Liverpool confirm new Anfield tributes to Paisley and Hillsborough victims

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Since the end of last season, Liverpool have been busy redeveloping the main stand at Anfield in order to increase the capacity at the famous ground by some 13,000.

And, with the project nearing its completion ahead of Liverpool's first home game of the season on September 10, the Merseyside club have made a special announcement today.

As per their official website, two public areas surrounding the developed main stand will be named in honour of legendary manager Bob Paisley, and the 96 fans who died as a result of the Hillsborough Stadium disaster of 1989.

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'96 Avenue', the new permanent home of the Hillsborough memorial, will be found on a tree-lined path linking the area's Walton Breck Road high street with the iconic Stanley Park.

The move is the culmination of long-running talks between the club and families of the victims.

“We are delighted that this beautiful area in front of the Main Stand will be named in memory of the 96," Margaret Aspinall, chair of the Hillsborough Family Support Group told Liverpool's official website.

“We have been speaking with the club throughout the expansion project on all Hillsborough matters and I’m sure fans will enjoy walking down and visiting 96 Avenue.”

Liverpool fans reacting to the news today have widely praised the decision on social media too.

Meanwhile, the other new area that fans will get to visit for the first time when Liverpool take on Leicester on September 10, is Paisley Square.

Named in honour of the club's most successful manager - Paisley won six league titles and three European Cups (amongst other things) during his long stint as Liverpool boss - it is located in the space where The Kop and the Main Stand meet.

With Anfield already known as one of the most iconic footballing venues in world football, the latest redevelopment is sure to only enhance that reputation.

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