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  1. Will

    10th November

    Happy birthday Paddy 1973 - Patrik Berger was born in Prague. He struck 35 times in 196 reds games after his £3.25m capture from Ballspielverein Borussia 09 e.V. Dortmund in September 1996 following a successful Euro ‘96 with the Czech Republic, coming off the bench to help us claim the FA Cup, UEFA Cup and FA Charity Shield in 2001. However, he was later dogged by persistent knee trouble, and allowed to join Premiership new-boys Portsmouth on a free transfer in June 2003. 1981 – Sports Therapist Iván Ortega was born. He joined the reds in the summer of 2009 from Celta de Vigo, but moved on to Chelsea in July 2011. Red centurions 2007 - Rafael Benítez took charge of the reds for the 200th time as we struggled to break down Fulham at Anfield, before Fernando Torres struck a late opener. Steven Gerrard then converted a penalty to secure a 2-0 victory, Rafa’s 115th to date. 1928 – Outside-right Dick Edmed played his hundredth reds game as we won 1-0 at Portsmouth, with forward Bill Salisbury nabbing his first reds goal. Centre-half David Davidson was sent off late in the second half, but we hung on for our first victory at Fratton Park. League Cup ends 1998 - Roy Evans took charge, jointly, of his last ever game as reds boss as we were beaten 3-1 at Anfield by Tottenham Hotspur in a Fourth Round League Cup tie. Steffen Iversen and ex-red John Scales put the visitors two up inside twenty minutes, with Allan Nielsen adding a third after an hour. Michael Owen netted our late consolation. 1981 - Kevin Sheedy struck his second and final reds goal in our 4-1 defeat of Middlesbrough in a Third Round tie, with our other goals coming from Ian Rush and a David Johnson brace. Both Sheedy’s reds goals had come in consecutive League Cup fixtures. David Shearer bagged the last of his four goals against the reds. 2004 - We also entertained Boro in a League Cup fixture, knocking the holders out 2-0 thanks to two late Neil Mellor goals, his first in front of the Kop, as we headed towards our tenth Final in the competition. Anfield debutants 1984 - Jim Beglin made his reds bow as we were held 1-1 by Southampton, with Ian Rush netting our goal. Joe Jordan struck for the Saints, one of just two goals he scored in 23 outings against the reds. 1951 - Outside-right Brian Jackson scored on his debut as we drew another top-flight match 1-1 with Bolton Wanderers, with future reds half-back Johnny Wheeler scoring for the visitors. King Kenny’s day 1979 – Kenny Dalglish’s second goal at Brighton & Hove Albion was his fiftieth for the reds in the League. We won 4-1 with Ray Kennedy and David Johnson also netting. 1971 - He made his Scotland debut while still with Celtic, coming on as a substitute in their 1-0 win over Belgium at Pittodrie. He went on to win a total of 102 caps for his country. On the same day, Emlyn Hughes and Larry Lloyd both played as England were held to a 1-1 draw by Switzerland in another qualifier at Wembley. Cormack off 1976 – Midfielder Peter Cormack was sold to Bristol City for £50,000. He had signed from Nottingham Forest for a club record £110,000 in July 1972 and won League title and UEFA Cup winners’ medals in his first season, notching a total of 26 goals in 178 reds appearances. Stevie free 2008 - Steven Gerrard was presented with the Freedom of Knowsley Borough. Away debuts 1894 - Inside-left Davy Hannah and half-back John McLean both debuted in our 3-1 defeat at Stoke, with Neil Kerr grabbing our consolation in what was our first ever visit to the Potters in all competitions. This was the eighth defeat of our opening thirteen top-flight fixtures that campaign as we went on to finish bottom. Teddy Sandland bagged a brace, with Joe Schofield also on target. Ton up Gary 1990 - Gary Ablett played his hundredth reds game as we beat Luton Town 4-0 at Anfield. Ian Rush struck twice, to add to a Jan Mølby penalty and a goal from Peter Beardsley. Crazy horse stabled 1982 - Second Division Rotherham United lost a Third Round League Cup tie at Anfield under the management of Emlyn Hughes, with Craig Johnston bagging the game’s only goal. 1956 – We were held to a 2-2 Second Division draw at Millmoor by the Millers, with Louis Bimpson and Alan A’Court on target. Royston Stephenson struck the first of his four goals past us, with Jack Grainger also scoring. Despair at Leeds Road We have lost twice at Huddersfield Town in First Division meetings on this day in history. 1934 - We were thumped 8-0, our second biggest ever defeat. Albert Malam scored a hat-trick, with Jimmy Richardson nabbing two of his eight goals against the reds, Wilf Bott the last of his five, Charlie Luke netting the final one of his four past the reds, and Alf Lythgoe also on target. 1923 - We lost 3-1 to the reigning champions with Harry Chambers netting our goal. Walter Wadsworth put through his own net, with Billy Cook adding a brace. Most recently 2020 – The reds officially left Melwood for the AXA Training Centre in Kirkby, having used it as their training centre since the 1950’s. 2019 – We beat Manchester City 3-1 at Anfield to hand us a eight-point lead at the top of the table after twelve games. Fabinho opened the scoring with a long-range strike with Mohamed Salah nodding in a second. Sadio Mané headed in after the break, with Bernardo Silva pulling a goal back late on. 2010 – We were held to a 1-1 draw at Wigan Athletic, with Fernando Torres firing us into an early lead. However, Hugo Rodallega levelled after the break with Steven Gerrard striking the crossbar late on. Thumping wins We twice secured convincing First Division wins at Anfield at the beginning of the last century. 1900 - John Walker and Sam Raybould each netted twice as we beat reigning champions Aston Villa 5-1, with Andy McGuigan also scoring. 1906 - Raybould again bagged a brace as Preston North End lost 6-1, with Bill McPherson and Alex Raisbeck also striking twice. International debuts 2017 – Joe Gomez won his first cap for England in their goalless friendly draw with Germany at Wembley, with Emre Can also in action. On the same day, Dominic Solanke netted for England Under-21’s as they won a European Championships qualifier 2-0 in the Ukraine, with future red Diogo Jota captaining Portugal Under-21’s as they drew a qualifier 1-1 in Romania. Carl Medjani won his first cap as a Sivasspor player in Algeria’s 3-0 World Cup qualifying defeat of Nigeria. Sadio Mané, Divock Origi, Ben Woodburn, future red Alisson Becker and ex-red Joe Allen also featured in internationals that day. 2001 - Danny Murphy became the 54th Liverpool player to represent the full England team when he debuted in a 1-1 friendly draw with Sweden at Old Trafford, coming on as a substitute for Nicky Butt. Murphy was joined by three fellow reds, as Jamie Carragher played 85 minutes at left-back, Emile Heskey started alongside Kevin Phillips in attack and was replaced by Teddy Sheringham in the 58th minute, with Robbie Fowler coming on for Phillips at the same time. Robbie was winning his 22nd cap, and final one as a reds player. On the same day, future red Christian Poulsen won his first cap for Denmark as they were held to a 1-1 friendly draw by the Netherlands in Copenhagen. Meanwhile, Milan Baroš and Vladimír Šmicer both appeared for the Czech Republic as they lost 1-0 in a World Cup play-off in Belgium. This left Baroš needing just one more cap at full international level before he could be granted a work permit to join the reds. Vlad in charge 2009 - Vladimír Šmicer was appointed Manager of the administrative division for the Czech Republic national team, having announced his retirement from playing the day before. First and last Irish caps 1987 - Mark Lawrenson won his 39th and final cap for the Republic of Ireland, skippering them as they thumped Israel 5-0 in a friendly at Dalymount Park. Ray Houghton won his thirteenth cap, and first one as a reds player, while ex-red Kevin Sheedy also played. 2001 - Jason McAteer won his first cap as a Sunderland player, and 44th in total, as the Republic of Ireland beat Iran 2-0 in the first leg of their World Cup qualifying play-off at Lansdowne Road, with Robbie Keane bagging his first goal as a Leeds United player. Future red Steve Finnan and ex-red Steve Staunton both also played. Dietmar Hamann, future red Bolo Zenden and ex-red Christian Ziege all also featured in internationals that day. Honours even with the Mancs 1962 - Ian St. John equalised against Manchester United at Old Trafford although we then trailed 2-1 with just five minutes remaining. Jimmy Melia levelled the scores before Ronnie Moran struck a late free-kick. Unfortunately, there was still time for United to score through Johnny Giles with the last kick of the game as it ended 3-3, the first of his five goals against us. David Herd and Albert Quixall had also netted for United, the latter from the spot. Cox for the League 1900 - Reds winger Jack Cox played for the Football League as they beat an Irish League side 4-2 in Belfast. International goalscorers 1987 - Nigel Clough netted his first England Under-21’s goal while winning his tenth cap. Fellow future red Michael Thomas debuted in the same game, as England won 5-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Yugoslavia. 2011 – Martin Kelly scored for England Under-21’s as they thumped Iceland 5-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Colchester, with future red Nathaniel Clyne debuting at this level and Jordan Henderson skippering the side, and future red Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also featuring. On the same day, Jon Flanagan won his only cap for the Under-19’s in their 1-0 friendly defeat of Denmark in Brighton, with Conor Coady captaining a team that also included Adam Morgan and Andre Wisdom. Lucas and future red Thiago were also in international action that day. 2016 – Ex-red Sebastián Coates scored his first goal for Uruguay in their 2-1 World Cup qualifying defeat of Ecuador in Montevideo, with ex-red Luis Súarez also featuring. Philippe Coutinho scored for Brazil as they beat Argentina 3-0 in a qualifier in Belo Horizonte, with Roberto Firmino, future red Alisson Becker and ex-red Javier Mascherano also in action. Ovie Ejaria netted as future red Dominic Solanke won his eleventh and last cap for England Under-19’s in their 2-1 friendly defeat in South Korea. Kamil Grabara won his third and last cap for Poland Under-18’s, with Trent Alexander-Arnold and Ben Woodburn playing at Under-19’s level that day. A final cap 1996 - Stéphane Henchoz won his last cap as a Hamburger SV player as Switzerland were beaten 1-0 by Norway in a World Cup qualifier in Bern, with Øyvind Leonhardsen on the winning side. Also in qualifying action that day were Phil Babb, Patrik Berger, Jason McAteer, ex-red Ronnie Rosenthal and future reds Vladimír Šmicer and Rigobert Song. Other reds game 1973 – Steve Heighway bagged the only goal of Wolverhampton Wanderers’ visit to Anfield. Also on the move 2001 - Ex-reserves forward Sean Friars signed for Carlisle United from Ipswich Town on a monthly contract. He only made one senior appearance for the Blues. 2005 - Former second-string keeper Ian Dunbavin joined Scarborough on loan from Halifax Town. He played fourteen Conference games for them.
  2. Will

    8th November

    Off the mark 2008 – Robbie Keane netted his first two League goals past ex-red Scott Carson as we beat West Bromwich Albion 3-0 at Anfield to hand Rafael Benítez his 150th win as reds boss in all competitions. The scoring was completed in injury time by Álvaro Arbeloa, who struck his second and final goal for the club. 1947 - Grimsby Town lost 3-1 at Anfield in a top-flight encounter with Kevin Baron notching his first reds goal, and Albert Stubbins and Bob Priday also on the scoresheet. Coady starts out 2012 – Midfielder Conor Coady made his reds bow as we lost 1-0 to the wealthy Anji Makhachkala in a UEFA Europa League group game in Moscow. Dani Pacheco came off the bench for his seventeenth and last appearance for the club, with centre-forward Adam Morgan playing for the third and final time. Lacina Traoré netted on the stroke of half time past Brad Jones. 2015 – We lost 2-1 at home to Crystal Palace as Steven Gerrard watched from the stands for the first time since leaving for LA Galaxy, with Philippe Coutinho equalising after Yannick Bolasie had given the Eagles the lead. Scott Dann headed in a late winner for the visitors, with boss Jürgen Klopp saying he felt “pretty alone” as the goal led to a mass crowd exodus. Hitting Spurs for four 1997 - Second-half goals from Steve McManaman, Øyvind Leonhardsen, Jamie Redknapp and substitute Michael Owen gave us a 4-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield, with the latter netting his first in L4. Robbie Fowler was playing his 200th reds game with Jason McAteer reaching a century of outings for the club, while beleaguered Spurs boss Gerry Francis was greeted with chants of “we want our Tottenham back”. 1952 - In fact, we have only lost one of our sixteen first-class games on this day over the years, 3-2 at Charlton Athletic. Our goals came from Bryan Williams and outside-left Ken Brierley, who was scoring for the eighth and last time. Billy Kiernan bagged the last two of his five goals against the reds, with future red John Evans netting one of his five goals past us. 1980 - Our goalless draw at home to Nottingham Forest was our fifth consecutive League stalemate that season. Happy birthday Joe 1981 - Joe Cole was born in Islington, London. He notched just five times in 42 reds outings after joining on a free transfer from Chelsea in July 2010, spending a season on loan at Lille OSC Métropole before returning to West Ham United for free in January 2013. He signed as a professional with the Hammers on his seventeenth birthday, on the Upton Park pitch prior to a game against Chelsea, with the stadium announcer somewhat excitedly saying, “you can tell your grandchildren you were here when Joe Cole signed”. 1999 – Left-back Adam Lewis was born in Liverpool. He made his senior bow in the FA Cup Fourth Round replay defeat of Shrewsbury Town at Anfield last February, now spending this season on loan at French Ligue 2 side Amiens. Facing the Mancs 1975 - We saw off Manchester United 3-1 thanks to Steve Heighway’s fiftieth reds strike and goals from John Toshack and Kevin Keegan, with Steve Coppell netting for the visitors. The Anny Road end was separated by a metal divide for this game to give away fans their own section, following trouble at a previous match with United. One of the club’s senior directors said that their fans had achieved something Hitler’s bombers had failed to do – change Anfield. 2020 – Mohamed Salah put the reds in front from the spot as we drew 1-1 at Manchester City, with Gabriel Jesus equalising before Kevin De Bruyne missed a penalty. Gordon’s century 1930 – Forward Gordon Hodgson scored his hundredth League goal for the reds in our 2-2 top-flight draw at Derby County. Archie McPherson also netted, with Harry Bedford bagging the last of his nine strikes past us and George Stephenson scoring one of his four. Tommy’s farewell 1971 - Reds keeper Tommy Lawrence moved over the water to join Tranmere Rovers. The ‘flying pig’ had kept goal on 390 occasions since signing on as a professional back in October 1957, helping us to claim two League titles, the FA Charity Shield and the club’s first ever FA Cup. New technology 2014 – Chelsea won 2-1 in L4 with Emre Can opening the scoring with a deflected strike that was his first goal for the club. Gary Cahill’s equaliser was the first goal to be given at Anfield using goal-line technology. Diego Costa bagged the second-half winner, although we were denied a strong late penalty claim for handball. Other Anfield wins We have also seen off Leyton Orient and Preston North End in L4 on this day over the years. 1924 - We beat the Lilywhites 3-1 thanks to a brace from Dick Forshaw and an Archie Rawlings strike, with keeper John Jones making the first of just four senior appearances and Forshaw scoring in the first of eight consecutive matches. Elisha Scott was forced to miss out due to injury after 132 consecutive senior appearances. 1958 - Orient were beaten 3-0 in a Second Division meeting with Geoff Twentyman, Louis Bimpson and Jimmy Melia on target, with Melia’s strike being the club’s 4,000th goal in all competitions. Zico the boss 1996 - Phil Neal was appointed Manager of First Division Manchester City. He was in charge for less than two months, leading them to just two wins in his ten games in charge, before being replaced by ex-Nottingham Forest boss Frank Clark. Moving towards another trophy 1983 - We were held to a 1-1 League Cup draw at Fulham. Ian Rush equalised shortly after Kevin Lock had put the home side ahead from the spot, and it took us until a second replay to finally reach the Fourth Round. Joy in the north east at last 1902 - We won at Newcastle United for the first time after six previously unsuccessful attempts. Sam Raybould and Arthur Goddard netted in a 2-1 victory. Top of the table 1986 - We climbed to the summit of the First Division for the first time that season when goals from Ian Rush, Steve Nicol and Craig Johnston secured a 3-1 victory at Queens Park Rangers. Bells foiled 2006 - Struggling striker Craig Bellamy had a weak penalty saved as we won a League Cup Fourth Round tie at Birmingham City, with Daniel Agger grabbing the only goal of the game. Unfortunately, the night was marred by a shoulder injury suffered by Momo Sissoko. In comes Lauri 2007 – Sixteen-year old Finnish forward Lauri Dalla Valle signed from Joensuun Iloiset Peli-Pojat for a reported £600,000, going on to sign a professional contract with the reds in September 2008. He moved to Fulham in August 2010 after just one brief substitute appearance as part of the deal that brought left-back Paul Konchesky to Anfield. Future reds on the move 1983 - Future reds keeper Mike Hooper signed for his hometown club Bristol City on a free transfer from non-League Mangotsfield. He only made three first-team appearances in three seasons at Ashton Gate, moving on to Wrexham in July 1985. 1994 - Øyvind Leonhardsen joined Wimbledon from Rosenborg BK for £650,000. He had struck twenty times in 63 League games for the perpetual Norwegian champions, spending three successful seasons with Wimbledon before joining the reds. Another title 2009 - Liverpool and Adrian Valles won the 2009 Superleague Formula motor racing championship at Jarama in Spain. Internationals on target 1961 - Ian St. John bagged a brace on his tenth full international appearance as Scotland beat Wales 2-0 at Hampden Park in the British International Championships. 2017 – Bobby Duncan came off the bench to score for England Under-17’s as they beat Portugal 3-2 in a friendly in Chesterfield, with Curtis Jones also featuring. 2013 – Trent Alexander-Arnold and Herbie Kane played for England Under-16’s as they lost a friendly 1-0 to Northern Ireland in Bournemouth. Other birthdays 1917 - Left-back Barney Ramsden was born in Sheffield. He arrived on a free transfer from Sheffield Victoria in March 1935 and helped us to claim the first post-war League title in 1947, making a total of 63 first-team appearances without notching. He moved on to Sunderland in March 1948. 1963 - Former reds loanee keeper Mark Prudhoe was born in Washington in Tyne & Wear. He joined Southend United on a free transfer from Bradford City on his 36th birthday. He remained at Roots Hall for a year, making just six appearances before being released. Other reds games 1969 – Wolverhampton Wanderers held us to a goalless draw at Anfield. 1919 – Harry Chambers and Billy Lacey netted as we won 2-1 at Bradford Park Avenue. 1913 – Burnley held us to a 1-1 draw in L4. Bertie Freeman scored one of his nine goals against the reds with Lacey levelling. Signing on 2016 - Trent Alexander-Arnold, Kevin Stewart and Ben Woodburn all signed new contracts. Stewart left the club for Hull City for a reported £6m in July 2017 after twenty senior reds games. Alexander-Arnold has netted eight times in 148 outings to date, with Woodburn so far having notched once in eleven first-team appearances. Abel return 2006 - Abel Xavier re-signed for Middlesbrough. He was sacked by them ten months earlier after being found guilty of breaching UEFA’s anti-doping regulations. He played twenty times in this second spell, before joining LA Galaxy in May 2007.
  3. Will

    14th October

    Treble for and against 1961 - Roger Hunt scored a hat-trick in our 6-1 defeat of Walsall at Anfield, already his second treble of the season as we went on to claim the Second Division title. Kevin Lewis, Jimmy Melia and Ian St. John netted the others, with Ron Yeats putting through his own net. 1933 – We were beaten 4-1 at Sunderland with Sam English on the scoresheet. Pat Gallacher netted a treble, the first of his six goals against the reds, with Benny Yorston scoring the first of his five. Signing on 1893 - Forward Harry Bradshaw signed from Northwich Victoria. He struck 51 times in 138 reds games, helping us to the Second Division title on two occasions, and winning an England cap in his five years at Anfield, so becoming the first ever international red. He moved on to Southern League side Tottenham Hotspur in May 1898. 2020 – Midfielder Tom Hill signed a new contract, having been with the reds since Under-6’s level. On the same day, ex-reds right-back Nathaniel Clyne re-signed for Crystal Palace. He had turned pro with the Eagles in October 2008, netting once in 137 games before moving on to Southampton in July 2012. He returned to Selhurst Park after being released by the reds in June 2020. Court drama again 2010 – The club won a second case in the High Court against current owners George Gillett Jr. and Tom Hicks. The sale of the club to New England Sports Ventures was finally completed the next day, after a testing week for employees and fans alike. Nine in a row 1899 - We lost 2-1 at Bury, a club record ninth consecutive top-flight defeat. Inside-right John Walker scored our consolation strike. Derby joy 1922 - We won at Goodison, with Dick Johnson grabbing the only goal of the game. This completed a League double, as we had thrashed the Blues 5-1 at Anfield a week earlier. Disappointment in the steel city We have visited Sheffield three times on this day in history to play First Division matches, returning without a win on each occasion. 1905 - We lost 3-2 to The Wednesday at their old Owlerton ground with Bobby Robinson and Joe Hewitt netting for the reds. Full-back Harry Griffiths played the first of his six reds games, while Jimmy Stewart scored one of his five goals past us, Harry Chapman netting one of his six, and Herrod Ruddlesdin also scoring. 1911 - We did slightly better there, holding them to a 2-2 draw, with Sam Gilligan and Jack Parkinson on target. 1912 - Inside-forward Arthur Metcalf nabbed his first reds strike as we lost 4-1 at Sheffield United, with Arthur Berry playing his fourth and final reds game, and only one of his second spell with the club, with outside-left Hugh Lester appearing for the second and last time. Wally Hardinge bagged the last two of his four goals against the reds, with Joe Kitchen netting two of his eight strikes past us. Thumping the Rams 1978 - We trounced an injury-hit Derby County 5-0 at Anfield in a First Division fixture with Ray Kennedy and Kenny Dalglish each netting twice, after David Johnson had grabbed the only goal of the first half. Suspended 1895 – Centre-forward George Allan was suspended for eight matches by the Scottish FA, four months after arriving from Leith Athletic in a £100 deal. This was due to him having also signed for St. Bernard’s at the same time as moving to Anfield! He went on to score 56 goals in 96 reds games across two spells, and also has the distinction of being the first reds player to represent Scotland. Held at Anfield 2006 - Craig Bellamy was on target with a header against his former employers as we were held to a 1-1 draw by Blackburn Rovers at home in the League, after Benni McCarthy had given the visitors a surprise early lead. 2017 – Manchester United left L4 with a point after a disappointing goalless draw. Facing the Clarets 1907 – Bobby Robinson and Charlie Hewitt struck in our 2-0 win at Burnley in the Lancashire Senior Cup. 1975 – We lost 1-0 at Turf Moor in a League Cup Third Round replay, with Peter Noble on target from the spot just before half time. International debutants 1987 - Gary Gillespie made his Scotland debut in their 2-0 European Championships qualifying defeat of Belgium at Hampden Park, with future reds coach Steve Clarke also playing. 1970 - Larry Lloyd won his first cap for England Under-23’s as they beat West Germany 3-1 in a friendly at Filbert Street. On the same day, Steve Heighway won his second senior cap as the Republic of Ireland were held to a 1-1 draw in a European Championships qualifier at Dalymount Park. Reds on the mark 1998 - Patrik Berger, Michael Owen and future reds Robbie Keane, Jari Litmanen and Abel Xavier all scored in Euro 2000 qualifiers. England won 3-0 in Luxembourg, with Berger bagging a brace as the Czech Republic beat Estonia 4-1 in Teplice, playing alongside future red Vladimír Šmicer. Keane struck twice as the Republic of Ireland thumped Malta 5-0 at Lansdowne Road, his only goals while with Wolverhampton Wanderers, with Jason McAteer, Steve Staunton and future red Mark Kennedy all also featuring. Portugal won 3-0 in Slovakia, with Xavier bagging his first senior international goal, and only one as a PSV Eindhoven player. Meanwhile Finland won 3-1 in Turkey, with future red Sami Hyypiä also appearing. Also in qualifying action that day were Stig Inge Bjørnebye, Vegard Heggem, and future reds Nicolas Anelka, Markus Babbel and Stéphane Henchoz. 2007 – Future red Nuri Şahin scored for Turkey Under-21’s in their 2-0 European Championships qualifying defeat of Ukraine in Istanbul. 1987 - John Barnes bagged a brace, with Peter Beardsley also on target as England thumped Turkey 8-0 at Wembley in a European Championships qualifier. Meanwhile, future red Glenn Hysén scored his sixth and last senior international goal as Sweden held West Germany to a 1-1 draw in a friendly in Gelsenkirchen. On the same day, Craig Johnston and Steve McMahon played for England B as they beat Malta 2-0 in a friendly in Ta’ Qali. 2008 – Ex-red Jimmy Ryan struck his only goal for the Republic of Ireland Under-21’s in their 3-0 friendly victory in Lithuania. Future red James Milner played for England at the same level that day, with Feyenoord’s Gini Wijnaldum featuring for the Dutch Under-19’s. 2018 – Ex-red Toni Silva scored his only goal for Guinea-Bissau as a Mamelodi Sundowns player in their 2-1 Africa Cup on Nations qualifying defeat of Zambia. On the same day, ex-red Gary Mackay-Steven won his first cap as an Aberdeen player as Scotland lost 3-1 to Portugal in a friendly at Hampden Park. 2019 – Ex-red Raheem Sterling struck twice as England thumped Bulgaria 6-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Sofia, with Jordan Henderson also playing. Meanwhile, James Balagizi played for England Under-17’s in their 1-1 friendly draw in Spain. 2020 – Diogo Jota bagged a brace, his first goals since moving to Anfield, as Portugal beat Sweden 3-0 in a UEFA Nations League group game in Lisbon. Roberto Firmino, Jordan Henderson, Virgil van Dijk, Gini Wijnaldum, Neco Williams, Harry Wilson and ex-reds Ryan Babel, Conor Coady, Philippe Coutinho, Dejan Lovren, Simon Mignolet and Nikolay Mihaylov all also played for their countries, with ex-reds coach Steve Clarke taking charge of Scotland. First and last caps 2008 – Ex-red Florent Sinama-Pongolle won his only senior cap as France beat Tunisia 3-1 in a friendly at the Stade de France, with ex-red Alou Diarra also featuring. 1981 - Mark Lawrenson won his seventeenth cap, and first as a reds player, as the Republic of Ireland beat France 3-2 in a World Cup qualifier at Lansdowne Road. Ronnie Whelan also played, while future red Michael Robinson was on the scoresheet. Kenny Dalglish, Alan Hansen, Ian Rush, Graeme Souness and ex-red Joey Jones all also featured in World Cup action that day. 1987 - Ian Rush won his first cap as a Juventus player, his 33rd in all, as Wales lost 1-0 in Denmark in a European Championships qualifier. On the same day, Ray Houghton won his last cap while with Oxford United, his twelfth, as the Irish beat Bulgaria in another qualifier in Dublin. He was playing alongside John Aldridge, Mark Lawrenson and Ronnie Whelan. 1992 - Dean Saunders and Ray Houghton both won their first caps as Aston Villa players in World Cup qualifiers. Wales won 1-0 in Cyprus, with Ian Rush also in the side. Ireland held Denmark to a goalless draw in Copenhagen, with Torben Piechnik, who was booked, and ex-red John Aldridge also playing. Future reds Stig Inge Bjørnebye, Gérard Houllier, Paul Ince, Gary McAllister and Karlheinz Riedle were all also taking part in World Cup qualifiers that day, with Roy Hodgson taking charge of Switzerland. 1998 - Dean Saunders won his 66th cap for Wales, and last one as a Sheffield United player, as Wales beat Belarus 3-2 in a Euro 2000 qualifier in Cardiff. Future red Paul Jones also played. 2004 – Future reds forward Daniel Sturridge made his bow for England Under-16’s as they thumped Wales 5-1 in a Victory Shield match in Llanelli. 2013 – Suso won his fifth and final cap for Spain Under-21’s in their 1-0 European Championships qualifying defeat of Hungary in Cartagena. 2012 – Future red Joël Matip played in Cameroon’s 2-1 friendly defeat of Cape Verde in Yaoundé, with ex-red Carl Medjani playing as Algeria beat Libya 2-0 in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Blida. 1980 – Future reds centre-half Glenn Hysén won his fifth and last cap for Sweden Under-21’s in their 2-1 defeat in Denmark in a European Championships qualifier. World Cup action 2009 - LFC TV became the first club channel to broadcast a World Cup qualifier live, as Spain won 5-2 at Bosnia-Herzegovina. Albert Riera won his final cap as a reds player, with ex-red Xabi Alonso also in action. Meanwhile, Peter Crouch won his first cap as a Tottenham Hotspur player as England beat Belarus 3-0 at Wembley, bagging a brace, with Glen Johnson and future red James Milner also featuring. Jerzy Dudek won his only cap while with Real Madrid as Poland lost 1-0 to Slovakia in Chorzow, while Dejan Lovren won his second and last cap as a Dinamo Zagreb player in Croatia’s 2-1 win in Kazakhstan. Future red Emre Can scored his last goal for Germany Under-16’s in their 4-0 friendly defeat of Belgium, while keeper Nikolay Mihaylov won his last cap while officially a reds player. Daniel Agger, Yossi Benayoun, Sotirios Kyrgiakos, Lucas Leiva, Javier Mascherano, ex-reds Milan Baroš, Alou Diarra, Sami Hyypiä, Robbie Keane, Jari Litmanen and Raul Meireles, future reds Milan Jovanović, Christian Poulsen and Luis Suárez and Wales boss John Toshack were all also involved in qualifiers, with ex-red Harry Kewell also in international action. 2014 – Philippe Coutinho, Brad Smith and ex-reds Daniel Agger, Tom Ince, Robbie Keane, loanee Javier Manquillo and Javier Mascherano all represented their countries as Xherdan Shaqiri nabbed his last goal as a Bayern München player in Switzerland’s 4-0 win in San Marino. Other reds games 1995 – Coventry City held us to a goalless draw at Anfield. 1989 – Peter Beardsley and Ronnie Whelan netted as we beat Wimbledon 2-1 at Plough Lane, with Dennis Wise nabbing the first of his four goals against the reds. 1972 – Chris Lawler was on target as we drew 1-1 at Southampton as Mick Channon equalised with one of his seven past us. 1967 – We beat West Ham United 3-1 in L4. Ian St. John netted a first-half brace, with Tommy Smith also on target before one of Martin Peters’ fourteen strikes against us. 1950 – Phil Taylor struck as we drew 1-1 at West Bromwich Albion, after Dave Walsh had the netted the first of his four goals past the reds. New store 1976 - Ray Clemence opened the club’s new souvenir shop with Club Director Mr. Corkish at the back of the Kop. In charge 2017 - Former reds First Team Coach Steve Clarke was appointed Manager of Kilmarnock, being names as Scottish Football Writers' Association Manager of the Year at the end of his first season in charge, having led them from rock bottom when he took over to fifth. He has so far led them to 25 victories in his 46 games as boss.
  4. Will

    9th October

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

    7th October

    Happy birthday Sami 1973 – Ex-reds centre-half Sami Hyypiä was born in Helsinki. The mighty Finn played 464 reds games, netting 35 times and helping us to claim the European Cup, UEFA Cup, two FA Cups, two League Cups and two UEFA Super Cups following his £2.5m bargain capture from Dutch side Willem II in May 1999. He left the club in the summer of 2009 to sign for Bayer 04 Leverkusen on a free transfer, subsequently moving into management. Other reds celebrating 1998 – Trent Alexander-Arnold was born in Liverpool, signing pro terms on his seventeenth birthday. He was at the Academy since the age of six, striking eight times in 129 senior appearances across his first five seasons as he helped the reds to claim the League title, UEFA Champions League, FIFA Club World Cup and UEFA Super Cup. 1990 – Uruguayan centre-half Sebastián Coates was born in Montevideo. He signed from Nacional for £7m in August 2011, scoring twice in 24 games before joining Sunderland for £4m in July 2015 after a season there on loan. He played for Uruguay Under-20’s on his nineteenth birthday as they were beaten 3-1 by Brazil in their World Cup Finals Round of Sixteen encounter in Egypt. 1995 – Reserves centre-back Lloyd Jones was born. He signed from his hometown club Plymouth Argyle for £150,000 in June 2011, turning pro in May 2013 after sitting on the bench in our Premiership visit to Fulham earlier that month. He skippered our Under-21’s for more than a season, moving on permanently to Luton Town in January 2018 after a series of loan spells. Didi makes Wembley history 2000 - Dietmar Hamann scored the last ever goal at the old Wembley as Germany beat England 1-0 in a World Cup qualifier. Christian Ziege was winning his first cap as a reds player, with Michael Owen and future red Nick Barmby also playing. Kevin Keegan resigned as England boss that evening. First treble 1893 - James Stott bagged our first ever League hat-trick in our 6-0 Second Division defeat of Middlesbrough Ironopolis, with Duncan McLean scoring his first goal for the club and Hugh McQueen and David Henderson also on target. Harry all smiles 1922 - Harry ‘Smiler’ Chambers scored our first ever derby hat-trick in a 5-1 League win at Anfield that also counted for the Lancashire Senior Cup, although his first goal is also sometimes credited as an own goal by keeper Tom Fern. We went behind early on to a Billy Williams strike, but fought back in the second half. Jock McNab and birthday boy Tom Bromilow also struck as we hit the Blues for five for the first time, with the Kop forgetting the opener and adopting a new chant, “One two, one two three, one two three four, five nil”, which is now part of ‘Poor Scouser Tommy’. We went on to claim our third League title that season. 1972 - We hosted another derby fixture when Peter Cormack headed in the only goal of the game. Bill Shankly was presented with the Bell’s Manager of the Month awards for September and the previous April before the match. 1931 – We beat Everton 3-2 in a Lancashire Senior Cup Second Round tie at Goodison, with Bob Done converting a penalty and Gordon Hodgson bagging a brace. Other birthdays 1894 - Left-half Tom Bromilow was born in Liverpool. He signed professional terms in 1919, having asked for a trial straight from the army. He went on to make 375 appearances, scoring eleven times while helping us to claim two League titles in successive seasons in the 1920’s, as well as earning full international honours with England. 1920 - Centre-half Allenby Chilton was born in South Hylton, County Durham. He signed for the reds as an amateur in summer 1938, before moving to Manchester United that November, without making a senior reds appearance. He won the first of his two England caps on his thirtieth birthday in a 4-1 British International Championships win in Northern Ireland. 1964 - Paul Stewart was born in Manchester. He was one of Graeme Souness’s failed buys, arriving from Tottenham Hotspur for £2.3m in July 1992, scoring three times in 42 uninspiring appearances before leaving for free for Sunderland in March 1996 after a successful loan spell. Most recently 2018 – We were held to a goalless draw at Anfield by champions Manchester City, with Riyad Mahrez blasting a late spot kick over the bar for the visitors. Spurs stalemates We have hosted Tottenham Hotspur twice on this day in history, with both matches ending all square. 2007 - We suffered our thousandth draw in the League with Fernando Torres heading a late equaliser after the visitors had come from behind following Andriy Voronin’s opener. Future red Robbie Keane struck two of his five goals past us. 1969 - The game ended goalless. Debutants 1961 - Alf Arrowsmith made his reds bow in our 2-0 Second Division defeat at Middlesbrough, our first reverse in the twelfth game of this promotion-winning campaign. Centre-half Dick White unfortunately put through his own net twice! 1980 - We also faced Boro when Terry McDermott struck twice, including a penalty, in a 4-2 home win, with Ray Kennedy and Kenny Dalglish also on target. Alan Hansen played his hundredth League game that day, with future red Craig Johnston and Božo Janković on target for the visitors. 1986 - Striker John Durnin made his first-team debut in our 3-2 League Cup win at Fulham, with winger Brian Mooney making his only reds appearance, as a substitute for Jim Beglin. Steve McMahon opened the scoring with Jan Mølby adding a penalty to a Paul Parker own goal. This was Kenny Dalglish’s fiftieth victory as reds boss, in just his 77th game in charge. 1950 - Centre-half Jack Heydon debuted in our goalless top-flight draw with Stoke City at Anfield. 2012 – The Potters held us to another blank stalemate in L4, with Luis Suárez, Raheem Sterling and Martin Škrtel all striking the woodwork. Cally’s triple century 1967 - Ian Callaghan played his 300th reds game as we lost 2-1 at Leicester City in a League meeting, with Ian St. John netting our consolation and Mike Stringfellow nabbing the last two of his five goals for the Foxes against the reds. Thumping the Canaries 1978 – We won 4-1 at Norwich City with Steve Heighway bagging a brace inside the first ten minutes. David Johnson and Jimmy Case struck before John Ryan converted a late penalty for the home side. International beginnings and end 2020 – Curtis Jones and Rhys Williams both debuted for England Under-21’s in their 3-3 European Championships qualifier in Andorra. On the same day, Diogo Jota won his first cap as a red in Portugal’s goalless friendly draw with Spain in Lisbon, while ex-red Emre Can faced future red Ozan Kabak as Germany drew 3-3 with Turkey in Cologne. 2000 - Ex-red Stig Inge Bjørnebye won his 75th and final international cap as Norway drew a World Cup qualifier 1-1 with Wales in Cardiff. He played alongside a former Anfield clubmate, Øyvind Leonhardsen, who won his 68th cap, while future red Paul Jones was in the Welsh goal. 1992 – They also played in a World Cup qualifier while both were still Rosenborg BK players, as Norway won 2-0 in San Marino. 2010 – Future red Philippe Coutinho won his first senior cap, playing alongside Lucas as Brazil beat Iran 3-0 in a friendly in Abu Dhabi. 2016 – Christian Benteke won his first cap as a Crystal Palace player in Belgium’s 4-0 trouncing of Bosnia-Herzegovina in a World Cup qualifier in Brussels. Meanwhile, Ragnar Klavan skippered Estonia in their 4-0 thumping of Gibraltar in another qualifier in Tallinn. Gini Wijnaldum, future reds Xherdan Shaqiri and Virgil van Dijk, and ex-reds Péter Gulácsi and Krisztián Nemeth also featured in qualifiers that day. 2017 - Ryan Babel won his first cap as a Beşiktaş J.K. player as the Netherlands won a World Cup qualifier 3-1 in Belarus with Gini Wijnaldum and future red Virgil van Dijk both also featuring. Future red Naby Keïta skippered Guinea, scoring and also being dismissed as they were beaten 4-1 at home by Tunisia in another qualifier. Sadio Mané and future reds loanee Victor Moses also played in World Cup qualifiers that day, with Ragnar Klavan skippering Estonia and ex-red Péter Gulácsi facing future red Xherdan Shaqiri. A pastoral death 2002 - 1940’s reds centre-forward Arthur Shepherd died. His brothers Joe and full-back Bill also both played for the reds at the same time. Arthur never made our first team in peacetime, but did net twelve times in eleven wartime games for us. Last strike 1911 – Centre-half Jimmy Harrop scored his fourth and last reds goal as we lost 2-1 at home to Blackburn Rovers. Walter Aitkenhead netted one of his four goals past us, with Johnny Orr bagging one of his five strikes against the reds. Another rare excursion up front 1899 - Centre-back Alex Raisbeck played his second and final match at centre-forward, as we lost 2-0 at home to Derby County thanks to a Steve Bloomer brace, two of his fourteen goals against us, with forward Abe Foxall playing his only reds game. This was our seventh straight defeat that season, and eighth including the final game of the previous campaign. 1905 - We also entertained the Rams when Jack Cox struck twice in our 4-1 win, with our other goals coming from Arthur Goddard and Robert Robinson. Mixed derby fortunes 1959 - We won the first leg of our Floodlight Challenge Cup 3-0 against the Blues at Goodison Park, thanks to a Roger Hunt brace and goal from Johnny Wheeler. We lost the Anfield return 2-0 three weeks later to claim the trophy for the second of three times. 1939 - Worse occurred when we lost a friendly 4-1 at Anfield with Phil Taylor bagging our consolation. Thumping Anfield wins 1895 - We trounced Crewe Alexandra 6-1 in a Second Division encounter with George Allan, Fred Geary and Jimmy Ross all netting twice each, with these being Geary’s first reds strikes. 1981 - Ian Rush struck his first two reds goals in domestic competition as we beat Third Division Exeter City 5-0 in the first leg of our League Cup Second Round tie, with Kenny Dalglish reaching a century of reds goals and Terry McDermott and Ronnie Whelan also on target. A Croatian legend honoured 2002 - Igor Bišcan played in Zagreb for a Croatia 1998 side as they lost 2-1 to a Rest Of The World XI in Zvonimir Boban’s testimonial. Tennis player Goran Ivanisevic scored for the Croatia team, while Jean-Pierre Papin and Leonardo netted the other goals. Youngsters in action 1997 - Future red Milan Baroš scored on his debut for the Czech Republic Under-16’s as they beat Bavaria 3-0 in a friendly in Tachov. 2005 - Besian Idrizaj made his debut for Austria Under-21’s, appearing in their 2-1 defeat of Scott Carson’s England at Elland Road, with future red James Milner also featuring. Meanwhile, Anthony Le Tallec scored in his fourth consecutive Under-21’s game, grabbing a treble with Florent Sinama-Pongolle also playing in France’s 3-0 win in another qualifier in Switzerland. Ramon Calliste was also in international action that day. 2010 – Danny Wilson played as Scotland Under-21’s lost the first leg of their European Championships Play-off 2-1 in Iceland. Meanwhile, Lucas featured as the senior Brazil side beat Iran 3-0 in a friendly in Abu Dhabi, with Péter Gulácsi also in international action. 2015 – Trent Alexander-Arnold played for England Under-17’s in their 8-0 friendly thumping of DR Congo in Burton, with future red Marko Grujić featuring for Serbia Under-21’s as they thumped Andorra 5-0 in a European Championships qualifying win in Novi Sad and future red Javier Manquillo also playing at this level. Other internationals on target 2016 - Trent Alexander-Arnold scored his first two goals for England Under-19's, with one coming from the spot in their 3-2 friendly win in Croatia. On the same day, Ovie Ejaria and future red Dominic Solanke both debuted for England Under-20’s as they beat Germany 3-1 in a friendly in Huddersfield, with Marko Grujić also in international action. 2011 – Luis Suárez netted while reaching half a century of caps in Uruguay’s 4-2 World Cup qualifying defeat of Bolivia in Montevideo, with ex-red Raul Meireles also reaching that milestone in Portugal’s 5-3 defeat of Iceland in Porto. Ex-red Xabi Alonso struck as Spain won a Euro 2012 qualifier 2-0 in the Czech Republic, while Adam Morgan was on target for England Under-19’s in their 1-0 defeat of Portugal in the Limoges Tournament. Djibril Cissé won his first cap as a Lazio player, with Christian Poulsen playing his first game for Denmark since joining Évian Thonon Gaillard. Alberto Aquilani, Craig Bellamy, Conor Coady, Stewart Downing, Dirk Kuyt, Jack Robinson, Martin Škrtel and ex-reds Álvaro Arbeloa, Milan Baroš, Milan Jovanović, Robbie Keane, Chris Mavinga, Nikolay Mihaylov, Fernando Torres and future reds Joe Allen, Ragnar Klavan, Dejan Lovren, Simon Mignolet and Xherdan Shaqiri were all also in international action, with John Toshack taking charge of FYR Macedonia. 1995 - Future red Patrik Berger netted as the Czech Republic won a European Championships qualifier in Belarus 2-0. 2000 - Ex-red Don Hutchison struck as Scotland won a World Cup qualifier 2-0 in San Marino. Also in international action were Stéphane Henchoz, Sami Hyypiä, future reds Nicolas Anelka, Yossi Benayoun, Jerzy Dudek, Steve Finnan, Robbie Keane and Jari Litmanen, and ex-reds Jim Magilton and Jason McAteer. 2008 – Future red Christian Benteke scored from the spot as Belgium Under-19’s won a friendly 5-0 in Estonia. 2006 - Ex-red Milan Baroš grabbed a brace as the Czech Republic thumped San Marino 7-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Liberec. On the same day, Steve Finnan and future red Robbie Keane played for Steve Staunton’s Republic of Ireland, with Daniel Agger, Luis García, Sami Hyypiä, Dirk Kuyt, John Arne Riise, future reds Ryan Babel, Yossi Benayoun, Sotirios Kyrgiakos, Fernando Torres and Andriy Voronin and ex-red Jari Litmanen also featuring in qualifiers, with ex-red Rigobert Song also in international action and Roy Hodgson taking charge of Finland. Bells in charge 2006 - Craig Bellamy captained Wales for the first time, with ex-red Paul Jones winning his fiftieth cap as John Toshack’s Wales were trounced 5-1 by Slovakia in Cardiff. Gareth Bale became Wales’ youngest ever senior goalscorer, aged just seventeen years and 83 days. On the same day, the record attendance for a home England international away from Wembley Stadium was set as 72,062 saw England held to a goalless draw by FYR Macedonia in another qualifier at Old Trafford. Peter Crouch, Steven Gerrard and future red Stewart Downing all played. Also in international action that day were Adam Hammill, Craig Lindfield, ex-red El-Hadji Diouf and future reds Lucas Leiva, Nikolay Mihaylov and Christian Poulsen. Recent reds milestones 2007 - Jamie Carragher’s restaurant Café Sports England on Stanley Street in Liverpool opened. Guests at the VIP opening night included Daniel Agger, Xabi Alonso, Steven Gerrard and ex-reds Kenny Dalglish, Alan Hansen, Michael Owen and Phil Thompson. Unfortunately, the business went bust in October 2013. 2011 - Martin Škrtel became a father to Matteo. Other reds games 1975 – Jimmy Case scored as Burnley held us to a 1-1 draw with Burnley in a League Cup Third Round tie at Anfield, although we lost the second leg at Turf Moor. 1964 – We beat Sheffield United 3-1 in L4. Roger Hunt struck either side of the first of Alan Burchenall’s four goals against the reds before the break. Hunt netted again in the second half, with Bobby Graham also on the scoresheet. 1933 – Chelsea lost 3-0 at Anfield with Dave Wright, Gordon Hodgson and Sam English all on the scoresheet. On the move 2009 - Steve Staunton took over as Manager of Darlington. He was sacked in March 2010 with the Quakers at the bottom of the League and facing relegation to the Conference. He had won just four of his 23 League matches in charge. 2008 - Joe Allen joined Wrexham on loan from Swansea City, netting once in just two outings for the Dragons. 1898 – Inside-forward Frank Becton moved on to Sheffield United. The England international had signed from his hometown club Preston North End for £200 in March 1895, notching 42 times in 86 reds games.
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    5th October

    Five for young Robbie 1993 - Robbie Fowler scored all five goals as we thumped Fulham in a League Cup Second Round tie at Anfield, having already scored on his club debut in the first leg. Only four other reds have scored five times in the same game. A premier millennium 2008 – We went in 2-0 down at half time at Manchester City. A Stephen Ireland volley was City’s hundredth home League goal against the reds, while a Javier Garrido free-kick four minutes before the break ensured City reached 200 goals against us in all competitions. Fernando Torres netted our thousandth goal in the Premier League before heading in a second to draw us level after Pablo Zabaleta was dismissed for a foul on Xabi Alonso. Dirk Kuyt grabbed a dramatic stoppage-time winner as we won 3-2, while Martin Škrtel suffered a posterior cruciate ligament injury that kept him out of action for over two months. 1914 – We thumped City 6-3 in our Lancashire Senior Cup Second Round tie at their old Hyde Road ground. Jimmy Nicholl and Fred Pagnam bagged a brace each, with Phil Bratley and Billy Lacey also on target. A Czech treble 1997 - Patrik Berger bagged his only hat-trick in English football as we beat Chelsea 4-2 at Anfield, with Robbie Fowler netting the other late on, and Stig Inge Bjørnebye playing his hundredth League game for us. Chelsea’s Bernard Lambourde had been sent off shortly before the half-hour mark, with the score still level at 1-1 after Gianfranco Zola’s equaliser. Gustavo Poyet scored from the spot late on for the Blues. Sadio’s half century 2019 - Sadio Mané scored his fiftieth League goal for the reds as he reached a century of League outings for us in our 2-1 defeat of Leicester City at Anfield. James Maddison equalised late on, but James Milner converted a stoppage-time penalty to secure victory after Mané was felled, our eighth straight League win from the start of the season. 1929 – We lost a First Division encounter 2-1 at Filbert Street, despite Jimmy Smith giving us an early lead. After the break, Arthur Lochhead scored one of his five goals past the reds with Ernie Hine netting one of his ten for Leicester against us as we came under the cosh. Stevie again 2013 - Steven Gerrard scored in his fifteenth consecutive League season, a new club record, converting a penalty as we beat Crystal Palace 3-1 at Anfield. Luis Suárez and Daniel Sturridge had both already struck as we raced into a three-goal lead. Dwight Gayle headed in a second-half consolation, the first of his five goals past us to date. Happy birthday to the long pork sausage 1971 – Former first-team coach and centre-back Mauricio Pellegrino was born in Leones in Argentina. He 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. However, he rarely impressed in his thirteen reds games, and moved on to Deportivo Alavés after just five months in L4. He returned to the club in a coaching capacity in June 2008, following Rafael Benítez to Internazionale in the summer of 2010. Double treble 1940 - Denis Westcott scored four goals and South African outside-right Berry Nieuwenhuys netted a hat-trick as we trounced Chester 9-1 in a Wartime League fixture at Anfield. Bob Paisley and George Drury netted the others. Other birthdays 1905 - Scottish forward Dave Wright was born in Kirkcaldy. He bagged 35 goals in exactly a century of reds games after signing from Sunderland in March 1930. He remained at Anfield until July 1934, when he joined Hull City for £1,000. 1938 - Inside-forward Alan Banks was born in Liverpool. He signed from Rankin Boys in August 1956, turning professional in May 1958. He struck six times in just eight games for the reds, leaving for Cambridge City in July 1961 and going on to enjoy far greater success in the lower divisions, netting more than two hundred goals. 1968 - Reserves winger John Jeffers was born in Liverpool. He never made our first-team, but was a regular for Port Vale after moving there in December 1988. He also turned out for Shrewsbury Town and Stockport County. 2004 - Kaide Gordon was born in Derby. He arrived from Derby County in February 2021 for an initial fee reported to be £1m, making his senior bow in our League Cup Third Round tie at Norwich City seven months later. Mixed derby fortunes 1907 - Jack Cox, brothers Charlie and Joe Hewitt, and Alex Raisbeck all struck as we won 4-2 at Goodison Park. Jimmy Settle netted the last of his eleven goals past us, with Harry Makepeace also on target. 1912 - We lost 2-0 in another First Division meeting, this time at home. Tommy Browell scored one of his seven goals against the reds, with Ernie Gault also on the scoresheet. 1918 - Arthur Metcalf and Harold Wadsworth struck as we lost 4-2 in a Wartime League fixture at Anfield. In comes Roy 1965 - Reds stalwart Roy Evans signed on at Anfield as a professional, the day after his seventeenth birthday. One of the club’s greatest servants, he served as fan, left-back, reserves coach, Assistant Manager and then finally the top job for four years. He only made eleven first team appearances before injury cut his career short. A rare excursion up front 1899 - Centre-half Alex Raisbeck played the first of two matches at centre-forward, in our 2-1 defeat by Notts County at Trent Bridge, with Jack Cox netting our consolation as Tom Watson reached a century of League games in charge. Big post-war wins 1946 - We thumped Grimsby Town 6-1 at Blundell Park, thanks to a brace apiece from Albert Stubbins and Billy Liddell, a Willie Fagan penalty and a Jack Balmer goal. 1957 - We hit five without reply at home to Doncaster Rovers in a Second Division fixture, with Tony Rowley and Jimmy Melia both netting twice and Louis Bimpson also on the scoresheet. 1963 - Ian St. John, Ian Callaghan and Peter Thompson were all on target as we beat Aston Villa 5-2 at Anfield, with the scoring rounded out by a double from Roger Hunt. Future red Tony Hateley bagged the first two of his five goals against us. Lee’s debut 1994 - Forward Lee Jones made his reds bow as a substitute for Steve McManaman in a 4-1 League Cup win at Burnley as we reached the Third Round 6-1 on aggregate. Jamie Redknapp bagged a brace with Robbie Fowler on target and Nigel Clough scoring his ninth and final reds goal. Liam Robinson bagged a late consolation for the Clarets. 1968 - We also won at Burnley when Peter Thompson and Geoff Strong struck in our 4-0 top-flight win, after Roger Hunt had grabbed a first-half brace. Underneath the floodlights 1960 - We won the first leg of the Floodlight Challenge Cup, beating Everton 3-1 at Anfield. Dave Hickson, Roger Hunt and Johnny Morrissey bagged our goals. The return was not played for another year, when we drew 2-2 to claim the trophy for the third and final time. Management moves 1995 – Roy Hodgson was appointed Manager of Internazionale. He led them to seventh in his first season, and then to third and the UEFA Cup Final in the following campaign. He was then tempted to return to England to take over at Blackburn Rovers in the summer of 1997. 2009 - Steve Staunton was named as Darlington boss, taking over two days later. He was sacked in March 2010 with the Quakers at the bottom of the League and facing relegation to the Conference. He had won just four of his 23 League matches in charge. Young debutants 2011 – Jack Robinson struck his first goal for England Under-19’s while winning his fifth cap in their 2-2 draw with France in the Limoges Tournament. Adam Morgan made his debut at this level, with Conor Coady skippering the side. On the same day, future red Tiago Ilori struck his only goal for Portugal at this level in the same competition as they drew 1-1 with Ukraine. 2001 - Chris Kirkland won his first England Under-21’s cap as a reds player, playing alongside future red Jermaine Pennant in their 2-1 defeat of Greece in a European Championships qualifier at Ewood Park. On the same day, future red Christian Poulsen won his eighth and last Under-21’s cap as Denmark thumped Iceland 4-0 in another qualifier in Odense. 2017 – Emre Can, Philippe Coutinho, Jordan Henderson, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, future reds Alisson Becker and Andy Robertson, and ex-reds Raheem Sterling and Luis Suárez all featured in World Cup qualifiers, with Corey Whelan and future red Kostas Tsimikas playing at Under-21’s level. On the move 2020 – Three ex-reds were on the move. Winger Bobby Adekanye joined Cádiz on loan from S.S. Lazio, with forward Jerome Sinclair making a temporary switch from Watford to CSKA Sofia. Adekanye only made five appearances before his loan was ended early, with Sinclair scoring three times in 27 outings. Meanwhile, winger Kristoffer Peterson left Swansea City to sign for Fortuna Düsseldorf, having struck once in just twelve games for the Swans. Other reds games 1985 – We lost 2-1 at Queens Park Rangers despite Paul Walsh giving us the lead. Terry Fenwick bagged the first of his four goals against the reds, with Gary Bannister netting the winner. 1983 – We beat Brentford 4-1 in the first leg of our League Cup Second Round tie at Griffin Park. Ian Rush nabbed a brace with Michael Robinson and Graeme Souness also on target. 1982 – Ian Rush netted twice as we won 2-1 at Ipswich Town in another League Cup Second Round first leg. Future red John Wark then scored one of his four goals past us. 1974 – Ray Kennedy bagged the only goal of our trip to Carlisle United. 1971 – Steve Heighway was on target as we beat Southampton 1-0 in a League Cup Third Round tie at Anfield. 1935 – We lost 2-0 at Sunderland as George Goddard scored before Raich Carter nabbed one of his six goals past the reds. 1901 – Tommy Robertson struck as we held Derby County to a 1-1 draw at their Baseball Ground. 1895 – We lost 1-0 in a Second Division encounter at Newcastle United. Signing on again 2012 - Daniel Agger signed a new contract. He joined the reds from Brøndby IF for £5.8m in January 2006, notching fourteen times in 232 games before returning to his old club in Denmark in August 2014 for a reported £3m. 2013 – Jason McAteer got married for the second time, this time to Lucy Edwards, in St Mary’s Cathedral in Limerick. International goalscorers 1996 - Ex-red Dean Saunders scored the consolation as Wales lost 3-1 in Cardiff to the Netherlands in a World Cup qualifier. Also in World Cup action that day were ex-red Jim Magilton and future red Gary McAllister, while future red John Arne Riise won his ninth and last cap for Norway Under-15’s as they lost 1-0 to Scotland in a tournament game in Poland. 2008 – Future red Christian Benteke scored for Belgium Under-19’s in their 2-1 friendly defeat of Kazakhstan in Estonia.
  8. Will

    6th August

    Happy birthdays 1960 - David Hodgson was born in Gateshead. He joined the reds from Middlesbrough for £450,000 in August 1982 but never fully established himself in his two years at Anfield, scoring ten times in 49 appearances, although he did claim a League championship medal and helped us to clinch the FA Charity Shield on his reds bow before he left for Sunderland for £125,000. 1880 - Forward Ronald ‘Wee’ Orr was born in Bartonholm, Ayrshire. He netted 39 times in 112 reds games after signing from Newcastle United for £350 in April 1908. He returned to Scotland in January 1912, signing for Raith Rovers. 2006 – South African winger Harman van den Berg died. He signed from Peninsular in his homeland in October 1937, but only managed to score three times in nineteen games before injuries and the Second World War intervened. New manager 1936 – George Kay was appointed Manager, replacing George Patterson. He led us to our first League title in 24 years in 1946, and the FA Cup Final four years later. He was forced to retire due to illness in January 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. In 2014 – Spanish right-back Javier Manquillo joined on a two-year loan from Club Atlético de Madrid, although he returned to his parent club in July 2015 after nineteen reds games. 2002 - Salif Diao signed from Sedan for £4.7m. He made 61 reds appearances, scoring three times, and moved to Stoke City in January 2007 after a successful loan spell there. Out 1999 - Øyvind Leonhardsen left for Tottenham Hotspur for £3m, after seven goals in 49 reds games. He said, “Things have been going pretty well in Liverpool, so it will be a bit sad to leave this club”. He struck eleven times in 72 games for Spurs, before moving on again to Aston Villa in August 2002. 2007 - Reserves centre-back Miki Roqué joined Xerez Club Deportivo SAD on loan. However, he only turned out once for them in the League and spent the following season with Cartagena, being released by the reds in June 2009. He sadly died in June 2012 aged just 23. 2014 – Midfielder Conor Coady was sold to Huddersfield Town for £375,000. He had only made two senior appearances, netting three times in 48 games for the Terriers before joining Wolverhampton Wanderers for a reported £2m in July 2015. 2015 - Spanish centre-half Rafael Páez signed for AD Alcorcón, having failed to break through at Anfield. 2016 – Centre-half Lloyd Jones signed a new two-year contract with the reds and joined Swindon Town on loan on the same day. He struck twice in 29 outings in his one season with the Robins. The start of a legend 1974 - Legendary reds boss Bob Paisley took charge of the reds for the first time, in a friendly against 1. FC Kaiserslautern at their Betzenbergstadion. Kevin Keegan was sent off in what the club claimed was a case of mistaken identity although we were still able to win 3-1, with Ray Kennedy, Peter Cormack and Phil Boersma on the scoresheet. We led 2-0 after thirty minutes before new signing Kennedy was scythed down by Dietmar Schwager, who was then pushed by Keegan. However, the club claimed that the referee had mistaken him for Peter Cormack, although Keegan admitted years later it had actually been him who had thrown a punch. Aldo bags a treble 1987 - John Aldridge netted a hat-trick, including a penalty, in our 4-1 friendly defeat of Norwegian side Vålerenga. Paul Walsh grabbed the other goal as we came from behind to win. 1986 - We were also in Scandinavia, drawing 1-1 with Danish side Kolding at the Mosevej Sportsplads, with Steve McMahon on target. Three Danish internationals, Allan Hansen, Allan Simonsen and Kent Nielsen, guested for the home side Belgian celebrations 1984 - We took part in a match to commemorate the eightieth anniversary of Belgian side Sporting de Charleroi. Unfortunately, we somewhat spoiled the party by thumping the home side 6-0, thanks to goals from Ian Rush, Michael Robinson, Gary Gillespie, John Wark, Steve Nicol and Ronnie Whelan. Other friendlies 1978 - We trounced Basel 6-0 at their St. Jakob-Park, with Kenny Dalglish, Jimmy Case and Emlyn Hughes all netting to add to a Robert Baldinger own goal and a brace from Ray Kennedy. 1996 - We were held to a goalless draw by Millwall at The Den. 2011 – We beat Valencia 2-0 at Anfield, thanks to goals from Andy Carroll and Sotirios Kyrgiakos. On the same day, Dani Pacheco featured as Spain thumped Australia 5-1 in a World Championship Finals group game in Colombia, with R.C.D. Espanyol’s Álvaro Vázquez scoring a hat-trick. 2016 - Sadio Mané scored his first reds goal as thumped Barcelona 4-0 in an International Champions Cup game at Wembley. We benefited from a Javier Mascherano own goal before Divock Origi and Marko Grujić completed the scoring. Not the Wright boss 2004 - Mark Wright resigned as Manager of Chester City. The Board of Directors issued a statement saying that, “Wright persistently flouted his managerial position with regard to the size and budget of the first-team squad. When he departed, Mr. Wright failed even to have the decency to enter the dressing room and address his players, choosing instead to simply drive away.” However, he subsequently had a third spell at the Deva Stadium. Personal honours 2000 - Reds defender Rigobert Song was named in a FIFA all-star squad to take on France in a charity match later in the month. The only other English-based player was Manchester City’s George Weah. 2001 - It was announced that Jerzy Dudek and Sami Hyypiä had both been nominated for UEFA awards, based on their performances in the previous season’s European competitions. A first cap 1997 - Stéphane Henchoz won his first cap as a Blackburn Rovers player, and 24th in total, as Switzerland lost 1-0 in a friendly in Slovakia. 1996 – Future red John Arne Riise nabbed a brace, his first goals for Norway Under-15’s as they thumped Finland 7-1 in a friendly in Øyer. On the move 2002 - Ex-red Paul Ince signed for Wolverhampton Wanderers, a month after being released by Middlesbrough. He played 131 times for the Molineux outfit, but left in August 2006 after being overlooked for the Manager’s job. 2003 - Joe Cole joined Chelsea from West Ham United for £6.6m, after thirteen strikes in 150 outings for the Irons. 2007 – Left-back José Enrique moved to Newcastle United from Villarreal for £6.3m, after 25 games for El Submarino Amarillo. 2015 – Future reds winger Mohamed Salah joined Roma on loan from Chelsea, netting fifteen times in 42 games before making the move permanent for a reported €15m a year later. On the same day, Academy keeper Jamie Stephens signed for Barnet, so far playing 65 senior games for the Bees. 2018 – Hungarian forward Krisztián Németh joined Sporting Kansas City from New England Revolution for $350,000 in allocation money and a first-round pick in the 2020 MLS SuperDraft. 2019 – Winger Harry Wilson joined Bournemouth on loan, going on to score seven goals in 35 games as the Cherries were relegated. On the same day, forward Taiwo Awoniyi moved to 1. FSV Mainz 05 for the season, netting once in twelve outings. Meanwhile, Canadian forward Liam Miller returned to Kilmarnock on loan, only scoring once in 22 games in his second campaign at Rugby Park. Young Nuri 2005 – Future reds loanee Nuri Şahin became the youngest ever Bundesliga player, aged 16 years 334 days, starting Ballspielverein Borussia 09 e.V. Dortmund’s 2-2 draw at VfL Wolfsburg. He was also cautioned. Also in international action 1986 – Future red Glenn Hysén played for Sweden in their 2-1 defeat of Finland in Helsinki. 1994 – Future red Haukur Ingi Guðnason featured as Denmark Under-17’s beat 2-1. 2010 – Adam Morgan appeared as England Under-17’s beat Iceland 2-1 in a Nordic Tournament game in Finland. 2011 – Dani Pacheco featured as Spain Under-20’s thrashed Australia 5-1 in a World Championship Finals group game in Colombia.
  9. Will

    8th September

    Happy birthdays 1972 - Markus Babbel was born in Munich. He arrived on a free transfer from Bayern München in June 2000 and was a vital member of the treble-winning team bagging six goals in 73 games, until he was struck down by Guillain-Barré syndrome, moving to VfB Stuttgart on a free transfer in July 2004 after a loan spell at Blackburn Rovers. 1998 – Irish centre-half Conor Masterson was born in Celbridge, signing on from Lucan United for £900,000 on his sixteenth birthday. He was released in the summer of 2019 having failed to break through and is now with Queens Park Rangers. 1978 - Icelandic former reserves forward Haukur Ingi Guðnason was born in Keflavik. He never made an official senior appearance for the reds after signing from his hometown club in December 1997, returning there three years later after just three appearances on our bench in May 1998. Anfield christened 1888 - The first ever League game at Anfield was played as Everton beat Accrington 2-1. On the losing side 1894 - We suffered our first ever defeat in the Football League, going down 2-1 at home to Aston Villa in our third First Division game, having remained unbeaten through the whole of our debut season in the Second Division. Harry Bradshaw struck our consolation that day. 1926 - We also entertained the Villains, with Harry Chambers and Dick Forshaw on target in a 2-1 victory, while George Stephenson bagged the first of his four goals against the reds. Disappointing debuts 2001 - New signing Jerzy Dudek made his debut in our 3-1 defeat at home to Aston Villa. Steven Gerrard, who scored our goal, was later sent off for a bad tackle on George Boateng. Dion Dublin scored one of his seven goals past us, with Lee Hendrie and Darius Vassell also striking for the visitors. 1947 - Inside-forward Kevin Baron made his League debut in our 3-1 defeat at Sheffield United, with Albert Stubbins nabbing our consolation. Jimmy Hagan bagged the first of his four strikes against us, with Dennis Thompson and Harold Brook also netting. 1970 - We visited Third Division Mansfield Town for a League Cup Second Round tie, being held to a goalless draw with forward Jack Whitham making his reds bow as a substitute for Brian Hall. Dudley Roberts had a goal disallowed for the Stags, with the reds striking the woodwork five times. 1919 - Forward Dick Forshaw made his reds bow in our 1-0 defeat at Arsenal as Jackie Sheldon had a penalty saved. He went on to net 124 times in 288 games, winning two League titles. Full-back Sam Speakman made his 26th and last reds outing as Jock Rutherford bagged one of his six strikes against the reds. 1948 - Billy Liddell struck as we drew 1-1 at Highbury. 1984 - Alan Kennedy was on target in a 3-1 defeat there, his twentieth and last goal for the club. Brian Talbot struck the last two of his six goals against us, with Tony Woodcock also on target. Big Anfield wins 1917 - We thumped Port Vale 4-0 in a Wartime League game thanks to two from Thomas Bennett and further goals from Harry Lewis and Arthur Metcalf. 1979 - We beat Coventry City by the same score in the First Division, with David Johnson nabbing a brace and Jimmy Case and Kenny Dalglish also netting. 1928 - Gordon Hodgson struck twice with Dick Edmed, Jimmy McDougall and Tom Reid all also on target as we thumped Leicester City 6-3 in another top-flight match, with right-back Bob Done scoring the first of his thirteen reds goals. Arthur Chandler netted the last of his six goals past us, with James Baxter and Thomas Gibson also scoring. Johnny signs on 1956 – Half-back Johnny Wheeler signed from Bolton Wanderers for £9,000, joining his cousin Ronnie Moran at Anfield. He made 177 appearances, bagging 23 goals. One of his greatest games came in November 1956, when he netted a four-minute hat-trick against Port Vale. He was appointed player-manager of New Brighton in May 1963, but did not take up the post, becoming Assistant Trainer at Bury instead, where he stayed until 1969. Future reds at the treble 1999 - Yossi Benayoun struck a hat-trick for Israel in their 8-0 trouncing of San Marino in a Euro 2000 qualifier in Tel-Aviv. On the same day, Christian Ziege bagged a hat-trick as Germany thumped Northern Ireland 4-0 in a Euro 2000 qualifier in Dortmund, with fellow future red Markus Babbel also in action. Award winners 2020 - Trent Alexander-Arnold was named PFA Young Player of the Year, with Jordan Henderson, Sadio Mané, Andy Robertson and Virgil van Dijk all also being named in the PFA Team of the Year, following our runaway League title win. More international reds bidding for Euro 2000 1999 - Skipper Steve Staunton scored a 25-yard free-kick winner as the Republic of Ireland narrowly won 3-2 in Malta, with future red Robbie Keane also on target. This was Staunton’s first international goal in his second spell at Anfield, while Malta netted against the Irish for the first time, in their seventh encounter. Ex-red Mark Kennedy also played. Stéphane Henchoz won his first cap as a reds player, and 39th to date, as Switzerland beat Belarus 2-0 in Lausanne. Meanwhile, Patrik Berger converted a penalty as the Czech Republic beat Bosnia-Herzegovina 3-0 in Teplice. Ex-red Øyvind Leonhardsen scored as Norway thumped Slovenia 4-0 to qualify for the Finals. Vegard Heggem also played. Also playing in qualifiers that day were Robbie Fowler and Michael Owen, under Kevin Keegan’s management, and ex-reds Don Hutchison and Steve McManaman, while future red Milan Baroš turned out for the Czech Republic Under-18’s Other international reds on target 1976 - Future red Kenny Dalglish struck as Scotland thumped Finland 6-0 in a friendly at Hampden Park. On the same day, Ray Clemence, Kevin Keegan and Steve Heighway all featured as England drew 1-1 with the Republic of Ireland in a friendly at Wembley. 1985 - Avi Cohen bagged his second and final international goal as Israel beat Taiwan 5-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Tel-Aviv. Fellow future red Ronnie Rosenthal also played. 2020 – Dejan Lovren scored his first goal since joining Zenit St. Petersburg as Croatia lost 4-2 to France in a UEFA Nations League group game in Paris. Diogo Jota won his last cap as a Wolverhampton Wanderers player as Portugal won 2-0 in Sweden, with ex-red Conor Coady making his senior debut in England’s goalless draw in Denmark. Rhian Brewster played for England Under-21’s for the eighth and last time before leaving Anfield in their 2-1 European Championships qualifying win in Austria. Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez and ex-red Simon Mignolet and Raheem Sterling all also featured for their countries. 2018 – Mohamed Salah bagged a brace, with one of his goals coming as he converted the rebound from his own penalty, as he also had another spot-kick saved in Egypt’s 6-0 trouncing of Niger in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Alexandria. Xherdan Shaqiri netted while winning his first cap as a reds player as Switzerland thumped Iceland 6-0 in a UEFA Nations League group game in St. Gallen. Also on target was ex-red Luis Suárez who bagged a brace, including one from the spot, in Uruguay’s 4-1 friendly defeat of Mexico in Texas. Toni Silva won his first cap for Guinea-Bissau as a Mamelodi Sundowns player in their 2-2 draw in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Mozambique. Also in action that day were Joe Gomez, Jordan Henderson, future red Thiago Alcântara and ex-reds Iago Aspas and Péter Gulácsi. 2007 – Ex-red El-Hadji Diouf struck for Senegal in their 5-1 thumping of Burkina Faso in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Dakar, with future red Kolo Touré appearing as Ivory Coast won another qualifier 1-0 in Gabon. 1993 - Ian Rush was on target as Wales were held to a 2-2 draw by the Republic of Czechs & Slovaks in a World Cup qualifier in Cardiff, playing alongside ex-red Dean Saunders. Meanwhile, ex-red John Aldridge netted in the Republic of Ireland’s 2-0 qualifying defeat of Lithuania at Lansdowne Road. Ronnie Whelan and ex-reds Ray Houghton and Steve Staunton also featured. Also that day, Gérard Houllier’s France beat a Finland side that included future red Jari Litmanen 2-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Tampere, while Roy Hodgson’s Switzerland held Scotland 1-1 in another qualifier at Pittodrie, with future red Gary McAllister skippering the Scots. Stig Inge Bjørnebye, Rob Jones, ex-red Jim Magilton and future reds Brad Friedel, Paul Ince and Øyvind Leonhardsen all also featured in World Cup action. Xabi off 2007 - Xabi Alonso was sent off as Spain were held to a 1-1 draw in a Euro 2008 qualifier in Iceland, with Fernando Torres also featuring. Emile Heskey won his first cap while with Wigan Athletic with ex-red Michael Owen notching as England beat Israel 3-0 in another qualifier at Wembley Stadium. Yossi Benayoun, Steven Gerrard and future red Joe Cole were also in action. Meanwhile, Roy Hodgson’s Finland held Serbia to a goalless draw in a qualifier in Belgrade, with Sami Hyypiä, future red Milan Jovanović and ex-red Daniel Sjölund in action. Daniel Agger, Ryan Babel, John Arne Riise, Andriy Voronin, ex-red Nicolas Anelka and future reds Robbie Keane and Dejan Lovren all also played in qualifiers on the same day, with John Toshack in charge of Wales. In World Cup action 2004 - Djibril Cissé struck his first international goal as a reds player as France won 2-0 in the Faroe Islands. Meanwhile, Fernando Morientes won his last cap as a Real Madrid player, and 38th to date, as Spain drew 1-1 in Bosnia-Herzegovina, with Xabi Alonso also featuring. Also representing their countries that day were Milan Baroš, Jamie Carragher, Jerzy Dudek, Steve Finnan, Steven Gerrard, Sami Hyypiä, John Arne Riise, future reds Craig Bellamy, Robbie Keane, Ragnar Klavan, Dirk Kuyt, Alex Manninger and Andriy Voronin and ex-reds Paul Jones, Jari Litmanen, Alex Manninger and Michael Owen. Tommy’s farewell ton 1962 – Scottish left-half Tommy Leishman bagged his final goal while reaching a century of League games as we lost 3-1 at Nottingham Forest. Disappointment against Pompey 1934 - Portsmouth won 1-0 at Anfield with Jimmy Easson netting the last of his eight goals against the reds. 1937 - Jack Balmer struck as we drew 1-1 at Fratton Park in another top-flight fixture, as Fred Worrall bagged the final goal of his four past us. Le Boss again 2010 - Gérard Houllier was appointed Manager of Aston Villa, taking over a fortnight later. He led them to just twelve victories in 34 games in charge, before having to step down in April 2011 after falling ill. First and last caps 2019 – Future red Kostas Tsimikas won his last cap for Greece as an Olympiacos player in their 1-1 European Championships qualifying draw with Liechtenstein in Athens, with future red Thiago Alcântara and ex-red Suso also playing in a qualifier that day. 2018 – Future red Sepp van den Berg won his first cap for the Dutch Under-19’s in their 5-1 friendly thumping of the Czech Republic. Meanwhile, ex-red Toni Silva played for Guinea-Bissau for the first time since joining South African side Mamelodi Sundowns as they drew 2-2 with Mozambique in an African Cup of Nations qualifier in Maputo. 2015 – Roberto Firmino won his first cap as a reds player in Brazil’s 4-1 friendly defeat of the USA in Boston, alongside future red Fabinho, while Raheem Sterling played for England for the first time since moving to Manchester City as Roy Hodgson’s England beat Switzerland 2-0 in a Euro 2016 qualifier at Wembley, with Nathaniel Clyne, James Milner, future reds Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Xherdan Shaqiri, and ex-red Jonjo Shelvey also featuring. Future red Marko Grujić won his first cap for Serbia Under-21’s as they thumped Ukraine 5-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Gornji. Martin Škrtel, ex-red Javier Mascherano and future reds Ragnar Klavan and Sadio Mané also played for their countries that day. 2013 – Ex-reds keeper Charles Itandje won his first cap for Cameroon while on loan from PAOK with Turkish side Konyaspor, as they beat Libya 1-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Yaoundé, with future red Joël Matip also featuring. 2012 - Charlie Adam represented Scotland for the first time since moving to Stoke City, in their goalless home World Cup qualifying draw with Serbia. Daniel Agger captained his country as Denmark drew a blank with the Czech Republic in Copenhagen in another qualifier that same day. Meanwhile, Victor Moses won his first cap as a Chelsea player in Nigeria’s 2-2 draw in Liberia in an African Cup of Nations qualifier in Monrovia, while future reds Sadio Mané and Kolo Touré faced each as Ivory Coast beat Senegal 4-2 in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Abidjan. 2009 - Nikola Sarić won his first cap at any level as a reds player, his first for Denmark Under-19’s as they beat Sweden 3-0 in Eksjö. On the same day, future red Daniel Sturridge struck his first goal for England Under-21’s as they drew 1-1 with Greece in a European Championships qualifier in Tripoli, Mario Balotelli scored his last goal for Italy at this level in their 2-0 defeat of Luxembourg, with future red Mamadou Sakho netting for France Under-21’s for the only time, and future red Simon Mignolet also in action at this level. 2002 – Kolo Touré played for Ivory Coast for the first time since joining Arsenal as they were held to a goalless draw by South Africa in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Abidjan. Stéphane Henchoz also played for his country that day. A mobile arrangement 2000 - Liverpool Football Club announced that Siemens Mobile Phones had become an official ‘Walk On Partner’ of the club, in a three-year seven-figure deal. In and out of old haunts 1992 - Nigel Spackman re-signed for Chelsea from Rangers for £485,000. He made 88 appearances for the Blues in this second four-season spell at the Bridge without scoring, largely under Glenn Hoddle. 2006 - Stéphane Henchoz returned to Blackburn Rovers after a season with Wigan Athletic, playing sixteen times while back at Ewood Park. 2008 – Terry McDermott left as Assistant Manager of Newcastle United following Kevin Keegan’s second resignation as boss. Other reds games 1990 – We beat Wimbledon 2-1 at Plough Lane. John Barnes and Ronnie Whelan scored our goals. 1973 – Kevin Keegan bagged the only goal of Chelsea’s visit to Anfield, later having a penalty saved by Peter Bonetti. 1956 – We drew 1-1 at Doncaster Rovers in a Second Division encounter, with Billy Liddell bagging a late leveller. 1951 – We lost 2-1 at Wolverhampton Wanderers. Jesse Pye scored before Dennis Wilshaw netted one of his seven goals against the reds. Ken Brierley nabbed our consolation. 1923 – Jimmy Walsh struck the only goal of our trip to Preston North End. 1906 – Jack Cox was on target as we drew 1-1 at Blackburn Rovers. Also in international action 2016 – Future red Ozan Kabak played for Turkey Under-17’s in their 3-2 friendly defeat by the Republic of Ireland. 2014 – Jordan Henderson, Rickie Lambert, Raheem Sterling and future red James Milner all featured for Roy Hodgson’s England as they won a European Championships qualifier 2-0 in Switzerland, with future red Xherdan Shaqiri on the losing side. Brad Smith played for Australia on the same day in their 3-2 friendly defeat of Saudi Arabia at Craven Cottage, while Joe Gomez debuted for England Under-19’s in their 1-1 friendly draw in Germany, with fellow future red Ragnar Klavan also playing for his country. 1987 – Future red Nigel Clough appeared for England Under-21’s as they lost a friendly 2-0 to West Germany. 1982 – Glenn Hysén played for the senior Sweden side as they lost a European Championships qualifier 2-0 in Romania. 1977 – Hysén appeared for the Under-18’s as they drew 0-0 in Finland.
  10. Will

    13th February

    African magic 2000 - A truly momentous day for Rigobert Song, who captained Cameroon to the African Cup of Nations, scoring the decisive penalty in the shoot-out in the Final against host nation Nigeria in Lagos after the game had ended 2-2 after extra-time. This was happening at the same time as we won at Highbury in the League for the final time, hanging on after Titi Camara’s strike to beat Arsenal 1-0. 2004 - Future red Momo Sissoko played for Mali as they lost their Third-place Play-off 2-1 to Nigeria in the same competition in Tunisia. New boss 1923 - Matt McQueen was appointed Manager after David Ashworth’s departure for Oldham Athletic two months earlier. He helped the reds to retain the League title at the end of that season, taking charge of the team on 229 occasions in all. He had played for the club in its first eight years of existence, making 103 appearances in every position on the park and scoring seven times, then joining the club’s board towards the end of the First World War. Happy birthday Mamadou 1990 – Centre-half Mamadou Sakho was born in Paris. He signed from Paris Saint-Germain for £15m in September 2013, netting three times in eighty games before falling out with boss Jürgen Klopp and being sent off to Crystal Palace on loan in February 2017, making the move permanent for an initial £24m six months later. 1870 – Half-back Tom Cleghorn was born in Edinburgh. He signed from Blackburn Rovers in March 1896, scoring once in seventy games before moving to Portsmouth in August 1899. He helped Pompey to claim both the Southern Football League First Division and Western Football League First Division titles in 1901/02. Carra dismissed 1999 - We lost 1-0 to Charlton Athletic, our first match at The Valley since 1961. Jamie Carragher was sent off for a supposed elbow, while John Barnes made his debut for the Addicks, as a substitute. Keith Jones was on target to net the first Charlton goal in this fixture since 1960. 1954 - We also lost to Charlton, being beaten 3-2 at Anfield. Ex-Addick Johnny Evans and inside-forward Eric Anderson struck for the reds, while keeper Russell Crossley played his 73rd and final reds game. Eddie Firmani bagged a brace, with Syd O’Linn also on target. Fred’s treble 1915 - Fred Pagnam grabbed a hat-trick as we shared six goals with Chelsea in a League game at Anfield. Donald Mackinlay put through his own net, with Harold Halse scoring the last of his four goals against the reds and Bobby Thomson also netting for the Blues as Elisha Scott saved a late penalty from Robert Abrams. 1982 - We also faced the Blues, losing an FA Cup Fifth Round tie 2-0 to the then-Second Division outfit at Stamford Bridge. Peter Rhoades-Brown and Colin Lee struck the goals. Super sub’s ton up 1979 – David Fairclough reached a century of reds games in our League meeting with Birmingham City, originally postponed from a month earlier. Graeme Souness struck the only goal at Anfield. Luther at last 1988 - Luther Blissett finally breached the reds’ defence in a League game at Watford to score the first goal against us in all competitions for 994 minutes, a then club record. We still won comfortably in a mud bath, 4-1, with Peter Beardsley bagging a brace to take his tally to eight in as many games, to add to goals from John Aldridge and ex-Hornet John Barnes. Mixed FA Cup fortunes We have won three of our four FA Cup ties on this day over the years, with the other tie being our defeat at Chelsea in 1982. 1971 - A Chris Lawler goal saw off Southampton in the Fifth Round at Anfield, as we headed towards Wembley. 1993 - We visited The Dell in a League game, losing 2-1 with Don Hutchison netting for the reds. 1932 - Outside-left Gordon Gunson scored to defeat Grimsby Town at Anfield, in another Fifth Round tie, just a week after we had been thumped 5-1 by them in a top-flight fixture at Blundell Park. We were then knocked out by Chelsea at Anfield in the next round. 1897 - Our first cup tie on this day was played at West Bromwich Albion’s Stoney Lane ground, with Malcolm McVean bagging his 43rd and final goal for the club and centre-half Robert Neill also scoring in our 2-1 win and Willie Donnelly making his eighth and final appearance in our goal. The reds prepared for this game by spending the week in Worcestershire, going straight there from our away match at Stoke City the previous Saturday. We lost out to Aston Villa that season after reaching our first ever Semi-final. Cyril’s treble 1943 - Cyril Done grabbed a hat-trick as we beat Tranmere Rovers 4-1 in a Wartime League game at Anfield. Michael Hulligan bagged our other goal. Firsts and last 1904 – Right-half Bobby Robinson played the first of his 271 reds games as we were held to a goalless draw at Anfield by Stoke. Forward Joe Hewitt also debuted in this game, the first of his 164 appearances. 1909 - Left-half Jim Bradley struck his eighth and final reds goal in the first minute of our 4-1 thumping of Leicester Fosse at Anfield, with full-back Bob Crawford making his reds bow and outside-left Michael Griffin playing his fourth and final reds game. Arthur Goddard nabbed a brace, with Sam Bowyer also on target. 1890 – Frank Grayer was born in Southampton. He signed from his hometown club for £100 in July 1912 but only played one senior reds game, as right-back in our 2-1 home defeat to Manchester United in April 1914. He was so badly wounded during the First World War that he was unable to play football again. International debuts 2002 – Future red Sotirios Kyrgiakos won his first senior cap as Greece drew 2-2 with Sweden in a friendly in Thessaloniki. 1937 - Future reds right-back Billy Hood won his only international cap, playing for Ireland as they thumped England 5-1 in an amateur international in Belfast. 1909 - Ex-reds winger Arthur Berry won his only cap for England as they beat Ireland 4-0 in the British International Championships at Valley Parade. Reds keeper Sam Hardy also played for the home side, while future red Billy Lacey made his debut for Ireland in the same game. Friendly scoring for their countries 2002 - Dietmar Hamann netted in Germany’s 7-1 defeat of Israel in Kaiserslautern. Substitute Vladimír Šmicer was on target on the same day as the Czech Republic won 4-3 in Cyprus, with Milan Baroš also playing. Real Madrid’s Fernando Morientes struck as Spain drew 1-1 with Portugal in Barcelona. Meanwhile, future red Djibril Cissé bagged a brace as France Under-21’s thumped their Belgian counterparts 5-1 in Boulogne. This was the third consecutive international in which he had found the net. Another future red, Craig Bellamy, scored as Wales held Argentina to a 1-1 draw in a friendly in Cardiff. Also playing for their countries that day were Steven Gerrard, Emile Heskey, David Raven, John Arne Riise and Mark Smyth, as well as ex-reds Brad Friedel, David James, Jim Magilton and Øyvind Leonhardsen, and future reds Yossi Benayoun, Joe Cole, Ádám Hajdú and Paul Jones. Final caps 1926 - Ted Parry won his fifth and final cap for Wales as they lost 3-0 to Northern Ireland in the British International Championships in Belfast. Ex-red Billy Matthews also won his final Welsh cap in this game, and only one while playing for Bradford Park Avenue, while David McMullan and Elisha Scott both played for the home side. 2002 - Ex-red Mark Kennedy won his 34th and final cap for the Republic of Ireland as they beat Russia 2-0 in a friendly at Lansdowne Road, with future red Robbie Keane on target. Steve Staunton, future red Steve Finnan and ex-red Jason McAteer all also played. Other reds games 1965 – We beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1 at Anfield, thanks to goals from Roger Hunt and Chris Lawler. 1963 – We thumped Aston Villa 4-0 in L4 with Roger Hunt and Ian St. John both scoring twice. 1960 – Dave Hickson netted as we drew 1-1 at Plymouth Argyle in a Second Division meeting 1937 – Middlesbrough won 2-0 at Anfield with Mickey Fenton bagging the first two of his nine goals against us. 1929 – We lost 3-2 to Manchester United at home with ex-red Tommy Reid scoring the first two of his four goals against us, with Harry Thomas also netting for the visitors. Gordon Hodgson was on target for the reds as Bob Done converted a penalty, with all five goals coming before the break. 1926 – We defeated Burnley 3-2 in L4, going three goals ahead through Harry Chambers and a Dick Forshaw brace before Louis Page netted the first of his seven goals against the reds. Jack Bruton then struck the first of his four past us. More youngsters in action 2010 – Conor Coady captained England Under-17’s as they drew 1-1 with France in the Algarve Tournament, with Jack Robinson and Andre Wisdom also playing. 2013 – Future red Dominic Solanke featured as England Under-16’s lost 4-3 to Germany in Cologne. 2018 – Bobby Duncan played for England Under-17’s in their 2-0 defeat of the Netherlands in the Algarve Tournament. Razor heads south 1989 - Neil Ruddock signed for Southampton from Millwall for £250,000. He struck thirteen times in 138 games while at The Dell before rejoining Tottenham Hotspur for £750,000 in July 1992.
  11. Will

    3rd July

    Death of a legend 2001 - Legendary forward Billy Liddell died in Liverpool of Alzheimer’s disease. He joined the reds in July 1938 while still only sixteen, and left the club 23 years later, having struck 228 times in 534 games. His only club honour was the League title in 1947, although he also played in the FA Cup Final three years later. 1984 – Scottish left-half Jimmy McDougall died in Allerton. He signed from Partick Thistle in April 1928 and went on to be nominated into the club’s official Hall of Fame for the 1930’s, having struck twelve times in 356 games for the reds. He moved on to South Liverpool in May 1938 and later set up a successful chandlery business in Liverpool. Moving out 2007 - Luis García re-signed for Club Atlético de Madrid for around £4m after thirty strikes, including five in our glorious Champions League campaign in 2005, in 121 games. He had also helped us to claim the UEFA Super Cup and FA Community Shield. On the same day, keeper Nikolay Mihaylov signed from Levski Sofia. However, he was sold to Twente in the Netherlands for €1.8m in February 2010 after a loan spell, as work permit problems meant he was unable to feature for the reds. 2013 – Jonjo Shelvey left for Swansea City for an initial £5m fee, after seven strikes in 69 reds outings since signing from Charlton Athletic for £1.7m in May 2010. On the same day, ex-reds forward Djibril Cissé signed for Russian side Kuban Krasnodar, having been released by Queens Park Rangers five days earlier. 1931 – Forward Bob Clark left the reds for Nottingham Forest after eleven goals in 42 outings. He had signed from Newcastle United for £3,000 in January 1928, having helped them to the League title the year before. Can he? 2014 – Midfielder Emre Can signed from Bayer 04 Leverkusen for £9.75m. He struck fourteen times in 167 outings, moving on to Juventus in June 2018 after his contract expired. Defensive signings 1998 - Steve Staunton re-signed from Aston Villa on a free transfer. He struck once in 58 first-team appearances before returning to Villa Park again in December 2000. 2008 – Right-back Philipp Degen signed on a free transfer from Ballspielverein Borussia 09 e.V. Dortmund on a four-year deal. Injuries restricted him to just thirteen largely unconvincing senior outings. 1894 – Scottish keeper Harry McNaughton signed from St. Bernard’s. He only made one senior appearance, keeping a clean sheet in the Anfield derby in the October of that year. Warnock sent to Coventry 2003 - Stephen Warnock joined Coventry City on loan. He struck three times in 49 games for the Sky Blues as they finished twelfth in the First Division, becoming their Player of the Year. He finally made the break-through at Anfield under Rafael Benítez, but only bagged one goal in 67 reds games before leaving for Blackburn Rovers in January 2007. On the same day, ex-reserves forward Jon Newby joined Huddersfield Town on a free transfer from Bury. He failed to find the net in fifteen games for the Terriers. 2004 - Bruno Cheyrou joined Olympique de Marseille on loan. He had struck five times in 48 games in his one year at Anfield and bagged one goal in nineteen League games for the Mediterranean outfit. The King returns 2009 - Kenny Dalglish was appointed to a role with the Academy and as a Club Ambassador. International bows 1977 - Bruce Grobbelaar won his only senior international cap for Rhodesia before the country’s name change to Zimbabwe. They were held to a 1-1 draw by South Africa in a friendly in Salisbury. 2003 – Future red Ragnar Klavan made his senior bow as Estonia were thumped 5-1 by Lithuania in a friendly in Valga. Happy birthday Doc 1958 – Former club doctor Mark Waller was born in Northampton. A reds fan since moving to Liverpool in 1977, he was in this role from 1993 until June 2010. 1926 - Keeper Charlie Ashcroft was born in Chorley. He signed for the reds in December 1943 and appeared 89 times before joining Ipswich Town in June 1955. Coaching changes 2011 – The appointment of Kevin Keen as First Team Coach was announced. Meanwhile, Iván Ortega left the reds to join Chelsea as Sports Therapist. Keen left the club in June 2012 after Kenny Dalglish’s sacking. 2012 - Keen joined West Bromwich Albion as Joint-Assistant Head Coach, working under Steve Clarke again until they were both sacked in December 2013. Other management moves 1996 - Ex-reds player and boss Graeme Souness was appointed Manager of Southampton. He was in charge at The Dell for less than a year, during which time he guided them to just one point clear of relegation from the top flight, and famously signed Ali Dia, George Weah’s alleged cousin. 2009 - Paul Ince was re-appointed Manager of MK Dons. He led them to mid-table in League One before resigning at the end of the season. 2014 – Former reds coach Paco Herrera was named as Manager of second division side Unión Deportiva Las Palmas for the first time, who are based in the Canary Islands. He was sacked in October 2015, but returned to the job in November 2018, but only for another four months before being dismissed again. Pelle off 2005 - Mauricio Pellegrino signed for Deportivo Alavés, having been released by the reds two weeks earlier. The Argentine centre-back had rarely impressed in his thirteen reds games, after signing from Valencia on a free transfer in January. 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. Mixed fortunes at the World Cup 2018 – Xherdan Shaqiri won his last cap as a Stoke City player as Switzerland lost 1-0 to Sweden in a Round of 16 game in Saint Petersburg. Meanwhile, Jordan Henderson had a spot-kick saved as England progressed past Colombia at the same stage after a penalty shoot-out in Moscow. Ex-red Raheem Sterling also featured. 2010 – Javier Mascherano skippered Argentina as they were thumped 4-0 by Germany in their World Cup Quarter-final in Cape Town, with Maxi Rodríguez also in action. Meanwhile, ex-red Xabi Alonso had a twice-taken penalty saved as Spain beat Paraguay 1-0 at the same stage in Johannesburg, with Fernando Torres also featuring. 2007 - Reserves left-back Emiliano Insúa played for Argentina Under-20’s as they trounced Panama 6-0 in a World Championship Finals group game in Canada. On the move 2002 - Crewe Alexandra released Phil Charnock, who had been the youngest ever red to appear in European competition, back in September 1992. He had played 183 times for the Alex, moving on to Port Vale later that summer. 2006 - Reserves defender David Raven signed for Carlisle United after just four senior reds appearances. He scored once in 154 games for the Cumbrians before joining Shrewsbury Town in July 2010. 2009 - Daniel Sturridge joined Chelsea from Manchester City for an initial £3.5m after six strikes in 32 games for the Sky Blues. Red on the committee 2003 - Former reds Director Noel White was re-elected as Chairman of the FA’s International Committee. The former Liverpool Chairman, who was on the Board of Directors at Anfield for 21 years until his resignation in October 2006, was confirmed in the post for a further year, having first been elected in 1994. Also on the move 2008 - Florent Sinama-Pongolle joined Club Atlético de Madrid from Real Club Recreativo de Huelva for £8m after 22 goals in 68 games. On the same day, ex-reserves forward Andy Parkinson moved to Cambridge United on a free transfer from Notts County. He struck once in twelve Conference outings last season as they narrowly failed to return to the Football League. 2019 – Irish centre-half Conor Masterson signed for Queens Park Rangers, notching once in twenty senior appearances in his first two seasons with the R’s. On the same day, winger Bobby Adekanye left the reds to sign for S.S. Lazio, netting once in eleven League outings in his first two campaigns. 2017 – Defender Andre Wisdom signed for Derby County, having netted once in 22 senior outings. 2015 – Midfielder Conor Coady joined Wolverhampton Wanderers from Huddersfield Town for £2m, while Paul Ince’s son Tom left Hull City for Derby County as they paid a club record £4.75m. On the same day, Nicolas Anelka was appointed Player/Manager for Indian side Mumbai City. 2009 - Michael Owen signed for Manchester United, having left Newcastle United at the end of the previous season. He bagged seventeen goals in 52 outings for the Red Devils, although he made just eighteen starts in three seasons. 2000 - Former reserves forward Lee Jones joined Barnsley from Tranmere Rovers on a free transfer. He took over the number eight shirt vacated by Craig Hignett, making an instant impact at Oakwell by scoring the winning goal against Norwich City in his first game. He went on to net eight times in 48 games for the Tykes, as he endured a spell of niggling injuries. Other internationals in action 2011 – Lucas Leiva featured as Brazil were held to a goalless draw by Venezuela in a Copa América group game in Argentina. 2012 – Conor Coady, Suso, Jack Robinson and future reds Tiago Ilori and Javier Manquillo all featured in European Championships Finals group games in Estonia at Under-19’s level. 2013 – Ilori played for Portugal Under-20’s as they lost 3-2 to Ghana in the World Championships Finals Round of 16 in Turkey.
  12. Will

    2nd August

    SteG again 2005 - Steven Gerrard scored in his fifth consecutive European game, a club record. We beat FBK Kaunas 2-0 at Anfield to reach the Third Qualifying Round of the Champions League 5-1 on aggregate. Djibril Cissé was also on target, with both scorers having come off the bench. Crazy Horse stabled 1979 - Emlyn Hughes left Anfield to join Wolverhampton Wanderers for £90,000. He had signed from Blackpool for a club record £65,000 in February 1967, netting 49 times in 665 games. He helped us to claim two European Cups, four League titles, two UEFA Cups, FA Cup, UEFA Super Cup and two FA Charity Shields. His greatest season was probably 1976/77 when he captained the side to within a whisker of a unique treble, as well as being voted the Football Writers’ Player of the Year. Sadly, he died in November 2004, aged just 57. Brendan off to a winning start 2012 - Brendan Rodgers took charge of his first senior game, with Fabio Borini debuting in our 1-0 victory against Gomel in Belarus in the UEFA Europa League Third Qualifying Round. Jamie Carragher captained the side while playing his 700th reds game, with Glen Johnson reaching a century of reds appearances. Stewart Downing bagged the only goal of the game, as we came under the cosh for much of it. On and off the mark 2008 – David N’Gog struck his first reds goal as we thumped Rangers 4-0 at Ibrox. Fernando Torres and Yossi Benayoun also scored with Xabi Alonso converting a penalty. 2014 – New signing Rickie Lambert had a penalty saved in our 2-0 defeat of AC Milan in an International Champions Cup group game in North Carolina. Joe Allen and Suso were both on target. 2015 – Christian Benteke netted in his first reds outing as we won 2-1 at Swindon Town, with winger Sheyi Ojo also bagging his first goal for the club. Trent Alexander-Arnold, Roberto Firmino and keeper Ryan Fulton all played their first reds games. Happy birthday Mad Erik 1969 - Erik Meijer was born in Meerssen. The big, mad Dutchman signed on a free transfer from Bayer 04 Leverkusen in July 1999, but could only net twice in just 27 appearances, before returning to Germany to join Hamburger SV on a free transfer, after a short loan spell with Preston North End. He retired from playing in 2006 after skippering Alemannia Aachen back to the German top flight after a 36-year absence. Farewell Nessie 2002 - Bill Shankly’s loyal wife Nessie sadly passed away. They were happily married for 37 years until Bill’s death. The reds and Madrid 2017 – We drew 1-1 with Club Atlético de Madrid in the Audi Cup Final in Munich, with Roberto Firmino on target from the spot, before losing a penalty shoot-out 5-4. 2002 - We lost 2-0 at Real Madrid in the opening game of their Trofeo Centenario. Luis Figo and Javier Portillo scored the goals. 1999 - Short-lived reds striker Nicolas Anelka joined Real Madrid from Arsenal for a then-staggering £23m fee. He only grabbed four goals in 24 games while at the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, before moving on to Paris St. Germain the following summer. Xabi’s farewell 2009 – Xabi Alonso played his final reds game as we lost a friendly 3-0 to R.C.D. Espanyol at their new Estadio Cornellá-El Prat in Barcelona. Lee out on loan 2007 - Reserves midfielder Lee Peltier joined Yeovil Town on loan. He played 23 times for the Glovers before signing on permanently in January 2008. Finn signs on 2007 - Right-back Steve Finnan signed a new contract until 2009. He struck just once in 217 reds appearances following his £3.5m capture from Fulham in July 2003, helping us to claim the Champions League, FA Cup, UEFA Super Cup and FA Community Shield, although he moved to R.C.D. Espanyol in September 2008. Au revoir 2002 - New signing Alou Diarra was shipped back to his native France on a season-long loan to Le Havre AC, where he teamed up with future reds Anthony Le Tallec and Florent Sinama-Pongolle. 2005 - Le Tallec signed for Sunderland on loan. He bagged five goals in 31 games as the Black Cats were relegated back to the Championship with just three wins and fifteen points. On the same day, ex-reds defender Steve Staunton signed for Walsall on a free transfer from Coventry City. He played ten times for the Saddlers. Mixed fortunes in Norway 1993 - We thumped Norwegian side Raufoss 7-2, with John Barnes, Jamie Redknapp and Mark Walters each netting two apiece, with Steve Nicol also on the scoresheet. 1995 - We lost 3-0 to a Norway XI in the Norway Cup Festival 95 in Vålerenga. Young champions 2009 - Conor Coady, Jack Robinson, Andre Wisdom and future red Conor Thomas all played as England Under-17’s won the Nordic Tournament by beating Scotland 3-2 after extra time in the Final in Norway. 2011 – Philippe Coutinho scored his first goal for Brazil Under-20’s as they beat Austria 3-0 in a World Championship Finals group game in Colombia. Meanwhile, fellow future red Mohamed Salah appeared for Egypt as they beat Panama 1-0 in the same competition. Reds in Ireland 1978 - We beat a Bass League Selection 3-1 at Lansdowne Road with Graeme Souness, Joey Jones and Jimmy Case all netting. 1996 - Robbie Fowler grabbed a brace as we drew 2-2 with Linfield at Windsor Park. Going Dutch We have twice played pre-season games in the Netherlands on this day in history. 1969 - We drew 1-1 at Feyenoord when Peter Thompson netted for the reds. 1975 - John Toshack and Peter Cormack were on target as we won 2-0 at Utrecht. 1972 - We also visited West Germany on this day, with Peter Cormack’s first reds strike and a Tommy Smith goal seeing off VfL Bochum 2-0 at their Ruhrstadion. Other friendlies 1958 - We drew 2-2 with an Edinburgh Select side at Tynecastle Park, with Billy Liddell bagging a brace. 1968 - We won 5-3 at Hull City, thanks to goals from Peter Thompson, Emlyn Hughes and Roger Hunt, and a Bobby Graham brace. 1985 - We lost 1-0 at Second Division Oldham Athletic. 1990 - We held Fiorentina to a goalless draw at their Stadio Artemio Franchi, in a game that was arranged as part of the Glenn Hysén transfer deal. Off to Israel 2001 - It was announced that we would be opening our Champions League campaign in Tel-Aviv, as Maccabi Haifa had agreed to move the game to a larger stadium, after they had defeated Finnish side Haka in the previous qualifying round. However, Haka were soon reinstated in the competition at the Israelis’ expense, who had fielded a suspended player. Babel the champion 2008 – Ryan Babel played as the Netherlands Olympic XI drew 1-1 with their Ivory Coast counterparts in Hong Kong to secure the ING Cup, having already beaten Cameroon. Managerial comings and goings 1982 - 1960’s right-half Gordon Milne was appointed Manager of Leicester City following Jock Wallace’s departure, leading them back into the top flight in his first season in charge. He stayed in the role for four seasons, signing Gary McAllister from Motherwell during his final season, and then became General Manager for a while. 2000 - David Hodgson resigned as Manager of basement side Darlington for the second time. He had four years in charge in this spell at Feethams, just missing out on promotion in his last season there. Other moves 2001 - Future reds midfielder Bolo Zenden joined Chelsea from Barcelona for £7.5m. He struck four times in 59 games for the Blues, many as substitute. 2010 – Ex-reserves centre-half Danny O’Donnell signed for Shrewsbury Town, netting once in seven outings before joining Stockport County, initially on loan. 2013 – Midfielder Emre Can joined Bayer 04 Leverkusen from Bayern München, going on to score four times in 39 games in his one season at the BayArena. 2017 – Left-back Aly Cissokho signed for Turkish side Yeni Malatyaspor. He played 32 times before moving on to Antalyaspor two years later. 2018 – Young midfielder Herbie Kane joined Doncaster Rovers on loan, netting seven times in 49 outings while with Donny. On the same day, future keeper Andy Lonergan signed for Middlesbrough, but made only four senior appearances. Other youngsters in action 2006 - Reds youngsters Michael Collins and Shane O'Connor both featured as the Republic of Ireland beat Serbia 2-0 in an Under-17’s tournament in Hungary. 2007 – Future red Nikola Sarić played as Denmark Under-17’s lost 1-0 to Norway in a tournament game in Vejle. 2014 – Trent Alexander-Arnold and Herbie Kane played for England Under-17’s as they lost 1-0 to host nation Denmark in their Nordic Tournament third place play-off.
  13. Will

    28th July

    Happy birthday Mr Kennedy 1951 - Ray Kennedy was born in Seaton Delavel. After five successful years as a forward with Arsenal, Bob Paisley converted him into a left-sided midfielder following his club record £180,000 arrival as Bill Shankly’s last signing in July 1974. He won six League titles, three European Cups, the UEFA Cup, UEFA Super Cup, League Cup and three FA Charity Shields before joining John Toshack’s Swansea City in January 1982, striking 72 times in 393 reds games. He is now battling against Parkinson’s disease. Robbie arrives 2008 - Robbie Keane signed from Tottenham Hotspur for £19.3m. He struck seven times in 28 reds outings before returning to north London for an initial £15m fee the following February. He grabbed fifteen goals in 52 games in his second spell with Spurs before moving on to LA Galaxy for £3.5m in August 2011, while also being loaned out to Celtic and West Ham United. On the same day, ex-red El-Hadji Diouf joined Sunderland from Bolton Wanderers for £2.5m, after a total of 24 goals in 136 games for the Trotters. Razor sheathed 1992 - Ray Houghton was sold to Aston Villa for £900,000 as Graeme Souness tried to reduce the number of non-Englishmen in the squad, to comply with UEFA regulations for European competition. He had netted 38 times in 202 reds games, helping us to claim two League titles, two FA Cups and the FA Charity Shield. In comes Harvey 2019 – Winger Harvey Elliott signed from Fulham for a fee eventually set at an initial £1.2m, having become the youngest ever to play in both the Premier League and League Cup while with the Cottagers. He made his senior bow on the same day as we lost 3-0 to SSC Napoli at Murrayfield in Edinburgh. He made nine senior appearances across his first two years with the reds, spending the third on loan at Blackburn Rovers. 2020 – Northern Irish youngster Conor Bradley signed for the reds as a professional. He has yet to make a senior appearance, but made his senior international debut in May 2021. Rafa’s first capture 2004 - Josemi signed from Málaga for £2m, becoming new boss Rafael Benítez’s first signing. He made just 35 reds appearances at right-back before joining Villarreal in exchange for Jan Kromkamp in January 2006. Shaq off the mark 2018 – Xherdan Shaqiri scored in his first reds game as we thumped Manchester United 4-1 in an International Champions Cup game in Michigan, with Sadio Mané and Sheyi Ojo both scoring from the spot and Daniel Sturridge also on target. Four for Fagan 1945 - Willie Fagan scored four times, including two penalties, as we thumped an RAF XI 7-0 in Germany shortly after the end of hostilities. Legendary forward Billy Liddell bagged a brace, with Jack Balmer completing the scoring. Fernando the champion 2002 - Future red Fernando Torres bagged the only goal of the Final of the European Championships for Spain Under-19’s as they beat their German counterparts in Oslo. This was the third consecutive Under-19’s game in which he had scored. Reds firsts 2012 – Fabio Borini played his first reds game in a dour goalless draw with Tottenham Hotspur in Baltimore on our North American tour. 2014 – Herbie Kane skippered England Under-17’s while making his debut at this level as they thumped Iceland 5-1 in a Nordic Tournament group game in Denmark, with Trent Alexander-Arnold also featuring. On the same day, future red Marko Grujić played for Serbia Under-19’s in their goalless draw with Portugal in their European Championships Semi-final, with Portugal going through to the Final after a penalty shoot-out. New boys off the mark 1997 - New signing Øyvind Leonhardsen and young winger Mark Kennedy both scored their first reds goals in a 6-0 rout of Shelbourne in Dublin, each netting twice. Danny Murphy also struck his first reds goal, with Steve McManaman adding the other. Red deaths 1967 – Scottish centre-half David Pratt died. He played 84 times for the reds after signing from Bradford City in January 1923, scoring just once and being known for his long throw-ins. He left Anfield to sign for Bury in November 1927. 1960 – Scottish inside-right Jimmy Stewart died. He arrived from Motherwell in April 1909, bagging 26 goals in 63 outings before joining Hamilton Academical in January 1914. Starting out 1996 - We were held to a goalless draw at Goodison Park in the third-place play-off of a friendly tournament also featuring Borussia Mönchengladbach and Porto, to celebrate the centenary of the birth of Sir John Moores CBE. Jamie Carragher made his first reds appearance, playing at right wing-back in place of the injured Jason McAteer. 2013 – Future reds midfielder Naby Keïta won his first senior cap as Guinea beat Mali 1-0 in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Conakry. 2016 – Winger Harry Wilson signed a new contract. He has so far made just one senior reds appearance, spending much of his time out on loan. Scandinavian reds 1987 - Steve Nicol was on target as we drew 1-1 with Danish side Brønshøj at the Ringsted Stadion. Play was stopped briefly during the second half when a rabbit ran onto the pitch! 1991 - We were held to a goalless draw at Sirius in Sweden. Cleaned out by Ajax 2001 - We lost our closing fixture in the pre-season Amsterdam Tournament, going down 3-1 to Ajax. Jari Litmanen featured against his old side, while Robbie Fowler was on the scoresheet. Other pre-season games 1971 - Chris Lawler netted from long range as we beat Wrexham 1-0 in a testimonial game for Arfon Griffiths at the Racecourse Ground. 1993 - Ian Rush scored as we drew 1-1 at Birmingham City in the T.N.T. Inter-City Challenge Cup. We lost the resulting penalty shoot-out 4-3. 2007 - A Liverpool XI was held to a 1-1 friendly draw at Colchester United, with Miki Roqué volleying our goal. 2011 – We lost 3-0 at Galatasaray. 2013 – We beat the Thailand national side 3-0 in Bangkok, with Philippe Coutinho, Iago Aspas and Steven Gerrard on target. South coast moves 2009 - Peter Crouch joined Tottenham Hotspur from Portsmouth. He had struck sixteen times in 49 outings in this second spell with Pompey. 2006 - David Thompson moved to Fratton Park, having been released by Wigan Athletic at the end of the previous season. He featured just fifteen times for Pompey before moving to Bolton Wanderers the following January. Tosh for Charlie 1969 - Future red John Toshack played for Wales as they lost 1-0 to a Rest Of UK side at Ninian Park, in a game played to mark the investiture of the Prince of Wales, and raise funds for the Aberfan Disaster Fund. Youngsters in action 2009 – Conor Coady and future red Conor Thomas made their debuts for England Under-17’s as they drew 1-1 with Denmark in the Nordic Tournament in Trondheim, with Andre Wisdom also featuring. 2002 - Michael Foley-Sheridan appeared for the Republic of Ireland Under-19’s in the European Championship Finals third place play-off, which they lost 2-1 to Slovakia in Oslo. 1997 – Future red Haukur Ingi Gudnason won his seventeenth and last Under-19’s cap as Iceland drew 2-2 with Hungary in a European Championships group game. Ged in charge 1993 - Future reds boss Gérard Houllier led France to a 3-1 friendly win over Russia in Caen. Frank Sauzée, Eric Cantona and Jean-Pierre Papin netted for Les Bleus. Lucas at last 2008 – Lucas Leiva featured for a Brazil Olympic XI in their 3-0 defeat of a Singapore Select XI in the Stadium of Singapore, in what was the last match before the stadium was demolished later that year. On the move again 1987 - Future reds loanee keeper Alec Chamberlain joined Everton from Ipswich Town for £80,000, although he never made the first team before moving on to Luton Town for £150,000 a year later. 2005 - Ex-reserves midfielder Neil Prince signed for Conference North outfit Stalybridge Celtic three years ago, after impressing on a trial. He left in May 2007 after seventeen strikes in 84 appearances. 2010 – Ex-reds winger Mark Kennedy joined Ipswich Town for £75,000 from Cardiff City. He had failed to find the net in 79 outings for the Bluebirds. 2011 – Midfielder Momo Sissoko joined Paris Saint-Germain from Juventus for an initial €7m, netting twice in 35 outings, before having his contract terminated in September 2013. 2015 - Spanish forward Dani Pacheco joined Deportivo Alavés on loan from Real Betis Balompié, netting three times in 38 outings as they claimed the Segunda División title. 2017 – Midfielder Adam Phillips signed for Norwich City, having his contract cancelled in February 2019 having failed to make a senior appearance. On the same day, right-back Connor Randall joined Heart Of Midlothian on loan, turning out 27 times for the Jam Tarts.
  14. Will

    8th April

    Semi-final joy and despair 2001 - We played in our 21st FA Cup Semi-final, beating Wycombe Wanderers 2-1 at Villa Park, with Emile Heskey and Robbie Fowler scoring after the underdogs had kept us out for nearly eighty minutes. Keith Ryan bagged a late consolation for Wanderers. 1981 - We were held to a goalless draw at home by Bayern München in the European Cup with Kurt Niedermayer rattling the crossbar, but we went through on away goals after the return in Germany. This game marked Steve Heighway’s 475th and final reds game, as he came on at half time to replace Terry McDermott, while Graeme Souness missed the match through injury. 1990 - We lost 4-3 to Crystal Palace in the FA Cup, also at Villa Park. This is the furthest we have ever gone in the competition as holders. We went in ahead at half time, thanks to an Ian Rush strike, and in total control, although our goalscorer had gone off injured after half an hour. However, the Eagles came out fighting in the second half. The game ended 3-3 after ninety minutes, with Steve McMahon also on target, and John Barnes scoring from spot. Future Eagles boss Alan Pardew grabbed the dramatic winner in extra time, with Mark Bright, Gary O’Reilly and Andy Gray all also on target for Palace. Tom born 1859 – Tom Watson was born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. He was appointed as reds boss in July 1896, doubling his salary to £300 a year from his time at Sunderland, whom he had led to three League titles and three FA Cup Semi-finals in four seasons. He went beyond the remit of Club Secretary at Anfield, involving himself in team selection, tactics and player recruitment, so becoming a Manager in all but name. He led the reds to two League titles and the Second Division championship and our first ever FA Cup Final, remaining in charge until his death in May 1915. Through to another semi 2008 - We beat Arsenal 4-2 in the second leg of our Champions League Quarter-final. Abou Diaby put the visitors ahead before Sami Hyypiä and Fernando Torres gave us the lead. Emmanuel Adebayor looked to have sent the Gunners through on the away goals rule after a storming run from Theo Walcott, with one of his five goals past us to date, but moments later Ryan Babel was brought down in the box and Steven Gerrard converted the spot-kick to score in his fourth consecutive home game in Europe, a new club record. Babel then added a fourth in stoppage time. In Bob’s honour 1999 - The Paisley Gateway was officially opened at Anfield by his widow Jessie, three years after Bob’s death, to commemorate his service to the club. As Manager, he won an incredible nineteen trophies in nine seasons. He had also played 277 times in our first team, netting twelve times. Quadruple trebles We have three times bagged hat-tricks on this day over the years. 1933 - Gordon Hodgson grabbed three in a 4-3 defeat of Blackpool, with Dave Wright also on target. Phil Watson bagged a brace for the visitors. 1905 - Jack Parkinson netted a treble in our 8-1 thrashing of Burslem Port Vale at Anfield, with Robert Robinson and Jack Cox adding braces and Sam Raybould also scoring. Defender George Latham made the first of his nineteen reds appearances in this game. 1955 - Ex-red Cyril Done bagged four in our 4-3 defeat at Port Vale, as they were by then known. Eric Anderson, Johnny Evans and Billy Liddell netted our goals. 1899 - John Walker struck three times as we beat Derby County 4-0 at Anfield, with Alex Raisbeck also on target. Outside-right Andrew McCowie played his 35th and last reds game. We have also beaten the Rams twice more in First Division matches at Anfield on this day. 1980 – David Johnson netted while playing his hundredth League game for the reds as we won 3-0, with Colin Irwin scoring and Keith Osgood putting through his own net. 1939 - Phil Taylor bagged a brace in a 2-1 victory, with Dave McCulloch netting the last of his seven goals against us. Heading to another European semi 2010 - We faced SL Benfica for the tenth time in European competition, a joint club record along with Chelsea. We overcame a first leg deficit in our UEFA Europa League Quarter-final by winning 4-1 at Anfield. Dirk Kuyt headed us in front from a corner before Lucas Leiva bagged the second. Fernando Torres then struck a brace either side of Óscar Cardozo’s consolation, so becoming the first red ever to net twice in four consecutive home games. For Gerry 1970 - A testimonial match was staged for Gerry Byrne with the reds drawing 8-8 with an All Star XI at Anfield. Bobby Graham, Chris Lawler and Ian St. John each netted a brace, with Roger Hunt and Willie Stevenson also on target. Steve Heighway played his first reds game and was so unfamiliar with his surroundings that he asked a member of the opposition which end was the Kop! Sammy starts off with a bang 1978 - Sammy Lee scored on his reds debut as a substitute for David Johnson, who tore his knee ligaments, in our 3-2 home League win over Leicester City. Tommy Smith nabbed both our other goals, his final reds strikes. Brian’s ton up 1974 – Brian Hall played his hundredth League game as we lost 1-0 at Sheffield United, with Terry Nicholl on target and Ray Clemence saving a penalty from Keith Eddy. Beaten by the Blues 2009 – We lost 3-1 at home to Chelsea in the first leg of our Champions League Quarter-final after Fernando Torres had handed us the lead, to suffer our only defeat of the season at Anfield. Branislav Ivanović twice headed in when unmarked at set pieces, with Didier Drogba rounding off the scoring late on with one of his eleven goals past us to equal our worst ever home defeat in European competition. Pepe Reina played his fiftieth European Cup game. Three off the mark 1912 – American outside-left Hugh Lester and James Scott both debuted as we won 2-0 at Bradford City in a top-flight fixture, with the former becoming the first player born outside of the British Isles to play for the reds. Forward James Speakman grabbed his only reds goal with Sam Gilligan also on the scoresheet as Dickie Bond missed a penalty for the home side. Red beginnings and ends 1944 - Outside-left Hugh McQueen died in Norwich. He had made 61 reds appearances 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. 1889 - Inside-forward Arthur Metcalf was born in Sunderland. He signed from Newcastle United for £150 in May 1912 and netted 28 times in 63 reds games, playing in every position on the park. Most recently 2015 - Philippe Coutinho bagged the only goal of our FA Cup Sixth Round replay at Blackburn Rovers. Sadly, we crashed out to Aston Villa in the subsequent Semi-final at Wembley. 2017 – We won 2-1 at Stoke City’s rechristened bet365 Stadium, despite falling behind to the last of Jon Walters’ seven goals past us on the stroke of half time. The Brazilian pair Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino both came off the bench to score within two minutes of each other to hand us victory. Souey in charge 1986 - Graeme Souness joined Rangers as Player/Manager from Sampdoria for £300,000, scoring three times in 73 outings and leading them to three League titles and four League Cups. Mixed fortunes against Oldham We have faced Oldham Athletic three times on this day in history. 1911 - Sam Gilligan netted the only goal of our top-flight meeting at Anfield, with centre-half Jimmy Harrop playing his hundredth League game for the reds. 1916 - Dave Watson struck our consolation as we lost a Wartime League match 2-1 at Boundary Park. 1922 - We were thumped 4-0 away from home in another First Division meeting, on the way to our third League title, with left-half Tom Bromilow away on international duty. Harry ‘Smiler’ Chambers played his hundredth League game for the reds as Jack Marshall bagged a treble for the home side, the last of his five goals past us, with Reuben Butler also scoring. Beating the Owls 1989 - We thumped Sheffield Wednesday 5-1 in a top-flight encounter at Anfield that kicked off at 11:30am due to it being Grand National day. Peter Beardsley was on target twice, with Steve McMahon, Ray Houghton and John Barnes also netting. This remains our joint record victory over the Hillsborough outfit. 1896 - We also beat the Owls, with Clarke netting the only goal of our friendly against The Wednesday at Anfield. Disappointment at St. James’ Park We have twice visited Newcastle United on this day in history. 1950 - Willie Fagan grabbed our consolation as we were thumped 5-1 in a top-flight match. Robert Mitchell bagged two of his eight goals against the reds, with Ernest Taylor netting the first of his five past us, with Tommy Walker and George Hannah also on target. 1893 - Our friendly ended goalless. Derby stalemate 1963 - Our top-flight trip to Goodison Park ended without score. International beginnings 1992 - Myllykosken Pallo-47’s Sami Hyypiä won his first Under-21’s cap for Finland as they drew 1-1 in a friendly in Poland. 2007 – Future reds reserves forward Nikola Sarić won his only official cap for Denmark Under-16’s, netting in their 3-2 defeat by Georgia in Portugal. 2009 – Conor Coady played for England Under-16’s for the first time as they beat Russia 3-1 in the Montaigu Tournament. International endings 1970 - Emlyn Hughes won his eighth and final England Under-23’s cap as they thumped Bulgaria 4-1 in Plymouth. 1905 – John ‘Geezer’ Hughes made his third and final senior international appearance for Wales as they drew 2-2 with Ireland in the British International Championships in Belfast. 1900 - England’s Raby Howell and Scotland’s Hugh Morgan both won their second and final caps, and only ones as reds players, as the Scots won 2-1 at Villa Park in the same tournament. Future reds keeper Ned Doig was in the Scotland goal. 1999 - Future red Gary McAllister announced his international retirement after a total of 57 caps. Other reds games 1996 – Stan Collymore and John Barnes netted as we beat West Ham United 2-0 on Easter Monday at Anfield. 1992 – Wimbledon won 3-2 in L4 as Ronnie Moran took charge of the side with Graeme Souness recuperating from a heart operation. Michael Thomas struck before Lawrie Sanchez equalised, but Ronnie Rosenthal put us in front at the break. Andy Clarke levelled the scores again before John Fashanu scored one of his five goals against the reds from the spot. 1972 – We defeated Coventry City 3-1 at home with Kevin Keegan and John Toshack on the scoresheet either side of a Tommy Smith penalty. 1961 – We beat Charlton Athletic 2-1 in a Second Division encounter at Anfield as Roger Hunt bagged a brace. 1959 – We lost 2-1 to Middlesbrough in a Second Division fixture in L4. Jimmy Melia struck our consolation after Eddie Holiday and then Brian Clough had scored for the home side, the latter with one of his ten goals past us. 1901 – Sam Raybould bagged the only goal of Notts County’s visit. Razor sheathed 2001 - Neil Ruddock was released by Crystal Palace after 28 games for them. He joined Roy Evans at Swindon Town four months later. Also in international action 1922 – Tom Bromilow played for England as they beat Scotland 1-0 in the British International Championships at Villa Park, with ex-red Ken Campbell in the visitors’ goal. 1964 – Peter Thompson played for England Under-23’s in their 2-2 draw in France. 1987 – Ex-red Avi Cohen featured as Israel lost 3-2 to Romania in a friendly in Brasov. 1992 – Future red Torben Piechnik played for Denmark in their 2-1 friendly defeat in Turkey. 2016 – Future red Ozan Kabak captained Turkey Under 16’s to a 2-0 victory over the Republic of Irelands in Dublin.
  15. Will

    13th April

    The greatest performance ever 1988 - We trounced Nottingham Forest 5-0, just four days after we had beaten them 2-1 in the FA Cup Semi-final. It was a stunning display that the legendary Tom Finney described as “the greatest performance ever”. John Aldridge bagged a brace, to add to goals from Ray Houghton, Gary Gillespie and Peter Beardsley. Bruce Grobbelaar was playing his 400th reds game. 1929 - We also netted five, winning 5-2 at Derby County, with Henry Race and John Clark both bagging braces, and Gordon Hodgson also on the scoresheet. Harry Bedford struck two of his nine goals against the reds. Heading towards Istanbul 2005 - Xabi Alonso returned after his broken ankle suffered on New Year’s Day, with Djibril Cissé making an even more amazing comeback from injury, to help the reds secure a battling goalless draw at Juventus to reach the Semi-final of the Champions League, our first last-four appearance in Europe’s premier club competition for two decades. Semi-final draws 1985 - Manchester United held us to a 2-2 draw at Goodison Park after extra time, before beating us in the replay, and then subsequently winning the FA Cup Final itself. Ronnie Whelan and substitute Paul Walsh grabbed our late equalisers at the end of normal and extra time, respectively after Bryan Robson, with one of his seven goals past us, and Frank Stapleton had twice put the Red Devils ahead. 1963 - We also faced United, with Ian St. John bagging the only goal of this top-flight meeting at Anfield. This was the first game Gerry Byrne had missed since October 1960, in which time he had made 117 consecutive appearances. 1992 - We won the first ever FA Cup Semi-final to be decided on penalties. After a goalless two hours of the replay at Villa Park, we beat Portsmouth 3-1 in the penalty shoot-out, with John Barnes and Ian Rush converting before Dean Saunders netted the decisive kick, with Pompey missing the target with three of their spot-kicks. Ronnie Moran took charge of the reds following Graeme Souness’s recent triple heart bypass surgery. Jordan off 2014 - We beat Manchester City 3-2 at Anfield, our tenth straight League win, with Raheem Sterling and Martin Škrtel putting us two goals ahead inside the first half hour. However, the visitors drew level through David Silva and a Glen Johnson own goal after the break before Philippe Coutinho pounced on a Vincent Kompany error to secure the victory and our place at the top of the table. This was our 93rd League goal of the season, a new club record in the top flight. Unfortunately, Jordan Henderson was sent off late on and we then proceeded to finish second in the table. 1901 – We beat City 3-1 in another top-flight encounter at Anfield, with Tommy Robertson bagging a brace and Jack Cox also on target. Legendary outside-right Billy Meredith scored for the visitors. Firsts and lasts 1998 - David Thompson scored his first senior reds goal, a late winner as we beat Crystal Palace 2-1 at Anfield in the Premiership. This was our hundredth goal from a substitute, while Øyvind Leonhardsen had opened the scoring before Marcus Bent equalised for the Eagles. 1935 – Centre-forward Fred Howe bagged the first of his 36 reds goals in our 4-2 defeat at Aston Villa, with Berry Nieuwenhuys also on target. Harry Broome netted the first two of his five strikes past us, with Arthur Cunliffe and Dennis Watkin also scoring. 2015 - Raheem Sterling bagged his 23rd and last reds goal as we beat Newcastle United 2-0 at Anfield, with Joe Allen also on target. Moussa Sissoko was sent off late on for the visitors. Leeds goals galore 2001 - Our Champions League hopes were dented on Good Friday by a 2-1 home defeat by Leeds United. However, Steven Gerrard did score our hundredth goal of the season, before being sent off, and we went on to clinch the crucial third spot at the end of the season. Rio Ferdinand and Lee Bowyer had put the visitors two goals in front. 1991 - Lee Chapman scored three of his six goals against the reds as we won 5-4 under Ronnie Moran at Leeds United, having led 4-0 after half an hour. John Barnes netted a brace to add to goals from Ray Houghton, David Speedie and a Jan Mølby penalty, with Carl Shutt also on target for the home side. Fernando again 2008 - Steven Gerrard opened the scoring as he played his 300th League game in our 3-1 defeat of Blackburn Rovers, with substitute Yossi Benayoun proving inspirational. Fernando Torres headed his thirtieth goal of the season, so scoring in his seventh consecutive home League game, a new club record in the top flight. Andriy Voronin added a late third, before Roque Santa Cruz grabbed an injury-time consolation. 1936 - We thumped Rovers 4-1 in a top-flight meeting at Anfield, with Berry Nieuwenhuys grabbing a brace, and Vic Wright and Phil Taylor also getting on the scoresheet. Tommy Sale scored one of his five goals past us with keeper Stanley Kane playing his sixth and last reds game. Reds farewells 1912 – Centre-half Jimmy Harrop made his 139th and final reds appearance in our 1-1 draw at Newcastle United, with inside-right James Stewart on target and Billy Hibbert netting one of his thirteen goals against the reds. 1914 – Outside-right Arthur Goddard played his 414th and last reds game as we lost 1-0 in another top-flight fixture at Bradford City, with keeper Ken Campbell putting through his own net. Sunderland seen off three times 2002 - We kept up the pressure on Arsenal at the top of the table, as Michael Owen’s 25th goal of the season gave us a 1-0 win at Sunderland, a result that guaranteed us a top-four finish, at least, for the second successive season. Claudio Reyna was sent off in the dying seconds in front of a record Stadium of Light attendance of 48,355. We have also twice beaten Sunderland 2-1 on this day over the years. 1968 - A Roger Hunt brace gave us the victory at Anfield, with Colin Suggett scoring the first of his four goals past us. 1997 - Robbie Fowler headed in his thirtieth goal of the season before Steve McManaman extended our lead, with ex-red Paul Stewart then heading the home side’s consolation on our last ever visit to Roker Park. Derby disappointment 1940 – We lost our Lancashire Senior Cup Semi-final 4-1 at Goodison, with Berry Nieuwenhuys bagging our consolation. 1906 - Alf West struck from the spot as we were held to a 1-1 draw in a First Division derby at Anfield, with Jack Taylor on target for the Blues, the last of his five goals past us. 1900 - Tom Robertson netted our consolation in a 3-1 friendly defeat across the park. This game was played in front of less than 1,000 supporters, while the reserves were being watched by around 15,000 at Anfield in a Lancashire Combination game. Four-ton Emlyn 1974 – Emlyn Hughes played his 400th reds game, netting as we drew 1-1 at Ipswich Town. Trevor Whymark struck the first of his six goals past us. Beating the Potters We have twice beaten Stoke City at Anfield on this day in history. 1982 - Alan Kennedy and Craig Johnston bagged first-half goals as we won a First Division fixture 2-0. 1946 - Bob Priday nabbed a brace with Willie Fagan and Jack Balmer also on target in a 4-1 Wartime League victory. Bennett again 1918 – Thomas Green scored a hat-trick as we won 4-1 at Stockport County in a Wartime League game, with forward Thomas Bennett scoring in his third consecutive reds game. Happy birthdays 2001 – Right-back Neco Williams was born in Wrexham, making 24 senior appearances by the time of his twentieth birthday, already winning a Premier League title winner’s medal. 1996 - Midfielder Marko Grujić was born in Belgrade. He signed from Crvena Zvezda for £5.1m in January 2016, immediately being loaned back for the rest of the season. He has only made fourteen senior appearances to date, spending most of his time away from Liverpool. 1991 – Ex-reserves forward David Amoo was born in Southwark, London. He made his reds bow as a substitute in our UEFA Europa League qualifier at Rabotnički Skopje in July 2010, moving on to Preston North End in July 2012 after several loan spells away from Anfield. 1920 - Joe Cadden was born in Glasgow. The Scottish centre-half was signed after impressing for Brooklyn Wanderers on the reds’ US tour in 1948. However, his form back across the pond was less impressive, as he only made five first-team appearances before joining Grimsby Town in July 1952. 1871 – Scottish outside-right Neil Kerr was born in Bowling, Dunbartonshire. He signed from Rangers in June 1894, netting three times in twelve games before moving to Nottingham Forest the following year. Done deal 1926 - Right-back Bob Done signed professional terms, having arrived as an amateur from Runcorn two months earlier. He struck thirteen times in 155 reds games, moving on to Reading for £150 in May 1935. Robert’s bow 1907 - Birkenhead-born Robert Blanthorne made the first of just two senior reds appearances as we lost 4-2 to Bristol City at Anfield. Bill McPherson and Sam Raybould struck our goals as Billy Maxwell netted the last two of his six goals past us. Future red Sam Gilligan scored one of his five goals against the reds, with Fred Connelly also on the scoresheet. Other reds games 2013 – We were held to a goalless draw at Reading. 1957 – We lost a Second Division encounter 3-0 at Sheffield United. Jimmy Hagan scored the last of his five goals against the reds, with Bobby Howitt and John Spencer also scoring. 1925 – Donald Mackinlay struck the only goal of our visit to West Ham United. Conor the champion 2009 – Conor Coady won his fourth and final cap for England Under-16’s as they won the Montaigu Tournament by beating Germany 2-1 on penalties after a goalless Final. Young Stewart off the mark 1988 - Paul Stewart, then still with Manchester City, netted on his debut for England Under-21’s as they lost 4-2 in France in their European Championships Semi-final first leg. On the move 1999 - Reserves keeper Tony Warner joined Aberdeen on loan. He played six times before moving permanently to Millwall that summer. 2004 - Ex-red Jari Litmanen signed for Lahti. He only remained there for nine months before joining Hansa Rostock in Germany. 2017 – Ex-reds midfielder Mohamed Sissoko signed for Mitra Kukar, netting five times in 26 League games during his eight months in Indonesia. Also in international action 1929 – Future reds Ernie Blenkinsop and Tom Cooper both played for England as they lost 1-0 to Scotland in the British International Championships in Glasgow. 1993 – Future red Jari Litmanen featured for Finland in their 2-1 friendly defeat in Poland. 1940 – Future reds keeper Cyril Sidlow played for Wales as they beat England 1-0 in a Wartime International at Wembley. 1946 – Billy Liddell featured as Scotland beat England 1-0 in a Victory International at Hampden Park. 1995 – Future reds forward Fernando Morientes played for Spain Under-20’s as they thumped Burundi 5-1 in a World Championship Finals group game in Qatar. 2017 – Bobby Duncan played for England Under-16’s in their 3-0 friendly defeat by Portugal.
  16. Will

    11th April

    A treble for Ron, Ron, Ron 1990 - Ronnie Rosenthal scored a hat-trick in his second reds appearance, and his first start, as we beat Charlton Athletic 4-0 in a League encounter at Selhurst Park. Future Addick John Barnes nabbed the other late on. Feliz cumpleaños 1991 – Spanish midfielder Thiago Alcântara was born in San Pietro Vernotico, Italy. He signed from Bayern München for an initial £20m last September, appearing 22 times up to his thirtieth birthday. Andy off the mark 2011 – We beat Manchester City 3-0 at Anfield, with right-back Jon Flanagan making his reds bow. Andy Carroll struck his first two reds goals, with Dirk Kuyt also netting before the break. 1952 – We won 2-1 at Maine Road in a First Division fixture, thanks to goals from inside-forward Kevin Baron and winger Jimmy Payne. Beginnings and ends 1908 - Ned Doig played his 53rd and final reds game in our 3-1 defeat at Newcastle United. He was aged 41 years 166 days, our oldest ever goalkeeper. Forward Arthur Berry debuted in the same game, with Ronald Orr on target. George Wilson struck one of his five goals against the reds, with George Jobey and Jimmy Howie also netting. 1898 - Winger Tommy Robertson scored on his reds bow in our 4-0 top-flight win over The Wednesday at Anfield, while inside-right John Walker also made his debut. Frank Becton netted a brace, with Hugh Morgan also on target. 1936 – John Shield played his only reds game when he deputised for regular left-half Jimmy McDougall as we lost 3-1 at Preston North End. Berry Nieuwenhuys struck our consolation with Bud Maxwell bagging one of his seven goals past us. Jimmy Dougal and Les Vernon also scored for the home side, while forward Tosh Johnson made his 38th and last reds appearance before moving on to Darwen four months later. 1955 - Wing-half Keith Burkinshaw made his only reds appearance in our 1-1 Second Division draw with Port Vale at Anfield, with Brian Jackson netting. He later found greater fame as the Manager of Tottenham Hotspur, becoming the only ex-red to lead a side out against us in a cup final. Ex-red Cyril Done struck the last of his five goals against us. Two-ton Pepe 2009 – Keeper Pepe Reina played his 200th reds game, keeping his 102nd clean sheet as we thumped Blackburn Rovers 4-0. Ex-red Stephen Warnock laid a floral tribute in front of the Kop before kick-off, as the game was played four days before the twentieth anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster. Fernando Torres bagged a first-half brace, with his first being a stunning strike. Daniel Agger added a spectacular long-range effort before David N’Gog completed the scoring late on. 2010 – He kept another clean sheet as Roy Hodgson’s Fulham held us to a goalless draw at Anfield in the League, the first home game we had failed to score in for eleven months. For Sir Roger 1972 - Anfield hosted a testimonial match for Roger Hunt, with the man himself netting a hat-trick, including a penalty, in the 1965 FA Cup winning team’s 8-6 victory over an England XI that included Kevin Keegan. The 55,214 crowd remains the largest ever for a benefit game at Anfield. Keeper Tommy Lawrence also converted a spot-kick, with Tommy Smith, Ian St. John and Peter Thompson also amongst the goalscorers and Martin Peters scoring an own goal in the reds’ favour. Reaching yet another European semi 2007 - Peter Crouch bagged the only goal from two yards out against PSV Eindhoven at Anfield as we reached the Champions League Semi-final 4-0 on aggregate. This was Crouch’s sixth European strike of the campaign, while teenager Dirk Marcellis was somewhat unfortunately dismissed for the visitors on his debut. Sammy puts us ahead 1984 - We kept our fourth Anfield clean sheet in that season’s European Cup, with Sammy Lee heading the only goal of our Semi-final first leg encounter with Romanian champions Dinamo Bucureşti from an Alan Kennedy free-kick, his final goal for the club. We escaped when Ionel Augustin raced clear of the defence and rounded Bruce Grobbelaar, but could only strike the post. Graeme Souness incurred the wrath of the visiting side when Lica Movilă broke his jaw in an off-the-ball challenge by the fiery Scot. Bamber born 1895 - Left-half Jack Bamber was born in Peasley Cross, St. Helens. He netted twice in eighty official reds games after signing on in December 1915, as well as scoring another eight goals in 118 Wartime outings for the reds. He left for Leicester City in February 1924. Three times against the Villains We have faced Aston Villa three times in the top-flight on this day over the years. 1992 - We lost 1-0 at Villa Park with Tony Daley on target, the first time we had been beaten by the Villains for more than eleven years. 1914 - We also lost 1-0 at home, with Joe Bache bagging the eighth of his nine goals against the reds. 1903 - Arthur Goddard and Sam Raybould netted as we won 2-1 at home. Up for awards 2008 - Steven Gerrard was nominated for the PFA Player of the Year for the fifth consecutive season, with Fernando Torres being put forward for that and the Young Player of the Year award in his first season in England. Ex-red David James was also on the shortlist for the main trophy. The titles were eventually taken by Cristiano Ronaldo and Cesc Fabregas. 2014 - Steven Gerrard and Luis Suárez were named joint Barclays Players of the Month for the previous month, with Brendan Rodgers named as Manager of the Month after leading us to five straight wins in March. Disappointment against the Wearsiders We have twice faced Sunderland in First Division matches on this day in history, winning on neither occasion. 1966 - We drew 2-2 at Roker Park as Chris Lawler bagged a brace, with his first goal coming after just twenty seconds. Neil Martin scored the first of his four goals past us, with Martin Harvey also on target. 1931 - Archie McPherson was on the scoresheet as we were beaten 4-2 at home, with Gordon Hodgson converting a spot-kick in his 200th reds game. Bobby Gurney struck two his sixteen goals against the reds, adding to the hat-trick he had already scored against us in the reverse fixture that season. James Connor bagged one of his five goals past us, with Jimmy Leonard also on the scoresheet. Derby disappointment 1942 - We lost 2-0 to Everton at Anfield in a Wartime League match that also counted for the War League Cup. Canaries chirping 1987 – Ian Rush put us in front at Norwich City, but we then lost a League game for the first time in which he had scored as Trevor Putney and Kevin Drinkell struck in the second half to help ensure Everton took a three-point lead in the title race. Yet another win 1989 - We won 2-1 at Millwall to secure our eleventh straight victory, and ninth in the League, with John Barnes and John Aldridge both on target in the first half after Denis Salman had opened the scoring in our last game before the Hillsborough tragedy. Morris bows out 1908 - Ex-reds inside-left Richard Morris won his eleventh and final Welsh cap, his only one as a Plymouth Argyle player. Reds right-half Maurice Parry also played as Wales lost 1-0 to Ireland in the British International Championships in Aberdare. Representative honours 1910 - Winger Arthur Goddard played for the Football League in a 2-2 draw with a Southern League representative side at Stamford Bridge. On the same day, Ernest Peake’s Wales faced future red Billy Lacey’s Ireland in the British International Championships in Wrexham, with the home side triumphing 4-1. Beattie in charge again 1959 - Andy Beattie managed Scotland for the first time in his second spell as they lost 1-0 to England at Wembley in the British International Championships. Beattie had guested with the reds during the war, and later joined the backroom staff at Anfield after a successful management career. International firsts 1981 - Bruce Grobbelaar won his first cap for Zimbabwe since his arrival at Anfield. Unfortunately, they lost the first leg of their African Cup on Nations qualifier 1-0 at home to Zambia. 1989 - Reserves midfielder Jim Magilton became the first reds player to win an Under-23’s cap for Northern Ireland as they lost 3-0 to the Republic of Ireland in Dublin. Ex-reserve Ken DeMange won his first cap at this level for the home side. Up against the Clarets We twice faced Burnley on this day in the space of three years, failing to win on either occasion. 1894 – We lost a Palatine League game 2-0 at Anfield, our first home defeat for 26 fixtures, which had included 24 wins and one draw. 1896 – Davy Hannah, Malcolm McVean and Clarke netted as we drew a friendly 3-3 at Turf Moor. Other reds games 1981 – We shared a goalless draw with Nottingham Forest at the City Ground. 1977 – We drew 0-0 at Stoke City. 1959 – We lost 3-0 at Bristol Rovers in a Second Division match. Peter Hooper struck two of his seven goals against the reds, with Dai Ward also on the scoresheet. 1953 – Sammy Smyth netted as we drew 1-1 with Derby County at Anfield. 1925 – We drew 0-0 at West Bromwich Albion. Dirk the dad again 2008 - Dirk Kuyt became a father for the second time, with his wife Gertrude giving birth to a boy called Roan. Also in international action 1964 – Roger Hunt and Gordon Milne both featured as England lost 1-0 to Scotland in the British International Championships at Hampden Park. 1984 – Future red Jan Mølby played as Denmark lost a friendly 2-1 to Spain in Valencia. 1990 – Glenn Hysén featured for Sweden in their 1-1 friendly draw in Algeria. 1999 – Rigobert Song played as Cameroon thumped Mozambique 6-1 in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Maputo. 2009 – Conor Coady featured for England Under-16’s as they beat Ivory Coast 3-0 in the Montaigu Tournament.
  17. Will

    9th April

    Happy birthday God 1975 - Robbie Fowler was born in Toxteth. He scored 171 goals in 330 reds appearances in his first spell at Anfield, winning UEFA Cup, FA Cup, UEFA Super Cup and two League Cups. He re-signed on a short-term contract in January 2006, striking a further twelve times in 39 games to become our fifth top all-time goalscorer, before moving on to Cardiff City in July 2007. 1995 - He was presented with the first of two consecutive PFA Young Player of the Year awards on his twentieth birthday. 2006 - Robbie scored on his 31st birthday, grabbing the only goal of our Premiership defeat of Bolton Wanderers at Anfield on the stroke of half time, our hundredth League goal under Rafael Benítez. 1965 - Former Assistant Manager Colin Pascoe was born in Port Talbot. He followed Brendan Rodgers to Anfield from Swansea City in the summer of 2012, being sacked in June 2015, just four months before his boss. 1904 - England international full-back and reds skipper Tom Cooper was born in Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent. He signed from Derby County for £7,500 in December 1934 but never scored in his 160 reds games and died on military duty in June 1940. 1994 – Former left-back Brad Smith was born in Penrith, Australia. He struck once in eleven senior games before moving on to Bournemouth for £6m in July 2016. On the way to Wembley 1988 - We beat Nottingham Forest 2-1 at Hillsborough in the FA Cup Semi-final, thanks to a John Aldridge brace that included a penalty as well as a strike that was later voted as the BBC’s Goal of the Season, with future red Nigel Clough bagging Forest’s consolation. This was our 4,000th first-class fixture. 1955 - We also faced Forest, losing a Second Division match 3-1 at the City Ground, with Billy Liddell netting and centre-half Alex South playing his seventh and final reds game. James Barrett bagged the first two of his four goals against the reds, with Jackie French also on target past us. Endings and a beginning 1994 - Full-back Julian Dicks scored a penalty to win our League fixture with Ipswich Town. This was our last first-team goal in front of the standing Kop, and his third and final reds goal. The game kicked off at 11:30am to avoid clashing with the Grand National. 1983 – David Fairclough grabbed his 55th and final reds goal, coming off the bench in our 3-0 defeat of Swansea City at Anfield. Ian Rush and Sammy Lee had already scored. Current Assistant Manager Colin Pascoe made his full debut for the Swans in this game. 1921 – Full-back Ted Parry debuted as we drew 0-0 at Derby County. Heading towards Madrid 2019 – We beat Porto 2-0 in the first leg of our UEFA Champions League Quarter-final at Anfield, en route to claiming the trophy for the sixth time in Madrid. Naby Keïta and Roberto Firmino were both on target inside the opening half hour. Out of the Champions League 2002 - Michael Owen missed several good chances while playing his 200th reds game as we went crashing out of the Champions League at the Quarter-final stage. The game in the BayArena swung one way and then another, as we eventually lost 4-2 to Bayer 04 Leverkusen on the night, and 4-3 on aggregate. Our goals came from Abel Xavier and Jari Litmanen, with these being their final reds strikes. Michael Ballack bagged a brace for the home side, with Dimitar Berbatov bagging the first of his five goals against the reds and Lúcio also on target. A debut to be sure 1995 - Young Irish winger Mark Kennedy made his reds debut in our 1-0 home League defeat by Leeds United as Brian Deane struck one of his eight goals past us. Disaster at Goodison 1909 - Everton thumped five goals past Sam Hardy in the Liverpool goal without reply, in a First Division encounter. This remains our worst defeat at Goodison Park. Bertie Freeman scored the first two of his nine goals against us, with Tim Coleman nabbing one of his five and Bob Turner and Wattie White also netting. Trebles galore 1917 - Fred Pagnam and Donald Mackinlay both bagged trebles as we thumped Southport Central 7-0 in a Wartime League match at Ash Lane. Arthur Goddard nabbed the other. 1901 - Sam Raybould struck three as we won 4-3 at Cumberland in a friendly, with Jack Cox also on the scoresheet. 2004 - Thierry Henry scored three of his nine strikes against the reds as we lost 4-2 at Arsenal despite twice leading, through Sami Hyypiä and Michael Owen. Robert Pires scored the home side’s other goal, one of his four past us. 1932 - We also faced the Gunners, with Ted Hancock bagging his second and final reds goal and Danny McRorie also on target in a 2-1 victory, with Jack Lambert scoring one of his seven goals against the reds. Three times against City 2005 - We lost 1-0 at the City Of Manchester Stadium in our 500th Premier League match, falling to a late Kiki Musampa goal. We have also twice hosted Manchester City in top-flight matches on this day in history. 1949 - We lost 1-0. 1977 - Kevin Keegan and Steve Heighway were on target in a 2-1 Easter Saturday win to move us three points ahead of the visitors. Brian Kidd netted for City, one of his six goals against the reds. Mixed fortunes against Spurs 2000 - We defeated Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 at Anfield, thanks to goals from Patrik Berger and Michael Owen. 1965 - We went down 3-0 at White Hart Lane in another top-flight meeting. Alf’s half ton 1938 – Outside-left Alf Hanson bagged his fiftieth reds goal in our 4-2 top-flight victory over Blackpool at Anfield. Phil Taylor and Berry Nieuwenhuys also netted, with Willie Fagan converting a penalty. International debuts 1938 - Preston North End’s Bill Shankly made his Scotland debut as they lost 1-0 to England at Wembley in the British International Championships, which was the first international to be screened live on BBC television. His clubmate, full-back Andy Beattie also played. Beattie went on to guest for the reds during the war, before linking up with Shanks again at Huddersfield Town, as well as joining our backroom staff later in life. 1960 – Andy Beattie managed Scotland, picking future red Ian St. John for their 1-1 British International Championships draw with England at Hampden Park. 1921 - Reds centre-forward Robert Matthews won his first official cap for Wales as they beat Ireland 2-1 in Swansea in the same competition, with clubmates Elisha Scott and Billy Lacey on the losing side. International endings 1904 - Future reds forward Ronald ‘Wee’ Orr won his second and final cap for Scotland as they lost 1-0 to England in the British International Championships at Celtic Park. Future clubmate Alex Raisbeck was his skipper that day. 1921 - Ex-red Tom Miller won his third and last Scotland cap as they beat England 3-0 at Hampden Park in the same competition. Reds forward Harry ‘Smiler’ Chambers played for the away side. Other reds games 1991 – Coventry City held us to a 1-1 draw at Anfield with Ian Rush on the scoresheet. 1966 – We shared a goalless draw with Northampton Town at their County Ground. 1960 – We lost a Second Division match 2-0 at Leyton Orient. 1927 – Dick Edmed bagged the only goal of our trip to West Bromwich Albion very late on. 1910 – Jimmy Stewart and Jack Parkinson struck as we beat Notts County 2-1 in L4. 1906 – We beat Newcastle United 3-0 at home. Jack Parkinson struck twice, with Sam Raybould also scoring. 1900 – Sam Raybould nabbed a brace as Bury lost 2-0 at Anfield. Pepe signs on 2010 - Pepe Reina signed a new contract until 2016. He kept an impressive 177 clean sheets in 394 reds outings, moving on to Bayern München for £2m in August 2014 after a season on loan at SSC Napoli. Barmby starts out 1991 - Nick Barmby signed as a professional for Tottenham Hotspur. He went on to bag 28 goals in 110 Spurs games before moving to Middlesbrough for £5.25m in August 1995. Other internationals in action 2009 – Conor Coady featured for England Under-16’s in their 3-0 defeat of United Arab Emirates in the Montaigu Tournament. 2002 - Roy Hodgson was appointed Manager of United Arab Emirates, remaining in charge until January 2004. 1993 – Future red Brad Friedel kept a clean sheet in the USA’s 2-0 friendly win in Saudi Arabia. 1989 - Future red Ronnie Rosenthal netted in Israel’s 2-2 World Cup qualifying draw with New Zealand in Auckland. 1986 – Ex-red Mike Newell played for England Under-21’s as they lost 2-0 to Italy in the first leg of their European Championships Semi-final in Pisa. 1932 – Future reds left-back Ernie Blenkinsop captained England for the second of four occasions in their 3-0 defeat of Scotland in the British International Championships at Wembley, with future reds forward Tosh Johnson also on the winning side. 1927 – Elisha Scott kept goal for Ireland as they drew 2-2 with Wales in the British International Championships in Cardiff. David’s farewell 2011 - David Fairclough’s wife Jan died, following a brain haemorrhage.
  18. Will

    28th February

    Happy birthday Ronnie 1934 - Reds stalwart Ronnie Moran was born in Crosby. He spent 49 years at Anfield, making 379 senior appearances and bagging seventeen goals. He helped us to win the Second Division in 1963 and the League title the following year, before joining the coaching staff. He took charge of the reds for ten games in between Kenny Dalglish’s departure and Graeme Souness’s appointment, having another spell in temporary charge while Souness recovered from his heart operation. He died in March 2017. 1980 – Danish midfielder Christian Poulsen was born in Asnæs. He was signed by Roy Hodgson for £4.5m from Juventus in August 2010 and played 21 reds games without scoring, moving on to French side Évian Thonon Gaillard a year later. 1973 - Goalkeeping coach Xavi Valero was born in Castellón de la Plana. He played for a variety of clubs in Spain, including Real Murcia, and joined the staff at Melwood in July 2007 after José Ochotorena left to join Valencia. He then followed Rafael Benítez to Internazionale. 1962 – Former Head of the Academy medical department Dave Galley was born in Stoke-on-Trent. He had roles with Port Vale, Fulham, Luton Town and Sheffield Wednesday before joining the reds as a physiotherapist in the summer of 1999. He returned to the club in 2009, moving on to Sunderland a year later. Another record for Rushie 1995 - Ian Rush equalled Denis Law’s FA Cup scoring record of 41 goals as we beat Wimbledon 2-0 at Selhurst Park in a Fifth Round replay. John Barnes was also on target. Rush went on to net 44 FA Cup goals in total, still a competition record. Unfortunately, we were knocked out at Anfield by Tottenham Hotspur in the next round. Wembley disappointment 2016 – We lost the League Cup Final to Manchester City on penalties. Fernandinho put the Sky Blues ahead shortly after the break, with Philippe Coutinho equalising to send the game into extra time. Emre Can converted the first spot kick before Fernandinho missed. However, Lucas, Coutinho and Adam Lallana’s efforts were all saved as we lost the shoot-out 3-1. Off the mark 1987 - John Aldridge bagged his first reds goal to hand us a 1-0 victory over Southampton at Anfield. Centre-forward Alan Irvine made his fourth and final senior reds appearance in this game, coming on as a substitute for Gary Gillespie, with Ian Rush moving back into midfield to accommodate him. 1981 - We also entertained the Saints, with Ray Kennedy and Terry McDermott on target in a 2-0 win. 1914 – Forward Jimmy Nicholl struck his first reds goal in our 2-2 draw at Oldham Athletic, with Arthur Metcalf also on target. Centre-forward Tommy Gracie played his 34th and final reds game, while right-back Ephraim Longworth put through his own net, with Ollie Tummon also on target. Red trebles 1931 - South African forward Gordon Hodgson netted a hat-trick, including a penalty, in a 5-2 home League win over Blackpool with centre-half Norman James making his reds bow. Archie McPherson added a brace as Jimmy Hampson netted the first of his six goals against the reds and Jack Oxberry also on target. 1953 - Louis Bimpson bagged all three goals in our 3-2 friendly defeat of Burnley. Carra the top personality 2005 - Jamie Carragher was awarded the Merseyside Sports Personality of the Year in a ceremony organised by the Liverpool Echo. Friedel’s debut 1998 - Brad Friedel made his reds bow in a 2-1 League defeat at Aston Villa. Michael Owen bagged our goal from the spot, with ex-red Stan Collymore netting both of the home side’s goals in John Gregory’s first game as Villa boss. 2001 - Friedel won his 67th cap for the USA, his first one as a Blackburn Rovers player, in their 2-0 World Cup qualifying win over Mexico. The game was played in the Columbus Crew Stadium, where he used to play his club football. Second-rate King Kenny 1984 - Kenny Dalglish made his first reserves appearance for the reds, nearly seven years into his Anfield career. He had been out of action for two months since fracturing a cheekbone against Manchester United. Only 360 fans were there to see him lay on a goal for Paul Jewell as he played the full ninety minutes. On the same day, Graeme Souness captained Scotland to a 2-1 victory over Wales in the British International Championships at Hampden Park ,with Ian Rush and ex-reds Joey Jones and Frank McGarvey also featuring. Twice against Boro 1903 - We won 2-0 at Linthorpe Road, with Sam Raybould and Edgar Chadwick on target in this top-flight meeting with Middlesbrough, our first visit to Boro and only fixture at this venue. 2009 – We lost 2-0 at the Riverside Stadium. A Xabi Alonso own goal handed the home side the lead with Tuncay also netting. Martin Škrtel had a rare outing at right-back. Derby action We twice faced Derby County on this day during the 1970s. 1970 - We lost 2-0 at Anfield, one of just eleven home League defeats in the entire decade. This was the Rams’ first win in L4 since December 1937 after fourteen unsuccessful visits. John O’Hare bagged one of his six goals past us, with Terry Hennessey also netting. 1976 - We drew 1-1 at the Baseball Ground, with Ray Kennedy netting late on for the reds after Charlie George had struck one of his five goals against the reds from the spot. Emlyn Hughes reached the impressive landmark of 500 reds games that day. Back in town 1979 – We beat Burnley 3-0 in an FA Cup Fifth Round tie at Anfield. David Johnson netted twice with Graeme Souness also scoring and ex-red Brian Hall on the losing side. We went as far as the Semi-final that season before losing to Manchester United. On target again 2010 - We scored in our 25th consecutive home League game as we beat Blackburn Rovers 2-1. Fábio Aurélio played his 110th and final game of his first spell at Anfield. Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres struck in the first half, either side of a Keith Andrews penalty after Jamie Carragher’s inadvertent handball. First time as a red 1999 - Rigobert Song won his first cap as a reds player as Cameroon beat Mozambique 1-0 in an African Cup of Nations qualifier in Yaoundé. International beginning and end 2006 - Ex-reds keeper Tony Warner won his first cap for Trinidad & Tobago as a substitute in their 2-0 friendly defeat of Iceland at Loftus Road. Future reds Sotirios Kyrgiakos and Andriy Voronin also played for their countries while Scott Carson, Darren Potter, future reds Alberto Aquilani, Raul Meireles and James Milner, and ex-red Michael Foley-Sheridan all featured in Under-21’s friendlies on the same day, with future red Glen Johnson winning his fourteenth and final cap at this level as England beat Norway 3-1 in Reading, with John Welsh playing for the first time since moving permanently to Hull City. Meanwhile, Roy Hodgson took charge of Finland in the Cyprus Tournament. 2012 – Future red Lazar Marković made his senior international debut for Serbia as they beat Armenia 2-0 in a friendly in Cyprus. Meanwhile, Conor Coady captained England Under-19’s in their 2-1 friendly victory over the Czech Republic in London, with Andre Wisdom also featuring. 1925 – Ex-red Harry Beadles won his second and final cap for Wales in their 2-1 defeat by England in the British International Championships at Vetch Field. 1995 – Future red Haukur Igni Gudnason won his sixteenth and last Under-17’s cap for Iceland as they were trounced 6-1 by Scotland in the Portugal Tournament. International reds in action 2001 - Nick Barmby bagged the first England goal of Sven-Göran Eriksson’s reign, with Emile Heskey also netting in a 3-0 friendly defeat of Spain at Villa Park, as Michael Owen won his 25th cap. Ex-red David James also played. On the same day, Igor Bišcan came on as a substitute in Croatia’s 1-0 friendly defeat of Austria in Rijeka, winning his twelfth cap, and first as a reds player, with future red Alex Manninger also playing. Also in action that day were Sander Westerveld, who kept a clean sheet against Turkey at the Amsterdam ArenA, Sami Hyypiä, Vladimír Šmicer and ex-red Jim Magilton. Future red Abel Xavier appeared in Portugal’s 3-0 World Cup qualifying defeat of Andorra in Funchal. Meanwhile, Feyenoord’s Jerzy Dudek won his tenth cap as Poland thumped a Switzerland side that included Stéphane Henchoz 4-0. On the move 2011 – Reserves forward David Amoo joined Hull City on loan, netting once in seven games for the Tigers. 2013 - Kevin MacDonald was appointed Manager of Swindon Town after Paolo Di Canio’s resignation. He led them to the League One play-offs at the end of that season, where they missed out in the Semi-final. However, he left by mutual consent after just fourteen games and five months in charge. Other reds games 1996 – We beat Charlton Athletic 2-1 in an FA Cup Fifth Round tie at Anfield as we headed towards Wembley. Robbie Fowler headed in before Stan Collymore struck. 1959 – We won a Second Division fixture 3-1 at Leyton Orient, with Jimmy Melia, Fred Morris and Alan A’Court all getting on the scoresheet. 1948 – We lost 3-1 at Chelsea, with Kevin Baron nabbing our goal. 1925 – We lost 3-0 at Sunderland. Charlie Buchan scored one of his 21 goals past us, with Billy Ellis scoring before Billy Clunas converted a penalty. 1920 – Notts County were beaten 3-0 in L4, thanks to goals from Albert Pearson, Jackie Sheldon and Tom Miller. Youngsters on target for their countries 2001 - Future red Milan Baroš netted as the Czech Republic Under-21’s beat Poland 4-2 in a friendly in Blšany. 1984 - Ex-red Dave Watson bagged his first goal in only his second game for England Under-21’s as they thumped France 6-1 in a European Championships Finals game at Hillsborough. Also in international action 2014 – Sheyi Ojo and future red Joe Gomez played for England Under-17’s as they drew 2-2 with Portugal in the Algarve Tournament. 1990 – Future red Karl-Heinz Riedle played as West Germany lost a friendly 2-1 in France.
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    25th February

    The start of another treble 2001 - We won the Worthington Cup in the first domestic final to be played outside England, at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium. We beat Birmingham City 5-4 on penalties after the match had ended 1-1 to secure Gérard Houllier's first trophy. Who could forget witnessing Jamie Carragher striding forward to bury our fifth spot-kick, before Sander Westerveld saved the decisive penalty from future Blue Andrew Johnson? Robbie Fowler had opened the scoring, before a late Darren Purse penalty took the game into extra time. On the same day, future red Ragnar Klavan played for Estonia Under-17’s with ex-red Rigobert Song featuring for Cameroon in a World Cup qualifier. On our way to Wembley 1987 - We made it through to the Littlewoods Challenge Cup Final, as the League Cup was then known, by beating Southampton 3-0 in the Semi-final second leg at Anfield. Nigel Spackman made his reds bow, while Ronnie Whelan, Kenny Dalglish and Jan Mølby were all on target in the second half. A real victory 2009 – Yossi Benayoun headed the only goal of our Champions League round of sixteen first leg match at Real Madrid. On the same day, future red Danny Wilson played for Scotland Under-19’s in their 3-2 friendly defeat in France. Souey off the mark at Anfield 1978 - Graeme Souness scored his first reds goal in a 3-1 home League win over Manchester United. His stunning left-foot volley was later voted as the BBC’s Goal Of The Season. Ray Kennedy and Jimmy Case netted our other goals. Stevie passes Alan 2010 – Bruno Fernandes headed Unirea Urziceni in front in our UEFA Europa League round of 32 second leg in Bucharest before we came back to win 3-1, with Daniel Agger playing his hundredth reds game. Javier Mascherano equalised with his first reds strike before Ryan Babel put us ahead on the night. Steven Gerrard completed the scoring with his 33rd goal in continental competition to surpass Alan Shearer as Britain’s all-time leading scorer in European football. 2016 – James Milner’s early penalty was enough to secure victory over Augsburg 1907 e. V. in the second leg of our UEFA Europa League Round of 32 tie, as we went all the way to the Final in Basel that season. Portuguese midfielder João Teixeira played his eighth and last reds game. Management birthdays 1911 - Manager Don Welsh was born in Manchester. He had guested for the reds during the Second World War, and later took charge at Anfield for 232 games over five years during the 1950’s. He has the indignity of being our first Manager to be sacked, in May 1956, after presiding over our relegation from the top flight in 1954, before failing to lead us back to the promised land. 1967 – Former First Team Coach Kevin Keen was born in Amersham. He was appointed in July 2011, joining from West Ham United before moving on in June 2012. Other reds birthdays 1993 – Reserves centre-half and skipper Conor Coady was born in Liverpool. He made just two senior appearances before being sold to Huddersfield Town for £375,000 in August 2014. 1952 - John McLaughlin was born in Liverpool. The midfielder only made 55 appearances in his six years at Anfield, after signing professional terms on his seventeenth birthday, bagging three goals. His best season came in 1970/71, but a lack of first-team opportunities following injury led to a loan move to Portsmouth during 1975/76 before he moved into non-League football with Barrow. 1925 - Forward Sammy Smyth was born in Belfast. He bagged twenty goals in 44 reds games after signing from Stoke City for £12,000 in December 1952. He returned to his homeland to sign for Bangor City in January 1955. Anfield trebles 1922 - Dick Forshaw netted a hat-trick in a 4-0 League defeat of Arsenal, with his last goal coming in injury time. Our other strike was a Rob Turnbull own goal, while forward Harry ‘Smiler’ Chambers played his hundredth reds game. 1895 - We conceded four goals to Woolwich Arsenal in a friendly at their Manor Ground as we lost 4-3, with Tom Bradshaw, Neil Kerr and Jimmy Ross netting for the reds. 1928 - Legendary striker Dixie Dean grabbed all three Everton goals in a 3-3 League draw at Anfield. Fred Hopkin, Tom Bromilow and Gordon Hodgson netted our goals. On the same day, Elisha Scott played in goal for Northern Ireland as they beat Scotland 1-0 in a British International Championships game in Glasgow. Zico off target at Anfield 1984 - Phil Neal had a last-minute penalty saved by Queens Park Rangers’ keeper Peter Hucker, the fourth of his last six spot-kicks he had failed to convert. Ian Rush and Michael Robinson were on target in a 2-0 win. On the move 2007 - The free transfer signing of Andriy Voronin from Bayer 04 Leverkusen was confirmed for the following July. He bagged six goals in forty first-team appearances, but was sold to Dinamo Moskva for £1.8m in January 2010. 1994 – Keeper Mark Gayle joined on loan from Crewe Alexandra. He sat on the bench three times before returning to Gresty Road. 1950 - Defender George Whitworth signed for the reds from Stanton Ironworks. He only ever made nine senior appearances in three years at Anfield. 2013 – Ex-reserves forward Lauri Dalla Valle joined Norwegian side Molde from Fulham, for whom he played four times without notching, moving to Belgium to join Koninklijke Sint-Truidense Voetbalvereniging in July 2013. Thumping the Hammers on the way to South London 1914 - We beat West Ham United 5-1 at Anfield in an FA Cup Third Round replay as we headed towards our first ever Final, which was to be played at Crystal Palace. Billy Lacey and Tom Miller both grabbed braces, with Arthur Metcalf also on target and Syd Puddefoot bagging the first of his six goals past us. 1956 - We faced the Hammers again, going down 2-0 in a Second Division fixture at Upton Park thanks to own goals from left-half Geoff Twentyman and right-back John Molyneux. Jerzy’s Polish bow 1998 - Feyenoord’s Jerzy Dudek made his full international debut for Poland as a substitute in their 2-0 friendly defeat by Israel in Tel-Aviv. Reds on target for their countries 1998 - Vegard Heggem bagged his only Norway goal while winning his first cap, and only one as a Rosenborg BK player, as they drew 3-3 with France in a friendly in Marseille. Future clubmate Stig Inge Bjørnebye also played, while Auxerre’s Bernard Diomède played for the French. 1981 - Kenny Dalglish netted the only goal of Scotland’s World Cup qualifier in Israel, who included Avi Cohen. Graeme Souness and future red John Wark both also played. 2011 – Future red Samed Yeşil netted as Germany Under-17’s beat England 3-1 in the Algarve Tournament. Keeper Tyrell Belford made his debut at this level, with Jack Dunn, Matty Regan and future red Emre Can all also in action. Young future reds at Anfield 1981 - Everton’s Steve McMahon won his first England Under-21’s cap, alongside Middlesbrough pair David Hodgson and Craig Johnston, as they beat the Republic of Ireland 1-0 in a friendly at Anfield. This was Skippy’s second and final cap at this level. Other reds games 1995 – We came from behind to win 2-1 at Sheffield Wednesday thanks to goals from John Barnes and Steve McManaman. 1967 – We drew 2-2 at Fulham with Les Barrett giving the Cottagers a half-time lead. Ian St. John and Geoff Strong put us in front, but we succumbed to a last-minute Ron Yeats own goal. 1961 – We beat Lincoln City 2-0 in a Second Division encounter at Anfield with Johnny Morrissey and Kevin Lewis on target. 1950 – Middlesbrough thumped the reds 4-1 at Ayresome Park as Peter McKennan struck either side of an Albert Stubbins header. Alex McCrae and Geoff Walker both struck late on to secure the victory. 1939 – Wolverhampton Wanderers left L4 with a 2-0 victory. Dennis Westcott scored one of his nine goals past us, with Dickie Dorsett bagging one of his four. 1933 – We lost 2-1 at Portsmouth as Sep Rutherford scored either side of Harold Barton’s goal. 1905 – Jack Parkinson nabbed the only goal of our Second Division visit to Grimsby Town. 1899 – We won 2-0 at West Bromwich Albion in an FA Cup Third Round tie, with Hugh Morgan and Tommy Robertson both netting after the break. We made it as far as the Semi-final that season. Pepe the dad 2007 - Pepe Reina became a father for the first time, to a girl called Grecia. Joey’s last as a Robin 1975 - Joey Jones won his third cap for Wales Under-23’s, and last as a Wrexham player, as they beat Scotland 2-0 at the Vetch Field. Also in international action 1934 - Ex-red Jimmy Kelly played for the Irish Free State as they were held to a 4-4 draw by Belgium in a World Cup qualifier in Dublin. 1970 – Emlyn Hughes featured in England’s 3-1 friendly win in Belgium. 1986 – Ian Rush played as Wales won a friendly 2-1 in Saudi Arabia. 1995 – Future red Haukur Ingi Guðnason featured as Iceland Under-17’s lost 2-0 to the host nation in the Portugal Tournament. 1999 – Future red Milan Baroš played for the Czech Republic Under-18’s in their 2-0 friendly defeat in Greece.
  20. Will

    16th February

    A reds stalwart passes on 2004 - Geoff Twentyman died in a Southport hospital after a long illness. He played 184 times at left-half after signing from Carlisle United for £10,000 in December 1953, bagging nineteen goals. He returned to Anfield as Chief Scout in 1967, a position he held for nineteen years. Among the players he recommended to the club were Ray Clemence, Kevin Keegan, Phil Neal, Ian Rush and John Toshack. On the same day, future red Ragnar Klavan played for Estonia in their 5-2 friendly defeat in Malta. Happy birthday Rickie 1982 - Rickie Lambert was born in Kirkby. The boyhood red signed from Southampton for £4m in June 2014, netting three times in 36 games before moving on to West Bromwich Albion in July 2015. Harry’s farewell 2008 - Harry Kewell played his 139th and final reds game as we were dumped out of the FA Cup by Barnsley, coming off the bench to replace Ryan Babel. Dirk Kuyt gave us the lead but the Tykes hit back through Stephen Foster’s header, with the reds missing a host of good chances before a late, late Brian Howard strike consigned us to a 2-1 Fifth Round defeat at Anfield. Keeper Charles Itandje was making his seventh and last reds appearance. Walsh walks 1987 - Paul Walsh was sold to Tottenham Hotspur for £500,000. He had struck 37 times in 112 reds games after arriving from Luton Town for £700,000 in May 1984, winning a League title and the Screen Sport Super Cup during his time at Anfield. Reds debutants 1992 - Hungarian István Kozma made his reds debut as a substitute for Jamie Redknapp in a goalless FA Cup Fifth Round tie at Ipswich Town. It was one of just ten first-team appearances he made in his two seasons at Anfield. 1974 - We also faced the Tractor boys at the same stage when Brian Hall and Kevin Keegan struck to hand us a 2-0 victory. 1938 - Harman van den Berg made his reds bow in a 3-1 League win at Everton. Jack Balmer scored the fastest derby goal in history, inside the first fifteen seconds, with John Shafto adding a brace in the final ten minutes. Tommy Lawton struck one of his six derby goals for the Blues. A new England keeper 1907 - Keeper Sam Hardy made his England debut as they beat Ireland 1-0 in a British International Championships game at Goodison Park. He went on to win 21 caps in total. Jack’s farewell 1952 - Jack Balmer played his 288th and final reds League game in a 1-1 home draw with Charlton Athletic, with Cyril Done netting his 37th and last reds goal and Billy Kiernan nabbing one of his five goals against us. During his reds career he scored an impressive 110 goals in 309 games in all competitions. Gunned out 2014 – We lost 2-1 at Arsenal in the Fifth Round of the FA Cup, when we fell behind to goals from future red Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Lukas Podolski before Steven Gerrard pulled a goal back from the spot. We were later denied a second blatant penalty claim as the home side went on to lift the trophy for the eleventh time later that year. Other cup wins 1980 - The most recent of our seven wins on this day came in an FA Cup Fifth Round tie with Bury, when we won 2-0 at Anfield with both goals coming from substitute David Fairclough. Keith Kennedy lined up against his brother Alan for the first time in this game. Unfortunately, we fell at the Semi-final to Arsenal, after four matches. 1898 - Our other FA Cup win on this day in history saw us come from behind to beat Newton Heath, who later became Manchester United, 2-1 in a Second Round replay thanks to left-back Billy Dunlop’s first reds goal and forward Dan Cunliffe’s sixth and final reds goal. However, we were knocked out by Derby County in the next round. Forward Joe Lumsden was making his eighth and last reds appearance. First defeat 1895 - We suffered our first Anfield defeat in the FA Cup, in our fifth home fixture in this competition. Nottingham Forest won 2-0 in this Second Round tie. Keeper Bill McCann made his seventeenth and last reds appearance. Macca the captain 1993 - Steve McManaman skippered the England Under-21’s for the first time as they thumped San Marino 6-0 in a European Championships qualifier at Kenilworth Road. McManaman scored, as did future reds Academy coach Mike Sheron and Jamie Redknapp on his debut. Fellow red Rob Jones also made his Under-21’s bow in this game. Five for Thomas 1918 - Thomas Bennett struck five goals, scoring in his third consecutive game as we trounced Burnley 7-1 at Anfield in a Wartime League game. Inside-forward Harry Lewis scored in his fourth consecutive game, while Arthur Metcalf was also on the scoresheet. Young champions 2010 – England Under-17’s won the Algarve Tournament after holding Portugal to a goalless draw. Conor Coady skippered the side, with Jack Robinson, Andre Wisdom and future red Conor Thomas also playing. A century on the south coast 2000 - We took part in a friendly at Bournemouth to commemorate the Cherries’ centenary year. Richie Partridge, Patrik Berger, Danny Murphy and Titi Camara all netted in our 4-0 win at Dean Court. On the same day, Brad Friedel played for the USA as they beat Peru 1-0 in a Gold Cup game in Miami. Internationals on target 1972 - Future red Kenny Dalglish bagged a brace at the Baseball Ground for Scotland Under-23’s as they drew 2-2 with an England side that included Kevin Keegan, who was making his debut at this level. 2015 – Future red Diogo Jota scored for Portugal Under-19’s as they beat Norway 4-0 in a friendly in Spain. Meanwhile, future red Bobby Adekanye played for the Dutch Under-16’s in their 1-1 friendly draw with Germany in Portugal, with the Germans winning a penalty shoot-out 6-5. Disappointment against the Mancs 1977 - We held Manchester United to a goalless draw in our First Division meeting at Old Trafford, our third straight fixture there without any score. On the same day, future red Avi Cohen played for Israel as they drew a friendly 1-1 in Australia. 1946 - Worse came when we were thumped 5-0 in a Wartime League encounter at Anfield. A rare stalemate 1970 - We were held to a goalless draw at Anfield by Newcastle United, the only such stalemate against the Geordies at home since April 1930. Other reds games 1985 – We were held to a 1-1 draw at York City in the Fifth Round of the FA Cup with Ian Rush putting us in front after the break. Ricky Sbragia struck a late leveller. We went on to win the replay, making it to the Semi-final that season. 1982 – We lost 2-0 at John Toshack’s Swansea City. Leighton James and Alan Curtis scored for the Swans, who included ex-reds Colin Irwin, Ray Kennedy and Max Thompson. 1971 – John Toshack headed in the only goal of West Ham United’s visit to L4. 1963 – We thumped Wolverhampton Wanderers 4-1 in a home League match, with Jimmy Murray netting one of his four goals against the reds. Kevin Lewis and Ian St. John each struck twice. 1957 – Blackburn Rovers held us to a 2-2 draw in a Second Division encounter at Ewood Park. Tommy Briggs opened the scoring for the home side before Johnny Wheeler drew us level after half time. Billy Liddell gave us the lead, but Peter Dobing then grabbed the first of his eight goals past us. 1924 – Our visit to Sunderland ended goalless. 1901 – We lost 1-0 at Bolton Wanderers, thanks to one of Laurie Bell’s four goals against the reds. Youngsters on the move 2010 – Ex-reds reserves forward Andy Parkinson signed for Gateshead, failing to score in fourteen Conference outings for them. 2009 – Reserves centre-half Godwin Antwi joined Hereford United on loan. He played five times for the League One outfit. 2006 - It was announced that winger Adam Hammill and full-back Calum Woods had made the step up to begin training at Melwood on a full-time basis. King Kenny a dad once more 1988 - Kenny Dalglish became a father for the fourth time, as his wife Marina gave birth to Lauren at around 2:30 in the morning, to add to eleven-year-old Paul and daughters Kelly and Lynsey. On the same day, future reds Nigel Clough and Michael Thomas both played for England Under-21’s in their 1-0 win over Scotland in the first leg of their European Championships Quarter-final at Pittodrie. Also in international action 1995 – Future red Sami Hyypiä played for Finland in their 2-2 draw with Trinidad & Tobago in Trinidad.
  21. Will

    14th February

    R.I.P. Bob Paisley 1996 - The most successful manager in the English game, Bob Paisley, died aged 77. He led us to six League titles, three European Cups, UEFA Cup, UEFA Super Cup, three League Cups and five FA Charity Shields in his nine years in charge. R.I.P. Bob. 2020 – Outside-right Brian Jackson died. He signed from Leyton Orient in November 1951 for £6,500 and forward Don Woan. He netted eleven times in 133 reds games before joining Port Vale for £1,700 in July 1958. 1942 - Inside-forward Edgar Chadwick died. He had won the League with Everton in 1891, and joined Burnley aged thirty. He top scored with ten goals as they were relegated to the Second Division, before moving on to Southampton in the Southern League. As Burnley still held his Football League registration, the reds had to pay the Clarets £35 in May 1902. However, he only managed 45 reds appearances, netting seven times, and later had a successful career as a coach in Germany and the Netherlands, including guiding the Dutch national side to bronze medals in the 1908 and 1912 Olympics. Happy birthday Kev 1951 - Kevin Keegan was born in Armthorpe, Yorkshire. He arrived for £33,000 from Sc***horpe United in May 1971 and netted exactly a century of goals in 323 reds games, helping to fire us to the European Cup, three League titles, two UEFA Cups and an FA Cup before moving to Hamburger SV for £500,000 in June 1977. 1975 - Ex-reds reserves midfielder Phil Charnock was born in Southport. He became our youngest ever player in Europe when he came on as a substitute against Apollon Limassol in September 1992, only playing two senior games in total before moving to Crewe Alexandra in December 1986. 1872 – Forward Gerald Dewhurst was born in London. He only played one reds game, guesting for us as we beat Crewe Alexandra 2-0 in a Second Division fixture in March 1894, while remaining an amateur player with Corinthians. 1999 – Winger Bobby Adekanye was born in Ibadan, Nigeria. He arrived from Barcelona in the summer of 2015, playing regularly for the Under-23’s before moving to S.S. Lazio to July 2019. Trebles galore We have been treated to a number of hat-tricks on this day over the years. 2018 - Sadio Mané netted three times as we trounced Porto 5-0 in the first leg of our UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first leg in Portugal. Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah also struck, with the Egyptian reaching thirty goals in his debut season. 1998 - Michael Owen notched a treble in a 3-3 draw at Sheffield Wednesday. Benito Carbone, Paolo Di Canio and Andy Hinchcliffe struck for the Owls. Our previous two fixtures on this day also witnessed hat-tricks. 1994 - Matt Le Tissier struck the last three of his seven goals past us, including two penalties, in Southampton’s 4-2 League win at The Dell, with the home side racing into a four-goal lead, as his first goal came after just 28 seconds. Julian Dicks converted a penalty after the snow fell, with Ian Rush also on target in what was Alan Ball’s first home game in charge of the Saints. Craig Maskell also netted for the Saints. 1987 - Rush scored his sixteenth and final reds hat-trick to help secure a 4-3 League win over Leicester City at Anfield, with Paul Walsh also on the scoresheet. Alan Smith struck two of his nine goals against the reds, with Craig Johnston putting through his own net. 1931 - Another red scored a hat-trick at Hillsborough, as Gordon Hodgson notched four times, including a penalty, in our 5-3 League win over Sheffield Wednesday, with Dave Wright also on target. Jack Ball bagged two of his four goals against the reds, with George Stephenson netting one of his four past us. Also recently 2016 – We thumped relegation-bound Aston Villa 6-0 at Villa Park, with Daniel Sturridge and James Milner on target in the first half. Emre Can, Divock Origi and Nathaniel Clyne all also struck before veteran centre-half headed in his only reds goal. 2015 – We won our FA Cup Fifth Round tie 2-1 at Crystal Palace. Fraizer Campbell scored the most recent of his four goals against us to date after a quarter of an hour, with Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana both notching in the second half. Dick’s birthday 1904 - Outside-right Dick Edmed was born in Gillingham. He signed from his hometown club for £1,800 in January 1926 and netted 46 times in 170 reds games before joining Bolton Wanderers in May 1932. He died on his eightieth birthday. Into the final 1978 - We held Arsenal to a goalless draw at Highbury in our League Cup Semi-final second leg to progress 2-1 on aggregate. However, we lost the Final to Nottingham Forest, after a replay. 1984 - We reached our fourth consecutive Final in the competition, winning the second leg of our Semi-final 2-0 at Third Division Walsall thanks to goals from Ian Rush and Ronnie Whelan, to go through 4-2 on aggregate. Unfortunately, seventeen travelling supporters needed hospital treatment when a barrier crumpled in the away end, with the game having to be delayed by a quarter of an hour. Beating the Gunners 2006 - Luis García grabbed the only goal of the game in the dying minutes after Jens Lehmann had beaten out Didi Hamann’s long-range effort, to defeat Arsenal at Anfield in our Premiership encounter. Lehmann had saved a spot-kick from Steven Gerrard in the first half, while Jamie Carragher was playing his 400th reds game. On the same day, young Argentinean centre-back Gabriel Paletta agreed to join the reds from Club Atlético Banfield for £2m. He had to wait until July to arrive, featuring just eight times for the first team before returning to his native land to join Boca Juniors in August 2007. Ged honoured 2002 - Gérard Houllier was given a special UEFA award following our remarkable five-trophy haul in 2001. On the way out 2013 – We lost 2-0 at Zenit St. Petersburg in the first leg of our UEFA Europa League Round of 32 tie, with Hulk and Sergei Semak netting as we missed a host of chances. We won the Anfield return 3-1 but were knocked out on the away goals rule. Bamber off the mark 1920 - Left-half Jack Bamber struck the first of his two reds goals as we beat Blackburn Rovers 3-0 at Anfield, with Harry Chambers adding a brace. Up against the Geordies We have twice faced Newcastle United on this day in history, without losing. 1925 - We were held to a 1-1 draw at Anfield in a top-flight encounter, with Dick Forshaw on the scoresheet. Jock McNab, Walter Wadsworth and United’s Tommy Urwin were all dismissed! 1948 - We won a friendly 3-0 in front of 44,830 fans at St. James’ Park, with Billy Liddell, Kevin Baron and Willie Fagan on target. Ex-Magpie Albert Stubbins missed a penalty. Beginnings and ends 1981 - Kevin Sheedy made the first of only five reds appearances in a 2-2 draw at home to Birmingham City, before his departure across Stanley Park. David Johnson and Phil Neal scored for the reds as we led 2-0. Ray Kennedy had to step in as an emergency centre-half for this game due to an injury crisis. 1959 - Forward Bobby Murdoch played his nineteenth and final reds game as we lost a Second Division match 3-0 at Cardiff City. He moved on to Barrow seven months later. Derek Tapscott struck two of his six goals past us, with Brayley Reynolds netting one of his seven against the reds. Milestone goal 1914 – Tom Miller struck either side of a first-half brace by George Lillycrop, which was our thousandth goal in top-flight football, as we lost 2-1 at Bolton Wanderers. Zico on the way out 1995 - Phil Neal was sacked as Manager of Coventry City. He had been in charge for sixteen months, only losing twenty of his 67 games in charge. His major legacy to the club was selling Phil Babb to the reds, and signing Dion Dublin, as well as ex-red Mike Marsh. Lacey for Ireland 1914 - Billy Lacey struck twice past ex-reds keeper Sam Hardy, his only goals for his country as a reds player and last for the Ireland side as they beat England 3-0 in a British International Championships game at Ayresome Park. 1919 - Lacey also played for his country in a 2-2 draw with Wales in Belfast in the same competition, and later represented both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Harry’s bow 1925 - Ex-red Harry Beadles won the first of his two caps for Wales as they lost 3-1 to Scotland in the British International Championships at Tynecastle. Kenny against the mighty Emlyn 1973 - Emlyn Hughes lined up against future clubmate Kenny Dalglish as England thumped Scotland 5-0 in a friendly at Hampden Park. 1979 - Avi Cohen won his last cap in his first spell as a Maccabi Tel Aviv player as Israel beat Greece 4-1 in a friendly in Tel-Aviv. Youngsters in action 2002 – Future red Alberto Aquilani won his first cap for Italy Under-18’s in their 3-2 defeat by Germany. On the same day, Jon Otsemobor and John Welsh made debuted for England Under-19’s in their 3-1 friendly defeat of Germany at Portman Road, with future red Andy Lonergan winning his second and last cap at this level and fellow future red Glen Johnson also featuring. 2001 – Aquilani featured for the Under-16’s as they thumped Greece 4-0. Chris McGrath, Darren Potter and future red Yossi Benayoun also played for their countries that day. 2010 – Conor Coady captained England Under-17’s as they beat Ukraine 3-0 in the Algarve Tournament, with Jack Robinson, Andre Wisdom and future red Conor Thomas also in action. Other reds games 1953 – We beat West Bromwich Albion 3-0 at Anfield, thanks to goals from Billy Liddell, Jimmy Payne and Sammy Smyth. 1903 – Arthur Goddard netted twice as we won 2-1 at Notts County. On the move 2016 – Ex-reds Assistant Manager Pako Ayestarán joined Valencia's coaching staff, taking over as boss after Gary Neville’s sacking the following month. 2015 – Ex-reserves midfielder Craig Roddan signed for Northern Premier League side Witton Albion, being released after eleven months. On the same day, future red Bobby Adekanye played for the Dutch Under-16’s in their 1-0 friendly defeat in Portugal with future red Ozan Kabak featuring for Turkey Under-15’s as they drew 0-0 with their Dutch counterparts in Side. 2012 - Sammy Lee was appointed Head of Academy Coaching at Bolton Wanderers. On the same day, reserves right-winger Toni Silva joined Northampton Town on loan, going on to score once in fifteen games for the Cobblers. 2011 - Hungarian forward András Simon signed for Dutch side S.B.V. Excelsior, but he only played once before joining Győri ETO in July 2011. 2002 – Centre-back Kolo Touré joined Arsenal from ASEC Mimosas in his native Ivory Coast for just £150,000 after a short trial. He helped them to claim the League title without losing a game in 2004, as well as the FA Cup and two FA Community Shields, one being at our expense. He scored fourteen goals in 326 games for the Gunners. 1997 - Ex-loanee keeper Mark Prudhoe joined York City on loan from Stoke City. He only played twice for the Minstermen before returning to the Victoria Ground. Michael the romantic 2004 - Michael Owen got engaged to Louise Bonsall. She had given birth to their first daughter, Gemma Rose, the previous year. On the same day, future red Ragnar Klavan played for the senior Estonian side as they beat the Belarus Under-23’s 2-1 in Malta.
  22. Will

    8th February

    Gunners silenced 2014 - We blitzed Arsenal in the opening twenty minutes at Anfield, racing into a four-goal lead as we eventually beat the League leaders 5-1. Martin Škrtel and Raheem Sterling each bagged a brace with Daniel Sturridge also on target. When Steven Gerrard was substituted late on, the captain’s armband passed to Luis Suárez, who in turn handed it to Martin Škrtel when he himself was substituted ten minutes later. Ex-Blue Mikel Arteta bagged the Gunners’ consolation from the spot. Have a Wright good day 1980 - Former reds right-back Stephen Wright was born in Bootle. He signed on as a pro in July 1996, netting once in 21 reds appearances before moving to Sunderland for £3m in August 2002, for whom he turned out on 105 occasions. 1872 – Forward Abe Hartley was born in Dumbarton. He signed from Everton for £175 in December 1897, but only notched once in twelve outings before joining Southern League side Southampton the following May. On our way to a treble 1983 - Goals from Graeme Souness, David Hodgson and a Phil Neal penalty gave us a 3-0 Semi-final first-leg lead over Burnley on our way to a third consecutive League Cup triumph. Kolo the champion 2015 – Kolo Touré converted during the penalty shoot-out that decided the African Cup of Nations Final in Equatorial Guinea, after Ivory Coast’s match against Ghana ended goalless after extra time. This was the first time they claimed the trophy since 1992, with Touré winning his 120th and final cap for his country. 2012 – Touré played as his country beat Mali 1-0 in their Semi-final in Gabon, going on to lose the Final to Zambia on penalties. 2004 – Ex-red Rigobert Song captained Cameroon as they lost 2-1 to Nigeria in a Quarter-final in Tunisia. 1998 – Future red Titi Camara skippered Guinea in their 1-0 group stage defeat of Algeria in Burkina Faso. Another stalemate 2003 - We suffered our fifth straight home League draw, after Geremi’s free-kick gave Middlesbrough the lead with their only first-half attempt on goal. It was their first away League goal for more than thirteen hours. John Arne Riise grabbed a late equaliser after Michael Owen’s mazy run through the penalty area. Bobby off the mark 1958 - We beat Charlton Athletic 3-1 in a Second Division encounter at Anfield. Geoff Twentyman and Billy Liddell struck before Bobby Murdoch bagged his first reds goal. 2006 - We also faced the Addicks, going down 2-0 at The Valley to succumb to our third defeat in four League games, and ninth straight loss in London. Darren Bent converted a soft spot-kick, the first of his five goals past us to date, with Luke Young doubling the home side’s lead in first-half stoppage time. FA Cup memories We have had mixed fortunes in the FA Cup on this day over the years. 1902 - We were knocked out by non-League opposition for the first time, as reigning Southern League champions Southampton won 4-1 in the Second Round, with left-half George Fleming bagging our consolation at The Dell, the first of his six reds strikes. Edgar Chadwick grabbed a brace three months before his move to Anfield, with ex-Evertonian Joe Turner and Bert Lee also netting as inside-left Andy McGuigan played his 37th and final reds game. 1947 - We managed to put out the Cup holders for the first time in our history, beating Derby County 1-0 in the Fifth Round at Anfield, with Jack Balmer heading in the goal. We were eventually knocked out by Burnley in a Semi-final replay. On the same day, future reds forward Sammy Smyth played for Ireland as they lost 3-1 to England in an amateur international. Mixed derby fortunes We have faced Everton at Goodison three times on this day in history, only winning once. 1913 – We won 2-0 in a top-flight encounter when Jack Parkinson netted a brace. 1905 - We lost an FA Cup First Round replay 2-1, when Arthur Goddard nabbed our consolation in his hundredth reds game. 1964 - We were beaten 3-1 in a League game when Ian St. John was on the scoresheet. Roy Vernon struck two of his six goals against the reds, with Jimmy Gabriel also on target. 1941 - We also lost 3-1 when we entertained our neighbours in a Wartime League fixture, with Cyril Done bagging our goal. Everton full-back George Jackson actually played in goal for the reds! Digger on the move 1999 - John Barnes joined Charlton Athletic from Newcastle United on a free transfer. He made just two starts for the Addicks, and another ten appearances from off the bench, before retiring at the end of the season. 1989 - He scored in England’s 2-1 friendly win in Greece. Fellow red Peter Beardsley also played. Meanwhile, Steve Nicol appeared for Scotland on the same day, as they lost a World Cup qualifier 3-2 in Cyprus. Thumping the Tractor boys 1975 - John Toshack nabbed a brace while Brian Hall, Alec Lindsay and Peter Cormack all struck as we beat Ipswich Town 5-2 at Anfield. Trevor Whymark scored one of his six goals past us, with Thomas Beattie also on the scoresheet. Wearside despair We have twice faced Sunderland in First Division matches on this day in history, losing both games without finding the net. 1908 - We lost 1-0 at Roker Park with centre-half James Gorman playing his 23rd and last reds game and keeper Sam Hardy reaching a century of appearances for the club. George Bridgett netted his fifth and final goal against the reds in the last minute. 1936 - We went down 3-0 at Anfield as Bobby Gurney struck two of his sixteen goals past us, with Pat Gallacher nabbing one of his six. First caps for the youngsters 2005 - Scott Carson won his first cap for England Under-21’s as a red, and ninth to date, as they lost 2-0 to the Netherlands in a friendly at Pride Park, with John Welsh and future red James Milner also appearing. Meanwhile, ex-red Jari Litmanen won his first cap as a Hansa Rostock player, and 94th in all, skippering Finland as they beat Latvia 2-1 in the Semi-final of the Cyprus Tournament. Sami Hyypiä also played, while David Raven, Darren Potter and future reds Ramon Calliste and Kolo Touré all also featured for their countries. 2006 - Young reds keeper Paul Willis made his debut for Northern Ireland Under-21’s, conceding and then saving a penalty as they beat Israel 1-0 in a friendly in Nazareth. 1997 – John Arne Riise made his debut for Norway Under-16’s in their 3-0 defeat by Spain in the Algarve Tournament. 1999 – Frode Kippe won his first cap for Norway Under-21’s as a reds player with Riise making his bow at this level in their 2-0 tournament defeat of Finland in Spain. Other first caps 2011 – Conor Coady skippered an England Under-19’s side that included his clubmates Tom Ince and Jack Robinson, with all three making their debut at this level as they lost 1-0 to Germany in Chesterfield. On the same day, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain made his Under-21’s debut, winning his only cap while with Southampton in their 1-0 friendly defeat by Italy in Empoli. Future reds Thiago Alcântara and Kolo Touré also played for their countries that day. 1989 - Dean Saunders won his first cap as a Derby County player, and twelfth in total, as Wales drew 3-3 with Israel in a friendly in Tel Aviv. Future reds player Ronnie Rosenthal and Assistant Manager Colin Pascoe also featured. 2007 - Milan Baroš won his first cap while with Olympique Lyonnais as the Czech Republic beat Belgium 2-0 in a friendly in Brussels. On the same day, Djibril Cissé won his first cap while on loan at Olympique de Marseille as France were beaten 1-0 by Argentina at the Stade de France, with ex-red Nicolas Anelka also featuring. Also in friendly action that day were Mark González, Dirk Kuyt and John Arne Riise, with Ryan Babel nabbing his final goal while with Ajax. Martin signs on again 2013 – Defender Martin Kelly signed a new contract with the reds. He suffered badly with injuries during his career at Anfield, notching once in 62 senior outings before being sold to Crystal Palace in August 2014 for a reported £2m. More youngsters in action 2005 – Future red Alberto Aquilani struck for Italy Under-21’s as they beat Russia 2-1. On the same day, future red Daniel Agger featured as Denmark Under-21’s won a European Championships qualifier 1-0 in Greece. 1961 - Gerry Byrne won his only England Under-23’s cap as they beat Wales 2-0 at Goodison Park. 2009 – Skipper Emiliano Insúa was sent off as Argentina lost 1-0 to Colombia in the final phase of the Sudamericano Sub-20 “Juventud de América” tournament in Venezuela. Ronald Huth featured for Paraguay as they beat Brazil in the same competition that day. 2018 – Future red Ki-Jana Hoever played as the Netherlands beat Germany on penalties after their friendly with Germany ended 2-2 in Portugal. Jessie passes on 2012 - Bob Paisley’s widow Jessie died, aged 96. Out on loan 1995 - Paul Stewart joined First Division Burnley on loan. He made six appearances for the Clarets as they headed towards relegation. On the same day, future red Øyvind Leonhardsen played in Norway’s 2-0 friendly win in Cyprus. 1985 - Mike Hooper temporarily joined basement side Wrexham from his hometown club Bristol City. He played twenty times before signing permanently that July. 2000 - Reserves defender Neil Murphy joined Luton Town on loan. He spent a month at Kenilworth Road before returning to Anfield, although he was released at the end of the season, joining Steve McMahon’s Blackpool on a free transfer. Also on the move 2008 - Ex-reds reserves right-back Stephen Vaughan re-signed for Chester City from Boston United. 1905 – Ex-red inside-forward Tommy Green joined Middlesbrough from Stockport County for £300, having scored sixteen goals in 23 Midland League games during 1904/05, then notching twelve times in 61 Second Division appearances for the Hatters. 2017 - Markus Breglec was appointed as Director of Marketing and Media for the reds. Other reds games 1992 – We drew 0-0 at Coventry City. 1930 – We were held to a 1-1 draw at Anfield by Leicester City, with Gordon Hodgson on target. Arthur Lochhead scored one of his five goals past us. Also in international action 1941 – Ex-red Alf Hanson played for England as they lost 3-2 to Scotland in a Wartime International at St. James’ Park. 1947 – Future red Sammy Smyth played for Ireland in their 3-1 defeat by England in an amateur international. 1978 – Future red Avi Cohen played as Israel beat Denmark 2-0 in a friendly in Jaffa. Banned 2017 – Ex-reds reserves keeper Dean Bouzanis was banned for five games for seemingly calling Melbourne Victory’s Kosovan-Albanian player Besart Berisha a gypsy while playing for Melbourne City.
  23. Will

    31st July

    On their way out 1992 - Barry Venison was sold to Newcastle United for £250,000. He had struck three times in 158 appearances for the reds since arriving from Sunderland for £200,000 in August 1986, winning two League titles and an FA Cup in his time at Anfield. 2015 – Centre-forward Rickie Lambert was sold to West Bromwich Albion after just three goals in 36 reds games since arriving from Southampton for £4m in June 2014. A Fab return 2010 – Left-back Fábio Aurélio re-signed for the club, having been released at the end of the previous season, after four goals in 110 reds games since his free signing from Valencia in July 2006. He made only a further 24 appearances before joining Grêmio in his native Brazil in May 2012. Stewart off the mark 1992 - Paul Stewart scored his first reds goal, the winner in our 2-1 friendly win in Tromsø, with Ian Rush also on the scoresheet. His time at Anfield was a failure, as he scored just three times in 42 first-class appearances in nearly four seasons. He eventually left for Sunderland on a free transfer in March 1996. Most recently 2019 – We beat Olympique Lyonnais 3-1 in a friendly in Geneva, with Roberto Firmino and Harry Wilson netting either side of a Joachim Andersen own goal. On the same day, Dutch defender Ki-Jana Hoever signed his first professional contract with the reds, while centre-half Rhys Williams joined Kidderminster Harriers on loan, scoring once in just three games. Up against Norway We played a Norway XI in Vålerenga on this day in consecutive years as part of our pre-season campaigns. 1996 - Robbie Fowler scored as we drew 1-1 with the match being decided by a penalty shoot-out. Welsh reserves striker Lee Jones missed our fifth and final spot-kick as we lost 5-4. 1997 - We won 3-1, thanks to a brace from Robbie Fowler and a strike from the young Michael Owen. Reds in Ireland 1970 - Bobby Graham and Peter Thompson were both on the scoresheet as we beat a League Of Ireland Select side 2-1 at Dalymount Park in Dublin. 1998 - Patrik Berger, Karl-Heinz Riedle and Danny Murphy grabbed our goals as we beat St. Patrick's Athletic 3-2 in the Carlsberg Belfast Challenge at Lansdowne Road. Twice at Ewood Park 1971 - John Toshack netted to give us a 1-0 victory over Blackburn Rovers in a pre-season friendly. 1999 - Robbie Fowler and Jamie Redknapp were on target as we drew 2-2. Red births 1895 – Right-half Francis Checkland was born in Seaforth. He arrived from junior football during the 1918/19 season but only made five senior appearances before joining Tranmere Rovers in October 1923. 1883 – Keeper Don Sloan was born in Rankinston, Ayr. He signed from Everton for £300 in May 1908, failing to keep a clean sheet in six reds games before becoming Player/Manager of his old club Distillery in Belfast in July 1909. Other friendlies 2004 - We lost 1-0 to Porto, the reigning European champions, in a ChampionsWorld Series game in Toronto. 1994 - We helped the German town of Fulda celebrate its 1,250th anniversary, losing 2-0 to Bayern München in the Firestone International Challenge Cup at Das Stadion der Stad. 1993 - John Barnes bagged a brace, with Stig Inge Bjørnebye and Ian Rush also on target as we won 4-3 at Tranmere Rovers. England reds on target 1996 - Michael Owen and future red Emile Heskey both netted for England Under-18’s in Besançon as they beat Belgium 3-2 to claim third place in the European Championship Finals. Reds reserve Jamie Cassidy also played. 2009 - Conor Coady, Jack Robinson and Andre Wisdom all featured as England Under-17’s beat host nation Norway 1-0 in a Nordic Tournament group game in Trondheim. On the move 1996 - Mark Walters joined Swindon Town from Southampton on a free transfer, just six months and nine appearances after arriving at The Dell. He scored 32 times in 130 appearances, as the Robins struggled to survive in the First Division. 1999 - Christian Ziege joined Middlesbrough from AC Milan for £4m. He scored six times in 29 League games while at the Riverside, before moving to Anfield in a rancorous transfer the following summer. 2009 – Steve Finnan signed for Portsmouth, having been released by R.C.D. Espanyol four days previously. He played 25 times for Pompey before being released at the end of the season. On the same day, reserves right-back Stephen Darby and midfielder Jay Spearing both signed new contracts to tie them to the reds until 2012. Darby moved on at the end of his contract while Spearing moved on to Bolton Wanderers in August 2013 after a season on loan there. 2013 – Keeper Tyrell Belford joined Swindon Town on a free transfer, so far making just twelve senior appearances for the Robins. On the same day, future loanee centre-half Steven Caulker joined Cardiff City from Tottenham Hotspur for a club record fee of more than £8m, going on to score five times in 39 outings before moving to Queens Park Rangers a year later. Other youngsters in action 2007 – Future reds reserves forward Nikola Sarić played for Denmark Under-17’s in their 2-0 defeat of the Faroe Islands in a tournament game in Ikast. 2011 - Dani Pacheco featured as Spain Under-20’s beat Costa Rica 4-1 in a World Championship Finals group game in Colombia. 2014 – Trent Alexander-Arnold captained England Under-17’s as they lost 3-0 to Sweden in a Nordic Tournament group game in Denmark, with Herbie Kane also featuring.
  24. Will

    29th July

    In rides a knight 1959 - ‘Sir’ Roger Hunt signed for the reds from Stockton Heath. He netted 285 times in 492 reds games, and his 244 League goals remain a club record. He has the honour of being the first red to win the World Cup while at Anfield, while his club medal haul includes two League championships, an FA Cup, FA Charity Shield and a Second Division title. Happy birthday Jim 1963 - Left-back Jim Beglin was born in Waterford in the Republic of Ireland. He was Bob Paisley’s last signing, from Shamrock Rovers for £20,000 in May 1983, and went on to score three times in 98 reds appearances. He helped us to four trophies in 1986, the League and FA Cup double, a shared FA Charity Shield and the Screen Sport Super Cup. After breaking his leg against Everton in January 1987, he moved on to Leeds United, and is now a regular TV commentator. In and out 2014 – Belgian forward Divock Origi signed from Lille OSC Métropole for £9.8m, immediately re-signing on loan for the following season. He netted sixteen times in total in 89 games for Les Dogues and has so far struck 34 times in 140 reds games, including a crucial strike as we claimed the UEFA Champions League Final in Madrid in June 2019, as well as helping us to claim the Premier League title, FIFA Club World Cup and UEFA Super Cup this season. 1974 – Keeper Peter McDonnell signed from Bury for £20,000 to become Bob Paisley’s first signing as boss. He never made the first team, but sat on the bench at the European Cup Final in Rome in 1977, and on another 27 occasions, including both legs of the 1976 UEFA Cup Final, three FA Charity Shields and both legs of the UEFA Super Cup Final in 1977. He left Anfield to join Oldham Athletic in August 1978. 2015 – Defender Andre Wisdom joined Norwich City on loan, playing fourteen games for the Canaries in the following campaign. On the same day, future reds loanee centre-half Steven Caulker moved to Southampton from Queens Park Rangers on a temporary basis, but only played eight times before moving to Anfield the following January. 1930 – Scottish forward John McFarlane left the reds to sign for Halifax Town. He had signed from Aberdeen in November 1928 and became our then-youngest ever player when he debuted as we lost 2-1 at home to Everton in the League three months later, aged just seventeen years and 47 days. However, he only played one more senior game. Adiós amigos 2013 – Pepe Reina joined Rafael Benítez’s SSC Napoli on loan, playing 41 times in his season in Italy. He helped them to claim the Coppa Italia and to finish third in Serie A. 2009 - Álvaro Arbeloa was sold to Real Madrid for £3.5m. He had struck twice in 98 reds games after signing from Real Club Deportivo de La Coruña for £2.64m in January 2007. 2005 - Antonio Núñez was sold to Real Club Celta de Vigo, netting twice in 32 games as they finished sixth in La Liga in his first season, after notching just once in 27 reds outings. Meanwhile, reserves winger Richie Partridge signed for Sheffield Wednesday. He struck once in twenty games for the Owls as they survived in the Championship, moving on to Rotherham United in June 2006. Roy’s winning start 2010 – Roy Hodgson took charge of the reds in a first-class game for the first time as we won 2-0 at Rabotnički Skopje in the Third Qualifying Round of the UEFA Europa League, thanks to a David N’Gog brace. Forwards David Amoo, Lauri Dalla Valle and Milan Jovanović all played their first reds games as Lucas made his debut as skipper. Stephen Darby played his sixth and last reds game. Less praised arrivals 2002 - Young French keeper Patrice Luzi signed from AS Monaco on a free transfer. He made just one first-team appearance for the club, as substitute for the injured Jerzy Dudek in our long overdue League win at Chelsea in January 2004. 1992 - England international Paul Stewart signed from Tottenham Hotspur for £2.3m. That same day he made his reds bow in a 1-0 friendly defeat to Rosenborg BK in Vålerenga. His time at Anfield was a failure, as he scored just three times in 42 appearances in nearly four seasons. He left for Sunderland on a free transfer in March 1996. Pepe ventures out 2006 - We lost 3-2 to 1. FC Kaiserslautern in Liechtenstein. Jermaine Pennant played his first reds game, while Robbie Fowler came on as a substitute for the injured Luis García, who had previously replaced him! Pepe Reina played some of the game in midfield, while our goals were scored by García and Craig Bellamy. 2017 – Left-back Andy Robertson played his first reds game as we won 3-0 at Hertha BSC Berlin in a game staged to celebrate both clubs’ 125th anniversaries. Dominic Solanke, Gini Wijnaldum and Mohamed Salah were all on target. Back to Norway We have twice returned to Vålerenga on this day over the years. 1998 - We lost 2-0 to Rosenborg BK. 1999 - Karl-Heinz Riedle, Dietmar Hamann and Erik Meijer all netted in our 4-1 win over Vålerenga themselves to claim the Norway Cup, with the scoring completed by a Fredrik Kjølner own goal. Double debutants 2000 - Both Markus Babbel and Nick Barmby made their first reds appearances in a 4-1 win at SC Freiburg, with Barmby opening the scoring. Emile Heskey, Michael Owen and Steve Staunton also got on the scoresheet. We made a total of thirteen substitutions in the game, our second of that pre-season. A treble from the boss 1945 - Don Welsh netted a hat-trick as we drew 3-3 with a BIA 21st Army side in Hannover in the immediate aftermath of the war. He never made a senior reds appearance, but went on to take charge of the reds in 1951. In 1954 he became the first manager to lead us down a division for over fifty years, becoming the first ever reds boss to be sacked, in 1956. German trips 1994 - We won 1-0 at Borussia Mönchengladbach in the Firestone International Challenge Cup, thanks to a Neil Ruddock goal. 1995 - We returned to Germany, being trounced 5-0 by Ajax in the first round of the Mönchengladbach Trophy. Antonio the champion 2006 - Reds right-back Antonio Barragán was on the winning side as Spain Under-19’s claimed the European Championships by beating Scotland 2-1 in the Final in Poznan. This was his final cap at any level prior to moving to Real Club Deportivo de La Coruña. 2005 – Future red David Martin played for England Under-19’s for the eleventh and final time as they lost 3-1 to France in the European Championships Final in Belfast. Olympian reds 2012 – Future red Daniel Sturridge netted as Great Britain beat United Arab Emirates 3-1 in a Olympics Finals group game at Wembley, with Craig Bellamy and future reds Joe Allen and Steven Caulker also in action. This game was immediately preceded by Senegal’s 2-0 defeat of Uruguay, who were skippered by Luis Suárez and also included Sebastián Coates, with future red Sadio Mané on the winning side. Meanwhile, future red Mohamed Salah struck as Egypt were held to a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford by New Zealand. A wise double 2009 – Andre Wisdom struck twice as England Under-17’s trounced the Faroe Islands 8-0 in a Nordic Tournament group game in Trondheim. His clubmate Jack Robinson made his debut at this level, with Conor Coady and future red Conor Thomas also in action. 2014 – Trent Alexander-Arnold and Herbie Kane both played as England Under-17’s drew 1-1 with Finland in a Nordic Tournament group game in Denmark, with the English winning a penalty shoot out 5-3. Other friendlies 1989 - We beat Dynamo Kyiv 2-0 at Wembley in the first round of the Makita International Tournament that also featured Arsenal. John Barnes netted from the spot, with John Aldridge also on target. 1969 - We were held to a goalless draw at Blackpool. On the move 2016 – Ex-reds reserves defender Jakub Sokolík re-joined Southend United after two loan spells at Roots Hall. He played nine times this time around before moving on to Plymouth Argyle the following January. 2014 – Left-back Andy Robertson joined Hull City from Dundee United for £2.85m after five goals in 44 games for the Terrors. 2009 – Centre-back Kolo Touré joined Manchester City from Arsenal for £16m after netting fourteen times in 326 outings as he helped the Gunners to claim the League title, two FA Cups and two FA Community Shields. 1992 - Neil Ruddock re-signed for Tottenham Hotspur from Southampton for £750,000. He played just fifty games in this second spell at White Hart Lane, and a year later he was on his way to Anfield, where he made a total of 152 first-team appearances. 2006 - Reserves striker Michael Nardiello signed for West Bromwich Albion. Just like at Anfield, he failed to make a senior appearance for the Baggies before being released. 2000 - Michael Thomas joined First Division Wimbledon from SL Benfica on a free transfer. He could only make nine appearances in his one season with the Dons. 1996 - Former reserves striker Mike Newell left Blackburn Rovers for Birmingham City in a £775,000 deal. He was only at St. Andrews for a season, playing just twenty times, before moving on again to Aberdeen. Also in international action 1981 – Future red Glenn Hysén played for Sweden as they beat Finland 1-0 in the Nordic Championships in Halmstad. 2001 – Future red Kolo Touré featured in the Ivory Coast’s 2-1 defeat by DR Congo in a World Cup qualifier in Abidjan.
  25. Will

    22nd July

    Double capture 2016 – Midfielder Gini Wijnaldum signed from Newcastle United for an initial £23m, bagging 22 goals in 237 outings, helping us to claim the Premier League, UEFA Champions League and UEFA Super Cup before joining Paris Saint-Germain in June 2020. On the same day, veteran keeper Alex Manninger arrived from Augsburg on a free transfer, only making it to the bench on four occasions and failing to make a first-team appearance before retiring in May 2017. Lifting the title at last 2020 – The team was presented with the Premier League trophy after our Anfield encounter with Chelsea ended 5-3 behind closed doors. We went three goals ahead through Naby Keïta, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Gini Wijnaldum, with Olivier Giroud scoring the latest of his eight goals past us in first-half stoppage time. Roberto Firmino then struck before Tammy Abraham and Christian Pulisic both netted for the visitors. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain completed the scoring as we completed three unbeaten League seasons at Anfield. Happy birthdays 1980 - Dirk Kuyt was born in Katwijk aan Zee in the Netherlands. He signed from Feyenoord for £9m in August 2006, striking 71 times in 285 reds outings, including a goal in the Champions League Final in Athens in 2007, and a treble against Manchester United in March 2011. He moved on to Fenerbahçe SK for €1m in June 2012. 1984 – Stewart Downing was born in Middlesbrough. The England international winger moved to Anfield in July 2011 from Aston Villa for £18.5m, netting seven times in 91 outings before moving to West Ham United for £6m in August 2013, as well as scoring in the shoot-out as we claimed the Carling Cup at Wembley in February 2012. 1900 – Scottish wing-half Robert Ireland was born in Darvel in Ayrshire. He signed from Rangers in November 1929, but only made one senior appearance before joining St. Johnstone in July 1931. Take a walk around him 1961 - Bill Shankly signed Ron Yeats from Dundee United for £22,000. He was the rock at the centre of our defence for 454 games across a decade, netting sixteen times as he helped us to our first ever FA Cup, two League titles, a Second Division championship and the FA Charity Shield. He then moved into management with Tranmere Rovers, but returned to Anfield in 1986, spending the next sixteen years as Chief Scout. Christian arrival 2015 – Centre-forward Christian Benteke signed from Aston Villa for £32.5m, 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. Willkommen Didi 1998 - Dietmar Hamann signed from Newcastle United for £8m, becoming the second most expensive German to be transferred to that point, behind Oliver Bierhoff’s £13.5m move from Udinese to AC Milan. He made 283 first-team appearances, in which he acted as a sturdy bulwark in front of the defence, scoring just eleven times. He helped us to claim the European Cup, UEFA Cup, two FA Cups, two UEFA Super Cups, two League Cups and the FA Charity Shield. However, he joined Manchester City in July 2006, after an aborted move to Bolton Wanderers. In comes Razor 1994 - Neil Ruddock signed from Tottenham Hotspur for £2.5m after just one season back at White Hart Lane. The burly centre-half made an inauspicious reds debut, breaking former red Peter Beardsley’s cheekbone in Ronnie Whelan’s testimonial match. He struck twelve times in 152 first-team appearances while at Anfield, before moving on to West Ham United in July 1998 for £100,000. In comes Mark 2005 - Mark González officially joined on loan from Albacete Balompié, subject to international clearance. He actually signed permanently three months later, but his work permit was not granted until the following summer. He struck three times in 36 games, before moving to Real Betis Balompié for £4.2m in July 2007. 2006 - He made his first-team bow, with fellow debutant Craig Lindfield bagging the only goal of the game at Crewe Alexandra. Fábio Aurélio also played for the first time. Emiliano the world champion 2007 - Emiliano Insúa helped Argentina Under-20’s to win the World Championships as they beat the Czech Republic 2-1 in the Final in Toronto. Claiming another trophy 2017 – Mohamed Salah and Philippe Coutinho netted as we beat Leicester City 2-1 in the Final of the Premier League Asia Trophy in Hong Kong. Most recently 2018 – We lost 3-1 to Ballspielverein Borussia 09 e.V. Dortmund in an International Champions Cup game in the USA, with Virgil van Dijk heading us into the lead. On the same day, young winger Ryan Kent joined Rangers on loan, scoring six times in 43 games and winning the PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year award. Mad Erik makes his bow 1999 - Dutch striker Erik Meijer made his first appearance for the reds as we beat Linfield 4-0 in the Carlsberg Belfast Challenge at Windsor Park. Danny Murphy and Patrik Berger both netted, while the scoring was completed by a Gary Porter own goal and a Jamie Redknapp penalty. God’s trinity 1993 - Robbie Fowler bagged a hat-trick as England Under-18’s thumped Spain 5-1 in a European Championship Finals group game in Walsall. 2002 – Jon Otsemobor, John Welsh and future reds Glen Johnson, Gary O’Neil and Jermaine Pennant all played for England Under-19’s in their 3-3 draw with Germany in the same competition in Norway. Meanwhile, Michael Foley-Sheridan appeared for the Republic of Ireland as they defeated Belgium 2-1. First and last outings 2009 – Álvaro Arbeloa played his final reds game before moving on to Real Madrid as we were held to a 1-1 draw by the Thailand national side in the Rajamangala National Stadium. Ryan Babel bagged our goal. 2000 - We were beaten 1-0 by Second Division Stoke City at their Britannia Stadium. This was the first time that Pegguy Arphexad, Gary McAllister and Bernard Diomède had appeared for the reds. Andriy misses 2008 – Andriy Voronin missed a penalty for the reds against his future employers as we were held to a goalless draw by Hertha BSC Berlin at the Olympiastadion. Stig debuts 1986 – Future red Stig Inge Bjørnebye made his bow for Norway Under-16’s in their goalless draw with East Germany in a tournament in Hungary. 1988 – Bjørnebye debuted at Under-18’s level in their 4-2 defeat to Italy in the Czech Republic. Sander back in England 2005 - Sander Westerveld joined Portsmouth on a free transfer from Real Sociedad. He only played seven senior games for Pompey and is currently coaching for Ajax Cape Town in South Africa. Youngsters moving on 2014 – Defender Andre Wisdom moved to West Bromwich Albion for the season, playing 26 times for the Baggies. On the same day, future loanee centre-half Steven Caulker joined Queens Park Rangers form Cardiff City after five goals in 39 games for the Bluebirds. 2013 – Conor Coady joined Sheffield United on loan, netting six times in fifty outings as the Blades just missed out on the play-offs. 1999 – Another local midfielder Jamie Cassidy left Anfield for Cambridge United on a free transfer. He had been unable to break into the first team on L4, although he had featured in our victorious FA Youth Cup campaign in 1996 and did not do much better at the Abbey Stadium, only making ten first-team appearances before moving on to Northwich Victoria. 2019 – Ex-reds midfielder Charlie Adam signed for Reading, netting twice in 27 games for the Royals to date. Mannix banned 2009 – Ex-reds reserves midfielder David Mannix was banned for ten months and fined £4,000 for breaching the FA’s betting rules. He was convicted of having bet approximately £4,000 on Accrington Stanley losing against Bury in May 2008. Also in international action 1995 - Future red Øyvind Leonhardsen appeared for Norway as they held France to a goalless draw in their friendly encounter in Oslo. 2014 – Future red Marko Grujić featured as Croatia Under-19’s drew 2-2 with Germany in a European Championship Finals group game in Hungary.
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