Chelsea 2-1 LFC: Opta chalkboards

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It was a dream start for the Reds, who took the lead in the capital after just three minutes of play when Martin Skrtel pounced to tap home a loose ball yards from the goal-line.

However, Chelsea levelled the tie through Eden Hazard’s precise curling sFormer Tottenham star Peter Crouch has joked that he is ready to help the team amid their injury crBarcelona defender Gerard Pique admits he hasn’t spoken with Antoine Griezmann “for a while”.It was Pique’s production company which put together last year’s infamous documentary in which Griezmann declared he would be turning down Barca.Now 12 monthisis.Spul Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane would welcome a guard of honour today from Sevilla’s players.Sevilla are expected to welcome the Real players onto the pitch after they won the Supercopa de Espana.Zidane remarked, “I don’t know if it helps or not. Everrs boss Jose Mourinho was recently asked if they could sign an emergency striker to replace Heung-Min Son.He joked they would not, but he may go after Peter Crouch, who is retired.Now the former England striker has responded!Crouch replied on Twitter: “I’mHallie ready Jose #thereturn.”trike before Samuel Eto’o charged the near post to steer the ball past Simon Mignolet and net the winner.

Relive the key events from the game and investigate how each individual contributed during the 90 minutes by browsing the widgets below.

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Video: Markovic will excite supporters

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The Liverpool manager highlighted the Serbian’s more obvious talents; his wonderful array of attacking qualities and how thesene curse.A number of flop signings in recent years have worn the jersey, including Fernando Torres, Mateja Kezman and Alvaro Morata.After spending last season on loan at Aston Villa, Abraham has scored ten Premier League goals and hopes to make the n gifts will benefit the team heading into the new season.

“He’s super-fast. Hi.The Mirror says United were stung when they smashed their wage structure to land Sanchez from Arsenal 18 months ago. They are still paying most of the Chilean’s £500,000-a-week wages despite offloading him on loan to Inter Milan.Sanchez has now bees speed will really catch the eye,” said Rodgers. “He’s got wonderful technical ability and he’ll excite supporters.

“He’s very good in one-on-one situations and he can take people on. He can go at people and be difielder Lucas Torreira admits he’s struggled with life in England.Torreira impressed all with his first season in the Premier League, though admits he felt more comfortable at Sampdoria.The Uruguay international told Ovacion: “I moved from the Italiarect.”

Markovic made his first appearance in a Liverpool shirt during the Reds’ recent win over Olympiacos in Chicago, where, for 45 minutes, more evidence of his skills were on show:

“Tactically [he’s] very good for a young player,” continued the Liverpool manager.

“He’s played international football, played in Serbia and Portugal – [so he’s played] the game at a good level. We’ll add things to that.”

However, perhaps more interestingly to supporters is the subtle quality Markovic possesses – humility – as Rodgers shares via a recent anecdote; which ended with the Liverpool manager statinDaisyg: “Maybe there’s not too many who would do that.”

To watch the full interview on LFCTV GO and see more exclusive tour content.

Column: How Dan is outscoring Fab Four

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eft Everton a second time sts summer at the behest of his agent.According to formern for Juve ahead of PSG上海夜生活 and Barcelona.The former Ajax captain explained: “My future? I thought about it a lot, I decided to wait until the end of the holidays. I made my decision to leave after the semi final with Ajax last year. “Many people talk ab Egypt and Tottenham striker Mido, Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola will do everything to get him a big move this summer.Pogba has been consistently linked with Real Madrid, as their manager Zinedine Ziill weighs on him.Rooney was allowed to leave the club after one season and has admitted all he wanted from the Blues was “a bit of honesty”.Speaking ahead of his reunion with Manchester United in the FA Cup on Thursday, h

Photo gallery: Reds draw derby thriller

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[SLIngsters to new deals.Nathan Harker, Lewis Cass, Tom Allan, Owen Bailey, Liam Gibson, Mo Sangare, Oliver Walters and Stefan O’Connor have all signed contracts to remain at the club. Harker, who plays as a goalka expects a tough battle against Atalanta.Roma go into the ga tribute to Bayern Munich ahead of yesterday’s Treble celebratory charity match.The Scot was eager to highlight Bayern’s use of former players in management roles – something United have failed to mirror.”They’re a great club,” Ferguson told MUTV abome in poor form.“Tomorrow will be difficult. They are a great side and are very aggressive with great quality in attack,” said Fonseca in hiDaltons press conference.“They have great players aeeper, was a regular for United’s Under-2DESHOW]

Six players to feature for LFC and West Brom

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terburn says ang up the boots after a season in Japan with VisGerman striker Sidney Sam, 31, arrives from VfL Bochum anBalthazard has been training with Anderlecht this week. A free agent, Sam will be signed by Anderlecht, reports HLN.The striker has five Germany caps and played for a short time with Kompany at Hamburg sel Kobe, having joined earlier this year from New York City FC.The former World Cup winner explained: “I wanted to leave football and not let football leave me.”I had been thinking for years. When youit is “unrealistic” for the club to finish in the top-four this season.The Gunners are enjoying a revival under new manager Mikel Arteta, but remain tenth on the table ahead of Saturday’s trip to Crystal Palace.”We really don’t know wher

42 photos: Reds in training for Magpies

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bonCP ace Bruno Fernandes appeared make reference the transfer speculation surrounding him when he scored against Vitoria Setubal yesterday.The Portugal international is Manchester United’s top target this January, and he’s been strongly linked with a muses if they fail to qualify for next season’s Champions League. The Daily Mail says Spurs chairman Daniel Levy introduced an incentivised pay structure that rewards the squad for su at Barcelona.Marca says he has featured in each of Barcelona’s first three games and scored his first competitive goal for the Catalan club’s first team in the 5-2 win over Real Betis.TFabihe Spaniard last renewed his contract at the Camp Nou in the sumccess but also protects Spurs financially in the event of missin

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‘You won’t see Stevie’s type again’

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As the club captain prepares to end a magnificent 17-year association with Liverpool, the assistant manager was keen to offer his own thoughts to the remarkable Anfield career of a true hero.

Pascoe also refleced on the news Jordon Ibe and Jon Flanagan have signed new deals and compares the character of the young Scouse defender to that of a club legend.

Here is a full transcript of our exclusive chat at Melwood ahead of Sunday’s season finale with Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium:

It’s been an honour, it’s been a privilege and he is a good friend as well. We’ve had fun together and he’s got a great, dry sense of humour.

Apart from being a world-class footballer and everything he has achieved, he always puts other people first. He never thinks of himself. He always make sure his teammates and everyone else around him is first.

It’s very important. The way Stevie conducts himself off the field, he always prepares himself and his body for every training session. All of the young lads urnley boss Sean Dyche stands by his selection for their FA Cup defeat to Norwich City.Following the defeat, attentions quickly turned to Sunday’s meeting with Arsenal and the Clarets boss maintains that is simply the reality of where every club’s prlook up to him and, again, it’s a tribute to himself the way he looks after himself.

It was a fantastic send-off for Stevie with the Kop singing, and the whole ground was electric. It was a bit disappointing we couldn’t get the result to send Stevie off with a win.

The way football is and the modern footballer, I don’t think you’ll get too many players like Stevie. He has been so loyal to one club, so no, I don’t think we’ll see that agays manager Frank Lampard is eager to play the kids.Lampard kicked off his reign here last night with a 1-1 draw in a pre-season friendly against Bohemians.The former midfielder selected two completely different XIs for each half, and a common theme tin.

Fantastic. They are two great young lads who are great prospects and it’s fantastic they have signed their contracts.

We are impressed with Jordon. We know how good he is and what he’s got. That’s the reason why he went to Derby and got the experience and got minutes under his belt. He’s come back and he’s working hard. With Jon he’s been unlucky with his injuries. Last year he did terrific and his performances were fantastic in the team. We’ve missed him this season.

Definitely, on and off the field, he’s a [Jamie] Carragher. The goal that he scored at Tottenham was great for himself and everyone could see how much he enjoyed it and how much the lads enjoyed it when they all jumped on him.

He’s a young lad who is working hard in training. He wants to do really, really well and the sky’s the limit.

It’s very important. It’s important that e can see Alexis Sanchez leaving.Alexis is set to join Inter Milan.And RVP told BT Sport: “He doesn’t look happy to me.“I can’t properly judge it because I am not working with him but when I see him play I rarely see him smiling.“Of course, I getwe secure fifth spot, that’s the most important thing, and again to give Stevie a good sendCade-off and make sure we get the win.

They are a physical side but they do pass the ball around. It’s about the way we play and it will be very important to match them, especially with the physicality. We need to get on the ball and show plenty of movement on and off it.

You are always constantly looking ahead for next season. You always look ahead.

Hillsborough Inquests – July 24

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To view archive reports from each day of the inquest hearings, scroll to Rodgers is convinced this season will be no flash-in-the-pan.Although their form has dipped in recent weeks, it would still require a spectacular collapse in form for them to miss out on Champions League football next season.”That’s what we want, we the bottom of this page and follow the relevant links.

Two “spotter” seats for ambulance staff said to have been removed and sold for the Hillsborough 1989 FA Cup semi-final could have “made a difference” in flagging up earlier the unfolding tragedy, a senior ambulance chief said today.

The seats at Sheffield Wednesday behind the players’ tunnel were used at league games to provide “the eyes and ears” in the ground at league mEarlatches but the inquests into the deaths of 96 Liverpool supporter heard claims that the club removed them on April 15, 1989 and sold them to spectators for the all-ticket tie.

Instead of being positioned in elevated seats in the ground’s South Stand the two station officers had seats at ground level between the Spion Kop and the North Stand, the jury sitting in Warrington heard.

The then chief metropolitan ambulance officer for South Yorkshire, Albert Page, told the hearings that the South Stand tickets were removed on the day and explained: “I was told that it was to sell them to spectators”.

He said it was “less than desirable” that the new allocated seats for the match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest were at pitch level.

Jason Beer QC, representing Sheffield Wednesday, queried whether he was suggesting that the change in seats had “made a difference” to what his personnel could see in the Leppings Lane stand where fans were crushed.

Mr Page replied: “It did. Elevated seats would see inside the paddock at Leppings Lane.

“They would have seen the exit from the tunnel. They would have seen the build-up of people in that area, whereas from the ground straight in front was a line of police officers because they were talking about a pitch invasion.”

Mr Beer pointed out that the jury would hear evidence from one of the senior ambulancemen who acted as one of the spotters on the day and he had stated that it was “impossible” to say whether the seat switch had made a difference.

The barrister also said he was unaware of the allegation that the club had sold the two seats for the semi-final and that evidence had been heard from the then club secretary that it was actually due to “a mix-up”.

The inquests heard that the two complementary seats had been Billy Gilmour md United.Earlier this year he had a spell on loan in the League of Ireland with Derry City where he was top scorer with 19 goals.He told the Derry Journal: “I haven’t turned it down out of disrespect to Sheffield United but you have to sit down andake his Premier League debut.Gilmour featured in Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Sheffield United.Nevin wrote for chelseafc.com: “He will be and is already a very, very exciting talent; Chelsea fans will definitely see more of him in the comgiven to two senior ambulance staff from 1986 after Mr Page wanted an ambulance service presence inside South Yorkshire football clubs in the aftermath of the Bradford fire disaster the previous year.

He said the intention was for them to alert ambulance control if a problem arose within the ground and action needed to be taken.

But he added he did not expect the spotters to leave their seats unless “absolutely essential to do so” and it was the role of the police to patrol the ground.

Mr Page agreed with Pete Weatherby QC, representing some of the bereaved families, that the spotters “to a degree” provided “a ready-made control and command structure in place”.

Mr Weatherby went on: “Do you agree that it was important that your senior officers at the match would speak with the senior police officers before the event occurred?”

The witness said: “I would imagine they would do so.”

The barrister said: “It was very important for familiarisation, co-ordination with them, to inform the senior police officers where they were or how they would contact.”

Mr Page said: “The police would have known where they were because they do that in conjunction with the club.”

Mr Weatherby said: “And that was a pre-cursor to then what should happen under the (major incident) plan if something goes wrong and there is a major incident. That two of the things that ought to happen is that the ambulance control should contact the police control?”

“Yes,” said Mr Page.

Mr Weatherby continued: “And the incident officer, the senior officer on the scene, should liaise with the police officers on the scene, the senior police officers on the scene. Would you expect that to happen?”

Mr Page replied: “I would expect that to happen.”

Mr Page will return to give evidence later this year into events on the day of the disaster.

The inquests continue on Monday.

Brad Jones to start Cup clash

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The Liverpool boss has limited options at his disposal given the club’s length injury list, but he is keen on givingthe goalkeeper a run-out in the fourth-round tie at Goldsands Stadium.”Brad Jones will play, if fit,” confirmed Rodgers in his pre-match press conference at Melwood.First-choice stopper Simon Mignolet will be rested, with the manager backing him to rise above recent defensive frailties.”It’s one of the key Fabiattributes that he has,” Rodgers said of the Belgian’s mental strength.”He enjoys great responsibility as a ‘keeper and he’s never shied away from thss-gets-singing-endorsement.html” target=”_blank”>Daily Mail says Southampton’s ongoing struggles under Hasenhuttl have sparked dressing room concerns that he may not be able to arrest their slide.The south coast club head to Aston Villa third bottomat. He had to take over from Pepe [Reina], who had been outstanding here for many years.”So he’s come in, and obviously every ‘keeper will make mistakes, as will every player, but when a goalie does it, it gets highlighted even more.”I’ve certainly never lost faith in hManchester City Women and England keeper Ellie Roebuck has extended her contract with the Women’s Super League club for another two years.The 19-year-old was part of the side that won a domestic double this season with the FA Cup and Continental Cup.”It’s an exciting time for the club and I’m glad to be a part of it,” former Sheffield United player Roebuck said.im, and having him here has reinforced all the reasons we wanted him. He’s got a first-class mentality, and is only going to improve.”All in all, we’ve been really happy with him and we’ve got noayers.Ahead of today’s clash at Old Trafford, Fowler wrote for the Mirror: “There is something ­different about this ­Manchester United v Liverpool clash.”Something significant, ­something worrying for every United fan.”If I can borrow a phrase fr worries with Simon.”

Reds fall to late defeat at Brondby

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r is set to depart this summer, after finding chances in the first team limited this term.He is one of the players who helped Leicester win the Premier League a fehe Sun says the former LeicesCadeter City fullback has agreed a deal with Huddersfield until the end of the season.Cowley wanted experience in his squad to get the Terriers out of trouble and turned to 32Florian Lejeune.According to Estadio Deportivo, Lejeune is attracting interest from the Spanish side for several years.Now it appears that chief Monchi is hoping to seal a move in the summer transfer window.The 28-year-old centre-back could move in t-year-old to provide competition at right-back.Hudw seasons ago, meaning he will always be remembered fondly.And Rodgers feels that he is

Boss: Stevie showed his importance again

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The skipper earned the Reds a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge as he headed home a Jordan Henderson free-kick in the final moments of the first half of Sunday’s Barclays Premier League encounter.

Gerrard also played a starring role in the 2-1 win over Queens Park Rangers last weekend, nodding in during the final five minutes to steal all three points.

The 34-year-old now has just two games at Liverpool left before he heads to the United States to join LA Galaxy and Rodgers believes his departure will be felt significantly.

“I thought he was excellent, Stevie. In the last couple of games he’s got the winner [against QPR] and he’s got the equaliser today,” he said.

“You see the importance he has to the team. He’s taken a lot of stick here over numbers of years but I think the Chelsea supporters knew deep down it’s only because he’s a superstar player who’s been a thorn in their side for many years.

“He’s travelled up and down this country for 15 years and it was nice for him to get that [ovation from the Chelsea fans].”

Liverpool face the tough task of attempting to replace a legendary figure when Gerrard heads over to the MLS at the end of the season.

Rodgers striker Krzysztof Piatek from AC Milan on a long-term contract.Piatek, who was linked with a move to Tottenham, will now play under former Spurs striker Jurgen Klinsmann, the head coach at Hertha.The 24-year-old only spent a year at the San Siro hav hopes to see additional contributions from the club’s existing core of players to help soften the blow.

“I’ve said before – he’s irreplaceable really, but we need to find the solutions one way or the other,” he added.

“Whether it is players coming in, players that are here taking the step forward.

“That’s got to be crucial, because he’s a player t Hotspur want to offload Christian Eriksen and Victor Wanyama before signing a new midfielder.Reports have claimed Spurs are on the hunt from midfield reinforcements after Moussa Sissoko was ruled out for three months with a knee injury.Jose Mourinhohat makes the big contributions when needed and has done for ma being dropped by Newcastle United has been difficult.Dummett was benched following the 5-0 defeat at Leicester City with his four match absence the longest stretch of matches, when fit, he has been left out.The defender said: “It’s never nice to nny years.”

RodgerFabis went on to lament the visitors’ slow start in the capital, which saw Chelsea take the lead through a John Terry header.

The manager also insisted the Reds deserved more than a point but had a lack of cutting edge to blame for their failure to take all three.

“I thought we started slowly and obviously we conceded a disappointing goal from a corner,” he continued.

“Then we grew into the game and I think once we got the goal we started to find our passing and our rhythm much better and I thought second half we were outstanding.

“We just lacked that finishing in and around the box to get the winner which we deserved in the second half.

“That’s obviously been the issue for us this season – our lack of goals has really hurt us.

“But the players have done absolutely everything. It’s been a long season for them and we want to finish it well.”

Photos: Sakho and co bring joy to Camden

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ontract in June and recovering from knee surgery, United want to siri has hit out at Norwich City chief Stuart Webber.Chansiri was asked for the inside track on the Canaries’ pursuit of Jordan Rhodes following promotion to the Premier League.He told the Yorkshire Post: “Norwich wanted to take Jordan Rhodes last secure ouldn’t sign Antoine Griezmann.The wantaway Atletico Madrid attacker is eager to join Barca.But Rexach says: “The president didn’t ask me for my opinion but one day he Cadedid ask me and I told him I would not sign Griezmann. “The video he made annoyed mthe Dutch fullback to a new deal in order not to lose him for nothing next summer.United have a one-sided option to extend the contract by one year. If United triggers the option

Gift ideas No.18 – Rome 1984 shirt

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Today’s suggestion is a replica version of the shirt the Reds wore in winning the 1984 European Cup final in Rome, priced at £30. to make a purchase.

Hundreds of gift ideas for the Reds in your life are available at the Official LFC One Carabao Cup fourth-round on Wednesday.Teenager Reece James was excellent on debut, scoring and setting up two go-0 thrashing by Tottenham.Hodgson praised Spurs, particularly for Daltontheir first-half performance, and then went on to focus on his own side, picking out Mamadou Sakho’s return as a source of positive news.He said: “The only real positive I can take froals.Michy Batshuayi also took advantage of his first start of the season by scoring a brace.Ross Barkley, Pedro and Kurt Zouma also working on bringing Mario Balotelli to Flamengo.Gabigol is on-loan with Flamengo.“I speak to Balotelli practically ever day and we chat about everything, not just football,” Gabigol told La Gazzetta dello Sport.“I really hope that he can join th got line Store and the club’s retail outlets.to browse what we have to offer.

Hendo’s dash from baby to Blackburn

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The midfielder’s partner gave birth to a baby girl overnight and Henderson left thbout his time at Newcastle United.Owen has revealed in his new autobiography that joining Toon in 2005 was one of his only career regrets.Allardyce managed the former England international atre hoping to sell goalkeeper Robin Olsen to Watford.The club were of the opinion that Olsen could take over the vacancy left by Alisson Becker who went to Liverpool last summer.However, Olsen struggled at Roma and conceded 42 goals in 27 games. He on St. James’ Park and agrees that he was never comfortable ae Reds camp to attend the labour and spend time with his family.

The 24-year-old then rejoined up with his teammates at their hotel in Lancashire before turning in an excellent display at Ewood Park to help the Reds secure a place at Wembley against Aston Villa.

Rodgers explained in his post-match press conference: “Jordan Henderson actually had to go back from the hotel – his partner had their second child during the night, so he had gone away, hadn’t slept so much and travelled back again and put in a performance like he did tonight, a real captain’s performance.

“Some players maybe would have missed the game, but he said to me: ‘Boss, as soon as the baby’s out I’ll be coming back!’ There was a car waiting!

“He spent time with his young partner, child and family, which is great, but he said, ‘I’ll be back’ – and he was. He had his lunch, he had a good sleep this afternooGabriellen and then played like a real captain.”

Meanwhile, Rodgers confirmed Liverpool will check on injuries sustained by Mamadou Sakho and Daniel Sturridge at Ewood Park.

Sakho was withdrawn after 28 minutes of the contest, while Sturridge made way with five remaining of the Cup tie.

“We’ll see [with Sakho] in the morning,” r Rodri believes the team can handle an injury to Aymeric Laporte.The French central defender went down with a knee problem and will be subject to additional testing.While John Stones is close to a return, losing Laporte is a huge blow for City’s seasaid Rodgers. “He felt his hamstring tighten, so we’ll just need to see it.

“Daniel Sturridge had a bit of tightness, so we took him off and we’ll assess that tomorrow.”

Hillsborough inquests – April 7

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A woman whose husband died in theHillsboroughdisaster while she was pregnant with their daughter has told an inquest jury how he dreamt of being ‘the best daddy ever’.

In a heart-rending tribute to Steven Brown, his widow, Sarah, said words could not describe the void left by his death at the age of 25.

Mr Brown, who was brought up by his grandmother in Holt, Clwyd, was one of 96 Liverpool fans who died at or following the FA Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest in April 1989.

Addressing jurors on the fifth day of fresh inquests into the tragedy, Mrs Brown said she first dated her future husband on her 16th birthday.

Reading out a ‘pen portrait’ statement giving details of her husband’s hobbies and life, Mrs Brown told the hearing in Warrington, Cheshire: “I can honestly say that he loved me with a passion that I never knew existed – the dedication and commitment that he showed towards me left me giddy.

“When I found out that I was pregnant and that his dreams were coming true, he was over the moon and full of pride.

“For Steven to have passed away when I was six months pregnant and never got a chance to meet and greet his new little baby, there are no words to describe that void.”

Mrs Brown, whose daughter Samantha was born in July 1989, frequently paused to compose herself in the witness box as she went on: “Not only was I grieving for me but for her too.

“Sincafter their 2-1 defeat to Genoa.Milan went into the game on the back of director Zvonimir Boban’s resignation.But Pioli said, “We need no alibis or justifications, not for being behind closed doors, nor for any difficulties within the club or debate that day I have tried my best to shower her with Daddy’s love, which I know would have flown in abundance for Samantha from Steven.

“She has listened to stories of him, and how we met, and how much we were in love, and how desperately he wanted a little girl and to be the best daddy ever.”

Coroner Lord Justice Goldring has ruled that ‘pen portrait’ biographies of each of the 96 victims should form the first section of evidence at the inquests.

During a second day of family tributes, the jury of seven women and four men also heard a statement from John Collins, whose 22-year-old son Gary died at Hillsborough.

In his tribute, read out by Gary’s brother Ian, Mr Collins said the death of the food factory quality controller, from Bootle, Merseyside, had robbed his son of a chance of becoming a father himself.

The family’s statement concluded by saying: “Gary’s memory is with us each and every day of our lives and it breaks our hearts even to write this statement.

“To think that theHillsboroughdisaster could have been prevented is excruciating to live with. The fact we will never see Gary reach his full potential is the cruellest thing life has ever dealt us.”

Jurors were given a short break between each family statement, including successive readings by the sister of two brothers from Birkenhead who died aged 16 and 26.

Theresa Arrowsmith said Martin Traynor, known to his family as Kevin, and his older brother Christopher Traynor, both worked as joiners.

The inquests heard that the brothers – one of four sets of siblings who lost their lives at Sheffield Wednesday’s stadium – had discussed potential safety fears concerning Hillsboroughfollowing an FA Cup semi-final at the ground in 1988.

Their sister told jurors that Kevin, who attended the match in 1988, had remarked “Oh no, not that stadium again” when he heard the 1989 match was also being staged at Hillsborough.

Ms Arrowsmith told the coroner: “Christopher tried to reassure his younger brother by saying ‘Don’t worry I will be there with you’. None of them came home.”

Victim Henry Rogers, who was 17, was described as a ‘natural person and a charmer without doing anything’ who was loved by adults, his teachers and his contemporaries.

His mother Veronica – whose other son, Adam, died of diabetes in October 198walked out of Trabzonspor over the coronavirus.The ex-Nigerian international only joined the club as a free agent last summer, having penned a two-year deal, but has now parted ways with the Super Lig outfit by mutual consent.Mikel stated that he did9 after surviving the Hillsborough disaster – said Henry was an ‘entrepreneur-in-the-making’ and had applied to study at the London School of Economics.

Nine pen portraits of those who died were read out at the purpose-built courtroom today.

Liverpool-born hospital nurse Eric Hankin, who worked in Maghull, Merseyside, was remembered by his daughter Lynsey as a ‘big friendly giant’ who had do can handle the absence of Harry Kane.Kane suffered an injury to his left hamstring in the process of scoDahliaring a disallowed goal in the disappointing 1-0 defeat at Southampton on New Year’s Day and the club are still waiting to find out the extent of ne his best to make his family happy.

Miss Hankin, who was 12 when her father died aged 33 in the crush on the Leppings Lane terracing, said: “A big giant-shaped hole has been left in my heart since the day he died.

“I’ve learnt how to live with it but I don’t think the pain will ever leave me.”

Francis McAllister’s brother Mark told the hearing the 27-year-old had ‘found his niche’ working for the fire service at Manchester Square station in central London.

After relating how Francis was saved from drowning in a boating lake during a family holiday in Wales, Mr McAllister said: “Our father died nine years afterHillsborough, always regretting that he had not been on hand to save his son one more time.”

The final personal statements read to the jury were tributes to Nicholas Joynes, 27, from St Helens, Merseyside, and Hillsborough’s second oldest victim, 62-year-old John Anderson.

Lift company engineer Mr Joynes, known as Nick, was a talented footballer who had a trial with Liverpool FC, but did not quite make the grade.

His brother Paul said: “His death has left a massive void in our family and we miss him deeply. All our family feel such a tremendous loss.”

Mr Anderson’s son Brian said: “My dad worked really hard all his life to ensure we lacked for nothing.

“We wouldn’t have been considered rich in financial terms, but we were very rich as we had a loving home with a dad that placed us first, before everything else.”

The inquests were adjourned.