Supporters of Liverpool and Borusssia Dortmund have scooped FIFA’s inaugural Fan Award for their dual rendition of ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’.
World football’s governing body has crowned the two clubs’ meeting in the Europa League quarter-final as the outstanding moment of 2016.
Anfield united before the last 16 encounter, which Liverpool won 4-3, to sing the anthem of both sides on the eve of the Hillsborough disaster anniversary.
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The Reds and Dortmund beat Iceland’s iconic ‘thunder clap’ celebration at Euro 2016 and Den Haag supporters backing a Rotterdam charity during their game with Feyenoord.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has paid tribute to the fans of his current and former clubs for the way they came together for the seminal moment in April last year.
“It was one of the most special and yet strangest nights of my life,” he told liverpoolfc.com.
“I don’t think at the time I appreciated how emotionally complex it was for me, Zeljko [Buvac] and Peter [Krawietz], or all of our families.
“It has since sunk in and there are so many moments from the night that I will never forget, but the contribution of both sets of supporters is absolutely the main one.
“The atmosphere was the best I have ever experienced. It should serve as an example to everyone about how supporters can influence a team and influence a game.
“Of course, this award honours both sets of supporters and the respect shown by our friends from Dortmund was absolutely typical of the world-class values that club upholds.
“To honour the 96 victims, their families and the survivors of Hillsborough was very poignant.
“I know we won the match and the tie, but I think everyone inside Anfield that night and watching at home – whether they were wearing red or yellow and black – knows that football can be very proud of how they represented their club.
“So, on behalf of the Liverpool team and staff, I would like to thank those who voted for this special award.
“It is absolutely deserved and I hope the special memories created that night can serve as a perfect example of the joy and happiness football can bring.
“And it should also show than even in defeat, you can still honour your club’s name with your actions.
“The LFC and BVB families should be very proud tonight.”