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  1. Will

    16th October

    Igor Bišcan wrapped it up 2004 - We won a game of two halves at Craven Cottage. The reds were dismal in a first half that saw a Luis Boa Morte brace put Fulham 2-0 up. We drew level after the break thanks to a Zat Knight own goal and a close-range Milan Baroš strike, before Josemi was sent off following a second caution. Xabi Alonso, who had replaced the hapless Salif Diao at half time, then bagged his first reds goal, with the 4-2 win completed by Igor Bišcan’s glorious strike, his first League goal. All together now, “2-0 down, 4-2 up, Igor Bišcan wrapped it up.” First win in the Ukraine 2001 - With Gérard Houllier recovering from heart surgery, the reds became the first English side to win in Kiev, beating Dynamo Kyiv 2-1 on their own turf thanks to goals from Danny Murphy and Steven Gerrard, with the home side having a goal disallowed in the final minute. Stéphane Henchoz reached a century of reds appearances in this game. The blues see red 1999 - We beat Chelsea 1-0 at Anfield with David Thompson on target shortly after half-time. The Blues had both Marcel Desailly and Dennis Wise sent off. Souey’s century 1993 – Graeme Souness took charge of his hundredth League game as Manager as we came from behind after Darren Beckford struck to beat Oldham Athletic 2-1, with both our goals coming in the final three minutes, from Robbie Fowler and an Andy Barlow own goal. Savage no more 1937 - Right-half Ted Savage played his 105th and final reds game as we lost 2-0 to Wolverhampton Wanderers in a First Division fixture at Molineux, while forward Alexander Smith played for the only time. Dennis Westcott nabbed a brace, the first two of his nine goals in just eight games against the reds. Beating the Blues 1976 - Steve Heighway and John Toshack struck as we won the Anfield derby, with Phil Neal on target from the spot, having missed one in the most recent derby six months earlier, as we led 3-0 at the break. Martin Dobson’s consolation after the break was the Blues’ first derby goal in five years. Blues boss Billy Bingham missed the game as he was recovering from an operation in hospital. 1943 - We thumped Everton 5-2 in a Wartime League game at Anfield, with Jack Balmer netting a brace, and Jim Harley, Cyril Done and Berry Nieuwenhuys also on the scoresheet. 1897 - We lost 3-0 at Goodison, with William Williams on target twice and Jack Bell also scoring. Birth and death 1899 - 24-year old centre-forward George Allan died from tuberculosis in Earlsbury in Fife, while still on our books. He had struck 56 times in 96 reds games, during two spells at Anfield and was the first red to be capped by Scotland. 2003 – Polish left-winger Mateusz Musialowski was born in Katowice. He joined the reds from UKS SMS Łódź in August 2020, netting ten times in his first season with the Under-18’s. In and out 1925 – Right-half David McMullan signed from Distillery. He failed to score in 35 senior games before moving to New York Giants in July 1928. 2020 – Ben Woodburn joined Blackpool on loan, playing thirteen times without notching. On the same day, Harry Wilson made a temporary move to Cardiff City, for whom he struck seven times in 38 games. Meanwhile, Harvey Elliott joined Blackburn Rovers for the season, bagging seven goals in 42 appearances, while midfielder Herbie Kane was sold to Barnsley for £1.25m, having played two senior games since arriving from Bristol City in 2013, so far appearing 28 times without getting on the scoresheet. Reds looking towards Portugal 2002 - Steven Gerrard scored in England’s 2-2 Euro 2004 qualifying draw with FYR Macedonia in Southampton, with Michael Owen also in the team. John Arne Riise scored a trademark free-kick as Norway beat Bosnia-Herzegovina 2-0 in Oslo, with ex-red Øyvind Leonhardsen also in the side. Milan Baroš was also on target as the Czech Republic beat Belarus 2-0 in Teplice, with future red Craig Bellamy netting as Wales beat Italy 2-1 in Cardiff. Dietmar Hamann featured in Germany’s 2-1 win over the Faroe Islands in Hannover, while Sami Hyypiä was on the losing side with ex-clubmate Jari Litmanen, as Finland lost 2-0 in Yugoslavia. Alex Manninger won his last cap for Austria as an R.C.D. Espanyol player, while future reds Paul Jones, Robbie Keane, Fernando Morientes, Andriy Voronin and Bolo Zenden all also played in qualifiers, with future red Alberto Aquilani turning out for Italy Under-19’s. Heading to Wearside 1985 - Bob Bolder joined Sunderland for £100,000, following a successful loan spell. He had never made our first team after signing from Sheffield Wednesday for £125,000 in 1983, but sat on the bench at the 1984 European Cup Final in Rome, one of seventeen times he did so in Europe’s premier club competition, also doing so four more times in other competitions. 2009 – Bolo Zenden also signed for the Black Cats, having been released by Olympique de Marseille. He scored four goals in fifty outings, although only thirteen of those were starts. On the same day, reserves keeper David Martin joined Tranmere Rovers on loan. He turned out three times for them. 2015 – Midfielder Joe Cole joined Coventry City on loan from Aston Villa, making the move permanent three months later. However, he left at the end of the season after two goals in 22 outings. On the same day, centre-half Zak Whitbread signed for Shrewsbury Town. He netted once in 27 games before being released at the end of the campaign. International reds 1991 - Steve Staunton won his last cap in his first spell as a reds player as the Republic of Ireland drew 3-3 in a European Championships qualifier in Poland. Ex-red Kevin Sheedy also played. Meanwhile, future red Karlheinz Riedle netted in Germany’s 4-1 qualifying defeat of Wales in Nuremberg. Dean Saunders was sent off, with Ian Rush also playing. Ex-red Jim Magilton was also in action that day, as Northern Ireland beat Austria 2-1 at Windsor Park. 2007 - Javier Mascherano played in Argentina’s 2-0 World Cup qualifying win in Venezuela, while future red Martin Škrtel featured in Slovakia’s 3-0 friendly defeat in Croatia. Future red James Milner scored for England Under-21’s as they beat the Republic of Ireland 3-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Cork, with future red Ádám Bogdán also playing at this level. 2012 – Luis Suárez scored for Uruguay as they lost a World Cup qualifier 4-1 in Bolivia, with Mario Balotelli notching his last goal for Italy as a Manchester City player in their 3-1 qualifying defeat of Denmark in Milan, while Samed Yeşil was on target for Germany Under-19’s in their 2-2 European Championships qualifying draw with the Republic of Ireland in Luxembourg, scoring in his fifth consecutive game at this level. Future red Christian Benteke also scored as Belgium beat Scotland 2-0 in Brussels, Also in international action were Daniel Agger, Joe Allen, Jordan Henderson, Nuri Şahin, Martin Škrtel, Raheem Sterling, future reds Ádám Bogdán, Steven Caulker, Ragnar Klavan, Dejan Lovren, Lazar Marković, Mamadou Sakho and Xherdan Shaqiri, and ex-reds Xabi Alonso, Álvaro Arbeloa, Mark González, Tom Ince, Alexander Kačaniklić, Robbie Keane, Javier Mascherano, Nikolay Mihaylov, John Arne Riise and Fernando Torres. 2018 – Harry Wilson scored the only goal as Wales faced the Republic of Ireland in a UEFA Nations League group game in Dublin, while Simon Mignolet won his last cap as a reds player as Belgium drew a friendly 1-1 with the Netherlands in Brussels. Future red Takumi Minamino scored in his third consecutive game for Japan as they beat Uruguay 4-3 in Saitama. Corey Whelan played for the Irish Under-21’s for the last time before leaving the reds in their 2-0 European Championships qualifying defeat in Germany. Alisson Becker, Rafael Camacho, Fabinho, Roberto Firmino, Kamil Grabara, Naby Keïta, Simon Mignolet, Liam Millar, Dominic Solanke, future red Diogo Jota and ex-reds Joe Allen, Sebastián Coates, Philippe Coutinho and Martin Škrtel all also played for their countries that day. Three for Suso 2009 – Future red Suso bagged a treble as Spain Under-17’s thrashed the Faroe Islands 6-0 in a friendly in Romania. Péter Gulácsi, Krisztián Németh and András Simon all played as Hungary lost 3-2 to Ghana in the World Championships Semi-final in Cairo. 2008 – Future reds keeper Loris Karius played for Germany Under-16’s as they won a friendly 1-0 in Finland. Other reds games 1982 – League leaders Manchester United held us to a goalless draw at Anfield. 1974 – We thumped Bristol City 4-0 in a League Cup Third Round replay in L4 with Steve Heighway and Ray Kennedy each netting twice. 1971 – We won 3-2 at Nottingham Forest with Ian Storey-Moore twice equalising with the last two of his five goals against the reds. Emlyn Hughes and Steve Heighway struck before Tommy Smith converted a spot-kick. 1965 – Roger Hunt and Ian Callaghan netted as Newcastle United went home on the wrong end of a 2-0 scoreline. 1954 – We lost a Second Division trip 2-0 at Stoke City with Harry Oscroft netting one of his six strikes past us and Joe Hutton also on target. 1948 – Cyril Done bagged the only goal of our visit to Birmingham City. 1920 – Harry Chambers struck as we won 1-0 at Sheffield United. 1909 – We won 2-1 at Bradford City as Sam Bowyer and Jimmy Stewart struck inside the opening ten minutes. Young Ray’s final cap 1973 - Future red Ray Kennedy won his sixth and final England Under-23’s cap as they were held to a goalless draw by Poland in Plymouth. Ipswich Town’s David Johnson also played. An Anfield bout 1947 – Stan Hawthorne took on Billy Thompson for the Lightweight Championships of Great Britain and British Empire at Anfield, one of many boxing fights staged at Anfield over the years.
  2. Will

    4th September

    Thommo off the mark 1973 – Phil Thompson bagged his first reds goal in our 2-0 home defeat of Derby County, with Kevin Keegan adding a late penalty. Ray Clemence was playing his 200th reds game. For Jamie 2010 – Jamie Carragher’s testimonial took place at Anfield in front of more than 35,000, with the reds beating an Everton side 4-1. Luis García opened the scoring with Carra converting a spot-kick for the reds shortly before half time. Joe Cole made the score 3-0 with his first reds strike but Jamie then scored from the spot for Everton! Nathan Eccleston also opened his account for the reds. Babb strikes 1996 - Phil Babb notched his only reds strike, the only goal of the game against his former club Coventry City at Highfield Road, in what was Roy Evans’ hundredth League game in charge. 1976 - We also faced the Sky Blues, winning 3-1 at Anfield thanks to goals from Kevin Keegan, David Johnson and John Toshack. Mick Ferguson had shocked the home side by scoring in the first minute. Happy birthdays 1891 - Forward Fred Pagnam was born in Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancashire. He signed from Blackpool in May 1914, and so could only bag thirty goals in 39 reds games before joining Arsenal in October 1919, with whom he kept up his remarkable strike-rate. 1930 – Right-half Roy Saunders was born in Salford. He signed from Hull City in May 1948 and netted once in 146 reds appearances before joining Swansea Town in March 1959 in part-exchange for forward Des Palmer, who never featured for our first team. He was the father of 1990’s reds striker Dean and died in January 2009. 1988 - Midfielder Ryan Flynn was born in Falkirk. He was awarded with a full-time contract at Melwood in the summer of 2006 having impressed in the previous season’s victorious FA Youth Cup campaign, including notching a goal in the Final. He made a loan move to his hometown club permanent in September 2009. The Bridge opens 1905 - The reds helped Chelsea to open Stamford Bridge, taking part in the first ever game played there. Unfortunately, we started as we meant to continue at the Bridge, losing 4-0 in a friendly encounter. 1909 - We visited there again, with outside-left John McDonald and inside-right James Stewart making their reds bows as we lost 2-1 in a season opener, with Joe Hewitt nabbing our consolation. George Hilsdon’s penalty was the last of his five goals against the reds, with Jimmy Windridge also netting. An unhappy millennium 1971 - We lost 2-0 in a League game at Tottenham Hotspur in what was our 3,000th first-class fixture, with Martin Chivers nabbing one of his seven goals past us and Martin Peters scoring one of his fourteen. Off the mark 1912 - John Tosswill scored on his reds debut as we beat Oldham Athletic 2-0 at Anfield, with Tom Miller also netting. Centre-half Bob Ferguson also made his debut, following his signing from Third Lanark. 1926 – Winger Dick Edmed bagged the first of his 46 reds goals as we lost 2-1 at Derby County, with Jimmy Gill bagging one of his six goals past us and Harry Bedford scoring the first of his nine. Starting off with a stalemate 1897 - We kicked off our season with a 2-2 draw against Stoke, with inside-forward William Walker scoring on his reds bow and Frank Becton also on the scoresheet. Forward Dan Cunliffe and right-winger Bobby Marshall also debuted as Billy Maxwell bagged the first of six goals against the reds, with Tom Hill also on target. 1933 - We also left the Victoria Ground with a share of the spoils, with Harold Taylor netting as we drew 1-1 with Stoke City, as they were known by then. Forward Jack ‘Nipper’ Roberts made his only senior reds outing in this game, while Harry Davies nabbed his fourth and final goal past us. Disappointment against the Trotters and Terriers 1911 - We lost 2-1 at Bolton Wanderers in a top-flight meeting, with Jack Parkinson grabbing our consolation and John Bovill and half-back Harry Lowe both debuting. Alf Bentley struck one of his four goals against the reds, with Harold Hilton also scoring. 1915 - We returned to Burnden Park, drawing a Wartime League fixture 1-1, with Fred Pagnam netting. We have also faced Huddersfield Town twice on this day in history. 1929 - We won a top-flight encounter 3-0 at Anfield, thanks to goals from Gordon Hodgson, James Clark and Henry Race. 1957 - We also played them in the Second Division with Tony Rowley on the scoresheet in a 2-1 defeat at Leeds Road. Stan Howard bagged a brace for the home side. In and out 1937 - Left-back Ernie Blenkinsop played his 71st and final reds game as Charlton Athletic won 2-1 at Anfield, with Jack Balmer on target and George Tadman and future reds boss Don Welsh netting for the visitors. Centre-half Tom ‘Tiny’ Bradshaw was also making his final appearance for the club, turning out for the 291st time. 1901 – Inside-forward Tommy Green signed from New Brighton Tower, notching once in seven outings before joining Swindon Town in April 1903. A win at Highbury 1982 - David Hodgson’s first reds strike and a Phil Neal goal handed us a 2-0 win at Arsenal. The author was present at this game, seeing the reds win for the first time. Three against 1920 - Tommy Browell scored a hat-trick for Manchester City in their 3-2 defeat of the reds at Hyde Road, three of his seven goals past us. Harry Chambers and Walter Wadsworth netted our goals. 1935 - We also lost to City, going down 2-0 at Anfield in another top-flight match with Eric Brook bagging one of his nine goals against the reds, and Fred Tilson grabbing one of his six. 1943 - Our third meeting on this day resulted in a 2-1 Wartime League defeat at Maine Road, with Alf Hanson on target. A League Cup first 1968 - We won at home in the League Cup for the first time, at the fourth attempt, as Roger Hunt, Chris Lawler, Ian Callaghan and Peter Thompson all netted in our 4-0 defeat of Sheffield United. International reds 1999 - Several reds turned out for their countries in Euro 2000 qualifiers. Michael Owen struck in England’s 6-0 demolition of Luxembourg, his first senior England goal at Wembley, with Steve McManaman on the scoresheet twice, his first goals for his country, in his first game as a Real Madrid player. Robbie Fowler also played, under the management of ex-red Kevin Keegan. Sami Hyypiä skippered Finland for the first time as they lost 2-1 to Germany in Helsinki, with Christian Ziege winning his first cap as a Middlesbrough player, and fellow future red Markus Babbel also playing. Nicolas Anelka won his first cap as a Real Madrid player in France’s goalless draw in the Ukraine. Ex-red Øyvind Leonhardsen was on target in Norway’s 1-0 defeat of Greece in Oslo, with Vegard Heggem also in the side. Another ex-red, Don Hutchison, netted as Scotland won 2-1 in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Dean Saunders won his seventieth cap, and first while with Bradford City, grabbing his final goal for Wales in their 2-1 win in Belarus. Future reds loanee keeper Paul Jones also featured. Also in action that day were Patrik Berger, Steve Staunton and future reds Alex Manninger, Fernando Morientes and Bolo Zenden. 2010 - Péter Gulácsi saved a penalty for Hungary Under-21’s in their 1-0 home defeat to Wales. Future reds Joe Allen and Dejan Lovren, and ex-red Krisztián Németh also featured at this level that day. Meanwhile, future reds Kolo Touré and Andriy Voronin both played at senior level for their countries. 2020 – Virgil van Dijk and Andy Robertson both captained their countries in UEFA Nations League group games, with ex-reds coach Steve Clarke taking charge of Scotland as they were held 1-1 by Israel at Hampden Park. Rhian Brewster and Gini Wijnaldum both also featured in internationals that day. Stevie on target for England 2016 – Adam Lallana bagged the only goal of England’s World Cup qualifying win in Slovakia, with ex-red Martin Škrtel winning his first cap as a Fenerbahçe SK player. He was sent off, while Jordan Henderson, Daniel Sturridge and ex-red Raheem Sterling all also featured, with future red Andy Robertson turning out for Scotland. 2017 – Jordan Henderson skippered England as they beat Slovakia 2-1 in a World Cup qualifier at Wembley, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and ex-red Raheem Sterling also featuring. Andy Robertson, future reds Naby Keïta and Kostas Tsimikas, and ex-reds loanee Victor Moses also represented their countries that day. 2004 - Steven Gerrard netted while winning his thirtieth England cap as they drew 2-2 in a World Cup qualifier in Austria. Jamie Carragher, future red Joe Cole and ex-reds David James and Michael Owen all also played with Alex Manninger winning his first cap as a Bologna player for the home side. Meanwhile, future red Robbie Keane converted a penalty as the Republic of Ireland beat Cyprus 3-0 in another qualifier, with Steve Finnan also in action. Jerzy Dudek, Sami Hyypiä, John Arne Riise, future reds Craig Bellamy, Yossi Benayoun, Ragnar Klavan, Javier Mascherano and Christian Poulsen, and ex-reds Paul Jones and Jari Litmanen all also featured for their countries on that day. 2015 – Sheyi Ojo scored his only goal while debuting for England Under-19’s in their 3-2 defeat of Germany in Bergisch Gladbach, with future red Dominic Solanke also on target on his debut with Jordan Rossiter also making his bow at this level. On the same day, Harry Wilson netted as Wales Under-21’s beat Luxembourg 3-1 in a European Championships qualifier, with Brad Smith appearing for Australia Under-23’s. Meanwhile, ex-red Robbie Keane bagged a brace, including one from the spot, in the Republic of Ireland’s 4-0 Euro 2016 qualifying win in Gibraltar. Sebastián Coates won his first cap as a Sunderland player as Uruguay won a friendly 1-0 in Panama, while Emre Can made his senior bow as Germany beat Poland 3-1 in a Euro 2016 qualifier in Frankfurt. Future red Andy Robertson and ex-reds Daniel Agger and Krisztián Németh also featured in qualifiers that day. International firsts and lasts 2020 – Centre-back Morgan Boyes debuted for Wales Under-21’s as they lost a European Championships qualifier 1-0 to Bosnia-Herzegovina in Zenica. 2019 – Toni Silva played for Guinea-Bissau for the first time since joining Astra Giurgiu as they won a World Cup qualifier 1-0 in São Tomé and Príncipe. 2016 – Keeper Caoimhín Kelleher made his debut for the Irish Under-19’s, keeping a clean sheet as they beat Austria 1-0 in a friendly in Dublin. Meanwhile, Toni Silva won his second and last cap for Guinea-Bissau as a Clube de Futebol União player as they lost an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier 1-0 in DR Congo, with Carl Medjani winning his first cap as a Club Deportivo Leganés player as Algeria thumped Lesotho 6-0 in another qualifier in Blida. Meanwhile, Trent Alexander-Arnold featured for England Under-19’s. 2014 – Ex-red Mikel San José won his first senior cap as Spain lost 1-0 to France in a friendly in Paris, while Dirk Kuyt won his 104th and last cap for the Netherlands in their 2-0 defeat by Italy in Bari. On the same day, Dejan Lovren made his first appearance for Croatia since moving to Anfield, as they beat Cyprus 2-0 in Zagreb, with Divock Origi playing for Belgium for the first time since signing for the reds as they beat Australia 2-0 in Liège, as Brad Smith debuted for the visitors. Javier Manquillo made his debut for Spain Under-21’s while on loan at Anfield in their 1-0 European Championships qualifying win in Hungary. Also in friendly action that day were Mamadou Sakho, Brad Smith and future reds Ragnar Klavan and Gini Wijnaldum. 2011 – Future red Loris Karius played for Germany Under-19’s for the only time as they drew 2-2 with the Netherlands in a friendly in Cologne. Future red Oussama Assaidi played for Morocco on the same day as they drew 0-0 in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in the Central African Republic. 2009 – Future red Gini Wijnaldum won his first cap for the Netherlands Under-21’s in their 2-0 European Championships qualifying defeat of Finland in Emmen. Future reds Mario Balotelli, Simon Mignolet and Daniel Sturridge also featured at the same level that day. Laurie at the wrong end 1946 - Centre-back Laurie Hughes scored an own goal as we lost 1-0 at home to Middlesbrough in our first home game of the first post-war season. Wor Kev no more 2008 - Kevin Keegan resigned as Manager of Newcastle United for the second time, stating that “a manager must have the right to manage and that clubs should not impose upon any manager any player that he does not want.” On the move again 2003 - Future red Peter Crouch joined Norwich City on loan from Aston Villa. He struck four times in fifteen games for the Canaries as they headed towards the First Division title. Meanwhile, James Milner joined Swindon Town on loan from Leeds United, netting twice in six games for the Robins. 2012 – Michael Owen signed for Stoke City, having been released by Manchester United. He could only net once in just nine senior outings before retiring at the end of the season. Young international reds 1998 - Jamie Carragher netted his only goal for England Under-21’s as they beat Sweden 2-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Sundsvall. Future red Emile Heskey also played. On the same day, future red Milan Baroš won his first cap at Under-18’s level, as the Czech Republic lost 2-0 to Italy in a tournament in Yugoslavia. Meanwhile, future red Alex Manninger was in action for Austria Under-21’s. 2001 - Future red Djibril Cissé scored his first Under-21's goal as France beat Spain 3-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Brest, while winning his second cap. Unfortunately, he also damaged his ankle ligaments in this game. Meanwhile, future red Christian Poulsen appeared at the same level as Denmark lost a qualifier 3-1 in Bulgaria, with Stephen Wright and future red Jermaine Pennant playing for England Under-21’s in their 5-0 trouncing of Albania in Middlesbrough. Other reds games 1984 – Phil Neal converted a penalty as we won 2-1 at Luton Town, with Kenny Dalglish also on target. 1979 – We thumped Tranmere Rovers 4-0 in a League Cup Second Round second leg at Anfield after the first game ended goalless. Phil Thompson and David Fairclough netted either side of a Kenny Dalglish brace, with all the goals coming in the second half. 1965 – We won 3-2 at Blackpool with Ray Charnley netting one of his seven goals against the reds. Roger Hunt struck twice with Ian Callaghan also scoring. Jimmy Robson scored the other goal for the Seasiders. 1954 – West Ham United won a Second Division fixture 2-1 in L4, with Jimmy Payne bagging our consolation. 1948 – We drew 0-0 at Wolverhampton Wanderers. Death of a guest 1952 - Frank O’Donnell died, aged just 41. He struck once in two wartime appearances for the reds. He gained six Scotland caps as well as scoring for Preston North End in every round of the FA Cup in 1937, including the Final. Also in international action 1974 – John Toshack played for Wales in their 2-1 defeat by Austria in a European Championships qualifier in Vienna. 1994 – Ex-red Ronnie Rosenthal featured for Israel in their 2-1 defeat of Poland in a European Championships qualifier in Tel-Aviv. 1996 – Future reds Markus Babbel and Christian Ziege both appeared for Germany in their 2-0 friendly win in Poland. 2005 – Ex-red Rigobert Song faced future red Kolo Touré as Ivory Coast lost 3-2 to Cameroon in a World Cup qualifier in Abidjan.
  3. Will

    28th September

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

    20th September

    Goalscoring feats at St. James’ Park 1987 - Steve Nicol grabbed a hat-trick in our 4-1 win at Newcastle United in front of the live TV cameras, following John Aldridge’s opener, who also had another strike disallowed for offside. Neil McDonald converted from the spot for the home side. 1961 - Right-half Gordon Milne scored his first reds goal to help us to a 2-1 Second Division win there, with our other score coming from a George Heslop own goal. Kevin Lewis had a penalty saved by United keeper Dave Hollins. Dirk off the mark 2006 - Dirk Kuyt grabbed his first reds goal, and 150th career strike to date, which was also our fiftieth Premier League strike against Newcastle United. We won 2-0 at Anfield, with Luis García playing his hundredth reds game. Xabi Alonso spectacularly scored from inside his own half, the second time he had managed that feat for the reds that year. Quick-fire Billy 1958 - Billy Liddell scored after sixteen seconds, with Ronnie Moran putting through his own net to level the score at Bristol City in our Second Division meeting. He added another in the second half, with wing-half Bobby Campbell grabbing the first of his two reds goals as we won 3-1. This was Liddell’s third brace in six games. Barney Rubble departs 1985 - Left-back Alan Kennedy was sold to Sunderland for £100,000. He is best remembered for his winning strikes in two European Cup Finals, but also won five League titles, four League Cups and three FA Charity Shields after moving from Newcastle United for £330,000 in August 1978, netting twenty times in 359 appearances. Off the mark 2015 – Substitute Danny Ings bagged his first reds goal as we were held to a 1-1 draw at Anfield by Norwich City, with Lucas Leiva playing his 200th League game for the club. Unfortunately, Russell Martin capitalised on a Simon Mignolet error to equalise. Happy birthdays 1922 - Left-back Eddie Spicer was born in Liverpool. He was decorated for bravery whilst serving with the Royal Marines in the Second World War, going on to score twice in 168 reds games, helping us to the first post-war League title and playing in the 1950 FA Cup Final. Unfortunately, a second broken leg ended his career in December 1953. 1895 - Full-back Tommy Lucas was born in St. Helens. He signed from Alexandra Victoria in 1916 and played 366 reds games, netting three times, winning one League title and captaining England in his time at Anfield. He moved on to Clapton Orient in July 1933. 2003 – Midfielder James Balagizi was born in Manchester. He signed pro terms in September 2020, having joined as an Under-11 from Manchester City. A wise move 2012 – Defender Andre Wisdom netted on his reds bow as we won our UEFA Europa League group game 5-3 at BSC Young Boys, with winger Oussama Assaidi and midfielder Suso also debuting. Juhani Ojala scored an own goal after just three minutes, with Wisdom nodding us back in front after an equaliser from Raphael Nuzzolo. Ojala and then Gonzalo Zárate struck after the break to turn the game around, before Sebastián Coates headed us level, with substitute Jonjo Shelvey bagging a brace to secure victory. Thiago’s bow 2020 - Thiago Alcântara debuted as we won 2-0 behind closed doors at Chelsea, with Andreas Christensen sent off for the home side on the stroke of half time. Sadio Mané bagged a brace early in the second half, with Alisson Becker later saving a penalty from Jorginho. East end despair 2014 – We lost 3-1 at West Ham United, with Winston Reid and Diafra Sakho putting the Irons two up inside the first ten minutes, with ex-red Stewart Downing effectively man-marking Steven Gerrard. Raheem Sterling struck past future red Adrián to give the reds hope, but Morgan Amalfitano completed the scoring late on. This meant we set a new club record of scoring in seventeen consecutive away games in the top flight, a record that eventually stopped at eighteen. Happy birthday Jerome 1996 – Forward Jerome Sinclair was born in Birmingham. He arrived from West Bromwich Albion’s Academy aged fourteen in the summer of 2011, becoming our youngest ever player in September 2012, aged sixteen years and six days, when he featured in a League Cup Third Round tie at his old club. He eventually struck once in five senior appearances before he moved to Watford for £4m in June 2016. Out-foxed again 2003 - Michael Owen netted from the spot before Emile Heskey struck the winner against his old club Leicester City at Anfield for the third consecutive season as we won 2-1, with Marcus Bent bagging a very late consolation for the visitors. Disappointment at The Dell 1986 - Kevin MacDonald broke his leg shortly after coming on as a substitute as we lost 2-1 at Southampton, with Steve McMahon equalising after David Armstrong opened the scoring with the last of his four goals against the reds. However, Glenn Cockerill struck the winner for the Saints. 1980 - Graeme Souness and David Fairclough netted as we drew 2-2, with Phil Neal missing a penalty. Avi Cohen was heavily criticised in the Israeli press for playing on the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur. 1997 - We also drew on the south coast, with Karl-Heinz Riedle nabbing our goal before Kevin Davies equalised with the first of his four strikes past us. A milestone day at Old Trafford 2004 - We lost 2-1 at Manchester United, as we benefited from a John O’Shea own goal, sandwiched between a Mikael Silvestre brace for the home side. Steven Gerrard broke a bone in his foot in front of 67,857, the largest crowd to watch the reds in the Premier League to that point. This was our 2,000th away League match, and 4,000th League game overall, as United reached 200 League goals against us, with keeper Jerzy Dudek playing his hundredth reds game, and Ryan Giggs appearing for the 600th time for United. 1893 - We had previously visited United, playing Newton Heath as they were then known in a friendly at Bank Street. Patrick Gordon, Hugh McQueen and Malcolm McVean all struck as we won 3-0. Centenary defeat 1988 - We lost 2-1 at Arsenal in the Mercantile Credit Centenary Trophy, staged to celebrate a hundred years of the Football League. Perry Groves opened the scoring in the first half with Steve Staunton bagging a late equaliser with his first reds goal, but Brian Marwood struck the winner. Charlie Boyd sat on our bench for one of only two times, on his nineteenth birthday. Derby joy 1913 - Billy Lacey struck a brace as we beat Everton 2-1 at Goodison Park in a First Division meeting, to secure our first win of the season in our fourth fixture. Full-back Sam Speakman made the first of his 26 reds appearances in this game. 2016 – Centre-half Ragnar Klavan opened the scoring with his first reds goal as we won 3-0 at Derby County in a League Cup Third Round match, as midfielder Ovie Ejaria and keeper Loris Karius made their debuts. Philippe Coutinho and Divock Origi both scored after the break. Bill begins 1924 – Defender Bill Cockburn played the first of his 67 reds games as we held Bury to a goalless draw at Gigg Lane in a top-flight meeting. Mixed fortunes against the Villains We have faced Aston Villa three times in the top flight on this day in history, winning twice. 1975 - John Toshack, Kevin Keegan and Jimmy Case all netted in the final half hour as we won 3-0 at home. 1919 - Dick Forshaw bagged the only goal of the game at Villa Park to hand us victory, which was the first of his 124 reds strikes. 1930 - Gordon Hodgson struck a brace as we lost 4-2 in the Midlands. Eric Houghton scored the first of his six goals against the reds, with George Brown netting one of his nine, Billy Walker one of his five past us, and Tom Waring nabbing the first of his six. Three times against the Potters 2008 - We were held to a goalless draw by Stoke City at Anfield, with Steven Gerrard having a legitimate second-minute free-kick strike ruled out. 1969 - We saw off the Potters 3-1 at home, with Emlyn Hughes on target in his hundredth League game for the reds. Roger Hunt and Ian Callaghan also struck in our tenth consecutive League defeat of Stoke. 1902 - Leigh Roose struck through the wrong net in the second minute as were held to a 1-1 top-flight draw by Stoke in L4. Beattie beaten 1983 - Andy Beattie died, aged seventy. 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. Young Englanders 1983 - Future red Paul Walsh grabbed a brace as England Under-21’s beat their Danish counterparts 4-1 in a European Championships qualifier at Carrow Road. Ex-red Dave Watson and future red Mark Walters both made their debuts in this game, while fellow future red Mark Wright also played. 2003 - Michael Foley-Sheridan and David Raven both played for their countries at Under-19’s level in European Championships qualifiers, with the latter making his debut for England at this level. The Republic of Ireland trounced San Marino 10-1 in Serravalle, while England beat Liechtenstein 2-0 in Moscow. 2010 – Samed Yeşil scored his first goal for Germany Under-17’s as they drew a friendly 2-2 with Italy in Elversberg with fellow future red Emre Can also featuring. 1950 – Centre-half Laurie Hughes played for an England World Cup XI against the FA Canadian Touring Team in the FA Charity Shield at Stamford Bridge, with England winning 4-2. Reds aiming to go to Italy 1978 - Phil Neal scored his third goal in four England games as they won 4-3 in a European Championships qualifier in Denmark. Emlyn Hughes skippered a side that also included Ray Clemence and ex-red Kevin Keegan, who netted twice. On the same day, Steve Heighway and future red Mark Lawrenson both played in the first ever senior international between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, at Lansdowne Road. Meanwhile, Kenny Dalglish and Graeme Souness both appeared for Scotland in their 3-2 win in Austria, as they too opened their campaign to qualify for the finals in Italy. Nice one Cyril 1941 - Cyril Done scored a hat-trick as we beat Manchester City 4-2 in a Wartime League game at Anfield, with Dickie Dorsett netting the other. Twice against the Trotters 1897 – Forward Dan Cunliffe bagged a brace with John McCartney also on target as we beat Bolton Wanderers 3-1 in a friendly at Anfield. 1947 - The Trotters returned for a First Division fixture, with the game this time ending goalless. Jameo saves 1995 - David James saved a penalty from Michael Gray as we beat Sunderland 2-0 in a League Cup Second Round first leg match at Anfield, thanks to goals from Steve McManaman and substitute Michael Thomas. Fabs at the Olympics 2000 – Future red Fábio Aurélio played for Brazil as they beat Japan 1-0 in an Olympics match in Brisbane. Only cap 1989 – Future reds goalkeeping coach José Ochotorena won his only cap in Spain’s 1-0 friendly defeat of Poland in A Coruña. On the move 2013 – Argentine ex-reserves midfielder Gerardo Bruna signed for Spanish Segunda División B side S.D. Huesca, netting once in seventeen outings during his one season there. 2016 – Former Assistant Manager Pako Ayestarán was sacked as Head Coach of Valencia, having only been in charge for three months. Other reds game 1952 – We beat Middlesbrough 4-1 at Anfield, with Jimmy Payne, Jack Smith, Bryan Williams and Kevin Baron all on target. Also in international action 2006 – Future red Astrit Ajdarević appeared for Sweden Under-17’s as they drew 1-1 with Liechtenstein in a European Championships qualifier in Greece. 2001 - Future reds Javier Mascherano and Fernando Torres faced each other in the Under-17’s World Championship Finals in Trinidad, with Argentina beating Spain 4-2. 1977 – Joey Jones and John Toshack both featured as Wales drew a friendly 0-0 in Kuwait.
  5. Will

    19th September

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

    16th September

    Happy birthday KHR 1965 - Karl-Heinz Riedle was born in Weiler. The German striker arrived from Ballspielverein Borussia 09 e.V. Dortmund for a £1.8m fee in July 1997, and struck fifteen times in 76 reds games, as well as having a positive influence on the young Michael Owen before joining Fulham for £200,000 in September 1999. 1900 – Full-back Jimmy Gray was born in Glasgow. The South African international signed from Transvaal in 1926 but only played one first-team game for the reds, a 2-1 home League defeat by Sheffield United in September 1928. He left in January 1930 to sign for Exeter City for £75, where he is remembered as one of their greatest ever players. European Anfield thumpings 1969 - Alec Lindsay scored on his debut in our 10-0 trouncing of Irish side Dundalk in the Fairs Cup. This is also the first time that Gérard Houllier witnessed the reds in action, while working as a teacher on Merseyside. He was accompanied by future reds coach Patrice Bergues. Alun Evans, Tommy Smith and Bobby Graham all grabbed a brace each, with Chris Lawler, Peter Thompson and Ian Callaghan all also on target. 1992 - Ian Rush scored four goals in our 6-1 defeat of Cypriots Apollon Limassol in our first game of that season’s European Cup Winners’ Cup campaign, in front of just 12,769 fans. Rushie’s goals made him our leading European marksman to that point on nineteen and came following a rare brace from Paul Stewart. Phil Charnock made his reds debut, becoming our youngest ever European player. Marios Charalambous was sent off for the visitors with the score at 3-0. Stevie at the double 2008 - Steven Gerrard scored a twice-taken penalty to put us ahead at Olympique de Marseille in our Champions League group encounter after equalising with a stunning strike following Lorik Cana’s opener. We held on to claim a 2-1 victory as Stevie moved to 99 goals for the reds. Dan again 2013 – Daniel Sturridge scored in his fifth consecutive game as we drew 2-2 in a crazy game at Swansea City. Victor Moses scored on his reds bow as Mamadou Sakho also debuted, with Steven Gerrard captaining the side for the 400th time. Ex-red Jonjo Shelvey opened the scoring before presenting Sturridge with the ball inside the penalty area. Moses then put the reds back in front after Shelvey again gave the ball away. However, he later crossed for Michu to head in the equaliser. Reds farewells 1959 - Legendary left-back Donald Mackinlay died in Liverpool. He signed from Newton Villa in January 1910, making 434 appearances before joining Prescot Cables in July 1929. He scored 34 times, including one struck spectacularly from ten yards inside his own half at West Ham United in January 1926! He skippered us to two League titles, and also played in our first FA Cup Final in 1914. 1949 – Left-winger Doug McAvoy moved on to Queen Of The South. He had only made two senior reds appearances after signing from his hometown club Kilmarnock in December 1947 for £7,000. 1929 – Forward John McFarlane played his second and last reds game as we lost 3-0 at Huddersfield Town, with Harry Davies netting a treble for the Terriers, the first goals of his four past us. He remained our youngest ever player until Jack Robinson’s debut in May 2010, having debuted seven months earlier at home to Everton, aged seventeen years and 47 days. Anfield trebles 1922 - Dick Forshaw scored a hat-trick in our 5-2 top-flight defeat of Preston North End, to add to goals from Harry ‘Smiler’ Chambers and Tom Bromilow. Tommy Roberts netted one of his four goals against the reds, with Alf Quantrill also on target as left-back Donald Mackinlay reached 200 reds outings. 1990 - Peter Beardsley struck a treble, including his fiftieth reds goal, with John Barnes also heading in a goal as we trounced Manchester United 4-0. Keeper Les Sealey booted the ball into the crowd at the end, but the Kopite who caught it later returned the ball to the hat-trick hero. Most recently 2017 – Burnley held us to a 1-1 draw at Anfield, with Mohamed Salah equalising shortly after Scott Arfield had given the visitors a shock lead. 2016 – We won 2-1 at Chelsea, taking a two-goal half-time lead thanks to a Dejan Lovren goal and a stunning strike from Jordan Henderson. Diego Costa pulled one back after an hour. 1936 – We lost a top-flight encounter 2-0 at Stamford Bridge, with Joe Bambrick netting the last two of his four goals past us for Chelsea. Treble firsts 2010 - Joe Cole bagged his first reds goal as we thumped Steaua Bucureşti 4-1 at Anfield in a UEFA Europa League group game, with Roy Hodgson becoming the first reds boss to win all of his first five games in continental competition. His goal came after just 27 seconds, our fast ever European strike as Pepe Reina captained the reds for the first time. Cristian Tanase levelled the score inside a quarter of an hour but David N’Gog converted a second-half penalty before late strikes from Lucas and N’Gog. 2014 – Mario Balotelli struck his first reds goal to open the scoring late on against Bulgarian side Ludogorets Razgrad in our opening UEFA Champions League group game at Anfield. Dani Abalo equalised in the ninetieth minute, but Steven Gerrard secured a 2-1 victory from the spot in stoppage time after Javier Manquillo was felled in the area. 300 for Rafa 2009 – Dirk Kuyt grabbed the only goal of our Champions League group game against Hungarian side Debreceni VSC at Anfield, in what was Rafael Benítez’s 300th game in charge. From the TV studio to pitch-side 1972 - TV pundit Jimmy Hill came out of the crowd to fill in for injured linesman Dennis Drewitt, during our goalless League draw at Highbury. Alf off the mark 1963 - Alf Arrowsmith and Peter Thompson both struck their first reds goals as we thumped Wolverhampton Wanderers 6-0 in a First Division fixture with Ian Callaghan and Gordon Milne also on target, and Roger Hunt bagging a brace. This remains our joint best ever victory over Wolves, with keeper Jim Furnell playing his 28th and last reds game. 1953 - We also hosted Wolves in the top flight, when Bill Jones netted his seventeenth and last reds goal in a 1-1 draw, and Dennis Wilshaw scoring one of his seven goals past us. Two derby wins We have twice beaten Everton 3-1 on this day in history. 1986 - We won the first leg of the Screen Sport Super Cup Final at Anfield by that score thanks to an Ian Rush brace and a goal from Steve McMahon. Ex-red Kevin Sheedy netted for the Blues. 1950 - Jack Balmer netted two as we won in the First Division at Goodison, with Albert Stubbins also on the mark. This season was the most recent occasion that the Blues were relegated. 1911 - We lost another top-flight encounter 2-1 across the park, with Jack Parkinson grabbing our consolation. Forward ‘Wee’ Ronald Orr injured ligaments in his right leg, leaving us down to ten men for the second half. He was out of action for six weeks. Also in Europe 1997 - Steve McManaman struck a last-minute wonder goal to level the first leg of our UEFA Cup First Round match at Celtic, after Michael Owen had netted his first European goal just six minutes into the game. Jackie McNamara had equalised before Simon Donnelly put the home side ahead from the spot. 1981 - Our other European game on this day ended in a 1-0 defeat of Oulun Palloseura in Finland, with Kenny Dalglish nabbing the goal. Debuting against his next club 1995 - Jason McAteer came off the bench to make his reds bow in our 3-0 defeat of Blackburn Rovers at Anfield. Jamie Redknapp, Robbie Fowler and Stan Collymore netted the goals inside the first half hour, after a kick-off delayed by fire alarms going off in the ground. Henning Berg was sent off for Rovers in this game. Thumping Boro 1931 - We beat Middlesbrough 7-2 in a First Division match at Anfield, our biggest ever win over the Teesiders. Harold Barton and Gordon Hodgson both struck twice, with the latter playing his 200th League game for the reds. Our other goals came from Gordon Gunson, Jim Smith and Tom Morrison. George Camsell bagged two of his nine strikes against the reds. Against City We have twice visited Manchester City on this day in history. 1893 - The first time came in a Second Division match at Hyde Road when they were still known as Ardwick, with James Stott netting the only goal of the game, his first reds strike. 1944 – Reginald Dix bagged a brace, including a penalty, as we drew a Wartime League game 2-2. On the same day, Ray Lambert and future reds boss Don Welsh featured as England drew 2-2 with Wales in a wartime international staged at Anfield. Red arrivals 1893 - Left-half William Hughes signed from Bootle. He only ever made one senior reds appearance, in our first season in the League. 2011 – The appointment of Gary Adlen as Foundation Director was announced. He was in charge of the expansion of the existing LFC Foundation charity to include all of the club’s community work in one place, moving on in August 2013. 2019 – Young midfielder Jake Cain signed professional terms with the club. He made his senior debut in our FA Cup Fourth Round replay defeat of Shrewsbury Town in February 2020. A youthful hat-trick 2001 - Florent Sinama-Pongolle bagged a treble for France Under-17’s in their 5-3 defeat of the USA at the World Championships in The Dwight Yorke Stadium in Tobago, with club-mate Anthony Le Tallec also in the team. 2016 - Rafael Camacho scored his first Under-17's goal for Portugal, converting a spot-kick in their 2-0 defeat of Wales in a European Championships qualifier. Loris debuts 2008 – Future reds keeper Loris Karius won his first cap for Germany Under-16’s in their 5-0 thumping of Belgium. Olympian reds 2000 - Future red Milan Baroš appeared for the Czech Republic in their 3-2 defeat by Kuwait in the Olympics in Brisbane. On the same day, Brad Friedel featured as the USA drew 1-1 with Cameroon in Canberra in the same group. Strikers on the move 1991 - Paul Walsh joined Queens Park Rangers on loan from Tottenham Hotspur. He only made two appearances for the R’s before returning to White Hart Lane. 1987 - Ex-reserves striker Mike Newell joined Leicester City from Luton Town for £350,000. He struck 26 goals in 96 games for the Foxes before moving on again in July 1989, joining Everton for £1.1m. Other games on this day 1989 – Norwich City held us to a goalless draw at Anfield. 1978 – Graeme Souness bagged the only goal of Coventry City’s visit to L4. The Sky Blues were managed by ex-red Gordon Milne. 1967 – We lost 1-0 at Southampton with Martin Chivers bagging the first of his seven goals against the reds in the first minute. Tommy Smith then had a penalty saved. 1961 – We drew a Second Division match 0-0 at Brighton & Hove Albion. 1933 – Leicester City won 3-1 at Anfield. Hugh Adcock and Arthur Lochhead each struck the last of their five goals past us with Arthur Maw also on target before Alf Hanson bagged our late consolation. 1907 – We drew 0-0 at Sheffield United. 1905 – Sam Raybould netted either side of one of George Bridgett’s five goals against us as we won 2-1 at Sunderland. 1899 – We lost 2-0 at West Bromwich Albion’s Stoney Lane ground, with Ben Garfield grabbing a brace. Also in international action 1933 – Elisha Scott played for Northern Ireland as they beat Scotland 2-1 in a British International Championships game in Glasgow. 2006 – Future red Joe Allen played for Wales Under-17’s in their 2-0 defeat by Bosnia-Herzegovina in a European Championships qualifier. 2007 – Future red Nikola Sarić featured for Denmark Under-17’s as they lost 2-0 to the Republic of Ireland in a European Championships qualifier in Athlone.
  7. Will

    22nd November

    Reds born 1946 - Brian Hall was born in Glasgow. He signed for the reds in July 1968 fresh from graduating university, and scored 21 goals in 224 games, helping us to claim a League title, UEFA Cup, FA Cup and FA Charity Shield. His most memorable moment came when he bagged his first reds goal, the FA Cup Semi-final winner against Everton at Old Trafford in March 1971, also scoring at the same stage against Leicester City three years later. He moved on to Plymouth Argyle in July 1976, later finishing his playing career with Burnley, but he returned to Anfield in 1991 to take up the post of Public Relations Manager, a position he held until retiring in 2012. He died in July 2015. 1960 - Midfielder Kevin MacDonald was born in Inverness. He played 64 reds games, scoring five times, following his £400,000 capture from Leicester City in November 1984. He helped us to the League and FA Cup double in 1986, with skipper Alan Hansen calling him “far and away our most influential player.” He moved to Coventry City in June 1989 after a number of loan spells away from Anfield while recovering from a broken leg. 1944 - Forward Bobby Graham was born in Motherwell. He netted 42 times in 136 reds games after signing professional terms in November 1961, but often found himself behind first Ian St. John and then Kevin Keegan in the Anfield pecking order. He left for Coventry City in March 1972 for a £70,000 fee. 1884 – Inside-left Bill McPherson was born in Beith, Ayrshire. He signed from St. Mirren in 1906, bagging seventeen goals in 55 outings including one on his debut against Woolwich Arsenal, before returning north of the border to join Rangers in May 1908. 1887 - Forward Wilf Bartrop was born in Worksop. He arrived from Barnsley for £900 in May 1914, playing three games before joining the Royal Field Artillery in 1915. He was killed in wartime action in November 1918. 1936 - John Price was born in Aberystwyth. He signed from Fordhouse youth club in October 1954, but played just one senior game, at left-back at Leeds United in November 1955, before moving to Aston Villa in March 1957. Stevie sets another record 2006 - Steven Gerrard struck his fourteenth goal in the European Cup as we beat PSV Eindhoven 2-0 at Anfield. In the process, he joined Ian Rush as our top goalscorer in Europe’s premier club competition. Peter Crouch grabbed a late second as we comfortably secured top spot in the group, although this came at the expense of injuries to Xabi Alonso, Mark González and Jermaine Pennant. A reds stalwart starts out 1952 - Ronnie Moran made his reds bow in a 3-2 defeat at Derby County. Jack Smith scored for the reds, with Billy Liddell adding a penalty. Hugh McLaren bagged a brace for the Rams, with Jimmy Dunn netting one of his four goals against the reds. 1902 - We lost there in another top-flight encounter, when Edgar Chadwick netted in a 2-1 defeat with Sam Raybould having a second-half penalty saved. A new record 1980 - We set a new record of sixty consecutive home League games without defeat, surpassing Millwall’s record of 59 games. A Kenny Dalglish brace handed us a 2-0 win over Aston Villa, with our run coming to an end after 63 games. Shanks on the Kop 1975 - Ex-reds boss Bill Shankly stood on the Kop as we were held to a 1-1 draw by Coventry City. John Toshack grabbed our goal. 1981 – A memorial service was held for our former boss at Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, just under two months after his death. Mighty Mouse against the reds 1977 - Kevin Keegan played for Hamburger SV against Liverpool for the first time, in the first leg of the UEFA Super Cup, as we held the Germans to a 1-1 draw at the Volksparkstadion. David Fairclough bagged our goal, and our thumping 6-0 win in the second leg saw us claim this trophy for the first of three times to date. Held by boys 2012 – We were held to a 2-2 draw by Swiss side BSC Young Boys in our UEFA Europa League group game at Anfield, with the visitors twice coming from behind. Jonjo Shelvey headed us in front, with our other goal coming from a rare Joe Cole strike. Joy against Leeds We have faced Leeds United three times on this day in history, without tasting defeat. 1969 - Ron Yeats struck as we held the Yorkshire side to a top-flight draw at Elland Road, with Johnny Giles having a penalty saved by Tommy Lawrence, although he was also on target with one of his five goals against the reds. 1972 - Kevin Keegan nabbed the only goal of our League Cup Fourth Round replay at the same venue in the final minute. Amazingly, Johnny Giles again missed a penalty! 1924 - Dick Forshaw bagged the only goal of the game at Anfield, our first ever meeting with Leeds. Reds bosses 1978 - 1950’s wing-half Bobby Campbell was named Manager of Bristol Rovers. He led them to just eleven wins in 46 games in charge as they struggled in the old Second Division. 1994 - 1980’s midfielder Kevin MacDonald was appointed Caretaker Manager of Leicester City after Brian Little’s controversial departure for Aston Villa. He was only in charge for four games, before Mark McGhee took over. Disappointments 1983 - Kenny Dalglish was on target shortly after half time as we were held to a 1-1 draw by Second Division Fulham in a League Cup Third Round replay, with the game going into extra time after Kevin Lock’s late equaliser from the spot, but no further goals were scored meaning that we had to play our first ever second replay in this competition. Sammy Lee played his 200th game for the club. 1997 - Ashley Ward bagged the only goal of the game as newly-promoted Barnsley won at Anfield to secure their first ever victory over us in L4. 2008 – We were held to a goalless draw by Fulham, with sections of the Anfield crowd expressing their dissatisfaction with Lucas Leiva’s performance. On the same day, future red Glen Johnson netted a left-footed thirty-yard screamer in Portsmouth’s 2-2 draw with Hull City at Fratton Park that was later named as the BBC’s Goal of the Season. International farewells 1953 - Future red Doug Rudham won his only senior cap for South Africa as they lost a friendly 3-1 to Portugal in Lisbon. 2008 – Future reds keeper Loris Karius played for Germany Under-16’s for the third and last time as they beat Tunisia 1-0 in a friendly. Thommo the skipper 1979 - Phil Thompson captained England for the first time as they beat Bulgaria 2-0 in a European Championships qualifier at Wembley. Ray’s Clemence and Kennedy both also played. Signing on 1930 – Outside-right Danny McRorie signed from Morton for £1,500. He bagged six goals in 35 reds games, moving on to Rochdale in October 1933. International goalscorers 1997 - Future red Harry Kewell netted his first goal for Australia as they drew the first leg of their World Cup Play-off 1-1 in Iran. 1930 - Gordon Hodgson struck his only goal for England in their 4-0 defeat of Wales in Wrexham in the British International Championships. Future red Ernie Blenkinsop also played for the English. For Mr Bowen 1976 - The reds took part in a testimonial match for Dave Bowen, drawing 2-2 with Northampton Town at the County Ground with Emlyn Hughes and Ian Callaghan on the scoresheet. Bowen was Manager during their only season in the top flight, as well as leading the Cobblers to the Third Division title, and later taking charge of Wales. A reds treble for Young England 2001 - David Mannix, David Raven and Mark Smyth all played for England Under-17’s in their friendly against Poland at Peterborough United’s London Road Stadium. Mannix and Smyth both scored in a 6-0 thumping. On the move 2001 - Rigobert Song joined 1. FC Köln on loan from West Ham United. He remained for the rest of the season, playing in sixteen Bundesliga games. 2007 - Young midfielder Ryan Flynn joined League Two side Hereford United on loan, although injury meant he failed to feature for the first team. 2012 – Scottish centre-half Danny Wilson joined Bristol City on loan, with whom he played just once. On the same day, Bolo Zenden was appointed Interim Assistant Manager of Chelsea under Rafael Benítez. 2013 – The departures of Rodolfo Borrell as Head of Academy Coaching and Director of Academy and Player Development Frank McParland were both announced. On the same day, John Toshack resigned as Manager of Azerbaijani side Khazar Lankaran. 2018 – Forward Sadio Mané signed a new contract, having originally joined the club from Southampton for an initial £30m in June 2016. Also in international action 1967 – Peter Thompson and Roger Hunt both played for England as they beat Northern Ireland 2-0 at Wembley in a European Championships qualifier that also counted for the British International Championships. 2000 – Future red Alberto Aquilani played as Italy Under-16’s were held to a goalless draw by Argentina. 2003 – Roy Hodgson took charge of the United Arab Emirates for their 3-0 defeat of Sri Lanka in an AFC Asian Cup qualifier in Dubai.
  8. Will

    18th November

    Mickey’s treble 1997 - Michael Owen scored his first reds hat-trick as we beat Grimsby Town 3-0 at Anfield in a League Cup Fourth Round tie. Oggy signs on 1977 - Steve Ogrizovic signed from Chesterfield for £70,000. He only made five first-team starts in five years at Anfield as understudy to Ray Clemence, sitting on the bench on a further 27 occasions. He had more luck at Coventry City, winning the FA Cup with them in 1987 and making more than 500 League appearances. 1929 – Scottish inside-left Archie McPherson signed from Rangers. He bagged nineteen goals in 133 reds games as we endured a barren spell. He moved on to Sheffield United in December 1934, appearing for the Blades in the FA Cup Final as they lost to Arsenal at Wembley in 1936. Derby despair 1995 - Robbie Fowler netted our consolation very late on as we lost 2-1 at home to Everton through an Andrei Kanchelskis brace, two of his five goals past us. Ex-red Gary Ablett was carried off with knee ligament damage. Finland’s best 2002 - Sami Hyypiä was named Finland’s Player of the Year, retaining the award he had won the previous year. He went on to win this award on six occasions within the space of eight years. Beating the Mancs 1978 - Phil Neal converted a late penalty to hand us a 1-0 victory over Manchester City at Anfield after Ray Kennedy was apparently fouled in the area, although he admitted, “I don’t know what the penalty was for.” However, we had been denied a clear spot-kick earlier for a foul on Alan Kennedy. 1925 – We were thumped 5-0 at Maine Road to bow out of the Lancashire Senior Cup at the Second Round stage. 1911 - We also sent Manchester United home without the First Division points, with Jack Parkinson adding to a John Bovill brace in our 3-2 victory. Charlie Roberts struck, with Enoch West bagging one of his eight goals past us. 1939 - Willie Fagan bagged the only goal of our Wartime League meeting with United at Anfield from the spot. Mo again 2017 - Mohamed Salah scored in his third consecutive game as we beat Southampton 3-0 at Anfield, bagging a brace with Philippe Coutinho also on target. An Anfield win 1931 - Future reds Ernie Blenkinsop and Tom Cooper both featured for the home side as England beat Wales 3-1 at Anfield in the British International Championships. Twice against Villa and the Geordies We have twice entertained Aston Villa in the First Division on this day in history, without losing. 1899 - We drew 3-3 when John Walker, Hugh Morgan and Alex Raisbeck were on the scoresheet. Keeper Harry Storer put through his own net, with Jack Devey bagging one of his seven goals against the reds and Albert Wilkes also on target. 1922 - Donald Mackinlay, Harry Chambers and Dick Johnson struck as we won 3-0. 1984 - We won 2-0 at Newcastle United with Steve Nicol and John Wark netting. 1972 - We also beat United in the top-flight at home with Peter Cormack, Alec Lindsay and John Toshack grabbing our goals as we won 3-2, despite Tommy Smith missing a penalty. John Tudor bagged one of his five goals against the reds, with Malcolm MacDonald striking one of his seven past us. Happy birthdays 1997 – Midfielder Ovie Ejaria was born in Southwark in south London. He made eight senior appearances, moving on to Reading last August after a successful campaign on loan. 1968 – Chief Scout Barry Hunter was born in Coleraine, Northern Ireland. He played as a defender for Wrexham and Reading, before moving into coaching and then scouting for Blackburn Rovers, Norwich City and most recently Manchester City, joining the reds in June 2012. 1948 - Former reds goalkeeping coach Joe Corrigan was born in Manchester. He made nearly 600 appearances for Manchester City, as well as winning nine England caps. He spent ten years on our backroom staff before moving on after the arrival of Rafael Benítez. Finn to Fulham 1998 - Steve Finnan joined Kevin Keegan’s Fulham from Notts County for £600,000. He went on to play 209 times for the Cottagers, netting seven times and winning First and Second Division League titles, to add to the Third Division he had won with County. 2006 - Finn played his hundredth reds League game in our goalless Premiership draw at Middlesbrough as our away day blues continued. Off the mark 1998 - Future red Yossi Benayoun made his senior international debut as Israel lost a friendly 2-0 in Portugal, who included fellow future red Abel Xavier. 2014 – Future red Roberto Firmino struck his first goal for Brazil as they won a friendly 2-1 in Austria. On the same day, Stewart Downing won his first cap as a West Ham United player as Roy Hodgson’s England won 3-1 in Scotland, with future red Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scoring one of the goals and Andy Robertson netting his first senior strike and only one as a Hull City player. Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert, Lazar Marković, Martin Škrtel, Raheem Sterling, future reds Nathaniel Clyne and James Milner, and ex-reds Alberto Aquilani and Javier Mascherano also played for their countries that day. Reds on opposite sides 1998 - Patrik Berger and future red Vladimír Šmicer both ran out at Wembley as England beat the Czech Republic 2-0 in a friendly, with Robbie Fowler coming on as a substitute. Meanwhile, Vegard Heggem and future red Stéphane Henchoz also played in international friendlies. 1939 - England’s Jack Balmer netted past future reds keeper Cyril Sidlow as they beat Wales 3-2 in a Wartime international at the Racecourse Ground. First and last caps 2019 - Luis Suárez won his final cap as a Barcelona player, scoring as Uruguay drew 2-2 in a friendly with Argentina in Israel, with ex-red Sebastián Coates also featuring. 2014 - Xherdan Shaqiri played for Switzerland for the last time as a Bayern München player in their 2-2 draw with Poland in a friendly in Wroclaw. Meanwhile, ex-red Alexander Kačaniklić won his nineteenth and final senior cap in Sweden’s 1-0 defeat in France, with future red Loris Karius playing for Germany Under-21’s for the only time as they drew a friendly 1-1 with the Czech Republic in Prague. 2008 – Adam Lallana won his only cap for England Under-21’s, coming off the bench in their 2-0 friendly defeat of the Czech Republic at Bramall Lane. On the same day, Ragnar Klavan won his first cap as an AZ Alkmaar player in Estonia’s 1-0 friendly defeat of Moldova in Tallinn. Future reds Mario Balotelli and Victor Moses were also in international action that day. 1998 - Dietmar Hamann won his first cap as a Newcastle United player, and thirteenth in total, as Germany were held to a 1-1 draw in their friendly against the Netherlands in Gelsenkirchen. On the same day, Jason McAteer won his 28th cap, and his final one as a reds player, as the Republic of Ireland lost 1-0 in a Euro 2000 qualifier in Yugoslavia. Steve Staunton also played. 1981 - Avi Cohen won his first cap in his second spell with Maccabi Tel-Aviv as Israel lost a World Cup qualifier 1-0 in Northern Ireland. Kenny Dalglish, Alan Hansen, Terry McDermott, Phil Neal, Ian Rush, Graeme Souness, Phil Thompson and ex-reds Joey Jones and Kevin Keegan all also played in qualifiers that day. Half century for Aldo 1992 - Ex-red John Aldridge had a goal wrongly ruled out for offside while winning his fiftieth cap. The Republic of Ireland held Spain to a goalless draw in their World Cup qualifier in Seville, with ex-reds Ray Houghton and Steve Staunton also playing. Ian Rush, ex-reds Jim Magilton and Dean Saunders, and future reds Paul Ince, Gary McAllister and Karlheinz Riedle all also featured in internationals that day, with Roy Hodgson taking charge of Switzerland. Management moves 1990 - John Toshack was sacked as Manager of Real Madrid on the back of three straight defeats, eleven games into the new season, having led them to the League title earlier that year. He returned to the Bernabeu in February 1999, lasting just nine months before being dismissed again. 2009 – King Kenny’s son Paul was appointed Head Coach of USSF Division 2 expansion team Tampa Bay. However, he left by mutual consent in September 2010. Young future reds on target 2003 - Djibril Cissé struck as France Under-21’s lost the second leg of their European Championships play-off game 2-1 to Portugal in Clermont-Ferrand. He was later dismissed, which led to him missing out on the senior Euro 2004 tournament. Alou Diarra and Florent Sinama-Pongolle both also featured with the tie ending level at 3-3 on aggregate, although Portugal won through 4-1 on penalties. Meanwhile, future red Robbie Keane bagged a brace as the Republic of Ireland beat Canada 3-0 in a friendly in Dublin and Roy Hodgson took charge of United Arab Emirates as they beat Sri Lanka 3-1 in an AFC Asian Cup qualifier in Dubai. 1995 - Leicester City’s Emile Heskey struck twice for England Under-18’s in their 6-2 European Championships qualifying defeat of Sweden in Kettering. 1980 - Future red David Hodgson grabbed his first goal for England Under-21’s as they thumped Switzerland 5-0 in a European Championships qualifier at Portman Road. Other recent internationals 2009 – Future red Raul Meireles scored the only goal in the second leg of Portugal’s World Cup play-off meeting with Bosnia-Herzegovina in Zenica. Ex-red Robbie Keane also netted as the Republic of Ireland drew their controversial encounter with France in Paris 1-1 after extra time, with ex-reds Nicolas Anelka and Alou Diarra therefore both qualifying for the Finals in South Africa. Future red Joe Allen scored his last goal for Wales Under-21’s as Sotirios Kyrgiakos and future red Luis Suárez both also helped their countries to reach the World Cup Finals, while Ryan Babel, Dirk Kuyt, Pepe Reina, ex-reds Xabi Alonso, Álvaro Arbeloa, Harry Kewell and future reds Milan Jovanović, Dejan Lovren, Christian Poulsen and Kolo Touré were all also in international action. 2007 – Future red Luis Suárez netted as Uruguay drew 2-2 with Chile in a World Cup qualifier in Montevideo. On the same day, future reds keeper Ádám Bogdán was sent off as Hungary Under-21’s lost a European Championships qualifier 1-0 in Latvia, with Krisztián Nemeth also featuring. 2018 – Naby Keïta captained Guinea as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Ivory Coast in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Conakry. On the same day, Dejan Lovren reached a half century of caps for Croatia as they were beaten 2-1 by England in a UEFA Nations League group game at Wembley. Joe Gomez, Liam Millar, Divock Origi, Xherdan Shaqiri and ex-reds Péter Gulácsi, Raheem Sterling and Suso also in international action. Mark moves 2005 - Ex-reserves forward Mark Smyth signed for Accrington Stanley. He had made just one solitary first-team appearance, in the Carling Cup win at Tottenham Hotspur in December 2004, but only spent one season with Stanley. Baby news 2011 – Keeper Brad Jones sadly lost his son Luca, who died aged just six years old from leukaemia. 2017 – Left-back Alberto Moreno became a father for the first time, to Alberto Jnr. Other international reds 1964 – Roger Hunt and Peter Thompson both played as England beat Wales 2-1 in a friendly at Wembley. 1975 – Future reds David Johnson and Alan Kennedy both featured as England Under-23’s beat Portugal 2-0 in a European Championships game at Selhurst Park. 2004 – Future reds keeper David Martin played as England Under-19’s beat France 1-0 in a friendly in Barnsley. 2013 – Tiago Ilori, ex-reds Javier Mascherano and Maxi Rodríguez and future reds Mario Balotelli and Victor Moses all played for their countries.
  9. Will

    25th August

    The Saint departs 1971 - Ian St. John signed for Coventry City after a spell with Hellenic in South Africa. He had notched 118 goals in 425 games for the reds, including the winning goal in the 1965 FA Cup Final. He had also helped us to win two First Division titles, the Second Division and FA Charity Shield since his arrival from Motherwell in May 1961 for a then club record fee of £37,500. 2018 – German keeper Loris Karius joined Turkish side Beşiktaş JK on a two-year loan. He joined the reds for £4.7m from 1. FSV Mainz 05 in July 2016, taking over the number one shirt. He has made 49 first-team appearances to date, keeping 22 clean sheets but making several high-profile errors. 1925 – Inside-left Hector Lawson left the reds to join Airdrieonians. He had signed from Rangers in January 1924, failing to score in sixteen outings. Solo Momo 2007 - Momo Sissoko struck his only reds goal, our 7,000th in League football, with Andriy Voronin also notching as we won 2-0 at Sunderland, with Sami Hyypiä forced off after just a quarter of an hour with a broken nose and Jamie Carragher also breaking a rib and having to be replaced. Wilkommen Christian 2000 - Christian Ziege completed his protracted signing from Middlesbrough for £5.5m. He had spent one successful season at the Riverside, netting seven times in 34 appearances. Ziege made 32 appearances whilst at Anfield, including coming off the bench in Cardiff for the first leg of the treble, before moving on again to Tottenham Hotspur. He retired from playing in October 2005 after a spell back in his native land with Borussia Mönchengladbach. Getting off to a great start in front of a new Kop 1928 - Two debutants scored in our 3-0 defeat of Bury at Anfield, as the newly-roofed Kop was opened for the first match of the season. Billy Miller scored twice and Albert Whitehurst added the other. Centre-half David Davidson and left-half Jimmy McDougall also made their reds bows that day. This was the last time that two debutants struck in the same match until Craig Bellamy and Mark González repeated the feat against Maccabi Haifa in August 2006. Recent moves 2010 – Midfielder Alberto Aquilani returned to his native land to join Juventus on loan, after two goals in 28 reds outings. He notched twice in 34 games for the Old Lady that season. On the same day, young Hungarian forward Krisztián Németh joined Olympiacos for £1m after a successful loan spell in Greece with A.E.K Athens. He played just four League games for them, spending much of his time out on loan. 2012 – Turkish midfielder Nuri Şahin joined on loan from Real Madrid. However, he only struck three times in twelve outings before returning to Borussia Dortmund in January 2013. 2016 – Right-back Javier Manquillo joined Sunderland on loan from Club Atlético de Madrid, netting once in 22 games as the Mackems were relegated to the Championship. On the dame day, left-back Sam Hart joined Port Vale on loan. He struck once in sixteen outings for the Valiants. Roy’s solitary strike 1956 - Right-half Roy Saunders, Dean’s dad, scored his only reds goal in our 2-0 Second Division win at Bury’s Gigg Lane. Louis Bimpson grabbed the other. Mølby makes his mark in East Anglia 1992 - Jan Mølby scored our first Premier League penalty as we held Ipswich Town to a 2-2 draw at Portman Road, with Mark Walters nabbing our other goal. Jason Dozzell and then Chris Kiwomya equalised for the home side. 1984 - Jan made his first-class reds debut in our 3-3 draw at Norwich City. A Steve Bruce own goal put us ahead, the hundredth we had benefited from in all competitions to date, with our other goals coming from Kenny Dalglish and a Phil Neal penalty. Mick Channon scored the last of his seven goals past us, with Peter Mendham and Keith Bertschin also on target. Most recently 2018 – Mohamed Salah bagged the only goal of Brighton & Hove Albion’s League visit to Anfield. 2020 – We came from two goals down to draw a behind closed doors friendly 2-2 at Red Bull Salzburg with Rhian Brewster netting twice. Benvenuto Mario 2014 - Mario Balotelli signed from AC Milan for £16m, going on to score just four times in 28 outings, although half of these came from the bench. He left for Nice on a free transfer two years later after a season on loan at AC Milan. On the same day, the reds lost 3-1 at Manchester City as Emre Can, Lazar Marković and Alberto Moreno all made their debuts. Stevan Jovetić struck twice, the most recent of his four goals past us, with Sergio Agüero also scoring, one of his six against us to date. Our goal came when Pablo Zabaleta put through his own net. 1986 – We were held to a goalless draw at Anfield by Manchester City. Ian Rush was sent off for ‘foul or abusive language’ as he was leaving the pitch at the end of the game, although this was later rescinded. Another debutant 1979 - Centre-half Colin Irwin made his reds bow as we saw off West Bromwich Albion 3-1 at Anfield, thanks to Terry McDermott and a David Johnson brace, with Peter Barnes netting for the Baggies. This was our 1,500th home League game. 1976 - We also won at The Hawthorns, with John Toshack nabbing the only goal of the game. 1923 - Our first game on this day in history was also played there, but we went down 2-0 as we started off the season badly. Forward Dick Johnson seriously injured his knee, not making his comeback until the following April. Stan Davies netted one of his four strikes against the reds, with Arthur Fitton also netting. Keeping crisis 1990 - Sheffield United’s goalkeeper Simon Tracey had to go off injured in only the fourteenth minute at Bramall Lane, to be replaced by defender John Pemberton. We went on to win 3-1, with goals from Ray Houghton, Ian Rush and John Barnes. Brian Deane was on target for the home side with the first of his eight goals against us. We have also played the Blades twice more on this day in history. 1965 - We lost 1-0 at Anfield as Mick Jones bagged the first of his seven strikes past the reds. 1948 – We drew 3-3 in L4, with Jack Balmer nabbing a brace and Billy Liddell also on target for the reds. Jimmy Hagan scored one of his four goals against us, with George Jones and Colin Collindridge also scoring. Mixed fortunes against Rovers 1934 - We kicked off the season with a 2-0 defeat of Blackburn Rovers at Anfield, thanks to a Vic Wright brace. 1962 - We lost 1-0 at Ewood Park thanks to a Bryan Douglas goal. Another good start 1973 - Steve Heighway bagged the only goal of our season opener at home to Stoke City as Ian Callaghan played his 600th reds game. Bill Shankly was presented with Bell’s Manager of the Year trophy for the previous season, also parading the recently-retired Gordon Banks around Anfield before the match. Happy birthdays 1909 - Goalkeeper Andrew Aitken was born in Newcastle. He signed from Wallsend in March 1930 but only ever made one senior reds appearance, in our 3-3 draw at Blackburn Rovers in December of that year, returning to amateur football with Mickley in April 1931. 1969 – Ex-reserves forward Tony Cousins was born in The Liberties, Dublin. He won the PFAI Young Player of the Year in 1989/90 before joining the reds. He moved to Middlesbrough on a free transfer in the summer of 1993 having failed to make the breakthrough at Anfield. Other reds games 1993 – Tottenham Hotspur won 2-1 at Anfield. Nigel Clough put us in front, but Teddy Sheringham struck two of his seven goals against the reds, including a penalty. 1970 – Bobby Graham was on target as Crystal Palace held us to a 1-1 draw in L4. 1951 – We came from behind to win 3-1 at Chelsea with Kevin Baron, Billy Liddell and Albert Stubbins all on the scoresheet. Stevie’s award 2005 - Steven Gerrard was presented with the UEFA Club Footballer of the Year award in Monaco, having led us to Champions League glory earlier that year. Champion Roy 1973 - Reds reserves left-back and future boss Roy Evans played for the Philadelphia Atoms as they beat Dallas Tornado 2-0 in the NASL Final in Dallas. Youngsters in action 2010 – Matty Regan netted on his debut for England Under-17’s, with Raheem Sterling also making his bow at this level in their 2-2 friendly draw with Turkey at Sincil Bank. Adam Morgan also featured. 2007 – Future red Mamadou Sakho featured as France Under-17’s beat Japan 2-1 in a World Championships Finals group game in South Korea. 2001 - Anthony Le Tallec made his League debut for Le Havre in their 4-0 defeat of Grenoble at the Stade Jules Deschaseaux. Also in international action 1993 – Future red Jari Litmanen played as Finland lost a World Cup qualifier 3-0 to Austria in Vienna.
  10. Will

    24th March

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

    4th February

    Farewell to a legend 1978 - Ian Callaghan made his 640th and final League appearance, almost eighteen years after his debut. Unfortunately, this came in a 1-0 reverse at Coventry City. His final ever reds appearance came eight weeks later, in our European Cup Semi-final first leg at Borussia Mönchengladbach. Seven-ton Stevie 2015 – Steven Gerrard played his 700th reds game as we came from behind to win 2-1 at Bolton Wanderers in our FA Cup Fourth Round replay. Eiður Guðjohnsen opened the scoring from the spot after an hour, the last of his four goals against us, before Neil Danns was sent off for the Trotters. However, Raheem Sterling and Philippe Coutinho both struck late on past future reds keeper Andy Lonergan to send us through. We made it as far as Wembley Semi-final that season. 1920 – We beat Bolton Wanderers 2-0 in a top-flight match at Anfield that also counted towards the Lancashire Senior Cup, with inside-forward Harry Lewis bagging a brace. 1933 - We were held to a 3-3 draw at Burnden Park with Harold Taylor netting his first reds goal. Harold Barton also scored with Bob Done converting a spot-kick. Jack Milsom struck one of his seven goals past the reds, with Ray Westwood nabbing one of his nine and Willie Cook also on target. Signing on 1992 - István Kozma was signed from Dunfermline Athletic for £300,000. He was one of Graeme Souness’s least successful signings, making just ten first-team appearances in two seasons at Anfield, before returning to his native Hungary in June 1993. Babb off 1995 - A Robbie Fowler goal gave us a 1-1 draw at Nottingham Forest, our most recent game on this day. Phil Babb was sent off for a professional foul on Steve Stone. Future red Stan Collymore had opened the scoring with the first of his three goals against us. 1925 - We also travelled to the City Ground, when Jock McNab grabbed the only goal of the game. Youngsters see off the Shrews 2020 – Ro-Shaun Williams diverted a Neco Williams cross into his own net for the only goal of the game as the youngest ever side in the club’s history, aged nineteen years and 102 days, beat League One side Shrewsbury Town in our FA Cup Fourth Round replay at Anfield. Under-23’s Coach Neil Critchley took charge of a team captained by Curtis Jones, becoming our youngest ever skipper at the age of nineteen and five days, with the first team taking the inaugural Premier League winter break. Midfielders Jake Cain and Elijah Dixon-Bonner, forward Joe Hardy, left-back Adam Lewis and forward Liam Millar all debuted, with defender Ki-Jana Hoever playing his fourth and last reds game. Stalemates galore This day has proven to be a day of draws in our history, with nine of our 22 first-class matches ending in stalemate, including four of the last seven. 2019 – We were held 1-1 by West Ham United at the London Stadium. Sadio Mané opened the scoring, with Michail Antonio equalising inside half an hour, the latest of his five goals past us to date. This cut our lead at the top of the table to three points. 1984 - Our game at Sunderland ended goalless. 1967 - We also drew there, with Ron Yeats and Peter Thompson netting. John O’Hare struck the first of his six goals past us, with Bobby Kerr also scoring. 1989 - Goals from strike partners John Aldridge and Ian Rush helped us to a share of the points at Newcastle United. 1961 - Our most recent victory on this day was a 3-2 Second Division win at Sc***horpe United. Kevin Lewis, Jimmy Melia and Tommy Leishman were on target for the reds with Joe Bonson bagging his fifth and last goal against us and Barrie Thomas also netting. Derby despair 1939 - We lost the Anfield derby 3-0, with Tommy Lawton bagging two of his six goals past us to add to Stan Bentham’s goal. This win put the Blues back on top of the table, as they went on to claim the title for the fifth time that season. 2009 – Steven Gerrard had to go off injured after a quarter of an hour, with Lucas Leiva sent off in the second half as we went on to lose 1-0 at Goodison in our FA Cup Fourth Round Replay after extra time. Young substitute Dan Gosling bagged the winner with just two minutes remaining. We have also faced the Blues two more times in FA Cup action on this day in history, with Jack Parkinson on target in both encounters. 1905 - We were held to a 1-1 draw at Anfield in a First Round tie and were then unfortunately knocked out in the replay. 1911 - We lost 2-1 in the Second Round at Goodison Park with Sandy Young grabbing the last two of his twelve derby goals. Most recently 2017 – We lost 2-0 at Hull City’s KCOM Stadium, thanks to goals from Alfred N’Diaye and future Blue Oumar Niasse. 2018 – Mohamed Salah bagged a brace as we were held to a 2-2 draw at Anfield by Tottenham Hotspur. We took the lead early on, holding this until ten minutes from time when Victor Wanyama equalised. Loris Karius saved a penalty from Harry Kane. Salah gave us a stoppage-time lead, but there was still time for Kane to convert a spot-kick, one of his six goals past us to date. God on the move 2009 - Robbie Fowler signed for North Queensland Fury, who play in the Australian A-League. He bagged nine goals in 26 outings before moving on to Perth Glory. Red debuts 1928 - We suffered our first home League defeat to West Ham United when Dick Edmed was on target from the spot as we lost 3-1, with forward Bob Clark making his debut. Jimmy Ruffell bagged two of his four strikes past the reds, with Vic Watson nabbing one of his nine goals against us. 1954 - Forward Derek Brownbill was born in Liverpool. He only made one senior reds appearance, in a 1-1 draw at Birmingham City in September 1973, when he was replaced by our goalscorer, Brian Hall. After leaving Anfield in February 1975, he played more than 140 League games for Port Vale and Wigan Athletic, before emigrating to the USA to play for Cleveland Cobras. Mixed fortunes against the Potters We twice entertained Stoke on this day at the end of the nineteenth century. 1893 - We lost a friendly meeting 2-1, with John Miller on target. 1899 – Bill Goldie netted the only goal of our First Division encounter. International bows 1922 - Long-serving reds left-back Donald Mackinlay won the first of his two caps for Scotland in a 2-1 defeat by Wales in the British International Championships in Wrexham. Right-half Maurice Parry made his international bow for the home side in the same game, while ex-red Ken Campbell was in the Scotland goal. 1928 – Elisha Scott played for Northern Ireland as they lost 2-1 to Wales in Belfast. Africans on target 2002 - Future reds Salif Diao and El-Hadji Diouf both scored in Senegal’s 2-0 African Cup of Nations Quarter-final defeat of DR Congo in Mali, with this being Diao’s first strike for his country. Meanwhile, ex-red Rigobert Song captained Cameroon in their 1-0 win over Egypt. 2006 - Song and future red Kolo Touré both converted in a penalty shoot-out after Cameroon’s Quarter-final with Ivory Coast in Cairo ended in a 1-1 draw. Song skippered his country to a 12-11 victory on penalties. 2008 - Rigobert was captain again as they beat Tunisia 3-2 after extra time to reach the Semi-finals once more. 2012 – Future red Touré played in the Ivory Coast’s 3-0 defeat of host nation Equatorial Guinea in a Quarter-final in Malabo. 2015 – Touré featured again as Ivory Coast beat Congo DR 3-1 in the Semi-final in Equatorial Guinea. Almost in charge 2008 - Steve Staunton was appointed Assistant Manager of Leeds United under Gary McAllister. He remained at Elland Road for ten months, leaving in the wake of Gary Mac’s sacking. 2010 – Ex-reds coach Paco Herrera was appointed Manager of Villarreal reserves, but only stayed in the role for four months. Final caps 2000 - Reserves forward Haukur Ingi Gudnason won his third and final cap as a reds player, as a substitute in a 3-2 Nordic Cup defeat of the Faroe Islands in La Manga. 1992 - Øyvind Leonhardsen won his last cap as a Molde player, his eleventh in total, as Norway beat Bermuda 3-1 in a friendly in Hamilton. Fellow future red Stig Inge Bjørnebye also played. 1976 - Joey Jones won his fourth and final Under-23’s cap for Wales, and only one as a red, in their 3-2 defeat by Scotland in Wrexham. Future red Alan Hansen won his third and last cap at this level as a substitute in the same game. Other reds games 1956 – We won a Second Division match 2-1 at Middlesbrough despite falling behind to the last of Lindy Delapenha’s four goals against the reds. John Evans and Billy Liddell scored our goals. 1950 – We drew 2-2 at Derby County with Billy Liddell and Albert Stubbins on target. John Morris scored one of his seven goals past us, with Billy Steel bagging the last of his four. 1922 – Harry Chambers netted twice as we won 2-0 at Birmingham City. Award winners 2008 - Kenny Dalglish won the Bill Shankly Memorial award from the Liverpool Echo at the Echo Arena. 2013 - Centre-half Martin Škrtel was named Slovakia’s Player of the Year for 2012, winning this award for the fourth time. On the move 2019 - Norwich City announced that former Academy midfielder Adam Phillips' contract had been cancelled by mutual consent. He moved on to Burnley six months later. Also in international action 2016 – Future red Rafael Camacho scored for Portugal Under-16’s as they drew a friendly 3-3 with Germany in Vila Real, before triumphing 5-4 on penalties. 2009 – Emiliano Insúa skippered Argentina as they lost 2-1 to Uruguay in a final phase game at the Sudamericano Sub-20 “Juventud de América” in Venezuela. On the same day, Sami Hyypiä captained Finland as they were thumped 5-1 in a friendly in Japan, with ex-red Jari Litmanen also featuring. 1996 – Future red Vegard Heggem played for Norway Under-21’s in their 2-1 defeat by the USA in Jacksonville, Florida.
  12. Will

    4th May

    Winning trophies We have twice won major honours on this day in our history. 1974 - We ‘undressed’ Newcastle United 3-0 at Wembley to win our second FA Cup, thanks to a brace from Kevin Keegan and a Steve Heighway goal. Future reds Alan Kennedy and Terry McDermott both played for United. 1976 - We clinched our ninth League title, Bob Paisley’s first as Manager, as we won 3-1 at Wolverhampton Wanderers. We only needed a point, while Wolves had to win to stay up. Kevin Keegan, John Toshack and Ray Kennedy all scored in the last quarter of an hour after Steve Kindon had put Wolves ahead. 1988 – The PFA announced that the reds were the winners of the inaugural Fair Play trophy. European disappointment 1965 - We played in our first European Semi-final, defeating European Cup holders Internazionale 3-1 in the first leg at Anfield, with the recently-won FA Cup being paraded around the ground prior to kick off. Roger Hunt, Ian Callaghan and Ian St. John all scored, with a Chris Lawler strike ruled off for a debatable offside. The crowd crowed “Oh Inter 1-2-3, go back to Italy!” Unfortunately, Inter’s away goal, scored by Alessandro Mazzola, would eventually prove crucial, as would the referee’s intervention in the San Siro. Yet another win 2019 – We won 3-2 at Rafael Benítez’s Newcastle United with Divock Origi’s late header ensuring the title race with Manchester City went down to the last day of the campaign. Virgil van Dijk opened the scoring, with Christian Atsu equalising before Mohamed Salah put us back in front before half an hour had elapsed. Salomón Rondón drew the home side level again after the break, with Salah having to be taken off with an injury that ensured he missed the upcoming critical UEFA Champions League Semi-final second leg meeting with Barcelona. Nando again 2008 - Fernando Torres scored in his eighth consecutive home League game, equalling Roger Hunt’s club record as we beat Manchester City 1-0. This was his 32nd goal of the season. 1929 - We also hosted Manchester City, with Gordon Hodgson netting in a 1-1 draw, our final game of a season in which we finished fifth, his thirtieth League strike of the season. Tommy Johnson netted one of his eight goals against the reds. Sami off 2009 – Centre-back Sami Hyypiä agreed to sign for Bayer 04 Leverkusen when his contract expired at the end of the season. The mighty Finn played 464 reds games, netting 35 times and helping us to claim the European Cup, UEFA Cup, two FA Cups, two League Cups and two UEFA Super Cups following his £2.5m bargain capture from Dutch side Willem II in May 1999. He later took over as Team Manager at the BayArena for two years. 1898 – Forward Joe Lumsden left the reds to join Glossop North End. He had struck twice in eight outings since arriving from Burton Wanderers in June 1897. Happy birthday Igor 1978 - Igor Bišcan was born in Zagreb. The big Croat played 118 reds games, netting three times as he helped us to the Worthington Cup, UEFA Super Cup and Charity Shield in 2001, and the Worthington Cup again two years later, as well as playing a key role on the road to Istanbul, moving on to Panathinaikos in July 2005. On the same day, eventual champions Nottingham Forest held us to a goalless draw at Anfield. Facing the Blues 1991 - We came from two goals down to level but eventually lost 4-2 at Chelsea. Young winger Jimmy Carter came off the bench and was later himself substituted by Ronnie Rosenthal. David Speedie and Rosenthal got on the scoresheet, while Gary Gillespie played his 214th and last reds game. Kerry Dixon netted two of his seven strikes past us, with Dennis Wise converting a penalty, one of his four goals against the reds, and Gordon Durie also on target with the last of his five. Ex-red Bobby Campbell resigned as Blues boss three days later. 1985 - We also faced the Blues in the First Division, this time winning at Anfield by the odd goal in seven. Steve Nicol nabbed a brace while Ronnie Whelan and Ian Rush also struck. Future red Nigel Spackman scored from the spot for the visitors, with Kerry Dixon and Gordon Davies also on target. Youngest ever 2019 – Future red Harvey Elliott became the youngest ever player in the Premier League in Fulham’s 1-0 defeat at Wolverhampton Wanderers, aged just sixteen years and thirty days. Managerial comings and goings 1977 - Ian St. John was sacked as Manager of Portsmouth. He had been in charge for three seasons, leading them to just 31 victories in 124 games in charge as they were relegated into the old Third Division, and then narrowly escaped a further descent to the League basement. 2001 - Ex-reds reserve Dave Watson became Tranmere Rovers Manager. He won 22 of his 55 games as they steadied in the Second Division. 2018 - Steven Gerrard was appointed as Manager of Rangers, taking over the following month. The end of the road for Liddell 1940 - Billy Liddell’s first professional contract that he had signed the previous April expired. He went on to strike 228 times in 534 games. His only club honour was the League title in 1947, although he also played in the FA Cup Final three years later. Farewell to the lower reaches 1962 - We played our last ever Second Division game, going down 4-2 at Swansea Town in a game postponed from a month earlier due to a smallpox outbreak in South Wales. Ian St. John and Roger Hunt grabbed our goals. Colin Webster bagged a brace for the Swans, with Brayley Reynolds netting the last of his seven strikes past us and Mel Nurse also on target. King Kenny starts and ends 1967 - Kenny Dalglish signed as an amateur for Celtic, turning professional the following year. He helped them to claim four League titles, four Scottish Cups and the Scottish League Cup, striking 167 times in 269 games. 1986 – His testimonial match took place at Hampden Park. Tommy Docherty’s side of Anglos beat Alex Ferguson’s home-based Scots 5-2 with Kenny on target for both sides! European joy 1999 - Pepe Reina played for Spain Under-16’s as they reached the Final of the European Championships in the Czech Republic by seeing off Germany 4-0 in their Semi-final encounter. Comeback 1968 - Bobby Graham came on for Tony Hateley as we were 1-0 down at Leeds United to one of Mick Jones’s seven goals past us. Chris Lawler drew us level with six minutes remaining, with Graham bagging the winner a minute later. Keeper Tommy Lawrence played his 300th reds game, with this result helping us to finish the season in third, one place above Leeds. Wins in Bristol We twice played Bristol Rovers at their Memorial Ground in consecutive years in the 1930’s, for the Bristol Hospitals Lord Mayor’s Cup. 1936 - The game ended 5-5 with Phil Taylor bagging a brace to add to goals from Syd Roberts, Fred Howe and Alf Hanson, with the trophy being shared. 1937 - We won 2-1, with Berry Nieuwenhuys on target twice. Rushie the skipper 1987 - Ian Rush captained the reds in his last home game before he moved to Juventus. He struck the only goal of the game against Watford. Sweet! 1992 – Ahead of the FA Cup Final, Candy was announced as the club’s first ever permanent match sponsor, for the 1992/93 season. Wrong shaped ball 1997 - A Super League match between St. Helens and Castleford Tigers was staged at Anfield, with Saints winning 42-16 in front of 12,329. Scots on target in friendlies 1960 - Future red Ian St. John netted his first goal for Scotland while winning his fifth cap, as they lost 3-2 at home to Poland. The Scots were managed by Andy Beattie, who had guested with the reds during the war, and later joined the backroom staff at Anfield after a successful management career. 1955 - Billy Liddell struck while winning his 25th cap as Portugal lost 3-0 at Hampden Park. Future reds keeper Tommy Younger won his first cap in the same game. More final caps 1986 - Ronnie Rosenthal won his last cap as a Maccabi Haifa player, his eleventh in total, as Israel were thumped 7-2 by Argentina in a friendly in Tel-Aviv. Ex-red Avi Cohen also played. 2017 – Future red Ki-Jana Hoever won his fourth and last Under-15’s cap as the Netherlands beat Germany 2-1 in a friendly in Wezep. Kozma twice 1988 – Future red István Kozma played for Hungary as they beat Iceland 3-0 in a friendly in Budapest. 1994 – Kozma won his first cap in his second spell as an Újpest player as they lost a friendly 3-2 in Poland. On the move 2020 – Keeper Loris Karius terminated his two-year loan contract with Beşiktaş JK a year early, due to a dispute over wages. 2016 – Ex-reds midfielder Joe Cole signed for Tampa Bay Rowdies, netting nine times in 26 outings in his first campaign. 2007 - Real Club Recreativo de Huelva announced that they would sign Florent Sinama-Pongolle for €4m, whom he had joined on loan the previous August. He struck 22 times in 69 outings for the Andalusian side before moving to Club Atlético de Madrid in July 2008. 2002 - Former reserves winger Nicky Rizzo signed for Serie A side Lecce from Ternana on a free transfer. Other games on this day 1978 – We were held to a goalless draw with Nottingham Forest at Anfield, ending the season seven points behind the visiting champions in second place, despite securing the same number of points as in the previous campaign when we won the League. 1949 – Derby County triumphed 3-0 at the Baseball Ground. John Morris scored two of his seven goals past us, with Billy Steel also on the scoresheet with one of his four. 1935 – Tommy Johnson and Alf Hanson struck to put us two goals ahead against Sunderland in L4. However, Bobby Gurney grabbed one of his sixteen strikes past us, with George Goddard also scoring as the game ended 2-2 in L4 as we ended the season in seventh. More youngsters in Euro action 2002 – David Raven and Mark Smyth played for England Under-17’s in their 1-0 defeat of FR Yugoslavia in their European Championships Quarter-final in Denmark. 2007 – Future reds Victor Moses and Mamadou Sakho both featured in group games in the same competition in Belgium. 2008 – Future reds Xherdan Shaqiri and Thiago Alcântara featured as the Swiss Under-17’s lost 2-0 to Spain in Turkey. 2018 – Elijah Dixon-Bonner played for England in the same tournament as they beat Israel 2-1 in a group game in Chesterfield.
  13. Will

    10th July

    In comes Divock 2019 – Belgian forward Divock Origi signed a new contract, just a few days after scoring in the UEFA Champions League Final in Madrid. He netted 35 times in 157 outings across his first six campaigns, also helping us to claim the Premier League title, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup. Bells rung out 2007 - Craig Bellamy was sold to West Ham United for £7.5m, the record fee paid by the Irons until Andy Carroll took the same path for £15.5m in June 2013. He had arrived from Blackburn Rovers for £6m in June 2006 and was only a partial success in his first spell, grabbing nine goals in 42 games, with his finest moment coming in the Camp Nou as he scored a crucial goal in our 2-1 victory to help us progress towards Athens. On the same day, reserves midfielder Danny Guthrie joined Bolton Wanderers on loan. He made 35 senior appearances for the Trotters, netting just once, in his debut in a 2-1 League Cup Third Round victory at Fulham. Birth and death 1984 - Left-winger Mark González was born in Durban in South Africa. The Chilean international signed from Albacete Balompié for £1.5m in October 2005, although he was not granted a work permit until the following July. He struck three times in 36 games, leaving the club in July 2007 to join Real Betis Balompié. 1983 – Forward Jimmy Collins died. He signed from Walsall in January 1936, failing to score in seven reds games before joining Cardiff City the following May, for whom he bagged forty goals in 75 League outings. New skipper 2015 - Jordan Henderson was confirmed as the new club captain, following the departure of the legendary Steven Gerrard. On the same day, centre-half Martin Škrtel signed a new contract. Playing off 2010 – Future red Luis Suárez featured as Uruguay lost 3-2 to Germany in their World Cup Finals Third-place play-off in Port Elizabeth. 2011 – Future reds Emre Can and Samed Yeşil were on the winning side as Germany Under-17’s beat Brazil 4-3 to finish third in the World Championship Finals in Mexico. This was Yeşil’s 21st and last cap at this level. Jonjo signs on 2012 – Midfielder Jonjo Shelvey signed a new contract. He struck seven times in 69 senior outings, since arriving from Charlton Athletic for £1.7m in May 2010, moving on to Swansea City for an initial £5m fee in July 2013. Reds firsts 2001 - We faced Bayer 04 Leverkusen in a pre-season friendly in Lustenau, Austria, winning 3-2 thanks to a late deflected Jamie Redknapp free-kick, with strike pairing Michael Owen and Emile Heskey also netting. This was new signing John Arne Riise’s first outing for the reds. 2018 – Winger Rafa Camacho scored his only reds goal as we won a friendly 3-2 at Tranmere Rovers. Sheyi Ojo and Adam Lallana both also struck before the break to hand us a three-goal lead, with keeper Loris Karius at fault for one of the goals. Doni saves 2007 – Future reds keeper Alexander Doni saved two spot-kicks in a penalty shoot-out that followed Brazil’s 2-2 draw with Uruguay in their Copa América Semi-final in Venezuela, winning 5-4 on penalties to reach the Final. 2019 - Sadio Mané featured as Senegal beat Benin 1-0 in their Africa Cup of Nations Quarter-final in Cairo. On the way out 2015 – Midfielder Jordan Williams joined Swindon Town on loan, with centre-half Lloyd Jones moving to Blackpool on a temporary basis on the same day. Williams turned out ten times, with Jones playing eleven first-team games while away from Anfield. 2013 – Michael Ngoo moved to Yeovil Town on loan, although this spell was ended prematurely after failing to score in seven appearances in his three months at Huish Park. 2009 – Reserves midfielder Ryan Flynn joined Falkirk on a temporary basis. He struck six times in 39 games, including their first ever goal in European competition against Vaduz in July 2009. 1992 - Reserves defender Barry Jones moved to Wrexham on a free transfer. He had only ever made one senior appearance for the reds, in our 1-0 UEFA Cup defeat against Kuusysi Lahti in Finland. New signings 2008 – Reserves left-winger Vincent Weijl signed from AZ Alkmaar. He struck twice in sixteen outings in his first season, spending the second half of his second campaign on loan at Helmond Sport back in the Netherlands, before moving permanently to Spanish side S.D. Eibar in August 2010. 2020 – Keeper Ben Winterbottom signed as a professional. However, he moved on to Brentford just six months later. Ex-reds on the move 2018 – Fernando Torres signed for Sagan Tosu from Club Atlético de Madrid on a free transfer, only scoring four times in 32 outings before retiring from playing last month. 2009 – Midfielder Darren Potter joined Sheffield Wednesday from Wolverhampton Wanderers, having spent the second half of the previous season on loan with the Owls. He struck nine times in 106 games in all before moving to MK Dons in June 2011. 2008 – Winger Mark Kennedy signed for Cardiff City, having been released by Crystal Palace. He failed to score in 79 outings as they twice narrowly missed out on promotion, before joining Ipswich Town for £75,000 in July 2010, where he is now Under-21’s Manager. 2004 - Rigobert Song joined Galatasaray from Racing Club de Lens for £1m, helping them to two League titles and the Turkish Cup before joining Trabzonspor in 2008. On the same day, Andy Parkinson, who was in our victorious FA Youth Cup squad in 1996, joined Grimsby Town on a free transfer from Sheffield United. He played 95 times for the Mariners, notching thirteen times, before moving on to Notts County in June 2006. 1996 - Ex-loanee keeper Alec Chamberlain joined Watford from Sunderland for £40,000. He is now coaching at Vicarage Road, having made 288 appearances for the Hornets. Also in international action 2004 – Future red Javier Mascherano played for Argentina as they lost 1-0 to Mexico on their Coopa América Quarter-final in Peru.
  14. 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 thirteen goals in 130 outings across his first four seasons, helping us to claim the Premier League title, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World 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 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, but was released in June 2009 after spending much of his time out on loan. He sadly died 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 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.
  15. Will

    22nd June

    The birth of the Kop 1906 - Work was begun on what became the most famous football terrace in the world, shortly after our second League title win. The Kop started life as a tinder bank, with Liverpool Echo journalist Ernest Edwards being responsible for comparing it to the Spion Kop, site of a famous battle in the Boer War. The name stuck! Keeping birthdays 1993 – German keeper Loris Karius was born in Biberach an der Riss. He signed for £4.7m from 1. FSV Mainz 05 in July 2016, taking over the number one shirt. He has made 49 first-team appearances to date, keeping 22 clean sheets but making several high-profile errors, and has spent the past three seasons out on loan. 1993 – Recent third-choice keeper Danny Ward was born in Wrexham. He signed from his hometown club for an initial £100,000 in January 2012, making three senior appearances as well as sitting on the first-team bench on 53 occasions before moving to Leicester City for £12.5m in July 2018. Mo on his way in 2017 – Forward Mohamed Salah agreed to sign from Roma for an initial €42m. He has scored a stunning 125 goals in 203 games across his first four campaigns, helping us to claim the Premier League title, UEFA Champions League, FIFA Club World Cup and UEFA Super Cup. Bellers on his way 2006 - Craig Bellamy signed from Blackburn Rovers for £6m. His one season in his first spell in L4 was only a partial success, as he grabbed nine goals in 42 games, with his finest moment coming in the Camp Nou as he scored a crucial goal in our 2-1 victory to help us progress towards Athens. He moved on to West Ham United for £7.5m in July 2007, the Hammers’ record fee paid. However, he rejoined the reds in a free transfer from Manchester City in August 2011 for another season. 2013 – Luis Alberto signed from Sevilla for £6.8m, for whom he had only played nine first-team games, although he had spent the previous campaign on loan with Barcelona B. He only played twelve times in his first season, with only two of these appearances being from the start, as he struggled to break through to the first team. He spent two seasons on loan back in Spain, before joining S.S. Lazio for €4m in August 2016. 1898 – Keeper Willie Donnelly re-signed for Clyde, having played just eight senior reds games since arriving from the same club in May 1896. World Cup strikes 1998 - Michael Owen scored his first World Cup goal to draw England level against Romania in Toulouse. He later hit a post after England had gone behind again, but could not prevent them losing 2-1. Fellow red Paul Ince also played. 2014 – Future red Divock Origi scored his first senior goal in Belgium’s 1-0 defeat of Russia in a group game in Rio de Janeiro. Raul Meireles won his 76th and last cap for Portugal in their 2-2 draw with the USA in Manaus, while fellow ex-red Carl Medjani featured for Algeria as they beat South Korea 4-2 in Porto Alegre. 2018 – Xherdan Shaqiri netted as Switzerland beat Serbia 2-1 in a group game in Russia, his last goal for his country before joining the reds. On the same day, ex-red Philippe Coutinho scored in his third consecutive international as Brazil bet Costa Rica 2-0. Roberto Firmino, future red Alisson Becker and ex-red Victor Moses also featured in the World Cup that day, with future red Ozan Kabak playing for Turkey Under-18’s. Scotch heartbreak 1982 - Scotland were eliminated from the World Cup Finals in Spain after failing to win their last group game in Malaga, despite leading for 45 minutes. Skipper Graeme Souness scored a late equaliser in their 2-2 draw with the USSR. Alan Hansen and future red John Wark also featured. 1974 - Future red Kenny Dalglish played in Scotland’s 1-1 draw with Yugoslavia in Frankfurt as they were eliminated on goal difference. 1973 - He also appeared for his country as they beat Switzerland 1-0 in a friendly in Berne. Le capitaine 2010 – Ex-red Alou Diarra captained France for the first time as they lost 2-1 to host nation South Africa in their final game at the World Cup Finals, with fellow ex-red Djibril Cissé winning his last cap while with Panathinaikos. Future red Luis Suárez netted the only goal of Uruguay’s meeting with Mexico in Rustenburg, while Sotirios Kyrgiakos skippered Greece for part of their 2-0 defeat by Argentina in Polokwane, with his clubmate Maxi Rodríguez lining up against him. Also at the World Cup 2002 - Salif Diao and El-Hadji Diouf were disappointed as Senegal lost 1-0 to Turkey in their World Cup Quarter-final in Osaka thanks to a golden goal. These were their final caps before joining the reds. Meanwhile, Dietmar Hamann missed training after damaging knee ligaments during Germany’s Quarter-final win over the USA two days earlier. He was now the reds’ sole representative at the World Cup, although future red Fernando Morientes featured in Spain’s penalty shoot-out defeat by South Korea, after the match ended goalless. 1986 - Future reds John Barnes and Peter Beardsley both appeared in England’s 2-1 defeat by Argentina in the World Cup Quarter-final at the Azteca Stadium in Mexico City, a game famous for Diego Maradona’s ‘hand of God’. 1994 – Roy Hodgson took charge of Switzerland as they beat Romania 4-1 in a group game in Detroit. 1997 - Gérard Houllier and Christian Damiano took charge of France Under-20’s as they beat South Africa 4-2 in a World Championships Finals group game in Malaysia. 2006 - Harry Kewell netted a crucial goal as Australia held Croatia to a 2-2 draw in Stuttgart to reach the Second Round. This game saw referee Graham Poll give three yellow cards to Croatia’s Josip Šimunić, while two other players were dismissed. Milan Baroš played on the same day as the Czech Republic lost 2-0 to Italy in Hamburg, as they too had a player sent off. 2008 – Kewell skippered Australia while winning his final cap as a reds player as they lost 1-0 to China in a World Cup qualifier in Sydney. Reds progressing on penalties 1992 – Future red Torben Piechnik was in the Denmark side that reached the Euro ’92 Final by beating the Netherlands 5-4 in a penalty shoot-out after the game in Gothenburg ended 2-2. 1996 - Robbie Fowler, Steve McManaman and future red Nick Barmby all played as England were held to a goalless draw by Spain at Wembley, before reaching the Semi-final 4-2 on penalties. 2008 – Fernando Torres and future red Alberto Aquilani played as Spain beat Italy 4-2 in a penalty shoot-out after their European Championship Finals Quarter-final ended goalless in Vienna. Arsenal’s Kolo Touré played for Ivory Coast as they thumped Botswana 4-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Abidjan on the same day. 2013 – Ex-red Aquilani represented his country again as they lost 4-2 to host nation Brazil in a Confederations Cup group game, with future red Mario Balotelli also in action. 2017 – Emre Can featured as Germany were held to a 1-1 draw by Chile in the Confederations Cup in Russia. On the move 1926 – Outside-right Archie Rawlings left the reds to join Walsall, having struck ten times in 67 reds games since signing from Preston North End in March 1924, where he had won one England cap. 1984 - Steve Ogrizovic left Shrewsbury Town for Coventry City for £72,500. He went on to play over six hundred times for the Sky Blues, making his final appearance at the grand old age of 42. 2011 – Midfielder Lee Peltier signed for Leicester City from Huddersfield Town, after three strikes in 103 outings for the Terriers. 2015 – Centre-half Danny Wilson re-joined Rangers from Heart Of Midlothian on a free transfer. Off to foreign climes 1995 - Future red Paul Ince signed for Internazionale from Manchester United for £7m after six seasons at Old Trafford. He bagged thirteen goals in 73 games in his two seasons at the San Siro, helping them to win the UEFA Cup in 1997. 2002 - Ex-red Rigobert Song joined Racing Club de Lens from West Ham United for £1m. He had only played 27 times for the Hammers since moving from Anfield in November 2000. Ince in charge 2008 - Paul Ince was appointed Manager of Blackburn Rovers. He led them to just six victories in his 21 fixtures before being sacked the following December. Other international goalscorers 2019 – Roberto Firmino scored as Brazil thumped Peru 5-0 in a Copa América group game in São Paulo. Alisson Becker, Kamil Grabara, Naby Keïta and ex-red Philippe Coutinho all also played in internationals that day. 2005 - Ryan Babel scored for Netherlands Under-20’s as they beat Chile 3-0 to reach the Quarter-finals of the World Championships Finals in his homeland. Meanwhile, fellow future red Gabriel Paletta appeared as Argentina beat Colombia 2-1 at the same stage. 2003 - Djibril Cissé netted in France’s 5-0 thumping of New Zealand in the Confederations Cup at the Stade de France. This was his third and final international goal as an Auxerre player. Meanwhile, future red Kolo Touré played for the Ivory Coast in their 2-1 defeat in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in South Africa. 1983 – Future reds centre-half Glenn Hysén scored as Sweden drew 3-3 with Brazil in Gothenburg. Anfield in action 1996 - Anfield hosted a Euro ’96 Quarter-final, with France and the Netherlands playing out a sterile goalless draw before the Dutch crashed out 5-4 on penalties, with Clarence Seedorf missing the decisive kick. Also in Euro action 2016 – Christian Benteke won his last cap as a reds player, with Divock Origi also featuring as Belgium beat Sweden 1-0 in Nice, with ex-red Krisztián Németh playing in Hungary’s 3-3 draw with Portugal in Décines. 2004 – Future red Christian Poulsen played in Denmark’s 2-2 draw with Sweden in Porto. 2011 – Future red Thiago Alcântara played for Spain Under-21’s in their 2-1 extra time defeat of Belarus in a European Championships Finals group game in Denmark. Bowing out 2012 – Ex-red Milan Baroš announced his retirement from international football after winning his 93rd cap the night before as the Czech Republic were knocked out of the European Championship Finals at the Quarter-final stage. Also in international action 1997 – Future red Rigobert Song played for Cameroon as they drew 2-2 with Gabon in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Yaoundé. 1993 – Future red Brad Friedel featured in the USA’s 3-3 draw with Venezuela in a Copa América group game in Ecuador.
  16. 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 debut for Poland Under-21’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. 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. 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.
  17. Will

    24th May

    Happy birthday Vlad 1973 - Vladimír Šmicer was born in Děčín in Czechoslovakia. He made 184 reds appearances following his £3.75m transfer from Racing Club de Lens, scoring nineteen times, including a crucial strike in Istanbul. He signed for us on his 26th birthday, although he did not officially become a Liverpool player until 1st July 1999, and left for Girondins de Bordeaux in June 2005, having helped us to claim the Champions League, UEFA Cup, FA Cup and two League Cups. 1965 - Nicky Tanner was born in Bristol. He signed from Bristol Rovers for £20,000 in August 1988 and made a total of 59 appearances for the reds under Graeme Souness, netting his only goal at Goodison Park in December 1991. Sami’s farewell 2009 - We beat Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 at Anfield in our final game of the season, with Xabi Alonso playing his 210th and final reds game and Sami Hyypiä making an emotional farewell after his 464th and last appearance for the club. Fernando Torres headed in the opener with his fiftieth reds goal, in just his 84th game. We extended our lead after Alan Hutton deflected in a Dirk Kuyt effort to register our 150th own goal, before ex-red Robbie Keane reduced the deficit with the most recent of his five goals past us. Yossi Benayoun rounded off the scoring before Sami made his entrance. Ged steps down 2004 - Gérard Houllier stepped down as reds boss. He had been in sole charge since November 1998, leading us to the UEFA Cup, FA Cup, two League Cups, UEFA Super Cup and FA Charity Shield. He said, “I'd rather have stayed as manager but I leave on good terms with everybody. I may have left Liverpool, but Liverpool will not leave me.” Crushed 2015 - We were humbled 6-1 in the final game of the season at Stoke City. Mame Biram Diouf bagged a brace before Jon Walters grabbed one of his seven goals past us. Ex-red Charlie Adam and Steven N’Zonzi then put the home side five up at the break. Steven Gerrard netted his 186th and last goal in his 710th and final reds game, but ex-red Peter Crouch then added his fourth and last goal against the reds. This was our biggest defeat since April 1963. Appointments galore 2011 – A raft of appointments at the club were announced, including Frank McParland as Director of Academy and Player Development, Pep Segura as Technical Director, Stuart Webber as Director of Recruitment, and Steve Cooper as Under-16’s Coach and Academy Manager. Rodolfo Borrell stepped up from Under-18’s Coach to Reserve Team Head Coach, with Mike Marsh taking over the Under-18’s. On the same day, Lucas Leiva was presented with the Standard Chartered Liverpool FC Player of the Season for 2010-11 award. En route to title number five 1947 - Our only other first-class game on this day to date brought a 2-1 victory at Arsenal in our penultimate game of the season, taking us back to the top of the table, despite being behind with only a quarter of an hour to go. Jack Balmer headed us level before a Bob Priday cross was turned into his own net by full-back Wally Barnes. We pipped Manchester United for the title that season by one point, to claim it for the fifth time. Boss George Kay was not present at the match as he was away watching transfer targets, so captain Balmer gave the team talk and the board of directors voted on tactical changes during the match! Emlyn for the last time 1980 - Ex-red Emlyn Hughes won his 62nd and final cap for England, coming off the bench as they beat Scotland 2-0 in a British International Championships match at Hampden Park. Phil Thompson skippered an England side that also included Ray Clemence, David Johnson and Terry McDermott, while Kenny Dalglish played for the Scots. Nice one Cyril 1941 - Cyril Done netted a treble as we thumped Chester 6-1 in a Wartime League game at Sealand Road. Douglas Cooke and Billy Liddell also scored, with our other strike coming from a Cole own goal. New York friendlies We have twice played friendlies in New York on this day in history. 1953 - We beat 1. FC Nürnberg 4-3 in the Triborough Stadium, with Kevin Baron, Mervyn Jones, Billy Liddell and Sammy Smyth all on target. 1964 - We lost 2-0 to Hamburger SV at the Yankee Stadium. This was our first defeat in 36 games played over five visits to North America since the war. Most recently 2017 – Forward Rhian Brewster played his first reds game as we beat Sydney 3-0 in a post-season friendly down under, with ex-reds Daniel Agger, Jamie Carragher, Steven Gerrard and Steve McManaman all also in action. Daniel Sturridge, Alberto Moreno and Roberto Firmino were all on target in the first half. Friendlies in Scandinavia We have played three matches in Scandinavia on this day in history, scoring a total of twelve goals, but conceding eleven. 1914 - Billy Lacey struck twice as we drew 3-3 with a København Select XI in Denmark, with Tom Miller also scoring. 1932 – We beat an Odense Select side 3-0 on our Danish tour. Edmund Hancock struck twice, with Gordon Gunson also on target. 1939 - We lost 5-4 to a Swedish Combination side, with our goals coming from Harman van den Berg, Willie Fagan, Jack Balmer and Phil Taylor. 1951 - Cyril Done bagged a brace as we beat a Göteborg Select team 5-3, while Kevin Baron, Billy Liddell and Jimmy Payne also got on the scoresheet. This was the third consecutive game on this Swedish tour that Done had scored in. Double debutants 2001 - Future reds Chris Kirkland and Jermaine Pennant both made their debuts for England Under-21’s, with Stephen Wright also appearing in their 3-0 friendly defeat of Mexico at Filbert Street. This was Kirkland’s only cap as a Coventry City player. Reds on target at Wembley for England 2010 - Glen Johnson grabbed his first senior international goal, with ex-red Peter Crouch also netting as England beat Mexico 3-1 in a friendly. Jamie Carragher, Steven Gerrard and future red James Milner all also featured. On the same day, Maxi Rodríguez won his first cap as a reds player, netting twice as Argentina thumped Canada 5-0 in a friendly in Buenos Aires, with Javier Mascherano skippering the side. Meanwhile Brad Jones won his last cap while with Middlesbrough as Australia beat New Zealand 2-1 in a friendly in Melbourne. 1975 - Future red David Johnson scored as England trounced Scotland 5-1 in the British International Championships. Ray Clemence, Kevin Keegan, future red Kenny Dalglish and ex-red Ted MacDougall all also played. 1978 - Phil Neal netted from the spot as England thumped Hungary 4-1 in a friendly. Emlyn Hughes captained the side, with ex-red Kevin Keegan also playing. Steve Heighway and future red Mark Lawrenson played for the Republic of Ireland on the same day as they drew their European Championships qualifier in Denmark 3-3. Double Dutch 2008 – Ryan Babel bagged his final international goal as a reds player with Dirk Kuyt also on target as the Netherlands beat Andriy Voronin’s Ukraine 3-0 in a friendly in Feyenoord. Meanwhile, Krisztián Németh struck the only goal as Hungary Under-19’s faced Portugal in a European Championships qualifier in Székesfehérvár, with keeper Péter Gulácsi also featuring. Damien Plessis and future reds Robbie Keane and Sotirios Kyrgiakos also played for their countries that day. 2013 – Future red Gini Wijnaldum scored for the Dutch Under-21’s as they beat Australia Under-20’s 3-1 in a friendly in Emmen. Signing on 2016 – Keeper Loris Karius signed from 1. FSV Mainz 05 for £4.7m, officially becoming a red on 1st July, so far making 49 senior appearances for the reds. On the same day, former reds Assistant Manager Pako Ayestarán was appointed permanent Head Coach of Valencia, although he was sacked just four months later. 2006 - Ex-reds left-back Grégory Vignal signed for Racing Club de Lens, having been released by Portsmouth. He made 22 League appearances before moving back to England to join Birmingham City. 1948 – Right-half Roy Saunders signed on a free transfer from Hull City. He netted once in 146 reds appearances before joining Swansea Town in March 1959 in part-exchange for forward Des Palmer, who never featured for our first team. He was the father of 1990’s reds striker Dean and died in January 2009. 2012 – Reserves forward David Amoo signed for Preston North End, netting once in 24 games before joining Tranmere Rovers in January 2013. On the same day, left-back Fábio Aurélio joined Grêmio back in his native Brazil, having been released for the second time. He had arrived at Anfield on a Bosman free transfer in July 2006, netting four goals in 134 games, helping us to claim the FA Community Shield in his very first senior appearance. 2017 - Amoo signed for Cambridge United having been released by Partick Thistle, netting twice in 27 games in his first season with the U’s. Other bosses coming and going 2001 - Kevin Keegan was appointed Manager of Manchester City, following his departure from the England job seven months earlier. He led them to the First Division title in his first season, then keeping them in the top flight before leaving in March 2005. 1997 - Graeme Souness resigned as Southampton boss. He had been in charge at The Dell for less than a year, during which time he had guided them to just one point clear of relegation, and famously signed Ali Dia, George Weah’s alleged cousin. Redders injured 1997 - Jamie Redknapp was stretchered off with an ankle injury as England beat South Africa 2-1 in a friendly at Old Trafford. This was not the only time he was injured while on international duty. Roger on target 1963 - Roger Hunt scored for the Football League side in a FA Centenary/Football League 75th anniversary match that ended 3-3 at Highbury. 1967 - He struck in England’s 2-0 friendly defeat of Spain at Wembley. Other international goalscorers 2014 – Jordon Ibe bagged a treble as England Under-19’s thumped Montenegro 6-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Walsall, his last goals at this level. Clubmate Lloyd Jones debuted at this level, while Ryan Fulton played for Scotland in the same competition in Burton. 1939 - Future reds boss Don Welsh netted his only international goal while winning his third and final cap in England’s 2-0 friendly win in Romania. 1971 - Steve Heighway scored for the Republic of Ireland as they drew 1-1 with an FA XI at Lansdowne Road in a match to celebrate the FAI’s Golden Jubilee. This was his only goal for the senior Irish side. 2011 – Ex-red Robbie Keane bagged a brace, including a penalty, skippering the Republic of Ireland as they trounced Northern Ireland 5-0 in a Carling Nations Cup game in Dublin. 2012 - Future reds loanee Nuri Şahin netted for Turkey as they beat Georgia 3-1 in a friendly in Austria, his only goal as a Real Madrid player. 2006 – Şahin also played for Turkey as they drew a friendly 3-3 in Belgium. Backroom appointments 2012 – The appointments of Jen Chang as Corporate Relations and Communications Director and Chief Commercial Officer Billy Hogan were both announced. However, Chang left “by mutual consent” after just five months in the role. Chico the boss again 2002 - Steve Nicol was re-appointed interim head coach of New England Revolution, in the US Major League. He took them to the final of the MLS play-offs in his first full season, remaining in charge until October 2011. Skippers for the first time 1982 - Graeme Souness captained Scotland for the first time as they beat Wales 1-0 in the British International Championships at Hampden Park. Kenny Dalglish, Alan Hansen, Ian Rush and ex-red Joey Jones all also played that day. 1926 - Full-back Tommy Lucas became only the second red to captain England as he won his third and final cap in their 5-3 friendly defeat off Belgium in Antwerp. Future reds forward Tosh Johnson scored on his international bow. 1958 - Reds midfielder Johnny Wheeler skippered an FA XI that won a tour game 5-0 in Nigeria. Howie for England 1984 - Ex-red Howard Gayle scored his only England Under-21’s goal while winning his third and final cap as they beat Spain 2-0 at Bramall Lane to clinch the European Championships 3-0 on aggregate. Fellow ex-red Dave Watson also played. 2010 – Conor Coady skippered England Under-17’s as they beat Turkey 2-1 in a European Championships Finals group game in Liechtenstein, with Andre Wisdom also featuring. First and last caps 2006 - Mark González won his first cap as a reds player, and fourteenth to date, as Chile beat Steve Staunton’s Republic of Ireland side 1-0 in a friendly at Lansdowne Road, with future red Robbie Keane also featuring. Meanwhile, Ramon Calliste made his final appearance for Wales Under-21’s while on our books as they thumped Estonia 5-1 in a European Championships qualifier, with future red Ragnar Klavan winning his seventh and last cap at this level. Future red Daniel Agger and John Arne Riise were also in international action that day. 1998 – Future red Frode Kippe made his Norway Under-23’s debut as they beat Sweden 1-0 in Romania. Carl the champion 2006 - Carl Medjani skippered France Under-20’s to victory in the Final of the Toulon Tournament, with the game against the Netherlands ending goalless, but the French winning 5-3 on penalties. European Cup joy 1995 - Future red Jari Litmanen started as Ajax beat AC Milan 1-0 in Vienna to win the UEFA Champions League. 2000 - Ex-red Steve McManaman and future red Fernando Morientes both netted as Real Madrid beat Valencia 3-0 in the Stade de France to claim the trophy, with future reds Nicolas Anelka and Mauricio Pellegrino both also featuring. Also in international action 1964 – Gordon Milne and Peter Thompson both played for England as they beat the Republic of Ireland 3-1 in a friendly in Dublin. 1973 – Future red Ray Kennedy featured for England Under-23’s in their 1-1 draw in Denmark. 1981 – Future reds Mark Lawrenson and Michael Robinson both played as the Republic of Ireland lost a friendly 3-0 in Poland. 1983 – Future red John Wark turned out for Scotland as they were held to a goalless draw by Northern Ireland in the British International Championships at Hampden Park. 1986 – Future reds John Barnes and Peter Beardsley played for England as they beat Canada 1-0 in a friendly in Vancouver. 1987 – Future red Glenn Hysén played for Sweden as they beat Malta 1-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Gothenburg. 1988 – Barnes and Beardsley featured for England again, with clubmate Steve McMahon and future red Mark Wright also in action as England were held to a 1-1 draw by Colombia in a Rous Cup game at Wembley. 1994 – Future reds Phil Babb and Jason McAteer and ex-reds Ray Houghton and Steve Staunton all played for the Republic of Ireland as they beat Bolivia 1-0 in a friendly at Lansdowne Road. 2015 – Future red Marko Grujić played for Serbia Under-20’s as they beat the USA 1-0.
  18. 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 Kiev, as keeper Loris Karius had a personal nightmare, with Mohamed Salah being forced off with injury after just half an hour. Karim Benzema scored the most recent of his four goals past us shortly after half time, but Sadio Mané levelled just four minutes later. However, Gareth Bale then struck twice to secure the trophy for the Spanish side for a record thirteenth time. Emre Can came off the bench to make his 167th and last appearance for the reds. A Philly dozen 1946 - We trounced a Philadelphia Select of American League side 12-0 in a friendly in the Yellow Jacket Stadium. Cyril Done struck four times, with Jack Balmer bagging a hat-trick and Phil Taylor and Willie Fagan both netting braces, and Bob Priday rounding out the scoring. Opening a new stadium 1978 - We played a game to commemorate the opening of the new Al Nasr Stadium in the United Arab Emirates, beating Al Nasr Club 5-0. Our scorers were fairly unusual, with substitute Colin Irwin and Ray Kennedy both bagging braces, and Alan Hansen also on target. 1980 - We returned to the Middle East to beat a Bahrain XI 2-1 on the Three Fives Gulf Football Tour. This time, Howard Gayle and Graeme Souness got on the scoresheet. Signing on 2014 - Brendan Rodgers signed a new contract, having just led the reds to within a whisker of the League title. However, the team regressed and he was sacked in October 2015. 2015 - Centre-half Kolo Touré signed a new contract, notching just once in 71 reds games before moving on to join Rodgers at Celtic in July 2016 after this deal expired. Charnock on target 1994 - Reserves midfielder Phil Charnock scored his first senior reds goal in our 3-0 defeat of Cape Town Spurs in the United Bank International Soccer Festival in South Africa, with Bruce Grobbelaar appearing for the reds for the final time. Robbie Fowler netted the other two. The players were introduced to South African President Nelson Mandela prior to the game. Select thumpings 1948 - We beat a New England Select side 6-0 at Fall River, with Willie Fagan and Albert Stubbins both nabbing braces to add to goals from Jack Balmer and Bob Priday. 1914 - We defeated a Denmark Select XI 7-1 in Copenhagen. Fred again 1935 – Fred Howe scored in our 4-2 friendly win at CD Tenerife, so netting in all three of our tour games. Alf Hanson bagged a brace with Tosh Johnson also on target. Welsh first and last 1949 - Ray Lambert won his fifth and final cap for Wales as they lost 4-0 to Switzerland in a friendly in Bern. 1957 – Future reds centre-forward Des Palmer made the first of his three senior appearances for the Welsh in their 2-0 World Cup qualifying defeat in Czechoslovakia. Tommy Younger played for Scotland as they beat Spain 4-1 in a World Cup qualifier in Madrid on the same day. 2014 – Future red Divock Origi won his first senior cap as Belgium thumped Luxembourg 5-1 in a friendly in Genk. On the same day, Jordon Ibe won his sixth and last cap for England Under-19’s, with future red Ragnar Klavan bagging his only goal as an Augsburg player, captaining Estonia as they drew 1-1 with Gibraltar in a friendly in Tallinn. Lloyd Jones, Brad Smith and future reds Lazar Marković and Joël Matip all also represented their countries. 2008 – Future reds loanee Victor Moses won his first cap for England Under-19’s in their 2-0 European Championships qualifying defeat of Poland in Borisov, with future red Andy Carroll also featuring. Feyenoord’s Gini Wijnaldum also featured at the same level that day. Wark on target 1979 - Future red John Wark netted in Scotland’s 3-1 defeat of England in the British International Championships at Wembley. Ray Clemence and Everton’s George Wood were in the opposing goals, while the sides were skippered by ex-red Kevin Keegan and his Anfield replacement Kenny Dalglish. Phil Neal, Graeme Souness and Phil Thompson all also played. 1984 - John Wark and future red John Barnes played in the last ever British International Championships game, with Scotland and England drawing 1-1 at Hampden Park. God on the scoresheet 2002 - Ex-red Robbie Fowler scored in England’s 2-2 pre-World Cup friendly draw with Cameroon in Japan. Michael Owen was captain, with Emile Heskey, future red Joe Cole and ex-reds David James and Rigobert Song also playing. Meanwhile, future red Djibril Cissé came on as a substitute in France’s 3-2 defeat of South Korea in Suwon and F.C. København’s Christian Poulsen played as Denmark beat Tunisia 2-1 in Wakayama. 1996 - Fowler also played for England, alongside Steve McManaman and future red Paul Ince, as they beat a Hong Kong Garden Select side 1-0 in an unofficial warm-up game at the Happy Valley Stadium before Euro ‘96. Future red Gary McAllister played for Scotland as they beat the USA 2-1 in a friendly. Tosh on target 1971 - John Toshack bagged the only goal of the game as Wales beat Finland in a European Championships qualifier in Helsinki. 2012 – Tosh managed FYR Macedonia as they held Portugal to a goalless friendly draw in Leiria. Ex-red Raul Meireles featured for the home side. In charge 2010 - Christian Ziege was appointed Manager of DSC Arminia Bielefeld, although he was sacked just six months later. On the same day, future red Fabio Borini scored his last goal for Italy Under-19’s in their 3-1 European Championships qualifying defeat in Russia. Dirk Kuyt, future reds Dejan Lovren, Nuri Şahin and Luis Suárez and ex-reds Nicolas Anelka and Alou Diarra all also turned out for their countries that day. 2012 – Roy Hodgson took charge of England for the first time, winning a friendly 1-0 in Norway. Martin Kelly and future red Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain both made their senior bows, with Jordan Henderson winning his first cap as a reds player. Steven Gerrard skippered a side that also included Andy Carroll, Stewart Downing, winning his last cap while with the reds, and future red James Milner, while ex-red John Arne Riise was on the losing side. Scoring against Albania 1992 - Ex-red John Aldridge netted for the Republic of Ireland as they beat Albania 2-0 in a World Cup qualifier at Lansdowne Road. Ray Houghton and ex-reds Kevin Sheedy and Steve Staunton also played. 1993 - Staunton was on target as the Irish won the return 2-1 in Tirana. Fellow ex-reds Aldridge and Houghton also played. 1985 - Ex-red Michael Robinson featured as Spain held Ireland to a friendly goalless draw in the only senior international ever to be played at the Flower Lodge in Cork. Milan also on target 2006 - Ex-red Milan Baroš struck for the Czech Republic as they beat Saudi Arabia 2-0 in a friendly in Austria. Future reds Daniel Agger and Nuri Şahin also represented their countries that day. 2008 – Baroš played in the Czech Republic’s 2-0 friendly defeat of Lithuania in Prague. 2012 – He converted a spot-kick in a 2-1 defeat of ex-red Yossi Benayoun’s Israel in Austria. Daniel Agger, Dirk Kuyt and ex-reds Xabi Alonso, Robbie Keane, Carl Medjani, Christian Poulsen and Daniel Sjölund also played for their countries that day. Heading off 1925 - Joe Keetley let the reds for Wolverhampton Wanderers after scoring twice in nine games since arriving from Accrington Stanley in November 1923 for £1,200. 1928 - Left-winger George Pither left Anfield to sign for Crewe Alexandra, after one goal in twelve reds games stepping in for the established Fred Hopkin. 1987 – Centre-half John McGregor moved on to Rangers, with whom he won the League Cup. He had failed to make the first team since arriving from Queen’s Park in May 1982. A young Geoff 1957 - Future reds left-half Geoff Twentyman became Carlisle United’s youngest ever debutant, aged seventeen years and 127 days, as they drew 2-2 at New Brighton in Division Three North. European Cup despair Two future reds have lost UEFA Champions League Finals on this day in recent years. 2004 - Fernando Morientes played as AS Monaco lost 2-0 to Jose Mourinho’s Porto in Gelsenkirchen. 1999 - Markus Babbel suffered heartache as Bayern München cruelly lost 2-1 to Manchester United in Barcelona. Bells toll twice 2007 - Craig Bellamy struck a brace as John Toshack’s Wales were held to a 2-2 friendly draw in Wrexham by New Zealand, his last two goals in his first spell as a reds player. On the same day, ex-red Darren Potter won his second senior cap playing for Steve Staunton’s Republic of Ireland in their 1-1 friendly draw with Bolivia in Boston, USA. Pepe the papa again 2011 – Keeper Pepe Reina became a father for the third time, to Luca. Ed up 2012 – Former Chief Scout Eduardo Macía was promoted by Fiorentina to Technical Director. Also in international action 1951 – Future red Frank Lock played for England as they beat Australia 4-1 in an FA Tour game in Sydney. 2001 – Future red Andrea Dossena featured for Italy Under-20’s in their 2-1 defeat of the Netherlands. 2003 – Future red Paul Jones turned out for Wales as they lost a friendly 2-0 in the USA. 2017 – Ovie Ejaria, Sheyi Ojo and future red Dominic Solanke all played for England Under-20’s in their 1-0 defeat of host nation South Korea in a World Championship Finals group game.
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