Ahead of their huge Premier League clash on Sunday at Anfield, Liverpool and Manchester United managers Jurgen Klopp and Eric ten Hag have called for an end to ‘tragedy chanting’.

The bitter rivals made a joint statement designed to show unity on an issue that has cast a shadow over the famous rivalry for decades.

In a heartfelt plea to fans, both managers insisted on ending chats related to the tragic events of Munich, Hillsborough, and Heysel, urging supporters to create a special atmosphere whenever the two sides meet.

Klopp demands passion but end of distasteful abuse

Klopp insisted that the fans should keep their passion but get over the hate and end the distasteful abuse that involves the tragic loss of human lives.

The German said, “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.”

The Liverpool manager continued, “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.”

Ten Hag echoes Klopp pleas

United boss ten Hag claimed the rivalry between the two sides is one the greatest in the world and urged to draw the lines when it comes to tragedy. The Dutchman also stated that its unacceptable to use the loss of life in relation to any tragedy to mock rival supporters and said that it is time to stop.

“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.”

“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.”

Earlier last year, in November, the FA had expressed concerns over the chants related to the Hillsborough disaster from the two Manchester sides on their visits to Anfield. Later the Premier League also said it was treating the issue as a priority and a matter of urgency.

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