Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has stated that his side will give Liverpool a guard of honour on Thursday.
The Reds secured the Premier League title last week. It is an English tradition that the league title holders are given a guard of honour in their first game as champions.
Liverpool’s first clash as Premier League champions is against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Thursday night.
That ultimately means that the Citizens are expected to give Liverpool a guard of honour. Guardiola has stated that his side will oblige.
“We are going to do the guard of honour of course,” said Guardiola, as quoted by the BBC.
“We will greet Liverpool, when they come to our house, in an incredible way. We are going to do it because they deserve it.”
ANFIELD WATCH VERDICT
In the 2014-15 season, Liverpool had to give Chelsea a guard of honour at Stamford Bridge. It was painful to watch as a Liverpool supporter.
Chelsea are Liverpool’s rivals, which is why it was difficult to watch. Manchester City won the previous two Premier League titles.
Manchester City are the side that everyone has been looking up to in the last couple of seasons.
Come Thursday night, it will probably sink in that they are no longer the best team in England when they are giving Liverpool a guard of honour.
It could be a painful moment for Manchester City.
Freelance sports journalist and Red from Melbourne. Currently an editor at Anfield Watch.