Manchester Metropolis’s gamers gave newly topped Premier League champions Liverpool a guard of honour earlier than their match on Thursday evening.
Nonetheless, the custom was seemingly missing in conviction from the previous title-holders, with some gamers showing to desert it earlier than each gamers was clapped onto the pitch.
The guard of honour isn’t set throughout the guidelines however it’s a ritual all of Liverpool’s remaining opponents are anticipated to observe.
On this event, the custom appeared uncomfortable after Liverpool emphatically dethroned the ex-champions who’ve reigned for the previous two years.
One Liverpool fan account on Twitter – @LFCphoto – appeared to lap it up, nevertheless, writing: “Half hearted clapping. Couldn’t look us within the face. Strolling off earlier than all of the gamers have been via. They’re fumin’ and so they’re rattled. You like to see it.”
When soccer resumed after the coronavirus lockdown earlier this month, the Reds’ upcoming journey to the Etihad Stadium had been earmarked as the doubtless decisive sport within the title race.
However Metropolis’s loss at Chelsea put the Merseyside giants mathematically out of attain, however Guardiola felt it will be sporting to pay tribute to Jurgen Klopp’s males.
“After all we’re going to do it,” mentioned Guardiola earlier than the sport. “We’re going to do the guard of honour in fact.
“All the time we obtain Liverpool once they come to our home in an unbelievable manner. They can’t complain and naturally we’re going to do it as a result of they deserve it.”
Nonetheless, the hosts have been in no temper to let their rivals rubber stamp their dominance by racing right into a 3-Zero half-time lead.
Liverpool can count on to carry the trophy after their remaining house sport of the season – on July 18 towards Chelsea.
Premier League CEO Richard Masters mentioned on Might 29 that plans are in place to ensure the Reds get to have fun with the trophy.
He mentioned: “Effectively they have to finish the duty first, as , and I believe we are going to do the whole lot we probably can to ship a trophy presentation.
“I believe there’s a manner of doing it, however safely and throughout the rules, and I believe it’s actually vital to have the ability to mark that second for all the trouble that has gone into it.
“And never simply the gamers however for all of the employees, coaches, managers and staff behind the scenes.
“And in addition the followers, to have the ability to have that second and a reminiscence to mark it with.”