The date, 15 April 1989, is probably etched firmly into the memory of all Liverpool fans. For it was the day that changed forever not only the city of Liverpool, but the entire face of football.
96 Liverpool fans lost their lives
On that fateful day, 96 Liverpool fans lost their lives. Because of the influx of people who were trying to enter the Hillsborough stadium through a very narrow entrance, it caused many Liverpool fans to be crushed.
This disaster took place during an English league game between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest, and the match was stopped after exactly six minutes because of the tragedy.
Till today, this remains as the worst stadium disaster in footballing history.
25th Anniversary of Hillsborough
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster. So as a mark of respect to the fans that had died that day, every English football match this weekend will begin seven minutes later – starting today.
The best tribute to the Hillsborough 96
While nothing can ever bring back the lives of the football fans that had tragically died on 15 April 1989, it would really mean a lot for the club and their fans, if Liverpool can bring back the English Premier League trophy this year.
The Reds are currently in a good position to lift the title for the first time since the 1980s, and if they can overcome Manchester City this weekend, the players will feel that they can truly go all the way and fight for the crown.
Emotions running high amongst Liverpool fans
Emotions will definitely be running high amongst Liverpool fans at Anfield this weekend, not just because of their title chances, but because of Hillsborough as well. And I am sure that their opponents, Manchester City, will respect Hillsborough – for football as a whole.
Right now though, I think that Liverpool fans are hoping, but don’t quite dare to believe that they can actually do it this year. But I feel that it would probably be the greatest tribute ever, to the 96 casualties of Hillsborough, if Liverpool can actually do it and claim the English Premier League title this season.
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