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Liverpool's Steven Gerrard. Picture credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire.

Liverpool's Steven Gerrard. Picture credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire.

Liverpool's Steven Gerrard. Picture credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire.

LIVERPOOL captain Steven Gerrard admits it would be fitting if the current squad were to take some inspiration from events surrounding this year's 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster.

However, even with the Reds second in the league and firmly in the title race, the England midfielder stressed any success achieved on the pitch comes a distant second to the 96 victims' families' quest for justice.

The 33-year-old was publicising next month's Celebration of the 96 event, which will see a Liverpool team of 'home' players managed by Kenny Dalglish take on a side of ex-Reds internationals led by Gerard Houllier.

Proceeds from the match at Anfield on Monday, April 21 will be split between the Hillsborough Family Support Group (HFSG) and the Liverpool FC Foundation.

"I think the support we have had up and down the country has been phenomenal and I hope we get a decent turn-out," said Gerrard, who earlier this year donated £96,000 to HFSG.

"It is important we keep it (the families' fight for justice) on everyone's minds and everyone continues to show the fantastic support they have done for so many years.

Dalglish, who was manager at the time of the 1989 tragedy and became the club's figurehead in the aftermath as well as a source of support to the bereaved, said the event was a chance for the club and fans to pay tribute to the unstinting work of the families.

"This football club has loyal supporters and 25 years ago when they were in a bit of trouble it was our chance, as a club, to show our support for them," said Dalglish.

"There was a special bond between the club and supporters but I think it increased after Hillsborough and in the immediate aftermath there were some very poignant moments and some things which will live in people's memories forever."


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