Following victories over Oldham and Manchester City respectively at the weekend in the third round, the Premier League heavyweights have been coupled in the next stage, with the game set to be played on Merseyside on the weekend of January 28th / 29th.
The warning is due to the controversial circumstances when the sides last met back in October, when Liverpool attacker Luis Suarez was found guilty of racially abusing visiting full back Patrice Evra; the Uruguay international was subsequently given an eight-match ban and fined £40,ooo for his indiscipline.
Oldham defender Tom Adeyemi was the subject of a racist comment from an Anfield fan on Friday night, who was later arrested, and The Guardian have revealed that both clubs will be urged to watch their conduct in the cup game in three weeks time.
Both Sir Alex Ferguson and Kenny Dalglish are also set to be asked to refrain from controversial or potentially inciting comments before or after the game, whilst increased police presence is expected at the fixture.
Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre is aware of the hosts’ responsibilities in the fixture, and wants a safe and enjoyable game for all concerned.
“With all that’s gone on, people will talk about it and talk about it but I think the most important thing for us is to make sure that we make it a great day and a great game,” the executive stated.
“We need to make sure that we all work together to make sure that everybody concentrates on the excitement of the football and the FA Cup and not on anything else. We are certainly committed to that,” he concluded.
By Gareth McKnight