VIDEO: Liverpool skipper Gerrard on the impact of the Hillsborough disaster
11 April 2009 01:51
On Wednesday - just hours after Liverpool's Champions League decider with Chelsea - skipper Steven Gerrard will pay his respects to the victims of the Hillsborough disaster.
Never forget: Steven Gerrard speaks about the impact of the tragic events at Hillsborough
Chief among them his cousin Jon-Paul Gilhooley, who at 10, the youngest of the 96 who tragically lost their lives during the events of April 15, 1989.
The England midfielder recalls the anguish he and his family suffered awaiting news of Jon-Paul's sorrowful fate and how the aftermath of the tragedy has driven him on to become the world class talent he is today.
'I remember going to bed that night, lying there thinking about it, praying, keeping our fingers crossed that it didn't get any worse to what we had already heard.,' he says.
'Unfortunately for myself and my family we got that dreaded knock to say a member of our family was at the game and had been tragically killed.
'Seeing the reactions of his mum, his dad and his close family helped to drive me on to become the player I am today.'
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Gerrard also pays tribute to the bereaved Hillsborough families, who have been given the freedom of the city of Liverpool, praising the 'great dignity' they have shown through such tough times.
Here, the Reds captain talks about the impact of the dreaded events in Sheffield, guaranteeing that the both he and the club's players - new and old - will never forget.