Merseyside Police warn of firm action in Liverpool cup tie

Liverpool and Manchester United fans have been warned by Merseyside Police that they will have a zero tolerance policy on fans making the trip to Anfield to cause trouble, The Telegraph reports. The fourth round FA Cup tie is the first meeting between the two sides since Luis Suarez’s racist abuse towards Patrice Evra.

Suarez will not play against United due to the eight game ban he received following the incident at Anfield on October 15th, but Evra will start. Over 5,000 fans are making the trip to Anfield, but some United fans may look to get in and around Anfield to cause trouble with the Liverpool fans. Liverpool fans and United fans have been warned over their conduct, as well as both sets of players, and Merseyside Police are adopting a strict fashion.

Chief Superintendent Jon Ward said: ‘As always, my officers will be dealing with the fans as they would expect to be treated themselves. Our policing style will be firm, fair and friendly, but we will take action where necessary against those individuals who may seek to cause problems or misbehave. At the last Liverpool v Manchester United game at Anfield, the behaviour of the majority of the fans was very good. We know that this match will be a busy operation and we hope that at Saturday’s match they will continue to act as ambassadors for their clubs and for the city and enjoy what I am sure will be a good game.’

The Reds won their Carling Cup semi-final against Manchester City and will be heading into the tie in high spirits, confident of victory over the Premier League champions. Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish is not expected to make many changes from the side that progressed against City, but could recall midfielder Jay Spearing following injury.

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