Liverpool will receive a guard of honour from Manchester City when they face off on July 2.
Contrary to popular belief, the gesture towards newly-crowned Premier League champions isn't compulsory, but rather a show of respect that many English clubs decide to undertake.
And now that Liverpool have been confirmed as the 2019/20 champions, Kopites instantly wondered whether City would provide them with a guard of honour at the Etihad Stadium next week.
The answer, it turns out, is a resounding 'yes' with Pep Guardiola confirming that he intends to give Liverpool a champion's welcome along with his players.
According to BBC Sport, the City manager confirmed: "We are going to do the guard of honour of course.
Liverpool WILL get guard of honour
"We will greet Liverpool, when they come to our house, in an incredible way. We are going to do it because they deserve it."
There's no denying that it's a very classy gesture from Guardiola, but let's not pretend as though it won't also be a tool to motivate his City players into getting revenge over the new champions.
The Citizens will already have an eye on wrestling back the title during the 2020/21 season and getting one over a Liverpool side that has lost just once in the league would be the perfect way to start.
Guardiola and Sterling face mockery
Regardless of the result at the Etihad, though, the mere fact that City will be laying on a guard of honour will give plenty of Liverpool fans a great satisfaction.
Guardiola has emerged from this situation as the classy figure we know he is, it must be said, but that won't stop Kopites from feeling smug as he stands aside to welcome the Reds on to the pitch.
However, the figure being discussed the most on social is undoubtedly Raheem Sterling.
Just like his manager, Sterling is an unquestionable classy figure and won't hesitate to show respect to his former team but, once again, it won't be enough to wipe a wide smile off fans' faces.
Aside from the fact Sterling is an ex-Liverpool player, plenty of supporters have also pointed out that the world-class winger will have to applaud Joe Gomez.
Sterling and Gomez infamously came to blows on England duties after Liverpool's 3-1 win over City in 2019, though it must be said that the Three Lions pair have made up since.
But as classy as we know Guardiola, Sterling and co will behave, they should still strap themselves in for an avalanche of Twitter mentions when they come home next Thursday night.
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