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4-3 for the first time 1996 - We played out a real humdinger with Newcastle United at Anfield. Robbie Fowler put us ahead after two minutes, but we went in 2-1 down at half-time after one of Les Ferdinand’s six strikes past us and a David Ginola goal. Robbie Fowler levelled the scores with his 22nd strike in his last 21 outings, but Faustino Asprilla put the visitors ahead again two minutes later. Stan Collymore tied the match once more, and then grabbed a dramatic last-gasp winner right at the death, in a match later voted the best in the Premiership’s first decade. A new record capture 1981 - Craig Johnston signed from Middlesbrough for a club record £650,000 fee. He grabbed forty goals, including one in the 1986 FA Cup Final, in 271 reds games, also helping us to claim the European Cup, five League titles and two League Cups in his time at Anfield. Debuts leading to contrasting careers 1981 - Ronnie Whelan got his reds career off to a flying start by scoring on his debut, a 3-0 home League win over Stoke City, with Terry McDermott adding a brace. Whelan went on to play 493 reds games in all. 1965 – We also beat the Potters at Anfield when Gordon Milne, Ian St. John and Roger Hunt were on target in a 3-2 victory. Roy Vernon struck the last of his six goals against the reds, with Harry Burrows also on target. 1897 - Keeper Charlie Jowett played his only senior reds game as we drew 2-2 at Anfield with The Wednesday. Inside-forward Andrew McCowie made the first of his 35 appearances for the club in this top-flight game. Willie Michael nabbed his fifth and last reds foal with Frank Becton converting a penalty while Laurie Bell bagged the first of his four strikes against the reds, with Arthur Brady also on the scoresheet for the visitors. 1899 - Custodian Bill Perkins debuted in a 3-2 defeat of Newcastle United at Anfield. Jack Cox, John Walker and George Allan scored our goals, while half-back Tom Cleghorn played his seventieth and final reds game. Perkins went on to play 117 reds games, including every game in our first League championship winning season in 1900/01. On our way to Wembley 1974 - We clinched our place in the FA Cup Final by beating Leicester City 3-1 in a replay at Villa Park. Brian Hall struck straight after half time before Len Glover equalised, but goals from Kevin Keegan and John Toshack took us to Wembley. On the way to Athens 2007 - Jamie Carragher played his 58th game in the European Cup, breaking Phil Neal’s club record, as we won 3-0 at PSV Eindhoven in the first leg of our Champions League Quarter-final. Steven Gerrard bagged his fifteenth goal in the European Cup, breaking Ian Rush’s club record in the process. John Arne Riise and Peter Crouch also netted, with Riise’s strike being his 31st and final one for the club. Dirk Kuyt seemingly got himself booked at the end of the game by obstructing a free-kick to guarantee he would be banned for second leg at Anfield and ensure a clean slate for the Semi-final. Unfortunately, Fábio Aurélio ruptured his Achilles, which kept him out of the first team until September. Derby victories 1999 – This day brought an end to five years without a derby victory as we beat Everton 3-2 at Anfield, despite Olivier Dacourt opening the scoring in the first minute. The game is still remembered for Robbie Fowler’s goal-line sniffing celebration after he struck a penalty in front of the away fans, one of two goals he scored that day, to add to a Patrik Berger strike. Young right-back Steven Gerrard helped to preserve all three points with a couple of scrambled goal-line clearances late on. Francis Jeffers became the youngest post-war Merseyside derby goalscorer in this game, aged just eighteen years and 68 days. 1976 - Phil Neal missed a penalty at Anfield, but this did not prove costly as David Fairclough netted the only goal of a game that was played at eleven o’clock, due to the Grand National taking place at Aintree that afternoon. This was the only occasion in that title-winning season that we won four League games on the bounce. A sweet win for Thommo at Old Trafford 1972 - Goals from Chris Lawler, John Toshack and Emlyn Hughes handed us a 3-0 win at Manchester United, with Phil Thompson making his reds debut. Unfortunately, we did not win there again for another six years. 1931 – We also played a First Division match at Old Trafford, with Gordon Hodgson on the scoresheet as we drew 1-1. Oh, Sami, Sami 2002 - Sami Hyypiä grabbed the only goal of our Champions League Quarter-final first leg at home to Bayer 04 Leverkusen, to give us a slender advantage to take to Germany. This was our 200th game in Europe. Hat-trick hero 1920 – Inside-left Dick Forshaw netted all three goals in our home First Division win over Derby County, with forward Billy Matthews debuting for the reds, at centre-half. 1937 - Harry Eastham was on target as we were beaten 4-1 at the Baseball Ground. Jack Nicholas and Ronnie Dix each netted one of their four goals against the reds, with Dai Astley bagging one of his six past us and Charlie Napier also on target. Bimpson off the mark 1953 - Louis Bimpson bagged the first of his 39 reds goals as we beat Cardiff City 2-1 in a top-flight encounter at Anfield, with Bill Jones also on target. Most recently 2021 – We won 3-0 at Arsenal behind closed doors, thanks to a brace from Diogo Jota and a Mohamed Salah strike. Double award winners 2009 - Rafael Benítez and Steven Gerrard were named the Barclays Manager and Player of the Month, respectively. On the same day, Gerrard agreed a new contract until 2013, with Dirk Kuyt signing on until 2012. Happy birthdays 1958 – Former reserve team kit man John Wright was born in Liverpool. He was with the club for nearly a decade, initially as a masseur at the Academy, and is the father of former reds right-back Stephen Wright. 1901 - Left-winger Billy Chalmers was born in Aberdeen. He only made two senior appearances after signing from Old Aberdeen FC in 1923, moving on to Tranmere Rovers in June 1925. 1926 - Outside-left Ken Brierley was born in Ashton-under-Lyme. He went on to net eight times in 61 first-team appearances after signing from Oldham Athletic for £7,000 in February 1948, returning there in March 1953. Bratley’s farewell 1915 - Defender Phil Bratley played his thirteenth and final reds game in our 6-2 thumping at Aston Villa, with Harry Hampton scoring his second hat-trick against the reds in this fixture, and a club record fourteenth for the Villains, the last of his fifteen goals against us, and debutant Harry Nash also bagging a treble. Jackie Sheldon converted a penalty with Tom Miller grabbing our other goal. Bratley returned to Rotherham County, one of his former clubs, later that year. Jocky at the wrong end 1990 - Alan Hansen scored an own goal as we beat Wimbledon 2-1 with Ian Rush and Gary Gillespie scoring at the right end. He had also put through his own net at Plough Lane the season before! In charge 1954 - Andy Beattie managed Scotland for the first of seventeen times as they lost 4-2 to England at Hampden Park in a World Cup qualifier that also counted towards the British International Championships. Beattie had guested with the reds during the war, and later joined the backroom staff at Anfield after a successful management career. 2011 - Paul Ince left as Manager of Notts County by mutual consent, after losing a club record nine games in a row. Allan’s moment of glory 1897 - George Allan won his only Scottish cap as they lost 2-1 to England at Crystal Palace in the British International Championships. He was therefore the first player to be capped by the Scots while on our books. Future red Edgar Chadwick won his seventh and final cap for the home side. Beating the Wearsiders We have faced Sunderland three times on this day, without losing any of these top-flight meetings. 1948 - The first match ended goalless at Anfield. 1954 - Billy Liddell converted a penalty with Brian Jackson, John Evans and Eric Anderson also on target as we won in L4 by the odd goal in seven. Len Shackleton bagged the last of his five goals past us, with Ken Chisholm scoring the last of his four against the reds and Ted Purdon also netting. 1985 - Ian Rush netted a brace to add to a John Wark goal as we won 3-0 at Roker Park. Disappointment in Manchester We have twice played Manchester City at their old Hyde Road ground on this day in history. 1896 - George Allan struck as we drew a Second Division meeting in 1896. 1909 - We lost a top-flight match there 4-0 with Scottish keeper Don Sloan playing his sixth and last game for the reds. On the same day, keeper Sam Hardy played for England as they beat Scotland 2-0 in the British International Championships at Crystal Palace. Other reds games 1993 – We lost 4-1 at Blackburn Rovers with Ian Rush bagging a late consolation. Ex-red Mike Newell scored one of his eight goals against the reds with Kevin Moran and Kevin Gallacher both also scoring before the break. Jason Wilcox netted the first of his four goals past us in the second half. 1970 – Bobby Graham struck twice as we beat Crystal Palace 3-0 at Anfield with Chris Lawler also on the scoresheet. 1934 – Gordon Hodgson and Berry Nieuwenhuys struck as we won 2-0 at Huddersfield Town. 1926 – We drew 2-2 with Birmingham City in L4. John Bradford bagged two of his fifteen goals past us, including a penalty. Gordon Hodgson scored as we also benefited from a Bill Hunter own goal. For the Saint 1973 – A Testimonial Sportsmans Dinner in honour of Ian St. John was held in the Grafton Rooms. The black-tie affair involved a main course of Chicken Zingara, with guests including Bill Shankly, Derby County boss Brian Clough, Jimmy Tarbuck, Kenny Lynch and Gerry Marsden. Final cap 2010 – Keeper Tyrell Bedford won his second and last cap for England Under-16’s as they beat Japan 2-1 in the Montaigu Tournament. Matty Regan and Raheem Sterling both also featured. Also in international action 1968 – Roger Hunt played for England in their 1-0 defeat of Spain in the first leg of their European Championships Quarter-final at Wembley. 1997 – Future red Vegard Heggem played for Norway Under-21’s in their goalless friendly draw with Lebanon in Beirut. 1990 – Future reds Stig Inge Bjørnebye and Øyvind Leonhardsen both played as Norway Under-21’s won 2-0 in Switzerland. 2016 – Future red Rafael Camacho featured for Portugal Under-16’s in their 2-0 friendly victory over Switzerland in Matosinhos. On the same day, future red Ibrahima Konaté played for France Under-17’s as they lost 2-1 to Austria in a European Championships qualifier.
Nic’s debut 2001 - Nicolas Anelka made his red bow as we won 2-1 at Aston Villa with goals from Jari Litmanen, gifted to him by Peter Schmeichel, and Vladimír Šmicer. Jari also struck a spot-kick against the post. Bowyer off again 2005 - We equalled a club record of eight consecutive League wins with our 2-0 defeat of Newcastle United, our 250th victory in the Premier League, a sequence that eventually rose to ten. Josemi came off the bench late on to make his 35th and final reds appearance, with Michael Owen making his first return to Anfield as an ex-red while Lee Bowyer was sent off for the visitors for the second successive season. Steven Gerrard and Peter Crouch were both on target in the first half. This was also our eighth consecutive clean sheet in the League, the best run since 1922/23. Off the mark 2018 – Fabinho scored his first reds goal as we thumped Newcastle United 4-0 at Anfield, extending our lead at the top of the table to six points. Dejan Lovren opened the scoring with Mohamed Salah converting a penalty shortly after the break. Xherdan Shaqiri also struck before Fabinho completed the scoring. This was Jürgen Klopp’s hundredth victory as reds boss, in his 181st game in charge. 2019 – We trounced Leicester City 4-0 at the King Power Stadium with Roberto Firmino bagging a brace. James Milner converted a penalty with Trent Alexander-Arnold also on target to leave us thirteen points clear at the top of the table. Reds trebles 1963 - Roger Hunt netted four as we thumped Stoke City 6-1 at Anfield to give Bill Shankly his hundredth victory as reds boss, in his 188th game in charge. Ian St. John and Alf Arrowsmith also scored in one of eight meetings with the Potters on this day in history. The scores were level at 1-1 at half-time, with five of our goals coming at the Anfield Road end in the second period. John Ritchie struck the first of his five goals against the reds. 1928 - Gordon Hodgson scored a hat-trick in his hundredth League game as we trounced Burnley 8-0 at Anfield. Jimmy Clark and Dick Edmed both bagged braces with Bill Salisbury netting the other. The score could have been far greater as Bob Done missed a penalty, we had three goals dubiously ruled out for offside, hit the crossbar three times and the posts twice each. Burnley had beaten us 3-2 at their ground the previous afternoon. 1969 - We also thumped the Clarets, winning 5-1 at Turf Moor, one of five other occasions we have met them on Boxing Day. Ian Ross bagged his first reds goal while Bobby Graham, Chris Lawler, Peter Thompson and Ian Callaghan were all also on target. Tommy Lawrence saved a penalty from Burnley’s Brian O’Neil who then followed up to score from the rebound. 1896 – Keeper Willie Donnelly made his reds bow as we lost 4-1 at Burnley, despite Frank Becton scoring inside five minutes in our first ever Boxing Day fixture. Billy Bowes bagged a hat-trick, the first of his four goals past us, with Will Toman also on target. Hosting the Trotters 2008 – Robbie Keane bagged a second-half brace as we beat Bolton Wanderers 3-0, with Albert Riera having opened the scoring before the break. These were to be the Irishman’s final reds strikes. When Steven Gerrard came off he became the first Liverpool payer to be substituted a hundred times. 2003 - We won 3-1 with all three of our goals being headers, coming from Sami Hyypiä and substitutes Florent Sinama-Pongolle and Vladimír Šmicer. Henrik Pedersen struck a late consolation. On the same day, Roy Hodgson managed the United Arab Emirates lost 2-0 to Saudi Arabia in a Gulf Cup of Nations game in Kuwait. 1906 - We also hosted the Trotters when we lost 2-0. Jackie Owen and David Stokes netted, with Wattie White missing a penalty for the visitors. Also against the Potters We have faced Stoke City on seven more occasions on this day in history. 1905 – We lost 2-1 at the Victoria Ground, when they were still known just as Stoke. Joe Hewitt struck our goal. 1936 – We lost 1-1 in the Potteries, with Vic Wright on target. 1938 – We lost 3-1 at the Victoria Ground, with Willie Fagan scoring our goal. Tommy Sale netted the last two of his five goals against the reds, with Frank Baker also on the scoresheet. 1946 – Berry Nieuwenhuys and Albert Stubbins struck as we won 2-0 at Anfield. 1955 – Billy Liddell converted a penalty, with John Evans also netting as we were held to a 2-2 Second Division draw in L4. Harry Oscroft struck one of his six goals against the reds, with Johnny King bagging one of his five past us. 1970 – Our home encounter ended goalless. 1975 – We drew 1-1 at Stoke, with John Toshack on target. Happy birthdays 1878 - Centre-back Alex Raisbeck was born in Wallacestone, near Polmont in Stirlingshire. He signed from Stoke for £350 in May 1898 and struck nineteen times in 341 games in eleven years with the reds, becoming our first skipper to lift the League title, in 1901. He won a further League title five years later, as well as a Second Division championship, and returned to the club as scout in 1939 until his death ten years later. 1903 - South African goalkeeper Arthur Riley was born in Boksburg in the Transvaal. He became our first ever foreign signing in August 1925, making 338 reds appearances before taking over from his father as the club’s head groundsman. 1920 – Scottish left-winger Tommy McLeod was born in Musselburgh. He joined the reds from the Army in October 1945, but only made seven senior appearances before joining Chesterfield in June 1951. 1880 - Defender Phil Bratley was born in Rawmarsh, Yorkshire. He only played thirteen first-team games after signing from Barnsley in 1914. He returned to Rotherham County, one of his former clubs, the following year, but was killed in action during the First World War. Double debutants 1953 - Full-back Frank Lock and forward John Evans both made their debuts in a goalless draw with West Bromwich Albion at Anfield. They had both signed from Charlton Athletic the previous day. 1950 – Inside-forward Jack Haigh debuted as Jack Balmer bagged the only goal of our Anfield encounter with Blackpool. 1951 - We also faced the Seasiders, going down 2-0 at Bloomfield Road with Stan Mortensen bagging both goals, two of his eleven against us. 1957 - Forward Bobby Murdoch made his reds bow as we beat Grimsby Town 3-2 at Anfield, with Billy Liddell scoring twice, including a penalty, and Tony McNamara also on target in this Second Division fixture. This was the last time we played a double-header against the same side on successive days over Christmas, having lost 3-1 at Blundell Park the day before. 1930 – Wing-half Robert Ireland played his only reds game in our 1-1 draw with Grimsby, with Tim Coleman netting the first of his nine strikes past us and Archie McPherson scoring for the reds. Two hundred up 1990 – Gary Gillespie played his 200th reds game as we were held to a 1-1 draw at Queens Park Rangers, with John Barnes on target and Mark Falco netting for the R’s. 1991 – We drew 0-0 at Loftus Road. 1960 – Inside-forward Jimmy Harrower reached a century of reds appearances in our 2-1 defeat of Rotherham United in the Second Division at Anfield. Roger Hunt and Kevin Lewis scored our goals. 1958 – We won another Second Division encounter 1-0 at Millmoor with Jimmy Melia on target. 1961 – We lost 1-0 in the Second Division at Millmoor, with Don Weston netting one of his four goals against the reds in the last minute. Ron Yeats captained the side for the first time as regular skipper Dick White was injured. Beating the Mancs 1978 – We won 3-0 at Manchester United thanks to a Ray Kennedy header and goals from Jimmy Case and David Fairclough to hand Bob Paisley his first win at Old Trafford as boss. 1979 – Alan Hansen and David Johnson netted as we beat United 2-0 at Anfield. 1986 – Norman Whiteside struck the only goal of United’s visit to L4, one of his four against the reds. 1980 – We held them to a goalless draw at Old Trafford, remaining top of the table. 1919 – Another Old Trafford trip ended goalless. 1914 – Fred Pagnam scored as United held us to a 1-1 draw at Anfield. Beating the Rams 2007 - We beat Derby County 2-1 at Pride Park thanks to a very late Steven Gerrard goal after Fernando Torres had given us the lead in the first half. 1988 - We also visited the Rams, with Ian Rush grabbing the only goal of the game at the Baseball Ground. Outpaced by Rovers We have faced Blackburn Rovers four times in top-flight fixtures on Boxing Day. 1903 - Insdie-forward Fred Buck netted his only reds goal as we lost 2-1 at Anfield, with Fred Pentland bagging a brace for the visitors. 2002 - Andy Cole equalised after John Arne Riise’s deflected shot, to score his seventh Premiership goal at Anfield and one of his eleven past the reds in total as we were held to a 1-1 draw in L4. Emile Heskey was playing his hundredth League game for the reds. 2006 - We lost 1-0 at Ewood Park with Benni McCarthy on target, despite dominating for long periods. 2011 - Charlie Adam scored an own goal on the stroke of half-time for Blackburn Rovers at Anfield, with Maxi Rodríguez heading in shortly after the break, with the game ending 1-1. Winning in the Black Country We have won three times at West Bromwich Albion on this day in history. 2004 – We triumphed 5-0 when John Arne Riise struck twice, with Florent Sinama-Pongolle, Steven Gerrard and Luis García also on target. Milan Baroš had a penalty saved, with Cosmin Contra being sent off for the Baggies. 1898 - Hugh Morgan netted the only goal of the game at Stoney Lane. 1983 - Steve Nicol and Graeme Souness struck as we won 2-1 at the Hawthorns. 1900 - We also visited Stoney Lane, losing a friendly 5-2, with Rab Howell and Sam Raybould grabbing our goals. An Anfield milestone 1924 - We played our 500th home League game with Harry Chambers netting the only goal of the game against Notts County. Down to twelfth 1981 - We slipped to twelfth in the League after losing 3-1 at home to Manchester City, with Ronnie Whelan on the scoresheet. Rookie keeper Bruce Grobbelaar was responsible for two of the goals, while Kenny Dalglish was employed ‘in the hole’ behind Ian Rush and Craig Johnston for the first time. Kevin Reeves netted his fourth and final goal against us, with Asa Hartford also on target and Kevin Bond converting a penalty. Phil Thompson lost the captaincy to Graeme Souness following this defeat as we went on to stage the mother of all comebacks to clinch our thirteenth League title. We have faced City four more times on Boxing Day. 1913 – We lost 1-0 away, with Fred Howard nabbing one of his nine goals against the reds in the first minute. 1974 – We won 4-1 at Anfield, when Brian Hall grabbed a brace with Steve Heighway and John Toshack striking the other goals, and Colin Bell netting for the visitors. 1985 – We again lost 1-0 away with Alan Hansen playing his 300th League game for the club. 2013 – We lost 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium despite Philippe Coutinho putting us in front. Vincent Kompany and Álvaro Negredo both replied before the break, with keeper Simon Mignolet at fault for the second. Boxing Day gloom 2012 – We lost 3-1 at Stoke City, with Joe Cole coming off the bench to make his 42nd and final reds appearance. Steven Gerrard opened the scoring from the spot, but Jon Walters and Kenwyne Jones put the home side ahead before a quarter of an hour had elapsed. Walters added his second after the break, another of his seven goals past us. 2000 - We lost our first Boxing Day game since 1986 as Christian Karembeu struck the only goal of the game on an icy pitch at Middlesbrough. 1934 - We also met Boro, with Syd Roberts and Berry Nieuwenhuys on target in a 2-2 draw at Anfield. Tim Coleman and George Camsell each struck one of their nine goals past us. 1998 - We won at the Riverside Stadium when Vegard Heggem’s wonder goal, his first ever reds strike, rounded off a 3-1 win after Michael Owen’s slight touch on a Jamie Carragher shot opened the scoring. Brian Deane equalised with one of eight goals against the reds before Jamie Redknapp put us back in front after Mark Schwarzer was penalised for picking up a back pass. David James was playing his 200th League game for us. Also recently 2009 - Stephen Ward was sent off at Anfield for two bookable offences, with Pepe Reina riling the Wolverhampton Wanderers fans by running most of the length of the pitch to remonstrate with the referee. We won 2-0, with Steven Gerrard and Yossi Benayoun both netting in the second half. 2014 – Keeper Brad Jones played his 27th and last reds game as a Raheem Sterling strike was enough to secure victory at Burnley. He went off injured after only a quarter of an hour. Future red Danny Ings hit a post for the home side. 2017 – We trounced Swansea City 5-0 at Anfield, with Philippe Coutinho and Simon Mignolet both reaching 200 reds games. Coutinho opened the scoring with his 54th and last goal for the club. Roberto Firmino netted twice after the break, with Trent Alexander-Arnold and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also on target. Previously against the Foxes 2015 – We won our 4,000th top-flight League game with Christian Benteke bagging the only goal of the game against Leicester City at Anfield. 1996 – We were held to a 1-1 draw at Anfield by Leicester City to remain top of the table, with Stan Collymore equalising after Steve Claridge had given the visitors the lead. 1994 – We won 2-1 at Filbert Street. David James saved a penalty from Steve Thompson before Robbie Fowler converted from the spot. Ian Rush also netted before Simon Grayson was sent off for the home side. Iwan Roberts bagged a late consolation. 1984 – The Foxes won 2-1 in L4, thanks to one of Gary Lineker’s six goals past us and one of Alan Smith’s nine. Phil Neal scored our goal from the spot. Reds farewells 1973 – Roy Evans played his eleventh and final senior reds game as we lost 2-1 at Burnley. Kevin Keegan missed a penalty after an hour, with Peter Cormack netting our goal late on. 1968 – We were held to a 1-1 draw by the Clarets at Anfield. Chris Lawler scored as we remained on top of the table. 1952 – Billy Liddell scored from the spot as we drew another meeting 1-1 in L4. 1932 - Outside-left Gordon Gunson struck his 26th and final reds goal in our 3-0 defeat of Chelsea at Anfield, with centre-half Tom ‘Tiny’ Bradshaw and centre-forward Harold Barton also netting. 1949 – George Kay took charge of his 300th reds game as we drew 1-1 at Stamford Bridge to stay on top of the table, thanks to a late Willie Fagan goal. 1966 – Willie Stevenson and Roger Hunt netted as we beat the Blues 2-1 in L4, before Bobby Tambling bagged one of his eight goals against the reds. Christmas derby despair We have made the short trip across Stanley Park to face the Blues three times on this day in history, without winning. 1894 – Harry Bradshaw bagged our consolation as we lost a friendly 2-1. 1939 - Matt Busby was on target as we again were beaten 2-1 in a friendly. 1944 - Billy Liddell bagged a brace as we drew 2-2 in the Wartime League. Keetley’s first 1923 - Joe Keetley netted the first of just two reds goals as we lost 2-1 at Newcastle United, with Tommy McDonald bagging a brace. We have also faced the Geordies in the top flight on four more occasions on this day in history. 1912 - Tom Miller was on target twice as we won 2-1 at home, with George Wilson netting the last of his five goals against the reds. 1921 - Harry Chambers bagged the only goal of the game late on at Anfield. 1925 - We lost 3-0 at St. James’ Park as Hughie Gallacher struck one of his eight goals past us, with Jimmy Clark and Tommy Urwin also on target. 1999 - Michael Owen nabbed a brace as we drew 2-2 in the North East. Alan Shearer netted one of his eight goals against the reds, with Duncan Ferguson bagging one of his five past us. Another defeat for Shanks 1959 - Bill Shankly took charge of his first away game for the reds as we lost 3-0 on a slippery pitch at Charlton Athletic, with Jim Fryatt bagging a brace and Sam Lawrie also netting. This was our tenth League defeat of the season. Things soon changed, however, as we lost just three of our remaining nineteen fixtures to finish third, eight points off a promotion spot. Wearside yuletide cheer 1901 - Sunderland won for the third consecutive League season at Anfield, this time by 1-0 in what was Tom Watson’s 200th game in charge. 1910 - They also left L4 with both points with Arthur Goddard netting a penalty in our 2-1 defeat, as Tim Coleman nabbed two of his nine goals against the reds. 1964 - However, we won 3-2 at Roker Park, with Willie Stevenson netting a brace and Gordon Milne also on target. Great Scott 1922 - Oldham Athletic’s League visit to Anfield was played as a benefit game for legendary keeper Elisha Scott. Donald McKinlay and Dick Johnson were on target in a 2-1 win as we welcomed back David Ashworth who had been reds boss until just six days earlier and was now Oldham’s Manager. Sheffield encounters 1993 – We drew 0-0 at Sheffield United. 1989 – Jan Mølby and Ian Rush netted as we beat Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 at Anfield to keep us at the top of the table. Dalian Atkinson nabbed one of his four goals against the reds. 1972 – We won 3-0 at Bramall Lane with Phil Boersma, Chris Lawler and Steve Heighway all on target. 1931 – Archie McPherson struck as we drew 1-1 at Hillsborough, with George Stephenson nabbing the last of his four past us. 1929 – We beat the Blades 2-0 in L4, with Jimmy Smith and Archie McPherson on the scoresheet. Other reds games 1997 – We beat Leeds United 3-1 at Anfield. Michael Owen scored, with Robbie Fowler bagging a brace. 1987 – We won 3-0 at Oxford United thanks to goals from John Aldridge, John Barnes and Steve McMahon. 1977 – Steve Heighway netted as we drew 1-1 at top-of-the-table Nottingham Forest. 1967 – Roger Hunt scored as we were held to a 1-1 draw at Coventry City, with Ian St. John dismissed. 1956 – We thumped Leyton Orient 4-0 in a Second Division fixture at Brisbane Road. Alan A’Court, Alan Arnell and Louis Bimpson all struck in the first half, with Billy Liddell netting after the break. 1935 – Fred Howe struck twice as we won 2-1 at Arsenal, with Joe Hulme nabbing one of his ten goals against the reds. 1933 – We lost 1-0 at Portsmouth as Cliff Parker nabbed the first of his five goals past us. 1908 – Ronald Orr was on target as Nottingham Forest left L4 with a point. 1904 – We beat Barnsley 2-1 in a Second Division encounter at Anfield thanks to goals from Sam Raybould and Bobby Robinson. On the move 2001 - Ex-reds loanee keeper Mark Prudhoe signed for Bradford City. He played eight times for the Bantams before joining Southend United as Player/Coach. 2012 – Future reds Assistant Manager Sean O'Driscoll was sacked as Nottingham Forest boss after just five months in charge, having led them to ten victories in 26 games. Birth and death 2006 – Future red Charlie Adam became a father to Jack. 2010 – Utility player Bill Jones died at the Countess of Chester Hospital. He signed from Hayfield St. Matthews in September 1938 and scored seventeen times in 277 games for us, with his appearances including the 1950 FA Cup Final when he was preferred to Bob Paisley. Bill won two significant medals in the 1940’s - first he was awarded a Military Medal for his part in the crossing of the Rhine in the Second World War, and then he won a League title medal in 1947 on his return to Anfield. His grandson Rob later represented the reds in defence on 243 occasions in the 1990’s.
Five for young Robbie 1993 - Robbie Fowler scored all five goals as we thumped Fulham in a League Cup Second Round tie at Anfield, having already scored on his club debut in the first leg. Only four other reds have scored five times in the same game. A premier millennium 2008 – We went in 2-0 down at half time at Manchester City. A Stephen Ireland volley was City’s hundredth home League goal against the reds, while a Javier Garrido free-kick four minutes before the break ensured City reached 200 goals against us in all competitions. Fernando Torres netted our thousandth goal in the Premier League before heading in a second to draw us level after Pablo Zabaleta was dismissed for a foul on Xabi Alonso. Dirk Kuyt grabbed a dramatic stoppage-time winner as we won 3-2, while Martin Škrtel suffered a posterior cruciate ligament injury that kept him out of action for over two months. 1914 – We thumped City 6-3 in our Lancashire Senior Cup Second Round tie at their old Hyde Road ground. Jimmy Nicholl and Fred Pagnam bagged a brace each, with Phil Bratley and Billy Lacey also on target. A Czech treble 1997 - Patrik Berger bagged his only hat-trick in English football as we beat Chelsea 4-2 at Anfield, with Robbie Fowler netting the other late on, and Stig Inge Bjørnebye playing his hundredth League game for us. Chelsea’s Bernard Lambourde had been sent off shortly before the half-hour mark, with the score still level at 1-1 after Gianfranco Zola’s equaliser. Gustavo Poyet scored from the spot late on for the Blues. Sadio’s half century 2019 - Sadio Mané scored his fiftieth League goal for the reds as he reached a century of League outings for us in our 2-1 defeat of Leicester City at Anfield. James Maddison equalised late on, but James Milner converted a stoppage-time penalty to secure victory after Mané was felled, our eighth straight League win from the start of the season. 1929 – We lost a First Division encounter 2-1 at Filbert Street, despite Jimmy Smith giving us an early lead. After the break, Arthur Lochhead scored one of his five goals past the reds with Ernie Hine netting one of his ten for Leicester against us as we came under the cosh. Stevie again 2013 - Steven Gerrard scored in his fifteenth consecutive League season, a new club record, converting a penalty as we beat Crystal Palace 3-1 at Anfield. Luis Suárez and Daniel Sturridge had both already struck as we raced into a three-goal lead. Dwight Gayle headed in a second-half consolation, the first of his five goals past us to date. Happy birthday to the long pork sausage 1971 – Former first-team coach and centre-back Mauricio Pellegrino was born in Leones in Argentina. He arrived at Anfield with an impressive reputation, having previously won the Spanish League three times and the UEFA Cup, as well as appearing in two Champions League Finals. However, he rarely impressed in his thirteen reds games, and moved on to Deportivo Alavés after just five months in L4. He returned to the club in a coaching capacity in June 2008, following Rafael Benítez to Internazionale in the summer of 2010. Double treble 1940 - Denis Westcott scored four goals and South African outside-right Berry Nieuwenhuys netted a hat-trick as we trounced Chester 9-1 in a Wartime League fixture at Anfield. Bob Paisley and George Drury netted the others. Other birthdays 1905 - Scottish forward Dave Wright was born in Kirkcaldy. He bagged 35 goals in exactly a century of reds games after signing from Sunderland in March 1930. He remained at Anfield until July 1934, when he joined Hull City for £1,000. 1938 - Inside-forward Alan Banks was born in Liverpool. He signed from Rankin Boys in August 1956, turning professional in May 1958. He struck six times in just eight games for the reds, leaving for Cambridge City in July 1961 and going on to enjoy far greater success in the lower divisions, netting more than two hundred goals. 1968 - Reserves winger John Jeffers was born in Liverpool. He never made our first-team, but was a regular for Port Vale after moving there in December 1988. He also turned out for Shrewsbury Town and Stockport County. 2004 - Kaide Gordon was born in Derby. He arrived from Derby County in February 2021 for an initial fee reported to be £1m, making his senior bow in our League Cup Third Round tie at Norwich City seven months later. Mixed derby fortunes 1907 - Jack Cox, brothers Charlie and Joe Hewitt, and Alex Raisbeck all struck as we won 4-2 at Goodison Park. Jimmy Settle netted the last of his eleven goals past us, with Harry Makepeace also on target. 1912 - We lost 2-0 in another First Division meeting, this time at home. Tommy Browell scored one of his seven goals against the reds, with Ernie Gault also on the scoresheet. 1918 - Arthur Metcalf and Harold Wadsworth struck as we lost 4-2 in a Wartime League fixture at Anfield. In comes Roy 1965 - Reds stalwart Roy Evans signed on at Anfield as a professional, the day after his seventeenth birthday. One of the club’s greatest servants, he served as fan, left-back, reserves coach, Assistant Manager and then finally the top job for four years. He only made eleven first team appearances before injury cut his career short. A rare excursion up front 1899 - Centre-half Alex Raisbeck played the first of two matches at centre-forward, in our 2-1 defeat by Notts County at Trent Bridge, with Jack Cox netting our consolation as Tom Watson reached a century of League games in charge. Big post-war wins 1946 - We thumped Grimsby Town 6-1 at Blundell Park, thanks to a brace apiece from Albert Stubbins and Billy Liddell, a Willie Fagan penalty and a Jack Balmer goal. 1957 - We hit five without reply at home to Doncaster Rovers in a Second Division fixture, with Tony Rowley and Jimmy Melia both netting twice and Louis Bimpson also on the scoresheet. 1963 - Ian St. John, Ian Callaghan and Peter Thompson were all on target as we beat Aston Villa 5-2 at Anfield, with the scoring rounded out by a double from Roger Hunt. Future red Tony Hateley bagged the first two of his five goals against us. Lee’s debut 1994 - Forward Lee Jones made his reds bow as a substitute for Steve McManaman in a 4-1 League Cup win at Burnley as we reached the Third Round 6-1 on aggregate. Jamie Redknapp bagged a brace with Robbie Fowler on target and Nigel Clough scoring his ninth and final reds goal. Liam Robinson bagged a late consolation for the Clarets. 1968 - We also won at Burnley when Peter Thompson and Geoff Strong struck in our 4-0 top-flight win, after Roger Hunt had grabbed a first-half brace. Underneath the floodlights 1960 - We won the first leg of the Floodlight Challenge Cup, beating Everton 3-1 at Anfield. Dave Hickson, Roger Hunt and Johnny Morrissey bagged our goals. The return was not played for another year, when we drew 2-2 to claim the trophy for the third and final time. Management moves 1995 – Roy Hodgson was appointed Manager of Internazionale. He led them to seventh in his first season, and then to third and the UEFA Cup Final in the following campaign. He was then tempted to return to England to take over at Blackburn Rovers in the summer of 1997. 2009 - Steve Staunton was named as Darlington boss, taking over two days later. He was sacked in March 2010 with the Quakers at the bottom of the League and facing relegation to the Conference. He had won just four of his 23 League matches in charge. Young debutants 2011 – Jack Robinson struck his first goal for England Under-19’s while winning his fifth cap in their 2-2 draw with France in the Limoges Tournament. Adam Morgan made his debut at this level, with Conor Coady skippering the side. On the same day, future red Tiago Ilori struck his only goal for Portugal at this level in the same competition as they drew 1-1 with Ukraine. 2001 - Chris Kirkland won his first England Under-21’s cap as a reds player, playing alongside future red Jermaine Pennant in their 2-1 defeat of Greece in a European Championships qualifier at Ewood Park. On the same day, future red Christian Poulsen won his eighth and last Under-21’s cap as Denmark thumped Iceland 4-0 in another qualifier in Odense. 2017 – Emre Can, Philippe Coutinho, Jordan Henderson, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, future reds Alisson Becker and Andy Robertson, and ex-reds Raheem Sterling and Luis Suárez all featured in World Cup qualifiers, with Corey Whelan and future red Kostas Tsimikas playing at Under-21’s level. On the move 2020 – Three ex-reds were on the move. Winger Bobby Adekanye joined Cádiz on loan from S.S. Lazio, with forward Jerome Sinclair making a temporary switch from Watford to CSKA Sofia. Adekanye only made five appearances before his loan was ended early, with Sinclair scoring three times in 27 outings. Meanwhile, winger Kristoffer Peterson left Swansea City to sign for Fortuna Düsseldorf, having struck once in just twelve games for the Swans. Other reds games 1985 – We lost 2-1 at Queens Park Rangers despite Paul Walsh giving us the lead. Terry Fenwick bagged the first of his four goals against the reds, with Gary Bannister netting the winner. 1983 – We beat Brentford 4-1 in the first leg of our League Cup Second Round tie at Griffin Park. Ian Rush nabbed a brace with Michael Robinson and Graeme Souness also on target. 1982 – Ian Rush netted twice as we won 2-1 at Ipswich Town in another League Cup Second Round first leg. Future red John Wark then scored one of his four goals past us. 1974 – Ray Kennedy bagged the only goal of our trip to Carlisle United. 1971 – Steve Heighway was on target as we beat Southampton 1-0 in a League Cup Third Round tie at Anfield. 1935 – We lost 2-0 at Sunderland as George Goddard scored before Raich Carter nabbed one of his six goals past the reds. 1901 – Tommy Robertson struck as we held Derby County to a 1-1 draw at their Baseball Ground. 1895 – We lost 1-0 in a Second Division encounter at Newcastle United. Signing on again 2012 - Daniel Agger signed a new contract. He joined the reds from Brøndby IF for £5.8m in January 2006, notching fourteen times in 232 games before returning to his old club in Denmark in August 2014 for a reported £3m. 2013 – Jason McAteer got married for the second time, this time to Lucy Edwards, in St Mary’s Cathedral in Limerick. International goalscorers 1996 - Ex-red Dean Saunders scored the consolation as Wales lost 3-1 in Cardiff to the Netherlands in a World Cup qualifier. Also in World Cup action that day were ex-red Jim Magilton and future red Gary McAllister, while future red John Arne Riise won his ninth and last cap for Norway Under-15’s as they lost 1-0 to Scotland in a tournament game in Poland. 2008 – Future red Christian Benteke scored for Belgium Under-19’s in their 2-1 friendly defeat of Kazakhstan in Estonia.
A European treble 1984 - John Wark bagged a hat-trick as we beat Polish champions Lech Poznań 4-0 at Anfield to progress to the Second Round of the European Cup 5-0 on aggregate, having also scored our goal in the away leg. Paul Walsh was also on target that night. Debutants 1903 - Jack Parkinson scored on his reds debut in our 2-1 win at Small Heath, with left-half George Fleming also on the scoresheet, scoring from the rebound after his own spot-kick was saved. 1926 - We also beat Birmingham City, as they were by then known, in the top flight with Vic Wright and Phil Taylor netting in our 2-0 win at Anfield. 1972 - Trevor Storton made his reds bow in our 1-1 League Cup Third Round draw at West Bromwich Albion, with Steve Heighway netting our goal late on and Asa Hartford on target for the home side. We won the Anfield replay 2-1 a week later, making it as far as the Fifth Round that season. Euro disappointment 2007 - Olympique de Marseille became the first French side to win at Anfield, at the tenth attempt, when they won 1-0 in a Champions League group game, with Eric Gerets in charge of the visitors for the first time and ex-reds Djibril Cissé and Bolo Zenden both featuring. The reds produced a very lacklustre performance as Mathieu Valbuena grabbed the only goal. “That could be the worst performance of my time here”, Rafael Benítez said. “It was very bad, a very bad game.” 2018 – We lost 1-0 in the opening game of our UEFA Champions League group at SSC Napoli, with Lorenzo Insigne bagging the late winner. For Bill 1981 - A minute’s silence was held before our First Division meeting with Swansea City at Anfield in honour of Bill Shankly, who had died four days earlier. Terry McDermott netted both our goals from the spot as we came from two goals down to draw 2-2. The Swans were managed by ex-red John Toshack, who was wearing a Liverpool shirt in Shanks’ honour. Leighton James converted a penalty with Bob Latchford netting the last of his five goals past us. 1959 - We also faced Swansea, when they were Town rather than City, losing by the odd goal in nine at the Vetch Field, with our goals coming from a Jimmy Melia penalty, Roger Hunt, and a Ronnie Moran free-kick after we had initially taken the lead through a Malcolm Kennedy own goal. We went 3-1 down inside 22 minutes thanks to goals from Peter Davies, the last of Len Allchurch’s five goals against the reds and Colin Webster, but fought back to level the game. The eventual winner, Brayley Reynolds’ second goal, who eventually netted seven goals past us, came just two minutes from time. Reds keeper Doug Rudham suffered from double vision throughout the match. Happy birthdays 1984 - Anthony Le Tallec was born in Hennebont. The young Frenchman 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. 1929 - Outside-right Tony McNamara was born in Liverpool. He signed from Everton for £4,000 in December 1957 after spending seven seasons across Stanley Park, but only played ten first-team games before joining Crewe Alexandra in July 1958. 1979 - Ex-reserves midfielder Layton Maxwell was born in St. Asaph in Wales. He only made one first-team appearance, scoring in front of the Kop in our 4-2 League Cup defeat of Hull City in September 1999. Seven on the bounce for the Blues 1914 - Everton won in the League for the seventh consecutive season at Anfield, this time 5-0 - a record run for any club, with Bobby Parker bagging three of his eight goals against us, including one from the spot, with Joe Clennell adding the first two of his seven strikes past us. Keeper Kenny Campbell had to leave the pitch after one minute when the referee spotted he was wearing a blue jersey! Defender Phil Bratley made his reds debut in this game which remains our record home derby defeat. We have also lost another two derbies on this day in history. 1908 – We went down 1-0 at Anfield with George Barlow scoring. 1896 – We lost 2-1 at Goodison when Jimmy Ross nabbed our consolation. Alfred Milward and future red Abe Hartley had put the Blues in front. Also in Europe 1973 - We beat Jeunesse D’Esch from Luxembourg 2-0 at Anfield to reach the Second Round of the European Cup 3-1 on aggregate, with an own goal from Léon Mond getting the scoring going straight after half-time, and John Toshack also on the scoresheet. 1979 - We were knocked out at the same stage, for the second consecutive season, losing 3-0 to Dinamo Tbilisi on a rainy night in the USSR, with all the goals coming in the second half, having only won the first leg 2-1. A new low 2010 – We lost 2-1 at home to Blackpool, with future red Charlie Adam opening the scoring from the spot before Luke Varney doubled the visitors’ lead. Sotirios Kyrgiakos pulled a goal back, the club’s 9,000th in all competitions, but we failed to produce a fight-back with the away side warmly applauded off at the end of the match. Red jocks 1964 - Ron Yeats made his Scotland debut in their 3-2 British International Championships defeat by Wales at Ninian Park. On the same day, Gordon Milne and Peter Thompson both played in England’s 4-3 win in Northern Ireland in the same competition. 1959 - Ian St. John won his second cap in Scotland’s 4-0 defeat in Northern Ireland, while still a Motherwell player. The Scots were managed by Andy Beattie, who had guested for the reds at full-back during the Second World War, and later spent some time on our backroom staff. He managed a host of clubs as well as the Scotland national side, working with Bill Shankly at Huddersfield Town, having played alongside him at Preston North End. 1891 - Future red Matt McQueen, who played in an unofficial international at the Ibrox Stadium, with the Scots thumping Canada 5-1. For Emlyn 1978 – A testimonial dinner was held for skipper Emlyn Hughes at Formby FC. Ex-Blue Joe Mercer was guest speaker, with comedian Sonny Jones providing the jokes. Guests were treated to cream of chicken soup, followed by a roast turkey dinner, rounded off with peaches and cream. Mixed fortunes against the Blues We have faced Chelsea three times in the top flight on this day in history. 2004 - We lost to a Joe Cole goal at Stamford Bridge. 1970 - Alun Evans netted the only goal of the game at Anfield, with Bobby Graham breaking his leg. 1931 - We were beaten 2-0 in West London, with Alex Jackson bagging the last two of his four goals past us. Hosting the Owls We have twice hosted Sheffield Wednesday in top-flight encounters at Anfield on this day in history. 1953 - Bob Paisley and Louis Bimpson were on target as we drew 2-2. Dennis Woodhead scored one of his four goals against the reds, with Jackie Sewell also netting. 1992 - Don Hutchison bagged the only goal of the game ten minutes from time, as we kept our first clean sheet of the season in our fifteenth fixture. This was Ian Rush’s 500th League game for the reds. Big Anfield wins 1987 - We beat Alan Ball’s Portsmouth 4-0 as we scored four for the third consecutive League game. Peter Beardsley, Steve McMahon and Ronnie Whelan bagged our goals, to add to a spot-kick from John Aldridge. Aldo had now scored in all of our first eight League games, and nine reds games in a row in all, with the reds notching a total of 24 goals in those eight fixtures. 1942 - Cyril Done struck twice as we beat Bury 5-2 in a Wartime League fixture, with George Mills and Michael Hulligan adding to a Gemmall own goal. International beginning and end 1951 - Ex-reds centre-half Allenby Chilton won his second and final England cap in their 2-2 friendly draw with France at Highbury. 2001 – Future red Alberto Aquilani won his first cap for Italy Under-19’s as they beat Lithuania 2-0. On target 2009 – Krisztián Németh scored for Hungary Under-20’s in the World Championship Finals as Hungary beat the United Arab Emirates 2-0 in a group game in Egypt, with Péter Gulácsi also featuring. 2018 – Ki-Jana Hoever scored for the Dutch Under-17’s as they won a European Championships qualifier 6-4 in Sweden. In and outs 1898 – Scottish half-back Barney Battles left the reds to join Celtic for a third spell. 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 for the club. 2007 – Former reds half-back Johnny Wheeler’s wife Freda died. On the same day, Dani Pacheco played for Spain Under-17’s as they won a European Championships qualifier 3-0 in Andorra. 2012 - Ryland Morgans was appointed as Head of Fitness & Conditioning, having previously worked under Brendan Rodgers at Swansea City. 2014 - Daniel Sturridge signed a new contract, having netted 36 times in 52 reds games to date. He eventually moved on to Trabzonspor in August 2019. Other reds games 1936 – Vic Wright and Phil Taylor netted as we beat Birmingham City 2-0 at Anfield. 1925 – We lost 2-1 at Burnley, with Harry Chambers bagging our late consolation. Digger off the mark 1981 - Future red John Barnes scored his first Watford goal as they beat Barnsley 3-1 at Vicarage Road. Also in international action 1996 – Future red John Arne Riise played for Norway Under-15’s as they beat Wales 3-1 in a tournament game in Poland.