinnAir Stadium in Helsinki, with Sami Hyypiä also in action. On the same day, Brad Friedel won his final cap as a reds player, his 66th in all, as the USA thumped Barbados 7-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Boston. Meanwhile, Dietmar Hamann, ex-red Jim Magilton and future reds Yossi Benayoun, Igor Bišcan, Jerzy Dudek and Alex Manninger were also in friendly action. 1995 - Friedel won his last cap whilst with Danish side Brøndby IF, his 35th to that point, as they lost 1-0 to Sweden in a friendly in Norrköping. 2005 – Future red Stewart Downing won his eighth and last England Under-21’s cap as they won 1-0 in Denmark, with Scott Carson and future red James Milner also featuring. 2006 - Dirk Kuyt won his final cap while with Feyenoord as the Netherlands beat Steve Staunton’s Republic of Ireland 4-0 at Lansdowne Road, with Steve Finnan on the losing side. Olympian reds 2008 – Ryan Babel captained the Netherlands as they lost 2-1 to Javier Mascherano’s Argentina after extra time in the Quarter-final of the Olympics Finals in Shanghai. Meanwhile, Lucas Leiva featured in Brazil’s 2-0 defeat of Cameroon at the same stage in Shenyang. First caps 1995 - Stéphane Henchoz won his first cap as a Hamburger SV player, and eleventh in all, as Roy Hodgson’s Switzerland won 2-0 in a Euro ’96 qualifier in Iceland. István Kozma played for Hungary for the first time while with APOEL in their 2-0 home friendly defeat by Israel. Meanwhile, future reds Patrik Berger, Øyvind Leonhardsen and Gary McAllister all also featured in qualifiers. 1992 – Hodgson also took charge of the Swiss as they thumped Estonia 6-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Tallinn. 2000 - Henchoz also represented his country, making his 43rd appearance in a 2-2 friendly draw with Greece in Saint-Gallen. Crouchie on target again 2006 - Peter Crouch bagged a brace as England beat Greece 4-0 in a friendly at Old Trafford, with Jamie Carragher, Steven Gerrard and future red Stewart Downing also featuring, and Chris Kirkland making a belated first senior international appearance, while Sotirios Kyrgiakos won his first cap as an Eintracht Frankfurt player, and twentieth to date. On the same day, Sami Hyypiä won his fiftieth cap as a reds player, and 76th in all, captaining Roy Hodgson’s Finland to a 2-1 home defeat to Northern Ireland. Also in international action that day were Daniel Agger, Jerzy Dudek, John Arne Riise, ex-red Rigobert Song and future reds Charlie Adam, Philipp Degen, Ragnar Klavan, Nikolay Mihaylov and Kolo Touré. Ayre apparent 2007 - Commercial Director Ian Ayre started work in his new job for the club. He had previously been Chief Executive of Total Sports Asia, a brand solutions company advising international companies on rolling out Asian sports and entertainment campaigns, having once been Chief Executive and Chairman of Huddersfield Town. He said on being appointed that, “being Liverpool born and bred, this is a dream job for me”. He was promoted to Managing Director in May 2014, leaving the club in February 2017 to take charge of TSV 1860 München. Youngsters on target 2005 - Anthony Le Tallec struck as France Under-21’s drew 2-2 with Italy in a friendly in Libourne, with fellow red Carl Medjani also featuring. On the same day, Besian Idrizaj won his last Under-19’s cap for Austria as a Linzer ASK player, scoring in their friendly defeat of Northern Ireland in Gussing. On the move 1995 - Paul Jewell joined First Division Grimsby Town on loan from Bradford City. He netted once in six appearances for the Mariners. 2002 - John Miles signed for Crewe Alexandra on a free transfer from Stoke City. He netted just once in eight games in his one season at Gresty Road. 2011 – Centre-half Daniel Ayala was sold to Norwich City for £850,000 after five senior reds games. He only played ten times for the Canaries before joining Middlesbrough in January 2014 after a successful loan spell. 2014 – Former loanee winger Victor Moses joined Stoke City for the season from Chelsea, going on to bag four goals in 23 games for the Potters. 2017 – Young winger Sheyi Ojo joined Fulham on loan, netting four times in 24 games for the Cottagers. 2021 – Centre-half Ben Davies joined Sheffield United on loan, netting once in 23 outings for the Blades. On the same day, midfielder Leighton Clarkson moved to Blackburn Rovers for the season, with whom he only played twice before returning to Anfield in January 2022. Also in international action 2009 – Future red Emre Can played for Germany Under-16’s in their 6-2 defeat of Austria in Liechtenstein. 1989 – Glenn Hysén played for Sweden as they lost 4-2 to France in a friendly in Malmö.
  24. Will

    23rd June

    Bienvenida Iago! 2013 – Spanish forward Iago Aspas signed from Real Club Celta de Vigo for £7.7m. However, he only struck once in fifteen largely uninspiring outings, nine of those coming from off the bench. He returned to Spain with Sevilla on loan for a season before returning to Vigo for €5m in June 2015. 1955 – Right-back John Molyneux signed from Chester for £5,500. He bagged three goals in 249 games, but did not survive Bill Shankly’s early clear-out, returning to his former club in August 1962. Ryan the champion 2007 - Future red Ryan Babel scored and had a penalty saved for the Netherlands Under-21’s in the European Championships Final in Groningen, with the Dutch beating Serbia 4-1. Alou goodbye 2005 - Alou Diarra left the reds to join Racing Club de Lens for £2m. He had arrived on a free transfer from Bayern München in July 2002, but spent all three seasons while on our books on loan back in France. 2006 - He won his tenth senior cap, as a substitute in France’s 2-0 defeat of Togo in the World Cup Finals in Cologne. Off for a Song 1998 - Future red Rigobert Song was sent off for the second World Cup in a row, in Cameroon’s 1-1 draw with Chile in Nantes as they ended up bottom of their group. He was winning his final cap as a Metz player. Youngsters on target 1997 - Michael Owen netted the only goal of the game as England Under-20’s beat Mexico in a World Championships Finals group game in Malaysia. 2001 - Daniel Sjölund struck as Finland lost 2-1 to Egypt in the same tournament in Argentina, while future red Maxi Rodríguez came off the bench as Argentina thumped Jamaica 5-1 in the same group. Burkinshaw born 1935 - Centre-half Keith Burkinshaw was born in Barnsley. He only made one senior reds appearance after signing from Denaby United in November 1953, against Port Vale in April 1955. The rest of his playing career was also fairly inconsequential, but he found greater success as a Manager, notably with Tottenham Hotspur between 1976 and 1984. At Euro 96 1996 - Future reds Patrik Berger and Vladimír Šmicer both featured as the Czech Republic beat Portugal 1-0 at Villa Park to reach the Semi-final of Euro ‘96, where they were to face France. On the same day, future reds Markus Babbel and Christian Ziege both played as Germany beat Croatia 2-1 at Old Trafford to set up a Semi-final clash with the host nation. 1995 - Ziege also played for his country as they beat Roy Hodgson’s Switzerland 2-1 in a SFV Centenary Tournament game in Bern. Stéphane Henchoz won his final cap as a Neuchâtel Xamax player in the same game. 2015 – Future red Emre Can played for Germany Under-21’s as they were held to a 1-1 draw by the Czech Republic in Prague in the European Championships Finals. 2017 – Future red Diogo Jota was sent off as Portugal Under-21’s beat Macedonia 4-2 in a European Championships Finals group game in Poland. Xabi’s century 2012 – Xabi Alonso struck twice while winning his hundredth cap, with one coming from the spot as Spain beat France 2-0 in the European Championships Finals Quarter-final in Donetsk. Fellow ex-reds Álvaro Arbeloa and Fernando Torres both also featured. More internationals on target 2013 – Luis Suárez became Uruguay’s all-time top scorer with 36 goals, netting twice while playing his 67th game as they trounced Tahiti 8-0 in a Confederations Cup group game in Brazil, with team-mate Sebastián Coates also featuring. Meanwhile, ex-red Fernando Torres came off the bench to net in Spain’s 3-0 defeat of Nigeria in the same section, with ex-red Álvaro Arbeloa also in action. On the same day, skipper Conor Coady scored while winning his first cap for England Under-20’s as they drew 2-2 with Iraq in a World Championship Finals group game in Turkey, with Jon Flanagan also making his debut at this level. 2004 - Milan Baroš scored in his fifth consecutive international, coming off the bench to net in a 2-1 defeat of Dietmar Hamann’s Germany in a group game in Euro 2004 in Lisbon. 2021 – Roberto Firmino scored as Brazil beat Colombia 2-1 in a Copa América group game in Rio de Janeiro, with future red Luis Díaz also on target. Thiago Alcântara, Diogo Jota and ex-red Péter Gulácsi all featured in the European Championship Finals group stage that day. Seb’s bow 2011 – Sebastián Coates made his senior international debut as Uruguay beat Estonia 3-0 in a friendly in Montevideo, with Luis Suárez also featuring. On the same day, Adam Morgan netted for England Under-17’s in a World Championship Finals group game in Mexico, as they drew 2-2 with Canada. Jack Dunn and Raheem Sterling both also played, with Tom King turning out for Australia in the same competition, while Emre Can captained a Germany side that also included fellow future red Samed Yeşil. In charge 2003 - Mike Newell was appointed Manager of Luton Town, following an unprecedented public vote! He led them to the League One title in his second campaign and tenth in the Championship in their first season back, but was sacked in March 2007 after a series of controversial comments, as well as a much tougher third year. 2010 – Antonio Gómez Pérez was appointed Head Coach of Real Valladolid, having just left the reds as Reserves team coach. He was dismissed just five months later with the side sitting seventh in the Segunda División table. 2017 - Ex-red Mauricio Pellegrino was appointed Manager of Southampton. He was sacked the following March after winning just eight of his 34 games in charge. 2020 – Future reds scout Jonathan Woodgate was sacked as Head Coach of Middlesbrough, having led them to just nine wins in 41 games in charge. At the World Cup Stig Inge Bjørnebye and Øyvind Leonhardsen have both twice played for Norway in World Cup group games on this day in history. 1994 - They lost 1-0 to Italy in New York City, with Dino Baggio grabbing the goal. 1998 - They played in a 2-1 win over Brazil in Marseille which was enough to secure them second place in the group, setting up a Second Round meeting with Italy. 2006 - Future red Fernando Torres played as Spain beat Saudi Arabia 1-0 in their final group game in Kaiserslautern, while Bayer 04 Leverkusen’s Andriy Voronin featured in the Ukraine’s 1-0 defeat of Tunisia in the same group. Meanwhile, future red Philipp Degen played in Switzerland’s 2-0 defeat of South Korea in Hanover. 2010 – Milan Jovanović won his last cap as a Standard de Liège player as Serbia lost 2-1 to Australia in Nelspruit to ensure neither side made it out of the group stage. Meanwhile, Steven Gerrard captained England to a 1-0 victory over Slovenia in Port Elizabeth to set up a Round of 16 clash with Germany. Glen Johnson, future reds Joe Cole and James Milner and ex-reds Emile Heskey and David James all also featured. 2019 – Liam Millar featured for Canada as they trounced Cuba 7-0 in their CONCACAF Gold Cup group game in the USA, while future red Luis Díaz played for Colombia as they beat Paraguay 1-0 in a Copa América group game in Brazil. Final caps 2014 – Pepe Reina won his 33rd and last cap as a reds player as Spain beat Australia 3-0 in a World Cup group game in Curitiba, with Xabi Alonso winning his 114th and last cap for his country. Fellow ex-red Fernando Torres struck. Meanwhile, Dejan Lovren played his last international while with Southampton as Croatia lost 3-1 to Mexico in Recife. Future reds Joël Matip and Gini Wijnaldum and ex-reds Charles Itandje and Dirk Kuyt were also in action that day. Stadium underway? 2008 - Enabling works officially began on the new stadium. However, work quickly ground to a halt and were subsequently shelved in favour of an expanded Anfield. Kenny at the Maracanã 1977 - While still a Celtic player, Kenny Dalglish won his 47th cap as Scotland lost 2-0 to Brazil in a friendly. On the move 2011 – Midfielder Darren Potter joined MK Dons on a free transfer from Sheffield Wednesday, after nine strikes in 106 games for the Owls. 2012 - Fabio Borini joined Roma from Parma for €5.3m, moving on to Anfield the following month for £10.4m. 2014 – Midfielder Lee Peltier re-signed for Huddersfield Town on a free transfer from Leeds United, after one goal in 75 games for the Whites. 2015 – Reserves keeper Danny Ward signed a new contract, going on to make three senior appearances the following season, as well as sitting on the bench 53 times before moving to Leicester City for £12.5m in July 2018. On the same day, ex-red Pepe Reina re-signed for SSC Napoli after a year at Bayern München. 2021 – Ex-reserves defender Corey Whelan signed for Carlisle United, playing 41 times in his first campaign with the Cumbrians. Reserves off to Chester 2002 - It was announced that the second string would play their home matches at Chester City’s Deva Stadium, moving from Southport’s Haig Avenue ground. Chester chairman Stephen Vaughan said, “This is a tremendous coup for Chester City Football Club, and it is an honour to have a working relationship with one of the leading club sides in European football.” They have since moved on to play in several other venues in the North West.
  25. Will

    6th September

    Red trebles 2000 - Michael Owen scored a first half hat-trick past former team-mate David James as we defeated Aston Villa 3-1 at Anfield. He therefore became our first ever player to score two first-half hat-tricks in League games. Steve Stone bagged Villa’s late consolation. 1965 - ‘Sir’ Roger Hunt netted a treble in our 5-1 win at West Ham United, after Gordon Milne and Ian Callaghan had opened the scoring. Martin Peters scored for the Irons, one of his fourteen goals past us, with all the goals coming before the hour mark. 1986 - We also thumped the Hammers on their home turf when substitute Kenny Dalglish struck twice in a 5-2 victory, with Ronnie Whelan, Craig Johnston and Ian Rush also on target. Future reds first-team coach Kevin Keen made his senior debut for the Hammers in this game. Ray Stewart put the home side in front inside ten minutes, with Tony Cottee bagging the first of his eight goals against the reds. Macca signs on 1985 - Steve McMahon signed from Aston Villa for £375,000, becoming the first arrival direct from Villa Park. He was Kenny Dalglish’s first signing, winning three League titles, the FA Cup and two FA Charity Shields before joining Manchester City in December 1991 after fifty goals in 277 games. Births and deaths 1892 - Scottish keeper Ken Campbell was born in Cambuslang, near Glasgow. He signed from Cambuslang Rangers in May 1911 and took over from Sam Hardy in the reds goal, playing 142 times including the 1914 FA Cup Final, before being replaced after the war by the great Elisha Scott. On exactly the same day, outside-left Albert Pearson was born in Tynemouth. He netted four times in 51 reds games after signing from Port Vale in March 1919, returning there two years later. 1988 - Jimmy Ryan was born in Maghull. The central midfielder joined League Two outfit Accrington Stanley in August 2008, having featured in both of our recent victorious FA Youth Cup campaigns, but failed to break into the first–team squad. 1948 – Half-back Bill Keech died. He played just six Second Division games in late 1895, having signed from Barnsley St. Peter’s that October, helping us to claim the title that season. He later played as a forward for Leicester Fosse, before returning to the half-back line with Queens Park Rangers’ first professional team in the Southern League. 2003 – Inside-forward Harold Jones died. He joined the reds in January 1952, but only made one senior appearance in a 5-1 thumping at Anfield by Preston North End in September 1953. He moved on to Rhyl in June 1954. A goalscoring debut 1902 - Inside-right George Livingstone scored on his reds bow as we beat Blackburn Rovers 5-2 at Anfield in our first game of the season, with Sam Raybould and Jack Cox both grabbing braces. Inside-forward Edgar Chadwick also debuted in this game, with Walter Whittaker nabbing two of his six goals against the reds. Four against 1913 - Danny Shea scored four of his ten goals against the reds as Blackburn Rovers thumped us 6-2 at Ewood Park, with Tom Miller netting both our goals and Bob Ferguson missing a penalty for the reds. Eddie Latheron also scored for the home side with Billy Bradshaw converting from the spot. Red centurions 1954 – Centre-half Laurie Hughes played his 200th League game for the reds as we lost a Second Division fixture 3-0 at Bristol Rovers. Geoff Bradford netted the first three of his five goals past us. 1950 – George Kay took charge of the reds for the 300th time in the League as we defeated Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 in L4 with Albert Stubbins and Jack Balmer on the scoresheet. Managerial moves 1989 - Mark Lawrenson was appointed Manager of Fourth Division Peterborough United. They finished ninth at the end of that season, and he stayed in the job for fourteen months, before being sacked. 2004 - Graeme Souness resigned as Blackburn Rovers boss after four and a half years in charge. He took up the vacant managerial post at Newcastle United the following week, but was sacked after seventeen months at St. James’ Park. Out with the old, in with the new 1995 - John Barnes won his 79th and final cap in England’s goalless friendly draw with Colombia at Wembley. He had scored eleven times for his country. Jamie Redknapp made his senior international debut in the same game, while Nick Barmby won his first cap as a Middlesbrough player. Steve McManaman also played. On the same day, Markus Babbel grabbed his only international goal as Germany beat Georgia 4-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Nuremberg. Fellow future red Christian Ziege netted his first goal for the German senior side in the same game. Ex-red István Kozma won his fortieth and final cap for Hungary as they lost a qualifier 2-0 in Turkey. Also in action that day were Ian Rush, ex-red Ronnie Rosenthal and future reds Stéphane Henchoz, Øyvind Leonhardsen, Jari Litmanen and Gary McAllister, with Roy Hodgson managing Switzerland. Vlad on target again and again 2003 - Vladimír Šmicer struck in his third consecutive Czech Republic game for the second time, with clubmate Milan Baroš also on target in their 3-1 European Championships qualifying win in Belarus. 2002 - Milan bagged a brace with Vlad also scoring in their 5-0 friendly defeat of FR Yugoslavia in Prague, despite having broken a toe in the first minute of the game. 1997 - Future red Šmicer also netted for his country as they won a World Cup qualifier 2-0 in the Faroe Islands. 1998 - Šmicer grabbed the only goal of a Euro 2000 qualifier in the same country, with future reds clubmate Patrik Berger also playing. Meanwhile, Baroš played for the Under-18’s as they beat Hungary 3-1 in a tournament game in Yugoslavia, with Stig Inge Bjørnebye and Vegard Heggem both appearing as Norway lost 3-1 to Latvia in a European Championships qualifier in Oslo. 1994 - Future red Patrik Berger netted in the Czech Republic’s 6-1 European Championships qualifying thumping of Malta in Bazaly. Roy Hodgson managed a Switzerland side that included future red Stéphane Henchoz to a 1-0 friendly win over the United Arab Emirates in Sion. Robbie Fowler, Jamie Redknapp and future red Nick Barmby all featured for England Under-21’s as they were held to a goalless draw by France in a European Championships qualifier in Leicester. 2011 – Future red Xherdan Shaqiri bagged a treble as Switzerland beat Bulgaria 3-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Basel, with ex-red Nikolay Mihaylov in goal for the visitors. Meanwhile, Christian Benteke scored while winning his last Under-21’s cap as a Royal Standard de Liège player in Belgium’s 4-1 qualifying win over Azerbaijan in Antwerp. Fellow future red Fabio Borini scored past Péter Gulácsi as Italy Under-21’s won 3-0 in a qualifier in Hungary. Disappointment on Teesside We have twice visited Ayresome Park on this day in history, without securing a win. 1930 - Robert Done scored from the spot with Gordon Hodgson and Dick Edmed also on target in a 3-3 top-flight draw. Bobby Bruce bagged one of his five goals past us, with Freddie Warren and Billy Pease also on the scoresheet as right-half Tom Morrison reached a century of reds outings. 1958 - Jimmy Harrower nabbed our consolation as Middlesbrough won a Second Division encounter 2-1, thanks to a Brian Clough brace, two of his ten goals against the reds. International firsts 2003 - Fernando Torres won his first senior international cap as they won a friendly 3-0 in Portugal, with fellow future red Xabi Alonso also featuring. On the same day, Andriy Voronin made his first appearance for Ukraine as a 1. FC Köln player in their goalless Euro 2004 qualifier with Northern Ireland in Donetsk. 2016 – Mohamed Salah played his first game for Egypt since moving permanently to Roma as they lost a friendly 1-0 in South Africa, with captain Ragnar Klavan playing for Estonia for the first time since arriving at Anfield as they were thumped 5-0 in a Wo5ld Cup qualifier in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Ex-red Luis Suárez converted a penalty as Uruguay thumped Paraguay 4-0 in Montevideo, while Philippe Coutinho, Marko Grujić, Ragnar Klavan, Harry Wilson, Gini Wijnaldum, future reds Alisson Becker, Diogo Jota, Ozan Kabak, Kostas Tsimikas and Virgil van Dijk, and ex-reds Péter Gulácsi, Krisztián Németh and Brad Smith all also featured for their countries. 2015 – Future red Wijnaldum also played for his country, as the Netherlands lost a European Championships qualifier 3-0 in Turkey. Salah won his first cap while on loan at Roma as Egypt won a World Cup qualifier 5-2 in Chad. Christian Benteke won his first cap as a red as Belgium won a European Championships qualifier 1-0 in Cyprus, with Divock Origi also featuring. Meanwhile, future red Joël Matip played for Cameroon in a 1-0 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying win in Gambia and ex-red captained Algeria to a 3-1 qualifying win in Lesotho. A good day for Mark 1995 - Mark Kennedy won his first cap for the Republic of Ireland as they lost 3-1 in a Euro ’96 qualifier in Austria, with Phil Babb and ex-red Ray Houghton also playing. 1997 - He netted his first goal as the Irish won a World Cup qualifier 4-2 in Iceland. Jason McAteer and ex-red Steve Staunton also featured. Crouchie on target again 2006 - Peter Crouch scored in his third consecutive England game for the second time as they won 1-0 in the FYR Macedonia, taking him to eleven international strikes in 2006, a national record for a calendar year. Steven Gerrard won his fiftieth cap in the same game, with future red Stewart Downing also featuring. Daniel Agger, Xabi Alonso, Luis García, Sami Hyypiä, future reds Christian Poulsen, Nuri Şahin, Martin Škrtel, Fernando Torres and Andriy Voronin and ex-red Jari Litmanen also played in Euro 2008 qualifiers that day, with Roy Hodgson taking charge of Finland and future red Philipp Degen appearing in a friendly tournament. Future red Yossi Benayoun netted as Israel thumped Andorra 4-1 in another qualifier, while Dirk Kuyt bagged his first goal as a reds player in the Netherlands’ 3-0 defeat of Belarus, with future red Ryan Babel also in action. Meanwhile, Scott Carson was in the England Under-21’s goal as they qualified for the European Championships Finals with a 3-2 win in Switzerland, as future red James Milner scored. 2013 – Rickie Lambert bagged his final goal as a Southampton player, with skipper Steven Gerrard also on target as Roy Hodgson’s England beat Moldova 4-0 in a World Cup qualifier at Wembley. Luis Suárez bagged a brace, including a penalty, as Uruguay won 2-1 in Peru. Also in World Cup action that day were Daniel Agger, Martin Škrtel and future red Ragnar Klavan, who all captained their countries, future reds Christian Benteke, Ádám Bogdán, James Milner and Xherdan Shaqiri, and ex-reds Craig Bellamy, Alexander Kačaniklić, Robbie Keane, Dirk Kuyt, Raul Meireles, Nikolay Mihaylov and Nuri Şahin, while Danny Ward played for Wales Under-21’s. Milan off the mark 2011 - Milan Jovanović struck his first goal for Serbia as a Royal Sporting Club Anderlecht player in their 3-1 defeat of Faroe Islands in a Euro 2012 qualifier in Belgrade. Also in international action that day were Daniel Agger, Andy Carroll, Stewart Downing, Péter Gulácsi, Dirk Kuyt, Martin Škrtel, future reds Ragnar Klavan, Dejan Lovren, Simon Mignolet, James Milner and Thiago Alcântara, and ex-reds Xabi Alonso, Álvaro Arbeloa, Yossi Benayoun, Robbie Keane, Javier Mascherano, Nikolay Mihaylov, John Arne Riise, Daniel Sjölund and Andriy Voronin, with John Toshack taking charge of FYR Macedonia. St. Michael loses a record 2003 - Everton’s Wayne Rooney became England’s youngest ever goalscorer, beating Michael Owen’s record as they won 2-1 in a Euro 2004 qualifier in the FYR Macedonia. Emile Heskey, Owen and ex-red David James all also featured. Also in international action that day were Jerzy Dudek, Sami Hyypiä and John Arne Riise and future reds Craig Bellamy, Yossi Benayoun, Mark González, Paul Jones, Ragnar Klavan and Andriy Voronin, while Bolo Zenden was winning his first cap while on loan at Middlesbrough, and 47th in all. Thumping the Wearsiders 1922 - We beat Sunderland 5-1 at Anfield thanks to a Harry Chambers brace and goals from Dick Johnson and Donald McKinlay, with Dick Forshaw netting in his hundredth reds game while Charlie Buchan bagged one of his 21 goals against the reds. Beating the Mancs 1893 – Hugh McQueen netted the only goal of our Anfield friendly meeting with Newton Heath, as Manchester United were then known. Disappointment against the Baggies 1920 – We were held to a goalless draw by West Bromwich Albion in a top-flight encounter at Anfield. Inside-forward Tom Miller played his 146th and last game for the club. 1976 - We lost 1-0 in a League Cup Second Round replay at The Hawthorns, with Irish midfielder Mick Martin bagging the decisive goal. Other international reds 1989 - John Aldridge won his final cap as a reds player as the Republic of Ireland held West Germany to a 1-1 draw in a friendly at Lansdowne Road. Clubmates Steve Staunton and Ronnie Whelan both also played. John Barnes, Peter Beardsley, Gary Gillespie, Glenn Hysén, Steve McMahon, Steve Nicol, Ian Rush and future red Dean Saunders were all in World Cup qualifying action that day. 1997 - Future red Jari Litmanen netted in Finland’s 2-1 World Cup qualifying win in Switzerland while winning his fiftieth cap, with future red Stéphane Henchoz on the losing side. Stig Inge Bjørnebye and future reds Markus Babbel and Christian Ziege also played for their countries that day. 2017 – Ex-red Luis Suárez played as Uruguay won a World Cup qualifier 2-1 in Paraguay. 2018 – Ex-red Ryan Babel won his fiftieth cap for the Netherlands as they beat Peru 2-1, with Virgil van Dijk and Gini Wijnaldum also featuring. Adam Lewis made his debut for England Under-20’s, with Dominic Solanke and ex-red Joe Allen also playing for their countries that day. 2019 – Gini Wijnaldum scored as the Netherlands beat Germany 4-2 in a European Championships qualifier in Hamburg, with Virgil van Dijk captaining the side and Ryan Babel winning his first cap as a Galatasaray player as Rhian Brewster debuted for England Under-21’s in their 3-2 win in a European Championships qualifier in Turkey. Dejan Lovren bagged his last goal for Croatia as a red in their 4-0 qualifying win in Slovakia. Caoimhín Kelleher, Divock Origi, Andy Robertson, Harry Wilson and ex-reds Joe Allen and Ragnar Klavan all also played for their countries that day, with Steve Clarke taking charge of Scotland. First caps 2008 – Steve Finnan won his first cap as an R.C.D. Espanyol player as the Republic of Ireland beat Georgia 2-1 in a World Cup qualifier in Mainz in Germany, with Robbie Keane also featuring. Harry Kewell played for Australia for the first time since joining Galatasaray, converting a penalty while skippering them to a 2-1 friendly defeat of the Netherlands in Eindhoven, with Ryan Babel and Dirk Kuyt both on the losing side. On the same day, Rigobert Song won his first cap as a Trabzonspor player as Cameroon won a World Cup qualifier 2-1 in the Cape Verde Islands. Andriy Voronin played his first international while on loan with Hertha BSC Berlin as Ukraine beat Belarus 1-0 in another qualifier in Lviv. Daniel Agger, Xabi Alonso, Javier Mascherano, future reds Ragnar Klavan, Sotirios Kyrgiakos, Alex Manninger, Raul Meireles, Christian Poulsen and Luis Suárez and ex-reds Nicolas Anelka, Mark González and John Arne Riise all also featured in qualifiers, with John Toshack managing Wales. 2009 – Javier Mascherano and future red Maxi Rodríguez represented Argentina again, as they lost 3-1 to Brazil in a World Cup qualifier in Rosario. 2013 – Lazar Marković won his first cap after moving to SL Benfica as Serbia were held to a 1-1 World Cup qualifying draw by Croatia in Belgrade, with future red Dejan Lovren playing for the visitors. 2014 - Carl Medjani played for Algeria for the first time since joining Trabzonspor as they beat Ethiopia 2-1 in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Addis Ababa. 2019 - Harvey Elliott won his first cap for England Under-17’s since moving to Anfield, as they thumped Finland 5-0 in a friendly in Poland with Jarell Quansah also in action. On the same day, future red Fábio Carvalho played for England Under-18’s for the first time in their 3-2 victory over Australia Under-17’s in Hinckley. Meanwhile, future red Mateusz Musiałowski won his only cap for Poland Under-17’s in their 2-1 defeat of Georgia, with Kamil Grabara also featuring for his country. Alberto in action 2002 – Future red Alberto Aquilani played for Italy Under-19’s as they beat Yugoslavia 2-1. 2005 – He was booked as the Under-21’s were held to a 1-1 draw by Belarus in a European Championships qualifier in Borisov. First and last goals 2008 - Martin Škrtel scored his first goal as a reds player as Slovakia beat Northern Ireland 2-1 in a World Cup qualifier in Bratislava. Joe Cole bagged a brace from off the bench, his final England goals as a Chelsea player, as they beat Andorra 2-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Barcelona. Ex-reds Emile Heskey, David James and future reds Stewart Downing and Glen Johnson also featured. Meanwhile, Yossi Benayoun netted while skippering Israel in their 2-2 draw with Switzerland in Tel-Aviv. 2020 – Neco Williams struck for Wales for the first time, the only goal of their UEFA Nations League group games against Bulgaria in Cardiff. Thiago Alcântara appeared for Spain for the last time before moving to Anfield as they thumped Ukraine 4-0 in Madrid, with future red Ozan Kabak and ex-reds Emre Can and Péter Gulácsi also playing in the same competition. Youngsters on target for their countries Daniel Sjölund struck for Finland Under-21’s in European Championships qualifiers on this day in consecutive years. 2002 - He netted in their 2-1 defeat of Wales in Valkeakoski. 2003 - He bagged the only goal of their game in Azerbaijan. 2012 - Jonjo Shelvey scored his first goal for England Under-21’s as they won a European Championships qualifier 2-0 in Azerbaijan, with future red Steven Caulker nabbing his second and last strike at this level. Jordan Henderson skippered a side that also included Martin Kelly, with ex-red Tom Ince winning his first cap at this level. Samed Yeşil struck his first two goals for Germany Under-19’s while winning his first cap at this level as a reds player in a 3-1 friendly defeat of England in Hamburg, with Raheem Sterling winning his only cap at this level and Adam Morgan also playing. Péter Gulácsi and Danny Wilson also featured in Under-21’s action that day. 2002 - Florent Sinama-Pongolle struck his first goal for France Under-21’s, the only one of their qualifier in Cyprus. He was winning his second cap, as were fellow reds Alou Diarra and Anthony Le Tallec. Chris Kirkland and future reds Xabi Alonso, Ragnar Klavan, Paul Konchesky, Jermaine Pennant, Pepe Reina, Albert Riera and Fernando Torres also played for their Under-21’s sides that day, with future red Alberto Aquilani featuring for Italy Under-19’s. 2005 - Ramon Calliste won his first cap for Wales Under-21’s as a reds player, having a goal disallowed as they lost 3-2 in a European Championships qualifier in Poland. Meanwhile, Anthony Le Tallec scored in his third consecutive Under-21’s game, converting a penalty as France beat the Republic of Ireland 2-1 in a qualifier in Cork. John Welsh won his last cap at this level as a reds player as England drew 1-1 in another qualifier with Germany in Mainz, with Scott Carson and future reds Alberto Aquilani, James Milner and Gary O’Neil also playing for the Under-21’s. Back to Merseyside 1994 - David Burrows signed for Everton from West Ham United on a free transfer, just a year after leaving Anfield. He only played 23 times in his one season with the Toffees, before moving on again to Birmingham City. 2013 - Neil Critchley was appointed Under-18’s Coach at the Academy. He moved up to the Under-23’s, leaving to take over as Head Coach of Blackpool last March. Other reds games 1983 – Southampton held us to a 1-1 draw at Anfield. Ian Rush netted before Mick Mills equalised late on with a free-kick from close to the touchline. 1980 – We drew 1-1 at Birmingham City with Kenny Dalglish on target. 1975 – Ray Kennedy headed in the only goal of Sheffield United’s visit to L4. 1969 – We beat Coventry City 2-1 at home. Ian St. John scored, with Geoff Strong netting a stoppage-time winner. 1952 – Kevin Baron and Jack Smith both struck inside the opening ten minutes as we won 2-0 at Manchester City. 1947 – Jack Balmer struck as Burnley drew 1-1 at Anfield. 1924 – We lost 2-0 at Arsenal with Harry Woods scoring the last two of his five goals against the reds. 1919 – We beat Bradford City 2-1 in L4 with Fred Pagnam and Donald McKinlay both scoring. 1909 – We won 2-1 at Bolton Wanderers with Jack Parkinson nabbing a brace. Also in international action 1977 – Glenn Hysén played for Sweden Under-18’s as they lost a home friendly 1-0 to Finland, while Joey Jones and John Toshack played as Wales were held to a goalless draw by Kuwait in Wrexham. 1984 – Ex-red Avi Cohen featured in Israel’s 2-1 defeat of Malta in a friendly in Jerusalem.
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