Managers of Liverpool and Manchester United, Kenny Dalglish and Alex Ferguson, have both urged fans through the press this morning to behave themselves when the two teams meet at Anfield this Saturday.
Always an ferocious rivalry, the intensity is expected to be heightened for this fourth round FA Cup clash after the recent eight-match ban served to Reds forward Luis Suarez after United defender Patrice Evra accused the Uruguayan of racism when the teams met earlier in the season.
“We have a responsibility to behave,” said Dalglish.
Ferguson reminded fans that the football comes above everything else tomorrow. He said, “We want to make sure we are talking about the game, nothing else.”
Dalglish added, “Obviously everybody has a responsibility to hold up the name of their respective clubs.
“For us, we want to concentrate on playing football and any other sideshow is purely that – it’s just a sideshow.
“I’m sure everyone will be determined to make sure what’s done has been done. Whatever the grievances , keep it to yourself, and lets get on with the game.”
It is still not certain whether Evra will be taken to Anfield, with Ferguson having rested his players in past games for expected abuse at away games.
Liverpool vs Manchester Utd in the FA Cup gets underway at 12.45pm at Anfield tomorrow.