Liverpool say racist abuse on social media “cannot be allowed to continue” after Trent Alexander-Arnold and Naby Keita were targeted.

Both had racist emojis sent to them on Instagram in the lead up to Tuesday’s Champions League tie with Real Madrid.

The Premier League club said they will work with relevant authorities to try to identify and prosecute offenders.

Liverpool, however, added it “will not be enough until the strongest possible preventative measures are taken”.

In a statement, the club condemned the abuse as “utterly unacceptable”.

“Once again we are sadly discussing abhorrent racial abuse the morning after a football game,” they said after Tuesday night’s Champions League quarter-final first leg defeat by Real Madrid.

“As a club, we will offer our players any and all support that they may require.

“The current situation cannot be allowed to continue and it is incumbent on all of us to ensure it does not.”

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