LIVERPOOL FC footballers have sent morale-boosting messages of support and gifts to staff at Whiston, St Helens and Newton hospitals

NHS workers at the local hospitals were thrilled when they received a generous donation from the 2019 Champions League winners.

Alongside a video from team captain Jordan Henderson, Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold, thanking staff for their "amazing" work, the players sent chocolate hampers to help raise the spirits of staff caring for patients with coronavirus.

St Helens Star:

Nadine McStein, Ward Manager and Olivia Seddon, Sister, Whiston Hospital Covid Ward

In the video, Henderson says: “On behalf of all the Liverpool players, we just want to thank you for all the work that you are doing, you’re doing an amazing job and we’re all right behind you. We really do appreciate all that you are doing. Stay strong and stay safe.”

St Helens Star:

Julie Durgan, ward manager and Janet Freeman-Davies, Ward Sister, Whiston Hospital Covid Ward

Robertson said: “We cannot thank you enough, for the job you guys are doing at this incredibly difficult time. You guys are the real heroes.”

Alexander-Arnold, who attended nearby Rainhill High school, said: “Thank you so much for everything that you are doing for us, you are the real heroes and we really appreciate everything that you are doing.

St Helens Star: Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold insists he will not be fazed by the intimidating atmosphere of the Stadio Olimpico (Peter Byrne/PA).

Trent Alexander-Arnold (Picture: Peter Byrne PA)

"At Liverpool, we just wanted to send a gesture, to make sure you are keeping your spirits high at this difficult time and hopefully this is able to do that for you.

"We know it’s such a difficult time but the main message is to stay safe, try to stay as healthy as possible and remember, You’ll Never Walk Alone.”

The hospital staff responded by recording short videos to thank the players for their thoughtful gesture that really helped to brighten their day.