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  1. Will

    26th October

    Happy birthday Willie 1939 - Left-half Willie Stevenson was born in Leith. He signed from Rangers for £20,000 in October 1962 and missed just nine League games in his first four seasons, making a total of 241 appearances and netting eighteen times. He helped us to two League titles and our first FA Cup triumph in 1965 before moving on to Stoke City in December 1967. A win at the Bridge 2008 - Xabi Alonso’s deflected strike was the only goal of our trip to Stamford Bridge, handing Chelsea their first home League defeat since February 2004, ending an 86-game unbeaten run. Alonso also hit the post with a second-half free-kick. Ton up for Didi 2002 - Dietmar Hamann played his hundredth reds League game as we beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 at Anfield, with Jamie Redknapp making his first appearance back at Anfield since his transfer. Danny Murphy scored a beautifully curled shot, before Michael Owen’s penalty restored our lead following Dean Richards’ equaliser. Luis at the treble 2013 - Luis Suárez scored a hat-trick, his first at Anfield, as we thumped West Bromwich Albion 4-1, with James Morrison pulling one back from the spot before Daniel Sturridge completed the scoring. Heading towards Wembley 2011 – We won our League Cup Fourth Round tie 2-1 at Stoke City. Kenwyne Jones struck just before half-time, with Luis Suárez bagging a brace after the break. Into the Lions’ den 2004 - We won 3-0 at Millwall in a Third Round Carling Cup match as we headed towards a record tenth Final in the competition on our first visit to The New Den. Jerzy Dudek skippered the reds for the first time, while future Lion Zak Whitbread was making his reds bow. Salif Diao netted his third and final reds goal in the first half, with Milan Baroš adding a brace. Unfortunately, the game was marred by sick chants from the home fans that led to confrontations between the two sets of supporters. A rarity for Sami 2000 - Sami Hyypiä sat on the reds bench for the only time in his first five seasons at Anfield as a late Emile Heskey goal handed us victory over Czech side Slovan Liberec at Anfield in the first leg of our UEFA Cup Second Round tie. Robbie Fowler spurned a number of good chances, including a penalty. Sami did not reappear on the bench until March 2005. Robbie’s poor form could be partly explained by the fact that his future wife Kerrie had given birth to their second daughter, Jaya, earlier that day. A blooming treble 1912 - Rams legend Steve Bloomer bagged a hat-trick as we lost 4-2 to Derby County at the Baseball Ground, the last of his fourteen strikes past us. Arthur Metcalf netted both our goals, with Harry Leonard also on target for the home side. 1977 - We also faced the Rams when a David Fairclough brace handed us a 2-0 League Cup Third Round victory at Anfield. 1927 – Outside-left Fred Hopkin scored a hat-trick as we won a Lancashire Senior Cup game 5-2 at Southport, with Gordon Hodgson and Tom Reid also netting. Signing on 1896 – Scottish inside-right Andrew McCowie joined the reds from Cambuslang Hibernian. He struck eleven times in 35 games before joining Woolwich Arsenal in May 1899. On the move 2000 - Stan Collymore joined Bradford City from Leicester City on a free transfer. He struck twice in eight games, before joining Real Oviedo in Spain. 2003 - Academy Chief Scout Dave Moss was sacked as Manager of Macclesfield Town, his only time in the hot seat. He had led them to 33 victories in his 102 games since taking over in November 2001, leading them to mid-table finishes in consecutive seasons in the basement division before being dismissed after a poor start to the following campaign. He joined the reds in February 2006. 2015 – Young midfielder Cameron Brannagan signed a new contract. He made nine senior reds appearances before moving on to Oxford United in January 2018. Beating the Blues We have twice seen off Ipswich Town on this day in history. 1963 - Jimmy Melia and Roger Hunt netted as we won a First Division match 2-1 at Portman Road. 1982 - Ronnie Whelan and Mark Lawrenson were on target as we won a League Cup Second Round tie 2-0 at Anfield. Taking the Heighway again 1974 - Steve Heighway grabbed the only goal of our home League meeting with Leeds United for the second successive season, with each goal coming mid-way through the second half of the game. Leeds were at this time the reigning champions. First and last 1895 – Half-back Bill Keech played the first of his six reds games as we beat Notts County 3-0 at Anfield on the way to the Second Division title. Fred Geary and Jimmy Ross added to an early headed goal from Harry Bradshaw. 1907 – Harold Fitzpatrick struck his second and final reds goal as we beat The Wednesday 3-0 at Anfield, with brothers Joe and Charlie Hewitt both also netting. International firsts and last 1985 - Future red Ronnie Rosenthal started his first senior international while winning his eighth cap as Israel lost 3-1 in a World Cup qualifier in New Zealand. Ex-red Avi Cohen also played. 2012 – Jerome Sinclair won his fifth and last cap for England Under-17’s, with Sheyi Ojo also playing in their 3-2 European Championships qualifying defeat of Northern Ireland in Estonia. 2013 – Sheyi Ojo scored his only goal for England Under-17’s as they beat Gibraltar 4-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Armenia, with future red Dominic Solanke bagging a brace. Corey Whelan featured for the Irish Under-17’s on the same day. 2017 – Future red Ki-Jana Hoever made his debut for the Dutch Under-16’s in their 7-0 friendly trouncing of Poland. On target 2007 – David N’Gog netted as France Under-19’s drew a friendly 2-2 with Greece. Stalemates with the Trotters We have twice drawn with Bolton Wanderers on this day in history. 1901 - Andy McGuigan was on target in a First Division fixture at Anfield 1918 - Thomas Bennett and Donald Mackinlay netted at Burnden Park as we travelled for a Wartime League match. Thumped at home 1929 - Jim Smith grabbed our consolation as early as the first minute as Manchester City thrashed us 6-1 at Anfield in a First Division meeting. This remains City’s biggest ever win on our home turf, with Eric Brook scoring the first two of his nine goals past us, Tommy Johnson scoring two of his eight and Tommy Tait bagging the first two of his four goals against the reds. Outside-left Fred Hopkin made his 300th reds appearance in this game. Other reds games 1991 – Ray Houghton netted the only goal of Coventry City’s visit to Anfield. 1988 – Mike Hooper saved penalty from future red Nigel Clough, but we still lost 2-1 at Nottingham Forest with Ian Rush on the scoresheet. Neil Webb scored one of his five goals against the reds, with Brian Rice also on target. 1985 – We beat Luton Town 3-2 in L4 with ex-Hatter Paul Walsh bagging a brace and Jan Mølby also scoring. Mick Harford struck one of his seven goals past us, with Steve Foster also scoring. 1968 – Alun Evans and Peter Thompson struck as we beat Newcastle United 2-1 at Anfield. 1957 – We beat Bristol Rovers 2-0 in a home Second Division encounter thanks to goals from Billy Liddell and Alan A’Court. 1946 – Albert Stubbins bagged the only goal of Brentford’s visit to L4. 1935 – We beat Huddersfield Town 3-0 at Anfield. Fred Howe scored twice, with Berry Nieuwenhuys also scoring as Gordon Hodgson had a penalty saved. Early caps 1980 - Future red Bruce Grobbelaar won his second cap for Zimbabwe as they won the first leg of an African Cup of Nations qualifier 1-0 in Malawi. 1994 - Sami Hyypiä also made his sophomore appearance as Finland trounced Lithuania 7-0 in a friendly in Tallinn. 1977 – Future reds centre-half Glenn Hysén won his seventeenth and last Under-18’s cap in Sweden’s 4-2 defeat by Czechoslovakia in a European Championships qualifier in Trelleborg.
  2. Will

    13th October

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

    9th October

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

    23rd September

    Four apiece 1986 - Steve McMahon missed a penalty but struck four goals as we recorded the equal biggest ever win in the League Cup, thumping Fulham 10-0. Ian Rush and John Wark both netted braces with the other goals coming from Ronnie Whelan and Steve Nicol, while Rush also struck the post twice. Both managers played in this game, with Kenny Dalglish lining up against the Cottagers’ new player/manager Ray Lewington. 1995 - Robbie Fowler bagged four in our 5-2 defeat of Bolton Wanderers, his hundredth reds game, with Steve Harkness nabbing our other goal late on. 1939 - We also entertained the Trotters, with Jack Balmer bagging a brace and Matt Busby also on target in a 3-0 friendly victory. Jonjo off 2012 - We lost 2-1 to Manchester United at Anfield, with Jonjo Shelvey somewhat harshly dismissed in the first half, and Fabio Borini having to go off injured at half-time. Steven Gerrard put us ahead straight after the break, but Rafael da Silva equalised before Robin van Persie converted a late, soft penalty to secure victory, one of his seven goals past us. Martin Kelly suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury in this game. The first Irish red 1970 - Steve Heighway became the first ever red to represent the Republic of Ireland in their 2-0 friendly defeat at home to Poland, winning the first of his 33 caps less than a month after his senior reds debut. 1992 - Torben Piechnik won his first cap as a reds player, and tenth to date, as Denmark were held to a goalless draw by Lithuania in a World Cup qualifier in Vilnius. Future red Stig Inge Bjørnebye won his twentieth cap on the same day as Norway beat the Netherlands in another qualifier in Oslo. Reds sold 1993 - Reserves keeper Mike Hooper left Anfield after 73 reds games to join Newcastle United for £550,000. He made thirty appearances for the Toon before retiring from the game. 1920 - Scottish international centre-forward Tom Miller was sold to Manchester United for £2,000, after 56 goals in 146 reds games, including appearing in our first FA Cup Final in 1914. He had been suspended for his part in the 1915 match-fixing scandal involving the reds and the Old Trafford side. Debutants galore 2008 – Keeper Diego Cavalieri and right-back Philipp Degen both made their reds debuts as we beat Crewe Alexandra 2-1 in a League Cup Third Round tie at Anfield, the hundredth game we had played in the competition on home turf, although one came as the ‘away’ side. Unfortunately, Degen suffered two broken ribs during the match. Daniel Agger opened the scoring before Michael O’Connor equalised. Lucas Leiva struck the winner. 1899 - Forward Jack Parkinson made his only reds appearance in our 2-1 home derby defeat, with Tom Robertson netting our consolation. Jack Taylor bagged one of his five goals past us, with Jimmy Settle netting one of his eleven. 1905 - Left-half Jim Bradley made his reds bow in our 2-0 win over Birmingham City at Anfield, when Robbie Robinson and Joe Hewitt were on target. 1933 - South African outside-right Berry Nieuwenhuys made his debut in our 3-0 win at Tottenham Hotspur. Sam English nabbed a brace with Alf Hanson also on the scoresheet. 1950 - Centre-half Joe Cadden made his reds bow in our 2-1 defeat at Fulham, with Billy Liddell netting. 1957 - Winger Johnny Morrissey debuted in our 2-1 win at Stoke City, with Louis Bimpson and Tony Rowley grabbing the goals, and Geoff Twentyman putting through his own net. Mo again 2017 – Mohamed Salah scored in his third consecutive game as we won 3-2 in the League at Leicester City, just four days after being knocked out of the League Cup at the same venue. Philippe Coutinho also scored before Shinji Okazaki pulled a goal back on the stroke of half time. Jordan Henderson restored our two-goal advantage, but Jamie Vardy responded immediately with the sixth of his seven goals past us to date. Simon Mignolet then saved a Vardy spot-kick to ensure victory. Penalties galore 2014 – After a 2-2 draw, our League Cup Third Round tie with Middlesbrough at Anfield resulted in a 14-13 win on penalties, a club, competition and joint English professional record, with even keeper Simon Mignolet amongst the scorers. Midfielder Jordan Rossiter opened the scoring on his debut, with Jordan Williams making his only senior appearance. Adam Reach levelled to send the game into extra time before Suso struck his only goal in his last game for the club. However, Patrick Bamford converted a stoppage time spot kick to send the match to a shoot-out. 2015 – We beat League Two side Carlisle United 3-2 on penalties after another Third Round tie ended 1-1 after extra time. Keeper Ádám Bogdán saved three of the spot kicks on his reds bow while centre-half Martin Škrtel played his 300th reds game. Danny Ings had given us the lead before Derek Asamoah equalised before half time. Happy birthday Fred 1895 - Outside-left Fred Hopkin was born in Dewsbury, Yorkshire. He netted twelve times in 360 reds games after signing from Manchester United for £2,800 in May 1921, helping us to back-to-back League titles in the early 1920’s before re-joining former club Darlington in August 1931. On the same day, a benefit match was held for Matt McQueen at Anfield. He played 105 times for the reds between 1892 and 1899, and later became a director, before managing the side for five years in the 1920’s. An England International XI beat the reds 3-0, with Sheffield United’s Harry Hammond bagging a treble. 1931 – Welsh international centre-forward Des Palmer was born in Swansea. He signed from his hometown club in March 1959, in a £15,000 deal with right-half Roy Saunders moving in the opposite direction. Unfortunately, he suffered a serious knee injury on his reserves bow, moving on to Johannesburg Ramblers in 1960. First goal against 1893 - Centre-forward David Henderson scored on his reds debut as we beat Small Heath 3-1, as we conceded our first ever League goal in our fourth match, netted by Caesar Jenkyns, with Jimmy Stott grabbing a brace. Derby wins We have twice beaten Everton in other games on this day in history. 1989 - Ian Rush netted a brace after John Barnes had equalised as we won 3-1 at Goodison, with ex-reds reserve Mike Newell having put the Toffees in front with one of his eight strikes against the reds. 1967 - Roger Hunt grabbed the only goal of the game at Anfield. This was our 2,500th League game. Double century 2006 - Mark González struck our 200th League goal against Tottenham Hotspur after the ball came back off the post from a failed Craig Bellamy tap-in, before Dirk Kuyt and John Arne Riise netted to complete a 3-0 victory. Not bribed 1922 – Before our 3-0 home League defeat of Burnley, keeper Elisha Scott, centre-half Walter Wadsworth and centre-forward Dick Johnson had all been offered £10 to let the visitors win. However, they reported this attempt to the Club Secretary, which was later dismissed as a hoax by the police. Dick Forshaw bagged a brace, with Harry Chambers also on target as forward Billy Lacey made his 200th League appearance for the reds. All sung out 2000 - Rigobert Song played his 38th and final reds game as we were held 1-1 by Sunderland at Anfield. Robbie Fowler played his 200th League game, with Michael Owen bagging our equaliser after Kevin Phillips had netted for the visitors. Five three times We have won 5-0 at Anfield on three separate occasions on this day in history. 1980 - Sammy Lee struck twice with Kenny Dalglish and David Fairclough also on the scoresheet as we met Third Division Swindon Town in a League Cup Third Round tie, as we also benefited from a Glen Cockerill own goal. 1972 - Phil Boersma, Alec Lindsay, Steve Heighway and Peter Cormack netted against Sheffield United to take us to the top of the First Division, with Kevin Keegan converting a penalty immediately after Tommy Smith had one saved for the second consecutive game. 1961 - Jimmy Melia grabbed a brace while Ian St. John, Roger Hunt and Kevin Lewis also struck as we beat Bury in a Second Division meeting, our record ever victory over the Shakers. 1907 – Bobby Robinson bagged the only goal of our Lancashire Senior Cup Second Round meeting with Bury at Anfield as we progressed to the next round. Award winners 2019 - Alisson Becker and Virgil van Dijk were both named in the FIFA FIFPRO Men’s World 11 at The Best FIFA Football Awards in Milan, with Alisson named as The Best FIFA Men’s Goalkeeper and Jürgen Klopp as The Best FIFA Men’s Coach, following UEFA Champions League glory in Madrid. Management moves 1998 - Steve McMahon left as Swindon Town boss by mutual consent after 201 games in charge, during which they were relegated but immediately bounced back as Second Division champions. 2010 - Paul Dalglish left as Head Coach of Tampa Bay by mutual consent, after they had lost 3-0 to Montreal which knocked them out of a play-off spot. 2011 – Dean Saunders was appointed Manager of Doncaster Rovers. However, they were relegated from the Championship in his first season in charge. He remained in charge until January 2013 when he left to take over at Wolverhampton Wanderers. Internationals on target 2001 - Anthony Le Tallec and Florent Sinama-Pongolle both netted for the French Under-17’s in their 2-1 defeat of reigning champions Brazil in the World Championships Quarter-final, in The Dwight Yorke Stadium in Tobago. 2013 – Harry Wilson scored for Wales Under-17’s in their 5-5 European Championships qualifying draw with Hungary in Slovenia. Disappointment against the Baggies We have twice faced West Bromwich Albion in the First Division on this day in history, and have yet to win. 1911 - Jack Parkinson was on target as we lost 3-1 at Anfield. 1978 - Kenny Dalglish netted an opportunist equaliser in our 1-1 draw at The Hawthorns. He hid behind keeper Tony Godden and poked the ball home when he rolled it out. These were our first dropped points of the season, in our seventh League match. Winger Laurie Cunningham had opened the scoring for the home side, while Ray Clemence was playing his 500th reds game. Olympian reds 2000 - Brad Friedel played as the USA drew 2-2 with Japan in the Olympics Quarter-final in Adelaide, and then won the resulting penalty shoot-out 5-4 after extra time. On the same day, future red Fábio Aurélio played for Brazil in their 2-1 defeat by Cameroon after extra time in Brisbane. Mighty Mouse ties the knot 1964 - Kevin Keegan married Jean at St. Peter-in-Chains Catholic Church in Doncaster. Finn off the mark 1995 - Future reds right-back Steve Finnan scored on his debut for Birmingham City as they drew 1-1 at Watford. Fame at last 2010 - Ian Callaghan, Ray Clemence and Kenny Dalglish were all inducted into the National Football Museum’s Hall of Fame at Hilton Hotel, Manchester, with Kenny doing so as a Manager, having previously been enrolled as a player. Other reds game 1987 – We drew the first leg of our League Cup Second Round tie 1-1 at Blackburn Rovers. Steve Nicol struck our goal, but we fell to Everton at the next hurdle. On the move 2011 – Reserves forward David Amoo joined Bury on loan. He bagged four goals in 28 outings for the Shakers. 1998 – Future reds goalkeeping coach John Achterberg joined Tranmere Rovers on a free transfer from PSV Eindhoven. He played 312 times on the Wirral, before moving to Melwood in June 2009. 1987 - Reserves centre-back Mark Seagraves signed for Manchester City for £100,000. He made just fifty appearances in three years at Maine Road before joining Bolton Wanderers. 1983 - Future red Peter Beardsley signed for Newcastle United from Vancouver Whitecaps for £150,000. He netted 61 in 163 games for the Toon, before moving to Anfield in July 1987. Other internationals in action 1987 – Glenn Hysén played for Sweden as they lost a European Championships qualifier 1-0 to Portugal in Solna. 1997 – Future red Vladimír Šmicer appeared as the Czech Republic won a World Cup qualifier 1-0 in Malta. 1998 – Future red Fernando Morientes featured as Spain beat Russia 1-0 in a friendly in Granada. 2003 – Future red Daniel Agger played for Denmark Under-20’s in their 1-0 defeat in the Ukraine. 2006 - Michael Collins, Laurence Gaughan and Shane O’Connor all appeared for the Republic of Ireland Under-17’s as they held Denmark to a goalless draw in a European Championships qualifier in Azerbaijan. 2016 – Future red Ozan Kabak played as Turkey Under-17’s beat Norway 2-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Lithuania.
  5. Will

    27th August

    Happy birthdays 1973 - Dietmar Hamann was born in Waldasson in Bavaria. He made a total of 283 appearances for the reds, scoring eleven times as he helped us to claim the Champions League, UEFA Cup, two FA Cups, two UEFA Super Cups, two League Cups and the FA Charity Shield after signing from Newcastle United for £8m in July 1999. He moved on to both Bolton Wanderers and Manchester City in a bizarre transfer saga in July 2006 to bring his Anfield career to a close. 1971 - Steve Harkness was born in Carlisle. He made his reds debut on his twentieth birthday, in our 1-0 League win over Queens Park Rangers at Anfield, when Dean Saunders struck his first reds goal. He went on to net three times in 139 games during nearly ten years at Anfield, before teaming up with Graeme Souness again at SL Benfica. 1986 – Forward Nabil El Zhar was born in Alès, France. He joined the reds in October 2006, striking just once in 32 outings before joining Spanish side Levante U.D. in August 2011. Thumping the Gunners 2017 – We beat Arsenal 4-0 at Anfield, with Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mané on target before the break. Mohamed Salah and Daniel Sturridge completed the scoring. Off the mark 2011 - Jordan Henderson and Charlie Adam both struck their first reds goals either side of a Martin Škrtel header as we beat Bolton Wanderers 3-1 at Anfield, with Ivan Klasnić bagging the visitors’ late consolation. Debutants galore 1984 - Paul Walsh scored just fourteen seconds into his Anfield debut as we kicked off our season against West Ham United. John Wark bagged a late brace to complete a 3-0 win. 1938 - Scottish forward Bill Kinghorn debuted as we beat Chelsea 2-1 at Anfield in another season opener. Phil Taylor struck both our goals that day. 1921 - Centre-forward Danny Shone and outside-left Fred Hopkin both made their reds bows in our 3-0 defeat at Sunderland in a season starter, with the reds missing a last-minute penalty. Charlie Buchan bagged a brace, two of his 21 strikes in 27 games against us, with Harry Martin also on target. 1932 - Ted Crawford bagged a brace on his debut as we thumped Wolverhampton Wanderers 5-1, with Gordon Hodgson bagging his 150th League goal, and Dave Wright and Gordon Gunson also on the scoresheet in our opening game of the season. Centre-half Tom ‘Tiny’ Bradshaw played his hundredth reds game that day. A new boss 1983 - Joe Fagan took charge of his first League game as we drew 1-1 at Wolverhampton Wanderers, with Ian Rush on the scoresheet. Alan Kennedy conceded a very early penalty against Andy Gray, converted by Geoffrey Palmer, and did the same later in the season after he had moved to Everton. 1974 - We also faced Wolves, with Steve Heighway and John Toshack on target in our 2-0 win at Anfield. Alec Lindsay missed a penalty just three days after converting two in a 2-1 home defeat of Leicester City. Treble for Aldo 1988 - John Aldridge bagged a hat-trick as we beat Charlton Athletic 3-0 at Selhurst Park. Reds centuries 2008 – Dirk Kuyt bagged the only goal late on in his hundredth reds game as we beat Standard de Liège after extra time in the second leg of our Champions League qualifier at Anfield to reach the group stages. This was the hundredth goal we had struck in Europe under Rafael Benítez, while future red Milan Jovanović featured as a late substitute for the visitors. Off on loan 2003 - Right-back Markus Babbel joined Blackburn Rovers on loan, scoring three goals in 28 games. He had played 73 times for the reds, netting six times, and helping us to claim five trophies in 2001. 2013 – Moroccan winger Oussama Assaidi moved to Stoke City for the season, nabbing five goals in 25 outings. He had arrived at Anfield from SC Heerenveen for £2.4m a year earlier, failing to net in twelve reds games. 2015 – Mario Balotelli re-joined AC Milan on loan after just four goals in 28 outings in his debut season with the reds, although half of these appearances came from the bench. Derby disappointment We have failed to win any of our three encounters with Everton on this day over the years, all of which have been top-flight matches played at Goodison. 1949 - The game ended goalless. 1968 – Another goalless encounter, with Ian Callaghan making his 400th reds appearance. 1966 - We lost 3-1, with Tommy Smith nabbing our consolation. Sandy Brown bagged one of the Blues’ goals, becoming the first substitute to score in a derby. Alan Ball scored the first two of his eleven goals against the reds. Bye bye Sander 2001 - Sander Westerveld made his 103rd and final reds appearance as we lost 2-1 to Bolton Wanderers at the Reebok Stadium. He gifted Dean Holdsworth’s winner to the Trotters, the last of his four goals past us, after Emile Heskey had got us back into the game with an equaliser after Michael Ricketts had put the home side in front. 2011 – Left-back Emiliano Insúa signed for Sporting Clube de Portugal after one goal in 62 reds games, having spent the previous season on loan with Galatasaray. Most recently 2016 – We drew 1-1 at Tottenham Hotspur as James Milner handed us the lead from the spot just before the break, with Danny Rose equalising. 2003 – We were held to a goalless draw at Anfield by Tottenham Hotspur with Michael Owen having a goal disallowed. The king dethroned 1998 - Kenny Dalglish was sacked as Manager of Newcastle United. He had led the Toon to thirteenth place in his one full season in charge, being sacked just two unbeaten games into the following season. 1980 - He did not play in our 1-0 defeat at Bradford City in a League Cup Second Round first leg encounter after 180 consecutive appearances ever since his arrival from Celtic, before returning for our 4-1 League defeat of Norwich City at Anfield three days later. However, he struck twice as we won the return 4-0 as we set off towards the Final. Luis starts out 2013 – Young Spanish forward Luis Alberto made his reds bow as we beat Notts County 4-2 after extra time in our League Cup Second Round tie at Anfield. Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge put us into a two-goal lead within half an hour, but County fought back in the second half. Sturridge netted a second before substitute Jordan Henderson made the game safe. Unfortunately, we fell at the next hurdle, losing 1-0 at Manchester United. Youngsters in action 2010 – Raheem Sterling netted his first goal for England Under-17’s as they beat Australia 4-0 in The FA International U17 Tournament at Blundell Park, with Adam Morgan and Matty Regan also featuring. Stalemate to start 1927 - We started the season with a 1-1 draw at Sheffield United with Willie Devlin bagging our goal and Harry Johnson netting the last of his seven strikes past us. This was Matt McQueen’s 200th game in charge of the reds. Other reds games 1977 – We beat West Bromwich Albion 3-0 at Anfield with Kenny Dalglish, Steve Heighway and Jimmy Case all on the scoresheet. 1969 – We won 3-1 at Crystal Palace. Emlyn Hughes, Roger Hunt and Peter Thompson all scored. 1960 – Kevin Lewis was on target as we drew 1-1 a Second Division match at Middlesbrough. 1955 – Billy Liddell bagged a brace as we beat Hull City 3-0 in L4, with Alan Arnell also scoring. 1952 – Kevin Baron netted the only goal of Sheffield Wednesday’s visit to Anfield late on. 1947 – We lost 2-0 to Manchester United at Maine Road. John Morris grabbed the first of his seven goals against the reds, with Stan Pearson bagging one of his eleven. On the move 1987 - Mark Wright joined Derby County from Southampton for a club record receipt of £760,000. He struck ten times in 171 appearances for the Rams before coming to Anfield for £2.2m in July 1991. 2009 - Stephen Warnock joined Aston Villa from Blackburn Rovers, netting four times in 104 games for the Villains before joining Leeds United in January 2013. 2014 – Swedish reserves winger Kristoffer Peterson was sold to Utrecht, netting twice in twenty games in his first season in the Netherlands. He had arrived at the Academy from Sävedalens IF in January 2011, scoring twice in pre-season for the first team in July 2014. On the same day, ex-red Xabi Alonso announced his retirement from international football after 114 caps for Spain. 2017 – Future reds keeper Andy Lonergan re-signed for Leeds United from Wolverhampton Wanderers on a free transfer, playing nine times in this second spell at Elland Road before moving on at the end of the campaign. 2020 - Pepe Reina signed for S.S. Lazio, playing 37 times in his first campaign in Rome. Also in international action 1991 – Future red Stig Inge Bjørnebye played for Norway Under-21’s as they lost 1-0 to the USSR in a European Championships qualifier in Kristiansand.
  6. Will

    5th April

    Happy birthdays all round 1945 - Tommy Smith was born in Liverpool. The ‘Anfield Iron’ signed on as a professional on his seventeenth birthday, and went on to win four League titles, two FA Cups, two UEFA Cups, European Cup, UEFA Super Cup and two FA Charity Shields in his time with Liverpool, netting 48 times in 638 games. 1991 – Right-back Nathaniel Clyne was born in Stockwell, south London. He signed from Southampton for £12.5m in July 2015, notching twice in 103 reds games before being released in June 2020. 1976 - Fernando Morientes was born in Cáceres in Spain. He struck twelve times in 61 reds appearances following his £6.3m arrival from Real Madrid in January 2005, but moved on to Valencia in July 2006 after failing to fully convince in a reds shirt. He had helped us to claim the FA Cup and UEFA Super Cup in his time at Anfield. 1968 - Former second-string defender Alex Watson was born in Liverpool. He signed professional terms in May 1985 but made just nine first-team appearances, including being on the winning side in the FA Charity Shield in 1988, before joining Bournemouth for £150,000 in January 1991. Arrivederci Juve 2005 - We beat Serie A champions-elect Juventus 2-1 at Anfield in the first leg of our Champions League Quarter-final clash. Sami Hyypiä struck a delightful volley from a corner before Luis García’s wonder strike put us two ahead at the break. Scott Carson let in a goal from Fabio Cannavaro to give the Italians hope, although we held firm in the Stadio delle Alpi to reach the Semi-finals for the first time in twenty years. The club honoured the memory of the 39 victims of Heysel with a number of commemorative gestures in the lead-up to the match, including a fans match at the Academy and a Kop mosaic, while a banner carrying the theme ‘In Memoria e Amicizia’ was carried by Phil Neal and Michel Platini, the captains from back in 1985, from the Kop to the away end prior to kick-off. The end of Rushie’s record 1987 - A legendary goal streak was broken at Wembley. Ian Rush opened the scoring in our Littlewoods Cup Final against Arsenal. Unfortunately, Charlie Nicholas struck twice to take the trophy to Highbury. This was the 145th match in which Ian Rush had scored, but the first of those that we lost. Future red Michael Thomas came off the bench for the victors. 2005 - Rushie resigned as Manager of Chester City. He said, “The club's decision yesterday to terminate the contract of my assistant Mark Aizlewood without my knowledge was the last straw.” We’re on our way to Wembley We have twice played FA Cup Semi-finals on this day. 1986 - We beat Southampton 2-0 at White Hart Lane after extra time, thanks to a brace from Ian Rush. Future red Mark Wright broke his leg during the match. 1992 - Our tie with Portsmouth at Highbury also ended goalless after ninety minutes, before Pompey went ahead through the young Darren Anderton in extra time, with the reds down to ten men due to an injury to Steve McManaman. Ronnie Whelan chose the perfect time to score his only goal of the season after Alan Knight had pushed a John Barnes free-kick onto the post to take the tie to a replay, which we went on to win. En route to another final 2001 - We came back from the Camp Nou with a goalless draw in our UEFA Cup Semi-final first leg meeting with Barcelona, to set us on our way to a third UEFA Cup triumph. The Spanish giants had only twice previously failed to score at home that season. Future reds keeper Pepe Reina was in the home goal, while Bolo Zenden made an appearance for the home side from the bench. The game kicked off at the unusual time of 8:15pm due to a big storyline on EastEnders on BBC One! Derby joy 1978 - David Johnson bagged the only goal of the game at Goodison Park to become the first player to net for both sides in the derby, having also struck the only goal of the game at Goodison in November 1971. 1901 - We also beat the Blues, with Charles Satterthwaite and Sam Raybould netting in a 2-1 friendly win at Anfield. Red farewells 1969 - Gerry Byrne played his 333rd and final reds game as Roger Hunt struck the only goal of our home League meeting with Wolverhampton Wanderers. 1947 - Wing-half Harry Kaye appeared for the club for the second and last time as we lost 3-2 to Blackpool at Anfield. Off the mark 2019 – We won 3-1 at Southampton as we came from behind to return to the top of the table. Shane Long opened the scoring with the most recent of his four goals past us, the 5,000th goal we had conceded in the top flight, with Naby Keïta equalising with his first reds goal before the break. Mohamed Salah scored his fiftieth League goal for the reds to put us in front late on, with Jordan Henderson also on target. Red debutants 2008 – Damien Plessis debuted in our 1-1 League draw at Arsenal, just three days after a similar result there in the Champions League. Peter Crouch gave us the lead before Nicklas Bendtner equalised. 1920 - Forward Dick Johnson made his reds bow as we were held to a 2-2 draw at Anfield by Oldham Athletic. Harry Chambers netted both our goals as well as missing a penalty, with keeper Ken Campbell playing for the 142nd and final time before joining Partick Thistle. Joe Walters struck the last of his five goals against the reds, with Billy Halligan also on target. Thumped at Old Trafford 2003 - We lost 4-0 at Manchester United following Sami Hyypiä’s fourth-minute dismissal after he tussled with Ruud van Nistelrooy in the box. The Dutchman converted two penalties, with Ryan Giggs also on target with one of his five goals past us before a last-minute goal from Ole Gunnar Solskjær. 1980 - We also lost at Old Trafford, with Kenny Dalglish opening the scoring in a 2-1 defeat. United capitalised when winger Steve Coppell took advantage of Alan Kennedy pulling up with a damaged hamstring to cross for Mickey Thomas to equalise, before Jimmy Greenhoff’s header gave the home side the victory, the last of his five goals against the reds. Stig in the dumps 1995 - Stig Inge Bjørnebye broke his leg as we beat Southampton 3-1 at Anfield. Ian Rush bagged a brace, to add to a Robbie Fowler penalty after we had fallen behind to a goal from Richard Hall. Bruce Grobbelaar and former reds reserve Jim Magilton both featured for the visitors. A win at last 1912 - We beat Sunderland 2-1 at Anfield to record our first victory in twelve matches as we ended the season in seventeenth place. Half-back Harry Lowe struck his first reds goal with Sam Gilligan also on the scoresheet. Reds awards 2002 - This was a day of awards. Gérard Houllier and Phil Thompson were jointly awarded the Manager of the Month prize for March while Steven Gerrard was nominated for the PFA Young Player Of The Year award, which he had won the previous year. International bows 1913 - Keeper Sam Hardy won his first cap as an Aston Villa player, and fifteenth in total, as England beat Scotland 1-0 in a British International Championships game at Stamford Bridge. 1987 – Future red Stig Inge Bjørnebye made his debut for Norway Under-19’s as they beat the USSR 1-0 in a tournament game in Poland. Six-ton Tom 1913 – We won 3-1 at Aston Villa with Arthur Goddard, Jack Parkinson and Arthur Metcalf all scoring in what was Tom Watson’s 600th League game in charge of the club. A Victory defeat for Ephraim 1919 - Right-back Ephraim Longworth played for the Football League in a Victory match, which a Scottish League team won 3-2 at Ibrox. On the same day, inside-forward Harry Lewis struck for the sixth consecutive game, as we beat Southport Vulcan 4-2 at Anfield in a Lancashire Section Subsidiary Competition fixture, as the Lancashire Senior Cup was then known. Tom Miller and Harold and Walter Wadsworth also scored. For Ibrox 1902 - Winger Jack Cox played for England, with Alex Raisbeck, and future reds keeper Ned Doig and inside-right George Livingstone all turning out for Scots in a British International Championships game at Ibrox Park that ended 1-1. However, 25 people died and 517 were injured when the back of the new West Tribune Stand collapsed due to heavy rainfall the previous night during the second half. Play continued but the match was later declared void by the two FA’s. Other reds games 2017 – Bournemouth held us to a 2-2 draw at Anfield with Benik Ofobe giving the Cherries an early lead. Philippe Coutinho and Divock Origi scored either side of the break, but Joshua King bagged a late equaliser. 1999 – We drew 2-2 at Nottingham Forest. Jamie Redknapp gave us a half-time lead, with Dougie Freedman equalising. Michael Owen restored our lead, but Pierre van Hooijdonk levelled with a stoppage-time free kick. 1975 – Kevin Keegan bagged a brace as we won 2-0 at Leeds United. 1958 – Jimmy Melia and Bobby Murdoch struck as we beat Swansea Town 2-0 in a Second Division encounter at Vetch Field. 1952 – We beat Stoke City 2-1 in L4. Bob Paisley and Kevin Baron scored our goals with Willie McIntosh netting the last of his four past us. 1930 – Sheffield Wednesday won 3-1 at Anfield with Jack Allen nabbing one of his five goals past us before Gordon Hodgson immediately equalised. Mark Hooper scored one of his eight against us before Harry Burgess netted the first of his nine. 1926 – We drew 2-2 with Bolton Wanderers at home. Harry Chambers and Fred Hopkin struck as Dick Forshaw missed a penalty. 1924 – We drew 1-1 at Tottenham Hotspur with Danny Shone on target. 1915 – Tom Miller, Jimmy Nicholl and Jackie Sheldon netted as we defeated Blackburn Rovers 3-0 in L4. 1902 – Sam Raybould bagged the only goal of Sheffield United’s visit to Anfield. England beaten on pens 2010 – England Under-16’s lost the Final of the Montaigu Tournament 3-1 to Portugal in a penalty shoot-out, after the game ended 1-1. Matty Regan won his fourth and final cap at this level, with Raheem Sterling playing his seventh and last game. In charge 2013 – Ex-reds centre-half and first-team coach Mauricio Pellegrino was appointed Manager of Estudiantes de La Plata in his native Argentina. Sami clogs off the mark 1997 - Sami Hyypiä scored his first goal in the Dutch Premier League. Unfortunately, Willem II lost 3-1 at SC Heerenveen. 2008 – Sami signed a new contract with the reds until the summer of 2009. Also in international action 1930 – Future red Ernie Blenkinsop played for England in their 5-2 victory over Scotland in the British International Championships at Wembley. 1952 – Billy Liddell featured in Scotland’s 2-1 defeat by England in the same competition at Hampden Park. 1978 – Future reds coach Joe Corrigan featured as England Under-21’s held Italy to a goalless draw in the second leg of their European Championships Quarter-final in Rome to progress to the Semi-finals.
  7. Shanks in charge 1959 - Bill Shankly took over as Manager, thirteen days after his appointment was announced. Words cannot fully explain his importance to the history of Liverpool Football Club, but his honours as reds boss included three League titles, two FA Cups, the UEFA Cup and the Second Division championship. Happy birthdays 1979 - Michael Owen was born in Chester. He struck 158 times in 297 games for us, moving on to Real Madrid in August 2004 for £8m after seven years’ great service to the reds, having helped us to claim the UEFA Cup, FA Cup, UEFA Super Cup, League Cup and FA Charity Shield. He signed on as a professional on his seventeenth birthday. 1963 – Former Managing Director Christian Purslow was born in Cardiff. He was appointed in June 2009 to replace Rick Parry. He stood down in October 2010 after the sale of the club to New England Sports Ventures. He is now Chief Executive of Aston Villa. In comes a striking legend 1925 - South African forward Gordon Hodgson signed from Transvaal. He bagged a club record eighteen hat-tricks amongst his 241 goals in 377 games, but was unable to claim a club medal in his time at Anfield, moving on to Aston Villa for £3,000 in January 1936. 1908 – Keeper Augustus Beeby joined the reds, but only made sixteen senior appearances before leaving for Manchester City in May 1911. Farewell Alan 2009 – Left-winger Alan A’Court died. He signed for free from Prescot Cables in September 1952 and scored 63 times in 381 reds games, helping us to the Second Division title in 1962, as well as representing England at the 1958 World Cup in his time at Anfield. He moved on to Tranmere Rovers in October 1964. God hits four for his century 1996 - Robbie Fowler scored four goals in our 5-1 thrashing of Middlesbrough at Anfield, with the opener coming after just 29 seconds and the second being his hundredth reds goal. He reached this milestone in 165 games, one faster than Ian Rush, and celebrated one of his goals by revealing a t-shirt with the hand-written slogan “God’s job’s a good un” on it! For the record, Stig Inge Bjørnebye netted our other goal, his fourth and final one for the club, with Michael Thomas putting through his own net. The start of a record run 1974 - Phil Neal made the first of 365 consecutive League appearances, a club record, as we beat Luton Town 2-0 at Anfield. John Toshack and Steve Heighway scored. Mo, mo, mo 2019 – Mohamed Salah struck in his third consecutive reds game as we beat Watford 2-0 at Anfield, with the Egyptian on target twice. 2016 – Divock Origi scored in his fifth consecutive reds game as we won 3-0 at Middlesbrough, with Adam Lallana nabbing a brace, Spot-kick misery in London 1993 - We were knocked out of the League Cup by Wimbledon in a Fourth Round replay at Selhurst Park. We benefited from a Hans Segers own goal in the final minute as the game ended 2-2 with Neil Ruddock also scoring, Dean Holdsworth netting the first of his four strikes against the reds, and Robbie Earle bagging one of his five past us. John Barnes then had a penalty saved in extra time. Unfortunately, we lost the shoot-out 4-3, with both Jamie Redknapp and Mark Walters failing from the spot. We also suffered because Jan Mølby ripped a calf muscle in this game. A European draw 1966 - We came from behind twice as we were held to a 2-2 draw at home by Ajax in the European Cup, with ‘Sir’ Roger Hunt and the legendary Johan Cruyff scoring twice each, as we crashed out at the Second Round stage 7-3 on aggregate. Peter Thompson and Geoff Strong had both hit the woodwork before the scoring began. This was the first time we had ever played in a yellow kit. Red milestones 2014 – Raheem Sterling reached a century of games for the reds as we lost 3-0 at Manchester United, with keeper Simon Mignolet dropped in favour of Brad Jones after 93 consecutive Premier League starts, following recent errors. Wayne Rooney scored one of his seven goals past us to date, with Juan Mata also on target before the break. Robin van Persie’s seventh and latest strike against the reds completed the scoring as David de Gea made a string of fine saves. 1968 – Denis Law bagged the only goal of our League trip to Old Trafford, one of his six strikes against the reds. 1912 – Forward Sam Gilligan played his fortieth and last reds game as we drew 1-1 at Bolton Wanderers, with Donald Mackinlay on target and Joe Smith bagging the first of his eleven goals against the reds. 1957 – Outside-right Brian Jackson struck his eleventh and last reds goal as we lost a Second Division game 2-1 at Barnsley. 2004 - Harry Kewell played his fiftieth League game for the reds as we were held to a 1-1 draw at Anfield by Portsmouth, with Steven Gerrard netting our goal. Unfortunately, Lomana Lua Lua headed in a last-minute equaliser. Treble awards 2001 - We won all three awards in World Soccer magazine’s annual poll. Michael Owen became the first Englishman to win World Player of the Year, Gérard Houllier claimed Manager of the Year and we were also made Team of the Year. It was the first time in twenty years that a single club had swept the board. Four for Berry 1940 - Outside-right Berry Nieuwenhuys scored four goals as we beat New Brighton 6-4 at Anfield in a Wartime League fixture. Billy Liddell netted from the spot, with Bob Paisley also on target. Mixed fortunes against Forest We have twice entertained Nottingham Forest on this day in history. 1991 - Steve McMahon struck his fiftieth and final goal for the club as we won 2-0 with Jan Mølby also on the scoresheet, with David Burrows playing his hundredth League game for the club. 1901 - We lost 2-0 in another top-flight meeting. Arthur Capes scored one of his four goals against us, with Jack Calvey also on the scoresheet. Beating the Black Cats We have twice won at Roker Park on this day in history. 1929 - Jim Smith, Fred Hopkin and Gordon Hodgson netted as we beat Sunderland 3-2, with Evelyn Morrison bagging a brace for the home side. 1946 - Albert Stubbins, Jack Balmer, Berry Nieuwenhuys and Billy Liddell were all on target as we won 4-1, with Dickie Davis netting the first of his seven goals past us. Mixed fortunes against Rovers 1963 - We lost 2-1 at Anfield to Blackburn Rovers as Andy McEvoy struck the first two of his four strikes past us, with Roger Hunt netting our consolation in this First Division match. 1918 - Arthur Metcalf struck twice as we won an away Wartime League meeting 2-1. 1908 – We lost the Lancashire Senior Cup Final 5-3 at Ewood Park, with Ronald Orr bagging a brace and Sam Bowyer also on target. Welsh reds Joey Jones, Ian Rush and Dean Saunders have all twice represented their country on this day over the years. 1977 - Jones played as Wales drew 1-1 with West Germany in a friendly in Dortmund. 1983 - He appeared in their 1-1 draw with Yugoslavia in Cardiff, as a Chelsea player. Ian Rush also featured in this game, a European Championships qualifier. 1994 - Rush appeared alongside Aston Villa’s Dean Saunders as the Welsh were beaten 3-0 in Cardiff by Bulgaria in another European Championships qualifier. 1996 - Saunders played in a goalless World Cup qualifying draw with Turkey, when he was a Nottingham Forest player. Future reds Markus Babbel, Brad Friedel and Christian Ziege all also played for their countries that day. Ronnie on target 1994 - Ex-red Ronnie Rosenthal struck as Israel were held to a 1-1 draw by Romania in a qualifier in Tel-Aviv. Also in action that day were Stig Inge Bjørnebye and future red Jari Litmanen, while Roy Hodgson took charge of Switzerland. 2003 – Hodgson managed Switzerland once more, as they won a World Cup qualifier 2-1 in Turkey. Management highs and lows 2008 – John Barnes led Jamaica to victory in the Digicel Caribbean Championships as they beat Grenada 2-0 in the Final in Kingston. 1994 - Kevin MacDonald stepped down as Caretaker Manager of Leicester City. He was only in charge for four games, before Mark McGhee took over. 2009 - Erik Meijer was appointed Director of Sport at Alemannia Aachen, having already played for and coached the club. On the move again 2013 – Former reds First Team Coach Steve Clarke was sacked as Manager of West Bromwich Albion, with Kevin Keen also departing from his role as Joint-Assistant Head Coach. 2001 - Ex-reserves striker John Durnin signed for Second Division Port Vale from Rhyl on a free transfer. He only netted twice in fifty games while at Vale Park, before joining Conference side Accrington Stanley. 1975 – Ex-reds forward Alun Evans joined Walsall from Aston Villa for £30,000 after sixteen goals in 74 games for the Villains. Youngsters sign on 2004 - Reserve defenders David Raven and Zak Whitbread both signed new contracts until 2007. However, they have both subsequently left the club. Also in international action 2004 – Future red Stéphane Henchoz played in Switzerland’s 2-1 World Cup qualifying win in Turkey. 1999 – Future red Fábio Aurélio featured as Brazil drew a friendly 3-3 with Paraguay in Campo Grande. 1966 – Roy Evans played for England Youth as they faced a Sunderland Under-19’s side at Roker Park.
  8. Trebles galore 1977 - Terry McDermott grabbed a hat-trick as we thumped Hamburger SV 6-0 at Anfield in the second leg of the UEFA Super Cup, to win the trophy 7-1 on aggregate, with Phil Thompson, David Fairclough and Kenny Dalglish also on target. This game marked Kevin Keegan’s first return to Anfield after leaving for Germany in the summer, and he was roundly booed whenever he touched the ball. 2017 – Philippe Coutinho scored three times as we trounced Spartak Moskva 7-0 at Anfield, our second victory of the UEFA Champions League group stage that season. The first came from the spot, with his second being his fiftieth for the club. Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah also struck, with Sadio Mané bagging a brace. 1930 - Bobby Gurney bagged three of his sixteen strikes against us as Sunderland beat us by the odd goal in eleven at Roker Park, with Tommy Lucas putting through his own net to open the scoring. Outside-right Danny McRorie struck his first reds goal with Fred Hopkin nabbing his twelfth and last for the club. Gordon Hodgson also added to a very late Jimmy Smith brace. We were without Hopkin for much of the game after he had to be carried off injured, spending half an hour unconscious in the dressing room. We therefore became the only visiting side to have twice scored five goals on Wearside without tasting victory, having also done so in a draw in January 1907. James Connor nabbed the first of his five goals past us, with Jimmy Leonard also on target. 1902 - Sam Raybould scored four goals, including a penalty, as we trounced Grimsby Town 9-2 in a top-flight game at Anfield. Edgar Chadwick and Arthur Goddard both also bagged braces, with George Livingstone also on target with his fourth and last strike for the club. Rushie’s testimonial 1994 - A testimonial match for Ian Rush was staged at Anfield, with the reds seeing off Celtic 6-0. The great man himself scored, with the other goals coming from Stig Inge Bjørnebye, Steve McManaman, Phil Babb, Neil Ruddock and a Mark McNally own goal. Sami’s record at the Bridge 2005 - Sami Hyypiä set a new club record for consecutive European games by an outfield player when he appeared for the 56th time in a row as our goalless draw at Chelsea ensured that we finished top of the group, with Dietmar Hamann managing to play the full game despite a horror tackle by Michael Essien. This guaranteed us a supposedly easier draw in the last sixteen, when we were paired with SL Benfica. 1987 - We entertained Chelsea in a live televised Sunday game, coming from behind to win this League meeting 2-1 thanks to a John Aldridge penalty and a late Steve McMahon goal, who notched in his third consecutive match. Gordon Durie had put the Blues ahead from the spot with one of his five strikes against the reds. Red centurions 2010 – Pepe Reina kept his hundredth clean sheet in the League, in a new club record 198 games. We beat Aston Villa 3-0 at Anfield, with David N’Gog and Ryan Babel both netting their final reds strikes and Martin Škrtel playing his hundredth game for the club. Maxi Rodríguez added the third as ex-reds boss Gérard Houllier was given a warm welcome on his first return to L4. Fernando Torres missed the game as he that day became a father for the second time, to Leo. 1924 – Captain Donald Mackinlay played his 300th reds game as West Bromwich Albion held us to a 1-1 draw at Anfield, but suffered an injury that kept him out for two months. Dick Forshaw gave us an early lead, with George James equalising inside the opening half hour. Off for free 2000 - Steve Staunton rejoined Aston Villa on a free transfer after a second two-year spell at Anfield. He had struck seven times in 148 reds appearances in total. He notched once in 87 games in his second spell at Villa Park, before moving on to Coventry City in August 2003. 1996 - Reserves midfielder Phil Charnock left for Crewe Alexandra on a free transfer, following a successful loan spell at Gresty Road. He had only made two first-team appearances in three years as a professional at Anfield, both in cup competitions. He spent six years with the Alex, before moving to Bury. Beating the Blues 1969 - We won 3-0 at Goodison Park thanks to goals from Emlyn Hughes, a spectacular Sandy Brown headed own goal and Bobby Graham as keeper Tommy Lawrence played his 300th League game for the reds. Most recently 2012 - Jordan Henderson netted the only goal of our UEFA Europa League group game at Udinese past ex-reds loanee keeper Daniele Padelli as we reached the knock-out phase. Turkish midfielder Nuri Şahin played his twelfth and last game for the reds, with the home side a man down for the final ten minutes after Giovanni Pasquale was sent off. 2014 – Sunderland held the reds to a goalless draw at Anfield as Martin Škrtel played his 200th League game for the club. 2015 – Škrtel put through his own net, a joint club record eighth own goal, as we lost 2-0 at Newcastle United with future red Gini Wijnaldum bagging the stoppage time second. Alberto Moreno had a leveller wrongly ruled out for offside. A win at Ewood 2008 - We won 3-1 at Blackburn Rovers, with Xabi Alonso and Yossi Benayoun striking after an hour. Roque Santa Cruz headed a goal back for the home side before Steven Gerrard bagged an injury time clincher. Team of the Year 2001 - The reds were named Team of the Year by the Sportswriters Association of Great Britain, following our five trophies that year. Held in the North East 2003 - Danny Murphy put us in front at Newcastle United. It took an Alan Shearer penalty to level the scores as we held out with an injury-ravaged team, the last of his eight goals past us, with Emile Heskey playing in a withdrawn role. Steven Gerrard was making his 150th League appearance, while Jon Otsemobor made his League debut. Beaten by the mancs 1997 - We lost 3-1 at home to Manchester United. After a goalless first half, Andy Cole put the visitors ahead, following an error by Bjørn Tore Kvarme. Robbie Fowler then equalised from the spot after Michael Owen was fouled. However, David Beckham put United back in front from a free-kick before Cole added his second from a corner, another of his eleven goals against the reds. A talented Dane 2005 - Future red Daniel Agger was named ‘Talent of the year’ for the second successive year by the Danish FA. Mixed fortunes against Spurs We have twice met Tottenham Hotspur on this day in history. 1980 - We won a top-flight meeting at Anfield 2-1, with David Johnson and Ray Kennedy on target. This was Kenny Dalglish’s 147th consecutive League appearance for the reds, but he missed our next two First Division games after coming off in this match shortly after an hour. Steve Archibald struck the first of his six goals past us. 1972 - We lost 3-1 at White Hart Lane in a League Cup Fifth Round replay with Ian Callaghan nabbing our late consolation. Martin Chivers nabbed two of his seven strikes past the reds, with John Pratt also netting. Disappointment against the Villains We faced Aston Villa twice more on this day in history, without winning on either occasion. 1913 - Winger Jackie Sheldon netted our consolation from the spot as we lost 2-1 at Villa Park, the first of his twenty reds goals. Harry Hampton nabbed two of his fifteen goals against the reds, with one being a penalty. 1947 – Left-back Eddie Spicer netted the first of his two reds goals, with Albert Stubbins and Jack Balmer also on the scoresheet was we were held to a 3-3 draw in another top-flight meeting at Anfield. Trevor Ford struck the first of his seven goals past us, with Jackie Martin and Sailor Brown also on target. Management moves 2009 - Markus Babbel was sacked as Manager of VfB Stuttgart, having been in charge for thirteen months. 2010 – Reserves boss Peter Beardsley was placed in temporary charge of Newcastle United following the sacking of Chris Hughton. 2016 – The departure of Sammy Lee as Assistant Manager of England was announced, following the appointment of Gareth Southgate as boss. Hosting the Robins 1926 - Wrexham visited Anfield for the first time, when they beat New Brighton 3-1 in the second replay of their FA Cup First Round tie. First and last caps 2000 – Future red Jermaine Pennant won his only cap for England Under-17’s as they beat France 1-0 in a friendly. 2006 - Future reds loanee keeper Daniele Padelli won his fifth and final cap for Italy Under-20’s, while on loan at Crotone from Sampdoria, as they beat Germany 1-0. 1967 – Roger Hunt featured in England’s 2-2 friendly draw with the USSR at Wembley. Liam born 1999 – Former Academy midfielder Liam Coyle was born in Liverpool. He joined Accrington Stanley in July 2021.
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    15th April

    Justice for the 97 1989 - The Hillsborough Disaster occurred that tragically took the lives of 97 Liverpool supporters. R.I.P. and justice for the 97, with the truth finally revealed to the wider world for those that care to look. Happy birthdays 1947 – Recent Chairman Martin Broughton was born in London. He was appointed in April 2010 to locate a buyer for the club from George Gillett and Tom Hicks, which he succeeded in finding in New England Sports Ventures in October 2010, following a series of legal battles. He left his role in the following month and was knighted for his services to business in December 2010. 1982 – Albert Riera was born in Manacor in Mallorca. He signed from R.C.D. Espanyol for an initial £5.5m on transfer deadline day in September 2008, notching five times in 56 reds games before moving to Olympiacos for an initial £3.3m fee in July 2010. Harry’s treble 1922 - We beat Cardiff City 5-1 at Anfield, our first ever meeting with the Bluebirds. Forward Harry ‘Smiler’ Chambers scored a hat-trick, with Jock McNab bagging his first reds goal and Tom Bromilow also on target. Ex-Toffee Joe Clennell bagged one of his seven goals against the reds. 1927 - We again thumped five past City, this time without reply, our record defeat of the Welsh side. Tom Reid bagged a brace, with Gordon Hodgson and Dick Edmed also on the scoresheet to add to a Tommy Lucas penalty, his third and final goal for the club. A thumping defeat 1963 - Jimmy Greaves scored the first four of his twelve goals against us, including a penalty, for Tottenham Hotspur in their 7-2 First Division win at White Hart Lane. Roger Hunt bagged both our consolation goals as Cliff Jones netted two of his five goals past us, with Frank Saul also on target for the home side. In comes Phil 1964 - Phil Chisnall signed from Manchester United for £25,000, after ten goals in 47 United games. However, he never established himself at Anfield, netting twice in nine appearances, leaving for Southend United in August 1967. A McEnglish debut 1893 - Keeper Billy McOwen made his reds bow as we drew 1-1 at Southport Central in our final ever Lancashire League fixture, with John Miller on target. McOwen was the only Englishman to feature regularly in our ‘team of the Macs’, making 27 appearances in total. Midfielder Philip Kelly was playing his third and last reds game. Most recently 1978 – We drew 1-1 at Bristol City in our most recent full game on this day, with Steve Heighway on target. Bob Paisley said afterwards, “City must have thought it was Christmas all over again. We presented them with a point.” Ex-red Peter Cormack struck for the home side, as well as missing a penalty. 1905 - We also visited Ashton Gate when Jack Cox struck the only goal to hand us victory in our Second Division encounter. This was our thirteenth away League win of the season, a club record since equalled in May 2009. Twice at Roker Park 1970 - Chris Lawler netted the only goal of the game late on to beat the Wearsiders. 1933 - We left Sunderland with a goalless draw in another top-flight meeting. Derby joy We have twice entertained Everton on this day in history. 1944 - Michael Hulligan bagged a brace with Cyril Done also on the scoresheet as we won a Liverpool Cup First Round second leg 3-0, with a further 45 minutes not adding to the score as the tie ended level. The game also counted for Wartime League. 1895 - Jimmy Ross was on target as we drew 1-1 in a friendly. Reds farewells 1968 - Alf Arrowsmith played his 56th and final reds game in our 1-1 Easter Monday First Division draw at Sheffield United. Geoff Strong struck our goal from the spot, with Tony Currie on target for the home side. 1931 – Outside-left Fred Hopkin made his 360th and last appearance for the reds as we were held to a goalless draw at Anfield by Birmingham City. 1911 – Forward Herbert Leavey played his fifth and last reds game as we beat Bury 2-0 at Anfield. Bill’s century 1949 - Bill Jones reached a century of League games for the reds as we lost 1-0 to Huddersfield Town at Anfield. Jimmy Glazzard bagged the first of his five reds strikes against the reds. Sami the best 2002 - Sami Hyypiä and future red Steve Finnan were both named in the PFA Team of the Year, while Steven Gerrard finished third in the vote for the Young Player of the Year, which was won by future red Craig Bellamy. First and last 1914 – Right-back Frank Grayer played his only reds game, with Jimmy Dawson netting his third and final goal in his fourteenth and last game for the club as we lost 2-1 at home to Manchester United, with George Wall bagging one of his ten goals against us and George Travers also netting. Grayer was so badly wounded during the First World War that he was unable to play football again. Other reds games 1972 – John Toshack and Steve Heighway as we won 2-0 at West Ham United. 1961 – We lost 2-1 in a Second Division fixture at Norwich City with Dave Hickson on the scoresheet. 1950 – Willie Fagan was on target as Fulham held us to a 1-1 draw at Anfield. 1939 – We lost 2-1 at Grimsby Town. Berry Nieuwenhuys struck after just a minute before ex-red Fred Howe equalised. Tommy Jones bagged the winner before half time. 1938 – Alf Hanson levelled late on as we drew 1-1 at Middlesbrough. Red Scots in action 1950 - Billy Liddell played as Scotland lost a British International Championships encounter 1-0 to England at Hampden Park, with the game also counting as a World Cup qualifier. 1961 - Future red Ian St. John was in the Scotland side that trounced England 9-3 in a British International Championships game at Wembley Stadium. 1939 - Bill Shankly represented his country in another home international at Hampden, with England winning 2-1. Other internationals 1992 – Future red Jari Litmanen played for Finland in their 3-1 defeat by Brazil in Cuiabá. 1987 – Future red Øyvind Leonhardsen featured as Norway Under-16’s lost 2-0 to Cyprus in a tournament game in Austria. On the move 2015 - Future reds boss Jürgen Klopp announced his departure from Ballspielverein Borussia 09 e.V. Dortmund at the end of that season, after seven campaigns in charge, having led them to two Bundesliga titles, the DFB-Pokal and two DFL-Supercups.
  10. Will

    3rd March

    Another treble for Gordon 1934 - Our best ever win on this day came when Gordon Hodgson netted a hat-trick in a 6-2 home League win over Middlesbrough, the fourteenth of his seventeen for the club. Sam English grabbed a brace, with Harold Taylor also on target and forward Tosh Johnson making his reds bow on the day he signed. Benny Yorston struck two of his five goals against the reds. Derby joy 1973 - Emlyn Hughes struck a brace in the final eight minutes to hand us a 2-0 win at Goodison Park. This helped give us the momentum to claim the League title that season, our first for seven years, as we came out of a slump of just one win in our previous five games. Mo yet again 2018 – Mohamed Salah netted in his seventh consecutive game to open the scoring against Newcastle United at Anfield. Sadio Mané netted after half time to secure a 2-0 victory. Recent defeats 2007 - We lost to a last-minute John O’Shea goal, despite Paul Scholes being sent off late on for the visitors, as Manchester United secured a third straight clean League sheet at Anfield, the first time they had ever achieved this. Steve Finnan was making his 400th career League appearance as we lost a League game at home for the first time in seventeen months. 2012 – Arsenal won 2-1 at Anfield, despite the reds going ahead through a Laurent Koscielny own goal after Dirk Kuyt had seen a penalty saved. Robin van Persie headed in an equaliser before half time and then struck a cruel stoppage-time winner, two of his seven goals to date past us. This was only the third time in nine years we had lost a home League game after taking the lead, with Arsenal the victors on each occasion. 2020 – We lost 2-0 at Chelsea in the FA Cup Fifth Round, having made seven changes from our preceding game, which was our first League defeat of the season. Adrián fumbled Willian’s shot for the opener, with ex-Toffee Ross Barkley adding the second. 1979 – We held Chelsea to a goalless draw, with Yugoslav keeper Petar Borota making his debut for the home side in blustery conditions. Half a century for Le Boss 2004 - We beat Levski Sofia 4-2 in Bulgaria to reach the Fourth Round of the UEFA Cup 6-2 on aggregate, in what was our fiftieth European match since Gérard Houllier took sole charge. Sami Hyypiä played his 250th reds game, scoring our final goal. Steven Gerrard, Michael Owen and Dietmar Hamann struck the others. More European memories 1976 - Ray Clemence saved a penalty from Peter Kotte as we held Dynamo Dresden to a goalless UEFA Cup Fourth Round draw at their Rudolf Harbig Stadion, with Phil Thompson hitting the bar late on. We won the return leg 2-1 at Anfield, on our way to winning the trophy for the second time. 1982 - Sammy Lee played his hundredth reds game as we beat CSKA Sofia 1-0 at Anfield in the European Cup Third Round, with Ronnie Whelan netting, although we lost 2-0 in Bulgaria in the return. Bobby off the bench 1969 - Bobby Graham became our first ever FA Cup substitute, coming on for Roger Hunt in a 1-0 home defeat to Leicester City in a Fifth Round replay, with the striker throwing his shirt to the floor in a rare display of dissent. Tommy Smith had a penalty saved by Peter Shilton in that match after a John Sjoberg handball, while Andy Lochhead scored the last of his four goals past us. 2001 - We also lost at Leicester, going down 2-0 in our first game since winning the Worthington Cup in Cardiff. Ade Akinbayi and Muzzy Izzet struck the goals. Most recent win 2009 – David N’Gog and Yossi Benayoun both struck in the second half as we beat Sunderland 2-0 in a Premiership fixture at Anfield. On the same day, it was announced that we had become the number one-ranked club in European football according to UEFA’s coefficient system, following the previous week’s victory at Real Madrid. This was the first time we had been ranked Europe’s best since 1985. A new boss 1951 – Don Welsh was sent a letter following a telephone conversation to confirm his appointment as Manager. His contract awarded him £1,500 per year, with an additional annual £500 for expenses. He took charge of 232 reds games, winning just 81, and has the indignity of being our only boss to get the sack, after presiding over our relegation from the top flight in 1954, and failing to lead us back to the promised land. On the same day, future reds boss Bob Paisley netted in our 1-1 League draw with West Bromwich Albion at Anfield as full-back Ray Lambert played his 200th reds game. Reds off the mark at Anfield 1923 - Outside-left Fred Hopkin scored his first reds goal in a 3-0 League win over Bolton Wanderers. This was immediately followed by a fire in the Anfield Road end! Dick Forshaw and Dick Johnson netted the other goals. 1928 - We beat Wanderers at Anfield again, with Tom Reid bagging a brace and Gordon Hodgson and Dick Edmed also on target in a 4-2 victory. David Jack nabbed one of his nine goals against the reds, with George Gibson scoring the first of his five past us. 1894 - Arthur Worgan scored twice on his reds bow in a 3-1 Second Division win over Burton Swifts, with Duncan McLean netting from the spot. Reds debutants 1962 - Keeper Jim Furnell made his reds bow in a 1-1 Second Division draw at Walsall. He remained first choice as we were promoted that season. Alan A’Court grabbed our goal that day. 1956 - Winger Joe Dickson bagged his first reds goal in our 4-2 defeat of Bury at Anfield in another Second Division match, a last-minute strike that was originally credited to Billy Liddell. Johnny Evans struck twice, including a penalty, with Liddell also on the scoresheet proper. Derby stalemates 1984 - We drew the Goodison derby 1-1 with Ian Rush bagging our goal. Alan Kennedy conceded a penalty against Andy Gray, having already done so earlier in the season when Gray was still at Wolverhampton Wanderers. However, Bruce Grobbelaar saved from Graeme Sharp. Ex-reds reserve Alan Harper grabbed the Blues’ late equaliser. 2019 – We were held to a goalless draw at Goodison Park to ensure Manchester City remained on top of the table by a single point, an advantage they held until the end of the campaign. Quasi fails 1990 - Peter Beardsley missed a penalty in the third minute, but Gary Gillespie netted late on as we beat Millwall 1-0 at Anfield. Mixed fortunes against City We twice entertained Manchester City in the First Division at the start of last century. 1900 – We triumphed 5-2, with Sam Raybould striking twice, including a penalty, and John Walker, Charles Satterthwaite and Jack Cox also grabbing goals. Billy Gillespie struck one of his six goals against the reds, with Billy Meredith also netting. 1906 - We lost 1-0. Into the Semi 1897 - George Allan netted the only goal of the game at Nottingham Forest as we reached the FA Cup Semi-final for the first time in our history. Rare defeat 1991 - Paul Merson netted one of his seven goals past us, the only strike of the game for fellow title challengers Arsenal as we lost at home for the first time in 35 games, with the run stretching back to November 1989. This was also our third consecutive defeat since Kenny Dalglish’s resignation, the first such run since April 1987. Off to a flyer 1996 - Steve McManaman struck a brace before Robbie Fowler wrapped up a 3-0 defeat of Aston Villa at Anfield in just the eighth minute. This took our unbeaten run to sixteen games, with Robbie having bagged sixteen goals in his last fifteen outings. Morris for Wales Richard Morris won two caps for Wales in the British International Championships on this day, either side of his Anfield spell. 1902 - He won his second cap, and first as a Druids Ruabon player, in their goalless draw with England in Wrexham, alongside reds right-half Maurice Parry. 1906 - He won his ninth cap, and only one as a Leeds City player, as Scotland lost 2-0 in Edinburgh. George Latham also played for the Welsh. On the move 2007 - Reserves midfielder Danny Guthrie joined Southampton on loan, after seven senior reds games. He turned out twelve times for the Saints, joining Newcastle United for £2.25m in July 2008 after a season-long loan with Bolton Wanderers. 2017 – Former Director of Academy and Player Development Frank McParland was appointed Director of Football at Nottingham Forest. Internationals on target 2010 – Dirk Kuyt converted a penalty as the Netherlands beat the USA 2-1 in a friendly in Amsterdam, with ex-red Peter Crouch bagging a brace in England’s 3-1 defeat of Egypt at Wembley, the country’s 500th win in history. Yossi Benayoun scored while winning his last cap as a reds player as Israel won 2-0 in Romania, with future red Luis Suárez on target in Uruguay’s 3-1 win in Switzerland, with future red Xherdan Shaqiri debuting for the home side. Future red Joël Matip debuted for Cameroon as they held Italy to a goalless draw in a friendly in Monaco. Andy Carroll won his fifth and final Under-21’s cap as England lost 2-1 to Greece in Doncaster. On the same day, Dejan Lovren won his first cap as an Olympique Lyonnais player as Croatia beat Belgium 1-0 in a friendly in Brussels. Djibril Cissé won his first cap as a Panathinaikos player as Spain beat France 2-0 at the Stade de France. Ryan Babel, Steven Gerrard, Sotirios Kyrgiakos, Javier Mascherano, Fernando Torres, future reds Charlie Adam, Christian Benteke, Raul Meireles, Simon Mignolet, James Milner, Nuri Şahin, Daniel Sturridge and Gini Wijnaldum, and ex-reds Xabi Alonso, Nicolas Anelka, Álvaro Arbeloa, Jari Litmanen, John Arne Riise and John Toshack all also featured in international action that day. Other reds games 1970 – We won 3-2 at Coventry City with Emlyn Hughes on target in the first half and Alun Evans bagging a second-half brace. 1955 – We won a Second Division trip to Notts County 3-0, thanks to goals from Alan Arnell, Alan A’Court and Tony Rowley. Management moves 2008 – Steve McMahon’s brother John was appointed Caretaker Manager of Shrewsbury Town. The Shrews drew both of the games he took charge of. 1998 - We played in a testimonial for Rangers boss Walter Smith, losing 1-0. Icelandic striker Haukur Ingi Gudnason played his first reds game. On the same day, future red Milan Baroš played for the Czech Republic Under-16’s as they trounced Andorra 10-0 in a European Championships qualifier. Razor unsheathed 1986 - Future reds centre-back Neil Ruddock signed as a professional for Millwall. He only made four senior appearances in his first spell at The Den, before moving to Tottenham Hotspur. Also in international action 1993 – Future reds keeper Brad Friedel played for the USA as they drew 2-2 with Canada in a friendly in California.
  11. Will

    25th February

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

    7th February

    Happy birthday Sammy 1959 - Sammy Lee was born in Liverpool. He had a fine career in the reds midfield, bagging nineteen goals in 295 games, helping us to two European Cups, four League titles, four League Cups and the FA Charity Shield. He returned as a coach in 1992, initially being put in charge of the reserves. He left the backroom staff in the summer of 2004 for a full-time post with England, before joining Bolton Wanderers, but returned to Anfield in May 2008 as Assistant Manager, staying in that role until June 2011. Legends’ farewells 1992 - A sad day as Bob Paisley had to retire from the board due to ill health. He died four years later. 2013 - Jamie Carragher announced his retirement from playing at the end of the season. The tough defender ended his career having bagged five goals in 737 reds appearances, leaving him second in the club’s all-time appearance holders. He helped us to claim the European Cup, UEFA Cup, FA Cup, two UEFA Super Cups, two League Cups and two FA Charity/Community Shields. Other birthdays 1904 - Tom ‘Tiny’ Bradshaw was born in Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire. He struck four times in 291 appearances at centre-half after signing from Bury for £8,000 in January 1930. He returned to his native land in September 1938, joining Third Lanark for £600. 1969 - Jean-Michel Ferri was born in Lyon. The French midfielder arrived from Turkish side Istanbulspor for £1.8m in December 1998 to become Gérard Houllier’s first signing. He left after just eight months and two substitute appearances, having been rumoured to be Le Boss’s mole in the dressing room. 1946 - Tom Hicks was born in Houston, Texas. He took over the club with George Gillett Jr. in March 2007, but was finally driven out of the club in October 2010. On our way to Wembley 1978 - Goals from Kenny Dalglish and ex-Gunner Ray Kennedy gave us a 2-1 League Cup Semi-final first leg win over Arsenal at Anfield after Malcolm Macdonald had given the visitors the lead with the last of his seven goals against us. This was the first of 85 consecutive home games we played without defeat, with Steve Heighway playing his 400th reds game. A goalless draw at Highbury a week later took us through to our first Final in this competition. Brendan’s century 2015 – Brendan Rodgers took charge of his hundredth reds League game as we endured a dour goalless draw at Goodison Park, with Jordon Ibe coming closest when he struck a post. Twice from behind at the Reebok 2004 - Sami Hyypiä and Steven Gerrard both netted equalisers as we drew 2-2 at Bolton Wanderers. Bolton’s first goal, scored by Nicky Hunt, was the 200th League goal conceded since Gérard Houllier took sole charge. Youri Djorkaeff scored Bolton’s other goal. 1948 - We also faced Bolton, losing 3-0 at Burnden Park in another top-flight encounter with Nat Lofthouse netting one of his eight goals against the reds and Don Howe and Malcolm Barrass also on target. A’Court sets off 1953 - Left winger Alan A’Court made the first of his 381 reds appearances in a 3-2 win at Middlesbrough. South African half-back Hugh Gerhardi also made his reds bow, the first of just six senior outings. Inside-right Sammy Smyth nabbed his first reds goal in this game, with Billy Liddell and skipper Phil Taylor also on the scoresheet. Lindy Delapenha struck two of his four goals past us. D-day for Gary 1984 - Gary Gillespie made his reds bow in our League Cup Semi-final first leg at home to Walsall as we drew 2-2, with Ronnie Whelan netting both our goals. However, he did not make the first-team again that season, scoring an own goal when his attempted clearance off the line struck Phil Neal on the back and went into the net. Substitute Kevin Summerfield scored the other goal for the Saddlers. Milestone games 2009 - Ex-red David James played his 535th Premier League game as we won 3-2 at Portsmouth, equalling Gary Speed’s record for the renamed competition. David Nugent opened the scoring after an hour, with Fábio Aurélio levelling with a free-kick following a poor Pompey back-pass. Herman Hreidarsson put the home side in front again before Dirk Kuyt netted. Fernando Torres secured the victory with a late header to send us back to the top of the table. 1927 – Outside-left Fred Hopkin played his 200th League game for the reds in our 4-1 win at Sheffield United. Tom Reid bagged a brace, with Harry Chambers and Tom Scott also scoring. A treble all Wright 1931 - Short-lived centre forward Dave Wright bagged his first three reds goals in a 4-2 home League win over Newcastle United, with his strike partner Harold Barton also bagging his first for the club in the same game as left-half Jimmy McDougall reached a century of reds appearances. Derby victory 1925 - Goals from centre-forward Danny Shone, outside-left Fred ‘Polly’ Hopkin and forward Harry ‘Smiler’ Chambers handed us a 3-1 win over Everton at Anfield. Forward Dick Johnson played his 82nd and last reds game. Razor sheathed 1995 - Neil Ruddock was dismissed late on in our FA Cup Third Round replay at home to Burnley, with John Barnes nabbing the only goal. We saw off the challenge of Wimbledon in the next round before being knocked out at Anfield by Tottenham Hotspur. Out to the Mancs 1903 - We were knocked out of the FA Cup by Manchester United in the First Round, with Sam Raybould grabbing our consolation at Bank Street. Jock Peddie struck the last two of his five goals against the reds as we lost 2-1. Mixed fortunes against the Baggies Both our meetings with West Bromwich Albion on this day in history have ended in 2-0 home League victories. 1923 - Dick Forshaw and Dick Johnson were on target at Anfield as left-back Donald Mackinlay played his 200th League game for the reds. 1981 - We lost at The Hawthorns, the Baggies’ most recent triumph over the reds, thanks to a back-heel from Bryan Robson, the first of his seven goals past us, and a Cyrille Regis strike, the first of his four. His country’s hero 2002 - Future red Salif Diao netted Senegal’s extra-time winner in their 2-1 African Cup of Nations Semi-final victory over Nigeria. El-Hadji Diouf also played in this game, while ex-red Rigobert Song skippered Cameroon to their 3-0 defeat of host nation Mali on the same day. 2004 - Diao and Diouf both played as Senegal lost 1-0 to hosts Tunisia, while ex-red Titi Camara featured against future red Momo Sissoko as Guinea lost 2-1 to Mali. 2006 - Diouf was also in action as Senegal lost their Semi-final 2-1 to Egypt in Cairo. Meanwhile, future red Kolo Touré played as Ivory Coast beat Nigeria 1-0 in Alexandria. 2008 - Ex-red Song skippered his country as they beat host nation Ghana 1-0 to reach the Africa Cup of Nations Final, with future Touré on the losing side as Egypt beat Ivory Coast 4-1. 1998 – Future red Song also featured in the tournament as Cameroon beat host nation Burkina Faso 1-0. Meanwhile, Brad Friedel played for the USA in their 2-1 defeat of Costa Rica in the Gold Cup in Oakland. First and last caps for the youngsters 1989 - David Burrows won his first England Under-21’s cap as a reds player, and second in all, as they lost 1-0 to Greece in a friendly in Patras. Future red Michael Thomas skippered the side. On the same day, John Aldridge, Ray Houghton and Ronnie Whelan all played in the Republic of Ireland’s goalless friendly draw with France in Dublin. 1968 - Tommy Smith won his tenth and last Under-23’s cap as England beat Scotland 2-1 at Hampden Park. Clubmate Emlyn Hughes also played. Disappointment by the seaside We have twice visited Blackpool at their Bloomfield Road ground on this day in history. 1900 - We held them to a 2-2 draw in a testimonial for the Seasiders defender Harry Stirzaker. Charlie Wilson bagged one of our goals. 1942 - Cyril Done struck both our goals as we were thumped 6-2 in a game that counted for both the Wartime League and the War League Cup. Stig for his country Stig Inge Bjørnebye twice played in friendlies for Norway on this day in history. 1996 - He lined up alongside future red Øyvind Leonhardsen as they lost 1-0 in Spain. 1990 - Stig played as Norway drew 1-1 in Malta. International dismissals 2007 – Luis Suárez was sent off for two bookable offences on his senior international debut as Uruguay beat Colombia 3-1 in a friendly in Cúcuta. This was his only cap while playing for Groningen. 2004 - Ex-red Daniel Sjölund was sent off after just seventeen minutes of Finland’s 2-1 friendly defeat by China in Shenzhen, while winning his fourth senior cap. 2007 - He also featured in a B international as Finland held Scotland to a 2-2 draw in Kilmarnock. Daniel breaking new ground 2007 - Daniel Agger featured as Denmark faced Australia for the first ever time in a senior international, winning 3-1 at Loftus Road. Meanwhile, future red Martin Škrtel was on target as Slovakia were held to a 2-2 draw by Poland in Spain. Fernando Morientes made his first appearance for Spain as a Valencia player, with future red Fernando Torres also in action in their 1-0 defeat of England at Old Trafford, as Steven Gerrard skippered a side that also included Jamie Carragher, Peter Crouch and future red Stewart Downing. Also in international friendly action were Steve Finnan, future reds Philipp Degen, Robbie Keane, Ragnar Klavan and Alex Manninger, and ex-reds Antonio Barragán and Rigobert Song, with Steve Staunton taking charge of the Republic of Ireland. Meanwhile, future reds Yossi Benayoun and Andriy Voronin faced each other in Tel-Aviv in a game that ended 1-1, with future red Alex Manninger featuring for Austria in a 1-1 friendly draw in Malta. Other reds games 1998 – Southampton won 3-2 at Anfield, with David Hirst opening the scoring from the spot before Michael Owen equalised. Egil Ostenstad put the visitors in front late on with Hirst then netting the last of his four goals past us, before Owen headed in a late consolation. 1976 – Kevin Keegan and John Toshack netted as we beaty Leeds United 2-0 in L4. 1973 – We lost an FA Cup Fourth Round replay 2-0 at Manchester City, thanks to goals from Colin Bell and Tommy Booth. 1970 – Leicester City held us to a goalless draw in a Fifth Round tie at Anfield. We won the replay, but lost at Watford in the next round. 1959 – We beat Bristol City 3-2 in a Second Division match at home with Alan Arnell bagging a brace and Jimmy Melia also on the scoresheet. Bert Tindill grabbed the last of his five goals past us and John Atyeo scoring one of his five. On the move 2019 – Keeper Andy Lonergan joined Rochdale on an emergency loan from Middlesbrough, playing seven times. Also in international action 1979 – Emlyn Hughes skippered an England side that also included Ray Clemence, Phil Neal and ex-red Kevin Keegan in their 4-0 thumping of Northern Ireland in a European Championships qualifier at Wembley. 2008 – Javier Mascherano played for Argentina Under-23’s in their 5-0 trouncing of Guatemala in a friendly in Los Angeles.
  13. Will

    21st January

    Happy birthday Thommo 1954 - Phil Thompson was born in Liverpool. He notched thirteen times in 477 games for the reds, many as skipper, as we won two European Cups, seven League titles, the UEFA Cup, FA Cup, UEFA Super Cup, two League Cups and five FA Charity Shields. He later had two separate spells on the backroom staff, under Kenny Dalglish, Graeme Souness and Gérard Houllier, and is now working in the media. 1906 - Forward Harry Barkas was born in Wardley Colliery. He only played five reds games, all in the First Division, after arriving for £1,500 from Gateshead in December 1930, returning there in 1932. Martin’s bow 2008 - Centre-back Martin Škrtel made his reds debut as a substitute for the injured Álvaro Arbeloa in our 2-2 home draw with Aston Villa, our fourth successive tie in the League. Yossi Benayoun gave us the lead before Villa hit back through Marlon Harewood and a Fábio Aurélio own goal in the space of three minutes. Peter Crouch came off the bench to bag a late leveller. 1905 – Forward James Garside played the first of his five senior reds games as we were held to a 1-1 draw in the Second Division at Anfield by Lincoln City, with our goal coming from right-half Robbie Robinson. In comes Scott 2005 - Young keeper Scott Carson signed from Leeds United for £750,000, with Paul Harrison going on loan in the opposite direction. Carson made just nine first-team appearances, only managing to keep two clean sheets. He moved on to West Bromwich Albion for £3.25m in July 2008 after loan spells with Sheffield Wednesday, Aston Villa and Charlton Athletic. Meanwhile, young midfielder John Welsh signed a new contract on the same day that tied him to Anfield until summer 2007. However, he moved to Hull City a year later, in exchange for winger Paul Anderson. Meanwhile, future red Daniel Agger played for Denmark Under-21’s as they lost 1-0 to Panama A in an unofficial international in Panama City. Most recently 2017 – Swansea City won 3-2 at Anfield, with Fernando Llorente netting twice shortly after the break. A Roberto Firmino brace brought us level but future Blue Gylfi Sigurðsson grabbed one of his four goals past us to date to secure the victory. 2012 – Craig Bellamy bagged our consolation as we tamely lost 3-1 at Bolton Wanderers with ex-red David N’Gog on the winning side. Beglin’s bad break 1987 - Jim Beglin had his leg broken by Gary Stevens in his 98th and final reds game, with Ian Rush nabbing the only goal of our League Cup Fifth Round tie late on at Goodison. We reached the Final that season for the sixth time. Africa’s finest 2003 - El-Hadji Diouf was named as the Glo-CAF African Footballer of the Year for the second successive season, a feat since surpassed by Barcelona’s Samuel Eto’o who won the award three times in succession. That evening, he scored the opener in our 2-0 Worthington Cup Semi-final second leg win over Sheffield United at Anfield, with Michael Owen grabbing the decisive second in extra time, to take us through to Cardiff 3-2 on aggregate. This was our 400th goal in all competitions under the sole charge of Gérard Houllier. Red centurions 2004 - Jamie Carragher made his comeback from a broken leg, playing his 200th League game as a late Kenny Miller strike denied us all three points at Wolverhampton Wanderers, after Bruno Cheyrou had put us ahead. This was our 200th League match since Gérard Houllier took sole charge, which had been rearranged after a flooded pitch before Christmas. 1950 – Centre-half Laurie Hughes reached a century of League appearances for the reds in our 2-0 defeat of Birmingham City at Anfield. Jimmy Payne and Albert Stubbins scored the goals. A first double 1899 - We beat Everton 2-0 at Anfield to complete the first ever League double in this fixture. John Walker and Tom Robertson netted our goals. Beginnings and end 1939 – Right-half Harry Eastham nabbed his fourth and final reds goal as we thumped Stockport County 5-1 in the FA Cup Fourth Round at Anfield. Willie Fagan had a penalty saved, but Berry Nieuwenhuys and Jack Balmer struck twice apiece, with Duggie Reid bagging the first of his six goals against the reds. 1933 - Outside-left Alf Hanson made his reds bow as we lost 5-2 at Aston Villa. Gordon Hodgson and Syd Roberts were on target for the reds, with centre-forward Les Bruton playing his eighth and last game for the club. Tom Waring nabbed two of his six goals against the reds, with Eric Houghton also scoring one of his six past us, Joe Beresford netting one of his four and James Gibson also on target. 1911 - Forward Joseph Brough played his eleventh and final reds game as we lost 2-0 at Nottingham Forest. Grenville Morris struck the last of his six goals past us, with Jack Armstrong also netting. A rare defeat 1978 - Birmingham City left Anfield with a 3-2 win to inflict on us one of just eleven home League defeats during the whole of the 1970’s. Birthday boy Phil Thompson and Ray Kennedy netted our goals. 500 away 1925 - We won 4-1 at Aston Villa in our 500th away League game, in a match postponed from three weeks earlier. Jimmy Walsh bagged a brace with Harry Chambers and Danny Shone also on the scoresheet as Len Capewell nabbed one of his six goals past us. Other birthdays 1961 - Former reserves forward Colin Russell was born in Liverpool. He only ever tasted half an hour of first team action for the reds, coming on for Howard Gayle in a home League defeat to Sunderland in May 1981. He left for Huddersfield Town in 1982. 1904 - Scottish international right-half Tom Morrison was born in Coylton, Ayrshire. He signed from St. Mirren in November 1927 for £4,000 and struck four times in 254 reds games. He failed to win any honours during his spell at Anfield but had won the Scottish Cup with St. Mirren before joining the reds. He was a member of the Sunderland team that won the League title in 1936, having moved to Wearside in November 1935. Brucie’s back 1989 - Bruce Grobbelaar returned to the side after recovering from meningitis, with lookey-likey strike pairing John Aldridge and Ian Rush netting in a 2-0 defeat of Southampton at Anfield. 1967 - We also beat the Saints at home, with Chris Lawler and Alf Arrowsmith on target in a 2-1 victory. Twice against the Tractor Boys We have twice entertained Ipswich Town on this day in history. 1961 - We were held to a 1-1 draw in a Second Division meeting, when winger Kevin Lewis netted and Ted Phillips scored one of his five goals against the reds. Inside-forward Jimmy Harrower played his 105th and last reds game. 1986 - Paul Walsh, Ronnie Whelan and Ian Rush struck as we won 3-0 in our Fifth Round League Cup tie. We were then knocked out by Queens Park Rangers in the Semi-final. Off on loan 2011 – Reserves defender Stephen Darby rejoined Notts County on loan, for whom he played a further eighteen times. 2009 – Jermaine Pennant moved to Portsmouth on loan. He had hit the target just three times in 81 reds games after signing from Birmingham City for £6.7m in July 2006. He appeared fourteen times for Pompey without scoring. 2000 - Phil Babb temporarily joined First Division Tranmere Rovers. He played seven times for the Lilywhites, before returning to the stiffs at Anfield. Ton up for Rigo 2006 - Ex-red Rigobert Song won his hundredth full international cap for Cameroon in their 3-1 defeat of Angola in the Africa Cup of Nations Finals in Cairo. On the same day, Jari Litmanen was making his 99th appearance for Finland as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Saudi Arabia in a tournament in Riyadh, in what was Roy Hodgson’s first game in charge of the Finns. 2010 – Song also represented his country, as they drew 2-2 with Tunisia in a MTN Africa Cup of Nations group game in Angola. 2017 – Future red Mohamed Salah played for Egypt as they beat Uganda 1-0 in a group game in Gabon. Kolo Touré has played three times for the Ivory Coast in the Africa Cup of Nations Finals on this day 2002 – He was booked as they were held to a goalless draw by Togo in Mali. 2006 – He was on the winning side as Morocco lost 1-0 in Egypt, with the Ivory Coast making it all the way to the Final that year. 2008 – Nigeria lost 1-0 in Ghana. 2007 – Lucas captained Brazil as they drew 2-2 with Chile in a Sudamericano Sub-20 "Juventud de América" game in Paraguay, with five players in total dismissed. 2016 - Future red Ozan Kabak played for Turkey Under-16’s in their 2-0 friendly defeat of the Czech Republic. Young English reds 1975 - Future red David Johnson netted as England Under-23’s beat their Welsh counterparts 2-0 in Wrexham. Phil Thompson made his debut at this level, on his 21st birthday, while future red Joey Jones also played. Other reds games 1956 – We beat Leicester City 3-1 in a Second Division match at Anfield, with Billy Liddell scoring a brace, including a penalty, and Alan Arnell also on target. 1928 – Sunderland won 5-2 in L4 with Fred Hopkin and Tom Reid scoring our goals. Bobby Marshall struck one of his six goals past us, with Dave Halliday netting two of his twelve. Len Hargreaves also scored for the visitors, with reds keeper Arthur Riley punching the ball into his own net. 1922 – Harry Chambers bagged the only goal of our trip to Huddersfield Town late on. On the move 2004 - John Toshack took charge of Real Murcia, having been appointed two days earlier. This was the fourth Spanish club he had managed. They were bottom of the table in the Spanish League and he could not prevent them returning to the Second Division after just one season in the top flight. 2014 - Paul Ince was sacked as Manager of Blackpool after just eleven months in charge, leading them to just twelve victories in 42 games. 2020 – Keeper Daniel Atherton joined Marine on loan. On the same day, left-back Jack Robinson signed for Sheffield United from Nottingham Forest, so far playing eighteen times for the Blades. 2019 – Ex-reds right-back Glen Johnson announced his retirement from playing, having been released by Stoke City at the end of the previous season. On the same day, future red Takumi Minamino played as Japan beat Saudi Arabia 1-0 in an AFC Asian Cup Round of 16 tie in the United Arab Emirates.
  14. Will

    12th January

    Alles Gute zum Geburtstag 1994 – German midfielder Emre Can was born in Frankfurt. He signed from Bayer 04 Leverkusen for £9.75m in July 2014, netting fourteen times in 167 reds games before moving on to Juventus on a free transfer in June 2018. 1887 – Forward Jimmy Nicholl was born in Port Glasgow. He signed from Middlesbrough in January 1914, bagging fourteen goals in 59 outings before moving on to Wishaw Thistle in 1915. He had featured in our FA Cup Final defeat to Burnley in April 1914. Dan the man 2006 - Daniel Agger signed from Brøndby IF for £5.8m. He played 232 games, notching fourteen times, helping us to claim the FA Community Shield and League Cup before returning to his former club in Denmark in August 2014. On the same day, reserves keeper David Martin signed from MK Dons for £250,000. He returned there permanently in May 2010 after failing to make a senior appearance, although he sat on the reds bench on nineteen occasions. Red centurions 2019 – Sadio Mané reached a century for the reds as Mohamed Salah bagged the only goal of the game at Brighton & Hove Albion from the spot, with the home side failing to register a shot on target. 2008 - Xabi Alonso played his hundredth League game for the reds as we were held to a 1-1 draw at Middlesbrough. He came on for Yossi Benayoun after an hour when we were a goal down courtesy of George Boateng before Fernando Torres rescued a point with a long-range strike. 1980 – Ray Kennedy played his 200th League game for the reds as we were held to a 1-1 draw at Anfield by Southampton, with Terry McDermott scoring from the spot. 1929 – Right-back Jimmy ‘Parson’ Jackson reached a century of reds appearances in our 2-0 FA Cup Third Round win at Bristol City. Bill Salisbury and Gordon Hodgson netted in the second half. A treble to make anyone smile 1927 - Harry ‘Smiler’ Chambers bagged a hat-trick as we beat Third Division South side Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic 4-1 in an FA Cup Third Round replay at Anfield. Outside-left Fred Hopkin netted the other goal. We went out to Arsenal in the Fifth Round that season. Happy Cup memories We have won all eleven of our FA Cup ties on this day. 1935 - We beat non-League Yeovil & Petters United 6-2 in front of a record crowd of 11,830 at Huish Park, despite scouser Tommy McNeil giving Yeovil the lead inside five minutes, and the score being level at the break, through a deflected Berry Nieuwenhuys strike. Gordon Hodgson and Syd Roberts both netted twice for the reds, to add to a goal from Dave Wright. Yeovil’s McNeil also ended the game with a brace. Hodgson’s first strike was our 200th in the competition. Unfortunately, we went out to Blackburn Rovers at the next hurdle. 1921 - We won 2-1 at Manchester United in a First Round replay when Billy Lacey and Harry Chambers were on target as we came from behind while wearing a rare blue and white kit. However, we lost to Newcastle United in the next round. South for the first time 1955 - Centre-back Alex South made the first of his seven reds appearances as we won our FA Cup Third Round replay against Lincoln City at Anfield in extra time. John Evans bagged the only goal, having scored in the first game as well as being sent off. We made it to the Fifth Round before being knocked out by Huddersfield Town at Anfield. 1991 – Winger Jimmy Carter made his reds bow as a substitute for Ronnie Rosenthal in our goalless draw at Aston Villa. Beating the Potters 1988 - Peter Beardsley netted the only goal of our FA Cup Third Round replay against Stoke City from just outside the area. 2014 – We triumphed 5-3 at the Britannia Stadium, our first League win there. Ryan Shawcross diverted an Aly Cissokho shot into his own net before Luis Suárez doubled our lead after half an hour. However, ex-reds Peter Crouch and Charlie Adam levelled the scores before the break, with the former netting one of his four strikes against the reds. Steven Gerrard converted a penalty with Suárez adding his second before Jon Walters bagged one of his seven goals past us. Daniel Sturridge came off the bench to complete the scoring late on. Beaten by the seaside 2011 – We lost 2-1 at Blackpool in our first trip there since August 1970. Fernando Torres gave us an early lead before Gary Taylor-Fletcher and DJ Campbell both struck for the home side. Beating the Blues We have twice defeated Birmingham City at Anfield on this day in history. 1974 - Kevin Keegan netted a brace as we won a First Division encounter 3-2 with Phil Thompson also on target. Bob Latchford bagged one of his five goals against the reds, with Bob Hatton grabbing one of his four. 1907 - Sam Raybould struck twice as we won an FA Cup First Round tie 2-1 as we progressed to the Fourth Round that season. Heading off 1963 – Left-half Tommy Leishman left the reds to join Hibernian. He had arrived from St. Mirren for £10,000 in November 1949, helping us back to the First Division in 1962, bagging a total of seven goals in 118 reds games, including our first ever League Cup strike. 1966 - Inside-forward John ‘Sailor’ Hunter died. The Scottish international bagged twelve goals in 45 reds games after signing from Abercorn in 1899. 1985 – South African half-back Hugh Gerhardi committed suicide by shooting himself in the head. He signed from Johannesburg-based Thistle in August 1952 but only played six senior games before returning to his homeland after just one season. Gary Mac steps down 2004 - Gary McAllister resigned as Manager of Coventry City to care for his seriously ill wife Denise. He had been on compassionate leave after she suffered a setback in her battle against cancer, but then decided to quit permanently. Sadly, she passed away soon after. A new keeper 2007 - Daniele Padelli signed on loan from Sampdoria. He made one senior appearance, as we were held to a 2-2 draw in our final League game of the season at home to Charlton Athletic in May 2007, but was not kept on. Alf off target 1938 - Outside-left Alf Hanson missed a penalty in the first half as we beat Third Division South outfit Crystal Palace 3-1 after extra time in our FA Cup Third Round replay at Anfield. Ernie Waldron gave the visitors the lead, before John Shafto sent the tie into extra time. The Eagles’ Nick Collins scored an own goal, before Willie Fagan converted a late penalty. Unfortunately, the reds were later forced to apologise by the FA after making some disparaging comments about Palace in the programme. We only made it as far as the Fifth Round that season, being knocked out by Huddersfield Town at Anfield, who went all the way to the Final. Stevie’s new deal 2012 – Steven Gerrard signed a new contract, tying him to the club until 2014. On the move 2016 – Centre-half Steven Caulker signed on loan from Queens Park Rangers, having his temporary spell at Southampton cut short to accommodate the move. He made just four reds appearances. On the same day, Jonjo Shelvey left Swansea City after ten goals in 96 outings to sign for Newcastle United for £12m. 2015 – Moroccan winger Oussama Assaidi was sold to Al Ahli in Dubai for a reported £4.7m. He had arrived from SC Heerenveen for £2.4m in August 2012, failing to score in twelve reds games. 2012 - Robbie Keane signed for Aston Villa on a temporary basis from LA Galaxy, notching three times in seven outings. 1999 - Ex-reds reserve Jim Magilton joined Ipswich Town on loan from Sheffield Wednesday. He made eleven appearances for the Blues before the move was made permanent two months later. 2018 – Winger Ryan Kent joined Bristol City on loan, turning out on eleven occasions for the Robins. Other reds games 1982 – We were held to a goalless draw at Anfield by Bradford City in a League Cup Fifth Round tie. We won the replay, eventually lifting the trophy again that season. 1971 – Manchester City held us to a goalless draw in a League encounter in L4 1970 – We beat Coventry City 3-0 in an FA Cup Third Round replay at home, with Ian Ross heading in the opener, added to by Peter Thompson and Bobby Graham strikes. 1957 – Alan Arnell and Geoff Twentyman struck as we beat Doncaster Rovers 2-1 in a Second Division fixture, despite falling behind to one of Bert Tindill’s five goals against us. Billy Liddell had to leave the pitch with the reds still trailing, having been knocked unconscious. 1952 – Jimmy Payne netted the only goal of our FA Cup Third Round meeting with Workington from the Third Division at Anfield 1924 – We came from behind to beat Bradford City 2-1 in L4 in a FA Cup First Round meeting, thanks to two goals from Harry Chambers. 1895 – We thumped Nottingham Forest 5-0 at home with Malcolm McVean on target twice. Jimmy Ross, Joe McQue and Davy Hannah also got on the scoresheet. In international action 2013 – Oussama Assaidi played for Morocco in their 2-1 friendly defeat of Namibia in Johannesburg. On the same day, ex-red Carl Medjani skippered Algeria as they held South Africa to a goalless draw in Rustenburg. 2008 – Ex-red El-Hadji Diouf featured as Senegal beat Namibia 3-1, with future red Kolo Touré playing as Ivory Coast won 2-0 in Kuwait. 2002 – Touré also played in a 1-1 friendly draw with Nigeria in Bouaké. 2000 – Fábio Aurélio played for a Brazil side as they thrashed Trinidad & Tobago 7-0 in Florianópolis. 1997 – Future red Rigobert Song played as Cameroon were held to a goalless draw by Angola in Yaoundé. 1993 - Gérard Houllier managed France A as they beat Senegal 3-1 in Dakar.
  15. Will

    10th January

    Birth of a legend 1922 - Billy Liddell was born in Townhill, Dunfermline. He joined the reds in July 1938 while still only sixteen, signing as an amateur from Lochgelly Violet for £200 and turning professional nine months later. He left the club in 1961, having struck 228 times in 534 games. His only club honour was the League title in 1947, although he also played in the FA Cup Final three years later. He was on target on his 26th birthday as we beat Nottingham Forest 4-1 in the Third Round of the FA Cup, with Albert Stubbins grabbing a brace and Bob Priday also on the scoresheet. In comes Souey 1978 - Graeme Souness signed from Middlesbrough for £352,000 after 22 goals in 176 League games. He won five League titles, three European Cups, four League Cups and three FA Charity Shields in six years as a reds player, netting 55 times in 359 games. His later time as Manager was considerably less successful, with just one FA Cup triumph, along with the controversial dismantling of the legendary Boot Room, and his infamous liaison with a certain tabloid newspaper. Debut of the Mighty Mullet 2001 - Jari Litmanen made his reds bow as we lost 2-1 at Crystal Palace in the first leg of the Worthington Cup Semi-final, with Andrejs Rubins opening the scoring for the Eagles. Vladimír Šmicer netted our goal immediately after Clinton Morrison had put the home side two up with the first of his four strikes against the reds. We emphatically turned things around in the Anfield return, progressing 6-2 on aggregate. Up against the Potters 1970 - We won 2-0 at Stoke City’s Victoria Ground thanks to goals from Bobby Graham and Peter Thompson. 2009 – We were held to a goalless draw at the Britannia Stadium, with Steven Gerrard striking the crossbar late on. Jonah makes a splash 2004 - On-loan keeper Paul ‘Jonah’ Jones made his reds bow as we beat Aston Villa 1-0 at Anfield thanks to a Mark Delaney own goal. He therefore became our oldest post-war debutant aged 36 years and 267 days. 1981 - We also faced the Villains, going down 2-0 to the eventual champions in the Midlands thanks to goals from Peter Withe and Dennis Mortimer. Get Carter 1991 - Jimmy Carter signed from Millwall for £800,000 after twelve goals in 130 games for the Lions. He moved on to Arsenal for £500,000 after just nine months and eight appearances in his time at Anfield. More ins and outs 1949 – Left-winger Peter Kippax signed for the reds a few days after his contract with his hometown club Burnley was cancelled. He only made one senior appearance, moving on to Preston North End in 1950. 2007 - Left-winger Sebastián Leto signed from Club Atlético Lanús for £1.85m, although the transfer was not formally completed until seven months later. He made just four senior appearances, moving permanently to Panathinaikos in July 2009 after spending the previous season on loan at Olympiacos. 2010 - Andriy Voronin was sold to Dinamo Moskva for £1.8m after six strikes in forty reds outings, following his free transfer signing from Bayer 04 Leverkusen in July 2007. Most recently 2015 – We won 1-0 at Sunderland, with Lazar Marković on target early on. Liam Bridcutt was sent off for the home side shortly after half time. Local births 1984 - John Welsh was born in Liverpool. The young midfielder only made ten senior reds appearances, joining Hull City in January 2007 after a loan spell. 1952 – Keeper Grahame Lloyd was born in Liverpool. He signed pro terms in January 1968, making it onto the bench once for an Inter-Cities Fairs Cup game against Dundalk in September 1969. He moved on to Motherwell in July 1974. North-east disappointment We have twice visited the North East in the FA Cup on this day in history. 1920 - We drew 1-1 at South Shields in the First Round, with Harry Lewis grabbing our goal and Harry Woods nabbing the first of his five strikes past us as Donald Mackinlay reached a century of reds games. We won the Anfield replay, but went out to Huddersfield Town in the Fourth Round that season. 1953 - We lost 1-0 at Gateshead in the Third Round with left-winger Mervyn Jones and right-half Roy Saunders making their reds bows. Management moves 2012 - Nick Barmby was appointed Manager of Hull City on a permanent basis, staying in the role for just four months before he was sacked for speaking out about the owners and transfer funds. 2011 - Steve Clarke joined the reds as First-team Coach under King Kenny. On the same day, ex-reds reserves forward Paul Jewell was appointed Manager of Ipswich Town. 2002 - Steve Nicol was named Assistant Coach of New England Revolution. He was appointed permanent head coach ten months later, taking them to the final of the MLS play-offs in his first full season in charge. Sheila’s farewell 2008 - The funeral of Club Secretary Sheila Walsh took place at St. Mary’s The Virgin, Waterloo. Those who paid tribute to her included boss Rafael Benítez, who said, “Sheila worked as a Secretary to seven different managers at Liverpool Football Club during her 26 years with us. I was privileged to work with her during these last four years. During my time as the manager here I found Sheila to be professional, committed, warm, friendly and above all courageous in the face of her suffering.” Prince Kenny 1972 - Celtic’s Kenny Dalglish won the first of his four caps for Scotland Under-23’s as they beat a West German Olympics XI 1-0 at Hampden Park. A Merseyside centenary 1983 - We took part in a centenary friendly for Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park. David Johnson, Phil Neal and Ronnie Whelan scored as we won 3-1. Harry on target 2011 - Ex-red Harry Kewell struck for Australia as they beat India 4-0 in an AFC Asian Cup Finals group game in Qatar. Ryan in trouble 2011 - Ryan Babel was charged by the FA with improper conduct relating to tweeting about referee Howard Webb after our recent defeat at Manchester United. Other reds games 2000 – We lost 1-0 at home to Blackburn Rovers in the Fourth Round of the FA Cup, with Nathan Blake bagging the late winner. 1998 – Jamie Redknapp struck twice as we beat Wimbledon 2-0 at Anfield 1979 – Southend United held us to a goalless draw in our FA Cup Third Round trip to a snowy Roots Hall. We won the replay, making it as far as the Semi-final that season. 1976 – We were held to a 3-3 draw by Ipswich Town, with Jimmy Case adding to a Kevin Keegan brace. Trevor Whymark scored two of his six goals against the reds, with Eric Gates netting the first of his five. 1931 – We lost 2-0 to Birmingham City in an FA Cup Third Round tie in L4, with Ernie Curtis on target before John Bradford struck one of his fifteen past us in the final minute. 1925 – Danny Shone scored twice with Fred Hopkin also on the scoresheet as we beat Leeds United 3-0 in a First Round meeting at Anfield. 1914 – Barnsley held the reds to a 1-1 draw in a First Round encounter in L4, with Billy Lacey bagging our goal. Also on the move 1996 - Don Hutchison joined Sheffield United from West Ham United for £1.2m. He bagged six goals in 91 games while at Bramall Lane, before moving back to Merseyside to join Everton in February 1998 for £1m. 2002 - Jermaine Pennant joined Watford on loan from Arsenal. He struck twice in nine games for the Hornets, returning to Vicarage Road for a second loan spell ten months later. 2012 – Ex-reserves midfielder Victor Pálsson was released by Hibernian after one goal in 34 outings. 2013 – Left-back Andrea Dossena joined U.S. Città di Palermo on loan from SSC Napoli, turning out eleven times for them.
  16. Will

    7th January

    Xabi from his own half 2006 - Jan Kromkamp made his reds bow in a thrilling FA Cup Third Round tie at Luton Town. We took the lead through Steven Gerrard before falling 3-1 behind with Djibril Cissé having a penalty saved with the score at 2-1. Florent Sinama-Pongolle bagged a brace with his first goal being our thirteenth from a substitute that season, a new club record. Xabi Alonso also struck twice, with our final goal being an outrageous strike from inside his own half, with the keeper making his way back from a corner. Scott Carson made his ninth and final reds appearance in this game. 1939 - We also faced the Hatters at the same stage of the Cup with forward George Patterson grabbing his only reds goal in a 3-0 Anfield victory. Jack Balmer added two strikes. At last at the Bridge 2004 - Bruno Cheyrou’s first League goal handed us our first win at Stamford Bridge for fifteen years, as we beat Chelsea 1-0 despite the absence of Michael Owen and Steven Gerrard. El-Hadji Diouf was unjustly sent off, with his red card later rescinded, and Jerzy Dudek went off injured to be replaced by debutant Patrice Luzi for the last quarter of an hour, becoming the 52nd senior keeper in our history, and only the fourth man to never concede a goal in his entire reds career between the sticks, although this was his only senior outing. 1978 - We lost at Stamford Bridge, being knocked out of the FA Cup at the Third Round stage, with Joey Jones playing his hundredth and last game against his future employers. David Johnson and Kenny Dalglish bagged our goals as we lost 4-2. Steve Finnieston netted one of his four strikes past us, with Clive Walker bagging a brace and Tommy Langley also on target. Death of a legend 1968 - Ephraim Longworth died in Liverpool. He signed from Leyton in June 1910, playing at right-back for us until 1928, making a total of 370 reds appearances in seventeen years without ever finding the net. He also became the first red to captain England. He then served as Reserve team trainer, before joining the ground staff. Beginnings and ends 2019 – Winger Rafael Camacho and midfielder Curtis Jones both made their reds bows, with centre-half Ki-Jana Hoever coming off the bench after just six minutes for his debut to become our youngest ever player in the FA Cup as we lost a Third Round tie 2-1 at Wolverhampton Wanderers. Keeper Simon Mignolet and left-back Alberto Moreno both played their final reds games. Mexican forward Raúl Jiménez gave the home side the lead with Divock Origi equalising after the break. However, Rúben Neves struck the winner shortly afterwards, with Xherdan Shaqiri later hitting the woodwork. Happy birthdays 1989 - Left-back Emiliano Insúa was born in Buenos Aires. He made 62 senior appearances, netting his only goal in our Carling Cup defeat at Arsenal in October 2009. He initially arrived on loan from Boca Juniors in January 2007 before signing permanently for £1.675m seven months later. He joined Galatasaray on loan in August 2010, joining Sporting Clube de Portugal permanently a year later. 1906 – Forward Harry Race was born in Evenwood, County Durham. He signed from Raby United in February 1928, scoring eighteen times in 43 games before being sold to Manchester City in August 1930 for £3,000. Management moves 2000 - Steve McMahon was appointed Blackpool Manager, with Gary Ablett arriving at the club on non-contract terms on the same day. He remained in charge of the Seasiders until June 2004, leading them to promotion via the play-offs in his first full season. Ablett only made twelve appearances for Blackpool before retiring. 2012 – Ex-reds reserves midfielder Jim Magilton was named as Melbourne Victory boss. He stayed for just three months, winning only two of his twelve games in charge. 2013 - Dean Saunders became Manager of Wolverhampton Wanderers, but he could not prevent them from being relegated to League One and was sacked after just four months in the job. Sadio the best 2020 - Sadio Mané was named CAF African Footballer of the Year, having been runner-up to Mohamed Salah for the previous two years. Salah and Joël Matip were also named in the CAF African Team of the Year. On the same day, the club announced a deal with Nike as official kit supplier from 2020/21. A great day for the reds We have only lost one of our eighteen first-class games on this day, winning twelve. 1905 - These victories include a 6-1 thumping of Chesterfield in a Second Division match at Anfield when Robert Robinson, Alex Raisbeck, Arthur Goddard and Maurice Parry all netted, in addition to Sam Raybould’s brace. Future reds keeper Sam Hardy was on the losing side. Towards the Semi-final 1998 - Extra-time strikes from Michael Owen and Robbie Fowler at St. James’ Park took us past Newcastle United 2-0 and into the Semi-finals of the Coca-Cola Cup, where we went out to First Division Middlesbrough. 1933 - We also beat the Geordies in a First Division game. Gordon Hodgson scored a brace, including one from the spot, with Dave Wright also on target in our 3-0 win. Scouse git at Anfield 1967 - Scenes for the BBC comedy Till Death Us Do Part, starring Warren Mitchell as Alf Garnett and Tony Booth, were filmed during our 2-0 defeat of West Ham United at Anfield. Peter Thompson struck both goals to send us to the top of the table, as well as hitting the post. Knocking the Sky Blues out We have twice faced Coventry City in the Third Round of the FA Cup on this day in history. 1961 – Inside-forward Jimmy Harrower struck his 22nd and final reds goal with Roger Hunt and Kevin Lewis also netting as we won 3-2 at Anfield, although we went out at home to Sunderland at the next hurdle. 1970 - Bobby Graham struck our equaliser as we drew 1-1 at Highfield Road, although we won the replay 3-0 and got as far as the Sixth Round that season. Neil Martin had netted the last of his four goals against the reds. Wearside stalemates We have twice drawn with Sunderland on this day in history. 1899 – We were held to a goalless top-flight draw at Anfield. 1922 - We drew an FA Cup First Round tie 1-1 at Roker Park, with Dick Forshaw on target for the reds. We won the Anfield replay 5-0 but went out at the next stage, beaten at home by West Bromwich Albion. Honours even with Rovers We have also twice shared the spoils with Blackburn Rovers on this day in history. 1950 - We held them to a goalless draw at Ewood Park in the Third Round of the FA Cup, winning the replay as we reached the Final for the second time in our history. 1911 - We were held to a 2-2 draw in a First Division match, with Jack Parkinson and Arthur Goddard on target for the reds. Johnny Orr scored the first of his five goals past us, with Billy Garbutt also on the scoresheet for the visitors. On the move 1957 - Centre-half John Nicholson signed as a professional, but he could only make one senior appearance before joining Port Vale in August 1961, playing over 200 League games for them. 1987 - Ex-red Michael Robinson joined Club Atlético Osasuna from Queens Park Rangers. He struck twelve times in 59 La Liga games, and is now a well-respected pundit in Spain. 2015 - Steven Gerrard announced that he would sign for LA Galaxy when his contract expired at the end of the season. On the same day, First-team doctor Zaf Iqbal left the club to return to London due to family illness while future reds forward Takumi Minamino joined Red Bull Salzburg from Cerezo Osaka after fifteen goals in 82 games for the J1 League side. 2016 - Joe Cole joined Coventry City from Aston Villa on a free transfer after a successful loan spell, netting twice in 22 outings in total. On the same day, centre-half Ben Davies joined Newport County on loan from Preston North End, playing twenty times for the Exiles. 2019 – Keeper Kamil Grabara joined AGF Århus on loan, with midfielder Ovie Ejaria moving to Reading on a temporary basis. Grabara played sixteen League games in Denmark, with Ejaria netting once in sixteen outings in this first spell. 2020 – Forward Rhian Brewster joined Swansea City on loan, netting eleven times in 22 outings as the Swans narrowly failed to secure promotion to the Premier League. Called off 2005 - Our FA Cup Third Round meeting with Burnley at Turf Moor was called off at the last minute due to a heavily waterlogged pitch. The game was staged eleven days later instead, when we lost 1-0 thanks to a comical Djimi Traoré own goal. Cameron’s farewell 1893 – Forward Jonathan Cameron played his eleventh and final reds game as we came from behind to win 2-1 at Heywood Central in the Lancashire League, thanks to goals from James McBride and Tom Wyllie. The game was played in six inches of snow as no-one had cleared the pitch. International reds 1945 – Willie Fagan and Billy Liddell played for a Scottish Services XI as they lost 6-4 to Flanders in Brugge. 1992 - Stig Inge Bjørnebye won his first cap as a Rosenborg BK player, and fourteenth in total, as Norway played out a goalless friendly draw with Egypt in Cairo. 2002 – Ex-red Rigobert Song played for Cameroon as they won a friendly 3-1 in Burkina Faso. 2004 – Roy Hodgson managed the United Arab Emirates as they lost 3-1 to Bahrain in a Gulf Cup of Nations game in Kuwait. 2007 - Future red Lucas Leiva appeared for Brazil Under-20’s in the Sudamericano Sub-20 “Juventudjde América” as they beat Chile 4-2 in a group game in Paraguay. 2010 – Future red Kolo Touré played as the Ivory Coast beat Rwanda 2-0 in a friendly in Tanzania. Other reds games 1995 – We shared a goalless draw in an FA Cup Third Round tie at Birmingham City, progressing after a replay and reaching the Sixth Round that season. 1989 – We won 3-0 at Carlisle United in another Third Round fixture with John Barnes opening the scoring before Steve McMahon netted a brace as we started our journey to Wembley. 1956 – We beat Accrington Stanley 2-0 at Anfield in the FA Cup Third Round, with Billy Liddell nabbing both goals. We went out to Manchester City in the Fifth Round later that campaign. 1928 – We won 4-3 at Aston Villa in a top-flight encounter. Reg Chester struck two of his four goals past us, with Dick Edmed netting a reds brace. Len Capewell scored one of his six goals against the reds, with Tom Reid and Fred Hopkin also on the scoresheet. Mark’s day 2011 – Ex-reds winger Mark González married Maura Rivera in Ñuñoa in Chile.
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    Last-gasp heartache 1989 - Having already claimed the FA Cup in the aftermath of the Hillsborough disaster, we only had to avoid defeat at home to Arsenal by two clear goals or more to clinch our second double in four seasons. The Gunners took the lead in the second half when Alan Smith was judged to have headed in from an indirect free-kick, one of his nine goals against the reds. We held on until stoppage time, when Michael Thomas burst through to grab the decisive, heart-breaking second and take the title back to Highbury for the first time since 1971. Bruce Grobbelaar was playing his 300th League game for the club. A Busby birthday 1909 - Right-half Sir Matt Busby was born on this day in Orbiston, Lanarkshire. He joined the reds from Manchester City for £8,000 in March 1936, making 122 appearances for us, many as captain, notching three times. He was appointed as coach and Assistant Manager to George Kay at Anfield in May 1944, but he was released by the club the following February after disagreements with the board, taking over as Manager of Manchester United a few days later. 1991 – Reserves left-back Chris Mavinga was born in Meaux, France. He signed from Paris St. Germain in July 2009 but was sold to Stade Rennais for £1m two years later, having failed to break through to the first team. Final despair 2018 – We lost 3-1 to Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League Final in Kiev, as keeper Loris Karius had a personal nightmare, with Mohamed Salah being forced off with injury after just half an hour. Karim Benzema scored the most recent of his four goals past us shortly after half time, but Sadio Mané levelled just four minutes later. However, Gareth Bale then struck twice to secure the trophy for the Spanish side for a record thirteenth time. Emre Can came off the bench to make his 167th and last appearance for the reds. A Philly dozen 1946 - We trounced a Philadelphia Select of American League side 12-0 in a friendly in the Yellow Jacket Stadium. Cyril Done struck four times, with Jack Balmer bagging a hat-trick and Phil Taylor and Willie Fagan both netting braces, and Bob Priday rounding out the scoring. Opening a new stadium 1978 - We played a game to commemorate the opening of the new Al Nasr Stadium in the United Arab Emirates, beating Al Nasr Club 5-0. Our scorers were fairly unusual, with substitute Colin Irwin and Ray Kennedy both bagging braces, and Alan Hansen also on target. 1980 - We returned to the Middle East to beat a Bahrain XI 2-1 on the Three Fives Gulf Football Tour. This time, Howard Gayle and Graeme Souness got on the scoresheet. Signing on 2014 - Brendan Rodgers signed a new contract, having just led the reds to within a whisker of the League title. However, the team regressed and he was sacked in October 2015. 2015 - Centre-half Kolo Touré signed a new contract, notching just once in 71 reds games before moving on to join Rodgers at Celtic in July 2016 after this deal expired. Charnock on target 1994 - Reserves midfielder Phil Charnock scored his first senior reds goal in our 3-0 defeat of Cape Town Spurs in the United Bank International Soccer Festival in South Africa, with Bruce Grobbelaar appearing for the reds for the final time. Robbie Fowler netted the other two. The players were introduced to South African President Nelson Mandela prior to the game. Select thumpings 1948 - We beat a New England Select side 6-0 at Fall River, with Willie Fagan and Albert Stubbins both nabbing braces to add to goals from Jack Balmer and Bob Priday. 1914 - We defeated a Denmark Select XI 7-1 in Copenhagen. Fred again 1935 – Fred Howe scored in our 4-2 friendly win at CD Tenerife, so netting in all three of our tour games. Alf Hanson bagged a brace with Tosh Johnson also on target. Welsh first and last 1949 - Ray Lambert won his fifth and final cap for Wales as they lost 4-0 to Switzerland in a friendly in Bern. 1957 – Future reds centre-forward Des Palmer made the first of his three senior appearances for the Welsh in their 2-0 World Cup qualifying defeat in Czechoslovakia. Tommy Younger played for Scotland as they beat Spain 4-1 in a World Cup qualifier in Madrid on the same day. 2014 – Future red Divock Origi won his first senior cap as Belgium thumped Luxembourg 5-1 in a friendly in Genk. On the same day, Jordon Ibe won his sixth and last cap for England Under-19’s, with future red Ragnar Klavan bagging his only goal as an Augsburg player, captaining Estonia as they drew 1-1 with Gibraltar in a friendly in Tallinn. Lloyd Jones, Brad Smith and future reds Lazar Marković and Joël Matip all also represented their countries. 2008 – Future reds loanee Victor Moses won his first cap for England Under-19’s in their 2-0 European Championships qualifying defeat of Poland in Borisov, with future red Andy Carroll also featuring. Feyenoord’s Gini Wijnaldum also featured at the same level that day. Wark on target 1979 - Future red John Wark netted in Scotland’s 3-1 defeat of England in the British International Championships at Wembley. Ray Clemence and Everton’s George Wood were in the opposing goals, while the sides were skippered by ex-red Kevin Keegan and his Anfield replacement Kenny Dalglish. Phil Neal, Graeme Souness and Phil Thompson all also played. 1984 - John Wark and future red John Barnes played in the last ever British International Championships game, with Scotland and England drawing 1-1 at Hampden Park. God on the scoresheet 2002 - Ex-red Robbie Fowler scored in England’s 2-2 pre-World Cup friendly draw with Cameroon in Japan. Michael Owen was captain, with Emile Heskey, future red Joe Cole and ex-reds David James and Rigobert Song also playing. Meanwhile, future red Djibril Cissé came on as a substitute in France’s 3-2 defeat of South Korea in Suwon and F.C. København’s Christian Poulsen played as Denmark beat Tunisia 2-1 in Wakayama. 1996 - Fowler also played for England, alongside Steve McManaman and future red Paul Ince, as they beat a Hong Kong Garden Select side 1-0 in an unofficial warm-up game at the Happy Valley Stadium before Euro ‘96. Future red Gary McAllister played for Scotland as they beat the USA 2-1 in a friendly. Tosh on target 1971 - John Toshack bagged the only goal of the game as Wales beat Finland in a European Championships qualifier in Helsinki. 2012 – Tosh managed FYR Macedonia as they held Portugal to a goalless friendly draw in Leiria. Ex-red Raul Meireles featured for the home side. In charge 2010 - Christian Ziege was appointed Manager of DSC Arminia Bielefeld, although he was sacked just six months later. On the same day, future red Fabio Borini scored his last goal for Italy Under-19’s in their 3-1 European Championships qualifying defeat in Russia. Dirk Kuyt, future reds Dejan Lovren, Nuri Şahin and Luis Suárez and ex-reds Nicolas Anelka and Alou Diarra all also turned out for their countries that day. 2012 – Roy Hodgson took charge of England for the first time, winning a friendly 1-0 in Norway. Martin Kelly and future red Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain both made their senior bows, with Jordan Henderson winning his first cap as a reds player. Steven Gerrard skippered a side that also included Andy Carroll, Stewart Downing, winning his last cap while with the reds, and future red James Milner, while ex-red John Arne Riise was on the losing side. Scoring against Albania 1992 - Ex-red John Aldridge netted for the Republic of Ireland as they beat Albania 2-0 in a World Cup qualifier at Lansdowne Road. Ray Houghton and ex-reds Kevin Sheedy and Steve Staunton also played. 1993 - Staunton was on target as the Irish won the return 2-1 in Tirana. Fellow ex-reds Aldridge and Houghton also played. 1985 - Ex-red Michael Robinson featured as Spain held Ireland to a friendly goalless draw in the only senior international ever to be played at the Flower Lodge in Cork. Milan also on target 2006 - Ex-red Milan Baroš struck for the Czech Republic as they beat Saudi Arabia 2-0 in a friendly in Austria. Future reds Daniel Agger and Nuri Şahin also represented their countries that day. 2008 – Baroš played in the Czech Republic’s 2-0 friendly defeat of Lithuania in Prague. 2012 – He converted a spot-kick in a 2-1 defeat of ex-red Yossi Benayoun’s Israel in Austria. Daniel Agger, Dirk Kuyt and ex-reds Xabi Alonso, Robbie Keane, Carl Medjani, Christian Poulsen and Daniel Sjölund also played for their countries that day. Heading off 1925 - Joe Keetley let the reds for Wolverhampton Wanderers after scoring twice in nine games since arriving from Accrington Stanley in November 1923 for £1,200. 1928 - Left-winger George Pither left Anfield to sign for Crewe Alexandra, after one goal in twelve reds games stepping in for the established Fred Hopkin. 1987 – Centre-half John McGregor moved on to Rangers, with whom he won the League Cup. He had failed to make the first team since arriving from Queen’s Park in May 1982. A young Geoff 1957 - Future reds left-half Geoff Twentyman became Carlisle United’s youngest ever debutant, aged seventeen years and 127 days, as they drew 2-2 at New Brighton in Division Three North. European Cup despair Two future reds have lost UEFA Champions League Finals on this day in recent years. 2004 - Fernando Morientes played as AS Monaco lost 2-0 to Jose Mourinho’s Porto in Gelsenkirchen. 1999 - Markus Babbel suffered heartache as Bayern München cruelly lost 2-1 to Manchester United in Barcelona. Bells toll twice 2007 - Craig Bellamy struck a brace as John Toshack’s Wales were held to a 2-2 friendly draw in Wrexham by New Zealand, his last two goals in his first spell as a reds player. On the same day, ex-red Darren Potter won his second senior cap playing for Steve Staunton’s Republic of Ireland in their 1-1 friendly draw with Bolivia in Boston, USA. Pepe the papa again 2011 – Keeper Pepe Reina became a father for the third time, to Luca. Ed up 2012 – Former Chief Scout Eduardo Macía was promoted by Fiorentina to Technical Director. Also in international action 1951 – Future red Frank Lock played for England as they beat Australia 4-1 in an FA Tour game in Sydney. 2001 – Future red Andrea Dossena featured for Italy Under-20’s in their 2-1 defeat of the Netherlands. 2003 – Future red Paul Jones turned out for Wales as they lost a friendly 2-0 in the USA. 2017 – Ovie Ejaria, Sheyi Ojo and future red Dominic Solanke all played for England Under-20’s in their 1-0 defeat of host nation South Korea in a World Championship Finals group game.
  18. Martin born 1984 - Centre-back Martin Škrtel was born in Handlová. The tough Slovakian signed from Zenit St. Petersburg for £6.5m in January 2008 to become our most expensive defender to date. 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. Unfortunately, he also put through his own net a joint club record eight times. 2010 - He skippered the side for the first time as we were held to a goalless draw at Anfield by Utrecht in our final UEFA Europa League group game. Dirk Kuyt played his fiftieth European game for the reds as the 37,800 crowd was boosted by free kids’ tickets. Forward Nathan Eccleston played his ninth and last reds game. Shaggy’s debut 1990 - Steve McManaman made his reds bow as we beat Sheffield United 2-0 at Anfield, thanks to goals from John Barnes and Ian Rush. He went on to make a total of 364 reds appearances, netting 66 times. Arnell’s treble 1956 - Alan Arnell bagged a treble as we won 3-0 at Bill Shankly’s Huddersfield Town in a Second Division fixture. Most recently 2013 – We secured our record win at White Hart Lane as we comprehensively thumped Tottenham Hotspur 5-0, despite being without skipper Steven Gerrard and Daniel Sturridge. Captain for the day Luis Suárez bagged a brace, with Jon Flanagan netting his only reds goal. Jordan Henderson and Raheem Sterling also struck as Paulinho was sent off for the home side in the second half. The game proved to be André Villas-Boas’ last game in charge of the home side. 2012 – Aston Villa won 3-1 at Anfield, with future red Christian Benteke bagging a brace, the first of his seven goals past us to date, and Andreas Weimann also netting before Steven Gerrard struck a late consolation. Goalless again 2005 - The reds set a new club record of eleven consecutive clean sheets as we beat the Costa Rican side Deportivo Saprissa 3-0 in the Semi-final of the FIFA Club World Championship TOYOTA Cup Japan 2005 in Japan. Peter Crouch grabbed a brace with Steven Gerrard also on target. Rafael Benítez had heard of the death of his father in the build-up to the match, but elected to stay in Japan. Winning in Belgium 1965 - We beat Standard de Liège 2-1 at their Stade Maurice Dufrasne in the European Cup Winners’ Cup to progress to the Second Round, 5-2 on aggregate. Roger Hunt and Ian St. John netted for the reds as we came from behind to win. Happy birthday Alf 1881 - Right-back Alf West was born in Nottingham. He struck six times in 141 reds games across two spells at Anfield prior to the First World War, first arriving from Barnsley St. Peter’s in November 1903. He helped us to the Second Division championship in 1905 and our second League title a year later, joining Reading in June 1909, becoming their club captain but he only stayed for a season before returning to Anfield in May 1910. He only played five times in this second spell before joining Notts County in July 1911. In comes Wilson 1897 - Wing-half Charlie Wilson signed from Stockport County on a free transfer. He bagged three goals in 91 reds games before becoming a Scout at Anfield in 1905, a role he held until the Second World War. The light went out 2002 - We suffered our fourth straight League defeat of the season as Milan Baroš’s strike was not enough to save us from a 2-1 defeat by Sunderland at the Stadium Of Light, despite Chris Kirkland’s penalty save from former Blue Gavin McCann, who had already scored, with Michael Proctor also on target. Big top-flight Anfield wins 1906 - We trounced Notts County 5-1, with Sam Raybould bagging a brace to add to an Alex Raisbeck penalty, and goals from Bill McPherson and Robert Robinson. This was the fourth consecutive home game in which we had notched at least five goals. Jock Montgomery was sent off for the visitors for a bad foul on Raybould. 1934 - Gordon Hodgson struck twice as we beat Tottenham Hotspur 4-1, with Berry Nieuwenhuys and Vic Wright also on target. Inside-left Syd Roberts made his comeback from injury, having been out for eleven months. 1979 - Jimmy Case, Kenny Dalglish and Terry McDermott all netted as we beat Crystal Palace 3-0. Mixed fortunes against the Bluebirds 1923 - We lost 2-0 at home to Cardiff City as they were en route to finishing second in the League, their highest ever position. Left-half Jack Bamber made his eightieth and final reds appearance in this game, with outside-left Fred Hopkin reaching a century of League games for us. Joe Clennell struck the last of his seven goals against the reds, with Jimmy Gill netting one of his six. 1924 - We won 3-1 at Ninian Park, as Dick Forshaw nabbed a brace and Danny Shone also scored, with Jimmy Gill again on target for the Bluebirds. This was actually the eighth consecutive match in which Forshaw had been on target, as he netted a total of ten in this period. Forward Harry ‘Smiler’ Chambers was playing his 200th reds game. Thumped at Villa Park 1976 - Aston Villa consigned us to our biggest defeat in a decade by winning 5-1 at Villa Park, with all of the goals coming before the break. Andy Gray struck the first two of his four goals past us, with John Deehan nabbing the first two of his five. Brian Little also netted with Ray Kennedy grabbing our consolation. Ian Callaghan made his 600th League appearance. 1984 - We returned to the Midlands, coming home with a goalless draw. All white 1973 - The reds turned out in all-white at Carrow Road, with Peter Cormack on target as we were held 1-1. This kit was worn despite there being no clash with Norwich City’s usual yellow and green combination, and in spite of the snow on the pitch that made the white shirts harder to spot. International goalscorers 1982 - A whole host of reds scored for their countries in European Championships qualifiers. Kenny Dalglish bagged a brace as Scotland beat Belgium 3-2 at the Stade du Heysel in Brussels, with one strike later being named as the BBC’s Goal of the Season. Graeme Souness skippered the side, which also included Alan Hansen. On the same day, Phil Neal netted as England thumped Luxembourg 9-0 at Wembley. Sammy Lee won his second cap in this game, with ex-red Ray Clemence in goal. Joey Jones won his first cap as a Chelsea player, and his 48th in total, as Wales drew 4-4 with Yugoslavia in Titograd. He bagged his only international goal in this game, while Ian Rush was also on target, scoring in his fourth straight international. 1994 – Ex-red István Kozma played for Hungary as they lost a friendly 5-1 in Mexico. Youngsters in action 1976 - David Fairclough won his only Under-21’s cap as England were held to a goalless draw by Wales at Molineux. On the same day, future red Avi Cohen played for Israel in their 3-1 friendly defeat by Austria in Tel-Aviv. 2003 - Future red Javier Mascherano played for Argentina Under-20’s as they lost 1-0 to Brazil in a World Championships Semi-Final in Abu Dhabi. On the move 2008 – Christian Ziege resigned as Assistant Coach of Borussia Mönchengladbach. 1989 - Former reserves defender Alan Harper joined Manchester City from Sheffield Wednesday for £150,000, scoring twice in 62 games for them before returning to Goodison in August 1991. 2004 - Alan Navarro joined Macclesfield Town on loan from Tranmere Rovers. He struck once in eleven games and then signed on permanently in October 2006. Also in international action 1997 – Future red Vladimír Šmicer featured as the Czech Republic lost 2-1 to Uruguay in a Confederations Cup group game in Saudi Arabia. 2015 – Future red Ozan Kabak bagged a brace as Turkey Under-16’s beat North Macedonia 4-1 in Side.
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