A major security operation is set to be put in place to prevent a repeat of the unsavoury scenes which took place outside Anfield during the first-leg of Liverpool versus Manchester City, according to The Telegraph.
Prior to the start of the first-leg, Manchester City’s team coach was attacked by home supporters gathered en route to Anfield, leading to the front window being smashed and unable to take the Premier League leaders home.
The club are taking no chances for the second-leg at the Etihad, with additional stewards and police patrols set to be deployed, whilst the bus route and ticket sales have also been altered to prevent trouble.
Major security operation
With the game now considered to be ‘high risk’, greater stewarding and police forces will be deployed in and around the ground, whilst both team buses will be sent down the stadium’s service tunnel into a secure underground car park.
Tickets in the home end will only be made available for purchase to those who have acquired a ticket from the club in the past, to prevent away supporters buying seats amongst City supporters at the Etihad.
Speaking on the violence of last week, Man City manager Pep Guardiola said:
“Since I am here it (bad behaviour) has never happened in this stadium.
“The police know what they have to do.
“The Liverpool fans arrive and I wish they will come and see a football game.”
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Pep Guardiola’s side suffered bitter disappointment on Saturday as Manchester United managed to overturn a two-goal deficit to win 3-2 and cut City’s lead at the top to 13 points.
Whilst they remain on course to win the title, confidence will be low as they return to the Etihad to host Liverpool.
They now face the daunting prospect of out-scoring Klopp’s deadly attacking trio after being humiliated 3-0 in the first-leg.
The Reds are the highest scoring team in the competition this season netting an incredible 31 goals in just nine European fixtures.
On Saturday, they ensured they remain on course to finish in the top four this season after earning a valuable point in the Merseyside derby at Goodison Park.
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Anfield was rocking…
Liverpool ran riot at Anfield to place one foot in the semi-finals of the Champions League through three first-half goals from Mohamed Salah, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Saido Mane.
Poor defending from Kyle Walker gifted the Reds an early lead as his scrambled clearance allowed Salah to easily convert from just a few yards out.
Oxlade-Chamberlain then produced one of the goals of the competition as he rocketed his effort beyond Ederson to send the Kop End into utter delirium.
Mane swiftly made it three as he turned in Salah’s cross out-jumping City’s back-line to wrap up proceedings on the night and potentially Liverpool’s place in the next round.