LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says Liverpool fans allegedly threw coins at him during his team’s 1-0 loss at Anfield on Sunday and lost – Need to improve your aim.
Liverpool, meanwhile, said City fans should behave.
Liverpool said in a statement after the Premier League match: “We are deeply disappointed to hear offensive chants related to the football stadium tragedy from the away section during today’s game at Anfield.” “The concourse on the far side was also vandalized with graffiti of a similar nature.”
This is not the first time that the rivalry between the most dominant teams in English football has become bitter in recent years.
In 2018, City’s team bus was attacked by Liverpool supporters before a Champions League quarter-final match at the same stadium. And the wounds are clearly deep for Guardiola, who joined City in 2016.
The flash point on the occasion came after Phil Foden’s second-half goal was disallowed when VAR called on referee Anthony Taylor to review the pitchside monitor and he fouled Fabino in the build-up. saw
The city manager lashed out at the crowd, gesticulating wildly before claiming coins were thrown at him.
“They’ll do it better next time,” he said. “They didn’t catch me. They’re trying again next year.
“All these coins, they tried but didn’t get it. They got the coach years ago.”
Liverpool were fined just under $20,000 for incidents surrounding a Champions League match four years ago, which included damage to City’s team bus so badly that a replacement was needed to bring players back to Manchester.
Due to the quality of both teams in recent seasons, the competition on the field has become more and more intense.
And it was in evidence in this latest episode, even at the back of Liverpool’s difficult start to the campaign that City went into the game 13 points ahead of last season’s second-placed side.
Jurgen Klopp was sent off after racing angrily from his technical area to complain about a late decision, for which the Liverpool manager later apologised.
“It’s about emotions so (it was a) red card,” Klopp said. “My fault. I went upstairs at that moment. I know myself, I’m 55 years old and I deserve a red card.”
Klopp also apologized to Guardiola for the alleged coin toss.
“Terrible,” he said. “I’m sorry. This should never happen.”
While the incident threatened to overshadow the result, it was an occasion when Liverpool showed that they potentially remain a major threat to City.
Mohamed Salah was the difference in the 76th minute but the home side had a good chance in a thrilling contest.
Salah was denied by Ederson when one-on-one with the City goalkeeper in the second half, while substitute Darwin Nunes missed a golden opportunity to extend the lead.
Arsenal were arguably the biggest winners of the day, moving four points clear at the top of the Premier League.
Arsenal’s strength is ahead
Arsenal are looking increasingly like genuine title contendersAfter a 1-0 win at LeedsIn a game that was delayed for 40 minutes due to an electrical fault at Elland Road, the players came on with just two minutes to go.
Bocayo Saka made nine of 10 wins for Mikel Arteta’s side in the first half, but Patrick Bamford missed a penalty and Leeds were awarded another spot-kick in stoppage time.
“We expected some very tough and chaotic moments,” Arteta said. “The way they play and the atmosphere it creates in this stadium. I’m really happy we managed it.
The match was delayed shortly after kick-off when the referee and his officials lost contact with the VAR and goal-line technology due to a power cut.
TEN HAG avoids the reef row
Erik ten Hague has refused to engage in a public war of words with referee Craig Pawson after his first drive as Manchester United manager.
Cristiano Ronaldo had two attempts denied0-0 draw against Newcastle at Old Traffordwhile a penalty appeal was turned down when Sean Longstaff challenged Jadon Sancho.
“Everyone has seen the game,” Ten Hague told reporters. “It’s your job to judge performance from teams and referees, so I’m not going to do that.”
The pressure on Hassan Hattel
Ralph Hessen is under pressure at Southampton after Declan Rice’s strike denied him a much-needed win.
Romain Perroud struck against Saints after a run of four league defeats but Rays equalized in the second half as Hassan Huttle had to settle.1-1 draw.
“I think everyone is preparing everything to fight for this point,” said the Southampton manager. “It’s not a lack of effort, it shows a lack of quality. It’s a challenge to bring it back to the field.”
KEPA continues Chelsea’s run
Chelsea manager Graham Potter hailed Kepa Arrizabalga after a string of saves from the goalkeeper fueled his side’s victory.
The Spaniard, who is back as No. 1 under Potter, was excellent2-0 win at Aston Villawhich saw Mason Mount score twice.
It is now five straight wins in all competitions for the Potter team.
“Aston Villa hurt us, certainly in the first half,” Potter said. “We lost our way a bit and we needed Kepa to make some fantastic saves.
“He helps us with the clean sheets, how we try to play and the atmosphere around the place. Kepa found a great level, he made some great saves that kept us in the game.