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Liverpool morning news, Hillsborough anniversary to be marked, Gerrard dedicates City win to 96

A selection of the latest stories involving Liverpool Football Club this Tuesday morning.

A memorial service will take place at Anfield today to mark the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster, where 96 Liverpool fans lost their lives at the 1989 FA Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers and Everton manager Roberto Martinez will give readings at Anfield at the service, which gets underway 2:45pm.

The Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard was seen in tears at the final whistle of the weekend’s 3-2 win over Manchester City, and said it was more than because it was a big match in their season.

Gerrard said: “It was because this week is always about more than football for everyone associated with Liverpool.

“It’s emotional for so many people. I’m speaking on behalf of everyone when I say the win was dedicated to the victims and families of Hillsborough.”

The Reds’ skipper has said that the remaining games in the title race now are huge, and that Norwich City on Sunday can’t come soon enough for him.

“It’s a tough week for preparing for these matches. There are long days going into them. Everyone knows personally how much I want it.

“I’ve just got to stay calm, relaxed and take each game as it comes. I’m trying to do that but it’s difficult to control my emotions.”

There are a couple of rumours in the press this morning. Raheem Sterling is rumoured to be in line for a new contract according to the Daily Mirror – with his excellent form set to award him a pay rise in the summer.

The other rumour is that Liverpool are prepared to bid £38m for Everton’s Ross Barkley in the Daily Star, though it seems a little far-fetched.

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