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  1. Will

    26th October

    Happy birthday Willie 1939 - Left-half Willie Stevenson was born in Leith. He signed from Rangers for £20,000 in October 1962 and missed just nine League games in his first four seasons, making a total of 241 appearances and netting eighteen times. He helped us to two League titles and our first FA Cup triumph in 1965 before moving on to Stoke City in December 1967. A win at the Bridge 2008 - Xabi Alonso’s deflected strike was the only goal of our trip to Stamford Bridge, handing Chelsea their first home League defeat since February 2004, ending an 86-game unbeaten run. Alonso also hit the post with a second-half free-kick. Ton up for Didi 2002 - Dietmar Hamann played his hundredth reds League game as we beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 at Anfield, with Jamie Redknapp making his first appearance back at Anfield since his transfer. Danny Murphy scored a beautifully curled shot, before Michael Owen’s penalty restored our lead following Dean Richards’ equaliser. Luis at the treble 2013 - Luis Suárez scored a hat-trick, his first at Anfield, as we thumped West Bromwich Albion 4-1, with James Morrison pulling one back from the spot before Daniel Sturridge completed the scoring. Heading towards Wembley 2011 – We won our League Cup Fourth Round tie 2-1 at Stoke City. Kenwyne Jones struck just before half-time, with Luis Suárez bagging a brace after the break. Into the Lions’ den 2004 - We won 3-0 at Millwall in a Third Round Carling Cup match as we headed towards a record tenth Final in the competition on our first visit to The New Den. Jerzy Dudek skippered the reds for the first time, while future Lion Zak Whitbread was making his reds bow. Salif Diao netted his third and final reds goal in the first half, with Milan Baroš adding a brace. Unfortunately, the game was marred by sick chants from the home fans that led to confrontations between the two sets of supporters. A rarity for Sami 2000 - Sami Hyypiä sat on the reds bench for the only time in his first five seasons at Anfield as a late Emile Heskey goal handed us victory over Czech side Slovan Liberec at Anfield in the first leg of our UEFA Cup Second Round tie. Robbie Fowler spurned a number of good chances, including a penalty. Sami did not reappear on the bench until March 2005. Robbie’s poor form could be partly explained by the fact that his future wife Kerrie had given birth to their second daughter, Jaya, earlier that day. A blooming treble 1912 - Rams legend Steve Bloomer bagged a hat-trick as we lost 4-2 to Derby County at the Baseball Ground, the last of his fourteen strikes past us. Arthur Metcalf netted both our goals, with Harry Leonard also on target for the home side. 1977 - We also faced the Rams when a David Fairclough brace handed us a 2-0 League Cup Third Round victory at Anfield. 1927 – Outside-left Fred Hopkin scored a hat-trick as we won a Lancashire Senior Cup game 5-2 at Southport, with Gordon Hodgson and Tom Reid also netting. Signing on 1896 – Scottish inside-right Andrew McCowie joined the reds from Cambuslang Hibernian. He struck eleven times in 35 games before joining Woolwich Arsenal in May 1899. On the move 2000 - Stan Collymore joined Bradford City from Leicester City on a free transfer. He struck twice in eight games, before joining Real Oviedo in Spain. 2003 - Academy Chief Scout Dave Moss was sacked as Manager of Macclesfield Town, his only time in the hot seat. He had led them to 33 victories in his 102 games since taking over in November 2001, leading them to mid-table finishes in consecutive seasons in the basement division before being dismissed after a poor start to the following campaign. He joined the reds in February 2006. 2015 – Young midfielder Cameron Brannagan signed a new contract. He made nine senior reds appearances before moving on to Oxford United in January 2018. Beating the Blues We have twice seen off Ipswich Town on this day in history. 1963 - Jimmy Melia and Roger Hunt netted as we won a First Division match 2-1 at Portman Road. 1982 - Ronnie Whelan and Mark Lawrenson were on target as we won a League Cup Second Round tie 2-0 at Anfield. Taking the Heighway again 1974 - Steve Heighway grabbed the only goal of our home League meeting with Leeds United for the second successive season, with each goal coming mid-way through the second half of the game. Leeds were at this time the reigning champions. First and last 1895 – Half-back Bill Keech played the first of his six reds games as we beat Notts County 3-0 at Anfield on the way to the Second Division title. Fred Geary and Jimmy Ross added to an early headed goal from Harry Bradshaw. 1907 – Harold Fitzpatrick struck his second and final reds goal as we beat The Wednesday 3-0 at Anfield, with brothers Joe and Charlie Hewitt both also netting. International firsts and last 1985 - Future red Ronnie Rosenthal started his first senior international while winning his eighth cap as Israel lost 3-1 in a World Cup qualifier in New Zealand. Ex-red Avi Cohen also played. 2012 – Jerome Sinclair won his fifth and last cap for England Under-17’s, with Sheyi Ojo also playing in their 3-2 European Championships qualifying defeat of Northern Ireland in Estonia. 2013 – Sheyi Ojo scored his only goal for England Under-17’s as they beat Gibraltar 4-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Armenia, with future red Dominic Solanke bagging a brace. Corey Whelan featured for the Irish Under-17’s on the same day. 2017 – Future red Ki-Jana Hoever made his debut for the Dutch Under-16’s in their 7-0 friendly trouncing of Poland. On target 2007 – David N’Gog netted as France Under-19’s drew a friendly 2-2 with Greece. Stalemates with the Trotters We have twice drawn with Bolton Wanderers on this day in history. 1901 - Andy McGuigan was on target in a First Division fixture at Anfield 1918 - Thomas Bennett and Donald Mackinlay netted at Burnden Park as we travelled for a Wartime League match. Thumped at home 1929 - Jim Smith grabbed our consolation as early as the first minute as Manchester City thrashed us 6-1 at Anfield in a First Division meeting. This remains City’s biggest ever win on our home turf, with Eric Brook scoring the first two of his nine goals past us, Tommy Johnson scoring two of his eight and Tommy Tait bagging the first two of his four goals against the reds. Outside-left Fred Hopkin made his 300th reds appearance in this game. Other reds games 1991 – Ray Houghton netted the only goal of Coventry City’s visit to Anfield. 1988 – Mike Hooper saved penalty from future red Nigel Clough, but we still lost 2-1 at Nottingham Forest with Ian Rush on the scoresheet. Neil Webb scored one of his five goals against the reds, with Brian Rice also on target. 1985 – We beat Luton Town 3-2 in L4 with ex-Hatter Paul Walsh bagging a brace and Jan Mølby also scoring. Mick Harford struck one of his seven goals past us, with Steve Foster also scoring. 1968 – Alun Evans and Peter Thompson struck as we beat Newcastle United 2-1 at Anfield. 1957 – We beat Bristol Rovers 2-0 in a home Second Division encounter thanks to goals from Billy Liddell and Alan A’Court. 1946 – Albert Stubbins bagged the only goal of Brentford’s visit to L4. 1935 – We beat Huddersfield Town 3-0 at Anfield. Fred Howe scored twice, with Berry Nieuwenhuys also scoring as Gordon Hodgson had a penalty saved. Early caps 1980 - Future red Bruce Grobbelaar won his second cap for Zimbabwe as they won the first leg of an African Cup of Nations qualifier 1-0 in Malawi. 1994 - Sami Hyypiä also made his sophomore appearance as Finland trounced Lithuania 7-0 in a friendly in Tallinn. 1977 – Future reds centre-half Glenn Hysén won his seventeenth and last Under-18’s cap in Sweden’s 4-2 defeat by Czechoslovakia in a European Championships qualifier in Trelleborg.
  2. Will

    29th September

    A black day for the club 1981 - Bill Shankly died. Undoubtedly the greatest ever influence on the reds, he arrived as Manager in December 1959 and shook the club to its roots. He took us out of the Second Division in 1962 as champions and three years later led us to our first ever FA Cup. He also led us to three League titles, the UEFA Cup and another FA Cup before retiring in July 1974. Luis at the treble 2012 - Luis Suárez scored a hat-trick as we won 5-2 at Norwich City, becoming the first red to score three goals in the same away League fixture in successive seasons, with Nuri Şahin bagging the last of his three reds strikes and Leon Barnett deflecting a Steven Gerrard shot into his own net. Aldo’s treble 1987 - John Aldridge scored a hat-trick past Peter Shilton, including two penalties, in our 4-0 defeat of Derby County. Peter Beardsley bagged the other, while John Barnes had a goal disallowed for scoring direct from an apparently indirect free-kick. Rushie’s European record 1992 - Ian Rush scored his twentieth and final European goal, a then club record, in our 2-1 win at Apollon Limassol in the European Cup Winners’ Cup. Don Hutchinson scored the second as we progressed 8-2 on aggregate. Paul Stewart was dismissed late on after a tangle with the Cypriot keeper Christophi. Moving on 1982 - Terry McDermott left the reds to re-join Newcastle United. He had struck 81 times in 329 reds games after signing from the Toon for £175,000 in November 1974, helping us to three European Cups, four League titles, two League Cups, UEFA Super Cup and two FA Charity Shields. In 1980, he became the first player to win both the PFA and Football Writers’ Player Of The Year Awards in the same season. Red centuries 2013 – Jordan Henderson played his hundredth reds game as we won 3-1 at his former club Sunderland, our 400th Premier League victory. Daniel Sturridge opened the scoring with Luis Suárez adding a brace. 2007 - Substitute Yossi Benayoun’s strike past ex-red Chris Kirkland at Wigan Athletic ensured that the reds reached 400 away points in the Premiership as we won 1-0. However, the match was somewhat marred by fighting in the home stands when some reds celebrated our winning goal in amongst Latics fans. 1984 – Bruce Grobbelaar played his 200th game for the reds as Sheffield Wednesday won 2-0 at Anfield. Ex-Evertonian Imre Varadi and Gary Shelton grabbed the goals. A goalscoring debut 1951 - Centre-forward Jack Smith scored on his reds debut in our 2-0 First Division defeat of Derby County at Anfield, with Bryan Williams netting the other. Another European first 1965 - We made our first appearance in the European Cup Winners’ Cup, going down 1-0 to a late Gianfranco Leoncini pile-driver at Juventus with the home side also having three penalty appeals turned down. We won the second leg 2-0 and went on to reach the final. More European adventures 1970 - Emlyn Hughes struck a 25-yard equaliser as we drew 1-1 at Hungarian side Ferencvárosi in a Fairs Cup match, to go through to the Second Round 2-1 on aggregate. 1971 - Crazy Horse netted again as we beat Servette FC Genève 2-0 at Anfield, the first Swiss visitors to Anfield, with Steve Heighway also scoring, to reach the Second Round of the European Cup Winners’ Cup. 1998 - Jamie Redknapp bagged a brace as we beat Kosice 5-0 in Slovakia to reach the UEFA Cup Second Round 8-0 on aggregate. Robbie Fowler also netted twice, having previously missed a penalty, while Paul Ince was also on target with Patrik Berger and Michael Owen both hitting the woodwork. Marek Spilar was dismissed for the home side after an hour for yet another clumsy challenge on Owen. 2009 – We lost our Champions League group game 2-0 at Fiorentina, with Stevan Jovetić netting both goals, the first of his four goals past us to date. 1,500 at the City Ground 1979 - We played our 1,500th away League game, going down 1-0 at Nottingham Forest, with Garry Birtles netting. During this game, Viv Anderson’s indirect free-kick went straight in and was disallowed. Most recently 2018 – Gini Wijnaldum played his hundredth reds game as we secured a 1-1 draw at Chelsea, with Daniel Sturridge’s fabulous late curled effort being his fiftieth reds League goal and his 67th and last strike for the club. Eden Hazard had opened the scoring with his seventh and most recent goal against us. Derby despair We have lost both our top-flight meetings with Everton on this day in history. 1906 - Jack Parkinson bagged our consolation as we lost 2-1 at Anfield, with Sam Hardy saving a Walter Abbott penalty. Sandy Young bagged a brace for the visitors, two of his twelve derby goals. 1928 - We lost 1-0 across the park. 1917 - We also faced the Blues in a Wartime League game at Goodison, with Thomas Bennett and Arthur Metcalf striking as we drew 2-2. St Michael signs on 1997 - Michael Owen signed a new contract until 2003. He stayed at Anfield until August 2004, netting 158 times in 297 reds games. Irwin born 1990 – Ex-reserve Steven Irwin was born in Liverpool. He was promoted to Melwood in July 2008, having featured in the FA Youth Cup Final in 2006. He failed to break through to the first team proper, although he played in all three pre-season games in the summer of 2010 and was released in June 2011. Red farewells 1934 - Ex-red Tom Cooper skippered England while winning his fifteenth and final cap, as they thumped Wales 4-0 in the British International Championships in Cardiff. 1996 – Forward Lee Jones made his fourth and last reds appearance as we won 2-1 at West Ham United. Stan Collymore put us in front before Slaven Bilić equalised after a quarter of an hour. Michael Thomas nabbed the second-half winner. Disappointment in the Black Country We have twice lost to Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux in First Division meetings on this day in history. 1894 - Jimmy Ross nabbed our consolation from the spot as we lost 3-1. 1962 - Jimmy Melia bagged a brace in our 3-2 defeat. Jimmy Murray struck the first of his four goals against the reds, with Chris Crowe and Terry Wharton also on target. Mixed fortunes against the Wearsiders 1900 - We lost 2-1 at home to Sunderland, with wing-half Charlie Wilson bagging his first reds goal. Jimmy Millar netted one of his four goals past us, with Billy Hogg grabbing the first of his five. 1990 - We won another top-flight encounter at Roker Park, with Ray Houghton striking the only goal of the game. Winning the League 2013 - Liverpool Ladies won the Women’s Premier League title for the first time after beating Bristol Academy in their final game of the campaign. Out on loan 2001 - Pegguy Arphexad joined Stockport County on a month’s loan. He played three times, conceding five goals as they only picked up one point. 2013 – Ex-reds centre-half Zak Whitbread joined Derby County on loan from Leicester City, signing on permanently in June 2014 after one goal in four games in this spell. Olympic defeat 2000 - Brad Friedel was on the losing side as the USA failed to win a medal at the Sydney Olympics, being beaten 2-0 by Chile in the third-place play-off. Other reds games 1973 – We shared a dour goalless draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford. 1956 – Jimmy Melia and Billy Liddell netted as we beat Leicester City 2-0 in a Second Division fixture at Anfield. 1934 – We beat West Bromwich Albion 3-2 in L4. Alf Hanson, Sam English and Gordon Hodgson all scored before the break, with Terry Sandford scoring two of his five goals against the reds 1923 – Dick Forshaw bagged the only goal of Burnley’s visit to Anfield. Youngsters on the world stage 2009 – Martin Kelly played for England Under-20’s in their 4-0 defeat by Ghana in the World Championships Finals in Egypt. Meanwhile, future red Sebastián Coates featured for Uruguay as they beat Uzbekistan 3-0 in the same group.
  3. Yet another win 1981 - We registered our 85th consecutive home match without defeat as we beat Alliance Premier League side Altrincham 4-1 in the FA Cup Third Round at Anfield, thanks to goals from Terry McDermott, Ray Kennedy and a Kenny Dalglish brace, with shipping clerk Graham Heathcote converting a penalty for the visitors in front of the Kop. Future Academy Manager John Owens and Zak Whitbread’s dad Barry were both on the losing side while reds legend Bill Shankly bizarrely travelled to the game on the Altrincham team coach and went into the visitors’ dressing room before the game, as part of a promotional campaign for Robinson’s Barley Water that he was involved with. We lost our next home match 2-1 to Leicester City, at the end of the month, to bring the run to an end. This was the most recent day on which both the reds and Everton have played at home at the same time, with the Blues hosting Arsenal in another cup tie. Cup glory 1976 - We knocked out the FA Cup holders in a Third Round tie at Upton Park, as goals from John Toshack and Kevin Keegan handed us a 2-0 win over West Ham United. 1987 - We also beat the Hammers when Steve McMahon netted the only goal of our League match at Anfield late on. 2009 – We won 2-0 at Preston North End, with Albert Riera opening the scoring past future reds keeper Andy Lonergan before Steve Gerrard set up Fernando Torres for a last-minute tap-in to settle any nerves. This was our 400th FA Cup game to date. On the same day, Jonjo Shelvey became the youngest ever FA Cup goalscorer, aged sixteen years and 311 days, as Charlton Athletic were held to a 1-1 draw at The Valley by Norwich City. 1999 - We won 3-0 at struggling First Division side Port Vale with Robbie Fowler, Michael Owen and Paul Ince on the scoresheet. Cup despair 1998 - We were humbled 3-1 by Coventry City in the FA Cup Third Round at Anfield. Jamie Redknapp grabbed our consolation, our 600th in the competition. Dion Dublin bagged one of his seven goals against the reds, with Darren Huckerby and Paul Telfer also netting. 1993 - We were held 2-2 at Second Division Bolton Wanderers, with our goals coming from Ian Rush and a Mark Winstanley own goal, with John McGinlay and ex-red Mark Seagraves netting for the home side. We went on to lose the Anfield replay 2-0. Starting the new millennium badly 2000 - Chris Armstrong scored the first goal against the reds in the new millennium as we lost 1-0 at Tottenham Hotspur. Smyth’s start 1953 - Inside-right Sammy Smyth made his reds bow as we lost 3-1 in a top-flight game at Stoke City. Kevin Baron scored our consolation, while outside-left Ken Brierley was playing his 61st and last reds game. Harry Oscroft struck the first two of his six goals past us, with Don Whiston also netting. 1948 - We entertained the Potters, being held to a goalless draw, when forward Jack Balmer played his 200th reds game and Scottish left-winger Doug McAvoy was making the first of just two senior reds appearances. The players were presented with their medals from the previous season’s League title-winning campaign before the match by the President of the Football League, William Cuff. 1931 - Harry Barkas made his reds debut in our 3-1 defeat of Middlesbrough at Anfield in the top flight. Gordon Hodgson struck a brace, with Robert Done also on target. East Anglian joy 2005 - Steve Finnan played his 400th club career game as goals from Luis García and John Arne Riise secured a 2-1 win at Norwich City, who were relegated at the end of the season. Salif Diao made his 61st and final reds outing in this match. Happy birthdays 1987 – Spanish keeper Adrián was born in Seville. He signed for free last August, keeping just six clean sheets in 24 senior games across his first two campaigns as he helped us to claim the Premier League title and UEFA Super Cup. 1888 - Forward Arthur Berry was born in Liverpool, the son of Edwin Berry who was reds Chairman in the 1900’s. Arthur only played four first-team games in his two spells at Anfield before the First World War, as well as twice claiming Olympic Gold medals for football. 1855 - John McKenna was born in Drumcaw, County Monaghan, Ireland. He served as a Director from the formation of the club until July 1921, having two lengthy spells as the club’s Chairman. He acted as our boss for the 1895/96 season, guiding us to the Second Division title, before being replaced by Tom Watson. He was later Chairman of the Football League for two decades. Title decider? 2019 – We lost 2-1 at Manchester City, narrowing our lead at the top of the table to four points. Sergio Agüero put the home side ahead with the most recent of his seven goals past us after a Sadio Mane shot was within 1.1cm of crossing the line after an attempted clearance rebounded. Roberto Firmino equalised after the break. However, Leroy Sané bagged a late winner as City went on to retain the title, the latest of his four goals against us. Earlier that day, Roberto Firmino was named as winner of the Samba d’Or for 2018, an award given to the best Brazilian playing in Europe, voted for by journalists, players and fans. 2012 - We also lost 3-0 at the Etihad Stadium, with Sergio Agüero profiting from a Pepe Reina error to net his first past us. Yaya Touré headed in before Gareth Barry was dismissed and future red James Milner converted a late penalty. Incoming 1958 - Inside-forward Jimmy Harrower signed from Hibernian for £11,000. He bagged 22 goals in 105 reds games, moving on to Newcastle United in March 1961. 2018 - Peter Crouch became a father for the third time, to Johnny. Beating the Gunners We have twice defeated Arsenal at Anfield on this day in history. 1925 - Harry Chambers and Dick Forshaw struck as we won 2-1. 1983 - Ian Rush, Graeme Souness and Kenny Dalglish were on the scoresheet in a 3-1 victory to put us ten points clear at the top of the table. Brian Talbot bagged one of his six goals against the reds. Double farewells 1903 – Inside-forward Tommy Green bagged his only reds goal in his seventh and final appearance for the club, as we lost a top-flight match 3-1 at Blackburn Rovers, with right-back Don McCallum playing his second and last reds game. Walter Whittaker netted one of his six goals past us from the spot, with William Bow and Albert Monks also scoring. Wearside joy 1914 - We won 2-1 at Roker Park in a top-flight encounter, with Jackie Sheldon and Jack Parkinson on target. James Richardson struck the last of his five goals past us. 1959 - Johnny Wheeler, Louis Bimpson and Fred Morris netted as we beat Sunderland 3-1 at Anfield in a Second Division match, with left-winger Alan A’Court playing his 200th League game for the reds aged 24 years and 95 days, the youngest ever reds player to achieve this milestone. Roy in charge 1982 - Roy Hodgson was appointed Manager of Bristol City, moving up from Assistant. He won just three of his twenty games in charge before moving to Sweden to take over at Örebro SK. 2004 – Hodgson took charge of United Arab Emirates as they were held to a goalless draw by Qatar in the Gulf Cup of Nations in Kuwait. Crazy Horse for the three 1973 - Emlyn Hughes appeared in an unofficial international as The Three beat The Six 2-0 at Wembley Stadium. This was a ‘Common Market’ match with The Three representing Denmark, the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland, while The Six featured players from Belgium, France, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and West Germany. 1977 – Future red Glenn Hysén played for Sweden Under-18’s as they beat Switzerland 3-2 in a friendly in Israel. Other reds games 1989 – Ronnie Whelan headed in the only goal of Aston Villa’s visit to Anfield. 1920 – We lost 3-2 at Sheffield United, with Stan Fazackerley bagging a brace for the Blades and Harry Johnson scoring the first of his seven goals against the reds. Tom Miller scored twice for us, with his second coming from the rebound after Harold Gough had saved his spot-kick. Off on loan 2007 - Former reserves right-back Stephen Vaughan joined Rochdale on loan from Chester City, although he did not make an appearance before returning to the Deva Stadium. 2013 – Keeper Jamie Stephens moved to Welsh Premier League side Airbus UK Broughton on a temporary basis, before being released by the reds in the summer. He is now with Newport County. On the same day, Stuart Webber was appointed Head of Recruitment for Wolverhampton Wanderers. He had joined the reds as Senior National Scout in 2009, moving up to become Director of Recruitment in May 2011, before leaving in the summer of 2012. 2014 – Ex-reserves forward Astrit Ajdarević joined Charlton Athletic on loan from Standard de Liège, netting twice in 22 outings for the Addicks. On the same day, centre-forward Adam Morgan signed for Yeovil Town on a free transfer, scoring just once in nineteen games for the Glovers before joining Accrington Stanley in June 2015. 2018 – Midfielder Adam Phillips joined Cambridge United on loan from Norwich City, for whom he played four times. 2019 – Winger Adam Hammill joined Sc***horpe United from St. Mirren, scoring once in nineteen outings before the end of the campaign. 2020 – Midfielder Herbie Kane joined Hull City on loan, nabbing two goals in nine games for the Tigers.
  4. Will

    27th January

    Striking legends arrive 1987 - John Aldridge signed from Oxford United for £750,000. He helped us to win the League title in 1988 and the FA Cup the following season, bagging 63 goals in 104 games before moving to Spain to join Real Sociedad for £1.1m in September 1989, becoming their first non-Basque player. 2006 - Robbie Fowler re-signed on a free transfer from Manchester City after three years with the Blues. He grabbed twelve goals in 39 outings in this second spell, but was released after two seasons, signing on with Cardiff City in July 2007. 1920 – Centre-forward Dick Johnson joined the reds. He struck thirty times in 82 outings, including two hat-tricks, helping us to the League title in 1923 before leaving for Stoke in February 1925. He was noted for his overhead bicycle kicks. Mixed cup fortunes against the Latics 1962 – We beat Oldham Athletic 2-1 at Boundary Park in an FA Cup Fourth Round tie, with Ian St. John bagging a brace. 2013 – We lost 3-2 there at the same stage as Luis Suárez skippered the side for the first time while left-back Jack Robinson played his eleventh and last reds game. Matt Smith opened the scoring for the League One outfit before Suárez equalised and then had a goal ruled out for offside. The Latics went 3-1 up with goals either side of half-time by Smith and Reece Wabara, to become the first side outside the top two divisions to score three FA Cup goals against the reds since Sc***horpe United in January 1956. Joe Allen pulled one back with his first reds strike and Steven Gerrard struck the crossbar in the final minute, but it was not enough. On the way to Cardiff 2001 - We won our FA Cup Fourth Round game 2-0 at Leeds United, with late goals from substitutes Nick Barmby and Emile Heskey. This was Barmby’s eighth and final reds goal. VAR the star 2018 – We lost an FA Cup Fourth Round tie 3-2 at Anfield to West Bromwich Albion, in a game with video technology at its heart. Jay Rodriguez bagged two of his four goals past us to date either side of a Roberto Firmino goal, with all three goals scored inside the first quarter of an hour. The Baggies had a goal disallowed by VAR, before Firmino missed a penalty that was awarded by the same technology, the first time a referee in an English game had used a touchline monitor to make a final decision. Joël Matip scored an own goal in first-half stoppage time, with Mohamed Salah on target after the break. Missing out on Wembley 2015 – We lost 1-0 at Chelsea after extra time in the second leg of our Capital One Cup Semi-final, to lose out 2-1 on aggregate as Branislav Ivanović headed in the winner. He’s scouse, he’s sound 2002 - We had another FA Cup Fourth Round tie, losing 1-0 at Arsenal with three players sent off. Martin Keown was the first to walk, for a challenge on Michael Owen. Goalscorer Dennis Bergkamp was red-carded for a tackle on Jamie Carragher, who was then himself dismissed for the infamous coin-throwing incident. George’s farewell 1951 – George Kay took charge of his final game as Manager as we lost 1-0 at Charlton Athletic, as he was then forced to retire due to illness, with Billy Kiernan netting the first of his five goals against the reds. He had led us to our first League title in 24 years in 1947, and the FA Cup Final three years later as we won only 142 of his 357 games in charge. Amongst the players who joined the club during his tenure were the great Billy Liddell and Bob Paisley. Off goes Double Trigger 1999 - Jason McAteer was sold to Blackburn Rovers for £4m. He had bagged six goals in 139 reds games after arriving from Bolton Wanderers for £4.5m in September 1995. Happy birthday Mike 1965 - Ex-reserves forward Mike Newell was born in Liverpool. He never managed to break through to our first team, going on to enjoy a chequered career at clubs such as Everton, Leicester City, Luton Town, Birmingham City and Aberdeen. 1915 – Scottish left-half John Browning was born in Alexandria. He signed from Dunoon Athletic in March 1934, making just nineteen appearances before moving on to Southern League side Gillingham in August 1939. FA Cup firsts 1894 - We played our first ever game in the FA Cup proper, a 3-0 First Round win over Grimsby Town at Anfield. The Mariners received half the gate money and £100 as the game was switched from their Abbey Park stadium. Sam Widdowson of Nottingham refereed, who had invented shin guards twenty years earlier! Harry Bradshaw bagged a brace with Joe McQue also on target. We only got as far as the Third Round that year. 1934 - We hosted Tranmere Rovers in the Fourth Round, in a game that was originally due to be played at Prenton Park. 61,036 saw the game, our then record attendance. This was our first ever official meeting with Rovers, and we won 3-1 thanks to a brace from Sam English and a Berry Nieuwenhuys goal, but were knocked out by Bolton Wanderers at the next hurdle. Unfortunately, inside-left Syd Roberts was seriously injured in this match, not featuring for the first team for another eleven months. 1968 – Roger Hunt played his 400th reds game as we were held to a goalless draw by Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic in an FA Cup Third Round tie at Dean Court. We won the replay, eventually bowing out to West Bromwich Albion in the Sixth Round. Double-Barrowed departure 1999 - Two ex-reds were released by Barrow. Mike Marsh had spent six months at Holker Street, and remained out of football until joining up with Jan Mølby at fellow Conference side Kidderminster Harriers ten months later. Mark Seagraves retired from playing on his departure from Barrow. A rare League win We have only won one of our six League matches on this day. 1923 - Harry Chambers and Dick Johnson netted in a 2-0 top-flight win over Middlesbrough at Anfield, a week after they had both also scored on Teesside. 1973 - Our most recent League match was a 2-1 defeat at Wolverhampton Wanderers, with Kevin Keegan on target. Emlyn Hughes put through his own net, with John Richards grabbing one of his five goals against the reds. Half a century for Avi 1988 - Ex-red Avi Cohen won his fiftieth official senior cap for Israel in their 1-1 friendly draw with France in Tel-Aviv. Future red Ronnie Rosenthal also played. Bowyer’s last 1912 - Forward Sam Bowyer made the last of his 48 reds appearances as we lost 1-0 at West Bromwich Albion in a top-flight encounter. Banging them in 1979 – We visited Bangor City for a friendly, due to the postponement of our FA Cup Third Round meeting with Blackburn Rovers. We won 4-1, despite two inches of snow on the pitch, thanks to a brace from Kenny Dalglish, David Fairclough goal and Terry McDermott penalty, all inside the first half. Moving on loan 1998 - Mark Kennedy joined fellow Premier League side Queens Park Rangers on loan. He netted twice in eight games while at Loftus Road, before returning to fight for a first-team berth at Anfield. 2008 - Milan Baroš joined Portsmouth on loan from Olympique Lyonnais, failing to score in sixteen outings but helping them to claim the FA Cup. 2009 – Centre-half Ragnar Klavan joined AZ Alkmaar on loan from Heracles Almelo, helping them to their first League title since 1981 before making the move permanent in the summer. He struck three times in 104 outings before moving on to Augsburg in July 2012. 2011 – Ex-reds reserves centre-half Danny O’Donnell joined Stockport County on loan from Shrewsbury Town. He played seven times before signing on permanently at the end of the season. 2014 - Forward David N’Gog joined Swansea City on loan from Bolton Wanderers, failing to score in three appearances. Ex-Academy forward Marvin Pourié joined Zulte Waregem from F.C. København, scoring once in six League outings. 2017 – Midfielder Cameron Brannagan joined Fleetwood Town on a temporary basis, playing fourteen times for the Cod Army. On the same day, defender Joe Gomez signed a new contract with the reds. Youngsters in action 2009 – Emiliano Insúa skippered Argentina as they were held to a 2-2 draw by Ecuador in their final Sudamericano Sub-20 “Juventud de América” group game in Venezuela, as they reached the final phase. 2004 - Zak Whitbread played his first game for the USA Under-23’s as they drew 2-2 with Mexican club side Tecos in an unofficial international. Zak gave away a penalty for the first Tecos goal. 2001 – Future red Alberto Aquilani won the first of his two caps for Italy Under-17’s in their 1-0 victory over Cameroon. 1988 – Ex-red Avi Cohen won his fiftieth cap for Israel, with future red Ronnie Rosenthal also featuring as they drew 1-1 with France in Tel-Aviv. Other reds games 1998 – We beat Middlesbrough 2-1 in the first leg of our League Cup Semi-final at Anfield, despite falling behind to one of Paul Merson’s seven goals past us. Jamie Redknapp and Robbie Fowler scored our goals. 1985 – Ian Rush nabbed the only goal of Tottenham Hotspur’s FA Cup Fourth Round visit to L4 that was broadcast live on TV in the UK. 1932 – Leicester City held us to a 3-3 draw at home with Ernie Hine nabbing the last two of his ten goals against the reds, with Hugh Adcock bagging one of his five. Gordon Hodgson, Danny McRorie and Gordon Gunson scored our goals. 1906 – We lost 1-0 at Birmingham City’s old Coventry Road ground with Arthur Mounteney scoring the first of his five goals past us. Jari to Germany 2005 - Jari Litmanen signed for Hansa Rostock on a free transfer from Finnish side Lahti. He struck once in thirteen games but could not prevent them from being relegated from the Bundesliga top flight. Captain Diouf 2008 – Ex-red El-Hadji Diouf skippered his country as Senegal lost 3-1 to Algeria in an Africa Cup of Nations group game in Ghana. 2006 – Diouf also played in a group game as Senegal lost 1-0 to Ghana in Egypt. 2015 – Ex-red Carl Medjani featured in Algeria’s 2-0 defeat of Senegal in a group game in Equatorial Guinea. 2003 – Medjani also played for France Under-17’s in their 1-1 draw in Egypt in the UEFA-CAF Meridian Cup, with David Raven and Mark Smyth playing for England in their 1-1 draw with Mali in the same tournament that day.
  5. Will

    4th March

    Happy birthday King Kenny 1951 - Kenny Dalglish was born in Dalmarnack, Glasgow. He signed from Celtic for £440,000 in August 1977 and bagged 172 goals in 515 games, helping us to countless honours, both as a player for which he is fêted by many as the finest ever on the pitch, and later in two spells as Manager. His greatest moments as a player include scoring the goals that clinched the European Cup at Wembley in 1978, and the first half of a League and FA Cup double at Stamford Bridge eight years later, while his efforts in the aftermath of the Hillsborough disaster ensure he retains an even more special place in our hearts. Other birthdays 1955 - Joey Jones was born in Bangor. He signed from Wrexham for £110,000 in July 1975 and made exactly a century of reds appearances, bagging three goals and helping us to win a European Cup, two League titles and the FA Charity Shield in his time at Anfield. He rejoined Wrexham for £210,000 in October 1978. 1984 - Our former American reserves centre-back Zak Whitbread was born in Houston, Texas. He made just seven senior appearances in the cups, and was sold to Millwall for £200,000 in June 2006 after a season-long loan spell at The New Den. Crazy Horse out of the traps 1967 - New record signing Emlyn Hughes made his reds debut in a 2-1 home League win over Stoke City, when Chris Lawler and Roger Hunt netted, while Peter Dobing bagged one of his eight goals past us. ‘Crazy Horse’ went on to make 665 reds appearances in total. 1953 – Centre-half Joe Maloney debuted as Bolton Wanderers held us to a goalless draw at Anfield. 1922 – Winger Cyril Gilhespy made his reds bow as we drew 0-0 at Blackburn Rovers. Setting club records 1978 - Ray Clemence set a club record for a goalkeeper by making his 336th consecutive appearance in a 3-1 defeat at Chelsea, with Steve Ogrizovic stepping in to make his debut in the next match. Phil Neal opened the scoring from the spot, our 5,000th League goal to date. Steve Finnieston struck the last two of his four goals against the reds, with Tommy Langley also on the scoresheet. 2000 - Liverpool fielded nine non-British born players for the first time, with Jamie Carragher and Dominic Matteo being the only home-grown talents who started our 1-1 Premiership draw at Old Trafford, when Patrik Berger netted a trademark free-kick before Ole Gunnar Solskjær equalised. Red trebles at Anfield 1905 - Jack Parkinson netted three in a 5-0 Second Division victory over Blackpool, with Robert Robinson and Arthur Goddard also scoring. 1950 - We also beat the Seasiders, with Willie Fagan and Billy Liddell on target in our 2-1 FA Cup Sixth Round win, as we headed towards our second Final. The legendary Stan Mortensen bagging one of his eleven strikes against the reds. 1981 - Graeme Souness grabbed a hat-trick to become the first and so far only reds player to bag two European trebles in the same season, in our 5-1 trouncing of CSKA Sofia in the European Cup Third Round first leg, en route to lifting the trophy for the third time. Sammy Lee and Terry McDermott were also on target. The Bulgarians actually made a number of good chances but either missed them, or saw Ray Clemence repel their efforts. Derby joy 1972 - We thumped Everton 4-0 at Anfield with our first two strikes being own goals, from keeper Tommy Wright and John McLaughlin, with Wright also putting through his own net in his next game! Chris Lawler and Emlyn Hughes completed the scoring, the latter while playing his 200th League game for the reds. Most recently 2015 – We beat Burnley 2-0 at Anfield, thanks to a Jordan Henderson strike and header from Daniel Sturridge. 2017 – We beat Arsenal 3-1 at Anfield, with Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mané netting before the break. Danny Welbeck pulled a goal back, but Gini Wijnaldum struck late on. 1933 – Gordon Hodgson struck the only goal of the game as we beat Arsenal 1-0 at Highbury in a top-flight encounter. Final outings 1939 - Left-half John Browning played his nineteenth and final reds game in our 1-1 home draw with Leicester City, with Phil Taylor bagging our late goal. 1897 – We beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-0 in L4 thanks to goals from Frank Becton, Harry Bradshaw and George Allan as forward Malcolm McVean made his 126th and last reds appearance. Beating the Geordies We have twice defeated Newcastle United on this day in history. 1995 - Robbie Fowler and Ian Rush struck as we beat them 2-0 in a Premiership match at Anfield. 1899 - We won a friendly at St. James’ Park 3-1, with George Allan bagging a treble. Thumping Oldham 1944 - Jack Balmer scored four goals as we trounced Oldham Athletic 8-1 at Anfield, in a game that counted for the Wartime League Cup as well as the League. Phil Taylor and Cyril Done both added braces. 1916 - We also beat them in another Wartime League match. Dave Watson and Arthur Metcalf were on target in our 4-1 victory, with Fred Pagnam netting twice. European disappointment 1992 - We lost 2-0 at Genoa in the first leg of our UEFA Cup Fourth Round encounter. Unfortunately, we also lost the Anfield return to crash out 4-1 on aggregate. R.I.P. Tom 1959 - Left-half Tom Bromilow died on a train while returning from a scouting mission for Leicester City. He signed professional terms at Anfield in 1919, having asked for a trial straight from the army. He went on to make 375 appearances, scoring eleven times while helping us to claim two League titles in successive seasons in the 1920’s, as well as earning full international honours with England. 1964 – Forward Vic Wright died. He struck 33 times in 85 reds games after signing from Rotherham United in March 1934. He moved on to Plymouth Argyle in June 1937. For Scotland 1922 - Left-back Donald Mackinlay won his second and final cap for Scotland in a 2-1 victory over Northern Ireland at Celtic Park. Partick Thistle’s ex-reds keeper Ken Campbell also featured for Scotland, while Billy Lacey was playing his final game as a reds player for the away side. 1911 - Centre-half Alex Raisbeck played for the Scottish League against a Football League side. 1907 - Ex-reds inside-right George Livingstone won his second and final cap, and only one as a Rangers player, as the Scots lost 1-0 in Wales, also in the British International Championships. Reds defender George Latham was on the winning side. Future reds in opposition 2014 – Alberto Moreno faced Emre Can in an Under-21’s friendly in Palencia, with Spain beating Germany 2-0, with this being Can’s last cap at this level while playing for Bayer 04 Leverkusen. Beating the rest 1931 – Gordon Hodgson and future reds Ernie Blenkinsop and Tosh Johnson all featured as England beat The Rest 3-2 in a trial match at Highbury, with Dixie Dean bagging a treble. Tosh leaves the Vetch 1984 - John Toshack was sacked as Manager of Swansea City, after just two wins in eleven games in this second spell in charge. Other reds games 2006 – Charlton Athletic held us to a goalless draw at Anfield. 1964 – We came from two goals down to draw 2-2 at Sheffield Wednesday. Ian St. John and Willie Stevenson were on the scoresheet. 1961 – We drew 2-2 in a Second Division match at Portsmouth with Alan Banks and Johnny Morrissey scoring our goals. 1911 – We lost 1-0 at Tottenham Hotspur as Billy Minter grabbed one of his five goals past us, with Sam Hardy saving a Bobby Steel penalty. 1893 – We beat Nelson 3-0 in a Lancashire League meeting at Anfield. Matt McQueen struck twice, with his brother Hugh also on target. Keepers on the move 1995 - Sander Westerveld joined Vitesse Arnhem from Twente. He played 101 League games for them before moving to Anfield four years later. 2004 - Former reserves custodian Ian Dunbavin joined Morecambe on loan from fellow Conference side Shrewsbury Town on loan, making three appearances. Also on the move 1996 - Paul Stewart joined Sunderland on a free transfer following a loan period. He netted five times in 37 games, before being offloaded to Stoke City. 2011 – Ex-reserves forward Lauri Dalla Valle joined Bournemouth on loan from Fulham, netting twice in eight outings for the Cherries. 2019 – Former reds coach Paco Herrera was sacked as Manager of Unión Deportiva Las Palmas for the second time, having led them to only three victories in fourteen League matches. Also in international action 2010 – Chris Mavinga played for France Under-19’s in their 2-1 friendly defeat of Ukraine in Saint-Denis.
  6. Shanks in charge 1959 - Bill Shankly took over as Manager, thirteen days after his appointment was announced. Words cannot fully explain his importance to the history of Liverpool Football Club, but his honours as reds boss included three League titles, two FA Cups, the UEFA Cup and the Second Division championship. Happy birthdays 1979 - Michael Owen was born in Chester. He struck 158 times in 297 games for us, moving on to Real Madrid in August 2004 for £8m after seven years’ great service to the reds, having helped us to claim the UEFA Cup, FA Cup, UEFA Super Cup, League Cup and FA Charity Shield. He signed on as a professional on his seventeenth birthday. 1963 – Former Managing Director Christian Purslow was born in Cardiff. He was appointed in June 2009 to replace Rick Parry. He stood down in October 2010 after the sale of the club to New England Sports Ventures. He is now Chief Executive of Aston Villa. In comes a striking legend 1925 - South African forward Gordon Hodgson signed from Transvaal. He bagged a club record eighteen hat-tricks amongst his 241 goals in 377 games, but was unable to claim a club medal in his time at Anfield, moving on to Aston Villa for £3,000 in January 1936. 1908 – Keeper Augustus Beeby joined the reds, but only made sixteen senior appearances before leaving for Manchester City in May 1911. Farewell Alan 2009 – Left-winger Alan A’Court died. He signed for free from Prescot Cables in September 1952 and scored 63 times in 381 reds games, helping us to the Second Division title in 1962, as well as representing England at the 1958 World Cup in his time at Anfield. He moved on to Tranmere Rovers in October 1964. God hits four for his century 1996 - Robbie Fowler scored four goals in our 5-1 thrashing of Middlesbrough at Anfield, with the opener coming after just 29 seconds and the second being his hundredth reds goal. He reached this milestone in 165 games, one faster than Ian Rush, and celebrated one of his goals by revealing a t-shirt with the hand-written slogan “God’s job’s a good un” on it! For the record, Stig Inge Bjørnebye netted our other goal, his fourth and final one for the club, with Michael Thomas putting through his own net. The start of a record run 1974 - Phil Neal made the first of 365 consecutive League appearances, a club record, as we beat Luton Town 2-0 at Anfield. John Toshack and Steve Heighway scored. Mo, mo, mo 2019 – Mohamed Salah struck in his third consecutive reds game as we beat Watford 2-0 at Anfield, with the Egyptian on target twice. 2016 – Divock Origi scored in his fifth consecutive reds game as we won 3-0 at Middlesbrough, with Adam Lallana nabbing a brace, Spot-kick misery in London 1993 - We were knocked out of the League Cup by Wimbledon in a Fourth Round replay at Selhurst Park. We benefited from a Hans Segers own goal in the final minute as the game ended 2-2 with Neil Ruddock also scoring, Dean Holdsworth netting the first of his four strikes against the reds, and Robbie Earle bagging one of his five past us. John Barnes then had a penalty saved in extra time. Unfortunately, we lost the shoot-out 4-3, with both Jamie Redknapp and Mark Walters failing from the spot. We also suffered because Jan Mølby ripped a calf muscle in this game. A European draw 1966 - We came from behind twice as we were held to a 2-2 draw at home by Ajax in the European Cup, with ‘Sir’ Roger Hunt and the legendary Johan Cruyff scoring twice each, as we crashed out at the Second Round stage 7-3 on aggregate. Peter Thompson and Geoff Strong had both hit the woodwork before the scoring began. This was the first time we had ever played in a yellow kit. Red milestones 2014 – Raheem Sterling reached a century of games for the reds as we lost 3-0 at Manchester United, with keeper Simon Mignolet dropped in favour of Brad Jones after 93 consecutive Premier League starts, following recent errors. Wayne Rooney scored one of his seven goals past us to date, with Juan Mata also on target before the break. Robin van Persie’s seventh and latest strike against the reds completed the scoring as David de Gea made a string of fine saves. 1968 – Denis Law bagged the only goal of our League trip to Old Trafford, one of his six strikes against the reds. 1912 – Forward Sam Gilligan played his fortieth and last reds game as we drew 1-1 at Bolton Wanderers, with Donald Mackinlay on target and Joe Smith bagging the first of his eleven goals against the reds. 1957 – Outside-right Brian Jackson struck his eleventh and last reds goal as we lost a Second Division game 2-1 at Barnsley. 2004 - Harry Kewell played his fiftieth League game for the reds as we were held to a 1-1 draw at Anfield by Portsmouth, with Steven Gerrard netting our goal. Unfortunately, Lomana Lua Lua headed in a last-minute equaliser. Treble awards 2001 - We won all three awards in World Soccer magazine’s annual poll. Michael Owen became the first Englishman to win World Player of the Year, Gérard Houllier claimed Manager of the Year and we were also made Team of the Year. It was the first time in twenty years that a single club had swept the board. Four for Berry 1940 - Outside-right Berry Nieuwenhuys scored four goals as we beat New Brighton 6-4 at Anfield in a Wartime League fixture. Billy Liddell netted from the spot, with Bob Paisley also on target. Mixed fortunes against Forest We have twice entertained Nottingham Forest on this day in history. 1991 - Steve McMahon struck his fiftieth and final goal for the club as we won 2-0 with Jan Mølby also on the scoresheet, with David Burrows playing his hundredth League game for the club. 1901 - We lost 2-0 in another top-flight meeting. Arthur Capes scored one of his four goals against us, with Jack Calvey also on the scoresheet. Beating the Black Cats We have twice won at Roker Park on this day in history. 1929 - Jim Smith, Fred Hopkin and Gordon Hodgson netted as we beat Sunderland 3-2, with Evelyn Morrison bagging a brace for the home side. 1946 - Albert Stubbins, Jack Balmer, Berry Nieuwenhuys and Billy Liddell were all on target as we won 4-1, with Dickie Davis netting the first of his seven goals past us. Mixed fortunes against Rovers 1963 - We lost 2-1 at Anfield to Blackburn Rovers as Andy McEvoy struck the first two of his four strikes past us, with Roger Hunt netting our consolation in this First Division match. 1918 - Arthur Metcalf struck twice as we won an away Wartime League meeting 2-1. 1908 – We lost the Lancashire Senior Cup Final 5-3 at Ewood Park, with Ronald Orr bagging a brace and Sam Bowyer also on target. Welsh reds Joey Jones, Ian Rush and Dean Saunders have all twice represented their country on this day over the years. 1977 - Jones played as Wales drew 1-1 with West Germany in a friendly in Dortmund. 1983 - He appeared in their 1-1 draw with Yugoslavia in Cardiff, as a Chelsea player. Ian Rush also featured in this game, a European Championships qualifier. 1994 - Rush appeared alongside Aston Villa’s Dean Saunders as the Welsh were beaten 3-0 in Cardiff by Bulgaria in another European Championships qualifier. 1996 - Saunders played in a goalless World Cup qualifying draw with Turkey, when he was a Nottingham Forest player. Future reds Markus Babbel, Brad Friedel and Christian Ziege all also played for their countries that day. Ronnie on target 1994 - Ex-red Ronnie Rosenthal struck as Israel were held to a 1-1 draw by Romania in a qualifier in Tel-Aviv. Also in action that day were Stig Inge Bjørnebye and future red Jari Litmanen, while Roy Hodgson took charge of Switzerland. 2003 – Hodgson managed Switzerland once more, as they won a World Cup qualifier 2-1 in Turkey. Management highs and lows 2008 – John Barnes led Jamaica to victory in the Digicel Caribbean Championships as they beat Grenada 2-0 in the Final in Kingston. 1994 - Kevin MacDonald stepped down as Caretaker Manager of Leicester City. He was only in charge for four games, before Mark McGhee took over. 2009 - Erik Meijer was appointed Director of Sport at Alemannia Aachen, having already played for and coached the club. On the move again 2013 – Former reds First Team Coach Steve Clarke was sacked as Manager of West Bromwich Albion, with Kevin Keen also departing from his role as Joint-Assistant Head Coach. 2001 - Ex-reserves striker John Durnin signed for Second Division Port Vale from Rhyl on a free transfer. He only netted twice in fifty games while at Vale Park, before joining Conference side Accrington Stanley. 1975 – Ex-reds forward Alun Evans joined Walsall from Aston Villa for £30,000 after sixteen goals in 74 games for the Villains. Youngsters sign on 2004 - Reserve defenders David Raven and Zak Whitbread both signed new contracts until 2007. However, they have both subsequently left the club. Also in international action 2004 – Future red Stéphane Henchoz played in Switzerland’s 2-1 World Cup qualifying win in Turkey. 1999 – Future red Fábio Aurélio featured as Brazil drew a friendly 3-3 with Paraguay in Campo Grande. 1966 – Roy Evans played for England Youth as they faced a Sunderland Under-19’s side at Roker Park.
  7. Last gasp drama on the road to Turkey 2004 - We reached the knock-out stage of the Champions League as we came from behind to beat Olympiacos 3-1 at Anfield in our final group game. Rivaldo was on target in the first half for the visitors, but Florent Sinama-Pongolle came on at half time to change the game, bagging an equaliser straight after the break, our 200th goal in Europe’s premier club competition. Neil Mellor put us one goal away from progress with ten minutes to go before Steven Gerrard struck the spectacular, decisive third. Births and death 1951 - Terry McDermott was born in Kirkby. He struck 81 times in 329 reds games after signing from Newcastle United for £175,000 in November 1974, helping us to three European Cups, four League titles, two League Cups, UEFA Super Cup and two FA Charity Shields. In 1980, he became the first player to win both the PFA and Football Writers’ Player Of The Year Awards in the same season. He netted on his 28th birthday as we won 3-1 at Aston Villa, with Ray Kennedy and Alan Hansen also on the scoresheet, with Brian Little bagging the home side’s consolation. 1994 – Raheem Sterling was born in Kingston, Jamaica. He signed from Queens Park Rangers for £0.5m in February 2010, notching 23 goals in 129 reds games before joining Manchester City for an initial £44m in July 2015. 1995 – Jordon Ibe was born in Bermondsey. He arrived from Wycombe Wanderers for a reported £750,000 in December 2011, notching four times in 58 reds games before moving to Bournemouth for a reported £15m in July 2016. 1923 - Scottish right-back Tom Robertson died. He signed from Stoke for £400 and played 47 times without notching, helping us to claim our first League title in 1901 before joining Southampton in May 1902, with whom he won the Southern League in two successive years. Razor sheathed 1981 - Ray Kennedy played his 342nd and final domestic reds game as we beat Arsenal 3-0 in a League Cup Fourth Round replay at Anfield, with all three goals coming in extra time. Craig Johnston bagged his first reds goal on his 21st birthday before fellow birthday boy Terry McDermott converted a penalty, with Kenny Dalglish also on target. 1928 – Defender Bert Shears played his sixteenth and final reds game as we lost 2-1 at Sunderland, with Robert Done bagging our consolation and Gordon Hodgson reaching a century of reds games. Dave Halliday struck one of his thirteen goals against the reds, with Bob McKay also on target. Mo’s treble 2018 – Mohamed Salah scored a hat-trick as we thumped Bournemouth 4-0 at their Vitality Stadium, with skipper James Milner playing the 500th Premier League game of his career as we also benefited from a Steve Cook own goal. Stevie’s half century 2007 - Steven Gerrard scored his fiftieth Premiership goal as we lost 3-1 at Reading, our first League defeat of the season, with young centre-back Jack Hobbs making his only ever League start. The home side’s first goal from Stephen Hunt was the hundredth we had conceded in the League under the charge of Rafael Benítez. Kevin Doyle and James Harper also got on the scoresheet. Solitary strikes 1973 - Mick Lyons had a goal for the Blues ruled offside before Alan Waddle grabbed his only reds strike to hand us a 1-0 derby win at Goodison Park against an Everton side who were unbeaten in the League that season. We won despite the absence of John Toshack and Steve Heighway, with Kevin Keegan also having to go off injured. 1951 - Centre-half Laurie Hughes scored his only goal in 326 reds games as we drew 2-2 with Preston North End at Anfield. We had fallen 2-0 behind, through a Ray Lambert own goal and the first of Charlie Wayman’s six strikes past us, before Billy Liddell pulled a goal back. Hughes had gone up front after injuring his thigh and tapped in the equaliser after Preston’s keeper Jimmy Gooch had let a Bill Jones strike slip through his legs. Four for Chelsea 1934 - Dickie Spence scored all four Chelsea goals in their 4-1 defeat of the reds at Stamford Bridge, the first of his six goals against the reds. Forward Dave Wright netted our consolation, while right-back Tommy Cooper made his reds bow. Two rangers off track 1993 - Queens Park Rangers had both Simon Barker and Les Ferdinand sent off in our 3-2 win at Anfield. John Barnes and Ian Rush added to Jan Mølby’s penalty. Ferdinand had netted one of his six goals against the reds, with Barker also on target for the visitors. Defeat in Europe 1998 - We lost 1-0 to Celta de Vigo at Anfield to bow out at the Third Round stage of the UEFA Cup 4-1 on aggregate. Mixed fortunes against the steel city boys We have twice faced Sheffield United on this day in history, without winning, although we have beaten their neighbours Wednesday, with all these games coming in the First Division. 1894 - We drew 2-2 on our first ever trip to Bramall Lane, with Tom Bradshaw bagging a brace and Harry Hammond netting twice for the home side. 1923 - United left Anfield with all the points, when Harry Chambers and Dick Forshaw netted in our 3-2 defeat. Harry Johnson and Billy Gillespie each struck one of their seven goals against the reds, with Fred Tunstall bagging one of his eight past us. 1962 - Kevin Lewis and Roger Hunt struck as we won 2-0 at Hillsborough. Bennett yet again 1917 - Thomas Bennett scored all five goals as we thumped Rochdale 5-1 in a Wartime League match at Anfield. Amazingly, this was the fifteenth consecutive game in which he had scored for the reds! A new management role 1998 - 1950’s reds wing-half Keith Burkinshaw was put in temporary charge of Aberdeen after Roy Aitken was sacked. He was unbeaten in four games but returned to a Director of Football role in the New Year, when Paul Hegarty was appointed. Deano moves into the sun 1998 - Dean Saunders joined SL Benfica from Sheffield United for £500,000. He spent one season at the Estádio da Luz, bagging five goals in seventeen League outings, before returning to England to join Bradford City. Sir Roger for England 1965 - Roger Hunt struck as England beat Spain 2-0 in a friendly in Madrid. Going through 2003 - Zak Whitbread featured as the USA Under-20’s reached the Quarter-finals of the World Championship Finals in the United Arab Emirates by defeating the Ivory Coast 2-0. On the same day, future red Javier Mascherano featured as Argentina beat Egypt 2-1 after extra time at the same stage of the competition. Ellison’s bow 2006 - Academy youngster James Ellison made his debut for England Under-16’s, playing alongside clubmate Sean Highdale in their 2-1 defeat of Scotland to clinch the Victory Shield in Sc***horpe. Good riddance 2010 – Reserves keeper Charles Itandje was released. The Frenchman signed from Racing Club de Lens in August 2007, playing seven largely unconvincing games in his first season, being released from his contract in December 2010.
  8. Will

    10th February

    On our way to Wembley 1981 - We reached our second League Cup Final as a Kenny Dalglish goal was enough to secure a 1-1 draw with Manchester City at Anfield despite an equaliser from Kevin Reeves, one of his four goals past us, to ensure we progressed 2-1 on aggregate. Many happy returns 1964 - Mike Hooper was born in Bristol. He signed from Wrexham for £40,000 in October 1985 but spent most of his Anfield career as understudy to first Bruce Grobbelaar and then David James, although he managed to make 73 first-team appearances. 1977 - Salif Diao was born in Kedogou Tallie, Senegal. He arrived at Anfield for £4.7m from Sedan in August 2002, and bagged three goals in 61 reds games, nearly half of them from the bench, and joined Stoke City permanently in January 2007 after spending most of that season on loan at the Britannia Stadium. 1910 - Inside-left Archie McPherson was born in Alva, Clackmannanshire. He signed from Rangers in November 1929 and bagged nineteen goals in 133 reds games as we endured a barren spell. He moved on to Sheffield United in December 1934, appearing for the Blades in the FA Cup Final as they lost to Arsenal at Wembley in 1936. 1995 – Midfielder Naby Keïta was born in Conakry in Guinea. In August 2017 he agreed to sign from RasenBallsport Leipzig e.V. the following July after the reds agreed to meet his £48m release fee, plus an undisclosed premium. He has so far notched seven times in 71 games, helping us to claim the League title and FIFA Club World Cup as well as suffering from a succession of injuries. Last strikes 1951 - Jack Balmer struck his 111th and final reds goal in our 2-1 win at home to the reigning League champions Portsmouth, with Bill Jones also on the scoresheet. Peter Harris struck one of his eight goals against the reds. 1894 – David Henderson bagged his last two reds goals as we beat Preston North End 3-2 in an FA Cup Second Round tie at Anfield, with Malcolm McVean also on target. Future reds Frank Becton and Jimmy Ross scored for the visitors as we entertained a five-figure crowd for the first time as 18,000 attended this game. Sir Roger’s treble We have won only four of our fifteen games on this day over the years. 1962 - Our most recent victory on this day came when Roger Hunt netted all our goals in a 3-0 Second Division win at Bury, Bill Shankly’s hundredth game in charge. This was his fourth treble of the season. 1917 - We also thumped the Shakers in a Wartime League meeting, with Thomas Bennett nabbing a brace and James Bradley and Harry Lewis also on target in a 4-0 victory at Anfield. Most recently 2015 – We beat Tottenham Hotspur 3-2 at Anfield, with Lazar Marković opening the scoring with his third and last goal for the club before Harry Kane equalised with the first of his six goals past us to date. Steven Gerrard converted a penalty after the break, then Moussa Dembélé struck for the visitors, with substitute Mario Balotelli bagging the winner, his only League goal for the reds. Al’s bow 2007 - Álvaro Arbeloa made his reds debut as we lost 2-1 at Newcastle United, despite ex-Magpie Craig Bellamy putting us in front after just six minutes. Momo Sissoko made his first appearance since dislocating his shoulder against Birmingham City in November, while Danny Guthrie played his seventh and final reds game. Nobby Solano’s fourth and final goal past us came from the spot to secure the victory, with Obafemi Martins having struck the equaliser. Goalless against Chelsea 1993 - We held Chelsea to a goalless draw at Stamford Bridge as the Blues extended their winless run to eleven matches. On the same day, future red Øyvind Leonhardsen played for Norway as they drew a friendly 1-1 with Portugal in Faro. 2008 - We suffered a similar scoreless stalemate in West London. Yellow letter day for Jari 2001 - We drew 1-1 at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light in a League match. It was a notable day for Jari Litmanen, who scored his first reds goal, from the spot, and received the only booking of his brief reds career! Ex-red Don Hutchison had opened the scoring for the home side. Ton up for Quasi 1990 - Peter Beardsley played his hundredth League game for the reds as we were held to a goalless draw at Norwich City. Mixed African fortunes 2013 – Future reds loanee Victor Moses was on the winning side as Nigeria beat Burkina Faso 1-0 in the African Cup of Nations Final in Johannesburg. Future red Joe Gomez featured for England Under-17’s on the same day. 2006 – Future red Kolo Touré converted for the Ivory Coast as they lost a penalty shoot-out to Egypt in the Final in Cairo after the game ended goalless. 2002 - Future red Salif Diao played in the African Cup of Nations Final for Senegal on his 25th birthday alongside fellow future red El-Hadji Diouf. Ex-red Rigobert Song’s Cameroon won a penalty shoot-out that followed the goalless two hours of normal play in Bamako, with Diouf and Song both failing to convert their kicks. 2000 - Song also featured in the competition, helping his country to a 3-0 win over Tunisia in Ghana in the Semi-final. 2008 - Song skippered his country in the same tournament as they lost the Final 1-0 to Egypt in Accra. King Kenny replaces Digger 2000 - Kenny Dalglish was appointed Caretaker Manager of Celtic, with John Barnes and Chief Scout Terry McDermott both dismissed. King Kenny led them to ten wins in his eighteen games in charge, as they finished 21 points adrift of Rangers, although they won the League Cup under his stewardship. Martin O’Neill was appointed that June. European stalemate 1965 - We faced West German champions 1. FC Köln at their Müngersdorfer Stadion in the Second Round of the European Cup. The game ended without score, although they had a goal disallowed for offside. The tie was eventually decided on a coin toss in our favour after three drawn matches. Derby joy 1945 - We beat Everton 3-1 in a Wartime League match at Anfield, with Horace Cumner netting a brace and Berry Nieuwenhuys also on the scoresheet. 1934 - We held them to a goalless draw across the park in a top-flight meeting. Debuting between the sticks 1912 - Keeper Ken Campbell made his reds debut in a 1-0 defeat at Blackburn Rovers. He donned the gloves 142 times, before his place was taken by Elisha Scott. A rare reverse 1973 - Arsenal’s 2-0 win was our only home League defeat of the season, as we went on to claim our eighth League title. It was also one of just eleven League defeats at Anfield during the whole of the 1970’s, although three of these came at the hands of the Gunners. Alec Lindsay conceded a penalty that was converted by ex-Blue Alan Ball, one of his eleven goals past us, with John Radford netting one of his seven strikes against the reds as we were knocked off the top of the table by our visitors. 2010 – We lost 1-0 at Arsenal, with Jamie Carragher’s injury helping the Gunners to find the space to score through Abou Diaby’s header. We were then denied a very late penalty when Cesc Fàbregas handled a Steven Gerrard free-kick inside the area. On the move 1928 – Forward Harry Race signed from Raby United, scoring eighteen times in 43 games before being sold to Manchester City in August 1930 for £3,000. 1904 - Joe Hewitt arrived from Sunderland for £150, becoming top scorer as we won the title for the second time in 1906, netting a total of 74 goals in 164 reds games. He moved to Bolton Wanderers in August 1910 but returned to Anfield to serve the reds as a coach, handyman and finally press box attendant over more than sixty years’ service. 1980 - Lawrie McMenemy announced that Kevin Keegan would sign for Southampton in the summer, after three years in Germany with Hamburger SV. Bob Paisley revealed that the reds had had first option on Keegan, but had let him pursue a new challenge instead. 1989 - Reserves forward John Durnin joined Oxford United for £225,000. He had made just two first-team appearances in three years at Anfield, going on to bag 47 goals in 180 games for Oxford. 2009 - Djimi Traoré joined Birmingham City on loan from Portsmouth. He only featured three times in his time at St. Andrews. First and last caps 2009 – Alberto Aquilani won his final cap as a Roma player, and eleventh to date, coming off the bench as Italy lost 2-0 to Brazil at the Emirates Stadium, with Andrea Dossena also featuring as a substitute. Martin Kelly won his first cap for England Under-19’s as they lost 3-0 to Spain in a friendly in Bournemouth. Meanwhile, future red Milan Jovanović netted in Serbia’s 2-0 defeat of Cyprus in the Semi-final of the Cyprus Tournament in Nicosia, while Martin Škrtel also represented his country in the same competition that day. 1912 - Keeper Sam Hardy won his fourteenth and final cap as a reds player as England thumped Ireland 6-1 in the British International Championships in Dublin, with future red Billy Lacey winning his tenth and last cap as an Everton player. 1999 - Future red Bolo Zenden won his first cap as a Barcelona player, and eleventh in all, as the Netherlands shared a goalless friendly with Portugal in Paris. Strikers on target 1988 - Ronnie Rosenthal bagged his first goal on his final international appearance as a Club Brugge player as Israel lost 3-1 to Poland in a friendly in Tel Aviv. 1998 - Future red Emile Heskey netted for England B as they lost 2-1 to their counterparts from Chile at The Hawthorns. Jamie Carragher and Dominic Matteo both also featured. 2002 - Fernando Morientes scored five goals for Real Madrid, and had a penalty saved, as they beat Las Palmas 7-0. 2010 – Future red Samed Yeşil netted a brace as Germany Under-16’s thumped Cyprus 6-0 in a friendly. International reds in friendly action 1999 - Paul Ince, Michael Owen and Jamie Redknapp all played as England lost 2-0 at Wembley to World champions France, with both goals coming from future red Nicolas Anelka. Meanwhile, Vegard Heggem played for Norway as they held Italy to a goalless draw in Pisa. Future red Sami Hyypiä featured in Finland’s 1-1 draw with Poland in Malta. On the same day, Jason McAteer won his first cap as a Blackburn Rovers player as the Republic of Ireland beat Paraguay 2-0 at Lansdowne Road. Phil Babb and future red Robbie Keane also featured. Also on the move 2000 - Stan Collymore joined Leicester City from Aston Villa on a free transfer, less than three years after he had arrived from Anfield for £7m. He only stayed eight months at Filbert Street, netting five times in twelve games. 2012 - Markus Babbel was appointed Manager of TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, but was sacked after ten months in charge. On the same day, former reserves midfielder Victor Pálsson signed for New York Red Bulls, playing sixteen times before joining N.E.C. in the Netherlands. Other reds games 1923 – We shared a goalless draw at The Hawthorns with West Bromwich Albion. 1913 – Arthur Metcalf netted a late consolation as we lost 3-1 at Oldham Athletic, in a rearranged game after it had been called off due to pitch conditions two months earlier. 1906 – We won 3-0 at Derby County, with Joe Hewitt, Sam Raybould and Bobby Robinson all on target inside the opening twenty minutes. Olympian Zak 2004 - Zak Whitbread won his first official cap for the USA Under-23’s as they were thumped 4-0 by Mexico in an Olympics qualifier in Guadalajara. Also in international action 1994 – Future red Brad Friedel played for the USA as they lost a penalty shoot-out to Denmark in their Carlsberg Cup game in Hong Kong. 2005 – Future red Ragnar Klavan featured in Estonia’s 3-0 friendly defeat in Venezuela. 2015 – Future red Ozan Kabak played for Turkey Under-15’s in their 1-1 friendly draw with Austria. 2017 – Keeper Caoimhín Kelleher played as the Republic of Ireland Under-19’s lost 2-1 to Norway in a friendly in Spain.
  9. Will

    8th January

    The return of the king 2011 – Roy Hodgson left as Manager “by mutual consent”, with Kenny Dalglish resuming the hot seat on a caretaker basis. Hodgson had led us to just thirteen wins in 31 games, with the King restoring the club’s pride and ethos, although he was sacked in May 2012. Carra makes his debut 1997 - Jamie Carragher made his reds bow as a substitute for Rob Jones in our 2-1 defeat at Middlesbrough in a Coca-Cola Cup Fifth Round tie. Steve McManaman grabbed our consolation, while Stig Inge Bjørnebye was making his hundredth reds appearance. Departure of a striking sensation 1936 - South African striker Gordon Hodgson was sold to Aston Villa for £3,000. He had bagged a club record eighteen hat-tricks amongst his 241 goals in 377 games since signing from Transvaal in November 1925, although he was unable to claim a medal in his time at Anfield. He only stayed at Villa Park for a year before joining Leeds United. Tchau Phil 2018 – Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho joined Barcelona for an initial, eye-watering £105m fee, comfortably a reds club record. He had signed from Internazionale in January 2013 for £8.5m, bagging 54 goals in 201 appearances. Fielding the kids 2017 – Our youngest ever starting eleven, aged on average 21 years and 296 days, was held to a goalless draw by Plymouth Argyle in an FA Cup Third Round tie at Anfield. We won the replay but fell at the next hurdle to Wolverhampton Wanderers. Happy birthdays 1953 - Hughie McAuley was born in Bootle. He moved to Melwood to become Reserve Team Manager just before the start of the 2002/03 season, working as a Coach at that level with Gary Ablett, before taking charge of the Under-18’s back at the Academy. He had previously been a regular in our reserves in the early 1970’s, before working with the Academy on a full-time basis since June 1990. He played a major role in our FA Youth Cup triumph in 1996 and helped to develop players including Jamie Carragher, Steven Gerrard and Michael Owen.. He left the club in the summer of 2009. 1947 - Former reserves forward Ted MacDougall was born in Inverness. He signed pro terms on his nineteenth birthday in 1966 but never made our first-team, moving on to York City for £5,000 in 1967. He enjoyed his greatest success with Norwich City, for whom he banged in 66 goals in 138 games. 1949 – Forward Steve Peplow was born in Liverpool. He signed on at Anfield as a professional in January 1966 and struck nineteen goals for the reserves in 1968/69, but only played three senior games, without finding the back of the net. He left for Swindon Town in June 1971 after a successful loan spell there. 1991 – Former Academy forward Marvin Pourié was born in Werne in Germany. He arrived from Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2007 at the age of sixteen, scoring twelve times in his first year with the Under-18’s but returned to Germany in January 2009, joining Schalke 04. 1999 – Polish Under-23’s keeper Kamil Grabara was born in Ruda Śląska. He arrived in the summer of 2016 from Ruch Chorzów and has so far made it to the first-team bench once. 1884 - Robert Blanthorne was born in Birkenhead. He only played twice for the first team, at the end of the 1906/07 season after signing from Birkenhead in the second half of the campaign. 1932 - Left-back Tom Wilkie died. He struck once in 64 reds appearances after signing from Heart Of Midlothian in January 1895, moving on to Portsmouth in 1899. 1869 - James Kelso was born in Cardross. He only played one senior reds game, in a 4-0 Lancashire League defeat of Bury at Anfield in September 1892, and sadly committed suicide aged just 29, back in his native Scotland. Stewart’s treble 1910 – Inside-right James Stewart scored a hat-trick as we thumped Chelsea 5-1 at Anfield. Jack Parkinson added a brace. Debutants galore 2016 – Winger Ryan Kent and left-back Joe Maguire played their only senior reds games, with centre-half Tiago Ilori, winger Sheyi Ojo and midfielder Kevin Stewart also debuting as a very inexperienced side drew 2-2 at League Two side Exeter City in the FA Cup Third Round as Christian Benteke skippered the side for the only time. We twice fell behind, but the only reds goals from forward Jerome Sinclair and left-back Brad Smith drew us level each time. Red departures 1955 – Forward Fred Geary died. He signed from Everton for £60 in May 1895, having top scored as they won the League in 1891 and won three England caps. He bagged fourteen goals in 45 reds games, helping us to claim the Second Division title in his first season. 2010 - Andrea Dossena joined SSC Napoli for €4.25m. He had struck twice in 31 reds games after signing from Udinese for £7m in July 2008. On the same day, centre-half Zak Whitbread left Millwall for Norwich City after four goals in 119 games for the Lions. 2020 – Young midfielder Isaac Christie-Davies joined Cercle Brugge Koninklijke Sportvereniging on loan, having played just one senior reds game. He netted on his debut in a friendly, but failed to make a senior appearance, moving on permanently to Barnsley in September 2020. Stumbling towards Cardiff 2003 - Two late Michael Tonge strikes gave Sheffield United the first leg advantage in our Worthington Cup Semi-final at Bramall Lane, after Neil Mellor’s first senior goal had opened the scoring. We, of course, turned things around in the second leg, to progress to our ninth League Cup Final. More managerial ins and outs 1997 - Kevin Keegan resigned as Manager of Newcastle United for the first time. He had been in charge for nearly five years, guiding them to the First Division title in his first full season in charge, and then to within a whisker of the Premiership in 1996. 2001 - Nigel Spackman was appointed First Division Barnsley’s boss. He was in charge for nine months before being sacked. 2009 - Nigel Clough took over as Manager of Derby County, as a replacement for Paul Jewell. He remained in charge until being sacked in September 2013. Bill’s century 1949 – Bill Jones played his hundredth reds game, putting through his own net as we drew an FA Cup third Round tie 2-2 at Nottingham Forest. We were two goals behind at half time, but Willie Fagan and Bob Paisley both struck late on, before the match headed into extra time. The Shrimpers again 1958 - Right-back John Molyneux struck his first reds goal as we beat Southend United 3-2 in an FA Cup Third Round replay, as well as putting through his own net. Centre-half Dick White scored his only reds goal, with Tony Rowley also on target and Sammy McCrory bagging the other goal for the Shrimpers. We made it to the Sixth Round that season before falling to Blackburn Rovers. The lights go out in Bristol 1994 - Our FA Cup Third Round match at Bristol City was called off during the second half, due to floodlight failure. We were eventually knocked out by the First Division side in an Anfield replay. Mixed fortunes against Rovers We have faced Blackburn Rovers three times on this day in history, winning twice in the FA Cup. 1898 - However, we lost the first meeting 2-1, when our strike came from a William Ball own goal in a First Division match at Ewood Park. Forward Bobby Colvin made the first of his three reds appearances in this game. 1983 - We won away from home by the same score in the Third Round, with David Hodgson and Ian Rush on target. Unfortunately, we only reached the Fifth Round, going out at home to Brighton & Hove Albion. 1991 - Ray Houghton, Ian Rush and Steve Staunton were on the scoresheet as we won a Third Round replay 3-0 at Anfield. Steve McMahon was sent off in this game, as Glenn Hysén had been in the drawn first meeting. We went as far as the Fifth Round again that year before being knocked out by Everton. Evans on target and off 1955 - We drew 1-1 at Lincoln City in an FA Cup Third Round tie, with goalscorer John Evans sent off. We won the replay four days later, after extra time, as we made it to the Fifth Round before being knocked out by Huddersfield Town at Anfield. No goals against Palace We have twice faced Crystal Palace in the FA Cup Third Round on this day in history, with both matches ending goalless. 1938 – We were held at Selhurst Park in our first ever meeting with the Eagles, making it as far as the Fifth Round when we were knocked out by Huddersfield Town. 1977 – We drew in L4 when Ray Clemence made his 400th appearance for the reds. We of course reached the Final that year. On our way to Wembley 1974 - We won an FA Cup Third Round replay 2-0 at Doncaster Rovers in a game that kicked off at 1:30pm on a Tuesday, due to the three-day working week, having only just survived the first game at Anfield. Steve Heighway and Peter Cormack netted as we set off towards our second Cup triumph. Mo the best 2019 - Mohamed Salah was named as CAF African Footballer of the Year for the second consecutive year after a calendar year in which he had netted in the UEFA Champions League Final, amongst his 24 goals in 51 reds games. Naby Keïta and Sadio Mané were also named in the Team of the Year. Jermaine the record breaker 1999 - Jermaine Pennant signed for the Gunners from Notts County in a £2m deal, becoming the most expensive teenager in English football history, aged just sixteen. He only grabbed three goals for Arsenal, but they all came in his first League start as he made just 26 senior appearances, although he only played one other League game from the off. Other reds games 1972 – We lost 1-0 at Leicester City with Ally Brown heading in very early. 1966 – Ron Yeats scored a diving header, the only goal of our trip to Highbury against Arsenal. 1921 – We were held to a 1-1 draw by Manchester United in an FA Cup First Round tie at Anfield. We won the replay, but were knocked out in the next round by Newcastle United. Ex-red Tom Miller opened the scoring, but Harry Chambers nabbed our equaliser. A new contract 2007 - Young midfielder Danny Guthrie signed a new contract until June 2009. He played just seven senior reds games before being sold to Newcastle United for £2.25m in July 2008. A final cap 1995 - Rigobert Song won his eighth and final cap as a Tonnerre Yaoundé player as Cameroon were held to a goalless draw by Malawi in Douala. 2013 – Oussama Assaidi played for Morocco as they held Zambia to a goalless draw in a friendly in Johannesburg. 2017 – Future red Mohamed Salah featured in Egypt’s 1-0 friendly defeat of Tunisia in Cairo.
  10. In comes Jari 2001 - Jari Litmanen finally signed from Barcelona on a free transfer, having turned us down prior to his move to the Catalan giants. He bagged nine goals in 43 reds games in his nineteen months on Merseyside before returning to his spiritual home at Ajax in August 2002. 1999 - Norwegian defender Frode Kippe signed from Lillestrøm for £700,000. He remained at Anfield for three years, making just two first-team appearances. 1900 – Forward Sam Raybould signed from New Brighton Tower for £250, scoring 130 times in 226 reds games and helping us to claim two League titles before moving on to Sunderland in May 1907. Happy birthday James 1986 - James Milner was born in Wortley, Leeds. The midfielder arrived on a free transfer from Manchester City in July 2015, so far netting 26 times in 229 outings as well as regularly skippering the side in the absence of Jordan Henderson and helping us to claim the Premier League title, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup. Wark walks 1988 - John Wark was sold to Second Division Ipswich Town for £100,000 after 42 goals in 108 reds games. He scored 25 goals in 105 games in this second spell at Portman Road before joining Middlesbrough in August 1990. 1962 – Inside-left Willie Fagan left Anfield to sign for Belfast Distillery. He had signed from Preston North End for £8,000 in October 1937, a record deal for a teenager, netting 57 goals in 182 reds games that helped fire us to the League title in 1947 and the FA Cup Final three years later. Anfield comeback against the Mancs 1994 - We fought back from three goals down in the opening 23 minutes to claim a 3-3 draw against Manchester United, thanks to goals from Steve Bruce, the first of Ryan Giggs’ five strikes past us and Denis Irwin. Nigel Clough popped up to offer a glimmer of hope when he pulled a goal back and on 35 minutes he grabbed a second. With the Kop roaring the team on in the second half, we poured forward in search of an equaliser and it finally came with ten minutes to go, as Neil Ruddock rose above the United defence to power a header past a helpless Peter Schmeichel and complete an amazing comeback. A certain tabloid rag later alleged that Bruce Grobbelaar had lost £125,000 on this game after ‘accidentally’ saving a late United winner. Swapping right backs 2006 - Josemi joined Villarreal in exchange for Jan Kromkamp. Josemi was Rafael Benítez’s first signing, joining us from Málaga for £2m in July 2004, but made just 35 reds appearances. Kromkamp only stayed with the club for eight months, playing eighteen times, including a substitute appearance as we won the FA Cup later that year. A double century at Yeovil 2004 - We won 2-0 at Third Division Yeovil Town in the Third Round of the FA Cup on a foggy day, thanks to an Emile Heskey strike, who was playing his 200th reds game, and a penalty from Danny Murphy. This was our 200th victory in the FA Cup. Five for McGuigan 1902 - Inside-left Andy McGuigan became the first red to score five goals in a League game, his last for the club, as we trounced Stoke 7-0 at Anfield, with Sam Raybould adding a brace. To be fair to the Potters their side was reportedly ravaged by food poisoning from eating dodgy fish. They could field only nine players and at one stage during the match they were down to just seven! 1975 - We also entertained Stoke City, as they were by then known. Steve Heighway and Kevin Keegan struck late on as we won this FA Cup Third Round tie 2-0, although we lost at Ipswich Town in the next match. Both teams lined up to applaud Ian Callaghan, who had been awarded an MBE in the New Year’s Honours list. Three, four 1896 - George Allan scored a hat-trick as we won 5-0 at Rotherham Town in a Second Division fixture. Jimmy Ross and Harry Bradshaw bagged the others. This was one of four trebles that Allan netted that season. 1964 - Alf Arrowsmith scored four goals as we beat Derby County 5-0 in an FA Cup Third Round tie at Anfield. This was the second consecutive game in which a red had bagged four goals, following Roger Hunt’s similar feat against Stoke City in the League, who added the fifth on this occasion. Carra’s milestone 2003 - Jamie Carragher played his 250th reds game as we won 1-0 at Manchester City in another FA Cup Third Round tie, with Danny Murphy on target from the spot in our final ever trip to Maine Road. Back to the East End 2013 - Joe Cole left Anfield to return to West Ham United on a free transfer. He had signed for free from Chelsea in July 2010, notching just five times in 42 reds outings. On the same day, centre-forward Adam Morgan joined Rotherham United on loan. He only made two senior appearances for the Millers, without scoring. Award winners 2002 - Sami Hyypiä was named in Europe’s Team of the Year, voted for by users of UEFA.com. Gérard Houllier was the overwhelming choice of the voters as Coach of the Year, receiving fifty percent of the vote. 2018 – Forward Mohamed Salah was named CAF African Footballer of the Year, with Sadio Mané being placed in second. Cup of joy 1986 - We bounced back from a six-match winless streak to thump Norwich City 5-0 in the FA Cup Third Round at Anfield. Kevin MacDonald, Paul Walsh, Steve McMahon, Ronnie Whelan and John Wark all scored in what was our 300th match in the competition. Toffees felled by Rushie again 1998 - Ian Rush netted his final ever goal as a professional footballer, the only goal of the game as Newcastle United beat Everton in an FA Cup Third Round tie at Goodison. This took his total of goals against the Blues to 26. Derby disappointment 1941 - We lost 2-1 at home to Everton in a game that counted for both the Wartime League and the Lancashire Senior Cup. Bob Paisley netted our consolation. We have also twice crossed Stanley Park for First Division matches on this day, returning with a share of the spoils on each occasion. 1930 - Dick Edmed, Archie McPherson and Jimmy McDougall netted as we drew 3-3. Dixie Dean netted two of his nineteen derby goals, with Ted Critchley also on target for the Blues. 1936 - The game ended goalless. Heading south 2019 – Forward Dominic Solanke was sold to Bournemouth for £19m after just one goal in 27 reds games since arriving from Chelsea in July 2017. On the same day, right-back Nathaniel Clyne joined the Cherries on loan, playing fifteen times while on the south coast. Stan on the way up 1991 - Stan Collymore joined Crystal Palace from Stafford Rangers for £100,000. He only bagged two goals in 25 appearances for the Eagles, mostly from the bench, before joining Southend United in November 1992. Also on the move 2005 - Jamie Redknapp signed for Southampton on a free transfer from Tottenham Hotspur. He went on to play seventeen times for the Saints, under his dad Harry, scoring just once, in their FA Cup Third Round win at Northampton Town. However, they were relegated from the top flight where they had been since 1978. Meanwhile, Bjørn Tore Kvarme left Bastia. He later returned to his native Norway with Rosenborg BK, retiring from the game in June 2008. 2006 - Zak Whitbread’s loan spell with Millwall was extended until the end of the season. 2014 – Ex-reserves midfielder Craig Roddan joined Accrington Stanley on loan, but this was cut short due to injury, although he returned later in the year after being released by the reds. 2016 – Ex-reds boss was sacked as Manager of Real Madrid after seven months in charge. 2017 – Czech reserves defender Jakub Sokolík signed for Plymouth Argyle after leaving Southend United. He netted once in fourteen outings in his first campaign. 2018 – Midfielder Danny Guthrie joined Persatuan Sepakbola Mitra Kukar, netting once in 44 games while in Indonesia. Other reds games 1997 – We beat Burnley 1-0 in an FA Cup Third Round tie at Anfield, with Stan Collymore on target. 1969 – Doncaster Rovers from the Fourth Division went down 2-0 in a Third Round meeting in L4, thanks to late goals from Roger Hunt and Ian Callaghan. 1958 – Southend United held the reds to a 1-1 draw in another Third Round encounter at Anfield. Ray Smith put through his own net, with the Shrimpers equalising through Johnny McGuigan. 1947 – We lost 3-1 at Chelsea, with Tommy Lawton grabbing the last two of his six goals against the reds either side of Jack Balmer’s goal. Len Goulden also scored for the Blues. 1913 – We beat Bradford City 2-1 at Anfield, despite falling behind to a first-minute goal from Oscar Fox. Jack Parkinson and Donald Mackinlay scored our goals after the break. Ronnie the Belgian 1989 - Ronnie Rosenthal won his first cap as a Standard de Liège player, and eighteenth in total, as Israel were beaten 2-0 by the Netherlands in a friendly in Tel-Aviv. 2010 – Future red Kolo Touré played as the Ivory Coast beat Tanzania 1-0 in a friendly in Dar Es Salaam. 1995 - Future red Haukur Ingi Guðnason played for Iceland Under-17’s as they thrashed Malta 6-1 in the Israel Tournament. 1996 – Guðnason featured for Iceland Under-19’s as they beat the host nation 3-0 in the same competition. 1995 - Future red Haukur Ingi Guðnason played for Iceland Under-17’s as they thrashed Malta 6-1 in the Israel Tournament. 1996 – Guðnason featured for Iceland Under-19’s as they beat the host nation 3-0 in the same competition.
  11. 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. Jordan the best 2020 – Club captain Jordan Henderson was named Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year, having just lifted the reds’ first League title since 1990, as well as leading the Premier League captains’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic. On the same day, midfielder Leighton Clarkson signed a new contract, having already featured for the first-team twice. 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. More reds starting out 2019 – Dutch centre-half Sepp van den Berg featured for the first team for the first time as we drew 2-2 with Sporting Clube de Portugal to share the Western Union Cup in the Yankee Stadium in New York. Future Red Devil Bruno Fernandes opened the scoring, but Divock Origi and Gini Wijnaldum both netted to hand us a half-time lead, but Wendel levelled matters after the break. 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 Fabio Borini winning his ninth and last cap at this level and fellow future red Thiago Alcântara also in action. 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. Final caps 2002 – Jon Otsemobor and future reds coach Gary O’Neil both played for England Under-19’s as they drew 1-1 with Belgium in a European Championship Finals group game in Norway, with future reds Glen Johnson and Jermaine Pennant also featuring. 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. Also in international action 1988 – Future red Stig Inge Bjørnebye played for Norway Under-18’s as they drew 1-1 with Denmark in a tournament in the Czech Republic. 1997 – Future red Haukur Ingi Guðnason featured for Iceland Under-19’s in their 1-1 draw with Spain in the European Championship Finals in his homeland.
  12. Will

    27th June

    Milan on target again 2004 - Milan Baroš scored in his sixth consecutive international, grabbing a brace as the Czech Republic beat future red 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 – Future red 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 Raul 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 Championship 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 won his thirteenth and last cap for Germany Under-21’s as they 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, with future red Ibrahima Konaté playing for France Under-21’s in their 4-1 thumping by Spain in the European Championships Semi-final in Italy. Moving on again 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. Día feliz 2015 – Future red Thiago Alcântara married Júlia Vigas in Sant Climent de Peralta in Catalonia.
  13. Will

    13th June

    Happy birthday Jocky 1955 - Alan Hansen was born in Sauchie, Clackmannan, Stirlingshire. He signed from Partick Thistle for £100,000 in May 1977 and was a classy figure in the centre of our defence on 620 occasions, notching fourteen times and helping us to an amazing trophy haul including eight League titles, three European Cups, two FA Cups, three League Cups and four FA Charity Shields. Other birthdays 1944 - Inside-left Gordon Wallace was born in Lanark. He signed professional terms in July 1961 but only made 22 first-team appearances, netting six times, with his most famous game being the first to be screened on the BBC’s Match Of The Day programme, when he grabbed a brace as we beat Arsenal 3-2 at Anfield in August 1964. He had also netted twice on our European debut against Icelandic champions Knattspyrnufélag Reykjavíkur earlier that week. He left in October 1967 to join Crewe Alexandra. 1941 - Tony Hateley was born in Derby. He became our record signing when he joined from Chelsea in July 1967 for £96,000 and got off to a flyer at Anfield, grabbing 27 goals in 52 appearances in his first season. Unfortunately, injuries took their toll, and he was sold to Coventry City only fourteen months after arriving at the club, after 28 goals in 56 outings in total. He was a fine header of the ball in his prime, as was his son, England international striker Mark. Honest John 1910 - John McKenna was named President of the Football League, after the first ever elections to fill this post. He was the reds’ first ever Manager, leading us to the Lancashire League and two Second Division titles, as well as holding the post of Director for the club’s first thirty years. George arrives 1895 – Centre-forward George Allan signed from Leith Athletic for £100. He went on to score 56 goals in 96 reds games across two spells, but had to endure an eight-match suspension from the Scottish FA later that year as he had also signed for St. Bernard’s at the same time as moving to Anfield! He also has the distinction of being the first reds player to represent Scotland. Defenders on their way out 2016 – Ex-reds left-back John Arne Riise announced his retirement from football. He made 348 reds appearances, scoring 31 times, following his £4m arrival from AS Monaco in June 2001, but left for Roma for the same fee in June 2008. He helped us to win the European Cup, FA Cup, League Cup, two UEFA Super Cups and two FA Charity Shields in his time at Anfield. He also became his country’s most capped player, winning 110 in total. 2007 - Jon Otsemobor joined Norwich City on a free transfer from Crewe Alexandra, after one goal in 65 outings for the Alex in total. 2006 - Young American centre-back Zak Whitbread joined Millwall for £200,000 after a successful loan spell as they were relegated to League One. He had made seven senior reds appearances, all in cup competitions, including our League Cup win at The New Den in October 2004. 1911 – Left-half Jim Bradley re-joined Stoke having struck eight times in 186 reds games since arriving from the Potters in September 1905. A treble for KHR 1993 - Future red Karl-Heinz Riedle bagged a hat-trick as Germany beat the USA 4-3 in a US Cup game at Soldier Field in Chicago. Bayern München’s Christian Ziege won his second cap in the same game. On the same day, future red Paul Ince skippered England as they drew 1-1 with Brazil in the same competition in Washington DC. Fellow future red Nigel Clough also played. Meanwhile, Jamie Redknapp and future reds Academy coach Mike Sheron helped England Under-21’s to reach the Final of the Toulon Tournament by beating Scotland 1-0. 1987 - Clough also played for England Under-21’s as they beat Portugal 4-1 in a penalty shoot-out following their goalless draw in a fifth-place play-off at the Toulon Tournament. Mighty Mouse on target for England 1976 - Kevin Keegan bagged a brace in England’s 4-1 World Cup qualifying win in Finland. Ray Clemence and Phil Thompson both also played. 1979 - Ex-red Keegan skippered England as they lost 4-3 in a friendly in Austria, netting one of the goals. Ray Clemence, Phil Neal and Phil Thompson all also featured. Other international scorers 2014 – Ex-red Xabi Alonso converted a penalty in Spain’s 5-1 humbling by the Netherlands in a World Cup Finals group game in Brazil. Fellow ex-reds Charles Itandje and Fernando Torres, and future red Gini Wijnaldum also featured in World Cup action that day. 1963 - Ian St. John was on target in Scotland’s 6-2 friendly defeat to Spain in Madrid. 2011 – Jack Dunn struck with fellow red Adam Morgan converting a penalty as England Under-17’s beat the Ivory Coast by the odd goal in nine in a friendly in Mexico City. Alex’s final cap 2017 – Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain won his final cap as an Arsenal player in England’s 3-2 friendly defeat by France in Paris. Philippe Coutinho, Adam Lallana and ex-red Raheem Sterling also played that day. Beating the Irish 1953 - Kevin Baron bagged a brace with Sammy Smyth also on target as we beat an Irish Internationals side 3-1 at the Varsity Stadium in Toronto. Also at the World Cup 1986 - Steve Nicol played in Scotland’s goalless draw with Uruguay in Nezahualcóyotl, Mexico. Meanwhile, clubmate Jan Mølby featured in Denmark’s 2-0 defeat of West Germany in the same group in Queretaro. These results meant that Denmark and West Germany qualified for the second phase. 1998 - Future red Bolo Zenden featured as the Netherlands shared a goalless draw with Belgium in their opening group game at the Stade de France. 2006 - Future red Philipp Degen appeared as Switzerland held France to a goalless draw in their opening game of the Finals in Stuttgart. 2010 - Standard de Liège’s Milan Jovanović played as Serbia lost 1-0 to Ghana in Pretoria. In the European Championships 2008 – Dirk Kuyt struck as the Netherlands beat France 4-1 in a group game in Berne, with ex-red Nicolas Anelka reaching half a century of caps. 2012 – Daniel Agger skippered Denmark as they lost 3-2 to Portugal in Lviv, who included ex-red Raul Meireles. Ex-red Kuyt was also in action that day. 2016 – Divock Origi, future red Thiago Alcântara and ex-red Robbie Keane all featured from off the bench in group games in France. Philippe Coutinho played in a Copa América Centenario group match in Boston on the same day as Brazil crashed out by losing 1-0 to Peru, with future red Alisson Becker winning his final cap as an Internacional player. 2000 - Vegard Heggem played in Norway’s 1-0 defeat of Spain in Rotterdam. 2004 - Steven Gerrard, Stéphane Henchoz, Michael Owen and ex-reds Emile Heskey and David James all played in group games in the Portugal tournament, with Heskey winning his final cap as a Birmingham City player, and last for more than three years. 1996 – Future red Henchoz also featured as the Swiss were beaten 2-0 by the Netherlands at Villa Park. Ryan on the mark 2007 - Future red Ryan Babel converted a penalty as Netherlands Under-21’s beat Portugal 2-1 in a European Championships Finals group game in Groningen. Other internationals 2018 – Rafael Camacho played for Portugal Under-18’s in their 3-0 friendly win over Norway in Lisbon. 2015 – Future red Sadio Mané netted as Senegal beat Burundi 3-1 in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Dakar. Lazar Marković, Mamadou Sakho, and ex-reds Daniel Agger, Robbie Keane, Javier Mascherano, Carl Medjani and Krisztián Németh all also featured for their countries that day. 2003 – Jon Otsemobor featured in the Toulon International Festival as England Under-20’s were trounced 8-0 by Argentina. 1999 – Future red Igor Bišcan was in action for Croatia as they drew 2-2 with Egypt in a Korea Cup game in Seoul. 1997 – Future red Milan Baroš played as the Czech Republic Under-15’s beat Portugal 2-1 in a tournament game in Lisbon. 1989 – Future red Øyvind Leonhardsen played for Norway Under-21’s in their 1-0 defeat by Yugoslavia in a European Championships qualifier. 1984 – Future red John Barnes and ex-red Dave Watson both featured as England lost a friendly 2-0 in Uruguay.
  14. Happy birthdays 1984 – Danish centre-back Daniel Agger was born in Hvidovre. He joined the reds from Brøndby IF for £5.8m in January 2006, notching fourteen times in 232 games before returning to his old club in Denmark in August 2014 for a reported £3m, having helped us to claim the League Cup in 2012. 1981 - Stephen Warnock was born in Ormskirk. He played 67 reds games, notching once, before moving to Blackburn Rovers in January 2007 for £1.5m, although he moved on to Aston Villa in August 2009. 1990 – Winger Victor Moses was born in Lagos, Nigeria. He signed on loan from Chelsea in September 2013, netting twice in 22 outings before returning to his parent club at the end of the season. Team of the year 1978 - We were voted the best team in the world at the International Sports Writers’ Association awards ceremony, with the trophy being presented to Vice Chairman Sidney Reakes. We also pipped the Davis Cup team to the British Team of the Year award at the Cunard Hotel in London. Another European win 2002 - Michael Owen nabbed the only goal of the game at Anfield as we progressed past Vitesse Arnhem in the UEFA Cup Third Round by 2-0 on aggregate. Red centurions 1925 - Cardiff City won for the third consecutive League season at Anfield, this time by 2-0. Len Davies netted one of his seven strikes against the reds, with Hugh Ferguson also on target as left-back Donald Mackinlay reached 300 League appearances for the reds. 1914 – Half-back Harry Lowe played his hundredth League game for the club as we lost 1-0 at Bradford Park Avenue. Mixed fortunes against Bury 1896 - We beat Bury 3-1 at Anfield thanks to a George Allan brace and a goal from Malcolm McVean. 1908 - Joe Hewitt netted as we lost 2-1 at Gigg Lane, with Billy Hibbert scoring two of his thirteen goals against the reds. Pompey despair We have twice lost at Portsmouth on this day in history. 1953 - Sammy Smyth grabbed our consolation as we were thumped 5-1. Peter Harris struck a hat-trick, the last of his eight goals against the reds, with Charlie Vaughan bagging the final goal of his four past us and Johnny Gordon also netting. 1931 - We lost 2-0 in another First Division meeting when Jimmy Easson netted two of his eight goals past us. Thumping the Black Cats 1936 - Alf Hanson struck twice as we beat Sunderland 4-0 at Anfield, with Berry Nieuwenhuys and Jack Balmer also on the scoresheet as left-half Jimmy McDougall played his 300th League game for the reds. The cup in December 1999 - We played our earliest FA Cup tie since 1892 when the Third Round was staged in December. Dominic Matteo netted his second and final reds goal as we won 2-0 at Huddersfield Town after Titi Camara had opened the scoring. Signing on 2000 - Djimi Traoré signed a new four-year contract. He struck once in 141 reds appearances before joining Charlton Athletic for £2m in August 2006, having helped us to claim the Champions League in 2005. 1947 – Left-winger Doug McAvoy signed from his hometown club Kilmarnock for £7,000. He only made two senior reds appearances, moving back to Scotland to join Queen Of The South in September 1949. On the move 1979 - 1950’s wing-half Bobby Campbell was sacked as Manager of Bristol Rovers. He had led them to just eleven wins in 46 games in charge, as they struggled in the old Second Division. 1997 - Mike Marsh was released by Southend United after just over two years at Roots Hall. He had struck thirteen times in 97 games for the Shrimpers. 2011 - Nicolas Anelka signed for Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua, netting three times in 23 outings before joining West Bromwich Albion on a free transfer in July 2013. 2017 – Former reds First Team Coach Paco Herrera was sacked as Manager of Real Sporting de Gijón after just six months in charge. A saintly century 1977 - We played St. Mirren at Love Street to commemorate their centenary. The game ended 1-1, with Kenny Dalglish on target for the reds, before we won a penalty shoot-out 5-4. Phil Neal, Emlyn Hughes, Terry McDermott, Ray Kennedy and David Johnson converted spot-kicks with Ray Clemence saving from future red Frank McGarvey. Nice one Cyril 1942 - Cyril Done bagged a treble as we trounced Burnley 9-2 in a Wartime League fixture at Anfield. Dicky Dorsett and Willie Fagan both netted braces, with Michael Hulligan and Fred Haycock also on target. Newell for England 1989 - Ex-reds reserves striker Mike Newell, then playing across the park, netted for England B as they beat Yugoslavia 2-0 at The Den. 1995 – Steve McManaman, ex-red Peter Beardsley and future red Nick Barmby all played in England’s 1-1 friendly draw with Portugal at Wembley. 2002 – Future reds Glen Johnson, Andy Lonergan and Gary O’Neil all featured as England Under-20’s lost 2-0 to Switzerland at Upton Park. Mixed fortunes for the youngsters 2003 - Zak Whitbread faced future red Javier Mascherano as Argentina Under-20’s beat the USA 2-1 on a golden goal in the Quarter-finals of the World Championship Finals in the United Arab Emirates, with Mascherano grabbing the injury time equaliser. Daniele’s debut 2006 - Future reds loanee keeper Daniele Padelli won his first cap for Italy Under-21’s as they beat Luxembourg 2-0 in Vibo Valentia. He was then on loan at Crotone from Sampdoria.
  15. Will

    24th November

    Beating the Geordies 2007 - Steven Gerrard, Dirk Kuyt and Ryan Babel were all on target as we won 3-0 at Newcastle United, with the visiting fans taunting troubled Toon boss Sam Allardyce, whose days were numbered at the club. Fernando Torres missed a host of golden chances, with boss Rafael Benítez further riling the club’s American owners by choosing to wear a track-suit, following on from his repeated statements in a pre-match press conference that “as always I am focused on training and coaching my team”. On the same day, future reds striker Milan Jovanović played for Serbia in a 1-0 Euro 2008 qualifying defeat of Kazakhstan in Belgrade. 1900 - Jack Cox was on target as we held the Geordies to a 1-1 draw at St. James’ Park. Biting the hand that fed 1984 - A John Wark brace gave us a 2-0 win over his old club Ipswich Town at Anfield. Mixed European fortunes 2009 – We beat Debreceni VSC at the Stadion Puskás Ferenc in Budapest. David N’Gog bagged the only goal of the game inside the first five minutes as we failed to reach the knock-out stages of the Champions League due to the other result in our group. 1998 - We were on our way out of the UEFA Cup as we lost 3-1 at Celta de Vigo in our Third Round first leg tie, after Michael Owen had opened the scoring. We were unable to turn things round in the second leg, which we also lost, 1-0. Current reds forward Iago Aspas was apparently a ball-boy in the away leg. Bon anniversaire 1947 – Former First-team coach Jacques Crevoisier was born in Delle, France. He worked under Gérard Houllier for two years after the departure of Patrice Bergues. Running riot against the Hornets 1987 - We beat Watford 4-0 at Anfield to return to the top of the table, with Steve McMahon, Ray Houghton, John Aldridge and John Barnes all on the scoresheet. 2018 – We won 3-0 at Vicarage Road, despite skipper Jordan Henderson being dismissed late on. Mohamed Salah opened the scoring before Trent Alexander-Arnold converted a free-kick, with Roberto Firmino tapping in the third. Reds centurions 1979 – Kenny Dalglish played his hundredth League game for the reds as we held Arsenal to a goalless draw at Highbury. 1956 – Centre-half Laurie Hughes played his 300th reds game as we drew 1-1 with Swansea Town in a Second Division meeting at Vetch Field. Alan Arnell struck our goal. Mixed fortunes against the Villains 1906 - Robert Robinson struck a brace with Arthur Goddard, Alex Raisbeck, from the spot, and Sam Raybould also on the scoresheet as we beat Aston Villa 5-2 at Anfield, with Tom Chorlton having a penalty saved. Joe Walters netted the first of his five goals against the reds, with Albert Hall also scoring. Our third goal of the game was the club’s thousandth in all competitions. 1923 - Villa left L4 with a 1-0 win in another top-flight fixture, with Len Capewell bagging the first of his six strikes against the reds. Stalemates with Mancs 1951 - We were held to a goalless top-flight draw by Manchester United at Anfield. 1990 - Manchester City also left L4 with a point when Ian Rush and Ronnie Rosenthal netted late on as we drew 2-2. Mark Ward opened the scoring after an hour, with Niall Quinn netting a last-minute equaliser. Losing to the Owls 1928 - We lost 3-2 at Hillsborough with Jimmy McDougall and Tom Bromilow on target against The Wednesday. Jack Allen bagged the first two of his five goals against the reds, with Ellis Rimmer netting one of his five past us. 1945 - Sheffield Wednesday won our Wartime League match 2-0 at Anfield. Lawler at last 1973 - Chris Lawler played in his 102nd consecutive reds League game, but was taken off for Phil Boersma after suffering a cartilage injury as we were held to a 2-2 draw at Queens Park Rangers. He missed our next top-flight match a week later, when we entertained West Ham United. Larry Lloyd bagged his fifth and last reds goal with John Toshack also on target. Stan Bowles and Frank McLintock struck for the visitors. Happy birthday Mac 1895 – Half-back John McConnell was born in Motherwell. He netted just once in 53 first-team appearances leading up to the First World War after signing from Airdrieonians for £80 in April 1909, including one in goal in only his second game! He left the reds to join Aberdeen in May 1912. Trouncing Rovers 1917 - We thumped Blackburn Rovers 7-0 in a Wartime League game at Anfield. Harry Lewis and Jack Waine both struck twice, with Thomas Bennett, Arthur Metcalf and Donald Mackinlay all also on target. Management moves 1994 - John Toshack was sacked as Manager of Real Sociedad for the second time after three years with the club. 2008 - Brendan Rodgers was appointed Manager of Watford, leaving his coaching role at Chelsea. He led them to thirteen victories in his 32 games in charge, before moving to Reading the following June. Transfer scoop foiled 1999 - The reds laughed off claims that we were about to sign AS Monaco defender Didier Baptiste. The News Of The World stated that “Houllier faces stiff opposition from Arsène Wenger who wants a long-term replacement for Nigel Winterburn”, and the story was picked up by many sources including the reds’ own Club Call service. However, it was soon revealed that Baptiste was merely a fictional character in Sky One’s “Dream Team” programme! On target 2015 – Future red Rafael Camacho scored for Portugal Under-16’s in their 3-3 friendly draw with Belgium in Penafiel. 1965 - Chris Lawler and Tommy Smith both appeared for England Under-23’s as they beat Yugoslavia 2-1 in a friendly at The Dell. Out on loan 2010 – Keeper Chris Kirkland joined Leicester City on loan from Wigan Athletic, playing just three times for the Foxes. On the same day, Tony Warner was released by Sc***horpe United after making just two first-team appearances. 2005 - Second string centre-back Zak Whitbread moved to Millwall on loan. He played 27 times before signing permanently seven months later. On the same day, ex-red Don Hutchison left The New Den to sign temporarily for Coventry City. 1995 - Ex-reds reserves defender Alan Harper joined Cardiff City on loan from Burnley. He played five games for the Bluebirds.
  16. A treble for Sir Roger 1964 - Roger Hunt scored a hat-trick as we thumped Burnley 5-1 in a top-flight meeting at Turf Moor. Geoff Strong and Chris Lawler both struck their first reds goals. Half a millennium for Stevie 2009 - Steven Gerrard played his 500th reds game as we held Blackburn Rovers to a goalless Premiership draw at Ewood Park. The closest we came was when David N’Gog rattled the crossbar. 1925 – Harry ‘Smiler’ Chambers struck in the ninetieth minute as we held Blackburn Rovers to a 1-1 draw in a top-flight meeting at Ewood Park. Ted Harper bagged one of his five goals against the reds. Arnell off the mark fast 1953 - Forward Alan Arnell scored on his reds debut as we beat Blackpool 5-2 at Anfield. Jimmy Payne and Sammy Smyth were also on the scoresheet, with Alan A’Court bagging a brace. Half-back Barry Wilkinson was also making his reds bow. Ernest Taylor struck the last two of his five goals past us in this game. Carra’s error 1998 - Jamie Carragher scored an own goal as we lost 2-1 at Tottenham Hotspur. He also put through his own net in the return fixture at Anfield later that season. Patrik Berger grabbed our goal at White Hart Lane, with Ruel Fox also netting for the home side. We never lose in Rome 2001 - Our second trip in successive seasons to the Stadio Olimpico resulted in a goalless draw to keep us in with a shout of qualifying for the Quarter-finals of the Champions League. Razor’s last 1981 – Ray Kennedy headed in his 72nd and last reds goal in our 2-0 win at Nottingham Forest, with Mark Lawrenson also nodding in. Most recently 2018 – We won 3-1 at Burnley, despite falling behind to a Jack Cork goal after the break. James Milner equalised before substitute Roberto Firmino prodded in with his first touch. Xherdan Shaqiri completed the scoring in injury time. Beating Wednesday We have twice beaten Sheffield Wednesday on this day over the years. 1999 - We triumphed 4-1 at Anfield, as Steven Gerrard bagged his first reds goal. Sami Hyypiä, Danny Murphy and David Thompson all also struck after future Blue Niclas Alexandersson had opened the scoring for the Owls. 1908 - We beat The Wednesday 3-2, as they were then still known, in another top-flight encounter. Joe Hewitt, Sam Bowyer and Ronald Orr grabbed our goals at Owlerton. Andrew Wilson struck the last of his eight goals against the reds, with Billy Lloyd also on target. Jay off 2011 - Jay Spearing was harshly sent off as we lost 1-0 at Fulham, in what was Martin Jol’s first defeat of the reds as Manager, at the eighth attempt in all competitions. Future reds target Clint Dempsey struck the only goal of the game late on, with Jordan Henderson and Stewart Downing both hitting a post. Goals galore 1931 - Gordon Hodgson, Dave Wright, Gordon Gunson and Danny McRorie were all on target as we beat Birmingham City by the odd goal in seven in a First Division fixture at Anfield. George Briggs netted the last of his ten goals against the reds, with Tom Grosvenor and Sam Smith also on the scoresheet. 1896 – We thumped Fleetwood Rangers 9-0 in a Lancashire Senior Cup game at Anfield. George Allan struck four times with Frank Becton also nabbing a hat-trick. Our other goals came from Joe McQue and an own goal. Miki’s bow in Istanbul 2006 - Young Spanish centre-half Miki Roqué made his only reds appearance as a substitute for Xabi Alonso for the final six minutes of our 3-2 defeat at Galatasaray, so becoming the player with the shortest first-class career in our history. This was the final game of our Champions League group, in which we had already secured top spot. Robbie Fowler bagged both our goals, his only reds strikes in the Champions League proper. Young debutants 1990 - Steve McManaman became the first player to play for the England Under-21’s without any first-team experience, as he featured in their goalless friendly draw with Wales at Prenton Park. He went on to make his senior reds debut ten days later. 1962 - Tommy Lawrence won his only cap for Scotland Under-23’s as they beat England 2-0 in a friendly at Pittodrie. Colvin born 1876 – Scottish forward Bobby Colvin was born in Kirkconnel. He only ever made three senior appearances after signing from Oldham County in November 1897, without finding the net, and then joined Glossop North End the following year. In comes John 1902 - Forward John Carlin signed from Barnsley, netting eight times in 35 games before moving on to Preston North End in May 1907. Youngsters in Arabia 2003 - Four young reds appeared for their countries in the Under-20 World Championship Finals in the United Arab Emirates. Zak Whitbread played in the USA’s 2-0 defeat of South Korea, while John Welsh turned out as England were held to a goalless draw by Colombia, with future red Andy Lonergan wining his ninth and last cap at this level. Meanwhile, Darren Potter was sent off as the Republic of Ireland, also featuring Michael Foley-Sheridan, beat Mexico 2-0. Elisha for the Irish 1931 - Reds keeper Elisha Scott won his sixteenth cap for Northern Ireland, following five for the combined Ireland, as they thumped Wales 4-0 in the British International Championships in Belfast. Digger in charge 2008 – John Barnes led Jamaica to a 4-0 thumping of Grenada in the Digicel Caribbean Championships in Montego Bay.
  17. Divock at the treble 2015 – Forward Divock Origi bagged a hat-trick, his first reds goals, as we thumped Southampton 6-1 in a League Cup Fifth Round tie on the south coast. Future red Sadio Mané had given the home side a very early lead but a brace from Daniel Sturridge put us ahead. Jordon Ibe was also on target after the break as we headed towards Wembley. 2018 – Divock Origi pounced on a Jordan Pickford error to hand us victory in the Anfield derby in the sixth minute of second-half stoppage time, having already hit the crossbar from close range late in the game. Stevie again 2007 - Steven Gerrard converted a penalty to score in his sixth consecutive home game as we thumped Bolton Wanderers 4-0 in a Premiership fixture at Anfield. Sami Hyypiä headed our hundredth home League goal against the Trotters to open the scoring, before ex-red Nicolas Anelka missed an open goal. Fernando Torres and Ryan Babel were also on target. An away win at last 2006 - Craig Bellamy bagged a brace at the JJB Stadium as we won away from home in the League for the first time that season, at the eighth time of asking. Our other goals in a 4-0 defeat of Wigan Athletic came from Dirk Kuyt and a Lee McCulloch own goal, with all the goals coming in the opening period. Happy birthdays 1960 - Nigel Spackman was born in Romsey. He signed from Chelsea for £400,000 in February 1987 and made 63 first-team appearances without scoring before moving to Queens Park Rangers for £500,000 in February 1989, after losing his place to Ronnie Whelan. He won a League title medal in his one full season at Anfield. 1953 - Former Chief Scout and joint Reserve Team Manager Paco Herrera was born in Spain. He joined the Melwood coaching staff in July 2004, having formerly managed with Merida and Albacete Balompié. He returned to his native land in the summer of 2006, where he is still coaching. Walker’s woe 1996 - Michael Thomas put us ahead in a live televised League game at Tottenham Hotspur. Shortly after the break a tame Steve McManaman effort hit a divot in front of Spurs’ keeper Ian Walker and flew into the net as we won 2-0. Cue travelling Kopites singing ‘England’s number one’, just as they had done to Tim Flowers in similar circumstances at Blackburn Rovers ten months earlier! Babbel’s first 2000 - Markus Babbel bagged his first League goal as we beat Charlton Athletic 3-0 at Anfield, to add to a Mark Fish own goal and an Emile Heskey strike. Nicky’s debut 1989 - Nicky Tanner made his reds bow as we won 4-1 at managerless Manchester City, with Ian Rush grabbing a brace and future City players Peter Beardsley and Steve McMahon also netting. Kenny Dalglish was left with an injury headache after the game as Gary Gillespie and Steve Staunton both limped off, to join John Barnes, David Burrows, Alan Hansen, Steve Nicol and Barry Venison in the treatment room. 1893 - We also faced City, when they were still known as Ardwick. David Henderson, Hugh McQueen and James Stott struck as we won this Second Division match 3-0. Most recently 2017 – We thumped Brighton & Hove Albion 5-1 at their American Express Community Stadium. Emre Can headed in the opener, with Roberto Firmino adding a brace before Glenn Murray pulled a goal back from the spot. However, Philippe Coutinho added a late fourth from a free-kick before Lewis Dunk deflected a Coutinho strike into his own net. 2014 – We beat Leicester City 3-1 at their King Power Stadium, despite falling behind when Leonardo Ulloa’s strike rebounded off the post and Simon Mignolet for an own goal. Adam Lallana, Steven Gerrard and Jordan Henderson were all on target, with the Foxes having Wes Morgan sent off. A rare defeat 1922 - We suffered our only home First Division defeat of the season as Newcastle United won 2-0. However, we went on to claim the title for the third time that year. On the move 1975 - Phil Boersma left Anfield to join Middlesbrough for £72,000, after thirty goals in 120 games. 1997 - Dean Saunders joined Sheffield United from fellow First Division side Nottingham Forest on a free transfer. He struck 22 times in 55 games for the Blades before rejoining former boss Graeme Souness at SL Benfica. 1998 - Former reserves keeper Michael Stensgaard signed for Southampton from F.C. København on a free transfer. He never made a senior appearance and returned to Denmark the following summer. 2017 – Midfielder Momo Sissoko signed for Club Atlético de San Luis, notching once in thirteen League outings during his one campaign in Mexico. Romanian stalemate 2010 – We drew 1-1 at Steaua Bucureşti to ensure top spot in our UEFA Europa League group, with Milan Jovanović heading in his second and final reds goal. Another debut 1899 - Inside-right David Wilson made the first of just two reds appearances as we lost 2-1 at Burnley, with John Walker grabbing our consolation. Billy Bowes bagged the last of his four goals past us, with John Miller also netting. Mixed fortunes against the Saints and Villains 1905 - We beat Aston Villa 3-0 at home with Jack Cox and Joe Hewitt adding to a Howard Spencer own goal, as reds keeper Sam Hardy saved a William Garratty penalty. 1911 - We were trounced 5-0 at Villa Park in another top-flight encounter, the third time we had gone down by that score at Villa. Ex-red Bert Goode bagged a brace, with Charlie Wallace also netting twice and Joe Bache nabbing one of his nine goals against the reds. 1995 - Stan Collymore struck after ten appearances without a goal as we were held to a 1-1 draw by Southampton at Anfield, with Neil Shipperley putting the Saints ahead. 1961 - We lost 2-0 at The Dell in our Second Division encounter. Disappointment against the Gunners We have faced Arsenal four times in the First Division on this day in history, without winning. 1933 - Sam English struck as we lost 2-1 at Highbury, with Joe Hulme bagging one of his ten goals past us and Jimmy Dunne netting the last of his eleven against us. 1975 - Phil Neal converted two penalties as we drew 2-2 at Anfield, with ex-Blue Alan Ball also scoring from the spot, the last of his eleven goals against the reds. Brian Kidd also scored one of his six goals past us. We have subsequently lost twice at Highbury without scoring. 1978 - We lost 1-0 when Ray Clemence misjudged a Frank Stapleton cross, with Ray Kennedy’s clearance rebounding off David Price into the net. 1990 – We went down 3-0, our first defeat in 23 League games, and the first time in 28 fixtures that we had failed to score. Paul Merson nabbed one of his seven strikes against the reds, with Alan Smith netting the last of his nine past us and Lee Dixon converting a penalty. Brum beaten twice We have twice beaten Birmingham City at Anfield on this day over the years. 1972 - We won a seven-goal top-flight thriller with Peter Cormack and John Toshack on target for the reds, adding to an Alec Lindsay brace. Recent first team coach Mike Kelly was in the Blues’ goal that day. Bob Latchford struck the first of his five goals against the reds, with Gordon Taylor nabbing one of his four past us and Bobby Hope also on target. 1980 - Kenny Dalglish, Terry McDermott and David Johnson gave us a 3-1 Fifth Round League Cup win as we edged closer to winning the trophy for the first time. Wartime derby joy 1916 - Inside-forward Arthur Metcalf scored in his fourth consecutive game as we beat Everton 2-1 at Anfield, with Thomas Bennett also on target. 1939 - We also entertained the Blues, with Berry Nieuwenhuys and Willie Fagan, from the spot, netting in a 2-2 draw. Big wins 1944 - We thumped Chester 6-0 in a Wartime League fixture, with Berry Nieuwenhuys and Phil Taylor both bagging braces to add to goals from Don Welsh and Bill Kinghorn. 1895 - We beat a Wrexham & District side 5-0 in a testimonial match for Wrexham Secretary and ex-captain Arthur Lea, with Bill Keech and James Holmes each netting twice and Frank Becton also on target. Missing out 2008 - Fernando Torres was voted into third in the Ballon d’Or award, with Steven Gerrard coming in ninth. The trophy was claimed by Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo. Shannon’s farewell 2007 – Centre-forward Les Shannon died, with “You’ll Never Walk Alone” being played at his funeral. He signed professional terms in November 1944, having to wait until April 1948 to make his reds bow. He bagged just one goal in eleven games, as well as six in fifteen wartime appearances, moving on to Burnley in November 1949. He is the father of recent Under-16’s coach Dave Shannon. Youngsters in Arabia 2003 - Three reds youngsters appeared in the Under-20’s World Championship Finals in the United Arab Emirates. Zak Whitbread was on target as the USA lost 3-1 to Germany with Darren Potter appearing in the Republic of Ireland’s 2-2 draw with the Ivory Coast. Meanwhile, future reds coach Gary O’Neil won his seventh and last cap at this level as England lost 1-0 to Egypt, with John Welsh and future reds Andy Lonergan and James Milner also in action. Tosh against Clem 1970 - John Toshack made his debut for Wales Under-23’s, with Ray Clemence keeping a clean sheet in a goalless draw at the Racecourse Ground, playing behind reds team-mate Larry Lloyd. Stig’s Norwegian farewell 1992 - Stig Inge Bjørnebye won his final cap as a Rosenborg BK player, and his 23rd in total, sixteen days before signing for the reds, as Norway lost 2-1 to China in a friendly in Guangzhou. Current and future clubmate Øyvind Leonhardsen also played, winning his eighteenth cap. On the same day, Ronnie Rosenthal played in Israel’s 2-0 World Cup qualifying defeat at home to Bulgaria.
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    29th November

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