Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag and Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp have issued a joint statement ahead of the two teams’ Premier League game tomorrow Sunday.
Ten Hag said: “The rivalry between United and Liverpool is one of the greatest matches in world football. We all love the passion of the fans when two teams meet, but there are boundaries that cannot be crossed.”
“It is unacceptable to use the loss of life in any tragedy to gain an advantage over the enemy, it is time to stop this,” he added.
“Those who make these mistakes are not only damaging the reputation of our clubs, but also themselves, the fans and our great cities.”
And he noted: “On our behalf, as well as on behalf of our players and staff, we ask our fans to focus on supporting the team tomorrow, Sunday, and representing the club in the right way.”
In turn, Klopp said: “One of the main reasons for the difference between Liverpool and Manchester United is that it is intense, and no one should change that.”
He noted: “We want noise, and for the match to have a lot of fans, and the atmosphere to be noisy. We don’t want anything to do with overtaking, and that’s especially true of chants, which have no place in football.”
He concluded, “If we can keep the passion alive and avoid toxic things, everyone will be much better off.”
Liverpool will host Manchester United tomorrow, Sunday, at the Anfield stadium, as part of the 26th round of the English Premier League Premier League summit.
Liverpool are fifth in the league table with 39 points from 24 matches.
Although Manchester United are third in the league table with 49 points, he has also been recruited from 24 matches.