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  1. Will

    22nd August

    Jan the man 1984 - Midfield maestro Jan Mølby signed from Ajax for £225,000. He struck 61 times in 292 reds appearances, including a remarkable forty of his 42 attempted spot-kicks. He won three League titles and two FA Cups during his time at Anfield before joining Swansea City as Player/Manager on a free transfer in February 1996. Match of the Day 1964 - Our 3-2 win over Arsenal at Anfield was the first game ever to be screened on the BBC’s new “Match Of The Day” show. Phil Chisnall was the first player to kick a ball on MOTD, knocking the kick-off to Gordon Wallace, who grabbed a brace, including the winner that deflected off Don Howe past ex-reds keeper Jim Furnell. Roger Hunt headed in the first goal on the show that only garnered an audience of 75,000 as BBC2 was still unavailable in large parts of the country. Future red Geoff Strong scored for the Gunners, with Joe Baker bagging one of his four past us, while a black cat did a full lap of the pitch! Soto departs 2011 – Greek centre-half Sotirios Kyrgiakos joined VfL Wolfsburg on a free transfer. He had arrived from A.E.K Athens for £2m two years earlier, 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. On the same day, Steve Staunton joined Sunderland as a scout. Bert’s bow 1959 - Goalkeeper Bert Slater made his reds debut as we lost 3-2 at Cardiff City in our first game of the season. Cardiff in fact scored all five goals, as we benefited from two own goals from the unfortunate Danny Malloy, who had already scored an own goal against the reds two years earlier! Johnny Watkins netted the first of his four goals against us, with Graham Moore and Steve Mokone also on target. Seventies wins 1970 - We thumped Huddersfield Town 4-0 at Anfield with John McLaughlin and Alun Evans each grabbing a brace. Forward Bobby Graham played his hundredth reds game. 1978 - We won another top-flight fixture, this time 3-0 at FA Cup holders Ipswich Town, when Graeme Souness struck before a Kenny Dalglish double. Eight goals shared with the mancs 1953 - Centre-forward Louis Bimpson struck twice at Anfield, but it was not enough to hand us victory over Manchester United, as the game ended 4-4, with Billy Liddell and Bill Jones also on the scoresheet. Jack Rowley struck the last of his six goals past us, with Tommy Taylor nabbing the first of his four against the reds and Eddie Lewis and Roger Byrne also on target. In and out 2007 - Centre-half Mikel San José signed from Athletic de Bilbao, while keeper Péter Gulácsi arrived on loan from MTK Hungária. The young Hungarian made it into our match-day squad 51 times before moving to Red Bull Salzburg for free in June 2013, while San José did the same at Stamford Bridge in the League in February 2008, although he left for Athletic de Bilbao in May 2010. 2005 - It was a busy day at Melwood, with one arrival and two players departing on loan. Austrian midfielder Besian Idrizaj signed from Linzer ASK for £190,000, while Robbie Foy moved to Wrexham and John Welsh signed for Hull City. Welsh struck twice in 23 games before signing permanently for the Tigers in January 2006 in a swap deal for winger Paul Anderson. Foy nabbed three goals in twenty games while at the Racecourse Ground. On the same day, ex-reds loanee keeper Paul Jones joined Millwall on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers. He played four times for the struggling South London outfit. 2006 - Foy signed for Sc***horpe United on non-contract terms. He struck once in nine outings for the Iron but was released after just a season. 2009 - Idrizaj signed for Swansea City. He played four times for the Swans before tragically dying in May 2010 of a suspected heart attack at the age of just 22. A new striker 1893 - Centre-forward James Henderson signed from Scottish side Annbank. He only ever made one first-team appearance for the reds, in our first ever Football League fixture, a 2-0 Second Division win at Middlesbrough Ironopolis. Kenny resigns 1996 - Kenny Dalglish resigned as Director of Football at Blackburn Rovers. He had led them to the League title as team manager the year before. St. Michael signs on 1998 - Michael Owen signed a new five-year contract ten minutes before our first home game of the season, when Arsenal held us to a goalless draw at Anfield. Most recently 2006 - We squeezed into the group stage of the Champions League, being held to a 1-1 draw by Maccabi Haifa in Kiev in the second leg of our Third Qualifying Round tie, to progress 3-2. Peter Crouch headed us in front, with the reds wasting numerous chances to build a convincing lead. We also suffered injuries to Momo Sissoko and Stephen Warnock, who joined Jamie Carragher and John Arne Riise on the sidelines. 1993 - Our most recent game before that came when Steve McManaman struck twice in a 5-0 thumping of Swindon Town at their County Ground. Neil Ruddock, Ronnie Whelan and Mike Marsh all also netted. A win in Ireland 1981 - Terry McDermott grabbed a brace, with Ronnie Whelan, Phil Neal and Kenny Dalglish also scoring, as we thumped Ronnie’s former side Home Farm 5-0 at Tolka Park in Dublin. This game had been arranged as part of Whelan’s transfer to Anfield. However, the match was almost cancelled after a massive H was carved into the pitch the night before in support of IRA hunger strikers. Emergency re-turfing saved the game with the reds flying over in the afternoon for the evening fixture. International reds 2007 - Young Brazilian midfielder Lucas made his senior international debut in their 2-0 friendly defeat of Algeria in Montpellier, playing alongside future reds keeper Alexander Doni. Ryan Babel, Yossi Benayoun, Fernando Torres and Andriy Voronin all won their first caps as reds players, while Luis García made his first appearance while with Club Atlético de Madrid, as Spain won 3-2 in Greece with Xabi Alonso and Pepe Reina also in action. Ukraine beat Uzbekistan 2-1, with Israel beaten 2-1 in Belarus and the Netherlands losing 2-1 in Switzerland, with Dirk Kuyt and future red Philipp Degen also featuring. Future red Robbie Keane bagged a brace as the Republic of Ireland thumped Daniel Agger’s Denmark 4-0 in Copenhagen, with Steve Finnan and ex-red Darren Potter also in Steve Staunton’s line-up. David James won his first cap as a Portsmouth player as England lost 2-1 to Germany at Wembley, with Peter Crouch, future red Joe Cole and ex-red Michael Owen also playing. Javier Mascherano faced John Arne Riise with future red Maxi Rodríguez netting as Norway beat Argentina 2-1 in Oslo. Also in international action that day were Sami Hyypiä, future reds Alberto Aquilani, Milan Jovanović and Raúl Meireles, ex-reds Nicolas Anelka, Milan Baroš, Daniel Sjölund and Rigobert Song, with Roy Hodgson and John Toshack both on management duties. On the move 2008 – Reserves forward Craig Lindfield joined Bournemouth on loan. He struck once in five outings for the Cherries. 2005 - Paul Dalglish signed for Livingston from Modena. He struck six times in 23 games before moving to Hibernian in January 2006. 2003 - Former reserves midfielder Phil Charnock signed for basement side Bury on a free transfer from Port Vale, although he only stayed two weeks at Gigg Lane, playing three times. 1986 - Former reserves centre-back Dave Watson made his big move, leaving Norwich City for Everton for a fee of £900,000. At the time his brother Alex was still playing in our reserves. 1997 - Future reds keeper Pegguy Arphexad signed for Leicester City from Racing Club de Lens on a free transfer. He only played 29 times for the Foxes, before switching to Anfield in July 2000. 2012 – Danish midfielder Christian Poulsen signed for Ajax, whom he helped to claim the League title in his first season in Amsterdam. 2019 – Midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain signed a new contract, having struck five times in 47 outings to date since arriving from Arsenal for £35m two years earlier. An early outing for Stig 1990 - Stig Inge Bjørnebye, then still with Kongsvinger, won his eighth cap for Norway as they lost 2-1 at home to Sweden in a friendly, played in Stavanger. 1993 - Gérard Houllier managed France as they drew a World Cup qualifier 1-1 in Sweden.
  2. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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 76th 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, Stéphane Henchoz, Vladimír Šmicer, and future reds Paul Jones, Sotirios Kyrgiakos, Fernando Morientes and Andriy Voronin. Red Olympians 2004 - Future red Momo Sissoko played for Mali as they lost 1-0 to Italy in the Quarter-final at the Olympic Games in Athens. More happily, 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. 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. 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.
  3. 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. 1895 – Inside-left Dick Forshaw was born in Preston. He joined the reds in July 1919, winning two League titles while with the reds, scoring an impressive 124 times in 288 games. He has the unique honour of being the only player ever to claim League championship medals with both Merseyside clubs, helping the Blues to one in 1928 after he had crossed Stanley Park for £3,750 in March 1927. 1888 – Forward Harry Welfare was born in Liverpool. He signed from Northern Nomads in 1912, notching once in four outings before moving to Wrexham the following year. He later had a very successful career in Brazil, helping Fluminense to claim the title three times in succession while bagging 163 goals in just 166 games. Double hola 2004 - We signed a pair of Spaniards. Xabi Alonso arrived from Real Sociedad for £10.7m, with Luis García signing from Barcelona for a £6m fee. Xabi netted nineteen times, showing his silky passing skills in 210 reds games before moving to Real Madrid for £30m in August 2009. García struck thirty times, including five in our glorious Champions League campaign in 2005, in 121 games, before returning to his homeland to join Club Atlético de Madrid in July 2007. 2012 – Slovakian centre-half Martin Škrtel signed a new contract. He arrived from Zenit St. Petersburg for £6.5m to become our most expensive defender to date, notching eighteen goals in 320 games in total, including one in our Carling Cup win at Wembley in February 2012, moving on to Fenerbahçe SK for £5.5m in July 2016. Goalscoring debuts 1977 - Kenny Dalglish scored on his League debut as we drew 1-1 at Middlesbrough, with David Armstrong bagging the first of his four goals past us. 1960 - Winger and new £13,000 record signing Kevin Lewis scored on his debut as we beat Leeds United 2-0 at Anfield in another season opener, with the other goal coming from former blue Dave Hickson. 2016 – Marko Grujić made his senior reds bow as we dominated but lost 2-0 at Burnley, with Sam Vokes and Andre Gray both on target before the break. Royal victories 2018 - Sadio Mané scored in his third consecutive reds game as we won 2-0 at Crystal Palace, with James Milner handing us the lead from the spot at the very end of the first half. Aaron Wan-Bissaka was sent off for the home side before Mané struck in injury time. Daniel Sturridge played his hundredth League game for the reds. 1994 - We thumped Palace 6-1 at Selhurst Park to get the season off to a great start. Steve McManaman and Ian Rush scored twice apiece, with Jan Mølby and Robbie Fowler also on the scoresheet. Chris Armstrong bagged the home side’s consolation. Lefties on the way in 2013 – Left-back Aly Cissokho signed on loan from Valencia. The Frenchman played nineteen reds games without scoring. 1894 – Outside-left John Drummond joined from Sheffield United, scoring once in eighteen outings before moving on to Barnsley St. Peter’s the following year. Mixed fortunes at Wembley 1983 - Joe Fagan’s first game in charge came in the FA Charity Shield, when we lost 2-0 to Manchester United. Michael Robinson made his first-class reds debut in this match. Bryan Robson bagged both United’s goals, two of his seven strikes against us. 1988 - We gained some revenge on Wimbledon for our FA Cup Final defeat earlier that year, coming from behind to beat them 2-1 thanks to a John Aldridge brace, to claim the Shield for the seventh time outright. Charlie Boyd and Jim Magilton both sat on our bench for the first of just two occasions, while John Fashanu netted one of his six goals against us. Beating the Gunners 2011 – We beat Arsenal 2-0 in our first ever win at the Emirates Stadium. Emmanuel Frimpong was sent off before Ignasi Miquel’s clearance rebounded off Aaron Ramsey’s chest for an own goal. Luis Suárez then added a second in stoppage time. The king at Anfield 1966 - A fifteen-year old Kenny Dalglish wore the number eight shirt playing for Liverpool B as they beat Southport 1-0 in a Lancashire League match, five years before he signed professional terms with Celtic. However, he was not taken on by Bill Shankly, returning to Anfield as our record signing eleven years later. Milan’s farewell 2005 - Milan Baroš played his 108th and final reds game, with Luis García making his fiftieth reds appearance, as Xabi Alonso nabbed the only goal of our Anfield encounter with Sunderland, who had Andy Welsh sent off, the second of fifteen dismissals against the reds that season. 1949 - We also entertained the Mackems, winning 4-2 in a season opener, with Bob Paisley, Jack Balmer, Kevin Baron and Albert Stubbins all on target, with Billy Liddell missing a penalty. Dickie Davis struck one of his seven goals against us, with Ivor Broadis also on target. We went on to finish eighth that season. The mancs at home at Anfield 1971 - An unusual situation occurred as Manchester United played a home fixture at Anfield. Old Trafford was closed for two weeks due to hooliganism, and so United entertained Arsenal at Anfield. The ‘home’ side won 3-1. Frank McLintock sent the Gunners in ahead at half time, but goals from George Best, Bobby Charlton and Brian Kidd secured United’s victory. Jan’s debut 1984 - Jan Mølby scored in his first reds game, two days before he officially signed, as we beat Home Farm 3-0 in a friendly held at Tolka Park in Dublin. Ronnie Whelan added a brace, while Ian Rush sustained cartilage damage that kept him out of the first team for two months. The game had been arranged as part of the transfer deal that brought Ken DeMange and Brian Mooney to Anfield. Cally’s milestone 1974 – Ian Callaghan played his 500th League game for the reds in our goalless game at Wolverhampton Wanderers. Another season opener 1955 - We began our season with a 3-1 Second Division win at Nottingham Forest, with Alan A’Court nabbing a brace and John Evans also netting. 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 Nuri Şahin and Luis Suárez, 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. 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. 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. Also in action that day were Stig Inge Bjørnebye and future reds Markus Babbel, Stéphane Henchoz 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. 2003 - Andriy Voronin won his last senior cap while with 1. FSV Mainz 05, and twelfth to date, as the Ukraine lost a friendly 2-0 to Romania in Kiev. Les gems in action 2003 - 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. 2007 – Future red Christian Benteke featured for Belgium Under-17’s in the World Championships Finals as they lost 4-2 to Tunisia in South Korea. On the move again 2015 – Former Assistant Manager Pako Ayestarán was appointed Club Santos Laguna boss in Mexico, but only remained in charge for three months before his contract was terminated “by mutual consent”. 2011 – Harry Kewell signed for Melbourne Victory, while Nabil El Zhar joined Spanish side Levante U.D. Kewell struck eight times in 25 outings in his one season in southern Australia, while El Zhar played 22 times during his first campaign. 2010 - Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain signed as a professional for Southampton, going on to score ten goals in 43 outings before moving on to Arsenal in August 2011 for an initial £12m. 2005 - Albert Riera signed for R.C.D. Espanyol from Girondins de Bordeaux, having struck four times in 53 League games for the French side. 1993 – Current Chief Scout Barry Hunter joined Wrexham from Crusaders for £50,000, scoring six goals in 120 games before moving on to Reading in July 1996 for £400,000. 2003 - Future red Jermaine Pennant joined Leeds United on loan from Arsenal. He struck twice in 36 games as the Whites were relegated. 2004 - Ex-reserves defender Alan Navarro joined Chester City on loan from Tranmere Rovers. He played four times for the Blues, and then had another loan spell later in the season, this time with fellow League Two side Macclesfield Town.
  4. 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. 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. 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 five times in 23 games in his first season 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 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.
  5. 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. Younger’s start 1956 - Keeper Tommy Younger made his reds debut but could not prevent us losing 3-2 to Huddersfield Town at Anfield. 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. 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. 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. 1999 - Robbie Keane joined Coventry City from Wolverhampton Wanderers for £6m, after twelve strikes in 34 outings for the Sky Blues. 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. 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, Nigel Clough and Ian Rush all 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, future reds Igor Bišcan and Bolo Zenden were both 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 and Maxi Rodríguez 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. 1998 – Future red Alex Manninger played for Austria Under-21’s in their 2-2 friendly draw with France in Amstetten. 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, Raúl 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.
  6. 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 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. 2015 - 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. 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. 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. Potter off 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. 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 - Rigobert Song and Stig Inge Bjørnebye 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. 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, future red 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 future red Jean-Michel Ferri also in action. International goalscorers 1983 – Future reds centre-half Glenn Hysén struck in Sweden’s 4-0 thumping of Iceland in a friendly in Reykjavik. 1999 - Future red Milan Baroš netted in the Czech Republic Under-18’s 2-1 friendly defeat of Poland in Nachod. He was also booked during the game. 2004 - Robbie Foy, Anthony Le Tallec, Darren Potter, Florent Sinama-Pongolle 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. On the world stage 2004 - Future red 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 – Future red 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. The Henchman signs up 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. 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 Borussia Dortmund player as Switzerland won a friendly 2-0 in Norway, with John Arne Riise on the losing side. 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 red Joe Cole 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. Ex-red 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 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.
  7. Will

    16th August

    New double act 1998 - The first official reds game under the joint command of Roy Evans and Gérard Houllier took place. We won 2-1 at Southampton, thanks to goals from Karlheinz Riedle and Michael Owen. Their first signing as joint bosses, Norwegian right-back Vegard Heggem, made his debut in this game. Egil Ostenstad had opened the scoring for the home side. Losing League starts 1975 - Joey Jones made his reds debut as we went down 2-0 in our season opener at Queens Park Rangers, who ended the season in second place, just one point behind the mighty reds. Gerry Francis scored a goal at the end of a slick passing move that was later named as the BBC’s Goal of the Season, with substitute Mick Leach adding the second. 1992 - David James made his debut in our 1-0 defeat at Nottingham Forest, our first game in the newly-formed Premiership. This was also the first Premiership game to be screened live on Sky with Teddy Sheringham netting one of his seven goals against us. Happy birthday Barry 1964 - Barry Venison was born in Consett. He signed from Sunderland for £200,000 in July 1986 and made 158 appearances for the reds, scoring three times and helping us to claim two League titles, the FA Cup and two FA Charity Shields in his time at Anfield. He moved on to Newcastle United for £250,000 in July 1992. Mersey Charity 1986 - Three months after beating the Toffees at Wembley to complete our first ever League and Cup double, the two sides met again there for the FA Charity Shield. Ian Rush equalised in our 1-1 draw after Adrian Heath had scored with just ten minutes remaining, with the trophy being shared by the two clubs. Bruce Grobbelaar was replaced by substitute Mike Hooper just before the hour mark, who was making his debut, so ending Bruce’s run of 310 consecutive reds games. New signing Barry Venison also made his first-class reds bow in this match, on his 22nd birthday, while Craig Johnston played his 200th game for the club. In comes Alberto 2014 – Left-back Alberto Moreno signed from his hometown club Sevilla for £12m. He struck three times in 141 outings before being released in June 2019. Most recently 2009 – Centre-half Daniel Ayala and right-back Glen Johnson both debuted as we lost 2-1 at Tottenham Hotspur in our season opener. Ayala came off the bench when Martin Škrtel had to go off following a clash of heads with Jamie Carragher. Steven Gerrard bagged our goal from the spot. 2008 – Fernando Torres struck the only goal of the game late on as we won at Sunderland in our opening League game of the season. Back up north 1909 - Stalwart centre-half Alex Raisbeck was sold to Partick Thistle for £500. He netted nineteen times in 341 games in eleven years, becoming our first skipper to lift the League title in 1901. He went on to win a further League title five years later, as well as a Second Division championship. He returned to Anfield in 1939 as a scout, staying in that role until his death ten years later. Ephraim on the mark 1924 - Legendary full-back Ephraim Longworth scored one of his four only recorded goals in a public practice game for Stripes vs. Reds. He signed in June 1910 from Leyton Orient, playing 370 times between then and 1928, and becoming the first red to captain England. He then served as Reserve team trainer, before joining the ground staff. Kennedy double 1980 - Both Alan and Ray Kennedy scored in our 3-0 defeat of Crystal Palace at Anfield after Kenny Dalglish had opened the scoring. 1969 - We also won in the top-flight, with Emlyn Hughes and Chris Lawler on target in our 2-0 victory at Tottenham Hotspur. Beating the Imps 2006 - A Liverpool XI won 2-1 at Lincoln City, a game arranged as part of the Jack Hobbs transfer a year earlier. Mark González and Besian Idrizaj scored for the reds. Personal honours 2001 - Reds trio Sami Hyypiä, Gary McAllister and Michael Owen were all honoured by legendary French sports paper L’Équipe for the role they played in the club’s unprecedented treble success, being named in their star-studded team of the season. World star Rigo 2000 - Rigobert Song was in action for a FIFA All-Stars XI as they were handed a 5-1 beating by France in Marseille. Future red Nicolas Anelka scored while winning his first cap as a Paris St. Germain player, with David Trezeguet bagging a hat-trick. Final caps 2000 - Finland beat Norway 3-1 with future red Jari Litmanen bagging a brace. Stig Inge Bjørnebye was sent off as he won his 74th cap, his first as a Blackburn Rovers player following his departure from Anfield two months earlier, while John Arne Riise was winning his final cap as an AS Monaco player. The game was staged to officially open the new FinnAir Stadium in Helsinki, with Sami Hyypiä also in action. On the same day, Brad Friedel won his final cap as a reds player, his 66th in all, as the USA thumped Barbados 7-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Boston. Meanwhile, Dietmar Hamann, ex-red Jim Magilton and future reds Yossi Benayoun, Igor Bišcan and Jerzy Dudek were also in friendly action. 1995 - Friedel won his last cap whilst with Danish side Brøndby IF, his 35th to that point, as they lost 1-0 to Sweden in a friendly in Norrköping. 2005 – Future red Stewart Downing won his eighth and last England Under-21’s cap as they won 1-0 in Denmark, with fellow future reds Scott Carson and James Milner also featuring. 2006 - Dirk Kuyt won his final cap while with Feyenoord as the Netherlands beat Steve Staunton’s Republic of Ireland 5-0 at Lansdowne Road, with Steve Finnan on the losing side. Olympian reds 2008 – Ryan Babel captained the Netherlands as they lost 2-1 to Javier Mascherano’s Argentina after extra time in the Quarter-final of the Olympics Finals in Shanghai. Meanwhile, Lucas Leiva featured in Brazil’s 2-0 defeat of Cameroon at the same stage in Shenyang. A first cap 1995 - Stéphane Henchoz won his first cap as a Hamburger SV player, and tenth in all, as Roy Hodgson’s Switzerland won 2-0 in a Euro ’96 qualifier in Iceland. István Kozma won his first cap as an APOEL player in Hungary’s 2-0 home friendly defeat by Israel. Meanwhile, future reds Patrik Berger, Øyvind Leonhardsen and Gary McAllister all also featured in qualifiers. 1992 – Hodgson also took charge of the Swiss as they thumped Estonia 6-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Tallinn. 2000 - Henchoz also represented his country, making his 42nd appearance in a 2-2 friendly draw with Greece in Saint-Gallen. Crouchie on target again 2006 - Peter Crouch bagged a brace as England beat Greece 4-0 in a friendly at Old Trafford, with Jamie Carragher, Steven Gerrard and future red Stewart Downing also featuring, and Chris Kirkland making a belated first senior international appearance, while Sotirios Kyrgiakos won his first cap as an Eintracht Frankfurt player, and twentieth to date. On the same day, Sami Hyypiä won his fiftieth cap as a reds player, and 76th in all, as Roy Hodgson’s Finland lost 2-1 at home to Northern Ireland. Also in friendly action that day were Daniel Agger, Jerzy Dudek, John Arne Riise, ex-red Rigobert Song and future reds Philipp Degen and Nikolay Mihaylov. Meanwhile, future red Charlie Adam featured in a European Championships qualifier for Scotland Under-21’s. Ayre apparent 2007 - Commercial Director Ian Ayre started work in his new job for the club. He had previously been Chief Executive of Total Sports Asia, a brand solutions company advising international companies on rolling out Asian sports and entertainment campaigns, having once been Chief Executive and Chairman of Huddersfield Town. He said on being appointed that, “being Liverpool born and bred, this is a dream job for me”. He was promoted to Managing Director in May 2014, leaving the club in February 2017 to take charge of TSV 1860 München. Youngsters on target 2005 - Anthony Le Tallec struck as France Under-21’s drew 2-2 with Italy in a friendly in Libourne, with fellow red Carl Medjani also featuring. On the same day, Besian Idrizaj won his last Under-19’s cap for Austria as a Linzer ASK player, scoring in their friendly defeat of Northern Ireland in Gussing. On the move 1995 - Paul Jewell joined First Division Grimsby Town on loan from Bradford City. He netted once in six appearances for the Mariners. 2002 - John Miles signed for Crewe Alexandra on a free transfer from Stoke City. He netted just once in eight games in his one season at Gresty Road. 2011 – Centre-half Daniel Ayala was sold to Norwich City for £850,000 after five senior reds games. He only played ten times for the Canaries before joining Middlesbrough in January 2014 after a successful loan spell. 2014 – Former loanee winger Victor Moses joined Stoke City for the season from Chelsea, going on to bag four goals in 23 games for the Potters. 2017 – Young winger Sheyi Ojo joined Fulham on loan, netting four times in 24 games for the Cottagers.
  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 thirteen times in 87 appearances 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. 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 Tom 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. 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. 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 fourteen 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 New boss 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. 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, Raúl 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. 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, Martin Škrtel, future reds Mario Balotelli, Lazar Marković, James Milner, Mamadou Sakho and Virgil van Dijk, and ex-reds Xabi Alonso, Álvaro Arbeloa, Javier Mascherano, 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 was a substitute 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 red Yossi Benayoun also represented his country that day. Most 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 Kiev, 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 in a European Championships qualifier at Portman Road, while Florent Sinama-Pongolle also played for his country’s junior side. Olympian Raúl 2004 - Raúl Meireles played for Portugal in the Olympics Finals, featuring as they beat Morocco 2-1 in Heraklion. 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.
  9. Will

    14th August

    More Euro glory 2019 – We claimed the UEFA Super Cup for the fourth time, beating Chelsea 5-4 in a penalty shoot-out in Istanbul after our meeting ended 1-1 after ninety minutes, and 2-2 after extra time. Olivier Giroud scored the seventh of his eight goals past us to date in the first half, with a Sadio Mané brace either side of the full-time whistle putting us ahead. Jorginho converted a debatable penalty, before the match was decided from twelve yards. Roberto Firmino, Fabinho, Divock Origi, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Mohamed Salah all scored before Adrián saved from Tammy Abraham. Joël Matip reached a century of reds games that night. Debutant goalscorers 1971 - Kevin Keegan netted on his first-class reds debut as we ran out 3-1 winners over Nottingham Forest at Anfield, with our other goals coming from Emlyn Hughes and a Tommy Smith penalty, while Ian Storey-Moore scored one of his five goals against the reds. This was also the first game for stadium announcer George Sephton. 1993 - Former Forest forward Nigel Clough bagged both goals on his reds bow as we saw off Sheffield Wednesday 2-0 at Anfield. Neil Ruddock also made his debut in this game, while Carlton Palmer was sent off early on for a foul on Jan Mølby. Adios St Michael 2004 - Michael Owen joined Real Madrid for £8m after 158 goals in 297 reds games, and having helped us to claim the UEFA Cup, FA Cup, League Cup, UEFA Super Cup and FA Charity Shield, as well as being voted European Footballer of the Year in his time at Anfield. He remained in Spain for just one season, moving back to England to join Newcastle United for £17m in August 2006. Charity begins away from home 1976 - We claimed our third outright FA Charity Shield by defeating Southampton 1-0 at Wembley, courtesy of a John Toshack strike. We wore the unusual combination of white shirts and shorts with red socks. 1965 - We drew 2-2 with Manchester United at Old Trafford, with the trophy being shared between the two clubs. Willie Stevenson and Ron Yeats were on target for the reds that day, with George Best scoring the first of his seven goals past us. David Herd also netted for United. A reds hero is registered 1893 - Matt McQueen was registered with the Football League. He arrived from Leith Athletic in October 1892 and bagged seven goals in 103 games for the reds, playing in every position on the park including 41 games in goal, helping us to claim the Second Division title twice, once while as a keeper. He later served as a Director, and then as Manager for five years in the 1920’s, leading us to our fourth League title in 1923. Arriving from the north east 1986 - Barry Venison signed from Sunderland for £200,000. He netted three goals in 158 appearances for the reds, winning two League titles, an FA Cup and two FA Charity Shields in his time at Anfield. 1995 - A less celebrated signing happened when keeper Stephen Pears arrived on a free transfer from Middlesbrough. He never made a first-team appearance but did sit on the bench five times as understudy to David James. Off the mark 2016 – Forward Sadio Mané struck on his reds bow as we won a pulsating match 4-3 at Arsenal, with centre-back Ragnar Klavan and midfielder Gini Wijnaldum also debuting. Simon Mignolet saved a penalty from Theo Walcott, a club record fifth in the Premier League, but he put the home side in front soon afterwards. Philippe Coutinho converted a free-kick in first-half stoppage time with Adam Lallana, Coutinho and then Mané putting us 4-1 in front. However, future red Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Calum Chambers reduced the deficit, although we hung on to win. 2004 - Djibril Cissé scored his first reds goal as we held Tottenham Hotspur to a 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane, with Jermain Defoe bagging the home side’s equaliser. Martin off 2014 – Defender Martin Kelly was sold to Crystal Palace for a reported £2m after one goal in 62 reds games. A big day for the Dalglish family 1990 - Anfield hosted a testimonial match for King Kenny. The reds beat a Real Sociedad side that including the returning John Aldridge 3-1, with our goals coming from an Ian Rush brace and Steve McMahon. 1996 - Kenny’s son Paul Dalglish signed for the reds from Celtic Juniors. He could not break through into the first team in his fifteen months at Anfield, and so moved on to Newcastle United, where he at least managed to make thirteen first-team appearances. Jan on trial 1984 - Jan Mølby joined the reds on trial from Ajax, eight days prior to signing for £225,000. He went on to net 61 times in his 292 reds games, including a remarkable forty of his 42 attempted spot-kicks. He won three League titles and two FA Cups while at Anfield, before moving into management. Out on loan 2006 - Scott Carson joined Charlton Athletic on loan. He played 38 times for the Addicks as they were relegated, earning plenty of plaudits during his time at The Valley, including being named their player of the season. 2007 – Future reds record buy Andy Carroll joined Preston North End from Newcastle United for five months, during which time he netted just once in twelve appearances. On the same day, second string midfielder Jimmy Ryan signed on loan for Shrewsbury Town, later joining permanently. He played seven times for the Shrews but was released at the end of the campaign. League defeats 1968 - We lost 2-0 at Southampton, thanks to the first of Terry Paine’s four strikes past us, and a Ron Davies goal. 1999 - We were beaten 1-0 by newly promoted Watford at Anfield with Tommy Mooney on target. That was their highlight of a season that saw them head straight back down to the First Division. Hodgson off the mark 1982 - New forward signing David Hodgson scored in his first reds fixture as we beat Real Betis Balompié 2-0 in the pre-season Málaga Tournament in Marbella. Kenny Dalglish grabbed the other goal. We also won two other tournament games in Spain in subsequent years to claim third place in each competition. 1983 - Michael Robinson struck a brace as we beat Dinamo Bucureşti 3-2 in the La Linea Tournament, with Kenny Dalglish nabbing the other. 1988 - Gary Gillespie and John Barnes netted to add to a brace from Steve McMahon as we beat Real Sociedad 4-0 in the T Herrera Tournament in San Sebastián. For Jock 1978 - The reds played in a testimonial match against Celtic for their legendary boss Jock Stein. We ran out 3-2 winners, courtesy of a Kenny Dalglish brace and a goal from Alan Kennedy in his first reds game. Other friendlies 1973 - Steve Heighway netted as we drew 1-1 at Hertha BSC Berlin. 1995 - Ian Rush bagged the only goal of our friendly at Northern Irish side Linfield. International goalscorers 2013 – Luis Suárez struck as Uruguay beat Japan 4-2 in a friendly in Rifu. Meanwhile, future red Rickie Lambert scored the winner on his debut as Roy Hodgson’s England beat Scotland 3-2 at Wembley, while future red Mohamed Salah scored in Egypt’s 3-0 friendly defeat of Uganda. Also in international action that day were Joe Allen, Sebastián Coates, Steven Gerrard, Danny Ward, future reds Christian Benteke, James Milner, Victor Moses, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Xherdan Shaqiri and Gini Wijnaldum, and ex-reds Alberto Aquilani, Álvaro Arbeloa, Craig Bellamy, Yossi Benayoun, Javier Mascherano, Nikolay Mihaylov, Maxi Rodríguez and Nuri Şahin. On the same day, Dejan Lovren won his first cap as a Southampton player in Croatia’s 3-2 friendly win in Liechtenstein. Olympian reds 2004 - Future red Momo Sissoko played for Mali as they beat the host nation 2-0 in an Olympics group game in Thessaloniki, Greece. Meanwhile, Javier Mascherano appeared as Argentina beat Tunisia 2-0 in Patras. More internationals 2001 - Future red Djibril Cissé came off the bench to make his debut for France Under-21’s as they lost 3-2 to Russia in a friendly in Caen. Pepe Reina was also in Under-21’s action that day. 1996 - Sami Hyypiä won his tenth Finnish cap, while still with Willem II. The Finns were held to a goalless draw in a friendly in Latvia. 2011 – Future red Philippe Coutinho faced Dani Pacheco in the Under-20 World Championship Finals as Brazil and Spain drew 2-2 in their Quarter-final before Brazil triumphed 4-2 on penalties. 2012 - Samed Yeşil debuted for Germany Under-19’s, winning his only cap at that level as a Bayer 04 Leverkusen player, in their 1-0 friendly win in Scotland. Papa Nando 2001 - Lucia was born in Madrid, the daughter of future red Fernando Morientes and his wife Victoria.
  10. 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. 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, spending most of his time since out on loan. 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 reds Maxi Rodríguez and Nuri Şahin also in international 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. 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. Keepers signing on 1904 - Ned Doig signed from Sunderland for £150. He went on to make 53 reds appearances, helping us to the Second Division title in 1905, and playing on until 1908, finishing as our oldest ever player aged 41 years and 165 days. 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. 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 also 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 in Skopje. 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 Raúl 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, Christian Poulsen and Luis Suárez and ex-reds Nicolas Anelka, Robbie Keane, Harry Kewell and Nikolay Mihaylov, while John Toshack took charge of Wales. Olympian Raúl 2004 - Raúl Meireles played for Portugal in the Olympics Finals, coming off the bench as they lost 4-2 to Iraq in Patras. 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. 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.
  11. Will

    11th August

    Triple debutants 2007 - Ryan Babel, Fernando Torres and Andriy Voronin all made their first-class reds bows as a late Steven Gerrard free-kick secured a 2-1 win at Aston Villa in our opening League fixture. This ensured that we became the fourth team to pass a thousand points in the Premier League, reaching 1,002, and was the first ever live Premiership match shown on Setanta Sports. We had taken the lead through a Martin Laursen own goal before Jamie Carragher gave away a penalty that Gareth Barry converted, one of his four goals past us. Keepers on the move 1994 - Bruce Grobbelaar left Anfield for Southampton on a free transfer. He had played 628 reds games and won six League titles, one European Cup, three FA Cups, three League Cups and three FA Charity Shields in his thirteen years at Anfield. He turned out forty times in his two seasons at The Dell, before moving on to Plymouth Argyle. 1982 - Reserves keeper Steve Ogrizovic joined Shrewsbury Town in a straight swap for Bob Wardle. Oggy had only made five first-team appearances for the reds, going on to play nearly a hundred times for the Shrews in his two years at Gay Meadow, before joining Coventry City. Wardle never made our first team and was forced to retire through injury inside a year. Charity and Community with the Gunners We have twice met Arsenal in the traditional curtain-raiser to the season. 1979 - We put on a sparkling show to beat the Gunners 3-1 at Wembley to claim the FA Charity Shield outright for the fourth time. Our goals came from Kenny Dalglish and a Terry McDermott brace as Alan Sunderland bagged the first of his six goals past us. 2002 - Arsenal’s new Brazilian signing Gilberto Silva scored the only goal of the game to hand them the newly-rechristened FA Community Shield at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Bruno Cheyrou and El-Hadji Diouf both made their first-class reds bows in this game, while future red Kolo Touré made his debut for the winning side. Beglin’s bonus 1992 - A testimonial match for former reds left-back Jim Beglin took place as we beat Leeds United 4-1 at Elland Road. Ian Rush bagged a brace, with our other goals being scored by Jamie Redknapp and Dean Saunders. Spanish moves 2009 – Forward Dani Pacheco signed a new contract to keep him at Anfield until 2012, later extended by a further two years. He broke through to the first team during 2009/10, making seventeen senior appearances before being sold to AD Alcorcón in September 2013. On the same day, Luis García joined Real Racing Club de Santander from Club Atlético de Madrid, after just three strikes in 55 games, including playing in both Champions League group games against the reds. 2008 – Reserves centre-half Miki Roqué joined Cartagena on loan. He bagged three goals in thirty League appearances as they won the Segunda División B and was released by the reds in June 2009. Happy birthdays 1913 - Andy Beattie was born in Kintore, Aberdeenshire. He guested for the reds at full-back during the Second World War, and later spent some time on our backroom staff. He managed a host of clubs as well as the Scotland national side, working with Bill Shankly at Huddersfield Town, having played alongside him at Preston North End. 1886 – Inside-left Bert Goode was born in Chester. He struck once in seven reds outings after signing from his hometown club in May 1908, moving on to Wrexham in June 1910. 1899 - Bert Shelley was born in Romsey. He played 448 times for Southampton, a club record until the 1960’s. After retiring from playing, he joined George Kay’s coaching staff, following him to Anfield in August 1936. He stayed on as Trainer after Kay’s departure, working under Don Welsh and Phil Taylor until 1959 when he joined the general staff, with his duties including looking after the treatment room. He was still working for the club when he died in December 1971. Reds in Europe 1960 - We beat French side Nantes Atlantique 2-0 in the first leg of the Friendship Cup, with Roger Hunt and Kevin Lewis on the scoresheet. 1978 - Our first win in Austria came when Steve Heighway netted the only goal of our friendly encounter with Austria Wien. 1981 - Terry McDermott struck as we lost 2-1 at Servette FC Genève in Switzerland, with Jimmy Case playing his final game for the club before joining Brighton & Hove Albion. Sami signs on 2005 - Sami Hyypiä signed a new contract that tied him to the club until 2008, although he subsequently extended this for a further year. He played 464 reds games following his £2.5m capture from Willem II in May 1999, netting 35 times and helping us to claim the European Cup, UEFA Cup, two FA Cups, two League Cups, two UEFA Super Cups and an FA Charity Shield, before joining Bayer 04 Leverkusen on a free transfer in June 2009. On the world stage 2004 - Future red Momo Sissoko played for Mali as they were held to a goalless draw in their Olympics group game by Mexico in Volos, Greece. On the same day, Javier Mascherano featured for Argentina as they thumped Serbia & Montenegro 6-0 in Patras. 2011 – Future red Philippe Coutinho played in Brazil’s 3-0 World Championship Finals Round of 16 defeat of Ecuador in Colombia. Leo for Norway 1993 - Øyvind Leonhardsen won his 24th full cap for Norway as they ran out 7-0 winners in a friendly in the Faroe Islands. He was then still a Rosenborg BK player. Future reds boss Roy Hodgson took charge of Switzerland’s 2-1 friendly win in Sweden on the same day. Harper heads south 1994 - Former reserves defender Alan Harper joined Burnley on a free transfer from Luton Town. He played 42 times in his two seasons at Turf Moor, as they were relegated into the Second Division. Keepers on the move 2005 - Former reds reserves keeper Tony Warner joined Fulham on loan from Cardiff City, before signing permanently the following January. He made a total of 26 senior appearances for the Cottagers, before moving on to Hull City in July 2008. 2006 - David James joined Portsmouth from Manchester City for a £1.2m fee, after exactly a century of appearances for the Blues. He turned out 158 times for Pompey before moving to Bristol City in July 2010, helping them to claim the FA Cup in 2008. On the same day, Paul Harrison signed for Southport. He made nineteen outings in the Conference as they were relegated. Also moving on 2006 - Jon Newby signed for Wrexham. He failed to net in thirteen outings and moved on to Southport in January 2007. 2009 – Reserves forward Craig Lindfield was released. He struck in a pre-season friendly at Crewe Alexandra in July 2006 on his first appearance for the senior side but failed to make a first-class appearance for the reds. 2015 – Future red Xherdan Shaqiri joined Stoke City for a then club record £12m from Internazionale, grabbing fifteen goals in 92 games for the Potters. He moved on to Anfield for £13m in July 2018. International goalscorers 2010 - Steven Gerrard bagged a brace to reach nineteen goals for his country, a joint record for a reds player. He skippered a side that also included Glen Johnson as they beat Hungary 2-1 in a friendly at Wembley, with James Milner winning his last cap as an Aston Villa player. Meanwhile, Manchester City’s Craig Bellamy netted as John Toshack’s Wales thumped Luxembourg 5-1 in a friendly in Llanelli. Future red Dejan Lovren scored twice for Croatia Under-21’s as they beat Norway 4-1 in a European Championships qualifier. On the same day, ex-red Robbie Keane reached a century of caps for the Republic of Ireland as Argentina won 1-0 in the first international to be staged at the new Aviva Stadium in Dublin, with Emiliano Insúa winning his second senior cap for the victors and Javier Mascherano also featuring. Also in international action that day were Daniel Agger, Nabil El Zhar, future reds Charlie Adam, Christian Benteke, Fabio Borini, Nuri Şahin and Xherdan Shaqiri, and ex-reds Xabi Alonso, Álvaro Arbeloa, Jari Litmanen, John Arne Riise, Mikel San José and Daniel Sjölund. International firsts 2010 – Danny Wilson made his debut for Scotland Under-21’s as they were held to a 1-1 friendly draw by Sweden at St. Mirren Park. David N’Gog captained France for the first time at the same level as they lost 1-0 to Belgium in a friendly in Vannes. Milan Jovanović won his first cap as a reds player as Serbia lost 1-0 to Greece in Belgrade, with Sotirios Kyrgiakos on the winning side as he made his sixtieth and final appearance for his country before retiring from international football. Andriy Voronin made his first appearance while with Dinamo Moskva as Ukraine were held to a 1-1 draw by the Netherlands in another friendly in Donetsk. Meanwhile, future red Aly Cissokho won his only senior cap to date as France lost a friendly 2-1 in Norway. 2009 – Martin Kelly won his first cap for England Under-20’s in their 5-0 thrashing of Montenegro at The Hawthorns, with future red Jordan Henderson playing his only game at this level. On the same day, future reds Andy Carroll and Daniel Sturridge both made their first appearances for the Under-21’s in their goalless friendly with the Netherlands in Groningen, with Alexander Kačaniklić in action for Sweden Under-19’s.
  12. Will

    8th August

    Happy birthday Joël 1991 – Centre-half Joël Matip was born in Bochum, Germany. He signed on a free transfer from Schalke 04 in July 2016, so far bagging five goals in 111 games for the reds, so far helping us to claim the Premier League title, UEFA Champions League and UEFA Super Cup. Into the Champions League 2001 - We played our first ever game in the new format of the UEFA Champions League, registering our record equal away win in Europe to date as we thumped Finnish side Haka 5-0, thanks to a hat-trick from Michael Owen, our first away from home in Europe, and strikes from Emile Heskey and Sami Hyypiä. Stevie the best 2013 - Steven Gerrard came first in the club’s second ‘100 Players Who Shook The Kop’ poll, beating Kenny Dalglish, who had taken the honour the first time around in October 2006. Djimi off 2006 - Djimi Traoré was sold to Charlton Athletic for £2m after one goal in 141 reds games, in which he helped us to claim the Champions League in 2005. He appeared just thirteen times for the Addicks before moving on to Portsmouth in January 2006. On the same day, reserves centre-back Danny O’Donnell joined Crewe Alexandra on loan. He played 31 times for the Alex that season, making the switch permanent in June 2007. Happy birthday Julian 1968 - Former left-back Julian Dicks was born in Bristol. He signed from West Ham United for £1.5m in September 1993 and has the honour of being the last red to score in front of the standing Kop, before he returned to West Ham United in May 1994 after three goals in 28 reds games. Farewell Nessie 2002 - Agnes ‘Nessie’ Shankly’s funeral was held in Liverpool. She had been Bill Shankly’s wife throughout his career and was well-loved by many of the players and staff at Anfield. Wembley disappointment 1992 - Paul Stewart made his first-class debut for the reds as we lost 4-3 to Leeds United in the FA Charity Shield at Wembley, thanks to an Eric Cantona hat-trick, the first of his five goals past us, with Tony Dorigo also on target. Ian Rush and Dean Saunders netted, as we also benefited from a late Gordon Strachan own goal. Pepe wins again 2007 - Pepe Reina was awarded the Barclays Golden Glove Award for most clean sheets for the second successive season. He went on to claimed it twice more during his time in England. 2014 – He was sold to Bayern München for £2m after 177 clean sheets in 394 reds games since signing from Villarreal for £6m in July 2005. He had helped us to claim the FA Cup, League Cup, UEFA Super Cup and FA Charity Shield. Bonjour and au revoir 2003 - Young French centre-back Carl Medjani signed from Saint-Étienne on a free transfer. He never made the reds first team, moving back to his native land to join Lorient in July 2006 after a previous loan spell. 2005 - He signed for Metz on loan, making 25 senior appearances. 2014 – Left-back Aly Cissokho signed for Aston Villa, having spent the previous season on loan from Valencia at Anfield. On the same day, Spanish midfielder Gerardo Bruna signed for Tranmere Rovers, while centre-forward Adam Morgan joined St. Johnstone on loan from Yeovil Town. 2010 – Right-back Philipp Degen joined VfB Stuttgart on loan, but he could only make eight first-team appearances as he once again suffered with injuries. 1941 – Defender Fred Finney signed on as an amateur in August 1941, but played just two senior reds games, both in the space of a week against Chester in January 1946. Barmby on the move Nick Barmby twice changed clubs on this day over the years. 1995 - He joined Middlesbrough from Tottenham Hotspur for £5.25m. 2002 - He left Anfield for Leeds United in a £2.75m deal after eight goals in 58 reds games. Jock remembered 1998 - We played Celtic in a friendly to commemorate the opening of their Jock Stein Stand. Øyvind Leonhardsen grabbed the only goal of the game. German friendlies We have twice played at Hamburger SV’s Volksparkstadion on this day over the years. 1967 - Ian St. John grabbed a brace as we drew 2-2. 1986 - We lost 1-0. 1978 - We drew 1-1 at Bayern München, with David Fairclough on the scoresheet. Reds in Scandinavia 1988 - John Aldridge and Ronnie Whelan were on target as we drew 2-2 at Norwegian side Tromsø. 1990 - John Barnes struck the only goal of the game against a Stockholm Alliance XI in Solna. Other friendlies 2009 - We lost 2-1 at Anfield to Club Atlético de Madrid in our final pre-season friendly, with Lucas notching for the reds after we went in two goals down at the break, also suffering an injury to Jamie Carragher. Ex-red Florent Sinama-Pongolle came off the bench for the visitors to a warm reception during the second half. 2008 – Andriy Voronin bagged the only goal of the game in the final minute as we entertained S.S. Lazio at Anfield in our final pre-season friendly. 1984 - Alan Kennedy struck to hand us victory over Swiss side BSC Young Boys in the first round of the Phillips Trophy at their w***dorf Stadion in Bern, which we went on to win two days later. 1982 - Phil Neal netted from the spot, with Ian Rush on target twice as we won 3-0 at Third Division Portsmouth. 1975 - Jimmy Case scored in our last pre-season friendly as we drew 1-1 at Dutch side Roda JC in a game that marked the official switching on of the new floodlights at the Gemeentelijk Sportpark Kaalheide. Adam on target 2010 – Adam Morgan netted for England Under-17’s as they beat Sweden 2-1 in the Final of the Nordic Tournament in Finland. More beer 2002 - A new three-year sponsorship deal with Carlsberg, worth up to £15m, was announced. Clem honoured 2001 - It was announced that Ray Clemence had won a prestigious UEFA award to mark his achievement of playing more than a century of UEFA club competition games. On the move 2008 – Ex-reds defender Stephen Wright signed for Coventry City after spending much of the previous season at Stoke City. On the same day, Jari Litmanen re-signed for Lahti in his native Finland. He netted four goals in fourteen League outings before signing a one-year deal in April 2009. 2001 - Reserves defender Alan Navarro joined Crewe Alexandra for his second loan spell at Gresty Road. He made nine appearances to add to the eight he had made there at the end of the previous season. On the same day, midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain joined Arsenal from Southampton for a reported £12m, going on to bag twenty goals in 198 games for the Gunners before moving to Anfield for £35m in August 2017. 2012 – Young forward Henoc Mukendi joined Northampton Town on loan, netting once in thirteen outings, although ten of these were from the bench. 2016 – Full-back Ryan McLaughlin signed for Oldham Athletic, having been released by the reds at the end of the previous campaign. He scored twice in 43 outings in his first season with the Latics. 2018 – Ex-reds left-back Brad Smith joined Seattle Sounders on loan from Bournemouth. 2019 – Ovie Ejaria returned to Reading for a second loan spell, netting three times in 39 outings as the Royals finished in mid-table in the Championship. On the same day, keeper Scott Carson joined Manchester City on loan from Derby County, but never made a first-team appearance. Meanwhile, Andy Carroll re-signed for Newcastle United, failing to notch in 21 games in his first campaign back on Tyneside. A century of the League 1987 - Peter Beardsley and ex-red Steve Ogrizovic both played as a Football League side beat a Rest of the World eleven that included future red Glenn Hysén 3-0 in the Football League Centenary Classic at Wembley Stadium. Rickie the dad again 2013 – Future reds forward Rickie Lambert became a father for the third time, to Bella Rose.
  13. Will

    7th August

    Signing on 2009 - Alberto Aquilani signed from Roma for an initial fee of €20m. He struck twice in 28 reds games, having struggled with injuries and illness in his first campaign at Anfield, spending the next two seasons on loan at Juventus and AC Milan before joining Fiorentina on a free transfer in August 2012. 2012 – Luis Suárez signed a new contract. He had arrived from Ajax for a club record fee of up to €26.5m in January 2011, netting 82 times in 133 reds games before joining Barcelona for a club record £75m in July 2014. Stan on the way out 1991 - Steve Staunton was sold to Aston Villa for £1.1m. He had struck six times in ninety reds appearances in his first spell, helping us to clinch the League and FA Cup, and went on to play 263 times for Villa before returning to L4 in July 1998 for a further goal in 58 reds games. Five debuts 1999 - We kicked off our League campaign with a 2-1 win at Sheffield Wednesday. Titi Camara scored on his debut, with Dietmar Hamann, Sami Hyypiä, Erik Meijer, Vladimír Šmicer and Sander Westerveld all also making their first-class reds bows. David Thompson came on from the bench and was later himself substituted. Robbie Fowler netted our other goal. Losing charitably 1971 - We lost the FA Charity Shield 1-0 to Leicester City at Filbert Street. The goal came from Steve Whitworth, the only one he managed in 399 games for the Foxes! Arsenal had won the double the previous season but did not take part, so the match was played between the FA Cup Final runners-up and Second Division champions. Pre-season trebles 1979 - David Fairclough bagged a hat-trick in our pre-season 5-2 defeat of an FBU Select side at the Odense Stadion in Denmark. Graeme Souness and Sammy Lee netted the others. Avi Cohen played his first reds game since joining the club, although he had appeared for both sides in a friendly against Israel two months before signing on. 1994 - Robbie Fowler grabbed all the goals as we beat Hertha BSC Berlin 3-0. 1995 - Steve McManaman scored a hat-trick in a benefit match against a Yeovil Town/Nick Tanner XI at Huish Park, in aid of our ex-defender. We ran out 7-1 winners, with Jamie Redknapp, Nigel Clough and Stig Inge Bjørnebye also hitting the target, to add to a Robbie Fowler penalty. Amsterdam tournament 1977 - David Johnson grabbed the only goal of the game as we beat Barcelona in the third-place play-off of the Amsterdam Tournament at the Olympisch Stadion. 1976 - We also visited the Netherlands, with Terry McDermott netting as we drew with Roda JC. 1983 - We returned to the country again, when Mark Lawrenson bagged a brace, with Kenny Dalglish also on target as we drew the third-place play-off of the Rotterdam AD Toernooi 3-3 with Feyenoord, before losing a penalty shoot-out 4-1. Other friendlies 2018 – Fabinho missed an early penalty in our 3-1 defeat of Torino at Anfield, with centre-half George Johnston making his first reds outing. Roberto Firmino and Gini Wijnaldum both struck inside the opening half hour, with Daniel Sturridge adding the late third. 2016 – We were trounced 4-0 at Jürgen Klopp’s former club 1. FSV Mainz 05, just a day after thrashing Barcelona by the same score in another friendly at Wembley. 2013 – Young Spanish forward Luis Alberto scored his first reds goal as we won 4-1 at Vålerenga, with Iago Aspas, Martin Kelly and Raheem Sterling also on target in Oslo. 1993 - We won 4-0 at Burnley with Ian Rush grabbing a brace, and Mark Walters and Steve McManaman also scoring. 1989 - We were held to a goalless draw by HJK Helsinki at the Olympiastadion. 1985 - Ian Rush and Mark Lawrenson were on target as we came from behind to beat Charlton Athletic 2-1 at The Valley. 1970 - Bobby Graham grabbed our consolation as we lost 3-1 at Middlesbrough. 1983 – An Ex-Liverpool All Stars side faced a Blackpool Red Rose XI at Bloomfield Road in a match in aid of the Save Blackpool Football Club Appeal Fund. The reds side included legends such as Ian Callaghan, Chris Lawler, Tommy Smith, Ian St. John and Ron Yeats Off on loan 2003 - Centre-forward Neil Mellor joined First Division West Ham United on loan. He only managed two goals in 21 games for the Irons as they went through a series of managers. 2014 – Australian left-back Brad Smith joined Swindon Town on loan, playing ten times for the Robins. On the same day, Spanish centre-half Rafael Páez moved to Bologna for the season. He made eight senior appearances before joining S.D. Eibar the following January. 2019 – Centre-half Nathaniel Phillips signed a new contract and then joined VfB Stuttgart on loan for the season, playing 22 times either side of returning to Anfield to play against Everton in the FA Cup in January 2020. On the same day, Scottish centre-half George Johnston was sold to Feyenoord for €300,000. Gresty Road for the first time 1999 - Reserves defender Stephen Wright was loaned to Crewe Alexandra. He only made six appearances for the Alex before returning to Anfield, although he joined them for a second loan spell later the same year. Brad’s half-century 1997 - Future red Brad Friedel won his fiftieth cap for the USA as they lost 1-0 to Ecuador in a friendly in Baltimore. International reds on target 1982 - Substitute Kevin Keegan netted for Europe against the Rest of the World in a FIFA/UNICEF Match at the Giants Stadium in New Jersey. 1991 - Future red Sami Hyypiä scored his first international goal at any level as Finland Under-18’s beat Poland 3-0 in a friendly in Riihimäki. Olympian reds 2008 – Ryan Babel, Lucas Leiva and Javier Mascherano all represented their countries in the Olympics Finals in China. Brazil beat Belgium 2-0, Argentina overcame the Ivory Coast 2-1, while the Netherlands were held to a goalless draw by Nigeria. Razor tips the scales 2002 - Ex-red Neil Ruddock was transfer-listed by Second Division Swindon Town for being overweight! However, no buyers could be found, and he remained at the County Ground until the turn of the year. Deano to the Goldstone 1985 - Future reds forward Dean Saunders joined Brighton & Hove Albion from Swansea City on a free transfer. He struck 26 times in 86 games while at the Goldstone Ground, before being sold to Oxford United for £60,000 in March 1987. Tosh the boss 2011 - John Toshack was appointed Manager of FYR Macedonia. He led them to just one victory in their final four qualifiers for Euro 2012 as they finished fifth in their six-team group, ahead of Andorra only. More loan moves 1998 - Peter Beardsley re-joined Fulham on loan from Bolton Wanderers, having already had a temporary spell at Craven Cottage at the end of the previous season. He later joined Fulham on a free transfer, racking up a total of 28 appearances for them, and scoring seven times. 2003 – Future reds keeper Brad Jones joined Rotherham United from Middlesbrough on a temporary basis, although he did not make a first-team appearance for the Millers. 2009 - Centre-forward Christian Benteke joined Koninklijke Voetbalclub Kortrijk on loan from Standard de Liège, netting sixteen times in 38 games. 2012 – Centre-half Daniel Ayala joined Nottingham Forest on loan from Norwich City, netting once in fourteen outings while at the City Ground.
  14. Will

    6th August

    Happy birthdays 1960 - David Hodgson was born in Gateshead. He joined the reds from Middlesbrough for £450,000 in August 1982 but 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. 1880 - Forward Ronald ‘Wee’ Orr was born in Bartonholm, Ayrshire. He netted 39 times in 112 reds games after signing from Newcastle United for £350 in April 1908. He returned to Scotland in January 1912, signing for Raith Rovers. New manager 1936 – George Kay was appointed Manager. He led us to our first League title in 24 years in 1946, and the FA Cup Final four years later. He was forced to retire due to illness in January 1951, and sadly died just three years later. Amongst the players who joined the club during his tenure were the great Billy Liddell and Bob Paisley. In 2014 – Spanish right-back Javier Manquillo joined on a two-year loan from Club Atlético de Madrid, although he returned to his parent club in July 2015 after nineteen reds games. 2002 - Salif Diao signed from Sedan for £4.7m. He made 61 reds appearances, scoring three times, and moved to Stoke City in January 2007 after a successful loan spell there. Out 1999 - Øyvind Leonhardsen left for Tottenham Hotspur for £3m, after seven goals in 49 reds games. He said, “Things have been going pretty well in Liverpool, so it will be a bit sad to leave this club”. He struck eleven times in 72 games for Spurs, before moving on again to Aston Villa in August 2002. 2007 - Reserves centre-back Miki Roqué joined Xerez Club Deportivo SAD on loan. However, he only turned out once for them in the League and spent the following season with Cartagena, being released by the reds in June 2009. He sadly died in June 2012 aged just 23. 2014 – Midfielder Conor Coady was sold to Huddersfield Town for £375,000. He had only made two senior appearances, netting three times in 48 games for the Terriers before joining Wolverhampton Wanderers for a reported £2m in July 2015. 2015 - Spanish centre-half Rafael Páez signed for AD Alcorcón, having failed to break through at Anfield. 2016 – Centre-half Lloyd Jones signed a new two-year contract with the reds and joined Swindon Town on loan on the same day. He struck twice in 29 outings for the Robins that season. The start of a legend 1974 - Legendary reds boss Bob Paisley took charge of the reds for the first time, in a friendly against 1. FC Kaiserslautern at their Betzenbergstadion. Kevin Keegan was sent off in what the club claimed was a case of mistaken identity although we were still able to win 3-1, with Ray Kennedy, Peter Cormack and Phil Boersma on the scoresheet. We led 2-0 after thirty minutes before new signing Kennedy was scythed down by Dietmar Schwager, who was then pushed by Keegan. However, the club claimed that the referee had mistaken him for Peter Cormack, although Keegan admitted years later it had actually been him who had thrown a punch. Aldo bags a treble 1987 - John Aldridge netted a hat-trick, including a penalty, in our 4-1 friendly defeat of Norwegian side Vålerenga. Paul Walsh grabbed the other goal as we came from behind to win. 1986 - We were also in Scandinavia, drawing 1-1 with Danish side Kolding at the Mosevej Sportsplads, with Steve McMahon on target. Three Danish internationals, Allan Hansen, Allan Simonsen and Kent Nielsen, guested for the home side Belgian celebrations 1984 - We took part in a match to commemorate the eightieth anniversary of Belgian side Sporting de Charleroi. Unfortunately, we somewhat spoiled the party by thumping the home side 6-0, thanks to goals from Ian Rush, Michael Robinson, Gary Gillespie, John Wark, Steve Nicol and Ronnie Whelan. Other friendlies 1978 - We trounced Basel 6-0 at their St. Jakob-Park, with Kenny Dalglish, Jimmy Case and Emlyn Hughes all netting to add to a Robert Baldinger own goal and a brace from Ray Kennedy. 1996 - We were held to a goalless draw by Millwall at The Den. 2011 – We beat Valencia 2-0 at Anfield, thanks to goals from Andy Carroll and Sotirios Kyrgiakos. On the same day, Dani Pacheco featured as Spain thumped Australia 5-1 in a World Championship Finals group game in Colombia, with R.C.D. Espanyol’s Álvaro Vázquez scoring a hat-trick. 2016 - Sadio Mané scored his first reds goal as thumped Barcelona 4-0 in an International Champions Cup game at Wembley. We benefited from a Javier Mascherano own goal before Divock Origi and Marko Grujić completed the scoring. Not the Wright boss 2004 - Mark Wright resigned as Manager of Chester City. The Board of Directors issued a statement saying that, “Wright persistently flouted his managerial position with regard to the size and budget of the first-team squad. When he departed, Mr. Wright failed even to have the decency to enter the dressing room and address his players, choosing instead to simply drive away.” However, he subsequently had a third spell at the Deva Stadium. Personal honours 2000 - Reds defender Rigobert Song was named in a FIFA all-star squad to take on France in a charity match later in the month. The only other English-based player was Manchester City’s George Weah. 2001 - It was announced that Jerzy Dudek and Sami Hyypiä had both been nominated for UEFA awards, based on their performances in the previous season’s European competitions. A first cap 1997 - Stéphane Henchoz won his first cap as a Blackburn Rovers player, and 23rd in total, as Switzerland lost 1-0 in a friendly in Slovakia. On the move 2002 - Ex-red Paul Ince signed for Wolverhampton Wanderers, a month after being released by Middlesbrough. He played 131 times for the Molineux outfit, but left in August 2006 after being overlooked for the Manager’s job. 2003 - Joe Cole joined Chelsea from West Ham United for £6.6m, after thirteen strikes in 150 outings for the Irons. 2007 – Left-back José Enrique moved to Newcastle United from Villarreal for £6.3m, after 25 games for El Submarino Amarillo. 2015 – Future reds winger Mohamed Salah joined Roma on loan from Chelsea, netting fifteen times in 42 games before making the move permanent for a reported €15m a year later. On the same day, Academy keeper Jamie Stephens signed for Barnet, so far playing 65 senior games for the Bees. 2018 – Hungarian forward Krisztián Németh joined Sporting Kansas City from New England Revolution for $350,000 in allocation money and a first-round pick in the 2020 MLS SuperDraft. 2019 – Winger Harry Wilson joined Bournemouth on loan, going on to score seven goals in 35 games as the Cherries were relegated. On the same day, forward Taiwo Awoniyi moved to 1. FSV Mainz 05 for the season, netting once in twelve outings. Meanwhile, Canadian forward Liam Miller returned to Kilmarnock on loan, only scoring once in 22 games in his second campaign at Rugby Park. Young Nuri 2005 – Future reds loanee Nuri Şahin became the youngest ever Bundesliga player, aged 16 years 334 days, starting Ballspielverein Borussia 09 e.V. Dortmund’s 2-2 draw at VfL Wolfsburg. He was also cautioned.
  15. Will

    3rd August

    Nando off the mark 2007 - New record signing Fernando Torres struck his first reds goal in our 2-0 defeat of Shanghai Shenhua SVA SMEG in the Port of Rotterdam Tournament. Argentine winger Sebastián Leto played his first reds game in this game in De Kuip. Steven Gerrard was also on target, while the draw for the Champions League qualifiers on the same day paired us with French side Toulouse. Thommo off 2000 - David Thompson was sold to Coventry City for £3m, after five goals in 56 reds games. He stayed at Highfield Road for two years before joining Blackburn Rovers for just £1.5m, netting sixteen times in 72 outings for the Sky Blues. Arrivederci Alberto 2012 – Italian midfielder Alberto Aquilani joined Fiorentina on a free transfer. He had signed from Roma for an initial fee of €20m in August 2009. He struck twice in 28 reds games, having struggled with injuries and illness in his first campaign at Anfield, spending the next two seasons on loan at Juventus and then AC Milan. For Stevie 2013 – A testimonial for Steven Gerrard was held at Anfield, with Olympiacos losing 2-0, thanks to goals from Joe Allen and Jordan Henderson. Djimi’s first game 1999 - Djimi Traoré made his reds bow in our 2-1 friendly defeat at Manchester City after signing from Laval for £550,000 the previous February. David Thompson scored our goal. Djimi made 141 reds appearances, netting just once, before joining Charlton Athletic for £2m in August 2006. Two off in Amsterdam 2003 - Neil Mellor and Steven Gerrard were both sent off in a bad-tempered The Sony Amsterdam Tournament 2003 game at the Amsterdam ArenA. Emile Heskey netted as we lost 2-1 to Galatasaray. To Hamburg We twice met Hamburger SV in pre-season action on this day in the 1970’s, at either end of Kevin Keegan’s Anfield career. 1971 - The two sides shared eight goals at Sportplatz am Rothenbaum, with Bobby Graham, Chris Lawler, Larry Lloyd and Ian Callaghan on target for the reds. 1977 - We lost 3-2 in a Harbour Cup match arranged as part of Keegan’s transfer to the German outfit. He scored for his new side, with David’s Johnson and Fairclough on target for the reds. 1979 - We were back in Germany, with Phil Thompson and David Johnson scoring as we drew 2-2 with Feyenoord in a friendly tournament in Gelsenkirchen, staged to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Schalke 04. The game went to extra time, before the reds prevailed 4-1 in a penalty shoot-out with Phil Neal, Terry McDermott, Graeme Souness and Alan Kennedy all converting, with Ray Clemence saving one spot-kick. A real Belfast friendly 1983 - Belfast’s Windsor Park was the venue for a testimonial match for former IFA Secretary Billy Drennan between the reds, all in yellow, and deadly rivals Manchester United, who ran out 4-3 winners. Ian Rush bagged a brace, with Graeme Souness also scoring as we led 3-1 at the break with Joe Fagan in charge for the first time. 2000 - We returned to Northern Ireland, thumping Glentoran 4-0 in the Carlsberg Belfast Challenge at The Oval, with Robbie Fowler, Patrik Berger, Vladimír Šmicer and Danny Murphy grabbing the goals. Scandinavian adventures We have faced Scandinavian opposition on many occasions on this day over the years. 1980 - David Johnson, Phil Thompson and Graeme Souness all netted as we beat Danish side Hvidovre IF 3-1. 1987 - We beat Swedish side Karlstad 3-0, with Peter Beardsley and Paul Walsh adding to a penalty from John Aldridge. 1988 - We were in Norway to thump Bryne 5-0, with John Aldridge bagging a brace and Peter Beardsley, Steve McMahon and John Barnes also on the scoresheet. 1989 - We were back in Sweden again, to draw 1-1 with Vasalunds IF, with Aldo scoring in Scandinavia once more. 1994 - Ian Rush netted our consolation as we lost 3-1 to a Norway XI in the Norway Cup Festival 94, with keeper Michael Stensgaard playing his first reds game. Youngsters departing 2006 - Young Spanish right-back Antonio Barragán was sold to Real Club Deportivo de La Coruña for €1m. He had made just one senior appearance for the reds, as a substitute in our Champions League qualifying win at CSKA Sofia in August 2005. 2004 - Anthony Le Tallec joined Saint-Étienne on loan, although he had appeared to have impressed new boss Rafael Benítez in our first pre-season friendly, bagging a brace in our 2-1 defeat of Wrexham. 2011 – Midfielder Tom Ince signed for Blackpool. He had made just one senior reds appearance, as a substitute in our League Cup defeat at home by Northampton Town in September 2010. He struck 33 goals in 113 outings for the Tangerines before joining Hull City in July 2014 when his contract expired. Future reds on the move 1998 – Kenny Dalglish brought Dietmar Hamann to Newcastle United from Bayern München for £5.25m. He netted five times in 31 games for the Toon before moving to Anfield for £8m in July 1999. 1982 - Future loanee keeper Alec Chamberlain joined Colchester United on a free transfer from Ipswich Town. He made 221 appearances for the Essex side before moving on to Everton five years later. Not off to Tel Aviv 2001 - It was announced that we would be opening our Champions League campaign against Finnish side Haka, who had been knocked out by Maccabi Haifa in the previous qualifying round. However, Haka were reinstated in the competition at the Israelis’ expense after they had fielded a suspended player. On the same day, Sami Hyypiä, Dietmar Hamann and Robbie Fowler all struck as we won 3-0 at Wolverhampton Wanderers in our last pre-season friendly. Swindon reds 2001 - Ex-reds boss Roy Evans was appointed Manager of Second Division Swindon Town, with Neil Ruddock joining as Player/Coach. However, Roy only lasted four months in charge before resigning over the lack of promised funds. Other moves 2007 - Ex-reds defender Stephen Wright joined Stoke City on loan from Sunderland. He played seventeen times as they made a belated return to the top flight. 2009 – Ex-reserves defender Alan Navarro joined Brighton & Hove Albion on a free transfer from MK Dons. He struck once in 85 times for the Seagulls before joining Swindon Town in June 2012. 2016 – Winger Mohamed Salah left Chelsea to sign for Roma for a reported €15m after a successful loan spell there. Youngsters on target 2010 – Adam Morgan bagged a brace on his England Under-17’s debut as they thumped Finland 5-0 in a Nordic Tournament group game in Vaasa. 2006 - Shane O’Connor was on target as the Republic Of Ireland Under-17’s lost 3-1 to Poland in a tournament game in Hungary. 1994 – Future red Haukur Ingi Gudnason netted while winning his first cap for Iceland Under-17’s as they beat Norway 2-1. 2011 – Dani Pacheco was in action as Spain Under-20’s beat Ecuador 2-0 in a World Championship Finals group game in Colombia. Brad in Mexico 1999 - Brad Friedel won his 59th cap as the USA beat Saudi Arabia 2-0 in Guadalajara in the Confederations Cup to claim third place. Role model reds 2011 - Managing Director Ian Ayre was presented with the Football Is More Role Model award in the Social Department of a Professional Club category in Bad Ragaz, Switzerland.
  16. Will

    26th July

    The start of a dynasty 1974 - Bob Paisley was appointed Manager, a fortnight after Bill Shankly’s resignation. He became Britain’s most successful boss, leading us to six League titles, three European Cups, UEFA Cup, UEFA Super Cup, three League Cups and five Charity Shields in just nine years in charge. In comes Milan 2001 - Milan Baroš signed from Baník Ostrava for £3.2m, although he was not granted a work permit and allowed to come to Anfield for another five months. He bagged 27 goals in 108 reds games, before moving to Aston Villa for £6.5m in August 2005, having helped us to claim the Champions League and Worthington Cup. To the World Cup Final 1966 - Roger Hunt played in England’s 2-1 World Cup Semi-final defeat of Portugal at Wembley. He would shortly become the first red to claim football’s top honour while with the club. Double debutants 2005 - Peter Crouch and Momo Sissoko both made their reds debuts as we won 3-1 at FBK Kaunas in the first leg of our Champions League Second Round qualifier, with Jamie Carragher nabbing his first goal for more than six years! Djibril Cissé also scored with Steven Gerrard converting a penalty. Carra said, “If I'd have known I was going to score against Kaunas I would have worn a t-shirt under my Liverpool shirt with Michael’s name on it. I want to dedicate that goal to Michael Shields and all his family who are suffering so badly right now.” Wingers on the move 2006 - Jermaine Pennant signed from Birmingham City for £6.7m. He made 81 appearances, bagging three goals before joining Real Zaragoza in July 2009 after a five-month loan spell with Portsmouth. On the same day, it was announced that Paul Anderson and Scott Carson had signed new four- and five-year contracts respectively. 2012 - Paul Anderson joined Bristol City from Nottingham Forest on a free transfer, scoring three times in 23 games for the Robins before moving to Ipswich Town in a swap deal for Jay Emmanuel-Thomas a year later. Stéph on the move 2005 - Stéphane Henchoz signed for Wigan Athletic. He had made a total of 205 reds appearances, forming a rock-solid partnership with Sami Hyypiä and helping us to claim five trophies in 2001 and another League Cup two years later. He played 32 times for the Latics before rejoining Blackburn Rovers in September 2006. Happy birthday 1928 - Half-back and reds skipper Johnny Wheeler was born in Crosby. He joined his cousin Ronnie Moran at Anfield when he signed from Bolton Wanderers for £9,000 in September 1956 and made 177 appearances, bagging 23 goals. One of his greatest games came in November 1956, when he netted a four-minute hat-trick against Port Vale. He was appointed player-manager of New Brighton in May 1963, but did not take up the post, becoming Assistant Trainer at Bury instead, where he stayed until 1969. Justice denied 2000 - The judge in the trial of retired Chief Superintendent David Duckenfield, the police officer in charge at Hillsborough, ruled that he should not have to face a retrial, after the jury could not agree on a verdict. Off the mark 2009 - Krisztián Németh bagged a brace, his first reds goals, as we thumped a Singapore League Select XI 5-0 in their National Stadium. The other goals came from Andriy Voronin, Albert Riera and Fernando Torres. 2002 - The reds thumped a Swiss XI 5-1 at their pre-season training camp. El-Hadji Diouf and Grégory Vignal both scored their first reds goals, while Neil Mellor netted a brace in his first senior appearance. Milan Baroš added the other. Starting the right way 1968 - Roger Hunt grabbed a brace as we kicked off our pre-season campaign with a 3-1 win over Linfield in Belfast. Tony Hateley bagged the other, while Ray Clemence made an early appearance as a substitute. 1995 - Stan Collymore made his reds bow as we beat Birmingham City in the pre-season T.N.T. Inter-City Challenge Cup 1-0 at St. Andrews, thanks to an Ian Rush strike. Jari in Amsterdam 2001 - Ex-Ajax star Jari Litmanen struck the only goal of the game for us against Rafael Benítez’s Valencia to send the Amsterdam ArenA crowd wild. It was a brilliant volley after a fifty-yard run and superb cross from Bernard Diomède. Leverkusen for the first time 1991 - We encountered Bayer 04 Leverkusen for the first time, holding them to a goalless draw in their Ulrich-Haberland-Stadion in a pre-season friendly. Spectators were allowed in for free to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the Bayer company moving to Leverkusen. Off to a bad start 1994 - We kicked off our pre-season campaign by going down 4-1 at First Division Bolton Wanderers, with Ian Rush grabbing our late consolation. Taking home the bacon 1987 - The reds beat Danish side Aalborg Chang 4-0 in a friendly to celebrate their 75th anniversary. John Aldridge grabbed a brace, including one from the spot, while John Barnes netted for the second consecutive game. The scoring was completed by Ronnie Whelan. Other foreign friendlies 2018 – We beat Manchester City 2-1 in the International Champions Cup in New Jersey. Mohamed Salah equalised a minute after Leroy Sané had given City the lead, with Sadio Mané converting an injury time penalty to hand us victory. We have twice faced Linfield at Windsor Park on this day in history. 1969 - Emlyn Hughes and Ron Yeats netted as we won 2-1. 1997 - We won by the same score, with Michael Owen grabbing a brace. 1992 - Dean Saunders was on target from the spot as we lost 2-1 to AS Monaco in the Tournoi de Paris at the Parc des Princes. Keepers moving 2006 - Sander Westerveld returned to Spain to join UD Almería, after brief spells back in England with Portsmouth and Everton. He made 33 League appearances in his one season there, as they gained promotion to the top flight. On the same day, former reserves custodian Ian Dunbavin joined Accrington Stanley on a free transfer from Halifax Town. 2008 - Brad Friedel joined Aston Villa from Blackburn Rovers, after 356 games for the Ewood Park outfit. He played 131 times for the Villains before moving to Tottenham Hotspur on a free transfer in June 2011. Off on loan again 2004 - Alou Diarra joined Racing Club de Lens on loan, having spent the previous two seasons with Le Havre AC and Bastia. He joined Lens permanently in June 2005 after netting twice in 34 League games during his loan spell. 2017 - Young Spanish midfielder Pedro Chirivella joined Willem II on loan, failing to score in 35 outings for the Dutch side. Alberto the champion 2003 – Alberto Aquilani was booked as Italy Under-19’s beat Portugal 2-0 to clinch the European Championships at this level in Liechtenstein. This was his sixteenth and final cap at this level. 2006 - Reds right-back Antonio Barragán played as Spain Under-19’s thumped Austria 5-0 in Wronki, Poland to reach the Final of the European Championships. 2002 - Three young reds took part in a Finals clash at the same level in Norway. John Welsh and Jon Otsemobor represented England, who lost 3-2 to Republic of Ireland, including Michael Foley-Sheridan. Also on the move 1997 – Robbie Keane signed for Wolverhampton Wanderers. He grabbed 29 goals in 88 outings before moving to Coventry City for £6m in August 1999. 1996 - Gary McAllister joined Coventry City from Leeds United in a £3m deal. He spent four years at Highfield Road before his shock move to the reds, netting 26 times in 150 appearances. 1963 - Tony Hateley moved to Aston Villa for £22,000 from Notts County, netting 86 times in 148 games before moving to Chelsea for £100,000 in October 1966, from where he joined the reds. 1982 - Paul Walsh joined Luton Town from Charlton Athletic for £400,000. He struck 28 times in 89 games in his two years with the Hatters as they struggled in the top flight, before moving to Anfield in May 1984 for £700,000. 2007 - Don Hutchison signed for Luton Town, having been released by Coventry City the month before. He bagged just one goal in 26 outings for the Hatters. Olympian reds 2012 – Craig Bellamy netted for Great Britain as they drew 1-1 with Senegal in a group game at the Olympics at Old Trafford, with future reds Joe Allen, Steven Caulker, Sadio Mané and Daniel Sturridge also in action. Later that day in the same stadium, Luis Suárez skippered Uruguay to a 2-1 defeat of the United Arab Emirates, with Sebastián Coates also featuring. Future red Mohamed Salah also featured in the Olympics that day, scoring as Egypt lost 3-2 to Brazil in Cardiff. 2008 – Ryan Babel scored for a Netherlands Olympic XI as they beat Cameroon 2-0 in an ING Cup match in Hong Kong.
  17. Will

    24th July

    Luis the champion 2011 – Luis Suárez was on target as Uruguay beat Paraguay 3-0 in the Copa América Final in Buenos Aires, with future red Sebastián Coates winning his fifth and last cap as a Nacional player. In comes David 2008 – Forward David N’Gog signed from Paris Saint-Germain for £1.5m. He struck nineteen times in 94 reds outings, although he only started on 41 of those occasions. He was sold to Bolton Wanderers for £4m in August 2011. Treble debutants 1999 - Dietmar Hamann, Sami Hyypiä and goalscorer Vladimír Šmicer all played their first reds games as we beat Feyenoord 2-0 to claim the Carlsberg Belfast Challenge trophy. The other goal came from Titi Camara, with his second reds strike. Happy birthday Harry 1870 - Keeper Harry Storer was born in Butterley, Derbyshire. He signed from Woolwich Arsenal for £75 in December 1895, taking over from the versatile Matt McQueen between our sticks. He made a total of 121 reds appearances before retiring in 1901. Unfortunately, he died in April 1908 aged just 37. Justice denied 2000 - The jury in the Hillsborough disaster trial was discharged after failing to reach a verdict on manslaughter charges against retired Chief Superintendent David Duckenfield, the police officer in charge on the day. The jury spent 25 hours deliberating the charges, but were unable to come to an agreement. The judge eventually ruled against a retrial. Reds in the Far East 2015 – Midfielder Pedro Chirivella, centre-back Daniel Cleary and winger Sheyi Ojo all made their first senior appearances as we were held to a 1-1 draw by a Malaysia XI in Kuala Lumpur. Jordon Ibe was on target for the reds. 2007 - We beat South China Athletic Association 3-1 in Hong Kong in the Semi-final of the Barclays Asia Trophy. John Arne Riise and Daniel Agger were on target, with Xabi Alonso converting a penalty. 2003 - Patrice Luzi and Zak Whitbread both made their senior reds debuts as we beat the Thailand national side 3-1 in the Rajamangala National Stadium in Bangkok. Emile Heskey added to a Vladimír Šmicer brace in a game billed as a GSM Advance Nokia Exclusive Match. Reds in Australia 2013 – We played our first ever game in Australia with more than 95,000 fans at the Melbourne Cricket Ground to see Steven Gerrard and Iago Aspas net in a 2-0 defeat of Melbourne Victory. Milan starts out 2010 - Milan Jovanović played his first reds game as we lost 1-0 at 1. FC Kaiserslautern in the Fritz-Walter-Stadion. Charnock impresses 1996 - Midfielder Phil Charnock scored the only goal of the game as we beat Crewe Alexandra in a pre-season friendly at Gresty Road. He was to join the Alex on a free transfer just five months later. 1998 - The reds kicked off another pre-season campaign at Crewe, with both Sean Dundee and Vegard Heggem making their reds bows. We won 3-0, with goals from Danny Murphy, Dominic Matteo and Bjørn Tore Kvarme coming in a three-minute flurry. Czech mates 2001 - It was confirmed that the reds were about to secure the signature of young Czech striking sensation Milan Baroš from Baník Ostrava. The deal was finally completed in December of that year. 2002 – The reds announced that Vladimír Šmicer had agreed an extension to his contract that would keep him at Anfield until 2005. He then left the club to join Girondins de Bordeaux, although he returned to his homeland with SK Slavia Praha in July 2007. Famous Emlyn 2008 - It was announced that Emlyn Hughes was to be inducted into the National Football Museum’s Hall of Fame later in the year, joining the other former reds players John Barnes, Peter Beardsley, Kenny Dalglish, Alan Hansen, Roger Hunt, Kevin Keegan, Ian Rush and Graeme Souness who had already been included. Dani on target 2010 – Dani Pacheco netted as Spain Under-19’s beat Italy 3-0 in a European Championships Finals group game in France, with future red Fabio Borini winning his ninth and last cap at this level. Meanwhile, future reds Steven Caulker and Nathaniel Clyne both played in England’s 1-1 draw with the host nation in the same competition. Youngsters battling for the final 2007 - Future reds Mikel San José and Damien Plessis faced each other in the Semi-final of the Under-19 European Championships in Austria. The game ended goalless even after extra time, with Spain eventually beating France 4-2 on penalties, with both of our boys converting their spot-kicks. On the move 2018 – Keeper Shamal George joined Tranmere Rovers on loan, only making three senior appearances during the season. On the same day, ex-red Tom Ince joined Stoke City from Huddersfield Town for an initial £10m, bagging six goals in 41 games during his first campaign with the Potters. 2016 - Centre-half Kolo Touré signed for Celtic, being reunited with his former boss Brendan Rodgers. He made seventeen appearances before joining the coaching staff in September 2017. 2012 – Centre-half Zak Whitbread signed for Leicester City, having been released by Norwich City at the end of the previous season. He netted once in 21 outings for the Foxes before joining Derby County in June 2014 after a successful loan spell with the Rams. 2003 - Former loanee keeper Mark Prudhoe joined basement side Macclesfield Town from Bradford City on a free transfer. He has since retired from playing and is now coaching at Sunderland’s Academy. 1992 – Recent Assistant Manager Colin Pascoe re-joined Swansea City on loan from Sunderland, bagging four goals in seventeen appearances before re-signing for the Swans permanently a year later. Brian’s farewell 2015 – The funeral of Brian Hall took place at St Lawrence’s Church in Longridge, Lancashire. He signed for the reds in July 1968 fresh from graduating university, and scored 21 goals in 224 games, helping us to claim a League title, UEFA Cup, FA Cup and FA Charity Shield. His most memorable moment came when he bagged his first reds goal, the FA Cup Semi-final winner against Everton at Old Trafford in March 1971, also scoring at the same stage against Leicester City three years later. He moved on to Plymouth Argyle in July 1976, later finishing his playing career with Burnley, but he returned to Anfield in 1991 to take up the post of Public Relations Manager, a position he held until retiring in 2012.
  18. Will

    8th July

    Fijne Verjaardag 1991 – Dutch centre-half Virgil van Dijk was born in Breda. He arrived from Southampton for a club record £75m in January 2018, a world record fee for a defender. He has so far netted eleven goals in 117 outings, helping us to claim the Premier League, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup. Uncle Joe’s first capture 1983 - Gary Gillespie signed from Coventry City for £325,000, becoming Joe Fagan’s first signing. His eight years at Anfield were blighted by injury, but he won three League title medals, and scored sixteen times in his 214 appearances, before moving back north to his boyhood heroes Celtic. Robbie appears 1980 - Robbie Keane was born in Dublin. He signed from Tottenham Hotspur for £19.3m in July 2008, but only netted seven times in 28 games before making the return journey for an initial £15m fee the following January. 1971 - John Achterberg was born in Utrecht, Netherlands. He was appointed reserves goalkeeping coach at Melwood in June 2009 after over a decade as player and coach with Tranmere Rovers, moving up to the first team two years later. Reds in mourning 2001 - Tom Saunders died. The former Youth Development Officer and long-standing Director also spent many years as a European ‘spy’ for the club, checking out upcoming opponents. He also managed the England Schoolboys and Under-18’s during his career and was well loved at Anfield. 2013 – Centre-forward Dave Hickson died. He made the controversial switch across Stanley Park to join the reds for £12,000 in November 1959, putting an extra 15,000 on the gate for his debut, with one fan running on to kiss him on the cheek! He scored 38 times in his 67 reds games before joining Aston Villa in July 1961. Debuting over the water 2016 - Midfielder Ovie Ejaria, keeper Loris Karius, winger Sadio Mané, centre-back Joël Matip and forward Ben Woodburn all played their first reds games as Danny Ings notched the only goal of our friendly at Tranmere Rovers. Milanese arrival 2010 - Milan Jovanović signed on a free transfer from Standard de Liège. He failed to establish himself in the first team, notching just twice in eighteen outings before moving back to Belgium to sign for RSC Anderlecht in August 2011. Masch on target again 2007 - Javier Mascherano struck for Argentina, having scored his first senior international goal just three days earlier. He was part of a side that beat Peru 4-0 in Venezuela to reach the Copa América Semi-finals. On the same day, Harry Kewell reached a quarter of a century of caps for Australia in their 1-1 AFC Asian Cup draw with Oman in Bangkok. 2011 – Sebastián Coates and Luis Suárez were both cautioned as Uruguay drew 1-1 with Chile in a group game in the same competition in Argentina. New signings 2005 - Jamie Carragher and Steven Gerrard both signed new four-year contracts. Our captain moved on to LA Galaxy this summer, having played 710 senior games, but Carragher retired a year ago after 737 reds appearances in total. 2009 – Gerrard renewed his contract again, this time until 2013, which was of course further renewed. 2008 - Midfielder Zsolt Poloskei signed on loan from MTK Hungária. He failed to appear for the reserves in his first season due to injury, renewing his loan spell for a second campaign when once again he was ruled out for most of the campaign. He has since returned to Hungary. 2011 – Right-back Jon Flanagan signed a new contract until 2015, which was subsequently extended. He played 51 senior reds games, notching once, before being released in June 2018. Double departure 2004 - Two of the coaching staff left the club. Sammy Lee took up a position as a full-time National Coach at the FA, with goalkeeping coach Joe Corrigan also moving on, ending up at West Bromwich Albion. Happy birthdays 1988 - Catalan centre-back Miki Roqué was born in Tremp. He was part of the victorious FA Youth Cup winning side in 2005 and made his senior debut in our Champions League defeat at Galatasaray in December 2006, but was released in June 2009 after spending much of his time out on loan. He sadly died in June 2012, aged just 23. 1980 - Patrice Luzi was born in Ajaccio. He signed on a free transfer from Monaco in July 2002, but made just one first-team appearance, as a substitute for the injured Jerzy Dudek in our long overdue League win at Chelsea in January 2004, leaving the club after three years in the reserves. Six unveiled 1999 - Six new signings were presented to the press as Gérard Houllier’s revolution took shape - Titi Camara, Stéphane Henchoz, Sami Hyypiä, Erik Meijer, Vladimír Šmicer and Sander Westerveld. Le Boss said, “Some have turned down the chance of playing in the Champions League, others the UEFA Cup. Some of them rejected higher profile clubs than we are at the moment. We are very happy they accepted the challenge.” 2003 - Steve Finnan, Anthony Le Tallec and Florent Sinama-Pongolle all reported for the start of pre-season training for the first time. Another new arrival at Anfield was coach Christian Damiano, who joined from Fulham. Maxi the champion 2001 – Future red Maxi Rodríguez netted the second as Argentina Under-20’s beat Ghana 2-0 in the Final of the World Championships in Buenos Aires. Red arrivals 1996 - Defender Stephen Wright joined the Academy. He went on to play 21 first-team games before signing for Sunderland for £3m in August 2002. 2013 - Andy Hughes started work as the club’s Chief Financial Officer. Other moves 2005 - Craig Bellamy signed for Blackburn Rovers from Newcastle United for £5m. He bagged seventeen goals in 32 games while at Ewood Park, before the reds activated the £6m get-out clause in his contract. 2019 – Midfielder Jordan Rossiter joined Fleetwood Town on loan from Rangers, playing nineteen times for the Fishermen. On the same day, forward David Amoo signed for Port Vale on a free transfer from Cambridge United. He scored five times in 37 games in his first campaign with Vale. 2013 – Winger Paul Anderson joined Ipswich Town from Bristol City in a swap deal for Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, netting five times in 33 outings for the Tractor boys. 1999 - Ex-reds winger Mark Kennedy joined Manchester City from Wimbledon for £1m. He netted eleven times in 77 games whilst at Maine Road, and is now on Ipswich Town’s coaching staff. 1993 - Future loanee keeper Alec Chamberlain joined Sunderland on a free transfer from Luton Town. He made 108 appearances for the Wearsiders. He is now coaching at Watford, having made 288 appearances for the Hornets. Ablett in charge 2009 - Gary Ablett was appointed Manager of Stockport County, having recently been sacked as our reserves boss. He left his role at Edgeley Park in June 2010 by mutual consent, following a takeover of the club, having led them to relegation from League One. Stan out of pocket 2002 - A Spanish court ruled that Stan Collymore was in breach of his contract when he had quit Real Oviedo to return to England, walking out just months into a four-year contract. He was ordered to pay the Spanish club £200,000 compensation. Nando the dad 2009 - Fernando Torres became a father to Nora when his wife Olalla gave birth at the Hospital La Rosaleda Compostelan in Santiago de Compostela.
  19. Will

    5th July

    Happy birthdays 1960 – Scottish centre-back Gary Gillespie was born in Bonnybridge. He was Joe Fagan’s first signing, arriving from Coventry City for £325,000 in July 1983. He won three League titles in his eight years at Anfield, scoring 16 times in his 214 appearances, before moving back north to his boyhood heroes Celtic for £925,000 in August 1991. 1989 – Croatian centre-half Dejan Lovren was born in Zenica. He arrived from Southampton for £20m in July 2014, so far notching eight times in 185 outings. 1992 – Spanish left-back Alberto Moreno was born in Seville. He signed on a month later than Lovren for £12m from his hometown club Sevilla, netting three times in 141 reds games before being released in June 2019. New club record 1967 - Tony Hateley signed from Chelsea for a then club record £96,000 fee. In his first season he grabbed 27 goals in 52 games, but injuries took their toll, and he was sold to Coventry City in September 1968 after a total of 28 strikes in 56 outings. In comes Fabs 2006 - Left-back Fábio Aurélio signed from Valencia on a free transfer. He made 134 appearances, notching four times and helping us to claim the FA Community Shield, but suffered from a succession of injuries before returning to his native Brazil to sign for Grêmio in May 2012. On the same day, winger Mark González was granted a work permit and Fernando Morientes officially signed for Valencia. González struck three times in 36 games, but left the club in July 2007 to join Real Betis Balompié. Stevie on his way 2005 - Steven Gerrard announced his desire to leave Liverpool, after a second successive summer of transfer turmoil. Fortunately, he changed his mind the next day and bagged a total of 186 goals in 710 reds games before moving on to LA Galaxy in the summer of 2015, helping us to claim the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Cup, two FA Cups, two UEFA Super Cups, three League Cups and the FA Community Shield. Masch off the mark 2007 - Javier Mascherano scored his first senior international goal while winning his 26th cap. Argentina beat Paraguay 1-0 in their final Copa América group game in Venezuela as they qualified for the next stage on maximum points. The end of the road for Mighty Mouse 1982 - Phil Thompson played in England’s goalless draw with Spain in the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu in Madrid, which dumped England out of the World Cup. Late cameos from Trevor Brooking and ex-red Kevin Keegan could not result in the break-through goal. Keegan was winning his 63rd and final international cap. World Cup progress 2014 – Ex-red Dirk Kuyt played as the Netherlands required a penalty shoot-out to see off Costa Rica in their Quarter-final in Salvador, with future red Gini Wijnaldum also in action. Meanwhile, Divock Origi won his last cap before joining the reds as Belgium lost 1-0 to ex-red Javier Mascherano’s Argentina in Brasilia. Reds on the move again 2000 - John Scales left Tottenham Hotspur for Ipswich Town on a free transfer. He had only made 33 starts in his three and a half years at White Hart Lane, going on to make just four appearances for the Suffolk club. 2002 - Steve Harkness was released by Sheffield Wednesday. A club spokesman said, “The club thanks Steve for his contribution over the past two seasons and wishes him well for the future.” He had played 32 times for the Owls during his two seasons at Hillsborough. 2012 – Defender Jon Otsemobor joined MK Dons on a free transfer from Sheffield Wednesday after 37 outings for the Owls. Internationals on target 1966 - Roger Hunt grabbed the only goal of England’s friendly in Poland as they warmed up for the World Cup Finals later that month. 2019 - Sadio Mané had a penalty saved having already scored the only goal as Senegal beat Uganda in their Africa Cup of Nations Finals Round of 16 game in Cairo, having already had a spot-kick foiled din his previous game. Didi in charge 2011 - Dietmar Hamann was appointed Manager of Stockport County. He led them to just three wins in twenty games before resigning four months later following the failure of a proposed takeover. New deal for Sami 2002 - Sami Hyypiä signed a new four-year deal, which was subsequently extended twice further until the summer of 2009 when he joined Bayer 04 Leverkusen. He made 464 appearances for the reds, netting 35 times. On the move 1993 - Stan Collymore joined Nottingham Forest from Southend United for £2m. He went on to net an impressive 45 goals in 78 games for Forest. 2005 – Left-back Paul Konchesky moved to West Ham United from Charlton Athletic for £1.5m after six strikes in 169 outings for the Addicks. 2007 – Midfielder Nuri Şahin joined Feyenoord on loan from Ballspielverein Borussia 09 e.V. Dortmund, where he scored six times in 34 games. 2013 – Ex-reserves forward Lauri Dalla Valle signed for Belgian side Koninklijke Sint-Truidense Voetbalvereniging having been released by Norwegian club Molde earlier in the month. 2014 – Keeper Ian Dunbavin was released by Accrington Stanley. 2016 – Forward Fernando Torres re-joined Club Atlético de Madrid permanently after a successful loan spell. He struck 38 times in 160 games this time around. 2018 – Future keeper Andy Lonergan was released by Leeds United after nine first-team outings since signing for his second spell on a free transfer from Wolverhampton Wanderers in August 2017. Starting out 1991 - Future reserves forward Lee Jones signed for Wrexham as a professional. He bagged thirteen goals in 49 games in his first period with the Dragons. He eventually had four different spells at the Racecourse Ground. 1990 – Former Under-13’s Coach Mike Sheron signed as a professional for Manchester City. He netted 28 times in 119 games for City before joining Norwich City for £1m in August 1994.
  20. Will

    29th June

    Nando the champion 2008 - Fernando Torres struck the only goal of the game as Spain beat Germany in the Final of the European Championships in Vienna. He was also booked, while Xabi Alonso came on as a substitute. In comes Ronnie 1990 - Israeli forward Ronnie Rosenthal was signed from Belgian club Standard de Liège for £1m after having been on loan for several months. He netted a total of 22 times in his 97 first-team games for the reds. A happy day for Shanks 1944 - Bill Shankly married Agnes ‘Nessie’ Fisher. They were happily married for 37 years until Bill’s death. Nessie herself passed away in August 2002. Births and deaths 1949 - Inside-forward Harry ‘Smiler’ Chambers died aged 53. He joined the club in April 1915 and won two League titles in his time at Anfield, scoring 151 goals in his 339 reds appearances before joining West Bromwich Albion in March 1928. 1890 - Scottish inside-forward Tom Miller was born in Motherwell. He signed for £400 from Hamilton Academical in February 1912 and netted 56 times in his 146 games while at Anfield, helping us to our first FA Cup Final in 1914. However, he is also remembered as being one of the players caught up in the Manchester United match-rigging scandal of 1915, whom he joined in September 1920. Ton up for Dirk 2014 – Dirk Kuyt reached a century of full internationals as the Netherlands beat Mexico 2-1 in a World Cup Round of Sixteen game in Brazil, with future red Gini Wijnaldum also in action. In and out 2006 - Bruno Cheyrou officially left the reds, joining Stade Rennais after a season-long loan with Girondins de Bordeaux. He had netted five times in 48 reds games since signing from Lille OSC Métropole for £3.7m in May 2002. On the same day, Malcolm Elias was appointed Academy Director of Recruitment. He arrived from Southampton with a track record of more than twenty years in youth football, although he only remained with the reds for three years. Frank departs 2007 - Joint Chief Scout Frank McParland left the club to become General Manager at Bolton Wanderers, although he only remained there three months, and has since returned to the reds’ Academy. He started out in 1995 by assisting John Owens with the Under-14’s. When the Academy opened in 1999, he was handed a full-time role as head of the community coaching department. He returned to Melwood as Director of Academy and Player Development in May 2011, remaining in that role until his departure last November. Also at the World Cup 2010 - Raúl Meireles won his last cap as a Porto player as Portugal lost 1-0 to Spain in their Round of Sixteen encounter in Cape Town. Fernando Torres and ex-red Xabi Alonso both featured on the winning side. 1998 - Christian Ziege won his last cap as an AC Milan player as Germany beat Mexico 2-1 in Montpellier to reach the Quarter-finals. Fellow future reds Markus Babbel and Dietmar Hamann both also played. 1950 – Laurie Hughes played for England as they famously lost 1-0 to the USA in a group game in Brazil. 1982 - Phil Thompson was the only red on duty at the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu in Madrid as England were held to a goalless draw by West Germany in the first of their two Second Round games. Their inability to score was to prove costly, as they failed to progress to the next stage. 2011 – Tom King featured for Australia Under-17’s as they were thumped 4-0 by Uzbekistan to bow out of the World Championship Finals in the last sixteen. 2013 – Conor Coady skippered England Under-20’s as they lost 2-0 to Egypt in a World Championship Finals group game in Turkey. Final caps 2009 – Future red James Milner set a new record for the number of England Under-21’s caps that still stands as he featured for the 46th time. Unfortunately, he was on the wrong end of a 4-0 scoreline in the European Championships Final in Malmo. 1966 - Gerry Byrne won his second and final England cap as they thumped Norway 6-1 in a pre-World Cup friendly in Oslo. Roger Hunt also played. Djibril versus Rigo 2003 - France beat Cameroon in the Confederations Cup Final thanks to a golden goal from Thierry Henry. Ex-red Rigobert Song faced future red Djibril Cissé during the game at the Stade de France. 2017 – Emre Can featured as Germany beat Mexico 4-1 in the Semi-final of the same tournament in Russia. King Kenny gets the boot 2000 - Kenny Dalglish was sacked as Director of Football at Celtic. He had been in that role for a little over a year, during which time John Barnes had come and gone as Manager, while Kenny himself had led the Hoops to the League Cup, although Celtic finished 21 points behind Rangers in the League that season. Penalty heartache 2000 - Future red Bolo Zenden played as the Netherlands lost 3-1 to Italy on penalties after their Euro 2000 Semi-final ended goalless after two hours in Amsterdam. 2019 – Ex-red Luis Suárez missed in the shoot-out as Uruguay lost 5-4 to Peru after their Copa América Quarter-final ended goalless in Brazil. Raisbeck steps down 1929 - Turn-of-the-century reds centre-half Alex Raisbeck left as Secretary/Manager of Bristol City. He had been in charge for more than eight years. On the move 1988 - Future red Neil Ruddock re-signed for Millwall from Tottenham Hotspur for £300,000. He only made six senior appearances in this second spell at The Den, moving on to Southampton eight months later. 2011 – Midfielder Gini Wijnaldum joined PSV Eindhoven from Feyenoord for €5m after 25 goals in 134 games for the side from Rotterdam. 2012 - Danny Guthrie signed for Reading, having been released by Newcastle United earlier that month. He struck five times in 69 outings for the Royals before being released in May 2015. 2014 – Sammy Lee was appointed as Ronald Koeman’s First-Team Assistant Coach at Southampton, two days after having been announced as Sami Hyypiä’s Assistant at Brighton & Hove Albion. 2015 – Ex-reds full-back Julian Dicks was appointed First-team Coach of West Ham United, moving on from managing their Ladies side. 2019 – Ex-reds forward Jerome Sinclair joined Dutch side VVV-Venlo on loan from Watford, failing to score in 23 appearances.
  21. Will

    27th June

    Milan on target again 2004 - Milan Baroš scored in his sixth consecutive international, grabbing a brace as the Czech Republic beat Christian Poulsen’s Denmark 3-0 in the Quarter-final of the European Championships in Porto. KHR on target 1994 - Future red Karl-Heinz Riedle bagged his final international goal while winning his 41st cap in Germany’s 3-2 World Cup defeat of South Korea in Dallas, to finish top of their group. Also at the World Cup 2010 – Joe Cole won his 56th and final cap as England lost 4-1 to Germany in the Round of Sixteen in Bloemfontein with ex-red David James playing for the 53rd and last time. Steven Gerrard, Glen Johnson, future red James Milner and ex-red Emile Heskey all also featured, while Javier Mascherano and Maxi Rodríguez both played in Argentina’s 3-1 defeat of Mexico at the same stage in Johannesburg. 2018 – Future reds Alisson Becker and Xherdan Shaqiri and ex-red Philippe Coutinho all featured in group games in Russia as both sides progressed from the same group. 2006 - Xabi Alonso, Luis García and future red Fernando Torres all featured as Spain lost 3-1 to France in the Second Round of the World Cup Finals in Hanover. 1990 - John Barnes, Steve McMahon and future red Mark Wright all played as England beat Belgium 1-0 in Bologna to reach the Quarter-finals. 1998 - Stig Inge Bjørnebye and Øyvind Leonhardsen both featured in Norway’s 1-0 defeat by Italy in Marseille in the Second Round. Hamberg for the youngsters 2007 - It was announced that Piet Hamberg would take over as Academy Technical Manager in July. The former Ajax player joined from Grasshoppers of Zurich. Rafael Benítez said, “We have had some very good reports about Piet and he will bring great experience to the new role.” However, he left this role after just two years. 2019 – Centre-half Sepp van den Berg joined the reds from PEC Zwolle for an initial £1.3m, so far making four senior appearances. On the same day, midfielder Abdi Sharif signed as a professional, while winger Rafael Camacho moved back to Sporting Clube de Portugal for £5m, after just two first-team games since arriving three years earlier. Heading to the Final 2012 – Xabi Alonso converted a penalty in a shoot-out after Spain and Portugal’s European Championships Finals Semi-final ended goalless after extra time. Fellow ex-reds Álvaro Arbeloa and Raúl Meireles both also featured. 2013 – Spain beat Italy 7-6 on penalties after a goalless two hours in their Confederations Cup Semi-final in Brazil, with ex-red Alberto Aquilani converting his spot-kick. Ex-reds Álvaro Arbeloa and Fernando Torres both featured for the winning side. On the same day, Suso featured as Spain Under-20’s beat France 2-1 in a World Championship Finals group game in Turkey, while future red Tiago Ilori played as Portugal thumped Cuba 5-0 in the same competition. Redders starts out 1990 - Jamie Redknapp signed as a professional for Bournemouth, two days after his seventeenth birthday. He only made 21 senior appearances for the Cherries before becoming Kenny Dalglish’s last signing as reds boss for £350,000 in January 1991. Ins and outs 1999 - It was announced that Sammy Lee was considering quitting Anfield to become Assistant Manager to new Sheffield United boss Adrian Heath. Fortunately, the move fell through, and Sammy remained at Anfield for another five years. It was also revealed that Paul Ince was available for transfer for a fee of £1m. He moved on to Middlesbrough a month later. Meanwhile, the Department of Employment granted work permits for Vladimír Šmicer and Stéphane Henchoz, ahead of their official signings. 2014 – Sammy was announced as Assistant Manager of Brighton & Hove Albion, to be working under Sami Hyypiä. However, he changed his mind, joining Southampton just two days later. Dioufy in the top ten 2002 – El-Hadji Diouf was named as one of ten candidates for the Adidas Golden Ball Trophy, awarded to the most valuable player at the World Cup. The nominees were selected by the Technical Study Group of FIFA, with the top three to be selected by representatives of the media. One of the voters, ex-French boss Aimé Jacquet, said, “His position in the ten nominees is a symbol of this World Cup. I am very impressed by him. He played in France last season and was very good.” Management moves 1997 - Nigel Spackman was appointed Manager of Sheffield United. He was in charge for just eight months before he resigned over the sale of their top players as they headed towards the First Division play-offs. 1999 - Roy Hodgson resigned as Manager of Internazionale, after just three unbeaten matches of his second spell in charge at the San Siro. 2016 – Hodgson took charge of his last game with England as they lost 2-1 to Iceland in a European Championships Round of 16 tie in Nice. Daniel Sturridge and ex-red Raheem Sterling both featured. Youngsters on target 2001 - Future red Djibril Cissé bagged a brace, including a penalty, as France Under-20’s beat Germany 3-2 in a Second Round game in the World Championships Finals in Argentina. Grégory Vignal also played. Meanwhile, fellow future red Maxi Rodríguez was on target as the host nation beat China 2-1. Another round of lagers 2007 - Carlsberg extended its partnership as Official Club Sponsor for a further three years to the end of the 2009/10 season. Also in international action 2007 - Mark González turned out for Chile as they beat Ecuador 3-2 in a Copa América group game in Venezuela, while future red Alexander Doni kept goal in Brazil’s 2-0 defeat to Mexico. 2011 – Tom King featured for Australia Under-17’s as they drew 1-1 with Denmark in a World Championship Finals group game in Mexico. 2015 - Roberto Firmino won his last cap as a TSG 1899 Hoffenheim player in Brazil’s 1-1 draw with Paraguay before they were knocked out on penalties in their Copa América Quarter-final in Chile, with Philippe Coutinho scoring in the shoot-out. On the same day, Emre Can featured as Germany Under-21’s lost 5-0 to Portugal in their European Championships Semi-Final in the Czech Republic. 2019 - Ex-red Philippe Coutinho scored and Roberto Firmino missed in a shoot-out, with Alisson Becker saving a penalty as Brazil beat Paraguay 4-3 after their goalless Copa América Quarter-final in Porto Alegre. Sadio Mané played for Senegal in their 1-0 Africa Cup of Nations Finals group defeat to Algeria in Cairo on the same day. Moving on again 2008 - Anthony Le Tallec signed for Le Mans UC 72, after spending the previous season on loan there from Anfield. He notched nineteen times in 96 League games for them, before moving on to Auxerre for €3m two years later. 2016 – Keeper Chris Kirkland signed for Bury, although he left the club for personal reasons before the start of the season. Ex-reds reserves on the move 2001 - Ex-reserves midfielder Danny Williams joined Jan Mølby’s Kidderminster Harriers from Wrexham on a free transfer. He played 126 times for the Harriers in the next three seasons. 2004 - Forward Jon Newby rejoined Bury on a free transfer from Huddersfield Town, after failing to score in his fifteen games for the Terriers. He bagged just five goals in 51 games in this spell at Gigg Lane. 2014 – American centre-half Zak Whitbread joined Derby County from Leicester City on a free transfer, after a successful loan spell at Pride Park. He struck once in fifteen outings in total for the Rams before joining Shrewsbury Town on a free in October 2015. 2013 – Defender Gareth Roberts signed for Bury, having been released by Derby County. He was made club captain but only played thirteen times before being released the following January.
  22. Will

    26th March

    Wembley glory 1983 - We won our third consecutive League Cup, 2-1. Norman Whiteside opened the scoring for Manchester United with the first of his four goals past us before Alan Kennedy equalised at Wembley. The game went into extra time, with our fitness proving the greater as Frank Stapleton had to come back into defence with Gordon McQueen going up front, due to cramp. Ronnie Whelan, who had scored twice in the previous season’s Final, won the game for us with a beautifully curled shot past the helpless Gary Bailey. Bob Paisley was sent up to lift the trophy in his final season as boss. King Kenny’s centuries 1986 - Kenny Dalglish skippered Scotland while winning his hundredth cap in a 3-0 friendly defeat of Romania at Hampden Park. Alan Hansen and ex-red Graeme Souness both also played. On the same day, future red Mark Wright captained England as they beat the USSR 1-0 in a friendly in Tblisi. Fellow future red Peter Beardsley also played. Jan Mølby also turned out for his homeland that day, as Denmark held Northern Ireland to a 1-1 draw in another friendly, at Windsor Park. 1988 - Kenny secured another century when he led the reds to his hundredth victory as Manager, with John Aldridge and John Barnes striking in a 2-1 League defeat of Wimbledon at Anfield. This was Digger’s hundredth club goal, while Gary Gillespie reached a century of League appearances for the reds. Dalglish came on as a very late replacement for Aldridge, with Eric Young bagging the visitors’ consolation straight after that. Reds on the way out 1998 - Mark Kennedy moved to Wimbledon for £1.75m, a £250,000 profit after three years with the reds since signing from Millwall. He had only made 21 senior reds appearances, without getting on the scoresheet. On the same day, Neil Ruddock joined First Division Queens Park Rangers on loan, for whom he played seven times. Meanwhile, ex-red Peter Beardsley joined Fulham on loan from Bolton Wanderers. He netted three times in ten games, and later returned for a second spell, before signing permanently for the Cottagers in November of that year. Mixed fortunes against City We hosted Manchester City on this day in consecutive seasons just before the Second World War. 1937 - We were thumped 5-0 with Eric Brook bagging the last three of his nine strikes past us, Alex Herd netting one of his eight goals against the reds and Peter Doherty also on target. 1938 - We won 2-0 when Ron Jones netted on his reds bow, with Jack Balmer also on target. Triple international debutants 1986 - Future reds John Aldridge, Ray Houghton and Dean Saunders all made their full international debuts as Wales beat the Republic of Ireland in a friendly in Dublin, with Jack Charlton getting off to a losing start as Irish boss. Ian Rush bagged the only goal of the game, while Jim Beglin, Ronnie Whelan and ex-reds Joey Jones and Michael Robinson all also played. 1985 - Beglin and Whelan lined up alongside Mark Lawrenson as the Irish lost 2-1 to England in a friendly at Wembley, with future red Mark Wright also featuring. Another Welsh first 1969 - Cardiff City’s John Toshack won his first senior cap as Wales drew 1-1 with West Germany in a friendly in Frankfurt. Sunderland times three 1932 - Sunderland won at Anfield in the League for the third consecutive season, this time 2-1, with Gordon Hodgson nabbing our consolation. Outside-right Billy Eden equalised in his final game for the visitors, with Bobby Gurney bagging the winner, one of his sixteen goals against us. Brothers Jimmy and Jack McDougall captained the two sides. 2014 – We beat Sunderland 2-1 in L4 with Steven Gerrard opening the scoring with a free-kick. Daniel Sturridge struck his twentieth League goal of the campaign of the season after the break, also sending another shot onto the crossbar. Lee Cattermole hit the bar for the visitors before Ki Sung-yueng pulled a goal back to ensure a nervy finish. Twice against the Villains and Spurs We have twice entertained both Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur on this day in history, without experiencing defeat. 1904 - Robbie Robinson netted as we were held to a 1-1 draw by Villa at Anfield. 1910 - Jack Parkinson and James Stewart were on target as we beat Spurs 2-0 in our first ever meeting in L4. 1966 - Roger Hunt bagged a brace with Ian Callaghan also on the scoresheet as we won 3-0 at Villa Park. 1989 - John Aldridge converted a penalty and Peter Beardsley also struck as we won 2-1 at White Hart Lane. Terry Fenwick had opened the scoring with the last of his four goals past us. Big post-war Anfield wins We won top-flight matches 4-0 at Anfield on this day in consecutive years immediately following the Second World War. 1948 - Willie Fagan nabbed a brace with Billy Liddell and Albert Stubbins also striking against Sheffield United. 1949 - Stubbins netted twice past Stoke City, with Cyril Done and Jack Balmer also on target. Reds on target 2019 – Roberto Firmino netted as Brazil won a friendly 3-1 in the Czech Republic, while Sadio Mané scored in Senegal’s 2-1 defeat of Mali in Dakar. Dominic Solanke bagged his first England Under-21’s goal as a Bournemouth player while captaining the side in their 2-1 defeat at his home stadium, with Sepp van den Berg winning his last cap as a PEC Zwolle player for the Dutch Under-19’s. Alisson Becker, Fabinho and ex-red Philippe Coutinho also played for their countries that day. 2018 – Virgil van Dijk struck his first goal for the Netherlands as they beat Portugal 3-0 in a friendly in Geneva, with ex-red Ryan Babel also on target. Gini Wijnaldum, Harry Wilson and ex-reds Joe Allen, Sebastián Coates and Luis Suárez all also played for their countries that day. 1980 - Future red Mark Lawrenson netted his first international goal in the Republic of Ireland’s 3-2 World Cup qualifying win in Cyprus. Steve Heighway also played, as Irish boss Johnny Giles took charge for the last time. Meanwhile, Kenny Dalglish scored in Scotland’s 4-1 European Championships qualifying win over Portugal. Alan Hansen and Graeme Souness both also featured. On the same day, Emlyn Hughes won his first cap since leaving Anfield as England beat Spain 2-0 in a friendly in the Camp Nou. Ray Kennedy, Phil Neal and Phil Thompson all featured, while ex-red Kevin Keegan skippered the side as he won his fiftieth cap. 2013 – Daniel Agger converted a penalty while skippering Denmark to a 1-1 World Cup qualifying draw with Bulgaria in Copenhagen, while future red Mario Balotelli struck twice, including a spot-kick, as Italy won a qualifier 2-0 in Malta. Steven Gerrard, Glen Johnson, Martin Škrtel, Luis Suárez, future reds Christian Benteke, James Milner, Mohamed Salah and Dominic Solanke, and ex-reds Charlie Adam, Xabi Alonso, Álvaro Arbeloa, Craig Bellamy, Yossi Benayoun, Alexander Kačaniklić, Javier Mascherano, Carl Medjani, Raúl Meireles and Nuri Şahin all also represented their countries that day. 2017 – Adam Lallana, ex-red Raheem Sterling and future red Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all featured as England beat Lithuania 2-0 in a World Cup qualifier at Wembley. Meanwhile, future red Andy Robertson featured in Scotland’s 1-0 defeat of Slovenia at Hampden Park. Walker’s final caps 1898 - Future reds inside-right John Walker won his final Scotland cap as a Heart Of Midlothian player as they beat Ireland 3-0 in the British International Championships in Belfast, and third one to date. After a four-year spell in Anfield, he moved back north to Rangers. 1904 - He made his fifth and final Scotland appearance in the same fixture, in Dublin. A testimonial thumping 1894 - We thumped Accrington Stanley 8-0 in a testimonial match for right-back Andrew Hannah, the first one ever staged for a reds player. The game took place at Accrington’s Thorneyholme Road ground, with John Givens bagging a treble. Tom Bradshaw and Hugh McQueen both added braces, with Malcolm McVean rounding out the scoring. Recent international reds in action 2005 - Luis García came off the bench to make his senior international debut in Spain’s 3-0 friendly defeat of China in Salamanca, with future red Fernando Torres converting a penalty. It was nearly a fantastic first cap for Luis as he hit the bar. Future red Ryan Babel also made his international bow, scoring as the Netherlands won a World Cup qualifier in Romania, with fellow future reds Jan Kromkamp and Dirk Kuyt also featuring. Future red Christian Poulsen bagged his first goal for his country while winning his 28th cap for Denmark as they beat Kazakhstan 3-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Copenhagen. El-Hadji Diouf bagged a brace, including a penalty, as Senegal trounced Liberia 6-1 in Dakar, his final goals as a reds player. Milan Baroš and ex-red Jari Litmanen both netted as Finland came from 2-0 and 3-1 down to draw level with the Czech Republic, but they ultimately lost 4-3 to a late winner in Teplice. This was Jari’s 25th goal in his 95th international, while Sami Hyypiä also featured. Ex-red Michael Owen and future red Joe Cole both struck in England’s 4-0 World Cup qualifying defeat of Northern Ireland at Old Trafford on the same day, with Owen also skippering his country for part of the game. Steven Gerrard also played, while Jerzy Dudek, Steve Finnan and future reds Craig Bellamy, Yossi Benayoun, Mark González, Robbie Keane and Maxi Rodríguez also featured for their countries in qualifiers that day. Stéphane Henchoz won his 72nd and final cap to become Switzerland’s eighth highest all-time cap holder as they held France to a goalless draw in the Stade de France, playing alongside future red Philipp Degen. Also in action was future red Michael Nardiello, who grabbed his second and final goal as a Manchester United player for England Under-16’s as they beat Cameroon 2-1 in the Montaigu Tournament in France, with future red Daniel Sturridge also on target in his fourth and final game at this level. Soto twice 2006 – Sotirios Kyrgiakos played for Greece in their 2-2 friendly draw with Austria in Graz while still with Panathinaikos. 2008 – Now with Eintracht Frankfurt, he featured as they beat Portugal 2-1 in a friendly played in Dusseldorf. Nabil off the mark 2008 - Nabil El-Zhar struck on his full debut for Morocco, coming on as a sub in their 4-1 friendly win in Belgium. On the same day, Jari Litmanen converted a spot-kick while winning his last cap as a Fulham player in Finland’s 2-1 defeat in Bulgaria. Milan Baroš played his final game for the Czech Republic while on loan at Portsmouth in their 1-1 draw with future red Christian Poulsen’s Denmark in Herning. Djibril Cissé made his first appearance for France while permanently signed with Olympique de Marseille as David Beckham won his hundredth cap in France’s 1-0 defeat of England in the Stade de France, with Steven Gerrard, future reds Joe Cole, Stewart Downing and Simon Mignolet, and ex-reds Nicolas Anelka, Peter Crouch, David James and Michael Owen all also featuring, and Glen Johnson winning his first cap while with Portsmouth. Yossi Benayoun netted the only goal of Israel’s encounter with Chile in Tel-Aviv, while Albert Riera won his final cap as an R.C.D. Espanyol player as Spain beat Italy 1-0, with Xabi Alonso and Fernando Torres also playing, and Álvaro Arbeloa making his senior bow and future red Alberto Aquilani on the losing side. Future reds loanee Nuri Şahin scored for Turkey Under-21’s in their 3-0 European championships qualifying defeat of Liechtenstein. Also in international action were Ryan Babel, Javier Mascherano, Dani Pacheco, John Arne Riise, Martin Škrtel, Andriy Voronin and future reds Joe Allen, Fabio Borini, Milan Jovanović and Maxi Rodríguez. Young Hungarians in action 2006 - Future reds reserves forward Krisztián Németh played for Hungary Under-17’s as they drew 1-1 in Portugal in the Elite Round of European Championships qualifiers in Viseu, while Alberto Aquilani played for Italy Under-19’s in their 3-0 defeat of the Czech Republic. 2007 - András Simon bagged a brace as they beat Finland 3-2 at the same stage in Périgny in France. 2016 - Krisztián Németh won his first senior cap as an Al-Gharafa player in Hungary’s 1-1 friendly draw with Croatia in Budapest, with Ádám Bogdán also featuring. On the same day, Roy Hodgson’s England drew 2-2 with Germany in Berlin, with Emre Can, Nathaniel Clyne, Jordan Henderson and Adam Lallana all featuring. Meanwhile, Jordon Ibe was sent off for England Under-21’s in their 1-1 European Championships qualifying draw in Switzerland, winning his fourth and last cap at this level, with future red Dominic Solanke also featuring and Sheyi Ojo turning out for the Under-19’s. 2014 – Solanke scored for England Under-17’s as they won a European Championships qualifier 1-0 in the Czech Republic, with fellow future red Joe Gomez also playing. Meanwhile, Corey Whelan featured for the Republic of Ireland Under-21’s. 1996 – Future red Alex Manninger played for Austria Under-21’s in their 3-0 friendly defeat in Switzerland. 1999 – He played again, this time in a 4-0 European Championships qualifying defeat in Spain. First reds caps 1980 - Avi Cohen won his first cap as a reds player, and seventeenth in total, as Israel were held to a goalless draw by Northern Ireland in Tel Aviv. On the same day, Alan Kennedy played in his first England B international since arriving at Anfield as they beat their Spanish counterparts 1-0 at Roker Park. Future reds goalkeeping coach Joe Corrigan also played. 2002 - Future reds centre-forward Peter Crouch made his debut for England Under-21’s as they drew 1-1 with Italy in Bradford, with reds defender Stephen Wright and future red Jermaine Pennant also featuring. This was Crouch’s only cap as a Portsmouth player, as he joined Aston Villa the following day. 2011 – Brad Smith won his first cap for England Under-17’s in their 3-2 European Championships qualifying defeat of Northern Ireland in Belgium, with Adam Morgan also featuring. On the same day, ex-red Robbie Keane won his first cap while on loan at West Ham United, netting as the Republic of Ireland beat FYR Macedonia 2-1 in a Euro 2012 qualifier in Dublin. Future red Samed Yesil scored for Germany Under-17’s in their 2-0 European Championships qualifying win over Ukraine in Dusseldorf. Daniel Agger, Glen Johnson, Raúl Meireles, Christian Poulsen, Martin Škrtel, future reds Stewart Downing, Dejan Lovren and James Milner, and ex-reds Craig Bellamy, Javier Mascherano and John Arne Riise were also in international action that day. 2015 - Mohamed Salah won his first cap while on loan at Fiorentina from Chelsea as Egypt beat Equatorial Guinea 2-0 in a friendly in Cairo. Mamadou Sakho faced future red Roberto Firmino in a friendly in Paris as Brazil beat France 3-1. Future reds keeper Caoimhín Kelleher featured for the Irish Under-17’s as they lost a European Championships qualifier in Poland, with Tiago Ilori, Sheyi Ojo and future reds Joe Gomez and Dominic Solanke also playing for their countries at junior level. Off on loan 2015 – Forward Jack Dunn joined Burton Albion on loan, only making one senior appearance for the Brewers. 2014 – Forward Nathan Eccleston joined Coventry City on loan from Blackpool, failing to score in eight outings for the Sky Blues. On the same day, Harry Kewell announced his retirement from playing at the end of the season. 2009 – Young defender Martin Kelly moved to Huddersfield Town until the end of the season, whose Assistant Manager was reds legend Terry McDermott. He struck once in seven outings for the Terriers as they missed out on the League One play-offs. 1987 - Future reds loanee keeper Mark Prudhoe joined Grimsby Town on loan from Walsall. He played eight times for the Mariners as they were relegated from the old Second Division. Signing on 1999 – Keeper Brad Jones signed as a professional for Middlesbrough, aged seventeen. He went on to play 75 senior games for Boro before moving to Anfield for £2.3m in August 2010. 2015 - Young midfielder Jordan Lussey joined Bolton Wanderers on loan, signing on permanently four months later, while Kevin Stewart moved to Burton Albion on a temporary basis, netting twice in seven outings, including grabbing the goal that secured the League Two title. On the same day, former substitute keeper Tony Warner joined Accrington Stanley, while remaining a coach at Bolton. Meanwhile, ex-reds midfielder Danny Guthrie joined Fulham on loan from Reading, turning out six times for the Cottagers.
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    11th June

    Another record for St. Michael 2003 - Michael Owen became England’s youngest ever player to reach fifty caps. He captained the side, bagging a brace, including a penalty, as they beat Slovakia 2-1 in a Euro 2004 qualifier at the Riverside Stadium. Steven Gerrard and ex-red David James also played. He also became England’s youngest ever captain for a competitive international. On the same day, Vladimír Šmicer netted as the Czech Republic thumped Moldova 5-0 in another qualifier in Olomouc, with clubmate Milan Baroš also playing. Future red Robbie Keane struck as the Republic of Ireland beat Georgia 2-0 in Dublin, while Jerzy Dudek, Stéphane Henchoz, Sami Hyypiä, John Arne Riise, ex-red Jari Litmanen and future reds Fernando Morientes and Andriy Voronin all also featured in Euro 2004 qualifiers. International endings 1995 - Ronnie Whelan captained the Republic of Ireland while winning his 53rd and final cap, as they lost 3-1 to Austria in a European Championships qualifier at Lansdowne Road. Ex-red Ray Houghton netted his sixth and final international goal, while Phil Babb and ex-red Steve Staunton also played. On the same day, John Scales won his third and final England cap, breaking his nose in their 3-1 defeat by Brazil at Wembley. Future red Stan Collymore won the second of his three senior caps in this game, and his last before moving to Anfield. István Kozma won his last cap in his second spell as an Újpest player as Hungary lost a Euro 96 qualifier 2-1 in Iceland. Meanwhile, future red Jari Litmanen was on target as Finland beat Greece 2-1 in a Euro ’96 qualifier in Helsinki, with future red Brad Friedel also in international action. 1958 - Tommy Younger skippered Scotland in his 24th and final game for them as they lost 3-2 to Paraguay in Sweden in the World Cup and was unfortunately responsible for one of the South Americans’ goals. His performance may have been affected by receiving a telegram shortly before kick-off to inform him that his wife had been taken to hospital with heart trouble. On the same day, Alan A’Court played in England’s goalless draw with Brazil in Gothenburg. 1997 - Haukur Ingi Guðnason won his last cap for Iceland Under-21’s cap as a Keflavík player in their 3-0 European Championships qualifying defeat by Lithuania. 2013 – Jonjo Shelvey made his last appearance for England Under-21’s as a red as they lost 1-0 to Israel in a European Championships Finals group game in Jerusalem, with future red winning his eighth and last cap at this level. Jordan Henderson, Andre Wisdom and ex-red Tom Ince also featuring. Also in international action that day were future red Mario Balotelli and ex-reds Alberto Aquilani, Álvaro Arbeloa, Alexander Kačaniklić, Robbie Keane and Dirk Kuyt, with Javier Mascherano being sent off for Argentina. 2008 - Milan Baroš won his final cap as an Olympique Lyonnais player as the Czech Republic lost 3-1 to Portugal in a European Championship Finals group game in Geneva. 2000 - Phil Babb won his 35th and final Irish cap as they beat South Africa 2-1 in a US Nike Cup game in New York. Ex-reds Mark Kennedy and Jason McAteer both also featured, while Robbie Keane won his last cap as a Coventry City player, and eighteenth to date. 2014 – Keane also played for his country as the Republic of Ireland lost 5-1 to Portugal in New Jersey, with ex-red Raúl Meireles on the winning side. Euro ’96 at Anfield 1966 - Italy beat Russia 2-1 in front of 35,000 in a Euro ‘96 game at Anfield with both their goals coming from Pierluigi Casiraghi. Neither side won another game in the tournament and were eliminated from a group containing both the eventual finalists, Germany and the Czech Republic. 2000 - Vladimír Šmicer and future reds Nicolas Anelka and Bolo Zenden all featured in Euro 2000 group games. Thumping the Yanks 1946 - Cyril Done scored four goals and Willie Fagan notched a hat-trick as we trounced an American League Select side 10-1 at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn. Bob Priday, Jack Balmer and Harry Eastham all also netted. Mark off the mark 2003 - Future reds winger Mark González grabbed his first international goal while winning his second cap in Chile’s 2-1 friendly defeat of Honduras 2-1 in San Pedro Sula. R.C.D. Espanyol’s Maxi Rodríguez also featured in friendly action that day. 2009 – He represented his country again as Chile beat Bolivia 4-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Santiago. Red endings 1952 - Outside-right Archie Rawlings died. He signed from Preston North End in March 1924, striking ten times in his 67 reds games before moving on to Walsall in June 1926. 2003 - Reserves forward Mark Peers joined Raith Rovers on a free transfer. He made just eight senior appearances for them, only netting once, before returning south of the border to join Conference side Leigh RMI in February 2005. Kenny bows out in Argentina 1978 - Kenny Dalglish scored as Scotland beat the Netherlands 3-2 in the World Cup in Mendoza, but it was not enough to take them through to the next round. Graeme Souness also played in this game. The Dutch went on all the way to the Final to face hosts Argentina. 2017 – Sheyi Ojo won his fifth and last England Under-20’s cap as they beat Venezuela 1-0 in the World Championships Final in South Korea, with future red Dominic Solanke also featuring. Happy birthdays 1875 – Forward Dan Cunliffe was born in Bolton. He signed from Oldham County in 1897 and struck six times in eighteen games before moving to New Brighton Tower the following year. 1953 – Bob Paisley’s first signing as boss, keeper Peter McDonnell was born in Kendal. He arrived from Bury in July 1974 but 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. Pelle’s debut 1997 - Future red Mauricio Pellegrino won the first of his three caps for Argentina in their goalless draw with Ecuador in the Copa América. Red against red in Cagliari 1990 - John Barnes, Peter Beardsley and Steve McMahon all featured for England as they drew a World Cup group game 1-1 with a Republic of Ireland side that included goalscoring ex-red Kevin Sheedy as well as Ray Houghton, Steve Staunton and ex-red John Aldridge. 1986 - Beardsley also played in the World Cup Finals as England beat Poland 3-0 in Monterrey. Also at the World Cup 2002 - Germany beat Cameroon 2-0 in Shizuoka to progress to the last sixteen of the World Cup. Dietmar Hamann and ex-reds Rigobert Song and Christian Ziege were all booked in this game, with Rigo winning his final cap as a West Ham United player. 1998 - Song also played in the World Cup in Cameroon’s 1-1 draw with Austria in Toulouse. 2002 - Future red Robbie Keane struck in the Republic of Ireland’s 3-0 defeat of Saudi Arabia in Yokohama to also progress from the same group, with Steve Finnan and ex-reds Jason McAteer and Steve Staunton also featuring. Senegal drew 3-3 with Uruguay, after leading by three goals. El-Hadji Diouf won a penalty for the first goal, while Salif Diao was suspended for this game. Future red Djibril Cissé won his fifth full international cap as a substitute in France’s 2-0 defeat by Denmark in Incheon, as they crashed out of the tournament without scoring. Christian Poulsen won his final cap as an F.C. København player in this game. 2006 - Future red Dirk Kuyt played as the Netherlands beat Serbia & Montenegro 1-0 in Leipzig. 2010 – Ex-red Nicolas Anelka faced future red Luis Suárez as France and Uruguay shared a goalless draw in Cape Town. In Euro action 2012 – Roy Hodgson took charge of an England side skippered by Steven Gerrard, with Jordan Henderson, Glen Johnson and future reds James Milner and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also featuring against ex-red Alou Diarra’s France. This European Championships Finals group game ended 1-1 in Donetsk. On the same day, ex-red Andriy Voronin featured for the Ukraine as they beat Sweden 2-1 in the same group in Kiev. 2016 – Hodgson’s England drew 1-1 with Russia in Marseille, with Adam Lallana, James Milner and ex-red Raheem Sterling all featuring. On the same day, Joe Allen and Danny Ward faced Martin Škrtel as Wales beat Slovakia 2-1 in Bordeaux in the same group, with future red Xherdan Shaqiri also in qualifying action. 2019 – Harry Wilson and ex-reds Joe Allen and Péter Gulácsi all featured as Hungary beat Wales 1-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Budapest, with Dejan Lovren also featuring for his country. Tony on a run 1969 - Ex-red Tony Hateley scored in the fourth of all seven games of an FA Tour, grabbing a hat-trick as England thumped New Zealand 5-0 in Auckland. He netted a total of seventeen goals on the tour. In Toulon 1993 - Jamie Redknapp and future reds Academy coach Mike Sheron played for England Under-21’s in the Toulon Tournament as they held Brazil to a goalless draw. 1989 - Future red Neil Ruddock appeared as the USA clinched third place instead of England. 1987 – Nottingham Forest’s Nigel Clough was in the side that lost 2-0 to France in the same competition. Luis on target 2011 – Luis Suárez netted in an unofficial international as Uruguay thumped Plaza Colonia 5-0. Youngsters on the international stage 2005 - Future reds Gabriel Paletta and Nabil El Zhar were both on the losing side in group stage games in the Under-20’s World Championship Finals in the Netherlands. 2007 - Scott Carson and future red James Milner played for England Under-21’s as they held the Czech Republic to a goalless draw in the European Championships Finals in the same country. Alberto Aquilani played for Italy in the same competition as they lost 1-0 to Serbia. 2015 - Future red Danny Ings played for England Under-21’s in their 1-0 defeat of Belarus in Barnsley. Meanwhile, ex-red Mikel San José played for the full Spanish side as they beat Costa Rica 2-1 in a friendly in Leon. Jen under way 2012 - Jen Chang started work as the club’s Corporate Relations and Communications Director. However, he only lasted in the role for five months before leaving “by mutual consent”.
  24. Will

    10th June

    Digger’s Samba style 1984 - Future red John Barnes scored his first England goal, a stunning solo effort in their 2-0 friendly defeat of Brazil at the Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro. Ex-red Dave Watson made his full England debut in the same game. Ex-reds Avi Cohen and Joey Jones faced each other in a goalless international friendly in Tel-Aviv on the same day, with future reds Assistant Manager Colin Pascoe winning his last cap as a Swansea City player. Carl the champion 2005 - Carl Medjani skippered France Under-20’s as they thumped Portugal 4-1 in the Final of the Toulon Tournament at the Stade Mayol. Meanwhile, John Welsh came off the bench as England claimed third place by beating Mexico 3-2 on penalties after their match had ended 1-1. 2012 - Medjani featured for the senior Algerian side in a 2-1 World Cup qualifying defeat in Mali. The King returns to Parkhead 1999 - The ‘dream team’ of Kenny Dalglish as Director of Football and John Barnes as Manager took charge at Celtic. It was only a further eight months before John Barnes’ departure, and Kenny himself was gone inside a year. Deano cleared 1994 - Dean Saunders was cleared in the High Court of making a reckless challenge on Paul Elliott during a Liverpool game against Chelsea in September 1992. The tackle ended Elliott’s career, but Saunders was cleared of injuring him deliberately. A legend departs 2015 - Steven Gerrard was released by the reds after a stellar career. The departures of right-back Glen Johnson, keeper Brad Jones and young midfielders Jordan Lussey and Marc Pelosi were also announced that day. 2016 – The departures of centre-half Dan Cleary, left-back José Enrique, full-back Ryan McLaughlin, centre-half Kolo Touré and forward Samed Yeşil were confirmed. Emlyn’s farewell 1979 - Emlyn Hughes won his final cap as a red, his 59th overall, captaining England as they were held to a goalless draw by Sweden in their friendly in Solna. Terry McDermott, Phil Thompson and ex-red Kevin Keegan all also featured. Christian’s debut 1993 - Future red Christian Ziege made his full international debut, playing alongside fellow future red Karl-Heinz Riedle in Germany’s 3-3 US Cup draw with Brazil in Washington DC. Other reds friendlies 1983 - We beat Thailand 3-0 in the Rajamangala National Stadium in Bangkok with goals from Alan Kennedy, Sammy Lee and Graeme Souness. It was to be eighteen years before we returned to the country to play again. 1964 - Alf Arrowsmith bagged a brace as we beat a Vancouver All Stars side 2-0 at the Empire Stadium. On the move 2010 - Rafael Benítez was appointed Manager of Internazionale. He led them to the Supercoppa Italiana and FIFA Club World Cup before being sacked in December 2010. 2011 – Centre-back Lloyd Jones joined the reds from Plymouth Argyle. He only made it to the first-team bench once, for our 3-1 win at Fulham in May 2013. He skippered the reserves for the 2014/15 season, moving on to Luton Town in January 2018. On the same day, future red Fabio Borini featured as Italy Under-21’s beat Mexico Under-20’s on penalties after drawing a friendly 1-1. 2013 - Lazar Marković signed for SL Benfica from Partizan after fourteen goals in 65 outings for the Serbian side. He bagged seven goals in 49 outings before joining the reds for £20m in July 2014. 2014 - Joe Cole signed for Aston Villa from West Ham United on a free transfer, netting once in sixteen games for the Villains before joining Coventry City in January 2016. Liverpool Hotspur 1984 - A combined Liverpool-Tottenham Hotspur side took on a Swaziland Select XI, winning 1-0 thanks to a goal from Spurs’ Ian Culverhouse. Internationals on target 2017 – Future red Naby Keïta struck his first goal for Guinea as a RasenBallsport Leipzig e.V. player, as they won an African Cup of Nations qualifier 3-2 in the Ivory Coast. On the same day, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain netted his final goal while with Arsenal in England’s 2-2 World Cup qualifying draw with Scotland at Hampden Park as Andy Robertson won his last cap while with Hull City, with Emre Can, Adam Lallana and ex-red Raheem Sterling also in action. Ex-red Toni Silva played for Guinea-Bissau for the final time while a Levadiakos player, as they beat Namibia 1-0 in an African Cup of Nations qualifier. 1961 - Alan A’Court netted in England’s 6-1 defeat of New Zealand in an FA Tour game in Auckland. 1997 - Future red Milan Baroš scored for the Czech Republic Under-15’s as they beat Andorra 3-0 in a tournament game in Lisbon. 2003 – Fernando Torres bagged a brace as Spain Under-21’s won a European Championships qualifier 4-1 in Northern Ireland, with fellow future reds Paul Konchesky, Jermaine Pennant, Pepe Reina and Albert Riera also featuring at this level. 2009 – Future red Milan Jovanović struck as Serbia won a World Cup qualifier 2-0 in the Faroe Islands, with Ajax’s Luis Suárez netting as Uruguay drew their qualifier 2-2 in Venezuela. 2012 - Sebastián Coates scored his first goal for Uruguay, playing alongside Luis Suárez in their 4-2 defeat of Peru in a World Cup qualifier in Montevideo. On the same day, Mohamed Salah scored while winning his last cap as an Al Mokawloon Al Arab Sporting Club player as Egypt won a World Cup qualifier 3-2 in Guinea. 2015 - Future red Roberto Firmino struck the only goal of Brazil’s friendly defeat of Honduras in Porto Alegre, with Philippe Coutinho and future red Fabinho also featuring. Future red Xherdan Shaqiri scored as Switzerland beat Liechtenstein 3-0 in a friendly in Thun, while Sheyi Ojo netted for England Under-18’s in a 2-1 friendly defeat in Russia. 2018 – Ex-red Coutinho scored as Brazil won 3-0 in Austria, with Roberto Firmino and future red Alisson Becker also playing. At the World Cup 2006 - Peter Crouch, Steven Gerrard, future reds Joe Cole and Stewart Downing and ex-red Michael Owen all played as England unconvincingly beat Paraguay 1-0 in their opening group game in Frankfurt. Meanwhile, future reds Javier Mascherano and Maxi Rodríguez turned out for Argentina in Hamburg in their 2-1 defeat of the Ivory Coast. 2002 - Portugal thumped Poland 4-0 in their World Cup group game. Jerzy Dudek had a poor game, but Abel Xavier did not feature due to injury. Meanwhile, ex-red Brad Friedel saved a penalty from Lee Eul-Yong as the USA drew 1-1 with South Korea in Daegu. 1998 - Stig Inge Bjørnebye and Øyvind Leonhardsen played in Norway’s 2-2 draw with Morocco in Montpellier. More final caps 1997 - Paul Ince won his last cap as an Internazionale player, and 33rd in total, as England lost 1-0 to Brazil in Le Tournoi in Paris. 2009 – Glen Johnson won his final cap while with Portsmouth, with Peter Crouch bagging his last England goal as a Pompey player in their 6-0 World Cup qualifying thumping of Andorra at Wembley. Meanwhile, Sami Hyypiä won his last cap as a reds player, and 99th to date, as Finland were beaten 3-0 by Russia in another qualifier in Helsinki. Ryan Babel, Andrea Dossena, Steven Gerrard, Dirk Kuyt, Andriy Voronin, future reds Christian Benteke and Maxi Rodríguez, and ex-reds Harry Kewell, Jari Litmanen and John Arne Riise all also featured for their countries that day, with Péter Gulácsi and David N’Gog in Under-21’s action. Half a century for Nando 2008 - Fernando Torres won his fiftieth cap for Spain as they thumped Russia 4-1 in the opening game of their triumphant Euro 2008 campaign in Innsbruck, with David Villa nabbing a treble and Xabi Alonso also in action. Meanwhile, future red Sotirios Kyrgiakos featured as Greece lost 2-0 to Sweden in Salzburg. 2012 – Future red Mario Balotelli and ex-reds Xabi Alonso, Álvaro Arbeloa, Robbie Keane and Fernando Torres all featured in the European Championships Finals in Poland. Honoured at last 2009 - Gerry Byrne and Ian Callaghan finally received World Cup winners’ medals from the Prime Minister. They were not given them at the time, as non-playing members of the 1966 Final side. Babel in action Future red Ryan Babel has twice represented the Netherlands on home turf on this day in history. 2005 - He was on target for the Under-20s as they beat Japan 2-1 in the World Championship Finals in Kerkrade. 2007 - He featured for the Under-21’s in a 1-0 defeat of Israel in the European Championships Finals in Heerenveen.
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    9th June

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