Lucas Leiva’s night was one of mixed emotions as Liverpool progressed to the semi-finals of the League Cup by beating Leeds 2-0.
Unsurprisingly, the Brazilian’s thoughts were elsewhere following the tragic accident involving Chapecoense, who lost almost their entire squad in a plane crash while travelling to the biggest match in their history.
Lucas spoke with Reds boss Jurgen Klopp before the Leeds game to request that he could wear a black armband, with Klopp deciding the entire team would follow suit.
Speaking after the game, the stand-in skipper told reporters, per the Mirror:
“It was a terrible accident.
“I have a few people I played with, some young players, it was very hard for me to play tonight, because I know a lot of people there.
“We just hope the families have the support they need and the victims they rest in peace.”
Anfield observed a minute’s silence before kickoff, an act which is expected to be repeated in tonight’s games at Arsenal and Manchester United.
Most clubs sent messages of condolence via social media to the club, with several big names sending wishes.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 29, 2016
Too sad. https://t.co/KXp6XMPkl7
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) November 29, 2016
Sad news to wake up to today. Thoughts are with @ChapecoenseReal and their family and friends.
— Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney) November 29, 2016
There are – as yet unconfirmed – reports that Cristiano Ronaldo has pledged €3million to help support the families of the 71 victims.