Reds warn UEFA about Hillsborough anniversary

Liverpool have warned UEFA that their potential Champions League quarter-final on April 15 clashes with the 20th anniversary of the Hillsborough Stadium disaster, and have requested a change of date should they progress. Rafa Benitez's side face Real Madrid in the last 16 of the competition and, should they eliminate the nine-times European champions, would play the second-leg of their last-eight tie on the same night that the club are planning a memorial service. Liverpool are set to hold a service for the 96 Reds fans who lost their lives after being crushed in an overcrowded stand during the 1989 FA Cup semi-final in Sheffield. And the Reds have asked UEFA to ensure their quarter-final second-leg falls on Tuesday April 14, so as not to clash with the emotional date.  "We have asked not to play on that date and that 14th April should be considered instead," said a Liverpool spokesman. "UEFA has replied acknowledging the significance of the date and confirming they will do their best to support our request if we progress."  LIVERPOOL FANS! Check’s ever-expanding interviews archive for more stuff to read: Web Exclusives Ian Rush, Craig Johnston Q&A Steven Gerrard, Fernando Torres One on One Michael Owen, Nicolas Anelka, Kevin Keegan Boy's A Bit Special Danny Guthrie Ask A Silly Question John Barnes, Peter Crouch, Luis Garcia, John Aldridge Perfect XI Jamie Carragher What Happened Next? Julian Dicks And Another Thing Being a Big Four fan Plus! Rate Liverpool players (and others) on Talentspotter