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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Will

    30th June

    Death of a true gentleman 2001 - Joe Fagan died aged eighty. He joined the coaching staff at Anfield in 1958, becoming Assistant Manager under Bob Paisley in 1974, before moving into the hot seat himself nine years later. In his first season as boss, he led the club to a unique treble of League title, European Cup and League Cup as we won 71 of his 131 games in charge. He retired in the aftermath of the Heysel tragedy in May 1985. 1958 – He was appointed Assistant Trainer under Phil Taylor’s management, replacing Dicky Dorsett. 2019 – Noel White died. He had resigned from the Board in October 2006 after leaking critical stories of Rafael Benítez’s rotation policy to the press. He had been on the Board for twenty years, including a spell as Chairman between 1990 and 1991. Final disappointments 2002 - Dietmar Hamann and ex-red Christian Ziege appeared for Germany in the World Cup Final as they went down 2-0 against Brazil in Yokohama. Hamann thus became only the second red to appear in the biggest game in world football, after ‘Sir’ Roger Hunt in 1966. 2013 – Ex-reds Álvaro Arbeloa and Fernando Torres played as Brazil beat Spain 3-0 in the Confederations Cup Final in Rio de Janeiro. On the same day, ex-red Alberto Aquilani and Luis Suárez both converted penalties in a shoot-out as Italy beat Uruguay 3-2 after their Third Place Play-off in Salvador had ended 2-2 after ninety and 120 minutes. Michael goes supernova 1998 - Michael Owen found worldwide fame as he scored ‘that’ goal for England against Argentina in their World Cup Second Round meeting in St. Étienne. He had already won England a penalty, and later himself converted one of the spot-kicks in the eventual shoot-out that settled the tie 4-3 in Argentina’s favour after the game ended 2-2. Clubmate Paul Ince had his penalty saved. Paddy and Vlad at Wembley 1996 - Patrik Berger scored a penalty for the Czech Republic in the Euro ‘96 Final, as they lost 2-1 to Germany thanks to a brace from Oliver Bierhoff, two months before Berger moved to Anfield. Vladimír Šmicer won his last cap as an SK Slavia Praha player in this game, while the German side included future reds Markus Babbel and Christian Ziege. Those six words 2000 - Evertonians cried ‘betrayal’ as Nick Barmby announced his desire for a switch across Stanley Park with the words, “I want to play for Liverpool”. He arrived at Anfield three weeks later. Coaches in and out 2008 – The appointment of Mauricio Pellegrino as first-team coach was announced by the club. He had been working as a youth team coach at Valencia. He stayed with the reds until he followed Rafael Benítez to Internazionale in the summer of 2010. 2011 – The departure of Assistant Manager Sammy Lee by mutual consent was announced. He had been in that role since May 2008. Knocked out in Rome 1990 - Ray Houghton, Steve Staunton and ex-reds John Aldridge and Kevin Sheedy all featured as the Republic of Ireland lost 1-0 to Italy in their World Cup Quarter-final in the Stadio Olimpico. Javier’s last 2006 - Javier Mascherano won his last cap as a Corinthians player as Argentina drew 1-1 with Germany in their World Cup Quarter-final in Berlin, with the host nation progressing 4-2 on penalties, as fellow future red Maxi Rodríguez converted his spot-kick with both players being cautioned. 2014 – Ex-red Victor Moses played as Nigeria lost 2-0 to France in their Round of Sixteen game in Brasilia. 2015 – Mascherano reached the Final of the Copa América in Chile as Argentina thumped Paraguay 6-1. On the same day, Tiago Ilori was on the losing side as Sweden Under-21’s beat Portugal 4-3 on penalties after their goalless European Championships Final in Prague. This was his tenth and last cap at this level. 2018 – Mascherano played as Argentina lost 4-3 to France in a Round of Sixteen tie in Kazan, with fellow ex-red Luis Suárez helping Uruguay to defeat Portugal 2-1 in Sochi at the same stage. Happy birthdays 1917 - Forward Harry Eastham was born in Blackpool. He signed from his hometown club in February 1936 but only notched four times in 68 games for the reds in a career interrupted by the Second World War, scoring four times. He left Anfield for Tranmere Rovers in May 1948 having helped us to claim the first post-war League title. 1970 - Former reds defender Barry Jones was born. The apprentice decorator signed from his hometown club Prescot Town for a £500 donation but only ever made one senior appearance for the reds, in our 1-0 UEFA Cup defeat against Kuusysi Lahti in Finland. Ronnie leaves the Shrimpers 1997 - Ronnie Whelan resigned as Manager of Southend United, blaming a lack of support from the board. He had been in charge at Roots Hall for two years, but was unable to keep them in the rarefied heights of the First Division. Keepers on the move 2005 - Chris Kirkland joined West Bromwich Albion on trial. He later joined them on a season-long loan, but injury once again struck, restricting him to just twelve appearances for the Baggies. 1999 - Ex-reds reserves keeper Michael Stensgaard signed for F.C. København from Southampton on a free transfer. As at Anfield, he had failed to make the first team at The Dell. Also on target 2007 - Harry Kewell scored as Australia won a friendly 3-0 in Singapore. He also captained his country for part of the game. Meanwhile, Emiliano Insúa featured as Argentina Under-20’s were held to a goalless draw by the Czech Republic in a World Championship Finals group game in Ottawa. 2011 - Raheem Sterling netted as England Under-17’s drew 1-1 with Argentina in their World Championship Finals Round of Sixteen game in Mexico, before triumphing 4-2 on penalties, with Adam Morgan on target in the shoot-out and Brad Smith also in action. Meanwhile, future red Samed Yeşil netted as Germany, skippered by future red Emre Can, beat the USA 4-1 at the same stage. 2019 – Mohamed Salah struck as Egypt beat Uganda 2-0 in an Africa Cup of Nations Finals group game in Cairo. Wingers fly away 2006 - Ex-red Richie Partridge signed for Rotherham United. He netted four times in 36 outings for the Merry Millers in his one season with them as they were relegated to League Two. 2009 – Paul Anderson was sold to Nottingham Forest for £250,000, having spent the previous campaign on loan at the City Ground. He joined the reds from Hull City in a swap deal for John Welsh in January 2006, making it onto the first-team bench just twice, both in Champions League matches. On the same day, midfielder Lee Peltier moved to Huddersfield Town on a free transfer from Yeovil Town, having struck just once in 77 outings for the Glovers. Olympian reds 1912 - Ex-reds winger Arthur Berry and future reds left-half Joe Dines both featured in the United Kingdom’s 7-0 thrashing of Hungary at the Olympics in Stockholm. The UK team went on to retain their Olympic title that year. King Kenny against the Brazilians 1973 - Future red Kenny Dalglish won his tenth cap for Scotland as they lost 1-0 to Brazil in a friendly at Hampden Park. Also on the move 2018 – Left-back Jack Robinson joined Nottingham Forest from Queens Park Rangers on a free transfer. He scored twice in forty outings in his first campaign at the City Ground. 2016 – Forward Jerome Sinclair was sold to Watford for £4m, having become our youngest ever player in September 2012 aged sixteen years and six days. He struck once in five senior reds games in total, so far netted once in twelve outings for the Hornets as he has spent much of his time out on loan. On the same day, Sammy Lee left as First-Team Assistant Coach of Southampton 2014 – Czech defender Jakub Sokolík signed for Yeovil Town, playing twelve senior games in his first campaign with the Glovers. He had joined the Academy in 2009. 2011 – Centre-half Jack Hobbs joined Hull City from Leicester City for an initial £850,000, having been on loan since the previous February. 2010 - Christopher Buchtmann returned to his native land from Fulham, signing for 1. FC Köln, having failed to break through at Craven Cottage. 2009 – Ex-reserves forward Astrit Ajdarević signed for Leicester City, after a successful loan spell at the Walkers Stadium in which he made five substitute appearances, although he did not play another first-team game, moving on to Swedish side Örebro SK in July 2010 after being released that May. Reds honoured 2014 – Manager Brendan Rodgers was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science for his outstanding contribution to sport by the University of Ulster in Coleraine. 2008 - Chief Executive Rick Parry was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Liverpool at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall. He had graduated from the same institution with a BSc. in Mathematics back in 1976.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Will

    19th June

    Andy off 2013 – Centre-forward Andy Carroll was sold to West Ham United for £15.5m, their record fee paid. He had spent the previous season on loan at Upton Park after netting eleven goals in 58 games since arriving at Anfield from Newcastle United for a club record £35m in January 2011. He notched 34 times in 142 outings for the Irons before being released at the end of last season. Czech mates at Anfield again 1996 - The Czech Republic drew 3-3 with Russia in their Euro ‘96 match at Anfield. Patrik Berger and Vladimír Šmicer both played at their future club ground for the second time in the tournament, with Vlad grabbing his first full international goal right at the death to ensure his country’s passage to the Quarter-finals after they had previously led 2-0. On the same day, future red Christian Ziege featured as Germany and Italy played out a goalless draw at Old Trafford. Milan on target 2004 - Milan Baroš scored in his fourth consecutive international game as the Czech Republic beat the Netherlands 3-2 in a Euro 2004 game in Aveiro. Vladimír Šmicer grabbed the late winner. Meanwhile, Dietmar Hamann was booked as Germany were held to a goalless draw by Latvia in Porto, and future red Momo Sissoko was also cautioned as Mali drew 1-1 with Zambia in a World Cup qualifier in Bamako. 2008 – Future red Raúl Meireles played as Portugal lost 3-2 to Germany in the Quarter-final of the European Championships in Basel. Other international goalscorers 2014 – Luis Suárez scored his last two goals as a reds player as Uruguay beat England 2-1 in a World Cup group game in São Paulo. Roy Hodgson’s side included skipper Steven Gerrard, Jordan Henderson, Glen Johnson, Rickie Lambert, Raheem Sterling, Daniel Sturridge and future red Adam Lallana, with Sebastián Coates also featuring for the South Americans. 2013 – Future red Mario Balotelli converted a penalty as Italy beat Japan 4-3 in their Confederations Cup game in Brazil, with ex-red Alberto Aquilani also in action. 2009 – Balotelli also struck as Italy Under-21’s beat Sweden 2-1 in a European Championships finals group game in Helsingborg, as well as being dismissed. 1999 - Future red Igor Bišcan scored his only full international goal, while winning his fourth cap, as Croatia drew 1-1 in South Korea in a Korea Cup game. Zico at the wrong end 1983 - Phil Neal scored an own goal for England as they drew 1-1 with Australia in Melbourne, in the third game of their summer tour down under. Sammy Lee and future reds John Barnes and Paul Walsh all also featured. At the World Cup 2006 - Future red Fernando Torres bagged a brace as Spain beat Tunisia 3-1 in a group game in Stuttgart, with Xabi Alonso and Luis García also playing. Future red Andriy Voronin featured in the Ukraine’s 4-0 defeat of Saudi Arabia in Hamburg, with another future red, Philipp Degen, playing for Switzerland as they beat Togo 2-0 in Dortmund. 2010 – Ex-red Harry Kewell was sent off as Australia drew 1-1 with Ghana in Rustenburg. Daniel Agger and future red Christian Poulsen played in Denmark’s 2-1 defeat of Cameroon in Pretoria, while Dirk Kuyt featured as the Netherlands beat Japan 1-0 in Durban. 2018 – Mohamed Salah converted a spot-kick as Egypt lost 3-1 to Russia in Saint Petersburg, with Sadio Mané featuring in Senegal’s 2-1 defeat of Poland in Moscow. 1994 - Stig Inge Bjørnebye and future red Øyvind Leonhardsen played in Norway’s 1-0 win over Mexico in Washington DC, their opening game of this tournament. Meanwhile, future red Rigobert Song featured as Cameroon drew 2-2 with Sweden in their opening game in Pasadena. This was the only point they gained in that tournament. 2003 - Song, by then an ex-red, also played for Cameroon as they beat Brazil 1-0 in the Confederations Cup at the Stade de France. 2005 - He also played in a 1-0 defeat of Libya in a World Cup qualifier in Yaoundé. Meanwhile, future red Sotirios Kyrgiakos played for Greece as they lost 1-0 to Japan in the Confederations Cup in Frankfurt. 2017 – Emre Can featured in the Confederations Cup in Russia as Germany beat Australia 3-2 in Sochi. 2019 – Keeper Kamil Grabara played as Poland Under-21’s beat host nation Italy 1-0 in a European Championships Finals group game. 2011 – Raheem Sterling was on target as England Under-17’s beat Rwanda 2-0 in a World Championships Finals game in Mexico, with clubmates Adam Morgan and Brad Smith also featuring. On the same day, Jordan Henderson played for England Under-21’s in their 2-1 defeat by the Czech Republic in their European Championships Finals group encounter in Denmark, with future red Daniel Sturridge winning his fifteenth and last cap at this level. Boss at the World Cup 1954 - Andy Beattie managed Scotland as they lost 7-0 to Uruguay in the World Cup in Switzerland. This was the last game of his first spell in charge of the national side. Beattie had guested with the reds during the war, and later joined the backroom staff at Anfield after a successful management career. Happy birthday 1997 – Midfielder Sheyi Ojo was born in Hemel Hempstead. He signed from MK Dons in November 2011 for a reported £2m. He has so far struck once in thirteen senior reds games since making his debut in January 2016, spending much of his time out on loan. In Europe 2016 – Future red Xherdan Shaqiri played as Switzerland shared a goalless draw with host nation France at the European Championships Finals. Keith the boss 1993 - Keith Burkinshaw was appointed Manager of West Bromwich Albion. He was only in charge for sixteen months, keeping them in the First Division on goal difference in his one full season. On the move 2005 - Jamie Redknapp was released by Southampton after seventeen appearances under the management of his father, as they failed in their fight against relegation. 2015 – Future keeper Andy Lonergan signed for Fulham, having been released by Bolton Wanderers. He played 31 times before moving on to Wolverhampton Wanderers in June 2016. International first and lasts 1993 - Abel Xavier won his third senior cap, his first one as an SL Benfica player. Portugal beat Malta 4-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Porto. On the same day, future red Nigel Clough won his fourteenth and final cap for England. He played alongside John Barnes and future red Paul Ince, coming face to face with another Anfield-bound pair, Karl-Heinz Riedle and Christian Ziege, as England lost 2-1 to Germany in the US Cup in Detroit. Meanwhile, future red Brad Friedel kept goal as the USA lost 2-0 to Ecuador in the Copa América in Quito. 2012 - Alou Diarra represented France for the final time while with Olympique de Marseille as they lost 2-0 to Sweden in the European Championships Finals in Ukraine. Meanwhile, Steven Gerrard skippered an England side managed by Roy Hodgson that also included Andy Carroll, Glen Johnson and future reds James Milner, as they beat the host nation 1-0 in the same group. Announcements 2009 – The club announced that Academy Director of Recruitment Malcolm Elias was leaving the club after three years in the role. It was also revealed that the reserves would play at Tranmere Rovers’ ground Prenton Park from the following season.
  7. Will

    17th June

    Happy birthday Jordan 1990 – Midfielder Jordan Henderson was born in Sunderland. He signed from his hometown club earlier for £16m in June 2011 after netting five times in 79 outings while on Wearside. He has notched 28 times in 359 reds games to date, so far helping us to claim the League Cup and leading us to victory in the UEFA Champions League Final a year ago, as well as the verge of the League title this year. 1994 – American midfielder Marc Pelosi was born in Bad Säckingen, Germany. He joined the reds in November 2011 from Californian side De Anza Force, becoming a reserves regular despite a series of serious injuries. He was released in June 2015. Strong no more 2013 - Utility player Geoff Strong died in Southport after suffering with Alzheimer’s disease. He made 201 reds appearances after moving from Arsenal in November 1964 for a club record £40,000, netting 33 times and winning a League title medal and the FA Charity Shield the year after helping us to our first ever FA Cup triumph. He left the reds to join Coventry City for £29,500 in August 1970. Other birthdays 1972 - Bjørn Tore Kvarme was born in Trondheim, Norway. He joined the reds in January 1997 on a Bosman free transfer from Rosenborg BK as a replacement for John Scales, and quickly showed his worth. However, high profile errors against Everton and Manchester United dented his confidence. After just 54 first-team appearances, he was sold to Saint-Étienne in August 1999. 1964 – Paul Small was born in Liverpool. One of the club’s masseurs, he came to Melwood from the Widnes rugby union club, also working with England. Jameo sold 1999 - David James was sold to Aston Villa for £1.7m. He had played 277 times for us, helping us to win the Coca Cola Cup in 1995. He only stayed at Villa Park for just under two years, before moving on to West Ham United in July 2001. Scott’s record 2007 - Scott Carson set a new record for number of England Under-21’s caps, previously held by Jamie Carragher and Gareth Barry. He turned out for the 28th time in a 2-0 defeat of Serbia in the European Championships Finals in Nijmegen. He went on to claim 29 caps at this level in total, but this record has since been superseded by James Milner with 46 appearances at this level, who also featured in this game. Meanwhile, Alberto Aquilani struck his final goal at this level as Italy’s 3-1 defeat of the Czech Republic in Arnhem was not enough to take them through to the next stage. International exits 2002 - Ex-red Steve Staunton confirmed his retirement from international football, after winning his 102nd cap in the Republic of Ireland’s World Cup exit to Spain the night before. He said, “I don’t think my knee could handle a few more years of this to be honest.” 2012 - Christian Poulsen won his last cap as an Évian Thonon Gaillard player, coming off the bench as Denmark lost 2-1 to Germany in the European Championships Finals in Lviv, with Daniel Agger skippering the side. Ex-red Raúl Meireles also featured in the tournament, as Portugal beat the Netherlands 2-1 in Kharkiv. 1984 - Midfield terrier Sammy Lee won his fourteenth and final England cap in their goalless friendly match in Chile. Future red John Barnes and ex-red Dave Watson both also featured. 1997 - Future red Mauricio Pellegrino made his third and final appearance for Argentina in their 1-1 Copa América draw with Paraguay in Bolivia. Reds in Europe 2008 – Dirk Kuyt, future red Alberto Aquilani and ex-red Nicolas Anelka all came off the bench in the European Championships in Switzerland. France lost 2-0 to Italy in Zurich while the Netherlands beat Romania 2-0 in Berne. This meant that the Dutch topped the group with maximum points while France finished bottom of the same group. Meanwhile, future red Luis Suárez played in a World Cup qualifier as Uruguay thumped Peru 6-0 in Montevideo. 2004 - Steven Gerrard was on target as an England side that also included Michael Owen and ex-red David James beat Switzerland 3-0 in a group game in Portugal. 2000 - Michael Owen faced Dietmar Hamann as Kevin Keegan’s England beat Germany 1-0 in their Euro 2000 fixture in Charleroi. Steven Gerrard won his second cap, coming on as a substitute for his clubmate on the hour mark. Future red Markus Babbel won his 51st and final cap in this game, while Christian Ziege made his final appearance for his country before his switch to Anfield, bringing him to 52 caps in total at this time. Future red Nick Barmby and ex-red Paul Ince both also featured. 1992 - Future red Torben Piechnik came off the bench in Denmark’s 2-1 win over France in Malmo, a result that took them through to the knock-out stages at the expense of their opponents. 2016 – Ex-reds loanee Nuri Şahin won his fiftieth cap for Turkey as they lost 3-0 to Greece in a group stage game in Nice. At the World Cup 2018 – Ex-red Philippe Coutinho scored as Brazil were held to a 1-1 draw by Switzerland in a group game in Russia, with Roberto Firmino and future reds Alisson Becker and Xherdan Shaqiri also featuring. 2014 – Future red Divock Origi faced ex-red Carl Medjani as Belgium beat Algeria 2-1 in a group game in Belo Horizonte. 2010 – Javier Mascherano skippered Argentina as they beat South Korea 3-1 in Johannesburg, with Maxi Rodríguez also in action. Sotirios Kyrgiakos played as Greece beat Nigeria 2-1 in Bloemfontein, while ex-red Nicolas Anelka featured in France’s 2-0 defeat by Mexico in Polokwane. 1994 - Future red Karl-Heinz Riedle appeared in Germany’s 1-0 defeat of Bolivia in Chicago, their opening game of the tournament. 1990 - Ray Houghton, Steve Staunton and ex-reds John Aldridge and Kevin Sheedy all played in the Republic of Ireland’s goalless draw with Egypt in Palermo. 1958 - Alan A’Court played as England lost 1-0 to the USSR in Gothenburg. 1998 - Future red Rigobert Song played in Cameroon’s 3-0 defeat by Italy in Montpellier. 2007 - Song also played for his country as they beat Rwanda 2-1 in an African Cup of Nations qualifier in Garoua. 2002 - Ex-red Brad Friedel was booked in the USA’s 2-0 win over Mexico in Jeonju, to set up a Quarter-final showdown with Germany. 1997 - He also played for his country in their 2-1 friendly defeat of Israel in Jacksonville. Emre on target 2015 – Emre Can scored for Germany Under-21’s as they drew 1-1 with Serbia in a European Championships group game in Prague. Philippe Coutinho and future red Roberto Firmino both played for Brazil as they lost 1-0 to Colombia in a Copa América group game in Chile on the same day. On the move 2010 - Keeper Simon Mignolet joined Sunderland from Koninklijke Sint-Truidense Voetbalvereniging for £2m, having helped them to claim the Second Division title and being named as Belgian Goalkeeper of the Year as they avoided relegation. He had even managed to convert a penalty in his 104 senior games before moving to England. 1997 - Stéphane Henchoz joined Blackburn Rovers from Hamburger SV for £3m, joining forces again with Roy Hodgson whom he had worked with at Neuchâtel Xamax. He played 82 times for Rovers, failing to score, before he switched to Anfield for £3.5m in June 1999. 1938 - Centre-forward Fred Howe joined Manchester City. He had struck 36 goals in 94 outings since signing on a free transfer from Hyde United in March 1935. He bagged three reds trebles, including notching four times in our record 6-0 derby victory at Anfield in September 1935. Backroom changes 2005 - Argentine centre-half Mauricio Pellegrino was released after rarely impressing in his thirteen reds games, having signed from Valencia on a free transfer, five months previously. He had arrived at Anfield with an impressive reputation, having previously won the Spanish League three times and the UEFA Cup, as well as appearing in two Champions League Finals. He then returned to Spain to join Deportivo Alavés, but subsequently returned to join the reds’ backroom staff before following Rafael Benítez to Internazionale. 2004 - Coach Christian Damiano left Anfield after just one season with the reds. 2010 - Gary Ablett stepped down as Manager of Stockport County by mutual consent when new owners took charge after a full season spent in administration. 2013 - Andy Hughes was appointed as the club’s Chief Financial Officer. Youngsters on the world stage 2005 - Future red Nabil El Zhar featured in the World Youth Championships as Morocco beat Chile 1-0 in a group stage game in Utrecht, to take them into the last sixteen. They eventually made it as far as the Semi-finals. 2001 – Future red Maxi Rodríguez netted the first goal of the competition as Argentina beat Finland 7-1 in the same tournament in Buenos Aires, with Daniel Sjölund on the losing side. In the army now 1975 - Bruce Grobbelaar joined the Rhodesian army. He went on to operate as a scout, tracking the movements and dodging the bullets of Robert Mugabe’s guerrilla fighters. Also in South Africa 2009 - Xabi Alonso and Fernando Torres both featured in Spain’s 1-0 victory over Iraq in a Confederations Cup group game in Bloemfontein. Bellers wed 2006 - Craig Bellamy married Claire Jensen in the Vale of Glamorgan, just five days before he signed for the reds.
  8. 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.
  9. Will

    5th June

    Ton up for Stan 2002 - Ex-red Steve Staunton won his hundredth international cap, skippering the Republic of Ireland in their 1-1 World Cup Finals draw with Germany in Ibaraki, with future red Robbie Keane on target. Dietmar Hamann, future red Steve Finnan and ex-red Christian Ziege all also played. Meanwhile, Abel Xavier sat out Portugal’s shock 3-2 defeat by the USA in Suwon, for whom ex-red Brad Friedel was between the sticks. Steve Staunton has turned out for the Republic of Ireland twice more on this day in history. 1994 - He took part in their first meeting with the Czech Republic since the break-up of Czechoslovakia. The Czechs won 3-1, with future reds Phil Babb and Jason McAteer playing alongside ex-red John Aldridge. Stig Inge Bjørnebye also represented his country in a friendly that day. 2001 - He featured in a 2-0 World Cup qualifying win in Estonia. Future reds Joe Cole, Jermaine Pennant and Christian Poulsen were both in Under-21’s action that day. 2010 – Poulsen played for the senior Danish side as they lost a friendly 1-0 in South Africa. Daniel Agger, Dirk Kuyt, Martin Škrtel and future reds Milan Jovanović and Xherdan Shaqiri all also turned out in friendlies that day. Double trebles 1946 - Forward Willie Fagan and winger Bob Priday both scored hat-tricks as we thumped Ulster United 11-1 at the Maple Leaf Stadium in Toronto on our North American tour. Jack Balmer also netted twice, with Berry Nieuwenhuys, Cyril Done and Phil Taylor also on target. Willkommen 1998 - South African striker Sean Dundee signed from Karlsruher SC for £1.8m. He had claimed to be “as fast as Michael Owen”, a fanciful boast that was shown up in his five first-team games before he returned to Germany to join VfB Stuttgart after just one year at Anfield. New management 2018 – Pep Lijnders re-joined the coaching staff after half a season away as Manager of N.E.C.. 2001 - Reds boss Rafael Benítez joined Valencia. He led them to two La Liga titles and the UEFA Cup in his three years at the Mestalla, before arriving at Anfield three years later. 2009 – Brendan Rodgers was appointed Manager of Reading. However, disappointing results led to him leaving by mutual consent that December. He had led them to just six victories in 23 games in charge. 2006 - Former First Team Coach Paco Herrera was introduced to the press as Director of Football at R.C.D. Espanyol. He helped them to mid-table in La Liga and the UEFA Cup Final in his first season. On the same day, ex-reserves midfielder Jim Magilton was appointed Manager of Ipswich Town. He was in charge for three seasons, failing to take them to the play-offs or automatic promotion. Sammy the skipper 1981 - Sammy Lee captained England Under-21’s for the first time, while winning his third cap, as they won a European Championships qualifier in Hungary 2-1. First caps 1999 - Sami Hyypiä won his first cap as a reds player, making his 27th appearance in total in Finland’s 4-2 European Championships qualifying home defeat by Turkey, with future red Jari Litmanen also playing. Meanwhile, Abel Xavier won his tenth cap for Portugal, and last one while with PSV Eindhoven, in their 1-0 win over Slovakia in Lisbon. On the same day, Dinamo Zagreb’s Igor Bišcan made his senior international debut as a substitute in Croatia’s 1-1 draw with FYR Macedonia in Skopje. Meanwhile, Patrik Berger netted in the Czech Republic’s 2-0 win in Estonia, also a European Championships qualifier. Future red Vladimír Šmicer also played. Other future reds in international action that day were Craig Bellamy, Paul Jones and Fernando Morientes, as well as ex-red Dean Saunders. 2007 – Roma’s Alexander Doni made his senior international bow as Brazil were held to a goalless draw by Turkey in a friendly in Dortmund, with future reds loanee Nuri Şahin also featuring. 2015 - Krisztián Németh won his first cap as a Sporting Kansas City player as Hungary thumped Lithuania 4-0 in Jerusalem. On the same day, future reds Danny Ings and Gini Wijnaldum, and ex-red Charlie Adam all also played for their countries. 2017 – Ex-reds Christian Benteke and Péter Gulácsi featured for their countries in friendlies, with future red Dominic Solanke netting for England Under-20’s as they beat Mexico 1-0 in their World Cup Quarter-final in South Korea, with Ovie Ejaria also in action. Final caps 1963 - Jimmy Melia won his second and final cap, netting in England’s 8-1 friendly trouncing of Switzerland in Basel. 1974 - Alec Lindsay made his fourth and final senior appearance in England’s 2-2 friendly draw with Yugoslavia in Belgrade. Kevin Keegan was on target, while Emlyn Hughes captained a side that also included Ray Clemence. 1985 - Joey Jones won his final cap as a Chelsea player, and 66th in total, as Wales lost 4-2 to Norway in a friendly in Bergen. 1991 - Dean Saunders made his final appearance for Wales as a Derby County player as they beat Germany 1-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Cardiff, thanks to an Ian Rush goal. Future red Jari Litmanen also played for his country that day. 2005 - El-Hadji Diouf won his final cap as a reds player as Senegal held Congo to a goalless draw in a World Cup qualifier in Brazzaville. 2016 – Naby Keïta won his last cap as a Red Bull Salzburg player as Guinea lost an African Cup of Nations qualifier 1-0 in Eswatini, with future reds loanee Nuri Şahin also playing for his country that day. 2009 – Şahin featured again as Turkey lost 1-0 in a friendly in France, with ex-red Nicolas Anelka on the winning side. Luis on target 2013 – Luis Suárez came off the bench to strike the only goal of Uruguay’s friendly meeting with France in Montevideo, with Sebastián Coates also in action. Jordan Henderson skippered an England Under-21’s side on the same day that also included Jack Robinson, Jonjo Shelvey and future reds Steven Caulker and Nathaniel Clyne as they lost 1-0 to Fabio Borini’s Italy in a European Championships Finals group game in Tel-Aviv. 2014 – Coates also featured as Uruguay beat Slovenia 2-0 in Montevideo, with Ryan McLaughlin and Kolo Touré both also representing their countries. Tommy in trouble 2007 - Reds legend Tommy Smith suffered a heart attack. Fortunately, he has recovered fully. Winning a trophy 1983 - We won the Vita Cup, beating now-defunct Hong Kong side Bulova 2-0. Mark Lawrenson and Robert Savage were on target. Arsenal’s Pat Jennings and Alan Sunderland both guested for the opposition. Birth and death 1950 – Joe Fagan’s son Kit was born in Manchester. He made two senior reds outings before moving to Tranmere Rovers in July 1971, for whom he played 84 League games. 1952 - Forward Fred Buck died in Stafford. He only scored once in thirteen reds games after arriving from West Bromwich Albion in May 1903, moving on to Plymouth Argyle a year later. In the Toulon Tournament 2004 - Florent Sinama-Pongolle was on the scoresheet as France Under-21’s beat Colombia 2-0 in Aubagne. 1994 - Dominic Matteo and Jamie Redknapp both played as England beat Belgium 2-1 in the Semi-final in Berre. 1988 - Future red Nigel Clough nabbed a brace as England beat Mexico 2-1 in the Stade Mayol. Fellow future red Julian Dicks was dismissed while Michael Thomas also played. 1989 - Southampton’s Neil Ruddock made his debut at the same level as a substitute in England’s 3-2 defeat by Bulgaria in the same stadium. Future reds on target 2004 - Fernando Morientes netted in Spain’s 4-0 friendly defeat of Andorra in Getafe, with fellow future reds Xabi Alonso and Fernando Torres also featuring. Meanwhile, Robbie Keane bagged the only goal of the Republic of Ireland’s friendly against the Netherlands, with Steve Finnan also in the side. Jamie Carragher, Jerzy Dudek, Steven Gerrard, Michael Owen, future reds Joe Cole and Christian Poulsen and ex-red Emile Heskey all also played for their countries that day. 2012 – Gini Wijnaldum netted his last goal for the Dutch Under-21’s while with PSV Eindhoven as they thrashed Bulgaria 5-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Maastricht, with future reds loanee Nuri Şahin also in international action. 2011 – Future red Daniel Sturridge scored his last goal for England Under-21’s as they beat Norway 2-0 in a friendly in Southampton. On the same day, future red Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain won his last cap for the Under-19’s as England drew 1-1 with Spain in a European Championships qualifier in Switzerland, with Conor Coady, Tom Ince, Michael Ngoo, Jack Robinson, Andre Wisdom and future red Fabio Borini all also in action. 2007 – Jose Enrique struck the only goal of the game as Spain Under-21’s beat Georgia in a European Championships Finals game in Tbilisi. Future red James Milner also featured at this level that day. 1999 – Reds reserves forward Haukur Ingi Guðnason scored his only Under-21’s goal as Iceland beat Armenia 2-0 in a European Championships qualifier. Falling at the last hurdle 2019 – Xherdan Shaqiri played as Switzerland lost 3-1 to host nation Portugal in their UEFA Nations League Semi-final. Mr & Mrs Barclay 1878 – The club’s first Manager, William Barclay, married Emily Jane King at Bleasdale Church in Lancashire. He worked as a Secretary-c**-Manager for the first four years of the club’s existence, having previously been Vice Chairman of Everton. On the move 2013 – It was announced that keeper Adrián would sign for West Ham United from Real Betis Balompié on 1st July of that year. He turned out on 150 occasions for the Irons, before joining the reds in August 2019.
  10. Will

    1st June

    Numero seis 2019 – We secured our sixth European Cup after defeating Tottenham Hotspur in the UEFA Champions League Final in Madrid. Mohamed Salah opened the scoring from the spot after just two minutes, with substitute Divock Origi making the game safe late on. This was the time we had played a first-class match in June in our history. In comes Brendan 2012 - Brendan Rodgers was appointed as reds boss. He had a mixed first season in charge, followed by a terrific second campaign as we came a close second in the League, before a disappointing third season. He led us to 85 victories in 166 games before being sacked in October 2015. More managerial ins and outs 2004 - Rafael Benítez resigned from Valencia, having led them to a second La Liga title and the UEFA Cup in his last season in charge. It was fifteen days later when he was confirmed as our new boss. 1936 - Turn-of-the-century centre-half Alex Raisbeck was appointed Manager of Third Division North side Chester. They finished third and ninth in his two seasons at Sealand Road. 2011 - Gérard Houllier resigned as Manager of Aston Villa due to poor health, having led the Villains to fourteen victories in 39 games in charge. 2019 - Xabi Alonso was appointed as a coach for Real Sociedad’s B-team. 2000 - Kenny Dalglish stood down as Caretaker Manager of Celtic, as Martin O’Neill arrived at Parkhead. Kenny had been in charge since John Barnes’ departure four months before. Celtic finished 21 points behind Rangers in the League that season, although they did win the League Cup while Kenny was boss. 1997 - Roy Hodgson was appointed Manager of Blackburn Rovers. He led them to sixth and into the UEFA Cup in his first season, a significant improvement on their previous campaign when they ended in thirteenth. However, his second season in charge started disastrously, and he was sacked in December 1998 with Rovers sitting rock bottom of the table. Big money signings 1989 – Swedish centre-half Glenn Hysén signed from Fiorentina for £600,000. He went on to make 93 appearances, notching three times and helping us to our most recent title win in 1990, as well as the FA Charity Shield on his debut. He returned to his hometown to sign for GAIS in May 1992. 2002 - El-Hadji Diouf signed for a whopping £10m fee. He went on to bag just six goals in eighty games before moving to Bolton Wanderers in June 2005 for £4.5m after a season-long loan there. In friendly action We have faced a variety of foreign clubs in post-season friendlies on this day over the years. 1922 - We drew 2-2 with a Liguria & Toscana Select team in Pisa, with Harry Beadles and Harry Chambers on target. 1936 - We beat Venus Bucureşti 4-1 at the Splai Ground, with centre-forward Fred Howe bagging a brace and Tom Bush and Alf Hanson also netting. 1948 - We defeated a St. Louis All Stars side 4-2 on our US tour with Billy Liddell grabbing two goals, to add to strikes from Bob Priday and Albert Stubbins. 1971 - We saw off Swedes GIF Sundsvaal 4-0 in our most recent game on this day, thanks to goals from Ian Callaghan, Bobby Graham, Kevin Keegan and Peter Thompson. Reds in the World Cup book 2002 - Dietmar Hamann played as Germany thrashed Saudi Arabia 8-0 in their opening World Cup game in Sapporo. Ex-red Christian Ziege also played, with both being cautioned. Meanwhile, Steve Staunton and Rigobert Song led their countries out as the Republic of Ireland drew 1-1 with Cameroon in Niigata. Future reds Steve Finnan, Robbie Keane and ex-red Jason McAteer all also featured, with Finnan and McAteer also being booked. Future red Christian Poulsen featured as Denmark beat Uruguay 2-1 in Ulsan. 1991 - Staunton had also played for his country as they drew a friendly 1-1 in the USA, playing alongside Ray Houghton and ex-red Kevin Sheedy. Future reds Nigel Clough and Mark Wright played on this same day as England won 1-0 in Australia. Kenny at the double 1977 - Two months before joining the reds from Celtic, Kenny Dalglish grabbed a brace as Scotland beat Northern Ireland 3-0 at Hampden Park in the British International Championships, on their way to retaining the trophy. Meanwhile, Steve Heighway played in a World Cup qualifier in Sofia as Bulgaria beat the Republic of Ireland 2-1. This game was notable for the fact that two players from each side were dismissed. 1974 - Kenny also featured for the Scots as they beat Belgium 2-1 in a friendly in Brugge. Ray Clemence, Kevin Keegan and Alec Lindsay were also in action, with Emlyn Hughes skippering England to a 1-0 friendly win in Bulgaria. 1975 – Dalglish also played in a 1-1 European Championships qualifying draw in Romania. Carra’s final caps 2000 - Jamie Carragher won his 27th and final England Under-21’s cap as they lost 2-0 to Slovakia in the European Championship Finals, a record tally that his since been surpassed by Scott Carson and then James Milner. Danny Murphy and David Thompson both also featured. This was the first ever England international at any level played against Slovakia. 2007 - The first full international at the new Wembley Stadium was played, with Steven Gerrard captaining his country for part of the game as England were held to a 1-1 draw by Brazil. Jamie Carragher won his 34th and last senior cap before retiring, with Peter Crouch, future reds Joe Cole and Stewart Downing and ex-red Michael Owen also featuring. Jamie of course came out of international retirement for the 2010 World Cup Finals in South Africa. On the same day, future reds loanee Nuri Şahin netted as Turkey Under-21’s beat Ukraine in a European Championships qualifier in Kiev. Rushie on target 1988 - Ian Rush bagged his first goal for Wales as a Juventus player, captaining them for the first time as they beat Malta 3-2 in a friendly in Valletta. Future red Dean Saunders lined up alongside him. On the same day, John Aldridge, Ray Houghton and Ronnie Whelan all played as the Republic of Ireland shared a goalless friendly draw with Norway in Oslo. More international skippers 1958 - Tommy Younger captained Scotland as they lost 2-1 in a friendly in Poland. 1983 - Graeme Souness wore the armband for Scotland as they lost 2-0 to England at Wembley in the British International Championships. Sammy Lee, Phil Neal and future red John Wark all also played. 1997 - Future red Gary McAllister skippered the Scots as they lost 3-2 in a friendly in Malta. International goalscorers 2017 – Future red Xherdan Shaqiri scored the only goal of Switzerland’s friendly against Belarus in Neuchatel. 2016 – Future red Gini Wijnaldum scored as the Netherlands beat Poland 2-1 in a friendly in Warsaw, with Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk also playing. Christian Benteke and Divock Origi both also featured for Belgium in their 1-1 friendly draw with Finland in Brussels. 2011 - Andriy Voronin bagged his first goal as a Dinamo Moskva player as Ukraine beat Uzbekistan 2-0 in a friendly in Kiev, with Emiliano Insúa and future red Fabio Borini also in international action. 2010 – Porto’s Raúl Meireles bagged a brace as Portugal beat Cameroon 3-1 in a friendly in Covilhã, while Dirk Kuyt netted as the Netherlands thumped Ghana 4-1 at the Feyenoord Stadion. Daniel Agger, Ryan Babel and future reds Christian Poulsen and Xherdan Shaqiri all also played in friendlies that day. 2004 - Michael Owen struck his 25th senior international goal, while winning his 55th cap as England were held to a 1-1 draw by Japan in a tournament at the City of Manchester Stadium. Emile Heskey was winning his first cap as a Birmingham City player, with Steven Gerrard, future red Joe Cole and ex-red David James also playing. 2006 - Ryan Babel was on target for the Netherlands as they beat Mexico 2-1 in a friendly in Eindhoven, with Jan Kromkamp and future red Dirk Kuyt also in action. John Arne Riise also represented his country that day. 2008 – Harry Kewell struck for Australia as he skippered them to a 1-0 defeat of Iraq in a World Cup qualifier in Brisbane. Christian Poulsen played his last game for Denmark while with Sevilla as they drew 1-1 with Poland in a friendly in Chorzów. On the same day, Peter Crouch won his final cap as a red as England beat Trinidad & Tobago 3-0 in a friendly in Port of Spain, with ex-red Stephen Warnock making his international bow, winning his only cap while at Blackburn Rovers. Steven Gerrard, Dirk Kuyt, future reds Stewart Downing, Glen Johnson and Sotirios Kyrgiakos and ex-reds Craig Bellamy, David James, Momo Sissoko and John Toshack also represented their countries that day. 1972 - Kevin Keegan netted for England Under-23’s and was then sent off as they drew 2-2 with East Germany in Magdeburg. Clubmate Larry Lloyd also featured. 2000 - Future red Milan Baroš was on target for the Czech Republic Under-21’s as they beat Igor Bišcan’s Croatia 4-3 in the European Championships Finals in Slovakia. 2012 – Baroš featured for his country at senior level, up against ex-red Krisztián Németh, with Péter Gulácsi, future reds Mario Balotelli, Mohamed Salah and Gini Wijnaldum, and ex-red Andriy Voronin also in international action that day. New man 2009 – New Academy Technical Manager José Segura started work. On the same day, Martin Kelly played for England Under-19’s in their 2-1 defeat of Scotland in the European Championships Finals at Bramall Lane, with future red Danny Wilson on the losing side and Crystal Palace’s Victor Moses winning his eleventh and final cap at this level. Macca at Anfield 2008 - Paul McCartney headlined the Liverpool Sound concert at Anfield, staged as part of the city’s status as European Capital of Culture. The Zutons and Kaiser Chiefs also played. Harper’s off 1983 - Reserves defender Alan Harper was sold to Everton for £100,000. He had never made a first-team appearance at Anfield, going on to net five times in 178 games in this first spell with the Toffees. Danny’s happy day 2012 – Ex-reds midfielder Danny Guthrie married Rebecca at Allerton Castle, near Knaresborough in North Yorkshire.
  11. Will

    16th May

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

    29th May

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

    15th May

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

    2nd May

    Strikers on the move 1961 - Ian St. John signed from Motherwell for a club record £37,500. He went on to bag 118 goals in 425 reds games, helping us to two League titles, our first ever FA Cup, Second Division championship and FA Charity Shield before joining South African side Hellenic in February 1971. 1897 – Scottish inside-forward William Walker signed from Leith Athletic. He struck three times in twelve reds games in his one year with the reds. 1979 - Future red John Aldridge signed for Newport County from South Liverpool for £3,500. He netted 83 times in 198 games for County. Cally honoured 1974 - Ian Callaghan was named as the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year, surprisingly becoming the first red ever to win this honour since its launch in 1948. 2008 - Fernando Torres was voted runner-up in the same awards, with ex-red David James in third. Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo was the winner. Happy birthdays 1981 - Chris Kirkland was born in Leicester. He only appeared 45 times between our sticks after signing from Coventry City for £6m in August 2001, while suffering from a succession of injuries, and moved to Wigan Athletic in October 2006 for a reported £3.5m after a successful loan spell. 1904 - Outside-right Cyril Oxley was born in Worksop. He signed from Chesterfield for £2,000 in October 1925 and bagged six goals in 34 games before moving to Southend United in September 1928. 1997 – Midfielder Matty Virtue was born in Epsom. He was Under-23’s skipper, moving on to Blackpool in January 2019. Red farewells 2018 – Ragnar Klavan featured in his 53rd and last reds game as we lost the second leg of our UEFA Champions League Semi-final 4-2 at Roma, our first defeat in the competition that season, to progress 7-6 on aggregate. Sadio Mané and Gini Wijnaldum both scored inside the first half hour, either side of an unfortunate James Milner own goal. Edin Džeko gave the home side hope with the latest of his five goals past us before Radja Nainggolan added two late strikes, including a stoppage-time penalty. 2010 – Yossi Benayoun played his 134th and final reds game prior to joining the visitors as we meekly surrendered 2-0 to Chelsea at Anfield, thus helping to ensure they won the League title ahead of Manchester United and that we could not qualify for the following season’s Champions League. Didier Drogba pounced on a stray Steven Gerrard back-pass to open the scoring with one of his eleven goals past us, with Frank Lampard also on target with last of his eight. Daniel Ayala also made his final senior appearance, his fifth. 2004 - Danny Murphy scored his 44th and last reds goal, converting a spot-kick in a 2-0 defeat of Middlesbrough at Anfield, to continue his hundred per cent record at penalties for us, with his eighth successful conversion. Emile Heskey grabbed the other goal. Five against the Hammers 1998 - We thumped West Ham United 5-0 at home in the Premiership. Michael Owen, Jason McAteer, with a brace, and Øyvind Leonhardsen all scored before the break, with ex-Hammer Paul Ince wrapping up the scoring in the second half to ensure our place in the UEFA Cup for the next season. 1931 - We also played the Hammers as Gordon Hodgson struck twice in our final game of the season to hand us a 2-0 win at Anfield, as we finished ninth in the top flight. This was the sixth consecutive game in which he had netted. The worst season ever 1955 - We finished the season with a 6-1 thumping at Rotherham United, ending up in our worst ever final League position, eleventh in the Second Division. The great Billy Liddell bagged our consolation with Ian Wilson netting four goals, with Jack Grainger and Dennis Pell also on target for the Millers. Champions! 1988 - We were presented with the League Championship trophy, along with the new Barclays trophy, before our 1-1 Bank Holiday Monday home draw with Southampton. John Aldridge put us in front just before half-time, with Rod Wallace equalising with the first of his five strikes against the reds. Most recently 2015 - Philippe Coutinho gave us a first-half lead over Queens Park Rangers before Leroy Fer equalised after the break. Nedum Onuoha was sent off for the visitors and Steven Gerrard had a penalty saved by Robert Green, but went on to head in a late goal as we won 2-1. Colin for the only time 1981 - Forward Colin Russell played his only reds game as Sunderland won 1-0 at Anfield, thanks to a Stan Cummins goal. Future Bolton Wanderers boss Sam Allardyce played his final game for the visitors. A Tiny mistake 1936 - We lost 2-1 in our final game of the season as we finished nineteenth with Stoke City securing their joint highest ever League placing, ending up fourth in the top flight. Fred Howe netted for the reds with centre-half Tom ‘Tiny’ Bradshaw putting through his own net and Jim Westland also on target for the home side. Injured 1992 – John Barnes had to limp off during our goalless draw at Sheffield Wednesday with an injury that ruled him out of the FA Cup Final the following weekend. Danny stays 2009 – Centre-half Daniel Agger agreed a new contract until 2014, later further extended. He struck fourteen times in 232 reds games since signing from Brøndby IF for £5.8m in January 2006, before returning there for a reported £3m in August 2014. Reds against reds 1984 - Alan Kennedy and Sammy Lee faced Ian Rush in a British International Championships game at the Racecourse Ground. It was Barney’s second and final cap. Future red Mark Wright made his England debut, while his future clubmate Paul Walsh won his fifth and last cap. Ex-red Joey Jones also played as the home side won 1-0 thanks to a Mark Hughes goal. Tosh’s first Swans cap 1979 - John Toshack won his first cap as a Swansea City player, and 35th overall, in Wrexham, coming on as a substitute in their 2-0 defeat by West Germany in a European Championships qualifier. Fellow ex-red Joey Jones also played. On their way out 2011 – Sami Hyypiä announced his retirement from playing, having bagged three goals in 61 outings for Bayer 04 Leverkusen after leaving Anfield two years earlier. On the same day, it was announced that Club Secretary Ian Silvester was to leave by mutual consent, having been in that role for two years. Young uncle Roy on target 1964 - Roy Evans netted for England Schoolboys as they beat their Scottish counterparts 4-2 at Dens Park in Dundee. 2007 – Future reds loanee Victor Moses featured for England Under-17’s in their 2-0 defeat of Iceland in the European Championships Finals in Belgium.
  15. Will

    30th April

    Goss makes history 1994 - Norwich City’s Jeremy Goss became the last player to score in front of the standing Kop as the Canaries won 1-0. Goss said: “I’ve put that day down as the proudest moment of my footballing career.” The very last person to score was actually Kopite John Garner who took to the field in an odd outfit that incorporated a fez, dodging stewards and coppers to net in front of those left long after the match had ended. For the 96 1989 - We played our first game since Hillsborough, at Celtic in aid of the Hillsborough Disaster Appeal. John Aldridge came off the bench to net a brace, to add to goals from Kenny Dalglish and Ian Rush on an emotional day as the reds won 4-0. Not going to Moscow 2008 - We eventually lost 3-2 after extra time to Chelsea in the second leg of our Champions League Semi-final, having been held to a 1-1 draw in the Anfield meeting. Martin Škrtel had to be taken off injured early on, before Didier Drogba opened the scoring. Fernando Torres equalised to take the tie beyond the allotted three hours, but Frank Lampard then converted a spot-kick, one of his eight strikes past us, after substitute Sami Hyypiä had tripped Michael Ballack. Drogba added another of his eleven goals against the reds before Ryan Babel struck a late 35-yard consolation as we ended the Champions League campaign on 28 goals, the most of any club. This was his seventh goal from off the bench that season, equalling a club record, while John Arne Riise played his 348th and last reds game. Clinching the title 1966 - We clinched our seventh League title as Roger Hunt bagged a brace in our 2-1 defeat of Chelsea at Anfield despite a Bert Murray equaliser after an hour. 1988 - We also played the Blues, with John Barnes equalising with a 30-yard free-kick after Gordon Durie’s penalty at Stamford Bridge, one of his five strikes against the reds, in our first game since we clinched our seventeenth League title. Peter Beardsley had a late spot-kick saved that would have handed us victory. 1983 - We claimed our fourteenth championship with three games to play, despite Steve Archibald bagging two of his six goals past us in our 2-0 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur, as our closest rivals Manchester United dropped points at Norwich City meaning that no team could catch us. 1927 - We also faced Spurs in the top flight, with Dick Edmed bagging the only goal of the game at Anfield. Digger the best 1988 - John Barnes was named as Footballer of the Year by the Football Writers’ Association, to add to his PFA award. Alan Hansen finished as runner-up with 96% of the votes going to reds, and Barnes himself claiming two thirds of the nominations. 2000 - Sami Hyypiä and future red Harry Kewell were named in the PFA Team of the Year. Happy birthday Alun 1949 - Forward Alun Evans was born in Bewdley, near Kidderminster. He was Britain’s first £100,000 teenager when he signed from Wolverhampton Wanderers in September 1968, our new record signing. He scored 33 goals in 111 reds games, including appearing in the 1971 FA Cup Final, before being sold to Aston Villa for £70,000 in June 1972. 1991 – Former Icelandic reserves midfielder Victor Pálsson was born in Reykjavik. He joined the reds from AGF Århus in January 2009 but failed to make the first team, joining Hibernian two years later after a loan spell with Dagenham & Redbridge Storming back to the top flight 1962 - Roger Hunt and Alan A’Court both struck in our 2-1 win over Charlton Athletic, bringing us to 68 League goals at Anfield for the season, a club record. We were presented with the Second Division title that day. Double century for Ginger 2005 - John Arne Riise played his 200th reds game as Steven Gerrard equalised with a 35-yard thunderbolt past future reds stopper Brad Jones in a 1-1 League draw with Middlesbrough at Anfield. Szilárd Németh had given the visitors an early lead. For the Saint 1973 - A testimonial match for Ian St. John was staged as the reds beat Chelsea 4-2 at Anfield, with the Saint grabbing a brace and Brian Hall and Roger Hunt also netting. 1924 - We played in another testimonial, drawing 1-1 at Aberdeen in a game staged for the Dons’ Scottish international defender John Hutton. 1951 - Our other such game on this day saw Billy Liddell strike in a 1-1 draw at Brighton & Hove Albion, in a game in aid of Harry Baldwin, Jack Ball and Jack Dugnolle. Most recent win 1986 - Our most recent first-class victory on this day was a 2-0 League win at Leicester City. Goals from Ian Rush and Ronnie Whelan kept us on course for the double. Jack’s farewell 1909 – Winger Jack Cox played his 361st and final reds game as we won 1-0 at Newcastle United. This result was enough to keep us in the top flight, thanks to a goal from ex-Toon inside-left ‘Wee’ Ronald Orr. He had bagged eighty goals since signing from Blackpool for £150 in December 1897, helping us to two League titles and the Second Division championship before returning to Bloomfield Road as Player/Manager that May. Glory for the kids 1996 - We took a step towards winning the FA Youth Cup for the first of three times to date. We won 2-0 at West Ham United, going on to win the return leg 2-1 at Anfield. Jamie Carragher and Michael Owen were both in the victorious side. Shanks at Wembley 1938 - Bill Shankly won an FA Cup winner’s medal as Preston North End beat Huddersfield Town 1-0 at Wembley thanks to a penalty in the last minute of extra time, making up for their defeat the year before. This was the first Final to be televised in its entirety. International debuts 2003 - Future reds midfielder Xabi Alonso made his senior international debut as Spain beat Ecuador 4-0 in a friendly in Madrid. Fellow future red Fernando Morientes grabbed a treble, taking him onto twenty senior international goals, after just 28 caps. 1997 - Bolo Zenden won his first cap for the Netherlands as they thumped San Marino 6-0 in a World Cup qualifier. Managerial ins and outs 2007 - Sammy Lee was named as Manager of Bolton Wanderers following the departure of Sam Allardyce. He was only given fourteen games in charge, of which they lost just four, before leaving the club by mutual consent that October. On the same day, Mark Wright was sacked as Chester City boss after fourteen months in charge of the League Two outfit following a poor run of form, with just one game of the season remaining. 2014 – Ex-reserves defender Phil Brazier left as Manager of Northern Premier League side Marine by mutual consent. 1982 - Roy Hodgson was sacked as Manager of Bristol City. He had originally joined as Bobby Houghton’s Assistant, but only lasted four months in the top job. Half a century for Gary Mac 1997 - Future red Gary McAllister won his fiftieth cap for Scotland in their 2-1 World Cup qualifying win in Sweden. Stig Inge Bjørnebye, Mark Kennedy, Jamie Redknapp, future reds Sami Hyypiä, Paul Ince, Jari Litmanen and Christian Ziege, and ex-reds Ray Houghton and Steve Staunton all also represented their countries in qualifiers that day. Rushie yet again 1985 - Ian Rush scored in his third consecutive international, bagging a brace as Wales beat Scotland 3-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Wrexham. The Scots still made it through to Mexico, with Wales finishing third in the group, also behind Spain. Djibril on target 2003 - Future red Djibril Cissé netted in France’s 5-0 friendly defeat of Egypt at the Stade de France. On the same day, Steve Finnan won his 22nd Republic of Ireland cap, and last as a Fulham player, in their 1-0 friendly defeat of Norway at Lansdowne Road. Ex-red Øyvind Leonhardsen and future red Robbie Keane also played. Also on the international scoresheet that day were Milan Baroš and Vladimír Šmicer as the Czech Republic beat Turkey 4-0 in Teplice. Ex-red Jari Litmanen netted in Finland’s 3-0 defeat of Iceland in Helsinki. Meanwhile, Alou Diarra, Sami Hyypiä, Anthony Le Tallec, Florent Sinama-Pongolle, Grégory Vignal, future reds Yossi Benayoun, Charles Itandje and Andriy Voronin, and ex-red Don Hutchison all also featured for their countries. 2001 – Future reds Le Tallec and Sinama-Pongolle both played as France Under-16’s beat Russia 2-0 in the Quarter-final of the European Championships Finals in York, on their way to reaching the Final. More farewells 1955 – Ex-reds forward Bert Goode died in Wrexham. He struck once in seven reds outings after signing from his hometown club in May 1908, moving on to Wrexham in June 1910. He scored 136 goals in 276 matches in his three spells at Wrexham, including playing in their first ever Football League match in August 1921, and is remembered as one of the greatest strikers in their history. 2011 – Australian keeper Dean Bouzanis left the club by mutual consent. He joined League One side Oldham Athletic seven months later. Player of the year 2008 - On-loan winger Paul Anderson was named Swansea City’s Young Player of the Year after helping them to the League One title.
  16. Will

    28th April

    Clinching the title 1990 - We secured our eighteenth and most recent League title, beating Queens Park Rangers 2-1 at Anfield thanks to an Ian Rush strike and a John Barnes penalty, after Roy Wegerle had put the visitors in front. Recent reserves keeper Paul Harrison was our mascot that day! UEFA Cup glory 1976 - Jimmy Case became our first substitute to score in a cup final as we beat Club Brugge 3-2 at Anfield in the first leg of the UEFA Cup Final, despite being 2-0 down inside the first quarter of an hour thanks to strikes from Raoul Lambert and Julien Cools. Ray Kennedy also scored, with Kevin Keegan netting a penalty, and we drew the return match 1-1 to clinch our second UEFA Cup. Luis at the treble 2012 - Luis Suárez scored a stunning hat-trick as we won 3-0 at Norwich City, the first of his six trebles for the club. He struck twice before the break, rounding the scoring out with a sublime lob over the keeper from just inside the opposition half. 2013 - Suárez was named in the PFA Team of the Year, having scored thirty times in 44 outings that campaign. 2014 - Steven Gerrard was named as the Liverpool Echo’s Sports Personality Of The Year. Semi-final disappointments 1971 - A goalless draw at Leeds United was not enough to take us through to the Fairs Cup Final, after having lost the first leg 1-0 at Anfield. 1980 - Our third FA Cup Semi-final match of the season with Arsenal still could not separate the sides, as the game at Villa Park ended 1-1 after extra time, with Kenny Dalglish bagging our goal in the final minute of normal time after Alan Sunderland had opened the scoring with one of his six goals past us after just sixteen seconds. Ray Clemence made his 600th reds outing in this game, while David Johnson had to leave the pitch for a while having been knocked unconscious. Unfortunately, we lost the fourth game three days later. 2011 – Future red Mohamed Salah played as Egypt Under-20’s lost a penalty shoot-out to Cameroon after a goalless draw in their African Championship Finals Semi-final in South Africa. Beginnings and ends 2007 - Left-back Emiliano Insúa made his reds debut as we lost 2-1 at Portsmouth, with Robbie Fowler having a goal ruled out for offside. Sami Hyypiä scored in his 400th reds game, our 7,000th in League football, while Jerzy Dudek made his 186th and final appearance for the club. Benjani netted the first of his four goals against the reds with Niko Kranjcar also scoring for Pompey. 1900 – Full-back Archie Goldie played his 149th and final reds game in our 2-1 top-flight win at Glossop as we ended the season in tenth. His brother Bill struck, as did John Walker before the home side grabbed a last-minute consolation through G. Colville. Losing the title 1969 - Leeds United’s goalless draw at Anfield handed them the League title, with the reds ending the season six points behind in second place. In and out of the top flight 1894 - We won promotion to the First Division for the first time, beating Newton Heath, who later became Manchester United, 2-0 in a Test Match decider, in front of only 5,000 at Ewood Park. Patrick Gordon and Harry Bradshaw scored the decisive goals, with centre-forward David Henderson playing his 23rd and last reds game. 1928 – Our 2-0 defeat of Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield relegated the North London side, when Tom Bromilow and Gordon Hodgson netted. Bill Murray played the first of his four reds games. Winning the Shield 1906 - We claimed the Charity Shield for the first time, when it was then a six-foot high trophy known as the Sheriff of London Charity Shield. Arthur Goddard and Joe Hewitt grabbed a brace apiece as we beat amateur side Corinthians 5-1 at Craven Cottage, with our other score being a Kenneth Hunt own goal. Most recently 2018 – Soon-to-be relegated Stoke City held us to a goalless draw at Anfield, with the reds denied a strong late penalty claim for handball. 1923 - We were held to a goalless draw at Stoke’s Victoria Ground in a top-flight encounter, having already won the title ten days earlier. Double England debutants 1999 - Jamie Carragher made his senior England debut, as a substitute in their 1-1 friendly draw with Hungary in Budapest. Future red Emile Heskey also made his England bow, from the start. Steve McManaman won his 24th cap, his final one as a reds player, while Jamie Redknapp also played for a side managed by ex-red Kevin Keegan. 1993 - Future reds boss Gérard Houllier managed France as they beat Sweden 2-1 in a World Cup qualifier at Parc des Princes. Most recently 2015 - We lost at Hull City, with Michael Dawson heading in the only goal. Forward Mario Balotelli played his 28th and last reds game. 2016 – We lost the first leg of our UEFA Europa League Semi-final 1-0 at Villarreal thanks to a stoppage-time Adrián López strike. However, we won the Anfield return 3-0 to reach the Final in Basel. Auf wiedersehen Christian 2001 - Christian Ziege played his 32nd and final reds game, coming on as a second-half substitute in our 2-0 win at Coventry City. Sami Hyypiä and Gary McAllister struck the goals inside the final ten minutes, to help send the Sky Blues down. Happy birthday Davy 1867 - Inside-left Davy Hannah was born in Raffrey, County Down. He signed from Sunderland in November 1894 and struck twelve times in 33 reds games, sometimes alongside his cousin, right-back Andrew Hannah. Davy helped us to the Second Division title in 1896 before moving to Dundee the following year. A milestone for Barney 1984 - Alan Kennedy netted while playing his 150th consecutive reds game as we were held 2-2 at Anfield by relegation-threatened Ipswich Town. Ian Rush grabbed the other, his 42nd of the season, and 27th in the League. Eric Gates bagged the last two of his five strikes past us. Mickey’s best goal 1995 - Michael Owen netted what he claims to be his best ever goal as England Under-15’s beat their Scottish counterparts 2-1 in Newcastle. A rare blank against the Foxes 1973 - We suffered our only goalless home League draw with Leicester City. Digger’s final England goal 1993 - John Barnes netted his eleventh and final goal for England as they were held 2-2 by the Netherlands in a World Cup qualifier at Wembley. Future red Paul Ince also played. Friendly thumpings We have twice comfortably won friendlies on this day in history. 1904 - We won a testimonial for Charlie Parry 4-0 at Oswestry Town, with John Carlin bagging a brace. 1934 – Alf Hanson bagged a treble as we beat Corinthians 6-2 at Anfield, with Vic Wright netting twice and Sam English also scoring. 1930 – We won a testimonial for Partick Thistle’s Alex Lambie 2-1 at Firhill, thanks to goals from Gordon Hodgson and Jimmy Smith. In and out 2010 – The transfer of young midfielder Jonjo Shelvey from Charlton Athletic was confirmed. He eventually signed for an initial £1.7m a month later, striking seven times in 69 senior appearances before moving to Swansea City for an initial £5m in July 2013. 2011 – Former reds Chief Scout Eduardo Macía was appointed Technical Director of Olympiacos. 2016 - A tribunal set the fee for forward Danny Ings’ transfer from Burnley for an initial £6.5m, nine months after his arrival. He has only managed to notch four times in 25 outings due to serious injury and is currently on loan at Southampton for the season. Half centurions 2004 - Future red Bolo Zenden bagged his final international goal before joining the reds, while on loan from Chelsea at Middlesbrough. He was winning his fiftieth cap as the Netherlands beat Greece 4-0 in a friendly in Eindhoven. 1993 - Ex-red Ray Houghton won his fiftieth cap for the Republic of Ireland as they drew 1-1 in a World Cup qualifier in Denmark. Ex-reds John Aldridge and Steve Staunton both also played. Stig Inge Bjørnebye, Ian Rush, future reds Øyvind Leonhardsen, Jari Litmanen and ex-red Dean Saunders all also represented their countries that day. First and last caps 1999 - Future red Mark Kennedy was on target in the Republic of Ireland’s 2-0 friendly defeat of Sweden at Lansdowne Road. This was his only goal as a Wimbledon player. Steve Staunton skippered a side that also featured Phil Babb, future red Robbie Keane and ex-red Jason McAteer. Meanwhile, Sami Hyypiä won his 26th cap, and final one as a Willem II player, as Finland drew 1-1 in Slovenia. Ex-red Don Hutchison bagged his first Scotland goal as they beat Germany 1-0 in Bremen, with future red Dietmar Hamann on the losing side. 2004 - Jari Litmanen won his first cap as a Lahti player, and 86th in total, skippering Finland as they lost a friendly 1-0 in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Sami Hyypiä won his sixtieth cap in the same game. Dietmar Hamann and ex-red Rigobert Song both also captained their countries, with Milan Baroš, Jerzy Dudek, Stéphane Henchoz, John Arne Riise, Vladimír Šmicer and future reds Yossi Benayoun and Momo Sissoko also in international action. 1993 - Abel Xavier made his second senior international appearance, and final one while with Estrela de Amadora, as Portugal trounced Scotland 5-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Lisbon. Future reds on target 2004 - Fernando Torres bagged his first senior international goal as Spain held Italy to a 1-1 draw in a friendly in Genoa. Fellow future reds Xabi Alonso and Fernando Morientes both also played. 1987 - Gary McAllister scored in a B international as Scotland drew 1-1 with France in Aberdeen. 1982 - John Wark netted Scotland’s goal as they drew their British International Championships match 1-1 with Northern Ireland at Windsor Park. Alan Hansen and Kenny Dalglish also played, while future red Michael Robinson was in action for the Republic of Ireland on the same day. 1981 - Hansen also featured for Scotland, alongside Graeme Souness, as Scotland beat Israel 3-1 in a World Cup qualifier at Hampden Park. Avi Cohen was on the losing side. England youngsters 1981 - Sammy Lee won his first England Under-21’s cap as they beat Romania 3-0 in a European Championships qualifier at Swindon’s County Ground. 1982 - He won his fourth cap at that level as they drew 1-1 with Scotland at Maine Road to reach the Final of the European Championships 2-1 on aggregate. 2007 – Future red Dani Pacheco played for Spain Under-16’s as they lost a friendly 1-0 to England at the new Wembley Stadium.
  17. Will

    11th April

    A treble for Ron, Ron, Ron 1990 - Ronnie Rosenthal scored a hat-trick in his second reds appearance, and his first start, as we beat Charlton Athletic 4-0 in a League encounter at Selhurst Park. Future Addick John Barnes nabbed the other late on. Andy off the mark 2011 – We beat Manchester City 3-0 at Anfield, with right-back Jon Flanagan making his reds bow. Andy Carroll struck his first two reds goals, with Dirk Kuyt also netting before the break. 1952 – We won 2-1 at Maine Road in a First Division fixture, thanks to goals from inside-forward Kevin Baron and winger Jimmy Payne. Beginnings and ends 1908 - Ned Doig played his 53rd and final reds game in our 3-1 defeat at Newcastle United. He was aged 41 years 166 days, our oldest ever goalkeeper. Forward Arthur Berry debuted in the same game, with Ronald Orr on target. George Wilson struck one of his five goals against the reds, with George Jobey and Jimmy Howie also netting. 1898 - Winger Tommy Robertson scored on his reds bow in our 4-0 top-flight win over The Wednesday at Anfield, while inside-right John Walker also made his debut. Frank Becton netted a brace, with Hugh Morgan also on target. 1936 – John Shield played his only reds game when he deputised for regular left-half Jimmy McDougall as we lost 3-1 at Preston North End. Berry Nieuwenhuys struck our consolation with Bud Maxwell bagging one of his seven goals past us. Jimmy Dougal and Les Vernon also scored for the home side, while forward Tosh Johnson made his 38th and last reds appearance before moving on to Darwen four months later. 1955 - Wing-half Keith Burkinshaw made his only reds appearance in our 1-1 Second Division draw with Port Vale at Anfield, with Brian Jackson netting. He later found greater fame as the Manager of Tottenham Hotspur, becoming the only ex-red to lead a side out against us in a cup final. Ex-red Cyril Done struck the last of his five goals against us. Two-ton Pepe 2009 – Keeper Pepe Reina played his 200th reds game, keeping his 102nd clean sheet as we thumped Blackburn Rovers 4-0. Ex-red Stephen Warnock laid a floral tribute in front of the Kop before kick-off, as the game was played four days before the twentieth anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster. Fernando Torres bagged a first-half brace, with his first being a stunning strike. Daniel Agger added a spectacular long-range effort before David N’Gog completed the scoring late on. 2010 – He kept another clean sheet as Roy Hodgson’s Fulham held us to a goalless draw at Anfield in the League, the first home game we had failed to score in for eleven months. For Sir Roger 1972 - Anfield hosted a testimonial match for Roger Hunt, with the man himself netting a hat-trick, including a penalty, in the 1965 FA Cup winning team’s 8-6 victory over an England XI that included Kevin Keegan. The 55,214 crowd remains the largest ever for a benefit game at Anfield. Keeper Tommy Lawrence also converted a spot-kick, with Tommy Smith, Ian St. John and Peter Thompson also amongst the goalscorers and Martin Peters scoring an own goal in the reds’ favour. Reaching yet another European semi 2007 - Peter Crouch bagged the only goal from two yards out against PSV Eindhoven at Anfield as we reached the Champions League Semi-final 4-0 on aggregate. This was Crouch’s sixth European strike of the campaign, while teenager Dirk Marcellis was somewhat unfortunately dismissed for the visitors on his debut. Sammy puts us ahead 1984 - We kept our fourth Anfield clean sheet in that season’s European Cup, with Sammy Lee heading the only goal of our Semi-final first leg encounter with Romanian champions Dinamo Bucureşti from an Alan Kennedy free-kick. We escaped when Ionel Augustin raced clear of the defence and rounded Bruce Grobbelaar, but could only strike the post. Graeme Souness incurred the wrath of the visiting side when Lica Movilă broke his jaw in an off-the-ball challenge by the fiery Scot. Bamber born 1895 - Left-half Jack Bamber was born in Peasley Cross, St. Helens. He netted twice in eighty official reds games after signing on in December 1915, as well as scoring another eight goals in 118 Wartime outings for the reds. He left for Leicester City in February 1924. Three times against the Villains We have faced Aston Villa three times in the top-flight on this day over the years. 1992 - We lost 1-0 at Villa Park with Tony Daley on target, the first time we had been beaten by the Villains for more than eleven years. 1914 - We also lost 1-0 at home, with Joe Bache bagging the eighth of his nine goals against the reds. 1903 - Arthur Goddard and Sam Raybould netted as we won 2-1 at home. Up for awards 2008 - Steven Gerrard was nominated for the PFA Player of the Year for the fifth consecutive season, with Fernando Torres being put forward for that and the Young Player of the Year award in his first season in England. Ex-red David James was also on the shortlist for the main trophy. The titles were eventually taken by Cristiano Ronaldo and Cesc Fabregas. 2014 - Steven Gerrard and Luis Suárez were named joint Barclays Players of the Month for the previous month, with Brendan Rodgers named as Manager of the Month after leading us to five straight wins in March. Disappointment against the Wearsiders We have twice faced Sunderland in First Division matches on this day in history, winning on neither occasion. 1966 - We drew 2-2 at Roker Park as Chris Lawler bagged a brace, with his first goal coming after just twenty seconds. Neil Martin scored the first of his four goals past us, with Martin Harvey also on target. 1931 - Archie McPherson was on the scoresheet as we were beaten 4-2 at home, with Gordon Hodgson converting a spot-kick in his 200th reds game. Bobby Gurney struck two his sixteen goals against the reds, adding to the hat-trick he had already scored against us in the reverse fixture that season. James Connor bagged one of his five goals past us, with Jimmy Leonard also on the scoresheet. Derby disappointment 1942 - We lost 2-0 to Everton at Anfield in a Wartime League match that also counted for the War League Cup. Canaries chirping 1987 – Ian Rush put us in front at Norwich City, but we then lost a League game for the first time in which he had scored as Trevor Putney and Kevin Drinkell struck in the second half to help ensure Everton took a three-point lead in the title race. Yet another win 1989 - We won 2-1 at Millwall to secure our eleventh straight victory, and ninth in the League, with John Barnes and John Aldridge both on target in the first half after Denis Salman had opened the scoring in our last game before the Hillsborough tragedy. Morris bows out 1908 - Ex-reds inside-left Richard Morris won his eleventh and final Welsh cap, his only one as a Plymouth Argyle player. Reds right-half Maurice Parry also played as Wales lost 1-0 to Ireland in the British International Championships in Aberdare. Representative honours 1910 - Winger Arthur Goddard played for the Football League in a 2-2 draw with a Southern League representative side at Stamford Bridge. On the same day, Ernest Peake’s Wales faced future red Billy Lacey’s Ireland in the British International Championships in Wrexham, with the home side triumphing 4-1. Beattie in charge again 1959 - Andy Beattie managed Scotland for the first time in his second spell as they lost 1-0 to England at Wembley in the British International Championships. Beattie had guested with the reds during the war, and later joined the backroom staff at Anfield after a successful management career. International firsts 1981 - Bruce Grobbelaar won his first cap for Zimbabwe since his arrival at Anfield. Unfortunately, they lost the first leg of their African Cup on Nations qualifier 1-0 at home to Zambia. 1989 - Reserves midfielder Jim Magilton became the first reds player to win an Under-23’s cap for Northern Ireland as they lost 3-0 to the Republic of Ireland in Dublin. Ex-reserve Ken de Mange won his first cap at this level for the home side. Up against the Clarets We twice faced Burnley on this day in the space of three years, failing to win on either occasion. 1894 – We lost a Palatine League game 2-0 at Anfield, our first home defeat for 26 fixtures, which had included 24 wins and one draw. 1896 – Davy Hannah, Malcolm McVean and Clarke netted as we drew a friendly 3-3 at Turf Moor. Dirk the dad again 2008 - Dirk Kuyt became a father for the second time, with his wife Gertrude giving birth to a boy called Roan.
  18. Will

    10th April

    Red beginnings 1942 - The legendary Ian Callaghan was born in Toxteth. He signed professional terms in March 1960 and made a record 857 reds appearances, bagging 68 goals while helping us to five League titles, two FA Cups, one European Cup, two UEFA Cups, UEFA Super Cup and three FA Charity Shields, as well as winning the Football Writers’ Player of the Year award in 1973/74. 1982 – Senegalese forward Sadio Mané was born in Sédhiou. He signed from Southampton for an initial £30m in June 2016, so far netting 77 times in 161 outings while helping us to claim the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup. 1930 - Keeper Tommy Younger was born in Edinburgh. He arrived from Hibernian in June 1956 for £9,000 and made 127 reds appearances, as well as winning 24 caps for Scotland. He returned north of the border after three years at Anfield to join Falkirk, and later became the President of the Scottish FA. He died in January 1984. 1926 – Defender Bert Shears played the first of his sixteen reds games as we won 1-0 at Bury thanks to a late Harry Chambers goal. 1908 – Forward Charlie Hewitt was born in Greatham. He signed from Tottenham Hotspur for £75 in May 1907, bagging six goals in sixteen outings before joining West Bromwich Albion for the same fee the following April. Digger honoured 1988 - John Barnes was named the PFA Player of the Year, with Steve McMahon and Peter Beardsley rounding out the top three, and Alan Hansen also nominated in the shortlist of six contenders. Another Euro semi 2018 – We won 2-1 at Manchester City in the second leg of our UEFA Champions League Quarter-final, to progress 5-1 on aggregate. Gabriel Jesus gave the home side a very early lead on the night before Leroy Sané had a goal incorrectly rules out for offside, a decision that led to City boss Pep Guardiola being sent to the stands for his protests. Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino both scored after the break to take us through to a Semi-final against Roma. Beating the Potters 2016 – We thumped Stoke City 4-1 at Anfield, with Albert Moreno and Daniel Sturridge netting either side of Bojan Krkić’s headed goal before the break. This was Moreno’s third and final reds strike. Divock Origi bagged a second-half brace. 1971 - Peter Thompson struck the only goal of our top-flight trip to City’s old Victoria Ground stadium. Another keeper walks 2012 – Maxi Rodríguez scored his last two reds goals as we raced into a two-goal lead at Blackburn Rovers. However, following Pepe Reina’s dismissal in the previous game, his stand-in Alexander Doni was then sent off, with Brad Jones coming on to save a Yakubu penalty with his first touch, although he then drew the home side level with a brace that included another spot kick. Andy Carroll headed in a stoppage-time winner. Before being replaced by Jones, right-back Jon Flanagan came up against his uncle, Bradley Orr, in this fixture! 1936 - We drew 2-2 at Ewood Park with Matt Busby grabbing the first of his three reds goals and Fred Howe also on the scoresheet. 1948 - Albert Stubbins and Jack Balmer struck as we won 2-1 at the same venue. Mixed European semi-final fortunes 1973 - Left-back Alec Lindsay grabbed the only goal of the game in our UEFA Cup clash with Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield with Brian Hall hitting the bar. We lost the second leg 2-1 but progressed to the Final on the away goals rule. 1985 – We thumped Greek champions Panathinaikos 4-0 at Anfield en route to our fifth European Cup Final in nine years. Ian Rush bagged a brace to add to goals from John Wark and Jim Beglin, his first senior strike. 1997 - Less happily, we were comprehensively beaten 3-0 in the first leg at Paris Saint-Germain in the European Cup Winners’ Cup with keeper David James playing his 200th reds game. Tonking City 1982 - Sammy Lee, Craig Johnston, Alan Kennedy and Ian Rush all netted as we thumped Manchester City 5-0 at Maine Road, with Phil Neal scoring from the spot. Debuting on both sides 1920 - Ephraim Longworth made his England debut as they beat Scotland 5-4 at Hillsborough in the British International Championships. Clubmate Tom Miller debuted for the away side, winning his only cap as a reds player and bagging a brace, his only international goals. Fellow red Kenny Campbell played in goal for the Scots with ex-red Sam Hardy in the England goal for the 21st and final time. A tarnished halo 1998 - Michael Owen was sent off shortly after equalising at Old Trafford with his twentieth goal of the season in a 1-1 League draw with Manchester United. Ronny Johnsen had struck for the home side. Derby despair We have twice faced Everton on this day in history, without winning. 1903 - We were held to a goalless top-flight draw at Anfield. 1944 – We lost 3-0 in a Wartime League match that also counted for the Liverpool Cup. Twice against the Rams We have faced Derby County twice in top-flight matches on this day in history. 1914 - We beat the Rams at Anfield with William Banks bagging the only goal of the game. 1920 - We lost 3-0 at the Baseball Ground, with Noah Burton bagging a brace and Harry Leonard converting a penalty. Full-back William Jenkinson played the last of his thirteen senior reds games. Beating Wolves We have twice beaten Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-0 in First Division fixtures on this day in history. 1937 - Berry Nieuwenhuys struck at Anfield. 1979 - Alan Hansen headed his first League goal at Molineux in a mud-bath. Both sides had good penalty shouts turned down. Four for Willie 1943 - Willie Fagan scored four goals as we thumped Chester 5-2 in a Wartime League match at their Moss Road Ground that also counted for the Lancashire Cup, with Jack Balmer also on target. Defensive farewells 1909 – Half-back Jimmy Hughes made the last of his fifteen senior appearances in our 2-1 home defeat by The Wednesday, with right-half Bobby Robinson on target. 1950 – Frank Christie played his fourth and final reds game as we lost 1-0 at home to Burnley in a First Division encounter. Lucas signs on 2013 – Brazilian midfielder Lucas Leiva signed a new contract. He notched just seven times in 346 senior outings since signing from Grêmio for a reported £5m in May 2007, moving on to S.S. Lazio for £5m in July 2017. The Saint steps down 1965 - Ian St. John won his 21st and final Scotland cap, netting in a 2-2 draw with England in the British International Championships at Wembley. Clubmate Peter Thompson was in the home side. On the move 2014 – Ex-loanee midfielder Nuri Şahin returned to Ballspielverein Borussia 09 e.V. Dortmund from Real Madrid for a reported €7m, after a successful loan spell. 2012 – It was announced that Mohamed Salah would sign for Basel from El Mokawloon El Arab the following June.
  19. Will

    9th April

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

    8th April

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

    27th March

    Yanks in 2007 - Liverpool FC announced that George Gillett Jr. and Tom Hicks now owned 98.6% of the club’s shares and intended to compulsorily acquire the remaining shares. Chief Executive Rick Parry said, “The incredibly high level of acceptance of the offer shows shareholders have faith in the vision outlined for the club by George Gillett and Tom Hicks.” The two Americans remained in control until October 2010. We’re all on our way to Wembley 1965 - We beat Chelsea 2-0 in a Villa Park Semi-final en route to our first ever FA Cup triumph. John Mortimore had a goal disallowed for the Blues before Peter Thompson netted, with Willie Stevenson adding a penalty, the first he had ever taken. 1971 - We beat Everton 2-1 at Old Trafford, before losing to Arsenal in the Final. Alun Evans and Brian Hall were on target this time after Alan Ball had given the Blues the lead, one of his eleven strikes past us, with Hall netting his first reds goal. 1899 - Our other Semi-final on this day, a second replay against Sheffield United at Fallowfield in Manchester, was postponed due to crowd congestion, with the reds leading 1-0 at the time thanks to a George Allan goal. We lost the rearranged game 1-0 three days later. For Crazy Horse 1979 - A testimonial match was played at Anfield for long-serving skipper Emlyn Hughes. Borussia Mönchengladbach won 1-0 in front of a crowd of 25,290, raising gate receipts of £39,500. Trebles 1964 - ‘Sir’ Roger Hunt scored a hat-trick in our 3-1 win at Tottenham Hotspur before 57,022 spectators, the highest ever for this fixture. 1909 - Less happily, Middlesbrough beat us 2-1, their third successive League win over us at home, with centre-half Jimmy Harrop grabbing our consolation, the first of his four reds goals. Alf Common struck the last of his four goals against the reds, with Steve Bloomer bagging one of his fourteen past us. A flood of generosity 2005 - A charity match was staged at Anfield, billed as the Tsunami Football Testimonial. A Legends side beat a Celebs team 6-2, with the Legends’ goals including a brace from Jason McAteer, a Patrick McGuinness own goal, and strikes by Ian Rush, David Johnson and John Aldridge. The event raised an estimated half a million pounds to support those who suffered in the Asian tsunami tragedy that happened the previous Boxing Day. Royal approval 1920 - King George V was presented to both captains, including our own Ephraim Longworth, before our League game with Manchester City at Hyde Road, the day after having attended the Grand National at Aintree. We lost the game 2-1, with Harry Chambers netting from the spot and Horace Barnes bagging two of his nine goals against us. Debuting at Anfield against the Mancs 1937 - South African keeper Dirk Kemp played the first of his thirty reds games as we beat Manchester United 2-0 at Anfield, with Alf Hanson netting before Fred Howe added the second in the final minute. Derby joy 1982 - Ronnie Whelan struck with Graeme Sharp equalising inside the first three minutes as we won 3-1 at Goodison Park. Graeme Souness and Craig Johnston netted in the second half. Keeper Bruce Grobbelaar was handed a cardboard clown’s face by a Blues fan before the game, which he took in good spirits, placing it in the back of his goal! Other milestones 1948 – Left-back Eddie Spicer netted his second and final reds goal as we won a top-flight match 2-0 at Grimsby Town, after Jack Balmer had opened the scoring. 1967 – Roger Hunt played his 300th League game for the reds in our goalless Anfield meeting with Arsenal. God for England 1996 - Robbie Fowler made his senior England debut at Wembley as a substitute in a 1-0 friendly defeat of Bulgaria. Steve McManaman also played, while Paul Ince won his first cap as an Internazionale player, following his move from Old Trafford. Mark Kennedy, Jason McAteer, ex-reds John Aldridge and Steve Staunton, and future reds Markus Babbel, Gary McAllister and Christian Ziege all also featured in international friendlies on the same day. 2002 - Robbie scored in England’s 2-1 defeat by Italy at Elland Road, while winning his first cap as a Leeds United player, as well as skippering the side for forty minutes after David Beckham was substituted. Michael Owen, Emile Heskey, Danny Murphy, future red Joe Cole and ex-red David James all also featured. 2015 - Raheem Sterling netted his first England goal as Roy Hodgson’s side thumped Lithuania 4-0 at Wembley. Jordan Henderson and future red Nathaniel Clyne both also featured. Xherdan Shaqiri won his first cap as an Internazionale player as Switzerland beat Estonia 3-0 in Lucerne. Meanwhile, future red Danny Ings played for England Under-21’s as they beat the Czech Republic n a friendly in Prague. 2009 – Tom Ince and future reds James Milner and Jonjo Shelvey both featured as England Under-17’s beat Serbia 2-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Hungary. Also in international action that day were David N’Gog and future reds Joe Allen and Dejan Lovren. Mixed fortunes against the Clarets We have twice entertained Burnley in the top-flight on this day in history. 1976 - Substitute David Fairclough netted a brace as we won 2-0, our last League meeting for more than thirty years. 1897 - Robert Neill grabbed our consolation in a 2-1 defeat. 1946 – We also faced the Clarets, losing a Lancashire Senior Cup Third Round tie 3-2 at Turf Moor after extra time. Cyril Done and Willie Fagan struck for the reds. Martin the best 2009 - Martin Škrtel was named Slovakia’s Player of the Year for 2008. This was the first of four times he has claimed this award to date. 2015 - He played for his country as they beat Luxembourg 3-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Zilina. International reds in friendly action 2002 - Jari Litmanen became Finland’s joint all-time top scorer on 21 goals with a brace in a 4-1 win in Portugal, with Sami Hyypiä also playing. Meanwhile, Dietmar Hamann played in Germany’s 4-2 win over the USA in Rostock, with ex-red Christian Ziege on target with his final international goal. Future red Andriy Voronin made his senior bow as the Ukraine lost 4-1 in Romania. Leeds United’s Robbie Keane netted as the Republic of Ireland beat future red Christian Poulsen’s Denmark 3-0, with ex-reds Jason McAteer and Steve Staunton also in action. Jerzy Dudek needed treatment after being hit by a missile during Poland’s surprise 2-0 defeat by Japan in Łódź. Vladimír Šmicer and future reds Sotirios Kyrgiakos and Fernando Morientes also played for their countries that day. Meanwhile, ex-red Dominic Matteo won his sixth and final cap for Scotland as they were thumped 5-0 by France in Paris. 2011 – Charlie Adam and Danny Wilson faced Lucas Leiva as Brazil beat Scotland 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium. Meanwhile, future red Oussama Assaidi featured in an African Cup of Nations qualifier. In action many times Stéphane Henchoz has played for Switzerland three times on this day in history, each time away from home. 1996 - The Swiss lost 1-0 in Austria in a friendly. 1999 - They won their Euro 2000 qualifier in Belarus 1-0 2002 – Switzerland held Sweden to a 1-1 draw in a friendly. Rigobert Song has also represented his country on three occasions on this day over the years. 2002 - Cameroon drew 2-2 with Argentina in a friendly in Switzerland. 2003 - They beat Madagascar 2-0 in the Semi-final of the Tunis Tournament. 2004 - He played in their 2-1 World Cup qualifying defeat of Sudan in Yaoundé. More international reds on target 2017 – Sadio Mané converted a penalty as Senegal drew 1-1 with Ivory Coast in Paris, although the match was abandoned after 88 minutes due to crowd trouble. Trent Alexander-Arnold won his tenth and last cap for England Under-19’s in their 5-1 European Championships qualifying defeat of Belarus at St. George’s Park, with Joe Gomez also in international action that day. 1974 - Celtic’s Kenny Dalglish netted as Scotland beat West Germany 2-1 in a friendly in Frankfurt. 1985 - Ian Rush bagged the only goal as Wales beat Scotland in a World Cup qualifier at Hampden Park. Kenny Dalglish, Alan Hansen, Steve Nicol and ex-reds Joey Jones and Graeme Souness also played. On the same day, John Barnes, Peter Beardsley and future red Mark Wright lined up against Ray Houghton, Steve Staunton and ex-reds John Aldridge and Kevin Sheedy as England and the Republic of Ireland drew their qualifier 1-1 at Wembley. 1991 - Dean Saunders, playing alongside Ian Rush, was on target as Wales drew 1-1 in Belgium in a European Championships qualifier. This was his final goal as a Derby County player. 1999 - Future red Dietmar Hamann netted in Germany’s 3-0 Euro 2000 qualifying win in Northern Ireland, although the goal is sometimes credited as a Steve Morrow own goal. Fellow future red Markus Babbel also featured, while also in action that day were Patrik Berger, Vegard Heggem and future reds Nicolas Anelka and Vladimír Šmicer. International bosses 1999 - Ex-red Kevin Keegan took charge of England for the first time as they beat Poland 3-1 in a Euro 2000 qualifier at Wembley. He selected Steve McManaman and Jamie Redknapp. 2003 - Future reds boss Gérard Houllier managed France as they won a World Cup qualifier 1-0 in Austria thanks to a Jean-Pierre Papin goal. Jim’s farewell 2002 - Ex-reserves midfielder Jim Magilton won his 52nd and final cap for Northern Ireland as they were held to a goalless draw in a friendly in Liechtenstein. 1996 - He also turned out for his country, facing Stig Inge Bjørnebye and future red Øyvind Leonhardsen as Norway won a friendly 2-0 at Windsor Park. 1991 - His first international appearance on this day came as his side lost a Euro ’92 qualifier 4-1 in Yugoslavia. Final caps 2016 – Trent Alexander-Arnold won his second and final cap for England Under-18’s in their 4-1 friendly defeat of the Republic of Ireland at St. George’s Park, with Herbie Kane also featuring. 2005 - Momo Sissoko won his twelfth and final cap as a Valencia player as Mali lost 2-1 to Togo in a World Cup qualifier in Bamako. 1988 - Ex-reds defender Avi Cohen was booked while winning his last international cap as Israel won 1-0 in an Olympics qualifying game in New Zealand. Future red Ronnie Rosenthal also played. 1897 - Ex-reds left-back Duncan McLean won his second and final cap for Scotland as they thumped Ireland 5-1 at Ibrox in the British International Championships. Ex-reds on the move 2014 – Left-winger Albert Riera signed for Watford having recently had his contract with Galatasaray terminated. He netted once in eight games for the Hornets. On the same day, Lee Peltier joined Nottingham Forest on loan from Leeds United, playing seven times. 2013 - Toni Silva joined Dagenham & Redbridge on loan from Barnsley, turning out for them four times in League Two. 2009 – John Welsh moved to Bury on loan from Hull City, playing six times for the League Two outfit. 2003 - John Miles joined Third Division Macclesfield Town on loan from Crewe Alexandra. He netted four goals in eight games, signing permanently two months later. 1997 - Ex-reserves defender Ashley Neal signed for Peterborough United from Huddersfield Town on non-contract terms, going on to play for the Posh just nine times. On the same day, forward Lee Jones joined Tranmere Rovers on loan, for whom he struck five times in eight games before signing permanently two months later. Youngsters on target again 2018 – Dominic Solanke scored as England Under-21’s beat Ukraine 2-1 in a European Championships qualifier at Bramall Lane. Ex-red Iago Aspas scored for Spain as they thumped Argentina 6-1 in a friendly in Madrid, with ex-red Javier Mascherano skippering his country. Marko Grujić, Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana, Simon Mignolet, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Kamil Grabara, Andrew Robertson, Corey Whelan, future red Alisson Becker and ex-reds Philippe Coutinho, Victor Moses and Raheem Sterling all also represented their countries. 2007 – Future reds forward Daniel Sturridge netted twice while winning his only cap for England Under-18’s in their 4-1 victory over the Netherlands in Yeovil. 2001 - Milan Baroš netted a brace in the Czech Republic Under-21’s 3-0 European Championships qualifying defeat of Christian Poulsen’s Denmark in Teplice. This was the fifth consecutive international in which he had scored. 1997 – Future red Haukur Ingi Guðnason struck his sixth and last goal for Iceland Under-19’s goal as they beat Romania 2-0 in the Italy Tournament. Behind the scenes moves 2009 – Assistant Manager Sammy Lee, first-team coach Mauricio Pellegrino, goalkeeping coach Xavi Valero, joint chief scout Eduardo Macía and fitness coach Paco de Miguel all extended their contracts with the reds. Meanwhile, Frank McParland was appointed to undertake a strategic review of the Academy. Big money Crouch 2002 - Future reds centre-forward Peter Crouch joined Aston Villa from Portsmouth for £5m after a successful spell at Fratton Park. His time in the Midlands was less noteworthy, as he netted just six times in 43 games for the Villains, as well as spending three months on loan with Norwich City.
  22. Will

    9th March

    Heading towards Istanbul 2005 - Luis García netted twice before Milan Baroš struck his 27th and final reds goal as we beat Bayer 04 Leverkusen 3-1 in the BayArena to reach the Quarter-finals of the Champions League 6-2 on aggregate. We were able to take our feet off the gas towards the end, as John Welsh made his Champions League debut and we ended the match with Antonio Núñez at right-back and Igor Bišcan alongside Welsh in the centre of defence, although Jacek Krzynówek grabbed a late consolation – cue “Rocking All Over The World”! Rafa was also able to replace Dietmar Hamann with Vladimír Šmicer on the hour, in a replica of the switch made by his predecessor three years earlier that some people claimed had tipped the balance towards the German outfit. Yanks in 2007 - It was announced that George Gillett Jr. and Tom Hicks now owned 80.7% of the club’s shares. John’s bow 1901 – Forward John Davies played the first of his ten reds games as Sam Raybould bagged the only goal of our home top-flight fixture with Wolverhampton Wanderers. Leaving the reds 1999 - Steve Harkness was sold to SL Benfica for £750,000 after three goals in 139 reds games since signing from Carlisle United for £75,000 in July 1989. He only stayed five months in Portugal, playing nine League games for the Eagles before joining Blackburn Rovers. 1972 – Forward Bobby Graham left for Coventry City after 42 goals in 137 reds games, having been pushed down the pecking order by John Toshack and Kevin Keegan. Twice from twelve yards 1991 - We won 3-0 at Manchester City to go joint top of the table, with Jan Mølby scoring two from the spot in a six-minute first-half spell, and John Barnes netting late on. 1982 - Our previous game on this day was a 5-1 thumping of Stoke City at the Victoria Ground, postponed from the previous December. Five different scorers bagged our goals, with Terry McDermott, Kenny Dalglish, Graeme Souness, Sammy Lee and Ronnie Whelan all on target. 1918 - We also visited the Potters in a Wartime League fixture when George Schofield netted in a 3-1 defeat. On our way to Wembley 1974 - John Toshack netted the only goal of the game as we won our FA Cup Quarter-final at Bristol City. The reds enjoyed the rare luxury of flying back from the game. Derby disappointment 1895 – We lost our Lancashire Senior Cup Semi-final 1-0 at Goodison Park. Happy birthdays 1996 – Centre-half Dan Cleary was born in Dublin. He arrived in 2011, moving up to the Under-21’s for the 2014/15 season. He made his first-team debut against a Malaysia XI in July 2015, but moved on in the summer of 2016. 1983 - Midfielder Michael Foley-Sheridan was born in Dublin. He left Anfield in the summer of 2004, without having broken through into the first-team to return to Irish football. 1950 - Ex-coach Christian Damiano was born in France. He only spent one season with the reds after making the move from Fulham, before moving on for a second spell at Southampton, working as Steve Wigley’s assistant. International starts against the Irish 1901 - Winger Jack Cox won the first of his three England caps as they beat Ireland 3-0 in the British International Championships at The Dell. 1895 - Future reds right-half Raby Howell netted on his debut as England triumphed 9-0 at Derby, winning his only cap as a Sheffield United player. Fellow future reds inside-forward Frank Becton added a brace on his debut, also his only appearance while with Preston North End. 1889 - Future reds keeper Ned Doig won his second and final cap as an Arbroath player as Scotland trounced Northern Ireland 7-0 at Ibrox. 1949 – Future red Sammy Smyth played for Ireland as they lost 2-0 to Wales in the British International Championships at Windsor Park. Bish Bash Taff Tosh 1994 - A bittersweet day for John Toshack, who managed the Welsh national team for the first and only time in his initial 47-day reign in charge. The game ended in a 3-1 defeat by Norway with Stig Inge Bjørnebye, Ian Rush and ex-red Dean Saunders all playing at Ninian Park. Meanwhile, Roy Hodgson took charge of Switzerland as they beat Hungary 2-1 in a friendly in Budapest. Red against red in Cardiff 1903 - Alex Raisbeck captained Scotland for the first time as they lost 1-0 to Wales in the British International Championships at Ninian Park. Richard Morris won his first Welsh cap as a red, alongside team-mate Maurice Parry. A half century for Quasi 1994 - Ex-red Peter Beardsley won his fiftieth cap for England as they beat Denmark 1-0 in a friendly at Wembley. Future red Paul Ince also played. Disappointment in North London 1963 - Goals from Kevin Lewis and Roger Hunt helped us to a 2-2 draw with Arsenal at Highbury. 1929 - Gordon Hodgson and Dick Edmed both scored as we lost 4-2 to the Gunners at Anfield. Joe Hulme struck two of his ten goals against the reds, with Jimmy Brain bagging the last of his eight and Charlie Jones also on target. We have also twice visited Tottenham Hotspur on this day in history. 1977 – We lost a League fixture as Ralph Coates scored the last of his four goals past us. 1968 - We held them to a 1-1 draw in the Fifth Round of the FA Cup. Tony Hateley struck our goal, and we eventually went out to West Bromwich Albion in the next round, after two replays. Jimmy Greaves scored for Spurs, one of his twelve strikes against the reds. Wednesday twice We faced The Wednesday twice at Owlerton on this day in successive years early last century. 1908 - Goals from Robert Robinson and Joe Hewitt handed us a 2-1 League win. 1907 - We lost 1-0 in the FA Cup Fourth Round as Harry Chapman scored his sixth and final goal past us.
  23. Will

    4th April

    Unhappy hat-tricks 1961 - Winger Kevin Lewis scored a treble in our Second Division fixture at Bristol Rovers, but we still went down 4-3. Bobby Jones bagged a brace as Peter Hooper netted the last of his seven goals against us, with Harold Jarman also on target. 1908 - Joe Bache scored a hat-trick for Aston Villa in their 5-1 top-flight victory over us at Villa Park, three of his nine strikes against the reds, with our goal coming from inside-left Ronald Orr on his reds debut. Harry Hampton netted two of his fifteen goals past us. 1931 - Jimmy Dunne bagged all four goals for Sheffield United as we lost 4-1 at Bramall Lane, with Harold Barton nabbing our consolation. Dunne scored a total of eleven goals against the reds. Happy birthdays 2003 – Two reds youngsters were born on this day, with winger Harvey Elliott coming into the world in Chertsey. He became the Premier League’s youngest ever player in May 2019 when he appeared for Fulham aged sixteen and thirty days. He joined the reds two months later, so far making seven first-team appearances. On the same day, left-back James Norris was born in Liverpool. He made his senior bow at Aston Villa in the League Cup last December. Wembley denied 1979 - Manchester United denied us a place at Wembley, winning our FA Cup Semi-final replay at Goodison thanks to a late Jimmy Greenhoff goal, with both sides hitting the woodwork. They went on to lose an end-to-end final to Arsenal. This was Emlyn Hughes’ 665th and final reds game. Heading towards Kiev 2018 – We beat Manchester City 3-0 at Anfield in the first leg of our UEFA Champions League Quarter-final, with Mohamed Salah, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Sadio Mané all on target in a blistering opening half hour. Disappointment in North London 1953 – We lost a top-flight encounter 5-3 to Arsenal at Highbury. Laurie Hughes put through his own net, with Louis Bimpson, Alan A’Court and Billy Liddell on target for the reds. Don Roper netted two of his five goals past us, with Doug Lishman scoring one of his four and Peter Goring also on the scoresheet. 2015 - We were thumped 4-1 at the Emirates Stadium, with Héctor Bellerín, Mesut Özil and Alexis Sánchez all scoring before the break. Jordan Henderson converted from the spot with Emre Can dismissed before Olivier Giroud bagged a late fourth, one of his seven goals past us to date. An eventful meeting with the Mancs 1988 - We shared six goals with Manchester United on Easter Monday at Anfield, falling behind to an early Bryan Robson strike who later added the last of his seven goals past us. Colin Gibson was sent off for bringing Steve Nicol down after Peter Beardsley, Gary Gillespie and Steve McMahon had given us a two-goal lead, but United came back to level the match by the end, with Gordon Strachan celebrating his late equaliser with an imaginary cigar in front of the Kop, after a second Robson goal. It was after this game that Kenny Dalglish famously told reporters that they would get more sense out of his six-year old daughter Lauren than United boss Alex Ferguson, who was moaning about the referee. Ton up for Shanks 1964 - Bill Shankly secured his hundredth League win as reds boss, in his 184th game in charge. Ian Callaghan was on target and Alf Arrowsmith bagged a brace in a 3-0 defeat of Manchester United at Anfield. Stalemates with the Blues We have faced Birmingham City twice in the top flight on this day in history, each time ending 1-1. 2010 – Steven Gerrard was on target at St. Andrews, with David N’Gog spurning three promising openings after replacing the exhausted Fernando Torres with 25 minutes remaining. Left-back Emiliano Insúa played his 62nd and final reds game. 1925 – Fred Baron struck at Anfield, with George Briggs bagging one of his ten goals against the reds. Jack Jones missed a penalty for the visitors after Bill Cockburn had handled in the box. Jim signs on 1934 – Full-back Jim Harley signed from Hearts Of Beath. He made 131 senior appearances, helping us to claim the first post-war League title in 1947. Beating City again and again 1983 - We secured our sixth consecutive win at Maine Road, and fifth in the League, as Graeme Souness and Alan Kennedy added to a David Fairclough brace in our 4-0 win. 300 up for Ged 2004 - We played our 300th match since Gérard Houllier took sole charge as we thumped Blackburn Rovers 4-0 at Anfield, equalling our record defeat of the Lancashire side. Michael Owen bagged a brace and Andy Todd notched an own goal before Emile Heskey added a late fourth. England debutants 1962 - Roger Hunt scored on his England debut, as Austria lost a friendly 3-1 at Wembley. 1984 - Alan Kennedy won his first cap as Northern Ireland lost 1-0 in the British International Championships at Wembley. Sammy Lee also played, in front of a crowd of just 24,000. Cox and Ned’s day 1903 - Winger Jack Cox won his third and final cap at Bramall Lane as England beat a Scotland side skippered by his clubmate Alex Raisbeck 2-1 in the British International Championships. Future reds keeper Ned Doig won his fifth and last cap for Scotland. 1904 - Cox played for the Football League in their 2-1 win over a Scottish League side. 1896 - Doig won his first cap as a Sunderland player, and third in total, as Scotland beat England 2-1 at Celtic Park. Final strikes 1903 – Inside-forward Edgar Chadwick struck his seventh and final reds goal in our 3-1 top-flight defeat at Grimsby Town. Duncan Ronaldson nabbed a brace for the home side, with Fred Rouse also netting. 1936 – Bob Glassey bagged his last two goals for the club as we were held to a 2-2 draw by Middlesbrough at Anfield, to reach four strikes in nine outings in total. Benny Yorston struck one of his five goals past us, with Bob Baxter also on the scoresheet. Managerial moves 2002 - Jan Mølby took charge at Hull City, having resigned from Kidderminster Harriers six days previously. He was at Boothferry Park for six months before being sacked, having only won two of his seventeen games in charge. 1983 - Larry Lloyd was sacked as Wigan Athletic boss. He had been in charge for two years, leading them out of the basement division in his only full season. 2006 - Ex-reserves defender Richard Money left as Head Coach at Newcastle Jets in Australia. Defeat in Dubai 1989 - We lost to Celtic in the Dubai Champions Cup, played in the United Arab Emirates’ capital. The game ended 1-1, with John Aldridge equalising after Mark McGhee put the Bhoys ahead, and went to penalties after extra time. Unfortunately, we lost the shoot-out 4-2. Pat Bonner saved Steve McMahon’s spot kick before substitute Steve Staunton hit the post. Top site 2006 - The club’s official site liverpoolfc.tv was announced as the best Premiership website following a survey of users. Good news for the youngsters 2002 - Young reds John Welsh and Jon Otsemobor were both named in the England Under-19’s squad to face Lithuania in a European Championships play-off later in the month. Meanwhile, winger Richie Partridge put pen to paper on a new two-year Anfield deal. Brad the dad 2012 – Keeper Brad Jones became a father to his second son, Nico Luca. Sadly, Luca, his first, had died aged just six five months earlier.
  24. Will

    30th March

    Derby joy 2008 - We bounced back from defeat at Old Trafford by beating Everton 1-0 at Anfield. Pepe Reina kept his 54th clean sheet in his hundredth League game, a new club record to beat Ray Clemence on 53. Fernando Torres scored our hundredth goal of the season early on, notching in his sixth consecutive League home game, equalling a club record, while the club reached 3,000 League points. 1940 - Berry Nieuwenhuys grabbed a brace with Billy Liddell also on the scoresheet as we won a Wartime League match 3-1 at Everton. Reds being born 1892 – A meeting was held in the Neptune Hotel in Clayton Square, Liverpool to draw up club rules for the nascent reds. The first rule was “that the club be called Liverpool Football Club and shall play under the Rules of the Football Association”. Thumping Spurs 2014 – We trounced Tottenham Hotspur 4-0 at Anfield to return to the top of the League for the first time since Christmas. Younes Kaboul turned in a Glen Johnson cross early on before Luis Suárez doubled our lead. Philippe Coutinho and Jordan Henderson both struck after the break. 1964 – We beat Spurs 3-1 at Anfield, with Ian St. John bagging a brace before the interval, with Alf Arrowsmith on target after the break. Eventually successful semis We have twice played Semi-finals on this day over the years. 1974 - We drew 0-0 with Leicester City in the FA Cup at Old Trafford, before winning the replay 3-1 at Villa Park four days later. Kevin Keegan had two efforts cleared off the line and also hit the post. 1976 - We won 1-0 at the Camp Nou in our UEFA Cup Semi-final first leg, with John Toshack grabbing the only goal as we dominated the match from the start, despite Barca’s line-up including the Dutch maestros Johan Cruyff and Johan Neeskens. This was Barcelona’s first home defeat by English opposition in European competition and thousands of home fans vented their frustration during the second half by hurling seat cushions onto the pitch, holding up the game for a while. A 1-1 draw at Anfield took us through to the final against Club Brugge. A failed semi 1899 - We lost out in our second FA Cup Semi-final in three years, losing 1-0 to eventual winners Sheffield United in a second replay at the Baseball Ground. Left-half Bill Goldie was charged with “discourteous language” after the game and was subsequently banned for the last three games of the season, when we were competing for the title. The FA’s disciplinary committee had to employ an interpreter to understand his very strong Scottish accent! 1923 - We played the Blades again, with Harry Chambers on target twice in a 2-1 First Division win at Anfield. Billy Gillespie struck one of his seven goals against the reds. Vlad on fire 2002 - Vladimír Šmicer’s second goal in consecutive reds games and a Michael Owen tap-in from a Šmicer cross gave us a 2-0 home League win over Charlton Athletic, moving us back to the top of the table. Vlad became our fastest ever goalscoring substitute, having netted just four minutes after entering the fray as an early replacement for the injured Emile Heskey. Beaten by the R’s 1991 - We lost at home to Queens Park Rangers for the only time to date, under the temporary charge of Ronnie Moran, with Les Ferdinand heading in his seventh goal in as many games to put them in front, the first of his six goals past us. Roy Wegerle pounced on a slack Steve Staunton back-pass to double their half-time lead. Jan Mølby converted a spot-kick before Peter Beardsley struck a post, but substitute Clive Wilson scored with his first touch to make the final score 3-1. A memorable day for Mr Walker 1898 - We paid Hearts £350 in total for Scottish international winger Tom Robertson and inside-right John Walker, who had both just helped their side to claim the League title, both then repeating the feat south of the border. Robertson netted 34 goals in 141 reds outings, returning to Hearts in May 1902 while Walker famously scored the goal that clinched our first League title in 1901, bagging 31 goals in 120 outings before moving to Rangers in 1902. 1895 - Walker won his first full international cap, grabbing a brace as Scotland beat Ireland 3-1 in the British International Championships at Celtic Park. Off the mark 1934 – Forward Tosh Johnson grabbed his first reds goal in our 2-2 top-flight draw with Huddersfield Town at Anfield, with Alf Hanson also on target. Charlie Luke bagged two of his four goals past us. Trebles galore We have registered several trebles in Wartime League football on this day in history. 1946 - Cyril Done scored a hat-trick in a 5-2 win at Middlesbrough, with Jack Balmer and Willie Fagan also on target. 1918 - Thomas Bennett struck four times with Thomas Green adding three as we thumped Southport Central 8-0 at their Ash Lane ground. George Schofield added the final goal. Births and death 1990 - Hungarian forward András Simon was born in Salgotarjan. He arrived from MTK Hungária in a joint £1m three-year deal with his compatriot Krisztián Németh in July 2007. He failed to make the first team before returning to his native land. 1990 - Right-back Emmanuel Mendy was born in Medina Gounass, Senegal. He joined the reds from Real Murcia on a three-year deal in July 2008, but was released four years later. 1958 - Joe Keetley died. He signed from Accrington Stanley in November 1923 for £1,200 and struck twice in nine reds games before moving to Wolverhampton Wanderers in May 1925. He went through three League clubs in eight months after leaving Anfield before moving into non-League football. Half a century for Jerzy 2005 - Jerzy Dudek won his fiftieth cap for Poland as they beat Northern Ireland 1-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Warsaw. International scorers 1977 - Kevin Keegan bagged his final England goal as a reds player, with Ray Kennedy also on target as they thumped Luxembourg 5-0 in a World Cup qualifier at Wembley. Ray Clemence and Emlyn Hughes also played. Steve Heighway and Joey Jones both also represented their countries on the same day. 1983 - Future red John Wark netted in Scotland’s 2-2 European Championships qualifying draw with Switzerland at Hampden Park. Kenny Dalglish, Alan Hansen and Graeme Souness all also played. Meanwhile, Sammy Lee and Phil Neal featured in England’s goalless draw with Greece at Wembley, as they also bid to qualify for the Finals in France. International bows 1993 - Stig Inge Bjørnebye won his first cap as a reds player as Norway thumped Qatar 6-1 in a friendly in Doha. Future clubmate Øyvind Leonhardsen also played. 2004 – Future red James Milner made the first of his record 46 appearances for England Under-21’s, his only one while with Leeds United, as they drew 2-2 with Sweden in a friendly in Kristianstad. Fellow future reds Scott Carson and Stewart Downing both also featured. Eight goal thriller 1960 - We led Aston Villa 4-0 with just 24 minutes remaining of our Second Division fixture at Villa Park thanks to a brace from Dave Hickson and goals from Roger Hunt and John Molyneux. However, the home side struck three times inside nine minutes, and Bobby Thomson grabbed his second goal to equalise with five minutes remaining. Peter McParland, who had already scored, as in the earlier meeting at Anfield that season, missed a clear-cut chance in the last minute that nearly completed an amazing comeback for the Villains, who went on to claim the title that season. Villa’s other goal came from Stan Lynn’s spot-kick. 1907 - We were thumped 4-0 in another top-flight meeting there, with four first-team regulars missing. Harry Hampton bagged one of his fifteen strikes against the reds, while Albert Hall bagged a brace with Fred Chapple also on target. Lucas signs on 2011 – Brazilian midfielder Lucas Leiva signed a new contract until 2015, later further extended. bagged seven goals in 346 reds games, growing to become a firm fans’ favourite before being sold to S.S. Lazio for £5m in July 2017. Semi at Anfield 1912 – The third of five FA Cup Semi-finals to be staged at Anfield took place, with losing Finalists West Bromwich Albion sharing a goalless draw with Blackburn Rovers. Recent international reds on target 2012 – Future red Mohamed Salah netted as Egypt beat Uganda 2-1 in a friendly in Sudan. 2005 - Steven Gerrard and Milan Baroš both struck in World Cup qualifiers. Ex-red Michael Owen and future red Joe Cole also featured in England’s 2-0 defeat of Azerbaijan at St. James’ Park, with Owen skippering the side for part of the game. Baroš also won a penalty and set up another goal as the Czech Republic won 4-0 in Andorra. On the same day, future red Andriy Voronin grabbed his first goal as a Bayer 04 Leverkusen player, the only goal of Ukraine’s qualifier against future red Christian Poulsen’s Denmark in Kiev. 2006 – Future red Maxi Rodríguez netted as Argentina beat Angola 2-0 in a friendly in Italy. 2004 - Future reds winger Mark González was on target as Chile won a World Cup qualifier 2-0 in Bolivia. On the same day, Daniel Agger played for Denmark Under-20’s as they lost 3-0 to Spain in Léon. 2005 - González also played for his country, winning his final cap before making the switch to Anfield, as Chile lost 2-1 in Paraguay in another qualifier. KHR in charge 2000 – Karl-Heinz Riedle was appointed Manager of Fulham. He was in charge for the rest of the season, with Jean Tigana replacing him that summer. Final caps 1901 – Ex-reds half-back Barney Battles won his third and final cap for Scotland as they drew 2-2 with England in the British International Championships at Crystal Palace, with Alex Raisbeck also in action for the away side. 2005 - Alou Diarra won his third and final cap as a reds player in France’s 1-1 World Cup qualifying draw in Israel, with future red Yossi Benayoun featuring for the home side. Meanwhile, Jan Kromkamp won his fourth and last cap as an AZ Alkmaar player as the Netherlands beat Armenia 2-0 in Eindhoven, with future reds Ryan Babel and Dirk Kuyt also featuring. John Arne Riise was also in World Cup action that day. On the same day, Craig Bellamy won his last cap as a Newcastle United player, and 33rd to date, although he was on loan at Celtic at the time, as John Toshack’s Wales lost a World Cup qualifier 1-0 in Austria. Future reds Philipp Degen, Sotirios Kyrgiakos and Fernando Torres also played for their countries that day. Two ton up for the Irish 1983 - Mark Lawrenson, Ronnie Whelan and future red Michael Robinson all played in the Republic of Ireland’s 1-0 European Championships qualifying win in Malta. It was Ireland’s 200th full international match, while Robinson was winning his final cap as a Brighton & Hove Albion player. International treble 2006 - Future reds reserves forward Krisztián Németh bagged a hat-trick as Hungary Under-17’s thumped Sweden 4-0 in the Elite Round of European Championships qualifiers in Portugal. He was also booked. 2009 – Tom Ince played in another qualifier at the same level as England won 2-0 in Hungary. 2015 - Future red Danny Ings played for England Under-21’s as they beat Germany 3-2 at the Riverside Stadium. Brucie demobbed 1977 - Bruce Grobbelaar was discharged from the Rhodesian army. HIG twice Haukur Ingi Guðnason twice represented his country on this day. 1996 – He played for the Under-19’s as they lost 2-1 to Switzerland in a tournament game in Israel. 1999 – Iceland Under-21’s were thumped 5-1 in a European Championships qualifier in the Ukraine.
  25. Will

    18th March

    Happy birthday Spud 1977 - Danny Murphy was born in Chester. He arrived from Crewe Alexandra for an overall £3m fee in July 1997. Spud was nearly on his way out early into his Anfield career, but later established himself as a vital squad member. He made a total of 249 first-team appearances, notching 44 times, helping us to claim the UEFA Cup, FA Cup, League Cup, UEFA Super Cup and FA Charity Shield before moving to Charlton Athletic for £2.5m in August 2004. Two-ton Rushie 1987 - Ian Rush bagged his 200th and 201st reds goals as we beat Queens Park Rangers 2-1, with ex-red Sammy Lee in the visitors’ side. Skipper once again 2010 – Steven Gerrard captained the reds for the 300th time as we beat Lille OSC Métropole 3-0 in the second leg of our UEFA Europa League Round of 16 tie at Anfield, so overcoming a 1-0 first leg deficit. Gerrard opened the scoring from the spot after Lucas was brought down inside the first ten minutes. Fernando Torres bagged a second-half brace to secure victory. On the way to Wembley 1989 - We beat Third Division Brentford 4-0 at Anfield in the Sixth Round of the FA Cup, thanks to a diving header from Steve McMahon, John Barnes strike and a late brace from Peter Beardsley as we headed towards Wembley yet again. 1899 - Unfortunately, we failed to reach our first ever FA Cup Final, holding Sheffield United to a 2-2 draw in the Semi-final at the City Ground, with George Allan and Hugh Morgan on the scoresheet. We eventually lost a second replay following a further draw. A disappointing League Cup first 1978 - We played our first ever League Cup Final, dominating the match but being held to a goalless draw by Nottingham Forest at Wembley, after extra time, before losing the replay four days later. Terry McDermott had a goal ruled out for offside with the referee also turning down a good penalty shout after Kenny Dalglish was felled in the area. Keeping milestones 2007 - Pepe Reina kept his fiftieth clean sheet as we held Aston Villa to a goalless draw at Villa Park, in what was his 93rd reds game. 1911 – Sam Hardy played his 200th reds game in our 2-1 top-flight defeat at Preston North End. Inside-left Ronald Orr struck our goal, with Ernest Bannister bagging a brace for the home side. Short-term long contracts 2009 - Rafael Benítez signed a new contract with the reds to tie him to Anfield until 2014. However, he left the club “by mutual consent” in June 2010 after 194 wins in his 350 games in charge. 2003 – Future reds right-back Glen Johnson signed a new four-year contract with West Ham United, although he moved to Chelsea for £6m just four months later. Other birthdays 1889 - Scottish left-back Bob Pursell was born in Campbeltown. He twice got us into trouble, firstly when we made an illegal approach to sign him from Queen’s Park in September 1911. He was then involved in the 1915 match-fixing scandal with Manchester United. He played 113 reds games without scoring, including the 1914 FA Cup Final, moving on to Port Vale in May 1920. 1942 - Forward Reginald Blore was born in Wrexham. He only made one senior appearance for the reds, aged just seventeen, and later had much greater success at Oldham Athletic, for whom he made over 200 League appearances in midfield. He also won the Professional Footballers’ Golf Championship in 1968! 1952 - Academy Chief Scout Dave Moss was born in Witney. He played as a striker for Swindon Town and Luton Town before moving into coaching, joining the reds in February 2006. Heading towards Wembley 2012 – We beat Stoke City 2-1 in the FA Cup Sixth Round at Anfield. Luis Suárez scored before ex-red Peter Crouch headed in a leveller, one of his four goals past us to date. Stewart Downing scored the winner after the break. Unhappy millennium 1922 - We lost 2-0 at home to Bolton Wanderers in a top-flight encounter that was our thousandth first-class fixture, with William Cunningham playing his third and final reds game. Joe Smith netted one of his twelve goals past us with David Jack nabbing one of his nine in a match that also counted for Section 2 of the Lancashire Senior Cup. Getting rammed 2001 - Robbie Fowler played his 300th reds game in our 1-1 home League draw with Derby County, as Michael Owen equalised Deon Burton’s opener for the Rams. 2000 - We won 2-0 at Pride Park, with Owen and Titi Camara getting our goals. Sam’s treble 1905 - Sam Raybould scored a hat-trick in our 6-1 Second Division defeat of Gainsborough Trinity at Anfield. Jack Parkinson added a brace, with Arthur Goddard also on the scoresheet. European memories 1981 - We won 1-0 at CSKA Sofia in the second leg of our European Cup Third Round tie, with David Johnson on target after Sammy Lee had hit the post to send us through 6-1 on aggregate. Ray Clemence saved a penalty from Plamen Markov with ten minutes to go after a Jimmy Case foul. The night was one of mixed fortunes for our scorer, as Johnson pulled a hamstring, and had to be replaced by Steve Heighway before half time. 1992 - Less happily, we crashed out of the UEFA Cup at the Fourth Round stage, losing 2-1 to Genoa at Anfield to bow out 4-1 overall. Ian Rush bagged our goal with Mark Wright being taken off with a torn hamstring after just seventeen minutes. Uruguayan forward Carlos Aguileira struck both the visitors’ goals. Ronnie at the wrong end 1990 - Ronnie Whelan scored a late own goal at Old Trafford, although we still beat Manchester United 2-1 on the way to our most recent League title. John Barnes bagged both our goals, with one coming from the spot, his fiftieth reds goal. 1916 - We also took a trip down the East Lancs. Road with our Wartime League fixture ending goalless. Thumping the Geordies 1972 - We trounced Newcastle United 5-0 at Anfield with Chris Lawler, Kevin Keegan, John Toshack, Emlyn Hughes and Steve Heighway all netting. To Elland back 1933 - Leeds United recorded their best ever win over the reds, thumping us 5-0 at Elland Road, to complete a League double. Centre-half Tom ‘Tiny’ Bradshaw put through his own net, with Jack Mahon bagging the first two of his four goals against the reds, Arthur Hydes scoring the first of his four past us and Harry Duggan bagging one of his five. 1936 - We beat the Yorkshire side 2-1 at Anfield, with Fred Howe and Phil Taylor on target. Arthur Riley saved a penalty from the visitors’ Jack Milburn, with George Brown netting the last of his nine strikes against us. Representative honours 1895 – Forward Gerald Dewhurst won his only England cap as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Wales in the British International Championships at Queen’s Club in London. He was a Liverpool Ramblers player at the time and had played one reds game as a guest from Corinthians in March 1894. 1964 - ‘Sir’ Roger Hunt played for the Football League as they drew 2-2 with a Scottish League side at Roker Park. Loan moves 2000 - Former reserves forward Sean Friars joined Portadown on loan from Ipswich Town. He returned to Portman Road two months later, where he continued to fail to break through. 2005 - Former second-string defender Andrew Nicholas joined Chester City on loan from Swindon Town. He played five League Two games in his spell with the Blues.
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