Supporters heeded appeals to behave with dignity as Liverpool met old rivals Manchester United in their first home match since the publication of the report into the Hillsborough disaster.
The mood was one of remembrance on an emotion-charged afternoon where the 96 victims were uppermost in everyone's minds.
The Hillsborough Independent Panel absolved the club's supporters of any responsibility for the 1989 tragedy, and criticised South Yorkshire Police.
Manchester United won the match 2-1, with a penalty by Robin van Persie deciding the issue nine minutes from time.
The result, though, was put in perspective by ceremonies before the match in which United legend Sir Bobby Charlton carried a bouquet of 96 roses to hand to former top Liverpool striker Ian Rush, and captains Steven Gerrard and Ryan Giggs released 96 red balloons.