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Man City give new champions Liverpool a guard of honour at the Etihad

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The Merseysiders were applauded as they made their way onto the pitch (Picture: Getty)

Manchester City’s players lived up to their promise and gave newly crowned Premier League champions Liverpool a guard of honour before Thursday night’s clash at the Etihad.

The Merseysiders wrapped up the league title last week after previous champions City were defeated 2-1 by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, giving Liverpool an unassailable 23-point lead with seven games remaining of the season.

Despite losing their crown, there was no lingering resentment from City’s players – or manager Pep Guardiola – who lined up either side of the tunnel entrance to applaud Liverpool’s players as they walked out onto the pitch.

Man City’s subs and staff, including manager Guardiola, joined in (Picture: Getty)

Guardiola had been quick to congratulate Liverpool on their title win after the defeat to Chelsea and was insistent on giving City’s title rivals the customary guard of honour – even though Jurgen Klopp felt it was not necessary.

‘We are going to do the guard of honour, of course,’ said Guardiola last week.

‘We will greet Liverpool, when they come to our house, in an incredible way. We are going to do it because they deserve it.’

Speaking about the guard of honour at his pre-match press conference yesterday, Klopp said: ‘I’m not sure if I’ve ever had one.

‘It was a long time ago in Germany. I don’t know if it’s a tradition in Germany. It’s a nice gesture – 100 per cent.

‘But I don’t need it, to be honest. We go there to play a football game and win a football game.

‘We don’t celebrate a thing that happened a week before.’

Although Liverpool are already champions, they have plenty of records they can still claim – many of which belong to City – including the most wins in a Premier League season (five more will set a new record) and the most points (15 from the remaining 21 up for grabs will secure that accolade).

MORE: Jurgen Klopp expects Chelsea, Man City and Man Utd to challenge Liverpool for title next season

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