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Friday 21 November 2014

Liverpool stars Steven Gerrard and Kenny Dalglish reveal what You'll Never Walk Alone means to them

The Liverpool  players acknowledge a minutes silence for the Hillsborough victims on the 25th anniversary of the tragedy prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester City at Anfield on April 13, 2014 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
The Liverpool players acknowledge a minutes silence for the Hillsborough victims on the 25th anniversary of the tragedy prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester City at Anfield on April 13, 2014 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 13: A young fan stands next to floral tributes laid in memory of the victims of the Hillsborough disaster, on the 25th anniversary of the tragedy prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester City at Anfield on April 13, 2014 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 13: View of floral tributes laid in memory of the victims of the Hillsborough disaster, on the 25th anniversary of the tragedy prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester City at Anfield on April 13, 2014 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 13: A fan takes a photo of floral tributes laid in memory of the victims of the Hillsborough disaster, on the 25th anniversary of the tragedy prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester City at Anfield on April 13, 2014 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
96 empty seats are draped with Liverpool scarves to mark the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster prior to the FA Cup Semi-Final match between Wigan Athletic and Arsenal at Wembley Stadium on April 12, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
A tribute to the 96 fans who died during the Hillsborough disaster, outside the ground before the Sky Bet Championship match at Hillsborough, Sheffield
A badge is shown in memory of the Hillsborough disaster, before the Barclays Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool

Liverpool legends Steven Gerrard and Kenny Dalglish revealed what the club’s iconic anthem means to them ahead of the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster.

“You’ll Never Walk Alone” originally featured during the musical “Carousel” and was adopted by the Kop after it was covered by local band Gerry & The Pacemakers in 1963.

It has become one of the most famous football chants and is now also associated with clubs including Celtic, Borussia Dortmund and FC Tokyo.

BT Sport have commissioned a documentary entitled “Walk On”, profiling how the song evolved from Broadway to the terraces.

Gerrard, Dalglish, Jamie Carragher and Ian St John all make appearances during the programme, televised at 10pm on BT Sport 1 tonight.

“When you walk out with a Liverpool kit on, you shouldn’t need a song to motivate you but when You’ll Never Walk Alone is in full flow on that terrace, there’s no better place to be,” Gerrard told “Walk On”.

“You’re three nil down,” Gerrard added, referring to Liverpool’s victory over AC Milan in the 2005 Champions League final. “You think your dream is in tatters, you’re waiting for the half time whistle, waiting for a chorus of boos. You’ve let them down, you’ve let yourself down.

"You’ve been totally played off the park for 45 minutes. And then you hear the chorus of You’ll never walk Alone, probably the loudest and most emotional rendition I’ve ever heard as a player.”

“As well as being a footballing song, it also filled a huge void for people who lost somebody at Hillsborough,” added Dalglish. “It was emotive for many reasons, footballing was one of them, but not the most important one.

“It covers adversity and sadness and it covers the success, it’s all about helping each other. It helps when you go on to a pitch to know they’re right behind you.

"It helps when you’re struggling on a pitch, it helps when you’re winning. It covers everything that it needs to cover.”

Source: Independent

Walk On premieres on BT Sport 1 on April 14 at 10pm

Further reading

Rodgers: The Hillsborough families are inspirational 

Rodgers is just four games away from historic league title

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Nothing is ours yet - Gerrard

Man City showdown was longest 90 minutes of my Liverpool career, says Gerrard

Brendan Rodgers rides Liverpool rollercoaster to title destiny 

Flanagan: Gerrard deserves title

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