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  1. 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 struck 41 times in 175 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, UEFA Super Cup and League Cup before joining AC Milan in July 2022. 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. 2019 – Future red Darwin Núñez netted for Uruguay Under-22’s in their 2-0 defeat of Peru in Lima in a Pan American Games group fixture. Other friendlies 2021 – We lost 4-3 to Hertha BSC Berlin in Innsbruck, with Sadio Mané, Takumi Minamino and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on target. 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 2021 – Polish keeper Jakub Ojrzyński joined Caernarfon Town on loan. 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.
  2. 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 netted once in twenty senior appearances across his first three years with the reds, as well as suffering a serious ankle injury. 2020 – Northern Irish youngster Conor Bradley signed for the reds as a professional. He has so far made five senior reds appearances and is spending the 2022/23 season on loan at Bolton Wanderers. 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 made his reds bow in January 2017 in our FA Cup Third Round replay win at Plymouth Argyle, but only made one further first-team appearance. He was sold to Fulham for a reported £12m in July 2021 after a successful loan spell. 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.
  3. Will

    23rd August

    Jan the man 1984 - Midfield maestro Jan Mølby signed from Ajax for £200,000. He struck 61 times in 292 reds appearances, including a remarkable forty of his 42 attempted spot-kicks. He won three League titles and two FA Cups during his time at Anfield before joining Swansea City as Player/Manager on a free transfer in February 1996. Happy birthday Glen 1984 – Right-back Glen Johnson was born in Greenwich. He signed from Portsmouth for £17.5m in June 2009, striking nine times in 200 games for the reds, helping us to claim the League Cup and reach the FA Cup Final in 2012. He signed for Stoke City in July 2015 having been released by the reds the previous month. Signing on 1935 - Forward Jack Balmer signed as a professional for the reds, three months after arriving as an amateur from Everton. He went on to score 110 times in 309 games, helping us to the League title in 1947. It was during that season that he netted hat-tricks in three consecutive games, a remarkable feat that has yet to be matched in English top-flight football. He also played in the FA Cup Final three years later. 1962 - Winger Johnny Morrissey was sold to Everton for £10,000. He had signed on as a professional in April 1957, netting six times in 37 reds games. He scored fifty goals in 314 appearances for the Blues, helping them to two League titles. On the case 1975 - Jimmy Case scored his first reds goal as we came from two goals behind to beat Tottenham Hotspur 3-2 at Anfield. Our other goals came from Steve Heighway and a Kevin Keegan penalty after John Duncan and Chris Jones had given the visitors a half-time lead. 2016 –Joël Matip made his reds bow as we thumped Nigel Clough’s Burton Albion 5-0 at their Pirelli Stadium in the Second Round of the League Cup. Divock Origi and Roberto Firmino both struck before the break. Tom Naylor put through his own net before Daniel Sturridge added a late brace. Milan off 2005 - Milan Baroš was sold to Aston Villa for £6.5m after 27 goals in 108 reds games. He had helped us to claim the Champions League and League Cup during his four years at Anfield, striking fourteen times in 51 games for the Midlands club, before moving to Olympique Lyonnais in January 2007. On the same day, Stephen Warnock signed a new two-year contract. Double champions 2008 – Javier Mascherano became the first ever footballer to claim two Olympic gold medals as Argentina beat Nigeria 1-0 in the Final in Beijing. 2020 – Future red Thiago Alcântara and ex-red Philippe Coutinho both featured as Bayern München beat Paris Saint-Germain 1-0 in the UEFA Champions League Final in Lisbon. Into the Champions League again 2017 – We beat TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 4-2 in the second leg of our UEFA Champions League qualifier at Anfield, on our way to the Final in Kyiv. Emre Can bagged a brace with Mohamed Salah also on target as we raced into a three-goal lead. Roberto Firmino completed the scoring against his former club as we went through 6-3 on aggregate. Morgo off the mark 2012 – Centre-forward Adam Morgan made his reds bow as Andy Webster put through his own net to hand us a 1-0 victory in our UEFA Europa League Play-off first leg at Heart Of Midlothian, with Charlie Adam playing his 37th and last reds game and Jay Spearing making his 55th and final appearance for the club. Debuting between the sticks 1986 - Mike Hooper made his League debut, keeping a clean sheet as an Ian Rush brace handed us victory at Newcastle United. 1977 - We also beat them 2-0 at Anfield, with Kenny Dalglish bagging his first home goal and ex-Magpie Terry McDermott also on target. Fans rewarded 2001 - UEFA gave their fans’ award of the year jointly to Liverpool and Deportivo Alavés supporters, in recognition of the carnival atmosphere at the UEFA Cup Final in Dortmund earlier that year. Unfortunately, Gérard Houllier lost out to Bayern München boss Ottmar Hitzfield for the best coach award while Gary McAllister was pipped by Bayern’s Stefan Effenberg in the award for Europe’s most valuable player. King Kenny again 1980 - Kenny Dalglish played in his 180th consecutive reds game as we lost 2-0 at Leicester City in a top-flight meeting, before being left out of our 1-0 League Cup Second Round first leg defeat at Bradford City four days later, although he then made an immediate return to the side. Last gasp victory 2008 – We came from behind after Mido’s goal to beat Middlesbrough 2-1 in our first home game of the season thanks to a late equaliser from Jamie Carragher that was later ruled to be an Emanuel Pogatetz own goal by the Premier League’s dubious goals panel. Steven Gerrard then handed us all three points in stoppage time. Tons up 1997 – Steve Harkness played his hundredth reds game as we drew 1-1 at Blackburn Rovers. Michael Owen put us in front with Martin Dahlin equalising for the home side. 1956 – Alan A’Court played his hundredth League game for the club as we drew 1-1 at Notts County in a Second Division encounter, with Billy Liddell on the scoresheet. Clarets fight-back 1969 - We took a two-goal lead over Burnley thanks to a Tommy Smith penalty and Bobby Graham header. However, the visitors stunned the crowd with three goals in quick succession to take the lead, before Tommy Smith bagged an equaliser. There was still time for either side to find a winner, but the game ended 3-3. Most recently 2010 – We lost 3-0 at Manchester City, with Javier Mascherano being withdrawn close to kick-off. Gareth Barry opened the scoring with the last of his four goals past us, with Carlos Tévez converting from the spot for one of his four strikes against the reds, and Micah Richards also on target as future red James Milner made his City bow. On the same day, second choice keeper Diego Cavalieri was sold to Cesena for £1.2m. He only played once for the Italian side before joining Fluminense back in his native Brazil just four months later. Reigning in Spain 1987 - We claimed the pre-season Villa De Madrid Trophy by beating Club Atlético de Madrid 1-0 at the Estadio Vicente Calderón, with the transfer-listed John Wark coming off the bench to score. Onwards via defeat 2005 - We reached the group stages of the Champions League despite losing 1-0 at home to CSKA Sofia in our 250th European game, as we had won the first leg 3-1. John Arne Riise played his fiftieth game in Europe for the reds as centre-half Valentin Iliev bagged the only goal of the game. Back to Dortmund 2001 - The reds were drawn against Borussia Dortmund, Dynamo Kyiv and Portuguese champions Boavista in our first venture into the new Champions League. Wark walks 1990 - Ex-red John Wark joined Middlesbrough from Ipswich Town for £50,000. He only netted twice in forty games for Boro, before returning to Portman Road a year later. Other birthdays 1875 - Centre-forward George Allan was born in Linlithgow Bridge, West Lothian. He signed from Leith Athletic for £100 in June 1895 and was the first red to be capped by Scotland, top scoring as we claimed the Second Division title in 1896, and again the following season. He joined Celtic in May 1897 but returned to Anfield the following April for £50, bagging a total of 56 goals in 96 reds games before sadly dying of tuberculosis in October 1899, aged just 24. 1885 – Winger Harold Uren was born in Bristol. He joined the reds as an amateur in 1906, turning out 45 times and notching twice before joining Everton in February 1912 for £300 with forward Billy Lacey and centre-forward Tommy Gracie heading in the opposite direction. 1977 - Northern Irish 1990’s youth forward Davy Larmour was born in Dundonald. He never broke through to the first-team at Anfield, although he was part of the victorious FA Youth Cup winning squad in 1996, moving on to Doncaster Rovers in August 1996. Twice against PNE We have twice faced Preston North End in opening top-flight matches on this day in history. 1947 - We won 3-1 at Anfield with Albert Stubbins netting twice and Billy Liddell also on target. Willie McIntosh scored the first of his four goals past us. 1952 - John Smith struck as we drew 1-1 at Deepdale. It was also a game of missed penalties, as Billy Liddell failed to convert for the reds, with Charlie Ashcroft saving a penalty from Tom Finney. Forward Arthur Rowley played the first of his eleven reds games, with Charlie Wayman netting one of his six goals against the reds. Starting out 1958 - We were held to a 3-3 draw by Grimsby Town at Anfield as we kicked off our Second Division campaign. Jimmy Melia netted, with Billy Liddell bagging a brace, including a penalty. We ended the season in fourth position, and this remains our most recent home League meeting. Putting through their own net 1950 - A Billy Liddell strike helped us to a 2-1 win over Manchester United at Anfield, with our other strike coming when keeper Reg Allen diverted another Liddell effort into his own net. Jack Rowley struck one of his six goals against the reds. 1999 - Rigobert Song gave Leeds United the lead at Elland Road, before Titi Camara equalised. We secured a 2-1 victory thanks to a Lucas Radebe own goal. Facing the Pilgrims at last 1954 - We played Plymouth Argyle for the first time in our history, going down 1-0 at Home Park in a Second Division fixture with Keith Thomas bagging the goal. Other reds games 1992 – Arsenal won 2-0 at Anfield. Anders Limpar scored with Ian Wright adding one of his seven goals against the reds. 1989 – We drew 1-1 at Aston Villa with John Barnes on target. 1972 – We won 2-1 at Chelsea as John Toshack and Ian Callaghan both netted early on. 1961 – We beat Sunderland 3-0 in a Second Division encounter in L4. Roger Hunt nabbed a brace with Kevin Lewis also on the scoresheet. Also on the move 2007 - Young Bulgarian keeper Nikolay Mihaylov joined Twente on loan, having arrived from PFC Levski Sofia only seven weeks before, and has since moved on permanently to the Dutch side. 2012 – New loanee left-back Aly Cissokho joined Valencia from Olympique Lyonnais for an initial €5m after two goals in 134 outings for the French side, helping them to claim the Coupe de France earlier that year. 2017 Former reds loanee midfielder Conor Thomas signed for Indian Super League side ATK, playing twenty times before returning to England to join Cheltenham Town. 2018 – Young right-back Connor Randall joined Rochdale on loan, only playing three times for the Dale. 2021 - Xherdan Shaqiri was sold to Olympique Lyonnais for €6m, having signed from relegated Stoke City in July 2018 for £12.85m, netting eight times in 63 appearances and helping us to claim our first League title for thirty years and the FIFA Club World Cup. On the same day, young Welsh forward Ben Woodburn joined Heart Of Midlothian on loan, netting three times in 29 outings. Early international outings 2007 – Future red Christian Benteke scored the only goal of Belgium Under-17’s’ World Championships Finals group stage encounter with Tajikistan in South Korea. 1989 - Stig Inge Bjørnebye, then still with Kongsvinger, won only his second cap for Norway as they were held to a goalless draw in Oslo by Greece in a friendly. 1995 - Future red Markus Babbel played in Germany’s 2-1 friendly win in Belgium.
  4. Will

    4th July

    Happy birthday Jan 1963 - Jan Mølby was born in Kolding. The big Dane arrived at Anfield in August 1984, signed by Joe Fagan for £225,000 from Ajax. He netted 61 times in his 292 reds games, including a remarkable forty of his 42 attempted spot-kicks. He won three League titles, two FA Cups and Screen Sport Super Cup while at Anfield, before moving into management. Stan sets a record 1995 - Stan Collymore signed from Nottingham Forest for a British record fee of £8.5m. He went on to net 35 times in 81 games, before moving on to his boyhood heroes Aston Villa for £7m two years later. His armband proved he was a red 2007 - Fernando Torres signed from Club Atlético de Madrid for £20.2m in a six-year deal, although this fee was greatly inflated in the media. He proved an instant hit, notching 81 goals in just 142 reds outings, becoming the top scoring new Premier League import in his first campaign. He moved to Chelsea for a British record transfer fee of £50m on deadline day in January 2011. In comes Bobby 2015 – Forward Roberto Firmino signed from TSG 1899 Hoffenheim for an initial £21m, netting 98 times in 327 games across his first seven campaigns and helping us to clinch the Premier League title, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and FA Cup, as well as scoring the only goal as we won the FIFA Club World Cup in December 2019. Supersub departs 1983 - David Fairclough was sold to Swiss side Luzern after 55 goals in 154 reds games, two-fifths of which were from off the bench. The bionic carrot helped us to three League titles, European Cup, UEFA Cup, UEFA Super Cup and two League Cups in his nine years at Anfield. Three in, one out 2005 - Three players arrived with one departing. Pepe Reina signed from Villarreal for £6m, keeping a remarkable 177 clean sheets in his 394 games and helping us to claim the FA Cup, League Cup, UEFA Super Cup and FA Charity Shield before moving to Bayern München for £2m in August 2014. Bolo Zenden arrived from Middlesbrough on a free transfer, netting twice in 47 games before being released two years later. Also incoming was young right-back Antonio Barragán, who joined from Sevilla for £240,000. He too has already been moved on, joining Real Club Deportivo de La Coruña for €1m in August 2006. On the way out was second string defender Jon Otsemobor, who signed for Rotherham United on a free transfer, having made just six senior reds appearances. He only played fourteen times for the Merry Millers before moving to Crewe Alexandra in January 2006. In comes the Doss 2008 – Left-back Andrea Dossena signed from Udinese for £7m in a four-year deal. He made 31 appearances during his time at Anfield, saving his two goals to date for the same week, first at home to Real Madrid and then at Manchester United. He left in January 2010 for SSC Napoli. On the same day, Harry Kewell signed for Galatasaray, after his contract with the reds had expired. He notched 34 times in ninety games, helping them to claim the Turkish Super Cup in 2008. Also on the move 2006 - Gabriel Paletta officially signed from Club Atlético Banfield for £2m. The young Argentine centre-back made just eight senior appearances, notching on his debut against Reading in the League Cup in October 2006 before returning to his native land to join Boca Juniors in August 2007. On the same day, reserves forward Ramon Calliste joined Sc***horpe United, for whom he failed to play a first-team game, before being released. 2011 – The appointment of Andrew Parkinson as Operations Director was announced. 2016 – Ex-reds loanee midfielder Conor Thomas signed for Swindon Town, having been released by Coventry City a month earlier. He netted once in forty games for the Robins. Other birthdays 1949 - Former first team Coach Alex Miller was born in Glasgow. He became a scout under Gérard Houllier in 1999, before being given a first-team role by Rafael Benítez. He left the club in May 2008 to take over as Manager of JEF United Ichihara Chiba in Japan, leading them to safety from a perilous position in his first season in charge, although he was sacked in July 2009. 1966 - John Scales was born in Harrogate. He was signed by Roy Evans for £3.5m in September 1994, bagging four goals in 94 appearances before being sold to Tottenham Hotspur for £2.6m two years later. 1886 - Scottish full-back Bob Crawford was born in Blythswood. He played 115 times for the reds after signing from Arthurlie in January 1909, netting once in a career badly interrupted by injury. World Cup despair galore 1990 - Peter Beardsley and future red Mark Wright suffered World Cup heartbreak as England were knocked out of the World Cup after a penalty shoot-out defeat to old enemies West Germany in their Semi-final encounter at the newly-opened Stadio delle Alpi in Turin. John Barnes was injured and so could not take part in this match. Future red Karl-Heinz Riedle came on from the bench to win his final cap as a SV Werder Bremen player for the victors, scoring in the penalty shoot-out, as did Beardsley. 1994 - Future reds Phil Babb and Jason McAteer and ex-reds Ray Houghton and Steve Staunton all featured as the Republic of Ireland lost 2-0 to the Netherlands in their Quarter-final match in Orlando. This was Phil Babb’s last cap as a Coventry City player and Ray Houghton’s last game for his country while with Aston Villa. 1998 - Yet another Quarter-final ended in misery as future red Dietmar Hamann was on the losing side as Croatia beat Germany 3-0 in Lyon. He was winning his twelfth cap, and last one as a Bayern München player. 2014 – Mamadou Sakho played as France lost 1-0 to Germany at the same hurdle in Rio de Janeiro. Red Olympians 1912 - The UK won Olympic Gold as they beat Denmark 4-2 in the Final in Stockholm. Ex-reds winger Arthur Berry was on the scoresheet, while future reds left-half Joe Dines also played. Bye bye Babb 2000 - Centre-back Phil Babb signed for Sporting Clube de Portugal on a free transfer after falling out of contract at Anfield, having struck once in 170 reds appearances. He spent two years in Lisbon, before returning to England to join Sunderland. World Cup wins 2001 – Future red Maxi Rodríguez featured as Argentina Under-20’s reached the Final of the World Championships in Buenos Aires by thumping Paraguay 5-0. 2004 - Ex-red Rigobert Song won his last cap as a Racing Club de Lens player, skippering Cameroon in their 2-0 defeat of future red Kolo Touré‘s Ivory Coast in a World Cup qualifier in Yaoundé. 2011 – Future red Samed Yeşil bagged a brace as Germany Under-17’s beat England 3-2 in the Quarter-final of the World Championship Finals in Mexico. Jack Dunn and Brad Smith featured for the losing side, with Raheem Sterling winning his last cap at this level, while future red Emre Can skippered the Germans. Future red Takumi Minamino also played at this level for the final time as Japan lost 3-2 to Brazil at the same stage. Doctor Ged 2002 - Gérard Houllier was presented with an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Liverpool. South American stars 2015 – Ex-red Javier Mascherano featured as Argentina lost on penalties to host nation Chile in the Copa América Final in Santiago after a goalless two hours. 2011 – Luis Suárez netted as Uruguay drew 1-1 with Peru in a Copa América group game in Argentina. 2007 – Future reds keeper Alexander Doni played as Brazil beat Ecuador 1-0 in a Copa América group game in Venezuela, with Mark González playing in Chile’s goalless draw with Mexico. On the same day, future red Luis Suárez and ex-red Antonio Barragan both featured in Under-20’s World Championship Finals group games in Canada. Wedded bliss 1964 - Tommy Smith married Susie. 1970 – Future red Peter Cormack married Marion at St. Bernard’s Church in Edinburgh. Red departures 2001 - Young Welsh midfielder Layton Maxwell left for Cardiff City on a free transfer, after spending the previous season on loan at Stockport County. He made just 45 appearances in three seasons with the Bluebirds. 2012 – Reserves right-back Stephen Darby signed for Bradford City, after just six senior reds appearance. He eventually became the Bantams’ club captain, but was released in May 2017. Also on the move 2001 - Future reds centre-forward Peter Crouch joined Portsmouth from Queens Park Rangers for £1.25m. He had struck twelve times in 47 games for the West London outfit as they were relegated from the First Division. On the same day, ex-reds winger Mark Kennedy joined Wolverhampton Wanderers from Manchester City for £2m. He was a regular as they finally won promotion to the Premiership, but then moved on to fellow Championship outfit Crystal Palace in July 2006. 2011 - Alou Diarra joined Olympique de Marseille from Girondins de Bordeaux for €5m, having struck eleven goals in 133 League games for les Girondins. 2013 - Nicolas Anelka signed for West Bromwich Albion, notching twice in nine outings before having his contract terminated following a controversial ‘quenelle’ gesture. On the same day, Scott Carson joined Wigan Athletic from Bursaspor for £700,000, playing eighteen times in his first campaign back in England. 2017 – Paul Ince’s son Tom was sold to Huddersfield Town from Derby County, after 38 goals in 114 games for the Rams.
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    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. Half ton for Al 2021 – Alisson Becker kept his fiftieth clean sheet in his 114th game for the reds as we beat RasenBallsport Leipzig e.V. 2-0 behind closed doors in the first leg of our UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie in Budapest. Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mané both struck in the second half. 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. More future reds in international action 1995 – Sami Hyypiä played for Finland in their 2-2 draw with Trinidad & Tobago in Trinidad. 2018 – Fábio Carvalho played for England Under-16’s as they beat Spain 2-0 at St. George’s Park.
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    31st January

    Transfer deadline day drama 2011 – We broke our record transfer twice in the same day, first when Luis Suárez arrived from Ajax for a fee of £22.8m. We then signed Andy Carroll for a British record £35m, with Fernando Torres then joining Chelsea for £50m, another British record. On the same day, left-back Paul Konchesky joined Nottingham Forest on loan while young midfielder Conor Thomas arrived from Coventry City on a temporary basis, although the move was not made permanent. Meanwhile, El-Hadji Diouf joined Rangers on loan from Blackburn Rovers and Daniel Sturridge joined Bolton Wanderers from Chelsea until the end of the season. 1923 – Scottish centre-half David Pratt signed from Bradford City. He played 84 times for the reds, scoring just once and being known for his long throw-ins. He left Anfield to sign for Bury in November 1927. In steps Royston 1994 - Roy Evans took over as Manager, after almost thirty years at Anfield. He remained in charge for nearly five years, leading us to a Coca-Cola Cup win in 1995, and the FA Cup Final a year later, although he struggled to deliver a consistent Championship challenge. In comes Al 2007 - Álvaro Arbeloa signed from Real Club Deportivo de La Coruña for £2.64m. He struck twice in 98 senior outings, playing right across the back four and impressing with his solid performances before moving to Real Madrid for £3.5m in July 2009. On the same day, young Spanish midfielder Francis Durán signed from Málaga for a compensation fee, while Uruguayan centre-back Ronald Huth arrived from Tacuary. Neither made the break-through at Anfield and have since moved on. Goalscoring feats 1976 - John Toshack bagged a genuine hat-trick of right-foot and left-foot shots and then a header as we thumped West Ham United 4-0 at Upton Park. Kevin Keegan netted our other goal late on. 2015 – We beat the Hammers 2-0 at Anfield, thanks to second-half strikes by Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge. 1959 - Terry Bleasdale scored an amazing eighteen goals as Liverpool Youth beat Pilkington Amateurs 19-0 in the Liverpool County F.A. Minor Cup 1st Round at Melwood. Tons up 2017 – Centre-half Dejan Lovren reached a century of reds games as we were held to a 1-1 draw at Anfield by Chelsea, with Simon Mignolet saving a Diego Costa penalty. David Luiz gave the visitors the lead with an opportunistic free-kick, with Gini Wijnaldum heading in after the break. 1920 – Right-back Ephraim Longworth played his 200th reds game as we won an FA Cup Second Round tie 2-0 at Luton Town thanks to a brace from Billy Lacey. Gini’s last 2021 – Gini Wijnaldum bagged his 22nd and last goal for the club as we won 3-1 behind closed doors at West Ham United, after Mohamed Salah had nabbed a brace. Red villains We have twice won 2-0 at Aston Villa on this day over the years. 1988 - The first occasion was in a live televised Fourth Round FA Cup tie on our way to the Final when John Barnes and Peter Beardsley scored, with Bruce Grobbelaar recalled in goal following an injury that had seen Mike Hooper fill in for the previous four fixtures, as we secured a club record ninth consecutive clean sheet. 1996 - Stan Collymore and Robbie Fowler gave us a Premiership victory in a game postponed from Boxing Day. Deaths galore 1995 - Former Chairman Sir John Smith died of cancer in Gayton. He had overseen eleven League titles and four European Cups amongst our many honours during his seventeen years in charge of the club. 1965 – Full-back Percy Saul died. He signed from Plymouth Argyle in April 1906, netting twice in 83 reds games, moving on to Coventry City in July 1909. 1961 – Right-back General Stevenson passed on. He joined the reds from Padham in December 1897, playing 22 times without scoring before joining Barnsley in June 1900. No change of ownership 2007 - DIC abandoned their proposed £450m takeover of the club, after David Moores decided to reconsider his options in the light of a revised bid from George Gillett. Craig’s farewell 2012 - Craig Bellamy bagged his eighteenth and final reds goal after Andy Carroll had given us the lead at Wolverhampton Wanderers. Dirk Kuyt then scored his fiftieth Premiership goal, our 500th League goal under Kenny Dalglish’s management to complete a 3-0 victory. On the same day, midfielder João Teixeira signed from Sporting Clube de Portugal for £830,000. He netted once in eight senior outings before moving on to Porto in July 2016. Derby stalemate 2004 - A very entertaining Anfield derby somehow ended goalless with Jerzy Dudek and especially Nigel Martyn pulling off a string of fine stops. Clem’s League start 1970 - Ray Clemence made the first of his 470 League appearances for the reds as we lost 1-0 at Nottingham Forest. Off on loan 2006 - Florent Sinama-Pongolle joined Blackburn Rovers on loan, bagging just one goal in ten outings. He had only netted nine times in 66 reds games, although two thirds of these appearances came from off the bench. On the same day, reserves defender David Raven moved to Tranmere Rovers until the end of the season, after having only made four senior appearances for the reds. 2013 - Dani Pacheco joined S.D. Huesca on loan, netting five times in nineteen games. On the same day, ex-reds midfielder Alou Diarra joined Stade Rennais from West Ham United on a temporary basis, playing twelve times. 2014 – Reserves forward Michael Ngoo moved to Walsall on loan, netting once in fourteen outings. 2017 – Forward Jack Dunn joined Tranmere Rovers on loan, while ex-reds winger Sergi Canós left Norwich City to sign for Brentford and forward Jerome Sinclair joined Birmingham City on loan from Watford. 2019 – Canadian forward Liam Millar joined Kilmarnock on loan for the first time, netting once in fourteen outings. On the same day, midfielder Matty Virtue was sold to Blackpool, nabbing three goals in thirteen games before the end of the season. Ex-red Peter Crouch joined Burnley from Stoke City in a swap deal with Sam Vokes, failing to score in six appearances before retiring in the summer. Meanwhile, forward Jerome Sinclair joined Oxford United on loan from Watford, midfielder Jordan Rossiter made a temporary switch from Bury to Rangers, while centre-half Lloyd Jones re-joined Plymouth Argyle on loan from Luton Town. 2005 - Craig Bellamy joined Celtic from Newcastle United on a temporary basis, after 43 goals in 128 outings for the Geordies. He struck nine goals in fifteen games for the Bhoys, helping them to claim the Scottish FA Cup. On the same day, Jermaine Pennant joined Birmingham City on loan from Arsenal. He played twelve times in this spell before signing permanently the following July. 1997 - Lee Jones joined Wrexham for a third loan spell, making six first-team appearances this time around. Out-foxed 1981 - Leicester City won 2-1 at Anfield, becoming the first side to complete a League double over us for six seasons, with our score coming from an Alan Young own goal. This was our first home defeat for three years, after 85 games without being beaten. A good cup day We have won all five of our FA Cup ties on this day over the years, conceding just once. 1990 - The most recent game saw us beat Norwich City 3-1 in a Fourth Round replay at Anfield. Steve Nicol and John Barnes scored, with Peter Beardsley adding a penalty. We made it as far as the Semi-final that season before losing out to Crystal Palace. Up against ten 1993 - Nigel Winterburn was sent off for Arsenal as we won 1-0 at Highbury, the first dismissal for an opposing team against us in the newly renamed Premier League. John Barnes converted a penalty, while David James saved a Paul Merson spot-kick. On our way to Wembley 1914 - We defeated non-League Gillingham 2-0 at Anfield, with centre-half Bob Ferguson bagging his second and final reds goal. Billy Lacey also struck as we reached the FA Cup Third Round. We made it to the Final for the first time that year, but sadly lost out to Burnley. Joe born 1934 – Winger Joe Dickson was born in Liverpool. He bagged four goals in six reds games after signing pro terms in June 1952. Award winners 2000 - Tranmere Rovers boss John Aldridge was named the Liverpool Echo’s Sports Personality Of The Year. 2002 - El-Hadji Diouf was named BBC African Player Of The Year, voted for by visitors to BBC Sport Online and listeners to the World Service’s Fast Track programme. Other moves 2013 – Second choice keeper Alexander Doni joined Botafogo on a free transfer, having not even made it to the bench that season after four first-team outings and 46 stints as an unused substitute in the previous campaign, having arrived on a free transfer from Roma in July 2011. He had to retire seven months later due to heart problems. On the same day, winger Victor Moses joined Wigan Athletic from Crystal Palace for £2.5m after the Eagles went into administration. He had struck eleven times in 69 games in south London. Also on the move that day was Stephen Warnock, who left Aston Villa for Leeds United on a free transfer after four goals in 104 matches for the Villains. Meanwhile, Mario Balotelli joined AC Milan from Manchester City for an initial £19m after thirty goals in eighty games for the Sky Blues. 2006 - Danny Murphy joined Tottenham Hotspur from Charlton Athletic for a fee of up to £2m, having struck ten times in 64 games for the Addicks. On the same day, former reserves forward Steven Gillespie left Bristol City for Cheltenham Town on a free transfer, after two previous loan spells with the Gloucestershire outfit. He had netted just once in seventeen run-outs for City. 2007 - David Thompson joined Bolton Wanderers from Portsmouth for an undisclosed fee. He had played just fifteen times for Pompey since arriving the previous July, but made just eight appearances for the Trotters before being released at the end of the season. 2008 - Jari Litmanen joined Fulham on transfer deadline day, but failed to make a first-team appearance for them. Lee Peltier joined Yeovil Town permanently, after a successful loan spell, while Besian Idrizaj joined Wacker Innsbruck on loan. Paul Dalglish signed for Hibernian from Livingston, with keeper Tony Warner moving to Barnsley on loan from Fulham. 2012 - Djibril Cissé joined Queens Park Rangers from S.S. Lazio for £4m, after five goals in 27 outings. On the same day, reserves keeper Martin Hansen left Anfield for Viborg on a free transfer. Meanwhile, Sotirios Kyrgiakos joined Sunderland on loan from VfL Wolfsburg. 2014 – Centre-half Jack Hobbs signed for Nottingham Forest from Hull City after a successful loan spell. Ex-reserves defender Gareth Roberts signed for Notts County having been released by Bury two weeks before. Tom Ince joined Crystal Palace on loan from Hull City, netting once in eight outings. 2018 – Centre-half Lloyd Jones left the club to sign for Luton Town, with midfielder Ovie Ejaria joining Sunderland on loan. 2020 - Lloyd Jones was on the move from the Hatters again, this time to Northampton Town on a temporary basis. On the same day, Emre Can joined Ballspielverein Borussia 09 e.V. Dortmund on loan from Juventus, making the move permanent for €25m the following month. International bows 2000 - AS Monaco’s John Arne Riise made his international debut as he played in Norway’s goalless Nordic Cup draw in Iceland. Rigobert Song played in the Africa Cup of Nations Finals on the same day as Cameroon lost a group game 1-0 to Togo in Ghana. 2017 – Future red Ki-Jana Hoever won his first cap for the Dutch Under-15’s in their 5-1 friendly defeat of the Republic of Ireland. 1998 – Future red Titi Camara played for Guinea as they lost a friendly 4-1 in Tunisia. 2002 – Future reds Salif Diao and El-Hadji Diouf both featured in Senegal’s goalless Africa Cup of Nations group encounter with Tunisia in Mali. 2006 – Ex-red Diouf played in a 2-1 defeat by Nigeria in another group game in Egypt. Former strikers break out their passports 2005 - Nicolas Anelka joined Fenerbahçe Spor Kulübü from Manchester City for £7m. He struck fourteen times in 39 games for them before returning to England to join Bolton Wanderers in August 2006. Also on the move was ex-red Titi Camara who joined Ligue 2 side Amiens after two years in the Middle East. He bagged six goals in thirteen League games in his first season back in France. Wright in the wrong 2006 - Mark Wright was sacked as Manager of Peterborough United for gross misconduct, after failing to appear before the board. It is alleged that he made a racist comment to one of his staff, although he always denied the charge. Other reds games 2001 – We drew 1-1 at Manchester City’s Maine Road with Emile Heskey bagging our goal. 1998 – Blackburn Rovers held us to a goalless draw at Anfield. 1959 – We beat Charlton Athletic 3-2 at The Valley as we fell behind to a John Hewie strike and Ronnie Moran own goal before Geoff Twentyman missed a penalty for the reds. Twentyman pulled a goal back, with Fred Morris and Jimmy Melia scoring in the second half to secure the Second Division points. 1948 – We lost 3-0 to Portsmouth in L4, with Guy Wharton on target before Duggie Reid netted two of his six goals past the reds. 1931 – We drew 2-2 at Chelsea, with Gordon Gunson and Gordon Hodgson scoring. Future reds wartime guest George Mills bagged the first of his four goals against us, with Jackie Crawford also on target for the Blues. 1925 – Archie Rawlings netted the only goal of our FA Cup Second Round tie at Bristol City’s Ashton Gate. Youngsters in action 2009 – Emiliano Insúa skippered Argentina as they drew 1-1 with Ronald Huth’s Paraguay in the final phase of the Sudamericano Sub-20 “Juventud de América” tournament in Venezuela, with both players being cautioned. 1989 – Future reds Stig Inge Bjørnebye and Øyvind Leonhardsen both played for Norway Under-20’s as they held host nation Portugal to a goalless draw in a tournament game in Lisbon.
  7. Will

    29th October

    Rush scored one, Rush scored two 1983 - Ian Rush scored five goals, becoming the third of five reds to do so in one game, as we thumped fourth-placed Luton Town 6-0 at home in the League, with his hat-trick completed by the 36th minute. This was particularly impressive considering that he had to take painkillers before the game for a niggling groin injury and had only been passed fit two hours before the game. Kenny Dalglish netted the other goal, his 99th in the League for the reds. Amazingly, Tony Woodcock grabbed five goals for Arsenal on the same day, in their 6-2 victory at Aston Villa. He’s red, he’s white 2000 - Nick Barmby scored against Everton at the Anny Road end, before Kevin Campbell equalised with one of his four goals against the reds. We steamrollered our way to a 3-1 win in the second half, thanks to an Emile Heskey strike and a Patrik Berger penalty, after Vladimír Šmicer was felled by Thomas Gravesen, who was sent off. 1996 - Barmby arrived at Goodison from Middlesbrough for £5.75m. He went on to score 24 times in 133 games for the Toffees before moving across Stanley Park. Bolo off the mark 2005 - Bolo Zenden scored his first reds goal as we beat West Ham United 2-0 at Anfield, with Xabi Alonso having opened the scoring. We had twice previously beaten the Hammers on this day in history. 1973 - John Toshack bagged the only goal of our League Cup Second Round replay at Anfield. 1989 - Ian Rush and Peter Beardsley netted in a 2-0 win at Upton Park. Happy birthdays 1866 - Keeper Ned Doig was born in Arbroath. He made 53 reds appearances after signing from Sunderland for £150 in August 1904, helping us to the Second Division title in his first season, and played on until April 1908, finishing as our oldest ever player aged 41 years and 165 days. 1993 – Midfielder Conor Thomas was born in Coventry. He joined the reds on loan in January 2011, playing and training with the reserves, as well as training with the first team, but returned to Coventry City after a hamstring injury. Cup record 1892 - Our first ever home fixture in the FA Cup resulted in a 9-0 annihilation of Welsh side Newtown in the Second Qualifying Round, still our record win in the competition. Tom Wyllie grabbed a hat-trick, with Malcolm McVean nabbing a brace and Jonathan Cameron, John McCartney and Hugh McQueen all adding to an Andy Townsend own goal, the first we had ever benefited from. Matt and Hugh McQueen both made their reds bows, with McCartney bagging the first of his eight goals. League Cup trebles 1985 – The transfer-listed Paul Walsh scored a hat-trick as we beat Brighton & Hove Albion 4-0 at home. Kenny Dalglish netted the other late on. 1986 - Kenny was also on target when Steve McMahon scored his second League Cup hat-trick of the season in our 4-1 defeat of Leicester City at Anfield in another Third Round tie. Most recently 2016 – We won 4-2 at Crystal Palace, twice taking the lead through Emre Can and Dejan Lovren before being pegged back by a James McArthur brace. Joël Matip nabbed his first reds goal to send us into the break ahead again, with Roberto Firmino completing the scoring. On the same day, Elijah Dixon-Bonner and Paul Glatzel played for England Under-16’s as they lost a friendly 3-0 to Russia in France. Neill off again 2003 - Lucas Neill was sent off for Blackburn Rovers against the reds for the second time that season, as we won a League Cup Third Round game 4-3 at Ewood Park. Emile Heskey missed a penalty that would have completed his hat-trick, with the score at 3-1. Danny Murphy had already scored from the spot, with Harry Kewell also on target. Dwight Yorke struck twice for the home side, the last of his eight goals past us, with Barry Ferguson also on the scoresheet. 1927 - We also beat Rovers 4-2 in a First Division meeting at Anfield when Tom Reid netted twice, while Willie Devlin and Gordon Hodgson also got on the scoresheet. Syd Puddefoot struck two of his six strikes against the reds. Luis nominated 2013 - Luis Suárez was nominated for the FIFA Ballon d’Or, although the prize was eventually claimed by Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo. On the same day, Jordan Rossiter won his second and last cap for England Under-17’s as they thrashed the Republic of Ireland 6-0 in a European Championships 1ualifier in Armenia, with Sheyi Ojo and future reds Joe Gomez and Dominic Solanke also featuring. Jermaine at last 2008 – Steven Gerrard struck the only goal of the game from the spot after Papa Bouba Diop’s inexplicable handball. Portsmouth left Anfield with no points after Tony Adams’ first game as Pompey boss, with Jermaine Pennant playing his 81st and final reds game. Chorlton’s first 1904 - We trounced Grimsby Town 5-0 in a Second Division encounter, with Tom Chorlton and Sam Raybould each nabbing a brace and Robbie Robinson also on the scoresheet. These were Chorlton’s first reds goals. Tosh quits 1983 - John Toshack resigned as Manager of Swansea City after 250 games in charge. He returned to Vetch Field just two months later for a second, brief spell. Derby Cup glory 1958 - We won 3-2 at Goodison to clinch the Floodlight Challenge Cup for the first of three times, having won the first leg 2-1 at Anfield. Mixed fortunes against Spurs We have entertained Tottenham Hotspur in the top flight three times on this day in history. 1989 - John Barnes grabbed the only goal of the game. 1921 – Inside-forward Harry Lewis was on target as we were held 1-1, bagging his twelfth and final goal for the club. 1910 - Jack Parkinson missed a penalty as we lost 2-1, with forward Joseph Brough nabbing our consolation. This was his third and final reds strike, while defender Tom Chorlton was making his 121st and final appearance. Billy Minter struck the first of his five goals past us, with Percy Humphreys nabbing the last of his six. Tons up 2011 – Centre-half pairing Daniel Agger and Martin Škrtel each reached a century of League games for the club in our 2-0 win at West Bromwich Albion. Charlie Adam netted his second and final reds goal from the spot after Luis Suárez was felled, with Andy Carroll on target in first-half stoppage time. 1932 – Right-back Bob Done played his hundredth reds game as we drew 1-1 at Manchester City, with Archie McPherson bagging his nineteenth and final reds goal and Bobby Marshall bagging one of his five strikes against the reds. 1960 – Jimmy Harrower scored from the spot as Sunderland drew our Second Division meeting 1-1 in L4 as right-back John Molyneux played his 200th League game for the reds. Lights on 1962 - We played a friendly at New Brighton to commemorate the new floodlights at their Tower Athletic Ground. The reds won 5-2, with Ian St. John nabbing a brace and Ian Callaghan, Jimmy Melia and Gordon Wallace also all on the scoresheet. King Kenny on target 1975 - Celtic’s Kenny Dalglish scored as Scotland beat Denmark 3-1 in a European Championships qualifier at Hampden Park. Ex-red Ted MacDougall also struck, bagging his third and final goal for his country. They had Heighway on the wing Steve Heighway has twice represented his country on this day in history. 1975 - He won his eleventh cap as the Republic of Ireland beat Turkey 4-0 in a European Championships qualifier at Lansdowne Road. 1979 - He won his 24th cap as the Irish beat the USA 3-2 in a friendly at Dalymount Park. International beginnings and ends 1974 - Future red Alan Kennedy made his debut for England Under-23’s, playing alongside fellow future red David Johnson in their 3-1 European Championships defeat of Czechoslovakia at Selhurst Park. 1997 – Forde Kippe bagged his only goal for Norway Under-21’s, with Vegard Heggem playing for the thirteenth and final time at this level in a 3-2 defeat of France in a European Championships qualifier in Valenciennes. 1999 – Michael Foley played for the Irish Under-16’s as they were held to a goalless draw by Wales in a European Championships qualifier in Dublin. Other reds games 1994 – We won 3-1 at Ipswich Town with John Barnes adding to a Robbie Fowler brace. 1991 – Steve McManaman and Ian Rush struck as Port Vale held us to a 2-2 draw in a League Cup Third Round tie at Anfield. We won the replay, but lost at Peterborough United at the next hurdle. 1988 – We won 2-0 at West Ham United thanks to goals from Ian Rush and Peter Beardsley. 1977 – David Fairclough netted as we lost 3-1 at Manchester City. Brian Kidd scored one of his six goals against the reds, with Mick Channon netting one of his seven past us and Joe Royle one of his five. 1966 – We lost 2-0 at Stoke City. John Ritchie struck one of his five goals against us, with Peter Dobing bagging one of his eight. 1955 – Alan Arnell and Billy Liddell netted as we beat Rotherham United 2-0 in the Second Division at Anfield. 1949 – Billy Liddell bagged the only goal of our trip to Fulham. 1938 – Huddersfield Town held us to a 3-3 draw in L4. Harman van den Berg scored after a minute, with Willie Fagan scoring from the spot and Jack Balmer also on target. 1898 – We came from behind to beat Sheffield United 2-1 at Anfield after Walter Bennett had nabbed the first of his four goals past us. Andrew McCowie converted a penalty, with George Allan also netting. On the move 2010 – Ex-reds defender Stephen Wright signed for Brentford, having been released by Coventry City. He made fourteen appearances before joining Hartlepool United. 2003 – Stewart Downing joined Sunderland on loan from Middlesbrough, bagging three goals in seven games. St. Michael the dad again 2007 – Ex-reds forward Michael Owen became a father for the third time, to Emily May.
  8. 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. 2021 – Ex-reds winger Stewart Downing announced his retirement from playing, having most recently been with Blackburn Rovers. Other youngsters in action 2006 - Reds youngsters Michael Collins and Shane O'Connor both featured as the Republic of Ireland beat Serbia 2-0 in an Under-17’s tournament in Hungary. 2007 – Future red Nikola Sarić played as Denmark Under-17’s lost 1-0 to Norway in a tournament game in Vejle. 2014 – Trent Alexander-Arnold and Herbie Kane played for England Under-17’s as they lost 1-0 to host nation Denmark in their Nordic Tournament third place play-off.
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    12th April

    A treble from Ronnie 1986 - Ronnie Whelan helped keep us on course for our sixteenth League title by netting a hat-trick in our 5-0 mauling of Coventry City at Anfield, with Jan Mølby and Ian Rush also on the scoresheet. 1983 - We played out a goalless draw at Highfield Road. 1963 - We also struck five, coming from two goals down to beat Tottenham Hotspur 5-2 at Anfield in a top-flight match. Kevin Lewis netted his 44th and final reds goal with Willie Stevenson and Ian St. John also on target that Good Friday, to add to a brace from Jimmy Melia. Gerry Byrne made his 117th consecutive appearance, before he missed the next four games, having not missed a match since October 1960. Cliff Jones struck the first of his five goals against the reds, with Terry Dyson also on target. On our way to Wembley 1978 - We won through to the European Cup Final for the second successive season, beating Borussia Mönchengladbach 3-0 at Anfield, to progress 4-2 on aggregate. Ray Kennedy, Kenny Dalglish and Jimmy Case netted on the night. Anfield Iron no more 2019 – Legendary red Tommy Smith died in Waterloo. He had signed on as a professional on his seventeenth birthday in April 1962, going on to win four League titles, two FA Cups, two UEFA Cups, European Cup, UEFA Super Cup and two FA Charity Shields in his time with Liverpool, netting 48 times in 638 games. Not on our way to Wembley 1980 - We held Arsenal to a goalless draw at Hillsborough in the first of our four FA Cup Semi-final ties, before eventually succumbing three weeks later at Highfield Road. Ray Kennedy played his 300th red game that day. 1995 - We also faced the Gunners when Robbie Fowler bagged the only goal of our Premiership meeting at Highbury in the final minute. 1947 - Burnley beat us 1-0 at Maine Road in an FA Cup Semi-final replay, with inside-forward Willie Fagan reaching a century of reds appearances. However, the Clarets went on to lose the final to Charlton Athletic. In and out 2012 – Director of Football Damien Comolli left the club “by mutual consent”, with the summer departure of Dr. Peter Brukner as Head of Sports Medicine & Sports Science also announced. 1928 – Scottish outside-left John Lindsay signed from Rhyl Athletic. He struck three times in sixteen outings before moving on to Swansea Town in January 1930. Beginning and end 1930 - Forward Dave Wright made his reds bow as we were thumped 4-1 at Burnley in a top-flight fixture. Jim Smith nabbed our consolation with Louis Page netting the last two of his seven goals past us and Billy Stage also bagging a brace. 1898 – Right-half John McCartney played his 166th and final reds game as we lost 3-1 at Derby County, with Johnny Walker bagging our consolation. John Boag struck two of his six goals against us, with Jack Burton also on target. Good and bad days for St. Michael 2003 - Michael Owen scored in his hundredth different reds game as we beat Fulham 2-0 at Anfield. It was his 134th reds goals in a total of 254 games. Emile Heskey nabbed our other goal in Jean Tigana’s final game in charge of Fulham. 1999 - He ruptured his hamstring in our goalless draw at Leeds United, the start of several years’ problems with that muscle. Patrik Berger played his hundredth reds game that day. Rushie’s treble 1988 - Ex-red Ian Rush scored a hat-trick against Everton playing for Leeds United alongside Kenny Dalglish, in a testimonial match for John Charles and Bobby Collins. 1894 – Jimmy Haydock struck four times for Blackburn Rovers as they thumped us 5-0 in a Palatine League game at Ewood Park. Managerial comings and goings 1996 - John Aldridge was named Manager of Tranmere Rovers. He was in charge for nearly five years, keeping them in mid-table in the First Division until his final season, as well as leading them to the Worthington Cup Final in 2000 and the FA Cup Quarter-finals in the season he was sacked. 1938 - Ex-reds centre-half Alex Raisbeck left as Manager of Chester City. He had been in the post for two years, and later took charge at Bath City before returning to Anfield as a scout. He had skippered us to two League titles and the Second Division championship. Reds births and death 2005 - Post-war keeper Cyril Sidlow died. He played 165 reds games after signing from Wolverhampton Wanderers in February 1946, helping us claim the League title in 1947, and also played in the 1950 FA Cup Final. 1950 – Chairman Tom Werner was born in New York City. He took on this role in November 2010 after the club was taken over by New England Sports Ventures. 1886 - Left-half Joe Dines was born in King’s Lynn. He won Olympic Gold in 1912 before giving up his teaching job and signing for the reds from Ilford later that year. However, he only made one senior reds appearance, and was killed in action in September 1918. Derby disappointment 1965 - Willie Stevenson bagged our consolation from the spot as we lost 2-1 at Everton. Ex-red Johnny Morrissey netted, with Derek Temple also on target for the Blues. Mixed fortunes against the Wearsiders and Blades We entertained Sunderland twice on this day in the First Division shortly before the First World War. 1909 - Ronald Orr converted a penalty while Alex Raisbeck and Jack Parkinson also netted as we won 3-0, with Parkinson’s opener being our thousandth in League football. 1913 - Arthur Metcalf struck a very late brace as we were beaten 5-2, with Charlie Buchan bagging a hat-trick, three of the 21 strikes he registered against the reds. He had already struck five times in the reverse fixture that season. James Richardson netted the first two of his five goals past us. We have hosted Sheffield United three times on this day in history. 1915 - We won 2-1 thanks to a Jackie Sheldon penalty and a goal from Fred Pagnam, with half-back Tommy Fairfoul playing his 71st and final reds game and Sheldon missing another spot kick. Joe Kitchen netted the last of his eight goals against us. 1968 - Our other First Division meeting with the Blades ended in a 2-1 defeat, with Roger Hunt grabbing our consolation. 1958 - Billy Liddell netted the only goal of our Second Division fixture. Stalemates at Maine Road We have twice left Manchester City with 1-1 draws on this day in top-flight meetings. 1974 - Peter Cormack nabbed our goal, with Franny Lee on target for the Sky Blues, one of his six past us. 1993 - Ian Rush netted our equaliser after Garry Flitcroft had put the home side ahead. Stevie named 2006 - Steven Gerrard was nominated for the PFA Player of the Year award, along with Chelsea’s Joe Cole, Frank Lampard and John Terry, Thierry Henry and Wayne Rooney. Our skipper went on to claim the prize. Other reds games 2004 – Shaun Bartlett struck the only goal of Charlton Athletic’s visit, the Addicks’ first win at Anfield since February 1954. 1975 – We beat Carlisle United 2-0 in L4 thanks to goals from John Toshack and Kevin Keegan. 1971 – Alec Lindsay put through his own net for the only goal of our trip to Chelsea, 1969 – We beat Leicester City 2-1 at Filbert Street. Emlyn Hughes and Ian Callaghan both scored. 1952 – We were thumped 4-0 at Manchester United. Jack Rowley struck one of his six goals against the reds. Roger Byrne bagged a brace, including one from the spot, with Johnny Downie also on target. 1924 – We beat Middlesbrough 3-1 at Anfield despite falling behind to the first of George Elliott’s eight goals past us. Donald McKinlay levelled before Jimmy Walsh struck twice. 1902 – Arthur Goddard netted as we drew 1-1 at Nottingham Forest. 1895 – We drew 2-2 at Preston North End with Jimmy Ross and Frank Becton on target. Conor’s cap 2011 - Conor Thomas made his debut for England Under-18’s, winning his only cap while on loan with the reds, in their 1-1 draw with Italy in Capri. Conor Coady skippered the side. Dicks on the up 1986 - Julian Dicks signed as a professional for Birmingham City. He netted once in 102 games for the Blues before moving to West Ham United for £300,000 in March 1988. Also in international action 1978 – Future red Mark Lawrenson played for the Republic of Ireland in their 3-0 friendly defeat in Poland. 1989 – Future red István Kozma featured as Hungary were held to a 1-1 draw by Malta in a World Cup qualifier in Budapest. 2005 – Future reds keeper Daniele Padelli played for Italy Under-20’s as they beat Russia 2-0.
  10. 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. 2005 – Left-back Calum Scanlon was born in Birmingham. He signed from Birmingham City in February 2021, turning pro in March 2022. Trebles galore We have been treated to a number of hat-tricks on this day over the years. 2018 - Sadio Mané netted three times as we trounced Porto 5-0 in the first leg of our UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first leg in Portugal. Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah also struck, with the Egyptian reaching thirty goals in his debut season. 1998 - Michael Owen notched a treble in a 3-3 draw at Sheffield Wednesday. Benito Carbone, Paolo Di Canio and Andy Hinchcliffe struck for the Owls. Our previous two fixtures on this day also witnessed hat-tricks. 1994 - Matt Le Tissier struck the last three of his seven goals past us, including two penalties, in Southampton’s 4-2 League win at The Dell, with the home side racing into a four-goal lead, as his first goal came after just 28 seconds. Julian Dicks converted a penalty after the snow fell, with Ian Rush also on target in what was Alan Ball’s first home game in charge of the Saints. Craig Maskell also netted for the Saints. 1987 - Rush scored his sixteenth and final reds hat-trick to help secure a 4-3 League win over Leicester City at Anfield, with Paul Walsh also on the scoresheet. Alan Smith struck two of his nine goals against the reds, with Craig Johnston putting through his own net. 1931 - Another red scored a hat-trick at Hillsborough, as Gordon Hodgson notched four times, including a penalty, in our 5-3 League win over Sheffield Wednesday, with Dave Wright also on target. Jack Ball bagged two of his four goals against the reds, with George Stephenson netting one of his four past us. Also recently 2016 – We thumped relegation-bound Aston Villa 6-0 at Villa Park, with Daniel Sturridge and James Milner on target in the first half. Emre Can, Divock Origi and Nathaniel Clyne all also struck before veteran centre-half headed in his only reds goal. 2015 – We won our FA Cup Fifth Round tie 2-1 at Crystal Palace. Fraizer Campbell scored the most recent of his four goals against us to date after a quarter of an hour, with Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana both notching in the second half. Dick’s birthday 1904 - Outside-right Dick Edmed was born in Gillingham. He signed from his hometown club for £1,800 in January 1926 and netted 46 times in 170 reds games before joining Bolton Wanderers in May 1932. He died on his eightieth birthday. Into the final 1978 - We held Arsenal to a goalless draw at Highbury in our League Cup Semi-final second leg to progress 2-1 on aggregate. However, we lost the Final to Nottingham Forest, after a replay. 1984 - We reached our fourth consecutive Final in the competition, winning the second leg of our Semi-final 2-0 at Third Division Walsall thanks to goals from Ian Rush and Ronnie Whelan, to go through 4-2 on aggregate. Unfortunately, seventeen travelling supporters needed hospital treatment when a barrier crumpled in the away end, with the game having to be delayed by a quarter of an hour. Beating the Gunners 2006 - Luis García grabbed the only goal of the game in the dying minutes after Jens Lehmann had beaten out Didi Hamann’s long-range effort, to defeat Arsenal at Anfield in our Premiership encounter. Lehmann had saved a spot-kick from Steven Gerrard in the first half, while Jamie Carragher was playing his 400th reds game. On the same day, young Argentinean centre-back Gabriel Paletta agreed to join the reds from Club Atlético Banfield for £2m. He had to wait until July to arrive, featuring just eight times for the first team before returning to his native land to join Boca Juniors in August 2007. Ged honoured 2002 - Gérard Houllier was given a special UEFA award following our remarkable five-trophy haul in 2001. On the way out 2013 – We lost 2-0 at Zenit St. Petersburg in the first leg of our UEFA Europa League Round of 32 tie, with Hulk and Sergei Semak netting as we missed a host of chances. We won the Anfield return 3-1 but were knocked out on the away goals rule. Bamber off the mark 1920 - Left-half Jack Bamber struck the first of his two reds goals as we beat Blackburn Rovers 3-0 at Anfield, with Harry Chambers adding a brace. Up against the Geordies We have twice faced Newcastle United on this day in history, without losing. 1925 - We were held to a 1-1 draw at Anfield in a top-flight encounter, with Dick Forshaw on the scoresheet. Jock McNab, Walter Wadsworth and United’s Tommy Urwin were all dismissed! 1948 - We won a friendly 3-0 in front of 44,830 fans at St. James’ Park, with Billy Liddell, Kevin Baron and Willie Fagan on target. Ex-Magpie Albert Stubbins missed a penalty. Beginnings and ends 1981 - Kevin Sheedy made the first of only five reds appearances in a 2-2 draw at home to Birmingham City, before his departure across Stanley Park. David Johnson and Phil Neal scored for the reds as we led 2-0. Ray Kennedy had to step in as an emergency centre-half for this game due to an injury crisis. 1959 - Forward Bobby Murdoch played his nineteenth and final reds game as we lost a Second Division match 3-0 at Cardiff City. He moved on to Barrow seven months later. Derek Tapscott struck two of his six goals past us, with Brayley Reynolds netting one of his seven against the reds. Milestone goal 1914 – Tom Miller struck either side of a first-half brace by George Lillycrop, which was our thousandth goal in top-flight football, as we lost 2-1 at Bolton Wanderers. 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.
  11. Will

    25th May

    The glory of Istanbul 2005 - We claimed the European Cup for the fifth time as we came from 3-0 down against the mighty AC Milan in Istanbul to triumph after a penalty shoot-out. Paolo Maldini scored before Hernan Crespo bagged a brace, with the reds having a strong penalty claim for handball turned down as well as losing Harry Kewell to injury half-way through the first period. The fans and team inspired each other in the second half as we began our comeback through skipper Steven Gerrard, whose goal was the only header of that season’s victorious European campaign. Vladimír Šmicer then struck his nineteenth reds goal in his 184th and final game for the club, before Xabi Alonso saw his penalty saved but tucked away the rebound, just six minutes after Gerrard’s goal. We hung on to the 3-3 scoreline through the rest of normal and extra time, with Jerzy Dudek making an incredible double save from Andriy Shevchenko. An amazing night was completed as we won the penalty shoot-out 3-2, with Dietmar Hamann, Djibril Cissé and Šmicer converting their spot-kicks and Dudek dancing on the goal-line. The glory that was Rome 1977 – This day brought one of only a couple of other days that can vie with Istanbul as the most glorious day in our history, as we claimed the European Cup for the first time. Our opponents were Borussia Mönchengladbach, who we had beaten in the UEFA Cup Final four years earlier. Rainer Bonhof hit the post for the Germans before Terry McDermott opened the scoring after half an hour, although Alan Simonsen equalised shortly after half-time, capitalising on a loose Jimmy Case back-pass. After sustaining heavy German pressure, we regained the lead when Tommy Smith rose to head in magnificently from a corner, in his 600th reds game, which was then assumed to be his final outing. Seven minutes from time, Kevin Keegan, playing in his 323rd and last reds match, was felled by Berti Vogts in the area, and Phil Neal stepped up to convert from the spot. Then the party could really start. This game remains our only other first-class game on this day in history. Heading off 2006 - Fernando Morientes was sold to Valencia for a reported £3m after twelve goals in 61 reds games. He had joined for £6.3m from Real Madrid in January 2005, but failed to fully convince in a reds shirt. However, he did help us to claim the FA Cup and UEFA Super Cup in his time at Anfield. 1954 – Utility player Bill Jones’s contract with the reds expired. He signed from Hayfield St. Matthews in September 1938 and scored seventeen times in 277 games for us, with his appearances including the 1950 FA Cup Final when he was preferred to Bob Paisley. Bill won two significant medals in the 1940’s - first he was awarded a Military Medal for his part in the crossing of the Rhine in the Second World War, and then he won a League title medal in 1947 on his return to Anfield. He later scouted for the reds while his grandson Rob represented the club in defence on 243 occasions in the 1990’s. Mighty Mouse starts out 1971 - Kevin Keegan played his first reds game as we lost 3-2 at Danish side AGF Århus, with Bobby Graham and Jack Whitham netting our goals. Happy birthdays 1999 – Centre-half Ibrahima Konaté was born in Paris. It was announced in May 2021 that he would sign from RasenBallsport Leipzig e.V. on 1st July. 1994 – Reserves forward Samed Yeşil was born in Dusseldorf. He signed for £1m from Bayer 04 Leverkusen last August, so far making two senior appearances. 1974 – Former sub keeper Robbie Holcroft was born in Skelmersdale. He sat on our bench five times in the early 1990’s. Thumped in Blackpool 1942 - We were trounced 8-2 at Blackpool in a Wartime League game. Billy Liddell converted a penalty, with Cyril Done also netting. Friendly scorers 2001 - Robbie Fowler was on target in England’s 4-0 friendly defeat of Mexico at Pride Park as future red Joe Cole won his first cap. Jamie Carragher, Steven Gerrard, Emile Heskey and Michael Owen all also featured, while David James made his last appearance as an Aston Villa player. Future red Djibril Cissé and ex-red Rigobert Song also played for their countries that day. 2008 – Future red Luis Suárez bagged a brace, including a penalty, as Uruguay beat Turkey 3-2 in a friendly in Germany. 2016 - Marko Grujić won his first senior cap for Serbia as they beat Cyprus 2-1 in a friendly in Užice. On the same day, future red Takumi Minamino netted for Japan Under-23’s as they beat Guinea 2-1 in a friendly in France. Digger for England John Barnes twice played for his country on this day in history. 1985 – England lost 1-0 to Scotland in the Rous Cup at Hampden Park, while he was still a Watford player. Ex-red Graeme Souness captained the victors. 1991 - He played alongside future reds Nigel Clough and Mark Wright in a 2-2 friendly draw with Argentina at Wembley. Defensive signings 1979 - Centre-back Dave Watson signed as an apprentice. Unlike his brother Alex, he never played a senior reds game, and found greater success across the park. 1903 – Full-back Joseph Hoare arrived from Southampton for £75, playing just seven times before returning to the Saints a year later. 1894 - Full-back Abel Hughes signed for the reds. He too never made a first-team appearance. On the same day, Scottish keeper Bill McCann arrived from Abercorn, playing seventeen times before moving on the following March. Flo on target 2006 - Florent Sinama-Pongolle netted for France Under-21’s in their 3-0 defeat of Germany in a European Championships Finals group game in Portugal. Also in international action that day were Jamie Carragher, Scott Carson, Peter Crouch, future reds Joe Cole and Raul Meireles, and ex-reds David James, Jari Litmanen and Michael Owen, with Roy Hodgson taking charge of Finland. 2007 - Carson and ex-red Owen both featured for England B in their 3-1 defeat of Albania at Turf Moor. A Hungarian double 2007 - It was announced that forwards Krisztián Németh and András Simon would both sign from MTK Hungária for around £1m. Both left the club in 2010 without having made the first team. On the move 2007 - Gérard Houllier resigned as Manager of Olympique Lyonnais after two years in charge, in which time he had led them to their fifth and sixth consecutive Ligue 1 titles as well as the knock-out stages of the Champions League. On the same day, future reds goalkeeping coach John Achterberg was released by Tranmere Rovers, although he was then given a further two-year contract as a player and coach. 2018 – Ex-reds loanee midfielder Conor Thomas signed for Cheltenham Town, having spent the previous year playing in India. He struck twenty times in 146 outings across his first four campaigns with the Robins. The kids done well 1963 – Tommy Smith captained the reds as they lost the second leg of our first ever FA Youth Cup Final 5-2 at West Ham United. We had won the first leg 3-1 and led 2-1 on the night in East London with Bobby Graham amongst the scorers. However, reds keeper Rodney Swindlehurst was bundled over the line by the Hammers centre-forward to equalise, getting injured in the process. The Irons then did enough to take the tie into extra time and go on to claim the prize. We had to wait another 33 years to clinch the trophy for the first time. Euro despair 2013 – Ex-reds loanee Nuri Şahin played in the UEFA Champions League Final for Ballspielverein Borussia 09 e.V. Dortmund, managed by Jürgen Klopp, as they lost 2-1 to Bayern München at Wembley. Birth and death 1890 – Scottish keeper Frank Mitchell was born in Elgin, Morayshire. He signed from Everton for £1,250 in February 1921, playing eighteen times before joining Tranmere Rovers in June 1923 after failing to permanently displace the great Elisha Scott. 1899 – Scottish left-half Jim McBride died in Manchester, aged just 25. He struck seven times in 56 games, helping us to the Second Division title in 1894 after signing from Renton in June 1892. He moved on to Ardwick in December 1894. Ex-Ger 2006 – Sotirios Kyrgiakos won his final cap for Greece while a Rangers player as they lost 1-0 to Australia in a friendly in Melbourne. 2010 – He also played for his country, as they drew 2-2 with North Korea in Austria. Future red Joël Matip and ex-reds Robbie Keane and Rigobert Song also featured in international friendlies that day. Magilton for his country Ex-reds reserves midfielder Jim Magilton twice represented Northern Ireland on this day in the 1990’s. 1993 - He won his fourteenth cap in a 1-0 World Cup qualifying win in Lithuania. 1995 - He made his 28th appearance as they lost 2-1 to Chile in a Canada Cup game in Edmonton. International firsts and last 2012 – Future red Sadio Mané debuted for Senegal in their 1-0 win in Morocco. Meanwhile, Christian Benteke won his first cap as a Koninklijke Racing Club Genk player, his fourth to date, as Belgium were held to a 2-2 friendly draw in Brussels by Montenegro. Future red Emre Can won his first cap for Germany Under-19’s in their 2-2 draw in Serbia. Luis Suárez netted for Uruguay as they drew a friendly 1-1 in Russia. Also in international action were Krisztián Adorján, Jack Robinson, ex-red Ádám Hajdú and future reds Ragnar Klavan, Suso and Gini Wijnaldum. 2014 - Nuri Şahin won his first cap in his second spell as a Ballspielverein Borussia 09 e.V. Dortmund player, captaining Turkey as they beat the Republic of Ireland 2-1 in a friendly in Dublin. Meanwhile, Sadio Mané played for the final time while with Red Bull Salzburg as Senegal beat Kosovo 3-1 in Switzerland. 2018 - Diogo Jota won his last Under-21’s cap as a Club Atlético de Madrid player, bagging a brace and captaining Portugal as they beat Italy 3-2 in a friendly in Estoril. Also in international action 1952 – Billy Liddell played for Scotland in their 2-1 friendly defeat in Denmark. 1954 – Andy Beattie took charge of Scotland as they won a friendly 2-1 in Finland. He had guested with the reds during the war, and later joined the backroom staff at Anfield after a successful management career. 1965 – Tommy Smith played for England Under-23’s in their 1-0 defeat in West Germany. 1969 – Alun Evans and Emlyn Hughes both appeared for England Under-12’s as they beat a Belgium B team 1-0 in Ostend. 1979 – Ex-reds Joey Jones and John Toshack both featured for Wales as they drew 1-1 with Northern Ireland in the British International Championships in Belfast. 1982 – Terry McDermott, Phil Neal and Phil Thompson all played for England as they beat the Netherlands 2-0 in a friendly at Wembley. 1986 – Future reds John Aldridge and Ray Houghton both appeared for the Republic of Ireland as they beat host nation 2-1 in a tournament game in Iceland. 1987 – Future red Øyvind Leonhardsen played for Norway Under-16’s as they shared a goalless draw with West Germany in France. 1994 – Future red Jean-Michael Ferri featured as France beat Australia 1-0 in Japan. 2000 – Richie Partridge played for the Irish Under-21’s as they lost 1-0 to Colombia in the Toulon Tournament. 2002 - Milan Baroš was on the winning side as the Czech Republic Under-21’s beat Italy 3-2 in Switzerland to reach the European Championships Final. Meanwhile, ex-reds Jason McAteer and Steve Staunton played for the senior Republic of Ireland team that beat Japanese club side Sanfrecce Hiroshima 2-1, with Abel Xavier also in international action. 2004 – Michael Foley-Sheridan and Darren Potter both featured for the Irish Under-21’s as they beat Scotland 3-1 in a friendly in Galway. 2011 – Future red Charlie Adam played as Scotland beat Wales 3-1 in a Carling Nations Cup game in Dublin.
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