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  1. Will

    15th August

    Double debutants 1987 - John Barnes and new record signing Peter Beardsley both made their official reds debuts as we beat Arsenal 2-1 at Highbury, thanks to goals from John Aldridge and Steve Nicol, who scored an extraordinary header from the edge of the penalty box. This was Kenny Dalglish’s fiftieth League win as reds boss, coming in his 85th game - still the best record of any reds boss. Happy birthday Ox 1993 – Midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was born in Portsmouth. He signed from Arsenal for £35m in August 2017, netting thirteen times in 87 appearances as well as suffering a serious injury. He made it back to sit on the bench as we claimed the UEFA Champions League in Madrid in June 2019 and helping us to claim the Premier League, FIFA Club World Cup and UEFA Super Cup. Clem departs 1981 – Ray Clemence was sold to Tottenham Hotspur for £300,000. He had arrived from Sc***horpe United for £18,000 in June 1967, usurping Tommy Lawrence as first choice number one after two years. He went on to make 665 reds appearances, winning five League titles, an FA Cup, three European Cups, two UEFA Cups, League Cup, UEFA Super Cup and four FA Charity Shields in his fourteen years at Anfield. 1976 – Kevin Keegan confirmed that the upcoming season would be his final one at Anfield. He struck twenty times in 57 outings in this campaign, helping us to claim the European Cup and League title, and reach the FA Cup Final. Double dismissals 2010 – Joe Cole was sent off for a challenge on Laurent Koscielny just before half-time in our Anfield meeting with Arsenal. David N’Gog put us in front immediately after the break, with the lead lasting until the last minute when Marouane Chamakh diverted a cross against the post and Pepe Reina spilled the rebound into his own net. Koscielny was then sent off for a second bookable offence in injury-time. This turned out to be Javier Mascherano’s 139th and final reds game. Other birthdays 1988 – Moroccan winger Oussama Assaidi was born in Beni-Boughafar. He signed from Dutch side SC Heerenveen for £2.4m in August 2012, failing to score in twelve appearances before spending a season and a half on loan at Stoke City. He was sold to UAE Arabian Gulf League side Al Ahli for a reported £4.7m in January 2015. 1905 - Centre-forward Tom Reid was born in Motherwell. He signed from Clydebank for £1,000 in April 1926 and bagged an impressive thirty goals in 55 games before moving to Manchester United in February 1929. Off the mark 2017 – Trent Alexander-Arnold scored his first senior goal as we won 2-1 at TSG 1899 Hoffenheim in the first leg of our UEFA Champions League qualifier. Simon Mignolet saved a penalty, with forward Dominic Solanke making his reds bow as we benefited when Havard Nordtveit inadvertently diverted a James Milner cross into his own net. 2007 - Yossi Benayoun made his reds debut as Andriy Voronin’s first reds strike proved to be the only goal of the first leg of our Champions League qualifier in Toulouse, who became our hundredth different opponents in European competition. Happy birthday Boudewijn 1976 - Bolo Zenden was born in Maastricht in the Netherlands. He signed on a free transfer in July 2005 after his one-year contract with Middlesbrough had expired. He notched twice in 47 senior reds games, as injury hampered his career at Anfield. He helped us to claim the UEFA Super Cup and FA Community Shield, as well as reach the Champions League Final in his brief time with the reds. Bolo left the club in July 2007 to join Olympique de Marseille. Charity at first 1964 - We played in our first FA Charity Shield, only drawing 2-2 with West Ham United at Anfield. Gordon Wallace and Gerry Byrne twice gave us the lead, with John Byrne and Geoff Hurst both netting equalisers, with the latter being one of his nine strikes against the reds. The trophy was shared between the two clubs, as this was in the days before extra-time and penalty shoot-outs. Phil Chisnall made his reds bow in this game when he became the first ever substitute in senior English football, replacing Alf Arrowsmith after just a quarter of an hour, who had suffered a serious knee injury. Red defenders on the way out 1991 - Gary Gillespie was sold to his boyhood heroes Celtic for £925,000. He had been Joe Fagan’s first signing, helping us to three League titles in his eight injury-ravaged years at Anfield, scoring sixteen times in 214 appearances. 2002 - Young full-back Stephen Wright joined Sunderland for £3m, after just 21 reds games. He netted twice in 105 games for them, with injuries blighting his time there, and was released in May 2008. Double capture 2005 - Liverpool confirmed the signings of young centre-backs Godwin Antwi from Real Zaragoza and Miki Roqué from U.E. Lleida. Both featured in our victorious FA Youth Cup winning campaign in 2006, but only made one senior appearance between them, when Roque made a late cameo at Galatasaray in December 2006. 1970’s League wins We twice played League games on this day in the 1970’s, winning them both. 1970 - We won 2-1 at Burnley, with Alun Evans and Emlyn Hughes on target. 1972 - We beat Manchester United 2-0 at Anfield, thanks to strikes from John Toshack and Steve Heighway. Ex-reds on the move 1997 - Ian Rush signed for Newcastle United on a free transfer from Leeds United. He only made fourteen appearances for the Magpies, scoring twice, including one that made him the all-time top scorer in the FA Cup, with 44 goals in the competition. 1985 - Gary McAllister joined Leicester City from Motherwell along with clubmate Ally Mauchlen for a combined £250,000. He struck 52 times in 225 appearances for the Foxes, before joining Leeds United for £1m in July 1990. 2003 - Steve Staunton joined Coventry City on a free transfer from Aston Villa. He notched four times in 75 games for the Sky Blues before joining Walsall two years later. 2011 – Robbie Keane joined LA Galaxy from Tottenham Hotspur for £3.5m, so far bagging 97 goals in 145 outings for the American outfit and becoming their captain. Losing finalists 1982 - We lost the Final of the Málaga Tournament to the home side. We drew 1-1 after extra time, with our goal coming from Alan Kennedy, but lost the penalty shoot-out 4-2. The game started so late that the action did not come to an end until around 1:15am. Terry McDermott and Phil Neal converted their spot-kicks, with David Hodgson’s being saved and Howard Gayle sending his over the crossbar New boss 2005 - Roy Hodgson was appointed Manager of Finland. He narrowly failed to take them to the European Championships Finals in 2008, as they fell just one goal short of reaching their first ever major tournament. He chose not to renew his contract when it expired in November 2007, taking over at Fulham the following month. Reds in Ireland 1994 - We beat Dundalk 2-1 in a friendly at Oriel Park, with Robbie Fowler and Michael Thomas on the scoresheet. International friendly firsts and lasts 2012 – Charlie Adam won his last cap as a reds player as Scotland beat Australia 3-1 at Easter Road, while Nuri Şahin made his final appearance for Turkey before joining the reds on loan as Turkey lost 2-0 to Austria in Vienna. Joe Allen represented Wales for the first time since moving to Anfield as they lost 2-0 to Bosnia-Herzegovina in Llanelli, with Craig Bellamy playing his first international in his second spell as a Cardiff City player. Meanwhile, Raúl Meireles won his last cap as a Chelsea player in Portugal’s 2-0 victory over Panama in Faro, while Christian Benteke scored his first senior goal for Belgium, and only one as a Koninklijke Racing Club Genk player, in their 4-2 friendly defeat of the Netherlands in Brussels. On the same day, ex-red Alexander Kačaniklić made his senior bow in Sweden’s 3-0 defeat by Brazil in Solna, while Alberto Aquilani won his first cap as a Fiorentina player as Italy lost 2-1 to Roy Hodgson’s England in Bern. Xherdan Shaqiri won his last cap as a Basel player in Switzerland’s 4-2 win in Croatia, while Fulham’s John Arne Riise struck in Norway’s 3-2 loss to Greece in Oslo, with Krisztián Németh playing for Hungary for the first time while with Roda JC Kerkrade in their 1-1 draw with Israel in Budapest. Also in international action that day were Andy Carroll, Pepe Reina, Martin Škrtel, future reds Mario Balotelli, Lazar Marković, James Milner, Mamadou Sakho and Virgil van Dijk, and ex-reds Xabi Alonso, Álvaro Arbeloa, Javier Mascherano, Daniel Sjölund, Fernando Torres. More reds in international action 2001 - A host of reds featured in international friendlies. Patrik Berger won his 44th and final cap in the Czech Republic’s 5-0 thumping of South Korea, with future red Milan Baroš also playing. Meanwhile, Jerzy Dudek won his last cap as a Feyenoord player in Poland’s 1-1 draw in Iceland. John Arne Riise won his first cap as a reds player as Norway drew 1-1 with Turkey in Oslo. Two reds also appeared for Finland in their 4-1 defeat of Belgium in Helsinki. Sami Hyypiä won his fortieth cap, while Jari Litmanen scored a penalty. Nick Barmby, Jamie Carragher, Robbie Fowler and Michael Owen all played in England’s 2-0 defeat by the Netherlands at White Hart Lane, with ex-red David James winning his first cap as a West Ham United player. Future red Bolo Zenden won his first cap while with Chelsea for the winning side, his 31st to date. Dietmar Hamann played in Germany’s 5-2 win in Hungary, with Christian Ziege winning his first cap as a Tottenham Hotspur player, his sixtieth international. Igor Bišcan was a substitute in Croatia’s 2-2 draw with the Republic of Ireland in Dublin. Mark Kennedy played his first international as a Wolverhampton Wanderers player, with future reds Steve Finnan and Robbie Keane, and ex-reds Jason McAteer and Steve Staunton also featuring. Future red Yossi Benayoun also represented his country that day. Most recently for their countries 2006 - Craig Bellamy won his first cap as a reds player as John Toshack’s Wales were held to a goalless friendly draw by Bulgaria in Swansea, with ex-reds loanee Paul Jones also playing. Meanwhile, future red Yossi Benayoun was on target while winning his fiftieth cap as Israel drew 1-1 in Slovenia. Another future red, Andriy Voronin, struck in the Ukraine’s 6-0 trouncing of Azerbaijan in Kiev, with another future red Martin Škrtel also representing his country. Also in international action that day were Pepe Reina, Luis García and future red Fernando Torres, who played as Raúl won his hundredth cap for Spain in their goalless draw in Iceland. Scott Carson won his first Under-21’s cap while on loan at Charlton Athletic as England were held to a 2-2 draw in a European Championships qualifier at Portman Road, while Florent Sinama-Pongolle also played for his country’s junior side. Olympian Raúl 2004 - Raúl Meireles played for Portugal in the Olympics Finals, featuring as they beat Morocco 2-1 in Heraklion. Also on the move 2014 – Portuguese midfielder João Teixeira joined Brighton & Hove Albion on loan, being voted their Young Player of the Year after six strikes in 35 games, despite breaking his leg towards the end of the campaign. On the same day, forward Michael Ngoo left the club to sign for Kilmarnock, failing to score in seven outings in his first season at Rugby Park. 2013 – Forward Steven Gillespie re-joined Cheltenham Town on loan from Fleetwood Town, netting twice in five games in this fourth spell with the Robins. 2011 - Future reds forward Danny Ings moved to Burnley from Bournemouth for £1m, going on to bag 43 goals in 130 run-outs before moving to Anfield in July 2015.
  2. Will

    4th August

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

    1st August

    Mixed fortunes for Mark 1963 - Mark Wright was born in Dorchester. He was Graeme Souness’ first signing as Manager, arriving from Derby County for £2.2m in July 1991, and notched nine times in 210 reds appearances, the most memorable coming when he lifted the FA Cup at Wembley in 1992. 1998 - A sadder milestone for Mark, as his contract with the reds came to end and he was forced to retire from football due to injury. Happy birthday Jameo 1970 – Keeper David James was born in Welwyn Garden City. He signed from Watford for £1m in July 1992, making 277 appearances before being sold to Aston Villa for £1.7m in June 1999, having helped us to claim the League Cup in 1995 and FA Cup Final the following year. 1973 – Former reserves coach Antonio Gómez Pérez was born in Madrid. He joined the reds from Albacete Balompié in June 2009 to work with John McMahon, leaving for Real Valladolid a year later. Feliz Cumpleaños Iago 1987 – Spanish forward Iago Aspas was born in Moaña in Galicia. He signed from Real Club Celta de Vigo for £7.7m in June 2013, notching just once in fifteen senior outings. He returned to his former club for €5m in June 2015, having spent the previous season on loan at Sevilla. Quasi off the mark 1987 - Peter Beardsley scored his first reds goal as we beat Danish side Vejle 3-0 in a pre-season friendly. He had arrived from Newcastle United for a record £1.9m just a week earlier. Craig Johnston and John Aldridge scored our other goals. We have also beaten four other Nordic sides in pre-season friendlies on this day. 1986 - We defeated Swedes IS Halmia 3-0 thanks to goals from Craig Johnston, Ronnie Whelan and Kevin MacDonald. 1989 - Ian Rush and Swede Glenn Hysén netted as we won 2-1 at Malmö FF. 1991 - We beat Rosenborg BK 3-2 in the Norway Cup in the Ullevaal Stadion in Oslo, with Dean Saunders adding a brace to a Jan Mølby penalty. 2015 – We beat HJK Helsinki 2-0 in the Olympiastadion, with our goals coming from Divock Origi and Philippe Coutinho. Red debutants 2016 – Keeper Alex Manninger played his first reds game as we lost 2-1 to Roma in an International Champions Cup game in St. Louis, Missouri. Lucas was sent off while remaining on the bench! Sheyi Ojo struck the equaliser after Edin Džeko gave the Italians the lead, with future red Mohamed Salah bagging the winning goal. 2010 – Joe Cole and youngsters Raheem Sterling, Suso and Danny Wilson all played their first reds games as we lost 1-0 in a friendly at Borussia Mönchengladbach’s Borussia-Park. 1979 - We beat the same opposition 4-2 at their old Bökelbergstadion, thanks to goals from Terry McDermott, Kenny Dalglish, Ray Kennedy and Graeme Souness. 2011 – Centre-half Stephen Sama played his first reds game as we drew a friendly 3-3 with Vålerenga in Oslo. Andy Carroll was on target with Daniel Agger bagging a brace, while this was the fifth consecutive match that pre-season in which we conceded three goals. On the same day, Michael Ngoo won his first England Under-20’s cap as they held Argentina to a goalless draw in their World Championship Finals group game in Colombia. Starting out 1996 - David Thompson officially signed for the reds as a professional. He was followed in subsequent years by young full-back Stephen Wright in 1997, and then forward Jon Newby the next year. 1974 - John Wark signed on as a professional for Ipswich Town. He went on to bag an impressive 181 goals in 678 games in three spells with the Tractor boys. 2001 - Glen Johnson signed professional terms for West Ham United. Leaving Anfield 2018 – Ben Woodburn moved to Sheffield United for the season, although he returned to Anfield early after only eight senior appearances for the Blades. 2013 – Left-back Jack Robinson joined Blackpool on loan, playing 36 times in his season with the Tangerines. 2004 - Young French centre-back Carl Medjani joined Lorient on loan. He played 25 League games for them before returning to Anfield, but later singed for them permanently. 1998 - Michael Thomas left Anfield, signing for SL Benfica on a free transfer after twelve goals in 163 reds games. He played just five League games in Portugal in his two years there before returning to England to join Wimbledon. Claiming the cup 1998 - Goals from Patrik Berger and Michael Owen saw off Leeds United in the Final of the Carlsberg Trophy at Lansdowne Road in Dublin as we won 2-0. Reaching another final 2017 – Sadio Mané, Mohamed Salah and Daniel Sturridge netted as we beat Bayern München 3-0 in the Audi Cup Semi-final at their Allianz Arena. Friendly disappointments 2006 - We lost 2-0 to Grasshopper-Club Zürich in Hardturm. 2003 - We held Ajax to a goalless draw in The Sony Amsterdam Tournament 2003 at the Amsterdam ArenA. 1980 – We lost 4-3 at Royal Sporting Club Anderlecht, with David Fairclough bagging a brace and Terry McDermott also on target. Rushie off the mark 1987 - Ian Rush scored in his first game for Juventus, as they won a friendly 2-0 at Lucerne. Reds in Olympian opposition 2012 – Future red Daniel Sturridge netted the only goal as Great Britain beat Uruguay in an Olympics Finals group game at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. The two sides were both skippered by reds, Craig Bellamy and Luis Suárez, with Sebastián Coates and future reds Joe Allen and Steven Caulker also in action. On the same day, future red Sadio Mané featured as Senegal drew 1-1 with United Arab Emirates in Coventry as they joined Great Britain in the knock-out stages. Meanwhile, future red Mohamed Salah struck in his third consecutive group game as Egypt beat Belarus 3-1 at Hampden Park. Getting the boot 2002 - Former reserves centre-back Dave Watson was sacked as Manager of Tranmere Rovers after fourteen months in charge. They had finished in mid-table in the Second Division in his one full season as boss. Transfers galore A host of future reds have switched clubs on this day over the years. 1990 - Stan Collymore signed for Stafford Rangers from Wolverhampton Wanderers. 1995 - Patrik Berger left SK Slavia Praha for Ballspielverein Borussia 09 e.V. Dortmund. 1997 - Christian Ziege signed for AC Milan from Bayern München. 1999 - Jari Litmanen joined Barcelona from Ajax, having turned down the opportunity to come to Anfield. 2007 – Hungarian keeper Ádám Bogdán joined Bolton Wanderers from hometown club Vasas. 2017 – Keeper Shamal George signed a new contract with the reds, joining Carlisle United on loan on the same day, making seven senior appearances that campaign, but was released by the reds this summer. Meanwhile, forward Taiwo Awoniyi joined Royal Excelsior Mouscron on loan, scoring ten times in 31 outings. Ex-reds on the move 1998 - Legendary reds striker Ian Rush signed for Wrexham as Player/Coach, having left Newcastle United earlier that year. He failed to score in 24 appearances for them, a disappointing end to a glittering career. On the same day, Mike Marsh joined Conference side Barrow, having left Southend United the previous December. 1997 - Ex-loanee keeper Mark Prudhoe joined Bradford City from Stoke City for £70,000. 2002 – Former reserves defender Neil Murphy left Blackpool for Altrincham on a free transfer. 2006 - Ex-reserves keeper Paul Harrison joined Hereford United from Chester City on non-contract terms.
  4. Will

    10th July

    The final piece of the jigsaw 1997 - Paul Ince was signed by Roy Evans from Internazionale for £4.2m. His Anfield career started well, but then faded, and he was moved on by Gérard Houllier as he had become a disruptive influence in the dressing room. He struck seventeen times in 81 reds games during his two years at Anfield. 2019 – Belgian forward Divock Origi signed a new contract, just a few days after scoring in the UEFA Champions League Final in Madrid. He has so far netted 33 times in 136 outings, also helping us to claim the Premier League title, UEFA Super Cup and Club World Cup this year. 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. Happy birthday Mark 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. 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 – 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. A new signing 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. 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.
  5. Will

    5th June

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

    2nd June

    Happy birthday Marks 1957 - Mark Lawrenson was born in Preston. He joined us for a then-record fee of £900,000 from Brighton & Hove Albion in August 1981, going on to make 356 appearances, netting eighteen times while helping us to win four League titles, one European Cup, one FA Cup, three League Cups, the FA Charity Shield and Screen Sport Super Cup in his time at Anfield, before taking over as Oxford United boss in March 1988. 1964 - Mark Everton Walters was born in Birmingham. The most famous of his 124 games in a red shirt came when he inspired a UEFA Cup comeback against Auxerre in 1991, as he remained on the bench for both the 1992 FA Cup Final and League Cup Final in 1995. He also scored the crucial second goal in our defeat of Manchester United that handed the title to Leeds United in April 1992, one of his nineteen reds strikes after signing from Rangers for £1.25m in August 1991. He left Anfield to join Southampton on a free transfer in January 1996. Double signing 1999 - Stéphane Henchoz signed from relegated Blackburn Rovers for £3.5m, two weeks after his future partner Sami Hyypiä arrived from Dutch side Willem II. Stéph failed to score in his 205 reds appearances, but was a defensive rock, helping us to claim the UEFA Cup, FA Cup, UEFA Super Cup, FA Charity Shield and two League Cups before joining Celtic in January 2005. On the same day, Aboubakar ‘Titi’ Camara signed from Marseille for £2.6m. He scored ten times in 37 reds games, most famously the only goal of the game at home to West Ham United on the day his father died. He joined the Hammers for £2.2m in December 2000, although he only made fourteen appearances for them, before being loaned to Al-Ittihad in Saudi Arabia. More arrivals 2014 – Kirkby-born forward Rickie Lambert signed from Southampton for £4m, although he only managed to strike three times in 36 outings across his one season with the reds, with only twelve of these being starts. He moved on to West Bromwich Albion in July 2015. 1997 - Attacking midfielder Øyvind Leonhardsen signed from Wimbledon for £3.5m. He stayed at Anfield for two years, making 49 appearances, many in an uncomfortable left-sided role. He scored seven times before being sold to Tottenham Hotspur for £3m in August 1999. Six farewells 2003 - Pegguy Arphexad, Patrik Berger, Bernard Diomède, Vegard Heggem, Stephen McNulty and Mark Peers were all released by the club. Heggem had netted three times in a total of 65 reds games, but injury brought his career to an end, while Berger had struck 35 goals in 196 appearances. Back in black 1936 - We wore a black kit as we beat Romanian side Ripensia Timisoara 2-1 in a friendly as Alf Hanson netted in his third consecutive game of our Eastern European tour, with Syd Roberts also on target. 1939 - We thumped a Swedish Combination side 6-0. Phil Taylor bagged a treble, with Berry Nieuwenhuys adding a brace and Harry Eastham also on target. Reds in the World Cup 2002 - England drew their opening World Cup match with Sweden 1-1 in Saitama. Michael Owen and Emile Heskey both played the full ninety minutes, with Owen ending the game as captain after David Beckham’s substitution, and future red Joe Cole also featuring. Meanwhile, future red Fernando Morientes came off the bench as Spain beat Slovenia 3-1 in Gwangju. Double trebles 1946 - Jack Balmer scored four goals and Willie Fagan bagged a hat-trick as we thumped Chicago Maroons 9-3 in a friendly at Soldier Field. Phil Taylor and Bob Priday also scored. Rafa stays on 2006 - Rafael Benítez signed a new four-year contract, after continued speculation linking him with a return to his native land to take over at Real Madrid. He led us to the European Cup, FA Cup, UEFA Super Cup and FA Community Shield during his six seasons as we won 194 of his 350 games as Manager. Derby disappointment 1941 - We only got on the scoresheet through a Jones own goal as we lost a Wartime League derby 3-1 at Goodison Park. Other departures 2007 - It was announced that Joint Chief Scout Frank McParland would take over as General Manager at Bolton Wanderers, joining Sammy Lee there, who had recently taken over as Manager. 1910 - Inside-left Bert Goode signed for Wrexham. He had struck once in seven reds outings after signing from his hometown club Chester in May 1908. He scored 136 goals in 276 games across three spells at the Racecourse Ground, being remembered as one of their greatest ever strikers. Dan’s debut 2005 - Future red Daniel Agger made his senior international debut as Denmark beat Finland 1-0 in a friendly in Tampere, with Christian Poulsen also featuring. Ex-red Jari Litmanen skippered a side that also included Sami Hyypiä. 2012 – Agger converted a spot-kick as Denmark beat ex-red Harry Kewell’s Australia 2-0 in a friendly in Copenhagen, with future reds loanee Nuri Şahin also in international action. 2007 - He also played for his country, netting his first goal as a reds player in their stormy 3-3 Euro 2008 qualifying draw with Sweden in Copenhagen. Christian Poulsen was sent off for the home side, with the match being abandoned after 89 minutes and later awarded as a 3-0 victory to Sweden. On the same day, future reds keeper Brad Jones played his first game for Australia as they lost 2-1 to Uruguay in a friendly in Sydney, being at fault for one of the goals. Future red Dejan Lovren also played for his country that day. 2008 – Litmanen also played for Roy Hodgson’s Finland in their 1-1 friendly draw with Belarus in Turku. Half century for Stéph 2001 - Stéphane Henchoz won his fiftieth senior cap for Switzerland as they beat the Faroe Islands 1-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Toftir. Robbie Keane won his first cap after his permanent move to Leeds United in the Republic of Ireland’s 1-1 qualifying draw with Portugal. Also in international action that day were Patrik Berger, Vladimír Šmicer, Steve Staunton, future reds Yossi Benayoun, Jerzy Dudek and Paul Jones and ex-reds Øyvind Leonhardsen, Jason McAteer and Rigobert Song. International reds on the scoresheet 2004 - Milan Baroš came off the bench to score as the Czech Republic beat Bulgaria 2-1 in a friendly in Prague. Vladimír Šmicer also featured, while Stéphane Henchoz and Dietmar Hamann faced each other in a friendly on the same day that Germany won 2-0, with future red Javier Mascherano also in international action that day. 2007 - John Arne Riise struck in injury time as Norway thumped Malta 4-0 in a Euro 2008 qualifier in Oslo. 2006 - Harry Kewell grabbed a brace as Australia beat Dutch side VV Kloetinge in a friendly, with futre reds loanee Nuri Şahin also in international action. 1982 - Ian Rush nabbed the only goal of the game as Wales beat France in a friendly in Toulouse. Ex-red Joey Jones also played. 1969 - Ex-red Tony Hateley scored in the second of all seven games of an FA Tour, bagging four as England trounced New Zealand 7-1 in Wellington. He netted a total of seventeen goals on the tour. 1963 - Roger Hunt netted for England as they beat East Germany 2-1 in a friendly in Leipzig. Gordon Milne also played. 2013 – Ex-red Robbie Keane came off the bench to bag a brace as the Republic of Ireland thumped Georgia 4-0 in a friendly in in Dublin. 1996 - Future red Jari Litmanen netted Finland’s consolation as they lost 2-1 to Turkey in a friendly in Helsinki, with Sami Hyypiä also in the side. Stig Inge Bjørnebye, Mark Kennedy, future red Øyvind Leonhardsen and ex-red Torben Piechnik all also represented their countries that day. 1994 - Jari also played for his country in a 2-1 friendly defeat by Spain in Tampere, with future red Karl-Heinz Riedle in international action. 2001 – Litmanen featured alongside Sami Hyypiä and against clubmate Christian Ziege as their World Cup qualifier ended 2-2 in Helsinki. Masch the red 2007 - Javier Mascherano won his first cap as a reds player, appearing for Argentina for the 23rd time as a substitute in their 1-1 friendly draw with Switzerland in Basel. Future red Philipp Degen also played and was booked. Ex-reserves for their countries 1993 - Former reserves midfielder Jim Magilton netted his fourth and final Northern Ireland goal as an Oxford United player as they won a World Cup qualifier in Latvia 2-1. Stig Inge Bjørnebye, Ronnie Rosenthal and future reds Nigel Clough and Øyvind Leonhardsen also appeared in internationals that day. 1992 - Magilton also played in a friendly as they drew 1-1 in Germany, who included future red Karl-Heinz Riedle. 1985 - Kevin Sheedy was on target as the Republic of Ireland beat Switzerland 3-0 in a World Cup qualifier at Lansdowne Road. Jim Beglin, Ronnie Whelan and ex-red Michael Robinson all also featured. Final caps 1982 - Phil Neal captained England for the only time as England drew 1-1 with Iceland in a friendly in Reykjavik. Joe Corrigan and Terry McDermott both won their final caps in this game. 1963 - Ian Callaghan won his fourth and final cap for England Under-23’s as they lost 1-0 in a friendly in Romania. 2001 - Future red Bolo Zenden won his thirtieth cap for the Netherlands, and final one as a Barcelona player, as they won a World Cup qualifier 4-2 in Estonia. 2000 - Craig Bellamy won his ninth and last cap as a Norwich City player as Wales lost a friendly 3-0 in Portugal, with ex-red Gareth Roberts also featuring. 2007 - Bellamy also won his final cap in his first spell as a red, playing against ex-red Milan Baroš in a goalless Euro 2008 qualifier in Cardiff. Fellow future reds Paul Konchesky and Jermaine Pennant both also featured. 2003 - Glen Johnson won his second and final England Under-21’s cap as a West Ham United player as they beat Serbia & Montenegro 3-2 in a friendly in Hull. 1996 - Dean Saunders won his final cap as a Galatasaray player as Wales trounced San Marino 5-0 in a World Cup qualifier. 2007 - Jari Litmanen won his 108th cap, and final one as a Malmö FF player, as Finland lost a Euro 2008 qualifier 2-0 to Serbia in Helsinki, with Sami Hyypiä also playing. Meanwhile, Andriy Voronin made his last appearance for the Ukraine while with Bayer 04 Leverkusen in their 2-0 qualifying defeat in France, for whom ex-red Nicolas Anelka scored. Also in action that day were Xabi Alonso, Djibril Cissé, Dirk Kuyt and future red Sotirios Kyrgiakos. 2009 – Anelka again played for France, as they lost 1-0 to Nigeria in a friendly in Saint-Étienne, with ex-red Alou Diarra also in action, and future reds loanee Nuri Şahin also featuring for his country. 2010 – Kyrgiakos featured once more for Greece, in their 2-0 friendly defeat by Paraguay in Zurich with future red Milan Jovanović and ex-red John Arne Riise also in international action. 2012 - Maxi Rodríguez won his last cap as a reds player as Argentina thumped Ecuador 4-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Buenos Aires. Dirk Kuyt also represented his country for the final time while on our books as the Netherlands trounced Northern Ireland 6-0 in a friendly in Amsterdam. Steven Gerrard, Jordan Henderson, Glen Johnson and future red Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all played under Roy Hodgson, with Sebastián Coates, Luis Suárez, future reds Simon Mignolet and James Milner, and ex-reds Javier Mascherano, Carl Medjani, Raúl Meireles and John Arne Riise all also in action. 2016 – Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana, James Milner, Daniel Sturridge and ex-red Raheem Sterling all played for Roy Hodgson’s England in their 1-0 friendly defeat of Portugal at Wembley. 2013 - Yossi Benayoun played for Israel for the last time while on loan at West Ham United as they drew a friendly 2-2 with Honduras in New York. On the same day, Roy Hodgson’s England held Brazil to a 2-2 draw in the opening game for the new Estádio do Maracanã, with Glen Johnson and future reds James Milner and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain featuring. 2014 – Benayoun also played for Israel in their 4-2 defeat of Honduras in Texas. 2018 – Sterling faced fellow ex-red Victor Moses as England beat Nigeria 2-1 in a friendly at Wembley, with ex-red Christian Benteke also in international action. On the move 1971 - Ex-reds captain Sir Matt Busby resigned as Manager of Manchester United for the second time. He had led our deadly rivals to the European Cup, five League titles, two FA Cups and three FA Charity Shields. 2008 – Future reds loanee Aly Cissokho joined Portuguese side Vitória de Setúbal from French club Gueugnon. He only played eighteen times before moving to Porto after they bought 60% of the rights to the left-back for €300,000 in January 2009. 2016 - Former reds coach Steve Clarke was appointed Assistant Manager of Aston Villa, working with Roberto Di Matteo. He was not kept on when Steve Bruce took charge four months later. 2018 – Ex-reds centre-half and coach Mauricio Pellegrino was appointed Manager of Club Deportivo Leganés, leading them to thirteenth place in his first campaign, their highest ever La Liga finish. However, he left by mutual consent in October 2019 after a disappointing start to that season. International youngsters on target 1994 - Robbie Fowler netted with Jamie Redknapp converting a penalty as England Under-21’s beat the USA 3-0 in the Toulon Tournament. 1989 - Skipper and future red Michael Thomas was on target at the same level as they beat Poland 2-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Plymouth. David Burrows also featured. 2001 - Future reds striker Djibril Cissé bagged a goal as France Under-20’s beat the Netherlands 2-0 in a tournament game to clinch third place. Grégory Vignal also played. 2011 – Michael Ngoo netted for England Under-19’s in their 3-2 European Championships qualifying defeat of Switzerland in Nyon. Andre Wisdom skippered a side that also included Conor Coady, Jack Robinson and future red Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, with Coady, Ngoo and Robinson all being cautioned. Twice for their countries Ex-red Joey Jones represented Wales on this day in consecutive years. 1979 - He played alongside ex-red John Toshack in a 2-0 European Championships qualifying win in Malta. On the same day, Kenny Dalglish skippered Scotland as they lost 3-1 to a Diego Maradona-inspired Argentina at Hampden Park. Alan Hansen, Frank McGarvey and future red John Wark also featured, with Kenny taking the brunt of the home fans’ disapproval. 1980 – Jones also featured in a 4-0 World Cup qualifying victory in Iceland. 1984 - Future red John Barnes appeared in England’s 2-0 defeat by the USSR at Wembley. 1990 - He played in another friendly, this time alongside Peter Beardsley and future red Mark Wright as England drew 1-1 in Tunisia. Steve Staunton also played for his country that day. Club award 2011 – The club won the Large Visitor Attraction of the Year award at The Mersey Partnership Annual Tourism Awards 2011. On the same day, reserves forward Nikola Sarić signed for HNK Hajduk Split.
  7. Will

    31st May

    Edging towards the title 1947 - We moved to within touching distance of our fifth League title as our 2-1 win at Wolverhampton Wanderers took us one point clear of both Wolves and Manchester United, in our final game of the season. Jack Balmer and Albert Stubbins bagged our goals before the break while Wolves legend Stan Cullis, who had guested for the reds during the war, played his final ever game for the club. Jimmy Dunn scored the first of his four goals past us in the second half. However, we had to wait a further two weeks to know for sure if the title was ours, as fellow championship challengers Stoke City had one final game, which they lost at Sheffield United. First and last caps 2000 - Steven Gerrard made his England debut as Kevin Keegan’s side beat the Ukraine 1-0 in a friendly at Wembley thanks to a goal from Robbie Fowler. Emile Heskey won his first cap as a reds player in this game, with future red Nick Barmby and ex-red Steve McManaman also featuring. 1989 - Future red Stig Inge Bjørnebye won his first cap for Norway as they beat Austria 4-1 in a friendly in Oslo. On the same day, Ian Rush, future reds player Dean Saunders and Assistant Manager Colin Pascoe faced future red Karl-Heinz Riedle in a goalless World Cup qualifier between Wales and West Germany in Cardiff. On the same day, Glenn Hysén won his last cap as a Fiorentina player as Sweden beat Algeria 2-0 in a friendly. 1994 - Dominic Matteo made his England Under-21’s debut as a substitute in their 3-0 defeat by France in the Toulon Tournament in Aubagne. Fellow reds Robbie Fowler and Jamie Redknapp both also played. 1977 - Kevin Keegan won his final cap as a reds player, skippering England in their 1-0 defeat to Wales in the British International Championships at Wembley. Fellow reds Emlyn Hughes, Joey Jones, Ray Kennedy and Phil Neal all also featured. 1994 - Ronnie Rosenthal won his last cap as a reds player, and 37th in total, as Israel lost 3-0 to Argentina in a friendly in Tel-Aviv. 2008 – Future red Andy Carroll won his sixth and final cap for England Under-19’s as they held Belarus to a goalless draw in Minsk, so qualifying for the European Championships Finals. 2014 – Young defender Ryan McLaughlin made his senior debut for Northern Ireland in their 1-0 friendly defeat in Uruguay. Sebastián Coates, future red Lazar Marković and ex-reds Alberto Aquilani, Carl Medjani and Gabriel Paletta all also represented their countries that day. Walker’s first steps 1874 - Inside-right John Walker was born in Coatbridge. He joined the reds from Heart Of Midlothian for £175 in March 1898, playing 120 times and scoring 31 goals, including the decisive final goal of the season to hand us our first League title in 1901. The following year he returned to his native Scotland, moving to Rangers. Goals galore in the US We have twice racked up hefty scores in US tour games on this day. 1953 - We trounced Toledo All Stars 10-3 with Kevin Baron, Jimmy Payne and Billy Liddell all bagging braces, and Alan A’Court, Bob Paisley and Jack Smith all also on target. 1946 - We thumped St. Louis All Stars 5-1 in the Walsh Stadium, with Willie Fagan netting twice this time around, and Bob Priday, Jack Balmer and Cyril Done also netting. A new trophy 1919 – We claimed the Lancashire Senior Cup, under its temporary tile of the Lancashire Section Subsidiary Competition, as we beat Oldham Athletic 3-0 in the Final at Old Trafford. Harold Wadsworth and John Miller netted either side of a Harry Lewis penalty. Derby stalemate 1941 - We drew 2-2 with Everton in a Wartime League game at Anfield with Billy Liddell and Cyril Done on target. Sal on target 2003 - Salif Diao netted in Senegal’s 2-1 friendly defeat of Cape Verde in Dakar, with clubmate El-Hadji Diouf also featuring. 2002 - They both also featured as Senegal beat France 1-0 in the opening game of the World Cup Finals, with future red Djibril Cissé appearing from the bench. Happy birthday Alan 1981 - Ex-reserves defender Alan Navarro was born in Liverpool. He never made a first-team appearance for us and moved to Tranmere Rovers for £225,000 in January 2002. Venison to Turkey 1995 - Barry Venison joined Galatasaray from Newcastle United for £750,000. He was signed by ex-reds boss Graeme Souness, but only remained in Turkey for five months, playing eight League games. Mighty Mouse on target 1976 - Kevin Keegan bagged a brace as England beat Team America 3-1 in the US Bicentennial Tournament in Philadelphia. Ray Clemence and Phil Thompson both also played for England, while ex-red Tommy Smith appeared for the Americans. On Song again and again Rigobert Song has played for Cameroon three times on this day in history. 2008 – He netted as skipper in their 2-0 defeat of Cape Verde Islands in a World Cup qualifier in Yaoundé. Xabi Alonso, Nabil El Zhar, Fernando Torres and ex-reds Nicolas Anelka and El-Hadji Diouf also represented their countries that day. 2001 - He was booked in their 2-0 defeat by Brazil in the Confederations Cup in Japan. 1998 - They won a friendly 2-0 in Luxembourg. Internationals on target 2013 – Alberto Aquilani bagged his first strike as a Fiorentina player as Italy beat San Marino 4-0 in a friendly in Bologna, with future red Mario Balotelli also in action, while future red Tiago Ilori played as Portugal Under-20’s beat Belgium Under-21’s 2-0 in a friendly in France. 2005 - Djibril Cissé struck in France’s 2-1 friendly defeat of Hungary in Metz. 2004 - He also featured for his country in a 2-0 friendly defeat of Denmark in Lens, with Christian Poulsen winning his final cap as a Schalke 04 player, and future red Philipp Degen also in international action that day. 2005 - Ex-red Michael Owen bagged a treble to become England’s all-time fourth top goalscorer as he struck his final goals as a Real Madrid player. England beat Colombia 3-2 in New Jersey, with Peter Crouch making his senior bow, winning his only cap as a Southampton player. Ex-red David James and future reds Joe Cole and Glen Johnson also played. On the same day, future red Besian Idrizaj played for Austria Under-19’s as they lost 3-2 to Scotland in a European Championships qualifier in Vöcklamarkt. Management moves 2005 - Mark Wright was appointed Manager of Peterborough United. He was only in charge until the following January, winning twelve of his 35 games in charge. 2018 – Former First Team Coach Paco Herrera was appointed Manager of Greek side Aris Thessaloniki, remaining in charge for six months. Conal on the move 2006 - Former reserves forward Conal Platt signed for Bournemouth having been released by the reds at the end of the season. He only made one senior appearance for the Cherries and is now playing for Stalybridge Celtic in the Conference North. On the same day, future red Nuri Şahin played as Turkey beat Saudi Arabia 1-0 in a friendly in Germany. 2015 - Ex-reserves defender Gareth Roberts signed for Conference North side Stockport County, having been released by Chester. John a Rover again 2007 – Future reds goalkeeping coach John Achterberg signed a new two-year playing/coaching contract with Tranmere Rovers. He went on to play 312 times in total for Rovers. Youngsters in action 2011 – Five reds featured for England Under-19’s as they beat Montenegro 1-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Switzerland. Andre Wisdom skippered a side that also included Conor Coady, Tom Ince, Michael Ngoo and Jack Robinson, with future red Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain making his debut at this level. 2017 – Future red Dominic Solanke played as England Under-20’s beat Costa Rica 2-1 in the World Cup Finals in South Korea.
  8. Will

    23rd May

    Our first European triumph 1973 - We lost 2-0 at Borussia Mönchengladbach with Jupp Heynckes getting both goals inside ten first-half minutes. However, that was enough to secure the UEFA Cup for the first time, as we had won the first leg 3-0 at Anfield two weeks before. We therefore became the first English side to claim the League title and a European trophy in the same season. Athens despair 2007 - We lost 2-1 to AC Milan in the Champions League Final in Athens thanks to a Pippo Inzaghi brace, with Bolo Zenden playing his 47th and final reds game. Dirk Kuyt headed our late consolation, his first goal in Europe for us. Keeping on track for a title showdown 1989 - Ray Houghton netted a brace, with John Aldridge, Ian Rush and John Barnes also on target as we beat West Ham United 5-1 at Anfield, our 24th consecutive game without defeat, just three days after our emotional FA Cup Final win, to keep us on course for our second double in four years. The FA Cup was on display on a table on the pitch before the game. However, the League was to be cruelly snatched from our grasp by Arsenal in the very last kick of the season. 1985 - Our only other first-class game on this day saw John Wark miss a penalty as we lost at Everton. Paul Wilkinson bagged the only goal of the game. Uncle Joe announced 1983 – The appointment of Joe Fagan as Bob Paisley’s replacement as Manager was announced, although he did not take over until 1st July. In his first season as boss, he led the club to a unique treble of League, European Cup and League Cup, retiring just a year later. He remains the only Scouser to date to hold the position on a permanent basis. Happy birthdays 1997 - Centre-half Joe Gomez was born in Catford, south east London. He signed from Charlton Athletic for £3.5m in June 2015, so far making exactly one hundred senior appearances, without scoring. On the same day, Spanish midfielder Pedro Chirivella was born in Valencia. He signed from his hometown club in July 2013 and has played eleven first-team games to date, captaining the side in our League Cup thumping at Aston Villa in December 2019. 1996 - Keeper Ryan Fulton was born in Burnley. He signed pro terms in the summer of 2013, making his first senior appearance in our friendly at Swindon Town in August 2015. An obscure international 1987 - Young reds midfielder Ken de Mange made his senior international debut as a substitute for the Republic of Ireland alongside clubmates John Aldridge and Ronnie Whelan, as they beat Brazil 1-0 in a Rous Cup game at Lansdowne Road. He never made a first team appearance in his two seasons with the reds, before moving on to Leeds United. On the same day, Peter Beardsley and Mark Wright both played as England were held to a goalless draw by Scotland in the same competition at Hampden Park. It was Beardsley’s last cap as a Newcastle United player, and Wright’s final one while with Southampton. A treble for Albert 1948 - Albert Stubbins bagged a hat-trick as we beat a Philadelphia Select side 5-2 in a friendly on our post-season tour. Jack Balmer and Billy Liddell also netted. Rush for his country for the last time 1994 - Ian Rush grabbed his final goal for Wales as they won 2-1 in a friendly in Estonia. He netted 28 goals in his 73 internationals, a Welsh record. 1980 - He also represented his country in their 1-0 British International Championships defeat in Northern Ireland, alongside ex-red Joey Jones. Nigel’s debut 1989 - Future red Nigel Clough won his first full international cap as England were held to a goalless draw by Chile in a Rous Cup game at Wembley. 2001 – Future reds keeper Brad Jones won his only cap at Under-20’s level as Australia thumped Guam 6-0 in the East Asian Games in Japan. Larry for England 1972 - Larry Lloyd won his third and final England cap as a red, and his last for his country for eight years. Emlyn Hughes also played as Northern Ireland won 1-0 at Wembley in the British International Championships. Barmby’s brace 1996 - Future red Nick Barmby bagged a brace as England beat China 3-0 in a friendly in Beijing. Ex-red Peter Beardsley won his 59th and final cap in this game, while Robbie Fowler, Steve McManaman and Jamie Redknapp all also featured. A French triumph 1956 - We thumped French outfit Racing Club Franc-Comtois 8-1 in Besançon. Billy Liddell bagged a brace, with Alan A’Court, Louis Bimpson, John Evans, Brian Jackson and Jimmy Melia all adding to an own goal. The kids done well 1963 – Tommy Smith captained the reds to a 3-1 victory in the first leg of our first ever FA Youth Cup Final at Anfield. Unfortunately, we crashed 5-2 in controversial circumstances in the return match two days later. Drawing at sea 1935 – We drew 2-2 with Victoria on Gran Canaria, with Vic Wright and Fred Howe netting. The reds were introduced to Miss Spain before the match! On the way out 2005 - It was announced that Paul Harrison, Patrice Luzi, Jon Otsemobor, Richie Partridge and Mark Smyth would all be leaving the club. They had only managed eleven first-team outings between them. 1997 - Roy Hodgson resigned as Manager of Internazionale, with two games remaining of the Serie A campaign and the club sitting in third place. This came two days after their UEFA Cup Final defeat to Schalke 04 on penalties, when he was pelted with coins and cigarette lighters by fans at the San Siro. 2011 – Ex-reds defender David Raven was released by Shrewsbury Town after 28 games for the Shrews. 2012 – Emile Heskey was released by Aston Villa after fifteen strikes in 111 outings. On the same day, keeper Chris Kirkland signed for Sheffield Wednesday. 2014 – Forward Michael Ngoo was released by the reds, having not made the breakthrough. On the same day, John Arne Riise was let go by Fulham after failing to score in exactly a century of games for the Cottagers. In charge 2006 - Nigel Spackman was appointed Manager of Millwall. He only remained in the post for four months before being sacked. 2009 – John Barnes led Jamaica to a 2-2 draw with Haiti in a friendly in Fort Lauderdale. 2010 – John Toshack took charge of Wales as they lost a friendly 2-0 in Croatia, with future red Dejan Lovren on the winning side. Future red Fabio Borini featured for Italy Under-19’s on the same day, as they beat Northern Ireland 3-2 in a friendly in Udine. Penalty shoot-out despair 1996 - Future red Jari Litmanen scored for Ajax in the UEFA Champions League Final as their match with Juventus ended 1-1 in the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. The Dutch outfit lost the penalty shoot-out 4-2, with Jari again on target from the spot. 2001 - Fellow future red Mauricio Pellegrino saw his decisive penalty saved by Oliver Kahn to hand Bayern München the UEFA Champions League as Valencia lost their shoot-out 5-4 in Milan, after the match had ended 1-1. Irish beginnings and end 2007 - Ex-red Darren Potter made his senior debut for the Republic of Ireland, with Steve Staunton leading his side to a 1-1 friendly draw with Ecuador in the Giants Stadium in New Jersey. 1998 - Mark Kennedy won his first cap as a Wimbledon player, and eighteenth in total, as the Irish were held to a goalless draw at Lansdowne Road by Mexico. Phil Babb and future red Robbie Keane also played. 1939 – Ex-reds reserves centre-half Matt O’Mahoney won his sixth and final Irish cap as they held Germany to a 1-1 draw in a friendly in Bremen. 2014 - Tiago Ilori scored his only goal for Portugal Under-21’s, the only goal of their European Championships qualifier in North Macedonia. Harry in charge 2008 – Harry Kewell captained Australia in their 1-0 friendly defeat of Ghana in Sydney. 2017 - He was appointed Manager of Crawley Town, leading them to mid-table safety in League Two in his first campaign in charge.
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