A dad whose son was stabbed to death on the night of Liverpool's Champions League victory hopes he becomes the "sacrificial lamb" to halt more knife tragedies.

Liverpool fan Bala Lloyd-Evans was celebrating in Liverpool city centre on June 2 when he was stabbed in the chest.

Ramal Edwards, 19, was convicted of murder at Liverpool Crown Court on December 17 and will serve at least 22 years. His brother Kieran Perry, 25, was cleared of murder but convicted of manslaughter and jailed for 11 years, reports Liverpool Echo.

But six months after the tragedy, the victim's father George Lloyd-Evans is still traumatised by the events that night.

The 64-year-old said: "I got to the hospital and there was quite a few people there already and at first they wouldn't let us come close.

George Lloyd-Evans, the dad of tragic Bala, 33, knifed to death in Liverpool city centre

"Eventually, one of the doctors came to us and said it was bad... they said they were massaging his heart by hand.

"There was a strong possibility he was wasn't going to make it.

"A couple of hours later, he was pronounced dead."

One senior doctor told George that his son was having his heart "massaged by hand" in a desperate bid to keep him alive.

On the night of the final, Bala had been celebrating the win and went to the nightspot of Ink Bar in the Tea Factory Building.

However a dispute then broke out between some of his friends and Edwards and Perry which led to a knife being brandished by one of the killers.

The father-of-two "stood his ground" and took off his watch before punching Edwards. Perry then grabbed Bala in a "side-on bear hug" as Edwards slashed the victim's chest.

Bala Lloyd-Evans was stabbed to death as he celebrated the Champions League Final

George added: "It's been extremely difficult to cope..it's a nightmare when I'm awake or when I'm asleep.

"Even in my sleep, my mind's still going [over it], once I wake up you start thinking about it, and going over it, sometimes you're in denial.

"It took me quite a while to come to terms with fact I'm not going to see my son again."

George praised the young witnesses who had the courage to give evidence during the trial.

He said: "Those young men were very brave, living under so much pressure, with this issue of people of being called a "grass."

"What they have done has made a difference, there are other cases in Liverpool still open because people are too scared to come forward.

"This prosecution has been a fantastic success."

Kieran Perry was found guilty for manslaughter
Ramal Edward was found guilty of murder

In a moving victim impact statement read out in court, George added: "I find myself in conflict with my religion.

"The Lord's Prayer asks us to forgive those who against us in order to be forgiven.

"At this juncture I cannot even contemplate it. 

"If they want forgiveness that's going to be between God and them individually.

"I have no grudges against their parents whatsoever.

"In all likelihood they probably know me.

"I would like to think that they have some decency to sympathise with us.

"To the two killers, I have nothing but disgust for you.

"I don't know what reality they were living in.

"This is not a video game."

Police at the scene of the incident in Back Colquitt Street, Liverpool

He added: "They stabbed my son in the heart and killed him.

"He will never get up again. We have lost him forever.

"One can say sorry if we make mistakes. They have made a blunder and sorry doesn't count.

"I will never get over something like this, it's a life sentence. It's caused a void that can never be filled.

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"It's one we'll have to cope with and find a new way of normal life.

"We can't let these two people destroy our lives completely."

"I pray to God that no parent ever has to endure this senseless tragedy.

"I pray and hope Bala did not die for nothing.

"I am hoping that he becomes the sacrificial lamb that becomes the catalyst for change."