Ex-Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish to give evidence at Hillsborough disaster inquests today

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Former Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish is to give evidence at the Hillsborough disaster inquests today.

The ex-player and team boss on the day of the tragedy will speak from the witness box in the final afternoon session before the hearings adjourn for the Christmas break.

Mr Dalglish, at the request of South Yorkshire Police, broadcast a message to fans asking for calm, as the disaster unfolded at Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough stadium on April 15, 1989.

A total of 96 Liverpool fans died from the crush on the Leppings Lane terrace of the ground as the FA Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest got under way.

The Hillsborough inquests began on March 31 and were originally expected to last for a year, but are now due to finish some time after July 2015.

The inquests, held in Warrington, started with personal portraits of each of the 96 victims being read to the court.