Liverpool hero Kenny Daglish has said he was humbled after receiving the honour of Freedom of the City at a ceremony conducted in the memory of Hillsborough victims.
All 96 victims of the 1989 tragedy, along with Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Roz Gladden, Professor Phil Scraton, who led the research by the Hillsborough Independent Panel, and Daglish's wife, Marina, also received Freedom of the City at the ceremony.
Daglish, who was the manager of the Reds in 1989, said: "All we did is we went out, enjoyed ourselves, played football and won a few trophies. When Hillsborough came along we only did to the families of Hillsborough what they did for us and that was support us.
"I think it is normal for people to help each other in their moment of need. If somebody wishes to reward you then, that is their choice.
"We did it because it was the right thing to do. Myself, the players, everybody involved at the football club, it was our responsibility to turn supporter and help them through the darkest days they had.
"I think it's a tremendously rewarding night for [the families] because of what they have achieved. They can look forward and be very proud of themselves at what they have achieved, the sacrifices they have had to make to get here.
"They are the real heroes. It is nothing to do with us, we only lent them a hand."