A host of past Liverpool players and coaches have gathered at Anfield for today's ‘celebration of the 96’ match
A host of former Liverpool players and coaches have gathered at a packed Anfield Stadium for a charity game celebrating the lives of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough tragedy 25 years ago.
The likes of Michael Owen, Robbie Fowler, Ian Rush, Steve McManaman and John Barnes are on show for a British and Irish Liverpool XI, as they take on a rest of the world team containing club legends such as Sami Hyypi and Didi Hamann.
Kenny Dalglish plays manager of the British and Irish legends for the afternoon, while former Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier will oversee the foreign XI from the Anfield dug-out.
The event Monday, planned by the Hillsborough Family Support Group, is a celebration of the 96 victims of the tragedy 25 years ago, with proceeds being split between the group and Liverpool’s official charity, the Liverpool FC Foundation.
In addition to the legends game, a community football session involving first-team, Academy and Ladies players took place before kick-off, while a celebrity penalty shoot-out is arranged for half-time.
The game serves as a quality tribute to those who lost their lives in the Hillsborough disaster, but there is still plenty of humour on offer by those organising the event, as Michael Owen found out in the dressing room.
The banter at football clubs never changes!!! pic.twitter.com/zh63r3JKBu— michael owen (@themichaelowen) April 21, 2014
The current Liverpool side are in pole position to win their first league title in 24 years, after winning their eleventh straight match 3-2 against Norwich on Sunday. Liverpool sit top of the Premier League with 80 points, five ahead of second placed Chelsea with three games remaining.
In what would be an amazing achievement under the guidance of Liverpool's manager Brendan Rodgers, winning the Premier League would also be a fitting tribute in the 25th anniversary year of the Hillsborough tragedy.