Liverpool experienced its worst surge in coronavirus deaths between April 7 and 9 just short of a month after a controversial football match in the city.

New ECHO analysis of when Covid-19 deaths have been reported by Merseyside's hospital Trusts shows a significant surge in deaths at Liverpool's main hospitals on those dates.

The city's University Hospitals Trust - which covers the Royal, Aintree and Broadgreen Hospitals - reported 21 deaths on April 7, 24 deaths on April 8 and 23 deaths on April 9.

These were by some way the three dates with the most deaths recorded of any Merseyside NHS Trusts.

The numbers would fit in with the idea that the city may have seen a spike in infections and subsequent deaths following Liverpool's Champions League clash at Anfield with Atletico Madrid on March 11.

Atletico Madrid fans in Liverpool ahead of Champions League game with Liverpool

There have been major questions asked about why the match went ahead and why 3,000 Madrid fans were allowed to travel from the virus-hit Spanish capital, which was under strict lockdown laws at the time.

There are growing fears that this decision will have spread the virus in the city and led to a surge in deaths.

This has been backed up by Professor Tim Spector of King's College London, who said that this match and the Cheltenham Festival had "caused increased suffering and death that wouldn't otherwise have occurred".

One family who firmly believes they have been directly impacted by the decision to go ahead with the match is the Mawson family.

This chart shows the deaths at Liverpool's main hospitals Trust, with a clear and obvious spike on certain days

Lifelong Liverpool fan Richard Mawson passed through the Spanish fans on his way to Anfield on March 11.

He fell ill with the virus a short time later and died several weeks later.

Richard's son Jamie and wife Mary are now demanding a full independent inquiry into why the match was not called off.

Jamie told the ECHO: "As a family we need closure, we want a full inquiry into why the decision was made to allow that game to go ahead - personally I think it was down to the government.

"We aren't going to let it go, for my dad and for the many other people who died because that game went ahead. We want justice."

Liverpool Council's Public Health team is currently carrying out an investigation with modellers from the city's universities.