Frenchman, Patrice Evra says his handshake with Luis Suarez before Manchester United faced Liverpool on Sunday was crucial on a day where the key theme was respect.
The clubs share a fierce rivalry and for them to meet so soon after the Hillsborough revelations made for a very emotionally-charged Anfield.
Suarez and Evra have been involved in a long-standing racism row and the pair did not shake hands when they met in February.
But Evra insisted it was necessary to put their argument behind them to allow the real importance of the day to come through.
'There was a big tragedy. People were talking about a handshake but the stories of the clubs is bigger than that. If I hadn’t shaken Suarez’s hand, I would not be respecting the stories of the clubs
'In the end, this time, he shook my hand and it was more important to respect the families who lost a lot of people.' Evra concluded
'In the end, this time, he shook my hand and it was more important to respect the families who lost a lot of people.'