Rivals unite to appeal for calm
Kenny Dalglish and David Moyes have called for calm following the unrest throughout the country during the week with both managers imploring for the trouble in the city to subside as England braced itself for a fifth night of rioting.
Dalglish, leading Liverpool into a league campaign for the first time since 1990, told the club's official website: "The city has made incredible progress over the past few years and no-one wants to see our restored reputation damaged by what we have witnessed over the last couple of days. For everyone's sake let's stop this now and pull together for the benefit of the whole community."
His words were echoed by Everton boss Moyes, who said: "There can be no justification for the shocking display of behaviour that has been witnessed throughout the city of Liverpool and the rest of the country over the past few days."
Moyes continued: "The mindless actions by small groups of individuals cannot be condoned and along with the rest of the Merseyside community, everyone at Everton Football Club gives its full support to the police and local authorities in bringing an end to the troubles.
"As a result of recent events, football has already suffered and we need to ensure that this stops immediately so thousands of people up and down the country can enjoy one of the most anticipated weekends of the year - the start of the Premier League season."
The new Barclays Premier League season is due to start on Saturday but after England's friendly with Holland was called off and the midweek Carling Cup programme was disrupted it remains to be seen if all 20 teams will play their opening fixtures.
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard, who will miss the start of the season following an ongoing groin problem, reinforced these sentiments.
He said: "This is a city which has always stuck together in difficult times and supported each other. If there are people thinking of going out and causing problems, then please think again.
"The community doesn't want you behaving like this. We're proud of how Liverpool has been transformed and we shouldn't let the actions of a few have such an impact on the rest of the people who live here and care about the city."