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Rivalries put to one side as Liverpool pays respects over Munich air crash

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Today marks the anniversary of the Munich air crash that claimed the lives of 11 Man United players and staff and Liverpool today paid their respects to the football rivals.

On February 6th 1958 British European Airways flight 609 crashed on its third attempt to take off on the snow-covered runway in Munich, carrying the Manchester United football team, along with supporters and journalists.

Twenty of the 44 onboard died, while three more later lost their lives in hospital as a result of the injuries suffered.

Some of the finest footballers of their generation, the likes of Duncan Edwards, Tommy Taylor and Liam Whelan were among the fatalities, with manager Matt Busby surviving, before going on to rebuild the team and land the European Cup a decade later.

Tributes have been plentiful on the anniversary, with a tweet from their bitter rivals Liverpool perhaps one of the most fitting.

“Thinking of those who lost their lives in the Munich air crash. Some things are more important than football rivalry.”

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