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  1. Off the mark 2018 – Dutch centre-half Virgil van Dijk scored on his reds bow as we beat Everton 2-1 in the FA Cup Third Round at Anfield. James Milner opened the scoring from the spot after a foul on Adam Lallana, with Gylfi Sigurdsson netting the most recent of his four goals past us to level the scores. Our new record signing nodded in the winner late on to send the crowd into raptures. Happy birthdays 1957 - David Fairclough was born in Liverpool. He signed pro terms in January 1974, bagging 55 goals in 154 reds games, two-fifths of which were from off the bench. The bionic carrot helped us to three League titles, European Cup, UEFA Cup, UEFA Super Cup and two League Cups before moving on to Luzern in July 1983. 1874 - Right-back Archie Goldie was born in Hurlford, Ayrshire. He signed from Clyde in June 1895 and helped us to the Second Division title the following year, netting once in 149 reds games, many alongside his brother, left-half Bill. He left Anfield to sign for New Brighton Tower in 1900. 1951 - Midfielder Steve Arnold was born in Wembley. He signed from Crewe Alexandra for £12,000 in September 1970 but only ever made two first-team appearances before moving to Rochdale in June 1973. His career never really took off, and he retired from the game aged 23. 1898 – Inside-forward Billy McDevitt was born in Belfast. He signed from Swansea Town in 1923, being converted into a centre-half, but played just four times before moving on to Exeter City for a club record fee in May 1925. King Billy’s memorable debut 1946 - Billy Liddell scored on his official reds bow as we won 2-0 at Chester in an FA Cup Third Round first leg match. Inside-forward Kevin Baron, defender Fred Finney, centre-half Laurie Hughes, full-back Ray Lambert, keeper Harry Wheeler Nickson, left-half Bob Paisley and winger Bob Priday all also debuted in this game. Willie Fagan nabbed the other goal, but unfortunately, we were knocked out by Bolton Wanderers in the next round. Reds farewells 2011 – Roy Hodgson took charge of his last reds game as we were beaten 3-1 at Blackburn Rovers. Left-back Paul Konchesky made his eighteenth and final reds appearance, while Steven Gerrard missed a penalty after notching from open play. When Ryan Babel came on for David N’Gog, this was the 3,000th substitution in the club’s history. Benjani bagged a brace, the last of his four goals past us, after Martin Olsson had opened the scoring. 1974 - Outside-left Peter Thompson joined Bolton Wanderers for £18,000 after a loan spell. He had netted 54 times in 416 reds games, helping us to win two League titles and our first FA Cup, after signing for £37,000 from Preston North End in August 1963. 1895 – We were thumped 5-0 by The Wednesday at Olive Grove in a top-flight encounter. Right-back Andrew Hannah played his 69th and last reds game. Fred Spiksley struck the first two of his four goals against the reds, with Harry Woolhouse bagging a brace and Harry Brandon also on the scoresheet. 2009 – Academy forward Marvin Pourié was sold to Schalke 04. He had arrived from Ballspielverein Borussia 09 e.V. Dortmund in the summer of 2007 at the age of sixteen, scoring twelve times in his first year with the Under-18’s Red centurions 2002 - Michael Owen netted a brace in our 3-0 FA Cup Third Round defeat of Birmingham City at Anfield, with Jamie Carragher playing his 200th reds game and Emile Heskey reaching his century. Nicolas Anelka added the third goal late on, his first reds strike and our 300th goal under Gérard Houllier's sole charge. However, we relinquished our grip on the trophy at the next stage, losing to eventual winners Arsenal. 1952 – Full-back Ray Lambert played his 200th League game for the reds as we were held to a 1-1 draw at Anfield by Wolverhampton Wanderers, with Phil Taylor on target. Heading back to Wembley 2016 – We won the first leg of our League Cup Semi-final 1-0 at Stoke City thanks to a Jordon Ibe strike, despite three players suffering hamstring injuries during the game. Curtis off the mark 2020 – Curtis Jones bagged his first reds strike, the only goal of our FA Cup Third Round encounter with Everton at Anfield. Left-back Yasser Larouci, forward Takumi Minamino and centre-half Nat Phillips all made their reds bows as we fielded a young side. The Latics again 2014 - We faced Oldham Athletic for the third consecutive season in the FA Cup, this time winning our Third Round tie 2-0 at Anfield. Spanish forward Iago Aspas struck his only reds goal, with James Tarkowski putting through his own net late on. Boss Brendan Rodgers’ son Anton came on as a late substitute for the visitors. Stevie’s ton up 2015 - James Shea became the hundredth different goalkeeper that Steven Gerrard scored past for the reds as we beat AFC Wimbledon 2-1 in an FA Cup Third Round tie at the Cherry Red Records Stadium. The skipper was on target either side of the break against the League Two side. Pelle signs on 2005 - Argentine centre-back Mauricio Pellegrino signed from Valencia on a free transfer. He arrived at Anfield with an impressive reputation, having previously won the Spanish League three times and the UEFA Cup, as well as appearing in two Champions League Finals. However, he rarely impressed in his thirteen reds games, and moved on to Deportivo Alavés five months later. FA Cup shocks 1957 - Half-back Johnny Wheeler scored, but it was not enough to prevent us losing 2-1 to Southend United from the Third Division South at Roots Hall in the Third Round. 1974 - Doncaster Rovers’ Brendan O’Callaghan hit the woodwork in the final minute of our Third Round tie against the Third Division side at Anfield, to keep the scores level at 2-2. Kevin Keegan bagged both our goals, with defender Dave Rylands playing his only game for the club. We won the replay 2-0 and went on to claim the trophy that season. A Cup treble 1980 - David Johnson grabbed a treble that included his fiftieth reds strike as we thumped Grimsby Town 5-0 at Anfield, with Graeme Souness and Jimmy Case also on target. The Mariners went on to claim the Third Division title that season. We fell at the Semi-final stage for the second successive season. Beating the Villains 1985 – We beat Aston Villa 3-0 in the FA Cup Third Round at Anfield, with a John Wark strike sandwiched between two from Ian Rush. This was Joe Fagan’s hundredth game in charge. 1929 – We won a top-flight encounter 4-0 in L4, when Dick Edmed bagged a brace, with Bob Clark and Gordon Hodgson also on target. Villa’s Thomas Smart sent a penalty high over the bar. Death of a scout 2004 - Jim Aspinall died aged 72. He had been involved in youth recruitment at Anfield for 26 years, during which time he had unearthed talents such as Robbie Fowler and Steve McManaman. Fowler visited him in hospital but was minutes too late as he had already passed away. Out of the Cup 1991 - Glenn Hysén was sent off as we were held 1-1 by Blackburn Rovers in our FA Cup Third Round meeting at Ewood Park, with Rovers having Kevin Moran shown a red card as well. A Mark Atkins own goal with just ten seconds left on the clock took the tie to an Anfield replay, which we won 3-0 with Steve McMahon dismissed this time around. BBC pundit Jimmy Hill complained about a ball girl, sixteen-year-old Gillian Maynard, retrieving the ball so promptly in the build up to our equaliser, and was later forced to apologise. We went as far as the Fifth Round that year before being knocked out by Everton. 1907 - We also faced Rovers, going down 2-0 at Anfield in a First Division encounter. Birthdays in reserve 1991 – Spanish forward Dani Pacheco was born in Málaga. He arrived at the club from Barcelona in July 2007, signing pro terms on his seventeenth birthday. He failed to score in his seventeen senior reds appearances before moving to AD Alcorcón in September 2013. 1989 – Hungarian forward Krisztián Németh was born in Gyor. He signed from MTK Hungária in a joint deal with compatriot András Simon for around £1m in July 2007. He really impressed for the reserves in his first season, bagging ten goals in fourteen outings. However, he was sold to Olympiacos for £1m in August 2010. Mixed fortunes against the Hammers 1982 - We beat West Ham United 3-0 at Anfield thanks to goals from Terry McDermott, Ronnie Whelan and Kenny Dalglish. 1901 - We also won in an FA Cup Supplementary Round fixture at their old Memorial Recreation Ground, with Sam Raybould grabbing the only goal of the game. We had to play in a specially arranged extra round having failed to register in time for the competition. 1924 - We lost another top-flight meeting 1-0 at Upton Park. Raven flies up 2004 - Young defender David Raven officially stepped up to Melwood. He only managed to play four times for the first team and moved on to Carlisle United in July 2006. On the same day, the AGM at Anfield was a stormy affair, with Chairman David Moores saying for the first time that he might stand down if the reds again failed to qualify for the Champions League. International firsts 1972 - Arsenal’s Ray Kennedy won his first Under-23’s cap as England beat Wales 2-0 in Swindon. John Toshack was on the losing side that day. 2011 - Keeper Brad Jones won his first cap as a reds player as Australia were held to a goalless friendly draw by the United Arab Emirates in Qatar. 1966 – Roger Hunt played for England in their 1-1 friendly draw with Poland at Goodison Park. Another reds game 1935 – Arsenal won 2-0 at Anfield, with Ted Drake opening the scoring after just two minutes, one of his six goals past us. Arthur Riley saved an Eddie Hapgood penalty, but Hapgood converted the rebound. Dicks in charge 2009 – Julian Dicks was appointed Manager of Eastern Counties League side Wivenhoe Town. However, he left the club at the end of the season by mutual consent. 2016 – Ex-reds keeper Brad Friedel was named Head Coach of the USA Under-19’s side. On the move 2021 – Forward Liam Millar signed a new contract with the reds, joining Charlton Athletic on loan on the same day. The Canadian international only netted twice in 27 outings, moving on permanently to Basel for a reported £1.3m in July 2021. 2018 – Young defender Corey Whelan joined Yeovil Town on loan, netting once in eleven games for the Glovers. 2016 – Ex-reds keeper Brad Jones signed for Nijmegen Eendracht Combinatie, playing seventeen times before moving on again at the end of the campaign. 2007 - Albert Riera joined Manchester City on loan from R.C.D. Espanyol, notching once in 21 games. 2006 - Ex-reds reserves keeper Tony Warner joined Fulham from Cardiff City for an undisclosed fee, after a loan spell at Craven Cottage. He had played thirty times for the Bluebirds and turned out 26 times for the West London outfit in total, before moving to Hull City in July 2008 after loan spells with Leeds United, Norwich City and Barnsley.
  2. Will

    26th August

    Another super win 2005 - We fell behind to a goal from CSKA Moskva’s Velizar Dimitrov in Monaco, but a brace from substitute Djibril Cissé and a Luis García strike secured us the UEFA Super Cup for the third time, 3-1 after extra time, as we reached a century of goals under the stewardship of Rafael Benítez. The cup was lifted by stand-in skipper Jamie Carragher. Danny’s wonder goal 2006 - Daniel Agger scored his first reds goal, a superb long-range effort to level the scores in our 2-1 home defeat of West Ham United after Bobby Zamora had put the Hammers ahead in our fiftieth League meeting at Anfield. Dirk Kuyt made his debut as a second-half substitute after Peter Crouch had handed us the lead on the stroke of half time. 1972 - We also entertained the Irons, winning 3-2. Bryan ‘Pop’ Robson bagged a brace for the visitors, two of his five goals against the reds, with the scores levelled by John Toshack and then a Bobby Ferguson own goal before Emlyn Hughes grabbed the winner. Most recently 2012 – We were held to a 2-2 draw at Anfield by the reigning champions Manchester City, with Lucas having to go off early with a thigh injury. Martin Škrtel opened the scoring with a header, with Yaya Touré equalising before a Luis Suárez free-kick put us back in front. However, Carlos Tévez capitalised on a slack Škrtel back-pass to hand the visitors a share of the spoils, the most recent of his four goals past us to date. Andy Carroll made his 58th and last reds appearance, from off the bench. A Hardy youngster 1882 - Legendary keeper Sam Hardy was born in Newbold, Chesterfield. He signed from his hometown club for £340 in May 1905 and helped us to our second League title in his first season, going on to make 240 appearances before joining Aston Villa for £1,500 in May 1912. 1945 - Full-back Tom Lowry was born in Liverpool. He signed pro terms in April 1963 but only ever played one first-team game, when Bill Shankly fielded a team of eleven reserves in our League match at Wolverhampton Wanderers, which came only five days before the 1965 FA Cup Final. He moved on to Crewe Alexandra in June 1966, going on to set their club record of 436 League appearances that stands to this day. Hola and arrivederci 2007 – Argentine left-back Emiliano Insúa signed from Boca Juniors for £1.675m, having initially joined on loan seven months earlier. He made 62 senior appearances, netting his only goal in our Carling Cup defeat at Arsenal in October 2009. He joined Galatasaray on loan in August 2010, moving on to Sporting Clube de Portugal permanently a year later. 2011 - Alberto Aquilani joined AC Milan on loan, having spent the previous campaign with Juventus. He netted once in 25 games for the Rossoneri, before being sold to Fiorentina earlier this month. 2016 – Nigerian forward Taiwo Awoniyi joined Nijmegen Eendracht Combinatie on loan, scoring three times in 21 games. Other departures 1986 - Sammy Lee moved on to Queens Park Rangers after a fine career in the reds midfield, bagging nineteen goals in 295 games, helping us to two European Cups, four League titles, four League Cups and the FA Charity Shield. He returned as a coach in 1992, initially being put in charge of the reserves. He left the backroom staff in the summer of 2004 for a full-time post with England, before joining Bolton Wanderers, but returned to Anfield in May 2008 as Assistant Manager, staying in that role until June 2011. 1963 – Winger Kevin Lewis left the reds for Huddersfield Town. He played 82 reds games after signing from Sheffield United for a club record £13,000 in June 1960 as Bill Shankly’s second capture, helping us to the Second Division title and scoring an impressive 44 times. Turkish delight 2010 - We won 2-1 at Trabzonspor in the second leg of our UEFA Europa League Play-off, to reach the group stage 3-1 on aggregate as Roy Hodgson achieved his fourth straight European victory. Teófilo Gutiérrez netted for the home side early on, before a late Remzi Giray Kaçar own goal and Dirk Kuyt strike handed us victory on the night. Billy again 1959 – Billy Liddell bagged a brace in our 4-2 Second Division defeat of Bristol City at Anfield, thus scoring in his fifteenth consecutive season, a club record. Jimmy Melia converted a penalty with Alan A’Court also on target. John Atyeo bagged the last of his five goals against the reds, with Jimmy Rogers also on the scoresheet for the visitors. Outside the Shankly Gates 1982 - Nessie Shankly officially opened the Shankly Gates at Anfield. Trebles all round 1967 - Tony Hateley scored a hat-trick, his first reds goals that included a penalty, in our 6-0 thumping of Newcastle United. Emlyn Hughes also struck for the first time for the reds in the same game, with a Roger Hunt brace completing the scoring. 1953 - We also entertained the Geordies, with Kevin Baron on target twice in our 2-2 draw. 1961 - Hunt bagged a treble as we thumped Leeds United 5-0 at Anfield, our record equal victory over the Yorkshiremen. Kevin Lewis, with a penalty, and Jimmy Melia struck our others. We were promoted back to the top flight at the end of the season. 1922 - Centre-forward Dick Johnson struck a hat-trick in our 5-2 opening day defeat of Arsenal at Anfield in sweltering conditions. Tom Bromilow and Harry ‘Smiler’ Chambers scored the other goals. A Kop-style banner was unveiled that day to celebrate our two-in-a-row title success the previous season. Double debuts 1933 - Forward Sam English and full-back Ben Dabbs both made their reds debuts in our 3-2 opening day defeat at Wolverhampton Wanderers. Our goals came from Dave Wright and a Gordon Hodgson penalty. Future red Billy Hartill scored, with Charlie Phillips and Billy Barraclough also on target as right-half Tom Morrison played his 200th League game for the reds. Thumping City 1978 - Graeme Souness struck twice as we won 4-1 at Manchester City, with Ray Kennedy and Kenny Dalglish also on target, although City hit both the crossbar and post. Brian Kidd struck one of his six goals past the reds. Mickey’s milestones 2000 - Michael Owen netted his 49th and fiftieth League goals, in his 98th appearance, although we ended up drawing 3-3 with Southampton in our last game at The Dell, having led 3-0 with just seventeen minutes remaining. The brace took Owen to seven goals in as many games against the Saints. Sami Hyypiä grabbed our other goal. Marian Pahars netted twice with Tahar El Khalej also on target for the home side. Owen’s second strike was also the club’s 8,000th in all competitions. Digger’s ton 1995 - John Barnes’ second goal in our 3-1 win at Tottenham Hotspur was his hundredth reds strike, while Robbie Fowler netted his fiftieth reds goal. Digger also struck an own goal past David James in this match, which was our 500th away victory in the top flight. Colin Calderwood bagged the home side’s late consolation. Thumping wins 1950 - Billy Liddell bagged his fiftieth reds goal with Albert Stubbins also on target twice as we beat Sunderland 4-0 at Anfield. 1985 - Ian Rush bagged a brace with Steve Nicol, Jan Mølby and Craig Johnston also on the scoresheet as Ipswich Town left L4 having lost 5-0. Leeds, Leeds, Leeds We have faced Leeds United at Elland Road three times on this day in history, winning on two occasions. 1964 - Roger Hunt struck as we lost 4-2. Gordon Milne’s penalty was saved by Gary Sprake but Milne reacted quickly and scored from the rebound. Ron Yeats scored an own goal, with Don Weston netting the last of his four goals past us, with Billy Bremner and Johnny Giles each bagging one of their five strikes against the reds. 1975 - Ray Kennedy netted in a 3-0 win, with Ian Callaghan grabbing a late brace, with Brian Hall playing his 200th reds game. 1997 - Steve McManaman bagged his fiftieth reds goal and Karl-Heinz Riedle struck his first for the club to secure a 2-0 victory. Starting off badly 1939 - We lost 2-1 at Sheffield United as we started off the soon-to-be-aborted season. Jimmy McInnes grabbed our goal. Off 2007 – Future red Christian Benteke was dismissed while playing for Belgium Under-17’s as they lost 2-0 to the USA in a World Championships Finals group game in South Korea. On the move 2021 – Forward Bobby Clark joined the reds from Newcastle United, signing pro terms the following February. The son of ex-Geordies midfielder Lee Clark, he played for the first team for the first time in our 4-0 defeat by Manchester United in Bangkok the following July. 2016 – Diogo Jota joined Porto on loan from Club Atlético de Madrid. He struck nine times in 37 outings while back in Portugal. 2015 – Welsh winger Harry Wilson joined Crewe Alexandra on loan, going on to play seven times for the Alex. On the same day, ex-reds forward Nabil El Zhar rescinded his contract with Levante U.D. after ten strikes in 114 games for Los Granotes. 2014 – Former Assistant Manager Pako Ayestarán was appointed Head Coach of Maccabi Tel Aviv, leading the reigning champions to Israel’s first ever domestic treble before resigning in August 2015. 2007 - Argentine centre-back Gabriel Paletta left Anfield to join Boca Juniors. He had signed from Club Atlético Banfield for £2m just a year earlier and made only eight senior appearances, netting once. 2003 - Reserves keeper Pegguy Arphexad joined Gary McAllister’s Coventry City having been released by the reds the month before. He made just five appearances for the Sky Blues before his contract expired in July 2004. 1999 - Steve Harkness joined Blackburn Rovers from SL Benfica for £400,000, less than six months and nine League games after leaving Anfield for Portugal. He played 21 times in his one season at Ewood Park, before joining Sheffield Wednesday. 2008 – Ex-reserves defender Andrew Nicholas joined Rotherham United from Swindon Town on a free transfer. He played 37 times for the Millers before joining Barrow in 2010. 1994 - Former Under-13’s Coach Mike Sheron joined Norwich City from Manchester City for £1m, scoring seven times in 38 games before moving to Stoke City in October 1995. Other reds game 1989 – We drew 0-0 on Luton Town’s artificial turf. The Wright start 1980 - Mark Wright signed professionally for Oxford United. He made only twelve appearances for the U’s without scoring before joining Southampton in March 1982 for £80,000. Milne for England 1971 - 1960’s reds right-half Gordon Milne was appointed Manager of England Youth. Vlad on target 1997 - Future red Vladimír Šmicer scored as the Czech Republic lost 2-1 in a World Cup qualifier in Slovakia. God the father 1999 - Robbie Fowler’s future wife Kerrie gave birth to their first daughter, Madison, at Liverpool Women’s Hospital. Ged in charge 1992 - Gérard Houllier took charge of his first senior international game as France lost 2-0 to Brazil in a friendly in Paris. On the same day, future red Torben Piechnik won his first cap as a F.C. København player, as Denmark were held to a goalless draw in a World Cup qualifier in Latvia. Future reds Stig Inge Bjørnebye, Jari Litmanen and Øyvind Leonhardsen also played for their countries that day. Also in international action 1987 – Glenn Hysén played for Sweden as they beat Denmark 1-0 in a friendly in Solna.
  3. Will

    17th August

    Into the hot seat Both Bob Paisley and Kenny Dalglish made managerial debuts on this day in history. 1974 - Bob took charge of his first League game, a 2-1 win at Luton Town, with the goals coming from Tommy Smith and Steve Heighway. 1985 - King Kenny’s first reds game as boss brought a 2-0 defeat of Arsenal at Anfield, thanks to goals from Ronnie Whelan and Steve Nicol. European debut 1964 - We made our first appearance in European competition in the preliminary round of the European Cup. We won 5-0 at Icelandic champions Knattspyrnufélag Reykjavíkur, with Gordon Wallace and Roger Hunt both netting braces and Phil Chisnall grabbing his first reds goal. This remained our record equal away win in Europe until October 2017. The return leg was just as straightforward, as we ran out 11-1 winners on aggregate. Simon’s perfect start 2013 – New keeper Simon Mignolet kept a clean sheet by saving a late penalty and its follow-up on his reds bow as Daniel Sturridge’s goal was enough to secure victory over Stoke City at Anfield. Forward Iago Aspas and centre-half Kolo Touré both also debuted in this game. As the game was an early kick off on opening day, the reds finished the match at the top of the table! 2014 – Forward Rickie Lambert and centre-half Dejan Lovren both made their reds bows against former club Southampton as we won 2-1 at Anfield, with right-back Javier Manquillo also debuting. Future red Nathaniel Clyne equalised after Raheem Sterling had opened the scoring, with Daniel Sturridge bagging the winner. Most recently 2019 – We won 2-1 at Southampton with ex-Saint Sadio Mané scoring on the stroke of half time. Roberto Firmino doubled our lead before an Adrián howler handed ex-red Danny Ings the chance to bag a consolation. This result took us to the top of the table after two fixtures, a position we did not relinquish for the rest of the campaign. Recent moves 2018 – Estonian centre-half Ragnar Klavan was sold to Cagliari for £2m after two goals in 53 games since signing from Augsburg for £4.2m. 2015 – Keeper Brad Jones signed for Bradford City on a one-year deal having been released by the reds, but only played three times for the Bantams before being released just two months later. 2012 - Moroccan winger Oussama Assaidi signed from Dutch side SC Heerenveen for £2.4m, failing to score in twelve appearances before spending a season and a half on loan at Stoke City. He was sold to UAE Arabian Gulf League side Al Ahli for a reported £4.7m in January 2015. Happy birthdays 1980 - Former right-back Jan Kromkamp was born in Makkinga in the Netherlands. He made just eighteen reds appearances following his January 2006 swap arrival from Villarreal, leaving after less than eight months at Anfield with an FA Cup winners’ medal. 1970 - Øyvind Leonhardsen was born in Kristiansund in Norway. He signed from Wimbledon in June 1997 for £3.5m, scoring seven times in 49 reds appearances before Gérard Houllier off-loaded him to Tottenham Hotspur for £3m in August 1999. Off the mark 2015 – Centre-forward Christian Benteke scored his first reds goal to see off Bournemouth 1-0 at Anfield, despite Philippe Coutinho being in an offside position and seemingly interfering with play. James Milner took over the captain’s armband for the first time after Jordan Henderson was substituted. Double debutants 2003 - Steve Finnan and Harry Kewell both made their official reds bows as we lost 2-1 at home to Chelsea. Michael Owen scored a twice-taken penalty, our 300th League goal since Gérard Houllier took sole charge. Future red Glen Johnson played his first League game for the visitors, with Juan Sebastián Verón on target and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink bagging the last of his seven goals against the reds. Other departures 1978 – Tommy Smith lefts the reds to join Swansea City. The ‘Anfield Iron’ had helped us 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 since turning pro in April 1962. 2006 - Darren Potter joined Wolverhampton Wanderers on loan, having not fully convinced in his seventeen senior reds outings. He made the move permanent the following January, after one goal in 24 outings for Wolves. Triple debutants 1991 - Mark Walters, Mark Wright and new record signing Dean Saunders all made their official reds debuts as we saw off Oldham Athletic 2-1 at Anfield in our opening fixture of the season. Ray Houghton and John Barnes scored our goals after Earl Barrett had opened the scoring early on. And Núñez 2004 - Spanish right-sided midfielder Antonio Núñez signed from Real Madrid as part of the deal that took Michael Owen to Spain, being valued at £1.5m. He is the only player to score his solitary reds goal in a major cup final, netting a consolation in the Carling Cup defeat by Chelsea in February 2005, one of his 27 reds appearances. He moved on to Real Club Celta de Vigo in July 2005. Boro treble 1996 - Our opening game of the season ended in a 3-3 draw at Middlesbrough, with their new signing Fabrizio Ravanelli nabbing a hat-trick. Stig Inge Bjørnebye struck the first of his four reds goals, with John Barnes and Robbie Fowler also on target for the reds. Future red Stewart Downing was one of the ball-boys that day. Other League fixtures 1968 - We drew 1-1 at Arsenal, with Roger Hunt netting our goal and John Radford on target for the Gunners with one of his seven strikes past us. 1970 - We held Blackpool to a goalless draw at Bloomfield Road. 1971 – We beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-2 at Anfield, when John Toshack and Steve Heighway added to a Tommy Smith penalty. Derek Dougan netted the last of his four goals against the reds with Kenny Hibbitt also scoring for the visitors. Another friendly 1973 - We held Royal Sporting Club Anderlecht to a goalless draw at their Stade Émile Versé. World Stars 1999 - Stig Inge Bjørnebye and Rigobert Song played for a World Stars XI against South Africa at Ellis Park in Johannesburg. The game was billed as the “Nelson Mandela Farewell Game” and the Liverpool duo lined up with a host of famous names under the guidance of Roy Hodgson and Ruud Gullit. 1997 – Future red Song played for Cameroon as they won a World Cup qualifier 2-1 in Zimbabwe. International firsts 1994 - Ronnie Rosenthal won his first cap as a Tottenham Hotspur player, his 38th in total, as Israel lost 4-0 to Croatia in a friendly in Tel-Aviv. On the same day, Patrik Berger won his third senior cap, and first for the new Czech Republic side as they drew 2-2 with France in a friendly in Bordeaux, with fellow future red Jean-Michel Ferri also in action. 2004 - Robbie Foy, Anthony Le Tallec, Darren Potter, Florent Sinama-Pongolle, ex-red Arnaud Bühler and future reds Scott Carson, Stewart Downing and Jermaine Pennant all featured in Under-21’s friendlies, with James Milner winning his first cap at this level as a Newcastle United player and future reds coach Gary O’Neil making his debut. International goalscorers 1983 – Future reds centre-half Glenn Hysén struck in Sweden’s 4-0 thumping of Iceland in a friendly in Reykjavik. 1999 - Milan Baroš netted in the Czech Republic Under-18’s 2-1 friendly defeat of Poland in Nachod. Fellow future red John Arne Riise played for Norway Under-21’s as they lost a friendly 21-0 in Portugal on the same day. Future reds on the world stage 2004 - Momo Sissoko played for Mali as they were held to a 3-3 draw by South Korea in an Olympics group game in Thessaloniki, Greece. This result ensured that they qualified for the Quarter-finals. On the same day, Javier Mascherano featured for Argentina as they beat Australia 1-0 to also reach the knock-out phase. 2011 – Philippe Coutinho played as Brazil Under-20’s beat Mexico 2-0 to reach the World Championships Final in Colombia. For Clem 1990 – Kenny Dalglish featured for Tottenham Hotspur in a testimonial match for his former teammate Ray Clemence, against West Ham United at White Hart Lane. Diarra’s day 2002 - Alou Diarra made his debut for Le Havre AC as a substitute for future red Anthony Le Tallec, as they drew 1-1 at Racing Club de Strasbourg. Fellow future red Florent Sinama-Pongolle struck for Le Havre. Signing on 2001 - It was announced that Stéphane Henchoz had signed a new contract that would tie him to the reds until 2005. He made a total of 205 reds appearances, helping us to claim five trophies in 2001 and another League Cup two years later, moving on to Celtic in January 2005. 2020 – Young Welsh right-back Neco Williams signed a new contract, having made eleven senior appearances in his first season with the first team as we claimed the League title. On the same day, Sadio Mané won the Premier League PFA Fans' Player of the Year award for 2019-20, having struck eleven times in 35 appearances as we won the League. International beginnings and endings 2005 - Pepe Reina made his senior international debut while Fernando Morientes won his first cap as a reds player, as Spain beat Uruguay 2-0 in a friendly in Gijón. Luis García and future red Fernando Torres also played. Meanwhile, Dietmar Hamann won his 59th and final cap for Germany as they drew 2-2 in the Netherlands, who included future reds Dirk Kuyt and Jan Kromkamp, who was winning his first cap as a Villarreal player. On the same day, Vladimír Šmicer won his first cap while with Girondins de Bordeaux, and 75th to date, with Milan Baroš playing his final international as a red, as the Czech Republic lost 2-1 in Sweden. Jari Litmanen played his first international as a Malmö FF player in Finland’s 3-0 World Cup qualifying win in FYR Macedonia, with Sami Hyypiä skippering the side. Philipp Degen made his first appearance as a Ballspielverein Borussia 09 e.V. Dortmund player as Switzerland won a friendly 2-0 in Norway, with John Arne Riise on the losing side. Meanwhile, Ragnar Klavan appeared for Estonia for the first time since moving to Heracles Almelo as they beat Bosnia-Herzegovina 1-0 in Tallinn. Michael Owen won his last cap while playing for Real Madrid, his 71st to date, as England won 4-1 in Denmark, with Jamie Carragher, Steven Gerrard, future reds Joe Cole and Glen Johnson, and ex-red David James all also featuring against future reds Daniel Agger and Christian Poulsen, with Glen Johnson winning his fifth and final cap while with Chelsea. John Toshack took charge of Wales as they were held to a goalless draw in Cardiff by Slovenia, with another ex-red featuring, Gareth Roberts. Also in friendly action that day were Djibril Cissé, Steve Finnan, future reds Sotirios Kyrgiakos, Kolo Touré and Andriy Voronin and ex-reds Alou Diarra and El-Hadji Diouf. On the move 2000 - Craig Bellamy signed for Coventry City from Norwich City for £6.5m after 34 strikes in 91 games for the Canaries. He went to bag eight goals in 39 outings for the Sky Blues, before moving on to Newcastle United just ten months later. 2010 – Bellamy joined Cardiff City on loan from Manchester City. He bagged eleven goals in 36 outings as the Bluebirds narrowly missed out on promotion. 2008 – Sean Dundee signed for AmaZulu in his native Durban in South Africa, failing to score in four League games.
  4. Will

    13th January

    Sam’s bow 1900 - Forward Sam Raybould made his reds debut as a Hugh Morgan brace condemned West Bromwich Albion to a 2-0 defeat at Anfield, his final goals for the club. Raybould went on to net 130 times in 226 reds games, becoming the first player to bag a hundred League goals for the club. Arrivals from Spain 2010 – Winger Maxi Rodríguez signed for free from Club Atlético de Madrid. He bagged seventeen goals in 73 reds outings before returning to Club Atlético Newell’s Old Boys in Argentina in July 2012. 2005 - Fernando Morientes signed from Real Madrid for £6.3m. He netted just twelve goals in 61 reds games, helping us to claim the FA Cup and UEFA Super Cup before moving on to Valencia in July 2006, where he regained his scoring touch. Birth and death 1984 - Tommy Younger died. He made 127 appearances in our goal after signing from Hibernian for £9,000 in June 1956, as well as winning 24 caps for Scotland. He returned north of the border after three years at Anfield to join Falkirk, later becoming the President of the Scottish FA. 1876 – Half-back Barney Battles was born in Springburn, Glasgow. He won the title two years running in Scotland, for Hearts in 1895 and then Celtic, joining the reds for six weeks on loan at the end of the 1895/96 season where he featured in two Second Division games and three of the four Test matches as we secured promotion, for which he received a special gold medal and a cheque for a “handsome sum”. He re-signed from Dundee in March 1898 for £20 but only played one more game before joining Celtic for a third spell seven months later. The legend returns 2003 - Ian Rush returned to Liverpool as a part-time specialist striking coach, a role he only occupied for around a year. His club record 346 strikes in 660 games had helped us to five League titles, the European Cup, three FA Cups, five League Cups, two FA Charity Shields and the Screen Sport Super Cup. Ablett across the park 1992 - Gary Ablett was sold to Everton for £750,000 after one goal in 147 games for the reds. He had helped us to two League titles, FA Cup and FA Charity Shield and later won a second FA Cup during his time at Goodison. Two-ton up 2013 – Slovakian centre-half Martin Škrtel played his 200th reds game as we lost 2-1 at Manchester United. Robin van Persie scored one of his seven goals past us before Nemanja Vidić deflected in a Patrice Evra header from a free-kick, with substitute Daniel Sturridge nabbing our consolation. 1990 – Luton Town left Anfield with a share of the spoils as the game ended 2-2, with John Barnes opening the scoring with a direct free-kick. Goals from Kingsley Black and Kurt Nogan put the Hatters in front momentarily, before Steve Nicol headed in an equaliser in his 200th League outing for the reds. Steven’s bow 2016 - Centre-half Steven Caulker made his reds bow in our 3-3 draw with Arsenal at Anfield. Roberto Firmino and Olivier Giroud each bagged a brace, with the latter grabbing two of his eight past us to date, with Aaron Ramsey also on target. Joe Allen struck a stoppage time equaliser. Cup despair 1993 - Second Division Bolton Wanderers knocked us out of the FA Cup at Anfield, winning our Third Round replay 2-0. John McGinlay nodded the visitors in front inside three minutes, with Andy Walker scoring the second with his head late on. Robbie Fowler made the bench for the first time, while Michael Thomas was ruled out for the rest of the season after snapping an Achilles tendon. 2010 – We were dumped out of the Cup in another replay at the same stage, as Reading won 2-1 at Anfield. A Ryan Bertrand own goal put us in front on the stroke of half time, but the Championship strugglers equalised at the death after Yossi Benayoun gave away a penalty converted by Gylfi Sigurðsson, the first of his five goals against us to date, with both Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard having to be withdrawn early due to injuries. Unfortunately, the visitors gained a deserved victory when Shane Long headed the extra time winner, one of his four strikes against the reds. Cup milestones 1912 - Outside-right Arthur Goddard appeared in his 23rd consecutive FA Cup match for the reds as a Jack Parkinson goal gave us a First Round home win over Leyton. Unfortunately, we went out at Fulham at the next hurdle. 1926 – We played our hundredth FA Cup match, when a Dick Forshaw goal was enough to hand us victory over Southampton in a Third Round replay at Anfield. Unfortunately, we were knocked out at the next hurdle at Fulham. Seeing off the Villa 2001 - A brace from Danny Murphy and an unstoppable shot past ex-red David James from Steven Gerrard condemned Aston Villa to a 3-0 defeat at Villa Park, with their new signing Juan Pablo Angel watching from the stands. Jari Litmanen made his first reds start in this game. Spot-kick failures 1906 – Alf West had a penalty saved in each half as we beat Leicester Fosse 2-1 in an FA Cup First Round tie at Anfield. Sam Raybould and Arthur Goddard netted for the reds, with Billy Bannister also failing to convert a spot-kick for the visitors. Debuting 1951 – Forward Don Woan played the first of just two reds games as we won 2-1 at Derby County in a top-flight encounter. Inside-forward Jack Haigh bagged his first reds goal with Billy Liddell also on target as we completed our first League double over the Rams since April 1929. Rescuing a point at Highbury 2002 - John Arne Riise latched onto a sensational long pass from Steven Gerrard to strike past Stuart Taylor in front of the North Bank to hand us a 1-1 draw, after Freddie Ljungberg had opened the scoring for Arsenal. 1923 - We also drew with the Gunners, being held to a goalless draw at Anfield in the First Round of the FA Cup. We won the replay, but went out in the Third Round at home to Sheffield United. Hitting five 1962 - We saw off Norwich City at Anfield by the odd goal in nine on our way to the Second Division championship. Alan A’Court netted in addition to braces from both Jimmy Melia and Roger Hunt. Terry Allcock bagged a treble for the Canaries, the most recent player to score a hat-trick at Anfield and still end up on the losing side, with Jimmy Conway also on target as right-back John Molyneux played his 249th and last game for the club. 1894 - We trounced Rotherham Town 5-1 at Anfield in a Second Division fixture at Anfield, having won 4-1 in the reverse fixture the previous week. David Henderson and Harry Bradshaw both netted braces, with Hugh McQueen also on target. Reds in charge 2006 - Steve Staunton was appointed Manager of the Republic of Ireland. He led them to just six victories in his seventeen games in charge. Fellow ex-red Kevin MacDonald was appointed as one of his coaches at the same time. Personal awards 2006 - Rafael Benítez was named Barclays Manager of the Month for the second month running, after four League wins out of four in December. 2010 – Standard de Liège forward Milan Jovanović was named Jupiler League Player of the Year in Belgium. On the move 2006 - Don Hutchison joined Coventry City on a free transfer from Millwall after a successful loan spell. He had struck twice in fourteen games for the Lions and grabbed four goals in forty outings for the Sky Blues before being struck down by serious injury. 2011 – Reserves forward Nathan Eccleston joined Charlton Athletic on loan. He netted three times in 21 outings for the Addicks. 2015 – Ex-reds reserves forward Paul Jewell resigned as Joint Assistant Manager of West Bromwich Albion, just seven days after being appointed, having already been asked to take a pay cut. 2017 – Left-back Joe Maguire moved on to Fleetwood Town, so far making nine senior appearances for the Cod Army. 2020 – Centre-half Nat Phillips re-joined VfB Stuttgart on loan after making one senior appearance and two outings on the bench in between spells in Germany. On the same day, ex-reds keeper Pepe Reina moved to Aston Villa until the end of the season. Tweet tweet 2011 - Ryan Babel admitted an FA charge for improper conduct relating to tweeting about referee Howard Webb after the recent FA Cup defeat at Manchester United. Other reds games 2007 – We won 3-0 at Watford, with all the goals coming from substitutes. Peter Crouch netted twice with Craig Bellamy also on target. 1996 – We were held to a 1-1 draw at Sheffield Wednesday, with Ian Rush grabbing a late leveller from off the bench. 1973 – We shared a goalless draw with Burnley in our FA Cup Third Round encounter at Turf Moor. We won at the second attempt, but fell to Manchester City at the next hurdle. 1934 – Gordon Hodgson netted as Fulham drew 1-1 at Anfield in another Third Round tie, with Jack Lambert equalising with the last of his seven goals against the reds. We won the replay, but went out to Bolton Wanderers in the Fifth Round. For continents 1996 - Future red Rigobert Song played as Cameroon lost 3-0 to host nation South Africa in an Africa Cup of Nations group game in Johannesburg. 2000 - Song played in a goalless friendly draw in Senegal. 2010 – Now having left the reds, he featured again in a 1-0 defeat to Gabon in a Finals game in Angola. 2012 – Future red Kolo Touré represented the Ivory Coast as they beat Tunisia 2-0 in a friendly in Abu Dhabi. 2007 - Future red Lucas Leiva captained Brazil Under-20’s as they beat Bolivia 3-0 in a Sudamericano Sub-20 “Juventud de América” group game in Paraguay, despite having a man sent off. 2019 – Future red Takumi Minamino played for Japan as they beat Oman 1-0 in an AFC Asian Cup group game in Abu Dhabi.
  5. Will

    21st August

    Another charitable win 1982 - We beat Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 at Wembley to claim the FA Charity Shield outright for the sixth time, thanks to an extra-time strike from Ian Rush. David Hodgson made his first-class reds debut in this game. A sponsored run-out 1979 - We became the first English club to wear sponsored shirts when Hitachi was emblazoned on the red kit for the first time during a goalless draw with Bolton Wanderers at Anfield. New men in charge 1991 - David Moores became Chairman of the club. He showed patience towards the Managers he employed to lead the reds, while largely staying out of the limelight favoured by some club chairmen. He sold his stake in the club to George Gillett Jr. and Tom Hicks in February 2007, becoming Honorary Life President, although he resigned from the Board in June 2009 after this had proven to be a terrible mistake. 2015 – Ex-reds centre-half Sami Hyypiä was appointed Manager of Zürich, being sacked nine months later as they were on their way to relegation. In comes Soto 2009 – Greek centre-half Sotirios Kyrgiakos signed from A.E.K Athens for £2m, following the summer departure of Sami Hyypiä. Soto bagged three goals in 49 largely solid performances at the back, becoming something of a cult figure for his no-nonsense style before moving to VfL Wolfsburg on a free transfer two years later. On the same day, reserves left-back Robbie Threlfall joined Northampton Town on loan. He turned out five times in his one month with the Cobblers. Trebles at either end 1954 - Forward Tony Rowley scored a hat-trick on his reds debut as we beat Doncaster Rovers 3-2 in our season opener at Anfield. Kit Lawlor bagged a brace for the visitors. 1971 - We were on the receiving end at St. James’ Park as Malcolm MacDonald bagged a treble for Newcastle United who beat us 3-2, the first of his seven goals past us, with Emlyn Hughes and future Magpie Kevin Keegan striking our goals. New reds 1987 - Mike Marsh signed on at Anfield, joining on a free transfer from Kirkby Town. He netted six times in 101 first-team games for the reds, before moving to West Ham United in September 1993 as part of the deal that brought Julian Dicks to Anfield. He is now a First Team Coach back at Anfield. 1941 – Centre-forward Arthur Shepherd signed for the reds. He was on the Anfield books at the same time as his brothers Joseph and full-back Bill. He struck twelve times in eleven wartime games, but never appeared for the reds in peacetime. 1874 – Forward Joe Lumsden was born in Tanfield. He signed from Burton Wanderers in June 1897, scoring twice in just eight senior outings before moving on to Glossop North End in May 1898. Seeing red for City 2004 - Richard Dunne was sent off for Manchester City as they lost 2-1 at Anfield in our first home game under Rafael Benítez, with our goals coming from Milan Baroš and Steven Gerrard. This was the first time in over five years that we had triumphed in a League game after trailing at half-time, to a Nicolas Anelka strike, one of his five goals past us. The wrong kind of treble 2000 - Dietmar Hamann, Gary McAllister and Arsenal’s Patrick Vieira were all sent off as we lost 2-0 at Highbury. Hamann’s red card was later rescinded. Thierry Henry netted the first of his nine goals past us, after Lauren had opened the scoring. Macca off the mark 1991 - Steve McManaman scored his first official reds goal as we lost 2-1 at Manchester City, with Dean Saunders missing a penalty. Mark Wright was injured in this game, and subsequently missed the next 21 games. David White bagged a brace for City, the first two of his five strikes past us, a feat he repeated in the reverse fixture later that season. A striking debut 1976 - New £200,000 record signing David Johnson made his reds bow as we beat Norwich City 1-0 at Anfield, thanks to a Steve Heighway goal. Bob Paisley was presented with the Manager of the Year award from the previous season before the match. Into the Champions League 2001 - We thumped Haka 4-1 at Anfield to progress to the group stages of the new Champions League for the first time, 9-1 on aggregate. Robbie Fowler scored on his return to the first team after his spat with Phil Thompson, while French midfielder Bernard Diomède played his fifth and final reds game. Our other goals came from Jamie Redknapp, Emile Heskey and an own goal from ex-Manchester United player Mark Wilson. Cyril’s century 1951 – Forward Cyril Done reached a century of reds senior games in our goalless top-flight draw with Burnley at Turf Moor. 2021 – We beat Burnley 2-0 at Anfield, in front of a sell-out crowd for the first time since March 2020, due to previous COVID restrictions. Diogo Jota headed us in front, before both sies had goals ruled out for offside. Sadio Mané secured the victory after the break. On the same day, midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain became a father for the first time, a son. Meanwhile, ex-reds reserves centre-half Conor Masterson joined Cambridge United on loan from Queens Park Rangers, scoring once in 21 outings for the U’s. Kicking off 1948 - We started the season with a defeat, losing 2-1 at Aston Villa in a season when we finished twelfth in the table. Jack Balmer nabbed our consolation with Trevor Ford netting two of his seven goals against us, while Cyril Sidlow saved a Dickie Dorsett spot-kick. Quadruple debutants 2002 - Alou Diarra, Anthony Le Tallec, Florent Sinama-Pongolle and Grégory Vignal all made their debuts for the French Under-21’s. The French beat Iceland 2-1 in a friendly held at the Stade André Pestourie in Brive-la-Gaillarde. Future red Alex Manninger won his 1st cap for Austria as a R.C.D. Espanyol player as they lost 3-2 to Stéphane Henchoz’s Switzerland in a friendly in Basel. 2007 – Future red Joe Allen scored on his debut for Wales Under-21’s as they won a friendly 4-3 in Sweden. On the same day, future reds loanee Victor Moses nabbed a brace as England Under-17’s thumped New Zealand 5-0 in a World Championship Finals group game in South Korea, with future red James Milner playing for England Under-21’s. Three for the boss 1943 - Future reds boss Don Welsh bagged a treble as we beat Everton 5-2 in a wartime friendly at Goodison Park. Billy Liddell and Jack Balmer added our others. Robbie again 2002 - Robbie Keane netted in his fourth consecutive international, winning his final cap as a Leeds United player as the Republic of Ireland won a friendly in Finland 3-0. Sami Hyypiä, Jari Litmanen and ex-red Jason McAteer all also featured, with the latter captaining the side as he won his fiftieth cap, although some counts place this as his 49th due to a disputed game against a Mexico XI in 2000. Bruno l’international 2002 - Bruno Cheyrou made his senior international debut for France, as a late substitute for Lilian Thuram in their 1-1 draw with Tunisia in Rades. Future red Djibril Cissé also featured. On the same day, Øyvind Leonhardsen won his final cap as a Tottenham Hotspur player, and 79th in total, as Norway lost 1-0 to the Netherlands in a friendly in Oslo. John Arne Riise and future red Bolo Zenden also played. Christian Poulsen won his first cap while with Schalke 04 as Denmark beat Scotland 1-0 at Hampden Park. Also in international action were Milan Baroš, Vladimír Šmicer, and future reds Paul Jones, Sotirios Kyrgiakos, Fernando Morientes and Andriy Voronin. Red Olympians 2004 - Momo Sissoko played for Mali as they lost 1-0 to Italy in the Quarter-final at the Olympic Games in Athens. More happily, future red Javier Mascherano featured in Argentina’s 4-0 thumping of Costa Rica in Patras at the same stage of the tournament. Diouf on target 2007 - Ex-red El-Hadji Diouf struck as Senegal drew 1-1 in a friendly with Ghana at The New Den in south London. Ex-reds Djibril Cissé and Alou Diarra both featured for France in a B international defeat in Slovakia, with Nikolay Mihaylov featuring for Bulgaria Under-21’s. Strikers on the move 2019 – Daniel Sturridge signed for Trabzonspor after netting an impressive 67 times in 160 reds games since arriving from Chelsea for £12m in January 2013. He was released the following March after scoring seven times in sixteen outings. 2008 – Djibril Cissé joined Sunderland on loan from Olympique de Marseille. He bagged eleven goals in 38 games for the Mackems that season. 2001 - King Kenny’s son Paul Dalglish re-joined Wigan Athletic on loan from Norwich City. He stayed for the whole season, scoring twice in thirty appearances. 1914 – Forward Jack Parkinson moved on to Bury after 128 goals in 219 reds games. Other reds games 1999 – We lost 1-0 at Middlesbrough with Brian Deane nabbing the last of his eight goals against the reds. 1995 – Tony Yeboah netted a wonder strike, the only goal of our visit to Leeds United. 1985 – We were held to a 2-2 draw at Aston Villa. Gary Shaw scored for the Villains with Ian Rush equalising before the break. Future red Mark Walters netted before Jan Mølby’s late leveller. However, there was still time for Nigel Spink to save a Rush spot-kick. 1965 – We won 3-1 at Leicester City with Geoff Strong adding to a Roger Hunt brace. For Shanks 1974 – An informal dinner party in honour of the retired Bill Shankly was staged at St. George’s Hotel. The event was sponsored by the reds players and labelled ‘Thank You Boss’. The menu included Cured Kop Cod and Clear Mersey Soup, with one of the accompanying wines being from “a Shankley [sic] vintage year” of 1972, curiously a year in which he failed to lead us to silverware. Also in international action 1990 – Future red Øyvind Leonhardsen played for Norway Under-21’s as they beat Sweden 2-0 in a friendly in Tromsø. 1999 – Future red Igor Bišcan featured for Croatia in their 2-1 defeat of Malta in a European Championships qualifier in Zagreb.
  6. Will

    20th August

    Happy birthdays 1961 - Steve McMahon was born in Liverpool. He signed from Aston Villa for £350,000 in September 1985 and struck fifty times in 277 reds appearances in his six years at Anfield, during which time he won three League titles, the FA Cup and two FA Charity Shields. He left the reds to sign for Manchester City for £900,000 in December 1991. 2003 – Forward Max Woltman was born in Wirral. He joined the Academy at the age of seven, playing in the FA Youth Cup Final in May 2021 after turning pro the previous January. He signed a new contract in May 2022, so far making two senior appearances in cup competitions. 1895 – Inside-left Dick Forshaw was born in Preston. He joined the reds in July 1919, winning two League titles while with the reds, scoring an impressive 124 times in 288 games. He has the unique honour of being the only player ever to claim League championship medals with both Merseyside clubs, helping the Blues to one in 1928 after he had crossed Stanley Park for £3,750 in March 1927. 1888 – Forward Harry Welfare was born in Liverpool. He signed from Northern Nomads in 1912, notching once in four outings before moving to Wrexham the following year. He later had a very successful career in Brazil, helping Fluminense to claim the title three times in succession while bagging 163 goals in just 166 games. Double hola 2004 - We signed a pair of Spaniards. Xabi Alonso arrived from Real Sociedad for £10.7m, with Luis García signing from Barcelona for a £6m fee. Xabi netted nineteen times, showing his silky passing skills in 210 reds games before moving to Real Madrid for £30m in August 2009. García struck thirty times, including five in our glorious Champions League campaign in 2005, in 121 games, before returning to his homeland to join Club Atlético de Madrid in July 2007. 2012 – Slovakian centre-half Martin Škrtel signed a new contract. He arrived from Zenit St. Petersburg for £6.5m to become our most expensive defender to date, notching eighteen goals in 320 games in total, including one in our Carling Cup win at Wembley in February 2012, moving on to Fenerbahçe Spor Kulübü for £5.5m in July 2016. Goalscoring debuts 1977 - Kenny Dalglish scored on his League debut as we drew 1-1 at Middlesbrough, with David Armstrong bagging the first of his four goals past us. 1960 - Winger and new £13,000 record signing Kevin Lewis scored on his debut as we beat Leeds United 2-0 at Anfield in another season opener, with the other goal coming from former blue Dave Hickson. 2016 – Marko Grujić made his senior reds bow as we dominated but lost 2-0 at Burnley, with Sam Vokes and Andre Gray both on target before the break. Royal victories 2018 - Sadio Mané scored in his third consecutive reds game as we won 2-0 at Crystal Palace, with James Milner handing us the lead from the spot at the very end of the first half. Aaron Wan-Bissaka was sent off for the home side before Mané struck in injury time. Daniel Sturridge played his hundredth League game for the reds. 1994 - We thumped Palace 6-1 at Selhurst Park to get the season off to a great start. Steve McManaman and Ian Rush scored twice apiece, with Jan Mølby and Robbie Fowler also on the scoresheet. Chris Armstrong bagged the home side’s consolation. Lefties on the way in 2013 – Left-back Aly Cissokho signed on loan from Valencia. The Frenchman played nineteen reds games without scoring. 1894 – Outside-left John Drummond joined from Sheffield United, scoring once in eighteen outings before moving on to Barnsley St. Peter’s the following year. Mixed fortunes at Wembley 1983 - Joe Fagan’s first game in charge came in the FA Charity Shield, when we lost 2-0 to Manchester United. Michael Robinson made his first-class reds debut in this match. Bryan Robson bagged both United’s goals, two of his seven strikes against us. 1988 - We gained some revenge on Wimbledon for our FA Cup Final defeat earlier that year, coming from behind to beat them 2-1 thanks to a John Aldridge brace, to claim the Shield for the seventh time outright. Charlie Boyd and Jim Magilton both sat on our bench for the first of just two occasions, while John Fashanu netted one of his six goals against us. Beating the Gunners 2011 – We beat Arsenal 2-0 in our first ever win at the Emirates Stadium. Emmanuel Frimpong was sent off before Ignasi Miquel’s clearance rebounded off Aaron Ramsey’s chest for an own goal. Luis Suárez then added a second in stoppage time. The king at Anfield 1966 - A fifteen-year old Kenny Dalglish wore the number eight shirt playing for Liverpool B as they beat Southport 1-0 in a Lancashire League match, five years before he signed professional terms with Celtic. However, he was not taken on by Bill Shankly, returning to Anfield as our record signing eleven years later. Milan’s farewell 2005 - Milan Baroš played his 108th and final reds game, with Luis García making his fiftieth reds appearance, as Xabi Alonso nabbed the only goal of our Anfield encounter with Sunderland, who had Andy Welsh sent off, the second of fifteen dismissals against the reds that season. 1949 - We also entertained the Mackems, winning 4-2 in a season opener, with Bob Paisley, Jack Balmer, Kevin Baron and Albert Stubbins all on target, with Billy Liddell missing a penalty. Dickie Davis struck one of his seven goals against us, with Ivor Broadis also on target. We went on to finish eighth that season. The mancs at home at Anfield 1971 - An unusual situation occurred as Manchester United played a home fixture at Anfield. Old Trafford was closed for two weeks due to hooliganism, and so United entertained Arsenal at Anfield. The ‘home’ side won 3-1. Frank McLintock sent the Gunners in ahead at half time, but goals from George Best, Bobby Charlton and Brian Kidd secured United’s victory. Jan’s debut 1984 - Jan Mølby scored in his first reds game, two days before he officially signed, as we beat Home Farm 3-0 in a friendly held at Tolka Park in Dublin. Ronnie Whelan added a brace, while Ian Rush sustained cartilage damage that kept him out of the first team for two months. The game had been arranged as part of the transfer deal that brought Ken DeMange and Brian Mooney to Anfield. Cally’s milestone 1974 – Ian Callaghan played his 500th League game for the reds in our goalless game at Wolverhampton Wanderers. Another season opener 1955 - We began our season with a 3-1 Second Division win at Nottingham Forest, with Alan A’Court nabbing a brace and John Evans also netting, as full-back Ray Lambert played his 300th League game for the club. Unfortunately, we ended the season in third, missing out on promotion again. Phil the champion 2011 – Future red Philippe Coutinho won his seventh and final cap for Brazil Under-20’s as they beat Portugal 3-2 after extra time in the World Championship Final in Colombia. Fifty years for the League 1938 - We lost a friendly 2-1 at Everton. Jack Balmer netted in a game staged to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the Football League. International reds on target 2008 – Xabi Alonso struck twice as Spain beat Daniel Agger’s Denmark 3-0 in a friendly in Copenhagen, with Pepe Reina and Fernando Torres also featuring and Christian Poulsen winning his first cap while with Juventus. Milan Baroš scored while winning his first cap as a Galatasaray player as the Czech Republic drew 2-2 with an England side that included Steven Gerrard, future red Stewart Downing and ex-reds Emile Heskey and David James at Wembley, with future red Joe Cole netting. Also in international action were Dirk Kuyt, future reds Ragnar Klavan, Raul Meireles, Nuri Şahin, Luis Suárez and Kolo Touré, and ex-reds Salif Diao, Alou Diarra and John Toshack. 2003 - Michael Owen scored for England as they beat Croatia 3-1 in a friendly at Portman Road. Steven Gerrard, Emile Heskey, Danny Murphy and ex-red David James all also played, with Joe Cole winning his first cap as a Chelsea player. On the same day, Jerzy Dudek, Stéphane Henchoz, ex-red Don Hutchison and future reds Craig Bellamy, Yossi Benayoun, Djibril Cissé, Mark González, Paul Jones, Christian Poulsen and Bolo Zenden all also featured for their countries. International beginnings and ends 2008 – Andrea Dossena won his first cap as a reds player, only his second to date, as Italy drew 2-2 with Austria in a friendly in Nice, with future red Alberto Aquilani also featuring and Alex Manninger playing for the last time while with Juventus. Meanwhile, Robbie Keane netted while making his first appearance for the Republic of Ireland since moving to Anfield as they drew 1-1 with Norway in Oslo. Steve Finnan won his last cap before leaving the reds, while John Arne Riise played his first international since joining Roma. On the same day, Jari Litmanen won his first cap in his second spell as a Lahti player, playing alongside Sami Hyypiä as Finland beat Yossi Benayoun’s Israel 2-0 in Tampere. Sotirios Kyrgiakos won his first cap while with A.E.K Athens in Greece’s 2-0 friendly win against Martin Škrtel’s Slovakia in Bratislava. Meanwhile, Salif Diao and El-Hadji Diouf both played as Senegal drew a friendly 0-0 in Libya, for the first time since joining Stoke City and Sunderland, respectively. 1997 - Ex-red Lee Jones won his second and final cap, and only one as a Tranmere Rovers player, as Wales lost a World Cup qualifier 6-4 in Turkey. Keeper Paul Jones won his first cap as a Southampton player, while ex-red Dean Saunders netted his last goal while with Nottingham Forest, as he won his 59th cap. On the same day, Christian Ziege won his first cap as an AC Milan player, and Jim Magilton made his last appearance while at Southampton as Germany beat Northern Ireland 3-1 in another qualifier at Windsor Park. Ray Houghton won his seventieth cap, and final one as a Crystal Palace player, as the Republic of Ireland were held to a goalless draw in their World Cup qualifier against Lithuania at Lansdowne Road. Mark Kennedy and ex-red Steve Staunton also featured. Meanwhile, future red John Arne Riise won his fourth and last cap for Norway Under-16’s as they lost 3-2 to Sweden. Also in action that day were Stig Inge Bjørnebye and future reds Markus Babbel, Stéphane Henchoz, Jari Litmanen and Vladimír Šmicer. 2002 - Pepe Reina won his first Under-21’s cap as a Villarreal player in Spain’s 1-0 friendly win in Hungary, with fellow future red Xabi Alonso also featuring, and Daniel Sjölund featuring for Finland Under-21’s in their 1-0 defeat by the Republic of Ireland. 2003 - Andriy Voronin won his last senior cap while with 1. FSV Mainz 05, and twelfth to date, as the Ukraine lost a friendly 2-0 to Romania in Kyiv. On the same day, Alou Diarra, Anthony Le Tallec, Florent Sinama-Pongolle and future red Charles Itandje all featured as France Under-21’s drew 1-1 in a friendly in Switzerland. 2018 – Future red Harvey Elliott won his only cap for England Under-16’s in their 1-0 defeat of Scotland at St. George’s Park. 2019 – Billy Koumetio made his debut for France Under-18’s as they thumped Paraguay 5-1 in a friendly. On the move again 2015 – Former Assistant Manager Pako Ayestarán was appointed Club Santos Laguna boss in Mexico, but only remained in charge for three months before his contract was terminated “by mutual consent”. 2011 – Harry Kewell signed for Melbourne Victory, while Nabil El Zhar joined Spanish side Levante U.D. Kewell struck eight times in 25 outings in his one season in southern Australia, while El Zhar scored ten goals in 114 games before rescinding his contract in August 2015. 2010 - Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain signed as a professional for Southampton, going on to score ten goals in 43 outings before moving on to Arsenal in August 2011 for an initial £12m. 2005 - Albert Riera signed for R.C.D. Espanyol from Girondins de Bordeaux, having struck four times in 53 League games for the French side. 1993 – Current Chief Scout Barry Hunter joined Wrexham from Crusaders for £50,000, scoring six goals in 120 games before moving on to Reading in July 1996 for £400,000. 2003 - Future red Jermaine Pennant joined Leeds United on loan from Arsenal. He struck twice in 36 games as the Whites were relegated. 2004 - Ex-reserves defender Alan Navarro joined Chester City on loan from Tranmere Rovers. He played four times for the Blues, and then had another loan spell later in the season, this time with fellow League Two side Macclesfield Town. 2019 – Ex-reds midfielder Kevin MacDonald left Aston Villa’s coaching staff for a second time, this time having been suspended for eight months following allegations of bullying. 2021 – Keeper Andy Lonergan signed for Everton, failing to make a senior appearance in his first campaign, just as he did in his one season with the reds. Other reds games 1969 – We won 2-0 at Manchester City with Bobby Graham bagging a brace. 1968 – We beat Stoke City 2-1 at Anfield with Terry Conroy giving the visitors the lead with the first of his four goals past us. Ian Callaghan equalised before Tony Allen turned a Peter Thompson cross into his own net. 1966 – We defeated Leicester City 3-2 in L4 in our opening League game of the season. Roger Hunt and Geoff Strong struck before Derek Dougan netted the first two of his four goals against the reds. Willie Stevenson scored the winner from the spot. Also in international action 2017 – Bobby Duncan played for England Under-17’s as they beat Scotland 2-1 in a friendly in Burton. 2007 – Future red Christian Benteke featured for Belgium Under-17’s in the World Championships Finals as they lost a group game 4-2 to Tunisia in South Korea. 1986 – Future red Glenn Hysén played for Sweden in their goalless friendly draw with the USSR in Gothenburg. 1980 – Hysén played for Sweden Under-21’s in their 1-0 friendly victory over Hungary in Budapest.
  7. Will

    19th August

    Case closed 1981 - Jimmy Case joined Brighton & Hove Albion for £350,000 after seven years at Anfield during which time he bagged 46 goals in 269 reds games, helping us to claim three European Cups, four League titles, the UEFA Cup, UEFA Super Cup, League Cup and three FA Charity Shields. He had four seasons in this first spell at the Goldstone Ground, netting fifteen goals in 151 games, helping to knock the reds out of the FA Cup at Anfield in February 1983. On the very same day, Mark Lawrenson made his reds bow in our 2-1 friendly defeat at Club Atlético de Madrid, with Ray Kennedy bagging our goal. Off the mark 2007 - Fernando Torres bagged his first reds goal as we were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Chelsea, thanks to a Frank Lampard penalty that was ludicrously awarded by referee Rob Styles against Steve Finnan, one of his eight strikes past us. Peter Crouch was playing his hundredth game for the club. 2009 – Right-back Glen Johnson struck for the first time as we thumped Stoke City 4-0 at Anfield. Jamie Carragher played his 400th League game as we became the first club to reach 5,000 points in the top flight. Fernando Torres, Dirk Kuyt and David N’Gog all also netted. Most recent debutants 2000 - Gary McAllister became our oldest post-war debutant, aged 35 years and 237 days, in our season opener against Bradford City. Markus Babbel and Nick Barmby also made their first-class reds bows, as Emile Heskey scored the only goal of the game, his first at Anfield. 2010 – Christian Poulsen had a goal disallowed on his debut as we faced Turkish side Trabzonspor in the first leg of our UEFA Europa League Play-off at Anfield. Joe Cole had a penalty saved in the second half, while Jamie Carragher skippered the side for the fiftieth time as Ryan Babel bagged the only goal of the game in first-half injury time. 2017 – Left-back Andy Robertson debuted as Sadio Mané bagged the only goal of Crystal Palace’s League visit to Anfield. Sixties debutants 1961 - Ian St. John and Ron Yeats both debuted as we kicked off our Second Division championship winning season with a 2-0 win at Bristol Rovers, thanks to a strike from winger Kevin Lewis and a John Hills own goal. 1967 - New record signing Tony Hateley made his official debut as we started another season with a goalless draw at Manchester City. Tony Book missed a penalty for the home side. 1989 – We hosted City when a John Barnes penalty put us ahead before a deflected Andy Hinchcliffe free-kick levelled the scores. Second-half goals from Peter Beardsley and Steve Nicol handed us a 3-1 victory. 1990’s debutants 1995 - Stan Collymore scored the only goal of the game on his official reds debut against Sheffield Wednesday at Anfield, our first fixture of the season. 1996 - David Thompson made his reds bow from the bench in our 2-0 home defeat of Arsenal, with Steve McManaman netting a brace. Tosh’s bow 1901 – Forward Tosh Johnson was born in Dalton-in-Furness, Lancashire. He crossed the park in March 1934, having claimed the First and Second Division titles and FA Cup with the Blues, and netted eight times in 38 reds games before joining Darwen in August 1936. Steve’s farewell 1980 – Keeper Steve Ogrizovic played his fifth and last reds game in our goalless draw at Coventry City. He later made a club record 601 appearances for the Sky Blues. Firsts and lasts against the Blades 2006 - Jan Kromkamp played his eighteenth and final reds game as a Robbie Fowler penalty rescued a point at Sheffield United in our opening League match of the season. This brought our fourteen-game winning streak to an end. Jamie Carragher and John Arne Riise both had to go off injured at Bramall Lane. 1992 - We recorded our first win in the newly-renamed FA Premier League by beating Sheffield United 2-1 at Anfield, with goals from Mark Walters and Paul Stewart’s first reds strike after Brian Deane had given the visitors the lead with one of his eight goals against us. This was also Ged Poynton’s first match in charge of the stadium and operations. A rare strike 1978 - Kenny Dalglish opened the scoring before Queens Park Rangers’ Paul McGee scored one of only four opposition goals in the League at Anfield that season, although we still won the game 2-1, with Steve Heighway netting late on. Left-back Alan Kennedy made his reds bow while Emlyn Hughes and Ray Clemence had paraded the European Cup prior to kick off, with Bob Paisley being presented with his Manager of the Month award for the previous April. Signing on 1894 – Inside-right Jimmy Ross signed from Preston North End for a club record £75. He had won the League twice with their ‘invincibles’ side, scoring 39 times in 85 reds games as well as becoming club captain. He left for Burnley in March 1897, sadly dying in June 1902 aged just 36. 2001 – Northern Irish keeper Liam Hughes was born in Craigavon. He joined the reds from Celtic in January 2021, so far making it to the first-team bench on one occasion, at Sheffield United a month later. Off on loan 2019 – Ex-reds midfielder Philippe Coutinho joined Bayern München on loan from Barcelona, for a loan fee of €8.5m. He struck nine times in 34 outings for the Bavarians. 2018 – Midfielder Marko Grujić signed a new contract, joining Hertha BSC Berlin on loan on the same day, netting nine times in 54 games in two seasons there. 2004 - El-Hadji Diouf joined Bolton Wanderers on loan after six goals in eighty reds games following his £10m signing from Racing Club de Lens in June 2002. He bagged nine goals in 32 games while on loan at the Reebok Stadium, before signing permanently for the Trotters in June 2005. Red legends on the move again 1982 - Kevin Keegan joined Second Division Newcastle United from Southampton for £100,000, after just two years at The Dell. He had struck 42 times in eighty games for the Saints. 1998 - Bruce Grobbelaar signed for Chesham United from Oldham Athletic on a free transfer. He stayed there for less than three weeks, before joining First Division Bury. An unlucky break 1972 - Ex-reds left-back Peter Wall broke his leg while playing for Crystal Palace as they held us to a 1-1 draw at Selhurst Park. Emlyn Hughes grabbed our equaliser while Ray Clemence played his hundredth League game for the reds. Other opening games 1950 - We started our top-flight campaign with a 2-0 defeat at Wolverhampton Wanderers, going on to end the season in ninth place. Roy Swinbourne netted one of his five goals past us, with Billy Crook also scoring. 1953 - We beat Portsmouth 3-1 at Anfield in another season opener, with Bill Jones netting twice and Billy Liddell also on the scoresheet. Unfortunately, this was our only win in the first nine games of the season and we were relegated at the end of that season, having finished rock bottom of the table. Beating the blues at Anfield 1944 - Cyril Done scored four goals as we thumped the Blues 5-2 in a friendly, with Malam also on target. 1939 - We beat Everton 2-1 in another friendly, with Harold Taylor and Jack Balmer on the scoresheet. The game was played in aid of the Jubilee Fund. A divine apology 2001 - Robbie Fowler finally apologised after his training ground bust-up with Phil Thompson, having sat out the FA Charity Shield and the home League win over West Ham United. Pennant off 2003 - Future red Jermaine Pennant was dismissed for England Under-21’s as they lost 3-0 to Croatia in a friendly at Upton Park, with Glen Johnson winning his third cap, and first since moving to Chelsea, and future red Paul Konchesky also playing. Olympian feats 2008 – Javier Mascherano’s Argentina beat Brazil 3-0 in the Semi-final of the Olympics Finals in Beijing, with Lucas one of two Brazilians dismissed. On the same day, Krisztián Németh played as Hungary Under-21’s thumped San Marino 5-0 in a European Championships qualifier. 1987 - The reds beat an Irish Olympic XI 5-0 at Lansdowne Road in Dublin, with our goals coming from a Paul Walsh brace, Peter Beardsley, Ronnie Whelan and a John Aldridge penalty. Nigel Spackman played at right-back. First strike 1997 – John Arne Riise bagged his first two goals for Norway Under-16’s as they beat Sweden 5-4 in a friendly. On the same day, fellow future red Vegard Heggem played for the Under-21’s in their goalless European Championships qualifier in Finland. First and last caps 2008 – James Milner won his last cap for England Under-21’s while with Newcastle United in their 2-1 friendly defeat of Slovenia in Hull. 2003 - Steve Finnan won his 23rd cap, and first as a red, as the Republic of Ireland beat Australia 2-1 in a friendly at Lansdowne Road, with future red Robbie Keane also playing. 1998 - Vegard Heggem won his second cap, and first as a red, in Norway’s goalless draw with Romania in Oslo. His team-mates included fellow reds Stig Inge Bjørnebye and Øyvind Leonhardsen. Meanwhile, Abel Xavier won his first cap while with PSV Eindhoven, and sixth to date, as Portugal beat Mozambique 2-1 in another friendly in the Azores. Also in friendly action that day were future reds Sami Hyypiä, Jari Litmanen and Vladimír Šmicer. New contracts 2009 – Hungarian reserves Péter Gulácsi and Krisztián Németh signed new contracts to keep them at Anfield until 2013 and 2012, respectively. Both have since left the club, while keeper Gulácsi making it as far as the bench on 51 occasions. 2008 – Former Academy coach Iain Brunskill was appointed Reserve Team Manager of Blackburn Rovers under Paul Ince. He is now working for the Chinese FA. Another game 1975 – West Ham United held us to a 2-2 draw at Anfield, with Ian Callaghan and John Toshack netting. Also in international action 1999 – Future red Milan Baroš featured for Czech Republic Under-18’s as they beat Poland 1-0 in a friendly. 2007 – Future red Mamadou Sakho played as France Under-17’s lost a World Championships Finals group game 2-1 to Nigeria in South Korea.
  8. Will

    15th August

    Double debutants 1987 - John Barnes and new record signing Peter Beardsley both made their official reds debuts as we beat Arsenal 2-1 at Highbury, thanks to goals from John Aldridge and Steve Nicol, who scored an extraordinary header from the edge of the penalty box. This was Kenny Dalglish’s fiftieth League win as reds boss, coming in his 85th game - still the best record of any reds boss. Happy birthday Ox 1993 – Midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was born in Portsmouth. He signed from Arsenal for £35m in August 2017, netting seventeen times in 133 appearances across his first five campaigns as well as suffering a serious injury. He made it back to sit on the bench as we claimed the UEFA Champions League in Madrid in June 2019 and helping us to claim the Premier League, FIFA Club World Cup and UEFA Super Cup. Clem departs 1981 – Ray Clemence was sold to Tottenham Hotspur for £300,000. He had arrived from Sc***horpe United for £18,000 in June 1967, usurping Tommy Lawrence as first choice number one after two years. He went on to make 665 reds appearances, winning five League titles, an FA Cup, three European Cups, two UEFA Cups, League Cup, UEFA Super Cup and four FA Charity Shields in his fourteen years at Anfield. 1976 – Kevin Keegan confirmed that the upcoming season would be his final one at Anfield. He struck twenty times in 57 outings in this campaign, helping us to claim the European Cup and League title, and reach the FA Cup Final. 1974- Centre-half Larry Lloyd was sold to Coventry City for £240,000. He is one of a rare breed to leave Anfield in his prime, and go on to better things – helping Nottingham Forest to two European Cups, one League title, League Cup and FA Charity Shield. He had won League and UEFA Cup medals after joining the reds from Bristol Rovers for £50,000 in April 1969, appearing 218 times and notching five times. Double dismissals 2010 – Joe Cole was sent off for a challenge on Laurent Koscielny just before half-time in our Anfield meeting with Arsenal. David N’Gog put us in front immediately after the break, with the lead lasting until the last minute when Marouane Chamakh diverted a cross against the post and Pepe Reina spilled the rebound into his own net. Koscielny was then sent off for a second bookable offence in injury-time. This turned out to be Javier Mascherano’s 139th and final reds game. Other birthdays 1988 – Moroccan winger Oussama Assaidi was born in Beni-Boughafar. He signed from Dutch side SC Heerenveen for £2.4m in August 2012, failing to score in twelve appearances before spending a season and a half on loan at Stoke City. He was sold to UAE Arabian Gulf League side Al Ahli for a reported £4.7m in January 2015. 1905 - Centre-forward Tommy Reid was born in Motherwell. He signed from Clydebank for £1,000 in April 1926 and bagged an impressive thirty goals in 55 games before moving to Manchester United in February 1929. Off the mark 2017 – Trent Alexander-Arnold scored his first senior goal as we won 2-1 at TSG 1899 Hoffenheim in the first leg of our UEFA Champions League qualifier. Simon Mignolet saved a penalty, with forward Dominic Solanke making his reds bow as we benefited when Havard Nordtveit inadvertently diverted a James Milner cross into his own net. 2007 - Yossi Benayoun made his reds debut as Andriy Voronin’s first reds strike proved to be the only goal of the first leg of our Champions League qualifier in Toulouse, who became our hundredth different opponents in European competition. Happy birthday Boudewijn 1976 - Bolo Zenden was born in Maastricht in the Netherlands. He signed on a free transfer in July 2005 after his one-year contract with Middlesbrough had expired. He notched twice in 47 senior reds games, as injury hampered his career at Anfield. He helped us to claim the UEFA Super Cup and FA Community Shield, as well as reach the Champions League Final in his brief time with the reds. Bolo left the club in July 2007 to join Olympique de Marseille. 2021 – Former Director Terry Smith died at Arrowe Park Hospital in Birkenhead. He was on the board from 1992 until 2007. Charity at first 1964 - We played in our first FA Charity Shield, only drawing 2-2 with West Ham United at Anfield. Gordon Wallace and Gerry Byrne twice gave us the lead, with John Byrne and Geoff Hurst both netting equalisers, with the latter being one of his nine strikes against the reds. The trophy was shared between the two clubs, as this was in the days before extra-time and penalty shoot-outs. Phil Chisnall made his reds bow in this game when he became the first ever substitute in senior English football, replacing Alf Arrowsmith after just a quarter of an hour, who had suffered a serious knee injury. Red defenders on the way out 1991 - Gary Gillespie was sold to his boyhood heroes Celtic for £925,000. He had been Joe Fagan’s first signing, helping us to three League titles in his eight injury-ravaged years at Anfield, scoring sixteen times in 214 appearances. 2002 - Young full-back Stephen Wright joined Sunderland for £3m, after just 21 reds games. He netted twice in 105 games for them, with injuries blighting his time there, and was released in May 2008. Double capture 2005 - Liverpool confirmed the signings of young centre-backs Godwin Antwi from Real Zaragoza and Miki Roqué from U.E. Lleida. Both featured in our victorious FA Youth Cup winning campaign in 2006, but only made one senior appearance between them, when Roque made a late cameo at Galatasaray in December 2006. 1996 - Patrik Berger signed from Ballspielverein Borussia 09 e.V. Dortmund for £3.25m, following an impressive Euro ’96. He scored 35 times in 196 reds games, before joining Portsmouth in June 2003. 1983 – Winger Brian Mooney signed from Home Farm for £20,000. He only ever played one senior reds game, as a substitute for Jim Beglin in a League Cup win at Fulham in October 1986, moving on to Preston North End in November 1987. 1970’s League wins We twice played League games on this day in the 1970’s, winning them both. 1970 - We won 2-1 at Burnley, with Alun Evans and Emlyn Hughes on target. 1972 - We beat Manchester United 2-0 at Anfield, thanks to strikes from John Toshack and Steve Heighway. Ex-reds on the move 1997 - Ian Rush signed for Newcastle United on a free transfer from Leeds United. He only made fourten appearances for the Magpies, scoring twice, including one that made him the all-time top scorer in the FA Cup, with 44 goals in the competition. 1985 - Gary McAllister joined Leicester City from Motherwell along with clubmate Ally Mauchlen for a combined £250,000. He struck 52 times in 225 appearances for the Foxes, before joining Leeds United for £1m in July 1990. 2003 - Steve Staunton joined Coventry City on a free transfer from Aston Villa. He notched four times in 75 games for the Sky Blues before joining Walsall two years later. 2011 – Robbie Keane joined LA Galaxy from Tottenham Hotspur for £3.5m, so far bagging 97 goals in 145 outings for the American outfit and becoming their captain. Losing finalists 1982 - We lost the Final of the Málaga Tournament to the home side. We drew 1-1 after extra time, with our goal coming from Alan Kennedy, but lost the penalty shoot-out 4-2. The game started so late that the action did not come to an end until around 1:15am. Terry McDermott and Phil Neal converted their spot-kicks, with David Hodgson’s being saved and Howard Gayle sending his over the crossbar Management moves 2005 - Roy Hodgson was appointed Manager of Finland. He narrowly failed to take them to the European Championships Finals in 2008, as they fell just one goal short of reaching their first ever major tournament. He chose not to renew his contract when it expired in November 2007, taking over at Fulham the following month. 2020 - Jürgen Klopp was named Premier League Manager of the Season for 2019-20, having led us as we romped to the Premier League title. On the same day, Chris Morgan re-joined the red as a first-team physiotherapist. Reds in Ireland 1994 - We beat Dundalk 2-1 in a friendly at Oriel Park, with Robbie Fowler and Michael Thomas on the scoresheet. International friendly firsts and lasts 2012 – Charlie Adam won his last cap as a reds player as Scotland beat Australia 3-1 at Easter Road, while Nuri Şahin made his final appearance for Turkey before joining the reds on loan as Turkey lost 2-0 to Austria in Vienna. Joe Allen represented Wales for the first time since moving to Anfield as they lost 2-0 to Bosnia-Herzegovina in Llanelli, with Craig Bellamy playing his first international in his second spell as a Cardiff City player. Meanwhile, Raul Meireles won his last cap as a Chelsea player in Portugal’s 2-0 victory over Panama in Faro, while Christian Benteke scored his first senior goal for Belgium, and only one as a Koninklijke Racing Club Genk player, in their 4-2 friendly defeat of the Netherlands in Brussels. Daniel Agger reached a half century of caps in Denmark’s 3-1 defeat by Martin Škrtel’s Slovakia in Odense. On the same day, ex-red Alexander Kačaniklić made his senior bow in Sweden’s 3-0 defeat by Brazil in Solna, while Alberto Aquilani won his first cap as a Fiorentina player as Italy lost 2-1 to Roy Hodgson’s England in Bern. Xherdan Shaqiri won his last cap as a Basel player in Switzerland’s 4-2 win in Croatia, while Fulham’s John Arne Riise struck in Norway’s 3-2 loss to Greece in Oslo, with Krisztián Németh playing for Hungary for the first time while with Roda JC Kerkrade in their 1-1 draw with Israel in Budapest. Also in international action that day were Andy Carroll, Pepe Reina, future reds Mario Balotelli, Ádám Bogdán, Lazar Marković, James Milner, Mamadou Sakho, Kolo Touré and Virgil van Dijk, and ex-reds Xabi Alonso, Álvaro Arbeloa, Javier Mascherano, Nikolay Mihaylov, Daniel Sjölund, Fernando Torres. More reds in international action 2001 - A host of reds featured in international friendlies. Patrik Berger won his 44th and final cap in the Czech Republic’s 5-0 thumping of South Korea, with future red Milan Baroš also playing. Meanwhile, Jerzy Dudek won his last cap as a Feyenoord player in Poland’s 1-1 draw in Iceland. John Arne Riise won his first cap as a reds player as Norway drew 1-1 with Turkey in Oslo. Two reds also appeared for Finland in their 4-1 defeat of Belgium in Helsinki. Sami Hyypiä won his fortieth cap, while Jari Litmanen scored a penalty. Nick Barmby, Jamie Carragher, Robbie Fowler and Michael Owen all played in England’s 2-0 defeat by the Netherlands at White Hart Lane, with ex-red David James winning his first cap as a West Ham United player. Future red Bolo Zenden won his first cap while with Chelsea for the winning side, his 31st to date. Dietmar Hamann played in Germany’s 5-2 win in Hungary, with Christian Ziege winning his first cap as a Tottenham Hotspur player, his sixtieth international. Igor Bišcan featured in Croatia’s 2-2 draw with the Republic of Ireland in Dublin. Mark Kennedy played his first international as a Wolverhampton Wanderers player, with future reds Steve Finnan and Robbie Keane, and ex-reds Jason McAteer and Steve Staunton also featuring. Future reds Yossi Benayoun and Alex Manninger also represented their countries that day. Also recently for their countries 2006 - Craig Bellamy won his first cap as a reds player as John Toshack’s Wales were held to a goalless friendly draw by Bulgaria in Swansea, with ex-reds loanee Paul Jones also playing. Meanwhile, future red Yossi Benayoun was on target while winning his fiftieth cap as Israel drew 1-1 in Slovenia. Another future red, Andriy Voronin, struck in the Ukraine’s 6-0 trouncing of Azerbaijan in Kyiv, with another future red Martin Škrtel also representing his country. Also in international action that day were Pepe Reina, Luis García and future red Fernando Torres, who played as Raúl won his hundredth cap for Spain in their goalless draw in Iceland. Scott Carson won his first Under-21’s cap while on loan at Charlton Athletic as England were held to a 2-2 draw by Moldova in a European Championships qualifier at Portman Road, while Florent Sinama-Pongolle also played for his country’s junior side. Olympian Raul 2004 – Future red Raul Meireles played for Portugal in the Olympics Finals, featuring as they beat Morocco 2-1 in a group game in Greece. Also on the move 2014 – Portuguese midfielder João Teixeira joined Brighton & Hove Albion on loan, being voted their Young Player of the Year after six strikes in 35 games, despite breaking his leg towards the end of the campaign. On the same day, forward Michael Ngoo left the club to sign for Kilmarnock, failing to score in seven outings in his first season at Rugby Park. 2013 – Forward Steven Gillespie re-joined Cheltenham Town on loan from Fleetwood Town, netting twice in five games in this fourth spell with the Robins. 2011 - Future reds forward Danny Ings moved to Burnley from Bournemouth for £1m, going on to bag 43 goals in 130 run-outs before moving to Anfield in July 2015. Also in international action 1995 – Future red Vladimír Šmicer played for the Czech Republic Under-21’s as they beat Norway 4-3 in a European Championships qualifier in Stavanger.
  9. Will

    5th August

    Happy birthday Clem 1948 - Ray Clemence was born in Skegness. He arrived from Scunthorpe United for £18,000 in June 1967, usurping Tommy Lawrence as first choice number one after two years. He went on to make 665 reds appearances, winning five League titles, an FA Cup, three European Cups, two UEFA Cups, a League Cup, UEFA Super Cup and four FA Charity Shields, before moving on to Tottenham Hotspur in August 1981. Adiós Xabi 2009 - Xabi Alonso moved to Real Madrid for a club record £30m, after helping us to claim the European Cup, UEFA Super Cup, FA Cup and FA Community Shield. He had arrived from Real Sociedad for £10.7m in August 2004, bagging nineteen goals in 210 reds games, including two strikes from inside his own half. Striking out 1991 - Peter Beardsley was sold to Everton for £1m. He had arrived from Newcastle United for a British record £1.9m fee four years before. In his time at Anfield he had won two League titles, an FA Cup and two FA Charity Shields, scoring 59 times in 175 matches. 2011 - Milan Jovanović left Anfield to join Royal Sporting Club Anderlecht on a free transfer. He had struck just twice in eighteen appearances since signing for free from Standard de Liège in July 2010. Bad boy Cally 1975 - Ian Callaghan was booked for the first time fifteen years into his reds career as we won 2-0 in a friendly at Ballspielverein Borussia 09 e.V. Dortmund, although it was not officially recorded as it was clearly an incorrect decision. In the same game, Joey Jones scored his first goal in only his second reds appearance. Peter Cormack grabbed the other goal. Keep changing 2019 – Simon Mignolet was sold to Club Brugge for an initial reported £6.4m, with ex-Hammers stopper Adrián signing as his replacement, so far making eighteen senior appearances, making a crucial stop in the shoot-out as we claimed the UEFA Super Cup as well as helping us to claim the Premier League title. Mignolet had signed from Sunderland for £9m in June 2013, keeping 65 clean sheets in 204 senior outings, making a string of top-class saves as we finished second in the League in his first campaign. However, his subsequent five seasons were more mixed. Beginning and end 2010 – Joe Cole made his senior reds debut as we beat Rabotnički Skopje 2-0 at Anfield in our UEFA Europa League Third Qualifying Round second leg. Meanwhile, keeper Diego Cavalieri played his tenth and last reds game and Alberto Aquilani made his 28th and final reds appearance, with our goals coming in the first half from a David N’Gog header and a Steven Gerrard penalty. 2015 – Future reds keeper Kamil Grabara won his first cap for Poland Under-17’s in their 2-0 friendly defeat of Denmark in Sweden. Out on loan 2016 – Right-back Jon Flanagan joined Burnley for the season, managing just ten senior appearances. On the same day, reserves midfielder Allan Rodrigues de Souza joined Hertha BSC Berlin on loan, playing sixteen times. 2008 – Winger Sebastián Leto joined Olympiacos on loan after his work permit application for the UK was turned down. He had a successful campaign in Greece, netting once in 24 League outings as they clinched a League and Cup double, and signed permanently for their major rivals Panathinaikos in July 2009. 2004 - Grégory Vignal joined Rangers on loan. He appeared 42 times for the Ibrox side, netting three times and helping them to claim the League Cup and the title at the last gasp. Hurry up Harry 2003 - Harry Kewell scored his first reds goal as we beat Aberdeen 5-1 to claim the pre-season ESS Centenary Cup at Pittodrie. Florent Sinama-Pongolle missed a penalty, although Danny Murphy and Emile Heskey successfully got on the scoresheet, to add to a brace from Neil Mellor. The game was played to commemorate Aberdeen's centenary. Keeping the beery trophy 2000 - We retained the Carlsberg Belfast Challenge on goal difference after Titi Camara and Michael Owen had netted in our 2-2 draw with SL Benfica at Windsor Park. Birth and death 1872 – Tom Wyllie was born in Maybole, South Ayrshire. He bagged fifteen goals in 25 senior games after signing from Everton in 1982, as well as scoring the only goal of the first ever derby meeting with his former club, in the Liverpool Senior Cup Final in 1893. He moved on to Bury later that year. 1933 – American-born outside-left Hugh Lester died. He joined the reds in December 1911, becoming the first player born outside the British Isles to play for the reds, just twice. He moved on to Oldham Athletic in May 1913, being converted into a full-back. Shoot-out heartbreak We have twice been beaten 4-3 in penalty shoot-outs after tied friendly encounters on this day over the years. 1979 - Alan Kennedy netted as we drew 1-1 with SL Benfica in Gelsenkirchen in the Final of a tournament held to celebrate the 75th anniversary of German side Schalke 04. Phil Neal, David Johnson and Graeme Souness all converted their spot-kicks, but Alan Hansen, Alan Kennedy and Ray Kennedy had their penalties saved, with Ray Clemence saving two of the six he faced. 1983 - We lost another shoot-out after being held to a goalless draw by Hamburger SV in the Rotterdam AD Toernooi. 2007 - Pepe Reina saved a penalty as we were held to a 1-1 draw by Feyenoord in their Port of Rotterdam Tournament, meaning that Porto won the trophy. Steven Gerrard struck in our final pre-season fixture, while future red Gini Wijnaldum who was on the bench managed to swap shirts with Fernando Torres at the end of the game! More German opposition We have twice been beaten by German sides in pre-season games on this day in history. 1980 - Kenny Dalglish and David Fairclough netted as we lost 3-2 at VfB Stuttgart. 1994 - Robbie Fowler bagged our consolation from the spot as we lost 3-1 in a Firestone International Challenge Cup game at Hamburger SV. Aldo bags a treble 1988 - John Aldridge grabbed a hat-trick in our 4-1 friendly defeat of a Sunnmøre XI at the Aksla Stadion on our Norwegian tour. John Barnes struck the other. 2008 – We beat Vålerenga 4-1 at the Ullevål Stadion in Oslo, thanks to goals from Xabi Alonso, Fernando Torres, Yossi Benayoun and David N’Gog. 2009 – We won 2-0 at Lyn, with Andriy Voronin and David N’Gog on target in Oslo. 1990 - We also won in Norway as Steve McMahon, David Burrows and John Barnes netted in our 3-0 win at Lillestrøm SK. 1989 - Peter Beardsley struck the only goal of the game at Swedish side Halmstads Bollklubb. Reds in Holland 1972 - Steve Heighway bagged the only goal of our friendly at Utrecht. 1977 - We lost 2-1 to Ajax in the Amsterdam Tournament at the Olympisch Stadion, with our score coming from a René Notten own goal. Other friendlies 1985 - Steve Nicol and Kenny Dalglish added to an Ian Rush brace as we won 4-1 at Brighton & Hove Albion. 2017 – Roberto Firmino converted a penalty with Ben Woodburn and Dominic Solanke scored as we beat Athletic Bilbao 3-1 in Dublin. Double Bolognese 2021 – We played two sixty-minute matches against Italian side Bologna in Evian, France, with Diogo Jota and Sadio Mané both scoring in a 2-0 victory. Takumi Minamino bagged the only goal of the second encounter, with Divock Origi missing a penalty. Triple signing boost 2001 - It was announced that Jamie Carragher, Dietmar Hamann and Steven Gerrard had all signed new contracts to keep them at Anfield until 2005, with all of them subsequently further extending their reds careers. Goalscoring milestones 2011 – Philippe Coutinho bagged a brace, his last goals for Brazil Under-20’s in their 4-0 World Championship Finals defeat of Panama in Colombia. Fellow future red Mohamed Salah also featured in the same competition that day, as Egypt thumped Austria 4-0. 2000 - Future reds striker Djibril Cissé scored his first goal for Auxerre in their 2-1 defeat of Metz at the Stade Saint-Symphorien. On the move 2020 – Jay Spearing joined Tranmere Rovers, scoring once in 44 appearances in his first season and helping them to reach the EFL Trophy Final, being named their Player of the Year. On the same day, midfielder Tom Hill signed a new contract with the reds. He had made his senior debut in our Carabao Cup Quarter-final defeat at Aston Villa in December 2019. 2015 – Midfielder Danny Guthrie signed for Blackburn Rovers after a successful trial, playing seventeen times in his first campaign at Ewood Park. On the same day, left-back Aly Cissokho re-joined Porto on loan from Aston Villa, but was recalled after just two outings in four months back in Portugal. 2014 – Future reds coach Gary O'Neil signed for Norwich City, playing 59 times across two seasons between spells with Queens Park Rangers and Bristol City. 2011 – Ex-reds defender David Raven re-signed for Tranmere Rovers, having been released by Shrewsbury Town. He played twenty times in this second spell before moving north of the border to join Inverness Caledonian Thistle the following June. 2006 – Future reds right-back Glen Johnson joined Portsmouth on loan from Chelsea. He played 28 times for Pompey before signing on permanently for £4m a year later. 2005 - It was announced that physio Dave Galley had joined Derby County after six years at Melwood, although he returned in the summer of 2009 to head up the Academy’s medical department for a year, after a spell at Wigan Athletic. On the same day, ex-reds midfielder Don Hutchison joined Millwall on a free transfer from West Ham United. He struck twice in fourteen games for the Lions before joining Luton Town in July 2007. 2004 - Former Under-13’s Coach Mike Sheron joined Macclesfield Town from Blackpool on a free transfer, having struck eleven times in fifty games for the Tangerines. 1999 - Dean Saunders joined Bradford City from SL Benfica on a free transfer. He could only net six times in 53 games during his two seasons with the Bantams. Papa Luis 2009 – Future reds forward Luis Suárez became a father to his first child, a daughter called Delfina, oddly enough an anagram of Anfield!
  10. Will

    19th February

    Brucie’s farewell 1994 - Bruce Grobbelaar played his final reds game in a 2-0 League defeat at Leeds United, with David Wetherall and future red Gary McAllister on target, the latter via a deflection off Mark Wright. Our eccentric keeper had played 628 times in total, helping us to six League titles, one European Cup, three FA Cups, three League Cups and three FA Charity Shields. David James replaced him for the final minute, so beginning a run of 213 consecutive reds appearances. 1997 - We faced Leeds again, with Stan Collymore bagging a brace as we won 4-0 at Anfield, as Jamie Redknapp and Robbie Fowler also got on the scoresheet. Stan’s first goal was our 300th in the Premier League. Double centurions 1980 – Terry McDermott netted while playing his 200th reds game, with Alan Hansen completing his century, as we beat Nottingham Forest 2-0 at Anfield, with Ray Kennedy also on target. 1964 – Roger Hunt reached 200 appearances for the club, scoring in our 2-2 draw at Aston Villa. Alf Arrowsmith also netted. 1958 – Billy Liddell reached 200 goals for the reds in our 1-1 Second Division draw at Doncaster Rovers as right-back John Molyneux played his hundredth League game for us. Go back to Italy 2008 - Late goals from Dirk Kuyt and Steven Gerrard handed us a 2-0 victory over Internazionale in the first leg of our Champions League Round of sixteen tie at Anfield. Ex-Blue Marco Materazzi was sent off for the visitors, while Gerrard’s goal meant that he had scored in his fifth consecutive game in Europe, a joint club record and a new record in a single season. 2015 – We beat Beşiktaş JK 1-0 at Anfield in the first leg of our UEFA Europa League Round of 32 tie, with Mario Balotelli converting a late spot kick, his fourth and last reds goal, having fought off skipper Jordan Henderson for the right to take it. Unfortunately, we lost the return fixture by the same score, crashing out on penalties. Signing on 1990 - Steve McManaman signed as a professional for the reds. Shaggy struck 66 times in 364 reds games, helping us to the FA Cup in 1992 and the Coca-Cola Cup three years later. 1943 – Centre-half Laurie Hughes signed from Tranmere Rovers. He made 326 reds appearances, netting just once. He helped us to the first post-war League title in 1947 and the FA Cup Final three years later, becoming the first red to appear in the World Cup Finals later that year. Heading towards Wembley 2012 – We beat Brighton & Hove Albion 6-1 in an FA Cup Fifth Round tie at Anfield, as we benefited from three own goals for the first time in our history, although one of these is also often credited to Steven Gerrard. Martin Škrtel headed in the opener, with Andy Carroll and Luis Suárz also netting, with the Uruguayan also having a penalty saved. Ex-red Alan Navarro featured for the Seagulls. Last strike 1977 - Joey Jones netted his third and last goal for the reds as we beat Derby County 3-1 at Anfield. Kevin Hector scored his fourth and final past us, with John Toshack and Kevin Keegan both also on target. First time at Old Trafford 1910 - We played in the first ever match at Manchester United’s new ground, Old Trafford, spoiling the party by running out 4-3 winners to secure our first ever away victory against them. United’s Sandy Turnbull struck one of his five goals against the reds with Tom Homer also on target for the home side before the break. Arthur Goddard pulled a goal back after half-time before George Wall restored United’s two-goal cushion with one of his ten strikes past us. Goddard struck again, his fiftieth League goal for the reds, before a brace from James Stewart handed us victory. Dick departs 1925 – Centre-forward Dick Johnson was sold to Stoke after thirty goals in 82 outings, including two hat-tricks, since arriving in January 1920. He helped us to the League title in 1923 and was noted for his overhead bicycle kicks. Trigger at Wembley 1992 - Rob Jones made his full England debut in a 2-0 victory over France at Wembley, winning the first of his eight international caps. Mark Wright also played, winning his first cap as a red, with future red Nigel Clough also in the line-up. On the same day, Dean Saunders and ex-reds John Aldridge and Kevin Sheedy all played in the only full international ever played at the Royal Dublin Society, as Wales beat the Republic of Ireland 1-0. This was Sheedy’s 42nd cap, and final one as an Evertonian. Meanwhile, ex-red Jim Magilton and future red Gary McAllister were in opposition as Scotland beat Northern Ireland 1-0 in a friendly at Hampden Park. Held by the Germans 2019 – We were held to a goalless draw at Anfield in the first leg of our UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie by Bayern München, en route to glory in Madrid at the end of that campaign. FA Cup memories Of our four other FA Cup ties on this day over the years, we have only won one, although this was a handsome victory. 1968 - Striker Tony Hateley grabbed four goals in our 5-2 Fourth Round replay win over Walsall at Anfield, with Geoff Strong also on the scoresheet and Tommy Watson nabbing a brace for the visitors. It was such a foggy evening that the Kop had to chant for those in the Anny Road to tell them who had scored down that end! We went on to reach the Sixth Round that year, before succumbing to eventual winners West Bromwich Albion after a second replay. 1995 - Robbie Fowler netted his first goal in the competition, equalising in our 1-1 Anfield draw with Wimbledon in a Fifth Round tie, with Robbie Earle hitting the post with just two minutes remaining. We went on to win the replay 2-0 at Selhurst Park, but were knocked out at home by Tottenham Hotspur in the next round. The king honoured 1985 – Kenny Dalglish received his MBE for services to football from The Queen at Buckingham Palace. Bill at the treble again 1938 - Billy ‘Ginger’ Richardson struck a hat-trick for West Bromwich Albion as we were thumped 5-1 at The Hawthorns, having already done so against the reds two years earlier, taking his tally against us to nine. Jack Balmer bagged our consolation as Ike Clarke netted the first of his four goals against the reds, with Joe Johnson also on target. Ned for Scotland 1887 - Future reds keeper Ned Doig won the first of his five Scotland caps as they beat Northern Ireland 4-1 in the British International Championships at Hampden Park. Happy birthdays 2003 – Polish keeper Jakub Ojrzyński was born in Warsaw. He arrived at the Academy in the summer of 2019, turning professional in July 2020. 1973 – Former first-team fitness coach Paco de Miguel was born in Madrid. He left Valencia to move to Anfield in 2007, continuing to work with Rafael Benítez at future clubs. 1870 – Scottish winger Patrick Gordon was born in Renton, West Dunbartonshire. He signed from Everton in June 1893, netting eight times in thirty reds games as he helped us to the Second Division title before joining Blackburn Rovers in October 1894. Trouncing the Blues 1901 - We thumped Manchester City 8-0 at their old Hyde Road ground in a benefit match for Reid. John Hunter bagged a treble, with John Davies netting a brace and Bill Goldie, Andy McGuigan and Charles Satterthwaite also scoring. Brad bows out 2000 - Brad Friedel’s USA lost at the Quarter-final stage of the Gold Cup in Miami. Their game against Colombia ended 2-2, but the Americans lost a penalty shoot-out 2-1, despite Friedel saving one of the Colombian kicks. Derby despair 1898 - We lost 2-0 to Everton in a friendly at Anfield. Down from the seaside We have twice entertained Blackpool in First Division matches on this day in history. 1949 - We were held to a 1-1 draw when Jack Balmer grabbed our goal. The legendary Stanley Matthews and Stan Mortenson were both in the visitors’ side, for whom future Blue Jimmy McIntosh struck one of his six goals past us. 1966 - Roger Hunt bagged a brace with Alf Arrowsmith and Gordon Milne also on the scoresheet as we triumphed 4-1. Other reds games 1975 – We shared a goalless draw with West Ham United in muddy conditions in East London. 1972 – We beat Sheffield United 2-0 at Anfield with John Toshack on target twice. 1955 – We lost 2-0 to Huddersfield Town in an FA Cup Fifth Round meeting in L4 with Jimmy Glazzard nabbing the last of his five goals past us after Albert Hobson had given the Terriers the lead. 1927 – We lost 2-0 at Arsenal in another Fifth Round tie, with Jimmy Brain netting one of his eight goals against the reds and Charlie Buchan scoring one of his 21 past us. 1921 – We drew 0-0 at Bradford City. Danny on the move 2004 - Ex-reserves midfielder Danny Williams joined Chester City on loan from Kidderminster Harriers. He played five times for the Third Division outfit before moving into Welsh football. Also in international action 1944 – Matt Busby captained England as they thumped Scotland 6-2 in a Wartime International at Wembley. 1989 – Future reds Stig Inge Bjørnebye and Øyvind Leonhardsen both featured as Norway Under-20’s lost a World Championships Finals group game 2-0 to Argentina in Saudi Arabia. 2018 – Future red Fábio Carvalho played for England Under-16’s as they beat Scotland 2-0 at St. George’s Park.
  11. Will

    7th May

    Corner taken quickly 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. 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. Also 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. Outside-right Danny McRorie netted his sixth and last reds goal 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 1899 - Inside-right David Wilson arrived from East Bontas. He only made two senior appearances, leaving the club in July 1900. 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. Other international highlights 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. 2007 – Victor Moses bagged a brace as England Under-17’s beat the Netherlands 4-2 in a European Championships Finals group game in Belgium. Fellow future red Mamadou Sakho represented France in the same competition that day. 2008 – Future red Thiago Alcântara netted twice as Spain Under-17’s drew 3-3 with France in another European Championships Finals group match in Turkey, with Gerardo Bruna also featuring. 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. Other games on this day 1977 – We drew 1-1 with Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road. Don Givens opened the scoring early on, with Jimmy Case bagging the equaliser. 1949 – Preston North End won 2-0 at Anfield as we ended the season in twelfth. Jackie Knight scored before the legendary Tom Finney netted the first of his five goals past us. Also in international action 1969 – Future red John Toshack played for Wales as they lost 2-1 to England in the British International Championships at Wembley. 1994 – Future red Brad Friedel featured in the USA’s 4-0 thumping of Estonia in California. 1996 – Future red Haukur Ingi Guðnason played for Iceland Under-19’s in their 2-1 European Championships Play-off defeat by the Republic of Ireland. 2002 - Future red Arnaud Bühler’s Switzerland Under-17’s side beat England 3-0 in their European Championships Semi-final in Denmark, with David Mannix and Mark Smyth on the losing side. Meanwhile, future red Carl Medjani featured as France knocked Spain out on penalties at the same stage after their match ended 1-1. 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. Future red Caoimhín Kelleher played for the Republic of Ireland in their goalless draw with the Netherlands in the same competition that day. 2016 – Future reds Rafael Camacho and Ozan Kabak faced each other in a friendly as Portugal Under-16’s shared a goalless draw with their Turkish counterparts in Fão, with Turkey winning on penalties. 2018 – Bobby Duncan featured for England Under-17’s in their European Championships Finals group game in Walsall as they beat Italy 2-1. 2019 – Future red Jakub Ojrzyński played for Poland Under-16’s in their 2-2 draw with Croatia in Romania.
  12. Will

    18th August

    Rafa’s got his Dirk Kuyt 2006 - Dirk Kuyt signed from Feyenoord for £9m, with then Chairman David Moores having to lend the club the money for the transfer. He proved a willing worker, notching 71 times in 285 outings, including our consolation in the Champions League Final in Athens in 2007 and five derby strikes. He helped the club to claim the Carling Cup and reach the FA Cup Final in his final season before moving on to Fenerbahçe SK for €1m in June 2012. Rushie returns 1988 - Ian Rush re-signed for the reds from Juventus for a club record £2.8m, having only spent one season with the Turin giants. In his second spell at Anfield, he struck 139 times in 329 games, winning a further League title, two FA Cups, League Cup and FA Charity Shield this time around. Happy birthdays 1988 - Centre-half Jack Hobbs was born in Portsmouth, signing officially with the reds in a £750,000 deal from Lincoln City on his seventeenth birthday. He featured in the first team on five occasions but was sold to Leicester City in April 2009 having helped them to claim the League One title while on loan. 1965 - Former reserves striker John Durnin was born in Bootle. He failed to make the break-through at Anfield, making only two League Cup appearances and one in the Mercantile Credit Centenary Trophy before his departure to Oxford United for £225,000 in February 1989. His most recent appearance at Anfield came as he scored the only goal of the Replay 86 game in aid of the Marina Dalglish Appeal in May 2006. 1931 - Centre-half Dick White was born. He signed from his hometown club Sc***horpe United in November 1955 and was reds captain until the arrival of Ron Yeats, making 217 appearances, and won a Second Division title medal in his time at Anfield, scoring just once. He moved on to Doncaster Rovers in May 1962. 1935 - His sometime team-mate, Scottish inside-forward Jimmy Harrower, was born in Alva. He signed from Hibernian for £11,000 in January 1958 and bagged 22 goals in 105 reds games, moving on to Newcastle United in March 1961. On the same day, Northern Irish forward Sam English was born in Coleraine. He signed from Rangers for £8,000 in August 1933, netting 26 times in fifty games before joining Queen Of The South in July 1935. Wembley disappointment We have twice played in the FA Charity Shield at Wembley on this day. 1984 - Bruce Grobbelaar scored an own goal to hand the trophy to our neighbours from across Stanley Park, with new signing Paul Walsh making his reds debut. 1990 - John Barnes equalised from the spot in our 1-1 draw with Manchester United, with the trophy therefore being shared. Clayton Blackmore had netted for United on the stroke of half time. Double League debuts 2001 - Pegguy Arphexad and John Arne Riise both made their League debuts in our 2-1 defeat of West Ham United at Anfield, which came thanks to a Michael Owen brace. Robbie Fowler sat out the game in the Main Stand, following a training-ground bust-up with Assistant Manager Phil Thompson. Markus Babbel had to be withdrawn at half-time, as he was beginning to suffer the effects of Guillain-Barré syndrome, unbeknownst to us all. Paolo di Canio netted for the Hammers between Owen’s strikes. 2002 - Riise netted the only goal of the game as we kicked off our Premiership campaign at Aston Villa, with Peter Enckleman then saving a Michael Owen penalty. Starting in goal 1956 - Keeper Tommy Younger made his reds debut but could not prevent us losing 3-2 to Huddersfield Town at Anfield as Phil Taylor took charge of the reds for the first time. Billy Liddell nabbed both our goals, with one coming from the spot. Future red Dave Hickson was amongst the scorers for the Terriers, with Ron Simpson and Willie Davie also on target. 2010 – Keeper Brad Jones signed from Middlesbrough for £2.3m. He only played 27 senior reds games before being released in June 2015, although one of these was our victorious FA Cup Semi-final derby at Wembley in April 2012. Reds on the move 2000 - Dominic Matteo was sold to Leeds United for £4m. He had scored twice in 155 appearances for the reds and quit Elland Road in July 2004 to rejoin Graeme Souness at Blackburn Rovers. 1999 - Robbie Keane joined Coventry City from Wolverhampton Wanderers for £6m, after twelve strikes in 34 outings for the Sky Blues. 1997 - Peter Beardsley signed for Bolton Wanderers from Newcastle United for £450,000. He netted twice in 21 appearances for the Trotters, before moving on again to Fulham. 2009 – Reserves centre-half Mikel San José re-joined Athletic de Bilbao on loan, signing on again permanently the following May after three goals in thirty outings that season. 2011 - Djimi Traoré joined Olympique de Marseille, playing twenty times in his one season there. On the same day, forward Nabil El Zhar was released by the reds after scoring just once in 32 first-team outings. 2014 – Portuguese centre-half Tiago Ilori joined Girondins de Bordeaux on loan, netting once in fifteen games for the French side. 2019 – Mario Balotelli signed for his hometown club Brescia, going on to score five times in nineteen outings that season. 2020 – Left-back Adam Lewis joined Amiens SC on loan, playing nine times before joining Plymouth Argyle on a temporary basis the following January. A losing start 2012 – Joe Allen made his reds bow as we lost 3-0 at West Bromwich Albion in our opening League game of the season. We fell behind to a Zoltán Gera wonder-goal just before half time, with Pepe Reina saving a Shane Long spot-kick on the hour mark with Daniel Agger dismissed for a foul on Long. However, the Baggies were awarded a second penalty when Martin Škrtel was also judged to have brought down Long in the box, which Peter Odemwingie converted. Future Blue Romelu Lukaku completed the scoring with the first of his five past us to date. Other League fixtures 1951 - We lost 2-0 to Portsmouth at Anfield, with full-back Steve Parr making his reds bow, their most recent win in L4. 1962 - Winger Kevin Lewis netted as Blackpool left Anfield having won 2-1 in another season opener, with a seventeen-year-old Alan Ball debuting for the visitors. Ray Charnley struck the first of his eight goals against the reds, with Des Horne also on target. 1993 - We won 3-1 at Queens Park Rangers, with Steve Nicol nabbing his 46th and last reds goal. Nigel Clough and Ian Rush were also on target. Ray Wilkins bagged the home side’s consolation. Irish friendlies 1979 - We beat a Football League Of Ireland side 2-0 at Dalymount Park, thanks to strikes from Alan Hansen and Terry McDermott. This game was arranged as construction work at Molineux meant that our opening League fixture scheduled for this day had to be postponed. 1986 - We beat an Irish International XI 2-1 in Cork, with Jan Mølby netting a penalty and Kevin MacDonald also on the scoresheet. Future red Ray Houghton scored for the Irish. The game was originally supposed to have taken place in 1985 as part of Cork’s 800th birthday celebrations but had to be re-arranged following the post-Heysel ban on where the reds could play in Europe. Nando on target 1999 - Fernando Morientes scored past his future clubmate Jerzy Dudek as Spain beat Poland 2-1 in a friendly in Warsaw. On the same day, Vegard Heggem won his eleventh cap as Norway beat Lithuania 1-0 in a friendly in Oslo. Øyvind Leonhardsen also played, winning his 62nd cap, and first as a Tottenham Hotspur player, just twelve days after leaving Anfield. Meanwhile, Alex Manninger made his senior bow in Austria’s goalless draw in Sweden, with fellow future reds Igor Bišcan and Bolo Zenden also in friendly action. 2007 – Future reds loanee Victor Moses scored for England Under-17’s as they drew 1-1 with North Korea in a World Championship Finals group game in South Korea. A good and bad day 2010 – Slovakian centre-half Martin Škrtel signed a new contract to tie him to the reds until 2014, although he later extended this. He notched eighteen goals in 320 games in total, including one in our Carling Cup win at Wembley in February 2012, moving on to Fenerbahçe SK for £5.5m in July 2016. On the same day, new signing Joe Cole was found guilty of speeding. Meanwhile, future red James Milner signed for Manchester City from Aston Villa for £26m plus Stephen Ireland, going on to score eighteen times in 201 outings, helping them to claim two League titles and FA Community Shield. More international friendlies 2004 - Michael Owen netted as he won his 61st England cap, and first as a Real Madrid player, as they beat Ukraine 3-0 at St. James’ Park, with Andriy Voronin making his first appearance while with Bayer 04 Leverkusen for the losing side. Jamie Carragher, Steven Gerrard, ex-red David James and future red Glen Johnson also featured. Fernando Morientes nabbed his final goal while with Real Madrid as Spain beat Venezuela 3-2 in Gran Canaria. Xabi Alonso won his last cap while with Real Sociedad in the first game managed by Luis Aragonés, with another future red Fernando Torres also featuring. Future red Jan Kromkamp made his senior international debut as the Netherlands drew 2-2 in Sweden. Djibril Cissé won his first cap as a reds player, and seventeenth in all, as France were held to a 1-1 draw by Bosnia-Herzegovina in Rennes. Also in action were Milan Baroš, Salif Diao, Jerzy Dudek, Steve Finnan, Stéphane Henchoz, Sami Hyypiä, John Arne Riise, future reds Yossi Benayoun, Christian Poulsen, Maxi Rodríguez and Kolo Touré, and ex-red Jari Litmanen. Meanwhile, ex-reds Paul Jones and Gareth Roberts and future red Craig Bellamy all played in the first international meeting of Latvia and Wales that ended in a 2-0 win for the Welsh in Riga. Bellamy scored, his last goal for his country while with Newcastle United, excluding his loan spell at Celtic. 1998 – Alex Manninger played for Austria Under-21’s in their 2-2 friendly draw with France in Amstetten, while fellow future red Frode Kippe played for Norway at the same level in their 2-1 defeat of Romania in Skien. 2017 – Bobby Duncan featured as England Under-17’s beat Turkey 3-2 at St. George’s Park. 2019 – Oakley Cannonier and Isaac Mabaya played for England Under-16’s beat Denmark 2-0 in a friendly at St. George’s Park. Youngsters starting out 1993 - Future red Sami Hyypiä played his first European game as Myllykosken Pallo-47 lost 3-1 at Valur in the European Cup Winners’ Cup. 2001 - Florent Sinama-Pongolle made his League debut for Le Havre AC in their goalless draw with Nîmes Olympique at the Stade des Costières. 2004 – Future reds reserves forward Ramon Calliste won his first cap for Wales Under-21’s as they were held to a goalless friendly draw in Latvia. Meanwhile, Raul Meireles played in the Olympics Finals for Portugal as they lost 4-2 to Costa Rica in Heraklion, with two off his team-mates seeing red.
  13. Will

    30th July

    World Cup winners 1966 - Our very own centre-forward ‘Sir’ Roger Hunt won a World Cup winner’s medal as England famously defeated West Germany 4-2 at Wembley, after extra-time. On the same day, former reserves forward George Scott married Carole. Bill Shankly called him “the best player ever to play for my reserves”, but he failed to break through to the first team, later turning out for Aberdeen and Tranmere Rovers. 1997 - Karl-Heinz Riedle, who had won the World Cup with West Germany in 1990, was signed from Ballspielverein Borussia 09 e.V. Dortmund for £1.8m. He scored fifteen times in 76 reds games, and also had a great influence on the young Michael Owen, before leaving Anfield for Fulham in a £200,000 deal in September 1999. Double debutants 2008 – Forwards Robbie Keane and David N’Gog played their first reds games as we shared a goalless draw at Villarreal. 2014 – We drew 2-2 with Manchester City in an International Champions Cup group game at New York’s Yankee Stadium, with Jordan Henderson and Raheem Sterling both on target. There was no extra time, with the reds winning a shoot-out 3-1, despite Daniel Sturridge missing from twelve yards as Simon Mignolet made two penalty saves. 2016 – Midfielder Gini Wijnaldum played his first reds game as we beat AC Milan 2-0 in an International Champions Cup game in California, with Divock Origi and Roberto Firmino on target. Happy birthday Bill 1899 – Scottish centre-forward Willie Devlin was born in Bellshill, Lanarkshire. He bagged fifteen goals in just nineteen reds games, but was only at Anfield for seven months in 1927 between signing from Huddersfield Town and leaving for Heart Of Midlothian. His brother Tom was also a forward in the reserves at Anfield at the same time. 1979 – Physio Chris Morgan was born. He joined the reds in 2006, but moved on in 2016 for spells with Crystal Palace and Arsenal, before returning as a First Team Physiotherapist in August 2020. The Pope is a red 2001 - liverpoolfc.tv website statistics revealed that six priests from the Vatican had signed up to the club’s official site. A spokeswoman for the Roman Catholic Church said, “The Pope is well known as a big football fan and there are computers in every office in the Vatican. It is likely he signed up for the Liverpool website and I wouldn’t be surprised if he did follow their progress.” In and out 1998 - Neil Ruddock was sold to West Ham United for £100,000 after twelve goals in 152 first-team appearances. He struck three times in 56 games for the Hammers before moving on to Crystal Palace in July 2000. 2020 – Polish keeper Jakub Ojrzyński signed professional terms with the reds, having arrived at the Academy in the summer of 2019. He made it to the first-team bench for the first time at Sheffield United in February 2021. On the same day, scouse midfielder Curtis Jones was presented with the Premier League 2 Player of the Season award. Double departures 1999 - The reds bade farewell to two disappointing signings. Paul Ince was sold to Middlesbrough, while Sean Dundee left for VfB Stuttgart, both for £1m fees. Ince had bagged seventeen goals in 81 reds games, many as skipper, while Dundee had only made five senior appearances, without finding the net. Making history 2002 - Liverpool’s friendly with S.S. Lazio at Anfield was the first time a Premiership team had shown an entire match live on the internet. We lost the game 1-0, but the Kop was impressed by one of our new signings, French midfielder Bruno Cheyrou. Stanley off the mark 1995 - New signing Stan Collymore scored his first reds goal after Rui Costa gave Fiorentina the lead from the spot as we drew 1-1 in the third-place play-off of the pre-season Mönchengladbach Trophy. The game was decided by a penalty shoot-out, with keeper David James saving twice and then scoring the decisive final reds kick as we won 3-2. Robbie Fowler and Steve Harkness had also converted, with Steve McManaman and Neil Ruddock proving unsuccessful. Debutants 1986 - Barry Venison played his first reds game as we were held 1-1 by a Denmark Select XI, made up of players from Brøndby IF and Lyngby BK, in a game played in honour of the Danish town of Holbæk’s 750th anniversary, with Kevin MacDonald scoring our goal. 1985 - Young forward Wayne Harrison made his reds bow in our 2-2 friendly draw at Crewe Alexandra. Ian Rush and Steve Nicol were on target that day. Ground celebrations 1968 - We won 3-0 at Tranmere Rovers in a game played to celebrate the opening of a new stand. Ian Callaghan grabbed a brace, with Ian St. John netting the other. 1991 - The reds beat Swedish side Ludvika 3-2 at Hillängen, to help commemorate the stadium’s fiftieth anniversary. Youngster Steve McManaman scored his first reds goal in this match, with Ronnie Whelan and Dean Saunders also hitting the target. Losing at Wembley 1989 - We lost the Final of the Makita International Tournament 1-0 to Arsenal at Wembley, thanks to a Steve Bould goal. 1980 - Kenny Dalglish and Phil Neal netted as we beat Dundalk 2-0 at Lansdowne Road in our other friendly on this day. The game was arranged as part of a deal that took Synan Braddish, Derek Carroll and Brian Duff to Anfield for a combined £50,000 fee in 1978. However, all three were already back at Dundalk by the time of this match! On the move 2000 - Robbie Keane left Coventry City to sign for Internazionale in a £13m deal. He had struck twelve times in 34 games for the Sky Blues and went on to bag just three goals in fourteen outings for the nerazzurri, before returning to England to join Leeds United, initially on loan. 2010 - David James signed for Bristol City, having been released by Portsmouth. He turned out on 84 occasions for the Robins before being released in May 2012. 2013 – Former reserves centre-half Godwin Antwi signed for Norwegian side Bodø/Glimt. However, he only stayed there for seven months before joining Sisaket in Thailand. 2016 – Young forward Jack Dunn joined Morecambe on loan, netting six times in nineteen games. 2018 – Ex-reds Jack Hobbs joined Bolton Wanderers from Nottingham Forest on a free transfer, netting once in 27 games in his first campaign with the Trotters. 2019 – Young Welsh forward Ben Woodburn joined Oxford United on loan, netting once in sixteen outings as they lost the League One Play-off Final earlier this month. On the same day, ex-reds winger Toni Silva signed for Romanian side Astra Giurgiu, only staying there seven months. 2021 – Right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold signed a new contract. He joined the Academy at the age of six, striking twelve times in 226 senior appearances across his first six seasons as he helped the reds to claim the League title, UEFA Champions League, FIFA Club World Cup, UEFA Super Cup, FA Cup and League Cup. On the move? 2004 - The club’s new stadium was granted planning permission by Liverpool City Council. However, work never began in earnest and the plans have now been firmly scrapped. European champions 2010 – Chris Mavinga’s France Under-19’s beat Spain 2-1 in the Final of the European Championships in Caen. The Frenchman was winning his twelfth and final cap at this level, while Dani Pacheco and future red Thiago Alcântara both featured for the losing side. 1996 - Gérard Houllier took charge of France Under-18’s, with Christian Damiano, as they beat Spain 1-0 in the European Championships Final in Besançon. Berry for England 1910 - Ex-red Arthur Berry scored for an England side that beat South Africa 6-3 in an FA Tour game in Cape Town. International bows 2007 – Future reds reserves forward Nikola Sarić played his first game for Denmark Under-17’s as they drew 1-1 with Belgium in a tournament game in Herning. 2011 – Philippe Coutinho won his first cap for Brazil Under-20’s as they drew 1-1 with Egypt in a World Championship Finals group game in Colombia, with fellow future red Mohamed Salah also featuring. Also in international action 1999 - Brad Friedel captained the USA as they beat Germany 2-0 in a Confederations Cup group game in Guadalajara.
  14. Will

    29th July

    In rides a knight 1959 - ‘Sir’ Roger Hunt signed for the reds from Stockton Heath. He netted 285 times in 492 reds games, and his 244 League goals remain a club record. He has the honour of being the first red to win the World Cup while at Anfield, while his club medal haul includes two League championships, an FA Cup, FA Charity Shield and a Second Division title. Happy birthday Jim 1963 - Left-back Jim Beglin was born in Waterford in the Republic of Ireland. He was Bob Paisley’s last signing, from Shamrock Rovers for £20,000 in May 1983, and went on to score three times in 98 reds appearances. He helped us to four trophies in 1986, the League and FA Cup double, a shared FA Charity Shield and the Screen Sport Super Cup. After breaking his leg against Everton in January 1987, he moved on to Leeds United, and is now a regular TV commentator. In and out 2014 – Belgian forward Divock Origi signed from Lille OSC Métropole for £9.8m, immediately re-signing on loan for the following season. He netted sixteen times in total in 89 games for Les Dogues and struck 41 times in 175 reds games, including a crucial strike as we claimed the UEFA Champions League Final in Madrid in June 2019, as well as helping us to claim the Premier League title, FIFA Club World Cup, UEFA Super Cup and League Cup before joining AC Milan in July 2022. 1974 – Keeper Peter McDonnell signed from Bury for £20,000 to become Bob Paisley’s first signing as boss. He never made the first team but sat on the bench at the European Cup Final in Rome in 1977, and on another 27 occasions, including both legs of the 1976 UEFA Cup Final, three FA Charity Shields and both legs of the UEFA Super Cup Final in 1977. He left Anfield to join Oldham Athletic in August 1978. 2015 – Defender Andre Wisdom joined Norwich City on loan, playing fourteen games for the Canaries in the following campaign. On the same day, future reds loanee centre-half Steven Caulker moved to Southampton from Queens Park Rangers on a temporary basis, but only played eight times before moving to Anfield the following January. 1930 – Scottish forward John McFarlane left the reds to sign for Halifax Town. He had signed from Aberdeen in November 1928 and became our then-youngest ever player when he debuted as we lost 2-1 at home to Everton in the League three months later, aged just seventeen years and 47 days. However, he only played one more senior game. Adiós amigos 2013 – Pepe Reina joined Rafael Benítez’s SSC Napoli on loan, playing 41 times in his season in Italy. He helped them to claim the Coppa Italia and to finish third in Serie A. 2009 - Álvaro Arbeloa was sold to Real Madrid for £3.5m. He had struck twice in 98 reds games after signing from Real Club Deportivo de La Coruña for £2.64m in January 2007. 2005 - Antonio Núñez was sold to Real Club Celta de Vigo, netting twice in 32 games as they finished sixth in La Liga in his first season, after notching just once in 27 reds outings. Meanwhile, reserves winger Richie Partridge signed for Sheffield Wednesday. He struck once in twenty games for the Owls as they survived in the Championship, moving on to Rotherham United in June 2006. Roy’s winning start 2010 – Roy Hodgson took charge of the reds in a first-class game for the first time as we won 2-0 at Rabotnički Skopje in the Third Qualifying Round of the UEFA Europa League, thanks to a David N’Gog brace. Forwards David Amoo, Lauri Dalla Valle and Milan Jovanović all played their first reds games as Lucas made his debut as skipper. Stephen Darby played his sixth and last reds game. Less praised arrivals 2002 - Young French keeper Patrice Luzi signed from AS Monaco on a free transfer. He made just one first-team appearance for the club, as substitute for the injured Jerzy Dudek in our long overdue League win at Chelsea in January 2004. 1992 - England international Paul Stewart signed from Tottenham Hotspur for £2.3m. That same day he made his reds bow in a 1-0 friendly defeat to Rosenborg BK in Vålerenga. His time at Anfield was a failure, as he scored just three times in 42 appearances in nearly four seasons. He left for Sunderland on a free transfer in March 1996. Pepe ventures out 2006 - We lost 3-2 to 1. FC Kaiserslautern in Liechtenstein. Jermaine Pennant played his first reds game, while Robbie Fowler came on as a substitute for the injured Luis García, who had previously replaced him! Pepe Reina played some of the game in midfield, while our goals were scored by García and Craig Bellamy. 2017 – Left-back Andy Robertson played his first reds game as we won 3-0 at Hertha BSC Berlin in a game staged to celebrate both clubs’ 125th anniversaries. Dominic Solanke, Gini Wijnaldum and Mohamed Salah were all on target. Back to Norway We have twice returned to Vålerenga on this day over the years. 1998 - We lost 2-0 to Rosenborg BK. 1999 - Karl-Heinz Riedle, Dietmar Hamann and Erik Meijer all netted in our 4-1 win over Vålerenga themselves to claim the Norway Cup, with the scoring completed by a Fredrik Kjølner own goal. Double debutants 2000 - Both Markus Babbel and Nick Barmby made their first reds appearances in a 4-1 win at SC Freiburg, with Barmby opening the scoring. Emile Heskey, Michael Owen and Steve Staunton also got on the scoresheet. We made a total of thirteen substitutions in the game, our second of that pre-season. A treble from the boss 1945 - Don Welsh netted a hat-trick as we drew 3-3 with a BIA 21st Army side in Hannover in the immediate aftermath of the war. He never made a senior reds appearance, but went on to take charge of the reds in 1951. In 1954 he became the first manager to lead us down a division for over fifty years, becoming the first ever reds boss to be sacked, in 1956. German trips 1994 - We won 1-0 at Borussia Mönchengladbach in the Firestone International Challenge Cup, thanks to a Neil Ruddock goal. 1995 - We returned to Germany, being trounced 5-0 by Ajax in the first round of the Mönchengladbach Trophy. Antonio the champion 2006 - Reds right-back Antonio Barragán was on the winning side as Spain Under-19’s claimed the European Championships by beating Scotland 2-1 in the Final in Poznan. This was his final cap at any level prior to moving to Real Club Deportivo de La Coruña. 2005 – Future red David Martin played for England Under-19’s for the eleventh and final time as they lost 3-1 to France in the European Championships Final in Belfast. Olympian reds 2012 – Future red Daniel Sturridge netted as Great Britain beat United Arab Emirates 3-1 in a Olympics Finals group game at Wembley, with Craig Bellamy and future reds Joe Allen and Steven Caulker also in action. This game was immediately preceded by Senegal’s 2-0 defeat of Uruguay, who were skippered by Luis Suárez and also included Sebastián Coates, with future red Sadio Mané on the winning side. Meanwhile, future red Mohamed Salah struck as Egypt were held to a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford by New Zealand. A wise double 2009 – Andre Wisdom struck twice as England Under-17’s trounced the Faroe Islands 8-0 in a Nordic Tournament group game in Trondheim. His clubmate Jack Robinson made his debut at this level, with Conor Coady and future red Conor Thomas also in action. 2014 – Trent Alexander-Arnold and Herbie Kane both played as England Under-17’s drew 1-1 with Finland in a Nordic Tournament group game in Denmark, with the English winning a penalty shoot-out 5-3. 2019 – Future red Darwin Núñez netted for Uruguay Under-22’s in their 2-0 defeat of Peru in Lima in a Pan American Games group fixture. Other friendlies 2021 – We lost 4-3 to Hertha BSC Berlin in Innsbruck, with Sadio Mané, Takumi Minamino and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on target. 1989 - We beat Dynamo Kyiv 2-0 at Wembley in the first round of the Makita International Tournament that also featured Arsenal. John Barnes netted from the spot, with John Aldridge also on target. 1969 - We were held to a goalless draw at Blackpool. On the move 2021 – Polish keeper Jakub Ojrzyński joined Caernarfon Town on loan. 2016 – Ex-reds reserves defender Jakub Sokolík re-joined Southend United after two loan spells at Roots Hall. He played nine times this time around before moving on to Plymouth Argyle the following January. 2014 – Left-back Andy Robertson joined Hull City from Dundee United for £2.85m after five goals in 44 games for the Terrors. 2009 – Centre-back Kolo Touré joined Manchester City from Arsenal for £16m after netting fourteen times in 326 outings as he helped the Gunners to claim the League title, two FA Cups and two FA Community Shields. 1992 - Neil Ruddock re-signed for Tottenham Hotspur from Southampton for £750,000. He played just fifty games in this second spell at White Hart Lane, and a year later he was on his way to Anfield, where he made a total of 152 first-team appearances. 2006 - Reserves striker Michael Nardiello signed for West Bromwich Albion. Just like at Anfield, he failed to make a senior appearance for the Baggies before being released. 2000 - Michael Thomas joined First Division Wimbledon from SL Benfica on a free transfer. He could only make nine appearances in his one season with the Dons. 1996 - Former reserves striker Mike Newell left Blackburn Rovers for Birmingham City in a £775,000 deal. He was only at St. Andrews for a season, playing just twenty times, before moving on again to Aberdeen. Also in international action 1981 – Future red Glenn Hysén played for Sweden as they beat Finland 1-0 in the Nordic Championships in Halmstad. 2001 – Future red Kolo Touré featured in the Ivory Coast’s 2-1 defeat by DR Congo in a World Cup qualifier in Abidjan.
  15. Will

    28th July

    Happy birthday Mr Kennedy 1951 - Ray Kennedy was born in Seaton Delavel. After five successful years as a forward with Arsenal, Bob Paisley converted him into a left-sided midfielder following his club record £180,000 arrival as Bill Shankly’s last signing in July 1974. He won six League titles, three European Cups, the UEFA Cup, UEFA Super Cup, League Cup and three FA Charity Shields before joining John Toshack’s Swansea City in January 1982, striking 72 times in 393 reds games. He is now battling against Parkinson’s disease. Robbie arrives 2008 - Robbie Keane signed from Tottenham Hotspur for £19.3m. He struck seven times in 28 reds outings before returning to north London for an initial £15m fee the following February. He grabbed fifteen goals in 52 games in his second spell with Spurs before moving on to LA Galaxy for £3.5m in August 2011, while also being loaned out to Celtic and West Ham United. On the same day, ex-red El-Hadji Diouf joined Sunderland from Bolton Wanderers for £2.5m, after a total of 24 goals in 136 games for the Trotters. Razor sheathed 1992 - Ray Houghton was sold to Aston Villa for £900,000 as Graeme Souness tried to reduce the number of non-Englishmen in the squad, to comply with UEFA regulations for European competition. He had netted 38 times in 202 reds games, helping us to claim two League titles, two FA Cups and the FA Charity Shield. In comes Harvey 2019 – Winger Harvey Elliott signed from Fulham for a fee eventually set at an initial £1.2m, having become the youngest ever to play in both the Premier League and League Cup while with the Cottagers. He made his senior bow on the same day as we lost 3-0 to SSC Napoli at Murrayfield in Edinburgh. He netted once in twenty senior appearances across his first three years with the reds, as well as suffering a serious ankle injury. 2020 – Northern Irish youngster Conor Bradley signed for the reds as a professional. He has so far made five senior reds appearances and is spending the 2022/23 season on loan at Bolton Wanderers. Rafa’s first capture 2004 - Josemi signed from Málaga for £2m, becoming new boss Rafael Benítez’s first signing. He made just 35 reds appearances at right-back before joining Villarreal in exchange for Jan Kromkamp in January 2006. Shaq off the mark 2018 – Xherdan Shaqiri scored in his first reds game as we thumped Manchester United 4-1 in an International Champions Cup game in Michigan, with Sadio Mané and Sheyi Ojo both scoring from the spot and Daniel Sturridge also on target. Four for Fagan 1945 - Willie Fagan scored four times, including two penalties, as we thumped an RAF XI 7-0 in Germany shortly after the end of hostilities. Legendary forward Billy Liddell bagged a brace, with Jack Balmer completing the scoring. Fernando the champion 2002 - Future red Fernando Torres bagged the only goal of the Final of the European Championships for Spain Under-19’s as they beat their German counterparts in Oslo. This was the third consecutive Under-19’s game in which he had scored. Reds firsts 2012 – Fabio Borini played his first reds game in a dour goalless draw with Tottenham Hotspur in Baltimore on our North American tour. 2014 – Herbie Kane skippered England Under-17’s while making his debut at this level as they thumped Iceland 5-1 in a Nordic Tournament group game in Denmark, with Trent Alexander-Arnold also featuring. On the same day, future red Marko Grujić played for Serbia Under-19’s in their goalless draw with Portugal in their European Championships Semi-final, with Portugal going through to the Final after a penalty shoot-out. New boys off the mark 1997 - New signing Øyvind Leonhardsen and young winger Mark Kennedy both scored their first reds goals in a 6-0 rout of Shelbourne in Dublin, each netting twice. Danny Murphy also struck his first reds goal, with Steve McManaman adding the other. Red deaths 1967 – Scottish centre-half David Pratt died. He played 84 times for the reds after signing from Bradford City in January 1923, scoring just once and being known for his long throw-ins. He left Anfield to sign for Bury in November 1927. 1960 – Scottish inside-right Jimmy Stewart died. He arrived from Motherwell in April 1909, bagging 26 goals in 63 outings before joining Hamilton Academical in January 1914. Starting out 1996 - We were held to a goalless draw at Goodison Park in the third-place play-off of a friendly tournament also featuring Borussia Mönchengladbach and Porto, to celebrate the centenary of the birth of Sir John Moores CBE. Jamie Carragher made his first reds appearance, playing at right wing-back in place of the injured Jason McAteer. 2013 – Future reds midfielder Naby Keïta won his first senior cap as Guinea beat Mali 1-0 in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Conakry. 2016 – Winger Harry Wilson signed a new contract. He made his reds bow in January 2017 in our FA Cup Third Round replay win at Plymouth Argyle, but only made one further first-team appearance. He was sold to Fulham for a reported £12m in July 2021 after a successful loan spell. Scandinavian reds 1987 - Steve Nicol was on target as we drew 1-1 with Danish side Brønshøj at the Ringsted Stadion. Play was stopped briefly during the second half when a rabbit ran onto the pitch! 1991 - We were held to a goalless draw at Sirius in Sweden. Cleaned out by Ajax 2001 - We lost our closing fixture in the pre-season Amsterdam Tournament, going down 3-1 to Ajax. Jari Litmanen featured against his old side, while Robbie Fowler was on the scoresheet. Other pre-season games 1971 - Chris Lawler netted from long range as we beat Wrexham 1-0 in a testimonial game for Arfon Griffiths at the Racecourse Ground. 1993 - Ian Rush scored as we drew 1-1 at Birmingham City in the T.N.T. Inter-City Challenge Cup. We lost the resulting penalty shoot-out 4-3. 2007 - A Liverpool XI was held to a 1-1 friendly draw at Colchester United, with Miki Roqué volleying our goal. 2011 – We lost 3-0 at Galatasaray. 2013 – We beat the Thailand national side 3-0 in Bangkok, with Philippe Coutinho, Iago Aspas and Steven Gerrard on target. South coast moves 2009 - Peter Crouch joined Tottenham Hotspur from Portsmouth. He had struck sixteen times in 49 outings in this second spell with Pompey. 2006 - David Thompson moved to Fratton Park, having been released by Wigan Athletic at the end of the previous season. He featured just fifteen times for Pompey before moving to Bolton Wanderers the following January. Tosh for Charlie 1969 - Future red John Toshack played for Wales as they lost 1-0 to a Rest Of UK side at Ninian Park, in a game played to mark the investiture of the Prince of Wales, and raise funds for the Aberfan Disaster Fund. Youngsters in action 2009 – Conor Coady and future red Conor Thomas made their debuts for England Under-17’s as they drew 1-1 with Denmark in the Nordic Tournament in Trondheim, with Andre Wisdom also featuring. 2002 - Michael Foley-Sheridan appeared for the Republic of Ireland Under-19’s in the European Championship Finals third place play-off, which they lost 2-1 to Slovakia in Oslo. 1997 – Future red Haukur Ingi Gudnason won his seventeenth and last Under-19’s cap as Iceland drew 2-2 with Hungary in a European Championships group game. Ged in charge 1993 - Future reds boss Gérard Houllier led France to a 3-1 friendly win over Russia in Caen. Frank Sauzée, Eric Cantona and Jean-Pierre Papin netted for Les Bleus. Lucas at last 2008 – Lucas Leiva featured for a Brazil Olympic XI in their 3-0 defeat of a Singapore Select XI in the Stadium of Singapore, in what was the last match before the stadium was demolished later that year. On the move again 1987 - Future reds loanee keeper Alec Chamberlain joined Everton from Ipswich Town for £80,000, although he never made the first team before moving on to Luton Town for £150,000 a year later. 2005 - Ex-reserves midfielder Neil Prince signed for Conference North outfit Stalybridge Celtic three years ago, after impressing on a trial. He left in May 2007 after seventeen strikes in 84 appearances. 2010 – Ex-reds winger Mark Kennedy joined Ipswich Town for £75,000 from Cardiff City. He had failed to find the net in 79 outings for the Bluebirds. 2011 – Midfielder Momo Sissoko joined Paris Saint-Germain from Juventus for an initial €7m, netting twice in 35 outings, before having his contract terminated in September 2013. 2015 - Spanish forward Dani Pacheco joined Deportivo Alavés on loan from Real Betis Balompié, netting three times in 38 outings as they claimed the Segunda División title. 2017 – Midfielder Adam Phillips signed for Norwich City, having his contract cancelled in February 2019 having failed to make a senior appearance. On the same day, right-back Connor Randall joined Heart Of Midlothian on loan, turning out 27 times for the Jam Tarts.
  16. Will

    21st July

    Crossing the Pennines 2017 – Left-back Andy Robertson signed from Hull City for an initial £8m, scoring eight goals in 224 outings across his first five seasons as he has so far helped us to claim the Premier League, UEFA Champions League, FIFA Club World Cup, UEFA Super Cup, FA Cup and League Cup. On the same day, midfielder Kevin Stewart made the reverse journey for a reported £6m, having made twenty senior appearances for the reds since arriving in July 2014 after his contract with Tottenham Hotspur expired. Happy birthday Mike 1969 - Mike Marsh was born in Kirkby. He bagged six goals in 101 reds games before being part of the deal that brought Julian Dicks to Anfield from West Ham United in September 1993. He left Melwood in June 2015, having risen to First Team Coach after progressing rapidly through the Academy coaching ranks. Welcome Vedgy 1998 - Vegard Heggem arrived from Rosenborg BK for £3.5m, the only signing made by the joint management team of Roy Evans and Gérard Houllier. His five years at Anfield were ravaged by hamstring injuries, and he could only make 65 appearances, scoring three times. First games in charge 2012 – Brendan Rodgers took charge of his first game in the appropriately-named Rogers Centre in Toronto. We drew 1-1 with Toronto with young centre-forward Adam Morgan scoring in his first senior outing while, Krisztián Adorján and Jordon Ibe both played their first reds games. 2004 - Rafael Benítez led the reds for the first time. Djibril Cissé, Carl Medjani, Darren Potter, David Raven and Stephen Warnock all made their first outings for the club as we beat Wrexham 2-1 at the Racecourse Ground. Anthony Le Tallec grabbed both our goals. Other birthdays 1979 - Andriy Voronin was born in Odessa. The Ukrainian forward arrived from Bayer 04 Leverkusen on a free transfer in July 2007 and bagged six goals in 28 outings in his first season, before being loaned out to Hertha BSC Berlin, whom he helped to a fourth-placed finish in the Bundesliga, netting eleven times in 26 games. He then returned to Anfield where he failed to score in another twelve games before being sold to Dinamo Moskva in January 2010 for £1.8m. 1961 – Former reserves midfielder Mick Halsall was born in Bootle. He left Anfield in 1983 after six years as a professional to forge a successful career with Birmingham City, Carlisle United and Peterborough United. He is now head of Academy coaching for West Bromwich Albion. Signing on 2010 - Young centre-back Danny Wilson signed from Rangers for an initial £2m fee. He made nine first-team reds appearances, as well as breaking into the senior Scotland side in his first season. However, he moved on to Heart Of Midlothian in May 2013 after a series of loan spells away from Anfield. 2021 – Ethiopian-born, German international midfielder Melkamu Frauendorf signed as a professional with the reds, making his senior bow from the bench in an FA Cup defeat of Shrewsbury Town in January 2022. Lonergan’s lone outing 2019 – Keeper Andy Lonergan made his only first-team appearance, playing the first half of our 2-1 defeat by Sevilla in Boston, with the Spaniards having Joris Gnagnon dismissed for a horror tackle on Yasser Larouci. Nolito opened the scoring with Divock Origi equalising before the break. However, Alejandro Pozo struck a late winner. Roy’s stalemate start 2010 – Roy Hodgson took charge of the reds for the first time as we were held to a goalless draw at Grasshopper-Club Zürich. Forwards David Amoo and Lauri Dalla Valle, midfielders Tom Ince, Victor Pálsson and Jonjo Shelvey and centre-back Steven Irwin all made their first senior appearances for the club. Justice denied 2000 - Former South Yorkshire Police Superintendent Bernard Murray was cleared of manslaughter at Leeds Crown Court over his part in the Hillsborough disaster. The jury took longer to come to a conclusion on former Chief Superintendent David Duckenfield, although he was also eventually not convicted. Striking out 2007 - Robbie Fowler signed for Cardiff City, after twelve strikes in 39 games in his second reds spell. He netted six times in just sixteen outings in a season that was once again hampered by injury. 2014 – Iago Aspas joined Sevilla on loan after netting just once in fifteen reds games since arriving from Real Club Celta de Vigo for £7.7m in June 2013. He returned to his former club two years later for €5m. Reds farewells 2006 - Former keeper Bert Slater died in Brechin. He arrived from Falkirk in swap deal for Tommy Younger in June 1959 and played 111 times, winning a Second Division title medal in 1962, before returning to Scotland to join Dundee that July. 2021 – Scottish left-half Tommy Leishman died. He had won the Scottish Cup with St. Mirren, signing for £10,000 in November 1949. He helped us back to the First Division in 1962, although he then only made eleven top-flight appearances before returning north of the border, to Hibernian, in January 1963 after a total of seven goals in 118 reds games, including our first ever League Cup strike. Bowyer deal off 2002 - Liverpool pulled out of the controversial deal to bring Lee Bowyer to Anfield. A club spokesman said, “Liverpool Football Club have decided not to go ahead with the proposed transfer of Lee Bowyer for a variety of reasons. Manager Gérard Houllier was not convinced the player had either the hunger or desire to play for the club, qualities which are essential for any Liverpool player.” Reds in action 2007 - A Liverpool XI played in a testimonial match for Peterborough United’s long-serving keeper Mark Tyler at London Road. Martin Hansen saved a penalty as the game ended goalless. Dioufy on target 2001 - El-Hadji Diouf netted in Senegal’s 5-0 thumping of Namibia in a World Cup qualifier in Windhoek. Fellow future red Salif Diao also played. Youngsters on the mark 2010 – Dani Pacheco nabbed a brace as Spain Under-19’s beat Portugal 2-1 in a European Championship Finals group fixture in France, with future red Thiago Alcântara also in action. Meanwhile, Chris Mavinga played as France thumped Austria 5-0 and future reds Steven Caulker and Nathaniel Clyne both featured in England’s 1-0 defeat by the Netherlands in the same competition, with future red Fabio Borini playing for Italy in their goalless draw with Croatia. 2000 - Future red Milan Baroš was on the scoresheet as the Czech Republic Under-18’s beat their Finnish counterparts 3-2 in a European Championship Finals group game in Germany. His future clubmate Daniel Sjölund was on the losing side. 2002 - Fernando Torres featured as Spain Under-19’s drew 1-1 with the Czech Republic in a group encounter in Norway. Babb steps up 1992 - Phil Babb joined Coventry City from Bradford City for £500,000. He had played as a midfielder at Valley Parade, scoring fourteen times in 93 appearances. He looked an accomplished centre-back at Highfield Road, grabbing four goals in 84 appearances before arriving at Anfield. Knocked out 2007 - Harry Kewell came off the bench as Australia were held to a 1-1 draw by Japan in the Quarter-final of the AFC Asian Cup in Vietnam. Extra time brought no further goals, with Japan eventually winning 4-3 on penalties. Meanwhile, future red Mikel San José featured as Spain Under-19’s were held to a goalless draw by Greece in a European Championship Finals group game in Austria. 2016 – Sheyi Ojo, Jordan Rossiter and future red Dominic Solanke all played for England Under-19’s as they lost 2-1 to Italy in their European Championships Semi-final in Germany. These were Ojo and Rossiter’s final caps at this level, while Rossiter was captaining the side. Ex-reds on the move 1988 - Former reserves forward Paul Jewell joined Bradford City from Wigan Athletic for £80,000. He netted 66 times in 311 games for the Bantams, his final League club. 1997 - Former reserves striker Mike Newell signed for Aberdeen from Birmingham City for a fee of £160,000. He had two seasons at Pittodrie, bagging fourteen goals in 54 games, before joining Crewe Alexandra on a free transfer. 2009 – Winger Richie Partridge signed for MK Dons on a free transfer from Chester City. He had nabbed seven goals in 68 outings for the Blues. 2016 – Left-back Paul Konchesky signed for Gillingham from Leicester City on a free transfer after five goals in 155 games for the Foxes. 2017 – Right-back Javier Manquillo joined Newcastle United from Club Atlético de Madrid, after seventeen senior games for the Spanish side. Also in international action 2003 – Future red Daniel Agger played as Denmark Under-20’s lost 2-0 to Brazil in an NI Milk Cup game in Northern Ireland. 2004 – Ex-red Arnaud Bühler featured for Switzerland Under-19’s as they lost 3-2 to Turkey in their European Championships Semi-final in Fribourg. 2009 – Future red Thiago Alcântara represented Spain Under-19’s in their 2-1 defeat of Turkey in a European Championship Finals group game in the Ukraine.
  17. Will

    29th November

    Debuting at Anfield 1998 - Steven Gerrard made his reds bow as a last-minute substitute for Vegard Heggem in our 2-0 defeat of Blackburn Rovers at Anfield, which came courtesy of goals from Michael Owen and Paul Ince. 1913 - Winger Jackie Sheldon debuted in our 2-1 defeat of Tottenham Hotspur, with Jimmy Dawson grabbing his first reds goal and Tom Miller also on target. Ken Campbell saved a penalty from Jimmy Cantrell, who struck the visitors’ goal. 2006 - Young Moroccan forward Nabil El Zhar debuted as we were held to a goalless draw at home by Portsmouth, with Jamie Carragher stepping up into central midfield as we struggled to overcome an injury crisis. 1976 - Mark Lawrenson played his first game at Anfield, nearly five years before signing for the reds. He appeared for Preston North End in an FA Cup First Round replay, as they beat Crewe Alexandra 3-0. Recent milestones 2016 – Forward Ben Woodburn became the club’s youngest ever goalscorer aged 17 years 45 days, scoring his only reds goal as we beat Leeds United 2-0 in a League Cup Quarter-final encounter at Anfield. Divock Origi had handed us the lead with just under a quarter of an hour remaining before Woodburn struck. 2017 – Emre Can reached a century of League games for the reds as we won 3-0 at Stoke City. Sadio Mané opened the scoring, with substitute Mohamed Salah adding a late brace. God has left the building 2001 - Robbie Fowler was sold to Leeds United for a reported £11m. He had notched 171 goals in 330 reds games in this first spell, and left with UEFA Cup, FA Cup, UEFA Super Cup and two League Cup winners’ medals from this first spell. He only played 33 times in fourteen months at Elland Road, netting fourteen times before moving on again to Manchester City. A good and bad day for Stoke 2000 - We secured our biggest ever away win, and Stoke City’s record home defeat, as we triumphed 8-0 in the Fourth Round of the Worthington Cup. 27,109 attended the game – a then record at their new Britannia Stadium. They struggled to keep up, with the scoreboard at one time flashing up 9-0! It was also a game of several firsts, as Richie Partridge and Stephen Wright both made their first-team debuts, with Markus Babbel bagging his first reds goal. Robbie Fowler grabbed a hat-trick, including a penalty, with our other goals coming from Christian Ziege, Vladimír Šmicer, Sami Hyypiä and Danny Murphy. Another derby win 2009 - We won 2-0 at Goodison, securing our third straight victory in this fixture. We opened the scoring when Joseph Yobo deflected a speculative Javier Mascherano strike past Tim Howard, with Dirk Kuyt adding a late second after Pepe Reina had pulled off a spectacular double save. A win at the Bridge 2011 – We won 2-0 at Chelsea in the Fifth Round of the League Cup, with Andy Carroll having a penalty saved. Maxi Rodríguez struck before Martin Kelly headed in his only reds goal. Lucas Leiva ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in this game, thus ruling him out for the rest of the season. Half ton doc 1980 – David Johnson scored his fiftieth League goal for the reds as we won 4-2 at Sunderland, with Sammy Lee nabbing a brace and Terry McDermott also on target. Also recently 2015 – James Milner scored from the spot to secure a 1-0 victory over Swansea City at Anfield. 2014 – Right-back Glen Johnson headed his ninth and last reds goal late on to beat Stoke City at Anfield after Rickie Lambert’s effort had rebounded off the crossbar. Into third 2005 – Steven Gerrard was voted third in the annual Ballon d’Or award for the best player in Europe, behind Barcelona’s Ronaldinho and Frank Lampard from Chelsea. Jamie Carragher finished twentieth with Luis García in 23rd. A change that backfired 1975 - We changed our usual routine by not staying overnight in a hotel before our game at home to Norwich City. We immediately returned to the usual routine following our 3-1 defeat, with Emlyn Hughes netting our consolation. Ex-reds reserve Ted MacDougall scored, with World Cup winner Martin Peters netted one of his fourteen strikes against the reds, and Colin Suggett bagging one of his four goals past us. This was one of just eleven home League defeats we suffered throughout the whole of the 1970’s. A century against the Gunners 1969 - Arsenal won 1-0 at Anfield in a top-flight fixture, our hundredth meeting in all competitions, including 21 when they were known as Woolwich Arsenal. Off 1980 - Reserves centre-back Dave Watson left for Norwich City for £50,000, rising to £200,000. He went on to make 256 appearances for the Canaries, leading them to the Milk Cup in 1985 and the Second Division title a year later. 2017 – Future red Ki-Jana Hoever was dismissed for Netherlands Under-16’s as they lost 2-1 to Brazil Under-15’s in Florida. Trebles for and against 1930 - Gordon Hodgson scored the seventh of his seventeen reds hat-tricks as we thumped Sheffield United 6-1 at Anfield. Inside-left Archie McPherson added a brace, while Jim Smith was also on target. Outside-right Daniel McRorie made his debut in this game, as Jimmy Dunne bagged one of his eleven strikes against the reds. 1902 - We also faced the Blades in another First Division fixture, when we lost 2-0 at Bramall Lane. 1924 - John Bradford bagged a treble for Birmingham City in their 5-2 win at St. Andrews, three of his fifteen goals past us, with Harry Chambers and Dick Forshaw on target for the away side and left-winger Billy Chalmers making his reds bow. Bradford remains City’s record scorer against the reds with fifteen. Percy Barton and Ernie Islip also netted for the Blues. European stalemate 1972 - We held Dynamo Berlin to a goalless draw in East Germany in the first leg of our UEFA Cup Third Round tie with the reds caught offside on eighteen occasions. We won the return 3-1 to continue towards our first European trophy. Against the Sky Blues We have entertained Coventry City twice on this day in history. 1986 - Jan Mølby netted a penalty and John Wark also struck as we won our First Division fixture 2-0, just three days after he had struck a treble of spot kicks past the Sky Blues in a Milk Cup tie also at Anfield. 1977 - David Fairclough and Phil Neal, from the spot, scored as we were held to a 2-2 draw in the Fourth Round of the League Cup. Boss Bob Paisley was presented with his OBE by the Queen at Buckingham Palace earlier that day. We won the replay three weeks later as we went all the way to our first ever Final in this competition that season. Knocked out 1995 - We lost our grip on the Coca-Cola Cup when future Blue Steve Watson grabbed the only goal of the game late on for Newcastle United in our Fourth Round tie at Anfield. Signing on 1994 - Keeper Mark Prudhoe signed on loan from Stoke City. He never made our first team but sat on our bench eight times. He is now working as a coach in Sunderland’s Academy. 1963 – Keeper Billy Molyneux signed as a professional. He played just one senior game as Bill Shankly fielded a team of eleven reserves in our League match at Wolverhampton Wanderers in April 1965, which came only five days before the FA Cup Final. International goalscorers 1961 - Ian St. John bagged a brace in Scotland’s 4-2 extra-time World Cup play-off defeat by Czechoslovakia played at the Stade du Heysel in Brussels. 1994 - Ex-red Ronnie Rosenthal netted in Israel’s 4-3 friendly defeat of Cyprus in Jerusalem. 1997 - Future red Harry Kewell struck as Australia drew 2-2 with Iran in a World Cup play-off in Melbourne, which meant that they missed out on the World Cup in France on the away goals rule. 2007 – Future red Jonjo Shelvey netted for England Under-16’s in the Sky Sports Victory Shield as they beat Scotland 2-1 in Falkirk. He actually struck in all three games as England claimed the trophy. Happy birthdays 1962 - Alan Irvine was born in Broxburn. The Scot only made four substitute appearances for the reds after signing from Falkirk for £75,000 in October 1986. He returned north the following August to join Dundee United. 1918 - Left-winger Doug McAvoy was born. He only made two senior reds appearances after signing from his hometown club Kilmarnock in December 1947 for £7,000, moving back to Scotland to join Queen Of The South in September 1949. Youngsters in action 2003 - Three young reds appeared in the Under-20’s World Championship Finals in the United Arab Emirates. Zak Whitbread played in the USA’s 3-1 defeat of Paraguay, Darren Potter appeared as the Republic of Ireland beat Saudi Arabia 2-1, and John Welsh and future reds Andy Lonergan, James Milner and Gary O’Neil all featured in England’s 1-0 defeat by Japan. 2012 – Jordan Rossiter captained England Under-16’s as their 1-0 defeat of Scotland in Burton saw them win the Victory Shield for the twelfth consecutive year, with future red Joe Gomez also featuring. 2018 – Future red Mateusz Musiałowski won his fourth and last cap for Poland Under-16’s in their 4-0 defeat of Northern Ireland. 2017 – Fulham’s Fábio Carvalho played for England Under-16’s as they beat the USA 1-0 in Florida. Tens of caps 1978 - Four current or future reds reached international milestones. Kenny Dalglish won his sixtieth cap as Scotland won a European Championships qualifier 1-0 in Portugal, while ex-red Joey Jones made his twentieth appearance as Wales beat Turkey 1-0 in another qualifier at his home ground in Wrexham. Phil Thompson played his tenth game for England, while his former clubmate Kevin Keegan won his fortieth cap as England beat Czechoslovakia 1-0 in a friendly at Wembley. Other reds games 1989 – We lost 2-0 at Sheffield Wednesday, although we remained top of the table. David Hirst struck one of his four goals against the reds, with Dalian Atkinson netting the first of his four. 1958 – Ipswich Town beat us 2-0 in a Second Division fixture at Portman Road. 1952 – Jimmy Payne bagged a brace as Blackpool held us to a 2-2 draw at Anfield. Ernest Taylor nabbed one of his five strikes past us, with Bill Perry also on target. 1947 – We lost 2-0 at Manchester City. 1919 – Harry Lewis was on target as Preston North End won 2-1 in L4, with Billy Halligan equalising almost immediately. Harry Chambers saw a penalty saved before Simpson Bainbridge struck the winner. On the way out 2010 – Former reds reserves coach Antonio Gómez Pérez was sacked as Head Coach of Real Valladolid after just five months in the job. 2014 – Ex-reds left-winger Albert Riera had his contract with Udinese terminated, having attended a poker tournament rather than reporting for a match. Brad’s record 2008 – Ex-reds keeper Brad Friedel made a record 167th consecutive Premier League appearance as Aston Villa were held to a goalless draw at home by Fulham.
  18. Will

    15th October

    An epic swindle 2010 – The sale of the club to New England Sports Ventures under the leadership of John W. Henry was completed, after a chaotic few days of court cases. On the same day, Jamie Carragher signed a contract extension tying him to the club until 2013, while future reds Emre Can and Samed Yeşil both played as Germany Under-17’s won a European Championships qualifier 5-0 in Estonia. Michael at the treble 1983 - Michael Robinson netted a hat-trick, his first League goals for the reds, as we won 3-1 at West Ham United, despite Craig Johnston being sent off just after the hour mark. Billy Bonds made his 700th West Ham appearance in this game, as we closed the gap on the second-placed Hammers to two points. Alan Devonshire was on target for the home side with a late consolation. 1955 - We also faced them when Alan A’Court, Jimmy Payne and Billy Liddell all struck as we won a Second Division meeting 3-1 at Anfield. 1906 – Robert Blanthorne bagged a treble as we thumped Rossendale United 6-0 in a Lancashire Senior Cup game at Anfield. Bill McPherson added a brace, with John Carlin also netting. Luis in trouble 2011 - We were held to a 1-1 draw by Manchester United when Steven Gerrard put us ahead with a free-kick before Javier Hernández headed in a late equaliser. However, the game will be best remembered for the run-in between Luis Suárez and United skipper Patrice Evra. More reds trebles 2000 - Michael Owen left the pitch with a nasty head wound, with Emile Heskey responding by bagging a classic treble of header, right-foot and left-foot strikes as we won 4-0 at Derby County, with Vegard Heggem playing his 65th and final reds game. Patrik Berger rounded off a fantastic team move for the other goal. 1932 - Gordon Hodgson scored a twenty-minute second-half hat-trick as we beat Portsmouth 4-3 in a top-flight match at Anfield, after Dave Wright had opened the scoring. Jimmy Easson struck one of his eight goals past us, with Jack Smith and James Nichol also on target. 1960 - We also hosted Pompey in a Second Division fixture, when Dave Hickson bagged a brace in a 3-3 draw, with Roger Hunt also on target as we came from 1-0 and 3-1 down. Jimmy White bagged a brace for the visitors, with Sammy Chapman also netting. Cup first-timers 1892 - We played our first ever FA Cup match, winning 4-0 at Nantwich in the First Qualifying Round, with John Miller netting a hat-trick. Tom Wyllie grabbed the other goal while right-half John McCartney made his reds bow. Ben born 1999 – Forward Ben Woodburn was born in Tattenhall, near Chester. He made his reds bow in November 2016, so far scoring just once in eleven first-team outings, as well as becoming a regular part of the Wales senior squad. Cup winners 1962 – We claimed the Liverpool Senior Cup by beating Tranmere Rovers 2-1 at Anfield, with Roger Hunt and Gordon Wallace on target. Dirk’s bow 1913 – South African keeper Dirk Kemp was born in Cape Town. He signed from Transvaal in December 1936 but played just thirty senior and ten Wartime games for the reds. New skipper 2003 - It was announced that Steven Gerrard had replaced Sami Hyypiä as club captain, prior to our game at home to Slovenian side Olimpija Ljubljana. Florent Sinama-Pongolle made his reds bow as we reached the Second Round of the UEFA Cup 4-1 on aggregate, in our 150th game in this competition. Anthony Le Tallec scored his only reds goal, with Emile Heskey grabbing his fiftieth, and Harry Kewell also netting in our 3-0 win, with El-Hadji Diouf missing a late penalty. Leo’s reds bow 1997 - Øyvind Leonhardsen made his reds debut as a half-time substitute for Jamie Carragher after missing the opening eleven games of the season through injury, as we won 2-0 at West Bromwich Albion in a League Cup Third Round tie. Patrik Berger and Robbie Fowler were on target. 1904 - We also faced the Baggies when Jack Parkinson struck a brace in our 3-2 Second Division win at Anfield, with Bobby Robinson also on the scoresheet. Cally’s double century 1966 – Ian Callaghan played his 200th League game as Roger Hunt struck in our 1-1 top-flight draw at Nottingham Forest, with Joe Baker netting one of his four goals against us. This was our fourth straight stalemate at the City Ground. Mixed fortunes against the Villains 1938 - We beat Aston Villa 3-0 at home with Harman van den Berg, Jack Balmer and Willie Fagan all on target, with Fagan’s goal being the club’s 3,000th in all competitions. Left-half Jimmy McDougall was presented with a £650 cheque for “his loyalty and fine service as a player” after the game, nine months after his 356th and final reds game. This was George Kay’s hundredth game in charge of the reds. 1898 - We also played them in the First Division at Anfield, going down to a 3-0 defeat. Jack Devey scored one of his seven goals against the reds, with Fred Wheldon netting one of his four and George Johnson also on the scoresheet. Sidlow’s farewell 1949 - Keeper Cyril Sidlow won his seventh and final cap for Wales as they lost 4-1 in Cardiff to England in the British International Championships. Mixed fortunes against Rovers 2005 - Djibril Cissé grabbed the only goal against Blackburn Rovers at Anfield from a free-kick, with the visitors having Zurab Khizanishvili dismissed, although his red card was later rescinded. 1994 - We lost 3-2 at Ewood Park in another Premiership game, when Robbie Fowler and John Barnes netted for the reds. Chris Sutton nabbed two of his seven goals against us, with Mark Atkins also on target. 1924 - We also met Rovers, being held to a goalless draw in our top-flight meeting at Anfield. Derby stalemate 1927 - We held Everton to a 1-1 draw at Goodison Park with Dick Edmed netting our goal as left-back Donald McKinlay played his 400th game for the reds. Four-goal wins We have twice won top-flight fixtures 4-0 at home on this day in history. 1910 - Jack Parkinson struck a brace as we beat Bristol City, with Joseph Brough and Jimmy Harrop also on the scoresheet. 1921 – Tommy Lucas nabbed his first of his three reds goals as Harry Chambers and Dick Forshaw also scored against Preston North End, with Harry Beadles converting a penalty. First and last caps 2013 - Harry Wilson became Wales’ youngest ever player and the reds’ youngest ever senior international, aged 16 years 208 days, coming off the bench as they drew a World Cup qualifier 1-1 in Belgium, with ex-red Craig Bellamy winning his 78th and final cap. Steven Gerrard scored his 21st and last goal for his country as Roy Hodgson’s England beat Poland 2-0 at Wembley. Future red Alberto Moreno made his senior international bow as Spain beat Georgia 2-0 in Albacete. Luis Suárez scored from the spot with ex-red Maxi Rodríguez netting twice as Uruguay beat Argentina 3-2, while future red Mario Balotelli struck as Italy were held to a 2-2 draw by Armenia in Naples. Daniel Agger bagged a brace as Denmark thumped Malta 6-0 in Copenhagen, while ex-red Robbie Keane converted a penalty in the Republic of Ireland’s 3-1 defeat of Kazakhstan in Dublin. Ex-red Alexander Kačaniklić scored his last goal for Sweden as they lost 5-3 to Germany in Solna with Krisztián Németh winning his last cap as a Roda JC Kerkrade player. Also in international action were Tiago Ilori, Lucas, Jack Robinson, Daniel Sturridge, future reds Emre Can, Ragnar Klavan, Dejan Lovren and James Milner, and ex-reds Alberto Aquilani, Tom Ince and Dirk Kuyt. 2008 - Peter Crouch won his first cap as a Portsmouth player with Emile Heskey making his final appearance while with Wigan Athletic as Steven Gerrard netted in England’s 3-1 World Cup qualifying win in Belarus. Alberto Aquilani netted his only two goals as a Roma player as Italy beat Montenegro 2-1 in Lecce, while Yossi Benayoun was on target in Israel’s 1-1 draw in Latvia. Robbie Keane bagged his last goal as a red in the Republic of Ireland’s 1-0 victory over Cyprus at Croke Park. Future red Milan Jovanović netted in Serbia’s 3-1 win in Austria, with future red Mario Balotelli nabbing a brace as Italy Under-21’s won 3-1 in Israel and Ragnar Klavan winning his last cap as a Heracles Almelo player as they drew 0-0 with Turkey in Tallinn. Xabi Alonso, Ryan Babel, Andrea Dossena, Sami Hyypiä, Dirk Kuyt, Javier Mascherano, Fernando Torres, future reds Sotirios Kyrgiakos, Alex Manninger, Raul Meireles and Nuri Şahin, and ex-reds Milan Baroš, Craig Bellamy, Mark González, David James, Jari Litmanen, John Arne Riise, Daniel Sjölund and John Toshack all also featured in qualifiers that day. Other reds games 1977 – We won 2-1 at Leeds United with Jimmy Case bagging a brace. 1968 – Chris Lawler was on target as we lost a League Cup Fourth Round tie at Arsenal. Peter Simpson gave the Gunners the lead, with John Radford scoring one of his seven goals against the reds late on. 1949 – We were held to a goalless draw at Blackpool. On the move 2020 – Ex-reds loanee Victor Moses joined Spartak Moscow on loan from Chelsea, scoring four times in twenty games before making the move permanent in July 2021. Internationals on target 2019 – Future red Takumi Minamino struck twice as Japan won a World Cup qualifier 3-0 in Tajikistan while Rafael Camacho won his sixth and last cap for Portugal Under-20’s as they lost 4-3 to Italy in the Under 20 Elite League in Guarda. Rhian Brewster, Kamil Grabara, ex-red Brad Smith and future reds Luis Díaz and Thiago also represented their countries that day, while Jakub Ojrzyński debuted for Poland Under-17’s in their 2-2 European Championships qualifying draw with Belgium in Włocławek. 2018 - Ex-red Raheem Sterling bagged a brace as England beat Spain 3-2 in a UEFA Nations League group game in Seville, with Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez, future red Thiago and ex-red Iago Aspas also featuring. Also in action that day were Curtis Jones, Dejan Lovren, Xherdan Shaqiri, future red Kostas Tsimikas and ex-red Péter Gulácsi. 2014 – Future red Mohamed Salah netted as Egypt beat Botswana 2-0 in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Cairo, with future reds Naby Keïta and Sadio Mané also playing in qualifiers that day while future red Marko Grujić featured for Serbia Under-19’s. 2013 – Salah also played for country as they lost a World Cup qualifier 6-1 in Ghana. 2012 – Ryan McLaughlin scored for Northern Ireland Under-19’s as they trounced Moldova 8-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Portadown. Meanwhile, future red Gini Wijnaldum struck as the Dutch Under-21’s beat Slovakia 2-0 in a European Championships qualifying play-off. 2002 - A trio of reds youngsters scored in European Under-21 Championships qualifiers. Daniel Sjölund struck as Finland drew 3-3 with Serbia & Montenegro in Smederevo. Meanwhile, Anthony Le Tallec and Florent Sinama-Pongolle were both in target in France’s 3-0 win in Malta. This was Le Tallec’s first goal at this level, while Flo was netting in his third consecutive Under-21’s appearance. Alou Diarra also played, as all three won their fourth caps at this level. Also in Under-21’s action that day were Chris Kirkland and future reds Joe Cole, Peter Crouch, Ragnar Klavan, Paul Konchesky and Pepe Reina.
  19. Will

    24th January

    Luis born 1987 – Uruguayan forward Luis Suárez was born in Salto. He signed from Ajax for a club record fee of up to €26.5m in January 2011 and bagged an impressive 82 goals in 133 dazzling reds outings. He helped us to claim the League Cup before joining Barcelona for a club record £75m in July 2014. Derby disappointments We have faced our nearest neighbours twice on this day in history, without tasting victory. 1995 - We were held to a goalless draw at Anfield in the Premiership, with ex-red David Burrows somewhat fortunate to stay on the pitch after hacking down Robbie Fowler having already been booked. 1981 - We lost 2-1 at Goodison in the Fourth Round of the FA Cup with substitute Jimmy Case netting our consolation, his 46th and final reds goal. Peter Eastoe netted the last of his four goals against the reds, with Imre Varadi also on target. Cup victory 2004 - A Bruno Cheyrou brace, his final reds goals, took us past Newcastle United in the FA Cup Fourth Round at a noisy Anfield, as we won 2-1 with Laurent Robert scoring for the visitors. Unfortunately, we went out to Portsmouth in the next round. 1987 - We also beat the Geordies in L4 with Paul Walsh and Ian Rush securing a 2-0 League victory as Alan Hansen played his 500th reds game. 1959 - Fred Morris bagged a brace as we drew 2-2 with them in a friendly at Anfield. The Kop’s inspiration 1900 - The battle of Spion Kop took place, during the Boer War. It is from this battle, at which many British soldiers died including 320 Lancashire Fusiliers, that the Kop at Anfield, and several other grounds, gets its name. If you like Croatian players, we’ve got Bišcan at our club 2001 - Igor Bišcan scored his first reds goal as we thumped Crystal Palace 5-0 at Anfield to progress to the Worthington Cup Final, 6-2 on aggregate. Danny Murphy bagged a brace, to add to strikes from Robbie Fowler and a bearded Vladimír Šmicer. Most recently 2021 – We lost 3-2 behind closed doors at Manchester United in an FA Cup Fourth Round tie, with Mohamed Salah bagging a brace. Mason Greenwood struck for the home side before Marcus Rashford netted one of his five past us to date, with Bruno Fernandes scoring a free-kick to knock us out. 2015 – We were held to a goalless draw at Anfield by Bolton Wanderers in another Fourth Round fixture, with future reds keeper Ádám Bogdán impressing in the visitors’ goal. We won the replay, making it as far as the Semi-final that season. Off the mark 1914 – Forward Bob McDougall scored on his reds debut, the only goal of the game at West Bromwich Albion, and his only strike for us. Forward Jimmy Nicholl made the first of his 59 appearances for the reds. 1920 - Left-half Tom Bromilow grabbed the first of his eleven reds goals as we won 3-0 at Bolton Wanderers, with Billy Lacey and Tom Miller also scoring. Red farewells 1999 – Steve Harkness and Jason McAteer both played their 139th and final reds games in our cruel 2-1 defeat at Manchester United in the FA Cup Fourth Round. Michael Owen gave us an early lead, but United struck twice in the dying minutes, through one of Dwight Yorke’s eight goals past us and Ole Gunnar Solskjær. 1948 - We also lost to United at the same stage, going down 3-0 at Goodison Park. John Morris struck one of his seven goals past us, with Jack Rowley bagging one of his six and Charlie Mitten netting one of his five past us. 1953 – Half-back Jack Heydon made his 67th and last appearance for the club in our 3-1 defeat at Portsmouth, with Bob Paisley netting for the reds. Peter Harris bagged one of his eight goals against the reds, with Jimmy Scoular and Jack Henderson also on target. Rush hangs up his boots 1996 - Ian Rush played his final game for Wales, featuring in their 3-0 friendly defeat by Italy in Terni. It was his 73rd cap, in which time he scored 28 times, a Welsh record. Future red Rigobert Song played for Cameroon on the same day as they drew 3-3 with Angola in an Africa Cup of Nations Finals group game in South Africa. Red births and death 1885 – Forward James Garside was born in West Gorton, Manchester. He signed from Accrington Stanley in March 1904, but only played five times without scoring before returning to Stanley in May 1906. 1889 – Keeper Augustus Beeby was born in Osmaston, Derbyshire. He joined the club in December 1908, but only made sixteen senior appearances before leaving for Manchester City in May 1911. 1909 - Forward Vic Wright was born in Bloxwich, Walsall. He struck 33 times in 85 reds games after signing from Rotherham United in March 1934. He moved on to Plymouth Argyle in June 1937. 1975 - Outside-left Albert Pearson died. He bagged four goals in 51 reds games following his capture from Port Vale in March 1919. He was only a red for two years, before returning to the Valiants. Avoiding a shock 1970 - Ray Smith struck for Fourth Division Wrexham to hand the Welsh side an interval lead in our FA Cup Fourth Round tie at Anfield. Fortunately, Bobby Graham bagged a brace with Ian St. John also on target as we won 3-1, with ex-Robin Peter ‘Max’ Wall in the reds side. We went out at Watford in the Sixth Round that season. God signs on 1999 - Robbie Fowler signed a new four-year contract, worth around £30,000 per week. He said in his autobiography that this was “almost half what the papers said I was getting, not at all bad, though”. In comes Jordy 2007 - Young forward Jordy Brouwer signed from Ajax, having scored 28 times in the Dutch youth league the previous season. He stayed with the second string until joining RKC Waalwijk on loan in January 2009. On the same day, David Mannix’s contract was terminated by mutual consent, and he signed for Norwegian side Ham-Kam a few days later. Tosh on target at Wembley 1973 - John Toshack netted for Wales as they drew 1-1 with England in a World Cup qualifier. Fellow reds Ray Clemence, Emlyn Hughes and Kevin Keegan were in the home side that day. On their way 1994 - Paul Stewart joined Crystal Palace on loan. He bagged three goals in eighteen games while at Selhurst Park as they won the First Division title. 2003 - Abel Xavier joined Galatasaray on loan, just one week shy of a year after his £800,000 transfer from across Stanley Park. On the same day, ex-reserves midfielder Neil Prince signed for Southport, having been released by Torquay United two months earlier. He only made one senior appearance for the Gulls, before joining fellow Conference side Leigh RMI. 2008 - Reserves centre-back Jack Hobbs joined Sc***horpe United on loan, after just five first-team appearances. He left Anfield to join Leicester City for £400,000 in April 2009. 2014 – Centre-half Daniel Ayala joined Middlesbrough from Norwich City for £350,000 after a successful loan spell in the north east. On the same day, Jermaine Pennant was released by Stoke City. 2015 – Midfielder Lee Peltier left Huddersfield Town to join Cardiff City, after just twelve games in his second spell with the Terriers. 2018 – Javier Mascherano joined Hebei China Fortune from Barcelona after just one goal in 334 games for the Catalans. New centre opened 2000 - The Ian Frodsham Indoor Soccer Arena was opened by the Minister for Sport, Kate Hoey MP, marking the completion of the second phase of the club’s Academy. William’s last 1925 - Scottish left-winger Billy Chalmers played his second and final reds game in our 4-0 thumping of Bury in a top-flight fixture at Anfield. Danny Shone bagged a brace with Archie Rawlings and Jimmy Walsh also on the scoresheet. International bows 1998 - Brad Friedel won his 54th cap for the USA, and his first as a red, as they beat Sweden 1-0 in a friendly in Orlando. 2017 – Future red Luis Díaz made his debut for Colombia Under-20’s as they beat Brazil 1-0 in a South American Championships group game in Ecuador, with midfielder Allan on the losing side. 2013 – Ex-red Momo Sissoko featured as Mali lost 1-0 to Ghana in an Africa Cup of Nations Finals group game in South Africa. 2019 – Takumi Minamino played as Japan beat Vietnam 1-0 in their AFC Asian Cup Quarter-final in Dubai. On the same day, fellow future red Darwin Núñez featured for Uruguay Under-20’s as they lost 1-0 to Argentina in a South American Championships group game in Chile. Kolo Touré played three times for the Ivory Coasty in Africa Cup of Nations games on this day over the years. 2006 – Ivory Coast beat Libya 2-1 in a group game as they made it all the way to the Final that year. 2010 – Algeria won 3-2 after extra time in a Quarter-final in Angola. 2015 – He played in a 1-1 draw with Mali in a group game in Equatorial Guinea, with future red Naby Keïta featuring in Guinea’s 1-1 draw with Cameroon. On the same day, future red Ibrahima Konaté played for France Under-16’s in their 4-2 defeat by Turkey. 2009 – Ronald Huth played for Paraguay as they lost 4-2 to Uruguay in a Sudamericano Sub-20 "Juventud de América" group game in Venezuela. Other reds games 2015 – Bolton Wanderers held us to a goalless draw in an FA Cup Fourth Round tie at Anfield. We made it as far as the Semi-final that season. 1976 – Substitute Roger Davies bagged the only goal of our visit to Derby County at the same stage. 1931 – We drew 1-1 at home to Aston Villa in a top-flight fixture, with Gordon Hodgson on target after Billy Walker had given the visitors a late lead with the last of his five goals past us. Uncle Roy the dad 1975 - Reds left-back Roy Evans and his wife Mary had their first child, Stephen.
  20. Will

    6th March

    He was our keeper 1988 – Belgian goalie Simon Mignolet was born in Sint-Truiden. He signed from Sunderland for £9m in June 2013, playing 204 times, but only managing to keep 65 clean sheets, moving on Club Brugge for an initial reported £6.4m in August 2019. Dirk’s treble 2011 – Luis Suárez dazzled as Dirk Kuyt scored a remarkable close-distance hat-trick as we beat Manchester United 3-1 at Anfield, two days after boss Kenny Dalglish’s sixtieth birthday. Javier Hernández bagged a late consolation, the first of his three goals past us to date, with record signing Andy Carroll making his reds bow as a substitute. 1993 - Mark Hughes headed Manchester United’s first goal at Anfield in five visits, one of his nine goals past us, before Ian Rush equalised in our Premiership meeting. Brian McClair nodded in the winner from a corner. Through against Barca 2007 - Jamie Carragher played his 57th game in the European Cup to equal Phil Neal’s club record as we lost 1-0 at home to Barcelona, although we still progressed to the Champions League Quarter-finals on the away goals rule. New owners George Gillett Jr. and Tom Hicks attended their first game at Anfield in a cauldron of noise. Both John Arne Riise and Momo Sissoko rattled the woodwork, but Eiður Guðjohnsen put the visitors ahead on the night with a quarter of an hour remaining, although we held on for a famous victory. Seeing off the Geordies 2002 - After floodlight failure delayed kick-off, we put on a sparkling display to beat Newcastle United 3-0 at Anfield, with a brace from Danny Murphy and a Dietmar Hamann strike. Nicolas Anelka put on probably his best display in a red shirt. Further good news that day came with the announcement that Gérard Houllier was back on Merseyside, as he continued his recuperation from his heart operation. A new Case 1982 - Jimmy Case made his first appearance back at Anfield after joining Brighton & Hove Albion, as they won 1-0 in the League with Andy Ritchie on target. A rare defeat 1976 - Middlesbrough won 2-0 at Anfield, inflicting on us one of just eleven home League defeats during the whole of the 1970’s. Graeme Souness and Phil Boersma both played for the visitors. A hat-trick of Huddersfield and Spurs We have played Huddersfield Town three times on this day over the years. 1920 - We lost 2-1 at Leeds Road in the FA Cup Fourth Round as they went on to reach the Final, after taking the lead through Tom Miller on a muddy pitch. 1948 - Albert Stubbins got all our goals in a 4-0 home League win, with outside-left Ken Brierley making his debut, while wing-half Stan Palk played his thirteenth and final reds game as George Kay took charge in the League for the 200th time. 1954 - We were beaten 3-1 at Anfield in another First Division encounter, with Johnny Evans on the scoresheet as Gerry Burrell bagged a brace for the Terriers, with Tommy Cavanagh also on target. We have also played Tottenham Hotspur three times on this day, with each game ending in a draw. 1971 - The most recent was an FA Cup Sixth Round tie at Anfield that ended goalless, although we won the replay as we headed towards Wembley. This day set the record for combined attendances on Merseyside as 54,731 were at Anfield for this game, with another 53,028 across the park to witness Everton thump Colchester United 5-0 in another cup tie. 1926 - Our Anfield League meeting also ended without score. 1915 - Jackie Sheldon netted at White Hart Lane in another top-flight meeting, with Billy Minter netting the last of his five goals against the reds. European draws We have twice drawn European Third Round first legs on this day over the years. 1985 - Austria Wien were known as Austria Memphis due to a sponsorship deal when we drew 1-1 at their Franz Horr Stadion, on our way to a fifth European Cup Final, with Steve Nicol on the scoresheet late on, to notch our 150th goal in Europe’s premier club competition. 1997 - Robbie Fowler netted as we drew by the same score at Norwegian side Brann in the European Cup Winners’ Cup, before we went on to win the return leg 3-0 at Anfield to progress. 2018 – We were held to a goalless draw in L4 by Porto in the second leg of our UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie, having won the first game in Portugal 5-0. Off 2016 - We won 2-1 at Crystal Palace, despite Joe Ledley giving the home side the lead shortly after the break and James Milner being dismissed after an hour. Roberto Firmino equalised before future Eagle Christian Benteke grabbed a stoppage time winner from the spot. Philippe Coutinho was making his hundredth League appearance for the reds. International beginnings and end 1905 - John ‘Geezer’ Hughes and George Latham both made their international debuts for Wales in their 3-1 defeat of Scotland in the British International Championships in Wrexham. 2014 – Victor Moses won his last cap while on loan with the reds as Nigeria and Mexico shared a goalless draw in Atlanta, Georgia. 2018 - Mateusz Musiałowski debuted for Poland Under-15’s as they beat Macedonia 4-0, with fellow future red Jakub Ojrzyński also featuring. For Archie 1899 - We lost 1-0 to Manchester City at Anfield in a testimonial for full-back Archie Goldie. He signed from Clyde in June 1895 and helped us to the Second Division title the following year, netting once in 149 reds games, many alongside his brother, left-half Bill. He left Anfield to sign for New Brighton Tower in 1900. Management moves 1988 - Bobby Campbell was appointed Manager of Chelsea. He was in charge for three years, leading them to the Second Division title in his first full season. 2016 – Former Assistant Manager Sean O’Driscoll was sacked as Head Coach of Walsall after just three months in charge. Stumbling towards Wembley 1965 - We held Leicester City to a goalless draw at Filbert Street in the Sixth Round of the FA Cup. Youngsters in action for their countries 2002 - Robbie Foy netted a consolation for Scotland Under-17’s in their 3-1 European Championships qualifying defeat to England at Ashton Gate. David Raven skippered England, with Mark Smyth also playing. Meanwhile, future red Christian Poulsen featured for Denmark as they lost 1-0 to Norway in an unofficial international in Brøndby. 2019 – Future red Calvin Ramsay played for Scotland Under-16’s in their 3-1 friendly win over Albania in Malta. 2001 – Future red Alberto Aquilani played for Italy Under-16’s in their 5-0 thumping of Bosnia-Herzegovina. 2000 – Michael Foley played for the Irish Under-16’s as they held the host nation to a goalless draw in the Belgium Tournament. Israelis in action Avi Cohen twice represented his country on this day in history. 1977 - He won his eighth cap as Israel beat Japan 2-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Tel-Aviv. 1988 - He appeared alongside future red Ronnie Rosenthal as they lost an Olympics qualifier 2-0 to Australia in Melbourne. In and out 1973 – Winger Peter Spiring signed from Bristol City for £60,000. He only made it as far as the first-team bench on two occasions, without making it onto the field. He left for Luton Town in November 1974, later establishing himself at Hereford United. 1959 - Right-half Roy Saunders joined Swansea Town in part-exchange for forward Des Palmer, who never featured for our first team. He had signed from Hull City in May 1948 and netted once in 146 reds appearances, as well as fathering future reds striker Dean. He died in January 2009. Other reds game 1979 – We shared a goalless draw with Coventry City in torrential rain at Highfield Road. Also in international action 2010 – Future red Milan Jovanović featured as Serbia won a friendly 3-0 in Algeria.
  21. Will

    16th October

    Igor Bišcan wrapped it up 2004 - We won a game of two halves at Craven Cottage. The reds were dismal in a first half that saw a Luis Boa Morte brace put Fulham 2-0 up. We drew level after the break thanks to a Zat Knight own goal and a close-range Milan Baroš strike, before Josemi was sent off following a second caution. Xabi Alonso, who had replaced the hapless Salif Diao at half time, then bagged his first reds goal, with the 4-2 win completed by Igor Bišcan’s glorious strike, his first League goal. All together now, “2-0 down, 4-2 up, Igor Bišcan wrapped it up.” First win in the Ukraine 2001 - With Gérard Houllier recovering from heart surgery, the reds became the first English side to win in Kyiv, beating Dynamo Kyiv 2-1 on their own turf thanks to goals from Danny Murphy and Steven Gerrard, with the home side having a goal disallowed in the final minute. Stéphane Henchoz reached a century of reds appearances in this game. The blues see red 1999 - We beat Chelsea 1-0 at Anfield with David Thompson on target shortly after half-time. The Blues had both Marcel Desailly and Dennis Wise sent off. Souey’s century 1993 – Graeme Souness took charge of his hundredth League game as Manager as we came from behind after Darren Beckford struck to beat Oldham Athletic 2-1, with both our goals coming in the final three minutes, from Robbie Fowler and an Andy Barlow own goal. Savage no more 1937 - Right-half Ted Savage played his 105th and final reds game as we lost 2-0 to Wolverhampton Wanderers in a First Division fixture at Molineux, while forward Alexander Smith played for the only time. Dennis Westcott nabbed a brace, the first two of his nine goals in just eight games against the reds. Beating the Blues 1976 - Steve Heighway and John Toshack struck as we won the Anfield derby, with Phil Neal on target from the spot, having missed one in the most recent derby six months earlier, as we led 3-0 at the break. Martin Dobson’s consolation after the break was the Blues’ first derby goal in five years. Blues boss Billy Bingham missed the game as he was recovering from an operation in hospital. 1943 - We thumped Everton 5-2 in a Wartime League game at Anfield, with Jack Balmer netting a brace, and Jim Harley, Cyril Done and Berry Nieuwenhuys also on the scoresheet. 1897 - We lost 3-0 at Goodison, with William Williams on target twice and Jack Bell also scoring. Birth and death 1899 - 24-year-old centre-forward George Allan died from tuberculosis in Earlsbury in Fife, while still on our books. He had struck 56 times in 96 reds games, during two spells at Anfield and was the first red to be capped by Scotland. 2003 – Polish left-winger Mateusz Musiałowski was born in Katowice. He joined the reds from UKS SMS Łódź in August 2020, netting ten times in his first season with the Under-18’s. In and out 1925 – Right-half David McMullan signed from Distillery. He failed to score in 35 senior games before moving to New York Giants in July 1928. 2020 – Ben Woodburn joined Blackpool on loan, playing thirteen times without notching. On the same day, Harry Wilson made a temporary move to Cardiff City, for whom he struck seven times in 38 games. Meanwhile, Harvey Elliott joined Blackburn Rovers for the season, bagging seven goals in 42 appearances, while midfielder Herbie Kane was sold to Barnsley for £1.25m, having played two senior games since arriving from Bristol City in 2013, so far appearing 28 times without getting on the scoresheet. Reds looking towards Portugal 2002 - Steven Gerrard scored in England’s 2-2 Euro 2004 qualifying draw with FYR Macedonia in Southampton, with Michael Owen also in the team. John Arne Riise scored a trademark free-kick as Norway beat Bosnia-Herzegovina 2-0 in Oslo, with ex-red Øyvind Leonhardsen also in the side. Milan Baroš was also on target as the Czech Republic beat Belarus 2-0 in Teplice, with future red Craig Bellamy netting as Wales beat Italy 2-1 in Cardiff. Dietmar Hamann featured in Germany’s 2-1 win over the Faroe Islands in Hannover, while Sami Hyypiä was on the losing side with ex-clubmate Jari Litmanen, as Finland lost 2-0 in Yugoslavia. Alex Manninger won his last cap for Austria as an R.C.D. Espanyol player, while future reds Paul Jones, Robbie Keane, Fernando Morientes, Andriy Voronin and Bolo Zenden all also played in qualifiers, with future red Alberto Aquilani turning out for Italy Under-19’s. Heading to Wearside 1985 - Bob Bolder joined Sunderland for £100,000, following a successful loan spell. He had never made our first team after signing from Sheffield Wednesday for £125,000 in 1983, but sat on the bench at the 1984 European Cup Final in Rome, one of seventeen times he did so in Europe’s premier club competition, also doing so four more times in other competitions. 2009 – Bolo Zenden also signed for the Black Cats, having been released by Olympique de Marseille. He scored four goals in fifty outings, although only thirteen of those were starts. On the same day, reserves keeper David Martin joined Tranmere Rovers on loan. He turned out three times for them. 2015 – Midfielder Joe Cole joined Coventry City on loan from Aston Villa, making the move permanent three months later. However, he left at the end of the season after two goals in 22 outings. On the same day, centre-half Zak Whitbread signed for Shrewsbury Town. He netted once in 27 games before being released at the end of the campaign. International reds 1991 - Steve Staunton won his last cap in his first spell as a reds player as the Republic of Ireland drew 3-3 in a European Championships qualifier in Poland. Ex-red Kevin Sheedy also played. Meanwhile, future red Karlheinz Riedle netted in Germany’s 4-1 qualifying defeat of Wales in Nuremberg. Dean Saunders was sent off, with Ian Rush also playing. Ex-red Jim Magilton was also in action that day, as Northern Ireland beat Austria 2-1 at Windsor Park. 2007 - Javier Mascherano played in Argentina’s 2-0 World Cup qualifying win in Venezuela, while future red Martin Škrtel featured in Slovakia’s 3-0 friendly defeat in Croatia. Future red James Milner scored for England Under-21’s as they beat the Republic of Ireland 3-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Cork, with future red Ádám Bogdán also playing at this level. 2012 – Luis Suárez scored for Uruguay as they lost a World Cup qualifier 4-1 in Bolivia, with Mario Balotelli notching his last goal for Italy as a Manchester City player in their 3-1 qualifying defeat of Denmark in Milan, while Samed Yeşil was on target for Germany Under-19’s in their 2-2 European Championships qualifying draw with the Republic of Ireland in Luxembourg, scoring in his fifth consecutive game at this level. Future red Christian Benteke also scored as Belgium beat Scotland 2-0 in Brussels, Also in international action were Daniel Agger, Joe Allen, Jordan Henderson, Nuri Şahin, Martin Škrtel, Raheem Sterling, future reds Ádám Bogdán, Steven Caulker, Ragnar Klavan, Dejan Lovren, Lazar Marković, Mamadou Sakho and Xherdan Shaqiri, and ex-reds Xabi Alonso, Álvaro Arbeloa, Mark González, Tom Ince, Alexander Kačaniklić, Robbie Keane, Javier Mascherano, Nikolay Mihaylov, John Arne Riise and Fernando Torres. 2018 – Harry Wilson scored the only goal as Wales faced the Republic of Ireland in a UEFA Nations League group game in Dublin, while Simon Mignolet won his last cap as a reds player as Belgium drew a friendly 1-1 with the Netherlands in Brussels. Future red Takumi Minamino scored in his third consecutive game for Japan as they beat Uruguay 4-3 in Saitama. Corey Whelan played for the Irish Under-21’s for the last time before leaving the reds in their 2-0 European Championships qualifying defeat in Germany. Alisson Becker, Rafael Camacho, Fabinho, Roberto Firmino, Kamil Grabara, Naby Keïta, Simon Mignolet, Liam Millar, Dominic Solanke, future reds Fábio Carvalho, Harvey Elliott and Diogo Jota, and ex-reds Joe Allen, Sebastián Coates, Philippe Coutinho and Martin Škrtel all also played for their countries that day. Three for Suso 2009 – Future red Suso bagged a treble as Spain Under-17’s thrashed the Faroe Islands 6-0 in a friendly in Romania. Péter Gulácsi, Krisztián Németh and András Simon all played as Hungary lost 3-2 to Ghana in the World Championships Semi-final in Cairo. 2008 – Future reds keeper Loris Karius played for Germany Under-16’s as they won a friendly 1-0 in Finland Other reds games 1982 – League leaders Manchester United held us to a goalless draw at Anfield. 1974 – We thumped Bristol City 4-0 in a League Cup Third Round replay in L4 with Steve Heighway and Ray Kennedy each netting twice. 1971 – We won 3-2 at Nottingham Forest with Ian Storey-Moore twice equalising with the last two of his five goals against the reds. Emlyn Hughes and Steve Heighway struck before Tommy Smith converted a spot-kick. 1965 – Roger Hunt and Ian Callaghan netted as Newcastle United went home on the wrong end of a 2-0 scoreline. 1954 – We lost a Second Division trip 2-0 at Stoke City with Harry Oscroft netting one of his six strikes past us and Joe Hutton also on target. 1948 – Cyril Done bagged the only goal of our visit to Birmingham City. 1920 – Harry Chambers struck as we won 1-0 at Sheffield United. 1909 – We won 2-1 at Bradford City as Sam Bowyer and Jimmy Stewart struck inside the opening ten minutes. First and last caps 1973 - Future red Ray Kennedy won his sixth and final England Under-23’s cap as they were held to a goalless draw by Poland in Plymouth. Ipswich Town’s David Johnson also played. 2019 - Darwin Núñez debuted for Uruguay while winning his only cap as a Unión Deportiva Almería player. He netted in their 1-1 friendly draw with Peru in Lima. On the same day, Fulham’s Fábio Carvalho won his sixth and last cap for England Under-18’s as they won 3-2 in Austria. An Anfield bout 1947 – Stan Hawthorne took on Billy Thompson for the Lightweight Championships of Great Britain and British Empire at Anfield, one of many boxing fights staged at Anfield over the years.
  22. Will

    20th July

    Happy birthdays 1938 - Legendary centre-forward ‘Sir’ Roger Hunt was born in Golborne, Lancashire. He netted 285 times in 492 reds games. His 245 League goals remain a club record, and he has the distinction of being the first red to win the World Cup while at Anfield. His club medal haul includes two League championships, FA Cup, Second Division title and FA Charity Shield. 1966 - Hunt bagged both goals as England beat France 2-0 in a World Cup Finals group game at Wembley, on his 28th birthday. Clubmate Ian Callaghan also played, winning only his second cap. 1948 - Reserves keeper Frank Lane was born in Wallasey. He signed from Tranmere Rovers for £15,000 in September 1971, but only made two first-team appearances, deputising for Ray Clemence. Unfortunately, he distinguished himself for all the wrong reasons on his debut in September 1972 by safely catching a deep cross from Derby County’s Alan Hinton and then stepping backwards over his own goal-line, to help us on our way to a 2-1 defeat. New signings 2005 - Peter Crouch signed from Southampton for £7m on a four-year contract. He failed to score in his first nineteen reds games, but went on to bag thirteen goals in his final thirty games of his first season, helping us to claim the FA Cup in May. He went on to score 42 times in 134 outings in total before being sold to Portsmouth for a fee of up to £11m in July 2008. 2016 – Estonian centre-half Ragnar Klavan signed from Augsburg for £4.2m. He struck twice in 53 outings before moving on to Cagliari for £2m in August 2018. On the same day, keeper Ádám Bogdán joined Wigan Athletic on loan, playing seventeen times as the Latics were relegated to League One. Keeping no more 2007 - Jerzy Dudek signed for Real Madrid after 186 reds appearances, helping us to glory in Istanbul, as well as the Worthington Cup in 2003. He turned out just twelve times for the Spanish giants before retiring in May 2011. 2018 - Danny Ward was sold to Leicester City for £12.5m after just three senior reds games. He has so only played fourteen times in cup competitions for the Foxes across his first four campaigns. Auf wiedersehen 2001 - Christian Ziege was sold to Tottenham Hotspur for £4m, only a year after his acrimonious transfer from Middlesbrough. He had notched twice in 32 appearances whilst at Anfield, including coming off the bench in Cardiff for the first leg of the treble. 2021 – Serbian midfielder Marko Grujić was sold to Porto for £10.5m after a successful loan spell. He had signed from Crvena Zvezda for £5.1m in January 2016, immediately being loaned back for the rest of the season. He struck once in sixteen senior reds appearances. On the same day, Nigerian forward moved on to Union Berlin for £6.5m. He had arrived from Imperial Academy for £400,000 in August 2015, spending most of his time out on loan. 1900 - Inside-right David Wilson left the reds after just two senior appearances since arriving from East Bontas in May 1899. Billy hitched 1946 – Billy Liddell married Phyllis at Island Road Methodist Church in Garston, just three days after Bob Paisley had got wed. Debuting in goal 2007 - Bulgarian keeper Nikolay Mihaylov made his first reds appearance in our 2-0 defeat of Auxerre in Switzerland. Our goals came from Steven Gerrard and Daniel Agger. Other recent friendlies 2016 – Keeper Shamal George made his first senior appearance, coming off the bench as an outfield player in our 2-0 win at Huddersfield Town. Philippe Coutinho had a penalty saved, with Marko Grujić on target and Alberto Moreno converting a second late spot-kick. 2015 – Danny Ings bagged his first reds goal as we beat Adelaide United 2-0 at the Adelaide Oval, with James Milner also on target. 2013 – We beat an Indonesia XI 2-0 in Jakarta to claim the Standard Chartered Trophy, with Philippe Coutinho and Raheem Sterling on target. 1997 - John Barnes was on the scoresheet as we drew 1-1 with Danish side Brøndby IF, with new goalkeeping signing Jørgen Nielsen playing his first reds game. 1999 - We beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0 at Molineux, thanks to goals from Robbie Fowler and Karl-Heinz Riedle. Double trouble 2021 – We played two thirty-minute pre-season games in Salzburg, first drawing 1-1 with Wacker Innsbruck as left-back Owen Beck, centre-half Ben Davies and midfielders Kaide Gordon and Tyler Morton all appeared in the first team for the first time as Divock Origi scored from the spot. We then drew 1-1 with VfB Stuttgart as right-back Conor Bradley and centre-half Ibrahima Konaté played their first reds games, with Sadio Mané on target. Back amongst the big boys 2001 - We were drawn to play either Haka of Finland or Israeli side Maccabi Haifa in a two-legged Champions League qualifier, which would be our first ever games in the new format of the European Cup. Youngsters on target 2008 – András Simon scored as Hungary Under-19’s lost 2-1 to Germany in a European Championship Finals group game in the Czech Republic. On the same day, future red Daniel Sturridge scored his only Under-19’s goal while winning his third and last cap at this level, as England beat Greece 3-0 in the same competition, with future reds loanee Victor Moses also featuring. 1993 - Robbie Fowler struck as England Under-18’s beat the Netherlands 4-1 in a European Championship Finals group game in Walsall 1992 - Future red Nick Barmby was on the scoresheet as England thumped Poland 6-1 in Germany in the Quarter-final of the same competition. First and last caps 2003 - John Welsh won his fifteenth and last cap for England Under-19’s as they lost 3-0 to the Czech Republic in a European Championship Finals group game in Liechtenstein. Future red Alberto Aquilani played in Italy’s 5-1 thumping of the host nation in the same competition in Balzers to qualify for the Semi-finals. 1997 - Øyvind Leonhardsen won his first senior cap as a reds player as Norway won a friendly 1-0 in Iceland, with Stig Inge Bjørnebye also featuring. On the same day, future red Vegard Heggem played for Norway Under-21’s as they lost 2-0 in Iceland. Other internationals 2012 – Craig Bellamy and future reds Joe Allen and Steven Caulker all featured as the Great Britain Olympic XI lost 2-0 to the Brazil Olympic XI in a friendly at the Riverside Stadium. 1995 - Future red Brad Friedel played as the USA lost their Copa América Semi-final with Brazil 1-0 in Uruguay. 2004 – Future red Javier Mascherano was on the winning side as Argentina reached the Final of Copa América in Peru by beating Colombia 3-0. 2005 - Paul Willis played for host nation Northern Ireland Under-19’s as they lost 1-0 to Serbia & Montenegro in a European Championships Finals group game, with future red David Martin featuring as England drew 1-1 with Armenia in the same competition. 2006 - Antonio Barragán featured in the same tournament as Spain thumped Scotland 4-0 in a group game in Poland. Signing on 1995 - Young forward Paul Dalglish signed for Celtic Juniors. This was the first club for King Kenny’s son. He came to Anfield a year later, but only lasted just over a year, before moving to Newcastle United on a free transfer. 2020 – Forward Layton Stewart signed a new contract with the reds. The Liverpool-born lad had been at the Academy since the age of seven, making it onto the first-team bench for the first time in our League Cup Quarter-final at Aston Villa in December 2019.
  23. Will

    12th August

    The Doc is in 1976 – Ex-Blues forward David Johnson signed from Ipswich Town for a club record £200,000. He went on to win three League titles, European Cup, UEFA Super Cup and two FA Charity Shields, scoring 78 times in 213 reds games. He was the first player to score for both sides in Merseyside derbies, and returned to Goodison in August 1982 for £100,000. Most recently 2018 – Three reds made their debuts as we thumped West Ham United 4-0 in our season opener at Anfield – keeper Alisson Becker, Naby Keïta and Xherdan Shaqiri. Mohamed Salah opened the scoring, with Sadio Mané bagging a brace and Daniel Sturridge completing the scoring. This secured our 500th Premier League victory. In comes José 2011 – Left-back José Enrique signed from Newcastle United for £5.5m. He impressed reds fans in his early appearances, netting twice in 99 games in all and helping us to claim the Carling Cup and reach the FA Cup Final in his first campaign, before being released in May 2016. 2019 - Andy Lonergan joined the reds, having been released by Middlesbrough earlier in the summer. The reds became the twelfth club of his professional career, but he failed to make the first team, although he sat on the bench on eight occasions, including nights when we claimed the FIFA Club World Cup and UEFA Super Cup. Joyeux anniversaire 1981 - Our former record £14m signing Djibril Cissé was born in Arles in France. His first season was one of tremendous ups and downs, including a horrific leg break and converting a penalty in the Champions League Final. He notched a total of 24 times in 79 reds games, including scoring in the UEFA Super Cup Final and FA Cup Final, but then spent a season on loan at Olympique de Marseille, for whom he signed permanently for £6.3m in July 2007. 1990 – Mario Balotelli was born in Palermo. The Italian striker signed from AC Milan for £16m in August 2014, only scoring four times in 28 games in his one season at Anfield, spending s campaign back on loan at AC Milan before joining Nice on a fee transfer in August 2016. 2010 - He joined Manchester City from Internazionale for €21.8m after 28 goals in 86 games for the nerazzurri. 1948 – Former first-team coach Patrice Bergues was born in Créteil, France. He worked with Gérard Houllier at Anfield between 1998 and 2001, later working with him at Olympique Lyonnais. 1997 – Nigerian forward Taiwo Awoniyi was born in Ilorin. He signed from Imperial Academy for £400,000 in August 2015, spending most of his time since out on loan before being sold to Union Berlin for £6.5m in July 2021. Joy in Charity We have twice claimed the FA Charity Shield on this day over the years. 1989 - Glenn Hysén made his reds debut as Peter Beardsley scored the only goal of the game against Arsenal at Wembley, in his hundredth reds match. Later, an Ian Rush header struck the post, landing in keeper John Lukic’s arms. 2001 - We made our third trip to the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff inside six months, as a Gary McAllister penalty and Michael Owen strike handed us a 2-1 win over arch-rivals Manchester United. John Arne Riise made his reds bow in this game, which was the first eleven-a-side first-class match to be played indoors, as the stadium’s roof was closed against the rain. Other signings 1982 – Forward David Hodgson arrived from Middlesbrough for £450,000. He never fully established himself in his two years at Anfield, scoring ten times in 49 appearances, although he did claim a League championship medal and helped us to clinch the FA Charity Shield on his reds bow before he left for Sunderland for £125,000. 2010 – Danish midfielder Christian Poulsen signed from Juventus for £4.5m, having previously worked with Roy Hodgson at F.C. København. He made 21 largely uninspiring appearances, without finding the back of the net, moving on to Évian Thonon Gaillard a year later. On the same day, future red Simon Mignolet played for Belgium Under-21’s. For Billy and Zico 1974 - The reds took part in a testimonial match at Celtic for their legendary player Billy McNeill. The game ended 1-1, with our goal being scored by John Toshack. 1985 - We played in another testimonial game, losing 3-2 to Everton at Anfield. Phil Neal, whose testimonial it was, and Craig Johnston were on target for the reds. International milestones 2009 - Sami Hyypiä won his hundredth senior cap, captaining Finland in their 1-0 friendly defeat by Sweden in Solna. This was his first cap as a Bayer 04 Leverkusen player, while fellow ex-red Jari Litmanen played his 125th international. On the same day, Sotirios Kyrgiakos won his fiftieth cap for Greece, his final one as an A.E.K Athens player, as Greece lost 2-0 to Poland in Chorzów. Javier Mascherano also reached a half century of international appearances, skippering Argentina as they beat Russia 3-2 in a friendly in Moscow, with future red Maxi Rodríguez also in action. Stan’s treble 1996 - Stan Collymore bagged a hat-trick in our 4-0 victory at Burnley in a pre-season friendly. Robbie Fowler completed the scoring. Beating City We have twice beaten Manchester City at Anfield in League encounters on this day over the years. 1969 - We won 3-2 with a goal from Roger Hunt and an Ian St. John brace. Tommy Smith scored an own goal in this game with City keeper Joe Corrigan playing his first game at Anfield, with Ian Bowyer also on target for the visitors. 1972 - We triumphed 2-0, thanks to an early Brian Hall strike and a late Ian Callaghan goal. However, this game was marred by the dismissals of Larry Lloyd and City’s Wyn Davies. Lloyd later became the first player to fight a ban before the newly formed independent disciplinary tribunal, in relation to this sending off. Steve Heighway reached a century of reds games that day. Off the mark 2017 – Mohamed Salah scored on his reds bow as we were held to a 3-3 draw at Watford, Jürgen Klopp’s hundredth game in charge. We fell behind to a Stefano Okaka goal before Sadio Mané equalised. Abdoulaye Doucouré put the Hornets back in front, with Roberto Firmino equalising from the spot and Salah giving us the lead, which we held until a stoppage-time leveller from Miguel Britos. 2012 - Raheem Sterling scored his first reds goal as we beat Sami Hyypiä’s Bayer 04 Leverkusen 3-1 in a friendly at Anfield. Lucas and Andy Carroll were also on target. 1991 - Mark Walters made his first reds appearance, in a 1-0 friendly defeat at Tranmere Rovers. He joined from Rangers for a £1.25m fee the following day, where he had been a big success. Euro anniversary 1984 - We met Icelandic side Knattspyrnufélag Reykjavíkur in a friendly. They were the first team we ever played in European competition, almost exactly twenty years earlier. This meeting ended 2-2, with Michael Robinson and Phil Neal on the scoresheet after we had fallen two goals behind. 1990 - We returned to that part of the world, winning 2-0 at HJK Helsinki, with Ray Houghton and David Burrows on the scoresheet. Thumped in Spain 1988 - We were trounced 5-1 by Club Atlético de Madrid in the pre-season T Herrera Tournament. Substitute Ray Houghton scored our consolation goal at the Estadio Vicente Calderón. Alan Hansen dislocated his left knee in this game, keeping him out until the following May. 1983 - David Hodgson struck as we lost 2-1 to the same side in La Linea Tournament. 1986 - We held Real Sociedad to a goalless draw in San Sebastián. Other friendlies 1967 - Ian St. John, Willie Stevenson, Ron Yeats and Roger Hunt all netted as we beat German side Hannover 96 4-1 at their Niedersachsenstadion. 1995 - Steve McManaman bagged the only goal of the game as we beat Shelbourne 1-0 in the Yorkie Premier League Challenge at Tolka Park in Dublin. First and last caps 2009 - Glen Johnson won his first cap as a reds player as England drew 2-2 with the Netherlands in Amsterdam, with future red James Milner making his international bow. Dirk Kuyt was on target, while Ryan Babel and ex-red Emile Heskey also featured. Philipp Degen represented Switzerland for the first time since moving to Anfield, helping them to a goalless draw with Italy in another friendly in Basel. Meanwhile, Xabi Alonso and Álvaro Arbeloa both won their first caps as Real Madrid players. Albert Riera struck his final goal for Spain while on our books, with Fernando Torres also netting and Pepe Reina also playing as Spain beat FYR Macedonia 3-2 in Skopje. On the same day, keeper Nikolay Mihaylov won his first cap since becoming a red as Bulgaria beat Latvia 1-0 in a friendly in Sofia. More international goalscorers 2009 – Ex-red Milan Baroš converted a penalty as the Czech Republic beat Belgium 3-1 in a friendly in Teplice, while ex-red John Arne Riise scored as Norway thumped Scotland 4-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Oslo. Future red Raul Meireles netted for Portugal in their 3-0 friendly win in Liechtenstein. Also in international action that day were Yossi Benayoun, Péter Gulácsi, Krisztián Németh, David N’Gog, future reds Mario Balotelli, Milan Jovanović, Ragnar Klavan, Christian Poulsen, Nuri Şahin and Luis Suárez and ex-reds Nicolas Anelka, Robbie Keane, Harry Kewell and Nikolay Mihaylov, while John Toshack took charge of Wales. Olympian Raul 2004 - Raul Meireles played for Portugal in the Olympics Finals, coming off the bench as they lost a group game 4-2 to Iraq in Greece. In and out 2020 – French centre-half Billy Koumetio signed pro terms with the reds, having joined the Academy from Union Sportive Orléans Loiret Football in November 2018. He made his debut in the UEFA Champions League at Midtjylland in December 2020. On the same day, centre-back Morgan Boyes joined Fleetwood Town on loan, playing four times while with the Cod Army. Blackpool firsts 2003 - Michael Foley-Sheridan played his first senior reds game as we beat Fleetwood Town 6-1 in a friendly at Blackpool’s Broomfield Road ground. John Welsh scored his first goal for the first team, with Milan Baroš nabbing a brace to add to a penalty from El-Hadji Diouf and goals from Bruno Cheyrou and Anthony Le Tallec. Ex-reds on the move 1996 - Bruce Grobbelaar moved down the south coast, joining Plymouth Argyle from Southampton on a free transfer. He turned out 41 times in his one season at Home Park before joining Oxford United the following season. On the same day, Northern Irish youth forward Davy Larmour left Anfield to join Doncaster Rovers on a free transfer, having been part of the victorious FA Youth Cup winning squad earlier that year. He played 22 times for them without finding the net. 2015 – Chris Kirkland joined Preston North End from Sheffield Wednesday on a free transfer, but only played six times in his one campaign at Deepdale. 2016 – Forward David N’Gog signed for Panionios, scoring three times in sixteen games for the Greek side. 2020 – Ex-reds midfielder Adam Phillips re-joined Morecambe on loan from Burnley, netting ten times in 33 outings in this second spell. On the same day, former reds winger Mark Kennedy resigned as Head Coach of Macclesfield Town having rejected a new contract following the club’s relegation from the League due to a points deduction for financial issues. 2013 – Former reserves keeper Alexander Doni retired from playing. He joined the reds on a free transfer from Roma in July 2011 and played four times, as well as sitting on the bench on another 46 occasions. He returned to his native Brazil with Botafogo in January 2013 having apparently suffered a heart attack during a routine medical in the summer of 2012. 2009 – Winger Mark González signed for CSKA Moskva from Real Betis Balompié for €6.5m. He had struck ten times in 44 League games for the Andalusian outfit. 1991 - Former reserves defender Alan Harper rejoined Everton from Manchester City for £200,000. He made 62 appearances in this second spell at Goodison, before moving to Burnley on a free transfer three years later. Also in international action 2010 – Future red Simon Mignolet featured for Belgium Under-21’s in their 1-0 European Championships qualifying win in France. 2000 – Future red Fábio Aurélio played for Brazil as they beat Chile 3-0 in an unofficial friendly in Florianópolis. 1981 – Future red Glenn Hysén appeared for Sweden as they beat Bulgaria 1-0 in a friendly in Uddevalla.
  24. Will

    7th July

    Midfield arrivals 2011 – Charlie Adam signed from Blackpool for an initial £6.75m. He notched twice in 35 outings, helping us to claim the Carling Cup before being sold to Stoke City for a reported £4m thirteen months later. 1984 – Midfielder Alberto Aquilani was born in Rome. He signed from Roma for a basic fee of €20m in August 2009, but injury restricted him to just 28 senior appearances, in which he notched only twice, although he did manage to register six assists in the League, only one less than Steven Gerrard. He was sold to Fiorentina in August 2012 after two seasons on loan back in his native land, with Juventus and AC Milan. Champions 2019 – Alisson Becker, Roberto Firmino and ex-red Philippe Coutinho all featured as Brazil beat Peru 3-1 in the Copa América Final in Rio de Janeiro to become South American champions for the ninth time. Mixed semi-final fortunes 2021 – Jordan Henderson and ex-red Raheem Sterling played as England beat Denmark 2-1 at Wembley to reach the European Championships Final after extra time, although they went on to lose the Final to Italy on penalties. 2010 – Fernando Torres and ex-red Xabi Alonso both featured as Spain beat Germany 1-0 in Durban to reach the World Cup Final. 1998 - Future red Bolo Zenden played as the Netherlands lost a penalty shoot-out 4-2 to Brazil in the World Cup Semi-final in Marseille after the match had ended 1-1. 2011 – Future reds Emre Can and Samed Yeşil both netted as Germany Under-17’s lost 3-2 to host nation Mexico in the World Championships Semi-final. On the same day, future red Mohamed Salah scored as Egypt Under-20’s drew a friendly 2-2 in Portugal. 2016 – Can played for the senior side as Germany lost 2-0 to France in the European Championships Semi-final in Marseille. Ince out 1999 - It was announced that Paul Ince would be leaving the club. Gérard Houllier said, “I have told him he is not in my plans for Liverpool. He should look elsewhere now.” He joined Middlesbrough for £1m three weeks later. He had struck seventeen times in 81 reds games during his two years at Anfield. Ending up fourth 1990 - Peter Beardsley, Steve McMahon and future red Mark Wright all played as England lost 2-1 to Italy in the World Cup third place play-off in Bari. Debuts galore 2018 – Rafa Camacho, Fabinho, Curtis Jones, Naby Keïta and Nat Phillips all made their reds bows as we thumped Chester 7-0 at their Swansway Chester Stadium in our opening pre-season friendly. Winger Harry Wilson bagged his first two goals for the club as we led 2-0 at half time. James Milner converted a penalty before Daniel Sturridge bagged a brace, with Ryan Kent netting his first for the reds and Danny Ings also on target. In blows South 1931 - Centre-half Alex South was born. He struck once in just seven appearances after signing from his hometown club Brighton & Hove Albion for £5,000 in December 1954, before moving on to Halifax Town in October 1956, for whom he racked up over three hundred games. Besian’s treble 2007 - Besian Idrizaj scored a hat-trick, his first reds goals, as we took a three-goal half-time lead in our opening pre-season friendly at Wrexham before eventually winning 3-2. Jordy Brouwer, Stephen Darby, Ryan Flynn, Martin Hansen, Ronald Huth, Krisztián Németh, András Simon and Jay Spearing all played their first reds games that day. In and out 2008 – Sarajevo-born forward Nikola Sarić signed for the reds from Herfølge Boldklub in Denmark. He had recently been named as Under-17’s Player of the Year by the Danish Football Association. He failed to break through to the first team and moved on to HNK Hajduk Split in June 2011. 2015 – Spanish right-back Javier Manquillo had his loan from Club Atlético de Madrid terminated. He had made nineteen senior appearances. Emile on the move again 2006 - Emile Heskey joined Wigan Athletic from Birmingham City for £5.5m. He struck sixteen times in 88 games for the Latics before moving to Aston Villa for £3.5m in January 2009. Ray on the way up 1982 - Ray Houghton signed for Fulham from West Ham United on a free transfer, five years prior to his arrival at Anfield. He netted 21 times in 145 appearances for the Cottagers, before moving on to Oxford United. Also on the move 2000 - Young midfielder Layton Maxwell joined Stockport County on loan. He scored twice in 23 appearances for them before joining Cardiff City on a free transfer a year later. His only reds appearance had come in a Worthington Cup tie against Hull City in September 1999, when he scored in front of the Kop. 2004 - Dominic Matteo joined Blackburn Rovers from Leeds United on a free transfer. Meanwhile, Nick Barmby also moved for free, joining Hull City from Leeds United. Matteo played just 39 times for Rovers before joining Stoke City in January 2007, while Barmby turned out on 197 occasions for his hometown club, netting 32 times, as well as taking over as Manager for five months. 1993 – Future reds first-team coach Kevin Keen joined Wolverhampton Wanderers from West Ham United for £600,000, having bagged thirty goals in 279 outings for the Hammers. 2008 – Ex-reserves forward Steven Gillespie joined Colchester United from Cheltenham Town for £400,000. He bagged 28 goals in 108 outings, stepping down a division to join Fleetwood Town in June 2012. 2011 - Robbie Fowler signed for SCG Muangthong United in Thailand, netting four times in twenty games while in Thailand, also taking over as coach for a while. Stephen Darby left Anfield on loan for Rochdale on the same day, playing forty times as they were relegated from League One. 2014 - Luis García signed for Indian Super League side Atlético de Kolkata, going on to win the Manyavar Most Exciting Player award as they claimed the title. On the same day, Tom Ince joined Hull City, netting once in thirteen outings before moving on to Derby County for £4.75m a year later. 2016 – Keeper Brad Jones signed for Feyenoord, helping them to clinch the League title in his first campaign, their first in eighteen years. 2017 – Right-back Stephen Darby joined Bolton Wanderers on a free transfer from Bradford City, after one goal in 239 games for the Bantams. Reaching the semi 2018 – Jordan Henderson and ex-red Raheem Sterling helped England to beat Sweden 2-0 in Samara, with Dejan Lovren on the winning side as Croatia set up a Semi-final meeting with England, seeing off host nation on penalties after their meeting in Sochi ended 2-2. Getting hitched 1983 - Bruce Grobbelaar married Debbie in Zimbabwe. In typical Brucie fashion, both the happy couple wore tracksuits! 2004 - Danny Murphy wed Joanna Taylor in Barbados, one month prior to his departure from Anfield 2006 - On a sadder note, former player, Coach and Manager Phil Taylor’s wife Maisey died. Larry in charge 1983 - Ex-reds centre-half Larry Lloyd was appointed Manager of Notts County. He was only in charge for fifteen months before he was sacked. They were relegated after three years in the top flight in his only full season in charge. Signing on 2005 - Dietmar Hamann signed a new contract for up to two years, depending on the number of appearances he made in the coming season. He moved on in July 2006 after 283 first-team appearances, in which he acted as a sturdy bulwark in front of the defence, scoring just eleven times. He helped us to claim the European Cup, UEFA Cup, two FA Cups, two UEFA Super Cups, two League Cups and the FA Charity Shield. 2011 – Reserves centre-half Andre Wisdom signed a new contract until 2014, subsequently extended further. He scored once in 22 senior games after making his debut in September 2012, moving on to Derby County for an initial £2m in July 2017. 2021 – Forward Oakley Cannonier signed as a professional, having joined from his hometown club Leeds United as an Under-12. He struck 41 times in all competitions in the 2021/22 season. Knocked out 2007 - Mark González won his twentieth cap as Chile were thumped 6-1 by future red Alexander Doni’s Brazil in the Quarter-final of the Copa América in Venezuela. On the same day, future red Luis Suárez played as Uruguay Under-20’s lost 2-0 to Zambia in their World Championship Finals group game in Canada, although they still qualified for the knock-out phase. Also in international action 2004 – Future red Javier Mascherano played as Argentina thumped Ecuador 6-1 in a Copa América group game in Peru. 1996 – Future red John Arne Riise featured as Norway Under-15’s lost 2-0 to Sweden in Sandefjord.
  25. Will

    29th March

    Happy birthdays 1937 - Right-half Gordon Milne was born in Preston. He played 282 times for us after signing for a club record £16,000 from Preston North End in August 1960, netting eighteen times and winning the League title twice, as well as the Second Division championship before joining Blackpool in May 1967. He also won fourteen England caps, and later successfully managed Coventry City and Leicester City. 1991 – Italian forward Fabio Borini was born in Bentivoglio. He arrived from Roma for £10.4m in July 2012 to become new boss Brendan Rodgers’ first capture. He struck only three times in 38 reds games, moving to Sunderland for an initial £8m in August 2015 after a successful loan spell on Wearside. 1907 – Forward Ted Hancock was born in Rotherham. He signed from Gainsborough Trinity in January 1931, scoring twice in ten reds games before joining Burnley in February 1933. 1925 - South African winger Bob Priday was born in Cape Town. His chances were limited to forty reds games after he made the switch from Cape Town City in December 1945, as he was behind Billy Liddell in the pecking order. He notched seven times while at Anfield, before moving on to Blackburn Rovers in March 1949. Semi-finals 1978 - We lost 2-1 at Borussia Mönchengladbach in the European Cup, with Wilfried Hannes putting the home side ahead. David Johnson netted a late equaliser before Rainer Bonhof’s free-kick put the home side ahead after a rare Ray Clemence error a minute later. Ian Callaghan made his 857th and final reds appearance. Fortunately, we won through to the Final in the Anfield second leg. 1947 - We shared a goalless two hours with Burnley in the FA Cup at Ewood Park, but lost the replay at Maine Road two weeks later. Another for Gordon 1932 - Gordon Hodgson’s first of two strikes in our 4-3 top-flight defeat at Huddersfield Town was his 150th reds goal. Dave Wright also scored, with Dave Mangnall bagging the first three of his seven goals past us and Wilf Bott grabbing one of his five against the reds. Keepers debuting in friendlies 1997 - David James made his England bow in a 2-0 defeat of Mexico at Wembley, his only appearance while a red. Robbie Fowler struck his first senior goal for his country, with Steve McManaman and Jamie Redknapp also playing and future red Paul Ince captaining the side. Stig Inge Bjørnebye, ex-reds Jim Magilton and Dean Saunders, and future reds Gary McAllister and Øyvind Leonhardsen all also turned out for their countries that day. 2000 - Sander Westerveld won his second cap, and first as a red, as the Netherlands drew 2-2 in Belgium. Ex-red Gareth Roberts made his senior debut for Wales in the opening match at the Millennium Stadium as they lost 2-1 to Finland, with future red Jari Litmanen netting the first goal at the new ground. Meanwhile, Jamie Carragher, Steven Gerrard, Dietmar Hamann, Emile Heskey, Sami Hyypiä, ex-reds Don Hutchison and Dean Saunders, and future reds Milan Baroš, Abel Xavier and Christian Ziege all also won international caps that day. Beating the Tractor boys We have twice beaten Ipswich Town at Anfield on this day in history. 1958 - We won 3-1 in a Second Division match, with Jimmy Harrower netting his first reds goal and Jimmy Melia and Alan A’Court also on the scoresheet. 1971 - Alun Evans and Bobby Graham were on target as we won 2-1 in a top-flight meeting. Derby disappointment 1918 - Harry Lewis and Thomas Green struck as we lost 3-2 at Everton in a Wartime League fixture. 1907 - Our other derby on this day in history was a top-flight match at Goodison that ended goalless. Harry’s farewell 1913 - Forward Harry Welfare played his fourth and final reds game in our 2-0 defeat by Manchester United at Anfield, with ex-reds forward William Hunter making the first of his three appearances for the visitors. George Wall struck one of his ten goals against the reds, with Enoch West bagging one of his eight past us. First and last caps 1890 – Future red Tom Wyllie won his only cap for Scotland in their 4-1 thumping of Ireland in the British International Championships in Belfast. 1897 - Frank Becton won his second and final England cap, and only one as a reds player. The home side thumped Wales 4-0 in a British International Championships encounter at Bramall Lane. Two-ton Bill 1952 – Bill Jones played his 200th League game for the reds as we drew 1-1 at Bolton Wanderers. Billy Liddell opened the scoring, but future red Johnny Wheeler equalised after the break. International reds at the double 1995 - Future red Patrik Berger bagged a brace as the Czech Republic beat Belarus 4-2 in a European Championships qualifier. This was the second of three consecutive internationals in which he scored. On the same day, ex-red Dean Saunders netted as Wales lost 3-1 in a qualifier in Bulgaria. Phil Babb, Stig Inge Bjørnebye, future reds Markus Babbel, Gary McAllister, Jason McAteer and Øyvind Leonhardsen and ex-reds Jim Magilton, Ronnie Rosenthal and Steve Staunton all also represented their countries. Meanwhile, future red Jari Litmanen struck as Finland won 2-0 in a Euro ‘96 qualifier in San Marino, with future red Sami Hyypiä also playing. 2003 - Sami also played for Finland, skippering them in their 2-0 Euro 2004 qualifying defeat in Italy. Future red Andriy Voronin was on target in a 2-2 qualifying draw with Spain in Kyiv. 2021 – Mohamed Salah struck twice as Egypt thumped Comoros 4-0 in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Cairo, with Liam Millar featuring for Canada as they trounced the Cayman Islands 11-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Florida. Meanwhile, James Balagizi and Jarell Quansah both played as England Under-18’s beat Wales 2-0 in a friendly in Cardiff. Thumping the Shakers 1941 - We trounced Bury 5-1 in a Wartime League match at Gigg Lane. Dicky Dorsett grabbed a brace, with Stanley Pickstock, Cyril Done and Billy Liddell also netting. Dismissed 1939 – George Paterson was sent off as Preston North End won a Lancashire Senior Cup Third Round tie 1-0 at Anfield. Mixed fortunes against Spurs and City We have twice faced both Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur on this day in history in top-flight matches, winning one and losing one against each side. 1924 - Harry Chambers grabbed the only goal of the game in the second minute against Spurs at Anfield. 1980 - We lost 2-0 at White Hart Lane, with John Pratt netting and Glenn Hoddle converting a penalty, the first of his four goals against the reds. 1937 - We were thumped 5-1 at Maine Road with Fred Howe nabbing our consolation. Eric Brook scored the last of his nine goals against us, having bagged a treble in the reverse fixture just three days earlier. Alex Herd bagged two of his eight goals past us, with Fred Tilson netting the last of his six goals against us and Richard Neilson also on target. 1950 - Billy Liddell and Jimmy Payne struck at the same venue as we won 2-1. International reds no more 1995 - Rob Jones and future red Barry Venison won their final caps for England as Uruguay held them to a goalless draw at Wembley. Future red Nick Barmby made his senior debut in this game as a substitute, while John Barnes, ex-red Peter Beardsley and Steve McManaman all also featured. Jan no longer the man 2002 - Jan Mølby resigned as Kidderminster Harriers’ boss, fuelling speculation that he was about to take over at Hull City, which he did five days later. Dudek & Henchoz twice Stéphane Henchoz has twice represented his country on this day in history. 1995 - He was a substitute in their 2-2 European Championships qualifying draw in Hungary, with Roy Hodgson in charge of the Swiss and ex-red István Kozma featuring for the home side. 2000 - They drew a friendly with Norway by the same score in Lugano. Jerzy Dudek twice won international caps in goalless draws against Hungary. 2000 - He won his fourth cap, while still a Feyenoord player, in a friendly in Debrecen. 2003 - He won his 27th cap in a European Championships qualifier in Chorzów. A rare strike for Eph 1919 - Ephraim Longworth scored one of his two only recorded goals as we beat Stockport County 3-0 in a Wartime League match at Anfield. Harry Lewis added a brace. Other reds games 1989 – John Barnes grabbed the only goal of Derby County’s visit to L4 after just two minutes. 1969 – We won 2-1 at Queens Park Rangers with Tommy Smith converting a penalty and Roger Hunt also on the scoresheet. 1930 – Jimmy Smith was on target late on as we drew 1-1 at Leeds United after Russell Wainscott struck one of his five goals past us after just a minute. 1929 – Gordon Hodgson netted twice as we beat Cardiff City 2-0 at Anfield. 1915 – Newcastle United held us to a 2-2 draw at home. We fell two goals behind before Tom Hill and Fred Pagnam levelled the scores late on. 1902 – George Fleming struck late on, the only goal of our trip to Aston Villa. Doctor in the house 2010 – The appointment of Dr. Peter Brukner as Head of Sports Medicine & Sports Science was announced. On the move 1986 - John Durnin signed on a free from Waterloo Docks. On the same day we were held to a goalless draw at Sheffield Wednesday, the only points we dropped in the final twelve games of that season. 1985 - Dean Saunders joined Cardiff City on loan from Swansea City, failing to net in four games for the Bluebirds. 1960 – Left-half Geoff Twentyman left for Ballymena United. He had netted nineteen times in 184 reds games after signing for £10,000 from his hometown club Carlisle United in December 1953. He returned to Anfield as Chief Scout in 1967, a post he held for nineteen years, helping to bring players such as Ray Clemence, Alan Hansen, Steve Heighway, Phil Neal and Ian Rush to the club. He died aged 74 in February 2004. 2002 - Second string striker John Miles moved to Stoke City on loan until the end of the season in a move that became permanent a month later. 1996 – Future Assistant Manager Colin Pascoe joined Blackpool from Swansea City on a free transfer. However, he only made one senior appearance before retiring from playing in May 1998. Also on target 1994 – Titi Camara netted for Guinea in their 2-1 defeat to Senegal in an Africa Cup of Nations Finals group game in Tunisia. 2003 - Future red Craig Bellamy struck as Wales beat Azerbaijan 4-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Cardiff, with fellow future red Paul Jones also playing. Also in international action that day were Milan Baroš, Steven Gerrard, Dietmar Hamann, Emile Heskey, Danny Murphy, Michael Owen and Vladimír Šmicer, future reds Yossi Benayoun, Christian Poulsen and Bolo Zenden and ex-reds Don Hutchison and David James. 2015 - Future red Roberto Firmino scored the only goal as Brazil beat Chile in a friendly at the Emirates Stadium, with Philippe Coutinho also featuring. Meanwhile, Lazar Marković, future red Andy Robertson and ex-red Robbie Keane all played in European Championships qualifiers. 2011 – Andy Carroll netted his first goal for his country while winning his first cap as a reds player in England’s 1-1 friendly draw with Ghana at Wembley. Dirk Kuyt bagged a brace, scoring in his third consecutive international as the Netherlands beat Hungary 5-3 in a Euro 2012 qualifier in Amsterdam. Ex-red Milan Baroš was on target as the Czech Republic beat Liechtenstein 2-0 in another qualifier, while Harry Kewell won his last cap as a Galatasaray player in Australia’s 2-1 friendly win in Germany. Nuri Şahin won his last cap in his first spell as a Ballspielverein Borussia 09 e.V. Dortmund player as Turkey beat Austria 2-0 in a qualifier in Istanbul. Future red Samed Yeşil scored for Germany Under-17’s as they beat Switzerland 2-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Dusseldorf, with future red Fabio Borini netting his fist Italy Under-21’s goal in their 2-2 friendly draw in Germany. Alberto Aquilani, Tom Ince, Glen Johnson, Raul Meireles, Martin Škrtel, Andrew Wisdom, future reds Stewart Downing, Ragnar Klavan, Dejan Lovren, Simon Mignolet, James Milner and Mamadou Sakho and ex-reds Xabi Alonso, Álvaro Arbeloa, Yossi Benayoun, Alou Diarra, Javier Mascherano and Daniel Sjölund all also featured in internationals that day. 2016 – Sakho won his last cap as a reds plater as France beat Russia 4-2 in a friendly in Paris. Emre Can, Nathaniel Clyne, Adam Lallana, James Milner, Martin Škrtel, Brad Smith, Daniel Sturridge, future reds Alisson Becker, Sadio Mané, Mohamed Salah and Gini Wijnaldum, and ex-reds Daniel Agger, Sebastián Coates, Javier Mascherano, Carl Medjani, Victor Moses, Nuri Şahin and Luis Suárez all also featured for their countries, with Roy Hodgson taking charge of England. International youngsters 1983 - Southampton’s Mark Wright made his England Under-21’s debut as they beat Greece 2-1 at Fratton Park in a European Championships qualifier. Steve McMahon won his final cap as a Blue in the same game, with fellow future red Paul Walsh also featuring. 2005 - John Welsh struck his first goal for England Under-21’s as he started his first game at this level, although this was his fourth cap. Scott Carson and future red James Milner also played as Azerbaijan were beaten 2-0 at the Riverside Stadium in a European Championships qualifier. Future red Daniel Agger netted his third and final goal for Denmark at this level as they won 1-0 in the Ukraine in another qualifier. On the same day, Ramon Calliste won his final Under-21’s cap as a Manchester United player, with Wales losing a qualifier 2-0 in Austria with future red Robbie Keane also in international action. Also in international action 2009 – Nineteen people were killed in a stampede before Ivory Coast thrashed Malawi 5-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Abidjan, with future red Kolo Touré in action. Ex-red Mark González also featured in a qualifier that day. 2017 – Ex-red Luis Suárez played as Uruguay lost a World Cup qualifier 2-1 in Peru. 2018 – Future red Fábio Carvalho played for England Under-16’s in their 2-0 friendly defeat of Cameroon in France.
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