Tributes were paid at Anfield this morning to the 96 Liverpool supporters who lost their lives in the Hillsborough tragedy.

A wreath was laid at the stadium’s Hillsborough memorial and a commemorative banner placed inside the ground as marks of respect on the 31st anniversary of the disaster, which unfolded during the FA Cup semi-final with Nottingham Forest on April 15, 1989.

The message on the wreath reads: 

We stand together today as a family to remember the 96 Liverpool fans – men, women and children – who so tragically lost their lives at Hillsborough.

It’s saddening that during these unprecedented circumstances that we cannot be together today in person at the last ever Memorial Service at Anfield to pay our respects to the 96, their families, the survivors and everyone affected by this tragedy. We hope to reschedule the memorial service in the near future so that we can come together to celebrate the lives of the 96.

Despite this, we are together in spirit today to offer our love and support on this very difficult day.

The 96 will forever be in our thoughts – they will never be forgotten.

You’ll Never Walk Alone.

From everyone at LFC and LFC Foundation.

Hillsborough

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