Photo: Villarreal stars sign huge banner in honour of the Hillsborough 96

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Liverpool host Villarreal in the Europa League on Thursday.

Villarreal players have shown their support to the Hillsborough 96 and Liverpool by signing a huge banner they intend on leaving at Anfield following their upcoming Europa League tie.

The Reds face the Yellow Submarines on Thursday night in the Europa League semi-final, looking to overturn a 1-0 deficit in Spain to reach the final in Basel, Switzerland, later this month.

The encounter has all the hallmarks of a classic on the pitch, and it promises to be another emotional night in the stands following the latest reports and conclusions from that day at Hillsborough over 27 years ago.

The anniversary took place three weeks ago, and it coincided with one of the most memorable nights in recent history as Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund played out a stunning encounter.

The rendition of ‘You Will Never Walk Alone’ was proudly sung by both clubs’ supporters, and it will once again be in full force on Thursday after justice was finally given to friends and families of the 96.

Clubs, not just in England, but around the world have come out in support and offered a tribute to the victims of Hillsborough and their families with Villarreal among those paying their respect.

As show by the photos above, the La Liga giants will display a huge banner with the signatures of their players on Thursday, with the intention of leaving it in the city of Liverpool afterwards.

It promises to be quite a spectacle, and Jurgen Klopp’s men will want to make it another night to remember.

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