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Football: Hillsborough campaigner's words inspired Liverpool, says Rodgers

Published on Apr 21, 2014 6:40 PM
 
Liverpool's Raheem Sterling (centre) celebrates his goal against Norwich City with manager Brendan Rodgers (second from left) during their English Premier League soccer match at Carrow Road in Norwich, on April 20, 2014. Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said he used Hillsborough campaigner Margaret Aspinall's inspiring words to motivate his team for Sunday's 3-2 victory at Norwich City that gave them a five-point lead at the top of the Premier League table. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LIVERPOOL (REUTERS) - Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said he used Hillsborough campaigner Margaret Aspinall's inspiring words to motivate his team for Sunday's 3-2 victory at Norwich City that gave them a five-point lead at the top of the Premier League table.

The win took Liverpool to 80 points with three games left and also guaranteed them a top-three place in the league and a spot in next season's Champions League.

Aspinall's son James was one of the 96 Liverpool supporters who died in the tragedy in 1989 and she spoke during a memorial service at Anfield on Tuesday to mark the 25th anniversary of the disaster.

"We had the memorial service this week and that was really touching," Rodgers was quoted as saying by the British media on Monday. "So I decided to use words of Margaret Aspinall. We put them up on the wall.

 
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