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  1. Will

    1st November

    The bionic carrot’s debut 1975 - David Fairclough made his reds bow as we won 1-0 at Middlesbrough thanks to a Terry McDermott strike. He went on to bag 55 goals in 154 reds game, two-fifths of which were from off the bench. The bionic carrot helped us to three League titles, three European trophies and two League Cups in his nine years at Anfield. Luis sets a new record 2005 - Luis García became our all-time top scorer in the new Champions League format with seven, heading a goal as we beat Royal Sporting Club Anderlecht 3-0 at Anfield, who had Nenad Ještrovic sent off five minutes after coming on as a substitute for racially abusing Momo Sissoko. Fernando Morientes and Djibril Cissé were also on target that night. Steven Gerrard, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mané, Dirk Kuyt and Peter Crouch have all since surpassed this record. Happy birthdays 1937 – Inside-forward Jimmy Melia was born in the Scotland Road area of Liverpool. After winning England caps at schoolboy and youth level, he signed pro terms on his seventeenth birthday, scoring on his debut in December 1955. He went on to net 79 times in 286 reds games, helping us to the First and Second Division titles, before moving on to Wolverhampton Wanderers in March 1964. 1960 - Former reserves defender Alan Harper was born in Liverpool. He never made our first team and moved across the park in June 1983, going on to net five goals in 240 goals across two spells with the Toffees, including featuring in the 1984 League Cup Final and replay. 1946 – Full-back Alan Hignett was born in Liverpool. His only senior game came in April 1965 when Bill Shankly fielded a team of eleven reserves in our League match at Wolverhampton Wanderers, which came only five days before the FA Cup Final. He signed pro terms in November 1963, moving on to Chester in August 1966. Three for Walsh 1986 - Paul Walsh bagged a hat-trick, including a penalty, as we beat Norwich City 6-2 at Anfield. Ian Rush nabbed a brace, with the scoring completed by Steve Nicol, with ex-red David Hodgson netting for the visitors and Mike Phelan also on target. Kenny Dalglish came off the bench to replace Nicol, so making his 500th reds appearance. Graham Benstead was replaced in the City goal by Bryan Gunn following this game. Another Anfield treble 1902 - Sam Raybould netted a treble as we thumped Middlesbrough 5-0, with Edgar Chadwick scoring the first of his seven reds goals and Jack Cox also on target. Red centuries 2000 - We beat Chelsea 2-1 at Anfield in the Third Round of the Worthington Cup, our hundredth League Cup victory. Pegguy Arphexad made his first-team debut in a game which saw Emile Heskey sent off late on, so becoming the only red to date to be dismissed in a home League Cup tie. Danny Murphy opened the scoring following a John Terry mistake before Gianfranco Zola equalised. Robbie Fowler got the extra-time winner against our only top-flight opposition in that season’s victorious campaign. 1969 – Roger Hunt played his 400th League game for the reds in our 4-0 trouncing at Derby County. Kevin Hector struck the first two of his four goals against us, with John O’Hare bagging one of his six and John McGovern also on target. Most recently 2017 – Mohamed Salah scored after the break against Slovenian side Maribor at Anfield, before James Milner had a penalty saved in our UEFA Champions League group game. Emre Can and Daniel Sturridge both also scored to secure a 3-0 victory. Mixed derby fortunes 1987 - We beat champions Everton 2-0 at Anfield thanks to goals from ex-Blue Steve McMahon and future Blue Peter Beardsley. 1941 - We lost 5-3 at Goodison Park in a Wartime League game. Cyril Done bagged a brace, with Billy Liddell also on target. God off 1997 - Robbie Fowler struck in the first minute and was then sent off with a quarter of an hour left as we held Bolton Wanderers to a 1-1 draw on our first visit to the Reebok Stadium, after Nathan Blake’s late equaliser. Vedgy’s last 1999 – Vegard Heggem bagged his third and last reds goal late on in our 3-1 defeat of Bradford City. The visitors took the lead through Dean Windass, with Titi Camara equalising and Jamie Redknapp converting a penalty before half time. Beaten 2008 - We lost 2-1 in torrential rain at Tottenham Hotspur, despite taking the lead through Dirk Kuyt and then hitting the woodwork three times. Spurs equalised through a Jamie Carragher own goal, his sixth to set a new club record, before Roman Pavlyuchenko secured an unlikely victory. 2014 – We were beaten 1-0 at Newcastle United, thanks to a goal from Ayoze Pérez. International debutants 1967 - Ray Clemence and Emlyn Hughes both won their first Under-23’s caps as England beat Wales 2-1 in a friendly at the Vetch Field. 2008 - John Barnes took over as Manager of Jamaica, having been appointed in September, a role he held until moving to Tranmere Rovers in June 2009. Beginning and ends 1913 - Jimmy Dawson played the first of his fourteen reds games as we lost 3-0 at Manchester United. George Wall bagged two of his ten goals against the reds with Enoch West scoring the last of his eight. 1930 – Outside-right Dick Edmed made his 170th and final reds outing as Manchester City won 2-0 at Anfield. Fred Tilson netted the first of his six strikes past us, with Billy Austin also on the scoresheet. 1947 – Len Carney played his sixth and final senior reds game as we lost 2-0 at Blackpool. Jimmy McIntosh nabbed two of his six goals against the reds. Bob signs on 1913 – Scottish forward Bob McDougall signed from St. Cuthbert Wanderers. He scored once in eight outings before moving on to Falkirk in October 1915. Twice in the Potteries We have twice visited Stoke City on this day in history. 1958 - We won 2-0 in a Second Division encounter thanks to strikes from Louis Bimpson and Jimmy Melia, on his 21st birthday. 1980 - Strike partners David Johnson and Kenny Dalglish twice gave us the lead as we were held to a top-flight draw, with the final goal coming as literally the last kick of the game. Lee Chapman netted the first of his six goals past us, with Paul Randall also on target. Stoke’s side also included future Blues Paul Bracewell and Adrian Heath. Off to Meadow Lane on loan 2007 - Reserves forward Craig Lindfield joined League Two side Notts County on loan. He bagged just one goal in four outings for the Magpies before returning to Anfield. 2010 – Right-back Stephen Darby and midfielder Tom Ince both made temporary moves to Meadow Lane. Darby made nine appearances in this first spell there, with Ince netting twice in eight outings. Other reds games 1952 –Jimmy Payne netted as we beat League leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1 at Anfield, with Billy Liddell converting the rebound from his own saved penalty. 1919 – Bertie Freeman bagged the last of his nine goals against the reds as Burnley won 1-0 in L4. New boss 2011 – Ex-reds reserves forward Jon Newby was appointed Player/Manager of Conference North side Colwyn Bay, being sacked in January 2013. Awards season 2002 - Gérard Houllier was awarded the Barclaycard Manager of the Month Award following three straight wins in October, against Chelsea, Leeds United and Tottenham Hotspur, as we sat on top of the table. 2011 – Luis Suárez and ex-red Xabi Alonso were both short-listed for the FIFA Ballon d’Or, with Barcelona’s Lionel Messi eventually claiming the prize.
  2. Will

    29th September

    A black day for the club 1981 - Bill Shankly died. Undoubtedly the greatest ever influence on the reds, he arrived as Manager in December 1959 and shook the club to its roots. He took us out of the Second Division in 1962 as champions and three years later led us to our first ever FA Cup. He also led us to three League titles, the UEFA Cup and another FA Cup before retiring in July 1974. Luis at the treble 2012 - Luis Suárez scored a hat-trick as we won 5-2 at Norwich City, becoming the first red to score three goals in the same away League fixture in successive seasons, with Nuri Şahin bagging the last of his three reds strikes and Leon Barnett deflecting a Steven Gerrard shot into his own net. Aldo’s treble 1987 - John Aldridge scored a hat-trick past Peter Shilton, including two penalties, in our 4-0 defeat of Derby County. Peter Beardsley bagged the other, while John Barnes had a goal disallowed for scoring direct from an apparently indirect free-kick. Rushie’s European record 1992 - Ian Rush scored his twentieth and final European goal, a then club record, in our 2-1 win at Apollon Limassol in the European Cup Winners’ Cup. Don Hutchinson scored the second as we progressed 8-2 on aggregate. Paul Stewart was dismissed late on after a tangle with the Cypriot keeper Christophi. Moving on 1982 - Terry McDermott left the reds to re-join Newcastle United. He had struck 81 times in 329 reds games after signing from the Toon for £175,000 in November 1974, helping us to three European Cups, four League titles, two League Cups, UEFA Super Cup and two FA Charity Shields. In 1980, he became the first player to win both the PFA and Football Writers’ Player Of The Year Awards in the same season. Red centuries 2013 – Jordan Henderson played his hundredth reds game as we won 3-1 at his former club Sunderland, our 400th Premier League victory. Daniel Sturridge opened the scoring with Luis Suárez adding a brace. 2007 - Substitute Yossi Benayoun’s strike past ex-red Chris Kirkland at Wigan Athletic ensured that the reds reached 400 away points in the Premiership as we won 1-0. However, the match was somewhat marred by fighting in the home stands when some reds celebrated our winning goal in amongst Latics fans. 1984 – Bruce Grobbelaar played his 200th game for the reds as Sheffield Wednesday won 2-0 at Anfield. Ex-Evertonian Imre Varadi and Gary Shelton grabbed the goals. A goalscoring debut 1951 - Centre-forward Jack Smith scored on his reds debut in our 2-0 First Division defeat of Derby County at Anfield, with Bryan Williams netting the other. Another European first 1965 - We made our first appearance in the European Cup Winners’ Cup, going down 1-0 to a late Gianfranco Leoncini pile-driver at Juventus with the home side also having three penalty appeals turned down. We won the second leg 2-0 and went on to reach the final. More European adventures 1970 - Emlyn Hughes struck a 25-yard equaliser as we drew 1-1 at Hungarian side Ferencvárosi in a Fairs Cup match, to go through to the Second Round 2-1 on aggregate. 1971 - Crazy Horse netted again as we beat Servette FC Genève 2-0 at Anfield, the first Swiss visitors to Anfield, with Steve Heighway also scoring, to reach the Second Round of the European Cup Winners’ Cup. 1998 - Jamie Redknapp bagged a brace as we beat Kosice 5-0 in Slovakia to reach the UEFA Cup Second Round 8-0 on aggregate. Robbie Fowler also netted twice, having previously missed a penalty, while Paul Ince was also on target with Patrik Berger and Michael Owen both hitting the woodwork. Marek Spilar was dismissed for the home side after an hour for yet another clumsy challenge on Owen. 2009 – We lost our Champions League group game 2-0 at Fiorentina, with Stevan Jovetić netting both goals, the first of his four goals past us to date. 1,500 at the City Ground 1979 - We played our 1,500th away League game, going down 1-0 at Nottingham Forest, with Garry Birtles netting. During this game, Viv Anderson’s indirect free-kick went straight in and was disallowed. Most recently 2018 – Gini Wijnaldum played his hundredth reds game as we secured a 1-1 draw at Chelsea, with Daniel Sturridge’s fabulous late curled effort being his fiftieth reds League goal and his 67th and last strike for the club. Eden Hazard had opened the scoring with his seventh and most recent goal against us. Derby despair We have lost both our top-flight meetings with Everton on this day in history. 1906 - Jack Parkinson bagged our consolation as we lost 2-1 at Anfield, with Sam Hardy saving a Walter Abbott penalty. Sandy Young bagged a brace for the visitors, two of his twelve derby goals. 1928 - We lost 1-0 across the park. 1917 - We also faced the Blues in a Wartime League game at Goodison, with Thomas Bennett and Arthur Metcalf striking as we drew 2-2. St Michael signs on 1997 - Michael Owen signed a new contract until 2003. He stayed at Anfield until August 2004, netting 158 times in 297 reds games. Irwin born 1990 – Ex-reserve Steven Irwin was born in Liverpool. He was promoted to Melwood in July 2008, having featured in the FA Youth Cup Final in 2006. He failed to break through to the first team proper, although he played in all three pre-season games in the summer of 2010 and was released in June 2011. Red farewells 1934 - Ex-red Tom Cooper skippered England while winning his fifteenth and final cap, as they thumped Wales 4-0 in the British International Championships in Cardiff. 1996 – Forward Lee Jones made his fourth and last reds appearance as we won 2-1 at West Ham United. Stan Collymore put us in front before Slaven Bilić equalised after a quarter of an hour. Michael Thomas nabbed the second-half winner. Disappointment in the Black Country We have twice lost to Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux in First Division meetings on this day in history. 1894 - Jimmy Ross nabbed our consolation from the spot as we lost 3-1. 1962 - Jimmy Melia bagged a brace in our 3-2 defeat. Jimmy Murray struck the first of his four goals against the reds, with Chris Crowe and Terry Wharton also on target. Mixed fortunes against the Wearsiders 1900 - We lost 2-1 at home to Sunderland, with wing-half Charlie Wilson bagging his first reds goal. Jimmy Millar netted one of his four goals past us, with Billy Hogg grabbing the first of his five. 1990 - We won another top-flight encounter at Roker Park, with Ray Houghton striking the only goal of the game. Winning the League 2013 - Liverpool Ladies won the Women’s Premier League title for the first time after beating Bristol Academy in their final game of the campaign. Out on loan 2001 - Pegguy Arphexad joined Stockport County on a month’s loan. He played three times, conceding five goals as they only picked up one point. 2013 – Ex-reds centre-half Zak Whitbread joined Derby County on loan from Leicester City, signing on permanently in June 2014 after one goal in four games in this spell. Olympic defeat 2000 - Brad Friedel was on the losing side as the USA failed to win a medal at the Sydney Olympics, being beaten 2-0 by Chile in the third-place play-off. Other reds games 1973 – We shared a dour goalless draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford. 1956 – Jimmy Melia and Billy Liddell netted as we beat Leicester City 2-0 in a Second Division fixture at Anfield. 1934 – We beat West Bromwich Albion 3-2 in L4. Alf Hanson, Sam English and Gordon Hodgson all scored before the break, with Terry Sandford scoring two of his five goals against the reds 1923 – Dick Forshaw bagged the only goal of Burnley’s visit to Anfield. Youngsters on the world stage 2009 – Martin Kelly played for England Under-20’s in their 4-0 defeat by Ghana in the World Championships Finals in Egypt. Meanwhile, future red Sebastián Coates featured for Uruguay as they beat Uzbekistan 3-0 in the same group.
  3. Will

    26th August

    Another super win 2005 - We fell behind to a goal from CSKA Moskva’s Velizar Dimitrov in Monaco, but a brace from substitute Djibril Cissé and a Luis García strike secured us the UEFA Super Cup for the third time, 3-1 after extra time, as we reached a century of goals under the stewardship of Rafael Benítez. The cup was lifted by stand-in skipper Jamie Carragher. Danny’s wonder goal 2006 - Daniel Agger scored his first reds goal, a superb long-range effort to level the scores in our 2-1 home defeat of West Ham United after Bobby Zamora had put the Hammers ahead in our fiftieth League meeting at Anfield. Dirk Kuyt made his debut as a second-half substitute after Peter Crouch had handed us the lead on the stroke of half time. 1972 - We also entertained the Irons, winning 3-2. Bryan ‘Pop’ Robson bagged a brace for the visitors, two of his five goals against the reds, with the scores levelled by John Toshack and then a Bobby Ferguson own goal before Emlyn Hughes grabbed the winner. Most recently 2012 – We were held to a 2-2 draw at Anfield by the reigning champions Manchester City, with Lucas having to go off early with a thigh injury. Martin Škrtel opened the scoring with a header, with Yaya Touré equalising before a Luis Suárez free-kick put us back in front. However, Carlos Tévez capitalised on a slack Škrtel back-pass to hand the visitors a share of the spoils, the most recent of his four goals past us to date. Andy Carroll made his 58th and last reds appearance, from off the bench. A Hardy youngster 1882 - Legendary keeper Sam Hardy was born in Newbold, Chesterfield. He signed from his hometown club for £340 in May 1905 and helped us to our second League title in his first season, going on to make 240 appearances before joining Aston Villa for £1,500 in May 1912. 1945 - Full-back Tom Lowry was born in Liverpool. He signed pro terms in April 1963 but only ever played one first-team game, when Bill Shankly fielded a team of eleven reserves in our League match at Wolverhampton Wanderers, which came only five days before the 1965 FA Cup Final. He moved on to Crewe Alexandra in June 1966, going on to set their club record of 436 League appearances that stands to this day. Hola and arrivederci 2007 – Argentine left-back Emiliano Insúa signed from Boca Juniors for £1.675m, having initially joined on loan seven months earlier. He made 62 senior appearances, netting his only goal in our Carling Cup defeat at Arsenal in October 2009. He joined Galatasaray on loan in August 2010, moving on to Sporting Clube de Portugal permanently a year later. 2011 - Alberto Aquilani joined AC Milan on loan, having spent the previous campaign with Juventus. He netted once in 25 games for the Rossoneri, before being sold to Fiorentina earlier this month. 2016 – Nigerian forward Taiwo Awoniyi joined Nijmegen Eendracht Combinatie on loan, scoring three ties in 21 games. Other departures 1986 - Sammy Lee moved on to Queens Park Rangers after a fine career in the reds midfield, bagging nineteen goals in 295 games, helping us to two European Cups, four League titles, four League Cups and the FA Charity Shield. He returned as a coach in 1992, initially being put in charge of the reserves. He left the backroom staff in the summer of 2004 for a full-time post with England, before joining Bolton Wanderers, but returned to Anfield in May 2008 as Assistant Manager, staying in that role until June 2011. 1963 – Winger Kevin Lewis left the reds for Huddersfield Town. He played 82 reds games after signing from Sheffield United for a club record £13,000 in June 1960 as Bill Shankly’s second capture, helping us to the Second Division title and scoring an impressive 44 times. Turkish delight 2010 - We won 2-1 at Trabzonspor in the second leg of our UEFA Europa League Play-off, to reach the group stage 3-1 on aggregate as Roy Hodgson achieved his fourth straight European victory. Teófilo Gutiérrez netted for the home side early on, before a late Remzi Giray Kaçar own goal and Dirk Kuyt strike handed us victory on the night. Billy again 1959 – Billy Liddell bagged a brace in our 4-2 Second Division defeat of Bristol City at Anfield, thus scoring in his fifteenth consecutive season, a club record. Jimmy Melia converted a penalty with Alan A’Court also on target. John Atyeo bagged the last of his five goals against the reds, with Jimmy Rogers also on the scoresheet for the visitors. Outside the Shankly Gates 1982 - Nessie Shankly officially opened the Shankly Gates at Anfield. Trebles all round 1967 - Tony Hateley scored a hat-trick, his first reds goals that included a penalty, in our 6-0 thumping of Newcastle United. Emlyn Hughes also struck for the first time for the reds in the same game, with a Roger Hunt brace completing the scoring. 1953 - We also entertained the Geordies, with Kevin Baron on target twice in our 2-2 draw. 1961 - Hunt bagged a treble as we thumped Leeds United 5-0 at Anfield, our record equal victory over the Yorkshiremen. Kevin Lewis, with a penalty, and Jimmy Melia struck our others. We were promoted back to the top flight at the end of the season. 1922 - Centre-forward Dick Johnson struck a hat-trick in our 5-2 opening day defeat of Arsenal at Anfield in sweltering conditions. Tom Bromilow and Harry ‘Smiler’ Chambers scored the other goals. A Kop-style banner was unveiled that day to celebrate our two-in-a-row title success the previous season. Double debuts 1933 - Forward Sam English and full-back Ben Dabbs both made their reds debuts in our 3-2 opening day defeat at Wolverhampton Wanderers. Our goals came from Dave Wright and a Gordon Hodgson penalty. Future red Billy Hartill scored, with Charlie Phillips and Billy Barraclough also on target. Thumping City 1978 - Graeme Souness struck twice as we won 4-1 at Manchester City, with Ray Kennedy and Kenny Dalglish also on target, although City hit both the crossbar and post. Brian Kidd struck one of his six goals past the reds. Mickey’s milestones 2000 - Michael Owen netted his 49th and fiftieth League goals, in his 98th appearance, although we ended up drawing 3-3 with Southampton in our last game at The Dell, having led 3-0 with just seventeen minutes remaining. The brace took Owen to seven goals in as many games against the Saints. Sami Hyypiä grabbed our other goal. Marian Pahars netted twice with Tahar El Khalej also on target for the home side. Owen’s second strike was also the club’s 8,000th in all competitions. Digger’s ton 1995 - John Barnes’ second goal in our 3-1 win at Tottenham Hotspur was his hundredth reds strike, while Robbie Fowler netted his fiftieth reds goal. Digger also struck an own goal past David James in this match, which was our 500th away victory in the top flight. Colin Calderwood bagged the home side’s late consolation. Thumping wins 1950 - Billy Liddell bagged his fiftieth reds goal with Albert Stubbins also on target twice as we beat Sunderland 4-0 at Anfield. 1985 - Ian Rush bagged a brace with Steve Nicol, Jan Mølby and Craig Johnston also on the scoresheet as Ipswich Town left L4 having lost 5-0. Leeds, Leeds, Leeds We have faced Leeds United at Elland Road three times on this day in history, winning on two occasions. 1964 - Roger Hunt struck as we lost 4-2. Gordon Milne’s penalty was saved by Gary Sprake but Milne reacted quickly and scored from the rebound. Ron Yeats scored an own goal, with Don Weston netting the last of his four goals past us, with Billy Bremner and Johnny Giles each bagging one of their five strikes against the reds. 1975 - Ray Kennedy netted in a 3-0 win, with Ian Callaghan grabbing a late brace, with Brian Hall playing his 200th reds game. 1997 - Steve McManaman bagged his fiftieth reds goal and Karl-Heinz Riedle struck his first for the club to secure a 2-0 victory. Starting off badly 1939 - We lost 2-1 at Sheffield United as we started off the soon-to-be-aborted season. Jimmy McInnes grabbed our goal. Off 2007 – Future red Christian Benteke was dismissed while playing for Belgium Under-17’s as they lost 2-0 to the USA in a World Championships Finals group game in South Korea. On the move 2016 – Diogo Jota joined Porto on loan from Club Atlético de Madrid. He struck nine times in 37 outings while back in Portugal. 2015 – Welsh winger Harry Wilson joined Crewe Alexandra on loan, going on to play seven times for the Alex. 2014 – Former Assistant Manager Pako Ayestarán was appointed Head Coach of Maccabi Tel Aviv, leading the reigning champions to Israel’s first ever domestic treble before resigning in August 2015. 2007 - Argentine centre-back Gabriel Paletta left Anfield to join Boca Juniors. He had signed from Club Atlético Banfield for £2m just a year earlier and made only eight senior appearances, netting once. 2003 - Reserves keeper Pegguy Arphexad joined Gary McAllister’s Coventry City having been released by the reds the month before. He made just five appearances for the Sky Blues before his contract expired in July 2004. 1999 - Steve Harkness joined Blackburn Rovers from SL Benfica for £400,000, less than six months and nine League games after leaving Anfield for Portugal. He played 21 times in his one season at Ewood Park, before joining Sheffield Wednesday. 2008 – Ex-reserves defender Andrew Nicholas joined Rotherham United from Swindon Town on a free transfer. He played 37 times for the Millers before joining Barrow in 2010. 1994 - Former Under-13’s Coach Mike Sheron joined Norwich City from Manchester City for £1m, scoring seven times in 38 games before moving to Stoke City in October 1995. Other reds game 1989 – We drew 0-0 om Luton Town’s artificial turf. The Wright start 1980 - Mark Wright signed professionally for Oxford United. He made only twelve appearances for the U’s without scoring before joining Southampton in March 1982 for £80,000. Milne for England 1971 - 1960’s reds right-half Gordon Milne was appointed Manager of England Youth. Vlad on target 1997 - Future red Vladimír Šmicer scored as the Czech Republic lost 2-1 in a World Cup qualifier in Slovakia. God the father 1999 - Robbie Fowler’s future wife Kerrie gave birth to their first daughter, Madison, at Liverpool Women’s Hospital. Ged in charge 1992 - Gérard Houllier took charge of his first senior international game as France lost 2-0 to Brazil in a friendly in Paris. On the same day, future red Torben Piechnik won his first cap as a F.C. København player, as Denmark were held to a goalless draw in a World Cup qualifier in Latvia. Future reds Stig Inge Bjørnebye, Jari Litmanen and Øyvind Leonhardsen also played for their countries that day. Also in international action 1987 – Glenn Hysén played for Sweden as they beat Denmark 1-0 in a friendly in Solna.
  4. Will

    22nd August

    Jan the man 1984 - Midfield maestro Jan Mølby signed from Ajax for £225,000. He struck 61 times in 292 reds appearances, including a remarkable forty of his 42 attempted spot-kicks. He won three League titles and two FA Cups during his time at Anfield before joining Swansea City as Player/Manager on a free transfer in February 1996. Match of the Day 1964 - Our 3-2 win over Arsenal at Anfield was the first game ever to be screened on the BBC’s new “Match Of The Day” show. Phil Chisnall was the first player to kick a ball on MOTD, knocking the kick-off to Gordon Wallace, who grabbed a brace, including the winner that deflected off Don Howe past ex-reds keeper Jim Furnell. Roger Hunt headed in the first goal on the show that only garnered an audience of 75,000 as BBC2 was still unavailable in large parts of the country. Future red Geoff Strong scored for the Gunners, with Joe Baker bagging one of his four past us, while a black cat did a full lap of the pitch! Soto departs 2011 – Greek centre-half Sotirios Kyrgiakos joined VfL Wolfsburg on a free transfer. He had arrived from A.E.K Athens for £2m two years earlier, following the summer departure of Sami Hyypiä. Soto bagged three goals in 49 largely solid performances at the back, becoming something of a cult figure for his no-nonsense style. On the same day, Steve Staunton joined Sunderland as a scout. 2015 – Full-back Tom Lowry died. He signed pro terms in April 1963 but only ever played one first-team game, when Bill Shankly fielded a team of eleven reserves in our League match at Wolverhampton Wanderers, which came only five days before the 1965 FA Cup Final. He moved on to Crewe Alexandra in June 1966, going on to set their club record of 436 League appearances that stands to this day. Bert’s bow 1959 - Goalkeeper Bert Slater made his reds debut as we lost 3-2 at Cardiff City in our first game of the season. Cardiff in fact scored all five goals, as we benefited from two own goals from the unfortunate Danny Malloy, who had already scored an own goal against the reds two years earlier! Johnny Watkins netted the first of his four goals against us, with Graham Moore and Steve Mokone also on target. Seventies wins 1970 - We thumped Huddersfield Town 4-0 at Anfield with John McLaughlin netting his first two reds goals as Alun Evans also grabbed a brace. Forward Bobby Graham played his hundredth reds game. 1978 - We won another top-flight fixture, this time 3-0 at FA Cup holders Ipswich Town, when Graeme Souness struck before a Kenny Dalglish double, with Ray Kennedy playing his 200th reds game. Eight goals shared with the mancs 1953 - Centre-forward Louis Bimpson struck twice at Anfield, but it was not enough to hand us victory over Manchester United, as the game ended 4-4, with Billy Liddell and Bill Jones also on the scoresheet. Jack Rowley struck the last of his six goals past us, with Tommy Taylor nabbing the first of his four against the reds and Eddie Lewis and Roger Byrne also on target. In and out 2007 - Centre-half Mikel San José signed from Athletic de Bilbao, while keeper Péter Gulácsi arrived on loan from MTK Hungária. The young Hungarian made it into our match-day squad 51 times before moving to Red Bull Salzburg for free in June 2013, while San José did the same at Stamford Bridge in the League in February 2008, although he left for Athletic de Bilbao in May 2010. 2005 - It was a busy day at Melwood, with one arrival and two players departing on loan. Austrian midfielder Besian Idrizaj signed from Linzer ASK for £190,000, while Robbie Foy moved to Wrexham and John Welsh signed for Hull City. Welsh struck twice in 23 games before signing permanently for the Tigers in January 2006 in a swap deal for winger Paul Anderson. Foy nabbed three goals in twenty games while at the Racecourse Ground. On the same day, ex-reds loanee keeper Paul Jones joined Millwall on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers. He played four times for the struggling South London outfit. 2006 - Foy signed for Sc***horpe United on non-contract terms. He struck once in nine outings for the Iron but was released after just a season. 2009 - Idrizaj signed for Swansea City. He played four times for the Swans before tragically dying in May 2010 of a suspected heart attack at the age of just 22. A new striker 1893 - Centre-forward James Henderson signed from Scottish side Annbank. He only ever made one first-team appearance for the reds, in our first ever Football League fixture, a 2-0 Second Division win at Middlesbrough Ironopolis. Kenny resigns 1996 - Kenny Dalglish resigned as Director of Football at Blackburn Rovers. He had led them to the League title as team manager the year before. St. Michael signs on 1998 - Michael Owen signed a new five-year contract ten minutes before our first home game of the season, when Arsenal held us to a goalless draw at Anfield. Most recently 2006 - We squeezed into the group stage of the Champions League, being held to a 1-1 draw by Maccabi Haifa in Kiev in the second leg of our Third Qualifying Round tie, to progress 3-2. Peter Crouch headed us in front, with the reds wasting numerous chances to build a convincing lead. We also suffered injuries to Momo Sissoko and Stephen Warnock, who joined Jamie Carragher and John Arne Riise on the sidelines. 1993 - Our most recent game before that came when Steve McManaman struck twice in a 5-0 thumping of Swindon Town at their County Ground. Neil Ruddock, Ronnie Whelan and Mike Marsh all also netted. This was Marsh’s final reds strike in his hundredth game for the club. A win in Ireland 1981 - Terry McDermott grabbed a brace, with Ronnie Whelan, Phil Neal and Kenny Dalglish also scoring, as we thumped Ronnie’s former side Home Farm 5-0 at Tolka Park in Dublin. This game had been arranged as part of Whelan’s transfer to Anfield. However, the match was almost cancelled after a massive H was carved into the pitch the night before in support of IRA hunger strikers. Emergency re-turfing saved the game with the reds flying over in the afternoon for the evening fixture. International reds 2007 - Young Brazilian midfielder Lucas Leiva made his senior international debut in their 2-0 friendly defeat of Algeria in Montpellier, playing alongside future reds keeper Alexander Doni. Ryan Babel, Yossi Benayoun, Fernando Torres and Andriy Voronin all won their first caps as reds players, while Luis García made his first appearance while with Club Atlético de Madrid, as Spain won 3-2 in Greece with Xabi Alonso and Pepe Reina also in action. Ukraine beat Uzbekistan 2-1, with Israel beaten 2-1 in Belarus and the Netherlands losing 2-1 in Switzerland with Dirk Kuyt on target, and future red Philipp Degen also featuring. Future red Robbie Keane bagged a brace as the Republic of Ireland thumped Daniel Agger’s Denmark 4-0 in Copenhagen, with Steve Finnan and ex-red Darren Potter also in Steve Staunton’s line-up. David James won his first cap as a Portsmouth player as England lost 2-1 to Germany at Wembley, with Peter Crouch, future red Joe Cole and ex-red Michael Owen also playing. Javier Mascherano faced John Arne Riise with future red Maxi Rodríguez netting as Norway beat Argentina 2-1 in Oslo, while future red Ragnar Klavan was sent off as Estonia beat Andorra 2-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Tallinn. Also in international action that day were Sami Hyypiä, future reds Alberto Aquilani, Milan Jovanović, Alex Manninger, Raul Meireles, Mamadou Sakho and Kolo Touré, ex-reds Nicolas Anelka, Milan Baroš, Daniel Sjölund and Rigobert Song, with Roy Hodgson and John Toshack both on management duties. On the move 2008 – Reserves forward Craig Lindfield joined Bournemouth on loan. He struck once in five outings for the Cherries. 2005 - Paul Dalglish signed for Livingston from Modena. He struck six times in 23 games before moving to Hibernian in January 2006. 2003 - Former reserves midfielder Phil Charnock signed for basement side Bury on a free transfer from Port Vale, although he only stayed two weeks at Gigg Lane, playing three times. 1986 - Former reserves centre-back Dave Watson made his big move, leaving Norwich City for Everton for a fee of £900,000. At the time his brother Alex was still playing in our reserves. 1997 - Future reds keeper Pegguy Arphexad signed for Leicester City from Racing Club de Lens on a free transfer. He only played 29 times for the Foxes, before switching to Anfield in July 2000. 2012 – Danish midfielder Christian Poulsen signed for Ajax, whom he helped to claim the League title in his first season in Amsterdam. 2019 – Midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain signed a new contract, having struck five times in 47 outings to date since arriving from Arsenal for £35m two years earlier. Other reds games 1967 – We beat Arsenal 2-0 at Anfield with Roger Hunt scoring twice past ex-reds custodian Jim Furnell. 1962 – We drew 2-2 at Manchester City. Neil Young struck the first two of his four goals against the reds, after first Ronnie Moran had converted a penalty and then Roger Hunt scored. 1949 – Stoke City held us to a goalless draw at the Victoria Ground. Billy’s day 2019 – Billy Koumetio won his second and final cap for France Under-18’s in their 1-1 friendly draw with Paraguay. 2020 – Koumetio played his first games for the club, as did left-back Kostas Tsimikas in our 3-0 defeat of VfB Stuttgart in a behind closed doors friendly in Austria. Roberto Firmino, Naby Keïta and Rhian Brewster all scored. Also in international action 1990 - Stig Inge Bjørnebye, then still with Kongsvinger, won his eighth cap for Norway as they lost 2-1 at home to Sweden in a friendly, played in Stavanger. 1993 - Gérard Houllier managed France as they drew a World Cup qualifier 1-1 in Sweden. 2017 – Bobby Duncan featured for England Under-17’s in their 2-1 defeat by Italy in Kidderminster.
  5. Will

    10th March

    A Real thumping 2009 - We thrashed Real Madrid 4-0 at Anfield to reach the Quarter-finals of the Champions League 5-0 on aggregate. Steven Gerrard played his hundredth game in Europe, while Xabi Alonso was making his 200th reds appearance. Fernando Torres opened the scoring before Gerrard converted a penalty prior to the break. The skipper added his second before the night was rounded off by Andrea Dossena bagging the first of his two, equally memorable reds strikes. Pepe Reina played his fiftieth game in Europe for the club. In comes Emile 2000 - Emile Heskey joined the reds from Leicester City for a then club record transfer fee of £10.5 million. The big front man scored sixty goals in 223 reds appearances, helping us to claim the UEFA Cup, FA Cup, UEFA Super Cup, two League Cups and FA Charity Shield before moving to Birmingham City in May 2004 for a fee of up to £6.25m. On the same day, Michael Foley played for the Republic of Ireland Under-16’s as they lost 2-1 to Yugoslavia in a Belgium Tournament game. 1938 – Forward Ron Jones signed from Wrexham, scoring once in five outings before the war intervened. He returned to Wrexham in peacetime. 1904 – Forward James Garside signed from Accrington Stanley, but only played five times without scoring before returning to Stanley in May 1906. Wark walks in 1984 - John Wark signed from Ipswich Town for £450,000 He struck an impressive 42 times in his 108 games for the reds. He left Anfield in January 1988 for £100,000 to return to Portman Road. Carra’s 500 2013 – Jamie Carragher played his 500th League game as we beat Tottenham Hotspur 3-2 at Anfield. Luis Suárez opened the scoring with his fiftieth reds strike, before centre-back Jan Vertonghen bagged a brace to put the visitors in front. Stewart Downing netted his seventh and last reds goal following a wayward back-pass before Steven Gerrard converted a spot-kick awarded after Suárez was fouled. 1984 – We beat Spurs 3-1 at Anfield, with Kenny Dalglish and Ronnie Whelan both netting just before half time. Sammy Lee added the third late on as left-back Alan Kennedy reached 200 League games with the reds. 1951 – Billy Liddell played his 200th reds game as we drew 1-1 at Middlesbrough, bagging our late equaliser. 1920 – Left-back Donald Mackinlay reached a century of League games for the reds as we beat The Wednesday 1-0 at Anfield thanks to a goal from Harry Chambers. 4-3 again 1997 - We secured our second successive 4-3 League win over Newcastle United at Anfield, with Robbie Fowler nabbing his second in the last minute, after we had led 3-0 going into the final twenty minutes before Keith Gillespie, Faustino Asprilla and Warren Barton drew the Geordies level. Steve McManaman and Patrik Berger also scored for the reds. Jamie Redknapp remembers this game as his favourite from his reds career. United in Europe 2016 – We beat Manchester United 2-0 in the first leg of our UEFA Europa League Round of 16 tie at Anfield. Daniel Sturridge converted a penalty after Nathaniel Clyne was brought down in the box, with Roberto Firmino also on target. We went on to reach the Final in Basel that season. New stand 1973 – The present-day Main Stand was officially opened by the Duke of Kent, prior to our 3-2 top-flight defeat of Southampton. Future Saint Kevin Keegan bagged a brace after Larry Lloyd had opened the scoring. Mick Channon bagged one of his seven goals against the reds, with Paul Gilchrist also on target. Red birthdays 1986 - Centre-half Danny O’Donnell was born in Rainford, St. Helens. He moved up to Melwood from the Academy full-time in the summer of 2005, having skippered the Under-18’s during 2004/05. He joined Crewe Alexandra in June 2007 after a season-long loan. 1985 - Former reserves defender and England Under-19’s skipper David Raven was born in Birkenhead. He made four first-team appearances but left Anfield to sign for Carlisle United in July 2006. 1926 - Right-winger Jimmy Payne was born in Bootle. He notched 43 times in 243 appearances for the reds, including the 1950 FA Cup Final, before moving across Stanley Park in April 1956, where he was dogged by injury before retiring to become a newsagent. 1924 – Defender Fred Finney was born in Prescot. He signed on as an amateur in August 1941, but played just two senior reds games, both in the space of a week against Chester in January 1946. 1899 – Forward Jack Sambrook was born in Wednesfield. He played just twice after signing from Wolverhampton Wanderers in April 1922, moving on to Stockport County in May 1923. 1897 – Welsh centre-half Billy Matthews was born in Plas Bennion. After eight goals in thirteen Wartime reds games, he signed on from Colwyn Bay in 1918, netting four times in nine senior outings before joining Bristol City in March 1922. Reds hat-tricks galore We have scored three hat-tricks on this day. 1985 - Ian Rush netted a treble in an FA Cup Sixth Round tie at Barnsley, taking him to seven goals in that season’s competition. Ronnie Whelan also scored in a 4-0 win. Unfortunately, we lost out to eventual winners Manchester United in the Semi-final that year. 1971 - Alun Evans bagged a hat-trick, our first in Europe, in his first full match after a cartilage operation as we beat Bayern München 3-0 in our Fairs Cup Fourth Round first leg tie. 1906 - Sam Raybould scored our first cup treble as we beat Southampton 3-0 in the FA Cup Fourth Round. We were then knocked out by Everton in the Semi-final, who went on to claim the cup. Gordon off the mark 1926 – Legendary forward Gordon Hodgson struck the first two of his 241 reds goals as we drew 3-3 at Manchester United. Dick Forshaw also netted, with Elisha Scott saving a penalty from Charlie Rennox, who also scored. Joseph Spence struck the first of his five goals past us, with Jim Hanson also on target. 2018 – We lost 2-1 at Old Trafford as Marcus Rashford bagged an early brace, the first of his four goals past us to date. We pulled a goal back after the break when Eric Bailly turned a Sadio Mané cross past his own keep. Another memorable trip to Oakwell 1956 - Oakwell was also the setting for centre-half Dick White’s reds debut as we trounced Barnsley 5-0 in a Second Division game, our biggest ever defeat of the Tykes. Eric Anderson and Billy Liddell both bagged braces, with Liddell reaching 150 League goals for the reds. Joe Dickson was also on target. A treble against 1913 - Johnny Orr netted the last three of his five strikes past us as Blackburn Rovers thumped us 5-1 at Ewood Park, with Donald Mackinlay grabbing our consolation. Danny Shea struck the first two of his ten goals against the reds. We have lost twice more in First Division fixtures at Ewood Park on this day in history. 1928 - Dick Edmed converted a spot-kick as we lost 2-1. Tommy McLean and Jack Roscamp were on target for the home side with half-back Neil McBain debuting for the reds. 1934 - Gordon Hodgson netted as we were beaten 3-1. Ted Harper and Tommy McLean each netted the last of their five goals past us with Thomas Brennan also on the scoresheet as left-half Jimmy McDougall played his 200th League game for the reds. Christian’s farewell 2011 – Christian Poulsen made his 21st and final reds appearance as we lost our UEFA Europa League Round of 16 first leg 1-0 at Sporting Clube de Braga, with Sotirios Kyrgiakos conceding a penalty that was converted by Alan. Skipper Jamie Carragher played his 138th European game, passing Ryan Giggs’ British record of 137 games. Substitute Andy Carroll had to wear the number 29 shirt as Fernando Torres had previously worn nine in the competition. On our way to Wembley 1965 - Roger Hunt struck the only goal of our FA Cup Sixth Round replay against Leicester City at Anfield. 1996 - We held Leeds United to a goalless draw at Elland Road in another Sixth Round tie. Knocking out the holders 1979 - We beat FA Cup holders Ipswich Town in the Sixth Round, with Kenny Dalglish grabbing the only goal of the game. We reached the Semi-final that season, only to lose out to Manchester United after a replay. Most recently 2019 - Sadio Mané scored his fiftieth reds goal as we came from behind early on to beat Burnley 4-2 at Anfield. Roberto Firmino bagged a brace, with Mané’s second goal coming in stoppage time to complete his half century in the wind and hail. This result left us a point behind Manchester City with eight League games remaining, as we ended the season on a mammoth 97 points. 2012 – Nicklas Bendtner bagged the only goal of the game at Sunderland after Fraizer Campbell’s shot from distance had rebounded off a post, Pepe Reina’s head and then the post again. Mixed fortunes against the Gunners We have twice played Arsenal at Highbury in the top-flight on this day, exactly fifty years apart. 1937 - We lost 1-0 there with Alf Kirchen netting one of his four goals against the reds. 1987 - Ian Rush grabbed the only goal of the game. Spot-kick despair 1993 – Mike Marsh had a penalty saved by Queens Park Rangers keeper Tony Roberts before Ian Rush headed the only goal of our Premier League game at Anfield. John Barnes then struck a second spot-kick wide. On the same day, future reds keeper Brad Friedel played for the USA as they held Hungary to a goalless draw in a Kirin Cup game in Japan. A treble for Dioufy 2001 - Future red El-Hadji Diouf netted a hat-trick for Senegal as they thumped Namibia 4-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Dakar, with fellow future red Salif Diao also in the side. On the same day, future reds Alberto Aquilani and Kolo Touré also played for their countries. First and last caps 1976 - Phil Thompson and future red David Johnson both won their final caps for England Under-23’s as they lost 3-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Hungary. Newcastle United’s Alan Kennedy also played. 1888 – Future reds right-back Andrew Hannah won his only Scotland cap as they thumped Wales 5-1 in the British International Championships at Easter Road. 1948 – Future red Sammy Smyth faced Cyril Sidlow as Wales beat Ireland 2-0 in the British International Championships in Wrexham. Gillespie heads south 1978 - Future reds defender Gary Gillespie signed for Coventry City from Falkirk for £75,000. He stayed at Highfield Road until his move to Anfield in July 1983, making over 200 appearances for the Sky Blues. In and out of City 2005 - Kevin Keegan resigned as Manager of Manchester City after nearly four years in charge during which he led them to the First Division title and top-flight safety. 1994 - Paul Walsh joined the Sky Blues from Portsmouth for £750,000. He netted nineteen times in 62 games before returning to Fratton Park for £500,000 in September 1995. Other reds games 1962 – We thumped Derby County 4-1 at Anfield in a Second Division fixture with Roger Hunt and Jimmy Melia both scoring twice. 1915 – We lost 3-2 at Bradford City with Arthur Metcalf and Fred Pagnam on target. Jimmy Marshall stuck the first of his five goals against us, with Oscar Fox and Jimmy McIlvenny also scoring. 1900 – We won 2-1 at Sheffield United thanks to goals from Sam Raybould and Charlie Satterthwaite. Keepers on the move 2006 - Scott Carson joined Sheffield Wednesday on loan. He played nine times for the Owls, keeping five clean sheets as he helped them to stay up in the Championship. 2004 - Ex-reds keeper Pegguy Arphexad joined Second Division Notts County on loan from Coventry City, making three appearances for the Magpies. Also in international action 1977 – Future red Avi Cohen played for Israel in their 2-0 defeat of Japan in a World Cup qualifier in Tel-Aviv. 1990 – Future red Jari Litmanen played for Finland as they lost a friendly 2-1 to the USA in Tampa. 2016 – Future red Ozan Kabak netted his fifth and final goal for Turkey Under-16’s as they won a friendly 3-1 in Croatia. 2017 – Rafael Camacho scored for Portugal Under-17’s as they beat Greece 4-0 in a European Championships qualifier.
  6. Will

    18th August

    Rafa’s got his Dirk Kuyt 2006 - Dirk Kuyt signed from Feyenoord for £9m, with then Chairman David Moores having to lend the club the money for the transfer. He proved a willing worker, notching 71 times in 285 outings, including our consolation in the Champions League Final in Athens in 2007 and five derby strikes. He helped the club to claim the Carling Cup and reach the FA Cup Final in his final season before moving on to Fenerbahçe SK for €1m in June 2012. Rushie returns 1988 - Ian Rush re-signed for the reds from Juventus for a club record £2.8m, having only spent one season with the Turin giants. In his second spell at Anfield, he struck 139 times in 329 games, winning a further League title, two FA Cups, League Cup and FA Charity Shield this time around. Happy birthdays 1988 - Centre-half Jack Hobbs was born in Portsmouth, signing officially with the reds in a £750,000 deal from Lincoln City on his seventeenth birthday. He featured in the first team on five occasions but was sold to Leicester City in April 2009 having helped them to claim the League One title while on loan. 1965 - Former reserves striker John Durnin was born in Bootle. He failed to make the break-through at Anfield, making only two League Cup appearances and one in the Mercantile Credit Centenary Trophy before his departure to Oxford United for £225,000 in February 1989. His most recent appearance at Anfield came as he scored the only goal of the Replay 86 game in aid of the Marina Dalglish Appeal in May 2006. 1931 - Centre-half Dick White was born. He signed from his hometown club Sc***horpe United in November 1955 and was reds captain until the arrival of Ron Yeats, making 217 appearances, and won a Second Division title medal in his time at Anfield, scoring just once. He moved on to Doncaster Rovers in May 1962. 1935 - His sometime team-mate, Scottish inside-forward Jimmy Harrower, was born in Alva. He signed from Hibernian for £11,000 in January 1958 and bagged 22 goals in 105 reds games, moving on to Newcastle United in March 1961. On the same day, Northern Irish forward Sam English was born in Coleraine. He signed from Rangers for £8,000 in August 1933, netting 26 times in fifty games before joining Queen Of The South in July 1935. Wembley disappointment We have twice played in the FA Charity Shield at Wembley on this day. 1984 - Bruce Grobbelaar scored an own goal to hand the trophy to our neighbours from across Stanley Park, with new signing Paul Walsh making his reds debut. 1990 - John Barnes equalised from the spot in our 1-1 draw with Manchester United, with the trophy therefore being shared. Clayton Blackmore had netted for United on the stroke of half time. Double League debuts 2001 - Pegguy Arphexad and John Arne Riise both made their League debuts in our 2-1 defeat of West Ham United at Anfield, which came thanks to a Michael Owen brace. Robbie Fowler sat out the game in the Main Stand, following a training-ground bust-up with Assistant Manager Phil Thompson. Markus Babbel had to be withdrawn at half-time, as he was beginning to suffer the effects of Guillain-Barré syndrome, unbeknownst to us all. Paolo di Canio netted for the Hammers between Owen’s strikes. 2002 - Riise netted the only goal of the game as we kicked off our Premiership campaign at Aston Villa, with Peter Enckleman then saving a Michael Owen penalty. Starting in goal 1956 - Keeper Tommy Younger made his reds debut but could not prevent us losing 3-2 to Huddersfield Town at Anfield. Billy Liddell nabbed both our goals, with one coming from the spot. Future red Dave Hickson was amongst the scorers for the Terriers, with Ron Simpson and Willie Davie also on target. 2010 – Keeper Brad Jones signed from Middlesbrough for £2.3m. He only played 27 senior reds games before being released in June 2015, although one of these was our victorious FA Cup Semi-final derby at Wembley in April 2012. Reds on the move 2000 - Dominic Matteo was sold to Leeds United for £4m. He had scored twice in 155 appearances for the reds and quit Elland Road in July 2004 to rejoin Graeme Souness at Blackburn Rovers. 1999 - Robbie Keane joined Coventry City from Wolverhampton Wanderers for £6m, after twelve strikes in 34 outings for the Sky Blues. 1997 - Peter Beardsley signed for Bolton Wanderers from Newcastle United for £450,000. He netted twice in 21 appearances for the Trotters, before moving on again to Fulham. 2009 – Reserves centre-half Mikel San José re-joined Athletic de Bilbao on loan, signing on again permanently the following May after three goals in thirty outings that season. 2011 - Djimi Traoré joined Olympique de Marseille, playing twenty times in his one season there. On the same day, forward Nabil El Zhar was released by the reds after scoring just once in 32 first-team outings. 2014 – Portuguese centre-half Tiago Ilori joined Girondins de Bordeaux on loan, netting once in fifteen games for the French side. 2019 – Mario Balotelli signed for his hometown club Brescia, going on to score five times in nineteen outings that season. 2020 – Left-back Adam Lewis joined Amiens SC on loan, playing nine times before joining Plymouth Argyle on a temporary basis the following January. A losing start 2012 – Joe Allen made his reds bow as we lost 3-0 at West Bromwich Albion in our opening League game of the season. We fell behind to a Zoltán Gera wonder-goal just before half time, with Pepe Reina saving a Shane Long spot-kick on the hour mark with Daniel Agger dismissed for a foul on Long. However, the Baggies were awarded a second penalty when Martin Škrtel was also judged to have brought down Long in the box, which Peter Odemwingie converted. Future Blue Romelu Lukaku completed the scoring with the first of his five past us to date. Other League fixtures 1951 - We lost 2-0 to Portsmouth at Anfield, with full-back Steve Parr making his reds bow, their most recent win in L4. 1962 - Winger Kevin Lewis netted as Blackpool left Anfield having won 2-1 in another season opener, with a seventeen-year old Alan Ball debuting for the visitors. Ray Charnley struck the first of his eight goals against the reds, with Des Horne also on target. 1993 - We won 3-1 at Queens Park Rangers, with Steve Nicol, Nigel Clough and Ian Rush all on target. Ray Wilkins bagged the home side’s consolation. Irish friendlies 1979 - We beat a Football League Of Ireland side 2-0 at Dalymount Park, thanks to strikes from Alan Hansen and Terry McDermott. This game was arranged as construction work at Molineux meant that our opening League fixture scheduled for this day had to be postponed. 1986 - We beat an Irish International XI 2-1 in Cork, with Jan Mølby netting a penalty and Kevin MacDonald also on the scoresheet. Future red Ray Houghton scored for the Irish. The game was originally supposed to have taken place in 1985 as part of Cork’s 800th birthday celebrations but had to be re-arranged following the post-Heysel ban on where the reds could play in Europe. Nando on target 1999 - Fernando Morientes scored past his future clubmate Jerzy Dudek as Spain beat Poland 2-1 in a friendly in Warsaw. On the same day, Vegard Heggem won his eleventh cap as Norway beat Lithuania 1-0 in a friendly in Oslo. Øyvind Leonhardsen also played, winning his 62nd cap, and first as a Tottenham Hotspur player, just twelve days after leaving Anfield. Meanwhile, Alex Manninger made his senior bow in Austria’s goalless draw in Sweden, with fellow future reds Igor Bišcan and Bolo Zenden also in friendly action. 2007 – Future reds loanee Victor Moses scored for England Under-17’s as they drew 1-1 with North Korea in a World Championship Finals group game in South Korea. A good and bad day 2010 – Slovakian centre-half Martin Škrtel signed a new contract to tie him to the reds until 2014, although he later extended this. He notched eighteen goals in 320 games in total, including one in our Carling Cup win at Wembley in February 2012, moving on to Fenerbahçe SK for £5.5m in July 2016. On the same day, new signing Joe Cole was found guilty of speeding. Meanwhile, future red James Milner signed for Manchester City from Aston Villa for £26m plus Stephen Ireland, going on to score eighteen times in 201 outings, helping them to claim two League titles and FA Community Shield. More international friendlies 2004 - Michael Owen netted as he won his 61st England cap, and first as a Real Madrid player, as they beat Ukraine 3-0 at St. James’ Park, with Andriy Voronin making his first appearance while with Bayer 04 Leverkusen for the losing side. Jamie Carragher, Steven Gerrard, ex-red David James and future red Glen Johnson also featured. Fernando Morientes nabbed his final goal while with Real Madrid as Spain beat Venezuela 3-2 in Gran Canaria. Xabi Alonso won his last cap while with Real Sociedad in the first game managed by Luis Aragonés, with another future red Fernando Torres also featuring. Future red Jan Kromkamp made his senior international debut as the Netherlands drew 2-2 in Sweden. Djibril Cissé won his first cap as a reds player, and seventeenth in all, as France were held to a 1-1 draw by Bosnia-Herzegovina in Rennes. Also in action were Milan Baroš, Salif Diao, Jerzy Dudek, Steve Finnan, Stéphane Henchoz, Sami Hyypiä, John Arne Riise, future reds Yossi Benayoun, Christian Poulsen, Maxi Rodríguez and Kolo Touré, and ex-red Jari Litmanen. Meanwhile, ex-reds Paul Jones and Gareth Roberts and future red Craig Bellamy all played in the first international meeting of Latvia and Wales that ended in a 2-0 win for the Welsh in Riga. Bellamy scored, his last goal for his country while with Newcastle United, excluding his loan spell at Celtic. 1998 – Alex Manninger played for Austria Under-21’s in their 2-2 friendly draw with France in Amstetten, while fellow future red Frode Kippe played for Norway at the same level in their 2-1 defeat of Romania in Skien. 2017 – Bobby Duncan featured as England Under-17’s beat Turkey 3-2 at St. George’s Park. Youngsters starting out 1993 - Future red Sami Hyypiä played his first European game as Myllykosken Pallo-47 lost 3-1 at Valur in the European Cup Winners’ Cup. 2001 - Florent Sinama-Pongolle made his League debut for Le Havre AC in their goalless draw with Nîmes Olympique at the Stade des Costières. 2004 – Future reds reserves forward Ramon Calliste won his first cap for Wales Under-21’s as they were held to a goalless friendly draw in Latvia. Meanwhile, Raul Meireles played in the Olympics Finals for Portugal as they lost 4-2 to Costa Rica in Heraklion, with two off his team-mates seeing red.
  7. Will

    9th February

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

    1st July

    Recent captures 2016 – Centre-half Joël Matip signed from Schalke 04 on a free transfer, bagging six goals in 123 games in his first five campaigns for the reds, so far helping us to claim the Premier League title, UEFA Champions League and UEFA Super Cup. 2014 - Adam Lallana signed from Southampton for an initial £23m, becoming our second most expensive signing to date. He struck 22 times in 178 reds games, coming off the bench as we claimed the FIFA Club World Cup, while also being in the matchday squads as we claimed the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Super Cup last year, and playing an important role as we claimed our nineteenth League title in 2019/20. He signed for Brighton & Hove Albion in July 2020 once his contract with the reds had expired. New bosses 1983 - Joe Fagan officially took over as Manager, the only Scouser to hold this position on a permanent basis to date. In his first season as boss, he led the club to a unique treble of League, European Cup and League Cup, retiring just a year later after 71 wins in 131 games. 2010 - Roy Hodgson was appointed. He struggled to make a major impact at Anfield, leading us to just thirteen victories in his 31 matches in charge before leaving by ‘mutual consent’ in January 2011. On the same day, Standard Chartered took over as the club’s main sponsors. Double captures 2015 – Right-back Nathaniel Clyne signed from Southampton for £12.5m, while keeper Ádám Bogdán arrived from Bolton Wanderers. Clyne has so far bagged two goals in 103 outings, while Bogdán made six largely uninspiring appearances before being released at the end of last season. On the same day, Uruguayan centre-half Sebastián Coates was sold to Sunderland for £4m after a successful loan spell. 2003 – French duo Anthony Le Tallec and Florent Sinama-Pongolle joined the reds from Le Havre for a combined £6m. Le Tallec made just 32 senior reds appearances and scored only once, signing for Le Mans UC 72 in June 2008, having been sent out on loan from Anfield four times. Sinama-Pongolle netted nine times in 66 reds games, joining Real Club Recreativo de Huelva for €4m in May 2007 after a loan spell. In comes Finn 2003 - Right-back Steve Finnan officially signed from Fulham for £3.5m after playing in their promotion seasons from the Second Division up into the Premiership. He struck just once in 217 reds appearances, helping us to claim the Champions League, FA Cup, UEFA Super Cup and FA Community Shield before joining R.C.D. Espanyol in September 2008. Happy birthdays 1976 - Rigobert Song was born in Nkenglicock. He was the first ever red from Cameroon, signing from Italian side Salernitana for £2.6m in January 1999. He made 38 appearances before joining West Ham United for £2.5m in November 2000, having become a fans’ favourite with his marauding runs from defence. 2001 - He appeared for his country on his 25th birthday, in a 2-0 defeat of Togo 2-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Yaoundé, one of his 137 caps in total for the Indomitable Lions. 1904 - Outside-left Gordon Gunson was born in Chester. He signed from Sunderland in March 1930 and made 87 appearances, scoring an impressive 26 times in his injury-affected time at Anfield. He moved on to Swindon Town in June 1934. 1957 – Short-lived Assistant Manager Sean O’Driscoll was born in Wolverhampton. He was appointed in July 2015, leaving following the sacking of Brendan Rodgers just three months later. European champions 2012 - Ex-reds Xabi Alonso, Álvaro Arbeloa and Fernando Torres all featured as Spain thumped Italy 4-0 in the Final of Euro 2012 in Kiev, with Torres coming off the bench to score the third goal. Future red Mario Balotelli featured for the losing side. 2016 – Joe Allen featured for Wales as they beat Belgium 3-1 in Villeneuve-d’Ascq to reach the European Championships Semi-final. Enter his Lordship 2004 - Djibril Cissé officially arrived from Auxerre in a club record £14m deal. He bagged 24 goals in 79 reds games, including goals to help us to claim three trophies in his time at Anfield, moving on to Olympique de Marseille for £6.3m three years later. 2001 - He played for France Under-20’s as they lost 3-1 to Argentina in a World Championships Quarter-final in Buenos Aires, with Grégory Vignal and future red Maxi Rodríguez also in action. Reds missed 2006 - Jamie Carragher’s retaken spot kick and Steven Gerrard’s effort were both saved as England crashed out to Portugal in their World Cup Quarter-final in Gelsenkirchen 3-1 on penalties after the game had ended goalless. Peter Crouch and future red Joe Cole also featured, with former Blue Wayne Rooney being sent off. Czeching out 2004 - Milan Baroš and Vladimír Šmicer both played in the Euro 2004 Semi-final as the Czech Republic lost 1-0 to Greece in Porto, thanks to a ‘silver goal’. All change 1999 - This was a busy day in the transfer market as Vladimír Šmicer arrived from Racing Club de Lens for £4.2m, while we also gained and lost a player on the Bosman ruling. Erik Meijer signed from Bayer 04 Leverkusen, with Steve McManaman officially joining Real Madrid on the same day. 2019 – Forward Danny Ings joined Southampton for an initial £18m following a successful season on loan, so far bagging 29 goals in 61 outings for the Saints. On the same day, midfielder Marko Grujić re-joined Hertha BSC Berlin on loan for a second successive campaign, so far scoring nine times in 54 games. Other recent ins and outs 2009 – Winger Sebastián Leto was sold to Panathinaikos for a fee reported to be around £3m. He helped his new club to the domestic double in his first season, scoring the only goal in the Cup Final, and netting 27 times in 91 outings before leaving the club in January 2013. 2018 - Naby Keïta officially signed from RasenBallsport Leipzig e.V. for £52.75m, having agreed to join us the previous August. 2016 – Keeper Lawrence Vigouroux left the reds to sign for Swindon Town, so far playing 130 times, including a previous loan spell. 2002 - Reserves keeper Jørgen Nielsen left for Farum in Denmark, after five years at Anfield without a first team appearance. 2000 - We signed up Pegguy Arphexad, Markus Babbel and Gary McAllister, all on free transfers. Pegguy arrived from Leicester City, one of Gary Mac’s former clubs. On the same day, future red Nicolas Anelka re-signed for Paris Saint-Germain from Real Madrid for £22m. Luis on target 2007 – Future red Luis Suárez scored for Uruguay Under-20’s against ex-red Antonio Barragán’s Spain as their World Championship Finals group game ended 2-2 in Canada. On the same day, Mark González faced future red Alexander Doni as Brazil beat Chile 3-0 in a Copa América group game in Venezuela. 2019 – Sadio Mané bagged a brace, including a penalty, as Senegal beat Kenya 3-0 in an Africa Cup of Nations Finals group game in Egypt. He also saw another spot-kick saved. Wedding bells 1972 - Emlyn Hughes married Barbara. They remained happily married until Emlyn’s sad death in November 2004, with two children called Emma and Emlyn. 2005 - Jamie Carragher married his fiancée Nicola Holt at Weston Park, while on the same day Harry Kewell settled his libel case against Gary Lineker out of court. Meanwhile, Sammy Lee was appointed Assistant Manager of Bolton Wanderers. Mighty Mouse on the way back 1980 - Kevin Keegan returned to England, joining Southampton for £400,000 in a move that had been announced five months earlier. He had struck 32 goals in ninety Bundesliga games, helping them to a League and Cup double in 1979, as well as twice claiming the European Footballer of the Year award while in Germany. Other new managers 1981 - Emlyn Hughes was appointed Player/Manager of Rotherham United. He was in charge for nearly two years, but was sacked as they headed towards the old Third Division. 2000 – Karl-Heinz Riedle was replaced as Manager of Fulham by Jean Tigana, having been in temporary charge for three months. 1995 - John Toshack took over as Deportivo La Coruña boss, having been appointed four months previously. He remained in charge for nineteen months before resigning. World Cup progress 1990 - John Barnes started England’s dramatic 3-2 extra-time defeat of Cameroon in the World Cup Quarter-final in Naples. He was replaced at half-time by fellow red Peter Beardsley, while his future clubmate Mark Wright played the full two hours. On the same day, future red Karl-Heinz Riedle featured in West Germany’s 1-0 win over Czechoslovakia in Milan, to set up their Semi-final clash with England. 2018 – Dejan Lovren played as Croatia knocked Denmark out on penalties to reach the Quarter-finals in Russia. Ex-red Iago Aspas also featured as Spain beat the host nation after a shoot-out at the same stage. 2014 – Future red Divock Origi featured in Belgium’s 2-1 defeat of the USA in Salvador, while ex-red Javier Mascherano played as Argentina needed extra time to see off future red Xherdan Shaqiri’s Switzerland 1-0 in São Paulo to reach the Quarter-finals. 2011 – Mascherano played for his country again as host nation Argentina drew 1-1 with Bolivia in a Copa América group game in La Plata. Other moves 1985 - Future reds keeper Mike Hooper signed for Wrexham from Bristol City on a free transfer. 1995 - Dean Saunders joined Galatasaray from Aston Villa for a £2.35m fee. 1996 - Gary Ablett joined Birmingham City from Everton for £390,000. 1997 - Future red Paul Jones moved to Southampton from Stockport County for £900,000 while ex-red Paul Stewart signed for Stoke City on a free transfer from Sunderland. 2005 - Jermaine Pennant joined Birmingham City from Arsenal for £3m. 2010 – Defender Gareth Roberts joined Derby County, while Jon Otsemobor signed for Sheffield Wednesday. 2011 – Scott Carson left West Bromwich Albion for Turkish side Bursaspor in a £2.1m deal. 2013 – Goalie Adrián signed for West Ham United, playing 150 times before joining the reds for free in August 2019. 2015 – Keeper Péter Gulácsi joined RasenBallsport Leipzig e.V. from Red Bull Salzburg for £3m after helping them to claim consecutive Austrian League and Cup doubles. 2017 – Centre-half Ozan Kabak signed as a professional for Galatasaray, playing eighteen times without scoring before moving to VfB Stuttgart in January 2019. 2020 – Keeper Ádám Bogdán signed for reigning champions Ferencváros, featuring seven times in his first campaign back in his native Hungary. Doctor Kenny 2011 – Reds boss Kenny Dalglish was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Science by the University of Ulster.
  9. Will

    3rd May

    Off to Istanbul 2005 - We headed towards our sixth European Cup Final after seeing Chelsea off in the Semi-final. Luis García converted the only goal of the tie four minutes into the second leg, with the referee clearly indicating that the ball had indeed crossed the line, despite Chelsea protests. The Anfield atmosphere remained white hot, with many supporters considering this to be the famous old ground’s greatest ever night as the reds held out for victory. Hearts were in mouths when six minutes of injury time were conjured up, especially when Eidur Gudjohnsen shot past the post deep into added-on time. Clinching the title twice 1986 - Kenny Dalglish completed the first leg of the double by scoring the only goal at Chelsea to win our sixteenth League title, in his first season as Player/Manager. Bruce Grobbelaar played his 210th consecutive League game – a run he could not continue as he was injured at the start of the following season. Future reds Nigel Spackman and David Speedie were both in the Chelsea side that afternoon, with their Chairman stating in his programme notes that “Liverpool will win the Championship over my dead body”. 1980 - We claimed our twelfth League title, and fourth in five years, beating Aston Villa 4-1 at Anfield, who we had beaten to win the title the season before. Israeli defender Avi Cohen put through his own net, and then scored his only reds goal. David Johnson bagged a brace, to add to a Noel Blake own goal. Big day for Kevin 1971 - Kevin Keegan signed for £33,000 from Sc***horpe United. He went on to score exactly a century of goals in 323 reds games, helping to fire us to the European Cup, three League titles, two UEFA Cups and an FA Cup before moving to Hamburger SV for £500,000 in June 1977. 1977 - Kevin Keegan scored his hundredth and final reds goal as we beat Manchester United 1-0 at Anfield. 1947 - We also won by the only goal, when Albert Stubbins struck against United. 1941 - Cyril Done was on target as we drew a Wartime League fixture with United at Maine Road. After Hillsborough 1989 - Our first competitive fixture after the Hillsborough disaster was fittingly played across Stanley Park as Everton held us to a goalless League draw. The king honoured 2017 – It was announced that the Centenary Stand would be renamed the Kenny Dalglish Stand from the following season. Rafa’s 300 up 2009 – Yossi Benayoun opened the scoring against Newcastle United at Anfield, netting the 300th Premier League goal under Rafael Benítez. Dirk Kuyt netted before Lucas rounded off the scoring with the 200th reds goal by a substitute as we won 3-0. Joey Barton was sent off for a late challenge on Xabi Alonso, becoming the only visiting player to date to be sent off at Anfield with two different clubs in the Premier League. Birthday boys 1881 - Forward Joe Hewitt was born in Chester. He arrived from Sunderland for £150 in January 1904 and was top scorer as we won the title in 1906, netting a total of 74 goals in 164 reds games before joining Bolton Wanderers in August 1910. He also served the reds as a coach, handyman and finally press box attendant in over sixty years’ service. 1926 - Keeper Doug Rudham was born in Johannesburg. He played 66 times for the reds after signing from Johannesburg Rangers in August 1954. He returned to his native city to turn out for Johannesburg Ramblers in May 1960. 1948 - Tom Stanton was born in Glasgow. He turned pro at Anfield in 1965, but moved to Arsenal in September 1966 having failed to make the break-through, although he also did not play a senior game for the Gunners, later finding greatest success with Bristol Rovers. Last stands 1950 – Inside-left Willie Fagan bagged his 57th and final reds goal as we were beaten 3-2 at Anfield by Huddersfield Town to end the First Division season in seventh. Billy Liddell struck the other goal, with Vic Metcalfe nabbing one of his six past us. Albert Nightingale and Jeff Taylor also struck for the Terriers. 1961 - Inside-forward Alan Banks made his eighth and last reds appearance in our 3-1 defeat at Stoke City, when Alan A’Court grabbed our consolation in a game originally postponed from Christmas. This was our final game of a season in which we finished third in the Second Division. Tony Bentley bagged a brace for the Potters, with Johnny King bagging the last of his five goals against us. 1930 - Left-half Tom Bromilow played his 375th and last reds game in a 1-0 top-flight loss at Blackburn Rovers as we ended the season in twelfth. He had won two League titles with the reds. 1956 – We hosted Rovers in the Lancashire Senior Cup Final, with the match ending 4-4. After having used the reserves throughout the competition, the first team played, with Louis Bimpson, Alan Arnell, Dick White and Geoff Twentyman on target. We won the replay five months later to secure the trophy for the eighth time. A wee strike 1902 - Future reds forward Ronald ‘Wee’ Orr netted his only senior international goal on his debut for Scotland as they drew 2-2 with England in the British International Championships at Villa Park. Reds centre-back Alex Raisbeck also played for the Scots. Recent League fixtures 2003 - Ex-red Nicolas Anelka struck twice as we lost 2-1 to Manchester City in our final home game of the season, after Milan Baroš had given us the lead. These were the first of the Frenchman’s five goals past us. 2000 - Leicester City won at Anfield for the third season in a row, this time 2-0, as we just missed out on Champions League qualification that year. Tony Cottee nabbed the last of his eight strikes against the reds with Phil Gilchrist also on target while Pegguy Arphexad impressed Gérard Houllier in goal. Signing off from the spot 1998 - John Aldridge scored twice, including a penalty, in his last senior game as Tranmere Rovers beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1 at Prenton Park. He had bagged 174 goals in 294 games for the Wirral side. 1980 - Bruce Grobbelaar converted a spot-kick for Crewe Alexandra in his last ever game for them as they beat York City 2-0 at Gresty Road, having told his opposite number where he was going to place it! Youngsters on target 1994 - Jamie Carragher scored for England Under-16’s as they drew 2-2 with the Ukraine in the Quarter-final of the European Championships in Dublin. Unfortunately, England lost 5-4 on penalties. 2001 – Future reds Anthony Le Tallec and Florent Sinama-Pongolle both netted braces as France Under-16’s won 4-0 at St. James’ Park in the Semi-final of the same tournament. John Welsh was sent off for England with future red Glen Johnson also playing. Meanwhile, future red Fernando Torres also struck twice as Spain beat Croatia 3-0 in Middlesbrough. Up against Spurs We have twice faced Tottenham Hotspur in the top flight on this day in history. 1997 - Stan Collymore struck his 35th and final reds goal with Patrik Berger also netting in the first half as we won 2-1 in our last game of the campaign at Anfield. Darren Anderton had opened the scoring for the visitors. 1982 - Kenny Dalglish netted twice as we drew 2-2 at White Hart Lane in 1982, despite going in at the break two goals down, thanks to goals from Steve’s Perryman and Archibald, with this being one of Archibald’s six goals against us. In and out 1979 – Striker Frank McGarvey signed from Celtic for £300,000 after bagging 113 goals in 245 League games for the Hoops. However, he never broke into the first-team at Anfield. 1911 – Half-back Harry Lowe arrived from Gainsborough Trinity. He notched twice in 136 games for the reds, although he missed the 1914 FA Cup Final through injury, and he moved on to Nottingham Forest in March 1920. 1906 – Forward James Garside returned to Accrington Stanley after five outings without scoring since arriving from Stanley in March 1904. In opposition 1941 - Bill Shankly skippered Scotland at Hampden Park as England won 3-1 in a Wartime International. Fellow future reds boss Don Welsh bagged a brace. 1969 - Tommy Lawrence won his third and final cap for Scotland as they beat Wales 5-3 at the Racecourse Ground in a British International Championships game. Future red John Toshack netted while also playing his third international. For Ralph 1919 – We faced Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park in a benefit match for half-back Ralph Holden, who had represented both sides and lost a leg during the war, going down 2-0. All the reds players donated £2 each to the fund, and a raffle including items such as a 2lb bag of sugar and a pipe raised £15! Silent Knight wed 1965 - Chris Lawler got married two days after helping us to claim the FA Cup for the first time in our history, and the day before the first leg of our European Cup Semi-final against Internazionale. Into the saddle 2006 - Former reds defender Richard Money was appointed Manager of Walsall, leading them to promotion out of League Two at the first attempt. He resigned in May 2008 after it was confirmed the club could not reach the League One play-offs. Other games on this day 1967 – We lost 2-1 at Leeds United, with Willie Stevenson opening the scoring from the spot. Jimmy Greenhoff struck the first of his five goals past us before Johnny Giles bagged the winner, one of his five against the reds. 1924 – We won 2-1 at Notts County to finish the season in twelfth. Ralph Cornwell put through his own net, with our other goal coming from Danny Shone. Also in international action 1919 – Ex-reds keeper Sam Hardy played alongside Ephraim Longworth as England beat Scotland 4-3 in a Victory International at Hampden Park. 2006 – Future reds Krisztián Németh and András Simon both featured as Hungary Under-17’s lost 1-0 to Russia in a European Championships Finals group game in Luxembourg. 2011 – Adam Morgan, Brad Smith and future red Emre Can all played for the Under-17’s in European Championships Finals group games in Serbia. 2017 – Future red Ozan Kabak featured for Turkey Under-17’s in their 3-2 defeat by Spain in a European Championships Finals group game in Croatia. 2019 – Ki-Jana Hoever played as the Dutch Under-17’s beat Sweden 2-0 in a European Championships Finals group game in Waterford.
  10. Will

    22nd July

    Double capture 2016 – Midfielder Gini Wijnaldum signed from Newcastle United for an initial £23m, bagging 22 goals in 237 outings, helping us to claim the Premier League, UEFA Champions League and UEFA Super Cup before joining Paris Saint-Germain in June 2020. On the same day, veteran keeper Alex Manninger arrived from Augsburg on a free transfer, only making it to the bench on four occasions and failing to make a first-team appearance before retiring in May 2017. Lifting the title at last 2020 – The team was presented with the Premier League trophy after our Anfield encounter with Chelsea ended 5-3 behind closed doors. We went three goals ahead through Naby Keïta, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Gini Wijnaldum, with Olivier Giroud scoring the latest of his eight goals past us in first-half stoppage time. Roberto Firmino then struck before Tammy Abraham and Christian Pulisic both netted for the visitors. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain completed the scoring as we completed three unbeaten League seasons at Anfield. Happy birthdays 1980 - Dirk Kuyt was born in Katwijk aan Zee in the Netherlands. He signed from Feyenoord for £9m in August 2006, striking 71 times in 285 reds outings, including a goal in the Champions League Final in Athens in 2007, and a treble against Manchester United in March 2011. He moved on to Fenerbahçe SK for €1m in June 2012. 1984 – Stewart Downing was born in Middlesbrough. The England international winger moved to Anfield in July 2011 from Aston Villa for £18.5m, netting seven times in 91 outings before moving to West Ham United for £6m in August 2013, as well as scoring in the shoot-out as we claimed the Carling Cup at Wembley in February 2012. 1900 – Scottish wing-half Robert Ireland was born in Darvel in Ayrshire. He signed from Rangers in November 1929, but only made one senior appearance before joining St. Johnstone in July 1931. Take a walk around him 1961 - Bill Shankly signed Ron Yeats from Dundee United for £22,000. He was the rock at the centre of our defence for 454 games across a decade, netting sixteen times as he helped us to our first ever FA Cup, two League titles, a Second Division championship and the FA Charity Shield. He then moved into management with Tranmere Rovers, but returned to Anfield in 1986, spending the next sixteen years as Chief Scout. Christian arrival 2015 – Centre-forward Christian Benteke signed from Aston Villa for £32.5m, bagging ten goals in 42 outings and featuring in the UEFA Europa League Final in Basel. He moved on to Crystal Palace for £27m in August 2016. Willkommen Didi 1998 - Dietmar Hamann signed from Newcastle United for £8m, becoming the second most expensive German to be transferred to that point, behind Oliver Bierhoff’s £13.5m move from Udinese to AC Milan. He made 283 first-team appearances, in which he acted as a sturdy bulwark in front of the defence, scoring just eleven times. He helped us to claim the European Cup, UEFA Cup, two FA Cups, two UEFA Super Cups, two League Cups and the FA Charity Shield. However, he joined Manchester City in July 2006, after an aborted move to Bolton Wanderers. In comes Razor 1994 - Neil Ruddock signed from Tottenham Hotspur for £2.5m after just one season back at White Hart Lane. The burly centre-half made an inauspicious reds debut, breaking former red Peter Beardsley’s cheekbone in Ronnie Whelan’s testimonial match. He struck twelve times in 152 first-team appearances while at Anfield, before moving on to West Ham United in July 1998 for £100,000. In comes Mark 2005 - Mark González officially joined on loan from Albacete Balompié, subject to international clearance. He actually signed permanently three months later, but his work permit was not granted until the following summer. He struck three times in 36 games, before moving to Real Betis Balompié for £4.2m in July 2007. 2006 - He made his first-team bow, with fellow debutant Craig Lindfield bagging the only goal of the game at Crewe Alexandra. Fábio Aurélio also played for the first time. Emiliano the world champion 2007 - Emiliano Insúa helped Argentina Under-20’s to win the World Championships as they beat the Czech Republic 2-1 in the Final in Toronto. Claiming another trophy 2017 – Mohamed Salah and Philippe Coutinho netted as we beat Leicester City 2-1 in the Final of the Premier League Asia Trophy in Hong Kong. Most recently 2018 – We lost 3-1 to Ballspielverein Borussia 09 e.V. Dortmund in an International Champions Cup game in the USA, with Virgil van Dijk heading us into the lead. On the same day, young winger Ryan Kent joined Rangers on loan, scoring six times in 43 games and winning the PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year award. Mad Erik makes his bow 1999 - Dutch striker Erik Meijer made his first appearance for the reds as we beat Linfield 4-0 in the Carlsberg Belfast Challenge at Windsor Park. Danny Murphy and Patrik Berger both netted, while the scoring was completed by a Gary Porter own goal and a Jamie Redknapp penalty. God’s trinity 1993 - Robbie Fowler bagged a hat-trick as England Under-18’s thumped Spain 5-1 in a European Championship Finals group game in Walsall. 2002 – Jon Otsemobor, John Welsh and future reds Glen Johnson, Gary O’Neil and Jermaine Pennant all played for England Under-19’s in their 3-3 draw with Germany in the same competition in Norway. Meanwhile, Michael Foley-Sheridan appeared for the Republic of Ireland as they defeated Belgium 2-1. First and last outings 2009 – Álvaro Arbeloa played his final reds game before moving on to Real Madrid as we were held to a 1-1 draw by the Thailand national side in the Rajamangala National Stadium. Ryan Babel bagged our goal. 2000 - We were beaten 1-0 by Second Division Stoke City at their Britannia Stadium. This was the first time that Pegguy Arphexad, Gary McAllister and Bernard Diomède had appeared for the reds. Andriy misses 2008 – Andriy Voronin missed a penalty for the reds against his future employers as we were held to a goalless draw by Hertha BSC Berlin at the Olympiastadion. Stig debuts 1986 – Future red Stig Inge Bjørnebye made his bow for Norway Under-16’s in their goalless draw with East Germany in a tournament in Hungary. 1988 – Bjørnebye debuted at Under-18’s level in their 4-2 defeat to Italy in the Czech Republic. Sander back in England 2005 - Sander Westerveld joined Portsmouth on a free transfer from Real Sociedad. He only played seven senior games for Pompey and is currently coaching for Ajax Cape Town in South Africa. Youngsters moving on 2014 – Defender Andre Wisdom moved to West Bromwich Albion for the season, playing 26 times for the Baggies. On the same day, future loanee centre-half Steven Caulker joined Queens Park Rangers form Cardiff City after five goals in 39 games for the Bluebirds. 2013 – Conor Coady joined Sheffield United on loan, netting six times in fifty outings as the Blades just missed out on the play-offs. 1999 – Another local midfielder Jamie Cassidy left Anfield for Cambridge United on a free transfer. He had been unable to break into the first team on L4, although he had featured in our victorious FA Youth Cup campaign in 1996 and did not do much better at the Abbey Stadium, only making ten first-team appearances before moving on to Northwich Victoria. 2019 – Ex-reds midfielder Charlie Adam signed for Reading, netting twice in 27 games for the Royals to date. Mannix banned 2009 – Ex-reds reserves midfielder David Mannix was banned for ten months and fined £4,000 for breaching the FA’s betting rules. He was convicted of having bet approximately £4,000 on Accrington Stanley losing against Bury in May 2008. Also in international action 1995 - Future red Øyvind Leonhardsen appeared for Norway as they held France to a goalless draw in their friendly encounter in Oslo. 2014 – Future red Marko Grujić featured as Croatia Under-19’s drew 2-2 with Germany in a European Championship Finals group game in Hungary.
  11. 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. In comes Titi 1999 - 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 an initial £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. 1923 – Inside-forward Billy McDevitt signed from Swansea Town, being converted into a centre-half, but played just four times before moving on to Exeter City for a club record fee in May 1925. 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.
  12. Will

    18th May

    Birthdays galore 1954 - Midfielder Jimmy Case was born in Liverpool. He signed from South Liverpool for a bargain £500 in May 1973 and bagged 46 goals in 269 reds games, helping us to claim three European Cups, four League titles, UEFA Cup, UEFA Super Cup, League Cup and three FA Charity Shields, before joining Brighton & Hove Albion for £350,000 in August 1981. 1863 - Matt McQueen was born in Harthill, Lanarkshire. He arrived from Leith Athletic in October 1892 and bagged seven goals in 103 games for the reds, playing in every position on the park including 41 games in goal, helping us to claim the Second Division title twice, once while as a keeper. He moved on to Heart Of Midlothian in 1899 but later served the reds as a Director, and then as Manager for five years in the 1920’s, leading us to our fourth League title in 1923. 1958 - Howard Gayle was born in Toxteth. The first black player to represent Liverpool in modern times, he signed professional terms in November 1977 and notched once in five first-team appearances before moving on to Birmingham City in January 1983 for £75,000. 2013 – Under-23’s Assistant Coach Gary O’Neil was born in Beckenham. He had enjoyed a successful playing career with the likes of Portsmouth and Middlesbrough, retiring in the summer of 2019. He joined the reds in August 2020, leaving the following February to take over as Senior First Team Coach at Bournemouth. Two keepers also share a birthday today. 1971 - Brad Friedel was born in Bay Village, Ohio. He made 31 first-team appearances for us after signing from US side Columbus Crew for £1m in December 1997, moving to Blackburn Rovers on a free transfer in November 2000. 1973 - Pegguy Arphexad was born in Guadeloupe. Our former reserve custodian signed on a free transfer in July 2000 but only played six senior reds games, although he claimed six winners’ medals from the bench in his time at Anfield, before moving on to Coventry City in August 2003 after his contract had expired. Euro disappointment 2016 – Daniel Sturridge gave us a half-time lead in the UEFA Europa League Final against Sevilla in Basel, but we collapsed after the break to lose 3-1 with Jorge Moreno bagging a brace to add to a Kévin Gameiro strike. Midfielder Joe Allen, centre-forward Christian Benteke and centre-half Kolo Touré all played their last reds games. We had been denied a clear-cut penalty in the first half as the Spanish side went on to claim the trophy for the third consecutive season. Off goes Emile 2004 - Emile Heskey was sold to Birmingham City for a fee rising to £6.25m after sixty goals in 223 reds games. He struck sixteen times in 78 games for the Blues before moving to Wigan Athletic for £5.5m in July 2006. Other reds signings 1927 - Forward Tom Devlin signed from Preston North End for £250. He was unable to make the first-team, unlike his brother, centre-forward Willie, who was at Anfield at the same time. He moved on to Swindon Town in July 1928. 1985 - Reserves defender Alex Watson signed for the reds as a professional. He only made nine first-team appearances, including our 1988 FA Charity Shield win, before joining Bournemouth in January 1991 for £150,000. The end of the road for A’Court 1963 - Alan A’Court played his 354th and final League game as we lost 2-0 at Aston Villa in a game postponed from Boxing Day to finish the season in eighth place with George Graham netting the first of his four goals past us and Bobby Thomson also on target. He had played 381 games for us in total, scoring 63 goals, helping us to win the Second Division title in 1962. 1982 - Our only other first-class game on this day produced a goalless draw at Middlesbrough, the final game of a season in which we won the League by four points from Ipswich Town. Led by skipper Graeme Souness, the reds had all snuck out of the hotel to go down the pub shortly before the game! On target 2014 – Future red Dominic Solanke netted as England Under-17’s beat Portugal 2-0 in their European Championships Semi-final in Malta, with fellow future red Joe Gomez also in action. First and last caps 1935 - Ex-reds defender Tom Gardner won his second and final cap as England beat the Netherlands 1-0 in a friendly in Amsterdam. 1938 – Ex-reds reserves centre-half Matt O’Mahoney won the first of his six caps for Ireland in their 2-2 friendly draw with Czechoslovakia in Prague. 1939 – O’Mahoney played again as Ireland again drew 2-2 in a friendly, this time with Hungary in Budapest. 1950 - Bill Jones made his second and final senior appearance for England as they beat Belgium 4-1 in a friendly in Brussels. His grandson Rob went on to win eight full caps for England. 1949 - Bill also played for his country, when England B beat the Netherlands 4-0 in an unofficial international in Amsterdam. 2002 - Future red Djibril Cissé made his senior international debut as a substitute in France’s 2-1 defeat by Belgium at the Stade de France. On the same day, Vladimír Šmicer scored the only goal of the game as the Czech Republic beat World Cup-bound Italy in Prague, his twentieth senior goal for his country. Meanwhile, Dietmar Hamann starred in Germany’s 6-2 defeat of Austria in Leverkusen, playing alongside ex-red Christian Ziege. 1996 - Reds centre-back Mark Wright won his 45th and final full England cap as they beat Hungary 3-0 in a friendly at Wembley. Future red Paul Ince also played. Into the book 2009 – The club launched its own official Facebook page, which now has over 38m followers. Ex-reds on the move 1999 - John Barnes was released by Charlton Athletic. He had made just two starts for the Addicks, plus a further ten appearances from the bench. His Charlton debut had been at home to the reds, as they won 1-0 following Jamie Carragher’s dubious dismissal. 2000 - Mike Marsh signed for Southport from Kidderminster Harriers on a free transfer. He netted seven times in 37 games as they just missed out on promotion from the Conference. 2020 – Nigel Clough brought his second spell as Manager of Burton Albion to a close by mutual consent, due to the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Walters starts out 1982 - Mark Walters signed as a professional for Aston Villa. He struck 48 times in 224 games for the Villains before moving to Rangers for £550,000 in December 1987. Released 2006 - It was announced that Ramon Calliste, Robbie Foy, Paul Lancaster, Paul Willis and Calum Woods were not being retained for the next season once their contracts expired later in the summer. 2007 - Ex-reds midfielder David Thompson was released by Bolton Wanderers after eight games in five months with the Trotters. 1907 – Forward John Carlin was sold to Preston North End after eight goals in 35 outings since signing from Barnsley in December 1902, helping us to the League title in 1906. Young champion 2009 – Christopher Buchtmann helped Germany Under-17’s to claim the European Championships as they beat their Dutch counterparts 2-1 in the Final in Magdeburg after extra time. 2010 – Andre Wisdom featured in the same tournament as England beat the Czech Republic 3-1 in a group game in Liechtenstein. On the same day, future red Gini Wijnaldum played as the Dutch Under-21’s lost 3-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Portugal. Also in international action 1974 – Emlyn Hughes captained England as they lost 2-0 to Scotland in the British International Championships, with future red Kenny Dalglish on the winning side. 1975 – Steve Heighway featured for the Republic of Ireland as they lost a European Championships qualifier 2-1 to the USSR in Kiev. 2006 – Carl Medjani skippered France Under-20’s as they drew 1-1 with the Netherlands in the Toulon Tournament.
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