Decisions regarding the prosecution of key individuals responsible for the Hillsborough disaster and cover up could be made next month.
The Crown Prosecution Service were given a six month time frame to reach their decisions in January.
It is thought that police officers from South Yorkshire Police are especially liable to face criminal proceedings.
The CPS are currently analysing evidence supplied to them in the form of witness statements, photographs and video footage. A large proportion of said evidence has been provided by survivors of the disaster.
The families of the 96 victims and members of the emergency services have also provided testimonies.
Everton midfielder Ross Barkley enters into the final year of his contract shortly.
With a new deal yet to be penned, speculation is mounting that the England international could seek a move away from Merseyside.
Everton boss Ronald Koeman has confirmed that the 23-year-old has received an offer from the club but is yet to commit to an extension.
He said: “I think it’s his responsibility and the responsibility of his agent to say ‘yes’ or ‘no’ because that’s what the club needs to know because we can’t wait until the last moment.
“It’s not good for the player and it’s not good for the club.”
Koeman also confirmed that he and club Chairman Bill Kenwright have held a meeting to discuss the situation.
Barkley was recently involved in a Liverpool nightclub bust up with an unnamed man and fans are beginning to speculate that the midfielder could want a move away from the city where he attracts so much attention.
In six months time, Barkley will be able to negotiate a pre-contract agreement with other clubs ahead of a potential bosman move next summer. Everton, although desperate to keep hold of the player, will be keen to cash in on Barkley if the alternative means losing him for nothing.
The England international could attract interest from clubs at the top end of the Premier League table, especially if he’s available on a free transfer.
Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal have all been linked with a move for Barkley in the sections of the press.
Joe Anderson says he will continue as city mayor if his bid to become a Member of Parliament fails.
Speaking for the first time since making his shock announcement yesterday – Mayor Anderson also said he backs Steve Rotheram “110%” in his bid to become the new Metro Mayor of the city region.
The seat – regarded as a very safe one for Labour – will become available if incumbent Steve Rotheram lands the Metro Mayor position in an election on May 4 as he would then not seek re-selection in Walton.
A decision on who will be Labour’s Walton candidate will be made by the party’s National Executive Committee but Mayor Anderson said a decision against him will not see him walk away from his current role.
Speaking to the Liverpool ECHO he said: “I was elected for four years, I have done a year and got three to go – we have got really exciting things happening now in the city and things we will announce shortly.
“The issue for me is trying to defend our city aginst the austerity measures that this government is continuing to impose on us and its that challenge that I want to take up and go to government, look them in the eye and argue that case. I know more than anybody the problems we will face in a few years.
“I would continue as mayor because not only have I got a platform to continue to use against austerity but I think my experience, my knowledge and the fact I have been the leader for seven years shows that we can get through this.”
Final preparations are being made for the service being held at Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral this Saturday to mark the 28th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster.
Memorial services will no longer take place at Anfield at the request of the families belonging to the Hillsborough Family Support Group (HFSG), which organised them.
But from this year, the city’s two cathedrals will take it in turn to host simple and low-key services – an initiative of the Bishop of Liverpool, the Right Reverend Paul Bayes, and the Archbishop of Liverpool, the Most Reverend Malcolm McMahon, in liaison with Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson.
Margaret Aspinall, chair of the HFSG, recently told the ECHO: “While the Anfield service has now finished, at the request of the families belonging to the HFSG, who organised it, the city of Liverpool will obviously never forget the 96. And this annual service will give those people who wish to mark the anniversary in a formal way a chance to reflect in one of our two cathedrals.”