Prior to kick-off on Wednesday evening, Liverpool will observe a minute’s silence to remember the 96 who lost their lives at Hillsborough stadium during the FA Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest on April 15, 1989.
The club will also lay floral wreaths at the Hillsborough memorial at Anfield and flags will be flown at half-mast. Players will wear black armbands to honor lives lost and lives impacted by the tragedy, and tributes will be displayed on the LED boards surrounding the pitch in lieu of fans being able to mark respect.
The match program will also commemorate the 32nd anniversary of the tragedy, and will be available online and in official retailers.
Margaret Aspinall, who is the former chair of the Hillsborough Family Support Group (HFSG), spoke to LFCTV about “how the families intend to mark the anniversary and detailed why the decision has been taken to now fold the HFSG.” This interview is available online and in the LFCTV app.
The BBC has also written about the folding of HFSG, and their story is also available online.
Aston Villa, the last club to play Liverpool at home, also paid their respects ahead of the anniversay this week, as Villa CEO Christian Purslow laid a wreath in remembrance at Anfield.
Ahead of the 32nd anniversary of the Hillsborough Disaster later this week, Aston Villa CEO Christian Purslow laid a wreath in remembrance at Anfield before today's game. pic.twitter.com/rw1maVAtXH— Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) April 10, 2021
While it’s difficult to properly honor those 96 women, men and children who lost their lives at Hillsborough while the COVID-19 pandemic limits our ability to gather, it’s good to see the club has found ways to mark this anniversary despite these challenges.