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  1. 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, making 121 senior appearances up to his 24th birthday, without scoring. On the same day, Spanish midfielder Pedro Chirivella was born in Valencia. He signed from his hometown club in July 2013, playing eleven first-team games before moving on to Nantes in July 2020, 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, moving on to Hamilton Academical in July 2017. 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 by Northern Ireland in Cardiff, 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. 1928 – Future reds outside-right Danny McRorie joined Morton after just three months with Alloa Athletic. He struck 51 times in 76 League games before moving to Anfield for £1,500 in November 1930. 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. Future red Thiago Alcântara scored for Spain Under-19’s on the same day as they won a friendly 3-0 in Estonia. 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. Also in international action 1961 – Alan A’Court played for England as they beat a Combined Chinese XI 3-0 in an FA Tour game in Hong Kong. 1976 – Ray Clemence, Kevin Keegan and Phil Thompson all featured as England lost 1-0 to Brazil in the US Bicentenary Tournament in Los Angeles. 1977 – Future red Glenn Hysén played for Sweden Under-18’s in their 1-0 defeat of Italy in a European Championships Finals group game in Belgium. 1979 – Emlyn Hughes captained England as they were held to a goalless draw by Wales in the British International Championships at Wembley. Terry McDermott, future reds coach Joe Corrigan and ex-reds Kevin Keegan, Joey Jones and John Toshack all also played. 1981 – Corrigan played again as England lost 1-0 to Scotland in the same competition at Wembley. 1984 – Future red Glenn Hysén played for Sweden as they thumped Malta 4-0 in a World Cup qualifier. 1991 – Øyvind Leonhardsen featured for Norway in their 1-0 friendly defeat of Romania in Oslo, with fellow future red Stig Inge Bjørnebye appearing for the Under-21’s as they drew 1-1 with the same country on the same day. 1993 – Future red Brad Friedel played for the USA in their goalless friendly encounter with Bolivia in California. 2000 – Future red Craig Bellamy and ex-reds Gareth Roberts and Dean Saunders all played as EWales lost 3-0 to Brazil in Cardiff. 2002 – Future reds Salif Diao and El-Hadji Diouf both represented Senegal as they beat Ecuador 1-0 in a friendly in Japan. 2003 - John Welsh faced future red Arnaud Bühler as England Under-19’s beat Switzerland 1-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Ireland. 2006 – Florent Sinama-Pongolle faced future red Raul Meireles as France Under-21’s beat host nation Portugal 1-0 in a European Championships Finals group game. 2016 – Future red Takumi Minamino featured for Japan Under-23’s as they lost 1-0 to Portugal in France. 2017 – Sheyi Ojo and future red Dominic Solanke both played for England Under-20’s as they drew 1-1 with Guinea in a World Championship Finals group game in South Korea.
  2. Will

    7th January

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

    29th July

    In rides a knight 1959 - ‘Sir’ Roger Hunt signed for the reds from Stockton Heath. He netted 285 times in 492 reds games, and his 244 League goals remain a club record. He has the honour of being the first red to win the World Cup while at Anfield, while his club medal haul includes two League championships, an FA Cup, FA Charity Shield and a Second Division title. Happy birthday Jim 1963 - Left-back Jim Beglin was born in Waterford in the Republic of Ireland. He was Bob Paisley’s last signing, from Shamrock Rovers for £20,000 in May 1983, and went on to score three times in 98 reds appearances. He helped us to four trophies in 1986, the League and FA Cup double, a shared FA Charity Shield and the Screen Sport Super Cup. After breaking his leg against Everton in January 1987, he moved on to Leeds United, and is now a regular TV commentator. In and out 2014 – Belgian forward Divock Origi signed from Lille OSC Métropole for £9.8m, immediately re-signing on loan for the following season. He netted sixteen times in total in 89 games for Les Dogues and has so far struck 34 times in 140 reds games, including a crucial strike as we claimed the UEFA Champions League Final in Madrid in June 2019, as well as helping us to claim the Premier League title, FIFA Club World Cup and UEFA Super Cup this season. 1974 – Keeper Peter McDonnell signed from Bury for £20,000 to become Bob Paisley’s first signing as boss. He never made the first team, but sat on the bench at the European Cup Final in Rome in 1977, and on another 27 occasions, including both legs of the 1976 UEFA Cup Final, three FA Charity Shields and both legs of the UEFA Super Cup Final in 1977. He left Anfield to join Oldham Athletic in August 1978. 2015 – Defender Andre Wisdom joined Norwich City on loan, playing fourteen games for the Canaries in the following campaign. On the same day, future reds loanee centre-half Steven Caulker moved to Southampton from Queens Park Rangers on a temporary basis, but only played eight times before moving to Anfield the following January. 1930 – Scottish forward John McFarlane left the reds to sign for Halifax Town. He had signed from Aberdeen in November 1928 and became our then-youngest ever player when he debuted as we lost 2-1 at home to Everton in the League three months later, aged just seventeen years and 47 days. However, he only played one more senior game. Adiós amigos 2013 – Pepe Reina joined Rafael Benítez’s SSC Napoli on loan, playing 41 times in his season in Italy. He helped them to claim the Coppa Italia and to finish third in Serie A. 2009 - Álvaro Arbeloa was sold to Real Madrid for £3.5m. He had struck twice in 98 reds games after signing from Real Club Deportivo de La Coruña for £2.64m in January 2007. 2005 - Antonio Núñez was sold to Real Club Celta de Vigo, netting twice in 32 games as they finished sixth in La Liga in his first season, after notching just once in 27 reds outings. Meanwhile, reserves winger Richie Partridge signed for Sheffield Wednesday. He struck once in twenty games for the Owls as they survived in the Championship, moving on to Rotherham United in June 2006. Roy’s winning start 2010 – Roy Hodgson took charge of the reds in a first-class game for the first time as we won 2-0 at Rabotnički Skopje in the Third Qualifying Round of the UEFA Europa League, thanks to a David N’Gog brace. Forwards David Amoo, Lauri Dalla Valle and Milan Jovanović all played their first reds games as Lucas made his debut as skipper. Stephen Darby played his sixth and last reds game. Less praised arrivals 2002 - Young French keeper Patrice Luzi signed from AS Monaco on a free transfer. He made just one first-team appearance for the club, as substitute for the injured Jerzy Dudek in our long overdue League win at Chelsea in January 2004. 1992 - England international Paul Stewart signed from Tottenham Hotspur for £2.3m. That same day he made his reds bow in a 1-0 friendly defeat to Rosenborg BK in Vålerenga. His time at Anfield was a failure, as he scored just three times in 42 appearances in nearly four seasons. He left for Sunderland on a free transfer in March 1996. Pepe ventures out 2006 - We lost 3-2 to 1. FC Kaiserslautern in Liechtenstein. Jermaine Pennant played his first reds game, while Robbie Fowler came on as a substitute for the injured Luis García, who had previously replaced him! Pepe Reina played some of the game in midfield, while our goals were scored by García and Craig Bellamy. 2017 – Left-back Andy Robertson played his first reds game as we won 3-0 at Hertha BSC Berlin in a game staged to celebrate both clubs’ 125th anniversaries. Dominic Solanke, Gini Wijnaldum and Mohamed Salah were all on target. Back to Norway We have twice returned to Vålerenga on this day over the years. 1998 - We lost 2-0 to Rosenborg BK. 1999 - Karl-Heinz Riedle, Dietmar Hamann and Erik Meijer all netted in our 4-1 win over Vålerenga themselves to claim the Norway Cup, with the scoring completed by a Fredrik Kjølner own goal. Double debutants 2000 - Both Markus Babbel and Nick Barmby made their first reds appearances in a 4-1 win at SC Freiburg, with Barmby opening the scoring. Emile Heskey, Michael Owen and Steve Staunton also got on the scoresheet. We made a total of thirteen substitutions in the game, our second of that pre-season. A treble from the boss 1945 - Don Welsh netted a hat-trick as we drew 3-3 with a BIA 21st Army side in Hannover in the immediate aftermath of the war. He never made a senior reds appearance, but went on to take charge of the reds in 1951. In 1954 he became the first manager to lead us down a division for over fifty years, becoming the first ever reds boss to be sacked, in 1956. German trips 1994 - We won 1-0 at Borussia Mönchengladbach in the Firestone International Challenge Cup, thanks to a Neil Ruddock goal. 1995 - We returned to Germany, being trounced 5-0 by Ajax in the first round of the Mönchengladbach Trophy. Antonio the champion 2006 - Reds right-back Antonio Barragán was on the winning side as Spain Under-19’s claimed the European Championships by beating Scotland 2-1 in the Final in Poznan. This was his final cap at any level prior to moving to Real Club Deportivo de La Coruña. 2005 – Future red David Martin played for England Under-19’s for the eleventh and final time as they lost 3-1 to France in the European Championships Final in Belfast. Olympian reds 2012 – Future red Daniel Sturridge netted as Great Britain beat United Arab Emirates 3-1 in a Olympics Finals group game at Wembley, with Craig Bellamy and future reds Joe Allen and Steven Caulker also in action. This game was immediately preceded by Senegal’s 2-0 defeat of Uruguay, who were skippered by Luis Suárez and also included Sebastián Coates, with future red Sadio Mané on the winning side. Meanwhile, future red Mohamed Salah struck as Egypt were held to a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford by New Zealand. A wise double 2009 – Andre Wisdom struck twice as England Under-17’s trounced the Faroe Islands 8-0 in a Nordic Tournament group game in Trondheim. His clubmate Jack Robinson made his debut at this level, with Conor Coady and future red Conor Thomas also in action. 2014 – Trent Alexander-Arnold and Herbie Kane both played as England Under-17’s drew 1-1 with Finland in a Nordic Tournament group game in Denmark, with the English winning a penalty shoot out 5-3. Other friendlies 1989 - We beat Dynamo Kyiv 2-0 at Wembley in the first round of the Makita International Tournament that also featured Arsenal. John Barnes netted from the spot, with John Aldridge also on target. 1969 - We were held to a goalless draw at Blackpool. On the move 2016 – Ex-reds reserves defender Jakub Sokolík re-joined Southend United after two loan spells at Roots Hall. He played nine times this time around before moving on to Plymouth Argyle the following January. 2014 – Left-back Andy Robertson joined Hull City from Dundee United for £2.85m after five goals in 44 games for the Terrors. 2009 – Centre-back Kolo Touré joined Manchester City from Arsenal for £16m after netting fourteen times in 326 outings as he helped the Gunners to claim the League title, two FA Cups and two FA Community Shields. 1992 - Neil Ruddock re-signed for Tottenham Hotspur from Southampton for £750,000. He played just fifty games in this second spell at White Hart Lane, and a year later he was on his way to Anfield, where he made a total of 152 first-team appearances. 2006 - Reserves striker Michael Nardiello signed for West Bromwich Albion. Just like at Anfield, he failed to make a senior appearance for the Baggies before being released. 2000 - Michael Thomas joined First Division Wimbledon from SL Benfica on a free transfer. He could only make nine appearances in his one season with the Dons. 1996 - Former reserves striker Mike Newell left Blackburn Rovers for Birmingham City in a £775,000 deal. He was only at St. Andrews for a season, playing just twenty times, before moving on again to Aberdeen. Also in international action 1981 – Future red Glenn Hysén played for Sweden as they beat Finland 1-0 in the Nordic Championships in Halmstad. 2001 – Future red Kolo Touré featured in the Ivory Coast’s 2-1 defeat by DR Congo in a World Cup qualifier in Abidjan.
  4. Will

    24th July

    Luis the champion 2011 – Luis Suárez was on target as Uruguay beat Paraguay 3-0 in the Copa América Final in Buenos Aires, with future red Sebastián Coates winning his fifth and last cap as a Nacional player. Jordan the best 2020 – Club captain Jordan Henderson was named Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year, having just lifted the reds’ first League title since 1990, as well as leading the Premier League captains’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic. On the same day, midfielder Leighton Clarkson signed a new contract, having already featured for the first-team twice. In comes David 2008 – Forward David N’Gog signed from Paris Saint-Germain for £1.5m. He struck nineteen times in 94 reds outings, although he only started on 41 of those occasions. He was sold to Bolton Wanderers for £4m in August 2011. Treble debutants 1999 - Dietmar Hamann, Sami Hyypiä and goalscorer Vladimír Šmicer all played their first reds games as we beat Feyenoord 2-0 to claim the Carlsberg Belfast Challenge trophy. The other goal came from Titi Camara, with his second reds strike. Happy birthday Harry 1870 - Keeper Harry Storer was born in Butterley, Derbyshire. He signed from Woolwich Arsenal for £75 in December 1895, taking over from the versatile Matt McQueen between our sticks. He made a total of 121 reds appearances before retiring in 1901. Unfortunately, he died in April 1908 aged just 37. Justice denied 2000 - The jury in the Hillsborough disaster trial was discharged after failing to reach a verdict on manslaughter charges against retired Chief Superintendent David Duckenfield, the police officer in charge on the day. The jury spent 25 hours deliberating the charges, but were unable to come to an agreement. The judge eventually ruled against a retrial. Reds in the Far East 2015 – Midfielder Pedro Chirivella, centre-back Daniel Cleary and winger Sheyi Ojo all made their first senior appearances as we were held to a 1-1 draw by a Malaysia XI in Kuala Lumpur. Jordon Ibe was on target for the reds. 2007 - We beat South China Athletic Association 3-1 in Hong Kong in the Semi-final of the Barclays Asia Trophy. John Arne Riise and Daniel Agger were on target, with Xabi Alonso converting a penalty. 2003 - Patrice Luzi and Zak Whitbread both made their senior reds debuts as we beat the Thailand national side 3-1 in the Rajamangala National Stadium in Bangkok. Emile Heskey added to a Vladimír Šmicer brace in a game billed as a GSM Advance Nokia Exclusive Match. Reds in Australia 2013 – We played our first ever game in Australia with more than 95,000 fans at the Melbourne Cricket Ground to see Steven Gerrard and Iago Aspas net in a 2-0 defeat of Melbourne Victory. More reds starting out 2019 – Dutch centre-half Sepp van den Berg featured for the first team for the first time as we drew 2-2 with Sporting Clube de Portugal to share the Western Union Cup in the Yankee Stadium in New York. Future Red Devil Bruno Fernandes opened the scoring, but Divock Origi and Gini Wijnaldum both netted to hand us a half-time lead, but Wendel levelled matters after the break. 2010 - Milan Jovanović played his first reds game as we lost 1-0 at 1. FC Kaiserslautern in the Fritz-Walter-Stadion. Charnock impresses 1996 - Midfielder Phil Charnock scored the only goal of the game as we beat Crewe Alexandra in a pre-season friendly at Gresty Road. He was to join the Alex on a free transfer just five months later. 1998 - The reds kicked off another pre-season campaign at Crewe, with both Sean Dundee and Vegard Heggem making their reds bows. We won 3-0, with goals from Danny Murphy, Dominic Matteo and Bjørn Tore Kvarme coming in a three-minute flurry. Czech mates 2001 - It was confirmed that the reds were about to secure the signature of young Czech striking sensation Milan Baroš from Baník Ostrava. The deal was finally completed in December of that year. 2002 – The reds announced that Vladimír Šmicer had agreed an extension to his contract that would keep him at Anfield until 2005. He then left the club to join Girondins de Bordeaux, although he returned to his homeland with SK Slavia Praha in July 2007. Famous Emlyn 2008 - It was announced that Emlyn Hughes was to be inducted into the National Football Museum’s Hall of Fame later in the year, joining the other former reds players John Barnes, Peter Beardsley, Kenny Dalglish, Alan Hansen, Roger Hunt, Kevin Keegan, Ian Rush and Graeme Souness who had already been included. Dani on target 2010 – Dani Pacheco netted as Spain Under-19’s beat Italy 3-0 in a European Championships Finals group game in France, with Fabio Borini winning his ninth and last cap at this level and fellow future red Thiago Alcântara also in action. Meanwhile, future reds Steven Caulker and Nathaniel Clyne both played in England’s 1-1 draw with the host nation in the same competition. Youngsters battling for the final 2007 - Future reds Mikel San José and Damien Plessis faced each other in the Semi-final of the Under-19 European Championships in Austria. The game ended goalless even after extra time, with Spain eventually beating France 4-2 on penalties, with both of our boys converting their spot-kicks. On the move 2018 – Keeper Shamal George joined Tranmere Rovers on loan, only making three senior appearances during the season. On the same day, ex-red Tom Ince joined Stoke City from Huddersfield Town for an initial £10m, bagging six goals in 41 games during his first campaign with the Potters. 2016 - Centre-half Kolo Touré signed for Celtic, being reunited with his former boss Brendan Rodgers. He made seventeen appearances before joining the coaching staff in September 2017. 2012 – Centre-half Zak Whitbread signed for Leicester City, having been released by Norwich City at the end of the previous season. He netted once in 21 outings for the Foxes before joining Derby County in June 2014 after a successful loan spell with the Rams. 2003 - Former loanee keeper Mark Prudhoe joined basement side Macclesfield Town from Bradford City on a free transfer. He has since retired from playing and is now coaching at Sunderland’s Academy. 1992 – Recent Assistant Manager Colin Pascoe re-joined Swansea City on loan from Sunderland, bagging four goals in seventeen appearances before re-signing for the Swans permanently a year later. Final caps 2002 – Jon Otsemobor and future reds coach Gary O’Neil both played for England Under-19’s as they drew 1-1 with Belgium in a European Championship Finals group game in Norway, with future reds Glen Johnson and Jermaine Pennant also featuring. Brian’s farewell 2015 – The funeral of Brian Hall took place at St Lawrence’s Church in Longridge, Lancashire. 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. Also in international action 1988 – Future red Stig Inge Bjørnebye played for Norway Under-18’s as they drew 1-1 with Denmark in a tournament in the Czech Republic. 1997 – Future red Haukur Ingi Guðnason featured for Iceland Under-19’s in their 1-1 draw with Spain in the European Championship Finals in his homeland.
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    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.
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