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  1. Will

    9th June

    Digger arrives 1987 - John Barnes was signed from Watford for £900,000. His transfer had been heavily trailed for at least six months, and Kopites were not disappointed by his performances once he arrived, as he helped us to two League titles, FA Cup, League Cup and two FA Charity Shields during an Anfield career in which he scored 108 goals in 407 appearances. He was also twice voted Football Writers’ Player Of The Year, as well as once by his fellow players, eventually moving on to Newcastle United on a free transfer in August 1997. In comes Jordan 2011 – Midfielder Jordan Henderson signed from Sunderland for £16m. He has notched 28 times in 359 reds games to date, becoming club captain and then helping us to claim the UEFA Champions League and League Cup. Ephraim arrives 1910 - Right-back Ephraim Longworth signed from Clapton Orient. He played for the reds 370 times across the next two decades, without finding the back of the net. He helped us to two League titles and became the first Liverpool player to captain England in May 1921. He then served as Reserve team trainer, before joining the ground staff. Happy birthdays 1954 - Forward Alan Waddle was born in Wallsend. He signed from Halifax Town for £40,000 in June 1973 but only made 22 appearances in his four years at Anfield, netting just once, at Goodison Park in December 1973, as his route to the first team was usually blocked by Kevin Keegan and John Toshack, although he was on the bench for the European Cup Final in 1977. He moved on to Leicester City that September. His cousin Chris went on to great things with Newcastle United, Tottenham Hotspur, Olympique de Marseille and England. 1979 - Late-1990’s reserves winger Nicky Rizzo was born in Sydney. He never made a senior reds appearance, and moved on to Crystal Palace and then lower League football in Italy, but is now back in his homeland running his own soccer school. Ged honoured 2003 - Gérard Houllier was awarded an Honorary OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. On the same day, agreement was reached to sign Steve Finnan from Fulham for £3.5m. He officially completed his move to Anfield three weeks later. On the move 2009 - John Achterberg was appointed goalkeeping coach, leaving his position at Tranmere Rovers. On the same day, ex-reds full-back Julian Dicks left his role as Manager of Wivenhoe Town by mutual consent. Meanwhile, ex-red Titi Camara was appointed Head Coach of Guinea, in addition to his role as National Technical Director. He remained in the top job for just over three months. 2012 - Kevin MacDonald left Aston Villa’s coaching staff after seventeen years with the Villains. 2014 - Former Academy full-back Calum Woods signed for Preston North End, having been released by Huddersfield Town at the end of the previous campaign. He played 82 times before joining Bradford City on a free transfer last January. Tommy for Scotland 1963 - Tommy Lawrence won the first of his three Scotland caps as they lost a friendly 1-0 to the Republic of Ireland at Dalymount Park in Dublin. Fellow red Ian St. John also played. Winning a trophy 1984 - Ian Rush netted in the final minute as we drew 1-1 with Tottenham Hotspur in Swaziland to win the Royal Swazi Sun Soccer Challenge 6-3 on aggregate. On tour We have won US tour games three times on this day over the years. 1946 - We beat Kearny Celtic Scots 3-1, with Cyril Done grabbing a brace and Willie Fagan also netting. 1948 - A New York All Stars lost 5-2 at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn. Billy Liddell and Albert Stubbins struck twice each, with Willie Fagan also on the scoresheet. 1953 - Inside-right Sammy Smyth bagged a treble when we thumped St. Louis All Stars 5-1, with Billy Liddell adding a brace. Final caps 1996 - Future red Torben Piechnik won his fifteenth and final cap as a substitute in Denmark’s 1-1 Euro ’96 draw with Portugal at Hillsborough. 1999 - Vladimír Šmicer won his last cap as a Racing Club de Lens player, and 38th in total, as the Czech Republic beat Scotland 3-2 in a Euro 2000 qualifier in Prague, alongside future clubmate Patrik Berger. Meanwhile, Mark Kennedy won his last cap while with Wimbledon, and 22nd to date, as the Republic of Ireland beat FYR Macedonia 1-0 in Dublin, with Robbie Keane playing his ninth and final game while with Wolverhampton Wanderers. On the same day, Nicolas Anelka made his ninth appearance for France, and final one as an Arsenal player, as they won 1-0 in Andorra in another qualifier. Meanwhile, Dean Saunders won his final cap as an SL Benfica player, and 69th in all, as Wales were beaten 2-0 by Denmark at Anfield, a result that kept the Danes on course for a play-off spot. Future reds Craig Bellamy and Paul Jones also played. Robbie Fowler, Haukur Ingi Gudnason, Sami Hyypiä, Jamie Redknapp and future red Emile Heskey all also played in qualifiers that day. 2013 - Mamadou Sakho won his final cap for France as a Paris Saint-Germain player in their 3-0 defeat by Brazil in Porto Alegre. 2011 – Alou Diarra won his last cap as a Girondins de Bordeaux player, his 34th to date, as France beat Poland 1-0 in a friendly in Warsaw. 2008 – Dirk Kuyt played as the Netherlands beat Italy 3-0 in Berne, while ex-red Anelka featured as France were held to a goalless draw by Romania in Zurich. 2000 – Alberto Aquilani won his eighth and final cap for Italy Under-15’s as they lost 2-1 to France. On the move 2001 - Mike Marsh signed for Boston United from Southport for £15,000. He netted once in seven games for the Pilgrims as they clinched the Conference title. 2017 – Ex- reserves forward Jack Dunn signed for Tranmere Rovers, so far making sixteen senior appearances without notching. 2016 – Future touring keeper Andy Lonergan joined Wolverhampton Wanderers from Fulham, playing fourteen times before returning to former club Leeds United in August 2017. Dirk’s first 2012 - Dirk Kuyt won his first cap as a Fenerbahçe SK player as the Netherlands lost 1-0 to a Denmark side captained by Daniel Agger in a European Championships Finals game in Kharkiv. Ex-red Raúl Meireles also featured in the competition that day, with ex-red Javier Mascherano in friendly action and future red Victor Moses playing in a World Cup qualifier. The Guv’nor in charge 1993 - Future red Paul Ince captained his country for the first time, becoming the first black player ever to skipper England, as they lost 2-0 to the USA in Boston. John Barnes and future red Nigel Clough also played. Meanwhile, Stig Inge Bjørnebye and Øyvind Leonhardsen featured in Norway’s goalless World Cup qualifying draw in the Netherlands. On target 1993 - Ex-red John Aldridge scored the fourth of his eight goals in four games against Latvia as the Republic of Ireland won their World Cup qualifier in Riga 2-0. Ex-reds Ray Houghton and Steve Staunton both also played. 2009 – Albert Riera and Fernando Torres both struck as Spain thumped Azerbaijan 6-0 in a friendly in Baku, with David Villa bagging a treble. Xabi Alonso, Álvaro Arbeloa and Pepe Reina all also featured. 1996 - Future red Christian Ziege netted in Germany’s 2-0 defeat of the Czech Republic in their Euro ’96 group encounter at Old Trafford. Fellow future reds Markus Babbel and Patrik Berger both also featured. On the same day, Mark Kennedy faced future red Brad Friedel in the US Nike Cup as the USA beat the Republic of Ireland 2-1 in Boston, while future red Mario Balotelli netted for Italy Under-21’s in their 4-0 friendly win in Denmark. 2019 – Roberto Firmino and ex-red Philippe Coutinho scored as Brazil thumped Honduras 7-0 in a friendly in Porto Alegre. Ryan Babel won his last cap as a Fulham player, with Virgil van Dijk captaining a side that also included Gini Wijnaldum as Portugal beat the Netherlands 1-0 in the UEFA Nations League Final in Porto. Trent Alexander-Arnold, Alisson Becker, Joe Gomez, Caoimhín Kelleher and ex-red Raheem Sterling also played for their countries that day. 2018 – Ex-red Iago Aspas scored as Spain beat Tunisia a friendly 1-0 in Russia. 2017 – Philippe Coutinho played in Argentina’s 1-0 friendly defeat by Argentina in Melbourne, with Gini Wijnaldum on target as the Netherlands beat Luxembourg 5-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Rotterdam. Future red Xherdan Shaqiri also played for his country that day. 2013 – Future red Wijnaldum scored in his fourth consecutive game for the Dutch Under-21’s as they thumped Russia 5-1 in a European Championships Finals group game in Jerusalem. Meanwhile, future red Mohamed Salah bagged a treble as Egypt won a World Cup qualifier 4-2 in Zimbabwe. On the same day, future reds Emre Can and Alberto Moreno faced each other at Under-21’s level in a European Championships Finals group game in Israel. In Toulon Future red Nigel Clough appeared in the Toulon Tournament in consecutive years for England Under-21’s. 1987 - They were held by the USSR to a goalless draw. 1988 – England beat Morocco 1-0. Fellow future reds Julian Dicks and Michael Thomas both also featured. 1989 – Future red Neil Ruddock featured in a goalless match with Republic of Ireland in the same competition. 1993 – Jamie Redknapp played in a 1-1 draw with Czech Republic, when future reds Academy coach Mike Sheron struck his fourth and final goal at this level. God married 2001 - Robbie Fowler married Kerrie at Duns Castle in Scotland. They already had two young daughters, Madison and Jaya, with a third following a year later, and have since added a son to their brood. Still the masters 2002 - The Liverpool Legends team won the Irish Masters in Belfast, with former reserves regular John Durnin grabbing both goals in their 2-0 Final victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers. Barclay elected 1890 – William Barclay was elected Vice Chairman of Everton. He later worked as a Secretary-c**-Manager for the first four years of the reds’ existence.
  2. Will

    6th June

    Ciao Rushie 1986 - Ian Rush signed for Juventus for £3.2m, but was shortly loaned back to the reds, before finally joining the ‘Old Lady’ the following summer. He started off brightly, netting six times in ten pre-season friendlies. He struck eight times in 29 Serie A matches in his one season there, as well as a further six goals for Juventus in other competitions. He was never on the losing side once he had scored, helping the Turin outfit to qualify for the UEFA Cup after a difficult season. Berger off 2003 - Patrik Berger joined Portsmouth on a free transfer. He had netted 35 times in 196 reds games, helping us to claim the UEFA Cup, FA Cup and FA Charity Shield in 2001, setting up Michael Owen for his second goal in Cardiff. Cashing in 1928 - We received a club record £7,500 fee from Chelsea for outside-left Alf Hanson in June 1938. He had stuck 52 times in 177 outings since arriving from Everton in November 1931, as well as three in sixteen Wartime games, and he netted nine times in 46 games for the Blues. In the World Cup 2002 - Future reds El-Hadji Diouf and Salif Diao both played for Senegal in their 1-1 World Cup draw with Christian Poulsen’s Denmark in Daegu. Diao had an eventful game – first conceding a penalty, then rounding off a fantastic team goal, before finally being sent off for a rash challenge. Meanwhile, ex-red Rigobert Song skippered Cameroon as they beat Saudi Arabia 1-0 in Saitama. Future red Djibril Cissé came on as a substitute as France were held to a goalless draw by Uruguay in Busan, to leave their chances of qualification for the knock-out phase hanging by a thread. Death of McVean 1907 - Forward Malcolm McVean died. He had scored our first ever League goal, and bagged 43 in total in 126 reds games, helping us to the Lancashire League title and two Second Division championships. Sami the Frenchman 1998 - Future red Sami Hyypiä played for France, wearing Marcel Desailly’s shirt, as they were a man short for their friendly encounter with HJK Helsinki, just prior to their victorious World Cup campaign. Future red Craig Bellamy and ex-red Dean Saunders both represented the right country on the same day, as Wales were thumped 4-0 in a friendly in Tunisia. 2014 - Sami was appointed Manager of Brighton & Hove Albion. He resigned just six months later after leading them to just six victories in 26 games in charge. D-Day all over again 1964 - Alf Arrowsmith netted as we drew 1-1 in a friendly encounter with German side Meidericher Spielverein at the Empire Stadium in Vancouver on our North American tour. This game was played on the twentieth anniversary of D-Day, and Ian St. John was sent off, alongside a German player. Newly in reserve 2009 – John McMahon, Steve’s brother, was appointed as our new Reserve Team Manager. He led them to third place in the League in his first campaign in charge, but he left the club in March 2011. International bows 1998 - Reserves forward Haukur Ingi Gudnason made his senior international debut as Iceland drew 1-1 with South Africa in a friendly in Germany. On the same day, reserves winger Nicky Rizzo won his only senior cap as Australia were thumped 7-0 in Croatia. 1984 – Future reds Assistant Manager Colin Pascoe won the first of his ten senior caps as Wales lost a friendly 1-0 in Norway, with ex-red Joey Jones also in the side. Three times for Stéph 1998 - Stéphane Henchoz played in three internationals on this day, firstly in a 1-1 friendly draw with Yugoslavia in Basel. 2001 – He featured as they lost a World Cup qualifier 1-0 to Slovenia at the same venue. 2004 - He also appeared in a 1-0 friendly defeat of Liechtenstein in Zurich. Friendly defeats 1939 - We lost 5-2 to Elfsborg in Sweden, with Willie Fagan bagging a brace 1942 - We were beaten 3-2 at Anfield by a Liverpool Services side, with John Wharton and Fred Haycock on target. Czechs on target 1995 - Future red Vladimír Šmicer netted while winning his second cap for Czech Republic Under-21’s as they trounced Luxembourg 7-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Dudelange. 2001 - Milan Baroš was on target as the Czech Republic beat Northern Ireland 3-1 in a World Cup qualifier in Teplice. Future clubmate Patrik Berger also played. 2004 - Baroš also bagged a brace, playing alongside Šmicer in a 2-0 friendly defeat of Estonia at the same venue. Dietmar Hamann and future reds Javier Mascherano and Momo Sissoko also played for their countries that day, while Rigobert Song netted his only goal for Cameroon as a Racing Club de Lens player in their 2-1 World Cup qualifying defeat of Benin in Yaoundé. On the same day, future red Mark González won his first cap in a home game, and ninth to date, as Chile drew 1-1 with Brazil in a World Cup qualifier in Santiago. This was also his final cap as a Club Deportivo Universidad Católica player. Crouchie on target 2007 - Peter Crouch, future red Joe Cole and ex-red Michael Owen all struck in England’s 3-0 Euro 2008 qualifying win in Estonia, with Steven Gerrard and future red Stewart Downing also featuring. Meanwhile, Yossi Benayoun won his final cap as a West Ham United player in Israel’s 2-0 win in Andorra. Djibril Cissé won his last cap as a reds player as a substitute in France’s 1-0 defeat of Georgia in another qualifier in Auxerre, with ex-red Nicolas Anelka also appearing. Daniel Agger, Xabi Alonso, Pepe Reina, John Arne Riise and future reds Sotirios Kyrgiakos, Dejan Lovren and Martin Škrtel all also played in qualifiers, with Roy Hodgson taking charge of Finland and Dirk Kuyt and Javier Mascherano in friendly action. Other international reds on target 1999 - Rigobert Song netted his only goal as a reds player as Cameroon beat Eritrea 1-0 in an African Cup of Nations qualifier in Yaoundé. 1993 - Dean Saunders bagged his first goal for Wales as an Aston Villa player, on his fortieth appearance overall, as they won 3-0 in a World Cup qualifier in the Faroe Islands. Ian Rush was also on the scoresheet, while winning his sixtieth cap. 1974 - Celtic’s Kenny Dalglish, on as a substitute, scored the winner four minutes from time in Scotland’s 2-1 win in Norway, in a warm-up game just before the World Cup in West Germany. 2013 – Future red Gini Wijnaldum scored for the Dutch Under-21’s in their 3-2 European Championship Finals defeat of Germany in Israel, with fellow future red Alberto Moreno also in action. 2009 – Ex-red Emile Heskey struck in England’s 4-0 World Cup qualifying win in Kazakhstan. Daniel Agger, Ryan Babel, Andrea Dossena, Steven Gerrard, Sami Hyypiä, Dirk Kuyt, Javier Mascherano, future reds Glen Johnson, Milan Jovanović, Christian Poulsen and Luis Suárez and ex-reds Mark González, Robbie Keane, Harry Kewell, Jari Litmanen and John Arne Riise all also featured in qualifiers, with John Toshack taking charge of Wales. Meanwhile, Péter Gulácsi, Krisztián Németh, David N’Gog and future red Gini Wijnaldum all played in junior internationals. 2000 - Future red Nicolas Anelka scored as France thumped host nation Morocco 5-1 in the Final of the Hassan II Tournament. Phil Babb, Brad Friedel and ex-reds Mark Kennedy and Jason McAteer also played for their countries that day. 2019 – Ex-red Raheem Sterling skippered England while reaching a half century of caps as they lost 3-1 after extra time to the Netherlands in their UEFA Nations League Semi-final in Portugal, with Virgil van Dijk captaining the winning side. Jordan Henderson, Gini Wijnaldum and ex-red Ryan Babel all also featured. Caoimhín Kelleher and ex-red Philippe Coutinho both also represented their countries that day. Final reds caps 1981 - Ray Clemence won his 56th and final cap as a Liverpool player as England beat Hungary 3-1 in a World Cup qualifier in Budapest. Ex-red Kevin Keegan captained the side and netted from the spot, while Terry McDermott, Phil Neal and Phil Thompson all also played. 1979 - All bar McDermott had also played for England as they won a European Championships qualifier 3-0 in Bulgaria. 2016 – Jordan Rossiter skippered England Under-19’s as they lost a friendly 1-0 to Mexico, with Sheyi Ojo and future red Dominic Solanke also in action. 2001 - Christian Ziege won his final cap as a red, and 59th in total, as Germany won a World Cup qualifier 2-0 in Albania. Robbie Fowler, Steven Gerrard, Emile Heskey, Michael Owen, future reds Yossi Benayoun, Jerzy Dudek and Paul Jones and ex-reds Øyvind Leonhardsen and Steve McManaman also all played in qualifiers that day. 2007 – Charlie Adam won his last cap as a Rangers player as Scotland won a European Championships qualifier 2-0 in the Faroe Islands. 2008 - Alexander Doni won his final cap as a Roma player in Brazil’s 2-0 defeat by Venezuela in a friendly in the USA. 2014 - Lazar Marković won his last cap as an SL Benfica player as they lost 2-0 to Brazil in São Paulo. Future red Dejan Lovren also featured in friendly action that day. Euro champions 2015 - Ex-reds Javier Mascherano and Luis Suárez both played as Barcelona beat Juventus 3-1 in the UEFA Champions League Final in Berlin. On the move 2018 – The appointment of Philipp Jacobsen as the club’s new Medical Rehabilitation & Performance Manager was announced. 2015 - Forward Danny Ings agreed to sign from Burnley on 1st July. He only struck four times in 25 games as he suffered two serious injuries, spending last season on loan at Southampton whom he is due to join permanently in July. 2014 – Yossi Benayoun re-signed for Israeli side Maccabi Haifa from Queens Park Rangers, where he had first risen to prominence. 1995 - Former reserves centre-back Mark Seagraves signed for Swindon Town from Bolton Wanderers for £100,000. He went on to make 79 appearances in three years with the Robins.
  3. Will

    3rd June

    The birth of LFC 1892 - Club founder John Houlding signed the Certificate of Change of Name to alter the name of the club residing at Anfield from Everton Football Club and Athletic Grounds Company Limited to Liverpool Football Club and Athletic Grounds Company Limited. We started out in the Lancashire League that September, soon rising through the divisions and heading towards glory. Hola y adiós Rafa 2010 - Rafael Benítez left the club as boss by mutual consent. He had been in charge for six years, leading us to the European Cup, FA Cup, UEFA Super Cup and FA Community Shield during his six seasons in charge as we won 194 of his 350 games as Manager. 2015 - He was appointed Manager of Real Madrid, leading them to seventeen wins in 25 victories but remaining in charge for only seven months. Auf wiedersehen Kev 1977 - Kevin Keegan joined German side Hamburger SV for £500,000, a record fee for a British footballer and the most expensive player to that date in the Bundesliga. He had played 323 reds games and bagged exactly a hundred goals, helping us to claim the European Cup, three League titles, two UEFA Cups, FA Cup and two FA Charity Shields. Farewell Dirk 2012 – Dutch forward Dirk Kuyt was sold to Fenerbahçe SK for €1m. He had arrived from Feyenoord for £9m in August 2006, with then Chairman David Moores having to lend the club the money for the transfer. He proved a willing worker, notching 71 times in 285 outings, including our consolation in the Champions League Final in Athens in 2007 and five derby strikes. He helped the club to claim the Carling Cup and reach the FA Cup Final in his final season in England. Fourteen without reply 1964 - We trounced a San Franciscan Select 14-0 on our North American tour, our record ever victory in any fixture, shortly after clinching our sixth League title. Alf Arrowsmith and Ian St. John scored four apiece at the Kezar Stadium, with our other goals coming from Alan A’Court, Ian Callaghan, Phil Chisnall, Bobby Graham, Ronnie Moran and Gordon Wallace. Trevor Roberts was in goal after Tommy Lawrence suffered a foot injury in training. Meanwhile, Chairman TV Williams was presented with the League title in London. 1948 - We were also in North America, when Billy Liddell, Jack Balmer, Bob Priday and Les Shannon struck as we beat the Montreal All Stars 4-2 at the Delorimier Stadium. Crouchie’s treble 2006 - Peter Crouch struck three times for England and also missed a penalty in their 6-0 friendly defeat of Jamaica at Old Trafford. This was the third consecutive international in which he had scored, while ex-red Michael Owen was also on target. Jamie Carragher, Steven Gerrard, future reds Joe Cole and Stewart Downing and ex-red David James also featured, winning his final cap while with Manchester City. Xabi Alonso, Luis García, future reds Philipp Degen and Fernando Torres and ex-red Milan Baroš also turned out in international friendlies that day. 2010 – Alonso also played for Spain as they beat South Korea 1-0 in a friendly in Austria, alongside Pepe Reina. 2012 – He also played alongside fellow ex-reds Álvaro Arbeloa and Fernando Torres in a 1-0 defeat of China in Seville. Meanwhile, Daniel Sjölund featured as Finland lost the Baltic Cup Final to Latvia on penalties in Estonia, while future red Victor Moses was in World Cup qualifying action for Nigeria. Three reds skippers in one day 2003 - Steven Gerrard and future red Joe Cole scored as England beat Serbia & Montenegro 2-1 in a friendly at the Walkers Stadium. Michael Owen, Emile Heskey and Jamie Carragher all captained the side at some point during the game, as did Manchester United’s Phil Neville, with ex-red David James also playing. International debutants 1995 - John Scales and future red Stan Collymore both made their England debuts as they beat Japan 2-1 at Wembley. They both only won a further two caps apiece. Steve McManaman and ex-red Peter Beardsley also played that day. 1991 - Future reds winger Mark Walters won his only full international cap for England as they beat New Zealand 1-0 in a friendly in Auckland. 1981 – Glenn Hysén made his debut for Sweden in their 1-0 World Cup qualifying defeat of Northern Ireland in Solna. 1984 - Jim Beglin made his Republic of Ireland bow in their 1-0 defeat of China in Sapporo, Japan. He went on to win fifteen full caps before injury curtailed his career. 2011 - Krisztián Németh won his first cap as an Olympiacos player, and second to date, as Hungary won a friendly 1-0 in Luxembourg as keeper Ádám Bogdán made his senior international bow. Alberto Aquilani, future reds Fabio Borini, Simon Mignolet and Mamadou Sakho and ex-reds Alou Diarra and Daniel Sjölund all featured in Euro 2012 qualifiers that day. In the World Cup 1978 - Kenny Dalglish played for Scotland as they lost 3-1 to Peru in Argentina. 1986 - Future red Peter Beardsley appeared in England’s 1-0 defeat by Portugal in Mexico. Reds internationals on target 2000 - Emile Heskey netted in England’s 2-1 friendly win in Malta. Ex-red Paul Ince won his fiftieth cap, while Robbie Fowler, future red Nick Barmby and ex-red Steve McManaman all also featured for Kevin Keegan’s side. Meanwhile, Patrik Berger was on target as the Czech Republic lost 3-2 to Germany in a friendly in Nuremberg. Dietmar Hamann, Vladimír Šmicer and future reds Markus Babbel and Christian Ziege all also played. Stig Inge Bjørnebye, Vegard Heggem, Sami Hyypiä and future reds John Arne Riise and Jari Litmanen all also played for their countries that day. 1987 - Jan Mølby netted his second and final international goal as Denmark were held 1-1 at home by Czechoslovakia in a European Championships qualifier. 1989 - John Barnes got on the scoresheet as England beat Poland 3-0 in a World Cup qualifier at Wembley. Peter Beardsley also featured. 2005 - Carl Medjani struck as he captained France Under-20’s to a 2-1 defeat of Japan in the Toulon tournament in Hyères. 2013 – Ex-red Alexander Kačaniklić scored the only goal of Sweden’s friendly against FYR Macedonia in Malmo. 2014 – Future red Xherdan Shaqiri netted as Switzerland beat Peru 2-0 in Lucerne. 2016 – Shaqiri played or his country again, as the Swiss beat Moldova 2-1 in a friendly in Lugano. 2018 – Roberto Firmino was on target as Brazil beat Croatia 2-0 in a friendly at Anfield, with Dejan Lovren, Liam Millar, future red Alisson Becker and ex-red Philippe Coutinho all also in action. On the same day, ex-red Iago Aspas faced future red Xherdan Shaqiri as Spain drew 1-1 with Switzerland in Villarreal. Management moves 1986 - 1960’s right-half Gordon Milne stepped down as Manager of Leicester City to become General Manager. He had been in charge for four years, leading them into the top flight in his first season, where they remained during his tenure. 2009 - Jim Magilton was appointed Manager of Queens Park Rangers. He only remained in charge for six months before being suspended after an alleged clash with a player after a game at Watford, following which he left by mutual consent. International first and lasts in friendlies 1982 - Southampton’s Kevin Keegan captained England for the 31st and last time while winning his 62nd cap as they thumped Finland 4-1 in Helsinki. Phil Thompson and ex-red Ray Clemence also played. 1995 - Jason McAteer won his last cap as a Bolton Wanderers player, with skipper Ronnie Whelan winning his first cap while at Southend United, as the Republic of Ireland were held to a goalless draw in a European Championships qualifier in Liechtenstein. Phil Babb and ex-reds John Aldridge and Steve Staunton all also played. 1998 - Dean Saunders won his first cap as a Sheffield United player, and 62nd in total, as Wales beat Malta 3-0 in Valletta with future red Craig Bellamy netting his first goal for his country. Future red Paul Jones also played. On the same day, ex-reserves midfielder Jim Magilton won his last cap as a Sheffield Wednesday player, and 39th in total, as Northern Ireland lost 4-1 in Spain, with future red Fernando Morientes bagging a brace. 1992 - Saunders had also played for Wales as they lost 1-0 to Argentina in Japan. John Barnes, Mark Wright and future reds Torben Piechnik and Jari Litmanen also represented their countries on that day. 2019 – Keeper Caoimhín Kelleher played for the Republic of Ireland Under-21’s as they beat China Under-22’s 4-1 in a friendly in France. Friendly victory 1984 - We beat Tottenham Hotspur 5-2 in the first leg of the Royal Swazi Sun Soccer Challenge at the Somhlolu Stadium in Swaziland. Ian Rush and South African-born Craig Johnston both netted braces, with Paul Walsh also grabbing a goal. Jameo the champion 1991 - Future reds keeper David James played as England Under-21’s beat hosts France in the Final of the Toulon Tournament. On the move 1992 - Ex-reds forward Paul Walsh joined Portsmouth from Tottenham Hotspur for £400,000. He had netted 21 times in 156 games for Spurs. 2011 – Brad Friedel signed for Tottenham Hotspur on a free transfer from Aston Villa, having played 131 times for the Villains. 2013 – Left-back Andy Robertson joined Dundee United from Third Division Queens Park, after two goals in 43 outings. 2019 – Keeper David Martin joined West Ham United from Millwall on a free transfer.
  4. Will

    2nd June

    Happy birthday Marks 1957 - Mark Lawrenson was born in Preston. He joined us for a then-record fee of £900,000 from Brighton & Hove Albion in August 1981, going on to make 356 appearances, netting eighteen times while helping us to win four League titles, one European Cup, one FA Cup, three League Cups, the FA Charity Shield and Screen Sport Super Cup in his time at Anfield, before taking over as Oxford United boss in March 1988. 1964 - Mark Everton Walters was born in Birmingham. The most famous of his 124 games in a red shirt came when he inspired a UEFA Cup comeback against Auxerre in 1991, as he remained on the bench for both the 1992 FA Cup Final and League Cup Final in 1995. He also scored the crucial second goal in our defeat of Manchester United that handed the title to Leeds United in April 1992, one of his nineteen reds strikes after signing from Rangers for £1.25m in August 1991. He left Anfield to join Southampton on a free transfer in January 1996. Double signing 1999 - Stéphane Henchoz signed from relegated Blackburn Rovers for £3.5m, two weeks after his future partner Sami Hyypiä arrived from Dutch side Willem II. Stéph failed to score in his 205 reds appearances, but was a defensive rock, helping us to claim the UEFA Cup, FA Cup, UEFA Super Cup, FA Charity Shield and two League Cups before joining Celtic in January 2005. On the same day, Aboubakar ‘Titi’ Camara signed from Marseille for £2.6m. He scored ten times in 37 reds games, most famously the only goal of the game at home to West Ham United on the day his father died. He joined the Hammers for £2.2m in December 2000, although he only made fourteen appearances for them, before being loaned to Al-Ittihad in Saudi Arabia. More arrivals 2014 – Kirkby-born forward Rickie Lambert signed from Southampton for £4m, although he only managed to strike three times in 36 outings across his one season with the reds, with only twelve of these being starts. He moved on to West Bromwich Albion in July 2015. 1997 - Attacking midfielder Øyvind Leonhardsen signed from Wimbledon for £3.5m. He stayed at Anfield for two years, making 49 appearances, many in an uncomfortable left-sided role. He scored seven times before being sold to Tottenham Hotspur for £3m in August 1999. Six farewells 2003 - Pegguy Arphexad, Patrik Berger, Bernard Diomède, Vegard Heggem, Stephen McNulty and Mark Peers were all released by the club. Heggem had netted three times in a total of 65 reds games, but injury brought his career to an end, while Berger had struck 35 goals in 196 appearances. Back in black 1936 - We wore a black kit as we beat Romanian side Ripensia Timisoara 2-1 in a friendly as Alf Hanson netted in his third consecutive game of our Eastern European tour, with Syd Roberts also on target. 1939 - We thumped a Swedish Combination side 6-0. Phil Taylor bagged a treble, with Berry Nieuwenhuys adding a brace and Harry Eastham also on target. Reds in the World Cup 2002 - England drew their opening World Cup match with Sweden 1-1 in Saitama. Michael Owen and Emile Heskey both played the full ninety minutes, with Owen ending the game as captain after David Beckham’s substitution, and future red Joe Cole also featuring. Meanwhile, future red Fernando Morientes came off the bench as Spain beat Slovenia 3-1 in Gwangju. Double trebles 1946 - Jack Balmer scored four goals and Willie Fagan bagged a hat-trick as we thumped Chicago Maroons 9-3 in a friendly at Soldier Field. Phil Taylor and Bob Priday also scored. Rafa stays on 2006 - Rafael Benítez signed a new four-year contract, after continued speculation linking him with a return to his native land to take over at Real Madrid. He led us to the European Cup, FA Cup, UEFA Super Cup and FA Community Shield during his six seasons as we won 194 of his 350 games as Manager. Derby disappointment 1941 - We only got on the scoresheet through a Jones own goal as we lost a Wartime League derby 3-1 at Goodison Park. Other departures 2007 - It was announced that Joint Chief Scout Frank McParland would take over as General Manager at Bolton Wanderers, joining Sammy Lee there, who had recently taken over as Manager. 1910 - Inside-left Bert Goode signed for Wrexham. He had struck once in seven reds outings after signing from his hometown club Chester in May 1908. He scored 136 goals in 276 games across three spells at the Racecourse Ground, being remembered as one of their greatest ever strikers. Dan’s debut 2005 - Future red Daniel Agger made his senior international debut as Denmark beat Finland 1-0 in a friendly in Tampere, with Christian Poulsen also featuring. Ex-red Jari Litmanen skippered a side that also included Sami Hyypiä. 2012 – Agger converted a spot-kick as Denmark beat ex-red Harry Kewell’s Australia 2-0 in a friendly in Copenhagen, with future reds loanee Nuri Şahin also in international action. 2007 - He also played for his country, netting his first goal as a reds player in their stormy 3-3 Euro 2008 qualifying draw with Sweden in Copenhagen. Christian Poulsen was sent off for the home side, with the match being abandoned after 89 minutes and later awarded as a 3-0 victory to Sweden. On the same day, future reds keeper Brad Jones played his first game for Australia as they lost 2-1 to Uruguay in a friendly in Sydney, being at fault for one of the goals. Future red Dejan Lovren also played for his country that day. 2008 – Litmanen also played for Roy Hodgson’s Finland in their 1-1 friendly draw with Belarus in Turku. Half century for Stéph 2001 - Stéphane Henchoz won his fiftieth senior cap for Switzerland as they beat the Faroe Islands 1-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Toftir. Robbie Keane won his first cap after his permanent move to Leeds United in the Republic of Ireland’s 1-1 qualifying draw with Portugal. Also in international action that day were Patrik Berger, Vladimír Šmicer, Steve Staunton, future reds Yossi Benayoun, Jerzy Dudek and Paul Jones and ex-reds Øyvind Leonhardsen, Jason McAteer and Rigobert Song. International reds on the scoresheet 2004 - Milan Baroš came off the bench to score as the Czech Republic beat Bulgaria 2-1 in a friendly in Prague. Vladimír Šmicer also featured, while Stéphane Henchoz and Dietmar Hamann faced each other in a friendly on the same day that Germany won 2-0, with future red Javier Mascherano also in international action that day. 2007 - John Arne Riise struck in injury time as Norway thumped Malta 4-0 in a Euro 2008 qualifier in Oslo. 2006 - Harry Kewell grabbed a brace as Australia beat Dutch side VV Kloetinge in a friendly, with futre reds loanee Nuri Şahin also in international action. 1982 - Ian Rush nabbed the only goal of the game as Wales beat France in a friendly in Toulouse. Ex-red Joey Jones also played. 1969 - Ex-red Tony Hateley scored in the second of all seven games of an FA Tour, bagging four as England trounced New Zealand 7-1 in Wellington. He netted a total of seventeen goals on the tour. 1963 - Roger Hunt netted for England as they beat East Germany 2-1 in a friendly in Leipzig. Gordon Milne also played. 2013 – Ex-red Robbie Keane came off the bench to bag a brace as the Republic of Ireland thumped Georgia 4-0 in a friendly in in Dublin. 1996 - Future red Jari Litmanen netted Finland’s consolation as they lost 2-1 to Turkey in a friendly in Helsinki, with Sami Hyypiä also in the side. Stig Inge Bjørnebye, Mark Kennedy, future red Øyvind Leonhardsen and ex-red Torben Piechnik all also represented their countries that day. 1994 - Jari also played for his country in a 2-1 friendly defeat by Spain in Tampere, with future red Karl-Heinz Riedle in international action. 2001 – Litmanen featured alongside Sami Hyypiä and against clubmate Christian Ziege as their World Cup qualifier ended 2-2 in Helsinki. Masch the red 2007 - Javier Mascherano won his first cap as a reds player, appearing for Argentina for the 23rd time as a substitute in their 1-1 friendly draw with Switzerland in Basel. Future red Philipp Degen also played and was booked. Ex-reserves for their countries 1993 - Former reserves midfielder Jim Magilton netted his fourth and final Northern Ireland goal as an Oxford United player as they won a World Cup qualifier in Latvia 2-1. Stig Inge Bjørnebye, Ronnie Rosenthal and future reds Nigel Clough and Øyvind Leonhardsen also appeared in internationals that day. 1992 - Magilton also played in a friendly as they drew 1-1 in Germany, who included future red Karl-Heinz Riedle. 1985 - Kevin Sheedy was on target as the Republic of Ireland beat Switzerland 3-0 in a World Cup qualifier at Lansdowne Road. Jim Beglin, Ronnie Whelan and ex-red Michael Robinson all also featured. Final caps 1982 - Phil Neal captained England for the only time as England drew 1-1 with Iceland in a friendly in Reykjavik. Joe Corrigan and Terry McDermott both won their final caps in this game. 1963 - Ian Callaghan won his fourth and final cap for England Under-23’s as they lost 1-0 in a friendly in Romania. 2001 - Future red Bolo Zenden won his thirtieth cap for the Netherlands, and final one as a Barcelona player, as they won a World Cup qualifier 4-2 in Estonia. 2000 - Craig Bellamy won his ninth and last cap as a Norwich City player as Wales lost a friendly 3-0 in Portugal, with ex-red Gareth Roberts also featuring. 2007 - Bellamy also won his final cap in his first spell as a red, playing against ex-red Milan Baroš in a goalless Euro 2008 qualifier in Cardiff. Fellow future reds Paul Konchesky and Jermaine Pennant both also featured. 2003 - Glen Johnson won his second and final England Under-21’s cap as a West Ham United player as they beat Serbia & Montenegro 3-2 in a friendly in Hull. 1996 - Dean Saunders won his final cap as a Galatasaray player as Wales trounced San Marino 5-0 in a World Cup qualifier. 2007 - Jari Litmanen won his 108th cap, and final one as a Malmö FF player, as Finland lost a Euro 2008 qualifier 2-0 to Serbia in Helsinki, with Sami Hyypiä also playing. Meanwhile, Andriy Voronin made his last appearance for the Ukraine while with Bayer 04 Leverkusen in their 2-0 qualifying defeat in France, for whom ex-red Nicolas Anelka scored. Also in action that day were Xabi Alonso, Djibril Cissé, Dirk Kuyt and future red Sotirios Kyrgiakos. 2009 – Anelka again played for France, as they lost 1-0 to Nigeria in a friendly in Saint-Étienne, with ex-red Alou Diarra also in action, and future reds loanee Nuri Şahin also featuring for his country. 2010 – Kyrgiakos featured once more for Greece, in their 2-0 friendly defeat by Paraguay in Zurich with future red Milan Jovanović and ex-red John Arne Riise also in international action. 2012 - Maxi Rodríguez won his last cap as a reds player as Argentina thumped Ecuador 4-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Buenos Aires. Dirk Kuyt also represented his country for the final time while on our books as the Netherlands trounced Northern Ireland 6-0 in a friendly in Amsterdam. Steven Gerrard, Jordan Henderson, Glen Johnson and future red Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all played under Roy Hodgson, with Sebastián Coates, Luis Suárez, future reds Simon Mignolet and James Milner, and ex-reds Javier Mascherano, Carl Medjani, Raúl Meireles and John Arne Riise all also in action. 2016 – Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana, James Milner, Daniel Sturridge and ex-red Raheem Sterling all played for Roy Hodgson’s England in their 1-0 friendly defeat of Portugal at Wembley. 2013 - Yossi Benayoun played for Israel for the last time while on loan at West Ham United as they drew a friendly 2-2 with Honduras in New York. On the same day, Roy Hodgson’s England held Brazil to a 2-2 draw in the opening game for the new Estádio do Maracanã, with Glen Johnson and future reds James Milner and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain featuring. 2014 – Benayoun also played for Israel in their 4-2 defeat of Honduras in Texas. 2018 – Sterling faced fellow ex-red Victor Moses as England beat Nigeria 2-1 in a friendly at Wembley, with ex-red Christian Benteke also in international action. On the move 1971 - Ex-reds captain Sir Matt Busby resigned as Manager of Manchester United for the second time. He had led our deadly rivals to the European Cup, five League titles, two FA Cups and three FA Charity Shields. 2008 – Future reds loanee Aly Cissokho joined Portuguese side Vitória de Setúbal from French club Gueugnon. He only played eighteen times before moving to Porto after they bought 60% of the rights to the left-back for €300,000 in January 2009. 2016 - Former reds coach Steve Clarke was appointed Assistant Manager of Aston Villa, working with Roberto Di Matteo. He was not kept on when Steve Bruce took charge four months later. 2018 – Ex-reds centre-half and coach Mauricio Pellegrino was appointed Manager of Club Deportivo Leganés, leading them to thirteenth place in his first campaign, their highest ever La Liga finish. However, he left by mutual consent in October 2019 after a disappointing start to that season. International youngsters on target 1994 - Robbie Fowler netted with Jamie Redknapp converting a penalty as England Under-21’s beat the USA 3-0 in the Toulon Tournament. 1989 - Skipper and future red Michael Thomas was on target at the same level as they beat Poland 2-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Plymouth. David Burrows also featured. 2001 - Future reds striker Djibril Cissé bagged a goal as France Under-20’s beat the Netherlands 2-0 in a tournament game to clinch third place. Grégory Vignal also played. 2011 – Michael Ngoo netted for England Under-19’s in their 3-2 European Championships qualifying defeat of Switzerland in Nyon. Andre Wisdom skippered a side that also included Conor Coady, Jack Robinson and future red Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, with Coady, Ngoo and Robinson all being cautioned. Twice for their countries Ex-red Joey Jones represented Wales on this day in consecutive years. 1979 - He played alongside ex-red John Toshack in a 2-0 European Championships qualifying win in Malta. On the same day, Kenny Dalglish skippered Scotland as they lost 3-1 to a Diego Maradona-inspired Argentina at Hampden Park. Alan Hansen, Frank McGarvey and future red John Wark also featured, with Kenny taking the brunt of the home fans’ disapproval. 1980 – Jones also featured in a 4-0 World Cup qualifying victory in Iceland. 1984 - Future red John Barnes appeared in England’s 2-0 defeat by the USSR at Wembley. 1990 - He played in another friendly, this time alongside Peter Beardsley and future red Mark Wright as England drew 1-1 in Tunisia. Steve Staunton also played for his country that day. Club award 2011 – The club won the Large Visitor Attraction of the Year award at The Mersey Partnership Annual Tourism Awards 2011. On the same day, reserves forward Nikola Sarić signed for HNK Hajduk Split.
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    31st May

    Edging towards the title 1947 - We moved to within touching distance of our fifth League title as our 2-1 win at Wolverhampton Wanderers took us one point clear of both Wolves and Manchester United, in our final game of the season. Jack Balmer and Albert Stubbins bagged our goals before the break while Wolves legend Stan Cullis, who had guested for the reds during the war, played his final ever game for the club. Jimmy Dunn scored the first of his four goals past us in the second half. However, we had to wait a further two weeks to know for sure if the title was ours, as fellow championship challengers Stoke City had one final game, which they lost at Sheffield United. First and last caps 2000 - Steven Gerrard made his England debut as Kevin Keegan’s side beat the Ukraine 1-0 in a friendly at Wembley thanks to a goal from Robbie Fowler. Emile Heskey won his first cap as a reds player in this game, with future red Nick Barmby and ex-red Steve McManaman also featuring. 1989 - Future red Stig Inge Bjørnebye won his first cap for Norway as they beat Austria 4-1 in a friendly in Oslo. On the same day, Ian Rush, future reds player Dean Saunders and Assistant Manager Colin Pascoe faced future red Karl-Heinz Riedle in a goalless World Cup qualifier between Wales and West Germany in Cardiff. On the same day, Glenn Hysén won his last cap as a Fiorentina player as Sweden beat Algeria 2-0 in a friendly. 1994 - Dominic Matteo made his England Under-21’s debut as a substitute in their 3-0 defeat by France in the Toulon Tournament in Aubagne. Fellow reds Robbie Fowler and Jamie Redknapp both also played. 1977 - Kevin Keegan won his final cap as a reds player, skippering England in their 1-0 defeat to Wales in the British International Championships at Wembley. Fellow reds Emlyn Hughes, Joey Jones, Ray Kennedy and Phil Neal all also featured. 1994 - Ronnie Rosenthal won his last cap as a reds player, and 37th in total, as Israel lost 3-0 to Argentina in a friendly in Tel-Aviv. 2008 – Future red Andy Carroll won his sixth and final cap for England Under-19’s as they held Belarus to a goalless draw in Minsk, so qualifying for the European Championships Finals. 2014 – Young defender Ryan McLaughlin made his senior debut for Northern Ireland in their 1-0 friendly defeat in Uruguay. Sebastián Coates, future red Lazar Marković and ex-reds Alberto Aquilani, Carl Medjani and Gabriel Paletta all also represented their countries that day. Walker’s first steps 1874 - Inside-right John Walker was born in Coatbridge. He joined the reds from Heart Of Midlothian for £175 in March 1898, playing 120 times and scoring 31 goals, including the decisive final goal of the season to hand us our first League title in 1901. The following year he returned to his native Scotland, moving to Rangers. Goals galore in the US We have twice racked up hefty scores in US tour games on this day. 1953 - We trounced Toledo All Stars 10-3 with Kevin Baron, Jimmy Payne and Billy Liddell all bagging braces, and Alan A’Court, Bob Paisley and Jack Smith all also on target. 1946 - We thumped St. Louis All Stars 5-1 in the Walsh Stadium, with Willie Fagan netting twice this time around, and Bob Priday, Jack Balmer and Cyril Done also netting. A new trophy 1919 – We claimed the Lancashire Senior Cup, under its temporary tile of the Lancashire Section Subsidiary Competition, as we beat Oldham Athletic 3-0 in the Final at Old Trafford. Harold Wadsworth and John Miller netted either side of a Harry Lewis penalty. Derby stalemate 1941 - We drew 2-2 with Everton in a Wartime League game at Anfield with Billy Liddell and Cyril Done on target. Sal on target 2003 - Salif Diao netted in Senegal’s 2-1 friendly defeat of Cape Verde in Dakar, with clubmate El-Hadji Diouf also featuring. 2002 - They both also featured as Senegal beat France 1-0 in the opening game of the World Cup Finals, with future red Djibril Cissé appearing from the bench. Happy birthday Alan 1981 - Ex-reserves defender Alan Navarro was born in Liverpool. He never made a first-team appearance for us and moved to Tranmere Rovers for £225,000 in January 2002. Venison to Turkey 1995 - Barry Venison joined Galatasaray from Newcastle United for £750,000. He was signed by ex-reds boss Graeme Souness, but only remained in Turkey for five months, playing eight League games. Mighty Mouse on target 1976 - Kevin Keegan bagged a brace as England beat Team America 3-1 in the US Bicentennial Tournament in Philadelphia. Ray Clemence and Phil Thompson both also played for England, while ex-red Tommy Smith appeared for the Americans. On Song again and again Rigobert Song has played for Cameroon three times on this day in history. 2008 – He netted as skipper in their 2-0 defeat of Cape Verde Islands in a World Cup qualifier in Yaoundé. Xabi Alonso, Nabil El Zhar, Fernando Torres and ex-reds Nicolas Anelka and El-Hadji Diouf also represented their countries that day. 2001 - He was booked in their 2-0 defeat by Brazil in the Confederations Cup in Japan. 1998 - They won a friendly 2-0 in Luxembourg. Internationals on target 2013 – Alberto Aquilani bagged his first strike as a Fiorentina player as Italy beat San Marino 4-0 in a friendly in Bologna, with future red Mario Balotelli also in action, while future red Tiago Ilori played as Portugal Under-20’s beat Belgium Under-21’s 2-0 in a friendly in France. 2005 - Djibril Cissé struck in France’s 2-1 friendly defeat of Hungary in Metz. 2004 - He also featured for his country in a 2-0 friendly defeat of Denmark in Lens, with Christian Poulsen winning his final cap as a Schalke 04 player, and future red Philipp Degen also in international action that day. 2005 - Ex-red Michael Owen bagged a treble to become England’s all-time fourth top goalscorer as he struck his final goals as a Real Madrid player. England beat Colombia 3-2 in New Jersey, with Peter Crouch making his senior bow, winning his only cap as a Southampton player. Ex-red David James and future reds Joe Cole and Glen Johnson also played. On the same day, future red Besian Idrizaj played for Austria Under-19’s as they lost 3-2 to Scotland in a European Championships qualifier in Vöcklamarkt. Management moves 2005 - Mark Wright was appointed Manager of Peterborough United. He was only in charge until the following January, winning twelve of his 35 games in charge. 2018 – Former First Team Coach Paco Herrera was appointed Manager of Greek side Aris Thessaloniki, remaining in charge for six months. Conal on the move 2006 - Former reserves forward Conal Platt signed for Bournemouth having been released by the reds at the end of the season. He only made one senior appearance for the Cherries and is now playing for Stalybridge Celtic in the Conference North. On the same day, future red Nuri Şahin played as Turkey beat Saudi Arabia 1-0 in a friendly in Germany. 2015 - Ex-reserves defender Gareth Roberts signed for Conference North side Stockport County, having been released by Chester. John a Rover again 2007 – Future reds goalkeeping coach John Achterberg signed a new two-year playing/coaching contract with Tranmere Rovers. He went on to play 312 times in total for Rovers. Youngsters in action 2011 – Five reds featured for England Under-19’s as they beat Montenegro 1-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Switzerland. Andre Wisdom skippered a side that also included Conor Coady, Tom Ince, Michael Ngoo and Jack Robinson, with future red Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain making his debut at this level. 2017 – Future red Dominic Solanke played as England Under-20’s beat Costa Rica 2-1 in the World Cup Finals in South Korea.
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    16th May

    Completing another treble 2001 - We clinched the third leg of our cup treble, beating Deportivo Alavés 5-4 after a pulsating match in Dortmund. Markus Babbel and Steven Gerrard put us 2-0 up after a quarter of an hour, with the German grabbing his sixth and final reds goal. Ivan Alonso pulled one back before a Gary McAllister penalty restored our two-goal cushion before half-time. After the break, two goals from Javi Moreno levelled the match, before Robbie Fowler scored his fiftieth cup goal to regain the lead. Jordi Cruyff sent the Final into extra-time, before a golden own-goal from Delfi Geli, from a Gary Mac free-kick, finally won us the UEFA Cup for the third time. Other games on this day We have only played three other first-class games on this day, winning two of them. 1977 - We lost 2-1 at Bristol City, with David Johnson netting our consolation in our final League game of the season. Chris Garland struck twice for the home side. 1989 - John Aldridge and Ronnie Whelan scored as we beat Queens Park Rangers 2-0 at Anfield. 1999 - Karl-Heinz Riedle, Patrik Berger and Paul Ince were all on target as Wimbledon left L4 after our last game of the season on the wrong end of a 3-0 scoreline. Phil Babb made his 170th and final reds appearance in this game, with Ince playing for the 81st and last time. Anfield testimonials for reds legends 2000 – The reds beat Celtic 4-1 in a testimonial for Ronnie Moran. He had struck seventeen times in 379 games for us before joining the coaching staff. The game was also special in that Erik Meijer grabbed a rare brace, with the other goals coming from Titi Camara and David Thompson. 1988 - The reds beat an England XI 3-2 to win the Fosters Challenge Cup, in a testimonial match for Alan Hansen at Anfield. Mick Harford’s header put England in front, before Ronnie Whelan and Ian Rush put the reds ahead. Chris Waddle equalised and then Rush added his second. Long before the end the Kop were chanting “Ian Rush come back home”, a wish that was granted just three months later. Farewell to heroes 1959 - Elisha Scott died. He had played 468 games in goal across his 21 years with us, winning two League championship medals in his time at Anfield. 2012 – Kenny Dalglish was sacked as Manager, despite having won the League Cup and reached the FA Cup Final in his one full season back in charge. However, he paid the price for a disappointing League campaign. Most recently 2015 - Steven Gerrard bid an emotional farewell to Anfield as we tamely lost 3-1 to Crystal Palace. Glen Johnson played his 200th and last reds game, with Raheem Sterling also making his final appearance for the club. Adam Lallana opened the scoring against his former club, but Jason Puncheon equalised just before half time. Wilfred Zaha’s free-kick put the Eagles ahead before Glenn Murray converted the rebound after his penalty was initially saved by Simon Mignolet. On the same day, future red Sadio Mané broke the record for the fastest Premier League hat-trick when he netted three times in two minutes and 56 seconds for Southampton against Aston Villa. Meanwhile, Herbie Kane played for England Under-17’s as they lost 1-0 to Russia in a European Championships Finals group game in Bulgaria. International arrivals 2009 - Pep Segura was appointed Academy Technical Manager having led Olympiacos to the League and Cup double. He had previously spent many years working with Barcelona’s youth players. 2002 - Bruno Cheyrou signed from Lille OSC Métropole for £3.7m, although he had to wait two months for his international clearance. He struck five times in 48 reds games before joining Stade Rennais in June 2006 after two previous loan spells back in his native land. International recognition 1931 - Left-half Jimmy McDougall made his Scotland debut at centre-half as they lost 5-0 to Austria in a friendly in Vienna. Meanwhile, future reds defender Ernie Blenkinsop featured in England’s 4-1 friendly win in Belgium. 1934 - Ex-reds defender Tom Gardner won the first of his two England caps as they lost 2-1 to Czechoslovakia in a friendly in Prague. Future reds right-back Tom Cooper captained the English. Unlucky break 1951 – Left-back Eddie Spicer broke his leg in our 4-1 friendly defeat of Malmö FF in Solna. Cyril Done nabbed a brace, with Billy Liddell and Kevin Baron also scoring. On the move 1992 - Ex-reds midfielder Jimmy Case joined Conference side Halifax Town from Bournemouth on a free transfer. He played 23 times for The Shaymen, netting twice. 1933 - Left-back Jack Tennant arrived at Anfield from Torquay United. He went on to appear 42 times for the reds before joining Bolton Wanderers in January 1936. 2010 - Markus Babbel was appointed Manager of Hertha BSC Berlin, leading them back into the top flight in his first campaign in charge, but was sacked last December. 2011 - Kevin Keen was re-appointed Caretaker Manager of West Ham United, following the sacking of Avram Grant. 2018 – Sammy Lee left as Assistant Manager of Everton, at the same time as his boss Sam Allardyce moved on. God signs on again 2006 - Robbie Fowler signed a new one-year contract, having impressed with five strikes in sixteen matches since his return. He went on to net seven times in 23 outings in his second season, moving on to Cardiff City in July 2007. 2008 – Second string keeper David Martin signed a new contract until June 2010, though he returned to MK Dons in May 2010, having spent much of his time away from Anfield on loan. 1902 – Defender Thomas Hunter was sold to Preston North End after appearing just four times since arriving from Scottish side Beith in September 1899. 2017 – Winger Paul Anderson signed for Mansfield Town from Northampton Town on a free transfer, having struck seven times in 39 outings for the Cobblers since signing from Bradford City in August 2016. Reds on target against Northern Ireland 1978 - Phil Neal netted his first England strike, the only goal of a British International Championships fixture at Wembley. Emlyn Hughes captained his country, with fellow clubmate Ray Clemence also playing. 1973 - Future red Kenny Dalglish was on target as Scotland lost 2-1 in the same tournament at Hampden. 1980 - He also turned out for his country, alongside clubmate Graeme Souness, as the Scots beat the same opposition 1-0 at Windsor Park. On the same day, Steve Heighway featured as the Republic of Ireland lost 1-0 to Argentina at Lansdowne Road. 1983 – Dalglish controversially played for the reds, scoring as we lost a friendly 4-3 to the Israeli national side in Tel-Aviv, despite having withdrawn from the Scottish squad for the upcoming British International Championships earlier that day. Beni Tabak scored all four for the home side, with centre-half John McGregor scoring our other two goals. Jan the Dane 1984 - Jan Mølby won his final cap as an Ajax player, and his eighth in total, as a substitute in Denmark’s 1-0 defeat by Czechoslovakia in a friendly in Prague. 1986 - He won his twentieth cap in a 1-0 friendly win over Poland in Copenhagen. More international marksmen 1991 - Future red Jari Litmanen scored as Finland beat Malta 2-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Helsinki. 1990 - He also played for his country as they drew 1-1 with the Republic of Ireland in a friendly in Dublin. The Irish goal was scored by ex-reds reserve Kevin Sheedy, while Ray Houghton, Steve Staunton and ex-red John Aldridge all also featured. On the same day, Gary Gillespie won his ninth cap in Scotland’s 3-1 friendly defeat by Egypt at Pittodrie. 2007 - Future red Krisztián Németh netted for Hungary Under-19’s as they drew 1-1 with Bulgaria in a European Championships Qualifier in Dublin. 2019 – Ki-Jana Hoever featured as the Dutch Under-17’s beat Spain 1-0 in their European Championships Semi-final in Dublin. For the university 1995 - We took part in a friendly in celebration of University College Dublin’s centenary season in 1994-95, winning 3-1 at Lansdowne Road. Robbie Fowler struck twice, with Jamie Redknapp also on target.
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    29th May

    Heysel: a black day in our history 1985 - If April 15th is the saddest day in the club’s history, May 29th is surely the lowest. 39 football fans died at the Heysel stadium in Brussels before our European Cup Final against Juventus. Although many factors contributed to the tragedy, it is inescapable that violence by reds fans played a major role in the deaths of 32 Italians, four Belgians, two Frenchmen and one man from Northern Ireland. R.I.P. Rocco Acerra (aged 29), Bruno Balli (50), Alfons Bos, Giancarlo Bruschera (21), Andrea Casula (11), Giovanni Casula (44), Nino Cerullo (24), Willy Chielens, Giuseppina Conto (17), Dirk Daenecky, Dionisio Fabbro (51), Jacques François, Eugenio Gagliano (35), Francesco Galli (25), Giancarlo Gonnelli (20), Alberto Guarini (21), Giovacchino Landini (50), Roberto Lorentini (31), Barbara Lusci (58), Franco Martelli (22), Loris Messore (28), Gianni Mastroiaco (20), Sergio Bastino Mazzino (38), Luciano Rocco Papaluca (38), Luigi Pidone (31), Benito Pistolato (50), Patrick Radcliffe, Domenico Ragazzi (44), Antonio Ragnanese (49), Claude Robert, Mario Ronchi (43), Domenico Russo (28), Tarcisio Salvi (49), Gianfranco Sarto (47), Amedeo Giuseppe Spolaore (55), Mario Spanu (41), Tarcisio Venturin (23), Jean Michel Walla, Claudio Zavaroni (28). The match eventually kicked off late, and was played in a surreal atmosphere, with the reds losing Mark Lawrenson to injury after just two minutes, and then Paul Walsh before half-time. A Michel Platini penalty was the only score, converted after Zbigniew Boniek was brought down by Gary Gillespie outside the box. This was Joe Fagan’s final game in charge and remains our only first-class game on this day in history. Stevie the best 2009 - Steven Gerrard was presented with the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year award at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London. In the Middle East 1980 - David Fairclough bagged a treble as we thumped Al Nasr Club 8-0 in a friendly in the Three Fives Gulf Football Tour in the United Arab Emirates. Terry McDermott grabbed a brace, with Ray Kennedy, Sammy Lee and Graeme Souness also on the scoresheet. Happy birthday Lee 1973 - Former reserves forward Lee Jones was born in Wrexham. He signed from his hometown club for £300,000 in March 1992, making four senior reds appearances before moving to Tranmere Rovers for £100,000 in May 1997, following several loan spells back with the Robins. Sami for Finland 1996 - Sami Hyypiä won his eighth cap, and first as a Willem II player, as Finland lost 2-0 to France in a friendly in Strasbourg. Fellow future red Jari Litmanen also played. On the same day, ex-red Jim Magilton and future reds Patrik Berger, Vladimír Šmicer and Christian Ziege all also represented their countries in friendlies. International skippers Three reds have captained their countries on this day over the years, all away from home. 1974 - Emlyn Hughes wore the armband as England drew 1-1 with East Germany in a friendly in Leipzig. Fellow reds Ray Clemence, Kevin Keegan and Alec Lindsay all also played. 1982 - Southampton’s Kevin Keegan led England out at Hampden Park where they beat Scotland 1-0 in the British International Championships. Kenny Dalglish, Alan Hansen, Terry McDermott, Graeme Souness and Phil Thompson all also featured. 1996 - Future red Gary McAllister skippered Scotland as they beat Colombia 1-0 in a friendly in the Orange Bowl, Miami. In charge 2005 - Gérard Houllier was appointed Manager of Olympique Lyonnais. He led them to their fifth and sixth consecutive Ligue 1 titles in his two seasons in charge, as well as the knock-out stages of the Champions League. 2012 – John Toshack took charge of his last game as FYR Macedonia boss as they drew 0-0 with Angola in Portugal. Future red Nuri Şahin featured as Turkey beat Montenegro 1-0 in a friendly in Antalya. 2012 – Şahin also played as Turkey beat Bulgaria 2-0 in a friendly in Salzburg. 2014 - Former reds Assistant Manager Pako Ayestarán resigned as Manager of Tecos, having failed to clinch promotion in his only season in charge. Half a century for Ronnie 1994 - Ronnie Whelan won his fiftieth cap for the Republic of Ireland as they beat Germany 2-0 in a friendly in Hannover. Future reds Phil Babb, Jason McAteer and Karl-Heinz Riedle also played, as did ex-reds Ray Houghton and Steve Staunton. First and last caps 2011 – Luis Suárez won his first cap as a reds player as Uruguay lost a friendly 2-1 in Germany. Meanwhile, Charlie Adam played his last international while with Blackpool in their 1-0 defeat by the Republic of Ireland in the Carling Nations Cup in Dublin, with ex-red Robbie Keane on target. 2010 – Krisztián Németh made his senior international debut as a substitute as Hungary lost 3-0 to Germany in a friendly in Budapest, his only cap as a reds player. Martin Kelly, Martin Škrtel and ex-red Jari Litmanen also represented their countries, with John Toshack taking charge of Wales. 2016 – Škrtel played for Slovakia again, with ex-red Mikel San José also in international action. 2014 – Yossi Benayoun played his first game for Israel while with Queens Park Rangers, in their 3-0 friendly defeat in Mexico. Lloyd Jones and ex-red Charles Itandje both also represented their countries on that day. 2013 – Simon Mignolet won his twelfth cap, and last as a Sunderland player, with Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke bagging a brace in Belgium’s 4-2 friendly win over the USA in Cleveland. Glen Johnson, Daniel Sturridge and future reds James Milner and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain faced ex-red Robbie Keane on the same day as the Republic of Ireland held Roy Hodgson’s England to a 1-1 friendly draw at Wembley. 2009 – Future red Joe Allen won his first senior cap as John Toshack’s Wales beat Estonia 1-0 in a friendly in Cardiff. 1973 - Future red David Johnson made his debut for England Under-23’s in their 1-0 defeat by the Netherlands in Maastricht. Fellow future red Ray Kennedy also played. Robbie’s farewell 2008 – Future red Robbie Keane skippered the Republic of Ireland and scored the only goal of their friendly encounter with Colombia at Craven Cottage, while winning his final cap in his first spell with Tottenham Hotspur. Christian Poulsen netted his only goal as a Sevilla player as Denmark drew 1-1 with the Netherlands in Eindhoven, with Ryan Babel and Dirk Kuyt both featuring. Ex-red Jari Litmanen also played in a friendly that day. 2009 – Keane also scored for his country as they drew 1-1 with Nigeria in a friendly at Loftus Road. Ex-red Xabi Alonso netted as Spain beat Saudi Arabia in another friendly in Austria, with Álvaro Arbeloa also in action. Gordon again 1932 – Gordon Gunson scored in his fourth consecutive game of our Danish tour as we beat a Copenhagen Select side consisting of players based in the city 4-1. We fell behind to a spot-kick, with Dave Wright bagging a brace and Robert Done also on target. Thumping Rovers 1940 - We trounced Tranmere Rovers 8-3 in a Wartime League match at Anfield. Berry Nieuwenhuys, Peter Doherty and Len Carney all bagged braces, with Billy Liddell and Alf Hanson also on target. Going home 2008 - Patrik Berger signed for Sparta Praha on a free transfer, having been released by Aston Villa earlier that month. He netted eight times in 31 games before retiring in January 2010. Reds youngsters for the Under-21’s 1994 - Robbie Fowler and Jamie Redknapp both played as England beat Russia 2-0 in the Toulon Tournament in Bandol. 1991 - Steve McManaman and future red David James featured as Mexico were trounced 6-1 in the same competition in Vitrolles. 2000 - Jamie Carragher, Danny Murphy and David Thompson all played as England thumped Turkey 6-0 in a European Championships Finals group game in Slovakia. Meanwhile, future red Milan Baroš was booked while playing for the Czech Republic in their 3-1 defeat of the Netherlands in the same competition. 2006 - Daniel Agger played as Denmark were knocked out of the European Championships in Portugal by losing 2-1 to Ukraine. For Omagh 1999 - Phil Babb and future reds Robbie Keane and Mark Kennedy both played for the Republic of Ireland in a friendly at Lansdowne Road in aid of the Omagh Fund. Northern Ireland won the game 1-0. A happy day for Zico 1971 - Phil Neal married Sue at Cogenhoe, near Northampton. He was then twenty, and three years away from his big move from Northampton Town to Anfield. In South Africa 1994 – We held Iwisa Kaizer Chiefs to a goalless draw at Ellis Park in Johannesburg. Phil Neal’s son Ashley suffered knee ligament damage in the game and had to be replaced by the South African-born Andy Harris, while Iain Brunskill made a rare first-team appearance.
  8. Will

    27th May

    European glory in Gay Paree 1981 - We won the European Cup for the third time by beating the mighty Real Madrid at the Parc des Princes in Paris thanks to an Alan Kennedy strike nine minutes from time. Unbeknownst to everyone, Ray Clemence was making his 665th and final reds appearance, keeping his 335th clean sheet, with Jimmy Case also playing his 269th and last reds game. Tommy’s testimonial 1977 - Two days after we won the European Cup for the first time, Anfield hosted a testimonial match for Tommy Smith, who had intended to retire. The game featured Liverpool playing a Bobby Charlton Select XI, ending 9-9 with both Tommy Smith and Ray Clemence grabbing a brace! Jimmy Case, David Fairclough, David Johnson, Kevin Keegan and Terry McDermott were all also on target. Bobby Charlton briefly appeared for the reds in this game, with Emlyn Hughes taking a turn in goal and delivery driver Lol Cotterell also appearing, thanks to winning a competition on the BBC’s “The Big Time” programme, hosted by Esther Rantzen. Mighty Mouse off the mark 1971 - Kevin Keegan scored his first reds goal as we thumped Swedish side IFK Lulea 5-0 in an end-of-season friendly. Forward Jack Whitham added a brace, with Alec Lindsay and Bobby Graham also on the scoresheet. Young Mickey for England 1998 - Michael Owen scored his first senior England goal as they won 1-0 in the King Hassan II International Cup in Morocco, becoming England’s then youngest-ever scorer at eighteen years 164 days. Fellow red Paul Ince captained England for the seventh and final time in this game, with Steve McManaman also featuring. On the same day, Stig Inge Bjørnebye, ex-red Rigobert Song and future reds Markus Babbel, Dietmar Hamann, Sami Hyypiä, Jari Litmanen and Bolo Zenden all also played for their countries in friendlies. 2000 - Owen also scored for his country as Kevin Keegan’s England drew 1-1 with Brazil in a friendly at Wembley. Robbie Fowler and ex-red Paul Ince also featured, while future red Nick Barmby won his first cap as an Evertonian. Meanwhile, Vegard Heggem and future red John Arne Riise played in Norway’s 2-0 friendly defeat of Slovakia in Oslo. Friendly victories 1953 - Bill Jones struck a treble as we thumped a Montreal All Stars side 10-0, with Billy Liddell, Joseph Maloney and Jimmy Payne all bagging braces and Alan A’Court also on the scoresheet. 1923 – We beat Levallois 4-0 in Paris. 1932 - We beat a Copenhagen Select 3-1, thanks to goals from Gordon Gunson, Edmund Hancock and Harold Barton. Our opponents were chosen to be the best players from the Danish League. 1964 – We beat German side Meidericher Spielverein 4-1 in Detroit, with Alf Arrowsmith and Gordon Wallace both striking twice. 1958 - We won 4-0 at Perpignan, with Bobby Campbell, Billy Liddell and Johnny Morrissey among the scorers. Four for Sir Roger 1964 – While his clubmates were playing in Detroit, Roger Hunt scored four goals for England as they thumped the USA 10-0 in a friendly at the Downing Stadium in New York City. Fellow red Peter Thompson also played. 1967 - Hunt also played for his country in a 1-0 friendly win in Austria. Rushie off the mark 1982 - Ian Rush netted his first full international goal, while winning his eighth cap, as Wales beat Northern Ireland 3-0 in the British International Championships in Wrexham. Ex-red Joey Jones also played. On the same day, future reds Assistant Manager Sean O’Driscoll played as the Republic of Ireland lost a friendly 7-0 in Brazil. On the move 2002 - A fee of £4.7m was agreed with French club Sedan for the Senegalese midfielder Salif Diao. He made a total of 61 reds appearances, netting three times, before joining Stoke City in January 2007 after a series of loan spells away from Anfield over his last three seasons. 2013 – Centre-half Danny Wilson signed for Heart Of Midlothian after a successful four-month loan spell at Tynecastle. On the same day, Rafael Benítez was appointed Manager of SSC Napoli, guiding them to the Italian Cup and a third-place Serie A finish in his first campaign in charge. Joneses for Wales 1997 - Reserves striker Lee Jones and future reds keeper Paul Jones both made their senior international debuts from the bench as Wales beat Scotland 1-0 in a friendly at Rugby Park, Kilmarnock. Paul Jones was winning his only cap as a Stockport County player, while Lee Jones made his only appearance as a red. Leeds United’s Gary McAllister skippered the Scots, while ex-red Dean Saunders also played. Reds defenders in and out 1992 - Dominic Matteo signed on as a professional at Anfield. He went on to play 155 times for the reds, scoring just twice, before joining Leeds United for £4m in August 2000. 1999 - Rob Jones was released after failing in his latest comeback from serious injury. He had made 243 first-team appearances, despite suffering a succession of injuries, without once hitting the back of the net. Irish glory 1986 - The Republic of Ireland won the Icelandic Triangular Tournament, their only senior prize. This was a result of their 1-0 defeat of Czechoslovakia in Reykjavik, with ex-red Michael Robinson winning his 24th and final cap, and future reds John Aldridge and Ray Houghton also in the team. Happy birthdays 1980 - Ex-reserves keeper Ian Dunbavin was born in Knowsley. He joined Shrewsbury Town on a free transfer in January 2000, but moved on to Halifax Town in July 2004 after 115 games for the Shrews. 1979 - Andy Parkinson, who was also in the victorious FA Youth Cup squad in 1996, was born in Liverpool. He failed to break through to our first team, later finding greater success with Tranmere Rovers. First and last caps 2004 - Ex-red Christian Ziege won his 72nd and final cap for Germany in their 7-0 friendly trouncing of Malta in Freiberg, with Dietmar Hamann also featuring. Steve Finnan, John Arne Riise, future reds Craig Bellamy, Yossi Benayoun and Robbie Keane, and ex-red Gareth Roberts all also turned out in international friendlies that day. 2011 – Bellamy featured for Wales again, playing in their 2-0 Carling Nations Cup defeat of Northern Ireland in Dublin. Gini Wijnaldum won his last cap for the Dutch Under-21’s as a Feyenoord player as they beat Israel 2-0 in a friendly in Austria. 2012 – Bellamy won his last cap as a reds player, with Joe Allen playing for Wales for the final time while with Swansea City as they lost 2-0 to Mexico in a friendly in New York. Ex-red Alou Diarra was also in international action that day. 2006 - Jan Kromkamp won his first cap as a reds player as the Netherlands beat Cameroon 1-0 in a friendly at his international team-mate Dirk Kuyt’s home ground in Feyenoord. Xabi Alonso, Djibril Cissé, Luis García, future reds Ryan Babel, Philipp Degen, Christian Poulsen and Fernando Torres and ex-red Alou Diarra also featured in friendly action, with John Toshack also involved. 1994 - Future red Gary McAllister skippered Scotland in their 3-1 friendly win in the Netherlands, with future reds coach Steve Clarke winning his sixth and final cap. More internationals on target 2001 - Future red Djibril Cissé netted as France Under-20’s drew 1-1 with Japan in the Toulon Tournament. Grégory Vignal and future red Alou Diarra both also played. 2008 – Cissé featured for the senior French side alongside fellow ex-reds Nicolas Anelka and Alou Diarra as they beat Ecuador 2-0 in a friendly in Grenoble. Mikel San José also represented his country that day. 2010 - Christian Poulsen struck his last goal for Denmark as a Juventus player in their 2-0 friendly defeat of Senegal in Ålborg, with Daniel Agger also in action. Young finalists 2010 – Conor Coady skippered England Under-17’s as they beat France 2-1 in the Semi-final of the European Championships in Liechtenstein, with Andre Wisdom also in the side. More youngsters in action 2009 - Danny Wilson captained Scotland Under-19’s for the first time as they beat Slovakia 2-1 in a European Championships Finals group game at Bramall Lane, with Martin Kelly also in action for England in the same tournament that day in Doncaster. 2000 - Jamie Carragher conceded a penalty from which Italy scored while playing for England Under-21’s in the European Championship Finals in Slovakia. Danny Murphy and David Thompson also featured in the 2-0 defeat. Jari for Finland Future red Jari Litmanen twice represented his country in friendlies on this day in history. 1990 - He won his fifth cap in a 6-0 friendly defeat in Sweden. On the same day, Steve Staunton and ex-reds John Aldridge and Kevin Sheedy played for the Republic of Ireland in their goalless draw in Turkey. 1994 - The Finns lost 2-0 in Italy. Fernando’s day 2009 - Fernando Torres married Olalla Dominguez at El Escorial in Madrid. On the same day, he was awarded with the Merseyside Sports Personality of the Year for 2008. Quasi the dad 1989 - Peter Beardsley became a father for the first time, to Drew. On the move 1978 – Academy Chief Scout Dave Moss joined Luton Town from his boyhood favourites Swindon Town for £110,000, having notched sixty goals in 231 League games for the Robins. 2004 - Reserves forward Steven Gillespie joined Bristol City on a free transfer. He is now with League One side Colchester United. Roy in charge Roy Hodgson twice took charge of Switzerland in friendlies on this day in history. 1992 – He led them to a 2-1 defeat of France in Lausanne. 1994 – The Swiss beat Liechtenstein 2-0 at Basel. 2016 – Hodgson managed England as they beat Australia 2-1 in a friendly at the Stadium of Light, with Nathaniel Clyne, Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana, James Milner and ex-red Raheem Sterling lining up against Brad Smith. Future reds Virgil van Dijk and Gini Wijnaldum, and ex-red Javier Mascherano both also featured in international friendlies that day.
  9. 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. 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 Lloyd Jones, Brad Smith and future red Lazar Marković 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. 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 Raúl 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. Daniel Agger and future red 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, Christian Poulsen and Daniel Sjölund also played for their countries that day. Pither off 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. 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 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.
  10. Will

    25th May

    The glory of Istanbul 2005 - We claimed the European Cup for the fifth time as we came from 3-0 down against the mighty AC Milan in Istanbul to triumph after a penalty shoot-out. Paolo Maldini scored before Hernan Crespo bagged a brace, with the reds having a strong penalty claim for handball turned down as well as losing Harry Kewell to injury half-way through the first period. The fans and team inspired each other in the second half as we began our comeback through skipper Steven Gerrard, whose goal was the only header of that season’s victorious European campaign. Vladimír Šmicer then struck his nineteenth reds goal in his 184th and final game for the club, before Xabi Alonso saw his penalty saved but tucked away the rebound, just six minutes after Gerrard’s goal. We hung on to the 3-3 scoreline through the rest of normal and extra time, with Jerzy Dudek making an incredible double save from Andriy Shevchenko. An amazing night was completed as we won the penalty shoot-out 3-2, with Dietmar Hamann, Djibril Cissé and Šmicer converting their spot-kicks and Dudek dancing on the goal-line. The glory that was Rome 1977 – This day brought one of only a couple of other days that can vie with Istanbul as the most glorious day in our history, as we claimed the European Cup for the first time. Our opponents were Borussia Mönchengladbach, who we had beaten in the UEFA Cup Final four years earlier. Rainer Bonhof hit the post for the Germans before Terry McDermott opened the scoring after half an hour, although Alan Simonsen equalised shortly after half-time, capitalising on a loose Jimmy Case back-pass. After sustaining heavy German pressure, we regained the lead when Tommy Smith rose to head in magnificently from a corner, in his 600th reds game, which was then assumed to be his final outing. Seven minutes from time, Kevin Keegan, playing in his 323rd and last reds match, was felled by Berti Vogts in the area, and Phil Neal stepped up to convert from the spot. Then the party could really start. This game remains our only other first-class game on this day in history. Nando off 2006 - Fernando Morientes was sold to Valencia for a reported £3m after twelve goals in 61 reds games. He had joined for £6.3m from Real Madrid in January 2005, but failed to fully convince in a reds shirt. However, he did help us to claim the FA Cup and UEFA Super Cup in his time at Anfield. Mighty Mouse starts out 1971 - Kevin Keegan played his first reds game as we lost 3-2 at Danish side AGF Århus, with Bobby Graham and Jack Whitham netting our goals. Alles Gute zum Geburtstag 1994 – Reserves forward Samed Yeşil was born in Dusseldorf. He signed for £1m from Bayer 04 Leverkusen last August, so far making two senior appearances. 1974 – Former sub keeper Robbie Holcroft was born in Skelmersdale. He sat on our bench five times in the early 1990’s. Thumped in Blackpool 1942 - We were trounced 8-2 at Blackpool in a Wartime League game. Billy Liddell converted a penalty, with Cyril Done also netting. Friendly scorers 2001 - Robbie Fowler was on target in England’s 4-0 friendly defeat of Mexico at Pride Park as future red Joe Cole won his first cap. Jamie Carragher, Steven Gerrard, Emile Heskey and Michael Owen all also featured, while David James made his last appearance as an Aston Villa player. At the same time, future red Djibril Cissé played as France Under-20’s lost 3-2 to Portugal in a friendly in Nîmes. 2008 – Future red Luis Suárez bagged a brace, including a penalty, as Uruguay beat Turkey 3-2 in a friendly in Germany. 2016 - Marko Grujić won his first senior cap for Serbia as they beat Cyprus 2-1 in a friendly in Užice. Digger for England John Barnes twice played for his country on this day in history. 1985 – England lost 1-0 to Scotland in the Rous Cup at Hampden Park, while he was still a Watford player. Ex-red Graeme Souness also featured. 1991 - He played alongside future reds Nigel Clough and Mark Wright in a 2-2 friendly draw with Argentina at Wembley. Defensive signings 1979 - Centre-back Dave Watson signed as an apprentice. Unlike his brother Alex, he never played a senior reds game, and found greater success across the park. 1894 - Full-back Abel Hughes signed for the reds. He too never made a first-team appearance. 1903 – Full-back Joseph Hoare arrived from Southampton for £75, playing just seven times before returning to the Saints a year later. Flo on target 2006 - Florent Sinama-Pongolle netted for France Under-21’s in their 3-0 defeat of Germany in the European Championships Finals in Portugal. Also in international action that day were Jamie Carragher, Scott Carson, Peter Crouch, future red Joe Cole and ex-reds David James, Jari Litmanen and Michael Owen, with Roy Hodgson taking charge of Finland. 2007 - Carson and Owen both featured for England B in their 3-1 defeat of Albania at Turf Moor. A Hungarian double 2007 - It was announced that forwards Krisztián Németh and András Simon would both sign from MTK Hungária for around £1m. Both left the club in 2010 without having made the first team. On the move 2007 - Gérard Houllier resigned as Manager of Olympique Lyonnais after two years in charge, in which time he had led them to their fifth and sixth consecutive Ligue 1 titles as well as the knock-out stages of the Champions League. On the same day, future reds goalkeeping coach John Achterberg was released by Tranmere Rovers, although he was then given a further two-year contract as a player and coach. The kids done well 1963 – Tommy Smith captained the reds as they lost the second leg of our first ever FA Youth Cup Final 5-2 at West Ham United. We had won the first leg 3-1 and led 2-1 on the night in East London with Bobby Graham amongst the scorers. However, reds keeper Rodney Swindlehurst was bundled over the line by the Hammers centre-forward to equalise, getting injured in the process. The Irons then did enough to take the tie into extra time and go on to claim the prize. We had to wait another 33 years to clinch the trophy for the first time. Euro despair 2013 – Ex-reds loanee Nuri Şahin played in the UEFA Champions League Final for Ballspielverein Borussia 09 e.V. Dortmund, managed by Jürgen Klopp, as they lost 2-1 to Bayern München at Wembley. Frank’s day 1890 – Scottish keeper Frank Mitchell was born in Elgin, Morayshire. He signed from Everton for £1,250 in February 1921, playing eighteen times before joining Tranmere Rovers in June 1923 after failing to permanently displace the great Elisha Scott. Ex-Ger 2006 – Sotirios Kyrgiakos won his final cap for Greece while a Rangers player as they lost 1-0 to Australia in a friendly in Melbourne. 2010 – He also played for his country, as they drew 2-2 with South Korea in Austria. Ex-reds Robbie Keane and Rigobert Song both also featured in international friendlies that day. Magilton for his country Ex-reds reserves midfielder Jim Magilton twice represented Northern Ireland on this day in the 1990’s. 1993 - He won his fourteenth cap in a 1-0 World Cup qualifying win in Lithuania. 1995 - He made his 28th appearance as they lost 2-1 to Chile in a Canada Cup game in Edmonton. International firsts 2012 - Christian Benteke won his first cap as a Koninklijke Racing Club Genk player, his fourth to date, as Belgium were held to a 2-2 friendly draw in Brussels by Montenegro. 2014 - Nuri Şahin won his first cap in his second spell as a Ballspielverein Borussia 09 e.V. Dortmund player as Turkey beat the Republic of Ireland 2-1 in a friendly in Dublin.
  11. Will

    23rd May

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

    19th May

    UEFA Cup glory 1976 - We claimed the UEFA Cup for the second time as we drew 1-1 at Club Brugge to triumph 4-3 on aggregate. Kevin Keegan equalised just five minutes after Raoul Lambert’s penalty had put the Belgians ahead, following Tommy Smith’s handball. This result came about despite Bob Paisley being without seven first-team players for ten of the fifteen days between the preceding final League game of the season and this match, due to the British International Championships. Carra’s farewell 2013 – Jamie Carragher played his 737th and last reds game as Philippe Coutinho struck the only goal of Queens Park Rangers’ visit to Anfield. Carra nearly rounded his career off with a rare goal as he struck the upright with a long-distance shot. Stewart Downing also played his final game for the club, his 91st, while winger Jordon Ibe made his reds bow. In comes Sami 1999 - Sami Hyypiä signed from Willem II for £2.6m. He made 464 reds appearances, many as captain, and notched 35 times, helping us to claim the European Cup, UEFA Cup, two FA Cups, two League Cups and two UEFA Super Cups before joining Bayer 04 Leverkusen in June 2009. That same day we beat Sunderland, the hundredth Football League champions, 3-2 at the Stadium of Light in the Football League 100th Championship Challenge. Robbie Fowler scored from the spot, with Jamie Redknapp and Paul Ince also on target. Ton-up 2001 - Sami Hyypiä and Sander Westerveld each played their hundredth reds game in our 4-0 win at Charlton Athletic, a result that took us into the new format of the Champions League for the first time as we ended the season third. After surviving a barrage of Addicks attacks in the first half, a brace from Robbie Fowler and goals from Danny Murphy and Michael Owen gave us the win. 1981 - Our only other first-class game on this day saw Ray Kennedy nab the only goal to see off Manchester City at Anfield, as we ended a disappointing League campaign in fifth place. Howard Gayle had earlier headed onto a post from a Jimmy Case corner, while making his fifth and final reds appearance. Players of the season 2008 – Fernando Torres was named as the club’s Player of the Season after a vote on the official website. Ryan Babel claimed the Young Player award, with Krisztián Németh named as the Reserves Player of the Season. Jocky meets Tosh in Cardiff 1979 - Alan Hansen and future red John Wark both made their Scotland debuts in a 3-0 defeat by Wales in the British International Championships. All the goals were scored by ex-red John Toshack, while Graeme Souness and ex-red Joey Jones also played, with Kenny Dalglish skippering the Scots. On the same day, Ray Clemence, Steve Heighway, Terry McDermott, Phil Neal and Phil Thompson all played in European Championships qualifiers. Double England debutants 1971 - Reds defensive pairing Larry Lloyd and Tommy Smith both made their England bows in a goalless draw with Wales at Wembley in the British International Championships. This was Tommy’s only full cap, while Emlyn Hughes, Chris Lawler and John Toshack all also played. Final caps 1978 - Joey Jones won his final cap as a reds player when Wales beat Northern Ireland 1-0 in the British International Championships in Wrexham. 1986 - He won his 72nd and final cap as they beat Canada 3-0 in a friendly in Vancouver. Future red Dean Saunders netted a brace, his first goals for his country. 2014 – Tom Ince won his last Under-21’s cap while on loan at Crystal Palace, and his final one as a Blackpool player, as England beat Wales 3-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Swansea, with future red Danny Ings also in action. 1987 - John Barnes won his 31st cap for England, and his final one as a Watford player, as they drew 1-1 with Brazil in the Rous Cup at Wembley. Fellow future red Peter Beardsley also played. On the same day, Ronnie Rosenthal won his first cap as a Club Brugge player as Israel lost 1-0 to Switzerland in a friendly in Aarhau. Nice one Cyril 1946 - Cyril Done scored a hat-trick as we beat an American League Select side 5-0 in New York. Jack Balmer and Bob Priday also netted. Euro champions 2012 - Fernando Torres was booked after coming off the bench as Chelsea saw off Bayern München in a penalty shoot-out in their UEFA Champions League Final in Munich. 2019 – Ki-Jana Hoever became a European champion as the Dutch Under-17’s beat Italy 4-2 in the Final in Dublin. A right Charlie 2006 – Future red Charlie Adam was sent off while making his debut for Scotland Under-21’s in their 1-1 friendly draw with Turkey in Kilmarnock. 2010 – Future red Christian Benteke made his senior international bow in Belgium’s 2-1 friendly defeat of Bulgaria in Brussels. King Billy on target 1945 - Billy Liddell scored as Scotland lost 4-1 to Austria in a friendly in Vienna. Future reds keeper Tommy Younger also played. For Keith 1982 - We took part in a testimonial match for Alan Kennedy’s brother Keith, beating a Bury Select XI 8-7 at Gigg Lane. Keith Kennedy came on as a substitute for the reds and scored two goals. David Johnson also struck twice, with Craig Johnston, Steve Ogrizovic and Bury’s Paul Hilton and Craig Madden all also netting for the reds. Pepe wed 2006 - Pepe Reina married Yolanda in Córdoba, just six days after helping us to claim the FA Cup against West Ham United in Cardiff. Murphy’s birthday 1980 - Ex-reserves defender Neil Murphy was born in Liverpool. He never made our first-team, and was last seen playing for West Cheshire League side Maghull as well as working as a fireman. Winning at sea 1935 – We beat Marino 5-3 in Gran Canaria, with Dave Wright and Tosh Johnson each netting twice and Fred Howe also on target. On the move again 2015 – Brazilian midfielder Fabinho joined AS Monaco from Rio Ave, having already spent two seasons on loan with the French side. On the same day, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Herbie Kane both played as England Under-17’s beat Spain on penalties after their World Championships play-off ended goalless in Bulgaria. 2010 – Reserves centre-half Mikel San José was sold to Athletic de Bilbao, where he remains a regular for the La Liga side. 2007 - Former reserves winger Nicky Rizzo signed for Perth Glory. He retired from playing in 2013, setting up his own soccer school. 2004 - Ex-reserves midfielder Danny Williams re-joined Wrexham from Bristol Rovers on a free transfer. He helped them avoid relegation from League Two in his first season, but they succumbed the second time around. Three Hungarians 2008 - Péter Gulácsi, Krisztián Németh and András Simon all played for Hungary Under-19’s in their 2-2 draw with Lithuania in a European Championships qualifier in Székesfehérvár. 2003 – Future reds winger Stewart Downing won his first cap for England Under-19’s as they beat the Republic of Ireland 1-0 in Dublin in a European Championships qualifier. John Welsh also featured.
  13. Will

    13th May

    Cardiff glory once more 2006 - We claimed the FA Cup for the seventh time, in a game dubbed the ‘Gerrard Final’ after Steven Gerrard struck two stupendous shots. We went 2-0 down to West Ham United through a Jamie Carragher own goal followed by a Pepe Reina fumble that Dean Ashton profited from. Djibril Cissé gave us hope before half-time with Gerrard equalising after the break, his 24th goal in his 79th and final reds outing. Future red Paul Konchesky then struck a long-range fluke, our hundredth goal against under Rafael Benítez, with Stevie G scoring a stunning long-range effort as the game moved into injury time, a goal that was later voted as the BBC’s Goal of the Season. Extra time saw no further score, with the reds triumphing 3-1 in the penalty shoot-out thanks to Pepe Reina’s three saves and successful strikes from Didi Hamann, playing his 283rd and last reds game, Gerrard and John Arne Riise. Fernando Morientes made his 61st and final reds appearance in this game, coming on for Harry Kewell who limped out of his third successive major final. Stevie the best 2009 - Steven Gerrard was named the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year, following a season in which he had notched 24 times in 44 reds outings. Kenny’s second farewell 2012 - Kenny Dalglish took charge of his last game as Manager as we lost 1-0 at Brendan Rodgers’ Swansea City, with Danny Graham bagging the only goal of the game late on as we finished the season in a disappointing eighth spot. Craig Bellamy, Alexander Doni, Dirk Kuyt and Maxi Rodríguez all played their final games for the club. Future reds Joe Allen and Steven Caulker were on the winning side. Off goes Stan 1997 - Stan Collymore was sold to Aston Villa for £7m. He had bagged 35 goals in 81 reds games after his British record £8.5m signing from Nottingham Forest in July 1995. He went on to net fifteen times in 61 games for the Villains before joining Leicester City on a free transfer in February 2000. Dom at last 2018 – We thumped Brighton & Hove Albion 4-0 at Anfield to secure fourth place in the League and a place in the following season’s UEFA Champions League, with Adam Lallana reaching a century of League appearances for the reds. Mohamed Salah scored his 32nd League goal of the season, a record in a 38-game Premier League campaign for any club. Dejan Lovren also headed in before the break, with Dominic Solanke finally bagging his first reds goal in his 27th and last game for the club. Andrew Robertson completed the scoring late on with his first for the reds, with Danny Ings making his 25th and final Liverpool appearance. Gary Mac departs 2002 - Gary McAllister officially returned to Coventry City on a free transfer, having been appointed their player/manager three weeks previously. Robbie’s second farewell 2007 - Robbie Fowler played the 39th and final game of his second spell with the reds, to take him to 369 appearances in total. Italian keeper Daniele Padelli played his only reds game as already-relegated Charlton Athletic held us to a 2-2 draw at Anfield. Xabi Alonso was on target before Harry Kewell converted a penalty awarded just moments after Robbie had been withdrawn to an emotional standing ovation, his sixteenth and final reds strike. Darren Bent struck one of his five goals past the reds, with Matt Holland also on target. Happy birthday Bill 1921 - Utility player Bill Jones was born in Whaley Bridge, Derby. He signed from Hayfield St. Matthews in September 1938 and scored seventeen times in 277 games for us, with his appearances including the 1950 FA Cup Final when he was preferred to Bob Paisley. Bill won two significant medals in the 1940’s - first he was awarded a Military Medal for his part in the crossing of the Rhine in the Second World War, and then he won a League title medal in 1947 on his return to Anfield. He later scouted for the reds while his grandson Rob later represented the club in defence on 243 occasions in the 1990’s. Cally for England 1966 - Ian Callaghan played for England in their 1-1 draw with a ‘Young England’ side, as part of the preparations for the World Cup. Cally made one appearance in the Finals, against France. Other games on this day We had only played three first-class games on this day in history prior to the 2006 FA Cup Final, all in the First Division. 1963 - We lost 1-0 at Bolton Wanderers, who narrowly escaped relegation, in a game originally postponed from three months earlier. 1967 - We lost our final game of the season 3-1 at home to Blackpool, who nonetheless finished bottom of the table. Peter Thompson bagged our consolation. Outside-right David Wilson debuted in this game as we ended the season in fifth, while right-half Gordon Milne made his 282nd and final reds outing. Ray Charnley struck the last of his eight goals against us, with Graham Oates and Jimmy Robson also scoring. 1989 - We beat Wimbledon 2-1 at Plough Lane, with John Aldridge and John Barnes scoring. We went behind to an Alan Hansen own goal in the first half, playing his 400th League game for the club. We had already conceded an own goal in the reverse fixture that season courtesy of Steve Nicol, when Kenny Dalglish had experimented with a sweeper system. The second half saw Ian Rush come on for the rarely-used Alex Watson, and we stormed to victory. Hansen also put through his own net in the Anfield meeting the following season! In aid of the man mountain 1974 - A testimonial match for Ron Yeats was staged as we lost 4-1 to Celtic at Anfield. Tranmere Rovers’ Bobby Tynan grabbed our goal, while Bobby Charlton was amongst the scorers for the visitors. Roker’s final roar 1997 - The last ever match at Roker Park was played, as we lost to Sunderland in a friendly with John Mullin grabbing the only goal of the game. Another trophy 1933 – We beat Bolton Wanderers 2-1 at Anfield to claim the Lancashire Senior Cup for the fifth time. Alf Hanson and Dave Wright were on target. 1944 - We also faced Wanderers in the second leg of the Final in the same competition, winning 3-2 at Burnden Park thanks to a Don Welsh brace and a goal from Cyril Done to claim the trophy 6-3 on aggregate. Scoring against the World Champions 1980 - David Johnson bagged a brace, with ex-red Kevin Keegan nabbing the other, as England beat Argentina 3-1 in a friendly at Wembley. Ray Clemence, Ray Kennedy, Phil Neal and Phil Thompson all also played. These were Johnson’s last international goals, and only ones as a reds player. 2018 – Bobby Duncan scored for England Under-17’s as they beat Norway 2-0 in their European Championships Quarter-final in Burton-on-Trent. New signings 1919 - Outside-right Harold Wadsworth signed from Tranmere Rovers. He struck three times in 55 reds games, many alongside his brother, centre-half Walter. 1914 – Forward Wilf Bartrop arrived from Barnsley for £900, playing three games before joining the Royal Field Artillery in 1915. He was killed in wartime action in November 1918. Three for Billy 1914 - Forward Billy Lacey scored a hat-trick as we won 6-2 in a friendly at Swedish side Djurgårdens IF. William Banks and Thomas Fairfoul also netted, while keeper Elisha Scott played outside-left that day! A reds farewell 1974 - Short-lived half-back Neil McBain died. He signed from St. Johnstone in March 1928, playing twelve times before joining Watford eight months later, whom he later twice managed. His greatest claim to fame came in 1947 when he played in goal for New Brighton in an emergency, to become the oldest ever Football League player, aged 51 years and 120 days. 2015 – Future reds keeper Caoimhin Kelleher won his eighth and last Under-17’s cap as the Republic of Ireland lost 1-0 to England in the European Championships Finals in Bulgaria, with Herbie Kane on the winning side. Kenny for the Scots Kenny Dalglish twice played for his country on this day in history. 1975 - He featured alongside ex-red Ted MacDougall as they beat Portugal 1-0 in a friendly at Hampden Park. 1978 - Scotland drew 1-1 with Northern Ireland in the British International Championships at the same venue. More moves 2010 – Former youth team defender Gareth Roberts agreed to sign for Derby County on 1st July of that year. He netted once in 104 games for the Rams before moving on to Bury in June 2013. 2012 – Director of Communications Ian Cotton left the club by mutual consent. 2015 - Dean Saunders was appointed Manager of Chesterfield, only remaining in charge for six months before being sacked. 2016 – Midfielder Jordan Rossiter was sold to Rangers after one goal in five senior reds games. On the same day, keeper Shamal George signed professional terms with the reds. Falling at the final hurdle 2007 – Future reds loanee Victor Moses played as England Under-17’s lost 1-0 to Spain in the European Championships Final in Belgium.
  14. Will

    9th May

    Winning the cup 1992 - We beat Second Division Sunderland 2-0 to win our fifth FA Cup. Ian Rush scored his fifth FA Cup Final goal, to break Stan Mortensen’s record, after Michael Thomas had opened the scoring, with Dean Saunders also hitting the bar. Graeme Souness led the team out just 48 hours after leaving hospital. However, the wrong medals were presented to each team, and so the two sides had to swap them afterwards! Ray Houghton was playing his 202nd and final reds game. Youngest ever 2010 - Left-back Jack Robinson became the reds’ youngest ever player, aged sixteen years and 250 days as we were held to a goalless draw at Hull City. This was Rafael Benítez’s last game in charge, and Dirk Kuyt’s 200th game for the club, while Nabil El Zhar made his 32nd and final reds appearance. 1995 – Steven Gerrard represented the reds for the first time ever, aged fourteen, as the ‘B’ team lost 2-1 at Manchester United, with the team including many winners of the FA Youth Cup a year later. Maxi’s treble 2011 - We secured our biggest every victory at Fulham, winning 5-2 after a sparkling performance. Maxi Rodríguez scored a hat-trick, netting in his third consecutive game while Dirk Kuyt struck in his fifth appearance in a row, with Luis Suárez also on target. Skipper Jamie Carragher played his 666th reds game, to move into second place on the all-time list, only behind Ian Callaghan. A quiet day Our only other two first-class games on this day in history both ended in stalemate. 1987 - We drew 3-3 at Chelsea, with Ian Rush, Steve McMahon and John Aldridge on target in our final game of the season, as we ended nine points behind Everton in second place. Gary Gillespie made his hundredth reds appearance in this game. Future red David Speedie was amongst the scorers, with Gordon Durie netting the first of his six goals past us and John Bumstead also on target. 1988 - John Aldridge struck a spectacular overhead kick as we were held 1-1 at Anfield by Luton Town to reach ninety points in our final League game of the campaign. We had already clinched our seventeenth League title two weeks earlier. Nigel Spackman lined up alongside Gary Gillespie in central defence as Kenny Dalglish rested Alan Hansen ahead of the FA Cup Final, with Jan Mølby away on international duty. Unfortunately, Gillespie and Spackman collided when going for the same ball, resulting in them both taking to the Wembley turf in head bandages the following week! Before the game, the PFA’s Fair Play Trophy and a cheque for £2,000 was presented to Alan Hansen by PFA Secretary Gordon Taylor. The game was watched by 30,376 giving us an average home crowd of 39,682, the best in the division. 1973 - We were also due to play a game, but our UEFA Cup Final first leg meeting with Borussia Mönchengladbach at Anfield was postponed after only 27 minutes, due to a sodden pitch. Happy birthdays 1993 – Defender Andre Wisdom was born in Leeds. He joined the reds from Bradford City in January 2008, making 22 first-team appearances, netting on his debut at BSC Young Boys in September 2013. He left for Derby County for an initial £2m in July 2017. 1996 – Midfielder Cameron Brannagan was born in Salford. He was with the club since the age of eight, making nine senior appearances before joining Oxford United in January 2018. 1989 – Former reserves forward Michael Nardiello was born. 1968 - Neil Ruddock was born in Tooting, London. He played 152 games for the reds after being signed from Tottenham Hotspur for £2.5 million, bagging twelve goals and helping us to the Coca-Cola Cup in 1995 before moving on to West Ham United for £100,000 in July 1998. 1971 - Don Hutchison was born in Gateshead. He made only sixty first-team appearances following his £175,000 capture from Hartlepool United in November 1990, netting ten times, before leaving for Upton Park for £1.5m in August 1994. 1933 – Forward Arthur Rowley was born in Fazakerley in Liverpool. He joined the reds in May 1951, failing to score in eleven outings, moving on to Wrexham in November 1954. Reds trebles 1961 - Ian St. John bagged a hat-trick on his reds debut as we lost 4-3 to Everton in the Liverpool County F.A. Senior Cup Final at Goodison Park. 1942 - Cyril Done netted a treble as we beat Chester 3-0 in a Lancashire Cup First Round second leg match to progress 6-1 on aggregate. Unfortunately, Blackburn Rovers knocked us out at Anfield at the next hurdle. Beating the Hammers 2009 - We won 3-0 at West Ham United thanks to a Steven Gerrard brace and a goal from Ryan Babel. The skipper’s second goal came when keeper Robert Green saved his penalty, although he followed in to net the rebound. His first was his hundredth reds goal from open play. The comedy moment of the game came when David Di Michele performed a laughable dive that led to a booking. In comes Ken 1911 – Scottish international keeper Ken Campbell signed from Cambuslang Rovers for £10. He played 142 reds games before joining Partick Thistle in April 1920. Sir Roger in Italy 1964 - Roger Hunt played for a Football League representative side as they lost 1-0 to an Italian League team at the San Siro in Milan. Keegan for England 1999 - Kevin Keegan resigned as Manager of Fulham, soon signing up as the England team boss. He had guided the Cottagers to the Second Division title, with an impressive 101 points, in his one season in charge. Testimonial defeat 1967 - We took part in a testimonial match for George Curtis and Mick Kearns, losing 2-1 to Coventry City at Highfield Road, with Roger Hunt on target. Dads again 2006 - Steven Gerrard became the father of his second daughter, Lexie. On the same day, Robbie Fowler became a dad for the fourth time, with his first son, named Jacob. For and against England 1942 - Reds keeper George Poland played for England as they lost 1-0 to Wales at Ninian Park in a Wartime international. 2009 – Christopher Buchtmann was booked as Germany Under-17’s thumped England 4-0 in the European Championships Finals in Jena, with future red Jonjo Shelvey on the losing side while winning his seventh and final cap at this level. 2011 – Brad Smith netted for England Under-17’s in their 3-0 win in a European Championships Finals game in Serbia, with Adam Morgan also featuring. On the same day, future reds forward Samed Yeşil scored the only goal of Germany’s meeting with Romania in the same competition. On their way out 1936 – Ex-reds reserves outside-left Jimmy Kelly played for the Irish Free State for the last of four times, grabbing his only two goals for them in their 5-1 friendly win in Luxembourg. 2012 – Ex-reds centre-forward Neil Mellor announced his retirement from playing, aged 29, following a serious knee injury. Avi the Olympian 1979 - Future red Avi Cohen played in Israel’s 1-1 Olympics qualifying draw against Spain in Murcia. Red tonkings 1994 - Ian Rush bagged a brace, with John Barnes, Don Hutchison and Jamie Redknapp also scoring in a 5-0 SDS Challenge Series victory over Shelbourne at Tolka Park in Dublin. 1945 - We thumped Preston North End 5-1 in a Wartime League game at Anfield, with Phil Taylor and Les Shannon both netting twice, and George Kaye bagging a penalty. On the move 2005 - Former reserves forward Ian Armstrong was released by Port Vale after seventeen goals in 101 outings. 2011 – Future reds loanee Nuri Şahin joined Real Madrid from Borussia Dortmund for €10m. However, he only made ten senior appearances while in Spain, netting once, before returning to Dortmund.
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    7th May

    Euro comeback 2019 – We entertained Barcelona in the second leg of our UEFA Champions League Semi-final, having lost the first meeting 3-0 and being without Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah due to injury. Divock Origi gave us an early lead, but we suffered another setback when left-back Andy Robertson had to be withdrawn at half time. However, substitute Gini Wijnaldum bagged a brace in a two-minute flurry before Origi completed a 4-0 rout from Trent Alexander-Arnold’s quickly taken corner. Forward Daniel Sturridge came on to make his 160th and last appearance for the club. Rush scored one, Rush scored two, Rush scored three and Rush scored four 1984 - Ian Rush bagged four goals, including a penalty, in our 5-0 demolition of Coventry City at Anfield. Alan Hansen netted the other goal. On our way to Wembley, but without the 96 1989 - We played our rearranged FA Cup Semi-final with Nottingham Forest at Old Trafford. The 3-1 victory was our first FA Cup Semi-final win without the need for a replay, setting up an emotional all-Merseyside final in the immediate aftermath of the Hillsborough disaster. John Aldridge netted a brace, either side of the last of Neil Webb’s five goals past us, with our other score coming from a Brian Laws own goal. Eleven in a row 2006 - Our final League game of the season resulted in a 3-1 victory at Portsmouth as we won our eleventh consecutive match. Robbie Fowler was on target before Peter Crouch grabbed our hundredth goal of the campaign, and a club record 21st from a substitute, and Djibril Cissé struck his sixth goal in nine outings. The only downside was an injury to Xabi Alonso that affected his involvement in the FA Cup Final a week later. This win took us to 82 points, our then highest tally in a 38-game season. Happy birthday Ed 1974 – Former joint Chief Scout Eduardo Macía was born in Valencia. He arrived from his hometown club in June 2006, explaining his role as “I work with Frankie McParland to look for players all over the world. We are always watching videos, going to games and talking to our scouts. It’s a very busy job but Liverpool is a fantastic club and I’m delighted to be here.” He left the club in December 2010, moving on to roles with Olympiacos and Fiorentina. Red endings 2000 - David Thompson played his 56th and final reds game, coming on as a substitute as Southampton held us to a goalless draw at Anfield in the Premiership. 1938 – Outside-left Alf Hanson appeared for the 177th and last time as we lost 2-0 at Stoke City in the top flight to end the season in eleventh. 1921 - Forward Peter McKinney made his third and final reds appearance in our 3-0 home defeat of Arsenal, with Harry Chambers, Dick Forshaw and Walter Wadsworth all scoring inside the first quarter of an hour. Four once more 1988 - We thumped Sheffield Wednesday 5-1, making this the twelfth game of the season that we had netted at least four goals. Craig Johnston and Peter Beardsley both struck twice with John Barnes also on target, with Beardsley and Ronnie Whelan both hitting the post. The Aussie’s last-minute strike was his fortieth and final reds goal. Jan Mølby moved to centre-half at half time as Alan Hansen was taken off as a precaution after straining a thigh. David Hirst netted the first of his four strikes against the reds, with four of the six goals in the game coming in the final three minutes. This remains our joint record victory over the Owls, although it was matched the following April. Second string champs 2008 – The reserves beat Aston Villa 3-0 in the play-off final at Anfield to become Barclays Premier Reserve League champions, thanks to goals from Krisztián Németh, Jordy Brouwer and Lucas Leiva. Pepe the champion 1999 - Pepe Reina played as Spain Under-16’s clinched the European Championships by beating Poland 4-1 in the Final in Olomouc in the Czech Republic. 2015 – Trent Alexander-Arnold and Herbie Kane both played for England Under-17’s in their 1-0 European Championships group stage defeat of Italy in Bulgaria. Off to a good start 1927 - Centre-forward Willie Devlin scored on his reds debut in our 3-3 draw at West Ham United, with Gordon Hodgson adding a brace in our final game of the season as we finished in ninth, as Tommy Lucas had a penalty saved. Devlin only played a further eighteen games, scoring fifteen goals in total before returning north of the border, to Heart Of Midlothian. Most recently 2017 – James Milner had a penalty saved as Southampton held us to a dire goalless draw at Anfield. Totally trottered 1932 - We were obliterated by Bolton Wanderers as they trounced us 8-1 at Burnden Park with Jack Milsom scoring four of his seven goals against the reds, one of five times we have conceded at least eight goals in the League. Danny McRorie netted our consolation early in the game as we ended the season on a sour note, finishing tenth. Ex-reds outside-right Dick Edmed was amongst the scorers, having joined the Trotters earlier that month. Ray Westwood struck two of his nine goals past us, with Frederick Wilson also on target. Obscure new signings 1909 - Right-back James Dunlop, brother of left-back Billy, signed for the reds. 1940 - Kenneth Seddon signed as an amateur. He was the son of Assistant Trainer Jimmy Seddon. Neither man played a first-team reds game. Managerial moves 2013 - Dean Saunders was sacked as Manager of Wolverhampton Wanderers after only four months in charge, during which he could not prevent them from being relegated from the Championship. 2012 – Ex-reds centre-half Mauricio Pellegrino was named as Manager of Valencia, staying in the post for only seven months before being sacked. 1998 - Kevin Keegan was appointed Fulham boss. He was only in charge for one season, guiding the Cottagers to the Second Division title. 1991 - Ex-reds wing-half Bobby Campbell resigned as Manager of Chelsea. He had been in charge for three years, leading them to the Second Division title in his first full season. Oggy’s end 2000 - Steve Ogrizovic was released as a player by Coventry City, after 601 first-team games. He is now goalkeeping coach for the Sky Blues. Youngsters in action 1958 - Tommy Younger captained Scotland for the first time while winning his 21st cap in their 1-1 friendly draw with Hungary at Hampden Park. 2013 – Future reds loanee Victor Moses bagged a brace for England Under-17’s as they beat the Netherlands 4-2 in a European Championships Finals group game in Belgium. Keeper Caoimhin Kelleher played as the Irish Under-17’s held the Netherlands to a goalless draw in a European Championships Finals group game in Bulgaria. A testimonial thriller 1981 - We lost by the odd goal in thirteen in a testimonial match for Swans defender Wyndham Evans at Swansea City. Disappointment against the Villains 1983 - We were held to a 1-1 draw at Anfield by Aston Villa, with Craig Johnston on the scoresheet after Nigel Spink had saved a penalty from Phil Neal. The referee ordered it to be re-taken, but he then saved his second kick as well! Gary Shaw was on target from the spot for the visitors. 1994 - Robbie Fowler netted as we lost another top-flight encounter 2-1 at Villa Park, the last match in front of the standing Holte End and our final game of the season as we finished in eighth, with Julian Dicks playing his 28th and final reds game and Don Hutchison turning out for the sixtieth and last time. Dwight Yorke bagged the first two of his eight goals past us. Meanwhile, travelling fans were glued to their radios as Everton somehow stayed up following their relegation decider with Wimbledon. Phil drives off 2003 - Defender Phil Brazier signed for Northwich Victoria on a free transfer from Vauxhall Motors. He had skippered us to victory in the FA Youth Cup in 1996. He played 36 times for them in the Conference before moving into management with Marine.
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    29th April

    The first title 1901 – We won 1-0 at West Bromwich Albion to clinch our first League title, with John Walker on target in the first half of our final game of the season against the already-relegated Baggies. A fife and drum band playing “The Conquering Hero” welcomed the team back into Liverpool. The plan was to lift Club Secretary Tom Watson shoulder high in celebration, but as the Liverpool Echo said, “No arms were long enough to grip his girth.” However, our two inter-war meetings with the Baggies both resulted in 2-1 defeats. 1922 - Harry Beadles nabbed our consolation at Anfield, with Howard Gregory bagging a brace for the Baggies. 1933 - Tom Bradshaw was on target at The Hawthorns, with forward Ted Crawford playing his eighth and last reds game. Billy Richardson scored one of his nine goals past us, with Jock Carter also on target. Nando’s last 2006 - Fernando Morientes scored his twelfth and final reds goal, which was our 300th against Aston Villa in all competitions. Gareth Barry equalised with one of his four goals past us to date before Steven Gerrard struck his twentieth and 21st goals of the season to hand us a 3-1 victory in our last home game of the season. This brought us to 48 points from home League games that campaign, our highest ever tally in a 38-game season. Djimi Traoré made his 141st and last reds appearance in this game. 1961 - Dave Hickson played his 67th and last reds game in a 1-1 draw at Sunderland, with Roger Hunt netting our goal. We have twice more faced Aston Villa in the First Division on this day in history. 1899 - Centre-forward George Allan made his 96th and final reds appearance as we were thumped 5-0 at Villa Park. This was our last match of the season, in which Villa won the title by two points from the second-placed reds. Fred Wheldon struck the last two of his five goals against the reds, with Jack Devey nabbing two of his seven past us and Jimmy Crabtree also on target. 1911 - We won 3-1 at Anfield, with Ronald Orr bagging a brace and John McDonald also on the scoresheet as we finished in thirteenth after this our final game of the season, with Joe Walters netting one of his five goals against the reds. Unfortunately, this result helped Manchester United to claim their second League title. 1972 – We lost the second leg of the FA Youth Cup Final at Anfield 4-2 to Aston Villa, having already been beaten 1-0 in the first game. The reds included Brian Kettle and Phil Thompson. Testimonial for Shanks 1975 - A testimonial match for Bill Shankly was played at Anfield. Emlyn Hughes and Jimmy Case both bagged braces, with Alan Waddle and Tommy Smith also on target as the reds beat a Don Revie Select side 6-2. 1992 - We took part in another testimonial, drawing a benefit game for our former reserves forward Wayne Harrison 2-2 at Oldham Athletic. Don Hutchinson and Ronnie Rosenthal were on the scoresheet. Harrison had signed from Oldham for £250,000 in January 1985 but never made a senior reds appearance before he retired due to injury in the summer of 1991, aged just 23. Falling at the final hurdle 2010 – We were knocked out of the UEFA Europa League at the Semi-final stage on away goals by Club Atlético de Madrid, the third time in our history we had fallen foul of this rule in Europe. Alberto Aquilani opened the scoring just before the break with his second and final goal for the club, with the tie having to go into extra time. Yossi Benayoun scored his 29th and last reds goal early in the additional half hour, but Diego Forlán then bagged a crucial away goal, the most recent of his four past us. Philipp Degen played his thirteenth and final reds game. King Kenny starts out 1968 - Kenny Dalglish signed as a professional for Celtic. He helped them to four League titles, two Scottish Cups and a League Cup, bagging 167 goals in 322 games before moving to Anfield for £440,000 in August 1977. 2018 – Roberto Firmino signed a new contract, having so far scored fifty times in 140 reds games. 1957 – Full-back Allan Jones signed pro terms with the reds, having joined as an amateur two years earlier. He played five times before moving to Brentford in August 1963. Wembley disappointment 1950 - We lost our second FA Cup Final, this time 2-0 to Arsenal with Reg Lewis scoring in each half, the last of his five strikes against us, despite the reds having beaten the Gunners twice in the League that season. It was to be another fifteen years before we finally won the famous trophy. We had to wear blue socks in this match, due to a mix-up over changing from the usual red ones to white, with neither side playing in their regular home strips. Off the mark 1995 – Steve Harkness struck the first of his three reds goals early on at Norwich City, with Robert Ullathorne equalising soon after. Ian Rush grabbed the winner as we won 2-1, with City on their way down to the Endsleigh League. Beating the Clarets We have defeated Burnley twice at Anfield on this day in history, without conceding a single goal. 1905 - Jack Cox, Robbie Robinson and Jack Parkinson were on the scoresheet. Keeper Ned Doig saved a penalty in what was our final game of the season, as we claimed the Second Division championship for a third time. 1914 - A friendly ended 1-0 to the reds, with centre-half Bob Ferguson netting. Award winners 2001 – Steven Gerrard was named the PFA Young Player of the Year, to become the fourth reds recipient after Ian Rush, Robbie Fowler (twice) and Michael Owen. He was also named in the PFA Team of the Year, for the first of eight times, a record in the Premier League era. 2007 - On-loan keeper Scott Carson was named Charlton Athletic’s Player of the Season, despite the Addicks being on their way down to the Championship. Off to Plainmoor 1935 - We played a friendly at Torquay United as part of the transfer of left-back Jack Tennant and fellow defender Alf Gray from the Gulls the previous season. We lost 7-2, with Alf Hanson and Berry Nieuwenhuys on target for the reds. 1924 – We lost 4-1 at Partick Thistle in a testimonial match for the Jags’ Tommy Crichton. First caps 1981 - Ronnie Whelan won the first of his 53 Republic of Ireland caps, helping them to a 3-1 victory over Czechoslovakia at Lansdowne Road as a substitute. Also in action that day was Terry McDermott, coming off the bench as Romania held England to a goalless draw in a World Cup qualifier at Wembley. 1980 – Future reds centre-half Glenn Hysén won his first Under-21’s cap as Sweden lost 2-1 to the USSR in a friendly in Kiev. International reds on target 1987 - Ian Rush netted while winning his final cap in his first spell as a reds player. Wales drew 1-1 with Czechoslovakia in a European Championships qualifier in Wrexham. Meanwhile, Jan Mølby struck the only goal of Denmark’s win in Finland. John Aldridge, Ronnie Whelan and future reds John Barnes and Ray Houghton all also turned out for their countries that day. Young reds for England 1997 - Michael Owen netted for the England Under-18’s in their 2-1 European Championships qualifying defeat of Portugal at Gigg Lane. Jamie Carragher and future red Emile Heskey appeared for the Under-21’s at The Valley on the same day, as England were held to a goalless draw by Georgia in another qualifier while future red Alex Manninger played as Austria thumped Estonia 7-1. 2001 - John Welsh scored from the spot as England Under-16’s beat Germany 5-3 in a penalty shoot-out after their European Championships Quarter-final ended 1-1 at the Cellnet Riverside Stadium. On the same day, Alberto Aquilani won his thirteenth and final cap for Italy in the same competition as they drew 1-1 with Spain in Sunderland, with Fernando Torres netting for Spain. Derby disappointment 1895 – We lost the Liverpool Senior Cup Final 3-0 at Goodison Park. Keepers in opposition 2004 – Pepe Reina came off the bench for Spain Under-21’s as they beat Australia Under-23’s 1-0 in Lorca, with fellow future reds keeper Brad Jones winning the first of his six caps at this level for the losing side. No longer a Tractor boy 2001 - John Scales was released by Ipswich Town. He had only made four appearances since arriving from Tottenham Hotspur the previous July. Leo in the big time 1992 - Øyvind Leonhardsen won his first cap as a Rosenborg BK player, and twelfth in total, playing alongside clubmate Stig Inge Bjørnebye and fellow future red Torben Piechnik as Denmark beat Norway 1-0 in Århus. Future reds Nigel Clough and Paul Stewart and ex-reds John Aldridge and Steve Staunton also featured in internationals the same day.
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    24th April

    European semi-finals We have played three European Semi-finals on this day. 1985 - Mark Lawrenson grabbed the only goal of the game in Greece to knock Panathinaikos out 5-0 on aggregate, as we reached our fifth European Cup Final in nine years. 1997 - Our 2-0 defeat of Paris Saint-Germain in the European Cup Winners’ Cup at Anfield was not enough to overcome a three goal first-leg deficit. Robbie Fowler and Mark Wright netted our goals. Robbie’s strike was his seventh in the competition, a club record. 2018 – Mohamed Salah scored in his seventh consecutive reds game, netting twice past future reds keeper Alisson Becker before the break as we beat his former club Roma 5-2 in the first leg of our UEFA Champions League Semi-final. Sadio Mané also scored before Roberto Firmino added a brace to reach fifty goals for the reds. However, the visitors pulled two late goals back through one of Edin Džeko’s five goals past us to date and a Diego Perotti spot-kick. Sadly, the night was spoiled by an injury to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain that kept him out of action for a full year. Mixed fortunes against the Mancs We have twice visited Manchester United for top-flight fixtures on this day in history. 2004 - Danny Murphy scored the only goal for the third time in four League meetings at Old Trafford, this time from the penalty spot after Gary Neville brought down Steven Gerrard. This was Stéphane Henchoz’s 200th reds game, John Arne Riise’s hundredth League game for us, and Bruno Cheyrou’s 48th and final reds appearance, after he came off the bench to replace Harry Kewell. 1965 - Unfortunately, we lost 3-0 as United went on to claim the title. Denis Law bagged the first two of his six goals past us with United also having two strikes ruled out, hitting the post twice and having two shots cleared off the line. John Connelly netted the other goal for the home side. Rafa honoured 2006 - Rafael Benítez was named Coach of the Year for 2005 by la Comunidad de Madrid at the annual Seven Stars of Sport Awards ceremony. This was in recognition of leading us to stunning Champions League success in Istanbul in his first season in charge at Anfield. Banned 2013 - Luis Suárez was banned by the FA for ten matches after being found guilty of biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanović at Anfield two days earlier. Gary Mac the boss 2002 - Gary McAllister was named Coventry City’s new player-manager, although he would remain at Anfield until the end of the season. He remained in the post until he had to step down due to his wife’s illness in January 2004. Happy birthdays 1976 - Steve Finnan was born in Limerick. He made 217 appearances after signing from Fulham for £3.5m in July 2003, notching once. He helped us to claim the Champions League, FA Cup, UEFA Super Cup and FA Community Shield before joining R.C.D. Espanyol in September 2008. 1974 - Dominic Matteo was born in Dumfries. He netted twice in 155 games for us before leaving for Leeds United in a £4m deal in August 2000. A rare defeat 1974 - We lost 1-0 at home to Arsenal with future red Ray Kennedy on target, one of just eleven League defeats at Anfield during the whole of the 1970’s, with the Gunners inflicting three of these. This game was in fact our hundredth meeting in the League. Down the Banks 1915 - William Banks played his 26th and final reds game as we won 2-0 at Oldham Athletic in a top-flight match, with Fred Pagnam bagging a brace. This was future reds boss David Ashworth’s final game in charge of the home side, while the result ensured that Everton were crowned champions, rather than the Latics. 1937 – Centre-forward Fred Howe struck his 36th and final goal for the club as we were held to a 1-1 draw at Anfield by Huddersfield Town. Bobby Barclay netted one of his five goals against the reds. 1999 – Sean Dundee featured for the reds for the fifth and last time as we won 3-1 at Blackburn Rovers, with Steve McManaman, Jamie Redknapp and Øyvind Leonhardsen all on target in the first half before Damien Duff pulled a goal back after an hour. 1894 – We lost 3-1 at home to Rovers in a Palatine League game, with the reds fielding a reserves side containing just nine players! In and out 1919 - Outside-left Albert Pearson signed from Port Vale. He grabbed four goals in 51 reds games before returning to Vale Park in 1921. 2009 – Reserves centre-half Jack Hobbs joined Leicester City for £400,000 after spending the whole of the season on loan at the Walkers Stadium. He had made just five senior reds appearances. All-star SteG 2005 - Steven Gerrard was named in the PFA Team of the Year for the second season running, the only reds player to be so honoured. He was eventually named in the team eight times, a record in the Premier League era. International beginning 1977 - Future red Mark Lawrenson made his senior debut for the Republic of Ireland as they were held to a goalless draw in Dublin by Poland. He went on to amass a total of 39 caps. 2008 – Future reds reserves forward Nikola Sarić played for Denmark Under-18’s as they lost 2-1 to Estonia in Tallinn. 2019 – Curtis Jones scored, with Bobby Duncan also playing, as England Under-18’s beat Mexico 302 in a friendly in Dubai. Disappointment against the Trotters 1893 - We drew 1-1 with Bolton Wanderers in a friendly at Anfield with Hugh McQueen notching our goal. 1943 - We thumped Wanderers 6-3 in a Wartime League match at Burnden Park that also counted for the Lancashire Cup. Cyril Done and Don Welsh both bagged braces, with George Kaye and Michael Hulligan also on the scoresheet. Twice at The Dell 1979 - We visited Southampton with David Johnson heading us into the lead as we returned with a point from a game originally postponed from Christmas. 1982 - Ian Rush added to a brace from Ronnie Whelan as we won 3-2, with Joe Fagan taking charge of the reds in the absence of Bob Paisley through illness. Ex-red Kevin Keegan scored from the spot, his only goal against the reds, with Mick Channon bagging one of his seven goals past us. Youngsters in Euro action 2001 – John Welsh and future reds Alberto Aquilani and Glen Johnson all represented their country at Under-16’s level in the European Championships Finals, with England beating Switzerland 2-0 in Huddersfield, and Italy losing 4-3 to Hungary in Harrogate. Meanwhile, Christian Poulsen played for Denmark Under-21’s as they lost 2-0 to Slovenia in a friendly in Farum, while future red Fernando Torres struck twice as Spain thumped Belgium 5-0 in a European Championships Finals group game in Durham. Harry for the League 1897 - Forward Harry Bradshaw played for the Football League as they lost 3-0 to a Scottish League side.
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    23rd April

    Clinching the title 1988 - We secured our seventeenth League title with four more games remaining, as a curling Peter Beardsley strike was enough to defeat Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield. This was our ninth championship in the space of thirteen years. 1983 – We edged closer to the championship despite losing 2-0 at home to Norwich City, as they became the first side to take all six points off us after the introduction of three points for a win. Mark Lawrenson put through his own net before Martin O’Neill doubled the visitors’ lead from distance. Bob Paisley had received his 21st Bell’s managerial award prior to kick-off. Robbie signs on 1992 - Robbie Fowler signed as a professional. The ‘Toxteth terror’ went on to bag 171 goals in 330 reds games in his first spell with the club, gaining UEFA Cup, FA Cup and two League Cup winners’ medals during his reds career, and struck a further twelve times in 39 games second time around to become our fifth top all-time goalscorer, before moving on to Cardiff City in July 2007. 2019 – He was appointed Head Coach of Brisbane Roar, so far leading them to eleven wins in 24 games. Stevie honoured 2006 - Steven Gerrard was named PFA Player of the Year after a successful season that culminated in FA Cup glory and included a total of 23 goals in 53 games for the club. He was also named in the Team of the Year for the fourth of eight times, a record in the Premier League era, alongside Jamie Carragher. Meanwhile, we learnt that our opponents in the FA Cup Final would be West Ham United, who saw off Middlesbrough at Villa Park. Maxi’s treble 2011 – Maxi Rodríguez bagged a treble as we thumped Birmingham City 5-0 at Anfield, with Dirk Kuyt netting for the seventh time in nine games and Joe Cole adding a late fifth. 1927 – We lost a top-flight fixture 3-0 at Birmingham City, with George Briggs netting one of his ten goals against the reds, John Bradford scoring one of his fifteen and Benny Bond also on target. Happy birthday Bobby 1937 - Wing-half Bobby Campbell was born in Liverpool. He struck twice in 25 first-team appearances for the reds after signing on as a professional in May 1954, before joining Portsmouth in 1961. He later had a successful managerial career with Fulham, Portsmouth and Chelsea. Inching towards Wembley 1977 - We drew 2-2 with Everton in our FA Cup Semi-final encounter at Maine Road, with Terry McDermott and Jimmy Case twice putting us in front, before levellers from Duncan McKenzie and Bruce Rioch. Terry Mac’s goal was later named as the BBC’s Goal of the Season, while Evertonians still protest over Clive Thomas disallowing Bryan Hamilton’s last-gasp ‘winner’. We won the replay at the same venue four days later, although we lost the Final at Wembley to Manchester United. Inching towards the title 1973 – Our 2-0 Anfield defeat of Leeds United on Easter Monday combined with Arsenal dropping a point at Southampton meant that only a series of freak results could prevent the reds from claiming the title with just one of our League games remaining, although other sides had games in hand. Peter Lorimer missed an open goal in the first half, but Peter Cormack and Kevin Keegan netted after the break. The Leeds players lined up at full time to applaud Shankly’s side from the pitch. Mixed fortunes against Palace 1991 - We beat Crystal Palace 3-0 at Anfield. Ian Rush scored his 300th competitive club goal in 532 games for Chester, Juventus and Liverpool, while John Barnes also struck before a late own goal from Eddie McGoldrick. 2005 - John Welsh played his tenth and final reds game as we suffered yet another away League defeat, 1-0 at Selhurst Park, courtesy of an Andy Johnson strike. 2017 - Crystal Palace won at Anfield for the third consecutive season, despite Phillipe Coutinho giving us the lead. Ex-red Christian Benteke bagged a brace, the most recent of his seven goals past us to date. Brothers in arms 1938 - Our home League game with Bolton Wanderers brought the unusual sight of the two teams being captained by brothers - the reds by forward Alf Hanson, and Bolton by goalkeeper Stan. Jack Balmer and Phil Taylor netted as we won 2-1. 1921 - We faced the Trotters in another top-flight match, losing 1-0 at Burnden Park with Joe Smith bagging one of his twelve goals past us. This game also counted towards the Lancashire Senior Cup. 2008 - Reserves defender Alex Watson’s more famous brother Dave, who also featured for our second string, joined Wigan Athletic as Youth Team Coach, remaining in this role until moving to Newcastle United’s Academy in November 2011. Start and end 1932 - Inside-left Syd Roberts made his reds bow as Portsmouth beat us 3-1 at Anfield. Roberts went on to bag thirteen goals in 62 reds games. Daniel McRorie netted our goal, while wing-half Alastair Henderson played his fifth and final game for us. Jack Weddle struck two of his five goals past us, with Fred Worrall scoring the first of his four against the reds. 1904 – Half-back John ‘Geezer’ Hughes played his 32nd and last reds game as we won 3-2 at Blackburn Rovers. Sam Raybould, Jack Cox and Arthur Goddard bagged our goals. Jack Dewhurst nabbed the last of his five goals against the reds, with Bob Crompton also netting. In comes Walter 1912 - Centre-half Walter Wadsworth signed from Ormskirk as an amateur. He went on to net eight times in 242 reds games, being joined by his brother, outside-right Harold, after the First World War. Together they helped us to back-to-back League titles in the early 1920’s. Walter joined Bristol City in May 1926 when aged 36, but skippered them to the Third Division South title. Potters fired twice We have twice beaten Stoke City in League matches on this day over the years. 1962 - We won 2-1 at Anfield in our promotion season, thanks to a Ronnie Moran penalty and a late Jimmy Melia winner. That night, the match takings of around £4,000 were stolen in a burglary at Anfield, although the club’s allocation of FA Cup Final tickets were left behind! 1980 - We met at the Victoria Ground in a First Division fixture postponed from New Year’s Day, with the two David’s, Johnson and Fairclough, handing us a 2-0 win. Held by the Geordies We have twice drawn with Newcastle United in top-flight encounters at Anfield. 2016 – Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana struck inside half an hour, but we were pegged back after the break by Papiss Cissé and Jack Colback to draw 2-2 with Rafael Benítez’s side. 1949 - Bobby Mitchell grabbed the first of his eight goals past us in this top-flight meeting. Kevin Baron scored for the reds. Boro twice We have also played Middlesbrough twice on this day over the years. 1910 - We drew 2-2 at Ayresome Park, with our goals coming from Jack Parkinson and Arthur Goddard. George Elliott netted the first of his eight goals against us, with Tim Williamson also on target. 1955 - Tony Rowley and Billy Liddell struck as we won 2-1 at the same venue. International bows 1996 - Future red Harry Kewell made his senior international debut as Australia lost a friendly 3-0 in Chile. 2000 – Stade Rennais’ El-Hadji Diouf won his first senior cap as Senegal beat Benin 1-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Dakar on their way to the Finals in the Far East. Les gems on target 2011 – Future red Florent Sinama-Pongolle bagged a brace, with Anthony Le Tallec also on target as France Under-16’s beat Scotland 3-0 in a European Championships Finals group game in Barnsley. Scot coming back from Italy 1986 - Graeme Souness won his final cap as a Sampdoria player, and 52nd in total, as Scotland beat England 2-1 in a Rous Cup game at Wembley. He struck from the spot, with Steve Nicol also in the away side. Seven and out for A’Court 1958 - Alan A’Court won his seventh and final England Under-23’s cap as they lost 2-1 to Wales in Wrexham. Jordan signs on 2015 - Vice-captain Jordan Henderson signed a new contract until 2020. He has so far notched 28 times in 359 reds games, as well as helping us to claim the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup and League Cup.
  19. Will

    17th April

    Liddell signs on 1939 - Billy Liddell signed as a professional at Anfield. He went on to strike 228 times in 534 games. His only club honour was the League title in 1947, although he also played in the FA Cup Final three years later. Clinching the title 1922 - We clinched our third League championship on this Easter Monday by beating title rivals Burnley 2-1 thanks to goals from Harry Chambers and Dick Forshaw, as Tottenham Hotspur, the other side in the hunt lost that day. Left-half Tom Bromilow played his hundredth League game that day as we regained the title for the first time in sixteen years. 1965 - We also entertained the Clarets, with Tommy Smith on target in a 1-1 draw. Andy Lochhead struck one of his four goals against the reds. Hat-tricks galore 1993 - Mark Walters scored a hat-trick, including a penalty, in our 4-0 defeat of Coventry City, our first treble in the Premier League. David Burrows nabbed the other goal, his third and final one for the club. 1973 - We also faced the Sky Blues, this time at Highfield Road. Phil Boersma netted both goals in our 2-1 victory. 1907 - Alf Common bagged a treble for Middlesbrough in their 4-2 win at Anfield, the first of his four goals past us, with Birkenhead-born Robert Blanthorne netting in his second and final senior reds appearance. Arthur Goddard also scored for the reds, with Andrew Aitken also on target for the visitors. This was a record eighth home League defeat of the season. Heading towards Madrid 2019 – We thumped Porto 4-1 in the second leg of our UEFA Champions League Quarter-final, having already won the first fixture 2-0. Sadio Mané opened the scoring before the break, with Mohamed Salah adding a second before Éder Militão pulled a goal back for the home side. Roberto Firmino and Virgil van Dijk both headed in late on to complete the scoring. Reds birthdays 1894 – Scottish right-half Jock McNab was born in Cleland, Lanarkshire. He signed from Bellshill Athletic in November 1919 and helped us to two League titles in the 1920’s, netting six times in 222 reds games before moving to Queens Park Rangers in June 1928. 1909 - Full-back Ben Dabbs was born in Oakengates, Shropshire. He failed to score in 56 first-team appearances for the reds after arriving from his hometown club in June 1932, moving to Watford in June 1938. 1910 - Defender Fred ‘The Bullet’ Rogers was born in Frodsham, Cheshire. He played 75 reds games without finding the net after signing from Helsby Athletic in 1933. 1990 – Former reserves forward Astrit Ajdarević was born in Pristina, Kosova, although he grew up in Sweden. He joined the reds in December 2006, moving on to Leicester City in June 2009 having failed to break through to the first team. Soto’s farewell 2011 - We drew 1-1 at Arsenal in a game with plenty of late drama. We suffered injuries to Fábio Aurélio, Andy Carroll and Jamie Carragher, with young full-back pairing Jon Flanagan and Jack Robinson impressing. The home side took the lead in the eighth minute of stoppage time through Robin van Persie from the spot, one of his seven goals past us, but Emmanuel Eboué then shoved Lucas in the back, with Dirk Kuyt converting the late, late penalty to equalise. This was Sotirios Kyrgiakos’s 49th and final reds game. Saved! 2004 - Steven Gerrard had a penalty saved as we were held to a goalless draw by Fulham at Anfield, with Fulham’s Zesh Rehman becoming the first British-born Asian player to appear in the Premiership. El-Hadji Diouf made his eightieth and final reds appearance as a substitute, while Jamie Carragher played his 300th game for us. 1954 – Billy Liddell had a spot-kick saved by Cardiff City full-back Alfred Sherwood who had to go between the sticks when keeper Ron Howells broke his thumb. We lost 1-0 in this top-flight fixture at Anfield. Sami the skipper 2002 - In the light of Jamie Redknapp’s departure for Tottenham Hotspur the day before, Sami Hyypiä was named club captain. Double benefits at Anfield 1909 - Our top-flight meeting with Bury was played as a benefit game for winger Jack Cox and skipper Alex Raisbeck. Robert Orr netted a first-half brace as we drew 2-2, while left-back Billy Dunlop played his 363rd and final reds game. Billy Hibbert struck one of his thirteen goals against the reds, with Bob Currie also on target. 1911 - Jack Parkinson scored his hundredth League goal as we drew 1-1 with Woolwich Arsenal, in a benefit game for keeper Sam Hardy. Overall record Of our 24 fixtures on this day over the years, an amazing nineteen have been at Anfield, with only three away games. Despite this historical home bias, we have only won around a third of our games on this day, with ten draws and five defeats. 1985 - The other game was an FA Cup Semi-final replay at Maine Road which we lost 2-1 to Manchester United, with our goal scored by United’s Paul McGrath before the break. However, Bryan Robson struck one of his seven goals past us after the break with Mark Hughes also grabbing the first of his nine in the second half. Other beginnings and ends 2016 – Keeper Danny Ward made his senior reds bow as we won 2-1 at Bournemouth’s Vitality Stadium, as Dean Court was then known. Roberto Firmino and Daniel Sturridge both struck at the end of the first half, with the latter also striking the woodwork twice. Josh King bagged a stoppage time consolation for the home side. 1948 – Inside-left Willie Fagan netted in his hundredth League appearance for the reds as we were held to a 1-1 draw by Manchester City at Anfield, with centre-forward Les Shannon making his reds bow and full-back Jim Harley playing his 131st and last reds game. 1915 - Wilf Bartrop played his third and final reds game, with William Banks netting his sixth and last reds goal as we beat Bradford Park Avenue 2-1 in a First Division fixture at Anfield, with Fred Pagnam also on the scoresheet. Off at Anfield 1995 - Goals from Robbie Fowler and Ian Rush handed us a 2-0 victory over Leicester City at Anfield, for whom Mike Whitlow was dismissed. Michael the skipper 2002 - Michael Owen captained England for the first time, scoring in a 4-0 defeat of Paraguay at Anfield. Danny Murphy also netted his first senior international goal, with Jamie Carragher, Steven Gerrard, future red Joe Cole and ex-red Robbie Fowler all also playing. Yossi Benayoun won his final cap as a Maccabi Haifa player, and 21st to date, as Israel lost a friendly 3-1 to future red Christian Poulsen’s Denmark in Copenhagen. On the same day, John Welsh appeared for the Under-19’s as they drew the first leg of their European Championships play-off 1-1 with Lithuania in Kaunas. Elsewhere, Jerzy Dudek saved a penalty as Poland lost 2-1 to Romania in Warsaw. Abel Xavier won his first cap as a red, and eighteenth in total, as Portugal drew 1-1 with Brazil in Lisbon. Jari Litmanen featured as Finland surprisingly lost 1-0 to FYR Macedonia in Prilep. Future red Fernando Morientes struck in Spain’s 5-0 friendly win in Northern Ireland. Rigobert Song’s Cameroon held Austria to a goalless draw in Vienna, while ex-red Brad Friedel played in the USA’s 2-1 defeat by the Republic of Ireland in Dublin, who included future reds Steve Finnan and Robbie Keane, and ex-red Steve Staunton. John Arne Riise played for Norway, alongside ex-red Øyvind Leonhardsen, as they were held to a goalless draw by Sweden, and Nicolas Anelka had a goal disallowed as France also had to settle for a 0-0 scoreline at home to Russia. This was the only cap he won as a red. Future red Sotirios Kyrgiakos played in Greece’s goalless friendly against the Czech Republic in Ioannina while Alou Diarra appeared for France Under-20’s in their 1-0 defeat of Egypt in Villeneuve. Eight-goal thriller 1976 - We beat Stoke City 5-3 at Anfield in a League match. Phil Neal equalised from the spot after we had fallen behind to the last of Terry Conroy’s four goals past us, with our other goals coming from John Toshack, Ray Kennedy, Emlyn Hughes and David Fairclough. Ian Moores and Alan Bloor also struck for the Potters. Derby stalemate 1908 - We were held to a goalless draw at Anfield by Everton. Mo’s debut 2011 – Future red Mohamed Salah converted a penalty while winning his first cap for Egypt Under-20’s as they beat Lesotho 2-0 in an African Championship Finals group game in South Africa. Up against the Baggies We have twice entertained West Bromwich Albion in the top flight on this day in history, without tasting defeat. 1920 - We were held to a goalless draw by the Baggies 1982 - Kenny Dalglish netted the only goal of our meeting, with Joe Fagan taking charge of the reds in Bob Paisley’s absence through illness. Youngsters in action 1972 – We lost the first leg of the FA Youth Cup Final 1-0 at Aston Villa, thanks to a John Gidman penalty. The reds included Brian Kettle and Phil Thompson, but also lost the second leg 4-2. Adam on target 2006 – Future red Adam Lallana scored while winning his only cap for England Under-18’s as they beat Slovenia 2-1 in a friendly in Bournemouth. Facing the neighbours We have twice beaten Southport 3-0 at Anfield on this day in history. 1943 – George Paterson, Michael Hulligan and Cyril Done struck in a Wartime League fixture. 1961 - Dave Hickson, Roger Hunt and Ian Callaghan scored as we reached the Liverpool Senior Cup Final. Beattie’s bow 1937 - Full-back Andy Beattie won the first of his seven full caps for Scotland as they beat England 3-1 in the British International Championships at Hampden Park. He went on to guest for the reds during the war, as well as joining our backroom staff later in life.
  20. Will

    16th April

    Happy birthday Rafa 1960 – Former reds boss Rafael Benítez was born in Madrid. He arrived from Valencia in June 2004 and took charge of the reds on 350 occasions, winning 194 times and leading us to the European Cup, FA Cup, UEFA Super Cup and FA Community Shield as well as three other finals. He left the club “by mutual consent” in June 2010. Clinching the title 1906 – We secured our second League title despite losing 3-2 on Easter Monday at Bolton Wanderers, as nearest challengers Preston North End also lost and so could not catch the reds. We therefore became the first team to win the Second and First Division championships in consecutive seasons. Jack Parkinson bagged a brace in our defeat at Burnden Park, with Albert Shepherd striking two of his twelve goals against the reds and Marshall McEwan also scoring. A derby classic 2001 - An amazing Easter Monday game ended in a 3-2 win, our first at Goodison for eleven years. Emile Heskey opened the scoring straight after an unsuccessful Blues penalty appeal. Duncan Ferguson then pounced on a defensive mix-up to equalise with his fifth and last goal past the reds before Markus Babbel netted a classic breakaway goal. Robbie Fowler missed a penalty that would have made it 3-1, before referee Jeff Winter changed the odds by first giving Igor Bišcan a second booking, and then awarding a dubious penalty, which David Unsworth converted, the hundredth League goal we had conceded under Gérard Houllier’s sole charge. Finally, Gary McAllister won the game with a supremely dramatic 44-yard free-kick late into stoppage time. This was Gary Mac’s hundredth career League goal. The birth of the hat-trick king 1904 - Forward Gordon Hodgson was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. He signed from Transvaal in November 1925 and bagged a club record seventeen hat-tricks amongst his 241 goals in 377 games, but could not claim a club medal in his time at Anfield before joining Aston Villa for £3,000 in January 1936. A new man in charge 1991 - Graeme Souness took over as Liverpool Manager. He led us to the FA Cup in his first full season, his only trophy in three years in charge. He won 65 of his 157 games as boss. Pepe clean again 2006 - Pepe Reina kept his thirtieth clean sheet in his fiftieth game for the club, as Robbie Fowler grabbed the only goal of the game at Blackburn Rovers with Djibril Cissé controversially ruled inactive while in an offside position. Debuting in 4-0 home League wins 1960 - Ian Callaghan played the first of his 857 reds games in our Second Division win over Bristol Rovers, replacing the legendary Billy Liddell. Wing-half Bobby Campbell bagged his second and final reds goal, with Jimmy Melia, Alan A’Court and Roger Hunt also netting. The People named Cally as man of the match, saying he “put up a fantastic show that even old favourite Billy Liddell couldn’t have bettered”. 1898 - Romany right-half Rab Howell made his reds bow in our defeat of Aston Villa, with inside-forward Frank Becton scoring his 42nd reds goal in his 86th and final reds game, and our final fixture of the season. Tommy Robertson, John Walker and Hugh Morgan were also on target. 1979 - We also faced the Villains, losing 3-1 at Villa Park, with David Johnson nabbing our consolation and Phil Thompson putting through his own net, and John Deehan bagging two of his five strikes past us. We only conceded sixteen goals in the whole of that League campaign. 1974 - Our third 4-0 victory on this day came when Manchester City were beaten at Anfield. Brian Hall struck twice, with Phil Boersma and Kevin Keegan also on target. Winning on the plastic 1986 - We played our first ever game on Luton Town’s controversial new plastic pitch, with Craig Johnston bagging the only goal of the game. This was our third of seven straight League victories as we ended the season with eleven wins and one draw in our final twelve League outings to clinch our sixteenth title. Most recently 2017 – Roberto Firmino headed in the only goal of the game at West Bromwich Albion on the stroke of half time. SteG misses 2005 - Steven Gerrard missed a penalty as we were held to a 2-2 draw at Anfield by Tottenham Hotspur. It was game of stunning strikes, with Erik Edman giving the visitors the lead with a 35-yard effort before Luis García equalised. Spurs went in front again through a deflected Robbie Keane header, one of his five past us, but Sami Hyypiä lashed in from eighteen yards to secure a point. Farewell Redders 2002 - Jamie Redknapp signed for Tottenham Hotspur on a free transfer after 41 goals in 308 reds games. He was injured for much of his time at White Hart Lane, playing just 49 times for the Lilywhites and bagging four goals, before joining his father at Southampton. Other eventful Goodison derbies 1996 - Wayne Rooney was the Everton mascot before a game that ended 1-1, with Robbie Fowler netting late on after Andrei Kanchelskis had opened the scoring with one of his five goals against the reds. 1997 - Fowler and Everton’s David Unsworth were sent off towards the end of another 1-1 draw, after Duncan Ferguson had equalised Jamie Redknapp’s opener. A century in south London 2000 - Emile Heskey grabbed a brace as we reached a hundred League goals under Gérard Houllier's sole charge, beating Wimbledon 2-1 at Selhurst Park, with Martin Andresen on target for the Dons. A big day for the Bionic Carrot 1980 - David Fairclough netted as we drew our FA Cup Semi-final replay with Arsenal 1-1 after extra time at Villa Park, with Alan Sunderland equalising with a goal that TV replays proved was offside, one of his six goals past us. We eventually succumbed in a fourth game nearly three weeks later at Highfield Road. 1977 - We also faced the Gunners, when Phil Neal and Kevin Keegan netted as we won a top-flight fixture 2-0 at Anfield. Ray Clemence was making his 300th League appearance for the reds. 1983 - Fairclough played his 154th and final reds game as we lost 3-2 at Southampton, with Kenny Dalglish and Craig Johnston on the scoresheet. Nick Holmes struck a brace, with Steve Moran converting a penalty for the home side. New chairman 2010 – The club announced that Martin Broughton had been appointed as Chairman. He was brought in to find a buyer for the club from George Gillett and Tom Hicks, which he succeeded in finding in New England Sports Ventures six months later, following a series of legal battles. He left his role in November 2010 and was knighted for his services to business the following month. A poor club record 1904 - Our 3-0 First Division defeat of Bury in our final home game of the season took us to just 24 League goals at Anfield, a club record low for a season. Alf West struck his first reds goal from the spot, with Jack Cox also netting and left-half George Fleming bagging his sixth and final reds goal. 1927 - We also entertained the Shakers, when birthday boy Gordon Hodgson netted a brace in a 2-2 draw. Doing the Boro We have twice won at Ayresome Park 1-0 in the First Division on this day in history. 1949 - Jack Balmer struck the only goal of the game against Middlesbrough. 1954 - Sammy Smyth was on target. Mixed fortunes against the Geordies and Rams 1910 - We won 3-1 at Newcastle United, thanks to two goals from Arthur Goddard, including a penalty, and a James Stewart strike. Jock Rutherford netted one of his six goals against the reds. 1994 - We lost another top-flight encounter 2-0 at Anfield. Rob Lee opened the scoring before Andy Cole equalled the Geordies’ club record of 29 strikes in a season, one of his eleven strikes past us. 1921 - We were held to a 1-1 draw by Derby County at Anfield in a First Division fixture, with Harry Chambers on the scoresheet. 1938 - We were beaten 4-1 at the Baseball Ground, with outside-left Alf Hanson grabbing our early consolation, his 52nd and last reds strike, and fiftieth in the League. Jack Nicholas and Ronnie Dix each netted the last of their four goals past us, with Sammy Crooks and Dai Astley both scoring one of their six goals against us. On the move 2010 – Reserves keeper Péter Gulácsi joined Tranmere Rovers on loan. He played five times, returning for a second temporary spell five months later. 2013 – Ex-reds winger Sebastián Leto signed for Italian side Calcio Catania, having been released by Panathinaikos three months earlier. Tosh for the Taffs 1969 - John Toshack struck his first senior goal in his second game for Wales as they lost 2-1 in a World Cup qualifier in East Germany. 1975 - He also netted as they won a European Championships qualifier 2-1 in Hungary. Stevie honoured again 2007 - Steven Gerrard was nominated for the PFA Player of the Year for the fourth consecutive season, although he eventually lost his crown to Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo. Jocky, Ted and Tommy for the Scots 1975 - Partick Thistle’s Alan Hansen made his Scotland Under-23’s debut as they beat Sweden 2-1 in Gothenburg. Ex-reds reserves forward Ted MacDougall, then at Norwich City, netted on his Scotland debut on the same day as they drew 1-1 with the Swedes in a friendly, played in the same city. Future reds Kenny Dalglish and Graeme Souness both also played. 1969 - Tommy Lawrence won his second cap, nearly six years after his first, in a 1-1 draw with West Germany in a World Cup qualifier at Hampden Park. He went on to win three caps in total. First and last caps 2002 - Stephen Wright won his tenth and final England Under-21’s cap as Portugal won a friendly 1-0 at the Britannia Stadium. Peter Crouch won his first cap as an Aston Villa player in the same game, and his second of six in total while Chris Kirkland and future reds Paul Konchesky and Jermaine Pennant also played, with Stephen Wright playing for the tenth and last time at this level. On the same day, Pepe Reina won his last Under-21’s cap as a Barcelona player as Spain beat Yugoslavia 2-1 in a friendly in Ceuta, with fellow future red Xabi Alonso also in action. 2015 - Future red Bobby Adekanye won his eighth and last Under-16’s cap for the Netherlands in their 2-1 friendly defeat of Italy. Dirk signs on 2011 – Dirk Kuyt agreed a new contract until 2013. He bagged 71 goals in 285 reds games since signing from Feyenoord for £9m in August 2006, moving on to Fenerbahçe SK for €1m in June 2012. A centenary celebration 1988 - We took part in the Mercantile Credit Football League Centenary Festival, but only survived one 40-minute morning match at Wembley Stadium that ended in a goalless draw with Newcastle United before the Geordies won a sudden-death penalty shoot-out 1-0 after Gary Kelly saved Steve McMahon’s spot-kick. Unfortunately, John Barnes suffered an injury in this game that ruled him out of our next League fixture.
  21. Will

    13th April

    The greatest performance ever 1988 - We trounced Nottingham Forest 5-0, just four days after we had beaten them 2-1 in the FA Cup Semi-final. It was a stunning display that the legendary Tom Finney described as “the greatest performance ever”. John Aldridge bagged a brace, to add to goals from Ray Houghton, Gary Gillespie and Peter Beardsley. Bruce Grobbelaar was playing his 400th reds game. 1929 - We also netted five, winning 5-2 at Derby County, with Henry Race and John Clark both bagging braces, and Gordon Hodgson also on the scoresheet. Harry Bedford struck two of his nine goals against the reds. Heading towards Istanbul 2005 - Xabi Alonso returned after his broken ankle suffered on New Year’s Day, with Djibril Cissé making an even more amazing comeback from injury, to help the reds secure a battling goalless draw at Juventus to reach the Semi-final of the Champions League, our first last-four appearance in Europe’s premier club competition for two decades. Semi-final draws 1985 - Manchester United held us to a 2-2 draw at Goodison Park after extra time, before beating us in the replay, and then subsequently winning the FA Cup Final itself. Ronnie Whelan and substitute Paul Walsh grabbed our late equalisers at the end of normal and extra time, respectively after Bryan Robson, with one of his seven goals past us, and Frank Stapleton had twice put the Red Devils ahead. 1963 - We also faced United, with Ian St. John bagging the only goal of this top-flight meeting at Anfield. This was the first game Gerry Byrne had missed since October 1960, in which time he had made 117 consecutive appearances. 1992 - We won the first ever FA Cup Semi-final to be decided on penalties. After a goalless two hours of the replay at Villa Park, we beat Portsmouth 3-1 in the penalty shoot-out, with John Barnes and Ian Rush converting before Dean Saunders netted the decisive kick, with Pompey missing the target with three of their spot-kicks. Ronnie Moran took charge of the reds following Graeme Souness’s recent triple heart bypass surgery. Jordan off 2014 - We beat Manchester City 3-2 at Anfield, our tenth straight League win, with Raheem Sterling and Martin Škrtel putting us two goals ahead inside the first half hour. However, the visitors drew level through David Silva and a Glen Johnson own goal after the break before Philippe Coutinho pounced on a Vincent Kompany error to secure the victory and our place at the top of the table. This was our 93rd League goal of the season, a new club record in the top flight. Unfortunately, Jordan Henderson was sent off late on and we then proceeded to finish second in the table. 1901 – We beat City 3-1 in another top-flight encounter at Anfield, with Tommy Robertson bagging a brace and Jack Cox also on target. Legendary outside-right Billy Meredith scored for the visitors. Firsts and lasts 1998 - David Thompson scored his first senior reds goal, a late winner as we beat Crystal Palace 2-1 at Anfield in the Premiership. This was our hundredth goal from a substitute, while Øyvind Leonhardsen had opened the scoring before Marcus Bent equalised for the Eagles. 1935 – Centre-forward Fred Howe bagged the first of his 36 reds goals in our 4-2 defeat at Aston Villa, with Berry Nieuwenhuys also on target. Harry Broome netted the first two of his five strikes past us, with Arthur Cunliffe and Dennis Watkin also scoring. 2015 - Raheem Sterling bagged his 23rd and last reds goal as we beat Newcastle United 2-0 at Anfield, with Joe Allen also on target. Moussa Sissoko was sent off late on for the visitors. Leeds goals galore 2001 - Our Champions League hopes were dented on Good Friday by a 2-1 home defeat by Leeds United. However, Steven Gerrard did score our hundredth goal of the season, before being sent off, and we went on to clinch the crucial third spot at the end of the season. Rio Ferdinand and Lee Bowyer had put the visitors two goals in front. 1991 - Lee Chapman scored three of his six goals against the reds as we won 5-4 under Ronnie Moran at Leeds United, having led 4-0 after half an hour. John Barnes netted a brace to add to goals from Ray Houghton, David Speedie and a Jan Mølby penalty, with Carl Shutt also on target for the home side. Fernando again 2008 - Steven Gerrard opened the scoring as he played his 300th League game in our 3-1 defeat of Blackburn Rovers, with substitute Yossi Benayoun proving inspirational. Fernando Torres headed his thirtieth goal of the season, so scoring in his seventh consecutive home League game, a new club record in the top flight. Andriy Voronin added a late third, before Roque Santa Cruz grabbed an injury-time consolation. 1936 - We thumped Rovers 4-1 in a top-flight meeting at Anfield, with Berry Nieuwenhuys grabbing a brace, and Vic Wright and Phil Taylor also getting on the scoresheet. Tommy Sale scored one of his five goals past us. Reds farewells 1912 – Centre-half Jimmy Harrop made his 139th and final reds appearance in our 1-1 draw at Newcastle United, with inside-right James Stewart on target and Billy Hibbert netting one of his thirteen goals against the reds. 1914 – Outside-right Arthur Goddard played his 414th and last reds game as we lost 1-0 in another top-flight fixture at Bradford City, with keeper Ken Campbell putting through his own net. Sunderland seen off three times 2002 - We kept up the pressure on Arsenal at the top of the table, as Michael Owen’s 25th goal of the season gave us a 1-0 win at Sunderland, a result that guaranteed us a top-four finish, at least, for the second successive season. Claudio Reyna was sent off in the dying seconds in front of a record Stadium of Light attendance of 48,355. We have also twice beaten Sunderland 2-1 on this day over the years. 1968 - A Roger Hunt brace gave us the victory at Anfield, with Colin Suggett scoring the first of his four goals past us. 1997 - Robbie Fowler headed in his thirtieth goal of the season before Steve McManaman extended our lead, with ex-red Paul Stewart then heading the home side’s consolation on our last ever visit to Roker Park. Derby disappointment 1940 – We lost our Lancashire Senior Cup Semi-final 4-1 at Goodison, with Berry Nieuwenhuys bagging our consolation. 1906 - Alf West struck from the spot as we were held to a 1-1 draw in a First Division derby at Anfield, with Jack Taylor on target for the Blues, the last of his five goals past us. 1900 - Tom Robertson netted our consolation in a 3-1 friendly defeat across the park. This game was played in front of less than 1,000 supporters, while the reserves were being watched by around 15,000 at Anfield in a Lancashire Combination game. Four-ton Emlyn 1974 – Emlyn Hughes played his 400th reds game, netting as we drew 1-1 at Ipswich Town. Trevor Whymark struck the first of his six goals past us. Beating the Potters We have twice beaten Stoke City at Anfield on this day in history. 1982 - Alan Kennedy and Craig Johnston bagged first-half goals as we won a First Division fixture 2-0. 1946 - Bob Priday nabbed a brace with Willie Fagan and Jack Balmer also on target in a 4-1 Wartime League victory. Bennett again 1918 – Thomas Green scored a hat-trick as we won 4-1 at Stockport County in a Wartime League game, with forward Thomas Bennett scoring in his third consecutive reds game. Happy birthdays 1996 - Midfielder Marko Grujić was born in Belgrade. He signed from Crvena Zvezda for £5.1m in January 2016, immediately being loaned back for the rest of the season. He has only made fourteen senior appearances to date, spending most of his time away from Liverpool. 1991 – Ex-reserves forward David Amoo was born in Southwark, London. He made his reds bow as a substitute in our UEFA Europa League qualifier at Rabotnički Skopje in July 2010, moving on to Preston North End in July 2012 after several loan spells away from Anfield. 1920 - Joe Cadden was born in Glasgow. The Scottish centre-half was signed after impressing for Brooklyn Wanderers on the reds’ US tour in 1948. However, his form back across the pond was less impressive, as he only made five first-team appearances before joining Grimsby Town in July 1952. 1871 – Scottish forward Neil Kerr was born in Bowling, Dunbartonshire. He signed from Rangers in June 1894, netting three times in twelve games before moving to Nottingham Forest the following year. Done deal 1926 - Right-back Bob Done signed professional terms, having arrived as an amateur from Runcorn two months earlier. He struck thirteen times in 155 reds games, moving on to Reading for £150 in May 1935. Robert’s bow 1907 - Birkenhead-born Robert Blanthorne made the first of just two senior reds appearances as we lost 4-2 to Bristol City at Anfield. Bill McPherson and Sam Raybould struck our goals as Billy Maxwell netted the last two of his six goals past us. Future red Sam Gilligan scored one of his five goals against the reds, with Fred Connelly also on the scoresheet. Conor the champion 2009 – Conor Coady won his fourth and final cap for England Under-16’s as they won the Montaigu Tournament by beating Germany 2-1 on penalties after a goalless Final. Young Stewart off the mark 1988 - Paul Stewart, then still with Manchester City, netted on his debut for England Under-21’s as they lost 4-2 in France in their European Championships Semi-final first leg. On the move 1999 - Reserves keeper Tony Warner joined Aberdeen on loan. He played six times before moving permanently to Millwall that summer. 2004 - Ex-red Jari Litmanen signed for Lahti. He only remained there for nine months before joining Hansa Rostock in Germany. 2017 – Ex-reds midfielder Mohamed Sissoko signed for Mitra Kukar, netting five times in 26 League games during his eight months in Indonesia.
  22. Will

    12th April

    A treble from Ronnie 1986 - Ronnie Whelan helped keep us on course for our sixteenth League title by netting a hat-trick in our 5-0 mauling of Coventry City at Anfield, with Jan Mølby and Ian Rush also on the scoresheet. 1983 - We played out a goalless draw at Highfield Road. 1963 - We also struck five, coming from two goals down to beat Tottenham Hotspur 5-2 at Anfield in a top-flight match. Willie Stevenson, Ian St. John and Kevin Lewis were all on target that Good Friday, to add to a brace from Jimmy Melia. Gerry Byrne made his 117th consecutive appearance, before he missed the next four games, having not missed a game since October 1960. Cliff Jones struck the first of his five goals against the reds, with Terry Dyson also on target. On our way to Wembley 1978 - We won through to the European Cup Final for the second successive season, beating Borussia Mönchengladbach 3-0 at Anfield, to progress 4-2 on aggregate. Ray Kennedy, Kenny Dalglish and Jimmy Case netted on the night. Anfield Iron no more 2019 – Legendary red Tommy Smith died in Waterloo. He had signed on as a professional on his seventeenth birthday in April 1962, going on to win four League titles, two FA Cups, two UEFA Cups, European Cup, UEFA Super Cup and two FA Charity Shields in his time with Liverpool, netting 48 times in 638 games. Not on our way to Wembley 1980 - We held Arsenal to a goalless draw at Hillsborough in the first of our four FA Cup Semi-final ties, before eventually succumbing three weeks later at Highfield Road. 1995 - We also faced the Gunners when Robbie Fowler bagged the only goal of our Premiership meeting at Highbury in the final minute. 1947 - Burnley beat us 1-0 at Maine Road in an FA Cup Semi-final replay, with inside-forward Willie Fagan reaching a century of reds appearances. However, the Clarets went on to lose the final to Charlton Athletic. Double departure 2012 – Director of Football Damien Comolli left the club “by mutual consent”, with the summer departure of Dr. Peter Brukner as Head of Sports Medicine & Sports Science also announced. All wrong for Wright 1930 - Forward Dave Wright made his reds bow as we were thumped 4-1 at Burnley in a top-flight fixture. Jim Smith nabbed our consolation with Louis Page netting the last two of his seven goals past us and Billy Stage also bagging a brace. Good and bad days for St. Michael 2003 - Michael Owen scored in his hundredth different reds game as we beat Fulham 2-0 at Anfield. It was his 134th reds goals in a total of 254 games. Emile Heskey nabbed our other goal in Jean Tigana’s final game in charge of Fulham. 1999 - He ruptured his hamstring in our goalless draw at Leeds United, the start of several years’ problems with that muscle. Patrik Berger played his hundredth reds game that day. Rushie’s treble 1988 - Ex-red Ian Rush scored a hat-trick against Everton playing for Leeds United alongside Kenny Dalglish, in a testimonial match for John Charles and Bobby Collins. 1894 – Jimmy Haydock struck four times for Blackburn Rovers as they thumped us 5-0 in a Palatine League game at Ewood Park. Managerial comings and goings 1996 - John Aldridge was named Manager of Tranmere Rovers. He was in charge for nearly five years, keeping them in mid-table in the First Division until his final season, as well as leading them to the Worthington Cup Final in 2000 and the FA Cup Quarter-finals in the season he was sacked. 1938 - Ex-reds centre-half Alex Raisbeck left as Manager of Chester City. He had been in the post for two years, and later took charge at Bath City before returning to Anfield as a scout. He had skippered us to two League titles and the Second Division championship. Reds births and death 2005 - Post-war keeper Cyril Sidlow died. He played 165 reds games after signing from Wolverhampton Wanderers in February 1946, helping us claim the League title in 1947, and also played in the 1950 FA Cup Final. 1950 – Chairman Tom Werner was born in New York City. He took on this role in November 2010 after the club was taken over by New England Sports Ventures. 1886 - Left-half Joe Dines was born in King’s Lynn. He won Olympic Gold in 1912 before giving up his teaching job and signing for the reds from Ilford later that year. However, he only made one senior reds appearance, and was killed in action in September 1918. Derby disappointment 1965 - Willie Stevenson bagged our consolation from the spot as we lost 2-1 at Everton. Ex-red Johnny Morrissey netted, with Derek Temple also on target for the Blues. Mixed fortunes against the Wearsiders and Blades We entertained Sunderland twice on this day in the First Division shortly before the First World War. 1909 - Ronald Orr converted a penalty while Alex Raisbeck and Jack Parkinson also netted as we won 3-0, with Parkinson’s opener being our thousandth in League football. 1913 - Arthur Metcalf struck a very late brace as we were beaten 5-2, with Charlie Buchan bagging a hat-trick, three of the 21 strikes he registered against the reds. He had already struck five times in the reverse fixture that season. James Richardson netted the first two of his five goals past us. We have hosted Sheffield United three times on this day in history. 1915 - We won 2-1 thanks to a Jackie Sheldon penalty and a goal from Fred Pagnam, with half-back Tommy Fairfoul playing his 71st and final reds game and Sheldon missing another spot kick. Joe Kitchen netted the last of his eight goals against us. 1968 - Our other First Division meeting with the Blades ended in a 2-1 defeat, with Roger Hunt grabbing our consolation. 1958 - Billy Liddell netted the only goal of our Second Division fixture. Stalemates at Maine Road We have twice left Manchester City with 1-1 draws on this day in top-flight meetings. 1974 - Peter Cormack nabbed our goal, with Franny Lee on target for the Sky Blues, one of his six past us. 1993 - Ian Rush netted our equaliser after Garry Flitcroft had put the home side ahead. Stevie named 2006 - Steven Gerrard was nominated for the PFA Player of the Year award, along with Chelsea’s Joe Cole, Frank Lampard and John Terry, Thierry Henry and Wayne Rooney. Our skipper went on to claim the prize. Conor’s cap 2011 - Conor Thomas made his debut for England Under-18’s, winning his only cap while on loan with the reds, in their 1-1 draw with Italy in Capri. Conor Coady skippered the side. Dicks on the up 1986 - Julian Dicks signed as a professional for Birmingham City. He netted once in 102 games for the Blues before moving to West Ham United for £300,000 in March 1988.
  23. Will

    9th April

    Happy birthday God 1975 - Robbie Fowler was born in Toxteth. He scored 171 goals in 330 reds appearances in his first spell at Anfield, winning UEFA Cup, FA Cup, UEFA Super Cup and two League Cups. He re-signed on a short-term contract in January 2006, striking a further twelve times in 39 games to become our fifth top all-time goalscorer, before moving on to Cardiff City in July 2007. 1995 - He was presented with the first of two consecutive PFA Young Player of the Year awards on his twentieth birthday. 2006 - Robbie scored on his 31st birthday, grabbing the only goal of our Premiership defeat of Bolton Wanderers at Anfield on the stroke of half time, our hundredth League goal under Rafael Benítez. 1965 - Former Assistant Manager Colin Pascoe was born in Port Talbot. He followed Brendan Rodgers to Anfield from Swansea City in the summer of 2012, being sacked in June 2015, just four months before his boss. 1904 - England international full-back and reds skipper Tom Cooper was born in Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent. He signed from Derby County for £7,500 in December 1934 but never scored in his 160 reds games and died on military duty in June 1940. 1994 – Former left-back Brad Smith was born in Penrith, Australia. He struck once in eleven senior games before moving on to Bournemouth for £6m in July 2016. On the way to Wembley 1988 - We beat Nottingham Forest 2-1 at Hillsborough in the FA Cup Semi-final, thanks to a John Aldridge brace that included a penalty as well as a strike that was later voted as the BBC’s Goal of the Season, with future red Nigel Clough bagging Forest’s consolation. This was our 4,000th first-class fixture. 1955 - We also faced Forest, losing a Second Division match 3-1 at the City Ground, with Billy Liddell netting and centre-half Alex South playing his seventh and final reds game. James Barrett bagged the first two of his four goals against the reds, with Jackie French also on target past us. Final goals 1994 - Full-back Julian Dicks scored a penalty to win our League fixture with Ipswich Town. This was our last first-team goal in front of the standing Kop, and his third and final reds goal. The game kicked off at 11:30am to avoid clashing with the Grand National. 1983 – David Fairclough grabbed his 55th and final reds goal, coming off the bench in our 3-0 defeat of Swansea City at Anfield. Ian Rush and Sammy Lee had already scored. Current Assistant Manager Colin Pascoe made his full debut for the Swans in this game. Out of the Champions League 2002 - Michael Owen missed several good chances while playing his 200th reds game as we went crashing out of the Champions League at the Quarter-final stage. The game in the BayArena swung one way and then another, as we eventually lost 4-2 to Bayer 04 Leverkusen on the night, and 4-3 on aggregate. Our goals came from Abel Xavier and Jari Litmanen. Michael Ballack bagged a brace for the home side, with Dimitar Berbatov bagging the first of his five goals against the reds and Lúcio also on target. A debut to be sure 1995 - Young Irish winger Mark Kennedy made his reds debut in our 1-0 home League defeat by Leeds United as Brian Deane struck one of his eight goals past us. Disaster at Goodison 1909 - Everton thumped five goals past Sam Hardy in the Liverpool goal without reply, in a First Division encounter. This remains our worst defeat at Goodison Park. Bertie Freeman scored the first two of his nine goals against us, with Tim Coleman nabbing one of his five and Bob Turner and Wattie White also netting. Trebles galore 1917 - Fred Pagnam and Donald Mackinlay both bagged trebles as we thumped Southport Central 7-0 in a Wartime League match at Ash Lane. Arthur Goddard nabbed the other. 1901 - Sam Raybould struck three as we won 4-3 at Cumberland in a friendly, with Jack Cox also on the scoresheet. 2004 - Thierry Henry scored three of his nine strikes against the reds as we lost 4-2 at Arsenal despite twice leading, through Sami Hyypiä and Michael Owen. Robert Pires scored the home side’s other goal, one of his four past us. 1932 - We also faced the Gunners, with Ted Hancock bagging his second and final reds goal and Danny McRorie also on target in a 2-1 victory, with Jack Lambert scoring one of his seven goals against the reds. Three times against City 2005 - We lost 1-0 at the City Of Manchester Stadium in our 500th Premier League match, falling to a late Kiki Musampa goal. We have also twice hosted Manchester City in top-flight matches on this day in history. 1949 - We lost 1-0. 1977 - Kevin Keegan and Steve Heighway were on target in a 2-1 Easter Saturday win to move us three points ahead of the visitors. Brian Kidd netted for City, one of his six goals against the reds. Mixed fortunes against Spurs 2000 - We defeated Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 at Anfield, thanks to goals from Patrik Berger and Michael Owen. 1965 - We went down 3-0 at White Hart Lane in another top-flight meeting. Alf’s half ton 1938 – Outside-left Alf Hanson bagged his fiftieth reds goal in our 4-2 top-flight victory over Blackpool at Anfield. Phil Taylor and Berry Nieuwenhuys also netted, with Willie Fagan converting a penalty. International debuts 1938 - Preston North End’s Bill Shankly made his Scotland debut as they lost 1-0 to England at Wembley in the British International Championships, which was the first international to be screened live on BBC television. His clubmate, full-back Andy Beattie also played. Beattie went on to guest for the reds during the war, before linking up with Shanks again at Huddersfield Town, as well as joining our backroom staff later in life. 1960 – Andy Beattie managed Scotland, picking future red Ian St. John for their 1-1 British International Championships draw with England at Hampden Park. 1921 - Reds centre-forward Robert Matthews won his first official cap for Wales as they beat Ireland 2-1 in Swansea in the same competition, with clubmates Elisha Scott and Billy Lacey on the losing side. International endings 1904 - Future reds forward Ronald ‘Wee’ Orr won his second and final cap for Scotland as they lost 1-0 to England in the British International Championships at Celtic Park. Future clubmate Alex Raisbeck was his skipper that day. 1921 - Ex-red Tom Miller won his third and last Scotland cap as they beat England 3-0 at Hampden Park in the same competition. Reds forward Harry ‘Smiler’ Chambers played for the away side. Pepe signs on 2010 - Pepe Reina signed a new contract until 2016. He kept an impressive 177 clean sheets in 394 reds outings, moving on to Bayern München for £2m in August 2014 after a season on loan at SSC Napoli. Barmby starts out 1991 - Nick Barmby signed as a professional for Tottenham Hotspur. He went on to bag 28 goals in 110 Spurs games before moving to Middlesbrough for £5.25m in August 1995. Other internationals in action 2002 - Roy Hodgson was appointed Manager of United Arab Emirates, remaining in charge until January 2004. 1989 - Future red Ronnie Rosenthal netted in Israel’s 2-2 World Cup qualifying draw with New Zealand in Auckland. 1932 – Future reds left-back Ernie Blenkinsop captained England for the second of four occasions in their 3-0 defeat of Scotland in the British International Championships at Wembley, with future reds forward Tosh Johnson also on the winning side. David’s farewell 2011 - David Fairclough’s wife Jan died, following a brain haemorrhage.
  24. Will

    8th April

    Semi-final joy and despair 2001 - We played in our 21st FA Cup Semi-final, beating Wycombe Wanderers 2-1 at Villa Park, with Emile Heskey and Robbie Fowler scoring after the underdogs had kept us out for nearly eighty minutes. Keith Ryan bagged a late consolation for Wanderers. 1981 - We were held to a goalless draw at home by Bayern München in the European Cup with Kurt Niedermayer rattling the crossbar, but we went through on away goals after the return in Germany. This game marked Steve Heighway’s 475th and final reds game, as he came on at half time to replace Terry McDermott, while Graeme Souness missed the match through injury. 1990 - We lost 4-3 to Crystal Palace in the FA Cup, also at Villa Park. This is the furthest we have ever gone in the competition as holders. We went in ahead at half time, thanks to an Ian Rush strike, and in total control, although our goalscorer had gone off injured after half an hour. However, the Eagles came out fighting in the second half. The game ended 3-3 after ninety minutes, with Steve McMahon also on target, and John Barnes scoring from spot. Future Eagles boss Alan Pardew grabbed the dramatic winner in extra time, with Mark Bright, Gary O’Reilly and Andy Gray all also on target for Palace. Through to another semi 2008 - We beat Arsenal 4-2 in the second leg of our Champions League Quarter-final. Abou Diaby put the visitors ahead before Sami Hyypiä and Fernando Torres gave us the lead. Emmanuel Adebayor looked to have sent the Gunners through on the away goals rule after a storming run from Theo Walcott, with one of his five goals past us to date, but moments later Ryan Babel was brought down in the box and Steven Gerrard converted the spot-kick to score in his fourth consecutive home game in Europe, a new club record. Babel then added a fourth in stoppage time. In Bob’s honour 1999 - The Paisley Gateway was officially opened at Anfield by his widow Jessie, three years after Bob’s death, to commemorate his service to the club. As Manager, he won an incredible nineteen trophies in nine seasons. He had also played 277 times in our first team, netting twelve times. Quadruple trebles We have three times bagged hat-tricks on this day over the years. 1933 - Gordon Hodgson grabbed three in a 4-3 defeat of Blackpool, with Dave Wright also on target. Phil Watson bagged a brace for the visitors. 1905 - Jack Parkinson netted a treble in our 8-1 thrashing of Burslem Port Vale at Anfield, with Robert Robinson and Jack Cox adding braces and Sam Raybould also scoring. Defender George Latham made the first of his nineteen reds appearances in this game. 1955 - Ex-red Cyril Done bagged four in our 4-3 defeat at Port Vale, as they were by then known. Eric Anderson, Johnny Evans and Billy Liddell netted our goals. 1899 - John Walker struck three times as we beat Derby County 4-0 at Anfield, with Alex Raisbeck also on target. We have also beaten the Rams twice more in First Division matches at Anfield on this day. 1980 – David Johnson netted while playing his hundredth League game for the reds as we won 3-0, with Colin Irwin scoring and Keith Osgood putting through his own net. 1939 - Phil Taylor bagged a brace in a 2-1 victory, with Dave McCulloch netting the last of his seven goals against us. Heading to another European semi 2010 - We faced SL Benfica for the tenth time in European competition, a joint club record along with Chelsea. We overcame a first leg deficit in our UEFA Europa League Quarter-final by winning 4-1 at Anfield. Dirk Kuyt headed us in front from a corner before Lucas Leiva bagged the second. Fernando Torres then struck a brace either side of Óscar Cardozo’s consolation, so becoming the first red ever to net twice in four consecutive home games. For Gerry 1970 - A testimonial match was staged for Gerry Byrne with the reds drawing 8-8 with an All Star XI at Anfield. Bobby Graham, Chris Lawler and Ian St. John each netted a brace, with Roger Hunt and Willie Stevenson also on target. Steve Heighway played his first reds game and was so unfamiliar with his surroundings that he asked a member of the opposition which end was the Kop! Sammy starts off with a bang 1978 - Sammy Lee scored on his reds debut as a substitute for David Johnson, who tore his knee ligaments, in our 3-2 home League win over Leicester City. Tommy Smith nabbed both our other goals, his final reds strikes. Brian’s ton up 1974 – Brian Hall played his hundredth League game as we lost 1-0 at Sheffield United, with Terry Nicholl on target and Ray Clemence saving a penalty from Keith Eddy. Beaten by the Blues 2009 – We lost 3-1 at home to Chelsea in the first leg of our Champions League Quarter-final after Fernando Torres had handed us the lead, to suffer our only defeat of the season at Anfield. Branislav Ivanović twice headed in when unmarked at set pieces, with Didier Drogba rounding off the scoring late on with one of his eleven goals past us to equal our worst ever home defeat in European competition. Pepe Reina played his fiftieth European Cup game. Three off the mark 1912 - Outside-left Henry Lester and James Scott both debuted as we won 2-0 at Bradford City in a top-flight fixture, with forward James Speakman grabbing his only reds goal. Sam Gilligan also got on the scoresheet. Red beginnings and ends 1944 - Outside-left Hugh McQueen died in Norwich. He had made 61 reds appearances after signing from Leith Athletic in October 1892, bagging eighteen goals and helping us to the Lancashire League and Second Division titles in successive seasons before joining Derby County in July 1895. 1889 - Inside-forward Arthur Metcalf was born in Sunderland. He signed from Newcastle United for £150 in May 1912 and netted 28 times in 63 reds games, playing in every position on the park. Most recently 2015 - Philippe Coutinho bagged the only goal of our FA Cup Sixth Round replay at Blackburn Rovers. Sadly, we crashed out to Aston Villa in the subsequent Semi-final at Wembley. 2017 – We won 2-1 at Stoke City’s rechristened bet365 Stadium, despite falling behind to the last of Jon Walters’ seven goals past us on the stroke of half time. The Brazilian pair Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino both came off the bench to score within two minutes of each other to hand us victory. Mixed fortunes against Oldham We have faced Oldham Athletic three times on this day in history. 1911 - Sam Gilligan netted the only goal of our top-flight meeting at Anfield, with centre-half Jimmy Harrop playing his hundredth League game for the reds. 1916 - Dave Watson struck our consolation as we lost a Wartime League match 2-1 at Boundary Park. 1922 - We were thumped 4-0 away from home in another First Division meeting, on the way to our third League title, with left-half Tom Bromilow away on international duty. Harry ‘Smiler’ Chambers played his hundredth League game for the reds as Jack Marshall bagged a treble for the home side, the last of his five goals past us, with Reuben Butler also scoring. Beating the Owls 1989 - We thumped Sheffield Wednesday 5-1 in a top-flight encounter at Anfield that kicked off at 11:30am due to it being Grand National day. Peter Beardsley was on target twice, with Steve McMahon, Ray Houghton and John Barnes also netting. This remains our joint record victory over the Hillsborough outfit. 1896 - We also beat the Owls, with Clarke netting the only goal of our friendly against The Wednesday at Anfield. Disappointment at St. James’ Park We have twice visited Newcastle United on this day in history. 1950 - Willie Fagan grabbed our consolation as we were thumped 5-1 in a top-flight match. Robert Mitchell bagged two of his eight goals against the reds, with Ernest Taylor netting the first of his five past us, with Tommy Walker and George Hannah also on target. 1893 - Our friendly ended goalless. Derby stalemate 1963 - Our top-flight trip to Goodison Park ended without score. International beginnings 1992 - Myllykosken Pallo-47’s Sami Hyypiä won his first Under-21’s cap for Finland as they drew 1-1 in a friendly in Poland. 2007 – Future reds reserves forward Nikola Sarić won his only official cap for Denmark Under-16’s, netting in their 3-2 defeat by Georgia in Portugal. 2009 – Conor Coady played for England Under-16’s for the first time as they beat Russia 3-1 in the Montaigu Tournament. International endings 1970 - Emlyn Hughes won his eighth and final England Under-23’s cap as they thumped Bulgaria 4-1 in Plymouth. 1905 – John ‘Geezer’ Hughes made his third and final senior international appearance for Wales as they drew 2-2 with Ireland in the British International Championships in Belfast. 1900 - England’s Raby Howell and Scotland’s Hugh Morgan both won their second and final caps, and only ones as reds players, as the Scots won 2-1 at Villa Park in the same tournament. Future reds keeper Ned Doig was in the Scotland goal. 1999 - Future red Gary McAllister announced his international retirement after a total of 57 caps. Razor sheathed 2001 - Neil Ruddock was released by Crystal Palace after 28 games for them. He joined Roy Evans at Swindon Town four months later.
  25. Will

    31st March

    Crouchie at the treble 2007 - Peter Crouch scored the perfect hat-trick of right-foot, header and left-foot shot as we thumped Arsenal 4-1 at Anfield to gain some measure of revenge for having been dumped out of both the FA and League Cups by the Gunners in L4 already that season. John Arne Riise played his 200th League game, while Daniel Agger grabbed the other goal, with William Gallas on target for the visitors. This was George Gillett Jr. and Tom Hicks’ first game as owners of the reds. 1969 - We were held to a 1-1 draw by Arsenal at Anfield. Tommy Smith converted a penalty at the second try, as Bob Paisley was on the field at the time of his first successful attempt, treating the injured Alun Evans. Triple debutants Three players have made their reds bows on this day over the years, all in League matches. 1984 - John Wark scored on his debut in a 2-0 win at Watford, our first League victory there, with Ian Rush also netting. 1990 - Ronnie Rosenthal made his reds debut in a 3-2 home win over Southampton with ex-red Jimmy Case giving the visitors the lead after Paul Rideout had equalised, when John Barnes and Ian Rush struck to add to a Russell Osman own goal. 1992 - Don Hutchinson started his Liverpool career in a 4-0 home victory over Notts County, with Michael Thomas, Steve McManaman, Ian Rush and Barry Venison all on target. Consecutive runs 1996 - Robbie Fowler scored in his seventh consecutive FA Cup round, as we beat Aston Villa 3-0 at Old Trafford in the Semi-final. He netted a brace to take him to sixteen strikes in his last fourteen outings, with Jason McAteer also on the scoresheet in the final minute. 1951 - Huddersfield Town won for the third consecutive League season at Anfield, this time 4-1, with inside-forward Jack Haigh grabbing our consolation, his third and last reds strike. Left-back Eddie Spicer put through his own net in the final minute. Jimmy Glazzard bagged one of his five goals against the reds, with Vic Metcalfe netting one of his six past us and Harold Hassal also on target. Failed penalties This has not been a good day for our penalty takers. 1973 - Pat Jennings made a double save from Tommy Smith’s spot-kick as we were held 1-1 by Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield, having already saved one from Kevin Keegan in the first half. Keegan netted our goal in the meantime. 1979 - Terry McDermott’s penalty hit a post and bounced away with the scores at 1-1 in our Maine Road FA Cup Semi-final with Manchester United. The game ended 2-2, with Kenny Dalglish and Alan Hansen on target, and we were knocked out in the replay at Goodison five days later. Most recently 2019 – We beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 at Anfield, with Roberto Firmino nodding us ahead early on. Lucas Moura equalised after the break, but Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris failed to hold a last-minute Mohamed Salah header with the ball going into the net off Toby Alderweireld to send us back to the top of the table. 2018 – We won 2-1 at Crystal Palace despite falling behind to an early Luka Milivojević penalty. Sadio Mané and Mohamed Salah both struck after the break to secure victory. 2013 - We won 2-1 at Aston Villa in an Easter Sunday game, after falling behind to a Christian Benteke strike, one of his seven goals past us to date. Jordan Henderson levelled the scores before Steven Gerrard converted a penalty. Up against Leeds 1965 - We discovered our opponents for the FA Cup Final when a Billy Bremner header handed Leeds United a 1-0 victory over Manchester United in their Semi-final replay at the City Ground in Nottingham. 1906 - We featured in another FA Cup Semi-final, losing 2-0 to eventual winners Everton at Villa Park, thanks to second-half goals from Walter Abbott and Harold Hardman. We have since won all six derbies at this stage or later of the competition. Beating the Mancs 2001 - We beat Manchester United 2-0 in the League at Anfield, with Steven Gerrard and Robbie Fowler scoring past the hapless Fabien Barthez, with Danny Murphy being sent off. 1985 - We lost our other meeting with United on this day, going down 1-0 at home thanks to a goal from Frank Stapleton. Top of the table 1986 - We headed the League table for the first time that season after a 2-0 Easter Monday defeat of Manchester City at Anfield, thanks to a brace from Steve McMahon. Signing on 1902 - Inside-left Richard Morris signed from Newtown. He only struck five times in 39 reds games before joining Leeds City in July 1905. 2011 – Future reds keeper Ádám Bogdán signed a new contract with Bolton Wanderers, having signed from Vasas in his native Hungary in August 2007. 2015 - Winger Ryan Kent signed a new contract, with his eventful year continuing with a first-team debut at Brisbane Roar in July followed by a loan move to Coventry City. He was recalled in January 2016 by Jürgen Klopp, making his senior bow in an FA Cup Third Round tie at Exeter City. Ton up for Alan 1956 - Alan A’Court played his hundredth reds game as we beat Bristol City 2-1 in a Second Division encounter at Anfield. Alan Arnell and John Evans, with a late penalty, got on the scoresheet with John Atyeo bagging one of his five goals past us. Beating the Rams We have twice beaten Derby County in top-flight matches on this day in history, hitting four goals each time. 1934 - Berry Nieuwenhuys struck a brace as we won 4-2 at Anfield, with Tom Johnson and Gordon Hodgson also scoring. Peter Ramage bagged one of his five goals past us, with Arthur Groves also on the scoresheet. 1948 - Jack Balmer netted twice as we won 4-0 at the Baseball Ground, with Albert Stubbins and Willie Fagan also on target. International debutants 1928 - Future red Tom ‘Tiny’ Bradshaw won his only cap for Scotland as they thumped England 5-1 in the British International Championships at Wembley. 1993 - Future red Abel Xavier was booked as he made his senior international bow in Portugal’s 1-1 draw with Roy Hodgson’s Switzerland in a World Cup qualifier in Bern. On the same day, Ian Rush netted as Wales beat Belgium 2-0 in Cardiff, playing alongside ex-red Dean Saunders. 2009 – Future reds forward Daniel Sturridge won his only cap for England Under-20’s in their 2-0 defeat of Italy at Loftus Road. On the same day, David N’Gog featured for France Under-21’s as they beat England 2-0 in Nottingham, with future red James Milner also in action. Swansea City’s Joe Allen also appeared at this level that day, with future red Mario Balotelli playing for Italy Under-21’s. Stan from a corner 1993 - Ex-red Steve Staunton scored direct from a corner for the Republic of Ireland for the second time, having achieved the same feat against Portugal ten months earlier. Fellow ex-reds Ray Houghton and Jim Magilton both also played as they beat Northern Ireland 3-0 in a World Cup qualifier at Lansdowne Road. Meanwhile, John Barnes and future reds Nigel Clough and Paul Ince played in England’s 2-0 win in Turkey. Vlad on target 1999 - Future red Vladimír Šmicer scored the winner as the Czech Republic won 2-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Scotland. Ex-red Don Hutchison made his debut in the same game, while Patrik Berger also featured and future red Gary McAllister won his 57th and final cap. On the same day, Dean Saunders won his first cap as an SL Benfica player as Wales lost 2-0 in another qualifier in Switzerland, with Stéphane Henchoz winning his final cap while with Blackburn Rovers. Future reds Craig Bellamy and Paul Jones also played. Meanwhile, future red Nicolas Anelka played as France beat Armenia 2-0 in Paris. 2004 - Henchoz also represented his country in their 1-0 friendly defeat in Greece. Derby joy 1945 - Billy Liddell grabbed the only goal of the game as we won a Wartime League match at Goodison Park that also counted towards the Wartime League Cup. Red endings 1898 – Half-back Barney Battles played his sixth and final reds game, the only one of his second spell at Anfield. Fred Geary bagged his fourteenth and last reds goal with Andrew McCowie also on target as we were held to a 2-2 top-flight draw at home by Bury. Forward Bobby Colvin was also playing his final reds game, although he had managed to rack up just three senior appearances, while defender John Holmes played his 44th and last game for us. William Brimblecombe struck twice for the visitors. 1894 – Inside-right John Givens headed in his third and final reds goal, the only score in our Second Division trip to Grimsby Town. First and last caps 2004 - Brad Friedel won his 82nd and final cap for the USA, keeping a clean sheet as they beat Jerzy Dudek’s Poland 1-0 in Plock. On the same day, Jari Litmanen won his last cap in his second spell as an Ajax player, his 85th in total. He also scored as Finland won a friendly 2-1 in Malta, with Sami Hyypiä also playing. Paul Jones won his first cap as a Wolverhampton Wanderers player on the same day as Wales won 2-1 in Hungary. Ex-red Gareth Roberts also featured. Steven Gerrard was on the losing side for England for the first time on the same day, skippering them for the first time to a 1-0 friendly defeat in Sweden. Jamie Carragher, Emile Heskey, future red Joe Cole and ex-red David James also featured in a match that was played to mark the centenary of the Swedish FA. 2015 - Jordan Henderson, Tiago Ilori, Divock Origi, Martin Škrtel, Harry Wilson, future reds Christian Benteke, Nathaniel Clyne, Xherdan Shaqiri and Gini Wijnaldum, and ex-reds Javier Mascherano and Mikel San José all represented their countries, with Roy Hodgson taking charge of England. Meanwhile, future red Joe Gomez won his fourth and last cap for England Under-19’s as they lost 2-1 in a European Championships qualifier in France. On target for their countries 2004 - Future red Fernando Morientes struck as Spain beat Denmark 2-0 in a friendly in Gijón. Fellow future reds Xabi Alonso and Fernando Torres also played. Meanwhile, Milan Baroš and future red Robbie Keane were on target as the Czech Republic lost 2-1 to the Republic of Ireland in Dublin, and Dietmar Hamann struck as Germany beat Belgium 3-0 in Cologne. Bruno Cheyrou was also in international action that day, winning his third and final cap to date. 2010 – Raheem Sterling struck his only goal for England Under-16’s as they beat the Ukraine 3-1 in a Montaigu Tournament group game in St. Gilles Croix de Vie. This was his fourth cap at this level, and first as a reds player. 2011 – Sterling played for England Under-17’s as they beat Spain 2-1 in a European Championships Elite Round qualifier in Belgium, with fellow red Brad Smith also featuring 2012 – Future red Mohamed Salah scored in Egypt’s 4-0 friendly defeat of Chad in Sudan. 2014 – Dominic Solanke scored for England Under-17’s as they beat Italy 2-1 in a European Championships qualifier in the Czech Republic, with fellow future red Joe Gomez also playing. Ray the dad 1978 – Keeper Ray Clemence became a father to Stephen, who went on to have a successful football career with Tottenham Hotspur, Birmingham City and Leicester City. Pako in charge 2016 – Former reds Assistant Manager Pako Ayestarán was appointed Head Coach of Valencia for the remainder of the season, following the sacking of Gary Neville.
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