Liverpool players Jordan Henderson and Trent Alexander-Arnold laid 96 red roses at the Hillsborough Memorial outside Anfield this afternoon.

The captain and the Liverpool-born defender also sent a heartfelt message from the whole Reds squad in support of victims, families and survivors of the disaster.

Former police chief David Duckenfield was yesterday cleared of manslaughter following the deaths of 96 Liverpool supporters unlawfully killed in the tragedy.

Duckenfield had been match commander at the FA Cup semi-final in Sheffield in April 1989.

Alexander-Arnold is from Liverpool. Credit: Liverpool Echo

The flowers were accompanied by a note, which read: "In memory of the 96. And solidarity with the families and survivors. With love. The Liverpool players".

Credit: Liverpool Echo

Speaking in his pre-match press conference today ahead of the game against Brighton, Reds manager Jurgen Klopp reiterated the support Liverpool continue to provide the families, campaigners and survivors.

He said: “The most important thing is our thoughts and love is with the families and we are there for them.

“It is a big disappointment, a big frustration and sadness, of course, that this looks like the final verdict.

“I understand and respect a lot how much they fought, how long they fought, and it shows how much it means to them.

“But we are there for them, 100%.”

Club legend Kenny Dalglish also posted a heartfelt message of support on Twitter this afternoon.

Dalglish was the manager of Liverpool at the time of the Hillsborough disaster.