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  1. Divock at the treble 2015 – Forward Divock Origi bagged a hat-trick, his first reds goals, as we thumped Southampton 6-1 in a League Cup Fifth Round tie on the south coast. Future red Sadio Mané had given the home side a very early lead but a brace from Daniel Sturridge put us ahead. Jordon Ibe was also on target after the break as we headed towards Wembley. 2018 – Divock Origi pounced on a Jordan Pickford error to hand us victory in the Anfield derby in the sixth minute of second-half stoppage time, having already hit the crossbar from close range late in the game. Stevie again 2007 - Steven Gerrard converted a penalty to score in his sixth consecutive home game as we thumped Bolton Wanderers 4-0 in a Premiership fixture at Anfield. Sami Hyypiä headed our hundredth home League goal against the Trotters to open the scoring, before ex-red Nicolas Anelka missed an open goal. Fernando Torres and Ryan Babel were also on target. An away win at last 2006 - Craig Bellamy bagged a brace at the JJB Stadium as we won away from home in the League for the first time that season, at the eighth time of asking. Our other goals in a 4-0 defeat of Wigan Athletic came from Dirk Kuyt and a Lee McCulloch own goal, with all the goals coming in the opening period. Happy birthdays 1960 - Nigel Spackman was born in Romsey. He signed from Chelsea for £400,000 in February 1987 and made 63 first-team appearances without scoring before moving to Queens Park Rangers for £500,000 in February 1989, after losing his place to Ronnie Whelan. He won a League title medal in his one full season at Anfield. 1953 - Former Chief Scout and joint Reserve Team Manager Paco Herrera was born in Spain. He joined the Melwood coaching staff in July 2004, having formerly managed with Merida and Albacete Balompié. He returned to his native land in the summer of 2006, where he is still coaching. Walker’s woe 1996 - Michael Thomas put us ahead in a live televised League game at Tottenham Hotspur. Shortly after the break a tame Steve McManaman effort hit a divot in front of Spurs’ keeper Ian Walker and flew into the net as we won 2-0. Cue travelling Kopites singing ‘England’s number one’, just as they had done to Tim Flowers in similar circumstances at Blackburn Rovers ten months earlier! Babbel’s first 2000 - Markus Babbel bagged his first League goal as we beat Charlton Athletic 3-0 at Anfield, to add to a Mark Fish own goal and an Emile Heskey strike. Nicky’s debut 1989 - Nicky Tanner made his reds bow as we won 4-1 at managerless Manchester City, with Ian Rush grabbing a brace and future City players Peter Beardsley and Steve McMahon also netting. Kenny Dalglish was left with an injury headache after the game as Gary Gillespie and Steve Staunton both limped off, to join John Barnes, David Burrows, Alan Hansen, Steve Nicol and Barry Venison in the treatment room. 1893 - We also faced City, when they were still known as Ardwick. David Henderson, Hugh McQueen and James Stott struck as we won this Second Division match 3-0. Most recently 2017 – We thumped Brighton & Hove Albion 5-1 at their American Express Community Stadium. Emre Can headed in the opener, with Roberto Firmino adding a brace before Glenn Murray pulled a goal back from the spot. However, Philippe Coutinho added a late fourth from a free-kick before Lewis Dunk deflected a Coutinho strike into his own net. 2014 – We beat Leicester City 3-1 at their King Power Stadium, despite falling behind when Leonardo Ulloa’s strike rebounded off the post and Simon Mignolet for an own goal. Adam Lallana, Steven Gerrard and Jordan Henderson were all on target, with the Foxes having Wes Morgan sent off. A rare defeat 1922 - We suffered our only home First Division defeat of the season as Newcastle United won 2-0. However, we went on to claim the title for the third time that year. On the move 1975 - Phil Boersma left Anfield to join Middlesbrough for £72,000, after thirty goals in 120 games. 1997 - Dean Saunders joined Sheffield United from fellow First Division side Nottingham Forest on a free transfer. He struck 22 times in 55 games for the Blades before rejoining former boss Graeme Souness at SL Benfica. 1998 - Former reserves keeper Michael Stensgaard signed for Southampton from F.C. København on a free transfer. He never made a senior appearance and returned to Denmark the following summer. 2017 – Midfielder Momo Sissoko signed for Club Atlético de San Luis, notching once in thirteen League outings during his one campaign in Mexico. 2020 – Keeper Andy Lonergan signed for Stoke City, having spent the previous season on loan at Anfield. He only made one senior appearance for the Potters. Romanian stalemate 2010 – We drew 1-1 at Steaua Bucureşti to ensure top spot in our UEFA Europa League group, with Milan Jovanović heading in his second and final reds goal. Another debut 1899 - Inside-right David Wilson made the first of just two reds appearances as we lost 2-1 at Burnley, with John Walker grabbing our consolation. Billy Bowes bagged the last of his four goals past us, with John Miller also netting. Mixed fortunes against the Saints and Villains 1905 - We beat Aston Villa 3-0 at home with Jack Cox and Joe Hewitt adding to a Howard Spencer own goal, as reds keeper Sam Hardy saved a William Garratty penalty. 1911 - We were trounced 5-0 at Villa Park in another top-flight encounter, the third time we had gone down by that score at Villa. Ex-red Bert Goode bagged a brace, with Charlie Wallace also netting twice and Joe Bache nabbing one of his nine goals against the reds. 1995 - Stan Collymore struck after ten appearances without a goal as we were held to a 1-1 draw by Southampton at Anfield, with Neil Shipperley putting the Saints ahead. 1961 - We lost 2-0 at The Dell in our Second Division encounter. Disappointment against the Gunners We have faced Arsenal four times in the First Division on this day in history, without winning. 1933 - Sam English struck as we lost 2-1 at Highbury, with Joe Hulme bagging one of his ten goals past us and Jimmy Dunne netting the last of his eleven against us. 1975 - Phil Neal converted two penalties as we drew 2-2 at Anfield, with ex-Blue Alan Ball also scoring from the spot, the last of his eleven goals against the reds. Brian Kidd also scored one of his six goals past us. We have subsequently lost twice at Highbury without scoring. 1978 - We lost 1-0 when Ray Clemence misjudged a Frank Stapleton cross, with Ray Kennedy’s clearance rebounding off David Price into the net. 1990 – We went down 3-0, our first defeat in 23 League games, and the first time in 28 fixtures that we had failed to score. Paul Merson nabbed one of his seven strikes against the reds, with Alan Smith netting the last of his nine past us and Lee Dixon converting a penalty. Brum beaten twice We have twice beaten Birmingham City at Anfield on this day over the years. 1972 - We won a seven-goal top-flight thriller with Peter Cormack and John Toshack on target for the reds, adding to an Alec Lindsay brace. Recent first team coach Mike Kelly was in the Blues’ goal that day. Bob Latchford struck the first of his five goals against the reds, with Gordon Taylor nabbing one of his four past us and Bobby Hope also on target. 1980 - Kenny Dalglish, Terry McDermott and David Johnson gave us a 3-1 Fifth Round League Cup win as we edged closer to winning the trophy for the first time. Wartime derby joy 1916 - Inside-forward Arthur Metcalf scored in his fourth consecutive game as we beat Everton 2-1 at Anfield, with Thomas Bennett also on target. 1939 - We also entertained the Blues, with Berry Nieuwenhuys and Willie Fagan, from the spot, netting in a 2-2 draw. Big wins 1944 - We thumped Chester 6-0 in a Wartime League fixture, with Berry Nieuwenhuys and Phil Taylor both bagging braces to add to goals from Don Welsh and Bill Kinghorn. 1895 - We beat a Wrexham & District side 5-0 in a testimonial match for Wrexham Secretary and ex-captain Arthur Lea, with Bill Keech and James Holmes each netting twice and Frank Becton also on target. Missing out 2019 – Virgil van Dijk came second in Ballon d’Or voting, behind only Lionel Messi. Sadio Mané was voted into fourth, Mohamed Salah fifth, Alisson Becker seventh, ex-red Raheem Sterling twelfth, Roberto Firmino seventeenth, Trent Alexander-Arnold nineteenth and Gini Wijnaldum joint 26th. 2008 - Fernando Torres was voted into third in the same award, with Steven Gerrard coming in tenth. The trophy was claimed by Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo. 2007 – Steven Gerrard came thirteenth in that year’s Ballon d’Or, with Fernando Torres and future red Kolo Touré both voted into equal 36th as AC Milan’s Kaká claimed the trophy. Shannon’s farewell 2007 – Centre-forward Les Shannon died, with “You’ll Never Walk Alone” being played at his funeral. He signed professional terms in November 1944, having to wait until April 1948 to make his reds bow. He bagged just one goal in eleven games, as well as six in fifteen wartime appearances, moving on to Burnley in November 1949. He is the father of recent Under-16’s coach Dave Shannon. Other reds games 1967 – Tony Hateley struck as we drew 1-1 at Fulham after Allan Clarke had headed in one of his seven goals against the reds. 1950 – Billy Liddell netted the only goal of Chelsea’s visit to Anfield. Youngsters in Arabia 2003 - Three reds youngsters appeared in the Under-20’s World Championship Finals in the United Arab Emirates. Zak Whitbread was on target as the USA lost 3-1 to Germany with Darren Potter appearing in the Republic of Ireland’s 2-2 draw with the Ivory Coast. Meanwhile, future reds coach Gary O’Neil won his seventh and last cap at this level as England lost 1-0 to Egypt, with John Welsh and future reds Andy Lonergan and James Milner also in action. 2019 – Isaac Mabaya featured for England Under-16’s in their goalless draw with Russia in Alicante. Tosh against Clem 1970 - John Toshack made his debut for Wales Under-23’s, with Ray Clemence keeping a clean sheet in a goalless draw at the Racecourse Ground, playing behind reds team-mate Larry Lloyd. Stig’s Norwegian farewell 1992 - Stig Inge Bjørnebye won his final cap as a Rosenborg BK player, and his 23rd in total, sixteen days before signing for the reds, as Norway lost 2-1 to China in a friendly in Guangzhou. Current and future clubmate Øyvind Leonhardsen also played, winning his eighteenth cap. On the same day, Ronnie Rosenthal played in Israel’s 2-0 World Cup qualifying defeat at home to Bulgaria.
  2. Will

    14th November

    Ged takes charge 1998 - Gérard Houllier took sole charge of a reds game for the first time as we lost 3-1 at home to Leeds United. Robbie Fowler’s penalty was cancelled out by three late Leeds goals in front of the Kop, including one from Alan Smith on his debut, with Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink bagging the first two of his seven strikes past us. Debutants galore 1970 - John Toshack made his reds bow as we were held to a goalless draw at Anfield by Coventry City, with ex-red Geoff Strong being given a rapturous reception as he led his new side out. 1925 – Right-back Jimmy ‘Parson’ Jackson debuted in our 2-0 home defeat of West Bromwich Albion, with Cyril Oxley bagging a brace, his first reds goals. 1914 – Half-back Charles Hafekost played his only senior reds game as Middlesbrough held us to a 1-1 top-flight draw at Anfield, with Fred Pagnam on target and George Elliott netting one of his eight strikes against the reds. 1953 - Right-back Don Campbell made his debut as we lost 3-2 at Sunderland, with Sammy Smyth scoring both our goals. Billy Elliott bagged a brace for the home side, with George Aitken also on target. 1931 - We also played a First Division match at Roker Park, with Dave Wright netting twice in our 3-1 win and Gordon Hodgson also on the scoresheet. Bobby Gurney bagged one of his sixteen strikes in just fifteen games against the reds. Happy birthdays 1956 - Israeli defender Avi Cohen was born in Cairo in Egypt. He only made 24 appearances during his Anfield career after signing for £200,000 from Maccabi Tel-Aviv in July 1979, with his most memorable game coming in May 1980 as we clinched our twelfth League title. He put through his own net before scoring his only reds goal at the same end in the second half, as we beat Aston Villa 4-1. 1937 - Left-back Phil Ferns was born in Liverpool. The local lad struck once in 28 reds games after signing on at Anfield in September 1957. He made enough appearances in 1963/64 to claim a League title medal but moved on to Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic in August 1965. 1971 – Academy Manager Alex Inglethorpe was born in Epsom in Surrey. He left Tottenham Hotspur in November 2012 to move to Melwood as Reserve Team Head Coach. 2002 – French centre-back Billy Koumetio was born in Lyon. He signed as a professional in August 2020, making his senior bow in a UEFA Champions League game at Midtjylland four months later. On the same day, reds youngster Ryan Wilkie played for Scotland Under-18’s in their 2-0 friendly defeat in Germany. Good fortune against PNE 1896 - We drew 1-1 at Deepdale with Bill Michael nabbing our goal. 1908 - Robert Robinson and Joe Hewitt struck as we beat Preston North End 2-1 in another top-flight meeting at Anfield. Herbert Danson nabbed one of his four goals against the reds. Un-fair defeat 1967 - We suffered our first ever defeat in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, going down 2-1 at TSV 1860 München, although we progressed to the Third Round 9-2 on aggregate. Half-back Willie Stevenson became our first ever European substitute, coming on for Tony Hateley in this game. Ian Callaghan grabbed our goal that evening to put us nine ahead on aggregate, with Tommy Smith rattling the bar late on. Wilfried Kohlars netted twice for the home side. Tommy’s century 1964 – Keeper Tommy Lawrence played his hundredth reds game as we beat Nottingham Forest 2-0 at Anfield, thanks to goals from Peter Thompson and Roger Hunt. World Cup goals 1984 - Future red John Barnes netted a brace in England’s 8-0 demolition of Turkey in Istanbul. Fellow future red Mark Wright won his fourth full cap in the same game. On the same day, ex-red Graeme Souness captained Scotland as they beat Spain 3-1 at Hampden Park, with Kenny Dalglish on target with his thirtieth and final international goal, equalling Denis Law’s record. Steve Nicol won his third cap in the same match. Jim Beglin, Mark Lawrenson, Jan Mølby, Ian Rush, future red Glenn Hysén and ex-red Kevin Sheedy also played in qualifiers that same day. 1987 - Hysén captained Sweden in their 2-1 European Championships qualifying defeat in Italy. Mixed fortunes in World Cup play-offs 2001 - Future red Milan Baroš was sent off late on as the Czech Republic lost 1-0 to Belgium in Prague, as they fell at the final hurdle in qualifying for the World Cup in the far east. Vladimír Šmicer also played, while there was better news as Baroš had now played enough international games to make his work permit application to join the reds likely to succeed. Dietmar Hamann and ex-red Christian Ziege were more fortunate, as Germany beat the Ukraine 4-1 in Dortmund to reach the Finals. Meanwhile, ex-red Rigobert Song and future red Fernando Morientes both featured in friendlies. 1999 – Hamann and future red Ziege also played for Germany in their 1-0 friendly win in Norway, with Vegard Heggem, future red Markus Babbel and ex-red Øyvind Leonhardsen all also featuring. Red farewells 1959 – We lost a Second Division encounter 4-2 at Lincoln City with Dave Hickson and Roger Hunt on the scoresheet. Andy Graver bagged the last two of his five goals against the reds, with Bert Linnecor grabbing one of his five and John McClelland also scoring. This was Phil Taylor’s last game as Manager before resigning, with keeper Doug Rudham appearing for the 66th and final time. Jack’s treble 1942 - Jack Balmer bagged a hat-trick as we beat Chester 5-1 at their Moss Road Ground in a Wartime League fixture. Len Carney and Willie Fagan were also on target. Unlucky thirteen 1990 - Gary Gillespie won his thirteenth and final international cap in Scotland’s 1-1 European Championships qualifying draw in Bulgaria. Future red Gary McAllister won his sixth cap in the same game. On the same day, Ian Rush struck the only goal of Wales’ Euro ’92 qualifier in Luxembourg, playing up front alongside future red Dean Saunders. Future red Øyvind Leonhardsen also featured in another qualifier. First and last caps 1990 - Steve McMahon and Jan Mølby both also made their final international appearances. McMahon won his seventeenth cap in England’s 1-1 Euro ’92 qualifying draw in the Republic of Ireland, with Ray Houghton, Steve Staunton, Ronnie Whelan, ex-red John Aldridge and future red Mark Wright all also playing. On the same day, Mølby won his 33rd cap as Denmark lost 2-0 in another qualifier against Yugoslavia in Copenhagen. 2012 – Mario Balotelli won his last cap as a Manchester City player as Italy lost 2-1 to France in a friendly in Parma, with future red Mamadou Sakho on the winning side. Future red Christian Benteke scored as Belgium lost a friendly 2-1 in Romania, with Sunderland’s Simon Mignolet also featuring. Nuri Şahin won his last cap as a reds player in Turkey’s 1-1 draw with Denmark in Istanbul. 2013 – Keeper Simon Mignolet won his first cap as a reds player in Belgium’s 2-0 friendly defeat by Colombia in Brussels. On the same day, Jordon Ibe, Raheem Sterling and ex-red Tom Ince represented England at junior levels, with future reds Christian Benteke and Mohamed Salah also in action. 1951 – Future red Sammy Smyth won his ninth and last cap for Ireland, and only one as a Stoke City player, as they lost 2-0 to England in the British International Championships at Villa Park. Billy Liddell played for the Scots in the same competition that day, as they lost 1-0 to Wales at Hampden Park. 2017 – Philippe Coutinho won his last cap as a reds player as England and Brazil shared a goalless draw at Wembley, with Dominic Solanke making his senior bow from the bench. Roberto Firmino, Joe Gomez and future red Alisson Becker all also featured. On the same day, Alberto Moreno won his only cap as a reds player as Spain drew 3-3 with Russia in Saint Petersburg, with ex-red Suso making his senior international debut, while keeper Kamil Grabara made his bow for Poland Under-21’s and future reds custodian Jakub Ojrzyński debuted for Poland Under-15’s. Virgil van Dijk played for the Netherlands for the last time before leaving Southampton, with Ryan Babel scoring his first goal as a Beşiktaş J.K. player. Meanwhile, Emre Can and Danny Ward both also played for their countries for the last time while at Anfield, with Marko Grujić, Simon Mignolet, Divock Origi, Corey Whelan, Harry Wilson, Ben Woodburn, future red Thiago and ex-red Carl Medjani and Krisztián Németh also in action. Ged against Jari 1992 - Gérard Houllier’s France beat Finland 2-1 in a World Cup qualifier at the Parc des Princes. Future red Jari Litmanen was on the losing side that day. Jari’s clubmate Sami Hyypiä played for Finland Under-21’s as they faced their French counterparts in Rouen on the same day. Youngsters on target 1995 - Robbie Fowler scored for England Under-21’s as they beat Austria 2-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Middlesbrough, with future red Alex Manninger on the losing side. 2001 - Djibril Cissé bagged a brace as France Under-21’s beat Romania 4-0 in the second leg of their European Championships qualifying play-off against Romania in Brest to progress to the Finals 5-0 on aggregate. 2011 – Martin Kelly scored for England Under-21’s as they lost 2-1 to Belgium in a European Championships qualifier in Mons, with Jordan Henderson skippering the side and Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also in action as Nathaniel Clyne won his second and last cap at this level as a Crystal Palace player. Future red Virgil van Dijk debuted for the Dutch at this level, with future red Thiago converting a penalty for Spain and Lucas Leiva and Danny Wilson both also featuring for their countries that day. On the same day, Lucas was named the Premier League Player of the Year at the MBNA Northwest Football Awards at Lancashire Cricket Club in Manchester. 2017 – Bobby Duncan bagged a brace as England Under-17’s beat Germany 2-1 in a friendly in Rotherham, with Curtis Jones also featuring. Future red Diogo Jota captained his country and netted as Portugal Under-21’s beat Switzerland 2-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Paços de Ferreira. 2018 – Future red Sepp van den Berg scored his first goal for the Dutch Under-19’s as they won a friendly 4-0 in Armenia. Future red Harvey Elliott, Rafael Camacho and Xherdan Shaqiri also played for their countries that day. Management joy 2008 - Rafael Benítez was named Barclays Manager of the Month for October, having led us to four League wins out of four that month, as well as a victory and a draw in the Champions League. On the same day, Mark Wright was appointed Manager of Chester City for the third time. He could not save the club from relegation from the Football League and resigned the following June. Starting out 2019 – Future red Diogo Jota made his senior international bow as Portugal thumped Lithuania 6-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Faro. 2012 – Raheem Sterling made his senior England bow in Roy Hodgson’s side’s 4-2 friendly defeat in Sweden, to celebrate the opening of the Friends Arena in Solna. Steven Gerrard won his hundredth cap while skippering a team that also included Glen Johnson, while Daniel Sturridge won his last cap as a Chelsea player, with ex-red Alexander Kačaniklić on the winning side. Luis Suárez netted as Uruguay beat Poland 3-1 in Gdansk. Future red Loris Karius won his only cap for Germany Under-20’s in their 2-1 defeat in Poland. Also in international action were future reds Joël Matip, Mohamed Salah and Kolo Touré, and ex-reds Dirk Kuyt, Javier Mascherano, Carl Medjani, Krisztián Németh and Daniel Sjölund. 2000 - Future red Andrea Dossena won his first Under-20’s cap as Italy beat Romania 3-1. Other international reds on the scoresheet 2019 - Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain bagged his first goal for England as a reds player in their 7-0 trouncing of Montenegro at Wembley. Takumi Minamino scored in his fifth consecutive game for Japan, winning his last cap as a Red Bull Salzburg player as they won a World Cup qualifier 2-0 in Kyrgyzstan. Meanwhile, Naby Keïta captained Guinea and scored his first goal as a red in their 2-2 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying draw in Mali. Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez and ex-red Brad Smith also played for their countries that day. 2012 - Lazar Marković scored his first goal for Serbia, and only one as a Partizan player, as they beat Chile 3-1 in a friendly in Switzerland. Meanwhile, future red Xherdan Shaqiri scored in Switzerland’s 2-1 friendly win in Tunisia while Sadio Mané scored his first goal as a Red Bull Salzburg player as Senegal drew a friendly 1-1 in Niger. 2014 – Marković also played as Serbia were beaten 3-1 by Denmark in a European Championships qualifier in Belgrade. Kolo Touré bagged his last goal for his country and only one as a reds player as the Ivory Coast thumped Sierra Leone 5-1 in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Abidjan. Harry Wilson and future reds Diogo Jota and Andy Robertson were also in international action that day. 2006 - Craig Bellamy notched for John Toshack’s Wales as they thumped Liechtenstein 4-0 in a friendly in Wrexham. Meanwhile, Adam Hammill was on target for England Under-19’s as they beat Switzerland 3-2 in a friendly at Gresty Road, with Paul Anderson and Craig Lindfield both also featuring. Ex-red John Welsh won his eighth and final Under-21’s cap as they beat the Netherlands 1-0 under the caretaker charge of Sammy Lee in Alkmaar. Scott Carson, Darren Potter and future red James Milner also represented their countries. 2009 – Xabi Alonso bagged a brace that included a penalty, his first goals as a Real Madrid player, as Spain beat Argentina 2-1 in a friendly at the Estadio Vicente Calderón. Javier Mascherano, Pepe Reina and future red Maxi Rodríguez also featured, while keeper Iker Casillas won his hundredth cap for Spain. Ex-red Nicolas Anelka netted the only goal of France’s World Cup play-off against the Republic of Ireland in Dublin, with ex-reds Alou Diarra and Robbie Keane also in action. Ryan Babel, Philipp Degen, Sotirios Kyrgiakos, Dirk Kuyt, Martin Škrtel, future reds Joe Allen, Andy Carroll, Milan Jovanović, Ragnar Klavan, Dejan Lovren, Raul Meireles, James Milner, Christian Poulsen and Luis Suárez and ex-reds Peter Crouch, John Arne Riise and Rigobert Song also represented their countries that day, with John Toshack taking charge of Wales. Reds skippers 2015 - Ex-reds Daniel Agger and Carl Medjani both captained their countries, with Denmark losing 2-1 in Sweden in the first leg of their Euro 2016 Play-off, while Algeria drew 2-2 in a World Cup qualifier in Tanzania. Spiring sold 1974 – Winger Peter Spiring left Anfield to sign for Luton Town. He had signed from Bristol City for £60,000 in March 1973, but only made it as far as the first-team bench on two occasions, without making it onto the field. He later established himself at Hereford United. Other reds games 1962 – Roger Hunt netted before Ronnie Moran converted a penalty as we beat Arsenal 2-1 at Anfield, with future red Geoff Strong on target for the visitors. 1936 – We drew 2-2 with Sheffield Wednesday in L4 as Fred Howe struck twice. 1903 – Fred Priest opened the scoring as we lost 2-1 at Sheffield United before George Fleming had a penalty saved by the Blades’ Billy Foulke. Arthur Brown extended the home side’s lead before Arthur Goddard scored from the spot. Red dads 2006 – Ex-reds keeper Chris Kirkland became a father, to Lucy. 1994 – Future red Nick Barmby became a dad for the first time, to Jack, who has gone on to a playing career in the lower leagues. More international reds 1973 – Emlyn Hughes and future red Kenny Dalglish both featured in friendlies. 1989 – Ex-red Mike Newell and future red Michael Thomas both played for England B as they drew 1-1 with Italy Under-21’s in Brighton, while future red Øyvind Leonhardsen featured for Norway Under-21’s in their 2-0 defeat in a European Championships qualifier in Scotland. 1993 – Future reds keeper Brad Friedel played in the USA’s 8-1 thumping of the Cayman Islands in a friendly in California. 2003 – Future reds Andy Lonergan, James Milner and Gary O’Neil all played for England Under-20’s as they beat Wales 2-0 in Stoke, with Roy Hodgson taking charge of the United Arab Emirates in their 3-1 AFC Asian Cup qualifying defeat of Syria in Al-Ain. 2020 – Diogo Jota and Xherdan Shaqiri both played in UEFA Nations League group games as Portugal lost 1-0 to France in Lisbon and Switzerland drew 1-1 with Spain in Basel. 2021 – Diogo Jota, Kostas Tsimikas and ex-red Dejan Lovren all played in World Cup qualifiers.
  3. Will

    11th November

    Happy birthday Gini 1990 – Dutch midfielder Gini Wijnaldum was born in Rotterdam. He moved to Anfield for an initial £23m in July 2016, notching 22 times in 237 games and helping us to claim the Premier League, UEFA Champions League and UEFA Super Cup before he moved on to Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer in July 2021. Future red Jari Litmanen played for Finland on the same day as they won a friendly 2-1 in Tunisia. 2005 – Scottish winger Ben Doak was born in Dalry. He signed from Celtic in March 2022, making his senior bow against Derby County in the League Cup eight months later and turning pro later that month. In comes Tosh 1970 - John Toshack signed from his hometown club Cardiff City for a club record £110,000. He scored 96 goals in 247 reds appearances, helping us to three League titles, two UEFA Cups, the FA Cup and FA Charity Shield before returning to Wales to join Swansea City as Player/Manager in February 1978. Joe’s treble 1905 - Forward Joe Hewitt scored his first of his five reds hat-tricks as we won 5-1 at Middlesbrough, our biggest ever win on Teesside. Inside-forward John Carlin added a brace. Joe’s brother Charlie, who later joined the reds, struck for the home side. Double century for Kenny 1980 – Kenny Dalglish played his 200th reds game as we beat Coventry City 2-1 in a League fixture at Anfield, thanks to a David Johnson brace. Still a red 2003 - Steven Gerrard signed a new contract to keep him at Anfield until 2007. He remained a red, until May 2015, scoring 186 times in total in 710 outings and helping us to claim the European Cup, UEFA Cup, two FA Cups, two UEFA Super Cups and three League Cups as well as winning the PFA and Football Writers’ Player of the Year awards once apiece. 2020 – Left-back Owen Beck signed a new contract, having turned pro just four months earlier. He joined the Academy from Stoke City at Under-13’s level, making his senior bow as a late substitute in our League Cup Fourth Round win at Preston North End in October 2021. Most recently 2012 – We drew 1-1 at Chelsea, with John Terry nodding the home side in front in the first half, before Luis Suárez equalised after the break. 2018 – We beat Fulham 2-0 at Anfield with Mohamed Salah and Xherdan Shaqiri netting either side of half time. On the same day, future red Harvey Elliott played for England Under-17’s in their 2-2 draw with Germany in the Republic of Ireland. England reds on target 1987 - John Barnes and Peter Beardsley both scored in England’s 4-1 European Championships qualifying win in Yugoslavia. Gary Gillespie, Steve Nicol, future reds coach Steve Clarke and ex-red Ian Rush all also featured in qualifiers on the same day. Mixed fortunes against Rangers We have twice faced Queens Park Rangers in First Division matches at Loftus Road on this day in history. 1978 - We won 3-1 thanks to Steve Heighway’s 76th and last reds strike, his fiftieth in the League, and goals from Ray Kennedy and David Johnson after Peter Eastoe had put the home side in front with one of his four goals past us. 1989 - We lost 3-2 with John Barnes netting a brace for the reds, including one from the spot. Paul Wright struck twice, including one from the spot, with Mark Falco also on target for the R’s. Birth and death 1955 - Winger Jack Cox died of a heart attack in Walton-on-Thames in Surrey. He signed from Blackpool for £150 in December 1897 and struck eighty times in 361 reds games, helping us to two League titles and the Second Division championship in his nine years at Anfield. He returned to the Seasiders to take over as Player/Manager in May 1909. 1996 – Winger Ryan Kent was born in Oldham. He made just one senior reds appearance, in our FA Cup Third Round trip to Exeter City in January 2016. He was sold to Rangers for £7m last September after a successful season on loan. Disappointment against the Cockerels We twice played Tottenham Hotspur in the top flight on this day in the early part of the last century, without scoring a goal. 1911 - We were beaten 2-0 at White Hart Lane, with keeper Sam Hardy playing his 200th League game for the reds. Billy Minter netted one of his five goals against the reds, with Bert Middlemiss also scoring. 1922 - We were held to a goalless draw at Anfield. Mixed fortunes against the Mancs We have twice lost to Manchester United on this day in history. 1967 - We went down 2-1 at Anfield with Roger Hunt grabbing our consolation. George Best struck two of his seven goals past us. 1972 - We lost another top-flight meeting 2-0 at Old Trafford, with Wyn Davies and ex-red Ted MacDougall on target. 1944 - However, future reds boss Don Welsh scored a hat-trick as we beat United 5-2 in a Wartime League game at Maine Road, with Willie Fagan and Billy Liddell also netting. Quasi on the move 1998 - Peter Beardsley signed for Fulham from Bolton Wanderers on a free transfer, following two loan spells at Craven Cottage that year. He racked up a total of 28 appearances for them, scoring seven times. Ex-reds in charge 2004 - Bruce Grobbelaar was appointed Manager of South African side Umtata Bush Bucks. He only spent four months there before resigning. 2021 - Steven Gerrard left Rangers to take over as Aston Villa boss. He was sacked in October 2022 after winning thirteen of his forty games in charge. Beating the Irish 1895 - The reds thumped an Irish Internationals side 5-1 at Anfield. Frank Becton bagged a brace with Thomas ‘Tiny’ Bradshaw, Fred Geary and Jimmy Ross all also on the scoresheet. First and last caps 1970 – Future red Peter Cormack won his first cap as a Nottingham Forest player as Scotland beat Denmark 1-0 in a European Championships qualifier at Hampden Park. Ray Clemence and Larry Lloyd both played for England Under-23’s on the same day in their 2-0 friendly defeat of Sweden in Hull. 1997 - Dean Saunders won his last cap as a Nottingham Forest player, his 61st in total, as Wales lost 3-0 to Brazil in a friendly in Brasilia. Future reds loanee keeper Paul Jones also featured. 1999 – Future reds keeper Pepe Reina debuted for Spain Under-17’s as they drew 1-1 with Ghana in the World Championship Finals in New Zealand. 2020 – Kostas Tsimikas won his first cap as a reds player as Greece beat Cyprus 2-1 in a friendly in Athens. On the same day, Sadio Mané scored from the spot in Senegal’s 2-0 victory over Guinea-Bissau in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Thiès. Diogo Jota, Naby Keïta, Xherdan Shaqiri, Gini Wijnaldum, future red Ozan Kabak, and ex-reds Ryan Babel and Simon Mignolet all also played for their countries that day. 2001 - Nicolas Anelka won his 27th cap, coming off the bench in France’s 1-1 draw with Australia in Melbourne, his final appearance while with Paris St. Germain. Meanwhile, future reds Glen Johnson and Gary O’Neil both played for England Under-19’s as they beat Hungary 3-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Barnsley. 2011 – Harry Kewell played for Australia for the first time while with Melbourne Victory, skippering them as they lost a World Cup qualifier 1-0 in Oman, with Alberto Aquilani winning his last cap while on loan at AC Milan as Italy beat Poland 2-0 in Wroclaw, with future red Mario Balotelli notching his first senior international goal. On the same day, Krisztián Németh won his only cap as a MTK Hungária player as Hungary thumped Liechtenstein 5-0 in a friendly in Budapest, while Ryan Babel played his first international while with TSG 1899 Hoffenheim as the Netherlands were held to a goalless draw in a friendly in Amsterdam. Daniel Agger, Dirk Kuyt, future reds Ádám Bogdán and Xherdan Shaqiri, and ex-reds Alou Diarra, Javier Mascherano, Raul Meireles and Christian Poulsen all also featured in internationals that day. 2017 – Elijah Dixon-Bonner debuted for England Under-17’s as Curtis Jones captained them in a 2-1 friendly defeat of Russia in Burton, with Bobby Duncan also featuring. Future red Thiago and ex-reds Luis Alberto and Iago Aspas also played for their countries, with Alberto making his senior international bow as Spain thumped Costa Rica 5-0 in Málaga. 1986 – Future red Nigel Clough played for England Under-21’s in their 1-1 European Championships qualifying draw with Yugoslavia in Peterborough. 1992 – Ronnie Rosenthal featured as Israel lost a World Cup qualifier 3-1 to Sweden in Tel-Aviv. 2009 – Chris Mavinga played as France Under-19’s beat Poland 1-0 in the Limoges Tournament. Internationals on target 2016 – Adam Lallana and Daniel Sturridge both netted as England beat Scotland 3-0 in a World Cup qualifier at Wembley, with ex-red Martin Škrtel scoring while captaining Slovakia to a 4-0 defeat of Lithuania in Trnava. Jordan Henderson and ex-red Raheem Sterling both also played that day. 2011 – Luis Suárez bagged all four goals as Uruguay beat Chile 4-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Montevideo. On the same day, ex-red Robbie Keane netted a brace, including one from the spot, as the Republic of Ireland thumped Estonia 4-0 in a European Championships qualifying play-off in Tallinn, with future red Ragnar Klavan on the losing side. 2015 – Klavan skippered Estonia as they beat Georgia 3-0 in a friendly in Tallinn. 2005 - Anthony Le Tallec scored for France Under-21’s past Scott Carson in a 1-1 draw with England in the first leg of their European Championships play-off at White Hart Lane, with future red James Milner also featuring. A crowd of 34,494 were at the game, a then record for an England international at this level. Steven on the move 2005 - Former reserves forward Steven Gillespie rejoined Cheltenham Town on loan from Bristol City. He eventually signed for them permanently in January 2006 and grabbed 28 goals in 83 games for them before moving on to Colchester United in July 2008 for £400,000. Other reds games 1992 – We beat Sheffield United 3-0 in a League Cup Third Round replay at Anfield. Steve McManaman bagged a first-half brace, with Mike Marsh converting a late spot-kick. 1961 – Kevin Lewis struck as Luton Town held us to a 1-1 draw in a Second Division encounter in L4 with Gordon Turner scoring the last of his five goals against the reds late on. 1950 – We drew 2-2 at Huddersfield Town with Billy Liddell and Phil Taylor netting. 1933 – We beat Leeds United by the odd goal in seven at home. Bob Done and Alf Hanson scored, with Sam English on the scoresheet twice. Arthur Hydes struck one of his four past us, with Alan Fowler also scoring and Harry Duggan nabbing one of his five against the reds. 1899 – Johnny Walker was on target as we drew 1-1 at Newcastle United. Staying put 2016 – Academy Manager Alex Inglethorpe signed a new contract, having been in that role since moving up from Reserve Team Head Coach in 2014. Also in international action 2021 – Alisson Becker and Fabinho faced future red Luis Díaz as Brazil beat Colombia 1-0 in a World Cup qualifier in São Paulo. Sadio Mané, Takumi Minamino, Kostas Tsimikas and ex-reds Marko Grujić and Nikolay Mihaylov also played for their countries that day.
  4. Will

    12th September

    Crystal smashed 1989 - Eight outfield players scored, a League record, in our 9-0 humiliation of Crystal Palace at Anfield, still our joint best top-flight victory. John Aldridge came off the bench to score a penalty with his first kick, in his final reds game. Glenn Hysén struck the first of his seven reds goals in this game. For the record, our other scorers that day were John Barnes, Peter Beardsley, Gary Gillespie, Steve McMahon and Ian Rush, with Steve Nicol nabbing a brace. David Burrows, Alan Hansen, Ronnie Whelan and substitute Jan Mølby were the only outfield reds not on target. Geoff Thomas blew a golden chance to net for the visitors, missing a penalty. This was actually Kenny Dalglish’s hundredth League win as reds boss, in his 167th game. Alec off 1977 – Left-back Alec Lindsay left the club to sign for Stoke City, after a successful loan spell. He had signed from his hometown club Bury for £67,000 in March 1969 and netted eighteen times in 248 reds games, helping us to the League and UEFA Cup in 1973, and FA Cup and FA Charity Shield the following year. 1974 – Defender Dave Rylands moved on to Hereford United. He joined the reds in 1968, turning pro in March 1970, only making one senior reds appearance. Red trebles 2020 – Mohamed Salah struck a treble, including two penalties, as we opened our League campaign with a 4-3 victory over Leeds United behind closed doors at Anfield. Virgil van Dijk headed in the other goal as we led on four separate occasions. 2009 – Yossi Benayoun struck his third reds hat-trick, all in different competitions, as we thumped Burnley 4-0 at Anfield, with Dirk Kuyt also on target. The Israeli midfielder also had another strike wrongly chalked off for offside before nabbing his third. Happy birthdays 1957 - Steve Ogrizovic was born in Mansfield. He signed from Chesterfield for £70,000 in November 1977 but only made five senior appearances for the reds before joining Coventry City in August 1982, with whom he won the FA Cup in 1987, playing over 600 games. 1977 - David Thompson was born in Birkenhead. He turned professional in November 1994 and scored five times in 56 reds games before Gérard Houllier sold him for £3m to Coventry City in August 2000. 1980 - Former reserves winger Richie Partridge was born in Dublin. He only managed three first-team appearances for the reds, and is now a practising physiotherapist, recently working with the Academy’s Under-21’s and then the first team. 2004 – Centre-half Terence Miles was born in Liverpool. He turned pro in September 2021, having arrived at the Academy at Under-7’s level. He is the nephew of former reserves forward John Miles. Albert’s the one for me 1946 - Albert Stubbins signed from Newcastle United for a British record £12,500 fee after six strikes in thirty games. He was also tempted by being offered a well-paid part-time position as ‘Inspector of Canteens’ that involved testing the quality of tea served and chatting to dockers and other workers! He struck 83 times in 178 reds games, and won one League title, before becoming a scout for the club in 1954, a post he held for the rest of the decade. Digger off the mark 1987 - John Barnes scored his first senior reds goal as we beat Oxford United 2-0, with John Aldridge also on target against his old club, so netting in his fifth consecutive game. This was our first home game of the season, with future red Ray Houghton impressing for the visitors. Kenny back at Anfield 1993 - Kenny Dalglish won at Anfield as visiting Manager for the only time, thanks to a goal from scouse ex-reds reserve Mike Newell for Blackburn Rovers, the last of his eight strikes against the reds. Steve McManaman reached a century of reds appearances while Jan Mølby played his 200th League game for the club. 1908 - We also faced Rovers, losing 1-0 at Ewood Park, with keeper Sam Hardy reaching a century of League games for the reds. A European first 1972 - We played our first game in the new UEFA Cup, beating West Germans Eintracht Frankfurt, who were playing their first competitive fixture of the season. We won 2-0 at Anfield, thanks to goals from Kevin Keegan and Emlyn Hughes. This was Bill Shankly’s fiftieth European game in charge of the reds. Two of our three other European games on this day also ended in victory. 1995 - We beat Russian outfit Spartak-Alania Vladikavkaz 2-1 in the opening game of our UEFA Cup campaign, Mirdzhalol Kasimov opened the scoring with Steve McManaman equalising before Jamie Redknapp struck a thirty-yard winner, with just 39 travelling reds present, all seated in the presidential box for their own safety! 1996 - Stig Inge Bjørnebye bagged the only goal of our European Cup Winners’ Cup opener at Finnish side Myllykosken Pallo-47. 2006 - We held PSV Eindhoven to a goalless draw in our opening UEFA Champions League group fixture in the Philips Stadion with Jamie Carragher appearing for the fiftieth time in the competition. Most recently 2021 – Mohamed Salah bagged his hundredth goal in Premier League football, including his time with Chelsea, to open the scoring at Leeds United. Fabinho netted after the break, before Pascal Struijk was dismissed for the home side following a challenge that left Harvey Elliott with a dislocated ankle. Sadio Mané struck in stoppage time to secure a 3-0 victory. 2015 – We lost 3-1 at Manchester United, with Divock Origi making his reds bow from the bench. Christian Benteke struck late on as we limped to defeat. Reporting in 2012 – The Hillsborough Independent Panel reported, shocking many people by revealing the extent of the establishment cover-up at the time of the disaster, its aftermath and ever since. It led to an unprecedented apology from Prime Minister David Cameron. Double debutants 2010 – Left-back Paul Konchesky and midfielder Raul Meireles both made their reds bows in our lifeless goalless draw at Birmingham City. Derby joy We have twice beaten Everton in Wartime league matches at Anfield on this day in history. 1942 - George Mills netted the only goal of the game. 1945 - Billy Liddell and Les Shannon were on the scoresheet as we won 2-1. A thumping win 1936 - We trounced Grimsby Town 7-1 in a First Division game at Anfield. Fred Howe and Vic Wright struck twice apiece, with Berry Nieuwenhuys, Jack Balmer and Matt Busby all also on target. Reds farewells 1931 - Harry Barkas played his fifth and final reds game as we lost 2-1 at Leicester City, with Gordon Gunson bagging our consolation. Ernie Hine struck one of his ten goals against the reds, with Sep Smith also on target. 1903 - Right-back John Chadburn played his second and last reds game as we lost 3-1 at home to The Wednesday, with Jack Cox on target. Andrew Wilson struck two of his eight goals past us, with Harry Davis also on target. 1980 – Tommy Smith quit as youth team boss in order to concentrate on his business interests. Gunning for a draw We have twice drawn with Arsenal in First Division matches on this day in history. 1925 - Jimmy Walsh netted our goal at Highbury, with Charlie Buchan on target for the home side, to add to the eighteen strikes he had registered against the reds while with Sunderland. 1951 - The game at Anfield ended goalless. Mixed fortunes against the Hammers 1962 - We beat West Ham United 2-1 at Anfield thanks to an Ian St. John brace, with his second strike being the club’s 3,000th in top-flight football. Gerry Byrne played his hundredth reds game with Johnny Byrne on target for the visitors. 1998 - We lost 2-1 at Upton Park in a Premiership fixture, with Karl-Heinz Riedle nabbing our consolation after John Hartson and Eyal Berkovic had put the Irons ahead. Stevie out on loan 2002 - Young reserve Stephen Warnock joined Bradford City on loan. He played twelve times for the Bantams, scoring in a League defeat at Sheffield Wednesday. International debuts 1984 - Steve Nicol made his Scotland debut in their 6-1 defeat of Yugoslavia at Hampden Park, as John Wark won his 29th and final cap. Kenny Dalglish and ex-red Graeme Souness were both on the scoresheet. On the same day, Jan Mølby won his first cap as a reds player, and ninth in total, as Denmark beat Austria 3-1 in a friendly in Copenhagen. Mark Lawrenson, Michael Robinson, Ronnie Whelan, ex-red Joey Jones and future reds John Barnes, Glenn Hysén and Mark Wright all also featured in internationals that day. 1990 - Future red Gary McAllister won his first cap as a Leeds United player as Scotland beat Romania 2-1 in a European Championships qualifier at Hampden Park. John Barnes, Ray Houghton, Steve Staunton, Ronnie Whelan and future reds István Kozma, Jari Litmanen and Mark Wright all also played for their countries that day. 1932 – Future reds forward Sam English won the first of his two caps for Northern Ireland as they lost 4-0 to Scotland in Belfast in the British International Championships, with reds keeper Elisha Scott also in the side. On target for their countries 2007 - Fernando Torres bagged his first goal as a red as Spain beat Latvia 2-0 in a Euro 2008 qualifier in Oviedo. Future red Sotirios Kyrgiakos netted a brace, his last goals while with Eintracht Frankfurt, with John Arne Riise also on target as Norway were held to a 2-2 draw by Greece in Oslo, with ex-red Frode Kippe also in the home side. Ex-red Michael Owen struck twice as England beat Russia 3-0 in another qualifier, with Peter Crouch, Steven Gerrard, future reds Joe Cole and Stewart Downing and ex-red Emile Heskey also featuring. Craig Bellamy bagged a brace while winning his first cap for Wales as a West Ham United player, as they won a Euro 2008 qualifier 5-2 in Slovakia, with John Toshack in charge. Andriy Voronin faced future red Alberto Aquilani, while Roy Hodgson managed a Finland side that included Sami Hyypiä and ex-red Daniel Sjölund as they were held to a goalless draw by Poland in Helsinki. Luis Suárez won his first cap as an Ajax player as Uruguay drew a friendly 0-0 in South Africa. Daniel Agger, Ryan Babel, Dirk Kuyt, future reds Ádám Bogdán, Milan Jovanović, Robbie Keane, Ragnar Klavan and Raul Meireles and ex-reds Nicolas Anelka and Milan Baroš also played for their countries that day. 1979 - Ex-red Kevin Keegan struck the only goal of England’s European Championships qualifier at Wembley against Denmark. Ray Clemence, Terry McDermott, Phil Neal and Phil Thompson all also played, while Kenny Dalglish, Graeme Souness and future red John Wark turned out for Scotland as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Peru in a friendly at Hampden Park. 1990 - Future red Nick Barmby netted for England Under-18’s as they won 3-2 in a European Championships qualifier in Iceland. Also on the move 1998 - Ex-red Steve Nicol signed for Doncaster Rovers. He played 25 League games for them. 2008 - Robbie Fowler signed for Blackburn Rovers. He failed to score in six games as they struggled for form. On the same day, Steve Clarke resigned from Chelsea’s coaching staff, prior to joining West Ham United as First Team Coach three days later. 2009 – Reserves forward Michael Ngoo joined the reds from Southend United for a fee of up to £250,000. He was released in May 2014 without having reached the first team. 2012 – Head of Scouting Dave Fallows and Chief Scout Barry Hunter both started work. Meanwhile, left-back Grégory Vignal signed for Dundee United, but left two months later without having made a first-team appearance. 2019 – Right-back Connor Randall signed for Bulgarian top-flight side Arda 1924 Kardzhali after eight senior appearances for the reds. Mixed fortunes against the Rams 1973 – Derby County beat us 3-1 at the Baseball Ground. Roger Davies bagged one of his five goals against the reds with Kevin Hector netting one of his four. Phil Boersma scored our goal, with Roy McFarland also on target for the home side. 1896 – Jimmy Methven put through his own net with Harry Bradshaw also netting as we beat Derby County 2-0 at Anfield, after Jack Robinson had saved a penalty from George Allan. Other reds games 1984 – Paul Walsh netted as we drew 1-1 at Manchester United. 1981 – We won 2-1 at Coventry City with Alan Kennedy bagging a rapid equaliser after we had fallen behind to a Gerry Daly goal in the first minute. Terry McDermott scored the winner from the spot as Bob Paisley reached 300 League games as reds boss. 1979 – Norwich City held us to a goalless draw at Anfield in Bob Paisley’s 300th game in charge in all competitions. 1973 – We beat Tottenham Hotspur 3-2 in L4. Martin Peters opened the scoring with one of his fourteen goals against the reds, before Chris Lawler equalised. Martin Chivers nabbed one of his seven goals past us. Pat Jennings saved a penalty from Emlyn Hughes but was judged to have left his line too early. Alec Lindsay converted the subsequent retake, with Chris Lawler netting the last-minute winner. 1956 – Dicky Robinson scored an own goal as we drew a Second Division encounter 1-1 at Middlesbrough, with Brian Clough bagging the first of his ten goals past us. 1923 – We lost 2-0 at Burnley. For the Dons 2004 - A match was staged between Wimbledon Old Boys and Liverpool Old Boys in aid of the AFC Wimbledon stadium fund. The game ended all square with the reds goal coming poetically from a John Aldridge penalty.
  5. Will

    5th March

    Liddell’s last 1960 - Billy Liddell scored his 228th and final reds goal, becoming our oldest post-war goalscorer, aged 38 years 55 days. We beat Stoke City 5-1 in the Second Division at Anfield, with Jimmy Harrower adding a brace, and Roger Hunt and Dave Hickson also netting. Hickson was in fact on target for the fourth consecutive match, in which time he had struck six times in total. A new boss 1951 – Don Welsh was officially appointed 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 first 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. Fernando’s treble 2008 - Fernando Torres scored a hat-trick as we thumped West Ham United 4-0 at Anfield, with Steven Gerrard completing the scoring. This was his second successive home treble. Crazy Horse OBE 1980 - Emlyn Hughes was presented with the OBE by Her Majesty the Queen. ‘Crazy Horse’ played 665 times in his twelve years at Anfield, netting 49 times and winning two European Cups, four League titles, two UEFA Cups, FA Cup, UEFA Super Cup and two FA Charity Shields. His greatest season was probably 1976/77 when he captained the side to within a whisker of the treble, as well as being voted the Football Writers’ Player of the Year. Sadly, he died in November 2004. More goal feasts against the Potters 1983 - We beat Stoke City 5-1 at Anfield again. Kenny Dalglish scored twice, with the other goals coming from Phil Neal, Craig Johnston and Graeme Souness. Kenny netted his 300th senior club goal that day as Ian Rush reached a century of reds outings, with future Toffee Paul Bracewell on target for the visitors. 1955 - A Johnny Evans brace was not enough as we lost 4-2. This was our first home defeat to the Potters after nineteen previous wins and seven draws. Johnny King netted the first two of his five goals past us, with Harry Oscroft nabbing one of his six and Jack Malkin also on target. Mixed fortunes against the Hoops We faced Queens Park Rangers twice on this day in the 1980’s. 1986 - We were held 2-2 at Anfield in the second leg of our League Cup Semi-final, despite twice taking the lead on the night. Steve McMahon and Craig Johnston netted our goals, but Jan Mølby missed a penalty and Gary Gillespie and Ronnie Whelan both scored own goals. This put us out of the competition, as we had lost the first game 1-0 away from home. Bruce Grobbelaar was playing his 300th reds game. 1988 - We won at Loftus Road in the League, with John Barnes scoring the only goal of the game. This was our last outing on their controversial plastic playing surface. Alex Watson made the first of his nine senior appearances in this game. Happy birthdays 1988 - Damien Plessis was born in Neuville-aux-Bois, France. He signed in August 2007 from Olympique Lyonnais on a free transfer, making an impressive debut at Arsenal in the following April. He struck once in eight senior appearances, before being sold to Panathinaikos in August 2010. 1896 - Centre-half David Pratt was born in Lochore, Fife. He played 84 times for the reds after signing from Bradford City in January 1923, scoring just once and being known for his long throw-ins. He left Anfield to sign for Bury in November 1927. 1955 – Reserves keeper Bob Wardle was born in Halifax. He joined from Shrewsbury Town in a straight swap for Steve Ogrizovic in August 1982, but never made our first team, and was forced to retire through injury inside a year. 1986 - Former reserves keeper Paul Willis was born in Northern Ireland. He was released in the summer of 2006 after failing to break through to the first team, later playing for AFC Liverpool. 1993- Centre-back Stephen Sama was born in Bamenda, Cameroon. He signed from Ballspielverein Borussia 09 e.V. Dortmund in July 2009. He never played a senior game, moving on to VfB Stuttgart in September 2014. 1955 – Scottish keeper Bill McCann died. He signed from Abercorn in May 1894, playing seventeen times before moving on the following March. Beginning and end 2005 - Scott Carson made his reds debut as we lost 1-0 at Newcastle United thanks to a goal from Laurent Robert. This was Graeme Souness’ first win over the reds as opposing Manager, at the eleventh attempt. 1977 - We also faced the Geordies when Steve Heighway grabbed the only goal of the game at Anfield. Phil Neal had a spot-kick saved by keeper Mike Mahoney. 1949 – We lost 2-1 at Chelsea despite going in at the break ahead through Jimmy Payne. Roy Bentley scored the first of his five past us with Ken Armstrong nabbing the winner. Winger Bob Priday was making his fortieth and last reds appearance. International goalscorers 1923 - Ephraim Longworth netted his only goal for England as they drew 2-2 with Wales in the British International Championships in Cardiff, playing alongside clubmate Harry Chambers. Ex-red Robert Matthews won his second Welsh cap in this game, the only one he won while a Bristol City player. Reds right-half Maurice Parry also played for Wales. 2014 – Daniel Sturridge scored the only goal of Roy Hodgson’s England’s friendly meeting with Denmark at Wembley. Mohamed Salah struck while winning his first cap as a Chelsea player in Egypt’s 2-0 friendly defeat of Bosnia-Herzegovina in Austria. Ex-red Raul Meireles netted as Portugal thumped Cameroon 5-1 in Leiria, while Gabriel Paletta made his senior debut for Italy as they lost 1-0 to Spain in Madrid. Sadio Mané struck his last goal as a Red Bull Salzburg player as Senegal drew 1-1 with Mali in a friendly in Dakar. Future red Andy Robertson also won his first cap in Scotland’s 1-0 win in Poland. Tom Ince won his first cap while on loan at Crystal Palace as England Under-21’s beat Wales 1-0 in a European Championships qualifier, with Nuri Şahin playing for Turkey for the final time as a Real Madrid player as Turkey beat Sweden 2-1 in Ankara. Daniel Agger, Joe Allen, Cameron Brannagan, Steven Gerrard, Jordan Henderson, Glen Johnson, Brad Jones, Jack Robinson, Martin Škrtel, Raheem Sterling, Luis Suárez, Kolo Touré, future reds Thiago Alcântara, Christian Benteke, Ádám Bogdán, Danny Ings, Ragnar Klavan, Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren, Lazar Marković, Joël Matip, James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Xherdan Shaqiri, and ex-reds Charlie Adam, Xabi Alonso, Nabil El Zhar, Charles Itandje, Alexander Kačaniklić, Javier Mascherano and Maxi Rodríguez all also featured for their countries that day. Mixed fortunes against the Owls We have twice faced The Wednesday in top-flight encounters on this day in history, with the home side winning 3-0 on each occasion. 1910 - We lost at Owlerton as Tom Brittleton netted twice, with Billy Lloyd also on target. On the same day, Ernest Peake played for Wales as they lost 1-0 in the British International Championships in Scotland. 1927 - Harry Chambers struck twice as we won in L4, with Donald McKinlay adding the third, his 35th and last reds goal. Other wins 1921 - We won 2-1 at Huddersfield Town to complete a League double over the Terriers inside a week, with Harry Chambers and Dick Johnson finding the net. 1958 - Billy Liddell and Bobby Murdoch struck as we beat Derby County 2-0 at Anfield in a Second Division fixture. Buying the site 2008 - The club announced that it had completed the purchase of 100% of the official club website, liverpoolfc.tv. Other reds games 1994 – We lost 2-0 at Blackburn Rovers. Jason Wilcox bagged one of his four goals against us before Tim Sherwood struck. 1963 – We drew 2-2 at Ipswich Town. Kevin Lewis scored before Ted Phillips scored the last of his five past us. Ian St. John gave us a half-time lead, but Royston Stephenson netted the final of his four goals against the reds. 1949 – We lost 2-1 at Chelsea despite going in at the break ahead through Jimmy Payne. Roy Bentley scored the first of his five past us with Ken Armstrong nabbing the winner. 1938 – We drew 2-2 at Leicester City with Alf Hanson netting both our goals. 1932 – We drew 2-2 at Blackpool. Jimmy Hampson scored one of his six goals against us before Dave Wright and Gordon Hodgson struck. Phil Watson struck one of his five past us in the final minute. Nando again 2009 - Fernando Torres was named the PFA Fans’ Player of the Month for February of that year, so becoming the third consecutive reds winner after two straight wins by Steven Gerrard. Nando had notched three times in three League outings during the previous month. International beginning and end 1989 - Ronnie Rosenthal netted his first goal for Israel as a Standard de Liège player, the only goal of their World Cup qualifier against New Zealand in Tel-Aviv. 2013 – Jordon Ibe won his second and last cap for England Under-18’s in their 1-0 friendly defeat in Belgium. On the move 1996 - Future red Steve Finnan joined Notts County on loan from Birmingham City. He played twenty times, before signing permanently seven months later. 2015 – Former reds left-winger Albert Riera re-signed for his first club Real Club Deportivo Mallorca, having been sacked by Udinese four months earlier. He played just six times in this second spell.
  6. Will

    24th October

    Thrashing the Mancs 2021 – We thumped Manchester United 5-0 at Old Trafford, with Naby Keïta and Diogo Jota scoring before Mohamed Salah netted a treble as he struck in a club record tenth consecutive reds game. We went into the break 4-0 up, with half-time substitute Paul Pogba sent off for the home side after we had scored our fifth. This was Jürgen Klopp’s 200th win as Manager in a club record 331 games. More trebles for 1984 - Ian Rush bagged a hat-trick in torrential rain as we beat SL Benfica 3-1 at Anfield in a European Cup Second Round encounter. 1998 - Michael Owen scored four goals, including a penalty, as we thumped Nottingham Forest 5-1 at Anfield. Steve McManaman grabbed the other, with Dougie Freedman on target for the visitors. An Olympic champion 1908 - Arthur Berry was in the United Kingdom side that won Olympic gold by beating Denmark 2-0 in the Final at White City Stadium. Trebles against 1925 - Frank Osborne scored the first three of his four goals past us for Tottenham Hotspur as they beat us 3-1 in a First Division match at White Hart Lane, the first of three consecutive League trebles he struck for the Londoners, becoming the first player in the Football League’s history to achieve that feat. South African keeper Arthur Riley made his reds bow in this game, becoming the first player born outside the British Isles to represent the club. Dick Forshaw netted our goal. 1936 – We lost 5-2 at Brentford with Jack Balmer and Berry Nieuwenhuys nabbing our goals. Dave McCulloch bagged a treble, the first of his seven goals against the reds, with Bobby Reid scoring the first of his five and Jack Holliday also on target. Razor sharpened 1987 - Ray Houghton made his first-class reds debut as a rare Gary Gillespie goal was enough to hand us victory at Luton Town. 1960 - We also visited Kenilworth Road, when we won a League Cup Second Round replay 5-2, our first win in the new competition. This came courtesy of a brace each from Kevin Lewis and Roger Hunt, and a Dave Hickson goal. Gordon Turner netted one of his five goals past us, with David Brogan also on target. Mo’s half century 2018 – Mohamed Salah reached fifty reds goals, notching twice, including one from the spot, as we beat Crvena Zvezda 4-0 in our UEFA Champions League group game at Anfield. Roberto Firmino had opened the scoring, with the final goal coming from Sadio Mané, having already had a penalty saved. Also in Europe 2001 - We visited Boavista in the Champions League for our 200th game in European competition, with a Danny Murphy goal being enough to secure a point in the first group stage. 1972 - We beat AEK Athens 3-0 at Anfield in a UEFA Cup Second Round tie, with Phil Boersma and Peter Cormack on the scoresheet, and Tommy Smith converting from the spot. Brian Hall was playing his hundredth reds game. 1973 - Slobodan Janković struck a goal for Crvena Zvezda, also known as Red Star Belgrade, from thirty yards before Vladislav Bogićević volleyed in from a seemingly offside position. Chris Lawler bagged our consolation as we lost this European Cup encounter 2-1 at the same stage. Unfortunately, we also lost the Anfield return by the same score. Istanbul despair 2007 - We lost 2-1 at Beşiktaş JK, leaving us with just a single point from our opening three Champions League group games, and teetering on the brink of early elimination. Steven Gerrard headed a late consolation after the home side had taken the lead through a Sami Hyypiä own goal, his second in five days, and a Bobô strike. Blunting the Blades 2020 – Roberto Firmino and Diogo Jota both struck as we came from behind to beat Sheffield United 2-1 behind closed doors at Anfield with left-back Andy Robertson playing his hundredth League game for the reds. 1953 – Jimmy Payne netted as we beat the Blades 3-0 in a top-flight fixture at Anfield, with Sammy Smyth bagging a brace. Stan no longer the man 2007 - Steve Staunton was sacked as Manager of the Republic of Ireland after 21 months in charge in which he had overseen just six wins in seventeen games. Red deaths 1966 - Keeper Sam Hardy died in Chesterfield. He signed from his hometown club for £340 in May 1905 and had made 240 reds appearances, helping us to the League title in 1906 as well as winning fourteen England caps while at Anfield, and two FA Cups for Aston Villa after moving to the Midlands in May 1912. 1942 – Forward Harry Race died in World War II action in El Alamein, Egypt. He had joined the reds from Raby United in February 1928, scoring eighteen times in 43 games before being sold to Manchester City in August 1930 for £3,000. Carra’s unwelcome record 2010 - Jamie Carragher scored a club record eighth own goal as we beat Blackburn Rovers 2-1 at Anfield, after Sotirios Kyrgiakos had headed in his third and last reds goal. Fernando Torres struck the winner, with all the goals coming in the second half. Martin Škrtel has since also put through his own net eight times. First and last 1959 - Louis Bimpson played his 102nd and final reds game as we were held to a 1-1 draw at Anfield by Portsmouth, with Ronnie Moran grabbing our goal early on in this Second Division fixture. 1903 – Full-back Joseph Hoare made the first of his seven senior appearances in our 3-1 top-flight defeat of Derby County at Anfield. Richard Morris, Jack Parkinson and Arthur Goddard bagged our goals. Another trophy 1956 – We beat Blackburn Rovers 2-0 at Anfield to secure the Lancashire Senior Cup for the eighth time, in a replay staged five months after the first meeting, also in L4. Alan A’Court and Billy Liddell scored. First and last caps 1925 - Tom Bromilow won his fifth and final cap for England as they held Northern Ireland to a goalless draw in the British International Championships at Windsor Park, with new reds signing David McMullan winning the first of his three caps for the home side, for whom Elisha Scott was in goal. 2013 – Jordan Rossiter debuted for England Under-17’s as they thumped Armenia 4-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Yerevan, with future red Dominic Solanke bagging his first goal at this level and Sheyi Ojo and future red Joe Gomez also in action. 2014 – Ben Woodburn played for Wales Under-17’s as they beat Montenegro 2-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Belarus. 2015 – Woodburn featured again at the same level, in a 1-0 defeat by Switzerland in Newport. On the same day, Bobby Adekanye bagged his only Under-17’s goal as the Netherlands thrashed Albania 5-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Wales. Losing to the Mancs 1981 - Terry McDermott netted from the spot as Manchester United returned down the East Lancs Road with all the points, having won 2-1. Kevin Moran opened the scoring with Arthur Albiston bagging a late winner. Disappointment at Turf Moor 1967 - We drew 1-1 at Burnley with Chris Lawler on the scoresheet. 1914 - We did even worse, returning home on the wrong end of a 3-0 scoreline in another top-flight meeting, with keeper Ken Campbell playing his hundredth reds game. Ex-Evertonian Bertie Freeman bagged two of his nine goals against the reds, with Teddy Hodgson also on target for the home side. Thumping wins 1896 - We beat Blackburn Rovers 4-0 at Anfield in a top-flight match, with George Allan, Bill Michael, Jimmy Ross and Malcolm McVean all netting. Keeper Harry Storer saved a penalty from Rovers’ Anderson. 1942 – George Mills and Jack Balmer were on target as we won 4-1 in a Wartime League game at Manchester City, with Cyril Done netting twice. Venison back from Turkey 1995 - Barry Venison joined Southampton from Galatasaray for £850,000. He played thirty times for the Saints before retiring from the game a year later. Management departures 2011 - Steve Nicol left as head coach of New England Revolution by mutual consent, having been appointed permanently in November 2002. 2012 – Paul Jewell stepped down as Manager of Ipswich Town, also by mutual consent, having led them to 29 victories in 85 games in charge since taking over in January 2011. Penalty failures 1931 - Jimmy Hampson missed a penalty for Blackpool as we won 3-2 at Anfield, although he also netted two of his six goals against the reds. Gordon Gunson and Gordon Hodgson scored as we also benefited from a Stan Ramsay own goal. 1908 – Reds keeper Sam Hardy saved a penalty from George Dodd as we beat Notts County 2-1 at Trent Bridge. Jack Parkinson scored his fiftieth goal for the club as Ronald Orr also struck. Other reds games 1970 – We lost 1-0 at Ipswich Town. 1964 – West Bromwich Albion beat us 3-0 at The Hawthorns with Clive Clark bagging two of his seven goals past us and Jeff Astle netting the first of his seven. Young England reds 2008 – Future red Jonjo Shelvey bagged his only goal for England Under-17’s as they thumped Estonia 7-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Spain. 2012 – Jordon Ibe made his debut for England Under-18’s in their 2-0 friendly defeat of Italy in Mansfield. 2009 – Future reds Alisson Becker and Philippe Coutinho both featured for Brazil Under-17’s as they beat Germany 3-2 in a World Championship Finals game in Nigeria.
  7. Will

    20th October

    Happy birthdays 1961 - Ian Rush was born in St. Asaph. His club record 346 strikes in 660 games across two spells with the reds helped us to five League titles, the European Cup, three FA Cups, five League Cups, two FA Charity Shields and the Screen Sport Super Cup, after signing from Chester for just £300,000 in April 1980, moving on to Leeds United in May 1996. 1943 - Chris Lawler was born in Liverpool. He signed pro terms on his seventeenth birthday and struck 61 times in 549 reds appearances, helping us to win two League titles, an FA Cup, UEFA Cup and FA Charity Shield before moving to Portsmouth in October 1975. He later returned to the club in the 1980’s as Reserve Team Manager. 1984 - Forward Florent Sinama-Pongolle was born in Saint-Pierre on Réunion Island. He netted nine times in 66 reds games, joining Real Club Recreativo de Huelva for €4m in May 2007 after a loan spell. Dirk at the double 2007 - Dirk Kuyt converted two spot-kicks as we came from behind to win 2-1 at Everton. The Blues had fortuitously gone ahead through a Sami Hyypiä own goal, but we equalised after Tony Hibbert brought down Steven Gerrard, with the defender rightly being dismissed. Lucas was denied the stoppage time winning goal by Phil Neville’s handball on the line, for which he too was red-carded. Mark Clattenburg joined the lengthy list of referees castigated by Blues due to both his failure to send Kuyt off for a strong challenge on the home side’s skipper, and the lack of a penalty given for Jamie Carragher’s tussle with Joleon Lescott in the box immediately after we had finally taken the lead. Ten a side at Anfield 1979 - Terry McDermott and Everton’s Garry Stanley were sent off for fighting as the game ended 2-2, the first dismissals in a Merseyside derby in 83 years. A spectacular forty-yard own goal by Mick Lyons put us ahead after just nine minutes although Brian Kidd equalised with the last of his six goals against the reds, before Ray Kennedy restored our lead. Andy King levelled the scores for the second time, before the dual sendings off, while Kidd and King also had strikes chalked off for offside. The game also featured a female streaker! 1984 - We also faced the Blues when we went down 1-0 at Anfield, with Graeme Sharp’s strike later being named as the BBC’s Goal of the Season, one of his seven goals past us. This result left us seventeenth in the table. God’s final work 2001 - Robbie Fowler scored a hat-trick in our 4-1 win at Leicester City, his last reds goals in his first spell, with Sami Hyypiä netting the other. Stephen Wright made his first start in this game, with Dennis Wise bagging the last of his four goals past us. 1923 - A less celebrated red made his final appearance when Harry Beadles played his eighteenth game in a 4-2 top-flight defeat of Nottingham Forest at Anfield. Donald McKinlay grabbed two goals past ex-red Sam Hardy, including one from the spot, with Jimmy Walsh also grabbing a brace. Dick Forshaw was playing in his 106th consecutive Liverpool game, but missed the next one as we beat Forest at the City Ground. Duncan Walker scored twice for the visitors. The end of the run 1990 - We failed to win for the first time following a club record twelve consecutive League victories, being held to a 1-1 draw at Norwich City. Gary Gillespie struck our goal after just two minutes, his sixteenth and final reds strike, but Ruel Fox equalised just five minutes later. 1894 - We ended another run by winning our first ever First Division fixture, after nine previous games without a victory. Jimmy Ross bagged a brace in our 2-0 defeat of Stoke at Anfield, with inside-right John Givens playing his tenth and final reds game. 2019 – Adam Lallana scored his 22nd and last goal for the club late on to secure a 1-1 draw at Manchester United and maintain our unbeaten League record that season. Marcus Rashford had given the home side a half-time lead, one of his six goals past us to date. Facing the Terriers 2018 – Mohamed Salah netted the only goal of our game at Huddersfield Town, his fiftieth strike in English football. 1928 – We lost 3-2 at home to Huddersfield Town in a top-flight encounter. Dick Edmed scored both our goals, with Johnny Dent nabbing a brace for the Terriers, with Clem Stephenson netting the last of his five goals past us. Off the mark 2012 - Raheem Sterling scored his first reds goal, the only one of our League meeting with Reading at Anfield. European stalemates We have played three European Second Round ties on this day in history, failing to score every time. 1971 - We drew at Anfield with Bayern München’s eleven-man defence in the European Cup Winners’ Cup. We lost the return in Germany 3-1 as we were knocked out. 1998 - We drew with Valencia at home in the UEFA Cup, who were managed by future Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieri. Bizarrely, we had to wear our white away kit due to the visitors’ insistence on wearing orange. However, the second leg in the Mestalla ended 2-2, so we went through on the away goals rule. 1976 - We lost 1-0 in Turkey to Trabzonspor in the European Cup thanks to a dubious penalty award, although neither side managed a shot on target and the reds only won one corner. Boss Bob Paisley described it as “the worst trip I have known in thirteen years”, while Ian Callaghan set a new club record of 79 European appearances. Fortunately, we won the Anfield return 3-0 to progress en route to our first European Cup win. John’s bow 1900 – Left-back John Glover made his reds debut as we lost a top-flight fixture 3-0 at Notts County. In and out 2005 - Mark González officially signed from Albacete Balompié for £1.5m. However, he had to wait until July 2006 to have his work permit approved. He bagged three goals in 36 reds games, but left the club after just a year to join Real Betis Balompié. 2011 – Forward Nathan Eccleston joined Rochdale on loan. He struck once in seven outings for the Dale. European defeat 2009 – The reds lost four games in a row for the first time since April 1987 when we went down 2-1 to Olympique Lyonnais in a Champions League group game at Anfield, with Yossi Benayoun putting us ahead. Young defender Martin Kelly made his first start, impressing before he had to go off injured. Beaten by the Mancs 1913 – We lost a Lancashire Senior Cup Third Round tie 3-1 to Manchester United at Anfield, with Tommy Gracie netting our goal. Purslow’s progress 2010 – Managing Director Christian Purslow announced his resignation, five days after the protracted completion of the sale of the club to New England Sports Ventures. On the same day, Adam Morgan, Matty Regan, Raheem Sterling all featured for England Under-17’s in their 1-1 European Championships qualifying draw in Georgia, while Samed Yeşil nabbed a brace in Germany’s 2-1 defeat of Austria in Estonia at the same level, with fellow future red Emre Can also playing. To and fro with the Baggies 1988 - Second string forward John Durnin joined West Bromwich Albion on loan. He scored two goals in five games for the Baggies, before returning to our reserves. On the same day, David Burrows made the reverse journey, for a £550,000 fee. He netted three times in 193 appearances in five years at Anfield, winning League and FA Cup medals. International beginnings and ends 1930 - Gordon Hodgson won his first cap for England as they thumped Northern Ireland 5-1 in the British International Championships in Sheffield. Future red Ernie Blenkinsop also played for the home side, with reds keeper Elisha Scott in the opposing goal. 1934 - Scott won his first cap as a Belfast Celtic player, his 28th to date, as Northern Ireland beat Scotland 2-1 in the same competition in Belfast. 1923 - Harry Chambers won his eighth and final cap as England lost 2-1 at Windsor Park in the same competition. 1956 - Tommy Younger won his first Scotland cap as a red, his ninth in total, as they held Wales to a 2-2 draw at Ninian Park, also in the British International Championships. 2008 – Future reds centre-back Danny Wilson won his first cap for Scotland Under-19’s as they won a European Championships qualifier 1-0 in Hungary. 2015 – Future red Ozan Kabak scored on his debut for Turkey Under-16’s in their 3-2 friendly win in Italy. On the same day, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Herbie Kane both played for England Under-17’s as they lost their World Championship Finals group game 1-0 in Chile, while future red Ibrahima Konaté featured in a European Championships qualifier as France beat Northern Ireland 1-0 in Israel. Defenders on their way 2000 - Steve Staunton joined Crystal Palace on loan. He made six appearances, scoring in their home defeat of Tranmere Rovers, and was then released back to Aston Villa on a free transfer shortly afterwards. 1997 - Barry Venison left Southampton after failing to score in thirty appearances in two years at The Dell. He has since moved into media work. 1994 - Julian Dicks was sold back to West Ham United for £1m. He had only played 28 times in his one season with the reds, netting three times, and went on to retake his regular place for the Hammers. 2005 - Ex-reds left-back Christian Ziege announced his retirement from football. He had signed for the reds in controversial circumstances from Middlesbrough in August 2000 for £5.5m. He netted twice in 32 reds games, leaving Anfield for Tottenham Hotspur after just one year having won a Worthington Cup winner’s medal. He had then returned to his native land to play for Borussia Mönchengladbach. Other reds games 1973 – We lost 1-0 at Leeds United with Mick Jones scoring the last of his seven goals against the reds. 1956 – We beat Fulham by the odd goal in seven in a Second Division encounter at Anfield. Alan A’Court, Johnny Wheeler, Billy Liddell and Jimmy Melia struck our goals. Tosh Chamberlain nabbed the first two of his four goals past us, with Johnny Haynes also on the scoresheet. 1951 – We drew 3-3 at Middlesbrough after falling three goals behind to Wilf Mannion, Johnny Spuhler and a Lindy Delapenha penalty, the first of his four goals past us. Billy Liddell, Jack Smith and Bill Jones then scored for the reds. 1934 – Vic Wright netted as we drew 1-1 with Grimsby Town in L4. 1906 – We won 3-1 at Bury. Bobby Robinson netted before Tom Kay struck the first of his four goals past us. Sam Raybould then bagged a brace. An Olympian scorer 1908 - Arthur Berry struck as the United Kingdom trounced Sweden 12-1 in a preliminary game for the Olympics at White City. Anfield in action 1926 - England drew 3-3 with Northern Ireland in an international match staged at Anfield, with reds custodian Elisha Scott winning his tenth cap for the away side. 1954 - A representative match between the Football League and the Irish Football League took place at Anfield on a Wednesday afternoon. No reds were involved, but the Football League side did include Duncan Edwards, Nat Lofthouse and Billy Wright.
  8. Will

    9th May

    Winning the cup 1992 - We beat Second Division Sunderland 2-0 to win our fifth FA Cup. Ian Rush scored his fifth FA Cup Final goal, to break Stan Mortensen’s record, after Michael Thomas had opened the scoring, with Dean Saunders also hitting the bar. Graeme Souness led the team out just 48 hours after leaving hospital. However, the wrong medals were presented to each team, and so the two sides had to swap them afterwards! Ray Houghton was playing his 202nd and final reds game. Youngest ever 2010 - Left-back Jack Robinson became the reds’ youngest ever player, aged sixteen years and 250 days as we were held to a goalless draw at Hull City. This was Rafael Benítez’s last game in charge, and Dirk Kuyt’s 200th game for the club, while Nabil El Zhar made his 32nd and final reds appearance. 1995 – Steven Gerrard represented the reds for the first time ever, aged fourteen, as the ‘B’ team lost 2-1 at Manchester United, with the team including many winners of the FA Youth Cup a year later. Maxi’s treble 2011 - We secured our biggest every victory at Fulham, winning 5-2 after a sparkling performance. Maxi Rodríguez scored a hat-trick, netting in his third consecutive game while Dirk Kuyt struck in his fifth appearance in a row, with Luis Suárez also on target. Skipper Jamie Carragher played his 666th reds game, to move into second place on the all-time list, only behind Ian Callaghan. A quiet day Our only other two first-class games on this day in history both ended in stalemate. 1987 - We drew 3-3 at Chelsea, with Ian Rush, Steve McMahon and John Aldridge on target in our final game of the season, as we ended nine points behind Everton in second place. Gary Gillespie made his hundredth reds appearance in this game. Future red David Speedie was amongst the scorers, with Gordon Durie netting the first of his six goals past us and John Bumstead also on target. 1988 - John Aldridge struck a spectacular overhead kick as we were held 1-1 at Anfield by Luton Town to reach ninety points in our final League game of the campaign as Steve McMahon reached a century of League games for the reds. We had already clinched our seventeenth League title two weeks earlier. Nigel Spackman lined up alongside Gary Gillespie in central defence as Kenny Dalglish rested Alan Hansen ahead of the FA Cup Final, with Jan Mølby away on international duty. Unfortunately, Gillespie and Spackman collided when going for the same ball, resulting in them both taking to the Wembley turf in head bandages the following week! Before the game, the PFA’s Fair Play Trophy and a cheque for £2,000 was presented to Alan Hansen by PFA Secretary Gordon Taylor. The game was watched by 30,376 giving us an average home crowd of 39,682, the best in the division. 1973 - We were also due to play a game, but our UEFA Cup Final first leg meeting with Borussia Mönchengladbach at Anfield was postponed after only 27 minutes, due to a sodden pitch. Happy birthdays 1993 – Defender Andre Wisdom was born in Leeds. He joined the reds from Bradford City in January 2008, making 22 first-team appearances, netting on his debut at BSC Young Boys in September 2013. He left for Derby County for an initial £2m in July 2017. 1996 – Midfielder Cameron Brannagan was born in Salford. He was with the club since the age of eight, making nine senior appearances before joining Oxford United in January 2018. 1989 – Former reserves forward Michael Nardiello was born. 1968 - Neil Ruddock was born in Wandsworth, London. He played 152 games for the reds after being signed from Tottenham Hotspur for £2.5 million, bagging twelve goals and helping us to the Coca-Cola Cup in 1995 before moving on to West Ham United for £100,000 in July 1998. 1971 - Don Hutchison was born in Gateshead. He made only sixty first-team appearances following his £175,000 capture from Hartlepool United in November 1990, netting ten times, before leaving for Upton Park for £1.5m in August 1994. 1933 – Forward Arthur Rowley was born in Fazakerley in Liverpool. He joined the reds in May 1951, failing to score in eleven outings, moving on to Wrexham in November 1954. Reds trebles 1961 - Ian St. John bagged a hat-trick on his reds debut as we lost 4-3 to Everton in the Liverpool County F.A. Senior Cup Final at Goodison Park. 1942 - Cyril Done netted a treble as we beat Chester 3-0 in a Lancashire Cup First Round second leg match to progress 6-1 on aggregate. Unfortunately, Blackburn Rovers knocked us out at Anfield at the next hurdle. Beating the Hammers 2009 - We won 3-0 at West Ham United thanks to a Steven Gerrard brace and a goal from Ryan Babel. The skipper’s second goal came when keeper Robert Green saved his penalty, although he followed in to net the rebound. His first was his hundredth reds goal from open play. The comedy moment of the game came when David Di Michele performed a laughable dive that led to a booking. Ins and outs 1900 – Scottish centre-forward Peter Kyle moved on to Leicester Fosse after failing to score in five first-team games since arriving from Clyde in May 1899. 1905 – Inside-left Dickie Morris left the reds to join Leeds City, having only struck five times in 39 outings after signing from Druids in March 1902. 1906 – Forward John Lipsham arrived from Chester, failing to score in just three reds outings, returning to Chester in 1907. 1911 – Scottish international keeper Ken Campbell signed from Cambuslang Rovers for £10. He played 142 reds games before joining Partick Thistle in April 1920. 1957 – Forward Bobby Murdoch signed as a professional, having joined as an amateur two years earlier. He struck seven times in nineteen reds games as we struggled in the Second Division. He moved on to Barrow in September 1959. Sir Roger in Italy 1964 - Roger Hunt played for a Football League representative side as they lost 1-0 to an Italian League team at the San Siro in Milan. Keegan for England 1999 - Kevin Keegan resigned as Manager of Fulham, soon signing up as the England team boss. He had guided the Cottagers to the Second Division title, with an impressive 101 points, in his one season in charge. Testimonial defeat 1967 - We took part in a testimonial match for George Curtis and Mick Kearns, losing 2-1 to Coventry City at Highfield Road, with Roger Hunt on target. Dads again 2006 - Steven Gerrard became the father of his second daughter, Lexie. On the same day, Robbie Fowler became a dad for the fourth time, with his first son, named Jacob. For and against England 1929 – Future reds Ernie Blenkinsop and Tom Cooper both turned out for England as they won a friendly 4-1 in France. 1942 - Reds keeper George Poland played for England as they lost 1-0 to Wales at Ninian Park in a Wartime International. 2004 – Future red Besian Idrizaj played for Austria Under-17’s as they lost 1-0 to England in a European Championships Finals group game in France. 2009 – Christopher Buchtmann featured as Germany Under-17’s thumped England 4-0 in a European Championships Finals group game in Jena, with future red Jonjo Shelvey on the losing side while winning his seventh and final cap at this level. 2011 – Brad Smith netted his only goal for England Under-17’s in their 3-0 win in a European Championships Finals group game in Serbia, with Adam Morgan also featuring. On the same day, Samed Yeşil scored the only goal of Germany’s meeting with Romania in the same competition, with fellow future red Emre Can also in action. 2014 – Future reds Joe Gomez and Dominic Solanke both represented England Under-17’s as they beat Malta 3-0 in a European Championships Finals group game in Ta’ Qali. On their way out 1936 – Ex-reds reserves outside-left Jimmy Kelly played for the Irish Free State for the last of four times, grabbing his only two goals for them in their 5-1 friendly win in Luxembourg. 2012 – Ex-reds centre-forward Neil Mellor announced his retirement from playing, aged 29, following a serious knee injury. Avi the Olympian 1979 - Future red Avi Cohen played in Israel’s 1-1 Olympics qualifying draw against Spain in Murcia. Red tonkings 1994 - Ian Rush bagged a brace, with John Barnes, Don Hutchison and Jamie Redknapp also scoring in a 5-0 SDS Challenge Series victory over Shelbourne at Tolka Park in Dublin. 1945 - We thumped Preston North End 5-1 in a Wartime League game at Anfield, with Phil Taylor and Les Shannon both netting twice, and George Kaye bagging a penalty. First cap 2019 – Future red Melkamu Frauendorf debuted for the German Under-15’s as they lost 2-1 to the Netherlands in Drenthe. On the move 2005 - Former reserves forward Ian Armstrong was released by Port Vale after seventeen goals in 101 outings. 2011 – Future reds loanee Nuri Şahin joined Real Madrid from Borussia Dortmund for €10m. However, he only made ten senior appearances while in Spain, netting once, before returning to Dortmund. Also in international action 1937 - Andy Beattie played for Scotland in their 1-1 friendly encounter with Austria in Vienna. He guested with the reds during the war, and later joined the backroom staff at Anfield after a successful management career. 1994 – Future red Rigobert Song featured as Cameroon beat Greece 3-0 in a tournament game in Piraeus. 2016 – Future red Ozan Kabak played for Turkey Under-16’s in their 2-0 friendly defeat by Spain in Portugal. 2017 – Kabak appeared for the Under-17’s as they beat Italy 2-1 in a European Championships Finals group game in Croatia.
  9. Will

    1st October

    Happy birthday Walshie 1962 - Paul Walsh was born in Plumstead. He signed from Luton Town for £700,000 in May 1984 and struck 37 times in 112 reds games, winning a League title and the Screen Sport Super Cup before joining Tottenham Hotspur for £500,000 in February 1988. 1879 – Bobby Robinson was born in Sunderland. He moved to the reds from his hometown club for £500 in February 1904. He was top scorer as we won the Second Division title the following season, and also helped us claim the First Division championship in 1906. During the latter stages of his time with the reds, he moved into the half-back line but still bagged a total of 65 goals in 271 games, moving on to Tranmere Rovers in May 1913. A double treble 1980 - Graeme Souness and Terry McDermott both scored trebles as we thumped Finnish champions Oulun Palloseura 10-1 at Anfield to progress to the Second Round of the European Cup by 11-2 on aggregate. This was Souness’s first treble for the reds, which included a penalty. Sammy Lee and Ray Kennedy were also on target, with David Fairclough bagging a brace, with the first being his fiftieth reds strike. Beating the Blues 2011 – We won 2-0 at Everton, with Jack Rodwell sent off half-way through the first half for a late tackle on Luis Suárez. Dirk Kuyt had a penalty saved just before the break, while Charlie Adam struck the crossbar. However, we eventually triumphed thanks to goals from Andy Carroll and Suárez. Off the mark 2008 - Robbie Keane finally scored his first reds goal, in his eleventh outing, to put us three ahead in our 3-1 Champions League defeat of PSV Eindhoven at Anfield, with Steven Gerrard bagging his hundredth goal for the club, courtesy of a 25-yard free-kick at the Kop end. We had opened the scoring through Dirk Kuyt’s tenth goal in Europe, which ensured we reached a century of goals in the competition under Rafael Benítez, in what was his 250th game in charge overall. 1892 – Tom Wyllie bagged his first reds goal as we beat West Manchester 3-1 in a Lancashire League encounter in L4, with Jock Smith and John Miller also on target. Anfield hat-tricks galore 1904 – Birthday boy Bobby Robinson scored all our goals as we thumped Leicester Fosse 4-0 in a Second Division fixture. 1906 – Jack Parkinson scored three as we beat Manchester United 4-1 in a Lancashire Senior Cup game, with Sam Raybould also on target. 1927 - Willie Devlin scored four goals and Gordon Hodgson also netted a hat-trick as we trounced Portsmouth 8-2 at Anfield, our first ever meeting with Pompey, with left-winger George Pither nabbing the other, his only senior reds strike. Left-half Tom Bromilow was playing his 300th reds game. We had gone in 6-0 up at half-time, as well as having two goals ruled out, for handball and offside. 1994 - Steve McManaman was denied his only reds treble while making his hundredth League appearance when his third goal in our 4-1 defeat of Sheffield Wednesday at Anfield was later credited as a Des Walker own goal. Ian Rush equalised after the break after we had gone in behind to an Ian Nolan goal. Most recently 2017 – Philippe Coutinho scored in his third consecutive game as we were held to a 1-1 draw at Rafael Benítez’s Newcastle United. 1988 – Newcastle United won a top-flight fixture 2-1 at Anfield, despite Gary Gillespie heading us into an early lead. John Hendrie equalised after half an hour, with Mirandinha converting a late penalty to secure the win. 2016 – We won 2-1 at Swansea City’s Liberty Stadium, falling behind to an early Leroy Fer goal. Roberto Firmino headed in after the break, with James Milner securing the victory from the spot after Firmino was felled. 2020 – We lost 5-4 on penalties to Arsenal after our League Cup Fourth Round tie ended goalless behind closed doors at Anfield. Midfielder Marko Grujić and winger Harry Wilson both made their final appearances for the club. James Milner, Gini Wijnaldum, Takumi Minamino and Curtis Jones all converted their spot-kicks, with Divock Origi and Wilson seeing their efforts saved as Adrián was only able to keep out one of the Gunners’ penalties. Brothers in arms 1867 - Outside-left Hugh McQueen was born in Harthill, Lanarkshire. He signed from Leith Athletic in October 1892 and made 61 reds appearances, bagging eighteen goals, helping us to the Lancashire League and Second Division titles in successive seasons, before joining Derby County in July 1895. His brother Matt played 103 times for the reds between 1892 and 1899, and later became a director, before managing the side for five years in the 1920’s. 1898 - Outside-right Harold Wadsworth was born in Bootle. He signed from Tranmere Rovers in May 1919 and struck three times in 55 reds games, often playing alongside his brother, centre-half Walter. He moved on to Leicester City in June 1924. Billy’s farewell 1921 – Forward Billy Matthews played his ninth and final reds game as we were held to a 1-1 draw at Anfield by Chelsea, with Dick Forshaw on target. National fervour on Merseyside 1938 - Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain was at Goodison, a few days after returning from Munich with the famous “piece of paper” signed by Hitler that he felt would avert war. The crowd responded by singing the National Anthem, but Willie Fagan’s penalty could not prevent us losing 2-1 to Everton. We have lost two other League derbies on this day in history. 1932 - We were beaten 3-1 at Goodison with Gordon Gunson netting our consolation. Dixie Dean bagged two of his nineteen goals past us, with Ted Critchley also on target for the home side. 1910 - We faced the Blues at Anfield, going down 2-0 as they kept a clean sheet for the fourth consecutive occasion in this fixture, a first for any club at Anfield. Sandy Young netted one of his twelve derby strikes, with Harry Makepeace also scoring. A millennium at Anfield 1955 - Alan A’Court and Geoff Twentyman both struck braces as we beat Plymouth Argyle 4-1 in L4 in a Second Division encounter, our thousandth home League game. Carra's century 2000 - Jamie Carragher played his hundredth League game as we lost 3-0 at Chelsea, with their first score being an own goal from Sander Westerveld. Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink bagged one of his seven goals against the reds, with Eiður Guðjohnsen also on the scoresheet. 1921 - We also faced the West London outfit, when Dick Forshaw struck in a 1-1 draw at Anfield. Disappointment at Old Trafford 1995 - Robbie Fowler struck twice as Eric Cantona’s comeback game after a nine-month ban ended all square. Nicky Butt opened the scoring, with Cantona converting a penalty to level the scores, one of his five goals past us. 1977 - We also visited Manchester United, losing 2-0 thanks to goals from Lou Macari and Sammy McIlroy. Zico senior missed 1983 - Phil Neal missed his first League game since December 1974 as we went down 1-0 at home to Sunderland, with Gary Rowell on target from the spot. Future reds in action 1924 - Forward Gordon Hodgson and keeper Arthur Riley both played for a South Africa XI that beat a reds side of mainly reserves at Anfield, with defender Balaert Shears twice drawing the reds level. Hodgson and Riley would both later sign for the club. Under the lights 1958 - We beat Everton 2-1 at home in the first leg of the short-lived Floodlight Challenge Cup, with Alan Arnell and Jimmy Melia on the scoresheet. We won the return leg 3-2 to retain the trophy. Also in Europe 2015 – We were held to a 1-1 draw by Swiss side Sion in a UEFA Europa League game at Anfield, with Adam Lallana firing the reds an early lead before we were pegged back. 2014 – We lost 1-0 at Basel in our UEFA Champions League group encounter, with Marco Streller on target after the break. 1974 - Ray Kennedy netted the only goal of the game at the Ullevaal Stadion in Oslo as we beat Norwegian amateurs Strømsgodset to progress to the Second Round of the European Cup Winners’ Cup by a huge 12-0 aggregate scoreline. This was Kevin Keegan’s first game back after his lengthy suspension following his dismissal in that season’s FA Charity Shield. In Notts 1908 - Forward Sam Bowyer grabbed the first of his sixteen reds goals in a 5-1 top-flight thumping at Nottingham Forest, our worst ever defeat to the East Midlands outfit. Left-back Tom Rogers was badly injured in this game, not returning to the side for another eleven months. Grenville Morris struck two of his six goals past us, with Bill Hooper also nabbing a brace and Enoch West scoring one of his eight goals against the reds. We have faced Notts County three times on this day in history in the top flight, winning twice and drawing the other match. 1898 - We were held to a goalless draw at Anfield. 1903 - George Fleming converted a penalty and Jack Cox also netted in a 4-2 defeat at Trent Bridge. Albert Green bagged two of his four goals against us, with Percy Humphreys netting one of his six, and future Arsenal boss Herbert Chapman also on the scoresheet. 1925 - Tom Bromilow and Jimmy Walsh struck as we won 2-1 at Meadow Lane. International beginnings and end 2001 – Future reds Andy Lonergan, Jermaine Pennant and Gary O’Neil all debuted for England Under-19’s as they beat Iceland 2-0 in a friendly in York. 2012 – Left-back Brad Smith won his second and last cap for England Uder-19’s in their 1-1 European Championships qualifying draw with Ukraine in Estonia. Internationals on target 2007 – Dani Pacheco bagged a treble on his debut for Spain Under-17’s in their 6-0 thumping of San Marino in a European Championships qualifier in Andorra. 1949 – Future reds forward Sammy Smyth bagged a brace as Ireland lost 8-2 to Scotland in a World Cup qualifier that also counted for the British International Championships at Windsor Park. On the move 1999 - Steve Nicol was named as interim head coach of New England Revolution for the first time, following the sacking of Walter Zenga. He remained in charge at the Gillette Stadium until October 2011. 2016 – Ex-reds midfielder Momo Sissoko signed for Indian Super League side Pune City, scoring twice in thirteen games before joining Ternana in Italy in February 2017. 2019 - Vitor Matos joined as Elite Development Coach, arriving from Porto. 2021 – Ex-reds forward Daniel Sturridge signed for Perth Glory but was unable to score in just six appearances as he again struggled with injuries. Other reds games 1966 – We won 3-2 at Aston Villa as future red Tony Hateley scored the last two of his five goals against the reds, including one from the spot. Ian St. John, Ian Callaghan and Bobby Graham scored our goals. 1960 – Johnny Wheeler netted the only goal of Derby County’s visit to Anfield for a Second Division fixture. 1949 – Albert Stubbins struck as we won 1-0 at West Bromwich Albion. Zico junior's reds bow 1992 - Phil Neal’s son Ashley made his reserves debut, as a substitute for Steve Nicol in a 2-0 defeat at Leeds United. Also in international action 1996 – Future red John Arne Riise played for Norway Under-15’s as they lost a friendly 4-1 in Poland.
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    28th September

    Hat-tricks all round 2002 - Michael Owen bagged a treble as we won 3-0 at Manchester City. It was our 400th Premier League match, and Steven Gerrard made his 150th reds appearance in the game. 1895 - George Allan scored four goals in our 5-1 Second Division defeat of Burslem Port Vale at Anfield, with David Hannah netting the other. Full-back Archie Goldie made his reds bow in this game. 2003 - Kevin Lisbie bagged a treble for Charlton Athletic as we lost 3-2 at The Valley, with Steven Gerrard playing his 200th reds game. Vladimír Šmicer scored and Michael Owen converted a penalty. Anfield debut 1884 - The first game at Anfield was played, when Everton beat Earlestown 5-0 in a friendly. ¡Feliz Cumpleaños! 1992 – Midfielder Luis Alberto was born in San José del Valle, Cádiz. He signed from Sevilla for £6.8m in June 2013, making twelve senior appearances in his first campaign before returning to his homeland on loan for the next two seasons, moving on to sold to S.S. Lazio for €4m in August 2016. 2003 – Polish keeper Fabian Mrozek was born in Wrocław. He joined the Academy in August 2020, signing pro terms the following July. European records 1976 - We registered our then record equal away win in Europe, thumping Northern Irish champions Crusaders 5-0 in our First Round match to go through 7-0 on aggregate, en route to our first European Cup win. David Johnson bagged a brace, to add to goals from Kevin Keegan, Terry McDermott and Steve Heighway, with four of our goals coming in the final nine minutes. Crusaders had been unfortunate enough to hit the woodwork twice before we had opened the scoring on the night. 1982 - Anfield witnessed its lowest ever European attendance of just 12,021 as we beat Dundalk 1-0 in our European Cup First Round second leg, to progress 5-1 on aggregate. Ronnie Whelan volleyed the only goal, just nine minutes from time to secure a joint club record 25th consecutive game unbeaten in all competitions. Terry McDermott was making his farewell reds appearance, and 329th in all. 1983 - Phil Neal missed his first game in seven years as Michael Robinson scored his first two reds goals as we beat Danes OB Odense 5-0 at Anfield. Kenny Dalglish also struck twice, to break Denis Law’s British record for most goals in the European Cup, reaching fifteen. Our other strike came from a Frank Clausen own goal. Captain Jocky 1985 - Alan Hansen was confirmed as club captain in place of Phil Neal, prior to our 4-1 defeat of Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield. Ian Rush and Mark Lawrenson both scored, before Jan Mølby added two penalties. Craig Johnston reached a century of League games for the reds. Off the mark 2020 – Diogo Jota scored his first reds goal late on as we beat Arsenal 3-1 behind closed doors at Anfield, despite falling behind to an Alexandre Lacazette goal. Sadio Mané equalised with Andy Robertson putting us in front at the break. Out with the old, in with the new 1957 - Centre-half Laurie Hughes played his 326th and final reds game and full-back Tom McNulty making his 36th and last appearance as we were thumped 5-1 at Charlton Athletic, with Tony Rowley grabbing our consolation. Gerry Byrne made his reds bow in the same game, scoring an own goal. Bobby Ayre bagged a treble, with South African centre-forward Stuart Leary netting the last of his six strikes against the reds. Another legend passes on 1944 - Matt McQueen died. He had played for the club in its first eight years of existence, making 103 appearances in every position on the park and scoring seven times. He became a Director at the end of the First World War, and then managed the club for five years during the 1920’s, helping us to retain the League title in 1923. Another win 2019 – Gini Wijnaldum bagged the only goal of our League visit to Sheffield United to secure our seventh straight League win from the start of the season. Another debutant 1912 - Inside-forward Arthur Metcalf made his reds bow as we lost 3-1 at West Bromwich Albion. Tom Miller grabbed our consolation. 1935 - We had a happier time against the Baggies, thumping them 5-0 at Anfield, with Lance Carr bagging a brace and Berry Nieuwenhuys, Gordon Hodgson and Fred Howe all on the scoresheet. Running riot at Molineux 1968 - We recorded our equal biggest win over Wolverhampton Wanderers as Roger Hunt, ex-Wolves star Alun Evans and Peter Thompson all netted braces in a 6-0 top-flight thumping. A derby win 1963 - Ian Callaghan netted twice as we beat Everton 2-1 at Anfield, with Roy Vernon bagging one of his six goals against the reds. Tons up 1974 - Phil Boersma played his hundredth reds game as we lost a First Division match 1-0 at Sheffield United, thanks to an Alan Woodward goal. 2021 – Jordan Henderson played his 400th reds game as we thumped Porto 5-1 in their Estádio do Dragão in a UEFA Champions League group encounter. Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino struck twice each, with Sadio Mané also netting. Also in Europe 2004 - We lost at Olympiacos in the Champions League group stage, despite the Greek outfit having Anastasious Pantos sent off late on. Ieroklis Stoltidis netted the only goal of the game. 2000 - We were held to a goalless draw at Anfield by Rapid Bucureşti to reach the UEFA Cup Second Round 1-0 on aggregate, on our way to claiming the trophy for the third time. 2005 – Both sides drew blanks as Chelsea visited Anfield in our most recent European game on this day, a Champions League group game. 1966 - Ian St. John headed us into the lead before Ian Callaghan’s volley secured a 2-0 victory over Romanians Petrolul Ploieşti in the opening game of our European Cup campaign. Mixed fortunes against the Brummies and Rovers We have twice scored three against the Blues from Birmingham at Anfield, although one of these occasions ended in defeat. 1901 - We beat Small Heath, as they were then known, 3-1, with Sam Raybould on target twice and Tom Robertson converting a penalty while centre-half Alex Raisbeck reached a century of League outings for the reds. 1907 - Birmingham City left L4 with all the points having won 4-3. Arthur Goddard, Joe Hewitt and Robbie Robinson grabbed our goals. Arthur Mounteney struck two of his five goals past us, with Benny Green and Edmund Eyre also on target. We have met Blackburn Rovers three times in the Lancashire Senior Cup on this day in history. 1927 – We won a Second Round tie 4-3 at Anfield. Gordon Hodgson bagged a brace, with Bill Devlin and Tommy Reid also on target. 1936 – We lost 2-1 at Ewood Park in the First Round, benefitting from an own goal. 1938 – We drew another First Round tie 4-4, with Stanley Eastham converting a penalty and Bill Kinghorn, John Browning and George Paterson also netting. Reserve birthdays 1964 - Reserves forward Paul Jewell was born in Liverpool. He never made our first-team, moving on to Wigan Athletic for £15,000 in December 1984. He also had a successful spell with Bradford City, before moving into management. 1981 - More recent second-string striker John Miles was born in Fazakerley. He too never broke through to the first eleven at Anfield, but continued his career in the lower leagues. 1897 - Harry Beadles was born in Llanllwehaiarn, Newtown in Wales. He bagged six goals in eighteen games after signing on for free from Grayson’s FC in June 1921, but left three years later to join Cardiff City. Forwards on their way out 1999 - Karl-Heinz Riedle was sold to Fulham for £200,000. He netted six goals in 35 outings in two seasons at Craven Cottage, as his career wound to an end. 1983 - Reserves forward Mike Newell joined Crewe Alexandra on a free transfer, having failed to break into the first team at Anfield. He only lasted one month and three matches at Gresty Road, before moving to Wigan Athletic on another free transfer. 2013 – Nigel Clough was sacked as Manager of Derby County having been in charge since January 2009. 1933 – Ex-reds outside-right Danny McRorie re-signed for Morton from Rochdale after playing five League games in just two months with the Dale. Keepers heading off 2020 - Kamil Grabara re-joined AGF Århus for a second loan spell, with Loris Karius moving to 1. FC Union Berlin for the season. Grabara played 35 times while in Denmark, with Karius appearing just five times. Wartime scorers 1940 - Denis Westcott nabbed his first reds goals, scoring both in our 2-0 win at Chester’s Moss Road Ground in a Wartime League game. 1918 - Inside-forward Harry Lewis scored in his fourth consecutive game as we won a Wartime League game at Preston North End 2-0. Thomas Bennett netted the other goal. Ex-reds keepers in opposition 2003 - Two ex-reds custodians, David James and Tony Warner, played against each other as West Ham United drew 1-1 with Millwall in a First Division fixture at Upton Park. 2012 - David James signed for Bournemouth. He stayed until the following March, playing nineteen times for the Cherries. 2015 – Keeper Lawrence Vigouroux had his loan spell terminated by Swindon Town for paying a £50 fine in pennies, although he was reinstated after he apologised. Other reds games 1991 – Ray Houghton netted as Sheffield Wednesday held us to a 1-1 draw at Anfield. 1988 – Gary Gillespie bagged the only goal of Walsall’s visit in the first leg of our League Cup Second Round tie. We made it as far as the Fourth Round that season, before being knocked out at West Ham United. 1946 – We beat Leeds United 2-0 in L4, with Jack Balmer and Berry Nieuwenhuys on target. Albert Stubbins then had a penalty saved. 1929 – We beat Grimsby Town 2-0 at Anfield, thanks to goals from Gordon Hodgson and Harry Race, with Billy Powell dismissed for the visitors. The King, the father 1975 – Future reds legend Kenny Dalglish became a father for the first time, to Kelly. Youngsters in action 2006 - Michael Collins netted for the Republic of Ireland Under-17’s, playing alongside Laurence Gaughan and Shane O'Connor as they beat Latvia 2-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Azerbaijan. 2012 – Brad Smith won his first cap for England Under-19’s in their 6-0 trouncing of the Faroe Islands in a European Championships qualifier in Tallinn. 2013 – Harry Wilson bagged a brace for Wales Under-17’s in their 3-0 European Championships qualifying defeat of Slovenia in Slovakia. 1994 – Future red Haukur Ingi Guðnason featured for Iceland Under-17;s in their 1-0 defeat by Finland in a European Championships qualifier. 2016 – Future red Ozan Kabak played for Turkey Under-17’s as they beat Lithuania 1-0 in a European Championships qualifier.
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    14th September

    A legend departs 1978 - Ian Callaghan signed for Swansea City on a free transfer. He had helped us to five League titles, two FA Cups, one European Cup, two UEFA Cups, UEFA Super Cup and three FA Charity Shields, as well as winning the Football Writers’ Player of the Year award in 1973/74. He remains the player with the record number of reds appearances, with an amazing 857 outings, during which time he bagged 68 goals. New boss 1918 - George Patterson was appointed as the club’s Secretary, having been Tom Watson’s deputy for a decade. He returned to more administrative duties in December 1919 after just eighteen games in charge, although he then became Secretary/Manager in March 1928, remaining in charge in this second spell until August 1936. Into Europe 1964 - Bobby Graham struck on his reds debut in the first European game at Anfield, as we beat Iceland’s Knattspyrnufélag Reykjavíkur 6-1 in our European Cup preliminary round encounter, to progress 11-1 on aggregate. Ian St. John netted a brace with Gerry Byrne, Roger Hunt and Willie Stevenson scoring the other goals, while Alan A’Court was playing his 381st and final reds game. Shanks apparently told Ron Yeats to let the visiting side score once we had gone 7-0 up on aggregate! Gunnar Felixson was the visitors’ goalscorer. Yet another win 2019 – The reds won a club record fourteenth League game in a row when we beat Newcastle United 3-1 at Anfield. Jetro Willems put the visitors in front early on, but Sadio Mané’s brace gave us a half-time lead. Mohamed Salah completed the scoring after the break. Other goalscoring debuts 2002 - Milan Baroš netted his first two reds goals on his League debut as we won 3-2 at Bolton Wanderers. Emile Heskey grabbed a late winner to prevent us falling to our fourth consecutive 2-2 draw after Ivan Campo’s late equaliser. Ricardo Gardner had also struck for the home side as we secured our first victory at the Reebok. 1946 - Albert Stubbins scored on his reds bow as we won 3-1, again at Bolton. Berry Nieuwenhuys and Jack Balmer scored the others. 1901 - George Bowen and Bill White made their reds debuts in our 2-2 derby draw at Anfield, with White scoring his only reds goal after just two minutes. Sam Raybould was also on target that day, with Jimmy Settle netting one of his eleven goals against the reds and Jack Sharp also scoring for the Blues. Anfield trebles 1895 - Inside-right Jimmy Ross scored a hat-trick as we thumped Newcastle United 5-1 in a Second Division encounter. Centre-forward George Allan and defender John Holmes both made their reds debuts, while Frank Becton and Harry Bradshaw added our other goals. 1935 - Centre-forward Fred Howe bagged a treble in our 7-2 top-flight trouncing of Grimsby Town. Gordon Hodgson added a brace with Lance Carr also on the scoresheet for the reds and forward Tosh Johnson bagging his eighth and last reds goal. Happy birthdays 1997 – Forward Dominic Solanke was born in Basingstoke. He signed from Chelsea in July for an undisclosed fee that was later agreed without going to a tribunal, netting just once in six starts and 21 substitute appearances before moving to Bournemouth for £19m in January 2019. 2003 – Forward Harvey Blair was born in Huddersfield. He signed as an Under-12 from Manchester United, penning his first professional contract in October 2020. 2004 - Midfielder Tommy Pilling was born in St. Helens. Having been at the Academy since the age of five, he signed his first professional contract in August 2022. New deal 2009 – The club announced a lucrative new shirt sponsorship deal with Standard Chartered for four years, beginning the following July. Recent debutants 1985 - Steve McMahon made his reds bow in a 2-2 draw at Oxford United. John Aldridge gave Oxford the lead, before goals from Ian Rush and Craig Johnston put us ahead. However, a last-minute own goal from Alan Kennedy, playing his 359th and final reds game, handed a point to the U’s. 1999 - Djimi Traoré made his reds debut in our 5-1 League Cup Second Round win at Hull City. Erik Meijer netted a brace, his only senior goals while at Anfield, with Danny Murphy nabbing his first two reds goals. Steve Staunton grabbed the other a minute from time. 2000 - Bernard Diomède made his first reds appearance in our first match of that season’s triumphant UEFA Cup campaign, as Nick Barmby bagged his first reds strike, the only goal of the game at Rapid Bucureşti. Christian Ziege made his first start for the club. Other European adventures We have three times won other European Cup opening matches on this day. 1976 - Phil Neal converted a dubiously-awarded penalty, with John Toshack also on target as we beat Northern Irish side Crusaders 2-0 at Anfield, our first game of that victorious continental campaign. 1982 - Ronnie Whelan struck a brace as we won 4-1 at Dundalk, with Ian Rush and David Hodgson also netting. The loudest roar of the night came when Leo Flanagan converted a free-kick for the home side after Bruce Grobbelaar was penalised for taking too many steps with the ball. Dundalk were managed by Jim McLaughlin, who was also the reds Irish scout, who had recommended Whelan to Bob Paisley. 1983 - Kenny Dalglish grabbed the only goal of the game in Denmark against OB Odense. 200 up 1908 – We beat Sheffield United 2-0 at Bramall Lane with Ronald Orr bagging a brace. Right-half Maurice Parry made his 200th appearance for the reds. Lauri’s day 1991 – Former reserves forward Lauri Dalla Valle was born in Kontiolahti, Finland. He arrived from Joensuun Iloiset Peli-Pojat for a reported £600,000 in November 2007, signing professional terms with the reds in September 2008. He moved to Fulham in August 2010 after just one brief substitute appearance, as part of the deal that brought left-back Paul Konchesky to Anfield. A new scout 1999 - It was announced that Alex Miller, then Scotland’s Assistant Manager, had joined the club as a scout, to work alongside Ron Yeats. He later became First Team Coach under Rafael Benítez, but left to manage JEF United Ichihara Chiba in Japan, although he lost his job there in July 2009. Mixed fortunes We have twice entertained Blackburn Rovers on this day in history. 1907 - Arthur Goddard nabbed a brace as we won a First Division fixture 2-0, with centre-half Alex Raisbeck playing his 300th reds game. 1940 - Berry Nieuwenhuys was on the scoresheet in a 1-1 Wartime League draw. We have also twice hosted West Ham United in the top-flight. 1929 - Dick Edmed grabbed a brace and John Lindsay netted his third and final reds goal in a 3-1 victory, with Vic Watson bagging one of his nine goals past us. 1963 - Martin Peters struck the first of his fourteen goals against the reds, with fellow England hero-to-be Geoff Hurst scoring the first of his nine before Ronnie Moran had a penalty saved and then Roger Hunt bagged our consolation. This was the Irons’ most recent Anfield victory, and our third consecutive 2-1 reverse in the League at home, although we went on to claim the title for the first time under Bill Shankly that season. 1938 - We beat Middlesbrough 3-1 at Anfield in a First Division meeting, thanks to a Willie Fagan brace and a goal from Berry Nieuwenhuys. Micky Fenton struck one of his nine goals past us. 1957 - Jimmy Melia and Tony Rowley netted as we drew 2-2 in a Second Division match at Ayresome Park. Sinama on target 2001 - Florent Sinama-Pongolle scored in France Under-17’s 2-1 defeat by Nigeria in the World Championship Finals in the Dwight Yorke Stadium in Tobago, while Anthony Le Tallec also played. The French won their final two group games to progress, eventually going on to claim the title. A first for Rushie 1988 - Ian Rush won his first cap in his second spell as a reds player as Wales lost 1-0 in a World Cup qualifier in the Netherlands. Future reds strike partner Dean Saunders also played. John Aldridge, Peter Beardsley, Gary Gillespie, Ray Houghton, Jan Mølby, Steve Nicol, Ronnie Whelan and ex-red Kevin Sheedy all also represented their countries that day. Fabs at the Olympics 2000 - Future red Fábio Aurélio scored in Brazil’s 3-1 defeat of Slovakia at the Sydney Olympics. Other reds games 1974 – We lost 2-0 at Manchester City, with Bill Shankly in attendance. 1968 – Bobby Graham and Ian St. John struck as we won 2-0 at Ipswich Town. 1960 – We lost a Second Division fixture 2-1 at Luton Town. Ronnie Moran followed up to score the rebound after his penalty was saved by Ron Baynham. 1912 – We lost 2-0 at Bradford City. Sometime reds on the move 2020 – Young Scottish left-back Tony Gallacher joined Major League Soccer side Toronto on loan from the reds, playing ten times. 1995 - Paul Walsh re-joined Portsmouth from Manchester City for £500,000. He scored five times in 22 appearances in his second spell with Pompey. 1997 - Bruce Grobbelaar signed for Oxford United, although he only remained there just over a week. 1989 - Future red Paul Ince joined Manchester United for £1m from West Ham United after twelve goals in 95 outings for the Irons. Also in international action 2007 – Future red Nikola Sarić featured for Denmark Under-17’s in their 1-1 draw with Slovenia in a European Championships qualifier in Athlone.
  12. Will

    17th September

    A Norwegian nightmare 1974 - We secured our record victory, thumping Norwegians Strømsgodset 11-0 at Anfield in our opening game of that season’s European Cup Winners’ Cup campaign. Midfielder Brian Hall was the only outfield player not to score, with Phil’s Boersma and Thompson grabbing a brace apiece. For the record, our other goals that day came from an Alec Lindsay penalty, Steve Heighway, Peter Cormack, Emlyn Hughes, Tommy Smith, Ian Callaghan and Ray Kennedy. Debuting at the back 1988 - Steve Staunton made his reds bow in a 1-1 home draw with Tottenham Hotspur, when Peter Beardsley nabbed our goal with Terry Fenwick equalising a minute later, one of his four strikes against the reds. 1994 - New record signing Phil Babb made his first appearance, as we lost 2-0 at Manchester United. Andrei Kanchelskis struck the first of his five goals past us, with Brian McClair scoring the other. 1938 – Matthew John Fitzsimmons played his only senior reds game, standing in for regular centre-half Fred Rogers in our 3-1 defeat at Bolton Wanderers. Phil Taylor bagged our consolation, with George Hunt nabbing two of his five goals against us, and Jackie Roberts also on target for the Trotters. 2015 – Midfielders Cameron Brannagan and Pedro Chirivella both made their reds debuts as we drew 1-1 with Girondins de Bordeaux in our UEFA Europa League group game with keeper Simon Mignolet reaching a century of reds games. Adam Lallana struck our goal in France. Two-ton Bob 2019 – Forward Roberto Firmino played his 200th reds game as we eventually lost our UEFA Champions League group game 2-0 at SSC Napoli, so losing our first game as holders from the previous season. Dries Mertens' penalty and a late Fernando Llorente goal condemned us to defeat with the match still goalless with ten minutes remaining. To and from Upton Park 1993 - We undertook a complex transfer deal with West Ham United. Julian Dicks arrived at Anfield, with David Burrows, Mike Marsh and £1.5m heading in the opposite direction. None of them lasted much beyond a year at their new club. Signing on 1992 – Defender Torben Piechnik signed from F.C. København for £500,000. He only played 24 times, having helped his country to a shock win at Euro ’92, but Roy Evans released him after just two seasons at Anfield. 2007 – Centre-half Daniel Ayala signed from Sevilla for £160,000. He made five senior appearances, sitting on the bench on a further eleven occasions before moving to Norwich City for £850,000 in August 2011. Reds dismissed 2002 - Dietmar Hamann was sent off in our 2-0 UEFA Champions League defeat at Rafael Benítez’s Valencia, with Salif Diao given the run-around at centre-back. Pablo Aimar and Rubén Baraja struck, while Jerzy Dudek said, “We didn’t close down quickly enough and we weren’t strong enough. We played like girls.” 1983 - Future red Steve McMahon was dismissed as Aston Villa lost 2-1 at Anfield, thanks to second-half goals from Kenny Dalglish and Ian Rush as we extended our unbeaten run to the first six League games of that season. Colin Gibson netted for the Villains. Another defeat at the Bridge 2006 - We lost 1-0 at Chelsea, despite Michael Ballack being sent off for the home side. This was our fifth straight League defeat against the Blues. Didier Drogba struck one of his eleven goals against the reds. Red birthdays 1864 - Right-back Andrew Hannah was born in Renton, joining the reds from his hometown club in May 1892. He was the first ever captain of the club, and cousin of inside-left Davy Hannah who also turned out for the reds in the 1890’s. Andrew made 69 reds appearances, netting once as he led us to the Lancashire League and Second Division titles in his first two seasons at Anfield. 2003 – Midfielder Luca Stephenson was born in Sunderland. He signed pro terms in September 2020. First win at The Dell 1966 - We finally won at The Dell, at our seventh attempt, as Ian’s St. John and Callaghan scored in our 2-1 victory. 1985 - We also faced the Saints, when Jan Mølby and Kenny Dalglish struck as we won our Screen Sport Super Cup match 2-1 at Anfield, with Danny Wallace on target for the visitors. Mixed fortunes in Europe We have played two other European ties on this day, without securing a win, although the seasons were both successful in the end. 1975 - We lost 1-0 at Hibernian in our first game of that victorious UEFA Cup campaign, with the goal scored by former Evertonian Joe Harper. Full-back Chris Lawler played his 549th and last reds game. 1980 - Terry McDermott netted our goal as we were held 1-1 at Finnish champions Oulun Palloseura. Forward beginning and end 1910 - Joseph Brough bagged the first of his three reds goals as we lost 3-2 at home to Nottingham Forest, with ‘Wee’ Ronald Orr also on target. Grenville Morris nabbed one of his six strikes past us, with JB Ford and Harry Lockett also netting. 1898 – Fred Geary played his 45th and final reds game in our 1-0 top-flight victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers at Anfield, with Jack Cox on target. Twice against the Iron We faced Sc***horpe United in the Second Division on this day in consecutive years. 1959 - We drew 1-1 at the Old Show Ground, with Jimmy Melia nabbing our goal. 1960 - Jimmy Harrower, Tommy Leishman and Roger Hunt netted as we won 3-2 at Anfield. Big Anfield wins 1904 - We thumped Bradford City 4-1 in a Second Division meeting, thanks to a Jack Cox brace, Dickie Morris’s fifth and last reds strike and a Maurice Parry goal. 1923 – Forwards Harry ‘Smiler’ Chambers and Jimmy Walsh each scored a hat-trick as we thumped Preston North End 7-3 in a Lancashire Senior Cup Second Round tie, with Dick Forshaw also netting. 1927 - Willie Devlin netted twice as we beat Derby County 5-2 in the top flight, with Jock McNab bagging his sixth and last reds goal and Gordon Hodgson and Dick Edmed also on the scoresheet. Harry Bedford bagged a brace for the Rams, two of his nine strikes against us. 1928 – Albert Whitehurst bagged a treble as we thumped Bury 6-1 in a Lancashire Senior Cup Second Round tie at Anfield. Dick Edmed added a brace, with Kelly also on target. Another first 1892 – We played our first game in the Lancashire Senior Cup, beating Southport Central 2-0 at Anfield, thanks to goals from Tom Wyllie and John Smith. Double ton 1932 - Centre-half Tom ‘Tiny’ Bradshaw played his hundredth reds League game as we won 1-0 at Middlesbrough thanks to a Gordon Gunson strike, with inside-left Archie McPherson reaching a century of games for clubs in all competitions. Fabs at the Olympics 2000 – Future red Fábio Aurélio played for Brazil as they lost 3-1 to South Africa in an Olympics group game in Brisbane. Youngsters starting out 2003 - Unione Sportiva Triestina’s Alberto Aquilani bagged his only goal at this level while winning his first Under-20’s cap in Italy’s 2-0 defeat of Romania. 1998 – Future red Christian Poulsen won the first of his four caps for Denmark Under-19’s as they thumped Switzerland 4-0 in a friendly in Vejle. Youngsters on the world stage 2001 - Fernando Torres played for Spain Under-17’s as they lost 1-0 to Burkina Faso in the World Championship Finals in Trinidad. Unfortunately, they also lost their third group game to crash out at this stage. Fellow future red Javier Mascherano featured for Argentina in the same tournament as they beat Oman 3-0 as they went on to top the same group. Digger in charge 2008 – John Barnes was named as Manager of Jamaica. He took over that November, moving on in June 2009 to take charge of Tranmere Rovers. Other reds games 2000 – Steven Gerrard netted as we drew 1-1 at West Ham United, with Paolo Di Canio scooring for the home side. 1955 – We lost a Second Division fixture 3-1 at Leicester City, with Billy Liddell on the scoresheet. 1949 – We won 3-2 at Birmingham City. Billy Liddell struck twice after Cyril Done had opened the scoring. 1947 – We lost 2-0 at Charlton Athletic. 1921 – Harry Chambers struck as Sheffield United held us to a 1-1 draw at Anfield, with Fred Tunstall nabbing the first of his eight goals against the reds. On the move again 1999 - Ex-loanee Mark Prudhoe joined Darlington on loan from Bradford City, ten years after he had first joined the Quakers. However, he did not make a senior appearance this time around. 2010 - Péter Gulácsi rejoined Tranmere Rovers on loan, playing fourteen times in this second spell. 2020 – Aussie left-back Brad Smith signed for Seattle Sounders, having been on loan since August 2018. 22021 – Scouse keeper Oscar Kelly signed pro terms with the reds, having been at the Academy since Under-9’s level. Future reds in international action 1978 – Gary Gillespie played for Scotland Under-21’s as they beat a senior USA side 3-1 in a friendly at Pittodrie. 2006 – Astrit Ajdarević appeared for Sweden Under-17’s in their 2-0 European Championships qualifying win in Greece. 2010 – Emre Can represented Germany Under-17’s as they beat Israel 2-0 in a friendly in Villingen-Schwenningen.
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    UEFA Cup glory 1976 - We claimed the UEFA Cup for the second time as we drew 1-1 at Club Brugge to triumph 4-3 on aggregate. Kevin Keegan equalised just five minutes after Raoul Lambert’s penalty had put the Belgians ahead, following Tommy Smith’s handball. This result came about despite Bob Paisley being without seven first-team players for ten of the fifteen days between the preceding final League game of the season and this match, due to the British International Championships. Carra’s farewell 2013 – Jamie Carragher played his 737th and last reds game as Philippe Coutinho struck the only goal of Queens Park Rangers’ visit to Anfield. Carra nearly rounded his career off with a rare goal as he struck the upright with a long-distance shot. Pepe Reina appeared for the 394th and last time as Stewart Downing also played his final game for the club, his 91st, while winger Jordon Ibe made his reds bow. In comes Sami 1999 - Sami Hyypiä signed from Willem II for £2.6m. He made 464 reds appearances, many as captain, and notched 35 times, helping us to claim the European Cup, UEFA Cup, two FA Cups, two League Cups and two UEFA Super Cups before joining Bayer 04 Leverkusen in June 2009. That same day we beat Sunderland, the hundredth Football League champions, 3-2 at the Stadium of Light in the Football League 100th Championship Challenge. Robbie Fowler scored from the spot, with Jamie Redknapp and Paul Ince also on target. Ton-up 2001 - Sami Hyypiä and Sander Westerveld each played their hundredth reds game in our 4-0 win at Charlton Athletic, a result that took us into the new format of the Champions League for the first time as we ended the season third. After surviving a barrage of Addicks attacks in the first half, a brace from Robbie Fowler and goals from Danny Murphy and Michael Owen gave us the win. 1981 - Our only other first-class game on this day saw Ray Kennedy nab the only goal to see off Manchester City at Anfield, as we ended a disappointing League campaign in fifth place. Howard Gayle had earlier headed onto a post from a Jimmy Case corner, while making his fifth and final reds appearance. Most recently 2021 – Centre-half Nat Phillips bagged his only reds goal to date as we won 3-0 at Burnley in front of just 3,500 fans due to the relaxed COVID lockdown. Roberto Firmino had opened the scoring before the break, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also on target. Players of the season 2008 – Fernando Torres was named as the club’s Player of the Season after a vote on the official website. Ryan Babel claimed the Young Player award, with Krisztián Németh named as the Reserves Player of the Season. Jocky meets Tosh in Cardiff 1979 - Alan Hansen and future red John Wark both made their Scotland debuts in a 3-0 defeat by Wales in the British International Championships at Ninian Park. All the goals were scored by ex-red John Toshack, while Graeme Souness and ex-red Joey Jones also played, with Kenny Dalglish skippering the Scots. On the same day, Ray Clemence, Steve Heighway, Terry McDermott, Phil Neal and Phil Thompson all played in European Championships qualifiers. Double England debutants 1971 - Reds defensive pairing Larry Lloyd and Tommy Smith both made their England bows in a goalless draw with Wales at Wembley in the British International Championships. This was Tommy’s only full cap, while Emlyn Hughes, Chris Lawler and John Toshack all also played. 1973 – Emlyn Hughes faced future red Kenny Dalglish as Scotland beat England 1-0 at Wembley in the same competition. Final caps 1978 - Joey Jones won his final cap as a reds player when Wales beat Northern Ireland 1-0 in the British International Championships in Wrexham. 1986 - He won his 72nd and final cap as they beat Canada 3-0 in a friendly in Vancouver. Future red Dean Saunders netted a brace, his first goals for his country. 2014 – Tom Ince won his last Under-21’s cap while on loan at Crystal Palace, and his final one as a Blackpool player, as England beat Wales 3-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Swansea, with future red Danny Ings also in action. 1987 - John Barnes won his 31st cap for England, and his final one as a Watford player, as they drew 1-1 with Brazil in the Rous Cup at Wembley. Fellow future red Peter Beardsley also played. On the same day, Ronnie Rosenthal won his first cap as a Club Brugge player as Israel lost 1-0 to Switzerland in a friendly in Aarhau, with ex-red Avi Cohen also playing. 2007 - Krisztián Németh won his last Under-19’s cap as an MTK Hungaria player as Hungary lost a European Championships qualifier 2-0 in the Republic of Ireland. 2008 - Németh played alongside fellow reds Péter Gulácsi and András Simon for Hungary Under-19’s in their 2-2 draw with Lithuania in a European Championships qualifier in Székesfehérvár. Nice one Cyril 1946 - Cyril Done scored a hat-trick as we beat an American League Select side 5-0 in New York. Jack Balmer and Bob Priday also netted. Euro champions 2012 - Fernando Torres was booked after coming off the bench as Chelsea saw off Bayern München in a penalty shoot-out in their UEFA Champions League Final in Munich. 2019 – Ki-Jana Hoever became a European champion as the Dutch Under-17’s beat Italy 4-2 in the Final in Dublin. A right Charlie 2006 – Future red Charlie Adam was sent off while making his debut for Scotland Under-21’s in their 1-1 friendly draw with Turkey in Kilmarnock. 2010 – Christian Benteke made his senior international bow in Belgium’s 2-1 friendly defeat of Bulgaria in Brussels, with keeper Nikolay Mihaylov winning his first cap as a Twente player. Meanwhile, fellow future red Dejan Lovren featured for Croatia Under-21’s as they drew 1-1 with Slovakia in a European Championships qualifier. King Billy on target 1955 - Billy Liddell scored as Scotland lost 4-1 to Austria in a friendly in Vienna. Future reds keeper Tommy Younger also played. For Keith 1982 - We took part in a testimonial match for Alan Kennedy’s brother Keith, beating a Bury Select XI 8-7 at Gigg Lane. Keith Kennedy came on as a substitute for the reds and scored two goals. David Johnson also struck twice, with Craig Johnston, Steve Ogrizovic and Bury’s Paul Hilton and Craig Madden all also netting for the reds. Pepe wed 2006 - Pepe Reina married Yolanda in Córdoba, just six days after helping us to claim the FA Cup against West Ham United in Cardiff. Birth and death 1980 - Ex-reserves defender Neil Murphy was born in Liverpool. He never made our first-team, and was last seen playing for West Cheshire League side Maghull as well as working as a fireman. 2011 – Reserves keeper Frank Lane died. He signed from Tranmere Rovers for £15,000 in September 1971, but only made two first-team appearances, deputising for Ray Clemence. Unfortunately, he distinguished himself for all the wrong reasons on his debut in September 1972 by safely catching a deep cross from Derby County’s Alan Hinton and then stepping backwards over his own goal-line, to help us on our way to a 2-1 defeat. Winning at sea 1935 – We beat Marino 5-3 in Gran Canaria, with Dave Wright and Tosh Johnson each netting twice and Fred Howe also on target. On the move again 2015 – Brazilian midfielder Fabinho joined AS Monaco from Rio Ave, having already spent two seasons on loan with the French side. On the same day, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Herbie Kane both played as England Under-17’s beat Spain on penalties after their World Championships play-off ended goalless in Bulgaria. 2010 – Reserves centre-half Mikel San José was sold to Athletic de Bilbao, where he remains a regular for the La Liga side. 2007 - Former reserves winger Nicky Rizzo signed for Perth Glory. He retired from playing in 2013, setting up his own soccer school. 2004 - Ex-reserves midfielder Danny Williams re-joined Wrexham from Bristol Rovers on a free transfer. He helped them avoid relegation from League Two in his first season, but they succumbed the second time around. 1947 – Wing-half Harry Kaye moved on to Swindon Town after just two senior games since arriving at Anfield in 1940. Also in international action 2003 – Future reds winger Stewart Downing won his first cap for England Under-19’s as they beat the Republic of Ireland 1-0 in Dublin in a European Championships qualifier. John Welsh also featured. 2002 – Milan Baroš played for the Czech Republic Under-21’s in their 1-0 defeat of Belgium in the European Championships Finals in Switzerland. On the same day, ex-red Brad Friedel faced future red Bolo Zenden as the Netherlands beat the USA 2-0 in a friendly in Boston. 1990 – Gary Gillespie and future red Gary McAllister featured for Scotland as they drew 1-1 with Poland in a friendly at Hampden Park. 1989 – Future red Paul Stewart played for England B in their 2-0 win in Iceland. 1977 – Future red Glenn Hysén featured as Sweden Under-18’s beat the Netherlands 2-1 in a European Championships Finals group game in Belgium. 1967 – Roger Hunt was on the losing side as England were thumped 5-0 by a Young England side. 1957 – Alan A’Court played as England Under-23’s lost a friendly 2-1 in Bulgaria. Meanwhile, Tommy Younger appeared for Scotland as they lost a World Cup qualifier 2-1 in Switzerland. 1954 – Andy Beattie took charge of Scotland in their 1-1 friendly draw with Norway in Oslo. He had guested with the reds during the war, and later joined the backroom staff at Anfield after a successful management career. 1928 – Future red Ernie Blenkinsop played in England’s 3-1 friendly win in Belgium.
  14. Nic’s debut 2001 - Nicolas Anelka made his red bow as we won 2-1 at Aston Villa with goals from Jari Litmanen, gifted to him by Peter Schmeichel, and Vladimír Šmicer. Jari also struck a spot-kick against the post. Bowyer off again 2005 - We equalled a club record of eight consecutive League wins with our 2-0 defeat of Newcastle United, our 250th victory in the Premier League, a sequence that eventually rose to ten. Josemi came off the bench late on to make his 35th and final reds appearance, with Michael Owen making his first return to Anfield as an ex-red while Lee Bowyer was sent off for the visitors for the second successive season. Steven Gerrard and Peter Crouch were both on target in the first half. This was also our eighth consecutive clean sheet in the League, the best run since 1922/23. Off the mark 2018 – Fabinho scored his first reds goal as we thumped Newcastle United 4-0 at Anfield, extending our lead at the top of the table to six points. Dejan Lovren opened the scoring with Mohamed Salah converting a penalty shortly after the break. Xherdan Shaqiri also struck before Fabinho completed the scoring. This was Jürgen Klopp’s hundredth victory as reds boss, in his 181st game in charge. 2019 – We trounced Leicester City 4-0 at the King Power Stadium with Roberto Firmino bagging a brace. James Milner converted a penalty with Trent Alexander-Arnold also on target to leave us thirteen points clear at the top of the table. Reds trebles 1963 - Roger Hunt netted four as we thumped Stoke City 6-1 at Anfield to give Bill Shankly his hundredth victory as reds boss, in his 188th game in charge. Ian St. John and Alf Arrowsmith also scored in one of eight meetings with the Potters on this day in history. The scores were level at 1-1 at half-time, with five of our goals coming at the Anfield Road end in the second period. John Ritchie struck the first of his five goals against the reds. 1928 - Gordon Hodgson scored a hat-trick in his hundredth League game as we trounced Burnley 8-0 at Anfield. Jimmy Clark and Dick Edmed both bagged braces with Bill Salisbury netting the other. The score could have been far greater as Bob Done missed a penalty, we had three goals dubiously ruled out for offside, hit the crossbar three times and the posts twice each. Burnley had beaten us 3-2 at their ground the previous afternoon. 1969 - We also thumped the Clarets, winning 5-1 at Turf Moor, one of five other occasions we have met them on Boxing Day. Ian Ross bagged his first reds goal while Bobby Graham, Chris Lawler, Peter Thompson and Ian Callaghan were all also on target. Tommy Lawrence saved a penalty from Burnley’s Brian O’Neil who then followed up to score from the rebound. 1896 – Keeper Willie Donnelly made his reds bow as we lost 4-1 at Burnley, despite Frank Becton scoring inside five minutes in our first ever Boxing Day fixture. Billy Bowes bagged a hat-trick, the first of his four goals past us, with Will Toman also on target. Hosting the Trotters 2008 – Robbie Keane bagged a second-half brace as we beat Bolton Wanderers 3-0, with Albert Riera having opened the scoring before the break. These were to be the Irishman’s final reds strikes. When Steven Gerrard came off he became the first Liverpool payer to be substituted a hundred times. 2003 - We won 3-1 with all three of our goals being headers, coming from Sami Hyypiä and substitutes Florent Sinama-Pongolle and Vladimír Šmicer. Henrik Pedersen struck a late consolation. On the same day, Roy Hodgson managed the United Arab Emirates lost 2-0 to Saudi Arabia in a Gulf Cup of Nations game in Kuwait. 1906 - We also hosted the Trotters when we lost 2-0. Jackie Owen and David Stokes netted, with Wattie White missing a penalty for the visitors. Also against the Potters We have faced Stoke City on seven more occasions on this day in history. 1905 – We lost 2-1 at the Victoria Ground, when they were still known just as Stoke. Joe Hewitt struck our goal. 1936 – We lost 1-1 in the Potteries, with Vic Wright on target. 1938 – We lost 3-1 at the Victoria Ground, with Willie Fagan scoring our goal. Tommy Sale netted the last two of his five goals against the reds, with Frank Baker also on the scoresheet. 1946 – Outside-right Berry Nieuwenhuys nabbed his 79th and last reds goal with Albert Stubbins also scoring as we won 2-0 at Anfield. 1955 – Billy Liddell converted a penalty, with John Evans also netting as we were held to a 2-2 Second Division draw in L4. Harry Oscroft struck one of his six goals against the reds, with Johnny King bagging one of his five past us. 1970 – Our home encounter ended goalless. 1975 – We drew 1-1 at Stoke, with John Toshack on target. Happy birthdays 1878 - Centre-back Alex Raisbeck was born in Wallacestone, near Polmont in Stirlingshire. He signed from Stoke for £350 in May 1898 and struck nineteen times in 341 games in eleven years with the reds, becoming our first skipper to lift the League title, in 1901. He won a further League title five years later, as well as a Second Division championship, and returned to the club as scout in 1939 until his death ten years later. 1903 - South African goalkeeper Arthur Riley was born in Boksburg in the Transvaal. He became our first ever foreign signing in August 1925, making 338 reds appearances before taking over from his father as the club’s head groundsman. 1920 – Scottish left-winger Tommy McLeod was born in Musselburgh. He joined the reds from the Army in October 1945, but only made seven senior appearances before joining Chesterfield in June 1951. 1880 - Defender Phil Bratley was born in Rawmarsh, Yorkshire. He only played thirteen first-team games after signing from Barnsley in 1914. He returned to Rotherham County, one of his former clubs, the following year, but was killed in action during the First World War. Double debutants 1953 - Full-back Frank Lock and forward John Evans both made their debuts in a goalless draw with West Bromwich Albion at Anfield. They had both signed from Charlton Athletic the previous day. 1950 – Inside-forward Jack Haigh debuted as Jack Balmer bagged the only goal of our Anfield encounter with Blackpool. 1951 - We also faced the Seasiders, going down 2-0 at Bloomfield Road with Stan Mortensen bagging both goals, two of his eleven against us. 1957 - Forward Bobby Murdoch made his reds bow as we beat Grimsby Town 3-2 at Anfield, with Billy Liddell scoring twice, including a penalty, and Tony McNamara also on target in this Second Division fixture. This was the last time we played a double-header against the same side on successive days over Christmas, having lost 3-1 at Blundell Park the day before. 1930 – Wing-half Robert Ireland played his only reds game in our 1-1 draw with Grimsby, with Tim Coleman netting the first of his nine strikes past us and Archie McPherson scoring for the reds. Two hundred up 1990 – Gary Gillespie played his 200th reds game as we were held to a 1-1 draw at Queens Park Rangers, with John Barnes on target and Mark Falco netting for the R’s. 1991 – We drew 0-0 at Loftus Road. 1960 – Inside-forward Jimmy Harrower reached a century of reds appearances in our 2-1 defeat of Rotherham United in the Second Division at Anfield. Roger Hunt and Kevin Lewis scored our goals. 1958 – We won another Second Division encounter 1-0 at Millmoor with Jimmy Melia on target. 1961 – We lost 1-0 in the Second Division at Millmoor, with Don Weston netting one of his four goals against the reds in the last minute. Ron Yeats captained the side for the first time as regular skipper Dick White was injured. Beating the Mancs 1978 – We won 3-0 at Manchester United thanks to a Ray Kennedy header and goals from Jimmy Case and David Fairclough to hand Bob Paisley his first win at Old Trafford as boss. 1979 – Alan Hansen and David Johnson netted as we beat United 2-0 at Anfield. 1986 – Norman Whiteside struck the only goal of United’s visit to L4, one of his four against the reds. 1980 – We held them to a goalless draw at Old Trafford, remaining top of the table. 1919 – Another Old Trafford trip ended goalless. 1914 – Fred Pagnam scored as United held us to a 1-1 draw at Anfield. Beating the Rams 2007 - We beat Derby County 2-1 at Pride Park thanks to a very late Steven Gerrard goal after Fernando Torres had given us the lead in the first half. 1988 - We also visited the Rams, with Ian Rush grabbing the only goal of the game at the Baseball Ground. Outpaced by Rovers We have faced Blackburn Rovers four times in top-flight fixtures on Boxing Day. 1903 - Insdie-forward Fred Buck netted his only reds goal as we lost 2-1 at Anfield, with Fred Pentland bagging a brace for the visitors. 2002 - Andy Cole equalised after John Arne Riise’s deflected shot, to score his seventh Premiership goal at Anfield and one of his eleven past the reds in total as we were held to a 1-1 draw in L4. Emile Heskey was playing his hundredth League game for the reds. 2006 - We lost 1-0 at Ewood Park with Benni McCarthy on target, despite dominating for long periods. 2011 - Charlie Adam scored an own goal on the stroke of half-time for Blackburn Rovers at Anfield, with Maxi Rodríguez heading in shortly after the break, with the game ending 1-1. Winning in the Black Country We have won three times at West Bromwich Albion on this day in history. 2004 – We triumphed 5-0 when John Arne Riise struck twice, with Florent Sinama-Pongolle, Steven Gerrard and Luis García also on target. Milan Baroš had a penalty saved, with Cosmin Contra being sent off for the Baggies. 1898 - Hugh Morgan netted the only goal of the game at Stoney Lane. 1983 - Steve Nicol and Graeme Souness struck as we won 2-1 at the Hawthorns. 1900 - We also visited Stoney Lane, losing a friendly 5-2, with Rab Howell and Sam Raybould grabbing our goals. An Anfield milestone 1924 - We played our 500th home League game with Harry Chambers netting the only goal of the game against Notts County. Down to twelfth 1981 - We slipped to twelfth in the League after losing 3-1 at home to Manchester City, with Ronnie Whelan on the scoresheet. Rookie keeper Bruce Grobbelaar was responsible for two of the goals, while Kenny Dalglish was employed ‘in the hole’ behind Ian Rush and Craig Johnston for the first time. Kevin Reeves netted his fourth and final goal against us, with Asa Hartford also on target and Kevin Bond converting a penalty. Phil Thompson lost the captaincy to Graeme Souness following this defeat as we went on to stage the mother of all comebacks to clinch our thirteenth League title. We have faced City four more times on Boxing Day. 1913 – We lost 1-0 away, with Fred Howard nabbing one of his nine goals against the reds in the first minute. 1974 – We won 4-1 at Anfield, when Brian Hall grabbed a brace with Steve Heighway and John Toshack striking the other goals, and Colin Bell netting for the visitors. 1985 – We again lost 1-0 away with Alan Hansen playing his 300th League game for the club. 2013 – We lost 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium despite Philippe Coutinho putting us in front. Vincent Kompany and Álvaro Negredo both replied before the break, with keeper Simon Mignolet at fault for the second. Boxing Day gloom 2012 – We lost 3-1 at Stoke City, with Joe Cole coming off the bench to make his 42nd and final reds appearance. Steven Gerrard opened the scoring from the spot, but Jon Walters and Kenwyne Jones put the home side ahead before a quarter of an hour had elapsed. Walters added his second after the break, another of his seven goals past us. 2000 - We lost our first Boxing Day game since 1986 as Christian Karembeu struck the only goal of the game on an icy pitch at Middlesbrough. 1934 - We also met Boro, with Syd Roberts and Berry Nieuwenhuys on target in a 2-2 draw at Anfield. Tim Coleman and George Camsell each struck one of their nine goals past us. 1998 - We won at the Riverside Stadium when Vegard Heggem’s wonder goal, his first ever reds strike, rounded off a 3-1 win after Michael Owen’s slight touch on a Jamie Carragher shot opened the scoring. Brian Deane equalised with one of eight goals against the reds before Jamie Redknapp put us back in front after Mark Schwarzer was penalised for picking up a back pass. David James was playing his 200th League game for us. Also recently 2009 - Stephen Ward was sent off at Anfield for two bookable offences, with Pepe Reina riling the Wolverhampton Wanderers fans by running most of the length of the pitch to remonstrate with the referee. We won 2-0, with Steven Gerrard and Yossi Benayoun both netting in the second half. 2014 – Keeper Brad Jones played his 27th and last reds game as a Raheem Sterling strike was enough to secure victory at Burnley. He went off injured after only a quarter of an hour. Future red Danny Ings hit a post for the home side. 2017 – We trounced Swansea City 5-0 at Anfield, with Philippe Coutinho and Simon Mignolet both reaching 200 reds games. Coutinho opened the scoring with his 54th and last goal for the club. Roberto Firmino netted twice after the break, with Trent Alexander-Arnold and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also on target. Previously against the Foxes 2015 – We won our 4,000th top-flight League game with Christian Benteke bagging the only goal of the game against Leicester City at Anfield. 1996 – We were held to a 1-1 draw at Anfield by Leicester City to remain top of the table, with Stan Collymore equalising after Steve Claridge had given the visitors the lead. 1994 – We won 2-1 at Filbert Street. David James saved a penalty from Steve Thompson before Robbie Fowler converted from the spot. Ian Rush also netted before Simon Grayson was sent off for the home side. Iwan Roberts bagged a late consolation. 1984 – The Foxes won 2-1 in L4, thanks to one of Gary Lineker’s six goals past us and one of Alan Smith’s nine. Phil Neal scored our goal from the spot in what was his 600th game for the club. Reds farewells 1973 – Roy Evans played his eleventh and final senior reds game as we lost 2-1 at Burnley. Kevin Keegan missed a penalty after an hour, with Peter Cormack netting our goal late on. 1968 – We were held to a 1-1 draw by the Clarets at Anfield. Chris Lawler scored as we remained on top of the table. 1952 – Billy Liddell scored from the spot as we drew another meeting 1-1 in L4. 1932 - Outside-left Gordon Gunson struck his 26th and final reds goal in our 3-0 defeat of Chelsea at Anfield, with centre-half Tom ‘Tiny’ Bradshaw and centre-forward Harold Barton also netting. 1949 – George Kay took charge of his 300th reds game as we drew 1-1 at Stamford Bridge to stay on top of the table, thanks to a late Willie Fagan goal. 1966 – Willie Stevenson and Roger Hunt netted as we beat the Blues 2-1 in L4, before Bobby Tambling bagged one of his eight goals against the reds. Christmas derby despair We have made the short trip across Stanley Park to face the Blues three times on this day in history, without winning. 1894 – Harry Bradshaw bagged our consolation as we lost a friendly 2-1. 1939 - Matt Busby was on target as we again were beaten 2-1 in a friendly. 1944 - Billy Liddell bagged a brace as we drew 2-2 in the Wartime League. Keetley’s first 1923 - Joe Keetley netted the first of just two reds goals as we lost 2-1 at Newcastle United, with Tommy McDonald bagging a brace. We have also faced the Geordies in the top flight on four more occasions on this day in history. 1912 - Tom Miller was on target twice as we won 2-1 at home, with George Wilson netting the last of his five goals against the reds. 1921 - Harry Chambers bagged the only goal of the game late on at Anfield. 1925 - We lost 3-0 at St. James’ Park as Hughie Gallacher struck one of his eight goals past us, with Jimmy Clark and Tommy Urwin also on target. 1999 - Michael Owen nabbed a brace as we drew 2-2 in the North East. Alan Shearer netted one of his eight goals against the reds, with Duncan Ferguson bagging one of his five past us. Another defeat for Shanks 1959 - Bill Shankly took charge of his first away game for the reds as we lost 3-0 on a slippery pitch at Charlton Athletic, with Jim Fryatt bagging a brace and Sam Lawrie also netting. This was our tenth League defeat of the season. Things soon changed, however, as we lost just three of our remaining nineteen fixtures to finish third, eight points off a promotion spot. Wearside yuletide cheer 1901 - Sunderland won for the third consecutive League season at Anfield, this time by 1-0 in what was Tom Watson’s 200th game in charge. 1910 - They also left L4 with both points with Arthur Goddard netting a penalty in our 2-1 defeat, as Tim Coleman nabbed two of his nine goals against the reds. 1964 - However, we won 3-2 at Roker Park, with Willie Stevenson netting a brace and Gordon Milne also on target. Great Scott 1922 - Oldham Athletic’s League visit to Anfield was played as a benefit game for legendary keeper Elisha Scott. Donald McKinlay and Dick Johnson were on target in a 2-1 win as we welcomed back David Ashworth who had been reds boss until just six days earlier and was now Oldham’s Manager. Sheffield encounters 1993 – We drew 0-0 at Sheffield United. 1989 – Jan Mølby and Ian Rush netted as we beat Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 at Anfield to keep us at the top of the table. Dalian Atkinson nabbed one of his four goals against the reds. 1972 – We won 3-0 at Bramall Lane with Phil Boersma, Chris Lawler and Steve Heighway all on target. 1931 – Archie McPherson struck as we drew 1-1 at Hillsborough, with George Stephenson nabbing the last of his four past us. 1929 – We beat the Blades 2-0 in L4, with Jimmy Smith and Archie McPherson on the scoresheet. Other reds games 1997 – We beat Leeds United 3-1 at Anfield. Michael Owen scored, with Robbie Fowler bagging a brace. 1987 – We won 3-0 at Oxford United thanks to goals from John Aldridge, John Barnes and Steve McMahon. 1977 – Steve Heighway netted as we drew 1-1 at top-of-the-table Nottingham Forest. 1967 – Roger Hunt scored as we were held to a 1-1 draw at Coventry City, with Ian St. John dismissed. 1956 – We thumped Leyton Orient 4-0 in a Second Division fixture at Brisbane Road. Alan A’Court, Alan Arnell and Louis Bimpson all struck in the first half, with Billy Liddell netting after the break. 1935 – Fred Howe struck twice as we won 2-1 at Arsenal, with Joe Hulme nabbing one of his ten goals against the reds. 1933 – We lost 1-0 at Portsmouth as Cliff Parker nabbed the first of his five goals past us. 1908 – Ronald Orr was on target as Nottingham Forest left L4 with a point. 1904 – We beat Barnsley 2-1 in a Second Division encounter at Anfield thanks to goals from Sam Raybould and Bobby Robinson. On the move 2001 - Ex-reds loanee keeper Mark Prudhoe signed for Bradford City. He played eight times for the Bantams before joining Southend United as Player/Coach. 2012 – Future reds Assistant Manager Sean O'Driscoll was sacked as Nottingham Forest boss after just five months in charge, having led them to ten victories in 26 games. Birth and death 2006 – Future red Charlie Adam became a father to Jack. 2010 – Utility player Bill Jones died at the Countess of Chester Hospital. He signed from Hayfield St. Matthews in September 1938 and scored seventeen times in 277 games for us, with his appearances including the 1950 FA Cup Final when he was preferred to Bob Paisley. Bill won two significant medals in the 1940’s - first he was awarded a Military Medal for his part in the crossing of the Rhine in the Second World War, and then he won a League title medal in 1947 on his return to Anfield. His grandson Rob later represented the reds in defence on 243 occasions in the 1990’s.
  15. Will

    6th September

    Red trebles 2000 - Michael Owen scored a first half hat-trick past former team-mate David James as we defeated Aston Villa 3-1 at Anfield. He therefore became our first ever player to score two first-half hat-tricks in League games. Steve Stone bagged Villa’s late consolation. 1965 - ‘Sir’ Roger Hunt netted a treble in our 5-1 win at West Ham United, after Gordon Milne and Ian Callaghan had opened the scoring. Martin Peters scored for the Irons, one of his fourteen goals past us, with all the goals coming before the hour mark. 1986 - We also thumped the Hammers on their home turf when substitute Kenny Dalglish struck twice in a 5-2 victory, with Ronnie Whelan, Craig Johnston and Ian Rush also on target. Future reds first-team coach Kevin Keen made his senior debut for the Hammers in this game. Ray Stewart put the home side in front inside ten minutes, with Tony Cottee bagging the first of his eight goals against the reds. Macca signs on 1985 - Steve McMahon signed from Aston Villa for £375,000, becoming the first arrival direct from Villa Park. He was Kenny Dalglish’s first signing, winning three League titles, the FA Cup and two FA Charity Shields before joining Manchester City in December 1991 after fifty goals in 277 games. Births and deaths 1892 - Scottish keeper Ken Campbell was born in Cambuslang, near Glasgow. He signed from Cambuslang Rangers in May 1911 and took over from Sam Hardy in the reds goal, playing 142 times including the 1914 FA Cup Final, before being replaced after the war by the great Elisha Scott. On exactly the same day, outside-left Albert Pearson was born in Tynemouth. He netted four times in 51 reds games after signing from Port Vale in March 1919, returning there two years later. 1988 - Jimmy Ryan was born in Maghull. The central midfielder joined League Two outfit Accrington Stanley in August 2008, having featured in both of our recent victorious FA Youth Cup campaigns, but failed to break into the first–team squad. 1948 – Half-back Bill Keech died. He played just six Second Division games in late 1895, having signed from Barnsley St. Peter’s that October, helping us to claim the title that season. He later played as a forward for Leicester Fosse, before returning to the half-back line with Queens Park Rangers’ first professional team in the Southern League. 2003 – Inside-forward Harold Jones died. He joined the reds in January 1952, but only made one senior appearance in a 5-1 thumping at Anfield by Preston North End in September 1953. He moved on to Rhyl in June 1954. A goalscoring debut 1902 - Inside-right George Livingstone scored on his reds bow as we beat Blackburn Rovers 5-2 at Anfield in our first game of the season, with Sam Raybould and Jack Cox both grabbing braces. Inside-forward Edgar Chadwick also debuted in this game, with Walter Whittaker nabbing two of his six goals against the reds. Four against 1913 - Danny Shea scored four of his ten goals against the reds as Blackburn Rovers thumped us 6-2 at Ewood Park, with Tom Miller netting both our goals and Bob Ferguson missing a penalty for the reds. Eddie Latheron also scored for the home side with Billy Bradshaw converting from the spot. Red centurions 1954 – Centre-half Laurie Hughes played his 200th League game for the reds as we lost a Second Division fixture 3-0 at Bristol Rovers. Geoff Bradford netted the first three of his five goals past us. 1950 – George Kay took charge of the reds for the 300th time in the League as we defeated Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 in L4 with Albert Stubbins and Jack Balmer on the scoresheet. 1909 – We won 2-1 at Bolton Wanderers with Jack Parkinson nabbing a brace, including his fiftieth League goal for the reds. Managerial moves 1989 - Mark Lawrenson was appointed Manager of Fourth Division Peterborough United. They finished ninth at the end of that season, and he stayed in the job for fourteen months, before being sacked. 2004 - Graeme Souness resigned as Blackburn Rovers boss after four and a half years in charge. He took up the vacant managerial post at Newcastle United the following week, but was sacked after seventeen months at St. James’ Park. Out with the old, in with the new 1995 - John Barnes won his 79th and final cap in England’s goalless friendly draw with Colombia at Wembley. He had scored eleven times for his country. Jamie Redknapp made his senior international debut in the same game, while Nick Barmby won his first cap as a Middlesbrough player. Steve McManaman also played. On the same day, Markus Babbel grabbed his only international goal as Germany beat Georgia 4-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Nuremberg. Fellow future red Christian Ziege netted his first goal for the German senior side in the same game. Ex-red István Kozma won his fortieth and final cap for Hungary as they lost a qualifier 2-0 in Turkey. Also in action that day were Ian Rush, ex-red Ronnie Rosenthal and future reds Stéphane Henchoz, Øyvind Leonhardsen, Jari Litmanen and Gary McAllister, with Roy Hodgson managing Switzerland. Vlad on target again and again 2003 - Vladimír Šmicer struck in his third consecutive Czech Republic game for the second time, with clubmate Milan Baroš also on target in their 3-1 European Championships qualifying win in Belarus. 2002 - Milan bagged a brace with Vlad also scoring in their 5-0 friendly defeat of FR Yugoslavia in Prague, despite having broken a toe in the first minute of the game. 1997 - Future red Šmicer also netted for his country as they won a World Cup qualifier 2-0 in the Faroe Islands. 1998 - Šmicer grabbed the only goal of a Euro 2000 qualifier in the same country, with future reds clubmate Patrik Berger also playing. Meanwhile, Baroš played for the Under-18’s as they beat Hungary 3-1 in a tournament game in Yugoslavia, with Stig Inge Bjørnebye and Vegard Heggem both appearing as Norway lost 3-1 to Latvia in a European Championships qualifier in Oslo. 1994 - Future red Patrik Berger netted in the Czech Republic’s 6-1 European Championships qualifying thumping of Malta in Bazaly. Roy Hodgson managed a Switzerland side that included future red Stéphane Henchoz to a 1-0 friendly win over the United Arab Emirates in Sion. Robbie Fowler, Jamie Redknapp and future red Nick Barmby all featured for England Under-21’s as they were held to a goalless draw by France in a European Championships qualifier in Leicester. 2011 – Future red Xherdan Shaqiri bagged a treble as Switzerland beat Bulgaria 3-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Basel, with ex-red Nikolay Mihaylov in goal for the visitors. Meanwhile, Christian Benteke scored while winning his last Under-21’s cap as a Royal Standard de Liège player in Belgium’s 4-1 qualifying win over Azerbaijan in Antwerp. Fellow future red Fabio Borini scored past Péter Gulácsi as Italy Under-21’s won 3-0 in a qualifier in Hungary. Disappointment on Teesside We have twice visited Ayresome Park on this day in history, without securing a win. 1930 - Robert Done scored from the spot with Gordon Hodgson and Dick Edmed also on target in a 3-3 top-flight draw. Bobby Bruce bagged one of his five goals past us, with Freddie Warren and Billy Pease also on the scoresheet as right-half Tom Morrison reached a century of reds outings. 1958 - Jimmy Harrower nabbed our consolation as Middlesbrough won a Second Division encounter 2-1, thanks to a Brian Clough brace, two of his ten goals against the reds. International firsts 2003 - Fernando Torres won his first senior international cap as they won a friendly 3-0 in Portugal, with fellow future red Xabi Alonso also featuring. On the same day, Andriy Voronin made his first appearance for Ukraine as a 1. FC Köln player in their goalless Euro 2004 qualifier with Northern Ireland in Donetsk. 2016 – Mohamed Salah played his first game for Egypt since moving permanently to Roma as they lost a friendly 1-0 in South Africa, with captain Ragnar Klavan playing for Estonia for the first time since arriving at Anfield as they were thumped 5-0 in a Wo5ld Cup qualifier in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Ex-red Luis Suárez converted a penalty as Uruguay thumped Paraguay 4-0 in Montevideo, while Philippe Coutinho, Marko Grujić, Ragnar Klavan, Harry Wilson, Gini Wijnaldum, future reds Alisson Becker, Diogo Jota, Ozan Kabak, Kostas Tsimikas and Virgil van Dijk, and ex-reds Péter Gulácsi, Krisztián Németh and Brad Smith all also featured for their countries. 2015 – Future red Wijnaldum also played for his country, as the Netherlands lost a European Championships qualifier 3-0 in Turkey. Salah won his first cap while on loan at Roma as Egypt won a World Cup qualifier 5-2 in Chad. Christian Benteke won his first cap as a red as Belgium won a European Championships qualifier 1-0 in Cyprus, with Divock Origi also featuring. Meanwhile, future red Joël Matip played for Cameroon in a 1-0 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying win in Gambia and ex-red captained Algeria to a 3-1 qualifying win in Lesotho. A good day for Mark 1995 - Mark Kennedy won his first cap for the Republic of Ireland as they lost 3-1 in a Euro ’96 qualifier in Austria, with Phil Babb and ex-red Ray Houghton also playing. 1997 - He netted his first goal as the Irish won a World Cup qualifier 4-2 in Iceland. Jason McAteer and ex-red Steve Staunton also featured. Crouchie on target again 2006 - Peter Crouch scored in his third consecutive England game for the second time as they won 1-0 in the FYR Macedonia, taking him to eleven international strikes in 2006, a national record for a calendar year. Steven Gerrard won his fiftieth cap in the same game, with future red Stewart Downing also featuring. Daniel Agger, Xabi Alonso, Luis García, Sami Hyypiä, future reds Christian Poulsen, Nuri Şahin, Martin Škrtel, Fernando Torres and Andriy Voronin and ex-red Jari Litmanen also played in Euro 2008 qualifiers that day, with Roy Hodgson taking charge of Finland and future red Philipp Degen appearing in a friendly tournament. Future red Yossi Benayoun netted as Israel thumped Andorra 4-1 in another qualifier, while Dirk Kuyt bagged his first goal as a reds player in the Netherlands’ 3-0 defeat of Belarus, with future red Ryan Babel also in action. Meanwhile, Scott Carson was in the England Under-21’s goal as they qualified for the European Championships Finals with a 3-2 win in Switzerland, as future red James Milner scored. 2013 – Rickie Lambert bagged his final goal as a Southampton player, with skipper Steven Gerrard also on target as Roy Hodgson’s England beat Moldova 4-0 in a World Cup qualifier at Wembley. Luis Suárez bagged a brace, including a penalty, as Uruguay won 2-1 in Peru. Also in World Cup action that day were Daniel Agger, Martin Škrtel and future red Ragnar Klavan, who all captained their countries, future reds Christian Benteke, Ádám Bogdán, James Milner and Xherdan Shaqiri, and ex-reds Craig Bellamy, Alexander Kačaniklić, Robbie Keane, Dirk Kuyt, Raul Meireles, Nikolay Mihaylov and Nuri Şahin, while Danny Ward played for Wales Under-21’s. Milan off the mark 2011 - Milan Jovanović struck his first goal for Serbia as a Royal Sporting Club Anderlecht player in their 3-1 defeat of Faroe Islands in a Euro 2012 qualifier in Belgrade. Also in international action that day were Daniel Agger, Andy Carroll, Stewart Downing, Péter Gulácsi, Dirk Kuyt, Martin Škrtel, future reds Ragnar Klavan, Dejan Lovren, Simon Mignolet, James Milner and Thiago Alcântara, and ex-reds Xabi Alonso, Álvaro Arbeloa, Yossi Benayoun, Robbie Keane, Javier Mascherano, Nikolay Mihaylov, John Arne Riise, Daniel Sjölund and Andriy Voronin, with John Toshack taking charge of FYR Macedonia. St. Michael loses a record 2003 - Everton’s Wayne Rooney became England’s youngest ever goalscorer, beating Michael Owen’s record as they won 2-1 in a Euro 2004 qualifier in the FYR Macedonia. Emile Heskey, Owen and ex-red David James all also featured. Also in international action that day were Jerzy Dudek, Sami Hyypiä and John Arne Riise and future reds Craig Bellamy, Yossi Benayoun, Mark González, Paul Jones, Ragnar Klavan and Andriy Voronin, while Bolo Zenden was winning his first cap while on loan at Middlesbrough, and 47th in all. Thumping the Wearsiders 1922 - We beat Sunderland 5-1 at Anfield thanks to a Harry Chambers brace and goals from Dick Johnson and Donald McKinlay, with Dick Forshaw netting in his hundredth reds game while Charlie Buchan bagged one of his 21 goals against the reds. Beating the Mancs 1893 – Hugh McQueen netted the only goal of our Anfield friendly meeting with Newton Heath, as Manchester United were then known. Disappointment against the Baggies 1920 – We were held to a goalless draw by West Bromwich Albion in a top-flight encounter at Anfield. Inside-forward Tom Miller played his 146th and last game for the club. 1976 - We lost 1-0 in a League Cup Second Round replay at The Hawthorns, with Irish midfielder Mick Martin bagging the decisive goal. Other international reds 1989 - John Aldridge won his final cap as a reds player as the Republic of Ireland held West Germany to a 1-1 draw in a friendly at Lansdowne Road. Clubmates Steve Staunton and Ronnie Whelan both also played. John Barnes, Peter Beardsley, Gary Gillespie, Glenn Hysén, Steve McMahon, Steve Nicol, Ian Rush and future red Dean Saunders were all in World Cup qualifying action that day. 1997 - Future red Jari Litmanen netted in Finland’s 2-1 World Cup qualifying win in Switzerland while winning his fiftieth cap, with future red Stéphane Henchoz on the losing side. Stig Inge Bjørnebye and future reds Markus Babbel and Christian Ziege also played for their countries that day. 2017 – Ex-red Luis Suárez played as Uruguay won a World Cup qualifier 2-1 in Paraguay. 2018 – Ex-red Ryan Babel won his fiftieth cap for the Netherlands as they beat Peru 2-1, with Virgil van Dijk and Gini Wijnaldum also featuring. Adam Lewis made his debut for England Under-20’s, with Dominic Solanke and ex-red Joe Allen also playing for their countries that day. 2019 – Gini Wijnaldum scored as the Netherlands beat Germany 4-2 in a European Championships qualifier in Hamburg, with Virgil van Dijk captaining the side and Ryan Babel winning his first cap as a Galatasaray player as Rhian Brewster debuted for England Under-21’s in their 3-2 win in a European Championships qualifier in Turkey. Dejan Lovren bagged his last goal for Croatia as a red in their 4-0 qualifying win in Slovakia. Caoimhín Kelleher, Divock Origi, Andy Robertson, Harry Wilson and ex-reds Joe Allen and Ragnar Klavan all also played for their countries that day, with Steve Clarke taking charge of Scotland. First caps 2008 – Steve Finnan won his first cap as an R.C.D. Espanyol player as the Republic of Ireland beat Georgia 2-1 in a World Cup qualifier in Mainz in Germany, with Robbie Keane also featuring. Harry Kewell played for Australia for the first time since joining Galatasaray, converting a penalty while skippering them to a 2-1 friendly defeat of the Netherlands in Eindhoven, with Ryan Babel and Dirk Kuyt both on the losing side. On the same day, Rigobert Song won his first cap as a Trabzonspor player as Cameroon won a World Cup qualifier 2-1 in the Cape Verde Islands. Andriy Voronin played his first international while on loan with Hertha BSC Berlin as Ukraine beat Belarus 1-0 in another qualifier in Lviv. Daniel Agger, Xabi Alonso, Javier Mascherano, future reds Ragnar Klavan, Sotirios Kyrgiakos, Alex Manninger, Raul Meireles, Christian Poulsen and Luis Suárez and ex-reds Nicolas Anelka, Mark González and John Arne Riise all also featured in qualifiers, with John Toshack managing Wales. 2009 – Javier Mascherano and future red Maxi Rodríguez represented Argentina again, as they lost 3-1 to Brazil in a World Cup qualifier in Rosario. 2013 – Lazar Marković won his first cap after moving to SL Benfica as Serbia were held to a 1-1 World Cup qualifying draw by Croatia in Belgrade, with future red Dejan Lovren playing for the visitors. 2014 - Carl Medjani played for Algeria for the first time since joining Trabzonspor as they beat Ethiopia 2-1 in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Addis Ababa. 2019 - Harvey Elliott won his first cap for England Under-17’s since moving to Anfield, as they thumped Finland 5-0 in a friendly in Poland with Jarell Quansah also in action. On the same day, future red Fábio Carvalho played for England Under-18’s for the first time in their 3-2 victory over Australia Under-17’s in Hinckley. Meanwhile, future red Mateusz Musiałowski won his only cap for Poland Under-17’s in their 2-1 defeat of Georgia, with Kamil Grabara also featuring for his country. Alberto in action 2002 – Future red Alberto Aquilani played for Italy Under-19’s as they beat Yugoslavia 2-1. 2005 – He was booked as the Under-21’s were held to a 1-1 draw by Belarus in a European Championships qualifier in Borisov. First and last goals 2008 - Martin Škrtel scored his first goal as a reds player as Slovakia beat Northern Ireland 2-1 in a World Cup qualifier in Bratislava. Joe Cole bagged a brace from off the bench, his final England goals as a Chelsea player, as they beat Andorra 2-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Barcelona. Ex-reds Emile Heskey, David James and future reds Stewart Downing and Glen Johnson also featured. Meanwhile, Yossi Benayoun netted while skippering Israel in their 2-2 draw with Switzerland in Tel-Aviv. 2020 – Neco Williams struck for Wales for the first time, the only goal of their UEFA Nations League group games against Bulgaria in Cardiff. Thiago Alcântara appeared for Spain for the last time before moving to Anfield as they thumped Ukraine 4-0 in Madrid, with future red Ozan Kabak and ex-reds Emre Can and Péter Gulácsi also playing in the same competition. Youngsters on target for their countries Daniel Sjölund struck for Finland Under-21’s in European Championships qualifiers on this day in consecutive years. 2002 - He netted in their 2-1 defeat of Wales in Valkeakoski. 2003 - He bagged the only goal of their game in Azerbaijan. 2012 - Jonjo Shelvey scored his first goal for England Under-21’s as they won a European Championships qualifier 2-0 in Azerbaijan, with future red Steven Caulker nabbing his second and last strike at this level. Jordan Henderson skippered a side that also included Martin Kelly, with ex-red Tom Ince winning his first cap at this level. Samed Yeşil struck his first two goals for Germany Under-19’s while winning his first cap at this level as a reds player in a 3-1 friendly defeat of England in Hamburg, with Raheem Sterling winning his only cap at this level and Adam Morgan also playing. Péter Gulácsi and Danny Wilson also featured in Under-21’s action that day. 2002 - Florent Sinama-Pongolle struck his first goal for France Under-21’s, the only one of their qualifier in Cyprus. He was winning his second cap, as were fellow reds Alou Diarra and Anthony Le Tallec. Chris Kirkland and future reds Xabi Alonso, Ragnar Klavan, Paul Konchesky, Jermaine Pennant, Pepe Reina, Albert Riera and Fernando Torres also played for their Under-21’s sides that day, with future red Alberto Aquilani featuring for Italy Under-19’s. 2005 - Ramon Calliste won his first cap for Wales Under-21’s as a reds player, having a goal disallowed as they lost 3-2 in a European Championships qualifier in Poland. Meanwhile, Anthony Le Tallec scored in his third consecutive Under-21’s game, converting a penalty as France beat the Republic of Ireland 2-1 in a qualifier in Cork. John Welsh won his last cap at this level as a reds player as England drew 1-1 in another qualifier with Germany in Mainz, with Scott Carson and future reds Alberto Aquilani, James Milner and Gary O’Neil also playing for the Under-21’s. Back to Merseyside 1994 - David Burrows signed for Everton from West Ham United on a free transfer, just a year after leaving Anfield. He only played 23 times in his one season with the Toffees, before moving on again to Birmingham City. 2013 - Neil Critchley was appointed Under-18’s Coach at the Academy. He moved up to the Under-23’s, leaving to take over as Head Coach of Blackpool last March. Other reds games 1983 – Southampton held us to a 1-1 draw at Anfield. Ian Rush netted before Mick Mills equalised late on with a free-kick from close to the touchline. 1980 – We drew 1-1 at Birmingham City with Kenny Dalglish on target. 1975 – Ray Kennedy headed in the only goal of Sheffield United’s visit to L4. 1969 – We beat Coventry City 2-1 at home. Ian St. John scored, with Geoff Strong netting a stoppage-time winner. 1952 – Kevin Baron and Jack Smith both struck inside the opening ten minutes as we won 2-0 at Manchester City. 1947 – Jack Balmer struck as Burnley drew 1-1 at Anfield. 1924 – We lost 2-0 at Arsenal with Harry Woods scoring the last two of his five goals against the reds. 1919 – We beat Bradford City 2-1 in L4 with Fred Pagnam and Donald McKinlay both scoring. Also in international action 1977 – Glenn Hysén played for Sweden Under-18’s as they lost a home friendly 1-0 to Finland, while Joey Jones and John Toshack played as Wales were held to a goalless draw by Kuwait in Wrexham. 1984 – Ex-red Avi Cohen featured in Israel’s 2-1 defeat of Malta in a friendly in Jerusalem. 2021 - James Balagizi appeared for England Under-19’s in their 1-1 friendly draw in Germany.
  16. Will

    15th August

    Double debutants 1987 - John Barnes and new record signing Peter Beardsley both made their official reds debuts as we beat Arsenal 2-1 at Highbury, thanks to goals from John Aldridge and Steve Nicol, who scored an extraordinary header from the edge of the penalty box. This was Kenny Dalglish’s fiftieth League win as reds boss, coming in his 85th game - still the best record of any reds boss. Happy birthday Ox 1993 – Midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was born in Portsmouth. He signed from Arsenal for £35m in August 2017, netting seventeen times in 133 appearances across his first five campaigns as well as suffering a serious injury. He made it back to sit on the bench as we claimed the UEFA Champions League in Madrid in June 2019 and helping us to claim the Premier League, FIFA Club World Cup and UEFA Super Cup. Clem departs 1981 – Ray Clemence was sold to Tottenham Hotspur for £300,000. He had arrived from Sc***horpe United for £18,000 in June 1967, usurping Tommy Lawrence as first choice number one after two years. He went on to make 665 reds appearances, winning five League titles, an FA Cup, three European Cups, two UEFA Cups, League Cup, UEFA Super Cup and four FA Charity Shields in his fourteen years at Anfield. 1976 – Kevin Keegan confirmed that the upcoming season would be his final one at Anfield. He struck twenty times in 57 outings in this campaign, helping us to claim the European Cup and League title, and reach the FA Cup Final. 1974- Centre-half Larry Lloyd was sold to Coventry City for £240,000. He is one of a rare breed to leave Anfield in his prime, and go on to better things – helping Nottingham Forest to two European Cups, one League title, League Cup and FA Charity Shield. He had won League and UEFA Cup medals after joining the reds from Bristol Rovers for £50,000 in April 1969, appearing 218 times and notching five times. Double dismissals 2010 – Joe Cole was sent off for a challenge on Laurent Koscielny just before half-time in our Anfield meeting with Arsenal. David N’Gog put us in front immediately after the break, with the lead lasting until the last minute when Marouane Chamakh diverted a cross against the post and Pepe Reina spilled the rebound into his own net. Koscielny was then sent off for a second bookable offence in injury-time. This turned out to be Javier Mascherano’s 139th and final reds game. Other birthdays 1988 – Moroccan winger Oussama Assaidi was born in Beni-Boughafar. He signed from Dutch side SC Heerenveen for £2.4m in August 2012, failing to score in twelve appearances before spending a season and a half on loan at Stoke City. He was sold to UAE Arabian Gulf League side Al Ahli for a reported £4.7m in January 2015. 1905 - Centre-forward Tommy Reid was born in Motherwell. He signed from Clydebank for £1,000 in April 1926 and bagged an impressive thirty goals in 55 games before moving to Manchester United in February 1929. Off the mark 2017 – Trent Alexander-Arnold scored his first senior goal as we won 2-1 at TSG 1899 Hoffenheim in the first leg of our UEFA Champions League qualifier. Simon Mignolet saved a penalty, with forward Dominic Solanke making his reds bow as we benefited when Havard Nordtveit inadvertently diverted a James Milner cross into his own net. 2007 - Yossi Benayoun made his reds debut as Andriy Voronin’s first reds strike proved to be the only goal of the first leg of our Champions League qualifier in Toulouse, who became our hundredth different opponents in European competition. Happy birthday Boudewijn 1976 - Bolo Zenden was born in Maastricht in the Netherlands. He signed on a free transfer in July 2005 after his one-year contract with Middlesbrough had expired. He notched twice in 47 senior reds games, as injury hampered his career at Anfield. He helped us to claim the UEFA Super Cup and FA Community Shield, as well as reach the Champions League Final in his brief time with the reds. Bolo left the club in July 2007 to join Olympique de Marseille. 2021 – Former Director Terry Smith died at Arrowe Park Hospital in Birkenhead. He was on the board from 1992 until 2007. Charity at first 1964 - We played in our first FA Charity Shield, only drawing 2-2 with West Ham United at Anfield. Gordon Wallace and Gerry Byrne twice gave us the lead, with John Byrne and Geoff Hurst both netting equalisers, with the latter being one of his nine strikes against the reds. The trophy was shared between the two clubs, as this was in the days before extra-time and penalty shoot-outs. Phil Chisnall made his reds bow in this game when he became the first ever substitute in senior English football, replacing Alf Arrowsmith after just a quarter of an hour, who had suffered a serious knee injury. Red defenders on the way out 1991 - Gary Gillespie was sold to his boyhood heroes Celtic for £925,000. He had been Joe Fagan’s first signing, helping us to three League titles in his eight injury-ravaged years at Anfield, scoring sixteen times in 214 appearances. 2002 - Young full-back Stephen Wright joined Sunderland for £3m, after just 21 reds games. He netted twice in 105 games for them, with injuries blighting his time there, and was released in May 2008. Double capture 2005 - Liverpool confirmed the signings of young centre-backs Godwin Antwi from Real Zaragoza and Miki Roqué from U.E. Lleida. Both featured in our victorious FA Youth Cup winning campaign in 2006, but only made one senior appearance between them, when Roque made a late cameo at Galatasaray in December 2006. 1996 - Patrik Berger signed from Ballspielverein Borussia 09 e.V. Dortmund for £3.25m, following an impressive Euro ’96. He scored 35 times in 196 reds games, before joining Portsmouth in June 2003. 1983 – Winger Brian Mooney signed from Home Farm for £20,000. He only ever played one senior reds game, as a substitute for Jim Beglin in a League Cup win at Fulham in October 1986, moving on to Preston North End in November 1987. 1970’s League wins We twice played League games on this day in the 1970’s, winning them both. 1970 - We won 2-1 at Burnley, with Alun Evans and Emlyn Hughes on target. 1972 - We beat Manchester United 2-0 at Anfield, thanks to strikes from John Toshack and Steve Heighway. Ex-reds on the move 1997 - Ian Rush signed for Newcastle United on a free transfer from Leeds United. He only made fourten appearances for the Magpies, scoring twice, including one that made him the all-time top scorer in the FA Cup, with 44 goals in the competition. 1985 - Gary McAllister joined Leicester City from Motherwell along with clubmate Ally Mauchlen for a combined £250,000. He struck 52 times in 225 appearances for the Foxes, before joining Leeds United for £1m in July 1990. 2003 - Steve Staunton joined Coventry City on a free transfer from Aston Villa. He notched four times in 75 games for the Sky Blues before joining Walsall two years later. 2011 – Robbie Keane joined LA Galaxy from Tottenham Hotspur for £3.5m, so far bagging 97 goals in 145 outings for the American outfit and becoming their captain. Losing finalists 1982 - We lost the Final of the Málaga Tournament to the home side. We drew 1-1 after extra time, with our goal coming from Alan Kennedy, but lost the penalty shoot-out 4-2. The game started so late that the action did not come to an end until around 1:15am. Terry McDermott and Phil Neal converted their spot-kicks, with David Hodgson’s being saved and Howard Gayle sending his over the crossbar Management moves 2005 - Roy Hodgson was appointed Manager of Finland. He narrowly failed to take them to the European Championships Finals in 2008, as they fell just one goal short of reaching their first ever major tournament. He chose not to renew his contract when it expired in November 2007, taking over at Fulham the following month. 2020 - Jürgen Klopp was named Premier League Manager of the Season for 2019-20, having led us as we romped to the Premier League title. On the same day, Chris Morgan re-joined the red as a first-team physiotherapist. Reds in Ireland 1994 - We beat Dundalk 2-1 in a friendly at Oriel Park, with Robbie Fowler and Michael Thomas on the scoresheet. International friendly firsts and lasts 2012 – Charlie Adam won his last cap as a reds player as Scotland beat Australia 3-1 at Easter Road, while Nuri Şahin made his final appearance for Turkey before joining the reds on loan as Turkey lost 2-0 to Austria in Vienna. Joe Allen represented Wales for the first time since moving to Anfield as they lost 2-0 to Bosnia-Herzegovina in Llanelli, with Craig Bellamy playing his first international in his second spell as a Cardiff City player. Meanwhile, Raul Meireles won his last cap as a Chelsea player in Portugal’s 2-0 victory over Panama in Faro, while Christian Benteke scored his first senior goal for Belgium, and only one as a Koninklijke Racing Club Genk player, in their 4-2 friendly defeat of the Netherlands in Brussels. Daniel Agger reached a half century of caps in Denmark’s 3-1 defeat by Martin Škrtel’s Slovakia in Odense. On the same day, ex-red Alexander Kačaniklić made his senior bow in Sweden’s 3-0 defeat by Brazil in Solna, while Alberto Aquilani won his first cap as a Fiorentina player as Italy lost 2-1 to Roy Hodgson’s England in Bern. Xherdan Shaqiri won his last cap as a Basel player in Switzerland’s 4-2 win in Croatia, while Fulham’s John Arne Riise struck in Norway’s 3-2 loss to Greece in Oslo, with Krisztián Németh playing for Hungary for the first time while with Roda JC Kerkrade in their 1-1 draw with Israel in Budapest. Also in international action that day were Andy Carroll, Pepe Reina, future reds Mario Balotelli, Ádám Bogdán, Lazar Marković, James Milner, Mamadou Sakho, Kolo Touré and Virgil van Dijk, and ex-reds Xabi Alonso, Álvaro Arbeloa, Javier Mascherano, Nikolay Mihaylov, Daniel Sjölund, Fernando Torres. More reds in international action 2001 - A host of reds featured in international friendlies. Patrik Berger won his 44th and final cap in the Czech Republic’s 5-0 thumping of South Korea, with future red Milan Baroš also playing. Meanwhile, Jerzy Dudek won his last cap as a Feyenoord player in Poland’s 1-1 draw in Iceland. John Arne Riise won his first cap as a reds player as Norway drew 1-1 with Turkey in Oslo. Two reds also appeared for Finland in their 4-1 defeat of Belgium in Helsinki. Sami Hyypiä won his fortieth cap, while Jari Litmanen scored a penalty. Nick Barmby, Jamie Carragher, Robbie Fowler and Michael Owen all played in England’s 2-0 defeat by the Netherlands at White Hart Lane, with ex-red David James winning his first cap as a West Ham United player. Future red Bolo Zenden won his first cap while with Chelsea for the winning side, his 31st to date. Dietmar Hamann played in Germany’s 5-2 win in Hungary, with Christian Ziege winning his first cap as a Tottenham Hotspur player, his sixtieth international. Igor Bišcan featured in Croatia’s 2-2 draw with the Republic of Ireland in Dublin. Mark Kennedy played his first international as a Wolverhampton Wanderers player, with future reds Steve Finnan and Robbie Keane, and ex-reds Jason McAteer and Steve Staunton also featuring. Future reds Yossi Benayoun and Alex Manninger also represented their countries that day. Also recently for their countries 2006 - Craig Bellamy won his first cap as a reds player as John Toshack’s Wales were held to a goalless friendly draw by Bulgaria in Swansea, with ex-reds loanee Paul Jones also playing. Meanwhile, future red Yossi Benayoun was on target while winning his fiftieth cap as Israel drew 1-1 in Slovenia. Another future red, Andriy Voronin, struck in the Ukraine’s 6-0 trouncing of Azerbaijan in Kyiv, with another future red Martin Škrtel also representing his country. Also in international action that day were Pepe Reina, Luis García and future red Fernando Torres, who played as Raúl won his hundredth cap for Spain in their goalless draw in Iceland. Scott Carson won his first Under-21’s cap while on loan at Charlton Athletic as England were held to a 2-2 draw by Moldova in a European Championships qualifier at Portman Road, while Florent Sinama-Pongolle also played for his country’s junior side. Olympian Raul 2004 – Future red Raul Meireles played for Portugal in the Olympics Finals, featuring as they beat Morocco 2-1 in a group game in Greece. Also on the move 2014 – Portuguese midfielder João Teixeira joined Brighton & Hove Albion on loan, being voted their Young Player of the Year after six strikes in 35 games, despite breaking his leg towards the end of the campaign. On the same day, forward Michael Ngoo left the club to sign for Kilmarnock, failing to score in seven outings in his first season at Rugby Park. 2013 – Forward Steven Gillespie re-joined Cheltenham Town on loan from Fleetwood Town, netting twice in five games in this fourth spell with the Robins. 2011 - Future reds forward Danny Ings moved to Burnley from Bournemouth for £1m, going on to bag 43 goals in 130 run-outs before moving to Anfield in July 2015. Also in international action 1995 – Future red Vladimír Šmicer played for the Czech Republic Under-21’s as they beat Norway 4-3 in a European Championships qualifier in Stavanger.
  17. Will

    14th August

    More Euro glory 2019 – We claimed the UEFA Super Cup for the fourth time, beating Chelsea 5-4 in a penalty shoot-out in Istanbul after our meeting ended 1-1 after ninety minutes, and 2-2 after extra time. Olivier Giroud scored the seventh of his eight goals past us to date in the first half, with a Sadio Mané brace either side of the full-time whistle putting us ahead. Jorginho converted a debatable penalty, before the match was decided from twelve yards. Roberto Firmino, Fabinho, Divock Origi, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Mohamed Salah all scored before Adrián saved from Tammy Abraham. Joël Matip reached a century of reds games that night. Debutant goalscorers 1971 - Kevin Keegan netted on his first-class reds debut as we ran out 3-1 winners over Nottingham Forest at Anfield, with our other goals coming from Emlyn Hughes and a Tommy Smith penalty, while Ian Storey-Moore scored one of his five goals against the reds. This was also the first game for stadium announcer George Sephton. 1993 - Former Forest forward Nigel Clough bagged both goals on his reds bow as we saw off Sheffield Wednesday 2-0 at Anfield. Neil Ruddock also made his debut in this game, while Carlton Palmer was sent off early on for a foul on Jan Mølby. Lawro sets a new record 1981 – Defender Mark Lawrenson signed from Brighton & Hove Albion for a club record £900,000, going on to make 356 appearances, netting eighteen times while helping us to win four League titles, one European Cup, one FA Cup, three League Cups, the FA Charity Shield and Screen Sport Super Cup in his time at Anfield, before taking over as Oxford United boss in March 1988. Adios St Michael 2004 - Michael Owen joined Real Madrid for £8m after 158 goals in 297 reds games, and having helped us to claim the UEFA Cup, FA Cup, League Cup, UEFA Super Cup and FA Charity Shield, as well as being voted European Footballer of the Year in his time at Anfield. He remained in Spain for just one season, moving back to England to join Newcastle United for £17m in August 2006. Charity begins away from home 1976 - We claimed our third outright FA Charity Shield by defeating Southampton 1-0 at Wembley, courtesy of a John Toshack strike. We wore the unusual combination of white shirts and shorts with red socks. 1965 - We drew 2-2 with Manchester United at Old Trafford, with the trophy being shared between the two clubs. Willie Stevenson and Ron Yeats were on target for the reds that day, with George Best scoring the first of his seven goals past us. David Herd also netted for United. Key signings 1893 - Matt McQueen was registered with the Football League. He arrived from Leith Athletic in October 1892 and bagged seven goals in 103 games for the reds, playing in every position on the park including 41 games in goal, helping us to claim the Second Division title twice, once while as a keeper. He later served as a Director and then as Manager for five years in the 1920’s, leading us to our fourth League title in 1923. 1963 – Outside-left Peter Thompson signed from Preston North End for £37,000. He netted 54 times in 416 reds games, helping us to win two League titles and our first FA Cup before joining Bolton Wanderers for £18,000 in January 1974. Arriving from the north east 1995 - A less celebrated signing happened when keeper Stephen Pears arrived on a free transfer from Middlesbrough. He never made a first-team appearance but did sit on the bench five times as understudy to David James. Mo again 2021 – Mohamed Salah struck as we won 3-0 at Norwich City, so netting is his fifth consecutive opening League game of the season, a Premier League first. Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino had already scored. Off the mark 2016 – Forward Sadio Mané struck on his reds bow as we won a pulsating match 4-3 at Arsenal, with centre-back Ragnar Klavan and midfielder Gini Wijnaldum also debuting. Simon Mignolet saved a penalty from Theo Walcott, a club record fifth in the Premier League, but he put the home side in front soon afterwards. Philippe Coutinho converted a free-kick in first-half stoppage time with Adam Lallana, Coutinho and then Mané putting us 4-1 in front. However, future red Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Calum Chambers reduced the deficit, although we hung on to win. 2004 - Djibril Cissé scored his first reds goal as we held Tottenham Hotspur to a 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane, with Jermain Defoe bagging the home side’s equaliser. Red departures 2014 – Defender Martin Kelly was sold to Crystal Palace for a reported £2m after one goal in 62 reds games. 1971 – Left-half John Browning died. He signed from Dunoon Athletic in March 1934, making just nineteen appearances before returning to his native Scotland to join Cowdenbeath in August 1939. 1944 – Forward Joe Lumsden passed away. He signed from Burton Wanderers in June 1897, scoring twice in just eight senior outings before moving on to Glossop North End in May 1898. A big day for the Dalglish family 1990 - Anfield hosted a testimonial match for King Kenny. The reds beat a Real Sociedad side that including the returning John Aldridge 3-1, with our goals coming from an Ian Rush brace and Steve McMahon. 1996 - Kenny’s son Paul Dalglish signed for the reds from Celtic Juniors. He could not break through into the first team in his fifteen months at Anfield, and so moved on to Newcastle United, where he at least managed to make thirteen first-team appearances. Jan on trial 1984 - Jan Mølby joined the reds on trial from Ajax, eight days prior to signing for £225,000. He went on to net 61 times in his 292 reds games, including a remarkable forty of his 42 attempted spot-kicks. He won three League titles and two FA Cups while at Anfield, before moving into management. Out on loan 2006 - Scott Carson joined Charlton Athletic on loan. He played 38 times for the Addicks as they were relegated, earning plenty of plaudits during his time at The Valley, including being named their player of the season. 2007 – Future reds record buy Andy Carroll joined Preston North End from Newcastle United for five months, during which time he netted just once in twelve appearances. On the same day, second string midfielder Jimmy Ryan signed on loan for Shrewsbury Town, later joining permanently. He played seven times for the Shrews but was released at the end of the campaign. League defeats 1968 - We lost 2-0 at Southampton, thanks to the first of Terry Paine’s four strikes past us, and a Ron Davies goal. 1999 - We were beaten 1-0 by newly promoted Watford at Anfield with Tommy Mooney on target. That was their highlight of a season that saw them head straight back down to the First Division. Hodgson off the mark 1982 - New forward signing David Hodgson scored in his first reds fixture as we beat Real Betis Balompié 2-0 in the pre-season Málaga Tournament in Marbella. Kenny Dalglish grabbed the other goal. We also won two other tournament games in Spain in subsequent years to claim third place in each competition. 1983 - Michael Robinson struck a brace as we beat Dinamo Bucureşti 3-2 in the La Linea Tournament, with Kenny Dalglish nabbing the other. 1988 - Gary Gillespie and John Barnes netted to add to a brace from Steve McMahon as we beat Real Sociedad 4-0 in the T Herrera Tournament in San Sebastián. For Jock 1978 - The reds played in a testimonial match against Celtic for their legendary boss Jock Stein. We ran out 3-2 winners, courtesy of a Kenny Dalglish brace and a goal from Alan Kennedy in his first reds game. Other friendlies 1973 - Steve Heighway netted as we drew 1-1 at Hertha BSC Berlin. 1995 - Ian Rush bagged the only goal of our friendly at Northern Irish side Linfield. International goalscorers 2013 – Luis Suárez struck as Uruguay beat Japan 4-2 in a friendly in Rifu. Meanwhile, future red Rickie Lambert scored the winner on his debut as Roy Hodgson’s England beat Scotland 3-2 at Wembley, while future red Mohamed Salah scored in Egypt’s 3-0 friendly defeat of Uganda behind closed doors. Dejan Lovren featured for Croatia for the first time since joining Southampton in their 3-2 friendly win in Lichtenstein, with Nikolay Mihaylov winning his first cap as a Hellas Verona player in Bulgaria’s 2-0 defeat by FYR Macedonia in Skopje. Also in international action that day were Joe Allen, Sebastián Coates, Steven Gerrard, Danny Ward, future reds Thiago Alcântara, Christian Benteke, Ádám Bogdán, Ragnar Klavan, Sadio Mané, James Milner, Victor Moses, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Xherdan Shaqiri and Gini Wijnaldum, and ex-reds Alberto Aquilani, Álvaro Arbeloa, Craig Bellamy, Yossi Benayoun, Javier Mascherano, Carl Medjani, Nikolay Mihaylov, Maxi Rodríguez and Nuri Şahin. On the same day, Dejan Lovren won his first cap as a Southampton player in Croatia’s 3-2 friendly win in Liechtenstein. 2009 – Future red Emre Can bagged his first goal for Germany Under-16’s in their 4-0 thumping of Switzerland in a friendly in Liechtenstein. Olympian reds 2004 - Momo Sissoko played for Mali as they beat the host nation 2-0 in an Olympics group game in Thessaloniki, Greece. Meanwhile, fellow future red Javier Mascherano appeared as Argentina beat Tunisia 2-0 in Patras. More internationals 2001 - Future red Djibril Cissé came off the bench to make his debut for France Under-21’s as they lost 3-2 to Russia in a friendly in Caen. Stephen Wright and future reds Jermaine Pennant and Pepe Reina were also in Under-21’s action that day. 1996 - Sami Hyypiä won his tenth Finnish cap, while still with Willem II. The Finns were held to a goalless draw in a friendly in Latvia. 2011 – Future red Philippe Coutinho faced Dani Pacheco in the Under-20 World Championship Finals as Brazil and Spain drew 2-2 in their Quarter-final before Brazil triumphed 4-2 on penalties. 2012 - Samed Yeşil debuted for Germany Under-19’s, winning his only cap at that level as a Bayer 04 Leverkusen player, in their 1-0 friendly win in Scotland. Danny Wilson played for Scotland Under-21’s on the same day as they lost 1-0 to Belgium in a friendly in Dunfermline. 2014 – Future red Marko Grujić featured for Serbia Under-19’s in their 3-0 friendly defeat in Slovakia. Papa Nando 2001 - Lucia was born in Madrid, the daughter of future red Fernando Morientes and his wife Victoria. Trent’s award 2020 - Trent Alexander-Arnold was named as the inaugural Premier League Young Player of the Season for 2019-20 after four goals, thirteen assists and twelve clean sheets as we claimed the League title.
  18. Will

    28th August

    In rides Crazy Horse 1947 - Emlyn Hughes was born in Barrow-in-Furness. ‘Crazy Horse’ played 665 times in his twelve years at Anfield after signing from Blackpool for a club record £65,000 in February 1967, netting 49 times and winning two European Cups, four League titles, two UEFA Cups, FA Cup, UEFA Super Cup and two FA Charity Shields before joining Wolverhampton Wanderers for £90,000 in August 1979. His greatest season was probably 1976/77 when he captained the side to within a whisker of a unique treble, as well as being voted the Football Writers’ Player of the Year. Sadly, he died in November 2004, aged just 57. God’s rapid-fire hat-trick 1994 - Robbie Fowler scored a hat-trick in a five-minute first-half spell as we beat Arsenal 3-0 at Anfield, in front of just 30,017 in the first game after the Kop became all seated. 1999 - He also struck as we again beat the Gunners 2-0 at Anfield, with Patrik Berger also on the scoresheet as Dominic Matteo reached a century of League outings for the reds. 1967 - We also played them, going down 2-0 at Highbury. Jon Sammels scored with Tony Hateley putting through his own net. On the way in 2017 – Midfielder Naby Keïta agreed to sign from RasenBallsport Leipzig e.V. the following July for £52.75m. He struck seven times in 77 outings for the reds across his first four campaigns during which he struggled with a succession of injuries. Double Latin debutants 2007 - Brazilian midfielder Lucas Leiva and Argentine winger Sebastián Leto both made their reds bows as we thumped Toulouse 4-0 in the second leg of our Champions League qualifier at Anfield, to progress 5-0 on aggregate. Peter Crouch and skipper Sami Hyypiä both netted before Dirk Kuyt added a late brace as we secured our fiftieth home win in Europe’s premier competition. Before the match, the Z-Cars theme was played in tribute to the recently-murdered Rhys Jones, whose parents and brother were present on the touchline in their Everton shirts, on a day when the city of Liverpool celebrated its 800th birthday. Most recently 2021 – Kai Havertz headed Chelsea ahead at Anfield, but Mohamed Salah equalised from the spot on the stroke of half time, with Reece James sent off for handling in the area. The doc off the mark 1976 – We lost 2-1 at Birmingham City, with David Johnson nabbing his first reds goal. Double centurion 1993 - Ian Rush grabbed his 200th League goal as we beat Leeds United 2-0 at Anfield in the Premiership. Jan Mølby netted the other as Mike Marsh played his 101st and final reds game. Dirk the best of Dutch 2006 - Dirk Kuyt was named Dutch Player of the Year, shortly after his £9m move from Feyenoord to Anfield. He had been made their skipper that season, as he scored 25 times in 38 games in all competitions. Javier the champion 2004 - Future red Javier Mascherano helped Argentina to claim Olympic gold as they beat Paraguay 1-0 in the Final in Athens. Paraguay had both Emilio Martínez and Diego Figueredo sent off. The new Kemlyn 1963 - We played in front of the new Kemlyn Road cantilever stand for the first time, while part of the Anfield Road terracing was unavailable due to structural work. Unfortunately, we lost 2-1 to Nottingham Forest, with Forest’s Bob McKinlay scoring for the reds, the fiftieth time we had benefited from an own goal to date in the League. Bruce at last 1984 - Bruce Grobbelaar won his final senior international cap as Zimbabwe lost 1-0 in the first leg of a World Cup qualifier in Egypt. Other trebles 1926 - Gordon Hodgson opened the scoring before Dick Forshaw bagged a treble against Manchester United for the second successive season, as we won 4-2 in our season opener at Anfield, with winger Dick Edmed making his reds bow. Frank McPherson bagged a brace for the visitors. 1937 - George Mills scored a hat-trick for Chelsea in their 6-1 thumping of the reds as we started the season badly, the last of his four goals past us. Ted Harston netted our consolation on his reds debut, with left-back Barney Ramsden also making his reds bow. Harry Burgess bagged one of his nine strikes past the reds, with Billy Mitchell and Jimmy Argue also on target. 1943 - Jack Balmer bagged three as we beat Manchester City 4-1 in our opening Wartime League fixture of the season with Cyril Done also on target. 1920 - We also started a new campaign against City, with Tom Miller nabbing a brace and Walter Wadsworth scoring his first reds goal in our 4-2 Anfield victory. Donald McKinlay also struck, with Tommy Browell bagging one of his seven goals against us and Ernest Goodwin also netting. Other debutants 2002 - Salif Diao made his official reds bow in our 2-2 draw at Blackburn Rovers, with Rovers substitute Corrado Grabbi nabbing a late equaliser after Danny Murphy and John Arne Riise had put us in front, following David Dunn’s opener. 1990 - Roy Keane made his debut in English football as Nottingham Forest lost 2-0 at Anfield, thanks to goals from Ian Rush and Peter Beardsley. Thumping the Mackems 1948 - Billy Liddell, William Watkinson, Willie Fagan and Jack Balmer all scored as we beat Sunderland 4-0 at Anfield. Other birthday boys 1929 - Forward John Evans was born in Tilbury in Essex. He was signed at the fourth attempt from Charlton Athletic in December 1953 for £12,500, but we suffered relegation in his first season at Anfield. His greatest moment with the reds came when he netted all our goals in a 5-3 defeat of Bristol Rovers in September 1954. Overall, he struck 53 times in 107 reds games before joining Colchester United in December 1957, including a goal on his 25th birthday as we lost 3-2 in a Second Division fixture at Derby County, with Louis Bimpson also on target. Jimmy Dunn bagged the last of his four goals against the reds, with Geoff Barrowcliffe and Tommy Powell also scoring. 1993 – Academy defender Jakub Sokolík was born in Ostrava in the Czech Republic. He joined the reds in 2009, signing on as a professional four years later. He was released at the end of the 2013/14 season, signing on with Yeovil Town in June 2014. Rob bows out 1999 - Rob Jones was released by West Ham United, just six weeks after leaving Anfield for one final throw of the dice. He had played 243 times for the reds, famously without notching a goal, before suffering a succession of back problems. In charge 2004 - Ian Rush was appointed Manager of Chester City. He only led them to fourteen victories in 41 games in his one season in charge. 1999 - Steve Clarke took over as Caretaker Manager of Newcastle United after Ruud Gullit’s resignation, although he only took charge of one game, a 5-1 thumping at Manchester United. Other reds games 1982 – Sammy Lee scored a free kick with Phil Neal converting a penalty as we beat West Bromwich Albion 2-0 at Anfield. 1978 – We lost 1-0 at Sheffield United in a League Cup Second Round tie. 1973 – We lost 1-0 at Coventry City. 1971 – We beat Leicester City 3-2 in L4 with Steve Heighway, Kevin Keegan and John Toshack all on target. 1957 – Huddersfield Town held us to a 1-1 draw in a Second Division match at Anfield. Les Massie bagged the first of his four goals against the reds before Alan A’Court equalised. Moving on 2014 – Left-back Jack Robinson was sold to Queens Park Rangers after eleven senior games since making his bow as the reds’ then youngest ever player in May 2010, moving on the same day on loan to Huddersfield Town. 2020 – Ovie Ejaria was sold to Reading after two successful loan spells. On the same day, keeper Shamal George signed for Colchester United having been released by the reds. Crossing the border 1987 - Reserves centre-forward Alan Irvine was sold to Dundee United for £100,000 after just four appearances from off the bench. He failed to score in seven League games before joining Shrewsbury Town. 1994 - Ex-red Gary Gillespie rejoined Coventry City from Celtic on a free transfer. He could only make four appearances in his second, three-season spell at Highfield Road. Danny on target 2007 – Future reds centre-back Danny Wilson captained and scored for Scotland Under-17's for the only time, while winning the first of his four caps at this level in their 3-1 tournament defeat by Austria in Villach. In trouble 2019 - Dean Saunders was jailed for ten weeks for refusing to provide a roadside breath test, although he was freed after one day pending an appeal, which he later won. Also in international action 1991 – Future red Øyvind Leonhardsen played for Norway as they lost a European Championships qualifier 1-0 to the USSR in Oslo.
  19. Will

    6th August

    Births and deaths 1960 - David Hodgson was born in Gateshead. He joined the reds from Middlesbrough for £450,000 in August 1982 but never fully established himself in his two years at Anfield, scoring ten times in 49 appearances, although he did claim a League championship medal and helped us to clinch the FA Charity Shield on his reds bow before he left for Sunderland for £125,000. 1876 - Forward Ronald ‘Wee’ Orr was born in Bartonholm, Ayrshire. He netted 39 times in 112 reds games after signing from Newcastle United for £350 in April 1908. He returned to Scotland in January 1912, signing for Raith Rovers. 2006 – South African winger Harman van den Berg died. He signed from Peninsular in his homeland in October 1937, but only managed to score three times in nineteen games before injuries and the Second World War intervened. 2019 – Full-back Steve Parr died. He made twenty appearances without notching after signing on a free transfer from Farrington Villa in May 1948. Seven years later, he joined Exeter City, and ended his playing career with Rochdale. New manager 1936 – George Kay was appointed Manager, replacing George Patterson. He led us to our first League title in 24 years in 1946, and the FA Cup Final four years later. He was forced to retire due to illness in January 1951, and sadly died just three years later. Amongst the players who joined the club during his tenure were the great Billy Liddell and Bob Paisley. In 2014 – Spanish right-back Javier Manquillo joined on a two-year loan from Club Atlético de Madrid, although he returned to his parent club in July 2015 after nineteen reds games. 2002 - Salif Diao signed from Sedan for £4.7m. He made 61 reds appearances, scoring three times, and moved to Stoke City in January 2007 after a successful loan spell there. 1982 - Reserves keeper Steve Ogrizovic joined Shrewsbury Town in a straight swap for Bob Wardle. Oggy had only made five first-team appearances for the reds, going on to play nearly a hundred times for the Shrews in his two years at Gay Meadow, before joining Coventry City. Wardle never made our first team and was forced to retire through injury inside a year. Out 1999 - Øyvind Leonhardsen left for Tottenham Hotspur for £3m, after seven goals in 49 reds games. He said, “Things have been going pretty well in Liverpool, so it will be a bit sad to leave this club”. He struck eleven times in 72 games for Spurs, before moving on again to Aston Villa in August 2002. 2007 - Reserves centre-back Miki Roqué joined Xerez Club Deportivo SAD on loan. However, he only turned out once for them in the League and spent the following season with Cartagena, being released by the reds in June 2009. He sadly died in June 2012 aged just 23. 2014 – Midfielder Conor Coady was sold to Huddersfield Town for £375,000. He had only made two senior appearances, netting three times in 48 games for the Terriers before joining Wolverhampton Wanderers for a reported £2m in July 2015. 2015 - Spanish centre-half Rafael Páez signed for AD Alcorcón, having failed to break through at Anfield. 2016 – Centre-half Lloyd Jones signed a new two-year contract with the reds and joined Swindon Town on loan on the same day. He struck twice in 29 outings in his one season with the Robins, leaving the reds in January 2018 to sign for Luton Town. The start of a legend 1974 - Legendary reds boss Bob Paisley took charge of the reds for the first time, in a friendly against 1. FC Kaiserslautern at their Betzenbergstadion. Kevin Keegan was sent off in what the club claimed was a case of mistaken identity although we were still able to win 3-1, with Ray Kennedy, Peter Cormack and Phil Boersma on the scoresheet. We led 2-0 after thirty minutes before new signing Kennedy was scythed down by Dietmar Schwager, who was then pushed by Keegan. However, the club claimed that the referee had mistaken him for Peter Cormack, although Keegan admitted years later it had actually been him who had thrown a punch. Aldo bags a treble 1987 - John Aldridge netted a hat-trick, including a penalty, in our 4-1 friendly defeat of Norwegian side Vålerenga. Paul Walsh grabbed the other goal as we came from behind to win. 1986 - We were also in Scandinavia, drawing 1-1 with Danish side Kolding at the Mosevej Sportsplads, with Steve McMahon on target. Three Danish internationals, Allan Hansen, Allan Simonsen and Kent Nielsen, guested for the home side Belgian celebrations 1984 - We took part in a match to commemorate the eightieth anniversary of Belgian side Sporting de Charleroi. Unfortunately, we somewhat spoiled the party by thumping the home side 6-0, thanks to goals from Ian Rush, Michael Robinson, Gary Gillespie, John Wark, Steve Nicol and Ronnie Whelan. Other friendlies 1978 - We trounced Basel 6-0 at their St. Jakob-Park, with Kenny Dalglish, Jimmy Case and Emlyn Hughes all netting to add to a Robert Baldinger own goal and a brace from Ray Kennedy. 1996 - We were held to a goalless draw by Millwall at The Den. 2011 – We beat Valencia 2-0 at Anfield, thanks to goals from Andy Carroll and Sotirios Kyrgiakos. On the same day, Dani Pacheco featured as Spain thumped Australia 5-1 in a World Championship Finals group game in Colombia, with R.C.D. Espanyol’s Álvaro Vázquez scoring a hat-trick. 2016 - Sadio Mané scored his first reds goal as thumped Barcelona 4-0 in an International Champions Cup game at Wembley. We benefited from a Javier Mascherano own goal before Divock Origi and Marko Grujić completed the scoring. Not the Wright boss 2004 - Mark Wright resigned as Manager of Chester City. The Board of Directors issued a statement saying that, “Wright persistently flouted his managerial position with regard to the size and budget of the first-team squad. When he departed, Mr. Wright failed even to have the decency to enter the dressing room and address his players, choosing instead to simply drive away.” However, he subsequently had a third spell at the Deva Stadium. Personal honours 2000 - Reds defender Rigobert Song was named in a FIFA all-star squad to take on France in a charity match later in the month. The only other English-based player was Manchester City’s George Weah. 2001 - It was announced that Jerzy Dudek and Sami Hyypiä had both been nominated for UEFA awards, based on their performances in the previous season’s European competitions. A first cap 1997 - Stéphane Henchoz won his first cap as a Blackburn Rovers player, and 24th in total, as Switzerland lost 1-0 in a friendly in Slovakia. 1996 – Future red John Arne Riise nabbed a brace, his first goals for Norway Under-15’s as they thumped Finland 7-1 in a friendly in Øyer. On the move 2002 - Ex-red Paul Ince signed for Wolverhampton Wanderers, a month after being released by Middlesbrough. He played 131 times for the Molineux outfit, but left in August 2006 after being overlooked for the Manager’s job. 2003 - Joe Cole joined Chelsea from West Ham United for £6.6m, after thirteen strikes in 150 outings for the Irons. 2007 – Left-back José Enrique moved to Newcastle United from Villarreal for £6.3m, after 25 games for El Submarino Amarillo. 2015 – Future reds winger Mohamed Salah joined Roma on loan from Chelsea, netting fifteen times in 42 games before making the move permanent for a reported €15m a year later. On the same day, Academy keeper Jamie Stephens signed for Barnet, so far playing 65 senior games for the Bees. 2018 – Hungarian forward Krisztián Németh joined Sporting Kansas City from New England Revolution for $350,000 in allocation money and a first-round pick in the 2020 MLS SuperDraft. 2019 – Winger Harry Wilson joined Bournemouth on loan, going on to score seven goals in 35 games as the Cherries were relegated. On the same day, forward Taiwo Awoniyi moved to 1. FSV Mainz 05 for the season, netting once in twelve outings. Meanwhile, Canadian forward Liam Miller returned to Kilmarnock on loan, only scoring once in 22 games in his second campaign at Rugby Park. Young Nuri 2005 – Future reds loanee Nuri Şahin became the youngest ever Bundesliga player, aged 16 years 334 days, starting Ballspielverein Borussia 09 e.V. Dortmund’s 2-2 draw at VfL Wolfsburg. He was also cautioned. Also in international action 1986 – Future red Glenn Hysén played for Sweden in their 2-1 defeat of Finland in Helsinki. 1994 – Future red Haukur Ingi Guðnason featured as Denmark Under-17’s beat 2-1. 2010 – Adam Morgan appeared as England Under-17’s beat Iceland 2-1 in a Nordic Tournament game in Finland. 2011 – Dani Pacheco featured as Spain Under-20’s thrashed Australia 5-1 in a World Championship Finals group game in Colombia.
  20. Shanks starts out 1959 - Bill Shankly’s first game in charge ended in a convincing 4-0 defeat at home by Cardiff City, who were promoted ahead of us that year. A crowd of 27,291 watched the floodlit game which resulted in our eighth League defeat of the season and remained our most recent meeting with the Bluebirds until our Carling Cup tie in October 2007. Full-back Allan Jones played the first of his five reds games, with outside-right Fred Morris appearing for the 48th and last time. Derek Tapscott struck the last two of his six goals against the reds, with Johnny Watkins nabbing the final one of his four past us, and Joe Bonson one of his five. Merry Christmas Everton 2016 – Sadio Mané bagged an injury-time winner, the only goal of our game at Goodison Park. Happy birthdays 1986 - Ryan Babel was born in Amsterdam. He signed from Ajax for £11.5m in July 2007, proving a very useful asset in his first season, especially from the bench, as he equalled Djibril Cissé’s club record of seven strikes in a season as a substitute. However, subsequent campaigns were far less productive, and he struck a total of 22 times in 146 appearances before being sold to German side TSG 1899 Hoffenheim for £6m in January 2011. 1896 – Inside-forward Harry Lewis was born in Birkenhead. He scored 57 goals in 101 wartime games for the reds before netting twelve times in seventy outings. He helped us to claim the League title in 1922, moving on to Hull City in October 1923. 1916 – Left-winger George Paterson was born in Aberdeen. He struck once in three outings after arriving from the Hall Russell’s works team in May 1937, moving on to Swindon Town for their record fee in October 1946. He later returned to Anfield in a coaching role under Bill Shankly. Mo again 2020 – Mohamed Salah scored in his fifth consecutive game, netting twice as we trounced Crystal Palace 7-0 behind closed doors at Selhurst Park to extend our lead at the top of the table to five points. Roberto Firmino also bagged a brace, with Takumi Minamino, Sadio Mané and Jordan Henderson also on target. Yee-haw! A new keeper 1997 - American keeper Brad Friedel signed from US side Columbus Crew for £1m. He went on to appear 31 times between our sticks before joining Blackburn Rovers in November 2000 on a free transfer. Disappointing debuts 1953 - Left-half Geoff Twentyman and keeper Dave Underwood both made their reds bows as we were thumped 5-1 by Manchester United at Old Trafford on our way down to the Second Division with Louis Bimpson grabbing our consolation. Left-back Eddie Spicer broke his leg for the second time in his career in a collision with our debutant custodian in what was to be his 168th and final reds game. In fact, he suffered nineteen fractures and was in and out of hospital for a year, having it set and reset before he was able to walk again. Tommy Taylor bagged a treble for United, the last of his four goals past us, with Jackie Blanchflower and Dennis Viollet also on target. A milestone at Leeds Road 1936 - We played our 1,500th League game, although we were thumped 4-0 at Huddersfield Town. Jimmy Richardson struck the last two of his eight goals past the reds, with Len Butt and Willie McFadyen also on the scoresheet. 1970 - We returned to Leeds Road for another top-flight fixture, this time being held to a goalless draw. Premiership records 1992 - We suffered our worst ever Premier League defeat in Graeme Souness’s hundredth game in charge, going down 5-1 at Coventry City, with Jamie Redknapp becoming our first dismissal in the newly renamed League, after scoring our goal. Stig Inge Bjørnebye made his reds debut in this game, just a day after signing for the club. Brian Borrows bagged a brace, including a penalty, with Mick Quinn also netting twice and Kevin Gallacher scoring on target. Recent dismissals 2009 – Javier Mascherano was dismissed in our woeful 2-0 defeat at Portsmouth, with Jamie Carragher playing his 600th game for the club and Andrea Dossena making his 31st and last reds appearance. 2007 - Peter Crouch was sent off as we lost 2-0 at Chelsea in a League Cup Fifth Round tie, our seventeenth meeting with the Blues under Rafael Benítez. Momo Sissoko played his 87th and final reds game as the deadlock was broken by a deflected Frank Lampard effort, one of his eight goals past us to date, before Andriy Shevchenko rounded off the scoring at the death. Jack Hobbs also made his last senior outing for us, only his fifth. 2004 - Lee Bowyer was sent off as we beat Newcastle United 3-1 at Anfield. Patrick Kluivert opened the scoring despite being yards offside but we levelled the scores through a Titus Bramble own goal, with Neil Mellor putting us ahead before the break with his sixth and final reds strike. Milan Baroš completed the scoring. Anfield debutants 1931 - Right-back Willie Steel made the first of his 128 reds appearances in our 1-1 draw with Derby County, when Gordon Hodgson nabbed our goal and Peter Ramage netting one of his five goals against the reds. 1896 - We also faced the Rams, when Robert Neill struck the first of his three reds goals with Bill Michael also netting as we lost 3-2 at the Baseball Ground, with Harry Bradshaw playing his hundredth reds game. Steve Bloomer struck the first of his fourteen goals past us, with John Miller and Jimmy Stevenson also on target. 1914 - Wilf Bartrop made his reds bow as we lost 2-1 to Oldham Athletic, with Fred Pagnam grabbing our goal. European disappointment 1978 - We beat European Cup Winners’ Cup holders Royal Sporting Club Anderlecht 2-1 in thick fog at Anfield in the second leg of our UEFA Super Cup tie, which meant that we lost out 4-3 on aggregate. Emlyn Hughes scored his 49th and last reds goal, with David Fairclough also striking on the night. Steve Ogrizovic played instead of Ray Clemence, who was on the bench, missing his first European fixture for the reds since November 1969, a run of 67 consecutive appearances in continental competition. François van der Elst netted for the visitors, having already struck in the first leg. 200 for Gerry 1964 - Gerry Byrne played his 200th reds game as we beat Blackburn Rovers 3-2 at home, thanks to a Tommy Smith goal and brace from Roger Hunt. Andy McEvoy struck the last of his four goals against the reds, with future Wales boss Mike England also on target. Five for Dickie 1942 - Dickie Dorsett scored five goals, including a penalty, as we beat Tranmere Rovers 6-1 in a Wartime League game at Anfield. Cyril Done struck our other goal. Starting out 1968 - Phil Neal signed professionally for Northampton Town, who were relegated to the Fourth Division that season. He often played in midfield for the Cobblers, but was versatile enough to fill a number of other positions before being signed by Bob Paisley for £66,000 in October 1974. 1925 – Gordon Hodgson made his reds bow, in a 1-0 reserves defeat at Manchester City, a few days after signing from Transvaal. Mixed fortunes against the Blades We have twice faced Sheffield United in the First Division on this day in history. 1908 - Ronald Orr netted a brace as we won 2-1 at Anfield. 1925 - Dick Forshaw struck our consolation as we lost 3-1 at Bramall Lane. Elisha Scott saved a penalty from Fred Tunstall, who also struck one of his eight goals against the reds. Harry Johnson nabbed one of his seven past us, with Bert Menlove also on target. Beating the Owls We have twice defeated Sheffield Wednesday in the top flight at Anfield on this day. 1987 - Gary Gillespie grabbed the only goal of the game as we reached nineteen League games unbeaten, equalling the club record from the start of a season. 1998 - Patrik Berger and Michael Owen struck as we won 2-0. Shaken but not stirred We have twice been held to draws by Bury on this day in history. 1903 – Jack Cox bagged a brace in a top-flight encounter with the Shakers at Gigg Lane. Charles Sagar netted the last two of his four goals against the reds. 1898 – George Allan converted a first-minute penalty in a Lancashire Senior Cup game at Anfield. Ronnie for Israel 1984 - Future red Ronnie Rosenthal made his senior international debut as a substitute in Israel’s 2-0 friendly defeat of Luxembourg in Petah Tikva. Ex-red Avi Cohen played too. 1978 – Cohen was also in international action, as Israel were held to a 1-1 draw by Romania in a friendly in Jaffa. Future reds on target 1990 - Karl-Heinz Riedle struck his first goal as a S.S. Lazio player in what was Germany’s first match since reunification. They beat Switzerland 4-0 in a friendly in Stuttgart. 1997 – Future red Harry Kewell struck the goal that took Australia through to the Final of the Confederations Cup in Saudi Arabia as they beat Uruguay 1-0 courtesy of a golden goal. On the same day, future red Vladimír Šmicer was on the losing side as Brazil also reached the Final, winning 2-0. Other reds game 1973 – John Richards bagged the only goal of our League Cup Fifth Round trip to Wolverhampton Wanderers, one of his five goals against the reds. Mac the Terrier 2008 - Terry McDermott was appointed Assistant Manager of Huddersfield Town. They finished ninth in League One at the end of that season and he stayed with the Terriers until being sacked in February 2012 after Lee Clark was dismissed as Manager. Czechs bouncing 2002 - Milan Baroš and Vladimír Šmicer were named among the top ten Czech footballers in the country’s annual Player of the Year poll. Baroš came fourth in the Golden Ball awards while Šmicer was placed tenth. Borussia Dortmund’s Tomáš Rosický was the overall winner. New challenge for Newell 1996 - Former reserves forward Mike Newell joined West Ham United on loan from Birmingham City. He made seven appearances for the Hammers, including a goalless League draw at Anfield, without registering. 1997 - Defender Barry Jones joined York City on loan from Wrexham. He went on to play 134 times for them after signing permanently a month later. Also in international action 1979 – Kenny Dalglish and future red John Wark both played as Scotland lost a European Championships qualifier 3-1 to Belgium at Hampden Park. 2013 – Future red Marko Grujić featured as Serbia Under-18’s drew 1-1 with Germany. 2016 – Fulham’s Fábio Carvalho played for England Under-15’s as they lost 3-1 to Turkey at St. George’s Park.
  21. Will

    28th October

    Stevie’s four hundred 2007 - Steven Gerrard opened the scoring from a free-kick in his 400th reds game as we faced Arsenal for the 200th time in all competitions. This Premiership game at Anfield ended in a 1-1 draw with the returning Xabi Alonso and Fernando Torres both limping out of the action. Cesc Fàbregas struck the late equaliser. Happy birthday Milan 1981 - Milan Baroš was born in Valašské Meziříčí in Czechoslovakia. He struck 27 times in 108 reds games after signing from Baník Ostrava for £3.2m in July 2001. He moved to Aston Villa for £6.5m in August 2005, having helped us to claim the UEFA Champions League and the League Cup. 1873 – Inside-forward Frank Becton was born in Preston. The England international signed from his hometown club for £200 in March 1895, notching 42 times in 86 games before joining Sheffield United in October 1898. 1876 – Left-back John Glover was born in West Bromwich. He arrived from New Brompton in June 1900 for £350, failing to score in 59 outings before joining Small Heath in October 1903, having been caught accepting a bribe to sign for Portsmouth. Latest trip across the park 2012 – We led 2-0 at Goodison after Leighton Baines deflected in a Luis Suárez strike before Suárez himself netted, celebrating the first goal by theatrically diving in front of David Moyes, who had accused him of simulation before the game. However, Leon Osman and Steven Naismith netted to level the scores before the break. The match ended 2-2 with Suárez having an injury-time winner wrongly ruled out for offside. Derby day defeat 1978 - An Andy King goal sent us to a 1-0 defeat at Goodison Park, our first League defeat of the season that followed ten wins and a draw. It was our first derby defeat in seven years, and our only one in eighteen under Bob Paisley as ex-Blue David Johnson had a strike chalked off for offside. Jimmy Case, who played his hundredth League game, said afterwards, “You would think Everton had just won the League by the way they are celebrating.” Steve Heighway was playing his 300th League game for the reds. 1987 - Unfortunately, we lost a home League Cup Third Round tie 1-0 when Gary Stevens’ late long-range effort deflected off Gary Gillespie’s heel to wrong-foot Bruce Grobbelaar. 1944 - We also faced the Blues when our Wartime League fixture at Anfield ended goalless. Mixed fortunes against the Gunners 1893 - We recorded our best ever win over the Gunners, thumping Woolwich Arsenal 5-0 at their Manor Ground stadium. Forward Harry Bradshaw netted on his reds debut, while future Director and Manager Matt McQueen, Duncan McLean, John McCartney and James Stott scored the others, with outside-right Douglas Dick also debuting. 2009 – Alberto Aquilani and Nathan Eccleston both made their reds bows as we lost a League Cup Fourth Round tie 2-1 at the Emirates Stadium, the tenth time we had been drawn against the Gunners in this competition, more than any other club. Emiliano Insúa netted his only reds goal, with Dirk Kuyt skippering the side for the first time and Damien Plessis playing his eighth and final reds game. This was the sixth consecutive season that we had been knocked out of this competition by a London side. Recent firsts 2014 – Jordan Henderson captained the reds for the first time as we beat Swansea City 2-1 in a League Cup Fourth Round tie at Anfield. Marvin Emnes gave the visitors the lead, but the final few minutes brought an equaliser from Mario Balotelli, Federico Fernández was dismissed for the Swans and then Dejan Lovren headed in the winner with his first goal for the club. The sending off was later rescinded. 2015 – Connor Randall made his reds bow at right-back as we beat Bournemouth 1-0 in a League Cup Fourth Round tie at Anfield on our way to Wembley. Nathaniel Clyne grabbed his first goal for the club to secure Jürgen Klopp’s first win in charge. Most recently 2017 - Mohamed Salah had a penalty saved as the first half of our Anfield encounter with Huddersfield Town ended goalless. However, Daniel Sturridge, Roberto Firmino and Gini Wijnaldum all scored after the break to secure a 3-0 victory. On the same day, forward Rhian Brewster netted as England Under-17’s won their World Cup Final 5-2 against Spain in India. Xabi the centurion 2006 - We beat Aston Villa 3-1 at Anfield to end their unbeaten record that season. Dirk Kuyt, Peter Crouch and Luis García all scored in the final third of the first half, with Dirk’s father watching him in a red shirt for the first time. Xabi Alonso reached a century of reds appearances in this game, with Gabriel Agbonlahor on target for the visitors. Birthdays on the wing 1985 - Winger Robbie Foy was born in Edinburgh. He never appeared in the reds first team, although he made the bench for our Carling Cup win at Tottenham Hotspur in December 2004. He moved to League One side Sc***horpe United on non-contract terms in August 2006, after loan spells with Chester City and Wrexham. 1921 - Wing-half Stan Palk was born in Liverpool. He only played thirteen reds games after signing from South Liverpool in 1940 and joined Port Vale, who were managed by ex-red Gordon Hodgson, for £10,000 in July 1948, the record fee we had received to date. He was their skipper for four years, playing over 150 League games. Beating Citeh again and again 1995 - We thumped Manchester City 6-0 at Anfield, with Ian Rush and Robbie Fowler both grabbing a brace to add to goals from Jamie Redknapp and Neil Ruddock, while Steve McManaman played his 200th reds game. We have also won two other top-flight meetings at their old Hyde Road ground in the distant past. 1899 - Tom Robertson netted the only goal of the game. 1905 - Joe Hewitt struck in a 1-0 victory. Mixed fortunes against the Owls 1950 - We lost 4-1 at Hillsborough, with Jimmy Payne grabbing our consolation as the wonderfully-named Redfern Froggatt bagged a treble for the home side, the first of his six strikes against the reds, with Dennis Woodhead netting the first of his four goals past us. 1967 - Chris Lawler scored the only goal of another First Division encounter, this time at Anfield to defeat Sheffield Wednesday. A knight for the League 1964 - ‘Sir’ Roger Hunt played for the Football League as they beat an Irish League side 4-0 at The Oval in Belfast. Derby despair 1959 - We lost the second leg of the Floodlight Challenge Cup 2-0 at home to Everton, but retained the trophy after having won the first leg 3-0. Dave Hickson played his last game for the Blues before crossing the park. Big League Cup wins 1980 - David Johnson bagged a brace with Kenny Dalglish and Graeme Souness also on target as we beat Third Division Portsmouth 4-1 at Anfield in the Fourth Round as we headed towards lifting the trophy for the first time. Pompey’s consolation came through an Alan Kennedy own goal. 1981 - We thumped Exeter City from the same division 6-0 at their St. James Park ground, to reach the Third Round 11-0 on aggregate, en route to retaining the trophy. Ian Rush struck twice, with Kevin Sheedy bagging his first goal and Kenny Dalglish and Phil Neal adding to a Nicky Marker own goal, with Neal featuring for the reds for the 400th time. Sami’s Finnish farewell 1995 - Sami Hyypiä scored the winning goal against Jazz in the Finnish Cup Final, in what was his final game for Myllykosken Pallo-47 before his switch to Dutch football. The game was played at the Olympic Stadium in Helsinki. Reds strikers on the move 1988 - Dean Saunders joined Derby County from Oxford United for £1m. He netted 57 times in 131 games for the Rams, including a brace on his debut as he struck in each of his opening four outings, before moving to Anfield in July 1991. 1999 - Peter Beardsley joined Doncaster Rovers as a part-time striking coach. An international debutant 1980 - Future red Michael Robinson made his senior international debut in the Republic of Ireland’s 2-0 World Cup qualifying defeat in France. Steve Heighway and future red Mark Lawrenson both also played. 1970 - Heighway appeared for the Irish in their 1-0 defeat in a European Championships qualifier in Sweden. Damien signs on 2009 – Reserves midfielder Damien Plessis signed a new contract to keep him at Anfield until 2012. He netted once in eight senior appearances before being sold to Panathinaikos in August 2010. On the same day, future red Emre Can played for Germany Under-6’s in their 3-1 friendly defeat of Switzerland in Kempten. Other reds games 1992 – We were held to a goalless draw by Sheffield United in our League Cup Third Round tie at Bramall Lane with Bruce Grobbelaar pulling a hamstring. We won the Anfield replay, but lost at Crystal Palace at the next hurdle. 1984 – We won 2-0 at Nottingham Forest thanks to goals from Ronnie Whelan and Ian Rush. 1972 – Peter Cormack netted as we drew 1-1 at Norwich City. 1961 – Leyton Orient drew 3-3 at Anfield in our Second Division encounter. Roger Hunt bagged a brace, with Tommy Leishman also on target. 1933 – We thumped Blackburn Rovers 4-0 in L4. Alf Hanson and Berry Nieuwenhuys scored before the break, with Gordon Hodgson converting a second-half penalty before Syd Roberts completed the scoring. 1922 – We lost 3-0 at Cardiff City. Joe Clenell struck one of his seven goals against the reds, after Billy Grimshaw and Ken McDonald had netted. 1911 – We lost 3-2 at League leaders Middlesbrough with Harold Uren and Sam Gilligan on the scoresheet. George Elliott struck one of his eight goals past us, with Jock Stirling and Edmund Eyre also on target. Management moves 2013 - Abel Xavier was sacked as Manager of Portuguese top-flight side Sporting Clube Olhanense, having only been in charge for three months. 2010 - Paul Ince was appointed boss of Notts County, remaining in the role until the following April, leaving by mutual consent after a club-record nine consecutive defeats. 2004 - Jan Mølby resigned as Director of Football at Kidderminster Harriers after a year in the role. 2001 - Bruce Grobbelaar was sacked as Manager of South African Premiership side SuperSport United. He had taken charge two seasons before, immediately saving them from relegation. He then led them to eighth in the League the following season, but paid the price for an inconsistent start to the next campaign. International farewells 1981 - Avi Cohen won his last cap as a reds player as he played his 22nd senior game for Israel in their 4-1 World Cup qualifying defeat of Portugal in Tel-Aviv. 2019 – Future red Calvin Ramsay won his third and last cap for Scotland Under-17’s as they lost 2-1 to Croatia in a European Championships qualifier in Stirling.
  22. Will

    14th October

    Treble for and against 1961 - Roger Hunt scored a hat-trick in our 6-1 defeat of Walsall at Anfield, already his second treble of the season as we went on to claim the Second Division title. Kevin Lewis, Jimmy Melia and Ian St. John netted the others, with Ron Yeats putting through his own net. 1933 – We were beaten 4-1 at Sunderland with Sam English on the scoresheet. Pat Gallacher netted a treble, the first of his six goals against the reds, with Benny Yorston scoring the first of his five. Signing on 1893 - Forward Harry Bradshaw signed from Northwich Victoria. He struck 51 times in 138 reds games, helping us to the Second Division title on two occasions, and winning an England cap in his five years at Anfield, so becoming the first ever international red. He moved on to Southern League side Tottenham Hotspur in May 1898. 2020 – Midfielder Tom Hill signed a new contract, having been with the reds since Under-6’s level. On the same day, ex-reds right-back Nathaniel Clyne re-signed for Crystal Palace. He had turned pro with the Eagles in October 2008, netting once in 137 games before moving on to Southampton in July 2012. He returned to Selhurst Park after being released by the reds in June 2020. Court drama again 2010 – The club won a second case in the High Court against current owners George Gillett Jr. and Tom Hicks. The sale of the club to New England Sports Ventures was finally completed the next day, after a testing week for employees and fans alike. Nine in a row 1899 - We lost 2-1 at Bury, a club record ninth consecutive top-flight defeat. Inside-right John Walker scored our consolation strike. Derby joy 1922 - We won at Goodison, with Dick Johnson grabbing the only goal of the game. This completed a League double, as we had thrashed the Blues 5-1 at Anfield a week earlier. Disappointment in the steel city We have visited Sheffield three times on this day in history to play First Division matches, returning without a win on each occasion. 1905 - We lost 3-2 to The Wednesday at their old Owlerton ground with Bobby Robinson and Joe Hewitt netting for the reds. Full-back Harry Griffiths played the first of his six reds games, while Jimmy Stewart scored one of his five goals past us, Harry Chapman netting one of his six, and Herrod Ruddlesdin also scoring. 1911 - We did slightly better there, holding them to a 2-2 draw, with Sam Gilligan and Jack Parkinson on target. 1912 - Inside-forward Arthur Metcalf nabbed his first reds strike as we lost 4-1 at Sheffield United, with Arthur Berry playing his fourth and final reds game, and only one of his second spell with the club, with outside-left Hugh Lester appearing for the second and last time. Wally Hardinge bagged the last two of his four goals against the reds, with Joe Kitchen netting two of his eight strikes past us. Thumping the Rams 1978 - We trounced an injury-hit Derby County 5-0 at Anfield in a First Division fixture with Ray Kennedy and Kenny Dalglish each netting twice, after David Johnson had grabbed the only goal of the first half. Suspended 1895 – Centre-forward George Allan was suspended for eight matches by the Scottish FA, four months after arriving from Leith Athletic in a £100 deal. This was due to him having also signed for St. Bernard’s at the same time as moving to Anfield! He went on to score 56 goals in 96 reds games across two spells, and also has the distinction of being the first reds player to represent Scotland. Held at Anfield 2006 - Craig Bellamy was on target with a header against his former employers as we were held to a 1-1 draw by Blackburn Rovers at home in the League, after Benni McCarthy had given the visitors a surprise early lead. 2017 – Manchester United left L4 with a point after a disappointing goalless draw. Facing the Clarets 1907 – Bobby Robinson and Charlie Hewitt struck in our 2-0 win at Burnley in the Lancashire Senior Cup. 1975 – We lost 1-0 at Turf Moor in a League Cup Third Round replay, with Peter Noble on target from the spot just before half time. International debutants 1987 - Gary Gillespie made his Scotland debut in their 2-0 European Championships qualifying defeat of Belgium at Hampden Park, with future reds coach Steve Clarke also playing. 1970 - Larry Lloyd won his first cap for England Under-23’s as they beat West Germany 3-1 in a friendly at Filbert Street. On the same day, Steve Heighway won his second senior cap as the Republic of Ireland were held to a 1-1 draw in a European Championships qualifier at Dalymount Park. Reds on the mark 1998 - Patrik Berger, Michael Owen and future reds Robbie Keane, Jari Litmanen and Abel Xavier all scored in Euro 2000 qualifiers. England won 3-0 in Luxembourg, with Berger bagging a brace as the Czech Republic beat Estonia 4-1 in Teplice, playing alongside future red Vladimír Šmicer. Keane struck twice as the Republic of Ireland thumped Malta 5-0 at Lansdowne Road, his only goals while with Wolverhampton Wanderers, with Jason McAteer, Steve Staunton and future red Mark Kennedy all also featuring. Portugal won 3-0 in Slovakia, with Xavier bagging his first senior international goal, and only one as a PSV Eindhoven player. Meanwhile Finland won 3-1 in Turkey, with future red Sami Hyypiä also appearing. Also in qualifying action that day were Stig Inge Bjørnebye, Vegard Heggem, and future reds Nicolas Anelka, Markus Babbel and Stéphane Henchoz. 2007 – Future red Nuri Şahin scored for Turkey Under-21’s in their 2-0 European Championships qualifying defeat of Ukraine in Istanbul. 1987 - John Barnes bagged a brace, with Peter Beardsley also on target as England thumped Turkey 8-0 at Wembley in a European Championships qualifier. Meanwhile, future red Glenn Hysén scored his sixth and last senior international goal as Sweden held West Germany to a 1-1 draw in a friendly in Gelsenkirchen. On the same day, Craig Johnston and Steve McMahon played for England B as they beat Malta 2-0 in a friendly in Ta’ Qali. 2008 – Ex-red Jimmy Ryan struck his only goal for the Republic of Ireland Under-21’s in their 3-0 friendly victory in Lithuania. Future red James Milner played for England at the same level that day, with Feyenoord’s Gini Wijnaldum featuring for the Dutch Under-19’s. 2018 – Ex-red Toni Silva scored his only goal for Guinea-Bissau as a Mamelodi Sundowns player in their 2-1 Africa Cup on Nations qualifying defeat of Zambia. On the same day, ex-red Gary Mackay-Steven won his first cap as an Aberdeen player as Scotland lost 3-1 to Portugal in a friendly at Hampden Park. 2019 – Ex-red Raheem Sterling struck twice as England thumped Bulgaria 6-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Sofia, with Jordan Henderson also playing. Meanwhile, James Balagizi played for England Under-17’s in their 1-1 friendly draw in Spain with future red Fábio Carvalho playing for England Under-18’s. 2020 – Diogo Jota bagged a brace, his first goals since moving to Anfield, as Portugal beat Sweden 3-0 in a UEFA Nations League group game in Lisbon. Roberto Firmino, Jordan Henderson, Virgil van Dijk, Gini Wijnaldum, Neco Williams, Harry Wilson and ex-reds Ryan Babel, Conor Coady, Philippe Coutinho, Dejan Lovren, Simon Mignolet and Nikolay Mihaylov all also played for their countries, with ex-reds coach Steve Clarke taking charge of Scotland. 2021 – Ex-red Luis Suárez scored as Uruguay lost a World Cup qualifier 4-1 in Brazil, with Fabinho, ex-red Sebastián Coates and future red Luis Díaz also in World Cup action. First and last caps 2008 – Ex-red Florent Sinama-Pongolle won his only senior cap as France beat Tunisia 3-1 in a friendly at the Stade de France, with ex-red Alou Diarra also featuring. 1981 - Mark Lawrenson won his seventeenth cap, and first as a reds player, as the Republic of Ireland beat France 3-2 in a World Cup qualifier at Lansdowne Road. Ronnie Whelan also played, while future red Michael Robinson was on the scoresheet. Kenny Dalglish, Alan Hansen, Ian Rush, Graeme Souness and ex-red Joey Jones all also featured in World Cup action that day. 1987 - Ian Rush won his first cap as a Juventus player, his 33rd in all, as Wales lost 1-0 in Denmark in a European Championships qualifier. On the same day, Ray Houghton won his last cap while with Oxford United, his twelfth, as the Irish beat Bulgaria in another qualifier in Dublin. He was playing alongside John Aldridge, Mark Lawrenson and Ronnie Whelan. 1992 - Dean Saunders and Ray Houghton both won their first caps as Aston Villa players in World Cup qualifiers. Wales won 1-0 in Cyprus, with Ian Rush also in the side. Ireland held Denmark to a goalless draw in Copenhagen, with Torben Piechnik, who was booked, and ex-red John Aldridge also playing. Future reds Stig Inge Bjørnebye, Gérard Houllier, Paul Ince, Gary McAllister and Karlheinz Riedle were all also taking part in World Cup qualifiers that day, with Roy Hodgson taking charge of Switzerland. 1998 - Dean Saunders won his 66th cap for Wales, and last one as a Sheffield United player, as Wales beat Belarus 3-2 in a Euro 2000 qualifier in Cardiff. Future red Paul Jones also played. 2004 – Future reds forward Daniel Sturridge made his bow for England Under-16’s as they thumped Wales 5-1 in a Victory Shield match in Llanelli. 2013 – Suso won his fifth and final cap for Spain Under-21’s in their 1-0 European Championships qualifying defeat of Hungary in Cartagena. 2012 – Future red Joël Matip played in Cameroon’s 2-1 friendly defeat of Cape Verde in Yaoundé, with ex-red Carl Medjani playing as Algeria beat Libya 2-0 in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Blida. 1980 – Future reds centre-half Glenn Hysén won his fifth and last cap for Sweden Under-21’s in their 2-1 defeat in Denmark in a European Championships qualifier. World Cup action 2009 - LFC TV became the first club channel to broadcast a World Cup qualifier live, as Spain won 5-2 at Bosnia-Herzegovina. Albert Riera won his final cap as a reds player, with ex-red Xabi Alonso also in action. Meanwhile, Peter Crouch won his first cap as a Tottenham Hotspur player as England beat Belarus 3-0 at Wembley, bagging a brace, with Glen Johnson and future red James Milner also featuring. Jerzy Dudek won his only cap while with Real Madrid as Poland lost 1-0 to Slovakia in Chorzow, while Dejan Lovren won his second and last cap as a Dinamo Zagreb player in Croatia’s 2-1 win in Kazakhstan. Future red Emre Can scored his last goal for Germany Under-16’s in their 4-0 friendly defeat of Belgium, while keeper Nikolay Mihaylov won his last cap while officially a reds player. Daniel Agger, Yossi Benayoun, Sotirios Kyrgiakos, Lucas Leiva, Javier Mascherano, ex-reds Milan Baroš, Alou Diarra, Sami Hyypiä, Robbie Keane, Jari Litmanen and Raul Meireles, future reds Milan Jovanović, Christian Poulsen and Luis Suárez and Wales boss John Toshack were all also involved in qualifiers, with ex-red Harry Kewell also in international action. 2014 – Philippe Coutinho, Brad Smith and ex-reds Daniel Agger, Tom Ince, Robbie Keane, loanee Javier Manquillo and Javier Mascherano all represented their countries as Xherdan Shaqiri nabbed his last goal as a Bayern München player in Switzerland’s 4-0 win in San Marino. Other reds games 1995 – Coventry City held us to a goalless draw at Anfield. 1989 – Peter Beardsley and Ronnie Whelan netted as we beat Wimbledon 2-1 at Plough Lane, with Dennis Wise nabbing the first of his four goals against the reds. 1972 – Chris Lawler was on target as we drew 1-1 at Southampton as Mick Channon equalised with one of his seven past us. 1967 – We beat West Ham United 3-1 in L4. Ian St. John netted a first-half brace, with Tommy Smith also on target before one of Martin Peters’ fourteen strikes against us. 1950 – Phil Taylor struck as we drew 1-1 at West Bromwich Albion, after Dave Walsh had the netted the first of his four goals past the reds. New store 1976 - Ray Clemence opened the club’s new souvenir shop with Club Director Mr. Corkish at the back of the Kop. In charge 2017 - Former reds First Team Coach Steve Clarke was appointed Manager of Kilmarnock, being names as Scottish Football Writers' Association Manager of the Year at the end of his first season in charge, having led them from rock bottom when he took over to fifth. He has so far led them to 25 victories in his 46 games as boss.
  23. 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. 2005 - Forward Bobby Clark was born in Epsom. He arrive from Newcastle United in August 2021, turning professional in February 2022. 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. 1970 – Leicester City held us to a goalless draw in an FA Cup Fifth Round tie at Anfield in what was Bill Shankly’s fiftieth game in charge in this competition. We won the replay but lost at Watford in the next round. 1927 – Outside-left Fred Hopkin played his 200th League game for the reds in our 4-1 win at Sheffield United. Tommy 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 McKinlay 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. Most recently 2021 – We lost 4-1 to Manchester City behind closed doors at Anfield, with İlkay Gündoğan missing a penalty for the visitors before he struck twice, either side of Mohamed Salah’s successful spot-kick. However, ex-red Raheem Sterling and Phil Foden then scored as keeper Alisson Becker had a poor game. Young international milestones 2019 – Harvey Elliott scored his second and last goal for England Under-17’s before joining the reds as they beat France 3-2 in a friendly in Spain, with his clubmate Fábio Carvalho also in action. Fellow future red Darwin Núñez represented Uruguay Under-20’s as they lost 2-1 to Argentina in a South American Championships final stage game in Chile. 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 beat 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. 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.
  24. Will

    8th March

    Terry Mac off the mark 1975 - Terry McDermott netted his first reds goal as we drew 1-1 at Burnley. He went on to bag 81 in total in 329 reds games. Ray Clemence was playing his 300th reds game. 1980 - We won at White Hart Lane in the Sixth Round of the FA Cup, with Terry McDermott scoring the only goal of the game when he knocked the ball up in the air with his left foot, and volleyed it home with his right, a strike that was later voted the BBC’s Goal of the Season. 1913 - We also visited Spurs, losing by the same score in a top-flight encounter, our fourth straight defeat in North London. Out of Europe 2006 - We were beaten 2-0 at home by SL Benfica to lose our grip on the Champions League, crashing out 3-0 on aggregate at the last sixteen, failing to score in the fourth consecutive European game, a club record. Sami Hyypiä missed his first European game since our 2-0 defeat of Borussia Dortmund in October 2001, having played every minute of the intervening 57 matches. Simão Sabrosa and Fabrizio Miccoli scored for the visitors. Thumping the Geordies 2008 - We beat Kevin Keegan’s Newcastle United 3-0 at Anfield, with the first goal coming when a defensive clearance ricocheted off Jermaine Pennant and into the net. Fernando Torres then grabbed his 25th goal of the season on the stroke of half time after being played in by Steven Gerrard. The roles were reversed in the second period, with the Spaniard providing an assist for his captain to complete the scoring. Future red James Milner broke his foot in this match. 1924 – Tommy Lucas reached a century of reds games as we lost 1-0 at St. James’ Park in an FA Cup Fourth Round meeting, the fourth time in a row they had knocked us out of the cup, after previous wins in 1908, 1913 and 1921. Our next FA Cup meeting ended much more happily, in the Final in 1974. On our way to Wembley 1992 - We met our only top-flight opposition in that season’s FA Cup-winning campaign, as a Michael Thomas goal saw off Aston Villa at Anfield. 1995 - Robbie Fowler bagged the only goal of the game at Crystal Palace as we reached the Coca-Cola Cup Final 2-0 on aggregate. This was our 300th League Cup goal. 2015 – We were held to a goalless draw at Anfield by Blackburn Rovers in our FA Cup Sixth Round encounter, going on to win the replay and make it as far as a Wembley Semi-final. 1947 – We beat Blackburn Rovers 2-1 in a top-flight fixture at Anfield. Albert Stubbins and Cyril Done bagged our goals. Two-ton Brucie 1986 – Bruce Grobbelaar played his 200th League game for the club as we thumped Queens Park Rangers 4-1 at Anfield three days after they had knocked us out of the Milk Cup at the Semi-final stage at Anfield, despite Leroy Rosenior giving the visitors the lead after just seven minutes. Player/Manager Kenny Dalglish returned to the side and was instrumental in our win as Steve McMahon bagged a brace with Ian Rush and John Wark also on target, as ex-red Michael Robinson featured for the Hoops. Disappointing debuts 1902 - Outside-right Arthur Goddard made the first of his 414 reds appearances in a 3-1 League defeat at Wolverhampton Wanderers, with Sam Raybould netting our consolation. Billy Wooldridge scored the first of his four goals against the reds as Jack Miller and Henry Preston also struck. 1978 - Long-time reserve keeper Steve Ogrizovic made his reds debut in a 4-2 top-flight defeat at Derby County. David Fairclough and Kenny Dalglish bagged our goals. Boss Bob Paisley was so disappointed with the performance he said, “If I were in the horse racing world I would be hauled before the stewards for putting out non-triers.” Charlie George grabbed one of his five goals against the reds, with Gerry Daly nabbing a brace and Andy Crawford also scoring. Neil arrives 1928 – Half-back Neil McBain signed from St. Johnstone for £1,000. He played twelve times before moving on to Watford after eight months at Anfield, later managing the Hornets and Ayr United as well as coaching in Argentina. European memories 1966 - We beat Honvéd 2-0 at Anfield in the second leg of our European Cup Winners’ Cup Second Round tie, thanks to goals from Chris Lawler and Ian St. John. Lawler and Peter Thompson between them rattled the woodwork three times as we dominated the game. 2001 - We held Porto to a goalless draw on a sodden pitch in the first leg of our UEFA Cup Quarter-final at their Estádio das Antas. We won the return 2-0 to reach the last four. Also recently 2010 – We lost 1-0 to Wigan Athletic at their renamed DW Stadium, when Hugo Rodallega was on target. The closest we came in a poor performance was when Fernando Torres struck the outside of a post early on. Tom on target again 1919 - Tom Miller scored in his third consecutive game as we lost 3-2 at Blackpool in a Wartime League match, with Harry Lewis netting the other goal. 1950 - We also lost to the Seasiders, going down 1-0 at Anfield in a First Division fixture. Dioufy’s farewell strike 2003 - El-Hadji Diouf bagged his sixth and final reds goal, ironically against his future employers. Michael Owen was also on target in our 2-0 defeat of Bolton Wanderers at Anfield, our hundredth meeting in the League. Don’s farewell 1958 - Right-back Don Campbell played his 48th and final reds game as we lost 3-1 at Bristol Rovers in a Second Division encounter. Bobby Murdoch netted for the reds after Billy Liddell had missed a penalty. Peter Hooper struck one of his seven goals past us, with John McIlvenny and Dai Ward also on target. International reds on target 1989 - John Barnes netted in England’s 2-0 World Cup qualifying win in Albania, playing alongside team-mate Peter Beardsley. Gary Gillespie and Steve Nicol both played in Scotland’s 2-0 defeat of France at Hampden Park on the same day, with John Aldridge, Ray Houghton, Ronnie Whelan and ex-red Kevin Sheedy all featuring in the Republic of Ireland’s goalless draw in Hungary, with future red István Kozma also in action. 1995 - Future red Patrik Berger bagged a brace as the Czech Republic beat Finland 4-1 in a friendly in Brno. It was the first of three consecutive games in which he scored for his country. Meanwhile, Roy Hodgson took charge of Switzerland as they held Greece to a 1-1 friendly draw in Athens, with future red Stéphane Henchoz and ex-red István Kozma also in international action. Young England debutants 1978 - Future reds goalkeeping coach Joe Corrigan won his first cap for England Under-21’s as they beat Italy 2-1 in the first leg of the European Championships Quarter-final at his home ground, Maine Road. 1994 - Tottenham Hotspur’s Nick Barmby made his Under-21’s bow in a 1-0 friendly defeat of Denmark at Brentford. Jamie Redknapp also played. On the way out 1920 - Half-back Harry Lowe left the reds for Nottingham Forest. He notched twice in 136 games for the reds after signing from Gainsborough Trinity in May 1911. Unfortunately, he had to miss the 1914 FA Cup Final through injury. 1928 – Forward Harry ‘Smiler’ Chambers was transferred to West Bromwich Albion. He signed on in April 1915 and struck 151 times in 339 reds games, helping us to back-to-back League titles in the early 1920’s. 2001 - Stan Collymore announced his retirement as a player, aged just thirty, after walking out on Spanish side Real Oviedo. On the same day, future red Alberto Aquilani played for Italy Under-16’s in their 5-0 thumping in Bulgaria. 2011 – Reserve Team Manager John McMahon left the club after nearly two years in the role. Foy for Scotland 2002 - Sixteen-year-old Robbie Foy scored a penalty for Scotland Under-17’s in their 3-1 European Championships qualifying defeat of Lithuania in Bath. Sammy’s last 1950 – Future red Sammy Smyth won his final cap as a Wolverhampton Wanderers player in Ireland’s goalless draw with Wales in a World Cup qualifier in Wrexham that also counted for the British International Championships. Paisley’s treble 1941 - Future reds boss Bob Paisley bagged a hat-trick in a Wartime League fixture as we thrashed Wrexham 7-2 at Anfield. Dickie Dorsett grabbed a brace while Cyril Done and Billy Liddell were also on target. Cox for the Football League 1900 - Winger Jack Cox, who scored eighty goals in 361 games for the reds, represented the Football League in a 6-3 victory over a Scottish League team, also netting one of the goals. On the move 2013 - John Toshack was appointed Manager of Khazar Lankaran. He led them to the Azerbaijan Supercup that October but resigned just a month later. 2002 - David Burrows signed for Sheffield Wednesday on a free transfer from Birmingham City. He made 23 first-team appearances in his fourteen months at Hillsborough before retiring from the game. 1984 – Recent First Team Coach Kevin Keen signed as a professional for West Ham United. He netted thirty times in 279 games for the Irons, moving on to Wolverhampton Wanderers for £600,000 in July 1993. Other reds games 1952 – Bill Jones headed in as Middlesbrough held us to a 1-1 draw at Anfield. 1930 – We beat Portsmouth 2-0 in L4 with Gordon Hodgson on target twice. Family changes 1938 – Ex-reds forward Gordon Hodgson’s wife died, leaving him in charge of two children. He was a Leeds United player at the time, and had struck 241 goals in 377 reds games, including a club record seventeen trebles, between signing from Transvaal in November 1925 and moving to Aston Villa for £3,000 in January 1936. 1985 - Terry McDermott became a father to Neale, who went on to also become a professional footballer. A first cap 2002 - Former reserves forward Haukur Ingi Gudnason won his first cap as a Keflavík player, his fourth to date, as they were thumped 6-1 by Brazil in a friendly in Cuiabá. Future reds in international action 2016 – Ozan Kabak played for Turkey Under-16’s as they won a friendly 3-0 in Croatia. 2018 - Mateusz Musiałowski represented Poland Under-15’s in their 2-1 win over Macedonia. 2019 – Calvin Ramsay featured as Scotland Under-16’s beat Malta 1-0 in a friendly.
  25. Will

    13th July

    A-L-B-E-R-T, Albert Stubbins is the man for me 1919 - Legendary reds centre-forward Albert Stubbins was born in Wallsend. He signed from Newcasle United for a British record £12,500 fee in September 1946 and struck 83 times in 178 reds matches, helping to power us to the first League championship played after the Second World War. He became a scout for the club in 1954, a post he held for the rest of the decade, He was also the only footballer to appear on the cover of The Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” album. Forwards moving in 2018 – Xherdan Shaqiri signed from Stoke City for £12.85m, notching eight times in 63 outings before moving to Olympique Lyonnais for €6m in August 2021, helping us to claim the Premier League title and FIFA Club World Cup, as well as remaining on the bench as we claimed the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Super Cup. 2012 - Fabio Borini signed from Roma for £10.4m to become new boss Brendan Rodgers’ first capture. His first campaign was badly interrupted by injuries as he notched twice in twenty reds games, before spending the next season on loan at Sunderland. However, he only netted once in a further eighteen outings before joining the Mackems permanently for £8m in August 2015. On the same day, Maxi Rodríguez left the club to join Club Atlético Newell’s Old Boys back in his native Argentina after seventeen goals in 73 outings since arriving for free from Club Atlético de Madrid in January 2010. 2007 - Ryan Babel signed from Ajax for £11.5m. He proved a very useful asset in his first season, especially from the bench, as he equalled Djibril Cissé’s club record of seven strikes in a season as a substitute. However, subsequent campaigns were far less productive, and he struck a total of 22 times in 146 appearances before being sold to German side TSG 1899 Hoffenheim for £6m in January 2011. Bellamy born 1979 - Craig Bellamy was born in Cardiff. He arrived from Blackburn Rovers for £6m in June 2006 with his one season in his first spell in L4 only being a partial success. He grabbed nine goals in 42 games, with his finest moment coming in the Camp Nou as he scored a crucial goal in our 2-1 victory to help us progress towards Athens. He was sold to West Ham United for £7.5m in July 2007, then the record fee paid by the Irons. He returned to Anfield on a free transfer from Manchester City last August, netting nine times in 37 games and helping us to claim the Carling Cup before joining his hometown club for free in August 2012. On the same day, recent Fitness Coach Eduardo Parra García was born in Vigo. He began working in football as a fitness coach for teams in his native Galicia, before joining Real Club Celta de Vigo in 2007. He later followed Rafael Benítez to Internazionale. Happy birthday Vedgy 1975 - Vegard Heggem was born in Trondheim in Norway. His five years at Anfield were ravaged by hamstring injuries, after becoming the only signing made by the joint management team of Roy Evans and Gérard Houllier, for £3.5m in July 1998. He could only make 65 appearances before being released in June 2003, scoring three times. Kicking off early 2005 - We started the season proper in July for the first time ever, beating Total Network Solutions 3-0 at Anfield in the first leg of our Champions League first qualifying round tie, thanks to Steven Gerrard’s first treble. Pepe Reina and Bolo Zenden both made their first-class reds debuts, in front of our biggest home European attendance since we hosted Nottingham Forest in September 1978. World Cup despair 2014 – Ex-red Javier Mascherano played as Argentina lost the World Cup Final 1-0 to Germany in Rio de Janeiro. Starting off well 2013 – Iago Aspas netted in his first reds outing as we thumped Preston North End 4-0 to claim the Shankly Shield at Deepdale. Forward Luis Alberto, centre-half Kolo Touré and keepers Simon Mignolet and Danny Ward also played their first reds games. Young winger Jordon Ibe bagged his first goal for the club, after Philippe Coutinho had opened the scoring from the spot with Raheem Sterling also on target. 2016 – Midfielder Marko Grujić scored in his first reds game as we thumped Fleetwood Town 5-0 in a friendly at their Highbury Stadium. Forward Ben Woodburn netted his first goal for the club, with Roberto Firmino nabbing a brace and Lucas Leiva also on target, while Danny Ings had a penalty saved. Debuting in the Far East 2011 - Conor Coady scored in his first reds game as we beat Guangdong Sunray Cave 4-3 in Guangzhou, with Christian Poulsen nabbing his only reds goal. Charlie Adam and Andre Wisdom both debuted for the reds, with David N’Gog and Andy Carroll also on target. On the same day, Lucas featured as Brazil beat Ecuador 4-2 in a Copa América group game in Argentina. Anfield in mourning 2001 - The funeral of Tom Saunders was held. The former Youth Development Officer and long-standing Director also spent many years as a European ‘spy’ for the club, checking out upcoming opponents. He also managed the England Schoolboys and Under-18’s during his career, being well loved at Anfield. Club for sale 1999 - Granada bought a 9.9% stake in Liverpool Football Club for £22m. A statement said, “The boards of Liverpool and Granada are pleased to have announced they have entered into a ground-breaking strategic partnership.” Management moves 1999 - Steve Nicol was appointed head coach of Boston Bulldogs. He led them to the Third Division title, before moving to New England Revolution, whom he took to the Major League Soccer Eastern Conference Final in his first season in charge. 2013 - Kevin MacDonald left as Manager of Swindon Town by mutual consent, having only been in the role for five months. Enter Sheedy 1978 - Kevin Sheedy signed from Hereford United for £80,000. He only made five first-team appearances for the reds before crossing Stanley Park in May 1982, where he found much greater success. Starting out 1989 - Stan Collymore signed as a professional for Wolverhampton Wanderers. He was only at Molineux for a year, without making the first team, before moving to non-League Stafford Rangers. 2020 – Left-back Adam Lewis signed a new contract with the reds. He had made his senior debut in an FA Cup Fourth Round replay win over Shrewsbury Town at Anfield in February 2020, spending the 2021/22 season on loan at Livingston. Old boys lose their title 2003 - Reigning champions Liverpool bowed out of the Masters Tournament after finishing third in the North West Series of the legends football in Manchester. The reds team consisted of John Aldridge, goalkeeper Bob Bolder, John Durnin, Gary Gillespie, Ray Houghton, Alan Kennedy, Jan Mølby, Phil Neal, Michael Thomas and Ronnie Whelan. On the move 2009 - John Welsh signed for Tranmere Rovers, having been released by Hull City the previous month. He bagged eleven goals in 149 appearances while at Prenton Park, moving on to Preston North End in May 2012. 2007 – Left-back Paul Konchesky joined Fulham from West Ham United for £2m, after two goals in seventy outings for the Hammers. 2011 - Konchesky was sold to Leicester City for £1.5m, having played just eighteen reds games since his £3.5m capture from Fulham the previous August. 2016 – Winger Sergi Canós was sold to Norwich City for an initial £2.5m, netting three times in nine first-team games before joining fellow Championship side Brentford on loan. On the same day, midfielder Ryan Flynn joined Oldham Athletic from Sheffield United after nineteen goals in 119 games for the Blades. 2018 – Midfielder Adam Phillips joined Hamilton Academical on loan from Norwich City, playing just two senior games while in Scotland. In international action 1999 - Brad Friedel played for the USA as they met Derby County in a friendly in Denver. 2004 - Arnaud Bühler played for Switzerland Under-19’s as they drew 1-1 with Italy in a European Championships qualifier. On the same day, future red Javier Mascherano featured for Argentina as they beat Uruguay 4-2 in a Copa América group game in Peru. 2007 - Harry Kewell featured as Australia lost 3-1 to Iraq in an AFC Asian Cup group game in Bangkok. 2011 – Lucas Leiva played for Brazil in their 4-2 defeat of Ecuador in a Copa América group game in Argentina.
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