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Police have warned Liverpool and Manchester City fans over possible tragedy chanting, the throwing of missiles and the use of pyrotechnics ahead of today’s Premier League clash at Anfield.

The two teams meet this afternoon in the latest instalment of what has become one of the highest-profile rivalries in English football in recent years.

The fixture has been marred by some unsavoury scenes in the past, however, with City’s team bus targeted by supporters in both 2018 and 2022 while tragedy chanting has become increasingly prevalent in games involving Liverpool, despite being enshrined in law as an offence last year.

Merseyside Police say they plan to be “firm, fair and friendly” with their actions to ensure fans, players and staff of both clubs have “a safe and enjoyable afternoon.”

Chief inspector Iain Wyke, who is match commander for the game, said: “As with any match, a comprehensive and proportionate 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 working to ensure this game can be enjoyed safely by all, whilst at the same time minimising any disruption to local residents and on the roads.

“As with all Premier League fixtures at Anfield, we will have officers on duty at the ground and the surrounding area, both uniformed and plain clothed, supported by CCTV, the dog section, mounted police and other specialist resources. We will also have a city centre policing plan in place throughout the day.

“Our policing style will be firm, fair and friendly, but officers will not tolerate any tragedy chanting, which became an offence under legislation last year, the throwing of missiles or the use of pyrotechnics inside or outside of the stadium.

“While recognising that some supporters feel the use of pyrotechnics add to the atmosphere of the occasion, the use of flares and other pyrotechnics at and around football matches is a concern and is extremely dangerous and reckless practice, so we would supporters to work with us and refrain from using any pyrotechnics.

“The police and courts take these offences extremely seriously and prosecution can result in a prison sentence.”

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