Liverpool vs Manchester City, 25th Anniversary of the Hillsborough Disaster: Open Thread

It’s going to be an emotional day on Merseyside today and around the world as soccer fans come together to share their respect and remembrance for the 96 innocent soccer fans who died at the Hillsborough Disaster 25 years ago. Plus, there’s an English football match to be played as Liverpool takes on Manchester City in the biggest Premier League match of the season thus far.

For viewers in the United States, NBCSN will air a special tribute to mark the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough Disaster on Sunday morning.

The broadcast begins at 7:30am ET with a live on-site studio at Anfield featuring Gary Lineker and former Liverpool and Manchester City footballer Dietmar Hamann as part of the Premier League Live studio coverage. Meanwhile, from Stamford, CT, Host Rebecca Lowe will be joined by pundits Robbie Earle and Robbie Mustoe.

NBCSN will air a 6-minute piece about the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough Disaster at approximately 8am ET. Lineker narrates the piece.

Plus, World Soccer Talk’s Johnathan Starling is providing an accompanying online chat and alternative commentary to the match below, where you can listen in and you can interact with Johnathan and World Soccer Talk readers.

The game kicks off at 8:37am ET on NBCSN.

Starting line-ups:

Liverpool: Mignolet, Johnson, Flanagan, Sakho, Skrtel, Gerrard, Henderson, Coutinho, Sterling, Suarez, Sturridge

Subs: Jones, Toure, Agger, Aspas, Moses, Allen, Lucas

Manchester City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Demichelis, Clichy, Toure, Fernandinho, Navas, Nasri, Silva, Dzeko

Subs: Pantilimon, Lescott, Milner, Negredo, Kolarov, Garcia, Aguero.

Before, during or after today’s match, join the conversation in the comments section below with fellow soccer fans from around the world.

Have a wonderful Sunday.

50 thoughts on “Liverpool vs Manchester City, 25th Anniversary of the Hillsborough Disaster: Open Thread”

  1. Sitting up, just waiting, listening to talksports pregamecoverage. This is what its all about.


    1. Had Fernandinho first goalscorer, Gerrard first or last and 1-1 or 2-1 correct scores. Moneyback on any losing bets.

      1. Funny because everyones predicting a goalfest, it just might end up only 1-1 or 2-1.

        Good deal u got there.

  2. So much pressure on Liverpool today for all sorts of reasons. The emotions of the day might give City the edge when the match starts.

  3. Its massive game with out any doubt, but i think the game of the season will be liverbool vs chelsea just two weeks before the conclusion of the premierleague.

  4. Very moving, very raw emotions. Are the emotions so raw because the victims were the accused? If there was justice for the victims how different would Hillsborough be perceived?

  5. Great Job by NBCSN. I was skeptical as to how they were going to explain Hillsborough in 6 min. but they did a good job. Great picture of Brendan Rodgers being a picture of calm, chewing gum, while all of that emotion is going on around him.

    1. Another reason to be thankful NBC is in charge rather than Fox. They really captured the moment and handled it perfectly.

  6. Have to say NBC handled the story well. It’s always such an emotional subject I get afraid whenever anyone has to report on it. I think American viewers had their clearest presentation on the story ever from an American broadcaster.

  7. LFC defensive form has been good of late ever since Rodgers started playing Agger w/Skrtel in the middle. I was skeptical w/Sakho replacing Agger but Sakho is doing a good job

  8. That was Mignolet’s biggest save of the season thus far and best since the double save off the penalty v Stoke

  9. What a dreadful first 25 minutes.

    Losing yaya is a huge blow, not to mention he would have scored that free kick.

    Both cdms on a yellow also.

    And WHY Navas WHY? He is a total attack killer. Silva Dzeko Nasri Zabaleta and Fernandinho probing away, ball comes to Navas. Bangs the ball aimlessly across the box, Liverpool clear and break. HOW MANY TIMES? Milner should have started, which would gave allowed us to go 4-3-3 when Liverpool were bossing early.

    Sorry for pulling a Dust. At least i punctuated.

  10. Liverpool making City look ordinary. Outstanding football. Pace and movement all over the place up front with defensive work rate of Barcelona when they don’t have the ball. Sterling looks world class – very encouraging for England. On the other hand, Sturridge is a passenger. Gets into good positions only to waste the opportunity, like a slightly better Welbeck.

    1. Speaking of passengers, there have been a few for City today. Only standouts for me Dzeko, Hart, Silva (who was invisible early too) and Kompany (although he screwed up on Sterling’s goal).

  11. Feel Sturidge is the only Liverpool players that plays for himself… wonder he has bounced around clubs…..talented though.

    1. Well Tim Howard said it was okay, so who am I to judge Howard?

      But if Howard didn’t say anything, that seemed like a blatant hand ball.

  12. Liverpool rode their luck today, BUT

    At 1:0 and then at 2:0 they missed great chances to kill off the game.

    Yes, Citeh dominated after the first half hour and could have won it, AND

    We all remember the game after Christmas when Sterling got a goal disallowed for an offside call that only the linesman saw.

    It should have been 2:0 Liverpool at that point.

    All in all, justice served.

  13. Feel a little dirty with that win. Liverpool cruised, as they typically do in the first half hour, but then it evened up. The second half was all Man City for the first half hour. It was pretty clear City would even up the score.

    Then Liverpool came back but Man City edged out the last portions of the game. A missed hand ball could have led to the tying goal (I suppose that is the justice from the Boxing Day match up). Henderson lost his mind with his needless challenge. I have no idea what Howard was thinking about with Flanagan’s “challenge” being a penalty.

    In the end, L’pool get the three points. Prove they are one of the best teams, as they remain one of the only teams Man City has failed to manhandle. Liverpool need four more wins and it is theirs. If they drop any points, they need help.

  14. Liverpool and City showed why they are the two most entertaining teams in the league. I wish they could play each other every week. There’s very little to separate them especially the way Liverpool defend in numbers and then break in numbers. Truly impressive. City have such skillful players and Silva is truly a joy to watch. Those short passes in the box by City is absolutely incredible. Wonderful stuff.

    Liverpool’s defensive frailties this season nearly cost them the game again. Had Silva scored from that brilliant Aguero pass and the referee had seen the Skrtyl handball we would be talking about City deserving of the title and not Liverpool. This game is a game of inches sometimes. Today was a great advert for the sport. The Hillsborough commemoration just added to the event. And what class by the city fans for their impeccable observance of silence before the game.

    Still any of Liverpool, City or Chelsea can win the title. I think the title won’t be won till the last day and all 3 will still be in it on that day. What a season!

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