Photo – Trent Alexander-Arnold pays shirt tribute to slain schoolgirl

Wednesday’s night of football between crosstown rivals Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park was an exhilarating one, more so for the Red supporters.

But the buoyant atmosphere at the stadium turned solemn in the 12 minutes of the game when an on-screen tribute for Ava White prompted a minute’s round of applause from both sets of supporters.

The metropolitan county of Merseyside was in mourning following the unfortunate killing of Ava White in Liverpool last week.

The 12-year-old schoolgirl suffered grave injuries after being stabbed in Liverpool city centre. She was discovered collapsed on the ground and was immediately rushed to the hospital for intensive care.

Unfortunately, she didn’t survive the attack and died shortly after.

Alexander-Arnold, Liverpool born and bred, was seen paying tribute to the deceased schoolgirl at full-time. The fullback took off his jersey and proudly unveiled an undershirt with the words “RIP AVA WHITE” printed across the front in white.

Reports suggest that three young boys were arrested in connection with the murder but are currently out on bail. Another boy, aged 14, was arrested and charged with murder and also made an appearance at the Liverpool Crown Court.

A provisional trial date of May 16, 2022, has so far been agreed upon.

The game ended with Liverpool securing a comprehensive 4-1 scoreline. The Reds continue to remain strong title contenders, sitting at third place behind Chelsea and Manchester City, who are only 2 and 1 points ahead respectively.