Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has urged fans not to lose it on Sunday against Manchester United.

Saturday's lunchtime encounter is likely to be more hostile than usual in the wake of the fall-out from Luis Suarez's eight-match ban for racially abusing Patrice Evra.

"We all have a responsibility," said Gerrard. "We all have a responsibility to ensure that this game is remembered for the football.

"Liverpool and Man United is a massive rivalry and, of course, there is going to be stuff in the papers and banter between fans.

"But it would be fantastic if, after the weekend, it is remembered for being a top game and obviously, from our point of view, a Liverpool win.

"We don't want any front-page stories from this game or any stories besides a football match between two top sides."