Bloodbath fears ahead of Liverpool v Man Utd clash on Monday Night Football

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The match has been labelled “Category A” by organisers as it features one of the most ferocious rivalries in world football.

And after violence erupted when the two clubs met in the Europa League last season, it could be even worse this time around.

Several supporters have slammed the decision to host the fixture on a Monday evening – suggesting violence is more likely to break out as a result.

We only need to look at the unsavoury events in France this summer – as English supporters clashed with Russian Ultras – to see how dangerous the introduction of alcohol and evening kick offs can be to football fans.

And bloody scenes at West Ham”s London stadium might well have been worse had it not been for the matches being played earlier in the daytime.

In previous years, major derby fixtures have been earmarked as lunchtime matches – to avoid exactly this scenario.

So why change that now?

Claims the extra money that comes from TV broadcasters for evening fixtures might be a factor.

This is particularly true with a game of this magnitude – as viewing figures on a Monday evening for such a high profile derby will inevitably be monstrous.

Police seem less worried though – and remain confident it will be the match and not trouble off the pitch – that people are talking about when the lights go out at Anfield.

When approached by Daily Star Online, Merseyside Police said: “As with all Liverpool v Man Utd games we will police with a fair, friendly, firm and flexible approach.

“We are all looking forward to a great sporting event.”

When approached by Daily Star Online, Merseyside Police said: “As with all Liverpool v Man Utd games we will police with a fair, friendly, firm and flexible approach.

“We are all looking forward to a great sporting event.”