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27 years ago 96 people who went to a football match at Hillsborough never came home. Today, after years of lies, a jury in Warrington, Cheshire concluded that those who died were unlawfully killed through the negligence and errors in police planning and responses (among other factors). The fans were completely exonerated, ruining the Sun’s regurgitation of lies spread by Yorkshire Police shortly after the tragedy.

It’s about time. The web of lies that spread after the disaster may have involved the government of the time, and is certainly a low point in the integrity of the British press. Now the truth is known, I hope the families of the lost can know some peace.

You’ll Never Walk Alone.

The pressure continues to mount on Man United boss Louis Van Gaal, after an ultimately tame performance against arch rivals Liverpool in the Europa League at Old Trafford condemned his side to exiting the competition in the last 16. With a huge Derby game against Man City at the weekend, and a potentially very tricky trip to London to face West Ham in the FA Cup, LVG appears to be running out of chances to save his Utd career.

In the second leg’s early exchanges Utd did create chances but nothing clear-cut, whilst Liverpool carried a threat on the break. With the home side needing two goals to bring themselves level on aggregate, they did take a 1-0 lead on the night when Martial scored from the penalty spot (having been brought down by Clyne). However, Liverpool would grab an equaliser – and crucial away goal – on the stroke of half-time.

Philippe Coutinho has blown hot and cold during his Liverpool career, but last night’s goal was a moment of sublime beauty that sucked the spirit out of Utd and put Liverpool firmly in control of the tie. Having skipped down the left flank, dodging defenders as he went, Coutinho found himself in the penalty area but rapidly running out of room. Knowing that Utd ‘keeper De Gea can make a save or two didn’t stop him from making the effort – and a delightful dink of the ball over De Gea and into the net ended the game as a contest.

For Klopp, things would appear to be looking up. He has steadily impressed his style and character upon Liverpool, and has done so only with the players he had when he arrived. With a full pre-season and signings of his choosing, Klopp can hopefully set higher targets for the Reds next season. Van Gaal will probably be watching from the sidelines.

It seems that every week Leicester are expected to fail, or fall short, or drop points. Watford, away from home, was billed as a banana skin, yet on a weekend where Leicester’s two closest challengers drew with each other, the Foxes once again claimed 3 points to move five points clear at the top (meaning they are guaranteed top spot for at least one more week).

Tottenham vs Arsenal was billed as vital for both sides and whilst Spurs remain three points ahead of their North London rivals, it must gall them to have failed to take maximum points from a winning position, especially with a numerical advantage. Arsenal will be the happier team, but not by much, as they are now eight points adrift of Leicester.

Two points behind Arsenal come Manchester City, who thumped a listless Aston Villa side who must now be wondering when, rather than if, they’ll be relegated. City needed a good result after their Anfield hammering, and Villa (who have been fodder for most teams this season) dutifully provided one. City’s win moves them three points clear of Man Utd once more, after Utd limped to defeat at West Brom.

Utd’s loss means West Ham move a point above them into fifth, and the Hammers may yet even fancy Champions League qualification, not something to be ruled out in this insane season.

Liverpool won for the third successive time, albeit somewhat fortunately, away to Crystal Palace. That result moves them three points behind Utd, with a game in hand. Liverpool and Utd go head to head in the Europa League in midweek, in the first leg of a game that could define their seasons – if either side goes on to win the Europa League, they get a berth in the Champions League next season.

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Yesterday Liverpool FC legend Steven Gerrard played in his last home game for Liverpool. His contribution to the club over the course of his career has been immense, and it saddens me that he did not get the Premier League winner’s medal he so sorely deserves.

Loyal to the end, despite having the chance to join Chelsea and almost certainly win trophies, Gerrard has spent his entire career at Anfield, at times singlehandedly dragging the club up the table. He has scored some unbelievable goals (such as his screamer against West Ham in the dying seconds of the 2006 FA Cup final), and his leadership and inspiration will never be forgotten.

Perhaps his most famous contribution though, came in Istanbul, in 2005, when Liverpool (who had already defied the odds to simply reach the Champions League final) would come back from 3 behind to take the match against AC Milan to penalties and, ultimately, victory. Gerrard set Liverpool on their way, scoring a thumping header to put the Reds back in the game, and he joins an illustrious group of players who have captained their side to European glory.

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He has made over 700 appearances for Liverpool, scoring 183 goals, whilst he also appeared 114 times for England (currently the third most capped player for England of all time).

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Without a doubt, Liverpool fans everywhere are indebted to Gerrard for his loyal service to the club. Gerrard, we salute you!