Jose calls for re­spect at An­field, Klopp hits out at fes­tive sched­ule

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MAN­AGER Jose Mourinho has called for both sets of sup­port­ers to re­spect each other when his Manch­ester United team visit An­field to play Liver­pool in the Premier League on Mon­day.

The ri­valry be­tween the clubs is one of the most fiercely con­tested in world foot­ball and matches have been lit­tered with un­savoury in­ci­dents in the past.

Last sea­son, both clubs were fined by Uefa for crowd dis­tur­bances and sup­port­ers en­gag­ing in il­licit chant­ing when they met in the last-16 of the Europa League.

The chants aimed at Liver­pool sup­port­ers con­cerned around the Hey­sel and Hills­bor­ough sta­dium tragedies, while those di­rected at United fans ref­er­enced the Mu­nich air dis­as­ter in 1958.

“In foot­ball, we have some ‘ foot­ball tragedies’, which is the big match that you lost, the mis­take that some player did and you can make fun of it in a pos­i­tive way,” Mourinho said.

“But the hu­man tragedy is some­thing much, much more se­ri­ous and I think is the last thing some­body should use on a foot­ball pitch.

“These need our re­spect, so I would be re­ally sad if in such a big foot­ball match that was a neg­a­tive point.”

The clubs is­sued a joint state­ment on Thurs­day warn­ing sup­port­ers to be­have and Mourinho re­in­forced the mes­sage yes­ter­day.

Mourinho said he was

Mean­while, Reds man­ager Jur­gen Klopp has crit­i­cised the Premier League’s Christ­mas fix­ture sched­ule which will force his team to play twice in the space of 48 hours.

Liver­pool’s clash with Manch­ester City has been moved to De­cem­ber 31 – less than 48 hours be­fore they face Sun­der­land.

Klopp, who was named Premier League man­ager of the month for Septem­ber, said the change in tim­ings meant his joy at the award was short­lived.

“Now I have seen the fix­tures I am not too happy,” Klopp yes­ter­day.

“We have less than 48 hours be­tween our game against Man City on De­cem­ber 31 and in Sun­der­land on Jan­uary 2.

“Forty- eight hours is an in­ter­est­ing idea but less than 48 hours I can­not be­lieve. I learn more and more about this league and maybe I have to ask some­one if we can ask if there will be an­other time for us at Sun­der­land.”

“Ev­ery­one is ask­ing: ‘ Why is Eng­land not too suc­cess­ful in big tour­na­ments?’ Ask what other big coun­tries are do­ing at this time of year they have their legs on the sofa and are watch­ing English foot­ball.”

Liver­pool are fourth in the ta­ble, two places above United, and Klopp said he was hope­ful that mid­field­ers Adam Lal­lana and Ge­orginio Wi­j­nal­dum would be fit for the game af­ter re­cent in­juries. – Reuters

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