As Liverpool FC remembers the 96 supporters who lost their lives at Hillsborough, 27 years on from the disaster, the thoughts of the club are also with the people of Boston on their own tragic anniversary.

More than 20,000 people will be in attendance at Anfield this afternoon to pay their respects to the fans who died as a result of the events at the FA Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest on April 15, 1989.

The date also holds emotional importance in New England in the United States, after the 2013 finale of the annual Boston Marathon was rocked by two unexpected explosions, which killed three people and injured more than 200 athletes.

Liverpool FC is owned by the Boston-based Fenway Sports Group, four members of whom – namely principal owner John W Henry, wife Linda Pizzuti, club chairman Tom Werner and chief commercial officer Billy Hogan – were at Anfield three years ago today as those events unfolded across the Atlantic.

The Reds have a significant fan base in Boston after visiting the city and playing at the iconic Fenway Park – home of the Boston Red Sox baseball team – first in 2012 and then again in 2014 as part of their pre-season tours.

In addition to paying tributes to the 96 on the 27th anniversary of Hillsborough, the thoughts of everybody at the club are also with those affected by the date in Boston.