February 4, 2023

Liverpool and Man City fans must show ‘respect’ to each other, Reds assistant Pep Lijnders insists ahead of Carabao Cup clash – after October’s Anfield clash was overshadowed by coin throwing, bus attacks and Hillsborough graffiti

  • Liverpool will be back in action as they face Manchester City in the Carabao Cup
  • Previous clashes between the sides have led to several fierce incidents with fans
  • Both clubs warned supporters about behavior prior to the game
  • Liverpool’s Pep Lijnders welcomed the collaboration between the two teams
  • He insisted that supporters should show respect for each other to ease tensions

Liverpool assistant manager Pep Lijnders welcomed the news. The Reds and Manchester City sent a joint letter to supporters warning them of their behavior – and urging fans to show respect for each other.

The rivals will meet in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup on Thursday, two months after a heady affair at Anfield in which tensions escalated and relations reached an all-time low.

Allegations of coin throwing at Pep Guardiola, offensive chanting, graffiti about the Hillsborough disaster and a claim of an attack on City’s coach marred Liverpool’s 1-0 Premier League win.

Pep Lijnders welcomed the partnership between Liverpool and Man City on fan behaviour

City were also outraged by comments about Jurgen Klopp’s finances ahead of the match, but executives from both clubs have since held peace talks with fan representatives.

MailOnline revealed on Tuesday that the clubs have vowed in a message to season ticket holders and supporters with memberships to “issue bans on those responsible” for disturbances at the Etihad.

City CEO Ferran Soriano and his Liverpool counterpart Billy Hogan signed the letter as the two giants sought to repair the damage from recent inappropriate encounters.

And Reds assistant boss Lijnders thought the communication and cooperation was an important step forward in improving the relationship between the clubs.

The rivalry between the clubs has become increasingly frictional in recent years

The rivalry between the clubs has become increasingly frictional in recent years

Pep Guardiola claimed he was targeted by coins during the duel

City claim an object was launched at their team bus as they left the game, damaging the windscreen

Pep Guardiola claimed he was targeted with coins during City’s loss at Anfield in October – but an inquiry by Liverpool turned up no evidence – City said their team bus was also attacked

“It is very positive that both clubs are working together,” he said during the pre-match press conference.

“Ferran (Soriano) and Billy (Hogan) made a good clear statement, so that’s a second positive.

“I spent seven years at Porto and five years at PSV and the rivalry between PSV, Feyenoord and Ajax was on another level – the rivalry between Porto, Benfica and Sporting Lisbon was on another level.

“The only reason this is rivalry is because games matter and are decisive.

But with rivalry comes emotion and that’s good because we need emotion from the stands to make our players feel that these games matter.

“The only problem with emotion is when there’s no respect it becomes really damaging and that can’t happen and it has happened.”

Liverpool will return to action after the World Cup break with the Carabao Cup match against City

Liverpool will return to action after the World Cup break with the Carabao Cup match against City

“And I think it’s very positive that both clubs are working together and it’s a good statement.”

The full letter read: ‘The passion and enthusiasm we see from our fans when we play against each other – at the Etihad Stadium or Anfield – is part of what makes matches between our clubs so special.

“We know you are committed to creating a stadium environment where everyone is welcomed and accepted and has a fantastic match experience.

Unfortunately, based on recent meetings between our clubs, we also know that a minority of fans are responsible for behaviors and actions that do not belong in our game.

“We are therefore writing to ask for your full support in addressing this behavior and to ensure that the good name of both our clubs is preserved.”

Supporters have been urged to report “actions that cause harm,” citing “inappropriate gestures, singing, throwing objects, as well as all forms of discrimination.”

Reds CEO Billy Hogan (L) signed a joint letter with his Man City counterpart Ferran Soriano

Reds CEO Billy Hogan (L) signed a joint letter with his Man City counterpart Ferran Soriano

City fans were accused of vandalizing the Anfield end

It seemed like disrespectful jokes were being made about the Hillsborough disaster

City fans were accused of vandalizing the Anfield end and singing Hillsborough chants during their recent clash

“It is important that everyone is aware that we are fully committed to addressing unacceptable behavior and will take action by issuing suspensions to those found responsible,” the clubs said. “We understand that some fans may not be aware of the impact of their behavior on other fans, both inside and outside the stadium, and we will continue to work with our fans on this education.”

And when asked whether the coaching staff of both teams had a responsibility to behave, Lijnders emphasized the need to remain sober in the heat of battle.

He said: ‘Of course, but I mean, top sport is emotion, going to the limit.

“I think those who control emotions are the ones who go the furthest – you need to control emotions, don’t let them control you.”

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