Speaking to ITV Tyne Tees yesterday (Wednesday, 20th August), Barry Sweeney reiterated his hopes that Liam's funeral would be a celebration of his life and not focused on his death.
Liam died alongside fellow supporter John Alder in the Malaysia Airlines crash. His family and friends are gathering at St Mary's Cathedral in Newcastle.
Sunderland fans have set up a fundraising page on behalf of two fans of rival team Newcastle United who died in the MH17 plane crash.
Here are the 10 Britons who died on Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.
Two Newcastle fans travelling to watch the team play in a pre-season tour of New Zealand were on board flight MH17 which crashed in Ukraine.