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Clinching the title 1988 - We secured our seventeenth League title with four more games remaining, as a curling Peter Beardsley strike was enough to defeat Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield. This was our ninth championship in the space of thirteen years. 1983 – We edged closer to the championship despite losing 2-0 at home to Norwich City, as they became the first side to take all six points off us after the introduction of three points for a win. Mark Lawrenson put through his own net before Martin O’Neill doubled the visitors’ lead from distance. Bob Paisley had received his 21st Bell’s managerial award prior to kick-off. Robbie signs on 1992 - Robbie Fowler signed as a professional. The ‘Toxteth terror’ went on to bag 171 goals in 330 reds games in his first spell with the club, gaining UEFA Cup, FA Cup and two League Cup winners’ medals during his reds career, and struck a further twelve times in 39 games second time around to become our fifth top all-time goalscorer, before moving on to Cardiff City in July 2007. 2019 – He was appointed Head Coach of Brisbane Roar, leading them to eleven wins in 24 games before stepping down during the COVID-19 pandemic. Stevie honoured 2006 - Steven Gerrard was named PFA Player of the Year after a successful season that culminated in FA Cup glory and included a total of 23 goals in 53 games for the club. He was also named in the Team of the Year for the fourth of eight times, a record in the Premier League era, alongside Jamie Carragher. Meanwhile, we learnt that our opponents in the FA Cup Final would be West Ham United, who saw off Middlesbrough at Villa Park. Maxi’s treble 2011 – Maxi Rodríguez bagged a treble as we thumped Birmingham City 5-0 at Anfield, with Dirk Kuyt netting for the seventh time in nine games and Joe Cole adding a late fifth. 1927 – We lost a top-flight fixture 3-0 at Birmingham City, with George Briggs netting one of his ten goals against the reds, John Bradford scoring one of his fifteen and Benny Bond also on target. Happy birthday Bobby 1937 - Wing-half Bobby Campbell was born in Liverpool. He struck twice in 25 first-team appearances for the reds after signing on as a professional in May 1954, before joining Portsmouth in 1961. He later had a successful managerial career with Fulham, Portsmouth and Chelsea. Inching towards Wembley 1977 - We drew 2-2 with Everton in our FA Cup Semi-final encounter at Maine Road, with Terry McDermott and Jimmy Case twice putting us in front, before levellers from Duncan McKenzie and Bruce Rioch. Terry Mac’s goal was later named as the BBC’s Goal of the Season, while Evertonians still protest over Clive Thomas disallowing Bryan Hamilton’s last-gasp ‘winner’. We won the replay at the same venue four days later, although we lost the Final at Wembley to Manchester United. Inching towards the title 1973 – Our 2-0 Anfield defeat of Leeds United on Easter Monday combined with Arsenal dropping a point at Southampton meant that only a series of freak results could prevent the reds from claiming the title with just one of our League games remaining, although other sides had games in hand. Peter Lorimer missed an open goal in the first half, but Peter Cormack and Kevin Keegan netted after the break. The Leeds players lined up at full time to applaud Shankly’s side from the pitch. Mixed fortunes against Palace 1991 - We beat Crystal Palace 3-0 at Anfield. Ian Rush scored his 300th competitive club goal in 532 games for Chester, Juventus and Liverpool, while John Barnes also struck before a late own goal from Eddie McGoldrick. 2005 - John Welsh played his tenth and final reds game as we suffered yet another away League defeat, 1-0 at Selhurst Park, courtesy of an Andy Johnson strike. 2017 - Crystal Palace won at Anfield for the third consecutive season, despite Phillipe Coutinho giving us the lead. Ex-red Christian Benteke bagged a brace, the most recent of his seven goals past us to date. Brothers in arms 1938 - Our home League game with Bolton Wanderers brought the unusual sight of the two teams being captained by brothers - the reds by forward Alf Hanson, and Bolton by goalkeeper Stan. Jack Balmer and Phil Taylor netted as we won 2-1. 1921 - We faced the Trotters in another top-flight match, losing 1-0 at Burnden Park with Joe Smith bagging one of his twelve goals past us. This game also counted towards the Lancashire Senior Cup. 2008 - Reserves defender Alex Watson’s more famous brother Dave, who also featured for our second string, joined Wigan Athletic as Youth Team Coach, remaining in this role until moving to Newcastle United’s Academy in November 2011. Start and end 1932 - Inside-left Syd Roberts made his reds bow as Portsmouth beat us 3-1 at Anfield. Roberts went on to bag thirteen goals in 62 reds games. Daniel McRorie netted our goal, while wing-half Alastair Henderson played his fifth and final game for us. Jack Weddle struck two of his five goals past us, with Fred Worrall scoring the first of his four against the reds. 1904 – Half-back John ‘Geezer’ Hughes played his 32nd and last reds game as we won 3-2 at Blackburn Rovers. Sam Raybould, Jack Cox and Arthur Goddard bagged our goals. Jack Dewhurst nabbed the last of his five goals against the reds, with Bob Crompton also netting. Centre-halves incoming 1969 – Larry Lloyd joined from hometown club Bristol Rovers for a fee of £50,000. He is one of a rare breed to leave Anfield in his prime, and go on to better things – helping Nottingham Forest to two European Cups, one League title, League Cup and FA Charity Shield. He had won League and UEFA Cup medals, appearing 218 times and notching five times. He was sold to Coventry City for £240,000 in August 1974. 1912 - Centre-half Walter Wadsworth signed from Ormskirk as an amateur. He went on to net eight times in 242 reds games, being joined by his brother, outside-right Harold, after the First World War. Together they helped us to back-to-back League titles in the early 1920’s. Walter joined Bristol City in May 1926 when aged 36, but skippered them to the Third Division South title. Potters fired twice We have twice beaten Stoke City in League matches on this day over the years. 1962 - We won 2-1 at Anfield in our promotion season, thanks to a Ronnie Moran penalty and a late Jimmy Melia winner. That night, the match takings of around £4,000 were stolen in a burglary at Anfield, although the club’s allocation of FA Cup Final tickets were left behind! 1980 - We met at the Victoria Ground in a First Division fixture postponed from New Year’s Day, with the two David’s, Johnson and Fairclough, handing us a 2-0 win. Held by the Geordies We have twice drawn with Newcastle United in top-flight encounters at Anfield. 2016 – Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana struck inside half an hour, but we were pegged back after the break by Papiss Cissé and Jack Colback to draw 2-2 with Rafael Benítez’s side. 1949 - Bobby Mitchell grabbed the first of his eight goals past us in this top-flight meeting. Kevin Baron scored for the reds. Boro twice We have also played Middlesbrough twice on this day over the years. 1910 - We drew 2-2 in the top flight at Ayresome Park, with our goals coming from Jack Parkinson and Arthur Goddard. George Elliott netted the first of his eight goals against us, with Tim Williamson also on target. 1955 - Tony Rowley and Billy Liddell struck as we won 2-1 in the Second Division at the same venue with full-back Frank Lock playing his 42nd and final reds game. International bows 1996 - Future red Harry Kewell made his senior international debut as Australia lost a friendly 3-0 in Chile. 2000 – Stade Rennais’ El-Hadji Diouf won his first senior cap as Senegal beat Benin 1-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Dakar on their way to the Finals in the Far East. Rigobert Song appeared for Cameroon on the same day as they beat Somalia 3-0 in a qualifier in Yaoundé. Les gems on target 2011 – Future red Florent Sinama-Pongolle bagged a brace, with Anthony Le Tallec also on target as France Under-16’s beat Scotland 3-0 in a European Championships Finals group game in Barnsley. Other reds games 1994 – We won 2-1 at West Ham United despite Martin Allen giving the Hammers a first-minute lead. Robbie Fowler equalised with Ian Rush bagging a late winner. 1966 – We lost 2-0 at Burnley with Willie Irvine heading in before Ralph Coates nabbing the first of his four goals against the reds. That meant the wait to secure our seventh League title continued for another game. 1960 – Dave Hickson nodded in the only goal of our visit to Ipswich Town early on as right-back John Molyneux played his 200th game for the club. Scot coming back from Italy 1986 - Graeme Souness won his final cap as a Sampdoria player, and 52nd in total, as Scotland beat England 2-1 in a Rous Cup game at Wembley. He struck from the spot, with Steve Nicol also in the away side. Future reds John Aldridge and Ray Houghton both played for the Republic of Ireland on the same day as they drew a friendly 1-1 with Uruguay at Lansdowne Road. Seven and out for A’Court 1958 - Alan A’Court won his seventh and final England Under-23’s cap as they lost 2-1 to Wales in Wrexham. Also signing on 2015 - Jordan Henderson signed a new contract until 2020. He has by now helped us to claim the Premier League title, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup and two League Cups. 1928 – Left-half Jimmy McDougall signed from Partick Thistle, going on to score twelve times in 356 games for the reds. He moved on to South Liverpool in May 1938 and later set up a successful chandlery business in Liverpool. He was later nominated into the club’s official Hall of Fame for the 1930’s. Also in international action 1986 – England Under-21’s were held to a 1-1 draw in the second leg of their European Championships Semi-final in Swindon to crash out 3-1 to Italy on aggregate, with future red Mark Walters and ex-red Mike Newell both in action. 1995 – Future red Fernando Morientes played for Spain Under-20’s as they thumped Russia 4-1 in their World Championships Quarter-final in Qatar. 2002 – Future red Alberto Aquilani featured as Italy Under-18’s drew a friendly 1-1 in Czechoslovakia. 2011 – Future red Mohamed Salah played as Egypt Under-20’s beat the host nation South Africa 1-0 in an African Championships Finals group game.
A legend gets off the mark 1981 - Ian Rush scored his first two reds League goals to help us to a 3-0 home win over Leeds United, along with a Trevor Cherry own goal. 1925 - We also faced Leeds, with Fred Baron netting in a 1-1 draw at Anfield. Full-back James Garner played his fifth and final reds game. Russell Wainscott struck one of his five goals against the reds in this match. Happy birthdays 1991 - Xherdan Shaqiri was born in Gjilan, then part of SFR Yugoslavia, and now in Kosovo. He signed from relegated Stoke City in July 2018 for £12.85m, netting eight times in 63 appearances and helping us to claim our first League title for thirty years and the FIFA Club World Cup, moving on to Olympique Lyonnais for €6m in August 2021. 1983 - Former reserves defender Andrew Nicholas was born in Liverpool. He could not break through to our first team and moved on to Swindon Town in July 2003. Anfield testimonials 1993 - A testimonial match was staged for Steve Nicol, who scored in the reds’ 2-1 defeat by a Great Britain XI managed by Terry Venables. 1992 - A match in honour of Bruce Grobbelaar was played, with the game against Everton ending in a 2-2 draw, with David Burrows and Ronnie Rosenthal on target and Bruce missing a penalty! A goalscoring debut 1914 - Inside-right Fred Pagnam scored on his reds bow, although he could not prevent us succumbing to a 3-1 defeat at Chelsea. 1896 – Willie Michael scored his first reds goal as we beat Nottingham Forest 3-0 at Anfield, with Malcolm McVean and Harry Bradshaw also scoring. New and old signings 1894 - Scottish half-back John McLean signed from Greenock Volunteers. He made 29 appearances without scoring before joining Grimsby Town in June 1897. 1948 - Albert Stubbins re-signed with the reds following a dispute with the club who had refused his request to train during the week back in his native Newcastle. He struck a total of 83 goals in 178 reds games in total. Debutants galore 1959 - Inside-forward Willie Carlin and centre-half John Nicholson both played their only reds games as we were held to a 2-2 Second Division draw at Anfield by Brighton & Hove Albion. Alan A’Court scored with Jimmy Melia having a late penalty saved by Brighton keeper Dave Hollins, before bagging a last-minute equaliser. 1931 – John Charlton and wing-half Alastair Henderson both made their reds bows as we were held to a 2-2 top-flight draw at home by West Ham United. Gordon Gunson and Dave Wright netted our goals, with Bob Done having a spot-kick saved by keeper Ted Hufton. 1970 – Ian Rush attended his first reds game, shortly before his ninth birthday, although he was actually supporting the home side as Tottenham Hotspur won 1-0 at White Hart Lane, thanks to a Martin Peters goal, one of his fourteen past us. Five for Jack 1904 - Jack Parkinson scored five goals as we thumped Burnley 7-1 in a Lancashire Senior Cup game at Anfield, with Bobby Robinson and Arthur Goddard also netting. Internationals on target 2020 – Roberto Firmino bagged a brace as Brazil thrashed Bolivia 5-0 in a World Cup qualifier in São Paulo. Xherdan Shaqiri and ex-reds Emre Can and Philippe Coutinho also played for their countries that day. 2019 – Roberto Firmino netted for Brazil as they drew 1-1 with Senegal in Singapore, with future red Takumi Minamino scoring for Japan as they thumped Mongolia 6-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Saitama. Rafael Camacho, Caoimhín Kelleher, Dejan Lovren, Sadio Mané, Andy Robertson, Virgil van Dijk, Gini Wijnaldum, Harry Wilson and ex-reds Joe Allen, Ryan Babel, Christian Benteke, Philippe Coutinho and Péter Gulácsi all represented their countries that day, with Steve Clarke taking charge of Scotland. 2016 – Ex-red Christian Benteke scored a hat-trick as Belgium thumped Gibraltar 6-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Faro, including the fastest ever goal in World Cup history after just 8.1 seconds. Ovie Ejaria scored his first goal for England Under-20’s, with future red Dominic Solanke converting a penalty in their 2-0 defeat of the USA in Rochdale. Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ragnar Klavan, Gini Wijnaldum, future reds Xherdan Shaqiri, Kostas Tsimikas and Virgil van Dijk, and ex-red Péter Gulácsi all also featured for their countries that day. 2017 – Shaqiri played for Switzerland again, as they lost a World Cup qualifier 2-0 in Portugal, with Tsimikas featuring for Greece Under-21’s. Ragnar Klavan, future red Diogo Jota and ex-reds Péter Gulácsi and Brad Smith were also in international action, with Marko Grujić winning his sixteenth and last cap for Serbia Under-21’s. 2015 – Gini Wijnaldum scored his first goal as a Newcastle United player as the Netherlands won a European Championships qualifier 2-1 in Kazakhstan, with future red Virgil van Dijk making his senior bow and Simon Mignolet also in qualifying action. Meanwhile, Sheyi Ojo, Jordan Rossiter and future red Dominic Solanke all turned out for England Under-19’s in a European Championships qualifying defeat of Finland in Macedonia. 2014 – Future red Mohamed Salah scored as Egypt won an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier 2-0 in Botswana, with future reds Sadio Mané and Kostas Tsimikas also in international action. 1999 - Jamie Redknapp scored for Kevin Keegan’s England in their 2-1 friendly defeat of Belgium at the Stadium Of Light, his only senior international goal. Paul Ince won his last cap as a reds player, while Michael Owen and future red Emile Heskey both also featured, with Owen booked for an alleged dive. On the same day, future red Fernando Morientes netted in Spain’s 3-0 defeat of Yossi Benayoun’s Israel in a Euro 2000 qualifier in Albacete, with future red Alex Manninger also in international action. 1997 – Manninger played for Austria Under-21’s as they beat Belarus 2-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Eisenstadt. 1998 - Craig Bellamy struck his second and last goal as a Norwich City player as Wales won a qualifier 2-1 in Denmark. Sammy in charge 2000 - Sammy Lee took charge of England Under-21’s for the first time, leading them to a 2-2 draw in Finland, with future red Daniel Sjölund on the scoresheet in this European Championships qualifier. On the same day, future red Milan Baroš scored for the Czech Republic Under-21’s in their 1-0 win in Malta, while Richie Partridge played for the Republic of Ireland as they beat Estonia 1-0 in Kilkenny. Djimi for Mali 2004 - Djimi Traoré made his international debut for Mali, playing alongside future red Momo Sissoko as they lost 1-0 to Togo in a World Cup Qualifier. Salif Diao and future red Kolo Touré were also in qualifying action that day. Meanwhile, reds reserve David Raven skippered England Under-20’s while winning his first cap in their 1-0 friendly defeat of the Netherlands in Huddersfield. Fellow red Mark Smyth missed a penalty, with Danny Mannix also featuring with both of these winning their only caps at this level. Three legends in action for Scotland 1942 - Matt Busby, Billy Liddell and future reds boss Bill Shankly all played as Scotland held England to a goalless draw in a Wartime international at Wembley. Derby spoils shared 1903 - We were held to a 2-2 draw in the Anfield derby, with inside-left Dickie Morris grabbing his first two reds goals and Jim Sheridan bagging a brace for the visitors. 1910 – The Blues won a Lancashire Senior Cup Second Round game 1-0 at Anfield. Thumping the Villains 1953 - We secured our biggest victory over Aston Villa, winning 6-1 at Anfield despite the scores being level with twenty minutes remaining. Sammy Smyth grabbed a brace to add to goals from Billy Liddell, Bob Paisley and Jimmy Payne, and a Danny Blanchflower own goal. Dave Walsh bagged one of his four goals past us. Don’s debut 1908 – Scottish keeper Don Sloan played the first of his six reds games as we lost a top-flight match 3-2 at Leicester Fosse. Ronald Orr struck both our goals. Final caps 1990 - Glenn Hysén won his last cap for Sweden as they lost 3-1 to West Germany in a friendly in Stockholm, with future red Karlheinz Riedle on the winning side. 1989 - David Burrows won his seventh and final England Under-21’s cap as they won 3-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Poland. Future red Øyvind Leonhardsen played for Norway at the same level that day in Norway’s 1-0 win in Yugoslavia. 2002 - Pepe Reina made his last appearance for Spain at the same level as they won a qualifier 2-0 in Armenia. Meanwhile, future red Glen Johnson won his tenth and last Under-19’s cap as England drew a friendly 2-2 with FR Yugoslavia, with John Welsh also featuring. 2009 – Future reds centre-back Danny Wilson won his eighth and final cap for Scotland Under-19’s, skippering them to a 3-0 victory over Romania in a European Championships qualifier in Austria. On the same day, future red Nuri Şahin skippered Turkey as they lost a World Cup qualifier 2-0 in Belgium, with future red Ragnar Klavan playing for Estonia. 2014 – Alberto Moreno won his tenth and last cap for Spain Under-21’s as they drew a European Championships qualifier 0-0 in Serbia, with loanee Javier Manquillo also in action. Future red Marko Grujić scored for Serbia Under-19’s in their 4-0 defeat of San Marino in another qualifier. Future reds in international action 1998 - Future reds Nicolas Anelka, Markus Babbel, Stéphane Henchoz, Sami Hyypiä, Paul Jones, Jari Litmanen, Vladimír Šmicer and Abel Xavier all represented their countries in Euro 2000 qualifiers, with Anelka notching in France’s 3-2 win in Russia, and Vlad on target in the Czech Republic’s 3-1 defeat of Bosnia-Herzegovina in Sarajevo. Patrik Berger, Stig Inge Bjørnebye, Haukur Ingi Gudnason, Vegard Heggem, Michael Owen, Jamie Redknapp and ex-red Dean Saunders also turned out that night. 2006 – Alberto Aquilani played as Spain Under-21’s lost the second leg of their European Championships qualifying play-off 2-1 to Italy in Palencia. Meanwhile, Scott Carson and future red James Milner featured in England’s 2-0 defeat of Germany at the same stage in Leverkusen. 2008 – Milner played for England Under-21’s again as they beat future red Joe Allen’s Wales 3-2 in a European Championships Play-off in Cardiff. Meanwhile, future red Christian Benteke was dismissed for Belgium Under-21’s in their 2-2 friendly draw with Croatia in Genk. Johnno off 2003 – Future red Glen Johnson was sent off as England Under-21’s lost a European Championships qualifier 1-0 in Turkey. Youngsters on target 2007 - Krisztián Németh grabbed a brace for Hungary Under-19’s after coming off the bench in their 3-1 European Championships qualifying defeat of Wales, his first goals as a reds player. Péter Gulácsi also featured. 2010 – Jonjo Shelvey scored and was booked while skippering England Under-19’s as they thumped Cyprus 4-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Belgium. Michael Ngoo and Andre Wisdom both also played, with Arsenal’s Benik Afobe netting a treble. Ex-red Carl Medjani was also in international action that day. 2011 – Jordan Henderson netted while captaining England Under-21’s to a 2-1 European Championships qualifying win in Norway, with Jon Flanagan and Jonjo Shelvey both coming off the bench, and future red Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also in action. On the same day, Christian Benteke won his only Under-21's cap as a Koninklijke Racing Club Genk player as Belgium drew a qualifier 2-2 in Azerbaijan. 2013 – Krisztián Adorján, Raheem Sterling, Suso and ex-red Tom Ince all played in Under-21’s European Championships qualifiers as future red Danny Ings made his debut at this level, with Jordon Ibe playing for the England Under-19’s. Tiago Ilori made his debut for Portugal Under-21’s on the same day in their 3-0 European Championships qualifying defeat of Israel. 2018 – Ex-red Toni Silva played for Guinea-Bissau as they lost an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier 2-1 in Zambia. First caps 2014 – Luis Suárez won his first cap as a Barcelona player in their 1-1 friendly draw in Saudi Arabia. Divock Origi netted for Belgium as they thumped Andorra 6-0 in Brussels, with Brad Smith and ex-reds Alberto Aquilani and Tom Ince also in international action that day. 1995 – Future red Vegard Heggem debuted for Norway Under-21’s in their 2-2 friendly draw with England in Stavanger. 2009 – Emiliano Insúa made his senior international debut as Argentina beat Peru 2-1 in a World Cup qualifier in Buenos Aires, with Javier Mascherano skippering the side. Mark González won his first cap as a CSKA Moskva player, being booked as Chile beat Colombia 4-2 in another qualifier in Medellin. Craig Bellamy netted as captain as John Toshack’s Wales lost 2-1 in a qualifier in Finland, with ex-reds Sami Hyypiä and Jari Litmanen on the winning side. Nicolas Anelka was also on target as France thumped the Faroe Islands 5-0 in Guingamp, while future red Milan Jovanović bagged a brace as Serbia trounced Romania by the same score in Belgrade. Ajax’s Luis Suárez netted in Uruguay’s 2-1 qualifying win in Ecuador. On the same day, Charlie Adam won his first cap as a Blackpool player, his third senior game for Scotland as they lost a friendly 2-0 in Japan. Also in international action that day were Daniel Agger, Ryan Babel, Yossi Benayoun, Steven Gerrard, Glen Johnson, Dirk Kuyt, Pepe Reina, Martin Škrtel, Fernando Torres, future reds Raul Meireles, James Milner and Christian Poulsen, and ex-reds Milan Baroš, Emile Heskey, David James, Robbie Keane, Harry Kewell, Nikolay Mihaylov, John Arne Riise and Rigobert Song. Other reds games 1964 – We held Birmingham City to a goalless draw at St. Andrews in what was Bill Shankly’s 200th League game in charge of the reds. 1936 – We drew 3-3 at Middlesbrough thanks to goals from Fred Howe, Phil Taylor and Berry Nieuwenhuys. Tim Coleman struck the last of his ten goals against the reds, with Tom Cochrane scoring before Benny Yorston bagging the last of his five past us. On their way out 2006 - Salif Diao agreed to join Stoke City on loan, following previous temporary spells away from Anfield with both Birmingham City and Portsmouth. He turned out seventeen times for them before signing on permanently in January 2007. 2013 – Ex-reds midfielder Danny Murphy announced his retirement from playing. He had struck 44 times in 249 reds games, helping us to claim the UEFA Cup, FA Cup, League Cup, UEFA Super Cup and FA Charity Shield. He later turned out for Charlton Athletic, Tottenham Hotspur, Fulham and Blackburn Rovers.