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The tragedy that changed Liverpool

Every time I go to Anfield, I come to a stop near Shankly Gate. My eyes went to the Hillsborough Memorial. The 97 Liverpool fans who never returned home to watch the 1989 FA Cup semi-final pay tribute to the people who paid tribute to them. As my car slowly passed the memorial, I slowly read the names of those 96 people. My eyes went to the name of one – John-Paul Gilhuli, a ten-year-old Liverpool supporter who never returned from Sheffield that day. I knew John Paul. He is my cousin … ‘. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Some lines from the beginning of the first chapter of Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard’s first autobiography ‘Steven Gerrard – My Autobiography’.

The book begins with his grief over the Hillsborough Memorial, and the loss of his cousin John Paul. That John-Paul, who was Steven Gerrard’s biggest inspiration behind becoming a footballer. The news that ‘John-Paul is dead …’ drove Gerard away. Is it safe to say that John Paul’s dream of wearing a Liverpool jersey did not even cross his mind? The dream that the brother could not fulfill, he will fulfill the dream himself – this became the goal of Gerard’s life. Gerard has devoted his entire career to fulfilling his brother’s unfulfilled hopes. The only regret of his illustrious career is that he did not win the Premier League. In addition, ten Liverpool fans would be asked to name Gerard as the best player in at least nine Liverpool history.

Paul must have smiled from the sky when he saw his brother’s achievement for his favorite club. His mind will be filled with joy. Her unconditional love for Liverpool – the love she paid for with her life, the love that Gerard did!

Not just Gerard, Hillsboro’s influence on every man in Liverpool is so pervasive. Today marks the 33rd anniversary of the sinking of Liverpool. The only painful memory of Hillsboro today across Anfield. Whether it’s the history of Liverpool or the history of English football, or a tragic day in the history of world football, April 15, 1979. A total of 97 Liverpool supporters were killed in a stampede during the Liverpool-Nottingham Forest match in the FA Cup semi-final at Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough Stadium.

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