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Liverpool increase security in anticipation of fans protest

As fans plan a march to protest against George Gillett and Tom Hicks' ownership of the club, Liverpool are to increase security around Anfield. The American pair, who have come under pressure from fans' groups angry at the debt and direction of Liverpool, are expected to attend the Barclays Premier League clash with Manchester United.

The Spirit of Shankly fans group hope for a 10,000-strong march to the stadium.

Les Lawson, spokesman for the Liverpool Supporters Club, who is a member of the Spirit of Shankly grouping, said: "There have been protests before, but the Americans do have elephant-thick skin.

"But there is no point in sitting back and doing nothing. This will be a direct action to keep the campaign in the public eye.

"There are plenty of other things going on behind the scenes to keep the campaign going, though. The fans have to do something to show their anger at the way Liverpool is being run."

Spirit of Shankly spokesman Paul Gardner said: "There are two culprits (for the way the club is being run) - Gillett and Hicks.

"They are the ones who put us into £245million of debt, promised us a new stadium that has not been built, took money out of the club to pay for their own expenses. We want the owners out now."

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