Pep Guardiola insists Manchester City will give Liverpool a ‘guard of honor’ when the two sides lock horns at the Etihad Stadium on Thursday night.
Liverpool ended a 30-year Premier League title drought a few days ago when Chelsea defeated City 2-1 to hand the Reds a long-awaited prize seven games before the end of the season.
Fresh from lifting the national championship, Jurgen Klopp’s men travel to the Etihad, looking to bring a three-game winless league run at this venue to a halt (D1, L2).
Although the outcome of this mammoth top-of-the-table showdown won’t change the faith of the opponents, Pep Guardiola has warned Liverpool they will have to work their socks off to walk away with three points.
We are going to do the guard of honor, of course, Guardiola said.
We will greet Liverpool, when they come to our house, in an incredible way. We are going to do it because they deserve it.
Although they’ve won the title in remarkable fashion, the Merseyside giants have failed to shine away from home lately, losing three of their last four road trips in all competitions (D1).
In turn, Liverpool’s inability to cope with City at the Etihad has seen the Reds score one goal or less in five of their last six Premier League trips to Manchester.
However, Klopp’s side utterly outplayed Guardiola’s team in the reverse fixture back in November, securing a comfortable 3-1 victory at Anfield.