It's difficult to enjoy the atmosphere at this fixture no matter what the competition is. It's not about the football to some idiots – it's about mocking. Forget about locality or success, it's essentially tribalism. Two clubs who have so much in common – who have both experienced the highs and the lows in football and the tragedy of lost lives – it truly sickens me that the minority out there poison the atmosphere and are more interested in taunting and encouraging hatred than the actual game itself.
Thrown excrement, chanting about the dead, mindless graffiti and criminal damage – it all goes on and it seems to get worse as each fixture approaches. Even when we have a semi-final - you just know the idiots of both sides will still be intent on spoiling it. Sick graffiti welcoming the coaches, the smashing of seats and toilets within the stadium – it's mindless. One day the vast majority of us will be able to enjoy what should be a passionate and committed game of football.
Dave Kelshaw is a season-ticket holder at Anfield
"This is a message for all visiting supporters. At the end of the game, you are requested to remain in your places for a short time whilst the roads outside the stadium are cleared. You will then be escorted to your waiting coaches and car parks." Going to Liverpool is never a pleasant experience – precisely why it's so eagerly anticipated; that repellent edge is one reason why people go to football. Anfield's configuration is particularly given to exchange of opinion, the proximity of the main stand to the away end enabling a distraction that's usually welcome, given the regular poverty of the actual game. Some visits are nastier than others, the 2006 FA Cup game standing out in recent times. Pre-match was moody, and there followed shit-throwing and ambulance-shaking, which – though I'm biased – seems fair to say is a bit much, as are random attacks on own business-minders. Things will be particularly intense on Saturday. For some of the Liverpool persuasion, Luis Suárez abusing Patrice Evra is relevant to the rivalry between the clubs and, as a consequence, the mood is guaranteed to be even more vicious.