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Last-gasp heartache 1989 - Having already claimed the FA Cup in the aftermath of the Hillsborough disaster, we only had to avoid defeat at home to Arsenal by two clear goals or more to clinch our second double in four seasons. The Gunners took the lead in the second half when Alan Smith was judged to have headed in from an indirect free-kick, one of his nine goals against the reds. We held on until stoppage time, when Michael Thomas burst through to grab the decisive, heart-breaking second and take the title back to Highbury for the first time since 1971. Bruce Grobbelaar was playing his 300th League game for the club. A Busby birthday 1909 - Right-half Sir Matt Busby was born on this day in Orbiston, Lanarkshire. He joined the reds from Manchester City for £8,000 in March 1936, making 122 appearances for us, many as captain, notching three times. He was appointed as coach and Assistant Manager to George Kay at Anfield in May 1944, but he was released by the club the following February after disagreements with the board, taking over as Manager of Manchester United a few days later. 1991 – Reserves left-back Chris Mavinga was born in Meaux, France. He signed from Paris St. Germain in July 2009 but was sold to Stade Rennais for £1m two years later, having failed to break through to the first team. Final despair 2018 – We lost 3-1 to Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League Final in Kiev, as keeper Loris Karius had a personal nightmare, with Mohamed Salah being forced off with injury after just half an hour. Karim Benzema scored the most recent of his four goals past us shortly after half time, but Sadio Mané levelled just four minutes later. However, Gareth Bale then struck twice to secure the trophy for the Spanish side for a record thirteenth time. Emre Can came off the bench to make his 167th and last appearance for the reds. A Philly dozen 1946 - We trounced a Philadelphia Select of American League side 12-0 in a friendly in the Yellow Jacket Stadium. Cyril Done struck four times, with Jack Balmer bagging a hat-trick and Phil Taylor and Willie Fagan both netting braces, and Bob Priday rounding out the scoring. Opening a new stadium 1978 - We played a game to commemorate the opening of the new Al Nasr Stadium in the United Arab Emirates, beating Al Nasr Club 5-0. Our scorers were fairly unusual, with substitute Colin Irwin and Ray Kennedy both bagging braces, and Alan Hansen also on target. 1980 - We returned to the Middle East to beat a Bahrain XI 2-1 on the Three Fives Gulf Football Tour. This time, Howard Gayle and Graeme Souness got on the scoresheet. Signing on 2014 - Brendan Rodgers signed a new contract, having just led the reds to within a whisker of the League title. However, the team regressed and he was sacked in October 2015. 2015 - Centre-half Kolo Touré signed a new contract, notching just once in 71 reds games before moving on to join Rodgers at Celtic in July 2016 after this deal expired. Charnock on target 1994 - Reserves midfielder Phil Charnock scored his first senior reds goal in our 3-0 defeat of Cape Town Spurs in the United Bank International Soccer Festival in South Africa, with Bruce Grobbelaar appearing for the reds for the final time. Robbie Fowler netted the other two. The players were introduced to South African President Nelson Mandela prior to the game. Select thumpings 1948 - We beat a New England Select side 6-0 at Fall River, with Willie Fagan and Albert Stubbins both nabbing braces to add to goals from Jack Balmer and Bob Priday. 1914 - We defeated a Denmark Select XI 7-1 in Copenhagen. Fred again 1935 – Fred Howe scored in our 4-2 friendly win at CD Tenerife, so netting in all three of our tour games. Alf Hanson bagged a brace with Tosh Johnson also on target. Welsh first and last 1949 - Ray Lambert won his fifth and final cap for Wales as they lost 4-0 to Switzerland in a friendly in Bern. 1957 – Future reds centre-forward Des Palmer made the first of his three senior appearances for the Welsh in their 2-0 World Cup qualifying defeat in Czechoslovakia. 2014 – Future red Divock Origi won his first senior cap as Belgium thumped Luxembourg 5-1 in a friendly in Genk. On the same day, Jordon Ibe won his sixth and last cap for England Under-19’s, with Lloyd Jones, Brad Smith and future red Lazar Marković all also represented their countries. 2008 – Future reds loanee Victor Moses won his first cap for England Under-19’s in their 2-0 European Championships qualifying defeat of Poland in Borisov, with future red Andy Carroll also featuring. Feyenoord’s Gini Wijnaldum also featured at the same level that day. Wark on target 1979 - Future red John Wark netted in Scotland’s 3-1 defeat of England in the British International Championships at Wembley. Ray Clemence and Everton’s George Wood were in the opposing goals, while the sides were skippered by ex-red Kevin Keegan and his Anfield replacement Kenny Dalglish. Phil Neal, Graeme Souness and Phil Thompson all also played. 1984 - John Wark and future red John Barnes played in the last ever British International Championships game, with Scotland and England drawing 1-1 at Hampden Park. God on the scoresheet 2002 - Ex-red Robbie Fowler scored in England’s 2-2 pre-World Cup friendly draw with Cameroon in Japan. Michael Owen was captain, with Emile Heskey, future red Joe Cole and ex-reds David James and Rigobert Song also playing. Meanwhile, future red Djibril Cissé came on as a substitute in France’s 3-2 defeat of South Korea in Suwon and F.C. København’s Christian Poulsen played as Denmark beat Tunisia 2-1 in Wakayama. 1996 - Fowler also played for England, alongside Steve McManaman and future red Paul Ince, as they beat a Hong Kong Garden Select side 1-0 in an unofficial warm-up game at the Happy Valley Stadium before Euro ‘96. Tosh on target 1971 - John Toshack bagged the only goal of the game as Wales beat Finland in a European Championships qualifier in Helsinki. 2012 – Tosh managed FYR Macedonia as they held Portugal to a goalless friendly draw in Leiria. Ex-red Raúl Meireles featured for the home side. In charge 2010 - Christian Ziege was appointed Manager of DSC Arminia Bielefeld, although he was sacked just six months later. On the same day, future red Fabio Borini scored his last goal for Italy Under-19’s in their 3-1 European Championships qualifying defeat in Russia. Dirk Kuyt, future reds Dejan Lovren, Nuri Şahin and Luis Suárez and ex-reds Nicolas Anelka and Alou Diarra all also turned out for their countries that day. 2012 – Roy Hodgson took charge of England for the first time, winning a friendly 1-0 in Norway. Martin Kelly and future red Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain both made their senior bows, with Jordan Henderson winning his first cap as a reds player. Steven Gerrard skippered a side that also included Andy Carroll, Stewart Downing, winning his last cap while with the reds, and future red James Milner, while ex-red John Arne Riise was on the losing side. Scoring against Albania 1992 - Ex-red John Aldridge netted for the Republic of Ireland as they beat Albania 2-0 in a World Cup qualifier at Lansdowne Road. Ray Houghton and ex-reds Kevin Sheedy and Steve Staunton also played. 1993 - Staunton was on target as the Irish won the return 2-1 in Tirana. Fellow ex-reds Aldridge and Houghton also played. 1985 - Ex-red Michael Robinson featured as Spain held Ireland to a friendly goalless draw in the only senior international ever to be played at the Flower Lodge in Cork. Milan also on target 2006 - Ex-red Milan Baroš struck for the Czech Republic as they beat Saudi Arabia 2-0 in a friendly in Austria. Daniel Agger and future red Nuri Şahin also represented their countries that day. 2008 – Baroš played in the Czech Republic’s 2-0 friendly defeat of Lithuania in Prague. 2012 – He converted a spot-kick in a 2-1 defeat of ex-red Yossi Benayoun’s Israel in Austria. Daniel Agger, Dirk Kuyt and ex-reds Xabi Alonso, Robbie Keane, Christian Poulsen and Daniel Sjölund also played for their countries that day. Pither off 1928 - Left-winger George Pither left Anfield to sign for Crewe Alexandra, after one goal in twelve reds games stepping in for the established Fred Hopkin. A young Geoff 1957 - Future reds left-half Geoff Twentyman became Carlisle United’s youngest ever debutant, aged seventeen years and 127 days, as they drew 2-2 at New Brighton in Division Three North. European Cup despair Two future reds have lost UEFA Champions League Finals on this day in recent years. 2004 - Fernando Morientes played as AS Monaco lost 2-0 to Jose Mourinho’s Porto in Gelsenkirchen. 1999 - Markus Babbel suffered heartache as Bayern München cruelly lost 2-1 to Manchester United in Barcelona. Bells toll twice 2007 - Craig Bellamy struck a brace as Wales were held to a 2-2 friendly draw in Wrexham by New Zealand, his last two goals in his first spell as a reds player. On the same day, ex-red Darren Potter won his second senior cap playing for Steve Staunton’s Republic of Ireland in their 1-1 friendly draw with Bolivia in Boston, USA. Pepe the papa again 2011 – Keeper Pepe Reina became a father for the third time, to Luca. Ed up 2012 – Former Chief Scout Eduardo Macía was promoted by Fiorentina to Technical Director.
Off to Istanbul 2005 - We headed towards our sixth European Cup Final after seeing Chelsea off in the Semi-final. Luis García converted the only goal of the tie four minutes into the second leg, with the referee clearly indicating that the ball had indeed crossed the line, despite Chelsea protests. The Anfield atmosphere remained white hot, with many supporters considering this to be the famous old ground’s greatest ever night as the reds held out for victory. Hearts were in mouths when six minutes of injury time were conjured up, especially when Eidur Gudjohnsen shot past the post deep into added-on time. Clinching the title twice 1986 - Kenny Dalglish completed the first leg of the double by scoring the only goal at Chelsea to win our sixteenth League title, in his first season as Player/Manager. Bruce Grobbelaar played his 210th consecutive League game – a run he could not continue as he was injured at the start of the following season. Future reds Nigel Spackman and David Speedie were both in the Chelsea side that afternoon, with their Chairman stating in his programme notes that “Liverpool will win the Championship over my dead body”. 1980 - We claimed our twelfth League title, and fourth in five years, beating Aston Villa 4-1 at Anfield, who we had beaten to win the title the season before. Israeli defender Avi Cohen put through his own net, and then scored his only reds goal. David Johnson bagged a brace, to add to a Noel Blake own goal. After Hillsborough 1989 - Our first competitive fixture after the Hillsborough disaster was fittingly played across Stanley Park as Everton held us to a goalless League draw. Ton up for Kevin 1977 - Kevin Keegan scored his hundredth and final reds goal as we beat Manchester United 1-0 at Anfield. 1947 - We also won by the only goal, when Albert Stubbins struck against United. 1941 - Cyril Done was on target as we drew a Wartime League fixture with United at Maine Road. The king honoured 2017 – It was announced that the Centenary Stand would be renamed the Kenny Dalglish Stand from the following season. Rafa’s 300 up 2009 – Yossi Benayoun opened the scoring against Newcastle United at Anfield, netting the 300th Premier League goal under Rafael Benítez. Dirk Kuyt netted before Lucas rounded off the scoring with the 200th reds goal by a substitute as we won 3-0. Joey Barton was sent off for a late challenge on Xabi Alonso, becoming the only visiting player to date to be sent off at Anfield with two different clubs in the Premier League. Birthday boys 1881 - Forward Joe Hewitt was born in Chester. He arrived from Sunderland for £150 in January 1904 and was top scorer as we won the title in 1906, netting a total of 74 goals in 164 reds games before joining Bolton Wanderers in August 1910. He also served the reds as a coach, handyman and finally press box attendant in over sixty years’ service. 1926 - Keeper Doug Rudham was born in Johannesburg. He played 66 times for the reds after signing from Johannesburg Rangers in August 1954. He returned to his native city to turn out for Johannesburg Ramblers in May 1960. 1948 - Tom Stanton was born in Glasgow. He turned pro at Anfield in 1965, but moved to Arsenal in September 1966 having failed to make the break-through, although he also did not play a senior game for the Gunners, later finding greatest success with Bristol Rovers. Last stands 1950 – Inside-left Willie Fagan bagged his 57th and final reds goal as we were beaten 3-2 at Anfield by Huddersfield Town to end the First Division season in seventh. Billy Liddell struck the other goal, with Vic Metcalfe nabbing one of his six past us. Albert Nightingale and Jeff Taylor also struck for the Terriers. 1961 - Inside-forward Alan Banks made his eighth and last reds appearance in our 3-1 defeat at Stoke City, when Alan A’Court grabbed our consolation in a game originally postponed from Christmas. This was our final game of a season in which we finished third in the Second Division. Tony Bentley bagged a brace for the Potters, with Johnny King bagging the last of his five goals against us. 1930 - Left-half Tom Bromilow played his 375th and last reds game in a 1-0 top-flight loss at Blackburn Rovers as we ended the season in twelfth. He had won two League titles with the reds. 1956 – We hosted Rovers in the Lancashire Senior Cup Final, with the match ending 4-4. After having used the reserves throughout the competition, the first team played, with Louis Bimpson, Alan Arnell, Dick White and Geoff Twentyman on target. We won the replay five months later to secure the trophy for the eighth time. A wee strike 1902 - Future reds forward Ronald ‘Wee’ Orr netted his only senior international goal on his debut for Scotland as they drew 2-2 with England in the British International Championships at Villa Park. Reds centre-back Alex Raisbeck also played for the Scots. Recent League fixtures 2003 - Ex-red Nicolas Anelka struck twice as we lost 2-1 to Manchester City in our final home game of the season, after Milan Baroš had given us the lead. These were the first of the Frenchman’s five goals past us. 2000 - Leicester City won at Anfield for the third season in a row, this time 2-0, as we just missed out on Champions League qualification that year. Tony Cottee nabbed the last of his eight strikes against the reds with Phil Gilchrist also on target while Pegguy Arphexad impressed Gérard Houllier in goal. Signing off from the spot 1998 - John Aldridge scored twice, including a penalty, in his last senior game as Tranmere Rovers beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1 at Prenton Park. He had bagged 174 goals in 294 games for the Wirral side. 1980 - Bruce Grobbelaar converted a spot-kick for Crewe Alexandra in his last ever game for them as they beat York City 2-0 at Gresty Road, having told his opposite number where he was going to place it! Youngsters on target 1994 - Jamie Carragher scored for England Under-16’s as they drew 2-2 with the Ukraine in the Quarter-final of the European Championships in Dublin. Unfortunately, England lost 5-4 on penalties. 2001 - Anthony Le Tallec and Florent Sinama-Pongolle both netted braces as France Under-16’s won 4-0 at St. James’ Park in the Semi-final of the same tournament. John Welsh was sent off for England. Meanwhile, Fernando Torres also struck twice as Spain beat Croatia 3-0 in Middlesbrough. 2019 – Ki-Jana Hoever played as the Dutch Under-17’s beat Sweden 2-0 in a European Championships Finals group game in Waterford. Up against Spurs We have twice faced Tottenham Hotspur in the top flight on this day in history. 1997 - Stan Collymore struck his 35th and final reds goal with Patrik Berger also netting in the first half as we won 2-1 in our last game of the campaign at Anfield. Darren Anderton had opened the scoring for the visitors. 1982 - Kenny Dalglish netted twice as we drew 2-2 at White Hart Lane in 1982, despite going in at the break two goals down, thanks to goals from Steve’s Perryman and Archibald, with this being one of Archibald’s six goals against us. In comes Frank 1979 – Striker Frank McGarvey signed from Celtic for £300,000 after bagging 113 goals in 245 League games for the Hoops. However, he never broke into the first-team at Anfield. In opposition 1941 - Bill Shankly skippered Scotland at Hampden Park as England won 3-1 in a wartime game. Fellow future reds boss Don Welsh bagged a brace. 1969 - Tommy Lawrence won his third and final cap for Scotland as they beat Wales 5-3 at the Racecourse Ground in a British International Championships game. Future red John Toshack netted while also playing his third international. For Ralph 1919 – We faced Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park in a benefit match for half-back Ralph Holden, who had represented both sides and lost a leg during the war, going down 2-0. All the reds players donated £2 each to the fund, and a raffle including items such as a 2lb bag of sugar and a pipe raised £15! Silent Knight wed 1965 - Chris Lawler got married two days after helping us to claim the FA Cup for the first time in our history, and the day before the first leg of our European Cup Semi-final against Internazionale. Into the saddle 2006 - Former reds defender Richard Money was appointed Manager of Walsall, leading them to promotion out of League Two at the first attempt. He resigned in May 2008 after it was confirmed the club could not reach the League One play-offs.
Wembley derby joy 2012 - We came from behind to beat Everton 2-1 at Wembley in our FA Cup Semi-final with keeper Brad Jones becoming the first reds player to make his first four appearances for the club in four different competitions. Nikica Jelavić pounced on hesitation in the centre of our defence to give the Blues a half-time lead. However, Luis Suárez then capitalised on a short back-pass by Sylvain Distin, with Andy Carroll heading in a late winner to send us through to our fourteenth Final. European semi-finals We have played three European Semi-finals on this day over the years. 1976 - Phil Thompson netted in our 1-1 draw with Barcelona at Anfield in the second leg, with Carlos Rexach equalising two minutes later. However, this was enough to take us to our second UEFA Cup Final, after John Toshack’s winner in the Camp Nou. This game set our record home European attendance of 55,104 while Brian Hall was playing his 224th and final reds game. 1966 - Bobby Lennox gave Celtic a first leg lead in the European Cup Winners’ Cup, which we overcame in the Anfield return to reach our first European Final. Forward Phil Chisnall was playing his ninth and last reds game. 1971 - Billy Bremner struck as Leeds United won 1-0 at Anfield in the Fairs Cup, with the last of his five goals against the reds. A goalless draw in the return at Elland Road saw the Yorkshiremen through, where they beat Juventus in the two-legged final. Heading towards Basel 2016 – We staged a dramatic come-back at a raucous Anfield to beat Jürgen Klopp’s former charges Ballspielverein Borussia 09 e.V. Dortmund 4-3 on the night to reach the UEFA Europa League Semi-final 5-4 on aggregate. We fell two goals behind inside the opening ten minutes, while we still needed to score twice in the final twelve minutes after Divock Origi scored in his third consecutive reds game with Philippe Coutinho also on target as we trailed 3-2 on the night. Mamadou Sakho nodded in before his centre-back partner Dejan Lovren headed in an injury-time winner. Gini’s century 2019 – Gini Wijnaldum played his hundredth League game for the reds as we beat Chelsea 2-0 at Anfield. Sadio Mané headed us in front after the break, before Mohamed Salah scored a stunning strike. Four apiece 2009 – We eventually drew 4-4 at Chelsea in the second leg of our Champions League Quarter-final to crash out 7-5 on aggregate. This was our 300th European game, and tenth meeting with Chelsea in continental competition, a new club record. We took a 2-0 half-time lead thanks to an innovative free-kick from Fábio Aurélio, his final reds strike, and a Xabi Alonso spot-kick. Didier Drogba embarrassed Pepe Reina at his near post to pull one back after the break, one of his eleven goals against the reds, with a thumping Alex free-kick drawing the scores level on the night, before Frank Lampard netted. A deflected strike from Lucas and Dirk Kuyt header left us needing just one more goal to progress. Unfortunately, another of Lampard’s eight goals past us then ended the scoring. Also recently 2018 – We beat Bournemouth 3-0 at Anfield. Sadio Mané opened the scoring, with Mohamed Salah nodding in his thirtieth League goal of the season, and fortieth in all competitions, before Roberto Firmino completed the scoring. 2007 - We were held to a goalless draw at the City Of Manchester Stadium by Manchester City. City’s Joey Barton pointedly ran to the away fans’ section and placed flowers in front of a giant ‘Justice for the 96’ banner before the game, which was played just a day before the anniversary of the disaster. 1995 - We lost 2-1 at Maine Road in another Premiership meeting, with future City player Steve McManaman netting our consolation. Dominic Matteo had the rare distinction of coming on as a substitute, before being replaced himself just nine minutes later. We have also faced City twice more on this day. 1952 – We lost our other top-flight meeting 2-1, with John Smith grabbing our goal. 1945 - We won a Wartime League match 3-1 at Maine Road that also counted for the Wartime League Cup, with Don Welsh striking twice and Phil Taylor also on the scoresheet. Three for Tony 1956 - Forward Tony Rowley grabbed a hat-trick in our 4-1 home League defeat of Port Vale, with Geoff Twentyman also on the scoresheet. 1894 - We also beat the Valiants, when they were still known as Burslem Port Vale. Andrew Hannah bagged his only reds goal with Joe McQue also on target in our 2-1 Second Division win at Anfield. Tom’s milestone 1928 - Left-half Tom Bromilow played his 300th League game in a goalless top-flight draw with Newcastle United at Anfield. He went on to play 341 League games and 375 games in total for us. Longworth bows out 1923 - Ephraim Longworth won his fifth and final cap as England drew 2-2 with Scotland at Hampden Park in the British International Championships. Clubmate Harry ‘Smiler’ Chambers also played, while Maurice Parry represented Wales on the same day in their 3-0 defeat in Wrexham by Ireland. Biting the hand that fed 1984 - Ex-reds reserves striker Colin Russell netted one of Stoke City’s goals in their surprise 2-0 win at the Victoria Ground, with Ian Painter also on target. Graeme Souness was booked, taking him to a suspension for gathering twenty disciplinary points. Liddell on target for the Scots 1951 - Billy Liddell struck as Scotland lost 3-2 to England at Wembley in the British International Championships. Tom the skipper 1934 - Future reds defender Tom Cooper captained England for the first time as they beat Scotland 3-0 in the British International Championships at Wembley. 1945 - Another red skippered his country, when Matt Busby represented Scotland as they were thumped 6-1 by England in a Wartime International at Hampden Park. Clubmate Jim Harley also played for the Scots. Mixed fortunes against the Mancs We twice entertained Manchester United in the League on this day in the space of three years. 1979 - We won 2-0 with Kenny Dalglish heading a goal and Phil Neal also on the scoresheet in what the Echo described as “a majestic exhibition of quality football to outplay their FA Cup conquerors” of ten days earlier. 1981 – We lost 1-0, thanks to a goal from Gordon McQueen. Hunt missing 1964 - Roger Hunt missed our trip to Burnley after playing in all of our previous 120 games. Alf Arrowsmith bagged a brace with Ian St. John also scoring in our 3-0 victory. We have also hosted the Clarets twice in the top-flight on this day in history. 1951 - Bill Jones netted the only goal of the game. 1922 - Harry ‘Smiler’ Chambers was on target in a 1-1 draw, with Tom Bromilow missing a penalty. Gunning for disappointment 1911 - We held Woolwich Arsenal to a goalless draw at their Manor Ground. 1934 – We lost our other First Division meeting with Arsenal 3-2 at Anfield when goals from Vic Wright and Gordon Hodgson’s 200th reds strike were not enough. Joe Hulme struck two of his ten goals against the reds, with Pat Beasley also on the scoresheet. Stalemates with the Terriers We have twice faced Huddersfield Town in the top-flight on this day in history, with both matches ending all square. 1923 - Our match at Leeds Road finished goalless. 1933 - Harold Barton and Dave Wright struck at Anfield. This was Barton’s 29th and final reds goal while Charlie Like bagged the first of his four goals past us and Wilf Bott netting one of his five against us. Nominated again 2009 - Steven Gerrard was nominated for the PFA Player of the Year for the sixth consecutive season. The award was later claimed by the veteran Ryan Giggs. Youngsters on their way 2006 - We won the FA Youth Cup Final first leg 3-0 at Anfield, with Robbie Threlfall, Ryan Flynn and Miki Roqué grabbing the goals. We lost the return 2-0 to hang on for an aggregate victory to claim the trophy for only the second time. Razor on the move 1986 - Neil Ruddock signed for Tottenham Hotspur from Millwall for £50,000. He only played eleven times in this first spell at White Hart Lane, moving back to Millwall in June 1988 for £300,000.