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  1. Will

    1st June

    Numero seis 2019 – We secured our sixth European Cup after defeating Tottenham Hotspur in the UEFA Champions League Final in Madrid. Mohamed Salah opened the scoring from the spot after just two minutes, with substitute Divock Origi making the game safe late on. This was the time we had played a first-class match in June in our history. In comes Brendan 2012 - Brendan Rodgers was appointed as reds boss. He had a mixed first season in charge, followed by a terrific second campaign as we came a close second in the League, before a disappointing third season. He led us to 85 victories in 166 games before being sacked in October 2015. More managerial ins and outs 2004 - Rafael Benítez resigned from Valencia, having led them to a second La Liga title and the UEFA Cup in his last season in charge. It was fifteen days later when he was confirmed as our new boss. 1936 - Turn-of-the-century centre-half Alex Raisbeck was appointed Manager of Third Division North side Chester. They finished third and ninth in his two seasons at Sealand Road. 2011 - Gérard Houllier resigned as Manager of Aston Villa due to poor health, having led the Villains to fourteen victories in 39 games in charge. 2019 - Xabi Alonso was appointed as a coach for Real Sociedad’s B-team. 2000 - Kenny Dalglish stood down as Caretaker Manager of Celtic, as Martin O’Neill arrived at Parkhead. Kenny had been in charge since John Barnes’ departure four months before. Celtic finished 21 points behind Rangers in the League that season, although they did win the League Cup while Kenny was boss. 1997 - Roy Hodgson was appointed Manager of Blackburn Rovers. He led them to sixth and into the UEFA Cup in his first season, a significant improvement on their previous campaign when they ended in thirteenth. However, his second season in charge started disastrously, and he was sacked in December 1998 with Rovers sitting rock bottom of the table. Big money signings 1989 – Swedish centre-half Glenn Hysén signed from Fiorentina for £600,000. He went on to make 93 appearances, notching three times and helping us to our most recent title win in 1990, as well as the FA Charity Shield on his debut. He returned to his hometown to sign for GAIS in May 1992. 2002 - El-Hadji Diouf signed for a whopping £10m fee. He went on to bag just six goals in eighty games before moving to Bolton Wanderers in June 2005 for £4.5m after a season-long loan there. In friendly action We have faced a variety of foreign clubs in post-season friendlies on this day over the years. 1922 - We drew 2-2 with a Liguria & Toscana Select team in Pisa, with Harry Beadles and Harry Chambers on target. 1936 - We beat Venus Bucureşti 4-1 at the Splai Ground, with centre-forward Fred Howe bagging a brace and Tom Bush and Alf Hanson also netting. 1948 - We defeated a St. Louis All Stars side 4-2 on our US tour with Billy Liddell grabbing two goals, to add to strikes from Bob Priday and Albert Stubbins. 1971 - We saw off Swedes GIF Sundsvaal 4-0 in our most recent game on this day, thanks to goals from Ian Callaghan, Bobby Graham, Kevin Keegan and Peter Thompson. Reds in the World Cup book 2002 - Dietmar Hamann played as Germany thrashed Saudi Arabia 8-0 in their opening World Cup game in Sapporo. Ex-red Christian Ziege also played, with both being cautioned. Meanwhile, Steve Staunton and Rigobert Song led their countries out as the Republic of Ireland drew 1-1 with Cameroon in Niigata. Future reds Steve Finnan, Robbie Keane and ex-red Jason McAteer all also featured, with Finnan and McAteer also being booked. Future red Christian Poulsen featured as Denmark beat Uruguay 2-1 in Ulsan. 1991 - Staunton had also played for his country as they drew a friendly 1-1 in the USA, playing alongside Ray Houghton and ex-red Kevin Sheedy. Future reds Nigel Clough and Mark Wright played on this same day as England won 1-0 in Australia. Kenny at the double 1977 - Two months before joining the reds from Celtic, Kenny Dalglish grabbed a brace as Scotland beat Northern Ireland 3-0 at Hampden Park in the British International Championships, on their way to retaining the trophy. Meanwhile, Steve Heighway played in a World Cup qualifier in Sofia as Bulgaria beat the Republic of Ireland 2-1. This game was notable for the fact that two players from each side were dismissed. 1974 - Kenny also featured for the Scots as they beat Belgium 2-1 in a friendly in Brugge. Ray Clemence, Kevin Keegan and Alec Lindsay were also in action, with Emlyn Hughes skippering England to a 1-0 friendly win in Bulgaria. 1975 – Dalglish also played in a 1-1 European Championships qualifying draw in Romania. Carra’s final caps 2000 - Jamie Carragher won his 27th and final England Under-21’s cap as they lost 2-0 to Slovakia in the European Championship Finals, a record tally that his since been surpassed by Scott Carson and then James Milner. Danny Murphy and David Thompson both also featured. This was the first ever England international at any level played against Slovakia. 2007 - The first full international at the new Wembley Stadium was played, with Steven Gerrard captaining his country for part of the game as England were held to a 1-1 draw by Brazil. Jamie Carragher won his 34th and last senior cap before retiring, with Peter Crouch, future reds Joe Cole and Stewart Downing and ex-red Michael Owen also featuring. Jamie of course came out of international retirement for the 2010 World Cup Finals in South Africa. On the same day, future reds loanee Nuri Şahin netted as Turkey Under-21’s beat Ukraine in a European Championships qualifier in Kiev. Rushie on target 1988 - Ian Rush bagged his first goal for Wales as a Juventus player, captaining them for the first time as they beat Malta 3-2 in a friendly in Valletta. Future red Dean Saunders lined up alongside him. On the same day, John Aldridge, Ray Houghton and Ronnie Whelan all played as the Republic of Ireland shared a goalless friendly draw with Norway in Oslo. More international skippers 1958 - Tommy Younger captained Scotland as they lost 2-1 in a friendly in Poland. 1983 - Graeme Souness wore the armband for Scotland as they lost 2-0 to England at Wembley in the British International Championships. Sammy Lee, Phil Neal and future red John Wark all also played. 1997 - Future red Gary McAllister skippered the Scots as they lost 3-2 in a friendly in Malta. International goalscorers 2017 – Future red Xherdan Shaqiri scored the only goal of Switzerland’s friendly against Belarus in Neuchatel. 2016 – Future red Gini Wijnaldum scored as the Netherlands beat Poland 2-1 in a friendly in Warsaw, with Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk also playing. Christian Benteke and Divock Origi both also featured for Belgium in their 1-1 friendly draw with Finland in Brussels. 2011 - Andriy Voronin bagged his first goal as a Dinamo Moskva player as Ukraine beat Uzbekistan 2-0 in a friendly in Kiev, with Emiliano Insúa and future red Fabio Borini also in international action. 2010 – Porto’s Raúl Meireles bagged a brace as Portugal beat Cameroon 3-1 in a friendly in Covilhã, while Dirk Kuyt netted as the Netherlands thumped Ghana 4-1 at the Feyenoord Stadion. Daniel Agger, Ryan Babel and future reds Christian Poulsen and Xherdan Shaqiri all also played in friendlies that day. 2004 - Michael Owen struck his 25th senior international goal, while winning his 55th cap as England were held to a 1-1 draw by Japan in a tournament at the City of Manchester Stadium. Emile Heskey was winning his first cap as a Birmingham City player, with Steven Gerrard, future red Joe Cole and ex-red David James also playing. 2006 - Ryan Babel was on target for the Netherlands as they beat Mexico 2-1 in a friendly in Eindhoven, with Jan Kromkamp and future red Dirk Kuyt also in action. John Arne Riise also represented his country that day. 2008 – Harry Kewell struck for Australia as he skippered them to a 1-0 defeat of Iraq in a World Cup qualifier in Brisbane. Christian Poulsen played his last game for Denmark while with Sevilla as they drew 1-1 with Poland in a friendly in Chorzów. On the same day, Peter Crouch won his final cap as a red as England beat Trinidad & Tobago 3-0 in a friendly in Port of Spain, with ex-red Stephen Warnock making his international bow, winning his only cap while at Blackburn Rovers. Steven Gerrard, Dirk Kuyt, future reds Stewart Downing, Glen Johnson and Sotirios Kyrgiakos and ex-reds Craig Bellamy, David James, Momo Sissoko and John Toshack also represented their countries that day. 1972 - Kevin Keegan netted for England Under-23’s and was then sent off as they drew 2-2 with East Germany in Magdeburg. Clubmate Larry Lloyd also featured. 2000 - Future red Milan Baroš was on target for the Czech Republic Under-21’s as they beat Igor Bišcan’s Croatia 4-3 in the European Championships Finals in Slovakia. 2012 – Baroš featured for his country at senior level, up against ex-red Krisztián Németh, with Péter Gulácsi, future reds Mario Balotelli, Mohamed Salah and Gini Wijnaldum, and ex-red Andriy Voronin also in international action that day. New man 2009 – New Academy Technical Manager José Segura started work. On the same day, Martin Kelly played for England Under-19’s in their 2-1 defeat of Scotland in the European Championships Finals at Bramall Lane, with future red Danny Wilson on the losing side and Crystal Palace’s Victor Moses winning his eleventh and final cap at this level. Macca at Anfield 2008 - Paul McCartney headlined the Liverpool Sound concert at Anfield, staged as part of the city’s status as European Capital of Culture. The Zutons and Kaiser Chiefs also played. Harper’s off 1983 - Reserves defender Alan Harper was sold to Everton for £100,000. He had never made a first-team appearance at Anfield, going on to net five times in 178 games in this first spell with the Toffees. Danny’s happy day 2012 – Ex-reds midfielder Danny Guthrie married Rebecca at Allerton Castle, near Knaresborough in North Yorkshire.
  2. Will

    29th May

    Heysel: a black day in our history 1985 - If April 15th is the saddest day in the club’s history, May 29th is surely the lowest. 39 football fans died at the Heysel stadium in Brussels before our European Cup Final against Juventus. Although many factors contributed to the tragedy, it is inescapable that violence by reds fans played a major role in the deaths of 32 Italians, four Belgians, two Frenchmen and one man from Northern Ireland. R.I.P. Rocco Acerra (aged 29), Bruno Balli (50), Alfons Bos, Giancarlo Bruschera (21), Andrea Casula (11), Giovanni Casula (44), Nino Cerullo (24), Willy Chielens, Giuseppina Conto (17), Dirk Daenecky, Dionisio Fabbro (51), Jacques François, Eugenio Gagliano (35), Francesco Galli (25), Giancarlo Gonnelli (20), Alberto Guarini (21), Giovacchino Landini (50), Roberto Lorentini (31), Barbara Lusci (58), Franco Martelli (22), Loris Messore (28), Gianni Mastroiaco (20), Sergio Bastino Mazzino (38), Luciano Rocco Papaluca (38), Luigi Pidone (31), Benito Pistolato (50), Patrick Radcliffe, Domenico Ragazzi (44), Antonio Ragnanese (49), Claude Robert, Mario Ronchi (43), Domenico Russo (28), Tarcisio Salvi (49), Gianfranco Sarto (47), Amedeo Giuseppe Spolaore (55), Mario Spanu (41), Tarcisio Venturin (23), Jean Michel Walla, Claudio Zavaroni (28). The match eventually kicked off late, and was played in a surreal atmosphere, with the reds losing Mark Lawrenson to injury after just two minutes, and then Paul Walsh before half-time. A Michel Platini penalty was the only score, converted after Zbigniew Boniek was brought down by Gary Gillespie outside the box. This was Joe Fagan’s final game in charge and remains our only first-class game on this day in history. Stevie the best 2009 - Steven Gerrard was presented with the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year award at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London. In the Middle East 1980 - David Fairclough bagged a treble as we thumped Al Nasr Club 8-0 in a friendly in the Three Fives Gulf Football Tour in the United Arab Emirates. Terry McDermott grabbed a brace, with Ray Kennedy, Sammy Lee and Graeme Souness also on the scoresheet. Happy birthday Lee 1973 - Former reserves forward Lee Jones was born in Wrexham. He signed from his hometown club for £300,000 in March 1992, making four senior reds appearances before moving to Tranmere Rovers for £100,000 in May 1997, following several loan spells back with the Robins. Sami for Finland 1996 - Sami Hyypiä won his eighth cap, and first as a Willem II player, as Finland lost 2-0 to France in a friendly in Strasbourg. Fellow future red Jari Litmanen also played. On the same day, ex-red Jim Magilton and future reds Patrik Berger, Vladimír Šmicer and Christian Ziege all also represented their countries in friendlies. International skippers Three reds have captained their countries on this day over the years, all away from home. 1974 - Emlyn Hughes wore the armband as England drew 1-1 with East Germany in a friendly in Leipzig. Fellow reds Ray Clemence, Kevin Keegan and Alec Lindsay all also played. 1982 - Southampton’s Kevin Keegan led England out at Hampden Park where they beat Scotland 1-0 in the British International Championships. Kenny Dalglish, Alan Hansen, Terry McDermott, Graeme Souness and Phil Thompson all also featured. 1996 - Future red Gary McAllister skippered Scotland as they beat Colombia 1-0 in a friendly in the Orange Bowl, Miami. In charge 2005 - Gérard Houllier was appointed Manager of Olympique Lyonnais. He led them to their fifth and sixth consecutive Ligue 1 titles in his two seasons in charge, as well as the knock-out stages of the Champions League. 2012 – John Toshack took charge of his last game as FYR Macedonia boss as they drew 0-0 with Angola in Portugal. Future red Nuri Şahin featured as Turkey beat Montenegro 1-0 in a friendly in Antalya. 2012 – Şahin also played as Turkey beat Bulgaria 2-0 in a friendly in Salzburg. 2014 - Former reds Assistant Manager Pako Ayestarán resigned as Manager of Tecos, having failed to clinch promotion in his only season in charge. Half a century for Ronnie 1994 - Ronnie Whelan won his fiftieth cap for the Republic of Ireland as they beat Germany 2-0 in a friendly in Hannover. Future reds Phil Babb, Jason McAteer and Karl-Heinz Riedle also played, as did ex-reds Ray Houghton and Steve Staunton. First and last caps 2011 – Luis Suárez won his first cap as a reds player as Uruguay lost a friendly 2-1 in Germany. Meanwhile, Charlie Adam played his last international while with Blackpool in their 1-0 defeat by the Republic of Ireland in the Carling Nations Cup in Dublin, with ex-red Robbie Keane on target. 2010 – Krisztián Németh made his senior international debut as a substitute as Hungary lost 3-0 to Germany in a friendly in Budapest, his only cap as a reds player. Martin Kelly, Martin Škrtel and ex-red Jari Litmanen also represented their countries, with John Toshack taking charge of Wales. 2016 – Škrtel played for Slovakia again, with ex-red Mikel San José also in international action. 2014 – Yossi Benayoun played his first game for Israel while with Queens Park Rangers, in their 3-0 friendly defeat in Mexico. Lloyd Jones and ex-red Charles Itandje both also represented their countries on that day. 2013 – Simon Mignolet won his twelfth cap, and last as a Sunderland player, with Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke bagging a brace in Belgium’s 4-2 friendly win over the USA in Cleveland. Glen Johnson, Daniel Sturridge and future reds James Milner and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain faced ex-red Robbie Keane on the same day as the Republic of Ireland held Roy Hodgson’s England to a 1-1 friendly draw at Wembley. 2009 – Future red Joe Allen won his first senior cap as John Toshack’s Wales beat Estonia 1-0 in a friendly in Cardiff. 1973 - Future red David Johnson made his debut for England Under-23’s in their 1-0 defeat by the Netherlands in Maastricht. Fellow future red Ray Kennedy also played. Robbie’s farewell 2008 – Future red Robbie Keane skippered the Republic of Ireland and scored the only goal of their friendly encounter with Colombia at Craven Cottage, while winning his final cap in his first spell with Tottenham Hotspur. Christian Poulsen netted his only goal as a Sevilla player as Denmark drew 1-1 with the Netherlands in Eindhoven, with Ryan Babel and Dirk Kuyt both featuring. Ex-red Jari Litmanen also played in a friendly that day. 2009 – Keane also scored for his country as they drew 1-1 with Nigeria in a friendly at Loftus Road. Ex-red Xabi Alonso netted as Spain beat Saudi Arabia in another friendly in Austria, with Álvaro Arbeloa also in action. Gordon again 1932 – Gordon Gunson scored in his fourth consecutive game of our Danish tour as we beat a Copenhagen Select side consisting of players based in the city 4-1. We fell behind to a spot-kick, with Dave Wright bagging a brace and Robert Done also on target. Thumping Rovers 1940 - We trounced Tranmere Rovers 8-3 in a Wartime League match at Anfield. Berry Nieuwenhuys, Peter Doherty and Len Carney all bagged braces, with Billy Liddell and Alf Hanson also on target. Going home 2008 - Patrik Berger signed for Sparta Praha on a free transfer, having been released by Aston Villa earlier that month. He netted eight times in 31 games before retiring in January 2010. Reds youngsters for the Under-21’s 1994 - Robbie Fowler and Jamie Redknapp both played as England beat Russia 2-0 in the Toulon Tournament in Bandol. 1991 - Steve McManaman and future red David James featured as Mexico were trounced 6-1 in the same competition in Vitrolles. 2000 - Jamie Carragher, Danny Murphy and David Thompson all played as England thumped Turkey 6-0 in a European Championships Finals group game in Slovakia. Meanwhile, future red Milan Baroš was booked while playing for the Czech Republic in their 3-1 defeat of the Netherlands in the same competition. 2006 - Daniel Agger played as Denmark were knocked out of the European Championships in Portugal by losing 2-1 to Ukraine. For Omagh 1999 - Phil Babb and future reds Robbie Keane and Mark Kennedy both played for the Republic of Ireland in a friendly at Lansdowne Road in aid of the Omagh Fund. Northern Ireland won the game 1-0. A happy day for Zico 1971 - Phil Neal married Sue at Cogenhoe, near Northampton. He was then twenty, and three years away from his big move from Northampton Town to Anfield. In South Africa 1994 – We held Iwisa Kaizer Chiefs to a goalless draw at Ellis Park in Johannesburg. Phil Neal’s son Ashley suffered knee ligament damage in the game and had to be replaced by the South African-born Andy Harris, while Iain Brunskill made a rare first-team appearance.
  3. Will

    27th May

    European glory in Gay Paree 1981 - We won the European Cup for the third time by beating the mighty Real Madrid at the Parc des Princes in Paris thanks to an Alan Kennedy strike nine minutes from time. Unbeknownst to everyone, Ray Clemence was making his 665th and final reds appearance, keeping his 335th clean sheet, with Jimmy Case also playing his 269th and last reds game. Tommy’s testimonial 1977 - Two days after we won the European Cup for the first time, Anfield hosted a testimonial match for Tommy Smith, who had intended to retire. The game featured Liverpool playing a Bobby Charlton Select XI, ending 9-9 with both Tommy Smith and Ray Clemence grabbing a brace! Jimmy Case, David Fairclough, David Johnson, Kevin Keegan and Terry McDermott were all also on target. Bobby Charlton briefly appeared for the reds in this game, with Emlyn Hughes taking a turn in goal and delivery driver Lol Cotterell also appearing, thanks to winning a competition on the BBC’s “The Big Time” programme, hosted by Esther Rantzen. Mighty Mouse off the mark 1971 - Kevin Keegan scored his first reds goal as we thumped Swedish side IFK Lulea 5-0 in an end-of-season friendly. Forward Jack Whitham added a brace, with Alec Lindsay and Bobby Graham also on the scoresheet. Young Mickey for England 1998 - Michael Owen scored his first senior England goal as they won 1-0 in the King Hassan II International Cup in Morocco, becoming England’s then youngest-ever scorer at eighteen years 164 days. Fellow red Paul Ince captained England for the seventh and final time in this game, with Steve McManaman also featuring. On the same day, Stig Inge Bjørnebye, ex-red Rigobert Song and future reds Markus Babbel, Dietmar Hamann, Sami Hyypiä, Jari Litmanen and Bolo Zenden all also played for their countries in friendlies. 2000 - Owen also scored for his country as Kevin Keegan’s England drew 1-1 with Brazil in a friendly at Wembley. Robbie Fowler and ex-red Paul Ince also featured, while future red Nick Barmby won his first cap as an Evertonian. Meanwhile, Vegard Heggem and future red John Arne Riise played in Norway’s 2-0 friendly defeat of Slovakia in Oslo. Friendly victories 1953 - Bill Jones struck a treble as we thumped a Montreal All Stars side 10-0, with Billy Liddell, Joseph Maloney and Jimmy Payne all bagging braces and Alan A’Court also on the scoresheet. 1923 – We beat Levallois 4-0 in Paris. 1932 - We beat a Copenhagen Select 3-1, thanks to goals from Gordon Gunson, Edmund Hancock and Harold Barton. Our opponents were chosen to be the best players from the Danish League. 1964 – We beat German side Meidericher Spielverein 4-1 in Detroit, with Alf Arrowsmith and Gordon Wallace both striking twice. 1958 - We won 4-0 at Perpignan, with Bobby Campbell, Billy Liddell and Johnny Morrissey among the scorers. Four for Sir Roger 1964 – While his clubmates were playing in Detroit, Roger Hunt scored four goals for England as they thumped the USA 10-0 in a friendly at the Downing Stadium in New York City. Fellow red Peter Thompson also played. 1967 - Hunt also played for his country in a 1-0 friendly win in Austria. Rushie off the mark 1982 - Ian Rush netted his first full international goal, while winning his eighth cap, as Wales beat Northern Ireland 3-0 in the British International Championships in Wrexham. Ex-red Joey Jones also played. On the same day, future reds Assistant Manager Sean O’Driscoll played as the Republic of Ireland lost a friendly 7-0 in Brazil. On the move 2002 - A fee of £4.7m was agreed with French club Sedan for the Senegalese midfielder Salif Diao. He made a total of 61 reds appearances, netting three times, before joining Stoke City in January 2007 after a series of loan spells away from Anfield over his last three seasons. 2013 – Centre-half Danny Wilson signed for Heart Of Midlothian after a successful four-month loan spell at Tynecastle. On the same day, Rafael Benítez was appointed Manager of SSC Napoli, guiding them to the Italian Cup and a third-place Serie A finish in his first campaign in charge. Joneses for Wales 1997 - Reserves striker Lee Jones and future reds keeper Paul Jones both made their senior international debuts from the bench as Wales beat Scotland 1-0 in a friendly at Rugby Park, Kilmarnock. Paul Jones was winning his only cap as a Stockport County player, while Lee Jones made his only appearance as a red. Leeds United’s Gary McAllister skippered the Scots, while ex-red Dean Saunders also played. Reds defenders in and out 1992 - Dominic Matteo signed on as a professional at Anfield. He went on to play 155 times for the reds, scoring just twice, before joining Leeds United for £4m in August 2000. 1999 - Rob Jones was released after failing in his latest comeback from serious injury. He had made 243 first-team appearances, despite suffering a succession of injuries, without once hitting the back of the net. Irish glory 1986 - The Republic of Ireland won the Icelandic Triangular Tournament, their only senior prize. This was a result of their 1-0 defeat of Czechoslovakia in Reykjavik, with ex-red Michael Robinson winning his 24th and final cap, and future reds John Aldridge and Ray Houghton also in the team. Happy birthdays 1980 - Ex-reserves keeper Ian Dunbavin was born in Knowsley. He joined Shrewsbury Town on a free transfer in January 2000, but moved on to Halifax Town in July 2004 after 115 games for the Shrews. 1979 - Andy Parkinson, who was also in the victorious FA Youth Cup squad in 1996, was born in Liverpool. He failed to break through to our first team, later finding greater success with Tranmere Rovers. First and last caps 2004 - Ex-red Christian Ziege won his 72nd and final cap for Germany in their 7-0 friendly trouncing of Malta in Freiberg, with Dietmar Hamann also featuring. Steve Finnan, John Arne Riise, future reds Craig Bellamy, Yossi Benayoun and Robbie Keane, and ex-red Gareth Roberts all also turned out in international friendlies that day. 2011 – Bellamy featured for Wales again, playing in their 2-0 Carling Nations Cup defeat of Northern Ireland in Dublin. Gini Wijnaldum won his last cap for the Dutch Under-21’s as a Feyenoord player as they beat Israel 2-0 in a friendly in Austria. 2012 – Bellamy won his last cap as a reds player, with Joe Allen playing for Wales for the final time while with Swansea City as they lost 2-0 to Mexico in a friendly in New York. Ex-red Alou Diarra was also in international action that day. 2006 - Jan Kromkamp won his first cap as a reds player as the Netherlands beat Cameroon 1-0 in a friendly at his international team-mate Dirk Kuyt’s home ground in Feyenoord. Xabi Alonso, Djibril Cissé, Luis García, future reds Ryan Babel, Philipp Degen, Christian Poulsen and Fernando Torres and ex-red Alou Diarra also featured in friendly action, with John Toshack also involved. 1994 - Future red Gary McAllister skippered Scotland in their 3-1 friendly win in the Netherlands, with future reds coach Steve Clarke winning his sixth and final cap. More internationals on target 2001 - Future red Djibril Cissé netted as France Under-20’s drew 1-1 with Japan in the Toulon Tournament. Grégory Vignal and future red Alou Diarra both also played. 2008 – Cissé featured for the senior French side alongside fellow ex-reds Nicolas Anelka and Alou Diarra as they beat Ecuador 2-0 in a friendly in Grenoble. Mikel San José also represented his country that day. 2010 - Christian Poulsen struck his last goal for Denmark as a Juventus player in their 2-0 friendly defeat of Senegal in Ålborg, with Daniel Agger also in action. Young finalists 2010 – Conor Coady skippered England Under-17’s as they beat France 2-1 in the Semi-final of the European Championships in Liechtenstein, with Andre Wisdom also in the side. More youngsters in action 2009 - Danny Wilson captained Scotland Under-19’s for the first time as they beat Slovakia 2-1 in a European Championships Finals group game at Bramall Lane, with Martin Kelly also in action for England in the same tournament that day in Doncaster. 2000 - Jamie Carragher conceded a penalty from which Italy scored while playing for England Under-21’s in the European Championship Finals in Slovakia. Danny Murphy and David Thompson also featured in the 2-0 defeat. Jari for Finland Future red Jari Litmanen twice represented his country in friendlies on this day in history. 1990 - He won his fifth cap in a 6-0 friendly defeat in Sweden. On the same day, Steve Staunton and ex-reds John Aldridge and Kevin Sheedy played for the Republic of Ireland in their goalless draw in Turkey. 1994 - The Finns lost 2-0 in Italy. Fernando’s day 2009 - Fernando Torres married Olalla Dominguez at El Escorial in Madrid. On the same day, he was awarded with the Merseyside Sports Personality of the Year for 2008. Quasi the dad 1989 - Peter Beardsley became a father for the first time, to Drew. On the move 1978 – Academy Chief Scout Dave Moss joined Luton Town from his boyhood favourites Swindon Town for £110,000, having notched sixty goals in 231 League games for the Robins. 2004 - Reserves forward Steven Gillespie joined Bristol City on a free transfer. He is now with League One side Colchester United. Roy in charge Roy Hodgson twice took charge of Switzerland in friendlies on this day in history. 1992 – He led them to a 2-1 defeat of France in Lausanne. 1994 – The Swiss beat Liechtenstein 2-0 at Basel. 2016 – Hodgson managed England as they beat Australia 2-1 in a friendly at the Stadium of Light, with Nathaniel Clyne, Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana, James Milner and ex-red Raheem Sterling lining up against Brad Smith. Future reds Virgil van Dijk and Gini Wijnaldum, and ex-red Javier Mascherano both also featured in international friendlies that day.
  4. Will

    18th May

    Birthdays galore 1954 - Midfielder Jimmy Case was born in Liverpool. He signed from South Liverpool for a bargain £500 in May 1973 and bagged 46 goals in 269 reds games, helping us to claim three European Cups, four League titles, UEFA Cup, UEFA Super Cup, League Cup and three FA Charity Shields, before joining Brighton & Hove Albion for £350,000 in August 1981. 1863 - Matt McQueen was born in Harthill, Lanarkshire. He arrived from Leith Athletic in October 1892 and bagged seven goals in 103 games for the reds, playing in every position on the park including 41 games in goal, helping us to claim the Second Division title twice, once while as a keeper. He moved on to Heart Of Midlothian in 1899 but later served the reds as a Director, and then as Manager for five years in the 1920’s, leading us to our fourth League title in 1923. 1958 - Howard Gayle was born in Toxteth. The first black player to represent Liverpool in modern times, he signed professional terms in November 1977 and notched once in five first-team appearances before moving on to Birmingham City in January 1983 for £75,000. Two keepers also share a birthday today. 1971 - Brad Friedel was born in Bay Village, Ohio. He made 31 first-team appearances for us after signing from US side Columbus Crew for £1m in December 1997, moving to Blackburn Rovers on a free transfer in November 2000. 1973 - Pegguy Arphexad was born in Guadeloupe. Our former reserve custodian signed on a free transfer in July 2000 but only played six senior reds games, although he claimed six winners’ medals from the bench in his time at Anfield, before moving on to Coventry City in August 2003 after his contract had expired. Euro disappointment 2016 – Daniel Sturridge gave us a half-time lead in the UEFA Europa League Final against Sevilla in Basel, but we collapsed after the break to lose 3-1 with Jorge Moreno bagging a brace to add to a Kévin Gameiro strike. Midfielder Joe Allen, centre-forward Christian Benteke and centre-half Kolo Touré all played their last reds games. We had been denied a clear-cut penalty in the first half as the Spanish side went on to claim the trophy for the third consecutive season. Off goes Emile 2004 - Emile Heskey was sold to Birmingham City for a fee rising to £6.25m after sixty goals in 223 reds games. He struck sixteen times in 78 games for the Blues before moving to Wigan Athletic for £5.5m in July 2006. Other reds signings 1927 - Forward Tom Devlin signed from Preston North End for £250. He was unable to make the first-team, unlike his brother, centre-forward Willie, who was at Anfield at the same time. He moved on to Swindon Town in July 1928. 1985 - Reserves defender Alex Watson signed for the reds as a professional. He only made nine first-team appearances, including our 1988 FA Charity Shield win, before joining Bournemouth in January 1991 for £150,000. The end of the road for A’Court 1963 - Alan A’Court played his 354th and final League game as we lost 2-0 at Aston Villa in a game postponed from Boxing Day to finish the season in eighth place with George Graham netting the first of his four goals past us and Bobby Thomson also on target. He had played 381 games for us in total, scoring 63 goals, helping us to win the Second Division title in 1962. 1982 - Our only other first-class game on this day produced a goalless draw at Middlesbrough, the final game of a season in which we won the League by four points from Ipswich Town. Led by skipper Graeme Souness, the reds had all snuck out of the hotel to go down the pub shortly before the game! On target 2014 – Future red Dominic Solanke netted as England Under-17’s beat Portugal 2-0 in their European Championships Semi-final in Malta, with fellow future red Joe Gomez also in action. First and last caps 1935 - Ex-reds defender Tom Gardner won his second and final cap as England beat the Netherlands 1-0 in a friendly in Amsterdam. 1938 – Ex-reds reserves centre-half Matt O’Mahoney won the first of his six caps for Ireland in their 2-2 friendly draw with Czechoslovakia in Prague. 1939 – O’Mahoney played again as Ireland again drew 2-2 in a friendly, this time with Hungary in Budapest. 1950 - Utility player Bill Jones made his second and final senior appearance for England as they beat Belgium 4-1 in a friendly in Brussels. His grandson Rob went on to win eight full caps for England. 1949 - Bill also played for his country in an unofficial international, when England B beat the Netherlands 4-0 in Amsterdam. 2002 - Future red Djibril Cissé made his senior international debut as a substitute in France’s 2-1 defeat by Belgium at the Stade de France. On the same day, Vladimír Šmicer scored the only goal of the game as the Czech Republic beat World Cup-bound Italy in Prague. Meanwhile, Dietmar Hamann starred in Germany’s 6-2 defeat of Austria, playing alongside ex-red Christian Ziege. 1996 - Reds centre-back Mark Wright won his 45th and final full England cap as they beat Hungary 3-0 in a friendly at Wembley. Future red Paul Ince also played. Into the book 2009 – The club launched its own official Facebook page, which now has over 31m followers. Ex-reds on the move 1999 - John Barnes was released by Charlton Athletic. He had made just two starts for the Addicks, plus a further ten appearances from the bench. His Charlton debut had been at home to the reds, as they won 1-0 following Jamie Carragher’s dubious dismissal. 2000 - Mike Marsh signed for Southport from Kidderminster Harriers on a free transfer. He netted seven times in 37 games as they just missed out on promotion from the Conference. Walters starts out 1982 - Mark Walters signed as a professional for Aston Villa. He struck 48 times in 224 games for the Villains before moving to Rangers for £550,000 in December 1987. Released 2006 - It was announced that Ramon Calliste, Robbie Foy, Paul Lancaster, Paul Willis and Calum Woods were not being retained for the next season once their contracts expired later in the summer. 2007 - Ex-reds midfielder David Thompson was released by Bolton Wanderers after eight games in five months with the Trotters. 1907 – Forward John Carlin was sold to Preston North End after eight goals in 35 outings since signing from Barnsley in December 1902, helping us to the League title in 1906. Young champion 2009 – Christopher Buchtmann helped Germany Under-17’s to claim the European Championship as they beat their Dutch counterparts 2-1 in the Final in Magdeburg after extra time. 2010 – Andre Wisdom featured in the same tournament as England beat the Czech Republic 3-1 in Liechtenstein. On the same day, future red Gini Wijnaldum played as the Dutch Under-21’s lost 3-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Portugal.
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    16th May

    Completing another treble 2001 - We clinched the third leg of our cup treble, beating Deportivo Alavés 5-4 after a pulsating match in Dortmund. Markus Babbel and Steven Gerrard put us 2-0 up after a quarter of an hour, with the German grabbing his sixth and final reds goal. Ivan Alonso pulled one back before a Gary McAllister penalty restored our two-goal cushion before half-time. After the break, two goals from Javi Moreno levelled the match, before Robbie Fowler scored his fiftieth cup goal to regain the lead. Jordi Cruyff sent the Final into extra-time, before a golden own-goal from Delfi Geli, from a Gary Mac free-kick, finally won us the UEFA Cup for the third time. Other games on this day We have only played three other first-class games on this day, winning two of them. 1977 - We lost 2-1 at Bristol City, with David Johnson netting our consolation in our final League game of the season. Chris Garland struck twice for the home side. 1989 - John Aldridge and Ronnie Whelan scored as we beat Queens Park Rangers 2-0 at Anfield. 1999 - Karl-Heinz Riedle, Patrik Berger and Paul Ince were all on target as Wimbledon left L4 after our last game of the season on the wrong end of a 3-0 scoreline. Phil Babb made his 170th and final reds appearance in this game, with Ince playing for the 81st and last time. Anfield testimonials for reds legends 2000 – The reds beat Celtic 4-1 in a testimonial for Ronnie Moran. He had struck seventeen times in 379 games for us before joining the coaching staff. The game was also special in that Erik Meijer grabbed a rare brace, with the other goals coming from Titi Camara and David Thompson. 1988 - The reds beat an England XI 3-2 to win the Fosters Challenge Cup, in a testimonial match for Alan Hansen at Anfield. Mick Harford’s header put England in front, before Ronnie Whelan and Ian Rush put the reds ahead. Chris Waddle equalised and then Rush added his second. Long before the end the Kop were chanting “Ian Rush come back home”, a wish that was granted just three months later. Farewell to heroes 1959 - Elisha Scott died. He had played 468 games in goal across his 21 years with us, winning two League championship medals in his time at Anfield. 2012 – Kenny Dalglish was sacked as Manager, despite having won the League Cup and reached the FA Cup Final in his one full season back in charge. However, he paid the price for a disappointing League campaign. Most recently 2015 - Steven Gerrard bid an emotional farewell to Anfield as we tamely lost 3-1 to Crystal Palace. Glen Johnson played his 200th and last reds game, with Raheem Sterling also making his final appearance for the club. Adam Lallana opened the scoring against his former club, but Jason Puncheon equalised just before half time. Wilfred Zaha’s free-kick put the Eagles ahead before Glenn Murray converted the rebound after his penalty was initially saved by Simon Mignolet. On the same day, future red Sadio Mané broke the record for the fastest Premier League hat-trick when he netted three times in two minutes and 56 seconds for Southampton against Aston Villa. International arrivals 2009 - Pep Segura was appointed Academy Technical Manager having led Olympiacos to the League and Cup double. He had previously spent many years working with Barcelona’s youth players. 2002 - Bruno Cheyrou signed from Lille OSC Métropole for £3.7m, although he had to wait two months for his international clearance. He struck five times in 48 reds games before joining Stade Rennais in June 2006 after two previous loan spells back in his native land. International recognition 1931 - Left-half Jimmy McDougall made his Scotland debut at centre-half as they lost 5-0 to Austria in a friendly in Vienna. Meanwhile, future reds defender Ernie Blenkinsop featured in England’s 4-1 friendly win in Belgium. 1934 - Ex-reds defender Tom Gardner won the first of his two England caps as they lost 2-1 to Czechoslovakia in a friendly in Prague. Future reds right-back Tom Cooper captained the English. Unlucky break 1951 – Left-back Eddie Spicer broke his leg in our 4-1 friendly defeat of Malmö FF in Solna. Cyril Done nabbed a brace, with Billy Liddell and Kevin Baron also scoring. On the move 1992 - Ex-reds midfielder Jimmy Case joined Conference side Halifax Town from Bournemouth on a free transfer. He played 23 times for The Shaymen, netting twice. 1933 - Left-back Jack Tennant arrived at Anfield from Torquay United. He went on to appear 42 times for the reds before joining Bolton Wanderers in January 1936. 2010 - Markus Babbel was appointed Manager of Hertha BSC Berlin, leading them back into the top flight in his first campaign in charge, but was sacked last December. 2011 - Kevin Keen was re-appointed Caretaker Manager of West Ham United, following the sacking of Avram Grant. 2018 – Sammy Lee left as Assistant Manager of Everton, at the same time as his boss Sam Allardyce moved on. God signs on again 2006 - Robbie Fowler signed a new one-year contract, having impressed with five strikes in sixteen matches since his return. He went on to net seven times in 23 outings in his second season, moving on to Cardiff City in July 2007. 2008 – Second string keeper David Martin signed a new contract until June 2010, though he returned to MK Dons in May 2010, having spent much of his time away from Anfield on loan. 1902 – Defender Thomas Hunter was sold to Preston North End after appearing just four times since arriving from Scottish side Beith in September 1899. 2017 – Winger Paul Anderson signed for Mansfield Town from Northampton Town on a free transfer, having struck seven times in 39 outings for the Cobblers since signing from Bradford City in August 2016. Reds on target against Northern Ireland 1978 - Phil Neal netted his first England strike, the only goal of a British International Championships fixture at Wembley. Emlyn Hughes captained his country, with fellow clubmate Ray Clemence also playing. 1973 - Future red Kenny Dalglish was on target as Scotland lost 2-1 in the same tournament at Hampden. 1980 - He also turned out for his country, alongside clubmate Graeme Souness, as the Scots beat the same opposition 1-0 at Windsor Park. On the same day, Steve Heighway featured as the Republic of Ireland lost 1-0 to Argentina at Lansdowne Road. 1983 – Dalglish controversially played for the reds, scoring as we lost a friendly 4-3 to the Israeli national side in Tel-Aviv, despite having withdrawn from the Scottish squad for the upcoming British International Championships earlier that day. Beni Tabak scored all four for the home side, with centre-half John McGregor scoring our other two goals. Jan the Dane 1984 - Jan Mølby won his final cap as an Ajax player, and his eighth in total, as a substitute in Denmark’s 1-0 defeat by Czechoslovakia in a friendly in Prague. 1986 - He won his twentieth cap in a 1-0 friendly win over Poland in Copenhagen. More international marksmen 1991 - Future red Jari Litmanen scored as Finland beat Malta 2-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Helsinki. 1990 - He also played for his country as they drew 1-1 with the Republic of Ireland in a friendly in Dublin. The Irish goal was scored by ex-reds reserve Kevin Sheedy, while Ray Houghton, Steve Staunton and ex-red John Aldridge all also featured. On the same day, Gary Gillespie won his ninth cap in Scotland’s 3-1 friendly defeat by Egypt at Pittodrie. 2007 - Future red Krisztián Németh netted for Hungary Under-19’s as they drew 1-1 with Bulgaria in a European Championships Qualifier in Dublin. 2019 – Ki-Jana Hoever featured as the Dutch Under-17’s beat Spain 1-0 in their European Championships Semi-final in Dublin. For the university 1995 - We took part in a friendly in celebration of University College Dublin’s centenary season in 1994-95, winning 3-1 at Lansdowne Road. Robbie Fowler struck twice, with Jamie Redknapp also on target.
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    10th May

    King Kenny at Wembley 1978 - Kenny Dalglish netted the only goal of the game as we triumphed over Club Brugge in our tenth game to date at Wembley, to become the first British side to retain the European Cup. The King chipped the ball over the advancing Belgian keeper shortly after the hour mark following Graeme Souness’s clever pass to him. Clinching the double 1986 - We secured the second half of the double in the first all-Merseyside FA Cup Final. We became the first team to win the FA Cup without an Englishman in the team, with Ian Rush grabbing a brace, to go with Craig Johnston’s goal in our 3-1 victory after Gary Lineker had put the Blues in front at the break with one of his six goals past us. Even more Finals 1973 - We beat Borussia Mönchengladbach 3-0 at Anfield in the first leg of the UEFA Cup Final, to set us on course for our first European trophy. Kevin Keegan netted a brace, with Larry Lloyd also on the scoresheet, while both keepers saved a penalty in the game, from Keegan and Jupp Heynckes. The game had been abandoned the day before due to bad weather, with Shanks bringing in John Toshack for Brian Hall for the rearranged game. 1922 - We played in our first Charity Shield, losing 1-0 to FA Cup winners Huddersfield Town at Old Trafford, the last time this event was staged at the end of the season and the first time it was played outside of London. We were presented with the League title that day as well. Mo the best 2018 - Mohamed Salah was presented with the Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year award in London, towards the end of a season in which he notched 44 times in 52 games, helping us to reach the UEFA Champions League Final in Kiev. The beginning of the end for Roy 1998 - Roy Evans’ last game as sole Manager came as we lost 1-0 at Derby County in our most recent game on this day, our first game at their new Pride Park, with Paulo Wanchope on target with the first of his four strikes past us. We finished the season in third to qualify for the UEFA Cup, twelve points behind Manchester United in second. By the start of the next season Gérard Houllier was alongside him for a short-lived joint management venture. 2010 – Fulham boss Roy Hodgson was named LMA Manager of the Year by a record number of votes, having guided them to the UEFA Europa League Final. In comes Jonjo 2010 – Young midfielder Jonjo Shelvey signed from Charlton Athletic for £1.7m. He had become their youngest ever first-team player, appearing at Barnsley the age of sixteen years and 59 days in April 2008. He arrived at Anfield having bagged eight goals in 49 outings for the Addicks, moving on to Swansea City for £5m in July 2013 after seven strikes in 69 games. Happy birthdays 1988 - Adam Lallana was born in St. Albans. He signed from Southampton in July 2014 for £23m, so far notching 22 times in 178 outings for the reds, helping us to claim the FIFA Club World Cup last December. 1978 - Bruno Cheyrou was born in Suresnes, France. He made 48 senior reds appearances following his £3.7m capture from Lille OSC Métropole in July 2002, netting five times, and is now back in France with Nantes. 1953 - Midfielder Ian McDonald was born in Barrow-in-Furness. He moved to Anfield from Workington in 1974, but could not break into the first team. He moved on to Mansfield in July 1975, helping them to claim the Third Division title in 1976/77. Most recently 2015 - We drew 1-1 at Chelsea, with John Terry nodding the home side in front. Steven Gerrard headed in just before the break. We had given the recently-crowned champions a guard of honour as they came out onto the pitch, while Philippe Coutinho reached a century of reds games. For Thommo 1983 - A testimonial for reds stalwart Phil Thompson was staged at Anfield as an England XI won 2-0, with ex-reds skipper Emlyn Hughes guesting for the reds. Paul Mariner and Gary Shaw scored for the England side. 1996 - A Liverpool 88 XI drew 4-4 with Tranmere Rovers in a testimonial match for John Aldridge at Prenton Park. Don at the double 1995 – Ex-red Don Hutchison bagged a brace as we lost 3-0 at West Ham United, with midfielder Matty Holmes having opened the scoring. Red trebles 1947 - Centre-forward Albert Stubbins scored all our goals as we won 3-1 at Charlton Athletic. He also broke the cross-bar with a shot! 1914 - Centre-forward Tom Miller bagged a hat-trick as we beat Örgryte IS 4-1 in a friendly in Gothenburg, with Terris also on target. The pitch was actually a converted skating pond! Sam’s farewell 1907 - Sam Raybould left Anfield to join Sunderland. He was the first player to score a hundred League goals for the reds, a feat he achieved in 162 matches. He was top scorer with seventeen when we won the title for the first time in 1901 and struck a total of 130 goals in 226 reds games, having helped us to two League titles and the Second Division championship. He had signed from New Brighton Tower for £250 in January 1900. Up against Forest 1966 - We drew 1-1 at the City Ground with Gordon Milne on the scoresheet and Ian Storey-Moore scoring one of his five goals past us. 1989 - We also faced Forest in a top-flight meeting with John Aldridge nabbing the only goal of the game from the penalty spot late on at Anfield, three days after we had beaten them in the FA Cup Semi-final. International goalscorers 1967 - Tommy Smith bagged his second and final goal for England Under-23’s, converting a penalty as he skippered them to a 3-0 win over Austria in Hull. Clubmate Chris Lawler won his fourth and final cap at this level in the same game. 1994 - Future red John Scales netted for England B as they beat their Northern Ireland counterparts 4-2 at Hillsborough. Treble joy 1924 – We claimed the Lancashire Senior Cup for the third time, beating Manchester City 2-0 in a replay of the Final at Anfield, thanks to a Danny Shone brace. Liddell for FIFA 1947 - Billy Liddell appeared for a Great Britain side that beat a Rest of Europe team in an unofficial international at Hampden Park. The game was to commemorate the UK’s re-entry into FIFA. Thumping the Yanks 1964 - We trounced a New York All Stars side 7-1 on our US tour. Alf Arrowsmith and Ian St. John both netted twice with Phil Chisnall, Tommy Smith and Willie Stevenson all also on the scoresheet. Beating the Mancs 1919 – We beat Manchester United 4-0 at Anfield in a game played in aid of the National Footballers’ War Fund. Tom Miller bagged a brace, with John Bamber and Harry Chambers also on target. Released 2006 - Stéphane Henchoz and David Thompson were both released by Wigan Athletic. They had appeared 32 and ten times respectively for the Latics. Youngsters in action 2015 – Trent Alexander-Arnold played for England Under-17’s in their 1-1 with the Netherlands in the European Championships Finals in Bulgaria. Meanwhile, keeper Caoimhin Kelleher played as the Irish lost 2-0 to Italy in the same competition. 2013 – Future reds loanee Victor Moses scored the only goal as England Under-17’s beat France to reach the European Championships Final in Belgium. 2002 - Young red Mark Smyth played as England Under-17’s beat Spain 4-1 in the European Championships third place play-off in Denmark.
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    7th May

    Euro comeback 2019 – We entertained Barcelona in the second leg of our UEFA Champions League Semi-final, having lost the first meeting 3-0 and being without Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah due to injury. Divock Origi gave us an early lead, but we suffered another setback when left-back Andy Robertson had to be withdrawn at half time. However, substitute Gini Wijnaldum bagged a brace in a two-minute flurry before Origi completed a 4-0 rout from Trent Alexander-Arnold’s quickly taken corner. Forward Daniel Sturridge came on to make his 160th and last appearance for the club. Rush scored one, Rush scored two, Rush scored three and Rush scored four 1984 - Ian Rush bagged four goals, including a penalty, in our 5-0 demolition of Coventry City at Anfield. Alan Hansen netted the other goal. On our way to Wembley, but without the 96 1989 - We played our rearranged FA Cup Semi-final with Nottingham Forest at Old Trafford. The 3-1 victory was our first FA Cup Semi-final win without the need for a replay, setting up an emotional all-Merseyside final in the immediate aftermath of the Hillsborough disaster. John Aldridge netted a brace, either side of the last of Neil Webb’s five goals past us, with our other score coming from a Brian Laws own goal. Eleven in a row 2006 - Our final League game of the season resulted in a 3-1 victory at Portsmouth as we won our eleventh consecutive match. Robbie Fowler was on target before Peter Crouch grabbed our hundredth goal of the campaign, and a club record 21st from a substitute, and Djibril Cissé struck his sixth goal in nine outings. The only downside was an injury to Xabi Alonso that affected his involvement in the FA Cup Final a week later. This win took us to 82 points, our then highest tally in a 38-game season. Happy birthday Ed 1974 – Former joint Chief Scout Eduardo Macía was born in Valencia. He arrived from his hometown club in June 2006, explaining his role as “I work with Frankie McParland to look for players all over the world. We are always watching videos, going to games and talking to our scouts. It’s a very busy job but Liverpool is a fantastic club and I’m delighted to be here.” He left the club in December 2010, moving on to roles with Olympiacos and Fiorentina. Red endings 2000 - David Thompson played his 56th and final reds game, coming on as a substitute as Southampton held us to a goalless draw at Anfield in the Premiership. 1938 – Outside-left Alf Hanson appeared for the 177th and last time as we lost 2-0 at Stoke City in the top flight to end the season in eleventh. 1921 - Forward Peter McKinney made his third and final reds appearance in our 3-0 home defeat of Arsenal, with Harry Chambers, Dick Forshaw and Walter Wadsworth all scoring inside the first quarter of an hour. Four once more 1988 - We thumped Sheffield Wednesday 5-1, making this the twelfth game of the season that we had netted at least four goals. Craig Johnston and Peter Beardsley both struck twice with John Barnes also on target, with Beardsley and Ronnie Whelan both hitting the post. The Aussie’s last-minute strike was his fortieth and final reds goal. Jan Mølby moved to centre-half at half time as Alan Hansen was taken off as a precaution after straining a thigh. David Hirst netted the first of his four strikes against the reds, with four of the six goals in the game coming in the final three minutes. This remains our joint record victory over the Owls, although it was matched the following April. Second string champs 2008 – The reserves beat Aston Villa 3-0 in the play-off final at Anfield to become Barclays Premier Reserve League champions, thanks to goals from Krisztián Németh, Jordy Brouwer and Lucas Leiva. Pepe the champion 1999 - Pepe Reina played as Spain Under-16’s clinched the European Championships by beating Poland 4-1 in the Final in Olomouc in the Czech Republic. Off to a good start 1927 - Centre-forward Willie Devlin scored on his reds debut in our 3-3 draw at West Ham United, with Gordon Hodgson adding a brace in our final game of the season as we finished in ninth, as Tommy Lucas had a penalty saved. Devlin only played a further eighteen games, scoring fifteen goals in total before returning north of the border, to Heart Of Midlothian. Most recently 2017 – James Milner had a penalty saved as Southampton held us to a dire goalless draw at Anfield. Totally trottered 1932 - We were obliterated by Bolton Wanderers as they trounced us 8-1 at Burnden Park with Jack Milsom scoring four of his seven goals against the reds, one of five times we have conceded at least eight goals in the League. Danny McRorie netted our consolation early in the game as we ended the season on a sour note, finishing tenth. Ex-reds outside-right Dick Edmed was amongst the scorers, having joined the Trotters earlier that month. Ray Westwood struck two of his nine goals past us, with Frederick Wilson also on target. Obscure new signings 1909 - Right-back James Dunlop, brother of left-back Billy, signed for the reds. 1940 - Kenneth Seddon signed as an amateur. He was the son of Assistant Trainer Jimmy Seddon. Neither man played a first-team reds game. Managerial moves 2013 - Dean Saunders was sacked as Manager of Wolverhampton Wanderers after only four months in charge, during which he could not prevent them from being relegated from the Championship. 2012 – Ex-reds centre-half Mauricio Pellegrino was named as Manager of Valencia, staying in the post for only seven months before being sacked. 1998 - Kevin Keegan was appointed Fulham boss. He was only in charge for one season, guiding the Cottagers to the Second Division title. 1991 - Ex-reds wing-half Bobby Campbell resigned as Manager of Chelsea. He had been in charge for three years, leading them to the Second Division title in his first full season. Oggy’s end 2000 - Steve Ogrizovic was released as a player by Coventry City, after 601 first-team games. He is now goalkeeping coach for the Sky Blues. Youngsters in action 1958 - Tommy Younger captained Scotland for the first time while winning his 21st cap in their 1-1 friendly draw with Hungary at Hampden Park. 2013 – Future reds loanee Victor Moses bagged a brace for England Under-17’s as they beat the Netherlands 4-2 in a European Championships Finals group game in Belgium. Keeper Caoimhin Kelleher played as the Irish Under-17’s held the Netherlands to a goalless draw in a European Championships Finals group game in Bulgaria. A testimonial thriller 1981 - We lost by the odd goal in thirteen in a testimonial match for Swans defender Wyndham Evans at Swansea City. Disappointment against the Villains 1983 - We were held to a 1-1 draw at Anfield by Aston Villa, with Craig Johnston on the scoresheet after Nigel Spink had saved a penalty from Phil Neal. The referee ordered it to be re-taken, but he then saved his second kick as well! Gary Shaw was on target from the spot for the visitors. 1994 - Robbie Fowler netted as we lost another top-flight encounter 2-1 at Villa Park, the last match in front of the standing Holte End and our final game of the season as we finished in eighth, with Julian Dicks playing his 28th and final reds game and Don Hutchison turning out for the sixtieth and last time. Dwight Yorke bagged the first two of his eight goals past us. Meanwhile, travelling fans were glued to their radios as Everton somehow stayed up following their relegation decider with Wimbledon. Phil drives off 2003 - Defender Phil Brazier signed for Northwich Victoria on a free transfer from Vauxhall Motors. He had skippered us to victory in the FA Youth Cup in 1996. He played 36 times for them in the Conference before moving into management with Marine.
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    13th April

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