Liverpool FC tribute to ‘mini-Milner’ Jordan Banks ahead of Man Utd clash

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The Reds paid tribute to Jordan Banks ahead of the game at Old Trafford

Liverpool paid tribute to 'mini-Milner' Jordan Banks ahead of their match against Aston Villa tonight
Liverpool paid tribute to ‘mini-Milner’ Jordan Banks ahead of their match against Aston Villa tonight

Liverpool FC players have tonight paid tribute to schoolboy Jordan Banks who died after being struck by lightning in Blackpool.

The nine-year-old died after being seriously injured on a football field just after 5pm on Tuesday.

Jordan was a massive fan of Liverpool FC and earlier this year received a heart-warming message from Reds vice-captain James Milner after running a marathon in honour of a close family member who took his own life in 2018.

The pupil at Stanley Primary School was nicknamed ‘a mini Milner’ after managing to run 30 miles over a 10 day period.

Ahead of tonight’s clash with Manchester United at Old Trafford, Liverpool FC players were pictured wearing white shirts with ‘Jordan’ and the number 7 on the back.

A detailed view of a shirt worn by the players of Liverpool in remembrance of Jordan Banks prior to the Premier League match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford
A detailed view of a shirt worn by the players of Liverpool in remembrance of Jordan Banks prior to the Premier League match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford

The club also posted a picture on Twitter of a grey ‘Jordan 7’ shirt next to Mo Salah’s number 11 top in the dressing room.

It read: “You’ll Never Walk Alone, Jordan Banks.

“Nicknamed ‘mini-Milner’ by his coaches, Jordan was a brilliant person, as well as a passionate footballer.

“We’re all thinking of his loved ones tonight.”

The Twitter post ended with emojis of nine footballs in memory of the nine-year-old.

It has since gone viral and has been shared more than 3,000 times and liked by over 17,000 people.

Manchester United also shared the Tweet, adding: “The thoughts of everyone at #MUFC are with Jordan’s loved ones tonight Red heart.”

An earlier statement on Liverpool FC’s Twitter said: “The thoughts of everybody at Liverpool Football Club are with Jordan’s family and friends. Rest in peace, Jordan Banks,” while Liverpool midfielder James Milner added: “A special boy taken far too soon.”

In a statement released by Lancashire Police on Wednesday, Jordan’s family said: “Yesterday our worlds stopped.

“We lost the brightest star our beautiful boy Jordan.

“His laugh, that infectious smile, golden curls, he was our everything.

“Wise beyond his years, caring, considerate, generous and so loving. Our love is endless. Goodnight beautiful boy.”