- Roma take on Liverpool in the Champions League at Anfield on Tuesday night
- But their players and staff took time out to pay tribute at Hillsborough memorial
- Daniele De Rossi and iconic ex-player Francesco Totti were in attendance
Roma’s squad and staff laid a wreath at the Anfield Hillsborough memorial ahead of their game against Liverpool.
The Hillsborough disaster of April 15, 1989 saw 96 Liverpool supporters lose their life ahead of an FA Cup semi-final. The fans themselves held their own tribute on the anniversary two weeks ago.
And, led by captain Daniele De Rossi, Roma did the same on Monday evening.
Roma’s representatives (left to right) Federico Fazio, Daniele De Rossi, Francesco Totti, Stephan El Shaawary, Radja Naingollan, Edin Dzeko and Patrick Schick at Anfield’s Hillsborough memorial ahead of their game against Liverpool on Tuesday evening
The players and staff from the Italian club laid a wreath at the tribute on Monday night
De Rossi showed a classy touch as he placed a wreath that contained a card with a message in tribute to those fans who lost their lives.
The squad were joined by iconic retired former player Francesco Totti, who stood for a moment of silence with the team.
Edin Dzeko, formerly of Manchester City, Radja Nainggolan and Stephan El Shaarawy were also prominent at the memorial.
They had a moment of quiet reflection in front of the memorial to the 96 Liverpool fans
De Rossi, as captain of the Italian side, then walked over and placed a wreath at the tribute
Roma’s players showed their respect for the victims of the tragic incident at Hillsborough
The Italian giants face Liverpool in a Champions League match at Anfield on Tuesday evening
After the respect of Monday’s moment from Roma, the two sides meet on Tuesday evening in the Champions League.
Roma are competing at the semi-final stage of Europe’s elite club competition for the first time since 1983-84. They faced Liverpool in the final that year.
Liverpool will be hoping to put down a marker as they aim to reach a first Champions League final since 2007.
Manager Jurgen Klopp joked prior to the game: ‘All true Liverpool supporters will want our guests to enjoy every single aspect of coming here except one – the match itself, the 90 minutes.’
The tribute at Anfield, which has been visited regularly following the recent anniversary