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  1. Will

    20th August

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

    5th August

    Happy birthday Clem 1948 - Ray Clemence was born in Skegness. He arrived from Scunthorpe United for £18,000 in June 1967, usurping Tommy Lawrence as first choice number one after two years. He went on to make 665 reds appearances, winning five League titles, an FA Cup, three European Cups, two UEFA Cups, a League Cup, UEFA Super Cup and four FA Charity Shields, before moving on to Tottenham Hotspur in August 1981. Adiós Xabi 2009 - Xabi Alonso moved to Real Madrid for a club record £30m, after helping us to claim the European Cup, UEFA Super Cup, FA Cup and FA Community Shield. He had arrived from Real Sociedad for £10.7m in August 2004, bagging nineteen goals in 210 reds games, including two strikes from inside his own half. Striking out 1991 - Peter Beardsley was sold to Everton for £1m. He had arrived from Newcastle United for a British record £1.9m fee four years before. In his time at Anfield he had won two League titles, an FA Cup and two FA Charity Shields, scoring 59 times in 175 matches. 2011 - Milan Jovanović left Anfield to join Royal Sporting Club Anderlecht on a free transfer. He had struck just twice in eighteen appearances since signing for free from Standard de Liège in July 2010. Bad boy Cally 1975 - Ian Callaghan was booked for the first time fifteen years into his reds career as we won 2-0 in a friendly at Ballspielverein Borussia 09 e.V. Dortmund, although it was not officially recorded as it was clearly an incorrect decision. In the same game, Joey Jones scored his first goal in only his second reds appearance. Peter Cormack grabbed the other goal. Keep changing 2019 – Simon Mignolet was sold to Club Brugge for an initial reported £6.4m, with ex-Hammers stopper Adrián signing as his replacement, so far making eighteen senior appearances, making a crucial stop in the shoot-out as we claimed the UEFA Super Cup as well as helping us to claim the Premier League title. Mignolet had signed from Sunderland for £9m in June 2013, keeping 65 clean sheets in 204 senior outings, making a string of top-class saves as we finished second in the League in his first campaign. However, his subsequent five seasons were more mixed. Beginning and end 2010 – Joe Cole made his senior reds debut as we beat Rabotnički Skopje 2-0 at Anfield in our UEFA Europa League Third Qualifying Round second leg. Meanwhile, keeper Diego Cavalieri played his tenth and last reds game and Alberto Aquilani made his 28th and final reds appearance, with our goals coming in the first half from a David N’Gog header and a Steven Gerrard penalty. 2015 – Future reds keeper Kamil Grabara won his first cap for Poland Under-17’s in their 2-0 friendly defeat of Denmark in Sweden. Out on loan 2016 – Right-back Jon Flanagan joined Burnley for the season, managing just ten senior appearances. On the same day, reserves midfielder Allan Rodrigues de Souza joined Hertha BSC Berlin on loan, playing sixteen times. 2008 – Winger Sebastián Leto joined Olympiacos on loan after his work permit application for the UK was turned down. He had a successful campaign in Greece, netting once in 24 League outings as they clinched a League and Cup double, and signed permanently for their major rivals Panathinaikos in July 2009. 2004 - Grégory Vignal joined Rangers on loan. He appeared 42 times for the Ibrox side, netting three times and helping them to claim the League Cup and the title at the last gasp. Hurry up Harry 2003 - Harry Kewell scored his first reds goal as we beat Aberdeen 5-1 to claim the pre-season ESS Centenary Cup at Pittodrie. Florent Sinama-Pongolle missed a penalty, although Danny Murphy and Emile Heskey successfully got on the scoresheet, to add to a brace from Neil Mellor. The game was played to commemorate Aberdeen's centenary. Keeping the beery trophy 2000 - We retained the Carlsberg Belfast Challenge on goal difference after Titi Camara and Michael Owen had netted in our 2-2 draw with SL Benfica at Windsor Park. Birth and death 1872 – Tom Wyllie was born in Maybole, South Ayrshire. He bagged fifteen goals in 25 senior games after signing from Everton in 1982, as well as scoring the only goal of the first ever derby meeting with his former club, in the Liverpool Senior Cup Final in 1893. He moved on to Bury later that year. 1933 – American-born outside-left Hugh Lester died. He joined the reds in December 1911, becoming the first player born outside the British Isles to play for the reds, just twice. He moved on to Oldham Athletic in May 1913, being converted into a full-back. Shoot-out heartbreak We have twice been beaten 4-3 in penalty shoot-outs after tied friendly encounters on this day over the years. 1979 - Alan Kennedy netted as we drew 1-1 with SL Benfica in Gelsenkirchen in the Final of a tournament held to celebrate the 75th anniversary of German side Schalke 04. Phil Neal, David Johnson and Graeme Souness all converted their spot-kicks, but Alan Hansen, Alan Kennedy and Ray Kennedy had their penalties saved, with Ray Clemence saving two of the six he faced. 1983 - We lost another shoot-out after being held to a goalless draw by Hamburger SV in the Rotterdam AD Toernooi. 2007 - Pepe Reina saved a penalty as we were held to a 1-1 draw by Feyenoord in their Port of Rotterdam Tournament, meaning that Porto won the trophy. Steven Gerrard struck in our final pre-season fixture, while future red Gini Wijnaldum who was on the bench managed to swap shirts with Fernando Torres at the end of the game! More German opposition We have twice been beaten by German sides in pre-season games on this day in history. 1980 - Kenny Dalglish and David Fairclough netted as we lost 3-2 at VfB Stuttgart. 1994 - Robbie Fowler bagged our consolation from the spot as we lost 3-1 in a Firestone International Challenge Cup game at Hamburger SV. Aldo bags a treble 1988 - John Aldridge grabbed a hat-trick in our 4-1 friendly defeat of a Sunnmøre XI at the Aksla Stadion on our Norwegian tour. John Barnes struck the other. 2008 – We beat Vålerenga 4-1 at the Ullevål Stadion in Oslo, thanks to goals from Xabi Alonso, Fernando Torres, Yossi Benayoun and David N’Gog. 2009 – We won 2-0 at Lyn, with Andriy Voronin and David N’Gog on target in Oslo. 1990 - We also won in Norway as Steve McMahon, David Burrows and John Barnes netted in our 3-0 win at Lillestrøm SK. 1989 - Peter Beardsley struck the only goal of the game at Swedish side Halmstads Bollklubb. Reds in Holland 1972 - Steve Heighway bagged the only goal of our friendly at Utrecht. 1977 - We lost 2-1 to Ajax in the Amsterdam Tournament at the Olympisch Stadion, with our score coming from a René Notten own goal. Other friendlies 1985 - Steve Nicol and Kenny Dalglish added to an Ian Rush brace as we won 4-1 at Brighton & Hove Albion. 2017 – Roberto Firmino converted a penalty with Ben Woodburn and Dominic Solanke scored as we beat Athletic Bilbao 3-1 in Dublin. Double Bolognese 2021 – We played two sixty-minute matches against Italian side Bologna in Evian, France, with Diogo Jota and Sadio Mané both scoring in a 2-0 victory. Takumi Minamino bagged the only goal of the second encounter, with Divock Origi missing a penalty. Triple signing boost 2001 - It was announced that Jamie Carragher, Dietmar Hamann and Steven Gerrard had all signed new contracts to keep them at Anfield until 2005, with all of them subsequently further extending their reds careers. Goalscoring milestones 2011 – Philippe Coutinho bagged a brace, his last goals for Brazil Under-20’s in their 4-0 World Championship Finals defeat of Panama in Colombia. Fellow future red Mohamed Salah also featured in the same competition that day, as Egypt thumped Austria 4-0. 2000 - Future reds striker Djibril Cissé scored his first goal for Auxerre in their 2-1 defeat of Metz at the Stade Saint-Symphorien. On the move 2020 – Jay Spearing joined Tranmere Rovers, scoring once in 44 appearances in his first season and helping them to reach the EFL Trophy Final, being named their Player of the Year. On the same day, midfielder Tom Hill signed a new contract with the reds. He had made his senior debut in our Carabao Cup Quarter-final defeat at Aston Villa in December 2019. 2015 – Midfielder Danny Guthrie signed for Blackburn Rovers after a successful trial, playing seventeen times in his first campaign at Ewood Park. On the same day, left-back Aly Cissokho re-joined Porto on loan from Aston Villa, but was recalled after just two outings in four months back in Portugal. 2014 – Future reds coach Gary O'Neil signed for Norwich City, playing 59 times across two seasons between spells with Queens Park Rangers and Bristol City. 2011 – Ex-reds defender David Raven re-signed for Tranmere Rovers, having been released by Shrewsbury Town. He played twenty times in this second spell before moving north of the border to join Inverness Caledonian Thistle the following June. 2006 – Future reds right-back Glen Johnson joined Portsmouth on loan from Chelsea. He played 28 times for Pompey before signing on permanently for £4m a year later. 2005 - It was announced that physio Dave Galley had joined Derby County after six years at Melwood, although he returned in the summer of 2009 to head up the Academy’s medical department for a year, after a spell at Wigan Athletic. On the same day, ex-reds midfielder Don Hutchison joined Millwall on a free transfer from West Ham United. He struck twice in fourteen games for the Lions before joining Luton Town in July 2007. 2004 - Former Under-13’s Coach Mike Sheron joined Macclesfield Town from Blackpool on a free transfer, having struck eleven times in fifty games for the Tangerines. 1999 - Dean Saunders joined Bradford City from SL Benfica on a free transfer. He could only net six times in 53 games during his two seasons with the Bantams. Papa Luis 2009 – Future reds forward Luis Suárez became a father to his first child, a daughter called Delfina, oddly enough an anagram of Anfield!
  3. Will

    4th August

    Happy birthday John 1957 - John Wark was born in Glasgow. He struck an impressive 42 times in his 108 games for the reds following his £450,000 capture from Ipswich Town in March 1984, where he had been named PFA Player of the Year three years earlier. He left Anfield in January 1988 to return to Portman Road, having won a League championship medal with us. Striking German debuts 1967 - Tony Hateley made his reds bow in our 1-0 friendly defeat by 1. FC Köln at the Müngersdorfer Stadion, following his record signing from Chelsea for £96,000 the previous month. Emlyn Hughes was sent off in the seventeenth minute for retaliating after being kicked by Wolfgang Overath. 1997 - Karl-Heinz Riedle made his first appearance in a 3-1 friendly win at Crewe Alexandra, when Michael Owen and Paul Ince added to a Danny Murphy penalty. Beating Roma again 2004 - We beat Roma 2-1 in a ChampionsWorld Series game in the Giants Stadium in New Jersey. Michael Owen netted in his final reds game, while right-back Josemi made his first appearance for us. Dietmar Hamann was skipper briefly, the first time he had received this honour, while Djibril Cissé grabbed our first goal. Milan at the treble 2002 - We beat AC Milan 2-1 in the third-place play-off of the Real Madrid Trofeo Centenario. Milan scored all three goals, as a Dario Šimić own goal put us in front, before Milan Baroš doubled our advantage. Jon Dahl Tomasson pulled one back for the Italians, but we held on to win. 1998 - We also faced Italian opposition, beating Internazionale 2-1 at Anfield to claim the pre-season Pirelli Cup. Ex-Inter player Paul Ince and Steve Harkness netted that day. Losing to the Mancs 2014 – We lost the International Champions Cup Final 3-1 to Manchester United in Miami, with our score being a penalty converted by Steven Gerrard. 2019 – We lost a penalty shoot-out 5-4 to Manchester City after the FA Community Shield ended 1-1 at Wembley. Ex-red Raheem Sterling opened the scoring early on with the first of his two goals past us to date, with Joël Matip equalising shortly after Virgil van Dijk had struck the bar. Mohamed Salah had an effort cleared off the line, the closest either side came to securing victory. Xherdan Shaqiri, Adam Lallana, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Salah all converted their spot-kicks, with Gini Wijnaldum having his saved. Al starts out 2018 – Brazilian keeper Alisson Becker played his first reds game as we thumped Napoli 5-0 in a friendly in Dublin. James Milner and Gini Wijnaldum struck early on, with Mohamed Salah, Daniel Sturridge and Alberto Moreno on target after the break. 2021 – Alisson signed a new contract, having kept 87 clean sheets in 130 games to date, as he helped us to claim the Premier League, UEFA Champions League and FIFA Club World Cup. He also dramatically headed in an injury-time winner at West Bromwich Albion in May 2021 to help secure qualification for the UEFA Champions League again. Off on loan 2008 – Reserves keeper David Martin joined Leicester City on loan. He played thirty times as they claimed the League One title, leaving Anfield permanently in May 2010 to re-join MK Dons. 2015 – Winger Sheyi Ojo moved to Wolverhampton Wanderers, netting three times in nineteen outings before being recalled to Anfield the following January. Pre-season routs We have twice run amok in friendlies on this day in history. 1970 - We won 5-0 at Preston North End in a ‘public practice match’. Emlyn Hughes and Peter Thompson both netted twice, with Alun Evans also on target. 1992 - We ran riot at Tranmere Rovers, thrashing them 7-1, with Ian Rush and Dean Saunders both grabbing a brace. Paul Stewart, Mike Marsh and Ronnie Rosenthal all also scored. 2006 - Less happily, we were humbled 5-0 at Jürgen Klopp’s 1. FSV Mainz 05 in our final pre-season friendly. Scandinavian victories We have twice overcome Scandinavian opponents on pre-season tours on this day over the years. 1991 - We won 2-1 at Swedish side Elfsborg, thanks to goals from John Barnes and Dean Saunders. 1993 - We won in the Norway Cup at Rosenborg BK, with Ian Rush grabbing the only goal of the game. 1986 - We beat Länslaget, a Swedish Select XI, 3-1 thanks to two Jan Mølby penalties and an Ian Rush strike. This match was billed as the biggest football event in the city of Örebro since France played Scotland during the World Cup in 1958. For Dortmund 1984 - We helped Ballspielverein Borussia 09 e.V. Dortmund to celebrate their 75th anniversary, although an Ian Rush strike condemned them to a 1-0 friendly defeat at the Westfalenstadion. Other friendlies 1951 - Billy Liddell netted a brace as we beat an Edinburgh Select side 2-1 in a match at Easter Road, arranged to celebrate Edinburgh Charities Day. 1981 - Terry McDermott and David Johnson got on the scoresheet as we won 2-1 at Sc***horpe United, with ex-Iron keeper turning out for the reds for the last time. 1996 - Steve McManaman grabbed the only goal of the game at Northern Irish side Dundalk. 1976 - We lost 2-0 at Feyenoord. Farewell Jon 2000 - Reserves forward Jon Newby joined First Division Sheffield United on loan. He made three starts and a further ten substitute appearances in his three months at Bramall Lane, without hitting the net. He left Anfield for good when he joined Bury in March 2001. Turned down 2005 - Mark González was denied a work permit, having signed on loan from Albacete Balompié two weeks earlier. He was finally given the official go-ahead to move to the reds a year later, though his reds career did not last long. Future reds on the move 2009 – Midfielder Charlie Adam joined Blackpool from Rangers for a club record £500,000 after a successful loan spell. He netted 36 times in 101 games in total while at Bloomfield Road, before moving to Anfield for an initial £6.75m in July 2011. 2006 – Keeper Brad Jones joined Sheffield Wednesday on loan from Middlesbrough, turning out fifteen times for the Owls. 2005 – Centre-half Ragnar Klavan joined Dutch side Heracles Almelo from Flora Tallinn, scoring five times in 104 games while in the Netherlands. Ex-reds on the move 2021 – Forward Danny Ings moved to Aston Villa from Southampton for a £25m fee, having struck 46 times in exactly a century of outings for the Saints. 2015 – Left-back Paul Konchesky joined Queens Park Rangers on loan from Leicester City, playing 34 times for them that season. 2012 – Lee Peltier left Leicester City to sign for Leeds United after two goals in 47 games in his one season with the Foxes. 2006 - Former reserves keeper Tony Warner joined Leeds United on loan from Fulham. He played fourteen times as they struggled against relegation from the Championship. 2003 - Ex-reds reserves striker John Durnin joined Accrington Stanley on loan from Port Vale. He netted four times in fifteen Conference games for them, before being released at the end of the season. Olympian despair 2012 – Craig Bellamy captained a Great Britain side that also included future reds Joe Allen, Steven Caulker and Daniel Sturridge as they drew 1-1 with South Korea in the Quarter-final of the Olympics Finals in Cardiff. South Korea won 5-4 on penalties with Sturridge having his penalty saved. On the same day, future red Sadio Mané played as Senegal lost 4-2 to Mexico after extra time at Wembley, with fellow future red Mohamed Salah also crashing out as Egypt lost 3-0 to Japan at Old Trafford. Internationals on target 2016 – Future red Takumi Minamino netted as Japan lost 5-4 to Nigeria in a Olympic Finals group game in Brazil. Tiago Ilori also featured that day as Portugal beat Argentina 2-0 in another group stage game in Rio de Janeiro. 1994 – Future red Haukur Igni Gudnason bagged a brace as Iceland Under-17’s beat England 4-3, his final goals at this level. Also in international action 2011 – Michael Ngoo featured for England Under-20’s as they were held to a goalless draw by Mexico in their World Championship Finals group game in Colombia. 2010 – Adam Morgan played as England Under-17’s beat Denmark 2-0 in a Nordic Tournament game in Finland. 2007 – Future red Nikola Sarić appeared for Denmark Under-17’s in their 2-0 defeat of Finland in a tournament in Kolding.
  4. 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.
  5. Will

    29th November

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

    9th September

    A great start for the knight 1959 - ‘Sir’ Roger Hunt scored on his reds debut as we beat Sc***horpe United 2-0 at Anfield, with Jimmy Melia bagging the other. Roger went on to notch 285 times in 492 reds games, a club record until the arrival of Ian Rush. 1961 - We also beat The Iron 2-1 in another Second Division meeting at Anfield thanks to a Derek Hemstead own goal and an Alan A’Court strike. This was our sixth straight win from the start of the season as we went on to clinch the title. A red stalwart moves on 1994 - Ronnie Whelan left Anfield for Southend United on a free transfer. He had signed from Home Farm for £35,000 in September 1979 and played 493 reds games, netting 73 times and winning six League titles, one European Cup, two FA Cups, three League Cups and three FA Charity Shields. He turned out 35 times for the Shrimpers, netting once, and became Player/Manager the following summer. On the same day, Mark Walters joined Wolverhampton Wanderers on loan. He struck three times in eleven appearances for Wolves before returning to Anfield. Michael walks free 2009 - Michael Shields was finally released with a royal pardon after four years behind bars for a crime he did not commit in Bulgaria in the aftermath of the Champions League Final in Istanbul. A day of firsts and lasts 2000 - Christian Ziege made his reds bow as a substitute in our 3-2 defeat of Manchester City at Anfield. Jamie Carragher skippered the side for the first time, while Michael Owen netted in his hundredth League game. Mad Dutchman Erik Meijer made his 27th and final appearance for the reds, as Dietmar Hamann scored a very rare brace as City fought back from two goals down before Hamann’s late winner. Ex-World Player of the Year George Weah scored his only League goal for City, with Kevin Horlock converting a spot-kick. 1893 – Winger Patrick Gordon bagged the first of his eight reds goals as we beat Lincoln City 4-0 in a Second Division fixture at Anfield. Left-half James McBride netted a brace with Malcolm McVean also on target. 1944 - Cyril Done was on target in his fourth consecutive reds game as we drew 2-2 with Manchester City at Anfield in a Wartime League match, with Berry Nieuwenhuys also on the scoresheet. 1911 - We were held by the same score in L4, with Jack Parkinson and Ronald Orr both on target. Tommy Kelso struck twice from the spot for the Sky Blues. Debuting on the left 1912 - Left-half Joe Dines played his only reds game as we won 2-1 at Chelsea thanks to goals from Arthur Goddard and Tommy Gracie. He was killed on the Western Front in 1918. 1967 - We beat the Blues again, this time 3-1 at Anfield with Tommy Smith converting a penalty and Tony Hateley on the scoresheet twice. Keeper Tommy Lawrence played his 200th League game for the reds. 1933 - Left-back Jack Tennant made his reds bow as we went down 4-2 at Aston Villa, with Gordon Hodgson and Sam English on target. Eric Houghton struck two of his six goals past us for the home side, with Dai Astley bagging the first of his six and Alec Talbot also on target for the Villains. Triple centurion 1905 – Tom Watson took charge of his 300th reds League game as Blackburn Rovers won 3-1 at Anfield. Play was halted after 25 minutes due to torrential rain. Jack Cox put us in front, but an Adam Bowman brace gave the visitors a half-time lead. Bill Davies struck late on. Clem in charge 1978 – Ray Clemence skippered the reds in the absence of Emlyn Hughes as we won 3-0 at Birmingham City thanks to a brace from Graeme Souness and Alan Kennedy’s first reds strike, so apparently becoming the first red to captain the side from between the sticks. Garry Pendrey was sent off for the Blues after half an hour for a second bookable offence. Birth and death 1913 - Keeper Alf Hobson was born in County Durham. He signed from Shildon Colliery in April 1936 and made 28 reds appearances either side of the Second World War, as well as playing 171 wartime games. 2011 – Centre-half Laurie Hughes died. He signed from Tranmere Rovers in February 1943 and made 326 reds appearances, netting just once. He helped us to the first post-war League title and the FA Cup Final three years later and was the first red to appear in the World Cup Finals later that year. Derby despair 2006 - We lost 3-0 at Everton, our biggest derby defeat since September 1964, with Pepe Reina suffering a rare aberration. Tim Cahill opened the scoring with one of his five strikes past us before Andy Johnson added a brace. Heysel shame 1987 - 24 people were charged with involuntary manslaughter relating to the Heysel tragedy and extradited to Belgium. Fourteen people were eventually convicted. In comes Arnold 1970 - Midfielder Steve Arnold signed from Crewe Alexandra for £10,000, but only ever made one first-team appearance before moving to Rochdale in June 1973. His career never really took off, and he retired from the game aged 23. International starts 1980 - Boro’s future reds pairing David Hodgson and Craig Johnston both made their debuts for England Under-21’s as they beat Norway 3-1 in a friendly at The Dell. On the same day, Steve Nicol and future red Glenn Hysén faced each other at the same level in a European Championships qualifier in Degerfors. 1987 - John Barnes and Peter Beardsley both won their first England caps as reds players in a 3-1 friendly defeat to West Germany in Dusseldorf. Digger was winning his 32nd cap overall, while Quasi won his sixteenth. Future reds coach Steve Clarke won his first cap for Scotland in their 2-0 friendly win over Hungary at Hampden Park, with Steve Nicol also featuring. Ronnie Whelan and future red Ray Houghton also both played that fay as the Republic of Ireland beat Luxembourg 2-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Dublin. 1986 – István Kozma made his senior debut for Hungary in their goalless friendly draw in Norway, with fellow future red Nigel Clough featuring for England Under-21’s in a 1-1 friendly draw in Sweden. 1997 – Forde Kippe made his bow for Norway Under-21’s as they beat Switzerland 4-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Drammen, with fellow future red Vegard Heggem also in action. 1992 - Future red Paul Ince made his senior England debut in a 1-0 friendly defeat in Spain. Mark Wright and future red Nigel Clough also played. On the same day, Ronnie Rosenthal netted while winning his first cap as a reds player, and 26th to date, as Israel drew 1-1 in a World Cup qualifier in Poland. Also in qualifying action that day were future reds Øyvind Leonhardsen and Jari Litmanen, while Gérard Houllier took charge of France’s 2-0 defeat in Bulgaria and Roy Hodgson led Switzerland to a 3-1 defeat of a Scotland side that included future red Gary McAllister in Bern. 2009 – Sotirios Kyrgiakos won his first cap as a red, and 51st to date for Greece, in their 1-1 World Cup qualifier in Moldova. On the same day, Andriy Voronin won his last cap while at Anfield in Ukraine’s goalless qualifier in Belarus. 2018 - Naby Keïta won his first cap as a reds player, skippering Guinea in their 1-0 defeat of the Central African Republic in an African Cup of Nations qualifier in Conakry. On the same day, ex-red Ryan Babel scored as the Netherlands lost a UEFA Nations League group game 2-1 in France, with Virgil van Dijk captaining a side that also included Gini Wijnaldum, who was reaching a half century of caps. Meanwhile, Curtis Jones played for England Under-18’s as they beat France 2-1 to win the Limoges Tournament and Tom Clayton debuted for Scotland Under-19’s as they lost a friendly 4-3 in Poland. Also in international action were Sadio Mané, Liam Millar, Ben Woodburn, future red Fábio Carvalho and ex-reds Joe Allen and Martin Škrtel, while Glen McAuley faced Morgan Boyes and Neco Williams as Wales Under-19’s beat Ireland 1-0 in a friendly in Longford. Off! 2017 - Sadio Mané was sent off at Manchester City with the score at 1-0 as we eventually succumbed 5-0. Sergio Agüero opened the scoring with the most recent of his six goals past us to date before Mané saw red for a high challenge on keeper Ederson. Gabriel Jesus struck twice, either side of half time, with Leroy Sané adding a late brace. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain made his reds bow as a half-time replacement for Mohamed Salah. 1997 - Skipper Michael Owen was dismissed in England Under-18’s goalless European Championships qualifier with FR Yugoslavia at Millmoor. On the same day, Jamie Carragher and Danny Murphy appeared for the Under-21’s, who beat Moldova 1-0 in a qualifier in Wycombe, with future red Alex Manninger playing for Austria in another qualifier. 2013 – Andre Wisdom skippered England Under-21’s as they drew 1-1 with Finland in a European Championships qualifier in Tampere, but was also sent off. Meanwhile, future red Alberto Moreno played for a Spain in another qualifier at this level, as they beat Albania 4-0 in Logroño. 2008 – Nikolay Mihaylov and future reds Joe Allen and Mario Balotelli all played in European Championships qualifiers at Under-21’s level. Beating the Rams and Wolves We have twice beaten both Derby County and Wolverhampton Wanderers in the top flight on this day in history. 1950 - Cyril Done grabbed the only goal of the game late on against Derby at Anfield. 1989 - Ian Rush and Peter Beardsley struck as we won 3-0 at the Baseball Ground, with John Barnes notching from the spot. 1963 - Roger Hunt bagged a brace with Jimmy Melia also on the scoresheet as we won 3-1 at Molineux with Ronnie Moran playing his 300th League game for the club. 1972 - Peter Cormack grabbed his first reds goal as we beat Wolves 4-2 at Anfield. Emlyn Hughes and Kevin Keegan also struck, with Tommy Smith converting a penalty. This was the first of 336 consecutive games that Ray Clemence played in, until March 1978. John Richards bagged the first of his five goals against the reds, with Steve Kindon also on target. Quasi the Manc 1982 - Peter Beardsley signed for Manchester United from Vancouver Whitecaps for £300,000. He only made one appearance, in the League Cup, before returning to Canada six months later. Mixed fortunes against the Wearsiders 1899 - We lost 2-0 at home to Sunderland in a First Division fixture. 1969 - Geoff Strong and Tommy Smith netted as we won by the same score in a Tuesday night game at Anfield. Reds aiming for Spain 1981 - Terry McDermott, Phil Neal and Phil Thompson all played in England’s famous 2-1 World Cup qualifying defeat in Oslo, alongside ex-reds Ray Clemence and skipper Kevin Keegan. This was Clem’s first cap as a Tottenham Hotspur player. On the same day, Mark Lawrenson won his last cap as a Brighton & Hove Albion player in their 1-1 World Cup draw in the Netherlands. Future red Michael Robinson struck their goal, with Ronnie Whelan also featuring. Kenny Dalglish, Alan Hansen, future reds Glenn Hysén and John Wark, and ex-red Joey Jones all also played in qualifiers that day. Reds on target for their countries 1992 - Ian Rush bagged a treble as Wales thumped the Faroe Islands 6-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Cardiff. Dean Saunders also netted, while winning his final cap as a reds player. On the same day, future red Karl-Heinz Riedle struck in Germany’s 2-1 friendly win in Denmark, for whom Torben Piechnik won his final cap while playing for F.C. København, in a game played to inaugurate the new Parken stadium in the Danish capital. Also that day, John Aldridge netted a hat-trick, including a penalty, in the Republic of Ireland’s 4-0 defeat of Latvia at Lansdowne Road in a World Cup qualifier. These were the first of his eight goals against them in four encounters. Ex-red Kevin Sheedy also scored, with Ronnie Whelan and ex-red Steve Staunton also playing. Ex-reds reserve Jim Magilton was on the scoresheet as Northern Ireland beat Albania 3-0 in another qualifier at Windsor Park. 2019 – Gini Wijnaldum netted as the Netherlands beat an Estonia side captained by Ragnar Klavan 4-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Tallinn who was winning his last cap as a Cagliari player, with ex-red Ryan Babel bagging a brace and Virgil van Dijk skippering the Dutch. Andy Robertson captained the Steve Clarke’s Scots as they lost 4-0 to Belgium at Hampden Park, while also in international action that day were Rhian Brewster, Rafael Camacho, Ki-Jana Hoever, Curtis Jones, Dejan Lovren, Harry Wilson, future red Ibrahima Konaté and ex-reds Joe Allen, Emre Can and Péter Gulácsi. 2009 – Steven Gerrard bagged a brace as England thumped Croatia 5-1 in a World Cup qualifier at Wembley, with Glen Johnson, future red James Milner and ex-red Emile Heskey also featuring. Ex-red Jari Litmanen netted as Finland drew a qualifier 1-1 in Liechtenstein, with fellow ex-red Sami Hyypiä skippering the side. Ex-red Milan Baroš struck four times as the Czech Republic thumped San Marino 7-0, while ex-red John Arne Riise scored as Norway beat FYR Macedonia 2-1. Future red Luis Suárez netted as Uruguay beat Colombia 3-1 in Montevideo. Also in World Cup action that day were Yossi Benayoun, Dirk Kuyt, Javier Mascherano, Martin Škrtel, Fernando Torres, future reds Milan Jovanović, Ragnar Klavan, Raul Meireles and Christian Poulsen, and ex-reds Nicolas Anelka, Craig Bellamy, Alou Diarra, Rigobert Song, with John Toshack taking charge of Wales. 2007 – Rigobert Song again represented his country, as did future reds keeper Alexander Doni. On the move again 1997 - Ex-reserves midfielder Jim Magilton joined Sheffield Wednesday from Southampton for £1.6m. He only managed thirty senior appearances in two seasons at Hillsborough, scoring once, before moving to Ipswich Town in March 1999. 2005 - Former reserves defender Alan Navarro joined Accrington Stanley on a free transfer from Tranmere Rovers. He played three times in the Conference before moving on to Macclesfield Town. 2010 - John Toshack left as Manager of Wales by mutual consent, having been in charge since November 2004. 2016 – Ex-reds winger Toni Silva signed for Greek Super League side Levadiakos, netting six times in 34 games before moving on to Astra Giurgiu in Romania in July 2019. Final caps 2003 – Future red Charles Itandje won his sixth and final cap for France Under-21’s, playing alongside Alou Diarra and Florent Sinama-Pongolle in their goalless European Championships qualifier in Slovenia. Also in international action that day were Steve Finnan, Daniel Sjölund and future reds Glen Johnson, Paul Konchesky and Albert Riera. 2014 – Danny Ward won his sixth and last cap for Wales Under-21’s in their 1-1 draw with Lithuania in a European Championships qualifier in Alytus. Joe Allen, Philippe Coutinho, Dejan Lovren and future reds Emre Can, Danny Ings and Gini Wijnaldum were also in international action that day. Other reds games 1998 – Patrik Berger and Jamie Redknapp netted as we beat Coventry City 2-0 at Anfield. 1995 – We lost 1-0 to Wimbledon at Selhurst Park as Mick Harford struck the last of his seven goals against the reds, with Vinny Jones sent off late on. 1964 – We went down 2-0 at Leicester City. 1936 – Portsmouth held us to a goalless draw in L4. 1931 – We lost 4-1 at Middlesbrough. Bobby Bruce bagged two of his five goals past us, with Jack Jennings and Freddie Warren also on target for the home side. Dave Wright netted our goal. 1922 – We won 3-1 at Preston North End, with Walter Wadsworth, Dick Johnson and Harry Chambers all on the scoresheet. Also in international action 2012 – Ex-red Carl Medjani played for Algeria as they won an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier 1-0 in Libya.
  7. Will

    6th March

    He was our keeper 1988 – Belgian goalie Simon Mignolet was born in Sint-Truiden. He signed from Sunderland for £9m in June 2013, playing 204 times, but only managing to keep 65 clean sheets, moving on Club Brugge for an initial reported £6.4m in August 2019. Dirk’s treble 2011 – Luis Suárez dazzled as Dirk Kuyt scored a remarkable close-distance hat-trick as we beat Manchester United 3-1 at Anfield, two days after boss Kenny Dalglish’s sixtieth birthday. Javier Hernández bagged a late consolation, the first of his three goals past us to date, with record signing Andy Carroll making his reds bow as a substitute. 1993 - Mark Hughes headed Manchester United’s first goal at Anfield in five visits, one of his nine goals past us, before Ian Rush equalised in our Premiership meeting. Brian McClair nodded in the winner from a corner. Through against Barca 2007 - Jamie Carragher played his 57th game in the European Cup to equal Phil Neal’s club record as we lost 1-0 at home to Barcelona, although we still progressed to the Champions League Quarter-finals on the away goals rule. New owners George Gillett Jr. and Tom Hicks attended their first game at Anfield in a cauldron of noise. Both John Arne Riise and Momo Sissoko rattled the woodwork, but Eiður Guðjohnsen put the visitors ahead on the night with a quarter of an hour remaining, although we held on for a famous victory. Seeing off the Geordies 2002 - After floodlight failure delayed kick-off, we put on a sparkling display to beat Newcastle United 3-0 at Anfield, with a brace from Danny Murphy and a Dietmar Hamann strike. Nicolas Anelka put on probably his best display in a red shirt. Further good news that day came with the announcement that Gérard Houllier was back on Merseyside, as he continued his recuperation from his heart operation. A new Case 1982 - Jimmy Case made his first appearance back at Anfield after joining Brighton & Hove Albion, as they won 1-0 in the League with Andy Ritchie on target. A rare defeat 1976 - Middlesbrough won 2-0 at Anfield, inflicting on us one of just eleven home League defeats during the whole of the 1970’s. Graeme Souness and Phil Boersma both played for the visitors. A hat-trick of Huddersfield and Spurs We have played Huddersfield Town three times on this day over the years. 1920 - We lost 2-1 at Leeds Road in the FA Cup Fourth Round as they went on to reach the Final, after taking the lead through Tom Miller on a muddy pitch. 1948 - Albert Stubbins got all our goals in a 4-0 home League win, with outside-left Ken Brierley making his debut, while wing-half Stan Palk played his thirteenth and final reds game as George Kay took charge in the League for the 200th time. 1954 - We were beaten 3-1 at Anfield in another First Division encounter, with Johnny Evans on the scoresheet as Gerry Burrell bagged a brace for the Terriers, with Tommy Cavanagh also on target. We have also played Tottenham Hotspur three times on this day, with each game ending in a draw. 1971 - The most recent was an FA Cup Sixth Round tie at Anfield that ended goalless, although we won the replay as we headed towards Wembley. This day set the record for combined attendances on Merseyside as 54,731 were at Anfield for this game, with another 53,028 across the park to witness Everton thump Colchester United 5-0 in another cup tie. 1926 - Our Anfield League meeting also ended without score. 1915 - Jackie Sheldon netted at White Hart Lane in another top-flight meeting, with Billy Minter netting the last of his five goals against the reds. European draws We have twice drawn European Third Round first legs on this day over the years. 1985 - Austria Wien were known as Austria Memphis due to a sponsorship deal when we drew 1-1 at their Franz Horr Stadion, on our way to a fifth European Cup Final, with Steve Nicol on the scoresheet late on, to notch our 150th goal in Europe’s premier club competition. 1997 - Robbie Fowler netted as we drew by the same score at Norwegian side Brann in the European Cup Winners’ Cup, before we went on to win the return leg 3-0 at Anfield to progress. 2018 – We were held to a goalless draw in L4 by Porto in the second leg of our UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie, having won the first game in Portugal 5-0. Off 2016 - We won 2-1 at Crystal Palace, despite Joe Ledley giving the home side the lead shortly after the break and James Milner being dismissed after an hour. Roberto Firmino equalised before future Eagle Christian Benteke grabbed a stoppage time winner from the spot. Philippe Coutinho was making his hundredth League appearance for the reds. International beginnings and end 1905 - John ‘Geezer’ Hughes and George Latham both made their international debuts for Wales in their 3-1 defeat of Scotland in the British International Championships in Wrexham. 2014 – Victor Moses won his last cap while on loan with the reds as Nigeria and Mexico shared a goalless draw in Atlanta, Georgia. 2018 - Mateusz Musiałowski debuted for Poland Under-15’s as they beat Macedonia 4-0, with fellow future red Jakub Ojrzyński also featuring. For Archie 1899 - We lost 1-0 to Manchester City at Anfield in a testimonial for full-back Archie Goldie. He signed from Clyde in June 1895 and helped us to the Second Division title the following year, netting once in 149 reds games, many alongside his brother, left-half Bill. He left Anfield to sign for New Brighton Tower in 1900. Management moves 1988 - Bobby Campbell was appointed Manager of Chelsea. He was in charge for three years, leading them to the Second Division title in his first full season. 2016 – Former Assistant Manager Sean O’Driscoll was sacked as Head Coach of Walsall after just three months in charge. Stumbling towards Wembley 1965 - We held Leicester City to a goalless draw at Filbert Street in the Sixth Round of the FA Cup. Youngsters in action for their countries 2002 - Robbie Foy netted a consolation for Scotland Under-17’s in their 3-1 European Championships qualifying defeat to England at Ashton Gate. David Raven skippered England, with Mark Smyth also playing. Meanwhile, future red Christian Poulsen featured for Denmark as they lost 1-0 to Norway in an unofficial international in Brøndby. 2019 – Future red Calvin Ramsay played for Scotland Under-16’s in their 3-1 friendly win over Albania in Malta. 2001 – Future red Alberto Aquilani played for Italy Under-16’s in their 5-0 thumping of Bosnia-Herzegovina. 2000 – Michael Foley played for the Irish Under-16’s as they held the host nation to a goalless draw in the Belgium Tournament. Israelis in action Avi Cohen twice represented his country on this day in history. 1977 - He won his eighth cap as Israel beat Japan 2-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Tel-Aviv. 1988 - He appeared alongside future red Ronnie Rosenthal as they lost an Olympics qualifier 2-0 to Australia in Melbourne. In and out 1973 – Winger Peter Spiring signed from Bristol City for £60,000. He only made it as far as the first-team bench on two occasions, without making it onto the field. He left for Luton Town in November 1974, later establishing himself at Hereford United. 1959 - Right-half Roy Saunders joined Swansea Town in part-exchange for forward Des Palmer, who never featured for our first team. He had signed from Hull City in May 1948 and netted once in 146 reds appearances, as well as fathering future reds striker Dean. He died in January 2009. Other reds game 1979 – We shared a goalless draw with Coventry City in torrential rain at Highfield Road. Also in international action 2010 – Future red Milan Jovanović featured as Serbia won a friendly 3-0 in Algeria.
  8. Will

    16th October

    Igor Bišcan wrapped it up 2004 - We won a game of two halves at Craven Cottage. The reds were dismal in a first half that saw a Luis Boa Morte brace put Fulham 2-0 up. We drew level after the break thanks to a Zat Knight own goal and a close-range Milan Baroš strike, before Josemi was sent off following a second caution. Xabi Alonso, who had replaced the hapless Salif Diao at half time, then bagged his first reds goal, with the 4-2 win completed by Igor Bišcan’s glorious strike, his first League goal. All together now, “2-0 down, 4-2 up, Igor Bišcan wrapped it up.” First win in the Ukraine 2001 - With Gérard Houllier recovering from heart surgery, the reds became the first English side to win in Kyiv, beating Dynamo Kyiv 2-1 on their own turf thanks to goals from Danny Murphy and Steven Gerrard, with the home side having a goal disallowed in the final minute. Stéphane Henchoz reached a century of reds appearances in this game. The blues see red 1999 - We beat Chelsea 1-0 at Anfield with David Thompson on target shortly after half-time. The Blues had both Marcel Desailly and Dennis Wise sent off. Souey’s century 1993 – Graeme Souness took charge of his hundredth League game as Manager as we came from behind after Darren Beckford struck to beat Oldham Athletic 2-1, with both our goals coming in the final three minutes, from Robbie Fowler and an Andy Barlow own goal. Savage no more 1937 - Right-half Ted Savage played his 105th and final reds game as we lost 2-0 to Wolverhampton Wanderers in a First Division fixture at Molineux, while forward Alexander Smith played for the only time. Dennis Westcott nabbed a brace, the first two of his nine goals in just eight games against the reds. Beating the Blues 1976 - Steve Heighway and John Toshack struck as we won the Anfield derby, with Phil Neal on target from the spot, having missed one in the most recent derby six months earlier, as we led 3-0 at the break. Martin Dobson’s consolation after the break was the Blues’ first derby goal in five years. Blues boss Billy Bingham missed the game as he was recovering from an operation in hospital. 1943 - We thumped Everton 5-2 in a Wartime League game at Anfield, with Jack Balmer netting a brace, and Jim Harley, Cyril Done and Berry Nieuwenhuys also on the scoresheet. 1897 - We lost 3-0 at Goodison, with William Williams on target twice and Jack Bell also scoring. Birth and death 1899 - 24-year-old centre-forward George Allan died from tuberculosis in Earlsbury in Fife, while still on our books. He had struck 56 times in 96 reds games, during two spells at Anfield and was the first red to be capped by Scotland. 2003 – Polish left-winger Mateusz Musiałowski was born in Katowice. He joined the reds from UKS SMS Łódź in August 2020, netting ten times in his first season with the Under-18’s. In and out 1925 – Right-half David McMullan signed from Distillery. He failed to score in 35 senior games before moving to New York Giants in July 1928. 2020 – Ben Woodburn joined Blackpool on loan, playing thirteen times without notching. On the same day, Harry Wilson made a temporary move to Cardiff City, for whom he struck seven times in 38 games. Meanwhile, Harvey Elliott joined Blackburn Rovers for the season, bagging seven goals in 42 appearances, while midfielder Herbie Kane was sold to Barnsley for £1.25m, having played two senior games since arriving from Bristol City in 2013, so far appearing 28 times without getting on the scoresheet. Reds looking towards Portugal 2002 - Steven Gerrard scored in England’s 2-2 Euro 2004 qualifying draw with FYR Macedonia in Southampton, with Michael Owen also in the team. John Arne Riise scored a trademark free-kick as Norway beat Bosnia-Herzegovina 2-0 in Oslo, with ex-red Øyvind Leonhardsen also in the side. Milan Baroš was also on target as the Czech Republic beat Belarus 2-0 in Teplice, with future red Craig Bellamy netting as Wales beat Italy 2-1 in Cardiff. Dietmar Hamann featured in Germany’s 2-1 win over the Faroe Islands in Hannover, while Sami Hyypiä was on the losing side with ex-clubmate Jari Litmanen, as Finland lost 2-0 in Yugoslavia. Alex Manninger won his last cap for Austria as an R.C.D. Espanyol player, while future reds Paul Jones, Robbie Keane, Fernando Morientes, Andriy Voronin and Bolo Zenden all also played in qualifiers, with future red Alberto Aquilani turning out for Italy Under-19’s. Heading to Wearside 1985 - Bob Bolder joined Sunderland for £100,000, following a successful loan spell. He had never made our first team after signing from Sheffield Wednesday for £125,000 in 1983, but sat on the bench at the 1984 European Cup Final in Rome, one of seventeen times he did so in Europe’s premier club competition, also doing so four more times in other competitions. 2009 – Bolo Zenden also signed for the Black Cats, having been released by Olympique de Marseille. He scored four goals in fifty outings, although only thirteen of those were starts. On the same day, reserves keeper David Martin joined Tranmere Rovers on loan. He turned out three times for them. 2015 – Midfielder Joe Cole joined Coventry City on loan from Aston Villa, making the move permanent three months later. However, he left at the end of the season after two goals in 22 outings. On the same day, centre-half Zak Whitbread signed for Shrewsbury Town. He netted once in 27 games before being released at the end of the campaign. International reds 1991 - Steve Staunton won his last cap in his first spell as a reds player as the Republic of Ireland drew 3-3 in a European Championships qualifier in Poland. Ex-red Kevin Sheedy also played. Meanwhile, future red Karlheinz Riedle netted in Germany’s 4-1 qualifying defeat of Wales in Nuremberg. Dean Saunders was sent off, with Ian Rush also playing. Ex-red Jim Magilton was also in action that day, as Northern Ireland beat Austria 2-1 at Windsor Park. 2007 - Javier Mascherano played in Argentina’s 2-0 World Cup qualifying win in Venezuela, while future red Martin Škrtel featured in Slovakia’s 3-0 friendly defeat in Croatia. Future red James Milner scored for England Under-21’s as they beat the Republic of Ireland 3-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Cork, with future red Ádám Bogdán also playing at this level. 2012 – Luis Suárez scored for Uruguay as they lost a World Cup qualifier 4-1 in Bolivia, with Mario Balotelli notching his last goal for Italy as a Manchester City player in their 3-1 qualifying defeat of Denmark in Milan, while Samed Yeşil was on target for Germany Under-19’s in their 2-2 European Championships qualifying draw with the Republic of Ireland in Luxembourg, scoring in his fifth consecutive game at this level. Future red Christian Benteke also scored as Belgium beat Scotland 2-0 in Brussels, Also in international action were Daniel Agger, Joe Allen, Jordan Henderson, Nuri Şahin, Martin Škrtel, Raheem Sterling, future reds Ádám Bogdán, Steven Caulker, Ragnar Klavan, Dejan Lovren, Lazar Marković, Mamadou Sakho and Xherdan Shaqiri, and ex-reds Xabi Alonso, Álvaro Arbeloa, Mark González, Tom Ince, Alexander Kačaniklić, Robbie Keane, Javier Mascherano, Nikolay Mihaylov, John Arne Riise and Fernando Torres. 2018 – Harry Wilson scored the only goal as Wales faced the Republic of Ireland in a UEFA Nations League group game in Dublin, while Simon Mignolet won his last cap as a reds player as Belgium drew a friendly 1-1 with the Netherlands in Brussels. Future red Takumi Minamino scored in his third consecutive game for Japan as they beat Uruguay 4-3 in Saitama. Corey Whelan played for the Irish Under-21’s for the last time before leaving the reds in their 2-0 European Championships qualifying defeat in Germany. Alisson Becker, Rafael Camacho, Fabinho, Roberto Firmino, Kamil Grabara, Naby Keïta, Simon Mignolet, Liam Millar, Dominic Solanke, future reds Fábio Carvalho, Harvey Elliott and Diogo Jota, and ex-reds Joe Allen, Sebastián Coates, Philippe Coutinho and Martin Škrtel all also played for their countries that day. Three for Suso 2009 – Future red Suso bagged a treble as Spain Under-17’s thrashed the Faroe Islands 6-0 in a friendly in Romania. Péter Gulácsi, Krisztián Németh and András Simon all played as Hungary lost 3-2 to Ghana in the World Championships Semi-final in Cairo. 2008 – Future reds keeper Loris Karius played for Germany Under-16’s as they won a friendly 1-0 in Finland Other reds games 1982 – League leaders Manchester United held us to a goalless draw at Anfield. 1974 – We thumped Bristol City 4-0 in a League Cup Third Round replay in L4 with Steve Heighway and Ray Kennedy each netting twice. 1971 – We won 3-2 at Nottingham Forest with Ian Storey-Moore twice equalising with the last two of his five goals against the reds. Emlyn Hughes and Steve Heighway struck before Tommy Smith converted a spot-kick. 1965 – Roger Hunt and Ian Callaghan netted as Newcastle United went home on the wrong end of a 2-0 scoreline. 1954 – We lost a Second Division trip 2-0 at Stoke City with Harry Oscroft netting one of his six strikes past us and Joe Hutton also on target. 1948 – Cyril Done bagged the only goal of our visit to Birmingham City. 1920 – Harry Chambers struck as we won 1-0 at Sheffield United. 1909 – We won 2-1 at Bradford City as Sam Bowyer and Jimmy Stewart struck inside the opening ten minutes. First and last caps 1973 - Future red Ray Kennedy won his sixth and final England Under-23’s cap as they were held to a goalless draw by Poland in Plymouth. Ipswich Town’s David Johnson also played. 2019 - Darwin Núñez debuted for Uruguay while winning his only cap as a Unión Deportiva Almería player. He netted in their 1-1 friendly draw with Peru in Lima. On the same day, Fulham’s Fábio Carvalho won his sixth and last cap for England Under-18’s as they won 3-2 in Austria. An Anfield bout 1947 – Stan Hawthorne took on Billy Thompson for the Lightweight Championships of Great Britain and British Empire at Anfield, one of many boxing fights staged at Anfield over the years.
  9. Will

    23rd July

    Happy birthday Danny 1992 – Forward Danny Ings was born in Winchester. He arrived from Burnley in June 2015, with the fee eventually set by a tribunal at an initial £6.5m. He only struck four times in 25 games as he suffered two serious injuries, spending a season on loan at Southampton whom he joined permanently in July 2019 for an initial £18m. 2001 – Czech keeper Vítězslav Jaroš was born in Příbram. He signed from SK Slavia Praha in August 2017, making his first appearance for the club in our 6-0 friendly win at Tranmere Rovers in July 2019, and making it onto the first-team bench for the first time in February 2020. 1999 – Left-back Tony Gallacher was born in Glasgow. He signed from Falkirk in January 2018 for £200,000, making his senior debut in our 5-0 Carabao Cup defeat at Aston Villa in December 2019. Welcome Soto 1979 – Greek centre-half Sotirios Kyrgiakos was born in Trikala. He signed from A.E.K Athens for £2m in August 2009. He netted three times in 49 outings, becoming something of a cult favourite with fans before joining VfL Wolfsburg on a free transfer two years later. Recent debutants 2005 - Peter Crouch played his first reds game as we beat Olympiacos 4-3 in a friendly in Vaduz in Liechtenstein. Luis García and Fernando Morientes struck before Milan Baroš nabbed a brace. 2011 – Keeper Alexander Doni, winger Stewart Downing and midfielder Jordan Henderson all made their reds bows as we lost 3-0 at Hull City, with ex-red Nick Barmby featuring for the home side. 2014 – We lost 1-0 to Roma at Fenway Park in Boston, as the Italian side claimed the Buick Trophy. Reds debuting on tour The reds have twice more played overseas on this day in history. 1987 - We fell 3-0 behind before finally losing 3-2 at Bayern München in a testimonial match for Dieter Hoeneß, with John Barnes scoring in his first appearance in a red shirt late on. Peter Beardsley also made his reds bow, while John Aldridge netted our other goal. 1991 - We were held to a goalless draw at Dundalk, with Dean Saunders and Mark Wright both running out for the reds for the first time. Recently in and out 2008 – Right-back Emmanuel Mendy signed from Real Murcia on a three-year deal. The Senegal-born youngster can also play at left-back, but was released in the summer of 2012 having failed to break through to the first team. 2010 – Left-winger Albert Riera was sold to Olympiacos for an initial £3.3m after five strikes in 56 reds outings. He bagged six goals in 28 games for the Greek side, before moving on to Galatasaray in September 2011. 2012 – Reserves right-winger Toni Silva joined Barnsley on a free transfer, although he only made one senior appearance before being released in June 2013. 2018 – Young forward Taiwo Awoniyi joined KAA Gent on loan, scoring three times in 21 appearances. Sir Roger at the World Cup 1966 - Roger Hunt appeared for England as they beat Argentina 1-0 in a bad-tempered World Cup Quarter-final at Wembley. Visiting skipper Antonio Rattin was dismissed after persistent Argentine fouling shortly before half-time, allegedly for “the look on his face”, but initially refused to leave the pitch. Afterwards, Sir Alf Ramsey infamously described the South American side as “animals”. In memoriam 1993 - We kicked off our pre-season programme with a benefit match at the Don Valley Stadium against a Kevin Keegan All Star XI, in memory of a Liverpool fan killed in a road accident. We won the match 5-0, with Nigel Clough netting in his first reds match. Ian Rush bagged a brace, with Mark Walters and Steve McManaman also on target, as Neil Ruddock also made his club debut. Celebrating the Robins 1997 - We played at Ashton Gate to help commemorate Bristol City’s centenary year. The game ended 1-1, with Michael Owen netting for the reds. Danny Murphy made his inaugural reds appearance in this game. Another friendly win 2021 – Luca Kilian put through his own net for the only goal of our meeting with 1. FSV Mainz 05 in Austria, our opening full-length pre-season friendly. Happy birthday Paul 1988 – Winger Paul Anderson was born in Leicester. He signed from Hull City in a swap deal for John Welsh in January 2006, making it onto the first-team bench just twice, both in UEFA Champions League matches. He was sold to League One Nottingham Forest for £250,000 in June 2009, having spent the previous season on loan at the City Ground. Avi the Olympian 1976 - Future red Avi Cohen played in the Olympics for Israel as they drew 1-1 with France in a group game in Montreal. Free at last 2005 - Emlyn Hughes was posthumously awarded the Freedom of the Borough of Barrow. An office block on the site of a former cinema was also named in his honour, as Emlyn Hughes House! Keepers on the move 1991 - Future reds loanee Paul Jones joined Wolverhampton Wanderers from Kidderminster Harriers for £40,000. He played 44 times for them in this first spell at Molineux, before moving to Stockport County in July 1996 for £60,000. 2012 – Ex-loanee Carl Muggleton joined Gillingham as Goalkeeping Coach. Youngsters on target 2002 - Future red Fernando Torres struck as Spain Under-19’s beat host nation Norway 3-0 in a European Championship Finals group game. 2001 - Young reds striker Daniel Sjølund opened the scoring for the Finnish Under-18’s but it was not enough to prevent them crashing to a 4-1 defeat at home to the Czech Republic. The result left them likely to bow out of the European Championships at the group stage. 2000 - Future red Milan Baroš was on the scoresheet as the Czech Republic Under-18’s lost 3-1 to Germany in the European Championship Finals in Aichach, to finish fourth in the tournament. 1996 - Michael Owen appeared for England in the same tournament, as England were held to a goalless draw by Spain in France. Meanwhile, Gérard Houllier took charge of the French side, with Christian Damiano, as they beat Hungary 2-1 in the same competition. Other young international reds 2003 – Future red Alberto Aquilani’s Italy Under-19’s beat the Czech Republic 1-0 in Vaduz to reach the European Championship Final. Meanwhile, future red Daniel Agger played for Denmark Under-20’s as they beat Northern Ireland 1-0 in the NI Milk Cup in Limavady. 2006 - Antonio Barragán appeared for Spain in the Under-19’s Finals as they drew 1-1 with Portugal in Poland to reach the Semi-finals. 2008 – Péter Gulácsi and Krisztián Németh both featured for Hungary Under-19’s as they lost 1-0 to Italy in the Semi-final in the Czech Republic. On the same day, Ryan Babel played for the Netherlands Olympic XI as they beat a Belgium Olympic XI 1-0 in Genk. 2005 - Future red David Martin was in goal as England Under-19’s beat Norway 3-2 in a European Championship Finals group game in Northern Ireland. Harry in charge 2015 – Ex-red Harry Kewell was appointed Under-21’s Manager for Watford following the senior side’s promotion to the Premiership. He moved on to Crawley Town in May 2017 to take over as head coach.
  10. Will

    7th July

    Midfield arrivals 2011 – Charlie Adam signed from Blackpool for an initial £6.75m. He notched twice in 35 outings, helping us to claim the Carling Cup before being sold to Stoke City for a reported £4m thirteen months later. 1984 – Midfielder Alberto Aquilani was born in Rome. He signed from Roma for a basic fee of €20m in August 2009, but injury restricted him to just 28 senior appearances, in which he notched only twice, although he did manage to register six assists in the League, only one less than Steven Gerrard. He was sold to Fiorentina in August 2012 after two seasons on loan back in his native land, with Juventus and AC Milan. Champions 2019 – Alisson Becker, Roberto Firmino and ex-red Philippe Coutinho all featured as Brazil beat Peru 3-1 in the Copa América Final in Rio de Janeiro to become South American champions for the ninth time. Mixed semi-final fortunes 2021 – Jordan Henderson and ex-red Raheem Sterling played as England beat Denmark 2-1 at Wembley to reach the European Championships Final after extra time, although they went on to lose the Final to Italy on penalties. 2010 – Fernando Torres and ex-red Xabi Alonso both featured as Spain beat Germany 1-0 in Durban to reach the World Cup Final. 1998 - Future red Bolo Zenden played as the Netherlands lost a penalty shoot-out 4-2 to Brazil in the World Cup Semi-final in Marseille after the match had ended 1-1. 2011 – Future reds Emre Can and Samed Yeşil both netted as Germany Under-17’s lost 3-2 to host nation Mexico in the World Championships Semi-final. On the same day, future red Mohamed Salah scored as Egypt Under-20’s drew a friendly 2-2 in Portugal. 2016 – Can played for the senior side as Germany lost 2-0 to France in the European Championships Semi-final in Marseille. Ince out 1999 - It was announced that Paul Ince would be leaving the club. Gérard Houllier said, “I have told him he is not in my plans for Liverpool. He should look elsewhere now.” He joined Middlesbrough for £1m three weeks later. He had struck seventeen times in 81 reds games during his two years at Anfield. Ending up fourth 1990 - Peter Beardsley, Steve McMahon and future red Mark Wright all played as England lost 2-1 to Italy in the World Cup third place play-off in Bari. Debuts galore 2018 – Rafa Camacho, Fabinho, Curtis Jones, Naby Keïta and Nat Phillips all made their reds bows as we thumped Chester 7-0 at their Swansway Chester Stadium in our opening pre-season friendly. Winger Harry Wilson bagged his first two goals for the club as we led 2-0 at half time. James Milner converted a penalty before Daniel Sturridge bagged a brace, with Ryan Kent netting his first for the reds and Danny Ings also on target. In blows South 1931 - Centre-half Alex South was born. He struck once in just seven appearances after signing from his hometown club Brighton & Hove Albion for £5,000 in December 1954, before moving on to Halifax Town in October 1956, for whom he racked up over three hundred games. Besian’s treble 2007 - Besian Idrizaj scored a hat-trick, his first reds goals, as we took a three-goal half-time lead in our opening pre-season friendly at Wrexham before eventually winning 3-2. Jordy Brouwer, Stephen Darby, Ryan Flynn, Martin Hansen, Ronald Huth, Krisztián Németh, András Simon and Jay Spearing all played their first reds games that day. In and out 2008 – Sarajevo-born forward Nikola Sarić signed for the reds from Herfølge Boldklub in Denmark. He had recently been named as Under-17’s Player of the Year by the Danish Football Association. He failed to break through to the first team and moved on to HNK Hajduk Split in June 2011. 2015 – Spanish right-back Javier Manquillo had his loan from Club Atlético de Madrid terminated. He had made nineteen senior appearances. Emile on the move again 2006 - Emile Heskey joined Wigan Athletic from Birmingham City for £5.5m. He struck sixteen times in 88 games for the Latics before moving to Aston Villa for £3.5m in January 2009. Ray on the way up 1982 - Ray Houghton signed for Fulham from West Ham United on a free transfer, five years prior to his arrival at Anfield. He netted 21 times in 145 appearances for the Cottagers, before moving on to Oxford United. Also on the move 2000 - Young midfielder Layton Maxwell joined Stockport County on loan. He scored twice in 23 appearances for them before joining Cardiff City on a free transfer a year later. His only reds appearance had come in a Worthington Cup tie against Hull City in September 1999, when he scored in front of the Kop. 2004 - Dominic Matteo joined Blackburn Rovers from Leeds United on a free transfer. Meanwhile, Nick Barmby also moved for free, joining Hull City from Leeds United. Matteo played just 39 times for Rovers before joining Stoke City in January 2007, while Barmby turned out on 197 occasions for his hometown club, netting 32 times, as well as taking over as Manager for five months. 1993 – Future reds first-team coach Kevin Keen joined Wolverhampton Wanderers from West Ham United for £600,000, having bagged thirty goals in 279 outings for the Hammers. 2008 – Ex-reserves forward Steven Gillespie joined Colchester United from Cheltenham Town for £400,000. He bagged 28 goals in 108 outings, stepping down a division to join Fleetwood Town in June 2012. 2011 - Robbie Fowler signed for SCG Muangthong United in Thailand, netting four times in twenty games while in Thailand, also taking over as coach for a while. Stephen Darby left Anfield on loan for Rochdale on the same day, playing forty times as they were relegated from League One. 2014 - Luis García signed for Indian Super League side Atlético de Kolkata, going on to win the Manyavar Most Exciting Player award as they claimed the title. On the same day, Tom Ince joined Hull City, netting once in thirteen outings before moving on to Derby County for £4.75m a year later. 2016 – Keeper Brad Jones signed for Feyenoord, helping them to clinch the League title in his first campaign, their first in eighteen years. 2017 – Right-back Stephen Darby joined Bolton Wanderers on a free transfer from Bradford City, after one goal in 239 games for the Bantams. Reaching the semi 2018 – Jordan Henderson and ex-red Raheem Sterling helped England to beat Sweden 2-0 in Samara, with Dejan Lovren on the winning side as Croatia set up a Semi-final meeting with England, seeing off host nation on penalties after their meeting in Sochi ended 2-2. Getting hitched 1983 - Bruce Grobbelaar married Debbie in Zimbabwe. In typical Brucie fashion, both the happy couple wore tracksuits! 2004 - Danny Murphy wed Joanna Taylor in Barbados, one month prior to his departure from Anfield 2006 - On a sadder note, former player, Coach and Manager Phil Taylor’s wife Maisey died. Larry in charge 1983 - Ex-reds centre-half Larry Lloyd was appointed Manager of Notts County. He was only in charge for fifteen months before he was sacked. They were relegated after three years in the top flight in his only full season in charge. Signing on 2005 - Dietmar Hamann signed a new contract for up to two years, depending on the number of appearances he made in the coming season. He moved on in July 2006 after 283 first-team appearances, in which he acted as a sturdy bulwark in front of the defence, scoring just eleven times. He helped us to claim the European Cup, UEFA Cup, two FA Cups, two UEFA Super Cups, two League Cups and the FA Charity Shield. 2011 – Reserves centre-half Andre Wisdom signed a new contract until 2014, subsequently extended further. He scored once in 22 senior games after making his debut in September 2012, moving on to Derby County for an initial £2m in July 2017. 2021 – Forward Oakley Cannonier signed as a professional, having joined from his hometown club Leeds United as an Under-12. He struck 41 times in all competitions in the 2021/22 season. Knocked out 2007 - Mark González won his twentieth cap as Chile were thumped 6-1 by future red Alexander Doni’s Brazil in the Quarter-final of the Copa América in Venezuela. On the same day, future red Luis Suárez played as Uruguay Under-20’s lost 2-0 to Zambia in their World Championship Finals group game in Canada, although they still qualified for the knock-out phase. Also in international action 2004 – Future red Javier Mascherano played as Argentina thumped Ecuador 6-1 in a Copa América group game in Peru. 1996 – Future red John Arne Riise featured as Norway Under-15’s lost 2-0 to Sweden in Sandefjord.
  11. Will

    29th March

    Happy birthdays 1937 - Right-half Gordon Milne was born in Preston. He played 282 times for us after signing for a club record £16,000 from Preston North End in August 1960, netting eighteen times and winning the League title twice, as well as the Second Division championship before joining Blackpool in May 1967. He also won fourteen England caps, and later successfully managed Coventry City and Leicester City. 1991 – Italian forward Fabio Borini was born in Bentivoglio. He arrived from Roma for £10.4m in July 2012 to become new boss Brendan Rodgers’ first capture. He struck only three times in 38 reds games, moving to Sunderland for an initial £8m in August 2015 after a successful loan spell on Wearside. 1907 – Forward Ted Hancock was born in Rotherham. He signed from Gainsborough Trinity in January 1931, scoring twice in ten reds games before joining Burnley in February 1933. 1925 - South African winger Bob Priday was born in Cape Town. His chances were limited to forty reds games after he made the switch from Cape Town City in December 1945, as he was behind Billy Liddell in the pecking order. He notched seven times while at Anfield, before moving on to Blackburn Rovers in March 1949. Semi-finals 1978 - We lost 2-1 at Borussia Mönchengladbach in the European Cup, with Wilfried Hannes putting the home side ahead. David Johnson netted a late equaliser before Rainer Bonhof’s free-kick put the home side ahead after a rare Ray Clemence error a minute later. Ian Callaghan made his 857th and final reds appearance. Fortunately, we won through to the Final in the Anfield second leg. 1947 - We shared a goalless two hours with Burnley in the FA Cup at Ewood Park, but lost the replay at Maine Road two weeks later. Another for Gordon 1932 - Gordon Hodgson’s first of two strikes in our 4-3 top-flight defeat at Huddersfield Town was his 150th reds goal. Dave Wright also scored, with Dave Mangnall bagging the first three of his seven goals past us and Wilf Bott grabbing one of his five against the reds. Keepers debuting in friendlies 1997 - David James made his England bow in a 2-0 defeat of Mexico at Wembley, his only appearance while a red. Robbie Fowler struck his first senior goal for his country, with Steve McManaman and Jamie Redknapp also playing and future red Paul Ince captaining the side. Stig Inge Bjørnebye, ex-reds Jim Magilton and Dean Saunders, and future reds Gary McAllister and Øyvind Leonhardsen all also turned out for their countries that day. 2000 - Sander Westerveld won his second cap, and first as a red, as the Netherlands drew 2-2 in Belgium. Ex-red Gareth Roberts made his senior debut for Wales in the opening match at the Millennium Stadium as they lost 2-1 to Finland, with future red Jari Litmanen netting the first goal at the new ground. Meanwhile, Jamie Carragher, Steven Gerrard, Dietmar Hamann, Emile Heskey, Sami Hyypiä, ex-reds Don Hutchison and Dean Saunders, and future reds Milan Baroš, Abel Xavier and Christian Ziege all also won international caps that day. Beating the Tractor boys We have twice beaten Ipswich Town at Anfield on this day in history. 1958 - We won 3-1 in a Second Division match, with Jimmy Harrower netting his first reds goal and Jimmy Melia and Alan A’Court also on the scoresheet. 1971 - Alun Evans and Bobby Graham were on target as we won 2-1 in a top-flight meeting. Derby disappointment 1918 - Harry Lewis and Thomas Green struck as we lost 3-2 at Everton in a Wartime League fixture. 1907 - Our other derby on this day in history was a top-flight match at Goodison that ended goalless. Harry’s farewell 1913 - Forward Harry Welfare played his fourth and final reds game in our 2-0 defeat by Manchester United at Anfield, with ex-reds forward William Hunter making the first of his three appearances for the visitors. George Wall struck one of his ten goals against the reds, with Enoch West bagging one of his eight past us. First and last caps 1890 – Future red Tom Wyllie won his only cap for Scotland in their 4-1 thumping of Ireland in the British International Championships in Belfast. 1897 - Frank Becton won his second and final England cap, and only one as a reds player. The home side thumped Wales 4-0 in a British International Championships encounter at Bramall Lane. Two-ton Bill 1952 – Bill Jones played his 200th League game for the reds as we drew 1-1 at Bolton Wanderers. Billy Liddell opened the scoring, but future red Johnny Wheeler equalised after the break. International reds at the double 1995 - Future red Patrik Berger bagged a brace as the Czech Republic beat Belarus 4-2 in a European Championships qualifier. This was the second of three consecutive internationals in which he scored. On the same day, ex-red Dean Saunders netted as Wales lost 3-1 in a qualifier in Bulgaria. Phil Babb, Stig Inge Bjørnebye, future reds Markus Babbel, Gary McAllister, Jason McAteer and Øyvind Leonhardsen and ex-reds Jim Magilton, Ronnie Rosenthal and Steve Staunton all also represented their countries. Meanwhile, future red Jari Litmanen struck as Finland won 2-0 in a Euro ‘96 qualifier in San Marino, with future red Sami Hyypiä also playing. 2003 - Sami also played for Finland, skippering them in their 2-0 Euro 2004 qualifying defeat in Italy. Future red Andriy Voronin was on target in a 2-2 qualifying draw with Spain in Kyiv. 2021 – Mohamed Salah struck twice as Egypt thumped Comoros 4-0 in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Cairo, with Liam Millar featuring for Canada as they trounced the Cayman Islands 11-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Florida. Meanwhile, James Balagizi and Jarell Quansah both played as England Under-18’s beat Wales 2-0 in a friendly in Cardiff. Thumping the Shakers 1941 - We trounced Bury 5-1 in a Wartime League match at Gigg Lane. Dicky Dorsett grabbed a brace, with Stanley Pickstock, Cyril Done and Billy Liddell also netting. Dismissed 1939 – George Paterson was sent off as Preston North End won a Lancashire Senior Cup Third Round tie 1-0 at Anfield. Mixed fortunes against Spurs and City We have twice faced both Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur on this day in history in top-flight matches, winning one and losing one against each side. 1924 - Harry Chambers grabbed the only goal of the game in the second minute against Spurs at Anfield. 1980 - We lost 2-0 at White Hart Lane, with John Pratt netting and Glenn Hoddle converting a penalty, the first of his four goals against the reds. 1937 - We were thumped 5-1 at Maine Road with Fred Howe nabbing our consolation. Eric Brook scored the last of his nine goals against us, having bagged a treble in the reverse fixture just three days earlier. Alex Herd bagged two of his eight goals past us, with Fred Tilson netting the last of his six goals against us and Richard Neilson also on target. 1950 - Billy Liddell and Jimmy Payne struck at the same venue as we won 2-1. International reds no more 1995 - Rob Jones and future red Barry Venison won their final caps for England as Uruguay held them to a goalless draw at Wembley. Future red Nick Barmby made his senior debut in this game as a substitute, while John Barnes, ex-red Peter Beardsley and Steve McManaman all also featured. Jan no longer the man 2002 - Jan Mølby resigned as Kidderminster Harriers’ boss, fuelling speculation that he was about to take over at Hull City, which he did five days later. Dudek & Henchoz twice Stéphane Henchoz has twice represented his country on this day in history. 1995 - He was a substitute in their 2-2 European Championships qualifying draw in Hungary, with Roy Hodgson in charge of the Swiss and ex-red István Kozma featuring for the home side. 2000 - They drew a friendly with Norway by the same score in Lugano. Jerzy Dudek twice won international caps in goalless draws against Hungary. 2000 - He won his fourth cap, while still a Feyenoord player, in a friendly in Debrecen. 2003 - He won his 27th cap in a European Championships qualifier in Chorzów. A rare strike for Eph 1919 - Ephraim Longworth scored one of his two only recorded goals as we beat Stockport County 3-0 in a Wartime League match at Anfield. Harry Lewis added a brace. Other reds games 1989 – John Barnes grabbed the only goal of Derby County’s visit to L4 after just two minutes. 1969 – We won 2-1 at Queens Park Rangers with Tommy Smith converting a penalty and Roger Hunt also on the scoresheet. 1930 – Jimmy Smith was on target late on as we drew 1-1 at Leeds United after Russell Wainscott struck one of his five goals past us after just a minute. 1929 – Gordon Hodgson netted twice as we beat Cardiff City 2-0 at Anfield. 1915 – Newcastle United held us to a 2-2 draw at home. We fell two goals behind before Tom Hill and Fred Pagnam levelled the scores late on. 1902 – George Fleming struck late on, the only goal of our trip to Aston Villa. Doctor in the house 2010 – The appointment of Dr. Peter Brukner as Head of Sports Medicine & Sports Science was announced. On the move 1986 - John Durnin signed on a free from Waterloo Docks. On the same day we were held to a goalless draw at Sheffield Wednesday, the only points we dropped in the final twelve games of that season. 1985 - Dean Saunders joined Cardiff City on loan from Swansea City, failing to net in four games for the Bluebirds. 1960 – Left-half Geoff Twentyman left for Ballymena United. He had netted nineteen times in 184 reds games after signing for £10,000 from his hometown club Carlisle United in December 1953. He returned to Anfield as Chief Scout in 1967, a post he held for nineteen years, helping to bring players such as Ray Clemence, Alan Hansen, Steve Heighway, Phil Neal and Ian Rush to the club. He died aged 74 in February 2004. 2002 - Second string striker John Miles moved to Stoke City on loan until the end of the season in a move that became permanent a month later. 1996 – Future Assistant Manager Colin Pascoe joined Blackpool from Swansea City on a free transfer. However, he only made one senior appearance before retiring from playing in May 1998. Also on target 1994 – Titi Camara netted for Guinea in their 2-1 defeat to Senegal in an Africa Cup of Nations Finals group game in Tunisia. 2003 - Future red Craig Bellamy struck as Wales beat Azerbaijan 4-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Cardiff, with fellow future red Paul Jones also playing. Also in international action that day were Milan Baroš, Steven Gerrard, Dietmar Hamann, Emile Heskey, Danny Murphy, Michael Owen and Vladimír Šmicer, future reds Yossi Benayoun, Christian Poulsen and Bolo Zenden and ex-reds Don Hutchison and David James. 2015 - Future red Roberto Firmino scored the only goal as Brazil beat Chile in a friendly at the Emirates Stadium, with Philippe Coutinho also featuring. Meanwhile, Lazar Marković, future red Andy Robertson and ex-red Robbie Keane all played in European Championships qualifiers. 2011 – Andy Carroll netted his first goal for his country while winning his first cap as a reds player in England’s 1-1 friendly draw with Ghana at Wembley. Dirk Kuyt bagged a brace, scoring in his third consecutive international as the Netherlands beat Hungary 5-3 in a Euro 2012 qualifier in Amsterdam. Ex-red Milan Baroš was on target as the Czech Republic beat Liechtenstein 2-0 in another qualifier, while Harry Kewell won his last cap as a Galatasaray player in Australia’s 2-1 friendly win in Germany. Nuri Şahin won his last cap in his first spell as a Ballspielverein Borussia 09 e.V. Dortmund player as Turkey beat Austria 2-0 in a qualifier in Istanbul. Future red Samed Yeşil scored for Germany Under-17’s as they beat Switzerland 2-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Dusseldorf, with future red Fabio Borini netting his fist Italy Under-21’s goal in their 2-2 friendly draw in Germany. Alberto Aquilani, Tom Ince, Glen Johnson, Raul Meireles, Martin Škrtel, Andrew Wisdom, future reds Stewart Downing, Ragnar Klavan, Dejan Lovren, Simon Mignolet, James Milner and Mamadou Sakho and ex-reds Xabi Alonso, Álvaro Arbeloa, Yossi Benayoun, Alou Diarra, Javier Mascherano and Daniel Sjölund all also featured in internationals that day. 2016 – Sakho won his last cap as a reds plater as France beat Russia 4-2 in a friendly in Paris. Emre Can, Nathaniel Clyne, Adam Lallana, James Milner, Martin Škrtel, Brad Smith, Daniel Sturridge, future reds Alisson Becker, Sadio Mané, Mohamed Salah and Gini Wijnaldum, and ex-reds Daniel Agger, Sebastián Coates, Javier Mascherano, Carl Medjani, Victor Moses, Nuri Şahin and Luis Suárez all also featured for their countries, with Roy Hodgson taking charge of England. International youngsters 1983 - Southampton’s Mark Wright made his England Under-21’s debut as they beat Greece 2-1 at Fratton Park in a European Championships qualifier. Steve McMahon won his final cap as a Blue in the same game, with fellow future red Paul Walsh also featuring. 2005 - John Welsh struck his first goal for England Under-21’s as he started his first game at this level, although this was his fourth cap. Scott Carson and future red James Milner also played as Azerbaijan were beaten 2-0 at the Riverside Stadium in a European Championships qualifier. Future red Daniel Agger netted his third and final goal for Denmark at this level as they won 1-0 in the Ukraine in another qualifier. On the same day, Ramon Calliste won his final Under-21’s cap as a Manchester United player, with Wales losing a qualifier 2-0 in Austria with future red Robbie Keane also in international action. Also in international action 2009 – Nineteen people were killed in a stampede before Ivory Coast thrashed Malawi 5-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Abidjan, with future red Kolo Touré in action. Ex-red Mark González also featured in a qualifier that day. 2017 – Ex-red Luis Suárez played as Uruguay lost a World Cup qualifier 2-1 in Peru. 2018 – Future red Fábio Carvalho played for England Under-16’s in their 2-0 friendly defeat of Cameroon in France.
  12. Will

    23rd March

    Happy birthday Jerzy 1973 - Jerzy Dudek was born in Rybnik. The big Pole in our goal made 186 reds appearances after signing from Feyenoord for £4.85m in August 2001, helping us to glory in Istanbul, as well as the Worthington Cup in 2003. He left to join Real Madrid in July 2007, although he barely featured for their first team. A new boss 1951 – Don Welsh took charge of his first reds game as Jack Haigh nabbed the only goal of our top-flight meeting with Charlton Athletic at Anfield. He had been officially appointed eighteen days earlier. Away goals galore 1985 - John Wark netted an eighteen-minute hat-trick in our 5-0 win at West Bromwich Albion, with Steve Nicol and Kenny Dalglish also on target, while Bruce Grobbelaar saved a Derek Statham penalty. Wark therefore became the only red to score trebles in three different competitions in the same season, after Anfield hat-tricks against Lech Poznan in the European Cup and York City in the FA Cup. 1993 – Ian Rush put us in front at Crystal Palace after the break, but Chris Armstrong scored the 4,000th goal we had conceded in the top flight as the match ended 1-1 at Selhurst Park. 1991 - We routed Derby County 7-1 at the Baseball Ground under Ronnie Moran’s temporary control, thanks to a Jan Mølby penalty, braces from John Barnes and Steve Nicol, and goals from Ian Rush and Ray Houghton. Future red Dean Saunders scored the first of his four goals past us, although the only one before he moved to Anfield. 1903 - We also beat Derby in the First Division, winning 3-1 at Anfield, with left-half Bill Goldie netting his sixth and final reds goal and Sam Raybould and Jack Cox also on target. Masch off 2008 - We were beaten 3-0 at Manchester United, with Javier Mascherano sent off under a short-lived clampdown on players questioning officials. Wes Brown, Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani netted for the home side. 1912 - We held the Red Devils to a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford when Jack Parkinson netted our goal in this top-flight encounter. Jay off 2010 – Reserves midfielder Jay Spearing joined Leicester City on loan. He struck once in eleven outings as they reached the Championship Play-off Semi-finals. Bradley off the mark 1907 - Left-half Jim Bradley scored his first reds goal of eight as we thumped Newcastle United 4-1 at Anfield. Arthur Goddard, Jack Cox and Joe Hewitt were also on the scoresheet. A half century over Leeds 2003 - We earned our fiftieth League win over Leeds United in the 98th meeting. Michael Owen, Danny Murphy and Steven Gerrard all netted in a 3-1 win, with Mark Viduka bagging one of his six goals past us. Other births and deaths 1983 - Former reserves right-back Jon Otsemobor was born in Speke, Liverpool. He played just six first-team games for us, before joining Rotherham United in July 2005. 1914 - Centre-half Norman Low was born in Aberdeen. He joined the reds in October 1933 but only played thirteen times while at Anfield, deputising for Tom Bradshaw, before moving on to Newport County in November 1936. 1908 – John Charlton was born in Leadgate, County Durham. He signed from Bradford City in October 1929, but only played three senior games before moving on to Derry City in 1932. 1947 – David Ashworth died. He was appointed as reds boss in December 1919. He had previously guided Oldham Athletic from non-League into the top flight, to whom he returned in December 1922 with the reds en route to retaining the League title he had led them to the previous season. 2011 – Ex-reds midfielder Trevor Storton died. He struck eight times in 118 League games for Tranmere Rovers before switching to Anfield for £25,000 in July 1972. He only played twelve times in two years before joining Chester, for whom he turned out more than 400 times. Double departure 1897 – Forward Malcolm McVean and inside-right Jimmy Ross were both sold to Burnley, although the Clarets got relegated at the end of that campaign. McVean had signed from Third Lanark in 1892, scoring our first ever League goal, bagging 43 in total in 126 reds games. He helped us to the Lancashire League title and two Second Division championships. Ross was known as the ‘little demon’, signing from the ‘invincible’ Preston North End for a club record £75 in August 1894, helping us to the Second Division title, scoring 39 times in 85 reds games and captaining the side. Double Irish 1994 - Future reds Phil Babb and Jason McAteer both won their first full international caps for the Republic of Ireland in their goalless friendly meeting with Russia at Lansdowne Road. Ronnie Whelan skippered the Irish that day, while future red Gary McAllister captained Scotland on the same day, as they lost a friendly 1-0 to the Netherlands at Hampden Park. Meanwhile, former reds reserves midfielder Jim Magilton won his first Northern Ireland cap as a Southampton player as they beat Romania 2-0 in a friendly at Windsor Park. Stig on the way out 2000 - Stig Inge Bjørnebye was loaned out to Brøndby IF. He netted twice in thirteen League games for the Danish side and was sold to Blackburn Rovers within a month of his return to Anfield. 1999 - Reserves midfielder Danny Williams joined Wrexham on a free, bagging four goals in 48 games. He was then signed by Jan Mølby for Kidderminster Harriers. Alf’s last strike 1968 - Centre-forward Alf Arrowsmith struck his final reds goal as we won 2-1 at Sheffield Wednesday. His 24 goals came in 56 games. 1901 - We also faced The Wednesday, being held to a 1-1 draw at Anfield in another top-flight encounter, with Sam Raybould grabbing our goal and Fred Spiksley scoring one of his four against the reds. Anfield first 1893 – The first testimonial to be played by the reds at Anfield saw Bootle Boys Brigade beaten 1-0 in a match staged in aid of Liverpool Caledonians’ David Kirkwood. John Miller scored the goal. A semi-final thriller 1899 - We drew an FA Cup Semi-final replay 4-4 with Sheffield United at Burnden Park. Our goals came from John Walker, George Allan, Jack Cox and a Peter Boyle own goal. Walter Bennett struck one of his five goals past us, with Fred Priest bagging a brace and Billy Beer also on target. Unfortunately, we lost a second replay 1-0 at Baseball Ground a week later. 1929 – The fifth and most recent FA Cup Semi-final to be staged at Anfield took place, with eventual winners Bolton Wanderers beating Huddersfield Town 3-1. Harkness starts out 1989 - Steve Harkness signed as a professional for Carlisle United. He played thirteen times before being signed by Kenny Dalglish four months later. Underneath the floodlights 1960 - We lost a match played to commemorate new floodlights at Dens Park. Dundee won 1-0, with brothers Bill and Bob Shankly in opposing dug-outs. Other international firsts 2013 – Ex-reds keeper Charles Itandje made his debut for Cameroon in their 2-1 World Cup qualifying defeat of Togo in Yaoundé, with Kolo Touré winning his last cap as a Manchester City player as the Ivory Coast beat Gambia 3-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Abidjan. Future reds Joe Gomez, Sadio Mané, Joël Matip, Victor Moses and Xherdan Shaqiri were also in international action that day. 1991 - Sami Hyypiä won his first cap at any level, playing for Finland Under-18’s as they were held to a goalless draw by Yugoslavia in a friendly in Italy. 2019 – Ex-red Toni Silva won his first cap as an Al Ittihad Alexandria Club player as Guinea-Bissau drew 2-2 with Mozambique in an African Cup of Nations qualifier in Bissau. Rafael Camacho, Roberto Firmino, Ki-Jana Hoever, Sadio Mané, ex-red Philippe Coutinho and future red Sepp van den Berg also played for their countries that day. 2016 – Trent Alexander-Arnold made his debut for England Under-18’s in their 3-2 friendly winkris in Austria, with Herbie Kane also featuring and Dejan Lovren also playing for his country. 2017 – Ex-red Sebastián Coates won his first cap as a Sporting Clube de Portugal player while facing Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and future red Alisson Becker as Brazil thumped Uruguay 4-1 in a World Cup qualifier in Montevideo. Sadio Mané featured for Senegal in a 1-1 friendly draw with Nigeria in Barnet on the same day, while future red Dominic Solanke converted a spot-kick as England Under-20’s drew 2-2 with Portugal in a tournament in France, the fourth consecutive game at his level he had scored in. Galatasaray’s Ozan Kabak scored while captaining Turkey Under-17’s to a 4-1 defeat of Finland in a European Championships qualifier in Antalya. Caoimhín Kelleher and ex-red Brad Smith also played for their countries that day. 2015 – Future red Kelleher played for the Irish Under-17’s as they beat Belarus 3-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Poland. 2018 – Coutinho won his first cap as a Barcelona player, scoring from the spot in Brazil’s 3-0 friendly defeat of Russia in Moscow, with Roberto Firmino and future red Alisson Becker also in action. On the same day, Virgil van Dijk played for the Netherlands for the first time as a red, with Joe Gomez, Jordan Henderson, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Gini Wijnaldum and ex-reds Ryan Babel and Raheem Sterling all also featuring as England won 1-0 in Amsterdam. Ex-reds Luis Suárez and Victor Moses both scored from the spot, with Mohamed Salah and ex-red Krisztián Németh also on target as Marko Grujić, Andy Robertson, ex-red Péter Gulácsi and future red Thiago also played for their countries. Tosh the boss again 1995 - John Toshack was appointed Manager of Deportivo La Coruña, although he did not take over for another three months. He lasted a year and a half before he resigned, during which time they beat Real Madrid to win the Supercopa, the Spanish equivalent of the Charity Shield. Kenny and Jimmy for their countries 1982 - Kenny Dalglish netted in Scotland’s 2-1 friendly defeat of the Netherlands at Hampden Park. Future red John Wark also played. 1976 - Jimmy Case struck on his Under-23’s debut as England played their last ever fixture at this level, beating Hungary 3-1 in a European Championships qualifier at Old Trafford, although they went out on aggregate. Future red Alan Kennedy also played. Future reds on target 2001 - Milan Baroš scored for the Czech Republic Under-21’s as they won 2-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Northern Ireland. Meanwhile, future red Christian Poulsen won his first cap for Denmark at the same level in their goalless European Championships qualifying draw with Malta in Corradino. 1988 - Dean Saunders won his first cap as an Oxford United player, scoring as Wales lost 2-1 to Yugoslavia in a friendly in Swansea. Juve’s Ian Rush also played. On the same day, John Barnes, Peter Beardsley and future red Mark Wright all played as the Netherlands held England 2-2 in a friendly at Wembley. Also that day, future red Ronnie Rosenthal netted in Israel’s 9-0 trouncing of Taiwan in an Olympics qualifier in New Zealand. Ex-red Avi Cohen also played, while Everton’s Kevin Sheedy appeared in the Republic of Ireland’s 2-0 friendly defeat of Romania at Lansdowne Road. Other reds games 1996 – We lost 1-0 at Nottingham Forest with Steve Stone on target as the returning Stan Collymore ran the gauntlet of angry home fans. 1974 – Brian Hall headed in the only goal of our trip to Wolverhampton Wanderers. 1963 – We won 3-1 at Burnley with Ian St. John, Roger Hunt and Kevin Lewis all on the scoresheet as Andy Lochhead bagged one of his four goals against the reds. 1957 – We thumped Rotherham United 4-1 in a Second Division encounter at Anfield despite falling behind to one of Royston Stephenson’s four strikes past us. Billy Liddell, Brian Jackson and Alan A’Court all netted as we also benefited from a Norman Noble own goal. 1953 – We lost 3-0 at Chelsea. 1935 – We beat Huddersfield Town 3-2 in L4. Tommy Johnson struck twice with Gordon Hodgson converting a spot-kick. Ex-reds on the move 1994 - Jimmy Carter joined Oxford United on loan from Arsenal. He made five appearances, returning for a second spell later that year. 1995 - Ray Houghton signed for Crystal Palace from Aston Villa for £300,000, bagging eight goals in 87 games for the Eagles. 2006 - Jon Newby joined Kidderminster Harriers on loan from Bury, failing to score in seven outings. 2012 – Former reserves forward Nikola Sarić signed for HB Køge in his native Denmark. Also in international action 1901 – Maurice Parry played for Wales as they beat Ireland 1-0 in the British International Championships in Belfast. 2005 – Future reds Michael Nardiello and Daniel Sturridge both played for England Under-16’s as they lost 2-0 to Japan in the Montaigu Tournament. 2011 – Chris Mavinga featured for France Under-20’s as they lost a friendly 3-0 in Peru. 2021 – Morgan Boyes skippered Wales Under-21’s as they were held to a goaless friendly draw in Newport by the Republic of Ireland.
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    13th October

    Le Boss taken ill 2001 - Gérard Houllier was admitted to Broadgreen Hospital with chest pains during our Anfield fixture with Leeds United. Thankfully he went on to make a full recovery. Future red Harry Kewell scored for the Yorkshire outfit, before Danny Murphy equalised, handing us our 600th Premiership point. The reds therefore became the third team, after Manchester United and Arsenal, to reach this milestone. First ever Merseyside derby 1894 - We played Everton for the first time in a senior game, unfortunately going down 3-0 at Goodison Park in our ninth ever game in the top flight, at the end of which we were still seeking our first win at that level. Tom McInnes went down in history as the first derby goalscorer, with right-winger Alex Latta and left-winger John Bell also netting. The victors received a silk hat each, valued at twenty shillings, on top of their usual win bonus! 1923 - We also lost 2-1 to them in a First Division fixture at Anfield with Jimmy Walsh netting our consolation. Outside-left Fred Hopkin made his hundredth reds appearance in this game. Drama in court 2010 – The prospective sale of the club to New England Sports Ventures went through a dramatic day. First, current club owners George Gillett Jr. and Tom Hicks obtained a Temporary Restraining Order from a Texas District Court to stop the sale of the club to NESV, before the High Court ruled against Gillett and Hicks. The sale was finally completed two days later. Foxes run off with the points again 1964 - Leicester City came out on top for the third consecutive League season at Anfield, this time winning 1-0, with Mike Stringfellow nabbing one of his five goals against the reds. 1962 - We also lost, going down 3-0 at Filbert Street. Beginnings and end 1955 - Richard Money was born in Lowestoft. The defender spent two years at Anfield after signing from Fulham for £50,000 in May 1980, but was unable to displace either Alan Kennedy or Phil Neal at full-back, making only seventeen first-team appearances before joining Luton Town in April 1982. 2002 – Midfielder Tom Hill was born in Formby. He made his senior debut in our Carabao Cup Quarter-final defeat at Aston Villa in December 2019, signing a new contract in August 2020. 1936 - Forward Bob McDougall died. He signed from St. Cuthbert Wanderers in November 1913, netting once in eight outings before moving on to Falkirk in October 1915. 2020 – Forward Harvey Blair signed as a professional, having joined at Under-12’s level from Manchester United. He signed an extension to his deal the following March. Into Europe 1965 - We reached the First Round proper of the European Cup Winners’ Cup when first-half goals from Chris Lawler and a Geoff Strong 25-yard screamer handed us a 2-0 Anfield victory over Juventus, to progress 2-1 on aggregate. Firsts and last 1956 – Forward Eric Anderson played his 76th and final reds game as we lost a Second Division match 2-1 at Bristol City, with Johnny Wheeler bagging his first reds goal. 1900 – Right-half Maurice Parry debuted as Bolton Wanderers lost 2-1 at Anfield. Jack Cox netted with Charlie Satterthwaite nabbing the winner, although he had to be carried off as a result of a collision with Trotters’ keeper John Sutcliffe. Four for young Mickey 1996 - Michael Owen grabbed all four goals as England Under-18’s beat Northern Ireland 4-0 in a European Championships qualifier at York City’s Bootham Crescent. 2010 – Michael Ngoo struck as England Under-19’s lost 2-1 to Belgium in a European Championships qualifier in Visé. Skipper Jonjo Shelvey had a penalty saved, while Andre Wisdom also featured. Misery on the South coast We have twice lost to Southampton at The Dell on this day in history. 1973 - We went down to a 1-0 defeat in a top-flight encounter, with Mick Channon on target with one of his seven strikes past us. 1999 - We lost 2-1 in a Third Round League Cup tie when Michael Owen put us ahead before the home side scored through Dean Richards and Trond Egil Soltvedt. Pako departs 2007 - It was announced that Assistant Manager Pako Ayestarán was to step down from his role, although he remained contracted to the club until June 2008. Chief Executive Rick Parry said, “The club want to thank Pako for his hard work and contribution to our success over the past three years.” Goals galore 1917 - We trounced Preston North End 6-0 in a Wartime League match at Deepdale, with Arthur Metcalf grabbing a brace and Jack Waine, Thomas Bennett, Harry Lewis and John Bamber also scoring. 1934 - We beat Birmingham City by the odd goal in nine in a First Division match at Anfield, with our goals coming from Vic Wright, Jimmy McDougall, Sam English and a Gordon Hodgson brace, which included a penalty. Dave Mangnall bagged a treble for the visitors, the last three of his seven goals against the reds, with his second being the 2,000th we had conceded in the top flight, with Harold Booton also netting. 1951 - Jimmy Payne struck twice with John Smith and Billy Liddell also on the scoresheet as we beat Fulham 4-0 in another top-flight fixture in L4. Tom’s treble 1926 – Tom Reid struck a hat-trick as we thumped Barrow 5-0 in a Lancashire Senior Cup Second Round tie at Anfield, with Gordon Hodgson adding a brace. International beginnings and ends 2015 – Future reds keeper Alisson Becker won his first senior cap for Brazil in their 3-1 World Cup qualifying defeat of Venezuela in Fortaleza as Red Bull Salzburg’s Takumi Minamino made his Japan debut in their 1-1 friendly draw in Iran. Sheyi Ojo, Jordan Rossiter and future red Dominic Solanke all played for England Under-19’s in a European Championships qualifier on the same day, with future red Marko Grujić playing for Serbia Under-21’s. 2013 – Future reds Charles Itandje and Joël Matip both played as Cameroon drew the first leg of their World Cup play-off 0-0 in Tunisia. 1998 - Frode Kippe won his last Under-21’s cap as a Lillestrøm player as Norway beat Albania 4-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Drammen. 2019 – Dejan Lovren won his last cap as a reds player as Croatia drew a European Championships qualifier 1-1 in Wales, with Harry Wilson and ex-red Joe Allen featuring for the home side. Andy Robertson captained a Scotland side managed by ex-red Steve Clarke, with Gini Wijnaldum bagging a brace as the Netherlands won a qualifier 2-1 in Belarus. Ex-red Emre Can was sent off as Germany won 3-0 in Estonia, with Fabinho, Roberto Firmino, Virgil van Dijk, ex-reds Ryan Babel, Christian Benteke, Philippe Coutinho and Péter Gulácsi also in action. 2018 – Emre Can won his first cap since moving to Juventus, with skipper Virgil van Dijk and Gini Wijnaldum both on target as the Netherlands beat Germany 3-1 in a UEFA Nations League group game in Amsterdam. Ex-reds Ryan Babel and Martin Škrtel both also played in the competition that day, with Academy keeper Kai McKenzie-Lyle playing for Guyana in a CONCACAF Nations League qualifier and Sadio Mané featuring for Senegal in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier. International reds on target 2014 – Luis Suárez bagged his first two goals for Uruguay as a Barcelona player as they won a friendly 3-0 in Oman, while Xherdan Shaqiri bagged his last goal while playing for Bayern München as Switzerland won a European Championships qualifier 4-0 in San Marino. On the same day, Lloyd Jones helped England Under-20’s to claim the Four Nations Tournament in the Netherlands, following their 1-1 draw with Turkey. Also in international action that day were Divock Origi and ex-reds Alberto Aquilani and Nikolay Mihaylov, who was winning his first cap as a Mersin İdmanyurdu player. 2015 – Origi featured for Belgium again, with Joe Gomez, Jordon Ibe, Simon Mignolet, Sheyi Ojo, Jordan Rossiter, ex-reds Javier Mascherano and Carl Medjani and future reds Sadio Mané, Virgil van Dijk and Gini Wijnaldum all also in international action. 2009 – Wijnaldum also played for the Netherlands Under-21’s. Krisztián Németh scored in the shoot-out as Hungary Under-20’s beat Costa Rica in the 3rd Place Play-off in the World Championship Finals in Cairo, with Péter Gulácsi and András Simon also featuring. Future red Fabio Borini scored for Italy Under-19’s that day, with David N’Gog and future reds Mario Balotelli and Mamadou Sakho also in international action. 1993 - Ian Rush, ex-red Dean Saunders and future reds Jari Litmanen and Karlheinz Riedle all netted for their countries. Wales beat Cyprus 2-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Cardiff, with Finland going down 3-2 in a qualifier in Sweden. Meanwhile, Roy Hodgson took charge of Switzerland as they lost a qualifier 1-0 in Portugal and Germany thumped Uruguay 5-0 in a friendly in Karlsruhe, with future red Christian Ziege also playing. 2020 – Ex-red Luis Súarez converted two penalties as Uruguay lost a World Cup qualifier 4-2 in Ecuador, with Darwin Núñez winning his first cap as a SL Benfica player. On the same day, Kamil Grabara won his nineteenth and last cap for Poland Under-21’s as they drew 1-1 with Bulgaria in a European Championships qualifier in Gdynia. Takumi Minamino, Xherdan Shaqiri and ex-red Emre Can all also played for their countries that day. 1982 - Future red John Wark was on the scoresheet as Scotland beat East Germany 2-0 at Hampden Park in a European Championships qualifier. Alan Hansen also played, with Graeme Souness skippering the side. Mark Lawrenson, Phil Thompson, Ronnie Whelan and future red Michael Robinson were all also in international action that day. 1971 - John Toshack scored as Wales beat Finland 3-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Cardiff. 2012 – Samed Yeşil bagged a brace for Germany Under-19’s in their 5-0 away thumping of Luxembourg in a European Championships qualifier. Meanwhile, future reds loanee Victor Moses bagged his first two goals for Nigeria in their 6-1 thumping of Liberia in an African Cup of Nations qualifier in Abuja, with future reds Sadio Mané and Kolo Touré facing off as Senegal lost 2-0 to the Ivory Coast in Dakar, with the match abandoned after 75 minutes due to crowd trouble. 2007 – Future red Luis Suárez struck his first senior international goal while winning his third cap for Uruguay as they thumped Bolivia 5-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Montevideo. Martin Škrtel netted his last goal as a Zenit St. Petersburg player in Slovakia’s 7-0 thumping of San Marino in a Euro 2008 qualifier. Meanwhile, Albert Riera bagged his only goal while with R.C.D. Espanyol in Spain’s 3-1 win in Denmark and Nicolas Anelka netted his final goal as a Bolton Wanderers player in France’s 6-0 victory in the Faroe Islands. Steven Gerrard skippered his country in a competitive game for the first time as England beat Estonia 3-0 at Wembley. Ryan Babel, Yossi Benayoun, Steve Finnan, Sami Hyypiä, Javier Mascherano, Krisztián Németh, Andriy Voronin, future reds Joe Cole, Péter Gulácsi, Robbie Keane, Ragnar Klavan, Sotirios Kyrgiakos, Alex Manninger, Christian Poulsen and Maxi Rodríguez and ex-reds Craig Bellamy, Mark González, Michael Owen, Daniel Sjölund and Finland and Wales bosses Roy Hodgson and John Toshack were all also in international action that day. No more silent knight for England 1971 - Chris Lawler won his fourth and final cap for England as they won a European Championships qualifier 3-2 in Switzerland. 2-1 again 1906 - We lost 2-1 at The Wednesday, our fifth defeat by that score in consecutive fixtures that season. Sam Raybould struck for the reds in a game staged as a benefit match for Billy Dunlop, while Andrew Wilson netted one of his eight goals past us, with Ollie Tummon also on target. Back to Stoke 2000 - Frode Kippe joined Stoke City for a second loan spell. He made 24 appearances, staying at the Britannia Stadium for the rest of the season as the Potters narrowly missed out on promotion to the First Division. The road to Germany 2004 - Ex-red Michael Owen struck the only goal of England’s win in Azerbaijan, with future red Joe Cole also playing. Future red Robbie Keane bagged both goals, including a penalty, as the Republic of Ireland beat the Faroe Islands 2-0 in another qualifier, with Steve Finnan also featuring. Also in World Cup qualifying action that day were Alou Diarra, Jerzy Dudek, Sami Hyypiä, John Arne Riise, future reds Craig Bellamy, Dirk Kuyt, Javier Mascherano, Christian Poulsen, Fernando Torres and Andriy Voronin and ex-red Paul Jones, with Alex Manninger winning his last cap as a Bologna player as Austria drew 3-3 in Northern Ireland. A rare defeat 1993 - Ronnie Whelan and ex-reds Ray Houghton and Steve Staunton all featured as the Republic of Ireland suffered their first competitive defeat at Lansdowne Road for eight years, losing 3-1 to Spain in a World Cup qualifier. Stig Inge Bjørnebye, Ronnie Rosenthal, ex-red Jim Magilton and future reds Brad Friedel, Paul Ince and Gary McAllister all also played for their countries, with Gérard Houllier in charge as Ronnie Rosenthal’s Israel beat France 3-2 at the Stade de France. Starting out and finishing 1981 - Paul Stewart signed as a professional for Blackpool. He played 225 times for the Seasiders, scoring 62 times before being sold to Manchester City in March 1987. His greatest moment came when he scored Tottenham Hotspur’s equaliser in the 1991 FA Cup Final, but he failed to shine at Anfield. 1986 - Reserves winger John Jeffers turned pro at Anfield. He did not break into our first-team, but went on to carve out a career with Port Vale and Stockport County. 2008- Ex-reds centre-half Stéphane Henchoz announced his retirement from football. Other reds games 1979 – We won 2-1 at Ipswich Town to leave the Blues bottom of the table. Alan Hunter put through his own net, with David Johnson also on target. 1928 – Gordon Hodgson and Jimmy McDougall struck as we came from behind to beat Newcastle United 2-1 in L4 as forward Billy Millar played his third and last game for the club. Stevie in the running 2005 - Steven Gerrard was named among the thirty players short-listed for the FIFA World Player of the Year award, which was eventually retained by Ronaldinho. Papa again 2016 – Ex-reds centre-forward Christian Benteke became a father for the second time, this time to a daughter called Nylah.
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    21st May

    Walsh walks in 1984 - Paul Walsh signed from Luton Town for £700,000. He went on to nab 37 goals in 112 reds games, helping us to the League title in 1986, although he missed the run-in due to ruptured ankle ligaments. He left Anfield to sign for Tottenham Hotspur for £500,000 in February 1988. 1914 - Inside-right Fred Pagnam joined from Blackpool for £75. He struck an astonishing thirty times in just 39 reds games, moving to Arsenal in October 1919. He later had a successful managerial career with Watford and the Turkish national side, amongst others. Ephraim the first 1921 - Full-back Ephraim Longworth became the first red to captain England, aged 33 years and 231 days, as he won his second cap in their 2-0 friendly defeat of Belgium in Brussels. Clubmate Harry ‘Smiler’ Chambers netted his first England goal in the same game. Wembley disappointment 1977 - Our first treble dream died as we lost the FA Cup Final to Manchester United. Jimmy Case equalised just two minutes after Stuart Pearson had given United the lead. However, only three minutes later Jimmy Greenhoff scored the winning goal, one of his five past us, to take the cup to Old Trafford for the first time in fourteen years. This remains our only first-class game on this day in history. Farewell Lucas 2017 – Lucas Leiva played his 346th and last reds game as we beat Middlesbrough 3-0 at Anfield to secure UEFA Champions League football for the next season and relegate the visitors. Gini Wijnaldum opened the scoring on the stroke of half-time, with Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana on target after the break. Striking first caps 1980 - Ian Rush won his first full cap for Wales, as a substitute in their 1-0 defeat by Scotland in the British International Championships at Hampden Park. Kenny Dalglish and ex-red Joey Jones both also featured. 1975 – Ipswich Town’s David Johnson netted a brace on his England debut as they drew 2-2 with Wales in the same competition. John Toshack bagged his final goal as a reds player in this game, while Ray Clemence also played. Bobby the boss 1982 - 1950’s wing-half Bobby Campbell was appointed Manager of Portsmouth. He stayed in charge for two years, with his signings including Neil Webb and Mark Hateley. He led them to the old Third Division title in his first season in charge, and kept them up the following season, but was then sacked and replaced by Alan Ball. Births and death 1963 - Danish defender Torben Piechnik was born in Copenhagen. He only played 24 times after Graeme Souness signed him from F.C. København for £500,000 in September 1992, having helped his country to a shock win at Euro ’92, but Roy Evans released him after just two seasons at Anfield. 1896 – Inside-left Hector Lawson was born in Shettleston, Glasgow. He signed from Rangers in January 1924, failing to score in sixteen outings before joining Airdrieonians in August 1925. 1994 – Scottish centre-half Norman Low died. He joined the reds in October 1933 but only played thirteen times while at Anfield, deputising for Tom Bradshaw, before moving on to Newport County in November 1936. Award winners 2001 - Gérard Houllier was given a special Nationwide award, having bizarrely been pipped to the Manager Of The Year trophy by Ipswich Town boss George Burley despite leading the reds to a cup treble and third place in the League. 2018 - Mohamed Salah was named PFA Fans’ Player of the Year for the first time, after a stunning 44 goals in 52 games in his first campaign with the reds. More reds on target 1998 - Vladimír Šmicer scored in his third consecutive Czech Republic game as they beat Paraguay 1-0 in a Kirin Cup game in Japan. 2002 - Michael Owen netted as skipper in England’s 1-1 draw with South Korea in a pre-World Cup friendly. Emile Heskey, Danny Murphy, ex-red David James and future red Joe Cole all also played. Milan Baroš featured as the Czech Republic Under-21’s drew 1-1 with Greece in the European Championships in Switzerland on the same day 2008 – Reserves forward Krisztián Németh grabbed a brace, including a penalty, as Hungary Under-19’s beat Cyprus 2-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Székesfehérvár, with clubmate András Simon making an appearance from off the bench. 2010 – Future red Fabio Borini netted for Italy Under-19’s in their 2-0 friendly defeat of the Czech Republic in Udine, while Jari Litmanen won his 132nd cap for Finland as they lost 2-0 in Estonia. On the same day, Conor Coady skippered England Under-17’s as they beat Greece 1-0 in a European Championships Finals group game in Liechtenstein, with Andre Wisdom also featuring. European champions 2014 – Future red Dominic Solanke netted his last goal at this level as England Under-17’s beat the Netherlands on penalties after their European Championships Final finished 1-1 in Malta, with fellow future red Joe Gomez also featuring. Wrong and right for Wright 1991 - Future red Mark Wright skippered England for the only time, scoring an own goal as they beat the USSR 3-1 in a friendly at Wembley. John Barnes and Peter Beardsley both also played. 1988 - Barnes and Beardsley both also represented their country when England beat a Scotland side that included Steve Nicol 1-0 in the Rous Cup at Wembley. Poland for Wales 1939 - Future reds keeper George Poland won his second and final official cap for Wales as they lost 2-1 to France in a friendly in Paris. He played a further four times in Wartime games while on our books. Saint turned sinner 1961 – Ian St. John scored and was then sent off for kicking out as we drew a friendly 1-1 at Slovakian side Tatran Prešov. For Stan and Tony 2000 - We took part in a testimonial match for Steve Staunton and Tony Cascarino, losing 4-2 to an Irish XI at Lansdowne Road. Our goals came from Emile Heskey and Michael Owen. Derby joy 1944 - We beat Everton 5-2 in a friendly at Anfield in aid of the Lord Mayor’s War Fund. Don Welsh bagged a treble, with Billy Liddell and Jack Balmer also on target as all five goals came within an eight-minute spell. Taylor for England Phil Taylor twice represented his country on this day in history. 1947 - He featured in a goalless B international in Switzerland. 1950 - He played alongside clubmate Jimmy Payne as England B won an unofficial international 2-1 in Luxembourg, with Billy Liddell also in international action. On the move 1999 - Former reserves forward Paul Dalglish, King Kenny’s son, was sold to Norwich City from Newcastle United for £300,000, after a successful loan spell. However, he only bagged two goals in a total of 48 games for the Canaries. 2001 - Robbie Keane was sold to Leeds United from Internazionale for £12m, after nine goals in twenty outings during a loan spell at Elland Road the previous season. 2007 - Ex-reds reserves forward John Miles signed for Accrington Stanley on a free transfer from Macclesfield Town. He netted just seven times in 111 games for them before joining Conference National side Fleetwood Town in June 2010. 2015 - Ex-reds midfielder Danny Guthrie was released by Reading after five goals in 69 games. On the same day, Jordon Ibe signed a new contract with the reds. 2016 – Reserves forward Jerome Sinclair agreed to sign for Watford on 1st July, having become our youngest ever player in September 2012 aged sixteen years and six days. He struck once in five senior reds games in total and has so far netted once in twelve outings for the Hornets, spending much of his time out on loan. Robbo for the Irish Future red Michael Robinson played for the Republic of Ireland in friendlies on this day in consecutive years. 1981 - They lost 3-0 to West Germany B in Bremen 1982 – He played in a 1-0 defeat in Chile, with future reds Assistant Manager Sean O’Driscoll making his debut. Tony starts a run 1969 - Ex-red Tony Hateley scored in the first of all seven games on an FA Tour, grabbing a treble as an England side beat Tahiti 4-1 in Papeete. He netted a total of seventeen goals on the trip. 1961 – Alan A’Court also played in an FA Tour game as England won 4-2 in Hong Kong. European disappointment 2008 – Ex-red Nicolas Anelka had a penalty saved in the UEFA Champions League Final for Chelsea as they lost 6-5 in the shoot-out to Manchester United in Moscow, after the game had ended 1-1 at both full time and after extra time. Future red Joe Cole also featured for the losing side. Also in international action 1938 – Future reds boss Don Welsh played for England as they lost a friendly 2-1 in Switzerland. 1977 – Glenn Hysén played for Sweden Under-18’s in their 4-1 defeat by Bulgaria in a European Championships Finals group game in Belgium. 1978 – Steve Heighway and future red Mark Lawrenson both featured as the Republic of Ireland shared a goalless friendly with Norway in Oslo. 1985 – Future red Barry Venison appeared for England Under-21’s in their 3-1 defeat in a European Championships qualifier in Finland. 1997 – Mark Kennedy and ex-reds Ray Houghton and Steve Staunton all played for Ireland in their 5-0 World Cup qualifying thumping of Liechtenstein at Lansdowne Road, with future red Vegard Heggem featuring for Norway Under-21’s as they lost 3-1 to Denmark in Grimstad. 2003 – John Welsh played for England Under-19’s, with Jon Otsemobor turning out for the Under-20’s in the same day. 2006 – John Toshack took charge of a Wales side that beat the Basque Country 1-0 in Bilbao, with future reds Craig Bellamy and Paul Jones both in action.
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    20th June

    Defensive recruits 2015 – Centre-half Joe Gomez signed from Charlton Athletic for £3.5m. He has made 142 senior appearances up to the end of the 2021/22 season, helping us to claim the Premier League title, UEFA Champions League, FIFA Club World Cup and UEFA Super Cup. 2001 - John Arne Riise signed from AS Monaco for £4m. He netted 31 times in his 348 first-team appearances, at either left-back or on the left side of midfield but left for Roma for the same fee he was signed for in June 2008. He helped us to claim the Champions League, FA Cup, two UEFA Super Cups, League Cup and two FA Charity Shields. Moving on 1972 - Alun Evans was sold to Aston Villa for £72,000. He had become the first £100,000 teenager four years earlier when arriving at Anfield from Wolverhampton Wanderers, our new record signing. He netted 33 times in his 111 first team appearances for the reds before moving to Villa Park. 1955- Full-back Frank Lock was sold to Watford. He had signed from Charlton Athletic for £7,500 on Christmas Day 1953, playing 42 times without scoring. 1901 – Right-back Don McCallum signed from Queen’s Park, but only made two senior appearances before moving on to Morton in May 1903. European ban 1985 - UEFA banned Liverpool from European competition for three years, on top of the overall English ban, following the shameful events at Heysel three weeks earlier. However, this was later reduced to just one year. Final caps 2007 - Scott Carson won his 29th and final cap for England Under-21’s as they fell at the penultimate hurdle in the European Championships Finals in Heerenveen. Host nation the Netherlands held them to a 1-1 draw, with no further score in extra time. The penalty shoot-out was long drawn out, finally ending 13-12 in favour of the Dutch, with both Carson and future red Ryan Babel converting their spot-kicks, and future red James Milner doing so twice. Holland went on to beat Serbia in the Final. 2013 – Pepe Reina won his last cap for Spain before joining SSC Napoli on loan as they thrashed Tahiti 10-0 in a Confederations Cup group game in Brazil. Ex-red Fernando Torres scored four times, also missing a penalty, while Sebastián Coates and Luis Suárez both also featured in the same competition that day as Uruguay beat Nigeria 2-1. 2015 - Sebastián Coates won his last cap as a reds player in Uruguay’s 1-1 draw with Paraguay in a Copa América group game in Chile, with ex-red Javier Mascherano also in action in the same tournament that day. Meanwhile, Emre Can featured for Germany Under-21’s as they beat Denmark 3-0 in the European Championships Finals in Prague. European disappointments 2000 - German and English reds crashed out of Euro 2000. Dietmar Hamann won his 27th cap as Germany lost 3-0 to Portugal in Rotterdam. On the same day, Michael Owen’s goal could not prevent Kevin Keegan’s England from succumbing 3-2 to Romania after Phil Neville conceded a last-minute penalty in Charleroi. Emile Heskey and future red Nick Barmby also featured, with ex-red Paul Ince winning his 53rd and final cap in this game. 2004 - Future reds Xabi Alonso, Fernando Morientes and Fernando Torres all played in Spain’s 1-0 defeat by host nation Portugal in Lisbon, which meant that the Spaniards missed out on reaching the knock-out phase. Future red Kolo Touré played in a World Cup qualifier on the same day, as Ivory Coast won 2-1 in Egypt. 2009 – Torres featured alongside clubmates Álvaro Arbeloa, Pepe Reina and Albert Riera as Spain set a world record of fifteen consecutive international wins, equalling Brazil’s all-time record of 35 matches unbeaten. The game was a 2-0 defeat of host nation South Africa in the Confederations Cup. On the same day, Touré won his last cap as an Arsenal player in Ivory Coast’s 3-2 win in a World Cup qualifier in Burkina Faso. Also in Europe 2016 - Martin Škrtel captained Slovakia as he won his last cap as a reds player as they held Roy Hodgson’s England to a goalless draw in Saint-Étienne, meaning both sides qualified for the knock-out phase. Joe Allen played for Wales as they beat Russia 3-0 in Toulouse in the same group to progress as group winners. Nathaniel Clyne, Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana and Daniel Sturridge all also featured that day. 2017 – Marko Grujić played for Serbia Under-21’s in their 2-2 draw with FYR Macedonia in a European Championships Finals group game in Poland. Reds for Scotland Reds have twice represented Scotland on this day in history. 1983 - Graeme Souness captained his country as they beat Canada 2-0 in a friendly in Toronto. 1990 - Gary Gillespie won his twelfth senior cap as a substitute in their 1-0 defeat by Brazil in the Stadio delle Alpi in Turin. This defeat ensured that the Scots again failed to progress past the first stage of the World Cup Finals. Also at the World Cup 1982 - Phil Thompson played in England’s 2-0 win over Czechoslovakia in Bilbao, their second game of the group stage. 1998 - Future red Bolo Zenden came off the bench as the Netherlands thumped South Korea 5-0 in Marseille. 1990 - Glenn Hysén skippered Sweden to a 2-1 defeat by Costa Rica in Genoa as they finished bottom of their group without a point. 2006 - Steven Gerrard and future red Joe Cole were on target as England were held to a 2-2 draw by Sweden in Cologne, with Jamie Carragher, Peter Crouch and ex-red Michael Owen all also featuring. Owen damaged his knee ligaments in the opening minute, an injury that kept him out for almost all of the following season. 2010 – Martin Škrtel played as Slovakia lost 2-0 to Paraguay in Bloemfontein, while future red Kolo Touré appeared for the Ivory Coast in their 3-1 defeat by Brazil in Johannesburg. 2014 – Mamadou Sakho faced future red Xherdan Shaqiri as France beat Switzerland 5-2 in a group game in Salvador, with future red Mario Balotelli playing in Italy’s 1-0 defeat by Costa Rica in Recife. 2018 – Ex-red Luis Suárez reached a century of caps for his country, scoring the only goal of the game as Uruguay beat Saudi Arabia in Russia. 2019 – Suárez converted a spot-kick as Uruguay drew 2-2 with Japan in a Copa América group game in Brazil, the third consecutive international in which he netted. Happy birthday 1964 - Ex-loanee keeper Alec Chamberlain was born in March in Cambridgeshire. He came to Anfield as cover for David James, sitting on the bench at the Coca-Cola Cup Final in 1995, and five subsequent League games, without getting onto the pitch. He is now coaching at Watford, having made 290 appearances for the Hornets. Spackers on the move 1983 - Nigel Spackman signed for Chelsea from Bournemouth for £35,000. He spent nearly four years at Stamford Bridge before joining the reds in February 1987, making 179 appearances in this first spell with the Blues. Eight in New York 1948 - We beat Kearny Celtic Scots 8-0 in a friendly in New York. Jack Balmer netted a hat-trick, with Billy Liddell and Les Shannon grabbing a brace each and Bob Priday also on target. Goalscorers on a run 1969 - Ex-red Tony Hateley scored in the seventh of all seven games of an FA Tour as England thumped Thailand 4-0 in Bangkok. He netted a total of seventeen goals on the tour. 2011 - Future red Samed Yeşil scored in his ninth consecutive Under-17's game, nabbing a brace as Germany thumped Ecuador 6-1 in a World Championships Finals group game in Mexico, with future red Emre Can captaining the side. Meanwhile, left-back Tom King played for Australia in their 2-1 win over the Ivory Coast at the same tournament. On the same day, ex-red Javier Mascherano featured for Argentina in their 4-0 friendly defeat of Albania in Buenos Aires. Internationals on target 1997 – Future red Danny Murphy bagged a treble as England Under-20’s thumped the United Arab Emirates 5-0 in Malaysia in the World Championship Finals. Michael Owen was also on target. 2001 – Future red Maxi Rodríguez netted as Argentina came from behind to beat Egypt 7-1 in the same tournament in Buenos Aires. Daniel Sjölund was also in action earlier that day as Finland beat Jamaica 1-0 in the same stadium. 2021 - Xherdan Shaqiri scored his last two goals as a reds player as Switzerland beat Turkey 3-1 in a European Championship Finals group game in Baku, with Neco Williams, Harry Wilson and ex-reds Joe Allen and Danny Ward all featuring as Wales lost 1-0 to Italy in the same group in Rome. Forwards on the move 2006 - Ex-reds reserves forward Andy Parkinson joined Notts County on a free transfer from Grimsby Town. He bagged five goals in 73 games for the Magpies before moving to Cambridge United in July 2008. 2007 - Winger Richie Partridge signed for Chester City. He struck seven times in 68 outings before joining MK Dons in July 2009. 2014 - John Toshack was appointed Manager of Moroccan side Wydad Casablanca. Hillsborough march 2009 – The Hillsborough March4Justice to 10 Downing Street took place, taking a petition of more than 40,000 signatures to the Prime Minister. Bobby’s happy day 2017 – Forward Roberto Firmino married Larissa Pereira in Maceió, Brazil.
  16. Will

    2nd May

    Strikers on the move 1961 - Ian St. John signed from Motherwell for a club record £37,500. He went on to bag 118 goals in 425 reds games, helping us to two League titles, our first ever FA Cup, Second Division championship and FA Charity Shield before joining South African side Hellenic in February 1971. 1897 – Scottish inside-forward William Walker arrived from Leith Athletic. He struck three times in twelve reds games in his one year with the reds. 1938 – Bill Kinghorn joined the reds from Queen’s Park. He netted four times in nineteen reds games, and another three times in eleven wartime matches. 1979 - Future red John Aldridge signed for Newport County from South Liverpool for £3,500. He netted 83 times in 198 games for County. Cally honoured 1974 - Ian Callaghan was named as the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year, surprisingly becoming the first red ever to win this honour since its launch in 1948. 2008 - Fernando Torres was voted runner-up in the same awards, with ex-red David James in third. Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo was the winner. Happy birthdays 1981 - Chris Kirkland was born in Leicester. He only appeared 45 times between our sticks after signing from Coventry City for £6m in August 2001, while suffering from a succession of injuries, and moved to Wigan Athletic in October 2006 for a reported £3.5m after a successful loan spell. 1904 - Outside-right Cyril Oxley was born in Worksop. He signed from Chesterfield for £2,000 in October 1925 and bagged six goals in 34 games before moving to Southend United in September 1928. 1997 – Midfielder Matty Virtue was born in Epsom. He was Under-23’s skipper, moving on to Blackpool in January 2019. Red farewells 2018 – Ragnar Klavan featured in his 53rd and last reds game as we lost the second leg of our UEFA Champions League Semi-final 4-2 at Roma, our first defeat in the competition that season, to progress 7-6 on aggregate. Sadio Mané and Gini Wijnaldum both scored inside the first half hour, either side of an unfortunate James Milner own goal. Edin Džeko gave the home side hope with the latest of his five goals past us before Radja Nainggolan added two late strikes, including a stoppage-time penalty. 2010 – Yossi Benayoun played his 134th and final reds game prior to joining the visitors as we meekly surrendered 2-0 to Chelsea at Anfield, thus helping to ensure they won the League title ahead of Manchester United and that we could not qualify for the following season’s Champions League. Didier Drogba pounced on a stray Steven Gerrard back-pass to open the scoring with one of his eleven goals past us, with Frank Lampard also on target with last of his eight. Daniel Ayala also made his final senior appearance, his fifth. 2004 - Danny Murphy scored his 44th and last reds goal, converting a spot-kick in a 2-0 defeat of Middlesbrough at Anfield, to continue his hundred per cent record at penalties for us, with his eighth successful conversion. Emile Heskey grabbed the other goal. 1956 – Don Welsh took charge of the reds for the last time as we lost our final game of the season 2-0 at Lincoln City to finish the season in third in the Second Division. 1925 – Full-back Ted Parry made his thirteenth and final reds appearance as we drew 1-1 at League champions Huddersfield Town, benefiting from a Tommy Wilson own goal as we finished the season in fourth. Five against the Hammers 1998 - We thumped West Ham United 5-0 at home in the Premiership. Michael Owen, Jason McAteer, with a brace that included his final reds goal, and Øyvind Leonhardsen all scored before the break, with ex-Hammer Paul Ince wrapping up the scoring in the second half to ensure our place in the UEFA Cup for the next season. 1931 - We also played the Hammers as Gordon Hodgson struck twice in our final game of the season to hand us a 2-0 win at Anfield, as we finished ninth in the top flight. This was the sixth consecutive game in which he had netted. The worst season ever 1955 - We finished the season with a 6-1 thumping at Rotherham United, ending up in our worst ever final League position, eleventh in the Second Division. The great Billy Liddell bagged our consolation with Ian Wilson netting four goals, with Jack Grainger and Dennis Pell also on target for the Millers. Champions! 1988 - We were presented with the League Championship trophy, along with the new Barclays trophy, before our 1-1 Bank Holiday Monday home draw with Southampton. John Aldridge put us in front just before half-time, with Rod Wallace equalising with the first of his five strikes against the reds. Also recently 2015 - Philippe Coutinho gave us a first-half lead over Queens Park Rangers before Leroy Fer equalised after the break. Nedum Onuoha was sent off for the visitors and Steven Gerrard had a penalty saved by Robert Green, although he went on to head in a late goal as we won 2-1 with Lazar Marković making his 34th and last reds appearance. 2021 – Our League visit to Manchester United, due to be played behind closed doors due to COVID restrictions, was called off before kick-off due to protests by the home fans against their owners. Colin for the only time 1981 - Forward Colin Russell played his only reds game as Sunderland won 1-0 at Anfield, thanks to a Stan Cummins goal. Future Bolton Wanderers boss Sam Allardyce played his final game for the visitors. A Tiny mistake 1936 - We lost 2-1 in our final game of the season as we finished nineteenth with Stoke City securing their joint highest ever League placing, ending up fourth in the top flight. Fred Howe netted for the reds with centre-half Tom ‘Tiny’ Bradshaw putting through his own net and Jim Westland also on target for the home side. This was George Patterson’s last game in his second spell in charge of the reds. Injured 1992 – John Barnes had to limp off during our goalless draw at Sheffield Wednesday with an injury that ruled him out of the FA Cup Final the following weekend. Danny stays 2009 – Centre-half Daniel Agger agreed a new contract until 2014, later further extended. He struck fourteen times in 232 reds games since signing from Brøndby IF for £5.8m in January 2006, before returning there for a reported £3m in August 2014. Reds against reds 1984 - Alan Kennedy and Sammy Lee faced Ian Rush in a British International Championships game at the Racecourse Ground. It was Barney’s second and final cap. Future red Mark Wright made his England debut, while his future clubmate Paul Walsh won his fifth and last cap. Ex-red Joey Jones also played as the home side won 1-0 thanks to a Mark Hughes goal. Future red Glenn Hysén and ex-red Dave Watson both also featured in internationals that day. First and last caps 1979 - John Toshack won his first cap as a Swansea City player, and 35th overall, in Wrexham, coming on as a substitute in their 2-0 defeat by West Germany in a European Championships qualifier. Fellow ex-red Joey Jones also played. 1989 – Øyvind Leonhardsen debuted for Norway Under-21’s as they lost 2-1 to Poland, with fellow future red Stig Inge Bjørnebye also in action. 2004 - David Raven won his sixth and last cap for England Under-19's as they drew a European Championships qualifier with Ukraine 1-1 in Slovenia. Ins and out 2011 – Sami Hyypiä announced his retirement from playing, having bagged three goals in 61 outings for Bayer 04 Leverkusen after leaving Anfield two years earlier. On the same day, it was announced that Club Secretary Ian Silvester was to leave by mutual consent, having been in that role for two years. 1980 – Defender Richard Money arrived from Fulham for a £50,000 fee. However, he was unable to displace either Alan Kennedy or Phil Neal at full-back, making only seventeen first-team appearances before joining Luton Town in April 1982. 1908 – Scottish keeper Don Sloan signed from Everton for £300, failing to keep a clean sheet in six reds games before becoming Player/Manager of his old club Distillery in Belfast in July 1909. More disappointments on this day 1995 – We shared a goalless draw with Wimbledon at Selhurst Park. 1987 – We lost 1-0 at Coventry City, with Nick Pickering scoring shortly after the break. 1983 – Peter Davenport bagged the only goal of our trip to Nottingham Forest as we fell to our fourth consecutive defeat, with the League title already in the bag. 1963 – Ian St. John scored as we lost 2-1 at Leyton Orient, although the O’s were still relegated after just one season in the top flight. 1921 – We shared a goalless draw with Arsenal at Highbury. Young uncle Roy on target 1964 - Roy Evans netted for England Schoolboys as they beat their Scottish counterparts 4-2 in Dundee. Also in international action 1956 – Future reds keeper Tommy Younger played for Scotland in their 1-1 friendly draw with Austria at Hampden Park. 1962 – Ian St. John featured as Scotland lost 3-2 to Uruguay at the same venue. 1978 – Future reds coach Joe Corrigan played for England Under-21’s as they drew the second leg of their European Championships Semi-final 1-1 with Yugoslavia at Maine Road, losing out 3-2 on aggregate. 2002 – Carl Medjani captained France Under-17’s as they lost 2-1 to fellow future red Arnaud Bühler’s Switzerland in a European Championships Finals group game in Denmark. 2006 – Jerzy Dudek played for Poland as they lost a friendly 1-0 to Lithuania in Bełchatów. 2007 – Future reds Victor Moses and Mamadou Sakho both played in European Championships Finals group games in Belgium. 2019 – Luke Chambers and Isaac Mabaya played for England Under-15’s as they lost a penalty shoot-out after their friendly meeting with the USA ended 1-1.
  17. Will

    24th August

    Red legends are born 1893 - Legendary keeper Elisha Scott was born in Belfast. He kept goal for the reds on 468 occasions across his 21 years with us after signing from Broadway United in September 1912, and ended his career with two League title medals, joining Belfast Celtic as Player/Manager in June 1934. 1873 - Forward Harry Bradshaw was born in Liverpool. He became the reds’ first international in February 1897 when he won his one and only England cap, at outside-left. He signed from Northwich Victoria in October 1893 and struck 53 times in 138 reds games, before moving on to Tottenham Hotspur in May 1898. European glory 2001 - We claimed our second UEFA Super Cup by beating European champions Bayern München 3-2 at the Stade Louis II in Monaco. John Arne Riise, with his first reds goal, Emile Heskey and Michael Owen put us in a commanding lead before the Germans staged a late, but ultimately fruitless, come-back. Most recently 2019 – Jordan Henderson captained the club in the League for the hundredth time as we beat Arsenal 3-1 at Anfield. Centre-half Joël Matip headed us in front from a corner shortly before the break. Mohamed Salah scored twice, including a penalty, before Lucas Torreira bagged a late consolation for the Gunners as we equalled a top-flight club record of twelve consecutive wins. 2015 – James Milner skippered the reds from the start for the first time as we held Arsenal to a goalless draw at the Emirates Stadium. 2011 – Kenny Dalglish secured his 200th win as reds boss as we won a League Cup Second Round tie 3-1 at Exeter City as we started our journey to Wembley glory. Luis Suárez scored in his third consecutive game before the break. Maxi Rodríguez and Andy Carroll struck after the break before a late consolation from the spot by Danny Nardiello. Centre-half Danny Wilson played his ninth and last reds game, with Raul Meireles appearing for the 44th and final time. 2004 - We lost the second leg of our Champions League qualifier 1-0 to Grazer AK at Anfield to progress 2-1 on aggregate. This was the first time we had lost a home second leg in Europe after winning the first leg away, although the feat was repeated a year later. Mario Tokić struck for the Austrian side, not giving fans much confidence that we could go all the way in the competition. Mixed fortunes against the Villains 2013 – Left-back Aly Cissokho made his reds bow from the bench as Daniel Sturridge’s first-half strike was enough to secure victory at Villa Park, with keeper Simon Mignolet making a series of crucial stops after the break. 2009 – We lost 3-1 at home to Aston Villa, as they took a first-half lead through a Lucas own goal as he deflected a free kick past the helpless Pepe Reina, and then a Curtis Davies header from a corner. Fernando Torres scored before Steven Gerrard conceded a needless penalty, converted by Ashley Young. 2003 - We left Villa Park having shared a goalless draw with Aston Villa, in our first away match of the season. Thommo’s bow 1963 - Winger and new record signing Peter Thompson made his official reds debut as we came from behind to win our season opener 2-1 at Blackburn Rovers. Ronnie Moran headed in after Rovers keeper Fred Else had saved his penalty, with Ian Callaghan bagging the winner as right-half Gordon Milne reached a century of League outings for the club. Other birthdays 1967 - Midfielder Michael Thomas was born in Lambeth. He arrived at Anfield from Arsenal for £1.5m in December 1991, less than three years after cruelly snatching the title for the Gunners with practically the last kick of the season’s final game in L4, as well as coming off the bench in their 1987 League Cup Final defeat of the reds. He made 163 appearances for the reds scoring twelve times, including the 1992 FA Cup Final opener, before teaming up with Graeme Souness again at SL Benfica. 1985 - Former reserves central midfielder David Mannix was born in Liverpool. He left Anfield in January 2007 to join Ham-Kam, who played in the second tier of Norwegian football, but later returned to England with Chester City. 1993 – Keeper Jamie Stephens was born in Wotton-under-Edge. He signed from Swindon Town in 2010, going on to win the Barclays Premier Academy League Save of the Season award for 2010/11 for a stop in an away win at Manchester United. He left the club for Newport County in July 2013, after a loan spell with Welsh side Airbus UK Broughton earlier that year. Macca dismissed 1991 - Steve McMahon was sent off for a stray elbow at Kenilworth Road as we were held to a goalless draw by Luton Town on our most recent League visit there. Dean Saunders somehow missed an open goal from well inside the six-yard box. Hodgson departs 1984 - David Hodgson joined Sunderland for £125,000. He had never fully established himself in his two years at Anfield after signing from Middlesbrough for £450,000, scoring ten times in 49 appearances, although he did claim a League championship medal and help us to clinch the FA Charity Shield on his reds bow. Crusading Lawro 1981 - We played Northern Irish side Crusaders in a friendly, winning 5-0. The game was arranged to commemorate the opening of a new stand at their Seaview ground. Mark Lawrenson struck his first reds goal in this game, with David Johnson and Terry McDermott adding to a brace from Kenny Dalglish. On the spot twice 1974 - Left-back Alec Lindsay scored two penalties as we beat Leicester City 2-1 at Anfield. Foxes skipper Keith Weller scored one of his six goals past us but was later fined £100 with £60 costs for “bringing the game into disrepute” after allegedly insulting the referee after the game due to his spot-kick awards. First southern visit 1960 - We visited The Dell in the League for the first time, being comprehensively beaten 4-1, with Tommy Leishman bagging his first reds goal. Terry Paine bagged the first of his four strikes against the reds, with Derek Reeves, George O’Brien and John Sydenham all also on target. We had previously played at The Dell four times in cup games, also without tasting victory. 2002 - We also faced Southampton when El-Hadji Diouf nabbed a brace in his first Anfield match, his first reds strikes, with Danny Murphy converting a last-minute penalty as we won 3-0. Stéphane Henchoz reached a century of League appearances for the reds in this game. A win for the new boss 1985 - We lost at St. James’ Park in what was Willie McFaul’s first match in charge as Caretaker Manager of Newcastle United. George Reilly headed the only goal of the game. Starting with a win 1957 - We kicked off our Second Division campaign with a 2-1 victory at Bristol City with both goals scored by Tony Rowley and Johnny Watkins netting the first of his four strikes past the reds. We ended that season in fourth. Entertaining the Mackems twice 1968 - We beat Sunderland 4-1 in a top-flight fixture thanks to goals from Tommy Smith, Chris Lawler, Ian Callaghan and Tony Hateley, who netted his 28th and last reds strike. Colin Suggett bagged one of his four goals against us. 1996 - We were held to a goalless draw in the Premiership. Heading to the Final 2004 - Future red Javier Mascherano helped Argentina to reach the Final of the Olympics football tournament in Athens as they beat Italy 3-0. On the move 2013 – Future reds loanee Victor Moses joined Chelsea from Wigan Athletic for £9m after nine goals in eighty outings for the Latics. On the same day, former reds Assistant Manager Pako Ayestarán was appointed Tecos boss, staying on until the following May having failed to secure promotion. 2007 – Moses featured for England Under-17’s as they beat Brazil 2-1 in a World Championship Finals group game in South Korea, his twelfth and last cap at this level. 2011 – Dani Pacheco joined Club Atlético de Madrid on loan, with an option to buy at the end of the season. However, they then loaned him out themselves to Rayo Vallecano de Madrid. On the same day, ex-reds reserves forward Lauri Dalla Valle joined Dundee United on loan from Fulham, netting three times in fifteen games for the Terrors. 2020 – Midfielder Jordan Williams joined Blackpool on a free transfer from Rochdale. He played fourteen times without scoring, moving on to Bolton Wanderers the following February. 2021 – Left-back Andy Robertson signed a new contract, having struck five times in 196 appearances to date, helping us to claim the Premier League title, UEFA Champions League, FIFA World Club Cup and UEFA Super Cup. 2009 – Young Hungarian forward András Simon joined Córdoba on loan. He failed to score in nine League outings for the Andalusian outfit. 2006 - Anthony Le Tallec joined Sochaux-Montbéliard on loan. He grabbed two goals in nineteen outings in his one season with Les Lionceaux. On the same day, Nicolas Anelka joined Bolton Wanderers from Fenerbahçe Spor Kulübü for £8m. He bagged 23 goals in 61 appearances for the Trotters, before moving to Chelsea for £15m in January 2008. Other reds games 1971 – John Toshack nabbed the only goal of our trip to Crystal Palace. 1966 – We lost 2-1 at Manchester City. Jimmy Murray scored one of his four goals past us before Geoff Strong headed in an equaliser. However, Colin Bell netted a last-minute winner. 1955 – We lost a Second Division fixture 3-0 to Sheffield Wednesday at Anfield. Inside-left John Evans had to leave the pitch after just ten minutes having broken his collar bone in a collision with Owls keeper Dave McIntosh. Redfern Froggatt scored one of his six goals past us before Roy Shiner and Jackie Sewell struck. Reds boss for England 1946 - Future reds Manager Don Welsh bagged a brace as England were held to a 2-2 draw by Scotland, who included Billy Liddell, in an unofficial international at Maine Road. The game was played in aid of the Bolton Disaster Fund, after 33 people had died during an FA Cup match between Bolton Wanderers and Stoke City at Burnden Park in March of that year. Also in international action 1993 – Future red Sami Hyypiä played for Finland Under-21’s in their 2-2 draw in a European Championships qualifier in Austria. On the same day, future red Bjørn Tore Kvarme featured for Norway Under-21’s as they won a friendly 1-0 in Denmark.
  18. Will

    20th March

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

    13th January

    Sam’s bow 1900 - Forward Sam Raybould made his reds debut as a Hugh Morgan brace condemned West Bromwich Albion to a 2-0 defeat at Anfield, his final goals for the club. Raybould went on to net 130 times in 226 reds games, becoming the first player to bag a hundred League goals for the club. Arrivals from Spain 2010 – Winger Maxi Rodríguez signed for free from Club Atlético de Madrid. He bagged seventeen goals in 73 reds outings before returning to Club Atlético Newell’s Old Boys in Argentina in July 2012. 2005 - Fernando Morientes signed from Real Madrid for £6.3m. He netted just twelve goals in 61 reds games, helping us to claim the FA Cup and UEFA Super Cup before moving on to Valencia in July 2006, where he regained his scoring touch. Birth and death 1984 - Tommy Younger died. He made 127 appearances in our goal after signing from Hibernian for £9,000 in June 1956, as well as winning 24 caps for Scotland. He returned north of the border after three years at Anfield to join Falkirk, later becoming the President of the Scottish FA. 1876 – Half-back Barney Battles was born in Springburn, Glasgow. He won the title two years running in Scotland, for Hearts in 1895 and then Celtic, joining the reds for six weeks on loan at the end of the 1895/96 season where he featured in two Second Division games and three of the four Test matches as we secured promotion, for which he received a special gold medal and a cheque for a “handsome sum”. He re-signed from Dundee in March 1898 for £20 but only played one more game before joining Celtic for a third spell seven months later. The legend returns 2003 - Ian Rush returned to Liverpool as a part-time specialist striking coach, a role he only occupied for around a year. His club record 346 strikes in 660 games had helped us to five League titles, the European Cup, three FA Cups, five League Cups, two FA Charity Shields and the Screen Sport Super Cup. Ablett across the park 1992 - Gary Ablett was sold to Everton for £750,000 after one goal in 147 games for the reds. He had helped us to two League titles, FA Cup and FA Charity Shield and later won a second FA Cup during his time at Goodison. Two-ton Martin 2013 – Slovakian centre-half Martin Škrtel played his 200th reds game as we lost 2-1 at Manchester United. Robin van Persie scored one of his seven goals past us before Nemanja Vidić deflected in a Patrice Evra header from a free-kick, with substitute Daniel Sturridge nabbing our consolation. Steven’s bow 2016 - Centre-half Steven Caulker made his reds bow in our 3-3 draw with Arsenal at Anfield. Roberto Firmino and Olivier Giroud each bagged a brace, with the latter grabbing two of his eight past us to date, with Aaron Ramsey also on target. Joe Allen struck a stoppage time equaliser. Cup despair 1993 - Second Division Bolton Wanderers knocked us out of the FA Cup at Anfield, winning our Third Round replay 2-0. John McGinlay nodded the visitors in front inside three minutes, with Andy Walker scoring the second with his head late on. Robbie Fowler made the bench for the first time, while Michael Thomas was ruled out for the rest of the season after snapping an Achilles tendon. 2010 – We were dumped out of the Cup in another replay at the same stage, as Reading won 2-1 at Anfield. A Ryan Bertrand own goal put us in front on the stroke of half time, but the Championship strugglers equalised at the death after Yossi Benayoun gave away a penalty converted by Gylfi Sigurðsson, the first of his five goals against us to date, with both Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard having to be withdrawn early due to injuries. Unfortunately, the visitors gained a deserved victory when Shane Long headed the extra time winner, one of his four strikes against the reds. Cup milestones 1912 - Outside-right Arthur Goddard appeared in his 23rd consecutive FA Cup match for the reds as a Jack Parkinson goal gave us a First Round home win over Leyton. Unfortunately, we went out at Fulham at the next hurdle. 1926 – We played our hundredth FA Cup match, when a Dick Forshaw goal was enough to hand us victory over Southampton in a Third Round replay at Anfield. Unfortunately, we were knocked out at the next hurdle at Fulham. Seeing off the Villa 2001 - A brace from Danny Murphy and an unstoppable shot past ex-red David James from Steven Gerrard condemned Aston Villa to a 3-0 defeat at Villa Park, with their new signing Juan Pablo Angel watching from the stands. Jari Litmanen made his first reds start in this game. Spot-kick failures 1906 – Alf West had a penalty saved in each half as we beat Leicester Fosse 2-1 in an FA Cup First Round tie at Anfield. Sam Raybould and Arthur Goddard netted for the reds, with Billy Bannister also failing to convert a spot-kick for the visitors. Debuting 1951 – Forward Don Woan played the first of just two reds games as we won 2-1 at Derby County in a top-flight encounter. Inside-forward Jack Haigh bagged his first reds goal with Billy Liddell also on target as we completed our first League double over the Rams since April 1929. Rescuing a point at Highbury 2002 - John Arne Riise latched onto a sensational long pass from Steven Gerrard to strike past Stuart Taylor in front of the North Bank to hand us a 1-1 draw, after Freddie Ljungberg had opened the scoring for Arsenal. 1923 - We also drew with the Gunners, being held to a goalless draw at Anfield in the First Round of the FA Cup. We won the replay, but went out in the Third Round at home to Sheffield United. Hitting five 1962 - We saw off Norwich City at Anfield by the odd goal in nine on our way to the Second Division championship. Alan A’Court netted in addition to braces from both Jimmy Melia and Roger Hunt. Terry Allcock bagged a treble for the Canaries, the most recent player to score a hat-trick at Anfield and still end up on the losing side, with Jimmy Conway also on target as right-back John Molyneux played his 249th and last game for the club. 1894 - We trounced Rotherham Town 5-1 at Anfield in a Second Division fixture at Anfield, having won 4-1 in the reverse fixture the previous week. David Henderson and Harry Bradshaw both netted braces, with Hugh McQueen also on target. Reds in charge 2006 - Steve Staunton was appointed Manager of the Republic of Ireland. He led them to just six victories in his seventeen games in charge. Fellow ex-red Kevin MacDonald was appointed as one of his coaches at the same time. Personal awards 2006 - Rafael Benítez was named Barclays Manager of the Month for the second month running, after four League wins out of four in December. 2010 – Standard de Liège forward Milan Jovanović was named Jupiler League Player of the Year in Belgium. On the move 2006 - Don Hutchison joined Coventry City on a free transfer from Millwall after a successful loan spell. He had struck twice in fourteen games for the Lions and grabbed four goals in forty outings for the Sky Blues before being struck down by serious injury. 2011 – Reserves forward Nathan Eccleston joined Charlton Athletic on loan. He netted three times in 21 outings for the Addicks. 2015 – Ex-reds reserves forward Paul Jewell resigned as Joint Assistant Manager of West Bromwich Albion, just seven days after being appointed, having already been asked to take a pay cut. 2017 – Left-back Joe Maguire moved on to Fleetwood Town, so far making nine senior appearances for the Cod Army. 2020 – Centre-half Nat Phillips re-joined VfB Stuttgart on loan after making one senior appearance and two outings on the bench in between spells in Germany. On the same day, ex-reds keeper Pepe Reina moved to Aston Villa until the end of the season. Tweet tweet 2011 - Ryan Babel admitted an FA charge for improper conduct relating to tweeting about referee Howard Webb after the recent FA Cup defeat at Manchester United. Other reds games 2007 – We won 3-0 at Watford, with all the goals coming from substitutes. Peter Crouch netted twice with Craig Bellamy also on target. 1996 – We were held to a 1-1 draw at Sheffield Wednesday, with Ian Rush grabbing a late leveller from off the bench. 1990 – Luton Town left Anfield with a share of the spoils as the game ended 2-2, with John Barnes opening the scoring with a direct free-kick. Goals from Kingsley Black and Kurt Nogan put the Hatters in front momentarily, before Steve Nicol headed in an equaliser. 1973 – We shared a goalless draw with Burnley in our FA Cup Third Round encounter at Turf Moor. We won at the second attempt, but fell to Manchester City at the next hurdle. 1934 – Gordon Hodgson netted as Fulham drew 1-1 at Anfield in another Third Round tie, with Jack Lambert equalising with the last of his seven goals against the reds. We won the replay, but went out to Bolton Wanderers in the Fifth Round. For continents 1996 - Future red Rigobert Song played as Cameroon lost 3-0 to host nation South Africa in an Africa Cup of Nations group game in Johannesburg. 2000 - Song played in a goalless friendly draw in Senegal. 2010 – Now having left the reds, he featured again in a 1-0 defeat to Gabon in a Finals game in Angola. 2012 – Future red Kolo Touré represented the Ivory Coast as they beat Tunisia 2-0 in a friendly in Abu Dhabi. 2007 - Future red Lucas Leiva captained Brazil Under-20’s as they beat Bolivia 3-0 in a Sudamericano Sub-20 “Juventud de América” group game in Paraguay, despite having a man sent off. 2019 – Future red Takumi Minamino played for Japan as they beat Oman 1-0 in an AFC Asian Cup group game in Abu Dhabi.
  20. Will

    21st March

    Seventh heaven 2006 - We thumped Birmingham City 7-0 at St. Andrews in the Sixth Round of the FA Cup, our record away victory in the competition, and our biggest win to that date under Rafael Benítez. Sami Hyypiä put us in front in the first minute, with Peter Crouch soon also scoring with his head, to get on target in his third consecutive game. Crouch added a third just before the break, with substitute Fernando Morientes scoring on the hour. John Arne Riise belted in our fifth, with Olivier Tebily’s own goal and a shot from another sub, Djibril Cissé, completing the rout. Momo Sissoko made his comeback from his eye injury at SL Benfica a month earlier, while attempting to wear a set of protective goggles! New boss 1951 – Don Welsh took over as the club’s Manager. He had guested for the reds during the Second World War, and was in charge at Anfield for 232 games. He has the indignity of being our first Manager to be sacked, in May 1956, after presiding over our relegation from the top flight in 1954, before failing to lead us back to the promised land. European victories 1984 - A superb reds victory came as we won 4-1 at SL Benfica, then led by Sven-Göran Eriksson, in the second leg of our European Cup Third Round tie. Ronnie Whelan bagged a brace, as Craig Johnston and Ian Rush also got on the scoresheet, with Kenny Dalglish running the show. Nené scored the first of his three goals for the Portuguese outfit against us. 1973 - Kevin Keegan netted the only goal of the game at Dynamo Dresden in the UEFA Cup Fourth Round second leg, en route to claiming the trophy for the first of three times so far. Keegan had two first-half strikes chalked off before finally notching. Bill Shankly described this as “one of our finest performances in Europe.” Derby delight and despair We have twice entertained our neighbours from across the park on this day over the years. 1970 - We lost 2-0 as the Blues went on to claim the title for the seventh time, one of just eleven home League defeats we suffered in the entire 1970’s. Joe Royle struck the first of his five goals against the reds, with Alan Whittle also netting. 1981 - A John Bailey own goal handed us a 1-0 victory in what was Bob Paisley’s 400th game in charge of the reds. Billy Wright skippered the Blues, the only player ever to lead them out for the first time in a derby. SteG honoured 2007 - Steven Gerrard was presented with his MBE by The Queen. Comeback defeat 2012 - We led 2-0 at Queens Park Rangers with a quarter of an hour to go through a stunning Sebastián Coates strike, his first for the club, and Dirk Kuyt’s final reds goal, in his 200th game for the club, but eventually lost 3-2. Shaun Derry and ex-red Djibril Cissé both headed in before Jamie Mackie scored a last-gasp winner. Beaten down the East Lancs 2010 - We lost 2-1 at Manchester United as Fernando Torres headed us in front before Wayne Rooney converted the rebound of a penalty saved by Pepe Reina, one of his seven goals past us. Ji-Sung Park struck the winner after an hour with Torres and Yossi Benayoun both wasting good chances to draw us level. Winging his way in 1995 - Mark Kennedy signed from Millwall for £1.5m. He only ever made 21 senior reds appearances, without getting on the scoresheet. He was sold to Wimbledon for £1.75m after three years at Anfield. Tottenham twice We twice faced Tottenham Hotspur in the League on this day in the 1990’s. 1992 - We won 2-1 at Anfield thanks to a brace from Dean Saunders, with future red Paul Stewart notching the second of his three goals past us. 1990 – We went down 1-0 at White Hart Lane, with Paul Stewart again the scorer. Benefit game 1914 – We played a benefit game for two reds heroes, winger Arthur Goddard and striker Jack Parkinson. The League match at Anfield ended in a 3-1 win over Preston North End, raising the then-princely sum of £250. Tom Miller bagged a brace, with Jimmy Nicholl also on target. 1908 - We also faced PNE, losing 3-0 at Deepdale in another top-flight encounter. Full-back Harry Griffiths played his sixth and final reds game that day. Dickie Bond bagged one of his four goals against the reds from the spot, with Charles Dawson and James Wilson also netting. A swift thumping 1896 - We trounced Burton Swifts 6-1 at Anfield in a Second Division fixture. George Allan and Harry Bradshaw both struck braces, while Jimmy Ross and Joe McQue were also on the scoresheet. Half-back Barney Battles made the first of his six reds appearances in this game, with half-back Tom Cleghorn also debuting. Fred’s first 1925 - Fred Baron grabbed his first two reds goals as we beat Burnley 3-0 in a top-flight encounter at Anfield. Danny Shone was also on target. Tamed by Wolves We have twice been beaten by Wolverhampton Wanderers on this day in history. 1936 - We lost 2-0 at Anfield. 1953 – We were beaten 3-0 at Molineux, our worst ever League defeat there as they went on to claim the title. Roy Swinbourne struck one of his five goals against the reds, with Billy Wright and Jim Hanc***s also on target. Miki on the move 2007 - Reserves centre-half Miki Roqué joined Oldham Athletic on loan. He turned out on four occasions for the Latics, before returning to his native Spain having been released by the reds in June 2009. However, he died from pelvic cancer three years later. Births and deaths 1997 – Centre-half Nat Phillips was born in Bolton. He joined from his hometown club in the summer of 2016 and has made twelve solid senior appearances by the time of his 24th birthday. 1918 – Winger Harman van den Berg was born in Cape Town. He signed from South African side Peninsular in October 1937, but only managed to score three times in nineteen games before injuries and the Second World War intervened. 1886 - John Bovill was born in Rutherglen, Lanarkshire. He signed from Chesterfield Town in April 1911 and went on to bag seven goals in 29 reds games before leaving for Linfield in 1914. 1924 – Scottish forward ‘Wee’ Ronald Orr died. He netted 39 times in 112 reds games after signing from Newcastle United for £350 in April 1908. He returned to Scotland in January 1912, signing for Raith Rovers. 2009 – Club Secretary Bryce Morrison died. He had worked for the reds for seventeen years. Shown the door 1983 - Emlyn Hughes was sacked as Manager of Rotherham United as they headed towards the old Third Division. He had been in charge since July 1981. 2010 - Steve Staunton was dismissed as Darlington boss, having led them to just four victories in 25 games in charge, although they still went on to finish rock bottom of League Two. On the move 1924 – Outside-right Archie Rawlings signed from Preston North End, where he had won an England cap. He struck ten times in his 67 reds games before moving on to Walsall in June 1926. 1984 - John Aldridge joined Oxford United from Newport County for £78,000. He went on to strike ninety times in 141 games for the U’s, before making his big move to Anfield for £750,000 in January 1987. 1994 - Danny Murphy signed as a professional for Crewe Alexandra. He bagged 77 goals in 166 games before Roy Evans signed him for a fee rising to £3m in July 1997. Other reds games 1931 – We lost 3-2 at Leicester City. Harold Barton bagged both our goals, with Ernie Hine netting two of his ten against the reds and Hugh Adcock scoring one of his five past us. 1906 – Notts County beat us 3-0 at Trent Bridge. Albert Green struck the last of his four past us, with Percy Humphreys bagging one of his six and Jerry Dean also on target. Internationals off the mark 2013 – Mario Balotelli struck his first goal for Italy as an AC Milan player in their 2-2 draw with Brazil in Geneva. On the same day, Jack Robinson scored his first goal for England Under-21’s as they beat Romania 3-0 in Wycombe, with Jordan Henderson captaining a side that also included Jonjo Shelvey, Raheem Sterling, Andre Wisdom and future red Nathaniel Clyne. Sevilla’s Alberto Moreno won his first cap for Spain Under-21’s as they beat Norway 5-2 in a friendly in Toledo. Future reds Thiago Alcântara and Gini Wijnaldum also featured at this level that day. 2019 - Dominic Solanke won his first England Under-21’s cap as a Bournemouth player as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Poland at Ashton Gate, with Kamil Grabara in the visitors’ goal. On the same day, Ryan Babel won his first cap as a Fulham player as the Netherlands thumped Belarus 4-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Rotterdam, with skipper Virgil van Dijk and Gini Wijnaldum both on target. Ex-red Péter Gulácsi also played for his country that day. More international firsts and lasts 1891 - Future reds player, Manager and Director Matt McQueen won his second and final cap for Scotland as they beat Wales 4-3 in the British International Championships in Wrexham. 1896 - Ex-reds left-back Duncan McLean won the first of his two caps as the Scots thumped Wales 4-0 in Dundee in the same competition, with Robert Neill bagging a brace as he won the first of two senior caps, and only one on loan with the reds from Hibernian. 2019 – Future red Ibrahima Konaté debuted for France Under-21’s as they drew 2-2 with Germany in Essen. On the same day, Fulham’s Harvey Elliott won his eighth and last cap for England Under-17’s before moving to Anfield, in their 5-2 thumping of Switzerland in a European Championships qualifier in Denmark. Also in international action 1904 – Fred Morris and Maurice Parry both played for Wales as they lost 1-0 to Ireland in the British International Championships in Bangor. 2963 – Ian Callaghan played for England Under-23’s in their goalless friendly draw with Yugoslavia at Old Trafford. 2007 – Adam Hammill played for England Under-19’s in their 1-0 defeat of Turkey in Doncaster, while future red Kolo Touré won his fiftieth senior cap as the Ivory Coast won a friendly 3-0 in Mauritius. 2008 – Future red Nikola Saric featured for the Danish Under-17’s in their 1-0 defeat by Switzerland in a European Championships qualifier in Croatia. 2015 – Future red Caoimhín Kelleher played as the Republic of Ireland Under-17’s drew 2-2 with Greece in a European Championships qualifier in Poland. 2016 – Ben Woodburn featured as Wales Under-17’s lost a European Championships qualifier 1-0 to Sweden in Croatia.
  21. Will

    31st March

    Crouchie at the treble 2007 - Peter Crouch scored the perfect hat-trick of right-foot, header and left-foot shot as we thumped Arsenal 4-1 at Anfield to gain some measure of revenge for having been dumped out of both the FA and League Cups by the Gunners in L4 already that season. John Arne Riise played his 200th League game, while Daniel Agger grabbed the other goal, with William Gallas on target for the visitors. This was George Gillett Jr. and Tom Hicks’ first game as owners of the reds. 1969 - We were held to a 1-1 draw by Arsenal at Anfield. Tommy Smith converted a penalty at the second try, as Bob Paisley was on the field at the time of his first successful attempt, treating the injured Alun Evans. Triple debutants Three players have made their reds bows on this day over the years, all in League matches. 1984 - John Wark scored on his debut in a 2-0 win at Watford, our first League victory there, with Ian Rush also netting. 1990 - Ronnie Rosenthal made his reds debut in a 3-2 home win over Southampton with ex-red Jimmy Case giving the visitors the lead after Paul Rideout had equalised, when John Barnes and Ian Rush struck to add to a Russell Osman own goal. 1992 - Don Hutchinson started his Liverpool career in a 4-0 home victory over Notts County, with Michael Thomas, Steve McManaman, Ian Rush and Barry Venison all on target. Consecutive runs 1996 - Robbie Fowler scored in his seventh consecutive FA Cup round, as we beat Aston Villa 3-0 at Old Trafford in the Semi-final. He netted a brace to take him to sixteen strikes in his last fourteen outings, with Jason McAteer also on the scoresheet in the final minute. 1951 - Huddersfield Town won for the third consecutive League season at Anfield, this time 4-1, with inside-forward Jack Haigh grabbing our consolation, his third and last reds strike. Left-back Eddie Spicer put through his own net in the final minute. Jimmy Glazzard bagged one of his five goals against the reds, with Vic Metcalfe netting one of his six past us and Harold Hassal also on target. Failed penalties This has not been a good day for our penalty takers. 1973 - Pat Jennings made a double save from Tommy Smith’s spot-kick as we were held 1-1 by Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield, having already saved one from Kevin Keegan in the first half. Keegan netted our goal in the meantime. 1979 - Terry McDermott’s penalty hit a post and bounced away with the scores at 1-1 in our Maine Road FA Cup Semi-final with Manchester United. The game ended 2-2, with Kenny Dalglish and Alan Hansen on target, and we were knocked out in the replay at Goodison five days later. Most recently 2019 – We beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 at Anfield, with Roberto Firmino nodding us ahead early on. Lucas Moura equalised after the break, but Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris failed to hold a last-minute Mohamed Salah header with the ball going into the net off Toby Alderweireld to send us back to the top of the table. 2018 – We won 2-1 at Crystal Palace despite falling behind to an early Luka Milivojević penalty. Sadio Mané and Mohamed Salah both struck after the break to secure victory in what was Jürgen Klopp’s hundredth League game in charge of the reds. 2013 - We won 2-1 at Aston Villa in an Easter Sunday game, after falling behind to a Christian Benteke strike, one of his seven goals past us to date. Jordan Henderson levelled the scores before Steven Gerrard converted a penalty. Up against Leeds 1965 - We discovered our opponents for the FA Cup Final when a Billy Bremner header handed Leeds United a 1-0 victory over Manchester United in their Semi-final replay at the City Ground in Nottingham. 1906 - We featured in another FA Cup Semi-final, losing 2-0 to eventual winners Everton at Villa Park, thanks to second-half goals from Walter Abbott and Harold Hardman. We have since won all six derbies at this stage or later of the competition. Beating the Mancs 2001 - We beat Manchester United 2-0 in the League at Anfield, with Steven Gerrard and Robbie Fowler scoring past the hapless Fabien Barthez, with Danny Murphy being sent off. 1985 - We lost our other meeting with United on this day, going down 1-0 at home thanks to a goal from Frank Stapleton. Top of the table 1986 - We headed the League table for the first time that season after a 2-0 Easter Monday defeat of Manchester City at Anfield, thanks to a brace from Steve McMahon. Signing on 2011 – Future reds keeper Ádám Bogdán signed a new contract with Bolton Wanderers, having signed from Vasas in his native Hungary in August 2007. 2015 - Winger Ryan Kent signed a new contract, with his eventful year continuing with a first-team debut at Brisbane Roar in July followed by a loan move to Coventry City. He was recalled in January 2016 by Jürgen Klopp, making his only senior appearance in an FA Cup Third Round tie at Exeter City that month. He moved on to Rangers for £7m in September 2019 after a successful season on loan. Red centurions 1956 - Alan A’Court played his hundredth reds game as we beat Bristol City 2-1 in a Second Division encounter at Anfield. Alan Arnell and John Evans, with a late penalty, got on the scoresheet with John Atyeo bagging one of his five goals past us. 1962 – Left-half Tommy Leishman reached a century of appearances for the reds as we lost 1-0 in a Second Division match at Luton Town. Beating the Rams We have twice beaten Derby County in top-flight matches on this day in history, hitting four goals each time. 1934 - Berry Nieuwenhuys struck a brace as we won 4-2 at Anfield, with Tom Johnson and Gordon Hodgson also scoring. Peter Ramage bagged one of his five goals past us, with Arthur Groves also on the scoresheet. 1948 - Jack Balmer netted twice as we won 4-0 at the Baseball Ground, with Albert Stubbins and Willie Fagan also on target. International debutants 1928 - Future red Tom ‘Tiny’ Bradshaw won his only cap for Scotland as they thumped England 5-1 in the British International Championships at Wembley. 1993 - Future red Abel Xavier made his senior international bow in Portugal’s 1-1 draw with Roy Hodgson’s Switzerland in a World Cup qualifier in Bern. On the same day, Ian Rush netted as Wales beat Belgium 2-0 in Cardiff, playing alongside ex-red Dean Saunders. 2009 – Future reds forward Daniel Sturridge won his only cap for England Under-20’s in their 2-0 defeat of Italy at Loftus Road. On the same day, David N’Gog featured for France Under-21’s as they beat England 2-0 in Nottingham, with future red James Milner also in action. Future reds Joe Allen, Mario Balotelli and Raul Meireles all also played for their countries that day. Stan from a corner 1993 - Ex-red Steve Staunton scored direct from a corner for the Republic of Ireland for the second time, having achieved the same feat against Portugal ten months earlier. Fellow ex-reds Ray Houghton and Jim Magilton both also played as they beat Northern Ireland 3-0 in a World Cup qualifier at Lansdowne Road. Meanwhile, John Barnes and future reds Nigel Clough and Paul Ince played in England’s 2-0 win in Turkey. Vlad on target 1999 - Future red Vladimír Šmicer scored the winner as the Czech Republic won 2-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Scotland. Ex-red Don Hutchison made his debut in the same game, while Patrik Berger also featured and future red Gary McAllister won his 57th and final cap. On the same day, Dean Saunders won his first cap as an SL Benfica player as Wales lost 2-0 in another qualifier in Switzerland, with Stéphane Henchoz winning his final cap while with Blackburn Rovers. Future reds Craig Bellamy and Paul Jones also played. Meanwhile, future reds Nicolas Anelka, Markus Babbel, Dietmar Hamann, Sami Hyypiä, Jari Litmanen and Bolo Zenden also played for their countries. 2004 - Henchoz also represented his country in their 1-0 friendly defeat in Greece. Mixed night for Curtis 2021 – Curtis Jones scored for England Under-21’s as they beat Croatia 2-1 in a European Championships Finals group game 2-1 in Slovenia. However, he was later sent off. Andy Robertson, Xherdan Shaqiri and ex-reds Rhian Brewster, Emre Can and Raheem Sterling also played for their countries, with Steve Clarke taking charge of Scotland. Derby joy 1945 - Billy Liddell grabbed the only goal of the game as we won a Wartime League match at Goodison Park that also counted towards the Wartime League Cup. Red endings 1898 – Half-back Barney Battles played his sixth and final reds game, the only one of his second spell at Anfield. Fred Geary bagged his fourteenth and last reds goal with Andrew McCowie also on target as we were held to a 2-2 top-flight draw at home by Bury. Forward Bobby Colvin was also playing his final reds game, although he had managed to rack up just three senior appearances, while defender John Holmes played his 44th and last game for us. William Brimblecombe struck twice for the visitors. 1894 – Inside-right John Givens headed in his third and final reds goal, the only score in our Second Division trip to Grimsby Town. First and last caps 2004 - Brad Friedel won his 82nd and final cap for the USA, keeping a clean sheet as they beat Jerzy Dudek’s Poland 1-0 in Plock. On the same day, Jari Litmanen won his last cap in his second spell as an Ajax player, his 85th in total. He also scored as Finland won a friendly 2-1 in Malta, with Sami Hyypiä also playing. Paul Jones won his first cap as a Wolverhampton Wanderers player on the same day as Wales won 2-1 in Hungary. Ex-red Gareth Roberts also featured, with future red Ragnar Klavan also in international action. Steven Gerrard was on the losing side for England for the first time on the same day, skippering them for the first time to a 1-0 friendly defeat in Sweden. Jamie Carragher, Emile Heskey, future red Joe Cole and ex-red David James also featured in a match that was played to mark the centenary of the Swedish FA. 2015 - Jordan Henderson, Tiago Ilori, Divock Origi, Martin Škrtel, Harry Wilson, future reds Christian Benteke, Nathaniel Clyne, Marko Grujić, Ragnar Klavan, Xherdan Shaqiri and Gini Wijnaldum, and ex-reds Javier Mascherano and Mikel San José all represented their countries, with Roy Hodgson taking charge of England. Meanwhile, future red Joe Gomez won his fourth and last cap for England Under-19’s as they lost 2-1 in a European Championships qualifier in France. 2008 - Dani Pacheco won his fifth and last Under-17’s cap for Spain as they beat Italy 1-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Romania. On target for their countries 2004 - Future red Fernando Morientes struck as Spain beat Denmark 2-0 in a friendly in Gijón. Fellow future reds Xabi Alonso and Fernando Torres also played. Meanwhile, Milan Baroš and future red Robbie Keane were on target as the Czech Republic lost 2-1 to the Republic of Ireland in Dublin, and Dietmar Hamann struck as Germany beat Belgium 3-0 in Cologne. Bruno Cheyrou was also in international action that day, winning his third and final cap as France held future red Bolo Zenden’s Netherlands to a goalless draw in Rotterdam. 2010 – Raheem Sterling struck his only goal for England Under-16’s as they beat the Ukraine 3-1 in a Montaigu Tournament group game in St. Gilles Croix de Vie. This was his fourth cap at this level, and first as a reds player. 2011 – Sterling played for England Under-17’s as they beat Spain 2-1 in a European Championships Elite Round qualifier in Belgium, with fellow red Brad Smith also featuring 2012 – Future red Mohamed Salah scored in Egypt’s 4-0 friendly defeat of Chad in Sudan. 2014 – Dominic Solanke scored for England Under-17’s as they beat Italy 2-1 in a European Championships qualifier in the Czech Republic, with fellow future red Joe Gomez also playing. 2018 – Future red Fábio Carvalho scored his second and last goal for England Under-16’s as they drew 3-3 with Brazil. Other reds games 1975 – We lost 2-0 at Stoke City with Terry Conroy bagging two of his four goals against the reds, including a penalty. 1961 – We beat Bristol Rovers 3-0 in a home Second Division encounter thanks to goals from Roger Hunt, Johnny Wheeler and Dave Hickson. 1934 – We defeated Derby County 4-2 in L4. Berry Nieuwenhuys bagged a brace with Tommy Johnson also scoring inside the first twenty minutes. Arthur Groves pulled a goal back before the break, with Peter Ramage netting one of his five past us before Gordon Hodgson struck late on. 1928 – Middlesbrough held us to a 1-1 draw at Anfield with Gordon Hodgson bagging our goal. 1923 – Harry Chambers netted the only goal late on of our trip to Birmingham City. 1900 – Tommy Robertson was on target as we won 1-0 at Wolverhampton Wanderers. Ray the dad 1978 – Keeper Ray Clemence became a father to Stephen, who went on to have a successful football career with Tottenham Hotspur, Birmingham City and Leicester City. In charge 2016 – Former reds Assistant Manager Pako Ayestarán was appointed Head Coach of Valencia for the remainder of the season, following the sacking of Gary Neville. 2021 - Daniel Agger was appointed Manager of Danish second tier side Herfølge Boldklub Køge. Also in international action 1988 – Future red Glenn Hysén played for Sweden as they beat West Germany on penalties in their Four Nations Tournament Semi-final in Berlin. 1997 – Ex-red Ronnie Rosenthal featured in Israel’s 3-0 World Cup qualifying win in Luxembourg. 2016 – Future red Ibrahima Konaté played for France Under-17’s in their 1-0 European Championships qualifying defeat of Iceland in Biarritz.
  22. Will

    27th March

    Yanks in 2007 - Liverpool FC announced that George Gillett Jr. and Tom Hicks now owned 98.6% of the club’s shares and intended to compulsorily acquire the remaining shares. Chief Executive Rick Parry said, “The incredibly high level of acceptance of the offer shows shareholders have faith in the vision outlined for the club by George Gillett and Tom Hicks.” The two Americans remained in control until October 2010. We’re all on our way to Wembley 1965 - We beat Chelsea 2-0 in a Villa Park Semi-final en route to our first ever FA Cup triumph. John Mortimore had a goal disallowed for the Blues before Peter Thompson netted, with Willie Stevenson adding a penalty, the first he had ever taken. Right-half Gordon Milne played his 200th game for the club this day. 1971 - We beat Everton 2-1 at Old Trafford, before losing to Arsenal in the Final. Alun Evans and Brian Hall were on target this time after Alan Ball had given the Blues the lead, one of his eleven strikes past us, with Hall netting his first reds goal. 1899 - Our other Semi-final on this day, a second replay against Sheffield United at Fallowfield in Manchester, was postponed due to crowd congestion, with the reds leading 1-0 at the time thanks to a George Allan goal. We lost the rearranged game 1-0 three days later. For Crazy Horse 1979 - A testimonial match was played at Anfield for long-serving skipper Emlyn Hughes. Borussia Mönchengladbach won 1-0 in front of a crowd of 25,290, raising gate receipts of £39,500. Trebles 1964 - ‘Sir’ Roger Hunt scored a hat-trick in our 3-1 win at Tottenham Hotspur before 57,022 spectators, the highest ever for this fixture. 1909 - Less happily, Middlesbrough beat us 2-1, their third successive League win over us at home, with centre-half Jimmy Harrop grabbing our consolation, the first of his four reds goals. Alf Common struck the last of his four goals against the reds, with Steve Bloomer bagging one of his fourteen past us. A flood of generosity 2005 - A charity match was staged at Anfield, billed as the Tsunami Football Testimonial. A Legends side beat a Celebs team 6-2, with the Legends’ goals including a brace from Jason McAteer, a Patrick McGuinness own goal, and strikes by Ian Rush, David Johnson and John Aldridge. The event raised an estimated half a million pounds to support those who suffered in the Asian tsunami tragedy that happened the previous Boxing Day. Royal approval 1920 - King George V was presented to both captains, including our own Ephraim Longworth, before our League game with Manchester City at Hyde Road, the day after having attended the Grand National at Aintree. We lost the game 2-1, with Harry Chambers netting from the spot and Horace Barnes bagging two of his nine goals against us. Debuting at Anfield against the Mancs 1937 - South African keeper Dirk Kemp played the first of his thirty reds games as we beat Manchester United 2-0 at Anfield, with Alf Hanson netting before Fred Howe added the second in the final minute. Derby joy 1982 - Ronnie Whelan struck with Graeme Sharp equalising inside the first three minutes as we won 3-1 at Goodison Park. Graeme Souness and Craig Johnston netted in the second half. Keeper Bruce Grobbelaar was handed a cardboard clown’s face by a Blues fan before the game, which he took in good spirits, placing it in the back of his goal! Other milestones 1948 – Left-back Eddie Spicer netted his second and final reds goal as we won a top-flight match 2-0 at Grimsby Town, after Jack Balmer had opened the scoring. 1967 – Roger Hunt played his 300th League game for the reds in our goalless Anfield meeting with Arsenal. God for England 1996 - Robbie Fowler made his senior England debut at Wembley as a substitute in a 1-0 friendly defeat of Bulgaria. Steve McManaman also played, while Paul Ince won his first cap as an Internazionale player, following his move from Old Trafford. Mark Kennedy, Jason McAteer, ex-reds John Aldridge and Steve Staunton, and future reds Markus Babbel, Gary McAllister and Christian Ziege all also featured in international friendlies on the same day. 2002 - Robbie scored in England’s 2-1 defeat by Italy at Elland Road, while winning his first cap as a Leeds United player, as well as skippering the side for forty minutes after David Beckham was substituted. Emile Heskey, Danny Murphy, Michael Owen, future red Joe Cole and ex-red David James all also featured. 2015 - Raheem Sterling netted his first England goal as Roy Hodgson’s side thumped Lithuania 4-0 at Wembley. Jordan Henderson and future red Nathaniel Clyne both also featured. Xherdan Shaqiri won his first cap as an Internazionale player as Switzerland beat Estonia 3-0 in Lucerne as future red Ragnar Klavan reached a century of caps. Meanwhile, future red Danny Ings played for England Under-21’s as they beat the Czech Republic in a friendly in Prague. 2009 – Tom Ince and future red Jonjo Shelvey both featured as England Under-17’s beat Serbia 2-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Hungary. Also in international action that day were David N’Gog and future reds Joe Allen, Dejan Lovren and James Milner. Mixed fortunes against the Clarets We have twice entertained Burnley in the top-flight on this day in history. 1976 - Substitute David Fairclough netted a brace as we won 2-0, our last League meeting for more than thirty years. 1897 - Robert Neill grabbed our consolation in a 2-1 defeat. 1946 – We also faced the Clarets, losing a Lancashire Senior Cup Third Round tie 3-2 at Turf Moor after extra time. Cyril Done and Willie Fagan struck for the reds. Martin the best 2009 - Martin Škrtel was named Slovakia’s Player of the Year for 2008. This was the first of four times he has claimed this award to date. 2015 - He played for his country as they beat Luxembourg 3-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Zilina. International reds in friendly action 2002 - Jari Litmanen became Finland’s joint all-time top scorer on 21 goals with a brace in a 4-1 win in Portugal, with Sami Hyypiä also playing. Meanwhile, Dietmar Hamann played in Germany’s 4-2 win over the USA in Rostock, with ex-red Christian Ziege on target with his final international goal. Future red Andriy Voronin made his senior bow as the Ukraine lost 4-1 in Romania. Leeds United’s Robbie Keane netted as the Republic of Ireland beat future red Christian Poulsen’s Denmark 3-0, with ex-reds Jason McAteer and Steve Staunton also in action. Jerzy Dudek needed treatment after being hit by a missile during Poland’s surprise 2-0 defeat by Japan in Łódź. Vladimír Šmicer and future reds Salif Diao, El-Hadji Diouf, Sotirios Kyrgiakos, Alex Manninger and Fernando Morientes also played for their countries that day. Meanwhile, ex-red Dominic Matteo won his sixth and final cap for Scotland as they were thumped 5-0 by France in Paris. 2011 – Danny Wilson and future red Charlie Adam faced Lucas Leiva as Brazil beat Scotland 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium. Meanwhile, future red Oussama Assaidi and ex-red Carl Medjani both featured in Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers. In action many times Stéphane Henchoz has played for Switzerland three times on this day in history, each time away from home. 1996 - The Swiss lost 1-0 in Austria in a friendly. 1999 - They won their Euro 2000 qualifier in Belarus 1-0 2002 – Switzerland held Sweden to a 1-1 draw in a friendly. Rigobert Song has also represented his country on three occasions on this day over the years. 2002 - Cameroon drew 2-2 with Argentina in a friendly in Switzerland. 2003 - They beat Madagascar 2-0 in the Semi-final of the Tunis Tournament. 2005 - He played in their 2-1 World Cup qualifying defeat of Sudan in Yaoundé. More international reds on target 2021 – Diogo Jota bagged a brace as Portugal drew a World Cup qualifier 2-2 in Serbia. Neco Williams, Ozan Kabak, Gini Wijnaldum and ex-reds Ryan Babel and Dejan Lovren also played for their countries that day. 2017 – Sadio Mané converted a penalty as Senegal drew 1-1 with Ivory Coast in Paris, although the match was abandoned after 88 minutes due to crowd trouble. Trent Alexander-Arnold won his tenth and last cap for England Under-19’s in their 5-1 European Championships qualifying defeat of Belarus at St. George’s Park, with Joe Gomez and future red Kostas Tsimikas also in international action that day. 1974 - Celtic’s Kenny Dalglish netted as Scotland beat West Germany 2-1 in a friendly in Frankfurt. 1985 - Ian Rush bagged the only goal as Wales beat Scotland in a World Cup qualifier at Hampden Park. Kenny Dalglish, Alan Hansen, Steve Nicol and ex-reds Joey Jones and Graeme Souness also played. 1991 - Dean Saunders, playing alongside Ian Rush, was on target as Wales drew 1-1 in Belgium in a European Championships qualifier. This was his final goal as a Derby County player. On the same day, John Barnes, Peter Beardsley and future red Mark Wright lined up against Ray Houghton, Steve Staunton and ex-reds John Aldridge and Kevin Sheedy as England and the Republic of Ireland drew their qualifier 1-1 at Wembley. 1999 - Future red Dietmar Hamann netted in Germany’s 3-0 Euro 2000 qualifying win in Northern Ireland, although the goal is sometimes credited as a Steve Morrow own goal. Fellow future red Markus Babbel also featured, while also in action that day were Patrik Berger, Vegard Heggem and future reds Nicolas Anelka and Vladimír Šmicer. International bosses 1999 - Ex-red Kevin Keegan took charge of England for the first time as they beat Poland 3-1 in a Euro 2000 qualifier at Wembley. He selected Steve McManaman and Jamie Redknapp. 1993 - Future reds boss Gérard Houllier managed France as they won a World Cup qualifier 1-0 in Austria thanks to a Jean-Pierre Papin goal. Jim’s farewell 2002 - Ex-reserves midfielder Jim Magilton won his 52nd and final cap for Northern Ireland as they were held to a goalless draw in a friendly in Liechtenstein. 1996 - He also turned out for his country, facing Stig Inge Bjørnebye and future red Øyvind Leonhardsen as Norway won a friendly 2-0 at Windsor Park. Future red Vladimír Šmicer also played for his country that day. 1991 - His first international appearance on this day came as his side lost a Euro ’92 qualifier 4-1 in Yugoslavia. Final caps 2016 – Trent Alexander-Arnold won his second and final cap for England Under-18’s in their 4-1 friendly defeat of the Republic of Ireland at St. George’s Park, with Herbie Kane also featuring. 2005 - Momo Sissoko won his twelfth and final cap as a Valencia player as Mali lost 2-1 to Togo in a World Cup qualifier in Bamako, with future red Kolo Touré featuring as Ivory Coast beat Benin 3-0 in a qualifier in Abidjan. 1988 - Ex-reds defender Avi Cohen was booked while winning his last international cap at any level as Israel won 1-0 in an Olympics qualifying game in New Zealand. Future red Ronnie Rosenthal also played. 1897 - Ex-reds left-back Duncan McLean won his second and final cap for Scotland as they thumped Ireland 5-1 at Ibrox in the British International Championships. Ex-reds on the move 2014 – Left-winger Albert Riera signed for Watford having recently had his contract with Galatasaray terminated. He netted once in eight games for the Hornets. On the same day, Lee Peltier joined Nottingham Forest on loan from Leeds United, playing seven times. 2013 - Toni Silva joined Dagenham & Redbridge on loan from Barnsley, turning out for them four times in League Two. 2009 – John Welsh moved to Bury on loan from Hull City, playing six times for the League Two outfit. 2003 - John Miles joined Third Division Macclesfield Town on loan from Crewe Alexandra. He netted four goals in eight games, signing permanently two months later. 1997 - Ex-reserves defender Ashley Neal signed for Peterborough United from Huddersfield Town on non-contract terms, going on to play for the Posh just nine times. On the same day, forward Lee Jones joined Tranmere Rovers on loan, for whom he struck five times in eight games before signing permanently two months later. Other reds games 1959 – We beat Barnsley 3-2 in a Second Division match at Anfield with Jimmy Melia adding to a Billy Liddell brace. 1926 – We defeated West Bromwich Albion 3-0 at the Hawthorns. Gordon Hodgson netted, with Dick Forshaw bagging a brace, including one from the spot. Youngsters on target again 2018 – Dominic Solanke scored as England Under-21’s beat Ukraine 2-1 in a European Championships qualifier at Bramall Lane. Ex-red Iago Aspas scored for Spain as they thumped Argentina 6-1 in a friendly in Madrid, with ex-red Javier Mascherano skippering his country and Thiago Alcântara scoring his last goal as a Bayern München player. Ragnar Klavan captained Estonia while winning his last cap as a reds player as they lost 2-0 in Georgia, while Sadio Mané won his fiftieth cap as Senegal shared a goalless draw with Bosnia-Herzegovina in Dakar. Kamil Grabara, Marko Grujić, Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana, Simon Mignolet, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Corey Whelan, future reds Alisson Becker, Fábio Carvalho and Kostas Tsimikas, and ex-reds Philippe Coutinho, Brad Jones, Carl Medjani, Victor Moses and Raheem Sterling all also represented their countries. Krisztián Németh won his last cap as a New England Revolution player as Hungary lost 1-0 to Scotland in Budapest, with ex-red Péter Gulácsi and Andy Robertson also featuring. 2007 – Future reds forward Daniel Sturridge netted twice while winning his only cap for England Under-18’s in their 4-1 victory over the Netherlands in Yeovil. 2001 - Milan Baroš netted a brace in the Czech Republic Under-21’s 3-0 European Championships qualifying defeat of fellow future red Christian Poulsen’s Denmark in Teplice. This was the fifth consecutive international in which he had scored. Future red John Arne Riise played as Norway lost 1-0 to Belarus in the same tournament that day. 1997 – Future red Haukur Ingi Guðnason struck his sixth and last goal for Iceland Under-19’s as they beat Romania 2-0 in the Italy Tournament. Behind the scenes moves 2009 – Assistant Manager Sammy Lee, first-team coach Mauricio Pellegrino, goalkeeping coach Xavi Valero, joint chief scout Eduardo Macía and fitness coach Paco de Miguel all extended their contracts with the reds. Meanwhile, Frank McParland was appointed to undertake a strategic review of the Academy. Big money Crouch 2002 - Future reds centre-forward Peter Crouch joined Aston Villa from Portsmouth for £5m after a successful spell at Fratton Park. His time in the Midlands was less noteworthy, as he netted just six times in 43 games for the Villains, as well as spending three months on loan with Norwich City. Also in international action 1994 – Titi Camara featured for Guinea as they lost an Africa Cup of Nations Finals group game 1-0 to Ghana in Tunisia. 1990 – Ex-reds Jim Beglin and Ken DeMange faced future red Nigel Clough as the Republic of Ireland beat England 4-1 in a B international in Cork, with future red Gary McAllister playing for Scotland B on the same day. 1905 – John Hughes and George Latham both played for Wales as they lost 3-1 to England in the British International Championships at Anfield.
  23. Will

    15th March

    The start of it all 1892 - Everton voted to move from Anfield. John Houlding was therefore left with an empty ground, but no team to play in it. Within six months, Liverpool FC had been formed and was on its way to taking the Lancashire League by storm. God strikes again 2006 - Robbie Fowler struck the first goal of his second reds spell, opening the scoring against Fulham at Anfield. Collins John equalised before an own goal from Michael Brown put us 2-1 ahead at the break. Fernando Morientes and Peter Crouch scored late on before Stephen Warnock grabbed his only ever goal for the club as we triumphed 5-1. 1997 – Fowler grabbed the opener at Nottingham Forest, but Ian Woan equalised as this League encounter ended 1-1, with Steve McManaman playing his 200th League game for the reds. Masch off the mark 2008 - Javier Mascherano scored his first reds goal, a thunderous strike as we came from behind to beat Reading 2-1 at Anfield. Fernando Torres headed in a Steven Gerrard free-kick to net in his fourth consecutive game, to become the first red to score twenty League goals in a season since Robbie Fowler in 1995/96. This was our seventh straight victory in all competitions. Alberto off the mark 2010 - Alberto Aquilani scored his first reds goal as we thumped Portsmouth 4-1 at Anfield. Fernando Torres and Ryan Babel had already struck in the first half before the Italian netted our third goal in a six-minute spell. Torres added his second after the break with Nadir Belhadj nabbing a late consolation. 1947 – Albert Stubbins nabbed a brace as we won 2-1 at Fratton Park in a top-flight meeting, with right-half Harry Eastham playing his 68th and final reds game. Full-back Jim Harley reached a century of reds games. Happy birthdays 1946 - David Moores was born in Liverpool. He became Chairman in August 1991, remaining in charge until he sold his 51.5% of the shares in The Liverpool Football Club and Athletic Grounds Plc to George Gillett Jr. and Tom Hicks in February 2007. He resigned from the Board of Directors in June 2009. 1869 – Outside-left John Drummond was born in Edinburgh. He signed from Sheffield United in August 1894, scoring once in eighteen outings before moving on to Barnsley St. Peter’s the following year. Most recently 2021 – Diogo Jota netted the only goal behind closed doors at his former club Wolverhampton Wanderers. Seeing off the Portuguese We have twice on this day overcome Portuguese opposition to progress in European competition. 1978 - We defeated SL Benfica 4-1 at Anfield in the European Cup Third Round to go through 6-2 on aggregate, with Ian Callaghan scoring his 68th and final reds goal and Kenny Dalglish, Terry McDermott and Phil Neal also netting as Nené scored one of his three goals for Benfica against us. McDermott reached a century of reds games that evening. 2001 - We followed up a goalless away draw with a 2-0 home win over Porto in the UEFA Cup Quarter-final, thanks to Danny Murphy and Michael Owen both grabbing their first Anfield goals in Europe during a five-minute first-half spell. Goddard’s first 1902 - Outside-right ‘Graceful’ Arthur Goddard netted the first of his 77 reds goals in only his second game, as we drew 1-1 at Grimsby Town in a top-flight match. First and last games 1924 - Outside-right Archie Rawlings made his reds bow as Blackburn Rovers held us to a goalless draw at Anfield. He went on to net ten times in 67 reds games. 1930 - Outside-left Gordon Gunson debuted in our 2-0 win at Bolton Wanderers, with Jimmy Smith bagging both goals. 1950 - Defender Frank Christie made the first of his four reds appearances in a goalless draw at Manchester United. 1958 – Outside-right Tony McNamara played his tenth and last game as Billy Liddell netted the only goal of our Second Division trip to Lincoln City. Signing on 1930 – Keeper Andrew Aitken signed from Wallsend. He only ever made one senior reds appearance, in our 3-3 draw at Blackburn Rovers in December of that year, returning to amateur football with Mickley in April 1931. 1934 – Left-back Ernie Blenkinsop signed from Sheffield Wednesday for £6,500, having already earned 26 England caps. He played 71 reds games without scoring. He moved on to Cardiff City in November 1937. 1938 – Left-half Jimmy McInnes signed from Third Lanark for £5,500. He struck once in 48 outings, joining the administrative staff after retiring from playing in 1946, taking over as Club Secretary in 1955. He stayed in this role until May 1965, when he sadly hanged himself above the Archway Stile, the old turnstile between the Kop and Kemlyn Road stands, just four days after we had claimed the FA Cup for the first time. Red centurions 1952 - Inside-forward Kevin Baron made his hundredth reds appearance in a 3-3 draw at West Bromwich Albion. Billy Liddell, Bob Paisley and Albert Stubbins all struck, with Ronnie Allen netting two of his five goals against us and Reg Ryan also on target for the Baggies. 1975 – Kevin Keegan played his 200th game for the club as Sheffield United held us to a goalless draw at Anfield with Emlyn Hughes guilty of a lame dive in an attempt to win a late penalty. 1913 – Right-back Ephraim Longworth reached a century of League games for the reds as we beat Middlesbrough 4-2 at Anfield, with half-back Harry Lowe bagging his second and final goal for the club. Ernest Peake and Arthur Metcalf also netted, with Jack Parkinson converting a penalty. Jackie Carr bagged two of his five strikes past us. Berry passes on 1953 - Forward Arthur Berry died on this day in 1953. Arthur won Olympic gold in both 1908 and 1912 but only made four senior reds appearances across two spells at Anfield. He was the son of Edwin Berry, who was reds Chairman in the late 1900’s. Cally for the League 1967 - Ian Callaghan played for the Football League as they beat a Scottish League side 3-0. Other birthdays 1910 - Jack ‘Nipper’ Roberts was born in Blundellsands. He only made one first team appearance after signing from Southport on a free transfer in May 1933, moving on to Wigan Athletic in June 1934. He was an all-round sportsman, even playing baseball for England. He became famous when he escaped from a prisoner-of-war camp in Italy, walking 400 miles to freedom despite a broken neck! 1928 - Keeper Dave Underwood was born in London. He signed from Watford for £7,000 in December 1953, playing fifty reds games before returning to Vicarage Road in July 1956. Michael misses 2000 - Michael Owen saw his penalty crash back off the bar but not over the line as Aston Villa held us to a goalless draw at Anfield. Jamie Carragher was playing his hundredth reds game. Barney departs 1948 - Left-back Barney Ramsden left Anfield to join Sunderland. He had arrived on a free transfer from Sheffield Victoria in March 1935, helping us to claim the first post-war League title in 1947, making a total of 63 first-team appearances without notching. Fred’s treble 1890 – Future reds forward Fred Geary reportedly struck a hat-trick on his England debut, as they trounced Ireland 9-1 in the British International Championships in Belfast. Poland for Wales 1939 - Future reds keeper George Poland made his senior debut for Wales, playing in their 3-1 British International Championships defeat of Ireland in Wrexham. He only won two full caps, plus a further four in wartime while on our books. Mixed fortunes against the Seasiders We have twice faced Blackpool in Wartime League matches on this day in history. 1919 - Harry Lewis struck a brace as we won 3-1 at Anfield, with Donald McKinlay also on target. 1941 - Willie Fagan netted twice from the spot as we lost 6-4 at Bloomfield Road, with Bob Paisley and Cyril Done also on target. Parry for Wales Reds right-half Maurice Parry twice played for Wales in the British International Championships on this day in history. 1902 - They thrashed Scotland 5-1 in Greenock, with future red Richard Morris also playing. 1909 - He played alongside clubmate Ernest Peake as they lost 2-0 to England at the City Ground in Nottingham. Clubmate Sam Hardy was in the England goal. On the same day, future red Billy Lacey played for Ireland in their 5-0 thumping by Scotland in Glasgow. 1920 - Hardy also represented his country as they lost 2-1 to Wales at Highbury in another British International Championships match, by which time he was playing for Aston Villa. Other reds games 1986 – We came from behind to win 2-1 at Southampton thanks to goals from John Wark and Ian Rush. 1980 – We beat Bristol City 3-1 at Ashton Gate. Ray Kennedy scored early on, with Kenny Dalglish then bagging a brace. 1969 – Ian St. John and Alun Evans stuck as we won 2-0 at Sunderland. 1939 – We held Huddersfield Town to a 1-1 draw at Leeds Road with Berry Nieuwenhuys on target. Newell departs 2007 - Mike Newell was sacked as Manager of Luton Town after publicly asking the Board of Directors where the money received from player sales had gone. American tie-up 2007 - The club announced an affiliation with the Long Island Junior Soccer League in New York. Also in international action 1899 – Ex-red Harry Bradshaw played for and England XI as they lost 2-1 to a Scottish side in a Players’ Union International at Crystal Palace. 1977 – Glenn Hysén played for the Swedish Under-18’s as they lost 2-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Denmark. 2015 – Future red Bobby Adekanye played for the Dutch Under-16’s in their 3-1 defeat of the USA. 2017 – Rafael Camacho played for Portugal Under-17’s as they lost 2-0 to Spain in a European Championships qualifier in Rio Maior.
  24. Will

    11th March

    Happy birthday Robbo 1994 – Left-back Andy Robertson was born in Glasgow. He signed from Hull City for an initial £8m in July 2017, netting just six times in 209 games before his 28th birthday, helping us to claim the Premier League title, UEFA Champions League, FIFA World Club Cup, UEFA Super Cup and League Cup. Carra’s Euro century 2008 - Jamie Carragher played his hundredth European game as Fernando Torres struck the only goal of our Champions League tie against Internazionale at the San Siro, to reach the Quarter-finals thanks to a 3-0 aggregate victory. Nicolas Burdisso was sent off for the home side early in the second half. Xabi Alonso became a father to Jon that day, missing the game to remain at home for the birth. 1899 - Full-back Archie Goldie played his hundredth League game for the reds in our 2-1 win at Preston North End. Hugh Morgan and George Allan both netted in what was Tom Watson’s hundredth game in charge of the side. Emile’s debut 2000 - Emile Heskey made his reds debut in a 1-1 League draw with Sunderland at Anfield, with Patrik Berger bagging a penalty in the second minute while playing his hundredth League game. The same game also brought Erik Meijer’s final reds start. He only managed seven more appearances as a substitute before being released to Hamburger SV via a loan spell with Preston North End. On our way to Cardiff 2001 - We won 4-2 at John Aldridge’s Tranmere Rovers in the FA Cup Quarter-final, with Danny Murphy, Michael Owen and Steven Gerrard all on target. Robbie Fowler’s penalty made him the tenth different reds player to score in that season’s FA Cup, equalling a club record. TV history 1967 - We played in the first FA Cup match to be screened on CCTV, as 64,851 attended the Fifth Round derby meeting at Goodison and another 40,149 watched on eight giant TV screens at Anfield this Saturday evening. The result went the wrong way, however, with Everton winning 1-0 thanks to an Alan Ball strike, one of his eleven past us. On our way to Wembley 1986 - We were held to a goalless draw at Anfield by Watford in the Sixth Round of the FA Cup. However, we won the replay at Vicarage Road 2-1 six days later, as we headed towards the double. Adios amigos 2020 - Joe Gomez reached a century of reds games as we lost 3-2 to Club Atlético de Madrid after extra time in the second leg of our UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie, having led 1-0 on the night after ninety minutes through a Gini Wijnaldum header. Roberto Firmino put us in front in extra time before a Marcos Llorente brace and late Álvaro Morata strike condemned us to defeat. This was our last game before the COVID-19 lockdown, and Jürgen Klopp’s fiftieth European game in charge of the reds. Joe born 1873 – Centre-half Joe McQue was born in Springburn, Glasgow. He signed from Celtic in August 1892, netting fourteen times in 142 games before returning north of the border in September 1898 to sign for Third Lanark having helped us to claim the Second Division title twice. Stig retires 2003 - Stig Inge Bjørnebye announced his retirement from football. He had been at Blackburn Rovers for nearly three years after leaving Anfield. He bagged four goals in 184 reds games across eight seasons, helping us to the Coca Cola Cup in 1995, also winning 75 Norwegian caps. Doing the Boro, twice We have twice had great League results against Middlesbrough on this day in history. 1989 - We won 4-0 at Ayresome Park, with Peter Beardsley, Ray Houghton, John Aldridge and Steve McMahon all netting. 1911 - We won 3-0 at Anfield, with Jack Parkinson, Sam Gilligan and Arthur Goddard on the scoresheet. Centre-half Jimmy Harrop reached a century of games for the reds. Men against boys 1893 - Our first ever official game on this day in history was at Bootle Boys Brigade in the Second Round of the Lancashire Cup. The redmen got turned over 2-1 by the boys, with Hugh McQueen netting our goal. Another legend signs on 1936 – Right-half Matt Busby signed from Manchester City for £8,000. He played 122 reds games, many as captain, notching three times as well as netting once more in 26 wartime matches. He, of course, went on to even greater success as the Manager of Manchester United. Elisha’s last 1936 - Ex-red Elisha Scott won his 31st and final cap for Northern Ireland in their 3-2 defeat of Wales in the British International Championships in Belfast. Dunlop tyred out 1905 - Left-back Billy Dunlop scored his third and final reds goal as we thumped Doncaster Rovers 4-1 at their Benetthorpe Ground in a Second Division fixture. Robert Robinson added a brace, with Jack Cox also on target. Fighting back 1939 – Portsmouth came back from 4-1 down with less than half an hour remaining to draw 4-4 in a top-flight match at Anfield. Phil Taylor bagged a brace with Willie Fagan and Berry Nieuwenhuys also netting before smog descended on the pitch. Parker struck his fifth and final goal against the reds, with Jock Anderson bagging the last of his four and Jimmy McAlinden and Bert Barlow also scoring for Pompey. Mixed fortunes against Citeh We have faced Manchester City three times on this day in history, winning once and drawing on both other occasions. 1980 - Graeme Souness struck as we won 2-0 at Anfield, with a Tommy Caton own goal opening the scoring. 1933 - Gordon Hodgson was on target from the spot in a top-flight draw in L4, as Alex Herd struck the first of his eight goals past us. 1916 - Dave Watson was on the scoresheet in a Wartime League stalemate at Hyde Road. Zico fails 1978 – Phil Neal missed a penalty as Kenny Dalglish bagged the only goal of our top-flight meeting with Leeds United at Anfield. European disappointments 2004 - Milan Baroš struck our goal as we were held to a 1-1 draw at Anfield in the first leg of our UEFA Cup Fourth round tie with Olympique de Marseille. Didier Drogba netted the equaliser for the French side, the first of eleven goals he scored against the reds. 2010 – Left-winger Albert Riera played his 56th and final reds game as we lost 1-0 at Lille OSC Métropole in the first leg of our UEFA Europa League Round of 16 tie after Eden Hazard’s late free-kick curled over everyone and into the far corner, the first of his seven goals against the reds to date. Other reds games 1995 – We lost 2-1 at home to Tottenham Hotspur in an FA Cup Sixth Round tie. Robbie Fowler gave us the lead, but Teddy Sheringham equalised on the stroke of half time with one of his seven goals past us. Jürgen Klinsmann nabbed the late winner. 1992 – Dean Saunders netted the only goal early on in West Ham United’s visit to Anfield. 1990 – We drew a Sixth Round match 2-2 at Queens Park Rangers. John Barnes scored direct from a free-kick, with Ian Rush also on the scoresheet. We lost out to Crystal Palace in the Semi-final that season. 1972 – We held Chelsea to a goalless draw at Stamford Bridge. 1970 – Alun Evans bagged the only goal of our trip to Southampton. 1961 – We beat Huddersfield Town 3-1 in a Second Division meeting in L4 with Alan Banks netting twice and Kevin Lewis scoring from the spot. 1950 – We lost 2-0 at Aston Villa. Johnny Dixon nabbed one of his four goals against the reds after Billy Giffin had given the Villains the lead. 1922 – Donald McKinlay and Dick Forshaw struck as we beat Blackburn Rovers 2-0 at Anfield. Bosses on the move 2002 - John Toshack was sacked as Manager of Real Sociedad for the third time, after the club dropped back into the relegation zone. 2005 - Bruce Grobbelaar was asked to resign as Manager of South African side Umtata Bush Bucks. 2016 - Rafael Benítez was appointed Manager of Newcastle United, failing to save them from relegation that season, but then immediately leading them back up as champions. Also on the move 1980 – Forward Frank McGarvey was sold to Celtic for £270,000, becoming Scotland’s most expensive footballer. He had signed from St. Mirren for £300,000 in May 1979 but failed to break through at Anfield. He went on to score 113 times in 245 games for the Bhoys. 1998 - Steve Nicol joined First Division West Bromwich Albion on loan from Sheffield Wednesday. He made ten appearances while at The Hawthorns. 2010 – Reserves right-back Stephen Darby joined Swindon Town until the end of the season. He played fifteen times as they reached the League One Play-off Final. 2014 – Academy defender Jakub Sokolík joined Southend United on loan, playing twelve times in this first spell at Roots Hall. Also in international action 1912 – Ernest Peake played for Wales as they lost 2-0 to England in the British International Championships in Wrexham. 1975 – Steve Heighway featured as the Republic of Ireland beat a West Germany B team 1-0 in Dublin. 1998 – Future red Steve Finnan played for the Irish B team as they lost 1-0 to Northern Ireland in Dublin. 2006 – Future red Shane O’Connor played for the Republic of Ireland Under-16’s in their friendly encounter with Northern Ireland in Dundalk. 2009 – Future red Fabio Borini played for Italy Under-19’s as they beat Norway 1-0 in a friendly in Udine. 2015 – Future red Bobby Adekanye featured for the Dutch Under-16’s as they lost 1-0 to the Czech Republic.
  25. Will

    25th October

    Births and death 1968 – Defender David Burrows was born in Dudley. He signed from West Bromwich Albion for £550,000 in October 1988 and bagged three goals in 193 reds appearances, helping us to a League title, FA Cup and FA Charity Shield before joining West Ham United as part of the deal that brought Julian Dicks to Anfield in September 1993. 1985 - Italian keeper Daniele Padelli was born in Lecco. He spent the second half of the 2006/07 season on loan from Sampdoria, making just one senior appearance as we were held to a 2-2 draw at home by Charlton Athletic in our final League game of the season. 1906 – Irish forward Billy Millar was born in Ballymena. He arrived from Linfield for £1,150 in March 1928, scoring twice in three games before moving on to Barrow in January 1930. He went on to set a scoring record at Barrow by netting thirty goals in as many Third Division North games, as well as making his debut for Northern Ireland. 1958 – Half-back Harry Lowe died. He notched twice in 136 games for the reds after signing from Gainsborough Trinity in May 1911. Unfortunately, he missed the 1914 FA Cup Final through injury, and he moved on to Nottingham Forest in March 1920. Double centurions 2009 – Rafael Benítez took charge of his 200th League game as we beat Manchester United 2-0 at Anfield, with Fernando Torres opening the scoring just after the hour mark. Nemanja Vidić became the first player to be sent off against the reds in three successive fixtures, with Javier Mascherano also dismissed in stoppage time before substitute David N’Gog bagged our 200th League goal against United. Michael Owen was greeted with derision when he came off the bench for the visitors. Recent games 2016 – Trent Alexander-Arnold made his debut at right-back as we beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 in a League Cup Fourth Round tie at Anfield. Daniel Sturridge struck twice as well as hitting the crossbar before Vincent Janssen converted a penalty for the visitors. 2015 – Future reds forward Sadio Mané was sent off for Southampton as they left Anfield with a 1-1 draw. He had just tapped in a late equaliser after substitute Christian Benteke had opened the scoring with a quarter of an hour remaining. 1969 – We beat Southampton 4-1 at Anfield, with Emlyn Hughes scoring early on. Roger Hunt bagged a brace, with left-back Tony Byrne putting through his own net. Tommy Lawrence saved a Denis Hollywood spot-kick, with the Saints’ goal coming from the first of Mick Channon’s seven strikes against the reds. 2014 – We were held to a goalless draw by Hull City in L4. 2012 - We beat Anji Makhachkala 1-0 at Anfield in a UEFA Europa League group game, with Stewart Downing on target. A Royal meeting 2006 – Skipper Robbie Fowler and John Arne Riise both struck in the closing minutes of the first half of our League Cup Third Round tie against Reading at Anfield, our first ever meeting with the Royals. Argentinean centre-back Gabriel Paletta then scored on his reds debut four minutes after the break. However, we threw away the three-goal lead in the closing quarter of an hour. Andre Bikey pulled a goal back before Peter Crouch restored our cushion. However, first Leroy Lita then Shane Long scored for the visitors to make the final score 4-3, the first of his four goals against us, with the reds surviving a couple of very late threats for an equaliser. Also making their reds bows that night were midfielder Danny Guthrie, Lee Peltier at right-back and centre-half James Smith. Hooperman lands 1985 - Mike Hooper signed from Wrexham for £40,000. He went on to make 73 first-team appearances in eight years at Anfield, remaining behind Bruce Grobbelaar in the pecking order. 1961 - Reserves forward George Scott signed professional terms on his seventeenth birthday. Bill Shankly called him “the best player ever to play for my reserves”, but he failed to break through to the first team, later turning out for Aberdeen and Tranmere Rovers. League Cup records 1983 - An Anfield crowd of just 9,902 witnessed our 4-0 defeat of Brentford in the Milk Cup Second Round second leg, the smallest ever gate to watch the reds in that competition, as we progressed 8-1 on aggregate. Graeme Souness set the ball rolling from the spot, before David Hodgson’s tenth and last reds goal, with Kenny Dalglish and Michael Robinson also netting. 1995 - Ian Rush scored his 48th League Cup goal for the reds in our 4-0 Third Round defeat of Manchester City, with three of our goals coming in the final quarter of an hour. He shares the competition record for most goals with Geoff Hurst on 49, having added one with Newcastle United. John Scales, Robbie Fowler also struck before Steve Harkness grabbed his third and final reds goal. 2005 - Steven Gerrard grabbed his fiftieth reds goal to equalise after Dougie Freedman’s opener as we lost 2-1 at Crystal Palace in the Third Round. Young defender David Raven was making his fourth and final senior reds appearance. After Marco Reich’s winning strike we went 1,040 minutes before conceding another goal, with São Paulo ending the run twelve games later. Ending runs 1975 - Emlyn Hughes played in his 177th consecutive reds game as we were held to a 1-1 draw at Anfield by Derby County with John Toshack netting our goal. Phil Boersma made his 121st and final reds outing in this match, as a half-time replacement for Emlyn, with injury keeping Crazy Horse out of the next two games. Francis Lee scored the last of his six goals against the reds that day. 1913 - John Bovill played his 29th and final reds game in our 3-0 top-flight defeat by Oldham Athletic at Anfield. Joe Walters bagged two of his five goals past us with Lady Woodger also on the scoresheet. 1924 - Keeper Elisha Scott also ended a long run, making his 132nd consecutive appearance in our 3-1 defeat of Sunderland at Anfield, with Archie Rawlings netting twice and Harry Chambers also on target. John Jones replaced him for the next three games. 1952 - We also faced the Wearsiders, losing 3-1 at Roker Park with Billy Liddell netting our consolation. Trevor Ford struck the final two of his seven goals past us with Harry Kirtley also on target for the home side. Debuting at Turf Moor 1919 - Left-half Tom Bromilow made his reds bow at right-half as we won 2-1 at Burnley thanks to a brace from Harry ‘Smiler’ Chambers. Trebles all round 1930 - Jimmy Smith scored a hat-trick as we won 3-1 at Blackpool. 1986 - Ex-reds reserve Mike Newell bagged a treble as we were thumped 4-1 at Luton Town in another First Division fixture, the first of his eight strikes against us, with Ricky Hill also scoring. Jan Mølby, who had been employed as a sweeper behind Alan Hansen and Mark Lawrenson in a new formation, netted our late consolation from the spot. 2017 – Rhian Brewster netted three times as England Under-17’s beat Brazil 3-1 in their World Championship Finals Semi-final in India. Over the bar 1992 - Norwich City were awarded the first penalty against us in the newly-formed Premier League, but Mark Bowen blazed the ball high into the Kop. Ian Butterworth scored for the visitors in the second minute with a goal that went in via Mike Marsh, Bruce Grobbelaar and the crossbar! However, we went on to win the game 4-1, with Michael Thomas, Don Hutchison and birthday boy David Burrows on target before Mark Walters converted from the spot. Reds off the mark 2003 - Florent Sinama-Pongolle bagged his first reds strike as we beat Leeds United 3-1 at Anfield. Michael Owen and Danny Murphy grabbed the others, with Alan Smith netting for the visitors. 1997 - Øyvind Leonhardsen scored his first senior reds goal in our 4-0 home defeat of Derby County, with Roy Evans winning his hundredth game as reds boss. The other goals came from Steve McManaman and a Robbie Fowler brace, with Robbie also spurning a penalty. 1947 - Bob Priday and Jack Balmer netted as we were held to a 2-2 draw at Anfield in another top-flight meeting with Derby. Billy Steel bagged a brace for the visitors, the first two of his four goals past the reds. Half a century at the wrong end 1958 – We benefited from our fiftieth own goal in all competitions to date as John Martin put through his own net as we beat eventual Second Division champions Sheffield Wednesday 3-2 at Anfield. This was added to by a Fred Morris penalty and a Jimmy Harrower strike. Redfern Froggatt scored one of his six goals past us, with Roy Shiner also netting. Out-gunned 1980 - Arsenal held us to a 1-1 draw at Anfield with Graeme Souness on target, a sixth League stalemate in our first thirteen games that season. Alan Sunderland struck for the Gunners, one of his six goals against us. 1989 - We lost a League Cup Third Round tie 1-0 at Highbury thanks to an Alan Smith strike, one of his nine past the reds, as they beat us in this competition for the second time in four seasons. Derby joy 1941 - We beat Everton 3-2 at Anfield in a Wartime League fixture, with our goals coming from Tom Bush and a Billy Liddell brace. Scott off 1928 – Forward Tom Scott left the reds to sign for Bristol City after four goals in eighteen games. He had arrived from Darlington in February 1925, despite Everton believing they had a deal in place to sign him. Management moves 1988 - Mark Lawrenson was sacked as Manager of Oxford United by Chairman Kevin Maxwell after he objected to the sale of Dean Saunders to Derby County, whose then Chairman was Kevin’s dad Robert Maxwell! 2001 - Nigel Spackman was sacked as First Division Barnsley’s boss after nine months in charge, following a run of eight games without a win. 2015 - Kevin MacDonald was appointed Caretaker Manager of Aston Villa for the second time, following the dismissal of Golden boys? 2005 - Jamie Carragher, Luis García and Steven Gerrard were all nominated for the prestigious Ballon d’Or award. Brazilian Ronaldinho went on to claim the honour, with Gerrard finishing in third, Carragher in twentieth and García 23rd. Kenny at the double 1978 - Kenny Dalglish bagged a brace in Scotland’s 3-2 European Championships qualifying defeat of Norway at Hampden Park. Graeme Souness also played in this game. On the same day, Emlyn Hughes skippered an England side that also included Ray Clemence, Phil Neal, Phil Thompson and ex-red Kevin Keegan as they drew 1-1 with the Republic of Ireland in a qualifier at Lansdowne Road. Future red Mark Lawrenson featured for the home side. International debuts 1930 - Future red Daniel McRorie won his only cap in Scotland’s 1-1 draw with Wales in the British International Championships at Ibrox. 1978 - Joey Jones won his first cap as a Wrexham player, and nineteenth in total, as Wales trounced Malta 7-0 in a European Championships qualifier. 2010 – Future red Danny Ward made his debut for Wales Under-19’s as they drew 1-1 with Kazakhstan in a European Championships qualifier in Bridgend. 1999 – Michael Foley played for the Irish Under-16’s as they beat Sweden 2-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Dublin. Other reds games 1994 – Ian Rush bagged a brace as we beat Stoke City 2-1 in a League Cup Third Round tie at Anfield, en route to claiming the trophy for the fifth time. 1902 - Laurie Bell missed a penalty for the home side as we drew 1-1 with Bolton Wanderers at Burnden Park, having already converted one spot kick. Sam Raybould scored our goal. On the move 2012 – Ex-reserves forward Nathan Eccleston joined Tranmere Rovers on loan from Blackpool, but only made one senior appearance due to injury. Also in international action Robbie Foy has twice played for Scotland Under-19’s on this day. 2002 - He played his third game at this level in a 2-1 defeat of Iceland in a European Championships qualifier in Slovenia. 2003 - He won his next cap in a 3-1 win over the Faroe Islands in another qualifier in Ayr. 2016 - Elijah Dixon-Bonner, Paul Glatzel and Curtis Jones all played for England Under-16’s as they lost 2-1 to the USA in France. 2019 – Future red Calvin Ramsay played for Scotland Under-17’s as they beat Iceland 2-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Stirling.
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