Ahead of tomorrow’s Europa League semi-final, Liverpool FC and Merseyside Police would like to remind supporters that flares, smoke bombs and pyrotechnics are illegal and prohibited.

Bag searches will take place at the turnstiles before kick-off and sniffer dogs will also be in operation around the stadium. Any individual who is found taking these items to Anfield or any other stadiums will face prosecution and will be banned.

Merseyside Police match commander, Jon Ward, said: "As with any match, the force has worked closely with the club, the local council and supporters to ensure this game can be enjoyed by all in a safe environment.

“Whilst recognising that some supporters feel that they can add to the atmosphere of the occasion, the increasing use of flares and other pyrotechnics at football matches is a concern. We fully support the club in working to eradicate this dangerous and reckless practice, which can result in serious burn injuries, and would ask that supporters work with us.”

Should pyrotechnic devices be ignited during the game could lead to the activation fire alarms and subsequent evacuation of the stadium and abandonment of the match.

Andrew Parkinson, Liverpool FC operations director, added: "We would like to remind supporters of the serious consequences they will face surrounding the possession or use of pyrotechnics and any other illegal items in Anfield stadium.

“The use of such devices breaches ground safety regulation and any individuals found carrying or using these items could face prosecution and will be banned from the stadium."

Thank you for your continued support in keeping Anfield a safe and welcoming environment for all fans.