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  1. Will

    1st July

    In comes Mo 2017 – Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah signed from Roma for an initial €42m, proving to be a bargain signing even at that price. He has scored a stunning 156 goals in 254 games across his first five campaigns, helping us to claim the Premier League title, UEFA Champions League, FIFA Club World Cup, UEFA Super Cup, FA Cup and League Cup. Recent captures 2016 – Centre-half Joël Matip signed from Schalke 04 on a free transfer, bagging nine goals in 166 games in his first six campaigns for the reds, so far helping us to claim the Premier League title, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, FA Cup and League Cup. 2015 – James Milner arrived on a free transfer from Manchester City. He netted 26 times in 289 outings across his first seven campaigns, as well as regularly skippering the side in the absence of Jordan Henderson and helping us to claim the Premier League title, UEFA Champions League FIFA Club World Cup, UEFA Super Cup, FA Cup and League Cup. On the same day, right-back Nathaniel Clyne signed from Southampton for £12.5m, while keeper Ádám Bogdán arrived from Bolton Wanderers. Clyne bagged two goals in 103 outings before joining Crystal Palace in October 2020, while Bogdán made six largely uninspiring appearances before being released at the end of the 2018/19 season. On the same day, Uruguayan centre-half Sebastián Coates was sold to Sunderland for £4m after a successful loan spell. 2014 - Adam Lallana signed from Southampton for an initial £23m, becoming our second most expensive signing to date. He struck 22 times in 178 reds games, coming off the bench as we claimed the FIFA Club World Cup, while also being in the matchday squads as we claimed the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Super Cup, and playing an important role as we claimed our nineteenth League title in 2019/20. He signed for Brighton & Hove Albion in July 2020 once his contract with the reds had expired. 2021 – Centre-half Ibrahima Konaté signed from RasenBallsport Leipzig e.V., netting three times in 29 outings in his first campaign as he helped us to claim the FA Cup and League Cup. On the same day, ex-reds centre-half Ragnar Klavan signed for Paide Linnameeskond back in his native Estonia, scoring three times in 22 games across his first year. Rushie’s immediate return 1986 - Ian Rush officially re-signed for the reds on loan from Juventus, having signed for the Old Lady a month earlier. He stayed at Anfield for another season, bagging forty goals in 57 games, before finally moving to Turin. Fortunately, he returned to the reds after just one season in Italy. New bosses 1983 - Joe Fagan officially took over as Manager, the only Scouser to hold this position on a permanent basis to date. 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 after 71 wins in 131 games. 2010 - Roy Hodgson was appointed. He struggled to make a major impact at Anfield, leading us to just thirteen victories in his 31 matches in charge before leaving by ‘mutual consent’ in January 2011. On the same day, Standard Chartered took over as the club’s main sponsors. In comes Finn 2003 - Right-back Steve Finnan officially signed from Fulham for £3.5m after playing in their promotion seasons from the Second Division up into the Premiership. He struck just once in 217 reds appearances, helping us to claim the Champions League, FA Cup, UEFA Super Cup and FA Community Shield before joining R.C.D. Espanyol in September 2008. On the same day, French duo Anthony Le Tallec and Florent Sinama-Pongolle joined the reds from Le Havre for a combined £6m. Le Tallec made just 32 senior reds appearances and scored only once, signing for Le Mans UC 72 in June 2008, having been sent out on loan from Anfield four times. Sinama-Pongolle netted nine times in 66 reds games, joining Real Club Recreativo de Huelva for €4m in May 2007 after a loan spell. Happy birthdays 1976 - Rigobert Song was born in Nkenglicock. He was the first ever red from Cameroon, signing from Italian side Salernitana for £2.6m in January 1999. He made 38 appearances before joining West Ham United for £2.5m in November 2000, having become a fans’ favourite with his marauding runs from defence. 2001 - He appeared for his country on his 25th birthday, in a 2-0 defeat of Togo 2-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Yaoundé, one of his 137 caps in total for the Indomitable Lions. 1904 - Outside-left Gordon Gunson was born in Chester. He signed from Sunderland in March 1930 and made 87 appearances, scoring an impressive 26 times in his injury-affected time at Anfield. He moved on to Swindon Town in June 1934. 1957 – Short-lived Assistant Manager Sean O’Driscoll was born in Wolverhampton. He was appointed in July 2015, leaving following the sacking of Brendan Rodgers just three months later. European champions 2012 - Ex-reds Xabi Alonso, Álvaro Arbeloa and Fernando Torres all featured as Spain thumped Italy 4-0 in the Final of Euro 2012 in Kyiv, with Torres coming off the bench to score the third goal. Future red Mario Balotelli featured for the losing side. 2016 – Joe Allen featured for Wales as they beat Belgium 3-1 in Villeneuve-d’Ascq to reach the European Championships Semi-final. Enter his Lordship 2004 - Djibril Cissé officially arrived from Auxerre in a club record £14m deal. He bagged 24 goals in 79 reds games, including goals to help us to claim three trophies in his time at Anfield, moving on to Olympique de Marseille for £6.3m three years later. 2001 - He played for France Under-20’s as they lost 3-1 to Argentina in a World Championships Quarter-final in Buenos Aires, with Grégory Vignal and future red Maxi Rodríguez also in action. Reds missed 2006 - Jamie Carragher’s retaken spot kick and Steven Gerrard’s effort were both saved as England crashed out to Portugal in their World Cup Quarter-final in Gelsenkirchen 3-1 on penalties after the game had ended goalless. Peter Crouch and future red Joe Cole also featured, with former Blue Wayne Rooney being sent off. Czeching out 2004 - Milan Baroš and Vladimír Šmicer both played in the Euro 2004 Semi-final as the Czech Republic lost 1-0 to Greece in Porto, thanks to a ‘silver goal’. All change 1999 - This was a busy day in the transfer market as Vladimír Šmicer arrived from Racing Club de Lens for £4.2m, while we also gained and lost a player on the Bosman ruling. Erik Meijer signed from Bayer 04 Leverkusen, with Steve McManaman officially joining Real Madrid on the same day. 2019 – Forward Danny Ings joined Southampton for an initial £18m following a successful season on loan, so far bagging 29 goals in 61 outings for the Saints. On the same day, midfielder Marko Grujić re-joined Hertha BSC Berlin on loan for a second successive campaign, so far scoring nine times in 54 games. Also arriving that day was young Polish keeper Jakub Ojrzyński who signed from Legia Warszawa. Other recent ins and outs 2009 – Winger Sebastián Leto was sold to Panathinaikos for a fee reported to be around £3m. He helped his new club to the domestic double in his first season, scoring the only goal in the Cup Final, and netting 27 times in 91 outings before leaving the club in January 2013. 2018 - Naby Keïta officially signed from RasenBallsport Leipzig e.V. for £52.75m, having agreed to join us the previous August. 2016 – Keeper Lawrence Vigouroux left the reds to sign for Swindon Town, so far playing 130 times, including a previous loan spell. On the same day, midfielder Jordan Rossiter joined Rangers, having signed a pre-contract agreement two months earlier. 2002 - Reserves keeper Jørgen Nielsen left for Farum in Denmark, after five years at Anfield without a first team appearance. 2000 - We signed up Pegguy Arphexad, Markus Babbel and Gary McAllister, all on free transfers. Pegguy arrived from Leicester City, one of Gary Mac’s former clubs. On the same day, future red Nicolas Anelka re-signed for Paris Saint-Germain from Real Madrid for £22m. Luis on target 2007 – Future red Luis Suárez scored for Uruguay Under-20’s against ex-red Antonio Barragán’s Spain as their World Championship Finals group game ended 2-2 in Canada. On the same day, Mark González faced future red Alexander Doni as Brazil beat Chile 3-0 in a Copa América group game in Venezuela. 2019 – Sadio Mané bagged a brace, including a penalty, as Senegal beat Kenya 3-0 in an Africa Cup of Nations Finals group game in Egypt. He also saw another spot-kick saved. Wedding bells 1972 - Emlyn Hughes married Barbara. They remained happily married until Emlyn’s sad death in November 2004, with two children called Emma and Emlyn. 2005 - Jamie Carragher married his fiancée Nicola Holt at Weston Park, while on the same day Harry Kewell settled his libel case against Gary Lineker out of court. Meanwhile, Sammy Lee was appointed Assistant Manager of Bolton Wanderers. Mighty Mouse on the way back 1980 - Kevin Keegan returned to England, joining Southampton for £400,000 in a move that had been announced five months earlier. He had struck 32 goals in ninety Bundesliga games, helping them to a League and Cup double in 1979, as well as twice claiming the European Footballer of the Year award while in Germany. Other new managers 1981 - Emlyn Hughes was appointed Player/Manager of Rotherham United. He was in charge for nearly two years, but was sacked as they headed towards the old Third Division. 2000 – Karl-Heinz Riedle was replaced as Manager of Fulham by Jean Tigana, having been in temporary charge for three months. 1995 - John Toshack took over as Deportivo La Coruña boss, having been appointed four months previously. He remained in charge for nineteen months before resigning. World Cup progress 1990 - John Barnes started England’s dramatic 3-2 extra-time defeat of Cameroon in the World Cup Quarter-final in Naples. He was replaced at half-time by fellow red Peter Beardsley, while his future clubmate Mark Wright played the full two hours. On the same day, future red Karl-Heinz Riedle featured in West Germany’s 1-0 win over Czechoslovakia in Milan, to set up their Semi-final clash with England. 2018 – Dejan Lovren played as Croatia knocked Denmark out on penalties to reach the Quarter-finals in Russia. Ex-red Iago Aspas also featured as Spain beat the host nation after a shoot-out at the same stage. 2014 – Future red Divock Origi featured in Belgium’s 2-1 defeat of the USA in Salvador, while ex-red Javier Mascherano played as Argentina needed extra time to see off future red Xherdan Shaqiri’s Switzerland 1-0 in São Paulo to reach the Quarter-finals. 2011 – Mascherano played for his country again as host nation Argentina drew 1-1 with Bolivia in a Copa América group game in La Plata. Other moves 1985 - Future reds keeper Mike Hooper signed for Wrexham from Bristol City on a free transfer. 1995 - Dean Saunders joined Galatasaray from Aston Villa for a £2.35m fee. 1996 - Gary Ablett joined Birmingham City from Everton for £390,000. 1997 - Future red Paul Jones moved to Southampton from Stockport County for £900,000 while ex-red Paul Stewart signed for Stoke City on a free transfer from Sunderland. 2005 - Jermaine Pennant joined Birmingham City from Arsenal for £3m. 2010 – Defender Gareth Roberts joined Derby County, while Jon Otsemobor signed for Sheffield Wednesday. 2011 – Scott Carson left West Bromwich Albion for Turkish side Bursaspor in a £2.1m deal. On the same day, reserves centre-back Stephen Sama signed a new contract with the reds. He moved on to VfB Stuttgart in September 2014 without making a senior first-team appearance. 2013 – Goalie Adrián signed for West Ham United, playing 150 times before joining the reds for free in August 2019. 2015 – Keeper Péter Gulácsi joined RasenBallsport Leipzig e.V. from Red Bull Salzburg for £3m after helping them to claim consecutive Austrian League and Cup doubles. 2017 – Centre-half Ozan Kabak signed as a professional for Galatasaray, playing eighteen times without scoring before moving to VfB Stuttgart in January 2019. Keeper Daniele Padelli signed for Internazionale, only making nine senior appearances in four seasons at the San Siro. 2020 – Keeper Ádám Bogdán signed for reigning champions Ferencváros, featuring seven times in his first campaign back in his native Hungary. Doctor Kenny 2011 – Reds boss Kenny Dalglish was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Science by the University of Ulster.
  2. Will

    30th November

    Records in the League Cup 1994 - Ian Rush scored his sixteenth and final reds hat-trick in his 600th reds game as we won 3-1 at Blackburn Rovers in a Fourth Round tie. Chris Sutton’s late consolation was one of his seven strikes against the reds. On the same day, future red Sami Hyypiä played for Finland in their 2-0 friendly defeat in Spain. 1988 - John Durnin made his third and final reds appearance, as a substitute, as we lost 4-1 at West Ham United at the same stage of the competition, our worst ever League Cup defeat. Future red Paul Ince opened the scoring with a spectacular volley, before heading in a second. John Aldridge converted a penalty, with Steve Staunton then heading into his own net, unchallenged. A Tony Gale free-kick completed the scoring. Births and death 2021 – Ray Kennedy died. 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. 1970 - Phil Babb was born in Lambeth. He struck once in 170 games for the reds following his club record £3.6m capture from Coventry City in September 1994, also a then British record fee for a defender. He joined Sporting Clube de Portugal after six years at Anfield. 1972 - Abel Xavier was born in Nampula in Mozambique. He crossed Stanley Park for £800,000 in January 2002 and netted twice in 21 reds games, of which we only lost three. His next club was Hannover 96 in Germany, who he joined in February 2004 after being released by the reds. 1997 – Keeper Kai McKenzie-Lyle was born in London. He joined the reds in August 2018 but was released in June 2020 and is now with Welling United. Most recently 2019 – Keeper Alisson Becker was dismissed for handling outside his area late on when we were leading Brighton & Hove Albion 2-0 at Anfield thanks to a pair of Virgil van Dijk headers. Lewis Dunk beat Adrián from the resulting free-kick, but the game ended 2-1. 2005 - Momo Sissoko was sent off as we won 2-0 at Sunderland thanks to goals from Luis García and Steven Gerrard. This ensured we had gone the whole month of November without conceding a goal, a club first. 2003 - We entertained Birmingham City. Steven Gerrard scored from the spot just a minute after Mikael Forssell had opened the scoring for the visitors, before Harry Kewell netted our 150th League goal against the Blues, which was also his fiftieth League goal in England. Emile Heskey then scored a spectacular strike, his hundredth club goal, against his future employers as we won 3-1. Twice against the Canaries We have twice hosted Norwich City, winning on both occasions. 1982 – Mark Lawrenson and David Fairclough struck as we won a League Cup Fourth Round tie 2-0, with left-back Alan Kennedy playing his 200th reds game as Bob Paisley took charge for the 500th time. 1991 – Jan Mølby scored his fiftieth reds goal with Ray Houghton also on the scoresheet in a 2-1 League victory. New arrivals 1951 – Left-winger Mervyn Jones, one of the smallest players to ever play for the club at just five feet four inches, signed from Bangor City. However, he moved on to Southampton in July 1953 after just five reds outings. 2000 – Forward Daniel Sjölund signed from West Ham United for £1m. He never so much as made a first-team match-day squad, moving on to Swedish side Djurgårdens IF in January 2004. Beating the Villains 1901 - We beat Aston Villa at Anfield, with Sam Raybould grabbing the only goal of the game. 1912 - Donald McKinlay struck as we won another First Division meeting 2-0 in L4, with our other score coming from a Freddie Miles own goal. Derby joy 1938 – We beat Everton 2-1 in the second replay of our Lancashire Senior Cup Second Round tie at Anfield, with E. Patterson and Ron Jones netting for the reds. Keech’s farewell 1895 – Half-back Bill Keech played his sixth and final reds game as we lost 2-0 at Leicester Fosse, on our way to claiming the Second Division title. On the move 1989 - Nigel Spackman was signed for Rangers by Graeme Souness, arriving from Queens Park Rangers for £500,000. He spent three years at Ibrox, helping them to three straight League titles. 1927 – Scottish centre-half David Pratt left the reds for Bury. He had played 84 times after signing from Bradford City in January 1923, scoring just once and being known for his long throw-ins. Wark walks 1996 - John Wark played his final professional game as Ipswich Town lost 3-0 at Tranmere Rovers. Ex-red John Aldridge netted a brace for Rovers in that game. Bosses standing down 2010 – Chairman Martin Broughton left the club, having successfully completed the sale of the reds to New England Sports Ventures. 2001 - Mark Wright resigned as Manager of Third Division Oxford United after being suspended for alleged racial abuse of a referee. 2007 - Roy Hodgson’s contract as Manager of Finland expired. He had narrowly failed to lead them to their first major championships, but turned down the offer to stay in charge. A friendly win 1960 - We beat French side Nantes Atlantique 5-1 at Anfield in the second leg of the Friendship Cup, with Jimmy Harrower netting two penalties and Roger Hunt, Dave Hickson and Johnny Wheeler all on target. We claimed the trophy 7-1 on aggregate. Kenny back in action 1987 - Reds boss Kenny Dalglish stepped back onto the field, turning out at Parkhead for Davie Provan’s testimonial match between Celtic and Nottingham Forest, won by the visitors 3-1, despite the scores being level when the King had entered the fray! Other reds games 1997 – Steve McManaman bagged the only goal of our trip to Arsenal. 1985 – Chelsea held us to a 1-1 draw at Anfield. Jan Mølby scored from the spot late on, but there was still time for Pat Nevin to equalise 1974 – Kevin Keegan was on target as we drew 1-1 at Coventry City. 1968 – Roger Hunt netted the only goal of our visit to Nottingham Forest. 1963 – We beat Burnley 2-0 in L4. Ian St. John struck before Roger Hunt converted from the spot, the only penalty he ever scored for the reds. 1957 – Billy Liddell struck as we drew a Second Division fixture 1-1 at Sheffield United. 1946 – We lost 3-2 at Blackpool, with Jack Balmer and Cyril Done both netting. Jimmy McIntosh scored the first of his six goals against the reds, with Stan Mortensen bagging the first of his eleven. Jimmy Blair was also on the scoresheet as we remained top of the table. 1935 – Fred Howe scored as we lost 2-1 at Portsmouth. Cliff Parker scored one of his five goals past us, with Scot Symon also on target. 1929 – We lost 2-1 at Sheffield Wednesday, with Gordon Hodgson on the scoresheet. Mark Hooper bagged one of his eight past us, with Alf Strange also scoring. Trent off 2014 – Trent Alexander-Arnold was dismissed as England Under-17’s drew 2-2 with Brazil in a friendly in Florida. Also in international action 1992 – Future red Bjørn Tore Kvarme played for Norway Under-21’s as they beat Malaysia 2-0 in Kuala Lumpur. 2011 – Future red Mohamed Salah featured as Egypt lost an Africa Cup of Nations group game 1-0 to Ivory Coast in Morocco. 2016 – Future red Ozan Kabak played for Turkey Under-17’s as they lost 4-2 to Brazil in Florida.
  3. Will

    1st October

    Happy birthday Walshie 1962 - Paul Walsh was born in Plumstead. He signed from Luton Town for £700,000 in May 1984 and struck 37 times in 112 reds games, winning a League title and the Screen Sport Super Cup before joining Tottenham Hotspur for £500,000 in February 1988. 1879 – Bobby Robinson was born in Sunderland. He moved to the reds from his hometown club for £500 in February 1904. He was top scorer as we won the Second Division title the following season, and also helped us claim the First Division championship in 1906. During the latter stages of his time with the reds, he moved into the half-back line but still bagged a total of 65 goals in 271 games, moving on to Tranmere Rovers in May 1913. A double treble 1980 - Graeme Souness and Terry McDermott both scored trebles as we thumped Finnish champions Oulun Palloseura 10-1 at Anfield to progress to the Second Round of the European Cup by 11-2 on aggregate. This was Souness’s first treble for the reds, which included a penalty. Sammy Lee and Ray Kennedy were also on target, with David Fairclough bagging a brace, with the first being his fiftieth reds strike. Beating the Blues 2011 – We won 2-0 at Everton, with Jack Rodwell sent off half-way through the first half for a late tackle on Luis Suárez. Dirk Kuyt had a penalty saved just before the break, while Charlie Adam struck the crossbar. However, we eventually triumphed thanks to goals from Andy Carroll and Suárez. Off the mark 2008 - Robbie Keane finally scored his first reds goal, in his eleventh outing, to put us three ahead in our 3-1 Champions League defeat of PSV Eindhoven at Anfield, with Steven Gerrard bagging his hundredth goal for the club, courtesy of a 25-yard free-kick at the Kop end. We had opened the scoring through Dirk Kuyt’s tenth goal in Europe, which ensured we reached a century of goals in the competition under Rafael Benítez, in what was his 250th game in charge overall. 1892 – Tom Wyllie bagged his first reds goal as we beat West Manchester 3-1 in a Lancashire League encounter in L4, with Jock Smith and John Miller also on target. Anfield hat-tricks galore 1904 – Birthday boy Bobby Robinson scored all our goals as we thumped Leicester Fosse 4-0 in a Second Division fixture. 1906 – Jack Parkinson scored three as we beat Manchester United 4-1 in a Lancashire Senior Cup game, with Sam Raybould also on target. 1927 - Willie Devlin scored four goals and Gordon Hodgson also netted a hat-trick as we trounced Portsmouth 8-2 at Anfield, our first ever meeting with Pompey, with left-winger George Pither nabbing the other, his only senior reds strike. Left-half Tom Bromilow was playing his 300th reds game. We had gone in 6-0 up at half-time, as well as having two goals ruled out, for handball and offside. 1994 - Steve McManaman was denied his only reds treble while making his hundredth League appearance when his third goal in our 4-1 defeat of Sheffield Wednesday at Anfield was later credited as a Des Walker own goal. Ian Rush equalised after the break after we had gone in behind to an Ian Nolan goal. Most recently 2017 – Philippe Coutinho scored in his third consecutive game as we were held to a 1-1 draw at Rafael Benítez’s Newcastle United. 1988 – Newcastle United won a top-flight fixture 2-1 at Anfield, despite Gary Gillespie heading us into an early lead. John Hendrie equalised after half an hour, with Mirandinha converting a late penalty to secure the win. 2016 – We won 2-1 at Swansea City’s Liberty Stadium, falling behind to an early Leroy Fer goal. Roberto Firmino headed in after the break, with James Milner securing the victory from the spot after Firmino was felled. 2020 – We lost 5-4 on penalties to Arsenal after our League Cup Fourth Round tie ended goalless behind closed doors at Anfield. Midfielder Marko Grujić and winger Harry Wilson both made their final appearances for the club. James Milner, Gini Wijnaldum, Takumi Minamino and Curtis Jones all converted their spot-kicks, with Divock Origi and Wilson seeing their efforts saved as Adrián was only able to keep out one of the Gunners’ penalties. Brothers in arms 1867 - Outside-left Hugh McQueen was born in Harthill, Lanarkshire. He signed from Leith Athletic in October 1892 and made 61 reds appearances, bagging eighteen goals, helping us to the Lancashire League and Second Division titles in successive seasons, before joining Derby County in July 1895. His brother Matt played 103 times for the reds between 1892 and 1899, and later became a director, before managing the side for five years in the 1920’s. 1898 - Outside-right Harold Wadsworth was born in Bootle. He signed from Tranmere Rovers in May 1919 and struck three times in 55 reds games, often playing alongside his brother, centre-half Walter. He moved on to Leicester City in June 1924. Billy’s farewell 1921 – Forward Billy Matthews played his ninth and final reds game as we were held to a 1-1 draw at Anfield by Chelsea, with Dick Forshaw on target. National fervour on Merseyside 1938 - Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain was at Goodison, a few days after returning from Munich with the famous “piece of paper” signed by Hitler that he felt would avert war. The crowd responded by singing the National Anthem, but Willie Fagan’s penalty could not prevent us losing 2-1 to Everton. We have lost two other League derbies on this day in history. 1932 - We were beaten 3-1 at Goodison with Gordon Gunson netting our consolation. Dixie Dean bagged two of his nineteen goals past us, with Ted Critchley also on target for the home side. 1910 - We faced the Blues at Anfield, going down 2-0 as they kept a clean sheet for the fourth consecutive occasion in this fixture, a first for any club at Anfield. Sandy Young netted one of his twelve derby strikes, with Harry Makepeace also scoring. A millennium at Anfield 1955 - Alan A’Court and Geoff Twentyman both struck braces as we beat Plymouth Argyle 4-1 in L4 in a Second Division encounter, our thousandth home League game. Carra's century 2000 - Jamie Carragher played his hundredth League game as we lost 3-0 at Chelsea, with their first score being an own goal from Sander Westerveld. Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink bagged one of his seven goals against the reds, with Eiður Guðjohnsen also on the scoresheet. 1921 - We also faced the West London outfit, when Dick Forshaw struck in a 1-1 draw at Anfield. Disappointment at Old Trafford 1995 - Robbie Fowler struck twice as Eric Cantona’s comeback game after a nine-month ban ended all square. Nicky Butt opened the scoring, with Cantona converting a penalty to level the scores, one of his five goals past us. 1977 - We also visited Manchester United, losing 2-0 thanks to goals from Lou Macari and Sammy McIlroy. Zico senior missed 1983 - Phil Neal missed his first League game since December 1974 as we went down 1-0 at home to Sunderland, with Gary Rowell on target from the spot. Future reds in action 1924 - Forward Gordon Hodgson and keeper Arthur Riley both played for a South Africa XI that beat a reds side of mainly reserves at Anfield, with defender Balaert Shears twice drawing the reds level. Hodgson and Riley would both later sign for the club. Under the lights 1958 - We beat Everton 2-1 at home in the first leg of the short-lived Floodlight Challenge Cup, with Alan Arnell and Jimmy Melia on the scoresheet. We won the return leg 3-2 to retain the trophy. Also in Europe 2015 – We were held to a 1-1 draw by Swiss side Sion in a UEFA Europa League game at Anfield, with Adam Lallana firing the reds an early lead before we were pegged back. 2014 – We lost 1-0 at Basel in our UEFA Champions League group encounter, with Marco Streller on target after the break. 1974 - Ray Kennedy netted the only goal of the game at the Ullevaal Stadion in Oslo as we beat Norwegian amateurs Strømsgodset to progress to the Second Round of the European Cup Winners’ Cup by a huge 12-0 aggregate scoreline. This was Kevin Keegan’s first game back after his lengthy suspension following his dismissal in that season’s FA Charity Shield. In Notts 1908 - Forward Sam Bowyer grabbed the first of his sixteen reds goals in a 5-1 top-flight thumping at Nottingham Forest, our worst ever defeat to the East Midlands outfit. Left-back Tom Rogers was badly injured in this game, not returning to the side for another eleven months. Grenville Morris struck two of his six goals past us, with Bill Hooper also nabbing a brace and Enoch West scoring one of his eight goals against the reds. We have faced Notts County three times on this day in history in the top flight, winning twice and drawing the other match. 1898 - We were held to a goalless draw at Anfield. 1903 - George Fleming converted a penalty and Jack Cox also netted in a 4-2 defeat at Trent Bridge. Albert Green bagged two of his four goals against us, with Percy Humphreys netting one of his six, and future Arsenal boss Herbert Chapman also on the scoresheet. 1925 - Tom Bromilow and Jimmy Walsh struck as we won 2-1 at Meadow Lane. International beginnings and end 2001 – Future reds Andy Lonergan, Jermaine Pennant and Gary O’Neil all debuted for England Under-19’s as they beat Iceland 2-0 in a friendly in York. 2012 – Left-back Brad Smith won his second and last cap for England Uder-19’s in their 1-1 European Championships qualifying draw with Ukraine in Estonia. Internationals on target 2007 – Dani Pacheco bagged a treble on his debut for Spain Under-17’s in their 6-0 thumping of San Marino in a European Championships qualifier in Andorra. 1949 – Future reds forward Sammy Smyth bagged a brace as Ireland lost 8-2 to Scotland in a World Cup qualifier that also counted for the British International Championships at Windsor Park. On the move 1999 - Steve Nicol was named as interim head coach of New England Revolution for the first time, following the sacking of Walter Zenga. He remained in charge at the Gillette Stadium until October 2011. 2016 – Ex-reds midfielder Momo Sissoko signed for Indian Super League side Pune City, scoring twice in thirteen games before joining Ternana in Italy in February 2017. 2019 - Vitor Matos joined as Elite Development Coach, arriving from Porto. 2021 – Ex-reds forward Daniel Sturridge signed for Perth Glory but was unable to score in just six appearances as he again struggled with injuries. Other reds games 1966 – We won 3-2 at Aston Villa as future red Tony Hateley scored the last two of his five goals against the reds, including one from the spot. Ian St. John, Ian Callaghan and Bobby Graham scored our goals. 1960 – Johnny Wheeler netted the only goal of Derby County’s visit to Anfield for a Second Division fixture. 1949 – Albert Stubbins struck as we won 1-0 at West Bromwich Albion. Zico junior's reds bow 1992 - Phil Neal’s son Ashley made his reserves debut, as a substitute for Steve Nicol in a 2-0 defeat at Leeds United. Also in international action 1996 – Future red John Arne Riise played for Norway Under-15’s as they lost a friendly 4-1 in Poland.
  4. Will

    17th August

    Into the hot seat Both Bob Paisley and Kenny Dalglish made managerial debuts on this day in history. 1974 - Bob took charge of his first League game, a 2-1 win at Luton Town, with the goals coming from Tommy Smith and Steve Heighway. 1985 - King Kenny’s first reds game as boss brought a 2-0 defeat of Arsenal at Anfield, thanks to goals from Ronnie Whelan and Steve Nicol. European debut 1964 - We made our first appearance in European competition in the preliminary round of the European Cup. We won 5-0 at Icelandic champions Knattspyrnufélag Reykjavíkur, with Gordon Wallace and Roger Hunt both netting braces and Phil Chisnall grabbing his first reds goal. This remained our record equal away win in Europe until October 2017. The return leg was just as straightforward, as we ran out 11-1 winners on aggregate. Simon’s perfect start 2013 – New keeper Simon Mignolet kept a clean sheet by saving a late penalty and its follow-up on his reds bow as Daniel Sturridge’s goal was enough to secure victory over Stoke City at Anfield. Forward Iago Aspas and centre-half Kolo Touré both also debuted in this game. As the game was an early kick off on opening day, the reds finished the match at the top of the table! 2014 – Forward Rickie Lambert and centre-half Dejan Lovren both made their reds bows against former club Southampton as we won 2-1 at Anfield, with right-back Javier Manquillo also debuting. Future red Nathaniel Clyne equalised after Raheem Sterling had opened the scoring, with Daniel Sturridge bagging the winner. Most recently 2019 – We won 2-1 at Southampton with ex-Saint Sadio Mané scoring on the stroke of half time. Roberto Firmino doubled our lead before an Adrián howler handed ex-red Danny Ings the chance to bag a consolation. This result took us to the top of the table after two fixtures, a position we did not relinquish for the rest of the campaign. Recent moves 2018 – Estonian centre-half Ragnar Klavan was sold to Cagliari for £2m after two goals in 53 games since signing from Augsburg for £4.2m. 2015 – Keeper Brad Jones signed for Bradford City on a one-year deal having been released by the reds, but only played three times for the Bantams before being released just two months later. 2012 - Moroccan winger Oussama Assaidi signed from Dutch side SC Heerenveen for £2.4m, failing to score in twelve appearances before spending a season and a half on loan at Stoke City. He was sold to UAE Arabian Gulf League side Al Ahli for a reported £4.7m in January 2015. Happy birthdays 1980 - Former right-back Jan Kromkamp was born in Makkinga in the Netherlands. He made just eighteen reds appearances following his January 2006 swap arrival from Villarreal, leaving after less than eight months at Anfield with an FA Cup winners’ medal. 1970 - Øyvind Leonhardsen was born in Kristiansund in Norway. He signed from Wimbledon in June 1997 for £3.5m, scoring seven times in 49 reds appearances before Gérard Houllier off-loaded him to Tottenham Hotspur for £3m in August 1999. Off the mark 2015 – Centre-forward Christian Benteke scored his first reds goal to see off Bournemouth 1-0 at Anfield, despite Philippe Coutinho being in an offside position and seemingly interfering with play. James Milner took over the captain’s armband for the first time after Jordan Henderson was substituted. Double debutants 2003 - Steve Finnan and Harry Kewell both made their official reds bows as we lost 2-1 at home to Chelsea. Michael Owen scored a twice-taken penalty, our 300th League goal since Gérard Houllier took sole charge. Future red Glen Johnson played his first League game for the visitors, with Juan Sebastián Verón on target and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink bagging the last of his seven goals against the reds. Other departures 1978 – Tommy Smith lefts the reds to join Swansea City. The ‘Anfield Iron’ had helped us to win four League titles, two FA Cups, two UEFA Cups, European Cup, UEFA Super Cup and two FA Charity Shields in his time with Liverpool, netting 48 times in 638 games since turning pro in April 1962. 2006 - Darren Potter joined Wolverhampton Wanderers on loan, having not fully convinced in his seventeen senior reds outings. He made the move permanent the following January, after one goal in 24 outings for Wolves. Triple debutants 1991 - Mark Walters, Mark Wright and new record signing Dean Saunders all made their official reds debuts as we saw off Oldham Athletic 2-1 at Anfield in our opening fixture of the season. Ray Houghton and John Barnes scored our goals after Earl Barrett had opened the scoring early on. And Núñez 2004 - Spanish right-sided midfielder Antonio Núñez signed from Real Madrid as part of the deal that took Michael Owen to Spain, being valued at £1.5m. He is the only player to score his solitary reds goal in a major cup final, netting a consolation in the Carling Cup defeat by Chelsea in February 2005, one of his 27 reds appearances. He moved on to Real Club Celta de Vigo in July 2005. Boro treble 1996 - Our opening game of the season ended in a 3-3 draw at Middlesbrough, with their new signing Fabrizio Ravanelli nabbing a hat-trick. Stig Inge Bjørnebye struck the first of his four reds goals, with John Barnes and Robbie Fowler also on target for the reds. Future red Stewart Downing was one of the ball-boys that day. Other League fixtures 1968 - We drew 1-1 at Arsenal, with Roger Hunt netting our goal and John Radford on target for the Gunners with one of his seven strikes past us. 1970 - We held Blackpool to a goalless draw at Bloomfield Road. 1971 – We beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-2 at Anfield, when John Toshack and Steve Heighway added to a Tommy Smith penalty. Derek Dougan netted the last of his four goals against the reds with Kenny Hibbitt also scoring for the visitors. Another friendly 1973 - We held Royal Sporting Club Anderlecht to a goalless draw at their Stade Émile Versé. World Stars 1999 - Stig Inge Bjørnebye and Rigobert Song played for a World Stars XI against South Africa at Ellis Park in Johannesburg. The game was billed as the “Nelson Mandela Farewell Game” and the Liverpool duo lined up with a host of famous names under the guidance of Roy Hodgson and Ruud Gullit. 1997 – Future red Song played for Cameroon as they won a World Cup qualifier 2-1 in Zimbabwe. International firsts 1994 - Ronnie Rosenthal won his first cap as a Tottenham Hotspur player, his 38th in total, as Israel lost 4-0 to Croatia in a friendly in Tel-Aviv. On the same day, Patrik Berger won his third senior cap, and first for the new Czech Republic side as they drew 2-2 with France in a friendly in Bordeaux, with fellow future red Jean-Michel Ferri also in action. 2004 - Robbie Foy, Anthony Le Tallec, Darren Potter, Florent Sinama-Pongolle, ex-red Arnaud Bühler and future reds Scott Carson, Stewart Downing and Jermaine Pennant all featured in Under-21’s friendlies, with James Milner winning his first cap at this level as a Newcastle United player and future reds coach Gary O’Neil making his debut. International goalscorers 1983 – Future reds centre-half Glenn Hysén struck in Sweden’s 4-0 thumping of Iceland in a friendly in Reykjavik. 1999 - Milan Baroš netted in the Czech Republic Under-18’s 2-1 friendly defeat of Poland in Nachod. Fellow future red John Arne Riise played for Norway Under-21’s as they lost a friendly 21-0 in Portugal on the same day. Future reds on the world stage 2004 - Momo Sissoko played for Mali as they were held to a 3-3 draw by South Korea in an Olympics group game in Thessaloniki, Greece. This result ensured that they qualified for the Quarter-finals. On the same day, Javier Mascherano featured for Argentina as they beat Australia 1-0 to also reach the knock-out phase. 2011 – Philippe Coutinho played as Brazil Under-20’s beat Mexico 2-0 to reach the World Championships Final in Colombia. For Clem 1990 – Kenny Dalglish featured for Tottenham Hotspur in a testimonial match for his former teammate Ray Clemence, against West Ham United at White Hart Lane. Diarra’s day 2002 - Alou Diarra made his debut for Le Havre AC as a substitute for future red Anthony Le Tallec, as they drew 1-1 at Racing Club de Strasbourg. Fellow future red Florent Sinama-Pongolle struck for Le Havre. Signing on 2001 - It was announced that Stéphane Henchoz had signed a new contract that would tie him to the reds until 2005. He made a total of 205 reds appearances, helping us to claim five trophies in 2001 and another League Cup two years later, moving on to Celtic in January 2005. 2020 – Young Welsh right-back Neco Williams signed a new contract, having made eleven senior appearances in his first season with the first team as we claimed the League title. On the same day, Sadio Mané won the Premier League PFA Fans' Player of the Year award for 2019-20, having struck eleven times in 35 appearances as we won the League. International beginnings and endings 2005 - Pepe Reina made his senior international debut while Fernando Morientes won his first cap as a reds player, as Spain beat Uruguay 2-0 in a friendly in Gijón. Luis García and future red Fernando Torres also played. Meanwhile, Dietmar Hamann won his 59th and final cap for Germany as they drew 2-2 in the Netherlands, who included future reds Dirk Kuyt and Jan Kromkamp, who was winning his first cap as a Villarreal player. On the same day, Vladimír Šmicer won his first cap while with Girondins de Bordeaux, and 75th to date, with Milan Baroš playing his final international as a red, as the Czech Republic lost 2-1 in Sweden. Jari Litmanen played his first international as a Malmö FF player in Finland’s 3-0 World Cup qualifying win in FYR Macedonia, with Sami Hyypiä skippering the side. Philipp Degen made his first appearance as a Ballspielverein Borussia 09 e.V. Dortmund player as Switzerland won a friendly 2-0 in Norway, with John Arne Riise on the losing side. Meanwhile, Ragnar Klavan appeared for Estonia for the first time since moving to Heracles Almelo as they beat Bosnia-Herzegovina 1-0 in Tallinn. Michael Owen won his last cap while playing for Real Madrid, his 71st to date, as England won 4-1 in Denmark, with Jamie Carragher, Steven Gerrard, future reds Joe Cole and Glen Johnson, and ex-red David James all also featuring against future reds Daniel Agger and Christian Poulsen, with Glen Johnson winning his fifth and final cap while with Chelsea. John Toshack took charge of Wales as they were held to a goalless draw in Cardiff by Slovenia, with another ex-red featuring, Gareth Roberts. Also in friendly action that day were Djibril Cissé, Steve Finnan, future reds Sotirios Kyrgiakos, Kolo Touré and Andriy Voronin and ex-reds Alou Diarra and El-Hadji Diouf. On the move 2000 - Craig Bellamy signed for Coventry City from Norwich City for £6.5m after 34 strikes in 91 games for the Canaries. He went to bag eight goals in 39 outings for the Sky Blues, before moving on to Newcastle United just ten months later. 2010 – Bellamy joined Cardiff City on loan from Manchester City. He bagged eleven goals in 36 outings as the Bluebirds narrowly missed out on promotion. 2008 – Sean Dundee signed for AmaZulu in his native Durban in South Africa, failing to score in four League games.
  5. Will

    14th August

    More Euro glory 2019 – We claimed the UEFA Super Cup for the fourth time, beating Chelsea 5-4 in a penalty shoot-out in Istanbul after our meeting ended 1-1 after ninety minutes, and 2-2 after extra time. Olivier Giroud scored the seventh of his eight goals past us to date in the first half, with a Sadio Mané brace either side of the full-time whistle putting us ahead. Jorginho converted a debatable penalty, before the match was decided from twelve yards. Roberto Firmino, Fabinho, Divock Origi, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Mohamed Salah all scored before Adrián saved from Tammy Abraham. Joël Matip reached a century of reds games that night. Debutant goalscorers 1971 - Kevin Keegan netted on his first-class reds debut as we ran out 3-1 winners over Nottingham Forest at Anfield, with our other goals coming from Emlyn Hughes and a Tommy Smith penalty, while Ian Storey-Moore scored one of his five goals against the reds. This was also the first game for stadium announcer George Sephton. 1993 - Former Forest forward Nigel Clough bagged both goals on his reds bow as we saw off Sheffield Wednesday 2-0 at Anfield. Neil Ruddock also made his debut in this game, while Carlton Palmer was sent off early on for a foul on Jan Mølby. Lawro sets a new record 1981 – Defender Mark Lawrenson signed from Brighton & Hove Albion for a club record £900,000, going on to make 356 appearances, netting eighteen times while helping us to win four League titles, one European Cup, one FA Cup, three League Cups, the FA Charity Shield and Screen Sport Super Cup in his time at Anfield, before taking over as Oxford United boss in March 1988. Adios St Michael 2004 - Michael Owen joined Real Madrid for £8m after 158 goals in 297 reds games, and having helped us to claim the UEFA Cup, FA Cup, League Cup, UEFA Super Cup and FA Charity Shield, as well as being voted European Footballer of the Year in his time at Anfield. He remained in Spain for just one season, moving back to England to join Newcastle United for £17m in August 2006. Charity begins away from home 1976 - We claimed our third outright FA Charity Shield by defeating Southampton 1-0 at Wembley, courtesy of a John Toshack strike. We wore the unusual combination of white shirts and shorts with red socks. 1965 - We drew 2-2 with Manchester United at Old Trafford, with the trophy being shared between the two clubs. Willie Stevenson and Ron Yeats were on target for the reds that day, with George Best scoring the first of his seven goals past us. David Herd also netted for United. Key signings 1893 - Matt McQueen was registered with the Football League. He arrived from Leith Athletic in October 1892 and bagged seven goals in 103 games for the reds, playing in every position on the park including 41 games in goal, helping us to claim the Second Division title twice, once while as a keeper. He later served as a Director and then as Manager for five years in the 1920’s, leading us to our fourth League title in 1923. 1963 – Outside-left Peter Thompson signed from Preston North End for £37,000. He netted 54 times in 416 reds games, helping us to win two League titles and our first FA Cup before joining Bolton Wanderers for £18,000 in January 1974. Arriving from the north east 1995 - A less celebrated signing happened when keeper Stephen Pears arrived on a free transfer from Middlesbrough. He never made a first-team appearance but did sit on the bench five times as understudy to David James. Mo again 2021 – Mohamed Salah struck as we won 3-0 at Norwich City, so netting is his fifth consecutive opening League game of the season, a Premier League first. Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino had already scored. Off the mark 2016 – Forward Sadio Mané struck on his reds bow as we won a pulsating match 4-3 at Arsenal, with centre-back Ragnar Klavan and midfielder Gini Wijnaldum also debuting. Simon Mignolet saved a penalty from Theo Walcott, a club record fifth in the Premier League, but he put the home side in front soon afterwards. Philippe Coutinho converted a free-kick in first-half stoppage time with Adam Lallana, Coutinho and then Mané putting us 4-1 in front. However, future red Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Calum Chambers reduced the deficit, although we hung on to win. 2004 - Djibril Cissé scored his first reds goal as we held Tottenham Hotspur to a 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane, with Jermain Defoe bagging the home side’s equaliser. Red departures 2014 – Defender Martin Kelly was sold to Crystal Palace for a reported £2m after one goal in 62 reds games. 1971 – Left-half John Browning died. He signed from Dunoon Athletic in March 1934, making just nineteen appearances before returning to his native Scotland to join Cowdenbeath in August 1939. 1944 – Forward Joe Lumsden passed away. 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. A big day for the Dalglish family 1990 - Anfield hosted a testimonial match for King Kenny. The reds beat a Real Sociedad side that including the returning John Aldridge 3-1, with our goals coming from an Ian Rush brace and Steve McMahon. 1996 - Kenny’s son Paul Dalglish signed for the reds from Celtic Juniors. He could not break through into the first team in his fifteen months at Anfield, and so moved on to Newcastle United, where he at least managed to make thirteen first-team appearances. Jan on trial 1984 - Jan Mølby joined the reds on trial from Ajax, eight days prior to signing for £225,000. He went on to net 61 times in his 292 reds games, including a remarkable forty of his 42 attempted spot-kicks. He won three League titles and two FA Cups while at Anfield, before moving into management. Out on loan 2006 - Scott Carson joined Charlton Athletic on loan. He played 38 times for the Addicks as they were relegated, earning plenty of plaudits during his time at The Valley, including being named their player of the season. 2007 – Future reds record buy Andy Carroll joined Preston North End from Newcastle United for five months, during which time he netted just once in twelve appearances. On the same day, second string midfielder Jimmy Ryan signed on loan for Shrewsbury Town, later joining permanently. He played seven times for the Shrews but was released at the end of the campaign. League defeats 1968 - We lost 2-0 at Southampton, thanks to the first of Terry Paine’s four strikes past us, and a Ron Davies goal. 1999 - We were beaten 1-0 by newly promoted Watford at Anfield with Tommy Mooney on target. That was their highlight of a season that saw them head straight back down to the First Division. Hodgson off the mark 1982 - New forward signing David Hodgson scored in his first reds fixture as we beat Real Betis Balompié 2-0 in the pre-season Málaga Tournament in Marbella. Kenny Dalglish grabbed the other goal. We also won two other tournament games in Spain in subsequent years to claim third place in each competition. 1983 - Michael Robinson struck a brace as we beat Dinamo Bucureşti 3-2 in the La Linea Tournament, with Kenny Dalglish nabbing the other. 1988 - Gary Gillespie and John Barnes netted to add to a brace from Steve McMahon as we beat Real Sociedad 4-0 in the T Herrera Tournament in San Sebastián. For Jock 1978 - The reds played in a testimonial match against Celtic for their legendary boss Jock Stein. We ran out 3-2 winners, courtesy of a Kenny Dalglish brace and a goal from Alan Kennedy in his first reds game. Other friendlies 1973 - Steve Heighway netted as we drew 1-1 at Hertha BSC Berlin. 1995 - Ian Rush bagged the only goal of our friendly at Northern Irish side Linfield. International goalscorers 2013 – Luis Suárez struck as Uruguay beat Japan 4-2 in a friendly in Rifu. Meanwhile, future red Rickie Lambert scored the winner on his debut as Roy Hodgson’s England beat Scotland 3-2 at Wembley, while future red Mohamed Salah scored in Egypt’s 3-0 friendly defeat of Uganda behind closed doors. Dejan Lovren featured for Croatia for the first time since joining Southampton in their 3-2 friendly win in Lichtenstein, with Nikolay Mihaylov winning his first cap as a Hellas Verona player in Bulgaria’s 2-0 defeat by FYR Macedonia in Skopje. Also in international action that day were Joe Allen, Sebastián Coates, Steven Gerrard, Danny Ward, future reds Thiago Alcântara, Christian Benteke, Ádám Bogdán, Ragnar Klavan, Sadio Mané, James Milner, Victor Moses, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Xherdan Shaqiri and Gini Wijnaldum, and ex-reds Alberto Aquilani, Álvaro Arbeloa, Craig Bellamy, Yossi Benayoun, Javier Mascherano, Carl Medjani, Nikolay Mihaylov, Maxi Rodríguez and Nuri Şahin. On the same day, Dejan Lovren won his first cap as a Southampton player in Croatia’s 3-2 friendly win in Liechtenstein. 2009 – Future red Emre Can bagged his first goal for Germany Under-16’s in their 4-0 thumping of Switzerland in a friendly in Liechtenstein. Olympian reds 2004 - Momo Sissoko played for Mali as they beat the host nation 2-0 in an Olympics group game in Thessaloniki, Greece. Meanwhile, fellow future red Javier Mascherano appeared as Argentina beat Tunisia 2-0 in Patras. More internationals 2001 - Future red Djibril Cissé came off the bench to make his debut for France Under-21’s as they lost 3-2 to Russia in a friendly in Caen. Stephen Wright and future reds Jermaine Pennant and Pepe Reina were also in Under-21’s action that day. 1996 - Sami Hyypiä won his tenth Finnish cap, while still with Willem II. The Finns were held to a goalless draw in a friendly in Latvia. 2011 – Future red Philippe Coutinho faced Dani Pacheco in the Under-20 World Championship Finals as Brazil and Spain drew 2-2 in their Quarter-final before Brazil triumphed 4-2 on penalties. 2012 - Samed Yeşil debuted for Germany Under-19’s, winning his only cap at that level as a Bayer 04 Leverkusen player, in their 1-0 friendly win in Scotland. Danny Wilson played for Scotland Under-21’s on the same day as they lost 1-0 to Belgium in a friendly in Dunfermline. 2014 – Future red Marko Grujić featured for Serbia Under-19’s in their 3-0 friendly defeat in Slovakia. Papa Nando 2001 - Lucia was born in Madrid, the daughter of future red Fernando Morientes and his wife Victoria. Trent’s award 2020 - Trent Alexander-Arnold was named as the inaugural Premier League Young Player of the Season for 2019-20 after four goals, thirteen assists and twelve clean sheets as we claimed the League title.
  6. Yet another win 1981 - We registered our 85th consecutive home match without defeat as we beat Alliance Premier League side Altrincham 4-1 in the FA Cup Third Round at Anfield, thanks to goals from Terry McDermott, Ray Kennedy and a Kenny Dalglish brace, with shipping clerk Graham Heathcote converting a penalty for the visitors in front of the Kop. Future Academy Manager John Owens and Zak Whitbread’s dad Barry were both on the losing side while reds legend Bill Shankly bizarrely travelled to the game on the Altrincham team coach and went into the visitors’ dressing room before the game, as part of a promotional campaign for Robinson’s Barley Water that he was involved with. We lost our next home match 2-1 to Leicester City, at the end of the month, to bring the run to an end. This was the most recent day on which both the reds and Everton have played at home at the same time, with the Blues hosting Arsenal in another cup tie. Cup glory 1976 - We knocked out the FA Cup holders in a Third Round tie at Upton Park, as goals from John Toshack and Kevin Keegan handed us a 2-0 win over West Ham United. 1987 - We also beat the Hammers when Steve McMahon netted the only goal of our League match at Anfield late on. 2009 – We won 2-0 at Preston North End, with Albert Riera opening the scoring past future reds keeper Andy Lonergan before Steve Gerrard set up Fernando Torres for a last-minute tap-in to settle any nerves. This was our 400th FA Cup game to date. On the same day, Jonjo Shelvey became the youngest ever FA Cup goalscorer, aged sixteen years and 311 days, as Charlton Athletic were held to a 1-1 draw at The Valley by Norwich City. 1999 - We won 3-0 at struggling First Division side Port Vale with Robbie Fowler, Michael Owen and Paul Ince on the scoresheet. Cup despair 1998 - We were humbled 3-1 by Coventry City in the FA Cup Third Round at Anfield. Jamie Redknapp grabbed our consolation, our 600th in the competition. Dion Dublin bagged one of his seven goals against the reds, with Darren Huckerby and Paul Telfer also netting. 1993 - We were held 2-2 at Second Division Bolton Wanderers, with our goals coming from Ian Rush and a Mark Winstanley own goal, with John McGinlay and ex-red Mark Seagraves netting for the home side. We went on to lose the Anfield replay 2-0. Starting the new millennium badly 2000 - Chris Armstrong scored the first goal against the reds in the new millennium as we lost 1-0 at Tottenham Hotspur. Smyth’s start 1953 - Inside-right Sammy Smyth made his reds bow as we lost 3-1 in a top-flight game at Stoke City. Kevin Baron scored our consolation, while outside-left Ken Brierley was playing his 61st and last reds game. Harry Oscroft struck the first two of his six goals past us, with Don Whiston also netting. 1948 - We entertained the Potters, being held to a goalless draw, when forward Jack Balmer played his 200th reds game and Scottish left-winger Doug McAvoy was making the first of just two senior reds appearances. The players were presented with their medals from the previous season’s League title-winning campaign before the match by the President of the Football League, William Cuff. 1931 - Harry Barkas made his reds debut in our 3-1 defeat of Middlesbrough at Anfield in the top flight. Gordon Hodgson struck a brace, with Robert Done also on target. East Anglian joy 2005 - Steve Finnan played his 400th club career game as goals from Luis García and John Arne Riise secured a 2-1 win at Norwich City, who were relegated at the end of the season. Salif Diao made his 61st and final reds outing in this match. Happy birthdays 1987 – Spanish keeper Adrián was born in Seville. He signed for free in August 2019, keeping just six clean sheets in 24 senior games across his first two campaigns as he helped us to claim the Premier League title and UEFA Super Cup. 1888 - Forward Arthur Berry was born in Liverpool, the son of Edwin Berry who was reds Chairman in the 1900’s. Arthur only played four first-team games in his two spells at Anfield before the First World War, as well as twice claiming Olympic Gold medals for football. 1855 - John McKenna was born in Drumcaw, County Monaghan, Ireland. He served as a Director from the formation of the club until July 1921, having two lengthy spells as the club’s Chairman. He acted as our boss for the 1895/96 season, guiding us to the Second Division title, before being replaced by Tom Watson. He was later Chairman of the Football League for two decades. Title decider? 2019 – We lost 2-1 at Manchester City, narrowing our lead at the top of the table to four points. Sergio Agüero put the home side ahead with the most recent of his seven goals past us after a Sadio Mane shot was within 1.1cm of crossing the line after an attempted clearance rebounded. Roberto Firmino equalised after the break. However, Leroy Sané bagged a late winner as City went on to retain the title, the latest of his four goals against us. Earlier that day, Roberto Firmino was named as winner of the Samba d’Or for 2018, an award given to the best Brazilian playing in Europe, voted for by journalists, players and fans. 2012 - We also lost 3-0 at the Etihad Stadium, with Sergio Agüero profiting from a Pepe Reina error to net his first past us. Yaya Touré headed in before Gareth Barry was dismissed and future red James Milner converted a late penalty. Incoming 1958 - Inside-forward Jimmy Harrower signed from Hibernian for £11,000. He bagged 22 goals in 105 reds games, moving on to Newcastle United in March 1961. 2018 - Peter Crouch became a father for the third time, to Johnny. Beating the Gunners We have twice defeated Arsenal at Anfield on this day in history. 1925 - Harry Chambers and Dick Forshaw struck as we won 2-1. 1983 - Ian Rush, Graeme Souness and Kenny Dalglish were on the scoresheet in a 3-1 victory to put us ten points clear at the top of the table. Brian Talbot bagged one of his six goals against the reds. Double farewells 1903 – Inside-forward Tommy Green bagged his only reds goal in his seventh and final appearance for the club, as we lost a top-flight match 3-1 at Blackburn Rovers, with right-back Don McCallum playing his second and last reds game. Walter Whittaker netted one of his six goals past us from the spot, with William Bow and Albert Monks also scoring. Wearside joy 1914 - We won 2-1 at Roker Park in a top-flight encounter, with Jackie Sheldon on target as Jack Parkinson scored his 128th and final reds goal. James Richardson struck the last of his five goals past us. 1959 - Johnny Wheeler, Louis Bimpson and Fred Morris netted as we beat Sunderland 3-1 at Anfield in a Second Division match, with left-winger Alan A’Court playing his 200th League game for the reds aged 24 years and 95 days, the youngest ever reds player to achieve this milestone. Roy in charge 1982 - Roy Hodgson was appointed Manager of Bristol City, moving up from Assistant. He won just three of his twenty games in charge before moving to Sweden to take over at Örebro SK. 2004 – Hodgson took charge of United Arab Emirates as they were held to a goalless draw by Qatar in the Gulf Cup of Nations in Kuwait. Crazy Horse for the three 1973 - Emlyn Hughes appeared in an unofficial international as The Three beat The Six 2-0 at Wembley Stadium. This was a ‘Common Market’ match with The Three representing Denmark, the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland, while The Six featured players from Belgium, France, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and West Germany. 1977 – Future red Glenn Hysén played for Sweden Under-18’s as they beat Switzerland 3-2 in a friendly in Israel. Other reds games 1989 – Ronnie Whelan headed in the only goal of Aston Villa’s visit to Anfield. 1920 – We lost 3-2 at Sheffield United, with Stan Fazackerley bagging a brace for the Blades and Harry Johnson scoring the first of his seven goals against the reds. Tom Miller scored twice for us, with his second coming from the rebound after Harold Gough had saved his spot-kick. Moving on 2007 - Former reserves right-back Stephen Vaughan joined Rochdale on loan from Chester City, although he did not make an appearance before returning to the Deva Stadium. 2013 – Keeper Jamie Stephens moved to Welsh Premier League side Airbus UK Broughton on a temporary basis, before being released by the reds in the summer. He is now with Newport County. On the same day, Stuart Webber was appointed Head of Recruitment for Wolverhampton Wanderers. He had joined the reds as Senior National Scout in 2009, moving up to become Director of Recruitment in May 2011, before leaving in the summer of 2012. 2014 – Ex-reserves forward Astrit Ajdarević joined Charlton Athletic on loan from Standard de Liège, netting twice in 22 outings for the Addicks. 2017 – Ex-reds centre-back Stephen Sama signed for German side Spielvereinigung Greuther Fürth, although he only made one League appearance, moving on to Heracles Almelo in the Netherlands in July 2018. 2018 – Midfielder Adam Phillips joined Cambridge United on loan from Norwich City, for whom he played four times. 2019 – Winger Adam Hammill joined Sc***horpe United from St. Mirren, scoring once in nineteen outings before the end of the campaign. 2020 – Midfielder Herbie Kane joined Hull City on loan, nabbing two goals in nine games for the Tigers.
  7. Will

    9th August

    Wembley win 1980 - A Terry McDermott goal gave us the FA Charity Shield against FA Cup holders West Ham United at Wembley in the traditional curtain-raiser to the season. This was our fifth outright Shield win, retaining it after also having won it the previous season, while the goal was our 6,000th in all competitions. Bruce makes his bow 1981 - Bruce Grobbelaar made his first reds appearance in our 3-0 win at Zürich. Kenny Dalglish and Ray Kennedy netted, with Phil Neal converting a penalty. The game was due to be played the day before, but torrential rain had made the pitch unplayable. Management debuts 1947 – Recent reds boss Roy Hodgson was born in Croydon. He arrived from Fulham in July 2010, only leading us to thirteen victories in his 31 games matches in charge, leaving “by mutual consent” six months later. 2010 – Ex-reds midfielder Kevin MacDonald was appointed Caretaker Manager of Aston Villa after Martin O’Neill’s sudden departure. He took charge of them for seven games until Gérard Houllier’s arrival. Ton up 2019 – Divock Origi played his hundredth reds game as we beat Norwich City 4-1 at Anfield in our opening League fixture of a triumphant campaign. All our goals came before the break, with Grant Hanley turning an Origi cross into his own net before Mohamed Salah struck. Virgil van Dijk and Origi then both headed in either side of an injury sustained by Alisson Becker that brought the debut of Adrián. Teemu Pukki bagged a second-half consolation for the visitors. Quick off the mark 2006 - Craig Bellamy and Mark González both scored on their reds debuts as we came from behind to beat Maccabi Haifa 2-1 in the first leg of our Champions League qualifier at Anfield. This was the first time a pair of debutants had scored since a 3-0 defeat of Bury in August 1928, with Jermaine Pennant also making his official reds bow as Sami Hyypiä played his fiftieth game in the competitions for the reds. Fabio starts out 2012 - Fabio Borini struck his first reds goal as we beat Belarusian side Gomel 3-0 in our UEFA Europa League Third Qualifying Round second leg encounter at Anfield. Steven Gerrard scored his 150th goal for the club, with Glen Johnson also netting. Multiple debutants 2015 – Centre-forward Christian Benteke, right-back Nathaniel Clyne, forward Roberto Firmino, defender Joe Gomez and midfielder James Milner all made their reds bows as a late Philippe Coutinho strike earned us a 1-0 victory at Stoke City in the opening game of the season, just eleven weeks after our 6-1 humiliation at the same venue. 1997 – Paul Ince and Danny Murphy made their first-class reds debuts in our 1-1 draw with Wimbledon at Selhurst Park. Karl-Heinz Riedle also made his reds bow, aged 31 years and 328 days, a then club record for our oldest debutant. Michael Owen scored from the spot. Heading off 1982 – Forward David Johnson re-joined Everton for £100,000 after 78 times in 213 reds games. He had arrived at Anfield from Ipswich Town in August 1976 for a record £200,000 fee, and went on to win three League titles, European Cup, UEFA Super Cup and two FA Charity Shields, as well as becoming the first player to score for both sides in the Merseyside derby. 2013 – Midfielder Jay Spearing joined Bolton Wanderers, having spent a successful season on loan with the Trotters. He had graduated to Melwood in the summer of 2007 after captaining the reds as they retained the FA Youth Cup that May. He made 55 senior reds appearances without finding the back of the net. 2018 – Danny Ings joined Southampton on loan for the season, making the move permanent for an initial £18m fee in July 2019. He had only struck four times in 25 games since signing from Burnley in July 2015 as he suffered two serious injuries. Backing Michael 2005 - Rafael Benítez backed Michael Shields, ahead of our game against CSKA Sofia in Bulgaria, saying, “We support Michael Shields’ family and we also support the family of Martin Georgiev. It is up to the court to decide what to do with Michael, but we hope to see him back in England soon.” He was eventually pardoned and released in September 2009. Benítez against Houllier 2003 - Rafael Benítez’s Valencia left Anfield with the Ladbroke.com Cup, having beaten the reds 2-0, with the goals coming from Vicente Rodríguez and Xisco Muñoz. Testimonials 1996 - Our most recent testimonial fixture on this day was held in honour of Jan Mølby in front of a crowd of just 8,316. PSV Eindhoven provided the opposition, leaving Anfield having won 3-2 with Mølby playing just under an hour. Stan Collymore was on target with Stig Inge Bjørnebye also heading a goal after we had gone three goals behind, while the eventual winning goal came from second half substitute Bolo Zenden. Robbie Fowler had to be substituted on the referee’s advice after an ugly confrontation with PSV’s Bjorn van der Doelen. 1993 - A testimonial for Ronnie Whelan was played at Anfield with Newcastle United providing the opposition. Neil Ruddock scored the only goal of the game, his first for the reds. He also broke ex-red Peter Beardsley’s cheekbone in a collision. 1987 - We travelled north of the border to face Celtic in a match in aid of their legendary player Tommy Burns, with the reds running out 1-0 winners thanks to a goal from Ronnie Whelan. Chelsea at Anfield 1969 - We kicked off our season with a 4-1 defeat of Chelsea at Anfield in what was Bill Shankly’s 400th League game in charge of the reds. Ian St. John bagged a brace, with our other goals being scored by Chris Lawler and Geoff Strong. A right Charlie 2007 - Keeper Charles Itandje signed from Racing Club de Lens. He made seven appearances in the cups in his first season, but failed to impress, conceding ten goals and only keeping one clean sheet, eventually departing for Greek side P.A.E. A.P.S. Atromitos Athens in January 2011. Red strikers going free 1979 - A young Peter Beardsley signed for Carlisle United having been released by Newcastle United. He scored 29 times in 126 appearances for the Cumbrians before being sold to Vancouver Whitecaps in April 1982 for £275,000. 2002 - Former reserves forward Paul Dalglish joined Blackpool from Norwich City on a free transfer. He could only score twice in thirty games for the Seasiders, before moving on again, this time to Linfield. Happy birthdays 1884 – Full-back Sam Speakman was born in Huyton. He signed from amateur side Colne in 1912 but could only play 26 first-team games without scoring before joining South Liverpool in 1920. 2002 – Left-back Owen Beck was born in Wrexham. He joined the Academy from Stoke City at Under-13’s level, signing his first professional contract in June 2020. Another friendly 2021 – Takumi Minamino scored before Roberto Firmino bagged a brace as we beat Club Atlético Osasuna 3-1 in an Anfield friendly in front of a 75% capacity crowd, post-COVID. Christian off the mark 2011 – Future red Christian Benteke bagged a brace as Belgium Under-21’s lost 3-2 to Turkey in a friendly, his first goals at this level. Also on the move 2019 – Centre-half Martin Škrtel signed for Atalanta from Fenerbahçe Spor Kulübü, but his contract was terminated by mutual consent after just three weeks, moving back to Turkey to join İstanbul Başakşehir. 2007 - Luis Suárez joined Ajax from Groningen for €7.5m, having bagged fifteen goals in 37 games since arriving in the Netherlands the previous summer. 2002 - Academy starlet Neil Prince joined Torquay United on a free transfer, after failing to break into the first team at Anfield. Also in international action 1996 – Future red John Arne Riise played for Norway Under-15’s as they drew 1-1 with the Republic of Ireland. 2000 – Future red Fábio Aurélio featured for Brazil as they won a friendly 5-3 in Chile. 2015 – Kamil Grabara won his fifth and last cap for Poland Under-16’s as they lost 1-0 in Sweden, although the match is also credited as being at Under-17’s level.
  8. Will

    5th August

    Happy birthday Clem 1948 - Ray Clemence was born in Skegness. He arrived from Scunthorpe United for £18,000 in June 1967, usurping Tommy Lawrence as first choice number one after two years. He went on to make 665 reds appearances, winning five League titles, an FA Cup, three European Cups, two UEFA Cups, a League Cup, UEFA Super Cup and four FA Charity Shields, before moving on to Tottenham Hotspur in August 1981. Adiós Xabi 2009 - Xabi Alonso moved to Real Madrid for a club record £30m, after helping us to claim the European Cup, UEFA Super Cup, FA Cup and FA Community Shield. He had arrived from Real Sociedad for £10.7m in August 2004, bagging nineteen goals in 210 reds games, including two strikes from inside his own half. Striking out 1991 - Peter Beardsley was sold to Everton for £1m. He had arrived from Newcastle United for a British record £1.9m fee four years before. In his time at Anfield he had won two League titles, an FA Cup and two FA Charity Shields, scoring 59 times in 175 matches. 2011 - Milan Jovanović left Anfield to join Royal Sporting Club Anderlecht on a free transfer. He had struck just twice in eighteen appearances since signing for free from Standard de Liège in July 2010. Bad boy Cally 1975 - Ian Callaghan was booked for the first time fifteen years into his reds career as we won 2-0 in a friendly at Ballspielverein Borussia 09 e.V. Dortmund, although it was not officially recorded as it was clearly an incorrect decision. In the same game, Joey Jones scored his first goal in only his second reds appearance. Peter Cormack grabbed the other goal. Keep changing 2019 – Simon Mignolet was sold to Club Brugge for an initial reported £6.4m, with ex-Hammers stopper Adrián signing as his replacement, so far making eighteen senior appearances, making a crucial stop in the shoot-out as we claimed the UEFA Super Cup as well as helping us to claim the Premier League title. Mignolet had signed from Sunderland for £9m in June 2013, keeping 65 clean sheets in 204 senior outings, making a string of top-class saves as we finished second in the League in his first campaign. However, his subsequent five seasons were more mixed. Beginning and end 2010 – Joe Cole made his senior reds debut as we beat Rabotnički Skopje 2-0 at Anfield in our UEFA Europa League Third Qualifying Round second leg. Meanwhile, keeper Diego Cavalieri played his tenth and last reds game and Alberto Aquilani made his 28th and final reds appearance, with our goals coming in the first half from a David N’Gog header and a Steven Gerrard penalty. 2015 – Future reds keeper Kamil Grabara won his first cap for Poland Under-17’s in their 2-0 friendly defeat of Denmark in Sweden. Out on loan 2016 – Right-back Jon Flanagan joined Burnley for the season, managing just ten senior appearances. On the same day, reserves midfielder Allan Rodrigues de Souza joined Hertha BSC Berlin on loan, playing sixteen times. 2008 – Winger Sebastián Leto joined Olympiacos on loan after his work permit application for the UK was turned down. He had a successful campaign in Greece, netting once in 24 League outings as they clinched a League and Cup double, and signed permanently for their major rivals Panathinaikos in July 2009. 2004 - Grégory Vignal joined Rangers on loan. He appeared 42 times for the Ibrox side, netting three times and helping them to claim the League Cup and the title at the last gasp. Hurry up Harry 2003 - Harry Kewell scored his first reds goal as we beat Aberdeen 5-1 to claim the pre-season ESS Centenary Cup at Pittodrie. Florent Sinama-Pongolle missed a penalty, although Danny Murphy and Emile Heskey successfully got on the scoresheet, to add to a brace from Neil Mellor. The game was played to commemorate Aberdeen's centenary. Keeping the beery trophy 2000 - We retained the Carlsberg Belfast Challenge on goal difference after Titi Camara and Michael Owen had netted in our 2-2 draw with SL Benfica at Windsor Park. Birth and death 1872 – Tom Wyllie was born in Maybole, South Ayrshire. He bagged fifteen goals in 25 senior games after signing from Everton in 1982, as well as scoring the only goal of the first ever derby meeting with his former club, in the Liverpool Senior Cup Final in 1893. He moved on to Bury later that year. 1933 – American-born outside-left Hugh Lester died. He joined the reds in December 1911, becoming the first player born outside the British Isles to play for the reds, just twice. He moved on to Oldham Athletic in May 1913, being converted into a full-back. Shoot-out heartbreak We have twice been beaten 4-3 in penalty shoot-outs after tied friendly encounters on this day over the years. 1979 - Alan Kennedy netted as we drew 1-1 with SL Benfica in Gelsenkirchen in the Final of a tournament held to celebrate the 75th anniversary of German side Schalke 04. Phil Neal, David Johnson and Graeme Souness all converted their spot-kicks, but Alan Hansen, Alan Kennedy and Ray Kennedy had their penalties saved, with Ray Clemence saving two of the six he faced. 1983 - We lost another shoot-out after being held to a goalless draw by Hamburger SV in the Rotterdam AD Toernooi. 2007 - Pepe Reina saved a penalty as we were held to a 1-1 draw by Feyenoord in their Port of Rotterdam Tournament, meaning that Porto won the trophy. Steven Gerrard struck in our final pre-season fixture, while future red Gini Wijnaldum who was on the bench managed to swap shirts with Fernando Torres at the end of the game! More German opposition We have twice been beaten by German sides in pre-season games on this day in history. 1980 - Kenny Dalglish and David Fairclough netted as we lost 3-2 at VfB Stuttgart. 1994 - Robbie Fowler bagged our consolation from the spot as we lost 3-1 in a Firestone International Challenge Cup game at Hamburger SV. Aldo bags a treble 1988 - John Aldridge grabbed a hat-trick in our 4-1 friendly defeat of a Sunnmøre XI at the Aksla Stadion on our Norwegian tour. John Barnes struck the other. 2008 – We beat Vålerenga 4-1 at the Ullevål Stadion in Oslo, thanks to goals from Xabi Alonso, Fernando Torres, Yossi Benayoun and David N’Gog. 2009 – We won 2-0 at Lyn, with Andriy Voronin and David N’Gog on target in Oslo. 1990 - We also won in Norway as Steve McMahon, David Burrows and John Barnes netted in our 3-0 win at Lillestrøm SK. 1989 - Peter Beardsley struck the only goal of the game at Swedish side Halmstads Bollklubb. Reds in Holland 1972 - Steve Heighway bagged the only goal of our friendly at Utrecht. 1977 - We lost 2-1 to Ajax in the Amsterdam Tournament at the Olympisch Stadion, with our score coming from a René Notten own goal. Other friendlies 1985 - Steve Nicol and Kenny Dalglish added to an Ian Rush brace as we won 4-1 at Brighton & Hove Albion. 2017 – Roberto Firmino converted a penalty with Ben Woodburn and Dominic Solanke scored as we beat Athletic Bilbao 3-1 in Dublin. Double Bolognese 2021 – We played two sixty-minute matches against Italian side Bologna in Evian, France, with Diogo Jota and Sadio Mané both scoring in a 2-0 victory. Takumi Minamino bagged the only goal of the second encounter, with Divock Origi missing a penalty. Triple signing boost 2001 - It was announced that Jamie Carragher, Dietmar Hamann and Steven Gerrard had all signed new contracts to keep them at Anfield until 2005, with all of them subsequently further extending their reds careers. Goalscoring milestones 2011 – Philippe Coutinho bagged a brace, his last goals for Brazil Under-20’s in their 4-0 World Championship Finals defeat of Panama in Colombia. Fellow future red Mohamed Salah also featured in the same competition that day, as Egypt thumped Austria 4-0. 2000 - Future reds striker Djibril Cissé scored his first goal for Auxerre in their 2-1 defeat of Metz at the Stade Saint-Symphorien. On the move 2020 – Jay Spearing joined Tranmere Rovers, scoring once in 44 appearances in his first season and helping them to reach the EFL Trophy Final, being named their Player of the Year. On the same day, midfielder Tom Hill signed a new contract with the reds. He had made his senior debut in our Carabao Cup Quarter-final defeat at Aston Villa in December 2019. 2015 – Midfielder Danny Guthrie signed for Blackburn Rovers after a successful trial, playing seventeen times in his first campaign at Ewood Park. On the same day, left-back Aly Cissokho re-joined Porto on loan from Aston Villa, but was recalled after just two outings in four months back in Portugal. 2014 – Future reds coach Gary O'Neil signed for Norwich City, playing 59 times across two seasons between spells with Queens Park Rangers and Bristol City. 2011 – Ex-reds defender David Raven re-signed for Tranmere Rovers, having been released by Shrewsbury Town. He played twenty times in this second spell before moving north of the border to join Inverness Caledonian Thistle the following June. 2006 – Future reds right-back Glen Johnson joined Portsmouth on loan from Chelsea. He played 28 times for Pompey before signing on permanently for £4m a year later. 2005 - It was announced that physio Dave Galley had joined Derby County after six years at Melwood, although he returned in the summer of 2009 to head up the Academy’s medical department for a year, after a spell at Wigan Athletic. On the same day, ex-reds midfielder Don Hutchison joined Millwall on a free transfer from West Ham United. He struck twice in fourteen games for the Lions before joining Luton Town in July 2007. 2004 - Former Under-13’s Coach Mike Sheron joined Macclesfield Town from Blackpool on a free transfer, having struck eleven times in fifty games for the Tangerines. 1999 - Dean Saunders joined Bradford City from SL Benfica on a free transfer. He could only net six times in 53 games during his two seasons with the Bantams. Papa Luis 2009 – Future reds forward Luis Suárez became a father to his first child, a daughter called Delfina, oddly enough an anagram of Anfield!
  9. Will

    20th September

    Goalscoring feats at St. James’ Park 1987 - Steve Nicol grabbed a hat-trick in our 4-1 win at Newcastle United in front of the live TV cameras, following John Aldridge’s opener, who also had another strike disallowed for offside. Neil McDonald converted from the spot for the home side. 1961 - Right-half Gordon Milne scored his first reds goal to help us to a 2-1 Second Division win there, with our other score coming from a George Heslop own goal. Kevin Lewis had a penalty saved by United keeper Dave Hollins. Dirk off the mark 2006 - Dirk Kuyt grabbed his first reds goal, and 150th career strike to date, which was also our fiftieth Premier League strike against Newcastle United. We won 2-0 at Anfield, with Luis García playing his hundredth reds game. Xabi Alonso spectacularly scored from inside his own half, the second time he had managed that feat for the reds that year. Quick-fire Billy 1958 - Billy Liddell scored after sixteen seconds, with Ronnie Moran putting through his own net to level the score at Bristol City in our Second Division meeting. He added another in the second half, with wing-half Bobby Campbell grabbing the first of his two reds goals as we won 3-1. This was Liddell’s third brace in six games. Barney Rubble departs 1985 - Left-back Alan Kennedy was sold to Sunderland for £100,000. He is best remembered for his winning strikes in two European Cup Finals, but also won five League titles, four League Cups and three FA Charity Shields after moving from Newcastle United for £330,000 in August 1978, netting twenty times in 359 appearances. Off the mark 2015 – Substitute Danny Ings bagged his first reds goal as we were held to a 1-1 draw at Anfield by Norwich City, with Lucas Leiva playing his 200th League game for the club. Unfortunately, Russell Martin capitalised on a Simon Mignolet error to equalise. Happy birthdays 1922 - Left-back Eddie Spicer was born in Liverpool. He was decorated for bravery whilst serving with the Royal Marines in the Second World War, going on to score twice in 168 reds games, helping us to the first post-war League title and playing in the 1950 FA Cup Final. Unfortunately, a second broken leg ended his career in December 1953. 1895 - Full-back Tommy Lucas was born in St. Helens. He signed from Alexandra Victoria in 1916 and played 366 reds games, netting three times, winning one League title and captaining England in his time at Anfield. He moved on to Clapton Orient in July 1933. 2003 – Midfielder James Balagizi was born in Manchester. He signed pro terms in September 2020, having joined as an Under-11 from Manchester City. A wise move 2012 – Defender Andre Wisdom netted on his reds bow as we won our UEFA Europa League group game 5-3 at BSC Young Boys, with winger Oussama Assaidi and midfielder Suso also debuting. Juhani Ojala scored an own goal after just three minutes, with Wisdom nodding us back in front after an equaliser from Raphael Nuzzolo. Ojala and then Gonzalo Zárate struck after the break to turn the game around, before Sebastián Coates headed us level, with substitute Jonjo Shelvey bagging a brace to secure victory. Thiago’s bow 2020 - Thiago Alcântara debuted as we won 2-0 behind closed doors at Chelsea, with Andreas Christensen sent off for the home side on the stroke of half time. Sadio Mané bagged a brace early in the second half, with Alisson Becker later saving a penalty from Jorginho. East end despair 2014 – We lost 3-1 at West Ham United, with Winston Reid and Diafra Sakho putting the Irons two up inside the first ten minutes, with ex-red Stewart Downing effectively man-marking Steven Gerrard. Raheem Sterling struck past future red Adrián to give the reds hope, but Morgan Amalfitano completed the scoring late on. This meant we set a new club record of scoring in seventeen consecutive away games in the top flight, a record that eventually stopped at eighteen. Happy birthday Jerome 1996 – Forward Jerome Sinclair was born in Birmingham. He arrived from West Bromwich Albion’s Academy aged fourteen in the summer of 2011, becoming our youngest ever player in September 2012, aged sixteen years and six days, when he featured in a League Cup Third Round tie at his old club. He eventually struck once in five senior appearances before he moved to Watford for £4m in June 2016. Out-foxed again 2003 - Michael Owen netted from the spot before Emile Heskey struck the winner against his old club Leicester City at Anfield for the third consecutive season as we won 2-1, with Marcus Bent bagging a very late consolation for the visitors. Disappointment at The Dell 1986 - Kevin MacDonald broke his leg shortly after coming on as a substitute as we lost 2-1 at Southampton, with Steve McMahon equalising after David Armstrong opened the scoring with the last of his four goals against the reds. However, Glenn Cockerill struck the winner for the Saints. 1980 - Graeme Souness and David Fairclough netted as we drew 2-2, with Phil Neal missing a penalty. Avi Cohen was heavily criticised in the Israeli press for playing on the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur. 1997 - We also drew on the south coast, with Karl-Heinz Riedle nabbing our goal before Kevin Davies equalised with the first of his four strikes past us. A milestone day at Old Trafford 2004 - We lost 2-1 at Manchester United, as we benefited from a John O’Shea own goal, sandwiched between a Mikael Silvestre brace for the home side. Steven Gerrard broke a bone in his foot in front of 67,857, the largest crowd to watch the reds in the Premier League to that point. This was our 2,000th away League match, and 4,000th League game overall, as United reached 200 League goals against us, with keeper Jerzy Dudek playing his hundredth reds game, and Ryan Giggs appearing for the 600th time for United. 1893 - We had previously visited United, playing Newton Heath as they were then known in a friendly at Bank Street. Patrick Gordon, Hugh McQueen and Malcolm McVean all struck as we won 3-0. Centenary defeat 1988 - We lost 2-1 at Arsenal in the Mercantile Credit Centenary Trophy, staged to celebrate a hundred years of the Football League. Perry Groves opened the scoring in the first half with Steve Staunton bagging a late equaliser with his first reds goal, but Brian Marwood struck the winner. Charlie Boyd sat on our bench for one of only two times, on his nineteenth birthday. Derby joy 1913 - Billy Lacey struck a brace as we beat Everton 2-1 at Goodison Park in a First Division meeting, to secure our first win of the season in our fourth fixture. Full-back Sam Speakman made the first of his 26 reds appearances in this game. 2016 – Centre-half Ragnar Klavan opened the scoring with his first reds goal as we won 3-0 at Derby County in a League Cup Third Round match, as midfielder Ovie Ejaria and keeper Loris Karius made their debuts. Philippe Coutinho and Divock Origi both scored after the break. Bill begins 1924 – Defender Bill Cockburn played the first of his 67 reds games as we held Bury to a goalless draw at Gigg Lane in a top-flight meeting. Mixed fortunes against the Villains We have faced Aston Villa three times in the top flight on this day in history, winning twice. 1975 - John Toshack, Kevin Keegan and Jimmy Case all netted in the final half hour as we won 3-0 at home. 1919 - Dick Forshaw bagged the only goal of the game at Villa Park to hand us victory, which was the first of his 124 reds strikes. 1930 - Gordon Hodgson struck a brace as we lost 4-2 in the Midlands. Eric Houghton scored the first of his six goals against the reds, with George Brown netting one of his nine, Billy Walker one of his five past us, and Tom Waring nabbing the first of his six. Three times against the Potters 2008 - We were held to a goalless draw by Stoke City at Anfield, with Steven Gerrard having a legitimate second-minute free-kick strike ruled out. 1969 - We saw off the Potters 3-1 at home, with Emlyn Hughes on target in his hundredth League game for the reds. Roger Hunt and Ian Callaghan also struck in our tenth consecutive League defeat of Stoke in what was Bill Shankly’s 500th game in charge of the reds. 1902 - Leigh Roose struck through the wrong net in the second minute as were held to a 1-1 top-flight draw by Stoke in L4. Beattie beaten 1983 - Andy Beattie died, aged seventy. 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. Young Englanders 1983 - Future red Paul Walsh grabbed a brace as England Under-21’s beat their Danish counterparts 4-1 in a European Championships qualifier at Carrow Road. Ex-red Dave Watson and future red Mark Walters both made their debuts in this game, while fellow future red Mark Wright also played. 2003 - Michael Foley-Sheridan and David Raven both played for their countries at Under-19’s level in European Championships qualifiers, with the latter making his debut for England at this level. The Republic of Ireland trounced San Marino 10-1 in Serravalle, while England beat Liechtenstein 2-0 in Moscow. 2010 – Samed Yeşil scored his first goal for Germany Under-17’s as they drew a friendly 2-2 with Italy in Elversberg with fellow future red Emre Can also featuring. 1950 – Centre-half Laurie Hughes played for an England World Cup XI against the FA Canadian Touring Team in the FA Charity Shield at Stamford Bridge, with England winning 4-2. Reds aiming to go to Italy 1978 - Phil Neal scored his third goal in four England games as they won 4-3 in a European Championships qualifier in Denmark. Emlyn Hughes skippered a side that also included Ray Clemence and ex-red Kevin Keegan, who netted twice. On the same day, Steve Heighway and future red Mark Lawrenson both played in the first ever senior international between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, at Lansdowne Road. Meanwhile, Kenny Dalglish and Graeme Souness both appeared for Scotland in their 3-2 win in Austria, as they too opened their campaign to qualify for the finals in Italy. Nice one Cyril 1941 - Cyril Done scored a hat-trick as we beat Manchester City 4-2 in a Wartime League game at Anfield, with Dickie Dorsett netting the other. Twice against the Trotters 1897 – Forward Dan Cunliffe bagged a brace with John McCartney also on target as we beat Bolton Wanderers 3-1 in a friendly at Anfield. 1947 - The Trotters returned for a First Division fixture, with the game this time ending goalless. Jameo saves 1995 - David James saved a penalty from Michael Gray as we beat Sunderland 2-0 in a League Cup Second Round first leg match at Anfield, thanks to goals from Steve McManaman and substitute Michael Thomas. Fabs at the Olympics 2000 – Future red Fábio Aurélio played for Brazil as they beat Japan 1-0 in an Olympics match in Brisbane. Only cap 1989 – Future reds goalkeeping coach José Ochotorena won his only cap in Spain’s 1-0 friendly defeat of Poland in A Coruña. On the move 2013 – Argentine ex-reserves midfielder Gerardo Bruna signed for Spanish Segunda División B side S.D. Huesca, netting once in seventeen outings during his one season there. 2016 – Former Assistant Manager Pako Ayestarán was sacked as Head Coach of Valencia, having only been in charge for three months. 2021 – Centre-half Terence Miles turned pro with the reds, having arrived at Under-7’s level and is the nephew of former Academy forward John Miles. On the same day, Harry Kewell was sacked as Manager of National League side Barnet, having lost five and drawn two of his seven games in charge. Other reds game 1952 – We beat Middlesbrough 4-1 at Anfield, with Jimmy Payne, Jack Smith, Bryan Williams and Kevin Baron all on target. Also in international action 2018 - Future red Mateusz Musiałowski played for Poland Under-16’s in their 3-1 defeat of the Czech Republic. 2006 – Future red Astrit Ajdarević appeared for Sweden Under-17’s as they drew 1-1 with Liechtenstein in a European Championships qualifier in Greece. 2001 - Future reds Javier Mascherano and Fernando Torres faced each other in the Under-17’s World Championship Finals in Trinidad, with Argentina beating Spain 4-2. 1977 – Joey Jones and John Toshack both featured as Wales drew a friendly 0-0 in Kuwait.
  10. Will

    5th June

    Ton up for Stan 2002 - Ex-red Steve Staunton won his hundredth international cap, skippering the Republic of Ireland in their 1-1 World Cup Finals draw with Germany in Ibaraki, with future red Robbie Keane on target. Dietmar Hamann, future red Steve Finnan and ex-red Christian Ziege all also played. Meanwhile, Abel Xavier sat out Portugal’s shock 3-2 defeat by the USA in Suwon, for whom ex-red Brad Friedel was between the sticks. Steve Staunton has turned out for the Republic of Ireland twice more on this day in history. 1994 - He took part in their first meeting with the Czech Republic since the break-up of Czechoslovakia. The Czechs won 3-1, with future reds Phil Babb and Jason McAteer playing alongside ex-red John Aldridge. Stig Inge Bjørnebye also represented his country in a friendly that day. 2001 - He featured in a 2-0 World Cup qualifying win in Estonia. Future reds Joe Cole, Jermaine Pennant and Christian Poulsen were all in Under-21’s action that day. 2010 – Future red Poulsen played for the senior Danish side as they lost a friendly 1-0 in South Africa. Daniel Agger, Dirk Kuyt, Martin Škrtel and future reds Milan Jovanović, Joël Matip and Xherdan Shaqiri all also turned out in friendlies that day. Double trebles 1946 - Forward Willie Fagan and winger Bob Priday both scored hat-tricks as we thumped Ulster United 11-1 at the Maple Leaf Stadium in Toronto on our North American tour. Jack Balmer also netted twice, with Berry Nieuwenhuys, Cyril Done and Phil Taylor also on target. Willkommen 1998 - South African striker Sean Dundee signed from Karlsruher SC for £1.8m. He had claimed to be “as fast as Michael Owen”, a fanciful boast that was shown up in his five first-team games before he returned to Germany to join VfB Stuttgart after just one year at Anfield. New management 2018 – Pepijn Lijnders re-joined the coaching staff after half a season away as Manager of N.E.C., taking on the role of Assistant Manager. 2001 - Reds boss Rafael Benítez joined Valencia. He led them to two La Liga titles and the UEFA Cup in his three years at the Mestalla, before arriving at Anfield three years later. 2009 – Brendan Rodgers was appointed Manager of Reading. However, disappointing results led to him leaving by mutual consent that December. He had led them to just six victories in 23 games in charge. 2006 - Former First Team Coach Paco Herrera was introduced to the press as Director of Football at R.C.D. Espanyol. He helped them to mid-table in La Liga and the UEFA Cup Final in his first season. On the same day, ex-reserves midfielder Jim Magilton was appointed Manager of Ipswich Town. He was in charge for three seasons, failing to take them to the play-offs or automatic promotion. Sammy the skipper 1981 - Sammy Lee captained England Under-21’s for the first time, while winning his third cap, as they won a European Championships qualifier in Hungary 2-1. First caps 1999 - Sami Hyypiä won his first cap as a reds player, making his 27th appearance in total in Finland’s 4-2 European Championships qualifying home defeat by Turkey, with future red Jari Litmanen also playing. Meanwhile, Abel Xavier won his tenth cap for Portugal, and last one while with PSV Eindhoven, in their 1-0 win over Slovakia in Lisbon. On the same day, Dinamo Zagreb’s Igor Bišcan made his senior international debut as a substitute in Croatia’s 1-1 draw with FYR Macedonia in Skopje. Meanwhile, Patrik Berger netted in the Czech Republic’s 2-0 win in Estonia, also a European Championships qualifier. Future red Vladimír Šmicer also played. Other future reds in international action that day were Craig Bellamy, Paul Jones, Fernando Morientes and Bolo Zenden, as well as ex-red Dean Saunders. 2007 – Roma’s Alexander Doni made his senior international bow as Brazil were held to a goalless draw by Turkey in a friendly in Dortmund, with future reds loanee Nuri Şahin also featuring and future red Raul Meireles also playing for his country that day. 2015 - Krisztián Németh won his first cap as a Sporting Kansas City player as Hungary thumped Lithuania 4-0 in Jerusalem. On the same day, future reds Danny Ings and Gini Wijnaldum, and ex-red Charlie Adam all also played for their countries. 2017 – Ex-reds Christian Benteke and Péter Gulácsi featured for their countries in friendlies, with future red Dominic Solanke netting for England Under-20’s as they beat Mexico 1-0 in their World Championships Quarter-final in South Korea, with Ovie Ejaria also in action. Final caps 1963 - Jimmy Melia won his second and final cap, netting in England’s 8-1 friendly trouncing of Switzerland in Basel. 1974 - Alec Lindsay made his fourth and final senior appearance in England’s 2-2 friendly draw with Yugoslavia in Belgrade. Kevin Keegan was on target, while Emlyn Hughes captained a side that also included Ray Clemence. 1985 - Joey Jones won his final cap as a Chelsea player, and 66th in total, as Wales lost 4-2 to Norway in a friendly in Bergen, with Glenn Hysén also playing for his country that day. 2021 – Liam Millar won his eleventh and final cap for Canada as they thumped Aruba 7-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Florida. 1991 - Dean Saunders made his final appearance for Wales as a Derby County player as they beat Germany 1-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Cardiff, thanks to an Ian Rush goal. Future red Jari Litmanen also played for his country that day. 2005 - El-Hadji Diouf won his final cap as a reds player as Senegal held Congo to a goalless draw in a World Cup qualifier in Brazzaville. 2016 – Naby Keïta won his last cap as a Red Bull Salzburg player as Guinea lost an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier 1-0 in Eswatini, with Marko Grujić, Divock Origi, Danny Ward and future reds loanee Nuri Şahin also playing for his country that day. 2009 – Şahin featured again as Turkey lost 1-0 in a friendly in France, with ex-red Nicolas Anelka on the winning side. Luis on target 2013 – Luis Suárez came off the bench to strike the only goal of Uruguay’s friendly meeting with France in Montevideo, with Sebastián Coates also in action. Jordan Henderson skippered an England Under-21’s side on the same day that also included Jack Robinson, Jonjo Shelvey and future reds Steven Caulker and Nathaniel Clyne as they lost 1-0 to Fabio Borini’s Italy in a European Championships Finals group game in Tel-Aviv. 2014 – Coates also featured as Uruguay beat Slovenia 2-0 in Montevideo, with Ryan McLaughlin also representing his country. 2021 – Sadio Mané scored from the spot as Senegal beat Zambia 3-1 in a friendly in Thiès, with Tom Clayton, Neco Williams, Harry Wilson and ex-red Joe Allen also featured in internationals. Tommy in trouble 2007 - Reds legend Tommy Smith suffered a heart attack. Fortunately, he has recovered fully. Winning a trophy 1983 - We won the Vita Cup, beating now-defunct Hong Kong side Bulova 2-0. Mark Lawrenson and Robert Savage were on target. Arsenal’s Pat Jennings and Alan Sunderland both guested for the opposition. Birth and death 1950 – Joe Fagan’s son Kit was born in Manchester. He made two senior reds outings before moving to Tranmere Rovers in July 1971, for whom he played 84 League games. 1952 – Inside-forward Fred Buck died in Stafford. He only scored once in thirteen reds games after arriving from West Bromwich Albion in May 1903, moving on to Plymouth Argyle a year later. In the Toulon Tournament 2004 - Florent Sinama-Pongolle was on the scoresheet as France Under-21’s beat Colombia 2-0 in Aubagne. 1994 - Dominic Matteo and Jamie Redknapp both played as England beat Belgium 2-1 in the Semi-final in Berre. 1988 - Future red Nigel Clough nabbed a brace as England beat Mexico 2-1 in the Stade Mayol. Fellow future red Julian Dicks was dismissed while Michael Thomas also played. 1989 - Southampton’s Neil Ruddock made his debut at the same level as a substitute in England’s 3-2 defeat by Bulgaria in the same stadium. Future reds on target 2004 - Fernando Morientes netted in Spain’s 4-0 friendly defeat of Andorra in Getafe, with fellow future reds Xabi Alonso and Fernando Torres also featuring. Meanwhile, Robbie Keane bagged the only goal of the Republic of Ireland’s friendly against the Netherlands, with Steve Finnan also in the side. Jamie Carragher, Jerzy Dudek, Steven Gerrard, Michael Owen, future reds Joe Cole and Christian Poulsen and ex-red Emile Heskey all also played for their countries that day. 2012 – Gini Wijnaldum netted his first goal for the Dutch Under-21’s while with PSV Eindhoven as they thrashed Bulgaria 5-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Maastricht. Ragnar Klavan captained Estonia as he won his final cap as an AZ Alkmaar player in their 4-0 friendly defeat in France, with ex-red Alou Diarra and future reds loanee Nuri Şahin also in international action. 2011 – Future red Daniel Sturridge scored his last goal for England Under-21’s as they beat Norway 2-0 in a friendly in Southampton. On the same day, future red Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain won his last cap for the Under-19’s as England drew 1-1 with Spain in a European Championships qualifier in Switzerland, with Conor Coady, Tom Ince, Michael Ngoo, Jack Robinson, Andre Wisdom and future reds Thiago Alcântara, Fabio Borini and Mikel San José all also in action. 2007 – Jose Enrique struck the only goal of the game as Spain Under-21’s beat Georgia in a European Championships qualifier in Tbilisi. Future reds Nikolay Mihaylov and James Milner also featured at this level that day. 1999 – Reds reserves forward Haukur Ingi Guðnason scored his only Under-21’s goal as Iceland beat Armenia 2-0 in a European Championships qualifier. Falling at the last hurdle 2019 – Xherdan Shaqiri played for Switzerland as they lost their UEFA Nations League Semi-final 3-1 to Portugal in Porto, while future red Takumi Minamino featured in Japan’s goalless draw with Trinidad & Tobago in Toyota. Mr & Mrs Barclay 1878 – The club’s first Manager, William Barclay, married Emily Jane King at Bleasdale Church in Lancashire. He worked as a Secretary-c**-Manager for the first four years of the club’s existence, having previously been Vice Chairman of Everton. On the move 2013 – It was announced that keeper Adrián would sign for West Ham United from Real Betis Balompié on 1st July of that year. He turned out on 150 occasions for the Irons, before joining the reds in August 2019. Also in international action 1960 – Andy Beattie took charge of Scotland as they drew a friendly 3-3 in Hungary. He guested for the reds at full-back during the Second World War, and later spent some time on our backroom staff. 1961 – Alan A’Court played for England as they trounced New Zealand 8-0 in an FA Tour game in Wellington. 1968 – Roger Hunt featured for England as they lost 1-0 to Yugoslavia in their European Championships Semi-final in Florence. 1984 – Jim Beglin played for the Republic of Ireland as they lost 2-1 to Brazilian side SC Internacional in the Kirin Cup Final in Tokyo. 1998 – Future reds Bernard Diomède, Sami Hyypiä, Rigobert Song and Bolo Zenden all featured in friendly internationals. 2000 – Future red Alberto Aquilani played for Italy Under-15’s as they beat the USA 2-1. 2006 – Future reds forward Andriy Voronin appeared for Ukraine in their 3-0 friendly defeat of Libya in Switzerland.
  11. Will

    14th June

    Title number five 1947 - We clinched our fifth League title when Stoke City lost 2-1 at Sheffield United. We therefore finished one point ahead of Manchester United and Wolverhampton Wanderers, and two ahead of the Potters. The news came through on the day that we clinched the Liverpool Senior Cup by beating Everton 2-1, thanks to goals from Jack Balmer and William Watkinson. The match was actually halted five minutes from time so that director George Richards could address the crowd by loudspeaker with the news. RIP Gordon Hodgson 1951 - Legendary forward Gordon Hodgson died of cancer in Burslem. He had bagged a club record seventeen hat-tricks amongst his 241 goals in 377 games after signing from Transvaal in November 1925. He could not claim a club medal in his time at Anfield, moving on to Aston Villa in January 1936 for £3,000. Vladi departs 2005 - Vladimír Šmicer signed for Girondins de Bordeaux on a free transfer. He had made 184 reds appearances following his £3.75m transfer from Racing Club de Lens in May 1999, scoring nineteen times, including a crucial strike in Istanbul. As well as the Champions League, he helped us to claim the UEFA Cup, FA Cup and two League Cups. 1928 – Scottish right-half Jock McNab left the reds to join Queens Park Rangers. He had signed from Bellshill Athletic in November 1919 and helped us to two League titles in the 1920’s, netting six times in 222 reds games. Happy birthdays 1857 – The club’s first Manager, William Barclay, was born in the Kilmainham Auxiliary of the South Dublin Workhouse. He worked as a Secretary-c**-Manager for the first four years of the club’s existence, having previously been Vice Chairman of Everton. 1878 – Outside-right Arthur Goddard was born in Heaton Norris, Stockport. He signed from Glossop for £460 in February 1902 and grabbed 77 goals in 414 reds games, helping us to Second Division and League championships. He was nominated into the club’s official Hall Of Fame, for the 1910-20 era. Scott’s record 2007 - Scott Carson equalled the record number of England Under-21’s caps by claiming his 27th, to move level with both Jamie Carragher and Gareth Barry. England were held to a 2-2 draw by Italy in a European Championships Finals group game in the Netherlands, with future red Alberto Aquilani on target and Newcastle United’s James Milner also in action. Carson went on to win 29 caps at this level in total, although the record is now Milner’s on 46. Nando’s treble 2009 – Fernando Torres bagged a hat-trick as Spain beat New Zealand 5-0 in a Confederations Cup group game in South Africa. Xabi Alonso, Álvaro Arbeloa and Albert Riera all also played. More Spaniards on target 2006 - Xabi Alonso grabbed his first senior international goal while winning his 27th cap in Spain’s 4-0 thumping of the Ukraine in a World Cup Finals group game in Leipzig, with future red Fernando Torres also on the scoresheet. Luis García and future red Andriy Voronin also featured. 2008 – Torres netted again as Spain beat Sweden 2-1 in Innsbruck, with David Villa’s late winner ensuring they reached the Quarter-finals of the European Championships as group winners with a game to spare. Meanwhile, future red Sotirios Kyrgiakos played as Greece lost 1-0 to Russia in Salzburg. 2012 – Ex-red Torres bagged a brace as Spain thumped the Republic of Ireland 4-0 in a Euro 2012 group game in Gdansk. Ex-reds Xabi Alonso, Álvaro Arbeloa and Robbie Keane all also featured, with future red Mario Balotelli also playing that day. On target at the World Cup 2010 – Dirk Kuyt struck as the Netherlands beat Denmark 2-0 in a group game in Johannesburg, with Daniel Agger putting through his own net. Future red Christian Poulsen played his 75th senior international in this game. Future red Joël Matip played for Cameroon as they lost a friendly 1-0 tio Japan in South Africa on the same day. 2014 – Daniel Sturridge and future red Mario Balotelli both scored as Roy Hodgson’s England lost 2-1 to Italy in a group game in Manaus, with the latter bagging his last strike while with AC Milan. Steven Gerrard skippered a team that also included Jordan Henderson, Glen Johnson, Raheem Sterling and future red Adam Lallana, while ex-red Gabriel Paletta was on the winning side. Also at the World Cup 2002 - Abel Xavier appeared as a substitute in Portugal’s 1-0 defeat by South Korea in Incheon, winning his twentieth and final cap. Meanwhile, Brad Friedel saved a penalty from Poland’s Maciej Żurawski, his second spot-kick save in consecutive games, as the USA lost 3-1 in Daejeon. Jerzy Dudek did not play. These results ensured that neither Portugal nor Poland qualified for the knock-out stages. 1974 – Future red Kenny Dalglish played his first game at the World Cup Finals as Scotland beat Zaire 2-0 in the Westfalenstadion in Dortmund. Czech mates at Anfield 1996 - The Czech Republic beat Italy 2-1 in a Euro ‘96 group match at Anfield, with Pavel Nedvěd bagging his first senior international goal. Patrik Berger started the game, later being replaced by Vladimír Šmicer. It was the first time either of them had played in L4. Berger arrived at Anfield only two months later, while his compatriot joined him in another three years. 2004 – Future red Christian Poulsen featured in a European Championships Finals group game as Denmark held Italy to a goalless draw in Guimarães. 2016 – Ex-red Krisztián Németh played as Hungary beat Austria 2-0 in a group game in Bordeaux. Final caps 2015 – Right-back Nathaniel Clyne won his last England cap before moving to Anfield, with Raheem Sterling playing for the last time as a red as Roy Hodgson’s side beat Slovenia 3-2 in a European Championships qualifier in Ljubljana. Xherdan Shaqiri played for Switzerland for the final time as an Internazionale player, scoring in their 2-1 qualifying win in Lithuania. Mohamed Salah won his last cap while on loan at Fiorentina, netting his only goal while with La Viola, as Egypt beat Tanzania 3-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Alexandria. Marko Grujić played for Serbia Under-20’s for the seventh and last time, scoring in a penalty shoot-out as they beat the USA to reach the Semi-final of the World Championships Finals in New Zealand. Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana, Martin Škrtel and future reds Roberto Firmino, Ragnar Klavan and Kostas Tsimikas also represented their countries that day. Centre-halves moving on 2013 - Dejan Lovren joined Southampton from Olympique Lyonnais for £8.5m after three goals in 102 games since signing from Dinamo Zagreb in January 2010 for an initial €8m. 2007 - Reserve Danny O’Donnell left Anfield to join Crewe Alexandra for a nominal fee after a successful season-long loan. He had moved up to Melwood from the Academy full-time in the summer of 2005, having skippered the Under-18’s during 2004/05. 2016 – It was confirmed that Portuguese midfielder João Teixeira would sign for SL Benfica on 1st July, with the reds getting a compensation fee of £240,000. He had netted once in eight games since arriving from Sporting Clube de Portugal for £830,000 in January 2012. 2019 – Ex-reds scout Jonathan Woodgate was appointed Head Coach of Middlesbrough, with Robbie Keane joining him as part of the coaching staff. A red is born 1869 - Inside-forward Edgar Chadwick was born in Blackburn. He had won the League with Everton in 1891, and joined Burnley aged thirty. He top-scored with ten goals as they were relegated to the Second Division, before moving on to Southampton in the Southern League. As Burnley still held his Football League registration, the reds had to pay the Clarets £35 in May 1902. However, he only managed 45 reds appearances, netting seven times, and later had a successful career as a coach in Germany and the Netherlands, including guiding the Dutch national side to bronze medals in the 1908 and 1912 Olympics. Redmen held by Boys 1953 - Billy Liddell was on the scoresheet as we drew 1-1 with Swiss side BSC Young Boys at the Yankee Stadium in New York City. Our cause was probably not helped by having played in Toronto the day before. Tony on a run 1969 - Ex-red Tony Hateley scored in the fifth of all seven games of an FA Tour, grabbing four as England thumped Singapore 9-0. He netted a total of seventeen goals on the tour. Youngsters on the world stage 2005 - Future reds Gabriel Paletta and Nabil El Zhar were both on the winning side in group stage games in the Under-20 World Championship Finals in the Netherlands. Argentina beat Egypt 2-0 in Enschede, while Morocco thumped Honduras 5-0 in Doetinchem. International first 1989 – Glenn Hysén skippered Sweden while winning his first cap as a reds player in their 6-0 thumping by Denmark in the Dansk Boldspil Union 100th Anniversary Tournament in Copenhagen. More internationals on target 2008 – Harry Kewell struck while captaining Australia to a 3-1 World Cup qualifying win in Qatar. Nabil El Zhar, future reds Luis Suárez and Kolo Touré, and ex-red Rigobert Song all also featured in qualifiers that day. 2003 - El-Hadji Diouf converted from the spot as Senegal beat Lesotho 3-0 in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier. Salif Diao also featured in the match in Dakar. 2019 – Ex-red Philippe Coutinho struck twice, including once from the spot as Brazil beat Bolivia 3-0 in a Copa América group game in São Paulo, with Alisson Becker and Roberto Firmino both also featuring. On the move 2001 - Karl-Heinz Riedle was released by Fulham. He had struck just six times in 35 games for the Cottagers since arriving from Anfield in September 1999. 2013 – Ex-reserves forward David Amoo signed for Carlisle United on a free transfer from Tranmere Rovers. He had struck just once in eleven outings for the Prenton Park outfit. 2017 – Midfielder Darren Potter joined Rotherham United from MK Dons on a free transfer, after twelve goals in 263 outings. 2018 – Midfielder Jordan Williams signed for Rochdale, after a successful loan spell. He had only played one senior reds game. 2021 - Spanish keeper Adrián signed a new contract, although he only played one senior game in his third campaign, to add to the 24 appearances he had already made. Also in international action 2021 – Andy Robertson captained Steve Clarke’s Scotland as they lost 2-0 to the Czech Republic in a European Championship Finals group game at Hampden Park, with Thiago Alcântara playing in Spain’s goalless draw with Sweden in Seville. 1997 – Future red Mauricio Pellegrino featured for Argentina in their 2-0 defeat of Chile in the Copa América in Bolivia. 1978 – Future reds Joe Corrigan and Alan Kennedy both played for England B as they beat New Zealand 4-0 in Auckland. 1973 – Emlyn Hughes played for England in their 2-0 friendly defeat by Italy in Turin.
  12. Will

    3rd March

    Another treble for Gordon 1934 - Our best ever win on this day came when Gordon Hodgson netted a hat-trick in a 6-2 home League win over Middlesbrough, the fourteenth of his seventeen for the club. Sam English grabbed a brace, with Harold Taylor also on target and forward Tosh Johnson making his reds bow on the day he signed. Benny Yorston struck two of his five goals against the reds. Derby joy 1973 - Emlyn Hughes struck a brace in the final eight minutes to hand us a 2-0 win at Goodison Park. This helped give us the momentum to claim the League title that season, our first for seven years, as we came out of a slump of just one win in our previous five games. Mo yet again 2018 – Mohamed Salah netted in his seventh consecutive game to open the scoring against Newcastle United at Anfield. Sadio Mané netted after half time to secure a 2-0 victory. Recent defeats 2007 - We lost to a last-minute John O’Shea goal, despite Paul Scholes being sent off late on for the visitors, as Manchester United secured a third straight clean League sheet at Anfield, the first time they had ever achieved this. Steve Finnan was making his 400th career League appearance as we lost a League game at home for the first time in seventeen months. 2012 – Arsenal won 2-1 at Anfield, despite the reds going ahead through a Laurent Koscielny own goal after Dirk Kuyt had seen a penalty saved. Robin van Persie headed in an equaliser before half time and then struck a cruel stoppage-time winner, two of his seven goals to date past us. This was only the third time in nine years we had lost a home League game after taking the lead, with Arsenal the victors on each occasion. 2020 – We lost 2-0 at Chelsea in the FA Cup Fifth Round, having made seven changes from our preceding game, which was our first League defeat of the season. Adrián fumbled Willian’s shot for the opener, with ex-Toffee Ross Barkley adding the second. 1979 – We held Chelsea to a goalless draw, with Yugoslav keeper Petar Borota making his debut for the home side in blustery conditions. Half a century for Le Boss 2004 - We beat Levski Sofia 4-2 in Bulgaria to reach the Fourth Round of the UEFA Cup 6-2 on aggregate, in what was our fiftieth European match since Gérard Houllier took sole charge. Sami Hyypiä played his 250th reds game, scoring our final goal. Steven Gerrard, Michael Owen and Dietmar Hamann struck the others. More European memories 1976 - Ray Clemence saved a penalty from Peter Kotte as we held Dynamo Dresden to a goalless UEFA Cup Fourth Round draw at their Rudolf Harbig Stadion, with Phil Thompson hitting the bar late on. We won the return leg 2-1 at Anfield, on our way to winning the trophy for the second time. 1982 - Sammy Lee played his hundredth reds game as we beat CSKA Sofia 1-0 at Anfield in the European Cup Third Round, with Ronnie Whelan netting, although we lost 2-0 in Bulgaria in the return. Bobby off the bench 1969 - Bobby Graham became our first ever FA Cup substitute, coming on for Roger Hunt in a 1-0 home defeat to Leicester City in a Fifth Round replay, with the striker throwing his shirt to the floor in a rare display of dissent. Tommy Smith had a penalty saved by Peter Shilton in that match after a John Sjoberg handball, while Andy Lochhead scored the last of his four goals past us. 2001 - We also lost at Leicester, going down 2-0 in our first game since winning the Worthington Cup in Cardiff. Ade Akinbayi and Muzzy Izzet struck the goals. Most recent win 2009 – David N’Gog and Yossi Benayoun both struck in the second half as we beat Sunderland 2-0 in a Premiership fixture at Anfield. On the same day, it was announced that we had become the number one-ranked club in European football according to UEFA’s coefficient system, following the previous week’s victory at Real Madrid. This was the first time we had been ranked Europe’s best since 1985. A new boss 1951 – Don Welsh was sent a letter following a telephone conversation to confirm his appointment as Manager. His contract awarded him £1,500 per year, with an additional annual £500 for expenses. He took charge of 232 reds games, winning just 81, and has the indignity of being our only boss to get the sack, after presiding over our relegation from the top flight in 1954, and failing to lead us back to the promised land. On the same day, future reds boss Bob Paisley netted in our 1-1 League draw with West Bromwich Albion at Anfield as full-back Ray Lambert played his 200th reds game. Reds off the mark at Anfield 1923 - Outside-left Fred Hopkin scored his first reds goal in a 3-0 League win over Bolton Wanderers. This was immediately followed by a fire in the Anfield Road end! Dick Forshaw and Dick Johnson netted the other goals. 1928 - We beat Wanderers at Anfield again, with Tommy Reid bagging a brace and Gordon Hodgson and Dick Edmed also on target in a 4-2 victory. David Jack nabbed one of his nine goals against the reds, with George Gibson scoring the first of his five past us. 1894 - Arthur Worgan scored twice on his reds bow in a 3-1 Second Division win over Burton Swifts, with Duncan McLean netting from the spot. Reds debutants 1962 - Keeper Jim Furnell made his reds bow in a 1-1 Second Division draw at Walsall. He remained first choice as we were promoted that season. Alan A’Court grabbed our goal that day. 1956 - Winger Joe Dickson bagged his first reds goal in our 4-2 defeat of Bury at Anfield in another Second Division match, a last-minute strike that was originally credited to Billy Liddell. Johnny Evans struck twice, including a penalty, with Liddell also on the scoresheet proper. Derby stalemates 1984 - We drew the Goodison derby 1-1 with Ian Rush bagging our goal. Alan Kennedy conceded a penalty against Andy Gray, having already done so earlier in the season when Gray was still at Wolverhampton Wanderers. However, Bruce Grobbelaar saved from Graeme Sharp. Ex-reds reserve Alan Harper grabbed the Blues’ late equaliser. 2019 – We were held to a goalless draw at Goodison Park to ensure Manchester City remained on top of the table by a single point, an advantage they held until the end of the campaign. Quasi fails 1990 - Peter Beardsley missed a penalty in the third minute, but Gary Gillespie netted late on as we beat Millwall 1-0 at Anfield. Mixed fortunes against City We twice entertained Manchester City in the First Division at the start of last century. 1900 – We triumphed 5-2, with Sam Raybould striking twice, including a penalty, and John Walker, Charles Satterthwaite and Jack Cox also grabbing goals. Billy Gillespie struck one of his six goals against the reds, with Billy Meredith also netting. 1906 - We lost 1-0. Into the Semi 1897 - George Allan netted the only goal of the game at Nottingham Forest as we reached the FA Cup Semi-final for the first time in our history. Rare defeat 1991 - Paul Merson netted one of his seven goals past us, the only strike of the game for fellow title challengers Arsenal as we lost at home for the first time in 35 games, with the run stretching back to November 1989. This was also our third consecutive defeat since Kenny Dalglish’s resignation, the first such run since April 1987. Off to a flyer 1996 - Steve McManaman struck a brace before Robbie Fowler wrapped up a 3-0 defeat of Aston Villa at Anfield in just the eighth minute. This took our unbeaten run to sixteen games, with Robbie having bagged sixteen goals in his last fifteen outings. Morris for Wales Richard Morris won two caps for Wales in the British International Championships on this day, either side of his Anfield spell. 1902 - He won his second cap, and first as a Druids Ruabon player, in their goalless draw with England in Wrexham, alongside reds right-half Maurice Parry. 1906 - He won his ninth cap, and only one as a Leeds City player, as Scotland lost 2-0 in Edinburgh. George Latham also played for the Welsh. On the move 2007 - Reserves midfielder Danny Guthrie joined Southampton on loan, after seven senior reds games. He turned out twelve times for the Saints, joining Newcastle United for £2.25m in July 2008 after a season-long loan with Bolton Wanderers. 2017 – Former Director of Academy and Player Development Frank McParland was appointed Director of Football at Nottingham Forest. Internationals on target 2010 – Dirk Kuyt converted a penalty as the Netherlands beat the USA 2-1 in a friendly in Amsterdam, with ex-red Peter Crouch bagging a brace in England’s 3-1 defeat of Egypt at Wembley, the country’s 500th win in history. Yossi Benayoun scored while winning his last cap as a reds player as Israel won 2-0 in Romania, with future red Luis Suárez on target in Uruguay’s 3-1 win in Switzerland, with future red Xherdan Shaqiri debuting for the home side. Future red Joël Matip debuted for Cameroon as they held Italy to a goalless draw in a friendly in Monaco. Andy Carroll won his fifth and final Under-21’s cap as England lost 2-1 to Greece in Doncaster. On the same day, Dejan Lovren won his first cap as an Olympique Lyonnais player as Croatia beat Belgium 1-0 in a friendly in Brussels. Djibril Cissé won his first cap as a Panathinaikos player as Spain beat France 2-0 at the Stade de France. Ryan Babel, Steven Gerrard, Sotirios Kyrgiakos, Javier Mascherano, Fernando Torres, future reds Charlie Adam, Christian Benteke, Raul Meireles, Simon Mignolet, James Milner, Nuri Şahin, Daniel Sturridge and Gini Wijnaldum, and ex-reds Xabi Alonso, Nicolas Anelka, Álvaro Arbeloa, Jari Litmanen, John Arne Riise and John Toshack all also featured in international action that day. Other reds games 1970 – We won 3-2 at Coventry City with Emlyn Hughes on target in the first half and Alun Evans bagging a second-half brace. 1955 – We won a Second Division trip to Notts County 3-0, thanks to goals from Alan Arnell, Alan A’Court and Tony Rowley. Management moves 2008 – Steve McMahon’s brother John was appointed Caretaker Manager of Shrewsbury Town. The Shrews drew both of the games he took charge of. 1998 - We played in a testimonial for Rangers boss Walter Smith, losing 1-0. Icelandic striker Haukur Ingi Gudnason played his first reds game. On the same day, future red Milan Baroš played for the Czech Republic Under-16’s as they trounced Andorra 10-0 in a European Championships qualifier. Signing on 2021 – Forward Harvey Blair signed pro terms with the reds. He had arrived from Manchester United in 2015, making his senior bow as a substitute in our League Cup win at Preston North End in October 2021. 1986 - Future reds centre-back Neil Ruddock signed as a professional for Millwall. He only made four senior appearances in his first spell at The Den, before moving to Tottenham Hotspur. Also in international action 1993 – Future reds keeper Brad Friedel played for the USA as they drew 2-2 with Canada in a friendly in California.
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