Graeme Souness says the reputation of Liverpool could be “tarnished for a long time to come” if they don’t respect the Queen on Tuesday night.
Their match against Ajax in the Champions League at Anfield on Tuesday will be one of the first times that English football fans have a chance to show respect following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
There will be a minute’s silence at the game to mark the passing of the Queen but some outlets have decided to worry about how Liverpool fans will respond.
It comes after Liverpool supporters previously booed national anthems in recent finals but there is little evidence to suggest their fans won’t observe a minute’s silence for the Queen.
But self-confessed royalist Souness has decided to warn fans that “to show disrespect at this time would be unacceptable”.
Former Liverpool midfielder Souness told talkSPORT: “I personally would have liked something stronger [from Klopp]. It comes down to you’ve got someone who died, which is extremely sad for the whole nation.
“He’s got to remember, it’s the name of Liverpool Football Club that will be tarnished if anyone misbehaves tonight, if they show any form of protest.
“Liverpool will be tarnished for a long time to come.
“Someone has died, our Queen has died, show some respect. That woman was such a loyal servant to our country for 70 years. She was just a young woman when she came to the throne. For me, she’s been faultless.
“For any Liverpool supporter, for any football supporter, to show disrespect at this time would be unacceptable. Someone has died.”
Souness added: “If you are not entirely on side with what I’m saying, just think of the football club. Go there tonight and support your football club by showing respect in supporting your football club.
“If you show disrespect, you are going to damage the name of Liverpool throughout the world. That’s what you have to think about.
“If you love your football club, but you are not a Royalist and don’t share my sentiments, then go there and think of your football club.
“Make no mistake about it, the eyes of the world will be on you tonight. If you show disrespect to our Queen that will be portrayed as something that will reflect very badly on Liverpool.”
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has every faith the supporters will “show respect” just as they did for Manchester United striker Cristiano Ronaldo last season.
Klopp said yesterday: “Yes, I think it’s the right thing to do. But I don’t think our people need any advice from me to show respect.
“One that surprised me was last year when we played United, with the sad situation around Cristiano Ronaldo’s family.”
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