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Liverpool players and staff appeal for calm after night of rioting in City

Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish and his players have appealed for an immediate end to the incidents seen in the City over the last couple of days. The Reds boss told the club's official website: "The city has made incredible progress over the past few years and no-one wants to see our restored reputation damaged by what we have witnessed over the last couple of days. For everyone's sake let's stop this now and pull together for the benefit of the whole community."

Club skipper Steven Gerrard commented: "This is a city which has always stuck together in difficult times and supported each other. If there are people thinking of going out and causing problems, then please think again. The Community doesn't want you behaving like this. We're proud of how Liverpool has been transformed and we shouldn't let the actions of a few have such an impact on the rest of the people who live here and care about the city."

Glen Johnson said: "We watched the worrying scenes from London and hoped it would not spread anywhere else. As the situation appears to be calming in London, the minority of people who have let down our community in Liverpool must understand that this behaviour is unacceptable."

Jamie Carragher added: "It's up to all of us to do what we can to help stop this type of criminal behaviour and get these people off the streets. Everyone has worked so hard to turn the city around and we don't want this to overshadow what has been achieved. Please think of those being affected by these disturbances and put an end to this now."

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