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  1. Will

    5th March

    Liddell’s last 1960 - Billy Liddell scored his 228th and final reds goal, becoming our oldest post-war goalscorer, aged 38 years 55 days. We beat Stoke City 5-1 in the Second Division at Anfield, with Jimmy Harrower adding a brace, and Roger Hunt and Dave Hickson also netting. Hickson was in fact on target for the fourth consecutive match, in which time he had struck six times in total. A new boss 1951 – Don Welsh was officially appointed 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 first 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. Fernando’s treble 2008 - Fernando Torres scored a hat-trick as we thumped West Ham United 4-0 at Anfield, with Steven Gerrard completing the scoring. This was his second successive home treble. Crazy Horse OBE 1980 - Emlyn Hughes was presented with the OBE by Her Majesty the Queen. ‘Crazy Horse’ played 665 times in his twelve years at Anfield, netting 49 times and winning two European Cups, four League titles, two UEFA Cups, FA Cup, UEFA Super Cup and two FA Charity Shields. His greatest season was probably 1976/77 when he captained the side to within a whisker of the treble, as well as being voted the Football Writers’ Player of the Year. Sadly, he died in November 2004. More goal feasts against the Potters 1983 - We beat Stoke City 5-1 at Anfield again. Kenny Dalglish scored twice, with the other goals coming from Phil Neal, Craig Johnston and Graeme Souness. Kenny netted his 300th senior club goal that day as Ian Rush reached a century of reds outings, with future Toffee Paul Bracewell on target for the visitors. 1955 - A Johnny Evans brace was not enough as we lost 4-2. This was our first home defeat to the Potters after nineteen previous wins and seven draws. Johnny King netted the first two of his five goals past us, with Harry Oscroft nabbing one of his six and Jack Malkin also on target. Mixed fortunes against the Hoops We faced Queens Park Rangers twice on this day in the 1980’s. 1986 - We were held 2-2 at Anfield in the second leg of our League Cup Semi-final, despite twice taking the lead on the night. Steve McMahon and Craig Johnston netted our goals, but Jan Mølby missed a penalty and Gary Gillespie and Ronnie Whelan both scored own goals. This put us out of the competition, as we had lost the first game 1-0 away from home. Bruce Grobbelaar was playing his 300th reds game. 1988 - We won at Loftus Road in the League, with John Barnes scoring the only goal of the game. This was our last outing on their controversial plastic playing surface. Alex Watson made the first of his nine senior appearances in this game. Happy birthdays 1988 - Damien Plessis was born in Neuville-aux-Bois, France. He signed in August 2007 from Olympique Lyonnais on a free transfer, making an impressive debut at Arsenal in the following April. He struck once in eight senior appearances, before being sold to Panathinaikos in August 2010. 1896 - Centre-half David Pratt was born in Lochore, Fife. He played 84 times for the reds after signing from Bradford City in January 1923, scoring just once and being known for his long throw-ins. He left Anfield to sign for Bury in November 1927. 1955 – Reserves keeper Bob Wardle was born in Halifax. He joined from Shrewsbury Town in a straight swap for Steve Ogrizovic in August 1982, but never made our first team, and was forced to retire through injury inside a year. 1986 - Former reserves keeper Paul Willis was born in Northern Ireland. He was released in the summer of 2006 after failing to break through to the first team, later playing for AFC Liverpool. 1993- Centre-back Stephen Sama was born in Bamenda, Cameroon. He signed from Ballspielverein Borussia 09 e.V. Dortmund in July 2009. He never played a senior game, moving on to VfB Stuttgart in September 2014. 1955 – Scottish keeper Bill McCann died. He signed from Abercorn in May 1894, playing seventeen times before moving on the following March. Beginning and end 2005 - Scott Carson made his reds debut as we lost 1-0 at Newcastle United thanks to a goal from Laurent Robert. This was Graeme Souness’ first win over the reds as opposing Manager, at the eleventh attempt. 1977 - We also faced the Geordies when Steve Heighway grabbed the only goal of the game at Anfield. Phil Neal had a spot-kick saved by keeper Mike Mahoney. 1949 – We lost 2-1 at Chelsea despite going in at the break ahead through Jimmy Payne. Roy Bentley scored the first of his five past us with Ken Armstrong nabbing the winner. Winger Bob Priday was making his fortieth and last reds appearance. International goalscorers 1923 - Ephraim Longworth netted his only goal for England as they drew 2-2 with Wales in the British International Championships in Cardiff, playing alongside clubmate Harry Chambers. Ex-red Robert Matthews won his second Welsh cap in this game, the only one he won while a Bristol City player. Reds right-half Maurice Parry also played for Wales. 2014 – Daniel Sturridge scored the only goal of Roy Hodgson’s England’s friendly meeting with Denmark at Wembley. Mohamed Salah struck while winning his first cap as a Chelsea player in Egypt’s 2-0 friendly defeat of Bosnia-Herzegovina in Austria. Ex-red Raul Meireles netted as Portugal thumped Cameroon 5-1 in Leiria, while Gabriel Paletta made his senior debut for Italy as they lost 1-0 to Spain in Madrid. Sadio Mané struck his last goal as a Red Bull Salzburg player as Senegal drew 1-1 with Mali in a friendly in Dakar. Future red Andy Robertson also won his first cap in Scotland’s 1-0 win in Poland. Tom Ince won his first cap while on loan at Crystal Palace as England Under-21’s beat Wales 1-0 in a European Championships qualifier, with Nuri Şahin playing for Turkey for the final time as a Real Madrid player as Turkey beat Sweden 2-1 in Ankara. Daniel Agger, Joe Allen, Cameron Brannagan, Steven Gerrard, Jordan Henderson, Glen Johnson, Brad Jones, Jack Robinson, Martin Škrtel, Raheem Sterling, Luis Suárez, Kolo Touré, future reds Thiago Alcântara, Christian Benteke, Ádám Bogdán, Danny Ings, Ragnar Klavan, Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren, Lazar Marković, Joël Matip, James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Xherdan Shaqiri, and ex-reds Charlie Adam, Xabi Alonso, Nabil El Zhar, Charles Itandje, Alexander Kačaniklić, Javier Mascherano and Maxi Rodríguez all also featured for their countries that day. Mixed fortunes against the Owls We have twice faced The Wednesday in top-flight encounters on this day in history, with the home side winning 3-0 on each occasion. 1910 - We lost at Owlerton as Tom Brittleton netted twice, with Billy Lloyd also on target. On the same day, Ernest Peake played for Wales as they lost 1-0 in the British International Championships in Scotland. 1927 - Harry Chambers struck twice as we won in L4, with Donald McKinlay adding the third, his 35th and last reds goal. Other wins 1921 - We won 2-1 at Huddersfield Town to complete a League double over the Terriers inside a week, with Harry Chambers and Dick Johnson finding the net. 1958 - Billy Liddell and Bobby Murdoch struck as we beat Derby County 2-0 at Anfield in a Second Division fixture. Buying the site 2008 - The club announced that it had completed the purchase of 100% of the official club website, liverpoolfc.tv. Other reds games 1994 – We lost 2-0 at Blackburn Rovers. Jason Wilcox bagged one of his four goals against us before Tim Sherwood struck. 1963 – We drew 2-2 at Ipswich Town. Kevin Lewis scored before Ted Phillips scored the last of his five past us. Ian St. John gave us a half-time lead, but Royston Stephenson netted the final of his four goals against the reds. 1949 – We lost 2-1 at Chelsea despite going in at the break ahead through Jimmy Payne. Roy Bentley scored the first of his five past us with Ken Armstrong nabbing the winner. 1938 – We drew 2-2 at Leicester City with Alf Hanson netting both our goals. 1932 – We drew 2-2 at Blackpool. Jimmy Hampson scored one of his six goals against us before Dave Wright and Gordon Hodgson struck. Phil Watson struck one of his five past us in the final minute. Nando again 2009 - Fernando Torres was named the PFA Fans’ Player of the Month for February of that year, so becoming the third consecutive reds winner after two straight wins by Steven Gerrard. Nando had notched three times in three League outings during the previous month. International beginning and end 1989 - Ronnie Rosenthal netted his first goal for Israel as a Standard de Liège player, the only goal of their World Cup qualifier against New Zealand in Tel-Aviv. 2013 – Jordon Ibe won his second and last cap for England Under-18’s in their 1-0 friendly defeat in Belgium. On the move 1996 - Future red Steve Finnan joined Notts County on loan from Birmingham City. He played twenty times, before signing permanently seven months later. 2015 – Former reds left-winger Albert Riera re-signed for his first club Real Club Deportivo Mallorca, having been sacked by Udinese four months earlier. He played just six times in this second spell.
  2. Will

    23rd April

    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, with outside-left Albert Pearson playing his 51st and last reds game. 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 ends 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, with keeper Peter Platt appearing for the 44th and final time. 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.
  3. Will

    11th September

    2,000 up 2004 - We hosted our 2,000th League game, with West Bromwich Albion on the receiving end of a 3-0 defeat. Steve Finnan scored his only reds goal while Luis García bagged the first of his thirty strikes, after Steven Gerrard had opened the scoring. Doss debuts 1981 - Italian left-back Andrea Dossena was born in Lodi. He signed from Udinese for £7m in July 2008 in a four-year deal. He made 31 appearances, saving his two goals for the same week, first at home to Real Madrid and then at Manchester United. He left Anfield to sign for SSC Napoli for €4.25m in January 2010. A nightmare for Carra 1999 - Jamie Carragher scored two own goals to help us to a 3-2 defeat at home to deadly rivals Manchester United, despite goalscorer Andrew Cole’s late sending off, in front of our record home Premier League attendance of 44,929. Sami Hyypiä struck his first reds goal with Patrik Berger also on target for the reds. Cole had struck one of his eleven goals past us. Hat-tricks for 1926 - Gordon Hodgson scored the first of his seventeen reds hat-tricks in our 5-1 First Division defeat of Sheffield United, with Dick Forshaw netting a brace, including a penalty. Harry Johnson struck one of his seven goals against the reds. 1943 - Arthur Shepherd netted an incredible six goals as we trounced Wrexham 8-0 in a Wartime League game at Anfield. Jack Balmer and Alf Hanson were also on target. A unique treble 1982 - We scored against three different Luton Town goalkeepers at Anfield – regular custodian Jake Findlay, right-back Kirk Stephens and Mal Donaghy. Findlay tore a muscle and had to be replaced before the break, with two different outfield players taking a turn between the sticks. Unfortunately, we could only draw 3-3, with Graeme Souness, Ian Rush and Craig Johnston on target. Current Academy Chief Scout Dave Moss was amongst the scorers, with Brian Stein bagging a brace, the first two of his four goals past us. Into the Champions League 2001 - We played our first ever game in the UEFA Champions League proper as we were held 1-1 at Anfield by Boavista, on the day of the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington DC. Michael Owen equalised after Elpidio Silva had put the Portuguese champions ahead, who had seven players booked, while Steven Gerrard played his hundredth reds game. Berry picked 1933 – South African outside-right Berry Nieuwenhuys signed from Germiston Callies. He struck 79 times in 257 reds games, helping us to the League title in 1947 before joining Arsenal later that year. Yet another 2-2 2002 - We were held to a 2-2 draw at Anfield by newly-promoted Birmingham City. This was the first time in 39 years that we had drawn three consecutive League games 2-2. Danny Murphy and Steven Gerrard put us two goals ahead, before City hit back through a pair of late Clinton Morrison goals, two of his four strikes against the reds. Debuting on the flank 1948 - Right-winger Jimmy Payne made his reds bow in our 1-0 home defeat by Bolton Wanderers. He went on to make 243 reds appearances, grabbing 43 goals. Hat-tricks against 1905 - Harry Hampton scored the first of his club-record fourteen hat-tricks for Aston Villa in our 5-0 trouncing at Villa Park to leave us without a point and with a goal difference of -9 after three games. These were the first of his fifteen goals against the reds. However, we still went on to claim the title, becoming the first side to do so having won promotion the previous season. Left-half George Fleming played his 82nd and last reds game as Alf West put through his own net, with Billy Brawn grabbing the other goal. 1946 - Stan Pearson bagged a treble for Manchester United in their 5-0 win at Maine Road to take them to the top of the table, the first three of his eleven past us, although we eventually claimed the title that season. Jack Rowley netted the first of his six goals against the reds, with Charlie Mitten scoring the first of his five. Bamber on target 1920 - Left-half Jack Bamber grabbed his second and final reds goal in our 5-2 defeat of Oldham Athletic at Anfield. Dick Johnson nabbed his first two strikes for the club with Harry Chambers and Jackie Sheldon also on target while the Latics benefitted from an Elisha Scott own goal, with Arthur Gee also on the scoresheet. Lancashire rivals We have faced Blackburn Rovers and Preston North End twice each on this day in history, winning only once. 1897 - We were held to a goalless draw at Anfield by Preston in a First Division fixture, with forward Pat Finnerhan playing the first of his eight reds games. 1937 - Berry Nieuwenhuys scored in the first minute as we lost 4-1 at Deepdale. Bud Maxwell bagged a treble for the home side, three of his seven strikes against the reds, with Hugh O’Donnell also on target. 1909 - We beat Blackburn in a top-flight match 3-1 at Anfield thanks to first reds goals from outside-left John McDonald and inside-right James Stewart, and a Jack Parkinson strike. Tom Rogers played his first reds game for more than a year after being seriously injured at Nottingham Forest in October 1908. 1954 - We lost 4-3 at Ewood Park in a Second Division game, with John Evans on target twice for the reds, and Billy Liddell also on the scoresheet. Eddie Quigley bagged a brace for the home side, with Frank Mooney and Tommy Briggs also on target. Disappointment against City We have twice been beaten by Manchester City on this day in history. 1915 - We lost a Wartime League game 1-0. 1935 - We were thumped 6-0 in a First Division match at Maine Road, our worst ever defeat by City with future red Matt Busby among the scorers. Forward Jimmy Heale and outside-right Ernie Toseland each struck twice, with Alex Herd bagging one of his eight goals against the reds. Nicol signs off 1991 - Steve Nicol won his 27th and final Scotland cap as they drew 2-2 with Switzerland at the w***dorf Stadium in Bern. Future red Gary McAllister also played. Also in international action that day were ex-red Jim Magilton and future red Jari Litmanen. First caps 1991 - Dean Saunders netted the only goal of the game while winning his first cap as a reds player as Wales beat Brazil in a friendly in Cardiff, while future reds Assistant Manager Colin Pascoe won his tenth and final cap. On the same day, future red Karl-Heinz Riedle was on target in Germany’s 1-0 friendly defeat of England at Wembley. Tottenham Hotspur’s Paul Stewart won his first cap in this game, as a substitute. Meanwhile, John Aldridge won his first cap as a Tranmere Rovers player as the Republic of Ireland won a friendly 2-1 in Hungary, with ex-red Kevin Sheedy notching one of the goals, his final one as a Toffees player. Ray Houghton and future red István Kozma both also featured. 2018 – Future red Luis Díaz made his senior international bow for Colombia as they shared a goalless draw with Argentina in a friendly in New Jersey. 2007 – Future red Andy Carroll struck on his debut for England Under-19’s as they beat Belarus 4-0 in a friendly at Meadow Lane. He was on loan with Preston North End from Newcastle United at the time. Javier Mascherano, Nikolay Mihaylov and future reds Dejan Lovren and James Milner also featured in international action that day. Internationals on target 2018 – Ex-red Philippe Coutinho scored as Brazil thumped El Salvador 5-0 in a friendly in Washington. Meanwhile, future red Takumi Minamino netted as Japan beat Costa Rica 3-0 in a friendly in Suita, with Ragnar Klavan winning his first cap as a Cagliari player as he captained Estonia in their 1-0 defeat in a UEFA Nations League group game in Finland. Also in international action that day were Trent Alexander-Arnold, Kamil Grabara, Jordan Henderson, Ki-Jana Hoever, Xherdan Shaqiri, Dominic Solanke, Neco Williams, Corey Whelan, future reds Thiago Alcântara, Fábio Carvalho, Diogo Jota and Arthur Melo, and ex-red Péter Gulácsi. 2019 – Coutinho played for Brazil again, alongside Roberto Firmino in their 1-0 friendly defeat by Peru in Los Angeles. On the same day, Academy forward Paul Glatzel signed a new contract with the reds. Prudhoe starts out 1981 - Future reds loanee keeper Mark Prudhoe signed as a professional for Sunderland. He only made seven first-team appearances for the Wearsiders, before joining Birmingham City three years later. Stevie off 2012 – Captain Steven Gerrard was sent off as Roy Hodgson’s England were held to a 1-1 World Cup qualifying 1-1 draw by Ukraine at Wembley. Ex-red John Arne Riise converted a penalty as Norway beat Slovenia 2-1 in Oslo, while future red Xherdan Shaqiri struck his first goal as a Bayern München player in Switzerland’s 2-0 defeat of Albania in Lucerne. Also in World Cup action that day were Joe Allen, Glen Johnson, Nuri Şahin, Martin Škrtel, Luis Suárez, future reds Ádám Bogdán, Christian Benteke, Ragnar Klavan, Dejan Lovren, Lazar Marković, James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mamadou Sakho and Daniel Sturridge, and ex-reds Charlie Adam, Xabi Alonso, Álvaro Arbeloa, Yossi Benayoun, Javier Mascherano, Raul Meireles, Nikolay Mihaylov, Krisztián Németh, Maxi Rodríguez and Daniel Sjölund. Also in international action 1990 – Future reds Stig Inge Bjørnebye and Øyvind Leonhardsen both played for Norway Under-21’s as thy drew a European Championships qualifier 2-2 with the USSR in Moscow. Ian Rush and future red Dean Saunders faced Jan Mølby as Denmark beat Wales 1-0 in a senior friendly in Copenhagen on the same day. 1985 – Jim Beglin, Mark Lawrenson and ex-red Kevin Sheedy all played as the Republic of Ireland shared a goalless World Cup qualifier with Switzerland in Bern. Meanwhile, Jan Mølby and future reds John Barnes, Glenn Hysén and Mark Wright also featured for their countries. 1979 – Ex-red Joey Jones played for wales as they lost 2-1 to the Republic of Ireland in a friendly in Swansea. Other reds games 1976 – We won 3-2 at Derby County. Ray Kennedy netted before Charlie George scored one of his five goals against the reds and Phil Neal put through his own net to give the Rams a half-time lead. John Toshack and Kevin Keegan scored after the break. 1971 – John Toshack bagged the only goal of Southampton’s visit to Anfield. 1965 – Chris Lawler and Roger Hunt struck as we beat Fulham 2-1 in L4. Out on loan 2010 – Centre-half Daniel Ayala moved away from Anfield to join Hull City on a temporary basis. He struck once in twelve outings for the Tigers. 1997 - Nigel Clough joined Sheffield Wednesday on loan from Manchester City. He only managed two first-team appearances for the Owls. 1995 - Former reserves defender Alex Watson joined Gillingham on loan from Bournemouth. He played ten times for the Gills before returning to Dean Court. 2015 – Centre-half Ben Davies joined Southport on loan from Preston North End, playing nine times for the Sandgrounders.
  4. Will

    18th May

    Birthdays galore 1954 - Midfielder Jimmy Case was born in Liverpool. He signed from South Liverpool for a bargain £500 in May 1973 and bagged 46 goals in 269 reds games, helping us to claim three European Cups, four League titles, UEFA Cup, UEFA Super Cup, League Cup and three FA Charity Shields, before joining Brighton & Hove Albion for £350,000 in August 1981. 1863 - Matt McQueen was born in Harthill, Lanarkshire. 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 moved on to Heart Of Midlothian in 1899 but later served the reds as a Director, and then as Manager for five years in the 1920’s, leading us to our fourth League title in 1923. 1958 - Howard Gayle was born in Toxteth. The first black player to represent Liverpool in modern times, he signed professional terms in November 1977 and notched once in five first-team appearances before moving on to Birmingham City in January 1983 for £75,000. 2013 – Under-23’s Assistant Coach Gary O’Neil was born in Beckenham. He had enjoyed a successful playing career with the likes of Portsmouth and Middlesbrough, retiring in the summer of 2019. He joined the reds in August 2020, leaving the following February to take over as Senior First Team Coach at Bournemouth. Two keepers also share a birthday today. 1971 - Brad Friedel was born in Bay Village, Ohio. He made 31 first-team appearances for us after signing from US side Columbus Crew for £1m in December 1997, moving to Blackburn Rovers on a free transfer in November 2000. 1973 - Pegguy Arphexad was born in Guadeloupe. Our former reserve custodian signed on a free transfer in July 2000 but only played six senior reds games, although he claimed six winners’ medals from the bench in his time at Anfield, before moving on to Coventry City in August 2003 after his contract had expired. The Saint departs 1971 - Ian St. John signed for Coventry City after a spell with Hellenic in South Africa. He had notched 118 goals in 425 games for the reds, including the winning goal in the 1965 FA Cup Final. He had also helped us to win two First Division titles, the Second Division and FA Charity Shield since his arrival from Motherwell in May 1961 for a then club record fee of £37,500. Euro disappointment 2016 – Daniel Sturridge gave us a half-time lead in the UEFA Europa League Final against Sevilla in Basel, but we collapsed after the break to lose 3-1 with Jorge Moreno bagging a brace to add to a Kévin Gameiro strike. Midfielder Joe Allen, centre-forward Christian Benteke and centre-half Kolo Touré all played their last reds games. We had been denied a clear-cut penalty in the first half as the Spanish side went on to claim the trophy for the third consecutive season. More forward departures 2004 - Emile Heskey was sold to Birmingham City for a fee rising to £6.25m after sixty goals in 223 reds games. He struck sixteen times in 78 games for the Blues before moving to Wigan Athletic for £5.5m in July 2006. 1971 - Steve Peplow left for Swindon Town after a successful loan spell. He signed on at Anfield as a professional in January 1966 and struck nineteen goals for the reserves in 1968/69, but only played three senior games, without finding the back of the net. Other reds signings 1927 - Forward Tom Devlin signed from Preston North End for £250. He was unable to make the first-team, unlike his brother, centre-forward Willie, who was at Anfield at the same time. He moved on to Swindon Town in July 1928. 1985 - Reserves defender Alex Watson signed for the reds as a professional. He only made nine first-team appearances, including our 1988 FA Charity Shield win, before joining Bournemouth in January 1991 for £150,000. The end of the road for A’Court 1963 - Alan A’Court played his 354th and final League game as we lost 2-0 at Aston Villa in a game postponed from Boxing Day to finish the season in eighth place with George Graham netting the first of his four goals past us and Bobby Thomson also on target. He had played 381 games for us in total, scoring 63 goals, helping us to win the Second Division title in 1962. 1982 - Our only other first-class game on this day produced a goalless draw at Middlesbrough, the final game of a season in which we won the League by four points from Ipswich Town. Led by skipper Graeme Souness, the reds had all snuck out of the hotel to go down the pub shortly before the game! On target 2014 – Future red Dominic Solanke netted as England Under-17’s beat Portugal 2-0 in their European Championships Semi-final in Malta, with fellow future red Joe Gomez also in action. First and last caps 1935 - Ex-reds defender Tom Gardner won his second and final cap as England beat the Netherlands 1-0 in a friendly in Amsterdam. 1938 – Ex-reds reserves centre-half Matt O’Mahoney won the first of his six caps for Ireland in their 2-2 friendly draw with Czechoslovakia in Prague. 1939 – O’Mahoney played again as Ireland again drew 2-2 in a friendly, this time with Hungary in Budapest. 1950 - Bill Jones made his second and final senior appearance for England as they beat Belgium 4-1 in a friendly in Brussels. His grandson Rob went on to win eight full caps for England. 1949 - Bill also played for his country, when England B beat the Netherlands 4-0 in an unofficial international in Amsterdam. 2002 - Future red Djibril Cissé made his senior international debut as a substitute in France’s 2-1 defeat by Belgium at the Stade de France. On the same day, Vladimír Šmicer scored the only goal of the game as the Czech Republic beat World Cup-bound Italy in Prague, his twentieth senior goal for his country. Meanwhile, Dietmar Hamann starred in Germany’s 6-2 defeat of Austria in Leverkusen, playing alongside ex-red Christian Ziege. 1996 - Reds centre-back Mark Wright won his 45th and final full England cap as they beat Hungary 3-0 in a friendly at Wembley. Future red Paul Ince also played. 2016 – Midfielder Allan debuted for Brazil Under-20’s as they drew 1-1 with South Korea Under-19’s in Suwon. Into the book 2009 – The club launched its own official Facebook page, which now has over 38m followers. Ex-reds on the move 1999 - John Barnes was released by Charlton Athletic. He had made just two starts for the Addicks, plus a further ten appearances from the bench. His Charlton debut had been at home to the reds, as they won 1-0 following Jamie Carragher’s dubious dismissal. 2000 - Mike Marsh signed for Southport from Kidderminster Harriers on a free transfer. He netted seven times in 37 games as they just missed out on promotion from the Conference. 2020 – Nigel Clough brought his second spell as Manager of Burton Albion to a close by mutual consent, due to the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Walters starts out 1982 - Mark Walters signed as a professional for Aston Villa. He struck 48 times in 224 games for the Villains before moving to Rangers for £550,000 in December 1987. Released 2006 - It was announced that Ramon Calliste, Robbie Foy, Paul Lancaster, Paul Willis and Calum Woods were not being retained for the next season once their contracts expired later in the summer. 2007 - Ex-reds midfielder David Thompson was released by Bolton Wanderers after eight games in five months with the Trotters. 1907 – Forward John Carlin was sold to Preston North End after eight goals in 35 outings since signing from Barnsley in December 1902, helping us to the League title in 1906. Young champion 2009 – Christopher Buchtmann helped Germany Under-17’s to claim the European Championships as they beat their Dutch counterparts 2-1 in the Final in Magdeburg after extra time. 2010 – Andre Wisdom featured in the same tournament as England beat the Czech Republic 3-1 in a group game in Liechtenstein. On the same day, future red Gini Wijnaldum played as the Dutch Under-21’s lost 3-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Portugal. Also in international action 1974 – Emlyn Hughes captained England as they lost 2-0 to Scotland in the British International Championships, with future red Kenny Dalglish on the winning side. 1975 – Steve Heighway featured for the Republic of Ireland as they lost a European Championshosp qualifier 2-1 to the USSR in Kyiv. 2006 – Carl Medjani skippered France Under-20’s as they drew 1-1 with the Netherlands in the Toulon Tournament. 2019 – Future red Darwin Núñez played for Uruguay Under-20’s as they drew a friendly 1-1 with the USA in Poland.
  5. Will

    30th August

    Central moves 2014 – Daniel Agger joined Brøndby IF in his native Denmark for a reported £3m, after fourteen goals in 232 games since signing from the same club for £5.8m in January 2006. He had helped us to claim the FA Community Shield and League Cup. 2011 – Uruguayan Sebastián Coates signed from Nacional for £7m after impressing at the recent Copa América tournament. He netted twice in 24 senior outings for the reds, failing to break through to becoming a first team regular. He was sold to Sunderland for £4m in July 2015 after spending the previous season on loan there. 1960 – Right-half Gordon Milne signed from his hometown club Preston North End for a club record £16,000. He played 282 times for us, netting eighteen times and winning the League title twice, as well as the Second Division championship before joining Blackpool in May 1967. He also won fourteen England caps, and later successfully managed Coventry City and Leicester City. Masch off 2010 - Javier Mascherano was sold to Barcelona for €22m, after two goals in 139 reds games. He signed for the reds on loan from West Ham United in January 2007, joining permanently thirteen months later. A hat-trick for Michael 1998 - Michael Owen bagged a hat-trick as we beat Newcastle United 4-1 at St. James’ Park, to spoil Ruud Gullit’s first game in charge. Stéphane Guivarc’h replied for the home side with Patrik Berger rounding out the scoring, which all took place in the first half. The Saint off the mark 1961 – Ian St. John struck his first two reds goals as we trounced Sunderland 4-1, with Roger Hunt also on target twice and Brian Clough netting the last of his ten goals past us. 1958 – We were beaten 2-1, when Billy Liddell grabbed our consolation at Roker Park. 1922 - We also lost 1-0 on another visit to the North East. Carra’s half century 2012 - Jamie Carragher played his fiftieth game in Europe’s second tier competition as Heart Of Midlothian held us to a 1-1 draw in the second leg of our UEFA Europa League play-off at Anfield. David Templeton’s strike that evaded Pepe Reina with just six minutes remaining looked to have secured extra time, but Luis Suárez scored to send us through. 1980 – Left-back Alan Kennedy reached a century of reds appearances, also scoring in our 4-1 defeat of Norwich City at Anfield with Alan Hansen, Terry McDermott and David Johnson also on target. Loaned out 2012 – Centre-forward Andy Carroll joined West Ham United on loan after bagging eleven goals in 58 reds games since his club record £35m capture on transfer deadline day in January 2011. He netted seven times in 24 games for the Irons, before signing on permanently for £15.5m in June 2013, their record fee paid to date. On the same day, young forward Samed Yeşil moved to Anfield from Bayer 04 Leverkusen for a reported £1m. He made two senior reds appearances before being released in June 2016. Meanwhile, ex-red Ryan Babel was released by TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, later re-joining Ajax. 2015 – Forward Lazar Marković joined Fenerbahçe Spor Kulübü on loan, netting twice in twenty outings. Also off and running 2003 - Harry Kewell netted his first reds goal as we won 3-0 at Everton, with Michael Owen bagging a brace. This was our fourth straight League win at Goodison, a record for any club. 1948 – Les Shannon struck his first reds goal as we won 2-1 at Sheffield United, with Billy Liddell also on target. Out of Anfield 2002 - Jari Litmanen rejoined his old club Ajax on a free transfer. He had only managed to make nineteen starts in as many months at Anfield, notching nine goals in 43 appearances in all, and failed to really establish himself back in the Netherlands. 2006 - Neil Mellor joined Preston North End for a reported £0.5m. He netted 43 times in 151 outings before having to retire due to injury in May 2012. 1999 - Bjørn Tore Kvarme signed for Saint-Étienne on a free transfer. He had made 54 reds appearances but was not the defensive missing link we were searching for. He spent two seasons in France before joining Sander Westerveld at Real Sociedad, retiring from the game in June 2008 after a spell back with his first club, Rosenborg BK. 1990 - Reserves defender Alex Watson joined Derby County on loan, going on to make five appearances for the Rams. His brother Dave, another ex-reds reserve, went on to far greater success with Everton. 1911 – Forward Herbert Leavey left the reds to join Barnsley after just five senior games since arriving from Plymouth Argyle in June 1910. Also off the mark 1919 – George Patterson took charge of the reds for the first time as inside-forward Harry Lewis, Harry ‘Smiler’ Chambers and outside-left Albert Pearson all scored on their reds debuts, as we won 3-1 at Bradford City as another season began, with Jimmy Marshall nabbing one of his five goals against the reds. Lewis also missed a penalty, while full-back William Jenkinson also made his reds bow with forward Billy Lacey playing his hundredth League game for the club. 1933 - Forward Sam English scored his first reds goal in our 1-1 draw with Stoke City at Anfield, the first time we had faced them since their name change from the simpler Stoke. Tommy Sale struck the first of his five goals past us that day. We have beaten Stoke City twice more on this day over the years. 1947 - Billy Liddell struck a brace as we won 2-0 at the Victoria Ground. 1952 - We won 3-2 in L4 with Jack Smith, Kevin Baron and Billy Liddell on the scoresheet. Frank Bowyer struck one of his four goals against the reds, with Les Johnston also netting. Happy birthdays 1986 - Winger Sebastián Leto was born in Alejandro Korn in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He signed from Club Atlético Lanús for £1.85m in January 2007, although the transfer was not formally completed until seven months later. He made just four senior appearances and moved permanently to Panathinaikos in July 2009 after spending the previous season on loan at Olympiacos. 2002 – Portuguese forward Fábio Carvalho was born in Torres Vedras. He signed from Fulham for an initial £5m in July 2022, debuting as we won the FA Community Shield later that month. Out-foxed We twice visited Filbert Street to play Leicester City on this day in the 1970’s, without winning. 1972 - We lost 3-2 with John Toshack bagging an early brace to put us two goals ahead, before Keith Weller struck a hat-trick, the first of his six goals against the reds. 1975 - We were held 1-1, with Kevin Keegan nabbing our goal. Two minutes earlier he had converted a penalty, but had to retake it, and failed with his second attempt. Keith Weller netted against the reds again, the last of his six strikes against us. Losing out to the Villains We twice faced Aston Villa on this day in the 1920’s, without winning. 1924 - Donald McKinlay and Danny Shone netted as we lost 4-2 at Anfield in our opening match of the season. Billy Walker struck two of his five goals against the reds, with Billy Kirton and Arthur Dorrell also on target. 1926 - Dick Forshaw was on target as we drew 1-1 at Villa Park, with Len Capewell scoring one of his six strikes past us. Heading towards Wembley 1977 - Kenny Dalglish and Jimmy Case were on the scoresheet as we beat Chelsea 2-0 at Anfield in a League Cup Second Round fixture. We went on to reach the Final of the competition for the first time that season. East end Hutch 1994 - Don Hutchison left Anfield for West Ham United for £1.5m after ten goals in sixty reds games. 2001 - He moved back to Upton Park, joining from Sunderland for £5m, having also played for Sheffield United and Everton in the meantime. Starting off well 1930 - Jim Smith netted twice as we beat Blackburn Rovers 2-1 at Anfield in our opening fixture of the season, with outside-left Fred Hopkin playing his 300th League game for the reds. Jack Bruton scored one of his four goals past us. Beaten to a trophy 1989 - The reds lost 2-0 to Real Madrid in the eleventh Trofeo Internacional “Santiago Bernabéu”, thanks to goals from Hugo Sánchez and Emilio Butragueño. Other reds games 1995 – Neil Ruddock netted the only goal of Queens Park Rangers’ visit to Anfield. 1986 – We beat Arsenal 2-1 in L4. Jan Mølby converted a penalty before Tony Adams equalised. Ian Rush grabbed the winner. 1969 – Chris Lawler headed in as we drew 1-1 at Sheffield Wednesday. 1966 – We beat Manchester City 3-2 at home with Roger Hunt and Geoff Strong both scoring early on. Matt Gray pulled a goal back after the break with Hunt netting again before Jimmy Murray bagging the last of his four goals against the reds. 1950 – We lost 1-0 at Manchester United. A Gray day 1910 - 1930’s defender Alf Gray was born in Westhoughton, Bolton. He failed to break into our first team. On the move 2005 – Brazilian keeper Alexander Doni joined Roma from Juventude in his native land for US$18,000. 2003 - Steve McManaman signed for Manchester City from Real Madrid on a free transfer. He appeared just 44 times for them without scoring before being released. 2002 - Øyvind Leonhardsen joined Aston Villa from Tottenham Hotspur on a free transfer. He left Villa Park two years later, after three goals in 23 games. 1997 - Reserves winger Nicky Rizzo signed from Sydney Olympic. He never made our first team, and is currently back in his homeland, running a soccer school. 2006 – Future reds scout Jonathan Woodgate joined Middlesbrough on loan from Real Madrid, making the move permanent for £7m the following summer. He played 52 times without scoring, moving on to Tottenham Hotspur for a reported £8m in January 2008. 2018 – Keeper Caoimhin Kelleher and winger Sheyi Ojo both signed new contracts, with Ojo then completing a loan move to Stade de Reims on the same day, where he scored once in eighteen games for their first team. 2021 – Left-back James Norris signed a new contract with the reds, having already made one senior appearance. On the same day, centre-half Ozan Kabak joined Norwich City on loan from Schalke 04, playing twelve times as they were relegated from the Premier League. First caps 1996 - Brad Friedel won his first cap as a Columbus Crew player, and fortieth in total, as the USA beat El Salvador 3-1 in a friendly in Los Angeles. 2006 – Future reds loanee Victor Moses played for England Under-17’s for the first time, in their 2-2 friendly draw with Turkey. On the same day, future red Alex Manninger played for Austria Under-21’s in their 4-0 European Championships qualifying defeat of Scotland in Amstetten.
  6. Will

    27th July

    Welcome Dejan 2014 – Croatian centre-half Dejan Lovren signed from Southampton for £20m. He struck eight times in 185 appearances, helping us to claim the Premier League title, as well as remaining on the bench as we won the UEFA Champions League in Madrid in June 2019. 2020 – Lovren was sold to Zenit St. Petersburg for £10.9m. On the same day, keeper Andy Lonergan was released, having failed to make a senior appearance, while Adam Lallana left the reds to sign for Brighton & Hove Albion. He signed from Southampton in July 2014 for £23m, notching 22 times in 178 outings for the reds, helping us to claim the Premier League title and FIFA Club World Cup. Arrival of a legend 1938 - Billy Liddell signed as an amateur from Lochgelly Violet for £200, turning professional nine months later. He left the club in 1961, having struck 228 times in 534 games. His only club honour was the League title in 1947, although he also played in the FA Cup Final three years later. Best boss 2020 - Jürgen Klopp was named LMA Manager of the Year having led the reds to a resounding League title win that season. Stéphane on target 2004 - Stéphane Henchoz grabbed his one and only reds goal as we thumped Celtic 5-1 in a ChampionsWorld Series game in Connecticut. Djibril Cissé also netted his first two reds strikes, with John Arne Riise and Michael Owen also on target. Lucas makes his bow 2007 - Young Brazilian midfielder Lucas Leiva played his first reds game as we lost the Final of the Barclays Asia Trophy to Portsmouth 4-2 on penalties, after the game in Hong Kong had ended goalless. Yossi Benayoun and Fernando Torres both had spot-kicks saved by ex-red David James. Rushie’s hat-trick 1985 - Ian Rush bagged a treble as we thumped Burnley 5-1 at Turf Moor to open our pre-season campaign with a bang. Ken DeMange, who never made a senior appearance for the reds, netted in his first run-out for the first team, while centre-back Mark Seagraves also made his reds bow. Ronnie Whelan nabbed our other goal. Starting out 2016 – Centre-half Ragnar Klavan played his first reds game as we lost 1-0 to Chelsea in the International Champions Cup in California, with Cesc Fabregas sent off for the Blues. 2014 – Lazar Marković made his first appearance for the club as an early Raheem Sterling goal was enough to defeat Olympiacos 1-0 in an International Champions Cup group game in Chicago. 1992 - David James featured in his first reds game as Ballspielverein Borussia 09 e.V. Dortmund beat us 3-2 in the Tournoi de Paris third place play-off at the Parc des Princes. Mark Wright and Don Hutchison netted our goals. TLT off the mark 2003 - Anthony Le Tallec scored his first reds goal as we thumped a Hong Kong Select XI 6-0 to claim the pre-season Invest Hong Kong Football Challenge Cup. Milan Baroš and Emile Heskey both netted braces, while Vladimír Šmicer also got on the scoresheet. European champions 2007 - Future red Mikel San José was on the winning side as Spain Under-19’s beat Greece 1-0 to claim the European Championships in Austria. 2010 – Dani Pacheco scored in his third consecutive game as Spain reached the Final of the same tournament by beating England 3-1 in France, with future reds Thiago Alcântara, Steven Caulker and Nathaniel Clyne all also in action. Meanwhile, his clubmate Chris Mavinga also reached the Final as France beat Croatia 2-1. For Sir John 1996 - We were beaten 2-0 at Anfield by Porto in the opening match of a friendly tournament to celebrate the centenary of the birth of Sir John Moores CBE. The contest also featured Everton and Borussia Mönchengladbach. Reds in Europe 2002 - German side Wolfsburg held us to a 1-1 draw in Austria. New signing El-Hadji Diouf scored for the second successive match, on consecutive days. 1998 - Karl-Heinz Riedle was on target as we drew 1-1 at Danish side Randers Freja in a pre-season friendly. Departures 1896 – Director John McKenna resigned as Secretary, having been in charge for 36 games as we claimed the Second Division title. He then confined himself to board duties until July 1921, having two lengthy spells as the club’s Chairman. He was later Chairman of the Football League for two decades. 2016 – Aussie left-back Brad Smith was sold to Bournemouth for £6m after one goal in eleven senior outings. On the same day, reserves centre-half Dan Cleary joined Birmingham City. 2000 - Young defender Neil Murphy joined Blackpool on a free transfer. He also failed to make the break-through at Bloomfield Road, only making nine first-team appearances before moving on to Altrincham two years later. 1931 - Scottish wing-half Robert Ireland left Anfield to sign for St. Johnstone. He had signed from Rangers in November 1929, but only made one senior appearance. 1934 – Ex-reds outside-right Danny McRorie signed for Runcorn, having returned to the area from Scotland to work in insurance. International bow 2017 – Future red Fábio Carvalho debuted for England Under-16’s in their 2-0 defeat to Scotland in Stirling. Crouch on the rise 2000 - Peter Crouch joined his boyhood heroes Queens Park Rangers from Tottenham Hotspur for £60,000. He struck twelve times in 47 games for the west London outfit before joining Portsmouth for £1.25m a year later. Ex-reds on the move 2018 – Left-back Aly Cissokho signed for Turkish side Antalyaspor, playing 22 times before returning to France to join A.F.C. Blois 1995 in July 2020. 2015 – Ex-loanee right-back Javier Manquillo joined Olympique de Marseille on loan from Club Atlético de Madrid, going on to play 43 times for the French side that season. 2009 – Right-back Steve Finnan was released by R.C.D. Espanyol after just one season and four La Liga appearances in Spain. On the same day, Fernando Morientes joined Olympique de Marseille on a free transfer from Valencia after 33 strikes in 97 outings. 2000 - Neil Ruddock signed for Crystal Palace from West Ham United. He struck three times in 26 games in his one season at Palace, before joining Roy Evans at Swindon Town in August 2001. 2021 – Midfielder Adam Phillips re-joined Morecambe for a third loan spell from Burnley. 2001 - Former second-string defender Alex Watson joined basement side Exeter City from Torquay United on a free transfer. He struck once in 51 games for the Grecians, before moving to nearby Southern League side Taunton Town in July 2003. 1989 - Former reserves striker Mike Newell left Leicester City for Everton for £1.1m. He struck 21 times for the Toffees in 94 first-team appearances, before being sold to Blackburn Rovers in November 1991 for the same fee he had joined for, shortly before King Kenny’s arrival at Ewood Park. Keepers on the move Future loanee keeper Alec Chamberlain has moved twice on this day in history. 1981 - He joined his first professional club, signing for Ipswich Town from Ramsey Town. 1988 - He left Everton for Luton Town in a £150,000 deal. 2011 - Martin Hansen joined Bradford City on loan. He played just four times for the Bantams and left Anfield to join Danish side Viborg on a free transfer in January 2012. Thommo on target 1996 - Young reds midfielder David Thompson bagged the only goal of the game as England Under-18’s beat the Republic of Ireland in a European Championship Finals group encounter in France, with Michael Owen also playing. Meanwhile, Gérard Houllier took charge of France, with Christian Damiano, as France were held to a 1-1 draw by Belgium in the same competition. Also in international action 1993 - Future reds boss Gérard Houllier took charge of France A’s 5-1 thumping of Russia in Guingamp. 1986 – Future red Stig Inge Bjørnebye played for Norway Under-16’s in their 1-0 defeat to West Germany in a tournament in Hungary.
  7. Will

    29th January

    Thumping the blues 1955 - Perhaps our most memorable game on this day came when we triumphed 4-0 at Goodison Park in the FA Cup Fourth Round, at a time when we were a division below the Blues, having been relegated the previous season. The goals came from Billy Liddell, Alan A’Court and a John Evans brace. Unfortunately, Huddersfield Town knocked us out at Anfield in the following round. 1944 - We also won there in a Wartime League fixture, with Berry Nieuwenhuys and Jack Balmer on target as we beat Everton 3-2, with Don Welsh netting from the spot. 1947 - We lost a top-flight encounter 1-0 there. On the road to Cardiff once more 2006 - We won our FA Cup Fourth Round tie at Portsmouth 2-1 in a Sunday night fixture screened live on the BBC. Steven Gerrard opened the scoring from the spot following a Dejan Stefanović handball before a John Arne Riise rocket handed us a two-goal half-time lead. Sean Davis headed Pompey back into the game, but we held on for the win. Jan Kromkamp made his first start in this match, with Harry Kewell playing his hundredth reds game. Heading to the Midlands 2004 - On-loan keeper Paul Jones left Anfield to sign for his former club Wolverhampton Wanderers, in a £250,000 deal from Southampton. He had played just twice for the reds. 2018 – Daniel Sturridge joined West Bromwich Albion on loan, but injury restricted him to six appearances without scoring. On the same day, ex-reds centre-half Danny Wilson joined Colorado Rapids from Rangers. Hosting the Gunners 2003 - Arsenal scored a breakaway goal through Robert Pires after nearly ten minutes of constant reds pressure at the start of our League meeting at Anfield, the first of his four strikes past us. The Gunners dominated the rest of the first half, before John Arne Riise equalised in the second period. Dennis Bergkamp put the North London side ahead again, with the aid of a deflection, but Emile Heskey’s late header earned us a share of the points. 1992 - We beat the Gunners 2-0 at Anfield, when they were reigning champions, thanks to a Jan Mølby penalty and a goal from Ray Houghton. Simply the reds against Hucknall 1898 - Our first ever first-class match on this day came against the quaintly-named Hucknall St. John’s, in an FA Cup First Round match at Anfield. The game ended in a 2-0 victory, with Frank Becton on target and centre-half Joe McQue grabbing his fourteenth and final reds goal. This was unsurprisingly the only time we have ever faced the Nottinghamshire side. We went out to Derby County in the Third Round that season. Most recently 2020 – We won 2-0 at West Ham United’s London Stadium with Mohamed Salah converting a first-half penalty, with an Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain strike sending the reds nineteen points clear at the top of the table. Beating the Cumbrians twice We have twice seen off Carlisle United in FA Cup encounters on this day over the years, on our way to Wembley in both seasons. 1974 - We won a Fourth Round replay 2-0 at Brunton Park, thanks to goals from Phil Boersma and John Toshack. The game kicked off at 2pm on a Tuesday due to the three-day working week. 1977 - Kevin Keegan, John Toshack and Steve Heighway were all on target as we beat United 3-0 in a Fourth Round match at Anfield, with Heighway’s strike being our 400th in the competition. Scoring at last 1972 - We beat Crystal Palace 4-1 at Anfield after failing to score in each of our previous five League fixtures. Chris Lawler netted a brace, with Ian Callaghan and Kevin Keegan also on target on a day that began a run of 21 consecutive League wins at Anfield, which remains a top-flight record. Ex-red Peter Wall struck for the Eagles. On our way to Wembley 1989 - We faced Millwall in the FA Cup Fourth Round. Front pair John Aldridge and Ian Rush both struck in front of the TV cameras as we won our first ever game at The Den 2-0. Alex Watson impressed at the back in a rare start, while future red Jimmy Carter appeared for Millwall. Gary Mac in charge 2008 - Gary McAllister was appointed Manager of Leeds United. He led them to the Play-off Final that season, but they lost out to Doncaster Rovers. He was sacked in December of that year after a poor string of results, including an FA Cup Second Round defeat to non-League Histon. Quasi debuts 1986 - Peter Beardsley, then with Newcastle United, won his first cap in England’s 4-0 friendly defeat of Egypt in Cairo. Fellow future red Mark Wright also played. Barclay resigns 1892 – William Barclay tendered his resignation as Vice Chairman of Everton after John Houlding had asked the Blues to quit Anfield. It was accepted four days later, and he later worked as a Secretary-c**-Manager for the first four years of the reds’ existence. Half ton Mo 2017 – Future red Mohamed Salah won his fiftieth cap for Egypt as they beat Morocco 1-0 in their Africa Cup of Nations Quarter-final in Gabon. 2013 – Future reds loanee Victor Moses converted two spot-kicks as Nigeria beat Ethiopia 2-0 in a group stage game in South Africa. On the move 2021 – Academy keeper Ben Winterbottom left the reds to sign for Brentford. On the same day, ex-reds midfielder Isaac Christie-Davies joined FC DAC 1904 Dunajská Streda on loan from Barnsley, playing ten times while in Slovakia. 2009 – Future red Jordan Henderson joined Coventry City on loan from Sunderland. He struck once in thirteen outings for the Sky Blues. 2007 - Former reserves midfielder David Mannix signed for Norwegian side Ham-Kam. He made thirteen League appearances as they were promoted back into the top flight, re-joining Accrington Stanley in January 2008. 2013 - Keeper Charles Itandje signed for PAOK, playing ten times in his first campaign there. 2016 – Hungarian forward Krisztián Németh joined Qatari side Al-Gharafa from Sporting Kansas City. 2019 – Centre-half Tiago Ilori left Reading to sign for Sporting Clube de Portugal back in his homeland, after scoring once in 64 games for the Royals since arriving from the reds for a reported £3.75m in January 2017. Births and death 1991 – Argentine midfielder Gerardo Bruna was born in Ciudad de Mendoza. He signed from Real Madrid in the summer of 2007 but failed to break through to our first team, moving on to Blackpool in July 2011. 2003 - Defender Jarell Quansah was born in Warrington. He signed pro terms in February 2021, making it to the first-team bench twice in 2021/22. 2009 - Right-half Roy Saunders died. He signed from Hull City in May 1948 and netted once in 146 reds appearances before joining Swansea Town in March 1959 in part-exchange for forward Des Palmer, who never featured for our first team. He was also the father of 1990’s reds striker Dean. On Song thrice Ex-red Rigobert Song has played for Cameroon in Africa Cup of Nations Finals matches three times on this day in history. 2002 - They defeated Togo 3-0 in Mali with Song the skipper. On the same day, Kolo Touré won his last cap as an ASEC Mimosas player as the Ivory Coast lost 3-1 to DR Congo in the same tournament. 2004 – He captained them to a 5-3 victory over Zimbabwe in Tunisia. 2006 - He won his 102nd cap as they beat Congo-Kinshasa 2-0 in Cairo. Ex-red Frode Kippe also played for his country on that day. Youngsters in Egypt 2003 - Future red Arnaud Bühler took part in an amazing UEFA-CAF Meridian Cup match in Egypt which was abandoned after 83 minutes with the score at 1-1. Burkina Faso had four players sent off against Switzerland’s Under-17’s, and then another player got injured but they had used both their permitted substitutions. On the same day, David Raven played in England’s 1-0 defeat of host nation Egypt, while future reds centre-back Carl Medjani skippered France as they beat Mali 2-1. Also in action that day was future red Sotirios Kyrgiakos as the Greek senior team beat Cyprus 2-1 in a friendly in Larnaka. 1990 – Future red Øyvind Leonhardsen played for Norway Under-21’s in their 1-1 draw with Iraq in Baghdad. Other reds games 1984 – We lost 2-0 at Brighton & Hove Albion in the FA Cup Fourth Round as the Seagulls became the second band to knock us out in consecutive seasons, after Everton in 1906. This was the first time an English club outside of the top flight had featured on live TV, excluding FA Cup Finals. 1983 – We beat Stoke City 2-0 at the same stage at Anfield, thanks to goals from Kenny Dalglish and Ian Rush. We then lost at home to Brighton in the following round. 1966 – Chris Lawler nabbed the only goal of Leicester City’s League visit to L4 1949 – Billy Liddell was on target as we beat Notts County 1-0 in a Fourth Round tie at Anfield. We were knocked out at Wolverhampton Wanderers at the next hurdle. 1938 – We shared a goalless draw with Grimsby Town at Blundell Park. 1927 – We beat Southport 3-1 in the FA Cup Fourth Round in L4 with Gordon Hodgson, Harry Chambers and Dick Edmed scoring before Tommy White grabbed the first of his four goals past us late on. Unfortunately, we lost at home to Arsenal at the next stage. 1921 – We lost 1-0 at Newcastle United in a Second Round tie. Future reds in international action 2001 – Alberto Aquilani won the second of his two caps for Italy Under-17’s in their 3-0 victory over Mali. 2005 – Daniel Agger played as Denmark Under-21’s lost 3-2 to Guatemala in an unofficial international in Fort Lauderdale. 2019 – Darwin Núñez featured for Uruguay Under-20’s as they drew 1-1 with Venezuela in a South American Championships group game in Chile. Harry foiled 2011 – Harry Kewell played for Australia as they lost 1-0 to Japan in the AFC Asian Cup Final in Qatar.
  8. Will

    18th January

    Happy birthday Quasi 1961 - Peter Beardsley was born in Newcastle. He arrived at Anfield from Newcastle United for a British record £1.9m fee in July 1987, winning two League titles, an FA Cup and two FA Charity Shields, scoring 59 times in 175 games. He was controversially sold by Graeme Souness to Everton for £1m in August 1991. 2002 – Dutch defender Ki-Jana Hoever was born in Amsterdam. He joined from Ajax in the summer of 2018, signing his first professional contract in July 2019. He scored once in four senior appearances before moving to Wolverhampton Wanderers for an initial £9m in September 2020. 1882 – Forward Sam Gilligan was born in Dundee. He signed from Bristol City in May 1910, having featured in the FA Cup Final for them the previous year. He netted sixteen goals in forty games, including the crucial strike at Oldham Athletic in April 1912 that kept us in the top flight, before joining Gillingham as Player/Manager in July 1913. 1993 – Portuguese midfielder João Teixeira was born in Braga. He signed from Sporting Clube de Portugal for £830,000 in January 2012, making his senior bow as a substitute in our win at Fulham in February 2014. He struck once in eight first-team games in total before moving on to Porto for a £250,000 compensation fee in July 2016. 1996 – Academy left-back Joe Maguire was born in Manchester. He made his first senior appearance in our game against a True Thai Premier League All Stars side in July 2015, making his full debut in our FA Cup tie at Exeter City in January 2016. He moved on to Fleetwood Town in January 2017. Humbled at Turf Moor 2005 - Antonio Núñez was sent off as Djimi Traore scored a comical own goal to hand Burnley victory in our rearranged FA Cup Third Round tie. This turned out to be Neil Mellor’s 22nd and final game for the club. Crazy Horse’s century 1969 - Emlyn Hughes reached a century of reds appearances as we won 2-1 at Chelsea. Roger Hunt struck what was erroneously believed at the time to be a club record 234th League goal for the reds, although it was in fact only his 233rd! Alun Evans headed in, with Bobby Tambling scoring the last of his eight goals against the reds. A win at last 2003 - We finally won a League game, after a run of eleven matches without tasting victory, with a superb performance at a rain-sodden Southampton. Emile Heskey’s first-half header was the highlight of a barnstorming performance. Most recently 2014 - We came back from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Aston Villa at Anfield. Andreas Weimann scored before future red Christian Benteke grabbed one of his seven goals against us to date, with Daniel Sturridge pulling a goal back in first-half stoppage time. Steven Gerrard levelled from the spot. Through on penalties 1995 - We finally saw off Birmingham City in the replay of our FA Cup Third Round tie. The game ended 1-1 after ninety minutes with Jamie Redknapp grabbing our goal, remaining that way through extra time as Ian Rush had a goal disallowed. We won the penalty shoot-out 2-0 with Stig Inge Bjørnebye netting the decisive spot-kick, and Jamie Redknapp also converting, as City missed all four of their kicks, while Neil Ruddock’s effort was saved. However, we were knocked out by Tottenham Hotspur in the Sixth Round that season. Red debutants 1997 - Bjørn Tore Kvarme made his reds bow in a 3-0 defeat of Aston Villa at Anfield, as Jamie Carragher headed the opener with his first ever senior goal on his first start. Stan Collymore and Robbie Fowler were also on the scoresheet. 1936 – Outside-right Billy Hartill debuted in our goalless top-flight fixture at Grimsby Town, with pat Glover missing a penalty for the home side. The sheriff departs 2005 - Salif Diao joined Birmingham City on loan. He only made two senior appearances in his time at St. Andrews, both defeats. First and last goals 2017 – Lucas Leiva headed his seventh and last reds goal as we won our FA Cup Third Round replay 1-0 at Plymouth Argyle. Winger Harry Wilson made his reds bow, while midfielder Kevin Stewart played his twentieth and last reds game, with Sheyi Ojo featuring for the thirteenth and final time. Divock Origi had a late penalty saved, but we hung on to win, falling to Wolverhampton Wanderers at Anfield at the next hurdle. 1992 - Michael Thomas scored his first reds goal in a 3-2 win at Oldham Athletic. The former Arsenal midfielder grabbed the winning goal, after strikes from Steve McManaman and Dean Saunders. 1941 – We won a Wartime League game 3-0 at Boundary Park, thanks to goals from Bob Paisley, George Collister and John Search. An east end double 1964 - West Ham United completed the only League double over the reds that season, winning 1-0 at Upton Park thanks to a John Byrne strike. 1930 - We also lost 4-1 there with Jim Smith nabbing our consolation as centre-half David Davidson put through his own net while playing his 62nd and final reds game. Vic Watson struck one of his nine goals against the reds as Jim Barrett and George Robson also netted for the Irons. 1983 – We beat the Hammers 2-1 in a League Cup Fifth Round tie at Anfield, thanks to goals from David Hodgson and Graeme Souness. This was Bob Paisley’s fiftieth game in charge in this competition. 1986 – We won a League meeting 3-1 in L4, when Ian Rush reached a century of League goals for the reds. Paul Walsh also scored, with Jan Mølby converting a penalty. Four against 1913 - Fred Howard scored all four Manchester City goals on his debut as they beat us 4-1 at their old Hyde Road ground, the first of his nine goals past us. Jimmy Stewart nabbed our consolation, with half-back Ralph Holden playing the first of just two senior games. For Arthur 1908 - Centre-half Jimmy Harrop made his reds bow as we beat Bolton Wanderers 1-0 in a First Division match at Anfield. Jack Parkinson struck in a match that was also a benefit game for winger Arthur Goddard. Forward Joe Hewitt reached a century of League appearances for the club in this game. 1947 - We lost 3-0 to Wanderers at Anfield with Nat Lofthouse scoring one of his eight goals against the reds, Willie Moir bagging the first of his five and Malcolm Barrass also on target. New deals 2012 – The club announced a deal with Warrior Sports Inc. to become its Official Kit Supplier, apparently worth £25m per season. 2016 – Keeper Simon Mignolet signed a new contract. He made 204 first-team appearances after signing from Sunderland for £9m in June 2013, moving on to Club Brugge for an initial reported £6.4m in August 2019. Youngsters on the move 2007 - Irish international midfielder Darren Potter was sold to Wolverhampton Wanderers after a successful 24-game loan spell. On the same day, winger Adam Hammill joined Dunfermline Athletic on loan, helping them to the Scottish Cup Final at the end of the season. Meanwhile, ex-reserves right-back Stephen Vaughan signed for Boston United on a free transfer from Chester City. 2008 - Second string forward Craig Lindfield moved to Chester City on loan, where he failed to score in seven outings. Meanwhile, Djimi Traoré joined Stade Rennais from Portsmouth on a temporary basis, playing fifteen League games for them. 2013 – Scottish centre-half Danny Wilson joined Heart Of Midlothian on loan, playing fifteen times before signing on permanently in the summer. In and out 1895 - Left-back Tom Wilkie signed from Heart Of Midlothian. He struck once in 64 games for the reds before joining Portsmouth in 1899. 1996 – Mark Walters joined Southampton on a free transfer. The most famous of his 124 games in a red shirt came when he inspired a UEFA Cup comeback against Auxerre in 1991. He also scored the crucial second goal in our defeat of Manchester United that handed the title to Leeds United earlier the following year, one of his nineteen reds strikes after signing from Rangers for £1.25m in August 1991. First and last caps 1913 - Ex-red George Latham won his tenth and final cap for Wales, his only one as a Cardiff City player. His former Anfield team-mate Ernest Peake also played for the Welsh as they beat Ireland 1-0 in the British International Championships in Belfast. Reds half-back Billy Lacey was winning his first cap as a reds player for the Irish and eleventh to date. 1995 – Future reds midfielder Jean-Michel Ferri won the last of his five senior caps for France as they beat the Netherlands 1-0 in a friendly in Utrecht. Also on the move 1991 – Defender Alex Watson joined Bournemouth for £150,000 after just nine first-team appearances, including being on the winning side in the FA Charity Shield in 1988. He is the brother of fellow former reserve Dave Watson, who found greater fame across Stanley Park. 2001 - Former reserves midfielder Danny Williams joined Conference side Doncaster Rovers from Wrexham on loan. He played six times in his one month at Belle Vue. 2008 – Ex-reds midfielder Bernard Diomède announced his retirement from playing having been without a club for eighteen months. He only made five first-team appearances after signing from Auxerre for £3m in June 2000. 2016 – The loaning of Brazilian midfielder Allan Rodrigues de Souza to Koninklijke Sint-Truidense Voetbalvereniging was announced. He played nine times for the Dutch side. 2017 – Centre-half Tiago Ilori was sold to Reading for a reported £3.75m after just three senior reds games since signing from Sporting Clube de Portugal for £7m in September 2013. For Africa 1996 – Future red Rigobert Song played for Cameroon in their 2-1 defeat of Egypt in an Africa Cup of Nations group game in Johannesburg. 2010 – Ex-red Momo Sissoko featured for Mali in their 3-1 defeat of Malawi in Angola. 2017 – Ex-red Toni Silva played for Guinea-Bissau as they lost 2-1 to Cameroon in Gabon. Other reds games 1975 – We beat Coventry City 2-1 at Anfield with Steve Heighway giving us a half-time lead. Kevin Keegan struck late on, but there was still enough time for Brian Alderson to bag a consolation. 1967 – We lost 2-1 at Leicester City with Mike Stringfellow opening the scoring with one of his five goals past us, before we levelled through a Peter Rodrigues own goal. Graham Cross struck the winner. 1958 – Middlesbrough won 2-0 in L4 with Brian Clough scoring one of his ten goals against the reds, and Ron Burbeck also on target. Also in international action 1950 – Emlyn Hughes played for England B in their 5-0 thumping of Switzerland at Hillsborough. 2000 – Future red Alberto Aquilani featured as Italy Under-15’s beat Hungary 2-1. 2004 – Salif Diao and El-Hadji Diouf both played in Senegal’s 2-1 friendly defeat of South Africa in Dakar. 2010 – Ex-red Jari Litmanen captained Finland as they lost 2-0 to South Korea in Spain. 2011 – Ex-red Harry Kewell played for Australia in their 1-0 win over Bahrain in an AFC Asian Cup Finals group game in Qatar. 2016 – Future red Ozan Kabak scored as Turkey Under-16’s beat Ukraine 2-0 in a friendly. 2019 – Future red Darwin Núñez played for Uruguay Under-20’s in their 1-0 group stage defeat of Peru in the World Championship Finals in Chile.
  9. Will

    20th March

    Debutants 1963 - Full-back Chris Lawler made his reds bow in a 2-2 draw at home to West Bromwich Albion, with Roger Hunt adding to a Ronnie Moran penalty. This was our third consecutive 2-2 League draw. 1935 - Keeper Stanley Kane made his reds debut in our 2-1 derby win at Anfield. Gordon Hodgson netted both our goals, including one from the spot. Dixie Dean also converted a penalty, one of his nineteen derby strikes. 1909 - Forward Bill Hunter made his only senior appearance in our 2-0 top-flight defeat at Preston North End. Herbert Danson struck one of his four goals past us, with Percy Smith also on the scoresheet. 1999 - Future red Djibril Cissé made his senior club debut, coming off the bench in Auxerre’s 1-0 home defeat by Paris Saint-Germain. Bernard Diomède was also in the Auxerre side that day. Cumpleaños feliz Nando 1984 - Fernando Torres was born in Madrid. He signed from Club Atlético de Madrid for a club record £20.2m in July 2007 and notched an astounding 81 times in 142 reds outings, becoming a firm favourite on the Kop before moving to Chelsea for £50m in January 2011. Wark walks in 1984 - John Wark signed from Ipswich Town for £475,000 He struck an impressive 42 times in his 108 games for the reds. He left Anfield in January 1988 for £100,000 to return to Portman Road. More derby joy 2005 - We beat Everton 2-1 at Anfield as we continued to chase our neighbours for a top-four finish. Steven Gerrard opened the scoring from a free-kick after Luis García was felled. The diminutive Spaniard then put us two ahead with an opportunist header at the break. Milan Baroš was dismissed for a reckless lunge on Alan Stubbs before Tim Cahill pulled a goal back, the first of his five goals past us. However, we held on to secure our 150th home Premiership win as we used three substitutions before the break for the first time, with Stephen Warnock, Didi Hamann and Fernando Morientes all going off injured. García spent the second half playing on despite having suffered an ankle injury at the end of the first period. Good and bad runs 1988 - Our 1-0 defeat at Goodison was one of only two League defeats that season, with this game ending a League record-equalling 29-match unbeaten run. Alex Watson sat on the reds bench while his brother Dave turned out for the Blues, for whom Wayne Clarke scored the decisive goal. 1993 - We won the other derby match on this day in history, with Ronnie Rosenthal stealing victory with the only goal of the game in the final minute, so becoming the final sub to score in front of the standing Kop. This was also his 22nd and final reds goal. 1954 - Less impressively, a 1-1 draw with Chelsea at Anfield was our fourteenth consecutive League match without a win, with Eric Anderson nabbing our goal. Milestone games 1976 - Bob Paisley secured his fiftieth win as reds boss as David Fairclough grabbed the only goal of our League match at Norwich City. This was only Bob’s 101st game as Manager. 1964 – Ian Callaghan played his hundredth League game as we beat Bolton Wanderers 2-0 at Anfield thanks to goals from Alf Arrowsmith and Ian St. John. 1959 - Jimmy Melia struck twice with Louis Bimpson also netting as Stoke City won 4-3 in the Second Division at Anfield. Dick White headed into his own net as Dennis Wilshaw scored the last two of his seven strikes past us, with Bill Asprey also scoring as Ronnie Moran played his 200th reds game. 1926 – Forward Dick Forshaw struck his hundredth League goal for the reds as we lost 2-1 at Huddersfield Town. Future red Bill Devlin netted, with Clem Stephenson grabbing one of his five goals past us. Facing the Mackems 2011 – Dirk Kuyt converted from the spot after Jay Spearing was fouled outside the box at the Stadium of Light, with John Mensah later being sent off for Sunderland. Luis Suárez added a stunning second from a very tight angle to secure a 2-0 victory. 1982 – We beat Sunderland in a League match at Anfield, with Ian Rush bagging the only goal of the game and David Johnson making his 213rd and final reds appearance, as a substitute for Craig Johnston. Most recently 2016 – We lost 3-2 at Southampton, with future red Sadio Mané bagging a brace. We had gone two goals up through Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge inside the first half of the first half, but were pegged back after the break, with Graziano Pellè also on target for the Saints, while Mané had a penalty saved by Simon Mignolet. Walsh misses out 1985 - Austria Wien were known as Austria Memphis due to a sponsorship deal when we faced them in the second leg of our European Cup Third Round tie. We had drawn the away leg 1-1 with Steve Nicol on target, and we won the return leg convincingly, as Paul Walsh nabbed a brace and Nicol netted again to give us 4-1 win on the night, with our other score coming from an Erich Obermayer own goal. Paul Walsh missed a penalty that would have handed him the match ball, but we were safely through to another European Semi-final. 1997 - Our other European game on this day also ended in victory. Robbie Fowler struck twice, including a penalty, as we beat Norwegian side Brann 3-0 at Anfield to reach the European Cup Winners’ Cup Semi-final 4-1 on aggregate. Robbie famously incurred the wrath of UEFA by lifting up his shirt to reveal a t-shirt in support of 500 recently-sacked dockers. Stan Collymore was also on target, while John Barnes made his 400th reds appearance. On our way to Wembley 1996 - Steve McManaman netted twice as we beat Leeds United 3-0 in an FA Cup Sixth Round replay at Anfield, with Robbie Fowler adding the third. 1897 - Unfortunately, we lost our first ever FA Cup Semi-final, going down 3-0 to reigning League champions and eventual Cup winners Aston Villa at Bramall Lane. Jimmy Cowan struck the last two of his four goals against the reds, with Charlie Athersmith also on the scoresheet. Martin O’Neill outwits Ged 2003 - We were knocked out of the UEFA Cup at Anfield, as Celtic won 2-0 in the second leg of our Quarter-final to progress 3-1 on aggregate as they headed towards the Final, with Alan Thompson and John Hartson on target. Danny Murphy was playing his 200th reds game. Lightning strikes twice on Teesside 1915 - Walter Tinsley scored a hat-trick for Middlesbrough against the reds for the second successive season as we lost 3-0 at Ayresome Park. Centre-half Walter Wadsworth made his reds bow in this game, while inside-forward played his 63rd and last match for the reds. International goalscorers 1897 - Future reds inside-right John Walker bagged his third and final international goal in only his second game for Scotland, as they drew 2-2 with Wales in the British International Championships in Wrexham. 1909 - Future red Billy Lacey scored his first goal for Ireland, and only one as an Everton player, in their 3-2 defeat by Wales in the British International Championships in Belfast. George Latham and Ernest Peake both played for the Welsh. 2019 – Ben Woodburn scored the only goal as Wales beat Trinidad & Tobago in a friendly in Wrexham, with future red Sepp van den Berg also on target for the Dutch Under-19’s as they beat Wales 2-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Hardenberg, his last goal as a PEC Zwolle player. Rafael Camacho, Bobby Duncan, Ki-Jana Hoever, Curtis Jones and ex-red Danny Ward were also in international action that day. Birth and death 1886 - Half-back Harry Lowe was born in Whitwell, Derbyshire. He notched twice in 136 games for the reds after signing from Gainsborough Trinity in May 1911. Unfortunately, he missed the 1914 FA Cup Final through injury, and he moved on to Nottingham Forest in March 1920. 2010 – Forward Ron Jones died. He signed from Wrexham in March 1938, scoring once in five outings before the war intervened. He returned to Wrexham in peacetime. Beating the Seasiders We beat Blackpool twice at Anfield on this day in the 1940’s. 1943 - Jack Balmer was on target twice as we won 3-1 in a Wartime League match, with George Kaye grabbing the other. 1948 - Albert Stubbins netted a brace, including a penalty, as we won a top-flight meeting 2-0. Taming Wolves We have twice beaten Wolverhampton Wanderers in top-flight matches at Anfield on this day in history. 2004 - Sami Hyypiä headed the only goal of the game from a stoppage-time corner to hand us a crucial victory. Paul Jones was in the visitors’ goal, appearing at Anfield for the third time that season, all with different clubs, having already turned out for Southampton and the reds. 1979 - Terry McDermott and David Johnson were both on target with deflected strikes in a 2-0 victory, a game originally postponed from Christmas. Representing the League Right-back Ephraim Longworth, who later became reserve team manager before joining the ground staff, played for the Football League twice on this day, both times against the Scottish League at Celtic Park. 1915 - He was in the team that won 4-1. 1920 - The Football League won 4-0 at the same venue. 1968 - Roger Hunt scored for the Football League as they beat a Scottish League side 2-0 at Ayresome Park. Ex-reds on the move 1985 - Jimmy Case left Brighton & Hove Albion for Southampton in a £30,000 deal. He went on to play 271 times for the Saints, bagging fourteen goals. 2003 - Ex-reserves forward Paul Dalglish joined Third Division Sc***horpe United on loan from Blackpool. He made ten appearances for the Irons, netting three times. 2014 - Christian Ziege was appointed Manager of 3. Liga side Spielvereinigung Unterhaching back in his native Germany. Stevie the newcomer 2002 - Steven Gerrard was nominated for the World Newcomer Of The Year prize in the Laureus World Sports Awards, alongside three tennis players and Formula 1’s Juan Pablo Montoya, who eventually won the award. On the same day, future red Alberto Aquilani played for Italy Under-18’s as they beat England 3-0. Bye bye Jon-boy 2001 - Forward Jon Newby was sold to Bury for £100,000, after only four substitute appearances for the reds. He notched just 24 times in 122 games in his first spell for the Shakers. Avi for Israel Avi Cohen twice represented his country on this day in history. 1977 - He played in their 3-1 World Cup qualifying defeat in South Korea. 1988 - He featured in a goalless Olympics qualifier with Australia in New Zealand, playing alongside future red Ronnie Rosenthal. Other reds games 1971 – Dave Mackay put through his own net as we beat Derby County 2-0 at Anfield, with Chris Lawler nabbing our late second. 1965 – We defeated Fulham 3-2 in L4. Ian Callaghan struck twice with Gordon Milne netting a late winner after he had previously missed a penalty, 1937 – We won 2-1 at Sheffield Wednesday thanks to goals from Jack Balmer and Alf Hanson. 1920 – Harry Chambers nabbed the only goal of Manchester City’s visit to L4. For Geoff 2007 - Liverpool Old Boys met Crystal Palace in a charity match in aid of the Geoff Thomas Foundation. The re-match of the 1990 FA Cup Semi-final ended 1-1 at Selhurst Park, with Phil Babb on target. Also in international action 2008 – Future red Jonjo Shelvey played for England Under-16’s in their 1-0 defeat of Germany in the Montaigu Tournament. 2012 – Future red Samed Yeşil featured as Germany Under-18’s beat Germany 1-0 in a friendly in Weil am Rhein. 2013 – Future reds Emre Can and Javier Manquillo faced each other as Germany beat Spain 1-0 in a friendly in Dusseldorf. 2018 – Future red Ozan Kabak played for Turkey Under-18’s as they won a friendly 2-1 in Belgium.
  10. Will

    13th May

    Cardiff glory once more 2006 - We claimed the FA Cup for the seventh time, in a game dubbed the ‘Gerrard Final’ after Steven Gerrard struck two stupendous shots. We went 2-0 down to West Ham United through a Jamie Carragher own goal followed by a Pepe Reina fumble that Dean Ashton profited from. Djibril Cissé gave us hope before half-time with Gerrard equalising after the break, his 24th goal in his 79th and final reds outing. Future red Paul Konchesky then struck a long-range fluke, our hundredth goal against under Rafael Benítez, with Stevie G scoring a stunning long-range effort as the game moved into injury time, a goal that was later voted as the BBC’s Goal of the Season. Extra time saw no further score, with the reds triumphing 3-1 in the penalty shoot-out thanks to Pepe Reina’s three saves and successful strikes from Didi Hamann, playing his 283rd and last reds game, Gerrard and John Arne Riise. Fernando Morientes made his 61st and final reds appearance in this game, coming on for Harry Kewell who limped out of his third successive major final. Stevie the best 2009 - Steven Gerrard was named the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year, following a season in which he had notched 24 times in 44 reds outings. Kenny’s second farewell 2012 - Kenny Dalglish took charge of his last game as Manager as we lost 1-0 at Brendan Rodgers’ Swansea City, with Danny Graham bagging the only goal of the game late on as we finished the season in a disappointing eighth spot. Craig Bellamy, Alexander Doni, Dirk Kuyt and Maxi Rodríguez all played their final games for the club. Future reds Joe Allen and Steven Caulker were on the winning side. Two-ton Mo 2021 – Mohamed Salah played his 200th reds game as we won 4-2 at Manchester United behind closed doors. We fell behind to a deflected Bruno Fernandes strike with Diogo Jota levelling the scores. Roberto Firmino netted either side of the break. Marcus Rashford reduced the arrears before Salah completed the scoring with his 124th reds goal in the final minute. More red departures 1997 - Stan Collymore was sold to Aston Villa for £7m. He had bagged 35 goals in 81 reds games after his British record £8.5m signing from Nottingham Forest in July 1995. He went on to net fifteen times in 61 games for the Villains before joining Leicester City on a free transfer in February 2000. 1967 - We lost our final game of the season 3-1 at home to Blackpool, who nonetheless finished bottom of the table. Peter Thompson bagged our consolation. Outside-right David Wilson debuted in this game as we ended the season in fifth, while right-half Gordon Milne made his 282nd and final reds outing, moving on to Blackpool later that same day after eighteen goals in 282 reds outings. Ray Charnley struck the last of his eight goals against us, with Graham Oates and Jimmy Robson also scoring. Dom at last 2018 – We thumped Brighton & Hove Albion 4-0 at Anfield to secure fourth place in the League and a place in the following season’s UEFA Champions League, with Adam Lallana reaching a century of League appearances for the reds. Mohamed Salah scored his 32nd League goal of the season, a record in a 38-game Premier League campaign for any club. Dejan Lovren also headed in before the break, with Dominic Solanke finally bagging his first reds goal in his 27th and last game for the club. Andy Robertson completed the scoring late on with his first for the reds, with Danny Ings making his 25th and final Liverpool appearance and Ben Woodburn appearing for the eleventh and last time. Gary Mac departs 2002 - Gary McAllister officially returned to Coventry City on a free transfer, having been appointed their player/manager three weeks previously. Robbie’s second farewell 2007 - Robbie Fowler played the 39th and final game of his second spell with the reds, to take him to 369 appearances in total. Italian keeper Daniele Padelli played his only reds game as already-relegated Charlton Athletic held us to a 2-2 draw at Anfield. Xabi Alonso was on target before Harry Kewell converted a penalty awarded just moments after Robbie had been withdrawn to an emotional standing ovation, his sixteenth and final reds strike. Darren Bent struck one of his five goals past the reds, with Matt Holland also on target. Happy birthday Bill 1921 - Utility player Bill Jones was born in Whaley Bridge, Derby. He signed from Hayfield St. Matthews in September 1938 and scored seventeen times in 277 games for us, with his appearances including the 1950 FA Cup Final when he was preferred to Bob Paisley. Bill won two significant medals in the 1940’s - first he was awarded a Military Medal for his part in the crossing of the Rhine in the Second World War, and then he won a League title medal in 1947 on his return to Anfield. He later scouted for the reds while his grandson Rob represented the club in defence on 243 occasions in the 1990’s. Cally for England 1966 - Ian Callaghan played for England in their 1-1 draw with a ‘Young England’ side, as part of the preparations for the World Cup. Cally made one appearance in the Finals, against France. Other games on this day We had only played three first-class games on this day in history prior to the 2006 FA Cup Final, all in the First Division. 1963 - We lost 1-0 at Bolton Wanderers, who narrowly escaped relegation, in a game originally postponed from three months earlier. 1989 - We beat Wimbledon 2-1 at Plough Lane, with John Aldridge and John Barnes scoring. We went behind to an Alan Hansen own goal in the first half, playing his 400th League game for the club. We had already conceded an own goal in the reverse fixture that season courtesy of Steve Nicol, when Kenny Dalglish had experimented with a sweeper system. The second half saw Ian Rush come on for the rarely-used Alex Watson, and we stormed to victory. Hansen also put through his own net in the Anfield meeting the following season! In aid of the man mountain 1974 - A testimonial match for Ron Yeats was staged as we lost 4-1 to Celtic at Anfield. Tranmere Rovers’ Bobby Tynan grabbed our goal, while Bobby Charlton was amongst the scorers for the visitors. Roker’s final roar 1997 - The last ever match at Roker Park was played, as we lost to Sunderland in a friendly with John Mullin grabbing the only goal of the game. Another trophy 1933 – We beat Bolton Wanderers 2-1 at Anfield to claim the Lancashire Senior Cup for the fifth time. Alf Hanson and Dave Wright were on target. 1944 - We also faced Wanderers in the second leg of the Final in the same competition, winning 3-2 at Burnden Park thanks to a Don Welsh brace and a goal from Cyril Done to claim the trophy 6-3 on aggregate. Scoring against the World Champions 1980 - David Johnson bagged a brace, with ex-red Kevin Keegan nabbing the other, as England beat Argentina 3-1 in a friendly at Wembley. Ray Clemence, Ray Kennedy, Phil Neal and Phil Thompson all also played. These were Johnson’s last international goals, and only ones as a reds player. 2018 – Bobby Duncan scored for England Under-17’s as they beat Norway 2-0 in their European Championships Quarter-final in Burton-on-Trent. New signings 1919 - Outside-right Harold Wadsworth signed from Tranmere Rovers. He struck three times in 55 reds games, many alongside his brother, centre-half Walter. 1914 – Forward Wilf Bartrop arrived from Barnsley for £900, playing three games before joining the Royal Field Artillery in 1915. He was killed in wartime action in November 1918. Three for Billy 1914 - Forward Billy Lacey scored a hat-trick as we won 6-2 in a friendly at Swedish side Djurgårdens IF. William Banks and Thomas Fairfoul also netted, while keeper Elisha Scott played outside-left that day! More reds farewells 1974 - Short-lived half-back Neil McBain died in Ayr. He signed from St. Johnstone in March 1928, playing twelve times before joining Watford eight months later, whom he later twice managed. His greatest claim to fame came in 1947 when he played in goal for New Brighton in an emergency, to become the oldest ever Football League player, aged 51 years and 120 days. 2015 – Future reds keeper Caoimhín Kelleher won his eighth and last Under-17’s cap as the Republic of Ireland lost 1-0 to England in a European Championships Finals group game in Bulgaria, with Herbie Kane on the winning side. Kenny for the Scots Kenny Dalglish twice played for his country on this day in history. 1975 - He featured alongside ex-red Ted MacDougall as they beat Portugal 1-0 in a friendly at Hampden Park. 1978 - Scotland drew 1-1 with Northern Ireland in the British International Championships at the same venue, with Joey Jones playing for Wales in their 3-1 defeat by England in Cardiff on the same day. More moves 2010 – Former youth team defender Gareth Roberts agreed to sign for Derby County on 1st July of that year. He netted once in 104 games for the Rams before moving on to Bury in June 2013. 2012 – Director of Communications Ian Cotton left the club by mutual consent. 2015 - Dean Saunders was appointed Manager of Chesterfield, only remaining in charge for six months before being sacked. 2016 – Midfielder Jordan Rossiter signed a pre-contract agreement with Rangers after one goal in five senior reds games, joining them two months later. On the same day, keeper Shamal George signed professional terms with the reds. Falling at the final hurdle 2007 – Future reds loanee Victor Moses played as England Under-17’s lost 1-0 to Spain in the European Championships Final in Belgium. Future red Damien Plessis featured for France Under-19’s on the same day as they beat Israel 3-1 in a European Championships qualifier. 2008 – Future red Thiago Alcântara appeared for Spain Under-17’s as they beat the Netherlands 2-1 after extra time to reach the European Championships Final in Turkey. Also in international action 1916 – Keeper Ken Campbell played for Scotland as they lost a Military International 4-3 to England at Goodison Park. 1961 – Alan A’Court featured for England as they beat Malaya 4-2 in an FA Tour game in Kuala Lumpur. 1964 – Future red Dave Wilson played for England Under-23’s in their 2-1 friendly defeat in Hungary. 1972 – Emlyn Hughes played as England drew a European Championships qualifier 0-0 with West Germany in Berlin. 1986 – Jan Mølby featured as Denmark lost a friendly 1-0 to Norway in Oslo. 1992 – Future reds Stig Inge Bjørnebye and Øyvind Leonhardsen both played as Norway beat Faroe Islands 2-0 in a friendly in Oslo. 1993 – Future red Jari Litmanen featured in Finland’s 3-1 World Cup qualifying defeat of Austria in Turku. 1997 – Michael Owen played for England Under-18’s in their 3-0 defeat to Portugal in a European Championships qualifier.
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    22nd August

    Match of the Day 1964 - Our 3-2 win over Arsenal at Anfield was the first game ever to be screened on the BBC’s new “Match Of The Day” show. Phil Chisnall was the first player to kick a ball on MOTD, knocking the kick-off to Gordon Wallace, who grabbed a brace, including the winner that deflected off Don Howe past ex-reds keeper Jim Furnell. Roger Hunt headed in the first goal on the show that only garnered an audience of 75,000 as BBC2 was still unavailable in large parts of the country. Future red Geoff Strong scored for the Gunners, with Joe Baker bagging one of his four past us, while a black cat did a full lap of the pitch! Soto departs 2011 – Greek centre-half Sotirios Kyrgiakos joined VfL Wolfsburg on a free transfer. He had arrived from A.E.K Athens for £2m two years earlier, following the summer departure of Sami Hyypiä. Soto bagged three goals in 49 largely solid performances at the back, becoming something of a cult figure for his no-nonsense style. On the same day, Steve Staunton joined Sunderland as a scout. 2015 – Full-back Tom Lowry died. He signed pro terms in April 1963 but only ever played one first-team game, when Bill Shankly fielded a team of eleven reserves in our League match at Wolverhampton Wanderers, which came only five days before the 1965 FA Cup Final. He moved on to Crewe Alexandra in June 1966, going on to set their club record of 436 League appearances that stands to this day. Bert’s bow 1959 - Goalkeeper Bert Slater made his reds debut as we lost 3-2 at Cardiff City in our first game of the season. Cardiff in fact scored all five goals, as we benefited from two own goals from the unfortunate Danny Malloy, who had already scored an own goal against the reds two years earlier! Johnny Watkins netted the first of his four goals against us, with Graham Moore and Steve Mokone also on target. Seventies wins 1970 - We thumped Huddersfield Town 4-0 at Anfield with John McLaughlin netting his first two reds goals as Alun Evans also grabbed a brace. Forward Bobby Graham played his hundredth reds game. 1978 - We won another top-flight fixture, this time 3-0 at FA Cup holders Ipswich Town, when Graeme Souness struck before a Kenny Dalglish double, with Ray Kennedy playing his 200th reds game. Eight goals shared with the mancs 1953 - Centre-forward Louis Bimpson struck twice at Anfield, but it was not enough to hand us victory over Manchester United, as the game ended 4-4, with Billy Liddell and Bill Jones also on the scoresheet. Jack Rowley struck the last of his six goals past us, with Tommy Taylor nabbing the first of his four against the reds and Eddie Lewis and Roger Byrne also on target. In and out 2007 - Centre-half Mikel San José signed from Athletic de Bilbao, while keeper Péter Gulácsi arrived on loan from MTK Hungária. The young Hungarian made it into our match-day squad 51 times before moving to Red Bull Salzburg for free in June 2013, while San José did the same at Stamford Bridge in the League in February 2008, although he left for Athletic de Bilbao in May 2010. 2005 - It was a busy day at Melwood, with one arrival and two players departing on loan. Austrian midfielder Besian Idrizaj signed from Linzer ASK for £190,000, while Robbie Foy moved to Wrexham and John Welsh signed for Hull City. Welsh struck twice in 23 games before signing permanently for the Tigers in January 2006 in a swap deal for winger Paul Anderson. Foy nabbed three goals in twenty games while at the Racecourse Ground. On the same day, ex-reds loanee keeper Paul Jones joined Millwall on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers. He played four times for the struggling South London outfit. 2006 - Foy signed for Sc***horpe United on non-contract terms. He struck once in nine outings for the Iron but was released after just a season. 2009 - Idrizaj signed for Swansea City. He played four times for the Swans before tragically dying in May 2010 of a suspected heart attack at the age of just 22. A new striker 1893 - Centre-forward James Henderson signed from Scottish side Annbank. He only ever made one first-team appearance for the reds, in our first ever Football League fixture, a 2-0 Second Division win at Middlesbrough Ironopolis. Kenny resigns 1996 - Kenny Dalglish resigned as Director of Football at Blackburn Rovers. He had led them to the League title as team manager the year before. St. Michael signs on 1998 - Michael Owen signed a new five-year contract ten minutes before our first home game of the season, when Arsenal held us to a goalless draw at Anfield. Most recently 2006 - We squeezed into the group stage of the Champions League, being held to a 1-1 draw by Maccabi Haifa in Kyiv in the second leg of our Third Qualifying Round tie, to progress 3-2. Peter Crouch headed us in front, with the reds wasting numerous chances to build a convincing lead. We also suffered injuries to Momo Sissoko and Stephen Warnock, who joined Jamie Carragher and John Arne Riise on the sidelines. 1993 - Our most recent game before that came when Steve McManaman struck twice in a 5-0 thumping of Swindon Town at their County Ground. Neil Ruddock bagged his first reds goal as Ronnie Whelan and Mike Marsh all also netted. This was Marsh’s final reds strike in his hundredth game for the club. A win in Ireland 1981 - Terry McDermott grabbed a brace, with Ronnie Whelan, Phil Neal and Kenny Dalglish also scoring, as we thumped Ronnie’s former side Home Farm 5-0 at Tolka Park in Dublin. This game had been arranged as part of Whelan’s transfer to Anfield. However, the match was almost cancelled after a massive H was carved into the pitch the night before in support of IRA hunger strikers. Emergency re-turfing saved the game with the reds flying over in the afternoon for the evening fixture. International reds 2007 - Young Brazilian midfielder Lucas Leiva made his senior international debut in their 2-0 friendly defeat of Algeria in Montpellier, playing alongside future reds keeper Alexander Doni. Ryan Babel, Yossi Benayoun, Fernando Torres and Andriy Voronin all won their first caps as reds players, while Luis García made his first appearance while with Club Atlético de Madrid, as Spain won 3-2 in Greece with Xabi Alonso and Pepe Reina also in action. Ukraine beat Uzbekistan 2-1, with Israel beaten 2-1 in Belarus and the Netherlands losing 2-1 in Switzerland with Dirk Kuyt on target, and future red Philipp Degen also featuring. Future red Robbie Keane bagged a brace as the Republic of Ireland thumped Daniel Agger’s Denmark 4-0 in Copenhagen, with Steve Finnan and ex-red Darren Potter also in Steve Staunton’s line-up. David James won his first cap as a Portsmouth player as England lost 2-1 to Germany at Wembley, with Peter Crouch, future red Joe Cole and ex-red Michael Owen also playing. Javier Mascherano faced John Arne Riise with future red Maxi Rodríguez netting as Norway beat Argentina 2-1 in Oslo, while future red Ragnar Klavan was sent off as Estonia beat Andorra 2-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Tallinn. Also in international action that day were Sami Hyypiä, future reds Alberto Aquilani, Milan Jovanović, Alex Manninger, Raul Meireles, Mamadou Sakho and Kolo Touré, ex-reds Nicolas Anelka, Milan Baroš, Daniel Sjölund and Rigobert Song, with Roy Hodgson and John Toshack both on management duties. On the move 2008 – Reserves forward Craig Lindfield joined Bournemouth on loan. He struck once in five outings for the Cherries. 2005 - Paul Dalglish signed for Livingston from Modena. He struck six times in 23 games before moving to Hibernian in January 2006. 2003 - Former reserves midfielder Phil Charnock signed for basement side Bury on a free transfer from Port Vale, although he only stayed two weeks at Gigg Lane, playing three times. 1986 - Former reserves centre-back Dave Watson made his big move, leaving Norwich City for Everton for a fee of £900,000. At the time his brother Alex was still playing in our reserves. 1997 - Future reds keeper Pegguy Arphexad signed for Leicester City from Racing Club de Lens on a free transfer. He only played 29 times for the Foxes, before switching to Anfield in July 2000. 2012 – Danish midfielder Christian Poulsen signed for Ajax, whom he helped to claim the League title in his first season in Amsterdam. 2019 – Midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain signed a new contract, having struck five times in 47 outings to date since arriving from Arsenal for £35m two years earlier. Other reds games 1967 – We beat Arsenal 2-0 at Anfield with Roger Hunt scoring twice past ex-reds custodian Jim Furnell. 1962 – We drew 2-2 at Manchester City. Neil Young struck the first two of his four goals against the reds, after first Ronnie Moran had converted a penalty and then Roger Hunt scored. 1949 – Stoke City held us to a goalless draw at the Victoria Ground. Billy’s day 2019 – Billy Koumetio won his second and final cap for France Under-18’s in their 1-1 friendly draw with Paraguay. Isaac Mabaya featured for England Under-16’s on the same day as they were held to a 3-3 friendly draw by the Republic of Ireland at St. George’s Park. 2020 – Koumetio played his first games for the club, as did left-back Kostas Tsimikas in our 3-0 defeat of VfB Stuttgart in a behind closed doors friendly in Austria. Roberto Firmino, Naby Keïta and Rhian Brewster all scored. Also in international action 1990 - Stig Inge Bjørnebye, then still with Kongsvinger, won his eighth cap for Norway as they lost 2-1 at home to Sweden in a friendly, played in Stavanger. 1993 - Gérard Houllier managed France as they drew a World Cup qualifier 1-1 in Sweden. 2017 – Bobby Duncan featured for England Under-17’s in their 2-1 defeat by Italy in Kidderminster.
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    5th April

    Happy birthdays all round 1945 - Tommy Smith was born in Liverpool. The ‘Anfield Iron’ signed on as a professional on his seventeenth birthday, and went on 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. He died in April 2019. 1991 – Right-back Nathaniel Clyne was born in Stockwell, south London. He signed from Southampton for £12.5m in July 2015, notching twice in 103 reds games before being released in June 2020. 1976 - Fernando Morientes was born in Cilleros in Spain. He struck twelve times in 61 reds appearances following his £6.3m arrival from Real Madrid in January 2005, but moved on to Valencia in July 2006 after failing to fully convince in a reds shirt. He had helped us to claim the FA Cup and UEFA Super Cup in his time at Anfield. 1968 - Former second-string defender Alex Watson was born in Liverpool. He signed professional terms in May 1985 but made just nine first-team appearances, including being on the winning side in the FA Charity Shield in 1988, before joining Bournemouth for £150,000 in January 1991. Arrivederci Juve 2005 - We beat Serie A champions-elect Juventus 2-1 at Anfield in the first leg of our Champions League Quarter-final clash. Sami Hyypiä struck a delightful volley from a corner before Luis García’s wonder strike put us two ahead at the break. Scott Carson let in a goal from Fabio Cannavaro to give the Italians hope, although we held firm in the Stadio delle Alpi to reach the Semi-finals for the first time in twenty years. The club honoured the memory of the 39 victims of Heysel with a number of commemorative gestures in the lead-up to the match, including a fans match at the Academy and a Kop mosaic, while a banner carrying the theme ‘In Memoria e Amicizia’ was carried by Phil Neal and Michel Platini, the captains from back in 1985, from the Kop to the away end prior to kick-off. The end of Rushie’s record 1987 - A legendary goal streak was broken at Wembley. Ian Rush opened the scoring in our Littlewoods Cup Final against Arsenal. Unfortunately, Charlie Nicholas struck twice to take the trophy to Highbury. This was the 145th match in which Ian Rush had scored, but the first of those that we lost. Future red Michael Thomas came off the bench for the victors. 2005 - Rushie resigned as Manager of Chester City. He said, “The club's decision yesterday to terminate the contract of my assistant Mark Aizlewood without my knowledge was the last straw.” We’re on our way to Wembley We have twice played FA Cup Semi-finals on this day. 1986 - We beat Southampton 2-0 at White Hart Lane after extra time, thanks to a brace from Ian Rush. Future red Mark Wright broke his leg during the match. 1992 - Our tie with Portsmouth at Highbury also ended goalless after ninety minutes, before Pompey went ahead through the young Darren Anderton in extra time, with the reds down to ten men due to an injury to Steve McManaman. Ronnie Whelan chose the perfect time to score his only goal of the season after Alan Knight had pushed a John Barnes free-kick onto the post to take the tie to a replay, which we went on to win. En route to another final 2001 - We came back from the Camp Nou with a goalless draw in our UEFA Cup Semi-final first leg meeting with Barcelona, to set us on our way to a third UEFA Cup triumph. The Spanish giants had only twice previously failed to score at home that season. Future reds keeper Pepe Reina was in the home goal, while Bolo Zenden made an appearance for the home side from the bench. The game kicked off at the unusual time of 8:15pm due to a big storyline on EastEnders on BBC One! Derby joy 1978 - David Johnson bagged the only goal of the game at Goodison Park to become the first player to net for both sides in the derby, having also struck the only goal of the game at Goodison in November 1971. 1901 - We also beat the Blues, with Charles Satterthwaite and Sam Raybould netting in a 2-1 friendly win at Anfield. Red farewells 1969 - Gerry Byrne played his 333rd and final reds game as Roger Hunt struck the only goal of our home League meeting with Wolverhampton Wanderers. 1947 - Wing-half Harry Kaye appeared for the club for the second and last time as we lost 3-2 to Blackpool at Anfield. 1915 – Tom Miller scored in his hundredth League game for the reds with Jimmy Nicholl netting his fourteenth and final goal for the club and Jackie Sheldon also scoring as we defeated Blackburn Rovers 3-0 in L4. Off the mark 2019 – We won 3-1 at Southampton as we came from behind to return to the top of the table. Shane Long opened the scoring with the most recent of his four goals past us, the 5,000th goal we had conceded in the top flight, with Naby Keïta equalising with his first reds goal before the break. Mohamed Salah scored his fiftieth League goal for the reds to put us in front late on, with Jordan Henderson also on target. Red debutants 2008 – Damien Plessis debuted in our 1-1 League draw at Arsenal, just three days after a similar result there in the Champions League. Peter Crouch gave us the lead before Nicklas Bendtner equalised. 1920 - Forward Dick Johnson made his reds bow as we were held to a 2-2 draw at Anfield by Oldham Athletic. Harry Chambers netted both our goals as well as missing a penalty, with keeper Ken Campbell playing for the 142nd and final time before joining Partick Thistle. Joe Walters struck the last of his five goals against the reds, with Billy Halligan also on target. Thumped at Old Trafford 2003 - We lost 4-0 at Manchester United following Sami Hyypiä’s fourth-minute dismissal after he tussled with Ruud van Nistelrooy in the box. The Dutchman converted two penalties, with Ryan Giggs also on target with one of his five goals past us before a last-minute goal from Ole Gunnar Solskjær. 1980 - We also lost at Old Trafford, with Kenny Dalglish opening the scoring in a 2-1 defeat. United capitalised when winger Steve Coppell took advantage of Alan Kennedy pulling up with a damaged hamstring to cross for Mickey Thomas to equalise, before Jimmy Greenhoff’s header gave the home side the victory, the last of his five goals against the reds. Stig in the dumps 1995 - Stig Inge Bjørnebye broke his leg as we beat Southampton 3-1 at Anfield. Ian Rush bagged a brace, to add to a Robbie Fowler penalty after we had fallen behind to a goal from Richard Hall. Bruce Grobbelaar and former reds reserve Jim Magilton both featured for the visitors. A win at last 1912 - We beat Sunderland 2-1 at Anfield to record our first victory in twelve matches as we ended the season in seventeenth place. Half-back Harry Lowe struck his first reds goal with Sam Gilligan also on the scoresheet. Reds awards 2002 - This was a day of awards. Gérard Houllier and Phil Thompson were jointly awarded the Manager of the Month prize for March while Steven Gerrard was nominated for the PFA Young Player Of The Year award, which he had won the previous year. International bows 1913 - Keeper Sam Hardy won his first cap as an Aston Villa player, and fifteenth in total, as England beat Scotland 1-0 in a British International Championships game at Stamford Bridge. 1987 – Future red Stig Inge Bjørnebye made his debut for Norway Under-19’s as they beat the USSR 1-0 in a tournament game in Poland. Six-ton Tom 1913 – We won 3-1 at Aston Villa with Arthur Goddard, Jack Parkinson and Arthur Metcalf all scoring in what was Tom Watson’s 600th League game in charge of the club. A Victory defeat for Ephraim 1919 - Right-back Ephraim Longworth played for the Football League in a Victory match, which a Scottish League team won 3-2 at Ibrox. On the same day, inside-forward Harry Lewis struck for the sixth consecutive game, as we beat Southport Vulcan 4-2 at Anfield in a Lancashire Section Subsidiary Competition fixture, as the Lancashire Senior Cup was then known. Tom Miller and Harold and Walter Wadsworth also scored. For Ibrox 1902 - Winger Jack Cox played for England, with Alex Raisbeck, and future reds keeper Ned Doig and inside-right George Livingstone all turning out for Scots in a British International Championships game at Ibrox Park that ended 1-1. However, 25 people died and 517 were injured when the back of the new West Tribune Stand collapsed due to heavy rainfall the previous night during the second half. Play continued but the match was later declared void by the two FA’s. Other reds games 2017 – Bournemouth held us to a 2-2 draw at Anfield with Benik Ofobe giving the Cherries an early lead. Philippe Coutinho and Divock Origi scored either side of the break, but Joshua King bagged a late equaliser. 1999 – We drew 2-2 at Nottingham Forest. Jamie Redknapp gave us a half-time lead, with Dougie Freedman equalising. Michael Owen restored our lead, but Pierre van Hooijdonk levelled with a stoppage-time free kick. 1975 – Kevin Keegan bagged a brace as we won 2-0 at Leeds United. 1958 – Jimmy Melia and Bobby Murdoch struck as we beat Swansea Town 2-0 in a Second Division encounter at Vetch Field. 1952 – We beat Stoke City 2-1 in L4. Bob Paisley and Kevin Baron scored our goals with Willie McIntosh netting the last of his four past us. 1930 – Sheffield Wednesday won 3-1 at Anfield with Jack Allen nabbing one of his five goals past us before Gordon Hodgson immediately equalised. Mark Hooper scored one of his eight against us before Harry Burgess netted the first of his nine. 1926 – We drew 2-2 with Bolton Wanderers at home. Harry Chambers and Fred Hopkin struck as Dick Forshaw missed a penalty. 1924 – We drew 1-1 at Tottenham Hotspur with Danny Shone on target. 1902 – Sam Raybould bagged the only goal of Sheffield United’s visit to Anfield. England beaten on pens 2010 – England Under-16’s lost the Final of the Montaigu Tournament 3-1 to Portugal in a penalty shoot-out, after the game ended 1-1. Matty Regan won his fourth and final cap at this level, with Raheem Sterling playing his seventh and last game. In charge 2013 – Ex-reds centre-half and first-team coach Mauricio Pellegrino was appointed Manager of Estudiantes de La Plata in his native Argentina. Sami clogs off the mark 1997 - Sami Hyypiä scored his first goal in the Dutch Premier League. Unfortunately, Willem II lost 3-1 at SC Heerenveen. 2008 – Sami signed a new contract with the reds until the summer of 2009. Also in international action 1930 – Future red Ernie Blenkinsop played for England in their 5-2 victory over Scotland in the British International Championships at Wembley. 1952 – Billy Liddell featured in Scotland’s 2-1 defeat by England in the same competition at Hampden Park. 1978 – Future reds coach Joe Corrigan featured as England Under-21’s held Italy to a goalless draw in the second leg of their European Championships Quarter-final in Rome to progress to the Semi-finals.
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    23rd November

    A treble treble 1946 - Jack Balmer scored a hat-trick in our 4-2 First Division defeat of Arsenal at Anfield, including a penalty, as we came from 2-1 down to cement our place at the top of the table. This was his third treble in consecutive games, becoming the third player in top-flight history to achieve this. Albert Stubbins netted our other goal, with Reg Lewis bagging the first of his five goals against the reds, with Jimmy Logie also on target. 1988 - We also beat Arsenal 2-1 in the second replay of our League Cup Third Round tie at Villa Park, with Steve McMahon and John Aldridge both netting after Paul Merson put the Gunners ahead, the first of his seven strikes past us. However, we went out to West Ham United at the next hurdle. 3,500 up 1991 - We played our 3,500th League game, returning from Selhurst Park with a goalless draw against Wimbledon. 1996 - We faced the Dons again, being held to a 1-1 draw at Anfield, with future red Øyvind Leonhardsen netting for the visitors. Stan Collymore struck the fastest goal of the Premiership season after only 33 seconds. Steve McManaman was absent from the team sheet, missing out after appearing in 106 consecutive reds games. A reds first 1992 - We secured our first away win in the newly-formed Premier League, at the eighth attempt, as a last-minute Ronnie Rosenthal goal handed us a 1-0 win at Queens Park Rangers in a Monday night game live on Sky. John Barnes played his 200th reds game that night. Reds farewells 2000 - Steve Staunton played his 148th and final reds game, having been recalled from his loan spell with Crystal Palace. It came as we returned from a UEFA Cup Third Round first leg match at Greek champions Olympiacos with a 2-2 draw, having led for much of the game through goals from Nick Barmby and Steven Gerrard. Alekos Alexandris bagged a brace for the home side. On the same day, future red Alberto Aquilani played for Italy Under-16’s as they lost 2-1 to Brazil. 1928 – Scottish half-back Neil McBain moved on to Watford. He played twelve times after signing from St. Johnstone for £1,000 in March 1928, later managing the Hornets and Ayr United as well as coaching in Argentina. A derby thriller 2013 – We were held to a 3-3 draw at Goodison Park, despite twice leading. Philippe Coutinho opened the scoring inside five minutes before Kevin Mirallas levelled for the Blues. Luis Suárez restored our lead with a free kick, but Joe Allen missed a golden opportunity to extend our lead before Romelu Lukaku struck two of his five goals past us to date to leave us on the verge of defeat. However, Daniel Sturridge came off the bench to nod in a late equaliser. 1986 – Our visit to Goodison Park ended goalless. 1908 – Bert Goode bagged a brace as we won a Lancashire Senior Cup game 2-0 across the park. 1938 – We drew 2-2 in a Lancashire Senior Cup Second Round replay at Everton, with Cyril Done bagging a brace as even extra time could not separate the sides. Stumbling towards Istanbul 2004 - We lost at AS Monaco in the group stage of the Champions League, despite Javier Saviola handling before scoring the only goal of the game. Even worse news was the injuries to Luis García and Josemi, who came on as a substitute and was later himself replaced after suffering a horrific-looking head injury. This result left us needing a two-goal victory over Olympiacos in our final group game at Anfield. 2005 - We were held to a goalless draw at home by Real Betis Balompié in another group fixture. However, this was enough to ensure that we reached the knock-out phase. Darren Potter made his seventeenth and final reds outing in this match. Bob made free 1983 - Bob Paisley was made a Freeman of the city of Liverpool, five months after stepping down as reds boss. Facing the Eagles 2019 – We won 2-1 at Selhurst Park. Sadio Mané opened the scoring after the break, with Wilfred Zaha netting a late equaliser. However, Roberto Firmino scored with just five minutes on the clock to secure victory. 2014 – Rickie Lambert opened the scoring with his first reds goal, but we succumbed 3-1 at Crystal Palace. Dwight Gayle equalised with the most recent of his four goals against us, with Joe Ledley and Mile Jedinak both on target late on to secure victory. Archie’s bow 1929 - Inside-left Archie McPherson made his reds debut as a Jim Smith goal in the first minute was enough to hand us victory over Leeds United in a First Division match at Anfield. Bill Murray played his fourth and final reds game. Mixed fortunes against the Mancs 1963 - Ron Yeats netted the only goal of the game at Old Trafford as we beat Manchester United. 1912 – Donald McKinlay nabbed our consolation in a 3-1 away defeat in another top-flight encounter, with Arthur Goddard missing a late penalty. George Anderson struck the first two of his four goals past us, with George Wall bagging one of his ten goals against the reds. 1940 - We were held to a 2-2 draw in our Wartime League meeting in L4, with George Hunt and Willie Fagan netting. Defeat at Loftus Road 2002 - We lost 3-2 to Fulham at Loftus Road. We went in at half-time 2-0 down before a Didi Hamann pile-driver brought us back into the game. Alain Goma’s late dismissal could not prevent us losing, with Milan Baroš netting a second consolation. Facundo Sava bagged a brace for the Cottagers, with Sean Davis nabbing the first of his three goals against the reds. Keeping birthdays 1937 - Jim Furnell was born in Clitheroe. He signed from Burnley for £18,000 in February 1962, taking over in goal during that promotion season. However, he broke his finger early the following campaign, losing his place to Tommy Lawrence. He made just 28 first-team appearances in total before moving to Arsenal in November 1963, being fondly remembered as Plymouth Argyle’s greatest ever custodian. 1998 – Irish keeper Caoimhin Kelleher was born in Cork. He has so far kept eight clean sheets in seventeen senior games, being the spot-kick hero in last season’s League Cup Final at Wembley. On the same day, midfielder Herbie Kane was born in Bristol. He made his senior debut on the same day as Kelleher, at Milton Keynes Dons last September. Michael Owen comes second 2001 - Michael Owen was named runner-up to Zinedine Zidane in French monthly magazine Onze Mondial’s annual award for the best player in the world. Bennett again 1918 - Forward Thomas Bennett scored in his third consecutive game as we beat Manchester City 2-0 in a Wartime League game at Anfield. Harold Wadsworth netted the other. 1927 – We lost a Lancashire Senior Cup Semi-final 3-2 at Maine Road, with Gordon Hodgson and Bill Devlin on target for the reds. Wright wrong 2001 - Mark Wright was suspended as Oxford United Manager following allegations that he racially abused a referee. He resigned a week later. Markus in charge 2008 – Markus Babbel was appointed Manager of VfB Stuttgart, having previously been in the Assistant’s role. He led them to third in the table in his first season, and into the following campaign’s group stages of the Champions League, although he parted company with them in December 2009. Other reds games 1985 – Ian Rush and Paul Walsh netted as we won 2-0 at Birmingham City. 1974 – West Ham United held us to a 1-1 draw at Anfield, with Tommy Smith on target a minute after Pop Robson had scored the last of his five goals against the reds. 1968 – Geoff Strong and Ian Callaghan struck in a 2-0 defeat of Coventry City in L4. 1957 – We beat Blackburn Rovers 2-0 in a Second Division match at Anfield with Billy Liddell bagging a brace. 1935 – Derby County held us to a goalless draw in L4. 1907 – Ex-red Thomas Hunter and Harry Stringfellow scored for Preston North End as they went home having won 2-1, with Charlie Hewitt bagging our consolation. 1901 – We lost 1-0 at Newcastle United. 1895 – Darwen held us to a goalless draw in a Second Division fixture at Anfield as we remained top of the table. Out on loan 2006 - Young midfielder David Mannix joined Accrington Stanley on loan. However, a knee injury forced his early return after just one run-out. On the same day, Patrik Berger moved to Stoke City from Aston Villa on a temporary basis. He played seven times in the Potteries, returning to re-join the first team picture at Villa Park. Watson on the move 1994 - Ex-reserves defender Alex Watson joined Torquay United from Bournemouth for £50,000. He made more than two hundred appearances for the Gulls before moving on to Exeter City.
  14. Will

    15th July

    In comes Spud 1997 - Danny Murphy arrived from Crewe Alexandra for an overall £3m fee. Spud was nearly on his way out early into his Anfield career, but later established himself as a vital squad member. He made 249 first-team appearances, scoring a useful 44 times, before moving to Charlton Athletic for £2.5m in August 2004. He had helped us to claim the UEFA Cup, FA Cup, UEFA Super Cup, League Cup and FA Charity Shield in his time at the club. The Wright signing 1991 - Mark Wright arrived from Derby County for £2.2m. With Alan Hansen retired, Glenn Hysén soon to go and Gary Gillespie moving on to Celtic, we were in dire need of a quality centre-back, and Wright was drafted in after his impressive displays for England at the 1990 World Cup. He notched nine times in 210 reds appearances and lifted the FA Cup at Wembley in 1992 before retiring from playing in August 1998. Double capture 2011 – Winger Stewart Downing signed from Aston Villa for £18.5m, while keeper Alexander Doni joined on a free transfer from Roma. Downing netted seven times in 91 outings before moving to West Ham United for £6m in August 2013, as well as scoring in the shoot-out as we claimed the Carling Cup at Wembley in 2012. Doni featured four times before joining Botafogo in his native Brazil in January 2013 having apparently suffered a heart attack during a routine medical in the summer of 2012. Final despair 2018 – Dejan Lovren played in the World Cup Final in Moscow, with France beating Croatia 4-2. 2007 - Javier Mascherano was on the losing side in the Copa América Final, as Argentina were beaten 3-0 by future red Alexander Doni’s Brazil in Venezuela. Meanwhile, Emiliano Insúa featured as Argentina Under-20’s beat Mexico 1-0 in the Quarter-final of the World Championships in Ottawa. Off goes Igor 2005 - Igor Bišcan signed for Panathinaikos after 118 reds games. The big Croat netted three times as he helped us to the Worthington Cup, UEFA Super Cup and Charity Shield in 2001, the Worthington Cup again two years later, as well as playing a key role on the road to Istanbul. He had arrived from Dinamo Zagreb for £5.5m in December 2000. 1969 – Keeper John Ogston moved on to Doncaster Rovers, after a successful loan spell. He signed from his hometown club Aberdeen for £10,000 in September 1965 having played over 200 games for the Dons, but only appeared once for the reds. Lazar signs on 2014 - Serbian winger Lazar Marković signed from SL Benfica for £19.8m. He struck three times in 34 games before spending much of his time out on loan, moving on to Fulham for free in February 2019. Bellers off the mark 2006 - Paul Anderson and Craig Bellamy both scored in their first reds games as we won a friendly 2-0 at Wrexham. Also making their first senior appearances that day were Godwin Antwi, Danny Guthrie, Adam Hammill, Jack Hobbs, Besian Idrizaj, David Martin, Danny O'Donnell, Gabriel Paletta, Lee Peltier, Miki Roqué, James Smith and Robbie Threlfall. More reds firsts 2009 - Keeper Péter Gulácsi, right-back Glen Johnson and centre-backs Daniel Ayala and Mikel San José all made their reds bows as we were held to a goalless draw in our friendly with St. Gallen 1879 in their AFG Arena in Switzerland. Beaten again 2020 – Arsenal came from behind to win 2-1 at the Emirates Stadium behind closed doors, as we fell to only our third League defeat of the season. Sadio Mané opened the scoring, but Alexandre Lacazette and Reiss Nelson both capitalised on reds errors to give the Gunners a half-time lead, which they held on to despite a second-half siege by the visitors. Bonne anniversaire 1981 - French midfielder Alou Diarra was born in Villepinte. After his free transfer from Bayern München in July 2002, he spent three seasons on loan in France, first at Le Havre AC, and then at Bastia and Racing Club de Lens, who he signed permanently for in June 2005. His only appearance in a red shirt came in a friendly win in Le Havre, when he enjoyed the rare distinction of returning to the pitch after having been substituted, as a replacement for Vegard Heggem. Suso the champion 2012 – Suso featured as Spain Under-19’s beat Greece 1-0 in the European Championships Final in Estonia. 2016 – Future red Dominic Solanke scored for England Under-19’s as they beat the Netherlands 2-1 in a group stage game in Germany, with Sheyi Ojo and Jordan Rossiter also in action. This was his second and last strike at this level. Stevie signs on again 2013 – Steven Gerrard signed a new contract to tie him to the club until 2015. He struck 186 times in 710 reds games, moving on to LA Galaxy in July 2015, before returning to the reds on the Academy staff. Redders in charge 1999 - It was confirmed that Jamie Redknapp would take over from the departed Paul Ince as reds captain. Robbie Fowler was appointed as his deputy. Unfortunately, much of his time as skipper was blighted by injury. Ray’s birthday 1920 - Keeper Ray Minshull was born in Bolton. He spent most of his five years at Anfield as deputy to Cyril Sidlow, making just 31 first-team appearances after joining the reds in September 1946. He left for Southport in June 1951, playing more than 200 times for them, and later became Player/Manager at Wigan Athletic. On the move 2003 – Future reds right-back Glen Johnson joined Chelsea from West Ham United for £6m, becoming the first signing of the Roman Abramovich era. He bagged four goals in 71 outings before joining Portsmouth in August 2006, initially on loan. On the same day, ex-reds reserves defender Alex Watson left basement side Exeter City for nearby Southern League side Taunton Town after one goal in 51 outings since signing on free transfer from Torquay United two years earlier. 1997 - Ex-red Ray Houghton signed for Reading from Crystal Palace on a free transfer. He struck just once in 56 appearances in his two seasons with the Royals before moving on to Stevenage Borough. 2016 – Ex-reds right-back Antonio Barragán joined Middlesbrough from Valencia, playing 27 times as they were relegated in his only campaign on Teesside, moving on to Real Betis Balompié in July 2017. 1993 - Ex-reserves striker John Durnin joined Portsmouth from Oxford United for £200,000, four years after moving to the Manor Ground from Anfield. He bagged just 33 goals in his 207 appearances for Pompey before moving on to Carlisle United on a free transfer. 2006 - Former reserves defender Gareth Roberts signed for Doncaster Rovers from Tranmere Rovers. He netted eight times in 165 games for his new club helping them to reach and remain in the Championship, before moving on to Derby County in July 2010. 2019 – Left-back Joe Maguire signed for Accrington Stanley, playing seventeen times before being released in May 2021. Also in international action 2001 – Future red Kolo Touré played as the Ivory Coast drew a World Cup qualifier 1-1 in Congo. 2004 – Arnaud Bühler appeared for Switzerland Under-19’s in their 2-0 defeat of Belgium in a European Championship Finals group game in Aarau. 2011 – Future red Mohamed Salah represented Egypt Under-20’s as they won a friendly 1-0 in Costa Rica.
  15. Will

    18th February

    Ten of the best 1896 - We registered our all-time record League victory. George Allan scored four and Malcolm McVean grabbed a hat-trick in our 10-1 Second Division win over Rotherham Town at Anfield. Jimmy Ross added a brace, with Frank Becton also on the scoresheet. Unfortunately, only 2,000 supporters were present that day. Beating the Mancs at last 2006 - Peter Crouch headed the only goal of the game as we beat Manchester United in an FA Cup tie for the first time in 85 years, in our Fifth Round fixture at Anfield. United substitute Alan Smith broke his leg in a challenge with John Arne Riise. We went on to claim the trophy for the seventh time at the end of the season. On the same day, Roy Hodgson took charge of Finland as they lost a friendly 2-0 in Japan, with ex-red Daniel Sjölund featuring. 1976 - We also faced the Red Devils, holding them to a goalless draw at Old Trafford in a League fixture. Five on the look-out 2010 – We played in our first game to be officiated by five match officials as a late David N’Gog header was enough to defeat Romanian side Unirea Urziceni in the first leg of our UEFA Europa League round of 32 tie at Anfield. 2016 – We held Augsburg 1907 e. V. to a goalless draw at their WWK Arena in the first leg of our UEFA Europa League Round of 32 tie. Taking charge 1999 - Kevin Keegan was appointed interim Manager of England, while still in charge of Fulham. He handled both jobs for three months before taking charge of the national side permanently. 2013 - Paul Ince was named as Blackpool boss. He was sacked in January 2014 after leading the Tangerines to twelve wins in 42 games. On the same day, former First Team Coach Paco Herrera was sacked as Manager of Real Club Celta de Vigo. He had led them back into La Liga, but was dismissed as they struggled the following season. Dalglish’s birthday 1977 - King Kenny’s son Paul was born in Glasgow. He never made a first-team appearance in fifteen months at Anfield, going on to play for a host of clubs. 1898 - Winger Cyril Gilhespy was born in Fencehouses, County Durham. He signed from Sunderland for £250 in August 1921, scoring three times in nineteen outings before moving to Bristol City in May 1925. 1910 – Forward Lance Carr was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. He signed from Boksburg in September 1933 and struck eight times in 33 games before moving to Newport County in October 1936, whom he helped to claim to the Third Division South title. Four three times We have three times scored four goals on this day. 1961 - The first occasion came when we won 4-1 at Derby County in the Second Division, with Jimmy Melia grabbing a brace, to add to goals from Dave Hickson and Kevin Lewis. 1996 - We thrashed Shrewsbury Town 4-0 in an 11am kick off at Gay Meadow in an FA Cup Fourth Round tie, with Stan Collymore, Jason McAteer and Robbie Fowler netting before a Dave Walton own goal completed the scoring. This was our first game since Bob Paisley’s death four days previously, as we continued towards the Wembley final. The game was rearranged having been postponed a month earlier. 2001 - We secured a 4-2 FA Cup Fourth Round victory over Manchester City at Anfield to help us on our way to part two of the treble. This game was notable for us converting two penalties with different takers – Jari Litmanen early on, our 200th goal under Gérard Houllier’s sole charge, and Vladimír Šmicer after the break. The other goals came from Emile Heskey and Markus Babbel, with Andrei Kanchelskis bagging the last of his five past us and Shaun Goater also scoring. Jocky’s last stand 1987 - Alan Hansen won his 26th and final cap for Scotland as they lost 1-0 at Hampden Park to the Republic of Ireland in a European Championships qualifier, thanks to Mark Lawrenson’s fifth and final goal for his country, his defensive partner at club level. John Aldridge won his first cap as a reds player, his eighth in total, while Ronnie Whelan played at full-back, with future red Ray Houghton also featuring. On the same day, Ian Rush won his thirtieth cap as Wales were held to a goalless friendly draw in Swansea by the USSR. Future red Dean Saunders won his fifth cap as a substitute, his final appearance while still a Brighton & Hove Albion player. Meanwhile, future red Peter Beardsley played in England’s 4-2 friendly defeat of Spain in Madrid, and ex-red Avi Cohen featured in Israel’s 1-1 friendly draw with Northern Ireland in Tel-Aviv. Jack’s treble 1905 - Forward Jack Parkinson scored a hat-trick as we won 6-2 at Hull City’s old ground The Boulevard in a friendly. John Carlin, Alex Raisbeck and Sam Raybould were also on target. After the match, players from both clubs attended a show at Hull’s Alexandra Theatre, with the reds then staying on at the Yorkshire seaside resort of Hornsea as they prepared for a Second Division match at Grimsby Town a week later. 1989 - We also beat the Tigers, winning an FA Cup Fifth Round tie 3-2 at Boothferry Park thanks to a John Barnes goal and a brace from John Aldridge, having trailed 2-1 at half time. Steve Nicol skippered the side in the absence of both Ronnie Whelan and Alan Hansen, while Alex Watson had to replace the injured Gary Gillespie inside the first ten minutes. We of course went on to claim the trophy for the fourth time that season. David’s farewell 1984 – Forward David Hodgson played his 49th and last reds game as we were held to a goalless draw at Luton Town. Mixed fortunes against the Villains 1939 - We lost 2-0 at Aston Villa in a top-flight encounter with left-winger George Paterson playing his third and final reds game as Harry Broome netted the final two of his five goals against the reds. 1967 - Ian St. John bagged the only goal of our FA Cup Fourth Round meeting at Anfield. Unfortunately, we were knocked out at Everton at the next hurdle. Done deal 1926 - Right-back Bob Done signed as an amateur from Runcorn, signing professional terms two months later. He struck thirteen times in 155 reds games, moving on to Reading for £150 in May 1935. Didi’s half century 2004 - Dietmar Hamann won his fiftieth cap for Germany as they won 2-1 in a friendly in Croatia. Jerzy Dudek, Stéphane Henchoz, John Arne Riise and future reds Xabi Alonso, Yossi Benayoun, Mark González, Ragnar Klavan and Bolo Zenden all also represented their countries that evening. Semi at Anfield 1888 – The first of five FA Cup Semi-finals to be staged at Anfield took place, with losing Finalists Preston North End thumping Crewe Alexandra 4-0. Farewell Arthur 2014 – Forward Arthur Rowley died. He had failed to score in eleven reds games after joining in May 1951, moving on to Wrexham in November 1954. Letting the crown slip 2020 – We lost the first leg of our UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie 1-0 to Club Atlético de Madrid at the Wanda Metropolitano where we had claimed the trophy for the sixth time eight months earlier. Saúl Ñíguez struck early on and we struggled to break them down, going on to also lose the Anfield return. Top award for the Museum 2000 - The club’s Museum & Tour Centre scooped a prestigious award at the Merseyside Tourism Awards, claiming the Liverpool Daily Post & Echo award for Best Customer Care, as voted for by the people of Liverpool. First and last caps 2004 - Robbie Foy made his debut for Scotland Under-21’s as they lost 2-1 to Hungary in a friendly in Livingston. On the same day, ex-red Jason McAteer won his 52nd and final cap for the Republic of Ireland as they held Brazil to a goalless draw in a friendly at Lansdowne Road, with future red Robbie Keane also featuring. Andriy Voronin won his last cap as a 1. FC Köln player on the same day in a 1-1 friendly draw in Libya. 1976 - Future reds Kenny Dalglish and Graeme Souness both won their final caps for Scotland at Under-23’s level as they lost 2-0 to the Netherlands in a European Championships qualifier in Breda. 2017 - Liam Millar won his first cap for Canada Under-20’s in their 1-0 defeat by Honduras in a CONCACAF Championships group game in Costa Rica. Other reds games 1998 – We lost 2-0 in the second leg of our League Cup Semi-final at Middlesbrough to crash out 3-2 on aggregate. Paul Merson struck the last of his seven goals past us from the spot, with Marco Branca also scoring inside the opening five minutes. 1956 – We drew our FA Cup Fifth Round 0-0 at Manchester City, losing the subsequent replay at Anfield. 1950 – We beat West Bromwich Albion 2-1 at Anfield, with Albert Stubbins and Ken Brierley on the scoresheet. 1933 – We lost 2-1 at home to Leicester City despite Syd Roberts putting us in front. 1911 – We drew 1-1 at Bristol City with Jack Parkinson on target. 1899 – Tommy Robertson and George Allan struck as we defeated Burnley 2-0 in L4. 1893 – We won 3-2 at Nelson in a Lancashire League fixture, with Malcolm McVean netting and John Miller bagging a brace. Stewart on target 1992 - Future red Paul Stewart netted in England B’s 3-0 defeat of their French counterparts at Loftus Road. Fellow future red Paul Ince also played. St. Michael for England 2004 - Michael Owen played as England drew 1-1 in a friendly in Portugal, with Jamie Carragher, Emile Heskey and future red Joe Cole also featuring. Ex-red David James won his first cap as a Manchester City player, and 22nd in total. 1997 - Michael turned out for the Under-18’s as they thumped their Scottish counterparts 4-1 in a friendly. On the move 2020 - Emre Can joined Ballspielverein Borussia 09 e.V. Dortmund from Juventus for €25m, having joined them on loan the previous month. 2013 – Left-back Jack Robinson joined Wolverhampton Wanderers on loan, playing eleven times for them. 1994 - Ex-reds reserves midfielder Kevin Lampkin signed for Mansfield Town on a free transfer from Huddersfield Town, after thirteen appearances for the Terriers. He struck three goals in 45 games for the Stags before moving into non-League football with Ilkeston Town. Also in international action 2015 – Future red Ibrahima Konaté played as France Under-16’s beat Switzerland 2-1 in a friendly at St. George’s Park in Burton.
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