Daniele De Rossi Lays A Wreath At The Hillsborough Memorial On Behalf Of AS Roma
Ahead of the Champions League semi-final between Liverpool and AS Roma on Tuesday evening, club captain Daniele De Rossi has laid a wreath in memory of those who lost their lives at Hillsborough.
A special "96" mosaic was displayed before Liverpool's home game against Bournemouth on April 14 to mark the 29th anniversary of the disaster.
Later, a minute's applause was held before the game as people paid tribute to those who lost their lives.
Hillsborough tribute from the Kop at yesterday's Liverpool vs Bournemouth game - 29 Years ago today, never forget #JFT96 #YNWA pic.twitter.com/7Kdpq1XaYK
- LGConnolly #FBPE (@connolly_lg) April 15, 2018
We'll be wearing black armbands to help @LFC pay respect to those 96 fans who lost their lives in the Hillsborough disaster.#JFT96 #LIVBOU ' #afcb :cherries: pic.twitter.com/dxl6SmQesW
- AFC Bournemouth :cherries: (@afcbournemouth) April 14, 2018
On Monday afternoon, De Rossi was one of the latest people to pay his respects.
As you can see in he footage below, the 34-year-old was joined alongside AS Roma players and coaching staff - a typically classy gesture from the Italian side and their captain.
Club captain Daniele De Rossi lays a wreath at the Hillsborough memorial on behalf of the #ASRoma squad in remembrance of the 96 fans who lost their lives in 1989. pic.twitter.com/RrgYhIK18j
- AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) April 23, 2018
Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson has praised De Rossi ahead of the Champions League tie, and is relishing facing the experienced Italian:
"Fantastic player and a fantastic leader for many years for Roma," he told a news conference via GOAL.
"He's a huge player and someone who has been around for a long time. He will be used to it, this sort of size of game. He will be looking forward to it.
"But I feel we've got experience in our side, too, maybe not as much as him, but I feel we are ready to go and challenge."
Henderson on De Rossi: "Fantastic player, fantastic leader for many years for Rome. He's a huge player and he's been around for a long time, he'll be used to this sort of game, the size of the game. But I feel as though we're ready for the challenge." :flag_it::muscle: pic.twitter.com/VuTdbVipzF
- This Is Anfield (@thisisanfield) April 23, 2018
Take a bow, Daniele De Rossi and his AS Roma teammates.