Fans came together in the seventh minute of a meeting between the clubs at Anfield tonight to offer their condolences to Ronaldo and his family.
Spread across the stands at Anfield, the crowd stood up and broke out in a round of applause. Supporters of Liverpool then sang ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’, the club’s anthem, in unison.
Gary Neville, co-commentator or Sky Sports, said: “It was a massive touch of class from Liverpool.”
Ronaldo and his partner Georgina Rodriguez shared the news of their son’s death on Monday night. It was later revealed that the Manchester United striker would not be a part of the Premier League fixture against Liverpool.
The couple was expecting twins. While their newborn daughter survived, their baby boy failed to make it.
“It is with the deepest sadness that we have to announce that our baby boy has passed away. It’s the greatest pain any parents can feel,” read a statement by Ronaldo on social media.
“Only the birth of our baby girl gives us the strength to live this moment with some hope and happiness. We would like to thank the doctors and nurses for all the care and support. We are all devastated at this loss and we kindly ask for privacy at this very difficult time. Our boy, you are our angel. We will always love you,” the statement read.
Since the announcement, thousands of people have expressed their grief and sent condolences.
Ronaldo’s Manchester United teammate Marcus Rashford said, “Thoughts are with you and Georgina brother I’m so sorry.”
“Your pain is our pain, @Cristiano Sending love and strength to you and the family at this time,” Manchester United wrote on Twitter.