Liverpool have paid tribute to the 96 fans who died at Hillsborough on the 31st anniversary of the disaster, with manager Jurgen Klopp and skipper Jordan Henderson delivering special messages of support.
On Wednesday, the Premier League side remembered supporters who lost their lives at the FA Cup semi-final with Nottingham Forest on April 15, 1989.
The club were due to hold a memorial service at Anfield to remember those who perished on that tragic day, but that had to be postponed owing to the coronavirus pandemic.
Players and club staff observed a minute’s silence in memory of the 96, with club flags flown at half-mast across the ground throughout the day.
“We stand together today as a family to remember the 96 Liverpool fans – men, women and children – who so tragically lost their lives at Hillsborough,” Liverpool tweeted.
“We are together in spirit today to offer our love and support on this very difficult day.
Klopp delivered a poignant video message to those affected by the tragedy, adding: “The plan was for us to be together at Anfield but this is not possible, the only thing we can make sure is we are in each other’s thoughts.
“Believe me you have our thoughts, you have our prayers and most of all you have our love. You’ll never walk alone.”
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson also sent a heartwarming message on behalf of the first-team squad.
“Today was a day when as a club we were all supposed to be together at Anfield to honour the lives of 96 people who went to a football match and never came home,” he said.
“The fact that we are unable to do so will make this anniversary especially hard for the families and survivors of Hillsborough.
“I’m not one for making speeches, but on behalf of all the players at Liverpool I just want to let everyone affected know that you are in our thoughts today.
“As ever, we are together in spirit even if we can’t be together in person. You’ll never walk alone.”