Liverpool v Man Utd: Brendan Rodgers predicts a peaceful game

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is confident that Sunday's game against Manchester United will pass without any off-field incidents.

United fans were criticised after their win over Wigan last weekend for anti-Liverpool chanting in the week when the Hillsborough report was published.

"There has been dialogue all week. There is respect in terms of the traditions of both clubs," he said.

"We want this day to be remembered for the right reasons before the game."

"The rivalry between Liverpool and Manchester United has become almost unique in its intensity since the Premier League's balance of power shifted from Merseyside along the M62 in the early 1990s"

He added: "I am sure once we pay the tributes to the families we can get on with the football. A lot of work has been done and hopefully Sunday will pass off peacefully and well and we can talk about the tributes and football."

Two Manchester United fans' groups called for an end to offensive chants and urged supporters not to sing songs referring to the Hillsborough disaster.

And in order to calm tensions between the two sides, United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has written a letter to his club's fans, which will be distributed at Anfield, and he states: "Our rivalry with Liverpool is based on a determination to come out on top. It cannot and should never be based on personal hatred."

Further anxiety concerning the fixture is the coming together between Red Devils full-back Patrice Evra and Liverpool's Luis Suarez. The Uruguayan failed to shake the Frenchman's hand at Old Trafford last season following the striker's eight-match ban when he was found guilty of racially abusing Evra.

Former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler feels Suarez should commemorate the Munich air disaster of 1958 by laying flowers at the United end and Evra should pay tribute to the 96 Liverpool fans killed at Hillsborough in 1989 by doing the same at the Kop.

But Rodgers does not expect any more issues between the two.

"I think enough has been said and written about that over the last year. This has been ongoing and everything to say about this has been said. There is nothing else I can add other than you just move on.

"I said when I first came in here, it was an episode that just went right through last season. It is a new season, another game. We look at both sets of players to respect it.

"Having worked here with Luis Suarez over the course of the last few months, he is a good guy, a good man. Ethically he is very strong, so I am sure there will be no problems at the weekend."