James Milner and Gael Clichy's very awkward pre-match exchange

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Manchester City's clash with Liverpool on Sunday will certainly be remembered as one of the most exciting games of the season so far.

There may have only been a goal apiece, however, there were plenty of chances, mistakes, sub-plots and the managers' behaviour alone was enough to keep everyone glued to their television screens.

One of those various sub-plots involved Liverpool's captain for the day, James Milner.

The makeshift left-back was back at the ground he spent five years at between 2010-15 and surprisingly received a frosty reception.

The former England international left City after often being snubbed in the big matches and has become a stalwart for the Reds over the last few seasons - albeit more recently at full-back.

And yet the Liverpool skipper was booed throughout the 90 minutes of his return to the Etihad.

Of course, there are still plenty of familiar faces in Pep Guardiola's current squad who Milner worked alongside during his time at the club.

The 31-year-old even greeted a few of his old teammates in the tunnel before the game.

However, Milner and Gael Clichy's reintroduction caught our attention in particular.

As you can see in the video below, after making eye contact just minutes before kick-off Milner extended out his arm for a little fist bump.

But, in an extremely awkward moment, Clichy was on a different wavelength and thought they were going in for a handshake.

What ensues is hilarious as Milner quickly readjusts his hand for a very uncomfortable squeeze of Clichy's.

Milner was just trying to do what the kids do, only for it be thrown back in his face. Brilliant.

The Liverpool star could have also used the opportunity to ask Clichy for any tips for playing left-back - not that necessarily needs the advice, though.

On the whole, Milner has enjoyed a fairly good season in his unfamiliar position but has admitted that he doesn't particularly enjoy the role.

“Honestly, no. I don’t [like it]. It’s what the manager wants and is best for the team," he told Sky Sports.

“If he thinks that’s best I’ll do it, to be successful as a team you need 11 players and also 25 in a squad.

“It’s about doing what’s best for the team whether you like it or not.

“I will play where I am asked. I feel like I have better positions.

“I played in the midfield last year and created quite a lot of goals, but wherever the team needs me I’ll play.”

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