Liverpool Players Take a Knee in Gesture of Support for George Floyd

Liverpool football players took a knee around the centre circle at Anfield Stadium on Monday in a gesture of support following the death of George Floyd.

Squad members posted a picture of the act on their social media accounts with the caption “Unity is strength #BlackLivesMatter”.

The picture of 29 players from the English Premier League leaders was taken during a training session.

Star players Virgil van Dijk, Trent Alexander-Arnold and captain Jordan Henderson were among those to post the picture that was retweeted by the official account of Liverpool, which is owned by Fenway Sports Group – the US company which also controls the Boston Red Sox.

George Floyd’s death has sparked days of protests across the US and it has resonated in the football world. Four players took a stand over the weekend in Germany’s Bundesliga, which is the first major football league to resume during the coronavirus pandemic.

England forward Sancho, who plays for Morocco, took off their team shirts to display the message.

Manchester United and England striker Marcus Rashford, who is black, also posted a message on Twitter, saying “people are hurting and people need answers”.

“Black lives matter. Black culture matters. Black communities matter. We matter,” Rashford wrote, before adding #justiceforgeorgefloyd.

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