City of Liverpool remembers the 96 football fans killed at Hillsborough

The city of Liverpool has paid respect to the 96 football fans killed in the 1989 Hillsborough disaster.

Teams stand for a minute's silence to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster before the English Premier League match at Anfield in Liverpool, England, Sunday April 14, 2019. Source: Associated Press

April 15 marked 30 years to the date that 96 men, women and children were crushed to death before the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at Hillsborough stadium in Sheffield.

Players and staff from Liverpool Football Club visited the dedicated Hillsborough memorial at their Anfield stadium, where manager Jurgen Klopp and captain Jordan Henderson laid a floral wreath.

"Our thoughts are with all those affected by the tragedy at Hillsborough and the 96 fans who will never be forgotten," the club said on their website.

A city-wide minute's silence was held at 1506 local time, the exact time the game was stopped.

Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson and Lord Mayor Christine Banks laid wreaths in front of 96 lanterns lit on the steps of St George's Hall.

"Today we want to provide the city with an opportunity to be here, lay tributes and pay their respects and their thoughts to the families," Anderson said.

"I hope it gives them comfort that the city is thinking of them today."

Among other remembrances, banners with images of the victims were displayed, flags on civic building were flown at half mast and public transport was halted during the minute's silence.