Manchester: Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola confirmed that his gamers will likely be giving the customary guard of honour to just lately-topped Premier League champions Liverpool when the 2 groups conflict on the Etihad Stadium on Thursday.
Liverpool grew to become champions of England after City misplaced to Chelsea 1-2 away from house just lately and it grew to become mathematically inconceivable for them meet up with ‘The Reds’ on the factors desk, regardless of seven matches to go.
Guardiola acknowledged that Liverpool deserve the guard of honour, which is given to league winners who win the title earlier than the final match of the season. The opposition gamers stand in line and applaud the champions as they stroll out on the pitch earlier than kickoff.
“We are going to do the guard of honour of course,” Guardiola was quoted as saying by BBC Sport. “We will greet Liverpool, when they come to our house, in an incredible way. We are going to do it because they deserve it.”
This is Liverpool’s first prime-flight title in 30 years and maiden Premier League title. Following their historic win, manager Jurgen Klopp paid tribute to his predecessor, Kenny Dalglish, who was the final Anfield manager to assert the title, in addition to his former captain Steven Gerrard, who got here so near main his group to the trophy in 2012/13.
“It is unbelievable. It”s far more than I ever thought can be potential,” Klopp was quoted as saying by the official Premier League web site. “Knowing how a lot Kenny supported us, it’s for you.
“He has waited 30 years and it”s for Stevie Gerrard. The boys admire you all and it”s simple to encourage the group as a result of of our nice historical past.”