Liverpool FC’s coach had a difficult journey to Old Trafford on Thursday evening amid claims that police were forced to intervene after anti-Glazer protestors blocked in the vehicle and let down its tyres.
The initial match on May 2 was called off as anti-Glazer protestors got into the ground and onto the pitch. That left Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s players stuck in the team hotel.
Pictures emerged of the United team arriving at Old Trafford at around 2pm on Thursday afternoon in a bid to avoid more disruption. However, it seems Jurgen Klopp’s men have had their route interrupted instead.
Images on social media shows a Liverpool-branded bus blocked in by cars near their hotel. Tyres on the coach are reported to have been let down before police arrived.
The bus was on the move at 6pm, when supporters began their anti-Glazer demonstration outside Old Trafford.
Fans moved from the forecourt outside the East Stand around the perimeter to the entrance, where the Liverpool team coach would arrive.
Police formed a barrier to stop fans on Wharfside Way getting any closer.
The stadium was locked down temporarily but the Liverpool team was able to arrive. They arrived at Old Trafford just after 6.45pm – some 90 minutes ahead of kick-off.
Greater Manchester Police said in a statement: “We are aware of a protest currently taking place outside Old Trafford football stadium, There is a small number of people seemingly intent on disrupting the fixture.
“Officers are in attendance to maintain safety while facilitating the right to peaceful protest. Two arrests have been made relating to public order offences.”
Solskjaer, Klopp speak on troubles
Solskjaer explained his players arrived early to avoid any issues and insists their only focus is on the pitch.
“The boys have been focused. We reported a little earlier here but we had lunch, we had meetings and a pre-match meal as normal so we’re ready to play football,” he told Sky Sports.
“The earlier reporting time was a little different but the players have been very good at adjusting and adapting.”
Klopp refused to discuss the troubles too much and repeated Solskjaer’s rhetoric.
“I’m looking forward to this a lot,” he commented. “This game could be played on the moon and it would be great. It’s one of the great games historically. We’re here to do the job. The boys are here to work and I’m really looking forward to it.”