Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has lead the tributes to the 96 who died at Hillsborough 25 years ago.
He received a standing ovation as he revealed he aspires to former managers like predecessor Kenny Dalglish: "His leadership, human dignity and courage… serves as an example to us all."
Rodgers also thanked his Everton counterpart, Roberto Martinez, for making the trip across Stanley Park.
The Toffees boss said "I was only 15 in April 1989. Football mad kid. Football mad family. Like many of you today.
"We heard the news. We heard about Hillsborough. As a family we couldn’t believe the pain and horror the families would get at receiving the news their loved ones wouldn’t be coming home from a football match.
He added that he thought the Hillsborough Family Support Group, which organised today's memorial, is "a remarkable group of people." "The way you fight for justice is truly remarkable.. Everton are with you, you know that."
Earlier Rev Kelvin Bolton welcomed the tens of thousands of people who had joined the service at Anfield.
"25 years. A quarter of a century. A lifetime, or so it may seem. Today we gather to remember with love 96 people."
Talking to the families of the 96, he added: "We’ve been struck by your courage, determination and absolute love."
"The dignity you have shown, the example to all of us, if we lose that key component of what it is to be human we lose so much of what God intends for us to be as human beings."