Fans in violent clashes with police outside Anfield before Liverpool vs Rangers

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Supporters have clashed with police outside Anfield ahead of the Champions League clash between Liverpool and Rangers.

According to the Daily Mirror, at least one arrest has already been made after an incident broke out a couple of hours before the Battle of Britain clash was due to start.

Merseyside Police had been working hard in the build-up to the match to ensure that the first meeting between the sides in Europe goes smoothly. Superintendent Dawn McNally, silver commander for the Rangers game, told the Liverpool Echo: "We have been working closely with Liverpool and Rangers football clubs and supporters' groups ahead of tomorrow night's match at Anfield.

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"Merseyside Police has a history of successfully supporting large sporting events and a comprehensive policing plan is in place to ensure the match goes ahead smoothly and everyone attending has a safe and enjoyable time.

"The history between Liverpool and Rangers supporters is good but as with any high-profile European football match, we will ensure there is an adequate number of officers in and around the city centre to monitor and engage with fans from both sides to ensure their safe passage to Anfield.

"Merseyside Police has also linked in with partners including Liverpool Football Club and Liverpool City Council to ensure the event passes smoothly and that there is minimum disruption and congestion to roads and pedestrians as well as local businesses."

Tensions mounted earlier in the day after a mural of Reds boss Jurgen Klopp was vandalised ahead of the group stage clash. Pictures and footage emerged on Tuesda of an image dedicated to Klopp having been defaced with blue paint.

The mural, based in Randolph Street, Liverpool, had been commissioned by BOSS Night and included a quote from the Beatles classic ‘I Feel Fine’.

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