Liverpool footballers ‘take a knee’ over George Floyd’s death
Liverpool football players took a knee about the centre circle at Anfield Stadium on Monday, in an indication of unity as protests sparked the United States after the death of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, in police custody.
Squad members displayed the picture of the act on their social media accounts with the caption “Unity is strength #BlackLivesMatter“.
The move bring to mind memories of former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick kneeling in the course of the US national anthem before NFL games in 2016 to object against police cruelty and racial imbalance in the US.
The picture of 29 players from the English Premier League leaders was snapped during a training session.
Star players Virgil van Dijk, Trent Alexander-Arnold and captain Jordan Henderson are 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.