Liverpool stars lay 96 roses in memory of Hillsborough victims

Liverpool stars Trent Alexander-Arnold and Jordan Henderson took a trip to Anfield to lay 96 roses in memory of Hillsborough victims.

The match commander on the day of the disaster, David Duckenfield, was found not guilty of gross negligence manslaughter at Preston Crown Court on Thursday.

Local lad Alexander-Arnold and club captain Henderson laid flowers on behalf of Jurgen Klopp’s Reds squad to remember the victims on Friday morning.

The flowers were placed at the Hillsborough memorial and accompanied by a note saying: “In memory of the 96 and solidarity with the families and survivors. With love, the Liverpool players.”

Jurgen Klopp sent a message to the families of the victims in his press conference ahead of their clash with Brighton on Saturday.

Klopp said: “The most important thing is, and we are again at a point where it’s so important to find the right words and you realise again that I am not a native [speaker].

“But what I can say is our thoughts and our love is with the families and we are there for them because I can imagine it’s a big disappointment there, big frustration, and sadness of course that this looks like the final verdict.

“Four years in, I understand absolutely. I have met not only Margaret [Aspinall] but Margaret more often than other people and I respect a lot how much they fought, how long they fought.

“It shows always how much it means and meant to them, so that’s it. Apart from that, better people in the club have to send the right messages to them but we are there for them, 100 per cent.”

Club legend Sir Kenny Dalglish also released a statement on Twitter after Thursday’s news.

He wrote: “Like anyone who has seen at close quarters the dignified way that the families have conducted themselves in their fight for justice, Marina and I are hugely disappointed by yesterday’s verdict.

“We had hoped that the families would get the outcome that they wanted and that they clearly deserved, but that hasn’t proven to be the case.

“The rest of us must now continue to offer whatever support they might need.

“From a personal point of view, I am immensely proud of everything that the families and their supporters have achieved over the last three decades.

“In the face of tragedy and with so much against them, they have persevered with the utmost integrity and in a way that shames all who have let them down.

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“I know there cannot be any consolation in a situation like this but I would hope that they can take some comfort from the fac that so many good people will stand beside them.

“As a reminder, please refrain from any commentary that could prejudice any future legal proceedings in relation to the Hillsborough disaster.”


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