Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez wants to take the tension out of derbies with Everton.

Merseyside Police will speak to both clubs after claims that Blues skipper Phil Neville was spat at and punched by Reds fans as he tried to take a throw-in during the match.

"It is important to stop these things (chanting) between the fans," he explained. "Especially against families and children, it is important to stop these things if it is possible and just talk about football.

"I do not believe we have any problem with Everton, we have respect for each other."