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  1. Will

    19th October

    In comes Razor 1987 - Ray Houghton signed from Oxford United for £825,000. He went on to strike 38 times in 202 reds games, helping us to two League titles, two FA Cups and the FA Charity Shield in his five years at Anfield. He was sold to Aston Villa for £900,000 in July 1992, as Graeme Souness tried to reduce the number of non-Englishmen in the squad, to comply with UEFA regulations for European competition. In and out 1894 - Centre-forward Hugh Henderson signed from Third Lanark. He only made two appearances for the reds, both convincing defeats. 1946 – Scottish left-winger George Paterson was sold to Swindon Town for their record fee, having struck once in three outings since arriving from the Hall Russell’s works team in May 1937. He later returned to Anfield in a coaching role under Bill Shankly. A new competition 1960 - We played our first ever League Cup game, drawing 1-1 with Luton Town at Anfield in a Second Round tie. Wing-half Tommy Leishman scored our first goal in the competition, with David Brogan on target for the visitors. European Cup adventures We have lost just one of our five European games on this day in history, progressing to the next stage on each occasion. 1966 – We beat Romanians Petrolul Ploieşti 2-0 in a Preliminary Round replay in Brussels, when Ian St. John and Peter Thompson netted to take us through. 2004 - We were held to a goalless draw at home by Real Club Deportivo de La Coruña in the group stages of our glorious Champions League campaign. 2005 - Djibril Cissé grabbed the only goal of the game as we won at Royal Sporting Club Anderlecht in another group game. 1977 - Jimmy Case netted twice with Alan Hansen scoring his first reds goal as we started the defence of our crown by thumping Dynamo Dresden 5-1 at Anfield. Phil Neal converted a penalty, with Ray Kennedy also on target. 1982 - We had two goals disallowed for offside as we lost 1-0 at HJK Helsinki in the first leg of our Second Round tie, although we went on to win the return 5-0. 1983 - We were held to a goalless draw at Anfield by Athletic Bilbao at the same stage, although we won in Spain. On target again 2021 – Mohamed Salah scored in a club record ninth consecutive game, netting twice, including once from the spot, to become our top ever goalscorer in the European Cup. Roberto Firmino played his 300th game for the club as we won our UEFA Champions League group encounter 3-2 at Club Atlético de Madrid, with Antoine Griezmann sent off for the home side, having already bagged a brace, with Naby Keïta also on target. 2014 – We scored in a club record eighteenth consecutive top-flight away game, eventually winning a topsy-turvy game 3-2 at Queens Park Rangers, despite the score being just 1-0 with three minutes of normal time remaining. We went ahead after Richard Dunne put through his own net before Leroy Fer twice struck the crossbar for the home side. Eduardo Vargas equalised before Philippe Coutinho put us back in front on ninety minutes. Vargas’s header was deflected in off Steven Gerrard in stoppage time, but future red Steven Caulker then diverted Raheem Sterling’s cross into his own net to hand us all three points. 1974 – We won 1-0 at Loftus Road with Brian Hall on the scoresheet early on as full-back Chris Lawler played his 400th League game for the reds. First strikes 1985 - Craig Johnston’s goal at Old Trafford was the first that Manchester United had conceded at home that season, as we drew 1-1 with Paul McGrath on target for the home side. 2002 - Salif Diao scored his first League goal to give us a 1-0 win at Leeds United, in Gérard Houllier’s 150th League match in sole charge, which took us to the top of the table. 1912 - Centre-half Bob Ferguson scored his first reds goal as we beat Blackburn Rovers 4-1 at Anfield. Arthur Metcalf netted a brace, with Arthur Goddard slotting home a penalty while Walter Aitkenhead bagged one of his four goals past us. Stevie’s century 2013 - Steven Gerrard scored his hundredth League goal as we drew 2-2 at Newcastle United, with Luis Suárez reaching a century of reds games. Yohan Cabaye opened the scoring for the home side from long range, with Gerrard equalising from the spot as Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa was sent off for a foul on Suárez. Paul Dummett volleyed in after the break, with Daniel Sturridge also on target. Jack born 1928 - Centre-half Jack Heydon was born in Birkenhead. He made 67 appearances at right- and centre-back after signing on a free transfer from Everton in January 1949, where he had been an amateur. He stayed at Anfield until May 1953 when he joined Millwall, but later returned to Merseyside to play for Tranmere Rovers. 1932 – Right-back Don Campbell was born in Bootle. He joined the reds in November 1950, netting twice in 48 games before moving on to Crewe Alexandra in July 1958. 1983 – Keeper Andy Lonergan was born in Preston. He spent the 2019/20 with the reds but failed to feature in the first team. 2001 – Midfielder Leighton Clarkson was born in Blackburn. He has so far made three senior appearances in cup competitions, being rewarded with a new contract in July 2020. Half a century high 1896 - We left Bramall Lane with a 1-1 draw after our fiftieth away League game. Tom ‘Tiny’ Bradshaw notched our goal. Done a treble 1946 - Cyril Done scored a hat-trick in our 4-1 victory in a top-flight fixture at Huddersfield Town, with Jack Balmer bagging the other after he had had a penalty saved. Ray Minshull made his reds bow in goal in the absence of both Cyril Sidlow and Charlie Ashcroft. Up against the Trotters We have twice faced Bolton Wanderers on this day in history. 1935 - Our top-flight trip to Burnden Park ended goalless. 1918 - We won a Wartime League fixture at home 6-1, with Thomas Green netting twice and John Bamber, Arthur Metcalf, Harry Lewis and Harold Wadsworth all on target. Into the Hall of Fame 2006 - Alan Hansen, Roger Hunt and Ian Rush were all inducted into the National Football Museum’s Hall of Fame. They joined Bill Shankly, Kenny Dalglish, John Barnes, Kevin Keegan and Bob Paisley on the list of legends, with Peter Beardsley and Graeme Souness among those subsequently being included. 2016 – Mark Lawrenson and Billy Liddell both joined the trio in the Hall of Fame. Irish firsts 1988 - John Aldridge scored his first full international goal on his twentieth appearance, as the Republic of Ireland beat Tunisia 4-0 in a friendly at Lansdowne Road. In fact, this was his only Irish goal as a reds player. Steve Staunton made his first appearance in the same game, with ex-red Ken DeMange claiming his second and final cap and Ray Houghton also featuring. Ex-red Kevin Sheedy was also on the scoresheet. John Barnes, Peter Beardsley, Steve Nicol and future red Glenn Hysén all featured in World Cup qualifiers that day. Double debutants 1946 - Ray Lambert and Cyril Sidlow both made their senior debuts for Wales as Scotland beat them 3-1 in the British International Championships at the Racecourse Ground. Billy Liddell won his second cap for the winning side. Final caps 1994 - Brad Friedel won his last cap as a UCLA player, his 27th in total, as the USA lost 2-1 in a friendly in Saudi Arabia. 1988 - Dean Saunders scored from the spot while winning his final cap as an Oxford United player in Wales’ 2-2 World Cup qualifying draw with Finland in Swansea. Ian Rush also played, while future reds Assistant Manager Colin Pascoe won his first cap as a Sunderland player, with István Kozma also in action. 1986 - Future red Stig Inge Bjørnebye won his fourth and last Under-16’s cap for Norway in their 3-2 win in Denmark. 1957 – Future reds centre-forward Des Palmer won his third and last cap for Wales as they were thumped 4-0 by England in the British International Championships at Ninian Park. Elisha twice Keeper Elisha Scott twice represented Northern Ireland in Belfast against England in the British International Championships on this day in history. 1929 - He played in a 3-0 loss, up against future reds defender Ernie Blenkinsop. 1935 - He featured in a 3-1 defeat, by which time he was a Belfast Celtic player. From back to front 1957 - Keeper Tommy Younger went off injured just before half time but returned as a centre-forward as we lost 2-1 at Derby County. Ronnie Moran took over in goal with the score at 1-0 with Billy Liddell slotting in at left-back. Tony Rowley struck our equaliser, but Moran finally conceded with seven minutes left. Dennis Woodhead netted the last of his four goals against us, with George Darwin also scoring. 1929 - We also visited the Baseball Ground when Jim Smith and Gordon Hodgson struck in our 2-2 First Division draw. Peter Ramage bagged the first of his five goals past the reds, with Harry Bedford grabbing one of his nine. Rewarded 2012 – Young Spanish midfielder Suso signed a new contract, having been a pro at Anfield since November 2010. He notched once in 21 senior outings, moving on to AC Milan in January 2015. Nominated 2008 - Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres were both named on a short-list for the Ballon d’Or by France Football magazine. The trophy was eventually claimed by Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo, with Torres finishing in third and Gerrard in tenth. North of the border 1987 - The reds took part in a testimonial match for Dundee’s George McGeachie, winning 4-0. The goals came from a John Barnes brace, Ronnie Whelan and Ray Houghton, who was playing his first reds game. Jan the Man at Aggborough again 2003 - Jan Mølby returned to Kidderminster Harriers as Director of Football. He remained in the role for a year before resigning due to poor results. Other reds games 1991 – Steve McManaman and Ian Rush struck as we drew 2-2 at Chelsea. 1968 – We lost 2-1 at Tottenham Hotspur with Roger Hunt giving us the lead before Jimmy Greaves grabbed two of his twelve goals against the reds. 1963 – Gordon Milne bagged the only goal of West Bromwich Albion’s visit to Anfield. 1901 – We drew 2-2 at Notts County with John Hunter and Jack Cox on the scoresheet. Percy Humphreys scored the first two of his six past us. We had to play the last twenty minutes with just ten men after Maurice Parry had to be carried off with an ankle injury. 1895 – We lost a Second Division fixture 1-0 at Grimsby Town. Also on the move 2015 – Ex-reds First Team Coach Paco Herrera was sacked as Manager of Unión Deportiva Las Palmas for the first time, after fifteen months in charge. 2001 - Jason McAteer joined Sunderland from Blackburn Rovers for £1m. He bagged five goals in 61 appearances for the Black Cats, before moving on to Tranmere Rovers in July 2004. 2000 - Ex-loanee keeper Mark Prudhoe was released by basement side Southend United after just six appearances. 1994 - Future reds first-team coach Kevin Keen joined Stoke City from Wolverhampton Wanderers for £300,000. He had netted nine times in 54 outings for Wolves. Kennedy on the mark 1993 - Future red Mark Kennedy struck for the Republic of Ireland Under-18’s as they lost 2-1 in Sweden in a European Championships qualifier.
  2. Will

    9th October

    New defenders 1974 - Phil Neal signed from Northampton Town for £66,000. He made 650 reds appearances, netting 59 times while becoming our most decorated player of all time, including four European Cups, eight League titles, the UEFA Cup, UEFA Super Cup, four League Cups and four FA Charity Shields. 1996 - Jamie Carragher signed professional terms at Anfield. He made a total of 737 reds appearances before retiring in the summer of 2013, in a multitude of positions, and is ranked number two in the club’s all-time appearance holders list. He netted just five times as he helped us to claim the European Cup, UEFA Cup, two FA Cups, two UEFA Super Cups, three League Cups and two FA Charity Shields. 1987 - Reserves defender Brian Mooney joined Preston North End on loan, later signing for them permanently for a £25,000 fee. He only ever played one senior reds game, as a substitute for Jim Beglin in a League Cup win at Fulham in October 1986, only managing to net 26 goals in 128 appearances while at Deepdale, winning their Player of the Year award in 1988/89 as they missed out on promotion to the Second Division, then moving back into the top flight to sign for Sunderland for £225,000 in 1991. Yet another treble 1990 - Ian Rush bagged a League Cup treble in our 4-1 win at Crewe Alexandra, with Steve Staunton also scoring as we won 9-2 on aggregate to reach the Third Round. This was one of just two victories we ever enjoyed in our green and white Adidas away kit, with Steve Nicol featuring for the 300th time. Anfield debutants 2001 - Chris Kirkland made his reds bow as we lost 2-1 after extra time to Grimsby Town in the first game of our Worthington Cup defence, with all the goals coming after the ninety minutes. Gary McAllister nabbed our goal from the spot, his last reds strike, with Marlon Broomes equalising and the winner coming from boyhood red and ex-Evertonian Phil Jevons. Grégory Vignal broke his ankle early on in this game with Frode Kippe making his second and last senior appearances. 1920 - Forward Peter McKinney scored his only goal for the club on his reds debut as we drew 2-2 with Sheffield United in a top-flight fixture, with Dick Johnson also scoring. Albert Rawson struck twice for the Blades. 1929 - Centre-forward Harold Barton made his reds bow in our 1-1 First Division draw with Blackburn Rovers, with Henry Race and future red Les Bruton on target. International half centuries 1996 - Stig Inge Bjørnebye won his fiftieth cap for Norway as they beat Hungary 3-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Oslo. Future clubmate Øyvind Leonhardsen also featured. On the same day, ex-red Ronnie Rosenthal reached his half-century for Israel as they drew 1-1 with Russia in another qualifier in Tel-Aviv. Also in international action that day were Patrik Berger, Haukur Ingi Gudnason, Steve McManaman and future reds Markus Babbel, Paul Ince, Harry Kewell and Vladimír Šmicer. The lights come on at Goodison 1957 - The floodlights were used at Goodison Park for the first time as we lost 2-0 in a Floodlight Challenge Cup game played there to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Liverpool County FA, with both goals coming from Eddie Thomas. Two tons up 1926 - Outside-left Fred Hopkin made his 200th reds appearance as we lost 1-0 at Newcastle United, with Hughie Gallacher netting one of his eight strikes against us. 1979 – We drew 1-1 at Bolton Wanderers, with Kenny Dalglish heading in our equaliser as Phil Neal played his 200th League game for the reds. Mixed fortunes against the Mancs 1909 – Forward James Speakman made his reds debut as we beat Manchester United 3-2 at Anfield thanks to a brace from Jack Parkinson and a goal from James Stewart. Jimmy Turnbull converted a penalty, the last of his seven goals against the reds with the unrelated Sandy Turnbull scoring one of his five past us. 1965 - We lost 2-0 at Old Trafford, thanks to one of George Best’s seven goals against us and one of Denis Law’s six strikes past the reds, with both goals coming in the first half. International firsts and lasts 1999 - Dietmar Hamann won his first cap as a red, and his eighteenth in total, as Germany were held to a goalless draw by Turkey in a Euro 2000 qualifier in Munich. However, the result was enough to secure them top spot in the group, ahead of their opponents. Future reds Markus Babbel and Christian Ziege also featured. On the same day, Sami Hyypiä netted his first senior Finland goal in their 4-1 defeat of Northern Ireland in the same qualifying group, while winning his thirtieth full international cap. Future red Jari Litmanen also played, winning his sixtieth cap. Meanwhile, Bolo Zenden bagged his first goal as a Barcelona player as the Netherlands were held to a 2-2 friendly draw by Brazil at the Amsterdam ArenA. 2016 – Future red Mohamed Salah struck as Egypt won a World Cup qualifier 2-1 in the Republic of the Congo, his first goal since moving permanently to Roma from Chelsea. 2019 – Ex-red Emre Can played as Germany drew 2-2 with Argentina in Dortmund. 1996 - Jason McAteer netted his first goal for the Republic of Ireland as they beat FYR Macedonia 3-0 in a World Cup qualifier at Lansdowne Road, the first ever meeting between these two countries. Ex-red John Aldridge came on as a substitute to win his 69th and final cap, while former red Steve Staunton and future red Robbie Keane also played. 1991 - István Kozma won his last cap as a Dunfermline Athletic player as Hungary were beaten 2-0 at home by Belgium in a friendly. 1984 - Ex-red Avi Cohen bagged his first goal for Israel, while winning his 27th cap, as they drew 2-2 with Greece in a friendly in Athens. 2020 - Takumi Minamino won his first cap as a reds player as Japan were held to a goalless draw by Cameroon in Utrecht. On the same day, Morgan Boyes played for Wales Under-21’s in their 5-0 thumping by Belgium in a European Championships qualifier in Leuven, with Kamil Grabara featuring for Poland Under-21’s. More international firsts 2004 – Ex-red Alou Diarra made his senior international debut as a substitute when France were held to a goalless draw by the Republic of Ireland in a World Cup qualifier at the Stade de France. Djibril Cissé, Steve Finnan and future red Robbie Keane all also featured. Xabi Alonso, Milan Baroš, Jerzy Dudek, Sami Hyypiä, John Arne Riise, future reds Craig Bellamy, Alex Manninger, Christian Poulsen, Maxi Rodríguez, Fernando Torres and Andriy Voronin and ex-reds Paul Jones, Michael Owen and Rigobert Song all also played in qualifiers that day. On the same day, future red Dirk Kuyt bagged his first senior goal for the Netherlands in their 2-2 World Cup qualifying draw in FYR Macedonia. 2003 - Future red James Milner won his first cap for England Under-20’s in their 2-2 friendly draw with the Netherlands at Turf Moor, with future reds Andy Lonergan and Gary O’Neil also featuring. 2010 – Ex-red Mikel San José bagged his only goal for Spain Under-21’s as they beat Croatia 2-1 in the first leg of their European Championships Play-off in Burgos with future red Thiago Alcântara also featuring. Ex-red Harry Kewell played for the senior Australian side on the same day, as they beat Paraguay 1-0 in a friendly in Sydney, while Feyenoord’s Gini Wijnaldum played for the Dutch Under-21’s and future red Kolo Touré featuring for the Ivory Coast. 2014 – Adam Lallana won his first cap as a reds player as Roy Hodgson’s England thumped San Marino 5-0 at Wembley, with Jordan Henderson, Raheem Sterling and future reds James Milner and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also in action. Martin Škrtel skippered Slovakia on the same day as they beat Spain 2-1 in another European Championships qualifier in Zilina, while future red Ragnar Klavan captained Estonia as they lost 1-0 in Lithuania. Keeper Ryan Fulton played for Scotland Under-19’s that day too, with future red Xherdan Shaqiri and ex-red Alexander Kačaniklić also in international action. 2015 – Lallana and Sterling both featured alongside Nathaniel Clyne, James Milner and future red Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and against future red Ragnar Klavan as England beat Estonia 2-0 in another qualifier at Wembley, with Harry Wilson featuring for Wales Under-21’s on the same day and future red Naby Keïta also playing for his country. 2016 – Keïta played again for Guinea, this time in a 2-0 World Cup qualifying defeat in Tunisia, with future red Thiago Alcântara and ex-red Carl Medjani also in international action. Sadio again 2021 - Sadio Mané scored in his fifth consecutive game as Senegal thumped Namibia 4-1 in a World Cup qualifier in Thiès. Xherdan Shaqiri won his first cap as a Olympique Lyonnais player as Switzerland beat Northern Ireland 2-0 in Geneva. Harvey Davies debuted for England Under-19’s in their 3-1 defeat of Mexico in Malaga. Naby Keïta, Andy Robertson and ex-red Péter Gulácsi all skippered their countries, with James Balagizi, Conor Bradley, Jakub Ojrzyński, Kostas Tsimikas and ex-red Conor Coady also in international action, with Steve Clarke taking charge of Scotland. Young champions 2011 – Conor Coady and Adam Morgan both featured as England Under-19’s won the Limoges Tournament after beating Ukraine 3-1. Ex-red Oussama Assaidi and future red Tiago Ilori also played for their countries that day. Nice one Cyril 1944 - Cyril Done scored four goals as we beat Everton 6-4 in a Wartime League game at Goodison Park. Future reds boss Don Welsh and Jim Harley both also scored. Bionic carrot strikes back 1985 – Ex-red David Fairclough netted a brace as we won a League Cup Second Round second leg 5-2 at Oldham Athletic. Ronnie Whelan also netted twice, with John Wark and Ian Rush also on target before substitute Kevin MacDonald grabbed his first reds goal. 1911 – Sam Gilligan and Sam Bowyer both struck as we lost a Lancashire Senior Cup Second Round tie 5-2 at Oldham’s Boundary Park. 1933 – We lost 4-0 at Oldham at the same stage of the competition. Paddy sees red 1999 - The Czech Republic’s 100% record in Euro 2000 qualification was completed with a 2-0 win in Prague, but the result was marred by the sending-off of Patrik Berger for stamping on the Faroe Islands’ Pol Thorsteinsson after a fierce challenge. Vladimír Šmicer won his 39th cap, and first as a reds player. Captaining the League 1909 - Reds winger Arthur Goddard captained the Football League as they thumped an Irish League side 8-1. Twice against Stoke and Stockport 1984 - We beat Stockport County 2-0 in extra time after three goalless hours of our League Cup Second Round tie. Michael Robinson and Ronnie Whelan bagged the goals at Anfield. 1915 - We also hosted County, when our Wartime League fixture ended goalless. 1897 - We beat Stoke 4-0 in a top-flight match at Anfield thanks to a Dan Cunliffe brace, his first reds goals, and strikes from Frank Becton and Harry Bradshaw. 1991 - We beat Stoke City 3-2 at the Victoria Ground to reach the Third Round of the League Cup 5-4 on aggregate, with Steve McManaman, Dean Saunders and Mark Walters netting. Wayne Biggins nabbed both goals for the home side, with one coming from the spot. Blues stalemates We have twice hosted Chelsea in First Division encounters on this day in history, with both fixtures ending all square. 1948 - Right-winger Jimmy Payne grabbed his first reds goal, when Scottish left-winger Doug McAvoy made his second and final senior reds appearance. 1971 - The game ended goalless. Future reds on the mark 1999 - Abel Xavier scored for Portugal after coming on as a substitute in their 3-0 defeat of Hungary in Lisbon, while winning his first cap as an Evertonian. His clubmate across Stanley Park, Don Hutchison, also netted as Scotland beat Lithuania 3-0 in another Euro 2000 qualifier at Hampden Park. Haukur Ingi Gudnason won his ninth and last cap for Iceland Under-21’s in their 2-0 qualifying defeat in France. Also in qualifying action that day were Vegard Heggem, Stéphane Henchoz, Steve Staunton, future reds Igor Bišcan and Paul Jones and ex-reds Mark Kennedy, Øyvind Leonhardsen and Dean Saunders. 2004 - Yossi Benayoun bagged a brace for Israel against Stéphane Henchoz’s Switzerland in a 2-2 World Cup qualifying draw in Tel-Aviv. 2011 - Manchester City’s Kolo Touré scored as the Ivory Coast beat Burundi in an African Cup of Nations qualifier in Abidjan. Abe’s farewell 1909 – Scottish forward Abe Hartley died aged just 37 after collapsing with heart failure at Southampton docks. He had joined the reds from Everton for £175 in December 1897, but only notched once in twelve outings before joining Southern League side Southampton the following May. Management moves 2009 – John Barnes was sacked as Manager of Tranmere Rovers, with his assistant Jason McAteer also losing his job. 2020 - Robbie Fowler was appointed Head Coach of East Bengal. He remained in charge until September 2021, leading them to just three victories in twenty games. More youngsters on target 2006 - Craig Lindfield grabbed a brace with Paul Anderson also netting as England Under-19’s held Austria to a 3-3 draw in a UEFA Preparatory Tournament game, with Adam Hammill also featuring and future red Adam Lallana winning his only cap at this level. Future red Jordy Brouwer also represented his country at this level on the same day. 2009 – Krisztián Nemeth struck twice as Hungary beat Italy 3-2 after extra time in the World Championship Finals Quarter-final in Egypt. The game was a fiery encounter, with Italy having three players dismissed, with one Hungarian and both coaches also being sent off. Péter Gulácsi and András Simon both also featured. Future red Andy Carroll bagged his only two Under-21’s goals as England thumped Montenegro 6-0 at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry. David N’Gog and future red Mamadou Sakho turned out for France Under-21’s in another European Championships qualifier on the same day, with future reds Simon Mignolet and Gini Wijnaldum also in action. Other reds games 1982 – Graeme Souness netted as we lost 3-1 at West Ham United. 1963 – We beat Sheffield Wednesday 3-1 at Anfield with Ian St. John on target either side of a Jimmy Melia goal. 1954 – We beat Rotherham United 3-1 in a Second Division fixture in L4 thanks to goals from Alan A’Court, Billy Liddell and John Evans. 1946 – We drew 2-2 at Middlesbrough as Billy Liddell struck twice to put us two up at the break. Micky Fenton netted one of his nine goals against the reds, with George Dews equalising for the home side. 1937 – We lost 1-0 to West Bromwich Albion at Anfield as Stan Wood netted the last of his five goals past us. Also in international action 2017 – Dejan Lovren, Ben Woodburn and ex-reds Joe Allen, Iago Aspas, Pepe Reina all played in World Cup qualifiers, with Corey Whelan featuring for the Irish Under-21’s on the same day. Meanwhile, future red Ozan Kabak captained Turkey Under-17’s as they lost 3-0 to Mali in a World Championship Finals group game in India. 1998 – Future red Frode Kippe played for Norway Under-21’s in their 3-1 European Championships qualifying win in Slovenia. 1990 – Future reds Stig Inge Bjørnebye and Øyvind Leonhardsen both featured as Norway Under-21’s beat Hungary 3-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Kristiansand.
  3. Will

    25th July

    Tom takes charge 1896 - Tom Watson was appointed as reds boss, doubling his salary to £300 a year from his time at Sunderland, whom he had led to three League titles and three FA Cup Semi-finals in four seasons. He went beyond the remit of Club Secretary at Anfield, involving himself in team selection, tactics and player recruitment, so becoming a Manager in all but name. He led the reds to two League titles and the Second Division championship and our first ever FA Cup Final, remaining in charge until his death in May 1915. Happy McBirthday 1891 - Legendary left-back Donald McKinlay was born in Newton, Cambuslang, near Glasgow. He signed from Newton Villa in January 1910, making 434 appearances before joining Prescot Cables in July 1929. He scored 34 times, including one struck spectacularly from ten yards inside his own half at West Ham United in January 1926! He skippered us to two League titles, and also played in our first FA Cup Final in 1914. Off on loan 2008 – Two young centre-backs left the club to go out on loan. Jack Hobbs joined Leicester City, turning out 49 times as they claimed the League One title before signing on permanently in April 2009. Meanwhile, Godwin Antwi only played seven games for Tranmere Rovers, later joining Hereford United for another loan spell before leaving the reds for good for Vejle Boldklub in Denmark in December 2009. Red bows 2012 – Full-back Ryan McLaughlin played his first reds game as we lost 2-1 to Roma in a friendly at the Fenway Park baseball stadium in Boston on our North American tour, with Charlie Adam on target. 1972 - Peter Cormack made his first appearance as we won 2-0 at Chester in a game played behind closed doors. Brian Hall and Steve Heighway struck the goals. Anfield departures 1958 - Outside-right Brian Jackson was sold to Port Vale for £1,700. He had struck eleven times in 133 reds games since his arrival in November 1951 from Leyton Orient for £6,500 plus forward Don Woan. 1998 - Reserves winger Nicky Rizzo left Anfield for Crystal Palace on a free transfer. He netted four times in 41 games for the Eagles, before joining Italian side Ternana two years later. 2016 – Welsh midfielder Joe Allen was sold to Stoke City for £13m after seven goals in 132 reds games since his £15m arrival from Swansea City in August 2012. On the same day, ex-reds midfielder Sammy Lee was appointed Assistant Manager of England, under Sam Allardyce. Signing on 1892 – Keeper Billy McOwen arrived from Darwen. He kept eleven clean sheets in 27 appearances, helping us to claim the Second Division title. He left the reds to sign as an amateur for Blackpool in July 1894, as well as returning to his dentistry career. 1986 - Barry Venison signed from Sunderland for £200,000. He netted three goals in 158 appearances for the reds, winning two League titles, an FA Cup and two FA Charity Shields in his time at Anfield. New stadium plans 2007 - New designs for the new stadium in Stanley Park were unveiled, coinciding with the submission of the official planning application to Liverpool City Council. This was to be a 60,000-seater stadium, with 18,000 in the Kop. However, this project has since been firmly shelved. Stevie honoured 2008 - Steven Gerrard was awarded an Honorary Fellowship from Liverpool John Moores University. The reds go broadband 2000 - It was announced that Granada Media and Liverpool FC had agreed to form a new joint venture company, Liverpool FC Broadband, to exploit our new-media and commercial rights, including delayed online coverage of Premiership matches. God the champion 1993 - Robbie Fowler helped England Under-18’s to claim the European Championships for the ninth and final time to date. Tottenham Hotspur’s Darren Caskey struck the only goal of the game against Turkey at Nottingham Forest’s City Ground, with the England side also including future stars such as Sol Campbell, Julian Joachim, Gary Neville and Paul Scholes. Javier misses out 2004 - Future red Javier Mascherano played as Argentina lost the Copa América Final. The game in Lima ended 2-2, but Brazil won the penalty shoot-out 4-2. Red farewells 1900 - James Kelso committed suicide back in his native Scotland, aged just 29. He only played one senior reds game, in a 4-0 Lancashire League defeat of Bury at Anfield in September 1892. 1938 – Inside-forward Willie Michael died. He joined the reds from Heart Of Midlothian in January 1895, scoring five times in 23 reds games before returning to Tynecastle in May 1897. A new case for Jimmy 1991 - Ex-reds midfield dynamo Jimmy Case joined Third Division Bournemouth from Southampton on a free transfer. He was a virtual ever-present in his one season with the Cherries, before joining Halifax Town on a free transfer in May 1992. Young future reds on target 2002 - Fernando Torres bagged a brace as Spain Under-19’s reached the Final of the European Championships in Norway, courtesy of their 3-2 defeat of Slovakia in Drammen. 2003 – Daniel Agger converted a penalty for Denmark Under-20’s as they lost a shoot-out 5-4 to the USA in the NI Milk Cup third place play-off in Northern Ireland, after the match had ended 1-1. Partridge claims bronze 1999 - Richie Partridge featured as the Republic of Ireland Under-18’s beat Greece 1-0 in Sweden to claim third place in the European Championship Finals. 1996 - Michael Owen played in the same tournament as England drew 1-1 with Italy in a group game France, with Gérard Houllier taking charge of France, with Christian Damiano as they beat Portugal 1-0. On the move 1927 – Future reds outside-right Danny McRorie joined Stenhousemuir from Airdrieonians, having struck five times in eight League games for the Diamonds. 1996 - Future reds loanee keeper Paul Jones joined Stockport County from Wolverhampton Wanderers for £60,000. He appeared 66 times for County before following boss Dave Jones to Southampton for £900,000 a year later. 2011 – Future keeper Andy Lonergan joined Leeds United for the first time from Preston North End, playing 38 times. He became captain that season, moving on to Bolton Wanderers in July 2012. 2017 – Diogo Jota joined Wolverhampton Wanderers on loan from Club Atlético de Madrid, netting eighteen times in 46 games before signing on permanently in July 2018 for a reported €14m. 2018 – Ex-reds forward Jerome Sinclair joined Sunderland on loan from Watford, scoring twice in nineteen games for the Black Cats. Also in international action 1925 - Forward Jimmy Walsh appeared for an England side that beat Australia 2-0 in an FA Tour game in Melbourne. 1976 - Future red Avi Cohen played in the Olympics for Israel as they lost 4-1 to Brazil in the Quarter-final in Toronto. 1986 – Future red Stig Inge Bjørnebye featured for Norway Under-16’s as they shared a goalless draw with Finland in a tournament game in Hungary. 2014 – Future red Marko Grujić played as Serbia Under-19’s beat Bulgaria 1-0 in a European Championship Finals group game in Hungary.
  4. Yet another win 1981 - We registered our 85th consecutive home match without defeat as we beat Alliance Premier League side Altrincham 4-1 in the FA Cup Third Round at Anfield, thanks to goals from Terry McDermott, Ray Kennedy and a Kenny Dalglish brace, with shipping clerk Graham Heathcote converting a penalty for the visitors in front of the Kop. Future Academy Manager John Owens and Zak Whitbread’s dad Barry were both on the losing side while reds legend Bill Shankly bizarrely travelled to the game on the Altrincham team coach and went into the visitors’ dressing room before the game, as part of a promotional campaign for Robinson’s Barley Water that he was involved with. We lost our next home match 2-1 to Leicester City, at the end of the month, to bring the run to an end. This was the most recent day on which both the reds and Everton have played at home at the same time, with the Blues hosting Arsenal in another cup tie. Cup glory 1976 - We knocked out the FA Cup holders in a Third Round tie at Upton Park, as goals from John Toshack and Kevin Keegan handed us a 2-0 win over West Ham United. 1987 - We also beat the Hammers when Steve McMahon netted the only goal of our League match at Anfield late on. 2009 – We won 2-0 at Preston North End, with Albert Riera opening the scoring past future reds keeper Andy Lonergan before Steve Gerrard set up Fernando Torres for a last-minute tap-in to settle any nerves. This was our 400th FA Cup game to date. On the same day, Jonjo Shelvey became the youngest ever FA Cup goalscorer, aged sixteen years and 311 days, as Charlton Athletic were held to a 1-1 draw at The Valley by Norwich City. 1999 - We won 3-0 at struggling First Division side Port Vale with Robbie Fowler, Michael Owen and Paul Ince on the scoresheet. Cup despair 1998 - We were humbled 3-1 by Coventry City in the FA Cup Third Round at Anfield. Jamie Redknapp grabbed our consolation, our 600th in the competition. Dion Dublin bagged one of his seven goals against the reds, with Darren Huckerby and Paul Telfer also netting. 1993 - We were held 2-2 at Second Division Bolton Wanderers, with our goals coming from Ian Rush and a Mark Winstanley own goal, with John McGinlay and ex-red Mark Seagraves netting for the home side. We went on to lose the Anfield replay 2-0. Starting the new millennium badly 2000 - Chris Armstrong scored the first goal against the reds in the new millennium as we lost 1-0 at Tottenham Hotspur. Smyth’s start 1953 - Inside-right Sammy Smyth made his reds bow as we lost 3-1 in a top-flight game at Stoke City. Kevin Baron scored our consolation, while outside-left Ken Brierley was playing his 61st and last reds game. Harry Oscroft struck the first two of his six goals past us, with Don Whiston also netting. 1948 - We entertained the Potters, being held to a goalless draw, when forward Jack Balmer played his 200th reds game and Scottish left-winger Doug McAvoy was making the first of just two senior reds appearances. The players were presented with their medals from the previous season’s League title-winning campaign before the match by the President of the Football League, William Cuff. 1931 - Harry Barkas made his reds debut in our 3-1 defeat of Middlesbrough at Anfield in the top flight. Gordon Hodgson struck a brace, with Robert Done also on target. East Anglian joy 2005 - Steve Finnan played his 400th club career game as goals from Luis García and John Arne Riise secured a 2-1 win at Norwich City, who were relegated at the end of the season. Salif Diao made his 61st and final reds outing in this match. Happy birthdays 1987 – Spanish keeper Adrián was born in Seville. He signed for free in August 2019, keeping just six clean sheets in 24 senior games across his first two campaigns as he helped us to claim the Premier League title and UEFA Super Cup. 1888 - Forward Arthur Berry was born in Liverpool, the son of Edwin Berry who was reds Chairman in the 1900’s. Arthur only played four first-team games in his two spells at Anfield before the First World War, as well as twice claiming Olympic Gold medals for football. 1855 - John McKenna was born in Drumcaw, County Monaghan, Ireland. He served as a Director from the formation of the club until July 1921, having two lengthy spells as the club’s Chairman. He acted as our boss for the 1895/96 season, guiding us to the Second Division title, before being replaced by Tom Watson. He was later Chairman of the Football League for two decades. Title decider? 2019 – We lost 2-1 at Manchester City, narrowing our lead at the top of the table to four points. Sergio Agüero put the home side ahead with the most recent of his seven goals past us after a Sadio Mane shot was within 1.1cm of crossing the line after an attempted clearance rebounded. Roberto Firmino equalised after the break. However, Leroy Sané bagged a late winner as City went on to retain the title, the latest of his four goals against us. Earlier that day, Roberto Firmino was named as winner of the Samba d’Or for 2018, an award given to the best Brazilian playing in Europe, voted for by journalists, players and fans. 2012 - We also lost 3-0 at the Etihad Stadium, with Sergio Agüero profiting from a Pepe Reina error to net his first past us. Yaya Touré headed in before Gareth Barry was dismissed and future red James Milner converted a late penalty. Incoming 1958 - Inside-forward Jimmy Harrower signed from Hibernian for £11,000. He bagged 22 goals in 105 reds games, moving on to Newcastle United in March 1961. 2018 - Peter Crouch became a father for the third time, to Johnny. Beating the Gunners We have twice defeated Arsenal at Anfield on this day in history. 1925 - Harry Chambers and Dick Forshaw struck as we won 2-1. 1983 - Ian Rush, Graeme Souness and Kenny Dalglish were on the scoresheet in a 3-1 victory to put us ten points clear at the top of the table. Brian Talbot bagged one of his six goals against the reds. Double farewells 1903 – Inside-forward Tommy Green bagged his only reds goal in his seventh and final appearance for the club, as we lost a top-flight match 3-1 at Blackburn Rovers, with right-back Don McCallum playing his second and last reds game. Walter Whittaker netted one of his six goals past us from the spot, with William Bow and Albert Monks also scoring. Wearside joy 1914 - We won 2-1 at Roker Park in a top-flight encounter, with Jackie Sheldon on target as Jack Parkinson scored his 128th and final reds goal. James Richardson struck the last of his five goals past us. 1959 - Johnny Wheeler, Louis Bimpson and Fred Morris netted as we beat Sunderland 3-1 at Anfield in a Second Division match, with left-winger Alan A’Court playing his 200th League game for the reds aged 24 years and 95 days, the youngest ever reds player to achieve this milestone. Roy in charge 1982 - Roy Hodgson was appointed Manager of Bristol City, moving up from Assistant. He won just three of his twenty games in charge before moving to Sweden to take over at Örebro SK. 2004 – Hodgson took charge of United Arab Emirates as they were held to a goalless draw by Qatar in the Gulf Cup of Nations in Kuwait. Crazy Horse for the three 1973 - Emlyn Hughes appeared in an unofficial international as The Three beat The Six 2-0 at Wembley Stadium. This was a ‘Common Market’ match with The Three representing Denmark, the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland, while The Six featured players from Belgium, France, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and West Germany. 1977 – Future red Glenn Hysén played for Sweden Under-18’s as they beat Switzerland 3-2 in a friendly in Israel. Other reds games 1989 – Ronnie Whelan headed in the only goal of Aston Villa’s visit to Anfield. 1920 – We lost 3-2 at Sheffield United, with Stan Fazackerley bagging a brace for the Blades and Harry Johnson scoring the first of his seven goals against the reds. Tom Miller scored twice for us, with his second coming from the rebound after Harold Gough had saved his spot-kick. Off on loan 2007 - Former reserves right-back Stephen Vaughan joined Rochdale on loan from Chester City, although he did not make an appearance before returning to the Deva Stadium. 2013 – Keeper Jamie Stephens moved to Welsh Premier League side Airbus UK Broughton on a temporary basis, before being released by the reds in the summer. He is now with Newport County. On the same day, Stuart Webber was appointed Head of Recruitment for Wolverhampton Wanderers. He had joined the reds as Senior National Scout in 2009, moving up to become Director of Recruitment in May 2011, before leaving in the summer of 2012. 2014 – Ex-reserves forward Astrit Ajdarević joined Charlton Athletic on loan from Standard de Liège, netting twice in 22 outings for the Addicks. 2018 – Midfielder Adam Phillips joined Cambridge United on loan from Norwich City, for whom he played four times. 2019 – Winger Adam Hammill joined Sc***horpe United from St. Mirren, scoring once in nineteen outings before the end of the campaign. 2020 – Midfielder Herbie Kane joined Hull City on loan, nabbing two goals in nine games for the Tigers.
  5. Will

    9th January

    Feliz aniversario 1987 - Brazilian central midfielder Lucas Leiva was born in Dourados, Mato Grosso do Sul. He made 346 senior appearances after signing from Grêmio for a reported £5m in May 2007, notching just seven times before moving on to S.S. Lazio for £5m in July 2017. He bagged a brace for Brazil in the Sudamericano Sub-20 “Juventud de América” on his twentieth birthday, as they beat Peru 2-1 in a group match in Paraguay. Other births and death 1962 - Ray Houghton was born in Glasgow. He signed from Oxford United for £825,000 in October 1987, going on on to strike 38 times in 202 reds games, helping us to two League titles, two FA Cups and the FA Charity Shield before moving to Aston Villa for £900,000 in July 1992. 1985 - Ex-reserves forward Mark Smyth was born in Liverpool. He made his senior debut as a substitute in our Carling Cup victory at Tottenham Hotspur in December 2004, but was released in July 2005. 2018 – Keeper Tommy Lawrence died. ‘The Flying Pig’ signed professional terms in October 1957 and played 390 times for us, winning two League title medals and an FA Charity Shield as well as being a member of the 1965 FA Cup winning side. He left the club in November 1971 to join Tranmere Rovers. Supersub arrives 1974 - David Fairclough signed on as a professional. He bagged 55 goals in 154 reds games, two-fifths of which were from off the bench. The bionic carrot helped us to three League titles, European Cup, UEFA Cup, UEFA Super Cup and two League Cups before moving on to Luzern in July 1983. 1970 – Winger Hughie McAuley turned pro. He was a regular for the reserves but did not make a senior appearance before moving to Plymouth Argyle in October 1974, He returned to the club in 1988 as a coach at the Academy. 2007 - Daniele Padelli signed on loan from Sampdoria. He made one senior appearance, as we were held to a 2-2 draw in our final League game of the season at home to Charlton Athletic in May 2007. However, he was not kept on. Reds farewells in a rout 2007 - We were beaten 6-3 at Anfield by Arsenal in our rearranged Carling Cup Fifth Round meeting, the first time we had conceded half a dozen at home since April 1930. This was our ninth meeting with the Gunners in this competition, making them our most frequent League Cup opponents. Júlio Baptista scored four goals and had a penalty saved by Jerzy Dudek. Luis García came on as a substitute and was later himself replaced, in what was to be his 121st and final reds game. Stephen Warnock played his 67th and last reds match with Lee Peltier appearing for the fourth and final time, while Robbie Fowler scored his final goal for us from open play, with Steven Gerrard and Sami Hyypiä also on target. Gerrard’s strike was our 400th in the competition. Jérémie Aliadière and Alex Song also netted for the visitors. 1904 – Inside-forward Fred Buck played his thirteenth and final reds game in our 2-1 defeat at The Wednesday. Sam Raybould struck our goal. Jimmy Stewart scored the first of his five goals past us, with Tommy Crawshaw also on target. 1946 – Defender Fred Finney made his second and last senior reds appearance as we beat Chester 2-0 in an FA Cup Third Round second leg at Anfield to progress 4-0 on aggregate, with Willie Fagan nabbing a brace. The king back in charge 2011 – Kenny Dalglish took charge of the reds for the first time in his second spell in the hot seat. Steven Gerrard was sent off as we lost our FA Cup Third Round match 1-0 at Manchester United, thanks to a controversial early penalty, converted by Ryan Giggs, the last of his five goals past us. Ryan Babel played his 146th and final reds game and was later admonished for tweeting a photo of referee Howard Webb mocked up in a United shirt. More arrivals 2004 - Paul Jones signed on loan from Southampton, due to injuries to both Jerzy Dudek and Chris Kirkland. He went straight into the first team to face Aston Villa at Anfield the next day, but only played once more before moving permanently to Wolverhampton Wanderers for £250,000 later that month. 1997 - Bjørn Tore Kvarme signed from Rosenborg BK on a free transfer. He went on to make 54 reds appearances without scoring, but was not the defensive missing link we were searching for. 1936 - Outside-right Billy Hartill signed from Everton, but only played four times before joining Bristol Rovers as part of the deal that brought Phil Taylor to Anfield two months later. Albert Stubbins was the man for me 2003 - The funeral of Albert Stubbins took place. The great centre-forward struck 83 times in 178 reds matches after signing from Newcastle United for a British record £12,500 fee in September 1946, helping to power us to the first League championship played after the Second World War. He was also the only footballer to appear on the cover of The Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” album, and became a scout for the club in 1954, a post he held for the rest of the decade. On the way to Wembley 1965 - We started our first victorious FA Cup campaign when we visited fellow top-flight outfit West Bromwich Albion for our 200th game in the competition. The kick-off was delayed by twenty minutes due to heavy traffic, and Roger Hunt opened the scoring shortly before the break. Ian St. John added a second after Jeff Astle had a goal chalked off for the home side. Ron Yeats gave away a penalty with thirteen minutes to go, picking the ball up in the area as he believed the referee had blown for a foul. Fortunately, Bobby Cram, athlete Steve’s uncle, stroked the kick wide. Jeff Astle finally notched for the Baggies, one of his seven goals against the reds, but we held on to win 2-1. An unwelcome European first 1968 - We suffered our first ever home defeat in Europe as Hungarian side Ferencvárosi won 1-0 in the Fairs Cup Third Round second leg in snowy conditions, to send us crashing out 2-0 on aggregate. A new record signing 1985 – Seventeen-year old forward Wayne Harrison signed from Oldham Athletic for £250,000, then a record fee for a teenager, although he never made a senior reds appearance before having to retire due to injury in the summer of 1991, aged just 23. 2009 – Icelandic reserves midfielder Victor Pálsson signed from AGF Århus. He failed to break through to the first team, moving on to Hibernian in January 2011. 300 up in the cup 1963 – Roger Hunt bagged our 300th FA Cup goal as he opened the scoring in our 3-0 win at Wrexham in the Third Round. Kevin Lewis and Jimmy Melia also netted. Another Welsh treble 1990 - Ian Rush scored a hat-trick, which included our 7,000th goal in all competitions, as we trounced Swansea City 8-0 in an FA Cup Third Round replay at Anfield, just three days after being held to a goalless draw in the first game at Vetch Field. Alan Hansen played his 600th reds game as John Barnes added a brace with Ronnie Whelan, Peter Beardsley and Steve Nicol all also on the scoresheet. We reached the Semi-final that season before going out to Crystal Palace. Disappointment on the south coast We have twice visited Southampton on this day in history, failing to win on both occasions. 2002 - We lost 2-0 at the Friends Provident St. Mary’s Stadium, our first visit there. John Arne Riise put through his own net with James Beattie also on the scoresheet. 1926 - We were held to a goalless draw at The Dell in an FA Cup Third Round tie, winning the Anfield replay before being knocked out at Fulham at the next hurdle. This was the third consecutive season we had been paired with the Saints in the cup. Trotters again 1954 - We lost 1-0 at Bolton Wanderers in the FA Cup Third Round, a week after our previous game, a 2-1 top-flight defeat to the same side at Anfield. Willie Moir struck the last of his five goals against the reds. The new Anfield? 2003 - Chief Executive Rick Parry announced at the club’s AGM at Anfield that the proposed new stadium would hold 60,000, five thousand more than originally thought, while Gérard Houllier gave a rousing speech to shareholders. Work on a new stadium was later shelved in favour of redeveloping Anfield. Beating the Blues We have twice won at Goodison Park on this day in history. 1932 - Gordon’s Gunson and Hodgson netted in a 2-1 FA Cup Third Round victory after we had gone behind to one of Dixie Dean’s nineteen derby strikes inside the first minute. However, we went out to Chelsea in the Sixth Round. 1943 - We had previously won 3-1 in a Wartime League fixture. Michael Hulligan struck a brace, with Arthur Shepherd also notching. The Wright man in charge 2002 - Mark Wright was appointed Manager of Chester City. He was in charge for two and a half years before resigning following rumours of an affair with one of his player’s wives. On the move 2021 – Keeper Andy Lonergan signed for West Bromwich Albion. He had spent the 2019/20 season with the reds, failing to make a senior appearance, also not playing for the Baggies’ first team. 2020 – Brazilian midfielder Allan Rodrigues de Souza was sold to Clube Atlético Mineiro for £3.2m, having not managed to break through at Anfield. He had arrived from Internacional for a reported £0.5m in September 2015, spending most of his time out on loan due to work permit issues. 2015 – Ex-reserves winger Adam Hammill joined Rotherham United on loan from Huddersfield Town, playing fourteen times for the Millers without scoring. On the same day, Xherdan Shaqiri joined Internazionale from Bayern München for €15m, having helped the Germans to claim to Bundesliga titles, the DFB-Pokal, DFL-Supercup, FIFA Club World Cup and UEFA Super Cup. 2014 – Reserves full-back Ryan McLaughlin joined Barnsley on loan, playing nine times for the Tykes. 2013 – Ex-reserves forward David Amoo joined Tranmere Rovers from Preston North End on a free transfer, netting once in eleven senior outings. On the same day, Andre Wisdom signed a new contract with the reds. 2009 - Porto bought sixty per cent of the rights to left-back Aly Cissokho from Vitória de Setúbal for €300,000, after just seventeen games for the team from southern Portugal. 1986 - Ex-reserves forward Mike Newell joined Luton Town from Wigan Athletic for £100,000. He bagged nineteen goals in 68 games for the Hatters, helping them to seventh in the top flight in his one full season at Kenilworth Road, their best ever League finish. Other reds games 1999 – We held Arsenal to a goalless draw at Arsenal 1993 – John Barnes put the reds in front as we lost 2-1 to Aston Villa at Anfield, with Garry Parker scoring before Dean Saunders nabbed the last of his four goals against the reds prior to signing for us. 1988 – Our FA Cup Third Round tie ended goalless at Stoke City in the mud and rain, with the home side wasting a glorious chance late on as we eventually made it all the way to Wembley. 1971 – We drew 2-2 with Blackpool in L4, with Steve Heighway scoring and John Craven deflected a Heighway cross into his own goal. 1960 – We beat Leyton Orient 2-1 in an FA Cup Third Round tie at Anfield, with Roger Hunt heading in after just 45 seconds, nabbing a last-minute winner after the O’s had drawn level through Ronnie Foster. 1937 – Berry Nieuwenhuys gave the reds the lead, but Pat Glover scored before Alf Hobson put through his own net as we lost 2-1 at Grimsby Town. 1915 – We beat Stockport County 3-0 in an FA Cup Third Round encounter at Anfield. Fred Pagnam bagged a brace with Arthur Metcalf also on target, with Norman Rodgers missing a penalty for the visitors. 1909 – Bobby Robinson netted as Blackburn Rovers left L4 with a share of the spoils, after Walter Aitkenhead had opened the scoring with the first of his four goals past us. 1897 – George Allan and Fred Geary struck as we won 2-1 at Wolverhampton Wanderers. Joseph McMain had opened the scoring after just a minute. Wolves had to play the second half a man down due to an injury to George Eccles. 1895 – Jimmy Ross bagged the only goal of the game at Derby County, a match that had been due to be played before Christmas but had to be postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. This was our only trip to their old County Ground. In international action 2019 – Future red Takumi Minamino played for Japan as they beat Turkmenistan 3-2 in an AFC Asian Cup group game in Abu Dhabi. 2010 – Ex-red Rigobert Song played for Cameroon in their 3-1 friendly win in Kenya. 1985 – Ex-red Avi Cohen and future red Ronnie Rosenthal both featured in Israel’s 2-0 friendly defeat by Greece in Jaffa.
  6. Will

    27th August

    Happy birthdays 1973 - Dietmar Hamann was born in Waldasson in Bavaria. He made a total of 283 appearances for the reds, scoring eleven times as he helped us to claim the Champions League, UEFA Cup, two FA Cups, two UEFA Super Cups, two League Cups and the FA Charity Shield after signing from Newcastle United for £8m in July 1999. He moved on to both Bolton Wanderers and Manchester City in a bizarre transfer saga in July 2006 to bring his Anfield career to a close. 1971 - Steve Harkness was born in Carlisle. He made his reds debut on his twentieth birthday, in our 1-0 League win over Queens Park Rangers at Anfield, when Dean Saunders struck his first reds goal. He went on to net three times in 139 games during nearly ten years at Anfield, before teaming up with Graeme Souness again at SL Benfica. 1986 – Forward Nabil El Zhar was born in Alès, France. He joined the reds in October 2006, striking just once in 32 outings before joining Spanish side Levante U.D. in August 2011. 1875 – Forward John Parkinson was born in Blackpool. He arrived from his hometown club in May 1899, but only played once before returning to the Seasiders in May 1900. Thumping the Gunners 2017 – We beat Arsenal 4-0 at Anfield, with Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mané on target before the break. Mohamed Salah and Daniel Sturridge completed the scoring. Off the mark 2011 - Jordan Henderson and Charlie Adam both struck their first reds goals either side of a Martin Škrtel header as we beat Bolton Wanderers 3-1 at Anfield, with Ivan Klasnić bagging the visitors’ late consolation. Debutants galore 1984 - Paul Walsh scored just fourteen seconds into his Anfield debut as we kicked off our season against West Ham United. John Wark bagged a late brace to complete a 3-0 win. 1938 - Scottish forward Bill Kinghorn debuted as we beat Chelsea 2-1 at Anfield in another season opener. Phil Taylor struck both our goals that day. 1921 - Centre-forward Danny Shone and outside-left Fred Hopkin both made their reds bows in our 3-0 defeat at Sunderland in a season starter, with the reds missing a last-minute penalty. Charlie Buchan bagged a brace, two of his 21 strikes in 27 games against us, with Harry Martin also on target. 1932 - Ted Crawford bagged a brace on his debut as we thumped Wolverhampton Wanderers 5-1, with Gordon Hodgson bagging his 150th League goal, and Dave Wright and Gordon Gunson also on the scoresheet in our opening game of the season. Centre-half Tom ‘Tiny’ Bradshaw played his hundredth reds game that day. A new boss 1983 - Joe Fagan took charge of his first League game as we drew 1-1 at Wolverhampton Wanderers, with Ian Rush on the scoresheet. Alan Kennedy conceded a very early penalty against Andy Gray, converted by Geoffrey Palmer, and did the same later in the season after he had moved to Everton. 1974 - We also faced Wolves, with Steve Heighway and John Toshack on target in our 2-0 win at Anfield. Alec Lindsay missed a penalty just three days after converting two in a 2-1 home defeat of Leicester City. Treble for Aldo 1988 - John Aldridge bagged a hat-trick as we beat Charlton Athletic 3-0 at Selhurst Park. Reds centuries 2008 – Dirk Kuyt bagged the only goal late on in his hundredth reds game as we beat Standard de Liège after extra time in the second leg of our Champions League qualifier at Anfield to reach the group stages. This was the hundredth goal we had struck in Europe under Rafael Benítez, while future red Milan Jovanović featured as a late substitute for the visitors. Off on loan 2003 - Right-back Markus Babbel joined Blackburn Rovers on loan, scoring three goals in 28 games. He had played 73 times for the reds, netting six times, and helping us to claim five trophies in 2001. 2013 – Moroccan winger Oussama Assaidi moved to Stoke City for the season, nabbing five goals in 25 outings. He had arrived at Anfield from SC Heerenveen for £2.4m a year earlier, failing to net in twelve reds games. 2015 – Mario Balotelli re-joined AC Milan on loan after just four goals in 28 outings in his debut season with the reds, although half of these appearances came from the bench. Derby disappointment We have failed to win any of our three encounters with Everton on this day over the years, all of which have been top-flight matches played at Goodison. 1949 - The game ended goalless. 1968 – Another goalless encounter, with Ian Callaghan making his 400th reds appearance. 1966 - We lost 3-1, with Tommy Smith nabbing our consolation. Sandy Brown bagged one of the Blues’ goals, becoming the first substitute to score in a derby. Alan Ball scored the first two of his eleven goals against the reds. Bye bye Sander 2001 - Sander Westerveld made his 103rd and final reds appearance as we lost 2-1 to Bolton Wanderers at the Reebok Stadium. He gifted Dean Holdsworth’s winner to the Trotters, the last of his four goals past us, after Emile Heskey had got us back into the game with an equaliser after Michael Ricketts had put the home side in front. Danny Murphy reached a century of reds outings that day. 2011 – Left-back Emiliano Insúa signed for Sporting Clube de Portugal after one goal in 62 reds games, having spent the previous season on loan with Galatasaray. Most recently 2016 – We drew 1-1 at Tottenham Hotspur as James Milner handed us the lead from the spot just before the break, with Danny Rose equalising. 2003 – We were held to a goalless draw at Anfield by Tottenham Hotspur with Michael Owen having a goal disallowed. The king dethroned 1998 - Kenny Dalglish was sacked as Manager of Newcastle United. He had led the Toon to thirteenth place in his one full season in charge, being sacked just two unbeaten games into the following season. 1980 - He did not play in our 1-0 defeat at Bradford City in a League Cup Second Round first leg encounter after 180 consecutive appearances ever since his arrival from Celtic, before returning for our 4-1 League defeat of Norwich City at Anfield three days later. However, he struck twice as we won the return 4-0 as we set off towards the Final. Luis starts out 2013 – Young Spanish forward Luis Alberto made his reds bow as we beat Notts County 4-2 after extra time in our League Cup Second Round tie at Anfield. Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge put us into a two-goal lead within half an hour, but County fought back in the second half. Sturridge netted a second before substitute Jordan Henderson made the game safe. Unfortunately, we fell at the next hurdle, losing 1-0 at Manchester United. Youngsters in action 2010 – Raheem Sterling netted his first goal for England Under-17’s as they beat Australia 4-0 in The FA International U17 Tournament at Blundell Park, with Adam Morgan and Matty Regan also featuring. Stalemate to start 1927 - We started the season with a 1-1 draw at Sheffield United with Willie Devlin bagging our goal and Harry Johnson netting the last of his seven strikes past us. This was Matt McQueen’s 200th game in charge of the reds. Other reds games 1977 – We beat West Bromwich Albion 3-0 at Anfield with Kenny Dalglish, Steve Heighway and Jimmy Case all on the scoresheet. 1969 – We won 3-1 at Crystal Palace. Emlyn Hughes, Roger Hunt and Peter Thompson all scored. 1960 – Kevin Lewis was on target as we drew 1-1 a Second Division match at Middlesbrough. 1955 – Billy Liddell bagged a brace as we beat Hull City 3-0 in L4, with Alan Arnell also scoring. 1952 – Kevin Baron netted the only goal of Sheffield Wednesday’s visit to Anfield late on. 1947 – We lost 2-0 to Manchester United at Maine Road. John Morris grabbed the first of his seven goals against the reds, with Stan Pearson bagging one of his eleven. On the move 1987 - Mark Wright joined Derby County from Southampton for a club record receipt of £760,000. He struck ten times in 171 appearances for the Rams before coming to Anfield for £2.2m in July 1991. 2009 - Stephen Warnock joined Aston Villa from Blackburn Rovers, netting four times in 104 games for the Villains before joining Leeds United in January 2013. 2012 – Keeper Daniele Padelli joined Udinese from Sampdoria, having failed to make a senior appearance while in Genoa. 2014 – Swedish reserves winger Kristoffer Peterson was sold to Utrecht, netting twice in twenty games in his first season in the Netherlands. He had arrived at the Academy from Sävedalens IF in January 2011, scoring twice in pre-season for the first team in July 2014. On the same day, ex-red Xabi Alonso announced his retirement from international football after 114 caps for Spain. 2017 – Future reds keeper Andy Lonergan re-signed for Leeds United from Wolverhampton Wanderers on a free transfer, playing nine times in this second spell at Elland Road before moving on at the end of the campaign. 2020 - Pepe Reina signed for S.S. Lazio, playing 37 times in his first campaign in Rome. Also in international action 1991 – Future red Stig Inge Bjørnebye played for Norway Under-21’s as they lost 1-0 to the USSR in a European Championships qualifier in Kristiansand.
  7. Will

    20th August

    Happy birthdays 1961 - Steve McMahon was born in Liverpool. He signed from Aston Villa for £350,000 in September 1985 and struck fifty times in 277 reds appearances in his six years at Anfield, during which time he won three League titles, the FA Cup and two FA Charity Shields. He left the reds to sign for Manchester City for £900,000 in December 1991. 2003 – Forward Max Woltman was born in Wirral. He joined the Academy at the age of seven, playing in the FA Youth Cup Final in May 2021 after turning pro the previous January. He signed a new contract in May 2022, so far making two senior appearances in cup competitions. 1895 – Inside-left Dick Forshaw was born in Preston. He joined the reds in July 1919, winning two League titles while with the reds, scoring an impressive 124 times in 288 games. He has the unique honour of being the only player ever to claim League championship medals with both Merseyside clubs, helping the Blues to one in 1928 after he had crossed Stanley Park for £3,750 in March 1927. 1888 – Forward Harry Welfare was born in Liverpool. He signed from Northern Nomads in 1912, notching once in four outings before moving to Wrexham the following year. He later had a very successful career in Brazil, helping Fluminense to claim the title three times in succession while bagging 163 goals in just 166 games. Double hola 2004 - We signed a pair of Spaniards. Xabi Alonso arrived from Real Sociedad for £10.7m, with Luis García signing from Barcelona for a £6m fee. Xabi netted nineteen times, showing his silky passing skills in 210 reds games before moving to Real Madrid for £30m in August 2009. García struck thirty times, including five in our glorious Champions League campaign in 2005, in 121 games, before returning to his homeland to join Club Atlético de Madrid in July 2007. 2012 – Slovakian centre-half Martin Škrtel signed a new contract. He arrived from Zenit St. Petersburg for £6.5m to become our most expensive defender to date, notching eighteen goals in 320 games in total, including one in our Carling Cup win at Wembley in February 2012, moving on to Fenerbahçe Spor Kulübü for £5.5m in July 2016. Goalscoring debuts 1977 - Kenny Dalglish scored on his League debut as we drew 1-1 at Middlesbrough, with David Armstrong bagging the first of his four goals past us. 1960 - Winger and new £13,000 record signing Kevin Lewis scored on his debut as we beat Leeds United 2-0 at Anfield in another season opener, with the other goal coming from former blue Dave Hickson. 2016 – Marko Grujić made his senior reds bow as we dominated but lost 2-0 at Burnley, with Sam Vokes and Andre Gray both on target before the break. Royal victories 2018 - Sadio Mané scored in his third consecutive reds game as we won 2-0 at Crystal Palace, with James Milner handing us the lead from the spot at the very end of the first half. Aaron Wan-Bissaka was sent off for the home side before Mané struck in injury time. Daniel Sturridge played his hundredth League game for the reds. 1994 - We thumped Palace 6-1 at Selhurst Park to get the season off to a great start. Steve McManaman and Ian Rush scored twice apiece, with Jan Mølby and Robbie Fowler also on the scoresheet. Chris Armstrong bagged the home side’s consolation. Lefties on the way in 2013 – Left-back Aly Cissokho signed on loan from Valencia. The Frenchman played nineteen reds games without scoring. 1894 – Outside-left John Drummond joined from Sheffield United, scoring once in eighteen outings before moving on to Barnsley St. Peter’s the following year. Mixed fortunes at Wembley 1983 - Joe Fagan’s first game in charge came in the FA Charity Shield, when we lost 2-0 to Manchester United. Michael Robinson made his first-class reds debut in this match. Bryan Robson bagged both United’s goals, two of his seven strikes against us. 1988 - We gained some revenge on Wimbledon for our FA Cup Final defeat earlier that year, coming from behind to beat them 2-1 thanks to a John Aldridge brace, to claim the Shield for the seventh time outright. Charlie Boyd and Jim Magilton both sat on our bench for the first of just two occasions, while John Fashanu netted one of his six goals against us. Beating the Gunners 2011 – We beat Arsenal 2-0 in our first ever win at the Emirates Stadium. Emmanuel Frimpong was sent off before Ignasi Miquel’s clearance rebounded off Aaron Ramsey’s chest for an own goal. Luis Suárez then added a second in stoppage time. The king at Anfield 1966 - A fifteen-year old Kenny Dalglish wore the number eight shirt playing for Liverpool B as they beat Southport 1-0 in a Lancashire League match, five years before he signed professional terms with Celtic. However, he was not taken on by Bill Shankly, returning to Anfield as our record signing eleven years later. Milan’s farewell 2005 - Milan Baroš played his 108th and final reds game, with Luis García making his fiftieth reds appearance, as Xabi Alonso nabbed the only goal of our Anfield encounter with Sunderland, who had Andy Welsh sent off, the second of fifteen dismissals against the reds that season. 1949 - We also entertained the Mackems, winning 4-2 in a season opener, with Bob Paisley, Jack Balmer, Kevin Baron and Albert Stubbins all on target, with Billy Liddell missing a penalty. Dickie Davis struck one of his seven goals against us, with Ivor Broadis also on target. We went on to finish eighth that season. The mancs at home at Anfield 1971 - An unusual situation occurred as Manchester United played a home fixture at Anfield. Old Trafford was closed for two weeks due to hooliganism, and so United entertained Arsenal at Anfield. The ‘home’ side won 3-1. Frank McLintock sent the Gunners in ahead at half time, but goals from George Best, Bobby Charlton and Brian Kidd secured United’s victory. Jan’s debut 1984 - Jan Mølby scored in his first reds game, two days before he officially signed, as we beat Home Farm 3-0 in a friendly held at Tolka Park in Dublin. Ronnie Whelan added a brace, while Ian Rush sustained cartilage damage that kept him out of the first team for two months. The game had been arranged as part of the transfer deal that brought Ken DeMange and Brian Mooney to Anfield. Cally’s milestone 1974 – Ian Callaghan played his 500th League game for the reds in our goalless game at Wolverhampton Wanderers. Another season opener 1955 - We began our season with a 3-1 Second Division win at Nottingham Forest, with Alan A’Court nabbing a brace and John Evans also netting, as full-back Ray Lambert played his 300th League game for the club. Unfortunately, we ended the season in third, missing out on promotion again. Phil the champion 2011 – Future red Philippe Coutinho won his seventh and final cap for Brazil Under-20’s as they beat Portugal 3-2 after extra time in the World Championship Final in Colombia. Fifty years for the League 1938 - We lost a friendly 2-1 at Everton. Jack Balmer netted in a game staged to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the Football League. International reds on target 2008 – Xabi Alonso struck twice as Spain beat Daniel Agger’s Denmark 3-0 in a friendly in Copenhagen, with Pepe Reina and Fernando Torres also featuring and Christian Poulsen winning his first cap while with Juventus. Milan Baroš scored while winning his first cap as a Galatasaray player as the Czech Republic drew 2-2 with an England side that included Steven Gerrard, future red Stewart Downing and ex-reds Emile Heskey and David James at Wembley, with future red Joe Cole netting. Also in international action were Dirk Kuyt, future reds Ragnar Klavan, Raul Meireles, Nuri Şahin, Luis Suárez and Kolo Touré, and ex-reds Salif Diao, Alou Diarra and John Toshack. 2003 - Michael Owen scored for England as they beat Croatia 3-1 in a friendly at Portman Road. Steven Gerrard, Emile Heskey, Danny Murphy and ex-red David James all also played, with Joe Cole winning his first cap as a Chelsea player. On the same day, Jerzy Dudek, Stéphane Henchoz, ex-red Don Hutchison and future reds Craig Bellamy, Yossi Benayoun, Djibril Cissé, Mark González, Paul Jones, Christian Poulsen and Bolo Zenden all also featured for their countries. International beginnings and ends 2008 – Andrea Dossena won his first cap as a reds player, only his second to date, as Italy drew 2-2 with Austria in a friendly in Nice, with future red Alberto Aquilani also featuring and Alex Manninger playing for the last time while with Juventus. Meanwhile, Robbie Keane netted while making his first appearance for the Republic of Ireland since moving to Anfield as they drew 1-1 with Norway in Oslo. Steve Finnan won his last cap before leaving the reds, while John Arne Riise played his first international since joining Roma. On the same day, Jari Litmanen won his first cap in his second spell as a Lahti player, playing alongside Sami Hyypiä as Finland beat Yossi Benayoun’s Israel 2-0 in Tampere. Sotirios Kyrgiakos won his first cap while with A.E.K Athens in Greece’s 2-0 friendly win against Martin Škrtel’s Slovakia in Bratislava. Meanwhile, Salif Diao and El-Hadji Diouf both played as Senegal drew a friendly 0-0 in Libya, for the first time since joining Stoke City and Sunderland, respectively. 1997 - Ex-red Lee Jones won his second and final cap, and only one as a Tranmere Rovers player, as Wales lost a World Cup qualifier 6-4 in Turkey. Keeper Paul Jones won his first cap as a Southampton player, while ex-red Dean Saunders netted his last goal while with Nottingham Forest, as he won his 59th cap. On the same day, Christian Ziege won his first cap as an AC Milan player, and Jim Magilton made his last appearance while at Southampton as Germany beat Northern Ireland 3-1 in another qualifier at Windsor Park. Ray Houghton won his seventieth cap, and final one as a Crystal Palace player, as the Republic of Ireland were held to a goalless draw in their World Cup qualifier against Lithuania at Lansdowne Road. Mark Kennedy and ex-red Steve Staunton also featured. Meanwhile, future red John Arne Riise won his fourth and last cap for Norway Under-16’s as they lost 3-2 to Sweden. Also in action that day were Stig Inge Bjørnebye and future reds Markus Babbel, Stéphane Henchoz, Jari Litmanen and Vladimír Šmicer. 2002 - Pepe Reina won his first Under-21’s cap as a Villarreal player in Spain’s 1-0 friendly win in Hungary, with fellow future red Xabi Alonso also featuring, and Daniel Sjölund featuring for Finland Under-21’s in their 1-0 defeat by the Republic of Ireland. 2003 - Andriy Voronin won his last senior cap while with 1. FSV Mainz 05, and twelfth to date, as the Ukraine lost a friendly 2-0 to Romania in Kyiv. On the same day, Alou Diarra, Anthony Le Tallec, Florent Sinama-Pongolle and future red Charles Itandje all featured as France Under-21’s drew 1-1 in a friendly in Switzerland. 2018 – Future red Harvey Elliott won his only cap for England Under-16’s in their 1-0 defeat of Scotland at St. George’s Park. 2019 – Billy Koumetio made his debut for France Under-18’s as they thumped Paraguay 5-1 in a friendly. On the move again 2015 – Former Assistant Manager Pako Ayestarán was appointed Club Santos Laguna boss in Mexico, but only remained in charge for three months before his contract was terminated “by mutual consent”. 2011 – Harry Kewell signed for Melbourne Victory, while Nabil El Zhar joined Spanish side Levante U.D. Kewell struck eight times in 25 outings in his one season in southern Australia, while El Zhar scored ten goals in 114 games before rescinding his contract in August 2015. 2010 - Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain signed as a professional for Southampton, going on to score ten goals in 43 outings before moving on to Arsenal in August 2011 for an initial £12m. 2005 - Albert Riera signed for R.C.D. Espanyol from Girondins de Bordeaux, having struck four times in 53 League games for the French side. 1993 – Current Chief Scout Barry Hunter joined Wrexham from Crusaders for £50,000, scoring six goals in 120 games before moving on to Reading in July 1996 for £400,000. 2003 - Future red Jermaine Pennant joined Leeds United on loan from Arsenal. He struck twice in 36 games as the Whites were relegated. 2004 - Ex-reserves defender Alan Navarro joined Chester City on loan from Tranmere Rovers. He played four times for the Blues, and then had another loan spell later in the season, this time with fellow League Two side Macclesfield Town. 2019 – Ex-reds midfielder Kevin MacDonald left Aston Villa’s coaching staff for a second time, this time having been suspended for eight months following allegations of bullying. 2021 – Keeper Andy Lonergan signed for Everton, failing to make a senior appearance in his first campaign, just as he did in his one season with the reds. Other reds games 1969 – We won 2-0 at Manchester City with Bobby Graham bagging a brace. 1968 – We beat Stoke City 2-1 at Anfield with Terry Conroy giving the visitors the lead with the first of his four goals past us. Ian Callaghan equalised before Tony Allen turned a Peter Thompson cross into his own net. 1966 – We defeated Leicester City 3-2 in L4 in our opening League game of the season. Roger Hunt and Geoff Strong struck before Derek Dougan netted the first two of his four goals against the reds. Willie Stevenson scored the winner from the spot. Also in international action 2017 – Bobby Duncan played for England Under-17’s as they beat Scotland 2-1 in a friendly in Burton. 2007 – Future red Christian Benteke featured for Belgium Under-17’s in the World Championships Finals as they lost a group game 4-2 to Tunisia in South Korea. 1986 – Future red Glenn Hysén played for Sweden in their goalless friendly draw with the USSR in Gothenburg. 1980 – Hysén played for Sweden Under-21’s in their 1-0 friendly victory over Hungary in Budapest.
  8. Will

    12th August

    The Doc is in 1976 – Ex-Blues forward David Johnson signed from Ipswich Town for a club record £200,000. He went on to win three League titles, European Cup, UEFA Super Cup and two FA Charity Shields, scoring 78 times in 213 reds games. He was the first player to score for both sides in Merseyside derbies, and returned to Goodison in August 1982 for £100,000. Most recently 2018 – Three reds made their debuts as we thumped West Ham United 4-0 in our season opener at Anfield – keeper Alisson Becker, Naby Keïta and Xherdan Shaqiri. Mohamed Salah opened the scoring, with Sadio Mané bagging a brace and Daniel Sturridge completing the scoring. This secured our 500th Premier League victory. In comes José 2011 – Left-back José Enrique signed from Newcastle United for £5.5m. He impressed reds fans in his early appearances, netting twice in 99 games in all and helping us to claim the Carling Cup and reach the FA Cup Final in his first campaign, before being released in May 2016. 2019 - Andy Lonergan joined the reds, having been released by Middlesbrough earlier in the summer. The reds became the twelfth club of his professional career, but he failed to make the first team, although he sat on the bench on eight occasions, including nights when we claimed the FIFA Club World Cup and UEFA Super Cup. Joyeux anniversaire 1981 - Our former record £14m signing Djibril Cissé was born in Arles in France. His first season was one of tremendous ups and downs, including a horrific leg break and converting a penalty in the Champions League Final. He notched a total of 24 times in 79 reds games, including scoring in the UEFA Super Cup Final and FA Cup Final, but then spent a season on loan at Olympique de Marseille, for whom he signed permanently for £6.3m in July 2007. 1990 – Mario Balotelli was born in Palermo. The Italian striker signed from AC Milan for £16m in August 2014, only scoring four times in 28 games in his one season at Anfield, spending s campaign back on loan at AC Milan before joining Nice on a fee transfer in August 2016. 2010 - He joined Manchester City from Internazionale for €21.8m after 28 goals in 86 games for the nerazzurri. 1948 – Former first-team coach Patrice Bergues was born in Créteil, France. He worked with Gérard Houllier at Anfield between 1998 and 2001, later working with him at Olympique Lyonnais. 1997 – Nigerian forward Taiwo Awoniyi was born in Ilorin. He signed from Imperial Academy for £400,000 in August 2015, spending most of his time since out on loan before being sold to Union Berlin for £6.5m in July 2021. Joy in Charity We have twice claimed the FA Charity Shield on this day over the years. 1989 - Glenn Hysén made his reds debut as Peter Beardsley scored the only goal of the game against Arsenal at Wembley, in his hundredth reds match. Later, an Ian Rush header struck the post, landing in keeper John Lukic’s arms. 2001 - We made our third trip to the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff inside six months, as a Gary McAllister penalty and Michael Owen strike handed us a 2-1 win over arch-rivals Manchester United. John Arne Riise made his reds bow in this game, which was the first eleven-a-side first-class match to be played indoors, as the stadium’s roof was closed against the rain. Other signings 1982 – Forward David Hodgson arrived from Middlesbrough for £450,000. He never fully established himself in his two years at Anfield, scoring ten times in 49 appearances, although he did claim a League championship medal and helped us to clinch the FA Charity Shield on his reds bow before he left for Sunderland for £125,000. 2010 – Danish midfielder Christian Poulsen signed from Juventus for £4.5m, having previously worked with Roy Hodgson at F.C. København. He made 21 largely uninspiring appearances, without finding the back of the net, moving on to Évian Thonon Gaillard a year later. On the same day, future red Simon Mignolet played for Belgium Under-21’s. For Billy and Zico 1974 - The reds took part in a testimonial match at Celtic for their legendary player Billy McNeill. The game ended 1-1, with our goal being scored by John Toshack. 1985 - We played in another testimonial game, losing 3-2 to Everton at Anfield. Phil Neal, whose testimonial it was, and Craig Johnston were on target for the reds. International milestones 2009 - Sami Hyypiä won his hundredth senior cap, captaining Finland in their 1-0 friendly defeat by Sweden in Solna. This was his first cap as a Bayer 04 Leverkusen player, while fellow ex-red Jari Litmanen played his 125th international. On the same day, Sotirios Kyrgiakos won his fiftieth cap for Greece, his final one as an A.E.K Athens player, as Greece lost 2-0 to Poland in Chorzów. Javier Mascherano also reached a half century of international appearances, skippering Argentina as they beat Russia 3-2 in a friendly in Moscow, with future red Maxi Rodríguez also in action. Stan’s treble 1996 - Stan Collymore bagged a hat-trick in our 4-0 victory at Burnley in a pre-season friendly. Robbie Fowler completed the scoring. Beating City We have twice beaten Manchester City at Anfield in League encounters on this day over the years. 1969 - We won 3-2 with a goal from Roger Hunt and an Ian St. John brace. Tommy Smith scored an own goal in this game with City keeper Joe Corrigan playing his first game at Anfield, with Ian Bowyer also on target for the visitors. 1972 - We triumphed 2-0, thanks to an early Brian Hall strike and a late Ian Callaghan goal. However, this game was marred by the dismissals of Larry Lloyd and City’s Wyn Davies. Lloyd later became the first player to fight a ban before the newly formed independent disciplinary tribunal, in relation to this sending off. Steve Heighway reached a century of reds games that day. Off the mark 2017 – Mohamed Salah scored on his reds bow as we were held to a 3-3 draw at Watford, Jürgen Klopp’s hundredth game in charge. We fell behind to a Stefano Okaka goal before Sadio Mané equalised. Abdoulaye Doucouré put the Hornets back in front, with Roberto Firmino equalising from the spot and Salah giving us the lead, which we held until a stoppage-time leveller from Miguel Britos. 2012 - Raheem Sterling scored his first reds goal as we beat Sami Hyypiä’s Bayer 04 Leverkusen 3-1 in a friendly at Anfield. Lucas and Andy Carroll were also on target. 1991 - Mark Walters made his first reds appearance, in a 1-0 friendly defeat at Tranmere Rovers. He joined from Rangers for a £1.25m fee the following day, where he had been a big success. Euro anniversary 1984 - We met Icelandic side Knattspyrnufélag Reykjavíkur in a friendly. They were the first team we ever played in European competition, almost exactly twenty years earlier. This meeting ended 2-2, with Michael Robinson and Phil Neal on the scoresheet after we had fallen two goals behind. 1990 - We returned to that part of the world, winning 2-0 at HJK Helsinki, with Ray Houghton and David Burrows on the scoresheet. Thumped in Spain 1988 - We were trounced 5-1 by Club Atlético de Madrid in the pre-season T Herrera Tournament. Substitute Ray Houghton scored our consolation goal at the Estadio Vicente Calderón. Alan Hansen dislocated his left knee in this game, keeping him out until the following May. 1983 - David Hodgson struck as we lost 2-1 to the same side in La Linea Tournament. 1986 - We held Real Sociedad to a goalless draw in San Sebastián. Other friendlies 1967 - Ian St. John, Willie Stevenson, Ron Yeats and Roger Hunt all netted as we beat German side Hannover 96 4-1 at their Niedersachsenstadion. 1995 - Steve McManaman bagged the only goal of the game as we beat Shelbourne 1-0 in the Yorkie Premier League Challenge at Tolka Park in Dublin. First and last caps 2009 - Glen Johnson won his first cap as a reds player as England drew 2-2 with the Netherlands in Amsterdam, with future red James Milner making his international bow. Dirk Kuyt was on target, while Ryan Babel and ex-red Emile Heskey also featured. Philipp Degen represented Switzerland for the first time since moving to Anfield, helping them to a goalless draw with Italy in another friendly in Basel. Meanwhile, Xabi Alonso and Álvaro Arbeloa both won their first caps as Real Madrid players. Albert Riera struck his final goal for Spain while on our books, with Fernando Torres also netting and Pepe Reina also playing as Spain beat FYR Macedonia 3-2 in Skopje. On the same day, keeper Nikolay Mihaylov won his first cap since becoming a red as Bulgaria beat Latvia 1-0 in a friendly in Sofia. More international goalscorers 2009 – Ex-red Milan Baroš converted a penalty as the Czech Republic beat Belgium 3-1 in a friendly in Teplice, while ex-red John Arne Riise scored as Norway thumped Scotland 4-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Oslo. Future red Raul Meireles netted for Portugal in their 3-0 friendly win in Liechtenstein. Also in international action that day were Yossi Benayoun, Péter Gulácsi, Krisztián Németh, David N’Gog, future reds Mario Balotelli, Milan Jovanović, Ragnar Klavan, Christian Poulsen, Nuri Şahin and Luis Suárez and ex-reds Nicolas Anelka, Robbie Keane, Harry Kewell and Nikolay Mihaylov, while John Toshack took charge of Wales. Olympian Raul 2004 - Raul Meireles played for Portugal in the Olympics Finals, coming off the bench as they lost a group game 4-2 to Iraq in Greece. In and out 2020 – French centre-half Billy Koumetio signed pro terms with the reds, having joined the Academy from Union Sportive Orléans Loiret Football in November 2018. He made his debut in the UEFA Champions League at Midtjylland in December 2020. On the same day, centre-back Morgan Boyes joined Fleetwood Town on loan, playing four times while with the Cod Army. Blackpool firsts 2003 - Michael Foley-Sheridan played his first senior reds game as we beat Fleetwood Town 6-1 in a friendly at Blackpool’s Broomfield Road ground. John Welsh scored his first goal for the first team, with Milan Baroš nabbing a brace to add to a penalty from El-Hadji Diouf and goals from Bruno Cheyrou and Anthony Le Tallec. Ex-reds on the move 1996 - Bruce Grobbelaar moved down the south coast, joining Plymouth Argyle from Southampton on a free transfer. He turned out 41 times in his one season at Home Park before joining Oxford United the following season. On the same day, Northern Irish youth forward Davy Larmour left Anfield to join Doncaster Rovers on a free transfer, having been part of the victorious FA Youth Cup winning squad earlier that year. He played 22 times for them without finding the net. 2015 – Chris Kirkland joined Preston North End from Sheffield Wednesday on a free transfer, but only played six times in his one campaign at Deepdale. 2016 – Forward David N’Gog signed for Panionios, scoring three times in sixteen games for the Greek side. 2020 – Ex-reds midfielder Adam Phillips re-joined Morecambe on loan from Burnley, netting ten times in 33 outings in this second spell. On the same day, former reds winger Mark Kennedy resigned as Head Coach of Macclesfield Town having rejected a new contract following the club’s relegation from the League due to a points deduction for financial issues. 2013 – Former reserves keeper Alexander Doni retired from playing. He joined the reds on a free transfer from Roma in July 2011 and played four times, as well as sitting on the bench on another 46 occasions. He returned to his native Brazil with Botafogo in January 2013 having apparently suffered a heart attack during a routine medical in the summer of 2012. 2009 – Winger Mark González signed for CSKA Moskva from Real Betis Balompié for €6.5m. He had struck ten times in 44 League games for the Andalusian outfit. 1991 - Former reserves defender Alan Harper rejoined Everton from Manchester City for £200,000. He made 62 appearances in this second spell at Goodison, before moving to Burnley on a free transfer three years later. Also in international action 2010 – Future red Simon Mignolet featured for Belgium Under-21’s in their 1-0 European Championships qualifying win in France. 2000 – Future red Fábio Aurélio played for Brazil as they beat Chile 3-0 in an unofficial friendly in Florianópolis. 1981 – Future red Glenn Hysén appeared for Sweden as they beat Bulgaria 1-0 in a friendly in Uddevalla.
  9. Will

    6th February

    Dirk strikes again 2010 - Dirk Kuyt headed in his fiftieth reds goal from a corner, in his 181st game for the club, to secure a 1-0 derby victory at Anfield. Centre-half Sotirios Kyrgiakos was sent off for a two-footed challenge on Marouane Fellaini, despite taking the ball, with both Fellaini and Stephen Pienaar lucky to avoid red cards in the first half. Pienaar was eventually dismissed in stoppage time. American issues 2007 - Liverpool FC announced that the Board had agreed the terms of an offer from George Gillett Jr. and Tom Hicks to buy the club. The takeover subsequently went through when shareholders agreed to the deal near unanimously, although the honeymoon period rapidly came to an end, and they finally left the club in October 2010. 2016 – A mass walkout was staged in the 77th minute of our home game against Sunderland in protest at planned ticket price increases, of up to £77, with a new pricing structure rapidly introduced afterwards. After a goalless first half, Roberto Firmino and Adam Lallana put us two goals ahead before the crowd thinned out. However, Adam Johnson and Jermain Defoe, with his fourth of six strikes past us to date, ensured the game ended level, with boss Jürgen Klopp missing the game due to a recent appendectomy. Biting the hand that would feed 2011 - Future Blue Raul Meireles bagged the only goal at Stamford Bridge, as Fernando Torres’ Chelsea debut ended in anonymous disappointment. Many happy returns 1916 - Legendary forward Jack Balmer was born in West Derby, Liverpool. He quit Everton where he had been an amateur for Anfield in May 1935, signing on professionally three months later. He bagged 110 goals in 309 reds games, including trebles in three consecutive matches on our way to the League title in 1947. He also played in the FA Cup Final three years later and coached the reds after retiring from playing in May 1952. 1908 - Right-back Willie Steel was born in Blantyre, Lanarkshire. He failed to score in 128 reds games after signing from St. Johnstone in September 1931, before being sold to Birmingham City for £5,000 in March 1935. 1903 – Forward James Clark was born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. He signed from his hometown club for £3,000 in January 1928 and bagged eleven goals in 42 games, before moving joining Nottingham Forest in July 1931. On the same day, forward Bob Clark also came into the world. He signed from Newcastle United for £3,000 in January 1928, having helped them to the League title the year before. He struck eleven times in 42 outings before joining Nottingham Forest in July 1931. 1978 - Ex-reserves defender Gareth Roberts was born in Wrexham. He left Anfield in August 1999 for Panionios in Greece. Yet another shut out 1988 - We secured a club record tenth consecutive clean sheet as we were held to a draw at home by West Ham United. Manager Kenny Dalglish was presented with his third Bell’s Manager of the Month award prior to kick-off. 2012 – We were held to a goalless draw by Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield as Luis Suárez returned from a nine-match ban. Dom off 1999 - We beat Middlesbrough 3-1 in a League game at Anfield, with Michael Owen, Vegard Heggem and Paul Ince netting. Dominic Matteo was sent off for a professional foul. Boro’s late goal from Phil Stamp was the first we had conceded on this day since 1956. On the same day, future reds Markus Babbel and Stéphane Henchoz both played for their countries. 1956 – We won 2-1 at Sc***horpe United in an FA Cup Fourth Round replay, when Billy Liddell and Alan Arnell grabbed our goals as we won through in extra time. Keeper Dave Underwood saved a penalty from Jack Brownsword. Getting thumped We have lost four of our fourteen matches on this day in history. 1937 - The most recent of these was a 5-0 thumping at Birmingham City in the top flight. Fred Harris struck one of his five goals against the reds, with Seymour Morris, Jack Beattie, Dennis Jennings and Frank White all also on target. 1932 - We also lost 5-1 at Grimsby Town, with full-back Bob Done netting our consolation. Tim Coleman bagged a treble for the Mariners, who were relegated from the First Division at the end of that season, three of his nine strikes past the reds. Jock Priestley and Teddy Buck also scored. Cup humiliation 1909 - We lost 3-2 to Norwich City at Anfield in the Second Round of the FA Cup, with Jack Cox grabbing his eightieth and final reds goal and Robert Robinson also on target. This was the second time we had been knocked out of the competition by non-League opposition. Ex-red Hugh McQueen returned to Anfield as the Canaries’ trainer, receiving a standing ovation. Red trebles 1963 - Ian St. John netted a hat-trick as we beat Drumcondra 5-1 in a friendly at Tolka Park in Dublin. Kevin Lewis was also on the scoresheet, with our other strike coming from an own goal. 1943 - Willie Fagan struck three times, including once from the spot, as we thumped Tranmere Rovers 5-1 in a Wartime League fixture at Prenton Park. Cyril Done added a brace. Derby Dick again 1926 - Dick Forshaw netted twice, including his hundredth reds goal, as we drew 3-3 at Goodison, adding to the treble he had bagged in our previous meeting that season across Stanley Park. Cyril Oxley had bagged our first goal with his sixth and final reds strike. Dixie Dean netted the first of his nineteen derby goals, with Bobby Irvine and Sam Chedgzoy also on the scoresheet. 1915 - We also took the short trip across the park when Jackie Sheldon, Jimmy Nicholl and Fred Pagnam were on the scoresheet as we beat the eventual League champions 3-1, with Joe Clennell netting one of his seven goals past us, the thousandth goal we had conceded in the top flight. Thumpings 1982 - Terry McDermott, Ian Rush, Kenny Dalglish and Ronnie Whelan all netted as we beat Ipswich Town 4-0 at Anfield as we moved towards our thirteenth League title. 1897 – We suffered a 6-1 trouncing at the hands of Stoke in our First Division encounter at the Victoria Ground. George Allan netted our consolation in what was our biggest defeat so far. Joe Schofield and Jimmy Hill each netted twice, with Alan Maxwell and Jim Hingerty also on target. Signing on 1925 – Forward Tom Scott joined the reds from Darlington, despite Everton believing they had a deal in place to sign him. He struck four times in eighteen games before moving on to Bristol City in October 1928. A beginning and an end 1954 - Forward Eric Anderson struck the first of his 22 goals as we drew 1-1 at Burnley in a top-flight fixture, with full-back Ray Lambert playing his 300th game for the club. 1904 – Inside-forward Edgar Chadwick played his 45th and final reds game as we lost 3-1 at Blackburn Rovers in an FA Cup First Round tie. Sam Raybould bagged our consolation, with reds keeper Peter Platt saving a Bob Crompton spot-kick. Jack Dewhurst scored two of his five goals past us, with Lionel Watson also on the scoresheet. Award-winning reds 2006 - Rafael Benítez was awarded the Liverpool Echo’s Merseyside Sports Personality of the Year, while skipper Steven Gerrard was presented with the Bill Shankly Memorial Award at the same event. On the same day, Jimmy Ryan played for the Republic of Ireland Under-18’s as they beat Malta 1-0. Keegan’s brace 1980 - Skipper Kevin Keegan, then with Hamburger SV, netted both goals in England’s 2-0 defeat of the Republic of Ireland in a European Championships qualifier at Wembley. Ray Clemence, Steve Heighway, David Johnson, Terry McDermott, Phil Thompson and future red Mark Lawrenson all also played. This was David Johnson’s first cap as a red. International debuts 2008 - Martin Škrtel won his first cap as a red as Slovakia drew 1-1 in a friendly in Hungary, while Jari Litmanen scored while playing for Finland for the first time while with Fulham as they lost 2-1 in Greece, with future red Sotirios Kyrgiakos on the winning side. Milan Baroš represented the Czech Republic for the first time while on loan at Portsmouth in their 2-0 defeat by Poland in another friendly, while Nicolas Anelka won his first cap as a Chelsea player in France’s 1-0 defeat by Spain in Málaga, with Xabi Alonso, Fernando Torres and future red Albert Riera also featuring. Future red Luis Suárez netted in Uruguay’s 2-2 friendly draw with Colombia in Montevideo. Meanwhile, Steven Gerrard skippered England in Fabio Capello’s first match in charge as they beat Switzerland 2-1 in a friendly at Wembley Stadium, with Peter Crouch, future reds Joe Cole and Raul Meireles, and ex-red David James also in action. Ex-red Frode Kippe won his eight and last senior cap as Norway lost a friendly 3-0 to John Toshack’s Wales in Wrexham. Ryan Babel, Yossi Benayoun, Lucas Leiva, John Arne Riise, future reds Joe Allen, Milan Jovanović, Robbie Keane, Alex Manninger and Christian Poulsen and ex-red Darren Potter all also played for their countries. 2007 - Robbie Threlfall made his only England Under-19’s appearance with his clubmate Adam Hammill on target as they thumped Poland 4-1 in a friendly in front of a record crowd of 10,375 at the Fitness First Stadium in Bournemouth. Meanwhile, Craig Bellamy, Scott Carson, ex-red Antonio Barragán and future reds Sotirios Kyrgiakos, James Milner, Christian Poulsen and Kolo Touré also played for their countries, with John Toshack taking charge of Wales. 2003 – John Welsh debuted for England Under-20’s as they drew 1-1 with Germany in the Toulon International Festival, with future reds keeper Andy Lonergan also playing. Also in international action 2013 – Nuri Şahin won his first cap back on loan at Ballspielverein Borussia 09 e.V. Dortmund from Real Madrid, having moved on the reds, as Turkey lost a friendly 2-0 at home to the Czech Republic, while Samed Yeşil played for Germany Under-19’s for the seventh and last time in their 1-0 friendly defeat in Italy. Daniel Agger, Steven Gerrard and Martin Škrtel all captained their countries in friendlies, while Mario Balotelli won his first cap as an AC Milan player, with Danny Ward making his debut for Wales Under-21’s. Future red Mohamed Salah netted as Egypt lost a friendly 2-1 to Chile in Madrid, while Chelsea’s Fabio Borini scored for Italy Under-21’s in their 1-0 friendly defeat of Germany in Andria. Joe Allen, Glen Johnson, Luis Suárez, future reds Christian Benteke, Ádám Bogdán, Ragnar Klavan, Dejan Lovren, James Milner and Mamadou Sakho, and ex-reds Charlie Adam, Craig Bellamy, Alexander Kačaniklić, Dirk Kuyt, Javier Mascherano, Raul Meireles and John Arne Riise all also played, with Roy Hodgson taking charge of England. Meanwhile, ex-red Momo Sissoko played as Mali were beaten 4-1 by future reds loanee Victor Moses’ Nigeria in the Africa Cup of Nations Semi-final in South Africa. 2020 – Jarell Quansah played for England Under-17’s in their goalless draw with Ukraine in Marbella, while Jakub Ojrzyński featured for Poland Under-17’s in their 2-0 defeat of Georgia in La Manga. 2016 – Future red Rafael Camacho played for Portugal Under-16’s as they beat the Netherlands 2-1 in a friendly. 2009 – Emiliano Insúa and Ronald Huth both featured in the final phase of the Sudamericano Sub-20 “Juventud de América” in Venezuela. Argentina were held to a 1-1 draw by the host nation, while Paraguay drew 2-2 with Uruguay. 2000 – Rigobert Song played as Cameroon beat Algeria 2-1 in their Africa Cup of Nations Quarter-final in Ghana. 1993 – Future red Brad Friedel played for the USA in their 1-1 draw with Romania in Santa Barbara. 1991 – John Barnes, Steve Nicol, Ian Rush, Steve Staunton, ex-red Kevin Sheedy and future reds Gary McAllister, Colin Pascoe, Dean Saunders and Mark Wright all played in international friendlies. Other reds games 1993 – Nottingham Forest held us to a goalless draw at Anfield. 1971 – John Toshack netted the only goal of our trip to Leeds United after just two minutes. 1965 – Roger Hunt bagged the only goal as we visited Aston Villa, with the goal standing despite the linesman flagging for offside. On the move 2014 – Steven Gillespie signed for Bristol Rovers, having been released by Fleetwood Town. He struck once in ten games before moving on to Altrincham five months later.
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    14th November

    Ged takes charge 1998 - Gérard Houllier took sole charge of a reds game for the first time as we lost 3-1 at home to Leeds United. Robbie Fowler’s penalty was cancelled out by three late Leeds goals in front of the Kop, including one from Alan Smith on his debut, with Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink bagging the first two of his seven strikes past us. Debutants galore 1970 - John Toshack made his reds bow as we were held to a goalless draw at Anfield by Coventry City, with ex-red Geoff Strong being given a rapturous reception as he led his new side out. 1925 – Right-back Jimmy ‘Parson’ Jackson debuted in our 2-0 home defeat of West Bromwich Albion, with Cyril Oxley bagging a brace, his first reds goals. 1914 – Half-back Charles Hafekost played his only senior reds game as Middlesbrough held us to a 1-1 top-flight draw at Anfield, with Fred Pagnam on target and George Elliott netting one of his eight strikes against the reds. 1953 - Right-back Don Campbell made his debut as we lost 3-2 at Sunderland, with Sammy Smyth scoring both our goals. Billy Elliott bagged a brace for the home side, with George Aitken also on target. 1931 - We also played a First Division match at Roker Park, with Dave Wright netting twice in our 3-1 win and Gordon Hodgson also on the scoresheet. Bobby Gurney bagged one of his sixteen strikes in just fifteen games against the reds. Happy birthdays 1956 - Israeli defender Avi Cohen was born in Cairo in Egypt. He only made 24 appearances during his Anfield career after signing for £200,000 from Maccabi Tel-Aviv in July 1979, with his most memorable game coming in May 1980 as we clinched our twelfth League title. He put through his own net before scoring his only reds goal at the same end in the second half, as we beat Aston Villa 4-1. 1937 - Left-back Phil Ferns was born in Liverpool. The local lad struck once in 28 reds games after signing on at Anfield in September 1957. He made enough appearances in 1963/64 to claim a League title medal but moved on to Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic in August 1965. 1971 – Academy Manager Alex Inglethorpe was born in Epsom in Surrey. He left Tottenham Hotspur in November 2012 to move to Melwood as Reserve Team Head Coach. 2002 – French centre-back Billy Koumetio was born in Lyon. He signed as a professional last August, playing for the first team for the first time that month in a friendly defeat of VfB Stuttgart in Austria. On the same day, reds youngster Ryan Wilkie played for Scotland Under-18’s in their 2-0 friendly defeat in Germany. Good fortune against PNE 1896 - We drew 1-1 at Deepdale with Bill Michael nabbing our goal. 1908 - Robert Robinson and Joe Hewitt struck as we beat Preston North End 2-1 in another top-flight meeting at Anfield. Herbert Danson nabbed one of his four goals against the reds. Un-fair defeat 1967 - We suffered our first ever defeat in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, going down 2-1 at TSV 1860 München, although we progressed to the Third Round 9-2 on aggregate. Half-back Willie Stevenson became our first ever European substitute, coming on for Tony Hateley in this game. Ian Callaghan grabbed our goal that evening to put us nine ahead on aggregate, with Tommy Smith rattling the bar late on. Wilfried Kohlars netted twice for the home side. Tommy’s century 1964 – Keeper Tommy Lawrence played his hundredth reds game as we beat Nottingham Forest 2-0 at Anfield, thanks to goals from Peter Thompson and Roger Hunt. World Cup goals 1984 - Future red John Barnes netted a brace in England’s 8-0 demolition of Turkey in Istanbul. Fellow future red Mark Wright won his fourth full cap in the same game. On the same day, ex-red Graeme Souness captained Scotland as they beat Spain 3-1 at Hampden Park, with Kenny Dalglish on target with his thirtieth and final international goal, equalling Denis Law’s record. Steve Nicol won his third cap in the same match. Jim Beglin, Mark Lawrenson, Jan Mølby, Ian Rush, future red Glenn Hysén and ex-red Kevin Sheedy also played in qualifiers that same day. 1987 - Hysén captained Sweden in their 2-1 European Championships qualifying defeat in Italy. Mixed fortunes in World Cup play-offs 2001 - Future red Milan Baroš was sent off late on as the Czech Republic lost 1-0 to Belgium in Prague, as they fell at the final hurdle in qualifying for the World Cup in the far east. Vladimír Šmicer also played, while there was better news as Baroš had now played enough international games to make his work permit application to join the reds likely to succeed. Dietmar Hamann and ex-red Christian Ziege were more fortunate, as Germany beat the Ukraine 4-1 in Dortmund to reach the Finals. Meanwhile, ex-red Rigobert Song and future red Fernando Morientes both featured in friendlies. 1999 – Hamann and future red Ziege also played for Germany in their 1-0 friendly win in Norway, with Vegard Heggem, future red Markus Babbel and ex-red Øyvind Leonhardsen all also featuring. Jack’s treble 1942 - Jack Balmer bagged a hat-trick as we beat Chester 5-1 at their Moss Road Ground in a Wartime League fixture. Len Carney and Willie Fagan were also on target. Unlucky thirteen 1990 - Gary Gillespie won his thirteenth and final international cap in Scotland’s 1-1 European Championships qualifying draw in Bulgaria. Future red Gary McAllister won his sixth cap in the same game. On the same day, Ian Rush struck the only goal of Wales’ Euro ’92 qualifier in Luxembourg, playing up front alongside future red Dean Saunders. Future red Øyvind Leonhardsen also featured in another qualifier. First and last caps 1990 - Steve McMahon and Jan Mølby both also made their final international appearances. McMahon won his seventeenth cap in England’s 1-1 Euro ’92 qualifying draw in the Republic of Ireland, with Ray Houghton, Steve Staunton, Ronnie Whelan, ex-red John Aldridge and future red Mark Wright all also playing. On the same day, Mølby won his 33rd cap as Denmark lost 2-0 in another qualifier against Yugoslavia in Copenhagen. 2012 – Mario Balotelli won his last cap as a Manchester City player as Italy lost 2-1 to France in a friendly in Parma, with future red Mamadou Sakho on the winning side. Future red Christian Benteke scored as Belgium lost a friendly 2-1 in Romania, with Sunderland’s Simon Mignolet also featuring. Nuri Şahin won his last cap as a reds player in Turkey’s 1-1 draw with Denmark in Istanbul. 2013 – Keeper Simon Mignolet won his first cap as a reds player in Belgium’s 2-0 friendly defeat by Colombia in Brussels. On the same day, Jordon Ibe, Raheem Sterling and ex-red Tom Ince represented England at junior levels, with future reds Christian Benteke and Mohamed Salah also in action. 1951 – Future red Sammy Smyth won his ninth and last cap for Ireland, and only one as a Stoke City player, as they lost 2-0 to England in the British International Championships at Villa Park. Billy Liddell played for the Scots in the same competition that day, as they lost 1-0 to Wales at Hampden Park. 2017 – Philippe Coutinho won his last cap as a reds player as England and Brazil shared a goalless draw at Wembley, with Dominic Solanke making his senior bow from the bench. Roberto Firmino, Joe Gomez and future red Alisson Becker all also featured. On the same day, Alberto Moreno won his only cap as a reds player as Spain drew 3-3 with Russia in Saint Petersburg, with ex-red Suso making his senior international debut, while keeper Kamil Grabara made his bow for Poland Under-21’s and future reds custodian Jakub Ojrzyński debuted for Poland Under-15’s. Virgil van Dijk played for the Netherlands for the last time before leaving Southampton, with Ryan Babel scoring his first goal as a Beşiktaş J.K. player. Meanwhile, Emre Can and Danny Ward both also played for their countries for the last time while at Anfield, with Marko Grujić, Simon Mignolet, Divock Origi, Corey Whelan, Harry Wilson, Ben Woodburn, future red Thiago and ex-red Carl Medjani and Krisztián Németh also in action. Ged against Jari 1992 - Gérard Houllier’s France beat Finland 2-1 in a World Cup qualifier at the Parc des Princes. Future red Jari Litmanen was on the losing side that day. Jari’s clubmate Sami Hyypiä played for Finland Under-21’s as they faced their French counterparts in Rouen on the same day. Youngsters on target 1995 - Robbie Fowler scored for England Under-21’s as they beat Austria 2-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Middlesbrough, with future red Alex Manninger on the losing side. 2001 - Djibril Cissé bagged a brace as France Under-21’s beat Romania 4-0 in the second leg of their European Championships qualifying play-off against Romania in Brest to progress to the Finals 5-0 on aggregate. 2011 – Martin Kelly scored for England Under-21’s as they lost 2-1 to Belgium in a European Championships qualifier in Mons, with Jordan Henderson skippering the side and Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also in action as Nathaniel Clyne won his second and last cap at this level as a Crystal Palace player. Future red Virgil van Dijk debuted for the Dutch at this level, with future red Thiago converting a penalty for Spain and Lucas Leiva and Danny Wilson both also featuring for their countries that day. On the same day, Lucas was named the Premier League Player of the Year at the MBNA Northwest Football Awards at Lancashire Cricket Club in Manchester. 2017 – Bobby Duncan bagged a brace as England Under-17’s beat Germany 2-1 in a friendly in Rotherham, with Curtis Jones also featuring. Future red Diogo Jota captained his country and netted as Portugal Under-21’s beat Switzerland 2-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Paços de Ferreira. 2018 – Future red Sepp van den Berg scored his first goal for the Dutch Under-19’s as they won a friendly 4-0 in Armenia. Future red Harvey Elliott, Rafael Camacho and Xherdan Shaqiri also played for their countries that day. Management joy 2008 - Rafael Benítez was named Barclays Manager of the Month for October, having led us to four League wins out of four that month, as well as a victory and a draw in the Champions League. On the same day, Mark Wright was appointed Manager of Chester City for the third time. He could not save the club from relegation from the Football League and resigned the following June. Starting out 2019 – Future red Diogo Jota made his senior international bow as Portugal thumped Lithuania 6-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Faro. 2012 – Raheem Sterling made his senior England bow in Roy Hodgson’s side’s 4-2 friendly defeat in Sweden, to celebrate the opening of the Friends Arena in Solna. Steven Gerrard won his hundredth cap while skippering a team that also included Glen Johnson, while Daniel Sturridge won his last cap as a Chelsea player, with ex-red Alexander Kačaniklić on the winning side. Luis Suárez netted as Uruguay beat Poland 3-1 in Gdansk. Future red Loris Karius won his only cap for Germany Under-20’s in their 2-1 defeat in Poland. Also in international action were future reds Joël Matip, Mohamed Salah and Kolo Touré, and ex-reds Dirk Kuyt, Javier Mascherano, Carl Medjani, Krisztián Németh and Daniel Sjölund. 2000 - Future red Andrea Dossena won his first Under-20’s cap as Italy beat Romania 3-1. Other international reds on the scoresheet 2019 - Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain bagged his first goal for England as a reds player in their 7-0 trouncing of Montenegro at Wembley. Takumi Minamino scored in his fifth consecutive game for Japan, winning his last cap as a Red Bull Salzburg player as they won a World Cup qualifier 2-0 in Kyrgyzstan. Meanwhile, Naby Keïta captained Guinea and scored his first goal as a red in their 2-2 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying draw in Mali. Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez and ex-red Brad Smith also played for their countries that day. 2012 - Lazar Marković scored his first goal for Serbia, and only one as a Partizan player, as they beat Chile 3-1 in a friendly in Switzerland. Meanwhile, future red Xherdan Shaqiri scored in Switzerland’s 2-1 friendly win in Tunisia while Sadio Mané scored his first goal as a Red Bull Salzburg player as Senegal drew a friendly 1-1 in Niger. 2014 – Marković also played as Serbia were beaten 3-1 by Denmark in a European Championships qualifier in Belgrade. Kolo Touré bagged his last goal for his country and only one as a reds player as the Ivory Coast thumped Sierra Leone 5-1 in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Abidjan. Harry Wilson and future reds Diogo Jota and Andy Robertson were also in international action that day. 2006 - Craig Bellamy notched for John Toshack’s Wales as they thumped Liechtenstein 4-0 in a friendly in Wrexham. Meanwhile, Adam Hammill was on target for England Under-19’s as they beat Switzerland 3-2 in a friendly at Gresty Road, with Paul Anderson and Craig Lindfield both also featuring. Ex-red John Welsh won his eighth and final Under-21’s cap as they beat the Netherlands 1-0 under the caretaker charge of Sammy Lee in Alkmaar. Scott Carson, Darren Potter and future red James Milner also represented their countries. 2009 – Xabi Alonso bagged a brace that included a penalty, his first goals as a Real Madrid player, as Spain beat Argentina 2-1 in a friendly at the Estadio Vicente Calderón. Javier Mascherano, Pepe Reina and future red Maxi Rodríguez also featured, while keeper Iker Casillas won his hundredth cap for Spain. Ex-red Nicolas Anelka netted the only goal of France’s World Cup play-off against the Republic of Ireland in Dublin, with ex-reds Alou Diarra and Robbie Keane also in action. Ryan Babel, Philipp Degen, Sotirios Kyrgiakos, Dirk Kuyt, Martin Škrtel, future reds Joe Allen, Andy Carroll, Milan Jovanović, Ragnar Klavan, Dejan Lovren, Raul Meireles, James Milner, Christian Poulsen and Luis Suárez and ex-reds Peter Crouch, John Arne Riise and Rigobert Song also represented their countries that day, with John Toshack taking charge of Wales. Reds skippers 2015 - Ex-reds Daniel Agger and Carl Medjani both captained their countries, with Denmark losing 2-1 in Sweden in the first leg of their Euro 2016 Play-off, while Algeria drew 2-2 in a World Cup qualifier in Tanzania. Spiring sold 1974 – Winger Peter Spiring left Anfield to sign for Luton Town. He had signed from Bristol City for £60,000 in March 1973, but only made it as far as the first-team bench on two occasions, without making it onto the field. He later established himself at Hereford United. Other reds games 1962 – Roger Hunt netted before Ronnie Moran converted a penalty as we beat Arsenal 2-1 at Anfield, with future red Geoff Strong on target for the visitors. 1959 – We lost a Second Division encounter 4-2 at Lincoln City with Dave Hickson and Roger Hunt on the scoresheet. Andy Graver bagged the last two of his five goals against the reds, with Bert Linnecor grabbing one of his five and John McClelland also scoring. This was Phil Taylor’s last game as Manager before resigning. 1936 – We drew 2-2 with Sheffield Wednesday in L4 as Fred Howe struck twice. 1903 – Fred Priest opened the scoring as we lost 2-1 at Sheffield United before George Fleming had a penalty saved by the Blades’ Billy Foulke. Arthur Brown extended the home side’s lead before Arthur Goddard scored from the spot. Red dads 2006 – Ex-reds keeper Chris Kirkland became a father, to Lucy. 1994 – Future red Nick Barmby became a dad for the first time, to Jack, who has gone on to a playing career in the lower leagues. More international reds 1973 – Emlyn Hughes and future red Kenny Dalglish both featured in friendlies. 1989 – Ex-red Mike Newell and future red Michael Thomas both played for England B as they drew 1-1 with Italy Under-21’s in Brighton, while future red Øyvind Leonhardsen featured for Norway Under-21’s in their 2-0 defeat in a European Championships qualifier in Scotland. 1993 – Future reds keeper Brad Friedel played in the USA’s 8-1 thumping of the Cayman Islands in a friendly in California. 2003 – Future reds Andy Lonergan, James Milner and Gary O’Neil all played for England Under-20’s as they beat Wales 2-0 in Stoke, with Roy Hodgson taking charge of the United Arab Emirates in their 3-1 AFC Asian Cup qualifying defeat of Syria in Al-Ain. 2020 – Diogo Jota and Xherdan Shaqiri both played in UEFA Nations League group games as Portugal lost 1-0 to France in Lisbon and Switzerland drew 1-1 with Spain in Basel.
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    2nd August

    SteG again 2005 - Steven Gerrard scored in his fifth consecutive European game, a club record. We beat FBK Kaunas 2-0 at Anfield to reach the Third Qualifying Round of the Champions League 5-1 on aggregate. Djibril Cissé was also on target, with both scorers having come off the bench. Crazy Horse stabled 1979 - Emlyn Hughes left Anfield to join Wolverhampton Wanderers for £90,000. He had signed from Blackpool for a club record £65,000 in February 1967, netting 49 times in 665 games. He helped us to claim 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 a unique treble, as well as being voted the Football Writers’ Player of the Year. Sadly, he died in November 2004, aged just 57. Brendan off to a winning start 2012 - Brendan Rodgers took charge of his first senior game, with Fabio Borini debuting in our 1-0 victory against Gomel in Belarus in the UEFA Europa League Third Qualifying Round. Jamie Carragher captained the side while playing his 700th reds game, with Glen Johnson reaching a century of reds appearances. Stewart Downing bagged the only goal of the game, as we came under the cosh for much of it. On and off the mark 2008 – David N’Gog struck his first reds goal as we thumped Rangers 4-0 at Ibrox. Fernando Torres and Yossi Benayoun also scored with Xabi Alonso converting a penalty. 2014 – New signing Rickie Lambert had a penalty saved in our 2-0 defeat of AC Milan in an International Champions Cup group game in North Carolina. Joe Allen and Suso were both on target. 2015 – Christian Benteke netted in his first reds outing as we won 2-1 at Swindon Town, with winger Sheyi Ojo also bagging his first goal for the club. Trent Alexander-Arnold, Roberto Firmino and keeper Ryan Fulton all played their first reds games. Happy birthday Mad Erik 1969 - Erik Meijer was born in Meerssen. The big, mad Dutchman signed on a free transfer from Bayer 04 Leverkusen in July 1999, but could only net twice in just 27 appearances, before returning to Germany to join Hamburger SV on a free transfer, after a short loan spell with Preston North End. He retired from playing in 2006 after skippering Alemannia Aachen back to the German top flight after a 36-year absence. Farewell Nessie 2002 - Bill Shankly’s loyal wife Nessie sadly passed away. They were happily married for 37 years until Bill’s death. The reds and Madrid 2017 – We drew 1-1 with Club Atlético de Madrid in the Audi Cup Final in Munich, with Roberto Firmino on target from the spot, before losing a penalty shoot-out 5-4. 2002 - We lost 2-0 at Real Madrid in the opening game of their Trofeo Centenario. Luis Figo and Javier Portillo scored the goals. 1999 - Short-lived reds striker Nicolas Anelka joined Real Madrid from Arsenal for a then-staggering £23m fee. He only grabbed four goals in 24 games while at the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, before moving on to Paris St. Germain the following summer. Xabi’s farewell 2009 – Xabi Alonso played his final reds game as we lost a friendly 3-0 to R.C.D. Espanyol at their new Estadio Cornellá-El Prat in Barcelona. Lee out on loan 2007 - Reserves midfielder Lee Peltier joined Yeovil Town on loan. He played 23 times for the Glovers before signing on permanently in January 2008. Finn signs on 2007 - Right-back Steve Finnan signed a new contract until 2009. He struck just once in 217 reds appearances following his £3.5m capture from Fulham in July 2003, helping us to claim the Champions League, FA Cup, UEFA Super Cup and FA Community Shield, although he moved to R.C.D. Espanyol in September 2008. Au revoir 2002 - New signing Alou Diarra was shipped back to his native France on a season-long loan to Le Havre AC, where he teamed up with future reds Anthony Le Tallec and Florent Sinama-Pongolle. 2005 - Le Tallec signed for Sunderland on loan. He bagged five goals in 31 games as the Black Cats were relegated back to the Championship with just three wins and fifteen points. On the same day, ex-reds defender Steve Staunton signed for Walsall on a free transfer from Coventry City. He played ten times for the Saddlers. Mixed fortunes in Norway 1993 - We thumped Norwegian side Raufoss 7-2, with John Barnes, Jamie Redknapp and Mark Walters each netting two apiece, with Steve Nicol also on the scoresheet. 1995 - We lost 3-0 to a Norway XI in the Norway Cup Festival 95 in Vålerenga. Young champions 2009 - Conor Coady, Jack Robinson, Andre Wisdom and future red Conor Thomas all played as England Under-17’s won the Nordic Tournament by beating Scotland 3-2 after extra time in the Final in Norway. 2011 – Philippe Coutinho scored his first goal for Brazil Under-20’s as they beat Austria 3-0 in a World Championship Finals group game in Colombia. Meanwhile, fellow future red Mohamed Salah appeared for Egypt as they beat Panama 1-0 in the same competition. Reds in Ireland 1978 - We beat a Bass League Selection 3-1 at Lansdowne Road with Graeme Souness, Joey Jones and Jimmy Case all netting. 1996 - Robbie Fowler grabbed a brace as we drew 2-2 with Linfield at Windsor Park. Going Dutch We have twice played pre-season games in the Netherlands on this day in history. 1969 - We drew 1-1 at Feyenoord when Peter Thompson netted for the reds. 1975 - John Toshack and Peter Cormack were on target as we won 2-0 at Utrecht. 1972 - We also visited West Germany on this day, with Peter Cormack’s first reds strike and a Tommy Smith goal seeing off VfL Bochum 2-0 at their Ruhrstadion. Other friendlies 1958 - We drew 2-2 with an Edinburgh Select side at Tynecastle Park, with Billy Liddell bagging a brace. 1968 - We won 5-3 at Hull City, thanks to goals from Peter Thompson, Emlyn Hughes and Roger Hunt, and a Bobby Graham brace. 1985 - We lost 1-0 at Second Division Oldham Athletic. 1990 - We held Fiorentina to a goalless draw at their Stadio Artemio Franchi, in a game that was arranged as part of the Glenn Hysén transfer deal. Off to Israel 2001 - It was announced that we would be opening our Champions League campaign in Tel-Aviv, as Maccabi Haifa had agreed to move the game to a larger stadium, after they had defeated Finnish side Haka in the previous qualifying round. However, Haka were soon reinstated in the competition at the Israelis’ expense, who had fielded a suspended player. Babel the champion 2008 – Ryan Babel played as the Netherlands Olympic XI drew 1-1 with their Ivory Coast counterparts in Hong Kong to secure the ING Cup, having already beaten Cameroon. Managerial comings and goings 1982 - 1960’s right-half Gordon Milne was appointed Manager of Leicester City following Jock Wallace’s departure, leading them back into the top flight in his first season in charge. He stayed in the role for four seasons, signing Gary McAllister from Motherwell during his final season, and then became General Manager for a while. 2000 - David Hodgson resigned as Manager of basement side Darlington for the second time. He had four years in charge in this spell at Feethams, just missing out on promotion in his last season there. Other moves 2001 - Future reds midfielder Bolo Zenden joined Chelsea from Barcelona for £7.5m. He struck four times in 59 games for the Blues, many as substitute. 2010 – Ex-reserves centre-half Danny O’Donnell signed for Shrewsbury Town, netting once in seven outings before joining Stockport County, initially on loan. 2013 – Midfielder Emre Can joined Bayer 04 Leverkusen from Bayern München, going on to score four times in 39 games in his one season at the BayArena. 2017 – Left-back Aly Cissokho signed for Turkish side Yeni Malatyaspor. He played 32 times before moving on to Antalyaspor two years later. 2018 – Young midfielder Herbie Kane joined Doncaster Rovers on loan, netting seven times in 49 outings while with Donny. On the same day, future keeper Andy Lonergan signed for Middlesbrough, but made only four senior appearances. 2021 – Ex-reds winger Stewart Downing announced his retirement from playing, having most recently been with Blackburn Rovers. Other youngsters in action 2006 - Reds youngsters Michael Collins and Shane O'Connor both featured as the Republic of Ireland beat Serbia 2-0 in an Under-17’s tournament in Hungary. 2007 – Future red Nikola Sarić played as Denmark Under-17’s lost 1-0 to Norway in a tournament game in Vejle. 2014 – Trent Alexander-Arnold and Herbie Kane played for England Under-17’s as they lost 1-0 to host nation Denmark in their Nordic Tournament third place play-off.
  12. 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.
  13. Will

    21st July

    Crossing the Pennines 2017 – Left-back Andy Robertson signed from Hull City for an initial £8m, scoring eight goals in 224 outings across his first five seasons as he has so far helped us to claim the Premier League, UEFA Champions League, FIFA Club World Cup, UEFA Super Cup, FA Cup and League Cup. On the same day, midfielder Kevin Stewart made the reverse journey for a reported £6m, having made twenty senior appearances for the reds since arriving in July 2014 after his contract with Tottenham Hotspur expired. Happy birthday Mike 1969 - Mike Marsh was born in Kirkby. He bagged six goals in 101 reds games before being part of the deal that brought Julian Dicks to Anfield from West Ham United in September 1993. He left Melwood in June 2015, having risen to First Team Coach after progressing rapidly through the Academy coaching ranks. Welcome Vedgy 1998 - Vegard Heggem arrived from Rosenborg BK for £3.5m, the only signing made by the joint management team of Roy Evans and Gérard Houllier. His five years at Anfield were ravaged by hamstring injuries, and he could only make 65 appearances, scoring three times. 2010 – Joe Cole signed on a free transfer from Chelsea. He notched just five times in 42 reds outings, spending a season on loan at Lille OSC Métropole before returning to West Ham United for free in January 2013. First games in charge 2012 – Brendan Rodgers took charge of his first game in the appropriately-named Rogers Centre in Toronto. We drew 1-1 with Toronto with young centre-forward Adam Morgan scoring in his first senior outing while, Krisztián Adorján and Jordon Ibe both played their first reds games. 2004 - Rafael Benítez led the reds for the first time. Djibril Cissé, Carl Medjani, Darren Potter, David Raven and Stephen Warnock all made their first outings for the club as we beat Wrexham 2-1 at the Racecourse Ground. Anthony Le Tallec grabbed both our goals. Other birthdays 1979 - Andriy Voronin was born in Odessa. The Ukrainian forward arrived from Bayer 04 Leverkusen on a free transfer in July 2007 and bagged six goals in 28 outings in his first season, before being loaned out to Hertha BSC Berlin, whom he helped to a fourth-placed finish in the Bundesliga, netting eleven times in 26 games. He then returned to Anfield where he failed to score in another twelve games before being sold to Dinamo Moskva in January 2010 for £1.8m. 1961 – Former reserves midfielder Mick Halsall was born in Bootle. He left Anfield in 1983 after six years as a professional to forge a successful career with Birmingham City, Carlisle United and Peterborough United. He is now head of Academy coaching for West Bromwich Albion. Signing on 2010 - Young centre-back Danny Wilson signed from Rangers for an initial £2m fee. He made nine first-team reds appearances, as well as breaking into the senior Scotland side in his first season. However, he moved on to Heart Of Midlothian in May 2013 after a series of loan spells away from Anfield. 2021 – Ethiopian-born, German international midfielder Melkamu Frauendorf signed as a professional with the reds, making his senior bow from the bench in an FA Cup defeat of Shrewsbury Town in January 2022. Lonergan’s lone outing 2019 – Keeper Andy Lonergan made his only first-team appearance, playing the first half of our 2-1 defeat by Sevilla in Boston, with the Spaniards having Joris Gnagnon dismissed for a horror tackle on Yasser Larouci. Nolito opened the scoring with Divock Origi equalising before the break. However, Alejandro Pozo struck a late winner. Roy’s stalemate start 2010 – Roy Hodgson took charge of the reds for the first time as we were held to a goalless draw at Grasshopper-Club Zürich. Forwards David Amoo and Lauri Dalla Valle, midfielders Tom Ince, Victor Pálsson and Jonjo Shelvey and centre-back Steven Irwin all made their first senior appearances for the club. Justice denied 2000 - Former South Yorkshire Police Superintendent Bernard Murray was cleared of manslaughter at Leeds Crown Court over his part in the Hillsborough disaster. The jury took longer to come to a conclusion on former Chief Superintendent David Duckenfield, although he was also eventually not convicted. Striking out 2007 - Robbie Fowler signed for Cardiff City, after twelve strikes in 39 games in his second reds spell. He netted six times in just sixteen outings in a season that was once again hampered by injury. 2014 – Iago Aspas joined Sevilla on loan after netting just once in fifteen reds games since arriving from Real Club Celta de Vigo for £7.7m in June 2013. He returned to his former club two years later for €5m. Reds farewells 2006 - Former keeper Bert Slater died in Brechin. He arrived from Falkirk in swap deal for Tommy Younger in June 1959 and played 111 times, winning a Second Division title medal in 1962, before returning to Scotland to join Dundee that July. 2021 – Scottish left-half Tommy Leishman died. He had won the Scottish Cup with St. Mirren, signing for £10,000 in November 1949. He helped us back to the First Division in 1962, although he then only made eleven top-flight appearances before returning north of the border, to Hibernian, in January 1963 after a total of seven goals in 118 reds games, including our first ever League Cup strike. Bowyer deal off 2002 - Liverpool pulled out of the controversial deal to bring Lee Bowyer to Anfield. A club spokesman said, “Liverpool Football Club have decided not to go ahead with the proposed transfer of Lee Bowyer for a variety of reasons. Manager Gérard Houllier was not convinced the player had either the hunger or desire to play for the club, qualities which are essential for any Liverpool player.” Reds in action 2007 - A Liverpool XI played in a testimonial match for Peterborough United’s long-serving keeper Mark Tyler at London Road. Martin Hansen saved a penalty as the game ended goalless. Dioufy on target 2001 - El-Hadji Diouf netted in Senegal’s 5-0 thumping of Namibia in a World Cup qualifier in Windhoek. Fellow future red Salif Diao also played. Youngsters on the mark 2010 – Dani Pacheco nabbed a brace as Spain Under-19’s beat Portugal 2-1 in a European Championship Finals group fixture in France, with future red Thiago Alcântara also in action. Meanwhile, Chris Mavinga played as France thumped Austria 5-0 and future reds Steven Caulker and Nathaniel Clyne both featured in England’s 1-0 defeat by the Netherlands in the same competition, with future red Fabio Borini playing for Italy in their goalless draw with Croatia. 2000 - Future red Milan Baroš was on the scoresheet as the Czech Republic Under-18’s beat their Finnish counterparts 3-2 in a European Championship Finals group game in Germany. His future clubmate Daniel Sjölund was on the losing side. 2002 - Fernando Torres featured as Spain Under-19’s drew 1-1 with the Czech Republic in a group encounter in Norway. Babb steps up 1992 - Phil Babb joined Coventry City from Bradford City for £500,000. He had played as a midfielder at Valley Parade, scoring fourteen times in 93 appearances. He looked an accomplished centre-back at Highfield Road, grabbing four goals in 84 appearances before arriving at Anfield. Knocked out 2007 - Harry Kewell came off the bench as Australia were held to a 1-1 draw by Japan in the Quarter-final of the AFC Asian Cup in Vietnam. Extra time brought no further goals, with Japan eventually winning 4-3 on penalties. Meanwhile, future red Mikel San José featured as Spain Under-19’s were held to a goalless draw by Greece in a European Championship Finals group game in Austria. 2016 – Sheyi Ojo, Jordan Rossiter and future red Dominic Solanke all played for England Under-19’s as they lost 2-1 to Italy in their European Championships Semi-final in Germany. These were Ojo and Rossiter’s final caps at this level, while Rossiter was captaining the side. Ex-reds on the move 1988 - Former reserves forward Paul Jewell joined Bradford City from Wigan Athletic for £80,000. He netted 66 times in 311 games for the Bantams, his final League club. 1997 - Former reserves striker Mike Newell signed for Aberdeen from Birmingham City for a fee of £160,000. He had two seasons at Pittodrie, bagging fourteen goals in 54 games, before joining Crewe Alexandra on a free transfer. 2009 – Winger Richie Partridge signed for MK Dons on a free transfer from Chester City. He had nabbed seven goals in 68 outings for the Blues. 2016 – Left-back Paul Konchesky signed for Gillingham from Leicester City on a free transfer after five goals in 155 games for the Foxes. 2017 – Right-back Javier Manquillo joined Newcastle United from Club Atlético de Madrid, after seventeen senior games for the Spanish side. Also in international action 2003 – Future red Daniel Agger played as Denmark Under-20’s lost 2-0 to Brazil in an NI Milk Cup game in Northern Ireland. 2004 – Ex-red Arnaud Bühler featured for Switzerland Under-19’s as they lost 3-2 to Turkey in their European Championships Semi-final in Fribourg. 2009 – Future red Thiago Alcântara represented Spain Under-19’s in their 2-1 defeat of Turkey in a European Championship Finals group game in the Ukraine.
  14. Will

    29th November

    Debuting at Anfield 1998 - Steven Gerrard made his reds bow as a last-minute substitute for Vegard Heggem in our 2-0 defeat of Blackburn Rovers at Anfield, which came courtesy of goals from Michael Owen and Paul Ince. 1913 - Winger Jackie Sheldon debuted in our 2-1 defeat of Tottenham Hotspur, with Jimmy Dawson grabbing his first reds goal and Tom Miller also on target. Ken Campbell saved a penalty from Jimmy Cantrell, who struck the visitors’ goal. 2006 - Young Moroccan forward Nabil El Zhar debuted as we were held to a goalless draw at home by Portsmouth, with Jamie Carragher stepping up into central midfield as we struggled to overcome an injury crisis. 1976 - Mark Lawrenson played his first game at Anfield, nearly five years before signing for the reds. He appeared for Preston North End in an FA Cup First Round replay, as they beat Crewe Alexandra 3-0. Recent milestones 2016 – Forward Ben Woodburn became the club’s youngest ever goalscorer aged 17 years 45 days, scoring his only reds goal as we beat Leeds United 2-0 in a League Cup Quarter-final encounter at Anfield. Divock Origi had handed us the lead with just under a quarter of an hour remaining before Woodburn struck. 2017 – Emre Can reached a century of League games for the reds as we won 3-0 at Stoke City. Sadio Mané opened the scoring, with substitute Mohamed Salah adding a late brace. God has left the building 2001 - Robbie Fowler was sold to Leeds United for a reported £11m. He had notched 171 goals in 330 reds games in this first spell, and left with UEFA Cup, FA Cup, UEFA Super Cup and two League Cup winners’ medals from this first spell. He only played 33 times in fourteen months at Elland Road, netting fourteen times before moving on again to Manchester City. A good and bad day for Stoke 2000 - We secured our biggest ever away win, and Stoke City’s record home defeat, as we triumphed 8-0 in the Fourth Round of the Worthington Cup. 27,109 attended the game – a then record at their new Britannia Stadium. They struggled to keep up, with the scoreboard at one time flashing up 9-0! It was also a game of several firsts, as Richie Partridge and Stephen Wright both made their first-team debuts, with Markus Babbel bagging his first reds goal. Robbie Fowler grabbed a hat-trick, including a penalty, with our other goals coming from Christian Ziege, Vladimír Šmicer, Sami Hyypiä and Danny Murphy. Another derby win 2009 - We won 2-0 at Goodison, securing our third straight victory in this fixture. We opened the scoring when Joseph Yobo deflected a speculative Javier Mascherano strike past Tim Howard, with Dirk Kuyt adding a late second after Pepe Reina had pulled off a spectacular double save. A win at the Bridge 2011 – We won 2-0 at Chelsea in the Fifth Round of the League Cup, with Andy Carroll having a penalty saved. Maxi Rodríguez struck before Martin Kelly headed in his only reds goal. Lucas Leiva ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in this game, thus ruling him out for the rest of the season. Half ton doc 1980 – David Johnson scored his fiftieth League goal for the reds as we won 4-2 at Sunderland, with Sammy Lee nabbing a brace and Terry McDermott also on target. Also recently 2015 – James Milner scored from the spot to secure a 1-0 victory over Swansea City at Anfield. 2014 – Right-back Glen Johnson headed his ninth and last reds goal late on to beat Stoke City at Anfield after Rickie Lambert’s effort had rebounded off the crossbar. Into third 2005 – Steven Gerrard was voted third in the annual Ballon d’Or award for the best player in Europe, behind Barcelona’s Ronaldinho and Frank Lampard from Chelsea. Jamie Carragher finished twentieth with Luis García in 23rd. A change that backfired 1975 - We changed our usual routine by not staying overnight in a hotel before our game at home to Norwich City. We immediately returned to the usual routine following our 3-1 defeat, with Emlyn Hughes netting our consolation. Ex-reds reserve Ted MacDougall scored, with World Cup winner Martin Peters netted one of his fourteen strikes against the reds, and Colin Suggett bagging one of his four goals past us. This was one of just eleven home League defeats we suffered throughout the whole of the 1970’s. A century against the Gunners 1969 - Arsenal won 1-0 at Anfield in a top-flight fixture, our hundredth meeting in all competitions, including 21 when they were known as Woolwich Arsenal. Off 1980 - Reserves centre-back Dave Watson left for Norwich City for £50,000, rising to £200,000. He went on to make 256 appearances for the Canaries, leading them to the Milk Cup in 1985 and the Second Division title a year later. 2017 – Future red Ki-Jana Hoever was dismissed for Netherlands Under-16’s as they lost 2-1 to Brazil Under-15’s in Florida. Trebles for and against 1930 - Gordon Hodgson scored the seventh of his seventeen reds hat-tricks as we thumped Sheffield United 6-1 at Anfield. Inside-left Archie McPherson added a brace, while Jim Smith was also on target. Outside-right Daniel McRorie made his debut in this game, as Jimmy Dunne bagged one of his eleven strikes against the reds. 1902 - We also faced the Blades in another First Division fixture, when we lost 2-0 at Bramall Lane. 1924 - John Bradford bagged a treble for Birmingham City in their 5-2 win at St. Andrews, three of his fifteen goals past us, with Harry Chambers and Dick Forshaw on target for the away side and left-winger Billy Chalmers making his reds bow. Bradford remains City’s record scorer against the reds with fifteen. Percy Barton and Ernie Islip also netted for the Blues. European stalemate 1972 - We held Dynamo Berlin to a goalless draw in East Germany in the first leg of our UEFA Cup Third Round tie with the reds caught offside on eighteen occasions. We won the return 3-1 to continue towards our first European trophy. Against the Sky Blues We have entertained Coventry City twice on this day in history. 1986 - Jan Mølby netted a penalty and John Wark also struck as we won our First Division fixture 2-0, just three days after he had struck a treble of spot kicks past the Sky Blues in a Milk Cup tie also at Anfield. 1977 - David Fairclough and Phil Neal, from the spot, scored as we were held to a 2-2 draw in the Fourth Round of the League Cup. Boss Bob Paisley was presented with his OBE by the Queen at Buckingham Palace earlier that day. We won the replay three weeks later as we went all the way to our first ever Final in this competition that season. Knocked out 1995 - We lost our grip on the Coca-Cola Cup when future Blue Steve Watson grabbed the only goal of the game late on for Newcastle United in our Fourth Round tie at Anfield. Signing on 1994 - Keeper Mark Prudhoe signed on loan from Stoke City. He never made our first team but sat on our bench eight times. He is now working as a coach in Sunderland’s Academy. 1963 – Keeper Billy Molyneux signed as a professional. He played just one senior game as Bill Shankly fielded a team of eleven reserves in our League match at Wolverhampton Wanderers in April 1965, which came only five days before the FA Cup Final. International goalscorers 1961 - Ian St. John bagged a brace in Scotland’s 4-2 extra-time World Cup play-off defeat by Czechoslovakia played at the Stade du Heysel in Brussels. 1994 - Ex-red Ronnie Rosenthal netted in Israel’s 4-3 friendly defeat of Cyprus in Jerusalem. 1997 - Future red Harry Kewell struck as Australia drew 2-2 with Iran in a World Cup play-off in Melbourne, which meant that they missed out on the World Cup in France on the away goals rule. 2007 – Future red Jonjo Shelvey netted for England Under-16’s in the Sky Sports Victory Shield as they beat Scotland 2-1 in Falkirk. He actually struck in all three games as England claimed the trophy. Happy birthdays 1962 - Alan Irvine was born in Broxburn. The Scot only made four substitute appearances for the reds after signing from Falkirk for £75,000 in October 1986. He returned north the following August to join Dundee United. 1918 - Left-winger Doug McAvoy was born. He only made two senior reds appearances after signing from his hometown club Kilmarnock in December 1947 for £7,000, moving back to Scotland to join Queen Of The South in September 1949. Youngsters in action 2003 - Three young reds appeared in the Under-20’s World Championship Finals in the United Arab Emirates. Zak Whitbread played in the USA’s 3-1 defeat of Paraguay, Darren Potter appeared as the Republic of Ireland beat Saudi Arabia 2-1, and John Welsh and future reds Andy Lonergan, James Milner and Gary O’Neil all featured in England’s 1-0 defeat by Japan. 2012 – Jordan Rossiter captained England Under-16’s as their 1-0 defeat of Scotland in Burton saw them win the Victory Shield for the twelfth consecutive year, with future red Joe Gomez also featuring. 2018 – Future red Mateusz Musiałowski won his fourth and last cap for Poland Under-16’s in their 4-0 defeat of Northern Ireland. 2017 – Fulham’s Fábio Carvalho played for England Under-16’s as they beat the USA 1-0 in Florida. Tens of caps 1978 - Four current or future reds reached international milestones. Kenny Dalglish won his sixtieth cap as Scotland won a European Championships qualifier 1-0 in Portugal, while ex-red Joey Jones made his twentieth appearance as Wales beat Turkey 1-0 in another qualifier at his home ground in Wrexham. Phil Thompson played his tenth game for England, while his former clubmate Kevin Keegan won his fortieth cap as England beat Czechoslovakia 1-0 in a friendly at Wembley. Other reds games 1989 – We lost 2-0 at Sheffield Wednesday, although we remained top of the table. David Hirst struck one of his four goals against the reds, with Dalian Atkinson netting the first of his four. 1958 – Ipswich Town beat us 2-0 in a Second Division fixture at Portman Road. 1952 – Jimmy Payne bagged a brace as Blackpool held us to a 2-2 draw at Anfield. Ernest Taylor nabbed one of his five strikes past us, with Bill Perry also on target. 1947 – We lost 2-0 at Manchester City. 1919 – Harry Lewis was on target as Preston North End won 2-1 in L4, with Billy Halligan equalising almost immediately. Harry Chambers saw a penalty saved before Simpson Bainbridge struck the winner. On the way out 2010 – Former reds reserves coach Antonio Gómez Pérez was sacked as Head Coach of Real Valladolid after just five months in the job. 2014 – Ex-reds left-winger Albert Riera had his contract with Udinese terminated, having attended a poker tournament rather than reporting for a match. Brad’s record 2008 – Ex-reds keeper Brad Friedel made a record 167th consecutive Premier League appearance as Aston Villa were held to a goalless draw at home by Fulham.
  15. Will

    27th November

    Happy birthday Peter 1942 – Winger Peter Thompson was born in Carlisle. He netted 54 times in 416 reds games, helping us to win two League titles, our first FA Cup and the FA Charity Shield, having signed in August 1963 for £37,000 from Preston North End. He moved on to Bolton Wanderers for £18,000 in January 1974. He made his debut for England Under-23’s on his 21st birthday, as they beat West Germany 4-1 in a friendly at Anfield. Future red David Wilson also featured. In comes Don 1990 - Don Hutchison signed from Hartlepool United for £175,000. He went on to play sixty times in four years at Anfield, bagging ten goals in the process. He was sold to West Ham United for £1.5m in August 1994. Arsenal again 1996 - We met Arsenal for the eighth time in the League Cup, our most frequent opponents in this competition, and have now been drawn against them ten times. We won this Fourth Round tie 4-2 at Anfield, with goals from Steve McManaman, Patrik Berger and a Robbie Fowler brace that included a penalty. Ian Wright grabbed both Gunners’ goals from the spot, two of his seven goals against the reds, while they also had Steve Bould dismissed with the score at 3-1. 1957 - That was our seventh straight win in games played on this day, a record that stretched back to a 2-0 Second Division defeat of Rotherham United at Anfield when Johnny Wheeler and Billy Liddell were on the scoresheet. This game had originally been postponed back in September. 1982 - These wins included a 3-0 defeat of Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield when Phil Neal converted a penalty before Kenny Dalglish grabbed a brace. A double debutant 1897 - Joe Lumsden scored his only two reds goals on his debut as we won 3-2 at Nottingham Forest’s Town Ground. Andrew McCowie also struck his first reds goal. 1909 - We were also in Nottingham when Jim Harrop grabbed our consolation in a 3-1 top-flight defeat by Notts County at Trent Bridge. Freddie Jones nabbed a brace, with Jimmy Cantrell also on the scoresheet. Most recently 2019 – Centre-half Dejan Lovren netted his eighth and last reds goal as we were held to a 1-1 draw by SSC Napoli in a UEFA Champions League group game at Anfield. Dries Mertens put the visitors in front, but Lovren headed in our equaliser. 2011 - Vincent Kompany headed Manchester City in front at Anfield from a corner before we equalised when a Charlie Adam strike deflected off Joleon Lescott for an own goal. Substitute Mario Balotelli was sent off late on for the visitors after two quick-fire bookings as the game ended 1-1. On the same day, future red Mohamed Salah featured for Egypt Under-23’s as they beat Gabon 1-0 in the Africa Cup of Nations in Morocco. A treble against the Blues 1915 - Fred Pagnam scored a hat-trick as we beat Everton 4-1 in a Wartime League game at Anfield, with Dave Watson also on the scoresheet. Bob’s century 1976 – We beat Bristol City 2-1 at Anfield in Bob Paisley’s hundredth League game in charge, thanks to goals from Kevin Keegan and Joey Jones. European wins 1991 - We won 2-0 at Swarovski Tirol in a UEFA Cup Third Round tie, thanks to a Dean Saunders brace, with Mark Wright in commanding form after a 21-game absence. Saunders added a treble in the return at Anfield, as we progressed 6-0 on aggregate. However, we were knocked out by Genoa in the next round. 2003 - We beat Steaua Bucureşti at Anfield, our fiftieth win in the UEFA Cup/Fairs Cup, with Harry Kewell netting the only goal as we reached the Third Round 2-1 on aggregate. Mixed fortunes against the Irons 1999 - We lost 1-0 at Upton Park thanks to a Trevor Sinclair goal. 1971 - We beat West Ham United at Anfield when Emlyn Hughes struck the only goal of the game. Forward Bobby Graham made his hundredth League appearance in this match. Loan moves 2006 - Emiliano Insúa agreed to sign on loan from Boca Juniors in January 2007. He notched once in 62 senior appearances, after his transfer was made permanent for £1.675m seven months later. He moved to Sporting Clube de Portugal in August 2011. 2008 – Ex-reserves midfielder Ryan Flynn joined Wrexham on loan. He struck four times in 27 outings, returning to Falkirk in September 2009 having failed to make the reds’ first team. Waddle’s bow 1973 - Forward Alan Waddle made his reds debut as we were held to a goalless draw at Hull City in our League Cup Fourth Round encounter. We won the Anfield replay 3-2 a week later when Ian Callaghan grabbed a hat-trick. Ted’s farewell 1937 – Forward Ted Harston played his fifth and final reds game as we won 1-0 at Blackpool thanks to an Alf Hanson goal. New arrivals 2012 - Rodolfo Borrell was announced as Head of Academy Coaching, with Alex Inglethorpe being named as his replacement as Reserve Team Head Coach. Other reds games 1965 – Roger Hunt and Gordon Milne netted as we beat Burnley 2-1 at Anfield. 1954 – We drew a Second Division encounter 2-2 at Leeds United as Billy Liddell bagged a brace. 1948 – We lost 3-0 at Stoke City. Frank Bowyer scored the first of his four goals against the reds after Billy Mould and Frank Mountford had scored. 1926 – Gordon Hodgson and Harry Chambers struck in our 2-0 win at Bury. 1920 – Newcastle United won 1-0 in L4. King Kenny’s big day 1974 - Kenny Dalglish married Marina on her birthday at Glasgow’s Netherlee Church. They remain happily married. International bows 2002 – Jon Otsemobor and future reds keeper Andy Lonergan both made their debuts for England Under-20’s as they lost 5-3 to Italy in the Toulon Tournament, with future reds coach Gary O’Neil also in action. 1946 – Billy Liddell played for Scotland in their goalless draw with Northern Ireland in the British International Championships at Hampden Park. 2018 - Future red Mateusz Musiałowski played for Poland Under-16’s in their goalless draw with Northern Ireland in Poznań.
  16. Will

    7th February

    Happy birthday Sammy 1959 - Sammy Lee was born in Liverpool. He had a fine career in the reds midfield, bagging nineteen goals in 295 games, helping us to two European Cups, four League titles, four League Cups and the FA Charity Shield. He returned as a coach in 1992, initially being put in charge of the reserves. He left the backroom staff in the summer of 2004 for a full-time post with England, before joining Bolton Wanderers, but returned to Anfield in May 2008 as Assistant Manager, staying in that role until June 2011. Legends’ farewells 1992 - A sad day as Bob Paisley had to retire from the board due to ill health. He died four years later. 2013 - Jamie Carragher announced his retirement from playing at the end of the season. The tough defender ended his career having bagged five goals in 737 reds appearances, leaving him second in the club’s all-time appearance holders. He helped us to claim the European Cup, UEFA Cup, FA Cup, two UEFA Super Cups, two League Cups and two FA Charity/Community Shields. Other birthdays 1904 - Tom ‘Tiny’ Bradshaw was born in Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire. He struck four times in 291 appearances at centre-half after signing from Bury for £8,000 in January 1930. He returned to his native land in September 1938, joining Third Lanark for £600. 1969 - Jean-Michel Ferri was born in Lyon. The French midfielder arrived from Turkish side Istanbulspor for £1.8m in December 1998 to become Gérard Houllier’s first signing. He left after just eight months and two substitute appearances, having been rumoured to be Le Boss’s mole in the dressing room. 1946 - Tom Hicks was born in Houston, Texas. He took over the club with George Gillett Jr. in March 2007 but was finally driven out of the club in October 2010. 2005 - Forward Bobby Clark was born in Epsom. He arrive from Newcastle United in August 2021, turning professional in February 2022. On our way to Wembley 1978 - Goals from Kenny Dalglish and ex-Gunner Ray Kennedy gave us a 2-1 League Cup Semi-final first leg win over Arsenal at Anfield after Malcolm Macdonald had given the visitors the lead with the last of his seven goals against us. This was the first of 85 consecutive home games we played without defeat, with Steve Heighway playing his 400th reds game. A goalless draw at Highbury a week later took us through to our first Final in this competition. Brendan’s century 2015 – Brendan Rodgers took charge of his hundredth reds League game as we endured a dour goalless draw at Goodison Park, with Jordon Ibe coming closest when he struck a post. Twice from behind at the Reebok 2004 - Sami Hyypiä and Steven Gerrard both netted equalisers as we drew 2-2 at Bolton Wanderers. Bolton’s first goal, scored by Nicky Hunt, was the 200th League goal conceded since Gérard Houllier took sole charge. Youri Djorkaeff scored Bolton’s other goal. 1948 - We also faced Bolton, losing 3-0 at Burnden Park in another top-flight encounter with Nat Lofthouse netting one of his eight goals against the reds and Don Howe and Malcolm Barrass also on target. A’Court sets off 1953 - Left winger Alan A’Court made the first of his 381 reds appearances in a 3-2 win at Middlesbrough. South African half-back Hugh Gerhardi also made his reds bow, the first of just six senior outings. Inside-right Sammy Smyth nabbed his first reds goal in this game, with Billy Liddell and skipper Phil Taylor also on the scoresheet. Lindy Delapenha struck two of his four goals past us. D-day for Gary 1984 - Gary Gillespie made his reds bow in our League Cup Semi-final first leg at home to Walsall as we drew 2-2, with Ronnie Whelan netting both our goals. However, he did not make the first-team again that season, scoring an own goal when his attempted clearance off the line struck Phil Neal on the back and went into the net. Substitute Kevin Summerfield scored the other goal for the Saddlers. Milestone games 2009 - Ex-red David James played his 535th Premier League game as we won 3-2 at Portsmouth, equalling Gary Speed’s record for the renamed competition. David Nugent opened the scoring after an hour, with Fábio Aurélio levelling with a free-kick following a poor Pompey back-pass. Herman Hreidarsson put the home side in front again before Dirk Kuyt netted. Fernando Torres secured the victory with a late header to send us back to the top of the table. 1970 – Leicester City held us to a goalless draw in an FA Cup Fifth Round tie at Anfield in what was Bill Shankly’s fiftieth game in charge in this competition. We won the replay but lost at Watford in the next round. 1927 – Outside-left Fred Hopkin played his 200th League game for the reds in our 4-1 win at Sheffield United. Tommy Reid bagged a brace, with Harry Chambers and Tom Scott also scoring. A treble all Wright 1931 - Short-lived centre forward Dave Wright bagged his first three reds goals in a 4-2 home League win over Newcastle United, with his strike partner Harold Barton also bagging his first for the club in the same game as left-half Jimmy McDougall reached a century of reds appearances. Derby victory 1925 - Goals from centre-forward Danny Shone, outside-left Fred ‘Polly’ Hopkin and forward Harry ‘Smiler’ Chambers handed us a 3-1 win over Everton at Anfield. Forward Dick Johnson played his 82nd and last reds game. Razor sheathed 1995 - Neil Ruddock was dismissed late on in our FA Cup Third Round replay at home to Burnley, with John Barnes nabbing the only goal. We saw off the challenge of Wimbledon in the next round before being knocked out at Anfield by Tottenham Hotspur. Out to the Mancs 1903 - We were knocked out of the FA Cup by Manchester United in the First Round, with Sam Raybould grabbing our consolation at Bank Street. Jock Peddie struck the last two of his five goals against the reds as we lost 2-1. Mixed fortunes against the Baggies Both our meetings with West Bromwich Albion on this day in history have ended in 2-0 home League victories. 1923 - Dick Forshaw and Dick Johnson were on target at Anfield as left-back Donald McKinlay played his 200th League game for the reds. 1981 - We lost at The Hawthorns, the Baggies’ most recent triumph over the reds, thanks to a back-heel from Bryan Robson, the first of his seven goals past us, and a Cyrille Regis strike, the first of his four. His country’s hero 2002 - Future red Salif Diao netted Senegal’s extra-time winner in their 2-1 African Cup of Nations Semi-final victory over Nigeria. El-Hadji Diouf also played in this game, while ex-red Rigobert Song skippered Cameroon to their 3-0 defeat of host nation Mali on the same day. 2004 - Diao and Diouf both played as Senegal lost 1-0 to hosts Tunisia, while ex-red Titi Camara featured against future red Momo Sissoko as Guinea lost 2-1 to Mali. 2006 - Diouf was also in action as Senegal lost their Semi-final 2-1 to Egypt in Cairo. Meanwhile, future red Kolo Touré played as Ivory Coast beat Nigeria 1-0 in Alexandria. 2008 - Ex-red Song skippered his country as they beat host nation Ghana 1-0 to reach the Africa Cup of Nations Final, with future Touré on the losing side as Egypt beat Ivory Coast 4-1. 1998 – Future red Song also featured in the tournament as Cameroon beat host nation Burkina Faso 1-0. Meanwhile, Brad Friedel played for the USA in their 2-1 defeat of Costa Rica in the Gold Cup in Oakland. Most recently 2021 – We lost 4-1 to Manchester City behind closed doors at Anfield, with İlkay Gündoğan missing a penalty for the visitors before he struck twice, either side of Mohamed Salah’s successful spot-kick. However, ex-red Raheem Sterling and Phil Foden then scored as keeper Alisson Becker had a poor game. Young international milestones 2019 – Harvey Elliott scored his second and last goal for England Under-17’s before joining the reds as they beat France 3-2 in a friendly in Spain, with his clubmate Fábio Carvalho also in action. Fellow future red Darwin Núñez represented Uruguay Under-20’s as they lost 2-1 to Argentina in a South American Championships final stage game in Chile. 1989 - David Burrows won his first England Under-21’s cap as a reds player, and second in all, as they lost 1-0 to Greece in a friendly in Patras. Future red Michael Thomas skippered the side. On the same day, John Aldridge, Ray Houghton and Ronnie Whelan all played in the Republic of Ireland’s goalless friendly draw with France in Dublin. 1968 - Tommy Smith won his tenth and last Under-23’s cap as England beat Scotland 2-1 at Hampden Park. Clubmate Emlyn Hughes also played. Disappointment by the seaside We have twice visited Blackpool at their Bloomfield Road ground on this day in history. 1900 - We held them to a 2-2 draw in a testimonial for the Seasiders defender Harry Stirzaker. Charlie Wilson bagged one of our goals. 1942 - Cyril Done struck both our goals as we were thumped 6-2 in a game that counted for both the Wartime League and the War League Cup. Stig for his country Stig Inge Bjørnebye twice played in friendlies for Norway on this day in history. 1996 - He lined up alongside future red Øyvind Leonhardsen as they lost 1-0 in Spain. 1990 - Stig played as Norway drew 1-1 in Malta. International dismissals 2007 – Luis Suárez was sent off for two bookable offences on his senior international debut as Uruguay beat Colombia 3-1 in a friendly in Cúcuta. This was his only cap while playing for Groningen. 2004 - Ex-red Daniel Sjölund was sent off after just seventeen minutes of Finland’s 2-1 friendly defeat by China in Shenzhen, while winning his fourth senior cap. 2007 - He also featured in a B international as Finland held Scotland to a 2-2 draw in Kilmarnock. Daniel breaking new ground 2007 - Daniel Agger featured as Denmark faced Australia for the first ever time in a senior international, winning 3-1 at Loftus Road. Meanwhile, future red Martin Škrtel was on target as Slovakia were held to a 2-2 draw by Poland in Spain. Fernando Morientes made his first appearance for Spain as a Valencia player, with future red Fernando Torres also in action in their 1-0 defeat of England at Old Trafford, as Steven Gerrard skippered a side that also included Jamie Carragher, Peter Crouch and future red Stewart Downing. Also in international friendly action were Steve Finnan, future reds Philipp Degen, Robbie Keane, Ragnar Klavan and Alex Manninger, and ex-reds Antonio Barragán and Rigobert Song, with Steve Staunton taking charge of the Republic of Ireland. Meanwhile, future reds Yossi Benayoun and Andriy Voronin faced each other in Tel-Aviv in a game that ended 1-1, with future red Alex Manninger featuring for Austria in a 1-1 friendly draw in Malta. Other reds games 1998 – Southampton won 3-2 at Anfield, with David Hirst opening the scoring from the spot before Michael Owen equalised. Egil Ostenstad put the visitors in front late on with Hirst then netting the last of his four goals past us, before Owen headed in a late consolation. 1976 – Kevin Keegan and John Toshack netted as we beat Leeds United 2-0 in L4. 1973 – We lost an FA Cup Fourth Round replay 2-0 at Manchester City, thanks to goals from Colin Bell and Tommy Booth. 1959 – We beat Bristol City 3-2 in a Second Division match at home with Alan Arnell bagging a brace and Jimmy Melia also on the scoresheet. Bert Tindill grabbed the last of his five goals past us and John Atyeo scoring one of his five. On the move 2019 – Keeper Andy Lonergan joined Rochdale on an emergency loan from Middlesbrough, playing seven times. Also in international action 1979 – Emlyn Hughes skippered an England side that also included Ray Clemence, Phil Neal and ex-red Kevin Keegan in their 4-0 thumping of Northern Ireland in a European Championships qualifier at Wembley. 2008 – Javier Mascherano played for Argentina Under-23’s in their 5-0 trouncing of Guatemala in a friendly in Los Angeles.
  17. Will

    17th July

    Happy birthdays 1946 - Midfielder Peter Cormack was born in Edinburgh. He signed from Nottingham Forest for a club record £110,000 in July 1972 and won League title and UEFA Cup winners’ medals in his first season. He scored 26 times in his 178 reds appearances before moving on to Bristol City in November 1976 for £50,000. 1922 - Left-winger Peter Kippax was born in Burnley. He left his hometown club to join the reds as an amateur in 1948, having helped Great Britain to fourth place in the Olympics football competition that summer. He made one League outing, against Birmingham City in March 1949, having already netted in a Wartime League fixture for the reds against Bolton Wanderers in August 1945, before moving on to Preston North End in 1950. 1928 - Post-war red Joe Shepherd was born. He never played a senior game for us. His two brothers, centre-forward Arthur and full-back Bill, were also Liverpool players at around the same time. Hark! It’s Harkness 1989 - Steve Harkness signed from Carlisle United for £75,000. He went on to make 139 appearances for the reds, bagging three goals before being sold to SL Benfica by Gérard Houllier for ten times his purchase price in March 1999. Andriy off the mark 2007 - Andriy Voronin scored his first two reds goals as we beat SV Werder Bremen 3-2 in a friendly in Switzerland. Ryan Babel, Yossi Benayoun and Fernando Torres all played their first games for the club. John Arne Riise was also on target with a 25-yard strike. Out goes Mark 2007 - Mark González was sold to Real Betis Balompié for £4.2m. The Chilean international winger was actually born in Durban, South Africa. He struck three times in 36 games after signing from Albacete Balompié for £1.5m in October 2005, although work permit problems delayed his arrival until the following summer. Milly off the mark 2015 – James Milner struck his first goal for the club as we beat Brisbane Roar 2-1 at their Suncorp Stadium, with winger Ryan Kent making his first senior appearance. Adam Lallana scored our other goal. 2016 – Danny Ings and Ben Woodburn netted as we won 2-0 at Wigan Athletic’s DW Stadium in a pre-season friendly. Double departure 1999 - Rob Jones signed for West Ham United on a non-contract basis. He had famously failed to score in his 243 reds appearances, but persistent back problems led to his departure from Anfield. He was unable to achieve full fitness while with the Hammers and subsequently retired from the game. On the very same day, second string keeper Tony Warner joined Millwall on a free transfer, after nearly a decade at Anfield without making a first team appearance. He joined Cardiff City from the Lions in July 2004 after 225 games for Millwall. 2017 - Keeper Ryan Fulton signed for Hamilton Academical, playing seven senior games in his first campaign with the Accies. Backroom changes 2007 - Ian Ayre was appointed as our new Commercial Director, although he would not actually take up the role for another month. He had previously been Chief Executive of Total Sports Asia, a brand solutions company advising international companies on rolling out Asian sports and entertainment campaigns, having also been Chief Executive and Chairman of Huddersfield Town. He said, “Being Liverpool born and bred, this is a dream job for me”. Ayre became the club’s CEO in May 2014, moving on from the reds when his contract expired three years later. 2002 - Hughie McAuley was confirmed as our new reserve team manager, leaving his position as the club’s Under-19’s boss. Academy Director Steve Heighway said, “Hughie is going down to Melwood to coach, but he will have a wide range of responsibilities and provide continuity between the Academy and Melwood. We are delighted for Hughie as he has been with us for a long time.” Leo the first 1997 - We lost 1-0 to IFK Göteborg in our first pre-season friendly, with Øyvind Leonhardsen making his debut appearance in a red shirt. This is one of only two games we have played on this day in history. Another honour for Ged 2002 - Gérard Houllier was awarded an honorary fellowship from Liverpool John Moores University in a ceremony at the city’s Anglican Cathedral. Bob hitched 1946 – Bob Paisley married Jessie Chandler at All Souls Church in Springwood. They remained happily married until his death in February 1996, having two sons and a daughter. Mixed Copa América fortunes 1995 - Future red Brad Friedel saved two penalties as the USA beat Mexico 4-1 in a shoot-out, following a goalless two hours in their Copa América Quarter-final in Uruguay. 2011 – Lucas Leiva was sent off in extra time as Brazil were held to a goalless draw by Paraguay in La Plata, with the underdogs eventually triumphing 2-0 on penalties. Bamber on target 1920 - Reds right-half John Bamber scored as an England side trounced South Africa 9-1 in an FA Tour game in Cape Town. Clubmate Ephraim Longworth also played. Forwards on the move again 2018 – Winger Harry Wilson joined Derby County on loan, netting eighteen times in 49 outings as the Rams just missed out on promotion. On the same day, young forwards Taiwo Awoniyi and Rhian Brewster both signed new contracts, while ex-reds full-back Ryan McLaughlin joined Blackpool from Oldham Athletic after three goals in 62 games for the Latics. 2006 - Ex-reds reserves striker John Durnin was appointed to the coaching staff at Conference outfit Southport. He only stayed in the role for less than three months. 2003 - Ex-reserves forward Paul Dalglish joined Northern Irish side Linfield from Blackpool on a free transfer. He remained there less than six months, before moving to Modena in Italy. 2007 - Centre-half Dejan Lovren joined Inter Zaprešić on loan from Dinamo Zagreb, scoring once in 56 games across two seasons. 2012 – Future keeper Andy Lonergan joined Bolton Wanderers from Leeds United, where he was competing with Ádám Bogdán for the number one spot. He played 62 times before moving to Fulham in June 2015. Youngsters in Euro action 2000 - Future red Milan Baroš won his sixteenth cap for the Czech Republic Under-18’s as they drew 1-1 with Russia in a European Championship Finals group game in Augsburg. 2008 – Future reds Victor Moses and Daniel Sturridge featured in England’s goalless draw in the Under-19’s European Championships in the Czech Republic. On the same day, Péter Gulácsi, Krisztián Németh and András Simon all played for Hungary as they beat Spain 1-0 in the same competition. World Cup win 1994 - Thiago Alcântara's father Mazinho played for Brazil in the World Cup Final in California. The game ended goalless after extra time, with the Brazilians beating Italy 3-2 on penalties. Signing on 2020 – Midfielder Jake Cain signed a new contract with the reds. He had made his senior debut the preceding February in our FA Cup Fourth Round replay win over Shrewsbury Town at Anfield. 2021 – Polish keeper Fabian Mrozek signed pro terms, having joined the Academy the previous August.
  18. Will

    5th July

    Happy birthdays 1960 – Scottish centre-back Gary Gillespie was born in Bonnybridge. He was Joe Fagan’s first signing, arriving from Coventry City for £325,000 in July 1983. He won three League titles in his eight years at Anfield, scoring 16 times in his 214 appearances, before moving back north to his boyhood heroes Celtic for £925,000 in August 1991. 1989 – Croatian centre-half Dejan Lovren was born in Zenica. He arrived from Southampton for £20m in July 2014, notching eight times in 185 outings and helping us to claim the Premier League title before moving on to Zenit St. Petersburg for £10.9m in July 2020. 1992 – Spanish left-back Alberto Moreno was born in Seville. He signed on a month later than Lovren for £12m from his hometown club Sevilla, netting three times in 141 reds games before being released in June 2019. New club records 2020 – We beat Aston Villa behind closed doors 2-0 at Anfield, our 24th consecutive League win, a new club record and also a record for any club in the top flight. Sadio Mané and Curtis Jones both struck past ex-reds custodian Pepe Reina. 1967 - Tony Hateley signed from Chelsea for a then club record £96,000 fee. In his first season he grabbed 27 goals in 52 games, but injuries took their toll, and he was sold to Coventry City in September 1968 after a total of 28 strikes in 56 outings. In comes Ned 1904 - Ned Doig signed from Sunderland for £220. He went on to make 53 reds appearances, helping us to the Second Division title in 1905, and playing on until 1908, finishing as our oldest ever player aged 41 years and 165 days. In comes Fabs 2006 - Left-back Fábio Aurélio signed from Valencia on a free transfer. He made 134 appearances, notching four times and helping us to claim the FA Community Shield, but suffered from a succession of injuries before returning to his native Brazil to sign for Grêmio in May 2012. On the same day, winger Mark González was granted a work permit and Fernando Morientes officially signed for Valencia. González struck three times in 36 games, but left the club in July 2007 to join Real Betis Balompié. Heading off 2005 - Steven Gerrard announced his desire to leave Liverpool, after a second successive summer of transfer turmoil. Fortunately, he changed his mind the next day and bagged a total of 186 goals in 710 reds games before moving on to LA Galaxy in the summer of 2015, helping us to claim the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Cup, two FA Cups, two UEFA Super Cups, three League Cups and the FA Community Shield. 1954 – Centre-half Joe Maloney was sold to Shrewsbury Town, for whom he played 237 League games. He had signed on at Anfield as a professional in January 1951, but only made twelve senior reds games. International firsts 2007 - Javier Mascherano scored his first senior international goal while winning his 27th cap. Argentina beat Paraguay 1-0 in their final Copa América group game in Venezuela as they qualified for the next stage on maximum points. 1996 – Future red John Arne Riise debuted for Norway Under-15’s as they lost 1-0 to Sweden in Sandefjord. The end of the road for Mighty Mouse 1982 - Phil Thompson played in England’s goalless draw with Spain in the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu in Madrid, which dumped England out of the World Cup. Late cameos from Trevor Brooking and ex-red Kevin Keegan could not result in the break-through goal. Keegan was winning his 63rd and final international cap. World Cup progress 2014 – Ex-red Dirk Kuyt played as the Netherlands required a penalty shoot-out to see off Costa Rica in their Quarter-final in Salvador, with future red Gini Wijnaldum also in action. Meanwhile, Divock Origi won his last cap before joining the reds as Belgium lost 1-0 to ex-red Javier Mascherano’s Argentina in Brasilia. Heading to the Final 2021 – Fabinho featured from the bench as Brazil beat Peru 1-0 in their Copa América Semi-final in Rio de Janeiro, although they then lost to Argentina. Reds on the move again 2000 - John Scales left Tottenham Hotspur for Ipswich Town on a free transfer. He had only made 33 starts in his three and a half years at White Hart Lane, going on to make just four appearances for the Suffolk club. 2002 - Steve Harkness was released by Sheffield Wednesday. A club spokesman said, “The club thanks Steve for his contribution over the past two seasons and wishes him well for the future.” He had played 32 times for the Owls during his two seasons at Hillsborough. 2012 – Defender Jon Otsemobor joined MK Dons on a free transfer from Sheffield Wednesday after 37 outings for the Owls. Internationals on target 1966 - Roger Hunt grabbed the only goal of England’s friendly in Poland as they warmed up for the World Cup Finals later that month. 2019 - Sadio Mané had a penalty saved having already scored the only goal as Senegal beat Uganda in their Africa Cup of Nations Finals Round of 16 game in Cairo, having also had a spot-kick foiled in his previous game. Didi in charge 2011 - Dietmar Hamann was appointed Manager of Stockport County. He led them to just three wins in twenty games before resigning four months later following the failure of a proposed takeover. New deal for Sami 2002 - Sami Hyypiä signed a new four-year deal, which was subsequently extended twice further until the summer of 2009 when he joined Bayer 04 Leverkusen. He made 464 appearances for the reds, netting 35 times. On the move 1993 - Stan Collymore joined Nottingham Forest from Southend United for £2m. He went on to net an impressive 45 goals in 78 games for Forest. 2005 – Left-back Paul Konchesky moved to West Ham United from Charlton Athletic for £1.5m after six strikes in 169 outings for the Addicks. 2007 – Midfielder Nuri Şahin joined Feyenoord on loan from Ballspielverein Borussia 09 e.V. Dortmund, where he scored six times in 34 games. Meanwhile, keeper Daniele Padelli joined Pisa 1909 on loan from Sampdoria, playing eight times for the Serie B side. 2011 – Ex-reserves forward András Simon signed for top-flight side Győri ETO back in his native Hungary. He only played four League games, spending most of his three years out on loan. 2013 – Ex-reserves forward Lauri Dalla Valle signed for Belgian side Koninklijke Sint-Truidense Voetbalvereniging having been released by Norwegian club Molde earlier in the month. 2014 – Keeper Ian Dunbavin was released by Accrington Stanley. 2016 – Forward Fernando Torres re-joined Club Atlético de Madrid permanently after a successful loan spell. He struck 38 times in 160 games this time around. 2018 – Future keeper Andy Lonergan was released by Leeds United after nine first-team outings since signing for his second spell on a free transfer from Wolverhampton Wanderers in August 2017. Starting out 2021 – Left-back Luke Chambers signed pro terms with the reds, having joined the Academy at the age of six. He also sometimes plays at centre-back and is the regular penalty taker for the Under-18’s. On the same day, midfielder Liam Coyle left Anfield to sign for Accrington Stanley on a free transfer, netting once in 22 appearances in his first season with Accy. 1991 - Future reserves forward Lee Jones signed for Wrexham as a professional. He bagged thirteen goals in 49 games in his first period with the Dragons. He eventually had four different spells at the Racecourse Ground. 1990 – Former Under-13’s Coach Mike Sheron signed as a professional for Manchester City. He netted 28 times in 119 games for City before joining Norwich City for £1m in August 1994.
  19. Will

    17th June

    Happy birthday Jordan 1990 – Midfielder Jordan Henderson was born in Sunderland. He signed from his hometown club for £16m in June 2011 after netting five times in 79 outings while on Wearside. He has notched 33 times in 449 reds games by the end of the 2021/22 season, becoming club captain and then helping us to claim the Premier League title, UEFA Champions League, FIFA Club World Cup, UEFA Super Cup, FA Cup and two League Cups. 1994 – American midfielder Marc Pelosi was born in Bad Säckingen, Germany. He joined the reds in November 2011 from Californian side De Anza Force, becoming a reserves regular despite a series of serious injuries. He was released in June 2015. Strong no more 2013 - Utility player Geoff Strong died in Southport after suffering with Alzheimer’s disease. He made 201 reds appearances after moving from Arsenal in November 1964 for a club record £40,000, netting 33 times and winning a League title medal and the FA Charity Shield the year after helping us to our first ever FA Cup triumph. He left the reds to join Coventry City for £29,500 in August 1970. Other birthdays 1972 - Bjørn Tore Kvarme was born in Trondheim, Norway. He joined the reds in January 1997 on a Bosman free transfer from Rosenborg BK as a replacement for John Scales, and quickly showed his worth. However, high profile errors against Everton and Manchester United dented his confidence. After just 54 first-team appearances, he was sold to Saint-Étienne in August 1999. 1964 – Paul Small was born in Liverpool. One of the club’s masseurs, he came to Melwood from the Widnes rugby union club in 2001, also working with England. Jameo sold 1999 - David James was sold to Aston Villa for £1.7m. He had played 277 times for us, helping us to win the Coca Cola Cup in 1995. He only stayed at Villa Park for just under two years, before moving on to West Ham United in July 2001. Scott’s record 2007 - Scott Carson set a new record for number of England Under-21’s caps, previously held by Jamie Carragher and Gareth Barry. He turned out for the 28th time in a 2-0 defeat of Serbia in a European Championships Finals group game in Nijmegen. He went on to claim 29 caps at this level in total, but this record has since been superseded by future red James Milner with 46 appearances at this level, who also featured in this game. Meanwhile, future red Alberto Aquilani struck his final goal at this level as Italy’s 3-1 defeat of the Czech Republic in Arnhem was not enough to take them through to the next stage. International exits 2002 - Ex-red Steve Staunton confirmed his retirement from international football, after winning his 102nd cap in the Republic of Ireland’s World Cup exit to Spain the night before. He said, “I don’t think my knee could handle a few more years of this to be honest.” 2012 - Christian Poulsen won his last cap as an Évian Thonon Gaillard player, coming off the bench as Denmark lost 2-1 to Germany in the European Championships Finals in Lviv, with Daniel Agger skippering the side. Ex-red Raul Meireles also featured in the tournament, as Portugal beat the Netherlands 2-1 in Kharkiv. 1984 - Midfield terrier Sammy Lee won his fourteenth and final England cap in their goalless friendly match in Chile. Future red John Barnes and ex-red Dave Watson both also featured. 1997 - Future red Mauricio Pellegrino made his third and final appearance for Argentina in their 1-1 Copa América draw with Paraguay in Bolivia. On the same day, Gérard Houllier and Christian Damiano took charge of France Under-20’s as they lost 3-0 to Brazil in a World Championships Finals group game in Malaysia. 2003 – Jon Otsemobor won his sixth and final cap for England Under-20’s as they lost 1-0 to Japan in the Toulon Tournament, with future red Andy Lonergan also in action. Reds in Europe 2008 – Dirk Kuyt, future red Alberto Aquilani and ex-red Nicolas Anelka all came off the bench in the European Championships in Switzerland. France lost 2-0 to Italy in Zurich while the Netherlands beat Romania 2-0 in Berne. This meant that the Dutch topped the group with maximum points while France finished bottom of the same group. Meanwhile, future red Luis Suárez played in a World Cup qualifier as Uruguay thumped Peru 6-0 in Montevideo. 2004 - Steven Gerrard was on target as an England side that also included Michael Owen and ex-red David James beat Switzerland 3-0 in a group game in Portugal. 2000 - Michael Owen faced Dietmar Hamann as Kevin Keegan’s England beat Germany 1-0 in their Euro 2000 fixture in Charleroi. Steven Gerrard won his second cap, coming on as a substitute for his clubmate on the hour mark. Future red Markus Babbel won his 51st and final cap in this game, while Christian Ziege made his final appearance for his country before his switch to Anfield, bringing him to 52 caps in total at this time. Future red Nick Barmby and ex-red Paul Ince both also featured. 1992 - Future red Torben Piechnik came off the bench in Denmark’s 2-1 win over France in Malmo, a result that took them through to the knock-out stages at the expense of their opponents. 2016 – Ex-reds loanee Nuri Şahin won his fiftieth cap for Turkey as they lost 3-0 to Spain in a group stage game in Nice. At the World Cup 2018 – Ex-red Philippe Coutinho scored as Brazil were held to a 1-1 draw by Switzerland in a group game in Russia, with Roberto Firmino and future reds Alisson Becker and Xherdan Shaqiri also featuring. 2014 – Future red Divock Origi faced ex-red Carl Medjani as Belgium beat Algeria 2-1 in a group game in Belo Horizonte. 2010 – Javier Mascherano skippered Argentina as they beat South Korea 4-1 in Johannesburg, with Maxi Rodríguez also in action. Sotirios Kyrgiakos played as Greece beat Nigeria 2-1 in Bloemfontein, while ex-red Nicolas Anelka featured in France’s 2-0 defeat by Mexico in Polokwane. 1994 - Future red Karl-Heinz Riedle appeared in Germany’s 1-0 defeat of Bolivia in Chicago, their opening game of the tournament. 1990 - Ray Houghton, Steve Staunton and ex-reds John Aldridge and Kevin Sheedy all played in the Republic of Ireland’s goalless draw with Egypt in Palermo. 1958 - Alan A’Court played as England lost 1-0 to the USSR in Gothenburg. 1998 - Future red Rigobert Song played in Cameroon’s 3-0 defeat by Italy in Montpellier. 2007 - Song also played for his country as they beat Rwanda 2-1 in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Garoua. 2002 - Ex-red Brad Friedel featured in the USA’s 2-0 win over Mexico in Jeonju, to set up a Quarter-final showdown with Germany. 1997 - He also played for his country in their 2-1 friendly defeat of Israel in Jacksonville. Emre on target 2015 – Emre Can scored his only goal for Germany Under-21’s as they drew 1-1 with Serbia in a European Championships Finals group game in Prague. Philippe Coutinho and future red Roberto Firmino both played for Brazil as they lost 1-0 to Colombia in a Copa América group game in Chile on the same day. On the move 2010 - Keeper Simon Mignolet joined Sunderland from Koninklijke Sint-Truidense Voetbalvereniging for £2m, having helped them to claim the Second Division title and being named as Belgian Goalkeeper of the Year as they avoided relegation. He had even managed to convert a penalty in his 104 senior games before moving to England. 1997 - Stéphane Henchoz joined Blackburn Rovers from Hamburger SV for £3m, joining forces again with Roy Hodgson whom he had worked with at Neuchâtel Xamax. He played 82 times for Rovers, failing to score, before he switched to Anfield for £3.5m in June 1999. 1938 - Centre-forward Fred Howe joined Manchester City. He had struck 36 goals in 94 outings since signing on a free transfer from Hyde United in March 1935. He bagged three reds trebles, including notching four times in our record 6-0 derby victory at Anfield in September 1935. Backroom changes 2005 - Argentine centre-half Mauricio Pellegrino was released after rarely impressing in his thirteen reds games, having signed from Valencia on a free transfer, five months previously. He had arrived at Anfield with an impressive reputation, having previously won the Spanish League three times and the UEFA Cup, as well as appearing in two Champions League Finals. He then returned to Spain to join Deportivo Alavés, but subsequently returned to join the reds’ backroom staff before following Rafael Benítez to Internazionale. 2004 - Coach Christian Damiano left Anfield after just one season with the reds. 2010 - Gary Ablett stepped down as Manager of Stockport County by mutual consent when new owners took charge after a full season spent in administration. 2013 - Andy Hughes was appointed as the club’s Chief Financial Officer. Youngsters on the world stage 2005 - Future red Nabil El Zhar featured in the World Championships Finals as Morocco Under-20’s beat Chile 1-0 in a group stage game in Utrecht, to take them into the last sixteen. They eventually made it as far as the Semi-finals. 2001 – Future red Maxi Rodríguez netted the first goal of the same competition as Argentina beat Finland 2-0 in the same tournament in Buenos Aires, with Daniel Sjölund on the losing side. Future red Kolo Touré played for Ivory Coast on the same day as they drew an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier 2-2 with Egypt in Abidjan. In the army now 1975 - Bruce Grobbelaar joined the Rhodesian army. He went on to operate as a scout, tracking the movements and dodgi22ng the bullets of Robert Mugabe’s guerrilla fighters. Also in South Africa 2009 - Xabi Alonso and Fernando Torres both featured in Spain’s 1-0 victory over Iraq in a Confederations Cup group game in Bloemfontein. Bellers wed 2006 - Craig Bellamy married Claire Jensen in the Vale of Glamorgan, just five days before he signed for the reds. Also in international action 2017 – Marko Grujić faced future red Diogo Jota as Portugal Under-21’s beat Serbia 2-0 in a European Championships Finals group game in Poland. 2021 – Roberto Firmino reached a half century of caps as host nation Brazil beat Peru 4-0 in a Copa América group game in Rio de Janeiro, with Fabinho also featuring. Gini Wijnaldum captained the Netherlands in their 2-0 defeat of Austria in a European Championship Finals group game in Amsterdam, while future red Luis Díaz was sent off as Venezuela held Colombia to a goalless draw in the same group as Brazil.
  20. Will

    9th June

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

    19th June

    Andy off 2013 – Centre-forward Andy Carroll was sold to West Ham United for £15.5m, their record fee paid. He had spent the previous season on loan at Upton Park after netting eleven goals in 58 games since arriving at Anfield from Newcastle United for a club record £35m in January 2011. He notched 34 times in 142 outings for the Irons before being released at the end of last season. Czech mates at Anfield again 1996 - The Czech Republic drew 3-3 with Russia in their Euro ‘96 match at Anfield. Patrik Berger and Vladimír Šmicer both played at their future club ground for the second time in the tournament, with Vlad grabbing his first full international goal right at the death to ensure his country’s passage to the Quarter-finals after they had previously led 2-0. On the same day, future red Christian Ziege featured as Germany and Italy played out a goalless draw at Old Trafford. Milan on target 2004 - Milan Baroš scored in his fourth consecutive international game as the Czech Republic beat the Netherlands 3-2 in a Euro 2004 game in Aveiro. Vladimír Šmicer grabbed the late winner. Meanwhile, Dietmar Hamann featured as Germany were held to a goalless draw by Latvia in Porto, and future red Momo Sissoko played as Mali drew 1-1 with Zambia in a World Cup qualifier in Bamako. 2008 – Future red Raul Meireles played as Portugal lost 3-2 to Germany in the Quarter-final of the European Championships in Basel. On the same day, ex-red Mark González featured in Chile’s 3-2 World Cup qualifying win in Venezuela. Other international goalscorers 2021 – Diogo Jota netted as Portugal lost 4-2 to Germany in a European Championship Finals group game in Munich, with ex-red Emre Can on the winning side. Ex-red Péter Gulácsi played as Hungary drew 1-1 with France in another group game in Budapest. 2014 – Luis Suárez scored his last two goals as a reds player as Uruguay beat England 2-1 in a World Cup group game in São Paulo. Roy Hodgson’s side included skipper Steven Gerrard, Jordan Henderson, Glen Johnson, Rickie Lambert, Raheem Sterling, Daniel Sturridge and future red Adam Lallana, with Sebastián Coates also featuring for the South Americans. 2013 – Future red Mario Balotelli converted a penalty as Italy beat Japan 4-3 in their Confederations Cup group game in Brazil, with ex-red Alberto Aquilani also in action. 2009 – Balotelli also struck as Italy Under-21’s beat Sweden 2-1 in a European Championships Finals group game in Helsingborg, as well as being dismissed. 1999 - Future red Igor Bišcan scored his only full international goal, while winning his fourth cap, as Croatia drew 1-1 in South Korea in a Korea Cup game. Zico at the wrong end 1983 - Phil Neal scored an own goal for England as they drew 1-1 with Australia in Melbourne, in the third game of their summer tour down under. Sammy Lee and future reds John Barnes and Paul Walsh all also featured. Also at the World Cup 2006 - Future red Fernando Torres bagged a brace as Spain beat Tunisia 3-1 in a group game in Stuttgart, with Xabi Alonso and Luis García also playing. Future red Andriy Voronin featured in the Ukraine’s 4-0 defeat of Saudi Arabia in Hamburg, with another future red, Philipp Degen, playing for Switzerland as they beat Togo 2-0 in Dortmund. 2010 – Ex-red Harry Kewell was sent off as Australia drew 1-1 with Ghana in Rustenburg. Daniel Agger and future red Christian Poulsen played in Denmark’s 2-1 defeat of Cameroon in Pretoria, while Dirk Kuyt featured as the Netherlands beat Japan 1-0 in Durban. 2018 – Mohamed Salah converted a spot-kick as Egypt lost 3-1 to Russia in Saint Petersburg, with Sadio Mané captaining Senegal in their 2-1 defeat of Poland in Moscow. 1998 – Future red Fernando Morientes played as Spain were held to a goalless draw by Paraguay in St. Étienne. 1994 - Stig Inge Bjørnebye and future red Øyvind Leonhardsen played in Norway’s 1-0 win over Mexico in Washington DC, their opening game of this tournament. Meanwhile, future red Rigobert Song featured as Cameroon drew 2-2 with Sweden in their opening game in Pasadena. This was the only point they gained in that tournament. 2003 - Song, by then an ex-red, also played for Cameroon as they beat Brazil 1-0 in the Confederations Cup at the Stade de France. 2005 - He also played in a 1-0 defeat of Libya in a World Cup qualifier in Yaoundé. Meanwhile, Sotirios Kyrgiakos played for Greece as they lost 1-0 to Japan in the Confederations Cup in Frankfurt, with fellow future red Kolo Touré appearing as Ivory Coast beat Egypt 2-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Abidjan. 2017 – Emre Can featured in the Confederations Cup in Russia as Germany beat Australia 3-2 in Sochi. 2019 – Keeper Kamil Grabara played as Poland Under-21’s beat host nation Italy 1-0 in a European Championships Finals group game, with future red Luis Díaz featuring as Colombia beat Qatar 1-0 in a Copa América group game in São Paulo. 2011 – Raheem Sterling was on target as England Under-17’s beat Rwanda 2-0 in a World Championships Finals group game in Mexico, with clubmates Adam Morgan and Brad Smith also featuring. On the same day, Jordan Henderson played for England Under-21’s in their 2-1 defeat by the Czech Republic in their European Championships Finals group encounter in Denmark, with future red Daniel Sturridge winning his fifteenth and last cap at this level. Future red Thiago Alcântara also played in the same competition as Spain beat Ukraine 3-0. Boss at the World Cup 1954 - Andy Beattie managed Scotland as they lost 7-0 to Uruguay in a World Cup group game in Switzerland. This was the last game of his first spell in charge of the national side. Beattie had guested with the reds during the war, and later joined the backroom staff at Anfield after a successful management career. Happy birthday 1997 – Midfielder Sheyi Ojo was born in Hemel Hempstead. He signed from MK Dons in November 2011 for a reported £2m. He has so far struck once in thirteen senior reds games since making his debut in January 2016, spending most of his time out on loan. Also in Europe 2016 – Future red Xherdan Shaqiri played as Switzerland shared a goalless draw with host nation France at the European Championships Finals. Keith the boss 1993 - Keith Burkinshaw was appointed Manager of West Bromwich Albion. He was only in charge for sixteen months, keeping them in the First Division on goal difference in his one full season. On the move 2005 - Jamie Redknapp was released by Southampton after seventeen appearances under the management of his father, as they failed in their fight against relegation. 2015 – Future keeper Andy Lonergan signed for Fulham, having been released by Bolton Wanderers. He played 31 times before moving on to Wolverhampton Wanderers in June 2016. International first and lasts 1993 - Abel Xavier won his third senior cap, his first one as an SL Benfica player. Portugal beat Malta 4-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Porto. On the same day, future red Nigel Clough won his fourteenth and final cap for England. He played alongside John Barnes and future red Paul Ince, coming face to face with another Anfield-bound pair, Karl-Heinz Riedle and Christian Ziege, as England lost 2-1 to Germany in the US Cup in Detroit. Meanwhile, future red Brad Friedel kept goal as the USA lost 2-0 to Ecuador in the Copa América in Quito. 2012 - Alou Diarra represented France for the final time while with Olympique de Marseille as they lost 2-0 to Sweden in the European Championships Finals in Ukraine. Meanwhile, Steven Gerrard skippered an England side managed by Roy Hodgson that also included Andy Carroll, Glen Johnson and future reds James Milner and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain as they beat the host nation 1-0 in the same group. Announcements 2009 – The club announced that Academy Director of Recruitment Malcolm Elias was leaving the club after three years in the role. It was also revealed that the reserves would play at Tranmere Rovers’ ground Prenton Park from the following season. Also in international action 1920 – Jack Bamber and Ephraim Longworth both played for England as they beat South Africa in an FA Tour game in Durban. 1995 – Roy Hodgson took charge of a Switzerland side that include future red Stéphane Henchoz as they lost 1-0 to Italy in the SFV Centenary Tournament in Lausanne. 1997 – Gérard Houllier and Christian Damiano took charge of France Under-20’s as they beat South Korea 4-2 in a World Championships Finals group game in Malaysia.
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    4th February

    Farewell to a legend 1978 - Ian Callaghan made his 640th and final League appearance, almost eighteen years after his debut. Unfortunately, this came in a 1-0 reverse at Coventry City. His final ever reds appearance came eight weeks later, in our European Cup Semi-final first leg at Borussia Mönchengladbach. Seven-ton Stevie 2015 – Steven Gerrard played his 700th reds game as we came from behind to win 2-1 at Bolton Wanderers in our FA Cup Fourth Round replay. Eiður Guðjohnsen opened the scoring from the spot after an hour, the last of his four goals against us, before Neil Danns was sent off for the Trotters. However, Raheem Sterling and Philippe Coutinho both struck late on past future reds keeper Andy Lonergan to send us through. We made it as far as Wembley Semi-final that season. 1920 – We beat Bolton Wanderers 2-0 in a top-flight match at Anfield that also counted towards the Lancashire Senior Cup, with inside-forward Harry Lewis bagging a brace. 1933 - We were held to a 3-3 draw at Burnden Park with Harold Taylor netting his first reds goal. Harold Barton also scored with Bob Done converting a spot-kick. Jack Milsom struck one of his seven goals past the reds, with Ray Westwood nabbing one of his nine and Willie Cook also on target. Signing on 1992 - István Kozma was signed from Dunfermline Athletic for £300,000. He was one of Graeme Souness’s least successful signings, making just ten first-team appearances in two seasons at Anfield, before returning to his native Hungary in June 1993. 1921 – Keeper Frank Mitchell signed from Everton for £1,250. He played eighteen times before joining Tranmere Rovers in June 1923 after failing to permanently displace the great Elisha Scott. Babb off 1995 - A Robbie Fowler goal gave us a 1-1 draw at Nottingham Forest, our most recent game on this day. Phil Babb was sent off for a professional foul on Steve Stone. Future red Stan Collymore had opened the scoring with the first of his three goals against us. 1925 - We also travelled to the City Ground, when Jock McNab grabbed the only goal of the game. Youngsters see off the Shrews 2020 – Ro-Shaun Williams diverted a Neco Williams cross into his own net for the only goal of the game as the youngest ever side in the club’s history, aged nineteen years and 102 days, beat League One side Shrewsbury Town in our FA Cup Fourth Round replay at Anfield. Under-23’s Coach Neil Critchley took charge of a team captained by Curtis Jones, becoming our youngest ever skipper at the age of nineteen and five days, with the first team taking the inaugural Premier League winter break. Midfielders Jake Cain and Elijah Dixon-Bonner, forward Joe Hardy and left-back Adam Lewis all debuted with forward Liam Millar making his only senior appearance, as defender Ki-Jana Hoever played his fourth and last reds game. Stalemates galore This day has proven to be a day of draws in our history, with nine of our 22 first-class matches ending in stalemate, including four of the last seven. 2019 – We were held 1-1 by West Ham United at the London Stadium. Sadio Mané opened the scoring, with Michail Antonio equalising inside half an hour, the latest of his five goals past us to date. This cut our lead at the top of the table to three points. 1984 - Our game at Sunderland ended goalless. 1967 - We also drew there, with Ron Yeats and Peter Thompson netting. John O’Hare struck the first of his six goals past us, with Bobby Kerr also scoring. 1989 - Goals from strike partners John Aldridge and Ian Rush helped us to a share of the points at Newcastle United. 1961 - Our most recent victory on this day was a 3-2 Second Division win at Sc***horpe United. Kevin Lewis, Jimmy Melia and Tommy Leishman were on target for the reds with Joe Bonson bagging his fifth and last goal against us and Barrie Thomas also netting. Derby despair 1939 - We lost the Anfield derby 3-0, with Tommy Lawton bagging two of his six goals past us to add to Stan Bentham’s goal. This win put the Blues back on top of the table, as they went on to claim the title for the fifth time that season. 2009 – Steven Gerrard had to go off injured after a quarter of an hour, with Lucas Leiva sent off in the second half as we went on to lose 1-0 at Goodison in our FA Cup Fourth Round Replay after extra time. Young substitute Dan Gosling bagged the winner with just two minutes remaining. We have also faced the Blues two more times in FA Cup action on this day in history, with Jack Parkinson on target in both encounters. 1905 - We were held to a 1-1 draw at Anfield in a First Round tie and were then unfortunately knocked out in the replay. 1911 - We lost 2-1 in the Second Round at Goodison Park with Sandy Young grabbing the last two of his twelve derby goals. Most recently 2017 – We lost 2-0 at Hull City’s KCOM Stadium, thanks to goals from Alfred N’Diaye and future Blue Oumar Niasse. 2018 – Mohamed Salah bagged a brace as we were held to a 2-2 draw at Anfield by Tottenham Hotspur. We took the lead early on, holding this until ten minutes from time when Victor Wanyama equalised. Loris Karius saved a penalty from Harry Kane. Salah gave us a stoppage-time lead, but there was still time for Kane to convert a spot-kick, one of his seven goals past us to date. God on the move 2009 - Robbie Fowler signed for North Queensland Fury, who play in the Australian A-League. He bagged nine goals in 26 outings before moving on to Perth Glory. Red debuts 1928 - We suffered our first home League defeat to West Ham United when Dick Edmed was on target from the spot as we lost 3-1, with forward Bob Clark making his debut. Jimmy Ruffell bagged two of his four strikes past the reds, with Vic Watson nabbing one of his nine goals against us. 1954 - Forward Derek Brownbill was born in Liverpool. He only made one senior reds appearance, in a 1-1 draw at Birmingham City in September 1973, when he was replaced by our goalscorer, Brian Hall. After leaving Anfield in February 1975, he played more than 140 League games for Port Vale and Wigan Athletic, before emigrating to the USA to play for Cleveland Cobras. Mixed fortunes against the Potters We twice entertained Stoke on this day at the end of the nineteenth century. 1893 - We lost a friendly meeting 2-1, with John Miller on target. 1899 – Bill Goldie netted the only goal of our First Division encounter. International bows 1922 - Long-serving reds left-back Donald McKinlay won the first of his two caps for Scotland in a 2-1 defeat by Wales in the British International Championships in Wrexham. Right-half Maurice Parry made his international bow for the home side in the same game, while ex-red Ken Campbell was in the Scotland goal. 1928 – Elisha Scott played for Northern Ireland as they lost 2-1 to Wales in Belfast. Africans on target 2002 - Future reds Salif Diao and El-Hadji Diouf both scored in Senegal’s 2-0 African Cup of Nations Quarter-final defeat of DR Congo in Mali, with this being Diao’s first strike for his country. Meanwhile, ex-red Rigobert Song captained Cameroon in their 1-0 win over Egypt. 2006 - Song and future red Kolo Touré both converted in a penalty shoot-out after Cameroon’s Quarter-final with Ivory Coast in Cairo ended in a 1-1 draw. Song skippered his country to a 12-11 victory on penalties. 2008 - Rigobert was captain again as they beat Tunisia 3-2 after extra time to reach the Semi-finals once more. 2012 – Future red Touré played in the Ivory Coast’s 3-0 defeat of host nation Equatorial Guinea in a Quarter-final in Malabo. 2015 – Touré featured again as Ivory Coast beat Congo DR 3-1 in the Semi-final in Equatorial Guinea. Almost in charge 2008 - Steve Staunton was appointed Assistant Manager of Leeds United under Gary McAllister. He remained at Elland Road for ten months, leaving in the wake of Gary Mac’s sacking. 2010 – Ex-reds coach Paco Herrera was appointed Manager of Villarreal reserves, but only stayed in the role for four months. Final caps 2000 - Reserves forward Haukur Ingi Gudnason won his third and final cap as a reds player, as a substitute in a 3-2 Nordic Cup defeat of the Faroe Islands in La Manga. 1992 - Øyvind Leonhardsen won his last cap as a Molde player, his eleventh in total, as Norway beat Bermuda 3-1 in a friendly in Hamilton. Fellow future red Stig Inge Bjørnebye also played. 1976 - Joey Jones won his fourth and final Under-23’s cap for Wales, and only one as a red, in their 3-2 defeat by Scotland in Wrexham. Future red Alan Hansen won his third and last cap at this level as a substitute in the same game. Other reds games 1956 – We won a Second Division match 2-1 at Middlesbrough despite falling behind to the last of Lindy Delapenha’s four goals against the reds. John Evans and Billy Liddell scored our goals. 1950 – We drew 2-2 at Derby County with Billy Liddell and Albert Stubbins on target. John Morris scored one of his seven goals past us, with Billy Steel bagging the last of his four. 1922 – Harry Chambers netted twice as we won 2-0 at Birmingham City. Award winners 2008 - Kenny Dalglish won the Bill Shankly Memorial award from the Liverpool Echo at the Echo Arena. 2013 - Centre-half Martin Škrtel was named Slovakia’s Player of the Year for 2012, winning this award for the fourth time. On the move 2019 - Norwich City announced that former Academy midfielder Adam Phillips' contract had been cancelled by mutual consent. He moved on to Burnley six months later. 2021 – Defender Jarell Quansah signed pro terms with the reds. He has captained the Under-18’s, making it onto the first-team bench on two occasions so far. Also in international action 2016 – Future red Rafael Camacho scored for Portugal Under-16’s as they drew a friendly 3-3 with Germany in Vila Real, before triumphing 5-4 on penalties. 2009 – Emiliano Insúa skippered Argentina as they lost 2-1 to Uruguay in a final phase game at the Sudamericano Sub-20 “Juventud de América” in Venezuela. On the same day, Sami Hyypiä captained Finland as they were thumped 5-1 in a friendly in Japan, with ex-red Jari Litmanen also featuring. 1996 – Future red Vegard Heggem played for Norway Under-21’s in their 2-1 defeat by the USA in Jacksonville, Florida.
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    14th February

    R.I.P. Bob Paisley 1996 - The most successful manager in the English game, Bob Paisley, died aged 77. He led us to six League titles, three European Cups, UEFA Cup, UEFA Super Cup, three League Cups and five FA Charity Shields in his nine years in charge. R.I.P. Bob. 2020 – Outside-right Brian Jackson died. He signed from Leyton Orient in November 1951 for £6,500 and forward Don Woan. He netted eleven times in 133 reds games before joining Port Vale for £1,700 in July 1958. 1942 - Inside-forward Edgar Chadwick died. He had won the League with Everton in 1891, and joined Burnley aged thirty. He top scored with ten goals as they were relegated to the Second Division, before moving on to Southampton in the Southern League. As Burnley still held his Football League registration, the reds had to pay the Clarets £35 in May 1902. However, he only managed 45 reds appearances, netting seven times, and later had a successful career as a coach in Germany and the Netherlands, including guiding the Dutch national side to bronze medals in the 1908 and 1912 Olympics. Happy birthday Kev 1951 - Kevin Keegan was born in Armthorpe, Yorkshire. He arrived for £33,000 from Sc***horpe United in May 1971 and netted exactly a century of goals in 323 reds games, helping to fire us to the European Cup, three League titles, two UEFA Cups and an FA Cup before moving to Hamburger SV for £500,000 in June 1977. 1975 - Ex-reds reserves midfielder Phil Charnock was born in Southport. He became our youngest ever player in Europe when he came on as a substitute against Apollon Limassol in September 1992, only playing two senior games in total before moving to Crewe Alexandra in December 1986. 1872 – Forward Gerald Dewhurst was born in London. He only played one reds game, guesting for us as we beat Crewe Alexandra 2-0 in a Second Division fixture in March 1894, while remaining an amateur player with Corinthians. 1999 – Winger Bobby Adekanye was born in Ibadan, Nigeria. He arrived from Barcelona in the summer of 2015, playing regularly for the Under-23’s before moving to S.S. Lazio to July 2019. 2005 – Left-back Calum Scanlon was born in Birmingham. He signed from Birmingham City in February 2021, turning pro in March 2022. Trebles galore We have been treated to a number of hat-tricks on this day over the years. 2018 - Sadio Mané netted three times as we trounced Porto 5-0 in the first leg of our UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first leg in Portugal. Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah also struck, with the Egyptian reaching thirty goals in his debut season. 1998 - Michael Owen notched a treble in a 3-3 draw at Sheffield Wednesday. Benito Carbone, Paolo Di Canio and Andy Hinchcliffe struck for the Owls. Our previous two fixtures on this day also witnessed hat-tricks. 1994 - Matt Le Tissier struck the last three of his seven goals past us, including two penalties, in Southampton’s 4-2 League win at The Dell, with the home side racing into a four-goal lead, as his first goal came after just 28 seconds. Julian Dicks converted a penalty after the snow fell, with Ian Rush also on target in what was Alan Ball’s first home game in charge of the Saints. Craig Maskell also netted for the Saints. 1987 - Rush scored his sixteenth and final reds hat-trick to help secure a 4-3 League win over Leicester City at Anfield, with Paul Walsh also on the scoresheet. Alan Smith struck two of his nine goals against the reds, with Craig Johnston putting through his own net. 1931 - Another red scored a hat-trick at Hillsborough, as Gordon Hodgson notched four times, including a penalty, in our 5-3 League win over Sheffield Wednesday, with Dave Wright also on target. Jack Ball bagged two of his four goals against the reds, with George Stephenson netting one of his four past us. Also recently 2016 – We thumped relegation-bound Aston Villa 6-0 at Villa Park, with Daniel Sturridge and James Milner on target in the first half. Emre Can, Divock Origi and Nathaniel Clyne all also struck before veteran centre-half headed in his only reds goal. 2015 – We won our FA Cup Fifth Round tie 2-1 at Crystal Palace. Fraizer Campbell scored the most recent of his four goals against us to date after a quarter of an hour, with Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana both notching in the second half. Dick’s birthday 1904 - Outside-right Dick Edmed was born in Gillingham. He signed from his hometown club for £1,800 in January 1926 and netted 46 times in 170 reds games before joining Bolton Wanderers in May 1932. He died on his eightieth birthday. Into the final 1978 - We held Arsenal to a goalless draw at Highbury in our League Cup Semi-final second leg to progress 2-1 on aggregate. However, we lost the Final to Nottingham Forest, after a replay. 1984 - We reached our fourth consecutive Final in the competition, winning the second leg of our Semi-final 2-0 at Third Division Walsall thanks to goals from Ian Rush and Ronnie Whelan, to go through 4-2 on aggregate. Unfortunately, seventeen travelling supporters needed hospital treatment when a barrier crumpled in the away end, with the game having to be delayed by a quarter of an hour. Beating the Gunners 2006 - Luis García grabbed the only goal of the game in the dying minutes after Jens Lehmann had beaten out Didi Hamann’s long-range effort, to defeat Arsenal at Anfield in our Premiership encounter. Lehmann had saved a spot-kick from Steven Gerrard in the first half, while Jamie Carragher was playing his 400th reds game. On the same day, young Argentinean centre-back Gabriel Paletta agreed to join the reds from Club Atlético Banfield for £2m. He had to wait until July to arrive, featuring just eight times for the first team before returning to his native land to join Boca Juniors in August 2007. Ged honoured 2002 - Gérard Houllier was given a special UEFA award following our remarkable five-trophy haul in 2001. On the way out 2013 – We lost 2-0 at Zenit St. Petersburg in the first leg of our UEFA Europa League Round of 32 tie, with Hulk and Sergei Semak netting as we missed a host of chances. We won the Anfield return 3-1 but were knocked out on the away goals rule. Bamber off the mark 1920 - Left-half Jack Bamber struck the first of his two reds goals as we beat Blackburn Rovers 3-0 at Anfield, with Harry Chambers adding a brace. Up against the Geordies We have twice faced Newcastle United on this day in history, without losing. 1925 - We were held to a 1-1 draw at Anfield in a top-flight encounter, with Dick Forshaw on the scoresheet. Jock McNab, Walter Wadsworth and United’s Tommy Urwin were all dismissed! 1948 - We won a friendly 3-0 in front of 44,830 fans at St. James’ Park, with Billy Liddell, Kevin Baron and Willie Fagan on target. Ex-Magpie Albert Stubbins missed a penalty. Beginnings and ends 1981 - Kevin Sheedy made the first of only five reds appearances in a 2-2 draw at home to Birmingham City, before his departure across Stanley Park. David Johnson and Phil Neal scored for the reds as we led 2-0. Ray Kennedy had to step in as an emergency centre-half for this game due to an injury crisis. 1959 - Forward Bobby Murdoch played his nineteenth and final reds game as we lost a Second Division match 3-0 at Cardiff City. He moved on to Barrow seven months later. Derek Tapscott struck two of his six goals past us, with Brayley Reynolds netting one of his seven against the reds. Milestone goal 1914 – Tom Miller struck either side of a first-half brace by George Lillycrop, which was our thousandth goal in top-flight football, as we lost 2-1 at Bolton Wanderers with forward Jack Parkinson playing his 219th and last reds game. Zico on the way out 1995 - Phil Neal was sacked as Manager of Coventry City. He had been in charge for sixteen months, only losing twenty of his 67 games in charge. His major legacy to the club was selling Phil Babb to the reds, and signing Dion Dublin, as well as ex-red Mike Marsh. Lacey for Ireland 1914 - Billy Lacey struck twice past ex-reds keeper Sam Hardy, his only goals for his country as a reds player and last for the Ireland side as they beat England 3-0 in a British International Championships game at Ayresome Park. 1919 - Lacey also played for his country in a 2-2 draw with Wales in Belfast in the same competition, and later represented both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Harry’s bow 1925 - Ex-red Harry Beadles won the first of his two caps for Wales as they lost 3-1 to Scotland in the British International Championships at Tynecastle. Kenny against the mighty Emlyn 1973 - Emlyn Hughes lined up against future clubmate Kenny Dalglish as England thumped Scotland 5-0 in a friendly at Hampden Park. 1979 - Avi Cohen won his last cap in his first spell as a Maccabi Tel Aviv player as Israel beat Greece 4-1 in a friendly in Tel-Aviv. Youngsters in action 2002 – Future red Alberto Aquilani won his first cap for Italy Under-18’s in their 3-2 defeat by Germany. On the same day, Jon Otsemobor and John Welsh made debuted for England Under-19’s in their 3-1 friendly defeat of Germany at Portman Road, with future red Andy Lonergan winning his second and last cap at this level and fellow future red Glen Johnson also featuring. 2001 – Aquilani featured for the Under-16’s as they thumped Greece 4-0. Chris McGrath, Darren Potter and future red Yossi Benayoun also played for their countries that day. 2010 – Conor Coady captained England Under-17’s as they beat Ukraine 3-0 in the Algarve Tournament, with Jack Robinson, Andre Wisdom and future red Conor Thomas also in action. Other reds games 1953 – We beat West Bromwich Albion 3-0 at Anfield, thanks to goals from Billy Liddell, Jimmy Payne and Sammy Smyth. 1903 – Arthur Goddard netted twice as we won 2-1 at Notts County. On the move 2016 – Ex-reds Assistant Manager Pako Ayestarán joined Valencia's coaching staff, taking over as boss after Gary Neville’s sacking the following month. 2015 – Ex-reserves midfielder Craig Roddan signed for Northern Premier League side Witton Albion, being released after eleven months. On the same day, future red Bobby Adekanye played for the Dutch Under-16’s in their 1-0 friendly defeat in Portugal with future red Ozan Kabak featuring for Turkey Under-15’s as they drew 0-0 with their Dutch counterparts in Side. 2012 - Sammy Lee was appointed Head of Academy Coaching at Bolton Wanderers. On the same day, reserves right-winger Toni Silva joined Northampton Town on loan, going on to score once in fifteen games for the Cobblers. 2011 - Hungarian forward András Simon signed for Dutch side S.B.V. Excelsior, but he only played once before joining Győri ETO in July 2011. 2002 – Centre-back Kolo Touré joined Arsenal from ASEC Mimosas in his native Ivory Coast for just £150,000 after a short trial. He helped them to claim the League title without losing a game in 2004, as well as the FA Cup and two FA Community Shields, one being at our expense. He scored fourteen goals in 326 games for the Gunners. 1997 - Ex-loanee keeper Mark Prudhoe joined York City on loan from Stoke City. He only played twice for the Minstermen before returning to the Victoria Ground. Michael the romantic 2004 - Michael Owen got engaged to Louise Bonsall. She had given birth to their first daughter, Gemma Rose, the previous year. On the same day, future red Ragnar Klavan played for the senior Estonian side as they beat the Belarus Under-23’s 2-1 in Malta.
  24. Divock at the treble 2015 – Forward Divock Origi bagged a hat-trick, his first reds goals, as we thumped Southampton 6-1 in a League Cup Fifth Round tie on the south coast. Future red Sadio Mané had given the home side a very early lead but a brace from Daniel Sturridge put us ahead. Jordon Ibe was also on target after the break as we headed towards Wembley. 2018 – Divock Origi pounced on a Jordan Pickford error to hand us victory in the Anfield derby in the sixth minute of second-half stoppage time, having already hit the crossbar from close range late in the game. Stevie again 2007 - Steven Gerrard converted a penalty to score in his sixth consecutive home game as we thumped Bolton Wanderers 4-0 in a Premiership fixture at Anfield. Sami Hyypiä headed our hundredth home League goal against the Trotters to open the scoring, before ex-red Nicolas Anelka missed an open goal. Fernando Torres and Ryan Babel were also on target. An away win at last 2006 - Craig Bellamy bagged a brace at the JJB Stadium as we won away from home in the League for the first time that season, at the eighth time of asking. Our other goals in a 4-0 defeat of Wigan Athletic came from Dirk Kuyt and a Lee McCulloch own goal, with all the goals coming in the opening period. Happy birthdays 1960 - Nigel Spackman was born in Romsey. He signed from Chelsea for £400,000 in February 1987 and made 63 first-team appearances without scoring before moving to Queens Park Rangers for £500,000 in February 1989, after losing his place to Ronnie Whelan. He won a League title medal in his one full season at Anfield. 1953 - Former Chief Scout and joint Reserve Team Manager Paco Herrera was born in Spain. He joined the Melwood coaching staff in July 2004, having formerly managed with Merida and Albacete Balompié. He returned to his native land in the summer of 2006, where he is still coaching. Walker’s woe 1996 - Michael Thomas put us ahead in a live televised League game at Tottenham Hotspur. Shortly after the break a tame Steve McManaman effort hit a divot in front of Spurs’ keeper Ian Walker and flew into the net as we won 2-0. Cue travelling Kopites singing ‘England’s number one’, just as they had done to Tim Flowers in similar circumstances at Blackburn Rovers ten months earlier! Babbel’s first 2000 - Markus Babbel bagged his first League goal as we beat Charlton Athletic 3-0 at Anfield, to add to a Mark Fish own goal and an Emile Heskey strike. Nicky’s debut 1989 - Nicky Tanner made his reds bow as we won 4-1 at managerless Manchester City, with Ian Rush grabbing a brace and future City players Peter Beardsley and Steve McMahon also netting. Kenny Dalglish was left with an injury headache after the game as Gary Gillespie and Steve Staunton both limped off, to join John Barnes, David Burrows, Alan Hansen, Steve Nicol and Barry Venison in the treatment room. 1893 - We also faced City, when they were still known as Ardwick. David Henderson, Hugh McQueen and James Stott struck as we won this Second Division match 3-0. Most recently 2017 – We thumped Brighton & Hove Albion 5-1 at their American Express Community Stadium. Emre Can headed in the opener, with Roberto Firmino adding a brace before Glenn Murray pulled a goal back from the spot. However, Philippe Coutinho added a late fourth from a free-kick before Lewis Dunk deflected a Coutinho strike into his own net. 2014 – We beat Leicester City 3-1 at their King Power Stadium, despite falling behind when Leonardo Ulloa’s strike rebounded off the post and Simon Mignolet for an own goal. Adam Lallana, Steven Gerrard and Jordan Henderson were all on target, with the Foxes having Wes Morgan sent off. A rare defeat 1922 - We suffered our only home First Division defeat of the season as Newcastle United won 2-0. However, we went on to claim the title for the third time that year. On the move 1975 - Phil Boersma left Anfield to join Middlesbrough for £72,000, after thirty goals in 120 games. 1997 - Dean Saunders joined Sheffield United from fellow First Division side Nottingham Forest on a free transfer. He struck 22 times in 55 games for the Blades before rejoining former boss Graeme Souness at SL Benfica. 1998 - Former reserves keeper Michael Stensgaard signed for Southampton from F.C. København on a free transfer. He never made a senior appearance and returned to Denmark the following summer. 2017 – Midfielder Momo Sissoko signed for Club Atlético de San Luis, notching once in thirteen League outings during his one campaign in Mexico. 2020 – Keeper Andy Lonergan signed for Stoke City, having spent the previous season on loan at Anfield. He only made one senior appearance for the Potters. Romanian stalemate 2010 – We drew 1-1 at Steaua Bucureşti to ensure top spot in our UEFA Europa League group, with Milan Jovanović heading in his second and final reds goal. Another debut 1899 - Inside-right David Wilson made the first of just two reds appearances as we lost 2-1 at Burnley, with John Walker grabbing our consolation. Billy Bowes bagged the last of his four goals past us, with John Miller also netting. Mixed fortunes against the Saints and Villains 1905 - We beat Aston Villa 3-0 at home with Jack Cox and Joe Hewitt adding to a Howard Spencer own goal, as reds keeper Sam Hardy saved a William Garratty penalty. 1911 - We were trounced 5-0 at Villa Park in another top-flight encounter, the third time we had gone down by that score at Villa. Ex-red Bert Goode bagged a brace, with Charlie Wallace also netting twice and Joe Bache nabbing one of his nine goals against the reds. 1995 - Stan Collymore struck after ten appearances without a goal as we were held to a 1-1 draw by Southampton at Anfield, with Neil Shipperley putting the Saints ahead. 1961 - We lost 2-0 at The Dell in our Second Division encounter. Disappointment against the Gunners We have faced Arsenal four times in the First Division on this day in history, without winning. 1933 - Sam English struck as we lost 2-1 at Highbury, with Joe Hulme bagging one of his ten goals past us and Jimmy Dunne netting the last of his eleven against us. 1975 - Phil Neal converted two penalties as we drew 2-2 at Anfield, with ex-Blue Alan Ball also scoring from the spot, the last of his eleven goals against the reds. Brian Kidd also scored one of his six goals past us. We have subsequently lost twice at Highbury without scoring. 1978 - We lost 1-0 when Ray Clemence misjudged a Frank Stapleton cross, with Ray Kennedy’s clearance rebounding off David Price into the net. 1990 – We went down 3-0, our first defeat in 23 League games, and the first time in 28 fixtures that we had failed to score. Paul Merson nabbed one of his seven strikes against the reds, with Alan Smith netting the last of his nine past us and Lee Dixon converting a penalty. Brum beaten twice We have twice beaten Birmingham City at Anfield on this day over the years. 1972 - We won a seven-goal top-flight thriller with Peter Cormack and John Toshack on target for the reds, adding to an Alec Lindsay brace. Recent first team coach Mike Kelly was in the Blues’ goal that day. Bob Latchford struck the first of his five goals against the reds, with Gordon Taylor nabbing one of his four past us and Bobby Hope also on target. 1980 - Kenny Dalglish, Terry McDermott and David Johnson gave us a 3-1 Fifth Round League Cup win as we edged closer to winning the trophy for the first time. Wartime derby joy 1916 - Inside-forward Arthur Metcalf scored in his fourth consecutive game as we beat Everton 2-1 at Anfield, with Thomas Bennett also on target. 1939 - We also entertained the Blues, with Berry Nieuwenhuys and Willie Fagan, from the spot, netting in a 2-2 draw. Big wins 1944 - We thumped Chester 6-0 in a Wartime League fixture, with Berry Nieuwenhuys and Phil Taylor both bagging braces to add to goals from Don Welsh and Bill Kinghorn. 1895 - We beat a Wrexham & District side 5-0 in a testimonial match for Wrexham Secretary and ex-captain Arthur Lea, with Bill Keech and James Holmes each netting twice and Frank Becton also on target. Missing out 2008 - Fernando Torres was voted into third in the Ballon d’Or award, with Steven Gerrard coming in ninth. The trophy was claimed by Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo. Shannon’s farewell 2007 – Centre-forward Les Shannon died, with “You’ll Never Walk Alone” being played at his funeral. He signed professional terms in November 1944, having to wait until April 1948 to make his reds bow. He bagged just one goal in eleven games, as well as six in fifteen wartime appearances, moving on to Burnley in November 1949. He is the father of recent Under-16’s coach Dave Shannon. Other reds games 1967 – Tony Hateley struck as we drew 1-1 at Fulham after Allan Clarke had headed in one of his seven goals against the reds. 1950 – Billy Liddell netted the only goal of Chelsea’s visit to Anfield. Youngsters in Arabia 2003 - Three reds youngsters appeared in the Under-20’s World Championship Finals in the United Arab Emirates. Zak Whitbread was on target as the USA lost 3-1 to Germany with Darren Potter appearing in the Republic of Ireland’s 2-2 draw with the Ivory Coast. Meanwhile, future reds coach Gary O’Neil won his seventh and last cap at this level as England lost 1-0 to Egypt, with John Welsh and future reds Andy Lonergan and James Milner also in action. 2019 – Isaac Mabaya featured for England Under-16’s in their goalless draw with Russia in Alicante. Tosh against Clem 1970 - John Toshack made his debut for Wales Under-23’s, with Ray Clemence keeping a clean sheet in a goalless draw at the Racecourse Ground, playing behind reds team-mate Larry Lloyd. Stig’s Norwegian farewell 1992 - Stig Inge Bjørnebye won his final cap as a Rosenborg BK player, and his 23rd in total, sixteen days before signing for the reds, as Norway lost 2-1 to China in a friendly in Guangzhou. Current and future clubmate Øyvind Leonhardsen also played, winning his eighteenth cap. On the same day, Ronnie Rosenthal played in Israel’s 2-0 World Cup qualifying defeat at home to Bulgaria.
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    2nd November

    400 for the reds 2002 - Michael Owen scored a brace that included our 400th Premiership goal at Anfield as we beat West Ham United 2-0. Le Boss released 2001 - Gérard Houllier was released from Broadgreen Hospital after heart surgery. On the same day we were drawn with Barcelona, Galatasaray and Roma for the second group phase of the Champions League. Trent’s century 2019 – Right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold reached a century of reds games as we left it late to win 2-1 at Aston Villa. Trézéguet put the home side in front after twenty minutes. Andy Robertson headed in a late leveller, before Sadio Mané nodded in injury time to maintain our six-point lead at the top of the table. 300 for the reds 2003 - We beat Fulham 2-1 at Loftus Road. Ex-Cottager Steve Finnan set Emile Heskey up for the opener, our 300th away goal in the Premier League, before Louis Saha equalised. Our winner came when Danny Murphy netted his fiftieth career League goal, converting from the spot after Florent Sinama-Pongolle was brought down in the area, shortly after he had been assaulted by Luis Boa Morte in the centre circle, who was dismissed. Vladimír Šmicer played his hundredth League game. European Cup games We have played in the European Cup three times on this day over the years. 1977 - We lost 2-1 at Dynamo Dresden but still progressed to the Second Round 6-3 on aggregate, with Steve Heighway on target. 1982 - We beat Finnish champions HJK Helsinki 5-0 at Anfield to wipe out a single-goal first-leg defeat to reach the Third Round. Kenny Dalglish, Craig Johnston and Phil Neal all netted in the first half, with Alan Kennedy adding a brace after the break. 1983 - We won 1-0 at Athletic Bilbao at the same stage, thanks to an Ian Rush header, following a goalless first leg at Anfield. A Manchester treble 1895 - Jack Peters scored a hat-trick for Newton Heath, later to become Manchester United, as they beat us 5-2 at Bank Street, with John Clarkin and Dick Smith also scoring for the home side. Frank Becton and Jimmy Ross were on target for the reds. Disappointment against the Gunners 1988 – We were held to a 1-1 draw in a League Cup Third Round tie at Anfield. John Barnes netted, with the reds eventually progressing after a second replay, before being knocked out at West Ham United at the next hurdle. 2013 – We lost 2-0 in a League game at the Emirates Stadium, with Santi Cazorla and Aaron Ramsey on target either side of the break. Red arrivals 1944 – Bootle-born right-winger Jimmy Payne turned pro with the reds. He notched 43 times in 243 appearances for the reds, including the 1950 FA Cup Final, before moving across Stanley Park in April 1956, where he was dogged by injury before retiring to become a newsagent. 1894 - Northern Irish inside-left Davy Hannah signed from Sunderland. He was the cousin of Andrew Hannah, a Scottish right-back who left Anfield for Rob Roy soon afterwards. Davy struck twelve times in 33 reds games. 1879 – Inside-forward Fred Buck was born in Audley, Staffordshire. He arrived from West Bromwich Albion in May 1903, scoring once in thirteen senior outings before joining Plymouth Argyle in April 1904. Wadsworth passes on 1975 - Outside-right Harold Wadsworth died. He signed from Tranmere Rovers in May 1919 and struck three times in 55 reds games, often featuring alongside his brother, centre-half Walter. He moved on to Leicester City in June 1924. Red farewells 1907 – Harold Fitzpatrick played his fourth and last reds game in our 2-0 top-flight defeat at Bristol City. He moved on to Chesterfield Town the following year. Sam Gilligan netted one of his five goals past his future employers, with Jack Wedlock also on target. 1929 – Centre-half David Davidson bagged his second and final reds goal as we drew 3-3 at Portsmouth in a top-flight fixture. Gordon Hodgson and Jimmy Smith were also on target. Jimmy Easson bagged the first of his eight goals past the reds, with Jack Weddle nabbing the first of his five past us, and Fred Cook also on the scoresheet. 1924 – Future reds Gordon Hodgson and Arthur Riley both won their second and last caps for South Africa as they lost 2-1 to the Netherlands in Amsterdam. 1957 – Forward John Evans played his 107th and last reds game after Jimmy Melia failed a late fitness test. Half-back Johnny Wheeler bagged the only goal of our Second Division fixture at Lincoln City in just the second minute. 1991 – Swedish centre-half Glenn Hysén gave us a half-time lead as we lost 2-1 to Crystal Palace with his third and last reds goal, the Eagles’ only League win at Anfield to date. Marco Gabbiadini and Geoff Thomas struck for the visitors after the break. Mixed fortunes against the Foxes We have twice entertained Leicester City in the First Division on this day in history. 1963 – We lost 1-0. 1985 - Ian Rush grabbed the only goal of the game late on to hand us victory. Thumping Anfield wins 1912 - Jack Parkinson netted a brace as we beat Tottenham Hotspur 4-1. Donald McKinlay had opened the scoring in the first minute with the first of his 35 reds goals, with Arthur Goddard completing the scoring. Billy Minter’s consolation was one of his five strikes against the reds. 1940 - We beat Stockport County 5-0 in a Wartime League fixture with Bob Paisley, Arnold Grundy and Berry Nieuwenhuys on the scoresheet, to add to a George Hunt brace. On the move 1959 – Blues centre-forward Dave Hickson revealed that he would welcome a move across the park if the reds were to pursue their alleged interest. He signed four days later for £12,000 and went on to score 38 times in 67 reds games, having grabbed 95 goals in 225 League games in his two spells with the Blues before moving to Anfield. 2015 – Ex-reds defender Richard Money was sacked as Manager of Cambridge United. He had been in charge since October 2012, leading them to the FA Trophy and back into the Football League. 2006 – Future reds keeper Andy Lonergan joined Swindon Town on loan from Preston North End, playing just once for the Robins. 1899 – Inside-left Bill White signed for Queens Park Rangers from West Calder Swifts, netting eight times in 39 games for the R’s. He went on to score within two minutes of his reds debut at home to Everton in September 1901. This was his only strike in six senior games, and he moved on to Dundee in July 1902. Happy birthdays 1994 – Ex-reserves midfielder Jordan Lussey was born in Ormskirk. He was released in June 2015, signing on with Bolton Wanderers the following month after a successful loan spell. 1982 - Former reserves keeper Charles Itandje was born in Bobigny. The Frenchman signed from Racing Club de Lens in August 2007 and played seven largely unconvincing games in his first season, being released from his contract in December 2010. Other reds games 1974 – We lost 1-0 at Ipswich Town as Brian Talbot bagged the first of his six goals against the reds. 1968 – We were held to a goalless draw at West Bromwich Albion with Baggies keeper John Osborne in fine form. 1946 – We left Blackburn Rovers after a goalless encounter. 1935 – Lance Carr and Gordon Hodgson netted as we drew 2-2 at Middlesbrough. George Camsell nabbed the last of his nine goals past us, with Ralph Birkett also on the scoresheet. 1901 – We won 3-2 at Manchester City’s old Hyde Road ground with Tommy Robertson, Charlie Satterthwaite and Jack Cox all scoring. Billy Gillespie bagged one of his five goals past us, with Fred Williams also on target. Jonjo again 2007 – Future red Jonjo Shelvey captained England Under-16’s in the Sky Sports Victory Shield, scoring as they beat Wales 2-0 in Telford. He actually struck in all three games as England claimed the trophy. 2000 – Future red Alberto Aquilani played for Italy Under-16’s as they lost 1-0 to FR Yugoslavia.
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