The atmosphere at Anfield on a European night is always pretty special.
But when Liverpool face Manchester United for the first ever time in a European competition on Thursday, the noise levels are likely to be ramped up a notch or two.
So how will the travelling United fans compete against the 40,000 home fans in Anfield.
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By creating a ‘Wall of White’ of course.
Well, that’s the idea that the marketing team at Manchester United have.
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They have sent free away shirts to every ticket holder for Thursday’s clash on Merseyside, in the hope that the 3,000 or so fans can create a special atmosphere of their own in the away end.
In an email to the travelling Red Devils, the club said: “In order to generate the best possible atmosphere at Anfield next week, the club is delighted to give you (and all tickets holders to Liverpool) a complimentary white away shirt.
“We would like you to wear it at the match to help create a ‘Wall of White’ as the team walks out.”
It’s fair to say that this idea hasn’t gone down too well on Twitter with fans of Liverpool, and other clubs, ridiculing United.
But even fans of United are angry at this gesture, claiming they don’t need help to generate an atmosphere against their arch-rivals.
United may have gathered the idea from seeing Sunderland away fans at West Ham last weekend. The Black Cats handed out green away shirts which could be seen in the away end at Upton Park during their 1-0 defeat on Saturday.
Whether United fans will don their away shirts remains to be seen but, either way, the atmosphere should be electric during the two ties.
Both clubs will identify the Europa League as an opportunity to qualify for next season’s Champions League, with the winner earning a place in Europe’s elite competition next campaign.
Both United and Liverpool seem unlikely to break into the top four consisting of Leicester, Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester City, so both Jurgen Klopp and Louis van Gaal will be doing utmost to ensure they're celebrating in Basle on May 18.
The second-leg will take place at Old Trafford the following week on March 17. The kick-off time for the return tie was scheduled for 6pm but after Manchester United and Trafford council protested to UEFA, the match will start at 8:05pm.
Liverpool will be hoping to gain revenge over their rivals after the Red Devils completed a league double over them this season,
United won 3-1 at Old Trafford, when Liverpool had Brendan Rodgers in charge, with Anthony Martial scoring on his debut while Christian Benteke scored an incredible overhead kick.
But Jurgen Klopp couldn’t do any better in the home fixture as a Wayne Rooney strike saw them seal a 1-0 win.
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