Kenny Dalglish hopes Hillsborough charity match helps with closure

• Dalglish and Houllier to manage 'Celebrating the 96' teams'
• John Barnes among ex-Liverpool players at 21 April game

Kenny Dalglish has said he hopes a celebration of the 96 people who died at Hillsborough will help their families with "the final push" towards closure at the launch of next month's charity event at Anfield.

The Liverpool legend Dalglish was joined on Thursday by Steven Gerrard and Margaret Aspinall, chair of the Hillsborough Family Support Group, to promote the "Celebrating the 96" charity match being held on 21 April, six days after the 25th anniversary of the disaster.

Jamie Carragher, Robbie Fowler, John Barnes and Luis García are among the former Liverpool players taking part in a game between teams managed by Dalglish and by Gérard Houllier, another former manager of the club, with the proceeds divided between the HFSG and the Liverpool FC Foundation.

Fresh inquests into the deaths of the 96 open in Warrington later this month and Dalglish, Liverpool's manager at the time of the 1989 FA Cup semi-final, said: "There is a bit to go yet for the families. Hopefully the money raised from the game will help with the final push towards closure for the families, although closure will mean different things to different people."

The 'Celebrating the 96' event followed an approach to Liverpool by the HFSG chair, who wanted the 25th anniversary to be a tribute to those who died and recognition of the support the families have received in their long campaign for justice.

Aspinall said: "We wanted to give something back to the city for all the support it and the football club has given us over 25 years, so we've suggested we give half of the proceeds to the Hillsborough Family Support Group and half to the Liverpool FC Foundation – helping to put something back into the community. We want everybody to come along and raise as much as we can, to have a really good day and celebrate the lives of the 96." © 2014 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds

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