Hillsborough tribute at Anfield

Liverpool's players will pay tribute to the 96 fans who died in the Hillsborough disaster at the first home game since the report was published - against fierce rivals Manchester United today.

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Rivalries set aside for Anfield tribute

Supporters hold up coloured cards in memory of the Hillsborough disaster at Anfield in Liverpool.
Supporters hold up coloured cards in memory of the Hillsborough disaster at Anfield in Liverpool. Credit: Reuters

Old rivalries were put aside momentarily as Liverpool and Manchester United met at Anfield for the Merseyside club's first home match since publication of the report into the Hillsborough disaster.

A Liverpool banner honoring the victims and supporting the families affected by the Hillborough disaster prior to the match at Anfield.
A Liverpool banner honoring the victims and supporting the families affected by the Hillborough disaster prior to the match at Anfield. Credit: PA

The Hillsborough Independent Panel absolved the club's supporters of any responsibility for the 1989 tragedy, which claimed 96 lives, and criticised South Yorkshire Police.

Chairwoman of the Hillsborough Family Support Group Margaret Aspinall in the stands prior to kick-off of the match at Anfield, Liverpool.
Chairwoman of the Hillsborough Family Support Group Margaret Aspinall in the stands prior to kick-off of the match at Anfield, Liverpool. Credit: PA

Liverpool's Luis Suarez and United's Patrick Evra ensured a reconciliatory start to the game as they joined the other players in a pre-match handshake.

Suarez was found guilty by an independent regulatory commission of racially abusing Evra and banned for eight games by the Football Association.

Patrice Evra and Luis Suarez shake hands at Anfield

Luise Suarez and Patrice Evra shook hands during the pre-match greeting at Anfield ahead of the Liverpool versus Manchester united match. Suarez was banned by the Football Association for eight matches for racially abusing Evra during a previous meeting at Anfield.

Tributes left at the Hillsborough Memorial outside the football ground at Anfield, Liverpool.
Tributes left at the Hillsborough Memorial outside the football ground at Anfield, Liverpool. Credit: PA

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Liverpool fans prepare for 'emotional' occasion

Liverpool and Manchester united will play at Anfield later today. Credit: Twitter: @StanColleymore

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has said he expects Liverpool's fans to respect the occasion today when they host Manchester United in the first match at Anfield today.

Rodgers said he would not tell supporters how to behave, and that he is looking forward to winning 'a wonderful game', after paying respects to the families.

The match will start at 1.30pm this afternoon. Credit: Twitter: @StanColleymore

Anfield set for emotional Hillsborough tribute

Liverpool Football Club's players will pay tribute at Anfield today to the 96 fans who died in the Hillsborough disaster 23-years-ago.

It is the Merseyside club's first home fixture since the release of the Hillsborough report.

Tributes left at the Hillsborough Memorial outside Liverpool Football Club.
Tributes left at the Hillsborough Memorial outside Liverpool Football Club. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Liverpool host rivals Manchester United and the opposing captains, likely to be Steven Gerrard and Nemanja Vidic, will share the honour of releasing 96 red balloons shortly before kick-off, to represent the number of Liverpool supporters who perished in the tragedy.

Liverpool captain urges duo to shake hands

Manchester United's Patrice Evra celebrates victory as Liverpool's Luis Suarez walks off during last season's match between the sides.
Manchester United's Patrice Evra celebrates victory as Liverpool's Luis Suarez walks off during last season's match between the sides. Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The Sun on Sunday reports that Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard will instruct his teammate Luis Suarez to shake hands with Patrice Evra before today's emotionally-charged Anfield clash against Manchester United.

The two players clashed in a racism controversy last season.

Rodgers will not 'tell Liverpool supporters how to behave'

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said: "There has been dialogue all week. There is respect in terms of the traditions of both clubs.We want this day to be remembered for the right reasons before the game, and the footballing reasons.

Brendan Rodgers Liverpool Hillsborough
Liverpool Manager Brendan Rodgers. Credit: Ryan Phillips/EMPICS Sport

"We want this day to be remembered for the right reasons before the game, and the footballing reasons. A lot of work has been done and hopefully Sunday will pass off peacefully and well and we can talk about the tributes and football.

"It is an emotionally-charged game. I wouldn't sit here and tell Liverpool supporters how to behave. I know how they have behaved over many years has been fantastic.

"These are well-educated supporters who value humanity. I have no issues or no problems there, the message has been clear, and from Sir Alex as well, in relation to his supporters. I am sure once we pay the tributes to the families we can get on with the football."

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