Recent clashes between the sides have seen several incendiary incidents involving players, fans and coaches.

Manchester City and Liverpool have held peace talks in an effort to improve strained relations between the clubs ahead of next week’s Carabao Cup clash.

Recent meetings of the sides have been marred by a series of ugly incidents that have contributed to a toxic atmosphere.

Tempers flared at October’s incendiary Premier League game at Anfield when City alleged that coins were thrown at manager Pep Guardiola and Liverpool condemned sick chants and graffiti on the away concourse mocking the Hillsborough disaster from a section of City fans.

City also claimed their bus was attacked on the way out of Anfield – as it had been in 2018 when they played Liverpool in a Champions League quarter-final – and were angered by comments from Jurgen Klopp in the lead up to the game about their transfer spending.

Now City and Liverpool have moved to end the bad blood after senior officials from both clubs attended a meeting last month with representatives from City Matters, City’s elected fan network, and the Liverpool Supporters’ Board in advance of Thursday’s Carabao Cup fourth round tie at the Etihad Stadium.

It is understood that a commitment was made to work on improving the atmosphere at future City-Liverpool matches. Although it was felt on both sides that the poor behaviour has mainly been down to a minority of supporters, there is an acceptance that greater efforts need to be made to address the situation.

Season ticket holders from both clubs are expected to be contacted before Thursday’s match to outline the new commitments and a number of activities are likely to be held in the lead up to the game as they strive to create a better atmosphere.

In a joint statement, City Matters and the Liverpool Supporters Board said: “Over the past five or six seasons, our matches have been some of the most entertaining in the world.

“However, we can’t ignore the recent poor behaviour from a small number of fans on both sides, which has often overshadowed the results and the quality of football on show.

“That’s why we were pleased to sit down with both clubs to improve relations and make commitments to working together to improve fan behaviour at future matches.”

0 0 votes
Article Rating
Notify of
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments