Manchester City will give Liverpool’s Premier League title winners a guard of honour before their clash at the Etihad Stadium this evening.
It’s been a memorable season for the Reds and the sight of Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne and co. clapping Jurgen Klopp’s stars will go down as another moment to remember.
City were Liverpool’s closest challenges in the title race and yet even they didn’t come close. The Reds can extend the gap to 26 points if they leave the Etihad with three points.
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Days after their success, footage emerged of City’s players mocking Liverpool’s lack of trophies on their journey back to Manchester.
“Sterling won the double, and the Scousers won f*** all,” City’s players sang.
Since that moment, Liverpool have been on a roll.
They would go on to win the Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and Club World Cup in 2019, and they got redemption for missing out on the title last season by romping to it this year.
And today, they will enjoy a guard of honour from Man City’s players as they enter the Etihad Stadium pitch.
You can bet they’re going to enjoy the moment.
Pep Guardiola has confirmed that it will happen, although Klopp wasn’t as enthralled by the idea as a lot of Liverpool fans are.
“I’m not sure if I’ve ever had one. It was a long time ago in Germany. I don’t know if it’s a tradition in Germany. It’s a nice gesture – 100 per cent,” he said, per the Daily Mail.
“I don’t need it, to be honest. We go there to play a football game and win a football game.
“We don’t celebrate a thing that happened a week before.”