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  1. Will

    17th August

    Into the hot seat Both Bob Paisley and Kenny Dalglish made managerial debuts on this day in history. 1974 - Bob took charge of his first League game, a 2-1 win at Luton Town, with the goals coming from Tommy Smith and Steve Heighway. 1985 - King Kenny’s first reds game as boss brought a 2-0 defeat of Arsenal at Anfield, thanks to goals from Ronnie Whelan and Steve Nicol. European debut 1964 - We made our first appearance in European competition in the preliminary round of the European Cup. We won 5-0 at Icelandic champions Knattspyrnufélag Reykjavíkur, with Gordon Wallace and Roger Hunt both netting braces and Phil Chisnall grabbing his first reds goal. This remained our record equal away win in Europe until October 2017. The return leg was just as straightforward, as we ran out 11-1 winners on aggregate. Simon’s perfect start 2013 – New keeper Simon Mignolet kept a clean sheet by saving a late penalty and its follow-up on his reds bow as Daniel Sturridge’s goal was enough to secure victory over Stoke City at Anfield. Forward Iago Aspas and centre-half Kolo Touré both also debuted in this game. As the game was an early kick off on opening day, the reds finished the match at the top of the table! 2014 – Forward Rickie Lambert and centre-half Dejan Lovren both made their reds bows against former club Southampton as we won 2-1 at Anfield, with right-back Javier Manquillo also debuting. Future red Nathaniel Clyne equalised after Raheem Sterling had opened the scoring, with Daniel Sturridge bagging the winner. Most recently 2019 – We won 2-1 at Southampton with ex-Saint Sadio Mané scoring on the stroke of half time. Roberto Firmino doubled our lead before an Adrián howler handed ex-red Danny Ings the chance to bag a consolation. This result took us to the top of the table after two fixtures, a position we did not relinquish for the rest of the campaign. Recent moves 2010 – Keeper Brad Jones signed from Middlesbrough for £2.3m. He only played 27 senior reds games before being released in June 2015, although one of these was our victorious FA Cup Semi-final derby at Wembley in April 2012. 2015 - Jones signed for Bradford City on a one-year deal having been released by the reds, but only played three times for the Bantams before being released just two months later. 2018 – Estonian centre-half Ragnar Klavan was sold to Cagliari for £2m after two goals in 53 games since signing from Augsburg for £4.2m. 2012 - Moroccan winger Oussama Assaidi signed from Dutch side SC Heerenveen for £2.4m, failing to score in twelve appearances before spending a season and a half on loan at Stoke City. He was sold to UAE Arabian Gulf League side Al Ahli for a reported £4.7m in January 2015. Happy birthdays 1980 - Former right-back Jan Kromkamp was born in Makkinga in the Netherlands. He made just eighteen reds appearances following his January 2006 swap arrival from Villarreal, leaving after less than eight months at Anfield with an FA Cup winners’ medal. 1970 - Øyvind Leonhardsen was born in Kristiansund in Norway. He signed from Wimbledon in June 1997 for £3.5m, scoring seven times in 49 reds appearances before Gérard Houllier off-loaded him to Tottenham Hotspur for £3m in August 1999. Off the mark 2015 – Centre-forward Christian Benteke scored his first reds goal to see off Bournemouth 1-0 at Anfield, despite Philippe Coutinho being in an offside position and seemingly interfering with play. James Milner took over the captain’s armband for the first time after Jordan Henderson was substituted. Double debutants 2003 - Steve Finnan and Harry Kewell both made their official reds bows as we lost 2-1 at home to Chelsea. Michael Owen scored a twice-taken penalty, our 300th League goal since Gérard Houllier took sole charge. Future red Glen Johnson played his first League game for the visitors, with Juan Sebastián Verón on target and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink bagging the last of his seven goals against the reds. Potter off 2006 - Darren Potter joined Wolverhampton Wanderers on loan, having not fully convinced in his seventeen senior reds outings. He made the move permanent the following January, after one goal in 24 outings for Wolves. Triple debutants 1991 - Mark Walters, Mark Wright and new record signing Dean Saunders all made their official reds debuts as we saw off Oldham Athletic 2-1 at Anfield in our opening fixture of the season. Ray Houghton and John Barnes scored our goals after Earl Barrett had opened the scoring early on. And Núñez 2004 - Spanish right-sided midfielder Antonio Núñez signed from Real Madrid as part of the deal that took Michael Owen to Spain. He is the only player to score his solitary reds goal in a major cup final, netting a consolation in the Carling Cup defeat by Chelsea in February 2005, one of his 27 reds appearances. He moved on to Real Club Celta de Vigo in July 2005. Boro treble 1996 - Our opening game of the season ended in a 3-3 draw at Middlesbrough, with their new signing Fabrizio Ravanelli nabbing a hat-trick. Stig Inge Bjørnebye struck the first of his four reds goals, with John Barnes and Robbie Fowler also on target for the reds. Future red Stewart Downing was one of the ball-boys that day. Other League fixtures 1968 - We drew 1-1 at Arsenal, with Roger Hunt netting our goal and John Radford on target for the Gunners with one of his seven strikes past us. 1970 - We held Blackpool to a goalless draw at Bloomfield Road. 1971 – We beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-2 at Anfield, when John Toshack and Steve Heighway added to a Tommy Smith penalty. Derek Dougan netted the last of his four goals against the reds with Kenny Hibbitt also scoring for the visitors. Another friendly 1973 - We held Royal Sporting Club Anderlecht to a goalless draw at their Stade Émile Versé. World Stars 1999 - Rigobert Song and Stig Inge Bjørnebye played for a World Stars XI against South Africa at Ellis Park in Johannesburg. The game was billed as the “Nelson Mandela Farewell Game” and the Liverpool duo lined up with a host of famous names under the guidance of Roy Hodgson and Ruud Gullit. International firsts 1994 - Ronnie Rosenthal won his first cap as a Tottenham Hotspur player, his 38th in total, as Israel lost 4-0 to Croatia in a friendly in Tel-Aviv. On the same day, future red Patrik Berger won his third senior cap, and first for the new Czech Republic side as they drew 2-2 with France in a friendly in Bordeaux, with future red Jean-Michel Ferri also in action. International goalscorers 1983 – Future reds centre-half Glenn Hysén struck in Sweden’s 4-0 thumping of Iceland in a friendly in Reykjavik. 1999 - Future red Milan Baroš netted in the Czech Republic Under-18’s 2-1 friendly defeat of Poland in Nachod. He was also booked during the game. 2004 - Robbie Foy, Anthony Le Tallec, Darren Potter, Florent Sinama-Pongolle and future reds Scott Carson, Stewart Downing and Jermaine Pennant all featured in Under-21’s friendlies, with James Milner winning his first cap at this level as a Newcastle United player. On the world stage 2004 - Future red Momo Sissoko played for Mali as they were held to a 3-3 draw by South Korea in an Olympics group game in Thessaloniki, Greece. This result ensured that they qualified for the Quarter-finals. On the same day, Javier Mascherano featured for Argentina as they beat Australia 1-0 to also reach the knock-out phase. 2011 – Future red Philippe Coutinho played as Brazil Under-20’s beat Mexico 2-0 to reach the World Championships Final in Colombia. For Clem 1990 – Kenny Dalglish featured for Tottenham Hotspur in a testimonial match for his former teammate Ray Clemence, against West Ham United at White Hart Lane. Diarra’s day 2002 - Alou Diarra made his debut for Le Havre AC as a substitute for future red Anthony Le Tallec, as they drew 1-1 at Racing Club de Strasbourg. Fellow future red Florent Sinama-Pongolle struck for Le Havre. The Henchman signs up 2001 - It was announced that Stéphane Henchoz had signed a new contract that would tie him to the reds until 2005. He made a total of 205 reds appearances, helping us to claim five trophies in 2001 and another League Cup two years later, moving on to Celtic in January 2005. International beginnings and endings 2005 - Pepe Reina made his senior international debut while Fernando Morientes won his first cap as a reds player, as Spain beat Uruguay 2-0 in a friendly in Gijón. Luis García and future red Fernando Torres also played. Meanwhile, Dietmar Hamann won his 59th and final cap for Germany as they drew 2-2 in the Netherlands, who included future reds Dirk Kuyt and Jan Kromkamp, who was winning his first cap as a Villarreal player. On the same day, Vladimír Šmicer won his first cap while with Girondins de Bordeaux, and 75th to date, with Milan Baroš playing his final international as a red, as the Czech Republic lost 2-1 in Sweden. Jari Litmanen played his first international as a Malmö FF player in Finland’s 3-0 World Cup qualifying win in FYR Macedonia, with Sami Hyypiä skippering the side. Philipp Degen made his first appearance as a Borussia Dortmund player as Switzerland won a friendly 2-0 in Norway, with John Arne Riise on the losing side. Michael Owen won his last cap while playing for Real Madrid, his 71st to date, as England won 4-1 in Denmark, with Jamie Carragher, Steven Gerrard, future red Joe Cole and ex-red David James all also featuring against future reds Daniel Agger and Christian Poulsen, with Glen Johnson winning his fifth and final cap while with Chelsea. Ex-red John Toshack took charge of Wales as they were held to a goalless draw in Cardiff by Slovenia, with another ex-red featuring, Gareth Roberts. Also in friendly action that day were Djibril Cissé, Steve Finnan, future reds Sotirios Kyrgiakos and Andriy Voronin and ex-reds Alou Diarra and El-Hadji Diouf. On the move 2000 - Craig Bellamy signed for Coventry City from Norwich City for £6.5m after 34 strikes in 91 games for the Canaries. He went to bag eight goals in 39 outings for the Sky Blues, before moving on to Newcastle United just ten months later. 2010 – Bellamy joined Cardiff City on loan from Manchester City. He bagged eleven goals in 36 outings as the Bluebirds narrowly missed out on promotion. 2008 – Sean Dundee signed for AmaZulu in his native Durban in South Africa, failing to score in four League games.
  2. Will

    30th July

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

    24th July

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

    8th June

    Happy birthday Javier 1984 - Javier Mascherano was born in San Lorenzo in Argentina. He signed for the reds on loan from West Ham United in January 2007, joining permanently thirteen months later. He turned out on 139 occasions, finding the back of the net just twice before moving to Barcelona for €22m in August 2010. 2005 - He appeared for his country on his 21st birthday, winning his fourteenth cap, and final one as a River Plate player, as they beat Brazil 3-1 in a World Cup qualifier in Buenos Aires. 2008 – He was sent off late on while captaining Argentina in their goalless friendly draw with the USA in the Giants Stadium in New Jersey, with future red Maxi Rodríguez also featuring. Meanwhile, ex-reds El-Hadji Diouf and Rigobert Song both featured in World Cup qualifiers. In comes Bernie 2000 - World Cup winner Bernard Diomède signed from Auxerre for £3m. He only made five reds appearances, before moving to AC Ajaccio, firstly on loan in January 2003 then permanently that summer. 2015 - Forward Danny Ings agreed to sign from Burnley on 1st July. He only struck four times in 25 games as he suffered two serious injuries, spending the next season on loan at Southampton before joining them permanently in July 2019. International debutants 2003 – R.C.D. Espanyol’s Maxi Rodríguez struck on his debut for Argentina as they beat Japan 4-1 in a Kirin Cup game in Osaka. Another future reds winger Mark González made his senior international bow for Chile as a substitute in their 1-0 friendly defeat in Costa Rica on the same day. 1999 - Sander Westerveld made his full international debut for the Netherlands, winning his only cap as a Vitesse Arnhem player as the Dutch lost 3-1 to Brazil in a friendly in Goiania, with future Bolo Zenden also in action. 1977 - Kevin Keegan won his first cap as a Hamburger SV player, skippering England as they shared a goalless draw with Brazil in a friendly in Rio de Janeiro. Ray Clemence, Emlyn Hughes, Ray Kennedy and Phil Neal all also featured. In the World Cup 1986 - Ex-red Graeme Souness won his 54th and final Scotland cap as skipper in their 2-1 defeat by West Germany in the Mexico World Cup Finals. Steve Nicol also featured, while Jan Mølby also appeared in the competition that day in Denmark’s 6-1 thrashing of Uruguay. 2017 – Future red Dominic Solanke scored his last two goals for England Under-20’s as they beat Italy 3-1 in their World Cup Semi-final in South Korea, with Sheyi Ojo also in action. 2015 – Ojo played for England Under-18’s in their 2-0 friendly win in Russia. Last internationals 2005 - Vladimír Šmicer won his last cap as a reds player, and 74th to date, as the Czech Republic trounced Macedonia 6-1 in a World Cup qualifier in Teplice, with Milan Baroš grabbing his final goal as a red. Meanwhile, Jari Litmanen was playing his final international while with Hansa Rostock as Finland lost a qualifier 4-0 to the Netherlands in Helsinki, with Sami Hyypiä also in the side and future red Dirk Kuyt amongst the scorers. John Arne Riise skippered his country as they won a friendly 3-2 in Sweden, with Xabi Alonso, Carl Medjani and future reds Christian Poulsen, Fernando Torres and Andriy Voronin also turning out for their countries. 2013 – Torres again played for Spain, alongside former clubmate Pepe Reina in their 2-1 friendly defeat of Haiti in Miami. On the same day, Jordan Henderson captained England Under-21’s as they lost 3-1 to Norway in a European Championships Finals group game in Israel, with Jonjo Shelvey, Andre Wisdom and ex-red Tom Ince also featuring as future red Steven Caulker won his tenth and final cap at this level. 1997 - Ex-red Ronnie Rosenthal won his 55th and final cap as Israel lost 2-0 to Russia in a World Cup qualifier in Moscow. Meanwhile, Øyvind Leonhardsen won his last cap as a Wimbledon player, and 52nd in total, alongside future clubmate Stig Inge Bjørnebye, as Norway drew 1-1 in Hungary in another World Cup qualifier. 1995 - Nick Barmby won his second full England cap, and last while with Tottenham Hotspur, as they drew 3-3 with Sweden in a friendly at Elland Road. John Barnes, John Scales and ex-red Peter Beardsley all also played. 1960 - Andy Beattie managed Scotland for the last of seventeen times as they lost 4-2 to Turkey in a friendly in Ankara. Beattie had guested with the reds during the war, and later joined the backroom staff at Anfield after a successful management career. Sir Kenny 2018 - Kenny Dalglish was awarded a knighthood in the Queen's Birthday Honours. Ex-reds on the move 2003 - Ex-reds striker Sean Dundee joined Austria Wien on a free transfer from VfB Stuttgart after 25 goals in 77 Bundesliga outings. 2004 - Christian Ziege also moved for free, joining Borussia Mönchengladbach from Tottenham Hotspur. 2010 – It was announced that ex-reds defender Jon Otsemobor would sign for Sheffield Wednesday from Southampton on 1st July of that year. 2011 – Former Academy full-back Calum Woods joined Huddersfield Town on a free transfer from Dunfermline Athletic. 2012 - Steve Clarke was appointed Manager of West Bromwich Albion, guiding them to an eighth-place top-flight finish in his first season in charge, but was sacked in December 2013. On the same day, future reds midfielder Fabinho signed for Portuguese side Rio Ave. Phil’s treble 2016 – Philippe Coutinho scored a hat-trick as Brazil thumped Haiti 7-1 in a Copa América Centenario group game in Orlando, with future red Alisson Becker also in action. Also on target for their countries 1997 - Captain Gary McAllister netted the only goal of the game as Scotland beat Belarus in a World Cup qualifier in Minsk. On the same day, Jari Litmanen was on target in Finland’s 3-0 qualifying defeat of Azerbaijan in Helsinki. Fellow future red Sami Hyypiä also played, with Vladimír Šmicer also featuring in a qualifier. 1998 - Christian Ziege was on target as Germany thrashed Luxembourg 7-0 in a friendly in Mannheim. Fellow future reds Markus Babbel and Dietmar Hamann both also featured. 2006 - Bayer 04 Leverkusen’s Andriy Voronin struck in the Ukraine’s 3-0 friendly win in Luxembourg. 2010 – Fernando Torres struck as Spain thumped Poland 6-0 in a friendly in Murcia. Ex-reds Xabi Alonso and Álvaro Arbeloa both also played. 2011 – Dirk Kuyt was on target as the Netherlands drew 1-1 with Luis Suárez’s Uruguay in a friendly in Montevideo, with the home side winning 4-3 on penalties. 2018 – Ex-red Suárez converted a penalty as Uruguay beat Uzbekistan 3-0 in Montevideo. Xherdan Shaqiri played for Switzerland in their 2-0 friendly defeat of Japan in Lugano. 2013 – Shaqiri featured again, while still at Bayern München, as they beat Cyprus 1-0 in a World Cup qualifier in Geneva. On the same day, Dejan Lovren faced Sadio Mané in a friendly, with Croatia beating Senegal 2-1 in Osijek. 2019 – Andy Robertson struck for Scotland while skippering them in their 2-1 European Championships qualifying defeat of Cyprus at Hampden Park. Meanwhile, ex-red Luis Suárez scored in Uruguay’s 3-0 friendly defeat of Panama, with Dejan Lovren, Harry Wilson and ex-red Joe Allen also in international action. In the European Championships 1996 - Future red Stéphane Henchoz faced an England side at Wembley that included Steve McManaman and future reds Nick Barmby and Paul Ince. This tournament opener ended 1-1. 1968 - Roger Hunt appeared as England clinched third place by beating the USSR 2-0 in Rome. 2012 – Ex-red Milan Baroš featured as the Czech Republic were thumped 4-1 by Russia in Poland. Into India 2009 – The club launched the Ahbijit Kadam Football Development Centre in Pune, India in association with Kickworldwide.
  5. 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.
  6. Will

    24th April

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