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  1. Will

    13th February

    African magic 2000 - A truly momentous day for Rigobert Song, who captained Cameroon to the African Cup of Nations, scoring the decisive penalty in the shoot-out in the Final against host nation Nigeria in Lagos after the game had ended 2-2 after extra-time. This was happening at the same time as we won at Highbury in the League for the final time, hanging on after Titi Camara’s strike to beat Arsenal 1-0. 2004 - Future red Momo Sissoko played for Mali as they lost their Third-place Play-off 2-1 to Nigeria in the same competition in Tunisia. New boss 1923 - Matt McQueen was appointed Manager after David Ashworth’s departure for Oldham Athletic two months earlier. He helped the reds to retain the League title at the end of that season, taking charge of the team on 229 occasions in all. He had played for the club in its first eight years of existence, making 103 appearances in every position on the park and scoring seven times, then joining the club’s board towards the end of the First World War. Happy birthday Mamadou 1990 – Centre-half Mamadou Sakho was born in Paris. He signed from Paris Saint-Germain for £15m in September 2013, netting three times in eighty games before falling out with boss Jürgen Klopp and being sent off to Crystal Palace on loan in February 2017, making the move permanent for an initial £24m six months later. 1870 – Half-back Tom Cleghorn was born in Edinburgh. He signed from Blackburn Rovers in March 1896, scoring once in seventy games before moving to Portsmouth in August 1899. He helped Pompey to claim both the Southern Football League First Division and Western Football League First Division titles in 1901/02. Carra dismissed 1999 - We lost 1-0 to Charlton Athletic, our first match at The Valley since 1961. Jamie Carragher was sent off for a supposed elbow, while John Barnes made his debut for the Addicks, as a substitute. Keith Jones was on target to net the first Charlton goal in this fixture since 1960. 1954 - We also lost to Charlton, being beaten 3-2 at Anfield. Ex-Addick Johnny Evans and inside-forward Eric Anderson struck for the reds, while keeper Russell Crossley played his 73rd and final reds game. Eddie Firmani bagged a brace, with Syd O’Linn also on target. Fred’s treble 1915 - Fred Pagnam grabbed a hat-trick as we shared six goals with Chelsea in a League game at Anfield. Donald McKinlay put through his own net, with Harold Halse scoring the last of his four goals against the reds and Bobby Thomson also netting for the Blues as Elisha Scott saved a late penalty from Robert Abrams. 1982 - We also faced the Blues, losing an FA Cup Fifth Round tie 2-0 to the then-Second Division outfit at Stamford Bridge. Peter Rhoades-Brown and Colin Lee struck the goals. Super sub’s ton up 1979 – David Fairclough reached a century of reds games in our League meeting with Birmingham City, originally postponed from a month earlier. Graeme Souness struck the only goal at Anfield. Luther at last 1988 - Luther Blissett finally breached the reds’ defence in a League game at Watford to score the first goal against us in all competitions for 994 minutes, a then club record. We still won comfortably in a mud bath, 4-1, with Peter Beardsley bagging a brace to take his tally to eight in as many games, to add to goals from John Aldridge and ex-Hornet John Barnes. Mixed FA Cup fortunes We have won three of our four FA Cup ties on this day over the years, with the other tie being our defeat at Chelsea in 1982. 1971 - A Chris Lawler goal saw off Southampton in the Fifth Round at Anfield, as we headed towards Wembley. 1993 - We visited The Dell in a League game, losing 2-1 with Don Hutchison netting for the reds. 1932 - Outside-left Gordon Gunson scored to defeat Grimsby Town at Anfield, in another Fifth Round tie, just a week after we had been thumped 5-1 by them in a top-flight fixture at Blundell Park. We were then knocked out by Chelsea at Anfield in the next round. 1897 - Our first cup tie on this day was played at West Bromwich Albion’s Stoney Lane ground, with Malcolm McVean bagging his 43rd and final goal for the club and centre-half Robert Neill also scoring in our 2-1 win. Willie Donnelly made his eighth and final appearance in our goal, with inside-right Jimmy Ross playing for the 85th and last time. The reds prepared for this game by spending the week in Worcestershire, going straight there from our away match at Stoke City the previous Saturday. We lost out to Aston Villa that season after reaching our first ever Semi-final. Cyril’s treble 1943 - Cyril Done grabbed a hat-trick as we beat Tranmere Rovers 4-1 in a Wartime League game at Anfield. Michael Hulligan bagged our other goal. Firsts and last 2021 – Loanee centre-half Ozan Kabak made his reds bow as we lost 3-1 at Leicester City behind closed doors. Mohamed Salah opened the scoring after the break, but James Maddison and Harvey Barnes struck either side of one of Jamie Vardy’s ten goals against us in what was Jürgen Klopp’s 300th game in charge of the reds. 1904 – Right-half Bobby Robinson played the first of his 271 reds games as we were held to a goalless draw at Anfield by Stoke. Forward Joe Hewitt also debuted in this game, the first of his 164 appearances. 1909 - Left-half Jim Bradley struck his eighth and final reds goal in the first minute of our 4-1 thumping of Leicester Fosse at Anfield, with full-back Bob Crawford making his reds bow and outside-left Michael Griffin playing his fourth and final reds game. Arthur Goddard nabbed a brace, with Sam Bowyer also on target. 1890 – Frank Grayer was born in Southampton. He signed from his hometown club for £100 in July 1912 but only played one senior reds game, as right-back in our 2-1 home defeat to Manchester United in April 1914. He was so badly wounded during the First World War that he was unable to play football again. International debuts 2002 – Future red Sotirios Kyrgiakos won his first senior cap as Greece drew 2-2 with Sweden in a friendly in Thessaloniki. 1937 - Future reds right-back Billy Hood won his only international cap, playing for Ireland as they thumped England 5-1 in an amateur international in Belfast. 1909 - Ex-reds winger Arthur Berry won his only cap for England as they beat Ireland 4-0 in the British International Championships at Valley Parade. Reds keeper Sam Hardy also played for the home side, while future red Billy Lacey made his debut for Ireland in the same game. Friendly scoring for their countries 2002 - Dietmar Hamann netted in Germany’s 7-1 defeat of Israel in Kaiserslautern. Substitute Vladimír Šmicer was on target on the same day as the Czech Republic won 4-3 in Cyprus, with Milan Baroš also playing. Real Madrid’s Fernando Morientes struck as Spain drew 1-1 with Portugal in Barcelona. Meanwhile, future red Djibril Cissé bagged a brace as France Under-21’s thumped their Belgian counterparts 5-1 in Boulogne. This was the third consecutive international in which he had found the net. Another future red, Craig Bellamy, scored as Wales held Argentina to a 1-1 draw in a friendly in Cardiff. Also playing for their countries that day were Steven Gerrard, Emile Heskey, David Raven, John Arne Riise and Mark Smyth, as well as ex-reds Brad Friedel, David James, Jim Magilton and Øyvind Leonhardsen, and future reds Yossi Benayoun, Joe Cole, Ádám Hajdú and Paul Jones. Final caps 1926 - Ted Parry won his fifth and final cap for Wales as they lost 3-0 to Northern Ireland in the British International Championships in Belfast. Ex-red Billy Matthews also won his final Welsh cap in this game, and only one while playing for Bradford Park Avenue, while David McMullan and Elisha Scott both played for the home side. 2002 - Ex-red Mark Kennedy won his 34th and final cap for the Republic of Ireland as they beat Russia 2-0 in a friendly at Lansdowne Road, with future red Robbie Keane on target. Steve Staunton, future red Steve Finnan and ex-red Jason McAteer all also played. Other reds games 1965 – We beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1 at Anfield, thanks to goals from Roger Hunt and Chris Lawler. 1963 – We thumped Aston Villa 4-0 in L4 with Roger Hunt and Ian St. John both scoring twice. 1960 – Dave Hickson netted as we drew 1-1 at Plymouth Argyle in a Second Division meeting 1937 – Middlesbrough won 2-0 at Anfield with Mickey Fenton bagging the first two of his nine goals against us. 1929 – We lost 3-2 to Manchester United at home with ex-red Tommy Reid scoring the first two of his four goals against us, with Harry Thomas also netting for the visitors. Gordon Hodgson was on target for the reds as Bob Done converted a penalty, with all five goals coming before the break. 1926 – We defeated Burnley 3-2 in L4, going three goals ahead through Harry Chambers and a Dick Forshaw brace before Louis Page netted the first of his seven goals against the reds. Jack Bruton then struck the first of his four past us. More youngsters in action 2010 – Conor Coady captained England Under-17’s as they drew 1-1 with France in the Algarve Tournament, with Jack Robinson and Andre Wisdom also playing. 2013 – Future red Dominic Solanke featured as England Under-16’s lost 4-3 to Germany in Cologne. 2018 – Bobby Duncan played for England Under-17’s in their 2-0 defeat of the Netherlands in the Algarve Tournament. Razor heads south 1989 - Neil Ruddock signed for Southampton from Millwall for £250,000. He struck thirteen times in 138 games while at The Dell before rejoining Tottenham Hotspur for £750,000 in July 1992.
  2. Will

    21st October

    Nice one Cyril 1920 - Forward Cyril Done was born in Liverpool. He signed from Bootle Boys Brigade in January 1938 and struck 37 times in 110 reds games, helping us to the League title in 1947 and the FA Cup Final three years later. He moved to Tranmere Rovers in May 1952, scoring nearly a century of goals for them and Port Vale. Anfield goalkeeping debutants Two reds custodians have made their first-team debuts in top-flight fixtures at Anfield on this day. 1950 - Russell Crossley made his reds bow in our goalless draw with Middlesbrough. 1933 - We also faced Boro, when Sam English netted in our 4-1 defeat at Ayresome Park. George Camsell struck two of his nine goals against the reds, with Charlie Ferguson also nabbing a brace. 1905 - Sam Hardy debuted as we beat Nottingham Forest 4-1, with all our goals coming in the first half courtesy of Jack Cox, Sam Raybould, Robert Robinson and Joe Hewitt. 1972 - Gordon Banks put in an outstanding performance for Stoke City. Jimmy Greenhoff opened the scoring with one of his five strikes against the reds, with our equaliser coming about when Banks was penalised for taking too many steps with the ball, with Emlyn Hughes converting from the resultant indirect free-kick inside the area in his 300th reds game. Ian Callaghan’s long-rage strike was deflected off Eric Skeels in the last minute to hand us 2-1 victory. However, Banks was involved in a terrible car accident the next day that resulted in him losing the sight in one eye. Other birthdays 1959 - Kevin Sheedy was born in Builth Wells in Wales. He scored twice in his five reds appearances after signing from Hereford United for £80,000 in July 1978, before moving on to greater things across Stanley Park with the Blues. 1967 - Paul Ince was born in Ilford. He played 81 games in his two years at Anfield after signing from Internazionale for £4.2m in July 1997, scoring seventeen times. However, his best days were behind him, and Gérard Houllier shipped him off to Middlesbrough within a year of taking charge, due to his unruly influence. 1965 – Keeper Mark Gayle was born in Bromsgrove. He joined on loan from Crewe Alexandra in February 1994, sitting on the bench three times before returning to Gresty Road. Treble without reward 1895 - Inside-left Frank Becton scored a hat-trick as we lost 5-4 at Burslem Port Vale, with Fred Geary also on the scoresheet. Right-back John Curran played his 24th and final reds game. Tons up 1978 - Bob Paisley secured his hundredth League victory as reds boss as goals from David Johnson and Kenny Dalglish gave us a 2-0 win over Chelsea at Anfield. This was Bob’s 179th League game as Manager, five games fewer than it took Bill Shankly to achieve the same feat, many of whose wins came in the Second Division. 2000 - Emile Heskey bagged the only goal of the game against his former club as we secured our hundredth home Premiership win, against Leicester City. Disposable Razor 1997 - Neil Ruddock played his 152nd and last reds game as we were humbled 3-0 in our UEFA Cup Second Round first leg tie at Racing Club de Strasbourg. David Zitelli bagged a brace, with Danish forward Denni Conteh completing the scoring Also in Europe 1981 - We drew 2-2 with AZ’67 Alkmaar at the Olympic Stadium in Amsterdam at the same stage of the European Cup, with David Johnson and Sammy Lee on target. This was our fiftieth game in Europe’s premier club competition. Kees Kist and Pier Tol struck for the Dutch side after we had gone two goals ahead. 2020 – Nicolás Tagliafico sliced a Sadio Mané cross into his own net for the only goal of our UEFA Champions League group game at Ajax, played behind closed doors as Roberto Firmino played his fiftieth goal in Europe for the reds. 2010 - Jonjo Shelvey became our 29th player to feature in Europe that season, a new club record, as we held SSC Napoli to a goalless draw at the Stadio San Paolo. 1970 - Alec Lindsay, Chris Lawler and Emlyn Hughes all struck as we beat Dinamo Bucureşti 3-0 at Anfield in a Fairs Cup Second Round tie, with the reds also rattling the crossbar on two occasions. Derby joy 1944 - We won 2-0 at Goodison in a Wartime League fixture thanks to a brace from guest player John Smith. Winning for charity 1986 - We won 3-2 at Blackburn Rovers in a friendly staged in aid of the Sudan Lifeline charity. Paul Walsh, Steve McMahon and Ian Rush were all on target. 1901 – We lost a Lancashire Senior Cup game 2-0 at Ewood Park. British scorers 2017 – Rhian Brewster struck a hat-trick, including one from the spot, as England Under-17’s beat the USA 4-1 in their World Championship Finals Quarter-final in India. 1950 - Billy Liddell scored his first Scotland goal in their 3-1 defeat by Wales in the British International Championships at Ninian Park. 1922 - Harry Chambers netted both goals as England beat Northern Ireland 2-0 in the same competition at The Hawthorns. Meanwhile, we beat Cardiff City 3-1 in a top-flight match at Anfield that was also a benefit game for reds forward Billy Lacey, as he was ruled out for two months with injury. Cyril Gilhespy, Dick Forshaw and Walter Wadsworth struck for the reds after the break. Gordon’s farewell 1964 - Gordon Milne won his fourteenth and final cap as England were held 2-2 by Belgium in a friendly at Wembley. Clubmate Peter Thompson also played. Young future reds on the mark 2009 – Suso scored as Spain Under-17’s thumped Romania 4-1 in a friendly. 2004 - Besian Idrizaj netted for Austria Under-17’s as they beat their Republic of Ireland counterparts 2-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Switzerland. 1993 - Mark Kennedy was on target for the Irish Under-18’s in their 2-2 European Championships qualifying draw with Scotland in Landskrona. Beating the Hatters We have twice defeated Stockport County in Wartime League matches on this day in history. 1916 - Arthur Metcalf, Donald McKinlay and Fred Pagnam struck at Anfield in a 3-1 win. 1939 - Jack Balmer netted twice at Edgeley Park as we won 3-0 with Willie Fagan also on target. Red beginning and end 1971 - Post-war Assistant Trainer Jimmy Seddon died. His son Kenneth was a player with us while he was at the club. 2019 – Jack Bearne signed on as a professional. He made his senior bow in our EFL Cup Quarter-final at Aston Villa two months later. Other reds games 1989 – we were thumped 4-1 at Southampton. Paul Rideout opened the scoring before Rod Wallace struck two of his five goals against the reds. Peter Beardsley then converted a penalty, but Matt Le Tissier then netted the first of his five past us. 1961 – We lost a Second Division encounter 2-0 at Derby County. 1911 – Sam Gilligan scored as we were held to a 1-1 draw at Anfield by Bury. 1899 – We beat Notts County 3-1 in L4 thanks to goals from Alex Raisbeck, Tommy Robertson and Johnny Walker. 1893 – Malcolm McVean struck as we drew a Second Division fixture 1-1 at Burton Swifts. Management moves 1984 - Ex-reds centre-half Larry Lloyd was sacked as Manager of Notts County. He had only been in charge for fifteen months, but had overseen their relegation after three years in the top flight in his only full season in charge. 2019 – Ex-reds centre-half and coach Mauricio Pellegrino left as Manager of Club Deportivo Leganés by mutual consent, with the club bottom of the La Liga table.
  3. Will

    25th June

    Happy birthdays 1960 - Craig Johnston was born in Johannesburg in South Africa. The Aussie battler arrived from Middlesbrough for a club record £650,000 fee in April 1981 and grabbed forty goals, including one in the 1986 FA Cup Final, in 271 reds games. He won the European Cup, five League titles, the FA Cup and two League Cups in his time at Anfield. 1973 - Jamie Redknapp was born in Barton-on-Sea, Hampshire. He struck 41 times in his 308 first-team appearances after signing from Bournemouth in June 1990. Although he only won one winners’ medal in his time at Anfield, the Coca Cola Cup in 1995, he was a popular member of the squad, and was club captain during the historic treble season of 2000/01, going up to lift the FA Cup at the Millennium Stadium with Robbie Fowler. He retired from the game in June 2005 after brief spells with Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton and is now a regular on Sky Sports. 2001 – Forward Bobby Duncan was born in Whiston. He joined from Manchester City in August 2018, moving on to Fiorentina for €2m thirteen months later. 1927 - Keeper Russell Crossley was born in Hebden Bridge in Yorkshire. He joined the reds from Army football twenty years later, but made just 73 appearances in his seven seasons at Anfield. 1906 - Outside-right Danny McRorie was born in Glasgow. He bagged six goals in 35 reds games after signing from Morton in November 1930. He moved on to Rochdale in October 1933. Number nineteen 2020 – We clinched the League title for the nineteenth time as Chelsea beat Manchester City 2-1 at Stamford Bridge, leaving us with an unassailable 23-point lead at the top of the table. First red at the World Cup 1950 - Defender Laurie Hughes made his England debut against Chile in Rio de Janeiro, becoming the first red to appear in the World Cup Finals. England won the game 2-0, with goals from Blackpool’s Stan Mortensen and Wilf Mannion of Middlesbrough. To the World Cup Final 2002 - Dietmar Hamann won his 45th cap as Germany beat South Korea 1-0 to reach the World Cup Final. He therefore became the first red since ‘Sir’ Roger Hunt in 1966 to qualify for the biggest football game of them all. He was our keeper... 2013 – Our Belgian keeper Simon Mignolet signed from Sunderland for £9m. He kept 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 and he moved on to Club Brugge for an initial reported £6.4m in August 2019. Euro champion 2011 – Thiago Alcântara struck as Spain Under-21’s beat Switzerland 2-0 in the European Championships Final in Denmark, with fellow future red Xherdan Shaqiri on the losing side. On the same day, Jack Dunn and Brad Smith both played for England Under-17’s as they beat Uruguay 2-0 in a World Championship Finals group game in Mexico. Also at the World Cup 2006 - Jamie Carragher, Steven Gerrard and future reds Joe Cole and Stewart Downing all played in England’s 1-0 defeat of Ecuador in Stuttgart to reach the Quarter-finals of the World Cup. Meanwhile, future red Dirk Kuyt was on the losing side as Portugal beat the Netherlands 1-0 in Nuremberg. 2010 – Fernando Torres and ex-red Xabi Alonso faced ex-red Mark González as Spain beat Chile 2-1 in Pretoria to both qualify for the knock-out phase. Meanwhile, future red Raul Meireles played for Portugal as their goalless draw with Brazil in Durban ensured both sides progressed, with Xherdan Shaqiri in action as Switzerland’s goalless draw with Honduras ensured both teams went home early, while fellow future red Kolo Touré featured as Ivory Coast beat North Korea 3-0 in the same group . 2014 – Mamadou Sakho and ex-red Javier Mascherano both featured in group games in Brazil, with future red Xherdan Shaqiri bagging a treble as Switzerland beat Honduras 3-0 in Manaus. 2018 – Mohamed Salah scored as Egypt lost 2-1 to Saudi Arabia in Volgograd as they finished bottom of their group. On the same day, ex-red Iago Aspas came off the bench to net in Spain’s 2-2 draw with Morocco in Kaliningrad to help them progress as group winners, with future red Thiago Alcântara also playing. Luis Suárez also struck as Uruguay beat the host nation Russia 3-0 in Samara, with fellow ex-red Sebastián Coates also in action as they finished on top of their group. 2005 - Future red Ryan Babel scored in the penalty shoot-out that the Netherlands Under-20’s won 10-9 in their World Championships Finals Quarter-final in Kerkrade, after their match against Nigeria finished 1-1. Meanwhile, future red Gabriel Paletta featured in Argentina’s 3-1 defeat of Spain at the same stage in Enschede. 1997 - Gérard Houllier took charge of France Under-20’s with Christian Damiano as they beat Mexico 1-0 in a World Championships Finals Round of sixteen game in Malaysia. Departures 1934 - Legendary keeper Elisha Scott left Anfield to become Player/Manager for Belfast Celtic, after 22 years with the club. He had arrived at Liverpool after being rejected by Everton for being too small and went on to play 468 times for the reds, winning the League title in 1922 and 1923. During those two seasons he only conceded 61 goals in 81 games. He was one of the first players to inspire a Kop chant – the simple “Lisha, Lisha”. 1940 - England international right-back Tommy Cooper was killed in a road accident while with the military police. He had played 160 times for the reds after signing from Derby County for £7,500 in December 1934, as well as becoming club captain. An inquiry into his death led to the ruling that all Army despatch riders had to wear crash helmets. 1926 – Welsh full-back Ted Parry moved on to Walsall. He had signed from Colwyn Bay United in February 1921, playing thirteen games. In comes Dioufy 2002 - El-Hadji Diouf officially signed from Racing Club de Lens for £10m. He scored just six times in eighty reds appearances before joining Bolton Wanderers in June 2005 for £4.5m, after a season-long loan spell. Other World Cup successes 1990 - Ray Houghton, Steve Staunton and ex-reds John Aldridge and Kevin Sheedy all played as the Republic of Ireland’s Second Round game against Romania ended goalless in Genoa after extra time. Houghton and Sheedy both registered in the subsequent penalty shoot-out, as the Irish made it through to the Quarter-finals. 1982 - Both Phil Neal and Phil Thompson played as England beat Kuwait 1-0 in Bilbao, to progress to the second stage of the Finals in Spain. 1998 - Future reds Dietmar Hamann and Christian Ziege both featured in Germany’s 2-0 defeat of Iran in Montpellier as they topped their group. On the same day, Brad Friedel kept goal as the USA lost 1-0 to Yugoslavia in Nantes, to finish bottom of the same section. 1995 - Friedel also played for his country in a goalless US Cup draw with Colombia in Piscataway. Sander for Holland 2000 - Sander Westerveld won his fifth full international cap as the Netherlands thrashed FR Yugoslavia 6-1 in Rotterdam to reach the Euro 2000 Semi-final with future red Bolo Zenden also in action. He came on for Edwin van der Sar with 25 minutes remaining, but was unable to preserve the Dutch clean sheet. On the same day, future red Nicolas Anelka came off the bench as France beat Spain 2-1 in Brugge to also reach the Semi-final. 2016 – Joe Allen played as Wales beat Northern Ireland 1-0 in Paris to reach the Quarter-finals. On the same day, Xherdan Shaqiri bagged his first goal as a Stoke City player, also scoring in the penalty shoot-out as Switzerland lost to Poland in St. Étienne. Peter’s bow 1966 – Future red Peter Cormack made his debut for Scotland in their 1-1 friendly draw with Brazil at Hampden Park. Managerial ins and outs 1984 - 1950’s centre-half Keith Burkinshaw resigned as Manager of Tottenham Hotspur after eight years in charge, during which time he had led them to two FA Cups and the UEFA Cup, as well as signing two World champions in Osvaldo Ardiles and Ricky Villa. He left in the aftermath of Spurs’ stock market flotation. 2007 - Paul Ince was named as MK Dons boss, having resigned from Macclesfield Town a day before. He led them to the Football League Trophy and League Two title before being poached by Blackburn Rovers after one year in Milton Keynes, later returning for another season in 2009/10. 1997 - John Toshack was appointed Manager of Turkish side Beşiktaş JK. He remained there for twenty months before returning to Real Madrid. 2006 – Academy Manager Alex Inglethorpe resigned as Manager of Exeter City to join Tottenham Hotspur’s coaching staff, having been in charge since October 2004. On the move 2001 - Craig Bellamy signed for Newcastle United from Coventry City for £6m, after eight goals in 39 games for the Sky Blues. He struck 43 times in 128 outings for the Geordies before joining Celtic on loan in January 2005. 1999 - Ex-reserves forward Mike Newell joined Conference side Doncaster Rovers from Crewe Alexandra on a free transfer. He bagged three goals in seventeen games for Rovers, before joining Blackpool in February 2000. 2002 - Yossi Benayoun signed for Real Racing Club de Santander from Maccabi Haifa. He struck 21 times in 101 League outings for the Spanish side before moving to West Ham United for £2.5m in July 2005. 2008 – Ex-reds reserves midfielder David Mannix signed for Chester City on free transfer from Accrington Stanley. He struck twice in fourteen games as the Blues were relegated out of the Football League. 2012 - Danny Murphy signed for Blackburn Rovers, having been released by Fulham at the end of the previous season. He notched twice in 35 appearances for the Ewood Park outfit, before retiring from playing after one campaign. 2015 – Ex-reds midfielder Momo Sissoko signed for Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua, netting once in fifteen outings before being released the following February. 2018 – Ex-reds midfielder John Welsh joined Grimsby Town from Preston North End on a free transfer after three goals in 176 outings for the Lilywhites. 2020 – Right-back Connor Randall signed for Ross County on a free transfer from Arda 1924 Kardzhali after ten games in Bulgaria. Young scouse midfielder Liam Coyle signed a new contract with the reds on the same day. Youngster honoured 2001 - Reds starlet David Raven was one of four youngsters chosen to join the PFA/Adidas Platinum group, an initiative aimed at nurturing the best young talent in the country. Previous beneficiaries of this scheme had included future red Jermaine Pennant. Also in international action 2017 – Emre Can played in a Confederations Cup group game in Russia as Germany beat Cameroon 3-1. 2019 – Ex-red Toni Silva played for Guinea-Bissau in their 2-0 Africa Cup of Nations Finals defeat to Cameroon in Egypt.
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