The alleged spitting incident came after the visiting club equalised, and they immediately submitted an official complaint to Liverpool, when they claimed a fan sitting close to the dugout spat at a member of their backroom team
Anfield witnessed a clash for the ages which both managers insisted had the mark of true greatness, but it was marred when Manchester City claimed their bench had been spat at.
The incident came after the visiting club equalised, and they immediately submitted an official complaint to Liverpool, when they claimed a fan sitting close to the dugout spat at a member of their backroom team.
Liverpool immediately launched an investigation, though the matter had not been reported to police at the ground.
City officials though, believe the incident was captured on camera, with manager Pep Guardiola saying that while he didn’t see what happened, he wants Liverpool to take action if it is proven.
While there was an outcry from the visiting club about the controversial moment, it could not overshadow a game in which both sides displayed the quality and character which marks them out as the two favourites for the title.
It was typified by Mo Salah’s stunning strike which is go down as one of the great Anfield goals, with manager Jurgen Klopp saying it proved his world class status – and was a fitting tribute on a day Liverpool remembered Roger Hunt.
“Only the best players in the world score goals like this. Absolutely exceptional. He was incredible,” he said.
“And yes it was a fitting goal to remember Roger Hunt. This club never forgets anything and people will talk about this goal for a long long time and in 56 years when they still remember this game.”
Klopp’s comments about remembering the goal in 56 years was a reference to Hunt’s goal in the FA Cup final 56 years ago, when he scored the winner to deliver the trophy to the Reds for the first time.
But while Salah inspired Liverpool, City had dominated the first half and showed incredible spirit to come back twice after trailing, and earn a draw. For Guardiola, that was world class character.
“Liverpool are one of the three best teams in the world, so you need to play with courage against them – and when you play with courage and personality like Kyle has done and Rodri, and Phil and all the others, then you deserve something,” he said.
“Without that personality you can not win. Always I believe the way a team loses shows whether they are a good team, and the way we lose in Paris, and the way we were losing here, shows me we are good. It is in the bad moments you have to make a step.”
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Guardiola was less happy about what he thought was a poor decision from the referee Paul Tierney, not to show James Milner a second yellow card in the second half.
“It’s a yellow card. It’s a yellow card. It’s clear. It’s Anfield, it’s Old Trafford. In our situation a City player is sent off. It’s too much clear. It was a second yellow,” he said.