The planned demonstration was initially confined to a side street before protesters were moved across the city as police arrested 12 people for various offences under the Public Order Act.
Riot police and police vans surrounded EDL demonstrators in Lime Street as crowds heard huge bangs.
Bottles were seen thrown between the opposing groups of demonstrators and bangs, believed to be firecrackers, were heard.
Bottles were seen thrown between the opposing groups of demonstrators and bangs, believed to be firecrackers, were heard
Lime Street was closed off by police as the demonstration takes place.
The EDL said the protest was being held to highlight a number of issues, including Islamic extremists.
Members from branches including Coventry and the North East waved St George's flags.
Police surrounded EDL and anti-fascist protesters in Liverpool
Earlier today EDL supporters gathered at the Lord Warden pub on London Road in the city from about midday while an anti-fascist demonstration was held outside nearby Lime Street train station.
A heavy police presence moved the EDL demonstrators after the anti-fascist contingent gathered on London Road and chanted "Nazi scum, off our streets".
The EDL demonstration was moved to Camden Street, at the side of the pub, where protesters were contained by police.
The march was brought to a standstill for about 45 minutes when anti-fascist protesters sat in the road near Lime Street station.
Scuffles broke out between the two groups as the EDL demonstrators were moved back towards the station just before 3pm.
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Clashes break out during protests in Liverpool
The planned demonstration was initially confined to a side street
Riot officers contained the group of demonstrators as they walked back along Lime Street.
Merseyside Police warned motorists to stay away from the Lime Street area of the city centre today with more than 100 officers said to be poised to cover the march.
Deputy Chief Constable Carl Foulkes, said: “Following a number of arrests for public order offences and increasing animosity between both groups the decision was made to disperse those involved in the EDL procession in the interests of the safety of those working, living and visiting the city centre. At some points members of the left wing were seen to throw darts and flares were also activated.
“The safety of the public is paramount and due to the rising tensions between both groups the decision was made to halt the procession using Section 12 of the Public Order Act.”
Police closed off Lime Street
Police in riot gear surrounded the planned demonstration
"Together with our colleagues from British Transport Police and police officers from Lancashire, Cumbria, Cheshire and North Wales, the majority of protestors have now been escorted onto trains at Liverpool Lime Street and out of the city.
"I would like to thank members of the public and businesses in the city centre for their patience as this matter was dealt with."
Police enforced a Section 60 Order in the city centre allowing officers to search people for offensive weapons.
Chief inspector Mark Morgan said: “We have had previous processions in the city which have resulted in disorder between those involved in a public procession and counter protestors.
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"In line with intelligence we are aware that some people may come to the city (as a result of this procession) with the intent to cause serious public disorder, serious damage to property and serious disruption to those working, visiting and living in the city, we have decided to implement the Section 60 notice.
“I would like to reassure the community that we are absolutely committed to tackling those intent on committing crime, or disorder, and our aim is to facilitate a peaceful procession.
"Additional officers will be in the city centre tomorrow to police the event and they will be supported by officers from British Transport Police, Lancashire, Cumbria, Cheshire and North Wales.”
Last year 34 people were arrested during clashes between the EDL and other protesters.