Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre has played down the significance of the pre-match handshake between forward Luis Suarez and Manchester United's Patrice Evra this weekend.

Suarez was found guilty of racially abusing Evra during the corresponding fixture at Anfield last October and the row was further stoked by his failure to shake Evra's hand before the return match in February. Saturday's game at Anfield is already certain to be a highly emotional affair in the wake of last week's damning revelations concerning the Hillsborough disaster.

Ayre told talkSPORT: "We will be doing a handshake as there always is and, as regards to the Luis Suarez-Patrice Evra thing, I think it's just a non-story for this day. Despite what the media says, nobody has gone and told Luis Suarez what to do."

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