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Gerrard urges rivals to set tone

Steven Gerrard has urged Luis Suarez to set the right tone for a potentially tense encounter between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield this afternoon by shaking Patrice Evra's hand.

Gerrard wants Suarez and Evra to lead from the front on a day when both sets of supporters are being urged to put an end to songs about the Hillsborough and Munich tragedies.

Suarez was banned for eight games last season after an English FA independent commission ruled he had racially abused Evra, and the Liverpool player was forced to issue a public apology after the return match at Old Trafford when he snubbed his opponent in the pre-match lineups.

"Those two players could be the key," Gerrard says. "The handshake is at the beginning of the match and they've got a responsibility to start the day off on a good note. I will speak to Suarez and my advice will be to shake hands and move on. I'd like to think he would want to move on himself."

The game has been preceded by appeals from both clubs for the two sets of supporters to stop the taunts about the disasters that have affected them so deeply. "I'm sure the Liverpool and Manchester United fans know what the right thing to do is," Gerrard says.

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