Jurgen Klopp lays a wreath as Liverpool’s players pay their respects with a minute of silence for the victims of the Hillsborough disaster on the 32nd anniversary of the tragedy which claimed the lives of 96 fans
- The Liverpool players stood for a minute’s silence by Hillsborough memorial
- It is the 32nd anniversary of the stadium disaster that claimed 96 lives
- Reds marked occasion and floral wreaths were laid with flags at half mast
- Liverpool and Real Madrid also held minute’s silence before Wednesday’s game
Liverpool marked the 32nd anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster by privately paying their respects on Thursday.
The players gathered for a minute’s silence by the plaque at their AXA training complex that lists the names of the 96 supporters who tragically lost their lives on April 15, 1989.
Jurgen Klopp laid a floral wreath at the Hillsborough memorial outside Anfield and flags were flown at half mast.
Jurgen Klopp and the Liverpool players stood for a minute’s silence by the Hillsborough plaque
Klopp laid a wreath at the memorial outside Anfield on the 32nd anniversary of the disaster
Klopp took a moment of somber reflection while looking a the names of those who died
The somber day was an opportunity for players, staff and fans to remember those who died in the stadium disaster in the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest 32 years ago.
A statement from Liverpool on Thursday read: ‘Liverpool Football Club remembers the 96 supporters who died at Hillsborough, on the 32nd anniversary of the disaster.
‘As a result of the events on April 15, 1989, at the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest, 96 children, women and men lost their lives.
‘For more than three decades, the bereaved families and survivors of the tragedy have demonstrated remarkable courage, dignity and resilience.
The Liverpool manager and players paid private tributes at the club base on Thursday
Scarves, flowers and different tributes were laid by fans outside Anfield
Club captain Jordan Henderson also had a moment of reflection by the tributes
‘In April 2016, an inquest jury concluded that the 96 were unlawfully killed and that no role was played by the supporters in causing the disaster.
‘Our thoughts, as always, are with all those affected by the tragedy at Hillsborough and the 96 fans who will never be forgotten.’
Liverpool also held a minute’s silence with Real Madrid before Wednesday night’s 0-0 draw at Anfield, a result that saw them knocked out of the Champions League 3-1 on aggregate.
The Hillsborough Family Support Group was disbanded last week and former chair Margaret Aspinall said ‘it was time for families to move on’.
Aspinall lost her 18-year-old son James in the tragedy and led the campaign for justice for the victims over decades.
Two former police officers and a police solicitor charged with perverting the course of justice following the disaster will be on trial from April 19.
Sir Kenny Dalglish (left) and club CEO Billy Hogan (right) were pictured at Anfield
Members of Liverpool’s Under-18s squad also lined up to pay tribute to those who died