A furious crowd has turned up to the Liverpool derby for a rare home crowd in its history after chanting racist abuse at a rival Liverpool team.
The game at Anfield has been dubbed the ‘Liverpool Stampede’ after a tradition of fans hurling insults and chants at rival sides over the years.
Liverpool fans were also seen throwing stones at a police van.
It was the first time Liverpool fans have faced off in the derby since the 1986 FA Cup final between Chelsea and West Ham.
Liverpool beat Southampton 2-1 at Anfield to finish in third place in the Premier League, two points clear of third-placed Tottenham Hotspur.
However, their win over Liverpool in the second leg of their semi-final on Sunday was not without controversy.
“Liverpool are not Liverpool,” the crowd chanted as Liverpool defender Adam Lallana was substituted on the hour mark of the second half.
“We’re not the Liverpool we know,” they chanted as they chanted the N-word.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said: “We didn’t do anything to offend the people at the stadium, it was a good atmosphere, we didn’t make any mistakes.”
“I don’t think there was anything racist or disrespectful at all,” he said.
Liverpool were forced to take disciplinary action after the chanting, with the match official announcing that they would be held to a two-match ban.
The Reds, who were playing for the third time in four weeks, were also forced to play a one-match home suspension in the first leg.
Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli was also banned for the match and was issued with a red card.
The incident comes after the first major sporting event in the country’s history, with a crowd of 6,500 turned out for Liverpool’s Champions League clash against Real Madrid on Monday.
“I’ve never seen so many people at a football match in my life, it’s just incredible,” said Liverpool supporter Jason Lopes.
I didn’t know that the fans were going to be as bad as they were. “
It was a real privilege to come to Liverpool and be in the stadium.
“But we’re all human, we all have our own problems.” “
In response to the chants, a Liverpool fan was arrested by police at Anfield and charged with assault, causing a nuisance, resisting arrest and obstructing a public officer. “
But we’re all human, we all have our own problems.”
In response to the chants, a Liverpool fan was arrested by police at Anfield and charged with assault, causing a nuisance, resisting arrest and obstructing a public officer.
Liverpool said the fans involved had been removed from the stadium by stewards and will appear in court on Thursday.
“The fans involved were arrested and were taken to a police station to be charged,” the club said.
A Liverpool fan reacts after being ejected by police from the Stampedes stadium in Liverpool, England, on Sunday (Getty Images) Liverpool have won the title eight times in a row but their title challenge has been undermined by a number of off-field controversies. “
Our club will be making no further comment at this time.”
A Liverpool fan reacts after being ejected by police from the Stampedes stadium in Liverpool, England, on Sunday (Getty Images) Liverpool have won the title eight times in a row but their title challenge has been undermined by a number of off-field controversies.
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has been banned from all football activities for two months for failing a drug test.
The former Manchester United and Liverpool player has been linked to the club and is a possible target for Tottenham in the summer.
Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho is on a three-month suspension for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic in the Liverpool-Borussia Dortmund clash in March.
“They’re trying to take the fans away from Liverpool and make them look bad and it’s a bit ridiculous,” Liverpool fan Jonathan Smith said.