March 4th 2023.
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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and Manchester United coach Erik ten Hag have both spoken out against chants referencing tragedies such as Hillsborough and Munich ahead of Sunday's Premier League fixture between the two sides at Anfield.
Klopp remarked: "We want the noise, we want the atmosphere to be energetic. Yet, we do not want anything that goes beyond this and this is particularly true for the sort of chants that have no place in football. If we can keep the fervour and leave out the poison, it will be far better for everyone."
Ten Hag added: "It is unacceptable to exploit the loss of life in connection to any tragedy to gain an advantage, and it is time for it to stop. Those responsible damage not only the reputation of the clubs, but also, more importantly, the reputation of their fans and cities."
The first-time experience of the Anfield cauldron for Ten Hag will be an intense and hostile one, but he believes his side is ready for the challenge. He commented: "I'm excited for the ambiance, the atmosphere. It's going to be great, it's going to be hostile against us, but we welcome that. I know my players will be prepared to go there and fight with self-confidence. We know it'll be hard and that we'll need to make sacrifices to achieve a good result."