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  1. Will

    9th November

    Farewell Crazy Horse 2004 - Red legend Emlyn Hughes died aged 57. ‘Crazy Horse’ signed from Blackpool for a club record £65,000 in February 1967 and played 665 times in his twelve years at Anfield, netting 49 times and winning two European Cups, four League titles, two UEFA Cups, FA Cup, UEFA Super Cup and two FA Charity Shields before joining Wolverhampton Wanderers for £90,000 in August 1979. 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. More legendary farewells 1985 - Phil Neal played his 650th and final reds game, coming on for Steve McMahon as we won a First Division match 3-0 at Coventry City to close the gap on Manchester United at the top of the table. Jim Beglin bagged his third and final reds goal, with Paul Walsh and Ian Rush also netting that day. 1935 – Gordon Hodgson netted his 241st and last reds goal in our 3-2 defeat of Aston Villa at Anfield. Lance Carr converted a penalty, with Jimmy McDougall also on target with his twelfth and final strike for the club. Eric Houghton bagged the last of six goals against the reds, with Harry Broome nabbing one of his five. Anfield trebles galore 1907 - Forward Joe Hewitt scored a hat-trick as we trounced Notts County 6-0, with William McPherson, Charlie Hewitt and Robert Robinson also on target. 1957 - We also thumped them, this time a division lower, with Jimmy Melia, Alan A’Court, Billy Liddell and Tony Rowley netting in a 4-0 win. Liddell that day played his 430th League game for the reds, equalling keeper Elisha Scott’s club record. 1946 - Jack Balmer bagged a treble in our 3-0 win over Portsmouth, the first of three hat-tricks he netted in consecutive games. 1929 - Harry Race scored all three goals in our defeat of Bolton Wanderers in another top-flight match. 1963 - We also beat the Trotters with Roger Hunt and Ian Callaghan on target in our 2-1 win at Burnden Park. Management moves 1990 - Mark Lawrenson was sacked as Manager of basement club Peterborough United after thirteen months in charge. He was replaced by Dave Booth, who immediately led them to promotion. 2017 – Ex-reds keeper Brad Friedel was named Head Coach of New England Revolution. On the same day, future red Xherdan Shaqiri played in a World Cup play-off as Switzerland won 1-0 in Northern Ireland. Happy birthdays 1965 - Short-lived reds winger Jimmy Carter was born in Hammersmith. He spent just nine months at Anfield after signing from Millwall for £800,000 in January 1991, making only eight appearances before leaving for Arsenal at a loss of £300,000. 1904 – Bill Murray was born in Alexandria in West Dunbartonshire, Scotland. He signed from Clydebank in November 1927, netting once in four senior outings before joining Third Division North side Barrow in January 1930, becoming their captain. 1886 - Forward Joseph Brough was born in Burslem. He signed from Port Vale in August 1910 and struck three times in eleven senior outings before joining Stoke in January 1912. Left off the mark 1976 - Joey Jones grabbed his first reds goal as we beat Leicester City 5-1 in a First Division match at Anfield with Steve Heighway and John Toshack on the scoresheet, and Phil Neal and Kevin Keegan both converting penalties. Frank Worthington bagged one of his three strikes against the reds. 1895 - Another left-back also struck his first reds goal on this day in history, with Tom Wilkie on target in a 3-1 defeat of Leicester Fosse in a Second Division fixture at Anfield. Fred Geary added a brace as half-back John McLean made his 29th and last reds outing. An Arsenal treble 1974 - Arsenal won for the third consecutive League season at Anfield, this time 3-1. Ex-Gunner Ray Kennedy netted our consolation as they completed three of just eleven home League defeats we suffered throughout the whole of the 1970’s. Alan Ball struck two of his eleven goals past us, with Liam Brady also on the scoresheet. 1988 - We also faced the Gunners, holding them to a goalless draw in a League Cup Third Round replay at Highbury. Larry fought the law 1972 - Larry Lloyd became the first player to fight a ban before the newly formed independent disciplinary tribunal. He was appealing his dismissal in the 2-0 win over Manchester City back in August. Thumping the Cottagers 2013 – We beat Fulham 4-0 at Anfield in a League encounter, with Fernando Amorebieta heading through his own net before Martin Škrtel doubled our lead. Luis Suárez then struck either side of the break. Brucie besmirched 1994 - A certain national rag printed allegations that Bruce Grobbelaar had accepted bribes to throw games. He eventually successfully sued. Also recently 2009 – We drew with Birmingham City for the fifth consecutive time in the League, this time 2-2 at Anfield. David N’Gog put us in front but we went in 2-1 down at the break, thanks to a goal from Christian Benítez and a stunning long-range strike by Cameron Jerome. Steven Gerrard handed us a share of the spoils from the spot after N’Gog’s controversial fall in the area. Red centurions 2002 - We conceded our 200th goal under Gérard Houllier’s sole charge as Jerzy Dudek dropped the ball at Middlesbrough to enable Gareth Southgate to score. This began our atrocious run that winter. 1912 - We also faced Boro with Arthur Metcalf netting a brace in our 4-3 win at Ayresome Park. Tom Miller and Jack Parkinson were also on target. Jackie Carr scored the first of his five goals against the reds, with George Elliott netting one of his eight and future red Jimmy Nicholl also scoring. 1966 – Full-back Chris Lawler scored as he reached a century of League games for the reds in our 2-0 defeat of Burnley at Anfield, with Peter Thompson also on target. Disappointment against the Mancs 2003 - Manchester United won 2-1 at Anfield with Harry Kewell bagging our consolation following a Ryan Giggs brace, two of his five goals against the reds. Beating the Blues 1994 - We came from behind to beat Chelsea 3-1 at Anfield with Neil Ruddock adding to a Robbie Fowler brace. John Spencer scored the first of his three goals against the reds. 1968 - We also beat them in a home top-flight fixture as Ian Callaghan netted in a 2-1 win, with Tommy Smith scoring from the spot. Alan Birchenall netted one of his four strikes past the reds. A European win 2000 - We won 3-2 at Slovan Liberec to reach the Third Round of the UEFA Cup 4-2 on aggregate. We fell behind on the night before Nick Barmby, Emile Heskey and Michael Owen struck, with Heskey also striking an upright. Owen netted just 21 seconds after coming on for Dietmar Hamann. Deano for Wales again 1996 - Ex-red Dean Saunders struck in his third consecutive game for Wales as they were thumped 7-1 by the Netherlands in a World Cup qualifier in Eindhoven. Future reds Markus Babbel and Paul Ince were both also in World Cup action that day. French on target 2005 - Djibril Cissé scored in France’s 3-2 friendly defeat of Costa Rica in Martinique with ex-red Alou Diarra also in the side, while Nicolas Anelka won his first cap as a Fenerbahçe SK player, bagging his only goal while playing in Turkey. 2016 – Dominic Solanke netted for England Under-20’s as they thumped Nigeria 8-1 in South Korea. Another thumping win 1918 - We beat Port Vale 4-0 in a home Wartime League meeting thanks to goals from Thomas Green, Thomas Bennett and a Harold Wadsworth brace. On the move 1999 - Ex-red Gareth Roberts joined Tranmere Rovers from Greek side Panionos on a free transfer after a loan spell. He scored fourteen times in 337 games for Rovers in total, moving on to League One outfit Doncaster Rovers in July 2006. 2001 - Alan Navarro moved to Prenton Park on loan. He struck twice in four games before signing permanently the following January. 2015 – Ex-reds winger Adam Hammill re-joined Barnsley on a short-term deal, before signing a two-year deal the following June. On the same day, former midfielder and First Team Coach Mike Marsh joined Huddersfield Town’s coaching staff, moving on the following May to take up a role with England Under-17’s. Vlad’s end 2009 - Vladimír Šmicer retired from playing. He made 184 reds appearances following his £3.75m transfer from Racing Club de Lens, scoring nineteen times, including a crucial strike in Istanbul. He left Anfield for Girondins de Bordeaux in June 2005, having helped us to claim the Champions League, UEFA Cup, FA Cup and two League Cups. He ended his career back at SK Slavia Praha, his first club. Other reds game 1901 – We beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 4-1 at Anfield as Andy McGuigan bagged a brace. Tommy Robertson scored from the spot, with Charlie Satterthwaite also on target. Award winners 2020 - Jürgen Klopp was named as the Northwest Football Awards' Manager of the Season for 2019-20, having led us to the League title. At the same event, Ian St. John was awarded the Lifetime Contribution to North West Football. International beginnings 2017 - Krisztián Németh won his first cap as a New England Revolution player as Hungary lost a friendly 2-1 in Luxembourg. 2008 – John Barnes took charge of Jamaica for the first time as they won a friendly 2-0 in the Cayman Islands. 2006 - Academy midfielder Sean Highdale won his first cap for England Under-16’s as they beat Northern Ireland 3-0 in a Victory Shield game in Ballymena. On the same day, future red Alex Manninger played for Austria Under-21’s as they held Latvia to a goalless draw in a European Championships qualifier in Gloggnitz. 1996 – Future red Vegard Heggem netted his only goal for Norway Under-21’s as they thrashed Switzerland 7-3 in a European Championships qualifier in Biel. 1993 - Bjørn Tore Kvarme won his eleventh and last Under-21's cap as Norway lost 3-1 to Turkey in a European Championships qualifier in Istanbul.
  2. Will

    18th October

    A record for Rushie 1992 - Ian Rush scored his first ever goal at Old Trafford to put us 2-0 up following Don Hutchinson’s opener. It was his 287th reds goal in all competitions, breaking Roger Hunt’s club record. However, the game ended all square after Mark Hughes’ second-half brace, two of his nine goals past us. Rushie went on to bag a total of 346 goals for the reds. Four for Forshaw for sure 1924 - Dick Forshaw struck all our goals in a 4-1 defeat of Sheffield United at Anfield, with left-half Tom Bromilow playing his 200th reds game. Billy Gillespie struck the last of his seven goals against the reds as centre-half Billy McDevitt appeared for the reds for the fourth and final time. Dirk at the treble 2008 – Dirk Kuyt netted in his third consecutive reds game as we came from behind to beat Wigan Athletic 3-2. Daniel Agger’s calamitous error handed Amir Zaki the chance to net the first of his two goals. Kuyt equalised before Zaki restored the Latics’ lead. Antonia Valencia was sent off for the visitors before substitute Albert Riera equalised with his first reds strike. Kuyt then bagged a late winner. Liddell dropped 1958 - The Liverpool Echo reported that Billy Liddell was dropped for the first time, when he was left out of our 1-0 Second Division win at Fulham. Louis Bimpson netted our late winner. Joey returns 1978 – Joey Jones was sold back to Wrexham for £210,000, so tripling their record transfer fee. He had signed from the Robins for £110,000 in July 1975 and made exactly a century of reds appearances, bagging three goals and helping us to win a European Cup, two League titles and the FA Charity Shield in his time at Anfield. Razor at the wrong end 1997 - Neil Ruddock scored an own goal as we lost 2-0 at Goodison Park, the first one we had conceded in a Merseyside League derby. Danny Cadamarteri tied Bjørn Tore Kvarme in knots as he scored their second, while Steve McManaman was playing his 300th reds game. 1980 - We also took a trip across the park, returning with a share of the spoils, with Sammy Lee and Kenny Dalglish on the scoresheet. Asa Hartford and Joe McBride netted for the Blues. Chelsea at the double 1919 - We were beaten 1-0 by Chelsea at Anfield, who completed their first ever League double over us, a week after winning by the same score at Stamford Bridge. John Miller made the first of his eight reds appearances in this game, while half-back Harry Lowe turned out for the 136th and last time. 1913 - We also lost to the Blues, going down 3-0 in West London. Harold Halse scored one of his four goals against us, with Harry Ford and Billy Bridgeman also on target. Two ton George 1947 – Jack Balmer was on target as we drew 1-1 at Huddersfield Town. Left-back Barney Ramsden put through his own net in what was George Kay’s 200th game in charge. Crouchie to the rescue 2006 - Peter Crouch headed the only goal of the game as we won at Girondins de Bordeaux in the group stage of the Champions League. Ex-red Vladimír Šmicer had to sit out the game through injury. Liddell for the Scots 1952 - Billy Liddell was on target in Scotland’s 2-1 defeat of Wales at Ninian Park in the British International Championships. International debutants 1947 - Phil Taylor won his first cap for England as they beat Wales 2-0 in the British International Championships in Cardiff. Clubmates Ray Lambert and Cyril Sidlow were both on the losing side. 1988 - Future red David Burrows won his first Under-21’s cap as England were held to a 1-1 draw by Sweden in a friendly at Highfield Road. This was the first of his seven caps at this level, and only one as a West Bromwich Albion player. Up for the golden ball 2009 - Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres were both nominated for the prestigious Ballon d’Or award by France Football magazine. Barcelona’s Lionel Messi eventually claimed the honour, with the reds duo finishing in ninth and eleventh, respectively. John’s farewell 1902 – Forward John Davies played his tenth and final reds game as we lost 2-0 at home to Notts County in a top-flight encounter. Albert Green bagged the first of his four goals against the reds late on, with William Ross also scoring. Paddy against 2003 – Ex-reds midfielder Patrik Berger bagged the only goal of the game early on at Fratton Park as we lost a Premiership meeting with Portsmouth. For Omagh 1999 - A benefit match was staged in Omagh in memory of the victims of an IRA bomb. A reds side beat Omagh Town 7-1 with Titi Camara and Erik Meijer both netting braces, and Vladimír Šmicer, Patrik Berger and Jamie Redknapp also on target. More big wins 1941 - We thumped Stockport County 6-1 at Anfield in a Wartime League match, with Cyril Done and Dicky Dorsett netting twice apiece, and George Ainsley and Billy Liddell also on target. 1986 - We beat Oxford United 4-0 at home in a top-flight fixture, with Ian Rush nabbing a brace, to add to a Kenny Dalglish strike and a Jan Mølby penalty. Coaching birthdays 1978 – Recent Under-18’s and Under-23’s Coach Neil Critchley was born in Crewe. He joined the reds from his hometown club in September 2013, where he had been Academy Director since 2007. He moved on to be Head Coach of Blackpool in March 2020. 1942 – Former first-team coach Mike Kelly was born in Northampton. He had been Roy Hodgson’s assistant at Fulham, following him to Anfield for his unsuccessful spell as reds boss. Signing on 2002 - Jerzy Dudek signed a one-year extension to his contract, tying him to the club until July 2007, when he moved on to Real Madrid after helping us to claim the European Cup and League Cup in his 186 games during his Anfield spell. 2019 – Centre-half Joël Matip signed a new contract. He has netted six times in 123 reds games across his first five seasons, helping us to claim the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Super Cup. 1937 – Winger Harman van den Berg signed for the reds from Peninsular in his native South Africa. He struck three times in nineteen reds games. Claiming another trophy 1961 - We clinched the Floodlight Challenge Cup for the third and final time, following a 2-2 draw at Goodison, with Ian St. John and Roger Hunt netting. We had won the first leg 3-1 at Anfield a year earlier. Other reds games 1975 – We were held to a goalless draw at Coventry City. 1969 – Bobby Graham and substitute Alec Lindsay netted as we drew 2-2 at Ipswich Town. 1952 – Aston Villa won 2-0 at Anfield as Laurie Hughes scored an own goal, with Ken Roberts also on target. 1930 – We beat Leeds United 2-0 in L4 as Gordon Hodgson struck twice in the opening ten minutes. Management moves 2009 – Ex-reds reserves forward Mike Newell was sacked as Manager of Grimsby Town, having been in charge for a year. He was dismissed having only led the Mariners to ten points in their opening thirteen League games, after saving them from relegation from the Football League the previous season. 2004 - Future Academy Manager Alex Inglethorpe was appointed Manager of Exeter City, leading them to 44 victories in 89 games in charge before moving to Tottenham Hotspur’s coaching staff in June 2006.
  3. Will

    12th October

    Goalscoring debutants 1946 - Forward Cyril Done scored on his official reds debut as we were held 1-1 by Charlton Athletic at home. He had also scored in the previous first-class reds game in which he had played - seven years before, just before the outbreak of war when the season was cancelled. Future reds boss Don Welsh netted for the visitors, having previously done so against us before the Second World War! 1907 - Harold Fitzpatrick scored on his reds debut to hand us a 1-0 home victory over Sunderland in another top-flight encounter as outside-right Arthur Goddard played his 200th reds game, while left-half Samuel Hignett made his only senior appearance for the club. Another record for Michael 2002 - Michael Owen scored his nineteenth England goal, more than any other red in history until it was equalled by Steven Gerrard in August 2010, in his 43rd game as they beat Slovakia 2-1 in their Euro 2004 qualifier in Bratislava. Gerrard and Emile Heskey both also played. On the same day, Sami Hyypiä netted in Finland’s 3-0 defeat of Azerbaijan in Helsinki, playing alongside ex-red Jari Litmanen who was winning his eightieth cap. Meanwhile, Salif Diao and El-Hadji Diouf both won their first caps as reds players as Senegal drew 2-2 with Nigeria in a Joola Disaster Charity Match in Dakar. Bruno Cheyrou, Jerzy Dudek, John Arne Riise, ex-red Øyvind Leonhardsen and future reds Yossi Benayoun, Alex Manninger, Fernando Morientes and Christian Poulsen all also played in internationals that day. Kenny scores away at Anfield 1977 - Kenny Dalglish scored with a header to complete Scotland’s 2-0 defeat of Wales at Anfield, following a controversial penalty, as he won his fiftieth cap. This result ensured the Scots qualified for the World Cup Finals in Argentina. Joey Jones and John Toshack were on the losing, ‘home’ side. Steve Heighway and future red Mark Lawrenson both featured as the Republic of Ireland were held to a goalless draw by Bulgaria at Lansdowne Road on the same day. 1984 – Dalglish was dropped for the first time in his reds career when Joe Fagan left him out of our Friday night live televised League game at Tottenham Hotspur that we lost 1-0, thanks to a first-half Garth Crooks goal, the first of his four past us. Fagan later admitted that it was his “daftest decision” as reds boss. Europe’s best 1978 – The reds were named as European team of the year at a ceremony in Paris, having retained the European Cup at Wembley earlier that year. Reds come into the world 1867 - Right-half Rab Howell was born in Sheffield. He went on to become the only true Romany to play for England, playing 67 reds games without scoring after signing from Sheffield United for £200 in April 1898. He left for Preston North End in June 1901. 1897 - Forward Sam Bowyer was born in Northwich. He signed from Earlestown in March 1907, grabbing sixteen goals in 48 reds games before leaving for Bedminster in 1912. 1987 - Former reserves attacking midfielder Besian Idrizaj was born in Baden in Austria. He was actually a Kosovan-Albanian and was voted the best young player in the Austrian equivalent of the Championship shortly before moving to England. He signed from Linzer ASK for an initial £190,000 in August 2005 and made his first senior appearance in our friendly at Crewe Alexandra back in July 2006, netting a treble at Wrexham a year later, but failed to make the first-team squad, sadly dying aged just 22 in May 2010. Sammy the champion 1982 - Sammy Lee skippered England Under-21’s as they lost 3-2 to West Germany in Bremen in the second leg of the Final of the European Championships. However, their first leg lead was enough to hand them the title, 5-4 on aggregate. Future red David Hodgson also played. Mixed fortunes against the Mancs We have faced Manchester United three times on this day in history. 1996 - David Beckham netted the only goal of the game at Old Trafford. 1968 - We beat the European Champions 2-0 at Anfield when Ian St. John and Alun Evans struck. 1895 - We thumped Newton Heath as they were then known 7-1 at home, with two apiece from Frank Becton, Tom ‘Tiny’ Bradshaw and Fred Geary, and a goal from Jimmy Ross. Into Romania 1966 - Willie Stevenson put through his own net to start the scoring as we lost 3-1 in Romania to Petrolul Ploieşti in the second leg of our European Cup First Round tie. Roger Hunt grabbed our goal, with home defender Gheorghe Florea sent off late on in a bruising encounter. The tie ended level at 3-3 on aggregate and, as this was before the away goals rule, a third game was needed, which we won in Brussels a week later. Bill’s treble 1938 – Forward Bill Kinghorn scored a hat-trick as we thumped Blackburn Rovers 6-1 in the second replay of our Lancashire Senior Cup First Round tie. John Browning bagged a brace, with Ted Harston also netting. Saints beaten 1985 - Steve McMahon scored the only goal of the game as we beat Southampton 1-0 at Anfield. Six Saints were booked, including ex-red Jimmy Case and future red Mark Wright. Derby despair 1918 - We lost a Wartime League fixture 4-2 at Goodison with our goals coming from Thomas Green and a Billy Wareing own goal. Kenny in charge again 1991 - Kenny Dalglish was appointed Manager of Blackburn Rovers. He led them to their first League title in 81 years in 1995, before moving upstairs. Salif departs 2006 - Salif Diao joined Stoke City on loan. He turned out seventeen times for them before making the switch permanent in January 2007. On the same day, Steven Gerrard was named on the thirty-man shortlist for the FIFA World Player of the Year awards. He had finished seventh the year before, and this time he was named in twelfth place as Italian defender Fabio Cannavaro claimed the prize. 1933 – Scottish outside-right Danny McRorie left the reds to join Rochdale, after a trial at Millwall earlier in the year. He had bagged six goals in 35 reds games after signing from Morton for £1,500 in November 1930. Red trebles 2005 - Future red Fernando Torres grabbed a hat-trick, including a penalty, as Spain thumped San Marino 6-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Serravalle. 1932 – Gordon Hodgson scored three times in our Lancashire Senior Cup Second Round defeat of Accrington Stanley at Anfield. Dave Wright also struck in a 5-1 win. 1908 – Bert Goode netted a treble as we won a Lancashire Senior Cup Second Round tie 4-2 at Nelson, with Arthur Berry also netting. Igor on his way 2000 - It was announced that Igor Bišcan would be joining the reds from Dinamo Zagreb during the Croatian mid-season break. He went on to play 118 reds games, netting three times as he helped us to the Worthington Cup, UEFA Super Cup and Charity Shield in 2001, and the Worthington Cup again two years later, as well as playing a key role on the road to Istanbul in 2005. Beaten twice by Wednesday We have lost two top-flight fixtures to The Wednesday on this day in history. 1901 - Tom Robertson grabbed our consolation in a 2-1 home defeat. Harry Chapman bagged the first of his six strikes against the reds, with Andrew Wilson netting one of his eight past us. 1912 - We lost 1-0 at Hillsborough, with David McLean missing a penalty for the home side. We have also entertained Birmingham City in the First Division twice on this day. 1929 - Jim Smith was on target in a 1-1 draw as John Lindsay played his sixteenth and final reds game. 1935 - Berry Nieuwenhuys was on the scoresheet in our 2-1 defeat as Fred Harris netted one of his five goals past us, with Charlie Jones also scoring. Don’s last 1957 – Right-back Don Campbell struck his second and final reds goal as we beat Swansea Town 4-0 in a Second Division fixture at Anfield. Tony Rowley bagged a brace with Jimmy Melia also on target. Stan’s farewell 2009 – Wing-half Stan Palk died at Royal Liverpool Hospital. He only played thirteen reds games after signing from South Liverpool in 1940. He moved to Port Vale in July 1948, who were managed by ex-red Gordon Hodgson, for £10,000, the record fee we had received to date. Other international goalscorers 1983 - Sammy Lee netted in England’s 3-0 European Championships qualifying win in Hungary, his final goal for his country. Ian Rush bagged a brace on the same day as Wales thrashed Romania 5-0, with ex-red Joey Jones also featuring. Meanwhile, Kenny Dalglish, future red John Wark and ex-red Frank McGarvey all featured as Scotland were held to a 1-1 draw by Belgium at Hampden Park. 2013 – Ex-red Carl Medjani struck as Algeria lost 3-2 in the first leg of their World Cup play-off in Burkina Faso, his first goal for his country and only one while on loan with Olympiacos from AS Monaco. Jordon Ibe, Lucas and future red Sadio Mané were also in international action that day. 1996 – Future red Haukur Ingi Guðnason netted the only goal of Iceland Under-19’s friendly in Belgium. 2002 - Future red Andriy Voronin bagged his first goal for the Ukraine, while winning his third cap in their 2-0 Euro 2004 qualifying defeat of Greece in Kiev. 2004 - Harry Kewell struck as Australia thumped the Solomon Islands 6-0 in the second leg of the OFC Nations Cup Final in Sydney, to claim the title 11-1 on aggregate, and therefore also qualify for the 2005 Confederations Cup. 1977 - Ray Kennedy netted his final England goal in their 2-0 World Cup qualifying win in Luxembourg. Ian Callaghan won his fourth and final cap, while Emlyn Hughes skippered a side that also included Ray Clemence and Terry McDermott. 1963 - Ian St. John was on target as Scotland won 2-1 in Northern Ireland in the British International Championships. 2010 – Raul Meireles scored for Portugal in their 3-1 European Championships qualifying win in Iceland. David N’Gog struck as France Under-21’s won 3-1 in a friendly in Denmark. Ex-red Robbie Keane had a penalty saved while skippering the Republic of Ireland to a 1-1 qualifying draw in Slovakia. Sami Hyypiä won his 105th and last senior cap in Finland’s 2-1 defeat by Hungary in Helsinki in another qualifier. Also in international action that day were Daniel Agger, Steven Gerrard, Glen Johnson, Dirk Kuyt, Christian Poulsen, ex-reds Xabi Alonso, Peter Crouch, Alou Diarra, Jari Litmanen, John Arne Riise, Mikel San José and Daniel Sjölund and future reds Charlie Adam, Thiago Alcântara, Jordan Henderson, Ragnar Klavan, Daniel Sturridge, Luis Suárez, and Gini Wijnaldum, with Dejan Lovren sent off for Croatia Under-21’s. 2012 – Ex-red Alexander Kačaniklić scored his first goal for the senior Sweden side in their 2-1 World Cup qualifying win in the Faroe Islands, with Christian Benteke scored while winning his first cap since moving to Aston Villa as Belgium won 3-0 in Serbia. Also in World Cup action that day were Daniel Agger, Joe Allen, Nuri Şahin, Martin Škrtel, Luis Suárez, ex-reds Charlie Adam, Xabi Alonso, Álvaro Arbeloa, Mark González, Dirk Kuyt, Javier Mascherano, Nikolay Mihaylov, John Arne Riise and future reds Ádám Bogdán, Lazar Marković and Xherdan Shaqiri, with Ryan McLaughlin featuring for Northern Ireland Under-19’s in a European Championships qualifier and future red Mamadou Sakho turning out for France in a friendly. 2014 – Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert, Raheem Sterling and future red Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all featured as Roy Hodgson’s England won a European Championships qualifier 1-0 in Estonia, with future red Ragnar Klavan dismissed. Martin Škrtel skippered Slovakia to a 3-1 win in Belarus on the same day. Ryan Fulton and future reds Marko Grujić and Kostas Tsimikas all also represented their countries that day. Future reds on target 2018 – Takumi Minamino scored as Japan beat Panama 3-0 in a friendly in Niigata City. 2004 –Alberto Aquilani netted as Italy Under-21’s beat Belarus 2-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Mantova. Meanwhile, Daniel Agger featured for Denmark in another qualifier at this level, as they were held to a 1-1 draw in Farum by Turkey. 2002 - Aquilani featured for Italy Under-19’s in their 4-1 European Championships qualifying defeat of Armenia in Lithuania. First and last caps 2012 – Jonjo Shelvey made his senior England bow, his only cap as a reds player, as Roy Hodgson’s side thumped San Marino 5-0 in a World Cup qualifier at Wembley with future red Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain bagging his first goal for his country. Andy Carroll played his only international while on loan at West Ham United. Raheem Sterling was booked while winning his first cap for England Under-21’s in their 1-0 victory over Serbia in a European Championships play-off at Carrow Road, with Jordan Henderson skippering a side that also featured ex-red Tom Ince and future red Steven Caulker. 2015 – Danny Ings made his senior bow as Roy Hodgson’s England won 3-0 in a Euro 2016 qualifier in Lithuania, his only cap as a reds player, with future red Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on target. Adam Lallana, Martin Škrtel, Brad Smith, future reds Thiago Alcântara, Naby Keïta and Xherdan Shaqiri, and ex-reds Mikel San José and Jonjo Shelvey all also featured for their countries that day with Augsburg’s Ragnar Klavan scoring an own goal. 2016 – Keeper Kai McKenzie-Lyle won his second and last cap for Guyana as a Barnet player as they lost a Caribbean Cup qualifier 4-2 to Jamaica in Providence after extra time. 2018 - Krisztián Németh won his first cap in his second spell as a Sporting Kansas City player as Hungary lost a UEFA Nations League game 1-0 in Greece, with future red Kostas Tsimikas debuting for the home side. Fabinho, Kamil Grabara, Jordan Henderson, Naby Keïta, Dejan Lovren, Xherdan Shaqiri and ex-reds Sebastián Coates, Philippe Coutinho, Péter Gulácsi and Raheem Sterling all also played for their countries that day, with Mohamed Salah scoring direct from a corner in Egypt’s 4-1 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying defeat of Swaziland in Cairo. 2019 – James Balagizi debuted for England Under-17’s in their 2-1 friendly defeat by Germany in Spain. 1983 - Ex-red Kevin Sheedy made his senior international debut as a substitute in the Republic of Ireland’s 3-2 European Championships qualifying defeat by the Netherlands at Dalymount Park. Mark Lawrenson and Michael Robinson both also played. 1980 - Bruce Grobbelaar won his first cap for the renamed Zimbabwe as they lost a World Cup qualifier 2-0 in Cameroon. 1988 - Øyvind Leonhardsen won his only cap for Norway Under-18’s cap as fellow future red Stig Inge Bjørnebye won his third and final one in their 4-1 friendly defeat in Denmark. 1986 – Leonhardsen turned out at Under-15’s level for the only time as they beat Finland 3-2 in Mariehamn. 1994 - Øyvind Leonhardsen won his last cap as a Rosenborg BK player in Norway’s 1-1 draw at home to the Dutch in a Euro ’96 qualifier in Oslo, with Stig Inge Bjørnebye also playing. Phil Babb, John Barnes, Rob Jones, future reds Stéphane Henchoz, Paul Ince, Jari Litmanen, Jason McAteer and Steve Staunton, and ex-reds István Kozma, Jim Magilton and Ronnie Rosenthal all also represented their countries that day, with Roy Hodgson managing Switzerland. 2004 - Future red Jermaine Pennant won his 24th and final cap for England Under-21’s as they held Azerbaijan to a goalless draw in a European Championships qualifier in Baku. Fellow future reds Scott Carson, Stewart Downing, Glen Johnson, James Milner and Gary O’Neil all also featured, with future red Raul Meireles playing for Portugal at the same level. 2007 – Milner played for the Under-21’s again as they beat Montenegro 1-0 in another qualifier in Leicester, with future red Dejan Lovren also in action at this level. Future red Andy Carroll scored for England Under-19’s in their 5-1 thumping of Iceland in a qualifier in Doncaster, with Nikolay Mihaylov oalso in action for his country. Also in World Cup action 2005 - Ex-red Michael Owen was on target in England’s 2-1 defeat of Poland at Old Trafford, with Jamie Carragher, Peter Crouch and future red Joe Cole also featuring. Djibril Cissé, Sami Hyypiä, John Arne Riise, future reds Ryan Babel, Philipp Degen, Robbie Keane, Ragnar Klavan, Dirk Kuyt, Christian Poulsen, Martin Škrtel and ex-reds Alou Diarra, Daniel Sjölund and Vladimír Šmicer all also represented their countries, while former loanee keeper Paul Jones won his last cap as a Wolverhampton Wanderers player, and 45th to date, as John Toshack’s Wales beat Azerbaijan 2-0 in Cardiff. 2017 - Future red Ozan Kabak played for Turkey Under-17’s as they lost 3-1 to Paraguay in a World Championships Finals group game in India. Other reds games 1988 – We beat Walsall 3-1 at their Bescot Stadium in the second leg of our League Cup Second Round encounter. John Barnes and Ian Rush struck, with Jan Mølby scoring from the spot. 1974 – Ian Callaghan netted as we beat Middlesbrough 2-0 at Anfield, with Kevin Keegan converting a penalty. On the move 2000 - Ex-reserves forward John Durnin signed for Kidderminster Harriers. He notched nine times in 32 games before moving on to Port Vale. 2011 - Chris Kirkland joined Doncaster Rovers on loan from Wigan Athletic, playing just once for them. 2012 - Jermaine Pennant joined Wolverhampton Wanderers on loan from Stoke City, playing fifteen times before returning to the Britannia Stadium. Also in international action 1993 – Future red Bjørn Tore Kvarme played for Norway Under-21’s as they lost a European Championships qualifier 2-0 in Poland.
  4. Will

    8th October

    Willkommen Jürgen 2015 - Jürgen Klopp was appointed reds boss following the sacking of Brendan Rodgers. He has so far led us to UEFA Champions League glory in Madrid, our first League title in thirty years, FIFA Club World cup and UEFA Super Cup as well as three other cup finals, generating a great rapport with the crowd. On the same day, the departures of Chris Davies, Glen Driscoll and Sean O’Driscoll from the backroom staff were all announced. All sitting comfortably 1994 - Neil Ruddock scored the first goal in front of the new all-seater Kop, as we beat Aston Villa 3-2, with Robbie Fowler bagging a brace. Guy Whittingham and ex-red Steve Staunton struck for the visitors. Centenaries 1968 - Tommy Smith and Alan Ball, with one of his eleven goals against the reds, were on the scoresheet in the hundredth League derby as we drew 1-1 at Anfield. 1898 – Full-back Archie Goldie played his hundredth reds game as we lost 2-1 at Stoke, with Jack Cox on target. Carra’s record 1999 - Jamie Carragher equalled the record number of England Under-21’s caps, held by Gary Owen, as he won his 22nd cap, captaining them for the first time in their 4-1 friendly defeat of Denmark at Valley Parade. Substitute David Thompson scored, with fellow red Steven Gerrard also in the team. Carra went on to claim 27 in total, which was still an England record until he was overtaken by Scott Carson, and more recently by James Milner who eventually made 46 appearances. 1996 - David Thompson won his first cap at Under-21’s level as a substitute in England’s goalless draw with Poland at Molineux. Future red Emile Heskey was in the starting eleven. Bowing out 1955 - Billy Liddell won his 29th and final cap as Scotland beat Northern Ireland 2-1 at Windsor Park in Belfast. Future reds keeper Tommy Younger won his fifth cap in the same game. 2013 - Craig Bellamy announced his retirement from international football after nineteen strikes in 78 games for Wales. Off the mark 1921 - Harry Beadles struck the first of his six reds goals as we drew 1-1 at Preston North End in a top-flight encounter. Right-half Francis Checkland played his fifth and final reds game that day, with Preston’s late equaliser coming from the spot from future red Archie Rawlings. 1949 – Full-back Ray Lambert bagged the first of his two reds goals, scoring from the spot in our 2-0 defeat of Middlesbrough at Anfield, with Jimmy Payne also netting. Jimmy’s treble 1930 – Jimmy Smith scored a hat-trick as we thumped Everton 5-0 in a Lancashire Senior Cup Second Round tie at Anfield, with Gordon Hodgson and Tom Bradshaw also scoring. International debuts 2009 – Future red Dejan Lovren came off the bench to make his debut in Croatia’s 3-2 friendly defeat of Qatar in Rijeka. 1997 - Bjørn Tore Kvarme won his only senior international cap as Norway were held to a goalless friendly draw in Oslo by Colombia. Clubmate Stig Inge Bjørnebye also played, with future red Milan Baroš in action for the Czech Republic Under-16’s on the same day. 1995 - Brad Friedel won his first cap as a Galatasaray player as the USA beat Saudi Arabia by the odd goal in seven in a friendly in Washington DC. Future reds Markus Babbel and Christian Ziege both played in Germany’s 6-1 thumping of Moldova in a Euro ’96 qualifier in Leverkusen on the same day. Off to Filbert Street again and again 1927 - We drew 1-1 at Leicester City with Gordon Hodgson on target and Ernie Hine bagging one of his ten strikes past us. 1932 - Hodgson struck again as we won 2-1, with Syd Roberts scoring his first reds goal, while Danny Liddle netted the first of his four goals against the reds. 1938 - Harman van den Berg netted an 89th minute equaliser, his first reds goal, as we drew 2-2 with Berry Nieuwenhuys also on target. Twice against the Robins We have twice played at Ashton Gate on this day in history, winning on neither occasion. 1955 - Bristol City won our Second Division encounter 2-1 with Tony Rowley bagging our consolation as John Atyeo bagged the first two of his five goals past us for the home side. 1974 - We were held to a goalless draw in a Third Round League Cup tie. However, we won the Anfield replay 4-0 three weeks later. More legends 2008 - Kenny Dalglish, Kevin Keegan, Bob Paisley and the 1978 reds team were all inducted into the National Football Museum’s European Hall of Fame at the Echo Arena in Liverpool. In and out 1991 - Winger Jimmy Carter joined Arsenal for £500,000, just nine months after signing from Millwall. He had made just eight appearances in his time at Anfield. 2020 – Brazilian keeper Marcelo Pitaluga signed from Fluminense for an initial £1m, but has yet to make the first-team bench. Management ends 2001 - Joey Jones stepped down as Caretaker Manager of Wrexham. He had been in charge for just two games, both of which were lost, and was replaced by Denis Smith. 1997 - Jan Mølby was sacked as Manager of Swansea City, his first management role, despite only losing sixteen of his eighty games in charge, and only just missing out on promotion in his one full season at the Vetch Field. Avi for Israel Ex-red Avi Cohen twice turned out for his country on this day in consecutive years. 1985 - Israel lost a World Cup qualifier 2-1 to Australia in Tel-Aviv, with future red Ronnie Rosenthal also appearing as a substitute. 1986 - Avi featured as Romania won a friendly 4-2 at the same stadium. Yossi’s first strike 2005 - Yossi Benayoun bagged his first goal for Israel as a West Ham United player as they beat the Faroe Islands 2-1 in a World Cup qualifier in Tel-Aviv. Future red Fernando Torres grabbed both goals as Spain beat Belgium 2-0 in another qualifier in Brussels. On the same day, future red Nuri Şahin made his senior international bow, netting his only goal as a Ballspielverein Borussia 09 e.V. Dortmund player as Turkey beat Germany 2-1 in a friendly in Istanbul. Also representing their countries were Steve Finnan, Sami Hyypiä, John Arne Riise, future reds Robbie Keane, Jan Kromkamp, Dirk Kuyt, Sotirios Kyrgiakos, Martin Škrtel, Kolo Touré and Andriy Voronin and ex-reds Milan Baroš, Paul Jones, Daniel Sjölund, Vladimír Šmicer and Rigobert Song. 2020 – Ex-reds Conor Coady and Danny Ings both scored their first goals for England in their 3-0 friendly defeat of Wales at Wembley, with Joe Gomez and Neco Williams also featuring. On the same day, Luis Suárez scored from the spot while winning his first cap as a Club Atlético de Madrid player as Uruguay beat Chile 2-1 in a World Cup qualifier in Montevideo. Divock Origi, Andy Robertson, Virgil van Dijk, Gini Wijnaldum and ex-reds Ryan Babel, Christian Benteke, Sebastián Coates, Péter Gulácsi and Simon Mignolet all also played for their countries that day, with Steve Clarke taking charge of Scotland as they qualified for the Euro 2020 Finals. More international goalscorers 2017 – Emre Can scored his first senior international goal, and his only one as a reds player, as Germany beat Azerbaijan 5-1 in a World Cup qualifier in Kaiserslautern. Mohamed Salah scored twice, including one from the spot, as Egypt beat Republic of the Congo 2-1 in a World Cup qualifier in Alexandria. Jordan Henderson and Daniel Sturridge both featured as England won a qualifier 1-0 in Lithuania, while Rhian Brewster played for England Under-17’s as they beat Chile 4-0 in the World Championship Finals in India. Future red Andy Robertson also featured in a World Cup qualifier that day. 2006 – Kolo Touré scored his last goal as an Arsenal player as the Ivory Coast thrashed Gabon 5-0 in an African Cup of Nations qualifier in Abidjan. Future red Alex Manninger played for Austria Under-21’s in their 4-1 European Championships qualifying defeat in Sweden on the same day. 2016 – Daniel Sturridge scored in England’s 20 defeat of Malta in a World Cup qualifier at Wembley. Jordan Henderson, Sadio Mané and Andy Robertson also played in qualifiers that day. Future reds Academy keeper Kai McKenzie-Lyle scored a header on his debut for Guyana as they lost a Caribbean Cup qualifier 3-2 in Suriname. 2010 – Jonjo Shelvey converted a penalty as England Under-19’s thumped Albania 6-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Belgium, with Andre Wisdom also featuring. David N’Gog netted for France Under-21’s as they beat Turkey 2-0 in a friendly in Troyes, while future red Jordan Henderson bagged his first goal at the same level as England beat Romania 2-1 in the first leg of their European Championships Play-off at Carrow Road, with future red Daniel Sturridge also featuring. On the same day, Luis Suárez struck a hat-trick that included a penalty, his final goals as an Ajax player, as Uruguay trounced Indonesia 7-1 in a friendly in Jakarta. John Arne Riise was booked and also grabbed his last goal while with Roma as Norway won a Euro 2012 qualifier 2-1 in Cyprus, with ex-red Robbie Keane scoring from the spot as the Republic of Ireland lost 3-2 to Russia in another qualifier in Dublin. Also in international action that day were Milan Jovanović, Dirk Kuyt, Raul Meireles, Christian Poulsen, Martin Škrtel, future reds Ragnar Klavan, Nuri Şahin and Xherdan Shaqiri and ex-reds Álvaro Arbeloa, Alou Diarra, Javier Mascherano, Nikolay Mihaylov and Andriy Voronin. JAR off 1999 – Future red John Arne Riise was dismissed as Norway Under-21’s lost a European Championships qualifier 2-1 in Latvia, with Frode Kippe also in action. 1997 – Future reds Vegard Heggem and Frode Kippe both featured for the Under-21’s in their 3-1 defeat of South Africa in Oslo. International reds galore 2005 - A whole host of reds featured in World Cup qualifiers, with Peter Crouch winning his first cap as a reds player in England’s 1-0 defeat of Austria at Old Trafford, and Jamie Carragher, Steven Gerrard, future reds Joe Cole and Christian Poulsen and ex-red Michael Owen all also in action. Djibril Cissé struck as France drew 1-1 in future red Philip Degen’s Switzerland, with ex-red El-Hadji Diouf on target as Senegal beat a Mali side that included Djimi Traoré 3-0 in Dakar. 2004 – Darren Potter and future reds Daniel Agger, Alberto Aquilani, Ramon Calliste, Scott Carson, Stewart Downing, Glen Johnson, Gary O’Neil and Jermaine Pennant all played in European Championships qualifiers at Under-21’s level, with future red James Milner netting his first goal at this level. 2007 - Péter Gulácsi and Krisztián Németh both played for Hungary Under-19’s as they trounced Kazakhstan 6-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Szekesfehervar, with Németh winning his first cap at this level as a red. 2011 – Gulácsi skippered Hungary Under-21’s in their 2-1 European Championships qualifying defeat in Turkey. Charlie Adam and future red Mohamed Salah were also in international action that day. 2015 – Sheyi Ojo, Jordan Rossiter and future red Dominic Solanke all played as England Under-19’s won a European Championships qualifier 2-0 in Macedonia. Mamadou Sakho and ex-reds Javier Mascherano and Krisztián Németh also featured for their countries on the same day. 2019 – Sepp van den Berg played for the Dutch Under-19’s as they thumped Moldova 5-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Latvia. Joe honoured 2012 – Reds midfielder Joe Allen was named Player of the Year and Club Player of the Year for 2011/12 at the FAW Awards, based on his time with Swansea City and the national side. Other reds games 1988 – We lost 1-0 at Luton Town, with Mick Harford bagging one of his seven goals against the reds. 1977 – Kenny Dalglish and David Fairclough netted as we beat Chelsea 2-0 at Anfield. 1973 – We drew a League Cup Second Round tie 2-2 at West Ham United. Peter Cormack put us in front before ex-red Ted MacDougall equalised. Steve Heighway restored our lead, but Pop Robson levelled with one of his five strikes past us. 1966 – Fulham held us to a 2-2 draw in L4. Geoff Strong scored inside the first minute, but Allan Clarke bagged the first two of his seven goals against us, with Ian St. John completing the scoring before the break. 1960 – We won a Second Division encounter 2-1 at Lincoln City as Roger Hunt nabbed a brace. 1904 – We beat Barnsley 2-0 in a Second Division fixture at Oakwell. Bobby Robinson had a penalty saved but converted the rebound, with John Carlin also on target. In opposition 1938 – Ex-reds reserves centre-half Matt O’Mahoney won his only cap for Northern Ireland as they lost 2-0 to Scotland in the British International Championships at Windsor Park. Andy Beattie, who guested for the reds during the war and later spent some time on our backroom staff, and Bill Shankly were both on the winning side. O’Mahoney also won six caps for the south of Ireland.
  5. Will

    24th September

    Left-back birthdays 1980 - John Arne Riise was born in Molde. He made 348 reds appearances, scoring 31 times, following his £4m arrival from AS Monaco in June 2001, but left for Roma for the same fee in June 2008. He helped us to win the European Cup, FA Cup, League Cup, two UEFA Super Cups and two FA Charity Shields in his time at Anfield. 1979 – Brazilian left-back Fábio Aurélio was born in São Carlos. He arrived on a Bosman free transfer in July 2006, netting four goals in 134 games, helping us to claim the FA Community Shield in his very first senior appearance. He was released for the second time in June 2012. Jocky on the off 1977 - Alan Hansen made his reds debut as we beat Derby County 1-0 at Anfield, with Terry McDermott on the scoresheet. This was Bob Paisley’s hundredth win as reds boss, which came in his 182nd game as Manager. 1949 - We also beat the Rams in a First Division fixture at home when Kevin Baron, Willie Fagan and Jimmy Payne all struck as we won 3-1, with John Morris bagging one of his seven goals against the reds. 1921 - Harry Beadles debuted as we won 1-0 at Chelsea courtesy of forward Billy Matthews’ fourth and last reds strike. 1904 - Sam Raybould bagged a brace as we won 2-0 at Lincoln City, with defender Tom Chorlton making his reds bow. Zico sets a record 1983 - Phil Neal made his 417th consecutive reds appearance in our 1-0 defeat at Manchester United, with Frank Stapleton on target. It was also his 365th consecutive League appearance – both still club records. He had to miss the next month after damaging a thigh in this game. 1998 - We also lost at Old Trafford, going down 2-0 thanks to goals from Dennis Irwin and Paul Scholes. Another record for St. Michael 2003 - Michael Owen scored his 21st goal in European competition, a new club record, to hand us a 1-1 draw at Slovenian side Olimpija Ljubljana in the opening game of our UEFA Cup campaign. Anton Zlogar’s opening goal was the 250th we conceded under the sole charge of Gérard Houllier. Owen has since been comprehensively overtaken by Steven Gerrard. Most recently 2020 – Diogo Jota, Kostas Tsimikas and Rhys Williams all made their reds bows as we thumped Lincoln City 7-2 in a League Cup Third Round tie at the LNER Stadium. Xherdan Shaqiri netted his eighth and final reds goal with Takumi Minamino and Curtis Jones both bagging a brace. Marko Grujić scored his only goal for the club before Divock Origi scored as he captained the side for the first time, after Virgil can Dijk had left the pitch. 2016 – We thumped Hull City 5-1 at Anfield, with Adam Lallana opening the scoring. Ahmed El Mohamadi was sent off for handball with James Milner converting the resultant penalty. Sadio Mané and Philippe Coutinho both struck before Milner scored again from the spot after Daniel Sturridge was felled. 2011 – We beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1 at Anfield. We went two goals ahead when Roger Johnson deflected in a Charlie Adam strike with Luis Suárez also on target, as Steven Fletcher pulled a goal back shortly after the break. 7,500 up 1994 – Ian Rush scored the 7,500th goal in the club’s history as we drew 1-1 at Newcastle United. Rob Lee had opened the scoring shortly after the break, with Philippe Albert dismissed for the home side late on. Ex-reds Peter Beardsley and Barry Venison both featured for the Geordies. Sent off again 2005 - We drew 2-2 at Birmingham City, with Neil Kilkenny being sent off for the home side on his debut, one of fifteen opposition players dismissed against the reds that season. Our goals came from Luis García and a Djibril Cissé penalty, with Stephen Warnock scoring an own goal and Walter Pandiani also on target. Off the mark 1892 – Forward John Miller netted on his reds bow as we thumped Bury 4-0 in a Lancashire League game at Anfield. Jonathan Cameron and Malcolm McVean also struck, while James Kelso played his only reds game. Kelso sadly committed suicide aged just 29, back in his native Scotland. 1958 – Outside-right Fred Morris scored his first reds goal as we drew 2-2 in a Second Division match at Brighton & Hove Albion, with Billy Liddell also on target. Other birthdays 1949 - Former forward, and coach under Graeme Souness, Phil Boersma was born in Kirkby. He signed professional terms in September 1968 and struck thirty times in 120 reds games, although he struggled to get picked in front of Kevin Keegan and John Toshack. He left the club to join Middlesbrough in December 1975 for £72,000. 1912 – Centre-forward Fred Howe was born in Bredbury in Cheshire. He joined on a free transfer from Hyde United in March 1935, netting 36 times in 94 outings before joining Manchester City in June 1938. He bagged three reds trebles, including notching four times in our record 6-0 derby victory at Anfield in September 1935. 1889 - Irish forward Billy Lacey was born in Enniscorthy, Wexford. He signed from Everton alongside centre-forward Tommy Gracie in a swap deal for £300 and winger Harold Uren in February 1912, going on to play 259 times for the reds, including the FA Cup Final in 1914. He helped us to two League titles in the 1920’s, netting 29 times before crossing the Mersey to join New Brighton in June 1924. 1875 - Centre-half Robert Neill was born in Govan, Glasgow. At five feet four inches he is probably our shortest ever central defender, scoring three times in 27 times after signing on loan from Hibernian in April 1895 and then permanently in May 1896. He left to join Rangers in April 1897. Debuting at Manchester City 1910 - Forward Sam Gilligan scored on his reds debut as we beat City 2-1 at their Hyde Road ground, with Jack Parkinson also on target. 1969 - Phil Boersma made his reds bow on his twentieth birthday in our 3-2 defeat at Maine Road, becoming our first ever League Cup substitute, coming on for goalscorer Alun Evans in this Third Round tie, who bagged an equaliser when George Heslop’s panicked clearance struck him on the chest and went in. Bobby Graham netted our other goal, while Neil Young scored the last of his four goals past us. Ian Bowyer and Mike Doyle also struck for the home side. Supersub back at Anfield 1985 - David Fairclough played for the visitors as Oldham Athletic lost a League Cup Second Round first leg tie 3-0 at Anfield, our hundredth match in the competition. Steve McMahon bagged a brace, with Ian Rush also on target. A rare defeat 1974 - Burnley won 1-0 at Anfield, inflicting one of just eleven home League defeats we suffered in the whole of the 1970’s. Full-back Ian Brennan stunned Ray Clemence from thirty yards with his first ever goal for the club. Signing on 1938 – Utility player Bill Jones signed from Hayfield St Matthews. He scored seventeen times in 277 games for us, with his appearances including the 1950 FA Cup Final when he was preferred to Bob Paisley. Bill won two significant medals in the 1940’s - first he was awarded a Military Medal for his part in the crossing of the Rhine in the Second World War, and then he won a League title medal in 1947 on his return to Anfield. He later scouted for the reds while his grandson Rob represented the club in defence on 243 occasions in the 1990’s. Hooper steps in 1988 - Reserves keeper Mike Hooper replaced Bruce Grobbelaar, who had gone down with meningitis, as we won 3-1 at Southampton thanks to goals from John Aldridge, Peter Beardsley and Jan Mølby. Beating the Blues 1898 - Andrew McCowie bagged a brace, including a penalty, as we won 2-1 at Goodison Park. This was our first ever win across Stanley Park. Harkness on loan 1993 - Steve Harkness joined Second Division Huddersfield Town on loan. He made five appearances for the Terriers before returning to Anfield. 1987 - Reserves midfielder Ken DeMange joined Leeds United. He had never made a senior appearance while on our books, despite winning full international honours during that time. Double debutants 1924 – Future reds Gordon Hodgson and Arthur Riley won their first caps for South Africa as they beat Ireland 2-1 in Belfast. More first and last caps 1991 – Bjorn Tore Kvarme debuted for Norway Under-21’s in their 2-0 friendly win in Denmark, with fellow future red Stig Inge Bjørnebye also in action. 2001 - Robbie Foy won his first cap at Under-17’s level in Scotland’s 2-0 friendly win over Wales in Rhyl. On the same day, future red Javier Mascherano featured as Argentina Under-17’s beat Mali 2-1 after extra time to reach the Semi-finals of the World Championships Finals in Trinidad & Tobago. 2007 – Future reds centre-back Danny Wilson won his fourth and final cap for Scotland Under-17’s as they thumped Belarus 5-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Cumbernauld. Joey the boss 2001 - Joey Jones was appointed Caretaker Manager of Wrexham, following the departure of Bryan Flynn. He was only in charge for two games, both of which they lost, before ex-Oxford United boss Denis Smith took over. On the move 1999 - Ray Houghton joined Conference side Stevenage Borough having been released by Reading at the end of the previous season. He only made three appearances, all defeats, in his one season at Broadhall Way. 1990 - Former reserves centre-back Mark Seagraves signed for Bolton Wanderers from Manchester City for £100,000. He made 195 appearances in five seasons at Burnden Park before moving on to Swindon Town. 1984 - Future reds loanee keeper Mark Prudhoe joined Birmingham City from Sunderland for £22,000. He only appeared five times for the Blues, before moving on again to Walsall in February 1986. 2019 – Colombian defender Anderson Arroyo joined Czech side Mladá Boleslav on loan. He joined the reds in February 2018, spending all of his time out on loan to date. On the move 1999 - Ray Houghton joined Conference side Stevenage Borough having been released by Reading at the end of the previous season. He only made three appearances, all defeats, in his one season at Broadhall Way. 1990 - Former reserves centre-back Mark Seagraves signed for Bolton Wanderers from Manchester City for £100,000. He made 195 appearances in five seasons at Burnden Park before moving on to Swindon Town. 1984 - Future reds loanee keeper Mark Prudhoe joined Birmingham City from Sunderland for £22,000. He only appeared five times for the Blues, before moving on again to Walsall in February 1986. 2019 – Colombian defender Anderson Arroyo joined Czech side Mladá Boleslav on loan. He joined the reds in February 2018, spending all of his time out on loan to date. 2020 - Luis Suárez joined Club Atlético de Madrid from Barcelona, scoring 21 times in 38 appearances as he helped them to the Spanish title in his first season. Other reds games 1984 – We drew our League Cup Second Round first leg tie 0-0 at Stockport County. We won the second leg, but lost at Tottenham Hotspur at the next hurdle. 1966 – Ron Yeats and Roger Hunt netted as we drew 2-2 with Sunderland at Anfield. Neil Martin bagged one of his four goals against the reds, with George Herd netting a late equaliser. 1960 – We won 3-1 at Leyton Orient in a Second Division encounter thanks to goals from Dave Hickson, Alan A’Court and Johnny Morrissey. 1955 – Billy Liddell was on target as Middlesbrough held us to a 1-1 draw in L4. 1938 – We beat Leeds United 3-0 at home with Willie Fagan, Jack Balmer and Phil Taylor all on the scoresheet. 1932 – We lost 1-0 to Bolton Wanderers in L4 with Ray Westwood scoring one of his nine goals past us. 1927 – Dick Edmed struck as we lost 3-1 at West Ham United. Jimmy Ruffell and Stan Earle each bagged the first of their four goals against us, with William Gibbins also on target. Also in international action 2014 – Future red Dominic Solanke played for England Under-18’s as they lost 2-0 to Italy in a friendly in Caorle.
  6. Will

    21st September

    George born 1891 - Reds boss George Kay was born in Manchester. He arrived at Anfield in August 1936 and led us to our first League title in 24 years in 1947, and the FA Cup Final three years later. He was forced to retire due to illness in February 1951, and sadly died just three years later. Amongst the players who joined the club during his tenure were the great Billy Liddell and Bob Paisley. He had led us to a total of 140 victories in 354 matches in charge. 1987 – Left-winger Peter Kippax died. He left his hometown club Burnley 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. For King Billy 1960 - A testimonial match for Billy Liddell was staged. The reds beat an International XI 4-2 at Anfield. Liddell appeared for both sides, scoring for the Internationals. Dave Hickson netted a brace for the reds, with Jim Harrop and Alan A’Court also on target. Other stars in action for the international side included Jimmy Armfield, Tom Finney, Nat Lofthouse, Stanley Matthews, Don Revie and Bert Trautmann. Goalscoring debuts 1929 - Forward Jimmy Smith netted a brace on his reds bow, to hand us a 2-1 win at Manchester United. Joe Spence struck the last of his five goals against the reds. 1968 - New record signing Alun Evans scored on his debut in our 4-0 win at home to Leicester City, with all four goals coming in the opening twelve minutes, courtesy also of Ron Yeats, a Tommy Smith penalty and Ian Callaghan. 1999 - Young midfielder Layton Maxwell scored on his only senior reds appearance as we beat Hull City 4-2 in the second leg of our Worthington Cup Second Round tie, with Karl-Heinz Riedle netting a brace, and Danny Murphy also on the scoresheet. Stéphane Henchoz, Frode Kippe and Jon Newby all also made their senior bows, with keeper Lee Bracey sent off in the first half with the score 1-0 to the reds. Hull fought back from two goals to draw level through a John Eyre penalty and Colin Alcide before the reds restored order to proceedings. Bells toll again 2011 – Craig Bellamy struck the first goal in his second spell at Anfield as we won 2-1 at Brighton & Hove Albion in the Third Round of the League Cup, also smashing the crossbar with a 35-yard free-kick. A new record attendance of 21,897 at the American Express Community Stadium was set. Dirk Kuyt added a second goal late on, before Ashley Barnes converted a last-minute spot-kick for the home side. Ex-reds reserve Alan Navarro featured for the Seagulls. Other debutants 1935 - Forward Jack Balmer made his first reds appearance as we lost 1-0 at Leeds United. 1901 - Left-half George Fleming made his reds bow as we drew 1-1 at Sunderland, with Jack Cox on target. George Bowen made his second and final reds appearance in this game. First and last strikes 1895 - Centre-forward George Allan bagged the first of his 56 reds goals as we won 4-2 at Loughborough Town in a Second Division fixture. Davy Hannah bagged a brace with Jimmy Ross also on target. 1974 - Phil Boersma netted his thirtieth and final goal for the reds in our 3-0 top-flight defeat of Stoke City at Anfield. Steve Heighway rounded off the scoring, with the ball having been set rolling by a John Ritchie own goal. 1994 – John Scales netted his first reds goal as we beat Burnley 2-0 in the first leg of our League Cup Second Round tie at Anfield. Robbie Fowler also scored. Macca off the mark 1985 - Kenny Dalglish scored at Goodison inside twenty seconds, to become the only ever Player/Manager to net in this fixture. Ian Rush equalled Harry Chambers’ club record for derby strikes with his eighth against the Blues before Steve McMahon nabbed his first reds goal from 25 yards, as we raced into a three-goal half-time lead. Graeme Sharp struck one of his seven derby goals after the break before Gary Lineker scored one of his six goals against us late on, but we hung on to win 3-2 with Lineker also rattling the crossbar. Phil Neal came on as a substitute, and so equalled Ian Callaghan’s record of 29 consecutive derby appearances. 1946 - Our other derby match on this day ended in a goalless draw at Anfield. Future reds on target 1991 - Gary McAllister scored the only goal of the game as we lost 1-0 at Leeds United. 2013 – Centre-back Dejan Lovren headed in as Southampton won 1-0 at Anfield, with fellow future reds Nathaniel Clyne, Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert also featuring. Kenny at Hampden Kenny Dalglish twice turned out for the Scots at Hampden Park on this day. 1977 - He scored in their 3-1 World Cup qualifying defeat of Czechoslovakia. 1983 - He played alongside captain Graeme Souness, and ex-red Frank McGarvey and John Wark, as Scotland beat Uruguay 2-0 in a friendly. Robbo for Ireland 1983 - Michael Robinson won his first cap as a reds player, netting his final goal for the Republic of Ireland in their 3-0 European Championships qualifying win in Iceland. Clubmate Mark Lawrenson also played. Future red Glenn Hysén played for Sweden as the beat Czechoslovakia 1-0 in another qualifier in Solna the same day. Reserve keepers loaned out 1990 - Mike Hooper joined Leicester City on loan. He played fifteen times for them, before returning to our second string. 1985 - Bob Bolder moved to Sunderland on a temporary basis, going on to join them permanently for £100,000 the following month. English reds beaten at home 1983 - Phil Neal won his fiftieth and final cap in England’s 1-0 European Championships qualifying defeat by Denmark at Wembley, which meant they missed out on the Finals in France. Sammy Lee and future red John Barnes also played, while Ajax’s Jan Mølby came off the bench for the Danes. On the same day, Ian Rush and ex-red Joey Jones both played as Wales held Norway to a goalless draw in their qualifier in Oslo. Young England reds 1982 - Future reds John Barnes, Barry Venison and Paul Walsh all made their debuts for England Under-21’s as they won 4-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Denmark, with fellow future red Steve McMahon also playing. On the same day, another England Under-21’s side was winning the first leg of their European Championships Final 3-1 at Bramall Lane. Sammy Lee and future red David Hodgson both played against West Germany. England eventually won 5-4 on aggregate. Also on the move 1991 - Ex-red John Wak signed for Ipswich Town for the third time, this time on a free transfer from Middlesbrough. He spent another six seasons at Portman Road, helping them back into the top flight in 1992 and taking his total appearances for the Blues to 678. 2012 - Stephen Warnock joined Bolton Wanderers on loan from Aston Villa, playing fifteen times for the Trotters. 2020 - Mikel San José signed for Birmingham City, playing 28 times before terminating his contract by mutual consent the following May. Big wins 1907 – Forward Joe Hewitt nabbed a brace as we won 4-0 at Bolton Wanderers with James Bradley and Robbie Robinson also on the scoresheet. 1996 - Patrik Berger netted twice to add to strikes from John Barnes and Robbie Fowler and an Andy Myers own goal, when he knelt down to head back towards his keeper as we beat Chelsea 5-1 at Anfield. Frank Leboeuf struck the visitors’ late consolation. This game was the 129th consecutive reds game Robbie had played in, but he sat out the next one, our return meeting with Finnish side Myllykosken Pallo-47 in the European Cup Winners’ Cup. Bennett’s treble 1918 - Thomas Bennett grabbed a hat-trick as we trounced Preston North End 8-0 in a Wartime League game at Anfield. Donald Mackinlay nabbed a brace, while Arthur Metcalf, Harry Lewis and Harold Wadsworth all also scored. 1940 - We also met the Lilywhites in a wartime fixture, this time losing 5-0 at Deepdale. Other reds games 1963 – We lost 3-0 at Sheffield United. 1957 – We beat Leyton Orient 3-0 in a Second Division encounter in L4 with Johnny Wheeler, Tony Rowley and Brian Jackson all on the scoresheet. 1914 – Arthur Metcalf and Jimmy Nicholl netted as we lost 4-2 at Blackburn Rovers. Danny Shea struck the last two of his ten goals against the reds, with Eddie Latheron also bagging a brace. 1912 – Manchester City beat the reds 2-1 at Anfield, with Billy Lacey nabbing our goal. Also in international action 1969 – Future red Peter Cormack played for Scotland as they drew a friendly with the Republic of Ireland 1-1 in Dublin. 1988 – Future red István Kozma featured for Hungary in their 3-0 friendly win in Iceland. 1993 – Future red Bjørn Tore Kvarme played for Norway Under-21’s as they beat Poland 3-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Stavanger. 2007 – Future red Danny Wilson represented Scotland Under-17’s as they thrashed Liechtenstein 8-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Livingston. 2011 – Future reds keeper Danny Ward played for Wales Under-19’s in their 3-0 defeat by Belgium in a European Championships qualifier in Slovenia. 2016 – Rafael Camacho featured for Portugal Under-17’s in their 1-0 defeat by Scotland in a European Championships qualifier.
  7. Will

    7th September

    Happy birthdays 1974 - Stéphane Henchoz was born in Billens, Switzerland. He arrived for £3.5m from Blackburn Rovers in June 1999, and made a total of 205 appearances without scoring, forming a rock-solid partnership with Sami Hyypiä and helping us to claim five trophies in 2001 as well as another League Cup two years later. He joined Celtic on a free transfer in January 2005, and spent a season playing for Premiership new boys Wigan Athletic, before returning to Ewood Park for two injury-hit seasons. 1993 – Midfielder Kevin Stewart was born in Enfield. He arrived from Tottenham Hotspur in July 2014 on a free transfer, making twenty senior reds appearances without scoring before joining Hull City in July 2017. 1988 – Ex-reserves striker Craig Lindfield was born in Greasby on the Wirral peninsula. He struck in a pre-season friendly at Crewe Alexandra in July 2006 on his first appearance for the senior side, but failed to make a first-class appearance for the reds, and was released in August 2009. Trigger pulled 1995 - Birkenhead-born Jason McAteer signed from Bolton Wanderers for £4.5m, which was still their record transfer fee received until Nicolas Anelka’s £15m departure for Chelsea in January 2008, just five months after impressing against the reds in the Coca Cola Cup Final. He bagged six goals in his 139 reds games before joining Blackburn Rovers for £4m in January 1999. Four against the blues 1935 - Centre-forward Fred Howe scored four goals in our 6-0 triumph in the Anfield derby with Gordon Hodgson adding a brace. This remains the biggest ever winning margin by either side in the Merseyside derby. 1929 - Our other Anfield derby on this day ended in a 3-0 defeat. Dixie Dean bagged two of his nineteen derby goals with George Martin also on target. Red England 1977 - Six reds, plus the recently-departed Kevin Keegan, represented England in their goalless friendly draw with Switzerland at Wembley. This was England’s highest total from any one club since seven Arsenal players turned out against Italy in 1934, at Highbury. Terry McDermott made his debut alongside clubmates Ian Callaghan, Ray Clemence, skipper Emlyn Hughes, Ray Kennedy and Phil Neal. On the same day, Kenny Dalglish won his 48th Scottish cap, and his first as a reds player, as they beat East Germany 1-0 in a friendly in Berlin. King Billy starts out 1946 - We thumped Chelsea 7-4 at Anfield. Billy Liddell scored a brace on his official League debut, including one direct from a corner in the third minute as we raced into a 4-0 interval lead, with the lead eventually stretching to 6-0 before the west London outfit fought back. Bill Jones grabbed his first two reds goals with Willie Fagan also netting twice and Jack Balmer grabbing the other goal. Keeper Charlie Ashcroft also made his reds bow in this game, with Bob Paisley playing his first League game. Alex Machin bagged a brace for the visitors, with Len Goulden and Jimmy Argue also on target. 1963 - We also beat the Blues at Stamford Bridge, with Ian St. John nabbing a brace and Roger Hunt also on target in a 3-1 victory. Red trebles 1974 - Phil Boersma scored a first-half hat-trick in our 5-2 defeat of Tottenham Hotspur. Emlyn Hughes and Ray Kennedy were also on the scoresheet, with Martin Chivers netting the last of his seven goals against us, and Steve Perryman also scoring. This was Emlyn’s 300th League game for the reds. 1903 - Sydney Smith bagged a treble as we beat Manchester City 6-5 in a friendly at Anfield. Edgar Chadwick, Alex Raisbeck and Jack Cox also netted. 1921 - We also faced City, drawing 1-1 at their old Hyde Road ground, with Harry Chambers on target for the reds. Paddy’s bow 1996 - Patrik Berger made his reds bow as a substitute in our 2-1 defeat of Southampton on Graeme Souness’s first return to Anfield. Stan Collymore and Steve McManaman were on target either side of ex-red Jim Magilton’s equaliser. More debutants 1895 – John McKenna took charge of the reds for the first time as left-back Tom Wilkie and forward Fred Geary both debuted in our season-opening 3-2 defeat of Notts County at Forest’s Town Ground, as Trent Bridge was being used for a cricket match. Jimmy Ross, Joe McQue and Harry Bradshaw struck for the reds. Future reds right-back Jack Chadburn scored for the home side, with Elijah Allsopp also on target. 1991 - We also beat County, with Ronnie Rosenthal netting and Mark Walters converting a penalty as we came from behind at half time to win 2-1 at Meadow Lane. Tons up 1901 - Winger Tommy Robertson made his hundredth consecutive reds appearance in our 1-0 defeat at Stoke. 1971 – Forward Alun Evans reached a century of reds games as we beat Hull City 3-0 in a League Cup Second Round win at Anfield. Chris Lawler and Steve Heighway scored in the first half before Brian Hall converted a penalty after the break. 2012 – Ex-red Fernando Torres won his hundredth senior cap in Spain’s 5-0 friendly thumping of Saudi Arabia in Pontevedra. Mixed fortunes against the Mancs We have faced Manchester United three times in top-flight fixtures on this day in history, with differing results. 1907 - We were thumped 4-0 at their old Bank Street ground, with forward Sam Bowyer making an unhappy debut. Jimmy Turnbull bagged three of his seven strikes against the reds with George Wall netting the first of his ten goals past us. 1938 - Berry Nieuwenhuys grabbed the only goal of the game at Anfield. 1949 - Albert Stubbins struck as we were held 1-1 in L4, with Charlie Mitten bagging one of his five goals past us. International records 2012 – Ex-red John Arne Riise played for Norway for the 105th time as they lost a World Cup qualifier 2-0 in Iceland to become their most capped player ever. He went on to make 110 appearances in total. On the same day, Xherdan Shaqiri won his first cap as a Bayern München player in Switzerland’s 2-0 World Cup qualifying win in Slovenia. On the same day, future red Gini Wijnaldum scored as the Dutch Under-21’s thumped Austria 4-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Tilburg. 2007 – Future red James Milner set a new record for England Under-21’s caps, previously held by Scott Carson, as he played for the thirtieth time in their 3-0 European Championships qualifying win in Montenegro. He went on to win 46 caps in total, still a record. Ádám Bogdán won his first cap for Hungary Under-21’s as a Bolton Wanderers player as they won a qualifier 6-1 in San Marino. 2004 - James Milner also played for England Under-21’s, alongside fellow future reds Scott Carson, Glen Johnson, Gary O’Neil and Jermaine Pennant as they beat Poland 3-1 in another qualifier in Rybnik. Darren Potter and future reds Alberto Aquilani and Raul Meireles also appeared in qualifiers at this level that day. Young captains 1999 - Jamie Carragher captained England Under-21’s as they lost 3-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Poland. Steven Gerrard won his second cap, while David Thompson also featured as a substitute. Frode Kippe and future reds Milan Baroš, Haukur Ingi Guðnason and John Arne Riise all also played in qualifiers that day. 2009 – Future reds centre-half Danny Wilson skippered Scotland Under-19’s as they lost 2-0 to Iceland in Cumbernauld. 2010 – Péter Gulácsi was captain as Hungary Under-21’s were held to a goalless draw by Bosnia-Herzegovina in a European Championships qualifier in Budapest. Danny Wilson and future reds Thiago Alcântara, Jordan Henderson and Daniel Sturridge also featured in Under-21’s qualifiers that day. 2018 – Andy Robertson skippered Scotland for the first time as they were thumped 4-0 by Belgium in a Hampden Park friendly. Reds on target 2002 - Ex-red Phil Babb scored an own goal as the Republic of Ireland lost a Euro 2004 qualifier 4-2 in Russia, while winning his 36th and final cap. Future red Steve Finnan also featured, with Robbie Keane making his first outing while with Tottenham Hotspur. On the same day, ex-red Øyvind Leonhardsen was winning his first cap as an Aston Villa player, and his eightieth in total, in Norway’s 2-2 home qualifying draw with Denmark. John Arne Riise scored one of Norway’s goals, his first as a reds player, while future red Christian Poulsen played for the Danes. Future red Djibril Cissé scored his first senior international goal on his first full appearance as France won 2-1 in Cyprus in another qualifier. Also in international action that day were Steven Gerrard, Dietmar Hamann, Stéphane Henchoz, Emile Heskey, Sami Hyypiä, Danny Murphy, Michael Owen, future reds Craig Bellamy, Joe Cole, Paul Jones, Alex Manninger and Bolo Zenden and ex-reds Haukur Ingi Guðnason, David James and Jari Litmanen. 2012 – James Milner netted his first goal for his country, and only one as a Manchester City player, as Roy Hodgson’s England won a World Cup qualifier 5-0 in Moldova. Ex-red Robbie Keane converted a penalty as the Republic of Ireland won a qualifier 2-1 in Kazakhstan. On the same day, Nuri Şahin won his first cap while on loan with the reds in Turkey’s 2-0 defeat in the Netherlands, while Raul Meireles represented Portugal for the first time since moving to Fenerbahçe SK as they won 2-1 in Luxembourg. Ragnar Klavan played for Estonia for the first time while with Augsburg in their 2-0 defeat by Romania in Tallinn. Yossi Benayoun played for Israel for the first time while on loan at West Ham United as Israel drew another qualifier 1-1 in Azerbaijan. Steven Gerrard, Glen Johnson, Martin Škrtel, future reds Ádám Bogdán, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Mamadou Sakho and ex-reds Nikolay Mihaylov and Krisztián Németh all also represented their countries that day. 2013 – Victor Moses converted a penalty in Nigeria’s 2-0 World Cup qualifying defeat of Malawi in Calabar, as he won his first cap while on loan with the reds. Future red Sadio Mané was also on target as Senegal beat Uganda 1-0 in another qualifier in Dakar. Together with Juve 1989 - A Northern League representative team took on a combined Liverpool and Juventus Under-21’s side as part of the Northern League’s centenary celebrations. Jim Magilton and Mike Marsh struck as the non-leaguers won 3-2 at St. James’ Park. Bob Paisley managed a side that also featured Steve Harkness, Wayne Harrison and Nicky Tanner. First and last caps 2019 - Philippe Coutinho won his first cap while on loan at Bayern München as Brazil drew 2-2 with Colombia in a friendly in Florida, with Roberto Firmino also featuring. Jordan Henderson, Liam Millar, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and ex-reds Sebastián Coates and Raheem Sterling also played for their countries that day. 2018 – Alisson Becker and Fabinho both won their first caps for Brazil as reds players, with Roberto Firmino on target in their 2-0 friendly defeat of the USA in New Jersey. Meanwhile, Ki-Jana Hoever made his debut for the Dutch Under-17’s as they held Germany to a 2-2 draw, with Kai McKenzie-Lyle playing for Guyana for the first time since joining the reds in their 3-0 defeat of Barbados in a CONCACAF Nations League qualifier. Kamil Grabara, Curtis Jones, Corey Whelan and ex-red Philippe Coutinho also played for their countries that day. 2015 – Rafael Camacho made his bow for Portugal Under-19’s as they won 1-0 in Italy, while Diogo Jota won his first cap for the Under-21’s as a Wolverhampton Wanderers player as they lost 2-1 to Romania in a European Championships qualifier. Emre Can, Joe Gomez, Jordon Ibe, Lazar Marković, Sheyi Ojo, Jordan Rossiter, ex-red Krisztián Németh and future red Dominic Solanke all also played for their countries while ex-reds Daniel Agger and Robbie Keane both skippered their nations. 2014 - Lazar Marković won his first cap as a reds player as Serbia held France to a 1-1 friendly draw in Belgrade. Péter Gulácsi appeared for Hungary for the final time while playing for Red Bull Salzburg in their 2-1 defeat by Northern Ireland in Budapest. Ex-red Robbie Keane and future red Kostas Tsimikas were also in international action that day. 2010 – Christian Poulsen won his first cap as a reds player, skippering Denmark to a 1-0 Euro 2012 qualifying defeat of Iceland in Copenhagen, with Daniel Agger also featuring. Javier Mascherano won his first cap since his move to Barcelona as Argentina thumped Spain 4-1 in a friendly in Buenos Aires, with Pepe Reina and ex-reds Xabi Alonso and Álvaro Arbeloa on the losing side. Ex-reds Yossi Benayoun, Alou Diarra and Robbie Keane all also captained their countries in qualifiers, with Keane netting as the Republic of Ireland beat Andorra 3-1 in Dublin. Joe Allen won his last Under-21’s cap as Wales lost a European Championships qualifier 1-0 in Italy. Roma’s John Arne Riise netted for Norway as they beat Portugal 1-0 in Oslo, while Basel’s Xherdan Shaqiri netted his first senior international goal as Switzerland lost 3-1 to England in Basel. Steven Gerrard, Glen Johnson, Milan Jovanović, Raul Meireles, Martin Škrtel, future red James Milner and ex-reds Nikolay Mihaylov and Daniel Sjölund also featured in qualifiers, with ex-red Milan Baroš having a spot-kick saved as the Czech Republic lost 1-0 at home to Lithuania. 1994 - Ex-red Barry Venison won the first of his two full England caps in their 2-0 friendly defeat of the USA at Wembley. John Barnes, Rob Jones and future red Brad Friedel all also featured. On the same day, future red Karl-Heinz Riedle won his 42nd and final cap for Germany as they beat Russia 1-0 in a friendly in Moscow. Also that day, Phil Babb won his first cap as a reds player as the Republic of Ireland won 3-0 in a Euro ’96 qualifier in Latvia. Ex-red John Aldridge scored the fifth and sixth of his eight goals in four games against Latvia, one coming from the spot, with future red Jason McAteer and ex-red Steve Staunton also playing. Stig Inge Bjørnebye, Ian Rush, ex-red István Kozma and future reds Øyvind Leonhardsen, Jari Litmanen, Jim Magilton and Gary McAllister all also played for their countries. 2008 – Future red Ádám Bogdán won his seventh and last Under-21's cap as Hungary were thumped 8-0 by Serbia in a European Championships qualifier in Belgrade. Future red Kolo Touré and ex-reds Mark González and Momo Sissoko all featured in World Cup qualifiers on the same day. 2003 - Harry Kewell netted in his first game for Australia as a reds player, as they beat Jamaica 2-1 in a friendly in Reading. 2005 - Daniel Agger won his fourth and last cap and scored his only goal as a Brøndby IF player as Denmark thumped Georgia 6-1 in a World Cup qualifier in Copenhagen. Christian Poulsen netted his final goal while with Schalke 04 in the same game. Milan Baroš bagged his first goal as an Aston Villa player, playing alongside ex-red Vladimír Šmicer in the Czech Republic’s 4-1 defeat of Armenia in another qualifier. Meanwhile, Michael Owen won his first cap as a Newcastle United player in England’s 1-0 defeat in Northern Ireland. Xabi Alonso, Jamie Carragher, Djibril Cissé, Luis García, Steven Gerrard, John Arne Riise and future reds Yossi Benayoun, Joe Cole, Philipp Degen, Robbie Keane, Martin Škrtel, Fernando Torres and Andriy Voronin all also featured in qualifiers, with John Toshack taking charge of Wales. 2007 - Degen also represented his country as they beat Chile 2-1 in Vienna, with future Joe Allen also in international action that day. Moving on 2005 – Future reds Direct of Football Damien Comolli was appointed Sporting Director of Tottenham Hotspur, with overall responsibility for the medical, academy, scouting and club secretarial departments. 2016 – Left-back José Enrique signed for Real Zaragoza, having been released by the reds at the end of the previous season. He struck once in 24 outings in his first campaign with the Segunda División side. 2020 - Sheyi Ojo joined Cardiff City on loan. He scored five goals in 42 outings for the Bluebirds. Other reds games 1985 – We beat Watford 3-1 at Anfield after falling behind to a Colin West goal. Phil Neal levelled from the spot before the break before Craig Johnston and Ian Rush secured the victory. 1982 – We won by the odd goal in seven when Nottingham Forest visited L4. We were 3-2 down at the break after Steve Hodge had scored the first two of his six goals against the reds and Peter Davenport also on target. David Hodgson bagged a first-half brace, with Graeme Souness and Ian Rush scoring late on. 1968 – Ron Yeats and Bobby Graham struck as we beat Queens Park Rangers at home. 1960 – We were held to a 2-2 draw by Luton Town in a Second Division encounter at Anfield. Gordon Turner bagged one of his five goals past us very early, with Dave Hickson equalising straight away. Ronnie Moran converted a penalty, but Billy Bingham equalised before the break. 1957 – We drew 2-2 at Fulham in a Second Division meeting. Tosh Chamberlain scored one of his four goals past us, with Billy Liddell and Alan A’Court putting us in front by half time. Johnny Haynes equalised for the Cottagers in the second half. 1955 – Bristol Rovers won a Second Division match 2-0 in L4. Geoff Bradford netted one of his five strikes against us, with Alfie Biggs also on the scoresheet. 1953 – Brian Jackson netted as we lost 2-1 at Wolverhampton Wanderers. Roy Swinbourne struck the last of his five goals past us with Peter Broadbent bagging the late winner. 1932 - We were held to a 2-2 draw at Anfield by Sheffield United. Jack Pickering scored two of his five against us straight after the break, with Dave Wright then bagging a brace. 1896 – Bolton Wanderers won 2-0 in L4. Also in international action 2020 – Ex-reds coach Steve Clarke took charge of a Scotland side captained by Andy Robertson as they won a UEFA Nations League group game in the Czech Republic. On the same day, Virgil van Dijk skippered the Netherlands in their 1-0 defeat by Italy in Amsterdam, with Gini Wijnaldum also in action. 1997 – Future red Gary McAllister captained Scotland as they beat Belarus 4-1 in a World Cup qualifier at Pittodrie. 1993 – Steve McManaman, Jamie Redknapp and future reds coach Mike Sheron all played for England Under-21’s as they lost 2-1 to Poland in a European Championships qualifier at The Den. On the same day, Sami Hyypiä played for Finland at the same level as they lost 1-0 to France in another qualifier in Tampere, while fellow future red Bjørn Tore Kvarme featured for Norway Under-21’s as they drew 1-1 with Spain in a friendly in Albacete. 1983 – Glenn Hysén and future red Jan Mølby both played in friendlies, with Sweden beating Finland 3-0 in Helsinki and Denmark seeing off France 3-1 in Copenhagen.
  8. Will

    1st September

    Dan the man 1989 – Forward Daniel Sturridge was born in Birmingham. He signed from Chelsea for £12m in January 2013, netting an impressive 67 times in 160 reds games before being released in June 2019. 2013 – He scored the only goal of David Moyes’ Manchester United’s League visit to Anfield in just the fourth minute. 1993 – Ex-reds left-back Jack Robinson was born in Warrington. He became the club’s then youngest ever player when he debuted at Hull City in May 2010 aged just sixteen years and 250 days. He was sold to Queens Park Rangers in August 2014, scoring twice in 39 outings before moving on to Nottingham Forest in June 2018. The very beginning 1892 - We played our first ever game, beating reigning Midland League champions Rotherham Town 7-1 in a friendly that kicked off at Anfield at 5.30pm on a Thursday evening. 1894 - We played our first ever First Division game, drawing 1-1 at Blackburn Rovers, with Harry Bradshaw putting the reds in front before Coombe Hall equalised for the home side. Unfortunately, we were relegated at the end of the season. Outside-left John Drummond played the first of eighteen senior reds games, with keeper Bill McCann making the first of his seventeen outings. Rams hit for six 2007 - Ryan Babel scored his first reds goal as we thumped Derby County 6-0 at Anfield to go into the international break on top of the table for the first time in five seasons. Xabi Alonso and Fernando Torres each bagged a brace, with Andriy Voronin also on target. Birth of the Kop 1906 - Joe Hewitt bagged the only goal of our game against Stoke at Anfield as the Kop stand was used for the first time, in scorching temperatures, although it was not yet known by that name. After the previous season’s title success, the board had decided to demolish what was known as the Oakfield Road Embankment, or Walton Breck Road End, and replace it with a huge bank of rubble and cinders. Germany 1 Liverpool 5 2001 - All of England's goals in their sensational 5-1 win over Germany in Munich were scored by reds. Michael Owen grabbed a hat-trick, with Steven Gerrard nabbing his first international goal and Emile Heskey also on target. Dietmar Hamann was on the losing side, while Nick Barmby, Jamie Carragher and ex-red Steve McManaman all also appeared. Meanwhile, future reds forward Fernando Morientes bagged a brace as Spain beat Austria 4-0 in their qualifying encounter in Valencia. 2007 – Future red Mamadou Sakho scored in the penalty shoot-out as France Under-17’s lost 5-4 to Spain in their World Championship Finals Quarter-final after the game itself ended 1-1 in South Korea. Keeping debuts 1904 - Ned Doig became our oldest ever debutant, aged 37 years and 307 days, when he played in our 2-0 opening day home defeat of Burton United in the Second Division, thanks to a Robbie Robinson brace. Half-back Jimmy Hughes played the first of his fifteen reds games. 1912 - Elisha Scott signed for the reds. He played 468 times in eighteen seasons at Anfield, winning two League titles before joining Belfast Celtic as Player/Manager in June 1934. Crossing the park 1962 - Winger Johnny Morrissey was sold to Everton for £10,000. He had signed on as a professional in April 1957, netting six times in 37 reds games. He scored fifty goals in 314 appearances for the Blues, helping them to two League titles. Facing the Foxes 2018 – New keeper Alisson Becker was robbed while trying to play out from the back leading to Rachid Ghezzal’s consolation as we won 2-1 at Leicester City. Sadio Mané and Roberto Firmino had both struck before the break to give us a two-goal lead. 1973 – We drew a top-flight encounter 1-1 at Filbert Street. John Toshack headed us into the lead after the break, but Alan Birchenall equalised with the last of his four goals against us. Red arrivals 1996 - Patrik Berger signed from Ballspielverein Borussia 09 e.V. Dortmund for £3.25m, following an impressive Euro ’96. He scored 35 times in 196 reds games, before joining Portsmouth in June 2003. 1994 - Phil Babb signed from Coventry City for a club record £3.6m, also a British record fee for a defender. He struck once in 170 reds appearances in his six years at Anfield, before being released on a free transfer to Sporting Clube de Portugal. 1997 - Reserves winger Nicky Rizzo signed as a professional at Anfield. He never made our first team, and is currently back in his homeland, running a soccer school. 2008 - Left-winger Albert Riera signed from R.C.D. Espanyol on transfer deadline day for an initial £5.5m. He made 56 appearances, netting five times before joining Olympiacos in July 2010. Right-back Steve Finnan moved in the opposite direction, after one goal in 217 appearances since signing from Fulham for £3.5m in July 2003. On the same day, second string keeper Péter Gulácsi signed permanently from MTK Hungária, having spent the previous season on loan at Anfield. Meanwhile, Andriy Voronin joined Hertha BSC Berlin on loan for the season, while young Brazilian forward Vitor Flora arrived from Botafogo on a free transfer. Lawler’s 300 1971 – Full-back Chris Lawler played his 300th League game for the reds in our 1-0 defeat at Manchester City. Deadline day moves 2014 – Centre-half Sebastián Coates joined Sunderland on loan, having failed to break through to the first team. On the same day, winger Oussama Assaidi returned to Stoke City on a temporary basis, while Hungarian forward Krisztián Adorján left Anfield to sign for Italian Serie C side Novara Calcio. Meanwhile, forward Nathan Eccleston signed for Partick Thistle, having been released by Blackpool, John Arne Riise joined APOEL in Cyprus, Swedish left-winger Alexander Kačaniklić joined F.C. København on loan from Fulham, and forward David N’Gog returned to France on loan from Bolton Wanderers with Stade de Reims. On the same day, winger Sadio Mané joined Southampton from Red Bull Salzburg for £11.8m after 45 goals in 87 games. 2015 – Centre-half Tiago Ilori joined Aston Villa on loan, failing to make a senior appearance before being recalled four months later. On the same day, winger Victor Moses made a temporary switch to West Ham United from Chelsea, netting twice in 26 outings in east London. Farewell Welfare 1966 – Forward Harry Welfare died in Angra dos Reis, Brazil. He joined the reds from Northern Nomads in 1912, notching once in four outings before signing for 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. 1933 – Scottish outside-right Danny McRorie joined Millwall on trial, moving on permanently to Rochdale a month later. He had bagged six goals in 35 reds games after signing from Morton for £1,500 in November 1930. Starting and ending 1900 - Right-back Tom Robertson made his reds bow as we beat Blackburn Rovers 3-0 at Anfield in another season opener. Tommy Robertson, Charlie Satterthwaite and Sam Raybould struck the goals as Alex Raisbeck captained the side at the age of just 21 years and 249 years, remaining the club’s youngest ever captain until Curtis Jones in February 2020. 1937 – Forward Ted Harston scored his final two reds goals in our 3-2 home defeat of Portsmouth. Berry Nieuwenhuys also struck for the reds, with Jock Anderson bagging the first two of his four goals past us. 1951 – Inside-forward Willie Fagan played his 182nd and final reds game as we beat Huddersfield Town 2-1 in a First Division fixture at Anfield. Billy Liddell and Kevin Baron struck our goals, while Vic Metcalfe netted one of his six strikes against the reds. Centre-backs off the mark against the Saints 1979 - Colin Irwin scored his first senior reds goal, although it was not enough to prevent us going down to a 3-2 League defeat at The Dell, with David Johnson grabbing our other goal. Charlie George scored the last of his five goals past us, with Phil Boyer and Trevor Hebberd also on target for the home side. 1992 - Mark Wright struck his first reds goal, in a 1-1 draw at home to his former club Southampton after Kerry Dixon had put the visitors in front with his seventh and final goal against the reds. UEFA President Lennart Johansson officially opened the Centenary Stand prior to the game. 1993 - Phil Babb scored his first Coventry City goal in their 1-0 defeat of the reds at Highfield Road, as Rob Jones was sent off for receiving two yellow cards in the space of three minutes. David Burrows played his 193rd and final reds game, against one of his future employers. Hat-tricks against We conceded three hat-tricks on this day in the 1930’s. 1930 - Vic Watson netted the last four of his nine goals past us as we were crushed 7-0 at West Ham United in a game that kicked off at 6pm. Stan Earle grabbed the final two of his four strikes against the reds, with Wilfred James also scoring. 1934 - Ted Drake and Ray Bowden both grabbed trebles as we were humbled 8-1 at Arsenal who were on their way to a third consecutive League title, with outside-left Alf Hanson grabbing our consolation and Drake having another effort ruled out for a push. Cliff Bastin scored the final goal of his four against us, with Jack Crayston also netting. 1919 - We also faced the Gunners, when Harry Chambers and Fred Pagnam scored in a 3-2 home defeat. Bert White bagged a brace, with Billy Blyth also netting for the visitors. Alou and goodbye 2003 - Alou Diarra joined Bastia on loan. He eventually left Anfield permanently to join Racing Club de Lens for £2m in June 2005, without ever playing a first-class reds game. 2016 - Diarra had his contract with Charlton Athletic terminated by mutual consent after one goal in 45 outings, signing for AS Nancy-Lorraine on the same day. In Midlands action We have faced Aston Villa three times on this day in history. 1908 - We kicked off the season by beating the Villains 3-2 at Anfield, thanks to goals from Robbie Robinson and Joe Hewitt and a Tom Chorlton penalty. 1990 - Peter Beardsley and John Barnes netted in our 2-1 home victory, with David Platt on target for the visitors. 1928 – Left-half Jimmy McDougall scored his first reds goal as we lost 3-1 at Villa Park. Joe Beresford struck the first of his four goals against the reds, with Len Capewell scoring the last of his six past us and Dicky York also on target. Left-back Donald Mackinlay was making his 434th and final reds appearance. Both of our meetings with West Bromwich Albion on this day have ended all square. 1920 - Tom Miller struck at The Hawthorns. 1923 - Another top-flight encounter ended goalless at Anfield. Up against the Blades We twice faced Sheffield United on this day in the 1960’s, without conceding a goal. 1962 - Ian Callaghan and Ian St. John struck as we won 2-0 at Anfield. 1965 - We left Bramall Lane with a goalless draw. More season openers We have started our top-flight seasons on two more occasions on this day in history. 1896 - George Allan struck twice as we won 2-1 at The Wednesday in Tom Watson’s first game as Manager, and first game in a new kit of red shirts and white shorts. Right-half John McCartney reached a century of reds appearances in this game. 1913 - Tom Miller was on target following a fine dribble to open the scoring in our 1-1 draw at Derby County, with half-back Tommy Fairfoul making his reds bow. Horace Barnes struck one of his nine goals past us. Happy birthday Michael 1974 – Former reserves keeper Michael Stensgaard was born in Copenhagen. The Dane was signed by Roy Evans but never played a first team game for the reds, despite being named on the bench 28 times. Derby stalemate 1897 - We benefited from a Peter Meecham own goal as our Goodison Park friendly ended 1-1. First and last caps 2017 – Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain played for England for the first time since moving to Anfield, in their 4-0 World Cup qualifying win in Malta. Meanwhile, Andy Robertson won his first cap as a reds player, scoring in Scotland’s 3-0 win in Lithuania, with Dominic Solanke playing for England Under-21’s for the first time since moving to Anfield. Ex-reds loanee Victor Moses scored as Nigeria thumped Cameroon 4-0 in Uyo, while Emre Can, Joe Gomez, Jordan Henderson, future red Kostas Tsimikas, and ex-reds Raheem Sterling and Luis Suárez were also in international action that day. 2006 - Daniel Agger won his first cap as a red in Denmark’s 4-2 friendly win over Portugal in Copenhagen, with Christian Poulsen playing for his country for the first time since joining Sevilla. On the same day, Florent Sinama-Pongolle made his first appearance for France Under-21’s while on loan at Real Club Recreativo de Huelva, as they beat Scotland 3-1 in a European Championships qualifier at Pittodrie, with future red Charlie Adam winning his third and final cap at this level. Future red Alberto Aquilani played for Italy Under-21’s on the same day, in a 1-0 qualifying victory in Iceland, with a player being sent off for each side. 1982 – Jan Mølby won his second cap, and first one as an Ajax player, as Denmark lost 1-0 to Romania in a friendly in Bucharest. 2016 – Trent Alexander-Arnold debuted for England Under-19’s in their 1-1 friendly draw with the Netherlands in Wellington, Shropshire. Philippe Coutinho, Divock Origi, future red Thiago Alcântara and ex-reds Javier Mascherano, Brad Smith and Luis Suárez all featured for their countries, with keeper Alisson Becker winning his first cap as a Roma player. Meanwhile, Gini Wijnaldum scored in his third consecutive international, while winning his first cap as a red, as the Netherlands lost 2-1 to Greece in a friendly in Eindhoven. Kamil Grabara made his debut for Poland Under-18’s in their 1-1 friendly draw with Norway Under-17’s in Sweden. 2011 – Jordan Henderson captained England Under-21’s for the first time, scoring as they thumped Azerbaijan 6-0 in a European Championships qualifier at Vicarage Road, with Jon Flanagan and Jonjo Shelvey both debuting at this level and future red Steven Caulker also featuring while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain won his first cap as an Arsenal player. Future red Christian Benteke scored as Belgium Under-21’s lost a qualifier 2-1 in Iceland. On the same day, Péter Gulácsi skippered Hungary Under-21’s as they lost another qualifier 2-1 in the Republic of Ireland. 1999 - Mark Kennedy won his first cap as a Manchester City player, with Robbie Keane making his first appearance while with Coventry City. Both netted as the Republic of Ireland beat FR Yugoslavia 2-1 in a European Championships qualifier at Lansdowne Road. Steve Staunton also played. 1996 - Nick Barmby won his final cap while with Middlesbrough, scoring as England won a World Cup qualifier 3-0 in Moldova. Stig Inge Bjørnebye, future reds Sami Hyypiä, Paul Ince and Øyvind Leonhardsen and ex-red Ronnie Rosenthal also represented their countries that day. Other international reds 2001 - Don Hutchison won his first cap as a West Ham United player as Scotland were held to a goalless draw by Croatia at Hampden Park. Igor Bišcan won his fifteenth and final cap in this game with ex-red Dominic Matteo also featuring. Jerzy Dudek won his first cap as a red in Poland’s 3-0 defeat of Norway in Chorzów, with Everton’s Thomas Myhre at the other end, the first time two Merseyside keepers had been in international opposition since May 1979. John Arne Riise and ex-red Øyvind Leonhardsen both also played. Meanwhile, Jason McAteer netted the only goal of the Republic of Ireland’s World Cup qualifying defeat of the Netherlands at Lansdowne Road. He was winning his last cap as a Blackburn Rovers player, and 43rd in total. Future reds Steve Finnan, Robbie Keane and Bolo Zenden, and ex-red Steve Staunton also featured. Craig Bellamy won his first cap while with Newcastle United, his thirteenth to date, as Wales were held to a goalless draw by Armenia in Cardiff. Also in international action that day were Sami Hyypiä, Jari Litmanen, ex-reds Brad Friedel and Jim Magilton, and future reds Milan Baroš and Paul Jones. 1994 – Future red Haukur Ingi Guðnason played for Iceland Under-17’s as they lost 2-0 to Finland in a European Championships qualifier in Reykjavik. 2000 – Richie Partridge and future reds Milan Baroš and John Arne Riise all featured in European Championships qualifier at Under-21’s level, with Riise the only to be on the winning side as Norway beat Armenia 5-1. 2005 - Anthony Le Tallec struck as France Under-21’s beat FYR Macedonia 3-0 in a friendly in Epernay. 2013 – Future red Dominic Solanke came off the bench as England Under-17’s lost 2-1 to Italy in Burton. On the move 2005 - Bjørn Tore Kvarme re-signed for Rosenborg BK, having left Bastia earlier in the year. He retired from the game in June 2008. 2017 – Keeper David Martin signed for Millwall, only making one senior appearance in his first campaign with the Lions. 2020 – Young keeper Kai McKenzie-Lyle signed for Cambridge United, having been released by the reds three months earlier. On the same day, centre-half Rhys Williams signed a new contract while Chief Commercial Officer Billy Hogan took over as Chief Executive Officer. Other reds games 1984 – Queens Park Rangers held us to a 1-1 draw at Anfield. Ronnie Whelan was on target, with Paul Walsh having two goals disallowed. 1981 – Middlesbrough left L4 with a point. David Shearer bagged one of his four goals against the reds, with Phil Neal equalising from the spot. 1959 – We lost a Second Division game 1-0 at Bristol City. 1956 – We beat Grimsby Town 3-2 in a home Second Division encounter. Louis Bimpson struck twice, with Alan Arnell also on target as Bob Crosbie netted a brace for the visitors. 1954 – Plymouth Argyle held us to a 3-3 draw in the Second Division at Anfield. John Evans was on target, with Alan Arnell scoring twice late on. Milan the dad 2009 – Ex-reds striker Milan Baroš became a father to Patrick.
  9. Crouchie off the mark 2005 - Peter Crouch finally scored his first goals for the club after eighteen goalless outings with a brace in our 3-0 defeat of Wigan Athletic at Anfield, our first ever League encounter with the Latics. Luis García completed the scoring. Happy birthday Christian 1990 – Centre-forward Christian Benteke was born in Kinshasa in Zaire. The Belgian international signed from Aston Villa for £32.5m in July 2015, bagging ten goals in 42 outings and featuring in the UEFA Europa League Final in Basel. He moved on to Crystal Palace for £27m in August 2016. A humbling defeat 1991 - Third Division Peterborough United knocked us out of the League Cup as a single Garry Kimble goal, gifted by a blunder by Bruce Grobbelaar, gave them victory in our Fourth Round tie at London Road. Spud no longer the lucky omen 2003 - Bolton Wanderers knocked us out of the Carling Cup in a Fourth Round tie at Anfield, 3-2. Vladimír Šmicer and Danny Murphy both scored equalisers, but it was not enough. Danny’s goal was his fortieth reds strike, and his first in a game that we lost. Afterwards, Gérard Houllier fired a rare salvo at his underperforming players, “We let the fans and the club down and there’s no excuse! We didn’t deserve to go through tonight and we let ourselves down. I’m angry with my players and I am not happy with the performance.” 1898 - We beat the Trotters 2-0 at home in the top flight, with Andrew McCowie nabbing his eleventh and final goal for the club, as Hugh Morgan also got on the scoresheet. 1904 - We lost by the same score at Burnden Park in a Second Division meeting, with Sam Marsh bagging a brace, including a penalty. Five for Miller 1892 - John Miller bagged five goals as we thumped Fleetwood Rangers 7-0 in a Lancashire League match at Anfield. Matt McQueen scored his first goal for the reds, with Malcolm McVean also on target. Red centurions 1983 - Bruce Grobbelaar made his hundredth consecutive reds appearance, also reaching a century of League games for the club, keeping a clean sheet as a late Ian Rush strike beat a Birmingham City side including ex-red Howard Gayle in a League fixture at Anfield, with Ronnie Whelan rattling the crossbar as we moved four points clear at the top of the table. 1977 – Emlyn Hughes played his 600th reds game in our 2-0 victory over West Ham United at Anfield, thanks to goals from Kenny Dalglish and David Fairclough. Ex-reds loaned out 1999 - Gary Ablett joined Second Division Wycombe Wanderers on loan from Birmingham City. He made four appearances while at the Causeway Stadium. On the same day, ex-reserves forward John Durnin temporarily joined Third Division Carlisle United from Portsmouth. He scored once in seven first-team outings, and later signed permanently for the Cumbrians. Sami the best again 2008 - Sami Hyypiä was named Finland’s Player of the Year for the seventh time in ten years. New contracts 2010 - Martin Kelly and Dani Pacheco both signed new contracts to keep them at Anfield until 2014. Kelly struck once in 62 senior appearances before moving to Crystal Palace for a reported £2m in August 2014, while Pacheco featured on seventeen occasions before moving on to AD Alcorcón in September 2013. Norman’s last 1932 – Centre-half Norman James played his eighth and last reds game in our 3-3 draw with Sunderland at Anfield, with centre-forward Harold Barton, inside-left Syd Roberts and forward Dave Wright on target. James Connor nabbed two of his five goals past us, with Raich Carter scoring the first of his six against the reds. New keeper 1901 – Liverpool-born custodian Bill Marshall signed on with the reds. He only made one senior appearance before leaving the club the following year. Stig the boss 2003 - Stig Inge Bjørnebye was named Norway’s Assistant Manager under former Rosenborg BK manager Åge Hareide, who also took over that day following their Euro 2004 play-off defeat to Spain the previous month. Happy birthday Mr Kozma 1964 - Istvan Kozma was born in Paszto. The Hungarian international spent two seasons at Anfield, having impressed Graeme Souness while playing for Dunfermline Athletic, but made just ten first-team appearances for the reds after signing for £300,000 in February 1992. He returned to his homeland to sign for Tatabánya after he failed to secure a new work permit in England in June 1993. Management moves 2001 - Bruce Grobbelaar took over as coach of struggling South African top flight side Hellenic. He remained in the post for just five months. 2012 - Markus Babbel was sacked as Manager of TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, having been in charge for just ten months. Double awards 2001 - Phil Thompson and Danny Murphy scooped the Barclaycard Premiership awards for November. Thommo said, “This is an award not only for myself but for Gérard, the technical and the medical staff as well as the players who have been outstanding.” The reds had won two and drawn the other of their League fixtures that month. Igor returns home 2007 - Igor Bišćan re-signed for Dinamo Zagreb, having been released by Panathinaikos. He became club captain, netting eight times in 104 games as they dominated Croatian football, retiring in April 2012. Jari at last 2004 - Jari Litmanen won his 93rd cap, and final one in his first spell as a Lahti player. He skippered his country to a goalless draw against Oman, but the Finns lost this Final of the Bahrain Prime Minister’s Cup 4-3 on penalties. Also in international action 1992 – Future red Bjørn Tore Kvarme played for Norway Under-21’s as they beat a Singapore A side 1-0 in Singapore. 2008 – John Barnes took charge of Jamaica as they beat Barbados 2-1 in a Digicel Caribbean Championships group game in Kingston. 2009 – Future red Suso featured as Spain Under-17’s lost a friendly 4-1 to Portugal. 2011 – Future red Mohamed Salah played in Egypt’s 2-0 Africa Cup of Nations group defeat of South Africa in Morocco. 2016 – Future reds centre-half Ozan Kabak featured as Turkey Under-17’s were thumped 5-1 by the USA in Florida. 2017 - Future red Ki-Jana Hoever played for the Dutch Under-16’s in their 3-1 defeat of England in a friendly in Florida.
  10. Will

    30th August

    Central moves 2014 – Daniel Agger joined Brøndby IF in his native Denmark for a reported £3m, after fourteen goals in 232 games since signing from the same club for £5.8m in January 2006. He had helped us to claim the FA Community Shield and League Cup. 2011 – Uruguayan Sebastián Coates signed from Nacional for £7m after impressing at the recent Copa América tournament. He netted twice in 24 senior outings for the reds, failing to break through to becoming a first team regular. He was sold to Sunderland for £4m in July 2015 after spending the previous season on loan there. Masch off 2010 - Javier Mascherano was sold to Barcelona for €22m, after two goals in 139 reds games. He signed for the reds on loan from West Ham United in January 2007, joining permanently thirteen months later. A hat-trick for Michael 1998 - Michael Owen bagged a hat-trick as we beat Newcastle United 4-1 at St. James’ Park, to spoil Ruud Gullit’s first game in charge. Stéphane Guivarc’h replied for the home side with Patrik Berger rounding out the scoring, which all took place in the first half. The Saint off the mark 1961 – Ian St. John struck his first two reds goals as we trounced Sunderland 4-1, with Roger Hunt also on target twice and Brian Clough netting the last of his ten goals past us. 1958 – We were beaten 2-1, when Billy Liddell grabbed our consolation at Roker Park. 1922 - We also lost 1-0 on another visit to the North East. Carra’s half century 2012 - Jamie Carragher played his fiftieth game in Europe’s second tier competition as Heart Of Midlothian held us to a 1-1 draw in the second leg of our UEFA Europa League play-off at Anfield. David Templeton’s strike that evaded Pepe Reina with just six minutes remaining looked to have secured extra time, but Luis Suárez scored to send us through. 1980 – Left-back Alan Kennedy reached a century of reds appearances, also scoring in our 4-1 defeat of Norwich City at Anfield with Alan Hansen, Terry McDermott and David Johnson also on target. Loaned out 2012 – Centre-forward Andy Carroll joined West Ham United on loan after bagging eleven goals in 58 reds games since his club record £35m capture on transfer deadline day in January 2011. He netted seven times in 24 games for the Irons, before signing on permanently for £15.5m in June 2013, their record fee paid to date. On the same day, young forward Samed Yeşil moved to Anfield from Bayer 04 Leverkusen for a reported £1m. He made two senior reds appearances before being released in June 2016. Meanwhile, ex-red Ryan Babel was released by TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, later re-joining Ajax. 2015 – Forward Lazar Marković joined Fenerbahçe SK on loan, netting twice in twenty outings. Also off and running 2003 - Harry Kewell netted his first reds goal as we won 3-0 at Everton, with Michael Owen bagging a brace. This was our fourth straight League win at Goodison, a record for any club. 1948 – Les Shannon struck his first reds goal as we won 2-1 at Sheffield United, with Billy Liddell also on target. Out of Anfield 2002 - Jari Litmanen rejoined his old club Ajax on a free transfer. He had only managed to make nineteen starts in as many months at Anfield, notching nine goals in 43 appearances in all, and failed to really establish himself back in the Netherlands. 2006 - Neil Mellor joined Preston North End for a reported £0.5m. He netted 43 times in 151 outings before having to retire due to injury in May 2012. 1999 - Bjørn Tore Kvarme signed for Saint-Étienne on a free transfer. He had made 54 reds appearances but was not the defensive missing link we were searching for. He spent two seasons in France before joining Sander Westerveld at Real Sociedad, retiring from the game in June 2008 after a spell back with his first club, Rosenborg BK. 1990 - Reserves defender Alex Watson joined Derby County on loan, going on to make five appearances for the Rams. His brother Dave, another ex-reds reserve, went on to far greater success with Everton. 1911 – Forward Herbert Leavey left the reds to join Barnsley after just five senior games since arriving from Plymouth Argyle in June 1910. Also off the mark 1919 – George Patterson took charge of the reds for the first time as inside-forward Harry Lewis, Harry ‘Smiler’ Chambers and outside-left Albert Pearson all scored on their reds debuts, as we won 3-1 at Bradford City as another season began, with Jimmy Marshall nabbing one of his five goals against the reds. Lewis also missed a penalty, while full-back William Jenkinson also made his reds bow with forward Billy Lacey playing his hundredth League game for the club. 1933 - Forward Sam English scored his first reds goal in our 1-1 draw with Stoke City at Anfield, the first time we had faced them since their name change from the simpler Stoke. Tommy Sale struck the first of his five goals past us that day. We have beaten Stoke City twice more on this day over the years. 1947 - Billy Liddell struck a brace as we won 2-0 at the Victoria Ground. 1952 - We won 3-2 in L4 with Jack Smith, Kevin Baron and Billy Liddell on the scoresheet. Frank Bowyer struck one of his four goals against the reds, with Les Johnston also netting. Happy birthday Seb 1986 - Winger Sebastián Leto was born in Alejandro Korn in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He signed from Club Atlético Lanús for £1.85m in January 2007, although the transfer was not formally completed until seven months later. He made just four senior appearances and moved permanently to Panathinaikos in July 2009 after spending the previous season on loan at Olympiacos. Out-foxed We twice visited Filbert Street to play Leicester City on this day in the 1970’s, without winning. 1972 - We lost 3-2 with John Toshack bagging an early brace to put us two goals ahead, before Keith Weller struck a hat-trick, the first of his six goals against the reds. 1975 - We were held 1-1, with Kevin Keegan nabbing our goal. Two minutes earlier he had converted a penalty, but had to retake it, and failed with his second attempt. Keith Weller netted against the reds again, the last of his six strikes against us. Losing out to the Villains We twice faced Aston Villa on this day in the 1920’s, without winning. 1924 - Donald Mackinlay and Danny Shone netted as we lost 4-2 at Anfield in our opening match of the season. Billy Walker struck two of his five goals against the reds, with Billy Kirton and Arthur Dorrell also on target. 1926 - Dick Forshaw was on target as we drew 1-1 at Villa Park, with Len Capewell scoring one of his six strikes past us. Heading towards Wembley 1977 - Kenny Dalglish and Jimmy Case were on the scoresheet as we beat Chelsea 2-0 at Anfield in a League Cup Second Round fixture. We went on to reach the Final of the competition for the first time that season. East end Hutch 1994 - Don Hutchison left Anfield for West Ham United for £1.5m after ten goals in sixty reds games. 2001 - He moved back to Upton Park, joining from Sunderland for £5m, having also played for Sheffield United and Everton in the meantime. Starting off well 1930 - Jim Smith netted twice as we beat Blackburn Rovers 2-1 at Anfield in our opening fixture of the season, with outside-left Fred Hopkin playing his 300th League game for the reds. Jack Bruton scored one of his four goals past us. Beaten to a trophy 1989 - The reds lost 2-0 to Real Madrid in the eleventh Trofeo Internacional “Santiago Bernabéu”, thanks to goals from Hugo Sánchez and Emilio Butragueño. Other reds games 1995 – Neil Ruddock netted the only goal of Queens Park Rangers’ visit to Anfield. 1986 – We beat Arsenal 2-1 in L4. Jan Mølby converted a penalty before Tony Adams equalised. Ian Rush grabbed the winner. 1969 – Chris Lawler headed in as we drew 1-1 at Sheffield Wednesday. 1966 – We beat Manchester City 3-2 at home with Roger Hunt and Geoff Strong both scoring early on. Matt Gray pulled a goal back after the break with Hunt netting again before Jimmy Murray bagging the last of his four goals against the reds. 1950 – We lost 1-0 at Manchester United. A Gray day 1910 - 1930’s defender Alf Gray was born in Westhoughton, Bolton. He failed to break into our first team. On the move 2005 – Brazilian keeper Alexander Doni joined Roma from Juventude in his native land for US$18,000. 2003 - Steve McManaman signed for Manchester City from Real Madrid on a free transfer. He appeared just 44 times for them without scoring before being released. 2002 - Øyvind Leonhardsen joined Aston Villa from Tottenham Hotspur on a free transfer. He left Villa Park two years later, after three goals in 23 games. 2006 – Future reds scout Jonathan Woodgate joined Middlesbrough on loan from Real Madrid, making the move permanent for £7m the following summer. He played 52 times without scoring, moving on to Tottenham Hotspur for a reported £8m in January 2008. 2018 – Keeper Caoimhin Kelleher and winger Sheyi Ojo both signed new contracts, with Ojo then completing a loan move to Stade de Reims on the same day, where he scored once in eighteen games for their first team. First caps 1996 - Brad Friedel won his first cap as a Columbus Crew player, and fortieth in total, as the USA beat El Salvador 3-1 in a friendly in Los Angeles. 2006 – Future reds loanee Victor Moses played for England Under-17’s for the first time, in their 2-2 friendly draw with Turkey. On the same day, future red Alex Manninger played for Austria Under-21’s in their 4-0 European Championships qualifying defeat of Scotland in Amstetten.
  11. Will

    27th April

    An Anfield farewell 1996 - Ian Rush played his final reds game at Anfield, with Stan Collymore scoring the only goal of the game against Middlesbrough. He was applauded onto the pitch by a ‘guard of honour’ from both teams. Heading to Istanbul 2005 - We held Chelsea to a goalless draw at Stamford Bridge in the first leg of our Champions League Semi-final. The evening was only slightly spoiled by Xabi Alonso’s unwarranted booking that would rule him out of the Anfield return. Steven Gerrard had an emergency dental operation on the morning of the game. FA Cup semi-finals We have twice played FA Cup Semi-finals on this day over the years. 1963 - We lost 1-0 to Leicester City at Hillsborough, with Mike Stringfellow heading in the winner, the first of his five goals against the reds, and Gordon Banks keeping the reds at bay. Winger Kevin Lewis made his 82nd and final reds appearance that day. 1977 - We beat Everton 3-0 at Maine Road in a replay, to keep on course for the treble. Our goals came from a Phil Neal penalty, Jimmy Case and Ray Kennedy that day. Both sides also had strong penalty claims turned down. Title blow 2014 – We lost 2-0 to Chelsea at Anfield to deal our title chances a major blow. The visitors were time-wasting from the first minute as we felt the absence of the suspended Jordan Henderson. Steven Gerrard slipped at the end of the first half to allow Demba Ba a clear run on goal, and he slipped the ball past Simon Mignolet. We failed to break down the Blues’ blanket defence, with Willian nabbing a stoppage time second. Iago Aspas made his fifteenth and final reds appearance, from the bench. On the same day, Luis Suárez was named PFA Player of the Year for a season in which he struck 31 times in total in 37 reds outings. He was also included in the Team of the Year, alongside Steven Gerrard, Daniel Sturridge and future red Adam Lallana. This was Gerrard’s eighth and last appearance in this list, a record in the Premier League era. Happy birthdays 1990 - Defender Martin Kelly was born in Whiston. He made his senior bow as a sub in our Champions League win at PSV Eindhoven in December 2008, striking once in 62 reds games before joining Crystal Palace in August 2014 for a reported £2m. 1904 - Right-back Bob Done was born in Runcorn. He struck thirteen times in 155 reds games following his arrival from his hometown side in April 1926. He left for Reading for £150 in May 1935. 1959 – Academy Director Frank McParland was born in Liverpool. He started out in 1995 by assisting John Owens with the Under-14’s. When the Academy opened in 1999 he was handed a full-time role as head of the community coaching department. Gérard Houllier later gave him a scouting role before Rafael Benítez made him Joint Chief Scout, moving to Bolton Wanderers as General Manager in July 2007, although he only remained there three months. He returned to Melwood in May 2009, moving up to be Director of Academy and Player Development two years later. He left the club again in November 2013. The title disappears from view 2002 - Michael Owen made his 150th League appearance as we lost 1-0 at Tottenham Hotspur, thanks to a Gus Poyet goal. It was our first defeat in fifteen League games and made winning the title a near impossibility. This was also Jari Litmanen’s 43rd and final game in a reds shirt. Meanwhile, a Neil Mellor brace sent the Under-19’s into the Final of the National Play-offs, as we overcame Nottingham Forest 2-1, to set up a two-legged tie with Arsenal. These goals took the boy Mellor to 44 goals for the season. On the same day, future Anfield star Anthony Le Tallec was on target for Le Havre as the French outfit were promoted into the top division by beating Laval 4-1. Thumping the Geordies 2013 - Daniel Sturridge and Jordan Henderson struck twice each, with Daniel Agger and Fabio Borini also on target as we won 6-0 at Newcastle United, with Mathieu Debuchy sent off for the home side late on. In the best team 2008 - Steven Gerrard, Fernando Torres and ex-red David James were all named in the PFA Team of the Year. 2003 – Ex-reds keeper Brad Friedel was voted into the PFA Team of the Year, having kept fifteen clean sheets in the League for Blackburn Rovers. Up and down 1895 - We lost a Test Match 1-0 to Bury at Ewood Park that relegated us after just one season in the top flight. Robert Neill made his reds bow in this game. He was possibly our shortest ever centre-half, standing at just five foot four inches. Also debuting were keeper John Whitehead and forward John Cleland, who played his only senior reds game while on loan from Edinburgh side St. Bernard’s, while outside-left John Drummond made his eighteenth and final appearance. Bury keeper Archie Montgomery was sent off late on for kicking out at Harry Bradshaw. This was William Barclay’s last game in charge of the side. 1896 – John McKenna managed the reds for the final time as we lost another Test Match, going down 2-0 at West Bromwich Albion’s Stoney Lane ground. However, previous results were enough to ensure our promotion. Milestone games 1908 - We played our 500th League game, beating Bury 2-1 at Anfield in our final game of the season thanks to a Ronald Orr brace, with Billy Hibbert bagging one of his thirteen goals against the reds. We ended the season in eighth position. 1985 – Alan Hansen played his 400th reds game as we drew 0-0 at Ipswich Town. Sam’s last 1912 – Forward Sam Gilligan bagged his sixteenth and final reds goal in the second minute of our 1-0 top-flight victory at Oldham Athletic. Disaster in North London 1935 - Willie Evans scored a hat-trick for Tottenham Hotspur as they trounced us 5-1 at White Hart Lane. Berry Nieuwenhuys grabbed our consolation while forward Sam English played his fiftieth and final reds game. George Hunt struck one of his five goals past us, with Len Bolan also on the scoresheet. Bill yet again 1903 - Left-half Bill Goldie played his 174th and final reds game, actually his 129th consecutive reds appearance, and 119th straight game in the League, as we won 2-0 at Wolverhampton Wanderers in our last game of the season, thanks to goals from Sam Raybould and Jack Cox. Left-back John Glover and inside-right George Livingstone both played their last reds games. For Razor 1991 - A testimonial match for Ray Kennedy was staged at Highbury. A reds team beat Arsenal 3-1, with Jan Mølby, David Speedie and Peter Beardsley on the scoresheet. A treble for Jimmy 1931 - Left-half Jimmy McDougall grabbed a hat-trick as we were beaten 8-4 by Yeovil & Petters United at their Huish Park Stadium in a friendly, with Cyril Done nabbing our other goal. First and last times with the armband 1982 - Phil Thompson skippered England for the sixth and final time as they beat Wales 1-0 in the British International Championships in Cardiff. Joe Corrigan, ex-red Joey Jones, Terry McDermott, Phil Neal and Ian Rush all also featured. 1977 - Future red Kenny Dalglish captained Scotland for the first time as they beat Sweden 3-1 in a friendly at Hampden Park. In and out 1936 – Keeper Stanley Kane was sold to Southend United. He had only made six senior appearances after signing on in July 1934, having left Birmingham. 1920 – Forward Peter McKinney signed from Consett Celtic. He struck once in three reds appearances, all in 1920/21, and later emigrated to the USA to join New York Giants. Twice against the Blades and Hammers We have twice ended the season by playing Sheffield United in the top flight at Anfield on this day over the years. 1907 - We drew 2-2 with Sam Raybould and Billy McPherson on target in our final game of the season, as we finished fifteenth. Left-back Tom Rogers debuted in this game. 1914 - Tom Miller netted a brace as we won 2-1, just two days after losing our first ever FA Cup Final. 1957 - We beat West Ham United in a Second Division meeting, with Billy Liddell netting the only goal of the game from the spot in the final minute. 1974 - John Toshack struck at Upton Park as we drew a top-flight encounter 2-2, with Kevin Keegan on target at the death. Alec Lindsay had a penalty saved by Mervyn Day in the first half. Trevor Brooking and Frank Lampard both struck for the home side. International debut once more 1927 - Ex-red Billy Lacey represented his third different country, playing in the Republic of Ireland’s second ever senior international, as they lost 2-1 to Italy ‘B’ in Dublin. This followed eighteen caps he had won for Ireland and another eight for Northern Ireland. Beaten by Rovers We have twice lost to Blackburn Rovers on this day in history. 1929 - Birthday boy Bob Done converted a penalty as we lost a top-flight meeting 2-1 at Ewood Park. 1893 - We lost an Anfield friendly 1-0. Other reds games 1968 – We beat Fulham 4-1 at Anfield with Allan Clarke putting the visitors in front with one of his seven goals against the reds, despite appearing to be offside. Ian Callaghan and Roger Hunt ensure we led at half time, with Hunt and Tony Hateley on target after the break. 1901 – Jack Cox and Bill Goldie struck as we defeated Nottingham Forest 2-0 in L4. Young England reds 2002 - Mark Smyth was on target as England Under-17’s beat Finland 3-2 in a European Championships Finals game in Denmark. Clubmate David Raven was skipper and David Mannix also played. 1993 – Future reds Academy coach Mike Sheron bagged a brace as England Under-21’s beat the Netherlands 3-0 in a European Championships qualifier at Fratton Park. Rob Jones also featured. On the same day, future red Bjørn Tore Kvarme played for Norway Under-21’s in their 5-1 thumping of Turkey in a European Championships qualifier. 1988 - Gary Ablett won his only Under-21’s cap as England drew 2-2 with France in the Semi-final of the European Championships at Highbury. Unfortunately, France won 6-4 on aggregate. Future red Michael Thomas also played. On the same day, Peter Beardsley, Gary Gillespie, Ray Houghton, Steve McMahon, Steve Nicol, ex-red Ian Rush and future reds Glenn Hysén, István Kozma, Dean Saunders and Rigobert Song all also played for their countries. Splashing about 1894 - Outside-left Hugh McQueen nearly died when he dived off a springboard at Southport baths where the team were training, as he could not swim! He made 61 reds appearances in total after signing from Leith Athletic in October 1892, bagging eighteen goals and helping us to the Lancashire League and Second Division titles in successive seasons before joining Derby County in July 1895. Potter for the Irish 2004 - Darren Potter made his debut for the Republic of Ireland’s Under-21’s as they drew 2-2 in a friendly in Poland. Ex-red Daniel Sjölund struck as the Finnish Under-21’s beat Bosnia & Herzegovina 3-1 away from home. Robbie Foy played for Scotland at the same level while Jimmy Ryan featured for the Irish Under-16’s on the same day, with future red Daniel Agger in action for Denmark Under-20’s and future red Ragnar Klavan playing for the senior Estonia side. Other internationals 1983 – Glenn Hysén, Mark Lawrenson, Sammy Lee, Phil Neal, Ian Rush and Ronnie Whelan all played for their countries, with ex-red Joey Jones reaching half a century of caps for Wales in their 1-0 European Championships qualifying defeat of Bulgaria in Wrexham. 1991 - Future red Nigel Clough netted the only goal of the game as England B beat Iceland in a friendly at Vicarage Road. Fellow future red Paul Stewart also featured. 1998 – Future red Milan Baroš featured for the Czech Republic Under-17’s as they lost 2-1 to Italy in a tournament in Slovenia. 2001 – Future red Anthony Le Tallec scored twice for France Under-16’s in their 5-0 thumping of Finland in the European Championships Finals in Grimsby. 2015 - Future red Kamil Grabara saved two penalties in a shoot-out as Poland Under-16’s beat Turkey 7-6 after their friendly ended 1-1 in Israel.
  12. Trebles galore 1977 - Terry McDermott grabbed a hat-trick as we thumped Hamburger SV 6-0 at Anfield in the second leg of the UEFA Super Cup, to win the trophy 7-1 on aggregate, with Phil Thompson, David Fairclough and Kenny Dalglish also on target. This game marked Kevin Keegan’s first return to Anfield after leaving for Germany in the summer, and he was roundly booed whenever he touched the ball. 2017 – Philippe Coutinho scored three times as we trounced Spartak Moskva 7-0 at Anfield, our second victory of the UEFA Champions League group stage that season. The first came from the spot, with his second being his fiftieth for the club. Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah also struck, with Sadio Mané bagging a brace. 1930 - Bobby Gurney bagged three of his sixteen strikes against us as Sunderland beat us by the odd goal in eleven at Roker Park, with Tommy Lucas putting through his own net to open the scoring. Outside-right Danny McRorie struck his first reds goal with Fred Hopkin nabbing his twelfth and last for the club. Gordon Hodgson also added to a very late Jimmy Smith brace. We were without Hopkin for much of the game after he had to be carried off injured, spending half an hour unconscious in the dressing room. We therefore became the only visiting side to have twice scored five goals on Wearside without tasting victory, having also done so in a draw in January 1907. James Connor nabbed the first of his five goals past us, with Jimmy Leonard also on target. 1902 - Sam Raybould scored four goals, including a penalty, as we trounced Grimsby Town 9-2 in a top-flight game at Anfield. Edgar Chadwick and Arthur Goddard both also bagged braces, with George Livingstone also on target with his fourth and last strike for the club. Rushie’s testimonial 1994 - A testimonial match for Ian Rush was staged at Anfield, with the reds seeing off Celtic 6-0. The great man himself scored, with the other goals coming from Stig Inge Bjørnebye, Steve McManaman, Phil Babb, Neil Ruddock and a Mark McNally own goal. Sami’s record at the Bridge 2005 - Sami Hyypiä set a new club record for consecutive European games by an outfield player when he appeared for the 56th time in a row as our goalless draw at Chelsea ensured that we finished top of the group, with Dietmar Hamann managing to play the full game despite a horror tackle by Michael Essien. This guaranteed us a supposedly easier draw in the last sixteen, when we were paired with SL Benfica. 1987 - We entertained Chelsea in a live televised Sunday game, coming from behind to win this League meeting 2-1 thanks to a John Aldridge penalty and a late Steve McMahon goal, who notched in his third consecutive match. Gordon Durie had put the Blues ahead from the spot with one of his five strikes against the reds. Red centurions 2010 – Pepe Reina kept his hundredth clean sheet in the League, in a new club record 198 games. We beat Aston Villa 3-0 at Anfield, with David N’Gog and Ryan Babel both netting their final reds strikes and Martin Škrtel playing his hundredth game for the club. Maxi Rodríguez added the third as ex-reds boss Gérard Houllier was given a warm welcome on his first return to L4. Fernando Torres missed the game as he that day became a father for the second time, to Leo. 1924 – Captain Donald Mackinlay played his 300th reds game as West Bromwich Albion held us to a 1-1 draw at Anfield, but suffered an injury that kept him out for two months. Dick Forshaw gave us an early lead, with George James equalising inside the opening half hour. Off for free 2000 - Steve Staunton rejoined Aston Villa on a free transfer after a second two-year spell at Anfield. He had struck seven times in 148 reds appearances in total. He notched once in 87 games in his second spell at Villa Park, before moving on to Coventry City in August 2003. 1996 - Reserves midfielder Phil Charnock left for Crewe Alexandra on a free transfer, following a successful loan spell at Gresty Road. He had only made two first-team appearances in three years as a professional at Anfield, both in cup competitions. He spent six years with the Alex, before moving to Bury. Beating the Blues 1969 - We won 3-0 at Goodison Park thanks to goals from Emlyn Hughes, a spectacular Sandy Brown headed own goal and Bobby Graham as keeper Tommy Lawrence played his 300th League game for the reds. Most recently 2012 - Jordan Henderson netted the only goal of our UEFA Europa League group game at Udinese past ex-reds loanee keeper Daniele Padelli as we reached the knock-out phase. Turkish midfielder Nuri Şahin played his twelfth and last game for the reds, with the home side a man down for the final ten minutes after Giovanni Pasquale was sent off. 2014 – Sunderland held the reds to a goalless draw at Anfield as Martin Škrtel played his 200th League game for the club. 2015 – Škrtel put through his own net, a joint club record eighth own goal, as we lost 2-0 at Newcastle United with future red Gini Wijnaldum bagging the stoppage time second. Alberto Moreno had a leveller wrongly ruled out for offside. A win at Ewood 2008 - We won 3-1 at Blackburn Rovers, with Xabi Alonso and Yossi Benayoun striking after an hour. Roque Santa Cruz headed a goal back for the home side before Steven Gerrard bagged an injury time clincher. Team of the Year 2001 - The reds were named Team of the Year by the Sportswriters Association of Great Britain, following our five trophies that year. Held in the North East 2003 - Danny Murphy put us in front at Newcastle United. It took an Alan Shearer penalty to level the scores as we held out with an injury-ravaged team, the last of his eight goals past us, with Emile Heskey playing in a withdrawn role. Steven Gerrard was making his 150th League appearance, while Jon Otsemobor made his League debut. Beaten by the mancs 1997 - We lost 3-1 at home to Manchester United. After a goalless first half, Andy Cole put the visitors ahead, following an error by Bjørn Tore Kvarme. Robbie Fowler then equalised from the spot after Michael Owen was fouled. However, David Beckham put United back in front from a free-kick before Cole added his second from a corner, another of his eleven goals against the reds. A talented Dane 2005 - Future red Daniel Agger was named ‘Talent of the year’ for the second successive year by the Danish FA. Mixed fortunes against Spurs We have twice met Tottenham Hotspur on this day in history. 1980 - We won a top-flight meeting at Anfield 2-1, with David Johnson and Ray Kennedy on target. This was Kenny Dalglish’s 147th consecutive League appearance for the reds, but he missed our next two First Division games after coming off in this match shortly after an hour. Steve Archibald struck the first of his six goals past us. 1972 - We lost 3-1 at White Hart Lane in a League Cup Fifth Round replay with Ian Callaghan nabbing our late consolation. Martin Chivers nabbed two of his seven strikes past the reds, with John Pratt also netting. Disappointment against the Villains We faced Aston Villa twice more on this day in history, without winning on either occasion. 1913 - Winger Jackie Sheldon netted our consolation from the spot as we lost 2-1 at Villa Park, the first of his twenty reds goals. Harry Hampton nabbed two of his fifteen goals against the reds, with one being a penalty. 1947 – Left-back Eddie Spicer netted the first of his two reds goals, with Albert Stubbins and Jack Balmer also on the scoresheet was we were held to a 3-3 draw in another top-flight meeting at Anfield. Trevor Ford struck the first of his seven goals past us, with Jackie Martin and Sailor Brown also on target. Management moves 2009 - Markus Babbel was sacked as Manager of VfB Stuttgart, having been in charge for thirteen months. 2010 – Reserves boss Peter Beardsley was placed in temporary charge of Newcastle United following the sacking of Chris Hughton. 2016 – The departure of Sammy Lee as Assistant Manager of England was announced, following the appointment of Gareth Southgate as boss. Hosting the Robins 1926 - Wrexham visited Anfield for the first time, when they beat New Brighton 3-1 in the second replay of their FA Cup First Round tie. First and last caps 2000 – Future red Jermaine Pennant won his only cap for England Under-17’s as they beat France 1-0 in a friendly. 2006 - Future reds loanee keeper Daniele Padelli won his fifth and final cap for Italy Under-20’s, while on loan at Crotone from Sampdoria, as they beat Germany 1-0. 1967 – Roger Hunt featured in England’s 2-2 friendly draw with the USSR at Wembley. Liam born 1999 – Former Academy midfielder Liam Coyle was born in Liverpool. He joined Accrington Stanley in July 2021.
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    1st May

    Wembley glory at last 1965 – This day finally brought the FA Cup to Anfield for the first time in our history. The game against Leeds United was goalless after ninety minutes, with full-back Gerry Byrne playing most of the match with a broken collar-bone. Roger Hunt opened the scoring in extra time, before Billy Bremner equalised for the Yorkshire side with one of his five goals past us. With five minutes remaining, “up popped the head of Ian St. John” to win the cup. 1980 - We played in the only FA Cup Semi-final to go to a third replay, which we unfortunately lost to Arsenal courtesy of a Brian Talbot goal at Highfield Road, one of his six strikes against the reds, who went on to lose the Final to Second Division West Ham United. 1996 - We also faced the Gunners, holding them to a goalless Premiership draw at Highbury. This was the first time since three substitutes were permitted for League games four years previously that we did not name a keeper on the bench, with Mark Kennedy, Ian Rush and Michael Thomas getting the nod. Luis and Mo the best 2014 - Luis Suárez was named as the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year for a season in which he struck 31 times in total in 37 reds outings as we came close to claiming the League title. 2018 - Mohamed Salah won the same award, towards the end of a season in which he notched 44 times in 52 games, helping us to reach the UEFA Champions League Final in Kiev. On our way to Athens 2007 - Jamie Carragher played his ninetieth European game in our Champions League Semi-final second leg with Chelsea at Anfield, breaking Ian Callaghan’s club record. Daniel Agger converted a cleverly-worked free-kick to take the tie into extra time, following our single goal defeat in the first meeting. Dirk Kuyt had an effort ruled out for offside, and also hit the woodwork before Pepe Reina was the hero in a penalty shoot-out that we won 4-1, saving from both Geremi and Arjen Robben. Kuyt struck our decisive fourth spot-kick. This was the first time we had faced the same team in European competition in three consecutive seasons, as well as being the third round in a row in which Bolo Zenden had come up against a former employer, following ties with Barcelona and PSV Eindhoven. Striking legends in and out 1980 - Ian Rush arrived from Chester for a fee of £300,000, which remains their record sale. 1990 - Kenny Dalglish made his 515th and final appearance in our 1-0 home defeat of Derby County, thanks to a goal from Gary Gillespie, as we were awarded our eighteenth, and most recent, League title. He was aged 39 years 58 days, a post-war club record. This game had been postponed from February. 1972 - We also faced the Rams, losing a First Division fixture 1-0 at the Baseball Ground thanks to a goal from John McGovern. 1899 – Peter Kyle arrived from Clyde for £100, failing to score in five first-team games before moving on to Leicester Fosse in May 1900. On the same day, Scottish inside-right Andrew McCowie moved on to Woolwich Arsenal after netting eleven times in 35 games since signing from Cambuslang Hibernian in October 1896. 1897 – Inside-forward Willie Michael returned to Heart Of Midlothian. He had joined the reds from Tynecastle in January 1895, scoring five times in 23 reds games. Other arrivals 1973 - Jimmy Case signed from South Liverpool for £500. He went on to net 46 times in 269 reds games, helping us to three European Cups, four League titles, UEFA Cup, UEFA Super Cup, League Cup and three FA Charity Shields. 1902 – Keeper Peter Platt arrived from Blackburn Rovers, playing 44 times before moving on to Luton Town in 1904. He sadly died aged just 39 in a mini-flu epidemic in Nuneaton in January 1922. 1897 – Right-winger Bobby Marshall signed from Leith Athletic. He scored twice in 21 reds games, moving on to Portsmouth in 1899. Crashing out? 2019 – We lost 3-0 at Barcelona in the first leg of our UEFA Champions League Semi-final to leave our chances of reaching the Final in Madrid hanging by a thread, despite a decent performance. Ex-red Luis Suárez opened the scoring before Lionel Messi added a late brace. Gary Mac yet again 2001 - Gary McAllister scored for the fifth straight game in our 2-0 win at Bradford City as we headed towards the Champions League. Michael Owen nabbed the other goal in a game that was originally postponed the previous December. Most recently 2017 – Emre Can struck a spectacular goal, the only one of our trip to Watford. 2016 - We lost 3-1 at Swansea City, with left-back Brad Smith seeing red. André Ayew struck twice for the home side, with Jack Cork also on target, as Christian Benteke scored for the reds. 2012 – Brazilian left-back Fábio Aurélio played his 134th and last reds game as Fulham won for the first time at Anfield, so completing their first ever League double over us. A presentation was made to Brian Hall before the game, marking his retirement as Public Relations Manager, a post he had held since 1991. Martin Škrtel put through his own net as ex-reds reserve Alex Kačaniklić attempted to convert John Arne Riise’s cross for the only goal. 2011 - We beat Newcastle United 3-0 at Anfield. Maxi Rodríguez opened the scoring before Dirk Kuyt converted a penalty and Luis Suárez struck, with ex-Toon star Andy Carroll making a late cameo from the bench. Replay 86 2006 - The Replay 86 game was played at Anfield in front of 32,947 in aid of the Marina Dalglish Appeal. The two sides were representing the 1986 FA Cup Final teams, and the only goal came in the final minute, through former reds reserves striker John Durnin. Also against the Blues 1937 - Jack Balmer was on target as we were held to a 1-1 draw by Chelsea at Anfield in the final game of a League campaign that saw us finish in a disappointing eighteenth, just three points clear of relegation. Dickie Spence netted one of his six goals against the reds. On the same day, Bill Shankly was on the losing side at Wembley, as Preston North End lost 3-1 to Sunderland in the first FA Cup Final to be played in the month of May. Goals galore 1978 - King Kenny grabbed a hat-trick in our 4-0 defeat of Manchester City at Anfield, with Phil Neal adding a penalty. 1926 - Forward Tommy Reid scored both goals on his reds debut in our 2-2 home draw with Sheffield United, with outside-right Cyril Oxley playing his 34th and final reds game as we finished the season in sixth place. Harry Johnson scored two of his seven goals past us. 1999 - Less happily, Jamie Carragher scored an own goal as we came from 2-0 behind at half time to beat Tottenham Hotspur 3-2 at Anfield in the League, having already scored an own goal in the reverse fixture that season! Paul Ince struck with Steve McManaman netting his 66th and final reds goal after Jamie Redknapp’s spot-kick. Spurs’ Mauricio Taricco was sent off just before the break while Stig Inge Bjørnebye and Bjørn Tore Kvarme both played their final reds games, with the young Steven Gerrard instrumental in our comeback after coming off the bench at half time. Steffen Iversen had netted the other goal for the visitors. 1943 - Cyril Done struck for the fourth consecutive game, grabbing a brace as we beat Bolton Wanderers 4-0 in our Lancashire Cup Second Round second leg at Anfield, with Thomas Pearson and Jackie Campbell also on target. This game also counted towards the Wartime League. 1979 - We also faced the Trotters in a game originally postponed from three months earlier, when Ray Kennedy netted twice and David Johnson and Kenny Dalglish were also on the scoresheet in a 4-1 win in wintry conditions at Burnden Park, with the home side’s score coming from a Graeme Souness own goal. Bolton keeper Jim McDonagh said afterwards, “Liverpool are perfection. This team would have been good enough to win the 1978 World Cup!” Eleven in a row 1982 - We won 2-0 at home to Nottingham Forest, our eleventh successive League win - a joint club record with 2013/14, and tenth straight win in all competitions, a then club record. Craig Johnston bagged both goals. Bob off the mark 1948 – Left-half Bob Paisley struck the first of his twelve reds goals as ended the season in tenth by beating Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1 at Anfield, with Jack Balmer also on target. Another trophy 1946 - We beat Everton 3-1 at Anfield to claim the Liverpool Senior Cup. Bill Jones and Harry Eastham netted for the reds, with the Blues’ Purvis putting through his own net. Jameo off 1993 - David James was dismissed at Norwich City on the hour mark with David Phillips netting the only goal of the game past Mike Hooper from the subsequent spot-kick, as he became the first substitute keeper to take the field for the reds in the Premier League, in his 73rd and final senior reds appearance. This was a vital result as we finished in sixth, three places and three points behind City who reached the UEFA Cup, which we failed to do. English reds 1964 - Roger Hunt scored in England’s 3-0 victory over ‘Young England’. 1997 - Michael Owen netted a brace for the Under-16’s as they beat Turkey 2-1 in a European Championships group game in Austria. 2012 – Ex-reds boss Roy Hodgson was appointed Manager of the senior England side. An English treble 1935 - Sam English scored a hat-trick as we beat Exeter City 3-1 in a testimonial match for former reds full-back Jimmy Gray at St. James Park. Scottish-born South African international Gray had only ever played one senior reds game, but turned out 221 times for the Grecians, helping them to finish runners up in the Third Division South in 1933. First and last caps 1985 - Michael Robinson won his first cap as a Queens Park Rangers player, and nineteenth in all, as Norway held the Republic of Ireland to a goalless draw in a World Cup qualifier in Dublin. His former clubmates Jim Beglin, Mark Lawrenson and Ronnie Whelan all also featured. Ex-red Avi Cohen and future reds John Barnes and Mark Wright all also won international caps that day. 1991 - Poland’s European Championships qualifying visit to Lansdowne Road also ended goalless. This was the twentieth meeting between the countries, with John Aldridge winning his final cap as a Real Sociedad player, and 39th in total. Ray Houghton, Steve Staunton and ex-reds reserve Kevin Sheedy also played. John Barnes, Steve Nicol, ex-red Jim Magilton and future reds Stig Inge Bjørnebye, Istvan Kozma, Øyvind Leonhardsen, Gary McAllister, Colin Pascoe, Karl-Heinz Riedle and Dean Saunders all also represented their countries on the same day. Moving on 1992 – Future reds centre-half Glenn Hysén signed for GAIS, having been released by the reds after three goals in 93 outings since signing from Fiorentina for £600,000 in June 1989. He helped us to our most recent title win in 1990, as well as the FA Charity Shield on his debut. Other games on this day 1971 – We beat Southampton 1-0 at Anfield, thanks to an Emlyn Hughes goal as we finished the League season in fourth, ahead of the FA Cup Final. 1957 – Tony Rowley and Billy Liddell netted as we beat Bristol City 2-1 in a Second Division encounter in L4, to finish the season in third place, just missing out on promotion again. 1920 – Harry Chambers nabbed the only goal of our visit to Sunderland as our season ended with a fifth-place finish, just behind the hosts. St. Michael the Dad 2003 - Michael Owen became a father when his future bride Louise Bonsall gave birth to their daughter, Gemma Rose. Other internationals 1975 – John Toshack played for Wales as they won a European Championships qualifier 3-1 in Luxembourg. 1993 – Roy Hodgson took charge of Switzerland as they beat Italy 1-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Bern. 1994 – Future red Rigobert Song played for Cameroon as they drew a friendly 2-2 in South Korea.
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    18th January

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

    Red legends are born 1893 - Legendary keeper Elisha Scott was born in Belfast. He kept goal for the reds on 468 occasions across his 21 years with us after signing from Broadway United in September 1912, and ended his career with two League title medals, joining Belfast Celtic as Player/Manager in June 1934. 1873 - Forward Harry Bradshaw was born in Liverpool. He became the reds’ first international in February 1897 when he won his one and only England cap, at outside-left. He signed from Northwich Victoria in October 1893 and struck 53 times in 138 reds games, before moving on to Tottenham Hotspur in May 1898. European glory 2001 - We claimed our second UEFA Super Cup by beating European champions Bayern München 3-2 at the Stade Louis II in Monaco. John Arne Riise, with his first reds goal, Emile Heskey and Michael Owen put us in a commanding lead before the Germans staged a late, but ultimately fruitless, come-back. Most recently 2019 – Jordan Henderson captained the club in the League for the hundredth time as we beat Arsenal 3-1 at Anfield. Centre-half Joël Matip headed us in front from a corner shortly before the break. Mohamed Salah scored twice, including a penalty, before Lucas Torreira bagged a late consolation for the Gunners as we equalled a top-flight club record of twelve consecutive wins. 2015 – James Milner skippered the reds from the start for the first time as we held Arsenal to a goalless draw at the Emirates Stadium. 2011 – Kenny Dalglish secured his 200th win as reds boss as we won a League Cup Second Round tie 3-1 at Exeter City as we started our journey to Wembley glory. Luis Suárez scored in his third consecutive game before the break. Maxi Rodríguez and Andy Carroll struck after the break before a late consolation from the spot by Danny Nardiello. Centre-half Danny Wilson played his ninth and last reds game. 2004 - We lost the second leg of our Champions League qualifier 1-0 to Grazer AK at Anfield to progress 2-1 on aggregate. This was the first time we had lost a home second leg in Europe after winning the first leg away, although the feat was repeated a year later. Mario Tokić struck for the Austrian side, not giving fans much confidence that we could go all the way in the competition. Mixed fortunes against the Villains 2013 – Left-back Aly Cissokho made his reds bow from the bench as Daniel Sturridge’s first-half strike was enough to secure victory at Villa Park, with keeper Simon Mignolet making a series of crucial stops after the break. 2009 – We lost 3-1 at home to Aston Villa, as they took a first-half lead through a Lucas own goal as he deflected a free kick past the helpless Pepe Reina, and then a Curtis Davies header from a corner. Fernando Torres scored before Steven Gerrard conceded a needless penalty, converted by Ashley Young. 2003 - We left Villa Park having shared a goalless draw with Aston Villa, in our first away match of the season. Thommo’s bow 1963 - Winger and new record signing Peter Thompson made his official reds debut as we came from behind to win our season opener 2-1 at Blackburn Rovers. Ronnie Moran headed in after Rovers keeper Fred Else had saved his penalty, with Ian Callaghan bagging the winner. Other birthdays 1967 - Midfielder Michael Thomas was born in Lambeth. He arrived at Anfield from Arsenal for £1.5m in December 1991, less than three years after cruelly snatching the title for the Gunners with practically the last kick of the season’s final game in L4, as well as coming off the bench in their 1987 League Cup Final defeat of the reds. He made 163 appearances for the reds scoring twelve times, including the 1992 FA Cup Final opener, before teaming up with Graeme Souness again at SL Benfica. 1985 - Former reserves central midfielder David Mannix was born in Liverpool. He left Anfield in January 2007 to join Ham-Kam, who played in the second tier of Norwegian football, but later returned to England with Chester City. 1993 – Keeper Jamie Stephens was born in Wotton-under-Edge. He signed from Swindon Town in 2010, going on to win the Barclays Premier Academy League Save of the Season award for 2010/11 for a stop in an away win at Manchester United. He left the club for Newport County in July 2013, after a loan spell with Welsh side Airbus UK Broughton earlier that year. Macca dismissed 1991 - Steve McMahon was sent off for a stray elbow at Kenilworth Road as we were held to a goalless draw by Luton Town on our most recent League visit there. Dean Saunders somehow missed an open goal from well inside the six-yard box. Hodgson departs 1984 - David Hodgson joined Sunderland for £125,000. He had never fully established himself in his two years at Anfield after signing from Middlesbrough for £450,000, scoring ten times in 49 appearances, although he did claim a League championship medal and help us to clinch the FA Charity Shield on his reds bow. Crusading Lawro 1981 - We played Northern Irish side Crusaders in a friendly, winning 5-0. The game was arranged to commemorate the opening of a new stand at their Seaview ground. Mark Lawrenson struck his first reds goal in this game, with David Johnson and Terry McDermott adding to a brace from Kenny Dalglish. On the spot twice 1974 - Left-back Alec Lindsay scored two penalties as we beat Leicester City 2-1 at Anfield. Foxes skipper Keith Weller scored one of his six goals past us but was later fined £100 with £60 costs for “bringing the game into disrepute” after allegedly insulting the referee after the game due to his spot-kick awards. First southern visit 1960 - We visited The Dell in the League for the first time, being comprehensively beaten 4-1, with Tommy Leishman bagging his first reds goal. Terry Paine bagged the first of his four strikes against the reds, with Derek Reeves, George O’Brien and John Sydenham all also on target. We had previously played at The Dell four times in cup games, also without tasting victory. 2002 - We also faced Southampton when El-Hadji Diouf nabbed a brace in his first Anfield match, his first reds strikes, with Danny Murphy converting a last-minute penalty as we won 3-0. Stéphane Henchoz reached a century of League appearances for the reds in this game. A win for the new boss 1985 - We lost at St. James’ Park in what was Willie McFaul’s first match in charge as Caretaker Manager of Newcastle United. George Reilly headed the only goal of the game. Starting with a win 1957 - We kicked off our Second Division campaign with a 2-1 victory at Bristol City with both goals scored by Tony Rowley and Johnny Watkins netting the first of his four strikes past the reds. We ended that season in fourth. Entertaining the Mackems twice 1968 - We beat Sunderland 4-1 in a top-flight fixture thanks to goals from Tommy Smith, Chris Lawler, Ian Callaghan and Tony Hateley, who netted his 28th and last reds strike. Colin Suggett bagged one of his four goals against us. 1996 - We were held to a goalless draw in the Premiership. Heading to the Final 2004 - Future red Javier Mascherano helped Argentina to reach the Final of the Olympics football tournament in Athens as they beat Italy 3-0. On the move 2013 – Future reds loanee Victor Moses joined Chelsea from Wigan Athletic for £9m after nine goals in eighty outings for the Latics. On the same day, former reds Assistant Manager Pako Ayestarán was appointed Tecos boss, staying on until the following May having failed to secure promotion. 2007 – Moses featured for England Under-17’s as they beat Brazil 2-1 in a World Championship Finals group game in South Korea, his twelfth and last cap at this level. 2011 – Dani Pacheco joined Club Atlético de Madrid on loan, with an option to buy at the end of the season. However, they then loaned him out themselves to Rayo Vallecano de Madrid. On the same day, ex-reds reserves forward Lauri Dalla Valle joined Dundee United on loan from Fulham, netting three times in fifteen games for the Terrors. 2020 – Midfielder Jordan Williams joined Blackpool on a free transfer from Rochdale. He played fourteen times without scoring, moving on to Bolton Wanderers the following February. 2009 – Young Hungarian forward András Simon joined Córdoba on loan. He failed to score in nine League outings for the Andalusian outfit. 2006 - Anthony Le Tallec joined Sochaux-Montbéliard on loan. He grabbed two goals in nineteen outings in his one season with Les Lionceaux. On the same day, Nicolas Anelka joined Bolton Wanderers from Fenerbahçe SK for £8m. He bagged 23 goals in 61 appearances for the Trotters, before moving to Chelsea for £15m in January 2008. Other reds games 1971 – John Toshack nabbed the only goal of our trip to Crystal Palace. 1966 – We lost 2-1 at Manchester City. Jimmy Murray scored one of his four goals past us before Geoff Strong headed in an equaliser. However, Colin Bell netted a last-minute winner. 1955 – We lost a Second Division fixture 3-0 to Sheffield Wednesday at Anfield. Inside-left John Evans had to leave the pitch after just ten minutes having broken his collar bone in a collision with Owls keeper Dave McIntosh. Redfern Froggatt scored one of his six goals past us before Roy Shiner and Jackie Sewell struck. Reds boss for England 1946 - Future reds Manager Don Welsh bagged a brace as England were held to a 2-2 draw by Scotland, who included Billy Liddell, in an unofficial international at Maine Road. The game was played in aid of the Bolton Disaster Fund, after 33 people had died during an FA Cup match between Bolton Wanderers and Stoke City at Burnden Park in March of that year. Also in international action 1993 – Future red Sami Hyypiä played for Finland Under-21’s in their 2-2 draw in a European Championships qualifier in Austria. On the same day, future red Bjørn Tore Kvarme featured for Norway Under-21’s as they won a friendly 1-0 in Denmark.
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    9th February

    Supersub’s treble 1980 - David Johnson missed our trip to Norwich City after receiving four stitches to a head wound acquired on international duty, while Graeme Souness was suspended, which meant that Bob Paisley made his first changes to the reds side for seventeen games. Sammy Lee and David Fairclough stepped in, with supersub notching his only reds hat-trick in our 5-3 win. We had fallen behind to a first-minute header from the veteran Martin Peters, the last of his fourteen goals past us, with Kevin Reeves levelling things again with his head before the break, one of his four strikes against the reds. Justin Fashanu’s spectacular strike tied the game at 3-3 and was good enough to win Match Of The Day’s Goal of the Season award. Kenny Dalglish and Jimmy Case added late goals to clinch the victory. The day was made even better for reds fans as Everton lost 4-0 at home to Ipswich Town, with Toffees supporters venting their frustration with boss Gordon Lee by throwing cushions onto the pitch! On the way to Wembley 1982 - We reached our second consecutive League Cup Final as Ian Rush and Kenny Dalglish netted in a 2-2 draw in our Semi-final second leg meeting with Ipswich Town at Anfield, to progress 4-2 on aggregate. This was the third consecutive match in which we had faced the Tractor Boys. The game was also notable for future red John Wark taking a painfully direct hit from a Terry McDermott pile-driver, leading the Kop to start singing “Johnny Wark, Johnny Wark, Johnny Wark” in falsetto! Eric Gates struck one of his five goals against the reds, with Alan Brazil also on the scoresheet. Sadio again 2019 - Sadio Mané scored in his fourth consecutive game to open the scoring with his head as we beat Bournemouth 3-0 at Anfield. Gini Wijnaldum also netted before the break, with Mohamed Salah completing the scoring shortly after half-time as we restored a three-point lead over Manchester City at the top of the table. An Abel start 2002 - Abel Xavier scored on his reds debut as we romped past Ipswich Town, winning 6-0 at Portman Road to end their good run and help send them on the way towards relegation. Sami Hyypiä also scored, to add to braces from strike partners Emile Heskey and Michael Owen. Pegguy Arphexad made his sixth and final reds appearance as a second-half substitute for Jerzy Dudek, helping us to keep our first clean sheet on this day in history since 1921, with ten matches between the two. 2016 – Centre-half Tiago Ilori played his third and last reds game as a young reds team lost 2-1 at West Ham United in our FA Cup Fourth Round replay. Philippe Coutinho scored from a free-kick after Michael Antonio had scored one of his five goals past us to date on the stroke of half time. However, Angelo Ogbonna headed in an extra-time winner. Mixed derby fortunes 1991 - David Speedie scored twice on his Anfield debut in a 3-1 win, with Jan Mølby also on target, in the first of our three consecutive derby games in twelve days. Pat Nevin bagged his only derby goal for the visitors in this fixture. 1929 – Forward John McFarlane became our youngest ever player when he debuted as we lost 2-1 at home to Everton in the League, with Harry Race grabbing our consolation. McFarlane was aged just seventeen years and 47 days, but only played one more senior game. Tommy White struck one of his four goals past us, with Tom Griffiths also netting. On the move 1999 - Danny Murphy was sent back on loan to his former club Crewe Alexandra. He notched once in sixteen games back at Gresty Road. On the same day, Jamie Carragher and future reds Markus Babbel and Vladimír Šmicer all played for their countries. 2006 - Ex-reds loanee keeper Paul Jones was on the move, joining Queens Park Rangers on a free transfer from Wolverhampton Wanderers. He turned out 26 times for the R’s before retiring from the professional game at the end of the 2006/07 season. 2012 - Xherdan Shaqiri joined Bayern München from Basel for €11.6m after 23 goals in 130 games for the Swiss side. He had helped them to three consecutive League titles and the Swiss Cup twice. 2019 – Left-winger Alexander Kačaniklić signed for Hammarby IF back in his native Sweden having been released by Nantes the previous December. Birth and deaths 2019 – Utility player Ian Ross died. He signed professional terms in August 1965 and netted four times in 69 appearances spread across six seasons at Anfield. He left for Aston Villa in February 1972 for £60,000, going on to captain them to the Third Division title, as well as the League Cup in 1975. 1957 - Ex-reds centre-back Colin Irwin was born in Liverpool. He turned professional in November 1974 and made just 44 reds appearances, including the 1981 League Cup Final, although he did not get a winners’ medal, as he was left out of the replay. However, he won a European Cup winner’s medal in 1978, despite not seeing any action in our Wembley victory. John Toshack signed him for Swansea City for a club record £340,000 in the summer of 1981. 1905 – Half-back Barney Battles died in Gallowgate, Glasgow. He won the title two years running in Scotland, for Hearts in 1895 and then Celtic, joining the reds for six weeks on loan at the end of the 1895/96 season where he featured in two Second Division games and three of the four Test matches as we secured promotion, for which he received a special gold medal and a cheque for a “handsome sum”. He re-signed from Dundee in March 1898 for £20 but only played one more game before joining Celtic for a third spell seven months later. Against the Mancs 1986 - Colin Gibson opened the scoring for Manchester United in our League meeting at Anfield. Paul Walsh had to go off with an ankle injury, and substitute John Wark equalised after Sammy Lee hit a post, to secure a point. 1921 - We also entertained United, winning our top-flight meeting 2-0 thanks to goals from Harry Lewis and Harry Chambers. Keeper Frank Mitchell made his reds bow in this game. 1946 - Unfortunately, we lost a Wartime League match at Maine Road 2-1, with Jack Balmer netting our consolation. 200 for Tiny 1935 - Centre-half Tom ‘Tiny’ Bradshaw played his 200th reds game as we drew 1-1 at West Bromwich Albion, with our score coming from a George Shaw own goal and Teddy Sandford bagging one of his five goals against the reds. Reserves record 1952 - A record crowd of 18,511 attended a reserves fixture, in a game that marked Albert Stubbins’ return from injury, against Everton. This feat was especially impressive as over 40,000 were watching the Blues’ first team face Leicester City in a Second Division match across the park at the same time. Trotters again 1924 - We faced Bolton Wanderers for the second game in succession, following a 4-1 FA Cup Second Round win at Burnden Park. Harry ‘Smiler’ Chambers and Dick Forshaw struck before Donald Mackinlay converted a penalty in a 3-1 top-flight victory. John Smith bagged one of his seven strikes past us. Award winners 2004 - Harry Kewell was named Oceania’s Player of the Year for the third time. 2007 - Rafael Benítez won the Barclays Manager of the Month award for January after four straight League wins during the month. Thumping the Gunners 1907 - Jack Parkinson bagged a brace as we beat Woolwich Arsenal 4-0 at Anfield, with Jack Cox and Bill McPherson also on the scoresheet. Out of a job 1997 - John Toshack resigned as Manager of Spanish side Real Club Deportivo La Coruña after eighteen months in charge, during which time they had beaten Real Madrid to win the Supercopa, the Spanish equivalent of the Charity Shield. 2007 – Ex-reds midfielder and Assistant Manager Doug Livermore left as Assistant Manager of Norwich City, having initially joined as Bruce Rioch’s number two in June 1999. International reds on target 2005 - John Arne Riise struck in Norway’s 3-0 win in Malta, with future red Mark González netting as Chile beat Ecuador 3-0 in another friendly, his last goal as an Albacete Balompié player. Future red Stewart Downing made his senior England bow as they were held to a goalless draw by the Netherlands in a friendly at Villa Park. Jamie Carragher, Steven Gerrard, future reds Jan Kromkamp, Dirk Kuyt and ex-red Michael Owen all also played in this game. Milan Baroš, El-Hadji Diouf, Jerzy Dudek, Steve Finnan, Djimi Traoré, future reds Robbie Keane, David Martin and Andriy Voronin, and ex-reds Arnaud Bühler, Gareth Roberts and Rigobert Song all also featured in friendlies, with John Toshack taking charge of Wales for the first time in his second spell, as they beat Hungary 2-0 at the Millennium Stadium, with future red Craig Bellamy grabbing both goals in his first international while on loan with Celtic, his only strikes for his country while playing north of the border. Another future red, Fernando Torres, was on target as Spain thumped San Marino 5-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Almeria. Meanwhile, Yossi Benayoun grabbed his last goal as a Real Racing Club de Santander player as Israel were held to a 3-3 draw in Jerusalem by Croatia. 2011 – Daniel Agger netted in Denmark’s 2-1 friendly defeat to England in Copenhagen, with Glen Johnson, Christian Poulsen and future reds Stewart Downing and James Milner also featuring. Dirk Kuyt scored from the spot as the Netherlands beat Austria 3-1 in Eindhoven. Alberto Aquilani, Lucas, Raul Meireles, Danny Wilson, future reds Charlie Adam, Mario Balotelli, Dejan Lovren, Joël Matip, Xherdan Shaqiri and Gini Wijnaldum, and ex-reds Alou Diarra, Javier Mascherano, Nikolay Mihaylov and John Arne Riise all also featured in friendlies. International firsts and lasts 2011 – Fernando Torres won his first cap as a Chelsea player in Spain’s 1-0 friendly victory over Colombia in Madrid, with fellow ex-reds Xabi Alonso and Álvaro Arbeloa also in action. Future red Oussama Assaidi made his senior international bow as Morocco beat Niger 3-0 in a friendly in Casablanca. Meanwhile, reserves defender Chris Mavinga played his first game for France Under-20’s while on loan at Koninklijke Racing Club Genk, as they beat England 2-1 in a friendly in Shrewsbury. 2005 - Future red Philipp Degen made his senior international bow in their 2-1 friendly defeat of the United Arab Emirates in Dubai. Sotirios Kyrgiakos won his first cap as a Rangers player on the same day as Greece beat future red Christian Poulsen’s Denmark 2-1 in a World Cup qualifier in Piraeus. 2010 – Raheem Sterling won his third and last cap while a Queens Park Rangers player as England Under-16’s drew a friendly 1-1 in Belgium. Other reds games 1972 – We lost an FA Cup Fourth Round replay 2-0 at Leeds United, with Allan Clarke grabbing the last two of his seven goals past us. 1957 – We lost a Second Division fixture 3-2 at Leicester City with Billy Liddell and John Evans giving us a two-goal half-time lead. 1952 – We held Derby County to a 1-1 draw at the Baseball Ground. John Morris netted the last of his seven goals against the reds, before Cyril Done scored. 1901 – We lost 2-0 in an FA Cup First Round replay at Notts County, with Scottish winger Tommy Robertson dismissed for the reds. Sami the Dutchman 1996 - Sami Hyypiä made his debut in the Dutch League as Willem II were thumped 5-0 at home by Sander Westerveld’s Vitesse Arnhem. Also in international action 2018 – Bobby Duncan played for England Under-17’s as they lost 4-0 to Portugal in the Algarve Tournament. 1997 – Future red John Arne Riise played for Norway Under-16’s as they beat host nation Portugal 2-0 in the Algarve Tournament. 1993 – Future red Bjørn Tore Kvarme featured as Norway Under-21’s lost 1-0 in Portugal. 1977 – Ray Clemence, Steve Heighway and Kevin Keegan all featured in friendlies.
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    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. 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, 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 has since been 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 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.
  18. In comes Jari 2001 - Jari Litmanen finally signed from Barcelona on a free transfer, having turned us down prior to his move to the Catalan giants. He bagged nine goals in 43 reds games in his nineteen months on Merseyside before returning to his spiritual home at Ajax in August 2002. 1999 - Norwegian defender Frode Kippe signed from Lillestrøm for £700,000. He remained at Anfield for three years, making just two first-team appearances. 1900 – Forward Sam Raybould signed from New Brighton Tower for £250, scoring 130 times in 226 reds games and helping us to claim two League titles before moving on to Sunderland in May 1907. Happy birthday James 1986 - James Milner was born in Wortley, Leeds. The midfielder arrived on a free transfer from Manchester City in July 2015, so far netting 26 times in 229 outings as well as regularly skippering the side in the absence of Jordan Henderson and helping us to claim the Premier League title, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup. Wark walks 1988 - John Wark was sold to Second Division Ipswich Town for £100,000 after 42 goals in 108 reds games. He scored 25 goals in 105 games in this second spell at Portman Road before joining Middlesbrough in August 1990. 1962 – Inside-left Willie Fagan left Anfield to sign for Belfast Distillery. He had signed from Preston North End for £8,000 in October 1937, a record deal for a teenager, netting 57 goals in 182 reds games that helped fire us to the League title in 1947 and the FA Cup Final three years later. Anfield comeback against the Mancs 1994 - We fought back from three goals down in the opening 23 minutes to claim a 3-3 draw against Manchester United, thanks to goals from Steve Bruce, the first of Ryan Giggs’ five strikes past us and Denis Irwin. Nigel Clough popped up to offer a glimmer of hope when he pulled a goal back and on 35 minutes he grabbed a second. With the Kop roaring the team on in the second half, we poured forward in search of an equaliser and it finally came with ten minutes to go, as Neil Ruddock rose above the United defence to power a header past a helpless Peter Schmeichel and complete an amazing comeback. A certain tabloid rag later alleged that Bruce Grobbelaar had lost £125,000 on this game after ‘accidentally’ saving a late United winner. Swapping right backs 2006 - Josemi joined Villarreal in exchange for Jan Kromkamp. Josemi was Rafael Benítez’s first signing, joining us from Málaga for £2m in July 2004, but made just 35 reds appearances. Kromkamp only stayed with the club for eight months, playing eighteen times, including a substitute appearance as we won the FA Cup later that year. A double century at Yeovil 2004 - We won 2-0 at Third Division Yeovil Town in the Third Round of the FA Cup on a foggy day, thanks to an Emile Heskey strike, who was playing his 200th reds game, and a penalty from Danny Murphy. This was our 200th victory in the FA Cup. Five for McGuigan 1902 - Inside-left Andy McGuigan became the first red to score five goals in a League game, his last for the club, as we trounced Stoke 7-0 at Anfield, with Sam Raybould adding a brace. To be fair to the Potters their side was reportedly ravaged by food poisoning from eating dodgy fish. They could field only nine players and at one stage during the match they were down to just seven! 1975 - We also entertained Stoke City, as they were by then known. Steve Heighway and Kevin Keegan struck late on as we won this FA Cup Third Round tie 2-0, although we lost at Ipswich Town in the next match. Both teams lined up to applaud Ian Callaghan, who had been awarded an MBE in the New Year’s Honours list. Three, four 1896 - George Allan scored a hat-trick as we won 5-0 at Rotherham Town in a Second Division fixture. Jimmy Ross and Harry Bradshaw bagged the others. This was one of four trebles that Allan netted that season. 1964 - Alf Arrowsmith scored four goals as we beat Derby County 5-0 in an FA Cup Third Round tie at Anfield. This was the second consecutive game in which a red had bagged four goals, following Roger Hunt’s similar feat against Stoke City in the League, who added the fifth on this occasion. Carra’s milestone 2003 - Jamie Carragher played his 250th reds game as we won 1-0 at Manchester City in another FA Cup Third Round tie, with Danny Murphy on target from the spot in our final ever trip to Maine Road. Back to the East End 2013 - Joe Cole left Anfield to return to West Ham United on a free transfer. He had signed for free from Chelsea in July 2010, notching just five times in 42 reds outings. On the same day, centre-forward Adam Morgan joined Rotherham United on loan. He only made two senior appearances for the Millers, without scoring. Award winners 2002 - Sami Hyypiä was named in Europe’s Team of the Year, voted for by users of UEFA.com. Gérard Houllier was the overwhelming choice of the voters as Coach of the Year, receiving fifty percent of the vote. 2018 – Forward Mohamed Salah was named CAF African Footballer of the Year, with Sadio Mané being placed in second. Cup of joy 1986 - We bounced back from a six-match winless streak to thump Norwich City 5-0 in the FA Cup Third Round at Anfield. Kevin MacDonald, Paul Walsh, Steve McMahon, Ronnie Whelan and John Wark all scored in what was our 300th match in the competition. Toffees felled by Rushie again 1998 - Ian Rush netted his final ever goal as a professional footballer, the only goal of the game as Newcastle United beat Everton in an FA Cup Third Round tie at Goodison. This took his total of goals against the Blues to 26. Derby disappointment 1941 - We lost 2-1 at home to Everton in a game that counted for both the Wartime League and the Lancashire Senior Cup. Bob Paisley netted our consolation. We have also twice crossed Stanley Park for First Division matches on this day, returning with a share of the spoils on each occasion. 1930 - Dick Edmed, Archie McPherson and Jimmy McDougall netted as we drew 3-3. Dixie Dean netted two of his nineteen derby goals, with Ted Critchley also on target for the Blues. 1936 - The game ended goalless. Heading south 2019 – Forward Dominic Solanke was sold to Bournemouth for £19m after just one goal in 27 reds games since arriving from Chelsea in July 2017. On the same day, right-back Nathaniel Clyne joined the Cherries on loan, playing fifteen times while on the south coast. Stan on the way up 1991 - Stan Collymore joined Crystal Palace from Stafford Rangers for £100,000. He only bagged two goals in 25 appearances for the Eagles, mostly from the bench, before joining Southend United in November 1992. Also on the move 2005 - Jamie Redknapp signed for Southampton on a free transfer from Tottenham Hotspur. He went on to play seventeen times for the Saints, under his dad Harry, scoring just once, in their FA Cup Third Round win at Northampton Town. However, they were relegated from the top flight where they had been since 1978. Meanwhile, Bjørn Tore Kvarme left Bastia. He later returned to his native Norway with Rosenborg BK, retiring from the game in June 2008. 2006 - Zak Whitbread’s loan spell with Millwall was extended until the end of the season. 2014 – Ex-reserves midfielder Craig Roddan joined Accrington Stanley on loan, but this was cut short due to injury, although he returned later in the year after being released by the reds. 2016 – Ex-reds boss was sacked as Manager of Real Madrid after seven months in charge. 2017 – Czech reserves defender Jakub Sokolík signed for Plymouth Argyle after leaving Southend United. He netted once in fourteen outings in his first campaign. 2018 – Midfielder Danny Guthrie joined Persatuan Sepakbola Mitra Kukar, netting once in 44 games while in Indonesia. Other reds games 1997 – We beat Burnley 1-0 in an FA Cup Third Round tie at Anfield, with Stan Collymore on target. 1969 – Doncaster Rovers from the Fourth Division went down 2-0 in a Third Round meeting in L4, thanks to late goals from Roger Hunt and Ian Callaghan. 1958 – Southend United held the reds to a 1-1 draw in another Third Round encounter at Anfield. Ray Smith put through his own net, with the Shrimpers equalising through Johnny McGuigan. 1947 – We lost 3-1 at Chelsea, with Tommy Lawton grabbing the last two of his six goals against the reds either side of Jack Balmer’s goal. Len Goulden also scored for the Blues. 1913 – We beat Bradford City 2-1 at Anfield, despite falling behind to a first-minute goal from Oscar Fox. Jack Parkinson and Donald Mackinlay scored our goals after the break. Ronnie the Belgian 1989 - Ronnie Rosenthal won his first cap as a Standard de Liège player, and eighteenth in total, as Israel were beaten 2-0 by the Netherlands in a friendly in Tel-Aviv. 2010 – Future red Kolo Touré played as the Ivory Coast beat Tanzania 1-0 in a friendly in Dar Es Salaam. 1995 - Future red Haukur Ingi Guðnason played for Iceland Under-17’s as they thrashed Malta 6-1 in the Israel Tournament. 1996 – Guðnason featured for Iceland Under-19’s as they beat the host nation 3-0 in the same competition. 1995 - Future red Haukur Ingi Guðnason played for Iceland Under-17’s as they thrashed Malta 6-1 in the Israel Tournament. 1996 – Guðnason featured for Iceland Under-19’s as they beat the host nation 3-0 in the same competition.
  19. Will

    24th July

    Luis the champion 2011 – Luis Suárez was on target as Uruguay beat Paraguay 3-0 in the Copa América Final in Buenos Aires, with future red Sebastián Coates winning his fifth and last cap as a Nacional player. Jordan the best 2020 – Club captain Jordan Henderson was named Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year, having just lifted the reds’ first League title since 1990, as well as leading the Premier League captains’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic. On the same day, midfielder Leighton Clarkson signed a new contract, having already featured for the first-team twice. In comes David 2008 – Forward David N’Gog signed from Paris Saint-Germain for £1.5m. He struck nineteen times in 94 reds outings, although he only started on 41 of those occasions. He was sold to Bolton Wanderers for £4m in August 2011. Treble debutants 1999 - Dietmar Hamann, Sami Hyypiä and goalscorer Vladimír Šmicer all played their first reds games as we beat Feyenoord 2-0 to claim the Carlsberg Belfast Challenge trophy. The other goal came from Titi Camara, with his second reds strike. Happy birthday Harry 1870 - Keeper Harry Storer was born in Butterley, Derbyshire. He signed from Woolwich Arsenal for £75 in December 1895, taking over from the versatile Matt McQueen between our sticks. He made a total of 121 reds appearances before retiring in 1901. Unfortunately, he died in April 1908 aged just 37. Justice denied 2000 - The jury in the Hillsborough disaster trial was discharged after failing to reach a verdict on manslaughter charges against retired Chief Superintendent David Duckenfield, the police officer in charge on the day. The jury spent 25 hours deliberating the charges, but were unable to come to an agreement. The judge eventually ruled against a retrial. Reds in the Far East 2015 – Midfielder Pedro Chirivella, centre-back Daniel Cleary and winger Sheyi Ojo all made their first senior appearances as we were held to a 1-1 draw by a Malaysia XI in Kuala Lumpur. Jordon Ibe was on target for the reds. 2007 - We beat South China Athletic Association 3-1 in Hong Kong in the Semi-final of the Barclays Asia Trophy. John Arne Riise and Daniel Agger were on target, with Xabi Alonso converting a penalty. 2003 - Patrice Luzi and Zak Whitbread both made their senior reds debuts as we beat the Thailand national side 3-1 in the Rajamangala National Stadium in Bangkok. Emile Heskey added to a Vladimír Šmicer brace in a game billed as a GSM Advance Nokia Exclusive Match. Reds in Australia 2013 – We played our first ever game in Australia with more than 95,000 fans at the Melbourne Cricket Ground to see Steven Gerrard and Iago Aspas net in a 2-0 defeat of Melbourne Victory. More reds starting out 2019 – Dutch centre-half Sepp van den Berg featured for the first team for the first time as we drew 2-2 with Sporting Clube de Portugal to share the Western Union Cup in the Yankee Stadium in New York. Future Red Devil Bruno Fernandes opened the scoring, but Divock Origi and Gini Wijnaldum both netted to hand us a half-time lead, but Wendel levelled matters after the break. 2010 - Milan Jovanović played his first reds game as we lost 1-0 at 1. FC Kaiserslautern in the Fritz-Walter-Stadion. Charnock impresses 1996 - Midfielder Phil Charnock scored the only goal of the game as we beat Crewe Alexandra in a pre-season friendly at Gresty Road. He was to join the Alex on a free transfer just five months later. 1998 - The reds kicked off another pre-season campaign at Crewe, with both Sean Dundee and Vegard Heggem making their reds bows. We won 3-0, with goals from Danny Murphy, Dominic Matteo and Bjørn Tore Kvarme coming in a three-minute flurry. Czech mates 2001 - It was confirmed that the reds were about to secure the signature of young Czech striking sensation Milan Baroš from Baník Ostrava. The deal was finally completed in December of that year. 2002 – The reds announced that Vladimír Šmicer had agreed an extension to his contract that would keep him at Anfield until 2005. He then left the club to join Girondins de Bordeaux, although he returned to his homeland with SK Slavia Praha in July 2007. Famous Emlyn 2008 - It was announced that Emlyn Hughes was to be inducted into the National Football Museum’s Hall of Fame later in the year, joining the other former reds players John Barnes, Peter Beardsley, Kenny Dalglish, Alan Hansen, Roger Hunt, Kevin Keegan, Ian Rush and Graeme Souness who had already been included. Dani on target 2010 – Dani Pacheco netted as Spain Under-19’s beat Italy 3-0 in a European Championships Finals group game in France, with Fabio Borini winning his ninth and last cap at this level and fellow future red Thiago Alcântara also in action. Meanwhile, future reds Steven Caulker and Nathaniel Clyne both played in England’s 1-1 draw with the host nation in the same competition. Youngsters battling for the final 2007 - Future reds Mikel San José and Damien Plessis faced each other in the Semi-final of the Under-19 European Championships in Austria. The game ended goalless even after extra time, with Spain eventually beating France 4-2 on penalties, with both of our boys converting their spot-kicks. On the move 2018 – Keeper Shamal George joined Tranmere Rovers on loan, only making three senior appearances during the season. On the same day, ex-red Tom Ince joined Stoke City from Huddersfield Town for an initial £10m, bagging six goals in 41 games during his first campaign with the Potters. 2016 - Centre-half Kolo Touré signed for Celtic, being reunited with his former boss Brendan Rodgers. He made seventeen appearances before joining the coaching staff in September 2017. 2012 – Centre-half Zak Whitbread signed for Leicester City, having been released by Norwich City at the end of the previous season. He netted once in 21 outings for the Foxes before joining Derby County in June 2014 after a successful loan spell with the Rams. 2003 - Former loanee keeper Mark Prudhoe joined basement side Macclesfield Town from Bradford City on a free transfer. He has since retired from playing and is now coaching at Sunderland’s Academy. 1992 – Recent Assistant Manager Colin Pascoe re-joined Swansea City on loan from Sunderland, bagging four goals in seventeen appearances before re-signing for the Swans permanently a year later. Final caps 2002 – Jon Otsemobor and future reds coach Gary O’Neil both played for England Under-19’s as they drew 1-1 with Belgium in a European Championship Finals group game in Norway, with future reds Glen Johnson and Jermaine Pennant also featuring. Brian’s farewell 2015 – The funeral of Brian Hall took place at St Lawrence’s Church in Longridge, Lancashire. He signed for the reds in July 1968 fresh from graduating university, and scored 21 goals in 224 games, helping us to claim a League title, UEFA Cup, FA Cup and FA Charity Shield. His most memorable moment came when he bagged his first reds goal, the FA Cup Semi-final winner against Everton at Old Trafford in March 1971, also scoring at the same stage against Leicester City three years later. He moved on to Plymouth Argyle in July 1976, later finishing his playing career with Burnley, but he returned to Anfield in 1991 to take up the post of Public Relations Manager, a position he held until retiring in 2012. Also in international action 1988 – Future red Stig Inge Bjørnebye played for Norway Under-18’s as they drew 1-1 with Denmark in a tournament in the Czech Republic. 1997 – Future red Haukur Ingi Guðnason featured for Iceland Under-19’s in their 1-1 draw with Spain in the European Championship Finals in his homeland.
  20. Will

    30th November

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

    28th November

    Michael’s European record 2002 - Michael Owen scored his fifteenth away goal in Europe, which remains a club record, as we beat Vitesse Arnhem 1-0 at their Gelredome in the Third Round of the UEFA Cup. Surprisingly, this was our first game in the Netherlands on a club ground, and our first win in the country. Beating the Gunners 2004 - Neil Mellor grabbed a dramatic last-gasp winner as we beat Arsenal 2-1, his first League strike. Xabi Alonso had opened the scoring with his first Anfield goal before Patrick Vieira rounded off a slick Arsenal move to equalise. Antonio Núñez came on as a substitute for Florent Sinama-Pongolle to make his reds debut. Porto downed 2007 - We thumped Porto 4-1 at Anfield in a Champions League group game to keep us on track to qualify for the knock-out phase. Steve Finnan played his 200th reds game, and fiftieth in Europe for the club, as Fernando Torres struck his first two European goals for the reds before the scoreline was boosted by a late penalty converted by Steven Gerrard and a Peter Crouch header. This was our 150th game in the European Cup, including qualifiers. Future red Raul Meireles came off the bench for the visitors, with Lisandro López bagging the first of his two goals against the reds. Red farewells 2015 – Legendary defender Gerry Byrne died. He was the hero of our first FA Cup triumph in 1965 when he played for 117 minutes of the final against Leeds United at Wembley with a broken collar bone sustained in an early challenge by Bobby Collins. He also won two League titles and the FA Charity Shield in his eleven years at Anfield, making a total of 333 reds appearances and scoring four times. On the same day, Dean Saunders was sacked as Manager of Chesterfield after just six months in charge. Ferri cross the Mersey 1998 - Jean-Michel Ferri signed from Istanbulspor for £1.5m, becoming Gérard Houllier’s first signing. He only ever made two substitute appearances before leaving for Sochaux-Montbéliard for the same fee, having been rumoured to be Le Boss’s mole in the dressing room. 1927 - Bill Murray signed from Clydebank, netting once in four reds outings before moving to Barrow in January 1930, where he became their skipper. A rare number two 1992 - Mike Marsh netted his first League goal past Nigel Martyn as we beat Crystal Palace 5-0 at Anfield. He remained the most recent player to score for us in the number two shirt in a first-class match until Álvaro Arbeloa’s solo effort at Reading in April 2007. Steve McManaman bagged a brace, while Ronnie Rosenthal and Don Hutchison were also on target that day. We only had one Song 2000 - Rigobert Song was sold to West Ham United for £2.5m. He had made 38 appearances in nearly two years at Anfield since signing from Italian club Salernitana for £2.6m, without getting on the scoresheet. Shanks victorious 1959 – Bill Shankly’s Huddersfield Town beat the manager-less reds 1-0 at Leeds Road. We fell behind to a Les Massie goal while skipper and centre-back Dick White was off the field injured, one of his four strikes past us. Happy birthdays 1978 - Ex-reserves striker Jon Newby was born in Warrington. He only made four substitute appearances while at Anfield, as well as staying on the bench on a further five occasions, moving on to Bury for free in March 2001. On the same day, future reds coach Joe Corrigan played for England B as they beat Czechoslovakia 1-0 in Prague. 1994 – Swedish winger Kristoffer Peterson was born in Gothenburg. He arrived from Sävedalens IF in January 2011, signing a contract extension three years later. However, he left for Utrecht in August 2014. In charge 1994 - Steve McMahon was appointed Swindon Town Manager. He was in charge for 201 games as the Robins were first relegated from the First Division, and then bounced straight back as champions. He was sacked in September 1998. 2007 - Ex-reds reserves forward Paul Jewell took over as boss of Derby County, who were firmly rooted to the bottom of the Premiership. He resigned in December 2008 having failed to save them from relegation. 2013 – Recent Assistant Manager Sean O’Driscoll was sacked as Bristol City boss, having been in charge for just ten months. Cally for England 1962 - Ian Callaghan won the first of his three England Under-23’s caps in their 5-0 friendly thumping of Greece at St. Andrews. Shot down at Arsenal 1931 - Jack Lambert scored a second-half hat-trick for Arsenal as they trounced us 6-0, three of his seven goals past us, with John Charlton playing his third and final reds game. David Jack struck the last two of his nine goals against the reds, with Joe Hulme scoring one of his ten past us. The Gunners were pipped to the League title by our blue neighbours that season. 1970 - We lost another top-flight meeting at Highbury, going down 2-0. John Radford netted one of his seven goals against the reds, with George Graham coming off the bench to bag one of his four past us. Earning our Spurs We have faced Tottenham Hotspur three times in top flight matches on this day in history, resulting in one win, a draw and two defeats. 2010 – We lost 2-1 in north London, despite Jermain Defoe missing a penalty. Martin Škrtel opened the scoring before putting through his own net in the second half. Jamie Carragher dislocated his shoulder late on before Aaron Lennon bagged an injury-time winner. 2012 – We lost by the same score there, with Aaron Lennon and Gareth Bale both scoring early on. A Steven Gerrard header was cleared off the line by Lennon, but rebounded off Bale for an own goal after the break. 1987 - We won 2-0 at White Hart Lane thanks to goals from Steve McMahon and Craig Johnston, in what was Kenny Dalglish’s hundredth League game in charge. Steve Hodge was sent off for elbowing Ray Houghton inside the first twenty minutes, while Gary Gillespie broke Spurs’ Neil Ruddock’s leg in a challenge. The home side were being managed for the first time by Terry Venables. Amazingly, this was our first victory on this day in history at the fourteenth attempt. 1964 - Roger Hunt struck in a 1-1 draw at Anfield, with Jimmy Greaves netting one of his twelve goals against the reds. A bad day to meet the Villains We have faced Aston Villa three times in the top flight on this day in history, winning just once. 1993 - Robbie Fowler and Jamie Redknapp netted as we won 2-1 at Anfield, with Dalian Atkinson bagging the last of his four goals against us. 1914 - Villa left with a 6-3 win, with Jimmy Nicholl netting a brace and Tom Miller also on target for the reds. Full-back Bob Crawford played his 114th and final reds game. Harry Hampton netted one of his fifteen goals against the reds, with Joe Bache nabbing the final one of his nine past us, and Clem Stephenson scoring one of his five, with Harold Edgley netting twice and Tommy Barber also on target. 1903 - We lost 2-1 at Villa Park, with Jack Parkinson nabbing our consolation. Beaten 2018 – We lost 2-1 to Paris Saint-Germain in our UEFA Champions League group game at the Parc des Princes. Juan Bernat and Neymar put the French side ahead before James Milner converted a penalty in first-half stoppage time. We went on to qualify from the group, en route to Final glory in Madrid. 1967 - Ferencvárosi beat us 1-0 in Hungary with a deflected Sándor Katona goal on a snowbound pitch in a Fairs Cup Third Round meeting. Unfortunately, we lost the Anfield return by the same score. 1981 – We went down 1-0 at Southampton to a late Steve Moran goal. The home side included three former England captains – Alan Ball, Mick Channon and ex-red Kevin Keegan. 1925 – We lost 1-0 at home to Bury, the only time the Shakers have won at Anfield in 26 attempts to date. Sharing the shield 2003 - Young red Jordan Holmes skippered England Under-16’s as they drew 1-1 with their Scottish counterparts at Hampden Park. This result ensured that the two countries shared the Victory Shield, ahead of Northern Ireland and Wales. On the same day, future red Javier Mascherano appeared for Argentina Under-20’s in the World Championship Finals as they beat Spain 2-1 in a group game in the United Arab Emirates. Off on loan 2013 – Three young reds left the club on loan. Centre-forward Adam Morgan joined Yeovil Town, with midfielder Craig Roddan moving to Carlisle United and winger Kristoffer Peterson crossing the Mersey to join up with Tranmere Rovers. A new website 2002 - The club launched its very first non-English language website, a Chinese-language Hong Kong site. Beaten by the Austrians 1934 - We lost 2-0 to the Austrian national team in a friendly at Anfield. They were a very fine side at the time, having finished fourth in the World Cup Finals in Italy earlier that year. Also in international action 1992 – Bjørn Tore Kvarme featured for Norway Under-21’s as they thumped Malaysia 6-0 in Kuala Lumpur.
  22. 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 thirty times in 392 reds games by the end of the 2020/21 season, becoming club captain and then helping us to claim the Premier League title, UEFA Champions League, FIFA Club World Cup, UEFA Super Cup and League Cup. 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, 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.
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