Updated: Tuesday, 15 April 2014 10:37 | By Agence France-Presse

Liverpool to honour Hillsborough dead 25 years on

Liverpool Football Club will on Tuesday hold their annual memorial service for the 96 fans who lost their lives in the Hillsborough disaster, which occurred 25 years ago to the day.


Liverpool to honour Hillsborough dead 25 years on

Scarves and floral tributes are seen at Anfield in Liverpool, on April 13, 2014, in memory of the 96 people who died in the 1989 Hillsborough disaster - by Andrew Yates

Manager Brendan Rodgers will be joined by Everton boss Roberto Martinez in giving readings at the service, to be held at Liverpool's iconic Anfield stadium.

They will be joined by directors, victims' families, fans and players, including captain Steven Gerrard, whose 10-year-old cousin Jon-Paul Gilhooley was the disaster's youngest victim.

The fans were crushed to death during Liverpool's FA Cup semi-final with Nottingham Forest as too many fans were packed onto terracing behind the goal at the Sheffield stadium.

A new inquest into the disaster resumes on April 22 after the initial accidental death verdicts passed down in 1991 were quashed in the High Court.

Liverpool are currently on the brink of their first league title since 1990 after beating Manchester City on Sunday.

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