Carabao Cup: Pep Lijnders urges Liverpool and Manchester City fans to show respect

Carabao Cup: Pep Lijnders urges Liverpool and Manchester City fans to show respect

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Pep Lijnders and Jurgen KloppPep Lijnders has urged fans to show respect during Thursday’s game between Liverpool and Manchester City. Venue: Etihad Stadium ate: Thursday 22 December

Liverpool assistant manager Pep Lijnders says a rivalry with Manchester City must remain respectful as they prepare for their Carabao Cup clash.

The Reds travel to the Etihad Stadium on Thursday in the fourth round in their first competitive game since the World Cup.

Recent meetings between Premier League teams have seen unsavory incidents from both groups of fans.

“We need emotion from the stands and we need to feel that these games are important,” said Lijnders.

“The only problem with emotions is when there’s no respect. Then it gets really difficult.”

City boss Pep Guardiola said he was pelted with coins during the Premier League game at Anfield in October.

Guardiola apologized after Manchester City fans sang about the tragedies at Hillsborough and Heysel football stadiums during the game, although he didn’t hear them himself.

It is the first competitive game for both teams after the World Cup break in English football.

Netherlands captain Virgil van Dijk and France centre-back Ibrahima Konate are expected to play for the Reds, although Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino, who did not feature at the World Cup, will be at the front line.

City’s squad is also affected as the Blues had 16 players away in Qatar, which was the most of any side.

Rodri, Aymeric Laporte, Nathan Ake and Manuel Akanji have only been back in training for a few days, while those linked to England and Portugal are set to return next week.

However, Guardiola believes those who attended the tournament could have an advantage.

“I feel like the players at the World Cup are in better shape than the players who were here,” he said. “Sergio [Gomez]erling [Haaland]riad [Mahrez]cabbage [Palmer]they were missing a bit.

“Tomorrow is important for players who are not at the World Cup to get their rhythm back.”

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