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Football: City win was for Hillsborough victims, says Gerrard

Published on Apr 15, 2014 6:26 AM
Liverpool's Philippe Courtinho (centre) celebrates scoring with Jon Flanagan (right) and Steven Gerrard against Manchester City during their English Premier League match at Anfield in Liverpoo on April 13, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (AFP) - Steven Gerrard has dedicated Liverpool's crucial win against title rivals Manchester City to the victims and families of the Hillsborough disaster.

Gerrard's 10-year-old cousin, Jon-Paul Gilhooley, was the youngest of the 96 Liverpool supporters who died due to crushing on the terraces at the 1989 FA Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest in Sheffield.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014, is the 25th anniversary of the tragedy and Anfield will host the annual memorial service, which all of Liverpool's squad will attend.

And it was the proximity of that date, plus the significance of the 3-2 victory that left Liverpool close to winning the title for the first time in 24 years, which saw Reds captain Gerrard brought to tears at the final whistle against City on Sunday.

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