Liverpool FC manager Jurgen Klopp has called on the city to stand united in the wake of the tragic shooting of Olivia Pratt-Korbel.
Nine-year-old Olivia was shot dead in her own home on Kingsheath Avenue in Dovecot on Monday night after being hit by a stray bullet from a gunman chasing convicted criminal Joseph Nee. The schoolgirl was struck in the chest with the same bullet that injured her mum Cheryl.
Olivia was taken to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, where she later died. A 36-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of her murder and two counts of attempted murder.
Liverpool ambassador Ian Rush and Everton counterpart Ian Snodin lay flowers on Friday morning at the scene, where there are now a huge number of floral tributes.
And, speaking on Friday afternoon, Klopp said: “Nothing that I can say now could really help. Of course, our thoughts and prayers are with the family and I cannot even imagine how it must feel, it’s absolutely horrible only to think about it. It’s such a tragedy.
“How I said, from our point of view whatever I say would not help really, but if we can help in any kind (of way) we will. That’s clear. That must be clear.
“This is our city; usually we like to say LFC city or Everton city but in these moments we really have to realise it’s our city and so whatever we can do together there, we have to do.
“I don’t like the moments when it happens but I like the fact we are then united and support with all we have. Whatever we do it will not help for the moment but anyway you have to try to ease the situation slightly. If we can do something we will do it.”