Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard says his emotional reaction at the end of Sunday’s win over Manchester City was prompted by the imminent anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster.
Gerrard covered his eyes after the 3-2 win at Anfield, hiding tears.
“The reason I was so emotional was because of when this game fell,” he said.
“I’m speaking on behalf of everyone when I say the win was dedicated to the victims and families of Hillsborough.”
It’s 25 years ago today, when 96 men, women and children lost their lives at Hillsborough, during the FA Cup semi-final clash against Nottingham Forest.
Gerrard’s 10-year-old cousin, John-paul Gilhooley, was the youngest of those who lost their lives.
The 33-year-old will lead his teammates to the annual memorial service for the victims of the tragedy. Club director, other staff and a number of former players and managers will also be in attendance. Manager Brendan Rodgers will give a reading as will Everton boss Roberto Martinez.
The win over Man City, which came two day’s to the Hillsborough anniversary boosted the ‘Reds’s’ chances of a first league title in 24 years.
“(My reaction) wasn’t just because it was a big match in our season, it was because this week is always about more than football for everyone associated with Liverpool,” Gerrard continued.