LIVERPOOL star Trent Alexander-Arnold paid tribute to 12-year-old Ava White after the she was killed at a Christmas lights switch-on.
Merseyside is in mourning following the senseless murder of the child in Liverpool city centre last week.
A 14-year-old boy is due to stand trial for the heinous crime next year.
After Liverpool’s 4-1 thrashing of bitter local rivals Everton, Alexander-Arnold proudly showed off a red T-shirt with ‘RIP Ava White’ written across the front in white letters.
Alexander-Arnold is Liverpool born and bred and has gone on to become a major star for club and country.
There was also an on-screen tribute to the little girl during the big derby clash, with both sets of supporters giving a minute’s applause in the 12th minute of the game at Goodison Park.
Ava White suffered “catastrophic injuries” after being stabbed in Liverpool city centre last week.
A 14-year-old boy, who legally can’t be named, appeared at Liverpool Crown Court on Wednesday charged with murder.
The teen is also facing a charge of possession of a bladed article.
He spoke only to confirm his name, date of birth and address during the brief hearing.
No pleas were entered but a provisional trial date of May 16 next year was set.
A plea and trial preparation hearing will be held on February 18.
No application for bail was made and the boy was remanded in secure accommodation.
Three other boys, aged 13, 14 and 15, arrested on suspicion of murder have been conditionally bailed.
Emergency crews rushed to the city centre on Thursday night as families gathered to watch the Christmas lights being switched on.
Paramedics discovered Ava collapsed on the ground as a member of the public desperately tried to save her life.
She was rushed to hospital but sadly couldn’t be saved and died shortly after.