‘All of us have to make sure something like this doesn’t happen ever again’: Jurgen Klopp warns Liverpool fans not to attack Manchester City team bus amid fears of repeat from last season
- Jurgen Klopp urges Liverpool fans not to attack Manchester City’s team coach
- City’s team bus was attacked at Anfield last year before a European game
- The Premier League champions reportedly voiced their worries over a repeat
- Liverpool face the reigning Premier League champions at home on Sunday
Jurgen Klopp has demanded Liverpool fans be on their best behaviour for Manchester City’s visit and warned he will not tolerate anyone who crosses the line.
Manchester City made representations at Chief Executive level this week – after seeing one poster on social media – to express concerns that their team bus would be targeted for an aggressive ‘welcome’ from Liverpool supporters.
A large group disgraced themselves in April 2018 when pelting City’s bus with bottles ahead of the Champions League quarter-final.
Jurgen Klopp urges Liverpool fans to be on their best behaviour ahead of clash with Man City
Manchester City’s team bus is pelted with objects as the team arrive for the game in 2018
Klopp was enraged at the time of the incident and again branded those involved ‘senseless’ in the episode on Friday; he says it City feel anxious it is entirely Liverpool’s making and he does not want to go through anything like that again.
He has called for a rousing atmosphere inside the stadium but one that remains within the boundaries.
‘If someone from City is concerned still, it’s our fault,’ said the German.
‘We all didn’t throw a bottle, but it was one of us. All of us have to make sure that something like that never happens again.
‘We will do everything to make sure it doesn’t happen again.’
A close-up of the bus, which had to be written off, shows bottles and cans being launched
Merseyside Police were criticised when City’s coach was attacked after they published the route beforehand, and this time details will be kept secret.
Missiles were thrown at the vehicle with such force that it had to be written off.
Superintendent Paul White said: ‘As with any match, a comprehensive and appropriate policing operation has been put in place ahead of Sunday’s game and we have liaised with both clubs and their supporter groups.
‘We are aware of one poster on social media regarding a bus welcome. The corresponding last fixture ran smoothly and we are working to ensure this game can be enjoyed safely by all as well as minimising any disruption to local residents and roads.
Liverpool went on to beat City across both legs of the tie but lost to Real Madrid in the final
‘As with all Premier League fixtures at Anfield, we will have officers on duty at the ground, both uniformed and plain clothed, supported by mobile CCTV, provided by Liverpool City Council, and specialist resources including the dog section, mounted police and the National Police Air Service.
‘We will also have a city centre policing plan in place throughout the day. This is standard procedure. We know that this will be a busy operation and we hope that fans attending the match will act as ambassadors for their clubs.
‘As usual we would ask fans with tickets to arrive at the ground as early as possible. Fans without tickets should not attend at all; they will not be allowed entry into the stadium.’