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Jurgen Klopp urges Liverpool supporters to keep ‘fan power’ inside Anfield

Jurgen Klopp has told Liverpool supporters to keep “fan power” inside Anfield ahead of this weekend’s clash against Manchester City.

Premier League champions City have raised concern about their team bus being attacked again.

The City coach was hit by bottles on its way to Anfield before the Champions League quarter-final first leg tie in 2018.

Last season there were no incidents when Pep Guardiola and his players made their way to the ground.

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But Klopp wants no repeat of 2018 if supporters do line the streets.

He said: “I'm a big believer of fan power – in the stadium. That's completely different.

“(The coach incident) was a senseless thing. If somebody at Man City is concerned still, then it's our fault.

“Not that we did it all together, we all didn't thrown the bottle or whatever it was, but it was one of us.

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“That's why we are responsible. All of us have to make sure that something like this will never happen again.

“It's long ago and since then nothing has happened. I don't think it was Man City specific.

“After the punishment we got, we haven't had a similar situation – the positive outcome of something like this.

“Actually, we used to enjoy that (the coach welcome), when we come in, it's impressive. It's a nice part of football, but if you overstep the line then it's not allowed that you do it anymore. That's how it is.

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“I wish I could say it will never happen again but unfortunately I can't. But what I can say is we will do everything that it will never happen again.

“Everybody agrees to feel this responsibility that it won't happen again.

“That's why I say – go in the stadium, nothing to do outside, have your food, go in, wait for the team, we will come, let's make a pretty special game of it.”

Liverpool go into the game with a six-point lead over champions City and could take a huge lead in the title race with a win on Sunday.

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Klopp added: “We have to play our best game, everybody in the stadium has to be in absolutely top shape.

“The guy who sells the hot dogs has to be in the top shape.

“Everybody has to be from the first second, come early into the stadium, come inside, nothing to do outside, wait for the team warming up, be there, all that stuff. That's what I wish for.

“We have to invest all our emotions before the game.”

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