Liverpool to honour the 96 as part of Anfield redevelopment work

17 August 2016

Liverpool have revealed plans to honour the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster as the redevelopment of Anfield continues.

The club will also commemorate legendary manager Bob Paisley as part of the new-look home stadium, with the corner of the ground outside the Kop to be renamed Paisley Square.

Liverpool have planted a number of oak trees from Jurgen Klopp‘s homeland of the Black Forest outside the new Main Stand, with the stretch of path to be named 96 Avenue.

The Hillsborough Memorial will also be placed on 96 Avenue, after being held in storage throughout redevelopment work.

This serves to mark a milestone in the fight for justice in April, and also preserve the memory of the 96 supporters who lost their lives during Liverpool’s FA Cup tie at Sheffield Wednesday on April 15, 1989.

Speaking on the unveiling of plans to honour the 96, Margaret Aspinall, Chair of the Hillsborough Family Support, expressed her joy.

“We are delighted that this beautiful area in front the main stand will be named in memory of the 96,” she said.

“We have been speaking with the club throughout the expansion project on all Hillsborough matters and I’m sure fans will enjoy walking down and visiting 96 Avenue.”

Liverpool won’t hold their first home game of the season under September 10, when they will take on Leicester City in the Premier League, after being granted special dispensation to reverse their fixtures with Burnley this season.

Jurgen Klopp‘s Reds will travel to Turf Moor on Saturday in a clash that was previously arranged as a home fixture.

Supporters will be able to take in the redevelopment work ahead of September’s inaugural outing, with Anfield set to hold 54,167 supporters.

This will be the highest attendance Liverpool’s home stadium has seen since May 1977.

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