Luis Suarez and Patrice Evra shake hands at Liverpool v Manchester United

Suarez and Evra end bad blood with handshake ahead of Liverpool v Manchester United clash

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13:00 GMT, 23 September 2012

Luis Suarez and Patrice Evra put their past problems to one side to shake hands ahead of the Liverpool v Manchester United match.

On an emotional afternoon at Anfield, the pair shook during the usual pre-match greetings between opposing teams. It triggered big cheers from fans inside the ground.

It was a welcome change after Suarez snubbed Evra's offer of a handshake during the clash at Old Trafford in February.

Face to face: Patrice Evra and Luis Suarez shook hands ahead of the match

Face to face: Patrice Evra and Luis Suarez shook hands ahead of the match

Key moment: Patrice Evra (centre) and Luis Suarez (right) shake hands at Anfield

Key moment: Patrice Evra (centre) and Luis Suarez (right) shake hands at Anfield

Suarez was banned by the Football Association for eight matches for racially abusing Evra during a previous meeting at Anfield.

But the two players exchanged a greeting ahead of the match, which was dominated by the two clubs' tributes to the victims of Hillsborough in light of the damning cover-up of the disaster 23 years ago.

United manager Sir Alex Ferguson decided against appointing Evra as his captain for the match despite the absence of regular skipper Nemanja Vidic through injury.

The handshakes were part of a well
co-ordinated series of pre-match events aimed at ensuring the first
Liverpool home game since that damning judgement on the Hillsborough
tragedy was delivered passed off peacefully.

No deal: The pair did not shake when Man United met Liverpool in February

No deal: The pair did not shake when Man United met Liverpool in February

No deal: Evra is angry

Both teams emerged wearing tracksuits bearing the number 96, while United legend Sir Bobby Charlton presented flowers to Liverpool counterpart Ian Rush before respective skippers Steven Gerrard and Ryan Giggs released 96 red balloons.

A mosaic was also displayed around three sides of the ground during the traditional playing of 'You'll Never Walk Alone'.