Liverpool players take a knee in support of George Floyd

Liverpool players have shown their support for the Black Lives Matter movement as Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho called for “justice” over the d’eath of American George Floyd.

Floyd d’ied last Monday after a white police officer held him down by pressing a knee into his neck.

A number of Liverpool players, including James Milner, Virgil van Dijk and Andy Robertson, tweeted pictures of the squad on one knee around the centre circle at Anfield with the message, ‘Unity is strength #BlackLivesMatter’.

Manchester United forward Rashford says society is “more divided than ever” in a powerful anti-racism message.

The 22-year-old said: “I know you guys haven’t heard from me in a few days. I’ve been trying to process what is going on in the world.

“At a time I’ve been asking people to come together, work together and be united, we appear to me more divided than ever. People are hurting and people need answers.

“Black lives matter. Black culture matters. Black communities matter. We matter.”

It follows England team-mate Jadon Sancho revealing a message calling for “justice” after scoring for Borussia Dortmund on Sunday.

Sancho put Dortmund 2-0 up 57 minutes into their Bundesliga match against Paderborn, before removing his jersey to reveal an undershirt with a message reading “justice for George Floyd”.

Dortmund defender Achraf Hakimi also removed his shirt after scoring to reveal the same message as Sancho.

Those tributes came after another Bundesliga player, Borussia Monchengladbach’s Marcus Thuram, went down on one knee after scoring earlier on Sunday in an apparent tribute to Floyd.