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  1. Will

    23rd October

    Happy birthdays 1951 – Forward David Johnson was born in Liverpool. The ex-Blue arrived from Ipswich Town in August 1976 for a club record £200,000 fee, and went on to win three League titles, European Cup, UEFA Super Cup and two FA Charity Shields, scoring 78 times in 213 reds games. He was the first player to score for both sides in Merseyside derbies, and returned to Goodison in August 1982 for £100,000. 1993 – Brazilian midfielder Fabinho was born in Campinas. He signed from Monaco for an initial £39m in July 2018, scoring three times in 122 outings across his first three seasons. He has so far helped us to claim the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and our first League title for thirty years. 1974 - Sander Westerveld was born in Enschede. The Dutch keeper made 103 reds appearances, helping us to five trophies in 2001 before being replaced by Jerzy Dudek, moving to Real Sociedad for £3.49m that December. He is now coaching for Ajax Cape Town in South Africa, where he ended his playing career. 1992 – Reserves forward Michael Ngoo was born in Walthamstow. He signed from Southend United in September 2009 for a potential fee of up to £250,000. He was released last summer after several loan spells away from Anfield, signing for Kilmarnock in August 2014. Debutants 1993 - Dominic Matteo made his reds bow in our 1-1 draw at Manchester City, when Ian Rush netted a late equaliser after David White had opened the scoring with the last of his five strikes past us. 1991 - Jamie Redknapp made his debut at the Stade de l’Abbé-Deschamps as we lost 2-0 to Auxerre in the first leg of our UEFA Cup Second Round tie with Bruce Grobbelaar in fine form to keep the score down. 1937 - Forwards Willie Fagan and John Shafto both debuted in our 1-1 draw with Leicester City, with Alf Hanson on target for the reds at Anfield. 1926 - We also entertained the Foxes in the First Division, when Harry Chambers netted the only goal of the game very late on. Milestone games 1971 - Ian Callaghan played his 500th reds game as we beat Huddersfield Town 2-0 in a League match at Anfield. Tommy Smith had a penalty saved by keeper David Lawson but he reacted quickly to score from the rebound, with Alun Evans also on target. 1976 – Ray Kennedy scored as we drew 1-1 with Leeds United at Elland Road, with Phil Neal making the first of his club record 417 consecutive appearances. Off the mark 1897 – Right-winger Bobby Marshall nabbed his only two reds goals as we beat Derby County 4-2 at Anfield after Joe McQue and Dan Cunliffe had also struck. Steve Bloomer struck one of his fourteen goals against us, with Alexander Maconnachie also on target for the Rams. Against the Addicks We have faced Charlton Athletic twice on this day in history 1996 – We returned from Selhurst Park with a 1-1 League Cup Third Round draw when Robbie Fowler grabbed our goal. 2004 - John Arne Riise and Luis García struck as we won our Premiership meeting 2-0. This was our 2,000th League match at Anfield. Keeping ends 1999 - Brad Friedel played his 31st and final reds game in our 1-1 draw at Southampton. Titi Camara grabbed our late equaliser after Norwegian midfielder Trond Egil Soltvedt had netted. 1920 - Goalkeeper Harry McNaughton played his only reds game, helping us to a home derby victory. Dick Forshaw nabbed the only goal of the game. Also in Europe 2019 – We won 4-1 at Koninklijke Racing Club Genk in the UEFA Champions League group stage with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain netting either side of half time. Sadio Mané and Mohamed Salah both scored late on before Stephen Odey grabbed a late consolation. 1974 - We entertained Hungarians Ferencvárosi when Kevin Keegan struck as we were held to a draw in the Second Round of the European Cup Winners’ Cup, with keeper István Géczi in outstanding form. The visitors bagged a very late equaliser through Mate that eventually saw us crash out at this Second Round stage on the away goals rule. Egged 1965 – We lost 3-0 at West Bromwich Albion. During the game, a hard-boiled egg was thrown onto the pitch, which Tommy Smith handed over to the referee, who stopped the game while he spoke to the police, with a loudspeaker announcement threatening to call off the game. Tony Brown opened the scoring with the first of his eight goals past us, with Clive Clark bagging one of his seven and John Kaye one of his four. Ex-reds in charge 1993 - Phil Neal was appointed Manager of Coventry City following the resignation of Bobby Gould. He remained in the post for sixteen months, only losing twenty of his 67 games in charge. His major legacy to the club was selling Phil Babb to the reds, and signing Dion Dublin, as well as ex-red Mike Marsh. 2006 - Paul Ince was appointed Player/Manager of Macclesfield Town. He led them to fourteen victories in 35 games and remained in charge until June 2007, when he left to take over at MK Dons. 1998 - Nigel Clough signed for Burton Albion from Manchester City as Player/Manager. He led them into the Conference, moving on to take over at Derby County in January 2009. 2013 – Clough was appointed Manager of Sheffield United, leading them to an eleventh-place finish in League One and the FA Cup Semi-Final in his first season in charge. Gordon for the FA 1963 - Gordon Milne turned out for an England side as they faced a Rest of the World eleven in an FA Centenary game at Wembley, winning 2-1. Up against the Shakers 1915 - We lost 2-1 at Gigg Lane in a Wartime League match with Fred Pagnam grabbing our consolation. 1954 - Bury held us to a 1-1 draw in our Second Division meeting, with Eric Anderson on the scoresheet. Stan Pearson struck one of his eleven goals against the reds. Beating Boro 1948 - Jack Balmer and Albert Stubbins struck as we beat Middlesbrough 4-0 in a top-flight meeting at Anfield. Billy Liddell converted a penalty, with the scoring completed by a Billy Whitaker own goal. 2013 – Ex-reds centre-half Daniel Ayala joined Middlesbrough on loan from Norwich City, making the move permanent three months later for £350,000. Farewells 1915 - Centre-forward Tommy Gracie died in Glasgow. He signed from Everton for £150 in February 1912, but only managed to score five times in 34 appearances for the reds, returning north of the border to join Heart Of Midlothian in May 1914. 1911 – Outside-right Andrew Kelvin died aged just 42. He signed from his hometown club Kilmarnock in 1892, returning there after just six reds games the following year. 1870 – Scottish half-back Tom Cleghorn died. He signed from Blackburn Rovers in March 1896, scoring once in seventy games before moving to Portsmouth in August 1899. He helped Pompey to claim both the Southern Football League First Division and Western Football League First Division titles in 1901/02, ending his career with Plymouth Argyle. Other reds game 1982 – Mark Lawrenson was on target as we drew 1-1 at Stoke City with Mickey Thomas scoring a spectacular equaliser. Youngsters in action 2015 – Herbie Kane won his fifteenth and last cap for England Under-17’s as they drew 0-0 with South Korea in a World Championship Finals group game in Colombia. 2010 - Adam Morgan, Matty Regan and Raheem Sterling all featured as England Under-17’s beat Poland 1-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Georgia. 2002 – Future reds coach Gary O’Neil scored on his debut for England Under-20’s as they won a friendly 2-1 in Germany. Michael is officially the best 2000 - Michael Owen was named the Premiership’s Young Player of the Month for September. He had scored six goals during the month, including a hat-trick against Aston Villa, and he was the unanimous choice of the League Managers’ Association to secure the award.
  2. Will

    19th September

    In comes Ronnie 1979 - Ronnie Whelan arrived from Irish side Home Farm on a free transfer. He went on to make 493 reds appearances, scoring 73 times and winning six League titles, one European Cup, two FA Cups, three League Cups and three FA Charity Shields before joining Southend United on a free transfer in September 1994. Happy birthdays 1937 - Utility player Geoff Strong was born in Kirkheaton, Northumberland. He made 201 reds appearances after moving from Arsenal in November 1964 for a club record £40,000, netting 33 times and winning a League title medal and the FA Charity Shield the year after helping us to our first ever FA Cup triumph. He left the reds to join Coventry City for £29,500 in August 1970. Sadly, he died in June 2013 after suffering with Alzheimer’s disease. 1940 - Winger Kevin Lewis was born in Ellesmere Port. He played 82 games in his three years at Anfield after signing from Sheffield United for a club record £13,000 in June 1960 as Bill Shankly’s second capture, helping us to the Second Division title and scoring an impressive 44 times. He returned to Yorkshire in August 1963 to join Huddersfield Town. 1929 - Forward Tony Rowley was born in Porthcawl. He bagged a treble on his debut after signing from Stourbridge in October 1953, going on to net 38 times in 61 reds games. He moved to Third Division Tranmere Rovers in March 1958, continuing to score at a rate of one goal every other game. For Cally 1977 - A testimonial match for Ian Callaghan was staged at Anfield against Bill Shankly’s Lancashire XI. Cally scored in the reds’ 4-2 defeat, with our other score coming from an own goal. 1955 – A benefit match for left-back Eddie Spicer was held in front of 41,266 at Anfield, with a ‘Liverton’ side facing a Lancashire XI that included Bert Trautmann, Stanley Matthews and Don Revie. He was decorated for bravery whilst serving with the Royal Marines in the Second World War, going on to score twice in 168 reds games, helping us to the first post-war League title as well as playing in the 1950 FA Cup Final. Unfortunately, a second broken leg had ended his career in December 1953. Signing on 2020 - Diogo Jota signed from Wolverhampton Wanderers for £41m, with Ki-Jana Hoever moving in the opposite direction for an initial £9m after one goal in four senior games. Jota scored thirteen times in thirty appearances in his first season at Anfield. On the same day, forward Taiwo Awoniyi joined Union Berlin on loan, scoring five times in 22 games that season. Hat-tricks 2010 – Dimitar Berbatov grabbed three of his five goals to date past us as we lost 3-2 at Manchester United. Steven Gerrard struck both our goals as we came from two goals behind, a free-kick and then one from the spot, but the home side struck a late winner. 1925 - Dick Forshaw bagged a treble in our 5-0 thumping of Manchester United at Anfield, with Harry ‘Smiler’ Chambers and Archie Rawlings also on the scoresheet. He struck eight reds hat-tricks in all, including one against Everton a week later, and another against United eleven months later. 1931 - Legendary blue Dixie Dean bagged a treble as Everton beat the reds 3-1, three of his nineteen derby strikes, with centre-forward Dave Wright netting our consolation. 1953 - Louis Bimpson grabbed all four goals of our game against Burnley at Anfield to record our hundredth competitive hat-trick. Right-back Bert Childs played the first of just two reds games while Billy Liddell reached 300 outings for the club. European records 1967 - We played our first ever game in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, winning 2-0 at Swedes Malmö FF, thanks to a brace of headers from Tony Hateley. 1973 - Only 7,000 turned up for the opening game of our European Cup campaign at the Stade de la Frontière, the lowest attendance of any reds game in Europe, home or away, with some sources stating the gate to be as low as 5,000. Brian Hall opened the scoring, but we could only draw 1-1 with Luxembourg’s Jeunesse D’Esch with Gilbert Dussier nabbing a late equaliser. Last outings 2017 – Right-back Jon Flanagan and keeper Danny Ward both played their last reds games as we lost 2-0 at Leicester City in the Third Round of the League Cup, thanks to second-hald goals from Shinji Okazaki and Islam Slimani. Defensive debutants 1910 - Legendary full-back Ephraim Longworth made his reds bow in our 2-0 defeat at Sheffield United, with Joe Kitchen bagging two of his eight goals against the reds, including one from the spot. It was the first of his 370 reds appearances. Jack Parkinson suffered concussion when heading the ball, leaving the reds down to ten men. 1903 – Half-back John ‘Geezer’ Hughes and full-back James McLean both debuted as we lost 2-1 at Sunderland, with Jimmy Gemmell bagging a brace before Billy Dunlop nabbed our consolation. 1992 - Torben Piechnik made his reds debut as we lost 4-2 at Aston Villa, when Mark Walters and Ronnie Rosenthal were on target. However, the game is probably most widely remembered for Rosenthal’s shocking miss, as he hit the bar from a few yards out of an open goal. Ex-red Dean Saunders bagged a brace, two of his four strikes past the reds, with Dalian Atkinson scoring one of his four goals against us and Garry Parker also on target. 1981 - We also faced the Villains, being held to a goalless draw at Anfield with visiting keeper Jimmy Rimmer giving a virtuoso display. Tony off 1968 – Tony Hateley was sold to Coventry City after 28 strikes in 56 outings. He had arrived from Chelsea for a then club record £96,000 fee in June 1967. Dirk again 2009 - Dirk Kuyt scored in his third consecutive reds game as we won a League game 3-2 at West Ham United. Fernando Torres bagged a brace as we twice saw a lead cancelled out, by Alesssandro Diamanti and then Carlton Cole, before he finally secured victory by heading home from a cross by substitute Ryan Babel. Sub at the double 1972 - Phil Boersma struck twice in our 5-1 thumping of Carlisle United at Anfield in a League Cup Second Round replay, so becoming our first goalscoring substitute in the competition, having replaced John Toshack with the game still scoreless. Kevin Keegan, Chris Lawler and Steve Heighway also netted, with Tommy Smith having a penalty saved. Another record for the Kop 1989 - The Kop was recorded for use on “Kenny D, The Pride Of Liverpool” by the Liverpool FC 1989 Squad featuring Peter Howitt as we thumped struggling Third Division outfit Wigan Athletic 5-2 in a League Cup tie. Glenn Hysén headed us in front before a thunderous Bryan Griffiths free-kick levelled the match. David Thompson then sensationally put the visitors ahead on 55 minutes before Ian Rush grabbed a brace, with Peter Beardsley and John Barnes also netting, although he also had a penalty saved by keeper Nigel Adkins. This was Digger’s hundredth reds game. More derby disappointment We have faced our neighbours from across the park on four more occasions on this day in history, without securing a victory. 1936 - We lost 2-0 away, thanks to an Alex Stevenson goal and the last of Dixie Dean nineteen derby strikes. 1964 – We were thumped 4-0 at home in another top-flight meeting, with ex-red Johnny Morrissey, Derek Temple, Fred Pickering and Colin Harvey on target. Roger Hunt played his 200th League game for the reds that day. 1942 - Cyril Done and Billy Liddell on target as we drew 4-4 in a Wartime League game at Goodison, with Dickie Dorsett scoring twice. 1945 – Jack Balmer bagged a brace, including a penalty, as we were held to a 3-3 draw in a Lancashire Senior Cup First Round tie across the park, with Les Shannon also netting. Red centurions 1959 - Louis Bimpson played his hundredth reds game in our 2-1 Second Division win at Derby County, thanks to goals from Alan A’Court and Roger Hunt. 1998 – Dominic Matteo reached a century of reds games as Charlton Athletic held us to a 3-3 draw at Anfield. Richard Rufus headed the visitors in front, before Robbie Fowler equalised from the spot. Clive Mendonca restored the Addicks’ lead with goals from Patrik Berger and Fowler again putting us ahead. However, Steve Jones nabbed a late leveller as the reds produced a nightmare defensive performance. A youthful hat-trick 2001 - Florent Sinama-Pongolle bagged a treble for France in their 5-1 defeat of Japan at the Under-17 World Championships in Tobago, with club-mate Anthony Le Tallec also in the team. The French therefore qualified for the knock-out phase, going on to win the tournament. 2007 – Future reds reserves forward Nikola Sarić was on target for Denmark Under-17’s as they beat the Ukraine 2-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Galway, with future reds centre-back Danny Wilson playing for Scotland as they were thumped 4-0 by Slovakia in another qualifier in Kirkcaldy. Also in Europe We have played three more games in Europe’s top competition on this day in history. 2001 - We played out a dour goalless draw at Ballspielverein Borussia 09 e.V. Dortmund in the first group stage of the Champions League. 1984 - John Wark volleyed the only goal of our match with Lech Poznań in Poland. 1979 - David Johnson and Jimmy Case were on the scoresheet as we beat Dinamo Tbilisi 2-1 at Anfield. Mixed fortunes at Gigg Lane We have twice visited Bury in the top flight on this day in history. 1896 - Malcolm McVean and George Allan struck as we won 2-1 1927 - Willie Devlin added to a Laurie Crown own goal as we lost 5-2. Norman Bullock and Jack Ball bagged a brace each, with Wally Amos also netting. Loris debuts 2009 – Future reds keeper Loris Karius won his only cap for Germany Under-17’s as they beat Serbia 1-0. Olympian reds 2000 - Brad Friedel played in the USA’s 3-1 defeat of Kuwait in the Olympics in Melbourne. Meanwhile, future red Milan Baroš appeared for the Czech Republic in their 1-1 draw with Cameroon in Brisbane in the same group. St. Michael’s first treble 1987 - Ex-red Michael Owen scored his first ever hat-trick, for Mold Alexandra against Caergwrle in the Clwyd Junior League. Other reds games 1970 – We beat Nottingham Forest 3-0 at Anfield, thanks to goals from Bobby Graham, Peter Thompson and Alun Evans. 1957 – Alan Arnell and Jimmy Melia netted as we drew a Second Division encounter 2-2 at Rotherham United. 1908 – Joe Hewitt bagged a brace as we thumped Bradford City 4-0 in L4, with Jack Parkinson and Ronald Orr also on the scoresheet. Also on the move 2014 – Centre-half Ben Davies joined Tranmere Rovers on a one-month loan from Preston North End, appearing four times. Also in international action 1994 – Future red Haukr Ingi Guðnason played for Iceland Under-17’s as they shared a goalless draw with Scotland in a European Championships qualifier.
  3. Will

    5th September

    Off the mark 1959 - Winger Johnny Morrissey nabbed his first reds goal as we suffered a 2-1 Second Division defeat at Sheffield United when we conceded two penalties inside three minutes, both converted by Graham Shaw. 1928 - We also faced the Blades, losing our top-flight meeting at Anfield 2-1, with Dick Edmed nabbing our consolation. Scottish-born South African international left-back Jimmy Gray played his only reds game. Fred Tunstall bagged one of his eight goals past us, with Thomas Boyle also on target. Deano not guilty 1992 - We beat Chelsea 2-1 at Anfield, our most recent game on this day in history. Dean Saunders, who headed us in front, injured Paul Elliott in a challenge that ended his career, for which Deano was later unsuccessfully sued. Jamie Redknapp netted our last-minute winner after Mick Harford’s equaliser, the last of his six goals past us, while this was Saunders’ 61st and final reds game before moving to Aston Villa. 1908 - We also beat the Blues at Anfield by the same score, when Ronald Orr grabbed a brace and George Hilsdon bagged one of his five goals against the reds. A refereeing record 1896 - Referee C.E. Sutcliffe disallowed six goals in our First Division match at Blackburn Rovers, still a League record. He only permitted one strike to count, unfortunately scored by Rovers’ Jim Stuart. Inside-forward Willie Michael made his debut as a replacement for Harry Bradshaw who was “suffering from an old injury to his ear.” Debutants galore 1903 - Sydney Smith scored on his reds debut, although we lost 2-1 at Nottingham Forest in our season opener, with forward Fred Buck and right-back John Chadburn also making their reds bows. Grenville Morris netted one of his six goals past us, with Alf Spouncer also on target. 1967 - We travelled to the City Ground again, with Emlyn Hughes bagging the only goal of the game, as Gerry Byrne played his 300th reds game. 1934 - Centre-half Norman Low debuted in our 2-1 home win over Manchester City, deputising for Tom Bradshaw. Sam English and Gordon Hodgson netted our goals, with the latter missing his first spot-kick for the reds, while Fred Tilson struck one of his six goals against us. Nice one Cyril 1942 - Cyril Done bagged a treble as we beat Wrexham 4-0 in a Wartime League game at Anfield. Dickie Dorsett struck the other. Red departures 1895 – Scottish outside-right Neil Kerr was sold to Nottingham Forest after three goals in twelve outings since arriving from Rangers in June 1894. 1980 – Left-back Brian Kettle moved on to Wigan Athletic. He signed for the reds in May 1973 but only made four senior appearances as his route to the first-team was blocked first by Alec Lindsay, then Joey Jones and Alan Kennedy. An Addicks first 1936 - Charlton Athletic played their first ever home game in the First Division as we held them to a 1-1 draw at The Valley, with Alf Hanson on the scoresheet. Off the mark 2020 – Harvey Elliott and Sepp van den Berg both bagged their first reds goals as we thumped Blackpool 7-2 in a behind-closed-doors friendly at Anfield. Joël Matip, Sadio Mané, Roberto Firmino, Takumi Minamino and Divock Origi all also got on the scoresheet. Rare reds 1933 – Inside-forward Harold Jones made his only senior appearance in our 5-1 thumping at Anfield by Preston North End. Bill Jones scored our goal, with Tom Finney netting a treble for the visitors, the last of his five goals against the reds. Charlie Wayman scored one of his six past us, with Gordon Kaile and also scoring for PNE. 1972 – Keeper Frank Lane played his second and final reds game as we drew a League Cup second Round tie 1-1 at Carlisle United with Kevin Keegan bagging our goal. We won the replay, eventually being knocked out by Tottenham Hotspur in the Fifth Round. International shame 1998 - Reds midfielder Paul Ince became only the sixth England player to be sent off, as they lost 2-1 to Sweden in a Euro 2000 qualifier in Stockholm. Michael Owen won his tenth cap in this game, having a goal disallowed for offside, while Jamie Redknapp also featured. On the same day, Wales lost 2-0 to Italy in a qualifier played at Anfield. Ex-red Dean Saunders and future red Paul Jones both appeared for the Welsh. Also on the same day, Steve Staunton won his first cap in his second spell as a reds player as the Republic of Ireland beat Croatia 2-0 in another qualifier at Lansdowne Road. Fellow reds Phil Babb and Jason McAteer and future red Robbie Keane also played. Future red Fernando Morientes was on target as Spain lost 3-2 in Cyprus, while future reds Markus Babbel, Sami Hyypiä and Jari Litmanen all also featured in qualifiers. Haukur Ingi Gudnason won his first cap as a reds player as Iceland Under-21’s lost 2-0 to France in a European Championships qualifier, with future reds Milan Baroš and Frode Kippe also playing for their countries. Nuri’s day 1988 – Turkish international midfield loanee signing Nuri Şahin was born in Lüdenscheid, Germany. He joined for the season from Real Madrid in August 2012, netting three times in twelve games before re-joining Ballspielverein Borussia 09 e.V. Dortmund on loan in January 2013. On the move 1998 - Bruce Grobbelaar signed for Bury from Chesham United on non-contract terms. He only made one senior appearance before moving on again to Lincoln City. 1938 – Scottish centre-half Tom ‘Tiny’ Bradshaw was sold to Third Lanark for £600. He had signed from Bury for £8,000 in January 1930, netting four times in 291 reds games. World Cup scorers 2001 - Several reds were on the mark for their countries in World Cup qualifiers. Michael Owen struck England’s opener in their 2-0 defeat of Albania at St. James’ Park, with Robbie Fowler netting his final international goal to send them top of their group. Nick Barmby, Jamie Carragher, Steven Gerrard and Emile Heskey all also featured, as did ex-red Steve McManaman. Meanwhile, Jari Litmanen scored from the spot in Finland’s 5-1 thumping of Greece in Helsinki. His club-mate Sami Hyypiä also played. Imminent red Milan Baroš was also on target as the Czech Republic saw off Malta 3-2 in Teplice. Bolo Zenden bagged his first goal as a Chelsea player as the Netherlands beat Estonia 5-0 in Eindhoven. Craig Bellamy nabbed his first goal for Wales while with Newcastle United as they lost 3-2 in Norway, with John Arne Riise, ex-red Øyvind Leonhardsen and future red Paul Jones all also featuring. Also in international action that day were Jerzy Dudek, ex-reds Brad Friedel, Don Hutchison, Jim Magilton and Dominic Matteo and future red Fernando Morientes. 2009 – Ex-red John Arne Riise netted as Norway drew 1-1 with Iceland in a World Cup qualifier in Reykjavik. Ex-red Daniel Sjölund played for Finland as they won 2-1 in Azerbaijan, coming on as a substitute and later himself being replaced. On the same day, ex-red Robbie Keane was on target in the Republic of Ireland’s 2-1 win in Cyprus, while ex-red Milan Baroš struck as the Czech Republic drew 2-2 with Martin Škrtel’s Slovakia in Bratislava. Kolo Touré won his first cap since joining Manchester City in their 5-0 trouncing of Burkina Faso in Abidjan. Yossi Benayoun, Steven Gerrard, Glen Johnson, Dirk Kuyt, Albert Riera, Fernando Torres, Andriy Voronin and future reds Ragnar Klavan, Raul Meireles, James Milner, Christian Poulsen, Mamadou Sakho and Luis Suárez, and ex-reds Xabi Alonso, Nicolas Anelka, Álvaro Arbeloa, Emile Heskey, Jari Litmanen and Rigobert Song also featured in internationals that day. 2018 – Ex-red Martin Škrtel played for his country again, with Curtis Jones in action for England Under-18’s. Thumped in the North East 1892 - W. MacArthur scored a first-half hat-trick as Middlesbrough Ironopolis beat us 5-0 at their Paradise Ground in a friendly. Joy against the Seasiders We twice faced Blackpool in top-flight fixtures on this day in the 1960’s, scoring twice on each occasion, and not tasting defeat. 1964 - Peter Thompson and Roger Hunt were on the scoresheet as we were held to a 2-2 draw in L4, with Ray Charnley bagging a brace for the visitors, two of his eight goals past us. 1966 - The same reds players netted as we won 2-1 at Bloomfield Road. Willie Stevenson had a penalty saved by Blackpool goalkeeper Alan Taylor shortly after Bobby Waddell had equalised, but Hunt grabbed a late winner. Level with the Londoners We have twice faced both Arsenal and West Ham United on this day in history, winning once and drawing on the other three occasions. 1925 - We were held to a goalless draw at Anfield by the Hammers. 1987 - John Aldridge was on target from the spot as we left Upton Park with a 1-1 draw, with Tony Cottee equalising for the home side, one of his eight goals against the reds. 1951 - We held the Gunners to a goalless draw at Highbury. 1981 - Terry McDermott and David Johnson were on the scoresheet as we beat Arsenal 2-0 at Anfield. Yossi off the mark 1999 - Future red Yossi Benayoun bagged his first senior international goal as Israel lost a Euro 2000 qualifier 3-2 in Cyprus. 2002 - He won his first cap as a Real Racing Club de Santander player in their 5-0 friendly win in Luxembourg. Kozma on target 1990 - Future red István Kozma netted in Hungary’s 4-1 defeat of Turkey in a friendly in Budapest, his only senior goal for his country. On the same day, Glenn Hysén skippered Sweden as they lost a home friendly 1-0 to Denmark. 1989 – He joined Dunfermline Athletic in a £550,000 move from Girondins de Bordeaux. He struck nine times in 103 games for the Pars, including featuring in the 1991 League Cup Final. Other international scorers 2020 - Diogo Jota scored his only goal as a Wolverhampton Wanderers player as Portugal beat Croatia 4-1 in a UEFA Nations League group game in Porto. Ex-red Raheem Sterling scored from the spot as Danny Ings won his first cap as a Southampton player in England’s 1-0 win in Iceland. Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez and ex-reds Dejan Lovren and Simon Mignolet all also played for their countries that day. Kirkland’s farewell 2003 - Chris Kirkland won his eighth and final England Under-21’s cap as they were held to a 1-1 draw in a European Championships qualifier in FYR Macedonia. Future red Jermaine Pennant won his only cap while on loan at Leeds United in the same game, with fellow future reds Glen Johnson and Paul Konchesky also featuring. Alou Diarra, Anthony Le Tallec, Florent Sinama-Pongolle and future red Raul Meireles also played in Under-21’s qualifiers on the same day, while John Toshack took charge of Wales as they lost 2-0 to Brazil in a friendly at White Hart Lane, with Craig Bellamy and ex-red Paul Jones playing. Young debutants 2006 - Paul Anderson, Adam Hammill and Craig Lindfield all made their debuts for England Under-19’s as they were held to a goalless draw by the Netherlands in a friendly in Walsall. Meanwhile, Florent Sinama-Pongolle struck as France Under-21’s beat Slovenia 2-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Amiens. Besian Idrizaj faced future red Alberto Aquilani, while Craig Bellamy and ex-red Paul Jones all also featured for their countries that day. 2008 – Future red Mario Balotelli scored as he won his first cap for Italy Under-21’s in their 1-1 European Championships qualifying draw with Greece in Castel di Sangro. Keeper Nikolay Mihaylov played for Bulgaria Under-21’s on the same day. 2019 – Ki-Jana Hoever debuted for the Dutch Under-18’s as they beat Denmark 2-1, while Curtis Jones made his England Under-19’s bow in their 3-1 defeat of Greece in Burton. On the same day, Rafael Camacho bagged his only goal for Portugal Under-20’s as they drew 2-2 with Switzerland. Future red Takumi Minamino scored as Japan beat Paraguay 2-0 in Ibariki, with ex-red Krisztián Németh captaining Hungary as they lost a friendly 2-1 in Montenegro More international starts 2016 – Joe Allen made his first appearance for Wales since joining Stoke City in their 4-0 World Cup Qualifying thumping of Moldova in Cardiff, with Kamil Grabara and future red Thiago Alcântara also playing for their countries. 2015 - Nathaniel Clyne and James Milner both won their first caps as reds players as Roy Hodgson’s England thumped San Marino 6-0 in a Euro 2016 qualifier in Serravalle, as ex-red Jonjo Shelvey became the first Swansea City player to be capped by England with future red Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also in action. Xherdan Shaqiri won his first cap as a Stoke City player as Switzerland beat Slovenia 3-2 in another qualifier. Meanwhile, future red Sadio Mané struck as Senegal won an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier 2-0 in Namibia. On the same day, Philippe Coutinho played as Brazil beat Costa Rica 1-0 in a friendly in New Jersey, with Herbie Kane, future red Ragnar Klavan and ex-red Oussama Assaidi also in international action. 2014 - Coutinho won his first cap as a reds player as Brazil beat Colombia 1-0 in a friendly in Miami, with Sadio Mané playing for Senegal for the first time since joining Southampton in their 2-0 defeat of Egypt in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Dakar. On the same day, Tom Ince played his first game for England Under-21’s since joining Hull City as they beat Lithuania 1-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Kaunas. Meanwhile, Jordon Ibe and Lloyd Jones both debuted as England Under-20’s thrashed Romania 6-0 in a friendly in Telford, with future red Kostas Tsimikas winning his first cap for Greece Under-19’s as they lost 2-1 in Finland. Emre can played for Germany Under-21’s for the first time since joining the reds in their 2-0 European Championships qualifying defeat of the Republic of Ireland in Halle. Future red Dominic Solanke netted as England Under-18’s beat the Netherlands 3-1 in Bury, with Sheyi Ojo also in action. Danny Ward and future reds Naby Keïta and Mohamed Salah also played for their countries. 2017 – Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and future red Alisson Becker all played as Brazil drew 1-1 in a World Cup qualifier in Colombia. Dejan Lovren also featured in a qualifier that day, while Mohamed Salah scored his first goal as a reds player in Egypt’s 1-0 defeat of Uganda in Alexandria. Ex-red Iago Aspas came off the bench to bag a brace as Spain trounced Liechtenstein 8-0 in Vaduz. Ex-red Joe Allen netted as Wales won a qualifier 2-0 in Moldova, with Sadio Mané on target in Senegal’s 2-2 draw in Burkina Faso. Sheyi Ojo won his only cap for England Under-21’s as they beat Latvia 3-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Bournemouth, with Trent Alexander-Arnold debuting at this level, Joe Gomez captaining the side and Dominic Solanke also playing, with Corey Whelan in action for the Irish Under-21’s and Ben Woodburn, future red Thiago Alcântara and ex-red Nuri Şahin also in international action. 2011 – Andre Wisdom made his debut for England Under-21’s as they thumped Israel 4-1 in a friendly at Oakwell, with Jonjo Shelvey and future reds Steven Caulker and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also in action. Ex-reds reserve Chris Mavinga won his first cap for France at the same level in their 1-0 defeat to Portugal in a friendly in Rio Maior. Meanwhile, Lucas Leiva played for the senior Brazil side as they beat Ghana 1-0 at Craven Cottage. 2013 – Wisdom skippered England Under-21’s as they beat Moldova 1-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Reading. Jordon Ibe scored on his debut for England Under-19’s as they thumped Estonia 6-1 in a friendly in Tallinn, while Krisztián Adorján converted a penalty as Hungary beat Bosnia-Herzegovina 4-1 in a European Championships qualifier. Sheyi Ojo featured for England Under-18’s on the same day, with Suso and future red Alberto Moreno playing for Spain Under-21’s. 2008 – El-Hadji Diouf played his first international since moving to Sunderland as Senegal lost 3-2 to Algeria in a World Cup qualifier in Blida. On the same day, Damien Plessis appeared for France Under-21’s as they thumped Malta 5-0 in Boulogne-sur-Mer while James Milner scored in his third consecutive game for England Under-21’s, converting a penalty while winning his first cap since moving permanently to Aston Villa in their 2-0 European Championships qualifying defeat of Portugal at Wembley. 2004 - Rigobert Song won his first cap as a Galatasaray player, and ninetieth overall, as Cameroon lost a World Cup qualifier 3-2 in Egypt. On the same day, Salif Diao faced future red Momo Sissoko as Mali and Senegal drew 2-2 in another qualifier in Bamako, while future red Kolo Touré played in the Ivory Coast’s 5-0 thumping of Sudan in Abidjan. New job 2011 - Andrew Parkinson started work as the club’s Operations Director. He is the great grandson of pre-First World War forward Jack Parkinson. Other reds games 1970 – Alun Evans equalised as we were held to a 1-1 draw at Anfield by Manchester United. Brian Kidd headed in the first of his six goals against the reds. 1931 – We beat Aston Villa 2-0 in L4, with Dave Wright bagging a brace. 1925 – West Ham United held us to a goalless draw at home. 1923 – We lost 2-1 at Birmingham City. Moses Lane struck before John Bradford scored one of his fifteen past us. Jimmy Walsh struck our consolation. 1914 – Arthur Metcalf was on target as we drew 1-1 with Notts County at Anfield. Digger’s debut 1981 - Future red John Barnes made his debut for Watford as a substitute in their 1-1 draw with Oldham Athletic at Vicarage Road. Also in international action 1989 – Future red Stig Inge Bjørnebye played for Norway as they held France to a 1-1 draw in a World Cup qualifier in Oslo. On the same day, future red Michael Thomas captained an England Under-21’s side that included David Burrows and future red Paul Ince as they lost a European Championships qualifier in Sweden, with future red Øyvind Leonhardsen also in action at that level. 1993 – Future red Abel Xavier played for Portugal in their 2-0 World Cup qualifying win in Estonia. 1995 – Vladimír Šmicer featured for the Czech Republic Under-21’s as they lost 2-1 to Norway in a European Championships qualifier. 1997 – Future red Alex Manninger played for Austria Under-21’s as they were thumped 4-0 at home by Sweden in a European Championships qualifier.
  4. Will

    1st September

    Dan the man 1989 – Forward Daniel Sturridge was born in Birmingham. He signed from Chelsea for £12m in January 2013, netting an impressive 67 times in 160 reds games before being released in June 2019. 2013 – He scored the only goal of David Moyes’ Manchester United’s League visit to Anfield in just the fourth minute. 1993 – Ex-reds left-back Jack Robinson was born in Warrington. He became the club’s then youngest ever player when he debuted at Hull City in May 2010 aged just sixteen years and 250 days. He was sold to Queens Park Rangers in August 2014, scoring twice in 39 outings before moving on to Nottingham Forest in June 2018. The very beginning 1892 - We played our first ever game, beating reigning Midland League champions Rotherham Town 7-1 in a friendly that kicked off at Anfield at 5.30pm on a Thursday evening. 1894 - We played our first ever First Division game, drawing 1-1 at Blackburn Rovers, with Harry Bradshaw putting the reds in front before Coombe Hall equalised for the home side. Unfortunately, we were relegated at the end of the season. Outside-left John Drummond played the first of eighteen senior reds games, with keeper Bill McCann making the first of his seventeen outings. Rams hit for six 2007 - Ryan Babel scored his first reds goal as we thumped Derby County 6-0 at Anfield to go into the international break on top of the table for the first time in five seasons. Xabi Alonso and Fernando Torres each bagged a brace, with Andriy Voronin also on target. Birth of the Kop 1906 - Joe Hewitt bagged the only goal of our game against Stoke at Anfield as the Kop stand was used for the first time, in scorching temperatures, although it was not yet known by that name. After the previous season’s title success, the board had decided to demolish what was known as the Oakfield Road Embankment, or Walton Breck Road End, and replace it with a huge bank of rubble and cinders. Germany 1 Liverpool 5 2001 - All of England's goals in their sensational 5-1 win over Germany in Munich were scored by reds. Michael Owen grabbed a hat-trick, with Steven Gerrard nabbing his first international goal and Emile Heskey also on target. Dietmar Hamann was on the losing side, while Nick Barmby, Jamie Carragher and ex-red Steve McManaman all also appeared. Meanwhile, future reds forward Fernando Morientes bagged a brace as Spain beat Austria 4-0 in their qualifying encounter in Valencia. 2007 – Future red Mamadou Sakho scored in the penalty shoot-out as France Under-17’s lost 5-4 to Spain in their World Championship Finals Quarter-final after the game itself ended 1-1 in South Korea. Keeping debuts 1904 - Ned Doig became our oldest ever debutant, aged 37 years and 307 days, when he played in our 2-0 opening day home defeat of Burton United in the Second Division, thanks to a Robbie Robinson brace. Half-back Jimmy Hughes played the first of his fifteen reds games. 1912 - Elisha Scott signed for the reds. He played 468 times in eighteen seasons at Anfield, winning two League titles before joining Belfast Celtic as Player/Manager in June 1934. Crossing the park 1962 - Winger Johnny Morrissey was sold to Everton for £10,000. He had signed on as a professional in April 1957, netting six times in 37 reds games. He scored fifty goals in 314 appearances for the Blues, helping them to two League titles. Facing the Foxes 2018 – New keeper Alisson Becker was robbed while trying to play out from the back leading to Rachid Ghezzal’s consolation as we won 2-1 at Leicester City. Sadio Mané and Roberto Firmino had both struck before the break to give us a two-goal lead. 1973 – We drew a top-flight encounter 1-1 at Filbert Street. John Toshack headed us into the lead after the break, but Alan Birchenall equalised with the last of his four goals against us. Red arrivals 1996 - Patrik Berger signed from Ballspielverein Borussia 09 e.V. Dortmund for £3.25m, following an impressive Euro ’96. He scored 35 times in 196 reds games, before joining Portsmouth in June 2003. 1994 - Phil Babb signed from Coventry City for a club record £3.6m, also a British record fee for a defender. He struck once in 170 reds appearances in his six years at Anfield, before being released on a free transfer to Sporting Clube de Portugal. 1997 - Reserves winger Nicky Rizzo signed as a professional at Anfield. He never made our first team, and is currently back in his homeland, running a soccer school. 2008 - Left-winger Albert Riera signed from R.C.D. Espanyol on transfer deadline day for an initial £5.5m. He made 56 appearances, netting five times before joining Olympiacos in July 2010. Right-back Steve Finnan moved in the opposite direction, after one goal in 217 appearances since signing from Fulham for £3.5m in July 2003. On the same day, second string keeper Péter Gulácsi signed permanently from MTK Hungária, having spent the previous season on loan at Anfield. Meanwhile, Andriy Voronin joined Hertha BSC Berlin on loan for the season, while young Brazilian forward Vitor Flora arrived from Botafogo on a free transfer. Lawler’s 300 1971 – Full-back Chris Lawler played his 300th League game for the reds in our 1-0 defeat at Manchester City. Deadline day moves 2014 – Centre-half Sebastián Coates joined Sunderland on loan, having failed to break through to the first team. On the same day, winger Oussama Assaidi returned to Stoke City on a temporary basis, while Hungarian forward Krisztián Adorján left Anfield to sign for Italian Serie C side Novara Calcio. Meanwhile, forward Nathan Eccleston signed for Partick Thistle, having been released by Blackpool, John Arne Riise joined APOEL in Cyprus, Swedish left-winger Alexander Kačaniklić joined F.C. København on loan from Fulham, and forward David N’Gog returned to France on loan from Bolton Wanderers with Stade de Reims. On the same day, winger Sadio Mané joined Southampton from Red Bull Salzburg for £11.8m after 45 goals in 87 games. 2015 – Centre-half Tiago Ilori joined Aston Villa on loan, failing to make a senior appearance before being recalled four months later. On the same day, winger Victor Moses made a temporary switch to West Ham United from Chelsea, netting twice in 26 outings in east London. Farewell Welfare 1966 – Forward Harry Welfare died in Angra dos Reis, Brazil. He joined the reds from Northern Nomads in 1912, notching once in four outings before signing for Wrexham the following year. He later had a very successful career in Brazil, helping Fluminense to claim the title three times in succession while bagging 163 goals in just 166 games. 1933 – Scottish outside-right Danny McRorie joined Millwall on trial, moving on permanently to Rochdale a month later. He had bagged six goals in 35 reds games after signing from Morton for £1,500 in November 1930. Starting and ending 1900 - Right-back Tom Robertson made his reds bow as we beat Blackburn Rovers 3-0 at Anfield in another season opener. Tommy Robertson, Charlie Satterthwaite and Sam Raybould struck the goals as Alex Raisbeck captained the side at the age of just 21 years and 249 years, remaining the club’s youngest ever captain until Curtis Jones in February 2020. 1937 – Forward Ted Harston scored his final two reds goals in our 3-2 home defeat of Portsmouth. Berry Nieuwenhuys also struck for the reds, with Jock Anderson bagging the first two of his four goals past us. 1951 – Inside-forward Willie Fagan played his 182nd and final reds game as we beat Huddersfield Town 2-1 in a First Division fixture at Anfield. Billy Liddell and Kevin Baron struck our goals, while Vic Metcalfe netted one of his six strikes against the reds. Centre-backs off the mark against the Saints 1979 - Colin Irwin scored his first senior reds goal, although it was not enough to prevent us going down to a 3-2 League defeat at The Dell, with David Johnson grabbing our other goal. Charlie George scored the last of his five goals past us, with Phil Boyer and Trevor Hebberd also on target for the home side. 1992 - Mark Wright struck his first reds goal, in a 1-1 draw at home to his former club Southampton after Kerry Dixon had put the visitors in front with his seventh and final goal against the reds. UEFA President Lennart Johansson officially opened the Centenary Stand prior to the game. 1993 - Phil Babb scored his first Coventry City goal in their 1-0 defeat of the reds at Highfield Road, as Rob Jones was sent off for receiving two yellow cards in the space of three minutes. David Burrows played his 193rd and final reds game, against one of his future employers. Hat-tricks against We conceded three hat-tricks on this day in the 1930’s. 1930 - Vic Watson netted the last four of his nine goals past us as we were crushed 7-0 at West Ham United in a game that kicked off at 6pm. Stan Earle grabbed the final two of his four strikes against the reds, with Wilfred James also scoring. 1934 - Ted Drake and Ray Bowden both grabbed trebles as we were humbled 8-1 at Arsenal who were on their way to a third consecutive League title, with outside-left Alf Hanson grabbing our consolation and Drake having another effort ruled out for a push. Cliff Bastin scored the final goal of his four against us, with Jack Crayston also netting. 1919 - We also faced the Gunners, when Harry Chambers and Fred Pagnam scored in a 3-2 home defeat. Bert White bagged a brace, with Billy Blyth also netting for the visitors. Alou and goodbye 2003 - Alou Diarra joined Bastia on loan. He eventually left Anfield permanently to join Racing Club de Lens for £2m in June 2005, without ever playing a first-class reds game. 2016 - Diarra had his contract with Charlton Athletic terminated by mutual consent after one goal in 45 outings, signing for AS Nancy-Lorraine on the same day. In Midlands action We have faced Aston Villa three times on this day in history. 1908 - We kicked off the season by beating the Villains 3-2 at Anfield, thanks to goals from Robbie Robinson and Joe Hewitt and a Tom Chorlton penalty. 1990 - Peter Beardsley and John Barnes netted in our 2-1 home victory, with David Platt on target for the visitors. 1928 – Left-half Jimmy McDougall scored his first reds goal as we lost 3-1 at Villa Park. Joe Beresford struck the first of his four goals against the reds, with Len Capewell scoring the last of his six past us and Dicky York also on target. Left-back Donald Mackinlay was making his 434th and final reds appearance. Both of our meetings with West Bromwich Albion on this day have ended all square. 1920 - Tom Miller struck at The Hawthorns. 1923 - Another top-flight encounter ended goalless at Anfield. Up against the Blades We twice faced Sheffield United on this day in the 1960’s, without conceding a goal. 1962 - Ian Callaghan and Ian St. John struck as we won 2-0 at Anfield. 1965 - We left Bramall Lane with a goalless draw. More season openers We have started our top-flight seasons on two more occasions on this day in history. 1896 - George Allan struck twice as we won 2-1 at The Wednesday in Tom Watson’s first game as Manager, and first game in a new kit of red shirts and white shorts. Right-half John McCartney reached a century of reds appearances in this game. 1913 - Tom Miller was on target following a fine dribble to open the scoring in our 1-1 draw at Derby County, with half-back Tommy Fairfoul making his reds bow. Horace Barnes struck one of his nine goals past us. Happy birthday Michael 1974 – Former reserves keeper Michael Stensgaard was born in Copenhagen. The Dane was signed by Roy Evans but never played a first team game for the reds, despite being named on the bench 28 times. Derby stalemate 1897 - We benefited from a Peter Meecham own goal as our Goodison Park friendly ended 1-1. First and last caps 2017 – Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain played for England for the first time since moving to Anfield, in their 4-0 World Cup qualifying win in Malta. Meanwhile, Andy Robertson won his first cap as a reds player, scoring in Scotland’s 3-0 win in Lithuania, with Dominic Solanke playing for England Under-21’s for the first time since moving to Anfield. Ex-reds loanee Victor Moses scored as Nigeria thumped Cameroon 4-0 in Uyo, while Emre Can, Joe Gomez, Jordan Henderson, future red Kostas Tsimikas, and ex-reds Raheem Sterling and Luis Suárez were also in international action that day. 2006 - Daniel Agger won his first cap as a red in Denmark’s 4-2 friendly win over Portugal in Copenhagen, with Christian Poulsen playing for his country for the first time since joining Sevilla. On the same day, Florent Sinama-Pongolle made his first appearance for France Under-21’s while on loan at Real Club Recreativo de Huelva, as they beat Scotland 3-1 in a European Championships qualifier at Pittodrie, with future red Charlie Adam winning his third and final cap at this level. Future red Alberto Aquilani played for Italy Under-21’s on the same day, in a 1-0 qualifying victory in Iceland, with a player being sent off for each side. 1982 – Jan Mølby won his second cap, and first one as an Ajax player, as Denmark lost 1-0 to Romania in a friendly in Bucharest. 2016 – Trent Alexander-Arnold debuted for England Under-19’s in their 1-1 friendly draw with the Netherlands in Wellington, Shropshire. Philippe Coutinho, Divock Origi, future red Thiago Alcântara and ex-reds Javier Mascherano, Brad Smith and Luis Suárez all featured for their countries, with keeper Alisson Becker winning his first cap as a Roma player. Meanwhile, Gini Wijnaldum scored in his third consecutive international, while winning his first cap as a red, as the Netherlands lost 2-1 to Greece in a friendly in Eindhoven. Kamil Grabara made his debut for Poland Under-18’s in their 1-1 friendly draw with Norway Under-17’s in Sweden. 2011 – Jordan Henderson captained England Under-21’s for the first time, scoring as they thumped Azerbaijan 6-0 in a European Championships qualifier at Vicarage Road, with Jon Flanagan and Jonjo Shelvey both debuting at this level and future red Steven Caulker also featuring while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain won his first cap as an Arsenal player. Future red Christian Benteke scored as Belgium Under-21’s lost a qualifier 2-1 in Iceland. On the same day, Péter Gulácsi skippered Hungary Under-21’s as they lost another qualifier 2-1 in the Republic of Ireland. 1999 - Mark Kennedy won his first cap as a Manchester City player, with Robbie Keane making his first appearance while with Coventry City. Both netted as the Republic of Ireland beat FR Yugoslavia 2-1 in a European Championships qualifier at Lansdowne Road. Steve Staunton also played. 1996 - Nick Barmby won his final cap while with Middlesbrough, scoring as England won a World Cup qualifier 3-0 in Moldova. Stig Inge Bjørnebye, future reds Sami Hyypiä, Paul Ince and Øyvind Leonhardsen and ex-red Ronnie Rosenthal also represented their countries that day. Other international reds 2001 - Don Hutchison won his first cap as a West Ham United player as Scotland were held to a goalless draw by Croatia at Hampden Park. Igor Bišcan won his fifteenth and final cap in this game with ex-red Dominic Matteo also featuring. Jerzy Dudek won his first cap as a red in Poland’s 3-0 defeat of Norway in Chorzów, with Everton’s Thomas Myhre at the other end, the first time two Merseyside keepers had been in international opposition since May 1979. John Arne Riise and ex-red Øyvind Leonhardsen both also played. Meanwhile, Jason McAteer netted the only goal of the Republic of Ireland’s World Cup qualifying defeat of the Netherlands at Lansdowne Road. He was winning his last cap as a Blackburn Rovers player, and 43rd in total. Future reds Steve Finnan, Robbie Keane and Bolo Zenden, and ex-red Steve Staunton also featured. Craig Bellamy won his first cap while with Newcastle United, his thirteenth to date, as Wales were held to a goalless draw by Armenia in Cardiff. Also in international action that day were Sami Hyypiä, Jari Litmanen, ex-reds Brad Friedel and Jim Magilton, and future reds Milan Baroš and Paul Jones. 1994 – Future red Haukur Ingi Guðnason played for Iceland Under-17’s as they lost 2-0 to Finland in a European Championships qualifier in Reykjavik. 2000 – Richie Partridge and future reds Milan Baroš and John Arne Riise all featured in European Championships qualifier at Under-21’s level, with Riise the only to be on the winning side as Norway beat Armenia 5-1. 2005 - Anthony Le Tallec struck as France Under-21’s beat FYR Macedonia 3-0 in a friendly in Epernay. 2013 – Future red Dominic Solanke came off the bench as England Under-17’s lost 2-1 to Italy in Burton. On the move 2005 - Bjørn Tore Kvarme re-signed for Rosenborg BK, having left Bastia earlier in the year. He retired from the game in June 2008. 2017 – Keeper David Martin signed for Millwall, only making one senior appearance in his first campaign with the Lions. 2020 – Young keeper Kai McKenzie-Lyle signed for Cambridge United, having been released by the reds three months earlier. On the same day, centre-half Rhys Williams signed a new contract while Chief Commercial Officer Billy Hogan took over as Chief Executive Officer. Other reds games 1984 – Queens Park Rangers held us to a 1-1 draw at Anfield. Ronnie Whelan was on target, with Paul Walsh having two goals disallowed. 1981 – Middlesbrough left L4 with a point. David Shearer bagged one of his four goals against the reds, with Phil Neal equalising from the spot. 1959 – We lost a Second Division game 1-0 at Bristol City. 1956 – We beat Grimsby Town 3-2 in a home Second Division encounter. Louis Bimpson struck twice, with Alan Arnell also on target as Bob Crosbie netted a brace for the visitors. 1954 – Plymouth Argyle held us to a 3-3 draw in the Second Division at Anfield. John Evans was on target, with Alan Arnell scoring twice late on. Milan the dad 2009 – Ex-reds striker Milan Baroš became a father to Patrick.
  5. Will

    28th March

    Cup final glory 1984 - Joe Fagan won his first trophy as reds boss as a Graeme Souness strike handed us the Milk Cup in a replay at Maine Road against Everton. 1902 - We also faced Everton with our friendly at Goodison ending goalless. In comes Cally 1960 - Ian Callaghan signed as a professional. He went on to make a record 857 reds appearances, netting 68 times as he helped us to five League titles, two FA Cups, one European Cup, two UEFA Cups, UEFA Super Cup and three FA Charity Shields. 1898 – Half-back Barney Battles re-signed from Dundee for £20, but only played once before joining Celtic for a third spell seven months later. He had won the title two years running in Scotland, for Hearts in 1895 and then Celtic, joining the reds for six weeks for the first time 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”. Semi-final glory 1914 - We reached our first Cup Final, beating Aston Villa 2-0 at White Hart Lane thanks to a brace from James Nicholl. Ex-red Sam Hardy was in the Villa goal that day. 1908 - Anfield hosted the biggest ever FA Cup Semi-final win as Newcastle United beat Fulham 6-0. Reds debuts 1936 - Future boss Phil Taylor netted very late on to secure a point on his first-team bow, with Fred Howe also on target in our 2-2 draw at Derby County. Matt Busby missed a penalty as Sammy Crooks bagged one of his six goals against the reds, with Reg Stockill also on target. 1932 – Forward Ted Hancock debuted as we lost 3-0 to Huddersfield Town at Anfield, with Wilf Bott scoring the first of his five goals past us, Dave Mangnall netting the first of his seven against the reds, and George Crownshaw also on the scoresheet. 1953 - Forward Eric Anderson made the first of his 76 reds appearances as we were beaten 2-1 by Charlton Athletic at Anfield, with Jimmy Payne nabbing our consolation. Future red John Evans bagged one of his six goals against the reds, with Stuart Leary netting the first of his six past us. 1866 - Scottish inside-right Jimmy Ross was born in Edinburgh. The ‘little demon’ signed 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 before joining Burnley in March 1897. He was a key player in the formation of the Association Footballers’ Union in February 1898, founded in protest at wage restrictions imposed by the FA, and sadly died aged just 36 in June 1902 having succumbed to an acute skin disease. 1895 - Keeper John Jones was born in Holyhead. He signed from his hometown club in September 1924, but only managed four senior appearances while Elisha Scott was injured. He returned to Holyhead in 1925. Trebles galore 1962 - Ian St. John scored a second-half hat-trick as we beat Rotherham United 4-1 in a Second Division game at Anfield, after Roger Hunt had opened the scoring in our most recent League meeting with the Merry Millers. This was his 37th League strike of the season, beating Gordon Hodgson’s club record of 36 set during 1930/31. Don Weston bagged one of his four goals against the reds in a game originally postponed from Christmas. 1942 - Billy Liddell bagged a treble in a 5-2 Wartime League defeat of Rochdale at Anfield. Dicky Dorsett and Stan Polk also struck. 1896 - Centre-forward George Allan netted a hat-trick as we achieved our record equal away League win, 7-0 at Crewe Alexandra. Malcolm McVean bagged a brace, with Joe McQue and Frank Becton also on target that day in what remains the most recent League encounter between the two sides. First and last goals 1959 - Louis Bimpson grabbed his 39th and final reds goal as we lost 2-1 at Lincoln City in a Second Division meeting. Andy Graver struck one of his five goals against the reds, with Roy Chapman also scoring. 1925 – Forward Tom Scott struck the first of his four reds goals as we lost 4-1 at Leeds United. Thomas Jennings scored the first of his seven goals past us, with Russell Wainscott nabbing the first of his five. Jack Armand and Jack Harris also scored for the home side as Matt McQueen took charge of the reds for the hundredth time. 1908 – Forward Charlie Hewitt netted his sixth and last goal for the reds in our 3-1 top-flight defeat at Bury. Tom Kay nabbed one of his five goals past us, with Billy Hibbert netting the first two of his thirteen. George Latham played his nineteenth and final reds game. 1894 – Left-back Duncan McLean bagged his sixth and final reds goal in our 3-2 Second Division win at Northwich Victoria. John Givens and Hugh McQueen also got on the scoresheet. Mixed fortunes against the Mackems 2010 – We beat Sunderland 3-0 in a Premiership game at Anfield. Fernando Torres bagged a brace, with his first strike being a spectacular effort from distance, while Glen Johnson was also on target. 1910 – We lost 2-1 in another top-flight encounter, with inside-forward James Stewart bagging our goal at Roker Park and defender Tom Chorlton putting through his own net. Willie Clark also struck for the home side. Off, off and off 1998 - Barnsley had Darren Bernard, Chris Morgan and Darren Sheridan all sent off as we won 3-2 at Oakwell, thanks to a Karl-Heinz Riedle brace and a last-minute goal from Steve McManaman. Neil Redfearn struck twice, including one from the spot. End of the road for Heighway 1981 - Steve Heighway made his 331st and final League appearance for the reds as we lost at Arsenal, with Alan Sunderland netting the only goal of the game, one of his six against the reds. 1967 - We also visited Highbury with Alf Arrowsmith on target in a 1-1 draw, a day after our goalless meeting at Anfield. Future Gunners boss George Graham struck one of his four goals past us. Up against the Foxes 2004 - We held Leicester City to a goalless draw at the Walkers Stadium, with Dietmar Hamann playing his 200th reds game. 1964 - Roger Hunt and Alf Arrowsmith were on target as we won 2-0 at Filbert Street, despite being without suspended skipper Ron Yeats. Gordon’s last 1931 - Gordon Hodgson won his third and final cap for England as they lost 2-0 to Scotland in a British International Championships game at Hampden Park. Future reds left-back Ernie Blenkinsop also played for England. On the same day, forward Bob Clark struck his eleventh goal in his 42nd and final reds game as we beat Portsmouth 3-1 at Anfield, with Jimmy McDougall and Dave Wright also on target. 1891 – Future red James Cleland won his only Scotland cap as they beat Ireland 2-1 in the British International Championships at Celtic Park. Digger’s half century 1990 - John Barnes won his fiftieth cap for England as they beat Brazil 1-0 in a friendly at Wembley. Clubmates Peter Beardsley and Steve McMahon both also featured. On the same day, the Republic of Ireland secured their first win over Wales, at the fifth attempt. Ronnie Whelan skippered a side that also included Steve Staunton and ex-red Kevin Sheedy, while Ian Rush was on the losing side. Young debutants 1987 – Future red Øyvind Leonhardsen won his first cap for Norway Under-16’s in their 2-0 defeat by England at Lilleshall. 1995 - Vladimír Šmicer debuted for the Czech Republic Under-21’s as they beat Belarus 2-0 in a European Championships qualifier. On the same day, Sami Hyypiä grabbed a brace as Finland won 6-0 in San Marino, the fourth of five consecutive Under-21’s games in which he was on target. 2011 – Ex-reds winger Adam Hammill won his first cap for England Under-21’s as they lost 2-1 to Iceland in a friendly at Deepdale. On the same day, Adam Morgan, Brad Smith and Raheem Sterling all featured for England Under-17’s as they won 2-1 in Belgium in a European Championships Elite Round qualifier, while ex-red Mikel San José and future reds Thiago Alcântara and Christian Benteke also played for their countries. Cut by the Blades We have twice been beaten by Sheffield United in this day in history. 1903 - Jack Cox and Sam Raybould were on target in a 4-2 defeat at Anfield. Walter Bennett scored the last of his five goals against the reds, with Ernest Needham converting a penalty and Archie Needham and Bert Lipsham also scoring. 1992 - We lost 2-0 at Bramall Lane, with Brian Deane bagging two of his eight goals against us. On the move 1995 - Dominic Matteo joined Sunderland on loan. He played just one first-team game while on Wearside, returning to establish himself at Anfield. 2002 - Maxi Rodríguez joined R.C.D. Espanyol from Club Atlético Newell’s Old Boys for £4m. He bagged 26 goals in 110 La Liga outings, before joining Club Atlético de Madrid for €5m in July 2005. 1991 - Former Under-13’s Coach Mike Sheron joined Bury on loan from Manchester City, netting once in five outings for the Shakers. Deano’s last 2001 - Ex-red Dean Saunders won his 75th and final Welsh cap, alongside future red Paul Jones, as they drew 1-1 with the Ukraine in a World Cup tie in Cardiff, with Craig Bellamy winning his last cap as a Coventry City player. On the same day, Don Hutchison won his final cap as a Sunderland player as Scotland thumped San Marino 4-0 at Hampden Park. Fellow ex-red Dominic Matteo also played. Meanwhile, Michael Owen netted in England’s 3-1 win in Albania, playing alongside Emile Heskey and ex-red Steve McManaman. Future red Fernando Morientes was on target as Spain beat France 2-1 in a friendly in Valencia. Stéphane Henchoz, Vladimír Šmicer, Christian Ziege, future reds Yossi Benayoun, Jerzy Dudek, Steve Finnan and Bolo Zenden, and ex-reds Brad Friedel and Jim Magilton also played for their countries, with Robbie Keane claiming his second and final cap while on loan at Leeds United from Internazionale. 2003 - Future reds centre-forward Peter Crouch won his sixth and final England Under-21’s cap as they lost a European Championships qualifier 4-2 in Portugal, with fellow future reds Joe Cole, Paul Konchesky and Jermaine Pennant also in the side. Alou Diarra, Florent Sinama-Pongolle, Daniel Sjölund, Grégory Vignal and future red Charles Itandje all also played at this level that day. 2005 - Future reds reserves forward Michael Nardiello won his fifth and last Under-16’s cap as a Manchester United player as England beat the Ivory Coast 2-0 in the fifth-place play-off in the Montaigu Tournament in France. Future red David Martin featured for England Under-19’s on the same day. 2007 - Ryan Babel won his last cap as an Ajax player, with Dirk Kuyt also featuring as the Netherlands won a Euro 2008 qualifier 1-0 in Slovenia. Young Hungarians on target 2006 - Future reds reserves forward Krisztián Németh grabbed a brace, including a penalty, for Hungary Under-17’s as they beat Ukraine 4-0 in the Elite Round of European Championships qualifiers in Portugal. Jerzy Dudek played for his country on the same day. 2007 - András Simon featured as they lost 1-0 to Norway at the same stage in Périgny in France. 2011 – Péter Gulácsi and András Simon both played for the Under-21’s in their 3-2 friendly defeat in Croatia. Stevie at the double 2007 - Steven Gerrard struck twice as England laboured to a 3-0 Euro 2008 qualifying win in Andorra. Future red Yossi Benayoun was also on target in the same group as Israel thumped Estonia 4-0 in Tel-Aviv. Fernando Torres won his final cap while with Club Atlético de Madrid as Spain beat Iceland 1-0 in another qualifier. Meanwhile, Daniel Agger, Xabi Alonso, Craig Bellamy, Djibril Cissé, Steve Finnan, Sami Hyypiä, John Arne Riise, future reds Stewart Downing, Ragnar Klavan, Sotirios Kyrgiakos, Raul Meireles, Christian Poulsen, Martin Škrtel and Andriy Voronin and ex-reds Nicolas Anelka, Milan Baroš, Jari Litmanen and Fernando Morientes all also turned out for their countries, with Roy Hodgson, Steve Staunton an John Toshack all managing international sides. 2003 – Future reds Xabi Alonso, Albert Riera and Fernando Torres were all booked as Spain Under-21’s held the Ukraine to a goalless European Championships qualifying draw in Kiev. 2017 – Philippe Coutinho scored as Brazil beat Paraguay 3-0 in a World Cup qualifier in São Paulo, with Roberto Firmino and future red Alisson Becker also playing. Ex-red Christian Benteke bagged a brace as Belgium drew 3-3 with Russia in a friendly in Sochi. Marko Grujić, Caoimhín Kelleher, Ragnar Klavan, Simon Mignolet, Gini Wijnaldum, future reds Thiago Alcântara, Ki-Jana Hoever and Diogo Jota, and ex-reds Iago Aspas and Brad Smith all also played for their countries that day. Future red Dominic Solanke netted for England Under-20’s as they beat Senegal 2-0 in a tournament game in France. 2014 – Solanke featured for England Under-17’s as they beat Albania 1-0 in a European Championships qualifier in the Czech Republic, with fellow future red Joe Gomez also in action. Reds on target 2009 - Dirk Kuyt converted a penalty while winning his fiftieth cap as the Netherlands beat Scotland 3-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Amsterdam. Future red Maxi Rodríguez struck as Argentina thumped Venezuela 4-0 in another qualifier, with Javier Mascherano skippering the side. Emile Heskey bagged his first England goal as an Aston Villa player as England beat Slovakia 4-0 in a friendly at Wembley, with Stewart Downing winning his final cap as a Middlesbrough player and Steven Gerrard, Martin Škrtel, future red Glen Johnson and ex-reds Peter Crouch and David James all also featuring. Meanwhile, future red Milan Jovanović scored in Serbia’s 3-2 World Cup win in Romania. Also in international action that day were Daniel Agger, Xabi Alonso, Yossi Benayoun, Sami Hyypiä, Fernando Torres, future reds Ragnar Klavan, Sotirios Kyrgiakos, Raul Meireles, Christian Poulsen and Luis Suárez and ex-reds Milan Baroš, Craig Bellamy, Robbie Keane, Jari Litmanen, John Arne Riise, Daniel Sjölund and Rigobert Song, with John Toshack managing Wales in their 2-0 Cardiff defeat by Finland. 2015 - Joe Allen, future reds Sadio Mané, Gini Wijnaldum, and ex-reds Javier Mascherano, Nikolay Mihaylov and Maxi Rodríguez all played for their countries, with Christian Benteke bagging his last Belgium goal as an Aston Villa player in their 5-0 European Championships qualifying thumping of Cyprus in Brussels. Future red Dominic Solanke netted while winning his last cap for England Under-18’s as they thumped Switzerland 6-1 in a friendly in Walsall, with Sheyi Ojo also in action, as future reds Joe Gomez and Marko Grujić featured for the Under-19’s. 2016 – Allen again played for Wales, in their 1-0 friendly defeat in the Ukraine, with future reds Kamil Grabara and Diogo Jota also in international action. 2013 – Gomez played for England Under-17’s as they beat Slovenia 2-1 in a friendly in Burton. Other reds games 1987 – Wimbledon won 2-1 at Anfield with Nigel Winterburn giving the Dons a first-half lead. Mark Lawrenson ruptured his Achilles immediately after the break before Kenny Dalglish equalised. Alam Cork headed in the winner. 1972 – We beat Stoke City 2-1 in L4. John Ritchie struck the last of his five goals against the reds with Harry Burrows putting through his own net before the break. Kevin Keegan headed in the winner. 1970 – We lost 1-0 at West Ham United. 1921 – We went down 1-0 at Tottenham Hotspur. Another award for Stevie 2007 - Steven Gerrard’s autobiography won the Tesco Sports Book of the Year at the Galaxy British Book Awards. Jones back to Wales 2002 - Ex-reserves forward Lee Jones re-joined Wrexham from Barnsley on a free transfer. He netted nineteen times in 56 games during this spell at the Racecourse Ground. Spurred into action 1988 – John Barnes and Kenny Dalglish both turned out as guests for a Tottenham Hotspur XI against Manchester United in a testimonial match for Danny Thomas, with United winning 3-2. Also in international action 1903 – Richard Morris played for Wales as they lost 2-0 to Ireland in the British International Championships in Belfast. 1973 – John Toshack featured as Wales beat Poland 2-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Cardiff. 1979 – Future red Avi Cohen played for Israel as they lost an Olympics qualifier 2-0 in Jaffa. 1984 – Future red Paul Walsh and ex-red Dave Watson featured for England Under-21’s in their 1-0 defeat of France in the second leg of their European Championships Quarter-final in Rouen to progress 7-1 on aggregate.
  6. Will

    4th March

    Happy birthday King Kenny 1951 - Kenny Dalglish was born in Dalmarnack, Glasgow. He signed from Celtic for £440,000 in August 1977 and bagged 172 goals in 515 games, helping us to countless honours, both as a player for which he is fêted by many as the finest ever on the pitch, and later in two spells as Manager. His greatest moments as a player include scoring the goals that clinched the European Cup at Wembley in 1978, and the first half of a League and FA Cup double at Stamford Bridge eight years later, while his efforts in the aftermath of the Hillsborough disaster ensure he retains an even more special place in our hearts. Other birthdays 1955 - Joey Jones was born in Bangor. He signed from Wrexham for £110,000 in July 1975 and made exactly a century of reds appearances, bagging three goals and helping us to win a European Cup, two League titles and the FA Charity Shield in his time at Anfield. He rejoined Wrexham for £210,000 in October 1978. 1984 - Our former American reserves centre-back Zak Whitbread was born in Houston, Texas. He made just seven senior appearances in the cups, and was sold to Millwall for £200,000 in June 2006 after a season-long loan spell at The New Den. Crazy Horse out of the traps 1967 - New record signing Emlyn Hughes made his reds debut in a 2-1 home League win over Stoke City, when Chris Lawler and Roger Hunt netted, while Peter Dobing bagged one of his eight goals past us. ‘Crazy Horse’ went on to make 665 reds appearances in total. 1953 – Centre-half Joe Maloney debuted as Bolton Wanderers held us to a goalless draw at Anfield. 1922 – Winger Cyril Gilhespy made his reds bow as we drew 0-0 at Blackburn Rovers. Setting club records 1978 - Ray Clemence set a club record for a goalkeeper by making his 336th consecutive appearance in a 3-1 defeat at Chelsea, with Steve Ogrizovic stepping in to make his debut in the next match. Phil Neal opened the scoring from the spot, our 5,000th League goal to date. Steve Finnieston struck the last two of his four goals against the reds, with Tommy Langley also on the scoresheet. 2000 - Liverpool fielded nine non-British born players for the first time, with Jamie Carragher and Dominic Matteo being the only home-grown talents who started our 1-1 Premiership draw at Old Trafford, when Patrik Berger netted a trademark free-kick before Ole Gunnar Solskjær equalised. Red trebles at Anfield 1905 - Jack Parkinson netted three in a 5-0 Second Division victory over Blackpool, with Robert Robinson and Arthur Goddard also scoring. 1950 - We also beat the Seasiders, with Willie Fagan and Billy Liddell on target in our 2-1 FA Cup Sixth Round win, as we headed towards our second Final. The legendary Stan Mortensen bagging one of his eleven strikes against the reds. 1981 - Graeme Souness grabbed a hat-trick to become the first and so far only reds player to bag two European trebles in the same season, in our 5-1 trouncing of CSKA Sofia in the European Cup Third Round first leg, en route to lifting the trophy for the third time. Sammy Lee and Terry McDermott were also on target. The Bulgarians actually made a number of good chances but either missed them, or saw Ray Clemence repel their efforts. Derby joy 1972 - We thumped Everton 4-0 at Anfield with our first two strikes being own goals, from keeper Tommy Wright and John McLaughlin, with Wright also putting through his own net in his next game! Chris Lawler and Emlyn Hughes completed the scoring, the latter while playing his 200th League game for the reds. Most recently 2015 – We beat Burnley 2-0 at Anfield, thanks to a Jordan Henderson strike and header from Daniel Sturridge. 2017 – We beat Arsenal 3-1 at Anfield, with Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mané netting before the break. Danny Welbeck pulled a goal back, but Gini Wijnaldum struck late on. 1933 – Gordon Hodgson struck the only goal of the game as we beat Arsenal 1-0 at Highbury in a top-flight encounter. Final outings 1939 - Left-half John Browning played his nineteenth and final reds game in our 1-1 home draw with Leicester City, with Phil Taylor bagging our late goal. 1897 – We beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-0 in L4 thanks to goals from Frank Becton, Harry Bradshaw and George Allan as forward Malcolm McVean made his 126th and last reds appearance. Beating the Geordies We have twice defeated Newcastle United on this day in history. 1995 - Robbie Fowler and Ian Rush struck as we beat them 2-0 in a Premiership match at Anfield. 1899 - We won a friendly at St. James’ Park 3-1, with George Allan bagging a treble. Thumping Oldham 1944 - Jack Balmer scored four goals as we trounced Oldham Athletic 8-1 at Anfield, in a game that counted for the Wartime League Cup as well as the League. Phil Taylor and Cyril Done both added braces. 1916 - We also beat them in another Wartime League match. Dave Watson and Arthur Metcalf were on target in our 4-1 victory, with Fred Pagnam netting twice. European disappointment 1992 - We lost 2-0 at Genoa in the first leg of our UEFA Cup Fourth Round encounter. Unfortunately, we also lost the Anfield return to crash out 4-1 on aggregate. R.I.P. Tom 1959 - Left-half Tom Bromilow died on a train while returning from a scouting mission for Leicester City. He signed professional terms at Anfield in 1919, having asked for a trial straight from the army. He went on to make 375 appearances, scoring eleven times while helping us to claim two League titles in successive seasons in the 1920’s, as well as earning full international honours with England. 1964 – Forward Vic Wright died. He struck 33 times in 85 reds games after signing from Rotherham United in March 1934. He moved on to Plymouth Argyle in June 1937. For Scotland 1922 - Left-back Donald Mackinlay won his second and final cap for Scotland in a 2-1 victory over Northern Ireland at Celtic Park. Partick Thistle’s ex-reds keeper Ken Campbell also featured for Scotland, while Billy Lacey was playing his final game as a reds player for the away side. 1911 - Centre-half Alex Raisbeck played for the Scottish League against a Football League side. 1907 - Ex-reds inside-right George Livingstone won his second and final cap, and only one as a Rangers player, as the Scots lost 1-0 in Wales, also in the British International Championships. Reds defender George Latham was on the winning side. Future reds in opposition 2014 – Alberto Moreno faced Emre Can in an Under-21’s friendly in Palencia, with Spain beating Germany 2-0, with this being Can’s last cap at this level while playing for Bayer 04 Leverkusen. Beating the rest 1931 – Gordon Hodgson and future reds Ernie Blenkinsop and Tosh Johnson all featured as England beat The Rest 3-2 in a trial match at Highbury, with Dixie Dean bagging a treble. Tosh leaves the Vetch 1984 - John Toshack was sacked as Manager of Swansea City, after just two wins in eleven games in this second spell in charge. Other reds games 2006 – Charlton Athletic held us to a goalless draw at Anfield. 1964 – We came from two goals down to draw 2-2 at Sheffield Wednesday. Ian St. John and Willie Stevenson were on the scoresheet. 1961 – We drew 2-2 in a Second Division match at Portsmouth with Alan Banks and Johnny Morrissey scoring our goals. 1911 – We lost 1-0 at Tottenham Hotspur as Billy Minter grabbed one of his five goals past us, with Sam Hardy saving a Bobby Steel penalty. 1893 – We beat Nelson 3-0 in a Lancashire League meeting at Anfield. Matt McQueen struck twice, with his brother Hugh also on target. Keepers on the move 1995 - Sander Westerveld joined Vitesse Arnhem from Twente. He played 101 League games for them before moving to Anfield four years later. 2004 - Former reserves custodian Ian Dunbavin joined Morecambe on loan from fellow Conference side Shrewsbury Town on loan, making three appearances. Also on the move 1996 - Paul Stewart joined Sunderland on a free transfer following a loan period. He netted five times in 37 games, before being offloaded to Stoke City. 2011 – Ex-reserves forward Lauri Dalla Valle joined Bournemouth on loan from Fulham, netting twice in eight outings for the Cherries. 2019 – Former reds coach Paco Herrera was sacked as Manager of Unión Deportiva Las Palmas for the second time, having led them to only three victories in fourteen League matches. Also in international action 2010 – Chris Mavinga played for France Under-19’s in their 2-1 friendly defeat of Ukraine in Saint-Denis.
  7. Will

    22nd February

    Kenny steps down 1991 - Kenny Dalglish announced his resignation as reds boss in a press conference at Anfield. He had been in charge for nearly six years, leading us to the double in his first season, and a further two League titles, FA Cup, two FA Charity Shields and Screen Sport Super Cup. The pressures of management, and his role in counselling players, supporters and the city of Liverpool in the aftermath of the Hillsborough disaster led to him stepping down. Heading towards Istanbul 2005 - We beat Bayer 04 Leverkusen 3-1 at Anfield in the first leg of our Champions League round of sixteen tie. Luis García and John Arne Riise netted before Dietmar Hamann put us in a seemingly unassailable lead in stoppage time, with his eleventh and last reds goal. Anthony Le Tallec came off the bench to make his first senior appearance under Rafael Benítez. However, a Jerzy Dudek fumble handed Franca the chance to grab an away goal, which many commentators at the time felt might prove crucial. They were wrong. Spanish help against the Italians 2001 – We played an amazing UEFA Cup Fourth Round match against Roma at Anfield that we lost 1-0, although we still progressed to the Quarter-finals in a cauldron of noise. Michael Owen failed to convert his fifth penalty in eleven attempts as it was saved, and who could forget the penalty/corner incident when the ball struck Markus Babbel in the area? Fortunately, Spanish referee Jose Maria Garcia Aranda made the right decision! Uruguayan left-winger Gianni Guigou bagged the only goal of the game, with midfielder Damiano Tomassi sent off late on. On the same day, future red Ragnar Klavan played for Estonia Under-17’s. 2004 - Michael Owen also had a penalty saved as we lost our FA Cup Fifth Round replay 1-0 at Portsmouth, with Richard Hughes on target. This was his eighth miss from 21 spot kicks. Billy’s treble 1958 - Billy Liddell scored all our goals with a classic hat-trick of right- and left-foot strikes and a header in a Second Division match at Blackburn Rovers that ended 3-3. The game was goalless at half time, with four of the goals coming in a four-minute spell immediately after the break! Royston Stephenson netted one of his four goals past us, with Peter Dobing scoring the first of his eight and Bryan Douglas also on the scoresheet. 1997 - We also drew with Rovers, with our Anfield meeting ending goalless as Dominic Matteo’s late header came back off the bar. 1956 - More cruelly, the referee blew for full-time as Billy Liddell’s shot was on its way into the net, condemning us to a 2-1 home defeat against Manchester City in an FA Cup Fifth Round replay. Alan Arnell had opened the scoring, with the eventual winner coming in the 89th minute. The groundsman had to paint the lines blue before kick-off due to the pitch being covered with snow. Both sides were wearing black armbands in honour of reds Chairman Will Harrop who had died suddenly the day before. 2009 – We were held to a 1-1 League draw at Anfield by Manchester City. Dirk Kuyt bagged the equaliser after ex-red Craig Bellamy’s strike took a wicked deflection off Álvaro Arbeloa for an own goal. Carra’s record 2000 - Jamie Carragher set a new record by winning his 23rd cap for England Under-21’s as they beat Argentina 1-0 in a friendly at Craven Cottage, with future red Joe Cole making his debut at this level. He went on to play 27 times in total, which remained a record until Scott Carson reached 28 in June 2007, although James Milner later reached 46. On the same day, future red Milan Baroš netted as the Czech Republic Under-21’s beat a Republic of Ireland side that included Richie Partridge 2-1 in Dublin. Jan the Welshman 1996 - Jan Mølby joined Swansea City as Player/Manager on a free transfer after nearly twelve years at Anfield. He had struck 61 times in 291 reds appearances, including a remarkable forty of his 42 attempted spot-kicks, helping us to three League titles, two FA Cups and the Screen Sport Super Cup. He had also become the first foreigner to play for one English club for a whole decade. Another record for Cally 1969 - Ian Callaghan became our youngest post-War player to reach 300 League appearances, aged 26 years and 318 days. We drew 1-1 at West Ham United, with Roger Hunt on target as the Hammers opened their new 8,500-seater East Stand. Chris Lawler played his 200th League game for the reds. In comes Tom 1954 – Salford-born full-back Tom McNulty signed from Manchester United for £7,000. He played 36 times for the reds without scoring, moving on to Hyde United in 1958. Most recently 2015 – We won 2-0 at Southampton, with Philippe Coutinho and Raheem Sterling on target, with the home side claiming a series of spot kicks that were not given by the referee. Red beginning and ends 1904 – Right-half Bobby Robinson bagged the first of his 65 reds goals, the only strike of our Anfield meeting with Middlesbrough in the top flight. 1930 – Half-back Tommy Gardner played his fifth and last reds game in our 2-2 draw with Derby County at Anfield. Gordon Hodgson bagged both our goals while Sammy Crooks struck the first of his six against the reds, with Bobby Barclay bagging the first of his five. 1986 – Centre-half Tom ‘Tiny’ Bradshaw died. He struck four times in 291 appearances after signing from Bury for £8,000 in January 1930. He returned to his native land in September 1938, joining Third Lanark. 1992 – Swedish centre-half Glenn Hysén played his 93rd and last reds game as we lost 3-0 at Norwich City. Robert Fleck bagged a brace with Colin Woodthorpe also on target. Half birthdays 1914 - Wing-half Tom Bush was born in Hodnet in Shropshire. He struck once in 69 reds appearances either side of the Second World War after signing from Shrewsbury Town in March 1933. He then moved behind the scenes, helping to bring youth players to the club and dealing with administration. 1872 – Half-back Bill Keech was born in Irthlingborough. He played just six Second Division games in late 1895, having signed from Barnsley St. Peter’s that October, helping us to claim the title that season. He later played as a forward for Leicester Fosse, before returning to the half-back line with Queens Park Rangers’ first professional team in the Southern League. 1946 – ‘Voice of Anfield’, George Sephton was born in Liverpool. He has been playing music and reading out team news at Anfield since August 1971. A rare defeat 1986 - We suffered our only home League defeat of the season as Bruce Grobbelaar let a long-range Kevin Ratcliffe effort squirm through his grasp, with Gary Lineker also netting one of his six strikes past us to give reigning champions Everton a 2-0 win at Anfield, leaving the Blues eight points ahead of the reds. Jan Mølby played the first half as a make-shift striker in the absence through injury of both Kenny Dalglish and Paul Walsh. Dalglish was presented with the Manager of the Month award prior to kick off. 1975 - We also entertained the Blues, with this game ending goalless. This ensured it became the only season to date in which both League derbies have finished without score. International beginnings and ends 1995 - Future red Markus Babbel made his full international debut in Germany’s goalless friendly draw in Spain. 1902 - Future red Richard Morris made his Welsh bow as they lost 3-0 to Ireland in Cardiff in the British International Championships. Reds right-half Maurice Parry also turned out for Wales. 1989 - Stig Inge Bjørnebye and Øyvind Leonhardsen both won their last Under-20’s caps as Norway beat Spain 4-2 in a World Championships Finals group game in Saudi Arabia. Disappointment against the Trotters We have twice faced Bolton Wanderers in top-flight encounters on this day in history, without winning. 1902 - We lost 1-0 at Burnden Park. 1936 - Jack Balmer netted early on as we drew 1-1 at Anfield, with outside-right Billy Hartill playing his fourth and last reds game. We did not show them how to win the FA Cup We have twice endured FA Cup Third Round frustration at the hands of Newcastle United on this day in history. 1908 - We lost 3-1 at St. James’ Park, with Percy Saul bagging our goal. Jock Rutherford netted one of his six goals past us, with Bill Appleyard and Finlay Speedie also scoring. 1913 - Billy Lacey netted as we were held to a 1-1 draw at home, with Arthur Goddard having a penalty saved by Magpies keeper Jim Lawrence as George Wilson netted the last of his six goals against the reds. The Liverpool Echo said, “Liverpool’s attendance was far from a record, but the receipts were a record for an Anfield match wherein Liverpool were playing, £1,924.” On the move 2002 - Frode Kippe left Anfield to rejoin Norwegian side Lillestrøm on a free transfer. He had only made two senior appearances for the reds, both from off the bench in the League Cup. 2010 – Reserves left-back Robbie Threlfall joined Bradford City on loan. He netted twice in seventeen outings, going on to join the Bantams permanently three months later. 1997 - Nicolas Anelka joined Arsenal from Paris Saint-Germain for £500,000. He bagged 28 goals in 91 games for the Gunners, before being sold for £23m to Real Madrid. 2008 - Ex-reds reserves forward Paul Dalglish signed for Kilmarnock. He only played six times before retiring at the end of the season, having failed to find the back of the net. 2017 - Adam Lallana signed a new three-year contract, notching 22 times in 178 reds games since arriving from Southampton for £23m in July 2014 before moving on to Brighton & Hove Albion in July 2020 having helped the reds to claim the Premier League title and FIFA Club World Cup. Other reds games 1964 – We beat Birmingham City 2-1 at Anfield with Ronnie Moran scoring direct from a free-kick and Ian St. John also on the scoresheet. 1947 – Albert Stubbins bagged the only goal of Huddersfield Town’s visit to L4. 1896 – We defeated Grimsby Town 3-1 in a home Second Division encounter. George Allan struck twice with Frank Becton also on target. Red fathers 2011 - Christian Poulsen became a father to Hugo, while ex-reds forward Paul Dalglish became a dad for the first time, to twins called Rocco and Coco. Roy on trial 1964 - Future red Roy Evans played for the North against the South in an England Schools trial in Staffordshire. Also in international action 1978 – Ray Clemence, Kenny Dalglish, Emlyn Hughes, Phil Neal, Graeme Souness, ex-red Kevin Keegan and future red Avi Cohen all played in friendlies. 1989 – Jan Mølby featured as Denmark lost 1-0 to Italy in a friendly in Pisa. 1998 – Future red Dietmar Hamann featured in Germany’s 3-0 win in Saudi Arabia. 2006 – Future reds keeper Daniele Padelli played for Italy Under-20’s in their 2-2 draw with Germany. 2009 – Tom Ince featured for England Under-17’s in their 2-0 defeat by France in the Algarve Tournament.
  8. Will

    14th April

    Thiago AlcântaraWembley derby joy 2012 - We came from behind to beat Everton 2-1 at Wembley in our FA Cup Semi-final with keeper Brad Jones becoming the first reds player to make his first four appearances for the club in four different competitions. Nikica Jelavić pounced on hesitation in the centre of our defence to give the Blues a half-time lead. However, Luis Suárez then capitalised on a short back-pass by Sylvain Distin, with Andy Carroll heading in a late winner to send us through to our fourteenth Final. European semi-finals We have played three European Semi-finals on this day over the years. 1976 - Phil Thompson netted in our 1-1 draw with Barcelona at Anfield in the second leg, with Carlos Rexach equalising two minutes later. However, this was enough to take us to our second UEFA Cup Final, after John Toshack’s winner in the Camp Nou. This game set our record home European attendance of 55,104 while Brian Hall was playing his 224th and final reds game. 1966 - Bobby Lennox gave Celtic a first leg lead in the European Cup Winners’ Cup, which we overcame in the Anfield return to reach our first European Final. Forward Phil Chisnall was playing his ninth and last reds game. 1971 - Billy Bremner struck as Leeds United won 1-0 at Anfield in the Fairs Cup, with the last of his five goals against the reds. A goalless draw in the return at Elland Road saw the Yorkshiremen through, where they beat Juventus in the two-legged final. Heading towards Basel 2016 – We staged a dramatic come-back at a raucous Anfield to beat Jürgen Klopp’s former charges Ballspielverein Borussia 09 e.V. Dortmund 4-3 on the night to reach the UEFA Europa League Semi-final 5-4 on aggregate. We fell two goals behind inside the opening ten minutes, while we still needed to score twice in the final twelve minutes after Divock Origi scored in his third consecutive reds game with Philippe Coutinho also on target as we trailed 3-2 on the night. Mamadou Sakho nodded in before his centre-back partner Dejan Lovren headed in an injury-time winner. Red centurions 2019 – Gini Wijnaldum played his hundredth League game for the reds as we beat Chelsea 2-0 at Anfield. Sadio Mané headed us in front after the break, before Mohamed Salah scored a stunning strike. 1973 – Full-back Chris Lawler played his 500th reds game as we beat West Bromwich Albion 1-0 at Anfield, with Kevin Keegan on target from the spot. Four apiece 2009 – We eventually drew 4-4 at Chelsea in the second leg of our Champions League Quarter-final to crash out 7-5 on aggregate. This was our 300th European game, and tenth meeting with Chelsea in continental competition, a new club record. We took a 2-0 half-time lead thanks to an innovative free-kick from Fábio Aurélio, his final reds strike, and a Xabi Alonso spot-kick. Didier Drogba embarrassed Pepe Reina at his near post to pull one back after the break, one of his eleven goals against the reds, with a thumping Alex free-kick drawing the scores level on the night, before Frank Lampard netted. A deflected strike from Lucas and Dirk Kuyt header left us needing just one more goal to progress. Unfortunately, another of Lampard’s eight goals past us then ended the scoring. Also recently 2018 – We beat Bournemouth 3-0 at Anfield. Sadio Mané opened the scoring, with Mohamed Salah nodding in his thirtieth League goal of the season, and fortieth in all competitions, before Roberto Firmino completed the scoring. 2007 - We were held to a goalless draw at the City Of Manchester Stadium by Manchester City. City’s Joey Barton pointedly ran to the away fans’ section and placed flowers in front of a giant ‘Justice for the 96’ banner before the game, which was played just a day before the anniversary of the disaster. 1995 - We lost 2-1 at Maine Road in another Premiership meeting, with future City player Steve McManaman netting our consolation. Dominic Matteo had the rare distinction of coming on as a substitute, before being replaced himself just nine minutes later. We have also faced City twice more on this day. 1952 – We lost our other top-flight meeting 2-1, with John Smith grabbing our goal. 1945 - We won a Wartime League match 3-1 at Maine Road that also counted for the Wartime League Cup, with Don Welsh striking twice and Phil Taylor also on the scoresheet. Three for Tony 1956 - Forward Tony Rowley grabbed a hat-trick in our 4-1 home League defeat of Port Vale, with Geoff Twentyman also on the scoresheet. 1894 - We also beat the Valiants, when they were still known as Burslem Port Vale. Andrew Hannah bagged his only reds goal with Joe McQue also on target in our 2-1 Second Division win at Anfield as keeper Billy McOwen played his 27th and final game for the club. Tom’s milestone 1928 - Left-half Tom Bromilow played his 300th League game in a goalless top-flight draw with Newcastle United at Anfield. He went on to play 341 League games and 375 games in total for us. Bowing out 1923 - Ephraim Longworth won his fifth and final cap as England drew 2-2 with Scotland at Hampden Park in the British International Championships. Clubmate Harry ‘Smiler’ Chambers also played, while Maurice Parry represented Wales on the same day in their 3-0 defeat in Wrexham by Ireland. 1902 – Winger Tommy Robertson played his 35th and last game for the reds as we lost 2-0 to Derby County at Anfield. Biting the hand that fed 1984 - Ex-reds reserves striker Colin Russell netted one of Stoke City’s goals in their surprise 2-0 win at the Victoria Ground, with Ian Painter also on target. Graeme Souness was booked, taking him to a suspension for gathering twenty disciplinary points. Liddell on target for the Scots 1951 - Billy Liddell struck as Scotland lost 3-2 to England at Wembley in the British International Championships. Tom the skipper 1934 - Future reds defender Tom Cooper captained England for the first time as they beat Scotland 3-0 in the British International Championships at Wembley. 1945 - Another red skippered his country, when Matt Busby represented Scotland as they were thumped 6-1 by England in a Wartime International at Hampden Park. Clubmate Jim Harley also played for the Scots. Red arrivals 1909 – Half-back John McConnell signed from Airdrieonians for £80. He netted just once in 53 first-team appearances leading up to the First World War, including one in goal in only his second game! 1897 – Welsh forward Billy Matthews was born in Plas Bennion. He netted eight times in thirteen Wartime games, signing from Colwyn Bay in 1918. He scored four times in nine outings before joining Bristol City in March 1922. Mixed fortunes against the Mancs We twice entertained Manchester United in the League on this day in the space of three years. 1979 - We won 2-0 with Kenny Dalglish heading a goal and Phil Neal also on the scoresheet in what the Echo described as “a majestic exhibition of quality football to outplay their FA Cup conquerors” of ten days earlier. 1981 – We lost 1-0, thanks to a goal from Gordon McQueen. Hunt missing 1964 - Roger Hunt missed our trip to Burnley after playing in all of our previous 120 games. Alf Arrowsmith bagged a brace with Ian St. John also scoring in our 3-0 victory. We have also hosted the Clarets twice in the top-flight on this day in history. 1951 - Bill Jones netted the only goal of the game. 1922 - Harry ‘Smiler’ Chambers was on target in a 1-1 draw, with Tom Bromilow missing a penalty. Gunning for disappointment 1911 - We held Woolwich Arsenal to a goalless draw at their Manor Ground. 1934 – We lost our other First Division meeting with Arsenal 3-2 at Anfield when goals from Vic Wright and Gordon Hodgson’s 200th reds strike were not enough. Joe Hulme struck two of his ten goals against the reds, with Pat Beasley also on the scoresheet. Stalemates with the Terriers We have twice faced Huddersfield Town in the top-flight on this day in history, with both matches ending all square. 1923 - Our match at Leeds Road finished goalless. 1933 - Harold Barton and Dave Wright struck at Anfield. This was Barton’s 29th and final reds goal while Charlie Like bagged the first of his four goals past us and Wilf Bott netting one of his five against us. Nominated again 2009 - Steven Gerrard was nominated for the PFA Player of the Year for the sixth consecutive season. The award was later claimed by the veteran Ryan Giggs. Youngsters on their way 2006 - We won the FA Youth Cup Final first leg 3-0 at Anfield, with Robbie Threlfall, Ryan Flynn and Miki Roqué grabbing the goals. We lost the return 2-0 to hang on for an aggregate victory to claim the trophy for only the second time. Other reds games 1990 – We were held to a 2-2 draw at Anfield by Nottingham Forest. Ronnie Rosenthal and Steve McMahon both scored before Steve Hodge netted one of his six goals against us, with Nigel Jemson also on the scoresheet. 1959 – We lost a Second Division encounter 1-0 at Sheffield Wednesday as Redfern Froggatt struck the last of his six goals past us. 1906 - Joe Hewitt and Arthur Goddard struck as we won 2-0 at Wolverhampton Wanderers. 1900 – We won 3-1 at Preston North End with Charlie Satterthwaite, Sam Raybould and Jack Cox all scoring. Razor on the move 1986 - Neil Ruddock signed for Tottenham Hotspur from Millwall for £50,000. He only played eleven times in this first spell at White Hart Lane, moving back to Millwall in June 1988 for £300,000. Also in international action 1914 – Ex-red keeper Sam Hardy played for England in their 3-1 British International Championships defeat to Scotland at Hampden Park. 1956 – Future reds keeper Tommy Younger featured in Scotland’s 1-1 draw with England in the same tournament. 1962 – Ian St. John played for Scotland in their 2-0 defeat of England. 1993 – Future red Karl-Heinz Riedle played for Germany as they thumped Ghana 6-1 in a friendly in Bochum. 2010 – Dani Pacheco and future red Thiago Alcântara both played as Spain Under-19’s drew 1-1 with Norway in Turkey. 2015 - Future red Bobby Adekanye featured for the Dutch Under-16’s as they beat Italy 1-0 in Noordwijk.
  9. Will

    14th May

    The birth of a great keeper 1940 - Tommy ‘The Flying Pig’ Lawrence was born in Dailly, Ayrshire. The legendary keeper signed professional terms in October 1957 and played 390 times for us, winning two League title medals and an FA Charity Shield as well as being a member of the 1965 FA Cup winning side. He left the club in November 1971 to join Tranmere Rovers. 1929 - Centre-forward Louis Bimpson was born in Rainford. He scored 39 goals in his 102 first-team appearances after signing on a free transfer from Burscough in January 1953. He moved on to Blackburn Rovers in November 1959. 1984 - Ex-reserves forward Mark Peers was born in St. Helens. He never made it into our first team and is currently playing for Canterbury United in New Zealand. The title clinched at Anfield again and again 1977 - We retained the League title, holding West Ham United to a goalless draw at Anfield, to win the championship for the tenth time. 1995 - Kenny Dalglish’s Blackburn Rovers side clinched the League despite losing 2-1 at Anfield, as Manchester United failed to beat West Ham United at Upton Park. Alan Shearer struck one of his eight goals past us before John Barnes equalised, with Jamie Redknapp scoring the goal that might have cost Rovers the League, had the Irons not held on for a draw. We therefore finished the season in fourth spot. Bye bye Bob 1983 - Bob Paisley bowed out as reds boss, signing off with a 2-1 defeat at second-placed Watford, having already clinched our fourteenth League title two weeks before. Craig Johnston netted our consolation that day. He had led us to a total of 307 victories in 535 games in charge, as we claimed six League titles, three European Cups, UEFA Cup, UEFA Super Cup, three League Cups and four FA Charity Shields. Wembley disappointment 1988 - We suffered defeat in the FA Cup Final at the hands of underdogs Wimbledon, to be denied a second double in three seasons. Lawrie Sanchez scored the only goal of the game, while Peter Beardsley had a goal chalked off and Dave Beasant saved a penalty from John Aldridge - the only spot-kick we have been awarded in an FA Cup Final, and the first penalty miss in any Wembley final. This game also saw Craig Johnston’s 271st and final reds appearance. Most recently 2017 – We paid our first visit to West Ham United’s new ground, the London Stadium, thumping the Hammers 4-0 as we closed in on Champions League qualification. Daniel Sturridge opened the scoring before the break, with Philippe Coutinho bagging a brace and Divock Origi also on target. Champions League failure 2000 - Our 1-0 defeat at Bradford City, thanks to a David Wetherall goal, meant we just missed out on a first venture in the new Champions League, and ensured the Bantams’ top-flight survival. Titi Camara played his 37th and final reds game, with Dominic Matteo appearing for the 155th and last time. For Clem 1980 - A testimonial match for Ray Clemence was staged at Anfield as the reds lost 8-6 to Belgians Royal Sporting Club Anderlecht, with defender Richard Money bagging his first reds goal. Kevin Keegan returned to score for the reds that night, with Howard Gayle grabbing a brace and Clem himself and ex-red Joey Jones also on the scoresheet. For the 97 1989 - A friendly was played in aid of the Hillsborough Disaster Appeal, with a Liverpool Select side facing an Everton Select team at Southport’s Haig Avenue ground. 2009 – Liverpool Legends beat an All Stars team 3-1 in the Hillsborough Memorial Game at Anfield. Ian Rush, John Aldridge and Kenny Dalglish scored for the reds, with Teddy Sheringham netting for the All Stars. Keegan for England 1999 - Kevin Keegan was appointed full-time Manager of England after three months as interim head coach, while also managing Fulham. He remained as national boss until resigning in October 2000. International debutants 1950 - Bill Jones, grandfather of 1990’s defender Rob, made his England debut in their 5-3 defeat of Portugal at Kenilworth Road. 1938 - Future reds boss Don Welsh made his international bow as England beat Germany 6-3 in a friendly in Berlin, the infamous game before which the visiting side gave the Nazi salute. 1981 – Future red Glenn Hysén made his senior bow as Sweden lost 2-1 to Denmark in a Nordic Championships game in Malmö. 1986 – Hysén played again for his country as Austria beat Sweden 1-0 in a friendly in Salzburg. On the move 1926 - Centre-half Walter Wadsworth was sold to Bristol City for £400 after helping us to consecutive League titles. He had signed as an amateur from Ormskirk in April 1912 and struck eight times in 242 reds games, many alongside his brother, outside-right Harold. 1876 – Scottish winger Tommy Robertson returned to Heart Of Midlothian having struck 35 times in 141 games since signing alongside inside-right Johnny Walker for a combined £175 from Hearts in March 1898. He had helped us to claim our first League title in 1901. 1986 - Reserves midfielder Jim Magilton signed as a professional. He never made into the reds first-team and was Manager of Queens Park Rangers until leaving by mutual consent in December 2009. 2007 - Ex-reds reserves forward Paul Jewell resigned as Manager of Wigan Athletic, having led them to safety in their second season in the top flight. On the same day, Abel Xavier signed for LA Galaxy on a free transfer from Middlesbrough, joining David Beckham in the USA. 2012 – Midfielder John Welsh signed for Preston North End from Tranmere Rovers, having struck eleven times in 149 outings while on the Wirral. International goalscorers 1974 - Future red Kenny Dalglish scored as Scotland beat Wales 2-0 in the British International Championships at Hampden Park. 2002 – El-Hadji Diouf struck as Senegal lost a friendly 3-2 in Saudi Arabia, with fellow future red Salif Diao receiving his marching orders. Dietmar Hamann, John Arne Riise and ex-reds Øyvind Leonhardsen and Christian Ziege all also featuring in friendlies that day. Multiple debutants 2014 – Midfielder Cameron Brannagan, centre-half Rafael Páez, winger Kristoffer Peterson, right-back Connor Randall and midfielder Jordan Williams all played their first senior reds games as we beat Shamrock Rovers 4-0 in a post-season friendly in the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Forward Jack Dunn bagged his first reds strike, with Iago Aspas, Fabio Borini and Martin Kelly also on target. Ernie for England Future reds defender Ernie Blenkinsop played for England in friendlies in consecutive years on this day in history. 1930 - He featured in their goalless draw against Austria in Vienna. 1931 - He lined up alongside fellow future red Tom Cooper as they lost 5-2 to France in Paris. 2019 – Paul Glatzel scored for Germany Under-18’s as they won a friendly 3-0 in Belgium. Carra the dad again 2004 - Jamie Carragher’s fiancée Nicola gave birth to his second child, daughter Mia. Solna’s sixtieth 1951 - We took part in a match to commemorate Swedish side A.I.K.’s sixtieth anniversary, thumping our hosts 7-0. Willie Fagan and Billy Liddell both netted braces, with Kevin Baron and Phil Taylor also on target, to add to an own goal. Shanks opened 1982 – The Shankly Court flats on Anfield Road were opened by Bill Shankly’s widow, Nessie. Other game 1985 – Our only other game on this day was a 1-1 draw at Southampton. John Wark struck after half an hour, but David Armstrong equalised after the break, one of his four goals past us. Mark Lawrenson dislocated a shoulder which made him a doubt for the European Cup Final in Brussels. Also in international action 1992 – Future red Jari Litmanen played for Finland as they lost 2-0 to Bulgaria in a World Cup qualifier in Helsinki. 2007 – Future red Krisztián Németh featured for Hungary Under-19’s in their goalless European Championships qualifier against Germany in Dublin.
  10. Will

    6th February

    Dirk strikes again 2010 - Dirk Kuyt headed in his fiftieth reds goal from a corner, in his 181st game for the club, to secure a 1-0 derby victory at Anfield. Centre-half Sotirios Kyrgiakos was sent off for a two-footed challenge on Marouane Fellaini, despite taking the ball, with both Fellaini and Stephen Pienaar lucky to avoid red cards in the first half. Pienaar was eventually dismissed in stoppage time. American issues 2007 - Liverpool FC announced that the Board had agreed the terms of an offer from George Gillett Jr. and Tom Hicks to buy the club. The takeover subsequently went through when shareholders agreed to the deal near unanimously, although the honeymoon period rapidly came to an end, and they finally left the club in October 2010. 2016 – A mass walkout was staged in the 77th minute of our home game against Sunderland in protest at planned ticket price increases, of up to £77, with a new pricing structure rapidly introduced afterwards. After a goalless first half, Roberto Firmino and Adam Lallana put us two goals ahead before the crowd thinned out. However, Adam Johnson and Jermain Defoe, with his fourth of six strikes past us to date, ensured the game ended level, with boss Jürgen Klopp missing the game due to a recent appendectomy. Biting the hand that would feed 2011 - Future Blue Raul Meireles bagged the only goal at Stamford Bridge, as Fernando Torres’ Chelsea debut ended in anonymous disappointment. Many happy returns 1916 - Legendary forward Jack Balmer was born in West Derby, Liverpool. He quit Everton where he had been an amateur for Anfield in May 1935, signing on professionally three months later. He bagged 110 goals in 309 reds games, including trebles in three consecutive matches on our way to the League title in 1947. He also played in the FA Cup Final three years later and coached the reds after retiring from playing in May 1952. 1908 - Right-back Willie Steel was born in Blantyre, Lanarkshire. He failed to score in 128 reds games after signing from St. Johnstone in September 1931, before being sold to Birmingham City for £5,000 in March 1935. 1903 – Forward James Clark was born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. He signed from his hometown club for £3,000 in January 1928 and bagged eleven goals in 42 games, before moving joining Nottingham Forest in July 1931. On the same day, forward Bob Clark also came into the world. He signed from Newcastle United for £3,000 in January 1928, having helped them to the League title the year before. He struck eleven times in 42 outings before joining Nottingham Forest in July 1931. 1978 - Ex-reserves defender Gareth Roberts was born in Wrexham. He left Anfield in August 1999 for Panionios in Greece. Yet another shut out 1988 - We secured a club record tenth consecutive clean sheet as we were held to a draw at home by West Ham United. Manager Kenny Dalglish was presented with his third Bell’s Manager of the Month award prior to kick-off. 2012 – We were held to a goalless draw by Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield as Luis Suárez returned from a nine-match ban. Dom off 1999 - We beat Middlesbrough 3-1 in a League game at Anfield, with Michael Owen, Vegard Heggem and Paul Ince netting. Dominic Matteo was sent off for a professional foul. Boro’s late goal from Phil Stamp was the first we had conceded on this day since 1956. On the same day, future reds Markus Babbel and Stéphane Henchoz both played for their countries. 1956 – We won 2-1 at Sc***horpe United in an FA Cup Fourth Round replay, when Billy Liddell and Alan Arnell grabbed our goals as we won through in extra time. Keeper Dave Underwood saved a penalty from Jack Brownsword. Getting thumped We have lost four of our fourteen matches on this day in history. 1937 - The most recent of these was a 5-0 thumping at Birmingham City in the top flight. Fred Harris struck one of his five goals against the reds, with Seymour Morris, Jack Beattie, Dennis Jennings and Frank White all also on target. 1932 - We also lost 5-1 at Grimsby Town, with full-back Bob Done netting our consolation. Tim Coleman bagged a treble for the Mariners, who were relegated from the First Division at the end of that season, three of his nine strikes past the reds. Jock Priestley and Teddy Buck also scored. Cup humiliation 1909 - We lost 3-2 to Norwich City at Anfield in the Second Round of the FA Cup, with Jack Cox grabbing his eightieth and final reds goal and Robert Robinson also on target. This was the second time we had been knocked out of the competition by non-League opposition. Ex-red Hugh McQueen returned to Anfield as the Canaries’ trainer, receiving a standing ovation. Red trebles 1963 - Ian St. John netted a hat-trick as we beat Drumcondra 5-1 in a friendly at Tolka Park in Dublin. Kevin Lewis was also on the scoresheet, with our other strike coming from an own goal. 1943 - Willie Fagan struck three times, including once from the spot, as we thumped Tranmere Rovers 5-1 in a Wartime League fixture at Prenton Park. Cyril Done added a brace. Derby Dick again 1926 - Dick Forshaw netted twice, including his hundredth reds goal, as we drew 3-3 at Goodison, adding to the treble he had bagged in our previous meeting that season across Stanley Park. Cyril Oxley had bagged our first goal with his sixth and final reds strike. Dixie Dean netted the first of his nineteen derby goals, with Bobby Irvine and Sam Chedgzoy also on the scoresheet. 1915 - We also took the short trip across the park when Jackie Sheldon, Jimmy Nicholl and Fred Pagnam were on the scoresheet as we beat the eventual League champions 3-1, with Joe Clennell netting one of his seven goals past us, the thousandth goal we had conceded in the top flight. Thumpings 1982 - Terry McDermott, Ian Rush, Kenny Dalglish and Ronnie Whelan all netted as we beat Ipswich Town 4-0 at Anfield as we moved towards our thirteenth League title. 1897 – We suffered a 6-1 trouncing at the hands of Stoke in our First Division encounter at the Victoria Ground. George Allan netted our consolation in what was our biggest defeat so far. Joe Schofield and Jimmy Hill each netted twice, with Alan Maxwell and Jim Hingerty also on target. Signing on 1925 – Forward Tom Scott joined the reds from Darlington, despite Everton believing they had a deal in place to sign him. He struck four times in eighteen games before moving on to Bristol City in October 1928. A beginning and an end 1954 - Forward Eric Anderson struck the first of his 22 goals as we drew 1-1 at Burnley in a top-flight fixture, with full-back Ray Lambert playing his 300th game for the club. 1904 – Inside-forward Edgar Chadwick played his 45th and final reds game as we lost 3-1 at Blackburn Rovers in an FA Cup First Round tie. Sam Raybould bagged our consolation, with reds keeper Peter Platt saving a Bob Crompton spot-kick. Jack Dewhurst scored two of his five goals past us, with Lionel Watson also on the scoresheet. Award-winning reds 2006 - Rafael Benítez was awarded the Liverpool Echo’s Merseyside Sports Personality of the Year, while skipper Steven Gerrard was presented with the Bill Shankly Memorial Award at the same event. On the same day, Jimmy Ryan played for the Republic of Ireland Under-18’s as they beat Malta 1-0. Keegan’s brace 1980 - Skipper Kevin Keegan, then with Hamburger SV, netted both goals in England’s 2-0 defeat of the Republic of Ireland in a European Championships qualifier at Wembley. Ray Clemence, Steve Heighway, David Johnson, Terry McDermott, Phil Thompson and future red Mark Lawrenson all also played. This was David Johnson’s first cap as a red. International debuts 2008 - Martin Škrtel won his first cap as a red as Slovakia drew 1-1 in a friendly in Hungary, while Jari Litmanen scored while playing for Finland for the first time while with Fulham as they lost 2-1 in Greece, with future red Sotirios Kyrgiakos on the winning side. Milan Baroš represented the Czech Republic for the first time while on loan at Portsmouth in their 2-0 defeat by Poland in another friendly, while Nicolas Anelka won his first cap as a Chelsea player in France’s 1-0 defeat by Spain in Málaga, with Xabi Alonso, Fernando Torres and future red Albert Riera also featuring. Future red Luis Suárez netted in Uruguay’s 2-2 friendly draw with Colombia in Montevideo. Meanwhile, Steven Gerrard skippered England in Fabio Capello’s first match in charge as they beat Switzerland 2-1 in a friendly at Wembley Stadium, with Peter Crouch, future reds Joe Cole and Raul Meireles, and ex-red David James also in action. Ex-red Frode Kippe won his eight and last senior cap as Norway lost a friendly 3-0 to John Toshack’s Wales in Wrexham. Ryan Babel, Yossi Benayoun, Lucas Leiva, John Arne Riise, future reds Joe Allen, Milan Jovanović, Robbie Keane, Alex Manninger and Christian Poulsen and ex-red Darren Potter all also played for their countries. 2007 - Robbie Threlfall made his only England Under-19’s appearance with his clubmate Adam Hammill on target as they thumped Poland 4-1 in a friendly in front of a record crowd of 10,375 at the Fitness First Stadium in Bournemouth. Meanwhile, Craig Bellamy, Scott Carson, ex-red Antonio Barragán and future reds Sotirios Kyrgiakos, James Milner, Christian Poulsen and Kolo Touré also played for their countries, with John Toshack taking charge of Wales. 2003 – John Welsh debuted for England Under-20’s as they drew 1-1 with Germany in the Toulon International Festival, with future reds keeper Andy Lonergan also playing. Also in international action 2013 – Nuri Şahin won his first cap back on loan at Ballspielverein Borussia 09 e.V. Dortmund from Real Madrid, having moved on the reds, as Turkey lost a friendly 2-0 at home to the Czech Republic, while Samed Yeşil played for Germany Under-19’s for the seventh and last time in their 1-0 friendly defeat in Italy. Daniel Agger, Steven Gerrard and Martin Škrtel all captained their countries in friendlies, while Mario Balotelli won his first cap as an AC Milan player, with Danny Ward making his debut for Wales Under-21’s. Future red Mohamed Salah netted as Egypt lost a friendly 2-1 to Chile in Madrid, while Chelsea’s Fabio Borini scored for Italy Under-21’s in their 1-0 friendly defeat of Germany in Andria. Joe Allen, Glen Johnson, Luis Suárez, future reds Christian Benteke, Ádám Bogdán, Ragnar Klavan, Dejan Lovren, James Milner and Mamadou Sakho, and ex-reds Charlie Adam, Craig Bellamy, Alexander Kačaniklić, Dirk Kuyt, Javier Mascherano, Raul Meireles and John Arne Riise all also played, with Roy Hodgson taking charge of England. Meanwhile, ex-red Momo Sissoko played as Mali were beaten 4-1 by future reds loanee Victor Moses’ Nigeria in the Africa Cup of Nations Semi-final in South Africa. 2016 – Future red Rafael Camacho played for Portugal Under-16’s as they beat the Netherlands 2-1 in a friendly. 2009 – Emiliano Insúa and Ronald Huth both featured in the final phase of the Sudamericano Sub-20 “Juventud de América” in Venezuela. Argentina were held to a 1-1 draw by the host nation, while Paraguay drew 2-2 with Uruguay. 2000 – Rigobert Song played as Cameroon beat Algeria 2-1 in their Africa Cup of Nations Quarter-final in Ghana. 1993 – Future red Brad Friedel played for the USA in their 1-1 draw with Romania in Santa Barbara. 1991 – John Barnes, Steve Nicol, Ian Rush, Steve Staunton, ex-red Kevin Sheedy and future reds Gary McAllister, Colin Pascoe, Dean Saunders and Mark Wright all played in international friendlies. Other reds games 1993 – Nottingham Forest held us to a goalless draw at Anfield. 1971 – John Toshack netted the only goal of our trip to Leeds United after just two minutes. 1965 – Roger Hunt bagged the only goal as we visited Aston Villa, with the goal standing despite the linesman flagging for offside. On the move 2014 – Steven Gillespie signed for Bristol Rovers, having been released by Fleetwood Town. He struck once in ten games before moving on to Altrincham five months later.
  11. Will

    28th April

    Clinching the title 1990 - We secured our eighteenth and most recent League title, beating Queens Park Rangers 2-1 at Anfield thanks to an Ian Rush strike and a John Barnes penalty, after Roy Wegerle had put the visitors in front. Recent reserves keeper Paul Harrison was our mascot that day! UEFA Cup glory 1976 - Jimmy Case became our first substitute to score in a cup final as we beat Club Brugge 3-2 at Anfield in the first leg of the UEFA Cup Final, despite being 2-0 down inside the first quarter of an hour thanks to strikes from Raoul Lambert and Julien Cools. Ray Kennedy also scored, with Kevin Keegan netting a penalty, and we drew the return match 1-1 to clinch our second UEFA Cup. Virgil the best 2019 – Centre-half Virgil van Dijk was named as PFA Player of the Year after an impressive campaign that eventually resulted in winning the UEFA Champions League in Madrid. Luis at the treble 2012 - Luis Suárez scored a stunning hat-trick as we won 3-0 at Norwich City, the first of his six trebles for the club. He struck twice before the break, rounding the scoring out with a sublime lob over the keeper from just inside the opposition half. 2013 - Suárez was named in the PFA Team of the Year, having scored thirty times in 44 outings that campaign. 2014 - Steven Gerrard was named as the Liverpool Echo’s Sports Personality Of The Year. Semi-final disappointments 1971 - A goalless draw at Leeds United was not enough to take us through to the Fairs Cup Final, after having lost the first leg 1-0 at Anfield. 1980 - Our third FA Cup Semi-final match of the season with Arsenal still could not separate the sides, as the game at Villa Park ended 1-1 after extra time, with Kenny Dalglish bagging our goal in the final minute of normal time after Alan Sunderland had opened the scoring with one of his six goals past us after just sixteen seconds. Ray Clemence made his 600th reds outing in this game, while David Johnson had to leave the pitch for a while having been knocked unconscious. Unfortunately, we lost the fourth game three days later. 2011 – Future red Mohamed Salah played as Egypt Under-20’s lost a penalty shoot-out to Cameroon after a goalless draw in their African Championship Finals Semi-final in South Africa. Beginnings and ends 2007 - Left-back Emiliano Insúa made his reds debut as we lost 2-1 at Portsmouth, with Robbie Fowler having a goal ruled out for offside. Sami Hyypiä scored in his 400th reds game, our 7,000th in League football, while Jerzy Dudek made his 186th and final appearance for the club. Benjani netted the first of his four goals against the reds with Niko Kranjcar also scoring for Pompey. 1900 – Full-back Archie Goldie played his 149th and final reds game in our 2-1 top-flight win at Glossop as we ended the season in tenth. His brother Bill struck, as did John Walker before the home side grabbed a last-minute consolation through G. Colville. Losing the title 1969 - Leeds United’s goalless draw at Anfield handed them the League title, with the reds ending the season six points behind in second place. In and out of the top flight 1894 - We won promotion to the First Division for the first time, beating Newton Heath, who later became Manchester United, 2-0 in a Test Match decider, in front of only 5,000 at Ewood Park. Patrick Gordon and Harry Bradshaw scored the decisive goals, with centre-forward David Henderson playing his 23rd and last reds game. 1928 – Our 2-0 defeat of Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield relegated the North London side, when Tom Bromilow and Gordon Hodgson netted. Bill Murray played the first of his four reds games. Winning the Shield 1906 - We claimed the Charity Shield for the first time, when it was then a six-foot high trophy known as the Sheriff of London Charity Shield. Arthur Goddard and Joe Hewitt grabbed a brace apiece as we beat amateur side Corinthians 5-1 at Craven Cottage, with our other score being a Kenneth Hunt own goal. Most recently 2018 – Soon-to-be relegated Stoke City held us to a goalless draw at Anfield, with the reds denied a strong late penalty claim for handball. 1923 - We were held to a goalless draw at Stoke’s Victoria Ground in a top-flight encounter, having already won the title ten days earlier. Double England debutants 1999 - Jamie Carragher made his senior England debut, as a substitute in their 1-1 friendly draw with Hungary in Budapest. Future red Emile Heskey also made his England bow, from the start. Steve McManaman won his 24th cap, his final one as a reds player, while Jamie Redknapp also played for a side managed by ex-red Kevin Keegan. On the same day, future red John Arne Riise scored his first goal for Norway Under-21’s as they won a European Championships qualifier 3-0 in Georgia, with Frode Kippe also in action. 1993 - Future reds boss Gérard Houllier managed France as they beat Sweden 2-1 in a World Cup qualifier at Parc des Princes. Also recently 2015 - We lost at Hull City, with Michael Dawson heading in the only goal. Forward Mario Balotelli played his 28th and last reds game. 2016 – We lost the first leg of our UEFA Europa League Semi-final 1-0 at Villarreal thanks to a stoppage-time Adrián López strike. However, we won the Anfield return 3-0 to reach the Final in Basel. Auf wiedersehen Christian 2001 - Christian Ziege played his 32nd and final reds game, coming on as a second-half substitute in our 2-0 win at Coventry City. Sami Hyypiä and Gary McAllister struck the goals inside the final ten minutes, to help send the Sky Blues down. Births and deaths 1867 - Inside-left Davy Hannah was born in Raffrey, County Down. He signed from Sunderland in November 1894 and struck twelve times in 33 reds games, sometimes alongside his cousin, right-back Andrew Hannah. Davy helped us to the Second Division title in 1896 before moving to Dundee the following year. 1974 - Dominic Matteo was born in Dumfries. He netted twice in 155 games for us before leaving for Leeds United in a £4m deal in August 2000. 2020 – Gini Wijnaldum became a father for the third time, to Julian Emilio. 2006 – Welsh forward Tony Rowley died. He bagged a treble on his debut after signing from Stourbridge in October 1953, going on to net 38 times in 61 reds games. He moved to Third Division Tranmere Rovers in March 1958, continuing to score at a rate of one goal every other game. 2020 – Forward Michael Robinson died in Madrid. Joe Fagan brought the Irish international to Anfield in August 1983 from Brighton & Hove Albion for £250,000. In his first season at the club he won the League title and European Cup, bagging a total of thirteen goals in 52 games before moving to Queens Park Rangers for £100,000 in December 1984. He later carved out a highly successful media career in Spain. A milestone for Barney 1984 - Alan Kennedy netted while playing his 150th consecutive reds game as we were held 2-2 at Anfield by relegation-threatened Ipswich Town. Ian Rush grabbed the other, his 42nd of the season, and 27th in the League. Eric Gates bagged the last two of his five strikes past us. Mickey’s best goal 1995 - Michael Owen netted what he claims to be his best ever goal as England Under-15’s beat their Scottish counterparts 2-1 in Newcastle. A rare blank against the Foxes 1973 - We suffered our only goalless home League draw with Leicester City. Digger’s final England goal 1993 - John Barnes netted his eleventh and final goal for England as they were held 2-2 by the Netherlands in a World Cup qualifier at Wembley. Future red Paul Ince also played. Friendly thumpings We have twice comfortably won friendlies on this day in history. 1904 - We won a testimonial for Charlie Parry 4-0 at Oswestry Town, with John Carlin bagging a brace. 1934 – Alf Hanson bagged a treble as we beat Corinthians 6-2 at Anfield, with Vic Wright netting twice and Sam English also scoring. 1930 – We won a testimonial for Partick Thistle’s Alex Lambie 2-1 at Firhill, thanks to goals from Gordon Hodgson and Jimmy Smith. In and out 2010 – The transfer of young midfielder Jonjo Shelvey from Charlton Athletic was confirmed. He eventually signed for an initial £1.7m a month later, striking seven times in 69 senior appearances before moving to Swansea City for an initial £5m in July 2013. 2011 – Former reds Chief Scout Eduardo Macía was appointed Technical Director of Olympiacos. 2016 - A tribunal set the fee for forward Danny Ings’ transfer from Burnley for an initial £6.5m, nine months after his arrival. He has only managed to notch four times in 25 outings due to serious injury and is currently on loan at Southampton for the season. Other reds games 1979 – We drew 0-0 at Nottingham Forest as we edged towards our eleventh League title. 1962 – We won a Second Division match 3-2 at Plymouth Argyle thanks to goals from Alan A’Court, Ian St. John and Roger Hunt. 1956 – John Evans headed us in front as we beat Bristol Rovers 2-1 at Eastville in the Second Division before Peter Hooper struck one of his seven goals against the reds. Geoff Twentyman grabbed a late winner, with keeper Doug Rudham in fine form. Half centurions 2004 - Future red Bolo Zenden bagged his final international goal before joining the reds, while on loan from Chelsea at Middlesbrough. He was winning his fiftieth cap as the Netherlands beat Greece 4-0 in a friendly in Eindhoven. 1993 - Ex-red Ray Houghton won his fiftieth cap for the Republic of Ireland as they drew 1-1 in a World Cup qualifier in Denmark. Ex-reds John Aldridge and Steve Staunton both also played. Stig Inge Bjørnebye, Ian Rush, future reds Øyvind Leonhardsen and Jari Litmanen, and ex-red Dean Saunders all also represented their countries that day. First and last caps 1999 - Future red Mark Kennedy was on target in the Republic of Ireland’s 2-0 friendly defeat of Sweden at Lansdowne Road. This was his only goal as a Wimbledon player. Steve Staunton skippered a side that also featured Phil Babb, future red Robbie Keane and ex-red Jason McAteer. Meanwhile, Sami Hyypiä won his 26th cap, and final one as a Willem II player, as Finland drew 1-1 in Slovenia. Ex-red Don Hutchison bagged his first Scotland goal as they beat Germany 1-0 in Bremen, with future red Dietmar Hamann on the losing side. 2004 - Jari Litmanen won his first cap as a Lahti player, and 86th in total, skippering Finland as they lost a friendly 1-0 in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Sami Hyypiä won his sixtieth cap in the same game. Dietmar Hamann and ex-red Rigobert Song both also captained their countries, with Milan Baroš, Jerzy Dudek, Stéphane Henchoz, David Raven, John Arne Riise, Vladimír Šmicer and future reds Yossi Benayoun, Ragnar Klavan and Momo Sissoko also in international action. 1993 - Abel Xavier made his second senior international appearance, and final one while with Estrela de Amadora, as Portugal trounced Scotland 5-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Lisbon. Future reds on target 2004 - Fernando Torres bagged his first senior international goal as Spain held Italy to a 1-1 draw in a friendly in Genoa. Fellow future reds Xabi Alonso and Fernando Morientes both also played, with Arsenal’s Kolo Toure bagging his first senior goal as Ivory Coast beat Ghana 4-2 in a friendly in France. 1987 - Gary McAllister scored in a B international as Scotland drew 1-1 with France in Aberdeen, with future red Nigel Clough playing for England Under-21’s on the same day. 1982 – Future red John Wark netted Scotland’s goal as they drew their British International Championships match 1-1 with Northern Ireland at Windsor Park. Kenny Dalglish and Alan Hansen also played, while future red Michael Robinson was in action for the Republic of Ireland on the same day. 1981 - Hansen also featured for Scotland, alongside Graeme Souness, as Scotland beat Israel 3-1 in a World Cup qualifier at Hampden Park. Avi Cohen was on the losing side. England youngsters 1981 - Sammy Lee won his first England Under-21’s cap as they beat Romania 3-0 in a European Championships qualifier at Swindon’s County Ground. 1982 - He won his fourth cap at that level as they drew 1-1 with Scotland at Maine Road to reach the Final of the European Championships 2-1 on aggregate. 2007 – Future red Dani Pacheco played for Spain Under-16’s as they lost a friendly 1-0 to England at the new Wembley Stadium. Also in international action 1898 – Frank Becton played for an English XI as they beat a Scottish XI 2-1 in a Players’ Union International at Ibrox. 1992 – Ex-red Peter Beardsley and future red Julian Dicks both played for England B as they drew 1-1 with the CIS in Moscow. Meanwhile, ex-red Jim Magilton featured as Northern Ireland drew 2-2 with Lithuania in a World Cup qualifier in Belfast, while Roy Hodgson took charge of Switzerland as they lost a friendly 2-0 to Bulgaria in Bern. 2002 – Future red Carl Medjani captained the side on his debut for France Under-17’s as they beat Portugal 2-0 in a European Championships Finals group game in Denmark. Future red Arnaud Buhler featured for Switzerland in their 3-1 defeat of Ukraine in the same competition that day. 2006 – Future red Shane O’Connor played for the Republic of Ireland Under-16’s as they lost 1-0 to Latvia in a tournament game in Italy.
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    28th August

    In rides Crazy Horse 1947 - Emlyn Hughes was born in Barrow-in-Furness. ‘Crazy Horse’ played 665 times in his twelve years at Anfield after signing from Blackpool for a club record £65,000 in February 1967, netting 49 times and winning two European Cups, four League titles, two UEFA Cups, FA Cup, UEFA Super Cup and two FA Charity Shields before joining Wolverhampton Wanderers for £90,000 in August 1979. His greatest season was probably 1976/77 when he captained the side to within a whisker of a unique treble, as well as being voted the Football Writers’ Player of the Year. Sadly, he died in November 2004, aged just 57. God’s rapid-fire hat-trick 1994 - Robbie Fowler scored a hat-trick in a five-minute first-half spell as we beat Arsenal 3-0 at Anfield, in front of just 30,017 in the first game after the Kop became all seated. 1999 - He also struck as we again beat the Gunners 2-0 at Anfield, with Patrik Berger also on the scoresheet as Dominic Matteo reached a century of League outings for the reds. 1967 - We also played them, going down 2-0 at Highbury. Jon Sammels scored with Tony Hateley putting through his own net. On the way in 2010 – Midfielder Raul Meireles signed from his hometown club Porto for £11.5m. He bagged five goals in 44 matches, with all these strikes coming in a six-game spell following Kenny Dalglish’s return as Manager. He left for Chelsea in a £12m deal a year after arriving in L4. 2017 – Midfielder Naby Keïta agreed to sign from RasenBallsport Leipzig e.V. the following July for £52.75m. He struck seven times in 77 outings for the reds across his first four campaigns during which he struggled with a succession of injuries. Double Latin debutants 2007 - Brazilian midfielder Lucas Leiva and Argentine winger Sebastián Leto both made their reds bows as we thumped Toulouse 4-0 in the second leg of our Champions League qualifier at Anfield, to progress 5-0 on aggregate. Peter Crouch and skipper Sami Hyypiä both netted before Dirk Kuyt added a late brace as we secured our fiftieth home win in Europe’s premier competition. Before the match, the Z-Cars theme was played in tribute to the recently-murdered Rhys Jones, whose parents and brother were present on the touchline in their Everton shirts, on a day when the city of Liverpool celebrated its 800th birthday. The doc off the mark 1976 – We lost 2-1 at Birmingham City, with David Johnson nabbing his first reds goal. Double centurion 1993 - Ian Rush grabbed his 200th League goal as we beat Leeds United 2-0 at Anfield in the Premiership. Jan Mølby netted the other as Mike Marsh played his 101st and final reds game. Dirk the best of Dutch 2006 - Dirk Kuyt was named Dutch Player of the Year, shortly after his £9m move from Feyenoord to Anfield. He had been made their skipper that season, as he scored 25 times in 38 games in all competitions. Javier the champion 2004 - Future red Javier Mascherano helped Argentina to claim Olympic gold as they beat Paraguay 1-0 in the Final in Athens. Paraguay had both Emilio Martínez and Diego Figueredo sent off. The new Kemlyn 1963 - We played in front of the new Kemlyn Road cantilever stand for the first time, while part of the Anfield Road terracing was unavailable due to structural work. Unfortunately, we lost 2-1 to Nottingham Forest, with Forest’s Bob McKinlay scoring for the reds, the fiftieth time we had benefited from an own goal to date in the League. Bruce at last 1984 - Bruce Grobbelaar won his final senior international cap as Zimbabwe lost 1-0 in the first leg of a World Cup qualifier in Egypt. Other trebles 1926 - Gordon Hodgson opened the scoring before Dick Forshaw bagged a treble against Manchester United for the second successive season, as we won 4-2 in our season opener at Anfield, with winger Dick Edmed making his reds bow. Frank McPherson bagged a brace for the visitors. 1937 - George Mills scored a hat-trick for Chelsea in their 6-1 thumping of the reds as we started the season badly, the last of his four goals past us. Ted Harston netted our consolation on his reds debut, with left-back Bernie Ramsden also making his reds bow. Harry Burgess bagged one of his nine strikes past the reds, with Billy Mitchell and Jimmy Argue also on target. 1943 - Jack Balmer bagged three as we beat Manchester City 4-1 in our opening Wartime League fixture of the season with Cyril Done also on target. 1920 - We also started a new campaign against City, with Tom Miller nabbing a brace and Walter Wadsworth scoring his first reds goal in our 4-2 Anfield victory. Donald Mackinlay also struck, with Tommy Browell bagging one of his seven goals against us and Ernest Goodwin also netting. Other debutants 2002 - Salif Diao made his official reds bow in our 2-2 draw at Blackburn Rovers, with Rovers substitute Corrado Grabbi nabbing a late equaliser after Danny Murphy and John Arne Riise had put us in front, following David Dunn’s opener. 1990 - Roy Keane made his debut in English football as Nottingham Forest lost 2-0 at Anfield, thanks to goals from Ian Rush and Peter Beardsley. Thumping the Mackems 1948 - Billy Liddell, William Watkinson, Willie Fagan and Jack Balmer all scored as we beat Sunderland 4-0 at Anfield. Other birthday boys 1929 - Forward John Evans was born in Tilbury in Essex. He was signed at the fourth attempt from Charlton Athletic in December 1953 for £12,500, but we suffered relegation in his first season at Anfield. His greatest moment with the reds came when he netted all our goals in a 5-3 defeat of Bristol Rovers in September 1954. Overall, he struck 53 times in 107 reds games before joining Colchester United in December 1957, including a goal on his 25th birthday as we lost 3-2 in a Second Division fixture at Derby County, with Louis Bimpson also on target. Jimmy Dunn bagged the last of his four goals against the reds, with Geoff Barrowcliffe and Tommy Powell also scoring. 1993 – Academy defender Jakub Sokolík was born in Ostrava in the Czech Republic. He joined the reds in 2009, signing on as a professional four years later. He was released at the end of the 2013/14 season, signing on with Yeovil Town in June 2014. Rob bows out 1999 - Rob Jones was released by West Ham United, just six weeks after leaving Anfield for one final throw of the dice. He had played 243 times for the reds, famously without notching a goal, before suffering a succession of back problems. In charge 2004 - Ian Rush was appointed Manager of Chester City. He only led them to fourteen victories in 41 games in his one season in charge. 1999 - Steve Clarke took over as Caretaker Manager of Newcastle United after Ruud Gullit’s resignation, although he only took charge of one game, a 5-1 thumping at Manchester United. Other reds games 1982 – Sammy Lee scored a free kick with Phil Neal converting a penalty as we beat West Bromwich Albion 2-0 at Anfield. 1978 – We lost 1-0 at Sheffield United in a League Cup Second Round tie. 1973 – We lost 1-0 at Coventry City. 1971 – We beat Leicester City 3-2 in L4 with Steve Heighway, Kevin Keegan and John Toshack all on target. 1957 – Huddersfield Town held us to a 1-1 draw in a Second Division match at Anfield. Les Massie bagged the first of his four goals against the reds before Alan A’Court equalised. Moving on 2014 – Left-back Jack Robinson was sold to Queens Park Rangers after eleven senior games since making his bow as the reds’ then youngest ever player in May 2010, moving on the same day on loan to Huddersfield Town. 2020 – Ovie Ejaria was sold to Reading after two successful loan spells. On the same day, keeper Shamal George signed for Colchester United having been released by the reds. Crossing the border 1987 - Reserves centre-forward Alan Irvine was sold to Dundee United for £100,000 after just four appearances from off the bench. He failed to score in seven League games before joining Shrewsbury Town. 1994 - Ex-red Gary Gillespie rejoined Coventry City from Celtic on a free transfer. He could only make four appearances in his second, three-season spell at Highfield Road. Danny on target 2007 – Future reds centre-back Danny Wilson captained and scored for Scotland Under-17's for the only time, while winning the first of his four caps at this level in their 3-1 tournament defeat by Austria in Villach. In trouble 2019 - Dean Saunders was jailed for ten weeks for refusing to provide a roadside breath test, although he was freed after one day pending an appeal, which he later won. Also in international action 1991 – Future red Øyvind Leonhardsen played for Norway as they lost a European Championships qualifier 1-0 to the USSR in Oslo.
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    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. 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 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 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.
  14. Will

    24th March

    Auf wiedersehen twice 1965 - We faced 1. FC Köln in a European Cup Third Round replay in Rotterdam after two goalless draws. This third game ended 2-2 after extra time, with Ian St. John and Roger Hunt on target. That meant that the tie was decided on a coin toss. Skipper Ron Yeats called tails but the first attempt landed upright in the mud, although the Germans claimed it was leaning towards heads! Fortunately, it came down the right way at the second attempt so we went through. 1971 - We drew 1-1 at Bayern München in the second leg of our Fairs Cup Fourth Round tie, with Ian Ross on target, taking us through to face Leeds United in the Semi-final 4-1 on aggregate. Not such a Saint 1962 - Ian St. John scored and was later sent off as we beat Preston North End 4-1 at Anfield on our way to the Second Division title. Roger Hunt bagged a brace in his hundredth League games for the reds, with Jimmy Melia also on the scoresheet. 1906 - We also won 2-1 at Deepdale in a top-flight encounter, with Tom Chorlton and Joe Hewitt grabbing our goals while Herbert Danson struck the first of his four goals against the reds. A sterling debut 2012 – Winger Raheem Sterling made his reds bow from the bench as we lost 2-1 at home to Wigan Athletic. Shaun Maloney scored from the spot, with Luis Suárez equalising before Gary Caldwell netted the winner as the Latics won at Anfield for the first time in their history. A vladdy good win 2002 - A last-gasp Vladimír Šmicer goal from Emile Heskey’s cross handed us all three points at home to Chelsea, to keep us in the title hunt. 1913 - We also entertained the Blues in the top-flight when Billy Lacey netted as we lost 2-1. However, the reds were later accused of throwing the match, with Football League official H.G. Norris saying, “Never in their career have they given a worse exhibition.” Outside-right Arthur Goddard made his 400th reds outing in this game. East Anglian half centuries at Anfield We have twice beaten Ipswich Town 2-0 on this day over the years. 1970 - Ian Callaghan netted his fiftieth reds strike with Tommy Smith also converting a penalty. 1979 - Kenny Dalglish bagged his fiftieth reds goal, and sixth past the Blues’ Paul Cooper in five meetings, with David Johnson also on target in windy conditions. This game was Emlyn Hughes’ 474th and final League appearance for the reds. 1973 - We also beat Norwich City 3-1 at Anfield with our goals coming from Chris Lawler, Emlyn Hughes and Brian Hall. Neil Mellor’s dad Ian scored for the visitors. Lawro the boss 1988 - Mark Lawrenson took over as Manager of Oxford United. He was only in charge for seven months, being sacked 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! Gerard for once 1894 - We beat Crewe Alexandra 2-0 at Anfield on our way to the Second Division title. Outside-right Douglas Dick struck his second goal in his eleventh and final reds game with Hugh McQueen also netting. Forward Gerard Dewhurst made his only reds appearance, guesting with the reds from Corinthians. Derby joy 1945 - Billy Liddell grabbed the only goal of the game as we beat Everton at Anfield in a Wartime League game that also counted towards the Wartime League Cup. Inter-war tonkings 1928 - We were thumped 4-0 at Hillsborough by The Wednesday. Mark Hooper struck the first of his eight goals past us, with Ellis Rimmer netting the first of his five, as Jimmy Seed and Jimmy Trotter also scored. 1934 - We went down 5-1 at Leeds United, with Gordon Hodgson netting in his fourth consecutive League game, in which time he had scored nine times, in what was his 300th League game for the reds. Centre-forward Harold Barton was playing his 109th and final reds game. Harry Duggan bagged the last two of his five goals against the reds, with Jack Mahon netting one of his four and Joe Firth also scoring twice. On the move 1902 - Inside-left Richard Morris signed from Druids. He only struck five times in 39 reds games before joining Leeds City in May 1905. 1958 – Left-back Phil Ferns signed as a professional, having arrived as an amateur the previous September. He struck once in 28 reds games, making enough appearances in 1963/64 to claim a League title medal but moved on to Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic in August 1965. 1994 - Mark Walters joined First Division Stoke City on loan. He netted twice in nine games for the Potters. 2014 – Ex-reds left-winger Albert Riera signed a pre-contract agreement with Udinese, although he was sacked after just four months in Italy after allegedly attending a poker tournament rather than playing in a match! 2011 – Dani Pacheco joined Norwich City on loan, while keeper Brad Jones moved to Derby County on a temporary basis. Pacheco struck twice in six outings as they were promoted to the top flight, while Jones turned out on seven occasions for the Rams. On the same day, Pacheco played for Spain Under-21’s for the first time in their 3-2 friendly defeat to France in Reims. Meanwhile, Jordan Henderson was on target while winning his sixth and last cap at this level as a Sunderland player, as Chelsea’s Daniel Sturridge also scored. England thumped Denmark 4-0 in Viborg. Future red Samed Yeşil struck for Germany Under-17’s in their 2-0 European Championships qualifying defeat of Turkey, while future red Loris Karius made his debut for the German Under-18’s. Also in international action that day were Péter Gulácsi, András Simon and future reds Christian Benteke, Fabio Borini and Emre Can Birth and death 1997 – Midfielder Jordan Rossiter was born in Liverpool. He signed pro terms on his seventeenth birthday, netting on his senior bow as we entertained Middlesbrough in a League Cup Third Round tie in September 2014, making five first-team appearances in total before moving on to Rangers in July 2016 after his contract with the reds expired. 1935 – Welsh international right-half Maurice Parry died. He signed from Brighton United in August 1900, scoring four times in 221 reds games, moving on to Partick Thistle in May 1909, later spending time coaching back at Anfield. Down the Banks 1961 - Inside-forward Alan Banks bagged his sixth and final reds goal as we were held to a 1-1 draw at Anfield by Plymouth Argyle in our Second Division encounter. English reds galore 1976 - Ray Kennedy, Phil Neal and Phil Thompson all debuted in England’s 2-1 defeat of Wales in Wrexham, with Kennedy netting. Kevin Keegan was captain for the first time, and Ray Clemence and Joey Jones also played, while Steve Heighway featured for the Republic of Ireland. 2001 - Anfield hosted England’s 2-1 World Cup win over Finland. Six reds featured, with Michael Owen netting. Robbie Fowler, Steven Gerrard, Emile Heskey and ex-red Steve McManaman all featured for England, with Sami Hyypiä and Jari Litmanen turning out for the Finns. Jari broke his wrist, which ruled him out of the rest of the season. 2008 – Future red Jonjo Shelvey converted his spot-kick as England Under-16’s beat France 5-4 on penalties after a goalless match in the Final of the Montaigu Tournament. 1998 - Jamie Carragher, Dominic Matteo, Jamie Redknapp and future reds Nick Barmby and Emile Heskey all played in a 2-0 Under-21’s friendly defeat in Switzerland, with Gareth Roberts and future red Alex Manninger also in international action. 1992 - Michael Thomas and future red Julian Dicks played for England B as they won 1-0 in Czechoslovakia. 2001 - Matteo had switched countries by the time he played for the senior Scotland side as they drew 2-2 with Belgium in a World Cup qualifier at Hampden Park. Fellow ex-red Don Hutchison also featured. 2005 - Future reds Michael Nardiello and Daniel Sturridge bagged their first Under-16’s goals as England drew 3-3 with Portugal in the Montaigu Tournament in France. International debutants 2018 – Young reds forward Liam Millar made his senior bow for Canada as they beat New Zealand 1-0 in a friendly in Spain. Trent Alexander-Arnold won his third and final cap for England Under-21’s on the same day, with Ovie Ejaria making his debut. Meanwhile, Ragnar Klavan captained Estonia in their goalless friendly draw in Armenia. 2016 – Keeper Danny Ward came off the bench to make his senior Wales bow in their 1-1 friendly draw with Northern Ireland in Cardiff, with Joe Allen also featuring. Sheyi Ojo, Brad Smith, future reds Thiago Alcântara, Ragnar Klavan and Andy Robertson, and ex-reds Daniel Agger and Mikel San José also represented their countries that day. 1993 - Erik Meijer won his only senior cap as the Netherlands thumped San Marino 6-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Utrecht. On the same day, Patrik Berger made his senior debut for the Republic of Czechs & Slovaks, as a substitute in their 1-1 World Cup qualifying draw in Cyprus. Meanwhile, future red Karlheinz Riedle netted the only goal of Germany’s friendly defeat of Scotland at Hampden Park. 2019 - Caoimhín Kelleher made his debut for the Republic of Ireland Under-21’s as they beat Luxembourg 3-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Dublin. Curtis Jones scored as England Under-18’s beat Mexico 3-2 in the UAE Sports Chain Cup in Dubai, with Bobby Duncan, Dejan Lovren, Andy Robertson, Virgil van Dijk, Gini Wijnaldum, Harry Wilson, future red Ibrahima Konaté and ex-reds Joe Allen, Ryan Babel and Péter Gulácsi also in international action. 2001 - Robbie Keane won his first cap while on loan at Leeds United from Internazionale as the Republic of Ireland won a World Cup qualifier 4-0 in Cyprus, with ex-red Jason McAteer also featuring. Dietmar Hamann, Stéphane Henchoz, Vladimír Šmicer, ex-reds Jim Magilton and Dean Saunders, and future reds Craig Bellamy, Jerzy Dudek, Paul Jones, John Arne Riise and Bolo Zenden all also featured in qualifiers. In Euro action 2007 - A host of reds appeared in Euro 2008 qualifiers. Ex-reds Nicolas Anelka, Milan Baroš, Fernando Morientes and future reds Sotirios Kyrgiakos and Martin Škrtel all scored for their countries, with Milan’s goal being his first as an Olympique Lyonnais player, and Nando opening his account while with Valencia. Craig Bellamy and Steve Finnan faced each other in the first football match staged at Croke Park as Steve Staunton’s Republic of Ireland beat John Toshack’s Wales 1-0, while Daniel Agger, Xabi Alonso, Jamie Carragher, Djibril Cissé, Steve Finnan, Steven Gerrard, Mark González, John Arne Riise, future reds Ryan Babel, Yossi Benayoun, Stewart Downing, Robbie Keane, Ragnar Klavan, Alex Manninger, James Milner, Christian Poulsen, Fernando Torres and Andriy Voronin and ex-reds El-Hadji Diouf and Rigobert Song also in international action. Internationals on target 2001 - Future red El-Hadji Diouf bagged a brace as Senegal beat Uganda 3-0 in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Dakar. Salif Diao also played. 2008 - Future reds reserves forward Nikola Sarić scored while winning his thirteenth and final Under-17’s cap as Denmark were beaten 5-2 by Belgium in a European Championships qualifier in Croatia. 2017 – Trent Alexander-Arnold bagged a brace, including one from the spot, as England Under-19’s beat Spain 3-0 in a qualifier in Burton. These were his last goals at this level. On the same day, future red Diogo Jota netted as Portugal Under-21’s beat Norway 3-1 in Estoril, with Marko Grujić, future red Thiago Alcântara and ex-reds Joe Allen and Iago Aspas also in international action. 1982 - Ex-red Joey Jones played for Wales in their 1-1 friendly draw with Spain in Valencia. Other reds games 1997 – We won 2-1 at Arsenal with Stan Collymore on target before Jason McAteer followed in after David Seaman had saved a Robbie Fowler penalty that the striker himself had tried to convince the referee not to award. Ian Wright then scored the last of his seven goals against the reds. 1956 – We lost a Second Division encounter 2-1 at Notts County with Eric Anderson bagging our goal. 1951 – We drew 1-1 at Newcastle United. Cyril Done scored before Robert Mitchell struck one of his eight goals past us. 1923 – Harry Chambers and Dick Forshaw struck as we beat Manchester City 2-0 at Anfield. 1915 – We beat West Bromwich Albion 3-1 in L4 with Donald Mackinlay on the scoresheet before Fred Pagnam nabbed a brace. 1900 – Jack Devey bagged the only goal at Aston Villa, the last of his seven past us. Glasgow joy 1986 – Kenny Dalglish was made a Freeman of Glasgow by the Lord Provost in a ceremony in his native city. 1902 - Future reds forward Ronald Orr netted the only goal of the game as an Anglo Scots side beat a Home Scots eleven in a game in Glasgow.
  15. Will

    18th August

    Rafa’s got his Dirk Kuyt 2006 - Dirk Kuyt signed from Feyenoord for £9m, with then Chairman David Moores having to lend the club the money for the transfer. He proved a willing worker, notching 71 times in 285 outings, including our consolation in the Champions League Final in Athens in 2007 and five derby strikes. He helped the club to claim the Carling Cup and reach the FA Cup Final in his final season before moving on to Fenerbahçe SK for €1m in June 2012. Rushie returns 1988 - Ian Rush re-signed for the reds from Juventus for a club record £2.8m, having only spent one season with the Turin giants. In his second spell at Anfield, he struck 139 times in 329 games, winning a further League title, two FA Cups, League Cup and FA Charity Shield this time around. Happy birthdays 1988 - Centre-half Jack Hobbs was born in Portsmouth, signing officially with the reds in a £750,000 deal from Lincoln City on his seventeenth birthday. He featured in the first team on five occasions but was sold to Leicester City in April 2009 having helped them to claim the League One title while on loan. 1965 - Former reserves striker John Durnin was born in Bootle. He failed to make the break-through at Anfield, making only two League Cup appearances and one in the Mercantile Credit Centenary Trophy before his departure to Oxford United for £225,000 in February 1989. His most recent appearance at Anfield came as he scored the only goal of the Replay 86 game in aid of the Marina Dalglish Appeal in May 2006. 1931 - Centre-half Dick White was born. He signed from his hometown club Sc***horpe United in November 1955 and was reds captain until the arrival of Ron Yeats, making 217 appearances, and won a Second Division title medal in his time at Anfield, scoring just once. He moved on to Doncaster Rovers in May 1962. 1935 - His sometime team-mate, Scottish inside-forward Jimmy Harrower, was born in Alva. He signed from Hibernian for £11,000 in January 1958 and bagged 22 goals in 105 reds games, moving on to Newcastle United in March 1961. On the same day, Northern Irish forward Sam English was born in Coleraine. He signed from Rangers for £8,000 in August 1933, netting 26 times in fifty games before joining Queen Of The South in July 1935. Wembley disappointment We have twice played in the FA Charity Shield at Wembley on this day. 1984 - Bruce Grobbelaar scored an own goal to hand the trophy to our neighbours from across Stanley Park, with new signing Paul Walsh making his reds debut. 1990 - John Barnes equalised from the spot in our 1-1 draw with Manchester United, with the trophy therefore being shared. Clayton Blackmore had netted for United on the stroke of half time. Double League debuts 2001 - Pegguy Arphexad and John Arne Riise both made their League debuts in our 2-1 defeat of West Ham United at Anfield, which came thanks to a Michael Owen brace. Robbie Fowler sat out the game in the Main Stand, following a training-ground bust-up with Assistant Manager Phil Thompson. Markus Babbel had to be withdrawn at half-time, as he was beginning to suffer the effects of Guillain-Barré syndrome, unbeknownst to us all. Paolo di Canio netted for the Hammers between Owen’s strikes. 2002 - Riise netted the only goal of the game as we kicked off our Premiership campaign at Aston Villa, with Peter Enckleman then saving a Michael Owen penalty. Starting in goal 1956 - Keeper Tommy Younger made his reds debut but could not prevent us losing 3-2 to Huddersfield Town at Anfield. Billy Liddell nabbed both our goals, with one coming from the spot. Future red Dave Hickson was amongst the scorers for the Terriers, with Ron Simpson and Willie Davie also on target. 2010 – Keeper Brad Jones signed from Middlesbrough for £2.3m. He only played 27 senior reds games before being released in June 2015, although one of these was our victorious FA Cup Semi-final derby at Wembley in April 2012. Reds on the move 2000 - Dominic Matteo was sold to Leeds United for £4m. He had scored twice in 155 appearances for the reds and quit Elland Road in July 2004 to rejoin Graeme Souness at Blackburn Rovers. 1999 - Robbie Keane joined Coventry City from Wolverhampton Wanderers for £6m, after twelve strikes in 34 outings for the Sky Blues. 1997 - Peter Beardsley signed for Bolton Wanderers from Newcastle United for £450,000. He netted twice in 21 appearances for the Trotters, before moving on again to Fulham. 2009 – Reserves centre-half Mikel San José re-joined Athletic de Bilbao on loan, signing on again permanently the following May after three goals in thirty outings that season. 2011 - Djimi Traoré joined Olympique de Marseille, playing twenty times in his one season there. On the same day, forward Nabil El Zhar was released by the reds after scoring just once in 32 first-team outings. 2014 – Portuguese centre-half Tiago Ilori joined Girondins de Bordeaux on loan, netting once in fifteen games for the French side. 2019 – Mario Balotelli signed for his hometown club Brescia, going on to score five times in nineteen outings that season. 2020 – Left-back Adam Lewis joined Amiens SC on loan, playing nine times before joining Plymouth Argyle on a temporary basis the following January. A losing start 2012 – Joe Allen made his reds bow as we lost 3-0 at West Bromwich Albion in our opening League game of the season. We fell behind to a Zoltán Gera wonder-goal just before half time, with Pepe Reina saving a Shane Long spot-kick on the hour mark with Daniel Agger dismissed for a foul on Long. However, the Baggies were awarded a second penalty when Martin Škrtel was also judged to have brought down Long in the box, which Peter Odemwingie converted. Future Blue Romelu Lukaku completed the scoring with the first of his five past us to date. Other League fixtures 1951 - We lost 2-0 to Portsmouth at Anfield, with full-back Steve Parr making his reds bow, their most recent win in L4. 1962 - Winger Kevin Lewis netted as Blackpool left Anfield having won 2-1 in another season opener, with a seventeen-year old Alan Ball debuting for the visitors. Ray Charnley struck the first of his eight goals against the reds, with Des Horne also on target. 1993 - We won 3-1 at Queens Park Rangers, with Steve Nicol, Nigel Clough and Ian Rush all on target. Ray Wilkins bagged the home side’s consolation. Irish friendlies 1979 - We beat a Football League Of Ireland side 2-0 at Dalymount Park, thanks to strikes from Alan Hansen and Terry McDermott. This game was arranged as construction work at Molineux meant that our opening League fixture scheduled for this day had to be postponed. 1986 - We beat an Irish International XI 2-1 in Cork, with Jan Mølby netting a penalty and Kevin MacDonald also on the scoresheet. Future red Ray Houghton scored for the Irish. The game was originally supposed to have taken place in 1985 as part of Cork’s 800th birthday celebrations but had to be re-arranged following the post-Heysel ban on where the reds could play in Europe. Nando on target 1999 - Fernando Morientes scored past his future clubmate Jerzy Dudek as Spain beat Poland 2-1 in a friendly in Warsaw. On the same day, Vegard Heggem won his eleventh cap as Norway beat Lithuania 1-0 in a friendly in Oslo. Øyvind Leonhardsen also played, winning his 62nd cap, and first as a Tottenham Hotspur player, just twelve days after leaving Anfield. Meanwhile, Alex Manninger made his senior bow in Austria’s goalless draw in Sweden, with fellow future reds Igor Bišcan and Bolo Zenden also in friendly action. 2007 – Future reds loanee Victor Moses scored for England Under-17’s as they drew 1-1 with North Korea in a World Championship Finals group game in South Korea. A good and bad day 2010 – Slovakian centre-half Martin Škrtel signed a new contract to tie him to the reds until 2014, although he later extended this. He notched eighteen goals in 320 games in total, including one in our Carling Cup win at Wembley in February 2012, moving on to Fenerbahçe SK for £5.5m in July 2016. On the same day, new signing Joe Cole was found guilty of speeding. Meanwhile, future red James Milner signed for Manchester City from Aston Villa for £26m plus Stephen Ireland, going on to score eighteen times in 201 outings, helping them to claim two League titles and FA Community Shield. More international friendlies 2004 - Michael Owen netted as he won his 61st England cap, and first as a Real Madrid player, as they beat Ukraine 3-0 at St. James’ Park, with Andriy Voronin making his first appearance while with Bayer 04 Leverkusen for the losing side. Jamie Carragher, Steven Gerrard, ex-red David James and future red Glen Johnson also featured. Fernando Morientes nabbed his final goal while with Real Madrid as Spain beat Venezuela 3-2 in Gran Canaria. Xabi Alonso won his last cap while with Real Sociedad in the first game managed by Luis Aragonés, with another future red Fernando Torres also featuring. Future red Jan Kromkamp made his senior international debut as the Netherlands drew 2-2 in Sweden. Djibril Cissé won his first cap as a reds player, and seventeenth in all, as France were held to a 1-1 draw by Bosnia-Herzegovina in Rennes. Also in action were Milan Baroš, Salif Diao, Jerzy Dudek, Steve Finnan, Stéphane Henchoz, Sami Hyypiä, John Arne Riise, future reds Yossi Benayoun, Christian Poulsen, Maxi Rodríguez and Kolo Touré, and ex-red Jari Litmanen. Meanwhile, ex-reds Paul Jones and Gareth Roberts and future red Craig Bellamy all played in the first international meeting of Latvia and Wales that ended in a 2-0 win for the Welsh in Riga. Bellamy scored, his last goal for his country while with Newcastle United, excluding his loan spell at Celtic. 1998 – Alex Manninger played for Austria Under-21’s in their 2-2 friendly draw with France in Amstetten, while fellow future red Frode Kippe played for Norway at the same level in their 2-1 defeat of Romania in Skien. 2017 – Bobby Duncan featured as England Under-17’s beat Turkey 3-2 at St. George’s Park. Youngsters starting out 1993 - Future red Sami Hyypiä played his first European game as Myllykosken Pallo-47 lost 3-1 at Valur in the European Cup Winners’ Cup. 2001 - Florent Sinama-Pongolle made his League debut for Le Havre AC in their goalless draw with Nîmes Olympique at the Stade des Costières. 2004 – Future reds reserves forward Ramon Calliste won his first cap for Wales Under-21’s as they were held to a goalless friendly draw in Latvia. Meanwhile, Raul Meireles played in the Olympics Finals for Portugal as they lost 4-2 to Costa Rica in Heraklion, with two off his team-mates seeing red.
  16. Will

    10th February

    On our way to Wembley 1981 - We reached our second League Cup Final as a Kenny Dalglish goal was enough to secure a 1-1 draw with Manchester City at Anfield despite an equaliser from Kevin Reeves, one of his four goals past us, to ensure we progressed 2-1 on aggregate. Many happy returns 1964 - Mike Hooper was born in Bristol. He signed from Wrexham for £40,000 in October 1985 but spent most of his Anfield career as understudy to first Bruce Grobbelaar and then David James, although he managed to make 73 first-team appearances. 1977 - Salif Diao was born in Kedogou Tallie, Senegal. He arrived at Anfield for £4.7m from Sedan in August 2002, and bagged three goals in 61 reds games, nearly half of them from the bench, and joined Stoke City permanently in January 2007 after spending most of that season on loan at the Britannia Stadium. 1910 - Inside-left Archie McPherson was born in Alva, Clackmannanshire. He signed from Rangers in November 1929 and bagged nineteen goals in 133 reds games as we endured a barren spell. He moved on to Sheffield United in December 1934, appearing for the Blades in the FA Cup Final as they lost to Arsenal at Wembley in 1936. 1995 – Midfielder Naby Keïta was born in Conakry in Guinea. In August 2017 he agreed to sign from RasenBallsport Leipzig e.V. the following July after the reds agreed to meet his £48m release fee, plus an undisclosed premium. He has so far notched seven times in 71 games, helping us to claim the League title and FIFA Club World Cup as well as suffering from a succession of injuries. Last strikes 1951 - Jack Balmer struck his 111th and final reds goal in our 2-1 win at home to the reigning League champions Portsmouth, with Bill Jones also on the scoresheet. Peter Harris struck one of his eight goals against the reds. 1894 – David Henderson bagged his last two reds goals as we beat Preston North End 3-2 in an FA Cup Second Round tie at Anfield, with Malcolm McVean also on target. Future reds Frank Becton and Jimmy Ross scored for the visitors as we entertained a five-figure crowd for the first time as 18,000 attended this game. Sir Roger’s treble We have won only four of our fifteen games on this day over the years. 1962 - Our most recent victory on this day came when Roger Hunt netted all our goals in a 3-0 Second Division win at Bury, Bill Shankly’s hundredth game in charge. This was his fourth treble of the season. 1917 - We also thumped the Shakers in a Wartime League meeting, with Thomas Bennett nabbing a brace and James Bradley and Harry Lewis also on target in a 4-0 victory at Anfield. Most recently 2015 – We beat Tottenham Hotspur 3-2 at Anfield, with Lazar Marković opening the scoring with his third and last goal for the club before Harry Kane equalised with the first of his six goals past us to date. Steven Gerrard converted a penalty after the break, then Moussa Dembélé struck for the visitors, with substitute Mario Balotelli bagging the winner, his only League goal for the reds. Al’s bow 2007 - Álvaro Arbeloa made his reds debut as we lost 2-1 at Newcastle United, despite ex-Magpie Craig Bellamy putting us in front after just six minutes. Momo Sissoko made his first appearance since dislocating his shoulder against Birmingham City in November, while Danny Guthrie played his seventh and final reds game. Nobby Solano’s fourth and final goal past us came from the spot to secure the victory, with Obafemi Martins having struck the equaliser. Goalless against Chelsea 1993 - We held Chelsea to a goalless draw at Stamford Bridge as the Blues extended their winless run to eleven matches. On the same day, future red Øyvind Leonhardsen played for Norway as they drew a friendly 1-1 with Portugal in Faro. 2008 - We suffered a similar scoreless stalemate in West London. Yellow letter day for Jari 2001 - We drew 1-1 at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light in a League match. It was a notable day for Jari Litmanen, who scored his first reds goal, from the spot, and received the only booking of his brief reds career! Ex-red Don Hutchison had opened the scoring for the home side. Ton up for Quasi 1990 - Peter Beardsley played his hundredth League game for the reds as we were held to a goalless draw at Norwich City. Mixed African fortunes 2013 – Future reds loanee Victor Moses was on the winning side as Nigeria beat Burkina Faso 1-0 in the African Cup of Nations Final in Johannesburg. Future red Joe Gomez featured for England Under-17’s on the same day. 2006 – Future red Kolo Touré converted for the Ivory Coast as they lost a penalty shoot-out to Egypt in the Final in Cairo after the game ended goalless. 2002 - Future red Salif Diao played in the African Cup of Nations Final for Senegal on his 25th birthday alongside fellow future red El-Hadji Diouf. Ex-red Rigobert Song’s Cameroon won a penalty shoot-out that followed the goalless two hours of normal play in Bamako, with Diouf and Song both failing to convert their kicks. 2000 - Song also featured in the competition, helping his country to a 3-0 win over Tunisia in Ghana in the Semi-final. 2008 - Song skippered his country in the same tournament as they lost the Final 1-0 to Egypt in Accra. King Kenny replaces Digger 2000 - Kenny Dalglish was appointed Caretaker Manager of Celtic, with John Barnes and Chief Scout Terry McDermott both dismissed. King Kenny led them to ten wins in his eighteen games in charge, as they finished 21 points adrift of Rangers, although they won the League Cup under his stewardship. Martin O’Neill was appointed that June. European stalemate 1965 - We faced West German champions 1. FC Köln at their Müngersdorfer Stadion in the Second Round of the European Cup. The game ended without score, although they had a goal disallowed for offside. The tie was eventually decided on a coin toss in our favour after three drawn matches. Derby joy 1945 - We beat Everton 3-1 in a Wartime League match at Anfield, with Horace Cumner netting a brace and Berry Nieuwenhuys also on the scoresheet. 1934 - We held them to a goalless draw across the park in a top-flight meeting. Debuting between the sticks 1912 - Keeper Ken Campbell made his reds debut in a 1-0 defeat at Blackburn Rovers. He donned the gloves 142 times, before his place was taken by Elisha Scott. A rare reverse 1973 - Arsenal’s 2-0 win was our only home League defeat of the season, as we went on to claim our eighth League title. It was also one of just eleven League defeats at Anfield during the whole of the 1970’s, although three of these came at the hands of the Gunners. Alec Lindsay conceded a penalty that was converted by ex-Blue Alan Ball, one of his eleven goals past us, with John Radford netting one of his seven strikes against the reds as we were knocked off the top of the table by our visitors. 2010 – We lost 1-0 at Arsenal, with Jamie Carragher’s injury helping the Gunners to find the space to score through Abou Diaby’s header. We were then denied a very late penalty when Cesc Fàbregas handled a Steven Gerrard free-kick inside the area. On the move 1928 – Forward Harry Race signed from Raby United, scoring eighteen times in 43 games before being sold to Manchester City in August 1930 for £3,000. 1904 - Joe Hewitt arrived from Sunderland for £150, becoming top scorer as we won the title for the second time in 1906, netting a total of 74 goals in 164 reds games. He moved to Bolton Wanderers in August 1910 but returned to Anfield to serve the reds as a coach, handyman and finally press box attendant over more than sixty years’ service. 1980 - Lawrie McMenemy announced that Kevin Keegan would sign for Southampton in the summer, after three years in Germany with Hamburger SV. Bob Paisley revealed that the reds had had first option on Keegan, but had let him pursue a new challenge instead. 1989 - Reserves forward John Durnin joined Oxford United for £225,000. He had made just two first-team appearances in three years at Anfield, going on to bag 47 goals in 180 games for Oxford. 2009 - Djimi Traoré joined Birmingham City on loan from Portsmouth. He only featured three times in his time at St. Andrews. First and last caps 2009 – Alberto Aquilani won his final cap as a Roma player, and eleventh to date, coming off the bench as Italy lost 2-0 to Brazil at the Emirates Stadium, with Andrea Dossena also featuring as a substitute. Martin Kelly won his first cap for England Under-19’s as they lost 3-0 to Spain in a friendly in Bournemouth. Meanwhile, future red Milan Jovanović netted in Serbia’s 2-0 defeat of Cyprus in the Semi-final of the Cyprus Tournament in Nicosia, while Martin Škrtel also represented his country in the same competition that day. 1912 - Keeper Sam Hardy won his fourteenth and final cap as a reds player as England thumped Ireland 6-1 in the British International Championships in Dublin, with future red Billy Lacey winning his tenth and last cap as an Everton player. 1999 - Future red Bolo Zenden won his first cap as a Barcelona player, and eleventh in all, as the Netherlands shared a goalless friendly with Portugal in Paris. Strikers on target 1988 - Ronnie Rosenthal bagged his first goal on his final international appearance as a Club Brugge player as Israel lost 3-1 to Poland in a friendly in Tel Aviv. 1998 - Future red Emile Heskey netted for England B as they lost 2-1 to their counterparts from Chile at The Hawthorns. Jamie Carragher and Dominic Matteo both also featured. 2002 - Fernando Morientes scored five goals for Real Madrid, and had a penalty saved, as they beat Las Palmas 7-0. 2010 – Future red Samed Yeşil netted a brace as Germany Under-16’s thumped Cyprus 6-0 in a friendly. International reds in friendly action 1999 - Paul Ince, Michael Owen and Jamie Redknapp all played as England lost 2-0 at Wembley to World champions France, with both goals coming from future red Nicolas Anelka. Meanwhile, Vegard Heggem played for Norway as they held Italy to a goalless draw in Pisa. Future red Sami Hyypiä featured in Finland’s 1-1 draw with Poland in Malta. On the same day, Jason McAteer won his first cap as a Blackburn Rovers player as the Republic of Ireland beat Paraguay 2-0 at Lansdowne Road. Phil Babb and future red Robbie Keane also featured. Also on the move 2000 - Stan Collymore joined Leicester City from Aston Villa on a free transfer, less than three years after he had arrived from Anfield for £7m. He only stayed eight months at Filbert Street, netting five times in twelve games. 2012 - Markus Babbel was appointed Manager of TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, but was sacked after ten months in charge. On the same day, former reserves midfielder Victor Pálsson signed for New York Red Bulls, playing sixteen times before joining N.E.C. in the Netherlands. Other reds games 1923 – We shared a goalless draw at The Hawthorns with West Bromwich Albion. 1913 – Arthur Metcalf netted a late consolation as we lost 3-1 at Oldham Athletic, in a rearranged game after it had been called off due to pitch conditions two months earlier. 1906 – We won 3-0 at Derby County, with Joe Hewitt, Sam Raybould and Bobby Robinson all on target inside the opening twenty minutes. Olympian Zak 2004 - Zak Whitbread won his first official cap for the USA Under-23’s as they were thumped 4-0 by Mexico in an Olympics qualifier in Guadalajara. Also in international action 1994 – Future red Brad Friedel played for the USA as they lost a penalty shoot-out to Denmark in their Carlsberg Cup game in Hong Kong. 2005 – Future red Ragnar Klavan featured in Estonia’s 3-0 friendly defeat in Venezuela. 2015 – Future red Ozan Kabak played for Turkey Under-15’s in their 1-1 friendly draw with Austria. 2017 – Keeper Caoimhín Kelleher played as the Republic of Ireland Under-19’s lost 2-1 to Norway in a friendly in Spain.
  17. Will

    23rd January

    Birth of a reds great 1919 - Bob Paisley was born in Hetton-le-Hole in County Durham. He made 277 reds appearances, netting twelve times and helping us to the League title in 1947 before joining the coaching staff in 1954. He took over as Manager twenty years later and remains the most successful English boss of all time, leading us to three European Cups, six League titles, the UEFA Cup, UEFA Super Cup, four League Cups and five FA Charity Shields. Jose’s day 1986 – Spanish left-back José Enrique was born in Valencia. He signed from Newcastle United for £5.5m in August 2011, notching twice in 99 reds appearances before being released in May 2016. He moved on to Real Zaragoza four months later. 1983 – Pep Lijnders was born in Broekhuizen in the Netherlands. He joined the reds as First-team Development Coach in 2014, leaving the club in January 2018 to take over as N.E.C. boss. However, he was sacked just four months later, returning to Melwood in June 2018 as Assistant Manager. 1883 – Keeper Peter Platt was born in Rishton. He signed from Blackburn Rovers in May 1902, playing 44 times before moving on to Luton Town in 1904. He sadly died aged just 39 in a mini-flu epidemic in Nuneaton in January 1922. Four for Harold 1932 - Centre-forward Harold Barton scored all four reds goals as we beat Chesterfield 4-2 at their Recreation Ground in a Fourth Round FA Cup tie. Unfortunately, we were knocked out by Chelsea in the Sixth Round that season. Beating the Blues 1937 - We won the Anfield derby 3-2 with Fred Howe, Phil Taylor and Jack Balmer on target, and Alex Stevenson bagging a brace for the Blues. Winning again 2020 – We won 2-1 at Wolverhampton Wanderers, extending our lead at the top of the table to sixteen points with a game in hand. Jordan Henderson headed us in front early on, but Raúl Jiménez equalised after the break as we conceded our first League goal for more than twelve hours. Roberto Firmino struck the winner. Cup wins We have twice won FA Cup Fourth Round ties 3-0 on this day in history. 1971 - John Toshack, Ian St. John and Chris Lawler netted as we beat Swansea City at Anfield on our way to the Final. 1982 - We won at Sunderland with Kenny Dalglish grabbing a brace and Ian Rush also on the scoresheet. Unfortunately, we lost at Chelsea at the very next hurdle. Two-ton Laurie 1954 – Centre-half Laurie Hughes played his 200th reds game as Tottenham Hotspur held us to a 2-2 top-flight draw at Anfield. Billy Liddell and John Evans scored with full-back Frank Lock putting through his own net and Sonny Walters nabbing the last of his four strikes past us. A crazy win 2016 – We won by the odd goal in nine at Norwich City, thanks to a stoppage-time Adam Lallana winner that led to a mass celebration on the touchline with boss Jürgen Klopp having his glasses broken. Roberto Firmino put us in front, but we found ourselves 3-1 down. We completed a turnaround to lead 4-3 thanks to goals from Jordan Henderson, a second from Firmino and James Milner. We were still ahead at the ninety-minute mark but Sébastien Bassong bagged a late leveller before the final dénouement. Off the mark 1904 – Forward John Carlin struck the first of his eight reds goals as we drew 2-2 at West Bromwich Albion, with half-back John ‘Geezer’ Hughes also on target with his second and last strike for the club. Carra going free 2006 - Jamie Carragher was awarded the Freedom of Sefton, an honour that thrilled the Bootle-born defender, which he won for his local charity work and the good example he sets young people. He became only the second person to be handed such an accolade. Other birthdays 1904 - Left-half Jimmy McDougall was born in Port Glasgow. He signed from Partick Thistle in April 1928 and went on to be nominated into the club’s official Hall of Fame for the 1930’s, having struck twelve times in 356 games for the reds. He moved on to South Liverpool in May 1938 and later set up a successful chandlery business in Liverpool. 1868 – Forward Fred Geary was born in Hyson Green, Nottingham. He signed from Everton for £60 in May 1895, having top scored as they won the League in 1891 and won three England caps. He bagged fourteen goals in 45 reds games, helping us to claim the Second Division title in his first season. 1961 – Former Academy Technical Manager Pep Segura was born in A Coruña, Spain. He joined the reds in June 2009 having led Olympiacos to the League and Cup double, moving on in September 2012. 1974 - One-time winger Bernard Diomède was born in Saint-Doulchard, France. He only made five first-team appearances after signing from Auxerre for £3m in June 2000. Stéph’s debut 1993 - Future red Stéphane Henchoz made his full international debut as Roy Hodgson’s Switzerland drew 1-1 with Japan B in a Carlsberg Cup game in Hong Kong, going on to win 5-3 in a penalty shoot-out. Bad boys 2006 - Abel Xavier was sacked by Middlesbrough after being found guilty of breaching UEFA’s anti-doping regulations. He served a ban and subsequently returned to the Riverside, playing 27 times for Boro in total. 2005 – Future red Daniel Agger was sent off for Denmark Under-21’s in an unofficial international against a Panama ‘A’ side, with the game ending 2-2. Four for Milan again 2003 - Milan Baroš scored four for the reserves as they trounced Bradford City 5-0 at the Deva Stadium in Chester. This was the second time that he had knocked four past the Bantams, following a similar performance the previous August. Dietmar Hamann made his comeback from injury in the same game. On the move 2020 – Victor Moses joined Internazionale on loan from Chelsea, failing to score in twenty games in Italy. 2019 – Ex-reds forward Mario Balotelli signed for Olympique de Marseille, scoring eight times in fifteen games for the French side. On the same day, full-back Ryan McLaughlin joined Rochdale from Blackpool, after eleven games for the Seasiders. Meanwhile, full-back Calum Woods joined Bradford City on a free transfer from Preston North End. 2018 – Forward David N’Gog signed for Ross County, netting once in ten outings. On the same day, left-winger Albert Riera announced his retirement from playing. 2017 – Winger Lazar Marković joined Hull City on loan, scoring twice in fourteen outings. 2009 - Emile Heskey joined Aston Villa from Wigan Athletic for £3.5m, after sixteen goals in 88 outings for the Latics. 2007 - Dominic Matteo joined Stoke City on a free transfer from Blackburn Rovers. He struck once in 25 outings for the Potters, often operating as a midfielder. 2003 - Charlie Adam signed for Rangers. He struck eighteen times in 86 games before moving to Blackpool in August 2009 for a club record £500,000, after several loan spells away from Ibrox. 2002 - Reserves defender Alan Navarro was sold to Tranmere Rovers for £225,000, playing 48 times before joining Accrington Stanley in September 2005. 1996 - Reserves forward Lee Jones re-joined Wrexham on loan. He struck nine times in 26 games while on loan at the Racecourse Ground. Reds skippers 2008 - Ex-red El-Hadji Diouf captained Senegal as they drew 2-2 with Tunisia in an Africa Cup of Nations group game in Ghana. 2006 – Diouf also featured as Senegal beat Zimbabwe 2-0 in a group game in Egypt. 2009 – Emiliano Insúa skippered Argentina as they beat Peru 2-1 in a Sudamericano Sub-20 “Juventud de América” group game in Venezuela. 2013 – Oussama Assaidi featured for Morocco as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Cape Verde in their Africa Cup of Nations Finals group game in South Africa. 2015 – Ex-red Carl Medjani played for Algeria as they lost 1-0 to Ghana in another group game in Equatorial Guinea. Future red Sadio Mané also featured that day as Senegal drew 1-1 with South Africa. 2012 – Future red Assaidi played as Morocco lost 2-1 to Tunisia in Gabon. 2000 – Future red Fábio Aurélio played for Brazil as they beat Ecuador 2-0 in an Olympics qualifier. On the same day, Alberto Aquilani featured as Italy Under-15’s lost 3-1 to Brazil. 2016 – Future red Ozan Kabak played for Turkey Under-16’s in their 3-1 friendly defeat of the USA. Other reds games 1988 – Peter Beardsley and John Barnes scored as we beat Charlton Athletic 2-0 at Selhurst Park 1960 – We drew a Second Division fixture 3-3 at Middlesbrough, with Brian Clough nabbing two of his ten goals past us. Kenny Thomson put through his own net with Dave Hickson and Roger Hunt also on target to hand us a 3-1 half-time lead. Bill Harris equalised through a late spot-kick. 1926 – We beat Arsenal 3-0 at Anfield with Dick Forshaw netting twice and Cyril Oxley also scoring, while Elisha Scott saved an Alf Baker penalty. Forshaw’s second came with just fifteen seconds left, with the referee momentarily dazed so Tom Bromilow blew the final whistle! 1909 – Joe Hewitt and Ronald Orr struck as we won 2-0 at Bradford City. Bruno le père 2007 – Ex-reds midfielder Bruno Cheyrou and his wife Constance welcomed a son, Nino, in France. On the same day, Shane O’Connor played for the Irish Under-17’s, while future red Lucas captained Brazil as they beat Uruguay 3-1 in a Sudamericano Sub-20 "Juventud de América" game in Paraguay.
  18. Will

    16th January

    Red trebles 1999 - Robbie Fowler bagged a treble as we secured our record Premiership win, thrashing Southampton 7-1 at Anfield, with future loanee Paul Jones in the Saints’ goal. Dominic Matteo grabbed his first reds goal while Michael Owen, David Thompson and even Jamie Carragher were also on target. Robbie’s second goal was his hundredth League strike, with Egil Ostenstad nabbing the visitors’ consolation. 1909 - Inside-left Ronald Orr netted three as we beat Lincoln City 5-1 in an FA Cup First Round tie at Anfield. Joe Hewitt and Jack Parkinson nabbed the others. In comes Roy 1964 - Roy Evans signed for the reds on the newly introduced ‘B’ form, a precursor to a full apprenticeship. He became one of the club’s greatest servants, serving as fan, left-back, reserves coach, Assistant Manager and then finally the top job for four years. Happy birthdays 1995 – Japanese forward Takumi Minamino was born in Izumisano. He signed from Red Bull Salzburg for £7.25m in January 2020, so far bagging four goals in thirty reds outings. 1961 - Former goalkeeping coach José Ochotorena was born in San Sebastián, Guipúzcoa in Spain. He had previously coached the goalkeepers under Rafael Benítez at Valencia as well as for the Spanish national team before accompanying Rafa to Melwood, returning to the Mestalla in July 2007. 1881 - Scottish wing-half Tommy Fairfoul was born in West Calder, Midlothian. He signed from Third Lanark in 1913 and played 71 reds games without scoring, including the 1914 FA Cup Final, before being suspended for the match rigging scandal against Manchester United in April 1915. He then became a taxi owner in Liverpool. 1919 – Centre-half John Easdale was born in Dumbarton. He only played two senior games after arriving from junior football in February 1937, moving down into the Third Division to join Stockport County in 1948. Xabi Alonso eat your heart out 1926 - Reds left-back Donald Mackinlay scored from ten yards inside his own half, as we beat West Ham United 2-1 at Upton Park. Tom Scott grabbed the other, with Vic Watson bagging the first of his nine strikes against the reds while right-back Ephraim Longworth played his 300th League game for the reds. Nando’s century 2011 – Fernando Torres played his hundredth League game as we were held to a 2-2 derby draw at Anfield, Kenny Dalglish’s first home game of his second spell in charge. Raul Meireles scored his first reds goal to open the scoring, with Dirk Kuyt salvaging a point from the spot after we fell behind to goals from Sylvain Distin and Jermaine Beckford in the second half. Maxi’s bow 2010 - We were held to a 1-1 draw at Stoke City, with Sotirios Kyrgiakos giving us the lead with his first reds goal. Maxi Rodríguez made his reds bow, while this was the first time we had played a first-class match since shirt numbers were introduced when no player was wearing any of the numbers from one to eleven. Robert Huth grabbed a last-minute equaliser after we had been denied a strong penalty claim for a challenge on Lucas, with there still being time for Dirk Kuyt to head against a post. 1897 – George Allan bagged the only goal of our home game with Stoke. Billy Heames had to go off injured shortly after the break, reducing the visitors to ten men for the rest of the game. Lawro’s last 1988 – Mark Lawrenson was substituted with an ankle injury in our 2-0 Anfield defeat of Arsenal that led to his retirement from playing just two months later aged thirty. This was his 356th and last reds game. John Aldridge and Peter Beardsley netted as we stretched our unbeaten run to 23 games that season. European defeat 1985 - We lost 2-0 at Juventus in the UEFA Super Cup, with Zbigniew Boniek grabbing both the goals. Milestones against 1932 - George Brown scored four of his nine goals past us as Aston Villa thumped us 6-1 at Villa Park, with Eric Houghton bagging one of his six goals against us and George Stephenson also netting. Harold Barton grabbed our consolation. 1965 – We beat Sheffield Wednesday 4-2 at Anfield, with Roger Hunt bagging a brace after Mark Pearson had given the Owls the lead, the 3,000th goal we had conceded in the top flight. John Hickson also struck for the visitors, with Gordon Milne and Ian St. John securing victory late on. Beaten on the road 1954 - We suffered our twentieth straight away League defeat as we lost 2-1 at Preston North End. Unsurprisingly, this remains a club record. Inside-forward Kevin Baron struck his 32nd goal in his 153rd and final reds game. Charlie Wayman netted the last of his six goals against the reds, with Bobby Foster also scoring. 1971 - Gerry Queen struck the only goal of the game as Crystal Palace beat us for the first time at the sixth time of asking in all competitions, in our League meeting at Selhurst Park. Midfielder Steve Arnold came off the bench for the first of his two senior reds appearances. Seeing red 1960 - Dave Hickson was sent off after two quick-fire late bookings as we beat Sheffield United 3-0 at Anfield in a First Division fixture. Roger Hunt bagged a brace, with Jimmy Melia also on the scoresheet. Beating the Blues 1943 - We defeated Everton 2-1 in a Wartime League match at Anfield, with Jack Balmer and Cyril Done on target. Beating the Wearsiders We have twice beaten Sunderland 2-1 at Anfield in the First Division on this day in history. 1904 - Sam Raybould and Jack Cox were on target. 1915 - Tom Miller and Fred Pagnam netted in the final minutes as forward Billy Lacey reached a century of reds games. Digger for the League 1991 - John Barnes represented the Football League in a game against an Italian League side in Napoli. New bosses 2008 - Kevin Keegan was announced as Manager of Newcastle United for the second time, to jubilant scenes on Tyneside. However, he only stayed for eight months, winning just six out of his 21 games. On the same day, ex-red El-Hadji Diouf played as Senegal beat Benin 2-1 in a friendly. 2006 - Roy Hodgson took over as Manager of Finland, having been appointed the previous August. 2020 – Ex-reds winger Mark Kennedy was appointed Head Coach of Macclesfield Town, only taking charge of twelve games before resigning in August after the League was suspended due to COVID and the club were relegated after a points deduction due to financial issues. Future reds debutants 2000 – Alberto Aquilani made his debut for Italy Under-15’s in their goalless draw with Uruguay. On the same day, Brad Friedel played in the USA’s 1-1 friendly draw with Iran in Pasadena. 1974 - Terry McDermott won his only Under-23’s cap as England were held to a goalless draw by Wales at Ashton Gate. 2012 – Future red Kolo Touré played as the Ivory Coast beat Libya 1-0 in a friendly in Abu Dhabi. 2002 – Robbie Foy featured for Scotland Under-17’s in their 2-0 friendly win in Malta. Other reds games 1993 –We lost 2-0 at Wimbledon, with John Fashanu scoring one of his five goals against us, with Steve Cotterill also scoring. 1982 – Ronnie Whelan and Kenny Dalglish netted as we beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1 at Anfield. 1973 – We beat Burnley 3-0 in an FA Cup Third Round replay in L4, with John Toshack netting twice and Peter Cormack also on the scoresheet. 1937 – We lost 3-0 at Norwich City in a Third Round encounter. On the move again 1930 – Forward Billy Millar left the reds to sign for Barrow, having scored twice in three games since arriving from Linfield for £1,150 in March 1928. 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. 1987 - Future reds loanee keeper Mark Prudhoe joined Sheffield Wednesday on loan from Walsall. He did not make a first-team appearance while at Hillsborough, as was the case when he arrived at Anfield in November 1994. 2014 – Ex-reserves defender Gareth Roberts had his contract with Bury terminated despite being club captain. He had played just thirteen times for the Shakers. 2017 – Ex-reds left-back Aly Cissokho joined Olympiacos on loan from Aston Villa. He played once in ten outings while in Greece. 2019 – Ex-reds midfielder Momo Sissoko signed for Sochaux-Montbéliard, playing thirteen times before the end of the season.
  19. Will

    24th July

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

    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 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 Nathaniel 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. Didi signs 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. 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.
  21. Will

    7th June

    Happy birthday Saint 1938 - Ian St. John was born in Motherwell. He joined from his hometown club in May 1961 for a then club record fee of £37,500. The Saint scored 118 goals in 425 games for the reds, including the winning goal in the 1965 FA Cup Final and also helped us to win two First Division titles, the Second Division and FA Charity Shield, before moving to South Africa in February 1971 to join Hellenic. 1988 – Former reserves centre-half Godwin Antwi was born in Kumasi in Ghana. He appeared in our victorious FA Youth Cup campaign in 2006 but spent most of his time out on loan. He was released in June 2009 and was last seen playing for Melaka United in Malaysia. 1936 – Left-winger Ron Smith was born in Liverpool. He signed amateur terms in 1955, turning professional two years later. However, he moved on to Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic in 1959, having failed to break through to the first team. In comes Cloughie 1993 - Nigel Clough signed from Nottingham Forest for £2,275,000. He was far less successful than expected, scoring just nine times in his 44 reds appearances, despite a bright start of four goals in his first four games. His finest hour probably came when he struck twice to help us come from 3-0 down to draw 3-3 with Manchester United at Anfield in January 1994. He left Anfield for Manchester City in January 1996 for £1.5m. Red trebles 1922 - Harry ‘Smiler’ Chambers bagged a hat-trick as we beat Genoa 4-1 in a friendly at their Stadio di Marassi. Dick Forshaw nabbed the other. 1953 - Billy Liddell netted a treble as we beat a Chicago All Stars side 4-2 at Soldier Field, with Kevin Baron also on target. Disaster strikes for Djibril again 2006 - Djibril Cissé broke his leg while winning his thirtieth cap in France’s 3-1 friendly defeat of China in Saint-Étienne. Xabi Alonso, Luis García, Harry Kewell and Pepe Reina all also featured in friendlies that day, with future red Fernando Torres on target in Spain’s 2-1 defeat of Croatia in Geneva. 2017 – Ex-reds Iago Aspas, Sebastián Coates and Pepe Reina all featured in international friendlies. 2019 – Aspas played for Spain again in their 4-1 European Championships qualifying win in the Faroe Islands. Ex-reds Nikolay Mihaylov and Brad Smith were also in international action that day. Lancs champs again 1947 – We claimed the Lancashire Senior Cup for the seventh time by beating Bury 2-1 at Anfield in the Final. Albert Stubbins and Jack Balmer struck our goals. On the move 2013 – Hungarian keeper Péter Gulácsi joined Austrian side Red Bull Salzburg on a free transfer. He had sat on the reds bench on 51 occasions without making a senior appearance. 2002 - Nicolas Anelka joined Manchester City from Paris Saint-Germain for £13m. He struck 46 times in 103 games for City before joining Fenerbahçe SK for £7m in January 2005. Christian milestones 2000 - Future red Christian Ziege won his fiftieth cap in Germany’s 8-2 trouncing of Liechtenstein in a friendly in Freiburg im Breisgau. Dietmar Hamann and future red Markus Babbel both also played. On the same day, Alberto Aquilani played for Italy Under-15’s as they lost 2-0 to Argentina. 1997 - Ziege won his last cap as a Bayern München player, and 31st to date, as the Germans were held to a goalless draw in a World Cup qualifier in the Ukraine. On the same day, future red Paul Ince featured in England’s 1-0 defeat of France in Le Tournoi in Montpellier, while fellow future red Alex Manninger played in a 3-1 win for Austria Under-21’s in a European Championships qualifying win in Latvia and Vegard Heggem featuring as Norway lost a qualifier 2-0 in Hungary. New contracts 2007 - Xabi Alonso and Pepe Reina both signed new contracts until 2012. Reina was sold to Bayern München for £2m in August 2014 after 394 first-team outings, while Alonso moved to Real Madrid for £30m five years earlier after nineteen goals in 210 games. 2018 – Ovie Ejaria signed a new contract, joining Rangers on loan on the same day. He netted twice in 28 games for the Gers. Final caps 2003 - Ex-red Øyvind Leonhardsen won his 86th and final cap as Norway lost 1-0 to Denmark in a European Championships qualifier in Copenhagen. John Arne Riise also played. Stéphane Henchoz and future reds Yossi Benayoun, Fernando Morientes, Andriy Voronin and Bolo Zenden all also represented their countries that day. 2013 - Lazar Marković won his last cap as a Partizan player in Serbia’s 2-1 World Cup qualifying defeat by Belgium in Brussels, with ex-red Christian Benteke also in action. 2015 - James Milner played for England for the last time while with Manchester City as England were held to a goalless draw by the Republic of Ireland in a friendly in Dublin, with Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana and Raheem Sterling all also featuring for Roy Hodgson’s side. Christian Benteke won his last cap while with Aston Villa in Belgium’s 4-3 friendly win in France. Coaching moves 2012 – Following the sacking of boss Kenny Dalglish, the departures of Steve Clarke and Kevin Keen as First Team Coaches were announced. They had been at the club for seventeen and eleven months, respectively. 2016 – Ex-reds coach Paco Herrera was appointed Manager of Real Valladolid, remaining in charge for a year. Recent international goals 2018 – Future red Ozan Kabak converted a spot-kick for Turkey Under-18’s as they thumped Hungary 4-1 in a friendly. 2015 - Lazar Marković scored in Serbia’s 4-1 friendly defeat of Azerbaijan in Austria, while Philippe Coutinho struck his first senior international goal as Brazil beat Mexico 2-0 in Sao Paulo, with future red Roberto Firmino also in action, as AS Monaco’s Fabinho made his senior bow. 2014 – Ex-red Victor Moses netted as Nigeria lost 2-1 to the USA in a friendly in Florida. Steven Gerrard, Jordan Henderson, Glen Johnson, Rickie Lambert, Daniel Sturridge and future red Adam Lallana all featured for Roy Hodgson’s England as they were held to a goalless draw by Honduras in the same state. Also in international action that day were future reds Ragnar Klavan, Joël Matip and Divock Origi, and ex-reds Xabi Alonso, Robbie Keane, Javier Mascherano and Maxi Rodríguez. 2013 – Ex-red Robbie Keane grabbed a treble as the Republic of Ireland beat the Faroe Islands 3-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Dublin. On the same day, reserves forward Krisztián Adorján struck for Hungary Under-21’s in their 2-1 European Championships qualifying defeat of Albania. Also in World Cup action that day were future red Mario Balotelli and ex-reds Alberto Aquilani, Alexander Kačaniklić, Javier Mascherano and Raul Meireles. 2011 – Ex-red Xabi Alonso netted in Spain’s 3-0 friendly win in Venezuela, with ex-red Fernando Torres also in action. 2008 – Future red Raul Meireles bagged his first senior international goal as Portugal beat Turkey 2-0 in a European Championships Finals group game in Geneva. 2003 - Sami Hyypiä was on target as Finland beat Serbia & Montenegro 3-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Helsinki. Ex-red Jari Litmanen also played. On the same day, El-Hadji Diouf netted as Senegal beat Gambia 3-1 in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Dakar, with Salif Diao also in the side. Meanwhile, future red Robbie Keane scored his first goal as a Tottenham Hotspur player in the Republic of Ireland’s 2-1 Euro 2004 qualifying defeat of Albania. 2002 - Future red Fernando Morientes bagged a brace as Spain beat Paraguay 3-1 in a World Cup Finals group game in South Korea. Meanwhile, Emile Heskey and Michael Owen both featured in England’s 1-0 defeat of Argentina in Japan, with Owen winning the penalty from which England scored. Stan from a corner 1992 - Ex-red Steve Staunton scored for the Republic of Ireland direct from a corner as they beat Portugal 2-0 in the US Cup in Boston. Ray Houghton and ex-red John Aldridge both also featured. This was Stan’s first strike in his first spell as an Aston Villa player, and he also converted direct from a corner against Northern Ireland at Lansdowne Road ten months later! Ray Houghton was appearing for the last time as a red. King Kenny on target 1979 - Kenny Dalglish struck in Scotland’s 4-0 thumping of Norway in a European Championships qualifier in Oslo. Future red John Wark was also in the side. 1978 - Dalglish also turned out as the Scots were held to a 1-1 draw by Iran in a World Cup Finals fixture in Argentina. In the process he became his country’s most capped player with 56, going on to play 102 times in total, still a record. Future reds Joe Corrigan and Alan Kennedy appeared for England B on the same day as they won 4-0 in New Zealand. Thumped at Deepdale 1941 - We were beaten 6-1 at Preston North End in a Wartime League game with Thomas Lyon bagging our consolation in his only ever guest appearance for the reds. First and last caps 2018 – Trent Alexander-Arnold made his senior England debut in their 2-0 friendly defeat of Costa Rica at Elland Road, with Jordan Henderson also in action. Liam Millar played for Canada Under-23’s on the same day, with ex-red Carl Medjani winning his 62nd and last cap for Algeria in a 3-0 defeat by Portugal in Lisbon. 2016 – Brad Smith won his last cap as a reds player in Australia’s 2-1 defeat by Greece in Sydney. On the same day, future reds Thiago Alcântara and Mikel San José both played as Spain lost 1-0 to Georgia in a friendly in Getafe. 2011 - John Arne Riise won his last cap as a Roma player in their 1-0 friendly victory over Lithuania in Oslo, with Krisztián Németh playing his final game for Hungary as an Olympiacos player as they won 3-0 in San Marino in a European Championships qualifier. Lucas Leiva was also in international action that day. 1972 - Kevin Keegan and Larry Lloyd both won their final England Under-23’s caps as they held the USSR to a goalless draw in Kiev. 1997 – Future reds reserve Haukur Ingi Gudnason made his debut for Iceland Under-21’s in their 1-1 European Championships qualifying draw in FYR Macedonia. 1995 - Dean Saunders won his last cap as an Aston Villa player, and 49th in total. Wales were beaten 1-0 in Cardiff by Georgia in a Euro ‘96 qualifier, with Ian Rush also playing. Ex-red Jim Magilton and future reds Markus Babbel and Patrik Berger also won international caps that day. 1992 - Saunders also played for his country as they won a friendly in Japan 1-0. Tony on a run 1969 - Ex-red Tony Hateley scored in the third of all seven games of an FA Tour as England thumped a New Zealand Squad XI 5-0 in Hamilton. He netted a total of seventeen goals on the tour. World Cup reds 2008 – Harry Kewell skippered Australia as they lost 1-0 to Iraq in a World Cup qualifier in Dubai. Meanwhile, Nabil El Zhar won his third cap as he appeared from the bench as Morocco won 4-1 in Mauritania. Digger’s last game 2009 – John Barnes took charge of his last game as Manager of Jamaica as they beat Panama 3-2 in a friendly in Kingston. Meanwhile, ex-red Rigobert Song captained Cameroon in their goalless World Cup qualifier against Morocco in Yaoundé, with future reds Oussama Assaidi and Kolo Touré also in action for their countries that day. In Toulon A host of other reds have played in the Under-21’s Toulon Tournament on this day in history. 1994 – Dominic Matteo and Jamie Redknapp both featured in a 2-0 defeat of Portugal in the Final. 1993 – Redknapp played in another 2-0 victory over Portugal alongside future reds Academy coach Mike Sheron. 1989 – Future red Neil Ruddock played in a 6-1 thumping of Senegal. John Barnes, Peter Beardsley and Steve McMahon all featured for the senior England side that day as they drew a friendly 1-1 in Denmark. 1988 – Future red Michael Thomas was in action as England beat the USSR 1-0. 2009 – Gerardo Bruna played for Argentina as they drew 1-1 with the United Arab Emirates. Meanwhile, future red Christian Benteke scored twice as Belgium Under-19’s thumped Sweden in a friendly in Genk. Carra honoured 2011 - Jamie Carragher was named Philanthropist of the Year at the Spirit of Merseyside Awards at the Philharmonic Hall, for his charity work with the 23 Foundation. Family changes 2014 – Joe Allen married Lacey-Jo Hughes, while young Spanish forward Luis Alberto was wed to Patricia Venegas. 2012 - Maxi Rodríguez became a father to his second daughter, Aitana. 2008 – Future red Robbie Keane married Claudine Palmer in Ballybrack, South Dublin. 2002 - Grégory Vignal became a father as his girlfriend Naomi gave birth to a girl called Lorenza. Also in international action 1941 – Future reds boss Don Welsh played as England beat Wales 3-2 in a Wartime International. 1990 – Future reds Stig Inge Bjørnebye and Øyvind Leonhardsen both featured as Norway Under-21’s were beaten 3-2 by Denmark in Larvik. 2001 – Future red Nicolas Anelka played for France as they beat Brazil 2-1 in their Confederations Cup Semi-final in South Korea. On the same day, ex-reds keeper Brad Friedel featured in the USA’s goalless draw with Ecuador in Ohio. 2010 – Jamie Carragher, Steven Gerrard, Glen Johnson and ex-reds Peter Crouch, Emile Heskey and Stephen Warnock all featured as England beat Platinum Stars 3-0 in an unofficial match in South Africa.
  22. Will

    31st May

    Edging towards the title 1947 - We moved to within touching distance of our fifth League title as our 2-1 win at Wolverhampton Wanderers took us one point clear of both Wolves and Manchester United, in our final game of the season. Jack Balmer and Albert Stubbins bagged our goals before the break while Wolves legend Stan Cullis, who had guested for the reds during the war, played his final ever game for the club. Jimmy Dunn scored the first of his four goals past us in the second half. Curiously Manager George Kay was absent as he was on a five-day scouting mission in Ireland. However, we had to wait a further two weeks to know for sure if the title was ours, as fellow championship challengers Stoke City had one final game, which they lost at Sheffield United. First and last caps 2000 - Steven Gerrard made his England debut as Kevin Keegan’s side beat the Ukraine 2-0 in a friendly at Wembley with Robbie Fowler on target. Emile Heskey won his first cap as a reds player in this game, with future red Nick Barmby and ex-red Steve McManaman also featuring. 1989 - Future red Stig Inge Bjørnebye won his first cap for Norway as they beat Austria 4-1 in a friendly in Oslo. On the same day, Ian Rush, future reds player Dean Saunders and Assistant Manager Colin Pascoe faced future red Karl-Heinz Riedle in a goalless World Cup qualifier between Wales and West Germany in Cardiff. On the same day, Glenn Hysén won his last cap as a Fiorentina player as Sweden beat Algeria 2-0 in a friendly. 1994 - Dominic Matteo made his England Under-21’s debut as a substitute in their 3-0 defeat by France in the Toulon Tournament in Aubagne. Fellow reds Robbie Fowler and Jamie Redknapp both also played. 1998 – Future red Frode Kippe won his third and last cap for Norway Under-23’s in their 2-0 tournament defeat of the Netherlands in Romania. 1977 - Kevin Keegan won his final cap as a reds player, skippering England in their 1-0 defeat to Wales in the British International Championships at Wembley. Fellow reds Emlyn Hughes, Joey Jones, Ray Kennedy and Phil Neal all also featured. 1994 - Ronnie Rosenthal won his last cap as a reds player, and 37th in total, as Israel lost 3-0 to Argentina in a friendly in Tel-Aviv. 2008 – Future red Andy Carroll won his seventh and final cap for England Under-19’s as they held Belarus to a goalless draw in Minsk, so qualifying for the European Championships Finals. 2014 – Young defender Ryan McLaughlin made his senior debut for Northern Ireland in their 1-0 friendly defeat in Uruguay. Sebastián Coates, future red Lazar Marković and ex-reds Alberto Aquilani, Carl Medjani and Gabriel Paletta all also represented their countries that day. Walker’s first steps 1874 - Inside-right Johnny Walker was born in Coatbridge. He joined the reds from Heart Of Midlothian for £175 in March 1898, playing 120 times and scoring 31 goals, including the decisive final goal of the season to hand us our first League title in 1901. The following year he returned to his native Scotland, moving to Rangers. Goals galore in the US We have twice racked up hefty scores in US tour games on this day. 1953 - We trounced Toledo All Stars 10-3 with Kevin Baron, Jimmy Payne and Billy Liddell all bagging braces, and Alan A’Court, Bob Paisley and Jack Smith all also on target. 1946 - We thumped St. Louis All Stars 5-1 in the Walsh Stadium, with Willie Fagan netting twice this time around, and Bob Priday, Jack Balmer and Cyril Done also netting. A new trophy 1919 – We claimed the Lancashire Senior Cup, under its temporary tile of the Lancashire Section Subsidiary Competition, as we beat Oldham Athletic 3-0 in the Final at Old Trafford. Harold Wadsworth and John Miller netted either side of a Harry Lewis penalty. Derby stalemate 1941 - We drew 2-2 with Everton in a Wartime League game at Anfield with Billy Liddell and Cyril Done on target. Sal on target 2003 - Salif Diao netted in Senegal’s 2-1 friendly defeat of Cape Verde in Dakar, his first goal as a reds player and last strike for his country, with clubmate El-Hadji Diouf also featuring. 2002 - They both also featured as Senegal beat France 1-0 in the opening game of the World Cup Finals, with fellow future red Djibril Cissé appearing from the bench. Happy birthday Alan 1981 - Ex-reserves defender Alan Navarro was born in Liverpool. He never made a first-team appearance for us and moved to Tranmere Rovers for £225,000 in January 2002. Venison to Turkey 1995 - Barry Venison joined Galatasaray from Newcastle United for £750,000. He was signed by ex-reds boss Graeme Souness, but only remained in Turkey for five months, playing eight League games. Mighty Mouse on target 1976 - Kevin Keegan bagged a brace as England beat Team America 3-1 in the US Bicentennial Tournament in Philadelphia. Ray Clemence and Phil Thompson both also played for England, while ex-red Tommy Smith appeared for the Americans. On Song again and again Rigobert Song has played for Cameroon three times on this day in history. 2008 – He netted as skipper in their 2-0 defeat of Cape Verde Islands in a World Cup qualifier in Yaoundé. Xabi Alonso, Nabil El Zhar, Fernando Torres, future reds Ragnar Klavan and Raul Meireles, and ex-reds Nicolas Anelka and El-Hadji Diouf also represented their countries that day. 2001 - He featured in their 2-0 defeat by Brazil in the Confederations Cup in Japan. Meanwhile, Grégory Vignal and future red Alou Diarra both played as France lost 2-1 to Colombia in the Semi-final of the Toulon Tournament. 1998 - Cameroon won a friendly 2-0 in Luxembourg. Internationals on target 2013 – Alberto Aquilani bagged his first strike as a Fiorentina player as Italy beat San Marino 4-0 in a friendly in Bologna, with future red Mario Balotelli also in action, while future red Tiago Ilori played as Portugal Under-20’s beat Belgium Under-21’s 2-0 in a friendly in France. 2005 - Djibril Cissé struck in France’s 2-1 friendly defeat of Hungary in Metz. 2006 - He also featured for his country in a 2-0 friendly defeat of Denmark in Lens, with Christian Poulsen winning his final cap as a Schalke 04 player. Ragnar Klavan struck his first senior goal and only one as a Heracles Almelo player as Estonia drew 1-1 with New Zealand in Tallinn. Future reds Philipp Degen and Nuri Şahin were also in international action that day. 2005 - Ex-red Michael Owen bagged a treble to become England’s all-time fourth top goalscorer as he struck his final goals as a Real Madrid player. England beat Colombia 3-2 in New Jersey, with Peter Crouch making his senior bow, winning his only cap as a Southampton player. Ex-red David James and future reds Joe Cole and Glen Johnson also played. On the same day, future red Besian Idrizaj played for Austria Under-19’s as they lost 3-2 to Scotland in a European Championships qualifier in Vöcklamarkt. Management moves 2005 - Mark Wright was appointed Manager of Peterborough United. He was only in charge until the following January, winning twelve of his 35 games in charge. 2018 – Former First Team Coach Paco Herrera was appointed Manager of Greek side Aris Thessaloniki, remaining in charge for six months. Conal on the move 2006 - Former reserves forward Conal Platt signed for Bournemouth having been released by the reds at the end of the season. He only made one senior appearance for the Cherries and is now playing for Stalybridge Celtic in the Conference North. 2015 - Ex-reserves defender Gareth Roberts signed for Conference North side Stockport County, having been released by Chester. John a Rover again 2007 – Future reds goalkeeping coach John Achterberg signed a new two-year playing/coaching contract with Tranmere Rovers. He went on to play 312 times in total for Rovers. Youngsters in action 1981 – Sammy Lee played for England Under-21’s as they held Switzerland to a goalless draw in a European Championships qualifier in Neuenburg. 1991 – Future red David James played for England Under-21’s in their 2-1 defeat of the CIS in the Toulon Tournament. 2011 – Five reds featured for England Under-19’s as they beat Montenegro 1-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Switzerland. Andre Wisdom skippered a side that also included Conor Coady, Tom Ince, Michael Ngoo and Jack Robinson, with future red Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain making his debut at this level. 2012 – Danny Wilson played for Scotland Under-21’s in their 2-2 draw in a European Championships qualifier in Bulgaria. 2015 – Future red Diogo Jota played for Portugal Under-19’s as they won a European Championships qualifier in Georgia, while future red Marko Grujić featured for Serbia Under-20’s in their 1-0 defeat by Uruguay in a World Championships Finals group game in New Zealand. 2017 – Future red Dominic Solanke played as England Under-20’s beat Costa Rica 2-1 in the World Championship Finals in South Korea. 2018 – Liam Millar represented Canada Under-23’s as they beat Turkey Under-20’s 1-0 in a friendly in France. Also in international action 1909 – Sam Hardy was between the sticks for England as they trounced Hungary 8-2 in a friendly in Budapest. 1980 – Kenny Dalglish featured for Scotland as the beat Hungary 3-1 in a friendly in Budapest, with future reds coach Joe Corrigan in goal as England beat Australia 2-1 in Sydney. 1983 – Ex-red Joey Jones played for Wales in their 1-0 defeat of Northern Ireland in the British International Championships in Belfast. 1997 – Future red Paul Ince featured in England’s 2-0 World Cup qualifying win in Poland. 2012 – Ex-red Yossi Benayoun played as Israel lost a friendly 2-0 to Germany in Leipzig, while ex-red Alou Diarra featured in France’s 2-0 win over Serbia in Reims. 2016 – Marko Grujić appeared for Serbia as they beat Israel 3-1 in Novi Sad.
  23. 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 reds John Arne Riise and Bolo Zenden all also played in friendlies. 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 in New York. 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 in 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. Future red Milan Baroš played for the Czech Republic Under-15’s on the same day. 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 first 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. Future red Robbie Keane won his fiftieth cap as the Republic of Ireland beat Romania 1-0 in a friendly at Lansdowne Road. Steve Finnan, John Arne Riise, future reds Craig Bellamy, Yossi Benayoun and Ragnar Klavan, 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, converting a penalty 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. Jack Dunn made his debut for England Under-19’s in their 1-1 draw with Montenegro in a European Championships qualifier in Rochdale, with Jack Robinson and future red Emre Can also in action at this level. 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. 1998 – Vegard Heggem won his only cap for Norway Under-23’s, being dismissed in their 1-0 tournament defeat by Spain in Romania, with fellow future red Frode Kippe also in action. 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. 1987 – Future red Øyvind Leonhardsen played his fifth and last game for Norway Under-16’s as they beat Yugoslavia 2-0 in a tournament game in France. 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, winning his last cap while with Olympique de Marseille. Fellow ex-reds Nicolas Anelka and Alou Diarra also featured as they beat Ecuador 2-0 in a friendly in Grenoble. Mikel San José and future red Ragnar Klavan also represented their countries 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 Championship Finals 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 in 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 Takumi Minamino, Virgil van Dijk and Gini Wijnaldum, and ex-red Javier Mascherano also featured in international friendlies that day. Also in international action 1950 – Billy Liddell played for Scotland as they lost a friendly 1-0 in France. 1959 – Andy Beattie took charge of Scotland for their 2-1 friendly defeat of the Netherlands in Amsterdam. He had guested with the reds during the war, and later joined the backroom staff at Anfield after a successful management career. 1972 – Emlyn Hughes featured as England won a British International Championships encounter 1-0 in Scotland. 1984 – Jim Beglin played for the Republic of Ireland as they drew 0-0 with a Japanese Universities side in the Kirin Cup in Matsuyama. 1991 – Future red David James featured for England Under-21’s in their 2-1 defeat of Senegal in the Toulon Tournament. 2005 – Future red Besian Idrizaj represented Austria Under-19’s in their 2-0 European Championships qualifying defeat by Slovakia. 2014 – Mamadou Sakho played for France as they thumped Norway 4-0 in a friendly at the Stade de France.
  24. Will

    5th June

    Ton up for Stan 2002 - Ex-red Steve Staunton won his hundredth international cap, skippering the Republic of Ireland in their 1-1 World Cup Finals draw with Germany in Ibaraki, with future red Robbie Keane on target. Dietmar Hamann, future red Steve Finnan and ex-red Christian Ziege all also played. Meanwhile, Abel Xavier sat out Portugal’s shock 3-2 defeat by the USA in Suwon, for whom ex-red Brad Friedel was between the sticks. Steve Staunton has turned out for the Republic of Ireland twice more on this day in history. 1994 - He took part in their first meeting with the Czech Republic since the break-up of Czechoslovakia. The Czechs won 3-1, with future reds Phil Babb and Jason McAteer playing alongside ex-red John Aldridge. Stig Inge Bjørnebye also represented his country in a friendly that day. 2001 - He featured in a 2-0 World Cup qualifying win in Estonia. Future reds Joe Cole, Jermaine Pennant and Christian Poulsen were all in Under-21’s action that day. 2010 – Future red Poulsen played for the senior Danish side as they lost a friendly 1-0 in South Africa. Daniel Agger, Dirk Kuyt, Martin Škrtel and future reds Milan Jovanović, Joël Matip and Xherdan Shaqiri all also turned out in friendlies that day. Double trebles 1946 - Forward Willie Fagan and winger Bob Priday both scored hat-tricks as we thumped Ulster United 11-1 at the Maple Leaf Stadium in Toronto on our North American tour. Jack Balmer also netted twice, with Berry Nieuwenhuys, Cyril Done and Phil Taylor also on target. Willkommen 1998 - South African striker Sean Dundee signed from Karlsruher SC for £1.8m. He had claimed to be “as fast as Michael Owen”, a fanciful boast that was shown up in his five first-team games before he returned to Germany to join VfB Stuttgart after just one year at Anfield. New management 2018 – Pep Lijnders re-joined the coaching staff after half a season away as Manager of N.E.C.. 2001 - Reds boss Rafael Benítez joined Valencia. He led them to two La Liga titles and the UEFA Cup in his three years at the Mestalla, before arriving at Anfield three years later. 2009 – Brendan Rodgers was appointed Manager of Reading. However, disappointing results led to him leaving by mutual consent that December. He had led them to just six victories in 23 games in charge. 2006 - Former First Team Coach Paco Herrera was introduced to the press as Director of Football at R.C.D. Espanyol. He helped them to mid-table in La Liga and the UEFA Cup Final in his first season. On the same day, ex-reserves midfielder Jim Magilton was appointed Manager of Ipswich Town. He was in charge for three seasons, failing to take them to the play-offs or automatic promotion. Sammy the skipper 1981 - Sammy Lee captained England Under-21’s for the first time, while winning his third cap, as they won a European Championships qualifier in Hungary 2-1. First caps 1999 - Sami Hyypiä won his first cap as a reds player, making his 27th appearance in total in Finland’s 4-2 European Championships qualifying home defeat by Turkey, with future red Jari Litmanen also playing. Meanwhile, Abel Xavier won his tenth cap for Portugal, and last one while with PSV Eindhoven, in their 1-0 win over Slovakia in Lisbon. On the same day, Dinamo Zagreb’s Igor Bišcan made his senior international debut as a substitute in Croatia’s 1-1 draw with FYR Macedonia in Skopje. Meanwhile, Patrik Berger netted in the Czech Republic’s 2-0 win in Estonia, also a European Championships qualifier. Future red Vladimír Šmicer also played. Other future reds in international action that day were Craig Bellamy, Paul Jones, Fernando Morientes and Bolo Zenden, as well as ex-red Dean Saunders. 2007 – Roma’s Alexander Doni made his senior international bow as Brazil were held to a goalless draw by Turkey in a friendly in Dortmund, with future reds loanee Nuri Şahin also featuring and future red Raul Meireles also playing for his country that day. 2015 - Krisztián Németh won his first cap as a Sporting Kansas City player as Hungary thumped Lithuania 4-0 in Jerusalem. On the same day, future reds Danny Ings and Gini Wijnaldum, and ex-red Charlie Adam all also played for their countries. 2017 – Ex-reds Christian Benteke and Péter Gulácsi featured for their countries in friendlies, with future red Dominic Solanke netting for England Under-20’s as they beat Mexico 1-0 in their World Championships Quarter-final in South Korea, with Ovie Ejaria also in action. Final caps 1963 - Jimmy Melia won his second and final cap, netting in England’s 8-1 friendly trouncing of Switzerland in Basel. 1974 - Alec Lindsay made his fourth and final senior appearance in England’s 2-2 friendly draw with Yugoslavia in Belgrade. Kevin Keegan was on target, while Emlyn Hughes captained a side that also included Ray Clemence. 1985 - Joey Jones won his final cap as a Chelsea player, and 66th in total, as Wales lost 4-2 to Norway in a friendly in Bergen, with Glenn Hysén also playing for his country that day. 1991 - Dean Saunders made his final appearance for Wales as a Derby County player as they beat Germany 1-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Cardiff, thanks to an Ian Rush goal. Future red Jari Litmanen also played for his country that day. 2005 - El-Hadji Diouf won his final cap as a reds player as Senegal held Congo to a goalless draw in a World Cup qualifier in Brazzaville. 2016 – Naby Keïta won his last cap as a Red Bull Salzburg player as Guinea lost an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier 1-0 in Eswatini, with Marko Grujić, Divock Origi, Danny Ward and future reds loanee Nuri Şahin also playing for his country that day. 2009 – Şahin featured again as Turkey lost 1-0 in a friendly in France, with ex-red Nicolas Anelka on the winning side. Luis on target 2013 – Luis Suárez came off the bench to strike the only goal of Uruguay’s friendly meeting with France in Montevideo, with Sebastián Coates also in action. Jordan Henderson skippered an England Under-21’s side on the same day that also included Jack Robinson, Jonjo Shelvey and future reds Steven Caulker and Nathaniel Clyne as they lost 1-0 to Fabio Borini’s Italy in a European Championships Finals group game in Tel-Aviv. 2014 – Coates also featured as Uruguay beat Slovenia 2-0 in Montevideo, with Ryan McLaughlin also representing his country. Tommy in trouble 2007 - Reds legend Tommy Smith suffered a heart attack. Fortunately, he has recovered fully. Winning a trophy 1983 - We won the Vita Cup, beating now-defunct Hong Kong side Bulova 2-0. Mark Lawrenson and Robert Savage were on target. Arsenal’s Pat Jennings and Alan Sunderland both guested for the opposition. Birth and death 1950 – Joe Fagan’s son Kit was born in Manchester. He made two senior reds outings before moving to Tranmere Rovers in July 1971, for whom he played 84 League games. 1952 – Inside-forward Fred Buck died in Stafford. He only scored once in thirteen reds games after arriving from West Bromwich Albion in May 1903, moving on to Plymouth Argyle a year later. In the Toulon Tournament 2004 - Florent Sinama-Pongolle was on the scoresheet as France Under-21’s beat Colombia 2-0 in Aubagne. 1994 - Dominic Matteo and Jamie Redknapp both played as England beat Belgium 2-1 in the Semi-final in Berre. 1988 - Future red Nigel Clough nabbed a brace as England beat Mexico 2-1 in the Stade Mayol. Fellow future red Julian Dicks was dismissed while Michael Thomas also played. 1989 - Southampton’s Neil Ruddock made his debut at the same level as a substitute in England’s 3-2 defeat by Bulgaria in the same stadium. Future reds on target 2004 - Fernando Morientes netted in Spain’s 4-0 friendly defeat of Andorra in Getafe, with fellow future reds Xabi Alonso and Fernando Torres also featuring. Meanwhile, Robbie Keane bagged the only goal of the Republic of Ireland’s friendly against the Netherlands, with Steve Finnan also in the side. Jamie Carragher, Jerzy Dudek, Steven Gerrard, Michael Owen, future reds Joe Cole and Christian Poulsen and ex-red Emile Heskey all also played for their countries that day. 2012 – Gini Wijnaldum netted his first goal for the Dutch Under-21’s while with PSV Eindhoven as they thrashed Bulgaria 5-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Maastricht. Ragnar Klavan captained Estonia as he won his final cap as an AZ Alkmaar player in their 4-0 friendly defeat in France, with ex-red Alou Diarra and future reds loanee Nuri Şahin also in international action. 2011 – Future red Daniel Sturridge scored his last goal for England Under-21’s as they beat Norway 2-0 in a friendly in Southampton. On the same day, future red Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain won his last cap for the Under-19’s as England drew 1-1 with Spain in a European Championships qualifier in Switzerland, with Conor Coady, Tom Ince, Michael Ngoo, Jack Robinson, Andre Wisdom and future reds Thiago Alcântara, Fabio Borini and Mikel San José all also in action. 2007 – Jose Enrique struck the only goal of the game as Spain Under-21’s beat Georgia in a European Championships qualifier in Tbilisi. Future reds Nikolay Mihaylov and James Milner also featured at this level that day. 1999 – Reds reserves forward Haukur Ingi Guðnason scored his only Under-21’s goal as Iceland beat Armenia 2-0 in a European Championships qualifier. Falling at the last hurdle 2019 – Xherdan Shaqiri played for Switzerland as they lost their UEFA Nations League Semi-final 3-1 to Portugal in Porto, while future red Takumi Minamino featured in Japan’s goalless draw with Trinidad & Tobago in Toyota. Mr & Mrs Barclay 1878 – The club’s first Manager, William Barclay, married Emily Jane King at Bleasdale Church in Lancashire. He worked as a Secretary-c**-Manager for the first four years of the club’s existence, having previously been Vice Chairman of Everton. On the move 2013 – It was announced that keeper Adrián would sign for West Ham United from Real Betis Balompié on 1st July of that year. He turned out on 150 occasions for the Irons, before joining the reds in August 2019. Also in international action 1960 – Andy Beattie took charge of Scotland as they drew a friendly 3-3 in Hungary. He guested for the reds at full-back during the Second World War, and later spent some time on our backroom staff. 1961 – Alan A’Court played for England as they trounced New Zealand 8-0 in an FA Tour game in Wellington. 1968 – Roger Hunt featured for England as they lost 1-0 to Yugoslavia in their European Championships Semi-final in Florence. 1984 – Jim Beglin played for the Republic of Ireland as they lost 2-1 to Brazilian side SC Internacional in the Kirin Cup Final in Tokyo. 1998 – Future reds Bernard Diomède, Sami Hyypiä, Rigobert Song and Bolo Zenden all featured in friendly internationals. 2000 – Future red Alberto Aquilani played for Italy Under-15’s as they beat the USA 2-1. 2006 – Future reds forward Andriy Voronin appeared for Ukraine in their 3-0 friendly defeat of Libya in Switzerland.
  25. Happy birthdays 1984 – Danish centre-back Daniel Agger was born in Hvidovre. He joined the reds from Brøndby IF for £5.8m in January 2006, notching fourteen times in 232 games before returning to his old club in Denmark in August 2014 for a reported £3m, having helped us to claim the League Cup in 2012. 1981 - Stephen Warnock was born in Ormskirk. He played 67 reds games, notching once, before moving to Blackburn Rovers in January 2007 for £1.5m, although he moved on to Aston Villa in August 2009. 1990 – Winger Victor Moses was born in Lagos, Nigeria. He signed on loan from Chelsea in September 2013, netting twice in 22 outings before returning to his parent club at the end of the season. Team of the year 1978 - We were voted the best team in the world at the International Sports Writers’ Association awards ceremony, with the trophy being presented to Vice Chairman Sidney Reakes. We also pipped the Davis Cup team to the British Team of the Year award at the Cunard Hotel in London. Another European win 2002 - Michael Owen nabbed the only goal of the game at Anfield as we progressed past Vitesse Arnhem in the UEFA Cup Third Round by 2-0 on aggregate. Red centurions 1925 - Cardiff City won for the third consecutive League season at Anfield, this time by 2-0. Len Davies netted one of his seven strikes against the reds, with Hugh Ferguson also on target as left-back Donald Mackinlay reached 300 League appearances for the reds. 1914 – Half-back Harry Lowe played his hundredth League game for the club as we lost 1-0 at Bradford Park Avenue. Mixed fortunes against Bury 1896 - We beat Bury 3-1 at Anfield thanks to a George Allan brace and a goal from Malcolm McVean. 1908 - Joe Hewitt netted as we lost 2-1 at Gigg Lane, with Billy Hibbert scoring two of his thirteen goals against the reds. Pompey despair We have twice lost at Portsmouth on this day in history. 1953 - Sammy Smyth grabbed our consolation as we were thumped 5-1. Peter Harris struck a hat-trick, the last of his eight goals against the reds, with Charlie Vaughan bagging the final goal of his four past us and Johnny Gordon also netting. 1931 - We lost 2-0 in another First Division meeting when Jimmy Easson netted two of his eight goals past us. Thumping the Black Cats 1936 - Alf Hanson struck twice as we beat Sunderland 4-0 at Anfield, with Berry Nieuwenhuys and Jack Balmer also on the scoresheet as left-half Jimmy McDougall played his 300th League game for the reds. The cup in December 1999 - We played our earliest FA Cup tie since 1892 when the Third Round was staged in December. Dominic Matteo netted his second and final reds goal as we won 2-0 at Huddersfield Town after Titi Camara had opened the scoring. Signing on 2000 - Djimi Traoré signed a new four-year contract. He struck once in 141 reds appearances before joining Charlton Athletic for £2m in August 2006, having helped us to claim the Champions League in 2005. 1947 – Left-winger Doug McAvoy signed from his hometown club Kilmarnock for £7,000. He only made two senior reds appearances, moving back to Scotland to join Queen Of The South in September 1949. On the move 1979 - 1950’s wing-half Bobby Campbell was sacked as Manager of Bristol Rovers. He had led them to just eleven wins in 46 games in charge, as they struggled in the old Second Division. 1997 - Mike Marsh was released by Southend United after just over two years at Roots Hall. He had struck thirteen times in 97 games for the Shrimpers. 2011 - Nicolas Anelka signed for Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua, netting three times in 23 outings before joining West Bromwich Albion on a free transfer in July 2013. 2017 – Former reds First Team Coach Paco Herrera was sacked as Manager of Real Sporting de Gijón after just six months in charge. A saintly century 1977 - We played St. Mirren at Love Street to commemorate their centenary. The game ended 1-1, with Kenny Dalglish on target for the reds, before we won a penalty shoot-out 5-4. Phil Neal, Emlyn Hughes, Terry McDermott, Ray Kennedy and David Johnson converted spot-kicks with Ray Clemence saving from future red Frank McGarvey. Nice one Cyril 1942 - Cyril Done bagged a treble as we trounced Burnley 9-2 in a Wartime League fixture at Anfield. Dicky Dorsett and Willie Fagan both netted braces, with Michael Hulligan and Fred Haycock also on target. Newell for England 1989 - Ex-reds reserves striker Mike Newell, then playing across the park, netted for England B as they beat Yugoslavia 2-0 at The Den. 1995 – Steve McManaman, ex-red Peter Beardsley and future red Nick Barmby all played in England’s 1-1 friendly draw with Portugal at Wembley. 2002 – Future reds Glen Johnson, Andy Lonergan and Gary O’Neil all featured as England Under-20’s lost 2-0 to Switzerland at Upton Park. Mixed fortunes for the youngsters 2003 - Zak Whitbread faced future red Javier Mascherano as Argentina Under-20’s beat the USA 2-1 on a golden goal in the Quarter-finals of the World Championship Finals in the United Arab Emirates, with Mascherano grabbing the injury time equaliser. Daniele’s debut 2006 - Future reds loanee keeper Daniele Padelli won his first cap for Italy Under-21’s as they beat Luxembourg 2-0 in Vibo Valentia. He was then on loan at Crotone from Sampdoria.
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