Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez joined with fellow coaching colleages and player in sending condolences home to Spain in the wake of the devastating train crash in Valencia. Pako Ayestaran, Jose Manuel Ochotorena, Fabio Aurelio, Momo Sissoko and Eduardo Macia were all back at Melwood yesterday for pre-season training and were named specifically in sending their condolences to all those affected by the train crash, but all Liverpool staff and players, and indeed supporters, will wish to join in with those thoughts.
According to the BBC this morning at least 41 people were killed in the crash. Valencia is to hold three days of mourning. 47 people were injured, 12 of whom are still in hospital. Two of those in hospital are said to be in a “very critical” condition and an expectant mum was said to be one of those seriously injured. It’s also been reported now that the driver of the train was killed in the crash.
Speaking through Liverpool’s official website, the Liverpool manager said: “We have many happy memories of our time in Valencia and want to send our condolences to the families and friends of those who lost their lives in this awful tragedy. They are very much in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.”
“Tenemos muy buenos recuerdos de nuestra estancia en Valencia y queremos enviar nuestras condolencias a las familias y amigos de aquellos que perdieron la vida en este terrible accidente. Todos ellos están en nuestros pensamientos y oraciones en este momento tan difícil”.