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  1. 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.
  2. Will

    11th August

    Triple debutants 2007 - Ryan Babel, Fernando Torres and Andriy Voronin all made their first-class reds bows as a late Steven Gerrard free-kick secured a 2-1 win at Aston Villa in our opening League fixture. This ensured that we became the fourth team to pass a thousand points in the Premier League, reaching 1,002, and was the first ever live Premiership match shown on Setanta Sports. We had taken the lead through a Martin Laursen own goal before Jamie Carragher gave away a penalty that Gareth Barry converted, one of his four goals past us. Keepers on the move 1994 - Bruce Grobbelaar left Anfield for Southampton on a free transfer. He had played 628 reds games and won six League titles, one European Cup, three FA Cups, three League Cups and three FA Charity Shields in his thirteen years at Anfield. He turned out forty times in his two seasons at The Dell, before moving on to Plymouth Argyle. 2005 - Former reds reserves keeper Tony Warner joined Fulham on loan from Cardiff City, before signing permanently the following January. He made a total of 26 senior appearances for the Cottagers, before moving on to Hull City in July 2008. 2006 - David James joined Portsmouth from Manchester City for a £1.2m fee, after exactly a century of appearances for the Blues. He turned out 158 times for Pompey before moving to Bristol City in July 2010, helping them to claim the FA Cup in 2008. On the same day, Paul Harrison signed for Southport. He made nineteen outings in the Conference as they were relegated. Charity and Community with the Gunners We have twice met Arsenal in the traditional curtain-raiser to the season. 1979 - We put on a sparkling show to beat the Gunners 3-1 at Wembley to claim the FA Charity Shield outright for the fourth time. Our goals came from Kenny Dalglish and a Terry McDermott brace as Alan Sunderland bagged the first of his six goals past us. 2002 - Arsenal’s new Brazilian signing Gilberto Silva scored the only goal of the game to hand them the newly-rechristened FA Community Shield at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Bruno Cheyrou and El-Hadji Diouf both made their first-class reds bows in this game, while future red Kolo Touré made his debut for the winning side. Beglin’s bonus 1992 - A testimonial match for former reds left-back Jim Beglin took place as we beat Leeds United 4-1 at Elland Road. Ian Rush bagged a brace, with our other goals being scored by Jamie Redknapp and Dean Saunders. Spanish moves 2009 – Forward Dani Pacheco signed a new contract to keep him at Anfield until 2012, later extended by a further two years. He broke through to the first team during 2009/10, making seventeen senior appearances before being sold to AD Alcorcón in September 2013. On the same day, Luis García joined Real Racing Club de Santander from Club Atlético de Madrid, after just three strikes in 55 games, including playing in both Champions League group games against the reds. 2008 – Reserves centre-half Miki Roqué joined Cartagena on loan. He bagged three goals in thirty League appearances as they won the Segunda División B and was released by the reds in June 2009. Happy birthdays 1995 – Centre-half Ben Davies was born in Barrow-in-Furness. He signed from Preston North End for £500,000 in February 2021 but did not manage a senior appearance before being sold to Rangers for a reported initial £3m last July. 1913 - Andy Beattie was born in Kintore, Aberdeenshire. He guested for the reds at full-back during the Second World War, and later spent some time on our backroom staff. He managed a host of clubs as well as the Scotland national side, working with Bill Shankly at Huddersfield Town, having played alongside him at Preston North End. 1899 - Bert Shelley was born in Romsey. He played 448 times for Southampton, a club record until the 1960’s. After retiring from playing, he joined George Kay’s coaching staff, following him to Anfield in August 1936. He stayed on as Trainer after Kay’s departure, working under Don Welsh and Phil Taylor until 1959 when he joined the general staff, with his duties including looking after the treatment room. He was still working for the club when he died in December 1971. 1886 – Inside-left Bert Goode was born in Chester. He struck once in seven reds outings after signing from his hometown club in May 1908, moving on to Wrexham in June 1910. Reds in Europe 1960 - We beat French side Nantes Atlantique 2-0 in the first leg of the Friendship Cup, with Roger Hunt and Kevin Lewis on the scoresheet. 1978 - Our first win in Austria came when Steve Heighway netted the only goal of our friendly encounter with Austria Wien. 1981 - Terry McDermott struck as we lost 2-1 at Servette FC Genève in Switzerland, with Jimmy Case playing his final game for the club before joining Brighton & Hove Albion. Sami signs on 2005 - Sami Hyypiä signed a new contract that tied him to the club until 2008, although he subsequently extended this for a further year. He played 464 reds games following his £2.5m capture from Willem II in May 1999, netting 35 times and helping us to claim the European Cup, UEFA Cup, two FA Cups, two League Cups, two UEFA Super Cups and an FA Charity Shield, before joining Bayer 04 Leverkusen on a free transfer in June 2009. On the world stage 2004 - Momo Sissoko played for Mali as they were held to a goalless draw in their Olympics Finals group game by Mexico in Greece. On the same day, fellow future red Javier Mascherano featured for Argentina as they thumped Serbia & Montenegro 6-0. 2011 – Future red Philippe Coutinho played for Brazil Under-20’s in their 3-0 World Championship Finals Round of 16 defeat of Ecuador in Colombia. Harper heads south 1994 - Former reserves defender Alan Harper joined Burnley on a free transfer from Luton Town. He played 42 times in his two seasons at Turf Moor, as they were relegated into the Second Division. Also moving on 2006 - Jon Newby signed for Wrexham. He failed to net in thirteen outings and moved on to Southport in January 2007. 2009 – Reserves forward Craig Lindfield was released. He struck in a pre-season friendly at Crewe Alexandra in July 2006 on his first appearance for the senior side but failed to make a first-class appearance for the reds. 2015 – Future red Xherdan Shaqiri joined Stoke City for a then club record £12m from Internazionale, grabbing fifteen goals in 92 games for the Potters. He moved on to Anfield for £13m in July 2018. International goalscorers 2010 - Steven Gerrard bagged a brace to reach nineteen goals for his country, a joint record for a reds player, as he eventually struck 21 times. He skippered a side that also included Glen Johnson as they beat Hungary 2-1 in a friendly at Wembley, with James Milner winning his last cap as an Aston Villa player. Meanwhile, Manchester City’s Craig Bellamy netted as John Toshack’s Wales thumped Luxembourg 5-1 in a friendly in Llanelli. Future red Dejan Lovren scored his first two goals for Croatia Under-21’s as they beat Norway 4-1 in a European Championships qualifier, while Krisztián Nemeth netted while playing for Hungary Under-21’s for the last time as a red as they beat Bosnia-Herzegovina 3-0 in a qualifier in Zenica. On the same day, ex-red Robbie Keane reached a century of caps for the Republic of Ireland as Argentina won 1-0 in the first international to be staged at the new Aviva Stadium in Dublin, with Emiliano Insúa winning his second senior cap for the victors and Javier Mascherano winning his last cap as a red. Also in international action that day were Daniel Agger, Nabil El Zhar, Martin Škrtel, future reds Charlie Adam, Christian Benteke, Fabio Borini, Ragnar Klavan, Joël Matip, Nuri Şahin and Xherdan Shaqiri, and ex-reds Xabi Alonso, Álvaro Arbeloa, Jari Litmanen, Nikolay Mihaylov, John Arne Riise, Mikel San José and Daniel Sjölund. International firsts 2010 – Danny Wilson made his debut for Scotland Under-21’s as they were held to a 1-1 friendly draw by Sweden at St. Mirren Park. David N’Gog captained France for the first time at the same level as they lost 1-0 to Belgium in a friendly in Vannes. Ex-red Carl Medjani made his senior bow for Algeria as they lost 2-1 to Gabon in a friendly in Algiers. Milan Jovanović won his first cap as a reds player as Serbia lost 1-0 to Greece in Belgrade, with Sotirios Kyrgiakos on the winning side as he made his sixtieth and final appearance for his country before retiring from international football. Andriy Voronin made his first appearance while with Dinamo Moskva as Ukraine were held to a 1-1 draw by the Netherlands in another friendly in Donetsk. Meanwhile, future red Aly Cissokho won his only senior cap to date as France lost a friendly 2-1 in Norway. 2009 – Martin Kelly won his first cap for England Under-20’s in their 5-0 thrashing of Montenegro at The Hawthorns, with future red Jordan Henderson playing his only game at this level. On the same day, future reds Andy Carroll and Daniel Sturridge both made their first appearances for the Under-21’s in their goalless friendly with the Netherlands in Groningen, with Alexander Kačaniklić in action for Sweden Under-19’s. Also in international action 1998 – Future red John Arne Riise played as Norway Under-18’s beat Sweden 2-1 in a friendly in Kapp. 1993 - Øyvind Leonhardsen won his 24th full cap for Norway as they ran out 7-0 winners in a friendly in the Faroe Islands. He was then still a Rosenborg BK player. Future reds boss Roy Hodgson took charge of Switzerland’s 2-1 friendly win in Sweden on the same day. 1982 – Future red Glenn Hysén featured for Sweden as they lost 1-0 to host nation Norway in the Nordic Championships.
  3. Will

    8th August

    Happy birthday Joël 1991 – Centre-half Joël Matip was born in Bochum, Germany. He signed on a free transfer from Schalke 04 in July 2016, bagging nine goals in 166 games for the reds across his first six season, so far helping us to claim the Premier League title, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, FA Cup and League Cup. Into the Champions League 2001 - We played our first ever game in the new format of the UEFA Champions League, registering our record equal away win in Europe to date as we thumped Finnish side Haka 5-0, thanks to a hat-trick from Michael Owen, our first away from home in Europe, and strikes from Emile Heskey and Sami Hyypiä. Stevie the best 2013 - Steven Gerrard came first in the club’s second ‘100 Players Who Shook The Kop’ poll, beating Kenny Dalglish, who had taken the honour the first time around in October 2006. Djimi off 2006 - Djimi Traoré was sold to Charlton Athletic for £2m after one goal in 141 reds games, in which he helped us to claim the Champions League in 2005. He appeared just thirteen times for the Addicks before moving on to Portsmouth in January 2006. On the same day, reserves centre-back Danny O’Donnell joined Crewe Alexandra on loan. He played 31 times for the Alex that season, making the switch permanent in June 2007. Happy birthday Julian 1968 - Former left-back Julian Dicks was born in Bristol. He signed from West Ham United for £1.5m in September 1993 and has the honour of being the last red to score in front of the standing Kop, before he returned to West Ham United in May 1994 after three goals in 28 reds games. Farewell Nessie 2002 - Agnes ‘Nessie’ Shankly’s funeral was held in Liverpool. She had been Bill Shankly’s wife throughout his career and was well-loved by many of the players and staff at Anfield. Wembley disappointment 1992 - Paul Stewart made his first-class debut for the reds as we lost 4-3 to Leeds United in the FA Charity Shield at Wembley, thanks to an Eric Cantona hat-trick, the first of his five goals past us, with Tony Dorigo also on target. Ian Rush and Dean Saunders netted, as we also benefited from a late Gordon Strachan own goal. Pepe wins again 2007 - Pepe Reina was awarded the Barclays Golden Glove Award for most clean sheets for the second successive season. He went on to claimed it twice more during his time in England. 2014 – He was sold to Bayern München for £2m after 177 clean sheets in 394 reds games since signing from Villarreal for £6m in July 2005. He had helped us to claim the FA Cup, League Cup, UEFA Super Cup and FA Charity Shield. Bonjour and au revoir 2003 - Young French centre-back Carl Medjani signed from Saint-Étienne on a free transfer. He never made the reds first team, moving back to his native land to join Lorient in July 2006 after a previous loan spell. 2005 - He signed for Metz on loan, making 25 senior appearances. 2014 – Left-back Aly Cissokho signed for Aston Villa, having spent the previous season on loan from Valencia at Anfield. On the same day, Spanish midfielder Gerardo Bruna signed for Tranmere Rovers, while centre-forward Adam Morgan joined St. Johnstone on loan from Yeovil Town. 2010 – Right-back Philipp Degen joined VfB Stuttgart on loan, but he could only make eight first-team appearances as he once again suffered with injuries. 1941 – Defender Fred Finney signed on as an amateur in August 1941, but played just two senior reds games, both in the space of a week against Chester in January 1946. Barmby on the move Nick Barmby twice changed clubs on this day over the years. 1995 - He joined Middlesbrough from Tottenham Hotspur for £5.25m. 2002 - He left Anfield for Leeds United in a £2.75m deal after eight goals in 58 reds games. Jock remembered 1998 - We played Celtic in a friendly to commemorate the opening of their Jock Stein Stand. Øyvind Leonhardsen grabbed the only goal of the game. German friendlies We have twice played at Hamburger SV’s Volksparkstadion on this day over the years. 1967 - Ian St. John grabbed a brace as we drew 2-2. 1986 - We lost 1-0. 1978 - We drew 1-1 at Bayern München, with David Fairclough on the scoresheet. Reds in Scandinavia 1988 - John Aldridge and Ronnie Whelan were on target as we drew 2-2 at Norwegian side Tromsø. 1990 - John Barnes struck the only goal of the game against a Stockholm Alliance XI in Solna. Other friendlies 2021 – Diogo Jota struck as we drew 1-1 with Athletic Bilbao in an Anfield friendly in front of a 75% capacity crowd, post-COVID. 2009 - We lost 2-1 at Anfield to Club Atlético de Madrid in our final pre-season friendly, with Lucas notching for the reds after we went in two goals down at the break, also suffering an injury to Jamie Carragher. Ex-red Florent Sinama-Pongolle came off the bench for the visitors to a warm reception during the second half. 2008 – Andriy Voronin bagged the only goal of the game in the final minute as we entertained S.S. Lazio at Anfield in our final pre-season friendly. 1984 - Alan Kennedy struck to hand us victory over Swiss side BSC Young Boys in the first round of the Phillips Trophy at their w***dorf Stadion in Bern, which we went on to win two days later. 1982 - Phil Neal netted from the spot, with Ian Rush on target twice as we won 3-0 at Third Division Portsmouth. 1975 - Jimmy Case scored in our last pre-season friendly as we drew 1-1 at Dutch side Roda JC in a game that marked the official switching on of the new floodlights at the Gemeentelijk Sportpark Kaalheide. Adam on target 2010 – Adam Morgan netted for England Under-17’s as they beat Sweden 2-1 in the Final of the Nordic Tournament in Finland. More beer 2002 - A new three-year sponsorship deal with Carlsberg, worth up to £15m, was announced. Clem honoured 2001 - It was announced that Ray Clemence had won a prestigious UEFA award to mark his achievement of playing more than a century of UEFA club competition games. On the move 2008 – Ex-reds defender Stephen Wright signed for Coventry City after spending much of the previous season at Stoke City. On the same day, Jari Litmanen re-signed for Lahti in his native Finland. He netted four goals in fourteen League outings before signing a one-year deal in April 2009. 2001 - Reserves defender Alan Navarro joined Crewe Alexandra for his second loan spell at Gresty Road. He made nine appearances to add to the eight he had made there at the end of the previous season. On the same day, midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain joined Arsenal from Southampton for a reported £12m, going on to bag twenty goals in 198 games for the Gunners before moving to Anfield for £35m in August 2017. 2012 – Young forward Henoc Mukendi joined Northampton Town on loan, netting once in thirteen outings, although ten of these were from the bench. 2016 – Full-back Ryan McLaughlin signed for Oldham Athletic, having been released by the reds at the end of the previous campaign. He scored twice in 43 outings in his first season with the Latics. 2018 – Ex-reds left-back Brad Smith joined Seattle Sounders on loan from Bournemouth. 2019 – Ovie Ejaria returned to Reading for a second loan spell, netting three times in 39 outings as the Royals finished in mid-table in the Championship. On the same day, keeper Scott Carson joined Manchester City on loan from Derby County, but never made a first-team appearance. Meanwhile, Andy Carroll re-signed for Newcastle United, failing to notch in 21 games in his first campaign back on Tyneside. A century of the League 1987 - Peter Beardsley and ex-red Steve Ogrizovic both played as a Football League side beat a Rest of the World eleven that included future red Glenn Hysén 3-0 in the Football League Centenary Classic at Wembley Stadium. Rickie the dad again 2013 – Future reds forward Rickie Lambert became a father for the third time, to Bella Rose. Also in international action 1991 – Future red Øyvind Leonhardsen played for Norway in their 2-1 friendly defeat by Sweden in Oslo. 1984 – Jim Beglin featured in the Republic of Ireland’s goalless draw with Mexico in Dublin.
  4. Will

    4th August

    Happy birthday John 1957 - John Wark was born in Glasgow. He struck an impressive 42 times in his 108 games for the reds following his £450,000 capture from Ipswich Town in March 1984, where he had been named PFA Player of the Year three years earlier. He left Anfield in January 1988 to return to Portman Road, having won a League championship medal with us. Striking German debuts 1967 - Tony Hateley made his reds bow in our 1-0 friendly defeat by 1. FC Köln at the Müngersdorfer Stadion, following his record signing from Chelsea for £96,000 the previous month. Emlyn Hughes was sent off in the seventeenth minute for retaliating after being kicked by Wolfgang Overath. 1997 - Karl-Heinz Riedle made his first appearance in a 3-1 friendly win at Crewe Alexandra, when Michael Owen and Paul Ince added to a Danny Murphy penalty. Beating Roma again 2004 - We beat Roma 2-1 in a ChampionsWorld Series game in the Giants Stadium in New Jersey. Michael Owen netted in his final reds game, while right-back Josemi made his first appearance for us. Dietmar Hamann was skipper briefly, the first time he had received this honour, while Djibril Cissé grabbed our first goal. Milan at the treble 2002 - We beat AC Milan 2-1 in the third-place play-off of the Real Madrid Trofeo Centenario. Milan scored all three goals, as a Dario Šimić own goal put us in front, before Milan Baroš doubled our advantage. Jon Dahl Tomasson pulled one back for the Italians, but we held on to win. 1998 - We also faced Italian opposition, beating Internazionale 2-1 at Anfield to claim the pre-season Pirelli Cup. Ex-Inter player Paul Ince and Steve Harkness netted that day. Losing to the Mancs 2014 – We lost the International Champions Cup Final 3-1 to Manchester United in Miami, with our score being a penalty converted by Steven Gerrard. 2019 – We lost a penalty shoot-out 5-4 to Manchester City after the FA Community Shield ended 1-1 at Wembley. Ex-red Raheem Sterling opened the scoring early on with the first of his two goals past us to date, with Joël Matip equalising shortly after Virgil van Dijk had struck the bar. Mohamed Salah had an effort cleared off the line, the closest either side came to securing victory. Xherdan Shaqiri, Adam Lallana, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Salah all converted their spot-kicks, with Gini Wijnaldum having his saved. Al starts out 2018 – Brazilian keeper Alisson Becker played his first reds game as we thumped Napoli 5-0 in a friendly in Dublin. James Milner and Gini Wijnaldum struck early on, with Mohamed Salah, Daniel Sturridge and Alberto Moreno on target after the break. 2021 – Alisson signed a new contract, having kept 87 clean sheets in 130 games to date, as he helped us to claim the Premier League, UEFA Champions League and FIFA Club World Cup. He also dramatically headed in an injury-time winner at West Bromwich Albion in May 2021 to help secure qualification for the UEFA Champions League again. Off on loan 2008 – Reserves keeper David Martin joined Leicester City on loan. He played thirty times as they claimed the League One title, leaving Anfield permanently in May 2010 to re-join MK Dons. 2015 – Winger Sheyi Ojo moved to Wolverhampton Wanderers, netting three times in nineteen outings before being recalled to Anfield the following January. Pre-season routs We have twice run amok in friendlies on this day in history. 1970 - We won 5-0 at Preston North End in a ‘public practice match’. Emlyn Hughes and Peter Thompson both netted twice, with Alun Evans also on target. 1992 - We ran riot at Tranmere Rovers, thrashing them 7-1, with Ian Rush and Dean Saunders both grabbing a brace. Paul Stewart, Mike Marsh and Ronnie Rosenthal all also scored. 2006 - Less happily, we were humbled 5-0 at Jürgen Klopp’s 1. FSV Mainz 05 in our final pre-season friendly. Scandinavian victories We have twice overcome Scandinavian opponents on pre-season tours on this day over the years. 1991 - We won 2-1 at Swedish side Elfsborg, thanks to goals from John Barnes and Dean Saunders. 1993 - We won in the Norway Cup at Rosenborg BK, with Ian Rush grabbing the only goal of the game. 1986 - We beat Länslaget, a Swedish Select XI, 3-1 thanks to two Jan Mølby penalties and an Ian Rush strike. This match was billed as the biggest football event in the city of Örebro since France played Scotland during the World Cup in 1958. For Dortmund 1984 - We helped Ballspielverein Borussia 09 e.V. Dortmund to celebrate their 75th anniversary, although an Ian Rush strike condemned them to a 1-0 friendly defeat at the Westfalenstadion. Other friendlies 1951 - Billy Liddell netted a brace as we beat an Edinburgh Select side 2-1 in a match at Easter Road, arranged to celebrate Edinburgh Charities Day. 1981 - Terry McDermott and David Johnson got on the scoresheet as we won 2-1 at Sc***horpe United, with ex-Iron keeper turning out for the reds for the last time. 1996 - Steve McManaman grabbed the only goal of the game at Northern Irish side Dundalk. 1976 - We lost 2-0 at Feyenoord. Farewell Jon 2000 - Reserves forward Jon Newby joined First Division Sheffield United on loan. He made three starts and a further ten substitute appearances in his three months at Bramall Lane, without hitting the net. He left Anfield for good when he joined Bury in March 2001. Turned down 2005 - Mark González was denied a work permit, having signed on loan from Albacete Balompié two weeks earlier. He was finally given the official go-ahead to move to the reds a year later, though his reds career did not last long. Future reds on the move 2009 – Midfielder Charlie Adam joined Blackpool from Rangers for a club record £500,000 after a successful loan spell. He netted 36 times in 101 games in total while at Bloomfield Road, before moving to Anfield for an initial £6.75m in July 2011. 2006 – Keeper Brad Jones joined Sheffield Wednesday on loan from Middlesbrough, turning out fifteen times for the Owls. 2005 – Centre-half Ragnar Klavan joined Dutch side Heracles Almelo from Flora Tallinn, scoring five times in 104 games while in the Netherlands. Ex-reds on the move 2021 – Forward Danny Ings moved to Aston Villa from Southampton for a £25m fee, having struck 46 times in exactly a century of outings for the Saints. 2015 – Left-back Paul Konchesky joined Queens Park Rangers on loan from Leicester City, playing 34 times for them that season. 2012 – Lee Peltier left Leicester City to sign for Leeds United after two goals in 47 games in his one season with the Foxes. 2006 - Former reserves keeper Tony Warner joined Leeds United on loan from Fulham. He played fourteen times as they struggled against relegation from the Championship. 2003 - Ex-reds reserves striker John Durnin joined Accrington Stanley on loan from Port Vale. He netted four times in fifteen Conference games for them, before being released at the end of the season. Olympian despair 2012 – Craig Bellamy captained a Great Britain side that also included future reds Joe Allen, Steven Caulker and Daniel Sturridge as they drew 1-1 with South Korea in the Quarter-final of the Olympics Finals in Cardiff. South Korea won 5-4 on penalties with Sturridge having his penalty saved. On the same day, future red Sadio Mané played as Senegal lost 4-2 to Mexico after extra time at Wembley, with fellow future red Mohamed Salah also crashing out as Egypt lost 3-0 to Japan at Old Trafford. Internationals on target 2016 – Future red Takumi Minamino netted as Japan lost 5-4 to Nigeria in a Olympic Finals group game in Brazil. Tiago Ilori also featured that day as Portugal beat Argentina 2-0 in another group stage game in Rio de Janeiro. 1994 – Future red Haukur Igni Gudnason bagged a brace as Iceland Under-17’s beat England 4-3, his final goals at this level. Also in international action 2011 – Michael Ngoo featured for England Under-20’s as they were held to a goalless draw by Mexico in their World Championship Finals group game in Colombia. 2010 – Adam Morgan played as England Under-17’s beat Denmark 2-0 in a Nordic Tournament game in Finland. 2007 – Future red Nikola Sarić appeared for Denmark Under-17’s in their 2-0 defeat of Finland in a tournament in Kolding.
  5. Will

    1st July

    Recent captures 2016 – Centre-half Joël Matip signed from Schalke 04 on a free transfer, bagging nine goals in 166 games in his first six campaigns for the reds, so far helping us to claim the Premier League title, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, FA Cup and League Cup. 2015 – James Milner arrived on a free transfer from Manchester City. He netted 26 times in 289 outings across his first seven campaigns, as well as regularly skippering the side in the absence of Jordan Henderson and helping us to claim the Premier League title, UEFA Champions League FIFA Club World Cup, UEFA Super Cup, FA Cup and League Cup. On the same day, right-back Nathaniel Clyne signed from Southampton for £12.5m, while keeper Ádám Bogdán arrived from Bolton Wanderers. Clyne bagged two goals in 103 outings before joining Crystal Palace in October 2020, while Bogdán made six largely uninspiring appearances before being released at the end of the 2018/19 season. On the same day, Uruguayan centre-half Sebastián Coates was sold to Sunderland for £4m after a successful loan spell. 2014 - Adam Lallana signed from Southampton for an initial £23m, becoming our second most expensive signing to date. He struck 22 times in 178 reds games, coming off the bench as we claimed the FIFA Club World Cup, while also being in the matchday squads as we claimed the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Super Cup, and playing an important role as we claimed our nineteenth League title in 2019/20. He signed for Brighton & Hove Albion in July 2020 once his contract with the reds had expired. 2021 – Centre-half Ibrahima Konaté signed from RasenBallsport Leipzig e.V., netting three times in 29 outings in his first campaign as he helped us to claim the FA Cup and League Cup. On the same day, ex-reds centre-half Ragnar Klavan signed for Paide Linnameeskond back in his native Estonia, scoring three times in 22 games across his first year. New bosses 1983 - Joe Fagan officially took over as Manager, the only Scouser to hold this position on a permanent basis to date. In his first season as boss, he led the club to a unique treble of League, European Cup and League Cup, retiring just a year later after 71 wins in 131 games. 2010 - Roy Hodgson was appointed. He struggled to make a major impact at Anfield, leading us to just thirteen victories in his 31 matches in charge before leaving by ‘mutual consent’ in January 2011. On the same day, Standard Chartered took over as the club’s main sponsors. In comes Finn 2003 - Right-back Steve Finnan officially signed from Fulham for £3.5m after playing in their promotion seasons from the Second Division up into the Premiership. He struck just once in 217 reds appearances, helping us to claim the Champions League, FA Cup, UEFA Super Cup and FA Community Shield before joining R.C.D. Espanyol in September 2008. On the same day, French duo Anthony Le Tallec and Florent Sinama-Pongolle joined the reds from Le Havre for a combined £6m. Le Tallec made just 32 senior reds appearances and scored only once, signing for Le Mans UC 72 in June 2008, having been sent out on loan from Anfield four times. Sinama-Pongolle netted nine times in 66 reds games, joining Real Club Recreativo de Huelva for €4m in May 2007 after a loan spell. Happy birthdays 1976 - Rigobert Song was born in Nkenglicock. He was the first ever red from Cameroon, signing from Italian side Salernitana for £2.6m in January 1999. He made 38 appearances before joining West Ham United for £2.5m in November 2000, having become a fans’ favourite with his marauding runs from defence. 2001 - He appeared for his country on his 25th birthday, in a 2-0 defeat of Togo 2-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Yaoundé, one of his 137 caps in total for the Indomitable Lions. 1904 - Outside-left Gordon Gunson was born in Chester. He signed from Sunderland in March 1930 and made 87 appearances, scoring an impressive 26 times in his injury-affected time at Anfield. He moved on to Swindon Town in June 1934. 1957 – Short-lived Assistant Manager Sean O’Driscoll was born in Wolverhampton. He was appointed in July 2015, leaving following the sacking of Brendan Rodgers just three months later. European champions 2012 - Ex-reds Xabi Alonso, Álvaro Arbeloa and Fernando Torres all featured as Spain thumped Italy 4-0 in the Final of Euro 2012 in Kyiv, with Torres coming off the bench to score the third goal. Future red Mario Balotelli featured for the losing side. 2016 – Joe Allen featured for Wales as they beat Belgium 3-1 in Villeneuve-d’Ascq to reach the European Championships Semi-final. Enter his Lordship 2004 - Djibril Cissé officially arrived from Auxerre in a club record £14m deal. He bagged 24 goals in 79 reds games, including goals to help us to claim three trophies in his time at Anfield, moving on to Olympique de Marseille for £6.3m three years later. 2001 - He played for France Under-20’s as they lost 3-1 to Argentina in a World Championships Quarter-final in Buenos Aires, with Grégory Vignal and future red Maxi Rodríguez also in action. Reds missed 2006 - Jamie Carragher’s retaken spot kick and Steven Gerrard’s effort were both saved as England crashed out to Portugal in their World Cup Quarter-final in Gelsenkirchen 3-1 on penalties after the game had ended goalless. Peter Crouch and future red Joe Cole also featured, with former Blue Wayne Rooney being sent off. Czeching out 2004 - Milan Baroš and Vladimír Šmicer both played in the Euro 2004 Semi-final as the Czech Republic lost 1-0 to Greece in Porto, thanks to a ‘silver goal’. All change 1999 - This was a busy day in the transfer market as Vladimír Šmicer arrived from Racing Club de Lens for £4.2m, while we also gained and lost a player on the Bosman ruling. Erik Meijer signed from Bayer 04 Leverkusen, with Steve McManaman officially joining Real Madrid on the same day. 2019 – Forward Danny Ings joined Southampton for an initial £18m following a successful season on loan, so far bagging 29 goals in 61 outings for the Saints. On the same day, midfielder Marko Grujić re-joined Hertha BSC Berlin on loan for a second successive campaign, so far scoring nine times in 54 games. Other recent ins and outs 2009 – Winger Sebastián Leto was sold to Panathinaikos for a fee reported to be around £3m. He helped his new club to the domestic double in his first season, scoring the only goal in the Cup Final, and netting 27 times in 91 outings before leaving the club in January 2013. 2018 - Naby Keïta officially signed from RasenBallsport Leipzig e.V. for £52.75m, having agreed to join us the previous August. 2016 – Keeper Lawrence Vigouroux left the reds to sign for Swindon Town, so far playing 130 times, including a previous loan spell. 2002 - Reserves keeper Jørgen Nielsen left for Farum in Denmark, after five years at Anfield without a first team appearance. 2000 - We signed up Pegguy Arphexad, Markus Babbel and Gary McAllister, all on free transfers. Pegguy arrived from Leicester City, one of Gary Mac’s former clubs. On the same day, future red Nicolas Anelka re-signed for Paris Saint-Germain from Real Madrid for £22m. Luis on target 2007 – Future red Luis Suárez scored for Uruguay Under-20’s against ex-red Antonio Barragán’s Spain as their World Championship Finals group game ended 2-2 in Canada. On the same day, Mark González faced future red Alexander Doni as Brazil beat Chile 3-0 in a Copa América group game in Venezuela. 2019 – Sadio Mané bagged a brace, including a penalty, as Senegal beat Kenya 3-0 in an Africa Cup of Nations Finals group game in Egypt. He also saw another spot-kick saved. Wedding bells 1972 - Emlyn Hughes married Barbara. They remained happily married until Emlyn’s sad death in November 2004, with two children called Emma and Emlyn. 2005 - Jamie Carragher married his fiancée Nicola Holt at Weston Park, while on the same day Harry Kewell settled his libel case against Gary Lineker out of court. Meanwhile, Sammy Lee was appointed Assistant Manager of Bolton Wanderers. Mighty Mouse on the way back 1980 - Kevin Keegan returned to England, joining Southampton for £400,000 in a move that had been announced five months earlier. He had struck 32 goals in ninety Bundesliga games, helping them to a League and Cup double in 1979, as well as twice claiming the European Footballer of the Year award while in Germany. Other new managers 1981 - Emlyn Hughes was appointed Player/Manager of Rotherham United. He was in charge for nearly two years, but was sacked as they headed towards the old Third Division. 2000 – Karl-Heinz Riedle was replaced as Manager of Fulham by Jean Tigana, having been in temporary charge for three months. 1995 - John Toshack took over as Deportivo La Coruña boss, having been appointed four months previously. He remained in charge for nineteen months before resigning. World Cup progress 1990 - John Barnes started England’s dramatic 3-2 extra-time defeat of Cameroon in the World Cup Quarter-final in Naples. He was replaced at half-time by fellow red Peter Beardsley, while his future clubmate Mark Wright played the full two hours. On the same day, future red Karl-Heinz Riedle featured in West Germany’s 1-0 win over Czechoslovakia in Milan, to set up their Semi-final clash with England. 2018 – Dejan Lovren played as Croatia knocked Denmark out on penalties to reach the Quarter-finals in Russia. Ex-red Iago Aspas also featured as Spain beat the host nation after a shoot-out at the same stage. 2014 – Future red Divock Origi featured in Belgium’s 2-1 defeat of the USA in Salvador, while ex-red Javier Mascherano played as Argentina needed extra time to see off future red Xherdan Shaqiri’s Switzerland 1-0 in São Paulo to reach the Quarter-finals. 2011 – Mascherano played for his country again as host nation Argentina drew 1-1 with Bolivia in a Copa América group game in La Plata. Other moves 1985 - Future reds keeper Mike Hooper signed for Wrexham from Bristol City on a free transfer. 1995 - Dean Saunders joined Galatasaray from Aston Villa for a £2.35m fee. 1996 - Gary Ablett joined Birmingham City from Everton for £390,000. 1997 - Future red Paul Jones moved to Southampton from Stockport County for £900,000 while ex-red Paul Stewart signed for Stoke City on a free transfer from Sunderland. 2005 - Jermaine Pennant joined Birmingham City from Arsenal for £3m. 2010 – Defender Gareth Roberts joined Derby County, while Jon Otsemobor signed for Sheffield Wednesday. 2011 – Scott Carson left West Bromwich Albion for Turkish side Bursaspor in a £2.1m deal. 2013 – Goalie Adrián signed for West Ham United, playing 150 times before joining the reds for free in August 2019. 2015 – Keeper Péter Gulácsi joined RasenBallsport Leipzig e.V. from Red Bull Salzburg for £3m after helping them to claim consecutive Austrian League and Cup doubles. 2017 – Centre-half Ozan Kabak signed as a professional for Galatasaray, playing eighteen times without scoring before moving to VfB Stuttgart in January 2019. 2020 – Keeper Ádám Bogdán signed for reigning champions Ferencváros, featuring seven times in his first campaign back in his native Hungary. Doctor Kenny 2011 – Reds boss Kenny Dalglish was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Science by the University of Ulster.
  6. Will

    8th July

    Fijne Verjaardag 1991 – Dutch centre-half Virgil van Dijk was born in Breda. He arrived from Southampton for a club record £75m in January 2018, a world record fee for a defender. He has netted sixteen goals in 181 outings across his first five seasons, helping us to claim the Premier League title, UEFA Champions League, FIFA Club World Cup, UEFA Super Cup, FA Cup and League Cup. Uncle Joe’s first capture 1983 - Gary Gillespie signed from Coventry City for £325,000, becoming Joe Fagan’s first signing. His eight years at Anfield were blighted by injury, but he won three League title medals, and scored sixteen times in his 214 appearances, before moving back north to his boyhood heroes Celtic. Robbie appears 1980 - Robbie Keane was born in Dublin. He signed from Tottenham Hotspur for £19.3m in July 2008, but only netted seven times in 28 games before making the return journey for an initial £15m fee the following January. 1971 - John Achterberg was born in Utrecht, Netherlands. He was appointed reserves goalkeeping coach at Melwood in June 2009 after over a decade as player and coach with Tranmere Rovers, moving up to the first team two years later. Reds in mourning 2001 - Tom Saunders died. 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 and was well loved at Anfield. 2013 – Centre-forward Dave Hickson died. He made the controversial switch across Stanley Park to join the reds for £12,000 in November 1959, putting an extra 15,000 on the gate for his debut, with one fan running on to kiss him on the cheek! He scored 38 times in his 67 reds games before joining Aston Villa in July 1961. Yet another win 2020 – We won 3-1 behind closed doors at Brighton & Hove Albion, with Mohamed Salah and Jordan Henderson putting us two up inside the opening eight minutes. Leandro Trossard pulled a goal back before the break, but Salah headed in a second to secure our thirtieth League win of the season, from just 34 games. Debuting over the water 2016 - Midfielder Ovie Ejaria, keeper Loris Karius, winger Sadio Mané, centre-back Joël Matip and forward Ben Woodburn all played their first reds games as Danny Ings notched the only goal of our friendly at Tranmere Rovers. Milanese arrival 2010 - Milan Jovanović signed on a free transfer from Standard de Liège. He failed to establish himself in the first team, notching just twice in eighteen outings before moving back to Belgium to sign for RSC Anderlecht in August 2011. Masch on target again 2007 - Javier Mascherano struck for Argentina, having scored his first senior international goal just three days earlier. He was part of a side that beat Peru 4-0 in Venezuela to reach the Copa América Semi-finals. On the same day, Harry Kewell reached a quarter of a century of caps for Australia in their 1-1 AFC Asian Cup draw with Oman in Bangkok. 2011 –Luis Suárez and future red Sebastián Coates both played for Uruguay as they drew 1-1 with Chile in a Copa América group game in Argentina. New signings 2016 – Reds boss Jürgen Klopp and Assistant Managers Peter Krawietz and Željko Buvač all signed new contracts. Buvač left the club in April 2018, with Klopp and Krawietz remaining at Anfield. 2005 - Jamie Carragher and Steven Gerrard both signed new four-year contracts. Our captain moved on to LA Galaxy this summer, having played 710 senior games, but Carragher retired a year ago after 737 reds appearances in total. 2009 – Gerrard renewed his contract again, this time until 2013, which was of course further renewed. 2008 - Midfielder Zsolt Poloskei signed on loan from MTK Hungária. He failed to appear for the reserves in his first season due to injury, renewing his loan spell for a second campaign when once again he was ruled out for most of the campaign. He has since returned to Hungary. 2011 – Right-back Jon Flanagan signed a new contract until 2015, which was subsequently extended. He played 51 senior reds games, notching once, before being released in June 2018. Double departure 2004 - Two of the coaching staff left the club. Sammy Lee took up a position as a full-time National Coach at the FA, with goalkeeping coach Joe Corrigan also moving on, ending up at West Bromwich Albion. Happy birthdays 1988 - Catalan centre-back Miki Roqué was born in Tremp. He was part of the victorious FA Youth Cup winning side in 2005 and made his senior debut in our Champions League defeat at Galatasaray in December 2006. He was released in June 2009 after spending much of his time out on loan, sadly dying in June 2012, aged just 23. 1980 - Patrice Luzi was born in Ajaccio. He signed on a free transfer from Monaco in July 2002, but made just one first-team appearance, as a substitute for the injured Jerzy Dudek in our long overdue League win at Chelsea in January 2004, leaving the club after three years in the reserves. Six unveiled 1999 - Six new signings were presented to the press as Gérard Houllier’s revolution took shape - Titi Camara, Stéphane Henchoz, Sami Hyypiä, Erik Meijer, Vladimír Šmicer and Sander Westerveld. Le Boss said, “Some have turned down the chance of playing in the Champions League, others the UEFA Cup. Some of them rejected higher profile clubs than we are at the moment. We are very happy they accepted the challenge.” 2003 - Steve Finnan, Anthony Le Tallec and Florent Sinama-Pongolle all reported for the start of pre-season training for the first time. Another new arrival at Anfield was coach Christian Damiano, who joined from Fulham. Maxi the champion 2001 – Future red Maxi Rodríguez netted the second as Argentina Under-20’s beat Ghana 2-0 in the Final of the World Championships in Buenos Aires. Red arrivals 1996 - Defender Stephen Wright joined the Academy. He went on to play 21 first-team games before signing for Sunderland for £3m in August 2002. 2013 - Andy Hughes started work as the club’s Chief Financial Officer. Other moves 2021 – Forwards Joe Hardy and Liam Millar both left the reds, with both having made one senior appearance in the FA Cup. Hardy joined Accrington Stanley while Millar moved to Basel for a reported £1.3m, netting ten times in 44 games in his first season in Switzerland. On the same day, ex-reds centre-half Mikel San José signed for Sociedad Deportiva Amorebieta, scoring once in 27 outings in his first campaign back in Spain. 2005 - Craig Bellamy signed for Blackburn Rovers from Newcastle United for £5m. He bagged seventeen goals in 32 games while at Ewood Park, before the reds activated the £6m get-out clause in his contract. 2019 – Midfielder Jordan Rossiter joined Fleetwood Town on loan from Rangers, playing nineteen times for the Fishermen. On the same day, forward David Amoo signed for Port Vale on a free transfer from Cambridge United. He scored five times in 37 games in his first campaign with Vale. 2013 – Winger Paul Anderson joined Ipswich Town from Bristol City in a swap deal for Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, netting five times in 33 outings for the Tractor boys. 1999 - Ex-reds winger Mark Kennedy joined Manchester City from Wimbledon for £1m. He netted eleven times in 77 games whilst at Maine Road and is now on Ipswich Town’s coaching staff. 1993 - Future loanee keeper Alec Chamberlain joined Sunderland on a free transfer from Luton Town. He made 108 appearances for the Wearsiders. He is now coaching at Watford, having made 288 appearances for the Hornets. Ablett in charge 2009 - Gary Ablett was appointed Manager of Stockport County, having recently been sacked as our reserves boss. He left his role at Edgeley Park in June 2010 by mutual consent, following a takeover of the club, having led them to relegation from League One. Stan out of pocket 2002 - A Spanish court ruled that Stan Collymore was in breach of his contract when he had quit Real Oviedo to return to England, walking out just months into a four-year contract. He was ordered to pay the Spanish club £200,000 compensation. Nando the dad 2009 - Fernando Torres became a father to Nora when his wife Olalla gave birth at the Hospital La Rosaleda Compostelan in Santiago de Compostela.
  7. Will

    23rd March

    Happy birthday Jerzy 1973 - Jerzy Dudek was born in Rybnik. The big Pole in our goal made 186 reds appearances after signing from Feyenoord for £4.85m in August 2001, helping us to glory in Istanbul, as well as the Worthington Cup in 2003. He left to join Real Madrid in July 2007, although he barely featured for their first team. A new boss 1951 – Don Welsh took charge of his first reds game as Jack Haigh nabbed the only goal of our top-flight meeting with Charlton Athletic at Anfield. He had been officially appointed eighteen days earlier. Away goals galore 1985 - John Wark netted an eighteen-minute hat-trick in our 5-0 win at West Bromwich Albion, with Steve Nicol and Kenny Dalglish also on target, while Bruce Grobbelaar saved a Derek Statham penalty. Wark therefore became the only red to score trebles in three different competitions in the same season, after Anfield hat-tricks against Lech Poznan in the European Cup and York City in the FA Cup. 1993 – Ian Rush put us in front at Crystal Palace after the break, but Chris Armstrong scored the 4,000th goal we had conceded in the top flight as the match ended 1-1 at Selhurst Park. 1991 - We routed Derby County 7-1 at the Baseball Ground under Ronnie Moran’s temporary control, thanks to a Jan Mølby penalty, braces from John Barnes and Steve Nicol, and goals from Ian Rush and Ray Houghton. Future red Dean Saunders scored the first of his four goals past us, although the only one before he moved to Anfield. 1903 - We also beat Derby in the First Division, winning 3-1 at Anfield, with left-half Bill Goldie netting his sixth and final reds goal and Sam Raybould and Jack Cox also on target. Masch off 2008 - We were beaten 3-0 at Manchester United, with Javier Mascherano sent off under a short-lived clampdown on players questioning officials. Wes Brown, Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani netted for the home side. 1912 - We held the Red Devils to a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford when Jack Parkinson netted our goal in this top-flight encounter. Jay off 2010 – Reserves midfielder Jay Spearing joined Leicester City on loan. He struck once in eleven outings as they reached the Championship Play-off Semi-finals. Bradley off the mark 1907 - Left-half Jim Bradley scored his first reds goal of eight as we thumped Newcastle United 4-1 at Anfield. Arthur Goddard, Jack Cox and Joe Hewitt were also on the scoresheet. A half century over Leeds 2003 - We earned our fiftieth League win over Leeds United in the 98th meeting. Michael Owen, Danny Murphy and Steven Gerrard all netted in a 3-1 win, with Mark Viduka bagging one of his six goals past us. Other births and deaths 1983 - Former reserves right-back Jon Otsemobor was born in Speke, Liverpool. He played just six first-team games for us, before joining Rotherham United in July 2005. 1914 - Centre-half Norman Low was born in Aberdeen. He joined the reds in October 1933 but only played thirteen times while at Anfield, deputising for Tom Bradshaw, before moving on to Newport County in November 1936. 1908 – John Charlton was born in Leadgate, County Durham. He signed from Bradford City in October 1929, but only played three senior games before moving on to Derry City in 1932. 1947 – David Ashworth died. He was appointed as reds boss in December 1919. He had previously guided Oldham Athletic from non-League into the top flight, to whom he returned in December 1922 with the reds en route to retaining the League title he had led them to the previous season. 2011 – Ex-reds midfielder Trevor Storton died. He struck eight times in 118 League games for Tranmere Rovers before switching to Anfield for £25,000 in July 1972. He only played twelve times in two years before joining Chester, for whom he turned out more than 400 times. Double departure 1897 – Forward Malcolm McVean and inside-right Jimmy Ross were both sold to Burnley, although the Clarets got relegated at the end of that campaign. McVean had signed from Third Lanark in 1892, scoring our first ever League goal, bagging 43 in total in 126 reds games. He helped us to the Lancashire League title and two Second Division championships. Ross was known as the ‘little demon’, signing from the ‘invincible’ Preston North End for a club record £75 in August 1894, helping us to the Second Division title, scoring 39 times in 85 reds games and captaining the side. Double Irish 1994 - Future reds Phil Babb and Jason McAteer both won their first full international caps for the Republic of Ireland in their goalless friendly meeting with Russia at Lansdowne Road. Ronnie Whelan skippered the Irish that day, while future red Gary McAllister captained Scotland on the same day, as they lost a friendly 1-0 to the Netherlands at Hampden Park. Meanwhile, former reds reserves midfielder Jim Magilton won his first Northern Ireland cap as a Southampton player as they beat Romania 2-0 in a friendly at Windsor Park. Stig on the way out 2000 - Stig Inge Bjørnebye was loaned out to Brøndby IF. He netted twice in thirteen League games for the Danish side and was sold to Blackburn Rovers within a month of his return to Anfield. 1999 - Reserves midfielder Danny Williams joined Wrexham on a free, bagging four goals in 48 games. He was then signed by Jan Mølby for Kidderminster Harriers. Alf’s last strike 1968 - Centre-forward Alf Arrowsmith struck his final reds goal as we won 2-1 at Sheffield Wednesday. His 24 goals came in 56 games. 1901 - We also faced The Wednesday, being held to a 1-1 draw at Anfield in another top-flight encounter, with Sam Raybould grabbing our goal and Fred Spiksley scoring one of his four against the reds. Anfield first 1893 – The first testimonial to be played by the reds at Anfield saw Bootle Boys Brigade beaten 1-0 in a match staged in aid of Liverpool Caledonians’ David Kirkwood. John Miller scored the goal. A semi-final thriller 1899 - We drew an FA Cup Semi-final replay 4-4 with Sheffield United at Burnden Park. Our goals came from John Walker, George Allan, Jack Cox and a Peter Boyle own goal. Walter Bennett struck one of his five goals past us, with Fred Priest bagging a brace and Billy Beer also on target. Unfortunately, we lost a second replay 1-0 at Baseball Ground a week later. 1929 – The fifth and most recent FA Cup Semi-final to be staged at Anfield took place, with eventual winners Bolton Wanderers beating Huddersfield Town 3-1. Harkness starts out 1989 - Steve Harkness signed as a professional for Carlisle United. He played thirteen times before being signed by Kenny Dalglish four months later. Underneath the floodlights 1960 - We lost a match played to commemorate new floodlights at Dens Park. Dundee won 1-0, with brothers Bill and Bob Shankly in opposing dug-outs. Other international firsts 2013 – Ex-reds keeper Charles Itandje made his debut for Cameroon in their 2-1 World Cup qualifying defeat of Togo in Yaoundé, with Kolo Touré winning his last cap as a Manchester City player as the Ivory Coast beat Gambia 3-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Abidjan. Future reds Joe Gomez, Sadio Mané, Joël Matip, Victor Moses and Xherdan Shaqiri were also in international action that day. 1991 - Sami Hyypiä won his first cap at any level, playing for Finland Under-18’s as they were held to a goalless draw by Yugoslavia in a friendly in Italy. 2019 – Ex-red Toni Silva won his first cap as an Al Ittihad Alexandria Club player as Guinea-Bissau drew 2-2 with Mozambique in an African Cup of Nations qualifier in Bissau. Rafael Camacho, Roberto Firmino, Ki-Jana Hoever, Sadio Mané, ex-red Philippe Coutinho and future red Sepp van den Berg also played for their countries that day. 2016 – Trent Alexander-Arnold made his debut for England Under-18’s in their 3-2 friendly winkris in Austria, with Herbie Kane also featuring and Dejan Lovren also playing for his country. 2017 – Ex-red Sebastián Coates won his first cap as a Sporting Clube de Portugal player while facing Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and future red Alisson Becker as Brazil thumped Uruguay 4-1 in a World Cup qualifier in Montevideo. Sadio Mané featured for Senegal in a 1-1 friendly draw with Nigeria in Barnet on the same day, while future red Dominic Solanke converted a spot-kick as England Under-20’s drew 2-2 with Portugal in a tournament in France, the fourth consecutive game at his level he had scored in. Galatasaray’s Ozan Kabak scored while captaining Turkey Under-17’s to a 4-1 defeat of Finland in a European Championships qualifier in Antalya. Caoimhín Kelleher and ex-red Brad Smith also played for their countries that day. 2015 – Future red Kelleher played for the Irish Under-17’s as they beat Belarus 3-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Poland. 2018 – Coutinho won his first cap as a Barcelona player, scoring from the spot in Brazil’s 3-0 friendly defeat of Russia in Moscow, with Roberto Firmino and future red Alisson Becker also in action. On the same day, Virgil van Dijk played for the Netherlands for the first time as a red, with Joe Gomez, Jordan Henderson, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Gini Wijnaldum and ex-reds Ryan Babel and Raheem Sterling all also featuring as England won 1-0 in Amsterdam. Ex-reds Luis Suárez and Victor Moses both scored from the spot, with Mohamed Salah and ex-red Krisztián Németh also on target as Marko Grujić, Andy Robertson, ex-red Péter Gulácsi and future red Thiago also played for their countries. Tosh the boss again 1995 - John Toshack was appointed Manager of Deportivo La Coruña, although he did not take over for another three months. He lasted a year and a half before he resigned, during which time they beat Real Madrid to win the Supercopa, the Spanish equivalent of the Charity Shield. Kenny and Jimmy for their countries 1982 - Kenny Dalglish netted in Scotland’s 2-1 friendly defeat of the Netherlands at Hampden Park. Future red John Wark also played. 1976 - Jimmy Case struck on his Under-23’s debut as England played their last ever fixture at this level, beating Hungary 3-1 in a European Championships qualifier at Old Trafford, although they went out on aggregate. Future red Alan Kennedy also played. Future reds on target 2001 - Milan Baroš scored for the Czech Republic Under-21’s as they won 2-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Northern Ireland. Meanwhile, future red Christian Poulsen won his first cap for Denmark at the same level in their goalless European Championships qualifying draw with Malta in Corradino. 1988 - Dean Saunders won his first cap as an Oxford United player, scoring as Wales lost 2-1 to Yugoslavia in a friendly in Swansea. Juve’s Ian Rush also played. On the same day, John Barnes, Peter Beardsley and future red Mark Wright all played as the Netherlands held England 2-2 in a friendly at Wembley. Also that day, future red Ronnie Rosenthal netted in Israel’s 9-0 trouncing of Taiwan in an Olympics qualifier in New Zealand. Ex-red Avi Cohen also played, while Everton’s Kevin Sheedy appeared in the Republic of Ireland’s 2-0 friendly defeat of Romania at Lansdowne Road. Other reds games 1996 – We lost 1-0 at Nottingham Forest with Steve Stone on target as the returning Stan Collymore ran the gauntlet of angry home fans. 1974 – Brian Hall headed in the only goal of our trip to Wolverhampton Wanderers. 1963 – We won 3-1 at Burnley with Ian St. John, Roger Hunt and Kevin Lewis all on the scoresheet as Andy Lochhead bagged one of his four goals against the reds. 1957 – We thumped Rotherham United 4-1 in a Second Division encounter at Anfield despite falling behind to one of Royston Stephenson’s four strikes past us. Billy Liddell, Brian Jackson and Alan A’Court all netted as we also benefited from a Norman Noble own goal. 1953 – We lost 3-0 at Chelsea. 1935 – We beat Huddersfield Town 3-2 in L4. Tommy Johnson struck twice with Gordon Hodgson converting a spot-kick. Ex-reds on the move 1994 - Jimmy Carter joined Oxford United on loan from Arsenal. He made five appearances, returning for a second spell later that year. 1995 - Ray Houghton signed for Crystal Palace from Aston Villa for £300,000, bagging eight goals in 87 games for the Eagles. 2006 - Jon Newby joined Kidderminster Harriers on loan from Bury, failing to score in seven outings. 2012 – Former reserves forward Nikola Sarić signed for HB Køge in his native Denmark. Also in international action 1901 – Maurice Parry played for Wales as they beat Ireland 1-0 in the British International Championships in Belfast. 2005 – Future reds Michael Nardiello and Daniel Sturridge both played for England Under-16’s as they lost 2-0 to Japan in the Montaigu Tournament. 2011 – Chris Mavinga featured for France Under-20’s as they lost a friendly 3-0 in Peru. 2021 – Morgan Boyes skippered Wales Under-21’s as they were held to a goaless friendly draw in Newport by the Republic of Ireland.
  8. Will

    13th October

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

    11th June

    Another record for St. Michael 2003 - Michael Owen became England’s youngest ever player to reach fifty caps. He captained the side, bagging a brace, including a penalty, as they beat Slovakia 2-1 in a Euro 2004 qualifier at the Riverside Stadium. Steven Gerrard and ex-red David James also played. Owen also became England’s youngest ever captain for a competitive international. On the same day, Vladimír Šmicer netted as the Czech Republic thumped Moldova 5-0 in another qualifier in Olomouc, with clubmate Milan Baroš also playing. Future red Robbie Keane struck as the Republic of Ireland beat Georgia 2-0 in Dublin, while Jerzy Dudek, Stéphane Henchoz, Sami Hyypiä, John Arne Riise, ex-red Jari Litmanen and future reds Fernando Morientes and Andriy Voronin all also featured in Euro 2004 qualifiers, with Jon Otsemobor playing for England Under-20’s. International endings 1995 - Ronnie Whelan captained the Republic of Ireland while winning his 53rd and final cap, as they lost 3-1 to Austria in a European Championships qualifier at Lansdowne Road. Ex-red Ray Houghton netted his sixth and final international goal, while Phil Babb and ex-red Steve Staunton also played. On the same day, John Scales won his third and final England cap, breaking his nose in their 3-1 defeat by Brazil at Wembley. Future red Stan Collymore won the second of his three senior caps in this game, and his last before moving to Anfield. István Kozma won his last cap in his second spell as an Újpest player as Hungary lost a Euro 96 qualifier 2-1 in Iceland. Meanwhile, future red Jari Litmanen was on target as Finland beat Greece 2-1 in a Euro ’96 qualifier in Helsinki, with future red Brad Friedel also in international action. 1958 - Tommy Younger skippered Scotland in his 24th and final game for them as they lost 3-2 to Paraguay in Sweden in the World Cup and was unfortunately responsible for one of the South Americans’ goals. His performance may have been affected by receiving a telegram shortly before kick-off to inform him that his wife had been taken to hospital with heart trouble. On the same day, Alan A’Court played in England’s goalless draw with Brazil in Gothenburg. 1997 - Haukur Ingi Guðnason won his last cap for Iceland Under-21’s cap as a Keflavík player in their 3-0 European Championships qualifying defeat by Lithuania. 2013 – Jonjo Shelvey made his last appearance for England Under-21’s as a red as they lost 1-0 to Israel in a European Championships Finals group game in Jerusalem, with future red Nathaniel Clyne winning his eighth and last cap at this level. Jordan Henderson, Andre Wisdom and ex-red Tom Ince also featured. Also in international action that day were future red Mario Balotelli and ex-reds Alberto Aquilani, Álvaro Arbeloa, Alexander Kačaniklić, Robbie Keane and Dirk Kuyt, with Javier Mascherano being sent off for Argentina. 2008 - Milan Baroš won his final cap as an Olympique Lyonnais player as the Czech Republic lost 3-1 to Portugal in a European Championship Finals group game in Geneva. 2000 - Phil Babb won his final Irish cap as a reds player as they beat South Africa 2-1 in a US Nike Cup game in New Jersey. Ex-reds Mark Kennedy and Jason McAteer both also featured, while Robbie Keane won his last cap as a Coventry City player, and eighteenth to date. 2014 – Keane also played for his country as the Republic of Ireland lost 5-1 to Portugal in New Jersey, with ex-red Raul Meireles on the winning side. 2017 - Carl Medjani won his last cap in his second spell as a Trabzonspor player as Algeria beat Togo 1-0 in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Blida. Dejan Lovren, ex-red Joe Allen and future red Thiago Alcântara all played in World Cup qualifiers that day. 2021 - Marko Grujić won his final cap before leaving the reds permanently, facing Takumi Minamino as Japan beat Serbia 1-0 in Kobe. Euro ’96 at Anfield 1996 - Italy beat Russia 2-1 in front of 35,000 in a Euro ‘96 game at Anfield with both their goals coming from Pierluigi Casiraghi. Neither side won another game in the tournament and were eliminated from a group containing both the eventual finalists, Germany and the Czech Republic. 2000 - Vladimír Šmicer and future reds Nicolas Anelka and Bolo Zenden all featured in Euro 2000 group games. Off the mark 2020 – Midfielder Leighton Clarkson, defender Ki-Jana Hoever and forward Takumi Minamino both bagged their first reds goals as we thumped Blackburn Rovers 6-0 in a behind closed doors friendly at Anfield. Sadio Mané, Naby Keïta and Joël Matip were also on target. Thumping the Yanks 1946 - Cyril Done scored four goals and Willie Fagan notched a hat-trick as we trounced an American League Select side 10-1 at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn. Bob Priday, Jack Balmer and Harry Eastham all also netted. Mark off the mark 2003 - Future reds winger Mark González grabbed his first international goal while winning his second cap in Chile’s 2-1 friendly defeat of Honduras 2-1 in San Pedro Sula. R.C.D. Espanyol’s Maxi Rodríguez also featured in friendly action that day. 2009 – He represented his country again as Chile beat Bolivia 4-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Santiago, winning his last cap while with Real Betis Balompié. Red endings 1914 – Centre-half Joe McQue died aged just forty following an operation at the Victoria Infirmary in Glasgow. He signed from Celtic in August 1892, netting fourteen times in 142 games before returning north of the border in September 1898 to sign for Third Lanark having helped us to claim the Second Division title twice. 1952 - Outside-right Archie Rawlings died. He signed from Preston North End in March 1924, striking ten times in his 67 reds games before moving on to Walsall in June 1926. 1909 - Stalwart centre-half Alex Raisbeck was sold to Partick Thistle for £500. He netted nineteen times in 341 games in eleven years, becoming our first skipper to lift the League title in 1901. He went on to win a further League title five years later, as well as a Second Division championship. He returned to Anfield in 1939 as a scout, staying in that role until his death ten years later. 2003 - Reserves forward Mark Peers joined Raith Rovers on a free transfer. He made just eight senior appearances for them, only netting once, before returning south of the border to join Conference side Leigh RMI in February 2005. Forwards in and out 1897 - Joe Lumsden signed from Burton Wanderers, scoring twice in just eight senior outings before moving on to Glossop North End in May 1898. 1937 - Vic Wright left the reds for Plymouth Argyle. He had struck 33 times in 85 reds games after signing from Rotherham United in March 1934. Kenny bows out in Argentina 1978 - Kenny Dalglish scored as Scotland beat the Netherlands 3-2 in the World Cup in Mendoza, but it was not enough to take them through to the next round. Graeme Souness also played in this game. The Dutch went on all the way to the Final to face hosts Argentina. 2017 – Sheyi Ojo won his fifth and last England Under-20’s cap as they beat Venezuela 1-0 in the World Championships Final in South Korea, with future red Dominic Solanke also featuring. Happy birthdays 1875 – Forward Dan Cunliffe was born in Bolton. He signed from Oldham County in 1897 and struck six times in eighteen games before moving to New Brighton Tower the following year. 1953 – Bob Paisley’s first signing as boss, keeper Peter McDonnell was born in Kendal. He arrived from Bury in July 1974 for £20,000 but never made the first team, sitting on the bench at the European Cup Final in Rome in 1977, and on another 27 occasions, including both legs of the 1976 UEFA Cup Final, three FA Charity Shields and both legs of the UEFA Super Cup Final in 1977. He left Anfield to join Oldham Athletic in August 1978. 1875 – Forward Sam Raybould was born in Staveley, Chesterfield. He signed from New Brighton Tower for £250 in January 1900, scoring 130 times in 226 reds games and helping us to claim two League titles before moving on to Sunderland in May 1907. Pelle’s debut 1997 - Future red Mauricio Pellegrino won the first of his three caps for Argentina in their goalless draw with Ecuador in the Copa América in Bolivia. Future red Milan Baroš appeared for the Czech Republic Under-15’s on the same day. Red against red in Cagliari 1990 - John Barnes, Peter Beardsley and Steve McMahon all featured for England as they drew a World Cup group game 1-1 with a Republic of Ireland side that included goalscoring ex-red Kevin Sheedy as well as Ray Houghton, Steve Staunton and ex-red John Aldridge. 1986 – Future red Beardsley also played in the World Cup Finals as England beat Poland 3-0 in Monterrey. Also at the World Cup 2002 - Germany beat Cameroon 2-0 in Shizuoka to progress to the last sixteen of the World Cup. Dietmar Hamann and ex-reds Rigobert Song and Christian Ziege all played, with Rigo winning his final cap as a West Ham United player. Future red Robbie Keane struck in the Republic of Ireland’s 3-0 defeat of Saudi Arabia in Yokohama to also progress from the same group, with future red Steve Finnan and ex-reds Jason McAteer and Steve Staunton also featuring. Senegal drew 3-3 with Uruguay, after leading by three goals. El-Hadji Diouf won a penalty for the first goal, while Salif Diao was suspended for this game. Future red Djibril Cissé won his fifth full international cap as a substitute in France’s 2-0 defeat by Denmark in Incheon, as they crashed out of the tournament without scoring. Christian Poulsen won his final cap as an F.C. København player in this game. 1998 – Future red Song also played in the World Cup in Cameroon’s 1-1 draw with Austria in Toulouse. 2006 - Future red Dirk Kuyt played as the Netherlands beat Serbia & Montenegro 1-0 in Leipzig. 2010 – Ex-red Nicolas Anelka faced future red Luis Suárez as France and Uruguay shared a goalless draw in Cape Town. In Euro action 2012 – Roy Hodgson took charge of an England side skippered by Steven Gerrard, with Jordan Henderson, Glen Johnson and future reds James Milner and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also featuring against ex-red Alou Diarra’s France. This European Championships Finals group game ended 1-1 in Donetsk. On the same day, ex-red Andriy Voronin featured for the Ukraine as they beat Sweden 2-1 in the same group in Kyiv. 2016 – Hodgson’s England drew 1-1 with Russia in Marseille, with Adam Lallana, James Milner and ex-red Raheem Sterling all featuring. On the same day, Joe Allen and Danny Ward faced Martin Škrtel as Wales beat Slovakia 2-1 in Bordeaux in the same group, with future red Xherdan Shaqiri also in action. 2019 – Harry Wilson and ex-reds Joe Allen and Péter Gulácsi all featured as Hungary beat Wales 1-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Budapest, with Dejan Lovren also featuring for his country and ex-reds coach Steve Clarke taking charge of Scotland. On the same day, future red Ibrahima Konaté played for France Under-21’s as they lost a friendly 3-1 in Austria. Tony on a run 1969 - Ex-red Tony Hateley scored in the fourth of all seven games of an FA Tour, grabbing a hat-trick as England thumped New Zealand 5-0 in Auckland. He netted a total of seventeen goals on the tour. In Toulon 1993 - Jamie Redknapp and future reds Academy coach Mike Sheron played for England Under-21’s in the Toulon Tournament as they held Brazil to a goalless draw. 1989 - Future red Neil Ruddock appeared as the USA clinched third place with a 2-0 defeat of England. 1987 – Nottingham Forest’s Nigel Clough was in the side that lost 2-0 to France in the same competition. Luis on target 2011 – Luis Suárez netted in an unofficial international as Uruguay thumped Plaza Colonia 5-0. More youngsters on the international stage 2005 - Future reds Gabriel Paletta and Nabil El Zhar were both on the losing side in group stage games in the Under-20’s World Championship Finals in the Netherlands. 2007 - Scott Carson and future red James Milner played for England Under-21’s as they held the Czech Republic to a goalless draw in the European Championships Finals in the same country. Alberto Aquilani played for Italy in the same competition as they lost 1-0 to Serbia. Jen under way 2012 - Jen Chang started work as the club’s Corporate Relations and Communications Director. However, he only lasted in the role for five months before leaving “by mutual consent”. Also in international action 1978 – Future reds Joe Corrigan and Alan Kennedy both played for England B as they won 3-1 in Nez Zealand. 1994 – Ex-red Jim Magilton played for Northern Ireland as they lost 2-0 to Mexico in Miami, with Roy Hodgson taking charge of Switzerland on the same day as they drew 0-0 with Bolivia in Canada. 2015 - Future red Danny Ings played for England Under-21’s in their 1-0 defeat of Belarus in Barnsley. Meanwhile, ex-red Mikel San José played for the full Spanish side as they beat Costa Rica 2-1 in a friendly in Leon. 2018 – Sadio Mané played for Senegal as they beat South Korea 2-0 in Austria. Honoured 2021 – Jordan Henderson and ex-red Raheem Sterling were both awarded MBEs in the Queen’s birthday honours, with Roy Hodgson made a CBE. On the same day, Mohamed Salah was named Premier League PFA Fans’ Player of the Year for the second time.
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    23rd August

    Jan the man 1984 - Midfield maestro Jan Mølby signed from Ajax for £200,000. He struck 61 times in 292 reds appearances, including a remarkable forty of his 42 attempted spot-kicks. He won three League titles and two FA Cups during his time at Anfield before joining Swansea City as Player/Manager on a free transfer in February 1996. Happy birthday Glen 1984 – Right-back Glen Johnson was born in Greenwich. He signed from Portsmouth for £17.5m in June 2009, striking nine times in 200 games for the reds, helping us to claim the League Cup and reach the FA Cup Final in 2012. He signed for Stoke City in July 2015 having been released by the reds the previous month. Signing on 1935 - Forward Jack Balmer signed as a professional for the reds, three months after arriving as an amateur from Everton. He went on to score 110 times in 309 games, helping us to the League title in 1947. It was during that season that he netted hat-tricks in three consecutive games, a remarkable feat that has yet to be matched in English top-flight football. He also played in the FA Cup Final three years later. 1962 - Winger Johnny Morrissey was sold to Everton for £10,000. He had signed on as a professional in April 1957, netting six times in 37 reds games. He scored fifty goals in 314 appearances for the Blues, helping them to two League titles. On the case 1975 - Jimmy Case scored his first reds goal as we came from two goals behind to beat Tottenham Hotspur 3-2 at Anfield. Our other goals came from Steve Heighway and a Kevin Keegan penalty after John Duncan and Chris Jones had given the visitors a half-time lead. 2016 –Joël Matip made his reds bow as we thumped Nigel Clough’s Burton Albion 5-0 at their Pirelli Stadium in the Second Round of the League Cup. Divock Origi and Roberto Firmino both struck before the break. Tom Naylor put through his own net before Daniel Sturridge added a late brace. Milan off 2005 - Milan Baroš was sold to Aston Villa for £6.5m after 27 goals in 108 reds games. He had helped us to claim the Champions League and League Cup during his four years at Anfield, striking fourteen times in 51 games for the Midlands club, before moving to Olympique Lyonnais in January 2007. On the same day, Stephen Warnock signed a new two-year contract. Double champions 2008 – Javier Mascherano became the first ever footballer to claim two Olympic gold medals as Argentina beat Nigeria 1-0 in the Final in Beijing. 2020 – Future red Thiago Alcântara and ex-red Philippe Coutinho both featured as Bayern München beat Paris Saint-Germain 1-0 in the UEFA Champions League Final in Lisbon. Into the Champions League again 2017 – We beat TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 4-2 in the second leg of our UEFA Champions League qualifier at Anfield, on our way to the Final in Kyiv. Emre Can bagged a brace with Mohamed Salah also on target as we raced into a three-goal lead. Roberto Firmino completed the scoring against his former club as we went through 6-3 on aggregate. Morgo off the mark 2012 – Centre-forward Adam Morgan made his reds bow as Andy Webster put through his own net to hand us a 1-0 victory in our UEFA Europa League Play-off first leg at Heart Of Midlothian, with Charlie Adam playing his 37th and last reds game and Jay Spearing making his 55th and final appearance for the club. Debuting between the sticks 1986 - Mike Hooper made his League debut, keeping a clean sheet as an Ian Rush brace handed us victory at Newcastle United. 1977 - We also beat them 2-0 at Anfield, with Kenny Dalglish bagging his first home goal and ex-Magpie Terry McDermott also on target. Fans rewarded 2001 - UEFA gave their fans’ award of the year jointly to Liverpool and Deportivo Alavés supporters, in recognition of the carnival atmosphere at the UEFA Cup Final in Dortmund earlier that year. Unfortunately, Gérard Houllier lost out to Bayern München boss Ottmar Hitzfield for the best coach award while Gary McAllister was pipped by Bayern’s Stefan Effenberg in the award for Europe’s most valuable player. King Kenny again 1980 - Kenny Dalglish played in his 180th consecutive reds game as we lost 2-0 at Leicester City in a top-flight meeting, before being left out of our 1-0 League Cup Second Round first leg defeat at Bradford City four days later, although he then made an immediate return to the side. Last gasp victory 2008 – We came from behind after Mido’s goal to beat Middlesbrough 2-1 in our first home game of the season thanks to a late equaliser from Jamie Carragher that was later ruled to be an Emanuel Pogatetz own goal by the Premier League’s dubious goals panel. Steven Gerrard then handed us all three points in stoppage time. Tons up 1997 – Steve Harkness played his hundredth reds game as we drew 1-1 at Blackburn Rovers. Michael Owen put us in front with Martin Dahlin equalising for the home side. 1956 – Alan A’Court played his hundredth League game for the club as we drew 1-1 at Notts County in a Second Division encounter, with Billy Liddell on the scoresheet. Clarets fight-back 1969 - We took a two-goal lead over Burnley thanks to a Tommy Smith penalty and Bobby Graham header. However, the visitors stunned the crowd with three goals in quick succession to take the lead, before Tommy Smith bagged an equaliser. There was still time for either side to find a winner, but the game ended 3-3. Most recently 2010 – We lost 3-0 at Manchester City, with Javier Mascherano being withdrawn close to kick-off. Gareth Barry opened the scoring with the last of his four goals past us, with Carlos Tévez converting from the spot for one of his four strikes against the reds, and Micah Richards also on target as future red James Milner made his City bow. On the same day, second choice keeper Diego Cavalieri was sold to Cesena for £1.2m. He only played once for the Italian side before joining Fluminense back in his native Brazil just four months later. Reigning in Spain 1987 - We claimed the pre-season Villa De Madrid Trophy by beating Club Atlético de Madrid 1-0 at the Estadio Vicente Calderón, with the transfer-listed John Wark coming off the bench to score. Onwards via defeat 2005 - We reached the group stages of the Champions League despite losing 1-0 at home to CSKA Sofia in our 250th European game, as we had won the first leg 3-1. John Arne Riise played his fiftieth game in Europe for the reds as centre-half Valentin Iliev bagged the only goal of the game. Back to Dortmund 2001 - The reds were drawn against Borussia Dortmund, Dynamo Kyiv and Portuguese champions Boavista in our first venture into the new Champions League. Wark walks 1990 - Ex-red John Wark joined Middlesbrough from Ipswich Town for £50,000. He only netted twice in forty games for Boro, before returning to Portman Road a year later. Other birthdays 1875 - Centre-forward George Allan was born in Linlithgow Bridge, West Lothian. He signed from Leith Athletic for £100 in June 1895 and was the first red to be capped by Scotland, top scoring as we claimed the Second Division title in 1896, and again the following season. He joined Celtic in May 1897 but returned to Anfield the following April for £50, bagging a total of 56 goals in 96 reds games before sadly dying of tuberculosis in October 1899, aged just 24. 1885 – Winger Harold Uren was born in Bristol. He joined the reds as an amateur in 1906, turning out 45 times and notching twice before joining Everton in February 1912 for £300 with forward Billy Lacey and centre-forward Tommy Gracie heading in the opposite direction. 1977 - Northern Irish 1990’s youth forward Davy Larmour was born in Dundonald. He never broke through to the first-team at Anfield, although he was part of the victorious FA Youth Cup winning squad in 1996, moving on to Doncaster Rovers in August 1996. Twice against PNE We have twice faced Preston North End in opening top-flight matches on this day in history. 1947 - We won 3-1 at Anfield with Albert Stubbins netting twice and Billy Liddell also on target. Willie McIntosh scored the first of his four goals past us. 1952 - John Smith struck as we drew 1-1 at Deepdale. It was also a game of missed penalties, as Billy Liddell failed to convert for the reds, with Charlie Ashcroft saving a penalty from Tom Finney. Forward Arthur Rowley played the first of his eleven reds games, with Charlie Wayman netting one of his six goals against the reds. Starting out 1958 - We were held to a 3-3 draw by Grimsby Town at Anfield as we kicked off our Second Division campaign. Jimmy Melia netted, with Billy Liddell bagging a brace, including a penalty. We ended the season in fourth position, and this remains our most recent home League meeting. Putting through their own net 1950 - A Billy Liddell strike helped us to a 2-1 win over Manchester United at Anfield, with our other strike coming when keeper Reg Allen diverted another Liddell effort into his own net. Jack Rowley struck one of his six goals against the reds. 1999 - Rigobert Song gave Leeds United the lead at Elland Road, before Titi Camara equalised. We secured a 2-1 victory thanks to a Lucas Radebe own goal. Facing the Pilgrims at last 1954 - We played Plymouth Argyle for the first time in our history, going down 1-0 at Home Park in a Second Division fixture with Keith Thomas bagging the goal. Other reds games 1992 – Arsenal won 2-0 at Anfield. Anders Limpar scored with Ian Wright adding one of his seven goals against the reds. 1989 – We drew 1-1 at Aston Villa with John Barnes on target. 1972 – We won 2-1 at Chelsea as John Toshack and Ian Callaghan both netted early on. 1961 – We beat Sunderland 3-0 in a Second Division encounter in L4. Roger Hunt nabbed a brace with Kevin Lewis also on the scoresheet. Also on the move 2007 - Young Bulgarian keeper Nikolay Mihaylov joined Twente on loan, having arrived from PFC Levski Sofia only seven weeks before, and has since moved on permanently to the Dutch side. 2012 – New loanee left-back Aly Cissokho joined Valencia from Olympique Lyonnais for an initial €5m after two goals in 134 outings for the French side, helping them to claim the Coupe de France earlier that year. 2017 Former reds loanee midfielder Conor Thomas signed for Indian Super League side ATK, playing twenty times before returning to England to join Cheltenham Town. 2018 – Young right-back Connor Randall joined Rochdale on loan, only playing three times for the Dale. 2021 - Xherdan Shaqiri was sold to Olympique Lyonnais for €6m, having signed from relegated Stoke City in July 2018 for £12.85m, netting eight times in 63 appearances and helping us to claim our first League title for thirty years and the FIFA Club World Cup. On the same day, young Welsh forward Ben Woodburn joined Heart Of Midlothian on loan, netting three times in 29 outings. Early international outings 2007 – Future red Christian Benteke scored the only goal of Belgium Under-17’s’ World Championships Finals group stage encounter with Tajikistan in South Korea. 1989 - Stig Inge Bjørnebye, then still with Kongsvinger, won only his second cap for Norway as they were held to a goalless draw in Oslo by Greece in a friendly. 1995 - Future red Markus Babbel played in Germany’s 2-1 friendly win in Belgium.
  11. Will

    14th June

    Title number five 1947 - We clinched our fifth League title when Stoke City lost 2-1 at Sheffield United. We therefore finished one point ahead of Manchester United and Wolverhampton Wanderers, and two ahead of the Potters. The news came through on the day that we clinched the Liverpool Senior Cup by beating Everton 2-1, thanks to goals from Jack Balmer and William Watkinson. The match was actually halted five minutes from time so that director George Richards could address the crowd by loudspeaker with the news. RIP Gordon Hodgson 1951 - Legendary forward Gordon Hodgson died of cancer in Burslem. He had bagged a club record seventeen hat-tricks amongst his 241 goals in 377 games after signing from Transvaal in November 1925. He could not claim a club medal in his time at Anfield, moving on to Aston Villa in January 1936 for £3,000. Vladi departs 2005 - Vladimír Šmicer signed for Girondins de Bordeaux on a free transfer. He had made 184 reds appearances following his £3.75m transfer from Racing Club de Lens in May 1999, scoring nineteen times, including a crucial strike in Istanbul. As well as the Champions League, he helped us to claim the UEFA Cup, FA Cup and two League Cups. 1928 – Scottish right-half Jock McNab left the reds to join Queens Park Rangers. He had signed from Bellshill Athletic in November 1919 and helped us to two League titles in the 1920’s, netting six times in 222 reds games. Happy birthdays 1857 – The club’s first Manager, William Barclay, was born in the Kilmainham Auxiliary of the South Dublin Workhouse. He worked as a Secretary-c**-Manager for the first four years of the club’s existence, having previously been Vice Chairman of Everton. 1878 – Outside-right Arthur Goddard was born in Heaton Norris, Stockport. He signed from Glossop for £460 in February 1902 and grabbed 77 goals in 414 reds games, helping us to Second Division and League championships. He was nominated into the club’s official Hall Of Fame, for the 1910-20 era. Scott’s record 2007 - Scott Carson equalled the record number of England Under-21’s caps by claiming his 27th, to move level with both Jamie Carragher and Gareth Barry. England were held to a 2-2 draw by Italy in a European Championships Finals group game in the Netherlands, with future red Alberto Aquilani on target and Newcastle United’s James Milner also in action. Carson went on to win 29 caps at this level in total, although the record is now Milner’s on 46. Nando’s treble 2009 – Fernando Torres bagged a hat-trick as Spain beat New Zealand 5-0 in a Confederations Cup group game in South Africa. Xabi Alonso, Álvaro Arbeloa and Albert Riera all also played. More Spaniards on target 2006 - Xabi Alonso grabbed his first senior international goal while winning his 27th cap in Spain’s 4-0 thumping of the Ukraine in a World Cup Finals group game in Leipzig, with future red Fernando Torres also on the scoresheet. Luis García and future red Andriy Voronin also featured. 2008 – Torres netted again as Spain beat Sweden 2-1 in Innsbruck, with David Villa’s late winner ensuring they reached the Quarter-finals of the European Championships as group winners with a game to spare. Meanwhile, future red Sotirios Kyrgiakos played as Greece lost 1-0 to Russia in Salzburg. 2012 – Ex-red Torres bagged a brace as Spain thumped the Republic of Ireland 4-0 in a Euro 2012 group game in Gdansk. Ex-reds Xabi Alonso, Álvaro Arbeloa and Robbie Keane all also featured, with future red Mario Balotelli also playing that day. On target at the World Cup 2010 – Dirk Kuyt struck as the Netherlands beat Denmark 2-0 in a group game in Johannesburg, with Daniel Agger putting through his own net. Future red Christian Poulsen played his 75th senior international in this game. Future red Joël Matip played for Cameroon as they lost a friendly 1-0 tio Japan in South Africa on the same day. 2014 – Daniel Sturridge and future red Mario Balotelli both scored as Roy Hodgson’s England lost 2-1 to Italy in a group game in Manaus, with the latter bagging his last strike while with AC Milan. Steven Gerrard skippered a team that also included Jordan Henderson, Glen Johnson, Raheem Sterling and future red Adam Lallana, while ex-red Gabriel Paletta was on the winning side. Also at the World Cup 2002 - Abel Xavier appeared as a substitute in Portugal’s 1-0 defeat by South Korea in Incheon, winning his twentieth and final cap. Meanwhile, Brad Friedel saved a penalty from Poland’s Maciej Żurawski, his second spot-kick save in consecutive games, as the USA lost 3-1 in Daejeon. Jerzy Dudek did not play. These results ensured that neither Portugal nor Poland qualified for the knock-out stages. 1974 – Future red Kenny Dalglish played his first game at the World Cup Finals as Scotland beat Zaire 2-0 in the Westfalenstadion in Dortmund. Czech mates at Anfield 1996 - The Czech Republic beat Italy 2-1 in a Euro ‘96 group match at Anfield, with Pavel Nedvěd bagging his first senior international goal. Patrik Berger started the game, later being replaced by Vladimír Šmicer. It was the first time either of them had played in L4. Berger arrived at Anfield only two months later, while his compatriot joined him in another three years. 2004 – Future red Christian Poulsen featured in a European Championships Finals group game as Denmark held Italy to a goalless draw in Guimarães. 2016 – Ex-red Krisztián Németh played as Hungary beat Austria 2-0 in a group game in Bordeaux. Final caps 2015 – Right-back Nathaniel Clyne won his last England cap before moving to Anfield, with Raheem Sterling playing for the last time as a red as Roy Hodgson’s side beat Slovenia 3-2 in a European Championships qualifier in Ljubljana. Xherdan Shaqiri played for Switzerland for the final time as an Internazionale player, scoring in their 2-1 qualifying win in Lithuania. Mohamed Salah won his last cap while on loan at Fiorentina, netting his only goal while with La Viola, as Egypt beat Tanzania 3-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Alexandria. Marko Grujić played for Serbia Under-20’s for the seventh and last time, scoring in a penalty shoot-out as they beat the USA to reach the Semi-final of the World Championships Finals in New Zealand. Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana, Martin Škrtel and future reds Roberto Firmino, Ragnar Klavan and Kostas Tsimikas also represented their countries that day. Centre-halves moving on 2013 - Dejan Lovren joined Southampton from Olympique Lyonnais for £8.5m after three goals in 102 games since signing from Dinamo Zagreb in January 2010 for an initial €8m. 2007 - Reserve Danny O’Donnell left Anfield to join Crewe Alexandra for a nominal fee after a successful season-long loan. He had moved up to Melwood from the Academy full-time in the summer of 2005, having skippered the Under-18’s during 2004/05. 2016 – It was confirmed that Portuguese midfielder João Teixeira would sign for SL Benfica on 1st July, with the reds getting a compensation fee of £240,000. He had netted once in eight games since arriving from Sporting Clube de Portugal for £830,000 in January 2012. 2019 – Ex-reds scout Jonathan Woodgate was appointed Head Coach of Middlesbrough, with Robbie Keane joining him as part of the coaching staff. A red is born 1869 - Inside-forward Edgar Chadwick was born in Blackburn. He had won the League with Everton in 1891, and joined Burnley aged thirty. He top-scored with ten goals as they were relegated to the Second Division, before moving on to Southampton in the Southern League. As Burnley still held his Football League registration, the reds had to pay the Clarets £35 in May 1902. However, he only managed 45 reds appearances, netting seven times, and later had a successful career as a coach in Germany and the Netherlands, including guiding the Dutch national side to bronze medals in the 1908 and 1912 Olympics. Redmen held by Boys 1953 - Billy Liddell was on the scoresheet as we drew 1-1 with Swiss side BSC Young Boys at the Yankee Stadium in New York City. Our cause was probably not helped by having played in Toronto the day before. Tony on a run 1969 - Ex-red Tony Hateley scored in the fifth of all seven games of an FA Tour, grabbing four as England thumped Singapore 9-0. He netted a total of seventeen goals on the tour. Youngsters on the world stage 2005 - Future reds Gabriel Paletta and Nabil El Zhar were both on the winning side in group stage games in the Under-20 World Championship Finals in the Netherlands. Argentina beat Egypt 2-0 in Enschede, while Morocco thumped Honduras 5-0 in Doetinchem. International first 1989 – Glenn Hysén skippered Sweden while winning his first cap as a reds player in their 6-0 thumping by Denmark in the Dansk Boldspil Union 100th Anniversary Tournament in Copenhagen. More internationals on target 2008 – Harry Kewell struck while captaining Australia to a 3-1 World Cup qualifying win in Qatar. Nabil El Zhar, future reds Luis Suárez and Kolo Touré, and ex-red Rigobert Song all also featured in qualifiers that day. 2003 - El-Hadji Diouf converted from the spot as Senegal beat Lesotho 3-0 in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier. Salif Diao also featured in the match in Dakar. 2019 – Ex-red Philippe Coutinho struck twice, including once from the spot as Brazil beat Bolivia 3-0 in a Copa América group game in São Paulo, with Alisson Becker and Roberto Firmino both also featuring. On the move 2001 - Karl-Heinz Riedle was released by Fulham. He had struck just six times in 35 games for the Cottagers since arriving from Anfield in September 1999. 2013 – Ex-reserves forward David Amoo signed for Carlisle United on a free transfer from Tranmere Rovers. He had struck just once in eleven outings for the Prenton Park outfit. 2017 – Midfielder Darren Potter joined Rotherham United from MK Dons on a free transfer, after twelve goals in 263 outings. 2018 – Midfielder Jordan Williams signed for Rochdale, after a successful loan spell. He had only played one senior reds game. 2021 - Spanish keeper Adrián signed a new contract, although he only played one senior game in his third campaign, to add to the 24 appearances he had already made. Also in international action 2021 – Andy Robertson captained Steve Clarke’s Scotland as they lost 2-0 to the Czech Republic in a European Championship Finals group game at Hampden Park, with Thiago Alcântara playing in Spain’s goalless draw with Sweden in Seville. 1997 – Future red Mauricio Pellegrino featured for Argentina in their 2-0 defeat of Chile in the Copa América in Bolivia. 1978 – Future reds Joe Corrigan and Alan Kennedy both played for England B as they beat New Zealand 4-0 in Auckland. 1973 – Emlyn Hughes played for England in their 2-0 friendly defeat by Italy in Turin.
  12. Will

    9th June

    In comes Jordan 2011 – Midfielder Jordan Henderson signed from Sunderland for £16m. He has notched 33 times in 449 reds games by the end of the 2021/22 season, becoming club captain and then helping us to claim the Premier League title, UEFA Champions League, FIFA Club World Cup, UEFA Super Cup, FA Cup and two League Cups. Happy birthdays 1954 - Forward Alan Waddle was born in Wallsend. He signed from Halifax Town for £40,000 in June 1973 but only made 22 appearances in his four years at Anfield, netting just once, at Goodison Park in December 1973, as his route to the first team was usually blocked by Kevin Keegan and John Toshack, although he was on the bench for the European Cup Final in 1977. He moved on to Leicester City that September. His cousin Chris went on to great things with Newcastle United, Tottenham Hotspur, Olympique de Marseille and England. 1979 - Late-1990’s reserves winger Nicky Rizzo was born in Sydney. He never made a senior reds appearance, and moved on to Crystal Palace and then lower League football in Italy, but is now back in his homeland running his own soccer school. Ged honoured 2003 - Gérard Houllier was awarded an Honorary OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. On the same day, agreement was reached to sign Steve Finnan from Fulham for £3.5m. He officially completed his move to Anfield three weeks later. On the move 2009 - John Achterberg was appointed goalkeeping coach, leaving his position at Tranmere Rovers. On the same day, ex-reds full-back Julian Dicks left his role as Manager of Wivenhoe Town by mutual consent. Meanwhile, ex-red Titi Camara was appointed Head Coach of Guinea, in addition to his role as National Technical Director. He remained in the top job for just over three months. 2012 - Kevin MacDonald left Aston Villa’s coaching staff after seventeen years with the Villains. 2014 - Former Academy full-back Calum Woods signed for Preston North End, having been released by Huddersfield Town at the end of the previous campaign. He played 82 times before joining Bradford City on a free transfer last January. 2001 - Mike Marsh signed for Boston United from Southport for £15,000. He netted once in seven games for the Pilgrims as they clinched the Conference title. 2017 – Ex-reserves forward Jack Dunn signed for Tranmere Rovers, so far making sixteen senior appearances without notching. 2016 – Future keeper Andy Lonergan joined Wolverhampton Wanderers from Fulham, playing fourteen times before returning to former club Leeds United in August 2017. On the same day , future reds coach Gary O'Neil signed for Bristol City. He scored once in 36 games before moving on to Bolton Wanderers in August 2018 after being released by the Robins. Tommy for Scotland 1963 - Tommy Lawrence won the first of his three Scotland caps as they lost a friendly 1-0 to the Republic of Ireland at Dalymount Park in Dublin. Fellow red Ian St. John also played. Winning a trophy 1984 - Ian Rush netted in the final minute as we drew 1-1 with Tottenham Hotspur in Swaziland to win the Royal Swazi Sun Soccer Challenge 6-3 on aggregate. On tour We have won US tour games three times on this day over the years. 1946 - We beat Kearny Celtic Scots 3-1, with Cyril Done grabbing a brace and Willie Fagan also netting. 1948 - A New York All Stars lost 5-2 at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn. Billy Liddell and Albert Stubbins struck twice each, with Willie Fagan also on the scoresheet. 1953 - Inside-right Sammy Smyth bagged a treble when we thumped St. Louis All Stars 5-1, with Billy Liddell adding a brace. Final caps 1996 - Future red Torben Piechnik won his fifteenth and final cap as a substitute in Denmark’s 1-1 Euro ’96 draw with Portugal at Hillsborough. 1999 - Vladimír Šmicer won his last cap as a Racing Club de Lens player, and 38th in total, as the Czech Republic beat Scotland 3-2 in a Euro 2000 qualifier in Prague, alongside future clubmate Patrik Berger. Meanwhile, Mark Kennedy won his last cap while with Wimbledon, and 22nd to date, as the Republic of Ireland beat FYR Macedonia 1-0 in Dublin, with Robbie Keane playing his ninth and final game while with Wolverhampton Wanderers. On the same day, Nicolas Anelka made his ninth appearance for France, and final one as an Arsenal player, as they won 1-0 in Andorra in another qualifier. Meanwhile, Dean Saunders won his final cap as an SL Benfica player, and 69th in all, as Wales were beaten 2-0 by Denmark at Anfield, a result that kept the Danes on course for a play-off spot. Future reds Craig Bellamy and Paul Jones also played. Robbie Fowler, Haukur Ingi Gudnason, Sami Hyypiä, Jamie Redknapp and future red Emile Heskey all also played in qualifiers that day, with Kevin Keegan taking charge of England. 2013 - Mamadou Sakho won his final cap for France as a Paris Saint-Germain player in their 3-0 defeat by Brazil in Porto Alegre. 2011 – Alou Diarra won his last cap as a Girondins de Bordeaux player, his 34th to date, as France beat Poland 1-0 in a friendly in Warsaw. 2008 – Dirk Kuyt played as the Netherlands beat Italy 3-0 in Berne, while ex-red Anelka featured as France were held to a goalless draw by Romania in Zurich. 2000 – Alberto Aquilani won his eighth and final cap for Italy Under-15’s as they lost 2-1 to France. Dirk’s first 2012 - Dirk Kuyt won his first cap as a Fenerbahçe Spor Kulübü player as the Netherlands lost 1-0 to a Denmark side captained by Daniel Agger in a European Championships Finals game in Kharkiv. Ex-red Raúl Meireles also featured in the competition that day, with Kolo Touré bagging his last goal as a Manchester City player as Ivory Coast drew 2-2 in a World Cup qualifier in Morocco. Meanwhile, ex-red Javier Mascherano was in friendly action as future red Sadio Mané and Victor Moses played in World Cup qualifiers. The Guv’nor in charge 1993 - Future red Paul Ince captained his country for the first time, becoming the first black player ever to skipper England, as they lost 2-0 to the USA in Boston. John Barnes and future red Nigel Clough also played. Meanwhile, Stig Inge Bjørnebye and future red Øyvind Leonhardsen featured in Norway’s goalless World Cup qualifying draw in the Netherlands. On target 1993 - Ex-red John Aldridge scored the fourth of his eight goals in four games against Latvia as the Republic of Ireland won their World Cup qualifier in Riga 2-0. Ex-reds Ray Houghton and Steve Staunton both also played. 2009 – Albert Riera and Fernando Torres both struck as Spain thumped Azerbaijan 6-0 in a friendly in Baku, with David Villa bagging a treble. Xabi Alonso, Álvaro Arbeloa and Pepe Reina all also featured. 1996 - Future red Christian Ziege netted in Germany’s 2-0 defeat of the Czech Republic in their Euro ’96 group encounter at Old Trafford. Fellow future reds Markus Babbel and Patrik Berger both also featured. On the same day, Mark Kennedy faced future red Brad Friedel in the US Nike Cup as the USA beat the Republic of Ireland 2-1 in Boston, while future red Mario Balotelli netted for Italy Under-21’s in their 4-0 friendly win in Denmark. 2019 – Roberto Firmino scored with ex-red Philippe Coutinho converting a spot-kick as Brazil thumped Honduras 7-0 in a friendly in Porto Alegre. Ryan Babel won his last cap as a Fulham player, with Virgil van Dijk captaining a side that also included Gini Wijnaldum as Portugal beat the Netherlands 1-0 in the UEFA Nations League Final in Porto. Trent Alexander-Arnold, Alisson Becker, Joe Gomez, Caoimhín Kelleher, ex-red Raheem Sterling and future reds Luis Díaz and Takumi Minamino also played for their countries that day. 2018 – Ex-red Iago Aspas scored as Spain beat Tunisia a friendly 1-0 in Russia, while future red Ozan Kabak netted as Turkey Under-18’s beat Sweden 3-2. Marko Grujić, future red Thiago Alcântara and ex-reds Péter Gulácsi and Brad Jones also played for their countries that day. 2017 – Philippe Coutinho played in Brazil’s 1-0 friendly defeat by Argentina in Melbourne, with Gini Wijnaldum on target as the Netherlands beat Luxembourg 5-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Rotterdam. Nikolay Mihaylov won his last cap for Bulgaria as a Mersin İdmanyurdu player as they lost a qualifier 2-1 in Belarus. Ragnar Klavan, future reds Xherdan Shaqiri and Kostas Tsimikas and ex-red Péter Gulácsi also played for their countries that day. 2013 – Future red Wijnaldum scored in his fourth consecutive game for the Dutch Under-21’s as they thumped Russia 5-1 in a European Championships Finals group game in Jerusalem. Meanwhile, future red Mohamed Salah bagged a treble as Egypt won a World Cup qualifier 4-2 in Zimbabwe, with future red Joël Matip and ex-reds Charles Itandje and Carl Medjani also playing in qualifiers. On the same day, Emre Can won his last Under-21’s cap as a Bayern München player as Germany lost 1-0 to Spain in a European Championships Finals group game in Israel with Thiago Alcântara captaining a side that also included fellow future red Alberto Moreno. In Toulon Future red Nigel Clough appeared in the Toulon Tournament in consecutive years for England Under-21’s. 1987 - They were held by the USSR to a goalless draw. 1988 – England beat Morocco 1-0. Fellow future reds Julian Dicks and Michael Thomas both also featured. 1989 – Future red Neil Ruddock featured in a goalless match with Republic of Ireland in the same competition. 1993 – Jamie Redknapp played in a 1-1 draw with Czech Republic, when future reds Academy coach Mike Sheron struck his fourth and final goal at this level. God married 2001 - Robbie Fowler married Kerrie at Duns Castle in Scotland. They already had two young daughters, Madison and Jaya, with a third following a year later, and have since added a son to their brood. Still the masters 2002 - The Liverpool Legends team won the Irish Masters in Belfast, with former reserves regular John Durnin grabbing both goals in their 2-0 Final victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers. Barclay elected 1890 – William Barclay was elected Vice Chairman of Everton. He later worked as a Secretary-c**-Manager for the first four years of the reds’ existence. Also in international action 1983 – Glenn Hysén played for Sweden as they lost a European Championships qualifier 1-0 to Romania in Solna. 1985 – Future red John Barnes appeared as England lost a friendly 1-0 in Mexico. 2015 – Future red Ragnar Klavan captained Estonia as they won a friendly 2-0 in Finland. 2021 – Diogo Jota played as Portugal beat Israel 4-0 in a friendly in Lisbon.
  13. Will

    5th June

    Ton up for Stan 2002 - Ex-red Steve Staunton won his hundredth international cap, skippering the Republic of Ireland in their 1-1 World Cup Finals draw with Germany in Ibaraki, with future red Robbie Keane on target. Dietmar Hamann, future red Steve Finnan and ex-red Christian Ziege all also played. Meanwhile, Abel Xavier sat out Portugal’s shock 3-2 defeat by the USA in Suwon, for whom ex-red Brad Friedel was between the sticks. Steve Staunton has turned out for the Republic of Ireland twice more on this day in history. 1994 - He took part in their first meeting with the Czech Republic since the break-up of Czechoslovakia. The Czechs won 3-1, with future reds Phil Babb and Jason McAteer playing alongside ex-red John Aldridge. Stig Inge Bjørnebye also represented his country in a friendly that day. 2001 - He featured in a 2-0 World Cup qualifying win in Estonia. Future reds Joe Cole, Jermaine Pennant and Christian Poulsen were all in Under-21’s action that day. 2010 – Future red Poulsen played for the senior Danish side as they lost a friendly 1-0 in South Africa. Daniel Agger, Dirk Kuyt, Martin Škrtel and future reds Milan Jovanović, Joël Matip and Xherdan Shaqiri all also turned out in friendlies that day. Double trebles 1946 - Forward Willie Fagan and winger Bob Priday both scored hat-tricks as we thumped Ulster United 11-1 at the Maple Leaf Stadium in Toronto on our North American tour. Jack Balmer also netted twice, with Berry Nieuwenhuys, Cyril Done and Phil Taylor also on target. Willkommen 1998 - South African striker Sean Dundee signed from Karlsruher SC for £1.8m. He had claimed to be “as fast as Michael Owen”, a fanciful boast that was shown up in his five first-team games before he returned to Germany to join VfB Stuttgart after just one year at Anfield. New management 2018 – Pepijn Lijnders re-joined the coaching staff after half a season away as Manager of N.E.C., taking on the role of Assistant Manager. 2001 - Reds boss Rafael Benítez joined Valencia. He led them to two La Liga titles and the UEFA Cup in his three years at the Mestalla, before arriving at Anfield three years later. 2009 – Brendan Rodgers was appointed Manager of Reading. However, disappointing results led to him leaving by mutual consent that December. He had led them to just six victories in 23 games in charge. 2006 - Former First Team Coach Paco Herrera was introduced to the press as Director of Football at R.C.D. Espanyol. He helped them to mid-table in La Liga and the UEFA Cup Final in his first season. On the same day, ex-reserves midfielder Jim Magilton was appointed Manager of Ipswich Town. He was in charge for three seasons, failing to take them to the play-offs or automatic promotion. Sammy the skipper 1981 - Sammy Lee captained England Under-21’s for the first time, while winning his third cap, as they won a European Championships qualifier in Hungary 2-1. First caps 1999 - Sami Hyypiä won his first cap as a reds player, making his 27th appearance in total in Finland’s 4-2 European Championships qualifying home defeat by Turkey, with future red Jari Litmanen also playing. Meanwhile, Abel Xavier won his tenth cap for Portugal, and last one while with PSV Eindhoven, in their 1-0 win over Slovakia in Lisbon. On the same day, Dinamo Zagreb’s Igor Bišcan made his senior international debut as a substitute in Croatia’s 1-1 draw with FYR Macedonia in Skopje. Meanwhile, Patrik Berger netted in the Czech Republic’s 2-0 win in Estonia, also a European Championships qualifier. Future red Vladimír Šmicer also played. Other future reds in international action that day were Craig Bellamy, Paul Jones, Fernando Morientes and Bolo Zenden, as well as ex-red Dean Saunders. 2007 – Roma’s Alexander Doni made his senior international bow as Brazil were held to a goalless draw by Turkey in a friendly in Dortmund, with future reds loanee Nuri Şahin also featuring and future red Raul Meireles also playing for his country that day. 2015 - Krisztián Németh won his first cap as a Sporting Kansas City player as Hungary thumped Lithuania 4-0 in Jerusalem. On the same day, future reds Danny Ings and Gini Wijnaldum, and ex-red Charlie Adam all also played for their countries. 2017 – Ex-reds Christian Benteke and Péter Gulácsi featured for their countries in friendlies, with future red Dominic Solanke netting for England Under-20’s as they beat Mexico 1-0 in their World Championships Quarter-final in South Korea, with Ovie Ejaria also in action. Final caps 1963 - Jimmy Melia won his second and final cap, netting in England’s 8-1 friendly trouncing of Switzerland in Basel. 1974 - Alec Lindsay made his fourth and final senior appearance in England’s 2-2 friendly draw with Yugoslavia in Belgrade. Kevin Keegan was on target, while Emlyn Hughes captained a side that also included Ray Clemence. 1985 - Joey Jones won his final cap as a Chelsea player, and 66th in total, as Wales lost 4-2 to Norway in a friendly in Bergen, with Glenn Hysén also playing for his country that day. 2021 – Liam Millar won his eleventh and final cap for Canada as they thumped Aruba 7-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Florida. 1991 - Dean Saunders made his final appearance for Wales as a Derby County player as they beat Germany 1-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Cardiff, thanks to an Ian Rush goal. Future red Jari Litmanen also played for his country that day. 2005 - El-Hadji Diouf won his final cap as a reds player as Senegal held Congo to a goalless draw in a World Cup qualifier in Brazzaville. 2016 – Naby Keïta won his last cap as a Red Bull Salzburg player as Guinea lost an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier 1-0 in Eswatini, with Marko Grujić, Divock Origi, Danny Ward and future reds loanee Nuri Şahin also playing for his country that day. 2009 – Şahin featured again as Turkey lost 1-0 in a friendly in France, with ex-red Nicolas Anelka on the winning side. Luis on target 2013 – Luis Suárez came off the bench to strike the only goal of Uruguay’s friendly meeting with France in Montevideo, with Sebastián Coates also in action. Jordan Henderson skippered an England Under-21’s side on the same day that also included Jack Robinson, Jonjo Shelvey and future reds Steven Caulker and Nathaniel Clyne as they lost 1-0 to Fabio Borini’s Italy in a European Championships Finals group game in Tel-Aviv. 2014 – Coates also featured as Uruguay beat Slovenia 2-0 in Montevideo, with Ryan McLaughlin also representing his country. 2021 – Sadio Mané scored from the spot as Senegal beat Zambia 3-1 in a friendly in Thiès, with Tom Clayton, Neco Williams, Harry Wilson and ex-red Joe Allen also featured in internationals. Tommy in trouble 2007 - Reds legend Tommy Smith suffered a heart attack. Fortunately, he has recovered fully. Winning a trophy 1983 - We won the Vita Cup, beating now-defunct Hong Kong side Bulova 2-0. Mark Lawrenson and Robert Savage were on target. Arsenal’s Pat Jennings and Alan Sunderland both guested for the opposition. Birth and death 1950 – Joe Fagan’s son Kit was born in Manchester. He made two senior reds outings before moving to Tranmere Rovers in July 1971, for whom he played 84 League games. 1952 – Inside-forward Fred Buck died in Stafford. He only scored once in thirteen reds games after arriving from West Bromwich Albion in May 1903, moving on to Plymouth Argyle a year later. In the Toulon Tournament 2004 - Florent Sinama-Pongolle was on the scoresheet as France Under-21’s beat Colombia 2-0 in Aubagne. 1994 - Dominic Matteo and Jamie Redknapp both played as England beat Belgium 2-1 in the Semi-final in Berre. 1988 - Future red Nigel Clough nabbed a brace as England beat Mexico 2-1 in the Stade Mayol. Fellow future red Julian Dicks was dismissed while Michael Thomas also played. 1989 - Southampton’s Neil Ruddock made his debut at the same level as a substitute in England’s 3-2 defeat by Bulgaria in the same stadium. Future reds on target 2004 - Fernando Morientes netted in Spain’s 4-0 friendly defeat of Andorra in Getafe, with fellow future reds Xabi Alonso and Fernando Torres also featuring. Meanwhile, Robbie Keane bagged the only goal of the Republic of Ireland’s friendly against the Netherlands, with Steve Finnan also in the side. Jamie Carragher, Jerzy Dudek, Steven Gerrard, Michael Owen, future reds Joe Cole and Christian Poulsen and ex-red Emile Heskey all also played for their countries that day. 2012 – Gini Wijnaldum netted his first goal for the Dutch Under-21’s while with PSV Eindhoven as they thrashed Bulgaria 5-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Maastricht. Ragnar Klavan captained Estonia as he won his final cap as an AZ Alkmaar player in their 4-0 friendly defeat in France, with ex-red Alou Diarra and future reds loanee Nuri Şahin also in international action. 2011 – Future red Daniel Sturridge scored his last goal for England Under-21’s as they beat Norway 2-0 in a friendly in Southampton. On the same day, future red Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain won his last cap for the Under-19’s as England drew 1-1 with Spain in a European Championships qualifier in Switzerland, with Conor Coady, Tom Ince, Michael Ngoo, Jack Robinson, Andre Wisdom and future reds Thiago Alcântara, Fabio Borini and Mikel San José all also in action. 2007 – Jose Enrique struck the only goal of the game as Spain Under-21’s beat Georgia in a European Championships qualifier in Tbilisi. Future reds Nikolay Mihaylov and James Milner also featured at this level that day. 1999 – Reds reserves forward Haukur Ingi Guðnason scored his only Under-21’s goal as Iceland beat Armenia 2-0 in a European Championships qualifier. Falling at the last hurdle 2019 – Xherdan Shaqiri played for Switzerland as they lost their UEFA Nations League Semi-final 3-1 to Portugal in Porto, while future red Takumi Minamino featured in Japan’s goalless draw with Trinidad & Tobago in Toyota. Mr & Mrs Barclay 1878 – The club’s first Manager, William Barclay, married Emily Jane King at Bleasdale Church in Lancashire. He worked as a Secretary-c**-Manager for the first four years of the club’s existence, having previously been Vice Chairman of Everton. On the move 2013 – It was announced that keeper Adrián would sign for West Ham United from Real Betis Balompié on 1st July of that year. He turned out on 150 occasions for the Irons, before joining the reds in August 2019. Also in international action 1960 – Andy Beattie took charge of Scotland as they drew a friendly 3-3 in Hungary. He guested for the reds at full-back during the Second World War, and later spent some time on our backroom staff. 1961 – Alan A’Court played for England as they trounced New Zealand 8-0 in an FA Tour game in Wellington. 1968 – Roger Hunt featured for England as they lost 1-0 to Yugoslavia in their European Championships Semi-final in Florence. 1984 – Jim Beglin played for the Republic of Ireland as they lost 2-1 to Brazilian side SC Internacional in the Kirin Cup Final in Tokyo. 1998 – Future reds Bernard Diomède, Sami Hyypiä, Rigobert Song and Bolo Zenden all featured in friendly internationals. 2000 – Future red Alberto Aquilani played for Italy Under-15’s as they beat the USA 2-1. 2006 – Future reds forward Andriy Voronin appeared for Ukraine in their 3-0 friendly defeat of Libya in Switzerland.
  14. Will

    23rd June

    Bienvenida Iago! 2013 – Spanish forward Iago Aspas signed from Real Club Celta de Vigo for £7.7m. However, he only struck once in fifteen largely uninspiring outings, nine of those coming from off the bench. He returned to Spain with Sevilla on loan for a season before returning to Vigo for €5m in June 2015. 1955 – Right-back John Molyneux signed from Chester for £5,500. He bagged three goals in 249 games, but did not survive Bill Shankly’s early clear-out, returning to his former club in August 1962. Ryan the champion 2007 - Future red Ryan Babel scored and had a penalty saved for the Netherlands Under-21’s in the European Championships Final in Groningen, with the Dutch beating Serbia 4-1. Alou goodbye 2005 - Alou Diarra left the reds to join Racing Club de Lens for £2m. He had arrived on a free transfer from Bayern München in July 2002, but spent all three seasons while on our books on loan back in France. 2006 - He won his tenth senior cap, as a substitute in France’s 2-0 defeat of Togo in the World Cup Finals in Cologne. Off for a Song 1998 - Future red Rigobert Song was sent off for the second World Cup in a row, in Cameroon’s 1-1 draw with Chile in Nantes as they ended up bottom of their group. He was winning his final cap as a Metz player. Youngsters on target 1997 - Michael Owen netted the only goal of the game as England Under-20’s beat Mexico in a World Championships Finals group game in Malaysia. 2001 - Daniel Sjölund struck as Finland lost 2-1 to Egypt in the same tournament in Argentina, while future red Maxi Rodríguez came off the bench as Argentina thumped Jamaica 5-1 in the same group. Burkinshaw born 1935 - Centre-half Keith Burkinshaw was born in Barnsley. He only made one senior reds appearance after signing from Denaby United in November 1953, against Port Vale in April 1955. The rest of his playing career was also fairly inconsequential, but he found greater success as a Manager, notably with Tottenham Hotspur between 1976 and 1984. At Euro 96 1996 - Future reds Patrik Berger and Vladimír Šmicer both featured as the Czech Republic beat Portugal 1-0 at Villa Park to reach the Semi-final of Euro ‘96, where they were to face France. On the same day, future reds Markus Babbel and Christian Ziege both played as Germany beat Croatia 2-1 at Old Trafford to set up a Semi-final clash with the host nation. 1995 - Ziege also played for his country as they beat Roy Hodgson’s Switzerland 2-1 in a SFV Centenary Tournament game in Bern. Stéphane Henchoz won his final cap as a Neuchâtel Xamax player in the same game. 2015 – Future red Emre Can played for Germany Under-21’s as they were held to a 1-1 draw by the Czech Republic in Prague in the European Championships Finals. 2017 – Future red Diogo Jota was sent off as Portugal Under-21’s beat Macedonia 4-2 in a European Championships Finals group game in Poland. Xabi’s century 2012 – Xabi Alonso struck twice while winning his hundredth cap, with one coming from the spot as Spain beat France 2-0 in the European Championships Finals Quarter-final in Donetsk. Fellow ex-reds Álvaro Arbeloa and Fernando Torres both also featured. More internationals on target 2013 – Luis Suárez became Uruguay’s all-time top scorer with 36 goals, netting twice while playing his 67th game as they trounced Tahiti 8-0 in a Confederations Cup group game in Brazil, with team-mate Sebastián Coates also featuring. Meanwhile, ex-red Fernando Torres came off the bench to net in Spain’s 3-0 defeat of Nigeria in the same section, with ex-red Álvaro Arbeloa also in action. On the same day, skipper Conor Coady scored while winning his first cap for England Under-20’s as they drew 2-2 with Iraq in a World Championship Finals group game in Turkey, with Jon Flanagan also making his debut at this level. 2004 - Milan Baroš scored in his fifth consecutive international, coming off the bench to net in a 2-1 defeat of Dietmar Hamann’s Germany in a group game in Euro 2004 in Lisbon. 2021 – Roberto Firmino scored as Brazil beat Colombia 2-1 in a Copa América group game in Rio de Janeiro, with future red Luis Díaz also on target. Thiago Alcântara, Diogo Jota and ex-red Péter Gulácsi all featured in the European Championship Finals group stage that day. Seb’s bow 2011 – Sebastián Coates made his senior international debut as Uruguay beat Estonia 3-0 in a friendly in Montevideo, with Luis Suárez also featuring. On the same day, Adam Morgan netted for England Under-17’s in a World Championship Finals group game in Mexico, as they drew 2-2 with Canada. Jack Dunn and Raheem Sterling both also played, with Tom King turning out for Australia in the same competition, while Emre Can captained a Germany side that also included fellow future red Samed Yeşil. In charge 2003 - Mike Newell was appointed Manager of Luton Town, following an unprecedented public vote! He led them to the League One title in his second campaign and tenth in the Championship in their first season back, but was sacked in March 2007 after a series of controversial comments, as well as a much tougher third year. 2010 – Antonio Gómez Pérez was appointed Head Coach of Real Valladolid, having just left the reds as Reserves team coach. He was dismissed just five months later with the side sitting seventh in the Segunda División table. 2017 - Ex-red Mauricio Pellegrino was appointed Manager of Southampton. He was sacked the following March after winning just eight of his 34 games in charge. 2020 – Future reds scout Jonathan Woodgate was sacked as Head Coach of Middlesbrough, having led them to just nine wins in 41 games in charge. At the World Cup Stig Inge Bjørnebye and Øyvind Leonhardsen have both twice played for Norway in World Cup group games on this day in history. 1994 - They lost 1-0 to Italy in New York City, with Dino Baggio grabbing the goal. 1998 - They played in a 2-1 win over Brazil in Marseille which was enough to secure them second place in the group, setting up a Second Round meeting with Italy. 2006 - Future red Fernando Torres played as Spain beat Saudi Arabia 1-0 in their final group game in Kaiserslautern, while Bayer 04 Leverkusen’s Andriy Voronin featured in the Ukraine’s 1-0 defeat of Tunisia in the same group. Meanwhile, future red Philipp Degen played in Switzerland’s 2-0 defeat of South Korea in Hanover. 2010 – Milan Jovanović won his last cap as a Standard de Liège player as Serbia lost 2-1 to Australia in Nelspruit to ensure neither side made it out of the group stage. Meanwhile, Steven Gerrard captained England to a 1-0 victory over Slovenia in Port Elizabeth to set up a Round of 16 clash with Germany. Glen Johnson, future reds Joe Cole and James Milner and ex-reds Emile Heskey and David James all also featured. 2019 – Liam Millar featured for Canada as they trounced Cuba 7-0 in their CONCACAF Gold Cup group game in the USA, while future red Luis Díaz played for Colombia as they beat Paraguay 1-0 in a Copa América group game in Brazil. Final caps 2014 – Pepe Reina won his 33rd and last cap as a reds player as Spain beat Australia 3-0 in a World Cup group game in Curitiba, with Xabi Alonso winning his 114th and last cap for his country. Fellow ex-red Fernando Torres struck. Meanwhile, Dejan Lovren played his last international while with Southampton as Croatia lost 3-1 to Mexico in Recife. Future reds Joël Matip and Gini Wijnaldum and ex-reds Charles Itandje and Dirk Kuyt were also in action that day. Stadium underway? 2008 - Enabling works officially began on the new stadium. However, work quickly ground to a halt and were subsequently shelved in favour of an expanded Anfield. Kenny at the Maracanã 1977 - While still a Celtic player, Kenny Dalglish won his 47th cap as Scotland lost 2-0 to Brazil in a friendly. On the move 2011 – Midfielder Darren Potter joined MK Dons on a free transfer from Sheffield Wednesday, after nine strikes in 106 games for the Owls. 2012 - Fabio Borini joined Roma from Parma for €5.3m, moving on to Anfield the following month for £10.4m. 2014 – Midfielder Lee Peltier re-signed for Huddersfield Town on a free transfer from Leeds United, after one goal in 75 games for the Whites. 2015 – Reserves keeper Danny Ward signed a new contract, going on to make three senior appearances the following season, as well as sitting on the bench 53 times before moving to Leicester City for £12.5m in July 2018. On the same day, ex-red Pepe Reina re-signed for SSC Napoli after a year at Bayern München. 2021 – Ex-reserves defender Corey Whelan signed for Carlisle United, playing 41 times in his first campaign with the Cumbrians. Reserves off to Chester 2002 - It was announced that the second string would play their home matches at Chester City’s Deva Stadium, moving from Southport’s Haig Avenue ground. Chester chairman Stephen Vaughan said, “This is a tremendous coup for Chester City Football Club, and it is an honour to have a working relationship with one of the leading club sides in European football.” They have since moved on to play in several other venues in the North West.
  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. 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. 1909 – We won 2-1 at Bolton Wanderers with Jack Parkinson nabbing a brace. 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.
  16. Will

    24th August

    Red legends are born 1893 - Legendary keeper Elisha Scott was born in Belfast. He kept goal for the reds on 468 occasions across his 21 years with us after signing from Broadway United in September 1912, and ended his career with two League title medals, joining Belfast Celtic as Player/Manager in June 1934. 1873 - Forward Harry Bradshaw was born in Liverpool. He became the reds’ first international in February 1897 when he won his one and only England cap, at outside-left. He signed from Northwich Victoria in October 1893 and struck 53 times in 138 reds games, before moving on to Tottenham Hotspur in May 1898. European glory 2001 - We claimed our second UEFA Super Cup by beating European champions Bayern München 3-2 at the Stade Louis II in Monaco. John Arne Riise, with his first reds goal, Emile Heskey and Michael Owen put us in a commanding lead before the Germans staged a late, but ultimately fruitless, come-back. Most recently 2019 – Jordan Henderson captained the club in the League for the hundredth time as we beat Arsenal 3-1 at Anfield. Centre-half Joël Matip headed us in front from a corner shortly before the break. Mohamed Salah scored twice, including a penalty, before Lucas Torreira bagged a late consolation for the Gunners as we equalled a top-flight club record of twelve consecutive wins. 2015 – James Milner skippered the reds from the start for the first time as we held Arsenal to a goalless draw at the Emirates Stadium. 2011 – Kenny Dalglish secured his 200th win as reds boss as we won a League Cup Second Round tie 3-1 at Exeter City as we started our journey to Wembley glory. Luis Suárez scored in his third consecutive game before the break. Maxi Rodríguez and Andy Carroll struck after the break before a late consolation from the spot by Danny Nardiello. Centre-half Danny Wilson played his ninth and last reds game, with Raul Meireles appearing for the 44th and final time. 2004 - We lost the second leg of our Champions League qualifier 1-0 to Grazer AK at Anfield to progress 2-1 on aggregate. This was the first time we had lost a home second leg in Europe after winning the first leg away, although the feat was repeated a year later. Mario Tokić struck for the Austrian side, not giving fans much confidence that we could go all the way in the competition. Mixed fortunes against the Villains 2013 – Left-back Aly Cissokho made his reds bow from the bench as Daniel Sturridge’s first-half strike was enough to secure victory at Villa Park, with keeper Simon Mignolet making a series of crucial stops after the break. 2009 – We lost 3-1 at home to Aston Villa, as they took a first-half lead through a Lucas own goal as he deflected a free kick past the helpless Pepe Reina, and then a Curtis Davies header from a corner. Fernando Torres scored before Steven Gerrard conceded a needless penalty, converted by Ashley Young. 2003 - We left Villa Park having shared a goalless draw with Aston Villa, in our first away match of the season. Thommo’s bow 1963 - Winger and new record signing Peter Thompson made his official reds debut as we came from behind to win our season opener 2-1 at Blackburn Rovers. Ronnie Moran headed in after Rovers keeper Fred Else had saved his penalty, with Ian Callaghan bagging the winner as right-half Gordon Milne reached a century of League outings for the club. Other birthdays 1967 - Midfielder Michael Thomas was born in Lambeth. He arrived at Anfield from Arsenal for £1.5m in December 1991, less than three years after cruelly snatching the title for the Gunners with practically the last kick of the season’s final game in L4, as well as coming off the bench in their 1987 League Cup Final defeat of the reds. He made 163 appearances for the reds scoring twelve times, including the 1992 FA Cup Final opener, before teaming up with Graeme Souness again at SL Benfica. 1985 - Former reserves central midfielder David Mannix was born in Liverpool. He left Anfield in January 2007 to join Ham-Kam, who played in the second tier of Norwegian football, but later returned to England with Chester City. 1993 – Keeper Jamie Stephens was born in Wotton-under-Edge. He signed from Swindon Town in 2010, going on to win the Barclays Premier Academy League Save of the Season award for 2010/11 for a stop in an away win at Manchester United. He left the club for Newport County in July 2013, after a loan spell with Welsh side Airbus UK Broughton earlier that year. Macca dismissed 1991 - Steve McMahon was sent off for a stray elbow at Kenilworth Road as we were held to a goalless draw by Luton Town on our most recent League visit there. Dean Saunders somehow missed an open goal from well inside the six-yard box. Hodgson departs 1984 - David Hodgson joined Sunderland for £125,000. He had never fully established himself in his two years at Anfield after signing from Middlesbrough for £450,000, scoring ten times in 49 appearances, although he did claim a League championship medal and help us to clinch the FA Charity Shield on his reds bow. Crusading Lawro 1981 - We played Northern Irish side Crusaders in a friendly, winning 5-0. The game was arranged to commemorate the opening of a new stand at their Seaview ground. Mark Lawrenson struck his first reds goal in this game, with David Johnson and Terry McDermott adding to a brace from Kenny Dalglish. On the spot twice 1974 - Left-back Alec Lindsay scored two penalties as we beat Leicester City 2-1 at Anfield. Foxes skipper Keith Weller scored one of his six goals past us but was later fined £100 with £60 costs for “bringing the game into disrepute” after allegedly insulting the referee after the game due to his spot-kick awards. First southern visit 1960 - We visited The Dell in the League for the first time, being comprehensively beaten 4-1, with Tommy Leishman bagging his first reds goal. Terry Paine bagged the first of his four strikes against the reds, with Derek Reeves, George O’Brien and John Sydenham all also on target. We had previously played at The Dell four times in cup games, also without tasting victory. 2002 - We also faced Southampton when El-Hadji Diouf nabbed a brace in his first Anfield match, his first reds strikes, with Danny Murphy converting a last-minute penalty as we won 3-0. Stéphane Henchoz reached a century of League appearances for the reds in this game. A win for the new boss 1985 - We lost at St. James’ Park in what was Willie McFaul’s first match in charge as Caretaker Manager of Newcastle United. George Reilly headed the only goal of the game. Starting with a win 1957 - We kicked off our Second Division campaign with a 2-1 victory at Bristol City with both goals scored by Tony Rowley and Johnny Watkins netting the first of his four strikes past the reds. We ended that season in fourth. Entertaining the Mackems twice 1968 - We beat Sunderland 4-1 in a top-flight fixture thanks to goals from Tommy Smith, Chris Lawler, Ian Callaghan and Tony Hateley, who netted his 28th and last reds strike. Colin Suggett bagged one of his four goals against us. 1996 - We were held to a goalless draw in the Premiership. Heading to the Final 2004 - Future red Javier Mascherano helped Argentina to reach the Final of the Olympics football tournament in Athens as they beat Italy 3-0. On the move 2013 – Future reds loanee Victor Moses joined Chelsea from Wigan Athletic for £9m after nine goals in eighty outings for the Latics. On the same day, former reds Assistant Manager Pako Ayestarán was appointed Tecos boss, staying on until the following May having failed to secure promotion. 2007 – Moses featured for England Under-17’s as they beat Brazil 2-1 in a World Championship Finals group game in South Korea, his twelfth and last cap at this level. 2011 – Dani Pacheco joined Club Atlético de Madrid on loan, with an option to buy at the end of the season. However, they then loaned him out themselves to Rayo Vallecano de Madrid. On the same day, ex-reds reserves forward Lauri Dalla Valle joined Dundee United on loan from Fulham, netting three times in fifteen games for the Terrors. 2020 – Midfielder Jordan Williams joined Blackpool on a free transfer from Rochdale. He played fourteen times without scoring, moving on to Bolton Wanderers the following February. 2021 – Left-back Andy Robertson signed a new contract, having struck five times in 196 appearances to date, helping us to claim the Premier League title, UEFA Champions League, FIFA World Club Cup and UEFA Super Cup. 2009 – Young Hungarian forward András Simon joined Córdoba on loan. He failed to score in nine League outings for the Andalusian outfit. 2006 - Anthony Le Tallec joined Sochaux-Montbéliard on loan. He grabbed two goals in nineteen outings in his one season with Les Lionceaux. On the same day, Nicolas Anelka joined Bolton Wanderers from Fenerbahçe Spor Kulübü for £8m. He bagged 23 goals in 61 appearances for the Trotters, before moving to Chelsea for £15m in January 2008. Other reds games 1971 – John Toshack nabbed the only goal of our trip to Crystal Palace. 1966 – We lost 2-1 at Manchester City. Jimmy Murray scored one of his four goals past us before Geoff Strong headed in an equaliser. However, Colin Bell netted a last-minute winner. 1955 – We lost a Second Division fixture 3-0 to Sheffield Wednesday at Anfield. Inside-left John Evans had to leave the pitch after just ten minutes having broken his collar bone in a collision with Owls keeper Dave McIntosh. Redfern Froggatt scored one of his six goals past us before Roy Shiner and Jackie Sewell struck. Reds boss for England 1946 - Future reds Manager Don Welsh bagged a brace as England were held to a 2-2 draw by Scotland, who included Billy Liddell, in an unofficial international at Maine Road. The game was played in aid of the Bolton Disaster Fund, after 33 people had died during an FA Cup match between Bolton Wanderers and Stoke City at Burnden Park in March of that year. Also in international action 1993 – Future red Sami Hyypiä played for Finland Under-21’s in their 2-2 draw in a European Championships qualifier in Austria. On the same day, future red Bjørn Tore Kvarme featured for Norway Under-21’s as they won a friendly 1-0 in Denmark.
  17. 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 last August, playing for the first team for the first time that month in a friendly defeat of VfB Stuttgart in Austria. 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. 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. 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. 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.
  18. Will

    15th February

    We always win in Rome 2001 - Michael Owen scored twice at the Stadio Olimpico to give us a 2-0 victory over Roma in the UEFA Cup Fourth Round – cue several songs! His second was our 200th goal since Gérard Houllier took sole control. Into the final 1983 - Despite losing 1-0 on the night at Burnley, we still progressed to our third straight League Cup Final, 3-1 on aggregate. This is one of six defeats we have suffered in our fourteen matches on this day in history. 1995 - We were heading towards the League Cup Final after beating Crystal Palace thanks to a last-minute Robbie Fowler goal in the first leg at Anfield. We won the return by the same score. Happy birthdays 1983 - Philipp Degen was born in Hölstein. The Swiss right-back made just thirteen appearances for the first team as his time at Anfield was blighted by injury following his free transfer from Borussia Dortmund in July 2008. His contract was cancelled by mutual consent in August 2011 after he had spent the previous campaign on loan at VfB Stuttgart. 1986 - Former centre-back Gabriel Paletta was born in Buenos Aires. He signed from Club Atlético Banfield for £2m in July 2006, but only featured eight times for the first team before returning to his native land to join Boca Juniors in August 2007. A change at the top 1928 - Matt McQueen resigned as Manager after five years in charge. He had previously played for the reds in every position on the park, as well serving as a Director. He led us to our fourth League title in his first season. Harry Race scored on his reds debut on the same day, in a 3-2 League win at Derby County, to add to a brace from Dick Edmed. Jimmy Gill struck the last of his six goals against the reds, with Harry Bedford bagging one of his nine past us. Joe’s treble 1908 - Joe Hewitt scored a hat-trick in a 4-1 home League win over Woolwich Arsenal, with Jim Bradley also on the scoresheet, while outside-left Michael Griffin played his first reds game. Tim Coleman netted one of his nine goals past us. 1964 - We also beat the Gunners, with Ian St. John heading the only goal of our FA Cup Fifth Round tie at Highbury after fifteen minutes, as Roger Hunt had a last-minute penalty saved by ex-red Jim Furnell. Ron Yeats and Gunners striker Joe Baker were both dismissed in the first half following a mêlée brought on by a Baker tackle on Yeats, with the reds skipper vehemently protesting his innocence afterwards. Unfortunately, Swansea Town knocked us out at Anfield at the next hurdle. Jan to the rescue 1986 - Jan Mølby’s penalty saved us from an embarrassing defeat, handing us a 1-1 draw at York City in the FA Cup Fifth Round. We won the replay and of course went on to claim the double that season. We had also drawn with York by the same score at the same stage the previous season. Another win 2020 – Sadio Mané came off the bench to bag the only goal of the game late on at Norwich City, leaving us 25 points clear at the top of the table. Other Cup memories 2004 - Michael Owen scored his 150th reds goal after just ninety seconds of our FA Cup Fifth Round encounter with Portsmouth at Anfield. However, we were made to rue a series of missed chances when Pompey substitute Matthew Taylor scored a late equaliser to take the tie to a replay, which we lost. 1958 - A Bobby Murdoch goal gave us victory at Sc***horpe United in the Fifth Round of the FA Cup. 1896 - We lost our first FA Cup tie on this day, going down 2-0 at Wolverhampton Wanderers. Reds bows 1913 - Forward Harry Welfare played the first of his four reds games in our 2-1 top-flight win over The Wednesday at Anfield. Arthur Metcalf and Tom Miller both netted, with David McLean scoring one of his eight goals against us while right-back Ephraim Longworth reached a century of reds outings. 1912 - Inside-forward Tom Miller signed from Hamilton Academical for £400. He played alongside his brother John in his final few seasons at Anfield, netting 56 goals in 146 reds games. Stevie G against the world’s best 2005 - Steven Gerrard played alongside ex-red Jari Litmanen for Andriy Shevchenko’s European XI in a charity match in aid of the Asian tsunami relief fund at Barcelona’s Camp Nou. Ronaldinho’s World XI, including ex-red Rigobert Song, won 6-3. Gerrard played the first half in midfield, and the second period at centre-half! Adidas in, Reebok on the way out 2006 - The club confirmed a new deal for adidas to be its Official Sportswear Supplier from July of that year. St. Andrews disappointment We twice lost First Division fixtures at Birmingham City on this day in the 1930’s, without finding the target. 1930 - We lost 1-0. 1936 – We were beaten 2-0, when South African forward Lance Carr played his 33rd and final reds game. Fred Harris bagged one of his five goals against the reds, with Charlie Jones also on target. Harvey off the mark 2018 – Future red Harvey Elliott scored on his debut for England Under-15’s in their 2-0 defeat of Belgium at St. George’s Park. Match abandoned 1995 - England’s friendly against the Republic of Ireland at Lansdowne Road was abandoned after 27 minutes, due to crowd trouble. Ex-reds Peter Beardsley and Steve Staunton played, while future red Paul Ince won his last cap as a Manchester United player. Other reds games 1969 – Nottingham Forest won 2-0 at a snowy Anfield, with Barry Lyons bagging a brace. 1902 – We lost 1-0 at home to Notts County. The best 2021 – Left-back Kostas Tsimikas was named PSAP Greek Player of the Year for 2019/20. On the move 2005 - Former reserves forward Mark Peers signed for Conference outfit Leigh RMI, having previously been with Raith Rovers after leaving Anfield. 2007 - Another former second-string striker, Conal Platt, joined Weymouth on loan from Bournemouth, signing on permanently five months later. 2011 – Ex-reds centre-half Jack Hobbs joined Hull City on loan from Leicester City, playing thirteen times before signing on permanently four months later. 2016 – Centre-half Joël Matip agreed to sign from Schalke 04 on a free transfer on the following 1st July. 2019 – Brazilian midfielder Allan Rodrigues de Souza joined Fluminense on loan, playing 34 times while back in Brazil. Also in international action 1998 – Future red Titi Camara captained Guinea in their 1-0 defeat by host nation Burkina Faso in the Africa Cup of Nations Finals. Meanwhile, Metz’s Rigobert Song played as Cameroon beat Algeria 1-1 in the same group. 2000 – Michael Foley played for the Republic of Ireland Under-1`6’s in their 2-0 friendly defeat of Denmark in Kilkenny. 2017 – Bobby Duncan netted as England Under-16’s beat Finland 4-0 at St. George’s Park, with Elijah Dixon-Bonner also in action.
  19. Will

    1st June

    Numero seis 2019 – We secured our sixth European Cup after defeating Tottenham Hotspur in the UEFA Champions League Final in Madrid. Mohamed Salah opened the scoring from the spot after just two minutes, with substitute Divock Origi making the game safe late on. This was the first time we had played a first-class match in June in our history. In comes Brendan 2012 - Brendan Rodgers was appointed as reds boss. He had a mixed first season in charge, followed by a terrific second campaign as we came a close second in the League, before a disappointing third season. He led us to 85 victories in 166 games before being sacked in October 2015. Happy birthday 1963 – Centre-half John McGregor was born in Airdrie. He arrived from Queen’s Park in 1979, but failed to make a senior appearance before joining Rangers in May 1987, with whom he won the League Cup, having been released by the reds a couple of weeks earlier. More managerial ins and outs 2004 - Rafael Benítez resigned from Valencia, having led them to a second La Liga title and the UEFA Cup in his last season in charge. It was fifteen days later when he was confirmed as our new boss. 1936 - Turn-of-the-century centre-half Alex Raisbeck was appointed Manager of Third Division North side Chester. They finished third and ninth in his two seasons at Sealand Road. 2011 - Gérard Houllier resigned as Manager of Aston Villa due to poor health, having led the Villains to fourteen victories in 39 games in charge. 2019 - Xabi Alonso was appointed as a coach for Real Sociedad’s B-team. 2000 - Kenny Dalglish stood down as Caretaker Manager of Celtic, as Martin O’Neill arrived at Parkhead. Kenny had been in charge since John Barnes’ departure four months before. Celtic finished 21 points behind Rangers in the League that season, although they did win the League Cup while Kenny was boss. 1997 - Roy Hodgson was appointed Manager of Blackburn Rovers. He led them to sixth and into the UEFA Cup in his first season, a significant improvement on their previous campaign when they ended in thirteenth. However, his second season in charge started disastrously, and he was sacked in December 1998 with Rovers sitting rock bottom of the table. Big money signings 1989 – Swedish centre-half Glenn Hysén signed from Fiorentina for £600,000. He went on to make 93 appearances, notching three times and helping us to our most recent title win in 1990, as well as the FA Charity Shield on his debut. He returned to his hometown to sign for GAIS in May 1992. 2002 - El-Hadji Diouf signed for a whopping £10m fee. He went on to bag just six goals in eighty games before moving to Bolton Wanderers in June 2005 for £4.5m after a season-long loan there. In friendly action We have faced a variety of foreign clubs in post-season friendlies on this day over the years. 1922 - We drew 2-2 with a Liguria & Toscana Select team in Pisa, with Harry Beadles and Harry Chambers on target. 1936 - We beat Venus Bucureşti 4-1 at the Splai Ground, with centre-forward Fred Howe bagging a brace and Tom Bush and Alf Hanson also netting. 1948 - We defeated a St. Louis All Stars side 4-2 on our US tour with Billy Liddell grabbing two goals, to add to strikes from Bob Priday and Albert Stubbins. 1971 - We saw off Swedes GIF Sundsvaal 4-0 in our most recent game on this day, thanks to goals from Ian Callaghan, Bobby Graham, Kevin Keegan and Peter Thompson. Reds at the World Cup 2002 - Dietmar Hamann played as Germany thrashed Saudi Arabia 8-0 in their opening World Cup game in Sapporo with ex-red Christian Ziege also featuring. Meanwhile, ex-reds Steve Staunton and Rigobert Song led their countries out as the Republic of Ireland drew 1-1 with Cameroon in Niigata. Future reds Steve Finnan and Robbie Keane, and ex-red Jason McAteer all also featured. Future red Christian Poulsen featured as Denmark beat Uruguay 2-1 in Ulsan. 1991 - Staunton had also played for his country as they drew a friendly 1-1 in the USA, playing alongside Ray Houghton and ex-red Kevin Sheedy. Future reds Nigel Clough and Mark Wright played on the same day as England won 1-0 in Australia. Kenny at the double 1977 - Two months before joining the reds from Celtic, Kenny Dalglish grabbed a brace as Scotland beat Northern Ireland 3-0 at Hampden Park in the British International Championships, on their way to retaining the trophy. Meanwhile, Steve Heighway played in a World Cup qualifier in Sofia as Bulgaria beat the Republic of Ireland 2-1. This game was notable for the fact that two players from each side were dismissed. 1974 - Kenny also featured for the Scots as they beat Belgium 2-1 in a friendly in Brugge. Ray Clemence, Kevin Keegan and Alec Lindsay were also in action, with Emlyn Hughes skippering England to a 1-0 friendly win in Bulgaria. 1975 – Dalglish also played in a 1-1 European Championships qualifying draw in Romania. Carra’s final caps 2000 - Jamie Carragher won his 27th and final England Under-21’s cap as they lost 2-0 to Slovakia in a European Championship Finals group game, a record tally that his since been surpassed by Scott Carson and then James Milner. Danny Murphy and David Thompson both also featured. This was the first ever England international at any level played against Slovakia. 2007 - The first full international at the new Wembley Stadium was played, with Steven Gerrard captaining his country for part of the game as England were held to a 1-1 draw by Brazil. Jamie Carragher won his 34th and last senior cap before retiring, with Peter Crouch, future reds Joe Cole and Stewart Downing and ex-red Michael Owen also featuring. Jamie of course came out of international retirement for the 2010 World Cup Finals in South Africa. On the same day, future reds loanee Nuri Şahin netted as Turkey Under-21’s beat Ukraine 2-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Kyiv. Rushie on target 1988 - Ian Rush bagged his first goal for Wales as a Juventus player, captaining them for the first time as they beat Malta 3-2 in a friendly in Valletta. Future red Dean Saunders lined up alongside him. On the same day, John Aldridge, Ray Houghton and Ronnie Whelan all played as the Republic of Ireland shared a goalless friendly draw with Norway in Oslo, with future red Glenn Hysén playing for Sweden in a 3-1 friendly win in Spain. More international skippers 1958 - Tommy Younger captained Scotland as they lost 2-1 in a friendly in Poland. 1983 - Graeme Souness wore the armband for Scotland as they lost 2-0 to England at Wembley in the British International Championships. Sammy Lee, Phil Neal and future red John Wark all also played. 1997 - Future red Gary McAllister skippered the Scots as they lost 3-2 in a friendly in Malta. 2005 – Carl Medjani skippered France Under-20’s as they beat South Africa 2-0 in the Toulon Tournament. 2018 – Ex-red Nuri Şahin led out Turkey as they lost 2-1 to the USA in a friendly in New Jersey. Mamadou Sakho, ex-red Charles Itandje and future reds Joël Matip and Divock Origi were all also in international action that day. International goalscorers 2017 – Future red Xherdan Shaqiri scored the only goal of Switzerland’s friendly against Belarus in Neuchatel. 2016 – Future red Gini Wijnaldum scored as the Netherlands beat Poland 2-1 in a friendly in Warsaw, with Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk also playing. Christian Benteke and Divock Origi both also featured for Belgium in their 1-1 friendly draw with Finland in Brussels, with future red Thiago featuring as Spain thumped South Korea 6-1 in Austria. 2011 - Andriy Voronin bagged his first goal as a Dinamo Moskva player as Ukraine beat Uzbekistan 2-0 in a friendly in Kyiv, with Emiliano Insúa and future red Fabio Borini also in international action. 2010 – Porto’s Raul Meireles bagged a brace as Portugal beat Cameroon 3-1 in a friendly in Covilhã, while Dirk Kuyt netted as the Netherlands thumped Ghana 4-1 at the Feyenoord Stadion. Daniel Agger, Ryan Babel and future reds Christian Poulsen and Xherdan Shaqiri all also played in friendlies that day. 2004 - Michael Owen struck his 25th senior international goal, while winning his 55th cap as England were held to a 1-1 draw by Japan in a tournament at the City of Manchester Stadium. Emile Heskey was winning his first cap as a Birmingham City player, with Steven Gerrard, future red Joe Cole and ex-red David James also playing. Florent Sinama-Pongolle and future reds Mark González and Bolo Zenden also played for their countries that day. 1998 – Future red Bolo Zenden appeared for the Netherlands as they thumped Paraguay 5-1 in Eindhoven. 2006 – Future red Ryan Babel was on target for the Netherlands as they beat Mexico 2-1 in a friendly in Eindhoven, with Jan Kromkamp and future red Dirk Kuyt also in action. Florent Sinama-Pongolle and John Arne Riise also represented their countries that day. 2008 – Harry Kewell struck for Australia as he skippered them to a 1-0 defeat of Iraq in a World Cup qualifier in Brisbane. Christian Poulsen played his last game for Denmark while with Sevilla as they drew 1-1 with Poland in a friendly in Chorzów. On the same day, Peter Crouch won his final cap as a red as England beat Trinidad & Tobago 3-0 in a friendly in Port of Spain, with ex-red Stephen Warnock making his international bow, winning his only cap while at Blackburn Rovers. Steven Gerrard, Dirk Kuyt, future reds Stewart Downing, Glen Johnson and Sotirios Kyrgiakos and ex-reds Craig Bellamy, David James, Momo Sissoko and John Toshack also represented their countries that day. 1972 - Kevin Keegan netted for England Under-23’s and was then sent off as they drew 2-2 with East Germany in Magdeburg. Clubmate Larry Lloyd also featured. 2000 - Milan Baroš was on target for the Czech Republic Under-21’s as they beat fellow future red Igor Bišcan’s Croatia 4-3 in a European Championships Finals group game in Slovakia. 2012 – Baroš featured for his country at senior level, up against fellow ex-red Krisztián Németh and future red Ádám Bogdán, with Péter Gulácsi, future reds Mario Balotelli, Ragnar Klavan, Mohamed Salah and Gini Wijnaldum, and ex-red Andriy Voronin also in international action that day. New man 2009 – New Academy Technical Manager José Segura started work. On the same day, Martin Kelly played for England Under-19’s for the fifth and last time in their 2-1 defeat of Scotland in the European Championships Finals at Bramall Lane, with future red Danny Wilson on the losing side and Crystal Palace’s Victor Moses winning his eleventh and final cap at this level. Macca at Anfield 2008 - Paul McCartney headlined the Liverpool Sound concert at Anfield, staged as part of the city’s status as European Capital of Culture. The Zutons and Kaiser Chiefs also played. Harper’s off 1983 - Reserves defender Alan Harper was sold to Everton for £100,000. He had never made a first-team appearance at Anfield, going on to net five times in 178 games in this first spell with the Toffees. Danny’s happy day 2012 – Ex-reds midfielder Danny Guthrie married Rebecca at Allerton Castle, near Knaresborough in North Yorkshire. Also in international action 1909 – Sam Hardy kept goal for England as they trounced Austria 8-1 in a friendly in Vienna. 1968 – Peter Thompson played for England in their 1-0 friendly defeat to West Germany in Hannover. 1973 – Future reds David Johnson and Ray Kennedy featured as England Under-23’s lost 3-0 in Czechoslovakia. 1984 – John Wark played for Scotland in their 2-0 friendly win in France, while Jim Beglin appeared in the Republic of Ireland’s goalless draw with SC Internacional in a Kirin Cup game in Japan. 1987 – Ex-red Avi Cohen and future Ronnie Rosenthal both played for Israel as they lost 4-0 to Brazil in Tel-Aviv. 1993 – Jamie Redknapp and future reds coach Mike Sheron both featured for England Under-21’s in their 1-1 draw with Norway in a European Championships qualifier in Stavanger. 1994 – Future red Øyvind Leonhardsen played for Norway as they beat Denmark 2-1 in a friendly in Oslo. 1996 – Future reds Markus Babbel, Patrik Berger and Christian Ziege all played in friendlies. 2001 – Future red Nicolas Anelka played for France as they lost a Confederations Cup game 1-0 to Australia in South Korea. On the same day, future reds John Arne Riise, Christian Poulsen and Pepe Reina also played for their countries. 2018 – Ex-red Carl Medjani featured in Algeria’s 3-2 friendly defeat of Cape Verde in Algiers. 2021 – Ex-red Nikolay Mihaylov played for Bulgaria as they drew 1-1 with Slovakia in a friendly in Austria.
  20. Will

    7th June

    Happy birthday Saint 1938 - Ian St. John was born in Motherwell. He joined from his hometown club in May 1961 for a then club record fee of £37,500. The Saint scored 118 goals in 425 games for the reds, including the winning goal in the 1965 FA Cup Final and also helped us to win two First Division titles, the Second Division and FA Charity Shield, before moving to South Africa in February 1971 to join Hellenic. 1988 – Former reserves centre-half Godwin Antwi was born in Kumasi in Ghana. He appeared in our victorious FA Youth Cup campaign in 2006 but spent most of his time out on loan. He was released in June 2009 and was last seen playing for Melaka United in Malaysia. 1936 – Left-winger Ron Smith was born in Liverpool. He signed amateur terms in 1955, turning professional two years later. However, he moved on to Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic in 1959, having failed to break through to the first team. In comes Cloughie 1993 - Nigel Clough signed from Nottingham Forest for £2,275,000. He was far less successful than expected, scoring just nine times in his 44 reds appearances, despite a bright start of four goals in his first four games. His finest hour probably came when he struck twice to help us come from 3-0 down to draw 3-3 with Manchester United at Anfield in January 1994. He left Anfield for Manchester City in January 1996 for £1.5m. Red trebles 1922 - Harry ‘Smiler’ Chambers bagged a hat-trick as we beat Genoa 4-1 in a friendly at their Stadio di Marassi. Dick Forshaw nabbed the other. 1953 - Billy Liddell netted a treble as we beat a Chicago All Stars side 4-2 at Soldier Field, with Kevin Baron also on target. Disaster strikes for Djibril again 2006 - Djibril Cissé broke his leg while winning his thirtieth cap in France’s 3-1 friendly defeat of China in Saint-Étienne. Xabi Alonso, Luis García, Harry Kewell and Pepe Reina all also featured in friendlies that day, with future red Fernando Torres on target in Spain’s 2-1 defeat of Croatia in Geneva. 2017 – Ex-reds Iago Aspas, Sebastián Coates and Pepe Reina all featured in international friendlies. 2019 – Aspas played for Spain again in their 4-1 European Championships qualifying win in the Faroe Islands. Ex-reds Nikolay Mihaylov and Brad Smith were also in international action that day. Lancs champs again 1947 – We claimed the Lancashire Senior Cup for the seventh time by beating Bury 2-1 at Anfield in the Final. Albert Stubbins and Jack Balmer struck our goals. On the move 2013 – Hungarian keeper Péter Gulácsi joined Austrian side Red Bull Salzburg on a free transfer. He had sat on the reds bench on 51 occasions without making a senior appearance. 2002 - Nicolas Anelka joined Manchester City from Paris Saint-Germain for £13m. He struck 46 times in 103 games for City before joining Fenerbahçe Spor Kulübü for £7m in January 2005. Christian milestones 2000 - Future red Christian Ziege won his fiftieth cap in Germany’s 8-2 trouncing of Liechtenstein in a friendly in Freiburg im Breisgau. Dietmar Hamann and future red Markus Babbel both also played. On the same day, Alberto Aquilani played for Italy Under-15’s as they lost 2-0 to Argentina. 1997 - Ziege won his last cap as a Bayern München player, and 31st to date, as the Germans were held to a goalless draw in a World Cup qualifier in the Ukraine. On the same day, future red Paul Ince featured in England’s 1-0 defeat of France in Le Tournoi in Montpellier, while fellow future red Alex Manninger played in a 3-1 win for Austria Under-21’s in a European Championships qualifying win in Latvia and Vegard Heggem featuring as Norway lost a qualifier 2-0 in Hungary. New contracts 2007 - Xabi Alonso and Pepe Reina both signed new contracts until 2012. Reina was sold to Bayern München for £2m in August 2014 after 394 first-team outings, while Alonso moved to Real Madrid for £30m five years earlier after nineteen goals in 210 games. 2018 – Ovie Ejaria signed a new contract, joining Rangers on loan on the same day. He netted twice in 28 games for the Gers. Final caps 2003 - Ex-red Øyvind Leonhardsen won his 86th and final cap as Norway lost 1-0 to Denmark in a European Championships qualifier in Copenhagen. John Arne Riise also played. Stéphane Henchoz and future reds Yossi Benayoun, Fernando Morientes, Andriy Voronin and Bolo Zenden all also represented their countries that day. 2013 - Lazar Marković won his last cap as a Partizan player in Serbia’s 2-1 World Cup qualifying defeat by Belgium in Brussels, with ex-red Christian Benteke also in action. 2015 - James Milner played for England for the last time while with Manchester City as England were held to a goalless draw by the Republic of Ireland in a friendly in Dublin, with Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana and Raheem Sterling all also featuring for Roy Hodgson’s side. Christian Benteke won his last cap while with Aston Villa in Belgium’s 4-3 friendly win in France. Coaching moves 2012 – Following the sacking of boss Kenny Dalglish, the departures of Steve Clarke and Kevin Keen as First Team Coaches were announced. They had been at the club for seventeen and eleven months, respectively. 2016 – Ex-reds coach Paco Herrera was appointed Manager of Real Valladolid, remaining in charge for a year. Recent international goals 2021 – Takumi Minamino struck in Japan’s 4-1 World Cup qualifying defeat of Tajikistan in Suita, so scoring in his third straight game for his country. Meanwhile, Marko Grujić and ex-red Emre Can both featured in friendlies. 2018 – Future red Ozan Kabak converted a spot-kick for Turkey Under-18’s as they thumped Hungary 4-1 in a friendly. 2015 - Lazar Marković scored in Serbia’s 4-1 friendly defeat of Azerbaijan in Austria, while Philippe Coutinho struck his first senior international goal as Brazil beat Mexico 2-0 in Sao Paulo, with future red Roberto Firmino also in action, as AS Monaco’s Fabinho made his senior bow. 2014 – Ex-red Victor Moses netted as Nigeria lost 2-1 to the USA in a friendly in Florida. Steven Gerrard, Jordan Henderson, Glen Johnson, Rickie Lambert, Daniel Sturridge and future red Adam Lallana all featured for Roy Hodgson’s England as they were held to a goalless draw by Honduras in the same state. Also in international action that day were future reds Ragnar Klavan, Joël Matip and Divock Origi, and ex-reds Xabi Alonso, Robbie Keane, Javier Mascherano and Maxi Rodríguez. 2013 – Ex-red Robbie Keane grabbed a treble as the Republic of Ireland beat the Faroe Islands 3-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Dublin. On the same day, reserves forward Krisztián Adorján struck for Hungary Under-21’s in their 2-1 European Championships qualifying defeat of Albania. Also in World Cup action that day were future red Mario Balotelli and ex-reds Alberto Aquilani, Alexander Kačaniklić, Javier Mascherano and Raul Meireles. 2011 – Ex-red Xabi Alonso netted in Spain’s 3-0 friendly win in Venezuela, with ex-red Fernando Torres also in action. 2008 – Future red Raul Meireles bagged his first senior international goal as Portugal beat Turkey 2-0 in a European Championships Finals group game in Geneva. 2003 - Sami Hyypiä was on target as Finland beat Serbia & Montenegro 3-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Helsinki. Ex-red Jari Litmanen also played. On the same day, El-Hadji Diouf netted as Senegal beat Gambia 3-1 in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Dakar, with Salif Diao also in the side. Meanwhile, future red Robbie Keane scored his first goal as a Tottenham Hotspur player in the Republic of Ireland’s 2-1 Euro 2004 qualifying defeat of Albania. 2002 - Future red Fernando Morientes bagged a brace as Spain beat Paraguay 3-1 in a World Cup Finals group game in South Korea. Meanwhile, Emile Heskey and Michael Owen both featured in England’s 1-0 defeat of Argentina in Japan, with Owen winning the penalty from which England scored. Stan from a corner 1992 - Ex-red Steve Staunton scored for the Republic of Ireland direct from a corner as they beat Portugal 2-0 in the US Cup in Boston. Ray Houghton and ex-red John Aldridge both also featured. This was Stan’s first strike in his first spell as an Aston Villa player, and he also converted direct from a corner against Northern Ireland at Lansdowne Road ten months later! Ray Houghton was appearing for the last time as a red. King Kenny on target 1979 - Kenny Dalglish struck in Scotland’s 4-0 thumping of Norway in a European Championships qualifier in Oslo. Future red John Wark was also in the side. 1978 - Dalglish also turned out as the Scots were held to a 1-1 draw by Iran in a World Cup Finals fixture in Argentina. In the process he became his country’s most capped player with 56, going on to play 102 times in total, still a record. Future reds Joe Corrigan and Alan Kennedy appeared for England B on the same day as they won 4-0 in New Zealand. Thumped at Deepdale 1941 - We were beaten 6-1 at Preston North End in a Wartime League game with Thomas Lyon bagging our consolation in his only ever guest appearance for the reds. First and last caps 2018 – Trent Alexander-Arnold made his senior England debut in their 2-0 friendly defeat of Costa Rica at Elland Road, with Jordan Henderson also in action. Liam Millar played for Canada Under-23’s on the same day, with ex-red Carl Medjani winning his 62nd and last cap for Algeria in a 3-0 defeat by Portugal in Lisbon. 2016 – Brad Smith won his last cap as a reds player in Australia’s 2-1 defeat by Greece in Sydney. On the same day, future reds Thiago Alcântara and Mikel San José both played as Spain lost 1-0 to Georgia in a friendly in Getafe. 2011 - John Arne Riise won his last cap as a Roma player in their 1-0 friendly victory over Lithuania in Oslo, with Krisztián Németh playing his final game for Hungary as an Olympiacos player as they won 3-0 in San Marino in a European Championships qualifier. Lucas Leiva was also in international action that day. 1972 - Kevin Keegan and Larry Lloyd both won their final England Under-23’s caps as they held the USSR to a goalless draw in Kyiv. 1997 – Future reds reserve Haukur Ingi Gudnason made his debut for Iceland Under-21’s in their 1-1 European Championships qualifying draw in FYR Macedonia. 1995 - Dean Saunders won his last cap as an Aston Villa player, and 49th in total. Wales were beaten 1-0 in Cardiff by Georgia in a Euro ‘96 qualifier, with Ian Rush also playing. Ex-red Jim Magilton and future reds Markus Babbel and Patrik Berger also won international caps that day. 1992 - Saunders also played for his country as they won a friendly in Japan 1-0. Tony on a run 1969 - Ex-red Tony Hateley scored in the third of all seven games of an FA Tour as England thumped a New Zealand Squad XI 5-0 in Hamilton. He netted a total of seventeen goals on the tour. World Cup reds 2008 – Harry Kewell skippered Australia as they lost 1-0 to Iraq in a World Cup qualifier in Dubai. Meanwhile, Nabil El Zhar won his third cap as he appeared from the bench as Morocco won 4-1 in Mauritania. Digger’s last game 2009 – John Barnes took charge of his last game as Manager of Jamaica as they beat Panama 3-2 in a friendly in Kingston. Meanwhile, ex-red Rigobert Song captained Cameroon in their goalless World Cup qualifier against Morocco in Yaoundé, with future reds Oussama Assaidi and Kolo Touré also in action for their countries that day. In Toulon A host of other reds have played in the Under-21’s Toulon Tournament on this day in history. 1994 – Dominic Matteo and Jamie Redknapp both featured in a 2-0 defeat of Portugal in the Final. 1993 – Redknapp played in another 2-0 victory over Portugal alongside future reds Academy coach Mike Sheron. 1989 – Future red Neil Ruddock played in a 6-1 thumping of Senegal. John Barnes, Peter Beardsley and Steve McMahon all featured for the senior England side that day as they drew a friendly 1-1 in Denmark. 1988 – Future red Michael Thomas was in action as England beat the USSR 1-0. 2009 – Gerardo Bruna played for Argentina as they drew 1-1 with the United Arab Emirates. Meanwhile, future red Christian Benteke scored twice as Belgium Under-19’s thumped Sweden in a friendly in Genk. Carra honoured 2011 - Jamie Carragher was named Philanthropist of the Year at the Spirit of Merseyside Awards at the Philharmonic Hall, for his charity work with the 23 Foundation. Family changes 2014 – Joe Allen married Lacey-Jo Hughes, while young Spanish forward Luis Alberto was wed to Patricia Venegas. 2012 - Maxi Rodríguez became a father to his second daughter, Aitana. 2008 – Future red Robbie Keane married Claudine Palmer in Ballybrack, South Dublin. 2002 - Grégory Vignal became a father as his girlfriend Naomi gave birth to a girl called Lorenza. Also in international action 1941 – Future reds boss Don Welsh played as England beat Wales 3-2 in a Wartime International. 1990 – Future reds Stig Inge Bjørnebye and Øyvind Leonhardsen both featured as Norway Under-21’s were beaten 3-2 by Denmark in Larvik. 2001 – Future red Nicolas Anelka played for France as they beat Brazil 2-1 in their Confederations Cup Semi-final in South Korea. On the same day, ex-reds keeper Brad Friedel featured in the USA’s goalless draw with Ecuador in Ohio. 2010 – Jamie Carragher, Steven Gerrard, Glen Johnson and ex-reds Peter Crouch, Emile Heskey and Stephen Warnock all featured as England beat Platinum Stars 3-0 in an unofficial match in South Africa.
  21. Will

    26th May

    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 Kyiv, as keeper Loris Karius had a personal nightmare in his 49th and final game for the club, with Mohamed Salah being forced off with injury after just half an hour. Karim Benzema scored the most recent of his four goals past us shortly after half time, but Sadio Mané levelled just four minutes later. However, Gareth Bale then struck twice to secure the trophy for the Spanish side for a record thirteenth time. Emre Can came off the bench to make his 167th and last appearance for the reds. A Philly dozen 1946 - We trounced a Philadelphia Select of American League side 12-0 in a friendly in the Yellow Jacket Stadium. Cyril Done struck four times, with Jack Balmer bagging a hat-trick and Phil Taylor and Willie Fagan both netting braces, and Bob Priday rounding out the scoring. Opening a new stadium 1978 - We played a game to commemorate the opening of the new Al Nasr Stadium in the United Arab Emirates, beating Al Nasr Club 5-0. Our scorers were fairly unusual, with substitute Colin Irwin and Ray Kennedy both bagging braces, and Alan Hansen also on target. 1980 - We returned to the Middle East to beat a Bahrain XI 2-1 on the Three Fives Gulf Football Tour. This time, Howard Gayle and Graeme Souness got on the scoresheet. Signing on 2014 - Brendan Rodgers signed a new contract, having just led the reds to within a whisker of the League title. However, the team regressed and he was sacked in October 2015. 2015 - Centre-half Kolo Touré signed a new contract, notching just once in 71 reds games before moving on to join Rodgers at Celtic in July 2016 after this deal expired. Charnock on target 1994 - Reserves midfielder Phil Charnock scored his first senior reds goal in our 3-0 defeat of Cape Town Spurs in the United Bank International Soccer Festival in South Africa, with Bruce Grobbelaar appearing for the reds for the final time. Robbie Fowler netted the other two. The players were introduced to South African President Nelson Mandela prior to the game. Select thumpings 1948 - We beat a New England Select side 6-0 at Fall River, with Willie Fagan and Albert Stubbins both nabbing braces to add to goals from Jack Balmer and Bob Priday. 1914 - We defeated a Denmark Select XI 7-1 in Copenhagen. Fred again 1935 – Fred Howe scored in our 4-2 friendly win at CD Tenerife, so netting in all three of our tour games. Alf Hanson bagged a brace with Tosh Johnson also on target. Welsh first and last 1949 - Ray Lambert won his fifth and final cap for Wales as they lost 4-0 to Switzerland in a friendly in Bern. 1957 – Future reds centre-forward Des Palmer made the first of his three senior appearances for the Welsh in their 2-0 World Cup qualifying defeat in Czechoslovakia. Tommy Younger played for Scotland as they beat Spain 4-1 in a World Cup qualifier in Madrid on the same day. 2014 – Future red Divock Origi won his first senior cap as Belgium thumped Luxembourg 5-1 in a friendly in Genk. On the same day, Jordon Ibe won his sixth and last cap for England Under-19’s, with future red Ragnar Klavan bagging his only goal as an Augsburg player, captaining Estonia as they drew 1-1 with Gibraltar in a friendly in Tallinn. Lloyd Jones, Brad Smith and future reds Lazar Marković and Joël Matip all also represented their countries. 2008 – Future reds loanee Victor Moses won his first cap for England Under-19’s in their 2-0 European Championships qualifying defeat of Poland in Borisov, with future red Andy Carroll also featuring. Feyenoord’s Gini Wijnaldum also featured at the same level that day. Wark on target 1979 - Future red John Wark netted in Scotland’s 3-1 defeat of England in the British International Championships at Wembley. Ray Clemence and Everton’s George Wood were in the opposing goals, while the sides were skippered by ex-red Kevin Keegan and his Anfield replacement Kenny Dalglish. Phil Neal, Graeme Souness and Phil Thompson all also played. 1984 - John Wark and future red John Barnes played in the last ever British International Championships game, with Scotland and England drawing 1-1 at Hampden Park. God on the scoresheet 2002 - Ex-red Robbie Fowler scored in England’s 2-2 pre-World Cup friendly draw with Cameroon in Japan. Michael Owen was captain, with Emile Heskey, future red Joe Cole and ex-reds David James and Rigobert Song also playing. Meanwhile, future red Djibril Cissé came on as a substitute in France’s 3-2 defeat of South Korea in Suwon and F.C. København’s Christian Poulsen played as Denmark beat Tunisia 2-1 in Wakayama. 1996 - Fowler also played for England, alongside Steve McManaman and future red Paul Ince, as they beat a Hong Kong Garden Select side 1-0 in an unofficial warm-up game at the Happy Valley Stadium before Euro ‘96. Future red Gary McAllister played for Scotland as they beat the USA 2-1 in a friendly. Tosh on target 1971 - John Toshack bagged the only goal of the game as Wales beat Finland in a European Championships qualifier in Helsinki. 2012 – Tosh managed FYR Macedonia as they held Portugal to a goalless friendly draw in Leiria. Ex-red Raul Meireles featured for the home side. In charge 2010 - Christian Ziege was appointed Manager of DSC Arminia Bielefeld, although he was sacked just six months later. On the same day, future red Fabio Borini scored his last goal for Italy Under-19’s in their 3-1 European Championships qualifying defeat in Russia. Dirk Kuyt, future reds Dejan Lovren, Nuri Şahin and Luis Suárez and ex-reds Nicolas Anelka and Alou Diarra all also turned out for their countries that day. 2012 – Roy Hodgson took charge of England for the first time, winning a friendly 1-0 in Norway. Martin Kelly and future red Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain both made their senior bows, with Jordan Henderson winning his first cap as a reds player. Steven Gerrard skippered a side that also included Andy Carroll, Stewart Downing, winning his last cap while with the reds, and future red James Milner, while ex-red John Arne Riise was on the losing side. Scoring against Albania 1992 - Ex-red John Aldridge netted for the Republic of Ireland as they beat Albania 2-0 in a World Cup qualifier at Lansdowne Road. Ray Houghton and ex-reds Kevin Sheedy and Steve Staunton also played. 1993 - Staunton was on target as the Irish won the return 2-1 in Tirana. Fellow ex-reds Aldridge and Houghton also played. 1985 - Ex-red Michael Robinson featured as Spain held Ireland to a friendly goalless draw in the only senior international ever to be played at the Flower Lodge in Cork. Milan also on target 2006 - Ex-red Milan Baroš struck for the Czech Republic as they beat Saudi Arabia 2-0 in a friendly in Austria. Future reds Daniel Agger and Nuri Şahin also represented their countries that day. 2008 – Baroš played in the Czech Republic’s 2-0 friendly defeat of Lithuania in Prague. 2012 – He converted a spot-kick in a 2-1 defeat of ex-red Yossi Benayoun’s Israel in Austria. Daniel Agger, Dirk Kuyt and ex-reds Xabi Alonso, Robbie Keane, Carl Medjani, Christian Poulsen and Daniel Sjölund also played for their countries that day. Heading off 1925 - Joe Keetley let the reds for Wolverhampton Wanderers after scoring twice in nine games since arriving from Accrington Stanley in November 1923 for £1,200. 1928 - Left-winger George Pither left Anfield to sign for Crewe Alexandra, after one goal in twelve reds games stepping in for the established Fred Hopkin. 1987 – Centre-half John McGregor moved on to Rangers, with whom he won the League Cup. He had failed to make the first team since arriving from Queen’s Park in May 1982. A young Geoff 1957 - Future reds left-half Geoff Twentyman became Carlisle United’s youngest ever debutant, aged seventeen years and 127 days, as they drew 2-2 at New Brighton in Division Three North. European Cup despair Two future reds have lost UEFA Champions League Finals on this day in recent years. 2004 - Fernando Morientes played as AS Monaco lost 2-0 to Jose Mourinho’s Porto in Gelsenkirchen. 1999 - Markus Babbel suffered heartache as Bayern München cruelly lost 2-1 to Manchester United in Barcelona. Bells toll twice 2007 - Craig Bellamy struck a brace as John Toshack’s Wales were held to a 2-2 friendly draw in Wrexham by New Zealand, his last two goals in his first spell as a reds player. On the same day, ex-red Darren Potter won his second senior cap playing for Steve Staunton’s Republic of Ireland in their 1-1 friendly draw with Bolivia in Boston, USA. Pepe the papa again 2011 – Keeper Pepe Reina became a father for the third time, to Luca. Ed up 2012 – Former Chief Scout Eduardo Macía was promoted by Fiorentina to Technical Director. Also in international action 1951 – Future red Frank Lock played for England as they beat Australia 4-1 in an FA Tour game in Sydney. 2001 – Future red Andrea Dossena featured for Italy Under-20’s in their 2-1 defeat of the Netherlands. 2003 – Future red Paul Jones turned out for Wales as they lost a friendly 2-0 in the USA. 2017 – Ovie Ejaria, Sheyi Ojo and future red Dominic Solanke all played for England Under-20’s in their 1-0 defeat of host nation South Korea in a World Championship Finals group game.
  22. Trebles galore 1977 - Terry McDermott grabbed a hat-trick as we thumped Hamburger SV 6-0 at Anfield in the second leg of the UEFA Super Cup, to win the trophy 7-1 on aggregate, with Phil Thompson, David Fairclough and Kenny Dalglish also on target. This game marked Kevin Keegan’s first return to Anfield after leaving for Germany in the summer, and he was roundly booed whenever he touched the ball. This was Bob Paisley’s 200th game in charge of the reds. 2017 – Philippe Coutinho scored three times as we trounced Spartak Moskva 7-0 at Anfield, our second victory of the UEFA Champions League group stage that season. The first came from the spot, with his second being his fiftieth for the club. Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah also struck, with Sadio Mané bagging a brace. 1930 - Bobby Gurney bagged three of his sixteen strikes against us as Sunderland beat us by the odd goal in eleven at Roker Park, with Tommy Lucas putting through his own net to open the scoring. Outside-right Danny McRorie struck his first reds goal with Fred Hopkin nabbing his twelfth and last for the club. Gordon Hodgson also added to a very late Jimmy Smith brace. We were without Hopkin for much of the game after he had to be carried off injured, spending half an hour unconscious in the dressing room. We therefore became the only visiting side to have twice scored five goals on Wearside without tasting victory, having also done so in a draw in January 1907. James Connor nabbed the first of his five goals past us, with Jimmy Leonard also on target. 1902 - Sam Raybould scored four goals, including a penalty, as we trounced Grimsby Town 9-2 in a top-flight game at Anfield. Edgar Chadwick and Arthur Goddard both also bagged braces, with George Livingstone also on target with his fourth and last strike for the club. Rushie’s testimonial 1994 - A testimonial match for Ian Rush was staged at Anfield, with the reds seeing off Celtic 6-0. The great man himself scored, with the other goals coming from Stig Inge Bjørnebye, Steve McManaman, Phil Babb, Neil Ruddock and a Mark McNally own goal. Sami’s record at the Bridge 2005 - Sami Hyypiä set a new club record for consecutive European games by an outfield player when he appeared for the 56th time in a row as our goalless draw at Chelsea ensured that we finished top of the group, with Dietmar Hamann managing to play the full game despite a horror tackle by Michael Essien. This guaranteed us a supposedly easier draw in the last sixteen, when we were paired with SL Benfica. 1987 - We entertained Chelsea in a live televised Sunday game, coming from behind to win this League meeting 2-1 thanks to a John Aldridge penalty and a late Steve McMahon goal, who notched in his third consecutive match. Gordon Durie had put the Blues ahead from the spot with one of his five strikes against the reds. Red centurions 2010 – Pepe Reina kept his hundredth clean sheet in the League, in a new club record 198 games. We beat Aston Villa 3-0 at Anfield, with David N’Gog and Ryan Babel both netting their final reds strikes and Martin Škrtel playing his hundredth game for the club. Maxi Rodríguez added the third as ex-reds boss Gérard Houllier was given a warm welcome on his first return to L4. Fernando Torres missed the game as he that day became a father for the second time, to Leo. 1924 – Captain Donald McKinlay played his 300th reds game as West Bromwich Albion held us to a 1-1 draw at Anfield, but suffered an injury that kept him out for two months. Dick Forshaw gave us an early lead, with George James equalising inside the opening half hour. A few fans 2020 – We thrashed Wolverhampton Wanderers 4-0 at Anfield in front of just 2,000 fans as COVID restrictions were partially lifted. Mohamed Salah scored before the break, with Gini Wijnaldum and Joël Matip netting in the second half before Nélson Semedo put through his own net. Off for free 2000 - Steve Staunton rejoined Aston Villa on a free transfer after a second two-year spell at Anfield. He had struck seven times in 148 reds appearances in total. He notched once in 87 games in his second spell at Villa Park, before moving on to Coventry City in August 2003. 1996 - Reserves midfielder Phil Charnock left for Crewe Alexandra on a free transfer, following a successful loan spell at Gresty Road. He had only made two first-team appearances in three years as a professional at Anfield, both in cup competitions. He spent six years with the Alex, before moving to Bury. Beating the Blues 1969 - We won 3-0 at Goodison Park thanks to goals from Emlyn Hughes, a spectacular Sandy Brown headed own goal and Bobby Graham as keeper Tommy Lawrence played his 300th League game for the reds. Most recently 2012 - Jordan Henderson netted the only goal of our UEFA Europa League group game at Udinese past ex-reds loanee keeper Daniele Padelli as we reached the knock-out phase. Turkish midfielder Nuri Şahin played his twelfth and last game for the reds, with the home side a man down for the final ten minutes after Giovanni Pasquale was sent off. 2014 – Sunderland held the reds to a goalless draw at Anfield as Martin Škrtel played his 200th League game for the club. 2015 – Škrtel put through his own net, a joint club record eighth own goal, as we lost 2-0 at Newcastle United with future red Gini Wijnaldum bagging the stoppage time second. Alberto Moreno had a leveller wrongly ruled out for offside. A win at Ewood 2008 - We won 3-1 at Blackburn Rovers, with Xabi Alonso and Yossi Benayoun striking after an hour. Roque Santa Cruz headed a goal back for the home side before Steven Gerrard bagged an injury time clincher. Team of the Year 2001 - The reds were named Team of the Year by the Sportswriters Association of Great Britain, following our five trophies that year. Held in the North East 2003 - Danny Murphy put us in front at Newcastle United. It took an Alan Shearer penalty to level the scores as we held out with an injury-ravaged team, the last of his eight goals past us, with Emile Heskey playing in a withdrawn role. Steven Gerrard was making his 150th League appearance, while Jon Otsemobor made his League debut. Beaten by the mancs 1997 - We lost 3-1 at home to Manchester United as Roy Evans took charge for the 200th time. After a goalless first half, Andy Cole put the visitors ahead, following an error by Bjørn Tore Kvarme. Robbie Fowler then equalised from the spot after Michael Owen was fouled. However, David Beckham put United back in front from a free-kick before Cole added his second from a corner, another of his eleven goals against the reds. A talented Dane 2005 - Future red Daniel Agger was named ‘Talent of the year’ for the second successive year by the Danish FA. Mixed fortunes against Spurs We have twice met Tottenham Hotspur on this day in history. 1980 - We won a top-flight meeting at Anfield 2-1, with David Johnson and Ray Kennedy on target. This was Kenny Dalglish’s 147th consecutive League appearance for the reds, but he missed our next two First Division games after coming off in this match shortly after an hour. Steve Archibald struck the first of his six goals past us. 1972 - We lost 3-1 at White Hart Lane in a League Cup Fifth Round replay with Ian Callaghan nabbing our late consolation. Martin Chivers nabbed two of his seven strikes past the reds, with John Pratt also netting. Disappointment against the Villains We faced Aston Villa twice more on this day in history, without winning on either occasion. 1913 - Winger Jackie Sheldon netted our consolation from the spot as we lost 2-1 at Villa Park, the first of his twenty reds goals. Harry Hampton nabbed two of his fifteen goals against the reds, with one being a penalty. 1947 – Left-back Eddie Spicer netted the first of his two reds goals, with Albert Stubbins and Jack Balmer also on the scoresheet was we were held to a 3-3 draw in another top-flight meeting at Anfield. Trevor Ford struck the first of his seven goals past us, with Jackie Martin and Sailor Brown also on target. Other reds games 1986 – We lost 2-0 at Watford, thanks to goals from John McClelland and future red John Barnes. 1975 – We were held to a goalless draw at Burnley. 1958 – We thumped Swansea Town 4-0 in a Second Division fixture at Anfield. Louis Bimpson, Fred Morris, Jimmy Harrower and Alan A’Court all scored. 1919 – Harry Lewis and Albert Pearson netted as we lost 3-2 at Middlesbrough. George Elliott struck one of his eight goals against the reds, with Jackie Carr grabbing one of his five and Robert Pender also on target. Management moves 2009 - Markus Babbel was sacked as Manager of VfB Stuttgart, having been in charge for thirteen months. 2010 – Reserves boss Peter Beardsley was placed in temporary charge of Newcastle United following the sacking of Chris Hughton. 2016 – The departure of Sammy Lee as Assistant Manager of England was announced, following the appointment of Gareth Southgate as boss. Hosting the Robins 1926 - Wrexham visited Anfield for the first time, when they beat New Brighton 3-1 in the second replay of their FA Cup First Round tie. First and last caps 2000 – Future red Jermaine Pennant won his only cap for England Under-17’s as they beat France 1-0 in a friendly. 2006 - Future reds loanee keeper Daniele Padelli won his fifth and final cap for Italy Under-20’s, while on loan at Crotone from Sampdoria, as they beat Germany 1-0. 1967 – Roger Hunt featured in England’s 2-2 friendly draw with the USSR at Wembley. 2019 – Isaac Mabaya played for England Under-16’s as they lost 1-0 to Mexico in Alicante. Liam born 1999 – Former Academy midfielder Liam Coyle was born in Liverpool. He joined Accrington Stanley in July 2021.
  23. Will

    9th February

    Supersub’s treble 1980 - David Johnson missed our trip to Norwich City after receiving four stitches to a head wound acquired on international duty, while Graeme Souness was suspended, which meant that Bob Paisley made his first changes to the reds side for seventeen games. Sammy Lee and David Fairclough stepped in, with supersub notching his only reds hat-trick in our 5-3 win. We had fallen behind to a first-minute header from the veteran Martin Peters, the last of his fourteen goals past us, with Kevin Reeves levelling things again with his head before the break, one of his four strikes against the reds. Justin Fashanu’s spectacular strike tied the game at 3-3 and was good enough to win Match Of The Day’s Goal of the Season award. Kenny Dalglish and Jimmy Case added late goals to clinch the victory. The day was made even better for reds fans as Everton lost 4-0 at home to Ipswich Town, with Toffees supporters venting their frustration with boss Gordon Lee by throwing cushions onto the pitch! On the way to Wembley 1982 - We reached our second consecutive League Cup Final as Ian Rush and Kenny Dalglish netted in a 2-2 draw in our Semi-final second leg meeting with Ipswich Town at Anfield, to progress 4-2 on aggregate. This was the third consecutive match in which we had faced the Tractor Boys. The game was also notable for future red John Wark taking a painfully direct hit from a Terry McDermott pile-driver, leading the Kop to start singing “Johnny Wark, Johnny Wark, Johnny Wark” in falsetto! Eric Gates struck one of his five goals against the reds, with Alan Brazil also on the scoresheet. Sadio again 2019 - Sadio Mané scored in his fourth consecutive game to open the scoring with his head as we beat Bournemouth 3-0 at Anfield. Gini Wijnaldum also netted before the break, with Mohamed Salah completing the scoring shortly after half-time as we restored a three-point lead over Manchester City at the top of the table. An Abel start 2002 - Abel Xavier scored on his reds debut as we romped past Ipswich Town, winning 6-0 at Portman Road to end their good run and help send them on the way towards relegation. Sami Hyypiä also scored, to add to braces from strike partners Emile Heskey and Michael Owen. Pegguy Arphexad made his sixth and final reds appearance as a second-half substitute for Jerzy Dudek, helping us to keep our first clean sheet on this day in history since 1921, with ten matches between the two. 2016 – Centre-half Tiago Ilori played his third and last reds game as a young reds team lost 2-1 at West Ham United in our FA Cup Fourth Round replay. Philippe Coutinho scored from a free-kick after Michael Antonio had scored one of his five goals past us to date on the stroke of half time. However, Angelo Ogbonna headed in an extra-time winner. Mixed derby fortunes 1991 - David Speedie scored twice on his Anfield debut in a 3-1 win, with Jan Mølby also on target, in the first of our three consecutive derby games in twelve days. Pat Nevin bagged his only derby goal for the visitors in this fixture. 1929 – Forward John McFarlane became our youngest ever player when he debuted as we lost 2-1 at home to Everton in the League, with Harry Race grabbing our consolation. McFarlane was aged just seventeen years and 47 days, but only played one more senior game. Tommy White struck one of his four goals past us, with Tom Griffiths also netting. On the move 1999 - Danny Murphy was sent back on loan to his former club Crewe Alexandra. He notched once in sixteen games back at Gresty Road. On the same day, Jamie Carragher and future reds Markus Babbel and Vladimír Šmicer all played for their countries. 2006 - Ex-reds loanee keeper Paul Jones was on the move, joining Queens Park Rangers on a free transfer from Wolverhampton Wanderers. He turned out 26 times for the R’s before retiring from the professional game at the end of the 2006/07 season. 2012 - Xherdan Shaqiri joined Bayern München from Basel for €11.6m after 23 goals in 130 games for the Swiss side. He had helped them to three consecutive League titles and the Swiss Cup twice. 2019 – Left-winger Alexander Kačaniklić signed for Hammarby IF back in his native Sweden having been released by Nantes the previous December. Birth and deaths 2019 – Utility player Ian Ross died. He signed professional terms in August 1965 and netted four times in 69 appearances spread across six seasons at Anfield. He left for Aston Villa in February 1972 for £60,000, going on to captain them to the Third Division title, as well as the League Cup in 1975. 1957 - Ex-reds centre-back Colin Irwin was born in Liverpool. He turned professional in November 1974 and made just 44 reds appearances, including the 1981 League Cup Final, although he did not get a winners’ medal, as he was left out of the replay. However, he won a European Cup winner’s medal in 1978, despite not seeing any action in our Wembley victory. John Toshack signed him for Swansea City for a club record £340,000 in the summer of 1981. 1905 – Half-back Barney Battles died in Gallowgate, Glasgow. He won the title two years running in Scotland, for Hearts in 1895 and then Celtic, joining the reds for six weeks on loan at the end of the 1895/96 season where he featured in two Second Division games and three of the four Test matches as we secured promotion, for which he received a special gold medal and a cheque for a “handsome sum”. He re-signed from Dundee in March 1898 for £20 but only played one more game before joining Celtic for a third spell seven months later. 1936 – Inside-forward Arthur Metcalf died. He signed from Newcastle United for £150 in May 1912 and netted 28 times in 63 reds games, playing in every position on the park. Against the Mancs 1986 - Colin Gibson opened the scoring for Manchester United in our League meeting at Anfield. Paul Walsh had to go off with an ankle injury, and substitute John Wark equalised after Sammy Lee hit a post, to secure a point. 1921 - We also entertained United, winning our top-flight meeting 2-0 thanks to goals from Harry Lewis and Harry Chambers. Keeper Frank Mitchell made his reds bow in this game. 1946 - Unfortunately, we lost a Wartime League match at Maine Road 2-1, with Jack Balmer netting our consolation. 200 for Tiny 1935 - Centre-half Tom ‘Tiny’ Bradshaw played his 200th reds game as we drew 1-1 at West Bromwich Albion, with our score coming from a George Shaw own goal and Teddy Sandford bagging one of his five goals against the reds. Reserves record 1952 - A record crowd of 18,511 attended a reserves fixture, in a game that marked Albert Stubbins’ return from injury, against Everton. This feat was especially impressive as over 40,000 were watching the Blues’ first team face Leicester City in a Second Division match across the park at the same time. Trotters again 1924 - We faced Bolton Wanderers for the second game in succession, following a 4-1 FA Cup Second Round win at Burnden Park. Harry ‘Smiler’ Chambers and Dick Forshaw struck before Donald McKinlay converted a penalty in a 3-1 top-flight victory. John Smith bagged one of his seven strikes past us. Award winners 2004 - Harry Kewell was named Oceania’s Player of the Year for the third time. 2007 - Rafael Benítez won the Barclays Manager of the Month award for January after four straight League wins during the month. Thumping the Gunners 1907 - Jack Parkinson bagged a brace as we beat Woolwich Arsenal 4-0 at Anfield, with Jack Cox and Bill McPherson also on the scoresheet. Out of a job 1997 - John Toshack resigned as Manager of Spanish side Real Club Deportivo La Coruña after eighteen months in charge, during which time they had beaten Real Madrid to win the Supercopa, the Spanish equivalent of the Charity Shield. 2007 – Ex-reds midfielder and Assistant Manager Doug Livermore left as Assistant Manager of Norwich City, having initially joined as Bruce Rioch’s number two in June 1999. International reds on target 2005 - John Arne Riise struck in Norway’s 3-0 win in Malta, with future red Mark González netting as Chile beat Ecuador 3-0 in another friendly, his last goal as an Albacete Balompié player. Future red Stewart Downing made his senior England bow as they were held to a goalless draw by the Netherlands in a friendly at Villa Park. Jamie Carragher, Steven Gerrard, future reds Jan Kromkamp, Dirk Kuyt and ex-red Michael Owen all also played in this game. Milan Baroš, El-Hadji Diouf, Jerzy Dudek, Steve Finnan, Djimi Traoré, future reds Robbie Keane, David Martin and Andriy Voronin, and ex-reds Arnaud Bühler, Gareth Roberts and Rigobert Song all also featured in friendlies, with John Toshack taking charge of Wales for the first time in his second spell, as they beat Hungary 2-0 at the Millennium Stadium, with future red Craig Bellamy grabbing both goals in his first international while on loan with Celtic, his only strikes for his country while playing north of the border. Another future red, Fernando Torres, was on target as Spain thumped San Marino 5-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Almeria. Meanwhile, Yossi Benayoun grabbed his last goal as a Real Racing Club de Santander player as Israel were held to a 3-3 draw in Jerusalem by Croatia. 2011 – Daniel Agger netted in Denmark’s 2-1 friendly defeat to England in Copenhagen, with Glen Johnson, Christian Poulsen and future reds Stewart Downing and James Milner also featuring. Dirk Kuyt scored from the spot as the Netherlands beat Austria 3-1 in Eindhoven. Alberto Aquilani, Lucas, Raul Meireles, Danny Wilson, future reds Charlie Adam, Mario Balotelli, Ragnar Klavan, Dejan Lovren, Joël Matip, Xherdan Shaqiri and Gini Wijnaldum, and ex-reds Alou Diarra, Javier Mascherano, Nikolay Mihaylov and John Arne Riise all also featured in friendlies. International firsts and lasts 2011 – Fernando Torres won his first cap as a Chelsea player in Spain’s 1-0 friendly victory over Colombia in Madrid, with fellow ex-reds Xabi Alonso and Álvaro Arbeloa also in action. Future red Oussama Assaidi made his senior international bow as Morocco beat Niger 3-0 in a friendly in Casablanca. Meanwhile, reserves defender Chris Mavinga played his first game for France Under-20’s while on loan at Koninklijke Racing Club Genk, as they beat England 2-1 in a friendly in Shrewsbury. 2005 - Future red Philipp Degen made his senior international bow in their 2-1 friendly defeat of the United Arab Emirates in Dubai. Sotirios Kyrgiakos won his first cap as a Rangers player on the same day as Greece beat future red Christian Poulsen’s Denmark 2-1 in a World Cup qualifier in Piraeus. 2010 – Raheem Sterling won his third and last cap while a Queens Park Rangers player as England Under-16’s drew a friendly 1-1 in Belgium. Other reds games 1972 – We lost an FA Cup Fourth Round replay 2-0 at Leeds United, with Allan Clarke grabbing the last two of his seven goals past us. 1957 – We lost a Second Division fixture 3-2 at Leicester City with Billy Liddell and John Evans giving us a two-goal half-time lead. 1952 – We held Derby County to a 1-1 draw at the Baseball Ground. John Morris netted the last of his seven goals against the reds, before Cyril Done scored. 1901 – We lost 2-0 in an FA Cup First Round replay at Notts County, with Scottish winger Tommy Robertson dismissed for the reds. Sami the Dutchman 1996 - Sami Hyypiä made his debut in the Dutch League as Willem II were thumped 5-0 at home by Sander Westerveld’s Vitesse Arnhem. Also in international action 2018 – Bobby Duncan played for England Under-17’s as they lost 4-0 to Portugal in the Algarve Tournament. 1997 – Future red John Arne Riise played for Norway Under-16’s as they beat host nation Portugal 2-0 in the Algarve Tournament. 1993 – Future red Bjørn Tore Kvarme featured as Norway Under-21’s lost 1-0 in Portugal. 1977 – Ray Clemence, Steve Heighway and Kevin Keegan all featured in friendlies.
  24. Will

    7th January

    Xabi from his own half 2006 - Jan Kromkamp made his reds bow in a thrilling FA Cup Third Round tie at Luton Town. We took the lead through Steven Gerrard before falling 3-1 behind with Djibril Cissé having a penalty saved with the score at 2-1. Florent Sinama-Pongolle bagged a brace with his first goal being our thirteenth from a substitute that season, a new club record. Xabi Alonso also struck twice, with our final goal being an outrageous strike from inside his own half, with the keeper making his way back from a corner. Scott Carson made his ninth and final reds appearance in this game. 1939 - We also faced the Hatters at the same stage of the Cup with forward George Patterson grabbing his only reds goal in a 3-0 Anfield victory. Jack Balmer added two strikes. At last at the Bridge 2004 - Bruno Cheyrou’s first League goal handed us our first win at Stamford Bridge for fifteen years, as we beat Chelsea 1-0 despite the absence of Michael Owen and Steven Gerrard. El-Hadji Diouf was unjustly sent off, with his red card later rescinded, and Jerzy Dudek went off injured to be replaced by debutant Patrice Luzi for the last quarter of an hour, becoming the 52nd senior keeper in our history, and only the fourth man to never concede a goal in his entire reds career between the sticks, although this was his only senior outing. 1978 - We lost at Stamford Bridge, being knocked out of the FA Cup at the Third Round stage, with Joey Jones playing his hundredth and last game against his future employers. David Johnson and Kenny Dalglish bagged our goals as we lost 4-2. Steve Finnieston netted one of his four strikes past us, with Clive Walker bagging a brace and Tommy Langley also on target. Death of a legend 1968 - Ephraim Longworth died in Liverpool. He signed from Leyton in June 1910, playing at right-back for us until 1928, making a total of 370 reds appearances in seventeen years without ever finding the net. He also became the first red to captain England. He then served as Reserve team trainer, before joining the ground staff. Beginnings and ends 2019 – Winger Rafael Camacho and midfielder Curtis Jones both made their reds bows, with centre-half Ki-Jana Hoever coming off the bench after just six minutes for his debut to become our youngest ever player in the FA Cup as we lost a Third Round tie 2-1 at Wolverhampton Wanderers. Keeper Simon Mignolet and left-back Alberto Moreno both played their final reds games. Mexican forward Raúl Jiménez gave the home side the lead with Divock Origi equalising after the break. However, Rúben Neves struck the winner shortly afterwards, with Xherdan Shaqiri later hitting the woodwork. Happy birthdays 1989 - Left-back Emiliano Insúa was born in Buenos Aires. He made 62 senior appearances, netting his only goal in our Carling Cup defeat at Arsenal in October 2009. He initially arrived on loan from Boca Juniors in January 2007 before signing permanently for £1.675m seven months later. He joined Galatasaray on loan in August 2010, joining Sporting Clube de Portugal permanently a year later. 1906 – Forward Harry Race was born in Evenwood, County Durham. He signed from Raby United in February 1928, scoring eighteen times in 43 games before being sold to Manchester City in August 1930 for £3,000. Management moves 2000 - Steve McMahon was appointed Blackpool Manager, with Gary Ablett arriving at the club on non-contract terms on the same day. He remained in charge of the Seasiders until June 2004, leading them to promotion via the play-offs in his first full season. Ablett only made twelve appearances for Blackpool before retiring. 2012 – Ex-reds reserves midfielder Jim Magilton was named as Melbourne Victory boss. He stayed for just three months, winning only two of his twelve games in charge. 2013 - Dean Saunders became Manager of Wolverhampton Wanderers, but he could not prevent them from being relegated to League One and was sacked after just four months in the job. Sadio the best 2020 - Sadio Mané was named CAF African Footballer of the Year, having been runner-up to Mohamed Salah for the previous two years. Salah and Joël Matip were also named in the CAF African Team of the Year. On the same day, the club announced a deal with Nike as official kit supplier from 2020/21. A great day for the reds We have only lost one of our eighteen first-class games on this day, winning twelve. 1905 - These victories include a 6-1 thumping of Chesterfield in a Second Division match at Anfield when Robert Robinson, Alex Raisbeck, Arthur Goddard and Maurice Parry all netted, in addition to Sam Raybould’s brace. Future reds keeper Sam Hardy was on the losing side. Towards the Semi-final 1998 - Extra-time strikes from Michael Owen and Robbie Fowler at St. James’ Park took us past Newcastle United 2-0 and into the Semi-finals of the Coca-Cola Cup, where we went out to First Division Middlesbrough. 1933 - We also beat the Geordies in a First Division game. Gordon Hodgson scored a brace, including one from the spot, with Dave Wright also on target in our 3-0 win. Scouse git at Anfield 1967 - Scenes for the BBC comedy Till Death Us Do Part, starring Warren Mitchell as Alf Garnett and Tony Booth, were filmed during our 2-0 defeat of West Ham United at Anfield. Peter Thompson struck both goals to send us to the top of the table, as well as hitting the post. Knocking the Sky Blues out We have twice faced Coventry City in the Third Round of the FA Cup on this day in history. 1961 – Inside-forward Jimmy Harrower struck his 22nd and final reds goal with Roger Hunt and Kevin Lewis also netting as we won 3-2 at Anfield, although we went out at home to Sunderland at the next hurdle. 1970 - Bobby Graham struck our equaliser as we drew 1-1 at Highfield Road, although we won the replay 3-0 and got as far as the Sixth Round that season. Neil Martin had netted the last of his four goals against the reds. Wearside stalemates We have twice drawn with Sunderland on this day in history. 1899 – We were held to a goalless top-flight draw at Anfield. 1922 - We drew an FA Cup First Round tie 1-1 at Roker Park, with Dick Forshaw on target for the reds. We won the Anfield replay 5-0 but went out at the next stage, beaten at home by West Bromwich Albion. Honours even with Rovers We have also twice shared the spoils with Blackburn Rovers on this day in history. 1950 - We held them to a goalless draw at Ewood Park in the Third Round of the FA Cup, winning the replay as we reached the Final for the second time in our history. 1911 - We were held to a 2-2 draw in a First Division match, with Jack Parkinson and Arthur Goddard on target for the reds. Johnny Orr scored the first of his five goals past us, with Billy Garbutt also on the scoresheet for the visitors. Signing on 1952 – Ronnie Moran signed pro terms with the reds. He spent 49 years at Anfield, making 379 senior appearances and bagging seventeen goals. He helped us to win the Second Division in 1963 and the League title the following year, before joining the coaching staff. He took charge of the reds for ten games in between Kenny Dalglish’s departure and Graeme Souness’s appointment, having another spell in temporary charge while Souness recovered from his heart operation. He died in March 2017. 1957 - Centre-half John Nicholson signed as a professional, but he could only make one senior appearance before joining Port Vale in August 1961, playing over 200 League games for them. On the move 1987 - Ex-red Michael Robinson joined Club Atlético Osasuna from Queens Park Rangers. He struck twelve times in 59 La Liga games, before becoming a well-respected pundit in Spain. 2015 - Steven Gerrard announced that he would sign for LA Galaxy when his contract expired at the end of the season. On the same day, First-team doctor Zaf Iqbal left the club to return to London due to family illness while future reds forward Takumi Minamino joined Red Bull Salzburg from Cerezo Osaka after fifteen goals in 82 games for the J1 League side. 2016 - Joe Cole joined Coventry City from Aston Villa on a free transfer after a successful loan spell, netting twice in 22 outings in total. On the same day, centre-half Ben Davies joined Newport County on loan from Preston North End, playing twenty times for the Exiles. 2019 – Keeper Kamil Grabara joined AGF Århus on loan, with midfielder Ovie Ejaria moving to Reading on a temporary basis. Grabara played sixteen League games in Denmark, with Ejaria netting once in sixteen outings in this first spell. 2020 – Forward Rhian Brewster joined Swansea City on loan, netting eleven times in 22 outings as the Swans narrowly failed to secure promotion to the Premier League. Called off 2005 - Our FA Cup Third Round meeting with Burnley at Turf Moor was called off at the last minute due to a heavily waterlogged pitch. The game was staged eleven days later instead, when we lost 1-0 thanks to a comical Djimi Traoré own goal. Cameron’s farewell 1893 – Forward Jonathan Cameron played his eleventh and final reds game as we came from behind to win 2-1 at Heywood Central in the Lancashire League, thanks to goals from James McBride and Tom Wyllie. The game was played in six inches of snow as no-one had cleared the pitch. International reds 1945 – Willie Fagan and Billy Liddell played for a Scottish Services XI as they lost 6-4 to Flanders in Brugge. 1992 - Stig Inge Bjørnebye won his first cap as a Rosenborg BK player, and fourteenth in total, as Norway played out a goalless friendly draw with Egypt in Cairo. 2002 – Ex-red Rigobert Song played for Cameroon as they won a friendly 3-1 in Burkina Faso. 2004 – Roy Hodgson managed the United Arab Emirates as they lost 3-1 to Bahrain in a Gulf Cup of Nations game in Kuwait. 2007 - Future red Lucas Leiva appeared for Brazil Under-20’s in the Sudamericano Sub-20 “Juventudjde América” as they beat Chile 4-2 in a group game in Paraguay. 2010 – Future red Kolo Touré played as the Ivory Coast beat Rwanda 2-0 in a friendly in Tanzania. Other reds games 1995 – We shared a goalless draw in an FA Cup Third Round tie at Birmingham City, progressing after a replay and reaching the Sixth Round that season. 1989 – Kenny Dalglish took charge of his 200th game as we won 3-0 at Carlisle United in another Third Round fixture with John Barnes opening the scoring before Steve McMahon netted a brace as we started our journey to Wembley. 1956 – We beat Accrington Stanley 2-0 at Anfield in the FA Cup Third Round, with Billy Liddell nabbing both goals. We went out to Manchester City in the Fifth Round later that campaign. 1928 – We won 4-3 at Aston Villa in a top-flight encounter. Reg Chester struck two of his four goals past us, with Dick Edmed netting a reds brace. Len Capewell scored one of his six goals against the reds, with Tom Reid and Fred Hopkin also on the scoresheet. Mark’s day 2011 – Ex-reds winger Mark González married Maura Rivera in Ñuñoa in Chile.
  25. Will

    13th March

    Two cups on the same day 1982 - We claimed two trophies - the old Football League Cup and the new Milk Cup trophy. Tottenham Hotspur went ahead at Wembley early on through Steve Archibald, one of his six goals past us, but Ronnie Whelan grabbed a late equaliser past ex-red Ray Clemence, before netting a second in extra time. Ian Rush added a third, as Spurs suffered their first defeat at Wembley, and their first loss in nine domestic cup finals. Skipper Graeme Souness lifted the old three-handled trophy, while former captain Phil Thompson held the new Milk Cup aloft. Stevie’s derby treble 2012 - Steven Gerrard scored a hat-trick past Everton at Anfield in his 400th League game as we won 3-0, with his third goal being the club’s 300th derby goal. Visiting boss David Moyes was hours from celebrating his tenth anniversary as their Manager, still without having tasted victory at Anfield. On our way to Wembley 1988 - An FA Cup game brought us our best ever result on this day, as we won 4-0 on a muddy pitch at Manchester City in the Sixth Round in front of the live TV cameras, on our way to the Final. Ray Houghton, Craig Johnston and John Barnes all netted, to add to a Peter Beardsley penalty, with Johnston’s strike being our 500th in the competition. This was our seventh consecutive away victory, and the tenth time we had bagged four in a game that season. 1915 - We also beat City when inside-forward Arthur Metcalf nabbed his 28th and last goal for the club. Fred Pagnam and Tom Miller also struck in a 3-2 First Division win at Anfield as centre-half Bob Ferguson played his 103rd and final reds game. Horace Barnes bagged one of his nine goals past us, with Fred Howard netting the last of his nine against the reds, in just five outings. Heading towards Madrid 2019 – We won 3-1 at Bayern München in the second leg of our UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie, following the goalless first game at Anfield. Sadio Mané put us ahead but Joël Matip put through his own net before the break. Virgil van Dijk and Mané both then headed in after half time. Milan in Barcelona 2002 - Milan Baroš made his reds debut as a substitute in our goalless Champions League draw with Barcelona in the Camp Nou. This result left us needing to beat Roma by two clear goals at Anfield to be sure of a place in the Quarter-finals. Nick Barmby came on as a late replacement for Steven Gerrard, his 58th and final reds appearance, although he sat on the bench on a further five occasions that season. Emile in front of his old boss 2003 - Emile Heskey drew us level at Martin O’Neill’s Celtic after Henrik Larsson had put the Hoops into an early lead. This UEFA Cup Quarter-final first leg tie ended 1-1, but was marred by El-Hadji Diouf spitting into the crowd. Unfortunately, the Scottish side won the Anfield return 2-0. Mixed derby outcomes 1979 - Andy King scored one of only four opposition goals in the League at Anfield that season, as we were held in this derby encounter. Kenny Dalglish bagged our goal on his hundredth reds appearance as well as suffering an injury, along with Phil Thompson and David Johnson. 1994 – Dave Watson headed the visitors in front in the 150th League derby before Ian Rush struck just nine seconds after the re-start. Robbie Fowler then netted to secure a 2-1 win, Roy Evans’ only victory over Everton as boss. Fowler’s goal was the last derby strike in front of the old standing Kop. 1988 - We took part in a testimonial match for the Blues’ legendary centre-half Brian Labone. John Toshack struck as Everton won 2-1 at Goodison Park. Red one-offs 1909 – Forward Dick Allman made his only reds appearance as we lost 2-1 to Bristol City at Anfield in a top-flight encounter. Tom Chorlton nabbed our goal from the spot, his eighth and final reds goal, with Willis Rippon bagging a brace for the visitors, including a penalty. 1920 - Keeper Tom Armstrong played his only reds game as we drew 2-2 with The Wednesday at Hillsborough in another First Division fixture. Dick Forshaw and Donald McKinlay struck within the last ten minutes. Incomings 1896 – Half-back Barney Battles arrived on loan from Celtic. He won the title two years running in Scotland, for Hearts in 1895 and then Celtic, joining the reds for just six weeks, featuring in two Second Division games and three of the four Test matches as we secured promotion, for which he received a special gold medal and a cheque for a “handsome sum”. He re-signed from Dundee in March 1898 for £20 but only played one more game before joining Celtic for a third spell seven months later. On the same day, Scottish half-back Tom Cleghorn signed from Blackburn Rovers, scoring once in seventy games before moving to Portsmouth in August 1899. 1969 – Left-back Alec Lindsay signed from his hometown club Bury for £67,000. He 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, before leaving for Stoke City in September 1977. Three-ton Stevie 1976 – Steve Heighway played his 300th reds game, with Phil Neal scoring the only goal of our League game at Birmingham City from the spot late on. Goalscoring beginning and end 1929 – Centre-half David Davidson bagged the first of his two reds goals late on as we beat West Ham United 2-1 at Anfield after eight games without a win, with John Lindsay also on target. Vic Watson bagged one of his nine goals against the reds. 1993 – Don Hutchison scored his tenth and last goal for the club, opening the scoring as we won 2-1 at Middlesbrough in our last trip to Ayresome Park. Steve Nicol put through his own net, with Ian Rush bagging a late winner. Making an exhibition of themselves 2007 - Jamie Carragher, Steven Gerrard, Robbie Fowler and Bolo Zenden all played for a Europe XI who lost 4-3 to Manchester United at Old Trafford, in a game played to celebrate the fiftieth anniversaries of the Treaty of Rome and Manchester United in European competition. Ex-red El-Hadji Diouf bagged a brace, including a penalty. Nice one Cyril 1943 - Cyril Done scored a hat-trick as we thumped Bury 7-2 at Gigg Lane in a game that counted for both the Wartime League and the War League Cup. Michael Hulligan added a brace, with our other goals coming from Jack Pilling and a Griffiths own goal. Red farewells 1897 – Inside-left Davy Hannah played his 33rd and last reds game as we drew 0-0 with Aston Villa at their Perry Barr ground. 1926 - Fred Baron bagged his seventh and final reds goal. Harry Chambers was also on target as we lost 3-2 at Sunderland in a top-flight encounter. Donald McKinlay missed a penalty, while Dave Halliday scored two of his thirteen goals past us, with Jack Prior also on target. 1958 – Welsh forward Tony Rowley was sold to Third Division side Tranmere Rovers, for whom he continued to score at a rate of one goal every other game. He had bagged a treble on his debut after signing from Stourbridge in October 1953, going on to net 38 times in 61 reds games. 2010 – Keeper Charlie Ashcroft died. He signed for the reds in December 1943 and appeared 89 times before joining Ipswich Town in June 1955. Disappointment at Bramall Lane We have twice lost First Division fixtures at Sheffield United on this day in history. 1954 - Billy Liddell netted our consolation from the spot, his hundredth reds strike, as we lost 3-1. Geoff Twentyman put through his own net, with Joe Shaw and Sam McNab also scoring for the home side. 1965 - We went down 3-0 to send us down to ninth in the table. Alan Birchenall struck one of his four goals past us, with Barry Hartle and Alan Woodward also on target as keeper Tommy Lawrence played his hundredth League game for the reds. Reds keepers in opposition 1920 - Two reds keepers faced each other in an international as Ken Campbell played for Scotland, who beat Ireland, for whom Elisha Scott was making his international debut. The game ended 3-0 at Celtic Park, with fellow red Billy Lacey also playing for the visitors. 1922 - England beat Wales 1-0 in an international at Anfield. Tom Bromilow played for the home side on his club ground. Off on loan 2003 - Jon Otsemobor joined Third Division Hull City on loan. He bagged three goals in nine games for the Tigers before returning to Anfield. 2007 - Centre-back Godwin Antwi joined Accrington Stanley, for whom he made nine League Two outings. 2009 – Former reserves keeper Tony Warner joined Leicester City on loan from Hull City. He played four times for them as they progressed towards the League One title. For the last time 1937 – Forward Jimmy Collins played his seventh and final reds game as we were held to a 1-1 draw at Anfield by Preston North End. Harry Holdcroft saved a penalty from the reds’ Tommy Cooper in the first half. Alf Hanson then converted a spot-kick after the break. Vladi on target 1996 - Vladimír Šmicer netted for the Czech Republic Under-21’s as they lost 2-1 to Spain in a European Championships qualifier in Granada. On the same day future red Stéphane Henchoz played for Switzerland in their 1-1 friendly draw in Luxembourg. Souey’s debut 1974 - Future red Graeme Souness won his first cap for Scotland Under-23’s as they lost 2-0 to England at St. James’ Park. Other reds games 1999 – We lost 3-2 at Derby County with Robbie Fowler on target, once from the spot. Deon Burton netted for the Rams before Paolo Wanchope bagged the last two of his four goals against the reds. 1996 – Wimbledon held us to a 2-2 draw at Anfield. Steve McManaman and Stan Collymore struck our goals. Efan Ekoku scored for the visitors before Dean Holdsworth nabbed one of his four past us. 1971 – We lost 1-0 at Coventry City with John O’Rourke pouncing after Ray Clemence had pushed a free-kick onto the post. Also in international action 1988 – Ex-red Avi Cohen played for Israel as they beat Taiwan 5-1 in an Olympics qualifier in Sydney. 1991 – Future red Jari Litmanen played for Finland in their 1-1 friendly draw in Poland. 2008 – Future red Mamadou Sakho played for France Under-18’s as they drew 1-1 with Germany in Reutlingen. 2014 – Future red Marko Grujić featured as Serbia Under-19’s beat Bosnia-Herzegovina 1-0. 2015 – Future red Bobby Adekanye played for the Dutch Under-16’s in their 4-0 defeat of the Republic of Ireland in Hoorn.
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