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HEART OF FOOTBALL

Time to savour, and reflect

A match football fans around the world will enjoy, but with heavy burden of history too

Published on Apr 13, 2014 3:38 PM
 

For two hours today, Anfield will be the pulse of English, and global, football.

By winning the match, either Liverpool or Manchester City could edge decisively toward the 2014 Premier League title. But the moments leading up to the kick-off will be almost unbearably emotional.

Every start in the EPL has been delayed by seven minutes this weekend because six minutes into the FA Cup semi-final on April 15 1989, 96 Liverpool fans were suffocated to death in an overcrowded stand at Hillsborough stadium in Sheffield. An extra minute has been added for a mark of silent respect.

The pain is as raw today as it was 25 years ago. The families are just embarking on yet another long, tortuous judicial inquest into how and why that tragedy happened.

 
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KEY FIGURES

24

The number of years since Liverpool last won the English league title.

7

The number of defeats that Liverpool have suffered against Manchester City in their past 42 league games.

237

The number of goals that City and Liverpool have scored between them this season in all competitions.

5

The number of games that City have gone unbeaten in the league against Liverpool, their best run since 1993.