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  1. Will

    22nd October

    In comes Chico 1981 - Steve Nicol signed from Ayr United for £300,000. He played 468 times across the defence and midfield, scoring 46 times and helping us to four League titles, European Cup, three FA Cups and an FA Charity Shield, as well as being named the Football Writers’ Player of the Year in 1989. He left the club to sign for Notts County on a free transfer in January 1995. 1983 – He grabbed his first reds goal, a late winner in our 1-0 League victory at Queens Park Rangers. Lawler leaves 1975 – Full-back Chris Lawler left the reds to join Portsmouth, then managed by Ian St. John. He signed pro terms on his seventeenth birthday in October 1960, striking 61 times in 549 reds appearances as he helped us to win two League titles, an FA Cup, UEFA Cup and FA Charity Shield. He later returned to the club in the 1980’s as Reserve Team Manager. Reds in Moscow 2002 - We became the first English team to beat Spartak Moskva on their own patch as we came from behind through a Michael Owen hat-trick of header, left-foot and right-foot shots handed us a 3-1 Champions League group win. Grégory Vignal suffered the rare indignity of coming on as a substitute, and then later himself being substituted. 1992 - David Burrows had to play the last six minutes of our European Cup Winners’ Cup game at the same club in goal, after Bruce Grobbelaar was sent off with the score at 2-2. We went on to lose 4-2, with Mark Wright and Steve McManaman having netted for the reds and Mark Walters hitting the post. Valeri Karpin bagged a brace, including one from the spot, with Nikolai Pisarev and Igor Lediakov also netting. In and out 1937 – Inside-left Willie Fagan signed from Preston North End for £8,000, a record deal for a teenager. He netted 57 goals in 182 reds games, helping to fire us to the League title in 1947 and the FA Cup Final three years later. He finally left Anfield in January 1952 to join Belfast Distillery. 1915 – Forward Bob McDougall left the reds to join Falkirk. He had signed from St. Cuthbert Wanderers in November 1913, netting once in eight outings. Most recently 2016 – Adam Lallana played his hundredth game for the club as we beat West Bromwich Albion 2-1 in a League encounter at Anfield. Sadio Mané and Philippe Coutinho put us two goals ahead at the break, with Gareth McAuley nabbing a late consolation for the Baggies. 2017 – We lost 4-1 to Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley Stadium in front of a ten Premier League record crowd of 80,827. Harry Kane and Heung-min Son scored early as we reached a thousand goals conceded in the Premier League. Mohamed Salah brought us back into the game, but Delle Alli netted on the stroke of half time to restore the home side’s two-goal lead, with Kane adding another of his six goals past us to date after the break. Robbie on target 2008 - Robbie Keane gave us the lead at Club Atlético de Madrid when we played at the Estadio Vicente Calderón in the group stage of the Champions League, with Simão Sabrosa netting a late equaliser to ensure we left with a share of the spoils. Rafael Benítez also rested Keane, Steven Gerrard and Xabi Alonso as the second half progressed. In the lead-up to the game, UEFA had originally decided that the match would have to be played in another city, due to crowd trouble at their previous game against Olympique de Marseille. Also recently 2015 – We were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Russian side Rubin Kazan in our UEFA Europa League group game. We came from behind with Emre Can netting our goal before the break in what was Jürgen Klopp’s first game at Anfield as Manager. Oleg Kuzmin was sent off for the visitors. 2011 – We were held to a 1-1 draw at Anfield by Norwich City. Ex-Canary Craig Bellamy opened the scoring on the stroke of half time, but Grant Holt equalised after an hour. Luis Suárez had eleven shots on goal as we failed to make our domination count. Doni’s day 1979 – Former substitute keeper Alexander Doni was born in Jundiaí, São Paulo. He arrived on a free transfer from Roma in July 2011 and played four senior games, as well as sitting on the bench on another 46 occasions before joining Botafogo in his native Brazil for free. He retired from playing in August 2013 after a series of heart problems. More births and a death 2009 – Full-back Ray Lambert died. He joined the reds when he was just thirteen and went on to make 341 first-team appearances, netting just twice, including being part of the 1947 title-winning side. He also won five caps for Wales. 1938 - George Gillett Jr. was born in Racine, Wisconsin. The then owner of the Montreal Canadiens ice hockey team brought fellow American Tom Hicks on board and took over the club in February 2007. He was eventually forced to sell up in October 2010. 1966 - Mark Seagraves was born in Bootle. He only made two reds appearances before joining Manchester City in September 1987. He was Reserve Team Coach at Derby County until December 2008, working with fellow ex-red Paul Jewell. Merseyside rivalry on the international stage 1928 - Dixie Dean scored as England beat Elisha Scott’s Northern Ireland 2-1 at Goodison Park. He remains the most recent Everton scorer past a Liverpool goalkeeper at full international level. Future reds defenders Ernie Blenkinsop and Tom Cooper both lined up alongside Dean. Sir Roger for England 1966 - Roger Hunt netted as England won 2-0 in Northern Ireland in a European Championships qualifier, in a game that also counted towards the British International Championships. Thousands of games 1955 - We played our 2,000th League game, winning our Second Division encounter at Bury 4-1, thanks to a brace apiece from Alan Arnell and Billy Liddell. 2006 - We deservedly lost 2-0 at Manchester United in what was our 5,000th official match, and Steven Gerrard’s 350th reds game. Paul Scholes and Rio Ferdinand struck the goals. 1927 – Right-half Jock McNab played his 200th League game for the reds as we lost 2-1 at Bolton Wanderers. Dick Edmed put us in front, but Harold Blackmore netted the first of his five goals against the reds and Ted Vizard also struck. Also in Europe 1975 - We won 3-1 at Real Sociedad in our UEFA Cup Second Round first leg encounter, with Steve Heighway, Ian Callaghan and Phil Thompson all on the scoresheet. This was an especially notable result as the Spanish outfit had been unbeaten at home in the League for the previous two years. Future Assistant Manager Pako Ayestarán attended this game with his mum, at the age of twelve. 1980 - Terry McDermott netted the only goal of the game inside five minutes at Alex Ferguson’s Aberdeen in our European Cup tie at the same stage. 2014 – We lost 3-0 to Real Madrid in our UEFA Champions League group game, our biggest ever home defeat in Europe. Cristiano Ronaldo struck before Karim Benzema bagged a brace, the first of his four past us to date, with all the goals coming before the break. Derby spoils shared 1977 - Everton held us to a goalless draw at Anfield. Anfield debutants 1988 - David Burrows made his reds bow in our goalless draw with Coventry City, with midfielder Kevin MacDonald playing his 64th and last game for the club before joining the Sky Blues in May 1989. 1994 - Forward Lee Jones made his League debut as a substitute in our 3-0 defeat of Wimbledon. He never made a first-team start, leaving for Tranmere Rovers in May 1997. Steve McManaman, Robbie Fowler and John Barnes struck that day. Lucas’s last 1932 - Full-back Tommy Lucas played his 366th and final reds game as we lost 3-2 to Arsenal in a top-flight fixture at Anfield. Dave Wright and Gordon Hodgson were on target for the reds, with Cliff Bastin bagging two of his four goals past us and Tim Coleman netting one of his nine strikes against the reds. Inside-left Archie McPherson reached a century of League games for the club. Trebles for and against 1892 - Forward John Miller scored a hat-trick in our 5-0 win at Higher Walton in the Lancashire League, with Tom Wyllie adding a brace. 1923 – Centre-half David Pratt bagged a treble as we beat Blackpool 4-0 at Anfield in a Lancashire Senior Cup Third Round tie, with Jimmy Walsh also on target. 1910 - Albert Shepherd scored four goals for Newcastle United for the second successive season against us as they thumped us 6-1 at St. James’ Park, the last of his eleven goals past us. Ernest Peake nabbed our consolation, the first of his six reds goals. Jimmy Stewart scored one of his five goals against the reds, with Sandy Higgins also netting. 1949 - We also faced the Geordies when Billy Liddell and Kevin Baron struck as they held us to a 2-2 draw at Anfield in another First Division fixture. Robert Mitchell bagged one of his eight strikes against the reds, with Tom Thompson also on target. A win at the Lane at last 1921 - We secured our first ever victory away to Tottenham Hotspur at the eighth attempt, with Harry Beadles heading in the only goal of the game after Dick Forshaw’s volley had rebounded back off the crossbar. International debuts 1989 - Jari Litmanen won his first Finnish cap, while still a Reipas Lahti player, as they won 1-0 at Trinidad & Tobago in a friendly. 1921 - Tommy Lucas won his first cap for England in their 1-1 draw with Northern Ireland in the British International Championships at Windsor Park, with clubmates Elisha Scott and Billy Lacey in action for the home side. 1927 - Future red Tom Cooper made his England debut in the same fixture, with Elisha Scott’s side triumphing 2-0. 2015 – Bobby Adekanye made his debut for the Dutch Under-17’s in their 2-1 European Championships qualifying defeat in Wales, with Ben Woodburn also featuring. Meanwhile, Ozan Kabak captained Turkey Under-16’s in their 4-1 friendly win in Italy and fellow future red Ibrahima Konaté played as France Under-17’s won a European Championships qualifier 3-0 in Israel. 1924 - Billy Lacey won his first cap as a New Brighton player, and last for Northern Ireland, in their 3-1 defeat by England at Goodison Park. Lacey won a total of eighteen caps for Ireland, eight for Northern Ireland and then three for the Republic of Ireland. 2008 – Future red Jonjo Shelvey made his debut for England Under-17’s in their goalless European Championships qualifying draw with Armenia in Spain. 1969 - Future reds coach Joe Corrigan won his only cap for England Under-23’s as they beat the USSR 2-0 in a friendly at Old Trafford. Emlyn Hughes was also in the side. On the same day, Peter Cormack won his final cap as a Hibernian player as Scotland lost 3-2 to West Germany in a European Championships qualifier in Hamburg, while future red John Toshack played for the senior Welsh side in their 3-1 qualifying defeat by East Germany in Cardiff. Heading for Olympic gold 1908 - Arthur Berry was in the United Kingdom side that thumped the Netherlands 4-0 in the Semi-final of the Olympics at White City Stadium. Undefeated at The Dell 1995 - We came from behind to win 3-1 at Southampton in a Premiership encounter, with Jamie Redknapp adding to a Steve McManaman brace. Matt Le Tissier was sent off for the home side after two cautions. 1985 - Paul Walsh netted late on as we drew 1-1 there in the Screen Sport Super Cup, with David Armstrong scoring one of his four goals against us. Mixed fortunes at Turf Moor 1898 - We lost 2-1 at Burnley in a top-flight game, with Hugh Morgan bagging our consolation. 1904 - Jack Cox and Bobby Robinson were on target as we won 2-0 in a Second Division encounter. Robinson also had a penalty saved by Clarets keeper Billy Green in what was Tom Watson’s 300th game in charge of the reds. Other reds games 2005 – We lost 2-0 at Fulham thanks to goals from Collins John and Luis Boa Morte. 1960 – We beat Huddersfield Town 4-2 in a Second Division encounter at Leeds Road. Kevin Lewis and Roger Hunt struck before Les Massie bagged the last of his four goals against the reds. Alan A’Court restored our two-goal lead but Ken Taylor netted for the Terriers before Dave Hickson completed the scoring. 1938 – We drew 2-2 at Wolverhampton Wanderers. Phil Taylor and Berry Nieuwenhuys struck for the reds, with Dennis Westcott nabbing one of his nine past us and Alex McIntosh also scoring for the home side. On the move 2013 – Young defender Andre Wisdom joined Derby County on loan for the rest of the season, impressing as they reached the Championship Play-off Final at Wembley as he failed to score in 38 outings. 2010 - Former substitute keeper Tony Warner signed for Sc***horpe United. He played twice for the Iron before joining Tranmere Rovers three months later. 1993 - Jimmy Case joined Third Division Darlington from Wrexham on a free transfer. He only made one appearance before moving on to Sittingbourne. Alberto again 2003 – Alberto Aquilani won his second and final cap for Italy Under-20’s in their 2-0 defeat by Switzerland. Michael Owen’s soccer skills over 1999 - The sixth and final part of “Michael Owen’s Soccer Skills” aired on BBC2 at 6.00pm.
  2. Will

    19th October

    In comes Razor 1987 - Ray Houghton signed from Oxford United for £825,000. He went on to strike 38 times in 202 reds games, helping us to two League titles, two FA Cups and the FA Charity Shield in his five years at Anfield. He was sold to Aston Villa for £900,000 in July 1992, as Graeme Souness tried to reduce the number of non-Englishmen in the squad, to comply with UEFA regulations for European competition. In comes Hugh 1894 - Centre-forward Hugh Henderson signed from Third Lanark. He only made two appearances for the reds, both convincing defeats. A new competition 1960 - We played our first ever League Cup game, drawing 1-1 with Luton Town at Anfield in a Second Round tie. Wing-half Tommy Leishman scored our first goal in the competition, with David Brogan on target for the visitors. European Cup adventures We have lost just one of our five European games on this day in history, progressing to the next stage on each occasion. 1966 – We beat Romanians Petrolul Ploieşti 2-0 in a Preliminary Round replay in Brussels, when Ian St. John and Peter Thompson netted to take us through. 2004 - We were held to a goalless draw at home by Real Club Deportivo de La Coruña in the group stages of our glorious Champions League campaign. 2005 - Djibril Cissé grabbed the only goal of the game as we won at Royal Sporting Club Anderlecht in another group game. 1977 - Jimmy Case netted twice with Alan Hansen scoring his first reds goal as we started the defence of our crown by thumping Dynamo Dresden 5-1 at Anfield. Phil Neal converted a penalty, with Ray Kennedy also on target. 1982 - We had two goals disallowed for offside as we lost 1-0 at HJK Helsinki in the first leg of our Second Round tie, but went on to win the return 5-0. 1983 - We were held to a goalless draw at Anfield by Athletic Bilbao at the same stage, although we won in Spain. On target again 2014 – We scored in a club record eighteenth consecutive top-flight away game, eventually winning a topsy-turvy game 3-2 at Queens Park Rangers, despite the score being just 1-0 with three minutes of normal time remaining. We went ahead after Richard Dunne put through his own net before Leroy Fer twice struck the crossbar for the home side. Eduardo Vargas equalised before Philippe Coutinho put us back in front on ninety minutes. Vargas’s header was deflected in off Steven Gerrard in stoppage time, but future red Steven Caulker then diverted Raheem Sterling’s cross into his own net to hand us all three points. 1974 – We won 1-0 at Loftus Road with Brian Hall on the scoresheet early on as full-back Chris Lawler played his 400th League game for the reds. First strikes 1985 - Craig Johnston’s goal at Old Trafford was the first that Manchester United had conceded at home that season, as we drew 1-1 with Paul McGrath on target for the home side. 2002 - Salif Diao scored his first League goal to give us a 1-0 win at Leeds United, in Gérard Houllier’s 150th League match in sole charge, which took us to the top of the table. 1912 - Centre-half Bob Ferguson scored his first reds goal as we beat Blackburn Rovers 4-1 at Anfield. Arthur Metcalf netted a brace, with Arthur Goddard slotting home a penalty while Walter Aitkenhead bagged one of his four goals past us. Stevie’s century 2013 - Steven Gerrard scored his hundredth League goal as we drew 2-2 at Newcastle United, with Luis Suárez reaching a century of reds games. Yohan Cabaye opened the scoring for the home side from long range, with Gerrard equalising from the spot as Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa was sent off for a foul on Suárez. Paul Dummett volleyed in after the break, with Daniel Sturridge also on target. Jack born 1928 - Centre-half Jack Heydon was born in Birkenhead. He made 67 appearances at right- and centre-back after signing on a free transfer from Everton in January 1949, where he had been an amateur. He stayed at Anfield until May 1953 when he joined Millwall, but later returned to Merseyside to play for Tranmere Rovers. 1932 – Right-back Don Campbell was born in Bootle. He joined the reds in November 1950, netting twice in 48 games before moving on to Crewe Alexandra in July 1958. 1983 – Keeper Andy Lonergan was born in Preston. He joined the reds last August, but has yet to feature in the first team. 2001 – Midfielder Leighton Clarkson was born in Blackburn. He made two senior appearances in cup competitions in his first two seasons as a pro, being rewarded with a new contract in July 2020. Half a century high 1896 - We left Bramall Lane with a 1-1 draw after our fiftieth away League game. Tom ‘Tiny’ Bradshaw notched our goal. Done a treble 1946 - Cyril Done scored a hat-trick in our 4-1 victory in a top-flight fixture at Huddersfield Town, with Jack Balmer bagging the other after he had had a penalty saved. Ray Minshull made his reds bow in goal in the absence of both Cyril Sidlow and Charlie Ashcroft. Up against the Trotters We have twice faced Bolton Wanderers on this day in history. 1935 - Our top-flight trip to Burnden Park ended goalless. 1918 - We won a Wartime League fixture at home 6-1, with Thomas Green netting twice and John Bamber, Arthur Metcalf, Harry Lewis and Harold Wadsworth all on target. Into the Hall of Fame 2006 - Alan Hansen, Roger Hunt and Ian Rush were all inducted into the National Football Museum’s Hall of Fame. They joined Bill Shankly, Kenny Dalglish, John Barnes, Kevin Keegan and Bob Paisley on the list of legends, with Peter Beardsley and Graeme Souness among those subsequently being included. 2016 – Mark Lawrenson and Billy Liddell both joined the trio in the Hall of Fame. Irish firsts 1988 - John Aldridge scored his first full international goal on his twentieth appearance, as the Republic of Ireland beat Tunisia 4-0 in a friendly at Lansdowne Road. In fact, this was his only Irish goal as a reds player. Steve Staunton made his first appearance in the same game, with ex-red Ken DeMange claiming his second and final cap and Ray Houghton also featuring. Ex-red Kevin Sheedy was also on the scoresheet. John Barnes, Peter Beardsley, Steve Nicol and future red Glenn Hysén all featured in World Cup qualifiers that day. Double debutants 1946 - Ray Lambert and Cyril Sidlow both made their senior debuts for Wales as Scotland beat them 3-1 in the British International Championships at the Racecourse Ground. Billy Liddell won his second cap for the winning side. Final caps 1994 - Brad Friedel won his last cap as a UCLA player, his 27th in total, as the USA lost 2-1 in a friendly in Saudi Arabia. 1988 - Dean Saunders scored from the spot while winning his final cap as an Oxford United player in Wales’ 2-2 World Cup qualifying draw with Finland in Swansea. Ian Rush also played, while future reds Assistant Manager Colin Pascoe won his first cap as a Sunderland player, with István Kozma also in action. 1986 - Future red Stig Inge Bjørnebye won his fourth and last Under-16’s cap for Norway in their 3-2 win in Denmark. 1957 – Future reds centre-forward Des Palmer won his third and last cap for Wales as they were thumped 4-0 by England in the British International Championships at Ninian Park. Elisha twice Keeper Elisha Scott twice represented Northern Ireland in Belfast against England in the British International Championships on this day in history. 1929 - He played in a 3-0 loss, up against future reds defender Ernie Blenkinsop. 1935 - He featured in a 3-1 defeat, by which time he was a Belfast Celtic player. From back to front 1957 - Keeper Tommy Younger went off injured just before half time but returned as a centre-forward as we lost 2-1 at Derby County. Ronnie Moran took over in goal with the score at 1-0 with Billy Liddell slotting in at left-back. Tony Rowley struck our equaliser, but Moran finally conceded with seven minutes left. Dennis Woodhead netted the last of his four goals against us, with George Darwin also scoring. 1929 - We also visited the Baseball Ground when Jim Smith and Gordon Hodgson struck in our 2-2 First Division draw. Peter Ramage bagged the first of his five goals past the reds, with Harry Bedford grabbing one of his nine. Rewarded 2012 – Young Spanish midfielder Suso signed a new contract, having been a pro at Anfield since November 2010. He notched once in 21 senior outings, moving on to AC Milan in January 2015. Nominated 2008 - Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres were both named on a short-list for the Ballon d’Or by France Football magazine. The trophy was eventually claimed by Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo, with Torres finishing in third and Gerrard in tenth. North of the border 1987 - The reds took part in a testimonial match for Dundee’s George McGeachie, winning 4-0. The goals came from a John Barnes brace, Ronnie Whelan and Ray Houghton, who was playing his first reds game. Jan the Man at Aggborough again 2003 - Jan Mølby returned to Kidderminster Harriers as Director of Football. He remained in the role for a year before resigning due to poor results. Other reds games 1991 – Steve McManaman and Ian Rush struck as we drew 2-2 at Chelsea. 1968 – We lost 2-1 at Tottenham Hotspur with Roger Hunt giving us the lead before Jimmy Greaves grabbed two of his twelve goals against the reds. 1963 – Gordon Milne bagged the only goal of West Bromwich Albion’s visit to Anfield. 1901 – We drew 2-2 at Notts County with John Hunter and Jack Cox on the scoresheet. Percy Humphreys scored the first two of his six past us. We had to play the last twenty minutes with just ten men after Maurice Parry had to be carried off with an ankle injury. 1895 – We lost a Second Division fixture 1-0 at Grimsby Town. Also on the move 2015 – Ex-reds First Team Coach Paco Herrera was sacked as Manager of Unión Deportiva Las Palmas for the first time, after fifteen months in charge. 2001 - Jason McAteer joined Sunderland from Blackburn Rovers for £1m. He bagged five goals in 61 appearances for the Black Cats, before moving on to Tranmere Rovers in July 2004. 2000 - Ex-loanee keeper Mark Prudhoe was released by basement side Southend United after just six appearances. 1994 - Future reds first-team coach Kevin Keen joined Stoke City from Wolverhampton Wanderers for £300,000. He had netted nine times in 54 outings for Wolves. Kennedy on the mark 1993 - Future red Mark Kennedy struck for the Republic of Ireland Under-18’s as they lost 2-1 in Sweden in a European Championships qualifier.
  3. Will

    18th October

    A record for Rushie 1992 - Ian Rush scored his first ever goal at Old Trafford to put us 2-0 up following Don Hutchinson’s opener. It was his 287th reds goal in all competitions, breaking Roger Hunt’s club record. However, the game ended all square after Mark Hughes’ second-half brace, two of his nine goals past us. Rushie went on to bag a total of 346 goals for the reds. Four for Forshaw for sure 1924 - Dick Forshaw struck all our goals in a 4-1 defeat of Sheffield United at Anfield, with left-half Tom Bromilow playing his 200th reds game. Billy Gillespie struck the last of his seven goals against the reds as centre-half Billy McDevitt appeared for the reds for the fourth and final time. Dirk at the treble 2008 – Dirk Kuyt netted in his third consecutive reds game as we came from behind to beat Wigan Athletic 3-2. Daniel Agger’s calamitous error handed Amir Zaki the chance to net the first of his two goals. Kuyt equalised before Zaki restored the Latics’ lead. Antonia Valencia was sent off for the visitors before substitute Albert Riera equalised with his first reds strike. Kuyt then bagged a late winner. Liddell dropped 1958 - The Liverpool Echo reported that Billy Liddell was dropped for the first time, when he was left out of our 1-0 Second Division win at Fulham. Louis Bimpson netted our late winner. Joey returns 1978 – Joey Jones was sold back to Wrexham for £210,000, so tripling their record transfer fee. He had signed from the Robins for £110,000 in July 1975 and made exactly a century of reds appearances, bagging three goals and helping us to win a European Cup, two League titles and the FA Charity Shield in his time at Anfield. Razor at the wrong end 1997 - Neil Ruddock scored an own goal as we lost 2-0 at Goodison Park, the first one we had conceded in a Merseyside League derby. Danny Cadamarteri tied Bjørn Tore Kvarme in knots as he scored their second, while Steve McManaman was playing his 300th reds game. 1980 - We also took a trip across the park, returning with a share of the spoils, with Sammy Lee and Kenny Dalglish on the scoresheet. Asa Hartford and Joe McBride netted for the Blues. Chelsea at the double 1919 - We were beaten 1-0 by Chelsea at Anfield, who completed their first ever League double over us, a week after winning by the same score at Stamford Bridge. John Miller made the first of his eight reds appearances in this game, while half-back Harry Lowe turned out for the 136th and last time. 1913 - We also lost to the Blues, going down 3-0 in West London. Harold Halse scored one of his four goals against us, with Harry Ford and Billy Bridgeman also on target. Two ton George 1947 – Jack Balmer was on target as we drew 1-1 at Huddersfield Town. Left-back Barney Ramsden put through his own net in what was George Kay’s 200th game in charge. Crouchie to the rescue 2006 - Peter Crouch headed the only goal of the game as we won at Girondins de Bordeaux in the group stage of the Champions League. Ex-red Vladimír Šmicer had to sit out the game through injury. Liddell for the Scots 1952 - Billy Liddell was on target in Scotland’s 2-1 defeat of Wales at Ninian Park in the British International Championships. International debutants 1947 - Phil Taylor won his first cap for England as they beat Wales 2-0 in the British International Championships in Cardiff. Clubmates Ray Lambert and Cyril Sidlow were both on the losing side. 1988 - Future red David Burrows won his first Under-21’s cap as England were held to a 1-1 draw by Sweden in a friendly at Highfield Road. This was the first of his seven caps at this level, and only one as a West Bromwich Albion player. Up for the golden ball 2009 - Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres were both nominated for the prestigious Ballon d’Or award by France Football magazine. Barcelona’s Lionel Messi eventually claimed the honour, with the reds duo finishing in ninth and eleventh, respectively. John’s farewell 1902 – Forward John Davies played his tenth and final reds game as we lost 2-0 at home to Notts County in a top-flight encounter. Albert Green bagged the first of his four goals against the reds late on, with William Ross also scoring. Paddy against 2003 – Ex-reds midfielder Patrik Berger bagged the only goal of the game early on at Fratton Park as we lost a Premiership meeting with Portsmouth. For Omagh 1999 - A benefit match was staged in Omagh in memory of the victims of an IRA bomb. A reds side beat Omagh Town 7-1 with Titi Camara and Erik Meijer both netting braces, and Vladimír Šmicer, Patrik Berger and Jamie Redknapp also on target. More big wins 1941 - We thumped Stockport County 6-1 at Anfield in a Wartime League match, with Cyril Done and Dicky Dorsett netting twice apiece, and George Ainsley and Billy Liddell also on target. 1986 - We beat Oxford United 4-0 at home in a top-flight fixture, with Ian Rush nabbing a brace, to add to a Kenny Dalglish strike and a Jan Mølby penalty. Coaching birthdays 1978 – Recent Under-18’s and Under-23’s Coach Neil Critchley was born in Crewe. He joined the reds from his hometown club in September 2013, where he had been Academy Director since 2007. He moved on to be Head Coach of Blackpool in March 2020. 1942 – Former first-team coach Mike Kelly was born in Northampton. He had been Roy Hodgson’s assistant at Fulham, following him to Anfield for his unsuccessful spell as reds boss. Signing on 2002 - Jerzy Dudek signed a one-year extension to his contract, tying him to the club until July 2007, when he moved on to Real Madrid after helping us to claim the European Cup and League Cup in his 186 games during his Anfield spell. 2019 – Centre-half Joël Matip signed a new contract. He has netted six times in 123 reds games across his first five seasons, helping us to claim the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Super Cup. 1937 – Winger Harman van den Berg signed for the reds from Peninsular in his native South Africa. He struck three times in nineteen reds games. Claiming another trophy 1961 - We clinched the Floodlight Challenge Cup for the third and final time, following a 2-2 draw at Goodison, with Ian St. John and Roger Hunt netting. We had won the first leg 3-1 at Anfield a year earlier. Other reds games 1975 – We were held to a goalless draw at Coventry City. 1969 – Bobby Graham and substitute Alec Lindsay netted as we drew 2-2 at Ipswich Town. 1952 – Aston Villa won 2-0 at Anfield as Laurie Hughes scored an own goal, with Ken Roberts also on target. 1930 – We beat Leeds United 2-0 in L4 as Gordon Hodgson struck twice in the opening ten minutes. Management moves 2009 – Ex-reds reserves forward Mike Newell was sacked as Manager of Grimsby Town, having been in charge for a year. He was dismissed having only led the Mariners to ten points in their opening thirteen League games, after saving them from relegation from the Football League the previous season. 2004 - Future Academy Manager Alex Inglethorpe was appointed Manager of Exeter City, leading them to 44 victories in 89 games in charge before moving to Tottenham Hotspur’s coaching staff in June 2006.
  4. Will

    8th October

    Willkommen Jürgen 2015 - Jürgen Klopp was appointed reds boss following the sacking of Brendan Rodgers. He has so far led us to UEFA Champions League glory in Madrid, our first League title in thirty years, FIFA Club World cup and UEFA Super Cup as well as three other cup finals, generating a great rapport with the crowd. On the same day, the departures of Chris Davies, Glen Driscoll and Sean O’Driscoll from the backroom staff were all announced. All sitting comfortably 1994 - Neil Ruddock scored the first goal in front of the new all-seater Kop, as we beat Aston Villa 3-2, with Robbie Fowler bagging a brace. Guy Whittingham and ex-red Steve Staunton struck for the visitors. Centenaries 1968 - Tommy Smith and Alan Ball, with one of his eleven goals against the reds, were on the scoresheet in the hundredth League derby as we drew 1-1 at Anfield. 1898 – Full-back Archie Goldie played his hundredth reds game as we lost 2-1 at Stoke, with Jack Cox on target. Carra’s record 1999 - Jamie Carragher equalled the record number of England Under-21’s caps, held by Gary Owen, as he won his 22nd cap, captaining them for the first time in their 4-1 friendly defeat of Denmark at Valley Parade. Substitute David Thompson scored, with fellow red Steven Gerrard also in the team. Carra went on to claim 27 in total, which was still an England record until he was overtaken by Scott Carson, and more recently by James Milner who eventually made 46 appearances. 1996 - David Thompson won his first cap at Under-21’s level as a substitute in England’s goalless draw with Poland at Molineux. Future red Emile Heskey was in the starting eleven. Bowing out 1955 - Billy Liddell won his 29th and final cap as Scotland beat Northern Ireland 2-1 at Windsor Park in Belfast. Future reds keeper Tommy Younger won his fifth cap in the same game. 2013 - Craig Bellamy announced his retirement from international football after nineteen strikes in 78 games for Wales. Off the mark 1921 - Harry Beadles struck the first of his six reds goals as we drew 1-1 at Preston North End in a top-flight encounter. Right-half Francis Checkland played his fifth and final reds game that day, with Preston’s late equaliser coming from the spot from future red Archie Rawlings. 1949 – Full-back Ray Lambert bagged the first of his two reds goals, scoring from the spot in our 2-0 defeat of Middlesbrough at Anfield, with Jimmy Payne also netting. Jimmy’s treble 1930 – Jimmy Smith scored a hat-trick as we thumped Everton 5-0 in a Lancashire Senior Cup Second Round tie at Anfield, with Gordon Hodgson and Tom Bradshaw also scoring. International debuts 2009 – Future red Dejan Lovren came off the bench to make his debut in Croatia’s 3-2 friendly defeat of Qatar in Rijeka. 1997 - Bjørn Tore Kvarme won his only senior international cap as Norway were held to a goalless friendly draw in Oslo by Colombia. Clubmate Stig Inge Bjørnebye also played, with future red Milan Baroš in action for the Czech Republic Under-16’s on the same day. 1995 - Brad Friedel won his first cap as a Galatasaray player as the USA beat Saudi Arabia by the odd goal in seven in a friendly in Washington DC. Future reds Markus Babbel and Christian Ziege both played in Germany’s 6-1 thumping of Moldova in a Euro ’96 qualifier in Leverkusen on the same day. Off to Filbert Street again and again 1927 - We drew 1-1 at Leicester City with Gordon Hodgson on target and Ernie Hine bagging one of his ten strikes past us. 1932 - Hodgson struck again as we won 2-1, with Syd Roberts scoring his first reds goal, while Danny Liddle netted the first of his four goals against the reds. 1938 - Harman van den Berg netted an 89th minute equaliser, his first reds goal, as we drew 2-2 with Berry Nieuwenhuys also on target. Twice against the Robins We have twice played at Ashton Gate on this day in history, winning on neither occasion. 1955 - Bristol City won our Second Division encounter 2-1 with Tony Rowley bagging our consolation as John Atyeo bagged the first two of his five goals past us for the home side. 1974 - We were held to a goalless draw in a Third Round League Cup tie. However, we won the Anfield replay 4-0 three weeks later. More legends 2008 - Kenny Dalglish, Kevin Keegan, Bob Paisley and the 1978 reds team were all inducted into the National Football Museum’s European Hall of Fame at the Echo Arena in Liverpool. In and out 1991 - Winger Jimmy Carter joined Arsenal for £500,000, just nine months after signing from Millwall. He had made just eight appearances in his time at Anfield. 2020 – Brazilian keeper Marcelo Pitaluga signed from Fluminense for an initial £1m, but has yet to make the first-team bench. Management ends 2001 - Joey Jones stepped down as Caretaker Manager of Wrexham. He had been in charge for just two games, both of which were lost, and was replaced by Denis Smith. 1997 - Jan Mølby was sacked as Manager of Swansea City, his first management role, despite only losing sixteen of his eighty games in charge, and only just missing out on promotion in his one full season at the Vetch Field. Avi for Israel Ex-red Avi Cohen twice turned out for his country on this day in consecutive years. 1985 - Israel lost a World Cup qualifier 2-1 to Australia in Tel-Aviv, with future red Ronnie Rosenthal also appearing as a substitute. 1986 - Avi featured as Romania won a friendly 4-2 at the same stadium. Yossi’s first strike 2005 - Yossi Benayoun bagged his first goal for Israel as a West Ham United player as they beat the Faroe Islands 2-1 in a World Cup qualifier in Tel-Aviv. Future red Fernando Torres grabbed both goals as Spain beat Belgium 2-0 in another qualifier in Brussels. On the same day, future red Nuri Şahin made his senior international bow, netting his only goal as a Ballspielverein Borussia 09 e.V. Dortmund player as Turkey beat Germany 2-1 in a friendly in Istanbul. Also representing their countries were Steve Finnan, Sami Hyypiä, John Arne Riise, future reds Robbie Keane, Jan Kromkamp, Dirk Kuyt, Sotirios Kyrgiakos, Martin Škrtel, Kolo Touré and Andriy Voronin and ex-reds Milan Baroš, Paul Jones, Daniel Sjölund, Vladimír Šmicer and Rigobert Song. 2020 – Ex-reds Conor Coady and Danny Ings both scored their first goals for England in their 3-0 friendly defeat of Wales at Wembley, with Joe Gomez and Neco Williams also featuring. On the same day, Luis Suárez scored from the spot while winning his first cap as a Club Atlético de Madrid player as Uruguay beat Chile 2-1 in a World Cup qualifier in Montevideo. Divock Origi, Andy Robertson, Virgil van Dijk, Gini Wijnaldum and ex-reds Ryan Babel, Christian Benteke, Sebastián Coates, Péter Gulácsi and Simon Mignolet all also played for their countries that day, with Steve Clarke taking charge of Scotland as they qualified for the Euro 2020 Finals. More international goalscorers 2017 – Emre Can scored his first senior international goal, and his only one as a reds player, as Germany beat Azerbaijan 5-1 in a World Cup qualifier in Kaiserslautern. Mohamed Salah scored twice, including one from the spot, as Egypt beat Republic of the Congo 2-1 in a World Cup qualifier in Alexandria. Jordan Henderson and Daniel Sturridge both featured as England won a qualifier 1-0 in Lithuania, while Rhian Brewster played for England Under-17’s as they beat Chile 4-0 in the World Championship Finals in India. Future red Andy Robertson also featured in a World Cup qualifier that day. 2006 – Kolo Touré scored his last goal as an Arsenal player as the Ivory Coast thrashed Gabon 5-0 in an African Cup of Nations qualifier in Abidjan. Future red Alex Manninger played for Austria Under-21’s in their 4-1 European Championships qualifying defeat in Sweden on the same day. 2016 – Daniel Sturridge scored in England’s 20 defeat of Malta in a World Cup qualifier at Wembley. Jordan Henderson, Sadio Mané and Andy Robertson also played in qualifiers that day. Future reds Academy keeper Kai McKenzie-Lyle scored a header on his debut for Guyana as they lost a Caribbean Cup qualifier 3-2 in Suriname. 2010 – Jonjo Shelvey converted a penalty as England Under-19’s thumped Albania 6-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Belgium, with Andre Wisdom also featuring. David N’Gog netted for France Under-21’s as they beat Turkey 2-0 in a friendly in Troyes, while future red Jordan Henderson bagged his first goal at the same level as England beat Romania 2-1 in the first leg of their European Championships Play-off at Carrow Road, with future red Daniel Sturridge also featuring. On the same day, Luis Suárez struck a hat-trick that included a penalty, his final goals as an Ajax player, as Uruguay trounced Indonesia 7-1 in a friendly in Jakarta. John Arne Riise was booked and also grabbed his last goal while with Roma as Norway won a Euro 2012 qualifier 2-1 in Cyprus, with ex-red Robbie Keane scoring from the spot as the Republic of Ireland lost 3-2 to Russia in another qualifier in Dublin. Also in international action that day were Milan Jovanović, Dirk Kuyt, Raul Meireles, Christian Poulsen, Martin Škrtel, future reds Ragnar Klavan, Nuri Şahin and Xherdan Shaqiri and ex-reds Álvaro Arbeloa, Alou Diarra, Javier Mascherano, Nikolay Mihaylov and Andriy Voronin. JAR off 1999 – Future red John Arne Riise was dismissed as Norway Under-21’s lost a European Championships qualifier 2-1 in Latvia, with Frode Kippe also in action. 1997 – Future reds Vegard Heggem and Frode Kippe both featured for the Under-21’s in their 3-1 defeat of South Africa in Oslo. International reds galore 2005 - A whole host of reds featured in World Cup qualifiers, with Peter Crouch winning his first cap as a reds player in England’s 1-0 defeat of Austria at Old Trafford, and Jamie Carragher, Steven Gerrard, future reds Joe Cole and Christian Poulsen and ex-red Michael Owen all also in action. Djibril Cissé struck as France drew 1-1 in future red Philip Degen’s Switzerland, with ex-red El-Hadji Diouf on target as Senegal beat a Mali side that included Djimi Traoré 3-0 in Dakar. 2004 – Darren Potter and future reds Daniel Agger, Alberto Aquilani, Ramon Calliste, Scott Carson, Stewart Downing, Glen Johnson, Gary O’Neil and Jermaine Pennant all played in European Championships qualifiers at Under-21’s level, with future red James Milner netting his first goal at this level. 2007 - Péter Gulácsi and Krisztián Németh both played for Hungary Under-19’s as they trounced Kazakhstan 6-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Szekesfehervar, with Németh winning his first cap at this level as a red. 2011 – Gulácsi skippered Hungary Under-21’s in their 2-1 European Championships qualifying defeat in Turkey. Charlie Adam and future red Mohamed Salah were also in international action that day. 2015 – Sheyi Ojo, Jordan Rossiter and future red Dominic Solanke all played as England Under-19’s won a European Championships qualifier 2-0 in Macedonia. Mamadou Sakho and ex-reds Javier Mascherano and Krisztián Németh also featured for their countries on the same day. 2019 – Sepp van den Berg played for the Dutch Under-19’s as they thumped Moldova 5-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Latvia. Joe honoured 2012 – Reds midfielder Joe Allen was named Player of the Year and Club Player of the Year for 2011/12 at the FAW Awards, based on his time with Swansea City and the national side. Other reds games 1988 – We lost 1-0 at Luton Town, with Mick Harford bagging one of his seven goals against the reds. 1977 – Kenny Dalglish and David Fairclough netted as we beat Chelsea 2-0 at Anfield. 1973 – We drew a League Cup Second Round tie 2-2 at West Ham United. Peter Cormack put us in front before ex-red Ted MacDougall equalised. Steve Heighway restored our lead, but Pop Robson levelled with one of his five strikes past us. 1966 – Fulham held us to a 2-2 draw in L4. Geoff Strong scored inside the first minute, but Allan Clarke bagged the first two of his seven goals against us, with Ian St. John completing the scoring before the break. 1960 – We won a Second Division encounter 2-1 at Lincoln City as Roger Hunt nabbed a brace. 1904 – We beat Barnsley 2-0 in a Second Division fixture at Oakwell. Bobby Robinson had a penalty saved but converted the rebound, with John Carlin also on target. In opposition 1938 – Ex-reds reserves centre-half Matt O’Mahoney won his only cap for Northern Ireland as they lost 2-0 to Scotland in the British International Championships at Windsor Park. Andy Beattie, who guested for the reds during the war and later spent some time on our backroom staff, and Bill Shankly were both on the winning side. O’Mahoney also won six caps for the south of Ireland.
  5. Will

    25th September

    Happy birthdays 1961 - Ronnie Whelan was born in Dublin. He signed from Home Farm for £35,000 in September 1979 and played 493 times in his fifteen years with the reds, netting 73 times and winning six League titles, one European Cup, two FA Cups, three League Cups and three FA Charity Shields before joining Southend United for free in September 1994. 1920 - Right-back Bill Shepherd was born in Liverpool. He signed from Elm Park in December 1945 and made 58 reds appearances, with his brothers centre-forward Arthur and Joe Shepherd also appearing for the reds after the war. Bill left Anfield in 1952 to join Wigan Athletic. 1930 – Right-back Bert Childs was born in Liverpool. He only made two senior appearances in September 1953 after arriving from amateur side Northern Nomads earlier that year. He left the club in 1954 to return to amateur football with Bishop Auckland. Clem’s debut 1968 - Ray Clemence made his reds bow as second-half goals from Chris Lawler and Roger Hunt handed us a 2-0 League Cup Third Round win over Swansea Town at Anfield. He did not make another first-team appearance for a year. On the same day, Kenny Dalglish made his senior debut for Celtic in a 4-2 League Cup win at Hamilton Academical. 1954 - Billy Liddell and Tony Rowley netted as we lost 3-2 at Vetch Field in a Second Division encounter. Len Allchurch struck the first of his five goals past the reds, with Harry Griffiths bagging a brace. Nando’s first treble 2007 - Fernando Torres grabbed his first reds hat-trick in our 4-2 defeat of Reading in the Carling Cup Third Round at the Madejski Stadium, after Yossi Benayoun had opened the scoring with his first reds strike. Centre-back Jack Hobbs and keeper Charles Itandje both made their reds bows. Reading centre-back Michael Duberry laughably claimed, “At the end of the day, he scored three goals. Other than that, I kept him pretty quiet.” 2013 – We lost 1-0 at Manchester United as a record attendance of 65,701 saw the reds in a non-Final League Cup tie. Javier Hernández grabbed the only goal of the game. Youngest ever 2019 – We won 2-0 at Milton Keynes Dons in the Carabao Cup Third Round, with Harvey Elliott hitting the bar twice as he became the youngest player to ever start a reds match, at just sixteen years and 174 days. James Milner opened the scoring in the first half, with defender Ki-Jana Hoever bagging his only reds goal after the break. Forward Rhian Brewster, midfielder Herbie Kane, keeper Caoimhín Kelleher and centre-half Sepp van den Berg all made their reds bows in front of a record attendance of 28,521 for a football match at Stadium MK. 2018 – Elliott made his debut for Fulham, becoming their youngest ever player, and youngest ever in the EFL Cup, at the age of fifteen years and 174 days, as they won 3-1 at Millwall. Facing the Black Cats 2010 - We drew 2-2 with Sunderland at Anfield, with Dirk Kuyt opening the scoring after the referee ruled that the visitors had taken a free-kick when gifting the ball to the reds, despite vehement protests. Darren Bent’s brace, including one from the spot, put them ahead before Steven Gerrard headed in an equaliser. These are the most recent of his five strikes against the reds. Future reds Jordan Henderson and Simon Mignolet both featured for the visitors. 1909 – Tom Watson took charge of his 500th reds game as we were thumped 4-1 by Sunderland in a top-flight meeting at Anfield, with Joe Hewitt nabbing our consolation, his 74th and last reds goal. John Thompson struck twice, with George Holley also scoring and Jackie Mordue nabbing the first of his six goals past us. Swiss don’t roll over 2002 - Swiss champions Basel held us to a 1-1 draw in our Champions League group encounter at Anfield, our hundredth European home game. Milan Baroš netted our goal before Julio Rossi equalised, with countless other chances going begging. Dick’s treble 1920 - Centre-forward Dick Johnson scored a hat-trick in our 6-0 First Division trouncing of Preston North End. Harold Wadsworth scored his first reds goal, with Harry ‘Smiler’ Chambers and Dick Forshaw also on target. Thumping the Blues 1965 - We thrashed Everton 5-0 at Anfield as Roger Hunt bagged a brace, with Tommy Smith, Willie Stevenson and Ian St. John, with his first of the season, also on the scoresheet. This was some revenge for our 4-0 defeat at Anfield a year earlier. Some kids ran onto the pitch before the game kicked off to hand St. John a plastic, life-sized image of a saint complete with halo! 1897 - We also beat them 3-1 at Anfield, when Willie Walker, Joe McQue and Frank Becton struck. This was our first ever derby win, at the fifth attempt, with Jack Taylor netting the first of his five derby goals against us. 1926 - Unfortunately, we lost 1-0 at Goodison with full-back Tommy Lucas playing his 200th game for the club. More big wins 1990 - Ian Rush grabbed a brace, with Steve McMahon, Gary Gillespie and Ray Houghton also scoring as we came from behind to beat Crewe Alexandra 5-1 at Anfield in the League Cup Second Round first leg. John Barnes had a penalty saved by keeper Dean Greygoose. 1982 - Terry McDermott made his 232nd and final League appearance, as a substitute in our 5-0 trouncing of Southampton. Birthday boy Ronnie Whelan and Mark Lawrenson both bagged braces, with Graeme Souness also scoring. 1915 - James Dawson struck twice with David Henderson, Fred Pagnam and Arthur Goddard also on the scoresheet as we thumped Burnley 5-2 at Anfield in a Wartime League match at Anfield. Red half centuries 2004 – Dietmar Hamann played his 150th reds game with Djimi Traoré reaching half a century of League games as we beat Norwich City 3-0 at Anfield. Milan Baroš, Luis García and Djibril Cissé scored the goals. Held by the Mancs 1971 – Bobby Graham and Brian Hall put us two goals ahead against Manchester United at Anfield before Denis Law and Bobby Charlton struck in the second half, the last of their six and four goals against us, respectively. Graham had a second goal ruled out late on for offside as the game ended 2-2. International bows 1996 - Future red Milan Baroš won his first international cap for the Czech Republic, at Under-15’s level, as they drew 1-1 in a friendly in Austria. 2002 - Robbie Foy won his first cap at Under-19’s level in Scotland’s 2-1 friendly win over Switzerland in Dumbarton. On the same day, future red Alberto Aquilani played in Italy’s 2-1 defeat of Slovenia at the same level, while Roy Hodgson took charge of the senior United Arab Emirates side as they lost a friendly 2-1 in Oman. Departing 2006 - Nigel Spackman was sacked as Manager of Millwall after just four months in charge. He had led them to eight defeats and just two victories in his twelve games in the hot seat. 2012 – The departures of Technical Director Pep Segura and Head of Fitness & Conditioning Darren Burgess were both announced. Signing on 2020 – Midfielder James Balagizi signed as a professional, having joined as an Under-11 from Manchester City. Other reds games 1993 – Neil Shipperley netted the only goal of our trip to Chelsea. 1991 – We drew 2-2 with Stoke City in a League Cup Second Round first leg at Anfield with Ian Rush nabbing a brace. 1979 – We beat Chesterfield 3-1 in a League Cup Third Round tie in L4 thanks to goals from David Fairclough, Kenny Dalglish and Terry McDermott. 1976 – We lost 1-0 at Newcastle United. 1948 – We lost 1-0 at Blackpool. 1937 – We lost 2-0 at Leeds United. International goalscorers galore 1957 – Future reds centre-forward Des Palmer bagged a hat-trick, the only goals in his three-game senior career for Wales as they thumped East Germany 4-1 in a World Cup qualifier at Ninian Park. On the same day, Alan A’Court scored his first Under-23’s goal as England beat Bulgaria 6-2 in a friendly at Stamford Bridge. 1943 - Future reds boss Don Welsh bagged a treble in a Wartime international, as England thrashed Wales 8-3 at Wembley. Ray Lambert and ex-red Cyril Sidlow both featured for the Welsh. Also in international action 1985 – Glenn Hysén played for Sweden as they drew a World Cup qualifier 2-2 with West Germany in Solna. On the same day, Jan Mølby appeared as Denmark lost a qualifier 1-0 to the USSR in Moscow. 1991 – Øyvind Leonhardsen turned out for Norway as they lost a friendly 3-2 to Czechoslovakia in Oslo. Meanwhile, fellow future red István Kozma played as Hungary drew a European Championships qualifier 2-2 in the USSR. 2003 - Future red Daniel Agger played for Denmark Under-20’s in their goalless draw with Ukraine in Kiev. 2006 - Michael Collins, Laurence Gaughan and Shane O'Connor all appeared for the Irish Under-17’s as they won a European Championships qualifier 2-0 in Azerbaijan. 2013 – Harry Wilson featured as Wales Under-17’s held Scotland to a goalless draw in a European Championships qualifier in Slovakia. 2016 – Future red Ozan Kabak played as Turkey Under-17’s beat Ukraine 1-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Lithuania.
  6. Will

    16th September

    Happy birthday KHR 1965 - Karl-Heinz Riedle was born in Weiler. The German striker arrived from Ballspielverein Borussia 09 e.V. Dortmund for a £1.8m fee in July 1997, and struck fifteen times in 76 reds games, as well as having a positive influence on the young Michael Owen before joining Fulham for £200,000 in September 1999. 1900 – Full-back Jimmy Gray was born in Glasgow. The South African international signed from Transvaal in 1926 but only played one first-team game for the reds, a 2-1 home League defeat by Sheffield United in September 1928. He left in January 1930 to sign for Exeter City for £75, where he is remembered as one of their greatest ever players. European Anfield thumpings 1969 - Alec Lindsay scored on his debut in our 10-0 trouncing of Irish side Dundalk in the Fairs Cup. This is also the first time that Gérard Houllier witnessed the reds in action, while working as a teacher on Merseyside. He was accompanied by future reds coach Patrice Bergues. Alun Evans, Tommy Smith and Bobby Graham all grabbed a brace each, with Chris Lawler, Peter Thompson and Ian Callaghan all also on target. 1992 - Ian Rush scored four goals in our 6-1 defeat of Cypriots Apollon Limassol in our first game of that season’s European Cup Winners’ Cup campaign, in front of just 12,769 fans. Rushie’s goals made him our leading European marksman to that point on nineteen and came following a rare brace from Paul Stewart. Phil Charnock made his reds debut, becoming our youngest ever European player. Marios Charalambous was sent off for the visitors with the score at 3-0. Stevie at the double 2008 - Steven Gerrard scored a twice-taken penalty to put us ahead at Olympique de Marseille in our Champions League group encounter after equalising with a stunning strike following Lorik Cana’s opener. We held on to claim a 2-1 victory as Stevie moved to 99 goals for the reds. Dan again 2013 – Daniel Sturridge scored in his fifth consecutive game as we drew 2-2 in a crazy game at Swansea City. Victor Moses scored on his reds bow as Mamadou Sakho also debuted, with Steven Gerrard captaining the side for the 400th time. Ex-red Jonjo Shelvey opened the scoring before presenting Sturridge with the ball inside the penalty area. Moses then put the reds back in front after Shelvey again gave the ball away. However, he later crossed for Michu to head in the equaliser. Reds farewells 1959 - Legendary left-back Donald Mackinlay died in Liverpool. He signed from Newton Villa in January 1910, making 434 appearances before joining Prescot Cables in July 1929. He scored 34 times, including one struck spectacularly from ten yards inside his own half at West Ham United in January 1926! He skippered us to two League titles, and also played in our first FA Cup Final in 1914. 1949 – Left-winger Doug McAvoy moved on to Queen Of The South. He had only made two senior reds appearances after signing from his hometown club Kilmarnock in December 1947 for £7,000. 1929 – Forward John McFarlane played his second and last reds game as we lost 3-0 at Huddersfield Town, with Harry Davies netting a treble for the Terriers, the first goals of his four past us. He remained our youngest ever player until Jack Robinson’s debut in May 2010, having debuted seven months earlier at home to Everton, aged seventeen years and 47 days. Anfield trebles 1922 - Dick Forshaw scored a hat-trick in our 5-2 top-flight defeat of Preston North End, to add to goals from Harry ‘Smiler’ Chambers and Tom Bromilow. Tommy Roberts netted one of his four goals against the reds, with Alf Quantrill also on target as left-back Donald Mackinlay reached 200 reds outings. 1990 - Peter Beardsley struck a treble, including his fiftieth reds goal, with John Barnes also heading in a goal as we trounced Manchester United 4-0. Keeper Les Sealey booted the ball into the crowd at the end, but the Kopite who caught it later returned the ball to the hat-trick hero. Most recently 2017 – Burnley held us to a 1-1 draw at Anfield, with Mohamed Salah equalising shortly after Scott Arfield had given the visitors a shock lead. 2016 – We won 2-1 at Chelsea, taking a two-goal half-time lead thanks to a Dejan Lovren goal and a stunning strike from Jordan Henderson. Diego Costa pulled one back after an hour. 1936 – We lost a top-flight encounter 2-0 at Stamford Bridge, with Joe Bambrick netting the last two of his four goals past us for Chelsea. Treble firsts 2010 - Joe Cole bagged his first reds goal as we thumped Steaua Bucureşti 4-1 at Anfield in a UEFA Europa League group game, with Roy Hodgson becoming the first reds boss to win all of his first five games in continental competition. His goal came after just 27 seconds, our fast ever European strike as Pepe Reina captained the reds for the first time. Cristian Tanase levelled the score inside a quarter of an hour but David N’Gog converted a second-half penalty before late strikes from Lucas and N’Gog. 2014 – Mario Balotelli struck his first reds goal to open the scoring late on against Bulgarian side Ludogorets Razgrad in our opening UEFA Champions League group game at Anfield. Dani Abalo equalised in the ninetieth minute, but Steven Gerrard secured a 2-1 victory from the spot in stoppage time after Javier Manquillo was felled in the area. 300 for Rafa 2009 – Dirk Kuyt grabbed the only goal of our Champions League group game against Hungarian side Debreceni VSC at Anfield, in what was Rafael Benítez’s 300th game in charge. From the TV studio to pitch-side 1972 - TV pundit Jimmy Hill came out of the crowd to fill in for injured linesman Dennis Drewitt, during our goalless League draw at Highbury. Alf off the mark 1963 - Alf Arrowsmith and Peter Thompson both struck their first reds goals as we thumped Wolverhampton Wanderers 6-0 in a First Division fixture with Ian Callaghan and Gordon Milne also on target, and Roger Hunt bagging a brace. This remains our joint best ever victory over Wolves, with keeper Jim Furnell playing his 28th and last reds game. 1953 - We also hosted Wolves in the top flight, when Bill Jones netted his seventeenth and last reds goal in a 1-1 draw, and Dennis Wilshaw scoring one of his seven goals past us. Two derby wins We have twice beaten Everton 3-1 on this day in history. 1986 - We won the first leg of the Screen Sport Super Cup Final at Anfield by that score thanks to an Ian Rush brace and a goal from Steve McMahon. Ex-red Kevin Sheedy netted for the Blues. 1950 - Jack Balmer netted two as we won in the First Division at Goodison, with Albert Stubbins also on the mark. This season was the most recent occasion that the Blues were relegated. 1911 - We lost another top-flight encounter 2-1 across the park, with Jack Parkinson grabbing our consolation. Forward ‘Wee’ Ronald Orr injured ligaments in his right leg, leaving us down to ten men for the second half. He was out of action for six weeks. Also in Europe 1997 - Steve McManaman struck a last-minute wonder goal to level the first leg of our UEFA Cup First Round match at Celtic, after Michael Owen had netted his first European goal just six minutes into the game. Jackie McNamara had equalised before Simon Donnelly put the home side ahead from the spot. 1981 - Our other European game on this day ended in a 1-0 defeat of Oulun Palloseura in Finland, with Kenny Dalglish nabbing the goal. Debuting against his next club 1995 - Jason McAteer came off the bench to make his reds bow in our 3-0 defeat of Blackburn Rovers at Anfield. Jamie Redknapp, Robbie Fowler and Stan Collymore netted the goals inside the first half hour, after a kick-off delayed by fire alarms going off in the ground. Henning Berg was sent off for Rovers in this game. Thumping Boro 1931 - We beat Middlesbrough 7-2 in a First Division match at Anfield, our biggest ever win over the Teesiders. Harold Barton and Gordon Hodgson both struck twice, with the latter playing his 200th League game for the reds. Our other goals came from Gordon Gunson, Jim Smith and Tom Morrison. George Camsell bagged two of his nine strikes against the reds. Against City We have twice visited Manchester City on this day in history. 1893 - The first time came in a Second Division match at Hyde Road when they were still known as Ardwick, with James Stott netting the only goal of the game, his first reds strike. 1944 – Reginald Dix bagged a brace, including a penalty, as we drew a Wartime League game 2-2. On the same day, Ray Lambert and future reds boss Don Welsh featured as England drew 2-2 with Wales in a wartime international staged at Anfield. Red arrivals 1893 - Left-half William Hughes signed from Bootle. He only ever made one senior reds appearance, in our first season in the League. 2011 – The appointment of Gary Adlen as Foundation Director was announced. He was in charge of the expansion of the existing LFC Foundation charity to include all of the club’s community work in one place, moving on in August 2013. 2019 – Young midfielder Jake Cain signed professional terms with the club. He made his senior debut in our FA Cup Fourth Round replay defeat of Shrewsbury Town in February 2020. A youthful hat-trick 2001 - Florent Sinama-Pongolle bagged a treble for France Under-17’s in their 5-3 defeat of the USA at the World Championships in The Dwight Yorke Stadium in Tobago, with club-mate Anthony Le Tallec also in the team. 2016 - Rafael Camacho scored his first Under-17's goal for Portugal, converting a spot-kick in their 2-0 defeat of Wales in a European Championships qualifier. Loris debuts 2008 – Future reds keeper Loris Karius won his first cap for Germany Under-16’s in their 5-0 thumping of Belgium. Olympian reds 2000 - Future red Milan Baroš appeared for the Czech Republic in their 3-2 defeat by Kuwait in the Olympics in Brisbane. On the same day, Brad Friedel featured as the USA drew 1-1 with Cameroon in Canberra in the same group. Strikers on the move 1991 - Paul Walsh joined Queens Park Rangers on loan from Tottenham Hotspur. He only made two appearances for the R’s before returning to White Hart Lane. 1987 - Ex-reserves striker Mike Newell joined Leicester City from Luton Town for £350,000. He struck 26 goals in 96 games for the Foxes before moving on again in July 1989, joining Everton for £1.1m. Other games on this day 1989 – Norwich City held us to a goalless draw at Anfield. 1978 – Graeme Souness bagged the only goal of Coventry City’s visit to L4. The Sky Blues were managed by ex-red Gordon Milne. 1967 – We lost 1-0 at Southampton with Martin Chivers bagging the first of his seven goals against the reds in the first minute. Tommy Smith then had a penalty saved. 1961 – We drew a Second Division match 0-0 at Brighton & Hove Albion. 1933 – Leicester City won 3-1 at Anfield. Hugh Adcock and Arthur Lochhead each struck the last of their five goals past us with Arthur Maw also on target before Alf Hanson bagged our late consolation. 1907 – We drew 0-0 at Sheffield United. 1905 – Sam Raybould netted either side of one of George Bridgett’s five goals against us as we won 2-1 at Sunderland. 1899 – We lost 2-0 at West Bromwich Albion’s Stoney Lane ground, with Ben Garfield grabbing a brace. Also in international action 1933 – Elisha Scott played for Northern Ireland as they beat Scotland 2-1 in a British International Championships game in Glasgow. 2006 – Future red Joe Allen played for Wales Under-17’s in their 2-0 defeat by Bosnia-Herzegovina in a European Championships qualifier. 2007 – Future red Nikola Sarić featured for Denmark Under-17’s as they lost 2-0 to the Republic of Ireland in a European Championships qualifier in Athlone.
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    22nd May

    Clem for the first time 1968 - Ray Clemence played his first reds game as we lost a friendly 1-0 to Porto in their Estádio das Antas. Farewells 2011 - We lost in our final game of the season at Aston Villa, with future red Stewart Downing netting the only goal. David N’Gog played his 94th and last reds game. On the same day, ex-reds keeper Jerzy Dudek announced his retirement from playing. He had made 186 reds appearances, helping us to glory in Istanbul, as well as the Worthington Cup in 2003. He left to join Real Madrid in July 2007, although barely featured for their first team. 1925 - Northern Irish inside-forward Billy McDevitt was sold to Exeter City for a club record fee, having been converted to a centre-half since arriving at Anfield from Swansea Town in 1923. He has played just four reds games. 1908 – Scottish inside-left Bill McPherson left Anfield to join Rangers. He had signed from St. Mirren in August 1906, bagging seventeen goals in 55 outings including one on his debut against Woolwich Arsenal. 1903 – Scottish right-back Don McCallum left the reds to sign for Morton after just two senior outings since arriving from Queen’s Park in June 1901. An England debutant 1974 - Reds left-back Alec Lindsay won the first of his four England caps in their 2-2 friendly draw with Argentina at Wembley. Emlyn Hughes was skipper that day, with Kevin Keegan also playing. Roger for England for the last time 1968 - Roger Hunt netted his eighteenth and final international goal as England beat Sweden 3-1 in a friendly at Wembley. He won a total of 34 caps for his country. A Scotland debutant 1979 - Reds reserves forward Frank McGarvey won his first full international cap as Scotland beat Northern Ireland 1-0 in the British International Championships at Hampden Park. Kenny Dalglish captained the side, with Graeme Souness and future red John Wark also featuring. Emile and Digger for England 2003 - Emile Heskey struck as England beat South Africa 2-1 in a friendly in Durban, his final England goal as a red. Steven Gerrard, Michael Owen, future red Joe Cole and ex-red David James all also played. 2016 – Jordan Henderson and ex-red Raheem Sterling played for Roy Hodgson’s England as they beat Turkey 2-1 in Manchester. 1990 - John Barnes was on target, although England lost 2-1 in a friendly to Uruguay at Wembley. Clubmate Peter Beardsley also appeared, as a substitute. 1985 - Barnes also featured for England in a 1-1 World Cup qualifying draw in Finland, with future Glenn Hysén also playing for his country. 1994 – Ex-red Beardsley represented his country again, playing with Rob Jones and future red Paul Ince as England were held to a goalless friendly draw by Norway at Wembley. Young debutants 2003 - Reds reserves forward Daniel Sjölund made his senior international debut as a substitute, with ex-red Øyvind Leonhardsen on target as Norway beat Finland 2-0 in a friendly in Oslo. John Arne Riise also played, while Finland were skippered by Sami Hyypiä. Oddly, Finland’s starting line-up included more players from the Norwegian Tippeliga than the eleven that began the game for Norway! 2002 - Sami Hyypiä also featured for Finland, playing alongside clubmate Jari Litmanen as they beat Latvia 2-1 in a friendly in Helsinki. On the same day, John Arne Riise and ex-red Øyvind Leonhardsen played as Norway were held to a 1-1 draw by Iceland in another friendly in Bodø. 2014 – Ex-red Peter Gulácsi made his senior bow as Hungary drew a friendly 2-2 with Denmark in Debrecen. Daniel Agger was on the opposing side. Meanwhile, Australian left-back Brad Smith won his first cap for England Under-21’s as they beat Qatar 3-0 in the Toulon Tournament, while future red Sadio Mané featured for Senegal as the drew a friendly 1-1 in Burkina Faso. 2012 – Gini Wijnaldum won his first cap as a PSV Eindhoven player as the Dutch Under-21’s were beaten 1-0 by Macedonia in a friendly in Austria. Happy birthdays 2000 – Reserves forward Rafael Camacho was born in Lisbon. He made his senior bow at right-back in an FA Cup Third Round defeat at Wolverhampton Wanderers last January, playing twice for the first team before moving on to Sporting Clube de Portugal for £5m in June 2019. 1933 – Inside-forward Harold Jones was born in Liverpool. He signed on in January 1952, but only made one senior appearance in a 5-1 thumping at Anfield by Preston North End in September 1953. He moved on to Rhyl in June 1954. 1870 - Half-back John McLean was born in Port Glasgow. He signed from Greenock Volunteers in October 1894, making 29 appearances without scoring before joining Grimsby Town in June 1897. Other friendlies 1932 – We trounced Århus Workers Sports Club 8-0 on our Danish tour, with Dave Wright, Gordon Gunson and Archie McPherson all bagging braces. Robert Done and Harold Barton also scored. 1969 - RCD Mallorca used ten substitutes at the start of the second half as we won a friendly there 2-1. Ian Callaghan and Bobby Graham netted our goals. Bizarrely, Bob Paisley was escorted to the dressing room by civil guards after trying to make a second substitution for the reds! 1984 - We defeated the Israeli national team 4-1, with Ronnie Whelan scoring twice and Michael Robinson and Graeme Souness also grabbing goals. For the King 1967 - We took part in a testimonial match for Tranmere Rovers legend John King, winning 3-1 at Prenton Park thanks to strikes from Gerry Byrne, Ian St. John and an own goal. Internationals on target 2012 – Future red Mohamed Salah struck twice as Egypt beat Togo 3-0 in a friendly in Sudan. 2002 - Future red Fernando Torres bagged a brace for Spain Under-19’s as they beat FYR Macedonia 4-0 in a European Championships qualifier. On the same day, future reds Paul Konchesky and Jermaine Pennant played for England Under-21’s in their 3-1 European Championships Finals defeat to Portugal in Switzerland. 1991 - Future red Nick Barmby scored a brace as England Under-18’s beat Wales 3-0 at Yeovil in a European Championships qualifier. 1988 - Ex-reserves midfielder Kevin Sheedy struck as the Republic of Ireland beat Poland 3-1 in a friendly at Lansdowne Road. John Aldridge and Ronnie Whelan both also played. 1991 - Sheedy also played for his country at the same venue, alongside reds Ray Houghton and Steve Staunton in a 1-1 friendly draw with Chile. Tosh for Wales John Toshack twice played for Wales on this day in the 1970’s. 1971 - They lost 1-0 in Northern Ireland in the British International Championships. Chris Lawler faced future red Peter Cormack on the same day as England beat Scotland 3-1 at Wembley. 1976 - Wales were held to a 1-1 draw by Yugoslavia in a European Championships qualifier in Cardiff. For Billy 2010 - A memorial cairn in the Billy Liddell Sports Complex in Townhill, Dunfermline was unveiled in honour of the reds legend. Titi in charge 2009 - Titi Camara was appointed National Technical Director of Guinea, additionally becoming Head Coach a month later. An international first 1938 – Ireland met Poland in an international fixture for the first time, with the home side triumphing 6-0 in Warsaw. Ex-reds reserves centre-half Matt O’Mahoney played for the Irish. Also in international action 2008 - Mikel San José played for Spain Under-19’s as they beat their Ukrainian counterparts 3-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Armenia. Meanwhile, Damien Plessis featured for France Under-20’s in their 2-1 defeat by Japan in the Toulon Tournament in Hyères. 2006 – Carl Medjani captained France Under-20’s as they beat China 2-0 in the Semi-final of the Toulon Tournament. 1995 – Ex-red Jim Magilton played for Northern Ireland as they lost 2-0 to Canada in Edmonton. 1989 – Future reds Stig Inge Bjørnebye and Paul Stewart faced each other in a B international as England won 1-0 in Norway, with the former winning his only cap at this level. 1984 – Ian Rush and ex-red Joey Jones both played as Wales drew 1-1 with Northern Ireland in the British International Championships in Swansea. 1980 – Future red Glenn Hysén featured for Sweden Under-21’s in their 3-0 friendly defeat of Finland in Stockholm. 1969 – Emlyn Hughes played for England Under-23’s as they lost a friendly 2-1 in the Netherlands. 1957 – Tommy Younger featured as Scotland lost a friendly 3-1 to West Germany in Stuttgart. 1949 – Ray Lambert represented Wales in their 3-1 friendly defeat in Belgium.
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    6th April

    On the way to our first European Cup 1977 - We drew closer to our first European Cup triumph. Having overcome Saint-Étienne in the previous round, we won our Semi-final first leg 3-1 at Zürich, with two goals from Phil Neal, including a spot-kick, and a Steve Heighway strike after we had gone behind to an early penalty from Peter Risi. Red centurions 2014 – Jordan Henderson reached a century of reds games as we won 2-1 at West Ham United. Steven Gerrard converted two spot kicks with ex-red Andy Carroll proving an awkward opponent. Guy Demel struck for the Hammers. 1949 – Full-back Ray Lambert played his hundredth League game for the club as we were held to a goalless draw at Anfield by Wolverhampton Wanderers. Twice against the Sky Blues This has been a very busy day over the years, with a total of 26 matches played, fourteen of which we have won. However, our two most recent games on this day have both resulted in League defeats to Coventry City. 1997 - Robbie Fowler opened the scoring as we lost 2-1 at Anfield to effectively put us out of the title race. Noel Whelan equalised, with Dion Dublin bagging the injury time winner, the first of his seven strikes past us. 1996 - We lost 1-0 at Highfield Road, with Steve Harkness suffering a broken leg. City’s Whelan was again on target. Mixed fortunes against the Mancs 1968 - Ron Yeats and Roger Hunt netted as we won 2-1 at Old Trafford, with George Best scoring his seventh and last goal for the home side against us. 1931 - Alan Scott bagged our consolation as we were thumped 4-1. Ex-reds centre-forward netted the last two of his four goals against the reds, with Hugh McLenahan and Harry Rowley also on the scoresheet. Sailing in 1878 – Inside-forward John ‘Sailor’ Hunter was born in Johnstone, Renfrewshire. The Scottish international signed from Abercorn in 1899 and bagged twelve goals in 45 reds games before returning north of the border in a combined £300 deal with winger Tom Robertson in May 1902 to join Heart Of Midlothian. Hunter later became Motherwell’s longest ever serving Manager, taking charge of them for over a thousand games. 1904 – Forward Tom Scott was born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. He joined the reds from Darlington, despite Everton believing they had a deal in place to sign him. He struck four times in eighteen games before moving on to Bristol City in October 1928. 1894 – Keeper Harry McNaughton was born in Edinburgh. He signed from St. Bernard’s in July 1920 but only made one senior appearance, keeping a clean sheet in the Anfield derby in the October of that year. Cyril’s treble 1942 - Cyril Done bagged a hat-trick as we beat Burnley 4-1 in a Wartime League game at Anfield that also counted towards the War League Cup, with Phil Taylor also on the scoresheet. 1896 - We hosted the Clarets in a testimonial match for reds defender Joe McQue on an Easter Monday. Tom Bradshaw struck twice with Fred Geary also on target as we won 4-2, with Clarke netting in his first reds game. 1928 - Our third meeting with Burnley was a top-flight encounter at Turf Moor, when Jimmy Walsh and Tom Reid scored as we drew 2-2. Ted off the mark 1932 – Forward Ted Hancock netted his first reds goal as we beat Chelsea 2-1 at Anfield, with Gordon Hodgson also on target. In comes Rab 1898 – Right-half Rab Howell signed from Sheffield United for £200. He went on to become the only true Romany to play for England, playing 67 reds games without scoring before joining Preston North End in June 1901. Ton up 1974 – Midfielder Peter Cormack played his hundredth reds game as we beat Queens Park Rangers 2-1 at Anfield, thanks to an Alec Lindsay penalty and an own goal from Terry Mancini. Cooper bows out 1940 - Right-back and former reds skipper Tommy Cooper played his final game for us in a Wartime League game at Anfield against his hometown team, Stoke City. He was killed on military duty just two months later. 1946 - We visited the Victoria Ground for another Wartime League match, with Cyril Done netting the only goal of the game. 1953 – South African half-back Hugh Gerhardi played his sixth and final reds game as we were thumped 4-0 in a top-flight match at Cardiff City. Wilf Grant and Ken Chisholm each netted the first two of their four goals against the reds. Chasing the Foxes twice We have twice beaten Leicester City 1-0 on this day over the years. 1976 - Kevin Keegan was on target at Anfield. 1985 - Ronnie Whelan netted at Filbert Street. International beginnings and end 1963 - Gerry Byrne and Jimmy Melia both won the first of their two England caps as they beat Ian St. John’s Scotland 2-1 in the British International Championships at Wembley. 1907 - Alex Raisbeck won his eighth and final cap as he skippered Scotland in their 1-1 draw in the same fixture at St. James’ Park. Sam Hardy kept goal for England that day. Three times against the Rams We have entertained Derby County three times on this day in history, winning twice and losing on the other occasion. 1907 - Joe Hewitt struck a brace as we won 2-0. 1935 - Berry Nieuwenhuys netted our consolation in a 3-1 defeat. Sammy Crooks struck one of his six goals past us, with Jack Bowers and Dickie Bird also on target as centre-forward Fred Howe made his reds bow. 1960 - Our most recent meeting was a Second Division fixture, when Roger Hunt, Alan A’Court, Johnny Wheeler and Dave Hickson bagged the goals in a 4-1 victory in a game that was originally postponed two months earlier. Beating the Owls We have twice defeated Sheffield Wednesday in top-flight matches at Anfield on this day in history. 1966 - Willie Stevenson grabbed the only goal of a game postponed from four days earlier. 1929 - Henry Race, James Clark and Gordon Hodgson all struck as we won 3-2. Ellis Rimmer and Jack Allen each netted one of their five goals against the reds. Meeting the Villains We have twice lost First Division matches to Aston Villa on this day in history. 1912 - Sam Gilligan grabbed our consolation in a 2-1 home defeat in what was keeper Sam Hardy’s 240th and final reds game prior to joining Villa, while right-half Bobby Robinson also turned out for the 271st and last time and outside-left John McDonald played for the 81st and final time. Harry Hampton bagged one of his fifteen goals past us, with Clem Stephenson scoring the first of his five against the reds. 1926 - We went down 3-0 at Villa Park. Fred Norris bagged a brace, with Reg Chester grabbing the first of four goals past us. Other reds games 1971 – Newcastle United held us to a 1-1 draw at Anfield. John Tudor struck the first of his five goals against the reds after just two minutes, but Chris Lawler equalised on the stroke of half time. 1965 – West Bromwich Albion won 3-0 in L4. John Kaye bagged one of his four goals past us, Robert Hope struck, and Clive Clark scored one of his seven. 1957 – We beat Swansea Town 2-0 in a home Second Division fixture as Alan A’Court bagged a brace. 1938 – We beat Birmingham City 3-2 at Anfield with Phil Taylor, Alf Hanson and Willie Fagan all on the scoresheet. Fred Harris scored the last of his five goals against us, with Dennis Jennings also on target for the Blues. 1908 – We won 3-1 at Blackburn Rovers despite Walter Whittaker scoring the last of his six goals past us in the first minute. Joe Hewitt, Ronald Orr and Jack Cox scored our goals. 1895 – We lost 3-0 to Nottingham Forest at their old Town Ground, with all the goals coming inside the first twenty minutes. Souey under the knife 1992 - Graeme Souness underwent a successful triple heart by-pass operation. Vitor off 2010 – Brazilian reserves forward Vitor Flora was sold to Goiás Esporte Clube. He had arrived in the summer of 2008, netting twice in nine second-string outings in his first campaign in England, before he made just one appearance from the bench in the following season. International goalscorers 1891 – Future red Edgar Chadwick scored in the second of three consecutive internationals as England beat Scotland 2-1 in the British International Championships at Ewood Park. Fellow future red Fred Geary won his second and final cap for the home side in this fixture. 1996 – Future reds forward Haukur Ingi Guðnason netted for Iceland Under-19’s in their 3-1 defeat of Hungary in the Italy Tournament. Also in international action 1957 – Tommy Younger kept goal as Scotland beat England 2-1 in the British International Championships at Wembley. 1977 – Glenn Hysén featured as Sweden thumped Finland 4-0 in a European Championships qualifier at Solna. 1997 – Future red Rigobert Song played in Cameroon’s 1-0 defeat of Zimbabwe in a World Cup qualifier in Douala. 2006 – Shane O’Connor played for the Irish Under-16’s in their 1-1 friendly draw in Belgium. 2016 – Future red Ozan Kabak featured as Turkey Under-17’s beat their Irish counterparts 3-0 in Dublin.
  9. Last gasp drama on the road to Turkey 2004 - We reached the knock-out stage of the Champions League as we came from behind to beat Olympiacos 3-1 at Anfield in our final group game. Rivaldo was on target in the first half for the visitors, but Florent Sinama-Pongolle came on at half time to change the game, bagging an equaliser straight after the break, our 200th goal in Europe’s premier club competition. Neil Mellor put us one goal away from progress with ten minutes to go before Steven Gerrard struck the spectacular, decisive third. Births and death 1951 - Terry McDermott was born in Kirkby. He struck 81 times in 329 reds games after signing from Newcastle United 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. He netted on his 28th birthday as we won 3-1 at Aston Villa, with Ray Kennedy and Alan Hansen also on the scoresheet, with Brian Little bagging the home side’s consolation. 1994 – Raheem Sterling was born in Kingston, Jamaica. He signed from Queens Park Rangers for £0.5m in February 2010, notching 23 goals in 129 reds games before joining Manchester City for an initial £44m in July 2015. 1995 – Jordon Ibe was born in Bermondsey. He arrived from Wycombe Wanderers for a reported £750,000 in December 2011, notching four times in 58 reds games before moving to Bournemouth for a reported £15m in July 2016. 1923 - Scottish right-back Tom Robertson died. He signed from Stoke for £400 and played 47 times without notching, helping us to claim our first League title in 1901 before joining Southampton in May 1902, with whom he won the Southern League in two successive years. Razor sheathed 1981 - Ray Kennedy played his 342nd and final domestic reds game as we beat Arsenal 3-0 in a League Cup Fourth Round replay at Anfield, with all three goals coming in extra time. Craig Johnston bagged his first reds goal on his 21st birthday before fellow birthday boy Terry McDermott converted a penalty, with Kenny Dalglish also on target. 1928 – Defender Bert Shears played his sixteenth and final reds game as we lost 2-1 at Sunderland, with Robert Done bagging our consolation and Gordon Hodgson reaching a century of reds games. Dave Halliday struck one of his thirteen goals against the reds, with Bob McKay also on target. Mo’s treble 2018 – Mohamed Salah scored a hat-trick as we thumped Bournemouth 4-0 at their Vitality Stadium, with skipper James Milner playing the 500th Premier League game of his career as we also benefited from a Steve Cook own goal. Stevie’s half century 2007 - Steven Gerrard scored his fiftieth Premiership goal as we lost 3-1 at Reading, our first League defeat of the season, with young centre-back Jack Hobbs making his only ever League start. The home side’s first goal from Stephen Hunt was the hundredth we had conceded in the League under the charge of Rafael Benítez. Kevin Doyle and James Harper also got on the scoresheet. Solitary strikes 1973 - Mick Lyons had a goal for the Blues ruled offside before Alan Waddle grabbed his only reds strike to hand us a 1-0 derby win at Goodison Park against an Everton side who were unbeaten in the League that season. We won despite the absence of John Toshack and Steve Heighway, with Kevin Keegan also having to go off injured. 1951 - Centre-half Laurie Hughes scored his only goal in 326 reds games as we drew 2-2 with Preston North End at Anfield. We had fallen 2-0 behind, through a Ray Lambert own goal and the first of Charlie Wayman’s six strikes past us, before Billy Liddell pulled a goal back. Hughes had gone up front after injuring his thigh and tapped in the equaliser after Preston’s keeper Jimmy Gooch had let a Bill Jones strike slip through his legs. Four for Chelsea 1934 - Dickie Spence scored all four Chelsea goals in their 4-1 defeat of the reds at Stamford Bridge, the first of his six goals against the reds. Forward Dave Wright netted our consolation, while right-back Tommy Cooper made his reds bow. Two rangers off track 1993 - Queens Park Rangers had both Simon Barker and Les Ferdinand sent off in our 3-2 win at Anfield. John Barnes and Ian Rush added to Jan Mølby’s penalty. Ferdinand had netted one of his six goals against the reds, with Barker also on target for the visitors. Defeat in Europe 1998 - We lost 1-0 to Celta de Vigo at Anfield to bow out at the Third Round stage of the UEFA Cup 4-1 on aggregate. Mixed fortunes against the steel city boys We have twice faced Sheffield United on this day in history, without winning, although we have beaten their neighbours Wednesday, with all these games coming in the First Division. 1894 - We drew 2-2 on our first ever trip to Bramall Lane, with Tom Bradshaw bagging a brace and Harry Hammond netting twice for the home side. 1923 - United left Anfield with all the points, when Harry Chambers and Dick Forshaw netted in our 3-2 defeat. Harry Johnson and Billy Gillespie each struck one of their seven goals against the reds, with Fred Tunstall bagging one of his eight past us. 1962 - Kevin Lewis and Roger Hunt struck as we won 2-0 at Hillsborough. Bennett yet again 1917 - Thomas Bennett scored all five goals as we thumped Rochdale 5-1 in a Wartime League match at Anfield. Amazingly, this was the fifteenth consecutive game in which he had scored for the reds! A new management role 1998 - 1950’s reds wing-half Keith Burkinshaw was put in temporary charge of Aberdeen after Roy Aitken was sacked. He was unbeaten in four games but returned to a Director of Football role in the New Year, when Paul Hegarty was appointed. Deano moves into the sun 1998 - Dean Saunders joined SL Benfica from Sheffield United for £500,000. He spent one season at the Estádio da Luz, bagging five goals in seventeen League outings, before returning to England to join Bradford City. Sir Roger for England 1965 - Roger Hunt struck as England beat Spain 2-0 in a friendly in Madrid. Going through 2003 - Zak Whitbread featured as the USA Under-20’s reached the Quarter-finals of the World Championship Finals in the United Arab Emirates by defeating the Ivory Coast 2-0. On the same day, future red Javier Mascherano featured as Argentina beat Egypt 2-1 after extra time at the same stage of the competition. Ellison’s bow 2006 - Academy youngster James Ellison made his debut for England Under-16’s, playing alongside clubmate Sean Highdale in their 2-1 defeat of Scotland to clinch the Victory Shield in Sc***horpe. Good riddance 2010 – Reserves keeper Charles Itandje was released. The Frenchman signed from Racing Club de Lens in August 2007, playing seven largely unconvincing games in his first season, being released from his contract in December 2010.
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    6th February

    Dirk strikes again 2010 - Dirk Kuyt headed in his fiftieth reds goal from a corner, in his 181st game for the club, to secure a 1-0 derby victory at Anfield. Centre-half Sotirios Kyrgiakos was sent off for a two-footed challenge on Marouane Fellaini, despite taking the ball, with both Fellaini and Stephen Pienaar lucky to avoid red cards in the first half. Pienaar was eventually dismissed in stoppage time. American issues 2007 - Liverpool FC announced that the Board had agreed the terms of an offer from George Gillett Jr. and Tom Hicks to buy the club. The takeover subsequently went through when shareholders agreed to the deal near unanimously, although the honeymoon period rapidly came to an end, and they finally left the club in October 2010. 2016 – A mass walkout was staged in the 77th minute of our home game against Sunderland in protest at planned ticket price increases, of up to £77, with a new pricing structure rapidly introduced afterwards. After a goalless first half, Roberto Firmino and Adam Lallana put us two goals ahead before the crowd thinned out. However, Adam Johnson and Jermain Defoe, with his fourth of six strikes past us to date, ensured the game ended level, with boss Jürgen Klopp missing the game due to a recent appendectomy. Biting the hand that would feed 2011 - Future Blue Raul Meireles bagged the only goal at Stamford Bridge, as Fernando Torres’ Chelsea debut ended in anonymous disappointment. Many happy returns 1916 - Legendary forward Jack Balmer was born in West Derby, Liverpool. He quit Everton where he had been an amateur for Anfield in May 1935, signing on professionally three months later. He bagged 110 goals in 309 reds games, including trebles in three consecutive matches on our way to the League title in 1947. He also played in the FA Cup Final three years later and coached the reds after retiring from playing in May 1952. 1908 - Right-back Willie Steel was born in Blantyre, Lanarkshire. He failed to score in 128 reds games after signing from St. Johnstone in September 1931, before being sold to Birmingham City for £5,000 in March 1935. 1903 – Forward James Clark was born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. He signed from his hometown club for £3,000 in January 1928 and bagged eleven goals in 42 games, before moving joining Nottingham Forest in July 1931. On the same day, forward Bob Clark also came into the world. He signed from Newcastle United for £3,000 in January 1928, having helped them to the League title the year before. He struck eleven times in 42 outings before joining Nottingham Forest in July 1931. 1978 - Ex-reserves defender Gareth Roberts was born in Wrexham. He left Anfield in August 1999 for Panionios in Greece. Yet another shut out 1988 - We secured a club record tenth consecutive clean sheet as we were held to a draw at home by West Ham United. Manager Kenny Dalglish was presented with his third Bell’s Manager of the Month award prior to kick-off. 2012 – We were held to a goalless draw by Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield as Luis Suárez returned from a nine-match ban. Dom off 1999 - We beat Middlesbrough 3-1 in a League game at Anfield, with Michael Owen, Vegard Heggem and Paul Ince netting. Dominic Matteo was sent off for a professional foul. Boro’s late goal from Phil Stamp was the first we had conceded on this day since 1956. On the same day, future reds Markus Babbel and Stéphane Henchoz both played for their countries. 1956 – We won 2-1 at Sc***horpe United in an FA Cup Fourth Round replay, when Billy Liddell and Alan Arnell grabbed our goals as we won through in extra time. Keeper Dave Underwood saved a penalty from Jack Brownsword. Getting thumped We have lost four of our fourteen matches on this day in history. 1937 - The most recent of these was a 5-0 thumping at Birmingham City in the top flight. Fred Harris struck one of his five goals against the reds, with Seymour Morris, Jack Beattie, Dennis Jennings and Frank White all also on target. 1932 - We also lost 5-1 at Grimsby Town, with full-back Bob Done netting our consolation. Tim Coleman bagged a treble for the Mariners, who were relegated from the First Division at the end of that season, three of his nine strikes past the reds. Jock Priestley and Teddy Buck also scored. Cup humiliation 1909 - We lost 3-2 to Norwich City at Anfield in the Second Round of the FA Cup, with Jack Cox grabbing his eightieth and final reds goal and Robert Robinson also on target. This was the second time we had been knocked out of the competition by non-League opposition. Ex-red Hugh McQueen returned to Anfield as the Canaries’ trainer, receiving a standing ovation. Red trebles 1963 - Ian St. John netted a hat-trick as we beat Drumcondra 5-1 in a friendly at Tolka Park in Dublin. Kevin Lewis was also on the scoresheet, with our other strike coming from an own goal. 1943 - Willie Fagan struck three times, including once from the spot, as we thumped Tranmere Rovers 5-1 in a Wartime League fixture at Prenton Park. Cyril Done added a brace. Derby Dick again 1926 - Dick Forshaw netted twice, including his hundredth reds goal, as we drew 3-3 at Goodison, adding to the treble he had bagged in our previous meeting that season across Stanley Park. Cyril Oxley had bagged our first goal with his sixth and final reds strike. Dixie Dean netted the first of his nineteen derby goals, with Bobby Irvine and Sam Chedgzoy also on the scoresheet. 1915 - We also took the short trip across the park when Jackie Sheldon, Jimmy Nicholl and Fred Pagnam were on the scoresheet as we beat the eventual League champions 3-1, with Joe Clennell netting one of his seven goals past us, the thousandth goal we had conceded in the top flight. Thumpings 1982 - Terry McDermott, Ian Rush, Kenny Dalglish and Ronnie Whelan all netted as we beat Ipswich Town 4-0 at Anfield as we moved towards our thirteenth League title. 1897 – We suffered a 6-1 trouncing at the hands of Stoke in our First Division encounter at the Victoria Ground. George Allan netted our consolation in what was our biggest defeat so far. Joe Schofield and Jimmy Hill each netted twice, with Alan Maxwell and Jim Hingerty also on target. Signing on 1925 – Forward Tom Scott joined the reds from Darlington, despite Everton believing they had a deal in place to sign him. He struck four times in eighteen games before moving on to Bristol City in October 1928. A beginning and an end 1954 - Forward Eric Anderson struck the first of his 22 goals as we drew 1-1 at Burnley in a top-flight fixture, with full-back Ray Lambert playing his 300th game for the club. 1904 – Inside-forward Edgar Chadwick played his 45th and final reds game as we lost 3-1 at Blackburn Rovers in an FA Cup First Round tie. Sam Raybould bagged our consolation, with reds keeper Peter Platt saving a Bob Crompton spot-kick. Jack Dewhurst scored two of his five goals past us, with Lionel Watson also on the scoresheet. Award-winning reds 2006 - Rafael Benítez was awarded the Liverpool Echo’s Merseyside Sports Personality of the Year, while skipper Steven Gerrard was presented with the Bill Shankly Memorial Award at the same event. On the same day, Jimmy Ryan played for the Republic of Ireland Under-18’s as they beat Malta 1-0. Keegan’s brace 1980 - Skipper Kevin Keegan, then with Hamburger SV, netted both goals in England’s 2-0 defeat of the Republic of Ireland in a European Championships qualifier at Wembley. Ray Clemence, Steve Heighway, David Johnson, Terry McDermott, Phil Thompson and future red Mark Lawrenson all also played. This was David Johnson’s first cap as a red. International debuts 2008 - Martin Škrtel won his first cap as a red as Slovakia drew 1-1 in a friendly in Hungary, while Jari Litmanen scored while playing for Finland for the first time while with Fulham as they lost 2-1 in Greece, with future red Sotirios Kyrgiakos on the winning side. Milan Baroš represented the Czech Republic for the first time while on loan at Portsmouth in their 2-0 defeat by Poland in another friendly, while Nicolas Anelka won his first cap as a Chelsea player in France’s 1-0 defeat by Spain in Málaga, with Xabi Alonso, Fernando Torres and future red Albert Riera also featuring. Future red Luis Suárez netted in Uruguay’s 2-2 friendly draw with Colombia in Montevideo. Meanwhile, Steven Gerrard skippered England in Fabio Capello’s first match in charge as they beat Switzerland 2-1 in a friendly at Wembley Stadium, with Peter Crouch, future reds Joe Cole and Raul Meireles, and ex-red David James also in action. Ex-red Frode Kippe won his eight and last senior cap as Norway lost a friendly 3-0 to John Toshack’s Wales in Wrexham. Ryan Babel, Yossi Benayoun, Lucas Leiva, John Arne Riise, future reds Joe Allen, Milan Jovanović, Robbie Keane, Alex Manninger and Christian Poulsen and ex-red Darren Potter all also played for their countries. 2007 - Robbie Threlfall made his only England Under-19’s appearance with his clubmate Adam Hammill on target as they thumped Poland 4-1 in a friendly in front of a record crowd of 10,375 at the Fitness First Stadium in Bournemouth. Meanwhile, Craig Bellamy, Scott Carson, ex-red Antonio Barragán and future reds Sotirios Kyrgiakos, James Milner, Christian Poulsen and Kolo Touré also played for their countries, with John Toshack taking charge of Wales. 2003 – John Welsh debuted for England Under-20’s as they drew 1-1 with Germany in the Toulon International Festival, with future reds keeper Andy Lonergan also playing. Also in international action 2013 – Nuri Şahin won his first cap back on loan at Ballspielverein Borussia 09 e.V. Dortmund from Real Madrid, having moved on the reds, as Turkey lost a friendly 2-0 at home to the Czech Republic, while Samed Yeşil played for Germany Under-19’s for the seventh and last time in their 1-0 friendly defeat in Italy. Daniel Agger, Steven Gerrard and Martin Škrtel all captained their countries in friendlies, while Mario Balotelli won his first cap as an AC Milan player, with Danny Ward making his debut for Wales Under-21’s. Future red Mohamed Salah netted as Egypt lost a friendly 2-1 to Chile in Madrid, while Chelsea’s Fabio Borini scored for Italy Under-21’s in their 1-0 friendly defeat of Germany in Andria. Joe Allen, Glen Johnson, Luis Suárez, future reds Christian Benteke, Ádám Bogdán, Ragnar Klavan, Dejan Lovren, James Milner and Mamadou Sakho, and ex-reds Charlie Adam, Craig Bellamy, Alexander Kačaniklić, Dirk Kuyt, Javier Mascherano, Raul Meireles and John Arne Riise all also played, with Roy Hodgson taking charge of England. Meanwhile, ex-red Momo Sissoko played as Mali were beaten 4-1 by future reds loanee Victor Moses’ Nigeria in the Africa Cup of Nations Semi-final in South Africa. 2016 – Future red Rafael Camacho played for Portugal Under-16’s as they beat the Netherlands 2-1 in a friendly. 2009 – Emiliano Insúa and Ronald Huth both featured in the final phase of the Sudamericano Sub-20 “Juventud de América” in Venezuela. Argentina were held to a 1-1 draw by the host nation, while Paraguay drew 2-2 with Uruguay. 2000 – Rigobert Song played as Cameroon beat Algeria 2-1 in their Africa Cup of Nations Quarter-final in Ghana. 1993 – Future red Brad Friedel played for the USA in their 1-1 draw with Romania in Santa Barbara. 1991 – John Barnes, Steve Nicol, Ian Rush, Steve Staunton, ex-red Kevin Sheedy and future reds Gary McAllister, Colin Pascoe, Dean Saunders and Mark Wright all played in international friendlies. Other reds games 1993 – Nottingham Forest held us to a goalless draw at Anfield. 1971 – John Toshack netted the only goal of our trip to Leeds United after just two minutes. 1965 – Roger Hunt bagged the only goal as we visited Aston Villa, with the goal standing despite the linesman flagging for offside. On the move 2014 – Steven Gillespie signed for Bristol Rovers, having been released by Fleetwood Town. He struck once in ten games before moving on to Altrincham five months later.
  11. In comes Stig 1992 - Stig Inge Bjørnebye signed from Rosenborg BK for £600,000. He bagged four goals in 184 reds games before moving on to Blackburn Rovers for £300,000 in June 2000 having helped us to claim the Coca-Cola Cup in 1995. 1897 – Scottish forward Abe Hartley signed from Everton for £175 in December 1897, but only notched once in twelve outings before joining Southern League side Southampton the following May. Michael’s debut 1991 - Michael Thomas made his reds bow as a second-half substitute in a 2-1 win at his boyhood favourites Tottenham Hotspur, with Dean Saunders and Ray Houghton netting our goals after ex-red Paul Walsh had hammered the home side in front. 1993 - We visited White Hart Lane again, with Robbie Fowler grabbing two goals, including a penalty, to add to a Jamie Redknapp strike as we drew 3-3. 1971 - We also faced Spurs, being held to a goalless draw at Anfield. We aren’t the champions of the world 2005 - The reds narrowly failed to be crowned world champions, having three goals disallowed, at least one of them wrongly, and hitting the bar twice as we lost 1-0 to São Paulo in the Final of the FIFA Club World Championship TOYOTA Cup Japan 2005 in Yokohama, Japan. Brazilian midfielder Mineiro grabbed the goal to end a club record run of eleven consecutive clean sheets. Danny, the new Ian Rush 2002 - We won 4-3 at Aston Villa in our Worthington Cup Fifth Round tie, once it finally got going after a much-delayed start caused by Villa’s inefficient ticketing arrangements. Our goals came from Steven Gerrard, Milan Baroš and a Danny Murphy brace. Markus Babbel played his 73rd and final reds game but was replaced before the break. Murphy’s first goal was his thirtieth for the reds, all of which came in undefeated games. This proud record came to an end when he headed his fortieth reds goal in our Carling Cup defeat by Bolton Wanderers in December 2003. Darius Vassell converted a spot-kick for the home side, with Thomas Hitzlsperger also on target before a Dion Dublin strike deflected in off Stéphane Henchoz. Naby again 2019 - Naby Keïta scored in his third consecutive game as we beat Mexican side Monterrey 2-1 in our FIFA Club World Cup Semi-final in Qatar, with James Milner playing his 200th reds game. Rogelio Funes Mori netted a quick-fire equaliser, but substitute Roberto Firmino bagged a stoppage-time winner. An injury crisis meant that skipper Jordan Henderson had to play the game at centre-back. Keeping birthdays 1984 - Ex-Academy keeper Paul Harrison was born in Liverpool. He never made a first-team appearance before being released in July 2005, although he made it as far as the bench on thirteen occasions. He is now captaining Welsh Premier League side The New Saints. He is perhaps sadly best remembered as the son of one of the Hillsborough victims. 1999 – Keeper Daniel Atherton was born in Haydock. He has been with the reds since the age of twelve, signing his first professional contract a year ago. Another debutant 1909 - Half-back John McConnell made his reds debut as we lost 3-1 at Aston Villa, with Jack Parkinson netting our consolation from the spot. Joe Bache struck two of his nine goals against the reds, with Harry Hampton bagging one of his fifteen past us. More joy against Villa We have faced Aston Villa in the top flight on this day in history on a further four occasions, winning three and drawing the other match. 1920 - Dick Johnson struck twice as we won 4-1 at Anfield, with Harry Lewis and Donald Mackinlay, from the spot, also netting. Billy Walker struck the first of his five goals against the reds. 1948 - Cyril Done scored as we were held to a 1-1 draw in L4 as full-back Ray Lambert reached a century of reds games. 1982 - David Hodgson, Kenny Dalglish, Alan Kennedy and Ian Rush were all on the scoresheet as we won 4-2 at Villa Park, with Gary Shaw and Peter Withe scoring for the home side. 2011 – We won a Premiership encounter 2-0 at Villa Park thanks to early goals from Craig Bellamy and Martin Škrtel. Luis Suárez hit the woodwork to make it sixteen times in total we had suffered that fate this season. Subbed on and off 1999 - Vladimír Šmicer came on as a substitute, and was later himself substituted, as we beat Coventry City 2-0 on a ‘Shankly Day’ at Anfield. Michael Owen and Titi Camara were on target. On the same day, Steven Gerrard was banned from driving for a year after failing a breath test. East End despair We have twice met West Ham United in the First Division on this day in history, without managing to score a goal. 1926 - We were held to a goalless draw at Anfield, with defender Bill Cockburn playing his 67th and final reds game. 1976 – We went down 2-0 at Upton Park, thanks to goals from Trevor Brooking and Billy Jennings. Brucie comes to England 1979 - Bruce Grobbelaar joined Crewe Alexandra on loan from Vancouver Whitecaps. He made 24 appearances for the Alex, even getting himself on the scoresheet once! Double treble 1943 - Robert Beattie and Cyril Done both scored hat-tricks as we thumped Tranmere Rovers 9-1 in a Wartime League fixture at Prenton Park. Joffre Gulliver, Jack Balmer and Don Welsh were also on the scoresheet. Neals in and out 1985 - Phil Neal was named Player/Manager of Bolton Wanderers. He stayed in charge until he was sacked in May 1992, leading them to the Freight Rover Trophy Final in his first season, before the Trotters were relegated to the basement division the next year, although they immediately bounced back into the Third Division. He could not lead them any higher, despite twice making the play-offs. He also helped them to claim the Sherpa Van Trophy in 1989. 1998 - Phil Neal’s son Ashley was released by Peterborough United. He had spent the early 1990’s as a defender in the stiffs at Anfield. KHR on target 1991 - Future red Karl-Heinz Riedle netted as Germany beat Luxembourg 4-0 in a Euro ’92 qualifier in Leverkusen. Managerial moves 2011 - Markus Babbel was sacked as Manager of Hertha BSC Berlin. He had taken over in July 2010, leading them back into the Bundesliga in his first season as they won thirty of his 55 games in charge. 2015 – Recent short-lived Assistant Manager Sean O'Driscoll was appointed Head Coach of Walsall, but was sacked just three months later. On the move 2014 – Hungarian forward Krisztián Németh joined Sporting Kansas City from Roda JC Kerkrade, bagging ten goals in 24 outings to date. On the same day, Mario Balotelli was banned for one match and fined £25,000 after being found guilty by the FA of a racist/anti-Semitic post on Instagram. Also in international action 1993 – Future red Christian Ziege played as Germany beat the USA 3-0 in California, with fellow future red Brad Friedel also featuring. 1994 – Future red Gary McAllister captained Scotland as they won a European Championships qualifier 1-0 in Greece.
  12. Will

    20th August

    Happy birthdays 1961 - Steve McMahon was born in Liverpool. He signed from Aston Villa for £350,000 in September 1985 and struck fifty times in 277 reds appearances in his six years at Anfield, during which time he won three League titles, the FA Cup and two FA Charity Shields. He left the reds to sign for Manchester City for £900,000 in December 1991. 2003 – Forward Max Woltman was born in Wirral. He joined the Academy at the age of seven, playing in the FA Youth Cup Final in May 2021 after turning pro the previous January. 1895 – Inside-left Dick Forshaw was born in Preston. He joined the reds in July 1919, winning two League titles while with the reds, scoring an impressive 124 times in 288 games. He has the unique honour of being the only player ever to claim League championship medals with both Merseyside clubs, helping the Blues to one in 1928 after he had crossed Stanley Park for £3,750 in March 1927. 1888 – Forward Harry Welfare was born in Liverpool. He signed from Northern Nomads in 1912, notching once in four outings before moving to Wrexham the following year. He later had a very successful career in Brazil, helping Fluminense to claim the title three times in succession while bagging 163 goals in just 166 games. Double hola 2004 - We signed a pair of Spaniards. Xabi Alonso arrived from Real Sociedad for £10.7m, with Luis García signing from Barcelona for a £6m fee. Xabi netted nineteen times, showing his silky passing skills in 210 reds games before moving to Real Madrid for £30m in August 2009. García struck thirty times, including five in our glorious Champions League campaign in 2005, in 121 games, before returning to his homeland to join Club Atlético de Madrid in July 2007. 2012 – Slovakian centre-half Martin Škrtel signed a new contract. He arrived from Zenit St. Petersburg for £6.5m to become our most expensive defender to date, notching 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. Goalscoring debuts 1977 - Kenny Dalglish scored on his League debut as we drew 1-1 at Middlesbrough, with David Armstrong bagging the first of his four goals past us. 1960 - Winger and new £13,000 record signing Kevin Lewis scored on his debut as we beat Leeds United 2-0 at Anfield in another season opener, with the other goal coming from former blue Dave Hickson. 2016 – Marko Grujić made his senior reds bow as we dominated but lost 2-0 at Burnley, with Sam Vokes and Andre Gray both on target before the break. Royal victories 2018 - Sadio Mané scored in his third consecutive reds game as we won 2-0 at Crystal Palace, with James Milner handing us the lead from the spot at the very end of the first half. Aaron Wan-Bissaka was sent off for the home side before Mané struck in injury time. Daniel Sturridge played his hundredth League game for the reds. 1994 - We thumped Palace 6-1 at Selhurst Park to get the season off to a great start. Steve McManaman and Ian Rush scored twice apiece, with Jan Mølby and Robbie Fowler also on the scoresheet. Chris Armstrong bagged the home side’s consolation. Lefties on the way in 2013 – Left-back Aly Cissokho signed on loan from Valencia. The Frenchman played nineteen reds games without scoring. 1894 – Outside-left John Drummond joined from Sheffield United, scoring once in eighteen outings before moving on to Barnsley St. Peter’s the following year. Mixed fortunes at Wembley 1983 - Joe Fagan’s first game in charge came in the FA Charity Shield, when we lost 2-0 to Manchester United. Michael Robinson made his first-class reds debut in this match. Bryan Robson bagged both United’s goals, two of his seven strikes against us. 1988 - We gained some revenge on Wimbledon for our FA Cup Final defeat earlier that year, coming from behind to beat them 2-1 thanks to a John Aldridge brace, to claim the Shield for the seventh time outright. Charlie Boyd and Jim Magilton both sat on our bench for the first of just two occasions, while John Fashanu netted one of his six goals against us. Beating the Gunners 2011 – We beat Arsenal 2-0 in our first ever win at the Emirates Stadium. Emmanuel Frimpong was sent off before Ignasi Miquel’s clearance rebounded off Aaron Ramsey’s chest for an own goal. Luis Suárez then added a second in stoppage time. The king at Anfield 1966 - A fifteen-year old Kenny Dalglish wore the number eight shirt playing for Liverpool B as they beat Southport 1-0 in a Lancashire League match, five years before he signed professional terms with Celtic. However, he was not taken on by Bill Shankly, returning to Anfield as our record signing eleven years later. Milan’s farewell 2005 - Milan Baroš played his 108th and final reds game, with Luis García making his fiftieth reds appearance, as Xabi Alonso nabbed the only goal of our Anfield encounter with Sunderland, who had Andy Welsh sent off, the second of fifteen dismissals against the reds that season. 1949 - We also entertained the Mackems, winning 4-2 in a season opener, with Bob Paisley, Jack Balmer, Kevin Baron and Albert Stubbins all on target, with Billy Liddell missing a penalty. Dickie Davis struck one of his seven goals against us, with Ivor Broadis also on target. We went on to finish eighth that season. The mancs at home at Anfield 1971 - An unusual situation occurred as Manchester United played a home fixture at Anfield. Old Trafford was closed for two weeks due to hooliganism, and so United entertained Arsenal at Anfield. The ‘home’ side won 3-1. Frank McLintock sent the Gunners in ahead at half time, but goals from George Best, Bobby Charlton and Brian Kidd secured United’s victory. Jan’s debut 1984 - Jan Mølby scored in his first reds game, two days before he officially signed, as we beat Home Farm 3-0 in a friendly held at Tolka Park in Dublin. Ronnie Whelan added a brace, while Ian Rush sustained cartilage damage that kept him out of the first team for two months. The game had been arranged as part of the transfer deal that brought Ken DeMange and Brian Mooney to Anfield. Cally’s milestone 1974 – Ian Callaghan played his 500th League game for the reds in our goalless game at Wolverhampton Wanderers. Another season opener 1955 - We began our season with a 3-1 Second Division win at Nottingham Forest, with Alan A’Court nabbing a brace and John Evans also netting, as full-back Ray Lambert played his 300th League game for the club. Unfortunately, we ended the season in third, missing out on promotion again. Phil the champion 2011 – Future red Philippe Coutinho won his seventh and final cap for Brazil Under-20’s as they beat Portugal 3-2 after extra time in the World Championship Final in Colombia. Fifty years for the League 1938 - We lost a friendly 2-1 at Everton. Jack Balmer netted in a game staged to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the Football League. International reds on target 2008 – Xabi Alonso struck twice as Spain beat Daniel Agger’s Denmark 3-0 in a friendly in Copenhagen, with Pepe Reina and Fernando Torres also featuring and Christian Poulsen winning his first cap while with Juventus. Milan Baroš scored while winning his first cap as a Galatasaray player as the Czech Republic drew 2-2 with an England side that included Steven Gerrard, future red Stewart Downing and ex-reds Emile Heskey and David James at Wembley, with future red Joe Cole netting. Also in international action were Dirk Kuyt, future reds Ragnar Klavan, Raul Meireles, Nuri Şahin, Luis Suárez and Kolo Touré, and ex-reds Salif Diao, Alou Diarra and John Toshack. 2003 - Michael Owen scored for England as they beat Croatia 3-1 in a friendly at Portman Road. Steven Gerrard, Emile Heskey, Danny Murphy and ex-red David James all also played, with Joe Cole winning his first cap as a Chelsea player. On the same day, Jerzy Dudek, Stéphane Henchoz, ex-red Don Hutchison and future reds Craig Bellamy, Yossi Benayoun, Djibril Cissé, Mark González, Paul Jones, Christian Poulsen and Bolo Zenden all also featured for their countries. International beginnings and ends 2008 – Andrea Dossena won his first cap as a reds player, only his second to date, as Italy drew 2-2 with Austria in a friendly in Nice, with future red Alberto Aquilani also featuring and Alex Manninger playing for the last time while with Juventus. Meanwhile, Robbie Keane netted while making his first appearance for the Republic of Ireland since moving to Anfield as they drew 1-1 with Norway in Oslo. Steve Finnan won his last cap before leaving the reds, while John Arne Riise played his first international since joining Roma. On the same day, Jari Litmanen won his first cap in his second spell as a Lti player, playing alongside Sami Hyypiä as Finland beat Yossi Benayoun’s Israel 2-0 in Tampere. Sotirios Kyrgiakos won his first cap while with A.E.K Athens in Greece’s 2-0 friendly win against Martin Škrtel’s Slovakia in Bratislava. Meanwhile, Salif Diao and El-Hadji Diouf both played as Senegal drew a friendly 0-0 in Libya, for the first time since joining Stoke City and Sunderland, respectively. 1997 - Ex-red Lee Jones won his second and final cap, and only one as a Tranmere Rovers player, as Wales lost a World Cup qualifier 6-4 in Turkey. Keeper Paul Jones won his first cap as a Southampton player, while ex-red Dean Saunders netted his last goal while with Nottingham Forest, as he won his 59th cap. On the same day, Christian Ziege won his first cap as an AC Milan player, and Jim Magilton made his last appearance while at Southampton as Germany beat Northern Ireland 3-1 in another qualifier at Windsor Park. Ray Houghton won his seventieth cap, and final one as a Crystal Palace player, as the Republic of Ireland were held to a goalless draw in their World Cup qualifier against Lithuania at Lansdowne Road. Mark Kennedy and ex-red Steve Staunton also featured. Meanwhile, future red John Arne Riise won his fourth and last cap for Norway Under-16’s as they lost 3-2 to Sweden. Also in action that day were Stig Inge Bjørnebye and future reds Markus Babbel, Stéphane Henchoz, Jari Litmanen and Vladimír Šmicer. 2002 - Pepe Reina won his first Under-21’s cap as a Villarreal player in Spain’s 1-0 friendly win in Hungary, with fellow future red Xabi Alonso also featuring, and Daniel Sjölund featuring for Finland Under-21’s in their 1-0 defeat by the Republic of Ireland. 2003 - Andriy Voronin won his last senior cap while with 1. FSV Mainz 05, and twelfth to date, as the Ukraine lost a friendly 2-0 to Romania in Kiev. On the same day, Alou Diarra, Anthony Le Tallec, Florent Sinama-Pongolle and future red Charles Itandje all featured as France Under-21’s drew 1-1 in a friendly in Switzerland. 2019 – Billy Koumetio made his debut for France Under-18’s as they thumped Paraguay 5-1 in a friendly. On the move again 2015 – Former Assistant Manager Pako Ayestarán was appointed Club Santos Laguna boss in Mexico, but only remained in charge for three months before his contract was terminated “by mutual consent”. 2011 – Harry Kewell signed for Melbourne Victory, while Nabil El Zhar joined Spanish side Levante U.D. Kewell struck eight times in 25 outings in his one season in southern Australia, while El Zhar played 22 times during his first campaign. 2010 - Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain signed as a professional for Southampton, going on to score ten goals in 43 outings before moving on to Arsenal in August 2011 for an initial £12m. 2005 - Albert Riera signed for R.C.D. Espanyol from Girondins de Bordeaux, having struck four times in 53 League games for the French side. 1993 – Current Chief Scout Barry Hunter joined Wrexham from Crusaders for £50,000, scoring six goals in 120 games before moving on to Reading in July 1996 for £400,000. 2003 - Future red Jermaine Pennant joined Leeds United on loan from Arsenal. He struck twice in 36 games as the Whites were relegated. 2004 - Ex-reserves defender Alan Navarro joined Chester City on loan from Tranmere Rovers. He played four times for the Blues, and then had another loan spell later in the season, this time with fellow League Two side Macclesfield Town. 2019 – Ex-reds midfielder Kevin MacDonald left Aston Villa’s coaching staff for a second time, this time having been suspended for eight months following allegations of bullying. Other reds games 1969 – We won 2-0 at Manchester City with Bobby Graham bagging a brace. 1968 – We beat Stoke City 2-1 at Anfield with Terry Conroy giving the visitors the lead with the first of his four goals past us. Ian Callaghan equalised before Tony Allen turned a Peter Thompson cross into his own net. 1966 – We defeated Leicester City 3-2 in L4 in our opening League game of the season. Roger Hunt and Geoff Strong struck before Derek Dougan netted the first two of his four goals against the reds. Willie Stevenson scored the winner from the spot. Also in international action 2017 – Bobby Duncan played for England Under-17’s as they beat Scotland 2-1 in a friendly in Burton. 2007 – Future red Christian Benteke featured for Belgium Under-17’s in the World Championships Finals as they lost a group game 4-2 to Tunisia in South Korea. 1986 – Future red Glenn Hysén played for Sweden in their goalless friendly draw with the USSR in Gothenburg. 1980 – Hysén played for Sweden Under-21’s in their 1-0 friendly victory over Hungary in Budapest.
  13. Will

    3rd March

    Another treble for Gordon 1934 - Our best ever win on this day came when Gordon Hodgson netted a hat-trick in a 6-2 home League win over Middlesbrough, the fourteenth of his seventeen for the club. Sam English grabbed a brace, with Harold Taylor also on target and forward Tosh Johnson making his reds bow on the day he signed. Benny Yorston struck two of his five goals against the reds. Derby joy 1973 - Emlyn Hughes struck a brace in the final eight minutes to hand us a 2-0 win at Goodison Park. This helped give us the momentum to claim the League title that season, our first for seven years, as we came out of a slump of just one win in our previous five games. Mo yet again 2018 – Mohamed Salah netted in his seventh consecutive game to open the scoring against Newcastle United at Anfield. Sadio Mané netted after half time to secure a 2-0 victory. Recent defeats 2007 - We lost to a last-minute John O’Shea goal, despite Paul Scholes being sent off late on for the visitors, as Manchester United secured a third straight clean League sheet at Anfield, the first time they had ever achieved this. Steve Finnan was making his 400th career League appearance as we lost a League game at home for the first time in seventeen months. 2012 – Arsenal won 2-1 at Anfield, despite the reds going ahead through a Laurent Koscielny own goal after Dirk Kuyt had seen a penalty saved. Robin van Persie headed in an equaliser before half time and then struck a cruel stoppage-time winner, two of his seven goals to date past us. This was only the third time in nine years we had lost a home League game after taking the lead, with Arsenal the victors on each occasion. 2020 – We lost 2-0 at Chelsea in the FA Cup Fifth Round, having made seven changes from our preceding game, which was our first League defeat of the season. Adrián fumbled Willian’s shot for the opener, with ex-Toffee Ross Barkley adding the second. 1979 – We held Chelsea to a goalless draw, with Yugoslav keeper Petar Borota making his debut for the home side in blustery conditions. Half a century for Le Boss 2004 - We beat Levski Sofia 4-2 in Bulgaria to reach the Fourth Round of the UEFA Cup 6-2 on aggregate, in what was our fiftieth European match since Gérard Houllier took sole charge. Sami Hyypiä played his 250th reds game, scoring our final goal. Steven Gerrard, Michael Owen and Dietmar Hamann struck the others. More European memories 1976 - Ray Clemence saved a penalty from Peter Kotte as we held Dynamo Dresden to a goalless UEFA Cup Fourth Round draw at their Rudolf Harbig Stadion, with Phil Thompson hitting the bar late on. We won the return leg 2-1 at Anfield, on our way to winning the trophy for the second time. 1982 - Sammy Lee played his hundredth reds game as we beat CSKA Sofia 1-0 at Anfield in the European Cup Third Round, with Ronnie Whelan netting, although we lost 2-0 in Bulgaria in the return. Bobby off the bench 1969 - Bobby Graham became our first ever FA Cup substitute, coming on for Roger Hunt in a 1-0 home defeat to Leicester City in a Fifth Round replay, with the striker throwing his shirt to the floor in a rare display of dissent. Tommy Smith had a penalty saved by Peter Shilton in that match after a John Sjoberg handball, while Andy Lochhead scored the last of his four goals past us. 2001 - We also lost at Leicester, going down 2-0 in our first game since winning the Worthington Cup in Cardiff. Ade Akinbayi and Muzzy Izzet struck the goals. Most recent win 2009 – David N’Gog and Yossi Benayoun both struck in the second half as we beat Sunderland 2-0 in a Premiership fixture at Anfield. On the same day, it was announced that we had become the number one-ranked club in European football according to UEFA’s coefficient system, following the previous week’s victory at Real Madrid. This was the first time we had been ranked Europe’s best since 1985. A new boss 1951 – Don Welsh was sent a letter following a telephone conversation to confirm his appointment as Manager. His contract awarded him £1,500 per year, with an additional annual £500 for expenses. He took charge of 232 reds games, winning just 81, and has the indignity of being our only boss to get the sack, after presiding over our relegation from the top flight in 1954, and failing to lead us back to the promised land. On the same day, future reds boss Bob Paisley netted in our 1-1 League draw with West Bromwich Albion at Anfield as full-back Ray Lambert played his 200th reds game. Reds off the mark at Anfield 1923 - Outside-left Fred Hopkin scored his first reds goal in a 3-0 League win over Bolton Wanderers. This was immediately followed by a fire in the Anfield Road end! Dick Forshaw and Dick Johnson netted the other goals. 1928 - We beat Wanderers at Anfield again, with Tom Reid bagging a brace and Gordon Hodgson and Dick Edmed also on target in a 4-2 victory. David Jack nabbed one of his nine goals against the reds, with George Gibson scoring the first of his five past us. 1894 - Arthur Worgan scored twice on his reds bow in a 3-1 Second Division win over Burton Swifts, with Duncan McLean netting from the spot. Reds debutants 1962 - Keeper Jim Furnell made his reds bow in a 1-1 Second Division draw at Walsall. He remained first choice as we were promoted that season. Alan A’Court grabbed our goal that day. 1956 - Winger Joe Dickson bagged his first reds goal in our 4-2 defeat of Bury at Anfield in another Second Division match, a last-minute strike that was originally credited to Billy Liddell. Johnny Evans struck twice, including a penalty, with Liddell also on the scoresheet proper. Derby stalemates 1984 - We drew the Goodison derby 1-1 with Ian Rush bagging our goal. Alan Kennedy conceded a penalty against Andy Gray, having already done so earlier in the season when Gray was still at Wolverhampton Wanderers. However, Bruce Grobbelaar saved from Graeme Sharp. Ex-reds reserve Alan Harper grabbed the Blues’ late equaliser. 2019 – We were held to a goalless draw at Goodison Park to ensure Manchester City remained on top of the table by a single point, an advantage they held until the end of the campaign. Quasi fails 1990 - Peter Beardsley missed a penalty in the third minute, but Gary Gillespie netted late on as we beat Millwall 1-0 at Anfield. Mixed fortunes against City We twice entertained Manchester City in the First Division at the start of last century. 1900 – We triumphed 5-2, with Sam Raybould striking twice, including a penalty, and John Walker, Charles Satterthwaite and Jack Cox also grabbing goals. Billy Gillespie struck one of his six goals against the reds, with Billy Meredith also netting. 1906 - We lost 1-0. Into the Semi 1897 - George Allan netted the only goal of the game at Nottingham Forest as we reached the FA Cup Semi-final for the first time in our history. Rare defeat 1991 - Paul Merson netted one of his seven goals past us, the only strike of the game for fellow title challengers Arsenal as we lost at home for the first time in 35 games, with the run stretching back to November 1989. This was also our third consecutive defeat since Kenny Dalglish’s resignation, the first such run since April 1987. Off to a flyer 1996 - Steve McManaman struck a brace before Robbie Fowler wrapped up a 3-0 defeat of Aston Villa at Anfield in just the eighth minute. This took our unbeaten run to sixteen games, with Robbie having bagged sixteen goals in his last fifteen outings. Morris for Wales Richard Morris won two caps for Wales in the British International Championships on this day, either side of his Anfield spell. 1902 - He won his second cap, and first as a Druids Ruabon player, in their goalless draw with England in Wrexham, alongside reds right-half Maurice Parry. 1906 - He won his ninth cap, and only one as a Leeds City player, as Scotland lost 2-0 in Edinburgh. George Latham also played for the Welsh. On the move 2007 - Reserves midfielder Danny Guthrie joined Southampton on loan, after seven senior reds games. He turned out twelve times for the Saints, joining Newcastle United for £2.25m in July 2008 after a season-long loan with Bolton Wanderers. 2017 – Former Director of Academy and Player Development Frank McParland was appointed Director of Football at Nottingham Forest. Internationals on target 2010 – Dirk Kuyt converted a penalty as the Netherlands beat the USA 2-1 in a friendly in Amsterdam, with ex-red Peter Crouch bagging a brace in England’s 3-1 defeat of Egypt at Wembley, the country’s 500th win in history. Yossi Benayoun scored while winning his last cap as a reds player as Israel won 2-0 in Romania, with future red Luis Suárez on target in Uruguay’s 3-1 win in Switzerland, with future red Xherdan Shaqiri debuting for the home side. Future red Joël Matip debuted for Cameroon as they held Italy to a goalless draw in a friendly in Monaco. Andy Carroll won his fifth and final Under-21’s cap as England lost 2-1 to Greece in Doncaster. On the same day, Dejan Lovren won his first cap as an Olympique Lyonnais player as Croatia beat Belgium 1-0 in a friendly in Brussels. Djibril Cissé won his first cap as a Panathinaikos player as Spain beat France 2-0 at the Stade de France. Ryan Babel, Steven Gerrard, Sotirios Kyrgiakos, Javier Mascherano, Fernando Torres, future reds Charlie Adam, Christian Benteke, Raul Meireles, Simon Mignolet, James Milner, Nuri Şahin, Daniel Sturridge and Gini Wijnaldum, and ex-reds Xabi Alonso, Nicolas Anelka, Álvaro Arbeloa, Jari Litmanen, John Arne Riise and John Toshack all also featured in international action that day. Other reds games 1970 – We won 3-2 at Coventry City with Emlyn Hughes on target in the first half and Alun Evans bagging a second-half brace. 1955 – We won a Second Division trip to Notts County 3-0, thanks to goals from Alan Arnell, Alan A’Court and Tony Rowley. Management moves 2008 – Steve McMahon’s brother John was appointed Caretaker Manager of Shrewsbury Town. The Shrews drew both of the games he took charge of. 1998 - We played in a testimonial for Rangers boss Walter Smith, losing 1-0. Icelandic striker Haukur Ingi Gudnason played his first reds game. On the same day, future red Milan Baroš played for the Czech Republic Under-16’s as they trounced Andorra 10-0 in a European Championships qualifier. Razor unsheathed 1986 - Future reds centre-back Neil Ruddock signed as a professional for Millwall. He only made four senior appearances in his first spell at The Den, before moving to Tottenham Hotspur. Also in international action 1993 – Future reds keeper Brad Friedel played for the USA as they drew 2-2 with Canada in a friendly in California.
  14. Off the mark 2018 – Dutch centre-half Virgil van Dijk scored on his reds bow as we beat Everton 2-1 in the FA Cup Third Round at Anfield. James Milner opened the scoring from the spot after a foul on Adam Lallana, with Gylfi Sigurdsson netting the most recent of his four goals past us to level the scores. Our new record signing nodded in the winner late on to send the crowd into raptures. Happy birthdays 1957 - David Fairclough was born in Liverpool. He signed pro terms in January 1974, bagging 55 goals in 154 reds games, two-fifths of which were from off the bench. The bionic carrot helped us to three League titles, European Cup, UEFA Cup, UEFA Super Cup and two League Cups before moving on to Luzern in July 1983. 1874 - Right-back Archie Goldie was born in Hurlford, Ayrshire. He signed from Clyde in June 1895 and helped us to the Second Division title the following year, netting once in 149 reds games, many alongside his brother, left-half Bill. He left Anfield to sign for New Brighton Tower in 1900. 1951 - Midfielder Steve Arnold was born in Wembley. He signed from Crewe Alexandra for £12,000 in September 1970 but only ever made two first-team appearances before moving to Rochdale in June 1973. His career never really took off, and he retired from the game aged 23. 1898 – Inside-forward Billy McDevitt was born in Belfast. He signed from Swansea Town in 1923, 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. King Billy’s memorable debut 1946 - Billy Liddell scored on his official reds bow as we won 2-0 at Chester in an FA Cup Third Round first leg match. Inside-forward Kevin Baron, defender Fred Finney, centre-half Laurie Hughes, full-back Ray Lambert, keeper Harry Wheeler Nickson, left-half Bob Paisley and winger Bob Priday all also debuted in this game. Willie Fagan nabbed the other goal, but unfortunately, we were knocked out by Bolton Wanderers in the next round. Reds farewells 2011 – Roy Hodgson took charge of his last reds game as we were beaten 3-1 at Blackburn Rovers. Left-back Paul Konchesky made his eighteenth and final reds appearance, while Steven Gerrard missed a penalty after notching from open play. When Ryan Babel came on for David N’Gog, this was the 3,000th substitution in the club’s history. Benjani bagged a brace, the last of his four goals past us, after Martin Olsson had opened the scoring. 1974 - Outside-left Peter Thompson joined Bolton Wanderers for £18,000 after a loan spell. He had netted 54 times in 416 reds games, helping us to win two League titles and our first FA Cup, after signing for £37,000 from Preston North End in August 1963. 1895 – We were thumped 5-0 by The Wednesday at Olive Grove in a top-flight encounter. Right-back Andrew Hannah played his 69th and last reds game. Fred Spiksley struck the first two of his four goals against the reds, with Harry Woolhouse bagging a brace and Harry Brandon also on the scoresheet. 2009 – Academy forward Marvin Pourié was sold to Schalke 04. He had arrived from Ballspielverein Borussia 09 e.V. Dortmund in the summer of 2007 at the age of sixteen, scoring twelve times in his first year with the Under-18’s Red centurions 2002 - Michael Owen netted a brace in our 3-0 FA Cup Third Round defeat of Birmingham City at Anfield, with Jamie Carragher playing his 200th reds game and Emile Heskey reaching his century. Nicolas Anelka added the third goal late on, his first reds strike and our 300th goal under Gérard Houllier's sole charge. However, we relinquished our grip on the trophy at the next stage, losing to eventual winners Arsenal. 1952 – Full-back Ray Lambert played his 200th League game for the reds as we were held to a 1-1 draw at Anfield by Wolverhampton Wanderers, with Phil Taylor on target. Heading back to Wembley 2016 – We won the first leg of our League Cup Semi-final 1-0 at Stoke City thanks to a Jordon Ibe strike, despite three players suffering hamstring injuries during the game. Curtis off the mark 2020 – Curtis Jones bagged his first reds strike, the only goal of our FA Cup Third Round encounter with Everton at Anfield. Left-back Yasser Larouci, forward Takumi Minamino and centre-half Nathaniel Phillips all made their reds bows as we fielded a young side. The Latics again 2014 - We faced Oldham Athletic for the third consecutive season in the FA Cup, this time winning our Third Round tie 2-0 at Anfield. Spanish forward Iago Aspas struck his only reds goal, with James Tarkowski putting through his own net late on. Boss Brendan Rodgers’ son Anton came on as a late substitute for the visitors. Stevie’s ton up 2015 - James Shea became the hundredth different goalkeeper that Steven Gerrard scored past for the reds as we beat AFC Wimbledon 2-1 in an FA Cup Third Round tie at the Cherry Red Records Stadium. The skipper was on target either side of the break against the League Two side. Pelle signs on 2005 - Argentine centre-back Mauricio Pellegrino signed from Valencia on a free transfer. 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 five months later. FA Cup shocks 1957 - Half-back Johnny Wheeler scored, but it was not enough to prevent us losing 2-1 to Southend United from the Third Division South at Roots Hall in the Third Round. 1974 - Doncaster Rovers’ Brendan O’Callaghan hit the woodwork in the final minute of our Third Round tie against the Third Division side at Anfield, to keep the scores level at 2-2. Kevin Keegan bagged both our goals, with defender Dave Rylands playing his only game for the club. We won the replay 2-0 and went on to claim the trophy that season. A Cup treble 1980 - David Johnson grabbed a treble that included his fiftieth reds strike as we thumped Grimsby Town 5-0 at Anfield, with Graeme Souness and Jimmy Case also on target. The Mariners went on to claim the Third Division title that season. We fell at the Semi-final stage for the second successive season. Beating the Villa 1985 – We beat Aston Villa 3-0 in the FA Cup Third Round at Anfield, with a John Wark strike sandwiched between two from Ian Rush. 1929 – We won a top-flight encounter 4-0 in L4, when Dick Edmed bagged a brace, with Bob Clark and Gordon Hodgson also on target. Villa’s Thomas Smart sent a penalty high over the bar. Death of a scout 2004 - Jim Aspinall died aged 72. He had been involved in youth recruitment at Anfield for 26 years, during which time he had unearthed talents such as Robbie Fowler and Steve McManaman. Fowler visited him in hospital but was minutes too late as he had already passed away. Out of the Cup 1991 - Glenn Hysén was sent off as we were held 1-1 by Blackburn Rovers in our FA Cup Third Round meeting at Ewood Park, with Rovers having Kevin Moran shown a red card as well. A Mark Atkins own goal with just ten seconds left on the clock took the tie to an Anfield replay, which we won 3-0 with Steve McMahon dismissed this time around. BBC pundit Jimmy Hill complained about a ball girl, sixteen-year old Gillian Maynard, retrieving the ball so promptly in the build up to our equaliser, and was later forced to apologise. We went as far as the Fifth Round that year before being knocked out by Everton. 1907 - We also faced Rovers, going down 2-0 at Anfield in a First Division encounter. Birthdays in reserve 1991 – Spanish forward Dani Pacheco was born in Málaga. He arrived at the club from Barcelona in July 2007. He failed to score in his seventeen senior reds appearances before moving to AD Alcorcón in September 2013. 1989 – Hungarian forward Krisztián Németh was born in Gyor. He signed from MTK Hungária in a joint deal with compatriot András Simon for around £1m in July 2007. He really impressed for the reserves in his first season, bagging ten goals in fourteen outings. However, he was sold to Olympiacos for £1m in August 2010. Mixed fortunes against the Hammers 1982 - We beat West Ham United 3-0 at Anfield thanks to goals from Terry McDermott, Ronnie Whelan and Kenny Dalglish. 1901 - We also won in an FA Cup Supplementary Round fixture at their old Memorial Recreation Ground, with Sam Raybould grabbing the only goal of the game. We had to play in a specially arranged extra round having failed to register in time for the competition. 1924 - We lost another top-flight meeting 1-0 at Upton Park. Raven flies up 2004 - Young defender David Raven officially stepped up to Melwood. He only managed to play four times for the first team and moved on to Carlisle United in July 2006. On the same day, the AGM at Anfield was a stormy affair, with Chairman David Moores saying for the first time that he might stand down if the reds again failed to qualify for the Champions League. International firsts 1972 - Arsenal’s Ray Kennedy won his first Under-23’s cap as England beat Wales 2-0 in Swindon. John Toshack was on the losing side that day. 2011 - Keeper Brad Jones won his first cap as a reds player as Australia were held to a goalless friendly draw by the United Arab Emirates in Qatar. 1966 – Roger Hunt played for England in their 1-1 friendly draw with Poland at Goodison Park. Another reds game 1935 – Arsenal won 2-0 at Anfield, with Ted Drake opening the scoring after just two minutes, one of his six goals past us. Arthur Riley saved an Eddie Hapgood penalty, but Hapgood converted the rebound. Dicks in charge 2009 – Julian Dicks was appointed Manager of Eastern Counties League side Wivenhoe Town. However, he left the club at the end of the season by mutual consent. 2016 – Ex-reds keeper Brad Friedel was named Head Coach of the USA Under-19’s side. On the move 2018 – Young defender Corey Whelan joined Yeovil Town on loan, netting once in eleven games for the Glovers. 2016 – Ex-reds keeper Brad Jones signed for Nijmegen Eendracht Combinatie, playing seventeen times before moving on again at the end of the campaign. 2007 - Albert Riera joined Manchester City on loan from R.C.D. Espanyol, notching once in 21 games. 2006 - Ex-reds reserves keeper Tony Warner joined Fulham from Cardiff City for an undisclosed fee, after a loan spell at Craven Cottage. He had played thirty times for the Bluebirds and turned out 26 times for the West London outfit in total, before moving to Hull City in July 2008 after loan spells with Leeds United, Norwich City and Barnsley.
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    Champagne Charlie 1953 - Graeme Souness was born in Edinburgh. He won five League titles, three European Cups, four League Cups and three FA Charity Shields after signing from Middlesbrough for £352,000 in January 1978. He moved to Sampdoria for £650,000 in June 1984 after 55 goals in 359 games. He returned to Anfield as Manager in April 1991, although his time as reds boss was considerably less successful, with just one FA Cup triumph before his departure in January 1994. 1990 - Keeper Péter Gulácsi was born in Budapest. He joined on loan from MTK Hungária in August 2007, signing on permanently in September 2008. The young Hungarian made it into our bench 51 times, but failed to feature for the first team before joining Red Bull Salzburg in June 2013. 1994 – Another young custodian, Tyrell Belford, was born in Nuneaton. He arrived from Coventry City in the summer of 2009, aged just fifteen. He signed on professionally in July 2011, but moved to Swindon Town on a free transfer two years later after falling behind Gulácsi and Danny Ward in the pecking order. 2004 – Forward Oakley Cannonier was born in Leeds. He joined the reds at Under-12’s level, signing pro terms in July 2021. The first sighting of Saint Michael 1997 - Michael Owen netted on his reds debut, becoming our youngest ever scorer aged seventeen years and 144 days. He had come on as a substitute for Patrik Berger less than twenty minutes previously in our 2-1 defeat by Wimbledon at Selhurst Park, nabbing our consolation after a Jason Euell goal and one of Dean Holdsworth’s four strikes past the reds. 2006 - He became a father for the second time, to his first son, named James Michael. Missing out on the League 1991 - Our 2-1 defeat at Nottingham Forest handed the League title to Arsenal, their second in three seasons. Nigel Clough scored the opener with Jan Mølby netting our equaliser from the spot, while David Burrows was playing his hundredth game for the reds. Ian Woan bagged the winner. This game was postponed from the previous December. 1998 - We hosted the Gunners at Anfield after they had already clinched the League title, their first since that 1991 triumph. We thumped them 4-0, with Paul Ince bagging a brace, and Michael Owen and Øyvind Leonhardsen also on the scoresheet. Owen also had a penalty saved by Arsenal keeper Alex Manninger after Matthew Upson had fouled Steve McManaman. Red beginnings and ends 1898 - Centre-half Alex Raisbeck signed from Stoke City for £350. He played 341 times in eleven years, netting nineteen times and 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, returning to the club in 1939 as a scout until his death ten years later. 1996 - At the other end of the reds spectrum, Phil Neal’s son Ashley played his final reserves game. 1939 – We lost 2-0 at Manchester United in front of just 12,073 spectators. Johnny Hanlon bagged a brace as we ended the season in eleventh. This game saw the final official appearances of right-half Matt Busby, right-back Tommy Cooper, left-half Jimmy McInnes, keeper Arthur Riley, defender Fred Rogers and winger Harman van den Berg. Reaching a super cup final 1986 - Kevin MacDonald netted his fifth and last reds goal with Craig Johnston also scoring as we came from behind to beat Norwich City 3-1 at Anfield in the Semi-final second leg of the Screen Sport Super Cup, with Gary Brooke on target for the visitors. Jan Mølby added a penalty as we went through 4-2 on aggregate, with Sammy Lee playing his 295th and last reds game. The reds were presented with the League title prior to this game. The Final against Everton was held over until the following season - which we won, of course. Big wins We have twice won top-flight fixtures 4-1 on this day in history. 1922 - We beat West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns, with a Harry Beadles brace, his final reds strikes, and goals from Dick Forshaw and Jock McNab. Stan Davies struck one of his four goals past us. 1933 - Sheffield Wednesday lost at Anfield, centre-half Tom ‘Tiny’ Bradshaw put through his own net with Gordon Hodgson and Dave Wright both striking twice, as we finished the season in thirteenth position. Ton up Jameo 1995 – Keeper David James reached a century of reds games in our 2-0 defeat at Aston Villa, with Dwight Yorke netting two of his eight strikes against us. Most recently 2018 – We lost at Chelsea as Olivier Giroud headed in the only goal, one of his seven past us to date, as we stuttered towards a top-four finish in the League. Births and death 1971 - Former reserve keeper Jørgen Nielsen was born in Nykøbing Falster. The Dane never played a senior reds game, but he did sit on the bench 55 times following his £400,000 capture from Hvidovre in August 1997. 1969 - Another former reserve, midfielder Jim Magilton, was born in Belfast. He later had a successful career with Oxford United, Southampton and Ipswich Town before moving into management. 1915 - Tom Watson died. He had been appointed as reds boss in July 1896, doubling his salary to £300 a year from his time at Sunderland, whom he had led to three League titles and three FA Cup Semi-finals in four seasons. He went beyond the remit of Club Secretary at Anfield, involving himself in team selection, tactics and player recruitment, so becoming a Manager in all but name. He led the reds to two League titles and the Second Division championship and our first ever FA Cup Final, remaining in charge until his death. Nando the champion 2001 – Fernando Torres converted a penalty to hand Spain Under-16’s the European Championships, as they beat France 1-0 in the Final in the Stadium of Light in Sunderland, with fellow future reds Anthony Le Tallec and Florent Sinama-Pongolle both on the losing side. Firsts for Scotland 1959 - Motherwell’s Ian St. John won his first full international cap as Scotland beat West Germany 3-2 at Hampden Park. The Scots were managed by Andy Beattie, who had guested with the reds during the war, and later joined the backroom staff at Anfield after a successful management career. 1966 – Future red Kenny Dalglish made his first international appearance, bagging a brace as the Under-15’s won 4-3 in Northern Ireland. New ground approved 2008 – The revised design for the club’s new stadium in Stanley Park was granted planning permission by Liverpool City Council. However, work never fully got underway and these plans have now been scrapped. Management ins and outs 1999 - Jan Mølby was appointed Manager of Kidderminster Harriers. He led them to the Conference title in his first season, and then mid-table Third Division safety in the next two years. 2004 - Steve McMahon resigned as Blackpool boss, with fellow ex-red Mark Seagraves dismissed as Assistant Manager on the same day. McMahon had guided the Seasiders to 102 wins in his 350 games in charge, leading them back out of the basement in his first full season, and mid-table security in his following three seasons. Reds on target 2003 – Future red Alberto Aquilani struck for Italy Under-19’s as they beat Northern Ireland 2-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Andria. 2009 – Christopher Buchtmann scored as Germany Under-17’s beat Turkey 3-1 in a European Championships Finals match in Erfurt, while future red Jonjo Shelvey featured as England drew 1-1 with the Netherlands in Gera. 2011 – Samed Yeşil netted as Germany Under-17’s drew 1-1 with the Czech Republic in a European Championships Finals game in Serbia, with future red Emre Can also playing. Adam Morgan, Brad Smith and Raheem Sterling all featured as England lost 2-0 to Denmark in the same competition that day. 2017 – Future red Ozan Kabak netted for Turkey Under-17’s as they beat Croatia 4-1 in a European Championships finals group game in Rijeka. Signing on 2017 – Scottish centre-back George Johnston signed professional terms with the reds. He moved on to Feyenoord in August 2019 after featuring in one pre-season friendly. 2011 – Midfielder Jay Spearing signed a new contract. He played 55 senior reds games without notching, moving on to Bolton Wanderers in August 2013 after a season-long loan there. 1992 - Future reds winger Mark Kennedy signed as a professional for Millwall. He went on to net twelve times in 54 games for the Lions, before moving to Anfield three years later. 1903 – Scottish inside-right George Livingstone was sold to Manchester City. He had signed from Celtic in May 1902 and bagged four goals in 32 games the following season. He went on to help City to claim the FA Cup in 1904. For John 1975 - We played in a testimonial match for Plymouth Argyle legend John Hore, with Brian Hall, Emlyn Hughes and Terry McDermott netting as we won 4-3 at Home Park, and Ray Clemence converting a penalty! Other games on this day 1985 – We won 2-0 at Coventry City, with Paul Walsh scoring twice past former reds reserve keeper Steve Ogrizovic. 1980 – Middlesbrough beat the reds 1-0 at Ayresome Park in our season closer. David Shearer struck the first of his four goals against us at the death. 1967 – We shared a goalless draw at Anfield with Tottenham Hotspur. Also in international action 1944 – Ray Lambert and future red Cyril Sidlow played for Wales as they lost 2-0 to England in a Wartime International at Ninian Park. 1964 – Gordon Milne featured in England’s 2-1 friendly defeat of Uruguay at Wembley. 1976 – Joey Jones played for Wales as they lost 3-1 to Scotland in the British International Championships in Glasgow. 2001 – Future reds Salif Diao and El-Hadji Diouf both featured for Senegal as they lost a World Cup qualifier 1-0 in Egypt. 2019 – Ki-Jana Hoever played for the Dutch Under-17’s as they beat England 5-2 in a European Championships Finals group game in Dublin.
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    15th May

    Clinching the title 1982 - We claimed our thirteenth League title with a game remaining by beating Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 at Anfield, having been mid-table at Christmas. Ex-red Ray Clemence was in the Spurs goal, with Mark Lawrenson, Kenny Dalglish and Ronnie Whelan scoring past him after Glenn Hoddle had handed the visitors the lead with a glorious strike, one of his four against us. 1984 - Ian Rush was on target as we drew 1-1 with Norwich City, having won the League three days before at Notts County. Kenny Dalglish played his 400th reds game. Quadruple farewell 2004 - Emile Heskey, Danny Murphy and Michael Owen all played their final first-class games for the reds. Owen struck the equaliser as we were held to a 1-1 draw by Newcastle United at Anfield, so finishing the season in fourth spot. This was also Gérard Houllier’s last game in charge, while Paul Harrison was on the bench for the first of thirteen times. Shola Ameobi netted for the visitors. 1989 – Scottish midfielder Kevin MacDonald left the reds for Coventry City after a number of loan spells away from Anfield while recovering from a broken leg. He had played 64 reds games, scoring five times, following his £400,000 capture from Leicester City in November 1984. He helped us to the League and FA Cup double in 1986, with skipper Alan Hansen calling him “far and away our most influential player.” Sammy returns 2008 – Sammy Lee returned to the club as Assistant Manager, having left the backroom staff in the summer of 2004 for a full-time post with England, before joining Bolton Wanderers. In comes Jack 1935 - Forward Jack Balmer signed as an amateur from Everton, turning professional three months later. He went on to score 110 times in 309 games, helping us to the League title in 1947. It was during that season that he netted hat-tricks in three consecutive games, a remarkable feat that has yet to be matched in English top-flight football. He also played in the FA Cup Final three years later. Pepe the best again 2008 - Pepe Reina was awarded the Barclays Golden Glove Award for most clean sheets for the third successive season, having kept eighteen shut-outs in the League. Most recently 2011 – We lost 2-0 at home to Tottenham Hotspur to damage our hopes of qualifying for Europe. Spurs took an early lead when Rafael van der Vaart’s strike deflected in off Glen Johnson, with Luka Modrić converting a controversial second-half penalty. 2016 – We drew 1-1 at West Bromwich Albion, with winger Sergi Canos making his only senior reds appearance. Midfielder Cameron Brannagan, winger Jordon Ibe, centre-half Martin Škrtel and left-back Brad Smith all played their last games for the club. Ibe struck our goal as we finished the League season in eighth, our joint lowest placing since returning to the top flight in 1962. This game came just three days before the UEFA Europa League Final against Sevilla in Basel. Happy birthdays 1981 – Left-back Paul Konchesky was born in Barking. Roy Hodgson paid £3.5m for him on transfer deadline day in August 2010, as well as transferring Lauri Dalla Valle and Alex Kačaniklić to Fulham as part of the deal, who were valued at a combined £1.5m. He made eighteen reds appearances without scoring, being sold to Leicester City in July 2011 for £1.5m after spending the second half of the season on loan at Nottingham Forest. 1901 - Forward Jimmy Walsh was born in Stockport. He signed from his hometown club in May 1922 and netted a brace on his reds bow, bagging a total of 27 goals in his 77 reds games before joining Hull City in June 1928. 1985 - Former reserves centre-back Carl Medjani was born in Lyon. The highly-rated Frenchman signed from Saint-Étienne on a free transfer in August 2003 but failed to break through into the senior squad, moving back to France to join Lorient in July 2006 after a loan spell there. 1976 – Winger Mark Kennedy was born in Dublin. He signed from Millwall for £1.5m in March 1995 but only played 21 times for us, before being sold to Wimbledon for £1.75m three years later. 1979 - Forward Sean Friars was born in Derry. He never made our first team, moving on to Ipswich Town in 1998. Last game before Istanbul 2005 - Argentinean centre-back Mauricio Pellegrino played his thirteenth and final reds game as we beat Aston Villa 2-1 at Anfield in our final League game of the season, to finish behind our neighbours in fifth. Djibril Cissé struck a brace, including a penalty, with Gareth Barry on target for the Villains with the first of his four goals against the reds to date. Igor Bišcan also made his final reds outing as he played his 118th reds game, with Dietmar Hamann turning out for the reds on the 250th occasion. International debutants 1946 - Billy Liddell made his international bow as Scotland beat Switzerland 3-1 in a Victory International at Hampden Park. 1955 - He also played for his country as they drew a friendly 2-2 in Yugoslavia. Future red Tommy Younger was in the Scots’ goal that day. 2008 - Jack Hobbs won his first cap for England Under-19’s, playing alongside clubmate Adam Hammill as they lost 2-0 to Russia in a European Championships qualifier in Walsall. 2009 – Christopher Buchtmann played for Germany Under-17’s as they reached the Final of the European Championships by beating Italy 2-0 in Dessau. Double trebles 1946 - Jack Balmer bagged four goals and Cyril Done scored a hat-trick as we thumped Baltimore All Stars 9-0 in an end-of-season friendly at the Municipal Stadium in Baltimore. Willie Fagan added a brace. 1943 - Jack Balmer also struck three times as we drew the second leg of the Lancashire Cup Final 3-3 with Manchester United at Maine Road, to lose 6-4 on aggregate. Holding on 1920 – We retained the Lancashire Senior Cup, sharing the trophy after the Final at Anfield ended 1-1 after extra time against Manchester United. Tom Miller scored for the reds. King Kenny against Clem 1976 - Kenny Dalglish scored through the legs of his future clubmate Ray Clemence as Scotland beat England 2-1 in the British International Championships at Hampden Park. Kevin Keegan, Ray Kennedy and Phil Thompson all also played. Sami in charge 2012 - Sami Hyypiä was appointed Team Manager of Bayer 04 Leverkusen on a permanent basis after a successful temporary period in charge. He stayed in charge until being sacked in April 2014. A busy day 2002 - Danny Murphy signed a new five-year contract. Meanwhile, Stéphane Henchoz was named Swiss Player of the Year, for the second consecutive season. On the same day, our Under-19’s won 3-2 at Highbury in the second leg of the FA Premier Academy League Play-Off Final, but it was not enough to overturn a 5-1 first leg defeat. Also, ex-red Mike Marsh signed for Accrington Stanley from Boston United on a free transfer. He spent one season there, helping them to the UniBond Premier League, and promotion to the Conference, before becoming Manager at Burscough, back in the UniBond. Tosh for Wales 1971 - John Toshack won his first cap as a red, and ninth in total, as Wales were held to a goalless draw by Scotland in the British International Championships in Cardiff, with future red Peter Cormack featuring for the Scots. 1973 - He also turned out for the Welsh in the same competition, as they lost 3-0 to England at Wembley. Clubmate Emlyn Hughes was on the winning side that day. 1974 - Crazy Horse also featured for England, skippering them to a 1-0 defeat of Northern Ireland at Wembley in the same competition, with Kevin Keegan also playing. At Hampden 2002 - Ex-red Steve McManaman and future red Fernando Morientes both played in the UEFA Champions League Final for Real Madrid as they beat Bayer 04 Leverkusen 2-1 at Hampden Park. Dan’s happy day 2010 – Centre-half Daniel Agger married Sophie Nelson in Hvidovre in his native Denmark. Internationals on target 2011 – Samed Yeşil netted as Germany Under-17’s lost 5-2 to the Netherlands in the European Championships Final in Serbia, with fellow future red Emre Can also playing. 1983 – Future reds centre-half Glenn Hysén scored as Sweden thumped Cyprus 5-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Malmö. Jon released 2006 - Ex-reds reserves forward Jon Newby was released by Bury, after five goals in 51 appearances in his second spell at Gigg Lane. Marina honoured 2009 - Kenny Dalglish’s wife Marina was awarded the Citizens of Honour award by Liverpool’s Lord Mayor, which was collected on her behalf by Kenny as she was ill. Finishing third 1968 – We ended the season with a 2-1 loss at Stoke City to finish in third place. Roger Hunt struck after Peter Dobing had netted the last of eight goals against the reds, with John Mahoney bagging the winner. Also in international action 1929 – Future reds Ernie Blenkinsop and Tom Cooper both played for England as they lost a friendly 4-3 to Spain in Madrid. 1937 - Andy Beattie represented Scotland as they beat Czechoslovakia 3-1 in a friendly in Prague. He guested with the reds during the war, and later joined the backroom staff at Anfield after a successful management career. 1949 - Ray Lambert featured for Wales as they lost a friendly 3-2 in Portugal. 1990 – John Barnes and Steve McMahon played for England as they beat Denmark 1-0 in a friendly at Wembley, with Jim Magilton appearing for Northern Ireland Under-23’s in their 3-2 defeat by the Republic of Ireland in Portadown. 2002 – Stéphane Henchoz played for Switzerland in their 3-1 friendly defeat by Canada in St. Gallen. 2014 – Future red Joe Gomez featured as England Under-17’s lost 2-0 to the Netherlands in a European Championships Finals group game in Malta.
  17. Will

    18th July

    He’s red, he’s white 2000 - Nick Barmby signed from Everton for £6m, prompting an unprecedented tide of bitterness from across Stanley Park. He became the first player to switch directly from Everton to Liverpool since Dave Hickson in November 1959. Barmby netted eight times in 58 reds games, moving on to Leeds United for £2.75m in August 2002. Lucas leaves 2017 – Brazilian midfielder Lucas Leiva was sold to S.S. Lazio for £5m. He made 346 senior appearances after signing from Grêmio for a reported £5m in May 2007, notching just seven times. Scott off 2008 – Keeper Scott Carson was sold to West Bromwich Albion for £3.25m, after seasons on loan at first Charlton Athletic and then Aston Villa. He turned out on 118 occasions for the Midlands outfit before joining Turkish side Bursaspor in July 2011. He had made just nine senior reds appearances following his arrival from Leeds United for £750,000 in January 2005, only keeping two clean sheets. Happy birthday Ray 1922 - Welsh international full-back Ray Lambert was born in Bagillt, Flintshire. He joined the reds when he was just thirteen and went on to make 341 first-team appearances, netting just twice, including being part of the 1947 title-winning side. Other birthdays 1905 - Outside-right Billy Hartill was born. He only made four senior appearances in early 1936, after signing from Everton that January, moving on to Bristol Rovers just two months later. He had previously been a prolific marksman with hometown club Wolverhampton Wanderers, bagging 164 goals in 221 League games. 1895 - Mid-1920’s reserves full-back James Garner was born in Manchester. He only played five times for the reds and went on to make 26 League appearances for Southport. Writing history 2002 - It was announced that a new weekly magazine called LFC would be launched the following month, the first official weekly magazine dedicated to a single Premiership club. Rick Parry said, “We feel our fans are ready for the new weekly ‘LFC’ magazine which will give them a real insight into life at Anfield and Melwood.” It was eventually replaced by a monthly publication after 513 issues. Youngsters on their way out 2006 - French centre-back Carl Medjani signed for Lorient permanently, having previously spent a season on loan there. He made only nine League appearances to add to the 25 from his first spell at Stade Le Moustoir, before joining AJ Ajaccio. 2011 – Argentine midfielder Gerardo Bruna was sold to Blackpool, having helped the reserves to claim the League at the end of his first season in 2008. He made just four substitute appearances for the Tangerines before moving to S.D. Huesca in September 2013. Adam’s day 2008 – Reserves winger Adam Hammill signed a new contract until 2011, also joining Blackpool on loan on the same day. He struck once in 23 outings for the Seasiders, and later spent time with fellow Championship side Barnsley that season, moving permanently to Oakwell in August 2009. God for England 1993 - Robbie Fowler netted for England Under-18’s as they beat France 2-0 in a European Championship Finals group game in Stoke. 1987 – Future red Stig Inge Bjørnebye scored his first goal for Norway Under-19’s as they beat Denmark 3-0 in a tournament game in Slagelse. Taking the step up 2006 - Right-back Stephen Darby, central midfielder Ryan Flynn, striker Craig Lindfield, goalkeeper David Roberts and left-back Robbie Threlfall all moved from the Academy to Melwood. All have since left the club, with Darby the only one to make the first team, on just six occasions. Also on the move 1985 - Future red Paul Ince signed as a professional for West Ham United. He netted twelve times in 95 games for the Hammers, before joining Manchester United for £1m in September 1989. 2009 – Future reds loanee left-back Aly Cissokho joined Olympique Lyonnais from Porto for €15m, after 23 games for the Portuguese side. 2012 – Ex-reserves forward Krisztián Németh signed for Roda JC Kerkrade, scoring ten in 45 Eredivisie games before leaving in July 2014. 1939 – Ex-reds centre-half Tom ‘Tiny’ Bradshaw joined South Liverpool from Third Lanark. He struck four times in 291 reds appearances after signing from Bury for £8,000 in January 1930. He returned to his native land in September 1938, joining Third Lanark. Youngsters in Euro action 2003 - John Welsh played as England Under-19’s beat France 2-0 in a European Championship Finals group encounter in Liechtenstein. Meanwhile, future red Alberto Aquilani represented Italy in the same competition in their 1-1 draw with Portugal. 2004 – Arnaud Bühler appeared for Switzerland in their goalless draw with Ukraine in the same tournament. 2005 - Keeper Paul Willis played for Northern Ireland Under-19’s as they lost 1-0 to Greece in the same competition at Windsor Park, with future reds custodian featuring in England’s 1-1 draw with France. 2006 - Antonio Barragán played as Spain beat Turkey 5-3 in a group game in Poland. 2007 - Future red Damien Plessis was sent off as France Under 19’s were held to a 1-1 draw by Germany in the same competition in Austria. Future red Mikel San José also featured on the same day as Spain and Portugal also drew 1-1 in the same tournament. 2010 – Future red Thiago Alcântara netted for Spain Under-19’s as they beat Croatia 2-1 in the European Championships Finals in France, with Dani Pacheco also playing. Chris Mavinga played in France’s 4-1 defeat of the Netherlands, while future reds Steven Caulker and Nathaniel Clyne played as England beat Austria 3-2 in the same competition. On the same day, future red Fabio Borini featured as Italy lost 2-0 to Portugal. 2016 – Sheyi Ojo played for England Under-19’s in their 2-1 defeat of Croatia in a group-stage game in Germany. Also in international action 1925 - Reds forward James Walsh played for an England side as they beat Australia 5-0 in an FA Tour game in Sydney.
  18. Happy birthday Gary Mac 1964 - Gary McAllister was born in Motherwell. He arrived on a free transfer in July 2000, proving inspirational in the run-in to the treble that season. He netted nine goals in 87 reds games before moving back to Coventry City as Player/Manager in May 2002. He returned to Anfield as a First Team Coach last summer, moving into an ambassadorial role after Brendan Rodgers was sacked. 1896 – Winger Chris Harrington was born in Edge Hill. He signed from South Liverpool in December 1920, failing to score in four senior outings, before returning to his former club the following year. A sad day 1984 - Jack Balmer died in Liverpool. He had bagged 111 goals in 309 reds games after signing from Everton in May 1935, including trebles in three consecutive matches on our way to the League title in 1947. He also played in the FA Cup Final three years later. 1899 - Thomas ‘Harry’ Bradshaw died of tuberculosis in Tottenham. He joined from Northwich Victoria in October 1893 and netted 51 times in 138 games for the reds, helping us to our first two Second Division titles and was the first reds player to win senior international honours. He left Anfield to join Tottenham Hotspur in May 1898. 2004 - Left-back Eddie Spicer died. He was decorated for bravery whilst serving in the Royal Marines in World War Two, going on to net twice in 168 reds games, helping us to the first post-war League title and featuring in the 1950 FA Cup Final. Unfortunately, a second broken leg ended his career in December 1953. 2013 - Forward Wayne Harrison died aged just 46 after suffering from pancreatic cancer. He signed from Oldham Athletic for £250,000 in January 1985 at the age of seventeen, then a record fee for a teenager, although he never made a senior reds appearance before having to retire due to injury in the summer of 1991, aged just 23. King Billy’s four 1954 - Billy Liddell scored four goals as we thumped Ipswich Town 6-2 at Anfield in our first season after relegation. Also on the scoresheet were Louis Bimpson and John Evans. Rushie starts out 1979 - Ian Rush signed as a professional for Chester. He bagged seventeen goals in 39 games at Sealand Road, before moving to Anfield for £300,000 the following April. Smiling at a treble 1925 - Harry ‘Smiler’ Chambers and the visitors’ Hughie Gallacher each bagged a hat-trick as we beat Newcastle United 6-3 at Anfield. Centre-half David Pratt scored his only reds goal, with Cyril Oxley and Dick Forshaw also on the scoresheet. These were the first of Gallacher’s eight goals past us, while our third goal was the club’s 2,000th in all competitions. 1923 - The Geordies left Anfield with both points after winning 1-0. A pair from The Valley 1953 - Don Welsh signed full-back Frank Lock and forward John Evans from Charlton Athletic, for £7,500 and £12,500 respectively. On the same day, right-half and future Manager Phil Taylor made his 314th and final League appearance as we lost 5-2 at West Bromwich Albion. Alan A’Court was on target for the reds, with full-back Ray Lambert scoring from the spot, his second and last reds goal. Frank Griffin struck the last two of his six goals against the reds, with Ronnie Allen scoring the final one of his five, and Ray Barlow and Johnny Nicholls also on target. 1936 - We also lost 3-1 at The Hawthorns, with Fred Howe grabbing our consolation. Harry Jones bagged a brace for the Baggies, with Stan Wood netting one of his five goals past us. Most recent Christmas goal 1957 - Tony Rowley scored our most recent goal on Christmas Day as we lost 3-1 in a Second Division fixture at Grimsby Town. 1930 - We also visited Blundell Park for a game that ended goalless, with full-back Tommy Lucas making his 300th League outing for the reds. Christmas derbies 1916 – We were beaten 1-0 in a friendly at Goodison Park. 1939 - We lost a friendly 3-2 to Everton at Anfield with both our goals coming from Willie Fagan. 1940 - We won a Wartime League game 3-1 at home, thanks to a Len Carney brace and Berry Nieuwenhuys. Bradley into the breach 1909 - Left-half Jim Bradley stepped in as an emergency goalkeeper, helping us to a 3-0 top-flight win over Bolton Wanderers at Anfield. Arthur Goddard and Ronald Orr grabbed our goals, to add to a Jack Parkinson penalty. We have faced Bolton seven times in the First Division on Christmas Day, winning five and losing just once. 1902 - Our biggest win was a 5-1 thumping at Anfield when Charlie Wilson struck a brace, Jack Cox and Edgar Chadwick were on the scoresheet, and Sam Raybould added a penalty. Peter Platt saved a penalty from Laurie Bell. 1897 – Forward Abe Hartley debuted as we won an away meeting 2-0, thanks to goals from Dan Cunliffe and Andrew McCowie. 1914 – Centre-half Bob Ferguson played his hundredth reds game in our 1-0 win at Burnden Park. Forward Billy Lacey was our scorer. Arsenal again 1935 - Arsenal won for the fourth consecutive season in the League at Anfield, with Joe Hulme scoring one of his ten goals against the reds. No team has since equalled this feat. 1947 - They also left L4 with both points when Bob Priday netted in a 3-1 defeat. Ronnie Rooke struck twice for the Gunners, with Don Roper netting the first of his five past us. Eased in on his debut 1946 - John Easdale made his reds bow as we lost 2-1 at Stoke City, with Albert Stubbins netting late on for the reds after a Freddie Steele brace had put the Potters in control. 1941 - We also lost at the Victoria Ground, going down 4-3 in a Wartime League match, with our goals coming from Berry Nieuwenhuys, Stan Polk and Billy Liddell. 1906 – Forward John Lipsham debuted in our goalless draw at Manchester United, the first of just three outings for the club. Two-ton Jimmy 1931 - Right-back Jimmy ‘Parson’ Jackson played his 200th reds game in our 3-1 defeat of Sheffield Wednesday in a top-flight encounter at Anfield. Harry Burgess struck one of his nine goals past us, with Gordon Gunson bagging a brace and Harold Barton also on target. Tommy’s last 1913 – Centre-forward Tommy Gracie bagged his fifth and final reds goal as we beat Manchester City 4-2 at Anfield, with Jackie Sheldon netting a brace and Billy Lacey also on the scoresheet. Fred Howard struck two of his nine goals against the reds, both from the spot. Match abandoned 1893 - Our friendly with Accrington Stanley at their Crown Ground was abandoned after 75 minutes due to bad weather. We were losing 1-0 at the time.
  19. Will

    26th May

    Last-gasp heartache 1989 - Having already claimed the FA Cup in the aftermath of the Hillsborough disaster, we only had to avoid defeat at home to Arsenal by two clear goals or more to clinch our second double in four seasons. The Gunners took the lead in the second half when Alan Smith was judged to have headed in from an indirect free-kick, one of his nine goals against the reds. We held on until stoppage time, when Michael Thomas burst through to grab the decisive, heart-breaking second and take the title back to Highbury for the first time since 1971. Bruce Grobbelaar was playing his 300th League game for the club. A Busby birthday 1909 - Right-half Sir Matt Busby was born on this day in Orbiston, Lanarkshire. He joined the reds from Manchester City for £8,000 in March 1936, making 122 appearances for us, many as captain, notching three times. He was appointed as coach and Assistant Manager to George Kay at Anfield in May 1944, but he was released by the club the following February after disagreements with the board, taking over as Manager of Manchester United a few days later. 1991 – Reserves left-back Chris Mavinga was born in Meaux, France. He signed from Paris St. Germain in July 2009 but was sold to Stade Rennais for £1m two years later, having failed to break through to the first team. Final despair 2018 – We lost 3-1 to Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League Final in Kiev, as keeper Loris Karius had a personal nightmare, with Mohamed Salah being forced off with injury after just half an hour. Karim Benzema scored the most recent of his four goals past us shortly after half time, but Sadio Mané levelled just four minutes later. However, Gareth Bale then struck twice to secure the trophy for the Spanish side for a record thirteenth time. Emre Can came off the bench to make his 167th and last appearance for the reds. A Philly dozen 1946 - We trounced a Philadelphia Select of American League side 12-0 in a friendly in the Yellow Jacket Stadium. Cyril Done struck four times, with Jack Balmer bagging a hat-trick and Phil Taylor and Willie Fagan both netting braces, and Bob Priday rounding out the scoring. Opening a new stadium 1978 - We played a game to commemorate the opening of the new Al Nasr Stadium in the United Arab Emirates, beating Al Nasr Club 5-0. Our scorers were fairly unusual, with substitute Colin Irwin and Ray Kennedy both bagging braces, and Alan Hansen also on target. 1980 - We returned to the Middle East to beat a Bahrain XI 2-1 on the Three Fives Gulf Football Tour. This time, Howard Gayle and Graeme Souness got on the scoresheet. Signing on 2014 - Brendan Rodgers signed a new contract, having just led the reds to within a whisker of the League title. However, the team regressed and he was sacked in October 2015. 2015 - Centre-half Kolo Touré signed a new contract, notching just once in 71 reds games before moving on to join Rodgers at Celtic in July 2016 after this deal expired. Charnock on target 1994 - Reserves midfielder Phil Charnock scored his first senior reds goal in our 3-0 defeat of Cape Town Spurs in the United Bank International Soccer Festival in South Africa, with Bruce Grobbelaar appearing for the reds for the final time. Robbie Fowler netted the other two. The players were introduced to South African President Nelson Mandela prior to the game. Select thumpings 1948 - We beat a New England Select side 6-0 at Fall River, with Willie Fagan and Albert Stubbins both nabbing braces to add to goals from Jack Balmer and Bob Priday. 1914 - We defeated a Denmark Select XI 7-1 in Copenhagen. Fred again 1935 – Fred Howe scored in our 4-2 friendly win at CD Tenerife, so netting in all three of our tour games. Alf Hanson bagged a brace with Tosh Johnson also on target. Welsh first and last 1949 - Ray Lambert won his fifth and final cap for Wales as they lost 4-0 to Switzerland in a friendly in Bern. 1957 – Future reds centre-forward Des Palmer made the first of his three senior appearances for the Welsh in their 2-0 World Cup qualifying defeat in Czechoslovakia. Tommy Younger played for Scotland as they beat Spain 4-1 in a World Cup qualifier in Madrid on the same day. 2014 – Future red Divock Origi won his first senior cap as Belgium thumped Luxembourg 5-1 in a friendly in Genk. On the same day, Jordon Ibe won his sixth and last cap for England Under-19’s, with future red Ragnar Klavan bagging his only goal as an Augsburg player, captaining Estonia as they drew 1-1 with Gibraltar in a friendly in Tallinn. Lloyd Jones, Brad Smith and future reds Lazar Marković and Joël Matip all also represented their countries. 2008 – Future reds loanee Victor Moses won his first cap for England Under-19’s in their 2-0 European Championships qualifying defeat of Poland in Borisov, with future red Andy Carroll also featuring. Feyenoord’s Gini Wijnaldum also featured at the same level that day. Wark on target 1979 - Future red John Wark netted in Scotland’s 3-1 defeat of England in the British International Championships at Wembley. Ray Clemence and Everton’s George Wood were in the opposing goals, while the sides were skippered by ex-red Kevin Keegan and his Anfield replacement Kenny Dalglish. Phil Neal, Graeme Souness and Phil Thompson all also played. 1984 - John Wark and future red John Barnes played in the last ever British International Championships game, with Scotland and England drawing 1-1 at Hampden Park. God on the scoresheet 2002 - Ex-red Robbie Fowler scored in England’s 2-2 pre-World Cup friendly draw with Cameroon in Japan. Michael Owen was captain, with Emile Heskey, future red Joe Cole and ex-reds David James and Rigobert Song also playing. Meanwhile, future red Djibril Cissé came on as a substitute in France’s 3-2 defeat of South Korea in Suwon and F.C. København’s Christian Poulsen played as Denmark beat Tunisia 2-1 in Wakayama. 1996 - Fowler also played for England, alongside Steve McManaman and future red Paul Ince, as they beat a Hong Kong Garden Select side 1-0 in an unofficial warm-up game at the Happy Valley Stadium before Euro ‘96. Future red Gary McAllister played for Scotland as they beat the USA 2-1 in a friendly. Tosh on target 1971 - John Toshack bagged the only goal of the game as Wales beat Finland in a European Championships qualifier in Helsinki. 2012 – Tosh managed FYR Macedonia as they held Portugal to a goalless friendly draw in Leiria. Ex-red Raul Meireles featured for the home side. In charge 2010 - Christian Ziege was appointed Manager of DSC Arminia Bielefeld, although he was sacked just six months later. On the same day, future red Fabio Borini scored his last goal for Italy Under-19’s in their 3-1 European Championships qualifying defeat in Russia. Dirk Kuyt, future reds Dejan Lovren, Nuri Şahin and Luis Suárez and ex-reds Nicolas Anelka and Alou Diarra all also turned out for their countries that day. 2012 – Roy Hodgson took charge of England for the first time, winning a friendly 1-0 in Norway. Martin Kelly and future red Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain both made their senior bows, with Jordan Henderson winning his first cap as a reds player. Steven Gerrard skippered a side that also included Andy Carroll, Stewart Downing, winning his last cap while with the reds, and future red James Milner, while ex-red John Arne Riise was on the losing side. Scoring against Albania 1992 - Ex-red John Aldridge netted for the Republic of Ireland as they beat Albania 2-0 in a World Cup qualifier at Lansdowne Road. Ray Houghton and ex-reds Kevin Sheedy and Steve Staunton also played. 1993 - Staunton was on target as the Irish won the return 2-1 in Tirana. Fellow ex-reds Aldridge and Houghton also played. 1985 - Ex-red Michael Robinson featured as Spain held Ireland to a friendly goalless draw in the only senior international ever to be played at the Flower Lodge in Cork. Milan also on target 2006 - Ex-red Milan Baroš struck for the Czech Republic as they beat Saudi Arabia 2-0 in a friendly in Austria. Future reds Daniel Agger and Nuri Şahin also represented their countries that day. 2008 – Baroš played in the Czech Republic’s 2-0 friendly defeat of Lithuania in Prague. 2012 – He converted a spot-kick in a 2-1 defeat of ex-red Yossi Benayoun’s Israel in Austria. Daniel Agger, Dirk Kuyt and ex-reds Xabi Alonso, Robbie Keane, Carl Medjani, Christian Poulsen and Daniel Sjölund also played for their countries that day. Heading off 1925 - Joe Keetley let the reds for Wolverhampton Wanderers after scoring twice in nine games since arriving from Accrington Stanley in November 1923 for £1,200. 1928 - Left-winger George Pither left Anfield to sign for Crewe Alexandra, after one goal in twelve reds games stepping in for the established Fred Hopkin. 1987 – Centre-half John McGregor moved on to Rangers, with whom he won the League Cup. He had failed to make the first team since arriving from Queen’s Park in May 1982. A young Geoff 1957 - Future reds left-half Geoff Twentyman became Carlisle United’s youngest ever debutant, aged seventeen years and 127 days, as they drew 2-2 at New Brighton in Division Three North. European Cup despair Two future reds have lost UEFA Champions League Finals on this day in recent years. 2004 - Fernando Morientes played as AS Monaco lost 2-0 to Jose Mourinho’s Porto in Gelsenkirchen. 1999 - Markus Babbel suffered heartache as Bayern München cruelly lost 2-1 to Manchester United in Barcelona. Bells toll twice 2007 - Craig Bellamy struck a brace as John Toshack’s Wales were held to a 2-2 friendly draw in Wrexham by New Zealand, his last two goals in his first spell as a reds player. On the same day, ex-red Darren Potter won his second senior cap playing for Steve Staunton’s Republic of Ireland in their 1-1 friendly draw with Bolivia in Boston, USA. Pepe the papa again 2011 – Keeper Pepe Reina became a father for the third time, to Luca. Ed up 2012 – Former Chief Scout Eduardo Macía was promoted by Fiorentina to Technical Director. Also in international action 1951 – Future red Frank Lock played for England as they beat Australia 4-1 in an FA Tour game in Sydney. 2001 – Future red Andrea Dossena featured for Italy Under-20’s in their 2-1 defeat of the Netherlands. 2003 – Future red Paul Jones turned out for Wales as they lost a friendly 2-0 in the USA. 2017 – Ovie Ejaria, Sheyi Ojo and future red Dominic Solanke all played for England Under-20’s in their 1-0 defeat of host nation South Korea in a World Championship Finals group game.
  20. Will

    8th May

    Clinching the title 1979 - A 3-0 defeat of Aston Villa at Anfield handed us our eleventh League title, thanks to goals from Alan Kennedy, Kenny Dalglish and Terry McDermott. We ended the season with a record 68 points and record goal difference of +69, having only conceded sixteen League goals during the entire campaign. This game was originally postponed from New Year’s Day. The arrival of an Anfield legend 1939 - Left-half Bob Paisley signed from Bishop Auckland for a £10 signing-on fee, and £5 per week. He served the club well in his 277 games, notching twelve times, before joining the training staff. He eventually succeeded Bill Shankly in 1974, becoming the most successful manager in English football history. 1894 - A rather less notable Anfield servant arrived in L4. Defender James Cameron signed from Rangers, going on to make only four first-team appearances. 1909 – Outside-left John McDonald also arrived from Rangers, netting four goals in 81 reds games before joining Newcastle United in May 1912. Cup final disappointment 1971 - Arsenal completed the double, beating us 2-1 at Wembley in the FA Cup Final. Steve Heighway opened the scoring in extra time before Eddie Kelly equalised for the Gunners. Charlie George grabbed the winner with the first of his five goals past us - cue one very famous flat-out celebration. Future red Ray Kennedy appeared for the Gunners. 1972 - We also faced Arsenal, holding them to a goalless draw at Highbury. 2005 - Our third meeting with the North London outfit on this day in history ended in a 3-1 defeat at Highbury that ensured we would finish behind Everton in fifth place, although the glory of Istanbul was just around the corner. Steven Gerrard bagged our goal while playing his 200th League game, while Robert Pires netted the last of his four goals past us, with José Antonio Reyes and Cesc Fábregas also scoring. 2012 - Three days after losing out to the Blues in the FA Cup Final at Wembley, we saw off Chelsea 4-1 at Anfield in May 2012 with the reds wearing special ‘Seeing Is Believing’ sponsored kits. Michael Essien’s own goal following fine work from Luis Suárez opened the scoring, with Jordan Henderson doubling our lead after one of many errors forced on John Terry. Daniel Agger headed in from a corner before Fernando Torres and Stewart Downing each hit the woodwork, with Downing then placing a spot-kick onto the post, a club record seventh penalty miss of the season, excluding shoot-outs. Ramires pulled a goal back for the visitors before Jonjo Shelvey completed the scoring. 2001 – We were held to a 2-2 draw at home by Chelsea. Michael Owen bagged a brace, with Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink twice drawing the visitors level, two of his seven goals against the reds. Heading towards second 2002 - We beat Blackburn Rovers 4-3 at home, having lost the lead three times before Emile Heskey finally won the game late on, to keep us on course to finish second in the League. Danny Murphy, Nicolas Anelka and Sami Hyypiä were the other scorers, with Andrew Cole netting one of his eleven goals past us, and Damien Duff and Matt Jansen also on the scoresheet. Meanwhile, it was confirmed that we were holding talks with French club Sedan over the possible transfer of Salif Diao. Final acts 2016 – Joe Allen struck his seventh and last goal for the club as we beat Watford 2-0 at Anfield, with Roberto Firmino also on target. 2004 - Emile Heskey bagged his sixtieth and final reds goal as we won 3-0 at his next club Birmingham City. Michael Owen and Steven Gerrard also struck, while the Blues had Kenny Cunningham sent off. 1982 - We also won at St. Andrews, with Ian Rush netting the only goal of the game. The Anfield Iron is forged 1963 - Tommy Smith made his reds bow in our 5-1 League defeat of Birmingham City at Anfield. This was the first official game we ever played on this day in history. Roger Hunt bagged a brace, with Gordon Wallace scoring his first reds goal and Ian St. John and Ian Callaghan also netting. Shanks for the last time 1974 - Bill Shankly took charge of his last official reds game as we drew 1-1 at Tottenham Hotspur in a game postponed from two months earlier, to end the season in second place, five points behind champions Leeds United. Centre-back Max Thompson made his reds bow, becoming our youngest League debutant to date, aged seventeen years and 129 days, just fifteen days younger than Michael Owen was on his debut 23 years later. Steve Heighway was on the scoresheet, while Ian Callaghan was making his 500th League appearance and left-back Alec Lindsay played his 200th game for the club. 1993 - We also faced Spurs, winning 6-2 at Anfield in our final game of the season as we finished sixth, with many fans expecting this to be Graeme Souness’s last game in charge, although he was actually watching Coventry City entertain Leeds United at the time. Ian Rush and John Barnes grabbed a brace each, with Rushie’s first being his 300th reds goal. Mark Walters also netted with the reds also benefitting from a Stuart Nethercott own goal that was initially credited as Steve Harkness’s first reds strike. Bruce Grobbelaar saved a Teddy Sheringham penalty, our first spot-kick save at Anfield in the Premier League. Sheringham got on the scoresheet anyway with one of his seven goals against the reds, as did Steve Sedgley for the visitors. Bobby’s first strike 1964 - Forward Bobby Graham scored his first reds goal as we trounced Boston Metros 8-1 in the first friendly on our US tour. Alf Arrowsmith and Ian St. John both bagged braces, with Phil Chisnall, Chris Lawler and Tommy Smith also on target. Ferri off 1999 – Midfielder Jean-Michel Ferri made his second and final reds appearance as we lost 1-0 at Sheffield Wednesday thanks to a late Richard Cresswell header. Ferri came on as a late substitute for Jamie Redknapp. Managerial comings and goings 2012 - Nick Barmby was sacked as Manager of Hull City, after making disparaging comments about the owners and transfer funds. He had led them to thirteen victories in 33 games in charge. 2001 - Mark Wright was appointed Manager of basement side Oxford United. He only won four of the 22 games in which he was in charge, resigning after just six months at the Kassam Stadium, following accusations of racism. 1992 - Phil Neal was sacked as Bolton Wanderers boss, after nearly seven seasons in charge. He led them to the Freight Rover Trophy Final in his first campaign, before the Trotters were relegated to the basement division the next year, but immediately bounced back into the Third Division. He could not lead them any higher, despite twice making the play-offs. He also helped them to claim the Sherpa Van Trophy in 1989. Future reds starting out 1980 - Nigel Spackman signed for Bournemouth from Andover on a free transfer. He played 131 times for his first professional club, bagging ten goals as they were promoted to the Third Division in his second season. 1994 - Sami Hyypiä scored his first goal in the Finnish Premier League as Myllykosken Pallo-47 drew 1-1 with HJK Helsinki. 1863 - One-time reds trainer William Connell was born in Stockport. International debutants 1963 - Midfielder Gordon Milne made his full international debut as England drew 1-1 with Brazil in a friendly at Wembley. 1932 – Ex-red reserves outside-left Jimmy Kelly played for the Irish Free State for the first of four times in their 2-0 friendly defeat of the Netherlands in Amsterdam. Kenny on target 1976 - Future red Kenny Dalglish netted in Scotland’s 3-0 British International Championships defeat of Northern Ireland at Hampden Park. Meanwhile, Ray Clemence, Kevin Keegan, Ray Kennedy and Phil Thompson faced John Toshack as England won 1-0 in Cardiff. European joy and despair 1968 - Roger Hunt appeared for England as they beat Spain 2-1 in Madrid to reach the Semi-final of the European Championships 3-1 on aggregate. 2006 - Future red Krisztián Németh appeared for Hungary Under-17’s as they lost 2-0 to Spain in a European Championships Finals group game in Luxembourg. 2007 – Future red Damien Plessis played for France Under-19’s in their 3-1 European Championships qualifying victory over Poland in Israel. Beating the Blues 1962 – Ronnie Moran scored the only goal of our Liverpool Senior Cup Semi-final encounter with Everton at Goodison Park. Alex off 2008 – Former First Team Coach Alex Miller quit the club to take over as Manager of JEF United Ichihara Chiba in Japan. However, his contract was terminated in July 2009. Other reds milestones Two ex-reds defenders have been released by other clubs on this day in history. 2003 - David Burrows left Sheffield Wednesday after 23 games in his one year at Hillsborough as they struggled in the First Division. 2008 – Stephen Wright was on his way from Sunderland, having made 105 appearances and netted twice. He is now on the coaching staff at Wrexham. Birth and death 2009 – Danish centre-half Daniel Agger became a father to a son, Jamie. 1955 - George Patterson died in Liverpool. He joined the reds as Assistant Secretary in 1908, taking charge of the team as Tom Watson’s successor as Secretary in 1918. He returned to a purely backroom role during 1919/20. He took charge again in 1928 when Matt McQueen retired, remaining in charge until 1936 at which point he once again reverted to a less front-line position, staying at Anfield until 1938. Also in international action 1943 – Ray Lambert featured as Wales drew 1-1 with England in a Wartime International at Ninian Park. 1957 – Tommy Younger played for Scotland as they beat Spain 4-2 in a World Cup qualifier at Hampden Park.
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    19th November

    Happy birthday Gary 1965 - Gary Ablett was born in Liverpool. He signed on at Anfield as a professional on his eighteenth birthday, going on to make 147 reds appearances, scoring just once – in only his second game. He helped us to two League titles, FA Cup and FA Charity Shield before being sold to Everton by Graeme Souness for £750,000 in January 1992, with whom he won a second FA Cup. He returned to the club in the summer of 2006 to take over as Reserve Team Manager, leading them to the national title in his second season, although he left at the end of the following campaign. He sadly died in January 2012, aged just 46. 1993 – Keeper Lawrence Vigouroux was born in Camden, north London. He left Tottenham Hotspur to join the reds in 2014, moving on to Swindon Town in July 2016 after a successful loan spell there. Tosh’s farewell 1977 - John Toshack made his 246th and final reds appearance in a 1-1 draw with Bristol City, setting up the goal for Kenny Dalglish. Anfield trebles 1921 - Centre-forward Danny Shone bagged a treble in our 4-0 defeat of Middlesbrough, with Tommy Lucas adding a penalty. 1927 - We faced Boro again in the First Division, holding them to a 1-1 draw at Ayresome Park, with Harry Chambers on the scoresheet. 1932 - Gordon Hodgson scored one of his seventeen reds trebles as we thrashed Derby County 6-1 in a top-flight meeting, with right-back Bob Done playing his hundredth League game. Dave Wright and Syd Roberts also netted to add to a George Collin own goal. Peter Ramage’s consolation was one of his five strikes past the reds. Crouchie not yet off the mark 2005 - Steve Finnan reached a century of reds games as we beat Portsmouth 3-0 at Anfield. Peter Crouch saw his penalty saved as he still awaited his first goal for the club. Fortunately, Bolo Zenden converted the rebound and Djibril Cissé and Fernando Morientes were also on target to secure victory. We ended the game with ten men after Xabi Alonso had to limp off after we had used all three of our substitutes. This was Alain Perrin’s final game as Pompey boss. Tons up 2016 – Emre Can played his hundredth reds game as we drew 0-0 in a League game at Southampton, despite dominating the game. 2000 - We reached a century of goals against under Gérard Houllier’s sole charge as we lost 2-1 at Tottenham Hotspur. Robbie Fowler nabbed our consolation strike, with Les Ferdinand netting the last of his six strikes against the reds, and Tim Sherwood scoring the final one of his three goals past us. Leeds thumped 1966 - We secured our record equal victory over Leeds United as goals from Chris Lawler, Peter Thompson, Ian St. John and a Geoff Strong brace handed us a 5-0 top-flight win at Anfield. 1955 - We also faced Leeds, going down 4-2 at Elland Road in a Second Division encounter. Billy Liddell netted from the spot, with Alan Arnell also on the scoresheet for the reds. John Price played his only senior reds game this day, at left-back. The legendary John Charles bagged a brace for the home side, with Harold Brook and Jack Overfield also on target while full-back Ray Lambert played his 342nd and last game for the reds. More birthdays 1994 – Reserves forward Jack Dunn was born in Liverpool. He scored while making his first senior appearance in our post-season friendly at Shamrock Rovers in May 2014, moving on to Tranmere Rovers in June 2017 after being released by the reds. 1993 – Spanish midfielder Jesús Fernández Sáez, known as Suso, was born in Cádiz. He signed on as a professional on his seventeenth birthday, having left his hometown club the previous summer. He made 21 senior appearances, scoring once before signing on with AC Milan in January 2015. The cup can be cruel 1892 - We suffered our first ever FA Cup defeat, losing 2-1 to Northwich Victoria at their Drill Field ground in the Third Qualifying Round. Tom Wyllie scored our consolation, while outside-left Andrew Kelvin was making his sixth and last reds appearance. Eph at home with the League 1919 - Right-back Ephraim Longworth played for the Football League in their 2-2 draw with an Irish League side at Anfield. Future reds on target 2014 – Chelsea’s Mohamed Salah scored as Egypt lost an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier 2-1 in Tunisia. Kolo Touré, ex-red Carl Medjani and future reds Naby Keïta and Sadio Mané all also featured in qualifiers that day. 2008 – Milan Jovanović struck twice as Serbia thumped Bulgaria 6-1 in a friendly in Belgrade. 1974 - David Johnson bagged a brace as England Under-23’s won 3-2 in a friendly in Portugal, with future red Alan Kennedy putting through his own net. 1980 - Michael Robinson scored his first senior international goal as the Republic of Ireland thrashed Cyprus 6-0 in a World Cup qualifier at Lansdowne Road. Steve Heighway and future red Mark Lawrenson also played in what remains the Republic’s record World Cup win. Meanwhile, Terry McDermott and Phil Neal featured in England’s 2-1 World Cup defeat of Switzerland at Wembley. International beginnings and ends 2019 – Simon Mignolet won his first cap for Belgium since joining Club Brugge in their 6-1 European Championships qualifying thumping of Cyprus in Brussels, with ex-red Christian Benteke bagging a brace. Gini Wijnaldum netted a hat-trick while captaining his country for the first time as the Netherlands beat Estonia 5-0 in another qualifier in Amsterdam, while ex-red Philippe Coutinho scored in Brazil’s 3-0 win over South Korea in Abu Dhabi. Emre Can played for Germany for the last time while with Juventus, in their 6-1 trouncing of Northern Ireland in a qualifier in Frankfurt. Alisson Becker, Rhian Brewster, Fabinho, Roberto Firmino, Divock Origi, Harry Wilson and ex-reds Joe Allen, Steve Clarke, Péter Gulácsi all also represented their countries that day. 2009 – Future red Emre Can played for Germany Under-16’s in their 4-1 win in Turkey. 2018 - Ryan Babel won his last cap as a Beşiktaş J.K. player as the Netherlands drew 2-2 in a UEFA Nations League group game in Germany, with Virgil van Dijk on target while skippering a side that also included Gini Wijnaldum. On the same day, Curtis Jones played for England Under-18’s as they beat Belgium 3-1 in Murcia to win a friendly tournament, while Adam Lewis featured for England Under-20’s. 2003 - Future red Momo Sissoko made his debut for Mali in their 1-0 friendly defeat of Morocco in Casablanca. Meanwhile, future reds loanee keeper Paul Jones won his final cap as a Southampton player, and 37th in total, as they lost the second leg of their Euro 2004 play-off with Russia 1-0 at the Millennium Stadium. John Arne Riise faced future clubmate Xabi Alonso as Spain were 3-0 victors in Norway to win their Euro 2004 play-off 5-1 on aggregate. Future reds Ragnar Klavan, Pepe Reina and Albert Riera all also represented their countries that day. 2008 – Craig Bellamy won his last cap as a West Ham United player, netting the only goal as skipper as John Toshack’s Wales faced Daniel Agger’s Denmark in a friendly in Copenhagen. Scott Carson made his only senior appearance since joining West Bromwich Albion as England beat Germany 2-1 in another friendly in Berlin. Future reds Stewart Downing and Glen Johnson and ex-reds Peter Crouch and David James also featured. Dirk Kuyt netted for the Netherlands in their 3-1 defeat of Sweden in Eindhoven, with Ryan Babel also in action, while Fernando Torres was on target in Spain’s 3-0 defeat of Chile in Villarreal, with Xabi Alonso, Álvaro Arbeloa, Pepe Reina and Albert Riera all also featuring. Javier Mascherano captained his country as Argentina beat Scotland 1-0 at Hampden Park, with future red Maxi Rodríguez on target in Diego Maradona’s first game in charge. David N’Gog won his first cap for France Under-21’s as they beat Denmark 1-0 in Aalborg, with future red Mamadou Sakho also playing. On the same day, Yossi Benayoun, Sami Hyypiä, future reds Nuri Şahin and Luis Suárez and ex-reds Nicolas Anelka, Alou Diarra and Jari Litmanen all also played in friendlies, with ex-red John Arne Riise dismissed in Norway’s 1-0 defeat in the Ukraine. Meanwhile, ex-reds John Barnes, Milan Baroš and Harry Kewell were all involved in victorious World Cup qualifiers. 2013 - Rickie Lambert won his fourth and final cap as a Southampton player as Roy Hodgson’s England lost 1-0 to Germany in a friendly at Wembley, with Steven Gerrard skippering a side that also included Jordan Henderson, Daniel Sturridge and future red Adam Lallana. On the same day, Mamadou Sakho struck his first two goals as France beat Ukraine 3-0 in the second leg of their World Cup Play-off in Paris to reach the Finals in Brazil. Mohamed Salah won his last cap as a Basel player as Egypt beat Ghana 2-1 in a World Cup qualifier in Cairo. On the same day, Raheem Sterling nabbed a brace while winning his eighth and last cap for England Under-21’s, with future red Danny Ings netting his first two goals at this level and ex-red Tom Ince also on target as they thrashed San Marino 9-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Shrewsbury, their record victory at this level. Lucas Leiva, Simon Mignolet, Pepe Reina, Jack Robinson, future red Dejan Lovren and ex-reds Charlie Adam, Xabi Alonso, Álvaro Arbeloa, Alexander Kačaniklić, Carl Medjani, Raul Meireles, Pepe Reina all also represented their countries that day. 1975 - Joey Jones made his debut for Wales as they beat Austria 1-0 in a friendly in Wrexham. He went on to win a total of 72 caps for his country. Ray Clemence and Kevin Keegan also played in a qualifier that day. 1947 - Right-half and future reds boss Phil Taylor won his third and final cap for England as they beat Sweden 4-2 in a friendly at Highbury. Gems back home 2002 - Anthony Le Tallec and Florent Sinama-Pongolle won their fifth caps for France Under-21’s in a 3-0 friendly defeat of Yugoslavia at the Stade Jules-Deschaseaux in Le Havre. Future reds keeper Charles Itandje won his first cap at this level in this game, with Grégory Vignal coming on as a substitute, while future red Xabi Alonso was also in Under-21’s action. Marsh moves 1999 - Ex-red Mike Marsh signed for Conference side Kidderminster Harriers. He struck four times in 24 appearances in his one season at Aggborough, before joining Southport on a free transfer. Rizzo back to England 2004 - Ex-reds winger Nicky Rizzo returned to England from Italy to sign for MK Dons. The Aussie netted five times in sixty games for the League Two outfit before returning to his native land in May 2007 to join Perth Glory.
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