Liverpool and Man United urge fans not to ‘cross the line’ with tragedy chanting in tomorrow’s Premier League showdown at Anfield… after previous clashes were marred with songs about Hillsborough and the Munich air disaster
- Liverpool and Man United are set to face each other at Anfield on Sunday
- Previous clashes have been marred by fans taunting each other over tragedies
- Jurgen Klopp and Erik ten Hag have called for an end to these chants
Erik ten Hag and Jurgen Klopp have urged fans of Manchester United and Liverpool to stop taunting each other over tragedies involving both clubs when they meet at Anfield on Sunday.
Previous meetings between the two great rivals have been marred by sick chants about the Munich air disaster and Hillsborough tragedy.
Ten Hag issued a heartfelt plea to fans saying that lines should not be crossed, and Klopp told them to ‘keep the passion and lose the poison’.
In a joint statement issued on Saturday morning, Ten Hag said: ‘The rivalry between Manchester United and Liverpool is one of the greatest in world football. We all love the passion of the fans when our teams meet, but there are lines that should not be crossed.
‘It is unacceptable to use the loss of life — in relation to any tragedy — to score points, and it is time for it to stop. Those responsible tarnish not only the reputation of our clubs but also, importantly, the reputation of themselves, the fans, and our great cities.
Erik ten Hag has called for fans not to ‘cross the line’ with their chanting at Anfield
Jurgen Klopp wants supporters to ‘keep the passion and lose the poison’ with their chanting
Previous clashes at Anfield have been marred by fans taunting each other over tragedies
‘On behalf of myself, our players, and our staff, we ask our fans to focus on supporting the team on Sunday, and representing our club in the right way.’
Klopp echoed Ten Hag’s sentiment, saying: ‘One of the main reasons why the rivalry between Liverpool and Manchester United is so special is that it is so intense and no one should ever want to change this.
‘But at the same time when the rivalry becomes too intense it can go to places that are not good for anyone and we do not need this.
‘We do want the noise, we do want the occasion to be partisan and we do want the atmosphere to be electric. What we do not want is anything that goes beyond this and this applies especially to the kind of chants that have no place in football.
‘If we can keep the passion and lose the poison it will be so much better for everyone.’